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SEPTEMBER 2016 | ISSUE 117

THE EDUCATION ISSUE FEATURE ARTISTS ALLISON PACE AND KATIE LANE ON THEIR PASSION FOR TEACHING MUSIC | RUSAN POLACIK DISCUSSES HER LATEST READ ON THE CHILD’S DEVELOPING BRAIN | ADAM K MCDONALD CHALLENGES US, AS EDUCATORS, INDIVIDUALS AND CANADIANS | SARAH INGRAM’S TAKE ON BACK TO SCHOOL FERNIEFIX.COM

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EDITOR’S FIX | 5 BUSINESS | 7 Business News/New Business Business Advice with Patty Vadnais – Learn It. Know It. Live It.

SEPTEMBER 2016 ISSUE 117 THE EDUCATION ISSUE

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | 16 Feature Artist – Allison Pace and Katie Lane Fernie Reads with Rusan Polacik – The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Rental Fix – The Jungle Book by Andrew Vallance Musical Notes – Echo Nebraska by Carolyn Nikodym

COMMUNITY AND EVENTS | 24 Feature Resident by Krista Turcasso – Emma Thibodeau You’ve Got Male: Taking Responsibility by Adam K MacDonald Family Stoke – You Had it All Along by Shelby Cain FernieFix.com Events Calendar / September at the Arts Station

OUTDOOR LIFE | 32 Down to Earth: The Next Chapter with Melanie MacVoy by Helen McAllister and Jennifer Heath Never Have I Ever – Tears & Gears by Jesse Bell Summer Hikes with the Elk River Alliance: How Healthy Forests Foster Healthy Fish and Us by Lee-Anne Walker Hitting the Trails with the Fernie Trails Alliance – Stand Back to Take it In by Tom Gibson

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE | 43 Get Your Back to School by Sarah Ingram, Practicing Kinesiologist Health Naturally – Five Tips for Healthy Lunches by Dr. Taina Turcasso, N.D., R.M. Nourish Through Nature by Krissi Hyland, RHN – Back to Routines Beauty and Fashion in a Fix – Fall Fashion 101 by Solange and Zoe

BITS AND BYTES | 51 The Answer Guy – Online Surveys by Kevin McIsaac Astrology with Yann Loranger

FERNIE FUN | 54 Fix Trivia COVER: Dexter enjoys some good old fashioned fall fun playing in the leaves in Annex Park. Photo by Raven Eye Photography, www.raveneyephotography.com THIS PAGE: Never too young to learn how to ride a bike. Photo by Nick Nault, www.nicknaultphotography.ca


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Info@MowAndSnow.ca A Fernie Museum Fund Raising Party

October 29 | 7:00 pm - 1:00 am

COMPANY JUMP

Be transported back in time to the early 1940s War Effort. A reception for local soldiers back from the front is interrupted by an air raid siren - everyone quickly makes their way to the bomb shelter. There a party is in full swing with live entertainment, special vintage cocktails, and an upscale 3 course Mess Hall supper! Company Jump transports us to the White Cliffs of Dover and the eight-piece Johnny Summers Little Big Band will get you dancing till dawn!

Support the Effort

Johnny Summers Little Big Band

Join the effort and help secure a fund raising victory. Bid on fabulous auction items or purchase your “War Bonds�. Funds raised support Fernie Museum programs and services.

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Tickets : go on sale September 19

$85 Adult, $160 Couple | Get yours today!

Exclusive Ticket Sales : Scotiabank Fernie 502 - 3rd Ave | Mon-Fri 10 am - 5pm

Museum Gala, Only 150 tickets available. The 2015 Fall two weeks. the 1920s Speakeasy, sold out within

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Editor’s Fix

and when it seems as though you can’t see the forest for the trees regardless of how hard you try, your “ah ha” moment may be just around the corner.

ONCE YOU STOP LEARNING, YOU START DYING. ~ Albert Einstein I like that. Short, sweet and oh, so true. It is impossible to know it all, and a lot of what we think we know may be wrong or even evolve as we live in this world. To choose to always be learning, to actively be aware of this never-ending process and to have a thirst for knowledge, is in my mind a fantastic approach to life. Sometimes, when life gets busy and repetitive it can feel as though you are stagnant. Like you aren’t developing or growing. That there is no time to explore or learn something new. It’s during these times that it’s important to get perspective,

A few years ago, my life changed significantly with the birth of our first child. I could not have anticipated the huge transition that followed, but it quickly became the norm. Sometimes, I lament about not being able to read all of the books gathering dust on my shelves. I worry when I can’t remember the name of a song I’ve heard countless times. I smack my head on the steering wheel when I completely miss an appointment. What is happening to me? Is my brain degenerating from lack of use? And just then, something profound happens. My eldest rides her bike for the first time. My

youngest responds with, “thank you” when I give her the water glass she wanted. I catch them playing with one another. I see the raw and unconditional love wash across my parents’ faces when I drop off the girls. I catch my partner’s eye when any of the above is happening. And best of all, I somehow am becoming a better version of myself. This kind of learning, I decide I am very happy about. This kind of learning is living. Having said that, I could still use a good reading session… or weekend. Krista Turcasso, Editor FERNIE FIX | FERNIEFIX.COM Published monthly by Claris Media. To advertise and for general inquiries: info@clarismedia.com Box 1124, 841 7th Ave. Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 p: 250-423-4062 www.clarismedia.com

WINTER GUIDE 2016|17 Advertising in the Fernie Fix Winter Guide is your best opportunity to gain exposure in the Fernie area and beyond, all season long. Contact Krista at krista@clarismedia.com for advertising inquiries. ANDREW VALLANCE is a cinophile nerd who currently lives on the wet coast. Girlfriendless, he spends his time going to movies, buying DVDs and flirting. After a summer of great live music, CAROLYN NIKODYM hopes you continue to enjoy Fernie’s musical offerings. PATTY VADNAIS is the Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, a winter-time wanna-be ski bum, and summer-time golf slice professional. Born and raised in Fernie, RUSAN POLACIK loves that she is fortunate enough to raise her daughters here and enjoy all the mountains have to offer. Rusan is a Canadian Certified Counsellor employed by School District 5. SHELBY CAIN was raised in the East Kootenays. After spending a decade wandering the prairies - she’s back, baby. Writing and mothering and enjoying her daily dose of #ferniestoke. Her first novel, Mountain Girl, is now available! Tweet her @ShelbyCainWrote JESSE BELL joins countless other athletes for the annual Tears & Gears, gets her feet dirty, falls in love with a pair of socks, and is happy that she is a runner.

While researching for their book Down to Earth: Cold-Climate Gardens & Their Keepers, HELEN MCALLISTER and JENNIFER HEATH spoke with many inspiring Elk Valley gardeners. Always interested to learn more, they continue the conversation with other gardeners who are also passionate about growing their own food. A community water champion, LEE-ANNE WALKER loves to SUP, fish, swim and paddle the Elk River whenever possible. Nature fills her soul and her passion is sharing it with others. KRISSI HYLAND is a Holistic Nutritionist, Ski and Snowboard Instructor currently spending her last few months in Fernie, BC enjoying everything summer here has to offer. NourishThroughNature.com SARAH INGRAM, practicing kinesiologist, is educating you on how to school your back this month. If you need help with your program, call us at 250-423-9167 or visit us at www.sarahsactiverehab.com

Editor | Krista Turcasso Creative Director | Vanessa Croome Associate Editor | Carolyn Nikodym All content copyright Claris Media. The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily the views of the publisher.

DR. TAINA TURCASSO is a naturopathic doctor and midwife practicing in Calgary, Alberta. She spends most of her time catching gorgeous babies, and is slowly inching her way back to Fernie. Operators and sisters of No.3, SOLANGE and ZOE have a passion for fashion and beauty combining their expertise into their salon and boutique. ADAM K. MACDONALD wishes everyone a happy return to school this September. KEVIN MCISAAC haunts the coffee shops and streets of Fernie to find his column source material. YANN LORANGER from Happy-Culture Inc. is your local resource for Astrology, Tarot and Apitherapy. Astrology courses are offered at the College of the Rockies in Fernie. happycultureinc@gmail.com

The FERNIE TRAILS ALLIANCE is a non-profit organization that works with outdoor recreation groups, government and private land owners to enhance and maintain the Fernie trail network.

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Elkford: Aquatic Centre

Meet at these staging areas, adopt a site, clean it up and participate in volunteer appreciation event. For more information: beth@elkriveralliance.ca (250) 423-3322 ~ www.elkriveralliance.ca Elkford ATV Club


Business

BUSINESS NEWS

Avalanche City Roller Girls www.fernierollerderby.com FERNIE’S AVALANCHE CITY ROLLER GIRLS are hosting Sunday Roller Skate Drop-Ins this fall and winter, beginning Sunday September 11 and continuing every other Sunday from 7:30-8:30pm. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Alpine Chiropractic www.alpinechiropractic.ca DR. EDEN MACGREGOR IS THE OWNER OF ALPINE CHIROPRACTIC and she’s been practicing in Fernie and Sparwood since graduating from CMCC in 2001. In 2014 she was ready for a change and sold her practice in Sparwood. This year she began working exclusively out of her homeoffice in Fernie so she could work around her family’s busy schedule. Working from her home-office has afforded her more time to spend with each patient, and she’s enjoying the more relaxed pace of her practice in Fernie. Dr. MacGregor’s patients can expect a thorough consultation and examination before proceeding with treatment. Dr. MacGregor performs manual adjustments and low-force adjusting techniques, as well as myofascial release and trigger point therapy to help her patients. She is also certified in advanced foot biomechanics and orthotic therapy. Appointments can be booked by calling or texting 250-423-1452.

Roller skate around the gym at Max Turyk and have fun, regardless of your age or ability. An Avalanche City Roller Derby member will be there to set you up and teach a different skill during the last 30 minutes of the drop-in.

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There is a $5 drop in fee and rental gear is available. For more information or to contact the team directly, visit www.fernierollerderby.com.

Emily Brydon Youth Foundation www.emilybrydonyouthfoundation.com THIS JULY 29, THE EMILY BRYDON YOUTH FOUNDATION hosted its first Summer Social fundraiser at Cirque Restaurant in Lizard Creek Lodge. SUBMITTED PHOTO Members of the community were invited to enjoy appetizers, refreshments and live music, while perusing brown bag, silent and live auction items donated by generous business owners and community members. The theme of this year’s live auction was “The Fernie Experience,” which included lifestyle packages. With Kevin Giffin as the auctioneer, it was an entertaining and competitive portion of the evening.

The EBYF board would like to thank those who attended and supported this event through their generous donations. Special thanks to RCR for the outstanding help in organizing and donating funds, and also to TECK for sponsoring the evening’s entertainment. The Social raised approximately $9,000, which will go directly to youth applying to the EBYF for support in the coming year. For more information on donating or applying for support, visit www.emilybrydonyouthfoundation.com. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Fernie Colour Crawl 5km Fun Run

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Community Fall Registration Fair

RUN @ noon After party to follow 5km just for fun WALK or RUN, Music, food and beer garden at the finish line. All Ages! Register at The Arts Station or on-line at www.eventbrite.ca

Register Early and Save!

Proceeds go to The Fernie Child Care Society and the Fernie and District Arts Council.

Prizes for costumes, team spirit, team name and more!

Fundraising Golf Tournament

Join us at Fernie’s Community Centre September 7th & 8th from 6 to 8:30pm for the Fall Registration Fair.

Fernie, BC September 17, 2016 11am shotgun start

This fair is your one stop shop for registration information from Fernie’s many sports and cultural programs.

Did you know STARS flew to Fernie 15 times last year? Help keep this critical health safety net in the sky for our community. Hosted by the Fernie Golf & Country Club For more details and to register visit www.golffernie.com

REGISTER NOW!

Please call 250.423.2245 to book your organizations table. Fernie Aquatic Centre 250.423.4466 Facility Inquiries 250.423.2245 www.fernie.ca


Business

BUSINESS NEWS

Essential Yoga Studio www.essentialyogastudio.com THE ESSENTIAL YOGA STUDIO’S annual 30-Day Yoga Challenge starts September 12! You have 40 days to do 30 yoga classes and feel awesome inside and out. Yoga is not just about getting bendy and strong; yoga is finding peace of mind in such a way that you heal yourself. Yoga is finding serenity in the middle of the many storms life throws your way. It is finding strength in the face of fear, and peace no matter the circumstances. Yoga opens us to how amazing life can be. That said, yoga also leaves your body stronger, more flexible and healthy in ways you maybe haven’t felt in a long time. MATT KUHN PHOTO/ESSENTIAL YOGA STUDIO The cost is $129 per person. Sign up online at www.essentialyogastudio.com or email info@essentialyogastudio.com. Follow Essential Yoga on Facebook and use the Mind Body connect app for up-to-date classes and studio events.

Fernie Colour Crawl FERNIE’S MOST COLOURFUL EVENT IS BACK! The Third Annual Fernie Colour Crawl this September 24 at noon promises to be another exciting event for the entire family. Enjoy our beautiful community trails at one of the most colourful times of the year – and be prepared to get coloured along the way. The route is a gentle 5km run (or walk) with colour stations throughout the route. Enjoy music, food and drinks at the after party at the Arts Station Square. All ages welcome, you can enter as a team or as an individual. Costumes are highly recommended! Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, fastest time, best team spirit, best team name, and more. Proceeds from the event go to The Arts Station and the Fernie Child Care Society. Register online at www.eventbrite.ca or in person at the Arts Station or the Fall Registration Fair.

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Sponsor highlight: Grow, Children’s Boutique AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

“Grow is very proud to be part of the Fernie Ambassador program, a valuable community initiative. We ensure all our staff have the opportunity to become Ambassadors as we find the great customer service tips a welcome refresher and we love the opportunity to learn cool facts about Fernie and its history” -Alicia Clarke, owner, Grow Children’s Boutique

Grow“isThe currently offering 10%was offextremely retail to Ambassador program Ferniemotivating Ambassadors. for theOther Fernie discounts Hotel staff. are It provided us with a wide range of offered to Ambassadors by Coal Town, knowledge about Fernie that has helped Gear us Hub, Board Super Fernie Lodging engage andStiff, inspire our 8, customers. Co. and The Fernie Hotelas toaname a few. Attending the course team encouraged as Ambassadors to elevate the service Moreusdiscounts being added daily.

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Business

BUSINESS NEWS

Fernie Museum www.ferniemuseum.com THIS SEPTEMBER 8 TO 11, THE FERNIE MUSEUM is hosting the inaugural Fernie Chautauqua Fall Fair, celebrating local arts, culture, heritage and cuisine through live music, an art walk, Doors Open, artisan market, food fair, a community church service and Ktunaxa cultural demonstrations. A number of local restaurants will also be featuring farm-totable specials.  The four-day festival begins Thursday with Viva Italia, Viva Fernie: A Celebration of Fernie’s Italian Heritage with special guest, award-winning author Lynne Bowen. 

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Kick off the weekend with the Chautauqua Social, beer garden, readings by local authors, and homemade pie, followed by a night of foot-stomping string-bending music at the Kootenay Hootenany with the Kootenay Stringbenders.

Fernie School of Music www.fernieschoolofmusic. com FOUNDED BY RAENA SHEARER, THE FERNIE SCHOOL OF MUSIC offers the finest musical training for young children. Classes offered bridge the gap in musical education and inspire students with a lifelong love and appreciation of music. Group classes start at two years old and by the time a child is three years old they are being educated directly on the piano.  Classes offered include the internationally renowned Music for Young Children, which is the only early childhood music program that integrates Royal Conservatory material into the classes. Upon completion of these Music for Young Children classes,

The line up on Saturday features well-known local musicians, Erin Teeple, The Hark Raving Sirens, Wild Honey and The Coal Creek Boys. The Our Harvest Fall Fair on Sunday at Prentice Park is a reinvention of Fernie’s traditional fall fair. ferniechautauqua.com.

students have finished Grade 1 Piano and Theory through the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. With her ARCT in Piano SUBMITTED PHOTO Teaching through the Royal Conservatory of Toronto along with a degree in music, Raena has many years of experience and a passion for teaching young children. For more information, visit www. fernieschoolofmusic.com or look on Facebook under Fernie School of Music.

Indie Films Fernie (IFF) IFF IS MOVING TO A NEW DAY AND TIME – Sundays at 5pm. The great support that moviegoers have shown over past years is appreciated and the organizing committee hopes that attendees will continue to support IFF in its new day and time slot at The Vogue Theatre. The first film of the season takes place Sunday, September 11 at 5pm at the Vogue Theatre. Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame, was a Top Ten Audience Favourite at last year’s Hot Docs festival. As a special treat the director, Tony Girardin will be in attendance to introduce his film and for a Q&A following the documentary. In 1964, Giuseppe Marinoni left Italy for Canada, and went on to become one of the most trusted bicycle builders in the world. The film is receiving rave reviews and tells the life story of the legendary bike racer and bike maker who has made between 20 and 30,000 frames during his 40-year career. Visit www.reelfilmfest.ca for more info. FERNIEFIX.COM

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We will be giving away a six month supply each of clariti and MyDay from CooperVision! With any trial of clariti or MyDay contacts in September, you will be entered into a draw for 180 pairs of those lens. A contact lens fitting fee may apply.

Make the healthier choice All eyes need oxygen

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Private Lessons, House Calls Call 250 946 6322 to view our show cabin

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Business

NEW BUSINESS

Rooftop Coffee Roasters www.rooftopcoffeeroasters.com ROOFTOP COFFEE ROASTERS is Fernie’s own family operated specialty coffee roasterie, producing the perfect pairing: high-quality single origin coffee and delicious biscotti. Don’t let the youthfulness of its head roaster dissuade you. Keegan Street enjoys roasting coffee for its science as much as for its art, an appreciation he has gained coming from a family of foodies. While their first beans were roasted from the rooftop patio of their Fernie home, this passion for coffee has evolved into an established commercial operation. Rooftop Coffee’s beans are brewed at the newly opened Valley Social Co. and their retail bags can also be bought at The Guide’s Hut. Its adorable coffee trailer and pour-over stand were a constant presence at the Fernie Mountain Market this summer. Follow them at @ rooftopcoffeeroasters on Instagram and Facebook for insight on any upcoming events and get more information and buy beans on their website, www.rooftopcoffeeroasters. com.

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Sterling Detailing www.sterlingdetailing.ca 250-531-0012

The Valley Social Company

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562 2nd Ave 778-519-5272 THE VALLEY SOCIAL COMPANY (TVSC) is a new shop in the heart of Fernie’s downtown. Harbouring a simple set of fundamentals – good coffee, good food, and good people – they most certainly have curated a space for gathering. Conceived and branded as a mobile espresso trailer, The Valley Social quickly transformed after Dan Whillans was the decided winner of an essay contest generously awarding him most of the contents required to start and run his own brick and mortar coffee shop. TVSC aims to serve a non-intimidating, affordable cup of coffee that hits the spot, and is proud to be opening conveniently at the same time as Rooftop Roasters, initiated by the young and inspiring Keegan Street. With culinary design and sourcing by Sarah MacDonald, TVSC offers a simple, delicious and social collection of locally sourced food boards with a provincial Liquor License for all your après needs. Come winter TVSC will be open until 10pm daily.

YOUR VEHICLE IS AN INVESTMENT, and at Sterling Detailing, they believe it should be treated with obsessive attention to detail. Realizing that each client has different expectations, they strive to provide honest advice and quality service, ensuring that everyone leaves happy. From the everyday driver who doesn’t have enough time in the day, to the vehicle enthusiast who expects the best, Sterling offers service that meets your specific needs. Using carefully selected professional products, they offer a combination of aesthetics and protection to help maintain the longevity of the look of your vehicle. They do not use air fresheners, gimmicky glossy dashboards or cheap products here; just a clean and protected vehicle, the way it is meant to be. Sterling Detailing is locally owned and operated by Matt Frost. They are fully licensed, insured and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Business

BUSINESS ADVICE

Learn it. Know it. Live it. PATTY VADNAIS

OH SEPTEMBER; EVERYONE GETTING BACK INTO ROUTINE. Kids going back to school. I will hopefully get fewer “out of office� replies to every email I send. It is back to work time. As you are setting out your fall work schedule and making plans to build your business, perhaps it is time to put a little continuing education into your own schedule. There are many opportunities in Fernie to expand your business knowledge. Take a look at the College of the Rockies Continuing Education programs. Want to brush up on customer service skills? Take the Ambassador Program. Need better computer skills? Take the Microsoft Excel, Word, or Power Point certificate programs. Still nervous about getting up in front of a group or leading a meeting? There are public speaking and presentation skill courses. This is just a small snippet of the courses available to help you build your business acumen. Another great resource for business education is Small Business BC (a resource centre for knowledge-based business products and service, smallbusinessbc. ca). With flexible learning options, you can find a course suited to your schedule. Seminars coming up include Market Research for Your Business, Reach More Customers with Strategic SEO and SEM, Focused Business Planning, Earn More Business: Learn to Create Proposals, and The Art of Letting an Employee Go. The Chamber of Commerce is also providing education opportunities for growing your business. Knowing the staffing challenges in our community, we are hosting go2HR to talk about finding employees and recruitment tools. A course on the Business Canvas Model will be coming in November.

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AS YOU ARE SETTING OUT YOUR FALL WORK SCHEDULE AND MAKING PLANS TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS, PERHAPS IT IS TIME TO PUT A LITTLE CONTINUING EDUCATION INTO YOUR OWN SCHEDULE. THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES IN FERNIE TO EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE. The business landscape is changing quickly. So is the education landscape. Classes can be taken in-person, via webinar, or distance online learning to name a few delivery methods. Still not convinced you want to be a student again? Here are three why nots: 1. It is easier than ever to do so. No longer does going to school mean four or six years of post-secondary. Pick the topics you want and find an

online course, a lecture, or a distance learning option. It may be a one-hour session or a multi-week course. 2. Save time and make money. Taking a course on a topic you are always researching can save you time in the future. Commit to that two-hour seminar on staff recruitment. Next time you are writing a job posting it will be quicker and easier and you can get back to making sales. 3. Diversity and ideas. Great new tools are making their way into the business world every day. Taking a course is one way to introduce these tools into your business. Before things become stagnant in your business, take a course, meet new people, and try new ideas. As the little ones head back to the classroom, and you are enjoying the quiet, think about what topics you would like to learn about. What skills would you like to expand on? Chances are there is a course out there for you. Happy Learning. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Arts and Entertainment

F E AT U R E A R T I S T

Allison Pace and Katie Lane

It’s not really work when it’s your passion. Ironically, teaching music wasn’t the first career choice for either of us. Katie originally wanted to become a chiropractor and Allison a social worker! Could you imagine? Fortunately, we both realized that teaching was our calling and music was our passion. After graduating with an honours Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Katie began teaching in a small private school in Southeastern Ontario. In 2008, Katie was asked by her husband to move to Fernie, to

which she replied, “where IS that?” Having always wanted to visit BC, she jumped at the opportunity. She quickly got a job teaching Kindergarten at The Fernie Academy, and is currently teaching Grade 1 and primary Music in addition to private music lessons. Following the advice of her mother (shout-out to Ange!), Allison graduated with a combined Music and Education degree from the University of Lethbridge. Shortly after graduation, she was so excited to be offered a job in her hometown, teaching Grade 4-12 Music at The Fernie Academy as well as private piano, guitar, and ukulele.

Our paths first crossed back in 2011. We quickly discovered we made an excellent team and bonded over our similar upbringings, schooling, sense of humour, and love of music. Collaborating on a performance is by far the best part of our job. This is where we get to combine work and play (and laugh until no sound comes out). We like to joke that Allison is the “ears” and Katie is the “fingers” behind the whole operation. It starts with choosing the perfect song, creating harmonies, incorporating classroom instruments, and is combined with teaching stage presence and performance etiquette.


Although the process can be arduous, hearing that first note of the finished product is always a rush of emotions and excitement. The fact that the sound of a child singing can bring a parent to tears inspires us to work hard to ensure that each performance is better than the last. Opening a music studio together has been a conversation we’ve had many times over the past few years. We already had a number of private students and decided to offer group lessons in the evenings. The phone calls and emails began pouring in. People were even stopping us on 2nd Ave to ask about all that we offered. This was when we realized there was a huge demand for musicspecific programming in Fernie. We really wanted to provide a musical experience for all age groups, not just for those who were old enough to rock out on the guitar or tickle the ivories. Katie suggested we look into the Kindermusik program, which would allow us to reach families with children who are not yet school-aged. After juggling full-time jobs and an intensive online course and practicum, we were licensed Kindermusik educators. Now it was time for us to become legit. We needed a studio name. It was important to us to connect our little mountain town with a big musical idea. After scouring old university assignments and textbooks for the perfect term, we came across “opus,� a Latin word for an artistic composition, usually used to describe a piece of music on a large scale. Mountain Opus School of Music was born! We are extremely excited to be a budding business in Fernie and are overwhelmed with the support we have already received from this amazing community. In the future, we hope to offer our programs to families throughout the Elk Valley. Our ultimate goal is to foster creativity, promote the arts in education, and inspire our students to create music in the mountains! FERNIEFIX.COM

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The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. RUSAN POLACIK

THIS BOOK IS A FANTASTIC RESOURCE for parents, teachers or anyone who works with children. Compared to child-rearing books that subscribe to specific methods or approaches, this book provides 12 strategies based on current research in the area of brain development and neuroscience. The book is co-authored by neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson. Despite being based in brain science, this book is an easy read offering simple and effective strategies to use with children. When raising children, there are many challenges and it can sometimes feel like you are just surviving in a specific age or stage. Through these challenges, the long-term goal is to see children live a life in which they thrive and I believe parents would rank their child’s emotional heath and well-being as a high priority. Siegel and Bryson state that understanding the parts of the human brain and how they work together can help parents understand their child, respond to difficult situations (yes, they will always exist) and build a foundation for social emotional health.

WHEN RAISING CHILDREN, THERE ARE MANY CHALLENGES AND IT CAN SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE YOU ARE JUST SURVIVING IN A SPECIFIC AGE OR STAGE. Dr. Siegel uses the metaphor of a river to describe mental health. When you are floating along the river of well-being with a good understanding of yourself, the people around you, and your life, you are stable and at peace. Sometimes you veer too close to the river’s two banks, one represents chaos (feeling out of control) and the other rigidity (the need to impose control over everything). Each poses different problems. Children, each in their own canoe navigating the river of wellbeing, can zigzag back and forth between the two banks (think of a two-year old who will not share a favourite toy as stuck in rigidity and the tantrum that results when someone takes it as the chaos.) As parents, we are observing where our child is and can be well poised to help guide them back to balance. Siegel and Bryson focus on integrating the following areas of the brain with strategies for each: left and right hemispheres, upstairs and downstairs brain, memory, understanding the many parts of self, and integrating self and other. For example, you can help your kids use the logical left brain and the emotional right brain

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as a team with the strategy name it to tame it. When big right brain emotions are raging out of control, help the child tell the story of what is upsetting them so that the left brain can help make sense of the experience and they can feel more in control. When we consider the brain from bottom to top, the lower part of the brain (referred to as more primitive) is responsible for basic physiological functions, threat response, and strong emotions. The upstairs is more evolved and is responsible for perspective, sound decision-making and planning, control over emotions and reactions, selfunderstanding, empathy, and morality (starting to sound like the characteristics we hope to see in our kids?). Even though we can start to integrate the downstairs and upstairs we must keep in mind that the downstairs brain is developed at birth while the upstairs brain does not fully mature until our mid-twenties. While it is “under construction” the sophisticated upstairs brain can often be “highjacked” by the downstairs brain, especially in high emotion situations. One of the strategies given for integrating these two parts of the brain is engage, don’t enrage. This involves asking questions, requesting alternatives, and negotiating (engaging the upstairs brain) rather than triggering the downstairs brain further with “because I said so.” Another is move it or lose it, which involves getting a child moving (think racing around the house) to regain balance when they have lost touch with their upstairs brain. The current research, age-appropriate strategies, and easy-to-understand illustrations in this book are a helpful guide to the day-to-day struggles with children. Even though we will still be faced with the tantrums and challenging situations, there is something comforting in knowing what is happening in our child’s developing brain and how to help our child grow from these moments. The Whole-Brain Child is an excellent resource to help raise emotionally intelligent children. FERNIEFIX.COM

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T H E R E N TA L F I X

The Jungle Book ANDREW VALLANCE

RUDYARD KIPLING WAS BORN IN BOMBAY on December 30, 1865, to English parents. The first years of his childhood were very happily spent in India, but at the age of five he was sent back to England to live with a foster family. He was desperately unhappy in England until, at age twelve, he travelled to the U.S. to attend college. In 1882 he returned to India where he worked as a newspaper reporter and in his spare time wrote stories and poems, which brought him his earliest recognition. MONDAY TUESDAY WED. THURS. FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

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The Jungle Books were written in the U.S. where he returned in 1892. There is evidence that this collection of stories was written for his daughter, Josephine, who died in 1899 at six years of age. By then Kipling had returned to England and had written such memorable works as Kim, Stalky & Co., and Just So Stories.

romance between Mowgli, now grown up and played by handsome, 20-something Jason Scott Lee, and a female love interest named Catherine Brydon, played by Nina Headey. It featured Cary Elwyes as the film’s villain and Sam Neil as Catherine’s father. It had a $30 million budget and made only $43.2 million.

In 1907 Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The most recent version of the story to grace the big screen is also live action, but with a large dose of CGI. It follows the plot of the 1967 animated film including many of the songs featured in that movie. In this adaptation Neel Sethi plays Mowgli. He gives a remarkable performance given that he is a newcomer to film and he is, for the most part, acting against nothing except green screen. All of the animals in the movie are CGI and are voiced by more experienced actors. For example, Balloo is played by Bill Murray, King Louis is voiced by the wonderfully versatile Christopher Walken, Kaa is played by Scarlet Johansson, and Shere Khan is played by Idris Elba.

The Jungle Books proved to be so popular that almost 100 years after the initial publication there have been three major movie adaptations. The first film called simply The Jungle Book was made in 1967 and was an animated production by the Walt Disney Company. It was the story of Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves and befriended by a panther called Bagheera and a bear called Balloo. The film’s antagonist was a tiger named Shere Khan. It featured the voices of Phil Harris as Balloo, Louis Prima as King Louis the Orangatan, Stirling Holloway as Kaa the Snake, and Claude Raines as Shere Khan. The film cost $4 million and made $205 million at the box office.

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The second adaptation was made in 1994, again by Disney. It was live action, but it did not tell the original story as crafted by Kipling or Disney. This film focused on a

It is an excellent film for adults as well as children. The computer generated images are gorgeous and the voice acting is great. Sethi is wonderful. Two thumbs up!

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MUSICAL NOTES

Echo Nebraska CAROLYN NIKODYM

WE’RE COMING OFF OF A SUMMER OF GREAT LIVE MUSIC IN FERNIE, thanks to Wapiti, the Wednesday Socials and the offerings from the regular venues. I don’t know about you, but the more live music I see, the more I want to see. In this back-to-school month, back-to-routine month, don’t forget to do something for yourself. More music! A lot of us have bike buddies, ski buddies or gym buddies, folks that help remind us to get out there when life gets busy. Band buddies or dance buddies are just as effective. They’ll remind you that there are three talented local bands playing at the Museum’s Fernie Chautauqua & Fall Fair on September 10. Wild Honey, Hark Raving Sirens and the Coal Creek Boys are all performing that Saturday afternoon. Or they’ll say, “Hey, I read about this folk-pop band in the Fernie Fix – let’s go check it out!” The folk-pop band in question is Vancouver’s Echo Nebraska. Beautiful harmonies and catchy rhythms anchored by lead singer Devan Christodoulou’s yearning vocals. While all inspired by the folk and pop of the late ‘60s, the band’s music isn’t what you would call “mired in nostalgia.” It all started in 2014, when Christodoulou had some songs that didn’t quite fit with the band he was in. He demoed them with a couple of friends – Gunn Park and Andy Schichter – and they all knew that they had something. The “Hey, Allison” video was added to CBC Music’s Best New Music Videos for November 2014. Send the Ships, the debut EP, was put together, released in January 2015, and Echo Nebraska was on its way. The guys just needed to put together an official band, so

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to round out the lineup, the guys reached out to Craigslist.

or an idea and spin it off one way or the other, but … to me that’s so exciting.”

“There are some people where it’s just very strange, and some that are way too expensive for us,” Christodoulou says. “But I’ve met a lot of beautiful people in my life through music and posting ads like that on Craigslist or meeting people for open mics and whatnot, just through networking and shaking hands.”

Like many musicians, Christodoulou loves the whole process of jamming out ideas, and he’s excited that Echo Nebraska is working on new songs. Between everyone’s full-time day jobs and some lineup changes, working on new stuff becomes a recurring entry on the band’s to-do list. Christodoulou has a bunch of songs and ideas recorded on his phone that the band has started to shape. After this tour, which will see the band perform in BC and Alberta, there’ll be more time to hash out songs and get into the studio.

Currently working on a full-length album, which Christodoulou says should be out in 2017 – if all goes well, of course. This time the writing process is going to be a little different, as there are more cooks in the kitchen, so to speak. More musicians means more ideas, but it is an opportunity for the Echo Nebraska to become an even more cohesive unit. “It’s just so much fun to hear the song just take a new shape of its own, and go in a completely different direction,” he explains. “That’s what’s exciting, though. It’s still us and it’s still Echo Nebraska. Time goes on, sounds evolve, everyone has their different flavour, so everyone might have their own interpretation of a feel

Talking to Christodoulou, one really gets a sense of his positive attitude – which permeates Echo Nebraska’s music. It isn’t that the lyrics are all “happy-happyjoy-joy.” It’s more like the music is made to be a balm for all that ails you, a little something to put a little hop in your step. And really, isn’t that what you want when you go out to see live music? Echo Nebraska is performing at the Northern on September 17.

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F E AT U R E R E S I D E N T

Emma Thibodeau KRISTA TURCASSO

EMMA THIBODEAU IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE TEENAGE GIRL. Not only is she home schooled, “I get to ski powder every day in the winter!” she says, (yes, I am jealous), she is an enthusiastic and long-time member of Girl Guides. Her journey began when her family first moved to Fernie from Fort McMurray. “I was five years old, and my parents signed me up for Sparks to help me make friends,” she says. “I remember playing a lot of games and having fun with other kids, it was great.” From there, she was hooked and recently completed her tenth year with the organization. Sparks is the entry level to Canada’s Girl Guide program, for ages 5-6 and is in large part built around helping kids learn to socialize with kids their own age while beginning to discover their individual interests and skills. Brownies is the next level for ages 7-8, followed by Guides (911), Pathfinders (12-14) and then Rangers (15-17). Outside of the great skills the programs teach and encourage, such as leadership, community involvement, outdoor skills, health and fitness and environmental sustainability, there are also additional opportunities available through “Extraordinary Options,” which really caught Emma’s interest. Open to girls 1217, these Extra Ops require applications and offer those chosen to have unique outdoor adventures and challenge themselves physically. The first Extra Op Emma applied for and attended was when she was 12. “It was the first time I ever flew as an unaccompanied minor,” she says. “They picked me up at the airport; we set up all of the camp. I got my Level One Basic Tandem Canoeing, and we even slept out on the beach one night.” Prior to us meeting, she had just returned from the Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.

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Emma feels as though she has learned a lot from being part of the Girl Guides. Apart from the extensive leadership skills, it has helped her to become more social. “Going on these camps helps you to learn to be comfortable meeting strangers. You

are going on your own and don’t know anyone there. It creates confidence, and self-assurance and the opportunities are endless. Recently, I applied for a threeweek camp in India!”


Emma plans to continue on to Rangers, and then she will be off into the world. But she anticipates continuing to be involved with the organization. “It’s important to be involved, and Girl Guides is a great opportunity to get out there, meet people and have new experiences. There are awards that have school credits. And you can put them on your resumé,” she says. Ute Hammer, the district commissioner for the Elk Valley District, adds that there are scholarships and bursaries available for those going on to post secondary, and opportunities to help out with units wherever they move or attend University. “As long as they keep their membership active, they can volunteer with big camps and apply for the adult trips, including service projects, like building homes in Costa Rica.” The Girl Guide programs are starting up this September and Ute is hoping to get more leaders on board. With a growing young population, the organization is back on the rise in the Elk Valley. “I don’t know if we’ll ever have the same numbers they had in the ‘90s, but we are getting close,” she says. Ute encourages anyone interested in either volunteering or registering a child to visit www.guidesducanada.ca. “It is possible to get a subsidy if there are issues financially. We will never turn away anyone,” she adds. Ute can be contacted directly at ute_hammer@hotmail.com. 1. When did you first arrive in Fernie and what brought you here?

4. What keeps you in Fernie? My parents, and everything here. Every so often we think of moving to Ontario, but it’s hard to leave a place like this. 5. Do you have a favourite Fernie memory? When the Christmas Train came through when I was really little, I remember seeing Santa breakdancing on the stage. Or big powder days. I ski every day in the winter. 6. What is your favourite time of the year in Fernie and why? Winter, because I am a big skier and I love the snow. 7. Where do you see Fernie in 5 to 10 years? It would be great to see a youth program/ centre develop here. 8. How do you start your day or what is one of your daily rituals? Pretty much just wake up, check email and Facebook, and get on with my day. 9. Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you. I’m really into the main “fandoms” like Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus. My friends would say, don’t get her started. 10. Quote to live by: If you don’t like your destiny, don’t accept it. Have the courage to change it to the way you want it to be.

Work for my dad, when I was five, so in 2004. 2. Where did you first live in town? Same place I always have, down in the Airport. 3. What was your first impression? I was little, so I don’t remember. I guess I was excited, it was the first time I had moved. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Taking Responsibility ADAM K MACDONALD

I AM A TEACHER. Regardless of subject area, respect has always been important to me. Sometimes I have succeeded in role modeling that key characteristic, and sometimes I have failed. I have observed so many times, teachers (myself included) talking with students about “taking responsibility for our own actions.” But our education system has failed to do this itself. This leaves me being a big believer in education, but a skeptic of our education system. Education has no limits. Until we (Canada as a country) accept responsibility for the way Aboriginal people were and are treated, there is a limit on what our education system can achieve. These limits are seen today in the disproportionate number of Aboriginal students who leave school before graduation. The treatment of Aboriginal people (e.g. assimilation, torture, residential schools) is a sad and shameful part of our history. It is a broken piece of the foundation on which our country is built. Pretending otherwise is an act of self-deception. We must first admit the truth. We must educate ourselves about the truth. In order to know how to go about the long and expensive process of reinforcing our cracked foundation, we must examine it. We must admit that white people in Canada had and continue to have unearned advantage. We must admit that Canada tried to kill Native culture. This was no accident or oversight. This was an intentional and deliberate process, as can be proven by historical documents. We must admit that people were forced from their home, that parents were forced to separate from their children. We must admit that clothing and other cultural belongings were stolen. We must admit that young children were left crying and

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confused. We must admit that there was abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional). We must admit that children had needles stuck through their tongues to encourage them not to speak the language they learned as babies. We must admit that kids died from abuse. We must admit that abuse and sadness and anger caused many children to commit suicide. At the closest residential school, Eugene Mission, the children who committed suicide were not even buried within the school cemetery due to the church’s belief that suicide is a sin. Instead, you can see the crosses that mark their remains on the outside of the cemetery fences. These are not easy things to admit. They are shameful and disgusting, and embarrassing. But until we admit them, we cannot fix our foundation. We cannot write meaningful policy until we admit we have a scary crack in our foundation. Painting the exterior walls does not fix the cracks in the cement blocks upon which our house stands. I can admit that our education system built residential schools with the purpose of killing Native culture. I can admit that I am racist when it comes to Native

people. This does not mean that I think First Nations people are inferior. By racist, I mean I treat people unfairly due to their race. For instance, if I see a white man stumbling down the street, I am more likely to attribute it to some medical reason. If I see a First Nations man stumbling down the street, I am more likely to attribute the stumbling to alcohol or other drugs. That is unfair. I know that this bias is due in part to my life experiences, and to media portrayal of Aboriginal people, and due to living in a society that is systemically racist. Still, despite all the excuses and justifications, I also know that my assumptions, correct or incorrect, are unfair. Our present is a product of our past. We can do things to begin righting our country’s wrongs, but we cannot undo what has been done. We can only learn about and from our past, and decide to make a better future. Let us educate ourselves about and from our mistakes. It is time for Canada to find the strength to accept responsibility for our actions and to move forward.

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September 2016 Monthly Events THURSDAY 1.9.2016 Beautea Night with Spa 901 @ Infinitea, 6-9pm. $10 massages and manicures FRIDAY 2.9.2016 Live Music with Tim Ketchum @ Infinitea, pm SATURDAY 3.9.2016 FMBC Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam @ Fernie Bike Park. Check out Western Canada’s best riders throw down on our local jumps! www.bikefernie.ca SUNDAY 4.9.2016 Fernie Tears & Gears Mountain Duathlon @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9am. To register or volunteer visit www.fernietearsandgears.com Fernie Lions Demolition Derby @ Railway Avenue, behind City Yards. 12pm. A Fernie classic for the whole family. BBQ and Beats with Keswick Adams @ Infinitea, 6-9pm WEDNESDAY 7.9.2016 Stitch and Bitch @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10am. Fall Registration Fair @ Fernie Community Centre, 6-8:30pm THURSDAY 8.9.2016 Viva Italia, Viva Fernie @ Fernie Family Centre, 6pm – 9pm. A spaghetti dinner hosted by Fernie’s Italian community to kick off the 2016 Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair. www. ferniemuseum.com Fall Registration Fair @ Fernie Community Centre, 6-8:30pm FRIDAY 9.9.2016 – SUNDAY 11.9.2016 Trail Running Clinic with Adam Campbell @ Fernie Alpine Resort. FAR’s first trail running clinic with one of the world’s best ultra runner offering advice and training over this three day event. Registration includes accommodations at Lizard Creek Lodge and meals at Cirque Restaurant. www.skifernie. com FRIDAY 9.9.2016 FMBC Project 9 Race @ Island Lake Parking Lot, test your time on the up, the down and combined time and enjoy a beer, t-shirt and bragging rights! www.bikefernie.ca Kootenay Hootenay @ Fernie Museum, 7-10pm as part of the Chatauqua and Fall Fair hosted by the Fernie Museum enjoy live music and dancing with the Kootenay Stringbenders. Ferniechatauqua.com Live Music with Andy Gordon @ Infinitea, 8pm SATURDAY 10.9.2016 Community Pancake Breakfast @ Fernie Museum, 8:3010:30am. Part of Chautauqua hosted by the Knights of Columbus and raising money towards sponsorship of a Syrian refugee family. www.ferniemuseum.com Chautauqua Opening Ceremony and Live Entertainment @ Fernie Museum, downtown Fernie. Starting at 10:30am and going until 5pm, join guests Erin Teeple, The Hark Raving Sirens, Wild Honey and The Coal Creek Boys for an afternoon of entertainment, historic building tours, demonstrations and art walk. Visit www.ferniechautauqua.com for full schedule. Historic Walking Tour: The Great 1908 Fire @ The Fernie Museum, 1:30pm

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Art Walk @ Fernie Arts Studios. 11am – 4pm. Public and commercial galleries will feature meet-the-artist events and artist demonstrations. www.ferniemuseum.com Rogers Rookie Tour @ Fernie Tennis Courts, 11:30am – 3:30pm. Fernie’s only junior sanctioned tournament. Email charlottecwillis@me.com for more info or to register. Our Harvest Feast and Fest @ Community Eco Garden, 5:30pm or 8:30pm for Fest only. Hosted by Wildsight, this fundraiser is a unique celebration of “Farm to Table” culture, with local celebrity chef Barrie Elliott preparing dishes featuring locally sourced organic produce and meats. The evening continues with bonfires, live music, refreshments and good company. www.wildsight.ca

Decks on Deck @ Cirque Restaurant, Lizard Creek Lodge. Enjoy live music, swimming, a tasty BBQ and refreshing cocktails on the amazing deck at Fernie Alpine Resort! 3-6pm BBQ and Beats with Luke Thomson @ Infinitea, 6-9pm

SUNDAY 11.9.2016 Guided Hikes at Island Lake Lodge @ Mountain Lakes Trail/ Heiko’s Trail. Join an ACMG guide from Island Lake for this popular hike. 250-423-3700 Community Church Service @ Fernie Museum, 10:30am – 12pm. Bringing all of Fernie’s churches together to celebrate the harvest. Harvest Fall Fair @ Prentice Park, 11am-4pm. The reinvention of the fall fair including horticultural displays, blue ribbon contests, craft exhibits, art demonstrations, small livestock zoo and agricultural demonstrations. Indie Films Fernie: Marinon: The Fire in the Frame @ The Vogue Theatre, 5pm. The first of the popular series, with a new date and time. The director will be in attendance to introduce the film and for Q&A.

THURSDAY 22.9.2016 – SUNDAY 25.9.2016 Equinox Yoga and Meditation Detox Retreat @ Mabel Lake, hosted by the Essential Yoga Studio

MONDAY 12.9.2016 The 30 Day Yoga Challenge Begins @ Essential Yoga Studio FMBC Little Critter Bike Race @ Annex Park, 6pm. A criterium style ride where competitors complete as many laps of a short course as possible in 40 minutes. Geared towards riders ten and under. www.bikefernie.ca THURSDAY 15.9.2016 Booked! Fernie Writers Series: Jon Turk @ Fernie Heritage Library. The 2016 Booked! Series kicks off with Jon Turk, author of The Raven’s Gift and In the Wake of the Jomon. FRIDAY 16.9.2016 Coco Love Alcorn Live @ Fernie Arts Station, 8pm SATURDAY 17.9.2016 Dirt Diggler DH @ Microwave Towers/Dirt Diggler Trail. THE downhill event of the year. Shuttle up Morrissey to rip down Dirt Diggler, wear your armour and get ready to beat your buddies. www.bikefernie.ca STARS in the Valley Fundraiser Golf Tournament @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, 9am. www.golffernie.com SATURDAY 17.9.2016 – SUNDAY 18.9.2016 Six in the Stix Mountain Bike Festival @ Cranbrook Community Forest. Saturday kids and youth, Sunday the 6-hour x-country for soloists and relay teams on flowy singletrack. www.rmevents.com SATURDAY 18.9.2016 Fernie Kids Triathlon @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, ages 4-15 and tons of fun for active kids! www.ferniekidstri.com

Coco Love A​l​​c​orn​. S​e​ptember 16. 8pm at The Arts Station Coco Love Alcorn comes to The Arts Station as part of the release tour for her new album Wonderland.

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Fernie Colour Crawl registration. September 7 and 8 at fall fair registration at Fernie Community Centre 6.30-8pm Art Walk, Chautauqua. September 10, 11-4pm Fernie has a wealth of working artists. Explore galleries and studios and connect with local artists working in a variety of media. Hosted by the Fernie Arts Station.

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TUESDAY 20.9.2016 Cooking Class @ Infinitea, 6-8pm THURSDAY 22.9.2016 Pizza League For Grades 7 and Up @ Fernie Heritage Library, drop in for pizza and fun. 6-7:30pm Senior Closing @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, www.golffernie.com

FRIDAY 23.9.2016 Big Nate Day @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1-2:30pm for ages 7+ - drop in. SATURDAY 24.9.2016 Fernie Colour Run @ Fernie Arts Station. This fun, run or walk event for the family raises funds for the Fernie Child Care Society and The Arts Station. www.theartsstation.com FMBC High Roller Event @ Fernie Trails. Celebrate the season with a local community ride. Collect stamps and get dealt a poker hand, highest hands win prizes! The rest are door prizes. Includes dinner, beer and a t-shirt. Route TBD. www.bikefernie.ca Live Music with Noah Derksen and Two – Course Dinner @ Infinitea Rumble in the Rockies II @ Fernie Community Centre, 6:3011pm. Back for its second year, enjoy an amateur night of boxing in Fernie! Hosted by Fernie Old School Boxing. SUNDAY 25.9.2016 Elk River Shoreline Cleanup @ Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford from 1-4pm. Celebrate BC Rivers Day by taking care of our greatest source of water. Visit www.elkriveralliance. com for more information. Ladies Closing @ Fernie Golf and Country Club, www.golffernie.com WEDNESDAY 28.9.2016 – 30.9.2016 Archives 101: Standards of Archival Practice @ Suite 201, 502 3rd Ave, hosted by the Fernie Museum. A three-day workshop providing archive practitioners and volunteers with an introduction to standards of the archive practice. www.ferniemuseum.com FRIDAY 30.9.2016 Tea and Talk Book Club: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee @ Fernie Heritage Library, 1:30pm FRIDAY 30.9.2016 – 2.10.2016 Gillbilly Fest 2016: Old Time Music on the Fly @ Fernie, BC. A weekend celebration of banjos and fly fishing – together at last. Bluegrass music workshops and concerts and flyfishing hosted by the Old Type Music Society. Schedule TBD – visit ferniefix.com events calendar for details.

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Fernie Colour Crawl Registration. September 23rd 6.30pm at The Arts Station. Fernie Colour Crawl. September 24, 11:45am boat launch parking lot. This family 5.5km fun run (or walk) is an exciting fundraiser for The Arts Station and the Fernie Child Care Society. Finishing at the Arts Station, there will be entertainment, refreshments and prizes awarded. For more details and to register visit the Arts Station or go to www. eventbrite.ca, or register at the Fall registration fair.


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DINING, NIGHTLIFE & SPECIALS MONDAYS Burger and Bud $14.99 @ Boston Pizza Fernie Jugs of Beer on Special @ The Brickhouse Lasagna Specials @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Wing Night @ The Fernie Hotel $6 Meals all Day and Astrology Drop-in after 7pm @ Infinitea Mexican Mondays! Chicken or Beef Tacos $3 Happy Hour Corona (Bottles) @ Parkplace Pub Massage Mondays @ Trillium Day Spa, $60 for 60 min, $90 for 90 min Ladies Night: $4 House Red or White Wine, $5 $12 Mussels and $4 Wine @ The Northern Local Jam Night @ The Kodiak Lounge Free Pool, Spice Rum Special @ The Royal, 10pm Date Night @ Island Lake Lodge, 5-9pm. Enjoy a romantic dinner with two entrees, two glasses of bubbly and an appy to share for $79 per couple. Summer Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 9pm to close I Love Mondays @ Island Lake Lodge, buy one treatment and get a 2nd for 50% off

Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort Tuesday: Shot gun Karaoke with TOpo @ The Royal $5 Kids Dinner @ Loaf Bakery & Restaurant, 5-9pm Half Price Appy’s @ The Fernie Hotel. 5pm Summer Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 9pm to close WEDNESDAYS $7 Single or $14 Double Wings @ Boston Pizza Wine Evenings @ The Brickhouse Trivia Night @ The Fernie Hotel. 8pm Pint night @ Kodiak Lounge Zak’s Jam Night @ The Royal $10 Smokie, Beer and Fries @ Parkplace Pub Tarot Card Readings w/ Miss Janeil @ Infinitea Crochet Collective & Sweater Club Knitting @ Infinitea, 7-9pm Waxing Wednesday @ Trillium Day Spa, free underam wax with any other hair removal $15 Jugs and $8 Wings @ The Northern $10 Pizza Night @ Loaf Bakery & Restaurant, 5-9pm Wax On Wednesday @ 901 Spa, 30% off waxing services. Summer Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 9pm to close Wine Tasting Wednesdays @ Island Lake Lodge, 5-course tasting menu paired with 5 wines. $99 per person

TUESDAYS Pasta Specials @ Boston Pizza Kokanee Bottle on Special @ The Brickhouse Wing Night @ Parkplace Pub $12 Pizza Night @ Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe Two for Tuesdays @ Trillium Day Spa, 2 pedicures for $100, 2 manicures for $70, 2 facials for $130, all THURSDAYS three for $275 $10 Beer, Burger and Bingo Night @ The Northern Tacos for $12.95 @ Boston Pizza Jam Night @ The Brickhouse Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre

OUTDOOR & FAMILY MONDAYS •Dominoes @ The Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Mahjong @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Special Olympics Athletes Bowling @ Sparwood. 4pm •Duplicate Bridge Game @ The Seniors Drop-in Centre, 6pm •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm ••Indoor Walking @ The Community Centre, 9-10:30am •Celebrate Recovery @ Mountainside Church, 7pm, open to everyone •Community Climb Night @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 7pm •Ladies Night Boxing @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Discover Yoga @ Essential Yoga Studio, 7:30-8:30pm •Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Parent Tot Funtimes @ Knox United Church (201 2nd Ave), 9:30am-12pm TUESDAYS •Cheap Night @ The Vogue Theatre. $6.50 - 2D & $8.50 - 3D •Crib/Whist @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Storytime @ Library, 11:15-12pm for ages 3–5. •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Adaptive Yoga @ Senior’s Drop In Centre 2:30pm •Ladies Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6:30pm •Public Drop in Climbing @ College of the Rockies, 7-9pm •Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. $7 without rentals, $10 with. •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Ladies Only Golf Clinic @ Fernie Golf & Country Club •Ladies Night @ Fernie Golf and Country Club •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am ••Never Bored for Tweens @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:304:45pm for Grades 5-7.

Spiced Rum Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Featured Pub Burgers @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Burger and Beer Special @ The Fernie 2 Medium Pizza Special @ Elk Valley Pizza RileyJ+Ash / Flatspin+Friends @ The Royal 6oz Cocktail Jugs $20 @ The Northern $10 lasagna @ Loaf Bakery & Restaurant, 5-9pm $8 2oz Cocktails @ Infinitea Summer Happy Hour@ The Bridge Bistro, 9pm to close Buck a Shuck Thursdays @ Cirque, $1 Oysters, $5 Presecco, $5 Kokanee Friends Who Spa Together Stay Together @ Island Lake Lodge, bring a friend and get a free mini-mani or a brow or lash treatment $10 Burger and Beer @ Rusty Edge FRIDAYS Full Rack of Ribs $19.95 @ Boston Pizza Live Music Fridays @ Infinitea 8pm TGIF & Chicken dinner draw @ Kodiak Lounge Fish & Chips plus Rib Night @ Parkplace Pub $13 Fish and Chips, Meat Draw and Members Draw @ The Fernie Hotel. Supporting FTA. Live bands and DJs @ The Royal Date Night Special @ Spa 901 Live Music @ Loaf Bakery & Restaurant, 6-9pm DJ Aurora @ The Griz Bar Happy Hour 4-6pm @ Rusty Edge Summer Happy Hour @ The Bridge Bistro, 9pm Take Care Fridays @ Island Lake Lodge, take care of your skin with $25 off Yonka facials and 25% off Yonka products

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Kids Programming

WEDNESDAYS •Crib @ Seniors Drop in Centre 1pm •Gentle Exercise @ Seniors Drop In Centre 10:45am ••Adult Badminton @ The Community Centre. Drop in for $5 •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •Womens Drop in Climbing @ COTR, 7-9pm •Water Flow Yoga & Tea @ Infinitea, 10:30am •Mixed Boxing Recreational @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm ••Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library, 11:15am for ages 0-2. ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym •Men’s Night @ Fernie Golf & Country Club •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am ••Unplugged @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 8+, drop in •Tai Chi @ Seniors Drop In Centre 6:30pm •Fernie Women on Wheels @ The Guide’s Hut THURSDAYS •Seniors Drop in @ Senior’s Centre, 9am-2pm •Morning Yoga @ Seniors Drop In Centre 8:00am •Canasta / Cards @ Seniors Drop In Centre 1pm •RC Club @ Fernie Community Centre. 7-9pm. •Community Basketball @ Fernie Secondary School, 8:3010:30pm •Mixed Boxing Competitive @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, 7:30-9pm •Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am •Youth Archery @ The Elks Hall, 6pm •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. •Open Roller Skating Evening @ Max Turyk Gym, $2 drop-in fee. 6-7pm •Kids Boxing Boot Camp @ Fernie Old School Boxing Club, ages 8-16 5pm. ••Indoor Walking Program @ Fernie Community Centre, 8:30-10:30am

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SATURDAYS Any Large Pizza for Medium Charge @ Boston Pizza Meat Draw & Bar Quiz @ The Legion Tequila Specials @ Kodiak Lounge Rib Night @ Max Restaurant & The Pub Open Mix and Live Music @ The Fernie Live bands and DJs@ The Royal Rib Night: $19 Half/$24 Full @ Parkplace Pub Songwriting Workshops and Wine Specials @ Infinitea, 5pm 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf Coffee and Baileys Special @ The Bridge Bistro Happy Hour 4-6pm @ Rusty Edge SUNDAYS Kids Sunday $4.99 @ Boston Pizza Caesars on Special @ The Brickhouse All day breakfast @ The Fernie. 9am-4pm $10 BBQ and Beats @ Infinitea CLOSED (available for special events/private parties) @ The Royal Dinner & Swim Special @ Fernie Stanford Resort $18 Sausage and Mash @ Parkplace Pub 3-5pm Happy Hour $10 Pizzas, $5 Beers, $12 Jugs @ Loaf Steak Sandwich & Caesar Specials @ Parkplace Pub Caesars Special @ The Bridge Bistro Happy Hour 4-6pm @ Rusty Edge

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•Climbing and Bouldering @ College of the Rockies, 7-10pm. $7 without rentals, $10 with. •Preschool Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 9:15-10:15am •Ladies Only Golf Clinic @ Fernie Golf & Country Club •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Bellies to Babies @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 1-3pm every 2nd Thursday. ••Lego Club @ Fernie Heritage Library, 3:30-4:45pm for ages 7+, must register •FMBC Trail Maintenance @ Fernie Trails FRIDAYS •Cribbage @ Seniors Drop in Centre 7pm •Jitney Darts @ Fernie Legion, 7:30pm ••Kids Sing Along & Play Group @ Infinitea, 11:30am ••Toddlertime @ Fernie Heritage Library Ages 0-2 11:15am •Women’s Writing Group @ Fernie Women’s Resource Centre, 2-4pm. •Breastfeeding Mammas @ Fernie Heritage Library, first Friday of the month. •Strong Start @ Isabella Dicken Elementary School, 9am-12pm •Kindergym @ Fernie Family Centre, 10-11am •AFRoS @ Fernie Heritage Library, 10-11am. Sing, play and have fun in French. SATURDAYS •Family French Fun @ The Arts Station, 10:30-11:30am. $12/ person or $5 per family member (maximum $20/family). •Teen Wheel Pottery @ The Fernie Arts Station 10am-Noon $125/ month $30/drop in •Karma Meditation Class @ Essential Yoga Studio 8:00am-8:45am •Open Climbing @ Evolution Climbing Gym SUNDAYS •Fernie Pets Society Group Walk @ Fernie Aquatic Centre, 9am. •AA Meetings @ The Anglican Church Basement, 7:30pm •First Sunday of the Month Family Climb Time @ Evolution Climbing Gym, 2-4pm

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My seven-yearold came into the kitchen and found me furiously scrubbing, my brow furrowed with that violent frustration that only comes from being the source of your own misery. “What’s wrong, Mommy? Your face looks mad.” “Oh, nothing honey. Mommy just did something lazy, and now I’m paying for it.” She contemplated this for a moment, scrunching her little face and pursing her lips together. “But Mommy, you said being lazy was good. Remember when summer started you said that we should be lazy because being lazy is fun sometimes? All summer, whenever I felt like I had nothing to do, I just thought your words in my brain. Being lazy is fun. Being lazy is fun. And you know what? It worked! You were right, Mommy. Don’t change now. ‘Cause I already believed you.”

HOW DID WE GET HERE? Somewhere between the sand, the sun, and the Happy Cow, we have arrived at the end of summer. In a way it feels like I just picked my kids up from the last day of school and ceremoniously threw their backpacks into the storage closet. Now, as I crawl on my knees through the back of said storage closet rummaging through discarded boxes, (why do I feel the need to keep boxes?), and floaties with holes in them (that I’ll never, as I claim I will, patch with a patch kit), I’m wondering if chucking the backpacks in here was such a great idea. When I find them under a carton of chicken broth and a ginormous tower of paper towel I quickly realize two things. The whiff of rotten ham sandwich means I didn’t unpack the lunch kits. And I’m all good for paper towel for the next twelve months. Thanks Costco. Summer has a funny way of being endless and blurred, all at the same time. Those lazy afternoons stretch into lazy weeks. Suddenly the best before date on your milk says Aug. 20 and you think, “How can they make milk last that long?” Then you realize August 20 is tomorrow. What? This year, we tried to do a little more stay-cationing. I mean, really, what’s better than summer in Fernie anyway? I thought using this tactic may make summer last even longer. Didn’t work. To be honest, I thought after a few weeks of cycling through the parks, trails, socials, and pulling the odd mainer, we’d be bored. I almost craved it. Boredom. The feeling that the days were dragging on, that we’d done everything fun, twice, and that hopefully September would come before we went stir crazy. Nope. I never heard the “B” word once. It was all fun. One minute I was lounging in the swimming hole,

She already believed me. Now that’s a sweet sentence. As mothers of young children, I would like to speak for us all and say that we don’t often feel heard. Really heard. We talk a lot, but rarely do we feel like our words are making an impact. Whenever we find proof that something we said actually stuck, it is reason to celebrate. So this was an epiphany for me, and, I must say, a bit of an education in my children’s ability to retain information. Turns out it’s good.

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And just because they don’t spit it right back out to me after I say something, or change their behaviour immediately to reflect a lesson learned, doesn’t mean they didn’t hear me. And believe me. And think my words in their brain. So now it’s time to get back to school, back to learning, and back to not being lazy. For all of us. But it seems we all did a little learning this summer too. And I think those lessons might be just as important as the ones they learn during the school year. Being lazy can be good – and even fun. Kids hear what we say, even if we see no evidence of this fact at the time. And ham sandwiches left in the lunch kits for two months are not fun to clean up.

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WHILE MANY CHILDREN ARE GETTING BACK into the school groove this month, this gardening story will inspire new and experienced food growers to consider the ongoing passion for learning that gardening demands. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Melanie MacVoy spent most of her childhood in the London area. She would visit her grandparents’ hobby farm in the tomato capital of Leamington, but it was her artistic grandmother who was her biggest childhood influence. It wasn’t until she moved to Vancouver for a university coop placement, and finished her fine arts

degree through UBC at the Emily Carr Institute, that she grew her first garden. She recalls good success despite not know what she was doing.

of reading options, Mel describes the free online Introduction to Permaculture as “a lot of fun” and definitely recommends it. “I’m a stay-at-home mom. Why not?”

In 2000, Mel and her partner Ben moved to Fernie to play in the snow. Ten years later, they purchased a home in West Fernie on one acre of land. Once part of the old Sparling farm, Mel is converting the place into her own homestead, as she designs her gardens with passion. Over the years, Mel has expanded her knowledge through reading, research and asking locals. Most recently, she has taken her credentials one step further by completing a course on permaculture – the sustainable design of agricultural systems - through Oregon State University. “I’ve always been interested in landscape design. As an artist, the design process intrigues me.” Set up in modules with some videos and lots

True to permaculture principles, Mel has spent time on her land watching the effects of nature rather than trying to design and complete her garden space all at once. Now with a four-year old enthusiast in tow, she proudly shows off her current gardens and her vision for the future. Zone One includes food options like herbs and greens that are close to home and readily accessible. Further afield, she has started a blueberry patch and envisions an orchard of fruit trees surrounded by pollinator flowers. She plans to convert the sloped hillside into terraces of grapevines and other low-maintenance edibles. Currently the bulk of her harvest comes from a diverse patch brimming with


healthy vegetables, as well as a small greenhouse of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and herbs. This year Mel is most proud of her broccoli and other brassica crops. She tried a new spot and used floating row cover to protect the crops and has achieved good results. A peak under the cover reveals forming Brussels sprouts, engorged cabbages, and purple kohlrabi growing alongside broccoli, kale and chard. Mel even started some seeds in the greenhouse over the summer and has transplanted the seedlings out into the patch with the hope of a fall harvest. Having learnt about successive cropping and stretching the season, she is ripping out finished crops and planting something new. “You’ve got to plan for it,” she advises. Her motivation? The yield and eating good food. Melanie identifies her main challenge as the gophers on her land. “When I had a dog, they weren’t a problem.” She now

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WITH THE PROSPECT OF RAIN, slippery roots, steep climbs and aggressive grizzly bears, why would you ever want to trail run? Because, despite all of the reasons that scream not to, it feels good to be outside, to do something new, and to challenge yourself. When Abi Moore and Krista Turcasso asked me to join the Tears & Gears race last fall, I hesitated. I’ve never been a trail runner and races make me nervous. But true to form, I couldn’t say no, and I found myself at the start line.

The pair created the event seven years ago, combining two of their loves – running and biking – into a race meant to inspire people to try both sports within Fernie’s beautiful trail system. Competitors of all ages run, jog and bicycle, and then sip beer and eat cheeseburgers afterwards. The race can only be described as an epic mountain duathlon; an 11-kilometre trail run paired with a 12-kilometre crosscountry mountain bike, competed as a solo athlete or within a team. I invite my Swedish friend Emma to join me – she will bike, I will run. The rain is relentless on race day – an otherwise scorching summer seems to have transformed overnight. The wind

chills our faces, the rain seeps into our bones. I meet Emma at her house, both of us hidden beneath raincoats. “You wearing your socks?” she asks, pointing to her feet. “You bet I am.” The socks are white and turquoise with the Tears & Gears logo wrapped along the tube. It’s what excites us most – matching socks. The running route meanders along Old Stumpy, up the steep ascent of Oh Dear, to R-Trail, Kush and then back to the Aquatic Centre where the bikers begin their pedal. The previous week I tackle my first trail run up and down Lazy


Lizard near Island Lake Lodge (a nine kilometre loop). I’ve been training for the half marathon and the run isn’t nearly as unpleasant as anticipated. It’s actually quite refreshing.

legs and into the whites of my prized socks. Trail running is certainly not mundane – there are so many curves and obstacles to be mindful of that there is no time to wallow in runner’s woe.

When the whistle blows and the race starts I take a steady pace. The first portion along Old Stumpy is rocky, not slippery. I follow behind other runners, some of whom have already disappeared into the forest ahead of me.

I hear a fellow runner, Heather Mong, behind me.

I reach the Oh Dear trail and slow my run up the steep, muddy climb. I slip on the saturated earth and begin a steady walk, soon finding pace with a few other girls. We pick up our run again and I pay no attention to the tiredness in my legs. Trail-running has proven a delight – a challenge, of course, but a delight.

When the finish line comes into sight I pick up my pace. Emma waits for me, her bike at the ready, and as I reach her we high-five before she cruises into her 12-kilometre route. I finish in 1:23:28. It’s not my fastest time, but trail running is technical. I’m soaked and so very satisfied.

I leap between roots and around puddles at hidden corners. Mud splashes up my

“I love trail running,” she says, to no one in particular. We chat about running and I realize I agree with her wholeheartedly.

I warm up with a drink and wait for Emma to roll across the finish line an hour later. When she does we hug it out, grab our Tears & Gears pints and fill them with

Fernie brew. Fernie Mountain is capped with snow, and though the sky is dark with rain, the drops feels like liquid sunshine. “The mud, it’s the best part,” says Emma, her face speckled. “I love mud.” When the winners are announced we learn we’ve placed third in the Women’s Classic, totalling a time of 2:32:18. We celebrate with more beer and cheeseburgers, followed by steaming hot showers. Admittedly, there is no better feeling than discovering yet another reason to get outside. This year’s Tears & Gears runs Sunday, Sept. 4 at the Aquatic Centre, with a new route in place. For more information or to register, visit www. fernietearsandgears.com.

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SUMMER HIKES WITH THE ELK RIVER ALLIANCE

How Healthy Forests Foster Healthy Fish and Us LEE-ANNE WALKER

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR WATER COMES FROM, its quality, how we use it and what other living things depend on from it? Make September the month to increase your water literacy with your neighbours, friends and family. Embrace lifelong learning and get outside to find the answers. As famous 19th Century scientist Louis Agassiz encouraged, “study nature, not books.” As students head back to school and our focus shifts to formal learning, I challenge you to strengthen your informal naturalist intelligence. In 1996, Dr. Howard Gardner added this eighth level of intelligence to his first seven (e.g. musical, verbal-linguistic, mathematical, bodily, etc.). Naturalist intelligence is the ability to observe, understand and organize patterns in nature and for us to see the relationships between a healthy environment and us. A great way to develop this skill is by taking a hike at Mount Fernie Provincial Park. On this hike observe nature and notice changes in the season. Leading from the day use parking lot, in 2014 the Elk River Alliance (ERA) installed five interpretive signs that focus on how healthy forests foster healthy fish. Standing at the first viewpoint of Lizard Creek, listen to the sound of the rushing water and imagine healthy Westslope cutthroat trout swimming around below you. Listen to the trembling aspen shaking bright yellow leaves. How are these trees and fish connected? Trees anchor soils, soak up and shade the water, while leaves decompose in the water feeding bacteria and bottom dwelling bugs that are food

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for fish. Fish add nutrients to the soils and feed forest dwelling animals like kingfisher. At stop number two at the Lizard Creek falls; do you see any insects hatching? Walk under the bridge and pick up a rock? Do you see anything crawling around? You might be seeing mayflies, stoneflies or caddisflies, three benthic macroinvertebrates that are intolerant of pollution and thrive in Lizard Creek. Their presence indicate high water quality. In one square metre sample, ERA counted 2333 critters in Lizard Creek’s fall Streamkeepers sample. Some of these animals live for two years in the water as juveniles and only forty-eight hours in the air as adults, to mate, lay eggs and die. Along with biological indicators like water bugs, temperature, pH and oxygen are needed by aquatic life. Fish like water cold because it holds more oxygen and less disease. Fish and most other life also like it near neutral pH, although our limestone geology results in natural alkaline measures of typically 8.4.

Lizard Creek is a very important tributary for spawning and rearing cutthroat and bull trout. “Bullies” spawn in the fall when the water temperature drops to about 9C. Baby trout are protected in Lizard Creek’s cutbanks and overhanging vegetation where they can hide. Look up, out and under your feet. This green zone or riparian area between the creek and upland is the most productive, diverse and important habitat for all life. Like fish, do you see your connection to this forest? How do healthy forests foster healthy people and high water quality? To improve your water literacy another level, help protect water quality and wildlife habitat, become an ERA Streamkeeper volunteer. ERA has sampled high flow in June and low flow in September since 2011. If you want to learn more about water quality at Lizard and Alexander Creeks, contact ayla@ elkriveralliance.ca or 250-423-3322.

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Stand Back to Take it In TOM GIBSON

AS THE LEAVES START TO CHANGE and this season leads into the next I always look back on what just happened, where I started and where I am now. Whilst we are in the midst of things, it’s very hard to see where we have come from, how we’ve improved in our desired activity. I once had a very wise coach who told me “you can’t see the picture if you’re in it,” meaning that you have to stand back and take in what is happening or what has happened. To truly appreciate your skills and improvements take a moment to think about this. Here in Fernie, we have an abundance of extremely talented sport persons, whether that’s our trail runners, bikers, paddlers or a lover of one of our other summer sports. Partaking with other people is the easiest way to build and push your development. Friends around you will give you the motivation to get out and try new things, drag you out when you’re been lazy. They may even help and guide you along the way. However, it can be very easy to get distracted by them and keep looking up to these talented people and dreaming of making it look as easy or as fast as them. If we all do this, we will lose sight of what we have achieved ourselves. For me personally I’ve had a great summer of racing, achieved some competitive results and I feel I’ve improved more this summer than any before. The two biggest highlights of the year were racing alongside some of the top mountain bike racers in the world, several national champions, and I took to the start line of this year’s Singletrack 6 in a stacked field. I look back at one point when we were climbing P9 (I’m sure everyone reading this knows that climb isn’t pleasant, it’s a grind, a grunt, a true leg burner and that day was

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no different). As I climbed, I looked around to find myself in one of the lead groups. I was hurting, trying to hang on, but everyone else was hurting too. Knowing that we were all in the position, deep in the red, only pushed me to climb it faster. Before I knew it, I saw some familiar faces at the top. It was the motivation of having those top racers around me (and some solid cow belling) that dragged me up way faster than I’ve climbed that trail before. The other summer highlights were very much the opposite. It was the times I took people out for a guide on our fantastic trail network or the time I took a friend mountain biking for the first time. This gave me great satisfaction. For them, every switch back was a celebration, every berm

was the best turn ever and, of course, every view we came across was more spectacular than the last. It was these people who made me realize that sometimes you’ve just got to slow it down, appreciate who and what is around and take it all in. As we carry on, I encourage everyone to get out there and find people that will drag you along but also don’t forget that it can be just as rewarding to introduce people to what ever it may be that you love. My trail of the month consists of a few. Take Phat Bastard to Mushroom Head up and over, down Dem Bones then turn it around to come back up Stove, up Mushroom and finish off with a blast down Red Sonya for my Mt Fernie figure 8. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Destination of the Month by Julie Kelly – LAZY LIZARD CONNECTOR, LAZY LIZARD AND PROJECT 9 Distance: 20km Time: 1.5-2 hours Difficulty: Green (Lazy Lizard) Black (Project 9) You can really get an education when exploring some of the challenging trails Fernie has to offer. If you want to learn how to mentally and physically endure a hard climb, Project 9 is a great one. Start at Mount Fernie Provincial Park and take Stove Trail to the new Lazy Lizard Connector. Approximately 250m on Stove the trail splits, stay left and continue on the Connector. This is a great new trail with some rolling terrain and nice viewpoints. You no longer have to ride the road! Thanks to the Thunder Ridge Fundraiser last year, $10,000 was raised to construct this trail along with $10,000 matching funds from Resort Municipality Initiative.

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The Connector takes you to Lazy Lizard, ride it to Powerline then turn right and follow to Project 9. Here is where you will need to dig in for the steep climb on a double track road. The good news is it’s short! The bad news, the kicker is right at the top! Once you reach the top, there is a touch more single track climbing before you drop into the fun descent. There are a number of different lines through the rock, stay right for the easiest route. Continue for some fun rollers and fast sections through the trees. Watch for where Lazy Lizard intersects and you can follow it back to where you started. FERNIEFIX.COM

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Get Your Back to School SARAH INGRAM, BSC.HONS.KINESIOLOGY, BCAK PRACTICING KINESIOLOGIST

SEPTEMBER IS AN EXCELLENT MONTH to return to the gym and begin preparations for the winter season. While it is not quite time to work on ski-specific exercises, the “in-between” season is a great time to re-establish back health and proper posture. Here are five great exercises you can do to “school your back.” Start with ten of each, two times and increase as tolerated. All exercises should be performed in a slow controlled manner without discomfort. For #1-3, to make it harder bring the ball closer to the wall.

1. Ball back extensions: On your 4. Dead bug: Lay on your back with stomach/high thigh, feet on the wall, your arms and legs to the roof, head on hands at your head. Bring your elbows the floor. Bring your opposite arm and to the ball to start. Squeeze your glutes leg to the ground and then back up. (buttocks) as you slowly raise your upper Alternate sides. body and elbows as high as you can 5. Y-fly: Lay on your stomach with before slowly returning to your start straight arms at 10 and 2 and thumbs position. in the air. Keeping your head on the 2. Ball side crunch: Outer hip on the ground, lift your arms up and down off ball, upper leg back, hands on your the ground. head, chest out. Slowly bring your While these exercises are all helpful for elbows to the ball and then raise your posture, the best thing you can do for your body up to 45 degrees. Breathe out as posture is become aware of it. Try to sit, you lift. Slowly return to start position. stand and walk as tall as you can with your 3. Ball back extension twist: Get in chest up and hopefully undo all of the the same start position as #1, but as you forward leaning you did on your bike this lift your body, twist to the adjacent wall. summer! This should help you school your Return to your start position before back rather than having your back school twisting to the other wall. you this fall!

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Five Tips for Healthy Lunches DR. TAINA TURCASSO, N.D., R.M.

FOR THE FIRST FEW YEARS OF YOUR CHILDREN’S LIVES, you get to make most of the decisions around what they wear, what goes on their skin, and perhaps most importantly, what goes into their bodies. You control their environment, and you do your best to ensure optimal health for them. Once they begin to attend school, you enter the next phase of their lives, where they begin to make their own decisions, are exposed to children from different families who may have different habits, and the control you once had begins to slip away. As they begin to make choices about what they choose to eat, packing their lunch is a great opportunity to not just ensure that they are eating healthy foods but also to educate them about making better food choices for themselves. The lessons we learn about food as children stay with us throughout our lives; I still attribute my eating habits to the way I was taught to eat by my parents growing up. We don’t always get to control our environments, but we can always control what we put into our bodies, and good eating habits undoubtedly help us achieve our optimal level of health. Here are five ways you can not only pack your child’s lunch with foods that will give them more energy, improved concentration, and overall better performance at school, but will also help to establish and reinforce habits they will carry with them for life: Learn to Love Water. Give them a refillable water bottle (they can pick out one they like) and fill it with clean water everyday, avoiding pop, and even juice boxes. Add a bit of lemon/lime juice, infuse the water with other fruits, or add a bit of fruit juice for flavour if they

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won’t drink water. For a treat, give them a packet of Emergen-C or Ener-C vitamin C powder. Straight up juice and pop are full of sugar and other potential additives that will ultimately reduce energy and concentration, and could lead to more severe problems down the road. Reusable water bottles need to be cleaned with soap and warm water daily to prevent the growth of bacteria. Protein, Protein, Protein. We all need good sources of protein in our diets, but it is especially important for growing children. Make chicken/tuna/egg salad out of leftover chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, or occasionally cans of tuna mixed with chopped veggies, olive oil or sugarfree mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt and pepper and pack with some good quality, whole grain bread. Make PB & J with almond butter instead of peanut butter as a healthier and less allergenic option. Low sugar, higher fat yogurt (try plain

yogurt with homemade jam stirred into it) is high in protein as well as calcium. In a pinch, make sandwiches with nitratefree deli meat. Read the ingredients of EVERYTHING as even sliced bread often has some surprising ingredients added to it. Healthy Fats. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are important for brain development and functioning. They will improve concentration, mood, and also help children to grow. Try to include one source of heathy fats into every lunch. Some options include guacamole with veggies or a few tortilla chips to dip, a handful of almonds, adding extra virgin olive oil to your tuna/egg/chicken salad recipes, or putting sliced avocados onto your deli meat sandwiches. Everyone Loves Options. Vegetables can be simultaneously the healthiest and most difficult foods to convince children


to eat. Don’t pack the same old carrot sticks everyday; instead, try to give your kids a few options of vegetables to snack on, cutting them into different shapes and packing a small container of homemade (and healthier) dip. Hummus is an alternative to making your own as it is relatively easy to find at most grocery stores with only a few ingredients. Include a mixture of colourful fruits and vegetables so you know that even if they pick and choose, they will still be getting a serving or two of fruits and veggies. Treat Yourself. Eating healthy most of the time means that you can indulge in a treat every now and then without feeling guilty or significantly impacting your health. This goes for lunch, too, and if will help your kids to look forward to what’s in their lunches. Once a week or so, throw a little surprise into their lunch, like a small chocolate, a small serving of gummies, or even a juice box.

serve in your own home. Your children will become accustomed to the foods you eat together as a family and thus will enjoy eating them in lunches as well. Beyond the actual ingredients stuffed inside your child’s lunch, it’s also important to consider what you are using as packing materials. Using reusable lunch boxes and food containers/bags instead of single serving water bottles and plastic wrap and baggies will teach your children about the importance of considering the amount of waste we are producing everyday. Let them choose a lunch box, and invest in some stainless steel or fabric containers to hold sandwiches, veggies, and dips. Use reusable plastic containers if it will help you avoid creating more garbage. Welcome to a new school year; it’s a great time to introduce new habits to your family and to yourselves!

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Back to Routines KRISSI HYLAND, RHN

I HAVE A SECRET THAT I HAVE BEEN EXPLODING TO SHARE – we are moving. In fact, by the time you read this we will have left our home of 14 years to live by the Great Lakes of Ontario near our family. As time goes on, I find it’s not where you are physically but who surrounds you. This town is really made of incredible people, a community with open arms and a huge heart. What this town has taught me is to honour who I am. I became who I wanted to be here. I grew up with this hunger to please people, custom packaging myself to each scenario or group I was with, and became a chameleon always protecting myself from not fitting in. Living here has taught me that it’s not about fitting in but rocking yourself and finding friends along that journey. Thank you to the people who have touched me in this town, and to everyone else living or visiting here, let your hair down, enjoy this Fernie lifestyle and wink at the mountains for me! Enough of the warm fuzzies, let’s talk food. September is when life gets back to the groove of routine. Mornings get busier and by the time everyone is out the door your coffee is cold and you haven’t eaten breakfast. I have a fun solution. Breakfast really is a very important meal. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you do not eat, you allow your blood sugars to crash and the rest of the day you play catch up, craving sugars or stimulants - which only perpetuate this spike-and-crash routine. The essence of a good breakfast is incorporating protein and fats. These two macro-nutrients help stabilize your blood sugars by slowly releasing the sugars instead of a big spike and crash. Keeping your body balanced helps with concentration and can prevent getting tired in the afternoon.

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This muesli recipe is fun and quick to prepare. It also works great for travelling and camping. Most cereals and instant oatmeal have a lot of processed grains and sugars. In this recipe, the fibre, healthy proteins and fats from the whole rolled oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds and nuts will help keep you fuller longer and give you

the energy needed for your morning! The secret to this recipe is making a bunch of individual dry mix packages so you eliminate the prep for next time. I will be eating this on my move across the country to ensure a healthy, whole-food morning.


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½ cup whole rolled oats (not quick oats) 2 tsp chia seeds 1 Tbsp hemp seeds (or ½ Tbsp unflavoured protein powder) 2 Tbsp of either walnuts, slivered almonds, coconut or your favourite nut or seed Wet ingredients: ¾ cup coconut milk or any milk alternative ¼ tsp vanilla extract (optional) ½ cup fresh fruit for topping (or 1 Tbsp dried fruit) Squeeze of lemon juice (optional to help break down oats, nuts and seeds) 1 x two-cup container – mason jars work great and are affordable Directions: In a two-cup container, add the dry ingredients. You can make several dry mixes at a time and leave in the cupboard for an easy breakfast. The night before add the almond milk and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Top with the fresh fruit and place in fridge.

Forgot to make your overnight muesli? No worries, you can make a porridge. Place both wet and dry ingredients in a pot excluding fresh fruit. Add another ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let it stand covered for 2 minutes. Top with fresh fruit and enjoy a warm bowl for breakfast. Get creative! This muesli is really a blueprint for whatever you have in your cupboards.

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FALL FASHION 101 SOLANGE AND ZOE

September, the end of summer, the beginning of school and the most exciting time in fashion. Get the summer clothes put away to make room for all of this season’s must-haves. And let us tell you, you’re going to need some serious space.

FALL FASHION CHECKLIST 1. Printed trousers 2. Oversized sweaters 3. Flare jeans 4. Suede vests and jackets 5. Sweater dresses 6. Maxi tops paired with a skinny jean or leggings 7. Lace and heavy knits 8. Chunky heeled shoes 9. A perfect ankle boot 10. Classic pumps The colour inspiration this fall is set with the blue family in the lead. This strong, yet calming, colour has been seen in over half of the designs on fashion runways. Earth tones and pops of vibrant colours, much the same as you would see in a spring lineup, will appear as well. The colour palate has been inspired by Optimism, Strength and Tranquility. Seems suiting to fall in the Valley!

HAIR AND MAKEUP We are in luck and love this season as the “Bedhead” look is trending! Fuzzy braids and day old ponytails are a thing. You will also see funky braids, inverted french braids, fishtail braids and braid buns. Be open minded this season with your makeup. You will be seeing lots of artistic trends along with some classics. Push some of your limits and try something new. Maybe a heavier black eyeliner, Or even possibly a dark lip? (Not best at the same time). How about adding some glitter! You will be seeing a lot of sparkle on the faces of fall fashionistas. Try a subtle copper glitter! Another favourite look we will be seeing is a lot of peach, peach cheeks, peach eyes, and peach lips. Get your glows on. FERNIEFIX.COM

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To change the range and look and feel of the question, select the Options tab. Often there is a limited number of choices that you’d like to present, such as ‘What was your favourite band at Wapiti this year?’ This is a good choice for a Dropdown type question. This works just like it does on Windows or a Mac. There are multiple choices (you enter one on each line), then when the user wants to answer the question, they get a list and select one.

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THE WAPITI MUSIC FESTIVAL just wrapped up this weekend and by all accounts it was a success. Is there room for improvement? Of course, but what’s the best way to discover those opportunities? One way is to ask the people involved and affected. So, after every festival, we send out survey questionnaires to the festival attendees, volunteers, vendors, and business community. We ask them a wide variety of questions. Everything from “How did you hear about us?” to “Were there enough porta-potties?” The feedback that we receive gets folded into our planning meetings for the next year and informs our decisions. Surveys are a great way to solicit feedback for a wide variety of uses. Most people are familiar with the use of polls, especially during election season, but surveys can be used anytime you need to ask a group of people for their opinion about something. SurveyMonkey.com is probably the best known of the online survey tools. I’m only going to cover it, but you can find others if you search. SurveyMonkey has a free and a pro mode. In free mode you are limited to 10 questions and 100 responses. Pro modes increase the number of questions and responses and lots of goodies such as custom themes, logical behaviour, etc. For the purposes of this write-up, we’ll stick to a simple free survey. First you’ll need to create a free account with a user name, password and email. Then SurveyMonkey will ask you for the kind of surveys you’ll be taking, such as family, event, customer, etc. And then some details will be asked about you and/ or your organization.

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Once those are completed, Survey Monkey will present you with a template to get you started. Okay, now we’re to the actual question part. This can be a lot trickier than you think. First off, have a clear intent with your survey. Be specific in your questions. Use the types of questions: multiple choice, text button, slider, etc. to get answers that conform to the data you want. If possible, use the built in questions in the Question Bank. They are well designed and if used can provide additional statistical information. There are questions related to most things you’d like to survey for. Another option is to pick a predesigned question and then modify it to your liking. Let’s go through a few scenarios for creating questions. One common requirement is to ask people for a rating. The easiest way to do this is to ask the question in a way that’s familiar to most people. For example: “How likely are you to recommend Wapiti Music Festival to a friend or family member?” This is a good question to use the Star Rating question style. Use a scale that’s familiar to people, such as 1 through 5. A slider is another good choice.

Of course, there are simple text entries as well, for when you need to ask a question that you don’t know what the answer might be, such as what is your name. There are options to set the maximum and minimum lengths of the response. As well, you can set that you want the answer to be in a specific format such as a number, a date, an email address, etc. This can be selected in the options. At the end of your questions you’ll be asked for the button options. Leave them as is unless you have a very specific reason not to. You’ll notice in the top right there is a Preview & Test button that’s useful for seeing what your survey will look like. When you’re finished, save your survey and move to the next area, which is how you’d like to share the survey. Survey Monkey will give you a URL that you can add to email, Facebook, etc. Okay, now get your survey out there and start data collecting. On a scale of 1 to 10 how likely are you to enjoy the information in the column: 1 – 10? FERNIEFIX.COM

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September 2016 YANN LORANGER

AS AUGUST ENDS at the climax of an impressive restructuration of our will, September starts by adding an annular solar eclipse on top of it on September 1. This is quite exceptional since the position of the eclipse is right on the actual dynamic that shifted our will during this last month. Now, the unique feature of an annular solar eclipse is that we can see (this time in Mozambique and area) the moon as a black circle totally surrounded by the light of the sun. The Moon represents our feelings, our subconscious and our imagination. When it’s hiding the sun in a total solar eclipse, the subconscious forces that are usually filling our dreams can manifest themselves during the day and overrule our conscious forces. During an annular solar eclipse, a door is open for us to consciously connect with our subconscious. Imagine that from the Moon, there is a dark bridge that connects us to our subconscious and, since the Moon is surrounded by the Sun in this particular eclipse, there are sunbeams surrounding it, a little bit like street lamps that surrounds a road at night, making it safe to drive and walk. This is a wonderful chance to see the changes triggered by August clearly and more consciously. Then, the entire month will be dedicated to bringing all those personal changes into a broader perspective, connecting it with greater projects, a vision that includes the whole society, that goes beyond ourselves. August and September together provide a rare opportunity to adjust our development all the way from a personal to a collective perspective. Since we all have a little bit of each sign within us, consider each of the following interpretation as addressing a specific part of yourself. Read it all for every aspect within yourself.

Aries (March 21 - April 29) The Chosen One Despite the pressure and the obligation to change, to move forward, you have an important place. Upon your own change depends the future of your surrounding.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Stability You offer a calm ground on which people can rely and catch their breath during this demanding period.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Perseverance What is happening goes way beyond your sphere of action. You feel a bit left aside, but, deep down, you know that what you do is key, that eventually, your work will make the difference.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Clear Sentience You communicate in a special way because what counts for you is that feelings are shared and understood by others. This may have been slowing you down at times, but this month, it is a serious asset to getting a full picture of the changes that happened in your subconscious. During the eclipse and the whole month, you can sense what is new deep within yourself.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22) Light Keeper Keep your light shinning! It allows everyone to stay cheered up in moments of introspection.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22) Initiation Overwhelmed, you welcome the changes and embrace them... there is nothing else you could do.

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Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22) Innovation It seems like this entire dynamic is extremely beneficial for you. You receive all the new energies in place and direct them towards a vision that includes all, a vision that goes beyond the personal interests of everyone.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Keenness The work with the eclipse is of great interest to you, it’s a rare chance to explore worlds that really get your attention. Dive within and rejoice!

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Learning Tension is decreasing for you. You have great chances of finding golden nuggets of wisdom! Keep your eyes open for them.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19) President If Libra channels all the new energies in a more collective direction, you are the one that can really do something with this energy. You can be the instigator of new development for your community. The potential is endless, use as much as you want and can.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Helper You like the strength and potential of what is happening but you are not directly involved. That being said, you can be a great advisor in this process.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20) Abyss Discovery Light will reach the very bottom of your inner ocean, and you will see things that you have never noticed before.

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Avoid disappointment - call ahead to inquire about reservations and availability

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1.250.423.3700

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