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Travelling to the “Faraway Nearby” By Valerie Rampone, a much travelled member of the Kamloops Photo Arts Club

Members of the Kamloops Photo Arts Club participate in a “Weekend Away” to practice their craft. Photo contributed. The “Faraway Nearby” might seem an oxymoron but it’s not. How far do you need to go to be a ‘traveler,’ anyway? What’s the distance needed to find a foreignto-you vista worth a selfie? Not far, is the answer for Kamloops Photo Arts Club (KPAC) members. Each year the club selects a location within a few hours’ driving distance of home for their ‘Weekend Away.’ Usually it’s a place they’d drive

right through, but for the threeday weekend it is on-the-ground exploration with their cameras. The Faraway Nearby could be the perfect travel solution given today’s uncertainty choosing where to go for a vacation. You won’t need a passport, special health insurance or malaria pills. You’ll be able to forego airline schedules, weight restrictions and foreign language lessons. You’ll also be able to decide just a few

days ahead of time. Over the years the Photo Club has stayed at places such as Wells Gray Park, Riske Creek, Lillooet, Hope and Hedley. To the east they’ve spent time in Revelstoke, Three-Valley Gap and Enderby. Have you ever stopped in one of these towns long enough to play tourist? Actually putting your feet on the sidewalk and taking a wander around town could lead to fun

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very glad to find the viewpoint at Roche Lake had some biffies. The next rendezvous spot was the Tourist Info Centre at 100 Mile for a DIY picnic at the tables behind the Info Centre by a small lake/ wetlands. It was a perfect setting for bird photography while others were checking out the gift shop. A bit north at 105 Mile the group had arranged to visit photographer Chris Harris’ studio. Besides his gorgeous photos of the Cariboo and Chilcotin, the studio itself is of interest being built of hay bales. Chris gave us a personal tour and then screened a video he’d created with images shot during the Wildfires of 2017 that had swept the area. It is a very moving presentation.

surprises. At the c. 1907 Baillie House in Merritt you might get coffee served right at your picnic table or have an invitation for an impromptu tour of the house to see if you can sense the ghost reputed to haunt it. In Revelstoke it might be the delight of discovering an antique ‘Show & Shine’ car show happening along with the Saturday Market. In Yale you just might find great photo ops when the museum is celebrating ‘Gold Rush Days’ with staff and volunteers dressed in period costumes. You just never know! Packing a sense of adventure and a ‘why not?’ attitude helps. When you are on a relaxed time schedule you can take advantage of these unexpected opportunities. The journey itself is half the fun. On one such trip, namely Farwell Canyon–a spectacular geological formation a half hour drive south of Riske Creek–the KPAC group carpooled and set off north on #5 to Little Fort. A meet-up at the High Five Diner was planned. The High Five is a retro 50’s-style café just north of the turn-off onto Hwy #24. Some of the group was so intent on turning west on #24 they missed this coffee stop so were

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Celebrating a decade of the Regional Exhibit "Art Exposed" By Terri Hadwin, Executive Director of Kamloops Arts Council What exactly is “Art Exposed”? “Art Exposed” is a juried art show of 2D and 3D artworks submitted by approximately 100 artists from the Thompson Nicola Regional District every March. For the last 10 years this exhibit has encouraged Emerging and Established artists to put forward up to two pieces each to put on display for the public to view and purchase. There is also a Youth category, for those that are ages 8-14. What does “Juried” mean? The Kamloops Arts Council hires accomplished artists to select the pieces that stand out above the rest. It’s a really hard job! Each piece submitted to “Art Exposed” has beauty in its own unique way, each article has had time and effort put into it, and the artist behind the artwork is revealing a certain element of vulnerability by exhibiting. Something wonderful about this judging process is that the participating artists can request to have extra ‘one on one time’ with the judges to seek further critique, so that they may learn and grow from the process. This year, the selected judges are Dave Snider, Christine Beaton and Debbie Milner-Lively. The awards are given out in the following categories: Emerging 2D and 3D, Established 2D and 3D, Youth, People’s Choice and

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caterers, voting from attendees will be tallied and they will announce the 1st Annual Winner! You will also find larger pieces on display this year. In the past there had been restrictions on the size of artwork displayed due to space available, the KAC has extended the size restrictions to a limited amount of artwork. “Once a year I create a piece especially dedicated to Arts Exposed. It is the biggest art expo in Kamloops and every time my artwork sells, it makes me feel special. Someone out there is enjoying something I created, something that is a part of me. Art is created for others to enjoy. I usually get disappointed shortly after I completed my artwork. It is hard to make something good enough for myself... I love seeing what other artists have come up with for this event!” says artist, Marianna Abutalipova. And…What else do I need to know? Because the KAC has amazing Sponsors for this event, attendance is free to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated. On Opening Night, all senses will be delighted with local musicians, performing artists and delicious food and wine. The exhibit runs until March 14th at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 Seymour St. West. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come early if you can, artwork sells quickly and you don’t want to miss out!

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The studio is open to the public but Chris is often off somewhere with his camera. You can check out some of his photos at www.chrisharris.com. We weren’t getting very far very fast, but that was ok. We weren’t in a hurry. Next stop was the architecturally stunning Tourism Discovery Centre in Williams Lake. It’s made of whole tree trunks. It is really a must see. Inside, is a museum showcasing the local ‘Cowboy/Rancher’ culture, artwork, carvings, gift shop, coffee shop and washrooms. Oh! And tourist information. Supper was in Williams Lake before some of the group drove 47 K west on Hwy #20 to Riske Creek and our accommodation for the weekend the Historic Chilcotin Lodge. The 10-room lodge built in 1940 is perhaps the last remaining authentic ‘Frontier’ style hunting lodge in B.C. Stepping through the door you are immediately in a different time. It is like finding yourself on a movie set. There is also space on the Lodge grounds for RVs and camping and your pet pooch if it is on a leash at all times.

That was Day One. We had the next day experiencing the vast Chilcotin plateau, Farwell Canyon, Sheep Range Junction Park and the chance to take abstract photos of charred fenders and melted glass in an auto wrecker’s yard where the intense Wildfires of 2017 had torched the vehicles but spared the house. On the return journey, Day Three, we spent time at the Scout Lake Nature Sanctuary in Williams Lake before heading south on Hwy #97 and checking out another geological formation at Chasm just east of Clinton. Then it was back to Kamloops via Cache Creek. It was a very full itinerary that could be done with a myriad of variations that included hiking, fishing, horseback riding, river rafting, golf, spa, barbeques or fine dining; whatever is your pleasure. Each place is an exotic location to those who don’t live there. The *faraway is very nearby. *“The artist Georgia O’Keeffe moved to rural New Mexico, from which she would sign her letters to the people she loved “from the faraway nearby.” It was a way to measure physical and psychic geography together . . ”. Rebecca Solnit, author

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Although it’s still considered the time of year when the food system is resting and rejuvenating, so much is happening ‘underground.’ This is the time of year when farmers, ranchers, and seed savers get together to share stories, practices, and plans for the year ahead. Events that have taken place around the province include the Pacific Ag Show, a soil workshop in Williams Lake, Bridging Gaps hosted by the Land to Table Network of the North Okanagan, the annual conference of the Certified Organic Associations of BC (in Richmond this year), and the Economic

Unity Conference here in Kamloops. I had the good fortune of participating in a panel discussion at the Islands Ag Show in Duncan, in early February, as part of a preconference session related to building regional agriculture supports across BC. In a nutshell, groups across the province are thinking into how to revitalize historical extension services in a way that meets contemporary needs. There is a strong push for more peer to peer supports to share knowledge and skills through site visits. This fits incredibly well with one of the projects that Kamloops Food Policy Council is exploring, which is the formation of a farmers institute. We’re getting closer to having a public meeting to discuss what Farmers Institutes are and the role that they play in the community (which is a big one with their monthly gatherings to share information and education, as well as being called on to attend meetings with various levels of government). Stay tuned for more details about this public meeting which would get us one step closer to creating a Farmers Institute...if there is enough interest from the farming and ranching community

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Simply the Best Thrift Store – display artist – volunteers with a keen eye for detail and the ability to be creative with materials for displays at the thrift store. Also, maintenance of retail displays is a part of the position along with occasional work as a cashier and providing customer service.

research and support programs through the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure. Planning and organizing the run takes time, passion and creative thinking. In partnership with volunteers and staff, you will be part of something truly extraordinary in your community.

Canadian Cancer Society – run director – volunteers are the community drivers in every run site in Canada. Together with a committee of like-minded individuals, you will raise funds for breast cancer

ASK Wellness Society – shuttle driver – volunteers will drive the company minivan. Two shifts available daily. Route is to Lansdowne Mall and Northills Mall from Mission Flats. Volunteers will

transport clients between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. MS Society of Canada – volunteer committee chair – the volunteer will lead the MS Walk Committee, provide support and leadership to the committee members, and delegate duties and ensure assigned projects are successfully completed. Other responsibilities required. For these and many other positions please apply online at: volunteerkamloops.org 250-372-8313


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Cycles By Trudy Frisk Here no monotonous clock isolates minutes. Undulating grasslands weave to their own rooted rhythm. Rippling lakes, Pleistocene remnants, Reflect solemn eskers. Spiralling sand hill cranes Testing winds on their long northern journey Signal the season.

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Kamloops Hospice Association supports Navigating Easter in Grief Easter is a time of celebration with friends and family that coincides with the welcoming of spring. It is the shedding of winter’s doldrums and beckoning us outdoors for Easter egg hunts. Easter is steeped in imagery of life, new beginnings and growth that most of us eagerly welcome. For those who are grieving the death of a loved one, participating in a celebration can come with feelings of guilt. Having conflicting feelings is a normal part of grieving. Despite being surrounded by family and friends, the grief process can be a rollercoaster of emotions

that can be at times exhausting or depressing. Adding to the burden that comes with grieving are holidays such as Easter that are steeped in language and symbolism that can compound one’s grief. Such triggers may remind those grieving of what they no longer have. The flip side of such symbolism can also serve as inspiration; that even in grief, there is hope and love. In time, grief will soften. Here are a few tips that can bring comfort during the early stages of grieving and may help you navigate this holiday.

1) P  lan to enjoy the day; at the same time, allow yourself to step away if you feel the need. 2) H  onour your feelings, as this act provides freedom in your response. 3) R  each out to supportive friends or family who can listen without judgement. 4) K  eep looking for moments of joy, as the grieving process takes time. If you are grieving and want to practice some selfcare, contact Kamloops Hospice for upcoming grief support groups and workshops. Kamloops Hospice is offering a Preparing for Easter Crafting Workshop for kids and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one (Wednesday April 8). All crafting levels welcome! Please contact us for details and to register in advance, at 250-372-1336 or email carol@kamloopshospice.com.

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Basics in blood pressure

HEALTH MATTERS MISSAGH MANSHADI

Blood pressure is the measurement of the amount of work your heart is doing to pump blood through your arteries and it is measured using two different readings. The first reading is called your systolic pressure. That’s the first or top number in a reading. Systolic pressure measures the pressure inside of the artery when the heart is contracting to pump blood. The second or bottom reading is your diastolic number. The diastolic pressure is the pressure

inside the artery once the heart is resting between beats. Blood pressure readings are expressed in millimetres of mercury. This unit is abbreviated as mm Hg. For example, you may see blood pressure written as 117/80 mm Hg (millimetres of mercury). In that case, the systolic pressure is 117 and the diastolic pressure is 80. Numbers greater than the ideal range show that your heart is working too hard to pump blood to the rest of your body. This is called Hypertension (High Blood pressure) causing gradual damage to the arteries building slowly over a long period of time often without having any symptoms. The longer it goes undiagnosed or uncontrolled, the more serious your risks. Blood vessels and major arteries carry blood throughout the body and supply it to vital organs and tissue. When the pressure

at which blood travels gets increased, it begins to damage artery walls. These injuries start as a small tears and bad cholesterol flowing through the blood starts to attach itself to the tears eventually narrowing the artery. This results in a restriction of blood flow. The heart also has to work harder which can lead to an enlarged heart. Narrow arteries have a higher chance of getting blocked. This blockage in the heart can cause a heart attack and in the brain can cause a stroke. Also when the proper amount of blood can’t move through a blocked artery, it causes damage to the tissue or organ it’s supposed to reach providing requisite oxygen and nutrients. High blood pressure can contribute to a long list of ailments such as heart failure; aneurysm; dementia, heart attack, stroke, blurriness or blindness,

osteoporosis, or pulmonary embolism, sleep apnea, sexual dysfunction, and kidney disease. This is partly why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer”. A normal reading would be any blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg and above 90/60 mm Hg in an adult. You can decrease blood pressure by healthy eating, exercise, reduced sodium, quitting smoking, reduced stress, herbs and supplements, restful sleep, stop or drink less alcohol, reduce or eliminate caffeine. Prescribed medications can also help. Everyone’s blood pressure has to be looked at individually and one’s prescription must be custom made by your Physician. In our practice we see lots of patients that are happy with Systolic blood pressure between 130-140 and they don’t seem to worry about their blood

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Walking disorganization

everything organized SHAWN FERGUSON Everything Organized

As a professional organizer, I see and deal with all kinds of clutter. My clients have a vast array of education, age and status. A time not too far in the past, people believed that only people of modest income would ‘hoard’ or that a person must be a ‘slob’ if they had a cluttered home. Nothing is further from the truth, in my experience. The majority of my clients are professionals or seniors who need assistance wading through the mounds of clutter. Most people think that they will be able to ‘get to it’ another day, however after years of letting it slide, it becomes too much for one person to finally deal with. Then one day, they finally sit long enough to look at the space with a critical eye and realize they don’t know where to begin. They try over and over to begin and win the battle

only to find that they are more frustrated than ever. This is what I call ‘walking disorganization.’ I describe this as a person who will start at a point in the home with the notion that things need to be decluttered and cleaned. Here is an example: Katie walked into her kitchen knowing that today was the day to tackle the mess as she couldn’t stand it any longer. Katie madly grabbed several items from the counter knowing that they were supposed to live in the bathroom. She darted to the bathroom (with every intention to return to the kitchen) and noticed that her son left toothpaste all over the sink and had splashed the mirror with soap. Katie then cleans up the mess and observes her husband’s reading glasses on the counter. Katie scoops up the glasses and heads for their bedroom only to notice that the bed was not yet made, there were dirty clothes on the floor and her daughter’s teddy bear somehow made the trek into their room. Katie makes the bed, returns the teddy bear, puts the clothes in the laundry hamper and then realizes she desperately needs to do laundry. She takes the hamper downstairs to put in a load of laundry, gets interrupted by the

telephone, etc., then she wonders why she hasn’t accomplished her goal by the end of the day. Sound familiar? I call it ‘walking disorganization’ because the person is in motion the whole day attempting to get organized, but cannot complete the task he/she originally planned. The person is drained because they’ve been truly ‘busy’ all day, but have yet to complete anything. I coach my clients to start in one room and stay in that one room until the task is complete. This feels strange in the beginning, but once you do it on a regular basis, it becomes easier. This can be really hard if you have small children, have ADHD, are diagnosed as being chronically disorganized and/or a hoarder. A professional organizer can help you de-clutter and coach you on acquiring new skills for future success but if you strongly resonate with Katie, you may wish to seek assistance from someone who is educated in this field. Take comfort in knowing that help is not too far away. Do you have a topic that you would like Shawn to write about? Please email him at Shawn@ everythingorganized.net

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Spring is a season of new opportunities. It’s when we shed off the turbulence of winter and breathe freshness into our lives and home. If you are applying that new energy into your home renovation (or thinking about it), keep reading to discover some of the latest flooring trends of the year! 1. In the world of hard surfaces (wood, tile, laminate, and vinyl) you are going to see a lot of natural

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Latest flooring trends of the year elements though this isn’t new to 2020. Thanks to advances in technology, replications of wood and stone are looking like the real deal, but more costeffective than ever. 2. Families, pet owners, and busy homeowners can rejoice! Thanks to technology, you now have “waterproof” flooring in vinyl, laminate and even carpet. 3. Let your individuality and uniqueness shine through. More and more we are seeing patterned layouts such as herringbone and chevron finding its way into bathrooms, kitchens, and more. This is not only with tile but with wood and wood-inspired flooring. 4. Don’t worry, gray flooring is still trending. But lighter and warmer flooring tones, such as blonde flooring, are edging their way in. Rooms are looking welcoming, bright, and bigger.

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5. Tiles keep getting larger! The 12x24 inch is still popular but now tiles are as large as 24x48 in. We have seen this come into our store and it truly packs a major “wow” factor seeing these large tiles coming in styles of realistic stones such as marble, travertine, and more. 6. Manufacturers are making investments to meet customer expectations of high performing carpet with style. Be on the lookout for plushness, unique designs, colours, as well as waterproof backing. Ultimately, spring is a time of activity where we plant the seeds and reap the rewards of that work in the later months of the year. If you have any questions along the way, we are here for you. Stop by the Nufloors showroom on Laval Crescent or give us a call.

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Bob and Michelle Gieselman with their ‘50 Pontiac Silver Streak

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You may have heard of Bob Gieselman through his real estate endeavours, but he is also well known through his association with all things automotive. Bob was born in Kamloops in 1945 and then moved to Chilliwack, where his father worked at garages at Cultus Lake and Chilliwack. As Bob was one of eight children, every summer his mother would send him and his two older brothers to Kamloops to spend time with their grandparents. In 1962, when he was 17 years old, Bob moved back to Kamloops permanently and started work at Luis Vigna’s Shell station at Third and Lansdowne. He had previously bought his first car in Chilliwack—a 1934 Dodge Brothers Six rumble seat coupe—when he was 15 years old. This car was purchased from a 90 year old gent and it had been damaged in an accident so Bob set to repairing it even prior to having his driver’s licence. The Dodge was Bob’s transportation for several years until he had to sell it to pay for his room and board. He then went logging near Sabiston Lake, staying in the buildings that were originally used for a Japanese internment camp. Next job was at a portable sawmill near Clinton and then over to Merritt where he worked for the local GM dealership as a partsman and service

writer. During these early years, Bob took up auto racing and built his first racing car where it was raced at the dirt track up on the flats past the Barnhartvale Hall. This car was cobbled from a ‘51 Chevrolet frame, a Chevy 6-cylinder engine and body parts scrounged from a ‘28 Chev. After two years in Merritt, he moved back to Kamloops and a job at the First Avenue Home Oil station. (Building still stands today on the northwest corner of First and Victoria). Keeping with the automotive theme, he then went to work as a service writer at the GM dealer in Port Alberni but couldn’t stand all the rain and moved back home after a year and back to the Home garage. Bob kept up with his jalopy racing and was instrumental in building the new race track on Scheidam Flats, on the way to Paul Lake. His newest race car wasn’t ready for the inaugural race but he became the track’s first flagman instead. He continued racing for several years until he was involved in a serious accident when the steering column on his car broke and he slammed into a concrete wall. After a twoweek stay in hospital and a lengthy recuperation, Bob bought an “offset” racer, but after a few races he

discovered that he had lost his nerve so the car was sold and that was the end of his racing career. Bob’s next career move was to Revelstoke where he became a partner in a new garage and tire store. The best thing about Revelstoke was that was where he met his future wife, Michelle (Dunn), and they were married in 1969. Michelle was born in England to a war bride mother and a father who flew Spitfires in WW II for the RAF. After the war, only her father was initially allowed to come home to Canada where he established a dairy farm in Chase. Michelle and her mother arrived in Chase later and that is where Michelle grew up. After their Revelstoke stay, where the first of their three girls (Therese) was born, Bob and Michelle moved to Cache Creek in 1971 where Bob went to work at a Gulf Oil station and then took over the Shell station. During that time, their other two girls, Andrea and Tiffany, were born in Ashcroft. After seven years in Cache Creek, Bob moved the family to Kamloops, driving a Shell bulk oil tanker while studying for the real estate exams. Michelle became a fitness instructor and an accomplished belly dancer, performing at Expo ‘86. Bob’s vehicles during these years included a modified ’66 Chev truck and a ‘64 Beaumont 2-door hardtop, a very desirable car today. In ‘99, the late Glenn Gallagher, a charter member of our local Vintage Car Club chapter, told Bob about a 1950 Pontiac Silver Streak coupe

which was for sale. The Pontiac was an original un-restored Kamloops car purchased new by Johnny Fuoco who owned Johnny’s Texaco service station at the corner of Seymour Street and 5th Avenue. The car had been sitting in an alley behind Dominion Street for over 20 years, but Bob liked what he saw, bought it on the spot and promptly joined our Club. In his 20 years with our group, he has been right in the mix with five terms as President; several as Governor; as a Director looking after our cruise nights; involved in all of our swap meets; and is currently planning our Backroads Tour in June. Several other vintage cars have graced his garage over the past few years, including a Model A Ford, a 1941 Chevrolet sedan and a 1964 Pontiac Parisienne convertible. Bob has also kept busy with other pursuits, including a stint as President of the Real Estate Board, as a member of the RCMP Auxiliary, playing hockey, riding motorcycles and 50 years skiing at Tod Mountain/Sun Peaks. As with a lot of our Kamloops Connector readers, the years are catching up with Bob and after a mild stroke last spring, he has basically retired (after 41 years) from the real estate business and has disposed of most of his vintage cars. Bob and Michelle still really enjoy participating in vintage car events and you will see them dressed in their period costumes and driving their ’50 Pontiac in our upcoming Golden Anniversary Easter Parade on April 12th.

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KSO PRESENTS:

A concert of sweeping, heroic melodies For their next performance the Kamloops Symphony is featuring their assistant concertmaster and principal French horn players in an exciting program filled with sweeping, heroic melodies, plus the world premiere of a newly commissioned work. Heroes and Heroines is taking place in Sagebrush Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

Katia Makdissi-Warren Opening the concert is the world premiere of a KSO commissioned piece, Whispers of the Mountain, by Canadian composer Katia Makdissi-Warren. Her works offer a unique blend of Middle Eastern, Western, and Canadian Aboriginal musical styles. Whispers of the Mountain was created in collaboration with the Secwepemc artist Csetkwe, a song writer, interpreter, and musician. The piece is based on Csetkwe’s song Sunrise on the Water, which was written on a like in a forest. Makdissi-Warren wrote an orchestra piece that aims to re-create the environment that the original song was written in where the elements of each musician create an imaginary forest sound, creating an immersive experience for the audience in an invented musical forest. From within the musical forest, Csetkwe will be singing her original song, as well as an improvised vocal part. When we think of heroic figures and achievements, neither artists nor works of art would usually be what comes to mind. However, if identifying your life’s goal, committing yourself to its pursuit, and persevering through to self-fulfillment against even the most formidable obstacles can be considered heroic action, then the KSO’s featured

soloists for this concert, Elyse Jacobson, violin, and Breanne Jamieson, French horn can certainly be considered heroic achievers. Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Breanne Jamieson began playing French horn at the age of twelve. She completed her Bachelor of Music from UBC and earned her Master’s degree from Indiana University. Breanne has performed with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Vancouver Brass Project, and the Vancouver Oratorio Society, as well as being a member of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada with the Brott Music Festival. Born in Seattle, Elyse Jacobson began studying the violin at the age of five. She moved to Vancouver and complete her Bachelor of Music at UBC. Elyse performs with the Black Dog String Quartet, is concertmaster of the Plastic Acid Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Kamloops Symphony. She has appeared on stage and in recordings with artists such as Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Kanye West, Marianas Trench, Sarah Slean, and many others. Elyse and Breanne will be performing English composer Ethel Smyth’s Concerto for Violin and Horn. Smyth’s heroic spirit was undaunted by the discouragement of the male­dominated musical establishment at the time, and she persevered in her composing and tireless efforts to obtain the artistic opportunities denied to women musicians. Her Concerto for Violin and Horn was composed near the end of her career in 1927 when, like Beethoven, she was facing deafness. Smyth brought both a warm, lyrical quality and considerable energy to this very uncommon pairing of solo instruments. Concluding the concert is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, also known as the “Eroica” (Italian for heroic) symphony. This symphony was initially dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, as Beethoven was full of admiration for him as a heroic defender of individual liberty. However, once Napoleon proclaimed

Breanne Jamieson himself Emperor, Beethoven scratched out his name with such ferocity that he damaged the title page, although “composed to celebrate the memory of a great man” still appeared in the dedication. The music remained the same however, so clearly what Beethoven wanted to say about heroism itself was unaltered. The heroic achievement reflected in the music of the Eroica Symphony is that of Beethoven himself: This symphony was composed during the years of deepest crisis for him when his hearing loss had accelerated into a tragic and unavoidable fact. While he had been contemplating suicide, Beethoven instead heroically affirmed his determination to continue to live for the creation of his music. This groundbreaking work is the embodiment of his declaration to “take a new way” with his current musical direction. It is emotionally driven throughout and is the ultimate expression of his heroic self-affirmation. 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.kamloops live.ca.

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Book Review By Marilyn Brown

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal By Dorthe Nors Translated from Danish by Misha Hoekstra Graywolf Press 2018, 188 pages, fiction Available through the TNRD library system

Any single female over 40 needs to be able to shift for herself. In Sonja’s case, the need is literal. It is at this stage in life that she is learning to drive, aware that she is the oldest client in the driving school’s classroom. The “book learning” part is easy for her, but the practical part is a challenge indeed. In particular, she is inept at changing gears in the driving company’s standard car. Her first instructor, Jytte, keeps her own hand on the gearshift while Sonja drives, talks non-stop about her family, rants at will, and yells commands to Sonja: “Turleff!” (turn left), “Trite!” (turn right), complete with expletives. Sonja, a country girl born, a misfit in the insane bustle of Copenhagen, needs a less combative instructor: she requests lessons from Folke, the

owner of the driving company. As she has been unlucky in love, it is Folke’s driving expertise only that she wants. A slight complication is that she has bouts of extreme dizziness or vertigo, a condition she must hide if she is to be eligible for a license. Sonja finds irritants and quirks in the people around her. Folke, for example, looks to her like a “happy pagan Viking when seated”, and “… she’s heard that Folke’s married to a doctor. She doesn’t understand how he pulled that one off.” Her sister Kate is like her driving instructor Jytte, leery of thoughtful pauses, “… so the thing is to abrade them with tedious speech, cake recipes, dog hair.” Ironically, Sonja’s job as interpreter for a series of violent crime novels by a popular Swedish author is a

point of connection for her with Folke and her sister. Above all else, Sonja is a rarity, an individual resistant to the need to conform. As the short novel is told through her point- ofview, the reader is highly entertained. Dorthe Nors (bd 1970) is the author of 4 other novels. Mirror, Shoulder, Signal was a finalist in the 2017 international Man Booker Award. She lives in Denmark.

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Seniors Living Choices Kamloops Seniors Village Profile Submitted by Kamloops Seniors Village Kamloops Seniors Village (KSV) is family owned and operated since 1998 and is proud to provide high quality care and senior housing solutions with 27 locations in B.C. Alberta (2) and Quebec (1). Kamloops Seniors Village is a full Campus of Care built on the philosophy of ‘aging in place’ and offers 3 levels of care – Independent Living, Assisted Living and Residential Care. Our vision is service excellence and to become an industry leader in seniors care, always with priorities of quality and safety, outstanding customer service, and employee and community engagement and partnerships. Kamloops Seniors Village was built on the Aberdeen Hills in South Kamloops with spectacular views of the South and North Thompson River valleys

in 2003/04. An added expansion followed in 201213 for both the independent and assisted living sides of the building as well as 12 new beds and a 2nd lounge area for residential care. Some of the services offered at KSV include 2 daily meals for those in independent and assisted living sections, weekly housekeeping, a laundry service, optional recreation activities, bus excursions, walking paths and a garden area, theatre, exercise room, a multipurpose room, a private dining room, utilities, HD cable, contents insurance. Private Pay Residential Care offers 3 daily meals, daily housekeeping, laundry, medications (Care Plan), therapeutic recreation (Recreation Care Plan), bus excursions, a private dining room and a multi-purpose room.

Some of what sets KSV apart from other area homes include spectacular views, and a great location. There are three levels of care under one roof – AL, IL and Residential Care. Assisted Living provides Care Aides in the building as well as access to 3rd Party Support 24/7. Some of the ways KSV gives back and participates in the wider community includes a variety of partnerships with Interior Health, the City of Kamloops – Seniors Light Tour, Seniors Picnic, Hot Nite in the City as well as supporting MS Society and the Alzheimers Society locally and corporately. We are also actively involved and hold memberships with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Centre for Seniors Information, 100 Women Who Care, and Kamloops Women in Business.

Different ways to finance senior living Upon retiring, many seniors downsize to allinclusive independent living communities. These communities provide all various amenities without asking seniors to negotiate the obstacles of traditional home ownership. Although senior living apartments or condominiums often make great living arrangements, all-inclusive properties tend to cost more money than standard apartments. Interested parties may experience a bit of sticker shock initially before looking for ways to finance their new living arrangements. • Long-term care insurance: Individuals who plan ahead can invest in long-term care insurance. This insurance may be able to cover the costs of some

housing facilities, or help finance outside private caregiver assistance. • Life insurance policies: Some insurance policies can be cashed in for a percentage of their face value. This money can then be used to offset the costs of senior housing. • Home sale profit: Many seniors sell their homes and pay for new living situations with the return on those sales. Bridge loans can help as seniors

wait for their homes to be sold. • Line of credit: Some loan systems enable multiple family members or friends to share the cost of paying for eldercare. • New location: Finding a community in locations with more manageable cost of living expenses may be the best way to maintain your standard of living without breaking the bank.


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BERWICK ON THE PARK

60 Whiteshield Cres. South, Kamloops, BC V2E 2S9

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1955 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC V2B 3M4

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755 Mayfair Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 5L7

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870 Westminster Ave, Kamloops, BC V2B 1N9

pamela@ocservices.ca $1,495+ (studios) $2,200+ (1-bdrm) Rates based on income 60 Studio Suites & 6 1-bdrm Suites *Three Meals Daily

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1220 Hugh Allan Drive, Kamloops, BC V1S 2B3

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3300 Valleyview Drive, Kamloops, BC V2C 4S2

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The Connector’s Senior Living Choices directory gives readers a look at seniors’ residences providing extended, assisted and/or supportive living features in the city of Kamloops and surrounding communities. Each residence was contacted via email and/or phone and asked to fill out a onepage questionnaire. Any facilities missing from our list were either unable to respond to our questionnaire or were not considered to be providers of extended, assisted or supportive living situations to the best of our knowledge. Aside from our list, there are many housing options for those seeking independent, mature adult communities and are not necessarily requiring care options.

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Seniors are often targeted by criminals. Though many criminals target seniors from afar via telephone or internet scams, criminals seek to enter seniors’ homes. The Bureau of Justice Statistics offers that, between 2003 and 2013, the ratio of property crime to violent crime was higher for the elderly and persons between the ages of 50 and 64 than it was for younger persons between the ages of 25 and 49. Home security is important for people of all ages, but especially so for seniors and aging individuals living alone. By following certain safety tips and developing a home security plan, seniors can feel safer at home. • Lock windows and doors. It may seem like common sense, but failure to repeatedly lock windows and doors can, and often does, give burglars easy entry into the home. • Think about a smart doorbell. Technology now enables doorbells to provide a video feed to a person’s smartphone or tablet over WiFi. This allows residents to see who is at the door and speak to this person without having to open the door. Some products like Ring® will even register motion activity and record short videos from

outside of the house. • Don’t share or leave keys. Avoid leaving keys under a mat or in a flower pot. Others may be watching your actions and gain access to your home while you are away. • Ask for ID. When service people or other individuals come to the door, verify their credentials by asking to see some identification. • Get a home security system. The best protection against burglars is a home security alarm, states HomeSecurityResource.org. Such an alarm often deters burglars from breaking in. • Install a lockable mailbox. Locked mailboxes restrict access to sensitive information, such as bank account numbers, sent in the mail. Make sure retirement checks or other payments are deposited directly into bank accounts instead of having them sent by check. • Use home automation. Home automation, or a “smart home,” can be utilized to turn on lights, set the thermostat, lock doors, and much more. • Adopt a dog. Dogs can be an asset to seniors. Dogs provide companionship and can bark or alert seniors if someone is around or inside of the home.

Choosing a dementia caregiver When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, a family’s life can turn upside down. In such situations, families may not know much about the disease, including what to expect with treatment and how soon before the dementia patient begins to need care that the family cannot capably provide. Over time, dementia patients’ loved ones are likely to benefit from the expertise and assistance of qualified dementia caregivers. It can be overwhelming for loved ones to offer the right level of care for someone who is unable to perform the activities of daily living. Bathing, medication management, dressing, and feeding are often very difficult for dementia patients. The Alzheimer’s Association says that providing good care for someone with dementia goes beyond meeting basic needs. It also means finding caregivers who treat the whole person and provide an environment that can enable the person to be safe yet independent. In order to get started, one should first assess the needs of their loved one with dementia. How many services he or she will require depends on whether that person can use the bathroom, walk, eat, or bathe independently. Alz.org says care needs tend to be lesser in the early stages of dementia. However, during the middle and end stages of dementia, 24-hour supervision and potentially more intensive medical care may be necessary. Some families start with a visiting caregiver who can come to the house. Others may assist clients with personal tasks. At some point, caregivers can help families transition someone with dementia to nursing facilities with memory care divisions. Social workers and other aides may help families navigate the legalities of medical insurance and long-term care insurance as well as government assistance programs that may help offset the costs of more intensive care. It’s never too soon to develop a care plan for someone with dementia. Qualified and compassionate caregivers can help ease the burden of dementia on patients and their families.

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Submitted by Penny Ouchi As I compose this newsletter, it is snowing. However, I hold out hope that sunshine and Spring is on its way. How cheery it will be to see the daffodils and crocuses poking their heads out. We would like to thank all those wonderful volunteers who gave so freely of their time and energy for this past year. You are truly worth your weight in gold. We would like to thank our caretaker, Ian, for keeping the sidewalks clean and free of ice for the safety of all the residents, clients and guests at our Centre. SENIORS’ COMMUNITY CENTRE @ Desert Gardens AGM will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 2 p.m. Sign in begins at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

MEMBERSHIPS: for the Year 2020 memberships are now due. They cost $15. Being a member at Seniors’ Community Centre @ Desert Gardens allows you to enjoy our programs for a very nominal fee and also entitles you to a free Dinner Coupon to be used at your discretion. We do welcome all folks to become a member of our beautiful downtown Seniors’ Centre. Memberships can be purchased at the front reception desk Monday to Friday - 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Our activities are back into full swing and welcome everyone to come and join in for some fun and socializing. You do not need to be a member to participate. You are always welcome. Check out our calendar below and see all the programs being offered.

Our Ladies Auxiliary Gift Shop is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. They always have an abundance of exciting new treasures. Do drop by to have a look and perhaps stay and have a cup of coffee. If you are looking at booking a room(s) for that special occasion or even if you wish to hold a meeting, please feel free to call and enquire as to what is available. The office is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. 250-372-5110. Don’t forget to turn those clocks ahead on Sunday, March 8, 2020. We wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. Until next time think about Spring and Happy March. Hope to see you soon.

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Chair Fitness 9:30 am Coffee Club 10:00 am Mother Goose Lindy in the Loops Social Coffee Club 10:00 am Chair Yoga 11 :00 am 10:00 am Dance 7:00 PM Weightwatchers 11:30 am Scrabble 1:00 pm Weightwatchers 13 12 8 Coffee Club 10:00 am 9 Kiwanis Club 11:45am10 Mahjong 1:00 pm 11 9:00 am Grape Vine 12:00 pm Two Toonie Tea 2:30 pm M.S. Toastmasters 7:00 am Coffee Club 10:00 am Chair Yoga 11:00 am Bridge 1:00 pm Chair Fitness 9:30 am Table Tennis 1:00 pm Just For Fun 12:50 PM Kamloops Ecstatic SCC Dinner 5:30 pm Coffee Club 10:00 am Weightwatchers 5:30 pm Lindy in the Loops Social Family Dance Table Tennis 7:00 pm Grape Vine 12:00 pm Dance 7:00 PM 8:00 PM Table Tennis 12:30 pm 20 17 19 16 18 15 SCC Dinner 5:30 pm Toastmasters 7:00 pm Kamloops Paddlewheelers Parkinson’s Awareness Gamblers Anon 7:00 pm Lindy in the Loops Social Lions Club 6:00 PM Square Dancing 7:00 pm Group 1:00 PM Dance 7:00 PM

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Kamloops Blazers Booster Club Dinner 6:30 PM

Oasis Cafe

Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Dinner Tues/Thur 5:30 pm

Kamloops Ecstatic Family Dance 8:00 PM

L.A. Gift Shop

(Proceeds to SCC) Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

COMPOUNDING PHARMACIST

Glover’s Medicine Centre offers compounding services. We’re able to manufacture from scratch unique preparations, suspensions, capsules, liquids, injectable medications, and creams. This allows us to tailor your medicines to fit your specific needs. By taking the raw ingredients and making something completely new, we’re able to compound a drug that does not yet exist in a readymade form. Often chain or big-box pharmacies won’t carry a less popular medication and have no means of concocting it if someone requests it. These pharmacists are only able to dispense manufactured drugs and medications. With our compounding services, we can customize medicines, antibiotics, supplements, and other drugs to your specifications.

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Hello March!

Loyal Order of Moose • Women of the Moose • Moose Legion

THE FAMILY FRATERNITY

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By Cathryn Oginski As some of you may not know, these articles are written for the month ahead. February for March, June for July, December for January, and so on. With that said, I cannot wait for the warmth that should be happening in March to fully melt away all this snow that I see when I look outside my office window. But even with the season about to change and bring warmer and longer days, I dread those two words that bring a shudder to many: SPRING CLEANING! The Community Centre is holding a used book sale at the end of March from the 30th to April 3rd. During this week, many books will be lined up on tables, eagerly waiting for a new owner to take them home. From non-fiction books about health to kids stories for bedtime, we acquire

Community Centre during tax time. For her hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please refer to the calendar posted along with this article. As always, the Community Centre has activities daily that go on year-round. If you are craving some yoga or meditation or wish to sit down and play some bridge or cribbage, the Centre has you covered. If coffee and company are more your thing, come on in to the Maple Room and enjoy freshly brewed coffee and browse our crafts, all made by members of the community and donated to the Community Centre. Please check the calendar on this page for the monthly events that are open to drop-ins. If you have any questions regarding activities, call the

a wide range of topics and titles. All sales are by donation and the money collected goes towards the Community Centre, keeping prices down for room rentals and activities. If you have any books at home that you wish to donate, please bring them into the Community Centre office before Friday March 27th and we will gladly place them in the lineup. If you are like me, you may have that pesky tax deadline hanging over your head with little knowledge about how to maneuver your way through the income tax maze. For people like us, there’s a simple solution: Bring it to Darlene’s Income Tax Service. Darlene has many years behind her working as a tax accountant and this is her third year being stationed in the

North Shore Community Centre 452 – 730 Cottonwood Ave.

(8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday) Kamloops V2B 8M6 | Phone: 250-376-4777 • Fax: 250-376-4792 | E-mail: info@nsccs.ca

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Darlene’s Income Tax24 25 Warren’s Yoga 9:00 am23 Warren’ s Yoga 9: 0 0 am Services 9:00 am Tai Chi 9:00 am Partner Bridge 9:30 am Chair Yoga 10:30 am Chair Yoga 10:30 am Pattern Dancing 10:00 am Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Fitness Fun for Seniors 1:15 pm Weightwatchers 5:00 pm Gentle Nia 6:00 pm Meditation 1:30 pm Zumba 6:15 pm Zumba 6:15 pm Ukulele Circle 1:30 pm

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Golfers Bridge 9:30 am 5 Tina’s AM Ukulele 10:00 am Cribbage 1:00 pm Darlene’s Income Tax 1:30 pm Tina’s Ukulele Group 6:00 pm Dance with Me 6:30 pm Duplicate Bridge 7:00 pm Golfers Bridge 9:30 am 12 Tina’s AM Ukulele 10:00 am Cribbage 1:00 pm Darlene’s Income Tax 1:30 pm Spinners 5:30 pm Tina’s Ukulele Group 6:00 pm Dance with Me 6:30 pm Duplicate Bridge 7:00 pm

office at 250-376-4777 and we will be able to help. Looking into April, the Community Centre will be hosting the first of three evening community dinners planned for 2020. On April 5th, come on out and enjoy a delicious meal with friendly company. The menu will be provided by the Jamaican Kitchen and be a ham themed dinner. Tickets will cost $18 and go on sale starting March 9th at the front desk or office of the Community Centre. Until next month, I bid you all adieu.

MARCH 2020

Calendar of Events FRIDAY

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underbelly of their preferred environments. Another common migrant marking the arrival of spring, by making its exit, is the Bohemian waxwing; often misidentified for similarities in flocking behavior and triangular wing shape with the European Starling. But that is where the similarities end. The Bohemian waxwing is a beautiful bird washed in a grey plumage; their wings dappled with bright splashes of yellow, white and red. A tail elegantly dipped in Yellow, with a peach toned face mask topped by a regal crest off their head. These Splendid birds can be seen descending upon fruit bearing trees in large swarms known as an Ear-full or a Museum. I have seen them clear an entire tree in mere minutes and then as a unified body, take to the skies in search of the next. A favourite is the Mountain Ash. Though they bare no resemblance to each other in any way, the call of the robin and waxwing are similar and flocks of these birds have known to intermingle. If you are looking to attract

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Punxsutawney aside, the most common association to the onset of spring is the American Robin. At the sight of its familiar red chest, yellow beak and spectacled white eye ring, our minds turn to the arrival of warmer days. However, the Varied Thrush is often mistaken for this springtime harbinger. It is easy to confuse the two due too similarities in body, size, and colour. The Varied Thrush are wonderful plump reddish orange residents that spend from March to October plundering the forest floors and filling the early morning with their haunting melodic song. A prominent orange eyebrow and grey chest band are distinguishing markers when looking to identify. They are shy compared to their twin like counterpart the American Robin, and are most often found in the shadows and

spring time birds, larger feeders spread around the outskirts of your yard or near bushes will lure the shyer type like the Thrush and Spotted Towhee. Also creating little mats of leaves and moss sprinkled with seeds and pieces of orange/ apples and even eggshell is a great way to accommodate the ground foragers, and if you’re lucky the odd Gray Catbird; it can be mistaken for young American Robins, the difference is they have a black cap and rusty under belly and tail. The American Goldfinch is a glorious Yellow bird, with a conical bill and black cap, which will start flashing its colours in the warming days and loves to visit feeders filled with Nigerseed or black oil sunflower seeds. If you are out for a hike around Peterson Creek or Gibraltar Rock, look for another Robin look a-like, the Townsend Solitaire. Its sleek grey body, slight rouged wing bars and white eye ring make for great identifiers but it is the solitary, name sake behavior which sets it apart.

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RUBY’S By Rita Joan Dozlaw Chantilly lace, which was named after the fairytale-like town of Chantilly, France entailed the creation of exquisite symmetrical patterns of woven silk. The intricate craft resulted in the most beautiful and delicate lace Ruby had ever seen. In her twenties, she traveled just an hour north of Paris and visited Chantilly, and nearby villages, where the inspiration for the most decorative lace took place. The ornate material of silk was being made in Bayeau France and in Belgium. Designer garments marketed with the embellishment of rich black or white Chantilly lace was expensive, but Ruby enjoyed window shopping and daydreaming of someday owning the decorative fabric. She learned, while in France, that the greatlyesteemed and authentic Chantilly lace was rarely pink. It began as a fine artistry in

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cream-colored silk called ‘Blonde’, then came the more popular mysterious black and puritan-white silk, handmade, bobbin lace. They were the most sought-after designs and colours according to the Chantilly Museum which curious Ruby had toured. Back in Canada, to Ruby’s surprise, a new line of products labeled ‘Chantilly Lace’ was sold at cosmetic counters of department stores. Since she had always had a desire for old-style elegance and charm, she gravitated to the attractive bottles, boxes and fancy atomizers containing the luscious lotions and powder. The look and fragrance of the display titillated her senses and aroused her desire to try the intriguing products. Her very first whiff of the lotion she smoothed onto her hands took her breath away. Even the container with its motif of pink lace around the shapely

shiny bottle said, “Buy me.” When Ruby became engaged to Leonard the product line had grown extensively and she enjoyed the self-indulgence of purchasing various items to pamper and groom herself… especially since her fiancé was attracted to the scent as well. He had even gifted her with a dainty, round box of Chantilly Lace dusting powder which came with a pink puff of satiny lace and soft poufy cotton. The marketing ploy of course was pretty clever. Ruby knew that pinks were not the shades of authentic Chantilly lace, yet the department store carried the fine powder in pink boxes; the lotions and creams in pink bottles and jars, and the perfumes in elegant pink atomizers. She was hooked, though, and adorned her dressing table with the cherished, fragrant and beautifully designed

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products… in the days when you never came across signage which said, ‘Scent-Free Area’. Ruby’s romance with Chantilly Lace products faded when, coming home from the cosmetic department of The Bay one day, she couldn’t wait to get into a new juicylooking jar of hand cream… while she was driving. Preoccupied with trying to pry it open, she swerved right into a ditch and all of a sudden the loose top flew off the jar. The jar fell out of the shopping bag onto the car seat and, eventually, landed upside-down on the floor mat. Luckily, Ruby escaped injury and was okay, but she was not okay with what happened to her delectable cream. It poured out and smeared into the upholstery, dripped onto the mat and leaked into the carpet. The more the young woman tried to wipe it up, the more unsettled her stomach got at the overwhelming smell of it. Pure grease, in texture, it just would not wipe up without leaving its sticky film on everything it had touched. For weeks then months on end, she attempted to rid her car of the sickening scent, but nothing dissipated the nowobnoxious-to-her odor. Needless to say, sensitive Ruby denied herself of the pleasure of her once-

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her to dare use again… and she began to wonder. Who would be as delighted over Chantilly lace as I’ve been? Dorfy was Ruby’s best friend. She had similar taste, and the morning Ruby thought of her friend, she hastened to her favourite boutique and purchased a thick powder puff to top off the box of powder. From the wide assortment of laces in the sewing department of a modern store in the mall, she bought a yard of stunning pink lace and wrapped the ornate powder box in it. The gift needed a card so she considered composing a poem and writing it out. With a natural tendency to go with her intuition as well as her ‘woman’s prerogative’ to change her mind she chose, instead, to write something more fun. A brief line came to her from an old hit song written all those years ago—before her beloved Leonard was in her life—when she and Dorfy were girls with pony tails. Ruby took delight in remembering her youth and ‘Big Bopper’, a rock n’ roll artist back then who sang, with passion, these lyrics: ‘Chantilly lace and a pretty face and a pony tail hangin’ down’!

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favourite indulgence for a very long time… years, in fact but eventually had a change of heart about it and couldn’t resist a lacy pink box of dusting powder. As before, she associated its tantalizing scent with the intrigue she experienced when she toured the castles in France with their foreign intrigue. The whole line of products brought back, for her, the images of stain-glass windows—leading to a chapel inside the luxurious Chateau de Chantilly. The richlycoloured glass depicted Cupid and Psyche! After all, in those younger days, she’d not only been swept up in the romance of the quaint villages and beautiful lace but had fallen in love with Leonard her future husband. Unfortunately, on opening her new box, Ruby realized she’d gotten over her infatuation with the scent because, although it so intoxicated her as a young woman, it rather suffocated her when she got older. Her strong aversion, to the once-sumptuous luxury of pampering herself with sensual opulence, took her by surprise. Her recent purchase of the heavenly powder was too lovely to throw away; too lovely for words; too overwhelmingly scented for

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Warranties and responsibilities

By Gary Miller, Retired Service Advisor

Warranty can be generally defined as an agreement between the owner of a vehicle and the manufacturer: “We, the manufacturer believe strongly in the product that we sell to you. It comes with a guarantee of function for a specified time and/or mileage.” This agreement is subject to “Contract Law.” Most people are of the understanding that it is a “bumper to bumper” protection plan for the vehicle and here is where things get interesting. More often than not, tires are not covered by the vehicle manufacturer—that is usually the responsibility of the tire maker. Some provide “road hazard” which is usually the practice of the luxury lines of vehicles. This is a good question to ask when purchasing, but please remember this: it is not an option or the authority of the dealership to provide a tire warranty. Usually excluding the luxury lines, warranty does not provide a guaranteed service loaner if you have to bring in your vehicle for a warranty repair. If one is made available it is at the courtesy of that service outlet. Some people purchase an extended warranty that covers many more components after the basic warranty has expired. Usually a loaner vehicle can be arranged in advance with its rental costs covered by the extended warranty plan. In the past, I have had to deal with a vehicle component failure shortly after the vehicle is out of warranty so what does

that look like? Once the mileage or time has been exceeded, the contract between the owner and manufacturer has been honoured with further coverage no longer applied. So, does this repair become part of “goodwill” and what are the boundaries of “goodwill”? As the term states, goodwill is usually offered to retain a good service relationship with an owner. That especially can apply to a customer who has performed all of the owner-required services and maintenance at the same repair shop. The service people have to prepare a case petitioning the manufacturer to assist with an out of warranty repair. If a solid service history is available, many a service outlet will help to get some assistance for a customer, it definitely is a positive gesture from the shop to the vehicle owner. It does pay to maintain a good working relationship. Goodwill usually comes in one of four conditions. 1. Manufacturer covers 1/3, customer 1/3 and dealer 1/3 of the repair costs. 2. Manufacturer covers 1/2 and the customer 1/2. 3. Manufacturer provides the parts and the customer pays the labour. 4. Manufacturer covers all, which is the least occurrence. Just to be clear, maintenance does not have to be performed at the sales outlet but, warranty requires that all recommended service functions be performed with records to support that they have been done. The other is, warranty cannot be arbitrarily voided because of lack of service but, if there

is any failure caused by this practice, warranty may not apply because it was not a manufacturer’s defect. In other words if you, for example, fail to perform necessary maintenance, the cost of repair may be on your shoulders. It is your responsibility to follow the provided service guidelines. If you do your part, the vehicle will perform well for a long time and if you don’t, it won’t. The only instance of “Voiding a Warranty” is if the vehicle is a “write-off” as confirmed by ICBC for example or if the tire size is not the original height. The odometer reading is based on the correct tire size, which provides the input information for recording purposes and this is where owner responsibility is very important. A different tire size will affect a part of your contract agreement with the manufacturer as their coverage is based on time and mileage. This change will cause an incorrect odometer calibration resulting in the distance travelled by the vehicle to become inaccurate. Simply stated, check with the manufacturer for their advice on what tires or rims that are applicable for said vehicle if you wish to change them. As previously mentioned this is a contract agreement subject to Contract Law, it is not an insurance policy. Next month’s topic will be a continuation of warranty, campaigns, recalls and CAMVAP (Canadian Automotive Manufacturer’s Vehicle Arbitration Program).

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SPRING INTO ACTION: Prepare now for the 55+BC Games Submitted by Linda Haas The 55+ BC Games take place Sept. 15-19, 2020 in Richmond, B.C with 28 sports/activities to consider. To find out if the event you are interested in requires a playoff, contact the sport event coordinator on the Zone 8 website accessed through 55plusbcgames. org. Try out for more than one, but you can enter only one sport at the Games. If you are not sure what a particular event is about, contact the sport coordinator as soon as possible to determine if a playoff is necessary, and for more information. Go to the website and open the dropdown menu for SPORTS. Rules and technical information are posted for every sport; just click on what sport you want, or cruise them all to see how varied are the 55+ BC Games. Accommodation will fill up quickly in Richmond. Book now, but make sure you can cancel if necessary. We are currently short

Slo Pitch and Bocce sport coordinators. Please help! Sport Coordinator packages will be handed out at the March 19 General Meeting and there will be a special training session following to help with orientation. For general enquiries about Zone 8 activities, please contact our President, Peter Hughes 778-471-1805, zone8pres. peterhughes@shaw.ca Until we can fill the coordinator positions, contact Monty Kilborn, 778-981-0234, zone8dir@55plusbcgames. org for information on registration, etc. Please note since February, there are 3 changes of coordinators: Horseshoes: Neil Larocque, 250-832-3287, larocque. fuzie.neil3@gmail.com; Pickleball: Kathy Nielsen, 778-232-1699, kathyn00@ hotmail.com; and Track & Field: Karl Mey, 250-3149550, karlmey36@gmail. com. Many thanks to our previous coordinators, Jim Mitchie, Ken Purvis and Kathy Brand, and welcome

to our newest. To help keep us operationally afloat, we invite folks of all ages to our fundraising lunch on April 16. The $15 tickets will be available at the March 19 meeting, from members, or contact Linda at 250-5739263 or haaslindatony2@ gmail.com to reserve them. Besides a delicious lunch at the Kamloops Royal Canadian Legion, 425 Lansdowne, there will be a 50/50 draw, bucket auction, and candy guess. This fun event promotes social interaction while supporting Zone 8 seniors and members of the Legion and their activities. The first Zone 8 meeting of 2020 is March 19, 10:00am at the Chief Louis Centre, Tk’emlups Indian Band, on Shuswap Road. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy life more by being active and sharing the fun with Zone 8 members. 2020 can be your year to sparkle!

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Helpful tax advice for seniors

A common misunderstanding Canadians have at tax time is, if you don’t earn much money and don’t usually owe any tax, it’s not important to file by the deadline of April 30. This is incorrect, and it’s especially important for seniors to file their taxes on time for one key reason: Your tax filing tells the government what your income has been for the last year and that income defines your eligibility for the

guaranteed income supplement (GIS). In short: If you don’t file your taxes on time, you will be cut off your GIS once July rolls around. GIS is an important financial top-up to the monthly old-age security pension (OAS) for lowincome seniors. If your earnings (not including OAS) are less than $18,600 a year for a single, or less than $24,576 a year for a couple aged 65 or over, you may be eligible for GIS.

So make sure you get your taxes filed on time to ensure your eligibility for GIS continues. The same goes for GST credits, whether you are a senior or not. If you have not received your T-slips in the mail by March 6 for your various government pensions, including OAS, GIS and CPP, call Service Canada at 1-800-277-9914 to request the pertinent figures so you can complete your taxes, and/or that

duplicate copies be mailed out. Another note pertaining to GIS is how marrying or living common-law with someone can impact one’s eligibility. GIS is paid based on household income, so if your annual earnings as a couple are higher than the $24,576 noted above, you will no longer be eligible for GIS. It’s essential to inform Service Canada of your marital change asap – don’t just wait until

you’ve filed your taxes for the year -- because otherwise, you might end up continuing to get paid your single rate when in fact, you are no longer eligible and you’ll end up owing the government money back. My office is always available to help people out if they have issues they have not been able to resolve themselves about any federal government program. In Kamloops, call 250-851-4991.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Fiddlers Dance, March 7, 7:30 - 10 p.m. Brock Activity Centre, 9A-1800 Tranquille Rd.Tickets are $6 for members or $10 for non-members, available at the door. For more information, call 250-376-2330. Canadian Master Class Fiddle Concert to be held on Tuesday, March 10 at The North Shore Community Centre. 730 Cottonwood Drive. Two well-known fiddle Champions, Gordon Stobbe and JJ Guy will be will be performing. 2 – 4 p.m. Tickets: Members $15 each. Non-members $20 each. Tickets available at the door or email: Kamloopsoldtimefiddlers@gmail. com or call 250-574-0063. Chamber Musicians of Kamloops’ 19/20 concert series is Guitar +3, taking place on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Kamloops United Church. Featuring Alan Rinehart, guitar; Sandra Wilmot, violin; Ashley Kroecher, viola; and Martin Krátky, cello. Tickets: $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. Municipal Pension Retirees Association meetings will be March 17, June 16, Sept 15 and Nov 17 at 9:30 a.m. Brock Activity Center. Join us to talk to other retirees, meet former co-workers and have a voice about your MPP Pension. FMI: call Jean at 250-374-1191.

Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale 444 Seymour St. Starts Sat., March 21 and ends on Sun., April 5. Includes donations of gently used books, sheet music, vinyl records, DVDs, and CDs. Most items will be available for only $2. Volunteers will be accepting donations at the loading dock on the West side of the building starting Wed., March 18 until March 28. We will not accept dirty/tattered books, magazines, Readers Digest, encyclopedias, textbooks, VHS, or cassette tapes. Barnhartvale Coffee House March 21. Feature Act: Huckleberry Jam, 4 piece group from the North Shuswap and Kamloops, “Open Mic” for local musicians and small groups. Open Mic sign up at the side door @ 6:15 pm. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Admission: $5. Free for open mic performers & children under 12. barnhartvalecoffeehouse.com. “How to get tackle those annoying invasive weeds” will be the topic for our guest speaker at the Kamloops Garden Club meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday March 25 at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. (Riverside Park). All gardeners and wanna-be gardeners welcome. Easter Breads & Perogy Sale. Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, 109 Tranquille Rd. Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. While quantities last. Sponsored by the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League.

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Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Morgan R. Elander as a partner of the firm! Originally from Edmonton, Morgan joined our firm as an articling student in 2013 after time living in Japan and Vancouver. Under the diligent mentorship of Candace Cates, Elmer Epp, and Michael Fulton, Morgan has developed into a highly reputable solicitor, assisting clients with all manner of estate planning, real estate transactions, probate, and business and corporate law matters. Outside of the office, Morgan is an active member of the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association and the Morgan R. Elander Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club, volunteering for numerous events including Ribfest, the Santa Clause Parade, and the Food Bank Food Drive. Morgan and his family have set down permanent roots in Kamloops and look forward to growing with our firm over the coming years.

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Full Moons & Red Rubber Balls

Colouring outside the lines REV. LEANN BLACKERT Wild Church

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Max, a magnificent Chesapeake Bay Retriever, greets us—his indestructible red rubber ball in his mouth. He deposits the ball between my legs and stands back, waiting for me to throw it, which I do. He runs hard after it and returns. The cycle repeats over and over again. Max is the dog world’s answer to the energizer bunny and truly lives up to his breed. He will retrieve the ball for hours, running it down, bringing it back and dropping it once again at your feet. He chases the ball most of the two hours we are gathered outside the home of his people.

We have gathered for a Wild Church pilgrimage – snowshoeing high in the hills of the Okanagan. It is the eve of a super full moon. Full moons invite us to release that which no longer serves us in a positive way so that we might be open to that which makes us more fully who we are meant to be. Our intention for our trek to seek that within our lives what needs to be released. We encourage our “pilgrims” to return to the fire pit with something from the natural world to signify this release, taking care to not do any harm in choosing the item. After our pilgrimage, we gather in a circle around the fire, toasting marshmallows, making s’mores and sipping hot chocolate. As we share our gratitude for the hospitality of Max’s people and of the land we have walked, Max continues the great ball chase adventure, pausing now and then to scoop up any goodies from the food table that end up on the ground. I am the last to add my voice to the circle

conversation, dropping my dead, dried plant covered in seed pods into the fire, explaining the significance of this symbol of what needs to be released. As I finish my thoughts, Max drops the red rubber ball into my lap. I pick it up and throw it as far as I can and off he races one more time. “Max is really getting into this releasing thing,” someone says, and everyone laughs. “Max is a great metaphor for life! How many times do we release something that we know needs to go only to chase it down and set it right back down at our feet?” In the book of Ecclesiastes, we read: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to keep and a time to throw away. The next full moon happens on March 9th. It’s the Full Worm Moon because it marks the time when the soil thaws enough that the worms begin their work and the early birds, the robins, show up. Some call it the Full Sap Moon because it

also marks the time when the sap in the sugar maples starts running again. Both are signs of new life emerging from the deep freeze of winter. As that next full moon looms on the horizon ask yourself what needs releasing from your own life that something new might emerge. Might be time to do a little spring housecleaning, literally and figuratively. And if you find yourself, like Max, chasing down what you’ve released and dragging it back home again, well, there will be another full moon in 28 days. Stay wild! 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 return of worms and robins and howls at full moons. 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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The invitation is out for everyone - men, women and children of all ages - to join the 2020 World Day of Prayer as we celebrate the theme: Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk. Zimbabwe, one of the more southern countries in Africa, has prepared the service this year. We are encouraged to reflect on the challenges this republic has encountered during independence steps over the last sixty years. The writing team has shared the injustice obstacles that the women of Zimbabwe have met, and the hopes they have for the future. These experiences unite us all in prayer and solidarity. World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church event that began 98 years ago bridging social, geographic and political barriers in over 170 countries. The weekend of prayer begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world—through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Together we pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action. The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees and organizations in each participating country. In

restore hope to women and children touched by injustice. The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) invites you, your friends and family to join a service in over 1,150 Canadian communities on or near Friday March 6, 2020.

Canada, the World Day of Prayer (WDP) is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC), one of the original founders of this prayer movement. Offerings received through the World Day of Prayer transform our prayers into action in the form of project grants empowering women and children in our own country and throughout the world. All regions share in the grants, with consideration given to greatest need. Through WDP offerings, WICC has distributed over 2.5 million dollars in the past 35 years. The vision is to

Two Locations in Kamloops World Day of Prayer services will be held at 2 Locations in Kamloops 1:00 pm St. Andres Presbyterian Church 1136 6th Avenue 7:00 pm Our Lady Of Perpetual Help 635 Tranquille Road

For more information on the World Day of Prayer service(s) in Kamloops community, please contact: South Person: Berna (250) 554-7302 North Person: Regena (250) 371-1004 To learn more about WICC, please go to wicc.org or call 416.929.5184 or email wicc@wicc.org. Mailing address: 47 Queen’s Park Cres E., Toronto, ON M5S 2C3


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THE GRAY GENDER GAP:

Older women are likelier to go it alone

The inside story WENDY WESEEN

In the last two years after a monumental mystical trip to Africa, my body said enough already. Within a year I acquired arthritis in both hips and became significantly disabled with pain and mobility

challenges, using a walker fulltime. Ironic really because 20 years of my professional life was spent working with people with disabilities. I knew it all in my head but it didn’t reach my heart. Suddenly the reality of ‘others’ became mine. ‘I wish I’d known that way back then.’ It is very humbling. It’s 14 years since I became a woman alone. At the time I heard about an “abandonment syndrome,” a sharp increase in marriage breakdown after the age of 60. The divorce rate doubled 50 percent after 1990. For me getting tires changed, opening pickle jars, and compiling a tool kit for my kitchen became

priorities. And to be blunt, not having comforting hugs when things went sideways was a major loss. Women live longer and marry men older than themselves, so are more likely to be alone in old age. Older men are more likely to be married than older women. About 75 percent of men aged 65-74 are married compared with 58 percent of women in that age group. Surprisingly, the proportion of men who are married at 75-84 doesn’t decline; among women it drops to 42 percent. Even among men over 85 nearly 60 percent are married, by that point only 17 percent of women are. These differences have significant

Part I: What exactly happens during the ‘Arrangement Process’?

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Hopefully Alice gets some rest before meeting with us to make arrangements for Murray. Some people want to meet right after Murray dies and we honour that request, but they are usually exhausted. Besides, it won’t speed up Murray’s cremation* if we meet right away; British Columbia law says that cremation cannot take place until at least 48 hours after Murray’s death. (*Over 90% of British Columbians want to be cremated these days.) When we meet to make arrangements (either at Drake’s, or at Alice’s, or wherever Alice prefers to meet) there are two basic parts to the process: 1. Gather Murray’s vital statistics so we can produce the death certificate(s). 2. Find out exactly what Murray’s (and Alice’s) wishes might be. Here are the Vital Statistics questions we ask Alice*:

1. Murray’s legal name and address at time of his death. 2. Murray’s date and place of birth (verified if at all possible by his birth certificate). 3. His personal health number. 4. His social insurance number. 5. His marital status and Alice’s (or previous Alice’s) full name (including maiden name). 6. Murray’s occupation (pre-retirement if applicable). 7. Murray’s parents’ names and birth places, including his mother’s maiden name. (*NOTE: It is very important for Alice to have accurate answers to most of these questions. You don’t want to send Vital Statistics the wrong social insurance number or birthdate, for example. Other questions (e.g. Murray’s parents’ names/birth places) are not quite as vital to Vital. But here’s my appeal to all the Murrays out there: Save Alice a lot of stress! Take five minutes to fill out Drake’s Easy as 1-2-3 Planning Sheet. Keep a copy and drop one off at Drake’s. When your time comes (perhaps when you least expect it) we’ll simply pull your form out of the file drawer. What a gift that will be for Alice. You can download the 1-2-3 online at DrakeCremation.com, or come by and pick one up.

repercussions in housing, financial burdens and difficulties, health care and social isolation. Women take more of a hit financially after widowhood and divorce. About 8 percent of married older adults are poor or near poor. Among unmarried men, the percentage rises to 20 percent but for women it rises to 27 percent. Divorce and widowhood and consequent economic hardship are terrible for your heath especially for men who depend heavily on women to keep them healthy. Women fill nursing homes not only because they are ailing and need care but because they are more apt to be single. If a

woman needs help with her care she knows there is no one at home to do what most women do for their husbands. If this picture seems entirely bleak, social scientists also show older women often blossom when becoming single once they have weathered the grief. They often ask the question “who am I now that I’m no longer part of a couple.” Women have strong social ties and tend to be close to their adult children. Friendships, book clubs, and coffee and lunch visits pay off. There’s been huge shifts in health care, in beliefs about what constitutes family and increases in

health care for profit. I’m realistic about some day needing help with my care and daily living skills. I already do. I’ve talked to my kids about it and I don’t want them to drop their diverse lives and location to care for me. I taught them to fly. It would be like cutting their wings. On the other hand, moving to where they are would add hardships for me not the least of which would be giving up a life I created when I choose to live as a single person in a fiercely couple oriented world. I’ve given my grown up children permission to find me a place of care and that’s what I want them to do.

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Retirement used to be considered an ending but now many see it as a beginning, a time to build new relationships, to learn new things and take on new challenges. There is a simple and inexpensive way to do so right here in Kamloops—come and play Bridge at one of our clubs. You’ll meet new people and provide yourself with the mental challenge needed to keep your brain working at its best. Most members of our clubs form meaningful, lasting bonds. It’s not always about cards either. Bridge partners frequently socialize outside the games. They share their sons’ and daughters’ triumphs and via photos watch the grandchildren grow. How do you forge new friendships with people from different backgrounds? It’s easy, come to one of our clubs and play Bridge. While there is no better activity than bridge for keeping the mind healthy and engaged, it doesn’t matter if competition isn’t your thing. Our players aren’t going to judge you on your bridge skills. They play because they enjoy the game and they will do their best to see that you enjoy it as well. Between the two clubs, there are games 3 afternoons and 3 evenings every week. Smaller games typically have 24 players, larger games 100+. You are welcome to come and watch at any time. For more information, see the club websites: kamloopsduplicatebridgeclub.ca or kamloopsdaytimeduplicatebridge.com

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The Kamloops Parkinson Awareness Group meets the 3rd Wednesday of most months at Desert Gardens (540 Seymour St) at 1 p.m. We do not meet in December, July or August. Meetings are open to anyone suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, care partners or people with an interest in the disease. For more information, call Rendy at (250) 374-0798.

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bike rides, snowshoeing, X-country skiing & other social get-togethers proposed by members. Our themed potlucks are in September, December and March. Meetings followed by a social are every other month at 7pm at the Oddfellows Hall, 423 Tranquille Rd. We welcome new friends to join us. FMI, check our website: www. kamloopssocialclub.com. or call Bonnie at 250-319-8510.

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The Kamloops Ostomy Support Group meets the 1st Tuesday of most months from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. This is a group for ostomates and their support persons. Enhance your quality of life through interaction with others who live with an ostomy. FMI: Edie at 250-819-0945.

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Kamloops Family History Society meetings take place at Heritage House in Riverside Park on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. (September to May, except December) coffee and pastry will be available. For further information contact Connie at 250-852-3218.   Kamloops Social Club provides activities & get-togethers for members to socialize, have fun and make new friends. Our monthly dances are open to the public. Other activities for members include potlucks, appie nights at various pubs, dining out, hiking, easy-terrain

According to the Canadian Organ Replacement Register, there were 40,289 Canadians (excluding Quebec) living with end-stage kidney disease at the end of 2018, an increase of 35 per cent since 2009. If you are someone who has been impacted by kidney disease, the Kamloops Kidney Support Group is here for you. We meet on the second Wednesday (10 a.m.) and the second Saturday (9 a.m.) of every month at Chances (Barside Lounge and Grill), 1250 Halston Ave. There isn’t anything formal about KKSG. We have breakfast and talk about life and kidneys. You won’t get any medical advice, but we will share our experiences and offer our support, whether you are pre-dialysis or on dialysis, a kidney donor or a recipient, a family member, or anything in between. FMI, call Edna Humphreys at 250376-6361 or Dorothy Drinnan at 250-573-2988. Kamloops Floor Curlers meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Heritage House, top floor, Riverside Park. New members always

welcome. Free parking for members. No special equipment needed. New teams are drawn each day. There are two games and coffee each day. The group runs all year. Call Kay at 250376-0917, Kay at 250-8280819 or Liz at 250-372-5493. Kamloops Street Rod Association meets: Dec 4 - A&W Valleyview, Dec 11 - A&W Northshore, Dec 18 - A&W Valleyview. FMI call Rae at 250-374-5251 or Brian at 250-851-0586. Excelsior Rebekah Lodge No.23: General meeting second Tuesday of every month 7:30 p.m. Regular meeting fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. 423 Tranquille Rd. Multiple Myeloma Support Group for Kamloops and Region. Meetings will be scheduled at the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre once an agenda is in place for a meeting and/or a speaker have been arranged. If you are interested, please contact one of the following people and provide us with your email address (or phone number) and we will notify you of future meetings. Bob T.: ridgerunner@ telus.net 250-376-3292; Anne E. akevenrude@ shaw.ca 250-372-8077; Bob H. rhamaguchi@shaw.ca 250-374-6754. The Afternoon Auxiliary to RIH Thrift Seller is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 146 Victoria St. We welcome you to come shop, donate or volunteer.


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www.connectornews.ca Alzheimer Caregiver and Early Support Stage groups meets the second Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 405, 235 – 1st Ave. For more information please contact Tara Hildebrand, support and education coordinator Alzheimer Society of B.C. at 250-377-8200. Army Navy & Airforce Veterans in Canada - Unit 290. ANAVETS by the river is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and the community. We are located at #9-177 Tranquille Rd. Contact info: 250-554-2455 anavets290. ca. The club is open 7 days a week. On Wednesdays fun darts starts at 1 p.m. and welcomes everyone. We have our karaoke on Friday nights at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday meat draws at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Council of Canadians meets at 5.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 - 7th Ave. Please join us. Call Anita or Dalton at 250-377-0055 or 250-3770055. You can also visit kamloopscanadians.ca. Tuesday afternoon cribbage takes place at 1:30 p.m. at McArthur Park Lawn Bowling clubhouse, next to Norbrock Stadium. Come for crib, coffee & good company. Free parking. Call 250-5790228, 250-579-8259 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, #1021121-12th 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 250-3723020. 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.

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 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 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. 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 250-372-3965. 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

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 self-publishing, 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

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 250 579-5775 or Ken at 778 470-4402 Kamloops Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada meets at 7:30 p.m. on the

fourth Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Hal Rogers Center, 2025 Summit Drive. Contact number 250 320-3038. Anyone with an interest in vintage vehicles is welcome to attend. The Connector would like to feature your group! Please send a photo and a short write up describing the activities of your group to editor@connectornews.ca. Submissions will be published as space permits. Changes to your regular listing should also be emailed to editor@ connectornews.ca and again, listings are published space permitting. If your listing doesn’t appear one month we will do our best to cycle it back in the next.

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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: 250-372-0468 Bernice or 250-377-8364 Joyce. Diabetes Support: There are two support groups in Kamloops. RiverBend (760 Mayfair St), last Tuesday/ mo., ph: 778-470-8316 for details; and, Hamlets (3255 Overlander Dr.), first Monday/mo. (except July & Aug.), ph: 250-579-5707 for details. Open to all and features monthly speakers.

are welcome. The hall is also available for gatherings, meetings, etc. For any inquiries please call 250-3122584 or 250-573-4632.

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