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Hobnails and Hemp Rope Wednesday at Touchstones Nelson Museum

Hobnails and Hemp Rope Wednesday at Touchstones Nelson Museum

On Wednesday, the public is welcome to Celebrate National Heritage Week with a film screening of the incredible documentary: Hobnails and Hemp Rope at Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History.

Bursary Tea Brings Together Selkirk College Students and Donors

Bursary Tea Brings Together Selkirk College Students and Donors

A celebration of community learning took place at Selkirk College’s Mary Hall as donors and students came together for the annual Bursary Tea.

On February 4, more than 300 people, including Selkirk College staff, enjoyed afternoon tea that included delicious food prepared by the Professional Cook Training Program and served by students in the Resort and Hotel Management Program.

Keep those gas meters clear of snow

Keep those gas meters clear of snow

It's time to at least exhale after last week's snowfall in the West Kootenay/Boundary region.

Now that there's been a reprieve of winter weather, FortisBC would like to remind customers to keep their natural gas meter and outside vents clear of ice and snow.

"Clear a path to your meter whenever you shovel your driveway to make sure it can be accessed safely by you, a meter reader or emergency responders," said FortisBC Amy Bunton Corporate Communications Advisor in a media release.
 
Here are some tips of what to do:

Pacific Insight Electronics launches Diesel Genset

Pacific Insight Electronics launches Diesel Genset

Nelson-based electronics manufacturer, Pacific Insight Electronics, has launched Cummins Diesel Genset technology to provide a back-up generator for their Nelson manufacturing operations.

In a media release, the company said the goal is to provide continuous power for the entire facility including offices in the event of a power disruption.

Canada Summer Jobs employer application deadline extended to Friday, February 3rd

Canada Summer Jobs employer application deadline extended to Friday, February 3rd

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski would like to remind employers interested in applying for Canada Summer Jobs funding for 2017 that the January 20 application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 3rd.

Service Canada extended the deadline by two weeks to allow more employers the opportunity to submit an application for funding.

In Kootenay–Columbia, Canada Summer Jobs 2017 will focus on applications which complement the following local priorities:

Help fight animal cruelty by ‘baking’ a difference

Help fight animal cruelty by ‘baking’ a difference

Looking to start the year by making a difference? By getting involved in National Cupcake Day™, animal lovers can help save the lives of animals in our communities simply by baking cupcakes and giving them away in exchange for a donation.
 
National Cupcake Day™ is cross-country event presented by the BC SPCA, the Ontario SPCA and participating humane societies.  This year, Cupcake Day falls on Monday, February 27 (the last Monday of February), but animal lovers and bakers are encouraged to fundraise throughout January and February.
 

Winlaw hosts Ice Carving Event in New Year

Winlaw hosts Ice Carving Event in New Year

Ever have an urge to carve something in ice?

On Saturday, January 7th the Slocan Valley Arts Council will be sponsoring a Winter Ice Day in front of Sleep is For Sissies in Winlaw from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m.

This is a free event which will be hosted by three internationally known ice sculptors who just happen to live in the Slocan Valley.

Peter Vogelaar of the Winlaw Ice Sculpting Team will be providing all the tools and instruction to get a lucky group of people on their way to creating a masterpiece in ice in a matter of hours.

Salmo Community Christmas Dinner set of Sunday

Salmo Community Christmas Dinner set of Sunday

Each year, volunteers from Salmo and Ymir host a free Christmas dinner to bring together members of their two communities.

Organized by Salmo resident Mavis Stachurski, the Salmo-Ymir Christmas Dinner is a special gathering that community members look forward to all year. Columbia Power  is a sponsor of the event, which takes place on Sunday, December 11 at the Salmo Valley and Community Youth Centre.

Swing Into Great Savings this Christmas Season

Swing Into Great Savings this Christmas Season

Looking for a great way to support lung health and clean air initiatives throughout BC, as well as save money at your local golf course?
 
The BC Lung Association’s Golf Privilege Club® Membership Book is back this year, and offers money-saving deals at almost 100 golf courses throughout BC and Washington State.
 
“It’s the perfect gift for all the golf-lovers on your Christmas list,” says BC Lung Association team member Christine Primus.
 

Author Sharon Thesen and Nelson's Ross Klatte help celebrate 10 years of Oxygen Art Centre

Author Sharon Thesen and Nelson's Ross Klatte help celebrate 10 years of Oxygen Art Centre

The second in a series of author readings during 2016-2017 that mark 10 years of arts programming at Nelson, B.C.’s Oxygen Art Centre will showcase Okanagan-based poet, editor, and teacher Sharon Thesen, and North Nelson memoirist and fiction writer Ross Klatte on Friday, November 18.

The duo’s reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free ($5 donation appreciated) and the event is open to the public. The Oxygen Art Centre is located at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance).

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