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Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus Hosts World Showcase

Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus Hosts World Showcase

It was a coming together of cultures in late-November on the Castlegar Campus as Selkirk College hosted its annual Intercultural Fair.

Hundreds of students, staff and special guests gathered in The Pit on November 20 to take in the sights, sounds, tastes and trivia of the many different cultures represented at Selkirk College.

Hosted by Selkirk International, the two hour lunchtime event featured food from around the world, colourful dance, demonstrations and interactive games.

Whitewater opens up for season Friday

Whitewater opens up for season Friday

It's officially official.

Opening day for Whitewater Ski Resort is Friday, (December 5).

There will be a limited number of intermediate/advanced runs offered off the Silver King chair in addition to the Hummer Handle Tow.

Please note that early season conditions exist.

Safety staff will better assess the conditions before making the final call.

All lodge services will be available, including the newly renovated Fresh Tracks Café.

 

Nelson Grans to Grans host fabulous Craft Sale Saturday

Nelson Grans to Grans host fabulous Craft Sale Saturday

There is something new coming to Nelson for the festive season.

This Saturday (December 6) the Nelson Grans to Grans are hosting a fabulous Craft Sale with a special twist... Enjoy some good old-fashioned and neighbourly fun - sit down to make your own evergreen centerpiece or door swag to deck your halls for only $15 – Make It and Take It

All fresh boughs & supplies will be provided - while they last.  Enjoy the fun of creating your own evergreen decoration, and leave the gathering, organizing and cleaning up to the Grans.

Light Up the Hospital Pledge Day Friday at Chahko Mika Mall

Light Up the Hospital Pledge Day Friday at Chahko Mika Mall

Friday (December 5) volunteers will be showcasing their talents at the Light Up the Hospital Pledge Day.

The event, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chahko Mika Mall’s Winter Wonderland, is an opportunity for the public to enjoy the music of local choirs, buy your ticket to win a Diamond Necklace donated by Ted Allen’s Jewellery and say hello to Foundation volunteers.

All proceeds from this event will help us purchase Wireless Digital X-ray Equipment for Kootenay Lake Hospital.

Lions Club begins selling tickets for Annual Variety Show

Lions Club begins selling tickets for Annual Variety Show

The annual Lions Club of Nelson Annual Variety Show, which is suitable for children of all ages, is scheduled to be held on (Wednesday) January 28th, 2015 at the Civic Theatre in Nelson.

Lions club members will be conducting Tele-marketing sales soon and ask the public to be generous by supporting the local club by purchasing tickets for the family or for less fortunate children in the community.

Dress up and step right-up to Womaginarium, A Carnival of Wonders and Curiosities

Dress up and step right-up to Womaginarium, A Carnival of Wonders and Curiosities

The Nelson & District Women’s Centre 4th Annual Fundraiser is back Friday (November 28) at the Prestige Lakeside Resort.

“We’re excited to bring the carnival theme back this year with even more pizzazz” says coordinator, Jade Gregg, “and we’re curious to see your wonders too, so slap on some suspenders and come on down to see what’s up our sleeves.”

Nelson Food Cupboard Kicks Off Holiday Hamper Campaign

Nelson Food Cupboard Kicks Off Holiday Hamper Campaign

For the eleventh year in a row, the Nelson Food Cupboard is preparing Holiday Hampers for 500 people in need of a little extra help to make the holiday season healthy and cheerful.

“With the cost of food so high and the holiday season such an expensive time for families trying to buy gifts and warm clothes for their children, helping them out with food hampers is essential,” says Holiday Hamper Coordinator Marya Skrypiczajko.

A book Under Every Tree brings books to kids

A book Under Every Tree brings books to kids

Books can open whole worlds — as long as you have one.

This holiday season a local partnership aims to put a book under every tree for the children of Holiday Hamper recipients.

Holiday Hampers are distributed annually by the Nelson Food Cupboard to more than 500 people working hard to make ends meet, including 150 children.

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, the Nelson Public Library and the Nelson Star have teamed up to see a book included for every child aged 0 to 15 years by requesting donations of books that are new or in new condition.

November is Lung Month: protect your lungs, get your home tested

November is Lung Month: protect your lungs, get your home tested

Exposure to colourless, odourless radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the ground. It can seep undetected into homes, schools, workplaces and other buildings through cracks in the walls or foundation.
 
“Radon gas is accountable for up to 16 per cent of lung cancers. We suggest all BC homeowners test their home’s radon levels,” says Michael Jessen, Volunteer BC Lung Association Director for Nelson.
 

Author Avi Silberstein brings Human Solutions to the Nelson Library

Author Avi Silberstein brings Human Solutions to the Nelson Library

Cults, crime, and the lengths we’ll go for love are key elements in the debut novel by Avi Silberstein, a chilling narrative inspired by the true story of Paul Schäfer, an ex-Nazi who founded the Colonia Dignidad in Chile in the late 1970s. Silberstein reads from his novel Human Solutions on Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Public Library.