Don’t forget about the bears

Don’t forget to vote for the grizzly bears! Go to Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter, find the direct link to Pepsi, and cast your vote for a worthy cause.

Don’t forget to vote for the grizzly bears! Go to Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter, find the direct link to Pepsi, and cast your vote for a worthy cause.

It’s a family affair – a new vision of aging. CARP National deals with a number of different issues ranging from lobbying, advocacy, benefits and working together as a community. An event in Quesnel, hosted by the Quesnel-Smithers Chapter had speakers from the region who discussed wills, estates, compassionate and caregiver resources along with memorial details associated with life’s final exit. If there is an interest in Smithers, we could have a workshop like this. Let me know.

Valentine’s Day — the wish to glorify the unparalleled feeling of love. A popular version of the St. Valentine legend is that while imprisoned Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter who visited him during his confinement. Before his death Valentine wrote a farewell letter to his sweetheart and signed it “from your Valentine.” The expression became popular amongst love struck and is still very much used today.

Living with any type of chronic pain? A free workshop: Chronic Pain Self-Management Program starting Feb. 4, 1 p.m. at the Health Center on 1st Avenue. A good learning experience for not just the sufferer but family members, caregivers, friends and health professionals. Coping with a chronic health condition can be extremely trying with fatigue, pain, breathing difficulties, sleeping problems, loss of energy, depression and anxiety. Self-management programs are fun and practical and can help you overcome these daily challenges. To register call 1-866-902-3767 or A word from Toby Coupe who took the course with her husband Andre last April: they are now certified leaders and did facilitate a self-management program last year. They are making plans to offer another workshop and confirm that the course is free with excellent workbooks, well worth attending.

Smithers’ Community Radio CICK is having their first board meeting for 2011 on Feb. 2, 5 p.m. at Plan B Brewing, 3352 Frontage Rd. Love radio? Come and meet some of the board members and radio announcers.

Step Up Tutoring is going into local elementaryschools to provide after-school learning opportunities to struggling students, providing help with basic reading, writing, math skills to increase students’ self confidence and enjoyment of school. Step Up is a non-profit tutoring program of Smithers Community Services that helps elementary students maintain and strengthen their literacy and numeracy skills over the summer. This spring, they are providing additional opportunities for students during the school year. Volunteer tutors are needed, training and supervision provided. Call Tisha at 847-9515

Closing with: A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice. Edgar Watson Howe.