Flood your home with the gift of reading

Lorraine also asks if you were a food, what would you be? Call her at 250-847-4797 with an answer.

Something that would be awesome: The Christmas Book Flood.

In Iceland, books are exchanged as Christmas Eve presents. Part of the tradition, called Jolabokaflod, allows you to spend the rest of the night in bed reading and eating chocolate. Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country, selling most of its books between September and November due to people preparing for the upcoming holiday. A country after my own heart!

You are invited to enjoy an evening of music at Round Lake Hall on Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Featured will be Eric Anderson and Jean Christian. Max McLaughlin and Tom Bell will also be performing. Bring snacks to share, $5 at the door. Questions call Judy 250-846-5296.

A fundraiser at Saint James Anglican Church, 1636 Princess Street. They will host a soup and dessert event Tuesday, Dec. 5, 5–7 p.m. Cost is by donation, all funds raised will go towards the Christmas Hamper Program.

A question: If you were a food, what would you be? I read this: “Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.” I have to think on this. Call me at 250-847-4797, tell me what kind of fruit you would be and why. I will share your responses, no names necessary unless you want to leave it.

Thursday, Dec. 7, noon at the Smithers Healthy Living Centre, Clara Donnelly, BA, BV mental health educator, a Mental Health and Addictions clinician and an individual living with mental illness will share their perspective of this health issue. Later, 7 p.m. the same day, same location, Alice Williams will explain tapping and show simple practical techniques to remove negative thoughts and emotions. Both presentations are free.

Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Craft Fair at Smithers Secondary School in the art room. Friday, Dec. 1, 6–9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Artisans are paid upfront and profits from the festival sale all go to local Christmas charities.

BV Hospice Society is hosting their annual Ceremony of Remembering Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m. at the Smithers Seniors’ Activity Centre, Mountainview Drive behind the Coast Mountain dealership. An opportunity to participate in a time of remembering your lost loved one; a special service with reading, music, candlelight and a tree decorating ceremony followed by refreshments. This is no cost. More information: Denise 250-877-7451 or email bvhospicesociety@gmail.com.

Co-housing is a concept that is growing. Have you ever watched The Golden Girls or The Mary Tyler Moore Show? I know there is an effort now to have that happen in Smithers. But something I read in a CARP magazine dealt with all-female co-housing, an out-of-the-box kind of housing where several women joined together and shared a home, set up to provide privacy for each one yet a shared kitchen and common room. Check out retirement-living.com.

Closing with: “We don’t bequeath the Earth to our descendants; we are borrowing it from them. We want to hand it to the next generation better than when we got it.” –Gillian Telling

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