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VOL. 28, NO. 10, FEBRUARY 2020

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HEART & STROKE DISEASE: Education is the key to prevention and survival

Ashley Fontaine Ashley Fontaine is the Community Engagement/ Fundraising Coordinator for the Heart and Stroke Foundation in the Kamloops region which includes the Nicola Valley, Thompson River, Shuswap and Cariboo regions. In this role, Fontaine manages three of the foundation’s largest campaigns; Jump Rope for Heart, My Own Fundraiser, and the Heart and Stroke Canvas. “There are a lot of moving parts in my position In a nutshell,

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I have the pleasure of assisting in actualizing Heart and Stroke’s mission (To Promote Health, Save Lives and Enhance Recovery) by providing education and resources to the public, and helping individuals and organizations to be successful in their fundraising endeavors,” explains Fontaine. Some events that Heart and Stroke supporters should look out for this month include: • Fit by Design will be hosting a number of family friendly fitness fundraising events – February 1, 8, & 29 • K-Spin is having their first ‘Spin-a-thon’ on Saturday, February 15th (time TBD) • Ladies Only Fitness is having their 7th annual ‘Strike-a-thon’ on Sunday February 23rd from 10am – 1pm • BARRE Kamloops will be holding Karma Classes (TBD) • ‘Silent Auction/Burger night in memory See “Signs” on page 14

Finding the “sweet” in your Valentine’s Day by Tara Holmes, Holmes Is Where the Heart Is You may be surprised to hear this, but I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. When I tell people that, they are typically shocked considering I am a Matchmaker. My feelings around Valentine’s Day go back many years to when I was in elementary school. I remember how we would all make cute crafty pouches with hearts, lace, and sparkles, put our names on them, and line them up at the front of the class in anticipation of Valentine’s

Day when we could open them and read all the cute little cards from our classmates. I will never forget watching all the kids emptying out their full pouches of 30 or so cards and then looking over and seeing a few kids with 2 or 3 cards and seeing the look of humiliation on their faces. I am guessing that if I remember this happening to those kids that they no doubt have remembered it as well and were more traumatized by it given it

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Time to get “exposed” by Susan Wolf, Kamloops Arts Council Someone in this city has created a masterpiece that no one else has ever laid eyes on. It may be your barista, your lawyer, that woman you see on the bus or a family member. They have poured their heart and soul into their work. It enlivens them and helps to process complicated feelings. It’s deeply personal and they are nervous about baring their soul to another. Or maybe it’s just a fun hobby they picked up after retirement. Taking your art to the world is risky and can make you feel as excited, nervous and exposed as telling someone you love them, for the first time. Finding the right words can be as challenging as finding a place to show off your work for the first time. This is one of the main reasons Art Exposed was created. This marks the 10th year the Kamloops Arts Council has hosted Art Exposed Juried Art Show. The show brings together new and established artists from across the region. Many local artists began

their careers with this exhibit. It’s an excellent opportunity to show your art in a supportive environment. New artists can learn how to hang their artwork professionally and have an option for a oneon-one critique with one of the jurors to get constructive feedback. Cash prizes are awarded for “best emerging” and “established” as well as youth artists with categories for “2D and

3D.” The public gets to vote for their favourites for the “People’s Choice” and “Artist’s Choice” awards. Performance artists, ‘The Painted Ladies’ troupe, dazzled the attendees at the VIP preview last year before their debut performance at the All A’Broad cabaret. They were so well received that they have been invited back for the opening reception this

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year. Performers will be dressed as familiar works of art and are a sight to behold. The director of the group, Bonnie McLean, is a long-time member and previous president of the KAC. She is best known in the area as a dance performer and instructor, but she is also a skilled visual artist who studied art and art history at Red Deer College and the University of Alberta. “I mostly create art for commissions or for myself,” she said, but this year will mark her 4th year as an exhibiting artist with Art Exposed, one of the few times she publicly exhibits her paintings. All of your senses will get to play at the opening reception with live music by Swing Sisters, The String Fever and a new addition ‘Taste Exposed,’ where you can sample epicurean delights from local eateries, The Waffle Iron and Sandbar Grill as well as sip on regional wines provided by Waterside Winery. The show will also be accepting a limited number of oversized pieces. “We often have customers specifically looking to buy larger works of art,” explained Terri Hadwin, Executive Director of the KAC. “Some of our artists

really love working big, so this year we are accepting a limited number of pieces up to 6 ft wide.” The opening reception for Art Exposed is Friday, March 6th from 5-8 p.m. The show runs

until March 14th. Artists interested in entering can visit the Kamloops Arts Council’s website. The application deadline is February 14, 2020. The exhibit is open to the public and admission is by donation.

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Grandpa was telling his young grandson what life was like when he was a boy. “In the winter we’d ice skate on our pond. In the summer we could swim in the pond, and pick berries in the woods. We’d swing on an old tire my dad hung from a tree on a rope. And we had a pony we rode all over the farm.” The little boy was amazed, and sat silently for a minute. Finally he said, “Granddad, I wish I’d gotten to know you a lot sooner!”

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A little self-love About this time last year I began looking for travel options that would appeal to me as a single woman. I wanted to travel but I really didn’t want to go it alone and I couldn’t rally any friends or family to join me. As it happened, I had been following Louise Green of Big Fit Girl, online. She’s a trainer out of North Vancouver that is passionate about helping women be active no matter their size. She was offering a one week fitness retreat in Mexico for twenty of her followers last November. I knew pretty quickly that this was perfect for me and I jumped at the chance to go. I’m so glad I did. I have had a lifelong struggle with diet and fitness even though I maintain a healthy diet and have an athletic background of competitive swimming and flatwater paddling. Needless to say, genetics and other forces have conspired to render me a “big girl.” Attempts to be otherwise have always been short-lived and seemingly impossible to maintain when “life” inevitably “gets in the way.” I also wonder how things would be if I had never been made to feel that my body was unacceptable the way that it was. Maybe I wouldn’t have done all those crazy diets and shut down my metabolism in the process. If the Universe actually comes up with a real magic bullet for weight loss I will probably check it out but the reality is I will never be a “Barbie” and I’m coming to terms with that even if the culture I live in never will. What I also have to come to terms with as I age is that I must keep moving at all costs. Thankfully programs like Green’s Big Fit Girl and Jo Berry’s local RunClub, or aquafit at the “Y” do make room for people with larger bodies to find acceptance as they are and still enjoy a more active lifestyle without judgement. I can’t describe how refreshing it is to finally encounter trainers that are making room in their programming for people as they are and not focusing on the scale. Green has a fitness app which includes chair exercises and other modifications so that one never feels left behind or that their effort is “less than.” RunClub espouses this same philosophy. Truth be told most of us are always doing the best that we can and feeling judgement from others is never helpful. Waiting to go swimming because you want to lose 30 lbs. first is not productive. That is like cleaning your house before the housekeeper you hired comes over! It boggles my mind when others mock fat people for exercising and judge them for being in a gym or a pool. How dare we get out there and move! One of the things I loved the most about the retreat to Tulum was witnessing twenty incredibly accomplished, beautiful, hilarious BIGGER women from around the world, come together and participate in a daily bootcamp and try new things no matter our limitations. We snorkelled with sea turtles, swam through underground cenotes, ran, walked, swam, boxed, weight-lifted, climbed and cycled our way through the week. We kicked butt everyday. We crammed ourselves into airline and van seats that were too small. We sweated our way through markets and a cross-fit class. We commiserated about the impossible expectations of a culture that won’t accept us the way we are and how that has actually aggravated or stifled our lives. I was impressed to see that many of the women that are younger than me are much better at thumbing their noses at society’s expectations for body conformity and as a result their lust for life is irrepressible. They travel. They play. They succeed. They love. They live. They do. More power to them. I am learning to embrace this attitude. Life should no longer be on hold. Waiting until my body is “perfect” to get out there and enjoy myself is just stupid. My body is actually pretty perfect the way that it is and it has served me incredibly well and continues to do so. A little self-love instead of self-loathing and a whole lot of gratitude at this stage of my life will go a long way. I hope you all feel that way about your bodies too. Happy Valentine’s Day and Heart & Stroke Month. Take care of you.

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On the frontlines of food security: Kamloops Reach and PIT Stop

Sandra Frangiadakis, KFPC Food Action Lead Back in 1995, one of the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC) co-founders, community nutritionist extraordinaire Laura Kalina, came up with the idea of the Food Security Continuum as a way to think about strategies for combating food insecurity. It is still a useful tool for thinking about our food security work today and the KFPC recognizes the need for work at all three stages of the continuum. Some KFPC staff and board members focus on the big picture, such as long term policy development to redesign our food system. Others are more involved in community capacitybuilding programs, such as our Gleaning Abundance Program (GAP), Seed Library, or kitchen and garden workshops. However,

when it comes to shortterm relief—the work on the frontlines of food insecurity—we have not been directly involved. We certainly recognize and applaud the many individuals and organizations in our community who are taking on that work. One such frontline organization is Kamloops Reach, formerly known as Love Hard. We first became aware of this group when a few of their volunteers showed up at one of our monthly KFPC networking meetings and mentioned that they would love some donations of fruit from our gleaning program to include in their food outreach program. We were happy to oblige and are pleased they have become regular attendees at our monthly potlucks. Kamloops Reach is totally run by volunteers and many of those involved have firsthand experience with food insecurity. Once a month or so, they collect donations and prepare a meal at one of their volunteer’s homes, then deliver whatever they’ve made to hungry people all

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over the city. Depending on donations, it might be a sandwich, a bowl of soup, or a hearty stew that is delivered. Kamloops Reach works at the extreme end of the food security continuum. There are no barriers to their services and they often work with marginalized individuals who have either fallen through the cracks, have no means of transportation, or are otherwise unable to access services at other agencies. As well as food, they help out with warm clothes, blankets, and offer volunteer opportunities for people with disabilities. Their Facebook page often has posts with requests for specific needs, such as blankets or a batch of cookies, which can usually

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be picked up by Kamloops Reach volunteers. Anyone can become a “Reacher” and help out as they are able. The program relies on these donations from the community, as well as a few local businesses that regularly donate produce or other ingredients needed to prepare their offerings. Another amazing donor and volunteer-driven frontlines program is PIT Stop. For over 20 years, revolving teams of volunteers have prepared and served a free Sunday afternoon meal at the Kamloops United Church each and every week of the year. Teams may be put together by local businesses, church groups, Rotary clubs, or families and friends, and are usually supported by a crew of PIT Stop

Macaroni Beef Casserole There are dozens of versions of this casserole on the internet - it’s delicious and a great way to feed a crowd. Ingredients: 1 lb elbow macaroni 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for tossing 1 onion, finely chopped  1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice  2 lbs ground beef  2 tsp. ground cumin  2 tbsp. all-purpose flour 

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1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the macaroni until al dente. Drain well and transfer the macaroni to a bowl. Add a drizzle of olive oil and toss well. 2. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and cumin and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned and any liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Add the flour and cook until no floury taste remains. Stir in the tomatoes and stock and simmer until thickened, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, about 3 minutes. 3. Remove from the heat and stir in the macaroni, cream, parsley and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper. 4. Transfer the mixture to a large ceramic baking dish about 2 inches deep. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese and panko on top. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the casserole is bubbling and the cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes. Scatter the scallions on top and serve.

regulars—individuals who show up pretty much every Sunday to lend a hand. Under the expert coordination of Rick Windjack, the program is so well-run that the 2020 schedule is pretty much full already (there may still be a Sunday available in July or August). It is especially heartwarming to see the way these frontline workers collaborate and support one another. A recent post by Kamloops Reach showed their volunteers delivering extra children’s things that had been donated to PIT Stop over Christmas to the Family Tree Centre, another amazing local community resource, ensuring those items got to where they were needed. There is important work to do at all stages of the food security continuum and plenty of room for volunteers at each stage. And while

we, at the KFPC, are dedicated to combating food insecurity upstream at the policy level, we have decided to try our hand at some frontline work and will be joining the Kamloops Reach team at the May 17 PIT Stop meal. Preparing a meal for 300 or so people will be a new venture for many of us and we look forward to working side-by-side with the well-seasoned volunteers from both of these amazing programs to offer our support to people experiencing food insecurity. Find Kamloops Reach (@kamloopsreach) and PIT Stop, Kamloops on Facebook. For more information about the Kamloops Food Policy Council, please visit our website at kamloopsfood policycouncil.com or like us on facebook (@KamloopsFood PolicyCouncil).

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Prepare for health care costs during retirement

As you save and invest for retirement, what are your ultimate goals? Do you plan on traveling the world? Purchasing a

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holdbacks may impact the actual cash being transferred on closing day. Determine ahead of time if GST is payable, and by whom. Also, make sure that you are aware of all associated fees (for the realtor, lawyer, municipality, property transfer tax) and potential mortgage costs (CMHC, insurance) so that you aren’t scrambling to come up with additional cash on closing day (and have enough to pay off the old mortgage if you are the Seller); 2. Subjects: These are set out in the contract for the buyer and seller to ensure that they can hold the property while they investigate or sort out certain details (property inspection, mortgage, purchase or sale of another property). When the subjects are removed, the contract is binding and both parties must complete it according to the terms. 3. Time is of the Essence: A contract for the purchase and sale of property must be in writing and must have the “Three P’s” clearly set out. It must also set out a date for adjustment for taxes and fees and a closing and possession date. These dates are important! If

you are unable to sign sale documents before the closing date, or cannot come up with mortgage funds in time, the opposing party has the option to sue on the contract or renegotiate terms to their advantage. As such, it is important to ensure that you are available throughout the process and that you have allowed enough time to investigate and fulfill all “subjects” and that you have enough time after “subject removal” to ensure that your conveyancing (real estate) lawyer can complete all the legal requirements of both your mortgage lender and the Land Title Authority of British Columbia before the closing date. 4. Property Disclosure Statement: A property disclosure statement (PDS) should be included in every real estate contract. However, this document does not safeguard from all risks. A PDS puts the burden on the Seller to provide information that is within their knowledge; however, a Buyer must take reasonable steps also to seek out information on the property, which may be done by a combination of a home inspection, personal inspection

of the property, and additional inquiries with the relevant authorities (City, Regional District). 5. Included Items: The general rule is that items affixed (attached) to the property cannot be taken by the Seller when they leave. In reality, what counts as “attached” is sometimes up for debate between parties. To be on the safe side, it is prudent to specifically outline both “Included” and “Excluded” items in the contract to avoid the potential for litigation and emotional distress following a real estate deal. These are only a few of the things to consider when you contemplate signing an offer. A lawyer can review an offer before it becomes a contract in order to make sure your interests are protected. However, many individuals simply sign a purchase contract before they even think of contacting a lawyer to act for them in a real estate deal. Talk to your realtor about these aspects of your contract before signing and call a lawyer if you would like help in ensuring that your contract matches your expectations when purchasing or selling your property.


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Waste not, want not

I recently heard an interview on CBC radio about a woman that decided that she wouldn’t buy groceries in January. She started this idea a few years prior to save money after the spending too much during the holidays, and has continued with the practice since. What she found was she was able to use up items that otherwise would have spoiled or would hit the point of questioning if the product was still good. I thought it was such a great idea that we have borrowed her idea to help clear some space and see

what is hiding in the back of the cupboards. As I went through the cupboards I found some interesting ingredients that may have been purchased for a meal that didn’t make it to the “Let’s do that again!” list. The item sat in the back of the cupboard taking up space. As I didn’t want to make that original meal again I would look up other ways to use that ingredient. I would also find a few other ingredients looking in the freezer that needed to be used too. Just type the item names you want to use up for the meal along with the word recipe into Google Search and you will be surprised how many unique recipes will come up. Looking up recipes to use these ingredients can be quite entertaining and I don’t always have everything I need every time, but

substitutions sometimes don’t make a huge difference. Now is the time to get creative. Of course, fresh produce still needs to be purchased and any dairy. I have found some bizarre combinations, but I have quite enjoyed many of the creations. I loved this idea so I needed to share. Very often when downsizing a kitchen, we find a collection of items at the back of the cupboard that have been there so long that most will say they didn’t even know they had that. Sadly, many times the item has hit the point that there is no option but to discard it by the time we find it. Food cycling is a great way to save a bit of money but also ensures that food is not wasted due to going out of date sitting in the back of the cupboard. Now of course

not all food needs to be tossed away right at the expiry date as many foods can last longer. If you cycle your food you will ensure nothing is wasted.

After a few weeks of doing this we found a few items at the back of the cupboards that we truly didn’t want to use, we could donate so nothing would actually hit the

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February re-fresh

When it’s cold outside and shovelling that driveway looks less than appealing, it’s the perfect time to get creative— inside, where it’s warm! If you are looking for some inspiration, here are some tips that can take a room from drab to fab in a weekend. 1. Start with backto-basics: elbow grease. It’s time to get to cleaning and putting things away. That pile of clean laundry that hasn’t made its way back to the drawer—get to it. Pick up clothes, shoes, items on the chair, and those earphones still on the side table. Once these items are put away and the clutter is gone, you’ll immediately feel not only productive but refreshed. 2. The entryway is a particular space that sees a lot coming and going and can become a collection of things and piles. If this is ringing a bell, it may be time to add some storage. A trendy and easy solution is to place a bench with

storage underneath. This creates a home for shoes, bags, the dog leash, and more. If your space is smaller than that, adjust the size of the bench accordingly or simply add wall hooks or wallmounted shelving. 3. Think of layers as your friend, specifically, that friend who is full of character and tells great stories. Not only do layers add dimension to a space, they can really bring any room together. Some ideas include: fresh linens, braided rugs, glossy furniture, plush pillows, striped or polkadot accent. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with it. 4. If there is a particular room you

want to bring new life to, start by removing all the accessories. Grab everything and start stacking in a specific spot. Once you have done that, you’ll be able to look at the room as a clean slate with few distractions. This may be all the inspiration you need to reset and find some designer energy. If your idea of a room refresh includes flooring, we have you covered. Stop in to our showroom at 834 Laval Crescent or find our Nufloors Kamloops Facebook Business page. We have been your flooring experts for 15 years and are always happy to help!

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Exercise & aging: How to work out safely after 50 In an ideal world, people young and old exercise each day. But as men and women age, finding time to work out is not so easy. Commitments to work and family often take precedence over daily exercise. As a result, many people 50 and over might not have exercised regularly or at all in many

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over 50 should take heed of the following safety tips to ensure their efforts are not derailed by accident or injury. • Speak with your physician. The National Institute on Aging notes that even people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis can be physically active. However, anyone with such a condition and even those who don’t fall into those categories should consult with their physicians and receive a full physical before exercising. Such a consultation and checkup can shed light on any unknown issues, and physicians can offer advice on how to safely manage any problems that may arise. • Begin with lowintensity exercises. Even if you feel great and have maintained a healthy

weight, don’t push yourself too hard at the start. Your body needs time to adjust to physical activity, so choose low-intensity exercises like walking and light strength training so your muscles, tendons and ligaments can adjust. Initially, exercise every other day so your body has ample time to recover between workouts. • Choose the right places to exercise outdoors. Exercising outside provides the best of both worlds for many people, providing a chance to get healthy all while enjoying the great outdoors. When exercising outdoors, choose areas that are not remote and where others can see you and offer help if you suffer an injury or have an accident. Boardwalks, public parks and outdoor gyms are safer places to work out than wooded areas or other

places well off the beaten path. • Stay hydrated. The NIA notes that many people lose their sense of thirst as they age. But just because you aren’t thirsty does not mean you don’t need water, especially while exercising. Water regulates body temperature and

lubricates the joints, thereby decreasing your risk of injury during exercise. Exercising after 50 can help people live healthy well into retirement. But caution must be exercised when aging men and women return to exercise after a long break.

Cathy’s Comfort Drink By Cathy Lidster Are you or your loved ones feeling sluggish and unmotivated in the winter months, especially after the holiday excesses? Could your body be trying to recover from too much sugar, flour, dairy, and alcohol and other toxins? Did you put on a few more pounds this year? Have you been getting every cold that comes around? Do you have achy joints, dry skin, bloating and gas? Instead of reaching for the coffee, tea or hot chocolate this winter, try this simple, inexpensive and convenient Comfort Drink that is loaded with benefits for your health. Cathy’s Comfort Drink not only tastes delicious, but helps your body get rid of many toxins that clog your organs, arteries and joints, helps your digestion, boosts your immune system, and even reduces your appetite.

Here’s the recipe and why each ingredient is special: To a Large Mug of Warm Filtered Water, add: 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar - full of enzymes, good bacteria, helps devour starch, lowers blood pressure 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice - helps balance blood sugar, alkalizes, contains Vitamin C 1 rounded tsp of local raw honey - loaded with B vitamins, boosts your brain, increases energy, is antimicrobial, a great healing agent, and oh so yummy! ¼ - ½ tsp of cinnamon - number one blood sugar balancing herb, very high in antioxidants and

tastes delicious!! ¼ – ½ tsp of ginger - Ginger is an anti-microbial, anti-nausea, antiinflammatory, supports digestion, helps with cramps and pain, muscle aches, weight loss…..don’t forget the Ginger! ¼ to ½  tsp of cayenne pepper Increases metabolism, circulation, helps with blood sugar ¼ to ½  tsp of tumeric with a pinch of pepper

(the pepper is necessary to help you absorb the curcumin in the turmeric) anti oxidant, antiinflammatory and perhaps antidepressant properties. Use high quality organic ingredients and always put your love and fun into it – Make it Taste Good for You! To make it simple, mix your spices ahead of time and have your own Secret SpiceCombo Recipe ready to sprinkle. Yes, you have my permission to make it your own, share it and rename it. One caveat: If you cannot tolerate apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in your GI tract you most probably have a leaky gut and/or auto immune situation and you should seek advice of a health practitioner.


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By Marilyn Brown

Modern Love:

True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption Daniel Jones, editor Revised and updated 2019, Broadway Books 290 pages, non-fiction. Available in book stores. As the editor of the New York Times “Modern Love” column, over the years Daniel Jones sifts through more than 8000 submitted essays on “love,” yet he still struggles to define what it is. What he does do instead of one snappy definition is to compile the personal stories of about 40 people and through their diverse experiences, come to a broad understanding of the term. We hear from the single heterosexual, people who are gay, the same-sex couple, the young, middle-aged, and even a few older folks who may not technically be modern. Be prepared for more than a cursory look at the human ability to form strong emotional connections with others, acts of bravery that may or may not be reciprocated. Romantic love and the

challenges to find it in this era of online dating and text messaging is given a thorough assessment. Rachel Fields, for example, writes with humour about the agony of waiting for a return text from a man she’s been seeing for only two weeks. “How hard can it be to fire off a blushing smiley emoji or a fourword answer? …I didn’t care if he was a nontexter-and what does that even mean in this day and age?” Mindy Hung, 31, describes herself as “an apprehensive priss” who wants to change. Friends suggest she try Internet dating, and although initially timid, finds with on-line dating “I could be an extrovert without the exertion,” and gets herself into a pickle by pretending to be “plucky”. A number of powerful

essays delve into the bond between parents and children. For example, Elizabeth Fitzsimons and her husband are one day away from the Chinese government finalizing the couple’s adoption of a baby girl just turning one, when they discover a gruesome scar near the girl’s spine. A doctor investigates: a CT scan shows where a tumor had been removed, but inept surgery has resulted in nerve damage that would likely mean eventual paralysis, and there are other difficulties. They are offered an exchange of children. Will logic win over love? More than a few of the essays deal with the loss of ones loved. Seasoned partnerships end because of incompatibility or for no obvious reason, and the death of a partner is another form of

Kamloops Hospice Association spreads MESSAGES OF LOVE! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and Kamloops Hospice is wondering how you are planning to celebrate? Valentine’s Day is not just for youth in love. Participating in Valentine’s Day can be a way to help us pause and remember or honour what is near and dear to each of us. It can be an expression or celebration of love whether it’s related to a loved one, a place, a group you belong to, an activity, an event, or an organization you appreciate. Over the years, Kamloops Hospice Association has benefited from an enormous outpouring of love from the community. We are grateful to the many dedicated staff and volunteers that keep Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home, Cooper Community Resource Centre and Flutter Buys Thrift Store running each day. We are thankful for your involvement in our Workshops, Fundraising Events and for the support

that allows us to continue providing compassionate care. As our way of honouring the generosity afforded to Hospice, we are launching our 2nd Annual “Messages of Love” initiative. From January 31 to February 14 visit one of our four partnering coffee shops: Caffe Motivo, 5Bean Brewbar & Café, Frankly Coffee & Bistro and Red Beard Café. Look for Kamloops Hospice Association’s Messages of Love Board, write your message on a pink heart then … SHARE IT on the Board, KEEP IT or GIVE IT AWAY. There is no better place to weather the winter than by having a warm drink with friends or family while sharing your appreciation of someone or something that is important to you. Happy Valentine’s Day from Kamloops Hospice!

devastating loss. In her essay “You May Want to Marry My Husband” Amy Krouse Rosenthal writes a letter to an unknown woman in the future, describing Brian, her husband, as “an easy man to fall in love with.” It is her way of helping her beloved cope with the news that has recently shellshocked them both: her death from ovarian cancer is imminent. She wants him to go on living without her, to at least contemplate the possibility of being happy in a new relationship. The authors of these stories share their experiences that are sometimes joyful and sometimes incredibly

sad, but all are told with forthrightness, style, and self-awareness – a truly fascinating look into the human heart. Recommended. Besides being the editor since 2004 of the “Modern Love”

column of the New York Times, Daniel Jones is himself an author. He has a “Modern Love” podcast, and is a consulting producer for the Amazon Studio’s show of the same name.

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“Nest” to meet you! The Kamloops Old Time Fiddlers will be hosting dance on Saturday February 1 @ 7:30 to 10 p.m. Brock Activity Centre 9A-1800 Tranquille Rd. Music by The Old Time Fiddlers. Members $6, Non-members. $10. Enjoy Good Old Country Music. Everyone is welcome, 12 and under accompanied by an adult - free. For more information please call 250376-2330. The Kamloops Garden Club’s guest speaker will give a presentation on Cannabis, how to grow it and the benefits. If you’re looking for a natural way to cure those aches and pains, please join us at 7:00 pm Wednesday February 26th at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. (Riverside Park). Let’s Dance! The Kamloops Social Club is holding a dance, open to the public, with live music by The Journeymen. Brock Activity Centre, 1800 Tranquille Rd., Saturday, February 22, 7-11p.m. Tickets: $10 @ the door. For more information about our dances and activities: www.kamloopssocialclub.com

World Interfaith Harmony Week, Feb. 1 to 7, Interfaith Panel and Question Period. Brown Family House of Learning, Room 190, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Attendance is free. Learn more and register at tru.ca/chaplaincy. Dating over 50: Are you looking for companionship? At these sessions we’ll discuss topics like online dating safety, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and how to find a romantic or platonic relationship with someone who shares your interests. Join us for a casual evening of tips and discussion with local experts. Tuesday, February 18 and Tuesday, March 17, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Kamloops Library, 100 – 465 Victoria St.

ANNOUNCEMENT

We are pleased to announce that Soll & Company and Cates Ford Epp have recently merged to become Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP. Our new office is located at: 300-272 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A2 You can reach our office by phone (250)372-1234, fax (250)828-6697, or email at info@cfselaw.ca. Thank you for your continued support during this transition. Our best wishes go out to all our clients in 2020. Important notice to existing clients of Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP: The partners in a limited liability partnership are not personally liable for the negligent acts or omissions of another partner or an employee unless the partner knew of the negligent act or omission and did not take reasonable steps to prevent it. Each partner is personally liable for his or her own actions, and the partnership continues to be liable for the negligence of its partners, associates and employees. Accordingly, there is no reduction or limitation on the liability of the partnership.

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Stark, barren, all its secrets left exposed to the world. All its scars, knots and imperfections open to analysis with every leaf vacating its position in the great circle of life to become its companion’s nutrients for the ground it is rooted in. But this act also reveals more than just a rough skeleton. Nestled amoungst the boughs, woven with extreme care, are the perfectly crafted cradles to the next generation of flight. With no species’ home constructed the same as the next, the needs and personalities of the individuals can be seen. While some take care to utilize the sturdy structure of the main trunk; carving out protected caverns diligently with their beaks, others forage for the perfect twig, leaf, feather and reed to weave. The cold months are a fantastic time to acquire new information that can assist on your birding quests. With foliage depleted, making note of different bird structures or activity on trunks is a great way to expand your knowledge

and interest as well as increase the chances of seeing spring broods and mating rituals. Now it is true, that some birds rarely reuse the same nest or site; keeping predation and parasites at bay, others often dismantle and recycle, however they tend prefer areas. Noting where a nest is and identifying it can give you a starting point and plan for your next birding adventure. NestWatch. org is a great site to help familiarize and identify different nests. Our own Wildlife Park has a few wonderful specimens on hand to view as well. For Hummingbird enthusiasts, Kenna Cartwright is a great place to spot pint sized creations (Rufous and Calliope). Pine Park boasts the unique hanging nest of the Bullock’s oriole. Visitors to Sun Peaks can watch as Cliff Swallows patch up or tear down mud casings beneath the eaves of the chairlift huts. Bluebirds (Eastern all blue - Western has rusty chest), Swallows (Six species in our area: Violet Green, Tree, Bank, Rough Winged, Barn &

Cliff) and House Wrens are avid users of bird boxes mounted to fence posts around fields and thickets. I have even seen a Western Bluebird take up residence in the open end of the gate used to block the tower trail in Kenna Cartwright. Not all nests have a distinct shape to them. Some look like nothing more than a pile of twigs haphazardly tossed about, like that of the Great Blue Heron; yes this large bird nests in tree tops. There is an amazing Rookery (nest site) in Vernon just beside the Wal Mart. At one time there were at least twenty mated pairs. The home of an American Dipper resembles little more than a blob of moss and grass clinging to a rock face, or tree branch hanging over fast flowing waters. Upper Tranquille Creek is a great place to spot this pinklegged little bobber. Next time you’re out and about, let your eyes wander and marvel at the secrets revealed by the cooler temperatures of the winter season. Stay curious Kamloops!

Cliff swallow nests at Sun Peaks Resort. Photo by Naomi Birkenhead

Chamber Musicians of Kamloops Present “the Goldberg Variations, à tre” The Chamber Musicians of Kamloops present the next concert in their 19/20 concert series, the Goldberg Variations, à tre on Saturday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kamloops United Church. This performance features the Sycamore Trio, which consists of violinist Cvetozar Vuetv, violist Ashley Kroecher, and cellist Martin Krátky. They will be performing J. S. Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations. At once epic and intimate,

the Sycamore Trio brings to life Bach’s tour de force in all its conversational ingenuity. Originally written for the harpsichord, this iconic work is sublimely refined in the hands of three string players. Chamber Musicians of Kamloops was formed in May 2009, guided by the adage “there are enough human minds for music but not enough music for human minds.” CMK is a registered community-based

nonprofit organization and a charity. The organization is made up of classical musicians and supporters, their mission is to inspire an appreciation of the beauty of chamber music, and they strive to be an open forum for musical expression. Tickets for the performance are $25, $20 Youth (under 19) and CMK members, FREE for children under 12, and are available in advance from https://cmk.eventbrite.ca, or at the door.


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Classical Music’s Most Tragically Romantic Love Triangle Clara Schumann, an “astoundingly talented” pianist and composer, was at the centre of a triangle of talent in the mid-19th Century, along with her husband Robert Schumann and his student Johannes Brahms, from which emerged some of the most admired and influential music of the Romantic period. It was also possibly the most tragically romantic love triangle in classical music history. On Saturday, February 8, the Kamloops Symphony presents For the Love of Clara, with passionate works by the men who loved her, along with Clara’s ingenious piano concerto. Robert Schumann and Brahms’ works bookend the concert, which begins with Schumann’s Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, composed in a prolific period of creative output that has been dubbed “the year of symphony” where he also completed his first symphony and began a second, and wrote his piano concerto as well. Schumann said about the work, “It has a light and

pleasant character, and was written in a most joyous mood.” Johannes Brahms met Clara and Robert at age 20, when he came to the widely respected couple hoping to become a student. They were immediately impressed, with Robert writing very succinctly in his diary “Visit from Brahms. A genius.” Clara had more to say, writing “he will first find the true field for his genius when he begins to write for the orchestra.” His Symphony No. 3 is a clear example of Clara’s observations. Clara Schumann first began outlining her Piano Concerto in A minor in 1833, at the age of fourteen. The piece was completed just before her sixteenth birthday, and she performed the premiere just after, with Felix Mendelssohn conducting. Joining the KSO to perform the concerto is pianist Linda Ruan. Named one of CBC’ s Hot 30 under 30 Classical Musicians in 2017, she has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues,

from the Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York to the Xinghai Philharmonic Hall in China. Linda opened the 2017-2018 season performing Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in a benefit concert for the Vancouver Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre which raised over $3,000. A prizewinner in numerous competitions, she has also formed La Fiammata Piano Duo with Charissa Vandikas, the Canadian Music Competition Grand Prix winners, which has since then performed with Orchestre de la Francophonie and Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Linda also collaborates with soprano Kendra Dyck, and their duo La Corda has performed in the Koerner Hall as a prizewinner of the GGS Chamber Music Competition in 2018. Tickets are $45, $42 Seniors, $10 Youth (under 19), $15 KSOundcheck Members, and can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-374-5483 or www.kamloopslive.ca.

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Food: The route (root) to wellness by Moneca Jantzen

Food, glorious food. I don’t know about you, but there are times I wish I didn’t have to bother with food. After spending a few decades on this big blue ball (and especially if you happen to have a contentious relationship with food), sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is grocery shopping, cooking or even eating. Ultimately, however, hunger and habit usually overcome this periodic ennuie with food. As seniors, there are often many other challenges that arise and interfere with maintaining a healthy way of eating. In order to explore some of these challenges, The Kamloops Connector contacted Interior Health and was put in touch with Rebecca. She is a registered dietitian who works at the Seniors Health and Wellness Centre in Kamloops. “Our clinic focuses on engaging and empowering seniors and their families in the journey to improve their health, wellness, and

quality of life. Seniors can access the Seniors Health and Wellness Centre by a referral from their doctor/ nurse practitioner,” says Rebecca. Rebecca helped explain some of the major roadblocks facing seniors as they age and some potential solutions: Mobility: This can pertain to physically going grocery shopping or unable to drive and having to rely on public transit/family to get to the grocery store. If relying on public transit, this can limit the type/ amount of food they can purchase. Fatigue: Fatigue can often result in decreased ability to prepare healthy meals. I often see clients who have soup or just tea and toast for a meal as it’s easy to prepare but do not provide them with the energy they need. Cost: Limited income paired with rising food prices can limit what a senior can afford to buy. Less nutritious foods tend to be more affordable, but is not

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community include the New Life Dental Clinic, a not-forprofit dental clinic that functions to serve lowincome individuals— this can also include dentures. There are a couple of frozen meal services including Better Meals which can provide soup, entrée, and dessert for $7.50. Better Meals is based out of Burnaby, but delivers to Kamloops either Tuesdays or Thursdays depending on where you live in the city. Meals on Wheels is a meal program that offers meals as low as $6.50, and is organized through Interior Community Services. “Take and Bake” are meals offered from the Centre for Seniors Information Centre in Brock as well as at the Seniors Information Centre in Northills Shopping Centre. The “Take and Bake” meals do not deliver, but are another great local option when it comes to prepared meals. Rebecca suggests that the best and easiest way to ensure that one is making good food choices is to consider the healthy plate model, which is what the new Canada’s Food Guide looks like. “Aiming for half your plate with vegetables or fruit, a quarter of your plate with whole wheat grains, and a quarter of your plate with a protein source—if we can make Continued on page 13


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Building rapport can help “Fix the Car” Submitted by Gary Miller, Retired Service Advisor I have witnessed in my 60 plus years in the automotive industry, how many people have come into the service department to have their vehicle repaired or serviced and get turned off by their communications with the Service Advisor. Communications is a two-way street that necessitates a good connection between the advisor and customer so that all parties combined can “Fix the car.” In discussions with other service advisors the main hindrance to successful repair is the lack of accurate information. The classic journalistic process of how, what, where, and when applies to virtually all services required. An advisor has to be able to relate and collect the actual circumstances and relay that information to the technician. Technicians DO want to fix the car if they are given an accurate story or description of the issue. It has been observed that people entering into an automotive service outlet are in one of the following moods: sad, mad, glad, or afraid. Also, everybody comes in needing some kind of help because let’s face it, if you could do it yourself, you wouldn’t be coming in. Please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification of a recommended service repair. As an advisor I was glad to provide the necessary background information to create clarity, so I did not consider it an inconvenience. A classic and informational question would look similar to “What have you experienced or noticed with your vehicle which is different or unfamiliar that brings you to the point of coming in. Please tell me.” A lot of valuable information can be gathered without any belittling from either party. Just please “fix the car!” Our expectations from the advisors in turn, include professional communications, good listening skills, an overview understanding of the mechanics of vehicles and NO, not all service advisors need to be Red Seal Certified technicians nor are they. It is also valuable that they give you an approximate completion time with periodic communications as the repair is proceeding, or at least keep you in the loop.Vehicle repair is not a perfect science, the vehicles brought in are not in a perfectly used state but saying that, best efforts still have to be performed. Quite often over the years there have been concerns to the relevance of the appointment time to when it goes into the shop, so let’s clear the air on this. The appointment time is the time when you are entitled to the full attention of the service advisor. Smaller shops can give you that direct service as per the appointment but not a larger one with multiple technicians and bays. This is very important in the understanding of the need for accurate and realistic completion times. Your vehicle’s mechanical status and the environment of the driving conditions can also greatly affect when you pick it up. As I have recommended to students and advisors, present yourself in a way that the customer gets to know a little more than just your name and you wish to provide the good service for the vehicle. As a customer, if possible, connect a bit with the advisor as it encourages their better than best efforts. We tend to do more for the people we know than not, so let’s just “fix the car.” Next month will be on Warranties and Responsibilities in relationship to our vehicles. Send any auto related questions to bigsix8280@yahoo.ca.

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Healthy eating for seniors Continued from page 12 simple changes in our diet to work towards the healthy plate model, it will be more beneficial on our health when compared to drastic changes that we can only do shortterm,” says Rebecca. For seniors that may have specific questions regarding nutrition and their chronic disease, Rebecca recommends calling 8-1-1. There you can speak with a dietitian Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also chronic disease outpatient clinics in Kamloops that seniors can access, and if this is desired, she suggests speaking with your doctor or nurse practitioner regarding these clinics specific to your needs. When asked about succumbing to the use of some of the extreme diets being used by many these days such as Paleo or Keto, Rebecca offers an emphatic “No!” “I recommend creating healthy

*Canada’s Food Guide

habits that you can do life-long rather than something that is drastic that you can only followshort term,” says Rebecca. “The new Canada Food Guide is much simpler to use. More information about how to make these healthy changes can be found at Health Canada-Canada Food Guide. As dietitians, we use Canada’s Food Guide, just as that, a guide. We then work with clients to help with how to implement

these habits, as everyone has varying needs/food preferences. When it comes to food myths, such as claims about “superfoods” or “bananas are high in sugar,” I recommend using reliable resources such as Dietitians Canada or Health Link BC for information about nutrition. There is no such thing as a superfood. Eating nutritious foods all in moderation will lead to a healthier diet when compared to eating just one nutritious food. As for bananas, they do contain sugar, but they also contain vitamins and fibre our bodies need,” says Rebecca. If you or a loved one is facing some of these challenges when it comes to food, hopefully some of these resources will help inspire positive changes in your route (root) to wellness.

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February is Heart Month

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Kamloops Paddlewheelers Lions Club donated $1,000 to the ICCHA/Wish Cardiac Care Unit at RIH for the 3D Echo-Cardiogram machine. Join them and become the “Hero of the Heart”

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Signs of heart attack & stroke Continued from page 1 of Dani’ at Sandbar Grill on Saturday, February 29th from 5 – 9 p.m. • Paper Heart Sales at a number of locations throughout Kamloops: Canadian Tire, The Chopped Leaf, Motivo Café and Cobbs Bread. In an effort to make the most of donor dollars, the Heart & Stroke Foundation closed the bricks and mortar office in Kamloops in the summer of 2018. Fontaine now works from a home-based office in Westsyde. In light of this change, Fontaine delivers resources to those who need or request them in a variety of ways; 1) Drop off physical resources 2) Provide digital resources 3) Assist in online ordering from the foundation 4) Assist in accessing resources and navigating our websites (we have a national website, as well as individual websites for our campaigns) The national Heart & Stroke Foundation is a well-oiled machine and offers a plethora of resources for various purposes. “We have informational literature in the form of physical and online posters, brochures and handbooks for a variety of heart and stroke related education, prevention, recovery and support. I would invite those wishing for more information to reach out to me directly or visit our national website at heartandstroke.ca,” said Fontaine. The Heart and Stroke foundation doesn’t just stop at suggesting you should have a healthy diet. They provide resources and information on what a healthy diet is, and how you can maintain it, and even have a number of great heart healthy recipes available – all free of cost! Heart and stroke disease are nothing if not complex. Every person is unique, and some risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke are not in our control, such as family history of illness or ethnicity. It is impossible you can single handle toThree point steps to a definitive

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contributor. There are a number of lifestyle risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke that we can control to reduce our risks, such as: • Maintaining a healthy diet • Keeping active and getting adequate exercise • Maintaining a healthy weight • Eliminate tobacco use • Eliminate recreational drug use • Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption • Reduce stress One vital piece of advice Fontaine would offer is to “Educate yourself! Educate yourself on the risk factors and educate yourself on the signs of stroke and heart attack. Education is key to prevention.” For signs of stroke remember FAST (refer to the image below).

Signs of a Heart Attack: • Chest Discomfort (pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness) • Sweating • Upper body discomfort (neck, jaw, shoulders, arm, back) • Nausea • Shortness of breath • Light-headedness “I cannot stress enough how important education is. Not only can it help to save your own life, but it can help you save the lives of others. As an example, there’s the story of Max in Calgary, an 8-yearold boy who helped to save his father’s life by learning the signs of a stroke,” said Fontaine. heartandstroke.ca/FAST Here’s the link to a video about it here: https://youtu. be/3HFSjjS0Ak0

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“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedence of chemical therapy over nutrition. It’s a substitution of artificial therapy over nature, poisons overof Canada. © Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 2017 | ™The heart and / Icon on its own or followed by another icon or words in English are trademarks of theof Heart and Stroke Foundation food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.” — DR. ROYAL LEE, 1951

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you can save their life using your phone, your hands and your wits. heartandstroke.ca/cpr Don’t hesitate – you can’t hurt, you can only help. *Hands only is a servicemark of the American Heart Association, Inc., used under license. The heart and / Icon and the Heart&Stroke word mark are trademarks of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. TM

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February is Heart Month

ICCHA means Wish Submitted by Al Patel, co-founder of ICCHA/Wish Fund Since 2007 the ICCHA/ Wish Fund has donated over $1.4 million dollars for new state-of-the- art equipment in almost every department of Royal Inland HospitaI (RIH). A big thank you to the founding members, donors, volunteers and sponsors and supporters from our community.  September 30, 2019 was a very proud day for all of us and the communities RIH serves because by establishing the ICCHA/WISH Coronary Care Unit, we have planted the seed for our region to further develop tertiary cardiac care. This landmark achievement will enable our cardiologists to continuously monitor, for the first time, four cardiac patients in one dedicated location by

very specialized nurses right here in Kamloops! Furthermore, our efforts have also landed Dr. Anders Ganstal from ER and our cardiac team, the first pilot project in B.C. to improve outcomes for patients having a heart attack. Our trained paramedics, working alongside with our cardiologists, will treat patients having a heart attack with the blood clot-busting medication at the onset of a heart attack— before they arrive at the hospital! Ten patients will be followed throughout the course of such events and then the project will be reevaluated. The sooner the treatment, the quicker the recovery because our heart is a muscle and every second counts!  We have exciting

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but challenging times ahead. Our cardiac patients will still have to go to Kelowna for interventional procedures until further development takes place at RIH. Our ultimate goal is to have the same level of tertiary care here that is available at other tertiary centres across Canada. Jami Chernoff, program director for Cardiac Services Interior Health, representing our region, is helping us expedite this development process. As a result, the RIH foundation by next year will replace the outdated holter heart monitors with modern ones. We also need a new echocardiography machine dedicated to cardiology to reduce wait times, which currently is about one year. 

Many stepping-stones like the C-Arms and other equipment must also be in place to make our ultimate dream of a stand-alone diagnostic lab come true. For this, we need our government and the ThompsonCariboo-Shuswap’s community to support us, now more than ever. The heart is the most vital organ in our body. When it stops, all the diseases die with it! That is why we ask you to join us in our next “Hero of the Heart” program. Please donate to ICCHA/Wish Fund - Cardiac Care at RIH so that we can reach our goals sooner. Visit www.iwishfund.com or Email iwishfund@gmail. com to be a part of this movement.

What is a silent stroke?

The brain is a complex organ responsible for controlling many different bodily functions. When illness or trauma affects the brain, various parts of the body may not work as they should. One of the more devastating things that can affect the brain is stroke. Stroke describes a sudden stoppage of blood from reaching the brain. Harvard Medical School states that if a large number of brain cells are starved of blood supply, they can die. With their demise, a person’s memory and ability to speak and move can be compromised. While many strokes come on suddenly, certain factors may indicate a person is at risk. Such factors may include prior heart attacks, genetics, high blood pressure, smoking, or a prior stroke. However, in a particular type of stroke — a “silent stroke” — symptoms are far more subtle and difficult to spot. Silent cerebral infarction, often referred to as “SCI” or “silent stroke,” is a brain injury likely caused by a blood clot interrupting blood flow to the brain. Silent strokes increase risk for other strokes and can be a sign of progressive brain damage. A silent stroke is typically only noticed as a side component of an MRI of the brain. Many times patients do not recall having a stroke and never felt any symptoms. Silent strokes should not be mistaken for mini-strokes. Mini-stroke is a brief but discrete and memorable event, with symptoms appearing for a few minutes or a few hours. According to a study on silent stroke titled “Functional and Cognitive Consequences of Silent Stroke Discovered Using Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging in an Elderly Population” and published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, silent strokes are quite common and can have serious consequences. Almost 50 percent of studied silent strokes affected frontal circuit components of the brain, such as the frontal cortex, basal ganglia and thalamus. Lesions in these brain structures compromised executive functions and were related to vascular dementia. Another study showed associations between silent stroke and visual field deficits, weakness in walking on heels, history of memory loss, migraines, and lower scores in cognitive function tests. The “silent” part of a silent stroke also refers to the areas of the brain that the stroke affects. Experts at

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Harvard Medical School explain that, during a silent stroke, an interruption in blood flow destroys areas of cells in a part of the brain that is “silent,” meaning that it doesn’t control any vital functions. Researchers say that, over time, the damage from silent strokes can accumulate, leading to more and more problems with memory. There are certain ways to reduce the risk of any type of stroke. These include: • managing high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels • quitting smoking • reducing the risk of diabetes and effectively treat the condition if it is present • losing weight to prevent obesity • exercising and avoid a sedentary lifestyle • taking a low-dose aspirin or a drug that prevents blood clots. Silent strokes largely go unrecognized but can lead to significant brain injury. Getting the facts can help reduce the risk of silent stroke.

Colin Lyons donated $1,000 to the heartandstroke.ca/FAST ICCHA/Wish Cardiac Care Unit at RIH for the 3D Echo-Cardiogram machine. Join him and become a “Hero of the Heart”.

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BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres – Event Support – Various positions include coat check, security, elder assistant, career fair assistant, info booth attendant, and more. Kamloops Arts Council – Painters – A painting party is happening Feb. 24-25 and painters are needed to help paint the galleries and plinths for the annual Art Exposed Regional Art Show. Boogie the Bridge - Various volunteer opportunities – Volunteer opportunities include communications team lead, food team lead, volunteer team lead, and entertainment team lead. Responsibilities vary for each position. Boogie the Bridge event is April 26, 2020. Current volunteer positions: Volunteer Kamloops - Snow Angel volunteers needed - We are seeking volunteers for the Snow Angels program in various areas of Kamloops. Must be physically fit and reliable. Please complete our

volunteer application online and specify you are interested in Snow Angels. Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks – Volunteer ski and snowboard instructors are needed to commit to one weekend day throughout February and March each snow season at Sun Peaks. Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club – Event staff volunteers – Various duties include registration clerks, room attendants, security, and more. This is for all events, not just hockey. Volunteers must be 19+, be physically fit, and be able to attend 30 percent of all events. Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre – Concession stand volunteer – Volunteers will interact and visit with residents, while also assisting the residents in making purchases from a portable concession stand. MS Society of Canada – Volunteer committee chair – The volunteer will lead the MS Walk Committee, provide support

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and leadership to the committee members, and delegate duties and ensure assigned projects are successfully completed. Other responsibilities required. MS Society of Canada – Food coordinator – This committee member ensures that participants have access to snacks and refreshments during and after their walk. This is a very rewarding role with the opportunity to meet and socialize with a wide range of people. Kamloops Immigrant Services – English practice group – Volunteers are needed to help newcomers practice their English. Previous teaching experience is preferred. This position is in Ashcroft and Cache Creek. For these and many other positions please apply online at: www.volunteerkamloops. org or call 250-372-8313 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops V2C 2G9

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Zone 8 Supports Hearts and the 55+ BC Games Submitted by Linda Haas The 55+ BC Games’ motto is For Life, Sport and Friends. Come to Richmond September 15-19, 2020 to enjoy much fun and excitement. This is your opportunity to enhance participation in your favourite sport/ recreational activity, or try something new. The result could well be a heart warming experience, and made stronger by preparation for your event. Please contact the sport event coordinator to register or for information. HELP! We are missing coordinators for some key sports: pickleball, slo pitch, track and field, bocce. Registration closes at the end of June, and playoffs for pickleball and slo pitch may have to be organized within the next 2-3 months. Pease contact Peter Hughes 778-471-1805 as soon as possible if you can assist Zone 8 and its participants. Some events require playoffs, normally occurring in April, with some in March and May. Register for ice curling immediately because playoffs, if needed, must be held while the rinks have ice. Format of playoffs will depend on number of teams entered. You need to become a member and pay the registration fee by the playoff. Contact Janet or Paul ASAP to indicate interest and for more details. Since the number of participants determines whether or not a playoff is needed, you must make your interest known early in all sports/ activities.

Accommodation will fill up fast. Contact your coordinator or go to www.55plusgames.org for venue locations so you can book as soon as possible. Check the website regularly for ongoing updates on all things related to the 55+BC Games. This year’s first Zone 8 general meeting is March 19, 10 a.m. at the Chief Louis Centre, Tk’emlups Indian Band, on Shuswap Road across from Sun Rivers. We hope all sport coordinators and area reps will be able to attend to pick up their packages with forms essential to membership, event and supporter registration, and participation in specific sports. It will also be a good opportunity to meet the folks who are front-line workers helping to make the 55+ BC Games possible. We welcome new, returning, and potential members to this first meeting of 2020 to get fired up for the Games, and to celebrate the spring equinox. The new year may also inspire us to start exercising: “I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.”

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NSCCS Board Mtg 9 am Golfers Bridge 9:30 am Family Day 21 Warren’s Yoga 9 am19 Medit-Fit with Leah 1020 Warren’s Yoga 9 am17 Partner Bridge 9:30 am18 am Warren’s Yoga 9 am Pattern Dancing 10 am Chair Yoga 10:30 am Tai Chi 9 am Cribbage 1 pm KTRTA Luncheon 10 am Fitness Fun Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Chair Yoga 10:30 am for Seniors 1:15 pm Spinners 5:30 pm Jan’s Tai Chi Breathing Cottonpickers 1 pm Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Meditation Circle 1:30pm 10:30 am Weightwatchers 5 pm Tina’s Ukulele Group 6 pm Gentle Nia 6pm Ukulele Circle 1:30 pm Dance with Me 6:30 pm Chair Yoga 10:30 am Zumba 6:15 pm Zumba 6:15 pm Woodcarvers 6:30 pm Duplicate Bridge 7 pm Snowmobile Club 7pm

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A Valentine Anniversary By Rita Joan Dozlaw

Debra, just seventeen, was swallowed up in the crowd, outside the stage door of a local Cornwall venue for live theatre. She waited for Doug Law, the twenty-one year old actor, to emerge. They caught each other’s eye and, with typical offstage hesitation, Doug spoke first. “How did you like the play?” “Excellent!” Debra bubbled over, “I’d like to discuss it with you, actually…” They barely knew each other, but Doug whispered behind his hand, “Meet me across the street at the New Yorker in five, okay?” That was the beginning of the couple’s history. Face to face twenty-five minutes later, Doug’s explanation for being tardy was, “I knew that would happen… just hoped you were the patient type.” “What type does that make you?” Debra chided. “Hey, I’m not what you think; I didn’t mean to make you wait! When I spotted you from the stage, I hoped I’d find you afterwards!” That evening, they danced as though they’d danced together many times before. It seemed a better fit than a discussion about the play. A couple of weeks later, weary from her day

job, Debra leaned, almost like a cuddle, into her friend’s personal space. “Don’t tease me like this,” Doug whispered… and then it happened. He pulled her closer, “Come ‘ere, I need to kiss you.” With his warm hand under her chin, he lifted her face to his and turned on the charm. “You do realize this is Valentine’s Day, don’t you? Everybody in here’s kissing tonight.” The electric current of their kiss encoded an emotional message Debra had never heard before. I could look up to kiss him like this for the rest of my life! By March, snow still turned to hard-packed ice and Doug went down on it behind his car. Help arrived and his shattered ankle was set but further surgery was imminent. He called his construction boss first. “I’ll be off the project indefinitely as I’m leaving Cornwall for Alberta.” Then, he rigged his car up, so that he could drive, and he called Debra. Apologetically, hee promised to write. Debra’s letter box disappointed her for well over a month until finally Doug wrote that he was convalescing, at his granddad’s, from ankle surgery. A devastating thought nagged her… what if he has a

girlfriend back home? Weeks later, his devotion still in question, she read that his physio had gone well and he’d taken a job! Her confusion ran the gamut of emotions— hopeful of his return— fearful he’d remain in Alberta. Finishing up Grade XII, her platonic chum Avery took her to their grad prom. She wrote Doug and he replied, “Congrats! You deserved a party, sweetheart, just promise me the first dance over at the New Yorker when I get back!” April showers, then autumn leaves, then winter snow, fell as Doug worked long shifts plus got his granddad settled in an apartment. Arriving in Ontario in early February, he was so unsure about where he stood with Debra, he procrastinated calling her. Meanwhile she accepted her side-kick Avery’s invitation to a skating party on Valentine’s Day. “I’ll be at that same party,” Doug told her when he finally called. “I sure do hope you’ll honour me with a lap around the rink.” “I’d love that,” she said breathlessly. They had a whirlwind time on the ice, and

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Drop-In Pool, Cards & Puzzles

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Jammers Dance 7 pm

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10 11 Table Tennis 8:30 am12 Table Tennis 8:30 am Weightwatchers 8:30 am Canasta 10 am Board Meeting 9:30 am Scrabble 9:30 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Floor Curling 10:30 am Darts 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm BCGEU 12 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Ukulele 2 pm Qigong Lessons 6 pm Camera Club 7 pm Square Dancers 6:30 pm Family Day 17 18 Table Tennis 8:30 am19 Table Tennis 8:30 am Weightwatchers 8:30 am Canasta 10 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Scrabble 9:30 am Floor Curling 10:30 am Darts 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Power Pioneers 12:00 pm Line Dancing 2 pm Ukulele 2 pm Qigong Lessons 6 pm Ukulele 6:30 pm Square Dancers 6:30 pm

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ol’ guy, eighty-four by the way, left the room and came back with this! Over sixty years ago, he gave it to grandma as an engagement gift.” Doug’s eyes lowered briefly. “She’s passed on now so Gramps insisted it would make a perfect old-fashion engagement gift for you, Debra…at least till we pick out your ring. Marry me, please; I promise my love will be for a lifetime like their’s was.” “Oh, Doug, I sensed your heart waffling, and I’ve been scared it was for someone else. Of course, I’ll marry you!” Holding the gift to her chest, she cried, “I don’t need a ring with this gift and the promise you just made to me! I love you.” Leaving the café they gripped each other and kissed. “This is the anniversary of our first kiss,” Debra reminded her fiancé. So, they etched “Feb. 14, 1958” into the Valentine heart they drew in the crystal snow.

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Avery insisted Doug take over the evening and get their best girl home safely. Just for old time’s sake, Doug pulled in at the New Yorker for hot chocolate. Helping her out of her jacket, he studied her. She looked irresistible in her winter white cashmere sweater. He whispered behind her neck, “You look like a little white cloud… so beautiful.” Her face flushed. “I’ve been afraid I lost you,” he squirmed. “I’ve never stopped needing you, Debra. Cover your eyes, sweetheart, I’ve got something for you. Don’t peek. He laid his crisp white handkerchief near her mug but was interrupted by the waitress. “We have fresh flapper pie on the menu,” she winked. “You’re kidding!” He quickly covered the item in the handkerchief. “Open your eyes, Debra, we’re having flapper

pie. Can you still make flapper pie?” “Of course!” “Then this is yours fer sure,” he grinned as he pushed the freshly-ironed handkerchief at her. She was spellbound as she touched the smooth mother-of-pearl cameo broach tucked in its folds. “I’m just sorry I was away so long.” He spoke softly, “… and I wasn’t good at writing. I told grandad about you and why I couldn’t stay with him any longer. He gave me this to give to you!” A pall fell over Debra’s heart. “Oh, this is beautiful Doug, but I can’t accept it.” She passed it back carefully, convincingly. “But you have to. Grandpa’s always pried into my business so, as usual, I ended up sharing my secret... that the reason I had to leave was to ask you to marry me. Well, Gramps spit out, ‘Show me the ring!’ and I had to admit I didn’t have one! That terrific

Qigong Lessons 8:30 am 6 Whist 10 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Social Bridge 1:30 pm Table Tennis 1:30 pm Shuswap Intergenerational Choir 3:45 pm Crib 7 pm Qigong Lessons 8:30 am 13 Whist 10 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Social Bridge 1:30 pm Table Tennis 1:30 pm Shuswap Intergenerational Choir 3:45 pm Crib 7 pm

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Sing Along 9:45 am Canasta 10 am Yoga for Cancer 12 pm Bridge 1:15 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm

Qigong Lessons 8:30 am Whist 10 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Social Bridge 1:30 pm Table Tennis 1:30 pm Shuswap Intergenerational Choir 3:45 pm Crib 7 pm Vintage Car Club 7 pm

Sing Along 9:45 am Canasta 10 am Yoga for Cancer 12 pm Bridge 1:15 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm

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Flapper Pie

Crust: 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup white sugar (or appropriate substitute) 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Filling: 3 cups milk 1/2 cup white sugar (or appropriate substitute) 1/4 cup cornstarch 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Meringue: 3 egg whites 2 tablespoons white sugar • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). • Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter, and cinnamon in a bowl. Keep ¼ cup aside to sprinkle on top. Press the crumb mixture into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Bake the crust for 8 minutes. • Heat milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat. In a metal, glass or ceramic bowl, whisk together the 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks,

and vanilla. When the milk is hot but just shy of boiling, slowly pour the milk steadily into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return the custard to the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or a heat-proof spatula. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes over low heat until the custard has thickened. Pour the custard into the graham cracker crust. • Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. • Beat the egg whites until medium peaks form; add 2 tablespoons of sugar and beat until the meringue is stiff. Scoop out the meringue on top of the custard filling. Sprinkle the meringue with the reserved graham cracker crumbs. • Place the pie under the broiler and bake until the meringue starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. • Let the pie cool to room temperature and then set in fridge until cool. Source: www.allrecipes.com/ recipe/216797/flapper-pie


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2nd Annual Singing Valentines The a cappella quartet Slow No Tempo will be spreading messages of love and caring throughout Kamloops with their second annual Singing Valentine deliveries from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Because the special people in our lives are not the only ones who deserve a little love, Slow No Tempo selects a different local charity each year to support with this fundraiser. The charity chosen for 2020

is the Kamloops Hospice Association, which has been supporting families and loved ones with end of life compassionate care since 1981. Caring for an average of 235 patients a year, Kamloops Hospice Association will use the funds raised by the Singing Valentines for the costs involved with caring for their patients, which includes medical supplies, meals, and all the additional necessities required for comfort care in their beautiful 12 bed Hospice home.

L-R standing in the back is Graham Specht and Ryan Noakes, and L-R in seated in front is Alexander Bell and Simon Walter. Photo: Slow No Tempo.

A Singing Valentine consists of four welldressed men performing a special Valentine’s song and presenting the recipient with a flower and custom baked cookies from Court’s Cookie Box. The cost of a singing valentine is $50, and they can be ordered by calling 250-318-2978 or by emailing quartet@ slownotempo.ca. Singing Valentines will be delivered during the Morning (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), Afternoon (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), and Evening (5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) time frames. Scheduling will be based on bookings. All Singing Valentines must be ordered and paid for by 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13. A Singing Valentine is an excellent way to show that special someone in your life how much you care for them. Singing Valentines are also a fun way to let a parent, grandparent, sibling, cousin, friend, coworker, team member, etc. know that they are important to you. For more information about the singing valentines, go to www. kamloopsvalentines.com.

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Fitness Classes carmen@carmentayles.com North Shore Art Group Alison 250-955-2588 Table Tennis Dennis 250-955-2899

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23 Drop-in Pool 1 - 5 pm

24 Carpet Bowling 10 am - 12 pm

Carpet Bowling 27 Anglebay Drop-in Crafts 10 am - 12 pm 10am-2pm Entertainers 1-3 pm Drop-in Crib 1-3 pm North Shore Art Dance Lessons Drop-in Jam Group 10am-2pm 7-8pm Session 7-9pm

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Chase Creekside Seniors

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Valentine’s Dinner Saturday, Feb 22nd at 5pm

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MAID review seeks input from Canadians

This past month the Justice Minister announced that he would be doing a full review of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) starting in February. Currently, to be eligible for Medical Assistance in Dying, you must: • be eligible for health services funded by the federal government, or a province or territory (or during the applicable minimum period of residence or waiting period for eligibility); • be at least 18 years old and mentally competent; • have a grievous and irremediable medical condition (and when at an advanced state of decline that cannot be reversed, and natural death is reasonably foreseeable) • make a voluntary request for medical assistance in dying

that is not the result of outside pressure or influence; and • give informed consent to receive medical assistance in dying. In 2015, when this issue was first debated in Parliament, I reached out to constituents for their guidance. Legislation was then passed in 2016, which committed the federal government to a full review of the legislation in five years. Five years has now passed, and the government will be examining all aspects of medical assistance in dying in Canada, including whether to expand access to: • mature minors; • those suffering strictly from mental illnesses; • those who fear losing mental capacity; and, • those who

have given consent and whose eligibility has been approved but lose the mental capacity to give consent a second time immediately prior to receiving the procedure. I am once again asking you to provide me with your thoughts. In the next couple of weeks, you will receive a flyer from me asking for your opinions in the next chapter of this issue. In the meantime, I will keep you informed of how any proposed changes will impact Canadians.

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Murray’s heavier than I thought he’d be… why is that?

It’s almost predictable. When I hand Murray’s urn over to the family, they almost always say “I didn’t expect him to weigh this much.” Perhaps they thought he should be as light as the ashes from a camp fire. In some ways you might expect

the opposite reaction: “He’s a lot lighter than he was before…he used to weigh 200 pounds!” But I almost never hear comments like that. So, what causes cremated remains to weigh as much as they do*? We all know that our body is made up of elements. In fact, 96 percent of our body mass consists of just four elements: Oxygen, Nitrogen, Hydrogen and Carbon. But all of these elements evaporate or disappear during the cremation process.

So, what about the remaining 4 percent of our body? I was never that good in chemistry class, so I won’t try to explain something I don’t understand. In a nutshell, after Murray is cremated we are mostly left with Calcium and some Phosphorous. These elements make up about 3.5 percent of Murray’s body weight. There are also trace elements like Manganese, Copper, Iron and Molybdenum. These also remain after Murray’s cremation. But it’s the

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when I shared this information with my wife she immediately brought me the bathroom scale. A little eager, I thought. But it turns out my ashes should weigh about 7.1 pounds. We should bear in mind that several factors may determine the weight of Murray’s ashes. These include the ratio of Murray’s body to his bones, the type of cremation container used during the cremation process and even how the cremation was conducted. Returning the urn to

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February 2020 coffee & good company. Free parking. Call 250579-0228, 250-5798259 or 250-376-0917. Do you enjoy singing in harmony and a great variety of songs? Kamloops Happy Choristers invites new members who are 55 and over for a social atmosphere and a chance to sing for senior residences and public concerts. We meet every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Heritage House. For more information call Sharon at 250-579-9505. North Kamloops Elks, #102-1121-12th St. 250-376-2924. Call us and see what we do. Meeting at 7 p.m. 3rd Monday of each month. Crib-Tues & Wed, 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. Kamloops Heritage Model Railroad Club meets on the first Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Come and investigate a great hobby. Call 250-5543233 FMI. Kamloops Stamp Club meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (except July) at Southwest Community Church, corner of Summit and Hugh Allen Drives (go south on the 5A). FMI 250-314-1021. The World Famous City of Kamloops Rube Band practices every Monday (except holidays), 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Yacht Club, 1140 River Street. Anyone interested in ‘unplugging’ and wanting to interact with people instead by having fun with music is invited to join the band. No auditions - all skill levels are welcome, although having a sense of humour will prove to be a great asset. Check out the web site kamloopsrubeband. org and find us on Facebook. FMI please call Terry Phillips 250.374.1606 Kamloops Stroke Recovery Branch meets at Riverbend Seniors Community at 10:30-1 p.m. on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Email: kamloops strokerecovery@gmail. com or phone Ashley at 604 376-7552. Kamloops United Church Thrift Shop, 421 St. Paul St. To volunteer, call 250-372-

Page 25 3020. New items daily, great prices! Different specials every day, Check us out. The Kamloops Breast Cancer Support Group meets at Kamloops United Church Ponderosa Room the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The support group is for all women at any stage of their breast cancer journey whether newly diagnosed or years out of treatment. St. Paul’s Cathedral Thrift Shop 360 Nicola St is open Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. to June. Handicapped access from the alley between Nicola and St. Paul. Kamloops Antiques, Collectibles and Heritage Club meets on the second Thursday of every month. September – June at Heritage House on Lorne Street, Riverside Park 7 p.m. Guests and new members welcome. FMI call: 250-3720468 Bernice or 250377-8364 Joyce. Diabetes Support: There are two support groups in Kamloops. RiverBend (760 Mayfair St), last Tuesday/mo., ph: 778470-8316 for details; and, Hamlets (3255 Overlander Dr.), first Monday/mo. (except July & Aug.), ph: 250579-5707 for details. Open to all and features monthly speakers. Interior Authors Group Interested in writing? Maybe you’d like to join us. We’re people who love to write in all styles, forms, and genres. We’re aspiring authors, veteran authors, and everything in between. If you want to learn more about the craft of writing, or about publishing and selfpublishing, or anything else related to writing, come check us out. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month except July and August, 6:30 pm at North Shore Community Centre (in Cottonwood Manor), #307-730 Cottonwood Ave. Driving directions: North on Tranquille, left on Poplar, right on willow, left on cottonwood. FMI visit interiorauthorsgroup. wordpress.com/about/ or look for Interior Authors Group on Facebook. Or contact Elma 250 374-1750,

elmams@shaw.ca The Kamloops Tai Chi Club is a member–driven non profit group. We meet Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1136 6thAve. Experience the benefits of tai chi and qigong: increased flexibility, balance and agility. To join our class, email: kamloopstaichi@gmail. com Ping-Pong is billed as a brain sport. It is also said it could be the elixir of youth and it brings a lot more to the table. We meet Tuesdays 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Desert Garden Community Centre, 540 Seymour Street. We welcome more players. Drop in fee is $2. Having fun is something we did all the time, why change with age? FMI call 250372-3965. Kamloops Garden Club meets on the

4th Wed of the month, Feb through June & Sept through Nov at 7 pm - Heritage House, 100 Lorne St (Riverside Park). We host a wide variety of garden related activities, everyone welcome to attend. Contact Judy at 250-374-4181 FMI or visit Facebook.com/ kamloopsgardenclub. Kamloops Prostate Cancer Support Group meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at The Seniors Activity Centre, 9A-1800 Tranquille Rd. Phone 250-376-4011 or email larubekam1947@ gmail.com Kamloops Elks Lodge #44 meets at 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of each month at 622 Tranquille Rd. We have served the community since 1920. You are invited to come and meet the members. New members are welcome. The hall is also available for

gatherings, meetings, etc. For any inquiries please call 250-3122584 or 250-573-4632. Senior Curlers - 50+ curlers are welcome at McArthur Island Curling Club. If you once a curler, you will be surprised to see the various curling adaptations that allow people of all ages to curl. It is easy to stay active, make friends and have fun. If you have curled before, it is time to get back into it. If you are a new curler, you may want to try the “Learn to Curl” Program or talk to any of our experienced curlers for a “try it”. Spares are also needed. Senior curlers curl Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Call Dan or Toni at 250 376-4104 or Brenda 250 5795775 or Ken at 778 470-4402 Kamloops Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada meets at 7:30 p.m. on

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Ah, sweet February! That month that swings us back in the direction of spring and new life, when winter’s hidden work begins to be revealed. The month when our yellow-bellied marmots’ cousin, Punxatawney Phil, emerges from his den – always on February 2nd – to let us know if spring is here or if we have six more weeks of winter to endure. Our friends in Newfoundland pray for a cloudy day with no shadows to be seen. Nearly thirty years ago a movie named Groundhog Day played

with this superstition, and a TV meteorologist named Phil travels to Punxatawney, Pennsylvania, to cover this grand event for the fourth year in a row. Phil is frustrated and a bit grumpy about this and behaves badly to his work mates. Then a blizzard that he predicts will not hit the area does and he and his team are stranded in the community overnight. When he awakes the next morning, he finds it is not February 3rd but instead is the 2nd again and he must repeat this day he does not like. This goes on and on every morning for an indeterminate amount of time. Phil does everything he can to move the calendar and eventually decides to use this “stuck” time to do things he has always wanted to do, like learning to play jazz piano. By reliving the same day over and over again, Phil is able to become more honest with and about himself, and learns to see beyond his own anger and frustration and desire to leave

this day behind to finding ways to make a difference in the community. He changes. And eventually those changes break the cycle and he is freed to move into February 3rd. Imagine if we all had an opportunity for redos – to renew our commitment to fading New Year’s resolutions, to take back the misspoken word, to curb our anger, to show patience instead of frustration, to treat each other with kindness, to offer grace instead of judgment. Oh! Wait a minute, we do! Each day we wake up can be a do-over to make amends, to be kinder, to love more fully, to laugh at ourselves instead of others. Ah, sweet February! The month with 29 days, each one an opportunity to start again. Imagine Punxatawney Phil emerges from his den this February 2nd and, whether or not he sees his shadow, we say “six weeks or six days, let the season of winter’s work of slowing down,

resting deeply, and letting go of that which prevents new life from emerging continue to make space in our beings for the new life that awaits us with each new day.” Rev LeAnn Blackert is in ministry with the new Wild Church in Kamloops (wildchurchbc.org), where she works with Michele Walker and Lesly Comrie. LeAnn loves the pendulum swing of February and the move toward spring. She enjoys long walks through local parks, connecting with others in the natural world, and the wild hills that surround Kamloops.

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This event offers audience members a chance to expand their spiritual understanding. Each panelist will share their faith’s views, then the floor will open up for a question and answer period. Rev. LeAnn Blackert of Wild Church BC is moderator. The panel consists of an eclectic group of faith representatives: •M  uhammad Yaffa, Islamic Centre • Tomas Bijok, Wiccan •J  ustin Young, Indigenous Man •B  rian Mitchell, Christian •L  indsey Tyne Johnson, Judaism

The event will be at the Brown Family House of Learning, room 190, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, February 5. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Attendance is free. Learn more and register at tru. ca/chaplaincy. “This event is an opportunity to hear dialogue from a wide diversity of voices on faithful living. Our individual faith is a cornerstone for navigating life whether it be school, family, work or world conditions,” said Patricia Davies of Spiritual Connections Kamloops and the Multi-faith Chaplaincy.


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Making the best of Valentine’s Day Continued from page 1 I also think Valentine’s Day causes more arguments between married couples than people realize. Someone may have not lived up to the expectation of the other person or they end up comparing themselves to other couples who are posting their Valentine’s gifts on social media. I also can’t help but notice the majority of marketing messages during February are geared to men reminding them to not forget their wife on Valentine’s Day. There are images of flowers, chocolate, jewelery popping up to them daily. I am certainly not against gestures of love and surprising someone with treats, but why is all the pressure on the men? Wouldn’t it be nice to sweep a man off his feet with a thoughtful gift as well? I also think romantic surprises can be given on any day of the year. For single people on Valentine’s Day, this day can be a tough one. It shouldn’t be, but being continually reminded of all of the so called happy couples enjoying this day of love can no doubt cause some anxiety and depression for those who don’t have a partner. I just hope those folks could have a sneak peek into the majority of married people and what they are really doing on February 14th. For many it’s the same thing they were doing on February 13th.   One group of people that I think would have a tough time on Valentine’s Day are the men and women who have been widowed after many years of marriage and they are now missing that

spouse. Many of those special days are going to be tough to face like birthdays, Christmas, and anniversaries, but Valentine’s Day has so much focus on couples and love that it’s only natural to feel grief at this time.   The history of Valentine’s Day certainly is romantic but also tragic. Valentine was a priest in the 3rd Century A.D. and Emperor Claudius the 2nd had banned marriage because he felt married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair so he broke the rules and secretly performed marriages. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and when he was taken to be killed on the 14th of February, he sent her a love letter saying ‘From your Valentine.’  I am not a total party pooper when it comes to Valentine’s Day and romance, but I do think a lot about people on their own. If you fall into that category this year, here are some ideas for you for Valentine’s Day: 1. Invite some other single friends over and have a potluck dinner and game night. 2. Valentine’s Day is a Friday night so grab a friend or family member and treat them to a movie. 3. There is also a Blazers game on Valentine’s Day this year so get a ticket and enjoy the game. 4. Go to the gym. You will see many other people there and realize that Valentine’s Day can be just another day for many.

5. Bake something fun. Then take those cookies or pretty cake and surprise someone with it. 6. Have your grandkids over for dinner and a sleepover. 7. Surprise someone with flowers.   8. Volunteer. It’s the most rewarding thing you can do and it’s impossible to feel sad when you help others. 9. Pamper yourself. Get a massage, or a haircut. A little self-care can go a long way. 10. Get an early start on Spring Cleaning. Declutter and Donate.   11. Lastly, you can do what I do every Friday night. Have a Date night with Keith Morrison and settle in for an episode of Dateline. I can tell you that those love stories never end well! Speaking of Love Stories, if you would like to create a new love story for yourself, contact me, and I would be happy to go for coffee with you on Valentine’s Day or any day. It’s never too late to bring a new friend or romantic partner into your life. I can help you do that and I would love to learn more about you too. Valentine’s Day is only one day. This year is Leap Year. There are 366 days in 2020—an extra day for love. There is no obligation, or expectation to use my Matchmaking service. I will also treat you to coffee. You can tell me about your past Valentine, and I can tell you about your future Valentine. Contact me at holmes@wheretheheartis. ca or on my website holmesiswheretheheartis.ca 

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Serving Kamloops and area since 1980, a family business Practitioners since 1970.

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