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A book Under Every Tree brings books to kids

A book Under Every Tree brings books to kids

Books can open whole worlds — as long as you have one.

This holiday season a local partnership aims to put a book under every tree for the children of Holiday Hamper recipients.

Holiday Hampers are distributed annually by the Nelson Food Cupboard to more than 500 people working hard to make ends meet, including 150 children.

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, the Nelson Public Library and the Nelson Star have teamed up to see a book included for every child aged 0 to 15 years by requesting donations of books that are new or in new condition.

November is Lung Month: protect your lungs, get your home tested

November is Lung Month: protect your lungs, get your home tested

Exposure to colourless, odourless radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the ground. It can seep undetected into homes, schools, workplaces and other buildings through cracks in the walls or foundation.
 
“Radon gas is accountable for up to 16 per cent of lung cancers. We suggest all BC homeowners test their home’s radon levels,” says Michael Jessen, Volunteer BC Lung Association Director for Nelson.
 

Author Avi Silberstein brings Human Solutions to the Nelson Library

Author Avi Silberstein brings Human Solutions to the Nelson Library

Cults, crime, and the lengths we’ll go for love are key elements in the debut novel by Avi Silberstein, a chilling narrative inspired by the true story of Paul Schäfer, an ex-Nazi who founded the Colonia Dignidad in Chile in the late 1970s. Silberstein reads from his novel Human Solutions on Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Public Library.
 

Robogames draw huge crowds for fourth annual event

Robogames draw huge crowds for fourth annual event

The 2014 Robogames featured a sellout crowd of participants at Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus Saturday.

More than 180 people attended the fourth annual Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) event to watch 32 competitors focus on programming and designing electronics and robotics.

Top place finisher in the Youth (12 & under) was 10-year-old Jaida Klassen and 12-year-old Sydney Furman.

HOSPICE ADDS SERVICES FOR THE BEREAVED AROUND THE HOLIDAYS

 HOSPICE ADDS SERVICES FOR THE BEREAVED AROUND THE HOLIDAYS

The Holidays can be a particularly difficult time for those who have lost someone through death. 

The cycle of loss through detachment, despair and anger to recovery can be a lonely, frightening and overwhelming experience, even when family and friends are trying to support us. A grief support group provides a safe, supportive environment where the bereaved can learn that the way they are experiencing their grief is normal and very individual.

Oxygen Art Centre fundraiser Cabaret is back!

Oxygen Art Centre fundraiser Cabaret is back!

What's on your plate? Find out Wednesday at Civic Theatre

What's on your plate? Find out Wednesday at Civic Theatre

What’s on your plate?

Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Seifert explains his search for answers in the film GMO/OMG appearing Wednesday (November 19) at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Theatre in Nelson.

Seifert tells movie goers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice.

Robots Duke It Out at Selkirk College Saturday

Robots Duke It Out at Selkirk College Saturday

Frasier vs. Ali, Tyson vs. Holyfield, Edward vs. Jacob….  All epic battles, but none of them can hold a candle to the robot vs. robot competition of Robogames 2014 which is being held on Saturday November 15th at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus, Mary Hall Building.

While the political candidates are duking it out live at the polling stations on that same day, so will the battle for robot supremacy be fought among us.
 

Columbia Power join in on Selkirk College’s GIS Day

Columbia Power join in on Selkirk College’s GIS Day

November 19 (Wednesday) is GIS DAY at Selkirk College in Castlegar.

The campus will host a day of activities for regional GIS professionals, industry partners and Selkirk College students and instructors. 

The day, facilitated each year by Selkirk’s Geospatial Research Centre, will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Jon Corbett , from UBC Okanagan.

There will be presentations, displays and lunch for participants.

Columbia Power is a sponsor of GIS Day led by Krista Watts, Columbia Power’s Environmental Support Manager.

An Evening of Stories and Poems

An Evening of Stories and Poems

On Friday, November 14th, Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to host Nelson author Ernest Hekkanen as he launches his new book, a novella, I’m Not You.