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The Open Gate Community Garden is hosting our 6th annual Robson Valley Seedy Saturday, Saturday, February 23, at the Dunster Schoolhouse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for a day of workshops on garden topics, displays, seed selling and trading and other fun. Presentations on composting, soil-building, pruning and grafting, seed starting, greenhouses and grow-tunnels, contoling bugs and pests, watering, garden placement, etc. Free admission. All welcome! Lunch by donation. Soup, bun and goodies. Free child minding! Free garden book and recipe book exchange. To arrange pickup and or drop off of books or to book a table to sell seeds or local canning and garden products, etc. call Penny Rivard at 250-569-0043 or Pete Amyoony at 250-968-4334 or by email.

Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship is excited to offer a winter workshop series on Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m.
Topics of the workshops include:
Introduction to round penning (February 23)
In-hand leading versus loose leading (February 27)
Introduction to lunging (new date to be announced)
Introduction to long-lining/ground-driving/double lunging (March 2)
Riding part 1 theory and demo (March 9)
Riding part 2 theory and demo (March 16)

Each workshop is approximately 1.5 hours long and includes theory, demo and hands-on exercises (except for riding part 1 and 2 workshops, which consist of theory and demo only). Falling Star Ranch horses will be provided.
Maximum 10 people. $30 per person per workshop.
Workshops will be held in indoor arena (unheated) at Falling Star Ranch in Dunster, so please dress warm. In very cold weather, workshop will be rescheduled or participants can get a refund. Some theory sessions may also be held at Birgit's house.
For additional information, please check each individual workshop under the Events tab on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FallingStarRanchDunster/. To register, contact Birgit Stutz at 250-968-6801 or by email. https://fallingstarranch.ca
McBride Health Event, Sunday, February 24, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Robson Valley Community Centre
Free lunch at 12 noon prepared by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
1 p.m. Advanced care planning, clinical education talk by Dr. Taylor Martin, legal education talk by Linda Fry
Health information tables: RVCS information and health equipment lending library; library - information; health age by Phyllis Krueger; Northern Health - Blood Pressures, Blood sugar levels and a wide range of health information provided by Susan Umstot, Primary Care Nurse; Northern Health - depression and anxiety.
For more information contact Judy Shawara, Practice Support Coach/Administrative Assistant, Robson Valley and McBride Medical Clinic, 250-569-2021.

From Community Futures Fraser-Fort George: invitation to agricultural producers
Are you interested in working with other agriculture producers to increase production opportunities in the Robson Valley?  A small group of producers have been exchanging ideas and would like to include others in their discussion.  One of the ideas is a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) box, which is a box of produce that a consumer purchases from a farmer or group of farmers.  There have also been discussions regarding increasing access to markets in places such as Jasper or Prince George.  Community shared food processing equipment is also possibility.
Dunster Fine Arts School - Gymnasium, Monday, February 25, 1-5 p.m.
How can we work independently but interdependently to create options, increase profitability and get our products to consumers that need access to our abundance!
No need to register - just come with your ideas and an open heart and mind.
Mary Mytting, projects co-ordinator, Community Futures Fraser-Fort George, cell: 250-552-5820, phone 250-562-9622 [ext.105],

The Robson Valley Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC will be hosting a potluck chapter meeting on Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Eileen and Brian Wallace's place at 3760 Hinkleman Road. We have a fun year of events, trail rides, and trail projects planned. We will be presenting our 2019 events, monthly rides, and work-bee schedules at the meeting as well as discussing our latest project plans for Bell Mountain. If you are a member, or wish to become a member, or want to find out more about our organization before deciding, please attend this meeting and bring a potluck item to share. We are a provincial not for profit association that works with recreational groups, government and the public to promote awareness and understanding for a co-operative wilderness experience. We hold social events, monthly trail rides and do trail work to keep many trails open throughout the Robson Valley, Valemount and Robson Park areas. Memberships can be purchased online at   www.bchorsemem.org or in person from our treasurer Gary Schwartz. For more information contactd Pat Powell at 250-968-4474 or visit www.bchorsemem.org.

Book club meeting, Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. downstairs at the Valemount Public Library. Book discussion will be about Good Harbor by Anita Diamant. Everyone welcome!
Tickets now on sale for Wishbone Theatre's latest cabaret HEAD OVER HEELS - an evening of sketch comedy and music featuring your favourite local actors and musicians! Head Over Heels is a cabaret all about love and romance -
a motif of hilarious, bittersweet, magical and passionate tales of love - in all her remarkable incarnations.
Friday/Saturday, March 1 and 2 at the Valemount Legion
Weddnesday, March 6 at the Dunster Schoolhouse
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 8, 9 and 10 at the McBride Grizzley Pub (note change of venue for McBride!) - (special Grizzly Pub dinner theatre menu pre-show: 5:30-7 p.m.)
All shows: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20. Group rate 5 or more: $17. Cash bar at all venues. Tickets at Infinity Office & Health, Home Hardware Essentials, Dunster Store and at the door. Limited seating so get your tickets early!
Business skills for agricultural expansion - Community Futures is continuing a 5-module workshop series on expanding agriculture in the Robson Valley. The first two workshops were run before Christmas and the final three are on the following dates:
An Intro to Value Chain - Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Dunster Fine Arts School, Dunster
REGISTER TODAY Phone 250-562-9622. http://www.cfdc.bc.ca/calendar/
Wishbone Theatre is now in rehearsal for our upcoming cabaret HEAD OVER HEELS - an evening of sketch comedy and music with the Robson Valley Theatre Collective.
Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2 at the Valemount Legion
Wednesday, March 6 at The Dunster Schoolhouse
Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 at the Elks Hall in McBride
All shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20. Available at Infinity Office & Health, Home Hardware Essentials, The Dunster Store and at the door. Cash bar and refreshments available. Group rates offered. Tickets will go on sale mid-February. For more information call Sharon Stearns at 250-968-5444.
McBride Figure Skating Club spring carnival, Saturday, March 9 at the Robson Valley Rec Center.
Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. 50/50 raffle, raffle item table, bake sale table, and our annual raffle ticket winners will be drawn after the show. Concession by Live Different. Take the evening off and come enjoy the show!

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.

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.

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.

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Ongoing Events in Dunster

Dunster winter market, Saturdays until April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dunster Community Hall. We will be providing a yummy soup, bunwich and coffee. Enjoy a nice visit with the neighbours. Contact Keith Harcus at 250-566-5153 or by email if you have any questions about the market. With your help we can keep this valuable winter social activity thriving.

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

Fines free/food bank February at the McBride & District Public Library. Bring in items for the Food Bank and we'll clear all fines. The Food Bank can use all non-perishable items right now, but they are especially low on beverages (juice, coffee, tea). Thanks for your support!
Ukulele jam with Melissa at the McBride & District Public Library, Fridays at 2 p.m. All interests welcome. Bring your uke and we'll have a few.
RVCS and the McBride Public Library present Mother Goose, Wednesdays at 11 a.m., January 16-March 13. Join Lotte and Naomi for songs, rhymes and stories. Aimed at ages 0-3 but all welcome.
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.

Zumba dance, Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the E-Free church building. This will be the location until Christmas break. For more information contact Tonia Arnold at 250-569-3396.

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. October's theme is "Books that evoke the atmosphere of Autumn". All welcome to join the conversation on the 25th 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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