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Free Windows 8 workshop at the Nelson Public Library

Free Windows 8 workshop at the Nelson Public Library

It seems as if just when you’ve got a computer-related-something figured out, it changes.

But there’s help!

Folks who could use a hand understanding Windows 8 can get it at the Nelson Library on Wednesday, October 15 from 3 – 5 p.m.

This free session is presented by Louise Latremouille, author of the “My Parents” computer book series.

Ecosystem restoration prescribed burn in Southeast Fire Centre

Ecosystem restoration prescribed burn in Southeast Fire Centre

The Wildfire Management Branch, Southeast Fire Centre, conducted an ecosystem restoration prescribed burn on Thursday, September 25 in the Rocky Mountain Trench between Cranbrook and Kimberley.

Strategic Fire Control staff also joined the burn, which will help rejuvenate 387 hectares of prime winter grazing habitat.

Burn boss André Chalabi, (shown here in the front row, far left), said initial visual assessments show the burn targets were hit.

"This was a low intensity burn," Chalabi said, "to promote good grass regrowth next spring."

Mir Lecture Series continues in October

Mir Lecture Series continues in October

The Mir Lecture Series, continues in October with a diverse selection of local and international speakers to the West Kootenay-Boundary.

 “These events are important because they bring the community into the conversations and raise awareness about important issues related to peace and social justice,” says Cara-Lee Malange, Coordinator of Mir Centre Community Programs.

'The Ghosts in our Machine' Comes to Nelson

 'The Ghosts in our Machine' Comes to Nelson

Join the West Kootenay EcoSociety at the Civic Theatre on Wednesday (October) 1 at 7:30 p.m. for an amazing and thought-provoking film about animal rights and our relationship with the animal world.

Imaginarium - a place devoted to the imagination at Oxygen Art Centre

Imaginarium - a place devoted to the imagination at Oxygen Art Centre

Imaginarium - a place devoted to the imagination, an exhibition by six emerging Kootenay artists, opens at Oxygen Art Centre Friday (September 26) at 7 p.m. 

Painted panels from the gallery wall composition and limited edition prints will be available to purchase during a silent auction fundraiser beginning opening night. 

Setting Priorities for the Slocan Valley Directed Fund

Setting Priorities for the Slocan Valley Directed Fund

A new funding initiative in the Slocan Valley will host a series of community meetings and an online survey during September and October.

Valley residents and organizations are welcome to contribute their ideas on what valley-wide projects would benefit the area the most.

With support from Columbia Basin Trust, the Slocan Valley Economic Development Commission (a body of RDCK) is launching the Slocan Valley Directed Fund.

Eileen Holland —teacher, magazine editor, journalist and freelance writer launches history book

Eileen Holland —teacher, magazine editor, journalist and freelance writer launches history book

It takes a dedicated soul to spend hundreds of hours poking in boxes, staring google-eyed at endless microfilm reels, and interviewing movers and shakers past and present, but Nelson Public Library board member Eileen Holland wanted to update the history of this long-serving institution, and do it right.

“You’d think that research into the history of a library might be dry, but I found it fascinating,” says Holland, a former teacher, magazine editor, journalist and freelance writer.

Up the West Arm of Kootenay Lake website launch at Touchstones Nelson

Up the West Arm of Kootenay Lake website launch at Touchstones Nelson

The beautiful West Arm of Kootenay Lake has a rich history of pioneering that is fading into the recesses of memory.

Come and share the launch party of a newly created website that will provide a platform to gather and share these memories during the launch of the website, Sunday, September 28 at Touchstones Nelson at 502 Vernon Street from 1-3 p.m.

Open to the public, there will be cakes from the St. Andrews by the Lake Anglican Church Guild, some apple cider to sip, a bit of trivia, door prizes and surely some meet and greets of old acquaintances.

Road Kings Car Club Thanks Sponsors of 2014 Queen City Cruise

Road Kings Car Club Thanks Sponsors of 2014 Queen City Cruise

The Nelson Road Kings car club staged its largest Queen City Cruise in the history of the event. The recent event, that took over downtown Nelson, topped then 315 entrant mark.

Of course, members of the Road Kings executive realize an event of this magnitude can not happen without the tireless support of its sponsors.

The executive, and everyone involved with showcasing the City of Nelson in cars, would like to thank sponsors for another successful Queen City Cruise.

Eyes in the Forest exhibition and film at the Nelson Library

Eyes in the Forest exhibition and film at the Nelson Library

When you see a pygmy owl or a mountain sheep caught on film by Jim Lawrence, it’s impossible not to wonder how the acclaimed wildlife photographer got such an astonishing shot.

Filmmaker Miriam Needoba set out to find the answer, stomping through forest and marsh in all weather and times of day.

Her short film Eyes in the Forest: The Portraiture of Jim Lawrence marries the art form of still images and cinematography—and answers the question.