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Monthly book discussion meets on Thursday, June 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the McBride and District Public Library to discuss "best historical fiction of 2018: Goodreads Choice Awards". Feel free to bring your own title or stop by to pick up one of ours. All welcome for the discussion over coffee and tea! https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-historical-fiction-books-2018
Summer gathering for some old-time music! There is a longing for some old-time music, so let's get together and play some,
and have a potluck as well! Friday, June 28 at "Winkler's" , 8943 Highway16,the driveway with the blue wagon. Potluck supper 6 p.m. and then happy tunes around 7 p.m. Bring your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, banjos, bass, Ukuleles.... whatever you play! Everyone is welcome, brave dancers too! See you then! Ursula and Terry Winkler
Dunster Ice Cream Social, Saturday, June 29, 7 p.m.
Potluck cakes and goodies. Dance - Roadside Splinter.
Price: adults $8, 6-10 years old $6, 5 and under free. We will be setting up the hall Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. Help needed. The schedule for volunteer shifts will be posted on this site closer to the date.

I will be back up in Dunster for the Canada Day long week (from June 27 to July 1). I'll be holding a final estate sale at Keith's property on Sunday, June 30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. again. Everything must go (except interior cabin appliances). I will have a table of FREE stuff as well! Still lots of good stuff as I didn't get to everything the first time and it will all be displayed to sell, sell, sell! Also selling his 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Crew Cab ! Asking $2300 obo. Make your offer, best one takes it that weekend. Email Krysta Harcus for more details on that. Keith's property is the next driveway west of Pete Amyoony's place on the lower side of Read Road. The address is 7615 Read Rd ( about 3km east of Dunster Hall). Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Horsemanship clinic with Centered Riding instructor Lisa Wieben, July 6 and 7, Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship, Dunster
Lisa Wieben is a versatile and exceptional riding coach, balancing her skills as a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor, Equine Canada Western Competition Coach, and Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer.
Specializing in Western and English Dressage, she trains youth, adult amateurs, and professionals as well as coaching a local 4H group at her facility near Bowden/Olds, AB. Through dressage and foundational training she helps riders of all disciplines create stronger partnerships with their horses. Also, as a Hanna Somatic Instructor and Practitioner in Training, Lisa works with riders, in class or privately, learning movement exercises that target specific muscle issues in the body brought on by stress, injuries, surgeries, and overuse. Her approach, using Dressage, Centered Riding, Irwin Insights principles, and Somatics, all come together to develop a balanced rider and a balanced horse.
For more information visit www.mountainviewtrainingstables.com.
Participants fee: $350 + GST per person (includes 2 days of clinic).
Spectators welcome at $25/day.
To register contact Birgit Stutz at 250-968-6801 or by email.

Robson Valley Caregiver Support Group (Valemount), Valemount Health centre (multipurpose room). Monday, July 8 from 2-3 p.m. For those caring for someone with dementia-spouses, family or friends, a care-giver support group offers the chance to:

  • Exchange information and friendship with others affected by dementia.
  • Access the most current information.
  • Learn and share practical tips for coping with change.
  • Decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Express feelings and be reassured that these feelings are normal.
  • Find a sense of hope
Supporting a person with dementia can be incredibly demanding. The demands of the disease can make it difficult to stay in touch with friends and family, leading to loneliness and isolation. Come and join us! Contact for more information: Sophia Oumzil, primary care social worker, 250-566-1603.

Sho-Tai is returning July 8. Evan Dougherty, Class 2 Sho-Tai Practitioner, will be resuming his practice in McBride on Monday, July 8.  Evan has travelled and practiced with Terry Bell, the founder of Sho-Tai, for more than a decade. Sho-Tai utilizes examination of color changes and markings  on the eyes, tongue & teeth to determine health changes in the body, past and present. Muscle testing (Kinesiology) is utilized to determine the weakest & most damaged organs and glands which are causing health issues. Kinesiology is also applied to determine which foods are negatively impacting the body and which herbs will aid the body in healing. We are all unique, like a snowflake, so a food that may be healthy for one person, may actually be detrimental to another, because of our genetic make-up and other causal factors throughout our lifetime. Even if a person is taking a herb or vitamin recommended for a particular condition, if it is not what their particular system needs, then the body must cleanse  that item out, rather than utilizing it.  The system follows the principles of Cleanse, Repair and Maintain to achieve optimum health. If you are a client of Sho-Tai or would like to be, please contact Kelly or leave a message at 250-968-4400.  Kelly also maintains a local supply of Sho-Tai herbs for clients.

NVC (Non-violent Communication) in Dome Creek, July 20, all day course. $75. Eric Bowers is a CNVC Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer with extensive training in Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Eric will lead an all day exploration in Nonviolent Communication (NVC). You will be given the tools to co-create structures and systems for working through conflict with your group members ý community, workplace, family, and others. To learn more visit https://www.facebook.com/events/282541999317816/ or https://kakwaecovillage.wordpress.com/events/.

Sacred Circle Dance with June Watts, July 26-30
Dance for peace, love, community and joy with world renowned circle dance teacher. June has devoted her life to teaching around the world and will be in the Robson Valley this summer. Tete Jaune Lodge. Friday night only $30. Weekend $250. Friday-Tuesday $350. Call Micah Yoder for details at 250-961-5983 or by email or check out Circle Dancing with June Watts.

Girl On Top - Women's empowerment weekend, July 5-7, McBride
Empower yourself during this weekend retreat located in the beautiful Robson Valley community of McBride.
Event ticket includes: swag bag, self development activities, vision board, self reflection, two 75-minute Yoga sessions, individual headshots (because every woman deserves a beautiful photo of herself), paint night, professional hair stylist tips and tricks, outdoor guided recreation walk, collaboration with amazing every day women working hard to live their best lives.
Early bird ticket is $295. $100 non-refundable deposit included in price. Early bird deadline is Sunday, June 9 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Get tickets here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-on-top-a-womens-empowerment-weekend-tickets-62410742210
. ¨Regular ticket price (June 10-30) is $350. *Ticket refunds minus $100 non-refundable deposit will be available up to 7 days before the start of event. There are also a limited number of spaces at an additional $100 for 2 nights accommodation and 5 meals included at a beautiful bed and breakfast. Contact organizer Jen Quam directly to book this option at 250-569-7382 or by email. All women aged 16 years of age and older welcome.

Horsemanship and certification clinic with world-renowned horse trainer and clinician Chris Irwin (Irwin Insights), July 27 and 28, Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship, Dunster
This is primarily a clinic for those who would like to maintain or upgrade their certification and those who are ready to be certified.
There will also be some spots available for those new to the methodology of Irwin Insights and are interested in learning more about the Irwin Insights methodology.
Clinic runs Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28 from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sessions are either semi-private (90 minutes long), private (1 hour long), or in small groups of 3-4 (2 hours long). You can book as many sessions as you like. 1 hour private: $230 plus GST/pp. 90-minute semi-private: $200 plus GST/pp. 2-hour small group session: 175 plus GST/pp. Deposits are due February 10.
Spectators welcome at $25 per person per day.
To register contact Birgit Stutz at 250-968-6801 or by email.
Contact us for more information or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2177372228991570/

This year's clinic with Chris Irwin is host to a unique and rare event: Chris will be demonstrating how to apply Irwin Insights to horses at liberty in a herd situation. Watching Chris work is almost as powerful a learning experience as participating in the clinic as a rider. There are only 2 spots available for participants interested in being coached by Chris in working at liberty in a herd situation - 1 on Saturday afternoon and 1 on Sunday afternoon. Cost is $255 plus GST per person. Contact Birgit Stutz to apply for one of those spots. In addition, tickets are available for auditors to learn from Chris's demonstration and from the instruction provided to the lucky participants. Early bird tickets (deadline March 1) are $40. After March 1 tickets are $50. Ticket fee includes auditing fee for morning clinic. Click here to order your auditor ticket: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/herd-behaviour-with-chris-irwin-tickets-57036971116?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR2E2qar-80iC_RicKEhdKoF4HngErbAApN5eHPFL2nz7FrRUBf4Dc0-9vQ . This is an exclusive opportunity to witness Chris working with a herd! Note: refunds will be available should the event be cancelled.

Non-urban occupational first aid level 3 course (NUOFA3)
NUOFA3 is a multi-level government accredited training program that meets the criteria as a 110-hour training standard set-out by WorkSafeBC. The NUOFA 3 is a training program for professional non-urban responders such as ski/bike patrollers, search & rescue technicians and guides who are tasked with providing advanced emergency medical care to clients and workers.
Upon successful completion, students will receive the following certifications:

  • Non-Urban Occupational First Aid 3
  • Non-Urban Emergency Care 3
  • Occupational First Aid Level 3
  • Non-Urban Cardiac Arrest Management
  • CPR Level 'HCP'
October 1-11, 2019 (course duration: 10-days with 1 day off in the middle).Cost $999 (student must purchase their own textbook). At the Valemount College, 99 Gorse Street. To register, contact the Valemount College at 250-566-0067 or by email or by drop-in from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Ongoing Events in Dunster

Dunster Station Museum will be open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Come meet our fabulous museum host, Laura Johnson. Sit and visit on our new deck with new tables, chairs and umbrellas.
Dunster Community Forest Manager Ray Thiessen will be at the office in the Dunster Schoolhouse on Fridays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and will be available to the community.

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Ongoing Events in McBride

McBride Community Market, June 21 to August 30
The McBride Community Market will be open every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pavilion on Main Street, with goods grown, made or assembled in the valley. Vendors from Dome Creek to Valemount are welcome to display wares that meet these criteria and will pay a nominal $5 per week per table. Please bring your own table and chair. For further information on selling at the Market call Dorothy Simpson at 250-569-3343.
Nobody's Perfect parenting group, Tuesday mornings starting May 14 at Robson Valley Community Services, 942 Third Avenue, McBride, 10 a.m. to noon. Meet other parents. Share questions. Learn about child development. Talk about real life experience. Work together. Discover ways to parent. Six weekly sessions based on what you and other parents want to learn about. Sign up at Robson Valley Community Services by Monday, May 13. 250-569-2266. Hosted by Sara Olofsson and Bob Thompson.
Ukulele jam with Melissa at the McBride & District Public Library, Fridays 2-3 p.m. All interests welcome. Bring your uke and we'll have a few.
Zumba dance sessions, Mondays and Thursdays at the Robson Valley Community Hall at 7 p.m. starting Monday, January 14.
$8 for drop in, $30 for a 5-session punch card. Everyone is welcome!
Art classes at Beaverview Lodge, Monday from 1-3 p.m. in the dining room. We will continue on with learning landscape painting for now. This class is sponsored by the Old Age Pensions Organization ( O.A. P.O.)  and is meant for seniors and friends who want to have a regular time for art in their lives each week. You will be expected to bring your own supplies eventually,  but if you do not have any and are a beginner, please come and join us
and we will supply enough materials to get you started until you know what to get. Call for more information: Sasha Scott at 250-566-1378 or Pete Amyoony at 250-968-4334.

Circle of security parenting program in McBride at the McBride and District Public Library. December 13 and every Thursday in January starting January 10. To register call RVCS at 250-569-2266.

The Valley Piecemakers Quilt group meets for fun and quilting every third weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) between September and  April at the Elks Hall in McBride. New members are welcome. Beginner quilters welcome. Come and learn to quilt.  Membership is $15 per year.  Contact Georgie Kenzie by phone or text at 250-569-7433 or by email for more information.

Physiotherapy at the gym is starting up again. Free program. Thursdays in McBride at the Fit Pit from 9-11 a.m. Talk to your doctor or call Michelle Read at 250-569-0053 for more information.

Monthly book discussion meets the fourth Thursday of every month at the McBride and District Public Library. All welcome to join the conversation at 1:30 p.m. Drop by to pick up a title or bring your own!

Preschool will be open for afternoon sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4:15 p.m. Morning sessions are full. If you would like more information contact Sharon Glover at 250-569-2266 ext. 2106 or by email. Parent handbooks and registration packages are available to pick up at the RVCS office, 942 Third Ave. McBride.
Healthier Communities - Northern Health~Robson Valley Physiotherapy are launching physio therapy at the gym. Free program for anyone with joint replacement, disability, injury, back pain, arthritis, chronic pain, poor balance. Includes individual physiotherapy assessment with Michelle Read, Registered Physiotherapist, physiotherapist assisted gym sessions. McBride Fit Pit, Thursdays 9-10 a.m.To find out if you qualify for this program, ask your family doctor, or call Michelle Read at Robson Valley Physiotherapy at 250-569-0053.
Teen Lock In! First Friday of every month at 9 p.m. Nerf Nite! 13+. Food, friends, fun. Come get locked in the library after-hours and play nerf capture the flag.
Shops on Main, Thursdays and Fridays, 246 Main Street, McBride, McBride Trading Co.

Citizen's book club: The Citizen's book club is a collaboration between the Robson Valley Community Literacy Outreach, The Three Valley's Community Development Co-operative and the McBride and District Public Library. The goal of the book club is to learn about creating positive change in our community by sharing books that offer innovative solutions to common problems. The first book we will read is "Community: The Structure of Belonging" by Peter Block. This book is described as: "an exploration of the exact way a community can emerge from fragmentation. How is community built? How does transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? What can individuals and leaders do to create a place they want to inhabit?"
You can read the reviews of Community: The Structure of Belonging at http://www.librarything.com/work/5501534/reviews/67135477. The McBride and District Library will order a copy of the book for each person in the book club. A date, time and location for the book discussion will be decided once the group is formed. Please contact Nancy Taylor at 250-968-4358 or by email if you are interested in becoming involved.

Tuesday night music jam , 7-9 p.m. in the Annex at the McBride & District Public Library. Want to learn new music? Enjoy playing with others? Bring your instrument and join neighbours for folk, blue grass, blues, rock and country. All welcome. uestions? Contact David Marchant at 250-569-2569.

Fibre artists gathering, Thursdays from 10 a.m.12 p.m. at the McBride & District Public Library. Bring your latest project and join neighbours over coffee and tea.

The seniors drop-in stitching group meets every Thursday from 2-4 p.m. at the Beaverview Lodge in McBride. If you don't have a portable handcraft you'd like to work on while visiting with others there is a large selection of jig-saw puzzles waiting to be done or just come to a cozy place for a visit.

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Ongoing Events in Valemount

We are pleased to announce that Valemount College has met the stringent requirements of the Ministry of Advanced Education and has obtained provincial accreditation! The Valemount Learning Society has generously provided financial support to potential students in the form of bursaries worth $2000/student during our inaugural year. Students may also qualify for further financial support and can contact Valemount College to obtain further information. With such generous funding available, students should be able to cover most or all of the tuition costs for their post-secondary funding. We will be rolling out 2 of our academic programs in the spring and summer of 2019: The Tourism Administration Certificate Program will run in April 2019, while The Rural Entrepreneurship and Small Business Program will run in July 2019. More information is available at www.valemountcollege.ca. Apply at Valemount College today and don't miss the bursary application deadline! Valemount College, inquiry@valemountcollege.ca, 250-566-0067.

Basics of philosophy study group, Tuesdays at 7 p.m. downstairs at the Valemount Public Library. Call 250-566-4367 for more information.

Valemount Public Library book club meets once a month. For time and dates call the Valemount Public Llibrary at 250-566-4367.

Want to learn how to knit or crochet? Already know how, and interested in spending a few relaxing hours with like-minded people? Drop in at the Valemount Public Library Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. All ages welcome, children accompanied by parent please. Hope to see you there!

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