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We are having another Three Valleys Community Development Co-op apple pressing work-bee on Saturday, September 14 at Dunster Schoolhouse from 2-4 p.m. under cover if it is raining. We ask that you stay for the entire work-bee so we can press everyone's apples in assembly line style. We do your apples and then someone else's and so on until everyone's apples are pressed into tasty and healthy juice. The juice from your apples will go home with you. We usually wash the apples in the big double laundry tubs so even ground falls can be used. You are asked to give a donation of $1.00 for each five gallon pail or apple-box of fruit to help defray costs of upkeep for the machine and to give the school a donation for storage and electricity.  You need to bring lots of containers for juice and also large totes or containers for the pulp that is left after the pressing.  We have some people who have chickens and pigs that can use the pulp if you do not want to take it home with you. Please remember you must call Pete Amyoony at 250-968-4334 to reserve you place in the assembly line so we know how many to plan for.  If the weather is really nasty and I need to cancel the pressing, I need to know who plans to come so I can contact you.  If I do not answer the phone, please leave a message with your name and phone number on my answering machine or send an email with your name and phone number and to let me know that you want to come.

9th annual Robson Valley Back Country Horsemen of BC poker ride fundraiser, Saturday, September 14, crown lease on Hinkleman Road, McBride. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Riders head out between 11 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.. Dinner and prizes after ride. Poker hands. Participating riders and ghost riders: $20 (includes dinner after the ride). Additional hands: $5 each. 50/50 draw. Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5. Dinner only $10 each.
The rules of the ride: no stallions, no dogs. All children 12 and under must wear a helmet, be accompanied by an adult, and have a waiver signed by parent/legal guardian.
Proceeds used for multi-use trails in the Robson Valley. Donations from business/individuals are appreciated. Contact Eileen MacDonald at 250-569-2324 or by email. Thank you to our many sponsors. Names will be displayed on the sponsor appreciation board downtown McBride.
For more information and complete rules contact Shelly Cousineau at 403-619-3450 or by email.

Annual trappers' picnic at the Dunster picnic grounds, Sunday, September 15, 10 a.m.  Campfire coffee, games, potluck lunch, trapping demonstrations.  Fun for all ages and all welcome. For more information call Claude Hill at 250-968-4459 or Chuck McNaughton at 250-968-4400.

Robson Valley Care-giver Support Group, Community Health Building, McBride, Tuesday, September 17 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. People in this situation experience a variety of feelings. The demands of the disease can make it difficult to stay in touch with friends and family, and can lead to loneliness and isolation. Come and join us! Contact for more information: Susan Umstot, Primary Care Nurse, McBride, 250-569-2018.
Robson Valley Seniors Fair, Wednesday, September 18, 1-4 p.m. at the Robson Valley Community Hall
Learn about local resources available to you. Information booths. Special ICBC guest speaker. Demonstrations. Coffee, tea and cake provided by Community Literacy Task Group through the McBride Library. Event hosted by: Robson Valley Community Services, Northern Health and BC Community Paramedicine. For more information or if your organization would like to have a table at the fair, call Susan Umstot at 250-569-2018.
Dunster Community Association meeting, Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m. at the Dunster Community Hall. For info contact Loretta Simpson at 250-968-4453 or by email.
The Child Care Resource and Referral in PG. Responsible Adult Course (Good Beginnings Level 1). Learn how to run a licensed or registered child care facility from your home or work. This course will give you the required 20 hours of training for child care.Saturdays, September 21, October 5, October 26, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost $50.00 (subsidized by CCRR).
942 3rd Avenue, McBride. Please bring a lunch. Pre-registration by September 16. To register call 250-563-2483 or toll free 1-800-680-6699 or email.

Cow milking demonstration at the Dunster Station Museum
Back when this area was first settled, the family milk cow was a vital part of the homestead. Today there are still a few individuals and families who continue to keep cows for this purpose. Join us at the Dunster Station Museum for a milking demonstration on Sunday, September 22 at 2 p.m. See how cows have been milked for generations and meet a beautiful cow named Kate! PS - If it's raining, we will cancel. Cows get grumpy when wet. PPS - Kate likes apples!

Minor Hockey registration, Wednesday, September 25, McBride Rec Center, 6-7 p.m. Free registration for anyone registering for 2019/2020 season. Ages 5 - 17. Contact Lisa Franke at 250-569-0345 or by email with any questions.

McBride Figure Skating Club registration, Thursday, September 26 in the McBride Rec. Centre  lobby from 6:30-7:30 p.m. First time registered skaters are half price. Ages 3+. Contact Sarah Onischak for more info at 250-569-8845.

Harvest supper on October 9 hosted by the McBride and District Public Library and Museum. We hope you'll join us to celebrate the season over dinner. Ticket info coming soon.

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 Play Group meets every other Monday until Christmas starting Monday, September 16, 10 a.m. until noon at the Dunster Schoolhouse. Bring a healthy snack to share and be prepared for outdoor play. Children 0 to 6 years and their caregivers. Grandparents welcome! For more information contact Nancy Taylor at 250-968-4358.

Dunster Farmer's Market every Saturday until September 28. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dunster Community Hall. Vendors and buskers welcome - no fees. Sell from your vehicle, bring a table or use one of our picnic tables if you only have a small amount to sell. Come and browse the "treasures, trinkets and trash" bargains, home baking and some really fine home-grown produce, canning, etc.The concession is open and serving coffee, hot dogs, burgers and cold drinks. Relax and visit with your valley neighbours over a good cup of coffee, a burger and some home baking. All welcome! Contact Loretta Simpson at 250-968-4453.

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

Anime Club at the McBride and District Public Library, Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Ages 12+. Read it, watch it, talk about it, craft it and snacks!

Fun Fridays at the McBride and District Public Library. Dust off your wings and dig out your time machines as we "imagine the possibilities together!" 1-2 p.m. ages 4-8, 2:30-4 p.m. ages 9-12. Join us for crafts, games, and other crazy activities.

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

B.C. Fruit Truck will  be in Valemount every Saturday as of July 6, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Valemount Visitor's Info Centre with my cherries, berries, and good-lookin' fruit truckers (vain fruit truckers).

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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