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Coffee News - Vancouver Island

March 1 - 7, 2021

Cowichan Valley/Ladysmith Edition

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Bedsheet shirts: Two clothing designers from Archivist Studio in Berlin, Germany, found a unique way to reuse material that would have gone to the dump. Eugenie Haitsma and Johannes Offerhaus offered to take expensive hotel bedsheets that were headed for the garbage bin, due to minor flaws and tears. The designers realized that the Egyptian linen would be perfect for shirts, and the hotels were happy to get rid of it. With so much quality material to work with, the entrepreneurs soon came up with some styles, and they intend to add more to their portfolio in the future.
Brave stance: Elephants may be quite a lot larger than crowned cranes, but that didn’t stop one of the birds from aggressively protecting its nest against a herd of the giant grazing mammals. The crane’s bravery was caught on camera in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. As the elephant approached, the crane spread its colourful wings and squawked loudly while moving towards the mammal in a menacing manner. The adult moved away, and then the crane started badgering a baby elephant, which didn’t go over well with the adult. All was well in the end, as the elephants wandered off.
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Melon mania: Carving pumpkins at Halloween might be a normal thing to do, but carving watermelons to use as bandit masks is quite another. That’s what two thieves in Louisa, Virginia (U.S.), did to cover up their identities when they robbed a convenience store. They arrived at the business in a stolen vehicle, then strolled in, looking through carved-out “eyes” in the melons they wore on their heads. Police managed to find one of the culprits, and they are still searching for the other one. See the melon heads at...

Colour change: Blaze, a Labrador retriever from Finland, suddenly changed from black to white, and his owner couldn’t figure out why. She wondered why a small patch of fur on her pet’s ear suddenly turned white. Then, over the course of a year, much of Blaze’s fur changed from black to white. It turns out that Blaze has vitiligo, a condition that causes the pigment in fur to lose its colour. Blaze doesn’t seem to care. He is a loving, healthy dog that likes to play and go for walks. Thanks to his owner’s posts, he has become a social media sensation.
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“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”
- Latin Proverb 

“How beautiful, how buoyant, and glad is morning!”
- L.E. Landon
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FREE listings for non-profit community events. Please email, 25 words or less, to: (no attachments). Deadline Tuesdays noon.

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants: Your bridge to career fulfilment in your pre-arrival profession! Career planning - financial support, networking - mentorship, skills development. For more information & to register, please email: or call 250-753-6911 ext. 102. Visit:  Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society.

The Art of Diversity & Inclusion: Virtual workshop will introduce leaders to the concepts of diversity & inclusion, providing concrete tools to move this important work forward in your organization. Over the course of 2 sessions, this engaging workshop will give leaders a place to begin, an opportunity to understand within your context & ways to bring this work to life in your organization. This zoom event occurs over two half-days: Tues., March 2, 9:30-12:30pm & Thur., March 4, 9:30am-12:30 pm. Zoom link will be distributed to registrants a couple of days prior to the event start date. For info & to register, contact Denise Lloyd or 250-385-7784.

Shards & Shreds Art Show: A combined & dynamic art show which displays various works created by glass & fibre artists. The show will be up in Cowichan Valley Arts Councils Gallery until March 3rd. For info, contact Susan Down at 250-746-1633 or email

The Vancouver Island Symphony presents ‘Symphony from your Sofa – a Streaming Concert’.  Sat., Mar 6, 7:30pm. Fishing gear not included! Two beautiful, melodious works for piano quintet, led by VIS Concertmaster Calvin Dyck. CHAN KA NIN, The ‘Salmon’ Quintet SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 (‘Trout’). Calvin Dyck, Violin; Manti Poon, Viola; Min Jee Yoon, Cello; Mark Beaty, Double Bass; Corey Hamm, Piano. This event with be live stream only. Tickets at

Maple Bay Painters is a group of artists from the Cowichan Valley who get together to develop their skills & create & showcase their work. Talented members of the Maple Bay Painters group show their works together in Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s Gallery for the first time. Held March 9 until April 7, all day at CVAC’s Portals Gallery, 2687 James St., Duncan. For more info, call 250.746.1633.

Skye Skagfeld’s 2nd Annual Spring Equinox Art Exhibit: “Coast” can be viewed at St Joseph’s Gallery, 9735 Elm St. Chemainus, March 19-21 & March 26-28 from 3–7pm.

Join Art Classes That Take Place on Zoom:  Presented by Arts Council of Ladysmith & District. Choose from a wide range of classes to suit various interests, ages & experience levels. Learn from experienced & engaging instructors as we create together! Check out: to see all the classes offered & to register.

UK Pension Transfers: Personal or Company pension left behind in the U.K? Contact us to discuss your options. Sterling Advisory, 1-250-863-7766 or

Your Neighbourhood Place to Discover Health & Wellness! Visit Lynn’s Vitamin Gallery, 4 - 180 Central Rd. Building a stronger, healthier community. Curbside pickup available via phone or email. Let our highly trained staff help you safely discover natural remedies. Call 250-748-4421. Mon - Sat., 9:30 - 5:30. Closed on stat holidays.

Duncan Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday, year round, 10am-2pm, rain or shine. Visit the Duncan Farmers’ Market in downtown Duncan for the freshest local fruits & vegetables, baking, jams & jellies, honey, crafts, clothing, pet treats & more! 200 Craig Street.

Have You Had a Hip or Knee Replacement? Are you having problems with walking or dressing? You may be entitled to the disability tax credit of up to $50,000 in benefits & refunds. COPD, arthritis & many other disabling conditions that cause restrictions in walking or dressing, may also qualify. For expert help, call 1-844-453-5372.

Please Note: The printed version of Coffee News is currently available in the Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Duncan and Victoria regions of Vancouver Island. More areas coming soon.
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1. Which mischievous feline appears in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?
2. The Rhode Island Red is an American breed of what type of creature?
3. What is the collective term for a group of giraffes?
4. What are the Atacama, Gobi, and Sahara types of?   
5. The candy called Life Savers was created in 1912, 1944, or 1952?
(see bottom for answers)
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You may need to create your own unique image of what you do, as your creative cycle might seem very high. You might have a captive audience and may not disappoint anyone. Lucky numbers: 2, 15, 21, 28, 30, 40.
You may want to try hard to be patient with those close to you. They might not comprehend your motives or your methods. Enlighten them with the information in plain language. Lucky numbers: 33, 38, 39, 42, 43, 48.
You may be able to make things happen. There could be interesting options that open up to you. You might need to look past the immediate to see what the future can bring. Lucky numbers: 5, 6, 19, 21, 26, 32
Your deepest feelings may make you a little too subjective right now. Honest conversations with friends and family might help you understand things a little more clearly. Lucky numbers: 3, 9, 11, 25, 26, 39.
You may be invited to share in someone’s tradition or a cultural celebration. Researching for information might be necessary to help you understand your role in the occasion. Lucky numbers: 12, 24, 27, 39, 41, 46.

Your words and actions could demonstrate your sense of teamwork. Newfound knowledge may enable you to find the perfect niche within your circle of friends. Lucky numbers: 7, 25, 32, 35, 40, 45.
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You might need to find a new hobby or revive an old one to keep your mind busy. Your everyday routine may become very tedious unless you change things up a little. Lucky numbers: 12, 15, 18, 19, 29, 38.
Using your creative ideas may help you get back on track. Stop procrastinating about your future and take the reins in the direction you want to go. Lucky numbers: 6, 8, 10, 22, 32, 47.

Accepting help doesn’t mean failure; it may mean that you realize you shouldn’t do everything by yourself. Good communication with those around you could clear the air. Lucky numbers: 12, 17, 21, 31, 37, 44.
Financial commitments may weigh heavily on you. You might need to liquidate some of your assets in order to achieve a balance. Cut back on luxuries and stick to the basics. Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 21.
A change of venue may be healthy for your imagination. You might accept an invitation to do something different. You could be surprised by how much fun you have. Lucky numbers: 2, 12, 13, 24, 36, 39.
Your strong family ties may inspire you to reach beyond your previous expectations. Good vibrations could be all around. Your intuitive insights might be precise. Lucky numbers: 17, 21, 27, 35, 38, 41.

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Lucky numbers this week:  This week’s odds favour Virgo winners with the luckiest number being 7.

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Wee birdie: The tiniest bird on the planet is the Bee Hummingbird. This species lives in Cuba and lays eggs the size of coffee beans. It is so small that it might be mistaken for a bee when it is hovering around flowers to collect nectar.

Soundscape: The Sagano Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan, is a magical place. The rustling and creaking of the thousands of tall bamboo stalks is so meditative that the country has deemed it a “soundscape.”
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Surf ‘n turf: People who live on the west coast of the United States are likely familiar with a regional dish called the Hangtown Fry. It combines bacon, fried oysters, and eggs, resulting in a salty, chewy mixture.

Odd name: Awkwafina is an American actress and rap singer who has starred in movies such as Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s 8. She was born Nora Lum in 1988, and started calling herself Awkwafina when she was 16.

Amazing wave: Wave Rock is a rock formation in Western Australia. Part of a larger formation called Hyden Rock, it looks like a 15-metre (50-ft.) tidal wave, but is really comprised of layers of stone.
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Can You Spot All 10 Differences?

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Why do Norwegians put barcodes on their battleships? When they dock they can Scandinavian.

Political candidate: “My campaign is picking up speed!”
Campaign Manager: “That’s what happens when it’s going downhill!”

Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help do the dishes.

Parent to rambunctious kids: “If you fall down and break your legs, don’t come running to me!”

Egotist: One who’s always “me-deep” in conversation.
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Trivia Answers: 1. Cheshire cat  2. Chicken  3. A tower 
4. Deserts  5. 1912

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