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JANUARY 23, 2014

Wai Hung Ma is changing the world Breaking the limitations people and society create is Wai Hung Ma’s life work. This is a story about his journey to motive others to take the first steps forward on their journey to reach their goals. Wai’s message also includes the topic of anti-bullying. Wai Hung Ma was born in Hong Kong and immigrated with his family to Kamloops when he was 12-years-old. Wai was born with cerebral palsy and has faced many challenges in his lifetime — challenges which he has chosen to look at as ‘steps’ on his journey. Cerebral palsy is a disorder usually caused by brain damage occurring at or before birth and marked by muscular impairment. Often accompanied by poor coordination, it sometimes involves speech and learning difficulties. Wai has not let anything hold him back from his passion to help others. At the age of 50, he has accomplished more than any of us will do in our lifetime. Wai decided to be a motivational speaker about ten years ago. “I love to talk, I think I have something to offer people,” says Wai. In 2007 he published a collection of speeches in his book Breaking Limitations. He believes that by empowering other people, he can also empower himself. To inspire people to overcome their difficulties is a passion. He uses Powerpoints and voice recording to do so, it would take him forever otherwise jokes Wai in his Wai Hung Ma : Motivational Presenter YouTube Video. He has been an influence in the community of Kamloops for many years. Wai has participated in the Go Kamloops Shaw video shoot, works with the Kamloops Cariboo Regional Immigrant Society and

has done various speeches at schools, conferences and hospitals to name only a few. Wai has also published a book comprised of some of his speeches called Breaking Limitations Book and has created the DVD How to Become a Better Bully. These publications further allow him to reach many people within Kamloops and the world. Wai also has a Facebook page, website and YouTube site to support conversations and share tools to help people become inspired. In many of his speeches, Wai uses himself as the perfect example that anything is possible if you take the right steps towards your goals.

When asked how he feels once he finds out that he has changed someone’s life, Wai has a humble reply: “I can not change people’s life, the only people can change their life are themselves. All I am doing is showing people how see a spark in their path and maybe the tool to make them want to change.” One of Wai’s latest endeavors was the release of a DVD on anti-bullying. How to Become a Better Bully. It is written by Wai Hung Ma and produced with assistance from the Kamloops/Thompson School District and the North Kamloops Rotary Club.  DVDs sell for just $20 and include an anti-bullying worksheet. – continued on page 2

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Breaking limitations

new transit buses

– continued from front

On January 17 the Kamloops Transit Centre on Ord Road hosted the official announcement of the new transit fleet for Kamloops. South Thompson MLA Todd Stone (above), MLA Terry Lake, Mayor Peter Milobar, Manuel Achadinha (BC Transit) and Doyle Sam (Fortis BC) were present for the announcement.

CNG fleet innovation coming to Kamloops

The future of Kamloops Transit will be driven by one of British Columbia’s most important resources: natural gas. The City of Kamloops will be home to a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transit fleet, advancing the quality of public transportation for families and the region. A total of 25 new CNG buses will be in service by the spring of 2015. Compared to diesel, the primary benefit of CNG buses is lower, more stable fuel prices. Additional benefits include significantly quieter engines and simplified emission systems.  “I commend Kamloops Mayor and council and BC Transit for demonstrating leadership and seizing the opportunity to adopt CNG as a fuel source,” says Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and KamloopsSouth Thompson MLA. “The decision to go CNG helps the sustainability of transit, which is an integral part of a successful community.”  Terry Lake, Minister of Health and KamloopsNorth Thompson MLA, says: “These buses are quieter and produce lower emissions than the diesel buses they replace, which improves the quality of life for families and communities by reducing air pollution and traffic noise.”  The early replacement of older diesel buses will help the City of Kamloops reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with our Sustainable Kamloops Plan. This initiative also supports the Kamloops Airshed Management Plan’s first strategy which is to encourage alternative, sustainable methods of transportation and supportive infrastructure,” comments Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.   To help offset the initial costs associated with the purchase of the new CNG buses, FortisBC will provide funding of up to $875,000.  “BC Transit continues to lead the way in making natural gas a recognized transportation fuel

source,” says John Walker, President and CEO of FortisBC. “Policy changes made by the provincial government helped make this possible and allow fleet operators like BC Transit to take advantage of cleaner burning, lower priced fuel that is abundant in B.C.” BC Transit has a proud history of fleet innovation. It was the first transit company in North America to introduce low-floor and double decker buses. BC Transit was also the first in Canada to purchase and operate production hybrid buses and to demonstrate the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell transit fleet in a single location. “BC Transit is pleased to partner with the City of Kamloops and FortisBC as we expand our CNG fleet,” says BC Transit President and CEO Manuel Achadinha. “The City of Kamloops and BC Transit share a strong commitment to sustainable transportation which made Kamloops a natural choice for CNG buses.”  Kamloops is the second BC Transit community to adopt CNG technology; as announced last year, the first BC Transit CNG fleet will go into revenue service in the Regional District of Nanaimo this spring.

Brier tickets on sale The 2014 Tim Hortons Brier, the Canadian Men’s Curling Championship, is coming to the Interior Savings Centre, March 1 to 9 and single draw tickets are now available for all 22 draws. “Now fans can pick the games they really want to see during all 22 draws, including all the action on championship weekend,” says host chair Norm Daley. Tickets for draws, playoffs, bronze medal match and championship final can be purchased online at or by phone at 1-877-985-2875.

He decided to create this DVD to help further get his message out. “DVD, book, speech all come from my writing. The DVD is a different way deliver my message to the people.” When it comes to bullying Wai strongly believes that people need to stand together. “You will never know you might be the next victim of bully,” says Wai.   When Wai isn’t traveling the world making inspirational speeches, he really enjoys horseback riding and updating his Facebook page. He also enjoys getting feedback about his work. “I like it when people say thanks to me when they finish reading my book. I can tell they meant it,” comments Wai. Become apart of this inspirational and world changing movement to break limitations with Wai Hung Ma. Please visit his website: and learn a thing or two from Wai on how to make our world a better place. Ashley Demedeiros

KCBIA news The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association’s Annual General Meeting is taking place Wednesday, January 29 at 5pm at the Plaza Hotel, 405 Victoria Street in Downtown Kamloops. All businesses and commercial property owner representatives are encouraged to come and attend this once a year event. In addition to getting to know other area business representatives, there will be some informative presentations including; How Your Business can Benefit from the Brier Kamloops 2014 and Setting the Stage – Creating the Downtown Experience. Everyone is welcome, only businesses/property owners who have paid their $20 annual membership fee are eligible to vote. (Can be paid at the door). Refreshments and Appies will be served. More information and how to nominate a Board Member available online, kcbia. com.


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The Kamloops Blazers players delivered teddy bears and other stuffed animals that were collected during their December 7 home game to patients at the Royal Inland Hospital on Monday, January 13. Left to right (players) Bolton Pouliot, Nick Chyzowski, Ryan Rehill, Matt Needham, Matt Revel and Tristan Keely (centre child).

Traffic advisory for Red Bridge Motorists are advised that the Red Bridge in Kamloops will be closed for routine maintenance activities during daylight hours on Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26. The Red Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7:30 am to 5 pm both days. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists. During the closure, motorists can cross the Thompson River via the Overlander Bridge or Highway 5. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure apologizes for any inconvenience.

Nominations for Okanagan Arts Awards

Take the time to nominate your star of the arts, raising their profile and honouring the caliber of art in your community. The Okanagan Arts Awards, now in its seventh year, is an annual celebration recognizing winning nominees for their outstanding achievement.  Deadline for nominations is January 24. Please fill out the form at


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Position opening for Arts Council’s Crossing Bridges program The Kamloops Art Council’s Crossing Bridges Outreach Program provides individuals living in at-risk situations the chance to explore their creativity and build their self-confidence in a supportive environment. Building on the success of the 2013 pilot project, this year they will deliver workshops to agencies that work with children and youth at risk (age four to 24). If you are a practicing artist who can teach at least three mediums and has experience working with children and youth, they would like to hear from you. The application deadline is January 31 for the five hour per week, 20 weeklong contract. For more information please visit: images/Job_Posting_-_ Instructor_KAC_Arts_ Outreach_Program.pdf.

Ceramic celebration

Some members of the Thompson Valley Potters’ Guild celebrated a birthday with a lunch gathering at The Art We Are. From left are Amanda Eccleston, Karen Clarke,Tara Emary, Glen Mantie, Michelle Lee, Luba Baron, birthday girl Donna Bowie and Sheryl Willson. You can find select ceramic works from some of these local artists at the Art We Are. You can also visit for information about the guild’s upcoming shows and sales.

Local painter riding on a successful year 2014 is starting to shape up to something spectacular for Mairi Budreau, a portrait and figurative painter from Kamloops. She was recently on the Global Morning news with Mark Madryga speaking

about her work on Autumn Dot and plans to do a double portrait of Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio from White Rock who are the authors of the novel One Great Year. She is currently in the pro-

cess of renovating her studio for better airflow through the space and is excited to get the Heat Return Ventilation system installed along with other wonderful additions. Find her online presence at

Kamloops Art Gallery’s Luxury Vacation Lottery winner

Lottery winner Jane Reid with fundraising event coordinator Judy Basso.

The Kamloops Art Gallery has announced the winner of the 2013 Luxury Vacation Lottery. Jane Reid is a strong supporter of the arts in Kamloops and is thrilled with being the winner of this very special lottery. “I never win. I just can’t believe it,” says Jane.    The Luxury Vacation Lottery had a great prize; a river cruise for two sponsored by Avalon Waterways and Travelwise. Jane can choose whenever she wants to go within the next two years and can choose whatever type of river cruise that Avalon Waterways offers. She had amazing odds of winning with her $100 ticket – as there were only 450 tickets available for sale.  This is a great fundraiser for the Kamloops Art Gallery and all funds raised go to supporting exhibitions and public programing. The Gallery looks forward to presenting the Luxury Vacation Lottery again in 2014. Watch for tickets going on sale the first week of July. A waiting list is being taken for those wishing to purchase tickets. Contact Judy Basso at jbasso@ or at 250-377-2404 to be put on the list.

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Friendly service from Takahashi Optometry Takahashi Optometry is a part of Kamloops’ downtown history. In 1953, Dr Edward M Takahashi founded the clinic, which was originally located at 242 Victoria Street, the old Burris Clinic building on Lansdowne. In 1967, they moved to their present location at 202-153 Seymour Street in the Centennial Building. At this time Dr. L. W. Demarchi joined the practice and remained there until 1988. They are a full service optometric clinic with over fifty years experience, providing complete eye care through the use of the latest technology and training. Mr. Sydney Takahashi, BSc, MBA, Opt. A.R., the general manager is proud of this heritage and commitment to providing the best in customer service. “Our clinic’s purpose is to provide the highest level of eye care to our patients. Their visual needs are our first priority and everything we do communicates that purpose to them,” says Sydney about the mission statement, which has been with

him from an early age. Sydney and his brother, Dr. Edward T Takahashi, B Sc, OD, optometrist and clinic director, grew up around the clinic and felt the pull to continue the family business. “We had been used to that environment, we grew up around the business and that had an influence on us,” adds Sydney. “We saw value in what my dad was doing. He was helping people on a daily basis. This had an influence on us when we were deciding on what career paths to take.” What makes Takahashi Optometry stand out is its commitment to providing personalized service to its patrons. “In our efforts to offer personalized service, we chose to maintain the clinic at a certain size,” adds Sydney in regards to Dr. Edward T Takahashi and Dr. Donald Sanford, OD, Optometrist being the two optometrists at the clinic. In 2012 they welcomed Dr. Sanford as an associate in the clinic. “The more people you service, you need to expand your capacity

Dr. Edward T Takahashi, B Sc, OD, Optometrist and Clinic Director

Dr. Donald Optometrist



to serve that need. However, if you get too big, you lose that personal experience.” Also, unique to the clinic are specialized prescriptions such as riding goggles for motorcyclist, shooting glasses for hunters, computer use glasses and also a delivery service to people who can’t make it to the clinic. You can also order contacts through their website and choose from a large selection of frames, lenses. Takahashi Optometry is all about treating customers like family and supporting the community, which has allowed their business to prosper. “We like to donate to

patients’ charities that they believe in. We like to support other groups that do good in the community,” comments Sydney. The clinic also supports future optometrists by mentoring students in the summer to give them experience they don’t get from a classroom. The clinic is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday. You can call to make an appointment at 250-372-7910 or online at If you are looking for a state of the art facility and personalized service, Takahashi Optometry is the eye care you deserve. Ashley Demedeiros

Turn Down the Heat Week helps others

Takahashi Optometry is a full service optometric clinic with over fifty years experience, providing complete eye care through the use of the latest technology and training.

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Creating the Downtown experience Board of Directors Nomination Forms on website

‘Turn Down the Heat Week’ from Februart 1 to 8, is sponsored by FortisBC, is part of an ongoing commitment to work with BC businesses to improve energy efficiency while having a positive effect in the community as well as an influence on your bottom line. Businesses throughout the province will be promoting energy

conservation and encouraging customers to turn down their heat at home and at work, wear a sweater and to donate sweaters and other warm clothing articles for people in need. Please contact the KCBIA for more information at admin@ or visit the Facebook page at

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On Saturday, January 18 Donald Bouffard visited the Kamloops Library and taught eager young minds about the Donald Duck Dinosaur, aka Hadrosaur a veggiesaurus. Donald utilizes bones and other props to entertain the group and teach them about this prehistoric animal.

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Mexican flavour music

On Now at the Kamloops Art Gallery

Andrea Kastner, The one that got away, 2013, oil on canvas, photo: Colin Lyons

ANDREA KASTNER On February 13, Locarno is coming to Kamloops to perform at the Calvary Community Church located at 1205 Rogers Way. Locarno is part Mexican with strong doses of Cuban Son, Folk Music, Pop and Funk. There are threads of Son Jarocho and Salsa blended with more edgy and contemporary styles. The doors open at 7:00pm and tickets are available at the Kamloops Live! Box Office, or call 250-3745483.

Blazers’ add weekend warrior goalie The Kamloops Blazers have added 16-year-old goaltender Cole Kehler to the roster for a pair of weekend home games against the Vancouver Giants on Friday and the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday. Recently acquired goaltender Justin Myles is unavailable this weekend due to injury. Cole was with the Blazers for ten games prior to the Christmas break. He started his first WHL game in Brandon on December 10 and has appeared in four games with the Blazers this season.   

The 6’3” 190lb native of Altona, Manitoba is playing this season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Midget Prep team. He has a 17-4-0 record in 21 games this season. 

Storm special game to include pros At the January 26 Storm game against Chase they will be holding their Alumni Night. They will be having former NHL and pro hockey players play against ex-Storm player in addition to their regular scheduled game. It’s a game within a game! It’s also a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Some of the players who will be participating in the Alumni Night are: Steve Passmore (Edmonton Oilers), Ed Patterson (Pittsburgh Penguins), Mike Brown (Vancouver Canucks), Chris Murray (Ottawa Senators), Greg Hawgood (Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks), Geoff Smith (Edmonton Oilers), Bob Westerby (Kamloops Blazers), Blair Rota (Kamloops Blazers) and Murray Baron (St Louis Blues). You can purchase tickets in advance

by calling 250-376-0990 or by emailing Barry Dewar at dewarbarry@ Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Special guest at Walk for Memories On Sunday January 26 Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia will be at the Investors Group Walk for Memories. She has a friendship connection with the Alzhiemer Walk honouree Linda Blanchet and family. Her Honour’s attendance will not only be a special memory for Linda but will also help us raise the profile of Alzheimer disease and related dementias in our community.

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WCT’s Blind Date will romance audiences

transitioning into the future

At Kamloops Art Gallery on January 25, starting at 11 am, Kamloops 350 (L-R) Marcia Dick, Eli Pivnick, Tuula Helin, Chris Pyett and Gisela Ruckert, will be showing the Transition 2.0 movie and facilitating a discussion on what Kamloops could look like in 20 years. Since lunch will be provided, attendees are asked to RSVP via (Transition Kamloops).




U-5 to U-10 (Born 2009-2004) – $175.00 U-11 to U-18 (Born 2003-1996) – $195.00 Family

Visit the KYSA web site at to register and pay on-line or visit the KYSA office on McArthur Island. The KYSA accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Debit Card payments. Inquiries: 250-376-2750 or

Vancouver-based Ventos Woodwind Quintet brings quality chamber music to all parts of British Columbia and beyond. Ventos (“Wind” in Portuguese) aspires to engage audiences young and old with exciting performances of the classic wind quintet repertoire, transcriptions for wind quintet and commissioning new works for the genre. Add some sizzle to a dreary January night with Muy Caliente, a program of hot and spicy music of composers from Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico. This concert celebrates the music of composers Astor Piazzolla, Paquito D’Rivera, Isaac Albeniz, Zequinha de Abreu and more. Three members of Ventos are regular members of the Kamloops Symphony, while the other two have also played in the orchestra occasionally. Learn more about Ventos and its members and hear samples of their music at ventos. org On Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 pm you can hear Ventos in the TRU Alumni Theatre as part of the Kamloops Symphony Chamber Music Series. Tickets are available at Kamloops Live! Box Office, or at the door.

Come experience all the anticipation, excitement and thrill of a first encounter in Blind Date – a flyby-the-seat-of-your-pants fusion of clown, improvisation, theatre and social experiment. Western Canada Theatre’s Blind Date, created by Rebecca Northan, will be at the Sagebrush Theatre from January 23 to February 1. There’s nothing like the thrill of a first date...anything can happen! In the smash-hit play Blind Date, you’ll experience all the exhilaration and excitement of new love as Mimi goes on a blind date with a different man every night - plucked right out of the audience! Direct from critically acclaimed, sold-out runs in New York, Toronto, and London’s West End, Blind Date is sure to make you fall in love with Mimi and celebrate her audiencemember-turned-romantic-hero! Blind Date is hailed by the New York Times as “fearless…and very funny.” Called, “a flight of theatrical fancy that is absolutely magical” by the Toronto Star, Blind Date is the perfect date night or evening out with friends—an “irresistible, cheeky and charming evening” (New York Daily News) that men and women alike adore. Blind Date features Christy Bruce, who has played Mimi in London, UK, Vancouver and Calgary to glowing reviews: “With a red nose and a charming grin, Bruce enchants. ... While a comedic triumph, the beauty of the 90-minute piece is the richness of the honest moments.” (vancouverisawesome. com). This must-see hit show is “the perfect marriage of theatre and comedy” (Now Magazine). Don’t miss it! And then come, again – as it’s different every night! For information about tickets please call: 250374-5483.


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■■ The Art We Are - Steve Palmer with David Ward on Jan. 25 at 8pm. Open Mic and Poetry Slam on 2nd and last Wed. monthly from 7 to 9pm. 246 Victoria St. FMI contact 250-8287998. 246 Victoria St. ■■ Seniors’ Tea on Jan. 23 from 2 to 4pm at Kamloops Library, 100-465 Victoria St. Tea, goodies and live entertainment. FMI contact Laurel at 250-372-5145. ■■ Explore the Gallery on Jan. 23 from 10am to 9pm at Kamloops Art Gallery, 465 Victoria St. Free admission at the Gallery every Thurs. FMI contact Marlaina at 250-374-2405. ■■ Energy! Youth Night at the Y on Jan. 24 from 7 to 9pm at the Downtown Y, 400 Battle St. Play water fun games, snack provided. For 13 to 17 year olds. FMI contact Janis at 250372-7791. ■■ Council of Canadians Meeting on Jan. 25 at 11am at Kamloops Art Gallery, 351 Victoria St. is exploring ideas in making Kamloops a ‘Transition Town’. If you are concerned about the future and want to be involved in the coming transition, then join us! ■■ Indoor Farmers Market - Sahali Centre Mall, runs from 10 to 2 pm, every 1st and 3rd Saturday (twice a month) in Jan., Feb., Mar., and Apr. Features meat products, farm produce, baking, arts, crafts and more.  New

vendors welcome, if you “Bake It, Make It, Grow It”. FMI: Andy at 250-577-3810, or ■■ 127th Annual Robbie Burns Night Celebration on Jan. 25. Doors open at 5pm, dinner at 6pm at the Kamloops Convention Centre, 1250 Rogers Way. Roast beef dinner, music by Kamloops Pipe Band, highland dancing, poetry recitals, dance to DJ music of Stan Bailey and more. Tickets available at Kamloops Florist, Overland Press and No Limits Fitness. All proceeds go to support the Kamloops Highland Games. ■■ People In Motion’s Annual General Meeting “Celebrating 25 years” on Jan. 27 at 7pm at Henry Grube Center, 245 Kitchener Cres. ■■ Can-Ital Ladies Annual Valentine Dinner and Dance on Feb. 8 at the Colombo Lodge, 814 Lorne St. Cocktails at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. Tickets available at Viva Bridal, 353 Victoria St or by calling Mary at 250-320-2020 or Bertha at 250-376-4669. ■■ Brent Butt on Feb. 9 at 7:30pm at the Sagebrush Theatre, 821 Munro St. Tickets available at Kamloops Live! Box Office, 1025 Lorne St. or ■■ Young Guns Show Feb 13: Young Guns Tour featuring Brett Kissel and One More Girl

at Cactus Jack’s 8pm. ■■ Let’s Dance on Feb. 22 from 8pm to 12am at Kamloops Curling Club, 700 Victoria St. Music by McIvor in Motion DJ Services. For tickets contact Carole at 250-554-7078, Francoise at 250-372-3782 or Zonia at 250372-0091. ■■ Breathing Fire Poetry and Spoken Word Slam on the first and last Wed. each month at Caffe Motivo, 229 Victoria St. 19+ event. ■■ JustDance Kamloops on the last Fri. each month from 9 to 1pm at Centennial Wellness, 102-153 Seymour St. Community dance event. FMI contact 778-472-3537. ■■ Kamloops Family History Society meetings take place the 4th Thurs. of each month except June, July, August and December, from 7 to 9pm at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. All are welcome. FMI call 250-372-5679. ■■ Advocates for Urban Wildlife Kamloops welcomes like-minded individuals interested in joining a growing movement towards safely co-existing urban wildlife. FMI: or 250-573-3483. ■■ Kamloops Stroke Recovery Group invites people who have suffered a stroke and their caregivers to their meetings the second, third and fourth Thursday of the month from 10:30am to 1pm. FMI call 250-320-1348.

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Your Horoscope AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your unique approach to life will interest others. Problems with in-laws may cause friction in your personal relationship. You’ll be tempted to spend extravagantly this week. Work quietly. DOWNTOWN’S PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Positive changes regarding your personal status are evident. Plan eventsNEWEST like camping or white water rafting. You can make extra cash if you act on a hunch. Escapist tendencies will result in a FAVOURITE LUNCH poor reputation and a lack of confidence. ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)SPOT! Travel is evident, but be cautious while in transit. You need to keep busy doing things that you both enjoy. New hair, Madeaffairs from may scratc new outfit, new you. Secret beh,brought out in the open. ho m e st yl TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21)e,You’re to take action and take over. comfoready rt food Any difficulties withwpeers You will upset your partith acould uniqbe ue unnerving. twist! aren’t ner if you have spent money on things that necessary. Changes to E’Rbenefit E SUasPlong your self image will be toW your as you ER- don’t over pay. GEMINI (May 22-JuneA21) You will have control the way you feel. FFORDmaking ABLEto!changes Your best efforts will come through in your home. Get on with business. Best not to confront situations that deal with in-laws. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Try to slow down and take another look. Extravagance and overindulgence are not a cure if you’re feeling sorry for yourself. You need to put some trust in others. Emotional upset may prevail on the domestic scene if you have neglected your duties or your mate. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Be careful while traveling. Travel will promote new romantic connections. Get domestic chores out of the way early. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Try not to upset others with your plans. Get out and rub shoulders with people in high positions if possible. It will be important that you have your priorities straight. Spend time with friends and relatives. Travel for pleasure. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Delve into worthwhile causes that will show results if you put in the effort. Patience will be of utmost importance. You’re intuitive this week; however, this attribute could get you in trouble if you tactlessly say what you think. You will want to complain about the in justice that is going on, SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Travel will be fun, but expect it to cost you. Get down to business work THEand ROADdo KILthe L BURG ER yourself. Take time to find out Bacon, Chicken Tender if anyone has a better suggestion before s, Pulledyou Pork, make arrangements for the 6oz Pat tie, cheinto ddar,money; Lettus, Tomhowever, whole family. You can come perhaps not under the ato, Onion, Burger Sauce all in a house made best circumstances. Bun topped with a pic kle Thi s is our top to take a long, hard look at SAGITTARIUS sel (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need ling bur ger I must say though I can ’t time to make changes to yourself and your personal situation. It’s a good make it throug h one....... Can you!? your living quarters that will give you more space. Don’t let your health suffer because of worry. Talk to someone you trust. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22.- Jan. 20) Be honest in your communication and heraecorner. Work in fine detail ospinto atmyou fun quirky Ouifrsomeone don’t lose your cool backs ck may only cause comand present the bestwipossible ing baaffairs you comSecret ll keepproposal. plications in your life. Uncertainties about your ain! personal life are probable.

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