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A Special Supplement to the Northeast News • Volume 4, No. 1 • November 21, 2013

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Page 2 • The North Pole News • A Special Supplement • November 21, 2013 Photo Credit Jill Earl The Dawson Creek Art Gallery has transformed into a cozy winter wonderland for the holidays.

Photo Credit Jill Earl The Dawson Creek Art Gallery has a handful of Christmas trees decorated for the holidays, including one that nearly reaches the second level of the grain elevator.

Photo Credit Jill Earl The Potluck singers performed Christmas songs during the D.C. Art GAllery’s Christmas Membership Exhibit and sale, Nov. 16.

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Holidays hit Dawson Creek Art Gallery JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca DAWSON CREEK - Just as the Peace Region has turned into a winter wonderland over the last week, the Dawson Creek Art Gallery has also transformed for the holiday season. The gallery hosted their annual Christmas Membership Exhibit and Sale, Nov. 16, combining an exhibit opening with the sale of works from local craftspeople. This year’s vendors included Earth Colours, Soliloquy Ceramics, Luv O’ Kins, JLee Leather and Horse Hair Art, Buttery Bites,

and Shushwap Strings. “We have a lot of wonderful homemade craftsmen in this area,” said Alana Hall, of the D.C. Art Gallery. She said that often the gallery is missed while shoppers are headed out to purchase holiday gifts. The gallery’s gift shop is usually well-stocked with jewelry, pottery, woodwork, knitwear, leatherwork, metalwork, maple products, art prints and much more. “People do forget us sadly, and sadly I hear at least once every two weeks the comment, ‘I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve never been in here before’, and that’s

so unfortunate...I think it’s a little out of the way, but when you get in here it’s a treat,” Hall said. Regular contributors to the gallery’s gift shop have expanded their collections to provide more unique options. “Lots of our local crafts people have brought in stuff specifically for this show, and it has a whole new fresh look. The great thing about homemade stuff is that it’s one of a kind. Even if they made it again, it’s always going to be a little bit different,” said Hall. While attendees perused the crafts, they also enjoyed the 93 pieces submitted by

South Peace Art Society members. Hall said the pieces include a variety of mediums: drawings, spray paint, acrylic, quilts, and steel work. “It’s quite pretty,” she said. Children had the opportunity to partake in making Christmas ornaments and decorations, to take home or add to the gallery’s Christmas tree. Attendees also enjoyed apple cider, treats, and Christmas carols sung by the Potluck singers. The show will be on exhibit until Dec. 31.

Photo Credit Jill Earl Residents got a look at the unique works made by local craftspeople, perfect gifts for the holiday season.

Photo Credit Jill Earl The Art Gallery got creative with decorating trees, and making their own. This one is made out of balls of yarn.

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Enjoy an eco-friendly holiday season When it comes to colors, red and green are synonymous with the holiday season. The green of Christmas trees and the red of Santa Claus become more and more prevalent once the holiday season begins. But this holiday season more and more people are involving green in their holiday season in an entirely different way than the norm. That’s because more people are going green this holiday season, choosing to make their holiday as eco-friendly as possible. Those looking to make

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Film classics to rev up holiday spirit Families often have their own unique traditions when it comes to the holidays. Lately, families have begun to include films in many of those traditions. That’s thanks largely to the array of classic holiday films that have consistently put people in the holiday mood. Families reuniting for the holidays this year have a host of films from which to choose to enjoy a night in and a bucket of popcorn. When heading to visit family and friends, consider bringing one of the following as a gift to make a memorable night with loved ones. * “NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION” (1989) -- Led by an all-star cast including Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, the Griswold family Christmas should be merry, but naturally turns into a hilarious disaster. Look for appearances by “Seinfeld” veteran Julia Louis-Dreyfus and legendary comedienne Doris Roberts in supporting roles. * “A CHRISTMAS STORY” (1983) --Growing up in 1940s

America, young Ralphie has his heart set on a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, but it seems like Mom, teacher and even Santa are certain he’ll “shoot his eye out” with such a gift. Will Ralphie find his heart’s desire under the tree? Watch to find out. * “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” (1946) -- When distraught George Baily (Jimmy Stewart) meets a compassionate angel, he learns what life would have been like if he’d never existed. Holiday magic wins out in the end. * “MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET” (1947) -- Another classic that can’t be missed! When a man claiming to be Santa Claus is deemed insane, a young lawyer and a headstrong young girl come to his rescue. * “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” (1951) -- Yet another movie that has spawned a series of

more recent remakes. This one stars Alastair Sim as Mr. Scrooge, a bitter, miserly man who doesn’t give a bah humbug about the holiday season. But will a haunting by three ghosts change his mind and ill will? * “A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS” (1965) -- Charlie Brown is depressed and can’t find the Christmas spirit. When he is put in charge of the school’s holiday pageant and comes in with a meager Christmas tree, the schoolkids ultimately learn about the true meaning of Christmas.

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Music That Moves You and Best Decked contest not happening this year FORT ST. JOHN - After supper this space in the Sally Anne turns to a shelter that fits 25 cots. While they provide low-barrier shelters year round, from now until the end of March, the Sally Anne will receive funding support from BC Housing.

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there is a Communities in Bloom program led totally by volunteers.” A decline in participation is what pushed the City to phase out its participation in the Communities in Bloom programs, said O’Donnell. “It seemed like it was moving in a direction that the volunteers that were involved were ready to take the lead.” Chair of the committee Karen Mason-Bennett said this year they will not have any holiday events, until High On Ice arrives. They are putting together a food

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Holiday party planning includes a safe driving strategy For better or worse, the consumption of alcoholic beverages is routine at holiday celebrations across the country. Unfortunately, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that about 1,200 lives are lost each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s due to drinking and driving. If you are hosting a holiday celebration, there are steps you can take to ensure your guests don’t become a holiday statistic.

Plan Ahead When planning your party, it’s safe to assume that there will be guests who should not be driving home. Many communities have “Sober Ride” programs during the holidays. These programs provide free cab rides or make arrangements to have designated drivers available. You can also request that guests who plan on drinking make arrangements for a ride beforehand or that they surrender their car keys upon arrival and return them only to a sober driver.

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limits so you can be sure your guests stay within theirs. * Close the bar 90 minutes before the party ends and serve a dessert with coffee. * Remember that only time can sober someone who has been drinking. Friends Don’t Let Friends ... Ever! If you think one or more of your guests are drinking too much, here are some suggestions to help them out: * Engage them in conversation to slow down their drinking. * Offer to make their next drink and use less alcohol. * Offer high protein food. * Don’t be afraid to insist they slow down, stop or switch to a non-alcoholic beverage. No matter what, if guests have been drinking too much, don’t let them drive. And if you’re not sure, always err on the side of caution and arrange a ride or a safe place to sleep it off.

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How to give responsibly The spirit of giving can be a wonderful thing to embrace and can help people to feel good about helping others. While most charities are legitimate entities, there are others that prey on the generosity of others. Some donors might be surprised to learn their donations are not always going to a worthy cause. Men and women can easily be overwhelmed by charity solicitations at certain times of the year and not know how to differentiate worthy charities from the ones that may not be legitimate. Donors should employ responsible giving by researching charities and ensuring their money is well spent on those truly in need. * Don’t give on a whim. Impulse giving can be irresponsible, as such donations might not be going to help those in need. In addition, when giving impulsively, donors may unknowingly be offering money to scammers preying on the well-intentioned. Research a charity before making any donations, carefully examining its targeted goals and how your donation is likely to be spent. * Do not give over the telephone. Telemarketing campaigns to solicit donations are not necessarily dishonest, but prospective donors should never give their personal information over the phone. If a telemarketer’s pitch impresses you, politely request that information be mailed to your home or ask for the charity’s Web site address and learn more about the charity there. Giving personal information over the phone is risky, as potential donors may not know if the person they’re speaking with is truly a representative of a charity or a criminal attempting to steal their identities. Even if the telemarketer is legitimate, chances are he or she works for a telemarketing firm hired by the charity, so some of your donation will be going to pay the telemarketer even if you want the entirety of your donation to go to the charity itself. Making a direct donation through the company’s Web site or sending a check directly to the charity eliminates

the middle person, ensuring more ofyour money is going toward the cause you want to support. * Examine a charity’s financial records. Reputable charities should have no problem sharing their financial information with prospective donors, who should not hesitate to ask for these records. When examining a charity’s finances, make sure it is devoting at least 75 percent of its budget to its programs and services, avoiding charities that are spending too much money on administrative services and fundraising. All charities will need to reserve funds for administrative services, fundraising efforts and additional operating costs, but those costs should not exceed 25 percent of the organization’s budget. * Don’t be afraid to concentrate your giving. Many charities support many worthy causes, and it can be hard for well-intentioned donors to decide which charity is most deserving of their donations. But spreading smaller donations around several charities can make it difficult for those charities to make the most of your gift. More money will be spent processing each donation, reducing the potential impact of each gift along the way. Once you have discovered and fully vetted a charity in which you feel confident, don’t be afraid to make that charity the lone recipient of your charitable donations. * Give in the off-season. Many charities receive the bulk of their donations during the holiday season, when the spirit of giving and potential tax deductions compel many men and women to make their donations. But charities need just as much money to operate throughout the rest of the year as they do come the holiday season. If money is tight during the holiday season, don’t hesitate to give during the off-season. Your donation will be just as valued in July as in December, and you won’t be forced to make room for charitable donations in your holiday budget.

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MultiͲResidential(RM2) DevelopmentLand  CALLRONFOR MOREINFORMATION! Orvisitwww.NEBCRealty.com



TwoStoryCommercialSpace Over1600sffor$1,334/month plustriplenetandGST ASKABOUTTHENOVEMBERSPECIAL 

TWOBUILDINGSOFFALASKA HIGHWAYWITHOVER10,000sf leasablespace Asking$8.00sfplustriplenetandGST 2,560sf building with drive thru bay and office space AVAILABLE NOW! Asking $16.00sf +NNN +GST MLS#s N4505920, N4506059, N4506168

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