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Dunster Community Association meeting, Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m. at the Dunster Community Hall
Agenda items will include: "The Village Green" and planning for the Ice Cream Social. Contact Loretta Simpson at 250-968-4453
or by email to add to the agenda.

The annual general meeting of the Ozalenka Alpine Club will be held Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.at the SDA Church, 1075 Lamming Pit Road, McBride. All those interested in our local backcountry trails and cabins, and in non-motorized use of the McBride back-country in general, are invited to attend. Following the meeting there will be a local hiking/canoeing slide show!

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, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 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.
Acrylic pouring paint night, May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Giggling Grizzly Pub in McBride. Come enjoy an evening of painting and fun, no artistic talent required. Cost: $40. Includes 12 x 12 painting and paint supplies. Etransfer to sarahnunn@live.com by May17 to secure your spot. Check out Northern Lights Acrylic Pour on Facebook for ideas and more!
A Day in celebration of the honeybee and other pollinators, Friday, May 31, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Steve Kolida Park, McBride (sponsored by the Robson Valley Beekeepers). Come out and spend a school non-instructional day or jump start into pioneer days with people who love bees. There will be information tables, honeybee observation hive, honey tasting, children and adult activities, build a Mason Bee house, learn about hive parts, build a hive frame, chat with a beekeeper.
4 p.m. at the McBride Library: special guest speaker: Dr. Leonard Foster, Professor, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/ Genome Sciences and Technology Graduate Program, University of British Columbia

The Fraser Headwaters Alliance invites everyone to their 2019 Annual General Meeting, Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m., in the McBride Library. Following the meeting the stunning 75-minute film Chasing Ice will be shown, which visually documents changes in the earth'sglaciers.

From McBride and District Chamber of Commerce:
Join us for a presentation on the ANCIENT FOREST/CHUN T'OH WHUDUJUT PARK and Slim Creek Park Ecosystems and Management Planning. A one-hour presentation by Darwin Coxon (UNBC) and Anna McIndoe (BC Parks) on the most recent overview of the eco-systems within the two parks, as well as information on the management planning process that BC Parks is undertaking. There will be time for questions following this presentation. Who: Those interested in learning more about the parksecosystems and UNBC research, as well as for those who want to stay informed and have input on the parksmanagement plan.
Saturday, June 8, 6-8 p.m. at the Robson Valley Community Centre, 441 Columbia Street, McBride or Friday, June 14, 6-8 p.m. at the Dome Creek Community Hall.

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

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

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.

Ready, Set, Learn will be running Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the elementary school from April 24 to June 5. Aimed at 3-5 year olds and their caregivers, this pre-literacy program includes songs, stories, a craft and a snack. We hope you'll join us! Please let the School know you're coming by phoning 250-569-2721.

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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