Hard to let go of pets

I miss my little boy dog. The old girl dog is still hanging on but, like me, is getting slower. She does remember 5 o’clock supper time. Only three of us left now, BB the bird had a tumor and had to be put down. Carlotta is alone, now at nine eggs. I understand she may well continue to produce eggs even without a partner. So hard to be responsible, making the decision to end a life, even if it is just a bird’s life. He was an enjoyable singer, loved opera and millet branches to munch on. A good bird.

A Spring Orientation Session for The Patient Voices Network, Saturday, Mar. 26 in Prince George at the Civic Centre. An opportunity to get involved in making changes to B.C.’s primary health-care system. Participation is encouraged from anyone who wishes to be involved. Travel expenses may be covered. Pre-register at www.patientvoices.ca (get involved tab) or call 1-888-742-1772. The training topics:  Over-view of Patient Voices Network; Effective Communication, Shaping the System & Community Activation.

The People’s Food Policy is seeking new farmers, young farmers, more farmers to ensure that the next Growing Forward II policy (inter-government funding protocol for agriculture) includes a strong program to support new and young farmers. In the coming months there will be a building of regional teams, including youthful and hopeful farmers to help plan and speak for this campaign. See Peoplesfoodpolicy.ca for more information.

The Glenwood WI is selling bulbs from Florissa, gorgeous lilies, blue poppies and others as a fund raiser. Call 847-4797 to see a brochure.

ElderCollege, April 14, 10 a.m. to noon: Hanging Baskets & Containers at Alpine Plant World. Be guided in the type of annuals and perennials to use for hanging baskets, containers. May 4, an informative session on Computer Fraud. Fraud is the number one crime against seniors. Learn how to protect yourself, register by calling (250) 847-4461.

April 29 and 30 come and celebrate Kate and William wedding at the BV Museum’s official Royal Wedding Valley Festivity. A tent will be set up with a big screen TV beside the Civic Centre; you can sit and watch the Royal Wedding throughout the day. Enjoy Afternoon Tea from 3 to 5 p.m., a cheese, fruit and tea from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 10 to 6 p.m., watch replays of the wedding while enjoying tea and nibblies. At 6 p.m. the big raffle draw will happen: five baskets of prizes, each basket containing an official English Royal Wedding commemorative item. To volunteer call 250-847-5322, or e-mail info@bvmuseum. Jocelyn Pearce will be presenting an exhibition: The History of Toys, planned for December. Do you still have old toys, teddy bears, dolls? Join Jocelyn in preparing the BV Museum’s historical and traditional Christmas gift to the children of our Valley. Call Jocelyn at 259-847-3938 or the museum.

Closing with: Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile. Mary Ritter Beard

Lorraine writes the weekly View from the Porch community column.