Bid on student art displayed around town

A View From the Porch: happy birthday to the flag, Toastmasters Month, agricultural land use, and Student Art in Focus.

So Now I Am Going To Tell My Secrets Poetry of the Bulkley Valley by Valerie Laub with harp music by Jean Christian. Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery. Admission by donation.

Happy 50th anniversary to our Canadian flag, adopted Feb. 15, 1965 to replace the Union flag. The first ever specified by statute law for use as the country’s national flag. Lester B. Pearson started things off and a design by George Stanley was chosen after much serious debate with leader of the opposition John Diefenbaker totally against such a change. The maple leaf was used as a Canadian emblem since the 1700s and the colours red and white are the national colours of Canada. Thanks to Wally Bergen for alerting me to this special date.

Others celebrating an anniversary is the Houston Library, 50 years of service to Houston and area. Also the slow cooker turned 75 Jan. 23, 1940 when the inventor Irving Naxon received a patent for his cooking apparatus. First called the Naxon Beanery later became the Crock Pot.

Toastmasters International is celebrating February as Toastmasters Month. They are world leaders in communication and leadership development with 313,000 members. You are invited to check out Toastmasters Clubs in area 45: Terrace, Nechako (Kitimat), Bulkley Valley (Smithers) and Prince Rupert. For more information www.toastmastersinternational.org or contact mrnorman@citywest.ca, 250-635-2151.

“When I was a boy on the Mississippi River there was a proposition in a township to discontinue public schools because they were too expensive. An old farmer spoke up and said if they stopped building the schools they would not save anything because every time a school was closed a jail had to be built.” Mark Twain. Farmers do know a thing or two. Agricultural land use planning and farmland protection in northern British Columbia: Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Northwest Community College, Room 122/124. This is part of a project to assess the state of agricultural land use planning in northern BC. RSVP to david.connell@unbc.ca before Feb. 24, space is limited.

Check out the photographic works that have now been placed in local restaurants and businesses. They are a part of CLICK – Student Art in Focus. Part of a silent auction with the GALA March 9 at the Library, 7 – 9 p.m. You will have a chance to finalize your bid, enjoy some snacks and take home something beautiful.

Don’t forget to go to www.soundcloud/smithersradio to hear excerpts from the Feb. 10 Council meeting. Two presentations; discussions on the train schedule; a new crosswalk; carriage houses and vending machines.

Closing with: “The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you”. Brendan Behan.