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March 1 - 7, 2021

Alberni Valley 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: events@myCoffeeNews.ca (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: dbereska@cvims.org or call 250-753-6911 ext. 102. Visit: www.cvims.org Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society. 

Meditation Introduction - Free Online Event: Held every Wed., next one March 3, 7-8pm. Discover the peace within. Simple & effective meditation techniques will allow you to master stress, improve your immune system & achieve balance in every aspect of life. Sessions are offered via zoom. Email amorrissey108@gmail.com to register. Info 250-954-5040. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is always taught free.

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 www.vancouverislandsymphony.com

North Nanaimo Great Golf Ball Drop: Held March 27, 2pm at Nanaimo Golf Club. Only 4000 balls sold, $5 each ticket & can be ordered online: www.rotarynorth.ca Supporting Nanaimo youth programs. First prize $2000, 2nd is $1000 & 3rd, $500.

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 $20,000 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.

Qualicum Beach Farmers Market: Every Saturday, 8:30am-12pm (year round) at 644 Veterans Way, Qualicum Beach. Modified COVID-19 Market operating with strict guidelines from the BCCDC in place to ensure community, customer and vendor safety.

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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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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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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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February 22 - 28, 2021

Alberni Valley Edition

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Unusual success: A young teen from a poor family in Lucban, a town in Quezon Province, Philippines, had an unusual opportunity for success on the modeling scene. Rita “Badjao Girl” Goviola’s large family received very little income from her father’s job, so she had to beg for alms on the street. One day, photographer Topher Quinto Burgos took photos of her and posted them online. That was the beginning of Goviola’s rise to success. Her natural beauty was noticed by several celebrities, who took her under their wing. Eventually, Goviola started modeling and acting, and she was able to afford to build a new home for her family.

Roadside bonfire: Toilet paper has been in high demand and short supply during the pandemic. So when a transport truck carrying a large load of the stuff crashed on a highway in the state of Texas (U.S.), it would have been understandable if bystanders had helped themselves to a few of the rolls. Unfortunately, the toilet paper – reported to be the type used in businesses – caught fire. Instead of cleaning up the spilled load, onlookers ended up watching a bonfire of the important commodity. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident. See the fiery mess here: www.myCoffeeNews.ca/extra
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Food art: The Japanese art called kyaraben involves arranging food into interesting and fun designs. One creative kyaraben-maker, known as Etoni Mama, lives in Tokyo and has three children. She became famous on social media for her version of the art. While any kind of food can be used in kyaraben, Etoni’s choice is fried eggs. She makes cartoon characters with runny egg yolks as the head and body, and then she adds harder, cooked pieces of yolk to serve as arms, legs, and feet. She dresses up characters with other food items, snipped and shaped to make clothing. Her children love it!

Fixing fences: Art Gladu has fixed a few fences during his time living in a house at a busy intersection in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). The reason? Vehicles somehow miss the corner and end up in his front yard. It happened in the mid-2000s when a truck backed onto the property before driving off. In 2015, another car careened into the yard, hitting his pine tree. More recently, in the wee hours, Gladu woke to a loud noise, only to find that yet another vehicle had punched through his chain link fence before coming a stop on his tree. He’s hoping the city will have a guardrail installed.
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“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” - Rabindranath Tagore

“The fruit that can fall without shaking, indeed is too mellow for me.” - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
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FREE listings for non-profit community events. Please email, 25 words or less, to: events@myCoffeeNews.ca (no attachments). Deadline Tuesdays noon.

North Nanaimo Great Golf Ball Drop: Held March 27, 2pm at Nanaimo Golf Club. Only 4000 balls sold, $5 each ticket & can be ordered online: www.rotarynorth.ca Supporting Nanaimo youth programs. First prize $2000, 2nd is $1000 & 3rd, $500.

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 $20,000 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.

Qualicum Beach Farmers Market: Every Saturday, 8:30am-12pm (year round) at 644 Veterans Way, Qualicum Beach. Modified COVID-19 Market operating with strict guidelines from the BCCDC in place to ensure community, customer and vendor safety.

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 mark@sterlingadvisory.com
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1. In which part of the human body will you find the anvil, hammer, and stirrup bones?
2. What is the second highest mountain in the seven continents?
3. What famous canal can be found in Egypt?
4. Cats the Musical is based on a collection of poems by which poet?
5. What is the currency of India?
(see bottom for answers)
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Express yourself in writing rather than speaking. Something important may click. Reading your own thoughts could enable you to understand yourself better. Lucky numbers: 26, 29, 33, 36, 40, 43.
You may want to open your mind to new areas of communication. It might be time to convert your style by using some new technologies to get your message across. Lucky numbers: 11, 18, 22, 35, 47, 49.
Your plans may include assistance from those close to you. Insights into your dreams & the dreams of others could be a good guideline for your potential endeavours. Lucky numbers: 25, 33, 35, 38, 41, 49.
You may have to make some extra time to check out health issues, within your busy schedule. Rest and relaxation might be just what the doctor orders right now. Lucky numbers: 4, 16, 25, 27, 34, 40.
Many influences may inspire you to reach past the immediate and find new ways to express yourself. Planning travel might influence something spiritual in you. Lucky numbers: 1, 12, 23, 44, 46, 49.

You may need to feel that you are in control of certain aspects of your life. Strive hard to take the reins and make decisions. Your confidence should flourish as a result. Lucky numbers: 13, 25, 27, 32, 37, 44.
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You may not feel as practical or resourceful as your usual self. Your ability to focus on the present may help your judgment about making important decisions. Lucky Numbers: 12, 30, 37, 42, 44, 49.
Now may be a time to laugh hard and play even harder, which might be very infectious. Recent events could show that you need to keep that child alive in yourself. Lucky numbers: 2, 19, 22, 29, 33, 42.
Your tight-knit circle of friends and family may hold your word in high honour. You should be able to recognize the power that you really possess within yourself. Lucky numbers: 7, 11, 24, 28, 35, 38.
Your strong spiritual feelings may help you positively reflect on your life. If others seem negative, you might encourage them to count all their blessings, too. Lucky numbers: 4, 7, 18, 19, 24, 37.

You may feel that you need to fight for what you believe in. Your message should be very clear, decisive, and convincing. Try not stir up more controversy than necessary. Lucky numbers: 5, 12, 16, 23, 41, 45.
Your honest heart and sense of humour may attract new friends. Play hard and work hard to help learn valuable lessons about yourself. Keep your spirit real. Lucky numbers: 13, 27, 35, 41, 42, 44.

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Seed of Australia: Wattleseed is an Australian plant that has been used in food for 40,000 years. Pods contain small, protein-rich seeds that can be ground into powder. Used in desserts and drinks, it tastes similar to coffee, chocolate, and hazelnut.

Cheesy potatoes: In France, a favourite potato dish is called “aligot.” It is made by mashing potatoes and adding quite a bit of mild cheese, along with garlic, butter, and cream. The result is a fondue-like comfort food.
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Jelly’s time: Jelly’s Last Jam is a Broadway musical that first appeared in 1992. The music was written by Creole jazz composer Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, known as “Jelly Roll Morton” (1890-1941). The musical tells his story of being an early jazz musician.

Plant place: The Berlin Botanical Garden started in 1679 as an expansion of the royal kitchen and flower garden. Today, it is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world and has about 20,000 species of plants.

Green treat: People in South Australia like to eat frogs – as long as they are made out of sugar! Called “frog cakes,” these regional treats look like frogs, but are made of sponge cake, jam, and buttercream, topped with green fondant icing.
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Dan called the tinnitus hotline, but it just kept ringing….

Why is a moon rock tastier than an Earth rock?
It’s a little meteor.

Remember that you’re positively unique.
Just like everyone else.

Reporter: “How many people work for the government?”
Researcher: “About half.”

Middle age: When you pick your cereal for the fibre, not for the toy.
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Trivia Answers: 1. Middle ear  2. Aconcagua  3. Suez Canal 
4. T. S. Eliot  5. Indian Rupee
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