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Annual Boogie ‘machine’ sustained by volunteers By Moneca Jantzen

Boogie team volunteers get down to the planning details in one of the February meetings. Meeting frequency has increased since as preparations for the 21st annual Boogie the Bridge become more critical. The event takes place on Sunday, April 29 this year and is raising money for KELLI - Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative and the Kamloops Brain Injury Association.

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For the last two decades Kamloops has enjoyed an annual rite of passage each spring, namely Boogie the Bridge. Around the end of each April, a red ‘sea’ of runners and walkers pours out of downtown and crosses the Overlanders Bridge in hopes of accomplishing various running/walking goals. This celebration of community health and movement has grown from the heart and soul of running guru Jo Berry, and has been sustained by countless volunteers, sponsors and participants year after year. Boogie the Bridge is an enormous undertaking and it has been one that the Kamloops community has embraced enthusiastically over the years growing from only 68 participants in the beginning to almost 3,000 in 2017. This monumental event, which now includes a 3-day Expo beforehand besides the Boogie Run Clinics, demands the help of

almost 50 committed volunteers over the course of the year and demands almost another 100 on the day. The logistics to keep all of the moving parts working demands a well-oiled machine, one that has had twenty years of practice. As we look to celebrate our volunteers this month during National Volunteer Week (April 15 - 21), the effort by and talent behind the Boogie organization is a prime example of what deserves our collective thanks and appreciation in organizations all over our community. Not only does Boogie the Bridge promote and celebrate community health and the transformative notion that ‘movement is change,” proceeds from this annual event are directed towards two agencies each year. This year’s beneficiaries of the fundraising efforts will be KELLI - Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative and the Kamloops Brain Injury Association. Representatives from each organization are required to become team

leads on the organizing committee. Four years ago, Susan Wright was one such representative when her organization, Family Tree Family Centre, was on the receiving end of some of the Boogie proceeds. Two years after fulfilling her organization’s commitment to Boogie, Wright is helping out with the Mini-Boogie for the kids and organizing the chalking of the route with inspirational messages for race day. Wright also serves as Treasurer of the Boogie the Bridge Society. “My first contact with Boogie the Bridge was when my organization, Family Tree Family Centre, was selected as one of the Charities of Choice for 2014 & 2015. It was very exciting for our organization as it presented a great opportunity to raise the profile of our agency and at that time, we were experiencing a financial crisis. Being awarded the opportunity for funding was a big part of helping us keep our doors open,” recalls Wright. Her continued involvement on the See "Boogie team" page 14

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An ideal week on city council… An “ideal week” on city council, for me, would present lots of amazing moments and still offer a range of challenges. We can’t and shouldn’t avoid challenges serving on council and ideally we handle them all with integrity and empathy. Indeed, the first thing that might happen Monday morning is a phone call from a citizen angry about something city hall is not doing. The key here, in my view, is to first authentically acknowledge the concerns and get as a clear an understanding of the concerns as possible. Then, typically, I will explain what I can about

the issues / projects raised. I will also offer to share the citizen’s concerns with relevant city staff. If I differ with a point of view expressed, I might gently share that. I am open to changing my mind on most issues. Later Monday, I will read or re-read the reports for the Tuesday council meeting and note down any initial questions or comments that I may want to ask at the meeting. I often share these questions with council and city staff via email on Monday evening, mainly so I don’t take anyone off guard with major questions. At Tuesday’s council meetings, I try to ensure I know the important things I want to contribute to the discussion. I look to my council colleagues on issues on which I know they know more than me. I work to focus on

issues and not be hard on people. I hope that I can overcome a long time challenge for me in articulating words clearly when I speak. Towards the end of the day, I marvel at the amazing diversity of issues council gets to work on together. On Wednesday, someone stops me to offer a compliment. I accept gratefully and also reflect to myself that’s all about the team, never about the individual. I read the media stories about council but seldom read the comments online. Online comments on media stories have generally become mean, thoughtless, and self serving. On Thursday and/ or Friday, council members are invited to a community meeting or fundraiser. We get a great opportunity to meet new people and connect with

people we already know. It’s a wonderful feeling to support many incredible causes Kamloopsians support. I only wish we could accept all invitations. Thursday evening is another opportunity through the week to read and answer emails. There are lot of updates and a lot of emails that ask for a response. I try to get back to all emails within one week and am forever grateful when I am reminded people have been waiting to hear back. Hopefully this is rare. On Friday afternoon, there is the opportunity to give an initial read to the council agenda for the following Tuesday. It comes out Friday at noon. On the weekend, there may be some time to do a little more indepth research on a specific community initiative, opportunity, or idea.

Federal budget cause for concern

At the end of February, the Federal government released Budget 2018. It made one thing clear: the Liberals are good at making promises but fail to deliver for Canadians, despite a strong global economy. They promised Canadians that they would borrow a “modest” sum of $10 billion dollars per year and would balance the budget by 2019. However, the facts prove that this has failed. Not only is the

government running deficits until 2045, but also adding an additional $450 billion to our national debt. Borrowed money isn’t free. Someone has to pay it back. And it’s hardworking Canadians who will get the bill. In fact, over 90 percent of middle class families will be paying more tax. In this budget, new tax hikes were introduced on local business owners and their employees. This is an addition to the national carbon tax,

higher CPP premiums and scrapped tax breaks for families and workers. Never has a Prime

Minister spent so much, only to achieve so little. Sadly, Budget 2018 completely dismisses the concerns and challenges of a rapidly aging population. Seniors deserve to be treated

as a priority by the government. Apart from a single pilot project being initiated in the Liberal Health Ministers own province; seniors in all other 9 provinces and 3 territories are left out in the cold. In conclusion, I personally remember the difficult time during the 1990’s when everyone felt the pain of the government trying to balance the budget. I am worried about the direction this government is taking and how history might repeat itself.

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Gratitude for those that give as possible and all year round. As far as volunteers and the state of volunteerism in this community, it is truly a thing to behold. Since moving to Kamloops in 1990, I have been April is a time when constantly impressed by we publicly acknowledge the way people step up and celebrate our many in the name of a good volunteers, largely cause. The city has been because it is National able to market itself as Volunteer Week from the Tournament Capital April 15 - 21. Yet clearly, of Canada by virtue of its volunteers make such track record for staging a huge difference in so massive sporting events many organizations day successfully and to a in and day out. These level that belies the fact often unsung heroes that Kamloops is still deserve our thanks and considered a small city. accolades as frequently Recent testaments of

this collective talent are the BC Winter Games and of course last summer when we had to tend to thousands of wildfire evacuees and their pets. It is nothing short of impressive each and every time we succeed as a community. I am a total believer in volunteerism and while I haven’t been doing anywhere near my share in recent years, I do hope to get out there again as time and ability allows. If I ever get to experience the luxury of retirement, my intention is to fill my time with volunteer gigs wherever possible. In considering

potential story ideas for this edition, I was overwhelmed at all the options. Seniors facilities, community centres, the hospital, specific events, organizations of all kinds such as Boogie the Bridge, Kamloops Hospice, the food bank, Investor’s Group Walk for Memories, Habitat for Humanity, and countless others depend on volunteers to keep things happening and sustain their existence year after year to do the good work that they do. They need people with certain expertise to sit on boards and others

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Top, Ron Buck stands next to his 1928 Ford Model A. Lower left, Buck’s 1941 Dodge will lead this year’s Easter Parade and lower right, the turquoise and white sedan (under construction) is a 1955 Dodge and should be completed later this year. As the majority of the members of the Kamloops Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada are seniors, it is hoped that the readers of The Connector will relate to our members and their automotive history. This will be the first in a series of articles highlighting individual members with their vintage cars and this month we start off with long-time member, Ron Buck. Ron was born in Penticton in 1930 and at eighteen years of age he began his automotive apprenticeship at the local Ford garage. Four years later he received his mechanics certificate but was experiencing health issues and his doctor advised him to leave the Ford dealership as they didn’t have an exhaust system in the shop and the fumes were affecting him. He relocated to Parker Industrial Equipment, the Ferguson Tractor and Dodge dealership, and worked there for three years. His next position was with the machine shop of MacKenzie, White and Dunsmuir who moved him to their Kamloops operation one year later. This business, located on Lansdowne Street, eventually changed its name to Taylor, Pearson and Carson and Ron worked there for 21 years, mainly rebuilding engines. His next and final job was as a millwright at the Lornex mine at Logan Lake, now known as Highland Valley Copper. Ron got into cars at an early age and his first vehicle was a 1928 Ford Model A roadster. Over the years Ron suggests he has probably owned as many as a dozen Model A Fords which he would buy and repair and then sell. His second operating car was a 1935 Ford 5-window coupe which was eventually replaced by a 1938 Ford 5-passenger coupe. Ron joined the Vintage Car Club in

1976 and I remember looking at our membership list and wondering who this person was. Our Club had recently been given a 1945 Ford wrecker by Endean Motors and it needed the braking system rebuilt so we put out a call to our members asking for someone to take on that job. Next thing we knew, the job was completed by Ron Buck and right then and there, I knew we had a good member there. Ron recounted that he attended a couple of our meetings and decided that the Club wasn’t for him and told his wife Chick that he was going to drop out. When she asked why, he said that he didn’t feel right going by himself. Chick thought that she wouldn’t be welcome because it was a men’s club but when Ron said that no, it was a family club, she jumped right in and was a very active member up until her passing a few years ago. Chick even became our Chapter’s first female President. When Ron joined our Club he didn’t really have a vintage car, but in ‘78 he heard about a ‘41 Dodge sedan in the Lower Nicola area and he bought it for $300 thinking that his son John might be interested in it. He wasn’t, so Ron began the restoration process and in ‘81 it was back on the road. It’s hard to believe that Ron and his family have put 72,000 trouble-free miles on this car attending Vintage Car Club events, including two cross-Canada tours in 2000 and 2010. In 1982, Ron found a 1928 Model A Ford roadster in Lumby which was similar to his first car. He purchased this car and worked on it over the years. Last year, 35 years later, this car was finally completed by Ron and his son and it is an absolute gem. They have now taken on the completion of a 1955 Dodge Custom Royal sedan which was originally purchased new See "Easter Parade" page 7

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Protect yourself from telemarketing fraud

In recent months, there have been a surge of well publicized telephone scams targeting seniors. The fraudsters sound convincing - claiming to be a collector for Canada Revenue, a grandchild in urgent need, a legitimate company seeking “only”

to update your contact information or to advise you have won a prize.  This has lead to further telemarketing calls and letters and worse, identity theft and financial loss.  There are several ways to protect yourself from being a telemarketing fraud victim.  1. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. If the call, email or letter was not solicited by you, that is a good indication that the call is a fraud attempt.  2. Always review

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your credit and bank statements upon receiving them. Immediately report any charges you do not recognize to your financial institution.  3. Never give out personal information over the phone, including account numbers, social insurance numbers, passwords or PIN numbers. Even if the person claims they are a representative from a banking or government institution, always remember that legitimate businesses would not ask for this information.  4. Never use the telephone numbers provided by callers to call them back, even if the number and/or name on the call display looks legitimate. They can re-route their telephone

calls and emails to look legitimate, so do not use that number to call back. Instead, use the telephone book or the internet to obtain numbers of the business or organization that appeared to call you and make enquiries that way to ensure the proper party was calling you.  5. Never give out any information or send money to a stranger – even if the name sounds legitimate. Fraudsters often use familiar or well-established names in order to gain your trust, such as Yellow Pages or Westjet.  6. Do not pay to collect your winnings and do not give out your credit card information to someone who has contacted you about a prize. Legitimate sweepstakes or contests

don’t require up front tax payments, or charge insurance, delivery or other fees to collect a prize. 7. Another prize scam is an unsolicited cheque in the mail with the instructions that in order to receive your prize you must deposit the cheque and wire back a portion of the funds to cover fees or taxes. You should never have to spend money in order to win a prize.  8. If the request for funds or information is made urgently or with any pressure tactics, hang up. A legitimate business would not expect you to endure an aggressive type of collection.  9. Always remember that it is better to end the communication before the fraudster

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The Y shelter presentation of the cheque and the quilt from left to right Jacqui Brand, Alexa both from Kamloops Y Women’ s Shelter and Cathy Inskip and Gladys Haines from Overlander WI. RIght photo, from left to right Joanne Odian, Cathy Inskip and Pat Wallace. One hundred and sixtyone years ago was the beginning of a life path that would eventually inspire women to join together to educate themselves for their families’ well-being and in turn, become a national network of women making a positive difference in their own communities. So it is fitting today that the Women’s Institutes of Canada (FWIC) recognize the extraordinary efforts of Canadian women who continue to live the legacy that Adelaide Hunter Hoodless inspired in us all 121 years ago! We offer congratulations to the 2018 Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Canadian Woman of the Year Award recipient - Ruth Fenner, British Columbia Women’s Institute. “Ruth is admired for her knowledge of the

WI organization and the ability to professionally conduct meetings but to include a sense of humour.” Ruth is a member of the Somenos WI, in South Vancouver Island District, but we all wish she was part of our Kamloops WI. Ruth has been a BCWI Historian for years and she collectively has kept all institutes of the province historical records. We have been impressed by her ability to catalogue and share this information in our history books. Ruth remains an excellent ambassador for the Women’s Institute. Overlander WI had their own celebrations for February 16. There was a luncheon and we had special guests: representatives of the Kamloops Y Women’s Shelter, city councillor Pat Wallace and other

WI friends. Before lunch we collected and made 80 personal bags, 50 teddy bears, 36 pair of Pj’s, 35 hats, scarves and gloves & mittens and 24 pair of socks. At our WI celebration we made a donation to the Kamloops Y Women’s Shelter along with a cheque and a beautiful quilt that our members helped sew squares and our member Gladys Haines quilted together. We also showed off and explained the four quilted squares that were made for the Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC quilt. To finish off our luncheon we had a beautiful cake decorated by Tomi Wakabayashi. February is our donation month and we made donations to RIH Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital and Popsicle Fund, Adelaide Hoodless

homestead, Pennies for Friendship, ACWW Canada Area Project, BCWI Office Fund and Walk around the world for ACWW. Local groups that benefited were the Salvation Army Outreach, Basic Baby Formula- Food Bank, 4H – Provincial Winter Fair and Barriere Ag Expo, Kamloops Y Women’s Shelter Sensational Soup Kitchen. At our March meeting we made dozens of cookies for Meals on Wheels and Sensational Soup Kitchen. For our April meeting the Agriculture Conveners are hoping to take us on a tour at TRU horticultural on April 20. Overlander will be hosting the BCWI AGM here in Kamloops April 27 and 28. More information about Overlander WI please call Cathy at 250-376-9810.


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What you need to know about converting an RRSP to a RRIF

A Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is a great way to save and invest for retirement. But you can’t save forever. At some point, you’ll use the funds you’ve accumulated in your RRSP for retirement income. You can wait, but not past a certain age. Government regulations require you to wind up your RRSP by the end of the year in which you turn 71. When it’s time to draw on RRSP funds for income, there are three basic choices. You can convert your RRSP to a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF), buy an annuity or take the entire amount in cash. (Or you can combine any of these options). In reality, the first two options

are the most popular, because receiving funds in cash could result in a substantial income tax bill in a single year. RRIFs are by far the most common choice. They offer investment and income flexibility, and let you keep the same investments you held in your RRSP. They’re also widely available from financial institutions and can be tailored to meet your needs. If you want maximum flexibility you can open a self-directed plan. A RRIF is similar to an RRSP, only you distribute money instead of contributing funds. Your investments grow tax deferred as long as they remain in the plan. Amounts withdrawn for income are taxable. You can withdraw as much as you want from a RRIF. However, a minimum annual withdrawal is required under government regulations. This is based on your current age, and

the value of your RRIF. If you turn 71 this year, you should have already started the process of winding up your RRSP. Most financial institutions require at least a month’s notice to complete the necessary transactions. Failure to wind up your RRSP by December 31 could result in the entire amount being converted to cash and considered income in one year. It would then be taxed accordingly. The main alternative to a RRIF is an annuity. With an annuity you create a simple income stream, without the chore of managing investments. You can buy a life annuity, through which you provide a lump sum to an insurance company in exchange for a guaranteed income stream for life. Payments, usually made monthly, are a combination of investment returns and repayment of part of your principal amount. Generally they’re fixed for

the term of the annuity. Some type of annuities provide payments until age 90, or offer different features. You don’t have to choose between a RRIF and an annuity. You can combine the two so an annuity provides a predictable income stream in retirement and a RRIF gives you a chance to exercise greater control over part of your assets. Speak to a financial advisor* before you make a retirement decision. With professional help you can select the right income option for your needs. Edward Jones, Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund. **Insurance and annuities are offered by Edward Jones Insurance Agency (except in Quebec). In Quebec, insurance and annuities are offered by Edward Jones Insurance Agency (Quebec) Inc.

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by Frank Nabata who operated Nabata Motors in Valleyview for many years with his brothers. This car will probably be finished later this year. Ron has been the backbone of our local Club for over 40 years and in 1978 we elected to host the May Tour, the annual convention of the Vintage Car Club of Canada. In order to help cover costs we obtained a derelict 1930 Model A Ford coupe and decided to restore it and raffle it off during the event. Ron took on this project, doing most of the work himself, which resulted in a beautiful car that was won by a local family and is still here. Eight years later, it was our turn to host the May Tour again and we found another Model A and once again Ron spearheaded the project. A few years ago it was time to restore that 1945 Ford wrecker that we were given back in the ‘70s andof course, Ron took it on. Being an engine expert, he came up with the idea of hosting an engine clinic and individual members brought their worn-out engines to his shop and he supervised us as we dismantled them, fitted new parts as required and put them all back together again. This was done on two separate occasions which resulted in a lot of vintage cars getting back on the road and some of his knowledge passed on to the participants.

As Ron rolls on towards his 88th birthday, he is still an active member, always willing to help out the rest of us. Our first major event of the season is our annual Easter Ron & Chick Buck pose with Parade which their ‘38 Ford Coupe. takes place this year on April 1st. The event starts off at 9 a.m. with our pancake breakfast at The Dunes at Kamloops golf course in Westsyde where the cars will begin lining up and the parade will leave from there at 1 p.m. After driving our normal route through the North and South Shores, the parade will end up at Riverside Park at about 2 p.m. where the cars will remain on display for another hour. Each year we pick a feature marque to lead the parade and this year it will be Dodge vintage vehicles. Appropriately, it will be Ron Buck, driving up front in his venerable 1941 Dodge.

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Eczema or atopic dermatitis affects 17 percent of Canadians during their lifetime Eczema can be managed through life style changes and treatment options, however, there is no cure for eczema. Approximately 65 percent of eczema patients are diagnosed in the first year of their life and as many as 90 percent experience the disorder before the age of five. Eczema seems to mostly originate from childhood. Also there is evidence that shows that toddlers who have egg, elm or cat allergies are at higher risk of developing eczema. It usually affects the inside of the elbows, the

hands, back of the knees and the face, however, it can be all over the body. Some of the clinical features of eczema include: • Itch and rash • Dry and inflamed skin • Lasts greater than six weeks • Personal or family history of atopy (food allergies, asthma, allergic rhinitis, or eczema) • Early age occurrence • Skin becomes thick and leathery • It flares up and down As usual prevention is the best medicine. If we know the triggers we can avoid them or be ready for treatment so we can decrease exacerbation and increase time between each flare-up. Triggers for eczema can vary from person to person. For example,

some eczema patients may experience a worsening of the condition in the summer as a result of triggers such as heat, humidity and perspiration. Others find it is the dry indoor air and outside cold of autumn and winter that worsen their symptoms. For others, pollens in spring are a trigger. Common triggers are: • Soaps and detergents, perfumes and occupational irritants (latex, dust, chemicals). • Allergens such nickel, pollens, molds, fragrances, preservatives, latex and dust mites. • Microbial agents such as Staph, yeast or candida • Food triggers such as nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, fish or sugar. • others such as stress,

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SPICE IT UP: Put a spring in your step Spring is here and that means more sunshine in our lives again. For many of us the very thought elevates our moods and energy and puts a spring in our step. We look forward to getting outside and to more movement for our bodies. Unfortunately for some, more movement means more pain. Pain is a signal of inflammation. Inflammation is a defense mechanism that begins when the immune system recognizes damaged cells, irritants, and pathogens. The coming of spring also means that the earth is getting ready to grow plants that provide us with the nutrients we need to support the body’s healing response. Compounds found in plants that have health benefits are called phytonutrients. Recently there has been much research conducted on the health benefits of several phytonutrients. One stands out above the others as having

great anti-inflammatory benefits. This is curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric. In over 6,000 peer reviewed studies, curcumin appears to reverse inflammation better than the pharmaceutical counterparts, and without the same adverse affects. In a recent study

published in the journal Oncogene, curcumin proved to be more potent than traditional pain killers. In 2012, the journal of Phytotherapy Research released the results of a randomized trial using volunteers with rheumatoid arthritis. The curcumin only group scored

significantly better than the diclofenac sodium group and even the group that took both that and curcumin together. Curcumin appears to be safer. Since nearly every serious disease involves inflammation, it stands to reason that curcumin, as anti-inflammatory, could be helpful in

the prevention and improvement of many health problems. The safety factor of curcumin so far has the medical research community abuzz with possibilities for treating a wide range of diseases from cancer to diabetes, GI infections and a host of chronic debilitating diseases

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How to thwart the cherry fruit fly

By Sandra Frangiadakis KFPC Gleaning Abundance Program Cherry season should be a welcome time of year, as the first of the tree fruits heralds in the beginning of the harvest season in our part of the world. But each year, I find myself filled with a sense of dread about cherry time, for sadly, cherry season is also Cherry Fruit Fly season, and unless you spray your cherry tree with some form of toxic pesticide, each of those lovely, juicy morsels will be home to a little, white, wiggly worm. As the coordinator of the Gleaning Abundance

Program (GAP), I am charged with doing as much as possible to see that no local fruit goes to waste, but I can’t expect people to spend their time and energy picking worm-riddled cherries (although many of our volunteers are committed to organic agriculture and will put up with anything to avoid pesticides) and I can’t expect recipient agencies like the food bank or the Boys and Girls Club to welcome bins of wormy cherries either. The best we can do is try to pick unsprayed trees before the fruit is completely ripe so the worms are still minute and undetectable. Not the best scenario. There are, however, a couple of alternatives. Spinosad, an organicapproved product which has shown to be effective against the Cherry Fruit Fly, is available commercially, and a small group of homeowners could potentially get together and share a 3.8 litre jug (approx $230). Of course, as with any pesticide, timing and thorough application are crucial to its effectiveness - it is easy to get it wrong. A more attractive

option to me, is something called a Kootenay Cover. It’s basically a fine nylon mesh bag big enough to fit over a cherry tree. Developed by Marilyn Roberts, a resourceful retired teacher from the Kootenays (thus the name), it has been around for about ten years and has proven to keep out not only the Western Cherry Fruit Fly, but also the dreaded spotted-wing drosophila, another cherry pest which is slowly making its way into the Southern Interior. Once the cover is on the tree, there’s nothing to do but wait until the cherries ripen. It lets in rain and light, but keeps out the birds and bugs. Last year, I got to witness a Kootenay Cover in action when the GAP was invited to pick a beautiful Rainier cherry tree that had been under cover all season. It was quite an impressive sight - this very large, stately cherry tree completely covered by a white shroud. I was quite surprised at the size of the tree and couldn’t imagine how they managed to get the cover on it, but there is an efficient system to do

Photo submitted Marilyn Roberts’ Kootenay Cover is a unique and reusable solution to realizing a prolific and organic cherry crop. that and videos on the website show how. The results were undeniable. We picked over 300 lbs of perfectly ripe, organic cherries and didn’t find a wormy one in the lot. The tree had been partially uncovered to allow us to harvest and we did spot a few Cherry Fruit Flies, but they had been kept out long enough to save the fruit from damage. It is initially a big expense, but to me, the

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Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina “The people must be the ones to win, not the war, because war has nothing to do with humanity. War is something inhuman.”  ~ Zlata Filipovi Some places haunt you forever. One of those places for me was Sarajevo. I felt a mounting sorrow with each abandoned, shell-ridden building we passed in the lovely countryside, as we drew closer to the infamous city. A solemn hush had shrouded the bus by the time we rolled into town. So with a troubled and curious mind I embarked on a city tour. We began with a drive through the notorious Sniper Alley, where the scars of war still mar the main throughway. One envisions the ghosts of residents past,

cloaked in the morning fog, darting from building to building, bravely daring to reach their destinations. We then delved further back into Sarajevo’s complex history, as we strolled the streets and bridges of Old Town. We stopped at historic points of interest, including the spot where Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated in 1914, triggering World War One. Later, we took a walk around our neighbourhood, examining bombed-out buildings reclaimed by nature, which stand in juxtaposition to our upscale, modern hotel. That evening we watched the sun set as we dined in the 15th floor revolving restaurant. The Radon Hotel sits on the former site of Sarajevo’s newspaper. The media outlet was destroyed, as information

is always the first casualty of war. Come morning we jumped on the local tram and headed to The Bascarsija — the cobblestoned, 15th century Market. It’s a fascinating crossroads of culture where ‘east meets west’. We had grand time bargaining for a variety of wares, including copper and leather goods, textiles, jewellery and art. We then rested at an historic mosque — a peaceful oasis within the bustling bazaar. An outdoor Bosnian steakhouse was our dinner pick, where live music serenaded us as we sampled the national dish, cevapcici — grilled minced meat. The following day we toured the Sarajevo War Tunnels, giving further insight into the 1992 siege of Sarajevo, which lasted almost 4 years. Located near the airport, the tunnel

connected the besieged city to the outside world, allowing the transportation of food and military supplies. I’ve explored several underground cities and tunnels around the globe and hold a deep fascination for these subterranean hideouts. Our guide, a child during the siege, shared interesting facts and personal experiences with us — such as her education continuing in secret, impromptu schoolrooms, tales of human kindness and community togetherness in forging a healthy underground co-operative economy. We also learned of corruption and heartless war profiteering that took place. (One such scoundrel owned our hotel.) Interestingly, the first practical measure taken when the siege began, was to plant vegetable gardens. Apparently this is typical of blockades the world

over. That brilliant, young woman with her impossibly sad eyes humbled me and haunts me still. She held such a wise, sardonic understanding of the world order. She left Sarajevo as a teen to study and had returned to tell these stories to whomever cared to listen. As I travel our planet investigating these places of conflict (be they ancient or current) I’m always stunned by the deceptive propaganda from ALL players and the inevitable fog of war that results. I dare say, history is getting pretty damn tired of having to repeat itself! Sarajevo is an intriguing melting pot with a unique vibe and a dark underbelly. It’s a city of contradictions — scarred by war yet illuminated with the dream of renewal. I do hope the people win!


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Busy spring season for KSO

Bohemians in Brooklyn from L-R: Bryce Kulak, Patricia O’Callaghan, Tom Allen, Lori Gemmell. The spring season is a busy one for the Kamloops Symphony as they launch three different offerings between now and early May. First up is a concert celebrating spring with German Romantics on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sagebrush Theatre. The Guest Artists for this performance are none other than the KSO’s Concertmaster, Cvetozar Vutev, and Principal Cello, Martin Krátký, who will be performing the Double Concerto for Violin and Violoncello by Johannes Brahms; the first ever double concerto for violin and cello. The KSO is delighted to be able to feature these two incredible musicians. Also on the program are two works

by Brahms’ teacher, Robert Schumann, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest Romantic era composers. Starting off the concert, you’ll hear the overture to Schumann’s only opera, Genoveva, full of wronged innocence, jealousy, revenge, and ultimately redemption and thanksgiving. In the conclusion of the concert, the KSO will usher in the spring with Schumann’s Symphony #1, nicknamed “spring” because this symphony was partially inspired by a line of poetry, “spring has awakened in the valley.” Tickets are $42, $39 for Seniors, $10 for Students (under 19), $15 TD Soundcheck members (under 35). Also in April, the Kamloops Symphony is pleased to present

Bohemians in Brooklyn as a special event presentation on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in The Rex Hall, 417 Seymour Street. Mixing classical chamber music, history, storytelling and original popular song, Bohemians in Brooklyn is the story of the brownstone in 1940’s Brooklyn where WH Auden, Benjamin Britten, Carson McCullers, and Gypsy Rose Lee all lived together in creative and chaotic harmony. What happens when a poet, an author, a composer, his lover, and a book-loving stripper all move into the same house in quiet, wartime Brooklyn? Arguments, indulgence, infestation, questionable relationships of every description, a murder mystery, plenty of reasons for the neighbours to bang on the walls and, just possibly, some truly wonderful art. Join singers Patricia O’Callaghan and Bryce Kulak, harpist Lori Gemmell, and storyteller Tom Allen for an evening in the infamous house and enjoy a potent mix of cabaret, social history, very juicy gossip, glorious music and all parts fun. Tickets can be purchased from the Kamloops Symphony office at 250-3725000, or online at www.bohemians. eventbrite.ca. The third act set for April features none other than one of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time—Ashley MacIsaac. He is bringing his hard-nosed, traditional Cape Breton style of fiddle playing to the Sagebrush Theatre stage with the Kamloops Symphony for two nights; Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. A renowned fiddle player, piano player and step dancer, Ashley MacIsaac combines traditional fiddle playing, with his own unique spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans. He has performed in the opening ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics to a worldwide audience and with artists such as Phillip Glass and The Chieftains. Ashley also played with The White Stripes for their “Under Great White Northern Lights” Canadian tour which was turned in to a

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documentary. This concert brings together Ashley’s dynamic fiddle playing with the full sound of the Kamloops Symphony. Tickets are $45, $10 Students (under 19), $15 TD Soundcheck Members. Tickets for the German Romantics and for Ashley MacIsaac concerts can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 1-866-374-5483 or www. kamloopslive.ca. Also in April, the Kamloops Symphony is pleased to present Bohemians in Brooklyn as a special event presentation on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in The Rex Hall, 417 Seymour Street. Mixing classical chamber music, history, storytelling and original popular song, Bohemians in Brooklyn is the story of the brownstone in 1940’s Brooklyn where WH Auden, Benjamin Britten, Carson McCullers, and Gypsy Rose Lee all lived together in creative and chaotic harmony. What happens when a poet, an author, a composer, his lover, and a book-loving stripper all move into the same house in quiet, wartime Brooklyn? Arguments, indulgence, infestation, questionable relationships of every description, a murder mystery, plenty of reasons for the neighbours to bang on the walls and, just possibly, some truly wonderful art. Join singers Patricia O’Callaghan and Bryce Kulak, harpist Lori Gemmell, and storyteller Tom Allen for an evening in the infamous house and enjoy a potent mix of cabaret, social history, very juicy gossip, glorious music and all parts fun. Tickets can be purchased from the Kamloops Symphony office at 250-3725000, or online at www.bohemians. eventbrite.ca. Rounding out the early spring offerings by the KSO are the Russian Innovators on Saturday, May 5 with guest artist Rae Nixon. Tickets are $42, $39 Seniors, $10 Students (under 19), $15 TD Soundcheck Members and can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 1-866-374-5483 or www. kamloopslive.ca.

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Book Review By Marilyn Brown

The Living By Anjali Joseph Fourth Estate Publishers 2016 229 pages, fiction Available in book stores and through the TNRD library system Photo by David Cooper

A short quotation from the Bhagavad Gita prefaces the story: The wise grieve neither for the living nor the dead. The condensed stories of two people follow, each distinct but similar in circumstances. Claire is a 35 year old single mom working in a shoe factory in England, a dead industry with no future, and Arun, an elderly man in Kolhapur, India, handcrafts chappal sandals, this industry also in decline. The mindnumbing monotony of their jobs and minimal happiness of day-to-day life are presented matterof-factly, from each character’s point of view. The stories move quickly. The reader can’t help but be concerned about the mental health of Claire and Arun. Claire deals with the aftermath

of being abandoned by the father of her son, now 16. Like any parent she worries about her son as he gravitates to the parties and high times with his friends. Claire uses alcohol and other crutches to cope with life in general. When a handsome and selfassured stranger takes an interest in her sexually, she responds. She needs joy in her life. The fact that her estranged parents are trying to connect with her, her father dying, complicates her emotional stability. In India Arun’s life is disturbed by his declining health, and the long-standing chill that continues between he and his wife. His mind lingers on an affair that ended a long time ago. Even though their circumstances are tough,

each has enough inner strength and (perhaps unforeseen) support from their children to continue living. That is enough for Claire and Arun, so readers may feel satisfied that these two people are fine, and therefore, as in the advice from the Bhagavad Gita, will not mourn for them. The universe, after all, is saturated with unexpected grace and beauty. The Living is a gentle, lovely, short novel. Anjali Joseph was born in Mumbai and moved with her family to England. She studied at Cambridge, taught in Paris, and worked as a journalist for The Times in India in Mumbai. She lives in India. Her novel Saraswati Park (2010) won the Betty Trask Prize (2011) and other awards.

Western Canada Theatre brings the gorgeous, powerful musical Children of God back to Kamloops, March 29 to April 3 at the Sagebrush Theatre. Tickets at kamloopslive.ca.

WCT’s Children of God ‘must see’ theatre Western Canada Theatre is proud to bring the gorgeous, powerful musical Children of God back to Kamloops, March 29 to April 3 at the Sagebrush Theatre. Children of God is a haunting tale of two siblings, Tommy and Julia, taken away to a residential school. Ultimately, it is a story of redemption: for a mother, Rita, who was never let past the school’s gate, and her children, who never knew she came. With a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, Children of God honours the resilience and power of the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Playwright, composer and director Corey Payette, while not shying away from the sadness and hurt the residential schools imposed both inside and outside their walls, ultimately lifts the spirits with an affirming finale that has been called “magic in the theatre”. Children of God has had quite a journey since it was first at WCT in workshop form during the 2016 High Wire Festival. The emotional and affirming response of that audience has been repeated at venues across the country, as it developed into a nationally produced, large-scale musical.


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A happy, dedicated team of daily volunteers support the shop. We enjoy lots of turnover of great merchandise daily. Best buys in town! All funds raised go toward supporting downtown community outreach sponsored by Kamloops United Church.

Susan Wright Boogie Team Volunteer Boogie team stems from Wright’s attachment to the other people involved. “I have formed great friendships on this team and cannot imagine being without them. Being a part of this team is more than just a volunteering opportunity.” “The team is a really cohesive unit full of love, laughter and support. I’ve never seen such a large group function so well together. It is truly a joy to be a part of this group.” After 3 years of volunteering for Boogie, Wright decided to finally join RunClub last year and gave running a try. “Once the Boogie season begins it is so wonderful to see so many people out running in the community. Not only do we see a “sea of red” on Boogie day, I see more and more people out running getting ready for the event, many wearing shirts from the year before. The community health benefits from this event are truly amazing! I know for myself joining Run Club was a game changer. I never thought that I would be able to join in such an event as a participant and Run Club got me ready. The Run Club training was so supportive and encouraging. It kept me

Boogie team volunteers take a quick timeout from planning to mug for the camera. coming and as a result I lost 30 pounds and I was able to participate in Boogie last year in the 5k with my son,” enthuses Wright. Another enthusiastic Boogie the Bridge volunteer is Karla Karcioglu who serves on the social media and magazine teams. A TRU journalism graduate, Karcioglu explains “I’m a big believer in finding special community projects that would benefit from (my) knowledge and/ or experience, and using that to help give back. Some people give money, some give products or services, and some give time and expertise. All of the above are great! At this point I’m in a position to give time and expertise.” Karcioglu appreciates the dynamism of the organization and the opportunity to contribute new ideas. Last year she floated the idea of Boogie Beer with the help of Red Collar Brewing. They brewed a keg of Boogie Beer and proceeds of the sales were donated to Boogie the Bridge. “There are so many exciting things going on. There are so many moving pieces that make this event happen, and it’s all so exciting, so it’s hard not to get involved

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in a few different teams, committees, or projects. Plus there’s always the opportunity to pitch new elements to grow Boogie. Also, everyone on the Boogie Team is so helpful, and open to ideas and suggestions, so it’s very collaborative.” Karcioglu cites numerous rewards to being involved in planning this event each year. “This was the first time I was involved in choosing new charities for Boogie the Bridge funding, and that in itself was such a rewarding experience. It’s amazing to learn how much of an important role the funding from our event has on each charity, and the impact that has on our community.” “The energy of the Boogie Team is also rewarding. The excitement and the support you feel being part of this team is hard to match anywhere else. And finally, the biggest reward by far is race day, when you get to watch the excitement of the community, the inclusiveness and support everyone has for each other, the fun everyone has on race day, the big smiles on the faces of people of all ages and abilities as they cross that finish line and

Karla Karcioglu Boogie Team Volunteer complete their goals!” Just as RunClub and Boogie the Bridge are committed to the notion that actual “movement is change,” it is safe to say that the organization itself represents change, and transformative change at that. While incredibly welcoming and supportive, RunClub and Boogie the Bridge embody a philosophy that promotes a safe place to move out of our comfort zones and volunteering for the organization provides huge capacity for growth and learning and growing good things for the wider community. Wright recounts the day she had to offer a presentation on her charity and due to a mix up on the time she arrived late and flustered, almost panicked and upon arrival the committee helped calm her down, brought her some water and encouraged her to proceed with her presentation. “They listened intently, asked me questions and were very kind to me. The rest is history. I am truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to be part of this great movement—it has truly changed my life.”

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Let’s Celebrate Kamloops Volunteers!

National Volunteer Week Photo Contest From April 15 to 21, Volunteer BC and Volunteer Kamloops will celebrate BC’s volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Volunteer BC is holding a photo contest to celebrate BC's volunteers. Do you have photos of volunteers in Kamloops that celebrate and recognize the importance of ongoing contributions they make? Let’s thank these individuals and celebrate the positive impact of volunteerism. Send Volunteer BC photos that reflect the unique qualities of volunteers and the strong contribution they make in their communities!

Individuals or organizations can enter the contest. Awards - Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries. *All winners will receive a cash prize to donate to a charity of their choice, and may be used in Volunteer BC’s marketing materials and promoted to media outlets throughout the province. Prizes will be awarded as follows: First place $150, Second place $125 and Third place $100. Submission deadline is April 6 and entries should be submitted online at volunteerbc.ca. Just follow the links.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” ~Author Unknown

Honouring all our dedicated volunteers Thank you! The influence of a beautiful, helpful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town. ~ Collier Graham

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Volunteer opportunities

A Way Home: Kamloops Youth Housing Count May 8-10 Table Volunteers and Count Volunteers. Detailed job descriptions are available at volunteerkamloops.org. Contact Taylor at Volunteer Kamloops 250-372-8313.

Canadian Cancer Society – Daffodil Pin Campaign – Pin Distribution Leader - Once a week in April, dropping off boxes, filling pins, collecting money and forwarding to treasurer. Minimum Age 19+. Driver’s licence and vehicle required. Please contact Jennifer Saunders at 250-762-6381. Canadian Cancer Society – Daffodil Month – Volunteer Canvasser – Door to Door, Workplace, Friend – be the face of the Canadian Cancer Society in neighbourhoods or workplaces during the Daffodil Campaign in April. Please contact Jennifer Saunders at 250—762-6381. Habitat for Humanity – Bartender and Setup/Clean-up Volunteers (19+) April 13 and 15 (Bartender must have Serving it Right) Must be physically fit and able to stand for at least 4 hours. Contact Sabrina Leduc at 250-828-7867. ASK Wellness Society-AASH Program Volunteer Assist with Breakfast prep 7:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Mon-Fri, Brunch Prep Sunday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Meal Plan Wed/Thu/Fri and Sun lunch. Shopping for meals, Clean Kitchen. Access to reliable vehicle and valid BC Driver’s Licence

and insurance. Criminal record check and reference screening. Please contact Laura Balyk 250-376-7558 ext. 228. MS WALK – Walk Event Volunteers May 27 (18+) 75-100 Day of Event Volunteers receive T-Shirt and lunch in return for helping to make the MS Walk in Kamloops a fun-filled and impactful event. Contact Luella Cousins 250314-0773. Ridgeview Lodge – Bingo Volunteer Assist with Bingo, helping residents with their cards, may involve calling Bingo. Please contact Marian Russell 250-376-3131 Ext. 224. BC Wildlife Park Burrowing Owl Assistant – help clean enclosures feeding; minor maintenance on burrows and perches. Animal Diet Prep-Meat (must not be squeamish), Family Farm Assistant – Let visitors into goat area, keep barn area clean, speaking to visitors, interacting with goats and sheep. Please contact Katelyn Bissat 250-5733242 ext. 226. Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association 13+ years Stable Hand, Horse Leader, Sidewalker. Willing to work in barnyard environment. No allergies to hay and horses. Please contact Crystal Moore 250-554-3811. For a detailed job description contact Taylor at Volunteer Kamloops 250-372-8313

We couldn’t do it without you! If you’re interested in joining our team of volunteers, please email: stacey.baker@brockgemstone.ca

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Seniors’ Community Centre at Desert Gardens update

Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s, 2018

Submitted by Penny Ouchi

Louise Wiens has a longstanding reputation in Kamloops for her hard work, generosity and cheerfulness – traits that have guided her journey as a single mother of three, music teacher, choir director, church devotee and champion curler. Since she was diagnosed with dementia, Louise has continued to apply her patience and positivity to her loves: family, music and leadership within her church. She’s played a key role as event organizer, organ player and choir lead, and was the director of the seniors’ choir The Happy Choristers for 25 years. Louise still plays piano and organ, leads her church choir and prepares meals for large numbers of people at church events. “And all this with a smile,” says her husband John, whom she married after her children were

We, at the Seniors ’Community Centre have the feeling that Spring is in the air. The sunshine is making everyone feel bright and cheery and more anxious than ever to get together with their friends in our Oasis Café. As you read this the new duct work will have begun in the banquet room and hopefully the re-construction will continue to be in progress. Due to the extent of damage on the two floors, it has taken considerable time to, as the saying goes, ‘put all the ducks in a row.’ Once work commences it will go quite quickly and we’ll be back in operation. Our current guess will be the end of April for reopening. Do not hesitate to call 250-372-5110 for updates.

Louise Wiens,left, is Kamloops’ honouree for 2018 and her husband John, right adults. “I admire and love her.” Louise and John connected to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. through Support and Education Coordinator Tara Hildebrand. John and their family have attended Tara’s workshops and are grateful for the advice and support she’s offered them. Register and fundraise today at walkforalzheimers.ca. Show Louise – and the estimated 70,000 British Columbians living with dementia and the people who care for them – you stand with them. Join the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s by walking on Sunday, May 6. Together, we make memories matter.

We truly appreciate your patience in having to make alternate arrangements for meetings and programs. We anxiously await for the quietness of the Centre to turn into hustle and bustle once again. The only activities proceeding at this time are Weightwatchers, Toastmasters, AA, GA and NA groups, bridge, Scrabble, chair fitness and chair yoga will begin at the Centre on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. We truly appreciate these groups for being willing to meet in cluttered areas. Toastmasters meet every Thursday morning @ 7 a.m. and Thursday evening @ 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. Come and give it a try. Do not hesitate to call if you wish to inquire about booking a room or if you

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already have one booked and are pondering its fate or wondering whether or not your program is meeting. We hope you soon will be able to come down for a cup of tea/ coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner and mingle with your friends and neighbours. We would at this time like to congratulate the new Strata KAS1911 Council and we look forward to another great year working together. We from the Seniors’ Community Centre would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter and lots of sunshine and flowers. We hope to be able welcome everyone back to our beautiful Centre very soon. Until then Happy Spring!

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North Shore Community Centre April News Submitted by Debbie Poitras To begin this update for the North Shore Community Centre we would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our volunteers. To those of you who volunteered for our Annual Spring Antiques and Collectibles Sale – we couldn’t have done it without you. This event is one of our biggest fundraisers for the Community Centre, and we thank you! Thanks to everyone for attending and we hope you found that special unique item that you were looking for. The Centre is also holding a 50/50 draw, tickets are on sale now at the front desk. $2 a ticket with 2 chances to win up to $500. Draw to be held on May 31, 2018. Good luck!

We look forward to live entertainment by Gordie West again at our Community Dinner on Sunday, April 8 at 5 p.m. Cost for the Dinners is $15 a person, and everyone is welcome to attend. Purchase your tickets in advance from the front desk at the North Shore Community Centre. It is now garage sale season and we are happy to announce that we are holding our Indoor Garage Sale at the centre on Tuesday April 10 until Friday April 13 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. All items are sold by donation to the North Shore Community Centre. We would also like to remind all the members of the North Shore Community Centre that the Annual

General Meeting is coming up on April 17 in the Willow Room at 9 a.m. This will include the election of officers and a financial report for 2017. We hope you can make it! Volunteer Appreciation Week is in April, and we want to extend our thanks to all who help make Cottonwood Manor and the North Shore Community Centre a great place. We will be offering free coffee and a daily surprise Monday-Friday, April 16-20 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to our volunteers. If you’ve helped out in the past year, please come and enjoy some treats on us! We hope to see you in the Maple Room.

AMADEUS: A concert featuring Mozart Vivace Chorale and The Kamloops Brandenburg Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director, Cvetozar Vutev, present AMADEUS at 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 22, 2018. This will be their seventh annual collaboration on a joint choral and orchestral work since the founding of the orchestra in 2012 to play

for their first concert together. This year’s concert features works by Mozart, including an instrumental piece, Divertimento No.3 in F major which the orchestra will play at the start of the concert. Then the 30 voice choir will join the orchestra to present two choral works, Vesperae Solennes de

Confessore, a setting for the service of Vespers, and the famous Requiem, which the composer left incomplete at his death on December 5, 1791. The choir will perform the version as completed by Mozart’s student Franz Xavier Süssmayer. Choral soloists are: Rachel Casponi, Soprano; Mia Harris, Alto; Scott

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Diabetic Clinic 9 am Chair Yoga 11:30 am Cribbage 1 pm Dance With Me 7 pm Bridge 7 pm

Beginner Yoga 9 am am 16 Ukulele Strumming 1017 18 Tai Chi 9 am Yoga 9 am Ukulele Level 1 12 pm Art Class 9:30 am Fitness Fun Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Chair Yoga 10:30 am for Seniors 1:15 pm Weightwatchers 5 pm Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Ukulele 1:30 pm Zumba 6:15 pm Blues Ukulele 1 pm Wood Carvers 6:30 pm Zumba 6:15 pm Ukulele Level 2 7 pm Snowmobile Assoc. 7 pm Gentle NIA 6 pm

Diabetic Clinic 9 am Chair Yoga 11:30 am Cribbage 1 pm Tina’s Ukulele 6:30 pm Dance With Me 7 pm Bridge 7 pm

Tai Chi 9 am Footcare 8:30 am25 24 NKSHCA Easy Yoga 9 am 23 NKSHCA AGM 10 am Board 9 am Art Class 9:30 am Yoga 9 am Ukulele Strumming 10 am Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Chair Yoga 10:30 am Ukulele Level 1 12 pm Cotton Pickers 1 pm Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Fitness Fun for Seniors 1:15 pm Weightwatchers 5 pm Blues Ukulele 1 pm Ukulele 1:30 pm Zumba 6:15 pm Gentle Nia 6 pm Ukulele Level 2 7 pm Zumba 6:15 pm Easy Yoga 9 am30 Tai Chi 9 am Art Class 9 am Chair Yoga 10:30 am Carpet Bowling 12:45 pm Blues Ukulele 1 pm Gentle NIA 6 pm Zumba 6:15 pm

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Rumble, Tenor; and Alan Corbishley, Bass. The concert takes place at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Tickets: Adults $25, Students $10, available at Kamloops Live Box Office or at the door on concert day.

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Underneath your carpet Why change

Carpet underlayment is an aspect of flooring that is not always given the attention it deserves. Whether you use the term underlayment, underlay, underpad, under cushion or carpet cushion you will want to pay special attention to this product the next time you purchase carpet. Selecting the

proper carpet underlay can make or break your carpet purchase. A quality underlay is important because it aids in the performance of your carpet. The main function of underlay is to dampen impact from foot or furniture traffic to protect the carpet from breaking down on top. This cushion between the subfloor and carpet adds to the soft feeling of carpet and acts as both an insulator against noice and temperature. The most common form of underlay is made from chip-foam and rated on a density pound scale. Density is a much better measure of performance than thickness because an

underlay that is thick but not dense will still flex too much underfoot and breakdown quickly. When selecting carpet underlay your lifestyle and the location of the carpet will be the determining factors in choosing which underlay is best for you. If you have kids/grandkids, pets or are very active then these elements should factor into the buying decision. An active household will want to go with a denser underlay in order to ensure the carpet wears well and its performance holds up. The last thing anyone wants is to invest in a quality carpet only to see it start to wear early

because of choosing the wrong underlay for the application. Additionally, underlay can be found with features that can further aid in the performance of the carpet. Underlay with an antimicrobial layer on the surface helps to prevent water or stains from soaking right into the underlay. This feature allows for stains to be cleaned much easier and prevents odours. Hopefully, these few points have helped shed some light on the importance of selecting the right carpet underlay for your lifestyle and will stay top of mind the next time you change your carpet.

Story by Rita Joan Dozlaw “Hey buddy, I hear you’ve retired! Congratulations!” Shaking hands, Ted and Johnny briefly updated each other in the produce isle of the local grocery store. Ted asked, “What are you doing this winter?” “Heading for Arizona,” Johnny grinned. “Super! Dory and I will spend this winter volunteering in Northern Mexico. You know anything about Rancho Betania?” Johnny nodded uh uh, so Ted continued, “It’s a family camp just a few miles south of Arizona!” “Sounds interesting, Ted. You must fill me in sometime.” The encounter was inspiring. Soon afterward a brief ad hoc committee meeting was called before the camp co-ordinator had to return to Seattle. Johnny was privileged to, at least briefly, meet the man in charge and talk about projects. “I’m in Canada to recruit volunteers skilled in the trades… ambitious folks like you and Lucy,” he advised. He scanned a

list. “We’re building and finishing cabanas, activity centres, and auditoriums; clearing cacti from sport fields; and landscaping the grounds around buildings.” He looked up and added, “There’s so much more going on. Every season, I’m speaking of winters here, our new crews continue the painting and over-all maintenance. We’ve had good people come down from Canada. One winter we even had a volunteer bee keeper for the hives! If you’re seriously interested, we can stay in touch.” The parties communicated further by phone. “It won’t be a holiday, but I’ll be in my element,” Johnny said confidently to Ted. Nearby, Lucy gestured confirming her approval to spend a winter stint in the Sonoran Desert. For safety, the two couples planned to travel together to the border town of Nogales Arizona. The following week, a single ring on Johnny’s phone shattered his and Lucy’s built-up anticipation. Ted informed them his wife Dory

suffered an untimely illness, and they were forced to scrap their travel plan. Disillusioned, Johnny wondered whether to stay or go. He was apprehensive about driving a near-two-thousand-mile trip over unfamiliar routes in the dead of winter. His keen interest won out. “Let’s go anyway,” he suggested then waited for Lucy’s reaction. She grabbed her “Snowbird” cap—an old one from the Snowbird Ski Resort. Pointing to the embroidered word, she said, “Let’s do it! I’m ready to go be a snowbird… without my skis!” They packed up the motorhome. It wound its way through treacherous mountain passes and scenic corridors which, from the large windshield, appeared like winter-wonderland calendar pictures. Five days later, without incident, they reached Nogales and filled out insurance documentation. The recreation vehicle had all the credentials to enter Mexico. Late evening, for convenience, the adjuster invited See “Serendipity” pn page 20

is so difficult

As an organizer, I see change for many people being freeing, to have that problem area of the home changed. That place that was previously a useful place in your home that became cluttered or unusable as it was turned into a storage area or just got unruly—to get converted back into a usable space again­—this is a good change. What I’m talking about is that bigger change when we are moving someone from their home after 40-50 years to a retirement home. It can be a very stressful and difficult time for many people. It can be tough to figure out what to do with all the items in a home and thinking of what will be lost in a downsize. These are normal worries but for many it’s that thought of never looking out that window like they’ve done a million times before and the memory’s built into that home that can be the biggest loss to deal with. But why is change like this so difficult? We as a people dislike change and it starts early from changing schools as a child, to getting the new promotion at work, it’s the fear of the unknown. We have all had this

fear, be it getting ready for a new job or getting ready to stand up and give a speech. For each person it is a different scenario, but the fear is the same. It’s the “what if’s” which can cause us stress. Not all change is difficult, for if we are wanting this change it is a challenge that we strive to overcome. If this is forced upon us it can be very daunting or stressful and we tend to resist this kind of change. Would you like to be in the driver’s seat deciding where you are going or in the passenger seat being told where you are going? It really hits home when you think of it like this as many people would like to stay in their home as long as possible, but if you wait too long to decide what will happen you will be sitting in that passenger seat. If this is you wanting to stay home till that last moment you have to have some planning in place so when the time comes you are ready, make it something you are ready for rather than something you are forced into. As we are unable to do things at home and we start to get others to help us do these things it’s time to start realizing we may have to change our situation. Look for places to live early as many places have long waiting lists, start downsizing and thinking of the treasures you can’t live without. As you do these things it allows you to mentally realize that change is coming and it can be a change you enjoy rather than a placement you resent.

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Competition beckons to Zone 8 55+ BC Games participants Brock Activity Centre

9A - 1800 Tranquille Road

Kamloops, B.C. V2B 3L9 info@csikamloops.ca • 778-470-6000

APRIL 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

MONDAY

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Chair Fitness 10 am Euchre 1:30 pm Ostomy Group 1:30 pm Pound Fitness 7 pm

Wood Carving 10 am BINGO 6 pm

15 Chair Fitness 10 16 am Sunday Night Dance 7:30 - 11 pm $10 at the door

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Euchre 1:30 pm Ostomy Group 1:30 pm Pound Fitness 7 pm

Wood Carving 10 am BINGO 6 pm

22 Chair Fitness 10 23 am

Sunday Night Dance 7:30 - 11 pm $10 at the door

Quilt Show 10 am - 5 pm

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Wood Carving 10 am BINGO 6 pm

Euchre 1:30 pm Ostomy Group 1:30 pm Pound Fitness 7 pm

29 Chair Fitness 10 30 am

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Lounge Open 12 pm - 7 pm

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Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

Meat Draw 2:30 pm Lounge Open 12 pm - 7 pm

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Lunch Chair Fitness 10 am Stitchers Club 9 am 11:30 am - 1 pm Lunch Bridge 1 pm Cribbage 1 pm 11:30 am -1 pm Whist 1 pm Chair Fitness 1:30 pm Canasta 1 pm

29 General Mtg noon Lounge Open 12 pm - 7 pm

17 Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

23 Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

Lounge Open 12 pm - 7 pm Meat Draw 2:30 pm

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Zone Meeting22

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Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

Meat Draw 2:30 pm

TUESDAY

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Lounge Open 12 pm - 7 pm

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WEDNESDAY

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Lounge Open 2 pm - 11 pm Dart League

11 Lounge Open 2 pm - 11 pm Dart League

18 Lounge Open 2 pm - 11 pm Dart League

25 Lounge Open 2 pm - 11 pm Dart League

Revelstoke Seniors 1

EASTER SUNDAY

Genealogy Workshop 1 - 4 pm

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Bingo 1 pm Bridge 7 pm Darts 7 pm

Bingo 1 pm Bridge 7 pm Darts 7 pm

TUESDAY

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Office Hours: 2 pm to - 4 pm Monday - Friday

THURSDAY Lounge Open 2 pm - 11 pm Crib 7 pm Darts 7:30 pm

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425 Lansdowne St.

Kamloops, B.C. V2C 1Y2

Office: 250-374-1742

FRIDAY

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Lounge Open 2 pm - 8 pm Crib 2 pm Everyone welcome to play

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Lounge Open 2 pm - 11 pm Crib 7 pm Darts 7:30 pm

Lounge Open 2 pm - 8 pm Crib 2 pm Everyone welcome to play

Lounge Open19 2 pm - 11 pm Executive Mtg 4:30 pm Crib 7 pm Darts 7:30 pm

Lounge Open 2 pm - 8 pm Crib pm Everyone welcome to play

Lounge Open26 2 pm - 11 pm Crib 7 pm Darts 7:30 pm

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Lounge Open 2 pm - 8 pm Crib 2 pm Everyone welcome to play

SATURDAY Lounge Open 12 pm - 7 pm

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Meat Draw 2:30 pm

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Lounge Open 12 pm - 7 pm Meat Draw 2:30 pm

Zone Meeting21 Lounge Open 12 pm - 7 pm Meat Draw 2:30 pm

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Lounge Open 12 pm - 7 pm Meat Draw 2:30 pm

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

now, teams will be first come, first serve. Please contact Janet or Paul Quesnel 250-453-9665 or jpq@coppervalley.bc.ca for more info. You must be a member of the BC Seniors Games Society to take part in playoffs and/ or the Games. Annual membership is $20, and there is a one-time $5 zone 8 registration fee for anyone trying out

or participating. If no playoff is required or if you qualify for the Games during a playoff, the participant fee is $50 and must be paid to Zone 8 as soon as possible, but no later than July 6. Zone 8 pays the sport fees from a BC Government lottery grant gratefully received for 2018. Normally, you submit your registration and waiver forms and fees through your sport event coordinator or at a monthly meeting. Lawn bowling is a low-impact game that is accessible and great for all ages. Try lawn bowling no charge at Kamloops Riverside Lawn Bowling Club “Try It Days”, April 28-29, Riverside Park, Kamloops. For more information call Bruce 250-554-5177. To help keep us operationally afloat, we invite folks of all ages to our fundraising lunch on April 19. The $15 tickets will be available from some members, or contact Linda at 250-679-3557 or lindahaas@xplornet. com to reserve them. Besides a delicious lunch, there will be a shared pot draw, bucket auction, and a candy guess. This fun event promotes social interaction while supporting Zone 8 seniors. The next meeting is April 19, 10 a.m. at the Chief Louis Centre, Tk’emlups Indian Band, on Shuswap Road. Everyone is welcome. Keep active, be healthy: join us and have fun, too!

SATURDAY

3 4 Carpet Bowling5 6 Billiards 9 am 9 am Carpet Bowling Senior Senior Exercise Exercise Coffee Drop In 9 am 10 am 9:30 am 10 am

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Crib 1 pm

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her at 250-554-2422 or m_hickey@telus.net Darts playoffs start 9 a.m. at the Kamloops Legion. Contact Aileen Lamberton, 250-3202312 or aileen55plus@ hotmail.com by April 21 to register. Five-pin bowlers playoff May 2 at Falcon Lanes, Kamloops starting 10 a.m. Contact Bill Smedley at 250-3760573 or kambs12@shaw. ca by April 25. Ice curling has one team each interested in Ladies 55-64 and 65+; and one team in each of 55-64 mixed and 65+ mixed. So there is room for one men’s team in each age group. As we are not able to have a playoff

Phone: 250-837-9456 www.revelstokeseniors.ca

APRIL 2018 Calendar of Events MONDAY

Quilt Show 10 am - 5 pm

OFFICE HOURS: 2 PM - 4 PM • MON-FRI P: 250-374-1742 F: 250-374-1708 Secretary@kamloopslegion.com

Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

Meat Draw 2:30 pm

SUNDAY

Stitchers Club 9 am Chair Fitness 10 am Bridge 1 pm Potluck Lunch Whist 1 pm 12 pm Investing for Canasta 1 pm Retirement 1 pm

Chair Fitness 10 am Prostate Cancer Lunch Support Group Stitchers Club 9 am Lunch 11:30 am - 1 pm 11:30 am -1 pm 10 am Bridge 1 pm Cribbage 1 pm Canasta 1 pm Social Club Dance Whist 1 pm Chair Fitness 1:30 pm ALS Support 1 pm 7:30 - 11:30 pm

Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

Lounge Open 2 pm - 7 pm

Meat Draw 2:30 pm

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APRIL 2018 Calendar of Events -

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Lunch 11:30 am - 1 pm Cribbage 1 pm Chair Fitness 1:30 pm

Royal Canadian Legion Br. #52 SUNDAY

FRIDAY 5

Join us for a free information session on “Wills and Retirement Planning” Win door prizes! April 12th @ 1 - 2 pm

Euchre 1:30 pm Ostomy Group 1:30 pm Pound Fitness 7 pm

NO DANCE

THURSDAY 4

Lunch Chair Fitness 10 am Stitchers Club 9 am 11:30 am - 1 pm Lunch Bridge 1 pm Cribbage 1 pm 11:30 am -1 pm Whist 1 pm Chair Fitness 1:30 pm Canasta 1 pm

Wood Carving 10 am BINGO 6 pm

CLOSED

Sunday Night Dance 7:30 - 11 pm $10 at the door

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

The 55+ BC Games take place September 11-15, 2018 in Kimberly/ Cranbrook with 22 sports/activities to enjoy. Three sports excluded from the 2018 Games don’t want to be left out entirely, though. Carpet bowling is organizing a major meet for September 8 and 9 in Kamloops; table tennis is planning an event, and horseshoes will have its Provincial Championship as part of the Tournament Capital Games on Labour Day weekend in Kamloops. You just can’t keep seniors down! To find out if the event you are interested in requires a playoff, contact the sport coordinator on the Zone 8 website accessed through www.55plusbcgames. org or contact registrar, Heather Sinclair heather55plus@ gmail.com or 250682-4121. You may try out for more than one, but you may only enter one sport/activity at the Games. If you are not sure what a particular event is all about, contact the sport coordinator. Cribbage allows unlimited number of players, so no playdown needed. Maureen Hickey will make up a notice for players showing the location of the crib and asks those from out of town to see their area rep for the information package. She will hold an information day for those in Kamloops who wish to go, and you can contact

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11 Billiards 9 am Carpet Bowling Senior Exercise 9 am 10 am

12 13 Carpet Bowling 9 am Senior Exercise Coffee Drop In 10 am 9:30 am Crib 1 pm

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15 Genealogy Workshop 1 - 4 pm

16 17 18 Bingo 1 pm Billiards 9 am Carpet Bowling Bridge 7 pm Senior Exercise 9 am Darts 7 pm 10 am

19 Carpet Bowling

22 Genealogy Workshop 1 - 4 pm

23 24 Bingo 1 pm Carpet Bowling Bridge 7 pm 9 am Darts 7 pm

26 27 Carpet Bowling 9 am Coffee Drop In Senior Exercise 10 am 9:30 am Crib 1 pm

29 Genealogy Workshop 1 - 4 pm

30 Bingo 1 pm Bridge 7 pm Darts 7 pm

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Billiards 9 am

9 am Coffee Drop In 9:30 am Crib 1 pm

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Senior Exercise 10 am

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‘Serendipity’ continued Continued from page 18 the weary travelers to remain parked in their private lot. Crossing the street to an IHOP the next morning, Johnny exclaimed, “Who can resist the International House of Pancakes?” He and Lucy followed a hostess to a private table in the non-smoking area. Lucy became pensive and admitted the prospect of going cross-border unnerved her. “I struggle with Spanish,” she complained. “I wish Ted and Dory were here. They’re used to the convoluted paperwork to get visas. Oh, let’s just order,” she said. Changing the subject, she read the menu aloud. “Waffles with berries and whipped-cream topping, yum! Omelettes, pancakes piled high, oh wonderful! Sausages and crisp bacon with sweet maple syrup… coffee! I really need my coffee!” Johnny was amused until the hostess returned to their quiet corner with two boisterous couples. He whispered, “There goes our privacy, honey.” Within earshot of the new patrons, he overheard names drop which he recognized from the ‘contact list’ Ted gave him. Shocked, he interrupted with an apology. “Excuse me, I

don’t mean to intrude or eavesdrop, but are you folks heading into Mexico?” “Yes sir, we are,” one of the Americans drawled. “We’ve got supplies for the work going on at a place called, Rancho Betania.” “Oh my goodness,” Lucy gasped. “That’s exactly where we’re going!” Instrumental to her peace of mind, the acquaintances helped cut through complicated red tape at the U.S./Mexico Immigration and Customs booth. Afterward, escorted by the seasoned travelers, Johnny drove the rough seventy-five mile route south to the camp in Santa Ana, Sonora. The important convoy of coaches arrived safely and enjoyed a rousing welcome. Around campfires, amazed folks heard about the newest couple’s synchronised journey beginning with Ted and Johnny’s surprise reunion. Call it good timing Johnny caught up with the co-ordinator before he flew out. Call it good luck he drove trouble free all the way to Nogales. Unpredictably, like a twist of fate, they parked in a private lot close to an IHOP rather

than at another location. Call it happenstance the strangers just happened to be in the same area of the same city; at the same hour on the same morning. Was it just a fluke they all chose breakfast at the IHOP? These were astonishing coincidences, but what a wonder that, like supernatural intervention, the hostess seated her prophetic patrons practically side-by-side. As luck would have it, the close proximity of their tables gave Johnny the chance to overhear a conversation! Surely, fate arranged for the new acquaintances to be helpmates to the vulnerable couple. Most astonishing was the mutual mission of each one: to cross into Mexico; to work at Rancho Betania! The stories intrigued campers for weeks. The couple’s favourable adventures and undertakings were declared good fortune. To the Kamloopsians, though, there was more to it. The remarkable phenomenon of serendipity which was so vital to their end purpose, emanated strongly to Lucy and Johnny as ‘divine appointments.’

Lakeview Community Centre Society APRIL 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

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NIA Class 10:30 - 11:45 am A/E Chorus Practice 1 -2:30 pm Bridge 7 pm

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24 Arts & Crafts Group 10 am Bring lunch!

THURSDAY

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Squilax/Anglemont

FRIDAY

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Rise and Shine Breakfast 8 -11 am Lions Meat Draw 2 - 5:30 pm

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21 Health Fair & Creative Crafts Fair 9 am - 5 pm

Table Tennis 10 am

Bingo 6 pm

NIA Class 10:30 - 11:45 am A/E Chorus Practice 1 -2:30 pm Bridge 7 pm

SATURDAY

Table Tennis 10 am

Bingo 6 pm

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Arts & Crafts Group 10 am Bring lunch! General Meeting 2:30 pm

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NIA Class 10:30 - 11:45 am Arts Group 10 am A/E Chorus Practice Bring lunch! 1 -2:30 pm Bridge 7 pm

Table Tennis 1-3 pm

27 Table Tennis 10 am

28 Lions Meat Draw 2 - 5:30 pm

30 Table Tennis 1-3 pm

Passchendaele Road, Sorrento, B.C.

Sorrento Drop-In Society

Phone: 250-675-5358

President: Ralph Lutes 250-675-5485 Hall Bookings: H. Skulmoski 250-675-2126

APRIL 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

MONDAY

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Church Group 9 am 8

Church Group 9 am 15

Church Group 9 am

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Glee Club 9:30 am AA 8 pm

Glee Club 9:30 am AA 8 pm

Glee Club 9:30 am AA 8 pm

Glee Club 9:30 am AA 8 pm

TUESDAY

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7 Core Tight Dance Exercise 10 am Scottish 9:30 am Ladies Pool 1 pm

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10 Wheels to Meals noon Pool 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm

11 Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

12 13 14 Quilting Core Tight Scottish Dance 9:30 am Exercise 10 am 9:30 am Pool 1 pm Ladies Pool 1 pm

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Pool 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm

18 Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

19 20 21 Scottish Dance Quilting Core Tight 9:30 am 9:30 am Exercise 10 am Market Pool 1 pm Ladies Pool 1 pm Farmers’ 1 - 4 pm

24 Wheels to Meals noon Pool 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm

25 Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

26 27 28 Pool Tourney Quilting Core Tight 9:30 am Exercise 10 am Dance Pool 1 pm Ladies Pool 1 pm Scottish 9:30 am

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Quilting 9:30 am Pool 1 pm

30 Glee Club 9:30 am AA 8 pm

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Carving 9:30 am Cards 1 pm Pool 1 pm

APRIL 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

THURSDAY

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Pool 1 pm Crib 1:30 pm Rock Club 7 pm

Chase Seniors Centre TUESDAY

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Chase Creekside Seniors

542 Shuswap Avenue • 250-679-8522

Open 8:30 to 11:30 am, 1:00 to 4:30 pm THURSDAY

5 Guys & Gals 4 Exercise 9 am Wood Carving 9 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Drop In Carpet Canasta 1 pm Bowling 10 am Jam Session 7 pm

FRIDAY

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Exercise 9 am6 Mini Crib Register at 10:30 am Start 11 am

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Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

Bells & Bows 10 am Bingo 1 pm

9 Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

10 Guys & Gals11 12 Bells & Bows Exercise 9 am Wood Carving 9 am 10 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Drop In Carpet Bingo 1 pm Canasta 1 pm Bowling 10 am Jam Session 7 pm

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16 Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

17 Guys & Gals18 19 20 9 am Wood Carving Exercise Crib 1 pm Bells & Bows Exercise 9 am 9 am Dinner 10 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Drop In Carpet Doors Open 4:15 pm Bingo 1 pm Canasta 1 pm Bowling 10 am Dinner at 5 pm Jam Session 7 pm

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23 Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

24 Guys & Gals25 Wood Carving 26 Bells & Bows Exercise 9 am 9 am 10 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Drop In Carpet Bingo 1 pm Canasta 1 pm Bowling 10 am Jam Session 7 pm

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16 Table Tennis 1-3 pm

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Church Group 9 am

LIMITED ROOMS AVAILABLE

TUESDAY

Table Tennis 1-3 pm

Church Group 9 am

COMFORT & SECURITY IN A BEAUTIFUL SETTING

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Table Tennis 1-3 pm

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MONDAY

Lakeview Centre

30 Guys & Gals Exercise 8:30 am Pool/Snooker 1 pm Canasta 1 pm

Exercise 9 am Crib 1 pm

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Sometimes Shuswap Lake Senior Citizens Society

31 Hudson Ave. NE, Box 1552 Salmon Arm, V1E 4P6 250-832-3015

APRIL 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

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Spiritualist Church 10:30 am - 1 pm

MONDAY

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Mt. Ida Painters 9 am - 2 pm

8 Spiritualist Church 10:30 am - 1 pm

Spiritualist Church 10:30 am - 1 pm

Mt. Ida Painters 9 am - 2 pm

16 Mt. Ida Painters 9 am - 2 pm

22 Spiritualist Church 10:30 am - 1 pm

23 Mt. Ida Painters 9 am - 2 pm

29 Spiritualist Church 10:30 am - 1 pm

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WEDNESDAY

Painting Group 8:30 am - 2 pm

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THURSDAY

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TUESDAY

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Foot Care (by appt. only)

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Foot Care (by appt. only)

Lunch w/Friends

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10 am - 2 pm

320A Second Ave. NE

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Duplicate Bridge 1 pm

Pancake Breakfast 8 - 11:30 am

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Duplicate Bridge 1 pm

15 Duplicate Bridge 1 pm

22 Duplicate Bridge 1 pm

29 Duplicate Bridge 1 pm

EASTER MONDAY OFFICE CLOSED Table Tennis 8:30 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Crib 1:30 pm Ukulele 6:30 pm

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Table Tennis 8:30 am Board Mtg 9:30 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Crib 1:30 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Ukulele 6:30 pm

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Table Tennis 8:30 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Crib 1:30 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Camera Club 7 pm

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Table Tennis 8:30 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Crib 1:30 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm

30 Table Tennis 8:30 am Keep Fit 10:45 am Crib 1:30 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Camera Club 7 pm

Come in and register for our new online medical clinic

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Foot Care (by appt. only)

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Day Away

Day AwaY

Day Away

SATURDAY 6

Day Away

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Good Food Box Pick Up 26

Day Away

OFFICE HOURS MON-FRI 10 AM-2 PM RAINBOW CAFE WEEKDAYS 11:30 AM - 1 PM

APRIL 2018 Calendar of Events MONDAY

NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY

Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 1H1

Day Away

TUESDAY

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Table Tennis 8:30 am Weightwatchers 8:30 am Canasta 10 am Scrabble 9:30 am Ukulele 1:30 pm Darts 1 pm Beginners Bridge 1:30 pm Beginners Bridge 1:30 pm Floor Curling 2 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Weightwatchers 5:30 pm Square Dancing 6:30 pm

Keep Fit 10:45 am Social Bridge 1 pm Table Tennis 2pm Crib 7 pm

Table Tennis 8:30 am Weightwatchers 8:30 am Canasta 10 am Scrabble 9:30 am Ukulele 1:30 pm Darts 1 pm Beginners Bridge 1:30 pm Beginners Bridge 1:30 pm Floor Curling 2 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Weightwatchers 5:30 pm Square Dancing 6:30 pm

Keep Fit 10:45 am Social Bridge 1 pm Table Tennis 2pm Crib 7 pm

18 Weightwatchers 8:3017 am Table Tennis 8:30 am Scrabble 9:30 am Canasta 10 am Darts 1 pm Ukulele 1:30 pm Beginner Bridge 1:30 pm Beginners Bridge 1:30 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Floor Curling 2 pm Weightwatchers 5:30 pm Square Dancing 6:30 pm

Keep Fit 10:45 am Social Bridge 1 pm Table Tennis 2pm Crib 7 pm Vintage Car 7 pm

25 Table Tennis 8:30 am Weightwatchers 8:3024 am Scrabble 9:30 am Canasta 10 am Darts 1 pm Ukulele 1:30 pm Beginner Bridge 1:30 pm Beginners Bridge 1:30 pm Line Dancing 1:30 pm Floor Curling 2 pm Weightwatchers 5:30 pm Square Dancing 6:30 pm

Keep Fit 10:45 am Social Bridge 1 pm Table Tennis 2pm Crib 7 pm

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NO DOCTOR? NO PROBLEM. TALK TO US!

DROP-IN POOL Monday through Friday

FRIDAY

we gaze skyward for answers, and through our tears we know our sobs are heard, and Stephen Hawking will cradle the sorrows of the world until we listen

ONLINE-MEDICAL CLINIC

Doors open 4 pm Walk Ins: 6 pm

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when creatures are disrespected and vanish before their measure of allocated time, erased like sand dunes and ephemeral castles and turrets, molded and sculpted, hastily dug before moats refill with incoming tides

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For more information, call CLINIC 250.434.4441 PHARMACY 250.376.9991

NORTH SHORE PHARMACY #4 - 517 TRANQUILLE ROAD, KAMLOOPS, BC V2B 3H3

Day Away OFFICE 27 CLOSED Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

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CONSIGNMENTS WELCOME TRAILERS • COACHES • CAMPERS • 5TH WHEELS • MOTOR HOMES

INCOME TAX PROGRAM CONTINUES UNTIL APRIL 30TH

Monday Morning Market

SUNDAY

27 Bingo

THURSDAY

24 25 Monday 23 Foot Care Morning Market (by appt. only) Foot Care Caregiver (by appt. only) Support Group Lunch w/Friends 10 am

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Bingo Doors open 4 pm Walk Ins: 6 pm

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Monday Morning Market 22

WEDNESDAY 3

Foot Care (by appt. only)

CLOSED

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Phone 250-832-7000 Fax 250-833-0550 Office Hours: 9 am - 3 pm

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EASTER MONDAY

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Carving 9 am - 12 noon

Carvers, Olena Bramble ..........................250-803-9688 Computer Class, Darcy Calkins...............250-463-4555 Hall Rentals, David Didow .......................250-833-0902 Mount Ida Painters, Olena Bramble ........250-803-9688 Spiritualist Church, Gloria Makey ............250-832-8058 Tuesday Painting, Ross Chester .............250-832-3579

MONDAY

14 Doors open 4 pm Walk Ins: 6 pm

Computer Class 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

APRIL 2018 Calendar of Events 1

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Bingo

Seniors’ Resource Centre - Salmon Arm SUNDAY

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Carving 9 am - 12 noon

Computer Class 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

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SATURDAY

Bingo

17 18 Carving 19 Painting Group Annual General 9 am - 12 noon 8:30 am - 2 pm Meeting Computer Class Computer Class 1 - 2 pm 9:30 am - 1:30 pm 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Director’s Meeting Spiritualist Church Volunteers’ Luncheon 10:30 - 11 am 7 - 9 pm 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Painting Group 8:30 am - 2 pm Computer Class 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Spiritualist Church 7 - 9 pm

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Doors open 4 pm Walk Ins: 6 pm

30 Bingo Manager, Wendy Bond ..................250-253-3506 Mt. Ida Painters 9 am - 2 pm

FRIDAY

Carving 9 am - 12 noon

Spiritualist Church 7 - 9 pm

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TUESDAY

Sometimes when nothing makes sense, when the world careens out of any semblance of order, when there are no more memories of the way things used to be

SATURDAY

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Sing-A-Long 9:45 am Canasta 10 am Whist 10 am Bridge 1 pm Birthday Lunch 12 pm

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Sing-A-Long 9:45 am Canasta 10 am Whist 10 am Bridge 1 pm Line Dancing 1 pm

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Sing-A-Long 9:45 am Canasta 10 am Whist 10 am Bridge 1 pm Line Dancing 1 pm

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April 2018

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Story by Trudy Frisk

601 BANCROFT

Ashcroft-Cache Creek Senior Society

“Do I use hoof protector?” I repeated, staring at my friend Mavis in confusion. “Yes. I use it all the time,” burbled Mavis. “It’s wonderful!” I examined Mavis more closely. Since her old cat, Maxwell, died, she has no pets, hooved or otherwise. My only livestock are flocks of hungry finches. Mavis has always been practical, but these long Canadian winters take their toll on a woman. Hoof protector? Correctly interpreting my skeptical look, Mavis laughed and got her cosmetic bag. There it was, among creams and blushes, a tube of Hoof Quencher. “You rub it into your nails.” she explained, “try it.” Her husband Alex came into the kitchen to find us busily massaging ointment onto our appendages. “We’re polishing our hooves,” Mavis informed him gaily. Alex hastily scrutinized the room. “I see the tea cups,” his

Quencher. After Shania Twain endorsed Bag Balm, the local agricultural stores couldn’t keep it in stock. “We have a few tins left,” one owner reported, “but we’ve put them aside for regular customers.” When women whose knowledge of livestock is that one end eats and the other doesn’t, start buying cosmetics at the feed store, it signals a major change. There’s more to this than Shania. Is it the agricultural image: strong, natural, trustworthy? After all, any farmer buys products based on results, not packaging. Does the trend of women turning from heavily advertised cosmetics to basic, simple mixtures parallel the movement to alternative health care? Is Bag Balm the echinacea of the cosmetic industry?

APRIL 2018 Calendar of Events SUNDAY

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10 Carpet Bowling, Cards & Pool 12:30 - 4 pm

Bridge

Closed

TUESDAY

Carpet Bowling, Cards & Pool 12:30 - 4 pm

Bridge

Closed

Muriel Scallon, President

In this increasingly complex world are women going back to their roots? Whatever the explanation, agricultural supplies won’t long remain underground cosmetics. A Kamloops manicurist shop already sells tubes of Hoof Quencher to its patrons. Bag Balm is available at some major drug stores for those who can’t get to the feed store. Imagine the commercials for this niche market: a long shot of a stallion at Spruce Meadows, voice over: “The best jumpers use Hoof Quencher. Don’t leave the ground without it!” Or a haughty bovine accompanied by the text, “Gertrude, champion milker, is kept in top form by Bag Balm.” Background music performed by finalists from the Cowboy Festival. Keep our Western heritage alive!

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Guys Games

SUNDAY

MONDAY

EASTER SUNDAY 8

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Orthopedic & Diabetic Footwear

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This year Easter falls on April Fool’s Day. Or maybe it is April Fool’s Day that falls on Easter Sunday. Either way, it seems wildly appropriate. If you know the Jesus story, then you know that Jesus practiced and taught a way of living that empowered hope and love in the lives of people who were without great quantities of either. He offered healing and inclusion to the marginalized of his time. And one thing he often did was to name a person he was engaged with as his brother, his sister, his daughter, his son. More than a show of affection, his naming of a person as a member of his family gave that person status in a familial

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April fools society. In Biblical times to be without family was to be a complete nobody, especially for women and children. By naming and placing a person in his family, Jesus gave them status. He gave them a place in society. Through his words and his action, we learn what God’s love looks like, acts like, lives like. Unfortunately, Jesus’s radical ideas of hospitality and inclusion proved to be a threat to the religious leaders of the day – and to the ruling powers of the day – and he was executed on the cross for his “crimes.” Then something amazing happened. His tomb was discovered empty and then he was seen by several of his followers. Soon the cry of “he is risen” was ringing out. What really happened? I don’t know, but something happened to transform his followers. In his final hours, all but one of them abandoned

him, fleeing for their own lives. One male disciple stood with many of his female followers and watched him die on the cross. They were in utter despair, believing his movement, his ministry was ended. Everyone who had believed in him was scattered, many in hiding. But something happened to change all of that. Those who fled for their lives would soon be so sure of their faith they would face their own executions unwilling to renounce their faith. Women and men who were devastated and uncertain soon became the leaders of a renewed movement known as “the Way,” later known as Christianity. They were called fools, but they persevered. I have been called a fool, too. A fool for believing there is a God. A fool for choosing to follow the way of Jesus. I have atheistic friends and family who do not

hide their scorn of my faith. They tell me that no one is “raised” from the dead. It’s scientifically impossible. I don’t know what really happened on that first Easter morning, but I do know that something happened that moved the hiders and the grievers out of their homes and back into the world, emboldened to embrace the very faith that brought about the death of their leader. I believe, in the words of Michael Card’s beautiful song, “love crucified arose.” The sentence of death tried to eliminate the radical love and inclusion Jesus taught and lived, but you can’t kill love. Love always wins. Call me a fool, but that’s what I believe. Rev LeAnn Blackert ministers with the congregation of Mount Paul United Church on the north shore of Kamloops (www. mtpauluc.ca)

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The Poetry of Nature sponsor a poetry contest with the theme of nature and the more-thanhuman world. I hazard a guess there have been more poems written about nature than any other topic. Maybe not, maybe April is National Poetry romantic love surpasses nature. Though the love Month and contains of nature is powerful and Earth Day. To celebrate probably longer lasting, these dual recognitions there are numerous the Kamloops Society ways we navigate in for the Written Arts (the nature and writing about writer’s festival people), it in poetic form has a Kamloops This Week long and honourable (the keep-us-informed tradition. What one of us people) and the Council does not know William of Canadians (the social Wordsworth’s words justice, peace and “I wandered lonely as environment people) a cloud. That floats have banded together to on high o’er vales and

hills. When all at once I saw a crowd. A host of golden daffodils. Some of us stood on a stage in childhood and recited the words to the happy beaming faces of parents, family and friends. Nature is beautiful, magical and mysterious. Our world seems to have gone out of its mind and most days, life flutters down like confetti at a funeral. Our heart aches with sadness and our minds have become scattered with anxious thoughts. It might be healing to join with the spinning Earth and its more-thanhuman-world, take off our heavy back packs

and toe-nipping shoes and curl our toes in the peaty moss. We might lean against the bark of a tree, feel its roughness massage our backs and surrender to the light filtering through leaves into our faces. Sorrow and worry might tremble and fall in the face of nature’s power. But we have broken faith with Mother Earth and it’s breaking her heart and ours. There’s something crazy about how we’re treating our planet: the extinction of species, the depletion of the ozone and the consequences of climate change, the annihilation of rain forests, and

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the plastic pollution of the sea. Things are unravelling. People are losing confidence that things will be okay. Perhaps poetry is a way to wrap one’s arms around the wreckage. Perhaps poems and art are a way to reconnect with the earth and tackle the mess we’re in; after all, we cannot trash what we are spiritually and emotionally connected to. If you don’t regularly connect with nature already, renewing and restoring, give it a try. If you do, do it more often. Leave your devices at home. Listen to the birds sing, and push our body into the wind. Write a

poem. Enter the contest. As American poet Robert Frost said, “There are three things, after all, that the poem must reach: the eye, the ear, and what we call the heart or mind. It is the most important of all to reach the heart of the reader.” Description and guidelines are available from kswa.ca/poetrycontest.The winning poems will be published in KTW in the last week of April and poets will be invited to read at The Art We Are on Wednesday, May 9th at the regular Open Mic.


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Does a “viewing” help?

People seem pretty divided on this subject. It seems that people fall into two camps. The first camp could be called the “Absolutely Not” camp; the second one could be called the “It Might Help” camp. As a funeral director, I don’t believe it’s appropriate to try to steer anyone into either camp, although some funeral directors disagree; they believe that viewing is therapeutic, helps with ‘closure’ and people should be encouraged to view their loved one for the last time. It’s definitely a revenue source. Let’s look at the ‘Absolutely Not’ camp. People who don’t want to view Murray often say something like “I want to remember Murray as he was when he was healthy.” As a funeral director, I wonder what

people really mean Murray and say goodwhen they say that. Did bye, the “Absolutely Not” they have a bad viewing camp seems to defer experience earlier in their to the “It Might Help” life? Are they worried camp, and there’s a wake that Murray’s wake will for Murray. make them MORE upset Wherever possible, and less comforted? I tend to lean toward When the subject of minimal intervention ‘viewing’ comes up, one when it comes to of my family members preparing Murray for always reminds me of the Drake Wake. Most her close friend’s funeral. families don’t want Her friend was in her Murray embalmed and I casket dressed in her support that. The goal is favourite orange dress, so to have Murray looking the embalmer gave her as natural as possible orange lipstick! – like he’s napping. So, My family member says rather than place Murray she will never attend a in a casket, we place him ‘wake’ again. on a bed, covered by a The ‘Absolutely Not’ quilt, with a pillow under camp may have many his head. He might be other reasons for taking dressed in pajamas, or that position. Maybe it’s his favourite shirt and cost. shorts. Maybe they want to So, here’s what tends honour Murray, who said to happen at the Drake he didn’t want people Wake: the “It Might looking at him when he’s Help” camp goes into gone. our living room to say Maybe it simply reflects goodbye to Murray while our society’s tendency to the “Absolutely Not” avoid our own mortality. camp stays outside or Now, what about the “It in our tea room. Like Might Help” camp? This the canary in the mine camp is smaller than the shaft, the “It Might Help” “Absolutely Not” camp. people emerge from Often, there might be their time with Murray only one or two family saying how wonderful members in the “It Might Murray looks…how Help” camp. Even so, if a peaceful. Upon hearing family member expresses this, many members of a strong desire to see the “Absolutely Not” See "Conversation" page 27

Spirit Warriors Gala huge success Submitted by Rita Buisson Spirit Warriors team members gather for a night of celebration and fundraising at Colombo Lodge in advance of their overseas trip to Florence, Italy to participate in the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival in July. There are 26 Spirit Warriors registered to attend the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival being held in Florence, Italy on July 6 - 8th, 2018. The Festival is an international non-competitive participatory event aimed at breast cancer survivors teams who engage in dragon boat activities as postoperative rehabilitation. Born from the idea of a Canadian sports medicine physician at UBC, Dr. Don McKenzie about twenty years ago, dragon boat paddling has become a rehabilitation therapy for tens of thousands of men and women worldwide, who have undergone surgery. For the first time since its conception in 2005, the IBCPC Festival will be held in Europe – in Italy more specifically. The Florence 2018 Festival will involve 129 teams from 17 countries,

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and for the very first time all continents are represented. The Kamloops contingent has been raising funds for this experience of a lifetime. Their most recent fundraiser was a sold-out gala held at Colombo Lodge on March 3.  Thanks to many friends, family members and sponsors, the funds raised will help ensure that all team members signed up to participate can do so. The evening reflected the Spirit Warrior’s team spirit and energy. There was a cork pull for donated bottles of wine, as well as silent and live auctions. The team was also surprised by a generous donation from Kamloops Can-Ital Ladies Society. The group is grateful for the support from Jennifer Harbaruk during planning as well as from members of the United Way during the evening.

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Kamloops Parkinson Awareness Group: We meet at 1 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday from September through June at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour Street. Contact Rendy at 250-374-0798 FMI. Excelsior Rebekah Lodge No.23: General meeting second Tuesday of every month 7:30 p.m. Regular meeting fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. 423 Tranquille Rd. If you have kidney-related issues and questions, and would like to chat with someone who has been there, the Kamloops Kidney Support Group is here for you. We meet on the second Saturday of each month at Romeo’s Kitchen in the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way and on the second Wednesday of each month at Denny’s, 898 Tranquille Rd. at 10 a.m. You won’t get any medical advice from us, but we are here to share our experiences, whether you may be pre-dialysis or on dialysis, a kidney donor or a recipient, a family member, or anything in between. FMI call Edna Humphreys at 250-376-6361, Dorothy Drinnan at 250-573-2988, or Margaret Thompson at 250-819-3135. St. Paul’s Cathedral Thrift Shop 360 Nicola St is open Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. to June. Handicapped access from the alley between Nicola and St. Paul. Kamloops Antiques, Collectibles and Heritage Club meets on the second Thursday of

every month. September – June at Heritage House on Lorne Street, Riverside Park 7 p.m. Guests and new members welcome. FMI call: 250-372-0468 Bernice or 250-377-8364 Joyce. The Kamloops Family History Society meetings take place at Heritage House on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. (September to May, except December) FMI contact Connie at 250-852-3218. Mutliple Myeloma Support Group for Kamloops and Region. Meetings will be scheduled at the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre once an agenda is in place for a meeting and/ or a speaker have been arranged. If you are interested, please contact one of the following people and provide us with your email address (or phone number) and we will notify you of future meetings. Bob T.: ridgerunner@telus. net 250-376-3292; Anne E. akevenrude@shaw. ca 250-372-8077; Bob H. rhamaguchi@shaw.ca 250-374-6754. The Afternoon Auxiliary to RIH Thrift Seller is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 146 Victoria St. We welcome you to come shop, donate or volunteer. Ukulele fun every Monday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Plura Hills United Church, 2090 Pacific Way or every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cottonwood Centre, 730 Cottonwood Ave. All levels of experience welcome. FMI visit our website at ukuleleorchestra

ofkamloops.com or phone 250-376-5502. Aberdeen Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at noon. Meetings are held at 9-A 1800 Tranquille Rd. New members welcome. Call 250-828-1765. Alzheimer Caregiver and Early Support Stage groups meets the second Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 405, 235 – 1st Ave. For more information please contact Tara Hildebrand, support and education coordinator Alzheimer Society of B.C. at 250-377-8200. Army Navy & Airforce Veterans in Canada Unit 290. ANAVETS by the river is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and the community. We are located at #9-177 Tranquille Rd. Contact info: 250-5542455 www.anavets290.ca .The club is open 7 days a week. On Wednesdays fun darts starts at 1 p.m. and welcomes everyone. We have our karaoke on Friday nights at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday meat draws at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome Brock Central Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at the Centre for Seniors, 9-A 1800 Tranquille Rd. Call 250-371-0115. Council of Canadians meets at 5.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the Smorgasbord Deli, 225 - 7th Ave. Please join us. Call Anita or Dalton

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at 250-377-0055 or 250377-0055. You can also visit kamloopscanadians.ca. Chronic Pain Association of Kamloops meets the last Wednesday of each month at noon at People In Motion, 182B Tranquille Rd., for resources, support and fellowship. There is parking in the back.Call Ashley at 778-257-1986 or email: ash. westen@gmail.com. Tuesday afternoon cribbage takes place at 1:30 p.m. at McArthur Park Lawn Bowling clubhouse, next to Norbrock Stadium. Come for crib, coffee & good company. Free parking. Call 250-579-0228, 250-5798259 or 250-376-0917. Diabetes Support: There are two support groups in Kamloops. RiverBend (760 Mayfair St), last Tuesday/ mo., ph: 778-470-8316 for details; and, Hamlets (3255 Overlander Dr.), first Monday/mo. (except July & Aug.), ph: 250-579-5707 for details. Open to all and features monthly speakers. Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3453 & Ladies Auxiliary Welcomes you, 755 Tranquille Rd. Join us. Big Jim Horse Races Wednesday at 4 p.m., Darts Thursday at 7 p.m. Wii League Bowling Friday at 6 p.m. Meat Draws Saturday & Sunday at 3 p.m. Karaoke w/Michelle Sunday at 7 p.m. FMI 250-376-4633. Do you enjoy singing in harmony and a great variety of songs? Kamloops Happy Choristers invites new members who are 55 and over for a social atmosphere and a chance to sing for senior residences

and public concerts. We meet every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Heritage House. For more information call Sharon at 250-579-9505. Kamloops Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Heritage House every Monday at 7 p.m. Beginner and open games. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. for intermediate games. Friday 12:30 p.m. open game. Thursday at 7 p.m., at Cottonwood, intermediate and open games. FMI visit website kamloopsduplicate bridgeclub.ca Kamloops Elks Lodge #44 meets at 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of each month at 784-B Victoria St. We have served the community since 1920. You are invited to come and meet the members. New members are welcome. The hall is also available for gatherings, meetings, etc. For any inquiries please call 250-3722737 or 250-573-4632. Kamloops Floor Curlers meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Heritage House, top floor, Riverside Park. New members always welcome. Free parking for members. No special equipment needed. New teams are drawn each day. There are two games and coffee each day. The group runs all year. Call Kay at 250-376-0917, Kay at 250-828-0819 or Liz at 250-372-5493. Kamloops Heritage Model Railroad Club meets on the first Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Come and investigate a great hobby. Call 250-554-3233 FMI.

Kamloops Prostate Cancer Support Group meet at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at The Seniors Activity Centre, 9A-1800 Tranquille Rd. Phone 250-376-4011 or email larubekam1947@ gmail.com Kamloops Stamp Club meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Mt. Paul United Church, 140 Laburnum. Contact 250-314-1021. The world famous Kamloops Rube Band practices on Monday evenings (except holidays), 7:30 p.m. at the Kamloops Yacht Club, 1140 River St. New members with playing experience are invited to drop by and join the band, having fun with music. FMI, please call Jordan Amon at 250-572-6271. Kamloops Stroke Recovery Branch meets at Riverbend Seniors Community at 10:30-1 p.m. on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Email: kmshelton@hotmail. com or phone: 250-377-1961. Kamloops United Church Thrift Store has come home to 421 St. Paul Street. Contact number: 250-372-3020. We are located in a brand new addition to the church. North Kamloops Elks Lodge #469, #102-1121 12th St., 250-376-2924 (leave message). Meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. New members welcome. Crib tournaments every Wednesday, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Kamloops Breast Cancer Support Group meets the 3rd Monday of

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each month at 7:15 p.m. We currently meet at the Yoga Loft on Seymour Street at 4th Avenue. The support group is for all women at any stage of their breast cancer journey whether newly diagnosed or years out of treatment. Kamloops Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Hal Rogers Center, 2025 Summit Drive. Contact number 250 320-3038. Anyone with an interest in vintage vehicles is welcome to attend. The Kamloops Tai Chi Club is a member-driven non profit group. We meet Tuesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1136 6th Ave. Experience the benefits of tai chi & qigong: increased flexibility, balance and agility. To join our class, email: info@kamloops taichiclub.com. Interior Authors Group Interested in writing? We’re people who love to write in all styles, forms, and genres. We’re aspiring authors, veteran authors, and everything in between. If you want to learn more about the craft of writing, or about publishing and self-publishing, or anything else related to writing, come check us out. Meetings are the second Thursday of every month except July and August, 6:30 p.m. at Chartwell Ridgepointe (Pineview), 1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops, BC, V1S 0B7. FMI visit interiorauthorsgroup. wordpress.com/about/ or look for Interior Authors Group on Facebook or contact Elma 250 374-1750, elmams@shaw.ca. Kamloops Garden Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Heritage House on Lorne St. Riverside Park, 7 p.m. Our next meeting is April 25. Guest speakers cover a range of interesting topics relating to gardening. Please join us. Contact Judy at 250-374-4181 FMI. Riverside Lawn Bowling Club Come try lawn bowling. Free Lessons. Phone Bruce or Laurel at 250-554-5177 for information. McArthur Park Lawn Bowling invites new bowlers to try lawn bowling free. Lawn Bowling is low impact, easy to learn and very affordable. There is something for everyone; drop-in social bowling, leagues and tournaments with a little competitiveness, and Provincials, 55+ Games, and Nationals for the more serious bowler. The Lawn Bowling facility situated at McArthur Island, is open from May to September for more information call: Brenda 250-579-5775, Ron 250-319-3255 or Al 778470-6047.

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Thompson River Interior Paddle Sports Club (TRIPS) received additional Pool Time – sign up for the In-Pool Learn to Paddle Lesson at TCC April 5, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The fee covers this lesson and a further five On-the-River Learn to Paddle Sessions at Pioneer Park, consecutive Tuesdays, beginning April 10, 5 p.m. Get back on the water. Join Us! See Spring Activity Guide, page 52, Learn to Paddle, register 250-828- 3500 or online kamloops.ca/ezreg. FMI at kamloopspaddlers.net or 250-3766017. The Kamloops CanGo Grannies 2nd Spring Fling Luncheon & Sale of gently used jewellery and accessories on Saturday, April 7 at the Kamloops Curling Club on Victoria St. All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation in support of work in Africa to help the orphans and the grandmothers raising them. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Blue Sky Clothing, 263 Victoria; The Smorgasbord, 225 7th Avenue; or Hub International 299, 3rd Avenue. The tickets sold out for our first Spring Fling, so don’t wait to buy your ticket! You can reserve a table for you and your friends for a great day! The doors open for shopping at 11 a.m. and luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. Chef Rob Norden, formerly of Chapters restaurant, is preparing the delicious luncheon. Sales are by cash or cheque only. Old Time Fiddlers Dance Saturday, April 7, 7:30- 10 p.m. Enjoy cowboy two steps, waltzes, polkas, schottiches, foxtrots and more. Heritage House 100 Lorne St. Admission at the door

Members $6, Non-Members $10. Everyone welcome. FMI 250-376-2330. The Ukulele Orchestra of Kamloops is offering beginner ukulele lessons beginning the week of April 9. FMI go to www. ukuleleorchestraofkamloops.com or phone Dorene at 250-376-5502 email dradmacher68@gmail.com. The Huntington Society of Canada (HSC) presents an educational session in Vernon, BC featuring Jim Pollard, entitled “Hurry Up and Wait: Thinking About Thinking with HD.” This free presentation includes a series of interactive exercises that simulates and demonstrates how thinking with HD colours our interactions and challenges how we communicate with one another. Thinking with HD is the primary challenge to those living with it. Accommodating these cognitive changes is just as challenging to family carers. Thursday, April 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The People Place, 3402 27th Ave., Vernon. Visit us at www.hscevents. ca/BCInfo FMI and to RSVP. RIH Retirees April Coffee Connection Thursday, April 19, 10 a.m. til noon. North Shore Community Center, 730 Cottonwood Ave. Admission: $5. Parking at back and designated parking on street. Coffee, goodies and door prizes. No need to reply, just come and bring an RIH friend who has retired or is on LTD. “Let’s Dance,” April 21, Potluck Dinner @ 6 p.m. Dance too follow @ 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Music by Bob King. Tickets $10 each.Brock Activity

centre, 9B - 1800 Tranquille Rd. Contact for tickets: Francoise 778-220-8010 or Norma 250-299-7221 or Zonia 250372-0091. KSC Info Line: 250-571-5111 Email: kamloopssocialclub2017@gmail. com. www.kamloopssocialclub.com There will be a delicious Strawberry Tea on Saturday, May 5 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Mayfair building at the Riverbend/Mayfair complex at 755 Mayfair Street (opposite Brock Shopping Centre). Besides the tea there will be an inside market with baking, collectables, crafts, woodwork and much more for sale. The strawberry cake and a beverage will cost $5. Mark your calendar and put some “Green in your Life.” TRU Horticulture Department and Friends of the Garden will be hosting their Annual Plant Sale Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the University Greenhouse and Gardens. Plant and Garage Sale by the Kamloops Garden Club on Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. to noon at 837 Lolo St. Interesting plants and items from our members plus an opportunity to tour a beautiful garden. Also, please join us for our Annual Flower Show and Tea on Saturday, June 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage House, Riverside Park. Admission by donation. Contact Judy at 250-374-4181 FMI. The Kam High Class of 1968 is having a 50 year reunion June 29 and 30. We are reaching out to classmates to visit the website kamhigh68.com FMI and to register.

KSO used book sale fundraiser returns The Kamloops Symphony’s hugely popular fundraiser, Barb’s Used Book & Music Sale, is returning to Lansdowne Village. The sale will be running from Saturday, March 31 to Saturday, April 14, in the corner beside Spitfire Computers and Kinetic Energy Health & Wellness. The KSO accepts donations of gently used books, sheet music, records, and CDs. These valuable donations are sold for as low as $2 per item, making it very affordable for shoppers.

Volunteers will be accepting donations at the mall beginning Wednesday, March 28, and throughout the sale. Shoppers are encouraged to stop in a few times during the sale as donations keep changing. The sale will be open the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; (Closed Easter Sunday) FMI please call 250-372-5000.

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