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From Three Valleys Community Development Co-operative: apple pressing bee
Do you have any early apples that are ready to be pressed into delicious juice?  We acquired an amazing apple grinder and double press and put it into use last fall and pressed over three tons of apples from around the Valley in September and October.  Some people have apples that ripen early (  e.g. August Apples, Heyer #12, Transparent) so we thought we would try a pressing this coming weekend on Saturday, August 11th from 1pm to 3pm at Dunster Schoolhouse where we keep the press.  We ask a donation of $1 per five gallon ( 20 ltr) pail or large apple box full to help defer our costs of buying the machine and upkeep.   We also ask that you stay at the work-bee until everyone has their apples pressed and the clean-up done. We do it assembly-line style helping each other to do one person's apples at a time.   You need to bring containers to take the juice home in and also large containers or bags to take home the pulp that is left over after the pressing of your apples.   If you do not want the pulp, we have people that can take it for their chickens and pigs, etc.
We hope to be running regular pressings during September and October when the majority of local apples are ripe and sweet so spread the word.  People without apples are welcome to come out to share the fun (and the work!). If you have apple trees and do not want to pick and process the fruit, please send out a message on this DCA List so others can make use of the fruit for juice or sauce.
You need to contact Pete Amyoony at 250-968-4334 and leave a message on the machine or send an email if you plan to attend. This way we can plan so hoards of people do not show up for the one pressing.  If there is a lot of interest, we can do another pressing on Sunday or the following week. We try to keep the work-bees to under two hours so plan to be there from 1-3 p.m.

From Royal Canadian Legion #266 and Valemount Chamber of Commerce:
You are invited to attend Breakfast with Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount, on Monday, August 13 at 7:30 a.m. in Valemount Legion. Only $10 per person, but seating is limited so you must pre-register. Contact Marie at 250-566-0061 or by email by Wednesday, August 8.

Kids food camp, Open Gate Community Garden, McBride, August 13-17, 9:30 a.m. for children ages 5 to 12. Under age 5 must be accompanied by a parent. Planting, growing, cooking, eating, wild crafting, songs, stories. Register at the McBride Library. Contact Nancy Taylor at 250-968-4358 or by email for more information or to register. Brought to you by the Community Literacy Task Group and The Open Gate Community Garden Society.

Certification clinic with Chris Irwin (Irwin Insights), August 18 and 19, Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship, Dunster. For more information contact Birgit Stutz at 250-968-6801 or by email. https://www.facebook.com/events/1535410469887662

Monthly book discussion will meet August 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the McBride and District Public Library. This month's topic is "fiction about writers". All welcome to pick up a title or bring your own to share over coffee and tea.

Sho-Tai Dates in September
Evan Dougherty, Class 2 Sho-Tai Practitioner, will be resuming visits to McBride and Valemount in September.  He will be in McBride, Monday, September 17 and in Valemount, Tuesday, September 18. Sho-Tai utilizes examination of color changes and markings  on the eyes, tongue and teeth to determine health changes in the body.  Muscle testing (Kinesiology) is utilized to determine the weakest and 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. 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, contact Kelly McNaughton or leave a message at 250-968-4400. Kelly also maintains a local supply of herbs for Evan's clients.

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Ongoing Events in Dunster

The weekly Dunster Farmers Market and garage sale starts Saturday, July 7 and runs every week until the end of September at the Dunster Community Hall parking lot. Bring your home-grown, home-made or home baked goodies to sell as well as any new and used items for the garage sale part. There is still no fee for sellers and of course our tasty burgers made from locally raised beef will be available with coffee and cold drinks. A great time to see your friends and neighbours and visit over lunch from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Come one! Come all! Everyone welcome!

The Dunster Station Museum is now open! Come by and meet our two new museum hosts: Laura Johnson and Bob Thompson. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon till 4 p.m.

Art classes with Sasha Scott, Wednesdays, from 1-3 p.m. at the Dunster Schoolhouse. All classes are $10 per session payable at the class. Classes will run from the end of January until the end of April. For more information contact Pete Amyoony at 250-968-4334 or by email.

Dunster playgroup meets at the Dunster schoolhouse every other Monday starting January 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. The Dunster playgroup is free and open to children of all ages, though it is geared toward kids 0 to 6. Come join in the fun! Play in the playroom, run in the gym. Crafts and games. Please bring a snack to share. For more information contact Susan Umstot at 250-569-4033.

Old-time music gathering, a family event, at the Dunster Schoolhouse. The tentative plan is to hold these gatherings on the first and third Friday of each month from January to April 2018, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Bring your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, keyboards, accordions, etc. for an evening of old-time music playing and dancing. 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.
An invite to all who would like to attend Living Water Fellowship at 10 a.m. Sundays at Jim and Cheryl Boos. For more info contact Jim Boos at 250-968-4321. We look forward to seeing you.

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Ongoing Events in McBride

McBride & District Public Library kid's reading zone, Wednesdays in August, from 2-3 p.m.. Aimed at ages 5-12 but all readers welcome. Come read alone or with help, we've got a welcoming spot with pillows, snacks, and helpers. Fill out your summer reading log, check out our new books, or bring your latest from home. Get in the zone and read on! Readers and volunteer helpers all welcome.

Fun Fridays at the McBride and District Public Library, 2-4 p.m. Aimed at ages 5-12, our fun Fridays are based on the BC Summer Reading Club theme of "Motion Commotion" and include crafts, games and fun activities. All welcome! Free!

Community market every Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until September 7 in the pavilion on Main Street, McBride. Vendors are welcome with products grown, made or assembled in the valley. Tables are $5 per week, bring your own table. For information contact Dorothy Simpson at 250-569-3343 or Joyce Godfrey at 250-569-2427.

The Valley Museum will be offering a one-hour guided walking tour of McBride. The FREE tour will be available every day from 3:30-4:30 p.m., rain or shine. We will focus on Main Street as there is only an hour for the tour. No sign-up necessary, just show up at the Museum and Archives at 521 Main Street.

Tuesday, from 2-3 p.m. every day, the Valley Museum and Archives will be offering  hands-on workshops for the rest of the summer. Participants will end up covering the cost of the materials for the workshop so that we can continue offering them all summer. For the first week only, the first two people to sign up for each workshop will only pay half price. Every week will be the same line up of activities. If this works well, we will try and offer 7 different workshops next summer. To sign up for a class, call the office at 250-569-3000.
We intentionally picked activities that anyone can do. Please check with staff though before signing up anyone younger than 7 years of age.
Mondays: Alcohol ink -
explore the possibilities with alcohol ink - make a trivet or a pendent, or simply make a piece of art ($12)
Tuesdays: Wheat weaving - learn the basics of wheat weaving and create a love knot ($8)
Wednesdays: Bannock - learn the traditional food staple of bannock.  Help the instructor make the dish, then sit back and enjoy the tasty treat ($5)
Thursdays: Traditional toys - join us as we make Jacob's ladders, whirligigs and helicopters. Great fun for all ages ($10)
Fridays: Pasta - join in the fun as we make pasta dough from scratch, then learn how to use a pasta roller or roll it out on your own.  We'll cook a batch for testing (with local fresh pesto and tomato sauce) and you can take your pasta home for later ($8)
Saturdays: Ice Cream - a favourite for all ages!  Come help us crank out some of the most popular flavors and experiment with some new kinds ($5)
Sundays: Silk dyeing - come out and try your hand at silk dyeing. This is a simple activity that can be done by anyone who can hold a small bottle.  No co-ordination required, no skill required - the hardest part will be choosing your colours. Walk away with a silk scarf made by your own two hands. Great for a present or just because you deserve it ($20)

From McBride & District Public Library: summer reading club fun, Fridays, 2 p.m. Games, crafts, activities and more. Aimed at ages 5-12. This year's theme is "motion commotion". We'll be moving and shaking and up to lots of fun. Join us! All are welcome to get signed up and read all summer, recording what you read in our special record. If you fill all spots by the end of summer, we've got a medal to give out at our end of summer party.

The Ozalenka Alpine Club will once again be offering regular Sunday hikes on a wide variety of local trails and mountains. We rendezvous at Koeneman Park at 9 a.m.. Bring lunch and water and carpool from there. We will start on July 8 with the Lower Goat River Trail; there is a reasonably flat 12 km option east to the Fraser, and another 5km hike west with a serious hill. Other July hikes will go up Bell Mountain, Lucille and McBride Peak. Hikes will be regularly posted in the local media. Non-members are welcome (you will be encouraged to join the club, annual dues $20), and everyone must sign a standard liability waiver. Co-ordinators are Al Birnie (250-569-4101), Tanya Rich (250-569-7299) and Leah Redmond (780-955-3088).

Healthier Communities - Northern Health~Robson Valley Physiotherapy physio therapy at the gym will be continuing through the summer. 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. Join us at the Canoe Valley Rec Centre in Valemount on Wednesday mornings or the Fit Pit in McBride on Thursday mornings for a physiotherapy guided exercise program. 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.

The McBride Playgroup ll meets Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the E-Free Church. All kids ages 0-6 and their caregivers are welcome to come out for playtime, socializing and a free snack. For more information contact Emilia Roth at 250-569-6809.

Zumba classes, Mondays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. at the McBride Community Centre. $8 for drop-in or $30 for a 5-class punch card. If you have classes left on a card from last year, I will honour that. If you enjoy dancing or even think you might enjoy dancing, this really is a fun way to get exercise! Come with comfy clothes, shoes with not too much grip, and a water bottle.
And prepare to sweat. For more information contact Tonia Arnold at 250-569-7678.

Lego Robotics with Tim ! Tuesdays at 3 p.m. at the McBride and District Public Library. Aimed at ages 10+. Limited spots (but still some available), so please let us know you're interested at 250-569-2411.
Art classes with Sasha Scott, starting Monday, January 29 from 1-3 p.m. for seniors and friends at Beaverview Lodge on 5th Avenue in McBride. All classes are $10 per session payable at the class. Classes will run from the end of January until the end of April. For more information contact Pete Amyoony at 250-968-4334 or by email.

Mother Goose in McBride, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the McBride and District Public Library Annex. Join Lotte and Naomi for songs, stories and a snack. Aimed at children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

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.

Weekly gathering Thursdays at 2 p.m. for pregnant and new moms to share birth stories, answer questions related to pregnancy and birth, watch educational films and eat snacks. Huge lending library full of pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting books, dvd's and resources. Newborns welcome! Contact Lonnie Gustafson for more information at 250-569-7657 or by email.

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.

Gentle flowing Vinyasa/Hatha/Power Yoga schedule: Wednesday, 4:45-5:45 p.m. and Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. at the McBride Firehall (main entrance, side doors, up the stairs once you enter the building). $12 per person per session OR purchase a punch card for $50 for 5 classes. Wear comfortable clothing easy to move around in. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, etc. (if you own one). I have extra if needed. Yoga blocks and straps are supplied.
A ny questions or feedback, contact Jennette Chuipka by email. You can also find me on Facebook under Jennette Zivec Chuipka OR Jennette Chuipka Be-You-tiful Yoga.

Book discussion group. Meets the 4th Thursday of every month at 1:30 p.m. All welcome to join in!

From McBride O.A.P.O. ( Old Age Pensioners Organization): senior's art class, Mondays 1-3 p.m. at Beaverview Lodge. Instructor Sasha Scott. Come out and enjoy drawing and painting with others each week. Beginners to advanced all welcome. If you have your own art supplies, bring them along. If not, we have extra to get you started. We charge $10 per session to pay for supplies and travel for the instructor. Let your hidden talents shine!

Dungeons and Dragons, Fridays, from 3-6 p.m. in the Library Annex of the McBride and District Public Library. Aimed at ages 12+. All welcome. This Friday, not too far. T his Friday is the Dungeons and Dragons character creation day. I hope for everyone who can and want to make it do because it should be fun. Anyone who cannot don't need to worry. I can get you a sheet during school when I'm in town, or we can just make it next week, on our first day when we begin the grand adventure. With simple cooperation, character creation can be as simple as Pi. Anyway, I hope all that can make it do, it is Friday the 13th this week and I can't wait to see y'all there. This I think shall be fun, and a good introduction. Welcome to the beginning of Dungeons and Dragons and prepare to be amazed by the creativity of imagination. And I don't mean just mine, i mean all of yours as well. Contact Reed-Micheal via the library with questions at 250-569-2411 or by email.

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

Valemount Farmers Market, every Thursday until September 27, 4-7 p.m. next to Info Centre. Vendor fee $10.00. Contact Christine Pellitier at 250-566-3766.

Physio education muscle fascia activation back education workshop with Christa Maxeiner at the Valemount Anglican United Church, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to12 p.m. April 21, 28 and May 5. Cost: $30 plus GST. Please register with the Valemount Learning Centre at 250-566-4601 or by email.

Valemount Public Library Book Club meets 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. For more information call the Valemount Public Llibrary at 250-566-4367.

Go with the Flow Yoga with Donalda Beeson in Valemount on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at the Yoga Barn, my in-home yoga studio located at 960 Main Street. Drop-in is $10 a person, mats provided or bring your own. Please dress comfortably and warm; bring a blanket if you'd like one for savasana.

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!

The Robson Valley Toastmasters Club is looking to attract new members. If you ever wished to improve your communication or presentation skills this is a great place to start. Meetings are held from 7-9 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at the Bear's Den meeting room in the Best Western Hotel in Valemount. I am offering a ride to and from my house in Dunster to Valemount for anyone interested in finding out what the club is all about. Contact Loretta Simpson at 250-968-4453 or by email to book a ride or for more information.

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