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INSIDE THIS MONTH...

6 - Events List

10 - Can You Hear Me Now? 12 - Drums, Welds, & a Pair of Skates 14 - Quite the Tale to Tell 16 - Venue Map 18 - Discovering Art Through the Lens 20 - Fishing For Good Health This Winter 22 - Explosive Improv Theatre 23 - Yoga: Trend or Tranformation? 24 - Fort St. John’s Best Halloween Costumes 26 - Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Cranberry & Port Reduction 28 - Dave Tours the New Hospital with Tom 30 - A World Class Project


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JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I’D SEEN IT ALL russell eggleston

aware of what is going on, and to connect and inform. Over the past few years, we have seen a tremendous growth in our local arts, music and culture scene. It’s been an honour to have participated in that growth. The Northern Groove team takes pride in our effectiveness as an organization, and we truly take our our mission to heart. So the arts and culture scene has gotten bigger and better. More is happening everyday. Now what? In the last few months the amount of events going on have been overwhelming! At this rate, to truly be effective, the magazine would be have to either be 100 pages long or come out every week. Obviously, we at Northern Groove dearly love our little mag...but the thought of the logistics involved in making it bigger or publishing it more often have already resulted in moderate hair loss. Mainly with Dave. So, what do we do? We grow & evolve! If you haven’t been to northerngroove.com in a while, have a look! We’ve made a whack of significant changes. It’s easier than ever to find out about everything happening in Fort St. John. But wait, there’s more. We are stoked to announce the addition of a culinary section and a community section. Now, you can really find out the what, where, when, and why. Oh, and there’s another teenie, tiny change...

One of my biggest jobs at Northern Groove (yes, contrary to popular belief I do sit still long enough to do something) is to keep track of all of the cool events going on in town and then, in turn, promote the events to the greater community. This magazine has become one of the best tools for helping spread the word about all these incredible events and talented local artists in a fun, good looking, informative manner. This last month I kept thinking, “Wow, things happen so fast!” The mission of Northern Groove is to make everyone in our community

Okay. Not so teenie, tiny. It’s a big, convenient one for you. Now ANYONE can write a post on northerngroove.com. Yes. Even YOU reading this right now can write a post. Think of northerngroove.com as the definitive comprehensive community posting board for upcoming events and activities in Fort St. John and region. That information can now come directly from those most passionate about the event; the people organizing it, participating it, and supporting it. Events are successful because of the people involved in them, and we’re proud to offer this tool to better enable individuals and organizations to get the info out quickly, easily, and timely. So that’s a lot of webtalk. What does it mean for the Magazine? A whole new approach! With the website we can get the info to the public fast. With the magazine we can be more comprehensive in our coverage. We can dive into the stories behind the events, the passion of the people who create them and the great things that go on in our community. I am incredibly excited about what we’ve done, and the growth opportunities ahead for both the magazine and website. In the end, this is YOUR Northern Groove. Your contributions, feedback, and suggestions are absolutely vital to making both successful. I’m an email away and I want to hear from you.


WHAT’S SHAKIN’ NOVEMBER EVENTS Tuesdays, Pub Thumpers Trivia w/ Cassandra Merwyn & Steve Ryan Egan’s Pub Fort St. John Wednesdays, 8:30pm Egan’s Open Mic Egan’s Pub Fort St. John Fri, Nov. 5 - Ryan Hennessey JD Fitzgerald’s Pub Fort St. John Sat, Nov. 6 - JD Fitzgerald’s First Anniversary Celebration w/ Ryan Hennessey JD Fitzgerald’s Pub Fort St. John Sat, Nov. 6 - Community in Colour: Multicultural Arts Exhibition Whole Wheat and Honey Fort St. John

Mon, Nov 15, 8:00pm Crash Karma, On The Rocks Fort St. John

Tue, Nov. 30 - 7:00pm Movember Party Egan’s Pub Fort St. John

Tue, Nov. 16 - 7:00pm Spread the Word Poet and Writer Open Mike The Rabbit Hole Fort St. John

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Wed, Nov. 17 - 8:30pm Egan’s Open Mic Egan’s Pub Fort St. John Fri, Nov. 19 - Sat, Nov. 20 The Ramblers at JD’s JD Fitzgerald’s Pub Fort St. John Fri, Nov. 19 - Snow Follies Improv Dinner Theatre Quality Inn Northern Grand Hotel Fort St. John Fri, Nov. 19 - Santa Claus Parade Fort St. John

Mon, Nov. 8 - 7:00pm The Secret in Their Eyes - Independant Film Lido Theatre Fort St. John

Sun, Nov. 21 - 2:00pm Songwriters Circle The Rabbit Hole Fort St. John

Wed, Nov. 10 - 7:00pm Valdy in Concert Lido Theatre Fort St. John

Fri, Nov. 26 - 8:00pm Johnny Stone JD Fitzgerald’s Pub Fort St. John

Fri, Nov. 12 - 8:00pm Darcy Bailey and Johnny Stone JD Fitzgerald’s Pub Fort St. John

Sat, Nov. 27 - 7:30pm A Christmas Carol North Peace Cultural Centre Fort St. John

Sat, Nov. 13 - Peter Katz at Whole Wheat ‘n Honey Whole Wheat and Honey Fort St. John

Sun, Nov. 28 - 7:30pm Home Routes House Concert - Doc MacLean The Rabbit Hole Fort St. John

Sun, Nov. 14 - Peter Katz Workshop - TBA - North Peace Cultural Centre Fort St. John

Wed, Dec. 1 - 5:30pm Be An Angel Christmas Tree Lightup, Fort St. John Wed, Dec. 15 - 7:30pm Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, North Peace Cultural Centre, Fort St. John Fri, Dec 17 - Sat, Dec 18 The Ramblers, JD Fitzgerald’s, Fort St. John THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT WE DON’T CONTROL, WHICH INCLUDES: THE WEATHER, PEOPLE CATCHING COLDS, VEHICLES BREAKING DOWN, BANDS BREAKING UP, BANDS GETTING BACK TOGETHER, LEAD SINGER’S DISEASE, AND DRUMMERS TIMING: Event times and dates are subject to change at any point, check with venue to ensure accuracy. For the most current list of things going on, please visit the Event Calendar online:

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CHICAGO A GREAT START TO THIS YEARS THEATRE SEASON words sue popesku

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With the recent success of Chicago The Musical in Fort St. John, Stage North continues to Razzle Dazzle “Em with the next events of an exciting season. Coming up on November 19, is an entertaining evening of Spontaneous Combustion Improv Theatre, The Snow Follies, at the Quality Inn Northern Grand. Rehearsals have already begun with more than 35 cast members for each of the next two plays. The classic Christmas show Miracle on 34th Street for the entire family is playing at during the Christmas holidays and The Pink Panther Strikes Again opens in February. The popular Oscar Night on the Big Screen is on Feb 27 and a fantasy play Kingfisher Days by Canadian playwright Susan Coyne completes the season in late April. The Big Season Ticket is still a bargain if purchased before the Dinner Theatre on Nov. 19. Enjoy the entire season of events with Stage North. Tickets are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre. For further information: phone 250-785-6214 or email stagenorth@stagenorth.ca. Look for more information about Stage North events on the Northern Groove website.

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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? words mark bodner

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We all have those defining moments in life. Sometimes we recognize them. Sometimes they just happen. Shawn Loftus remembers the day his dad brought home a Led Zeppelin DVD. That was the “moment”. Led Zeppelin’s drummer, John Bonham, had claimed another victim. A few years later, Shawn picked up a drum kit and so the story begins. However, if this was merely a story about another musician picking up an instrument as inspired by a hero, then it wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining. No. There’s more to it than that. Who is Shawn Loftus? Really? Shawn is probably best described as the “unofficial band member”. Of which band? All of them. If you ever watch a band play or attend an open mic at Egan’s, take in a concert or Strawberry Jam at the Lido, nine times out of ten... Shawn is there. He doesn’t “quietly” make his presence known, he does it rather loudly. You see, Shawn is the sound tech. He’s the guy behind all the knobs, buttons, sliders, effects, mics, cables and other doodads that make the people on stage sound incredible. Not that they don’t sound incredible on their own merit. He just makes them sound louder and “incredibler”.

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So how does a quiet, unassuming nineteen year old become one of the most sought after sound techs in Fort St. John? Simply put, he listens. He listens to instruments, he listens to the artists, he listens to the PA, he listens to the crowd. That, combined with genuine interest, skill, and a decided lack of ego, makes Shawn successful. As he puts it, “You can have an ego. You need one to be good at what you do....but you need to check it at the door and learn to play well with others.” Remarkably it has only been two and a half years since Shawn first stepped behind a sound console and began the twiddling and fiddling we have all come to enjoy. While still in high school, he saw this “redheaded guy” around town doing sound and thought he’d like to find out exactly what that “redheaded guy” did. Through the school’s work experience program, he met Russell “the other sound guy” Eggleston, and so it began. Guidance, trial, trial, (and maybe an error or two) plus being thrown to the wolves, has shaped Shawn’s live sound experience. That and the opportunity to work with many talented people. “I think I am a very lucky person to have not only gotten involved in something I truly enjoy doing, but to be able to do it in a community like Fort St. John that has such an incredible amount of talented musicians,” says Loftus. “What I’ve learned from working with them I probably could not have gotten anywhere else, especially not in the short period of time I’ve done live sound.” When asked how he gets to be one of the go-to guys for sound at his age with his (as he readily admits) limited experience, he simply returns to ego. “I truly like working with every musician. I look forward to every show.

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I’m there to make the artist sound great. I can only do that if we connect. If I understand the artist and how they want to present themselves and their music, it makes the biggest difference between just being another sound tech, and being that unofficial band member making a real contribution. You don’t connect if you don’t communicate with the artist. Then my job is to help the artist communicate with the audience.” Is sound the future for Shawn Loftus? Without hesitation, he smiles and confirms. “I love doing this. I love live music and the people that make it happen. I do want studio recording experience as well and plan on attending the University of Toronto recording arts program to gain that. I want that technical knowledge to balance out the feel and energy that makes live sound so much fun to do.” That answer leads back right back to the start; back to the drums. When asked whether he would rather be behind his drum kit or behind a sound board, he hesitates. Not because he’s unsure. It’s because he’s obviously been put on the spot between two things he is dearly passionate about. “Wow. That is a tough question, “ he admits. “But I would have to say sound. I love playing drums, and I would love to be in a live band. But doing sound is something else. The variety of experiences, the players, the opportunities. There’s a challenge to doing something different all the time. Every artist, every venue, every show is different. Is special.” So, the next time you are out at a live event, look around the room. More than likely you’ll see Shawn Loftus there, behind the sound board, doing what he does best; connecting an artist with an audience.

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DRUMS, WELDS, AND A PAIR OF SKATES words dave tolley

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The strength of Fort St. John is the people. We make this place special. We make the music, we make the work, we make the business and we make this a community. Together everyone makes Fort St. John an incredible place to live. The opening of the Enerplex, which is now entitled the “Pomeroy Sports Centre�, reminded me of this fact. It was a successful evening. I was lucky enough to be asked to coordinate a drumming celebration for the event. It was a great experience to look around and see how every aspect of the community worked together to create such a memorable celebration. On stage, there were a group of hand drummers, including members from the Association for Community Living. They were laying it down! Local politicians and visiting dignitaries were shaking egg shakers and joining in. The smiles on stage were unforgettable and the groove was unstoppable.

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Up top, on the Northern Vac Track, runners and walkers were taking in the variety of visual art that was organized by the Fort St. John Community Arts Council and created by local artists. These pieces were mounted on the buses in town and inspired the successful Music that Moves You series that saw musicians performing live on city buses. Outside, the olympic torch display, created by Dave Diehl a welder at Arctech Welding and Machining, reminds us of the intensity of the Vancouver 2010 olympic torch run and the magical evening that took place when the torch arrived in Fort St. John. The sculpture of a parent tying up a child’s skates, created by Peter Vogelaar, a former resident and a champion ice, snow and sand sculptor is a fantastic representation; the experienced teaching the young, the transfer of a passion, the passing of a torch. The staff at the City of Fort St. John were exceptional in the organization of the event and created a memorable evening for all, giving everyone a reason to see what the City has to offer. The Pomeroy Sports Centre is a great example of a community working together. The City of Fort St. John, local business’, arts, sports, and passionate non-profits. What do all of these parts equal? A whole community. A collective that focuses on what can happen when all minds are working towards one goal, one passion, and ultimately, one city.

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QUITE THE TALE TO TELL words clarice eckford

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For the last year or more, Laura Alcaraz-Sehn wanted to share her story through film. Growing up in Acapulco, and then living in Guadalajara before moving to a small village in Alberta, Laura has quite the tale to tell. Combine this with her introduction to Paola Banks, who recently moved to Fort St. John from Chihuahua, Mexico, and suddenly the film became possible. Over the last few months, Laura and Paola created a documentary called, “Mexi-Can” that tells the story of four local women who moved from Mexico to Fort St. John: Laura and Paola, along with Susie Furman and Irasema Tirado. Laura and Paola’s goal with “Mexi-Can” is, as Laura explains, “To let people know why we’re here.” Although the women are in different phases of the journey from Mexico to Canada, their stories are similar. Not intending to stay permanently, all met their future husbands while visiting Canada, which


led them to the monumental decision of leaving Mexico. Laura explains, “One of the things that Paola says in the documentary is that immigrants give up everything. It’s a huge decision that you make for the one you love. It’s difficult to leave your family; it’s difficult to leave your customs. I’ve been here for sixteen years and there are still little things.” Of course Laura and Paola, being incredibly optimistic women, want to share the positive aspects of their journey as well as the difficult ones. Laura recognizes that Fort St. John is, surprisingly, a very multicultural city: “It was an eye-opener for me that there are so many people not from Canada here – and it doesn’t matter if they’re from Mexico, Peru, Venezuela or Africa. This community is so multicultural. It just needs to be…out there.” Laura’s background in media greatly helps the process of making a documentary film. Although she hasn’t handled a video camera in years, Laura earned a degree in Communications while living in Guadalajara. Also, while living in Chetwynd, Laura worked

behind the scenes at CHET TV. Ultimately, it was Laura’s desire to be in front of the camera that led her to Canada. “One of the TV stations in Mexico said that I needed English for what I wanted to do. My uncle had invited me to visit him. He had been living in Canada for twenty years. I’d live with him for six months and that way, I would learn English. That’s how I met my husband. My uncle was teaching a Spanish course at the college in Lac La Biche and I helped my uncle. I met Eric because he took the course.” “Mexi-Can” will play on November 6th at Whole Wheat ‘n Honey as part of Community in Colour: Multicultural Arts Exhibition. Alongside “MexiCan”, several artists from the region will perform and display their work. Gurpreet Kaur, along with her students from artSpace, will perform Punjabi-style and Bollywood dance. The line-up also includes Shawna Lizotte, Aimee Chalifoux, Nick Baccante with Mike Odowichuk, Sarah Kim, Myrena Mills, and Mashiyat Jahan. Doors open at 6:00pm. The event is free, but space is limited, so come early!

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Fort St. John’s Movember Party Egan’s Pub • 7 p.m.

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14 NORTH PEACE SAVINGS AND CREDIT UNION 10344-100TH ST. PH. 250-787-0361

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DISCOVERING ART THROUGH THE LENS laura alcaraz-sehn

Lavonne Andersen has always had a creative eye. From High school she went on to take designing and now holds a ticket as an Interior Designer. During her post secondary education, she began managing a photo lab. While there, she started developing a great interest in photography, realising that interior design and photography are harmonious in the arts, and many of the same rules apply. That is how; in 1995 Lynn Photos was established. Lynn Photos has now fifteen years of experience shooting people portraits, and has specialised in weddings for many years. “Over the years Lynn Photos had received many inquiries in regards to teaching Photography courses........ we started an interest list, and to our

amazement there was a large number of our clients, and the general public that had a hunger for the arts, as well as a desire to experience photography in a larger capacity then what they were familiar with. For some, this was at a very basic beginner level, and others an intermediate or advanced level”. Lavonne explains. Andersen continues: “That year, I decided to start writing a curriculum based on my schooling, and 15 years of experience”. Photography 101 (Beginners SLR course) was introduced to the community in 2004. This course is taught both, in class and in the field with hands on experience allowing the students to merge their learning experience and their creativity. The public was loving this course, and what it had to offer, but still had a hunger for more. Two years later, Photography 102 (intermediate SLR course) was created for those students who felt more fascinated by this art. This course enables the students to have various assignments with hands on experience, as well as two fully qualified instructors. With smaller class sizes to increase the benefit of learning and for students to have a more personal experience through out the course. Photoshop Elements 8/9 is the newest course offered by Lynn Photos, which will be introduced in February 2011. This course brings a whole new dimension of art to the photography field. Andersen says,” The love and appreciation I have for the arts, is what drives me to do what I do, and makes me who I am.” Whatever your level of photography is, Lynn Photos is here to meet your needs and bring out the artist within you. Lynn Photos is now offering courses year round; spring, summer, fall and winter, to better service their clients and potential new students. Anyone interested in information or registration for up and coming courses please contact Lavonne Andersen, by phone 250-785-7070 or e-mail llandersen1@gmail.com

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FISHING FOR GOOD HEALTH THIS WINTER? tonya fines

There may be “plenty of fish in the ocean,” but how much fish is in your diet?! You don’t like fish? No problem, because it’s not so much the fish part that I’m wanting to impress upon you but the fish oil. Why? Because fish & fish oil are really, really good for you! So good for you in fact, that it if you come into Fines’ Organic and I find out you aren’t taking fish oils, you will have some explaining to do.

The reason fish oil is considered to be so healthy, is because it contains the Omega-3 fatty acids DHA & EPA; the good fats. Fish just happens to be the best and most abundant source of these Omega-3’s. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid, meaning it cannot be made by your body, therefore it must be consumed through your diet. No problem right? Big problem actually. With winter just around the corner, it’s time to “pump up” your health regime and really take stock of what you need to include in your diet, to keep your body healthy and functioning at it’s best. What can taking fish oil supplements do for your health? * lower blood triglyceride levels * reduce the risk of heart attack * reduce the risk of heart arrhythmia * reduce the risk of stroke * slow build up of arterial plaque * lower blood pressure * reduce painful symptoms associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis * aid in weight loss & maintaining a healthy weight Not a bad resume for a single supplement, don’t you agree? Also worth mentioning is that even when following a very poor diet, simply adding a fish oil supplement will deliver tremendous health benefits. That isn’t a license to go out and eat nutritionally void, unhealthy foods. It is however, license to hold you accountable and what I mean by that is, “I understand you may live in camp most of the winter with little control over what you eat. I understand you may spend your winter sitting in a truck surviving on convenience foods, however, this is one simple thing you can do for yourself to greatly improve your overall health and decrease your risk for a whole lot of health problems!” Cheers!


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EXPLOSIVE IMPROV THEATRE WHAT DO RED SNEAKERS AND PICKLES HAVE IN COMMON? clarice eckford

Who puts cream cheese on the Eiffel Tower? And where did grandma misplace her Blue Tooth yesterday? Spontaneous Combustion reveals this and more at the Improvisational Dinner Theatre on November 19, at the Quality Inn Northern Grand. Stage North’s Spontaneous Combustion is bringing back “Snow Follies” Improv theatre by popular demand. A full course dinner complete with hilarious improvisational theatre makes an entertaining evening with Stage North for one night only on Friday, November 19. Spontaneous Combustion is aptly named because Improv theatre is performed “on the spot” and elicits explosive laughter. The audience calls out a suggestion to the Improv actors who work with it to create a dialogue, a setting , a plot that may be comical or absurd but always entertaining. Improvisational theatre is fun; it is instructive; and it develops skills for the workplace for those participating. For those watching, it is funny; it is surprising; and, sometimes, it is shocking. The core group of Improv actors meets each week to hone their skills in quick thinking and creative acting. They are looking forward to the Nov 19 Dinner

Theatre performance where they will stage some new situations, create totally new material, and move the audience to laugh and enjoy. The Improv actors of Stage North are under the direction of Clarice Eckford who is new to Stage North this year. Clarice is a professional actor and a poet who recently moved to Fort St. John. She was last seen in “Foreplay-The Art of the Fugue” in August when the summer Improv group performed at the Lido Theatre. She has a long list of credits in theatre in Edmonton and worked with The Fringe in Edmonton for many years. Clarice had extensive experience in Improvisation as a member of Edmonton’s Rapidfire Theatre. Clarice enjoys working with Stage North’s Improv group. She said, “I was delighted at the level of talent and the calibre of performance of the group since they are all dedicated volunteers and not employed actors.” Clarice plans to expand the Improv group to include more players and welcomes new people. Stage North invites you to “Snow Follies” Dinner Theatre with Spontaneous Combustion Improv on Friday, November 19, at the Quality Inn Northern Grand. Tickets for the dinner and show are$50 and available at the North Peace Cultural Centre box office 250-785-1992 or online at tickets.npcc.bc.ca. All tickets must be purchased by November 16 to allow a final meal count for the Northern Grand. For further information: Contact stagenorth@ stagenorth.ca or phone 250-785-6214

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YOGA: TREND OR TRANSFORMATION? randelle lusk

The origin of yoga was found buried deep in the soil of India, tied to a tale stretching the length of five thousand years. Only washing onto the shores of Boston in 1893, the practice of yoga in North America is still in its infancy; growing like a fragrant weed climbing toward the sun. Yoga studios are cropping up across the continent. Millions are rushing to the mat for their daily dose of Downward Dog. The ancient practice has even gone viral with bloggers chirping about Lady Gaga stretching to lengths beyond her platform shoes. Yoga has made cameos on the silver screen and recently held the spotlight in the documentary film “Enlighten Up!”. On a recent episode of the popular television show “TMZ”,

host Harvey Levin even bantered with fellow celebrity gossip hunters about the urban myth of yoga flatulence. Unlike yogis in the East seeking transcendence, many Westerners have flocked to yoga on a quest for the toned arms and powerful core that reflect the slim physique of yogis, bending with grace, on the glossy cover of Yoga Journal. The arrival of yoga to Western civilization has provoked the practice to evolve and change, stimulating the allegation that the ancient art has become bastardized and detached from the traditional ‘eight-limbed’ philosophy of yoga; in which Asana, the physical practice, is only one of the eight......


FORT ST. JOHN’S BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUMES tony warriner

Four the last few years Evangel Chapel has been doing an event on Halloween called Candy Planet. We here comments all the time like “Why would a church host a Halloween Event?” The answer: we just wanted to add to the joy of our city and thought that Halloween was a great time to do that! So we give away tons of Candy (literally about three horse troughs full, using shovels to give it out!), play hard with all kinds of kids activities, and put on a fun show featuring our Mascot Mindy. Parents grab a coffee and chilax while their kids go crazy!

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And I’ll let you in on a secret: we ALWAYS get more out of it then the children and their parents do. There is nothing like giving away life, loving extravagantly, and spreading laughter. It always comes back to you. Candy Planet is one of the reasons why I think our church is one of the happiest places around - for real. So a new part of Candy Planet this year was a professional photo shoot. We figured that it’s often hard to get good shots of your kids in their Halloween costumes in the north because it’s usually quite dark. Russell Egglesteen brought his camera along and we were able to get tons of great shots. If your kids got a chance to get their picture, they can check ‘em out on northergroove.com and evangelfsj.com.

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GOAT CHEESE STUFFED CHICKEN WITH CRANBERRY & PORT REDUCTION melanie mulherin

There is no denying I love food, I grew up in a family of passionate foodies, my grandfather owned a grocery store, my grandmother a caterer and my mother a fantastic cook who always had room at the table for one more. I have realized that anyone who likes to eat is “good people� in my books. So it is no surprise that I ended up marrying a chef and making food my livelihood. I get excited about the changing of the seasons and although there is always a brief mourning of foods no longer available it is exciting to have a new bounty to explore. As autumn turns into winter I think of hearty soups and stews, slow braised meats, roasted winter squash and beautiful crimson cranberries. This month I would like to share with you our recipe for Goat cheese stuffed chicken breast with

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cranberry and port reduction. This recipe would be perfect for any festive gathering you may have planned. I am also including my recipe for a deliciously festive martini that we feature at the restaurant this time of year. Enjoy!

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CRANBERRY & PORT REDUCTION - 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries - Juice of 1 large orange - 1 tbsp. orange zest - 1/2 cup of honey or to your taste - 4 ounces of port *Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until cranberries have popped and liquids have reduced to a thick syrup. Keep warm until ready to serve.

*Insert a small knife into the thickest part of the breast and cut carefully to make a pocket. Fill with the goat cheese mixture. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat add the chicken skin down and sear until the skin is golden brown. Finish in a 400 degree oven for 8-12min. Top with the cranberry & port reduction. Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. Music recommendation : David Gray - Draw the line

GOAT CHEESE FILLING - 8 ounce soft ripened goat cheese - Generous pinch of salt & pepper - 2 cloves of minced garlic - Tbsp. each fresh basil, rosemary & thyme *Mix above ingredients together and set aside.

CHICKEN 4 x Supreme chicken breast *This is the kind of chicken we would use at the restaurant it has the wing bone attached and skin on. Feel free to substitute a boneless skin on breast.

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DAVE TOLLEY TOURS THE NEW HOSPITAL WITH

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FORT ST. JOHN HOSPITAL

The Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care project is set to be complete in 2012. The new FSJ Hospital and Residential Care Facility will include a 55-bed acute and ambulatory care hospital and a 123-bed residential care facility for seniors. The project will be delivered via a Public Private Partnership with ISL and the facilities will be constructed on a new 40-acre site, with land donated by the City of Fort St. John. Site size allows for future expansion of healthcare facilities.

the northern way of caring new hospital and residential care facilities

dave tolley

After touring the site of the new Fort St. John hospital I was blown away with how much consideration was made for the patient and the residents. Imagine the experience that you have in a hospital, and imagine the staff and design team actually lying down on a stretcher and visualizing that experience. Also, imagine the person who may have treated you last month has direct say in how and what is needed for the new hospital. This is what shocked me, the detail and care that has been taken, the opportunities for education, and the outstanding compassion that will exist not only for the patient and resident but also for their families and the staff that will work there. The idea of a patient centered design is what really caught my attention. The maternity rooms were large and the 28

mother would not have to moved around, all treatments were to be done in the same room. Allowing the mother and their partner a place to enjoy and feel comfortable while their new child is brought into the world. Hopefully they include a down jacket upon delivery or the cold might shock the new born child back into the womb. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was considered too. While touring the site with Tom Sparrow, project director with the Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care facility. I gained a lot of respect for what goes into creating a project like this. The team is in fact building a community within a community. Every aspect of what is necessary in a regular community is part of the design with the new hospital. The large windows, large rooms, convenient entries and exits, beautiful verandas for the residents, and an amazing view of the mountains on a sunny day. A lecture room and real test dummies for UBC medical students to learn on, the ability for students all over BC to tap into the network and learn from the exceptional medical staff in FSJ. So, what does this mean for us? It means more than just a patient centered approach, it means a Fort St. John centered approach. WWW.NORTHERNGROOVE.COM


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A WORLD CLASS PROJECT dave tolley

The Fort St. John Hospital is a world class project. Companies from all over the world are involved in the design, construction, development, and maintenance of the new facility. Yet it is local people such as Tabitha Dyer, a Fort St John resident working for Acciona/ Stuart Olson in Office Administration and Communications, who are making it happen every day on the ground. “This is the biggest project we’ve had in Fort St. John and it is exciting to be a part of that,” she says, adding that the existing hospital is not up to the standards required and the new facility will be providing a much needed service to the community. Upgrades and changes in the design and construction of the hospital will bring innovative changes to how patients, their families, residents, and staff experience a hospital. It is built around a patient-centric model designed to focus on the overall comfort and well being of the patient.

Tabitha Dyer

Further, the addition of an educational environment, with the partnership with UBC, will give medical students from Canada and the rest of the world, the opportunity to learn in a state-of-theart medical facility. It will, as Dyer says, “Bring in more doctors, more training, and more opportunities for the community.” “I see the community coming forward with donations and help. For example, the Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation are already working towards their involvement in the new hospital; looking forward to how they are going to participate and do more in the new facility”. This is another example of how Fort St. John gets involved to make any project it’s best.


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