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In And Around Here... Thank Dog It’s Friday Miscellaneous observations, recommendations, issues and whathave-yous worth considering or not this week in Nelson. Window Dressing: I love to wander around town and check out the window displays of Nelson businesses and entrepreneurs. There are the fanciful/whimsical displays at Bijoux on Ward Street and in the stand alone exhibit at the bus stop at Ward and Baker. In August, when Shambala comes to the Kootenays, Streetclothes Named Desire dresses up its windows on the wild side to reflect the festival’s spirit. In the residential areas, creative residents take their ‘window dressing’ outside with rooftop gargoyles and light displays. Up on Stanley Street, there’s rusted sculptured garden art and over in lower Fairview, behind the Safeway, there’s a fabulous driftwood garden gate. Rain or shine, it’s always worth a walk around town.

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Yum: Fabulous food to check out in Nelson and area. I’d like to thank my boss at the WhiteHouse Backpacker Lodge for introducing me to one of Fusion’s phenomenal appetizers. If you haven’t tried their Stuffed Tiger Prawns, well, try them is all I can say. Fusion is located at the corner of Kootenay and Baker streets.

~Paula Hudson-Lunn

Raid The North Extreme Raid the North Extreme (RTNX) is pleased to have the expertise and experience of BC Search and Rescue at this year’s event. Members of Nelson Search and Rescue, Columbia Search and Rescue, Kaslo Search and Rescue, Rossland Search and Rescue as well as other volunteers will assist with technical aspects of the race as competitors travel through the West Kootenay region. In the past, Nelson SAR has worked on 36-hour Raid the North adventure

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Be-Cause … Saving BC’s Wild Salmon, a cause worth repeating. I’m on the email list for West Coast wild salmon activist, Alexandra Morton’s campaign to protect wild salmon and ensure monitoring of fish farms along BC’s west coast. Every once in a while I get an email that is so compelling, I have to pass her message along. Please check out Alexandra’s blog at http://alexandramorton.typepad. com/ to find out how you can help. For background details, visit

races in Revelstoke and Nelson. The event gives SAR volunteers the opportunity to consult on safety and communications, do live training with water, swiftwater and rope rescue teams and build complicated rope systems they would rarely have the chance to build otherwise.

A Short Shot Of Library Blast off! Rocket Languages database puts the world a click away. Right now the Nelson Library is participating in a 90-day trial of this online language learning resource, and we’d like you to check it out. Choose from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, English for Spanish speakers, and even Sign Language! Choose print, audio, or both. Interact with other learners online or knuckle down and go it alone. Choose practical scenarios such as dining, social situations and getting around town. Make plans and keep notes, all on your own personalized page. All you need is

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a library card and a desire to order up a beer in the language of your waiter! Une bière, s’il vous plait. Una cerveza, por favor. Ein Bier, bitte. Una birra, per favore. Still all Greek to you? Try it out. Please tell us what you think of Rocket Languages. Find the Nelson Library online at or drop in to 602 Stanley Street. 250-3526333. Extra! News magazines in print and online at the Nelson Library!

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Ode to Vancouver Canucks There once was a team that defied all the odds, they made it to the Cup finals, thanks to the gods, They made it through game one and even won two, but the third came and.. they didn’t know what to do. Going into the fourth it was just like before. They couldn’t get past Thomass, to even the score, Now Boston has tied it up, with only two games to win the cup

We did it! We won game five Keeping our Cup dreams still alive. Played with guts and got in the mix Our boys blew it they lost game six. The finals, they are finally here the teams are psyched and put on their gear.

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Now game seven I got tanked, because our team, got totally spanked. People boooing, I shed one tear but I said, “Hey, there’s always next year.”

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Rhythm Dragons led by the Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band. Relay for Life kick off on Saturday.

Get A Hole In One July 10th marks the tenth anniversary of the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation’s Legacy Golf Event at Granite Pointe Golf Club. Suppose you were told that it was possible to sink a hole-in-one without swinging a club. Here is how it will work: At 7:00 p.m. on the day of the tournament at Granite Pointe, 999 uniquely numbered golf balls will be dropped from the extended ladder of the Nelson Fire Department’s aerial ladder truck. The first ball that goes into the hole – or failing that, comes closest to the hole – will win the grand prize, a two night stay at the Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke, as well as a round of golf for two, cart rental, and dinner for two at Olympic View Golf Club. In addition, the winner will also receive $1,000 in spending money. A ticket corresponding to a numbered ball can be purchased



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for just $10. Tickets are available at 103.5 FM The Bridge, Granite Pointe Golf Club, and Sensations Klothes Shoppe, or by calling the Foundation office at 354-2334. Tickets can also be purchased at Marketfest on June 24, outside the Liquor Store on the afternoon of June 30, or at Lakeside Park’s Canada Day celebration on July 1. Proceeds from this event go towards the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation. Check out our website at for more information. Come out and golf for the health of it!

A Wacky World ...

Man Sets House On Fire Cleaning Foot Emergency personnel were called Wednesday to a Florida home where a man accidentally started a fire with rubbing alcohol and a cigarette. The man told deputies he was sitting on his bed cleaning an infection on his foot with the alcohol when somespilled on the sheets, the man told authorities, and when his cigarette touched the spill, a fire started. He did not know why the cigarette contacted the bedclothes. The man pulled the sheets off

and left to get something to put out the fire with but when he returned, the fire was much larger, and the man left the house and called 911, the site reported. All the people in the house were able to get out safely although the single-family home suffered significant damage and was uninhabitable. The fire was ruled accidental.

Worst Sound In The World If you’ve ever thought that listening to your child whine was worse than having a buzz saw cut wood inside your house, it turns out you were right. A new study has found that the power of whining to distract people while doing simple math was even greater than other noises that people typically find annoying. It didn’t matter whether someone was a parent or not. The researchers asked people to do subtraction problems while listening to an infant crying, regular speech, silence, whining, a highpitched table saw and “motherese” -- exaggerated baby talk that adults often find irritating. In raw numbers, people made more mistakes per math problems completed when listening to the whines than any of the other speech patterns or noises (though

the only statistically significant differences were between whining, the table saw and motherese). And people completed fewer subtraction problems when listening to the whining, crying and baby talk than when it was completely quiet. Most people would tell you ignore it, and the child will eventually stop, one mother of two suspects that trying to figure out what the underlying issue is may be equally -- if not more -- effective. “It’s telling you to tune in,” she said. “Nobody wants to sit around and listen to a fire engine siren either, but if you hear the siren go off, it gets your attention. It has to be annoying like that, and it’s the same with the whine.”

Snake Bites Man That Saved It A 24 year old New Jersey man was driving when he spotted a rattlesnake crossing the road. The man got out of his car to prevent the snake from being hit by oncoming vehicles. He then tried to pin the rattlesnake down with a stick — and the snake bit his hand. The man drove to a nearby state park where paramedics were called in.

Officials don’t believe that the man’s injuries are life-threatening, though a snakebite can cause severe illness.

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Wednesay The Royal on Baker A unique blend of urban, roots, and Latin music, an iconic front woman, and a environmental and social activism message - ladies and gentleman, let me introduce Blue King Brown. This Australian eight-piece have been gaining momentum since their debut album “Stand Up” dropped in 2006, a potent call-to-arms delivered in a danceable fashion. Opening slots for Santana, Damian Marley, and Michael Franti and Spearhead on world tours quickly followed, gaining praise from fans and critics alike. Their live show soon became legendary, bringing it to stops in Europe, Japan, and deep into the U.S. A long-deserved break from touring meant sessions for their new album; a wealth of new material and collaborations with Sly and Robbie lead to an expansive double album entitled “Worldwize: Part 1 North and South”. Released last August, it further expands their potent sound into reggae and dancehall, never losing focus or their messages of positivity. No strangers to Nelson, they’ve played Shambhala and a show at Spiritbar previously; I can’t wait to see what unfolds during a sweaty June night at The Royal....


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Portraits from the C.S. Wing Studio Through to Aug 21 Nelson Through the Lens: The historical photography of J.H.Allen Through to Aug. 27 Masters of BC Art: Hans Wilking Through to Aug. 27

Saturday Wood n Soo Hip Hop/ House/ Turntableism Tuesday Digable Planets Hip Hop



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Friday KCF Hall Chelsea Nisbett Our Daily Bread fundraiser Acoustic Rock/ Soul/ R&B

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Saturday June 25 1-4 p.m. Brian Kalbfleisch New Art Show w/ live music from Gemma Luna Saturday House & Home Presents Where the Wild Things Are DJ Joel West House Sunday Mike & Mark Acoustic/ Jam/ Folk Wednesday Blue King Brown Urban Roots Send your free event listing to:

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Joel West Interview

that influence crossing over to the mainstream. I think its also getting away from the traditional DJ set up, two turntables and a mixer and turning into all kinds of unique setups. There is so much gear out there, you can set up any way you like. Scientists of Sound is a good example of that, they are basically performing electronic sound but they are actually making it right there in front of you as opposed to playing a concrete already finished article like a record or an MP3.

Saturday The Royal on Baker Another House And Home show on the way, as you like to do from time to time, this one has a theme, tell us about it. I am kind of revisiting my childhood a little bit. The first party I kicked off for my birthday was the star wars party, we had more costumes than Halloween apparently. I thought I’d continue with that and something that immediately suggested itself to me was Where The Wild Things Are, I think people of all ages have such a connection with it. Can you tell us what your costume is going to be and how long did it take to make? My costume is going to be a Mini Max and I’d say about three hours. There are prizes? Yeah, top prize is $100 cold hard cash in your hand, second and third are still in the works but there will be tickets to upcoming shows like Scientists of Sound. For people that don’t know, what are the Scientists of Sound? What do they do? They are the best of both worlds, They are a live duo, sometimes trio, sometimes quad. They are basically performing live and looping live electronic dance music. They cover well-known and really loved artists like Dead Mouse, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers. If you can’t bring Daft Punk to Nelson, this is probably almost better, because we are bringing in a Canadian artist from Halifax to bring the energy and that’s where it’s at.

So is it all live instruments? {With the duo} they have a guitar, half a dozen synths and they bring their own visual show. I know one guy is sitting on stage with an electric guitar for sure. Sometimes, when they do play as a bigger group they do have a drummer and other live instruments as well.

“Anyone can be a DJ...anyone can play guitar...piano...” Electronic music seems to be making a push back into the mainstream in North America with festivals and bars alike booking more and more DJ’s, what do you attribute the resurgence in North America to? There have been some incredible artists, Dead Mouse and Chromeo who cross over to more main stream appeal but also I think a lot of what I would call Electronic Production Technique & Sounds have crossed over to producing pop music. A lot of these producers, again I go back to Dead Mouse who’s produced artists like Britney Spears under other names, start to bring that know how over, you get

Nelson is known for musicians. There are a lot of people that are in bands and play in various forms of music and I’ve heard more than a few times that anyone can be DJ, its just pushing buttons, there is no soul. How do you respond to people when they mention that to you? *laughs* I agree with them anybody can be a DJ, but as with anyone can play the guitar and anyone can play the piano. I think its much easier now to get started. You don’t have to learn a lot of the things you had to learn like playing with vinyl - a lot of programs will do that work for you. I’ve read somewher “a truly great DJ would have made a great musician they just picked this instrument” and I agree with that. It takes years to develop musical taste and experience to develop how to play, how to shape a night, how to direct energy, how to focus energy, As with any instrument, some people have it some people don’t. Anyone can learn to press buttons, but the cream rises to the top.

~Chad Hansen Interviewer

Digable Planets Tuesday SpiritBar Though only around for a for a few years, New York City’s Digable Planets left a mark in the early Nineties rap scene. Mixing old jazz samples with their positive messages, “Doodlebug”, “Butterfly” and female MC “Ladybug” created a unique, laid back sound that resonated with the masses. Stoner-friendly yet smart, their debut “Reachin” in 1993 went Gold and won a Grammy for best Rap Performance, fitting in nicely with contemporaries De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest on the charts. The follow-up, “Blowout Comb” in 1994, also charted and featured guest spots from East Coast heavyweights Guru and Jeru Tha Damaja; it upped the funk samples and also featured themes like Black Power and social issues. Unfortunately, it was their “last gasp” - Ladybug quit the group over disputes over equal payment for her contributions to both albums. Still waving the flag, Doodlebug and Butterfly continue to tour with a variety of female MCs and live musicians, bringing the Digital Planets message far and wide. For a dose of classic positive hip hop, don’t miss the show at Spiritbar - in their own words, Digable Planets are selling a “Nickle Bag of Funk”, and you should go buy one!


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For Your Entertainment... Horoscopes


Place a digit from 1 to 9 in each empty cell so every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains all the digits 1 to 9.

Status Update: Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, 9 out of 10 people couldn’t start a conversation. Life takes its toll. Have exact change ready !

Random Trivia 1. In which musical did Barbra Streisand sing the song ‘Second Hand Rose’? 2. Who is the owner of the Atlanta Braves baseball team? 3. What is the Latin word for a female graduate of a school or university? 4. In this card game played with a special deck of 48 cards, the combination of the queen of spades and jack of diamonds is very important. The name of the game might have come from the Latin, meaning two eyes. What game is this?

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Cancer (June 22-July 22) You should be in business for yourself. Offers of joint ventures are likely. You may find that your mate is well aware of the circumstances. Concentrate on work and on making money. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

Capricorn (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Listen to the complaints of others. Invite friends over. You may have problems with children. You’re undergoing changes. Entertainment should include the whole family or a lot of your friends. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.

Leo (July 23-Aug 22) This is a great day to spend with family. Problems with appliances or electrical gad gets will drive you crazy. Sudden changes regarding colleagues may surprise you. Coworkers may not be on your side. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

Aquarius (Jan. 21.- Feb. 19) Talk to someone with experience about budgets or consolidating debts. You may have been trying to do too much, leaving yourself exhausted and open to colds and infections. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

Virgo (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your high energy, original ideas, and excellent memory will aid your accomplishments. Older members of your family may try to take advantage of you. You need to keep busy doing things that you both enjoy. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

Pisces (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You may not attract the kind of interest you had in mind. You can take advantage of opportunities if you are quick to make a move. You are best to ask questions if you aren’t certain. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.

Libra (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Get motivated and follow up on some self-improvement resolutions. This will not be the day to start new business ventures or make drastic changes in your career. Your partner could also use some time alone with you. Try to visit friends or relatives you don’t get to see often. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.

Aries (Mar. 21- April 20) Take part in stimulating debates that will allow you to show off your intelligence. Lovers will be demanding. You will reap the rewards for your kind actions. Your own small business on the side sounds pretty lucrative. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Look to a close friend for advice. Use your ingenuity to manipulate things to get what you want. Someone you live with will, be impossible. They won’t pay you back and you’ll be upset. You can meet new and exciting lovers through work related projects. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

Taurus (Apr. 21- may 21) Entertainment could cost you more than you expect. Disappointments regarding partners will be subject to the way you react to their personal comments. Get outside and enjoy the sunshine, you will enjoy it’s benefits. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Take the time to close deals that have been up in the air. You need to reevaluate your situation. Friends or groups that you’re affiliated with may want you to contribute more cash than you can really afford. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.

Gemini (May 22-June 21) You can make successful moves. Your mind may not be on the job. Be up front if you don’t want to be embarrassed. Insincere gestures of friendliness are likely to occur. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

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Joke of the Week Knock, Knock! Who’s there? Honey bee. Honey bee who? Honey bee a dear and get me a soda.

ACROSS 1. Awestruck 5. Circle fragments 9. Rumple 13. Not under 14. A gold coin of ancient Persia 16. Dwarf buffalo 17. Former Italian currency 18. Greek last letter 19. Caroled 20. Decree 22. Luxury apartment 24. Cleveland’s state 26. Oval nut 27. Rats or mice 30. A craving to drink 33. Travel via aircraft 35. French school 37. Twitch 38. A connected series of links 41. Representative (abbrev.) 42. Escargot 45. Untouched 48. Not the youngest 51. Overshadow 52. Go in 54. A man’s skirt 55. Having two sides or parts 59. Chubby 62. Graven image 63. He plays roles

65. District 40. Notch 66. Loyal 43. In perfect circum67. A god stances 68. Cog 44. The period 69. Gentlewoman preceeding Easter 70. Fail to win 46. Slide 71. Slave 47. Plowland DOWN 49. Place 1. Part portrayed 50. Male hawk 2. Keen 53. Proportion 3. Recurring at regular 55. Tab intervals 56. Inspiration 4. Windpipe 57. Burden 5. Bother 58. Parcels of land 6. Incline 60. Average 7. Cower 61. Cut back 8. A stamp or seal 64. Deli loaf 9. Stonework 10. A Central American sloth 11. Your male children 12. Wise one 15. Nab 21. Hue 23. Acclaim 25. Auditory 27. Rodents 28. Sheeplike 29. Fifth note in do-re-mi 31. Sacred writings 32. Adolescents 34. Short sleep 36. Sword 39. Anger

Status Update: If hot wheels designed the tracks I’d watch NASCAR. Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.


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Ingredients: 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cooked and cubed 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 (2 ounce) bottle hot sauce 1 (8 ounce) bottle blue cheese salad dressing 1 (16 inch) prepared pizza crust 1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese Method: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). 2. In a medium bowl combine the cubed chicken, melted butter and hot sauce. Mix well. Spread whole bottle of salad dressing over crust, then top with chicken mixture and sprinkle with shredded cheese. 3. Bake in preheated oven until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly, about 5 to 10 minutes. Let set a few minutes before slicing, and serve.

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Everybody Loves Pizza! *Pizza originated in Naples, Italy, the first pizzeria being Antica Pizzeria in 1738. * The first pizzas were just dough and tomato sauce - no cheese. * Each year, pizza is a $30 billion industry. * Children ages 3-11 prefer pizza over all other foods for lunch & dinner (Gallup Poll.) * 36 per cent of all pizza orders want their pizza topping pepperoni * We consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperonis every year. *It wasn’t until 1889 that cheese was first added to pizza in Italy, when famous pizza chef Raffaele Esposito made a pizza for Queen Margherita using tomato, basil, and cheese to represent the colors of the Italian flag. Today, the simple margherita pizza remains one of the most popular pizzas in the world. *The first American pizzeria was opened in New York City in 1905. *The largest pizza ever made was at Norwood Hypermarket in South Africa. It was 122 feet 8 inches across, weighed 26,883 pounds, contained 3,968 pounds of cheese, and 1,984 pounds of sauce. *The three dots in the Domino’s Pizza logo represent the first three Domino’s Pizza stores. *The most pizzas are delivered (and eaten) on New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, and Super Bowl Sunday. *About 93% of Canadians eat at least one pizza every month. Page 10

The Back Gallery - Stradivarius

Antonio Stradivari, by Edgar Bundy, 1893

What’s A Violin Worth? A rare Stradivarius violin that once belonged to the granddaughter of English poet Lord Byron sold for a record 9.8 million pounds ($15.9 million) at auction on Monday in a charity sale for Japanese disaster relief. The 1721 violin was bought by an anonymous bidder for around four times the previous auction record for a Stradivari violin, according to Tarisio, the online auction house for fine instruments. Proceeds from the sale will go to aid Japan after the recent natural disasters through the Nippon Foundation’s Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. The “Lady Blunt” was offered for sale by The Nippon Music Foundation, owners of some of the world’s finest Stradivari and Guarneri instruments. It is one of around 600 violins,

violas and cellos by the famed Italian maker Antonio Stradivari still in existence, and among the finest examples. The last time it was sold publicly was in 1971, when it fetched a then-record 84,000 pounds at Sotheby’s.

Stradivarius Defined Wikipedia: The name Stradivarius is associated with violins built by members of the Stradivari family, particularly Antonio Stradivari. According to their reputation, the quality of their sound has defied attempts to explain or reproduce, though this belief is controversial. The name “Stradivarius” has become a superlative often associated with excellence; to be called “the Stradivari” of any field is to be deemed the finest there is. The fame of Stradivarius instruments is widespread.

Construction While Stradivari’s techniques have long been up for debate and not fully understood by modern craftsmen and scientists, it is known for certain that the wood used included spruce for the top, willow for the internal blocks and linings, and maple for the back, ribs, and neck. There has been conjecture that this wood was treated with several types of minerals, including potassium borate (borax), sodium and potassium silicate, and vernice bianca, a varnish composed of Gum arabic, honey, and egg white. He made his instruments using an inner form, unlike the French copyists, such as Vuillaume, who employed an outer form. It is clear from the number of forms throughout his career that he experimented with some of the dimensions of his instruments.

Controversy Over Sound Quality These instruments are famous for the quality of sound they produce. However, the many blind tests from 1817 to the present have never found any difference in sound between Stradivari’s violins and high-quality violins in comparable style of other makers and periods, nor has acoustic analysis. In a particularly famous test on a BBC Radio 3 program in 1977, the violinists Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman and violin expert Charles Beare tried to distinguish among the “Chaconne” Stradivarius, a 1739 Guarneri del Gesú, an 1846 Vuillaume, and a 1976 British violin played behind a screen by a professional soloist. None of the listeners identified more than two of the four instruments. Two of the listeners identified the 20thcentury violin as the Stradivarius. Page 11

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Directors of the Amy Ferguson Institute had good reason to break out the champagne last week. After more than two years of fundraising the Institute learned it had been awarded a major grant from the Vancouver Foundation that brought the total amount raised for the opera commission to just over the $100,000 target set by the Board for completion of all aspects of the opera project. The AFI Directors had an equally important artist milestone to celebrate last week, the completion of the first draft of the entire score of the new opera. “Our composer, Don Macdonald, put the final touches to his score on Wednesday of last week and we received the first fully bound scores from the printers on Friday,” Horswill announced.   “We will be holding auditions for the chorus of KHAOS in late September and begin musical rehearsals in late October” said Horswill.  “Full staging rehearsals will begin in January 2012 leading to the premiere performances at the Capitol Theatre March 8th, 9th and 10th.   We are thrilled that Mr. Macdonald will be the music director for the premiere and Ms. Harwood will be the stage director”, Horswill added.

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June 25 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to Slocan Valley Walk for Hope in memory of Alan Zdrazil. Slocan Park Recreation Centre at 10 a.m. Volunteers needed. For more info call 250. 352.3517. National Multiculturalism Day Touchstones June 25 - 27 Information about the different cultures and nationalities in the area, artifacts and fun crafts for kids. Longboard raffle Tribute Board Shop 556 Baker St Raffling Arbor longboard. All proceeds to help build an outdoor skatepark in Nelson. Tickets are $10, with only 100 printed.

West Kootenay Bluegrass Society Slow-Pitch Acoustic Jams 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bigby Place, 509 Front St. June 23, July 7 & 21. Info: 250.352.2704. R adio C ontrolled dirt - track racing North Shore, Nelson. Racing most Sundays 11a.m. Friendly racing, off-road, electric only, plus helicopters (electric) all sizes. Two tracks, one technical, one fast, beginners welcome. Contact: KCDS W orkshop S chedule Ace Your Interview June 29 & 30 9 a.m. - noon

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