Lorraine Doiron

Plenty of ways to spread some seasonal joy

‘Tis the season for a special visit by a jolly guy in a big red suit.

I have about 3,000 more steps to reach Abbotsford. I know some of you would reach that in no time. I am a little bit slower but determined.

Lots of Christmas activities happening in our community. At the Library: Pyjama Story Time, Monday, Dec. 17, 6–7 p.m. Put on your jammies, bring your favourite blanket and snuggle up for a cozy Christmas Pyjama story time. All ages welcome, refreshments will be served. AND … there may also be a visit from a VERY special guest! I wonder who that will be?

In December, up to Dec. 15, you can help spread some seasonal joy by paying your library fees with a donation of non-perishable food items. All donations will be delivered to Smithers Community Services Association (SCSA) to help fill their Christmas Hampers. If you pay your fines with cash during the first two weeks in December, that will also be donated to SCSA. Actually, even if you don’t have any late fees to pay but want to donate, the Library will be happy to pass on your food or cash donations to the Hamper program. These hampers brighten someone’s Holiday Season!

Dave Stevens of the BV-Lakes District Airshed Management Society will demonstrate how to use the “PurpleAir” Air Quality Monitor, now available to borrow from the Library to test the air quality in your home. Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. at the Library. This event is sponsored by the Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation.

One of a Kind is now open in the Art Gallery. Shop for beautiful, unique gifts, handmade by over 55 local and regional artisans. Browse at your leisure, most are limited stock so when they’re gone, they’re really gone! Open to Dec. 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. I did take a walk through and there are really wonderful items, well worth taking a look.

The BV Naturalists invite you to a photo presentation of “Ivvavik National Park by raft and foot along the Firth River” by Len Vanderstar. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 at Coast Mountain College, Smithers. Come early and enjoy some holiday treats. The Firth River runs through the Porcupine Caribou area to the Bering Sea. Highlights include raptors, Beringia alpine plants, geology, musk ox, caribou and knowledge from local Innuit park guardians.

Amnesty International 2018 Write for Rights. More than 3 million Amnesty International Supporters worldwide will be writing letters, signing petitions and lighting candles to celebrate International Human Rights Day. Join in this event Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Gathering Place, Coast Mountain College. Music, Tai Chi, Yoga. Snacks and beverages provided. Questions: Beth Richardson, 250-847-1448.

Closing with: dram: a unit of avoirdupois weight equal to 1/16 ounce. A unit of apothecaries’ weight equal to 1/8 ounce. A unit of liquid equal to 1/8 fluid ounce and simply a small portion of something to drink.

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