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Blue Collar B&B author Bobby Hutchinson comes to the Nelson Library

Blue Collar B&B author Bobby Hutchinson comes to the Nelson Library

Find out what happens when a marathon-running, romance-writing, feisty entrepreneur opens a B&B in Sparwood—and lives to tell the tale. One Book, One Kootenay shortlist author Bobby Hutchinson brings her lighthearted, quirky Blue Collar B&B: Adventures in Hospitality at a special OBOK shortlist reading On Tuesday, June 17, 7:00pm at the Nelson Public Library.

Alzheimer Society hosts helpful workshops, Walk for ALS Sunday at Lakeside

Alzheimer Society hosts helpful workshops, Walk for ALS Sunday at Lakeside

Aging British Columbians are fearful of dementia but people can live well with the disease with the right care and support, says the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

More than 70,000 people in the province -- many of them in the local area -- live with dementia, and that number is increasing dramatically as the population ages. 

To help families, the Society runs free tele-workshops.

Heads Up: An Introduction to Brain Health, runs on Wednesday, June 4.

KIS, NDCU salute community on Community Appreciation Day

KIS, NDCU salute community on Community Appreciation Day

Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd.  invites the public to attend the First Annual Community Appreciation in conjunction with Nelson & District Credit Union’s Member Awareness Day on Wednesday (May 28) from noon until 4 p.m. 

Kootenay Mountaineering Club 50th anniversary celebration around the corner

Kootenay Mountaineering Club 50th anniversary celebration around the corner

The Kootenay Mountaineering Club has been offering ski touring, climbing and hiking trips to its members since 1964. 

On the evening of (Saturday) June 7, the KMC will be celebrating their 50th  year with an exciting and informative presentation by Dave Quinn.  Folks will recognize Dave as CBC radio’s Outdoor Guy. 

Welcome to Kootenay Country booth off to Niagara Falls

Welcome to Kootenay Country booth off to Niagara Falls

Columbia Power has teamed up with the Regional Districts of Kootenay Boundary, Central Kootenay and East Kootenay to showcase the Kootenays to Canada at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual conference and trade show.

The FCM's annual conference and trade show is the largest annual gathering of senior municipal officials from across Canada.

This year, more than 1,800 delegates will gather in Niagara Falls May 30 – June 2 for the 77th annual event.

Hume tops Nelson Fire Rescue Services' annual Fire Drill Competition

Hume tops Nelson Fire Rescue Services' annual Fire Drill Competition

Hume Elementary proved to be top-notch in capturing the Nelson Fire Rescue Services' annual Fire Drill Competition.

While all school in the region scored high on the rating scale, Hume Elementary came out on top to capture the Fire Drill Competition and a $300 donation from insurance agencies, Kootenay Insurance Service, BCAA, RHC Insurance and Poulin's Insurance.

Properly exiting a home or building during a fire is not as simple as it sounds. 

Nelson Fire Department urges the public to plan it ahead of time and practice with your family. 

Grumpy cats video supports SPCA

Grumpy cats video supports SPCA

Grumpy cats and so much more come to the Nelson Civic Theatre withJust For Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival on Thursday, June 12.

This SPCA fundraiser takes Youtube’s cat video phenomenon out of the privacy of your home and onto the big screen.

Doors open for the Kitty Corral Adoption at 6:30 p.m.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. with MC funnyman Lucas Myers, live music by theramin player and honorary feline Clara Venice, dance by the Show-cats, costumes and more. 

Local cat video submissions will be accepted until June 2.

Winlaw School needs help Growing Nature Stewards

Winlaw School needs help Growing Nature Stewards

The Winlaw school is hoping to attract public support in garnering a $20,000 grant from CST Inspired Minds Learning Project through its environmental education program.

The school needs your votes to help get into the final round of 25 candidates.  From there we could become one of 14 winners.
 
Initial voting takes place daily from May 20- June 2, with voting for the final round from June 9 - June 16. 

Trafalgar students hit the streets to create storm drain pollution awareness

Trafalgar students hit the streets to create storm drain pollution awareness

Students from Trafalgar Middle School’s Leadership class are organizing a community awareness and environmental stewardship event, to be held next Wednesday (May 21).

The event includes painting yellow fish on the storm drains in Rosemont, so that people understand where storm water goes. 

The event, which is now in its second year, is an action project inspired by the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) ‘Know Your Watershed’ Program, delivered in the fall to the grade 8 students at Trafalgar.  

And the Earth Hour winner is

And the Earth Hour winner is

Julia English was randomly selected from the hundreds of people who pledged their participation in Earth Hour 2014 to choose a local charity of their choice to receive $1000 from Nelson Hydro and Julia chose the BC SPCA (Nelson Branch). 

Rob Andrew was thrilled with the donation and said "Environmentalism and sustainability go hand in hand with animal welfare and protection, so Nelson Hydro's Earth Hour initiative was very popular with our volunteer base.