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CREAM OF THE CROP/CONTRIBUTORS: Shannon Butler, Jon Waplington, Randelle Lusk, Kathy Walker, Charles & Esther Steiner, Kelsey Jane, Christy JordanFenton, Russell Eggleston, Pam Clemen, Sue Popesku, Danielle Yeoman, Amy Te Bulte, Joanne MacDonald, Tim Parkinson, Dave Tolley, Mark Bodner, Asia White, Samara Giesbrecht, NENAS. INTERPROVINCIAL HARVESTER/ADS: Dave Tolley DESIGNED IN 35 DEGREE MANITOBA HEAT BY: Mark Bodner, Image Build | FARMER WITH A DELL/PUBLISHER: Russell Eggleston | phone you can leave a message on (seriously, you will have to leave a message, better yet...text him): 250 261 8002


Events List


Guest Editorial


Canada Day Done the FSJ’EH Way


Adventures with Words


Gong with the Wind


Tales of Triumph to Tell


Where Fresh Ideas Are Grown


Venue Map


Plants for the Future


Church and the Arts


Music Capital Celebration


365: Thank You, Thank You....


Stage North 2011/12 Season




Transition Planning on Track


Hospital Cycling Team Digs Deep


Paddle For The Peace Umbrellafest

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Sat Aug 06 - 8:00 PM | Jesse Dee and Jacquie B at JD Fitzgeralds | JD Fitzgeralds

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Tue Aug 09 - 7:00 PM | Spread the Word Open Mic for Poets and Writers | Retro Relics

AUGUST & EVERTHING AFTER Every Monday 7:00 PM Open Mic Remedies Lounge First Tuesday of every month 7:00 PM Strawberry Jam Lido Theatre Every Tuesday 8:00 PM Amateur Comedy Remedies Lounge Every Wednesday 8:30 PM Open Mic Egan’s Pub Every Thursday 7:30 PM Open Mic Century Bar & Grill Stonebridge Hotel

Sat Aug 06 - 8:00 PM | Chaotic Justice at Remedies Lounge | Remedies Lounge

Wed Aug 10 - | Summer Art Camp at Peace Gallery North | Peace Gallery North Wed Aug 10 - 9:00 AM | “Northern Lights Cabin” Painting Class | 12772 - 269 Road

Sat Sep 03 - 8:00 PM | Godsmack at the Encana Events Centre | the Encana Events Centre Thu Sep 08 - 6:00 PM | FSJ Association for Community Living AGM and Awards Gala | Fri Sep 09 - 5:30 PM | Open Auditions for Stage North Play Season | North Peace Cultural Centre Sat Sep 10 - | Stage North Season Launch and BBQ |

Thu Aug 11 - 6:00 PM | “Green Valley” Traditional Oil Painting Class | 12772 - 269 Road

Sat Sep 10 - 12:00 PM | Open Auditions for Stage North Play Season | North Peace Cultural Centre

Fri Aug 12 - 8:00 PM | Steve Brockley at Egan’s Pub | Egan’s Pub

Tue Sep 13 - 7:00 PM | Spread the Word Open Mic for Poets and Writers | Retro Relics

Fri Aug 12 - 8:00 PM | Concert in the Gallery with Kristy Howes | Dawson Creek Art Gallery

Tue Sep 13 - 7:00 PM | Red Green’s Wit & Wisdom Tour | Unchagah Hall, Dawson Creek

Fri Aug 12 - 8:00 PM | Falling Down The Well: A Show by Steven Andrews | On The Rocks

Wed Sep 14 - 7:00 PM | Arts Council Annual General Meeting | Artspost

Sat Aug 13 - 9:00 AM | “Green Valley” Traditional Oil Painting Class | 12772 - 269 Road Sat Aug 13 - 2:00 PM | Fort St John Zombie Walk 2011 |

Thu Sep 15 - 6:00 PM | Patch Java All Ages Open Mic | Patch Java Wed Sep 21 - 7:00 PM | Arts Council Adjudication of Grants Meeting | Artspost

Sat Aug 13 - 3:00 PM | Aurora Gory-alis Roller Derby Bout |

Fri Sep 23 - | Spinners and Weavers Workshop “Journaling for Textiles” by Barb Daley | Pearkes Centre, Hudson Hope

Third Thursday of every month 6:00 PM All Ages Open Mic Patch Java

Sat Aug 13 - 8:00 PM | Falling Down The Well: A Show by Steven Andrews | On The Rocks

Sat Sep 24 - | Spinners and Weavers Workshop “Journaling for Textiles” by Barb Daley | Pearkes Centre, Hudson Hope

Every Friday 8:00 PM Karaoke Remedies Lounge

Tue Aug 16 - 9:00 AM | “Palms in the Breeze” Children’s Oil Painting Class | 12772 - 269 Road, Fort St. John

Sat Sep 24 - | Quilters Workshop with Diane Jensen | North Peace Cultural Centre

Every Sunday 3:00 PM Drumming in the Park Centennial Park

Thu Aug 18 - 6:00 PM | Stage North Annual General Meeting and BBQ | Old Fort Motors Building

Every Tuesday Drumming at North Peace Cultural Centre North Peace Cultural Centre

Thu Aug 18 - 6:00 PM | Patch Java All Ages Open Mic | Patch Java


Thu Aug 04 - 8:00 PM | Sean Ashby at Whole Wheat and Honey | Whole Wheat and Honey Fri Aug 05 - 9:00 AM | “Mountain Waterfall” Beginner Oil Painting Class | 12772 - 269 Road

Fri Aug 19 - | North Pine Fall Fair | Fri Aug 19 - 9:00 AM | “Lakeview” Beginner Oil Painting Class | 12772 - 269 Road Sat Aug 20 - 9:00 AM | Adult Beginner Watercolor Class | 12772 - 269 Road

Fri Aug 05 - 1:00 PM | FSJ North Peace Museum’s Summer Festival |

Sat Aug 20 - 9:00 PM | Mix-Down-Mash-Up at On The Rocks | On The Rocks

Fri Aug 05 - 7:00 PM | “Old Country” Concert | The Legion

Mon Aug 22 - | Stage North Summer Works Theatre School | North Peace Cultural Centre

Fri Aug 05 - 8:00 PM | Jesse Dee and Jacquie B at JD Fitzgeralds | JD Fitzgeralds

Sat Aug 27 - 3:00 PM | North Peace Horticultural Society Flower Show and Exhibition | The North Peace Cultural Centre

Sat Aug 06 - 9:00 AM | Animal Painting Class | 12772 - 269 Road Sat Aug 06 - 9:00 AM | Farmer’s Market Harvest Fest | North Peace Rec Centre


Sun Aug 28 - 11:00 AM | North Peace Horticultural Society Flower Show and Exhibition | The North Peace Cultural Centre

Event times and dates are subject to change at any point, check with venue to ensure accuracy of information. For the most current list of things going on, please visit the Events Calendar online: While we’d like to fit everything in here, events are published on a first come basis, space permitting. Get your stuff on the website calendar first, and we’ll try to make darn sure it gets in here!



OPEN MIC A-CHORDING TO JON... guest editorial jon waplington

Imagine yourself in a northern BC town you’ve never visited before. Sent there on a weeklong business trip with a colleague, who mysteriously gets food poisoning so you get sent off, alone… Sitting in your hotel room with time on your hands, you realize that you haven’t played an open mic night in a few months, but it’s been in the back of your mind for a while now… get out again and find the adrenaline that only playing live can produce. You miss having your guitar to strum. The jarring American reality television shows on offer (Repo Games anyone?!?) only make the honest music of playing at home seem further away. Even the guitar picks that normally litter your pockets haven’t made this trip. The next day while getting breakfast at a coffee shop you are drawn to a local magazine. It seems to have some interesting stories and best of all, it’s about the arts, something you’ve been thinking about lately. At the office, a colleague approaches you saying, “I’ve heard that you’re a musician. Are you coming out tomorrow night to open mic at Egan’s Pub?”


“Oh, gosh, I don’t have my guitar with me,” you blurt out (as if guitars were some rare, hard to find instrument). “No problem… you can borrow a guitar from our friend. He’ll make sure you’ve got whatever you need in order to play.” Without realizing it, you’ve entered… the Northern Groove Zone. I went to Egan’s on a stormy Wednesday night last month and entered the building not knowing exactly what to expect. A few hours later, I left with a deep appreciation for the strong, supportive music community in Fort St. John. Ryan is a great host – high energy, talented, gregarious and encouraging with both new and regular musicians. His duet with Darcy D. of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” was shockingly good. Darcy, I don’t know what your singing background is, but you practically blew the doors off the place. I’m still raving to my friends about your ability to belt it out while staying in perfect control. Russell did a great job on the sound, constantly adjusting between songs and performers; making sure it was never too loud (is there really such a thing?) or too quiet. The most important part of the evening was the audience. I’ve played quite a few open mics in Vancouver and Victoria over the past fifteen years, and this was easily one of the best crowds. The wide variety of styles was met with equal amounts of attention and applause. If any of you budding musicians in Fort St. John have been sitting on the fence about playing your first open mic, get yourself down to Egan’s next Wednesday. You won’t be disappointed with the enthusiasm and reception you’ll receive. Prior to hitting the stage, Johnny G. offered to accompany me on the cajón box drum. When it was my turn to go up, Ryan handed me his guitar and a pick. I started with a steady rhythm on Daniel Lanois’ “The Maker”, Johnny jumped right in with a great groove on the cajón, and we were off… into the Northern Groove Zone. On the way back to the table after my three songs, someone stopped me and said, “That was great, Jon! When are you coming back?” I guess the ultimate answer is: “The first Wednesday I’m back in Fort St. John.”

CANADA DAY DONE THE FSJ’EH WAY! words by the groove gang


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Even the wind was (almost) blown away by the City of Fort St. John’s Canada Day Festivities! From the annual parade winding it’s way down the city’s main drag (along with the Classic Cruisers), to a park full of entertainment...the day had a little bit of something for everyone. Live local music took to the stage along with some international flair courtesy belly dancing and Bollywood dancing. A magician, improv theatre, and more made for a non-stop afternoon of fun that culminated with an evening musical performance by touring acts Speed Control and Nine Mile that were topped off by a fantastic fireworks display.

BACKGROUND PICTURES: D’Ari of Nine Mile onstage during the fireworks, the crowd at Centennial Park. PICTURES (TOP LEFT, CLOCKWISE): Beards of Grey, Suzon Tremblay & Mystique Borealis, Bollywood dancers Desi Gravity, children dance to a performance by Speed Control, Classic Cruisers, Subconscious Pilate perform, a youngster cruises the parade route.




ADVENTURES WITH WORDS words kelsey jane


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Inspiration. For me it comes from my two beautiful children and two wonderful stepchildren. They, along with my amazing, supportive partner, supply me with an abundance of inspiration. I believe the fact that he and I are both kids at heart is one of the main reasons why writing children’s books appeals to me. I am Kelsey Jane. I have recently written, illustrated and published my first book “The Autumn Adventure.” It is geared toward children aged two to eight, but if you’re like me and have an infinite love of children’s books, it’s meant for any age. I was born and raised in Fort St. John and absolutely love it. I am an outdoor girl who loves hiking, dirt biking, snowboarding and swimming. All of these things, for me, make Fort St John a wonderful place for our family. Writing became a part of me as soon as I learned to write. I have loved reading since I figured that out as well. My stories usually flow from the illustrations I draw or paint, because art is really my first love. As I was writing my book and working on getting it published, I didn’t think about the aftermath and what I was going to do with the book, business wise. Most artists can probably relate to my lack of business and organizational skills, but I am learning. I have had a reading at my daughter’s school and fell in love with that form of promotion. After the reading there was a time for children to ask questions. One little boy asked me if I had to worry about the paparazzi. This is one of the cutest things I have ever heard! While this is definitely not a worry of mine, I am dreaming big and plan to write many more books. With support from my very large and very loving family, I have spent countless hours visiting with them, drinking coffee and working on my books and art projects. My second book is in progress, although my illustrating speed has a hard time keeping up with the story ideas that pop into my head. I plan to continue writing as long as the ideas keep flowing. I am blessed beyond words and am so lucky to be turning my dreams into reality. I think I have finally figured out what I want to do when I grow up!






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GONG WITH THE WIND words mark bodner images samara giesbrecht

Well, I’ve done as much research as I possibly can, but I’m pretty sure those in attendance at the City of Fort St. John’s Canada Day celebrations were on hand for an historic event unlike any other. If you were there, you can tell your friends, family, children, and relatives that your ears were exposed to quite possibly the first (and perhaps only) time our national anthem was played entirely on gongs. I say “possibly” because the extent of my research involved typing “Oh Canada played on gongs” into Google and I got no results. If that kind of research is good enough to turn in a term’s good enough for our lovely magazine, which is the first magazine to have pictures of our anthem played on gongs. Thank you Josh Giesbrecht for honoring the tradition of celebrating the birth of our nation in a unique, flamboyant, unforgettable fashion.


TALES OF TRIUMPH TO TELL words christy jordan-fenton image russell eggleston

As a girl I dreamed of being a writer, but my Inuvaluit mother-in-law, Margaret, dreamed only of what many of us take for granted - learning to read. Her aspirations led her across the Arctic Ocean to a residential school where she spent two years away from her parents. Margaret has many stories from that time, but it was how she stood up to a bullying nun that caught my interest. I’d never known a tale of triumph to come from such a terrible environment. I had to tell it. Convincing Margaret of this was not easy, however. As she jokes, “I didn’t want my grandchildren to know I’d been naughty.” More seriously, talking about residential school is something very few survivors can do. Her courage blossomed into the illustrated chapter books Fatty Legs (Annick Press 2010) and A Stranger at Home (Annick Press 2011). These books have given us the opportunity to speak to many classes and community groups about residential schools, bullying and hope. We have been interviewed by CBC Radio, attended the BC Book Prize gala, and presented at the Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Inuvik. We will be travelling to writers’ festivals in Calgary, Banff and Vancouver. This is not exactly the quiet retirement Margaret expected. Did I mention that she is about to star in a music video (or at least Liz Amini-Holmes’ artistic renditions of her) for a song called ‘Say Your Name’, from Keith Secola’s latest album? For me, it has also been an unexpected whirlwind. On top of the wonderful things that have come from Fatty Legs, my book A Portrait of Crown and Bannock, a story about my own experiences as the survivor of a survivor, will be published in Prairie Fire this summer after placing third in their creative nonfiction competition. My work will also appear in the Retro Relics anthology, DiVerseCities II. In addition to our school and community visits, watch for Margaret and the books at the Farmer’s Market on most Saturdays. As for me, I’ll be performing cowgirl poetry at various upcoming events. AUGUST 2011



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What do you do when conventional farming just isn’t working for your family? The choices for us were to increase in size, and therefore in debt, or to try something a little less conventional…like market gardening. In 2000 we decided to attempt the more interesting. We planted an over-sized family garden and took our surplus vegetables to the Farmers Market in Fort St John. We have had such a good experience with this, that our garden has doubled and then quadrupled in size to just under seven acres. Now, we had one small problem. Our garden needed a harvest in the middle of each week, not just on the weekends before the Farmers Market. The answer to this would come to us on a family trip to Ontario and a chance discussion with a local at Old Fort William, near Thunder Bay. Here we were introduced to the concept of ‘community shared agriculture’, and our basket program was born. Northern Larder gives you the chance to discover what home-grown really is. We deliver baskets filled with fresh, in-season vegetables to our customer’s door every Tuesday evening from late June until the frost. Our goal is to deliver produce that is as good as you would grow in your own backyard garden. As with all farming ventures, we are at the mercy of mother nature. This year the season is late, the garden is muddy and we are praying for sunshine! Fresh corn may be an elusive dream this year, but we are hopeful to soon have sweet carrots, peas in the pod, new potatoes, tender beans and cherry red tomatoes. As farmers for decades have been saying, “There’s always next year.” We hope to start earlier with a greenhouse for vegetables and even a bigger garden! Contact Northern Larder at 250-827-3032.

FSJ Farmer’s Market

HARVEST FEST 2011 August 6th ~ 9am-3pm . North Peace Arena Lobby

Featuring a pancake breakfast, a BBQ lunch prepared using locally grown items, plus live music by local artists sponsored by the City of FSJ, free balloons and coffee, kid's activity table and face painting. Shop plenty of local produce fresh off the fields. NEAT will be having a jar exchange and preserving demos. As always, find Farmer Fred to win Farmer's Market bucks! Harvest Fest is plenty of fun for everyone!



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Systems By Trail 10421 100 St. | 250-787-7591


Kilnhouse Studio 10510 101 Ave. | 250-271-0066


Retro Relics | The Rabbit Hole 10140 100th Ave. | 250-787-8822


Whole Wheat ‘n’ Honey 10003 100 St. | 250-787-9866


North Peace Cultural Centre 10015 100th Ave. | 250-785-1992


Pomeroy Inn & Suites 9320 Alaska Road | 250-262-3030


Isabelle’s Boutique Totem Mall | 250-785-8070


Wendy’s Consignment Shop 9916 101 Ave. | 250-785-8070


North Peace Savings and Credit Union 10344-100th St. | 250-787-0361

10 Peace Gallery North 10015 100th Ave. | 250-785-1992

17 21 7 15 Jackfish Dundee’s 12984 Jackfish Frontage Road 250-785-3233 16 King Cool Refrigeration 10704 101 Ave. | 250-787-1688 17 FSJ Community Arts Council 10320 94th Ave. | 250-787-2781 18 NENAS 10328-101st Ave. | 250-785-0887 19 Under the Yoga Tree 10104-101 Ave. | 250-263-5828 20 Serenity Spa Charlie Lake | 250-785-0263 21 Pomeroy Sport Centre 93rd Ave. & 96th St. | 250-787-8150

11 Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) 10027-100 St. | 250-785-6328

22 Patch Java 10430 100th St. | 250-261-6648

12 Fort St. John Visitor Centre 9523 100th St. | 250-785-3033

23 City of Fort St. John 10631 100th St. | 250-787-8150

13 Pomeroy Hotel | Tony Romas Chances Gaming Centre 11308 Alaska Road N. | 250-262-3233

24 Evangel Chapel 10508 98 St. | 250-785-3386

14 JD Fitzgerald’s & Northern Grand Quality Inn 9830-100th Ave. | 250-261-6961

25 Family Friendly Initiative 10142 101 Ave. | 250-785-6021 x253 26 On the Rocks Pub & Nightclub Northgate Mall | 250-261-6942

Conquer Stress We d n e s d a y s 7:15 Under the Yoga Tree #4-10104 100 St. For more info: 250-787-9433

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The FSJ Cultural Crawl runs the entire month of August, so be sure to explore the exciting opportunities happening throughout our community!

Pick up a brochure at the Fort St. John Visitor Centre TODAY!

PLANTS FOR THE FUTURE words kathy walker


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Our dream of opening a greenhouse was many years in the making. It really began when Glenn was a boy, growing up in Dawson Creek with a family who enjoyed the summers by being outside planting flowers and growing vegetables. We often talked about the possibility of starting a greenhouse business, but it was not until we moved out to our property on the Hudson’s Hope road in December of 1996, that the dream began to look possible. Here we raised our four beautiful daughters, supporting them through school and Irish dance training and competitions. We could visualize how much potential our new home had and that fulfilling our greenhouse dream could become a reality. It has been several years from that vision to the realization of our dream. We began to talk about the possibility of starting a greenhouse business with our neighbour, Margaret Van Skiver. Margaret used to own and run a greenhouse on the property next to ours with her husband Ray. She and many local growers encouraged us in many ways. In 2009 we attended the Green Show in Edmonton and our vision began to expand. We were so excited to see 18

all the varieties of trees, flowers and shrubs. We ordered two large greenhouses from Abbotsford, and began the hard work of putting our dream together. So many friends and family played a key part in building our dream. They helped with constructing the greenhouses, laying in-floor heating, firing up wood burners, transplanting plugs, filling hanging baskets and starting vegetables from seeds. So much work was done to ready our greenhouse for the opening on Mother`s Day. What an opening it was! Opening day was beyond what we could have imagined. So many people from Fort St John, Hudson`s Hope and the surrounding districts came out to make it all worthwhile. We cannot thank the community enough for their support and for making our first year a great success. We look forward to serving the community with more stock as our business expands, especially as Glenn plans to retire from his day job in the next two years. Thank you for helping us grow our family business together. We have added a children`s playground area already this year, and still have hanging baskets and cuttings available. We look forward to seeing you. Happy gardening! AUGUST 2011



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When thinking of vibrant artistic communities, a church is not always the first place that would come to mind. However, if you have ever studied Art History, it is notable that you inevitably run into the Church along with it. The Protestant Church often employed resident artists and/or commissioned work. It is the reason we have such wonders as the Sistine Chapel. The influence art has on a culture, to both document and shape it, was understood and art was not labeled according to it’s makers religious affiliation. At some point, Protestant churches began to shy away from the expressions of art, fearing the undefined interpretation. As a result, many church goers lacked the language to discuss, interpret or just enjoy the arts. There was a separation of spirituality and artistic expression instead of a blending into one as an expression of the person. Often attempts to rediscover a connection resulted in an ultra simplistic form that almost mimicked propaganda and neglected the ability of the viewer to interpret. There has been a recent trend in Protestant churches towards rediscovering the connection to and value of the arts. Evangel Chapel is working towards making the arts part of their culture. When you step into Evangel you view creative interior design and music is a regular means of expression. Evangel is purposeful about including a variety of expressions into the Sunday morning experience, such as live painting and interpretive dance, that are designed to embrace the creativity of those involved and give opportunity for interpretation. As human beings, our creativity will affect not just one, but many facets of our lives. Evangelites (those who call Evangel Chapel their home church) consistently embrace creativity and expression. As they work to express their individual creativity, enjoy other’s expressions and develop as artists, Evangelites can be found taking part in the rich artistic culture of Fort St. John, participating in open mics, performing at festivals, singing in choirs, as cast members in theatrical productions, exhibiting art, competitive dancing and taking arts classes.


We could learn something from history. There was not a distinction between “Christian art” and other art. There was an understanding of the importance of artistic expression in developing and supporting a culture. We can all be challenged by the arts to look inside ourselves, learn something about humanity, and grow in our own creativity. Or, we can simply enjoy it!

MUSIC CAPITAL OF NORTHERN BC CELEBRATION wordy bits pam clemen images asia white

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Even the clouds knew better than to dampen the spirits of the folks who attended the music festivities in Centennial Park on July 23rd. “The weather was a concern for me this morning,” said Tara O’Donnell, Community Development Coordinator for the City of Fort St John. “We wanted to celebrate Fort St John’s designation as the Music Capital of Northern BC, and we wanted it to be a fun, outdoor event. And it is.” Musicians played tunes from the 60’s to the 90’s for the music lovers and families who gathered in the park. Children danced to songs by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Neil Young, and enjoyed the colourful and era-correct tie-dyed outfits of the performers. Musician Henry See commented on how supportive Fort St John is to its artists and musicians, and how good it is to see that the City is not just using the Music Capital designation as a slogan, but as a way of life. Music by the likes of Green Day, Our Lady Peace and Nirvana rounded out the decades and kept the audience entertained.


Turning the key, I hear the familiar clunk as the deadbolt turtles back into hiding. Swinging open, the door squeaks on its tired hinges, and I am received by the familiar aromatic blend of lavender, hardwood, raw rubber and burnt Indian incense. The warmth of the room soaks into my pores, washing a feeling of relief over my scalp and shoulders. Releasing an involuntary sigh, I smile and welcome this wordless greeting from the silent studio within.

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For 365 days I have made this my ritual. For 365 days the studio has been my home. In this time there has been lessons learned in love, loss and even legal proceedings. There has been sleepless nights, tear streaked cheeks and gasping bouts of anxious laughter. It’s a good thing I’m in the business of relaxation ;) But every difficult decision and sacrifice I’ve made, is quickly dissolved at the mere thought of all the beautiful people I have met along this path. Each of you has taught me a lesson I treasure dearly; it may be a new body alignment trick or a nicer way to approach life. When I settle onto my mat in front of a room of eager eyes and searching souls, I can’t help wonder – who’s teaching who here? Yes, this journey in hot pursuit of my dreams has been far from leisurely, but it has been heavily adorned with blessings that boil over the walls of my heart. For this I will be forever grateful. This first year has been more than I could have asked for. To all of you, Thank You! Randelle Under the Yoga Tree offers an extensive yoga schedule for all levels, with public yoga classes offered 7 days a week, as well as Prenatal yoga. For an up-todate schedule visit Private and Corporate sessions available Contact Randelle Lusk, RYT-200 for more information Ph: (250) 263-5828 E:




Stage North is getting set for another great season, with everything from mystery and intrigue to hockey moms, hockey dads, hockey locker rooms, to one of the world’s most beloved cartoon characters and his master and one of the most popular musicals to ever grace the NPCC stage. Once again, the Big Ticket promotion will get you into every play and save you some money. Keep reading the Northern Groove for more info or visit the Stage North website: CABARET - THE MUSICAL October 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 2011 “Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome.” Rousing music and seductive dancers help the devilish emcee draw the audience into the decadent and debauched world of the Kit Kat Klub in 1930s Germany. Cliff, an aspiring novelist from America, arrives in Berlin searching for something to write about but instead finds himself sucked into an exciting exploration of sexuality and danger with the beautiful nightclub singer, Sally Bowles, who shares his bed and Ernst, a political activist, who convinces Cliff to smuggle illicit goods to fund his operations. At the boarding house where Cliff and Sally live, a clandestine romance is forming between a Jewish shopkeeper and the house matron, while another guest provides comfort and


other services to the members of the German Navy. But changing public sentiment and political unrest threatens to destroy lifestyles, relationships and possibly even lives. SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION PRESENTS DINNER PALOOZA November 18, 2011 | Quality Inn Northern Grand Suggestions from the audience propel the Improv actors of Spontaneous Combustion into comical and sometimes, absurd situations. Music, theatre and more comedy join the Improv evening of fun. Anything can happen and usually does at this evening of dinner, entertainment, and laughter. Expect the unexpected at a Palooza of an event. YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWNTHE MUSICAL December 29, 30, 31, 2011 Charlie Brown and his friends, based on the cartoon characters by Charles M. Schultz in the comic strip Peanuts, come to life with their innocent yet poignant observations of the universe, friendship and love. Charlie Brown questions if he really is a “good man” and is joined by Linus, Lucy and Schroeder in the search for “happiness”. Sally spouts her “new philosophy” while Snoopy reminds us that dogs have imaginations too. Through the trauma of battling a “kite eating tree” and the team work in writing “a book report”, Charlie Brown learns through “little known facts” that he is, indeed, a “good man”.

THE GOOD GAME February 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2012 Comedy erupts in the locker room when, 3o years after winning the championship games of the Nestor Cup three times, four hockey players reunite to take on the much younger competitors in a charity match. The locker room is the scene for the unexpected as well as the usual pre-game banter. The on-going interview with Samantha brings out the best in the old-timers and they discover they have not changed very much over the years. OSCAR NIGHT ON THE BIG SCREEN FEATURING “FASHION AND FORM WITH FILM” March 4, 2012 | On the Rocks Nightclub See the Academy Awards on the big screen at On the Rocks Pub and Nightclub as they happen in Hollywood. A showcase of Fashions and Forms made from recycled movie film is a special feature of this year’s Oscar Night. Spontaneous Combustion Improv actors along with musicians and more will perform. Door prizes and awards complete this evening of entertainment. HOCKEY MOM, HOCKEY DAD April 26, 27, 28, 2012 Two single parents Donna and Teddy engage in the courtship game while cheering their 8 year old children on at the hockey rink. Teddy is a voluble extrovert who encourages his son’s losing team to hit first and think later, and he coaches Troy from the stands to be the “enforcer.” Donna, shell-shocked from a violent marriage, is appalled by the physical violence on the ice. This romantic comedy takes a serious look at violence in the hockey rink.


DEATH AND THE MAIDEN May 3, 4, 5, 2012 Paulina, a political activist, is convinced that her unexpected guest, and agent for the government, Dr. Miranda, is the sadistic man who once brutally tortured her. She takes him captive to determine the truth. She is torn between her psychological repressions and vivid memories of the event. Paulina’s husband is torn between his wife and the law, and Dr. Miranda is forced to endure captivity while husband and wife seek out the uncertain truth about the clouded past. This dramatic play is extremely intense and emotional with the characters unrepentant and believing the perceived verdict of guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The truth however, lies in the balance.


NENAS NEWS ABORIGINAL HEAD START/SAS NATSADLE PAC Meetings are held each month and we have had a wonderful group of parents coming to the evening meetings. They have done a lot of fundraising such as bottle drives, Purdy’s Chocolates, penny drives, chocolate roses and a bake sale. Way to go parents. We are holding a weekend to invite the families of those involved in Head Start to make button blankets. We have a member from the Association for Community Living volunteering in the center- Thank you to Christine for coming in and volunteering her time. The children have enjoyed having the BIG green WOW bus (Words on Wheels) come and be part of a stop at NENAS and have circle time on their bus. Thanks for the wonderful experience the children are having. We have two staff members currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education programs at Northern Lights College. We have also had the opportunity of attending some awesome workshops in Fort St. John – How to Grow a Child’s Brain, Kids Have Stress Too, Moccasin Making and Every Child Belongs. Garry Oker was able to come in and share his new CD, Ride, with the staff and children. Gary gave us a presentation and shared his music with us as a well presented story, complete with story boards. The children loved it. He also shared his Beaver Language with us. We love having Beaver elders come share their culture, as we are on Beaver territory and respect the territory our Head Start program operates on. GO KARTS FOR GIRLS The “Go Kart for Girls Project” was completed over nine days last summer July 26 - August 7th, and was a great success. Four qualified instructors were hired and delivered the program. This year we will be offering the program again. Go Karts 4 Girls will be starting up the near the end of July or beginning of August. During the program, each group built a “community” go cart and came together during the last two days of the program to complete a driving school and compete in a community race off. The Community Celebration and Race Off took place on August 7th at the Dawson Creek Encana Events Center parking lot. Each community team had an industry sponsor. This year Team Chetwynd is sponsored by ConocoPhillips, Team Dawson Creek is sponsored by BC Hydro, Team Fort St. John is sponsored by Enbridge and Team Fort Nelson is sponsored by NENAS.


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Dot to Dot Consulting Group of Thornhill, Ont. is partnering with the clinical operations side of the Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care project to plan and implement the transition of staff and equipment into the new health care facility. Patricia Santiago-Sorrell, who heads the company’s Capital Planning and Project Management team, said Dot to Dot provides the leadership that organizations are looking for as they reach the mid-part of their transition planning. “We’re part of the push to get the momentum going. We’re helping them to visualize what their new operational reality will be in the new space, understand their workflow, the interdependencies within the project, the risks, the timelines, and the scenario-playing that organizations really need to think about prior to move-in,” she said.

She and her staff began the transition process in Fort St. John in late May and will return each month for three to four days at a time. “We facilitate a discussion on how the different programs or departments could handle certain questions such as, ‘How do you transport patients from one area to another?’” she said. “We ask them to discuss these questions, then their homework is to figure out what they have to think about or talk about with other people in order to resolve these issues. Then we follow up with emails or phone calls.” Santiago-Sorrell said the transition process is about proper planning for the move, implementation of the plans through discussion and role-playing, then monitoring and practice. “It’s an interactive process and will take 12 months, with all of us knowing full well there may be changes along the way that may pose risks to the project and affect certain timeframes.”

The $297.9 million Fort St. John Hospital & Residential Care Facility is 28 on track to open in the summer of 2012.

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Last year ISL Health and Northern Health Authority jointly participated in the Vancouver Marathon, raising over $23,000 for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. This year, ISL Health’s chosen construction company, Acciona/Stuart Olson Dominion, who are designing and building the new Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care facility, decided to form a cycling team to ride for charity under the name, Team Fort St. John Hospital. After months of training, the team took part in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer® on June 18 and 19, the third annual fundraiser benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. The two-day, 240 kilometre cycling journey through the scenic Pacific Northwest started in the Vancouver area and ended in Seattle, Wash. Approximately 2,900 people took part.

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The first 120 kilometre leg of the journey started at 7 a.m. on a wet and cold morning, with the team riding from Surrey, just outside of Vancouver, south across the U.S. border and ending in Mount Vernon, Wash. Food, refreshments, entertainment and tents were provided for the thousands of riders. The Sunday morning ride, on Father’s Day, again started at 7 a.m., and ended just after noon at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Wash., located north of Seattle. Team Fort St. John Hospital did well, completing the 240 kilometre ride in approximately 9.5 hours. Team Fort St. John Hospital raised over $24,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation, which contributed to the record $11.1 million raised this year by all riders. All in all, it was a very challenging, yet rewarding event aimed at conquering cancer in British Columbia.



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The 6th annual Paddle for the Peace took a twist when heavy rains and flooding around the region made our beautiful Peace River dangerous to paddle down July 9th. Despite the cancellation of the canoe ride itself, MLA Scott Fraser, NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic, flew up from Vancouver Island to enjoy the morning’s festivities and tour the valley. Representatives of the Wilderness Committee, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Sierra Club of BC, Wildsight, and the Peace Watershed Alliance, travelled from southern BC and Alberta to show their support. Music, food, and games saved the day. Lindsay Pratt and the Ramblers, Tom Cole, Jenna Loren Wright, Ian Smith and Rainbow - all musicians from the Peace area took the stage and entertained over 200 people at the Bear Flat Campground. Book next July 14th for the 7th annual Paddle for the Peace..




Northern Groove August 2011  
Northern Groove August 2011  

The Northern Groove mag for August 2011 features green thumbs and greenhouses, more local writers. A look at Canada Day and also the Music C...