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Sharing the wonders of nature The natural wonders of our world are truly awe-inspiring. There is nothing quite like an outstanding view that can take your breath away. That makes you feel more alive and grounded than anything else on this earth. It is important to share this connection to the natural world and its beauty to younger generations. There is becoming a disconnection between children and nature as the world has been more developed and technology has grown leaps and bounds. The days of playing the dirt and exploring past the backyard are slowly diminishing. The Kamloops Young Naturalists Group is dedicated to reversing this travesty. It is their soul mission to inspire children naturally. Current coordinator Rich Doucette strongly believes in the purpose of the Kamloops Young Naturalists. “It is a great group to get involved in. To get kids outside and away from the screens,” comments Rich. “We organize monthly events with caregivers or parents to come out with their child, be hands on and learn about nature. You will be learning something interesting and it is something new to do with family.” The group has been active in Kamloops for a decade now. Taking young children and their fam-

Sharing the wonders of the natural world is an important step to ensure the next generation will try to preserve it.

and show how to count tree rings. We will also do bark rubbings and looking at the different roughness of bark. I am also hoping to have the kids walk with bare feet.” There are about 30 kids that are

ilies on adventures each month. “We have an Explorer Day once a month. This month is Tree Study sessions on Sunday, June 22 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm,” adds Rich. “We will look at how trees grow

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Catrina Crowe and Alexis Tuyttens set up their Bike to Work Week Celebration Station at the Uji Garden in Riverside Park. The sun held out for the Western Canada Theatre group to support those biking to work.

Out of the Ashes bursary deadline The Phoenix Centre’s Out of the Ashes Bursary is accepting applications until June 30. The awards are given to Kamloops residents who have changed their lifestyles, going from addictions to sobriety and who are pursuing post-secondary education. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 35 for the two

categories of awards; must have a Kamloops home address or have recently moved here to attend an educational program; must have one year of sobriety; must not be facing any outstanding charges or incarceration; and must have three letters of support, with contact information, that attest to the applicant’s sobriety.

Two of the letters must come from professionals who have worked with the applicants are required when applying. The program is funded only by donations and the value of the bursaries varies, depending on donations. Please call 250-374-4634 for additional information.

CAP Team Golf Tournament around the corner It’s golf time again! If you have joined the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association’s annual tournament at the Dunes to support your favourite ambassadors in red, you know that the KCBIA CAP Team have a reputation for being the most fun tournament in town for a reason. There is still room for a few more golfers and room for more hole sponsors and dinner guests.  Their tournament is a bit different than others. They play the back nine holes of the Dunes Golf Course Vegas-style. Vegas style means that each team gets a big die. Everyone drives, you roll the die and who-

ever’s number it lands on, that’s the drive you must take. If it lands on a five or six, you get to take best ball. This makes for a very fun and unpredictable game. In addition to golf, there are also a myriad of activities on most of the nine holes. They have a giant spin to win wheel, a photo booth, drive the dice, drink holes, food holes and fun everywhere you look.  Not only is this a good way to get involved in your downtown and support the ambassador program but it is also a great way to introduce yourself and/or your product(s) to your downtown business people.

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on the timing and availability of people and topic of the Explorer Day,” Rich adds. “It is so important to get kids to connect to the natural world. This connection to nature is something they can have for the rest of their lives.” Rich has been organizing the group for four years and loves it. “I get to share my knowledge with the younger generation, it is a big thing. I went to school for five years to learn about trees and it is very interesting to bring that to a level which children can use. I get to help grow an appreciation for the natural world in a younger generation,” says a passionate Rich. The Kamloops Young Naturalists is suitable for children ages five to 12 and the cost is $25 per year per family. With this membership a family will get four magazines a year, which has all different activities, Explorer Days ten months a year and activity emails which parents can do on their own time. If you would like to get involved in the Kamloops Young Naturalists just visit their Facebook page or visit ynca.ca or you can email them at ynckamloops@gmail. com. Also Rich is planning to step down from his coordinating role. “I am stepping away from my involvement with the coordination, so the local club is looking for a new coordinator. My kids have grown,” comment Rich. “I am handing the reins over to another parent or volunteer.” Ashley Demedeiros

Library wellness worshop The TNRD Library System is hosting a free informative talk and workshop at the Kamloops Library put on by Inspire Chiropractic and Wellness Studio on Thursday, June 12, at 7:00pm. The workshop will focus on factors that exacerbate the growing problem of neuro-developmental disorders, such as ADHD, autism, sensory-processing disorders and seizures, with a specific emphasis on the role of the brain and central

nervous system. Inspire’s Dr. Robert Conroy will lead the workshop and offer direction on how to get your children’s nervous systems balanced and healthy again, as well as how to improve your child’s function and development, no matter the disorder. The event is free, but space is limited, so anyone interested is urged to contact the library at 250-372-5145 to reserve a spot.


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Champions for a day. Left to right Enrico Leone, Franco Carnovale, Bruno Covaceuzach and Angelo Morasco show their bocce form at the recent 100th anniversary of the Colombo Lodge.

Once upon a time at burlesque Join the Kamloops Burlesque Monthly Showcase at The Blue Grotto on Thursday, June 12 for their Once Upon at Time Show. They are proud to present sassy local acts with Miss Coco Crème, Miss Annaphylactic Shock, Melvyn Felske, Lizzie Borden, Miss Crimson Clover, Miss Andry, Humphrey Cockburn and Coco’s Cream Puffs. They are super excited to present their very special guest Ruthe Ordare.  With her hips, thighs and bedroom eyes Ruthe Ordare has established herself as the sweetheart of Vancouver’s bustling burlesque scene.  A member of the live jazz burlesque collective Pandora and The Locksmiths, Ruthe serves up classic glamour with a

contemporary pulse and was awarded the “Coco Chanel” style award at VIBF 2013.  She has performed at Burlesque festivals in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto.  In 2013 she competed in the Best Duo category at The Burlesque Hall of Fame; and she was recently awarded “Best Solo” at the 2014 Texas Burlesque Festival.  Ruthe is an instructor at the Vancouver Burlesque Centre. This month Kamloops Burlesque will be starting their fabulous VIP ticket contest.  Every VIP ticket holder will be entered to win a fabulous grand prize of a semester of Burlesque Classes or a Burlesque Party, which will be drawn at their Pin Up show on Thursday,

August 14. It is one entry per VIP ticket, name and contact info on the back. One draw each month (June, July and August) for a pair of VIP tickets to the next show. Monthly draw winners will be re-entered into the draw for the grand prize. Grand prize draw will happen August 14 at the burlesque show. The winner must be present to collect their prize. Grand prize is winners choice of a semester of burlesque classes or a burlesque party. Prize must be redeemed within six months and the prize is transferable. As always, their show is 19 or older. Tickets can be bought at the door and VIP tickets are available at Instinct Adornment, 319 Victoria Street.

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The United Way hosted Mark Brand at their annual Community Spirit Luncheon on Thursday, May 29. At only 37 years old, Mark Brand is one of Vancouver’s most recognized social entrepreneurs. He successfully operates eight businesses in the downtown area and is a fighter for Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Mark has been invited to share his message of social enterprise and business at numerous conferences and universities in North America, as well as world-renowned events such as TED Talks. Left to Right: Melinda Mitchell, Brenda Aynsley, Francy Hayward, Heather Harrison, Michelle Davies, Mark Brand, Danalee Baker, Amber Harding and Geralyn Beaton.

It’s time to meet Cameron Staff at the CAP Team As a recent graduate of the journalism program at Thompson Rivers University, it only made sense that I would be the designated writer for the summer. Along with writing all of the Echo articles, I am also heading a new web series for KCBIA entitled “People of the Neighborhood,” which will feature downtown businesses and their stories. Keep an eye out for it online. This is my first summer staying in Kamloops, and originally being from the Vancouver area, I am a little worried about the desert heat. However, there is no other job I would rather have. Interacting with locals, tourists, merchants and everyone else in between, keeps the position very interesting. With a job like the CAP Team, no day is ever the same, which should make for a fantastic and rewarding summer. Along with daily street patrols, and individual projects, the team will be actively working on events throughout the summer. This is another aspect of the position that is extremely appealing to me, as I will be starting my Events Management Diploma this September at TRU. The Spring

for is our fundraiser golf tournament at the Dunes Golf Course on June 12. We are looking for sponsorship, door prizes, silent auction items and golf teams. It’s a fun filled event and we would love to have your participation. Visit our website at KCBIA.com to register. You can also reach us by phone at 250-572-3008 or email at capteam@kcbia.com if you have any questions! Cameron Staff

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Festival, which was our first event of the summer, was a huge success. We would like to thank all of our participants and the people who came down to enjoy the festivities. Our next event to keep an eye out

Taking inspiration from the contemporary Surrealist works in Unreal, on Thursday June 5 at 7:00pm, the Kamloops Art Gallery is hosting a free dropin drawing night in their Ken Lepin and Tricia Sellmer studios. Using automatic and collaborative processes, you will draw the fears and phobias (great and small) that stem from the uncertainty of this age, creating an index of contemporary fears as you experience them. Finished works will be displayed in the Education Room in their Central Galleries until June 14. No pre-registration is required for this free all-ages event.


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Kyla Roberts enjoys a bear hug from Grizz, the new Downtown mascot.

Outdoor bowling fun The Kamloops Riverside Lawn Bowling Club is having an Open House on June 7 starting at 10:30am starting at Riverside Park. Kamloops City Councillor Ken Christian will officially open the event. The club is active from May

through September on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening, Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Sunday afternoons. For those interested in joining the club or taking three free lesson please contact Irene at 250-374-4273 or Bruce at 250-554-5177.

National Health and Fitness Day In celebration of the second Annual National Health and Fitness Day initiative, the City of Kamloops is hosting a free group fitness class and expo on June 7. Everyone is invited to join for this 75-minute fitness class that includes Zumba, cardio, strength, Pilates and yoga. The class will take place in the Tournament Capital Centre’s indoor fieldhouse, starting at 9:00am. Different instructors from across the community will come together to instruct this one-of-a-kind class, including: Jacqueline GeoffrionKamloops Community YMCAYWCA, Evelyne Penny – City of Kamloops , Cathy Bliault – City of Kamloops, Amber Durant Evolve Pilates Studio, Melissa Phillips - Evolve Pilates Studio and Joy Demsey - Kamloops Hot Yoga. The event will be led by Jo Berry of RUNClub and Nelly Dever of Nelly’s Executive Fitness and will

include random draw prizes for participants. Many facilities from around town will have information booths set up to showcase their facilities and services. A Kids Zone will be available from 9:00am to 12:00pm and feature face painting, Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre and Pacific Sport. Visit Tourism Kamloops for many other great healthy living initiatives around town.

Awareness Day

The Kamloops Brain Injury Association is having its Activity and Awareness Day on Friday June 20 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Riverside Park Bandshell. There will be local performers singing and dance. Free Yoga taught by Kamloops Hot Yoga from 12:15 to 12:45, a barbeque lunch by donation, a bouncy castle, face painting and familyfriendly games.


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Magic and earthly delights down your road ■■ “Art Connections” from terskiing and wakeboarding free! FMI visit the Kamloops Canoe May 1 to 31 at the old Courthouse and Kayak Club, Kamloops RowGallery, 7 W Seymour St. Focusing Club and/or Kamloops Watering on spring and Mother’s Day, ski Club websites. art works by local artists. Open ■■ Kamloops Family History Tues. to Fri. from 10am to 5pm Society meetings take place the and 10am to 4pm Saturday. Hand4th Thurs. each month except icap accessible, free parking. June, July, Aug and Dec from 7 ■■ The Art We Are-Ma Petite to 9pm at Heritage House, 100 on May 17 from 8 to 10pm 246 Lorne St. All are welcome. FMI Victoria St. FMI contact 250-828call 250-372-5679. 7998. ■■ Council of Canadians meets ■■ “Something old, Something at 5:30pm the second Wed. of evNew” from June 3 to 28 at the old Courthouse Gallery, 7 West ery month at the Smorgasboard Seymour St. Showcasing fine art Deli, 225- 7th Ave. FMI contact and craft, unique gift ideas for the Anita or Dalton at 250-372-0055. bride, the groom the wedding par■■ The Art We Are: Open Mic ty or yourself, family and friends. and Poetry Slam on 2nd and last Open year round, Tues to Fri from Wed. monthly from 7 to 9pm. 246 10am to 5pm and Sat from 10am Victoria St. FMI contact 250-828to 4pm. Free parking, handicap 7998. 246 Victoria St. accessible. ■■ Kamloops Riverside Lawn ■■ Live in the Lounge at Lake Bowling Club Until Sept. Mon, City Casino, 540 Victoria St. June Wed, Fri, Sun at 7pm and Tues 7 Margit Sky Duo. FMI call 250and Thurs at 9am. Lessons avail372-3336. able for individual or group. FMI ■■ The Wizard of Ours presentcontact Irene at 250-374-4273 or ed by Nuance Dance Studio on Bruce at 250-554-5177 or visit June 7 at 7pm and June 8 at 2pm kamloopsriversidelawnbowlingat the Sagebrush Theatre. Tickets club.com. available at Kamloops Live! Box Office at kamloopslive.ca or 250374-5483. ■■ Senior Symposium, with BC Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie, on June 13 from 9am to 4pm at Coast Hotel and Conference Cenrte, 1260 Rogers Way. RegThe Echo's arts + events istration deadline June 2. Contact guide is your source for all the City of Kamloops at 250-828summer entertainment, exhibitions 3500. Program #228182. and activities that Kamloops has to ■■ Let’s Dance on June 21 from offer. 2014 issues coming soon! 8pm to 12am at Kamloops Curlkamloops ing Club, 700 Victoria St. Music BC Interior Community Foundation For 30 years the Foundation has been funding by Transplant. FMI callThe250-572summer 2014 Foundation) is and supporting social needs at down the community town & north shore 5111. For tickets call(formerly Zoniathe Kamloops at dedicated to improving the quality of life in the level. This is the driving force behind the Smart 250-372-0091, Francoise at 250Thompson, Nicola and South Cariboo region. & Caring Community campaign. Find out how list your event: 372-3782 or Ed at 250-374-2774. Community vitality has been the Foundation’s you can support your community today and for PHONE: 250-374-ECHO (3246) ■■ Shumway Lake Open House purpose, promise and passion since 1984. generations to come. Leave your lasting legacy! on June 22 from 11am to 3pm FAX: 250-374-3247 Formerly Kamloops Foundation FOUNDATION Rae the ofKAMlOOpS the Swiss Pastry Restaurant seen here with BBQ lunch from 12:30 to swiss delight - JohanFormerly EMAIL: echo@shawcable.com dipping buttercream truffles in dark chocolate. 2pm. Try paddling, rowing, wa- Street, #2 - 219 Victoria Kamloops, BC V2C 2A1 P: 250-434-6995 • E: info@kamloopsfoundation.com • www.kamloopsfoundation.com

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YOUR COMMUNITY MAKES YOU. AND YOU MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY. Formerly Kamloops Foundation

The BC Interior Community Foundation (formerly the Kamloops Foundation) is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Thompson, Nicola and South Cariboo region. Community vitality has been the Foundation’s purpose, promise and passion since 1984. For 30 years the Foundation has been funding and supporting social needs at the community level. This is the driving force behind the Smart & Caring Community campaign. Find out how you can support your community today and for generations to come. Leave your lasting legacy! Formerly the KAMlOOpS FOUNDATION

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echo stargazer GEMINI (May 22-June 21) The probability is high that you will discover some error made in the past that must be rectified fairly soon. It may be as simple as finding a bill that was forgotten and left unpaid. Or it could be a little more complicated and involve a previous misunderstanding. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Mercury is turning retrograde in your sign and will be more likely to affect your daily affairs than many of the other signs.  Don’t even try to finalize anything while Mercury is with you. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Memories from your life history may surface for examination at this time. Old friends or acquaintances who return for a short time could be the trigger for this life review.  It is possible you may have a greater than normal need to give attention to your inner self. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Mercury will be retrograding in the Virgo territory that concerns friends, organizations and community contacts.  You may be having difficulty bringing things to fruition in any of these areas. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)  You are probably thinking twice about an action that sounded good in the beginning.  Mercury has altered directions in the house of career and life direction. This is really more of a tweaked change than a larger life change. Now is the time to research the best possible choices, but don’t make promises until you are certain. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 –Nov. 22) Mercury is changing directions in the territory, which deals with education, publishing, travel, public speaking, the law and philosophy.  Therefore any of these activities are subject to shifts, changes, or sudden deceleration due to lack of decision. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Mercury is retrograding in the territory of taxes, debt and joint resources. You will likely experience a need to go back and review financial history. Some may be hesitating over whether or not to become sexually involved with a new lover.  The answer for that one is to step back for now. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22.- Jan. 20) Mercury is retrograding in the territory of significant relationships, contracts and clientele. These areas may be challenging right now because it is difficult to make decisions or finalize activities.  Have patience with yourself and everyone else. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) This Mercury retrograde experience occurs in the territory of health, coworkers, tenants, employees and pets. You may find it very hard to move forward with your diet and exercise program. It is a particularly good time to organize closets, records and files. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Mercury will be retrograding in your territory of children, creative life and romance. You may feel the need to reconsider relationship decisions. You will want to reconnect to former lovers. ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) The area of focus is related to property, family and issues of security. You are likely reworking things in one of these territories. Have patience. TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) The Mercury retrograde focus is specifically on communications, neighbors, siblings and others who are in your daily environment. Concentrate as much as possible on clear communications. Double check what you think you heard.  Horoscopes courtesy of astrologer Vivian Carol. For daily horoscopes go to horoscopesbyvivian.com

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Property Taxes and Homeowner Grants City of Kamloops

Property Taxes Are Due

July 2, 2014

NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM Please note: There is currently construction underway near City Hall at 1st Ave and Victoria Street

Quick and Easy

Other Ways to Pay

Fill out your homeowner grant in advance to save time.

By Mail

PAYMENT PROCESSING CENTRE

24-hour Drop Box

McArthur Island

Send a cheque payable to City of Kamloops. Remember to mail it early (five to seven days) to avoid a late penalty. Use the drop box in front of City Hall.

Banking

Pay your property taxes online, by phone, ATM, or teller services at most financial institutions. As a general rule, allow three business days for your payment to clear.

New location at Curling Club open June 2-July 2, 2014.

Only homeowner grants and tax and/or utility payments accepted

E-Hog

Apply for your Homeowner Grant online. Access the eHog electronic homeowner grant service at www.kamloops.ca/ehog and enter the information found on your property tax notice.

Pay in Person City Hall, 7 Victoria Street West Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm June 23-27, 30 & July 2, 8 am - 5 pm McArthur Island, 1550 Island Parkway Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm June 23-27, 30 & July 2, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm The City accepts cash, cheques, and debit, but does not accept credit cards for payment.

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