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It’s a win-win: Buy tickets, help animals in BC SPCA Lottery for animals in need

It’s a win-win: Buy tickets, help animals in BC SPCA Lottery for animals in need

Did you know buying lottery tickets can help B.C’s most vulnerable animals? With the return of the BC SPCA Lottery for animals in need, you can win big by helping animals in need and potentially, put thousands of extra dollars in your pocket.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 BC SPCA Lottery for animals in need, which funds urgently needed medical care, sheltering, spay and neuter services, advocacy, adoption, foster care programs and other services provided for homeless and abused animals in BC SPCA shelters across the province.

Opportunity for Youth to Be Leaders of Their Own Learning

Opportunity for Youth to Be Leaders of Their Own Learning

A new locally grown youth leadership program has been launched with a focus on developing self-mastery through emotional intelligence development.

Called Young Leaders Connection (YLC), the program aims young people between the ages of 16 and 24 towardsself and social responsibility, community engagement, and leadership.

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS THAT BENEFIT YOUTH

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS THAT BENEFIT YOUTH

Organizations with projects that directly benefit Basin youth may apply for funding through Columbia Basin Trust’s Youth Grants program.
 
A range of organizations can apply—including non-profit, public and First Nations groups, plus youth aged 15 to 29 with a sponsoring organization. Projects that meet eligibility requirements can receive up to $15,000.

Calling all gardeners and seed savers to Seedy Saturday

Calling all gardeners and seed savers to Seedy Saturday

The West Kootenay EcoSociety presents the 20th Annual Seedy Saturday in the basement of the Nelson United Church (602 Silica Street), located on the corner of Silica St. and Josephine St. 

The event runs from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to swap or purchase seeds for your garden and network with other gardening enthusiasts.

2015 Paddling Season for Kootenay Rhythm Dragons Beginning

2015 Paddling Season for Kootenay Rhythm Dragons Beginning

Paddling season is almost here and there are many dragons preparing to get on the waters of Kootenay Lake.  The paddling season stretches from April to September, with three teams. 

There are two competitive teams which practice at 5:30 to 7 p.m. – one team practices Mon and Wed, the other team Tues. and Thurs.  These teams attend two festivals a year in BC and Alberta.

Nelson fundraising dinner and film to support Unist’ot’en camp blockade of pipelines

Nelson fundraising dinner and film to support Unist’ot’en camp blockade of pipelines

Local volunteers are putting on an event to show support and raise awareness for the Unist’ot’en pipeline blockade of the Enbridge bitumen and natural gas pipelines near Smithers, BC.

“Over several years, the Unist’ot’en camp has become a key point of resistance to pipelines crossing First Nations’ territory,” says Margaret-Anne Murphy, an event volunteer.

Medieval Days coming to Nakusp

Medieval Days coming to Nakusp

by Catriona Caimbeul

So is fun, feasting, entertainment and workshops for the whole family!

The Nakusp Medieval Society has partnered with the Society for Creative Anachronism to bring the SCA’s annual war here for the August long weekend. The SCA’s Kingdom of Avacal (eastern BC and Alberta) and the Principality of Tir Righ (western BC, northern Washington) will recreate a medieval encampment, complete with a village square market where guests can shop for historically accurate wares and period food and drink.

Grizzelle’s Greenhouse site to become new home of Nelson Food Cupboard Garden

Grizzelle’s Greenhouse site to become new home of Nelson Food Cupboard Garden

Over the next few months, the Nelson Food Cupboard will be transforming the site of the former Grizzelle’s Greenhouse on Hoover and Ward Streets into a large-scale vegetable garden. Use of the land has been donated to the Nelson Food Cupboard by Brooke and Sandi Leatherman and the Columbia Basin Trust has stepped in to fund much of the project.

WEST KOOTENAY CAMERA CLUB CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANNUAL PHOTO SHOW June 5- 13

WEST KOOTENAY CAMERA CLUB  CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF  ANNUAL PHOTO SHOW June 5- 13

The West Kootenay Camera Club is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. 

The photo show runs consecutive with the Castlegar Sun Fest. 

Dates for the photos to be shown at the Kootenay Gallery are June 5 to June 13, 2015.  For more information call or e-mail --   Judy Wray at 250-693-2353 or wrayrobi@shaw.ca    and /or Vi Madrigga at 250-365-3660 or vimad@telus.net  

TeckServ Student Internship Supports Rural Community Development

TeckServ Student Internship Supports Rural Community Development

Funding is available to help organizations work with post-secondary students to undertake community-based research in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

The annual TeckServ Internship, now in its fifth year, provides support for a Selkirk College student to engage in local community service through an applied research project designed to offer ongoing benefit to the community.