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photography work, there will be some available at Santa’s Studio. For the artistically inclined individuals who want to give their Christmas gifts a personal touch by making them, there will be two art workshops held during

Santa’s Studio aims to provide patrons with a balance of food and art.

Santa’s Studio. Jeanine Baker will host her workshop on Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Baker showing participants how to create their own piece of mosaic artwork. This is a drop-in event and the cost is $10 per person. Nicole Bauberger will be doing a workshop on Dec. 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. She has recently launched a new book of poetry called Seasoning the Fair, which features a unique Japanese stab binding – and this is what she will be teaching people during her workshop. Participants can create their own blank notebook made with this intricate binding technique. The half-hour workshops will take six people at a time. The cost is $7 per person. Santa’s Studio is open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursdays and Fridays the market will stay open until 9 p.m. For more information go to www. YAAW.com. Angela Szymczuk is a Whitehorse-based writer. Please send comments about her articles to editor@whatsupyukon.com.


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Hallelujah — It’s back!

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Messiah will be performed Dec. 18 and 19 at the Whitehorse United Church by Glenda Koh

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t was a hit in Dublin in 1741 and it remains a hit in Whitehorse in 2015. For the second time in the Yukon, the audience of Handel’s Messiah will be invited to sing along in the resonant setting of the Whitehorse United Church. Director Rachel Grantham and the Messiah Collective last assembled the choir, string quartet, and soloists to perform the oratorio in 2013. “People just loved the sing along,” she says. “It’s beautiful. And it’s fantastic to hear the church filled with people who can sing this music.” Two years later, Grantham is predicting the performance will be that much better. She’s been working with 25 singers since early October, which includes a record number of typically scarce tenors and basses. “The beauty is that people know the chorus quite well,” Grantham says. “We had good quality the first time around but we’re getting even more the second time around.” This is immensely satisfying to Grantham. “I get such a pleasure out of going beyond the notes and really getting into the text and the phrasing and the articulation,” she says. “We’re really polishing it. Even though I know the audience is singing along, if the choir is solid and precise it’s going to carry the others along.” Messiah itself is part of the joy for Grantham, who says baroque choral music is among her favour-

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it’s already musical in itself. It conveys an emotion or an effect by itself, and then you add words. “It sounds overly simple, but in this music if you’re singing about heaven, the notes go higher. If you’re singing about earth, the notes go lower. It’s called word painting or tone painting, so it’s easy to get inside the composer’s head. There are even spots where the words are ‘they shake their heads’ and you can hear head shaking in the music itself.” Messiah will feature several local soloists in the performance. While tenor Michael Marino will be coming from Toronto, soprano Jana Holesworth, a Yukoner, will be returning from a recent performance in Wales. Whitehorse singers Kyle Macdonald and Hollie Dunkley will round out the soloists. “When I first came to the Yukon, people were few and far between who had the vocal training, but now 20, 25 years later, here they all are,” Grantham says. “It just shows the richness that we have now.” The string quartet will feature Charles Turanich-Noyen on first violin and Pam Sinclair on cello. Katie Avery will be playing the elusive viola, the absence of which was one of the reasons Messiah was not performed in 2014. In another full circle, Grantham’s first ever Suzuki student Bryn Knight will play second violin. For those who do not want PHOTO: Rick Massie to sing, fear not. Singing is not Singer Hollie Dunkley and mandatory, but if you’re lucky, there’s always next year. Director Rachel Grantham. Messiah will be performed Handel’s Sing Along Messiah Dec. 18 and 19, 8 pm at 601 Main takes place at Whitehorse United Street. Tickets $22 adults $16 stuChurch Dec.18th and 19th dents/seniors from tickets.com, Yukon Arts Centre and Arts Underground. ite types of music. “Baroque music is written to Glenda Koh writes in work without effects,” she exWhitehorse and sings along plains, the teacher that she is. in the car. “You don’t have to mess with it;

Singer Hollie Dunkley and organizer Rachel Grantham are very excited about this year’s presentation of Handel’s Sing Along Messiah. Photo by Rick Massie

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e have reached that point in the season where we don’t get a lot of direct sunlight in Dawson City’s historic townsite. Those who live the Dome subdivisions – which I refer to as Literary Heights because all the streets are named for authors – do continue to get a short view of Ol’ Sol all through the winter. Down here in town, however, we’re in a bit of a bowl, with sunshine coming to us from the east, south and west when the planet’s axial tilt permits. Shortly before we switched from Daylight Savings to Standard Time, the sun stopped clearing the largest of the hills across the river – and we lost an hour of evening direct sunlight right away. Then we changed our clocks and lost another hour a bit later. However, the planet kept turning and tilting, and the sun’s arc moved more and more to the south as it grew shallower and shallower. Eventually it stops clearing the tops of the mountains south of town and ceases to actually hit the streets in town any longer. It does still hit the hills across the river and the Moosehide Scar on the hill north of town. Between the two of them we get some indirect reflected light that lasts for several weeks before the winter Solstice, and picks up again in January before the streets feel the sun again. Dawson’s always been fairly big on Christmas seasonal lighting, but for the last two years the town has taken the lead in encouraging homes and businesses to shine in the coming darkness during late November and on past New Years. Three years ago the recreation department ordered a set of seasonal lights to display along Front Street’s Waterfront Park. They ar-

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hey stayed in the game ... They’re the most-famous musicians you’ve never heard of. Merry Clayton’s performance in the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” is the exemplar of the memorable riff by the unknown singer at the back of the band – it’s their parts you hum. From manufactured girl groups, to David Bowie; and from the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed, to the soundtrack for The Lion King, few musical genres have escaped the background singers of the last 50 years. Their catalogue seems bottomless. In Twenty Feet from Stardom, a documentary directed by Morgan Freeman and produced by Gil Friesen, which is available on DVD at the Whitehorse Public Library, the spotlight is on the background singers and, in a touching switch, the rock icons who show up to support them. Used to being watched, it turns out that these background singers and rock icons also saw with unusually acute insight. “It’s a long walk from the back of the stage to the front,” says Bruce Springsteen. And Sting reflects on the fickleness of musical stardom: “It’s not about talent. It’s luck, it’s circumstance, it’s destiny. I don’t know what it is.” A few outliers - such as Sheryl Crow, who was one of Michael

Jackson’s backup singers; and David Lasley, who sang vocals for James Taylor - appear in the film … but it’s the black women who brought gospel harmonies to pop music that the documentary spends the most time with. And no wonder. They’re irrepressible and irreverent, and their careers span the most colourful period of rockand-roll culture.

Background singers are brought to the fore in Twenty Feet from Stardom, available at the Whitehorse Public Library The obvious theme for the filmmakers would be that of talented musicians, toiling in the background, who yearn to make their way to the front of the stage. Darlene Love is the obvious candidate for that narrative, with her trajectory from near-fame, to obscurity and back to fame. The documentary ends with one of Darlene Love’s latest triumphs being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and performing “A Fine, Fine Boy” with Bruce Spring-

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steen backing her. But the Cinderella story gives way to a larger philosophical theme, which is that being good at what you do is its own reward and is spiritually fulfilling. Lisa Fischer, who won a Grammy for her one solo album but who now tours as a singer with the Rolling Stones and who is in steady demand for a variety of gigs, says, “I reject the notion that the job you excel at is somehow not enough to aspire to … Some people will do anything to be famous. I just wanted to sing.” Merry Clayton refers to the “killing spirit” that’s needed to make it as a solo act. PHOTO: IMDb.com “Some people just don’t have it,” she says. This is an upbeat film without whitewashing the difficulties of living a life on the edge of rock and roll. Its star power, archival footage and music helped to make it one of the most popular and critically acclaimed releases of 2013, and resulted in winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature of that year. Additional footage and interviews are available on the extensive DVD extras. Marianne Darragh is a regular visitor to the DVD shelf in the Whitehorse Public Library. Please send comments about her articles to editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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Manage Your Money Carefully This Season As you know, the holiday season can be joyous, hectic, celebratory — and expensive. And while you certainly enjoy hosting family gatherings and giving presents to your loved ones, you’ll find these things even more pleasurable if they don’t add a lot of weight to your debt load. And that’s why you’ll want to follow some smart money management techniques over the next few weeks. To begin with, try to establish realistic budgets for both your entertaining and your gift giving. When you host family and friends, don’t go overboard on your expenditures. Your guests will still appreciate your efforts, which, with a little creativity, can create a welcoming and fun experience for everyone. As a guiding principle, keep in mind these words attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous German poet and philosopher: “What you can do without, do without.” Set a budget, and stick to it. The same rule applies to your gifting. You don’t need to find the most expensive presents, or overwhelm recipients with the sheer volume of your gifts. This is especially true if you, like so many people, have been affected by the tough economy. Everyone you know will understand that gifts don’t have to be lavish to be meaningful. Furthermore, by sticking to a budget, you won’t be tempted to dip into your long-term investments to pay for fabulous parties or mountains of gifts. It’s never a good idea to tap long-term investments for short-term needs, but it can be especially bad when your investment prices are down, as they may well be this year. So, if you want to stick to a budget but don’t want to raid your investments, how can you pay for your holiday season expenses? If you can spread out your purchases, you may be able to pay for them from your normal cash flow. But if that’s not possible, you might want to consider “plastic” — your credit card. Using your credit card does not, by itself, need to amount to a financial setback, especially if you’ve chosen a card that offers favourable terms and you’ve already shown the discipline not to overuse that card. Just try to minimize your credit card usage over the holidays and pay off your card as soon as you can. Of course, you can make your holiday season much easier, financially speaking, if you’ve set up a holiday fund to cover your various expenses. While it’s too late to set up such a fund this year, why not get an early start on the 2012 holiday season? All you need to do is put away some money each month into an easily accessible account, separate from your everyday accounts. You don’t have to put in a great deal, but you do need to be consistent, which is why you may want to have the money moved automatically, once a month, from your chequing or savings account to your holiday fund. When next year’s holiday season rolls around, you might be pleasantly surprised by how much you’ve accumulated.

Looking for direction in today’s market? Let’s talk. But for now, following some common-sense money management practices can help you get through the holiday season in good financial shape — and that type of result can get your new year off to a positive start. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Christmas in Dawson

December 17, 2015

by Gabriela Sgaga

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hristmas is a time of gatherings with family and friends. But what if you find yourself alone at that time of year? Well, if you’re in Dawson City, you have nothing to worry about. The community will make sure that everyone has somewhere to go. Dan Dowhal has first-hand experience with the Christmas spirit of Dawson City. The Toronto native first arrived on December 23, 2011 as a writer in residence. He says he landed at the airport at 3 p.m. and only had time to drop off his bags before being whisked away to a holiday party. “I’ve been alone before for Christmas by my choice, but in Dawson people were worried about me being alone. I had no choice,” he says with a smile. From December 24 to the day after New Year, Dowhal had invitations to dinners and parties all over town. “Locals were fighting over me to make me feel welcome.” As a lifelong city boy, the generosity and openness of the community blew him away. “I’d never encountered this before,” he says. “It gave me a first impression of this being a very special place and was part of the reason I ended up moving here.” Heidi Bliedung, general manager of the Westminster Hotel, agrees that no one should be alone during the holidays. She helps organize a dinner at the hotel pub on Christmas day. She says it all started with a previous owner almost 20 years ago. “It was originally for people who were living in the hotel longterm,” she says. “Being in Dawson might mean being away from family and alone around the holidays. This was kind of their house and (the previous owner) wanted to have something

for people to go to.” The tradition still continues, with a local business owner supplying the turkey, and the Westminster buying the rest. Volunteers cook it all up, the staff

decorates the pub with a tree and ornaments, and starting at 1 p.m. on Christmas day, everyone is welcome to partake in the holiday cheer. Bliedung says sometimes up

to 50 people show up – but she is quick to say that it’s not a soup kitchen or charity event. “We just want to make sure everyone has a Christmas. It’s a place to go, to spread the Christ-

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Jim Taggart and Kath Selkirk awaiting guests at their annual Waifs & Strays Christmas dinner

Jim Taggart does a final dish check at the Waifs & Strays Christmas dinner

mas cheer and it’s a nice tradition. We become a family. It’s our gift to everyone.” Kath Selkirk and Jim Taggart started their traditional Waifs and Strays dinner years ago when they found themselves living and volunteering in various northern communities such as Tuktoyaktuk, Rankin Inlet and Inuvik. They say they came up with the idea while living with other volunteers who were also away from home and new to the community. “They needed a family for Christmas day, so we decided to create and be our own family,” she says. After they moved to Dawson they continued the tradition. “We like having a crowd around for Christmas,“ she says. Although Selkirk and Taggart are vegetarians, there’s always someone who brings a turkey, she says, of the pot-luck style dinner. Selkirk usually makes a nut loaf and Taggart contributes a traditional Scottish flaming Christmas pudding with a lashing of brandy butter in honour of his roots. After dinner, there is a gift exchange. Everyone is encouraged to bring either a homemade gift or a re-gift. Selkirk points out that there is usually a mix of old friends and those that are new to town. It’s all word of mouth and everyone is welcome. “It’s a good homey family Christmas with a self-made family,” concludes Selkirk.

Gabriela Sgaga lives off the grid in her West Dawson cabin with her sled dogs. She enjoys mushing, skijoring and writing about everyday life in the Yukon. Please send comments about her articles to dawson@whatsupyukon.com


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Yukon Flickers with Andrew Gilbutowicz

It’s Still One of our Favourite Things

Fifty years later The Sound of Music still transcends generations The Sound of Music will be shown on Dec. 27 at the Yukon Arts Centre

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his year marked the 50th anniversary of Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music. Upon its release in 1965 it was met with scowling reviews of its simplistic and campy style. Distinguished and feared McCall’s Magazine film critic Pauline Kael upon its release diagnosed the film as “a sugar-coated lie that people seem to want to eat.” It was reported that Kael was fired from the publication for panning the film so harshly after it finally became an immense success. It was later denied by then editor Robert Stein referring to the other commercial films Kael had laid libel to that saw her departure: Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962), Doctor

Zhivago (David Lean, 1965) and A Hard Day’s Night (Richard Lester, 1964). And so it was to many critics’ surprise that The Sound of the Music became the number one box office film of 1965 after four weeks. By November 1966 it became the highest-grossing film of all time, beating out Gone with the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939). It received five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. It was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2001 and is listed as the 55th greatest American film of all time according to the American Film Institute. Not to mention every year since 2000 the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music sells out to a crowd of 17,000 . What could have accounted for all the negativity upon its initial release? The film follows Maria (Julie Andrews), a nun who is sent away from the Nonnbeg Abbey monastery due to her youthfulness and

lack of discipline. Maria becomes the governess of retired Naval Captain Georg von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven children. While at first Maria struggles with the children, she gains their admiration and along the way falls for the Captain. Had the rise of rock ‘n’ roll given the youth their independence, labeling the musical film genre as lame and saccharine? The early 1960s had seen a rapid succession of musicals being produced: My Fair Lady (George Cukor, 1964), The Music Man (Morton DaCosta, 1962), Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964) and West Side Story (Robert Wise, 1961). Nevertheless, The Sound of Music has been the most enduring family movie of all time. No matter how unconvinced the critics of

its day were, nor how blatantly sugarcoated it may be The Sound of Music has entertained widely for half a century. Quite simply, it is a beautiful piece of fimmaking, the camera work and costume design are worth its 174 minutes alone, not to mention the timeless score and soundtrack. What critics had failed to understand about the film is that it requires a consideration of spectatorship, both personal sentiment and shared experience. Either you return to the film with memories of it playing at your grandparents or parents house when you were little or that you remember all the words to Do-ReMi because it was sung to you as a nursery rhyme. Perhaps you have never seen

the film in its entirety, only its pop-culture reference in many forms of satire and homage. It is the nostalgia that is craved by spectators from The Sound of Music; there are those who remember the characters as fairy tale and those whose memories of their parents or grandparents become fairy tale by its parental presence. It is the theatrical film of the 1900s and it is still one of our most favourite things. The Yukon Film Society presents a screening of The Sound of Music at 3 p.m. on Dec. 27 at The Yukon Arts Centre. Andrew is a professional Oyster Shucker and Communications Coordinator at the Yukon Film Society.

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Highlights EXTRUDER 3D PRINTER 101

Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

COFFEE HOUSE & OPEN MIC

Boys and Girls Club of Whitehorse Free Drop-In Youth Centre COMING SOON!! n ss io É m i t re s co n Re n b re cem 24 dé à 14 h 5 0 12 h h N or t CBC FM 94,5

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

ROUTER TABLE 101

Saturday, January 2

An all new Drop-In Centre AT OUR NEW LOCATION AT 306 ALEXANDER

DECEMBER 17

7:00 pm in the KIAC Ballroom All are welcome!

www.facebook.com/bgcyukon www.bgcyukon.com afy.yk.ca

DECEMBER 17

Tel: (867) 993-5005 Fax: (867) 993-5838 Website: www.kiac.ca

Ph. (867) 393-2824

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM HOURS

Monday Closed, Tuesday - Friday 11am - 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 1-9pm

www.yukonstruct.com info@yukonstruct.com 135 Industrial Rd.

HeaRt of

Riverdale MORNINGS: MONDAY 9-12

Musical Minds w/ Lianne Cranfield (Register w/ Lianne) TUESDAY 10:30-11:30

Mother Goose (Parent/Child) (Free / Pre-register) THURSDAY 9-12

Non-Profit Leadership w/ Sue Starr (Pre-register) FRIDAY 10-12

Ball Pit Play (Family)

SATURDAY 10-3

Ball Pit Play Family Drop-In

------------------AFTERNOONS 3:15-5:15 MONDAY

Art Exploration TUESDAY

Sing Together w/ Madi Dixon & Sarah Ott

Exhibi�ons CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:

>> in the Yukon Art Society Gallery: THE SEVEN TEXTILE ARTISTS “How Does TENit Felt”

Exhibi�on closes December 1st, 2012 YUKON ART SOCIETY MEMBERS

December 4th-31st >> in the Hougen Heritage Gallery: YUKON ARCHIVES

Archival Gold: Favourites from the Vault HOUGEN HERITAGE Exhibi�on closes January 26, 2013

GALLERY MANY VOICES: MUSIC IN THE Open Studio Sessions YUKON 1896-1996 >> Ceramic Open Studio Sessions << YUKON ARCHIVES Sundays from 2:30 to 6pm An exhibition ofhour photographs $5 per and other delights >> Acrylic Pain�ng Open Studio << November February with Neil-Graham every first and third Wednesday of each month 7 to 9pm $10 per 2 hour session

OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS (14+)

Theatre

Programs Arts Underground / Yukon Art Society 867-667-4080 ext 22

NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS

SUPPORT OUR COMPETITIVE GROUP OF YOUNG YUKON SOCCER ENTHUSIASTS AGED 6 TO 12 YEARS OLD!

WHITEHORSE

Indoor / Outdoor Arts On The Move SUNDAY 1-4

Building Intuition with Tarot (Adults) ------------------EVENINGS: MONDAY 6:15-8:15

The Sound Recording Club Teen ages 15-18 & Adults (Pre-register w/ Scott Maynard) TUESDAY

7-8:30 Knitting Circle 5-7 Girls Group 7-9 Book Club (once/month) WEDNESDAY 7-9

Pop Choir w/ Eric Mah (Register with Erica) THURSDAY

5-6:15 Kids Singing, Beginners 6:30-7:45 Kids Singing, Intermediate 7-9 NIA Dance w/ Susie Anne FRIDAY 6-9

Teen Drop-In

Heart of Riverdale 38 A Lewes Blvd

www.theheartofriverdale.com

WHITEHORSE

Until, Dec, 22 12 Days of Christmas Market 10:00 AM Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre There will be daily workshops from 3 - 5 pm and local live music daily. Until, Dec, 24 Santa’s Studio: The New Yukon Artists at Work Christmas Fair 11:00 AM Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Santa’s Studio will have a wide variety of small works by our member artists-elves, new and old, as well as sweet and savory baking, preserves by Rock Island Bakery and natural body products by Berry Bluetoes Apothecary for the holidays! Extended opening hours until 9pm Thursdays and Fridays from December 10th to 24th. Fri, Dec, 18 Weezer / Ugly X-Mas Sweater Party 8:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon. Wear your best/worst Christmas sweaters! Sat, Dec, 19 Terrible Adults: Rielle and Kholby and the lost spirit of Christmas 12:00 AM The Old Fire Hall A fantasy and adventure musical comedy about a couple of friends who have lost that certain Christmassy feeling and the journey they take to get it back. Event runs from 16-10 Dec at various times. Visit http:// yukonartscentre.com/firehall/ for more details. 667-8574 Sat, Dec, 19 Christmas Workshops in Santas Studio 1:00 PM Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Nicole Bauberger will be hosting stab-bound notebook making. Ideal stocking stuffers for the artist or writer in your life. Sat, Dec, 19 City Festival of Lights Tour 3:30 PM Join us on Saturday December 19! Transit buses will depart the CGC at 4:30pm and 5:30pm. CGC Themed Activities will take place 3:30 6:00pm. Admission by food donation to the Food Bank or cash donation to the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter. Fri, Dec, 25 Christmas Day Service 10:00 AM Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Everyone Welcome!

Every Sunday except long weekends From 2:30-6 pm $5/hr paid to Studio Tech

Ball Pit & Games FRIDAY

COMMUNITIES

Thu, Dec, 24 Skate With Santa 12:00 PM Haines Junction Community Centre. Haines Junction

To register call: 867-667-4080 CERAMIC OPEN STUDIO Email: recep�on@artsunderground.ca

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SOCCER SHOWCASE

DECEMBER 23

at the Canada Games Centre We’re fundraising to compete in the

NORTH SHORE YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL INDOOR TOURNAMENT. Please support our amazing Sponsors! Duncan’s Ltd Kilrich Industries Ltd Canyon City Construction Better Bodies The Soccer Shop

Precision Bookkeeping Sandors Walmart Casselman Geological Service

Thu, Dec, 31 New Year’s Eve with Yukon Jack 6:00 PM $35 tickets includes: Entertainment, dinner (6.30pm-8.30pm), Party Favours, Champagne at midnight. Jarvis Street Saloon Thu, Dec, 31 Mardi Gras New Year’s Featuring Soul Migration 8:00 PM Coast High Country Inn Music starts at 9:30. There will be special guest entertainers. Thu, Dec, 31 New Year’s Eve Canada Games Centre. Help ring in the New Year with family-friendly events at the Canada Games Centre. Carnival games, live music, dancing, snacks, prizes, and fireworks will keep you entertained all night. Thu, Dec, 31 Celebrate New Year’s Eve. Dressed to the nines and looking for a good time. The Wheelhouse is offering a special three course meal accompanied by live entertainment, followed by dancing, a glass of bubbly at midnight and more. Featuring music by Fawn, Fawn Fritzen, Daniel Janke, Paul Bergman, Lonnie Powell. Tickets $125. Call 456-2982 to make a booking or for more details.


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Happy Anniversary, Arts Underground

The creative space has supported art in the community for 10 years by Darren Susin rent- and utility-free lease, which was eventually extended. The concept grew to showcase Yukon Heritage, so Friends of the Yukon Archive Society and MacBride Museum also joined the Hougen Group and created the Hougen Heritage Gallery. As is well-known, Rolf Hougen

These hand painted silk scarves by Josée Carbonneau are one of many pieces on display at Arts Underground this month

was an avid photographer, and a number of his photographs still grace the walls of a variety of places today. The Hougens’ appreciation of the arts has been long documented, both in this publication and beyond. Such is their appreciation that in 2011, Rolf Hougen received a Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Partnership Award. The current show at the Hougen Heritage Gallery, called Many Voices: Music in the Yukon 18961996, explores the history of music in the Yukon. Included in the show are reminders of the talented artists who have called this territory home for a long time. Moving forward, it’s imperative that such a space remains available to Whitehorse residents. Beyond the art, the space also contains pottery and glass kilns, pottery wheels, easels, and a meeting space. The space is a boon for

artists all of mediums. Arts Underground is a valuable asset downtown, and since its inception, it has openly encouraged artists of all sorts to work there, spend time there, and enjoy Yukon artists. Such a space guarantees exposure for new artists, while at the same time allowing established artists to mentor and support the upcoming talent. Community members are encouraged to check out the show ten, perhaps while doing some Christmas shopping downtown. The show runs until Dec. 31. Any art purchased can be picked up in time for Christmas. The Arts Underground is located at 305 Main Street. It’s open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Darren Susin is a Whitehorsebased writer.

Cred: Courtesy of Arts Underground

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rts Underground recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a small party and the launch of a show commemorating the anniversary, called ten. ten features art by the Yukon Arts Society Members, and it includes a variety of mediums. Since 2005, the small gallery/ workshop has hosted a variety of shows, ranging from the political to the exploratory. Some notable artists that have held shows at Arts Underground include Emma Barr, Nicole Bauberger, Jesse Dev-

ost, Samantha Dickie and Misha Donohoe. Arts Underground got it’s start in 2004, when Mary-Jane Warshawski approached the Hougen Group of Companies with the idea of creating an art space to support arts groups, artists and the community. The Hougens, strong supporters of the arts and long-time community advocates, offered to house the facility in the lower level of their Main Street facility. They also offered a 5-year

LET’S TALK TURKEY

SCREEN PRODUCTION YUKON ASSOCIATION

We have an important announcement You no longer have to pre-order your turkey!

Ever thought about creating a web series? The Screen Production Yukon Association presents:

CHOOSE YOUR OWN TURKEY! Fresh Turkeys Arrive December 18 First Come First Served

A series of six weekend workshops to develop serialized content for the web

Workshop Dates • Reading the Room: Preparing for Meetings and Pitches - Jan 16/17 • Producing, Financing & Finding the Market for Your Web Series - Jan 23/24

What Size Should You Get? Number of People x 1.3 (Rounded-Up) = Size of Turkey required. For example: for 11 guests, your Turkey should weigh 15 lbs. (11 x 1.3 = 14.3 lbs.) WE’RE OPEN Dec 21-23 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Dec 24 8:30 To Noon Limited Food Service Dec 22 & 23, CLOSED Dec 24 noon to Jan 12, 2016 203 Hanson Street, Whitehorse • 667-7583

• Writing for Serialized Content: Crafting Your Series Bible -Jan 30/31 Three projects from the Feb 9 pitch session will be chosen to receive funding to create a sizzle reel

• ‘Yukon For The Web’ Pitching Session - Feb 9

All workshops are open to the public. Capacity of 10 per workshop

• Visualization and the Art of Directing - Feb 27/28

• Online Audience Building and Digital Strategy - Feb 12 • Planning Your Shoot and the Role of an Assistant Director - March 12/13

For more information go to www.yukonfortheweb.ca To sign up contact info@spya.ca or 456-2978


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689-0424 or Steven Shorty 334-8285 Sun, Dec, 20, Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 PM Arts Underground Non-instructed open studio. Participants are welcome to use Until Dec, 24, Santa’s Studio: The New the studio’s tools and equipment; clay and Yukon Artists at Work Christmas Fair some tools are available for purchase. Every 11:00 AM Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Sunday except long weekends. $5/hour. Santa’s Studio will have a wide variety of Until Dec, 22, 12 Days of Christmas Market Sun, Dec, 20, Movie Night 6:30 PM The small works by our member artists-elves, 10:00 AM Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre There Watershed, Coffee shop & Bar Come and new and old, as well as sweet and savory will be daily workshops from 3 - 5 pm and watch movies with friends and have some baking, preserves by Rock Island Bakery fun! and natural body products by Berry Bluetoes local live music daily. Thu, Dec, 17, Fear of Public Speaking? Mon, Dec, 21, Free drop-in computer Apothecary for the holidays! Extended Sun Dogs Toastmasters 12:00 PM Sport labs 10:00 AM Yukon Learn Free Drop-In opening hours until 9pm Thursdays and Yukon Fear of Public Speaking. Sundogs Computer Lab for Self Directed Studies A Fridays from December 10th to 24th. Toastmasters is a member supportive club tutor/Instructor will be available on site to Until Dec 31, TEN Arts Underground Yukon that will help you improve public speaking, assist you. 867-668-6280 or toll free: 888Art Society Seasonal gala in celebration of communication, and leadership skills. 668-6280 Fax: 867-633-4576 the 10th anniversary of Arts Underground 2048807245 Mon, Dec, 21, Euchre Night 6:00 PM Royal Until Feb 27, Ziehe + Lane: Yukon Arts Thu, Dec, 17, Theatre Exploration After Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Centre Yukon Arts Centre Two exhibitions School Program 3:00 PM Heart Of Mon, Dec, 21, GO The Surrounding Game find beauty in unsuspecting scenes and Riverdale 6:00 PM Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple objects. Ziehe explores light and colour Thu, Dec, 17, Kwanlin Dun Community Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors relationships, while Lane combines delicate Christmas Party 4:00 PM Nakwataku Welcome. For more information email: lacework and discarded steel car and truck Potlatch House Whitehorse Kwanlin Dun tjbowlby@gmail.com hoods. Community Party - Join us for food and Mon, Dec, 21, Night at the (Beringia Until Feb 29,Many Voices: -Music in the Centre) Museum - Movie Night 6:30 Yukon 1896-1996. Hougen Heritage Gallery some fun activities at the Nakkwat a Ky Potlatch House. Santa will be coming to PM Beringia Centre Night at the Museum inside Arts Underground. An exhibition of bring presents for all the kids up to 14. –Secret of the Tomb. Door open at 6:30, photographs and other delights from the Children under 5 must be accompanied by Showtime: 7pm. A movie about museum Yukon Archives. an adult. 332-331 exhibits that come to life at night –what Thu, Dec, 17, Yukon Guild of Needlearts: better way to watch this movie than at a Fall Session 7:00 PM Whitehorse Public museum on the longest night of the year! Library Meet friends & learn techniques of Thu, Dec, 17, 5 à 7 All in Music 5:00 PM 8676678855 Baked Cafe This month: Nadine Landry and hand embroidery. Call Doris at 633-4026. Tue, Dec, 22, Kids Kreate: Winterval 1:00 Thu, Dec, 17, Furlesque: A Northern Sammy Lind, Country and Cajun. PM Yukon Arts Centre This family event Cabaret 8:00 PM Days Inn Whitehorse A Thu, Dec, 17, Roxx Hunter Live 6:00 PM is designed for kids and adults alike to get Tony’s Pizza Roxx Hunter and Izaak Lazeo- Northern Cabaret featuring comedy, dance messy, have fun, and learn about art! Dress lines, musicians, actors, painters, singers Fairman playing acoustic guitar music in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty! and of course, Burlesque Beauties. covering almost every style and genre. Tue, Dec, 22, Girls Group 5:00 PM Heart Of Fri, Dec, 18, Indoor/Outdoor Art Thu, Dec, 17, Fiddler On The Loose Riverdale Exploration After School Program 3:00 Joe Loutchan live 7:00 PM 98 Hotel Tue, Dec, 22, Whitehorse Scottish PM Heart Of Riverdale Longest running house band in the Yukon Country Dance Club 7:00 PM Jack Hulland Traditional fiddle music and more - jigging is Fri, Dec, 18, Teen Drop In 6:00 PM Heart Of Elementary Riverdale encouraged and limericks are the norm. Wed, Dec, 23, Spanish Conversation Fri, Dec, 18, Furlesque: A Northern Thu, Dec, 17, Ginger Jam 9:00 PM Yukon Group 12:00 PM Yukon Government Inn fully electric jam with a PA system, drum Cabaret 8:00 PM Days Inn Whitehorse A Administration Building Join us inside the kit and guitars provided, and encourages the Northern Cabaret featuring comedy, dance Bridges Café 633-6081 Terry or Michèle lines, musicians, actors, painters, singers wearing of silly hats Wed, Dec, 23, FREE Activity Night 5:30 and of course, Burlesque Beauties. Thu, Dec, 17, Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM PM Whitehorse Elementary Bring your child Fri, Dec, 18, Friday Ball Pit Family Drop In and have fun with many different activities Jarvis Street Saloon Fri, Dec, 18, Yukon Musician: Anne Turner Heart Of Riverdale happening every week! Sat, Dec, 19, Slide into German 10:00 AM 6:00 PM Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Wed, Dec, 23, Board Games and Karaoke Birch & Bear Salad Bar Learn German. Over 8:00 PM The Watershed, Coffee shop & Bar Easy Listening a cup of coffee or tea. For more info call Fri, Dec, 18, Ian Smith / Hot Special 8:00 Play some board games with friends or try PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Live Music Renate 334-6948 your singing skills at karaoke! Fri, Dec, 18, Weezer / Ugly X-Mas Sweater Sat, Dec, 19, Free Family Drop In Upstairs Thu, Dec, 24, Yukon Guild of Needlearts: 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Party 8:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Wear Fall Session 7:00 PM Whitehorse Public Sat, Dec, 19, Saturday Ball Pit Family your best/worst Christmas sweaters! Library Meet friends & learn techniques of Fri, Dec, 18, Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in Drop In 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale hand embroidery. Call Doris at 633-4026. Sat, Dec, 19, Dog Wash Fundraiser 10:00 the Boiler Room AM The Feed Store Pet Junction All profit Sat, Dec, 19, Social Jam with Gary 3:00 goes to Mae Bachur Animal Shelter PM Jarvis Street Saloon Daily Animal Crackers 4:30 PM MacBride Sat, Dec, 19, Mozart’s The Magic Flute (In Sat, Dec, 19, Mini Hand Games Tournament 10:00 AM Nakwataku Potlatch Museum Explore MacBride Museum’s HD): Yukon Arts Centre 7:00 PM Yukon House Whitehorse 14 Nations Hand Game animal gallery with one of our knowledgeable Arts Centre Society invites everyone to our Mini Hand interpreters and play Who Dung It? Sat, Dec, 19, live music 8:00 PM The Games Tournament Watershed, Coffee shop & Bar Enjoy some Daily Yukon Wildlife Preserve Interpreted For registration information call Tyler Smith fantastic live local music! Tour 4:00 PM Yukon Wildlife Preserve 5 689-0424 or Steven Shorty 334-8285 Sat, Dec, 19, Soda Pony 8:00 PM Best Km Tour of Yukon Wildlife Preserve - 75-90 Sat, Dec, 19, 12 Days of Christmas Market Minutes - A must see stop while in Yukon Western Gold Rush Inn Live Music Sat, Dec, 19, Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in 10:00 AM Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre There Thu, Dec, 17, Family Literacy Centre: Père will be daily workshops from 3 - 5 pm and the Boiler Room poule Maman gâteau 10:00 AM Canada local live music daily. Sat, Dec, 19, Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Games Centre Fall Schedule. Sat, Dec, 19, Terrible Adults: Rielle and Jarvis Street Saloon Thu, Dec, 17, Theatre Exploration After Kholby and the lost spirit of Christmas Sun, Dec, 20, D-Cide on the B-Side with School Program 3:00 PM Heart Of Scott Maynard 8:00 PM Best Western Gold 12:00 AM The Old Fire Hall A fantasy Riverdale and adventure musical comedy about Rush Inn Live Music Thu, Dec, 17, Northern Lights Judo Club: a couple of friends who have lost that Mon, Dec, 21, Ladies Night with DJ Carlo Kids Practise 5:15 PM École Émiliecertain Christmassy feeling and the journey 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Tremblay Kids practise - 5 - 11yrs they take to get it back. Event runs from Tue, Dec, 22, Open Mic with Patrick Thu, Dec, 17, Northern Lights Judo Club: 16-10 Dec at various times. Visit http:// Jacobson 7:00 PM Town & Mountain Hotel Adult Practise 6:30 PM École Émilieyukonartscentre.com/fi rehall/ for more Tue, Dec, 22, Ginger Jam 9:00 PM Yukon Tremblay Inn fully electric jam with a PA system, drum details. 667-8574 Fri, Dec, 18, Friday Ball Pit Family Drop In kit and guitars provided, and encourages the Sat, Dec, 19, Mozart’s The Magic Flute (In Heart Of Riverdale HD): Yukon Arts Centre 7:00 PM Yukon wearing of silly hats Fri, Dec, 18, Young Explorer’s Preschool Wed, Dec, 23, Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 Arts Centre Program 10:00 AM MacBride Museum 867Sat, Dec, 19, Furlesque: A Northern PM Epic Pizza goes till we are done! 667-2709, ext.3 parents and children explore Cabaret 8:00 PM Days Inn Whitehorse A Wed, Dec, 23, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 PM the animal gallery together. Play games, Northern Cabaret featuring comedy, dance Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room create crafts, read stories and sing songs. Wed, Dec, 23, Jamaoke With Jackie 10:00 lines, musicians, actors, painters, singers Fri, Dec, 18, Family Literacy Centre: and of course, Burlesque Beauties. PM Jarvis Street Saloon People in the Neighbourhood 10:30 AM Sat, Dec, 19, Yukon Amateur Radio Thu, Dec, 24, Roxx Hunter Live 6:00 PM Canada Games Centre Fall Schedule. Tony’s Pizza Roxx Hunter and Izaak Lazeo- Association: Coffee Discussion Group Fri, Dec, 18, Indoor/Outdoor Art 9:30 AM Emergency Measures Organization Exploration After School Program 3:00 Fairman playing acoustic guitar music YARA’s breakfast at the A&W. Casual event. covering almost every style and genre. PM Heart Of Riverdale Hams from outside the Yukon often join. Thu, Dec, 24, Fiddler On The Loose Fri, Dec, 18, Teen Drop In 6:00 PM Heart Of Sun, Dec, 20, Mini Hand Games Joe Loutchan live 7:00 PM 98 Hotel Riverdale Tournament 10:00 AM Nakwataku Potlatch Sat, Dec, 19, WInter Indoor Target Longest running house band in the Yukon Traditional fiddle music and more - jigging is House Whitehorse 14 Nations Hand Game Tournament 9:00 AM Takhini Elementary Society invites everyone to our Mini Hand encouraged and limericks are the norm. School 668-2840 Open to all ages, all FITA Games Tournament Thu, Dec, 24, Ginger Jam 9:00 PM Yukon equipment categories. $10 adults - $5 youth Inn fully electric jam with a PA system, drum For registration information call Tyler Smith

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kit and guitars provided, and encourages the wearing of silly hats Thu, Dec, 24, Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon

General Events

Live Music

Kids & Family

Sat, Dec, 19, Free Family Drop In Upstairs 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Sat, Dec, 19, Family Literacy Centre: Family Free Play Drop-In 10:00 AM Canada Games Centre Fall Schedule. Sat, Dec, 19, Saturday Ball Pit Family Drop In 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Sat, Dec, 19, Christmas Workshops in Santas Studio 1:00 PM Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Nicole Bauberger will be hosting stab-bound notebook making. Ideal stocking stuffers for the artist or writer in your life. Sun, Dec, 20 – Jan, 3, CLOSED Heart Of Riverdale Sun, Dec, 20, Mammoth Movie Extravaganza and Crafts 12:00 PM Beringia Centre 8676678855 Mon, Dec, 21, Northern Lights Judo Club: Kids Practise 5:15 PM École ÉmilieTremblay Kids practise - 5 - 11yrs Mon, Dec, 21, GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 PM Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: tjbowlby@gmail.com Mon, Dec, 21, Night at the (Beringia Centre) Museum - Movie Night 6:30 PM Beringia Centre 8676678855 Night at the Museum –Secret of the Tomb. Door open at 6:30, Showtime: 7pm. A movie about museum exhibits that come to life at night – what better way to watch this movie than at a museum on the longest night of the year! Mon, Dec, 21, Northern Lights Judo Club: Adult Practise 6:30 PM École ÉmilieTremblay Tue, Dec, 22, Kids Kreate: Winterval 1:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre This family event is designed for kids and adults alike to get messy, have fun, and learn about art! Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty! Tue, Dec, 22, Girls Group 5:00 PM Heart Of Riverdale Wed, Dec, 23, FREE Activity Night 5:30 PM Whitehorse Elementary Bring your child and have fun with many different activities happening every week! Thu, Dec, 24, Northern Lights Judo Club: Kids Practise 5:15 PM École ÉmilieTremblay Kids practise - 5 - 11yrs Thu, Dec, 24, Northern Lights Judo Club: Adult Practise 6:30 PM École ÉmilieTremblay

Meetings & Workshops

Thu, Dec, 17, Fear of Public Speaking? Sun Dogs Toastmasters 12:00 PM Sport Yukon Fear of Public Speaking. Sundogs Toastmasters is a member supportive club that will help you improve public speaking, communication, and leadership skills. 2048807245 Sat, Dec, 19, Christmas Workshops in Santa’s Studio 1:00 PM Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Nicole Bauberger will be hosting stab-bound notebook making. Ideal stocking stuffers for the artist or writer in your life. Sat, Dec, 19, PFLAG Meeting 7:00 PM Yukon College Support for those struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity in themselves or someone they know. Everyone welcome

Sun, Dec, 20, Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 PM Arts Underground Non-instructed open studio. Participants are welcome to use the studio’s tools and equipment; clay and some tools are available for purchase. Every Sunday except long weekends. $5/hour. Tue, Dec, 22, Amnesty International Writing Circle 7:00 PM Whitehorse United Church Writing letters to support and protect human rights worldwide. 667-2389 Tue, Dec, 22, YuKonstruct Weekly Open House 7:00 PM YuKonstruct Makerspace Tour YuKonstruct, see some projects in action, and meet some fellow makers Mon, Nov, 23, Living Life to the Full 12:00 AM Horwoods Mall FEEL GOOD!! Sign up for: ‘Living Life to the Full’ Jan 4-Feb 22 Noon-1:30 pm Horwoods Mall Facilitator: Juliette AnglehartZedda 867 668 2259 Thu, Dec, 24, Legion General Meetings 6:00 PM Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802

Alcoholics Anonymous

Wednesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Porter Creek Step meeting (CM) 8:00 PM Our Lady of Victory No Puffin (CM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St., Big Book Study Thursday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Polar Group (OM) 7:30 PM Seventh Day Adventists Church (PC) Friday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Yukon Unity Group Meeting 1:30 PM #4 Hospital Road Whitehorse Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Saturday Detox Meeting (OM, NS) 1:00 PM DETOX Bldg 6118-6th Women’s Meeting (CM, NS) 2:30 PM Whitehorse General Hospital (across from emergency) Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (OM, NS) 7:00 PM Hospital boardroom Sunday Sunshine Group (OM, NS) 1:00 PM DETOX Bldg 6118-6th Light of Hope Meeting (OM) 4:00PM Salvation Army - side door Marble Group (OM, NS) 7:00 PM Hospital boardroom Monday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. New Beginnings Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Tuesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Ugly Duckling Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Juste Pour Aujourd’hui (OM, NS) 7:00 PM 4141B 4th Ave.

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Fun, Fast, Sloppy Food Big Bear Donair is now open at the corner of 4th Ave. and Alexander St.

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o, this is why it took so long for Big Bear Donair to open its doors. Travis Milos beams with pride as he gives me a moment to survey the completely transformed space at the corner of 4th Avenue and Alexander Street. The wall on the right is filled with artwork that looks like a cross-section of a woodpile. One of the staff stops mopping the floor to point out, “That was all Travis.” Then there are the tabletops that are slices of a log. Each a work of art. Where did you get those? “I cut down the tree and dragged it off a mountain near Haines,” says Milos matter of factly. Then there are the many clever surprises throughout that make this a profoundly comfortable restaurant. Chelsea Wensel walks over, holding their three-month son, Cade. I try to congratulate her for this four-and-a-half-month effort that the two co-owners had finally finished so spectacularly. “No, no,” she says. “It was all him.” Milos says he did take two days off for the birth of their son. “But the boys kept working,” he says with a tired, but bright, grin. From the front entrance off the parking lot facing 4th Avenue, beside the Salvation Army Church, the short hallway ends at the order counter that is lined with tubs of fresh vegetables and sauces and condiments. Behind the server, there are three spits of seasoned meat, ready to be shaved and prepared for the beef donairs and chicken shawarmas that are the staple of this newest restaurant in Whitehorse. “They are fun, they are good and people like them,” says Milos of their decision to open a donair shop. “Fun, fast, sloppy food that

you throw in the belly ... just grab and go. “There’s a bunch of meat in there and tons of healthy stuff.” This touches off a debate about whether or not they can advertise the donairs and shawarmas as “healthy food” or “semi-healthy food.” There is some grease from the meat, but ... “We know exactly what is in there,” says one of the cooks, ending the debate, as he adds yet another ingredient to an eclectic sauce in a mixing bowl. “So, it is healthy.” There is also a vegetarian falafel. As for the meat, it is ground beef or chicken that is spiced in accordance with thousands of years of trial and error in the Middle East. Donairs made it to Canada via Halifax, where it was dripped with a sweet, garlicky sauce for that now-famous “East Coast Style.” Open at 11 a.m. each day, Milos and Wensel hope to have a bracing lunch business. There is lots of parking out front and, being far enough away from Main Street, there is free parking on the streets, too. “But we have to be fast,” says Milos. How fast? “Good and fast,” he answers. Located halfway between the city’s two movie theatres, they hope to have a late-night business, too, as they remain open until midnight. “And, hopefully, by staying open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, we can serve the after-bar crowd,” says Milos. But this is only one part of the business: there is also an off-sales outlet that is accessed from Alexander Street. This space has a totally different feel as dark woods backed by a faux rock wall and topped by a faux copper ceiling, is lit up by

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Travis Milos and Chelsea Wensel, with their three-month son, Cade, have opened Big Bear Donair at the corner of 4th Avenue and Alexander Street coloured LEDs. They are offering the usual national and Yukon Brewing brands along with an ever-changing selection of craft beers and wines and spirits. “People will have to keep coming in to see what is new,” says Milos. Darrell Hookey is a freelance writer in Whitehorse.

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First Cut Gin is Here! T here’s a new gin in town, just in time for the holiday season. Yukon Spirits, the hardcore younger sister of Yukon Brewing, has recently released the latest addition to its “Concepts” line: First Cut Gin. Why First Cut? Because this is the first of many experiments to come, as brewmeister Alan Hanson continues to tinker with the botanicals that will complement the gin’s core flavours of juniper and coriander. Yukon Spirits, like Yukon Brewing, is committed to highlighting local flavours, so Hanson’s first step was to gather juniper berries from near the border of Kluane National Park in Haines Junction. Hanson soon discovered that Yukon juniper has a strong and distinct flavour, so he had to round it out with mellower berries imported from Bulgaria. Hanson is not a gin drinker, himself. But he became a gin taster; sampling different brands to see what direction he might like to go with his own gin — towards citrus? Or spice? “The gins I tasted were kind of all over the map, so it was hard to choose a direction,” he says. “That’s really what this first run was about, trying to get used to the base ingredients of coriander and juniper, just trying to get the levels right.” He spent many hours in the lab, working with small amounts of spirit and botanicals, until he was happy with that core flavour. Only then did he introduce the other botanicals, which will remain a secret for the time being. Now that Hanson has the base recipe sorted out, he’s excited about experimenting, adding some additional northern flavours into the mix. “I’m really excited about using some of the trees — the buds and the bark — I think those things could be really interesting,” he says. But for now, he’s happy with this gin. In fact, he likes it.

“I really like it, actually.” He thinks he may even become a gin drinker. “When we were first tasting this gin to evaluate it, every sip I had, I kind of went ‘Oh, I could have a little bit more’ and I kept sipping away at the glass in front of me. I found it quite intriguing.” I, too, find it quite intriguing. It’s always nice to love a new local product, and for me this one falls well within that category. I did a taste comparison with the two other gins I have in the house at the moment — Bombay Sapphire and The Botanist (distilled on the island of Islay, with 18 native botanicals) — and found First Cut Gin a worthy contender, more juniper-forward than the others, and closest in flavour profile to The Botanist, as though the diamond-in-the rough younger son emigrated from Scotland to the Yukon and starting learning a thing or two. Hanson and I agree, there is a softness on the palate to this gin. So, Hanson the former-butnow-reforming-non-gin-drinker and Jasmine Sangria, the marketing expert at Yukon Brewing and Yukon Spirits, who is an unrepentant gin drinker, have pretty much the same advice on how to imbibe First Cut Gin. “I drink 98 per cent of my spirits straight, in a glass,” Hanson says. “I will drink my gin sitting at home, maybe with an ice cube but probably not, given that it’s cold enough outside already.” Sangria says have a dry martini, with lemon, so you can really taste the gin. That’s the route I took, and discovered, once again, that I’m really not a dry martini drinker. I like a vermouth-y martini. I’ve also learned to drink a martini so cold it’s “hallucinogenic” as my martini-loving friend in Toronto says. I know you’re not supposed to do this, but for the purpose of research I made this vermouth martini (stirred not shaken) and

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The Hallucinogenic Martini 2 oz. Yukon Spirits Concepts First Cut Gin, ice cold ½ oz. Martini Dry Vermouth Twist of lemon Chill gin in the freezer overnight. Chill a martini glass and shaker in the freezer for at least an hour. Combine gin and vermouth over ice in a shaker, stir, and pour into the chilled glass. Rim the glass with the twist, squeeze it over top of the drink and then drop it in. Sip slowly by candlelight.

drank it all by myself (sipped not gulped). It was a great way to start the season. My advice? Get two bottles. It’s going to go fast. Miche Genest is a Whitehorsebased chef and writer. She is somewhat of a gardener. Contact her via editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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oil, butter, and oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel, salmon, and herring. There are a number of supplements available for Vitamin D. While a supplement may be needed to counter deficiency in the long dark months of winter, exercise some caution and common sense. As a fat-soluble vitamin, toxicity is possible from overdosing and can result in diarrhea, excessive thirst, nausea, weakness, and headaches. Long-term ingestion of excessive doses can also cause problems with the calcification and hardening of tissues. Having your Vitamin D levels tested annually can help determine your needs and the efficacy of your chosen approach to counter deficiency. With populations in Canada aging, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are expected to rise. Understanding that there may be a link with Vitamin D deficiency offers a risk factor that doctors and aging populations can manage. While more research is needed, the studies to date offer a solid starting point. Selene Vakharia is a Registered Holistic Nutritional (RHN) consultant, freelance writer and whole foods cook who loves showing people how easy, fun and delicious being healthy can be. Contact her with your nutrition questions and concerns via editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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Holiday

Gift Guide A s we enter the holiday season where advertising, social media, and storefronts are shouting at us about all the things there are to buy, one might wonder whether all this shopping will lead to anyone’s happiness. Researchers out of Cornell University had a similar thought. Thomas Gilovich and Amit Kumar published their research in the paper called “We’ll

Always Have Paris: The Hedonic Payoff from Experiential and Material Investments.” They discovered the answer to the question is a simple and resounding “no.” While in the beginning experiences and things may provide equal satisfaction, over time while that satisfaction decreased for things, it actually increased for experiences. The researchers reasoned

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that experiences became a part of a person and make up their whole. Stuff, on the other hand, was just stuff. While some might identify with their things, it’s never in a truly authentic or meaningful way. In celebration of gifts that keep on giving, we have put together a guide to local experiences that are perfect for all the types of people in your life.

For the Artist What better gift to give an artist than a chance for them to develop their art or explore a new creative direction. Arts Underground is offering beginner and intermediate ceramics classes for the New Year. For $325, you can give the gift of a 7-week course. The City of Whitehorse also has a variety of classes that will help your giftee tap into their creative side. From printmaking for adults to homemade bath and body products for parents and their kids, there is something for every artist.

For the artist on your list a ceramics class is a great way to be creative PHOTO: Courtesy of Arts Underground

For the Culture Lover With two arts and culture festivals kicking off 2016, a gift of a show is a great way to celebrate culture and the ones you love. Gift a fivefilm pass to the Available Light Film Festival that can be redeemed for tickets to any five films at the festival. For $55 film lovers can take in documentaries, comedies, and dramas from local and Western Canadian film producers. The Pivot Theatre Festival will be taking place in January with an action-packed week of performances. Go for dinner and a show and give the gift of live theatre that will be remembered by both of you forever. Presold tickets range in prices from $15-$35.

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For the Outdoor Adventurer Arrange an outdoor activity for you and your loved one to combine nature, exercise, and fun. For those in your life who want to try something new, but are scared, a lesson for two for cross country skiing can be a great way to ease them into it. For those who enjoy flying down the slopes at Mt. Sima, take them for a day on you. With a little planning – and a backpack with snacks and hot chocolate – a simple day of skiing, hiking, or skating can turn into a gift of a wonderful shared adventure.

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The New Year is a time when many are trying to be and feel healthy. Help your loved ones along by gifting them a course in yoga, pilates or mindful meditation. Since it’s much more fun to get healthy together, find a class you will both enjoy and gift it to each other. The Studio in Granger offers progressive courses starting at $80 that are an average of five to seven weeks long – the perfect amount of time to commit to a new practice. Yoga with Erica offers a variety of yoga courses and workshops in the calming space above Alpine Bakery. Most of Give the gift of a stress-free New Year the courses are six weeks long and $72. PHOTO: Courtesy of Yoga with Erica Erica offers yoga for all levels based on the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions. Sharing experiences is a surefire way to connect with those you love and become inextricable part of the story of their life. This holiday season consider giving an experience that you can enjoy together with your friends and family.

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ushing season has begun. While waiting for the Yukon Quest or the Iditarod, here are some suggestions for armchair mushers.

time training the dogs. Williams says he mushes for his brothers. “When the cold wind blows on the long and lonely trail, Mike is never alone. His brothers are softly calling from the shadows, from the clouds, from the mist, from the night,” Lew Freedman writes in the book. Williams competed in the Iditarod 15 times and on one occasion he was the only Yu’pik musher. In his sled with him he carried pages of signatures of people who had pledged sobriety. To Williams, mushing is not as much about racing as it is keeping this important part of Inuit culture alive that dates back 10,000 years.

Racing Toward Recovery by Mike Williams and Lew Freedman

With the help of author Lew Freedman, Iditarod musher Mike Williams tells the story of his life in this book. He is Yup’ik Inuit from Akiak, Alaska and grew up the traditional way; fishing and hunting. His family always had dogs and he trained them with his brothers. Six of his brothers died because of alcohol influenced incidents. By that time Williams worked as a counselor, but he felt like he couldn’t take all the grieving. Williams was drinking, too, but he never thought of it as a problem. He started drinking in the army, when he was in the Korean War. He didn’t see his drinking as alcohol abuse; he drank to numb his grief. It was his wife Maggie who set him an ultimatum: the family or the bottle. Williams decided to stop drinking and he describes the struggle to become sober. It helped him to put time and energy into mushing dogs. He started long-distance mushing and spent a lot of his

As he got closer to his wrestling goal he became the highest ranked freshman in the United States for Olympic Wrestling. However, he started to suffer from concussions and injuries. Eventually his injuries forced him out of wrestling competitions. Even though he had to give up the dream of becoming an Olympic wrestler, the training helped him later while preparing for the Iditarod. His message is that becoming a champion is all about mindset. Seavey developed a faster routine by videotaping himself. He improved his camping routine, in order to save time. He figured that he had his youth going for him; he didn’t need much sleep and developed a short run and short rest schedule. He always sticks to the plan and thinks positive. This is a book not only about mushing it is a book for everyone who wants to become a champion in something.

City in the 1970s with a woman he barely knew and minimal experience in racing dogs. “You live in the Yukon for a few years and now you think you can merrily recreate a long-abandoned trek to Dawson City with a pack of borrowed sled dogs and a Whitehorse barmaid?” he writes during a moment of doubt. The story is entertaining and portrays life in the North with all its aspects from the enthusiastic Yukon summer to Jack London-like adventures. He also writes about

his lifestyle as a hippie in the 1970s when he came to the Yukon to avoid getting an office job. He writes about Yukon characters and the way he lived. The book holds three more Yukon stories including the tale of a Mad Trapper in Old Crow and a love letter to his dog. Elke Reinauer is a writer based in Germany with strong ties to the Yukon. Please email comments about her articles to editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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From left, Shauna Jones, Bernie Phillips, Annie Avery and Grant Simpson are very excited about Furlesque: A Northern Cabaret

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The variety show will feature, among other things, belly dancing, old-style song and dance numbers, burlesque, gymnastics, actors, musicians and comedians. Each evening will feature a special guest spot, which changes nightly.

Local artist Misha Donohoe will also be attending the event and “live-painting” it as it happens. “There is nothing more exciting than creating art in front of a live audience,” says Donohoe. “You never know what you are going to get… it will be interesting to see how it affects my creative process.” Donohoe says the paintings will be for sale after the show. All acts and performers are local, says Furlesque creator and organizer Grant Simpson. Simpson, who produces the Frantic Follies during the summer months, says Furlesque came out of a desire from the community. “I thought I would try it because I had so many people asking me for a winter show,” he says. Simpson stresses that Furlesque is for adults only and different and separate from Frantic Follies, which is family-oriented. The event is 19+ and licensed. There will be a cash bar, which is going to be run as a fundraiser for and by the Sourdough Rendezvous Society. The show runs Thursday, Dec. 17 through Saturday, Dec. 19 at the old 867 Club at the Days Inn. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at Deans Strings, at the Days Inn front desk, or at www.BrownPaperTickets. com. Lori Garrison is the editor of What’s Up Yukon. Questions or comments about her stories can be sent to editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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Beaver Creek Sat, Dec, 19, Women’s Yoga 9:00 AM Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Sat, Dec, 19, Volleyball 8:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club Mon, Dec, 21, Tot Time 9:30 AM Nelnah Bessie John School Tue, Dec, 22, Women’s Yoga 7:00 PM Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Tue, Dec, 22, Volleyball 8:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club

Carcross Thu, Dec, 17, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 8673993321 Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members Thu, Dec, 17, Sewing Group 6:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Thu, Dec, 17, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Sun, Dec, 20, St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 AM St. Saviours Church 867-668-3129 Tue, Dec, 22, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 8673993321 Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members Tue, Dec, 22, Tlingit Language classes 5:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Tue, Dec, 22, Sports Night 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Dec, 22, Women’s Group 7:00 PM Carcross Community Campus 821-4251 Wed, Dec, 23, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 821-4251 For more info:kathleen.cranfield@ctfn.ca Wed, Dec, 23, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Dec, 23, Sewing Group 6:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Thu, Dec, 24, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 8673993321 Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members Thu, Dec, 24, Sewing Group 6:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Thu, Dec, 24, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator

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Faro Thu, Dec, 17, Seniors Carpet Bowling 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Sun, Dec, 20, Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 AM Church of Apostles

Thu, Dec, 17, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 AM Mun Ku Thu, Dec, 17, Adult Soccer 7:30 PM St. Elias Community School Sun, Dec, 20, St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Christopher’s Church 867-634-2360 Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere Mon, Dec, 21, Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Dec, 22, Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Dec, 22, Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 PM Takhini Hall Wed, Dec, 23, Kindermusik 10:30 AM St Elias Convention Centre geared towards children ages 2-3 accompanied by an adult. Any preschool child is welcome to attend (0-5) Thu, Dec, 24, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 AM Mun Ku Thu, Dec, 24, Skate With Santa 12:00 PM Haines Junction Community Centre Thu, Dec, 24, Adult Soccer 7:30 PM St. Elias Community School

Marsh Lake Sun, Dec, 20, Badminton Drop-in 11:30 AM Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 All welcome Tue, Dec, 22, North of 60 Cafe 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Are you retired? Have some time? Marsh Lake seniors socialize, play cards, have coffee, tea and home made goodies. C’mon down! Tue, Dec, 22, Marsh Lake Tot Program 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre

Mayo Sun, Dec, 20, St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 AM St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Tue, Dec, 22, Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 PM Yukon College Mayo Campus

Mount Lorne Thu, Dec, 17, Playgroup for parents 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Agnes 667-7083 Fri, Dec, 18, Learning Lions - Homeschoolers Get Together 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Agnes 667-7083 Wed, Dec, 23, Kids Craft time 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Thu, Dec, 24, Playgroup for parents 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Agnes 667-7083

Old Crow Thu, Dec, 17, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Sun, Dec, 20, St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 AM St. Lukes Church 867-993-5381 Thu, Dec, 24, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center

Tagish Thu, Dec, 17, Intermediate / Advanced Osteofit: Tagish 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Thu, Dec, 17, Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Thu, Dec, 17, Catch Kids Club: Tagish 4:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Fri, Dec, 18, Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Sat, Dec, 19, Beginners Yoga: Tagish 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre With instructor Lee Randell. Sat, Dec, 19, Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Sat, Dec, 19, Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Sat, Dec, 19, Outdoor Sports Activities: Tagish 1:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Soccer, baseball, field hockey etc Sun, Dec, 20, Pancake Breakfast with Sunday Morning Trivia: Tagish 9:30 AM Tagish Community Centre 399-3407 Third Sunday of every month. September 20th - Trivia Theme is “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?’ Tue, Dec, 22, Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Tue, Dec, 22, Nordic Walking: Tagish 1:30 PM Tagish Community Centre Call 399-3407 for more info. Tue, Dec, 22, Stayfit: Tagish 6:00 PM Tagish Community Centre

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Wed, Dec, 23, Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Dec, 23, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Thu, Dec, 24, Intermediate / Advanced Osteofit: Tagish 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Thu, Dec, 24, Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Thu, Dec, 24, Catch Kids Club: Tagish 4:00 PM Tagish Community Centre

Teslin Thu, Dec, 17, Public Skate 12:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Thu, Dec, 17, TMHA Youth Hockey (Ages 4-17) 6:30 PM Teslin Rec Center Fri, Dec, 18, Public Skate 7:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Sun, Dec, 20, Catholic Mass/Communion Service at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission 10:30 AM Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission Sun, Dec, 20, Public Family Skate 2:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Sun, Dec, 20, Carpet Bowling (ages 55+) 2:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Mon, Dec, 21, TMHA Youth Hockey (Ages 4-17) 6:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Mon, Dec, 21, Adult Badminton 7:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Tue, Dec, 22, Stay ‘N Play Babies Social 10:00 AM Teslin Rec Center Tue, Dec, 22, Public Skate 12:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Wed, Dec, 23, Golden Age Social (Ages 55+) 10:00 AM Teslin Rec Center Wed, Dec, 23, Public Skate 12:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Thu, Dec, 24, Public Skate 12:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Thu, Dec, 24, TMHA Youth Hockey (Ages 4-17) 6:30 PM Teslin Rec Center

Watson Lake Thu, Dec, 17, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Dec, 17, Girls Night Youth group 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sun, Dec, 20, St. John’s Church Service 10:00 AM St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Sun, Dec, 20, Liard Evangelical Free Church Service 10:00 AM The Little Brown Log Church Sunday morning services, then fellowship time with coffee after the service Very friendly! Mon, Dec, 21, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Dec, 24, Ladies Time Out Breakfast 8:30 AM Dragon’s Den Hotel Cynthia Armstrong 536-7239 Thu, Dec, 24, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Dec, 24, Girls Night Youth group 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre

Haines, Alaska DAILY Haines Public Library Open 10:00 AM Haines Borough Public Library Mondays - Saturdays Everyone Welcome Swim 11:00:00 AM & 5:00 PM Haines Community Centre Thu, Dec, 17, Morning Muscles 6:00 AM Haines Community Centre Thu, Dec, 17, Vinyasa Yoga 5:30 PM Haines Community Centre Thu, Dec, 17, Ad Hoc Committee Minor Offenses-5:30PM 6:30 PM Haines Borough Alaska Sat, Jan, 30, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine: Haines, AK 12:00 AM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Fri, Dec, 18, Earlybird Lap Swim 6:30 AM Haines Community Centre Fri, Dec, 18, Men’s Bible Study 7:00 AM Haines Presbyterian Church Fri, Dec, 18, Water Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Community Centre Fri, Dec, 18, Totem Pole Carving 10:00 AM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre with Master Carver, Jim Heaton Fri, Dec, 18, Women’s Bible Study 10:30 AM Haines Presbyterian Church Fri, Dec, 18, Story time 11:00 AM Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Dec, 18, Yoga w/Mandy 12:00 PM Haines Community Centre Fri, Dec, 18, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 6:00 PM Haines Community Centre

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Sat, Dec, 19, Zumba Toning 10:00 AM Haines Community Centre Sat, Dec, 19, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 6:00 PM Haines Community Centre Mon, Dec, 21, Earlybird Lap Swim 6:30 AM Haines Community Centre Mon, Dec, 21, Water Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Community Centre Mon, Dec, 21, Totem Pole Carving 10:00 AM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre with Master Carver, Jim Heaton Mon, Dec, 21, Mother Goose Stories and Songs 11:00 AM Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Dec, 21, Senior Exercise Class 11:15 AM Haines Community Centre Mon, Dec, 21, Cardio/strength training circuit 5:30 PM Haines Community Centre Mon, Dec, 21, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 6:00 PM Haines Community Centre Tue, Dec, 22, Morning Muscles 6:00 AM Haines Community Centre Tue, Dec, 22, Senior Swim 10:00 AM Haines Community Centre Tue, Dec, 22, Haines Women’s Fellowship 3:00 PM Haines Senior Center Tue, Dec, 22, Vinyasa Yoga 5:30 PM Haines Community Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Earlybird Lap Swim 6:30 AM Haines Community Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Water Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Community Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Totem Pole Carving 10:00 AM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre with Master Carver, Jim Heaton Wed, Dec, 23, Senior Exercise Class 11:15 AM Haines Community Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 PM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Guys Yoga 5:00 PM Haines Community Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 6:00 PM Haines Community Centre Thu, Dec, 24, Morning Muscles 6:00 AM Haines Community Centre Thu, Dec, 24, Vinyasa Yoga 5:30 PM Haines Community Centre

Skagway, Alaska Thu, Dec, 17, Stick and Mat Pilates w/ Katherine 8:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 17, Mom/Dad & Me: Skagway 9:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Toddler Time Thu, Dec, 17, Senior Weights w/Jennifer/ Katherine/Rain 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Thu, Dec, 17, Playgroup: Skagway 5:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Onsite babysitting. $2 per hour (min. 1 hour) / $1.50 per half hour. Thu, Dec, 17, Restorative Yoga: w/ Jeanne 5:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 17, Spinning w/ Emily 5:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 17, Basketball For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Dec, 18, SpinFLEX w/ Katherine AL 8:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Dec, 18, SpinYoga w/Katherine 8:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Must set up yoga equipment in Group Fitness Room prior to class start time! Fri, Dec, 18, Mom/Dad & Me: Skagway 9:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Toddler Time Fri, Dec, 18, Vinyasa Flow level 2 w/Katherine 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Dec, 18, Playgroup: Skagway 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Onsite babysitting. $2 per hour (min. 1 hour) / $1.50 per half hour. Fri, Dec, 18, SpinYoga w/Courtney 4:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Must set up yoga equipment in Group Fitness Room prior to class start time! Fri, Dec, 18, Volleyball For Adults 5:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Dec, 19, Spinning w/ Cindy 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Dec, 19, Senior Weights w/Jennifer/ Katherine/Rain 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Sat, Dec, 19, Yuletide Ball 2015 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre 907 983-2679 The theme this year is ‘The Roaring 20’s!’ From dancing to shopping or just enjoying the Christmas cheer, Yuletide is a fun time for locals and visitors alike.

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Sun, Dec, 20, Gentle Yoga: All Levels w/ Jeanne 3:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sun, Dec, 20, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 5:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Sun, Dec, 20, Hatha Flow: Level 1 & 2 w/ AJ 5:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Dec, 21, SpinFLEX w/ Katherine AL 8:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Dec, 21, Mom/Dad & Me: Skagway 9:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Toddler Time Mon, Dec, 21, Restorative Yoga: w/ Katherine AL 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Dec, 21, Playgroup: Skagway 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Onsite babysitting. $2 per hour (min. 1 hour) / $1.50 per half hour. Mon, Dec, 21, TRX Suspension Training w/ Abby 4:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Mon, Dec, 21, Spinning w/ Cindy 4:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Dec, 21, Hatha Flow: Level 1 & 2 w/ Courtney 5:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Dec, 21, Playgroup: Skagway 5:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Onsite babysitting. $2 per hour (min. 1 hour) / $1.50 per half hour. Mon, Dec, 21, Soccer For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Dec, 22, Chair and Mat Pilates w/ Katherine 8:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Dec, 22, Mom/Dad & Me: Skagway 9:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Toddler Time Tue, Dec, 22, Senior Weights w/Jennifer/ Katherine/Rain 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Tue, Dec, 22, Playgroup: Skagway 5:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Onsite babysitting. $2 per hour (min. 1 hour) / $1.50 per half hour. Tue, Dec, 22, Basketball For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Dec, 23, SpinFLEX w/ Katherine AL 8:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Mom/Dad & Me: Skagway 9:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Toddler Time Wed, Dec, 23, Back/Hip Yoga: All Levels w/ Katherine 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Playgroup: Skagway 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Onsite babysitting. $2 per hour (min. 1 hour) / $1.50 per half hour. Wed, Dec, 23, TRX Suspension Training w/ Abby 4:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Wed, Dec, 23, Spinning w/ Cindy 4:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Playgroup: Skagway 5:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Onsite babysitting. $2 per hour (min. 1 hour) / $1.50 per half hour. Wed, Dec, 23, Hatha Flow: Level 1 & 2 w/ Jeanne 5:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Climbing Instruction For Belay Certification Class - Signup Required 6:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 6:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Wed, Dec, 23, Belay Check For Certification Signup Required 7:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 24, Stick and Mat Pilates w/ Katherine 8:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 24, Mom/Dad & Me: Skagway 9:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Toddler Time Thu, Dec, 24, Senior Weights w/Jennifer/ Katherine/Rain 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Thu, Dec, 24, Playgroup: Skagway 5:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Onsite babysitting. $2 per hour (min. 1 hour) / $1.50 per half hour. Thu, Dec, 24, Restorative Yoga: w/ Jeanne 5:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 24, Spinning w/ Emily 5:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 24, Basketball For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre

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This is Not the Yukon: Life in Southern Ontario with Joslyn Kilborn

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have always loved Christmas. First of all, cookies. Secondly, hot chocolate. Then there is digging the decorations out of the basement, putting the stockings on your feet and a pointy red hat on your head so you can be an elf while you dance to Christmas music and decorate the tree. There’s writing the letter to Santa – which some years might ask if the old man can make like the Easter Bunny and hide your presents around the house for you. There’s the Christmas Eve service at the church in which you act as a shepherd, or an angel, or perhaps King Herod. Then you of course watch your mom’s favourite, It’s a Wonderful Life, after you’ve finished last-minute wrapping all your gifts. Of course, as you get older, the wrapping becomes more and more last minute, and you’re often still hiding in your bedroom between tubes of red and green paper until well beyond the movie’s end. You stop asking Santa to hide your presents, and start asking if you can eat the cookies your younger siblings have left out for him. You come home from work one day in December to find the

Too many grapefruit Christmas tree already set up. Your parents switch churches, to a more modern one that doesn’t act out the birth of Jesus. At some point you get a boyfriend and start spending the day before Christmas with his family. Finally, by the time you’re 26, Christmas Eve finds you drinking red wine with your sister in the guest bedroom while watching What About Bob.

But as all the old traditions fade from practice, a single ritual remains. At some point during the handful of days my family spends together over the holidays, my father will put his camera on a tripod, spend a while setting up flash umbrellas and adjusting the exposure, and then we will all gather around the Christmas tree with various props and costumes and take photos of ourselves.

For most of my life this involved a bargain: we would get to take silly photos only after we had secured one where everyone was facing the camera with their eyes open and a smile on their face. This was always an incredible struggle. My dad, the artist, would never smile. My 10-yearsjuniour brother wouldn’t be able to resist contorting his facial fea-

tures. Someone always needed to blink. When my dad got Facebook he started posting each year’s Christmas photos, a mixed sample of successful smiling shots and offkilter goofy ones. Each year our friends and acquaintances and coworkers would comment on the funniest ones. Some told us that each Christmas they waited to see what we would produce. Our photos gained a reputation among the highest ranks of the family Christmas photos shared in our online worlds. At some point, my dad stopped posting the nice photos. And for the past few Christmases, we’ve entirely skipped even taking any, jumping right into our increasingly creative attempts to take stage photoshoots that will make our friends laugh. Our Christmas mythology has evolved into something that represents who we are as a family, how we like to spend our time together. We are the Kilborns. And we know what that means. Joslyn Kilborn is hilarious. She is currently on a Yukon-hiatus with her family in Ontario. Questions about her stories can be sent to editor@whatsupyukon.com.


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Sips and Stogies with Angela Szymczuk

What’s Up Yukon’s editorial staff reminds you that tobacco can be harmful in all its forms.

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have read A Christmas Carol many times, but I can’t seem to recall is if Ebenezer Scrooge smoked a cigar or a pipe, or even smoked at all. Perhaps Mr. Scrooge (prior to his ghostly visits) would have been too penny pinching to splurge on a box of nice stogies for himself. And after his epiphany, he probably would have given the money he would spend on cigars to charity. I realize cigars are not the point in Charles Dickens classic Christmas tale. However, the General Cigar Company, based in Nicaragua, seems to think cigars would have suited Mr. Scrooge quite well. So well in fact that they released a holiday cigar under the brand CAO called Stingy Scrooge. There is even some rather detailed artwork to go with the cigar. The label, which is about 4 inches wide, features a portrait of Mr. Scrooge with a scowl on his face and a cigar in his mouth, with a snow covered village in the background. I dare say, Charles Dickens could have even used this drawing as the cover for his popular novel. Once you get past admiring the large label, it’s time to light up. Since the label takes up 2 thirds of the cigar, I would suggest removing it before you start. You don’t want to accidentally start smoking paper with your cigar. To go with this cigar, I’m having a Christmas classic: eggnog with rum. I start the cigar. There is a very strong pepper spice to start. This is followed by a medium cinnamon and clove taste. The egg nog goes nicely, the sweetness of the drink balances the solid spice flavour from the cigar. There are five different tobaccos used in this cigar. The wrapper is a Connecticut Habano. For the filler tobacco, there are leaves from Brazil, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. There are no rules as to how many different tobaccos can be used in a cigar. I usually find the

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Mr. Scrooge may have been a miser, but this CAO cigar has a lively spice taste and aroma more variety used, the more spice taste you get. In the case of CAO, it feels like there is a Christmas bake-a-thon taking place on my tongue. The Stingy Scrooge is definitely trying to capture the essence of Christmas spice. Personally, this cigar is not my style due to the continuous spice taste. Also, the flavour palate does not shift from one distinct flavour to another. Stingy Scrooge stays constant – aside from the blast of pepper in the beginning. I would say that this cigar would be nice at a social Christmas gathering, where you smoke it just for show because you are not too concerned with savouring taste. If you are looking for a very good cigar to truly enjoy on Christmas morning with a cup of coffee and a nice view of snow capped

mountains look elsewhere.The Partagas Black Label would be my suggestion due it’s prominent coffee/chocolate/butter/ cedar pine flavour wheel. However, going back to CAO, their holiday cigars are a tradition. Every year they release two kinds. Last year was Nasty Nutcracker and Rabid Reindeer. This year, pairing up with Stingy Scrooge, is Wicked Winter, which will be the topic of January’s Sips and Stogies. For the time being, if you happen to come across a Stingy Scrooge, it’s worth a try. The aroma is nice, and the label will make for some good conversation. Angela Szymczuk is a Whitehorse-based writer. Please send comments about her articles to editor@ whatsupyukon.com.

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The Yukon government has eliminated a five percent surtax on taxes above $6,000. This change simplifies and improves the transparency of the tax system. It also means 2,100 Yukoners will have more money back in their pockets because of this change.

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Active Interest LISTINGS Thu, Dec, 17 RCMP- Tactical Training 8:00 AM Whitehorse Rifle Pistol Club Thu, Dec, 17 Tai Chi Yukon: Seniors 55+ Practice 103 Movement Form 10:00 AM Golden Age Society Thu, Dec, 17 WCC Practice Ice Times: Whitehorse Curling Club 11:30 AM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 17 Pursuit & Velocity practice 4:30 PM Biathlon Range Thu, Dec, 17 Northern Lights Judo Club: Kids Practise 5:15 PM École ÉmilieTremblay Kids practise - 5 - 11yrs Thu, Dec, 17 Snowshoe Series 6:00 PM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre 6335671 Thu, Dec, 17 Savaté (French Kick Boxing) 6:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo 3354500 Thu, Dec, 17 Northern Lights Judo Club: Adult Practise 6:30 PM École ÉmilieTremblay Fri, Dec, 18 RCMP- Tactical Training 8:00 AM Whitehorse Rifle Pistol Club Fri, Dec, 18 Hand to Hand - Level 1 (lunch class) with Gael 11:30 AM Aikido Yukon Dojo Fri, Dec, 18 WCC Practice Ice Times: Whitehorse Curling Club 11:30 AM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre Fri, Dec, 18 Golden Horn Judo 3:30 PM Golden Horn Elementary Sat, Dec, 19 CMBC-5 Hours of lite! Biathlon Range Sat, Dec, 19 WInter Indoor Target Tournament 9:00 AM Takhini Elementary School Open to all ages, all FITA equipment categories. $10 adults - $5 youth 668-2840 Sat, Dec, 19 Mini Hand Games Tournament 10:00 AM Nakwataku Potlatch House Whitehorse 14 Nations Hand Game Society invites everyone to our Mini Hand Games Tournament For registration information call Tyler Smith 689-0424 or Steven Shorty 334-8285 Sat, Dec, 19 Winter Solstice Run 10:00 AM Grey Mountain Road - upper parking lot Run or walk up to the towers on Grey Mountain Road approx. 12 km return Donations to the food bank accepted. 6335671 Sat, Dec, 19 WCC Practice Ice Times: Whitehorse Curling Club 11:00 AM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre Sun, Dec, 20 Mini Hand Games Tournament 10:00 AM Nakwataku Potlatch House Whitehorse 14 Nations Hand Game Society invites everyone to our Mini Hand Games Tournament For registration information call Tyler Smith 689-0424 or Steven Shorty 334-8285 Sun, Dec, 20 WCC Practice Ice Times: Whitehorse Curling Club 11:00 AM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre Sun, Dec, 20 Velocity & Pursuit 1:00 PM Biathlon Range Sun, Dec, 20 Bears 1:30 PM Biathlon Range Mon, Dec, 21 Tai Chi Yukon: Seniors 55+ Yang Family 16 Movement Form 10:00 AM Golden Age Society Mon, Dec, 21 WCC Practice Ice Times:

Whitehorse Curling Club 11:30 AM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre Mon, Dec, 21 Northern Lights Judo Club: Kids Practise 5:15 PM École ÉmilieTremblay Kids practise - 5 - 11yrs Mon, Dec, 21 Hand to Hand - Level 1&2 with Gael 6:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Mon, Dec, 21 Northern Lights Judo Club: Adult Practise 6:30 PM École ÉmilieTremblay Mon, Dec, 21 Public Night – Indoor Range 7:00 PM Whitehorse Rifle Pistol Club Mon, Dec, 21 Public Night – Indoor Range 7:00 PM Whitehorse Rifle Pistol Club Mon, Dec, 21 Sword/Bokken with Gael 7:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Mon, Dec, 21 Tai Chi Yukon: Beginners Yang Family 16 Movement Form 7:30 PM Grey Mountain Primary School Tue, Dec, 22 WCC Practice Ice Times: Whitehorse Curling Club 11:30 AM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre Tue, Dec, 22 Pursuit & Velocity practice 4:30 PM Biathlon Range Tue, Dec, 22 Golden Horn Yoga 6:00 PM Golden Horn Elementary Terice 668-6631 Tue, Dec, 22 Whitehorse Scottish Country Dance Club 7:00 PM Jack Hulland Elementary Tue, Dec, 22 Tai Chi Yukon: Form refinements / push hands 7:00 PM Holy Family Elementary Tue, Dec, 22 Youth Shooting Program 7:00 PM Whitehorse Rifle Pistol Club Wed, Dec, 23 WCC Practice Ice Times: Whitehorse Curling Club 11:30 AM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre Wed, Dec, 23 Weight Watchers 5:00 PM Whitehorse United Church Please arrive 30-minutes prior to the listed meeting time for weigh-in and registration 403-473-0645 Wed, Dec, 23 FREE Activity Night 5:30 PM Whitehorse Elementary Bring your child and have fun with many different activities happening every week! Wed, Dec, 23 Hand to Hand - Level 2&3 with Gael 6:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Wed, Dec, 23 Adult biathlon 6:30 PM Biathlon Range Wed, Dec, 23 Staff/Jo with Gael 7:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Wed, Dec, 23 Public Night-Indoor Range 7:00 PM Whitehorse Rifle Pistol Club Thu, Dec, 24 Tai Chi Yukon: Seniors 55+ Practice 103 Movement Form 10:00 AM Golden Age Society Thu, Dec, 24 WCC Practice Ice Times: Whitehorse Curling Club 11:30 AM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre Thu, Dec, 24 Pursuit & Velocity practice 4:30 PM Biathlon Range Thu, Dec, 24 Northern Lights Judo Club: Kids Practise 5:15 PM École ÉmilieTremblay Kids practise - 5 - 11yrs Thu, Dec, 24 Savaté (French Kick Boxing) 6:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo 3354500 Thu, Dec, 24 Northern Lights Judo Club: Adult Practise 6:30 PM École ÉmilieTremblay

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Thu, Dec, 17, Tai Chi Yukon: Seniors 55+ Practice 103 Movement Form 10:00 AM Golden Age Society Thu, Dec, 17, Tai Chi Yukon: Continuing Yang Family 103 Movement Form Sections 2&3 6:00 PM Hidden Valley School Thu, Dec, 17, Tai Chi Yukon: Beginners Tai Chi 7:00 PM Hidden Valley School Fri, Dec, 18, Sally & Sisters Lunch 12:00 PM Whitehorse Food Bank Free Hot Lunch for Women & Children 334-9317 Sat, Dec, 19, WInter Indoor Target Tournament 9:00 AM Takhini Elementary School Open to all ages, all FITA equipment categories. $10 adults - $5 youth 668-2840 Sat, Dec, 19, Tai Chi Yukon: Free Practice - All Levels 10:00 AM Takhini Elementary School Sat, Dec, 19, Winter Solstice Run 10:00 AM Grey Mountain Road - upper parking lot Run or walk up to the towers on Grey Mountain Road approx. 12 km return Donations to the food bank accepted. 633-5671 Sat, Dec, 19, PFLAG Meeting 7:00 PM Yukon College Support for those struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity in themselves or someone they know. Everyone welcome Sun, Dec, 20, Buddhist Meditation Retreat 9:00 AM White Swan Sanctuary hosted by Katog Choku Ling under the guidance of Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche. A day of recorded instruction alternating with meditation practice. Open to everyone for all or part of the day. 335-1424 Sun, Dec, 20, Zen meditation and discussion 3:30 PM Alpine Bakery We will do a sitting meditation for 20 minutes, a walking meditation for 10 minutes and a second sitting meditation for 20 minutes. After that we recite a chant (in English), have tea and a snack, and present a short Zen reading for discussion. Mon, Dec, 21, Tai Chi Yukon: Seniors 55+ Yang Family 16 Movement Form 10:00 AM Golden Age Society Mon, Dec, 21, Tai Chi Yukon: Seniors 55+ Qigong and Yang Style 10:00 AM Golden Age Society 16 movement form. Mon, Dec, 21, Sally & Sisters Lunch 12:00 PM Whitehorse Food Bank Free Hot Lunch for Women & Children 334-9317 Mon, Dec, 21, Shamata Meditation 5:15 PM White Swan Sanctuary Group meditation all levels welcome Mon, Dec, 21, Buddhist Meditation Society 5:15 PM White Swan Sanctuary All are welcome! Mon, Dec, 21, Tai Chi Yukon: Yang Family 103 Movement Form - Section 1 6:00 PM Elijah Smith Elementary School Mon, Dec, 21, Tai Chi Yukon: Continuing Yang Family 103 Movement Form - Part 3 6:00 PM Elijah Smith Elementary School Mon, Dec, 21, Tai Chi Yukon: Beginners Yang Family 16 Movement Form 7:30 PM Grey Mountain Primary School Tue, Dec, 22, Tai Chi Yukon: Tai Chi Fan 6:00 PM Holy Family Elementary Some TC experience helpful. Tue, Dec, 22, Golden Horn Yoga 6:00 PM Golden Horn Elementary Terice 668-6631 Tue, Dec, 22, Tai Chi Yukon: Form refinements / push hands 7:00 PM Holy Family Elementary Tue, Dec, 22, Tai Chi Yukon: Beginners 8:00 PM Elijah Smith Elementary School Continuing Yang style long form. Wed, Dec, 23, The Counselling Drop-In Clinic: Yukon Distress and Support Line

10:00 AM Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Free Drop-In counselling is offered every Wednesday from 10am - 4pm. Wed, Dec, 23, Women & Children Lunch Date 11:30 AM Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre Delicious Free Lunch for Women & Children Wed, Dec, 23, December Baby Talk Sessions 1:30 PM Whitehorse Health Centre Wed, Dec, 23, Weight Watchers 5:00 PM Whitehorse United Church Please arrive 30-minutes prior to the listed meeting time for weigh-in and registration 403-473-0645 Thu, Dec, 24, Tai Chi Yukon: Seniors 55+ Practice 103 Movement Form 10:00 AM Golden Age Society Thu, Dec, 24, Tai Chi Yukon: Continuing Yang Family 103 Movement Form Sections 2&3 6:00 PM Hidden Valley School Thu, Dec, 24, Tai Chi Yukon: Beginners Tai Chi 7:00 PM Hidden Valley School

Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Porter Creek Step meeting (CM) 8:00 PM Our Lady of Victory No Puffin (CM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St., Big Book Study Thursday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Polar Group (OM) 7:30 PM Seventh Day Adventists Church (PC) Friday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Yukon Unity Group Meeting 1:30 PM #4 Hospital Road Whitehorse Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Saturday Detox Meeting (OM, NS) 1:00 PM DETOX Bldg 6118-6th Women’s Meeting (CM, NS) 2:30 PM Whitehorse General Hospital (across from emergency) Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (OM, NS) 7:00 PM Hospital boardroom Sunday Sunshine Group (OM, NS) 1:00 PM DETOX Bldg 6118-6th Light of Hope Meeting (OM) 4:00PM Salvation Army - side door Marble Group (OM, NS) 7:00 PM Hospital boardroom Monday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. New Beginnings Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Tuesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Ugly Duckling Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Juste Pour Aujourd’hui (OM, NS) 7:00 PM 4141B 4th Ave.

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Jamaican Baked Bananas for Christmas by Nellie Dale

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elicate and fine, the American Beauty Rose china service was surrounded by gleaming silver cutlery, platters and serving bowls passed down through family generations. All set on crisp, freshly ironed linen tablecloths, the dining room was ready for royalty. I was 10 years old. A working class Caucasian kid on a mixed family street in an older suburb in Winnipeg. I say “mixed family street” meaning income as well as people: a grandma two doors down with visiting grandchildren; the construction company owner across the street; the Robinsons – obvious to me as an adult – a mixed racial family but no one talked about their African heritage then; and my mom at home, my dad working for the Hudson Bay. We loved Christmas. Mom was a fantastic baker spending October and November preparing cookies, cakes and fudge. The large, unheated veranda became the deep freeze for her treats. Closer to Christmas she prepared gift boxes full of her home baked goodies. The postman, the metre reader, the paperboy – people in the neighbourhood received a small care package. The year I was 10 – ah, yes… a most memorable year. We had special guests at the Christmas Eve meal. The special guests were a young couple from Jamaica. Our United Church organized a pairing of the new family with an established Canadian family. The idea was to give the newcomers a glimpse of Canadian tradition. Black, black – oh my goodness. I had never been so close to people from so far away. From my Caucasian kid perspective, they might have come from Mars. Their lilting voices sharing their history, their desire for a new life. Why Canada? Why Winterpeg? We bombarded them with questions. They were eager to share their culture while soaking up a new Canadian outlook. Turkey, stuffing, roast root vegetables, cranberry sauce, Christmas cake and plum pudding. My mum, trained as a teacher,

shone as her natural propensity to teach and share with her kids unfolded: the Christmas food, handmade treasures on the tree, the guests. Something different graced a beautiful china plate. Baked bananas? Mom had spent time finding the correct recipe and lovingly preparing the dish. A bit of home for our guests and a new food and learning moment for my family. That was so long ago, but stays with me in a vivid and lively manner. My mom – opening my heart,

my mind and taste buds to another culture, new people. If my tolerance, my quest for knowledge about people and culture began anywhere, it began in that living room, on that mixed neighbourhood street. It began with a mother encouraging her children to embrace new people, new cultures, new food and experience. Baked Bananas - a Jamaican treat on a cold, December eve. Nellie Dale is a writer/artist living in Yukon’s forest.

Jamaican Baked Bananas • Preheat oven to 350º degrees. • Peel and slice: 4 to 6 bananas into ½ inch pieces • Arrange the pieces in a lightly buttered casserole. • Then, in a medium sized sauce pan combine: 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp brown sugar ½ cup orange juice • Cook and stir above ingredients for one minute. • Combine the orange juice mixture with: 2 tbsp cornstarch another ½ cup orange juice • Stir this hot mixture to dissolve cornstarch and cook until clear and thickened. • Add: ½ cup of raisins if you wish • Pour orange juice mixture over bananas and sprinkle with grated coconut. • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. • Serve warm.

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Step Outside with Larry Leigh

Don’t flinch!

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ave you ever wondered why bullet holes are all over the target; or, worse, why you had a good sightpicture but the animal was poorly hit and escaped wounded? The first thing to check is your rifle and sighting system. Look for loose sights or scope. Any sights, including the scope, even if not sighted in, should put the bullet holes in a group on or near the target. Try having a friend shoot the rifle to see if the results are different. Check your ammunition to see if it was hand-loaded properly. Or it could simply be that your rifle doesn’t shoot that particular brand, bullet type or weight very well. Some rifles are more particular than others regarding ammunition. If none of these

checks result in better grouping on-target, then the problem is most likely the shooter (you) . One definition for flinch is “to recoil from something unpleasant or difficult.” That is exactly what happens when a shooter has always been or has become “recoil shy.” Often, without realizing, the shooter has become afraid of the kick of the gun. This fear is quite often the result of poor training in how to hold a gun, or (also very common) it may be that the gun does not fit the shooter. Or this fear is frequently the result of early, unpleasant shooting experiences that have been retained at a subconscious leve l. Common flinch actions include jerking the trigger, closing the eyes or jerking the head and

cheek away from the buttstock - any of which will result in the gun being pulled slightly off the point of aim. Everything happens so quickly that the shooter does not realize that any of these actions have taken place. Consequently, it is usually blamed on equipment. One method of confirming a flinch is to have someone watch you shoot at a target. That person will probably be able to see you flinch by standing close to you and watching what your face and head do as you squeeze the trigger. A never-fail method to check for a flinch is to have your companion prepare the rifle for you and hand it to you, ready to shoot. The companion will close the bolt on an empty chamber

(not loaded), or load a shell into the chamber. Either way, you will not know the status of the gun. So when you squeeze the trigger on an empty chamber, you will flinch because you anticipate the gun firing. This may need to be done a few times to demonstrate that flinching is causing your problem with accuracy. A flinch is not easy to lose, but a couple of methods will get you past your poor shooting. The first method is to dryfire your empty centre-fire rifle (check first, every time, to be sure your gun is unloaded). You can use Snap-Caps if you wish, but a centre-fire can be dry-fired without harm. Do not dry-fire a rimfire, as the firing pin hits the edge of the chamber and will damage it quickly.

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A second effective method to stop a flinch is to practice shooting with a rimfire (because it’s inexpensive) where you focus on trigger and breath control with every shot. These practices will help you lose the flinch.

Larry Leigh is an avid angler, hunter and all-round outdoors person who prefers to cook what he harvests himself. He is a past president of the Canadian Wildlife Federation and retired hunter education coordinator for the Government of Yukon. Please send comments about his articles to wild@whatsupyukon.com.

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