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Disaster in Paradise launches in Nelson

Disaster in Paradise launches in Nelson

When two devastating landslides took homes and lives in the tiny, remote community of Johnson’s Landing in July of 2012, the story made headlines across the country. Closer to home, trauma and grief left residents as scarred as the landscape.

Disaster in Paradise (Harbour Publishing, 2015) by former Johnson’s Landing resident Mandy Bath paints an unforgettable before-and-after picture of a community faced with the unthinkable.

Selkirk College’s Walking History Course Offers Research and Writing Skills

Selkirk College’s Walking History Course Offers Research and Writing Skills

Have you ever wanted to turn your family papers into a memoir? Are you interested in writing a history that transcends mere facts to become a fascinating narrative?

Do you volunteer for a historical society and feel like you need more skills to write local histories?

If so, you should consider signing up for Walking History—Exploring the Past in the Present, being offered at the Selkirk College Learning Centre in Nakusp on April 18 and 19.

Nelson Library hosts accomplished poets

Nelson Library hosts accomplished poets

You could say poetry is food for the soul. And you’d be right, according to the League of Canadian Poets, which has given National Poetry Month—celebrated annually in April—the theme of Food and Poetry.

“Food nourishes, grounds and connects us, much like poetry. Without food, as without poetry, we go hungry,” notes the League’s website.

Kalein Hospice Centre announces return of 'Death Cafe'

Kalein Hospice Centre announces return of 'Death Cafe'

Kalein Hospice Centre is delighted to announce the return of its popular “Death Cafe.”

Beginning this spring, a series of three cafes are scheduled for April 23rd, May 28th and June 25th.

Anyone is welcome to attend one, two, or all three.
Death Café” is part of an international movement started in 2011. There are nowover 500 registered cafes around the world. As the founder saw it,

Sculpture Swap on Baker Street

Sculpture Swap on Baker Street

Baker Street’s gallery of outdoor sculptural art is soon to see a swap, just in time for the arrival of spring.  

And, according to Nelson’s Cultural Development Officer Joy Barrett, if you fell in love with one of the existing sculptures, now is your chance to own or lease it and extend your enjoyment.

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: