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Chichaku managing editors Ivan Chow (left) and Jonathon Reynolds flank District 69 board chairwoman Lynette Kershaw after signing letters to create the Parksville International Academy. [JULIE BERTRAND/OCEANSIDE STAR] funding, with $1.5 million more to come. SD 69 will contribute a site lease and staff time. “We want to turn the institute into the Davos of sustainable education,” said District 69 superintendent Rollie Koop. “Our biggest interest was the
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embers of the Oceanside Palliative Caregivers are having a hard time keeping up with the number of people who want to sign their petition. “About 90 per cent of the community sign it,” a somewhat flustered Carol Dowe said last Friday as she dealt with a nosy reporter and as many as three or four people crowded around her card table outside the Qualicum Beach liquor store. The petition calls for more palliative-care beds in the Oceanside area. “We have just one bed for 50,000 people,” she tells a man who’s not up on the subject. “That’s ridiculous,” he says with a snort. “One bed?” He doesn’t sign, though; he’s from Vancouver. In less than two hours Dowe has four petition sheets full of signatures. The pace is about the same for her fellow campaigners posted outside grocery stores and drug stores around Oceanside. The Gardens at Qualicum Beach asked them to bring them petition forms this week so their residents can sign them. “Stores are calling up and saying: Come pick up your petitions. They’re full,” Dowe says. They picked up 40 pages from the Pharmasave. The petitions will be presented to the board of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) when it meets Thursday, May 29, 1 p.m., at the Parksville Community & Conference Centre. “We’re asking people to come and show their support.” Dowe says. “We want a good turnout.” The Caregivers are hoping Island Health will start by funding a cluster of six to eight beds in a local care facility with a palliative-care nurse in charge. Area care homes, Dowe says, have told her they can provide the beds for about $200 a day, compared to $1,400 a day for one
Carol Dowe, of Oceanside Palliative Caregivers, had a busy afternoon gathering signatures outside the Qualicum Beach liquor store. [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR] of 12 beds in the palliative-care unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. The Caregivers are also collecting palliative-care stories from people who have cared for a loved one either with or without access to palliative care. These and letters of support
can be sent to Dowe, to Island Health, to Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, and to Health Minister Terry Lake. Dowe’s address is 512 Hawthorne Dr., Qualicum Beach, V9K 1A5. Her email is caroldowe@ gmail.com. Contact her also to volunteer on the campaign.
Those wishing to contact Island Health directly can email Maia Garland, administrative assistant to board chair Don Hubbard, at Maia.Garland@viha.ca. Michelle Stilwell: Michelle.Stilwell.MLA@leg.bc.ca. Terry Lake: hlth.minister@gov. bc.ca.
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They’ll also take aerosol food cans, such as those used for Pam cooking spray. The glass food containers have to be clean or the depot won’t take them, Morrow says, “otherwise we’ll get rats.” They’d really appreciate it if their customers would attempt to clean everything, she says. “Clean is always better.” Plastics and packaging. They’ll now take grocery bags, film packaging, the plastic you might find over a case of water bottles, clamshell containers used for take-out food, Tim Hortonsstyle take-out paper coffee cups, garden pots, Styrofoam and the polystyrene packaging used to protect your new computer or TV. Then, for reasons obscure to Morrow, they will no longer take coloured garbage bags, such as the orange ones often used for garden waste, or shrink wrap. “There’s a large list of exclusions,” she says. “These decisions were made by MMBC and they classify things differently.” In the end, despite all the reorganizing, there’s probably no more money in it for the depot, Morrow says, but “time will tell.” She’s expecting bumps in the road during the roll-out and they’ll be able to pass on customer comments, pro or con, back to Ontario-based MMBC. Overall, Morrow is confident they can make it work. “I’ve been to a lot of recycling depots and we have the best facility,” she says. “We have the besttrained staff. We look after our customers. “It will be business as usual.”
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he Salvation Army wants to consolidate its Oceanside-area operations into one site in downtown Parksville, Major Norm Hamelin said Friday. The French Creek food bank on Wembley Road and the soup kitchen, church, shelter and two thrift stores in Parksville would all be in one place, along with meeting rooms and offices, said Hamelin, corps officer and pastor for the Mount Arrowsmith Community Ministries. Having services and operations scattered through the area is “inefficient,” Hamelin said, whereas one site in the downtown core can “capture operational synergies.”
Major Norm Hamelin says the Salvation Army wants to consolidate in downtown Parksville. The Salvation Army engaged Coast realtor Ian Mackay and Cara MacDonald and Nigel Gray of MacDonald Gray Consultants to assess its current properties
and to identify suitable prospect- peace in the community.” review, he said. ive properties. The committee looked at 12 Once a site is chosen, they’ll In consultation with the city sites in the downtown core, begin gathering financial supof Parksville and business and including school sites, he said. port and working with the city community groups, the SalvaThey considered both renovatplanning department. tion Army formed a search coming an existing building and Hamelin was to update city mittee comprising Hamelin, Lisa building something new. council on the project WednesClason, Dave Burns, Pat Draper Two “strong candidate” sites day evening. “We will need their and Renate Sutherland. are now undergoing detailed blessing at some point,” he said. It was important to Harbourview Volkswagen celebrating over 30 Years in Nanaimo! have Sutherland, executive director of the Society of Organized Services, on board so as to avoid duplication of services, HamSTK #B-4356 elin said. “We had to make 2013 Golf Diesel Highline sure there’s STK#B4409 STK #B-4460
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his looks like a good-news week for Parksville. First, tests show aquifer storage and recovery is going to work, not only saving taxpayers millions but also turning Parksville and the Regional District of Nanaimo into sellers of water, should things come to that. Then, before city council are two subdivisions of substance: 18 apartments on Moilliet Street and 43 small-lot homes on Stanhope Road, the first such projects we’ve seen in Parksville in a long time. Let’s hope these ones will
actually be built. And then — ta-da — an international English as a Second Language school in behind Parksville Elementary School. This means the two school-closure sites in Parksville, PES and Winchelsea Elementary, won’t be entirely derelict, what with Winchelsea becoming home to PASS/Woodwinds and administrative support services. It isn’t clear, however, what will happen with the PES building itself. The $1.5-million international
school, teaching English to foreign students for a few months before they enroll in a school program, is going to be built in the fields behind PES, a bit odd in that it leaves a boarded-up school as a neighbour. On the week of “the big announcement” there are bound to be details to be ironed out. Let’s hope the proponents are forthcoming with them as the weeks pass. And, no personal insult intended, but it appears that the proponents, two guys trolling
the Chinese travel market for the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association, probably don’t have $1.5 million. “Looking for investors” with scant details isn’t exactly confidence-building. Hopefully School District 69 has done its diligence. As the Shawnigan Lake and Mill Bay areas have shown, this can be a lucrative, clean, desirable business and it can be a great tie-in to the District 69 international student program. A cautious good luck to all!
questions: Why put the town in a position of an unnecessary legal challenge? Why have only two meetings on such an important OCP change, knowing only 40 people attended the first one? Why ignore the concerns of the majority and disenfranchise Qualicum Beach residents by not following the rule of law and due process? Why are these three councillors on record as saying “the amendment has nothing to do with Pheasant Glen’s development proposal,” yet that’s precisely the context of the legal opinion? What is the rush when we have an election in November and the issue could even be on the ballot as a plebiscite? Do these council members have a hidden agenda that Qualicum Beach residents should be aware of? Fox McKinley Qualicum Beach
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>>Your Letters // email: email@example.com Living wage can be paid without a fixed tip In reference to your story on the non-tipping restaurant to open at the Pacific Shores Resort. Please excuse me for my simplistic views, but hasn’t David Jones just added an 18 per cent fixed tip to everyone’s bill at his new restaurant? If I choose to leave a 10-15 per cent tip after my meal dependent on the quality of food and service, I will, but don’t add it to my bill before I have even started. Restaurants in Europe at least have the gall to call it a fixed tip and make it a note on your bill and also warn you about it upfront on their menus. I made a point of not eating in those establishments. They usually have to put a fixed tip in there because their food or service quite often doesn’t merit one! If Mr. Jones wants to pay his staff a living wage, please go ahead and do so. Many Oceanside businesses already do without stiffing the customer. It’s a story that gets some good advertising out for the restaurant but I think if you concentrate on the basics of good food and good service without the gimmicks, the customers will come and return. That is all I ask from the places I frequent. Mike Battams Parksville
Border change exposes town to legal action At the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, Councillors Willie, Luchtmeijer and Brouilette voted in favor of going ahead with an Official Community Plan amendment aligning the Growth Containment Boundary with the Urban Containment Boundary. They ignored the advice of
legal counsel in its April 22 letter to the town titled the ‘Pheasant Glen OCP Amendment, File No. 00071-0249,’ that it would be vulnerable to legal challenge and there’s a good chance it will be reversed on appeal (as could two similar cases of Greater Vancouver RD v. Township of Langley), hence possibly opening the town to legal action by the Regional District of Nanaimo, another member municipality in the RDN, or a citizen of the town or region, as previously stated by the town’s solicitors in their letter Nov. 22, 2013. In an audience of some 200 people, of those who commented on the amendment, 75% said they are not in favor of the change, while the ones who were, were primarily members of Pheasant Glen. Thus, the passing of third reading of this bylaw by these councillors begs the following
Just wondering: if two of your staff members’ family were abducted, would you run the story on the eighth page, or would you be more concerned about funding for a water plant? You made the choice on the Meisel girls and I think you all should be ashamed! Graeme Diamond Qualicum Beach RCMP found the girls, the subject of an Amber Alert, that Wednesday evening in Boston Bar. — Ed. The Oceanside Star welcomes letters to the editor but we reserve the right to edit for clarity, taste, legality and length. Submissions must include hometown and a daytime phone number for verification purposes only. Letters must include your first (or two initials) and last name. For best results, email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Herbalist shares local plant knowledge JULIE BERTRAND OCEANSIDE STAR
any edible wild plants grow in Oceanside. What many might think of as a weed may be a nutritious green that can easily be used in meals to replace commercially grown salads and greens. Since the beginning of May, Nanaimo naturalist Stephanie Mills has been leading groups of Oceanside residents on walks through local regional parks to teach them about edible plants. The walks are organized by the Regional District of Nanaimo’s recreation and parks department. “It’s surprising how many wild plants are edible,” she said. “Should there be a catastrophe, people could survive a long time by eating those plants.” She encourages participants to put those local plants in their garden instead of roses or rhododendrons. “They’re easy to grow and they don’t take much water,” Mills said. “You don’t have to worry about spraying them or contamination.” A good example of a wild nutritious green is the stinging nettle. Its flavour is similar to spinach
Naturalist Stephanie Mills teaches Oceanside residents to recognize local edible plants. She’s standing with a trailing blackberry plant in Englishman River Regional Park. [JULIE BERTRAND/OCEANSIDE STAR] and cucumber. The stinging chemical inside the plant will be destroyed when nettles are cooked or blended into a purée.
The plant is also a complete plant green, rich in vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese and calcium.
Mills suggests using them to replace spinach or to make pesto. The plant is becoming trendy, with chefs in Victoria and Van-
couver using them. Other local wild greens include chickweed and miner’s lettuce. Vancouver Island has a variety of wild berry-producing plants, including salmonberries, thimbleberries, trailing blackberries, invasive blackberries, huckleberries and strawberries. “They’re local, free and abundant,” Mills said. “The darker the berry is, the higher its antioxidant content is.” When planted in a garden, berry plants will attract birds and insects. The plants are also easily maintained. When it comes to foraging, there are three rules to follow: foraging in parks and protected areas is illegal; people should not take more than 10 per cent of a patch; and people have to be careful and respectful of plants and the environment. Mills said there’s been a resurgence of interest in wild plants, due to concerns about food security. People who sign up for her walks have varied plant knowledge and are from all age groups. The next edible plant walk is Wednesday, May 28 at Moorecroft Regional Park. To register for the walk, call the RDN at 250-248-3252.
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arksville’s Dr. Kathryn Gemmell is launching this year’s Medical Cooking Classes with The Art of Herbs on Saturday, May 31. Participants will learn the health benefits and delicious applications of fresh herbs, as well as the basics for having an
Dr. Kathryn Gemmell with a bush of rosemary, an herb that thrives in Oceanside’s climate. [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR] almost year-round productive herb garden. There will be a mid-morning tea break with a gluten-free snack and you will be able to taste the finished products. Class notes and recipes are provided. Bring a pen and a clipboard. Dr. Gemmell, a foot specialist, has been
cooking since she was eight and has obtained her chef’s certificate. A local farm-food advocate, her goal is to share her knowledge of food and health. The class is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 197 Cedar St., Parksville. The cost is a nonrefundable $40. Call 250-248-9227.
No magical mystery, Saturday bus tour about the local watershed Oceanside water and hydrology will be the focus of a watershed bus tour arranged by the Arrowsmith Naturalists this Saturday, May 24. The 2-½ hour tour with guide Trevor Wicks will start in Parksville at 9:30 a.m. and visit important water sources that supply water for nature and people,
from upstream water-catchment areas to groundwater recharge areas. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. The pick-up location is on Craig Street across from Parksville city hall and behind the Stedmans store. To book a seat, call Gail Armstrong at 250-248-0587.
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SCHOOL DISTRICT 69 (QUALICUM) 2014/15 PRELIMINARY OPERATING BUDGET DEVELOPMENT
Teachers to strike Wednesday STAR STAFF
The some 325 teachers in Qualicum School District 69 are planning to walk off the job next Wednesday, May 28. One-day rotating strikes are planned in every school district in B.C. next week starting Monday and ending Thursday. The 17 schools in District 69 will be closed and any extra-curricular activities, such as field trips and sports events, planned for Wednesday will be cancelled. Schools are to resume normal operations Thursday. The strike, called by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, is in response to a provincial
contract offer of 6.5 per cent over six years and a $1,200 signing bonus. The BCTF is asking for 13.25 per cent over four years with cost-of-living increases based on inflation. The province has said it will cut teachers pay by five per cent if they take strike action. The BCTF plans to appeal that to the Labour Relations Board. The BCTF and the province have been bargaining for 16 months. The province began bargaining seeking a 10-year deal. A full-scale strike will require another vote of the BCTF membership and 72 hours’ strike notice.
The Board of Education of School District No. 69 (Qualicum) has scheduled the following Budget meetings to develop the 2014-15 Preliminary Operating Budget and invites members of the staff and public to attend.
May 13, 2014 The Forum – Parksville Civic & Technology Centre 7:00 pm To review draft budgets. May 20, 2014 The Forum – Parksville Civic & Technology Centre 7:00 pm To review draft budgets. May 27, 2014 The Forum – Parksville Civic & Technology Centre 7:00 pm (Regular Board Meeting) June 3, 2014 The Forum – Parksville Civic & Technology Centre 7:00 pm Adopt 2014/15 Preliminary Operating Budget.
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We take a good look at one of the mainstays of the Oceanside golf scene. Eaglecrest, a popular full length beauty offers golfers of all levels a rewarding round. I have 2 favorite times of day to golf there, early morning when the greens have just been just been cut and early evening when a virtually empty course offers a most serene and peaceful game. On one of these recent sunny evenings four of us friends joined together for a relaxing game and some good laughs too. Amazement could also be thrown in there as after a 6 month lay off Tanya, without any warm up or stretching, took one practice swing and then proceeded to stripe her drive straight down the middle about 200 yards. We call this type of spectacular shot after a long lay off, a “Tooner”. Big deal you say? Oh ya, it was her 3 wood. Eaglecrest is a very welcoming and friendly place to play or perhaps just to grab a bite to eat. There is the usual batch of regulars and characters that most courses have. A good bunch of guys and gals, some retired, some working stiffs like me but all unassuming and fun to be around. The deck overlooking the Par 3, 13th green is a great sunspot to have a cold beer and watch golfers play. 2 nights a week the place is especially hopping, Wednesday Wing Night and Friday Fish and Chip night sees the team in the kitchen pumping out the meals with a squad of bubbly gals serving and taking care of the customers. Every year the course as a gesture of appreciation promotes “Locals Weekend” with a wide array of discounts on
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Local MLA expenses: $71,531 STAR STAFF AND VING NEWS SERVICE
hen it comes to MLAs, Oceanside is represented by a couple of middling spenders. According to MLA expense reports released last week, between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell spent $32,868 (for her, actually from the May 14, 2013 election to March 31, 2014) and Alberni-Pacific Rim MLA Scott Fraser spent $38,663. By comparison, neighbouring Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog claimed just $24,226. Overall, expenses among the 85 MLAs ranged from $583 (Rob Howard, Richmond) to $87,618 (John Rustad, Nechako Lakes). The numbers also included a month and a half’s expenses from MLAs who were defeated in the election or otherwise chose not to run again, such as Parksville-Qualicum’s Ron Cantelon at $2,732 for housing and travel. MLAs have three options for housing in Victoria: A $19,000 annual allowance, requiring support from landlord receipts or mortgage documentation; a $12,000 cash allowance without proof of how it’s spent; or up to $17,000 in hotel bills backed by receipts. Stilwell opted for hotel accommodation, which cost only $4,740, plus $1,811 in per diem expenses. She also claimed $4,177 for inconstituency travel, $18,211 for general travel plus $2,008 per diem, and $1,920 for an accompanying person on five trips. Fraser took the $12,000 cash allowance plus $3,936 in per diem living expense claims. He also claimed $5,829 for inconstituency travel, $11,670 for general travel plus $1,312 per diem, and $3,916 for an accompanying person on nine trips. Stilwell said her duties, serving on five government committees, including caucus chair, push her travel costs higher. “I’m a busy lady,” she said. Krog said it’s important to consider an MLA’s responsibilities.
“If you’re in caucus, you may be spending more,” Krog said. “It’s neither a compliment to have spent the least or a criti-
cism to have spent the most.” MLAs who live in rural constituencies, especially in the north, tend to file the largest
expense claims for transportation and living costs, Krog said. “ I can literally hop in a car. Those guys use planes, trains
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he biblical story of Jacob wrestling an angel brings to mind the question: Why would someone be wrestling an angel in the first place? We gain an understanding when we realize that Jacob has been a trickster most of his life. In fact, Jacob sounds like the Hebrew words for “heel” and “deceiver.” He tricked his brother Esau out of his birthright, and tricked his father out of Esau’s rightful blessing. Jacob later tricked his father-in-law Laban out of more than his share of their flocks. Although Jacob fled his broth-
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Ready for the Spring Tour
Bonnie Basaraba at the front door of her and husband Bill’s Cedar Moon Glass Studio & Gallery in Qualicum Beach. They’re among 47 artisans and artists, from Nanaimo to the Comox Valley, who are opening their studios to the public this weekend, May 24-25, for a Spring Studio Tour. “While patrons might be used to seeing the works of our many talented creative people in the shops and galleries, they rarely have the opportunity to experience the places where these fantastic creations are made,” said Bill, spokesperson for the Central Island Artisans. The self-guided tour features potters, jewellers, glass workers, wood turners, stone carvers, painters, sculptors, fabric artists, to name just a few of the types of art forms that will be on display. The complete list of participants, with links to their websites or email addresses, as well as downloadable studio tour guide maps, are available from the studio tour’s website: www.centralislandartisans.com. Printed versions will be available at all participating studios as well as at community resource centres. Studio Tour signs will also be posted to help point tour participants in the right direction. All studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. There is no cost to take the tour.
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This Saturday, May 24 come meet Bill, the Moluccan cockatoo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Anne and St. Edmunds Anglican Church Hall, 407 Wembley Rd., Parksville. Bill, 21, lost her feathers to stress and decided she likes to chew wood. Members of F.E.A.T.H.E.R.S., an Island group that support parrots and their people, started to see shapes in her carvings and decided to paint in the detail. See the carvings, Bill and 40 of her friends. There will also be birdybingo, games, and refreshments, all free. Donations will be accepted to support The Macaw Sanctuary at El Manantial in Costa Rica.
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Do you collect and eat edible plants from nature?
MAY 22 ■ Eaglecrest Garden Club hosts speaker Des Kennedy from Denman Island on Heart and Soil: The Revolutionary Good of Gardens, meet and greet 6 p.m., lecture 7 p.m., Q.B. Civic Centre. $5 fee for non-members. All welcome. Info: 250 586 6129. ■ The Essence of Reality: ‘Perceiving life’s oneness’ with author Thomas Nehrer, 7 p.m., Parksville Community & Conference Centre. By donation. Shift In Action: 954-1002. MAY 23 ■ Spa Night for Teens, 13-18 years, 7-9 p.m., Ravensong Aquatic Centre. Services from local health and wellness professionals, aquafit and more. $25. Pre-register by calling RDN, Recreation and Parks 250-752-5014. ■ iPad Basics, Building Learning Together free workshop, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Family Place, 494 Bay Ave., Parksville. Info: 250-947-8258. ■ First Open Heart Society – Mid-Island Chapter meets 1:30 p.m., St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Rd., Nanaimo. Donna Harvey, RN, is guest speaker. ■ Free introduction to basic genealogy resources at the library, with Alberta expert Lynn Meehan, 2-3 p.m., Parksville library. MAY 24 ■ Great Garage Sale, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oceanside Place Arena. Free admission. Book a table for $19; call RDN, Recreation and Parks 250-248-3252.
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On Thursday last week, the District 69 Recreation Commission recognized two local athletes who won gold medals at provincial championships this winter. From left: Commission chairman Scott Tanner, Gabrielle Courtorielle and Gordon Verge. Courtorielle is the 2014 BC Winter Games gold medallist in women’s barebow (without mechanical aids) archery. Verge’s masters tennis rankings as of May 5 are first in singles, second in doubles provincially, second in singles, second in doubles nationally, and 54th in singles and 49th in doubles internationally. The RDN Performance Recognition Program is open to individuals and teams who have placed first in a provincial, inter-provincial or national athletic or artistic competition. For more, call 250-248-3252 and see www.rdn.bc.ca. [BRIAN WILFORD/OCEANSIDE STAR]
■ Wesley Ridge Guided Hike, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $37. Pre-register with RDN, Recreation and Parks at 250-248-3252. ■ Qualicum Beach Family History Society 2014 conference, ‘Unlocking The Past, at Tigh-na-Mara Resort. For more and to register, see www.qbfhs.ca. ■ Nanoose Library Flea Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nanoose Library Centre Hall, 2489 Nanoose Rd., Nanoose Bay. Also books, plants, food. To book a table: Barb Irving 250-468-5320.
■ Nanoose Garden Club annual plant sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nanoose Library Centre. Vegetables, heritage tomatoes, perennials, master gardeners. Info: Loraine (250) 468-9749. ■ Mt. Arrowsmith Bonsai Society Annual Spring Show, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., The Old School House Art Gallery, 122 Fern Ave., Qualicum Beach. Bonsai displays and demos by club members, sales table. Free admission. ■ Arrowsmith Naturalists Water Sustainability Bus Tour with
Trevor Wicks, 9:15 a.m. Where does our drinking water come from? $15 per person, $25 per couple for 2-1/2-hour trip! Contact Gail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 250-248-0587. ■ Garage sale, Parksville Legion, 9 a.m. Bargains, bake table, snacks. Donations of goods accepted after noon May 23. Carol: 250-248-5060. MAY 25 ■ Qualicum Beach Family Day Free Swim, 10 a.m. to noon,
Last poll’s question: Would you rather pay more for a meal and not tip? Yes: 41% No: 59% Ravensong Aquatic Centre. Info: RDN 752-5014. ■ The Vancouver Island Opera Parksville Recital Series presents Nikolai Maloff and Friends (Gwen Thompson on violin, Eric Wilson on cello), 3 p.m., Mac Arts Gallery 133 McMillan St, Parksville. Tickets $20 at the door. Info: 250-586-6095.
MAY 26 ■ Alpine Gardeners present Kenton Seth from Colorado on Hunting Wildflowers of the Wild West, 1-3 p.m., QB Civic Centre. $5 includes plant prize draw, coffee, tea. Info: Valerie 250-594-4423; email: email@example.com. ■ Parksville Community Bike Ride with Mayor and Council, 4 p.m., Parksville Community and Conference Centre. Info: oceansidecyclingcoalition.blogspot.ca; Jim Swanson 250-752-5643; firstname.lastname@example.org. MAY 27 ■ Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation class, 5:30 p.m., McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan St., Parksville, every Tuesday until the end of the month. Info: (250) 9545040; www.freemeditation.ca. ■ Qualicum Beach Community Bike Ride with Mayor and Council, 4 p.m., Qualicum Beach Legion. Info: oceansidecyclingcoalition.blogspot.ca; Jim Swanson 250-752-5643; j.e.swanson@shaw. ca. MAY 28 ■ Arrowsmith Naturalists meet 7:30 p.m., Knox United Church, Parksville. Speakers: Terry and Rosemary Taylor on Mosses and Lichens. All welcome. Info: 752-7588. ■ Grief Support Group meets Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., Knox United Church, Parksville. For those who have you experienced a loss of any kind. Be uplifted by a small group of people in a similar situation. Safe and confidential. Info: 250-248-3927.
THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, your thoughts are distant right now, almost as if you’re living in a fantasy world. This is creatively beneﬁcial but not so helpful for practical tasks. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, if you’re not careful, you could ﬁnd yourself debating family and friends this week. Instead, try to sit back and listen rather than fostering debate. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, a realization about what is really important to you instills a renewed sense of conﬁdence this week. You will be focused on important things. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, if your ﬁnances seem like they are in a state of upheaval, it could be because you have not looked at everything in black and white just yet. Make some changes. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 You come on too strong sometimes, Leo. Those who know you best can handle this approach, but you can scare off potential new friends if you do not ease up. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Be patient and do not demand too much of yourself during the next few days, Virgo. You need to keep your workload light; otherwise, you may get easily overwhelmed. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 This is a time to discover the value of others, Libra. A
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