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Nelson Library celebrates young artists

Nelson Library celebrates young artists

The Nelson Public Library and 4Cats Art Studio team together this month to display fresh paintings by fresh young artists. The artists and their work will be celebrated in a special opening reception on Thursday, May 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

4Cats offers classes to young artists, offering the tools for creative expression with a chance to learn about different artists and art movements. The Nelson Public Library regularly shows local artworks by kids, teens, and adults.

Countdown is on for 2014 West Kootenay Walk for ALS

Countdown is on for 2014 West Kootenay Walk for ALS

Gord Shannon is back doing his best to stamp out ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) — a neurodegenerative disease that is sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Shannon, volunteer walk coordinator and ALS patient, is on a goal of raising $35,000 for the Peoples Drug Mart West Kootenay Walk for ALS in Nelson on (Sunday) June 1.

The 2014 West Kootenay Walk for ALS is set for Lakeside Rotary Park. Registration is 11:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 1 p.m.

Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band finish third at Kamloops Spring Fling

Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band finish third at Kamloops Spring Fling

Eleanor Wachtel, Angie Abdou among presenters at Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

Eleanor Wachtel, Angie Abdou among presenters at Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

CBC national book show host Eleanor Wachtel, 2011 Canada Reads finalist Angie Abdou, long-time McClelland & Stewart publisher Douglas Gibson, and nonfiction author and singer/songwriter Sid Marty, winner of the Grand Prize at the Banff Festival of Mountain Books and of Alberta’s Grant MacEwan Literary Arts lifetime achievement award, are among the presenters at Nelson's third annual Elephant Mountain Literary Festival, July 10-13.

The 2014 Elephant Mountain Literary Festival lineup was announced Wednesday, May 7, by Festival director Lynn Krauss. 

Spectacular Vision for Environmental Education in the Kootenays

Spectacular Vision for Environmental Education in the Kootenays

In the magnificent setting of the Canadian Rockies at Nipika Mountain Resort, environmental educators gathered to participate in a National Environmental Education Leadership Clinic.

Shortlist for sixth annual One Book One Kootenay Announced

Shortlist for sixth annual One Book One Kootenay Announced

South of Elfrida, Africa’s Unfinished Symphony, Blue Collar B&B; a more diverse list of titles is hard to imagine. That diversity is part of the beauty of the One Book, One Kootenay shortlist, an annual initiative that asks: what book should all Kootenay booklovers read?

One Book One Kootenay, or OBOK, is a library-driven celebration of Kootenay-Boundary literature sponsored by the Kootenay Library Federation and supported by the Columbia Basin Trust.

The Wealth/Health Connection: A Community Conversation About the Social Determinants of Health

The Wealth/Health Connection: A Community Conversation About the Social Determinants of Health

How is your physical health related to personal income, housing, and access to high quality food?

A lot more than you might think. Research shows that medical care only accounts for about a quarter of health outcomes, while half of a person’s ability to heal and recover from illness is determined by socio-economic factors.

What is being done in our community to meet our basic human needs, and what can be done to fill in the gaps?

How can healthcare practitioners and social service groups work together to ensure better health outcomes for everyone?

Lions Club raising money for Dog Guides

Lions Club raising money for Dog Guides

The Lions Club of Nelson will be holding a hotdog and bake sale in the Safeway Parking lot on Anderson Street, Saturday (May 10) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds will go to Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

The Lions Foundation of Canada trains six types of dog guides.

Dog Guides for Canine Vision (for blind or visually impaired), Hearing Ear (for deaf or hard of hearing), Autism Assistance (for children with autism), Service (for physically disabled), Seizure Response (for those with epilepsy), Diabetic Alert (for Type 1diabeties).

Shortened Bikes Not Pipes tour roars up Slocan Rail Trail

Shortened Bikes Not Pipes tour roars up Slocan Rail Trail

With the 'cling cling' of bicycle bells and shouts of “Bikes Not Pipes” the little tour pedalled up the Slocan Valley Rail Trail this week. 

Arthritis workshop Friday at Kootenay Lake Hospital

Arthritis workshop Friday at Kootenay Lake Hospital

The Arthritis Society is hosting a Arthritis & Chronic Pain Management Workshop for all ages Friday (May 9) from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Kootenay Lake Regional Hospital Boardroom in Nelson.

The workshop is for all ages and will deal with the different types of arthritis and ways to manage the disease and chronic pain.

Cost is free.

For more information to register contact 1-866-414-7766 or go to info@arthritis.ca