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Sound Temple, Thursday, January 16, Valemount Golden Years Lodge, 6:30-9 p.m.
2020 has been predicted to be the year that many of us come forward with our gifts and activate our visions.
Do you have something that is ready to birth? Perhaps a community project, a business or a book? Or maybe your dream is to resolve a family issue or help with a challenge in your community. Whatever desire you hold in your heart is there for a reason. Trust it. Share it. Nurture it with sound, image and feeling. Along with learning the Purification Mantra for the chakra's January's Sound Temple will include a special guided meditation and group ceremony to empower your vision for 2020 with love and group support. No experience with meditation or singing is necessary for any Sound Temple workshops. Investment: $40. Pre-registration required. PM or email/e-transfer to danielea.castell@gmail.com. If you prefer to pay cash, message me for arrangements by email. Please arrive a few minutes early to get settled and bring a closed water bottle for drinking. Sound Temple is a sacred space where the power of Love, Voice and Vision are mobilized for self-empowerment and Earth harmony.
Practices include: Vocal Meditation (humming, toning and chanting), Sound Healing and Subtle Activism ( directing collective prayer and meditation towards social and planetary change).
How does it work? When our mind is focused on our breath, the natural vibrations in our voice help our body relax, our feelings to flow and our spirit to align with the unified field of consciousness. In this state of wholeness we become a source and conduit for wholeness in the world. Other common benefits of vocal meditation and sound healing include:
- feeling connected, happy and light
- reduction in physical pain, tension and stress
- a calm clear mind
- greater lung capacity and vocal confidence
- access to creative insights and visions
Vocal Meditation practices can be used solo, with a friend or in a group. The effect is exponential, meaning with each person added the effect is magnified 10-fold.
Danielea Castell is a sound weaver, nature empath and ceremonialist trained in transformational sound practices from the yogic and shamanic traditions. Danielea received her certification in Yoga of the Voice from the Vox Mundi School of Music Shamanism (California) in 2009 and has been teaching vocal meditation and voice empowerment ever since. Danielea brings a wealth of sound practices and tools into her Sound Temple events and classes including a form of free chant called sound weaving and new original melodies for ancient mantras that she has received through her interbeing partnerships with the 5 Elements, Rivers and Trees. Danielea released her first CD called Thank You Water in 2017 and led Water Ceremony for the Harmony with Nature forum at the United Nations In Geneva later that same year.

Dunster Community Association annual general meeting, Saturday, January 18, 1:15 - 3:15 p.m. at the Dunster Hall.
After the soup kitchen. Contact Loretta Simpson for more info at 250-968-4453 or by email.

Grow or start a child care service business: information session, Monday, January 20
Current opportunities for expanding child care services
Becoming an Early Child Care Educator
Accessing government grants and supports
Customized business planning and business loan services
Two sessions: 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Robson Valley Community Centre, 441 Columbia St., McBride

Child care resource and referral from Prince George and Community Futures Fraser Fort-George will host this FREE workshop. To register call 250-569-9622.

Soup & Bun at Beaverview! Wednesday, January 22 from 12-1 p.m. By donation. Bring a friend and share a hot bowl with neighbours! Hosted by the Library, RVCS's Better at Home Program, and the Community Literacy Project.
Interested in making a soup? Please contact Amber Ford (the library's volunteer coordinator) by email.

Robson Valley caregiver support group, Community Health Building, McBride, Wednesday, January 22 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: Sophia Oumzil, Social Worker, 250-569-2251, ext. 2044.
Monthly book discussion meets the fourth Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the McBride and District Public Library. January's topic is "Doreen's Picks". Drop by to choose from our display and join the conversation on the 23rd.
The McBride and District Public Library staff and trustee's welcome you to join us in wishing Naomi Balla-Boudreau a fond farewell. Please join us for an evening of friendship, food and music to wish her bon voyage. Saturday, January 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the library. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share along with any words of goodbye!
McBride & District Public Library volunteer open house, 1-2 p.m., Thursday, January 30 OR 1-2 p.m. OR 7-8 p.m. on Friday, January 31. Got 15 minutes? No commitment required, come and find out what it can look like to volunteer at the library on your own schedule. All ages, abilities, interests and time constraints welcome. For more info send an email.

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Ongoing Events in Dunster

Dunster Community Association winter market, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Dunster Hall. Contact Loretta Simpson for more info at 250-968-4453 or by email.
Dunster Community Forest Manager Ray Thiessen will be at the office in the Dunster Schoolhouse on Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and will be available to the community. https://dunstercommunityforest.ca/

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Ongoing Events in McBride

Mother Goose in McBride, Wednesdays, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Family Place (RVCS). Join Lotte and Naomi for songs, rhymes, stories and a snack. Aimed at children ages 0-3 and their care-givers but all are welcome!
Pickleball is back! Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. at the McBride High school gym. It sounds silly but it's FUN! It's like miniature tennis or jumbo Ping Pong, FUN for all skill levels! Free! All equipment and insurance provided by the McBride Community Forest and the Elks and Royal Purple. Just bring clean indoor shoes. Ages 13 and up. See you there! For more info call Mark Roth at 1-250-569-7805.

Soup & Bun is back at Beaverview! Every second-ish Wednesday in winter months.Come enjoy a hot bowl of soup with neighbours. By donation. All welcome! nterested in volunteering to make soup or buns? Contact Amber by email. Hosted together with Community Literacy and Better at Home Program.

Anime Club at the McBride and District Public Library, Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Ages 11+. 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.

Nobody's Perfect parenting group, Tuesday mornings 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, Thursdays 2-3 p.m. All levels and abilities welcome! We have a couple of ukuleles that new players can borrow.

Ukulele Jam is taking a break until February. Huge thanks to Melissa for her awesome volunteering, and leading us in song!!

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

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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