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    join writer Claire Paradis at a Coffee with a Writer session May 25

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    The Slocan Lake Arts Council Annual General Meeting and Special Members Meeting will take place on Sunday, May 26th, 2 pm at the Silverton Gallery.  Savouries and sweets will be served

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    SQUARE DANCING!WHEN? May 25
    WHERE?  Bosun Hall, New Denver
    TIME?  6:30 – 7:30 pm “lesson” (no experience or partner necessary)
    7:30 – 9:00 pm “dance”
    COST?  Admission by donation ($5 – $10)
    (to cover rental of the hall)

    LIVE MUSIC by …..  ELDORADO HOEDOWN
    PLEASE RSVP TO (250) 358-7158 SO WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE TO MAKE UP AT LEAST ONE SQUARE.


    Registration is now open for the 6th annual Convergence Writers’ Weekend, this year featuring author Joy Kogawa at the Silverton Gallery June 7 and 8. This year’s theme is Writing Toward Forgiveness.

    “We’re very excited – registration opens for Convergence Writers’ Weekend to feature Joy Kogawa at this year’s event,” says coordinator Claire Paradis. “She is a national figure whose writing has explored this year’s theme in considerable depth over decades. And she has a strong connection to the Kootenays.”
    Kogawa will speak at 7 pm on June 7 at an event open to the public. Author of the 1981 Canadian classic novel Obasan, based on the author’s internment at Slocan during World War II, Kogawa is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. In 2010 she received the Japanese government’s Order of the Rising Sun for her contribution to preserving Japanese-Canadian history. She will also give talks in New Denver, Kaslo and Nelson.
    The Vancouver Sun’s Douglas Todd called Kogawa’s 2016 memoir, Gently to Nagasaki, “a mature work of history and spirituality, bravely detailing the intersection between mass global evils and those perpetrated intimately by members of one’s own family.”

    Friday night will also feature an original performance by Slocan Valley playwright Mary Folinsbee.
    Saturday writing workshop leaders will be Slocan Valley author and Selkirk College writing instructor Leesa Dean, and Fernie author and veteran workshop convenor Keith Liggett.  Convergence registrants have the choice to attend one of two writing workshops offered during the day on June 8.

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    Looking for a long-term rental in the Silverton New Denver area. Avid gardener, willing to help with some of the fixer upper projects and yard work. I am employed full time and have good references. Also willing to vacate the home if it needs to be used for summer vacation or annual holidays. Call Betty 358-7188 or fungibet@gmail.com.

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    KARATE

    What: Authentic karate in a welcoming setting that values respect, effort and life-long learning
    When: Tues and Thur, 10:45-11:15 am (mature adults) and 6:00-7:30 pm (adolescents & adults)
    Where: New Denver Fitness Centre (starting March 5)
    Cost: Adults:  $25 for 3 Introductory classes.
    Adolescents: $15
    Instructor: Sensei Neil Dunnigan, Hachidan (8th degree)
    …teaching self-improvement of body, mind and character since 1981

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