East Shore Food Hamper Fundraisers

Better To Give Than Receive at Newkey’s, Sat Nov 16 & Christmas Greetings in the December Mainstreet!

Don’t miss Newkey’s Better to Give Than Receive event on Saturday, November 16. Help raise money for the East Shore Food Hampers! Meat Draw, Silent Auction, Music, Baked Goods, Entertainment! All money goes directly to the Hampers.

Also, don’t forget that you can send in your Christmas Greeting to The East Shore Mainstreet and make a minimum $10 donation along with it. Your greeting goes out to the community in the December newspaper and your donation goes directly to the Hamper fund. Send your greeting in to mainstreet@eshore.ca and your donation to Box 140, Crawford Bay, BC, V0B 1E0 or e-transfer to mainstreet@eshore.ca. Thank you!

Creston Christmas Art & Craft Market

Submitted by the Creston Valley Arts Council

Travelling down to Creston on Saturday, November 23, then on of the planned stops on your trip should be the Creston and District Community Complex for the 43rd annual Christmas Arts and Craft Market sponsored by the Creston Valley Arts Council.

With the doors open between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm the market is sure to have something for everyone.  The market is one of the most popular sales events of the year with more than 1800 coming through the doors last year. It is one of the ongoing successful accomplishments of the Creston valley arts council. As usual, it is attracting over sixty exhibitors from the Creston Valley and from throughout the Kootenay region.

Christmas markets originated in Germany, the first recorded one being in Munich in 1310. Over the next century the idea spread throughout Germany into Austria and France and then to a wider European market. The largest annual Christmas market today is held in Cologne, Germany and attracts over 4 million visitors annually. In Austria, Vienna’s December Market can be considered a forerunner of Christmas markets and dates back to 1298.

The products at this years Art & Craft Market range from potters from Creston, Canyon and Crawford Bay as well as glass work, jewellery, and woodwork ranging from driftwood art to cutting boards to signs.

There will be repurposed garden art as well as up-cycled clothing, natural dyed and hand painted silks. Also there will be fresh handcrafted wreaths and decorations.

There will be a great selection of foods and edibles from hand-made chocolates and candy to preserves, spices and home baking including gluten-free.  There will also be a selection of wines and spirits grown and crafted in the valley.

Original art works and prints will also be on sale not to mention unique sewing gifts, quilts and knitwear along with wearable art. Local soapers and herbalists have crafted a wide selection of soaps, creams and herbal remedies.

Contributing to the cultural ideals of the market will be the Creston Valley Hospital Tuck Shop with a selection of their products as well as the Creston Valley Museum. Footlighters will be selling tickets to their next show, White Christmas, based on the 1954 movie and featuring the music of Irving Berlin. This show will be staged at the Prince Charles Theatre on Nov 28 thru 30 with a show time of 7:30 pm.

In the Erickson Room will be a special art show – Home Is Where the Art Is. It will feature art from PCSS students, as well as senior Home Links students, intermediate students from the elementary schools in Creston as well as the intermediate class from Wildflower. Artists from the area are working with classes and presenting mini-workshops on watercolour, drawing, collage, and printmaking. The show will run the same hours as the Arts and Craft Market. However, it will have an opening reception on Friday Nov. 22 from 7 thru 9 pm. This show is one of a series of events throughout the last year to help the Creston Valley Arts Council celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its inauguration.

Across the parking lot at Rotocrest on Saturday will be the Images Art Show and Sale which will be open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. This show will also be open Sunday, Nov. 24 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Admission to the Market is a cash donation to the Creston Food Bank. Vendors will be supplying items for raffle baskets so please enter the free raffle at the front door.

The Creston Valley Arts Council uses the profits from this event to support artists and arts-related groups throughout its mandated area which stretches from Yahk to Riondel. The Council would like to thank Anne Fetterley once again for her year-long dedication to organizing the market. She is assisted by a large group of willing volunteers.

Further information is available on the Arts Council’s website at www.crestonvalleyartscouncil.ca

Immunity for Your Community: get the flu shot today!

This year, Interior Health is calling on you to take action and increase immunity for your community by getting the annual flu shot.

Anyone can get the flu—a sometimes serious and even deadly infection of the upper airway caused by an influenza virus that spreads easily from person to person. Getting your flu shot can protect you from getting the flu, but the flu shot is about more than just protecting yourself. Getting the flu shot plays an important role in protecting your loved ones, especially those whose health is most vulnerable.

“Having the flu shot reduces both your risk of getting the flu and spreading it to our most vulnerable loved ones who are at high risk of flu-related complications,” says Dr. Silvina Mema, Interior Health Medical Health Officer. “We especially recommend those at risk as well as visitors to hospitals, long-term care facilities and other patient care locations get the flu shot.”

Children under five years of age, pregnant women, Aboriginal people, people over the age of 65, and adults and children with underlying health conditions are at an increased risk of serious complications if they get the flu.

Patti Morven, a resident of Kelowna and a member of the Nisga’a First Nation, is a family support worker. She understands the importance of getting the flu shot for her community.

“I work with the very young and with Elders,” says Patti. “Getting the flu shot not only provides safety for my mom but also the families I’m in contact with throughout the flu season.”

The flu shot is available through your pharmacist, health care provider, First Nations community health nurse, or your local health unit. Interior Health (IH) immunization clinics will begin the week of Oct. 28 and will continue in communities throughout November, with flu shots available by appointment throughout the rest of the season.

To find an influenza clinic or provider near you, visit Immunize BC and click on “Find a Clinic,” watch for local announcements, or contact your local public health centre, physician’s office or pharmacy.

The flu shot is free for the following people:

·         People 65 years and older and their caregivers/household contacts;

·         People of any age in long-term care facilities;

·         Children and adults with chronic health conditions and their household contacts;

·         Children and adolescents (six months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods of time with Aspirin (ASA), and their household contacts;

·         Children and adults who are morbidly obese;

·         Aboriginal people;

·         All children six to 59 months of age;

·         Household contacts and caregivers of infants and children from birth to 59 months of age;

·         Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy during the influenza season and their household contacts;

·         Visitors to hospitals, health centres and long-term care facilities;

·         People who work with live poultry;

·         Health-care and other care providers in facilities and community settings who are capable of transmitting influenza disease to those at high risk of influenza complications;

·         People who provide care or service in potential outbreak settings housing high-risk persons (e.g., crews on ships); and

·         People who provide essential community services (first responders, corrections workers).

For more information about flu season and the flu shot visit: 2019-2020 Seasonal Influenza Campaign.

Scary Oke! Halloween Party at the Gray Creek Hall

Once again, Gray Creek Hall Society and DJ Will D’Beats, join together to present:

Scary Oké
Friday, Nov. 1, @ Gray Creek Hall

All are welcome! Come out, dress up, perform for your community, dance
$50 prize for best costume, $50 prize for scariest costume

IMPORTANT INFO: If you wish to perform, either pick a song from our Karaoke list on hand, …or find a Karaoke version of your favourite song on YouTube (thousands to choose from),then send a link of that karaoke video to:graycreekhall@gmail.com …and I’ll have it ready for you to sing to at the event

More info? Call Will (250) 227-9600

Crawford Bay Regional Park – Important Meeting

Please join us on Monday, October 28, 2019 to discuss the future of Crawford Bay Regional Park.

Crawford Bay Regional Park is composed of approximately 70 hectares that were acquired in October 2018. The acquisition involved strategically located properties which are integral to the ongoing public use of the Crawford Bay beach, wetland and trail network.

The purpose of the meeting is for Area A Director, Garry Jackman and Regional District staff to provide a community update which will consider the property acquisition, operation, planning and future opportunities for the park.

  • Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Location: Crawford Bay Hall (Address: 16230 Wadds Road, Crawford Bay)

For further information, please contact: Mark Crowe, Regional Parks Planner. Phone: (250) 352-8172. Email: mcrowe@rdck.bc.ca Web: www.rdck.ca

Starbelly Jam AGM and Diemm Concert!

STARBELLY JAM AGM: Starbelly Jam Music Society invites you to attend our AGM to review 2019, elect directors, and discuss the future of Starbelly. Saturday October 26th. Saturday October 26 at the Gray Creek Hall @ 4 pm. Please attend this important event. Starbelly needs your input and participation.


On October 26, the folk harpist phenom, Diemm, will be in town to play Gray Creek Hall in support of her recent album “Ten Thousand Miracles”.

Created in a tiny tree house in the interior British Columbian forest, her new album is imbued with mysticism, surrender and trust. It consists of fourteen tracks that draw inspiration from her home and of the natural landscape. Produced by Diemm and Adham Shaikh (Buckman Coe / Monkey Dragon) – the album is a magical voyage full of twists and turns. The music she has brought into being is a unique Chamber Folk sound focused on the harp, double bass, and tasty percussion featuring the udu.  Plus, as the ultimate lyricist, her poems have been compared to the likes of Pablo Neruda, Leonard Cohen, and Rumi.

This September finds Diemm hitting the road for an in-depth tour to celebrate the launch of the record. “I’ve chosen beautiful churches and halls with great acoustics, to present this music,” she says, “I’m curious to see where else the songs will take me.”

Golden Cloak Of Bones – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTY6IrKLuUA

Young Riondel Man Missing

Please be on the lookout for Jackson Wilkinson. He went missing from the Riondel area sometime in the night of October 11th or the morning of October 12th. The family is desperate to locate him and appreciates any help.

Jackson’s disappearance coincides with a troubling Facebook post in which he talks about his past and trouble he’s faced. The family is asking for everyone to be watching for signs of Jackson who may have left the area by hitchhiking.

A family member wrote in a Facebook post: BOLO To all my friend in East and West Kootenays and the Calgary area please keep an eye out for this young man his name is Jackson Wilkinson. Please share far and near so we can get him to safety. Please contact Lana Wilkinson at 250-432-9800. HE NEEDS TO KNOW HE ISN’T ALONE IN THIS WORLD AND PEOPLE LOVE HIM. He went missing from Riondel, BC and could be heading anywhere by walking or hitchhiking.

Movement is Medicine

submitted by Catherine White/Shannon Mulhall for Focus on Health

Every  month starting in October through to April,
Focus on Health invites local experts and professionals, to speak on health
topics that are important to our community.

On October 10th,
Kim Young will be presenting Fall Prevention and Re-gaining Balance and Stability.  Kim is a Director with the East Shore
Kootenay Lake Community Health Society, a Precision Nutrition certified
Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, Functional Aging Specialist and Reiki
Master who lives in Kootenay Bay with her husband Jim and their dog Jax.

Recently, I had
the opportunity to speak with Kim about Functional Aging and its important role
in helping those that are 50+ maintain their independence and enhance their
quality of life using strength training and functional movement exercises.

As we age, it is
normal to lose bone mass and some muscle strength.  These two factors can contribute to falls and
potentially serious injury requiring hospitalization.  About one third of the senior population over
the age of 65 falls each year, but since many incidents go unreported by
seniors, and unrecognized by family members or caregivers – this estimate is
most likely quite low.

While many falls
do not result in injuries, 47% of non-injured seniors who fall cannot get up without
assistance.  For seniors who fall and are
unable to get up on their own, the period of time spent immobile often affects
their health outcomes.  Muscle cell
breakdown starts to occur within 30-60 minutes of compression due to
falling.  Dehydration, pressure sores,
hypothermia, and pneumonia are other complications that may result.

Falls with or without
injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact.  A growing number of older adults fear falling
and as a result, limit their activities and social engagements.  This can result in further physical decline,
depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.  The most profound effect of falling is the
loss of independent living.

We’ve all heard
the saying, “use it or lose it.” 
Luckily, our bodies have the amazing ability to regain a majority of our
previous fitness level, thanks to muscle memory.  By practicing functional balance and
flexibility exercises, the body and mind are strengthened.  Day to day activities rely on our body and
mind to communicate and work as a team.

When faced with a
loss of balance, someone who has maintained a level of functional strength and
mobility, experiences a more intuitive response.  The body and mind work together in correcting
the imbalance and react appropriately to prevent the fall.  However, should a fall be unavoidable,
getting up independently afterward reduces the potential for serious injury and
extended medical attention.

Join Us! So grab your neighbour and join us on October 10th at the Crawford Bay Hall.  Please wear comfortable clothing as this presentation includes practicing balance and stability exercises.  All mobility levels are welcome.!

Admission is $5 and includes soup served at 12 noon, followed by a presentation from 12:30 to 1:30.  For more information or to volunteer with soup making, please contact Cathy White at calywh@telus.net or (403)304-2622.  Complimentary blood pressure monitoring is provided by Sharon Webster, Community Paramedic Riondel.

Transportation is also available through Better at Home.  Please contact Rebecca Fuzzen at (250)505-6717 to book your ride.

On another health note: please be advised that there will be no lab hours at the East Shore Health Centre on Weds, Oct 9. Sorry for any inconvenience.