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Starry Night astronomical event calendar for April

Starry Night astronomical event calendar for April

For anyone who has ever been interested in the sky, then Taghum Starry Night program is the place to be.

An evening with BC Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver

An evening with BC Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver

The Nelson-Creston Greens Constituency Association is proud to host An Evening with Andrew Weaver - A New Direction for Politics in B.C. at the United Church in Nelson, (Friday) April 10th, 7 p.m. at 602 Silica St.

According to the Globe and Mail, “BC Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver has been punching above his weight.”

Tax Tips — Caring For Your Aging Parents

Tax Tips — Caring For Your Aging Parents

Tax time is getting closer than we think (2015 deadline to file is April 30) and The Nelson Daily, with help from H&R Block, is providing tips to the public leading up to the final day of filing to Revenue Canada.

Today the focus is on Caring for aging parents.

Whether you are caring for your aging parents or just assisting them with their taxes, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Spring Awakening Market — Health and Wellness Expo

Spring Awakening Market — Health and Wellness Expo

The Spring Awakening Market will be a community event with a Health and wellness market featuring local health and wellness practitioners showcasing their products and services. 

The market is set for Saturday (April 18) from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Hart Hall at at 510 Carbonate Street in Nelson.

Services such as chiropractic, reflexology, coaching, Meditation, Shiatsu massage, Spa services, fitness and much much more. Also health and wellness products such as herbs, salves. 

Pension income splitting could mean tax savings

Pension income splitting could mean tax savings

 There’s a federal tax provision that seniors should know about because it could mean tax savings. 

If you are eligible, you can ‘split’ up to 50% of eligible pension income with a spouse or common-law partner for tax purposes in order to create overall tax savings for you and your partner.  
 
It’s called pension income splitting and here’s an example of how it works:

Chief Economist for Central Credit Union, Helmut Pastrick, discusses Kootenay economy Friday at Selkirk College

Chief Economist for Central Credit Union, Helmut Pastrick, discusses Kootenay economy Friday at Selkirk College

The man who knows a lot about the economy in BC is coming to Selkirk College Friday (March 27).

Helmut Pastrick, Chief Economist for Central Credit Union 1, the
central financial facility and trade association for the BC and Ontario credit union systems is speaking at the college thanks to Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute at Selkirk College.

Pastrick is editor of the Economic Analysis of British Columbia and Economic
Analysis of Ontario publications.

Casey Zeeman grand prize winner in Nelson Professional Firefighters Charity Raffle

Casey Zeeman grand prize winner in Nelson Professional Firefighters Charity Raffle

Photo Caption: Acting Captain Bob Patton watches Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak pulls the winning ticket in the Nelson Professional Firefighters Charity Raffle Saturday at the Nelson Fire Hall. — Submitted photo

Casey Zeeman of Balfour came away as the big winner in the Nelson Professional Firefighters Charity Raffle.

Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak pulled Zeeman's ticket during the draw Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Fire Hall. Zeeman won the grand prize of a 2015 Polaris 400cc Sportsman ETX ATV ($6699 value) from Main Jet Motor Sports in Nelson.

Kivi’s first book launched in April at Oxygen Art Centre

Kivi’s first book launched in April at Oxygen Art Centre

Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to present the launch of K.L. Kivi’s first book of poetry on April 10th at 7 p.m. during poetry month. 

Unknown Hum is Kivi’s first collection of poetry but the themes of her poems will resonate with those familiar with her work.  Unknown Hum explores the terrain of living a mindful life passionately engaged with the natural world and activist politics. 

Young Musicians Support Affordable Housing

Young Musicians Support Affordable Housing

Twenty-three young musicians gathered recently at Nelson United Church to showcase their talents in support of affordable housing in Nelson. Over $5,700 was raised for Nelson CARES’ Room to Live campaign.

“The students wanted to give something specific and tangible, so all the proceeds will be used to provide apartment sized refrigerators for 28 of the units in Ward Street Place," said Anne Macdonald, president of the Nelson branch of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association.

West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium goes this weekend

West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium goes this weekend

The annual West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium is only days away.

The 16th annual event is set for Saturday and Sunday (March 21-22) at the Castlegar Rec Complex.

The event is free to the public and includes a variety of activities for young and old including casting demos, kids’ fly tying, a speaker series and displays.

Columbia Power is a sponsor of the event and Columbia Power’s Information Technology Manager, John Jenner, and his kids (fishing enthusiasts) met up with event organizer, Rod Zavaduk, to hear more about the symposium.