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June is Invasive Species Action Month

June is Invasive Species Action Month

To get British Columbians active in preventing and stopping the spread of harmful invasive species in our province, the BC government has officially declared the entire month of June as Invasive Species Action Month.

Peoples Drug Mart Walk for ALS goes Sunday at Rotary Lakeside Park

Peoples Drug Mart Walk for ALS goes Sunday at Rotary Lakeside Park

The 14th Annual Peoples Drug Mart Walk for ALS is scheduled for Sunday, June 7 at Lakeside Rotary Park in Nelson.

This fun filled community event will be kicking off at 11:30 a.m. with the 5 kilometer walk starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome and invited to this family friendly event!
 
Proceeds from the Peoples Drug Mart Walk for ALS go to the ALS Society of BC to fund research and to provide support for those living with ALS.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour makes Nelson stop in June

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour makes Nelson stop in June

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour is stopping in Nelson on Friday, June 12 for a cinematic evening of stories set in wild landscapes around the world. Join Wildsight for a journey to spectacular places and tales of adventures living life outside — all with a conservation mindset.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, North America's largest environmental film festival, will bring two hours of the beautiful, the exciting and the inspiring to Nelson's Capitol Theatre on June 12 at 7 p.m., just in time to inspire Kootenay summer adventures.

Dancer, choreographer Shannon Cooney coming to Oxygen Art Centre

Dancer, choreographer Shannon Cooney coming to Oxygen Art Centre

The Oxygen Art Centre will open their summer season with the arrival of multi-talented international dancer and choreographer Shannon Cooney.

Genealogy Workshop at Touchstones

Genealogy Workshop at Touchstones

Saturday (May 30) the West Kootenay Family Historians Society is offering an Introduction to Genealogy Workshop at Touchstones Nelson’s Shawn Lamb Archives.

The workshop is set to run from 1:30-4 p.m.

The workshop will include short presentations on traditional genealogical research and online research, along with one-on-one consultations.

Participants will receive a family tree starter kit. Fee for the workshop is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. 

Spots are limited, for registration contact Touchstones Nelson at 250-352-9813.

Local Lung Association Director Challenges BC Smokers to Quit for 1 Day and Win

Local Lung Association Director Challenges BC Smokers to Quit for 1 Day and Win

British Columbia has the lowest smoking rate in Canada – just 11.4 percent -- and so has much to celebrate this World No Tobacco Day (May 31). The BC Lung Association believes we can do better still, and is calling on the 500,000 British Columbians who continue to smoke to commit to a 24 hour quit by signing up for the Tobacco Free Tuesday contest on June 2nd.
 

Third and Final Year for West Arm Water Quality Monitoring Program Begins

Third and Final Year for West Arm Water Quality Monitoring Program Begins

Friends of Kootenay Lake are pleased to announce that this week the organization is starting the third and final year of a three-year water quality monitoring program. 

The study will provide important baseline data for one of the highest populated portions of the lake and to encourage a broader and deeper understanding the lake’s ecosystem. In the first two years we captured 10,200 data points and provided one-on-one training with over 50 volunteers.
 
The plan is to monitor by boat 12 times between May-October for the following parameters:

Practical Financial Solutions — Your Mortgage or Your Life

Practical Financial Solutions — Your Mortgage or Your Life

Your family loves your home – it is the centre of your life together, after all – but that mortgage!

You can handle it. You did your due diligence and you know it’s affordable and that, some day, it will be paid off … unless: What would happen if you die? Will your family be able to pay off that monster debt?

Of course, you want your family to be able to stay in their home no matter what happens to you.

RDCK awards upgrade contracts for Balfour and Kaslo waste transfer stations

RDCK awards upgrade contracts for Balfour and Kaslo waste transfer stations

Upgrades to the RDCK’s Balfour and Kaslo waste transfer stations will soon commence as the RDCK awarded the contract to McNally Excavating of Nelson at the monthly Board meeting Thursday.

Construction was scheduled to begin in May but the RDCK rejected all of the original tenders for being over the approved project budget.

The RDCK worked with the engineering team to revise the project scope, reduce costs and retender the project, which has been planned since 2010.  The total contract value for the tendered works is $963, 832. 

Spring into ​Spring with a community celebration benefitting West Kootenay EcoSociety

Spring into ​Spring with a community celebration benefitting West Kootenay EcoSociety

West Kootenay EcoSociety invites the region to Spring into Spring with a unique fundraising dinner on (Saturday) May 30th.

The banquet hall at the Hume hotel will take on a garden theme, with plants and many other items available for silent auction.

Rob Funk, recently returned from Japan, will provide live music.

The dinner will raise funds for West Kootenay EcoSociety's programs, including the popular Kootenay Rideshare, Campaign for Jumbo Wild and Kokanee Creek nature programs.