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Letters (re)cycle

For most people, July 1st 2012 was a Canada Day like any other. For a number of churchgoers in Cedar, however, this Canada Day involved an early start with a bike ride to church. On Canada Day a year ago my father, Reverend Howie Adan, started a year of sponsored bike riding in Cedar and Nanaimo. For every kilometer cycled, he would receive sponsorship from the community at St. Philip Cedar (TAKE 5 April 2012). There seemed no better way to celebrate a successful year, with over 1500 kilometers on the odometer, than to invite Cedar’s church community to join in the finale and cycle from the Farmers’ Market down to St. Philip Anglican, and then onward for those heading to Cedar United. Posters were made and we advertised “Cedar Cycles to Church” as best we could. Still, on the morning of the event, on our way to the Farmers’ Market we were doubtful that anyone else would show up. Gratefully, more and more people starting arriving and in the end we were nearly 20 in total! So we set off just before 9 a.m. with a van escorting us down Yellow Point Road and then Cedar Road to St. Philip Cedar. It was certainly not the longest of bike rides (especially for the members of the Adan family who are used to cycling everywhere in the Netherlands) but rather a fun and gentle 3 kilometers full of scenery and mostly downhill. For many it was the first time on a bicycle in years. My sister, Hanna, and I led the group in the front, while “Pa” (Rev. Howie) tailed along at the



back, in case anyone threatened to be left behind. Upon arrival at the church we were heartily welcomed by photographers, and were each handed a flag and the lyrics to ‘O Canada’ (how many of you know verse 4 by heart?) and ‘God Save the Queen’. We sang both songs, and proceeded into the church where we started the service. The proceeds of the yearlong sponsorship are going towards “green projects” in the church. All in all, “Cedar Cycles to Church” Sunday was a very successful day! - Eva Adan, St. Philip Cedar

look at formulating a plan to aid existing business to flourish and new business to move here and prosper as well. Maybe it’s time to actually listen to business and not talk. - Rick Hay

Re: letter in July`s Take 5 regarding transit

Rugby student seeks support

To the Mayor: As someone who has worked many years for Lower Mainland Transit and all its dysfunctional affiliates, such as Coast Mountain Transit Company, I would strongly urge you to think very seriously about your actions regarding any transit moves without full consultation with all the tax payers of Ladysmith. Ladysmith City Hall should

Mayor’s Report

Thank you Chief John Elliot and Mayor Rob Hutchins for the truthful facts and the future hopeful plans presented in your article Naut’sa marot - Working Together. May God bless the proposed future initiatives that both of you presented to the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, June 2012. - Gaile Gomerich

I am a rugby athlete from Ladysmith, BC requesting community sponsorship as I will be competing at the National Championships for the BC Team in Quebec in August 2012. My rugby portfolio includes BC Team 2011, LSS Rugby rep & Cowichan Women’s team and the BC Summer Games 2010. I am an honour roll student and a Ladysmith resident


for many years also working in the community. I am attending UVIC this fall to study sciences and play varsity rugby. Each girl is required to pay to play for this team. To help offset the cost the team produces a team poster that includes a team photo and a message thanking individuals, businesses and corporations that have made contributions. The contribution amount to have your name on the poster is $ 100.00 If you choose to contribute, the $ 100.00 will go directly to the individual girl to help offset their cost of playing for British Columbia. Cheques are made payable to BC Rugby Union. If you’d like more info Asuka Kusano, Manager, British Columbia U-18 Women’s Rugby Team or call me at cell 250-739-4182 or cell 250-714-8467 - Kara Galbraith Letters to the Editor are welcome but subject to space and editing. Please note that letters published do not necessarily reflect the opinion of TAKE 5. editor@, or post your comments directly at





LRCA: 20 Years of Serving the Community BY ROB JOHNSON On July 22 The Ladysmith Resources Centre celebrated 20 years serving the community. Many people came out to mark the anniversary despite some nasty storm squalls. The Ladysmith Resources Centre Association came into being in 1992 and ever since, it has been addressing many needs of the community. The Association grew from the Ladysmith Inter-agency Liaison committee which had formed in the early 70’s. This committee recognized that many of the social problems facing Ladysmith were not being met under the existing system whereby many of the government agencies were in the larger centres of Nanaimo, Duncan or Victoria and this meant residents had to find a way to get to them for much needed help. From this decision the present Ladysmith Resources Centre was born. The founding members of the fledgling organization where Tom Beames, Dorothy Durban, Faye Hollett, Dennis Lait, Gerry Montgomery, Mary Mulrooney, Shelley Rattink, Betty Turner, Alex Stuart and Doug Thring (Chair). Because they felt so strongly about the need for this type of organization, they invested their own money to get it started. Many hours of volunteer labour saw the remodelling of offices at 225 High Street and with an official opening by Mayor Rollie Rose, the then volunteer association opened its doors. Following an extensive assessment, the association undertook a needs assessment of the community to determine the

Ribbon cutting marking 20 years of service for Ladysmith Resources Centre. (right) Photo: Irene Liew Catrnia Belfry and daughter Michell volunteers. Photo: Rob Johnson

direction the society should take. This became the impetus for many of the programs undertaken at that time and with time many more were added. Additional space was required and the blossoming organization drew upon its volunteers to relocate, first to 112-B French Street in 1994, into what was the old veterinary clinic. Uncounted hours of volunteer labour transformed the space into individual offices and meeting rooms. As a result of growth an office manager was hired and then a part time coordinator came on board to manage the day to day operations. As time went on, the increasing workload and responsibility required a full time executive director. This role was filled by Dennis Lait, one of the founding members of the society who retired from his board position to lead the organization to where it is today. In 1996 the Society once again had to relocate due to lack of

space and the third location at 721 First Avenue was once again turned into workable space by volunteers and staff. This location became the home of the LRCA for the next 15 years and eventually the Association purchased the building. In 1998, the society converted an auxiliary building on site into the new home for the Ladysmith Food Bank and later purchased a small house at 12 Buller Street to provide space for programs unable to fit within the confines of the main building. The Society struggled with space limitations yet again and an opportunity arose for the LRCA to form a partnership with the Town of Ladysmith, the Ladysmith Seniors Association and the Boys and Girls Club to construct a new building. After contributing almost half a million dollars and participating in the design of the new building, the society moved into their present location in May 2011 at #630 Second Avenue, which ironically is just across the street from their first home on High Street.


Over the past 20 years, Ladysmith has been well served by many volunteers and staff who have made the Centre what it is today. Programs that help people, and help them help themselves. There are programs for pregnant and new moms and babies, for infants and toddlers, youth, elderly and many self help services as well as meeting space for these groups. Some of the original programs are still running and in demand. Over the years, the LRCA has been a place where many prominent community individuals have displayed their giving spirit. Names such as Tom Beames, Jack Hepburn, Kit Willmot, and Pat Edge quickly come to mind as past board members and also volunteers within the programs of the centre itself. The Ladysmith Resources Centre Association is one of the reasons that Ladysmith is such a special place to live, as it is one of the best leading examples of community spirit, volunteerism and assistance to all who live here. Catrina Belfry is one of those volunteers whose family has benefitted from the LRCA. She was introduced to the society by Dennis Lait, when the organization “took over” the Ladysmith Kinsmen Tuesday night bingo. She was their bingo caller for a year or two. Recently she has become more involved due to the kids programs. “The Kids Can Cook program they offered afterschool starting in May this year was absolutely amazing,” she says. Her daughter, Sidney, was interested in the program had always enjoyed helping in the kitchen, but she wanted to “do it herself”. “She would bring home the “fruits of her labours”, and, as a family, we had some of the best lasagne, chicken stir-fry, and muffins we have ever tasted. The program taught her how to be “food safe’, how to prepare and cook/bake the meals, and how to clean up once finished. Beyond showing Sidney how to be safe and actually make things on her own, this program gave her confidence. “She knows that she can do it, and has taken on planning meals, (sometimes with her sister Melissa), as well as going to the store to buy any ingredients she needs. They do this while my husband and I are at work! As a family, we try to volunteer where we can, and will continue to help the LRCA when possible.” Happy 20th, and keep up the good work!



Meadowwoods: affordable easy living BY MARINA SACHT When you drive up to Meadowwoods you are immediately struck by the feeling of neighbourhood. Even though the project is still under construction it already has a sense of “good neighbouriness”. Started in February Len Wansbrough expects the project to be completed over the next 24 months. The Meadowwoods are attractive and affordable 1300 sq ft 2 bedroom and den and 3 bedroom town homes. Offering level entry efficiency living design. 9 foot ceilings, fireplace, stainless appliances plus washer and dryer. Level entry units available. When completed there will be 48 homes. The appeal of these well built easy lifestyle units is clear. Situated on a hill, they are close to Ladysmith’s new sportsplex and a kids park. There’s lots of walking

Meadowwoods town homes offers affordable yet attractive living. Large spacious decks, soundproofing, fireplace and high ceilings create a comfortable attractive living space. Photos Cindy Damphousse, Marina Sacht

trails nearby and a good mix of young families, retirees and professional couples nearby. The views are tranquil, yet, Meadowwoods is conveniently located close to shops and town. “I liked the location near the new community sports fields and surrounded by the new community subdivision,” says Wansbrough who found Ladysmith itself appealing. “It’s a great waterside community with lots of amenities and shopping as well as an affordable community for working





people as well as people contemplating retirement or an easier lifestyle.” Meadowwoods didn’t sacrifice affordability for attractiveness. The units start at $239,000. “We designed an affordable town houses with large decks high ceilings an open one level living floor plan. There are no internal stairs which make the internal finished area fully usable,” says Wansbrough. The soundproofing between living


areas includes concrete floor topping double drywall and rez bar to reduce sound and provide a quiet living environment ensuring lots of privacy. The builders have incorporated green features such as base board heating that allow you to heat rooms being used, R40 insulation in ceilings and 2x6 walls. LOW E windows. recycled content in building products such as gypsum drywall and flooring, water based low VOX paint, and 30 fibreglass shingles. The same consideration is made outdoors with landscaping that includes micro water irrigation system and low water requirement plantings. The builders also used on site recycling program for trades and suppliers. “The municipality has been great to work with and very responsive to the development,” says Wansbrough. One of the challenges was to design the buildings to fit within a steep topography. They overcame that by bringing in professional architectural and landscape designers into their team to create great environment. “I’ts been great to work local trades and contractors. Their collaborative approach to finding solutions as issues come up have been inspiring.” It’s hard to pick one from the many features that Wansbrough likes about the town homes. “Stainless appliances, large bedrooms, high ceilings, large decks, one level living rooms, large in suite storage room, laminate flooring, fireplace, tiled entry, professional landscaping, close to nature, close to parks…” he lists off. Located near Ladysmith’s new sports fields and parks, Meadowwoods also offers walking trails and mountain views. Photos: Marina Sacht


Stainless steel appliances and rich cabinets give the kitchen a modern but warm charm. Below: Large bedrooms with lots of storage. Photos: Marina Sacht

My favorite feature is pet friendly – but you’ll have to visit Meadowwoods and see for yourself how good affordable living can be. Open House Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm. www. 250-245-5533 Some of the suppliers and trades who worked on Meadowwoods: Am Meter Electric, Apex Landscaping & Irrigation, Coastal Trucking, David Stalker Excavating, Harbour View Mortgages, Island Savings Credit Union, Keith Mazurenko Coast Realty, Meadowwoods in Ladysmith




Floating down a river If you’re like me as soon as the temperature reaches 25C or higher it’s time to seek water. Ocean, lake, or river it really doesn’t matter. There are plenty to choose from in the central Vancouver Island area. Often my days are planned around which body of water I am nearest. One of my favourite places to escape the summer heat in Cedar is along the Nanaimo River. It also happens to be many other people’s favourite place as well evident when driving across the Cedar Bridge. It is not uncommon to see numerous cars parked along Cedar Road and people walking with a towel draped around their shoulders. Within a few blocks of the bridge are several rocky riverfront beaches. Flat rock (Raines Rd.), the Bridge (accessible on the northwest and southeast banks off Cedar Rd.), along Wilkinson Rd. (between Cedar Bridge and Duke Point bridge) and deep hole (Boswell Rd. behind the old firehall). We spend the lazy days of summer along the Nanaimo River swimming,

snorkelling, river kayaking, cliff jumping, catching crayfish, and hanging with friends at all of these locations. However the number one thing to do is float down the Nanaimo River on tubes. In July and August the water level and flow of the Nanaimo River (downstream from the Trans Canada Highway) is low and slow. Some years the water is too low and the biggest risk is dragging your bottom along the rocks. Other years there is plenty of snow melt and rainfall to create a constant flow maintaining the (left) Riding the rapids on the Nanaimo River. (above) The river is ideal for tubing Photos: Jill Collins


(right) Nanaimo river is wide with plenty of rocky beaches. Photo: Jill Collins

ideal river level for floating. Combine that with scorching temperatures and you have yourself a fun river adventure. A great family friendly float route on the Nanaimo River begins at the Nanaimo River Regional Park (Thatcher Rd. or Fry Rd. near the bridge on Hwy 1) and ends at the bridge on Cedar Road. The water level is knee deep at the best of times but there are a few deep sections perfect for swimming. The river is wide, there are plenty of beaches to stop at and a few faster moving sections the kids like to call rapids. Hardly rapids but definitely fun. Our floats of choice are tubes that have mesh bottoms but anything inflatable works. We also use an air mattress and boogie board for variety because you can get uncomfortable floating in the same position for hours. A dry bag is perfect to bring along as well. Keeps lunch, towels, keys, phones and cameras dry and safe. The bridge to bridge route takes between three to five hours to complete pending water flow, pace, and stops for lunch, snacks or swimming. We probably take more breaks than most as we all love to snack often and explore around every bend. Logistics of getting transportation at start of and end of route required but doable. Best to float down the river with friends (the ones who have vehicles) and after a bit of people, gear, and car shuffling the problem is solved. Just remember not to leave the keys to the vehicle parked at the end of the route in the vehicle parked at the start of route. Makes for a long hot hike back to where the adventure began.





Loss of JEPP funding creates challenges for RDN emergency planning The Board of Public Safety Canada’s recent decision to eliminate the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program will significantly affect the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Emergency Preparedness Program, both in terms of training staff and in purchasing key equipment and supplies. “The RDN applies for JEPP funding annually to assist with purchasing Emergency Operations Centre equipment, and with conducting training and emergency preparedness exercises,” explained Jani Drew, RDN Emergency Coordinator. “The RDN will need to look at other options for funding these important purchases when the JEPP program is eliminated in 2013.” Public Safety Canada established the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program in October, 1980 as a cost-sharing arrangement with the provinces and territories. The funding offered through the program encouraged governments to undertake emergency preparedness projects. As part of its Economic Action Plan 2012, the federal government ended the program to help reduce the deficit. According to Public Safety Canada, “The original objectives of this program, namely, to enhance local emergency preparedness and response capacity, have been met.”

World Renowned Explorer discovers Ladysmith BY ROB JOHNSON On July 2 Dennis Schmitt, an American explorer of the Arctic for over 40 years and over 100 expeditions was travelling down Vancouver Island back to his home in Berkeley California, when he spotted the sign for the Ladysmith Golf Course. As he had his golf clubs in the car he decided to check it out and visit Ladysmith.

Schmitt is most famous for discovering the northernmost island in the world. The discovery of this previously ice locked island has been hailed as an indicator of the effects of global warming. Mr. Schmitt, who speaks Inuit, named the island Uunartoq Qeqertoq - Warming Island. He and a small expedition team returned in 2006 to the island and subsequently found and even further northern island which he named 8340, for its northern latitude. Schmitt was impressed with the Ladysmith Golf Course, saying that he has played golf all over the world and found it a beautiful and pleasant oasis. He particularly liked the almost sanctuary-like path that runs between the tee and the green on the fifth hole. He expressed an interest in the history of the town, and after a short visit with one of local historians said he will be back to learn more about the community and enjoy what it has to offer.


Andrea Bonkowski, Emergency Social Services Team Leader for the Cedar/ Extension area, at the Cranberry Reception Center during the 2009 Interface Fire Exercise. RDN Emergency Preparedness Program funding has been cut. Photo submitted

ting, chipping and driving and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with these young people. On August 11, the participants of this year’s lessons and from past years, along with any other youth between the ages of 6 to 14 are invited to participate in this year’s Kids Golf Tournament. There will be lots of prizes, food and fun for all who enter. Register at the Ladysmith Golf Club up to August 9, a fee of $5 will apply.

August is Ladysmith “Stock the Lockers” month

Explorer Dennis Schmitt. Photo Rob Johnson

Golfing for youth The Ladysmith Golf Club invites youth to enjoy the benefits of playing golf. Fifteen teens and preteens took advantage of the Ladysmith Golf Club’s free golf program that ran from July 10 to 19 The youths, ranging in age from 8 to 14, were instructed in the basic skills of the game, in addition to learning some of the social skills related to this historic game. Members of the Ladysmith Golf Club showed them the fundamentals of put-

People continue to be affected by the slow economy - jobs lost or hours cut. Many families in Ladysmith will be unable to afford school supplies for their children. Stock the Lockers in conjunction with the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation, addresses this -- their goal is that no child in Ladysmith starts school without the necessary supplies. Cash or cheque donations are welcome. Throughout the month of August there will be donation centres set up at churches, community facilities, banks and businesses. There will also be a “Stock the Lockers” tent at Arts on the Avenue. They ask the public to help affirm otheir motto: “Ladysmith Cares-Ladysmith Shares”. Call Mimi 250-416-0016 or Delana 250-245-2190.


49th Parallel Driving School acknowledges students Martin, owner of 49th Parallel Driving School, is celebrating ten years of living on Vancouver Island. Martin is proud of the school’s broad diversity of clientele, including those who have done their research when shopping around for a driving school and has a high road test success rate: While Defensive Driving is always stressed, Martin points out that Collision Avoidance and Emergency Manoeuvres training should be retaken every three years by all drivers. Martin thanks his students for their hard work and their many referrals. “You have made 49th Parallel Driving School a success!” 250-416-1606 or 250-619-2713

Black Track Tour Join popular writer and historian Tom Paterson on one of his educational and entertaining Black Track tours revealing Nanaimo and area’s remarkable coal mining heritage and old railways lines. All funds donated to Friends of Morden Mine towards their goal of preserving Morden Colliery’s historic headframe and tipple. Next tour is September 16, 10am to 2pm. For more information call 250-714-0377


the Shell gas station. The Town has mowed down the plants on town property along Gifford Road, but it will quickly grow back, so the Town is developing a plan to eradicate it. To prevent a spread of this noxious weed, all locations should be reported to the Town so that a planned attack can be developed before it’s too late. Check out your garden and the neighbouring lanes and public lands. If you see the weed, don’t attempt to remove it yourself without first finding out how best to do it. If not done correctly, you may aid in spreading it further. – Rob Johnson

GNB Builders recognized for construction achievement The Canadian Home Builders Association of Vancouver Island has announced the finalists for the 2012 CARE Awards (Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence), with Ladysmith’s GNB Builders being announced as finalists in six categories. These categories include Built Green Builder of the Year (small volume), Best Custom Millwork under 2500 sq ft, Best Bathroom over 175 sq ft, Best Kitchen 250-400 sq ft, Best Single Family Detached Custom Home over 3,500 sq. ft., Best Single Family Detached Custom Home 2,500 - 3,500 sq. ft. “We are very pleased and honored to be announced as finalists and to be recognized for the hard work and dedication we have put into our projects,” says Greg Bianchini, president of GNB Builders. Gold winners will be announced on Friday, September 14th at the Fairmont Empress Hotel during the CARE Awards gala. The CARE Awards also features a “People’s Choice Award” which provides the public opportunities to view the finalists in each category and vote for their favourite. The public can view and vote for their favourite finalists at starting August 6th. Voters will be entered to win a stay at the Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino.

Bamboo banish Do you have a bamboo-like plants growing in your backyard or in a lane near you? If you do and don’t know how it got there, it could be one of the most invasive and potentially damaging plants around. It may be what some have called the “Monster Plant”, Japanese knot weed. This plant can grow up to 4 inches a day, and its root system can spread out almost 50 feet from the main plant. Once established it is almost impossible to eradicate. In Vancouver it has been reported that it is breaking up some of the concert footings for the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. The plant has been spotted along Gifford Road and behind

Hazelwood Farm gets recognized Owner Barbara Stevens of Hazelwood Herb Farm was thrilled to be have the 25 year old farm recognized by Economusse recently. Its designation is one of only two on Vancouver Island and it will gave first time visitors an idea of what the farm is all about and what they can expect when they come here, says Barbara. For herb enthusiasts and returning customers, they can find more information about what we are growing, how it is being harvested and crafted on site. “We are passionate about what we do and are hopeful that we can provide the public with an appreciation of herbs and their role in our daily lives.” As artisans they are supported by the Economusee in highlighting the traditional methods and values. Hazelwood has over 400 herbs on site and for sale in our nursery. “We craft our herbs into over a hundred different items that are sold in our shop. These range from herb blends, teas and spice rubs and to calendula creams and lavender soaps.” Barbara says they expect that their association with the Economusee network will bring them recognition beyond Vancouver Island. Barbara Stevens leads tour at Hazelwood Herb Farm




Summer Fun is here! Now that the weather has warmed up its time to get out doors and enjoy. You don’t have to travel far because Ladysmith and area has an awesome August line up! There are so many amazing activities there is something for everyone from harbour tours to markets, free concerts to fabulous stage productions. Ladysmith Days is an action packed weekend mark your calendar for the Aug 10. Get your motor running for Ladysmith Show & Shine Aug. 18. Calling all artists Arts on the Avenue Aug 26. Pack your picnic basket and plan your summer and we will see you out and about!

Ladysmith Days Kicking off this weekend is Coronation Mall Customer Appreciation Days Aug 10 11am – 3pm. Lots of entertain-

ment for the whole family, in store specials, kid’s activities and much more. Sat Aug 11 set your alarm to rise and shine early 7am for the Rotary Pancake Breakfast. Plan on spending the day along 1st Ave as there are non stop activities planned, a street market from Buller to Warren Streets, always a crowd pleaser the Kinsman Parade beginning at 10am. New this year is “ Ladysmith Has Royalty” C’mon down to the Ladysmith Has Talent Contest for 11:45 with your family and you could be the Royal Family for the weekend. After the Parade head down to the 49th Parallel Grocery Family Fun Day at Aggie Field ice cream eating, face painting, clowns and more. This event grows each year and is a family favorite. Activities along 1st Ave wrap up around 3pm then head down to Transfer Beach from 4 -6pm for Fun and more Fun at Transfer Beach sponsored by Oceanview Community Church. Sunday Aug 12 from 8:00-11:00am join the Eagles for their Pancake Breakfast at the Eagles Hall then head down to Transfer Beach for a day of fun, sun, food vendors, activities, Sealegs Kayaking and non stop music. 4:00-8:00pm don’t miss the Eagles Steak BBQ at the Eagles Hall. Cap off the night with the Fireworks Spectacular at 9:30pm brought to you by Ladysmith & District (above) Ladysmith Days (right) Ladysmith Show and Shine

Credit Union. Ladysmith Days is fun for the whole family for a listing of all the events visit their web site http://www.

Ladysmith Show and Shine Get your motors started and head over to the 9th Annual Ladysmith Show and Shine. On August 18 from 10 am - 3pm, downtown Ladysmith is transformed into the ultimate car buff fantasy. Collector cars, muscle cars, the exotic will all tbe there. The Open Car Show draws thousands of people to admire and dream and chat with the owners of the cars. “This year we are adding more motorcycles,” sasy Ron Howe, president. Fred Izon and Plan B will be perform-


ing throughout the day. and there is a kid’s section as well. This year we are going to have 4 people’s choice awards and one participant’s choice award. There will also be a significant amount of trophies for motorcycles as well. On Friday evening ther e is an open Hot Rod Run leaving from A&W, 7pm and running to Chemainus and back. Ayone can join in the hot rod run, says Howe. For more info

Arts on the Avenue

Arts on the Avenue

On August 26 from 10am to 4pm, First Avenue in Ladysmith will be transformed into a street festival filled with art, food, entertainment and fun for all ages all under a sea of white tents. Tucked under

those tents gorgeous art is on display and for sale. This annual one day outdoor event brings in voracious art lovers ready to eat up art. They come from all over the Island looking for something


exciting to add to their collection or to start one. If you love art then this is the place to discover everything from original paintings to jewellery, pottery, carving, metal pieces, photography, painted glassware, and hand woven items and a whole lot more. Live music by local artists fill the air, dancing entertains the crowds, and kids have their own hands on art station in the parking lot of the Ladysmith Credit Union where they can paint, draw and create interesting crafts and Express their inner artist. As an added feature be sure to have a look at the community section and see what’s going on in Ladysmith and visit the artisan food vendors selling hand crafted food to take home.



Josee and Victor Duffhues of JoVic Pottery are the 2012 Guest Artists. This dynamite twosome are internationally known potters and will have their latest work for sale and will be available for questions. Come and make it a day, wander the streets and enjoy the 14th annual Arts on the Avenue. For a complete list of the artists at this year’s festival, please visit

Art Beat Willow Street, Chemainus, Friday evenings 5 to 9pm. This Friday evening interactive artwalk and street party has proven to be a real crowd pleaser since it launched on June 22. In sunshine and even drizzle, the enthusiastic crowds have enjoyed the eclectic mix of visual and performing arts from the region. The featured artists for August 3 are the Chemainus Sketch Group in the Willow Street Café. Later in August, featured artists will include Chemainus muralist and fabric artist Connie Manning, and the Chemainus Art Group, plus a live raku pottery firing with John Charnetski & Rondeau Fenton and pottery demonstrations by John Robertson, Peggy Grigor and Ellen Statz. The beat for August 3 will be created by West African dancer Lynn Weaver and musical group Dave Young & Friends. Later in the month, look for accordion group the Gypsy Belles, local singer Evan Miller, Johanna Knight and Friends, and the Saidi Sisters, a gypsy/middle eastern dance troupe led by Deb Shields. ArtBeat-goers are also invited to take a guided tour of the St. Michael’s & All Angels Anglican Church, one of the oldest buildings in Chemainus, and enjoy their recently refurbished stained glass windows. Every Friday until end of August, 2012 5-9pm Contact phone: 250-246-3944

Concerts in the Park Music fills the air on a beautiful summer Sunday evening! The Ampitheatre at Transfer Beach a perfect setting plays host a series of free outdoor concerts. This annual summer events sponsored by the Ladysmith Resources Centre has brought together a fantastic line for August Sandy Jasper - Aug 5, Kings Without - Aug 19 and Mike Alviano - Aug 26. Concerts start at 6pm. Fore! We live in an area where golfing is enjoyed year round, however summer is tee time season. Grab your clubs and hit the links there are several courses within a short drive, from a par 3 family course to 18 holes with challenges around every corner. Whether you walk or ride a cart golfing is a great way to get out and enjoy summer. The Gypsy Belles at ArtBeat Photo: Cim MacDonald
















RDN - Area A BY ALEC MCPHERSON On March 21, 2012, I attended a forum on ageing hosted by Jean Crowder, MP, Doug Routley, MLA and Leonard Krog, MLA. A number of panellists from various aid groups within the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) provided input on issues, concerns and plans affecting seniors. A member of the audience stated emphatically that the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) was set to limit the BC Transit /RDN handyDART service to those people within 1.5 kilometres of a conventional (fixed schedule) transit route. A number of attendees provided audible gasps at this news. As a newly appointed member of the Transit Select Committee (TSC), I felt that it was appropriate to correct this individual’s assertion that a decision had been made. At the TSC meeting, it was MOVED, Seconded and Carried “that staff prepare a report that analyzes the service and financial impacts of the Custom Service Area Proposal from BC Transit.” It was apparent that, if adopted, any adverse impact would be borne by the residents of the Electoral Areas – most notably in

each of Area ‘H’, Area ‘F’, Area ‘C’ and Area ‘A’. On Thursday, July 19th, the Transit Select Committee received the staff generated report. My view on the BC Transit proposal is that it is one of cost containment with little, if any, consideration of the hardship that will be placed on a most vulnerable segment of our society. It was clear that in putting this proposal forward, BC Transit was attempting to preserve an artificial efficiency level – each of the handyDART units in service handling 4 clients per hour. While all RDN residents pay for the service through their taxes, if one lived in a rural, unincorporated area, one would not have equal access to the service under the BC Transit proposal. Another unsettling feature of this proposal was that it was for “future” cost containment as there was an admission that they were currently able to meet the artificial efficiency of handling 4 clients per hour. In order to minimize any immediate effect on the rural residents, a concession was made to ‘grandfather’ those who were already registered in the system. The recommendation from staff was, “That the Board advise BC Transit of their support for the Custom Transit


Service Area Proposal with the amendments that Custom transit should also be made available to customers meeting the criteria, within 1.5 kilometres of Rural Village Centres, as identified in the RDN Regional Growth Strategy.” With the exception of two electoral area Directors voting against the motion, the balance of the attendees supported the motion. The financial impacts of providing or denying service were not presented; however, it is known that the provincial government via BC Transit pays two thirds of the costs. The direct cost to the RDN appears to be in the neighbourhood of $5 per client served. This matter is expected to be placed on the RDN Board agenda for consideration on Tuesday, August 28th 2012. I understand that some effort is now being made to try and provide an amended motion that will limit the adverse effects to residents within the rural areas. One can read about the handyDART service by going to the RDN website, and selecting Regional Transit below the SERVICE heading. In short, handyDART is door-to-door service for people with special needs. The service is supposed to enable the elderly




and persons with disabilities to have access to health care, employment, education, shopping and recreation. For many of the people who utilize the service, it allows them to maintain their dignity and become fully contributing members of our society.

CVRD - Area H BY MARY MARCOTTE Agricultural Land Reserve Application: In December, 2011 an application for a non-farm use to construct a second residence on property located on Cameron Road was received by the Regional District. The property is a 20 ha. parcel within the Agricultural Land Reserve. According the Official Community Plan Bylaw, two dwellings may be permitted on a parcel designated Agricultural provided that the parcel is not less than two hectares in size. However, where lands are in the Agricultural Land Reserve, and the additional dwelling is not necessary for farm purposes, Agricultural Land Commission approval is required before a second dwelling may be located on a parcel. The zoning on this particular property is A-1 (Primary Agricultural), which specifies that two single family residential dwellings or mobile homes are permitted on parcels 2.0 hectares or larger. Agricultural Land Reserve regulations permit only a secondary suite or a manufactured home for the owner’s immediate family provided these are also permitted in the Zoning Bylaw. Any other type of residence is required to obtain approval from the Agricultural Land Commission for a non-farm use. This particular application is for a second single family dwelling, which the applicant proposed would


be used for his daughter. It was also proposed that the property would be used as an equestrian centre. If the application were to be approved by the ALC, his daughter would oversee the operations of the proposed equestrian centre. Prior to the Board making a recommendation to the Land Commission, the application was referred to the Area H Advisory Planning Commission, the CVRD Electoral Area Services Committee and the Regional Agricultural Advisory Commission for comment and consideration of a recommendation. In February of this year, the Advisory Planning Commission reviewed the application, and subsequently conducted a site visit. Concerns were expressed regarding the suitability of the proposed equestrian centre and the location of the second dwelling. At their regular meeting in March, the Area H Advisory Planning Commission considered the application and expressed a number of concerns including the location of the second residence and that buildings constructed for the equestrian centre would reduce the viability of the land for food production. The Advisory Planning Commission recommended that the application be denied. The Regional Agricultural Advisory Commission considered this application at their May meeting and subsequent to that meeting conducted a site visit. The application was then considered at the June meeting, in which a motion was passed that the Regional Agricultural Advisory Commission supports the construction of a second dwelling on the site, but that the Regional Agricultural Advisory Commission does not support the proposed location of such dwelling


on prime agriculture land. And finally, the Electoral Areas Services Committee also considered this application at their May 1st meeting and again at their June 27th meeting. A motion stating that the application to construct a second dwelling be forwarded to the Agricultural Land Commission, and if approved, the Committee strongly recommended that consideration be given to determining an appropriate location for a second residence that would minimize the impact to the agricultural capability of the land was adopted and forwarded to the Board for consideration. The Board considered the Electoral Area Services Committee recommendation at the July Board meeting and adopted the recommendation. The application and all Committee documentation will now be forwarded to the Agricultural Land Commission for a decision.

CVRD - Area G BY MEL DOREY The Saltair water petition campaign was very successful in signing up 60% of the property owners in Saltair for the parcel tax increase next year of $358. We give many thanks to the canvassers that went door to door to get the signatures for the upgrades of the water system. Most of the petitions needed two signatures so almost one thousand people signed up to improve their water system and were willing to pay for it. The work will begin in the spring and about $400,000 worth of work will be done each year for 15 years until the system is fixed. THE BRANDING OF SALTAIR At the Chemainus Road entrance to Saltair it says, “Welcome to Sunny Saltair.” On our centennial celebrations sign in 2010 we had a big orangey yellow sun on our parade float. Years ago Saltair used to have a service station and grocery store called Sunny Service. And in the early mornings from the hillside of Saltair we can view the spectacular sunrises and in summer there are beautiful sunsets. All of these facts are telling us that we have a close association with the sun. Many communities like to market themselves with a jingle or an adjective that brings to mind the image of the community. For Saltair, the sun seems to be a perfect fit. Ours will be “Sunny Saltair.” To be a legitimate brand it has to be backed by something concrete. We can-

not ensure that the sun will shine every day but we can give evidence that the sun does shine and has shone in the past. We also want to give everyone the image that we have a very temperate climate in Sunny Saltair. I have been telling people for years that they should plant palm trees to let people know what kind of climate that we have. Now we have the perfect opportunity to follow up on this theme. We have recently acquired 88 palm trees that the Saltair Parks Commission will sell to Sunny Saltair residents for $2 each. These palm trees are 5 years old and about 8 inches high. These palm trees are probably worth $15 on the open market. Palm trees grow very slowly in the early years but gain momentum as the years pass. In my yard I have palm tree that’s about 15 years old and is about 10 feet tall. You have to baby these trees for the first year until they get established but then they are on their own. These palms are descendents of the big palm tree in the Chemainus United Church yard. Branding is done by many companies to raise the image of the company and communities can do the same. If done properly it raises the value of the property in the community. It creates an aura of wellness. In Saltair we have some nice parks and trails that we want to promote for enjoyment of everyone in the natural environment. On a warm sunny day nothing could be more enjoyable than a walk in the park or cycling down Chemainus Road. We also are going to be benefitted by the establishment of the Trans Canada Trail going through Sunny Saltair with the final completion in 2017. You see I’m throwing in “sunny” where ever I can. In the future when you Google “sunny” on the computer, “Sunny Saltair” is going to come up. We are going viral. A brand is also a promise to give the desired outcomes. So in Sunny Saltair we want to keep working on improving our community and making it more liveable and more friendly. If you are a Sunny Saltair resident and want a palm tree and want to care for it, contact a member of the Saltair Parks Commission: Harry Brunt, Kelly Schellenburg, Dave Key, Tim Godau, Paul Bottomley, Jackie Rieck, Glen Hammond, Christine Nelles or Hans Nelles. A\\\contact me 250-245-2116 or my cell 250-510-5431 or



To spit or not to spit People sometimes ask me, should one spit at a wine tasting? To answer, I borrow a line from President Obama. After admitting to experimentation with marijuana as a youth, he was asked if he inhaled. “Of course,” he said. “Not doing so would be missing the point.” The same could be said for not swallowing wine. An even better reason for not spitting is that as a nation, we Canadians aren’t good at it. Especially the women folk. To which I say, thank God. Canada is not a nation of llamas. We are not encouraged to spit as children, in fact are punished for doing so. We are sensitive people who feel uncomfortable secreting precious bodily fluids in public. This is why we have doors on public washrooms while other countries don’t. Besides, our national sport is hockey, not spitball. Spitting has never been encouraged in Canada although in the Wild West days of the 1800’s it was tolerated. Back then spittoons were placed on saloon floors. Due to accuracy problems, the practice quickly fell on disfavour, especially with the cleaning staff. Encouraging sober males to spit was bad enough, but encouraging drunken males to do so was inviting a very slippery floor. Too, with spittoons, there was always the temptation for the older, more sober males, to sucker the younger stupider males into “Bet you can’t drink it all,” contests. This did not always go over well with those of sensitive stomach, but was considered, like crashing the family vehicle, a rite of passage for the younger males.

“An even better reason for not spitting is that as a nation, we Canadians aren’t good at it.” Spitting is best left for those competent at it. For that we go to Europe, especially France. In Europe, not only is spitting deemed acceptable, but also children are trained in the proper techniques. The French employ a multi discipline approach starting with video clips of the Captains of Expectoration, which would be American ball players. Next, the students are engaged in playful spitting games, usually involving small yappy dogs or a gendarme’s shoe. To generate the considerable saliva required for such intense training, the students are force-fed raw escargot, a practice that leaves little Francois and associates spitting right up to bedtime. The last place in the world you want to be caught spitting is at a stand up wine tasting. The first thing the average male notices at these events is the impossibly attractive young female accompanying the wine merchants. Though they may smile at you and beckon you over, these sirens, who always stand next to the spit bucket, are not your friends. Their job is to encourage all males to make fools of themselves, to provide entertainment for all. Their mysterious smiles seem to say,


“Come on big boy, step up to the bucket and give it a try. Show this Kewpie doll what you can do.” And there are takers. Look, here comes one now. The corpulent chap with the gray flannels, Rick Santorum sweater vest and, good heavens, a paisley cravat. By Jove, it’s none other than Doctor Snobinski, now there’s a chap with a good palate. Oh look, he’s holding forth with the young lady in the tight green dress, you can tell because of the tears of boredom in her eyes. Now she’s pouring him a shot of cabernet. He smells it, proclaims cassis with undertones of blueberry jam, takes a sip, or was it a gargle, then heads for the spit bucket. Direct hit. Good shooting doctor. But wait a minute. Houston, we have a situation. Table 18 is reporting a cling on in progress. I repeat, a cling on in progress, please report immediately. Meanwhile, back on 18, a fine but determined line of saliva runs from the spit bucket to the second of Snobinski’s three chins. The look on his face is not unlike the facial expression of the Costa Concordia’s captain’s after hitting the rock. He backs away from the table, merely demonstrating that the elastic properties of saliva are never to be underestimated. As the crowd parts, he continues to back up, stopping just before the province of Alberta. Changing tactics he judo chops with his left, then with his right. The saliva, like dental floss, sticks to everything it touches. Panic sets in, his face now resembling the Concordia’s captain’s after the exotic dancer’s underwear was discovered in his cabin. By this time the girl in the green dress is doubled over in laughter. “Men,” she says, between chuckles, “Ya gotta love ‘em.” Meanwhile, the rescue team arrives, the Jaws of Life are used to sever the connection, and Snobinski, sweater vest in tact, is escorted out of the room as the crowd chants, “Goober! Goober! Goober!” A perfect summer white, for sipping, not spitting, is the Hungarian Dunavar Pinot Gris, $11, look for the colourful bottle. Delbert is the co-proprietor at Mahle House. Read more at Slightlycorkedandmore.





Ladysmith Cake contest to be held during Ladysmith Days on Saturday August 11. Bring your version of the Ladysmith Cake (along with recipe) to the Worldly Gourmet 524 First Ave., Ladysmith by 10 am. Judging will be done after parade (approx 10:45). Here’s the basic recipe for the South Africa Ladysmith Cake…now let’s see yours! Experiment and improvise using more “local” flavours. Let your creative and gastric juices run wild. Ingredients 175 g butter 3/4 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup raspberry jam 1/4 cup chopped nuts


New chef at Gryphons Terry Giannakos is back in the kitchen and can be found at The Gryphons Lair making some of the old family recipes and a new dinner menu. He is looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. Join him at their second anniversary on August 10th for a delicious pig roast dinner while supporting the Ladysmith Food Bank when you bring in a non perishable food item and get a free appy.

Ladysmith cake contest Nanaimo may claim fame for it’s Nanaimo Bar, but did you know that there is a Ladysmith Cake? During the Boer War, the town of Ladysmith was under siege. To celebrate the end of the siege Feb 29, 1900, this celebratory Ladysmith cake was invent-

ed and has been baked in various Commonwealth countries ever since. It has a raspberry, cinnamon and nut focus that makes it very tasty and is an ideal coffee cake. We at TAKE 5 feel it is time for the residents of Ladysmith to enjoy this taste sensation that is little know here. In fact, we want to make our own version. Therefore we are offering $100 to whoever can modify the basic recipe listed below and make it more representative of Ladysmith, BC. In order to win and to have your recipe printed in TAKE 5, we are asking you to enter our

Steps Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Cream butter and sugar together. They are ready when light and fluffy. In another bowl, beat the eggs. Beat until a firm mixture forms. Sift the baking powder and flour together. Add to the creamed butter and sugar mix. Gradually fold in the beaten eggs until all are combined. Transfer one third of the mixture into a separate bowl and add the cinnamon to this third. Stir cinnamon through. Line the cake baking pan with baking paper. Pour the cinnamon mixture into the base of the lined cake pan. Using a


knife, gently spread the raspberry jam across the top of the cinnamon mixture. Pour over the remaining cake mixture. Smooth the top and sprinkle over with the chopped nuts. Place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes, or until cake springs back when touched lightly. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, leave the cake to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.

Tapas on the dock On July 27 the Ladysmith Maritime Society held its first Tapas on the Dock, at the new Waterfront Welcome Centre at Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina. Guests dined on a variety of tapas and enjoyed the sunny weather while mingling with the other guests. Music added to the charming ambiance. Served up by Chef Daniel Caron and his intern, the catering team of Two Chefs Affair

fron downtown, Nanaimo kept the guests happy sampling the prawns, oysters and other delectable offerings. The brainchild of Cheryl Bancroft, LMS is hosting more Tapas on the Docks August 10 & 24, Sept 7 & 21. Tickets are just $15, and the view is priceless. Call them to reserve your ticket 250245-0109 and enjoy the fresh air and the stunning new Welcome Centre. Below: LMS Tapas on the Dock was a big hit. Photo: Shirley Blackstaff





Tribute, Bring in non-perishable food item for Ladysmith Food Bank and get a free appy, 13230 Trans Canada Highway, 250-245-4195

1-31, 10:30am, Harbour Tours, Ladysmith Maritime Docks, 250-245-0109 or

11, 9am, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce Street Market, 1st Ave, Ladysmith, 250-245-2112

1-25, Animal Tales, Chemainus Theater, 250-246-9820 1-31, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chemainus Theater, 250-246-9820

10-12, Ladysmith Days, parade, fireworks and more, various locations downtown, Coronation Mall and Transfer Beach, 250-245-2112

1-30, 7pm, Summer Karate, Rhythm Dance Studio, 250245-1352 / 250-713-1530

11,1am, 49th Parallel Family Fun Day, Aggie Field, Ladysmith, 250-245-3221

1, 11am, Chemainus Market Waterwheel Park, Chemainus, 250-246-3944

7, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

1, 5:30pm, Men’s & Ladies Nite ( Alternating Wed. ) Cottonwood Golf Course, 250-245-51578

7, 7pm, Ladysmith Town Council Meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400

2, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

7, 7pm, Nanaimo Glad & Dahlia Society monthly meeting, Paine Horticulture Centre, 250-722-2109

2, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

7, 7pm, Music in the Park – Luv Train, Waterwheel Park, Chemainus, 250-416-0382

11, 12pm, Open House, Ladysmith Animal Hospital, 811 1st Ave., 250-245-2274

3-6, The Filberg Festival, Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park - 61 Filberg Road, Comox, 250-334-9242

8, 11am, Chemainus Market Waterwheel Park, Chemainus, 250-246-3944

11, 7pm, Dance – “Double Play”, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

3, 5pm, Artbeat, South Willow St., Chemainus, 250-6067011,

8, 5:30pm, Men’s & Ladies Nite ( Alternating Wed. ) Cottonwood Golf Course, 250-245-51578

11, 10am, Kids Open Golf Tournament, Ladysmith Golf Course, 380 Davis Road, 250-245-7313

4-6, Adult Wheaty 5 aside Soccer, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex ,1866 Cedar Road, 250-722-3142

8, AGM, Friends of Morden Mine,

12, 9am, Cedar Farmers Market, Crow & Gate Parking Lot, Cedar

4-26, 12pm, Heroic Materials, Waterfront Art Gallery, 610 Oyster Bay Dr. 4, 7pm, Songwriter’s Open Mic, Willow Street Café, 250-246-2434

9, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870 9, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program Aggie Hall 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

11, 9am, Crofton Market beside BC Ferry Terminal, 250-246-9871 11, Accordian Days, Chemainus 11, 9am, Street Market downtown Ladysmith, 250-245-2112

12, 9am, 2012 Kidney Walk, Maffeo-Sutton Park, Nanaimo, 250-722-0129 12, 1pm, Free seminar for ReSet Dyslexia, 250-245-8412

9, 6:30pm, Jerry Garcia Day, China Steps in Nanaimo across from the Casino.

12, 10-4pm, LDCU Sponsored Kids Count Fun Zone, Transfer Beach

9, Kids Open Golf Tournament Entry Deadline, Ladysmith Golf Course, 380 Davis Road, 250-245-7313

13-17, 9am, “Let’s Celebrate Theatre Camp!” Chemainus Theatre Festival, 250-246-9800 ext.7090

5, Cedar Farmers Market, Crow & Gate Parking Lot

10-12, Budda Slow Pitch Tourney, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, 1866 Cedar Road, 250-722-3142

13, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow St., 250-246-2111

5, 6pm, Sandy Jasper, Transfer Beach Amphitheatre, Ladysmith, 250-245-3079

10, 5pm, Artbeat, South Willow St., Chemainus, 250606-7011,

14, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

6, 7:30am, Page Point Community Pancake Breakfast, Page Point Marina Boardroom Deck, 250-245-2312

10, Stisler Mom (live band) Playing at Sportsman Pub, 640 1st Ave., 250-245-8033

15, 11am, Chemainus Market Waterwheel Park, Chemainus, 250-246-3944

6-10, 9am, Kids Day Camp, 1149 4th Ave., Ladysmith, 250-245-8221

10, 11am-3pm, Coronation Mall Customer Appreciation Day, Coronation Mall, Trans Canada Hwy at David Road,

15, 5:30pm, Men’s & Ladies Nite ( Alternating Wed. ) Cottonwood Golf Course, 250-245-51578

6, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

10, 7pm, The Gryphon’s Lair 2nd Anniversary, Pig roast and entertainment, David James a Johnny Cash

16, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

4, 9am, Crofton Market beside BC Ferry Terminal, 250246-9871 4, 9am, Farmers Market in City Square/Ingram Street, Downtown Duncan




17, 5pm, Artbeat, South Willow St., Chemainus, 250606-7011,

27, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

18, 19, Work BBQ Private Function, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, 1866 Cedar Road, 250-722-3142

28, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

18, 8am, Ladysmith & District Historical Society Garage sale, Museum Parking, 1st Ave., 250-245-0100 or 250-245-2918

28, 7pm, Ladysmith Camera Club Forensic Photography, Part II, Hardwick Hall, High Street

18, 9am, Crofton Market beside BC Ferry Terminal, 250-246-9871 18, 10am, Show & Shine Car Show, downtown Ladysmith on First Ave.

29, 11am, Chemainus Market Waterwheel Park, Chemainus, 250-246-3944 29, 5:30pm, Men’s & Ladies Nite ( Alternating Wed. ) Cottonwood Golf Course, 250-245-51578


program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870 4, 7pm, Nanaimo Glad & Dahlia Society monthly meeting, Paine Horticulture Centre, 250-722-2109 4-7, Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boat, Western Marine Institute, 250-245-4455 4, 7pm, Ladysmith Town Council Meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400 5, 11am, Chemainus Market ,Waterwheel Park Chemainus, 250-246-3944

19, Cedar Farmers Market, Crow & Gate Parking Lot

30, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

5, 6pm-8pm, Registration for Fuller Lake Skating Club,, 250-748-2559, www.

19, 6pm, Kings Without, Transfer Beach Amphitheatre, Ladysmith, 250-245-3079

30, 10am-1pm, St. Joseph’s School Open House, 9735 Elm St., Chemainus, 250-246-3191

6, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

20, 10am, Registration begins for Cowichan Valley Hospice volunteers, 1-888-701-4242

30, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

6, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870

20, 4:45pm, Bingo, Chemainus Seniors Drop in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111

31,5pm, Artbeat, South Willow St., Chemainus, 250606-7011,

6, Tim Horton’s Seniors Bus Trip, 630 2nd Ave., 250245-3079

20, 7pm, Ladysmith Town Council Meeting, 410 Esplanade, 250-245-6400


7, 8, 9, Wheaty Volleyball, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, 1866 Cedar Road, 250-722-3142

20, 5:15pm, Chronic Pain Support Group, 1111-4th Ave., Room 101, 250-667-5587 21, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870 21-22, 12pm, Nanaimo Glad & Dahlia Society Annual Show, Country Club Mall, 250-722-2109 22, 11am, Chemainus Market Waterwheel Park, Chemainus, 250-246-3944 22, 5:30pm, Men’s & Ladies Nite ( Alternating Wed. ) Cottonwood Golf Course, 250-245-51578 23, 9:30am, Ladysmith Family and Friends resource program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870 23, 12:15pm, LaFFternoon, a LaFF afternoon program, Aggie Hall, 1110-1st Ave., 250-210-0870 23, 7pm, Ladysmith Search & Rescue meeting, classroom behind Ladysmith Fire Hall, 250-245-8726 23, The Gryphon’s Lair Fundraiser, 25% of food sales for the day go to supporting the North Oyster School lunch program, 13230 Trans Canada Highway, 250245-4195 24, 5pm, Artbeat, South Willow St., Chemainus, 250606-7011, 24, Murray Atkinson and Radio One (live band) Playing at Sportsman Pub, 640 1st Ave., 250-245-8033 25, 26, Kids Wheaty 5 aside soccer, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, 1866 Cedar Road, 250-722-3142 25, 11am, Jubilee Jazz Festival, Chemainus 25, 9am, Crofton Market beside BC Ferry Terminal, 250-246-9871 25, 7pm, Dance – “Happy Hans”, Chemainus Seniors Drop-in Centre, 9824 Willow Street, 250-246-2111 26, 9am, Cedar Farmers Market, Crow & Gate Parking Lot, Cedar 26, 10am, Arts on the Avenue, downtown Ladysmith, 250-245-0700 26, 11:30am, Picnic on our ‘green space’, St. Philip Church, 250-722-3455 26, 6pm, Mike Alviano, Transfer Beach Amphitheatre, Ladysmith, 250-245-3079

1-2, 10:30am, Ladysmith Harbour Tours weekends, 250-245-2112 or 1-3 Ortho Matt, Wheatsheaf Sports Complex, 1866 Cedar Road, 250-722-3142 1, 9am, Crofton Market beside BC Ferry Terminal, 250 246-9871

8, Cedar Fun Day Cedar Village Square. Games, fun for kids, 250-722-7010 8-9, 10:30am, Ladysmith Harbour Tours weekends, 250-245-2112 or \

2, 9am, Cedar Farmers Market, Crow & Gate

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large scale orchards To budding new trees. I can meet any pruning need. Shrubs, vines and ornamentals. Ask about summer pruning. Call Darcy Belcourt 250-245-1260 HOW IS YOUR CONCRETE DRIVEWAY? Need a facelift? Have your driveway cleaned and sealed to improve the curb appeal of your home. See our website SealTech Specialties, 250-734-2681 THE HAPPY GARDENER Weeding, Digging, Raking, etc.Cheerful & Conscientious. I also do window washing. Call David at 250-7223599. BOWEN TECHNIQUE is a gentle soft tissue remedial therapy that resets the body to heal itself. Useful for joint, back and neck pain, frozen shoulder, asthma, chronic fatigue and many other problems. For information and appointments call 250-245-7738. Lilja Hardy FMBAC in practice since 1994. CINDERELLA’S CLEANING SERVICE Same Old Story. Residential or Commercial Call: Erin (DeFrane) Saysell at 250-924-4475 POWER WASHING DRIVEWAYS Walkways and patios, fast and effective with a flat surface cleaner – no chemicals needed. Free Estimate. Peter Dunn 250-618-6660 LEARN TO PLAY DISC GOLF - It’s great exercise, inexpensive equipment and great exercise. -- plus the courses are free! Play at Bowen Park with an experienced player, begineer or intermediate lessons start at $30. Call Nick 250-245-9165. GUITAR FOR BEGINNERS Held in Cedar on Fridays 2pm ages 9 - 99. Costs $25/mo or $10 drop-in fee. First lesson free. An intermediate class is being considered. Cindy 250-245-5778 BE PROUD OF YOUR HOME. Driveways, walkways, gutters, roofs. Dirt, slime, algae, mould, moss. Seicoat’s technology cleans gently, thoroughly We can prevent. Technology is what we do. 250-816-5002 TRUST AN EXPERT WELDER Jora Designs will fabricate gates, railings and benches for your home, boat or business. Need welding done of any size? They probably can handle it. 250-5915772 10 YR. OLD BELGIAN/QUARTER HORSE CROSS mare for sale. Green broke, has been to two 4 day natural horsemanship clinics.Needs experienced rider. $1000 250-510-5482 8 YR. OLD PERCHERON/QUARTER HORSE CROSS mare, bred to Grullo Stallion (due mid June). Mare is green broke, has been to two 4 day natural horsemanship clinics. Needs experienced rider. $1000 250-510-5482


2001 JAGUAR XJR SUPERCHARGED. Black exterior, black leather interior, 12,000 kms on new engine installed May 2011, excellent condition $9,000. 250-510-5482 2 PERSON INFRARED SAUNA, stereo and mutli color led lights inside, white lights outside, control panel inside and out, great for losing weight or detoxing. $2000 firm 250-510-5482 KEN’S MOBILE MARINE SERVICE 25 years in the business. Licensed Marine Mechanic “We come to you!” Need a Diving Service - Ask Us. Contact Ken at 250-210-0756 EXPERIENCE RESIDENTAL, COMMERCIAL & CONSTRUCTION CLEANER Available in Ladysmith area, reliable, fast, thorough and bondable. $18/hour. All products provided, senior discount 250-740-5727 AFFORDABLE PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICE providing engagement, wedding, modeling, Rivington Photography 250-510-5482 DUCKS IN A ROW? Simply Accounting bookkeeping services (full-cycle) for sole proprietors, incorporations, new company setup, HST, Source Deductions, Payroll, etc. 16 yrs experience, pick up and drop off available. 250245-1390 EXPERIENCED, RELIABLE, BONDABLE, RESIDENTIAL , COMMERCIAL & LIGHT CONSTRUCTION CLEANER has openings in the Ladysmith Area. Rate start at $16.00 per hour. References available 250-327-9644 BLASTED ROCKS, garden soil, excavating or hauling - big or small. 250-748-0932. WANTED: Manufacturers of locally made products related to Vancouver island. Foods, arts, crafts, fashion for e-store opening this summer. Low consignmet fee. Includes print and social media promotion and advertising. No registration fee limited time only. Call 250-245-7015 or projects@ or visit




Acting Out! BY NICK LONGO If you are interested in acting you will find you won’t have to go far. Recently I have gone back to one of my earlier loves and started taking acting lessons with Jacqui Kaese of Spotlight Academy. Based right here in ladysmith she is a wellknown and respected acting coach. Her understanding of the acting craft is quite a boon to those that come under her wing. She has wonderful intuition towards the people that come into her care and is able to draw out the best performance that she can from sometimes not so willing (to let go emotionally) actor both young and old. Jacqui takes great care to guide and suggest tools to the actor to get to that place where the actor will find the answers that the script or scene beg for. So when I was working on a scene a while back I was taking great care to deliver my lines and listen to what my co-actor was saying to me. Listening...deliberating...then delivering my lines with all

the emotional intensity that I could muster. At the end I thought wow I really nailed my intentions. Well I did nail my intentions, yet, Jacquie said,” you took so long to listen and deliver your lines back it was boring and you lost me. You need to keep those intentions that you had which were on the money pick up your pace, and deliver it more naturally.” (you’re not acting on the stage).

After the initial shock of hearing that my precious rendition was boring... I realised that Jacqui had given me perfect advice and she did so with firm and great guidance. I came back the next session sped up my dialogue, brought my levels down while still maintaining the emotional intensity of my choices and did a much better job of it. You see I’ve worked mostly in the theatre where everything is bigger than acting for film and TV. Jacqui has been a lens for focusing my sense of creativity within the reality of the disciplines that I wish to work in. In class Jacqui has us work on sides (lines from a commercial script, film or TV script). Sometimes we do warm-ups (letting go and have fun doing improv games of many sorts) then get into the theory and implementation of that process and then get in to the meat and potatoes of it all.... the actual physicalization of the piece that we are looking at. We get up and do it in front of the camera and the class. Man oh man is that fun! Then we get to look at what we did (can be very humbling) with Jacqui giving her thoughts about the scene that we just played. If you have the bug to get out there and strut your stuff on the boards and want to learn the craft of acting in film, TV or commercials, Jacqui Kaese of Spotlight Academy is the go-to coach and guide of the highest quality in our neighbourhood. To find out more go to Watch interview with Jacqui Jenna Burman coached by Jacqui Kaese. Photo: Nick Longo



Take 5 August 2012  

Awesome August full of fun festivals, Ladysmith Days, Show & Shine, Arts on the Ave. Free Concerts and more. Check out the Home Challenge...

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