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Old-time music gathering at Ursula and Terry Winkler's house, 8943 Highway 16 (3 km east of Dunster turnoff, lower/south side of highway, phone 250-968- 4439 or 780-852-3336(cell)), Friday, March 22 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Location to be announced. 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. For the month of March, we plan to hold these gatherings on the second and fourth Friday. Any questions or suggestions contact Pete Amyoony at 250-968-4334.

Dunster Community Association meeting, Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m.  2 special resolutions proposed to add to the DCA Constitution. That DCA support a museum and that DCA will manage deeded land (the Village Green land). To add other items to the agenda contact Loretta Simpson at 250-968-4453 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.
Introduction to long-lining/ground-driving/double lunging, March 26. This is the last workshop in the winter series. Workshop is approximately 1.5 hours long and includes theory, demo and hands-on exercises. Falling Star Ranch horses will be provided. $30 per person per workshop. Workshop will be held in indoor arena (unheated) at Falling Star Ranch in Dunster, so please dress warm. 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

Class E slaughtersafe course with Lynnette Winsor, Thursday, March 28 at Uncle Marks Meat Shop, 926 1st Avenue, McBride. Starts at 1 p.m. Should take about two hours. A  great opportunity to get into meat production! Class E Rural Slaughter License is a free license that allows you to sell up to 10,000 pounds of meat per year off your farm without the need to transport your animals live to an abattoir! The meat can then be sold directly to any consumer in the Regional District, either off farm or at a temporary market such as a farmers market. Class E also allows you to sell a half or a quarter of an animal to a customer and they can deal directly with the butcher to get it cut to their specifications. The license does not allow you to sell to restaurants or grocery stores however, only customer direct. All Class E license holders need to take Slaughtersafe whether or not you are planning on doing the harvesting yourself or hiring someone with Slaughtersafe to do it for you. The Slaughtersafe course is free and does not require you to apply for a Class E license. So if you're thinking about getting into Class E, come on down! For more info call Mark Roth at 250-569-7805. Or stop in at the meat shop. We also have some Class E application forms you can take home if you wish to apply. Or to print off your own Feasibility Study and Application check out https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/food-safety/meat-inspection-licensing/class-d-e-licences.

Elijah Robinson, Class 3 Sho-Tai Practitioner, will be returning to McBride and Valemount in March.  McBride, Wednesday, March 27 and Valemount, Thursday, March 28. 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 at 250-968-4400. Kelly also maintains a local supply of Sho-Tai herbs for clients.

Open mic night with the Valley Bat, Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m.. Bring your talent! Bring your instrument! Bring your 'texts from Vern'! Bring your fun.

The Valley Museum is pleased to announce our newest workshop: Foundations of Flavour with Julian Randall, Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $70 per person. A focus on culinary fundamentals through an interactive five-course menu format.
Soup (Curry Chicken)
Salad (South Western)
Appetizer (Chicken Ballotine)
Entree (Mousseline Stuffed Chicken Breast)
Dessert (Truffles)
To book your spot, call the museum at 250-569-3000.
Community Futures Fraser Fort George will be hosting a 1-day, 5-module workshop  to support sustainability and resiliency
for rural based not-for-profit organizations, societies, social enterprises, charitable organizations & foundations.
  Board Governance
Strategic Planning & Measuring Success
Building Leadership - Board Recruitment & Succession Planning
Asset-based Operational Planning
Building for Proposals, Project Plans & Evaluation Frameworks
McBride: Saturday, March 30 , 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the McBride Library, 521 Main Street, McBride
Valemount: Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Valemount College, 99 Gorse Street, Valemount
Register by phone at 250-562-9622 or at www.cfdc.bc.ca/calendar/. Pre-registration is required. Workshop is free to attend
Participants from other rural areas are welcome. Lunch will be provided, please notify us of any food allergies.
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, Sunday, March 31, 1-5 p.m.
For more information contact Mary Mytting, Projects Coordinator, COMMUNITY FUTURES FRASER-FORT GEORGE, at 250-552-5820 (cell) or 250-562-9622 [ext.105] or by email.
Farmers Institute banquet, April 13 at the McBride Community Hall. Doors at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Dance at 9 p.m. Silent auction, door prizes, product booths and displays, guest speaker. Tickets available at Home Essentials, The Farm Store, Welcome Home, Dunster Store, and from FI Members. Adults $25, children (3-12 years) $10, infants free. All welcome. Come and enjoy the company of your neighbours and some great food!

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.

Block print, collage, photography, leather-work, metals, woodwork, macrame, embroidery, glassware, mosaic, water-colours, acrylics, sculpture, quilting, mixed-media, weaving, paper arts, typography, diarama, charcoals, pastels, felting, ceramics, stonework and you choose your medium! The only rule is that it's 8x 8 and ready to hang. At the Annual Dunster Fine Arts School Society 8x8 art auction, Sunday, May 12.

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

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.

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. 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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