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EcoSociety rolls out final MarketFest of 2014 Friday

EcoSociety rolls out final MarketFest of 2014 Friday

The final MarketFest of the summer season is ready to take over Baker Street Friday (August 22) running from 6-10:30 p.m.

Rain or shine, MarketFest organizers promise, food, crafts and music will fill the streets.

The August MarketFest, operated by the West Kootenay EcoSociety, musical line-up includes such luminaries as Gabriel Palatchi Band, Brian Rosen & The What Now, Buckman Coe and many more.

Rally set for Tuesday to support Jumbo campers

Rally set for Tuesday to support Jumbo campers

The Keep Jumbo Wild campaign is holding a Send Off Rally Tuesday (August 19) at the Nelson City Hall Courtyard.

Redfish Festival celebrates return of Kokanee

Redfish Festival celebrates return of Kokanee

Here they come again!

It’s time to celebrate the annual return of the Kokanee salmon at Kokanee Creek Park on Sunday, August 24. Get ready for channel spawning tours, dance, food and fun along, with a local art exhibit  from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Visitors Centre on Kootenay Lake.

Invasive Plant Committee wants public to be aware when enjoying the outdoors

Invasive Plant Committee wants public to be aware when enjoying the outdoors

By Melissa Brieter,

Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee

Close your eyes and picture this; it’s the first hot day of the year, the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and everything around is lush, green and pristine.

The lakes and rivers seem to sparkle and dance under the sun’s warm rays. You’re heading out to spend this Kootenay summer day with friends kayaking and mountain biking, taking advantage of all this incredible region has to offer.

Satire brews in a new novel by Nelson Jennifer Craig

Satire brews in a new novel by Nelson Jennifer Craig

Nelson author Jennifer Craig is no stranger to the alchemy of humour, irony, and good storytelling. Recently she got her creative cauldron bubbling again, and the result is Mary Lou’s Brew, a novel that takes a poke at academia in a decidedly witchy way. Craig launches her satiric new novel on Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm at the Nelson Public Library.

SPIN OFF exhibition opens Friday at Oxygen Art Centre

SPIN OFF exhibition opens Friday at Oxygen Art Centre

Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to present new work by Victorian artist Megan Dickie.  

SPIN OFF is a sculpture and video installation. The video references the format of video games; flat, multi-leveled obstacle courses that are traversed by a character who continually fails and reattempts the challenges.

Get ready for the first ever Kootenay Spirit Festival

Get ready for the first ever Kootenay Spirit Festival

The count down is on for the first ever Kootenay Spirit Festival — September 12-14 in Nelson.

In just over a month peole will gather for the inaugural event.

Kootenay Spirit Festival is a celebration of yoga, dance, meditation and music held in the natural beauty of Nelson, BC, aspiring to ignite and unite community within this region and beyond.

Helping To Build Peace in Israel and Palestine

Helping To Build Peace in Israel and Palestine

Peace seems more distant than ever in Israel, but Selkirk College instructor Denis Kleine is forging ahead with a project he hopes will act as a symbol of what can be achieved in the future.

Bloodshed and tension rises daily in the Gaza Strip as Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continue the conflict that has taken a terrible toll on the region. With no end in sight to the struggle, earlier this month Kleine headed to the Middle East to get started on a sculpture project that promotes peace.

Safeway partners with Muscular Dystrophy Canada to 'Make Muscles Move'

 Safeway partners with Muscular Dystrophy Canada to 'Make Muscles Move'

Muscular Dystrophy Canada and Safeway launched a campaign to “Make Muscles Move” in support of those affected by neuromuscular disorders. 

Thursday, at the Safeway in Nelson, local ambassador Jonathan White was on hand to officially kick off the drive in the Heritage City as Muscular Dystrophy Canada partners with Safeway stores in western Canada from July 31 – August 15, to raise funds to support the Safeway Mobility Grant program, post-secondary scholarships for young adults and to fund important research.

Humans of Nelson leaps from screen to book

Humans of Nelson leaps from screen to book

What began as an experiment is about to become a book. Humans of Nelson, a project that has been charming legions of followers through Web and Facebook pages, will make the leap to the printed page this fall. A Kickstarter campaign to get the ball rolling launches August 8.

The project has come a long way since photographer Ryan Oakley took the first shot, on his lunch break from his job as an engineer with the Ministry of Transportation.