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Investors Walk For Memories set for NDCC January 25

Investors Walk For Memories set for NDCC January 25

The Investors Walk For Memories is just around the corner.

Sunday, January 25, on the concourse at the NDCC Arena, many locals will be raising funds for the Alzheimer Society.

"You can register as a team or an indidual, and if you can’t make it that day, you can support someone who is registered," said Julie Leffelaar Support & Education Coordinator for Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Secrets of self-publishing courtesy award-winning author Kristene Perron at the Nelson Library

Secrets of self-publishing courtesy award-winning author Kristene Perron at the Nelson Library

Award-winning indie author Kristene Perron offers insight into the sometimes confusing world of self-publishing on (Monday) February 17 at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Library.

This free, one-hour presentation will help writers choose a publishing path, learn how it works and how to avoid pitfalls along the way, and get tips on marketing and promotion.

Writers of all levels are welcome and Internet fluency is not required.

CKCA and the Trust announce arts, culture and heritage grant applications

CKCA and the Trust announce arts, culture and heritage grant applications

Artists in all disciplines—as well as arts, culture and heritage organizations — are invited to apply for funding through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), which delivers the Arts, Culture and Heritage Program on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust.

“We’re proud that for 18 years we’ve been able to partner with the Trust to provide support for arts and heritage projects across the Basin,” said Jacquie Hamilton, CKCA Chair.

Nelson & District Hospice Society offers training courses for volunteers

Nelson & District Hospice Society offers training courses for volunteers

Nelson & District Hospice Society will be training new volunteers on the first and last weekends of February. 

The 30-hour training provides the basic training necessary to volunteer here in Nelson as well as in any hospice within BC.

KAST hosts biz workshop

KAST hosts biz workshop

KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) is hosting a workshop — One Page Business Plan Workshop — Friday, January 23 at the Community Futures office in Nelson.

The cost of the workshop, instructed by Sue Bock of Bock & Associates, is $35 plus GST.

The workshop is designed to give the participants “an elevator pitch for your business plan.”

Sculptural work by Kathi Hofmann on exhibition at Oxygen Art Centre

Sculptural work by Kathi Hofmann on exhibition at Oxygen Art Centre

The Oxygen Art Centre is hosting the opening of Mater Familias a sculptural installation by ceramic artist Kathi Hofmann, Friday (January 9).

Hofmann was born in the Okanagan and has been living in Nelson since 1996.  After a short career in Geology and some global travelling, she returned to school to study art at Emily Carr University, Langara College and finally, the Kootenay School of the Arts, graduating from the clay studio.

Learn how to quit smoking: free presentation at the Library

Learn how to quit smoking: free presentation at the Library

"Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times."

Mark Twain famously said this, but millions can relate. Quitting smoking—and staying quit—isn’t easy.

It takes support, and a few good strategies. The Nelson Public Library and the BC Lung Association’s QuitNow program are teaming up to help on Tuesday, January 13 at 7pm.

This free presentation by QuitNow Health Promoter Louise Poole is scheduled to precede Weedless Wednesday, which this year falls on January 21.

Justice at the Junction announces a Pete Seeger Memorial benefit concert

Justice at the Junction announces a Pete Seeger Memorial  benefit concert

Did you know there are an estimated 30 million men, women and children who are victims of slavery and oppression throughout the world, more than there has ever been in the history of the world?

A group of local, like-minded individuals and some of our areas most notable musicians want to do something about it and are going to host a a dinner and concert featuring local talent to raise awareness of this issue as well as financial support to free modern day slaves Saturday, January 31 at the Junction Church in South Slocan.

Lions club, Air Cadets hit streets Saturday for Christmas Tree pickup

Lions club, Air Cadets hit streets Saturday for Christmas Tree pickup

The Nelson Lions Club in conjuction with 561 Osprey Squadron Air Cadets are hitting the streets Saturday, January 10, to help the public recycle Christmas Trees.

The annual event raises money for community projects.

For a donation of at least $5, Nelson Lions Club and 561 Osprey Squadron Air Cadets will pick up and chip the trees.

The method is simple.

Place the tree at the front of your property by 9 a.m. Saturday.

Lions Club and Air Cadets will come to the door asking for a minimum $5 donation.

Road Kings presents funds to Our Daily Bread

Road Kings presents funds to Our Daily Bread

The Nelson Road Kings Queen City Cruise is one of the most successfully staged events in the Heritage City, bringing in thousands of people for the event scheduled every September.

Nelson Road Kings recently presented the Our Daily Bread with funds to help support the local charity.

Photo caption: Nelson Road Kings car club President, Jack Chambers, presents Jim Riemer of Our Daily Bread with a cheque for $500. — Submitted photo