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December 5 - 11, 2022

Mid Vancouver Island Edition

Coffee News Mid Vancouver Island
Abandoned hotel: Imagine heading to the beach but, instead of finding luxury hotels lining the shore, a derelict old mansion is sitting right in the water. That is what greets visitors to Playa La Puntilla in Costa del Sol, El Salvador, when they saunter down to the water’s edge. There are theories about why the pillared, but wrecked, building is there. Some say that it once was a villa called Hotel Puerto Ventura. However, about three decades ago, a hurricane, or perhaps simply poor design, caused the building to shift from its foundation and drift toward the sea. Whatever the reason, the structure sits there as a testament to the past.
Feel good story: A coffee shop in Staten Island, New York (U.S.), knows how to go above and beyond the call of duty, without regard to the social status of their patrons. A customer, Janessa Rubino, reported standing in line at the counter when a homeless man came in with a half-gallon jug. He asked the server for water, and the server said to help himself from the cooler. The man then asked if he could also have a meal, as he was hungry. The server obliged and took his order. Amazed by the generosity, Rubino offered to pay, but the server said not to worry: they give him a meal whenever he comes in hungry.
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Living with little: Who needs all the stuff that’s available for purchase in today’s society? A woman from Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, doesn’t need much at all, and she’s proved it by being extremely frugal. Wang Shenai, a married mother of two, was able to save about 90 percent of her salary each month by watching her spending. The family eats in and doesn’t dine at expensive restaurants, and the mom only wears second-hand clothing. By saving, she was able to buy two houses. She is a member of a group called Frugal Women’s Federation. Growing up poor, she learned to do with less, and continues that lifestyle today.
Baby bird: Alesh and Janja of Koper, Slovenia, are the proud parents of…a sparrow! A friend of theirs found the baby bird on the ground and called them for help. The young couple decided to care for the tiny chick, feeding it frequently and providing it with a comfortable cage. They named the little bird “Chibi.” As it grew and learned how to fly, they let it take flight around their apartment. When the couple tried to release Chibi, the sparrow took off for a while, then came back to rest on their shoulders. So they let it stay, but they always check to be sure the door to its cage stays open.
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“What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.”  - Isaac Bashevis Singer

“You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem.”
 - Eldridge Cleaver
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FREE listings for non-profit community events. Please email, 25 words or less, to: events@myCoffeeNews.ca  (Deadline Tuesdays noon)

Milner Christmas Magic: Enjoy a festive stroll through twinkling woodland, glowing with a dazzling light display. Food & refreshments available. Entry by suggested donation: $5/Adult, $2/Children or $12/Household. Dec 2-4, 9-11, 16-21 from 5-8:30pm (last entry 8pm). 2179 W. Island Highway, Qualicum Beach Info: 250.752.6153.

The Salvation Army Nanaimo-Ladysmith  is looking for Volunteers for our Kettle Campaign. The shifts are 2 ½ hours in length. Please give us a call to Volunteer. 250-824-0324.

Perfect Gift for Young Horse Lovers: An educational story for young equestrians. Written by local author Kathy Jackson & Illustrated by Erica Sutfin. $15 at: www.momiwanttoride.com or ke.books58@gmail.com

Jones Christmas Village: Cassy’s Coffee House, 10375 Youbou Rd, Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 1-31, 10am-2pm. Admission by donation & proceeds to cancer care at CDH. Evening event December 17th, 5-8pm.

‘Stars’ Christmas Concerts by Island Bel Canto Singers with Fiona Blackburn: Sun., Dec. 4, 2:30pm at St. Philip by-the-Sea, Lantzville. For info/tickets, call 250-756-2029.

Old Fashioned Xmas Craft Sale: Sat., Dec. 3, 9am-4pm at BC Seniors & Pensioners Hall, 2465 Labieux Rd. Homemade crafts, quilting, jewellery, Xmas goodies, soup/sandwich lunch available. Free entry but food bank donations appreciated.

Festive Christmas Luncheon: Dec 3, 11am–2pm at Anglican Parish of St. Peter, 5800 Church Rd. Duncan. Tickets $20 per person. Phone 250-746-6262.

Little Town Christmas: Dec 3, 1-4pm at Chemainus Legion 191.  Free for children. Games, food, photos with Santa & gifts.

Nanaimo Artwalk presents the amazing work of 50 artists on Commercial Street & Old City Dec 3 & 4. Free Event Guides are available at the Nanaimo Museum and libraries. Learn more at nanaimoartscouncil.ca

Jonanco Christmas Market: Dec. 3 & 4, 10am-3pm, 2745 White Rapids Rd, Nanaimo. Visit: www.jonanco.ca

Annual Craft Fair, Providence Farm: Shop local vendors, Santa photos, eat & be merry. Silent auction. Held at 1843 Tzouhalem Rd., Duncan on Dec 3, 9am-3pm. Free admission. www.providence.bc.ca/events

Bradley Centre’s Coombs Country Christmas Market: Sat., Dec. 3, 10am-2pm. Shop local writers, makers & bakers. Free door prize draw. No entry fee. Plenty of parking.

Craig Bay Choristers’ Christmas Concert: Dec. 3, 3pm at Knox Church, 345 Pym St. $15 tickets available at Fireside Books or door. Guests: Oceanside A Cappella.

Nanaimo Artwalk presents the amazing work of 50 artists on Commercial Street & Old City Dec 3 & 4. Free Event Guides are available at the Nanaimo Museum and libraries. Learn more at nanaimoartscouncil.ca

Handles’s Messiah: December 4, 2:30pm at Knox United Church. $25 adults, $15 students, Tickets at Fireside Books & Mulberry Bush Bookstore.

Chemainus Classical Concerts: West Coast Chamber Players, Dec. 4, 2pm, St. Michael’s Church, Chemainus. $25/$10 Reserved $20 - Ph. 250-748-8383.

Community Carol Festival: Wed., Dec. 7, 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s United, 311 Fitzwilliam, Nanaimo.  Admission by donation.

A Visit from St. Nicholas or The Night Before Christmas’: Presented by Echo Players at The Village Theatre, 110 W. 2nd Ave, QB, Dec. 8-27. Tickets: 250-752-3522 or www.echoplayers.ca

Mind, Body & Spirit Fair ‘Gifts from the Gifted’: Sun., Dec. 11, 10am-5pm at Arrowsmith Hall, 1014 Ford Rd., Coombs. Psychic, mediumship, tarot, aromatherapy, healing, concessions, gifts, crafts & more. Free admission.

Timbre! Sings Again! Celebrating Christmas in their 50th Season on Sunday, December 11, 2:30-4:30pm at ADSS Auditorium, 4000 Roger St., Port Alberni.

Annual Christmas Charity Concert: Held by Nanaimo Concert Band Sun., Dec. 11, 2:30pm at Beban Park Auditorium, Nanaimo. Admission, non-perishable food item or cash for the Salvation Army kettle.

Christmas Cheer by Oceanside Consort: Wednesday, December 14, at Knox United Church Lounge, Parksville. $12 at door.

Order of the Eastern Star hosting a free gift wrapping station. Open Dec. 19-23, 11am-4pm, Masonic Hall, 26 Gatacre St., Ladysmith.  All donations to Ladysmith Food Bank.

12th Annual Lions Free Skate: Frank Crane Arena, Nanaimo, Sundays from now until - Dec. 18, 12pm-1:30pm, except Dec. 11 & Jan. 15, 11:30-1pm.  Admission & skate rentals are free.

Mid-Vancouver Island Region Alcoholics Anonymous: If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help! www.NanaimoAA.org  250.753.7513 or Toll Free 1.833.753.7513.

Donate Blood, Get Free Snacks! Canadian Blood Services is asking for winter heroes in Port Alberni to support patients by booking & keeping their appointments to donate blood at Best Western Barclay Hotel Tues., Jan. 10; Wed., Jan. 11 & Thur., Jan. 12, 2-6:45pm. Book your appointment at blood.ca, by downloading our GiveBlood app, or by calling 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

Parksville’s Everyday Market Now Open: 7 days a week, 9:30am-4:30pm, 1210 Industrial Way, Parksville, next to Shar Kare. Info: 250-248-3613. Presented by Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce.

Free Technology Training Workshops: We help seniors work with everything computers, smart phones, tablets, safety, privacy, files, photos & email management. Oceanside area. Email: tlc@sd69.bc.ca or call: 250-947-8258.

Boating Education - Gift a ‘Boating Class’ This Xmas! Boating, Maritime Radio, Navigation, Radar, GPS & more. For more info, call Roger 1-604-209-7649 or visit: www.nps-cps.ca/courses

Global Village Nanaimo - Fair Trade - Non-Profit: Now open until Dec. 24, 10am-5pm, Monday - Saturday. 437 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo, Old City Quarter. Gifts, baskets, jewelry, coffee & tea.  For more info visit: www.globalvillagenanaimo.com
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1. The country Suriname is on what continent?
2. Lexiko was an early name for this popular board game.
3. What is the official language in Mozambique?
4. Who directed the 1963 film “The Birds”?
5. What does the TORRO scale measure?
(see bottom for answers)
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At this time, consciously using your will might help assure a successful outcome for you. Nothing can be achieved if you merely sit on the sidelines and wait. Lucky numbers: 12, 16, 31, 41, 43, 45.
An old issue may resurface that brings you in conflict with others. View the problem through the lens of how it is now, not how it was then, and adjust accordingly. Lucky numbers: 3, 17, 18, 26, 32, 48.

Now may be the time to complete an endeavour and begin planning your next one. However, if you are running into obstacles, figure out how to salvage the project and move on. Lucky numbers: 4, 5, 7, 15, 28, 38.
Have you been feeling low or discouraged in recent days? At the end of the week, you may see a potential opportunity to hit the reset button and improve your mood. Lucky numbers: 16, 19, 23, 24, 36, 40.
At the beginning of the week, your natural optimism may be dampened. Rather than being discouraged, try applying your serious mood to completing a task that could benefit from this type of energy. Lucky numbers: 11, 14, 15, 17, 19, 34.
Virgos often pride themselves on keeping everything under control. This week you may have to accept that some events are just beyond your control, and wait for things to change. Lucky numbers: 10, 17, 20, 24, 29, 32.
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Your focus may be on your career or, more broadly, your role in the world. If you are looking for guidance, look to the Libra strengths of diplomacy and consideration of others. Lucky numbers: 6, 11, 15, 27, 31, 42.

Have you recently experienced a sudden or unexpected change in your life? Looking for a hidden opportunity may be helpful to you in mitigating any negative effects. Lucky numbers: 5, 8, 18, 39, 42, 47.
You may be experiencing a conflict between what you feel you want versus what you need. Perhaps it is time for some inner dialogue to reflect on the most important considerations. Lucky numbers: 9, 14, 17, 23, 28, 29.
Capricorns often prefer to let their achievements speak for them. Adjusting your style may provide a chance to successfully communicate about something that passionately interests you. Lucky numbers: 7, 15, 21, 23, 26, 28.

Have things been flowing smoothly for you? This moment probably won’t last forever, so take advantage of it right now to achieve a positive outcome for something you desire. Lucky numbers: 2, 6, 21, 31, 32, 45.
You may be feeling stressed now because you are juggling too many things at once. This situation could pass in a few days. Work to communicate clearly, in the meantime. Lucky numbers: 13, 16, 31, 41, 43, 44.
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Lucky numbers this week:  This week’s odds favour Aquarius winners with the luckiest number being 31.
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Zip it up: It’s hard to imagine life without zippers. The person credited with coming up with this invention is American Elias Howe, who patented the item in 1851. He called it the “automatic continuous clothing closure.”

Light the way: Norah Head, in New South Wales, Australia, is home to a lighthouse of the same name. It was built in 1903 and was one of the last lighthouses in the country to be staffed; in 1995, it was outfitted with a fully automated light.

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Old bands: Singer Robert Plant and late drummer John Bonham of the famous British rock band Led Zeppelin, met in 1965. They played together in a band called the Crawling King Snakes and, later, Band of Joy.

Canadian game: In the team game of lacrosse, players use sticks with nets on one end to throw and catch a ball, trying to get it into their opponent’s net. Indigenous peoples invented the game. It is the official summer sport in Canada.

Potato problem: The Irish Potato Famine started in 1845 and lasted for several years. A fungus called blight spoiled the country’s potato crop. The era was also known as the Great Hunger because potatoes were a food staple at the time.
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Can You Spot All 10 Differences?

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I went to a fancy English hotel. Or, rather, a great Brit-inn.

Kid: “How do you like your job?”
Garbage collector: “It’s picking up.”

Why did the mandolin go to the psychiatrist? It was tired of being high-strung.

There’s nothing like a meteor shower to rock your world.

Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Yah. Yah who? Yah who, let’s party!
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Trivia Answers: 1. South America  2. Scrabble  3. Portuguese  4. Alfred Hitchcock  5. Tornado intensity
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