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Nelson UBC Writer-in-Residency begins in September

Nelson UBC Writer-in-Residency begins in September

The instructor for UBC’s creative writing weekend intensive course in Nelson this fall will be available to consult with anyone in the community wishing feedback on their own writing, and information on publishing or other literary matters.

Sonnet L'Abbe, an award-winning author, editor and teacher, will be in Nelson from Sept. 25 to Nov. 7 to offer UBC Okanagan's Writing From the Ground Up, a weekend credit course open to all comers. 

Shake-speare Festival makes its way back to Gyro Park ‘Ye Olde Stone Quarry’

Shake-speare Festival makes its way back to Gyro Park ‘Ye Olde Stone Quarry’

Act II of the 2015 Bard in the Bush Shake-speare Festival is “Two Gentlemen of Victoria”, presented outdoors by Nelson Youth Theatre on Friday (August 28) at 2 p.m. in Gyro Park’s ‘Ye Olde Stone Quarry’.

A faithful version of the Bard’s romantic-comedy script that is relocated to British Columbia’s biggest cities for fun, “Two Gentlemen of Victoria” stars a top-notch cast of NYT returnees along with some keen newcomers to the troupe.

Local cyclists in West Kootenay Glacier Challenge takes aim at MS

Local cyclists in West Kootenay Glacier Challenge takes aim at MS

Anyone travelling the highways around Nelson may have noticed an influx of cyclists.

These bike riders were part of the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge.

The cyclists were participating in the the long 154-kilometer journey to raise funds necessary to allow research to find that elusive cure for MS (Multiple sclerosis).

Installation artist José Luis Torres assembles Mutations at the Oxygen Art Centre

Installation artist José Luis Torres assembles Mutations at the Oxygen Art Centre

As part of the Oxygen Art Centre’s summer residency and exhibition program, Quebec resident and Argentina-born sculptor José Luis Torres will be creating and installing new work from his series of “in situ” installation pieces called Mutations. 

Final MarketFest of 2015 goes Friday

Final MarketFest of 2015 goes Friday

The final MarketFest of the 2015 summer season goes Friday in downtown Nelson.

Once again, Baker Street will be transformed into a lively night market featuring 100 vendors, live music, dance performances, kids entertainment and more.  

MarketFest, which runs from 6-10:30 pm., is fun for the whole family, and is not to be missed. A $5 donation for admission is kindly requested for anyone over 18.

Schedule for Friday, August 21 includes:

Moving Mosaic Samba Band

Kootenay Kids Society Lemonade Stand Benefits Needs of Nelson Families

Kootenay Kids Society Lemonade Stand Benefits Needs of Nelson Families

Kootenay Kids Society has been teaming up with the local Scotiabank branch in Nelson through the summer with the Kootenay Kids Lemonade Stand at the corner of Ward and Baker Streets in the Heritage City.

The team is hosting another Lemonade Stand Sale Wednesday (August 19) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. outside the Scotiabank Branch in Nelson.

Practical Financial Solutions: RESP spending options

Practical Financial Solutions: RESP spending options

You’re finally ready to start tapping into the investments you’ve been building in that Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) you’ve nurtured over the years.

Here are some ideas on how to get the most from it.

Know your options: Once your child is enrolled in an eligible program you can withdraw plan contributions tax-free and use them any way you wish – to support your child or even for your personal purchases. (If your RESP is a “group RESP”, then there may be further restrictions on contribution withdrawals.)

Harvest Festival Coming to Fernie

Harvest Festival Coming to Fernie

When the fall hits Fernie, a new event will be coming to town to help celebrate the harvest in the Elk Valley. Our Harvest Feast & Fest - Fernie’s Fall Fair will be held September 19th and 20th in Prentice Park and will bring the community together to enjoy our local harvest.

The “Feast” on the evening of Saturday, September the 19th will be prepared by Chef Barrie Elliott, winner of Chopped Canada - a televised Food Network competition.

The Kokanee return – and so does the RedFish Festival!

The Kokanee return – and so does the RedFish Festival!

There’s more to celebrating the Kokanee’s return than a good party at the Kokanee Creek Visitors Centre on Sunday, August 30.

“There are an amazing number of people who take the spawning channel tours during the Redfish Festival,” says the centre’s naturalist, Joanne Siderius.

Siderius and her team will give channel walks three times an hour from noon until 6 p.m. during the festival.

The public is welcome to come out and learn how and why the fish return and their importance to the Kokanee Creek ecosystem, says Siderius.

Columbia Power, Columbia Basin Trust Salute Workers

Columbia Power, Columbia Basin Trust Salute Workers

The Waneta Expansion owners, Fortis Inc., Columbia Power and Columbia Basin Trust, welcomed over 250 Waneta Expansion Project workers and family members to Birchbank Picnic Grounds recently for a worker appreciation BBQ.

Workers along with their families enjoyed a complimentary BBQ, kids activities, door prizes, roving magician, and live performances by the Slocan Union Band and the Foggy Goggle Boys.

The owners would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the workers who contributed to the Waneta Expansion.