A few happy birthdays

June 3 I turn 70. Happy Birthday to me! Margaret at Zellers has the same birthday, sending Happy Birthday wishes her way. Yeah Gemini!

Sand Northrup – One Woman Circus: juggling, unicycling or just clowning around.  Fun for everyone from tots to grandpas! A fundraiser for Canadian Parents for French/French Immersion Programs at Muheim.  Della Herman Theatre, Saturday June 11. Runs from 2.30 to 3.30 p.m. Tickets at Interior Stationery. Questions? Call Pauline at 250-877-7737.

Transition Houses – sometimes when a person is being abused they will not leave the abuser because they do not want to leave their pet behind. They think that the Safe Home would not accept pets. Some 1.3 million women experience domestic violence each year, up to 48 per cent will delay leaving in order to save an animal. Pets provide an important personal benefit; for someone who has been abused that loving fur-person helps with the healing process. Pets are family members worthy of being protected. I spoke with the Northern Society for Domestic Peace asking them what happens here in Smithers. If abuse is happening and you need to take your pet, ask there is a plan in place, arrangements can be made.

The dragon boats are on the lake! Tuesdays and Thursdays at Tyhee Lake in the evenings. Turn left on Tyee Lake Road, take a quick right at the campground. You will see them skimming across the lake.

June 8, 7 p.m. at the library, the Groundbreakers Collective andlLocal food production, lots of local knowledge to share. Already participating or just curious about what’s growing in the Valley? Come and hear what they have to say, event is free.

Met Maryanne from Bend, Oregon and Judy from Lapine, Oregon traveling to Alaska to fish. Since Judy has retired they have already been to New Orleans in April and found it fascinating. This is the first time for Maryanne to come this way; Judy was here 20 years ago. Traveling in another RV was Don and Marilyn Noel with a lovely dog, Ruby Tuesday. Tuesday was the day she was rescued, 13 years ago. Don and Marilyn are from Lapine, this is their first time in this area. The two groups are traveling together. Don is a Roberto Luongo fan, looking forward to watching the game as they travel.

Closing with: There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.  Beverly Sills


Lorraine Doiron writers the weekly View from the Porch column.