I Love Nelson http://ilovenelson.com Nelson's Community Website Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:49:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Kootenay Seniors’ Website Launch http://ilovenelson.com/kootenay-seniors-website-launch/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kootenay-seniors-website-launch http://ilovenelson.com/kootenay-seniors-website-launch/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:07:10 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=164059 The Kootenay Seniors Website (www.kootenayseniors.ca) is the place to go if you’re looking for information about senior’s services, resources or activities! Members of media are invited to a special media launch of this new service for seniors. A number of seniors will be in attendance to help demonstrate the website’s features for media.

Tuesday August 12th, 2014 / 10 to 11 am Nelson Public Library, 602 Stanley Street

Age Friendly Community Initiative Coordinator Corrine Younie will make a brief presentation about the Kootenay Seniors website, followed by comments from Heather Goldik, Outreach Services to Seniors for launch co-sponsor Nelson Public Library. Ms. Younie and Ms. Goldik will also be available to answer media questions at the Launch.

Finding accurate and up-to-date information about senior’s services can be a challenge. Now seniors and their family members will have an easy-to-navigate website where they can find information about everything from health services and accessible transportation to caregiver support and senior social activities.

”In the past, a daughter looking for help with her Mom’s dementia might have had to make a dozen calls before finding just the right services to fit their needs” says Initiative Coordinator Corrine Younie, “now this information can be found on one website that is continuously updated to stay comprehensive, current and accurate.”

Younie adds that the site will be a great resource for service providers and professionals that work with seniors, enabling them to quickly connect their clients to appropriate services and resources.

As for a senior who has never used a computer or who doesn’t have access to the internet? No problem says Chief Librarian June Stockdale. “We have a number of computers available to the public here at the library and our staff is always happy to help out or answer seniors’ questions”.

Adds Younie, “We’re delighted to have the Library’s support and look forward to working with them to help seniors become more ‘cyber-savvy’.”

Kootenay Seniors is a project of Nelson CARES Society’s Age Friendly Community Initiative. For more information about the Initiative or about the Kootenay Seniors website, contact Corrine Younie at 250.352.2708, ext. 11.

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Nelson Police are seeking public assistance regarding an investigation into fraudulent Shambhala Music Festival Tickets. http://ilovenelson.com/nelson-police-are-seeking-public-assistance-regarding-an-investigation-into-fraudulent-shambhala-music-festival-tickets/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nelson-police-are-seeking-public-assistance-regarding-an-investigation-into-fraudulent-shambhala-music-festival-tickets http://ilovenelson.com/nelson-police-are-seeking-public-assistance-regarding-an-investigation-into-fraudulent-shambhala-music-festival-tickets/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:02:06 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=164057 On August 7, 2014, information was received by Nelson Police Department that fraudulent  festival tickets were being sold for $300 and when the purchasers attended the music festival they were being advised by festival staff that the tickets purchased were not valid.


The Nelson Police Department conducted an investigation which resulted in two further incidents of fraud and the arrest of a 35 year-old female and her 49-year old partner, both from Nelson.  Both parties are facing multiple charges.


The police are continuing an active investigation into this matter.  Anyone with information that could assist in in this investigation is requested to contact the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.

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SPIN OFF exhibition opens Friday at Oxygen Art Centre http://ilovenelson.com/spin-off-exhibition-opens-friday-at-oxygen-art-centre/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spin-off-exhibition-opens-friday-at-oxygen-art-centre http://ilovenelson.com/spin-off-exhibition-opens-friday-at-oxygen-art-centre/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:58:07 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=164052 Akimbo head shotOxygen Art Centre is pleased to present new work by Victorian artist Megan Dickie.   SPIN OFF is a sculpture and video installation. The video references the format of video games; flat, multi-leveled obstacle courses that are traversed by a character who continually fails and reattempts the challenges. The video is comprised of three levels, and each level is built from large scale, absurd sculptures. The artist is the character who crisscrosses through the impediments and her own physical failure becomes the entertainment.

SPIN OFF  opens Friday August 8th at 7pm, and Megan’s artist talk is Saturday August 9 at 1pm.  The gallery is open all weekend for the Columbia Basin Culture Tour 10am – 5pm.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome.  More info: www.oxygenartcentre.orgSpinoff_poster

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Nelson Police Department’s Restorative Justice Program garnering great volunteer support. http://ilovenelson.com/nelson-police-departments-restorative-justice-program-garnering-great-volunteer-support/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nelson-police-departments-restorative-justice-program-garnering-great-volunteer-support http://ilovenelson.com/nelson-police-departments-restorative-justice-program-garnering-great-volunteer-support/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:52:18 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=164049 image001 Training for program that aims for a more compassionate community by putting perpetrators and victims face-to-face starts in September.

Nelson —The Nelson Police Department is making great headway in its search for volunteers for its innovative Restorative Justice Program —  and with training slated to begin soon, the NPD is making an urgent last call for all who may still be interested in signing up.

The program places would-be law breakers face-to-face with those they’ve affected by their actions, and together, perpetrators and victims explore ways to repair the harm that’s been done.

“This program will do far more to make a first-time offender recognize that they have done harm to others, as well as to themselves, than the criminal justice system could ever hope to accomplish,” says NPD Chief Wayne Holland. “The personal interaction between the perpetrators — who often are former victims themselves — and the citizens who have been wronged can result in a young person being motivated to change the direction of his or her life, for their benefit as well as that of their community.”

Since the first call for volunteers went out this spring, 10 locals have been interviewed in preparation for the program’s intensive training course, which will run from September through December.

“I’ve been very impressed with applicants’ backgrounds and varied experiences,” says Restorative Justice Program Coordinator Gerry Sobie, who is leading the effort along with NPD Sergeant Dino Falcone. “I hear the commitment and passion in their voices,” Sobie adds.

Sobie says his candidates come from a broad background of professions including computational sciences, environmental management, city administration, social work, automotive technician, retired educators, food services and retail.

One of the volunteer applicants is retired school principal and 35-year Nelson resident Wayne Prentice, who says the program will have great benefits for the City.

“It’s a process through which relationships are restored,” says Prentice, a longtime local elementary school principal up until his retirement in 2007. “If a crime has been committed, both the victim and perpetrator need restoring so both can be functional and productive again in our community.  The responsible party must understand and accept responsibility for her/his actions.”

Sobie says Restorative Justice will help make Nelson a healthier, more compassionate community than it already is.

Restorative Justice training will run on Saturdays and weekday evenings starting in September. The program is looking for another 10 volunteers.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact Gerry Sobie at NPD phone 250-354-3919 or rj@nelsonpolice.ca  Volunteer application forms are at the front desk of the Nelson Police Department or online on the NPD website.

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Haunted Heritage Tour Streetcar#23 http://ilovenelson.com/haunted-heritage-tour-streetcar23/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=haunted-heritage-tour-streetcar23 http://ilovenelson.com/haunted-heritage-tour-streetcar23/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:46:03 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=164045 HHT 14 Poster Summer ScheduleNelson BC – Back by popular demand the Haunted Heritage Tour Streetcar#23 returns for a special summer engagement. For the two long weekends in August (1,2,3 & 29,30,31) people are invited to enjoy a guided tour of Nelson’s paranormal side from the safety of the Nelson Electric Tramway Society’s (NETS) 108 year old Trolley Streetcar #23.

The Haunted Heritage Tour StreetCar#23 will take people on an hour long adventure on Nelson’s waterfront filled with stories about paranormal investigations, tales of intrigue, and a look into the haunted history of the Kootenays. The tour begins in Lakeside Park with an introduction to world of the paranormal and why Nelson is a hot bed for ghostly activity, you will then be treated to a variety of stories and first hand adventures with Nelson Paranormal League (NPL) founder and Trolley Driver Chris Holland.

“We are really excited about putting together this summer schedule, people have been requesting more Haunted Heritage Tours and the timing is perfect. There are many fun things going on in Nelson on the long weekends and we love adding something unique and exciting for locals and tourists.” Says Chris HollandHHT Chris

The Nelson Electric Tramway Society and the Nelson Paranormal League bring together the perfect combination for an exciting evening adventure.The unique history of Nelson coupled with the beautiful evening vistas of the area create an excellent stage for the Haunted Tour.

The Haunted Heritage Tour Streetcar #23 summer schedule is August 1,2,3 and 29, 30,31, admission is $8 per person, the tour begins at 5:30pm loading at Lakeside Park Station. Tickets are available at the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce and are destined to sell out quickly. For more information or to purchase your tickets drop by the chamber office at 225 Hall St. or call 250.352.3433. You can also check out NelsonStreetCar.org or NelsonParanormalLeague.blogspot.ca for updates.

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Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 9 & 10, 2014 http://ilovenelson.com/columbia-basin-culture-tour-august-9-10-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=columbia-basin-culture-tour-august-9-10-2014 http://ilovenelson.com/columbia-basin-culture-tour-august-9-10-2014/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:41:09 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=164040 image001Nelson-Harrop-Procter-Balfour-Crawford Bay – Taking place August 9 & 10, from 10 am – 5 pm, the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Travel to studios and archives that aren’t normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go!


In Nelson’s Rosemont area visit Tea Preville, a member of the FCA, to view her knife-painting landscapes in oil. Carol Reynolds creates paintings of Nelson; her home and unending inspiration. She will have many paintings on display, as well as return of the popular “bargain deck”.  Also on Munro St. are Richard Dudley and Robert Dudley. Painting has been a lifelong passion for Richard and since retiring he has devoted a sustained effort towards painting landscapes. Robert creates functional and decorative accessories for the home and person. Andrea Gardner’s studio is also close by, where you can view her recent tree and forest paintings, figure drawings and works in progress. During the Tour, Andrea will be providing the opportunity to experiment with acrylic paints and try inking and printing a linoleum print.


Visit Kim Horroks Ceramics,  located on Hoover St., where Kim works with clay full time and loves the outdoor life the Kootenay region offers, and which helps her to return to the studio to produce inspired work. As you make your way downtown be sure to stop and visit Charissa Alain-Lilly who uses natural materials such as silverberry seeds, porcupine quills, pearls, semi-precious stones, bone, shell, and antler horn in her artwork and crafts that include jewellery and mittens.


Stop by the Selkirk College – Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) campus, located downtown in a heritage stone building. Faculty will be giving a guided tour at 10:30 am each day or you can explore the working studios throughout the Tour.  KSA programming features small class sizes, working artists as instructors and after-hours studio access. Visit artist Vivi Harder in her Baker St. studio to see her paintings and discuss the work personally, or simply to observe and ponder them. As an abstract painter, she is interested in expressing the human spirit through a minimalist and formalist approach, creating a playful dialogue with color, texture and compositional juxtapositions. Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History is a combination of art gallery, museum and archives, with a shop featuring locally handcrafted work. Displayed in Gallery A is work by well-known long-time Nelson area resident and KSA instructor Courtney Andersen; in Gallery B is “Sons of Freedom Doukhobors: Photographs from the Stevens Studio Collection”.  Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to present new work by Victoria artist Megan Dickie: an installation including video and sculpture entitled “Spin Off”. The video references the format of video games; flat, multi-leveled obstacle courses, built from large scale absurd sculptures, that are traversed by a character (the artist) who continually fails and reattempts the challenges.


 Peter Bockner Woodworks

Peter Bockner Woodworks

Visit four great studios in Fairview before you head over to the North Shore. Peter Bockner is a furniture maker and wood carver who has been living and working in his craft for 45 years. His work includes dining tables, chairs, entry doors, meditation furniture and architectural and decorative carvings. Ron Robinson is a conceptual artist working mainly in mixed media, he will guide you through his home studio/gallery. Kalika Bowlby is a contemporary potter making a complete line of tableware. Kalika makes each piece from concept to completion, with lots of work available to choose from. At Erica Konrad’s straw bale home and art studio, situated lakeside in Nelson, Erica will be working on paintings to demonstrate the encaustic process. Small and large abstract art work (on wood and paper) will be featured.


Travel along the North Shore for the small ferry ride to five charming locations in Harrop/Proctor. Kingsland Farm is set amidst the alpaca environment, gardens and the cedar trees used for basketry bark. From cedar and pine needle basketry to felted alpaca garments, they are truly locally self-sufficient in their use of materials. Also on display at Kingsland Farm is Molly’s Landing where Brenda Pirie will give you a glimpse of her whimsical and realistic needle-felted animals. In Proctor, visit Susie Salmons at Hedgehog Haven Nursery to view her mosaic art that includes functional and decorative pieces for the home and garden using recycled china, stained glass and other found objects. Find artist Terry Huva and ceramic artist Michele Dupas at the Procter Schoolhouse. Terry’s work involves water, boats, people and place, where abstraction, arresting colour combos, strong light and dark shadows meet. Michele’s hand-built clay creations are functional and/or sculptural.  Michele’s work tends to be playful and her newest exploration involves nerdy monster teapots and plates. For non-monster loving folk, she also creates colorful platters inspired by floral patterns.

Michele Dupas - Blue Monster Teapot Smaller

Just 1 km past Balfour are artists Karen Hornby and Heather Hutchinson. Karen Hornby creates abstract mixed media works inspired by nature. “I have felt the quietness walking in the forest nearby and convey this in the paintings of trees”, explains Karen. Heather Hutchinson is a painter, a dancer, actor and performance artist, and it is movement that informs her paintings. Heather says that for her “painting begins with just a colour and a concept. I really don’t know how the painting is going to end, but just enjoy the journey.”


Take the ferry to visit the Artisans of Crawford Bay, a group of talented and diverse craft artists, all within easy walking distance of each other. Stop at the studios to watch them work, ask questions, and learn a little about their crafts. Expect to see a weaver at her loom, a blacksmith forging hot steel with a hammer and anvil, copper enamelists creating beautiful art and jewellery, a potter throwing bowls on her wheel, broommakers weaving traditional brooms, a jeweller making silver pendants, the wood carver carving a full size bear or a cherub and the celtic lady making leather masks. Just around the corner is a soap and candle maker and a bead store.


Tour brochures are available at tourist information centres and participating venues. Visit the website at www.cbculturetour.com to view full artist/venue profiles for further details on each location’s activities or register to receive a tour brochure in the mail. For further information, call the CKCA at 1-250-505-5505 or toll free at 1-877-505-7355. The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is generously supported by Columbia Basin Trust funding.


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NelsonSPCA – Kittens – Aug 1 2014 http://ilovenelson.com/nelsonspca-kittens-aug-1-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nelsonspca-kittens-aug-1-2014 http://ilovenelson.com/nelsonspca-kittens-aug-1-2014/#respond Thu, 07 Aug 2014 21:11:16 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=163997 kittensKittens kittens everywhere
Kittens chewing on my hair
Kittens climbing up my jeans
There’s a kitten on my head
There’s a kitten in the bread!
There’s a kitten in my shoe
I don’t believe we just have two!
NO we don’t have just 2. we got LOTS of black kittens at the Nelson SPCA Shelter, just waiting for a good home. Some ready for adoption and other will be soon. So if you are looking for a little ball of fur, to pur pur pur in your ear, come down or call us at 250-352-7178.

Pets Available at the Nelson SPCA

  • 520-C Falls Street
  • Nelson, BC V1L 6B5
  • (above Savoy Bowling lanes)
  • 250-352-7178
  • nelson@spca.bc.ca
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Films at the Nelson Civic Theatre Aug 8-14 – 2014 http://ilovenelson.com/films-at-the-nelson-civic-theatre-aug-8-14-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=films-at-the-nelson-civic-theatre-aug-8-14-2014 http://ilovenelson.com/films-at-the-nelson-civic-theatre-aug-8-14-2014/#respond Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:40:22 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=163987 Mensa, Immigrants and Rock and Roll

civic_schedule_Aug 8-14Scarlett Johansson brains up for her latest role as a woman who has
access to 100% of her brains capacity. Luc Besson, known for La Femme
Nikita, 5th Element and The Professional takes us on a cerebro action
romp in “Lucy” (rated 14A) playing Friday – Sunday.  Accessing our
emotional brain, James Gray (director of Little Odessa) throws us into
the tarnished American dream when a newly arrived immigrant falls into
unfortunate circumstances in 1921 New York.  “The Immigrant” screens
Monday and Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Aug 13 and Thursday, Aug. 14 don’t miss 25 or 6 to 4, a
new band; 12 of the West and East Kootenay’s finest musicians paying
tribute to one of rock’s most successful bands: Chicago!

For more details go to civictheatre.ca or call Jason Asbell, theatre manager @ 250.509.2333

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Oxygen Arts Centre – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS http://ilovenelson.com/oxygen-arts-centre-call-for-submissions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oxygen-arts-centre-call-for-submissions http://ilovenelson.com/oxygen-arts-centre-call-for-submissions/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:38:46 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=155654 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Located in downtown Nelson, BC, Oxygen Art Centre is an artist-run centre that provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage in the creation, study, exhibition and performance of contemporary art in all disciplines.  Oxygen Art Centre is currently accepting submissions for its Exhibition and Residency program.  Regional, national and international artists from any discipline are welcome to submit proposals for a solo or group exhibition and/or residency.  Oxygen Art Centre is particularly interested in work with regional relevance, cross-discipline work and work that engages audiences in participatory processes.  Professional (CARFAC) exhibition and artist presentation fees are paid for selected proposals.  For information on how to apply please refer to the submission guidelines on the website: http://www.oxygenartcentre.org/exhibitions-residencies/submissions/


Deadline: received by 5pm, August 1, 2014
(email submissions accepted)

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Age Friendly Initiative Reaching Out to Rural Seniors http://ilovenelson.com/age-friendly-initiative-reaching-out-to-rural-seniors/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=age-friendly-initiative-reaching-out-to-rural-seniors http://ilovenelson.com/age-friendly-initiative-reaching-out-to-rural-seniors/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:36:24 +0000 http://ilovenelson.com/?p=155650 Reaching Out photoNelson CARES Society and the Age Friendly Community Initiative have hired a Student Intern from Selkirk College for “Reaching Out”, a research and outreach project that will “reach out” to isolated rural seniors to talk with them about their concerns, challenges, and service needs. The project will also connect the seniors to organizations that can help them meet these needs.

Rural seniors can become isolated for a number of reasons, including distance to services, lack of transportation, poor health, or the absence of family and friends nearby.

“By sitting down and talking with rural seniors in the region, we can find out if they’re having difficulties and, if so, why”, says Student Intern, Dana Burgess. “For example, a rural senior might be having trouble getting to medical appointments because she can’t make the long drive to town anymore. With this information we could tell her about the available transportation options in her area, and perhaps help her advocate for an appointment time that fits with the regional transit schedule”.

The Reaching Out project is working in collaboration with Nelson & District Seniors Coordinating Society, North Kootenay Lake Community Services and Regional District of Central Kootenay (Area E). These organizations will help the Intern to reach seniors in rural communities surrounding Nelson, including the areas around Salmo, South Slocan, Balfour, and Kaslo. In this way, the project will benefit the organizations that provide services to seniors by connecting them to this hard-to-reach population.

“Seniors’ organizations throughout the region are grappling with the issue of how to get services to isolated rural seniors. Having an intern dedicated to identifying these seniors and their needs will help us to overcome this challenge”, says Age Friendly Community Initiative Coordinator Corrine Younie.

When rural seniors become less isolated, they participate more in social and recreational activities, and access health and community services; as a result their health and well being improves. The Student Intern will refer seniors in need to collaborating organizations that can provide them with needed services and resources.

The project also provides valuable experience for the Intern, a student in the Social Work faculty at Selkirk College. A diverse group of project mentors will be guiding and supporting her throughout the project term.

“We’re delighted that Dana has found such a great placement,” says Terri MacDonald, Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development, Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute. “In addition to sharpening her applied research skills, she’ll be working one on one with vulnerable seniors and with community organizations, gaining practical community and social development experience.”

Funding for the Reaching Out project was made available through the Teck Serv Applied Research Internship, sponsored by Teck Trail Operations through the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute at Selkirk College. The goal of Teck Serv is to provide annual support for Selkirk College students to undertake a community-based research project in the West Kootenay Boundary Region.

The project will run through the summer, wrapping up at the end of August. The Intern’s research findings will be released to the public in September. In the meantime, seniors living in the above mentioned rural areas who are interested in talking with Dana about their experiences are invited to contact Dana at 250-352-2708, extension 11.

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