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Feb 6 - 12, 2023

Mid Vancouver Island Edition

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Blue cows: Black, brown, and white cows may not attract much amount of attention, but what about a blue cow? Latvia is home to such a beast. These cows can be light or dark ultramarine in colour from a pigment that affects their fur. At birth, their coats are closer to beige, then later become blue. This cattle breed produces less milk than average, and was near extinction a few decades ago. However, a play called The Blue One, by Latvian Gunars Priede, drew attention to the plight of the blue cow in the 1970s. After organized attempts to save the breed, today these resilient animals can be found in the fields of Latvia.
Standing guard: Three cats in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada), decided to take control of an unopened blender box, with the blender still inside. Max, George, and Lando took turns sitting upon and guarding the box, while owners Jessica and Nikii began posting their pets’ antics on social media, garnering many amused responses. Obviously, the owners only needed to shoo the cats away, unpack the blender, and start making smoothies. But the standoff provided so much laughter that they let the cats have their way for a while. They even contacted the mixer’s manufacturer with the amusing story. The company sent three empty boxes so the owners could have their blender and the cats could keep playing with the containers.
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Pineapple or not? Does pineapple belong on pizza? That is what Angelo Mercuri, chef, co-owner, and co-founder of Bàcaro Pizzeria in Montreal, Québec (Canada), wanted to find out. Including the tropical fruit on pizza is a contentious issue for many, so Mercuri devised a survey that drew 5,000 responses. Of all the respondents to the heavily publicized survey, 53 percent voted against pineapple on the Italian favourite, so for now, he took it off the menu of the chain of pizza restaurants. Bàcaro’s “Hawaii Five-0” pizza also had included bacon, ricotta, jalapeno peppers, and tomato sauce. Now the fruit has been banned from the chain for the foreseeable future.
Open trunk: Some petty thieves work by breaking into cars, rifling around in the console and the glove compartment, and stealing change or other valuables that the hapless owner may have left inside. If the car is locked, a thief might smash a window to get inside. This is happening more than usual in San Francisco, California (U.S.), so some vehicle owners have taken the situation into their own hands: they leave their cars unlocked with the trunks open, and they ensure there’s nothing worth stealing in the car. A line of driverless cars parked on the street with trunks open looks odd, and police advise against the practice.
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“My father always used to say, ‘Don’t raise your voice. 
Improve your argument.’”  - Archbishop Desmond Tutu 

“Don’t give up on your daydream! That little voice inside is 
telling you how to live your life with intent and purpose.” - Dawn Gluskin
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FREE listings for non-profit community events. Please email, 25 words or less, to:  (Deadline Tuesdays noon)

Free Drop-in Chair Yoga Classes for Seniors: Mondays at 2-2:45pm, now until April 3. No class Feb 20.  St. Columba Church, 921 Wembley Rd, French Creek.  Email Charlotte:

Parksville Community Centre at 223 Mills St., has 6 large rooms & small offices available to rent for meetings, workshops or gatherings. Check us out at  or call 250-248-6234.

Volunteer with Island Health: Looking for an opportunity to give back to those in your community in a healthcare setting for 2 hours per week & to support hospital patients & residents, exchange stories, & make a difference in health care? This is an opportunity to support their community & healthcare workers while earning valuable volunteer hours & resume experience. To apply, go to or email us at

Mid Island Floral Art Club Meeting: Feb. 9, 2pm, St Stephen’s Church Hall, 150 Village Way, QB. Topic: Learning Floral Structures. Guests welcome. or Joanne 250-757-8969.

The Sixties - Love Songs & Folk Songs: A Craig Bay Choristers Project, held on Saturday, February 11, 2:30pm at Knox United Church, Parksville. Tickets Fireside Books, at the door or online

Parksville Gem & Mineral Show: Feb. 11, 10am-5pm & Feb. 12, 10am-4pm, 132 East Jensen Ave, Community Centre. Admission $4 (kids free under 12), Hourly door prizes. Info:

Alberni Valley Seedy Saturday: Feb. 11, 10am-2pm, Echo Centre, Dogwood Rm. Meet Island producers with seeds & cuttings. Learn about seed saving. Have fun with lots of kids activities!

Valentines Single Mingle: Saturday, Feb. 11, 7-10pm at RC Br. 211, Bowser, 7095 Island Hwy West. Tickets: $20, includes $5 Bowser Bucks for the bar. Pay at the door. Info: 250-884-0500.

Save the Sensitive Ecosystem along Englishman River at 1465 Greig Road, Parksville. Voice your thoughts at the public hearing to be held on Mon., Feb. 13, re the 800 unit construction. Info:

Qualicum Beach Garden Club General Meeting: Tues., Feb.14, 7:30pm, Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. Guest Speaker: Dixie Deans, Master Gardener. Topic: ‘First The Earth’, if you want to have success in your garden, you need to first look after the earth.

CVIOS Orchid Show & Sale: Central Vancouver Island Orchid Society is holding a sale Feb. 17-19, Nanaimo North Town Centre.  Displays, vendors, daily raffle, potting workshops. Details at:

Making a Mask & Headdress for Carnival (Pro D Day): Using cardboard, paper, fabric & decorative materials each participant (ages 9-13) will create a fantasy mask & headdress. Materials provided, bring a snack. Held Feb. 17, 9am-12:30pm, Cowichan Community Centre, Duncan. Call 250-748-7529.

Raffi in Concert! A family event for all ages. Sing-a-long to faves like Down by the bay, Baby Beluga, Bananaphone & many more wonderful tunes. Held Sat., Feb. 18, 2pm at Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Tickets at venue box office or online at

Chemainus Classical Concerts: Clare Yuan, piano;  Scott Meek, piano. Held February 19,  2pm at St. Michael’s Church, Chemainus.  $25/$10. Reserved $20. For info, call 250-748-8383.

Nanaimo Family History Society AGM: Mon., Feb. 20, 6:30pm, followed by members’ AHA moments from their search for ancestors. Virtually by Zoom & is free to all members. Visit:

Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling Returns to Port Alberni! February 25, they will invade Maht Mahs Gym. Don’t miss your chance to catch all of the hard-hitting, high flying, keep you on the edge of your seat, action! Doors open at 6:30pm, bell rings at 7pm! Tix avail at  Food & drink available at concession.

Coldest Night of the Year: A family-friendly walk that raises money for charities serving hungry, homeless & hurting people in the community Feb 25th. Event’s across the mid-island. Visit:  or  1.877.743.3413.

Cowichan Valley Probus Club: Retired or nearly retired? Come join us at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, Mt. Baker Room. First Tues of each month, 10:30am. Visit or 250-710-7467.

Parksville Community Centre at 223 Mills St., has 6 large rooms & small offices available to rent for meetings, workshops or gatherings. Check us out at  or call 250-248-6234.

Join the Nanaimo Social Club:  Singles & couples welcome to take part in all activities & meet new friends. For further information call Brenda, 250-585-4643.

Free Technology Training Workshops: We help seniors work with everything computers, smart phones, tablets, safety, privacy, files, photos & email management. Oceanside area. Email: or call: 250-947-8258.
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1. The largest island of the Philippines is __________.
2. This Egyptian frog goddess represents fertility.
3. What refrigerant destroys the ozone layer?
4. The French horn is a woodwind instrument—T/F?
5. The word “cappuccino” originally referred to what brown item?
(see bottom for answers)
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Have you reached a place in life where service to others is a consideration for you now? In this process, try to find an opportunity to align your service with your values. Lucky numbers: 3, 7, 12, 40, 42, 47.
Do you want to break free and pursue something new? Perhaps you should take a small step in the new direction, to make sure it is the right one for you. Lucky numbers: 21, 25, 33, 35, 41, 48.
Resist any temptation to get into a fight with someone you perceive as an obstacle to your plans. What might be a better way to meet this challenge that will avoid conflict? Lucky numbers: 6, 17, 25, 35, 37, 43.
You may find yourself busy and stressed now. Expressing yourself is important but try not to get into unnecessary ego conflicts with others. How are you contributing to the issue? Lucky numbers: 13, 14, 33, 34, 43, 45.
How do you define the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? In pursuing it, just be sure your path is in alignment with what your heart wants. Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 6, 10, 21, 39.
Virgos are usually happiest when they feel grounded and things are running smoothly. The energy at the beginning of the week is supportive, so you may wish to proceed forward now. Lucky numbers: 10, 11, 13, 16, 24, 46.
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Seek out the beauty that is all around you in the world. Perhaps take a museum trip? Use this energy to reinforce the natural grace, kindness, and empathy within yourself. Lucky numbers: 2, 15, 17, 33, 36, 41.
Are you feeling a bit paranoid about the thoughts and actions of those around you? Take a deep breath, wait a few days, and the feeling will most likely pass. Lucky numbers: 14, 20, 21, 28, 33, 35.

You may find yourself thinking now about what legacy you want to leave behind. Whatever you decide, be sure to incorporate your personal philosophy and belief system into your plans. Lucky numbers: 5, 14, 16, 19, 32, 36.
You may have been undergoing a long period of personal transformation, which often might have been confusing. At mid-week, you could receive some insights about the process. Look for them. Lucky numbers: 4, 15, 33, 39, 42, 44.
You may find that you need to make an adjustment now to your work style. Keep your Aquarius antenna alert for new information that could help you in this process. Lucky numbers: 7, 24, 29, 30, 36, 42.
You may be feeling that you are on information overload right now, and you would be correct. It may be best to wait a few days to assimilate it before acting. Lucky numbers: 12, 14, 18, 21, 33, 40.
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Lucky numbers this week:  This week’s odds favour Virgo winners with the luckiest number being 11.
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Scottish saying: Most people have had the embarrassing experience of forgetting someone’s name when making introductions. Scottish people ease these awkward situations by saying, “Pardon my tartle!”

Maple leaf: The Canadian Flag has a red maple leaf in the middle, which is flanked by two vertical red rectangles. Designed by Canadian George Stanley, it became official in 1965.

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Poetry time: To write an acrostic poem, just pick a word or name. Then use each letter of the word or name as the first letter of each line of the poem. The word can be any length and the poem does not have to rhyme.

Bad bread move: Don’t put a loaf of bread upside down on a table when dining in Italy. An Italian belief is that bread is a symbol of life, and therefore placing it upside down will bring bad luck.  

Pesky stump: Tree stumps take years to rot on their own. To accelerate the process, drill holes in the stump and sprinkle Epsom salt on it. Keep the stump covered to protect from rain, and apply more salt every few weeks.
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Why did the student throw away his lunch? It was full of junk food.

Tom: “I used to have a terrible fear of hurdles.”
Tim: “What did you do?”
Tom: “I got over it.”

I know a woman who used to be a train driver, but she got sidetracked.

Remember: Models of dragons are not to scale.

Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Bertha. Bertha who? Happy Bertha-day to you!
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