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Nelson Youth Centre get facelift

Nelson Youth Centre get facelift

Nelson and District Youth Centre expects more than 8,000 visits this year.

And to help with those visitors, there are some big, bold changes afoot.

“I'm excited about the renovations and programming changes both completed and underway,” says City Council Youth Advisory Committee Rep Valerie Warmington.

“The Center has been really well-used by youth from Nelson and surrounding areas in the past, and each improvement sees a further increase in participation and engagement.”

Nelson is going on the Lake to join in cross-Canada We>Tar Sands action

Nelson is going on the Lake to join in  cross-Canada We>Tar Sands action

Climate and pipeline activists in Nelson are getting ready to join in the national We>Tar Sands action coming up Saturday (July 4th.)

NETS & NDCU Offering a Free Streetcar Ride on Canada Day

NETS & NDCU Offering a Free Streetcar Ride on Canada Day

For the fourth year, Nelson & District Credit Union is sponsoring the Canada Day Free Ride on Nelson Electric Tramway Society’s Street Car #23.

NDCU staff and NETS conductors want to be sure you jump on at Lakeside Park in Nelson on July 1, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m, and enjoy Canada Day with a historical streetcar ride compliments of the members of the Credit Union.

The public is urged to take the free ride while participating in the Nelson Chamber of Commerce Canada Day Celebrations at Rotary Lakeside Park.

All-stars and brilliance at the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

All-stars and brilliance at the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

What do Bob Bossin, Kate Pullinger, and Marina Endicott have in common?

These multi-award-winning literary all-stars are all on stage on the same night at Elephant Mountain Literary Festival’s All-Star Reading on Saturday, July 11 at 7:30 pm at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson.

The Festival kicks off on Friday with a 100-mile Gala that pairs local authors with Creston wines in an evening of literary merriment.

Panel discussions all day Saturday explore the creative process with special guests and local artists and thinkers.

Nelson resident Michael Jessen elected as local volunteer director to BC Lung Association

Nelson resident Michael Jessen elected as local volunteer director to BC Lung Association

Nelson resident Michael Jessen has been re-elected as the local volunteer director of the BC Lung Association for a seventh term.

Jessen, who has served on the group’s board of directors since 2009, was re-appointed at the association’s annual general meeting on June 19.

“Being associated with the BC Lung Association allows me to continue advocating for clean air in my community,” Jessen said. “I believe passionately in the BCLA slogan that if you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.”

First MarketFest of 2015 happens Friday on Baker Street

First MarketFest of 2015 happens Friday on Baker Street

The West Kootenay EcoSociety is once again bringing the legendary MarketFest back to Baker Street on June 26 from 6 -10:30 p.m.

This is a rain or shine event but hopefully the weather will be kind, the sun will shine, and the music will soar.

This year’s music includes Breakwater, Brian Rosen and the WhatNow, Miles in Motion, James Lamb and Lint. There is also of number of wonderful dance acts including Slava’s Folk Fusion and Soul fire.

Practical Financial Solutions: Finding your affordable home

Practical Financial Solutions: Finding your affordable home

Buying a home is usually the largest financial decision any Canadian family will ever make – one that affects your family, future and lifestyle. It gives rise to a lot of questions – like deciding on the neighbourhood you’ll live in, the school your kids will attend, possible lifestyle changes, and whether or not you’ll be able to profit from a possible future sale.
 
But the key question is always: How much home can you comfortably afford?

And that is a tricky question for any homebuyer because there is no easy answer.

NEW OFFICER FOR NELSON AIR CADETS

NEW OFFICER FOR NELSON AIR CADETS

The cadets of the 561 Nelson Osprey Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadrons welcomed a new officer recently.
 
Officer Cadet (O/Cdt) Brittnee Wallin was sworn in by Major (Maj) Kevin DeBiasio as a member of the CIC (Cadet Instructor Cadre) branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. 

Nelson’s Hampton Gray Sea Cadet Corp 81 Year-End Project

Nelson’s Hampton Gray Sea Cadet Corp 81 Year-End Project

For their year end community volunteer project, Nelson’s Hampton Gray Sea Cadet Corp 81 spent several hours picking up trash on and around the Nelson Electric Tram Society train track. 

The society in turn gave a wonderful extensive tour of their facility and the cadets enjoyed riding the tram and having the opportunity to question the society volunteers and learn first hand about the operational aspects of running the tram. 

The Nelson Sea Cadets were established in 1949 and named after Nelson’s own WWII Victoria Cross hero Hampton Grey. 

'Fundraising Rummage Sale' Saturday in Downtown Nelson

'Fundraising Rummage Sale' Saturday in Downtown Nelson

The Nelson Downtown Business Association is sponsoring a "Fundraising Rummage Sale" Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Rummage Sale to raise funds to help victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal by donating to ShelterBox Nepal and to raise funds for Nelson’s affordable housing initiative, the Room to Live project (nelsoncares.ca).