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A new way to dine: the local food wanderlust Looking for an out-of-the-box way to explore Kamloops restaurants? Dishcrawl, an international movement inviting diners to eat out in a new way, is coming to Kamloops. A Dishcrawl is the unique experience of eating at four different restaurants in one night with other food lovers from your community. On Wednesday, September 18 local foodies can be part of this adventurous restaurant tour that is all about eating, talking and raising awareness about downtown food spots. A start-up born in California, the Dishcrawl concept has enjoyed success in larger cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York and Miami over the last two years, and is expanding into smaller centres around the world. “We’re reimagining with the way people think about food and drink in their community,” says Tracy Lee, Founder of Dishcrawl, whose mission is to show food lovers the best dishes in their local restaurants. “This is a great way for neighbors to get out and interact with the local businesses.” The word ‘local’ is key here: the Dishcrawl concept focuses solely on local, family-owned businesses, not big franchises. “Restaurant owners and managers become part of the event,” explains Kamloops’ Dishcrawl ambassador

Anita Lyapina is Kamloops’ own Dishcrawl Ambassador, and she can’t wait to host creative food events for the community.

Anita Lyapina, emphasizing that the community aspect of the events is just as important as the food experience. “Many people have dined at their favourite restaurant for years without ever knowing who or what

stands behind their favourite dish. In our event the people behind the food are there to introduce their dishes and engage diners.” Participating eateries are kept secret until 48 hours before the

event, adding an element of excitement for diners, but we can say that as a rule they are always within 10 minute’s walking distance of one another. Each stop will serve up to three items they want to feature from their menu, adding up to a four-course meal over the evening. To keep the event fairly intimate and allow for an opportunity to get to know one another, a maximum of 40 people will travel together, spending roughly 45 minutes at each stop and keeping the entire experience under three hours. Anita, who has been in Kamloops for two years after emigrating from Russia, chose the downtown core for its charm, but she will be planning other Dishcrawls in other parts of the city. Dishcrawl is the flagship event for the company, but there are several others that will be coming to Kamloops as the company grows. Other happenings include a Brew Benefit beer tasting tour; Neighborfood, which takes a larger group to eight different restaurants to try eight different dishes; their Whiskey Waltz, which focuses strictly on whiskey tasting; and a Taco Camp. “Ambassadors in other cities have taken the concept to host private events, as well, like bachelor par– continued on page 2

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A group of young girls recently organized a small charity event of their own. Helayna Miller (front, far left) led the way, organizing friends who agreed to do the Cuts for Kids with Cancer with her. Her goal was to get six people together and she got halfway there with her sister Jaydah Bond and friend Shyla Huston. Get Polished Nails and Accessories donated a chair and stylist Tiffany Nowell (back left) donated her time, and in one afternoon the three youth had their long locks snipped off to be sent away and be turned into wigs for children with cancer who have lost their own hair. Way to go girls, for setting such a good example in your community, you should be proud of yourselves! Photo courtesy of Larry Huston

It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about your entry in the 2013 Kamloops Santa Claus Parade. This year’s parade is taking place on November 30 on Victoria Street. Wake Up Santa is at 10:30am and the parade will commence at 11:00am. There are 25 free non-profit spots, courtesy of Kamloops Square Management, which are first-come-first-serve. Commercial organizations and all other spots have a cost. If you are interested in sponsoring addition free spots for non-profits, please call 250-372-3242. Thank you to all of you who have shown interest in this year’s parade and for the numerous individuals who have already taken the time to sign up. Your holiday enthusiasm is what is going to make this parade an unforgettable one. For more information visit and take the few minutes to fill out the parade sign-up sheet. If you have any questions please call the KCBIA, 250-372-3242.

Western Canadian Theatre season opens with Dreary and Izzy Western Canada Theatre launches its exciting 2013-14 Season with the powerful Dreary and Izzy, playing at the Pavilion Theatre from September 12 to 28. In turns poignant and funny, Dreary and Izzy is the story of Deirdre and her troubled adopted sister, Isabelle. Deirdre (Dakota Hebert) is barely staying afloat as Isabelle’s (Roseanne Supernault) sole caregiver, despite the occasional assistance of neighbour Mrs. Harper (Sharon Bakker). When gorgeous vacuum cleaner salesman Freddie Seven Horses (Garnet Smith) arrives, he sparks in each sister hopes for new

opportunities and perhaps even love. Playwright and Director Tara Beagan is familiar with Kamloops and the region. Of Nlaka’pamux and Irish-Canadian heritage, Tara spent every summer as a child in Kamloops, Merritt and on the Coldwater Reserve. Soon, the Kamloops audience will be just as familiar with this Dora Award winning artist. Behind the scenes, the design team includes names familiar to WCT audiences and some that are new. Ross Nichol is set designer, Andy Moro is the lighting and sound designer, Cindy Wiebe is the cos-

Tomato Festival is back The second annual Kamloops Tomato Festival is happening this Saturday, September 14 at the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Sample gourmet tomato dishes and taste of over 60 varieties. Part of the festival will include

competitions and prizes for biggest tomato, most bizarre tomato, most perfect tomato, most colourful tomato and most fruit-per-stem. The festival is a ticketed event. For more information contact alex_

tume designer, Sarah Wallin is stage manager and Aaron Shingoose is the design intern. This WCT presentation is the beginning of a long life for the show. As a co-production with Gateway Theatre, Persephone Theatre and Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, audiences in

Richmond and Saskatoon will also see this production of Dreary and Izzy next spring. The show runs from September 12 to 28 at the Pavilion Theatre. Tickets are available through the Kamloops Live! Box Office: in person at 1025 Lorne Street, by phone at 250-374-5483 or online at

One night, four restaurants – continued from page 1 ties, progressive dinners, prix fixe dinners, and other fun food events,” adds Anita. She is excited about representing Dishcrawl in Kamloops and adds, beaming, “Food is my real passion.” There is no cost to restaurant owners, who are compensated for their food costs. Anita explains: “The idea is to promote local restaurants. We put hours and hours of marketing - through traditional media and sophisticated social media cam-

paigns – into promoting our participating restaurants.” One night, four restaurants, a friendly atmosphere and delicious meals might be the perfect way to shake up your dinnertime routine. For more information about Kamloops’ upcoming Dishcrawls, or to reserve a spot and purchase tickets online, visit Kamloops. Only 40 tickets are sold per event. To find a local dining experience in whatever city you visit, go to Rebecca Stewart


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The City Carpentry Crew were at work on Victoria Street preparing for the installation of new Parking Pay Stations which will soon replace the old-style meters. 90 stations, 21 of these on Victoria Street, will service the existing 800 downtown parking stalls.

Private power contracts cancelled BC Hydro has cancelled four electricity purchase contracts with independent power producers as part of an attempt to reduce costs. The Wilderness Committee’s National campaign director Joe Foy called on BC Energy Minister Bill Bennett to name the projects with cancelled or deferred contracts, and to continue this costsaving effort by cancelling many more unneeded contracts with private hydropower producers. BC Hydro has currently signed more

than $50 billion worth of contracts with private hydropower producers. Critics, including the Wilderness Committee, have said that these contracts risk bankrupting the public utility and that private power projects can cause unacceptable damage to BC’s creeks, rivers and lakes. Reports from the announcement stated that the projects identified for cancellation were not meeting contractual obligations, due to financial or regulatory problems.

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Sponsor a girl and help change her life Since 2006, over 800 girls from Kamloops, Chase, Logan Lake and Barriere have discovered their talents and inner strength at the annual Y Power of Being a Girl conference. All girls who attend are fully sponsored as part of the Y’s core philosophy that every young person needs and deserves a chance to participate. The Girl Power Flower Fundraiser asks individuals and businesses to each invest $50 to sponsor a girl so they can be a part of Power of Being a Girl on October 16. Donations can be made online at kamoopsy. org/girlpower or at any Kamloops Y location. “I learned to be proud of being a girl – that I don’t need to change who

I am,” exclaims one participant at the close of last year’s conference. Power of Being a Girl is a day designed by girls for girls to explore the challenges of growing up in a fun and empowering way. The pressures experienced by girls in our media-dominated society, such as the negative stereotypes around body image, identity, esteem and healthy relationships, compound the challenges that exist in adolescence. Workshops at Power of Being a Girl focus on issues like self-esteem, bullying, positive peer relationships, body image and Internet safety. “The Power of Being a Girl Conference is a unique opportunity to provide girls with positive alterna-

tives as they navigate the pressures of adolescence,” says Michele Walker, director of Violence Against Women Intervention and Support Services at the Kamloops YM/YWCA. “It gives the girls the chance to connect with valuable community resources and to know that they are supported by their community.” The community of Kamloops has generously supported this initiative for the last seven years. Donations this year will help ensure that another 125 young women aged 12 to 14 will acquire the tools and confidence to help them achieve their potential. Visit or call 250377-7725 for more information or to make a donation.

Creating community one meal and one step at a time Dear Editor, JUMP (Jubilee Urban Movement and Partners) is a not-for-profit volunteer group that creates meals in a participatory community setting every Saturday of the year and is looking for volunteers. If you prefer the daytime downtown experience, then you might like to help at the New Life Mission. We usually get there around 9:30 or 10:00am. The first step is food preparation and cook-

ing until 11:30am. At that time, the residents from the New Life Mission (approximately 20) come for lunch and are served from the counter. At noon the doors open for the general population. The only difference between the Pit Stop and the Mission lunch is that the people are not served at their tables. They come to the counter to be served. Lunch ends at 1:00pm. Otherwise, everything else is the same as at Pit Stop, as far as tasks go.

As for myself, I go to the farmers market at noon to pick up donated produce. I am back at the Mission around 12:45pm. From that time until about 2:00pm I sort through the produce from the market as well as the food brought to the mission by Food Share to determine what we need to continue cooking for the supper, if necessary, and what we will bring to the supper to give away. Therefore, by 1:30pm or 2:00pm we are usually

done at the mission. It is about a three to four hour day depending on what you can or like to do according to your availability. We then serve a supper every Saturday evening from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on the North Shore. There is no food prep or cooking involved, only set-up, serving and cleanup. Thanks, and feel free to share this with any other possible volunteers. Glenn Hilke, JUMP Volunteer Coordinator

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which can be used in products such as park benches and fencing. “Kamloops Office Systems is one of Ricoh’s top dealerships, they have partnered with us to absorb some of the freight costs so that we can offer this service to our clients free of charge.” If you or your business are in need of any of the services Kamloops Office Systems provides – from printing equipment to the paper you’re printing on – visit them at 261 6th Ave, contact, or visit for more information. Rebecca Stewart

Popular Robotics camps are back this fall at BLSC BIG Little Science Centre is excited to announce its fall lineup of Girls Only and Boys Only Robotics Clubs for 2013. This year they will have two sessions running over the course of the fall months. Robotics Clubs are the most popular offered by the Science Centre and are for beginners up to expert levels. Club members will be able to work at their own pace and to their own interests. Challenges and teaching will be provided over the sessions to encourage club members to learn and stretch their skills. As skills develop, new robot designs and more advanced programming will be introduced. Thursdays will be Girls Only Robotics; the first session

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runs November 14 to December 12. Fridays will be Boys Only Robotics: the first session starts October 4 and runs until November 8 (with no session October 25), the second session runs November 15 to December 13. Both groups are for children who are ten or older. Each week the club starts at 2:45pm and runs to 4:30pm. Arrive any time after 2:30pm to get started. Space is limited and fills quickly. For more information and costs, call 250-554-2572 or email Remember that the BIG Little Science Centre moved at the start of July and is now located at 655 Holt Street.

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Author honours dad with reading Andrea Carter, author of Hard Bed Hotel and South of Centre, will be in Kamloops to do a reading from her novels at Ponderosa Lodge at 3:00pm on September 17. “My Dad passed away in Ponderosa Lodge only a few months ago,” says Andrea. “So in a way, reading in a place like Ponderosa has given me an opportunity that feels like a gift. I’ll feel that my Dad is there with us.” Inspired by 12 years of living in Bolivia, Chile and Spain with her Chilean husband, Andrea began to write fiction in 1999. Building on personal observations, stories shared by their Chilean family and friends, and interviews with - of all people - freelance cemetery caretakers, she had plenty of material from which to create a host of weird and wonderful characters.“I believe some older readers might be as fascinated by the South American style of memorializing someone when they pass on as I am,” says Andrea of her choice to do readings in two Kamloops venues catering to seniors. “My Mom shared that she had no idea about all of this and was really moved by some of the things people do in the South American culture. The importance of cemeteries - from young children to grandparents - and the cemetery passageways there are something we don’t even imagine here.” Her novels are wrapped in cultural oddities, superstitions and protagonists who are anything but ordinary. Sprinkled with magic realism, they are unique adventures through old South American cemeteries, which with their super-

stitions, intriguing burial customs and tragicomedy are always at the fringes of everyday life there. The stories are about unconventional relationships in bizarre situations and they take you on humorous journeys with underlying questions about justice and life beyond. The exploration of how we treat our loved ones after they are gone makes Andrea’s writing of special interest to the aging population. Those who share her fascination with rituals and ceremonies surrounding death may enjoy her frequent online posts on the subject. “I have a blog with several short posts specifically about South American cemetery culture,” says the author. Her writings and images about cemeteries and memorialization can be found at In addition to the reading on September 17, Andrea is doing a book signing at Chapters on Hillside Drive on Saturday, September 21 between 1:00 and 4:00pm. For more information, visit

Audition call for traditional panto The Laughing Stock Theatre Society of BC is holding their Open Audition Call for the 3rd Annual Traditional British Panto that will be held at the Sagebrush Theatre from December 24 to 31. This year’s performance will be “Aladdin – The Panto”. Auditions will be held on Friday, September 20 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday, September 21 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Kamloops Yacht Club, 1140 River Road. Actors will be seen on a firstcome, first served basis and are asked to please bring a résumé and

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Create memories, traditions and just have a good time ■■ “Antlers VS. Horns Versus...” Acrylic on Wood by Martin Tuba Sept. 4 to 28 at the KAC Main Gallery, 7 Seymour St W. Gallery hours: 10am to 5pm Tues. to Fri. and 10am to 4pm Sat. Free parking, handicap accessible. ■■ Animal Encounters from Sept. 3 to 30 at BC Wildlife Park. Birds of Prey Encounter at 11am, Grizzly Bear Feeding at 1pm, Cougar Feeding at 3pm. FMI visit ■■ Kamloops Area Preservation Association (KAPA) is holding a rally on Sept. 12 at 12:30pm at the TRU Campus Activity Center during KGHM Open House at 1 pm. A peaceful protest to bring awareness to the KGHM and City Council that this mine is not in the best interest of the city. FMI visit ■■ CFBX Fall Volunteer Drive runs to Sept. 20. FMI or interested in volunteering contact 250-377-3988 or email radio@■■ The Art We Are - The Caspians with Project Artic on Sept. 14 from 8 to 10pm. ■■ Yang Style Tai Chi and Qi Gong.  Kamloops Tai Chi Club registration and weekly lessons begin Sept. 10 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1146  6th Ave.  FMI call Leo at 250-5795499, Brenda at 250-374-8696 or Shirley at 250-314-6565. ■■ “Naughty Library Burlesque” at The Blue Grotto, 319 Victoria St. on Sept. 12. Doors at 8pm for a 19+ show. FMI or interested in performing visit: ■■ Randy “Elvis” Friskie and

Elvis is in the building! Randy “Elvis” Friskie returns to Kamloops with his Las Vegas Show Band in The Real Tribute To The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Randy’s spine tingling performance brings the King to life for an entire generation of people too young to have experienced Elvis when he was alive and for the legions of people who remember the anticipation of every new record and movie. Randy “Elvis” Friskie has been referred to as “The World’s Best Elvis Tribute Act”.

his Las Vegas Show Band 40th Aloha Tour with special guest Cassandra Friskie on Sept. 14 at 7:30pm at the Sagebrush Theatre. Tickets available by calling 250374-5483 or ■■ Kamloops Tomato Festival at the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Sept. 14 from 8am to 12pm. Historical display, Heirloom seed sales, display and tasting of over 60 varieties, growing advice, sample of gourmet tomato dishes, competition prizes and much more ■■ Visions Farmers Market Society is celebrating its first successful farmers market season at the B.C. Wildlife Park, on Sept 15. New vendors and customers are invited to join us for lunch by donation, funds going to the B.C. Wildlife Park. Go and check out

local vendors. ■■ 33rd Annual Terry Fox Run on Sept. 15 at the Bandshell at Riverside Park. Registration 9am/ Run 10am. Volunteers needed please call April at 250-851-0207. Walk/Wheel/Ride. Volunteer driven. No entry fee. No minimum pledge. Visit to join Terry’s team. ■■ Let’s Dance on Sept. 21 from 8pm to 12am at the Kamloops Curling Club, 700 Victoria St. Music by Jaccard Music Services. FMI contact 250-571-5111. For tickets contact Zonia at 250-3720091, Ed at 250-374-2774 or Francoise at 250-372-3782. ■■ Interior Wellness Festival on Sept. 27 6 to 9pm, Sept. 28 9am to 6pm, Sept. 29 10am to 4pm at TRU Campus Activity Centre. Free admission:

Seminars, Workshops, Healing Garden, Yoga & Fitness Classes, Marketplace, Live Entertainment, Cafe and more! The largest wellness event in BC Interior! FMI visit ■■ Philosophers’ Cafe season begins on Sept. 17 at 7pm at the Smorgasboard, 225- 7th Ave. with the question ‘Does nature have rights? If so, what are those rights?’ with Kevin Pankewich of TRU Socialists Club. Free and open to the public. FMI call 250377-0055. ■■ Condo Concert with Sabrina Weeks from 2 to 5pm, arrive after 1:15pm, on Sept. 29 with proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis. FMI and ticket cost contact Jane and Archie at 778-220-2832 or ■■ Creative Writing Workshop with Eleanor Hancock on Mondays Sept. 30 to Nov. 4 from 7 to 9pm at South Kamloops Secondary. Course #213182. To register call 250-828-3500 or visit: ■■ Sip and Knit at The Noble Pig Brewhouse, 650 Victoria St on the first Monday monthly at 5pm. ■■ Organic Vegetables available to the public grown in the Public Produce Gardens including McDonald Park Public Produce Garden, 262 King St. The Public Produce Project is also looking for volunteers. FMI email ■■ Kamloops Farmers Market - Wednesday markets are held in the 400 block of Victoria St from 8am to 2pm. Saturday markets are held in the 200 block of St Paul St. from 8am to 12pm

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Your Horoscope

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 23) Acceptance will be necessary. Arguments with children or friends may leave you steaming. Someone you care about may not be too pleased with you. Don’t be too quick to judge those you live with. LIBRA (Sept 24-Oct 23) Business conducted in your own office will proceed smoothly. Be careful what you consume this week. Relatives may play an important role in your personal life. SCORPIO (Oct 24 - Nov 22) Depression may be likely if you’re away from home. You’re apt to make a move or experience changes at home. Delays are evident. Residential changes, renovations, or moves are likely to disrupt. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21) Your communication skills are at an alltime high. You should catch up on correspondence. Take care of yourself or you can expect to suffer from minor illness. Friends may not be completely honest with you. CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 20) You will be in a high cycle regarding work. You can come up with future trends in creative fields. You may have a problem with someone you live with if you don’t include them in your gathering. Entertain those who can provide you with valuable information and knowledge. AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19) Take time to deal with the concerns of children. Include the whole family or those you love. Prove your worth; concentrate on getting the job done and steer clear of office politics and gossip. Someone close to you will get upset easily if you are insensitive to their needs. PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20) Go out with close friends who understand your situation and your needs. The stamina you possess will be apparent in your approach to your hobbies and creative projects. Friends or groups that you’re affiliated with may want you to contribute more cash than you can really afford. Secret activity is evident. ARIES (Mar 21-April 20) Listen to the complaints of others. You should include children in your activities. You should be making plans to spend some time with the ones you love. You could be tempted to overspend. TAURUS (Apr 21-May 21) Difficulties with children will surface if you try to break a promise you made. Don’t hesitate to come right out and ask for the pertinent information. Look at your options before making commitments that could jeopardize your financial position. Hidden assets can be doubled if you play your cards correctly. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You should consider submitting some of your written work for publication. You will make new friends through physical activities. Pay attention to small but important details. If you’re uncertain of your feelings, keep your opinions to yourself. CANCER (June 22-July 22) First find out if they’re married. You can utilize your versa tile mind and dazzle others with your speed and accuracy. Your lover may be annoyed if you have been flirtatious or not attentive to their needs. Take care of any paperwork concerning institutional agencies. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Minor health problems may flare up if you haven’t been taking care of yourself or have been burning the candle at both ends. Use discrimination and play hard to get. Your best efforts will come through hard work. Horoscopes courtesy of astrologer Michael Thiessen. For daily horoscopes go to A great golfing experience... at an affordable price!

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