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Oct 18 - 24, 2021

Alberni Valley Edition

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Hungry owls: No one wants to use chemical pesticides to protect crops, and apple farmers in Japan don’t have to. That’s because a natural predator is available to help keep their orchards free of field voles. That predator is the Ural owl (Strix uralensis). These birds build nests in the hollows of trees near the orchards, and farmers even supply man-made structures to attract them. The night hunters do swift work of nabbing voles, which can do considerable damage to apple trees and cut into the profits of the farm.
Inked all over: Some people get a tattoo (or two) somewhere on their bodies, but Kerstin Tristan decided to get her whole body tattooed. The grandmother from Leipzig, Germany, started on her tattoo odyssey in 2015 when she got her first one. Now, her arms, legs, torso, hands, and feet are almost completely covered. The tattoos range from flowers to butterflies to women’s faces to leopard spots to strings of pearls. Tristan has spent, so far, about €30,000 on her body art, and she doesn’t regret it. She intends to keep filling the blank spots with more tattoos.
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Mural mandate: A mural on the side of a building in Warsaw, Poland, helps clear the air of pollutants. Located near a busy metro station, the mural is made of special photocatalytic paint that lures pollutants from the air. The pollutants are then changed into harmless particles, which are washed away when it rains. The mural features flowers with smiling faces, with the foliage wrapped around tall buildings. The project was part of the City Forests campaign. Several other cities around the world are part of the movement, including Bogotá, Columbia; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Melbourne, Australia.
Cat lady: A woman who lives in Muscat, Oman, is a true animal lover. In fact, she loves animals so much that her home has become a shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Maryam al-Balushi didn’t always appreciate animals. Her affection for felines began in 2008 when her son brought home a Persian cat, which she grew to adore. She started taking pity on strays, and today she has nearly 500 cats and about a dozen dogs. It costs almost $8,000 per month for food and vet care, which at first she paid herself, but now donors help her with the bills. She hopes everyone will understand that animals need to be treated with compassion.
“We heed no instincts but our own.” - Jean de La Fontaine 

“Tell him to live by yes and no - yes to everything good, no to everything bad.” - William James
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Custom Made Halloween Dolls & Decor: Contact Janine in Parksville at Rustictavernillustrations@gmail.com Find her on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @Rustictavern

Rock & Gem Show:  Hosted by the Parksville & District Rock & Gem Club. Held on Saturday, October 30, 9:30am-4:30pm & Sunday, October 31, 9:30am-4pm, at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.

Halloween Artisan Market: Saturday, October 30, 10am until 3pm at The Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Rd, Coombs. Shop local artisans, trick or treat at vendors tables (while supplies last) & grab a snack from our kitchen. Mask mandatory, vaccine passports required.

Global Village Nanaimo, Fair Trade, Non-Profit: Now open until December 24, 10am-5pm, Monday - Saturday. #580A - 2980 Island Hwy N., Nanaimo (Rock City Centre). Gifts, spices, coffee & tea, jewelry & more. For more information, please visit: www.globalvillagenanaimo.com

Toastmasters - The Arbutus Toastmasters Club in Parksville BC meets every Monday from 7-9pm (except statutory holidays).  All welcome. arbutus.toastmastersclubs.org
1. Which country produces the most tea in the world - China, India, or Sri Lanka?
2. One fathom is equal to 6 ft., 8 ft., or 12 ft.?
3. What is a chanterelle?
4. The Caladrius, the Phoenix, and the Roc are types of what?
5. What creates a phenomenon called a fogbow or white rainbow?
(see bottom for answers)
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Your concentration could be very strong. You might become so engrossed in your work that you may not be able to do anything else until you find the info that you seek. Lucky Numbers: 2, 7, 12, 18, 22, 34.
You may want to pursue the one person you desire. This could be exciting, as romance also might run high. Games or contests may provide you with an extra burst of energy. Lucky Numbers: 11, 18, 20, 25, 38, 45.
Your ability to keep yourself on track may enable you to reach out to new resources for solutions. Your past experiences could help you see past facades to find answers. Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 9, 10, 40, 42.
A new or renewed personal relationship may prove to be romantic and pleasing to you. You might want to look your best and behave in a friendly way. Lucky Numbers: 12, 15, 26, 31, 32, 45.

You may attract what you need by allowing others to approach you. You might be more inclined to go along with situations than to forcefully try to make things happen. Lucky Numbers: 6, 16, 21, 26, 36, 41.
This may be a positive time, especially if you are involved in learning. Your appreciation for the warmth and assurance of a mentor could provide you with much pride. Lucky Numbers: 1, 5, 11, 13, 15, 21.
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Trivial battles may be obstacles. You might need to stop pushing yourself so hard. Your personal need to be nurtured could help you understand the importance of family. Lucky Numbers: 5, 23, 24, 31, 41, 45.
Some intense rivalry or personal conflict may take you by surprise. You might feel that you must stand up for your rights in the face of this opposition. Lucky Numbers: 8, 18, 28, 36, 39, 44.

Interesting connections may unlock new doors. You might want to edit a proposal or in some way adjust your way of communicating in order to come to a mutual agreement. Lucky Numbers: 17, 20, 24, 25, 27, 30.
You may need to talk about past experiences to understand the truth. Old resentments that you might have tried to conceal could resurface and cause you distress. Lucky Numbers: 13, 21, 26, 32, 41, 42.
Your ability to converse may attract the interest of people who matter. Do not allow pressure to push your goals out of focus. Think hard and fast, remembering all the facts. Lucky Numbers: 5, 15, 16, 17, 30, 47.
You may feel an urgency to eliminate negative influences. You might need to show your reliability and your willingness to perform your duties and obligations. Lucky Numbers: 16, 19, 23, 26, 33, 46.

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Famous relative: The famous F. Scott Fitzgerald was named after his distant relative, who may be even more famous. Francis Scott Key wrote the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” America’s national anthem.

Cold lovers: Yakutian horses live in Yakutia (Sakha) Republic, in the Siberian region of Russia, where temperatures in the winter can dip to -70°C (-94°F). These small horses are heavy for their size because they have a layer of fat, as well as a thick mane, to keep them warm.
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Unique design: For a unique, personalized cooking and eating space, people may choose to have a “bespoke” kitchen. That means that the area is custom designed for the owner’s exact preferences.

Runny nose: Having a runny nose is a common consequence of eating spicy foods. That’s because the chili peppers in spicy dishes contain the chemical capsaicin, which is a natural decongestant.

Landlocked: The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, known as Laos, is landlocked and shares borders with China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma (Myanmar). The capital of Laos is Vientiane, and the country’s official language is Lao.
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Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide.

Three men were in a boat. It capsized, but only two got their hair wet. Why? One was bald.

Dentist: “You need a crown.”
Patient: “Finally, someone who understands me!”

Did you hear about the umbrella salesman who saved his money for a sunny day?

A three-year-old had received a severe sunburn that reached the peeling stage. His mother heard him saying to himself as he was washing up for dinner, “Only three years old, and wearing out already.”
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Trivia Answers: 1. China  2. 6 ft.  3. Type of mushroom 4. Mythical birds 
5. Light refracted in fog
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Oct 11 - 17, 2021

Alberni Valley Edition

Coffee News Port Alberni
Countless cookies: Those looking for fancy cookies to wrap up and give to friends, or to devour themselves, need look no further than Lorena’s Sweets. The brand is the brainchild of Costa Rican confectioner, Lorena Rodriguez, whose collection has something for everyone. Rodriguez always loved baking cookies, and her husband convinced her to go into business. Now, she has many molds for a wide variety of shapes, which she ornately decorates with fondant. Buyers can order any shape, from a horse on a carousel to the Eiffel Tower to a grandfather clock. The options are almost limitless!
Caring for raccoons: There are dog whisperers and horse whisperers, and now Canada has its very own raccoon whisper. His name is James Blackwood, and his home is near the forest in the province of Nova Scotia. Back in 1999, his late wife, Jane, rescued an injured racoon, nursing it back to health and releasing it. The cute mammal returned for food, along with its babies. That was the beginning of the couple’s daily ritual of feeding the racoons. Before she died nearly 20 years ago, Jane asked James to keep caring for the raccoons, and he’s been doing it ever since, often posting videos on social media.
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Bowling news: The sport of bowling will never be the same again! An entrepreneur from Southfield, Michigan (U.S.), has come up with an interesting idea: a mobile bowling alley. Terence Jackson Jr. calls his creation Luxury Strike Bowling. A two-lane bowling alley is built inside the trailer of a 53-foot (16-metre) semi-truck. The inside is decorated with colourful lights, a theatre screen, and elevated seating. The game played is “duckpin,” which employs shorter lanes and lighter weight balls than the five-pin or 10-pin varieties. The bowling-alley-on-wheels is available for parties and events.
Yellow tree: Needing to make a reservation to see a tree is unusual, but that is the case in China’s Shaanxi Province. At a temple in the Zhongnan Mountains stands a 1,400-year-old gingko biloba tree. The reason this specimen is so popular is the beautiful scene that ensues when it starts to lose its leaves. The leaves turn a brilliant yellow-gold, making them look as though they were painted by a giant artist’s brush. The fallen leaves surround the tree in a sea of yellow. The sight attracts so many tourists that, to avoid large crowds, people must reserve the day and time of their visit.
“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” - Bertrand Russell

“I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashion.”
- Lillian Hellman
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Friday Night Magic Commander: Friday, Oct. 15, 7pm at 5262 Argyle St. Whether you’ve never played a trading card game before or your closet is filled with card games, ‘Magic: The Gathering’ has something to offer you. Play online or in paper to experience the thrill of a wizards’ duel. Explore 25 years’ worth of stories, characters & art. Info: 778-421-0141.

Rock & Gem Show:  Hosted by the Parksville & District Rock & Gem Club. Held on Saturday, October 30, 9:30am-4:30pm & Sunday, October 31, 9:30am-4pm, at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.

Global Village Nanaimo, Fair Trade, Non-Profit: Now open until December 24, 10am-5pm, Monday - Saturday. #580A - 2980 Island Hwy N., Nanaimo (Rock City Centre). Gifts, spices, coffee & tea, jewelry & more. For more information, please visit: www.globalvillagenanaimo.com

Toastmasters - The Arbutus Toastmasters Club in Parksville BC meets every Monday from 7-9pm (except statutory holidays).  All welcome. arbutus.toastmastersclubs.org
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1. Machu Picchu is located high in the mountains of what country?
2. Oregano and basil come from the mint family of herbs - T/F?
3. A zax is used to cut ______.
4. What male actor played the lead role in the movie The Shining?
5. Where are the mouth and eyes of the stargazer fish located?
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Your aura may lead you to help you find answers. You could be at the right place at the right time. Your ideas might fit in well with the hum of community activities. Lucky Numbers: 6, 15, 26, 32, 38, 48.
You may need to work a little harder to find a good compromise for everyone. Take the time necessary to research some fascinating adventures, far away from home. Lucky Numbers: 13, 27, 28, 34, 38, 42.
You may feel as if your head is full to overflowing. By focusing on the tasks at hand, you might find deeper meanings in things. Others could react well to your success. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 12, 21, 23, 40.
Your patience and understanding may enable you to grow. You might find new interests to lead you, and you could branch out to reach a larger audience. Lucky Numbers: 20, 21, 25, 30, 31, 35.

You may want to look past the immediate to find some old treasures that fit your style. Decorating your surroundings might be a great way to express yourself. Lucky Numbers: 7, 18, 27, 29, 43, 45.
Your immediate plans may include a little bit of rest and relaxation. Take time to rejuvenate yourself and get started on a new regime of healthy eating and exercise. Lucky Numbers: 15, 29, 30, 31, 46, 49.
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Your intellectual curiosity and mental restlessness may combine, and your mood to socialize could be high. You might be more than ready to commit to a relationship. Lucky Numbers: 9, 14, 21, 27, 34, 47.
You may be able to communicate with great conviction. You might also be very effective and could find yourself in the position to bring others around to your point of view. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 13, 23, 33, 43.
You simply may not be seeing people very objectively. You may be a little infatuated with someone, only to be sad when you discover who they really are. Lucky Numbers: 14, 19, 23, 25, 34, 41.
Finding a more positive perspective may provide you with a real boost. Your sense of well-being could become quite fragile if you continue to dwell on the negative. Lucky Numbers: 14, 15, 42, 44, 48, 46.

Whatever you decide to pursue, you may do so with great intensity. Your focus might depend on your personal interests. You could feel empowered to reach many goals. Lucky Numbers: 32, 37, 42, 47, 48, 49.
A spontaneous inspiration may prove to be very beneficial to your life. You might have an opportunity to directly pitch your ideas to those who can make things happen. Lucky Numbers: 20, 24, 26, 30, 34, 36.

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Trained mechanic: If your car broke down in the 1940s, you could have asked the future queen of England to fix it. Queen Elizabeth II was 18 when she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service and trained to become a mechanic and military truck driver.

No brainer: Woodpeckers can slam their beaks against a tree up to 20 times per second without suffering brain damage because of their unusual skull and tongue structures. They have impact-absorbing adaptations other birds lack.
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Margherita pizza: Many theories suggest how the Margherita pizza got its name, but the most common is that it is named after Queen Margherita of Savoy. She was visiting Naples and asked a local pizza maker (or pizzaiolo) to make something special for her.

No pockets: Women’s fashions seldom included pockets until the mid- to late 1800s. One theory is that pockets represented independence, as did the pants that women started to wear around the same time.
 
Invisible plant: Fritillaria grows in the Himalayan Mountains, but the plant camouflages itself against rocky backgrounds and can be hard to find. Used for over 2,000 years to make a cough treatment, the plant evolved to hide itself to avoid being picked.
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Two men meet on opposite sides of a river.
One shouts to the other, “I need you to help me to the other side.” The other guy says, “You ARE on the other side.”

Old refrigerators never die. They just lose their cool.

Why shouldn’t you write with a broken pencil? Because it would be pointless.

What about the guy who stole calendars? He got 12 months.

Did you hear about the new dance called the “Elevator”?
It has no steps.
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Trivia Answers: 1. Peru  2. True  3. Slate  4. Jack Nicholson  5. Top of the head
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