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National Canadian Film Day, Wednesday, April 17. The Classics Film Club (McBride Secondary), Community Literacy Program, Robson Valley Arts & Culture Council, and the Library will be showing "Angry Inuk" at 7 p.m. at the Roundhouse Theatre to celebrate. Free! Join us for the award-winning documentary of tech-savvy Inuit, campaigning to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Concession available at 6:30 p.m. go to support our high school's Film Club. Questions? Call Naomi at 250-569-2411.

McBride Minor Hockey AGM, Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. at the McBride Fire Hall - upstairs. Volunteers who are willing to take an executive role in the organization are needed in order to run Minor Hockey in the fall for the 2019/2020 season. Contact Jen Quam by email or Lisa Franke by email with any questions.

Mcbride annual Easter egg hunt hosted by the Royal Purple, Elks, and The Valley Museum and Archives. Join us on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at the Elks Hall. This free family event is geared to children ages 0 to 9. Crafts, door prizes, an egg hunt, as well as a special visitor. Contact Jana MacMaster if you have any questions or are interested in volunteering at 250-569-4233.
Old-time music pot-luck and jam. Let's wrap up winter season with another old-time fiddle/music jam and potluck on Saturday, April 20 at Ursula and Terry Winkler's, 8943 Highway 16 (3 km east of Dunster turn-off). 5.30/6 p.m. for dinner and music to follow. Bring your fiddles, mandolins, guitars, ukes, banjos, accordions... or whatever you play... and lots of happy spirit! See you there!

To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from. Terry Tempest Williams. Join us to celebrate Earth Day 2019, Monday, April 22 from 3 p.m. onwards at the Dunster Picnic Grounds on River Road. Potluck picnic and bonfire. Bring your instruments for music around the fire. Everyone is welcome to contribute to this event - stories, songs, dances, games, camp chairs, firewood, etc. Contact Nancy Taylor at 250-968-4358.

Investing made easy with Allen Reale (CIBC branch manager), Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m. at the Valemount Public Library
Monthly book discussion, Thursday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the McBride and District Public Library. This month we're discussing "Author's First Novels". Everyone is welcome to join the discussion. Feel free to pick up one of our titles, or bring your own.
(2nd to last) Friday Ukulele Jam with Melissa, 2-3 p.m.. All interests welcome. Bring your uke, and we'll have a few to borrow. We will not be jamming next Friday, Good Friday. All players welcome to final jam session and Ukulele potluck party, Friday, April 26 at 2 p.m. Questions about the ukulele jam? Contact Melissa at 250-569-0205.
Community Futures Fraser Fort George will be hosting a 1-day, 5-module workshop  to support sustainability and resiliency
for rural based not-for-profit organizations, societies, social enterprises, charitable organizations & foundations.
  Board Governance
Strategic Planning & Measuring Success
Building Leadership - Board Recruitment & Succession Planning
Asset-based Operational Planning
Building for Proposals, Project Plans & Evaluation Frameworks
Valemount: Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Valemount College, 99 Gorse Street, Valemount
Register by phone at 250-562-9622 or at www.cfdc.bc.ca/calendar/. Pre-registration is required. Workshop is free to attend
Participants from other rural areas are welcome. Lunch will be provided, please notify us of any food allergies.
The Valley Museum and Bradley Smokers invites you to join Jim Chiupka Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Valley Museum in McBride as he demonstrates the Bradley Smoker. Jim will share how to smoke salmon and make sausages. Space is limited, so to book your spot, call the museum at 250-569-3000.
Canadian Firearms Safety Course, Valemount Learning Centre, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday May 5, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cost: $190.00+GST = $199.50. To register, contact the Valemount Learning Centre at 250-566-4601.

5-day Intensive horsemanship course based on Irwin Insights with Birgit Stutz, Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer, May 6-May 10, Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship, Dunster
Experience intensive learning with an evolutionary type of horsemanship (non-resistance training).
Develop a better understanding and way of communicating with horses based on equine body language, equine psychology, and bio-mechanics.
Accelerate your horsemanship and watch your confidence soar in the breath-taking mountain setting of north-eastern British Columbia.
Our intensive horsemanship courses are a great opportunity for dedicated equestrians, including those wishing to achieve Irwin Insights Master certification or take their Master certification to the next level, as well as for anybody wishing to take their horsemanship to the next level.
Visit https://fallingstarranch.ca/intensive-horsemanship-courses/ for more info.
Cost for 5-day intensive horsemanship course is $500 and includes use of Falling Star Ranch horses.
To register contact Birgit Stutz at 250-968-6801 or by email.

Block print, collage, photography, leather-work, metals, woodwork, macrame, embroidery, glassware, mosaic, water-colours, acrylics, sculpture, quilting, mixed-media, weaving, paper arts, typography, diarama, charcoals, pastels, felting, ceramics, stonework and you choose your medium! The only rule is that it's 8x 8 and ready to hang. At the Annual Dunster Fine Arts School Society 8x8 art auction, Sunday, May 12.

Working Equitation demo and clinic with Darcy Henkel, Irwin Insights Level 3 Master Certified Trainer and former trainer at the Vancouver Police Mounted Unit, Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship, Dunster
Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship is excited to introduce the discipline of Working Equitation to the Robson Valley!
Working Equitation (WE), one of the fastest growing equine disciplines in the country, is a sport that epitomizes serious but fun training for horse and rider. The discipline of WE was created to recognize and promote the equestrian techniques employed in countries that use the horse to work in the field. WE includes dressage, obstacles, speed and cattle trials to create a bond between horse and rider.
Join us May 24 from 7-9 p.m. for a free demo with Darcy Henkel from Vancouver and learn what working equitation is all about.
Working equitation clinic with Darcy Henkel, May 25, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2 groups of maximum 4 riders. Each group gets 2 1.5-hour sessions. Participants fee: $150 per person. Spectators welcome at no charge.
Darcy is an Irwin Insights Level 3 Master Certified Trainer and former trainer at the Vancouver Police Mounted Unit. In June 2018 Darcy attended the cross-national working equitation camp and cup in Eugene, Oregon. She placed 3rd as an International Rider Level 1 and 1st in the Morgan class on a National Level on her horse Odin. Darcy has been teaching working equitation clinics all over the Lower Mainland for the past year. Darcy is also a member of the WestCoast Working Equitation.
For more information on working equitation, visit workingequitationcanada.com.
To register contact Birgit Stutz at 250-968-6801 or by email.

Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course, Valemount Learning Centre, Saturday, May 25, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cost: $100.00 + GST = $105.00. To register, contact the Valemount Learning Centre at 250-566-4601.

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.

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

Old-time music gathering - a family event on the first and third Friday of each month from November 2018 to April 2019 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. We decided to try visiting members' houses during the winter rather than trying to heat the school gym for our jam sessions. Bring your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, keyboards, accordions, etc. for an evening of old-time music playing and fun. Bring a snack of some finger food for a short break at 8:30 p.m. Coffee, tea and juice will be supplied. Any questions or suggestions, contact Pete Amyoony at 250-968-4334 or by email.

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

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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