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NBA Santa on Baker Street event helps Room To Live campaign

NBA Santa on Baker Street event helps Room To Live campaign

Try out for the First Annual Youth Arts Festival Talent Slam

Try out for the First Annual Youth Arts Festival Talent Slam

Oxygen Art Centre is thrilled to announce the First Annual Youth Arts Festival.

The premiere event of the festival is the Talent Slam at the Capitol Theatre on February 14th at 8 p.m. 

Anyone aged 15-29 years and performing in any discipline is welcome to audition for a spot in this showcase of the Kootenay's best young artists. 

Singing, dancing, music, acting, comedy, performance art, poetry and spoken word, even short film and animations can be submitted for selection. 

Nelson’s own Rebecca MacLeod and Sophie Baird-Daniels part of Selkirk Pro-Musica

Nelson’s own Rebecca MacLeod and Sophie Baird-Daniels part of Selkirk Pro-Musica

Rebecca MacLeod of Nelson and Sophie Baird-Daniel of Seattle, together Duo 51, have been heard concertizing as a harp and violin duo around the Greater Toronto Area for the past two years.

The two are getting ready to be part of the Selkirk Pro-Musica in the New Year.

Their dynamic partnership began two years ago when Ms. MacLeod and Ms. Baird-Daniel were both Artist Diploma students at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School.

An instant friendship and musical collaboration quickly led to  many performances throughout Toronto.

Nelson Cares Room to Live Campaign receives cash infusion from Kootenay Co-op

Nelson Cares Room to Live Campaign receives cash infusion from Kootenay Co-op

The Room to Live Campaign is off to a great start! Following on the heels of their successful launch at the Capitol Theatre in mid‐November, the affordable housing campaign has received another significant financial donation‐‐this Rome from the business community.

The Kootenay Co‐op is making a $15,000 commitment to the Room to Live project, disbursing $5,000 per year over three years to complete the renovation of one of the affordable housing units.

Emerging Kootenay artist exhibition heralds in the New Year at Oxygen

Emerging Kootenay artist exhibition heralds in the New Year at Oxygen

The Oxygen Art Centre is inviting the public to the opening of Mater Familias a sculptural installation by ceramic artist Kathi Hofmann in the New Year on (Friday), January 9, 2015.

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. 

Columbia Basin Trust Receives Environmental Award

Columbia Basin Trust Receives Environmental Award

Throughout the Columbia Basin, many educators, volunteers, community groups and organizations dedicate themselves to enhancing environmental well-being through education.

RDCK transfer station holiday hours

RDCK transfer station holiday hours

The Regional District of Central Kootenay transfer stations and landfills will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1.

All resource recovery facilities scheduled to be open on December 24 and 31 will close at 2 pm.   
 
To celebrate the holiday season and encourage residents to recycle and compost during December and January at any RDCK transfer station or landfill:
 

Columbia Power sponsors Salmo Community Christmas dinner

Columbia Power sponsors Salmo Community Christmas dinner

Each year, volunteers from Salmo and Ymir host a free Christmas dinner to bring together members of their two communities. It’s a time for food, fellowship and getting to know your neighbour.

Columbia Power is a sponsor of the event, which takes place on Sunday, December 14 at the Salmo Valley and Community Youth Centre.

Mavis Stachurski leads volunteers, including Brenda Giza and Marilyn Sikora, in two days of preparation for the dinner.

Andre Noel, Manager for Health and Safety with Columbia Power, met up with the volunteers in front of the event venue.

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.