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Reaching Out to Rural Seniors: Age Friendly Community Initiative Hires Student Intern

Reaching Out to Rural Seniors: Age Friendly Community Initiative Hires Student Intern

Nelson CARES Society and the Age Friendly Community Initiative have hired a Student Intern from Selkirk College for “Reaching Out”, a research and outreach project that will “reach out” to isolated rural seniors to talk with them about their concerns, challenges, and service needs.

The project will also connect the seniors to organizations that can help them meet these needs.

Rural seniors can become isolated for a number of reasons, including distance to services, lack of transportation, poor health, or the absence of family and friends nearby.

New project fosters waste reduction at regional markets

New project fosters waste reduction at regional markets

The EarthMatters program is in action again this summer, giving educational workshops and information, and facilitating enhanced waste recovery at Farmer’s Markets throughout the region.

Whether it’s Worm, Bokashi, or just a regular old heap, composting will be a main focus of the Waste Reduction Resource and Education Project.

Selkirk College Summer Camps for Kids Opens Up New Worlds

Selkirk College Summer Camps for Kids Opens Up New Worlds

With the backdrop of Nelson’s majestic Lakeside Park acting as inspiration, artist and educator Elizabeth Cunningham will take kids on a journey of imagination this August.

George Binns Art Show at the Nelson Public Library

 George Binns Art Show at the Nelson Public Library

This summer, the otherworldly paintings of George (Giorgio) Michael Binns transport viewers in a two-month exhibition at the Nelson Public Library.

Playing with flat planes of colour, Binns explores themes of human presence in stark landscapes through figures and buildings that lend perspective and contrast, in particular in works such as The Journey and The Princess and the Pauper.

Looming mountains over silent buildings create a different kind of contrast in Mountain Retreat.

Look Outside Photo Contest Launched by Wildsight

Look Outside Photo Contest Launched by Wildsight

Click. Share. Connect.

This summer, Look Outside, an exciting new photo contest and initiative launched by Wildsight, invites everyone to grab their cameras (or their cell phones!), head outside and capture their favourite places in the Kootenays.
 
Celebrating our connection to wild places and the wildlife that lives within them, Look Outside offers two different ways to participate.

Shokunin Master Classes make Kootenay Lake’s East Shore a major destination

Shokunin Master Classes make Kootenay Lake’s East Shore a major destination

By Art Joyce

In Japanese, a shokunin is a master craftsman or artisan. More than that, the word implies an ethic of striving for excellence and a responsibility to benefit one’s community.

With that theme in mind, Selkirk College announces a new summer program beginning this summer at Crawford Bay School, featuring regional artists and craftspeople. Programs will be offered in theatre, writing, music and the visual arts.

MLA Michelle Mungall takes show on the road

MLA Michelle Mungall takes show on the road

Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall is taking the show on the road mixing up a big batch of iced tea to share as she hears from locals during her annual Bend the MLA’s Ear Tour. 

This year’s tour begins Monday through Wednesdaym including stops in 10 small communities from the north end of Kootenay Lake to the Creston Valley.
 
The Bend the MLA’s Ear Tour is a tradition that Mungall started in 2009 shortly after she was first elected to represent the Nelson-Creston riding. 

Selkirk Nelson, formerly BC Vocational School, turns 50

Selkirk Nelson, formerly BC Vocational School, turns 50

For a half century, students educated on the post-secondary campus high above Nelson have contributed to building communities across the West Kootenay and beyond.

This month the Selkirk College Silver King Campus marks 50 years by looking back and steaming ahead to its next 50.

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival opening features words, wine, beer and barbs

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival opening features words, wine, beer and barbs

Words and wine, beer and bards will be featured in the just-announced lineup for the July 10 opening night social event for Nelson B.C.’s third annual Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

“We’ve been putting the finishing touches on the evening,” said Festival director Lynn Krauss. 

Local seamstress Hannah DeBoer-Smith offers workshops

Local seamstress Hannah DeBoer-Smith offers workshops

This summer Selfdesign High is hosting artist in residence Hannah DeBoer-Smith.

DeBoer-Smith has been sewing since she was five-years-old, her mother was a local tailor and graciously let her hang around the shop and absorb some of her many skills.

DeBoer-Smith's range of sewing has gone from; upholstery, vintage inspired clothing and aprons, outdoor gear, leather work, graduation dresses, silk screening, fashion shows and anything else she can get her hands on.