FEBRUARY 2015 ANNOUNCEMENTS COMPUTER NOT BEHAVING? I can help with annoying popups, programs or devices that don’t work properly, or any other computer problems you may have. Fast, friendly in-home service. Reasonable rates. Certified computer technician, 15 years experience. Call Ellen 250-336-7944

“BEERS TOO YOU” Congrats to Mike, Caroline, Darren and Michelle on the successful opening of “Cumberland Brewing Company” A.K.A. “C.B.C.” An incredible addition to our thriving business community! - The Keene Clan & Alley Cuts

DARK SIDE CHOCOLATES WILL BE DELIVERING PRE-ORDERED ‘COCOA GRAMS’ in Cumberland on February 14th! Come by the shop at 2722 Dunsmuir Ave or call 250-336-0126 by February 12th, and purchase a ‘cocoa gram’ for your special someone. On Valentine’s Day we will hand deliver delicious chocolates to their home, school or office.

RENOS & REPAIRS. Fast & Friendly. I can do it all! All Rooms. Inside or Out. Kitchens, Bathrooms. Doors, Ceiling & Floors. Fencing, Decks, Siding, Trim, Ceramic Tiles. Roger @ 250-7921740 RENOS by ROGER.

THANK YOU DANA FOR BEING THE BEST BOOT CAMP INSTRUCTOR EVER. I look forward to year four of boot camp with you. Happy anniversary! Linda Oprica ATTENTION: CREATE EXTRA INCOME! Have you ever thought about owning your own home business, but weren’t sure what to do? The information found by going to the following website may be just what you have been looking for: aj.yourfreedomproject.com/how-to-start-an-online-business HEALTHY FOUNDATIONS. Build a lifetime of better health. Let the finest ingredients from nature put you on a path to well-being. Learn More at buildbetterhealthnaturally.myshaklee.com & 7bigsecretstoloseweight.com. EVERYTHING DRYWALL AND PAINT. I’ve got 15 years experience in the field. I will cover all of your boarding, taping, painting and finishing needs! Professional, Quick, Experienced! Call Nick Kubacki 250-331-1664. DANCE CLASSES WITH CATHY STOYKO Mondays 7:15-8:30PM starting Feb. 16th at the Abbey Studio at 1st & Penrith Ave. Also at the Abbey, special event Friday March 6th ~ Sacred Dance Performances and Sema Gathering aka Sufi Whirling with Farima Berenji, by donation at the door, all welcome. Persian sacred and traditional dance workshops with Farima March 7th & 8th. FMI about Abbey classes/events call Cathy at (250) 218-0704. PRINTED ON 100% RECYCLED PAPER!

HAVE FUN WITH THE CUMBERLAND SENIORS Every second Monday WHIST at 1:30pm. Saturday WHIST 7:00pm, BINGO 9:00pm. Third Sunday – POT LUCK SUPPER 6:00pm COURT WHIST 7:00PM. Second Friday 1:00pm monthly meeting. FMI 250-3362239. All events held at 2674 Dunsmuir.

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FOR RENT: Cumberland United Church. First & Penrith. Upstairs - wonderful acoustics, seating for 150, reasonable rates. Downstairs - hall & kitchen, seating for up to 50. Contact Linda 3368429. LOOKING FOR CONVENIENT, RISKFREE SHOPPING personalized to your skin care and beauty needs? Contact Carolyn Parker, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, www. marykay.ca/cparker, phone/text 250-331-1052. BECOME A MEMBER OF THE CUMBERLAND MUSEUM & ARCHIVES! $35/family or small business – less for individuals, students or seniors – gets you unlimited admission all year, 2-for-1 passes for your guests, discounts on souvenirs and events, and supports Cumberland’s heritage. www.cumberlandmuseum.ca

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WELCOME WAGON: If you are new to the Comox Valley or you know someone who is new call Charissa at 250 336-2275, or [email protected] gmail.com BABY WELCOME gift baskets are also available to families who have new babies. HOUSEKEEPING AND PROFESSIONAL SEAMSTRESS SERVICES, Alterations and Clothing Repairs. Please call Luba at 250-3360202 for more information.

HATHA YOGA IN ROYSTON $12/class Register Online Sunday 9:30-11:00AM Beginners Tues/Thurs 6:30-8:00PM Int/Adv www.BryanHill.ca 250-702-7048 COMOX LAKE ROAD CLOSURE. A section of Comox Lake Road near the Lake Park will be closed to traffic until the end of February for road construction. The closure affects access to the Lake Park and boat launch. Search “projects” at cumberland.ca. SNOW REMOVAL. When it snows, please remember to park in your driveway or as far off the travelled portion of the roadway as possible to allow safe passage of truck ploughs. Businesses are asked to remove sandwich board signs and all street furniture. Search “snow” at cumberland.ca. UTILITY BILLS. You should have received your utility bill for the last quarter of 2014. Pay by February 23rd to avoid a 10% penalty. For 2015, the solid waste residential unit fee will remain the same at $23.40 per quarter. The residential sewer rate will increase by $1.25 per quarter to account for inflation. The residential water fixed rate will increase by $2.50 per quarter and consumption rate will increase by $0.05 per m3 per quarter to help pay for water treatment and dam seismic stability projects. Search “utility” at cumberland.ca. DOG LICENCES. 2015 tags are now available at the Village office for all dogs over three months of age. The fee is $10 for a spayed or neutered dog, and $30 for a dog that is not spayed or neutered. Search “dogs” at cumberland.ca. 2015 PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS. Watch for work this year on the following projects: street name sign replacement; water line replacement on Allen Avenue; sewer line replacement in the lane north of Windermere between Third and Fourth Streets; road reconstruction and storm drain work in one block of Egremont Road; and design and start of the Cumberland Road/Bevan Road reconstruction. Search “projects” at cumberland.ca. CUMBERLAND/BEVAN ROAD RECONSTRUCTION. Watch cumberland.ca this month for an open house on the design of the new Cumberland Road from Highway 19 to Bevan Road and 2km of Bevan Road. Construction is set to start later this year and continue in 2016. Search “projects” at cumberland.ca. BUSINESS LICENCES. Don’t forget about your Village business licence for the 2015 licence year. Inter-community business licences are also available. Please drop into the Village office to renew or to apply for a new licence. Search “business” at cumberland.ca. PRENATAL YOGA Come nurture yourself and your growing body throughout the process of pregnancy. Starting Thursday January 22, 9:30-11am weekly. $100/10 classes. Leza Bygrove will lead you through postures that build balance, strength & stamina to prepare you for the empowering experience of birthing. Call 250-650-4722 or email : [email protected] for more info

PURUSA MOVEMENT + MIND SATURDAY/ SUNDAY INTENSIVES Join Traci Skuce Sunday Feb 8th 9:30-11:30am for a 2 hour yoga intensive and Michel Duhaime Saturday Feb 28th 9-4pm for a day of in depth Qi gong. For more info, to preregister or if you would like to host an event during our saturday/ sunday intensive times - call 250-6504722 or email [email protected].com JULIE FROM ALLEY CUTS SALON IS OFFERING $10 OFF FOILS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY! Call Julie at 250-336-8224. DARK SIDE CHOCOLATES’ “HOT CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE” PROMOTION continues until February 13th. A new flavour of Hot Chocolate will be featured both weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. Come in and grab a hot mug of the exciting Feature Flavour for a chance to win. Every featured hot chocolate you purchase before February 13th counts for one entry into a Valentine’s Day draw for a chocolatey prize! Bottoms up! Open Tues to Sat 10am - 4:30pm at 2722 Dunsmuir Ave, Cumberland A HEARTFELT “THANKS” TO OUR COMMUNITY ANGELS who nominated me for the 2014 Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Award. I’m so honoured that you would deem me “deserving” of it! Congrats to the other nominees in other categories! Luv ya! Darilyn at Alley Cuts OFFERING MY SERVICES as someone who can help with any kind of labouring job during the weekends & afterschool (weekends work best with school). Have experience in general labouring, gardening, painting, cleaning, moving, snow removal. Keen to work hard. $12.00/hour. Call Peter - 250650-2454

WEEKLY EVENTS SUNDAYS WEEKLY CUMBERLAND UNITED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE AND SUNDAY SCHOOL 11:00 am, followed by potluck lunch. New voices always welcome in the Choir: practices at 10:00 am Sunday mornings. No musical expertise required – though gladly accepted! Located at the corner of First & Penrith. Church Phone 250 4007084 Minister: Elaine Julian 1-250-205-0262 WEEKLY SERVICE AT VIA COMOX VALLEY each Sunday at 3pm. Come join us for a great time of Christian worship and teaching. We also provide a children’s program during our service for kids between the ages of 2-11. For more information check out our website at www.viacomoxvalley.ca or email Pastor Chad at [email protected] CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH SUNDAY SERVICE is at 10:30am. Located at 3rd and Penrith. Everyone is welcome. ROYSTON-CUMBERLAND LIONS CLUB hosts a “MEAT PACK BINGO” every Sunday, for all of 2015 at the Cumberland Hotel from 1 3pm. Total of 10 games at a cost of $1 per game with a maximum of two cards, plus a 50/50 draw.

MORE WEEKLY EVENTS Once a month there will also be one game that will have a mega pack prize at a cost of $2 per game. All are welcome to come and support us. Must be 19 years+. All proceeds used in the community. WEEKLY SATSANG Sundays from 7-8 pm at Purusa Movement + Mind Studio 2703A Dunsmuir Ave. Join us for joyful Mantra, Bhajans, Aarti, Prasad and songs of devotion. To request a name or project be added to the prayer list contact Sylvia at 250-898-4376 or [email protected] This weekly gathering are offered by donation. TUESDAYS WEEKLY Cumberland Centennial ROTARY invites you to join us for a breakfast meeting on Tuesdays at 7AM at the Cumberland Legion on Dunsmuir Ave. Check us out on Facebook at Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial, or www.rotarycc.org. As Rotarians we stand for Service above self, come and experience that! Interested in knowing more about Rotary? Please attend a meeting as our guest. Call local Rotarian Linda Oprica at 250-336-2636 WEEKLY BIBLE DISCUSSION GROUP AT CUMBERLAND UNITED CHURCH. Elaine Julian leads a wide-open and free-wheeling discussion of the scripture passage for the coming Sunday Service, each Tuesday afternoon in the church basement from 1:30-3:00. No previous knowledge of the Bible is required. Come any or every Tuesday, as your schedule allows. Contact Elaine for more information about this or for pastoral support. You can leave a message at the church 250400-7800 or phone Elaine directly at 1-250-2050262. E-mail [email protected] THURSDAYS WEEKLY VIPASSANA MEDITATION in the tradition of SN Goenka. Weekly meditation sit at Purusa Movement + Mind studio 2703A Dunsmuir Ave. Thursday at 7 pm. Must have done at least one official 10 day Vipassana retreat to join the group. Donations to pay the heat gratefully accepted. Call Alberto for details 250-702-1335 FRIDAYS WEEKLY On Fridays Weekly The Cumberland Library will runs a FREE FAMILY STORYTIME from 3:003:30pm. Read stories and learn songs & rhymes. SATURDAYS WEEKLY GROUP MEDITATION 10:00 – 10:45 am. No charge. Join us for a peaceful start to your weekend at the Cumberland United Church (First & Penrith). Listen for the church bells calling you to share spirit. All are welcome. Contact Linda 250-336-8429 MEAT DRAW at the Royal CanadianLegion Br28 Cumberland every Saturday from 3 - 5:30pm for members and bona fide guests. ALL WEEK LONG THE GARDEN IS GROWING! ASHBERRY FARM will have Veggies Boxes for for our members this year! To know more about membership, visit ashberryfarm.ca for more info.

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FEBRUARY EVENTS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 IT’S BACK! Pajama Sundays! Wear your pajamas to shop at Seeds on Sundays and receive 10% off of your bill (*excluding meat/alternatives and dairy/ alternatives). No birthday suits! Royal Canadian Legion Br28 Cumberland SUPER BOWL CHILI COOK OFF 2PM FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6 Royal Canadian Legion Br28 Cumberland SOUP AND SANDWICH 11AM - 1PM SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Royal Canadian Legion Br28 Cumberland Crib 1PM TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 VILLAGE OF CUMBERLAND COUNCIL MEETING at 5:30 p.m. at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Fire Hall. View meeting agendas online at cumberland.ca. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 WANNA TREAT YOUR SWEETIE? We have gorgeous local Flowers Bouquets and Denman Organic Chocolate Hearts at Seeds Food Market. Open 9:30 – 6:30, 7 days a week! KID’S MOVIE NIGHT AT THE CUMBERLAND LIBRARY is February 11th from 6-8pm and the movie is “How To Train Your Dragon 2” LIFE STUDY NUDE MODEL ART SESSIONS from 7 - 9pm at the Abbey studio in Cumberland. $5 for members of the Cumberland Arts and Culture Society, $5 to become a member. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 CUMBERLAND LUNARFEST CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF SHEEP WITH THE ANNUAL SKY LANTERN RELEASE! Join your community as we release a gorgeous display of lanterns into the night’s sky. Lanterns realeased at 7:00pm at the Cultural Center parking lot. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14 HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY CUMBERLAND. We love you! From Linda Oprica & David Muir CUMBERLAND LUNARFEST CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF SHEEP Join your community from 10:00am-6:00pm at the Cumberland Culture Center for LunarFest - the Taiwanese Lanterns. View the many lanterns in this year’s exhibit and enjoy this interactive display. 2674 Dunsmuir Avenue Free admission. LUNAR NEW YEAR DINNER WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & NO HOST BAR from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at the Cumberland Recreation Hall. Advanced Tickets Only which are on sale at the Cumberland Recreation, Cost: Adults $30, Child under 14 $15 Royal Canadian Legion Br28 Cumberland Saturday February 14th VALENTINE PRIME RIB DINNER.

VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE from 9 pm to 1 am at the Cumberland Recreation Hall, featuring BOONDOCK with No Host Bar. Advanced Tickets Only on sale at Cumberland Recreation, Cost $10 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 TAROT READINGS WITH SPECIAL GUEST LEE ANDRA JACOBS on Wed. Feb. 18th at Village Muse Books, Art Supplies and Gifts. Call Cathy at (250) 400-LION or (250) 218-0704 FMI and to schedule a reading. Village Muse is located at 2720 As part of BC Heritage Week, which begins with the National Heritage Day on Monday, FebDunsmuir Ave. in the heart of Cumberland, open ruary 16, the Cumberland Heritage Fair will take place Saturday, February 21 from 10am to Tuesday- Sat. 10:30-5. 4pm at the CRI (Cumberland Recreation Institute, 2665 Dunsmuir).

Cumberland Heritage Fair

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This year’s Heritage Fair will be the 11th edition. It was launched by a group of community volunteers in 2003 and was modelled on the folk festival that ran from 1949 to 1958 celebrating the diverse heritage of Cumberlanders. Each year families, clubs and other organisations set up SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 displays of antique tools, unique collections, photos and demonstrations of crafts and folklore CUMBERLAND HERITAGE FAIR runs from from the early days of Cumberland and the Comox Valley. 10am to 4pm at the CRI. A fun and educational family event celebrating the history of Cumberland and the Comox Valley, featuring displays of antiques and collections, demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts, and performances of folk dance and music. Admission by donation.

EAT, PRAY, PLAY A fun way for all ages to do church. Come and make some crafts and learn a song or two. Join in a short, lively, child-friendly time of reflection, singing and prayer. The afternoon will end with pizza including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Saturday, February 21st at 2:00pm. No charge. Cumberland United Church is on the corner of First and Penrith. Call Elaine at 1-250-205-0262 or Mary Lou at 250-336-8656 FMI. Reservations are encouraged but not essential.

Heritage Canada’s theme for this year’s festivities is “Main Street: at the Heart of the Community”. In Cumberland, the vitality and history of Dunsmuir Avenue is abundantly obvious: from the historic buildings of the old post office (Wandering Moose Café), Tarbell’s, Leiser’s Big Store (The Patch), the Cumberland Hotel and the Waverley, to the newest businesses Purusa Yoga and the Cumberland Brewing Company. This year’s displays will include traditional embroidery from Brazil and Norway, quilters, weavers and lacemakers (oh my!) antique coins and cameras and much more. There will also be performances including old time fiddle and banjo tunes and Polynesian dance. In addition the Cumberland Museum & Archives will be open by donation all day and will have a scavenger hunt for kids with prizes awarded at the end of the day. FMI visit www.heritagebc.ca/heritage-week-2015 www.cumberlandmuseum.ca or contact the Cumberland Museum & Archives at 250-336-2445

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22 RC Legion Br28 Cumberland CRIB 1PM MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23 DON’T FORGET TO PAY YOUR VILLAGE UTILITY BILL by February 23, 2015 to avoid a 10% penalty. Search “utility” at cumberland.ca for ways to pay. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23 VILLAGE OF CUMBERLAND COUNCIL MEETING at 5:30 p.m. at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue Western medicine and modern physics are finally recognizing what Indian and Tibetan yogis next to the Fire Hall. View meeting agendas online have known for millennia: That the vibrations of the human body are astoundingly powerful, at cumberland.ca. can be consciously cultivated, and have the ability to heal ourselves and other beings near

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 LIFE STUDY NUDE MODEL ART SESSIONS from 7 - 9pm at the Abbey studio in Cumberland. $5 for members of the Cumberland Arts and Culture Society, $5 to become a member.

and far. When we come together in Satsang, we consciously reconnect with our higher frequencies, amplify the effect of this chanting by harmonizing with others, let go of emotions that no longer serve us, and open the gateways to heightened intuitive perceptions and mental, emotional, physical & spiritual wellbeing.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26 ADULT’S MOVIE NIGHT AT THE CUMAs practiced at Purusa Studio in Cumberland in the Yasodhara Ashram lineage, Satsang is a BERLAND LIBRARY is February 26th from 6-8pm and the movie this month is “The Hundred simple, inward ritual that anyone can join, with regular attendance encouraged for maximum benefit. We meet on Sundays between 7-8 pm, and what better way to prepare for the week Foot Journey” SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association ANNUAL BANQUET FUNDRAISER at the Florence Filberg Center Pirate theme – Walk the Plank for Conservation Raffles, auctions, costume prizes. $40 each pp (no minors) Call 250-3389122 or 250-339-5606 for tickets.

ahead than by taking stock of what’s present, letting go of the past, and leading into the next seven days shining from your heart centre, with uplifted spirits, and with the beneficial perspective of your own inner light? For more information, visit: www.yasodharayoga.org, and to add names to the Prayer List, please contact: [email protected] Donations to Purusa appreciated. Thank you & see you there: Hari Om! Submitted by Purusa Movement+Mind, [email protected] 250-650-4722

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A Day in The Life - by Bob Keene

OK. Let’s go - grab your lunch - did you brush? We’re already late - we really must rush. Tell the teacher you’re late ‘cause the car wouldn’t go. No, I used that one last week - say we needed a tow. When I slow down - jump out - I really can’t stop, I still have to vacuum and clean up the shop. I didn’t have time last night - in my haste I was late for auditions - had no time to waste. Bye kids - have a good day. I’ll see you tonight. Remember - straight home - no messes - don’t fight. So off to the Shop - in a flurry she goes Just undo this seat belt and slip on the hose. If the angle was right on one of those mirrors I’d put on this make-up without any smears. While holding the steering wheel straigh with my kneee; I can put on my lipstick and sip on my tea. I’ll keep them all guessing - I won’t tell these tricks. They’ll probably think I’ve been up since six. I walk in at nine - quite calm and sedate to find my appointment was pre-booked for eight! Good morning - you’re early or - sorry, I’m late. If you’ll fold up these towels you won’t have to wait while I put on some coffee and clean up this mess. No apologies please - it’s my fault, I guess. There, we’re ready - so what shall it be? A “curl up and dye” or a “Leave it to me?” I think that looks great - but you still want more? My next appointment just walked through the door. We’re still right on time - just a little behind. I’ll be with you shortly, when she makes up her mind. Help yourself to some coffee - it’s just a fresh brew. By the time it gets cold, I’m sure we’ll be through. It’s no easy task to wash, cut and style, making sure every customer leaves with a smile. So on goes the day filled with clipping and chatter. Finding who’s been with who - and what doesn’t matter. Till all the day’s deeds have been done. I should clean up the shop - but I really must run. I’ll hurry straight home - I have plenty to do. The walls all need scrubbing and windows do too. A change would be nice from this pace so, perhaps I’ll pour a stiff drink and promptly collapse! Sweet Dreams, Darilyn.

Cumberland Brewing Co. Is Alive and Well!

The brewery located on the corner of Dunsmuir and Third Ave, next door to Riders Pizza, and kitty-corner to the Wandering Moose, opened quietly on Dec 23rd, by simply opening the door. The word got out that they could fill growlers, and it spread like wildfire. Now two weeks into being open, they are still trying to catch their breath. The brewery has 3 beers on tap, a Pale Ale, an English Bitter, and a Dunkleweizen. By press time, the Oatmeal Stout will be added. You can buy a 32 oz. (.946L) Squealer, or a 64 oz. (1.89L) Growler, and fill it with your choice of taps. You take it home, and enjoy, and care for your growler. It is now your bottle, to bring back, and refill over and over. Make sure you rinse with warm, then cold water, and drain thoroughly. It is the perfect example of reduce and re-use. Also available is the 8.5L Pig, which stays fresh and perfect in your fridge for 10 to 12 weeks. It is a self contained draft system, which allows you to enjoy as little or as much as you want, without the beer loosing its carbonation. It is a great piece of technology, which they would happily tell you about when you come by. If you prefer to stay, or enjoy a beer while your growler is filled, they are fully licensed to serve beer by the 14 oz glass, and the 20 oz pint. As many will already know, there is a hole in the wall, joining Riders Pizza with CBC, to make the perfect compliment. Beer and Pizza! As well as the already famous pizza, which is becoming known all around the Valley, Riders is expanding the menu for the Brewery Tap room, to include a Ploughman’s lunch, which contains fresh ingredients sourced weekly. Soups are also available, and constantly changing. The lovely Foccacia bread is cubed with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, and a fresh Greek Salad is also on the menu. They feature a monthly flavour of Pizza as well, so look for a return of the Rueben pizza, rumoured to be coming soon. Grab the family and come on down to enjoy an evening at the Brewery Tap room, because we are family friendly. All minors must be accompanied by an Adult, but are welcomed. The response to this aspect has been enjoyed by many families already, and is the perfect way to unwind together. The owners of the brewery are grateful for the support that the community has given them, and they look forward to earning that for years to come.

CHILDCARE & ACTIVITIES MAMACENTRIC - an ongoing meeting place for moms with newborns to toddler aged children. Tuesdays 3:30 - 5 PM. In the Strongstart Room at Cumberland Community School. This program is offered by the Cumberland Community Schools Society with support from the Children’s Health Foundation of Van Island. FMI email [email protected] KIDDIE CORNER CHILDCARE has space available for children 1 and up. Licensed and registered with Pacific Care and 7 years experience. We love going to playgroup, taking field trips and learning through play. Please contact Dana for more info 250-702-4209. CUMBERLAND STRONGSTART CENTRE is a FREE, play-based, early learning program for children aged birth to 5 years and their parents/caregivers. Open for drop-in Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30am. An ECE qualified facilitator will coordinate group circle times, craft activities, music, snacks, outings, gym time, etc. In order to register, please bring your child’s birth certificate to be copied. A registration form can be found at www.sd71.bc.ca/strongstart, or at the centre. Email [email protected] for more information. “LIKE” us on Facebook for a schedule of events at www.facebook.com/cumberlandstrongstart On Fridays Weekly The Cumberland Library will runs a FREE FAMILY STORYTIME from 3:00-3:30pm. Read stories and learn songs & rhymes. CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY PRESCHOOL has limited spaces available for Monday, Wednesday Friday morning preschool for the current school year. We are now taking registrations for September 2015. Please call 250-6501713 or 250-339-3033 for more information or drop by 2688 Penrith (back entrance) during class time. High quality preschool programming for children 2 1/2 to 5 yrs of age. PLC DAYS at Cumberland Recreation. Early dismissal programs will be available at the CRI from 12:45 – 2:45pm. Pre register today by calling 250-336-2231.

Cumberland’s Annual Lunar New Year Party Ringing in the Year of the Sheep with LunarFest Started in 2009 and built to be a Vancouver Winter Olympics Legacy event, LunarFest is Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture. It endeavours to reach new Canadians and those who have been here for many generations to share in the diversity of Canada. It also encourages and fosters the collaboration of Canadian and International cultural presenters to create new forms of artistic expressions. LunarFest is a festival that brings together Soul, Art and Life on one stage. Built as a festival that celebrates one of the oldest traditions for many Asian cultures – Lunar New Year, LunarFest aims to collaborate with many Asian communities and outreaches to other Canadians. Since the inception, LunarFest is also built on an important artistic element for many cultures – the lanterns. Through collaborations with professional artists and school children in Canada and around the world, LunarFest has already presented LunarFest this year in Toronto and Vancouver. As part of their curatorial mandate, LunarFest is dedicated to protect our environment. Different from many Asian lantern festivals, all of the lanterns created for LunarFest are using only LED lights. In addition, LunarFest also incorporates an environment awareness campaign each year. After all, celebrations should be artistic, fun, entertaining, educational and environmental. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH - Cumberland’s Annual Sky Lantern Release Join your community for the release of a gorgeous display of lanterns into the night’s sky. Lanterns released at 7pm at the Cultural Center parking lot. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH - LunarFest - the Taiwanese Lanterns. from 10am-6pm at the Cumberland Culture Center view the many lanterns in this year’s exhibit and enjoy this interactive display. 2674 Dunsmuir Avenue Free admission. Let’s welcome the Year of the Sheep!

Kids Play This program allows your child to interact through games and an assortment of indoor and outdoor activities. Please bring a lunch and a labeled water bottle.

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and technique. Meet at the CRI, all weather program for all ages.

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Fitness for Life Table Tennis Red Dragon Taekwondo

Have fun and socialize while working on agility, fitness and strategy. Bring your own paddles. Upstairs at the Cultural Centre.

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Trail Running Basics Join Paul Purin on Sunday mornings for an introduction to trail running basics. He will cover topics such as stretching, running form

Cumberland Recreation Centre 2665 Dunsmuir Avenue 250-336-2231

A Hearty Congratulations to all the Cumberland Finalists for The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce 40th Annual Community Awards! We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated individuals who are actively working to provide services and products in our community and the Comox Valley at large. These Cumberland people and businesses are being recognized as leaders in their categories. They work with diligence and integrity and make every effort to improve their communities. Business Leadership Award Customer Service Award (formerly Professional Merit) - Darilyn Keene of Alley Cuts - Meaghan Cursons of Meaghan Cursons Consulting - Linda Oprica of Ascent Coaching Small Business of the Year Award Not for Profit Organization Award - Polka Dot Pants Consignment Boutique - Cumberland Forest - Cumberland Community Schools Society Young Entrepreneur Award - Allison Mackenzie of Dark Side Chocolates More Cumberland businesses and individuals were originally nominated in each category including Paola Broadsgaard of Rusty Rooster Home Furnishings & Fashion, and Kathryn West of Currently Cumberland. There were more great people and businesses from the rest of the Comox Valley outside of Cumberland nominated for awards in these categories too. Check out the full list of award nominees at www.comoxvalleychamber.com

Cumberland Real Estate Update As a REALTOR® who both lives and works in Cumberland, many people are often asking me how the local real estate market is doing as I’m out and about in the community. Real estate is generally a topic of interest for many people, so I’ve teamed up with Currently Cumberland to contribute a regular Cumberland Real Estate Article for 2015. I’ll aim to keep the content fun and informative and provide market updates, real estate trends and tips for success in 2015. If you have a topic you would like me to touch on, please reach out and let me know. With 2014 now finished we can take a look at what happened in the Cumberland single family housing market and compare those figures directly to 2013. 2014 was a busy year with 73 homes sold in Cumberland, which is significantly higher than the 58 homes sold in 2013. The average Cumberland house price also climbed from $294,663 in 2013 to $304,274 in 2014, which represents a 3.26% increase! Interest rates are still at an all-time low and there are many Buyers still looking to move to Cumberland because of everything it has to offer. Many Sellers like to wait until the spring to list their home for sale, but now is actually a great time to hit the market, as there are typically less homes on the market at this time of year. If you are thinking of listing your home and would like to know what it would sell for in today’s market, please feel free to give me a call at (778) 585-0525 or email me at [email protected] and I would be happy to let you know! -Written by: Darren Anonson REALTOR ® with Coast Realty Comox Valley

The Importance of Treating Hearing Loss It’s no secret that hearing loss affects people of all ages. However, studies have shown that those who do something about their hearing loss are more likely to participate in social activities, maintain personal relationships, and feel more independent. Hearing aids can help you perform better at work and increase your earning potential. Untreated hearing loss among older people has been associated with increased likelihood of developing dementia and depression. It is hard to keep your mind sharp and be confident when you are not connected to the world around you. It has also been shown that brain tissue actually shrinks more quickly in hearing impaired seniors than in those with normal hearing, more than a cubic centimeter per year! As well, seniors with hearing loss are 32% more likely to have hospital stays and 36% more likely to have extended illness or injury than normal hearing seniors. Hearing loss may even be linked to increased probability of falling. The good news is that hearing loss can be detected early and easily by having a free – and painless - hearing test! If a hearing loss is found, options for treatment that suit your lifestyle and budget can be discussed. Digital hearing aids are small and discreet and are available at a wide range of prices. Modern technology keeps hearing aids connected with the latest electronic devices. Don’t wait - treated hearing loss can truly help you to hear better and love life! (http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/otolaryngology) - Submitted by Susan Sinclair, Registered Audiologist

������� ���� ��� ������ � ������� � ������� ��������� THANK YOU to everyone who attended our 7th annual Santa’s Breakfast! This community event is so much fun and it’s a great fundraiser for CCSS! Our healthy food program offers hot lunch to Cumberland Community School students, with subsidies available to those in need. This year we raised enough money to provide 8 students with subsidized lunches for a whole school year. Santa’s Breakfast would not have been possible without our incredible team of over 40 volunteers, and the generosity of the following Comox Valley businesses and individuals: Alley Cuts Atlas Cafe Be Clothing Big Island Fishing Adventures Blue Toque Blush Salon & Spa Bobby Gordon Soap Boston Pizza Canadian Tire Coastal Black Winery Comox Valley Farmers Market Corks and Caps Courtenay Creamery Cumberland Crate Company Cumberland Village Bakery Dana Dixon Personal Training Darkside Chocolates Dave Mayert Delicado’s Restaurant Delphine Flowers & Garden Dobson Lawn & Garden Dodge City Cycles Don McRae Dynamic Sport, Spine, and Health Edible Island Euphoria Before & After-School Care Extreme Runners

Fastenal Campbell River Fluid Bar and Grill Gas and Go Gemstone Hair Studio Gourmet Girls Great Canadian Oil Change Great Clips The Grind Coffee Shops Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary Home and Garden Gate Hot Chocolates Island Alpine Guides Island Hula Hoopla Island Mountain Rides Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa Kirsten Werner, RMT Laughing Oyster Book Shop Leslie Baird Locals Restaurant London Drugs Long and McQuade Lordco Parts Ltd. Lucas Design Mars on Main Nick Ward Old House Village Hotel and Spa Ono Work & Safety

Cumberland Youth Centre Opening Soon!

The Patch Clothing Pateman Cloutier Matthews Perch Polka Dot Pants Consignment Boutique Quality Foods Rattan Plus Home and Patio Riders Pizza Riding Fool Hostel Ronni Lister, Remax Ocean Pacific Realty Royston Roasting Company Rusty Rooster Home Furnishings & Accessories Searle’s Shoes Seeds Food Market Sid Willams Theatre Ski and Surf Shop Spa Ladies TimberWest Thrifty Foods Trail Bicycles Tyee Marine Valhalla Pure Vancouver Island Visitor Centre The Village of Cumberland Velvet Underground Salon Waverley Hotel Whale’s Tale Toys White Spot

CCSS, in partnership with Cumberland Community School and School District #71, are opening a Youth Centre in the New Year! Stay tuned for details. Thank you to everyone who has donated time, money and items to the Youth Centre. Our updated wishlist includes the following items: a locking file cabinet, desk with locking drawers, electric kettle, area rug, coffee table, armchair, Level 1 First Aid Kit, extension cords and multi-plug extensions, lamps, games for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 controllers, and two large bulletin boards. To donate or get involved with this valuable initiative, please contact Genevieve Burdett

Cumberland Mountain Film Festival:

Call for Submissions. The Cumberland Mountain Film Festival features outdoor adventures, big Photo by Tenzin King and small, from around Vancouver Island. The festival is organized by youth to raise money for the Cumberland Skatepark Project. Submissions of films between 3 and 5 minutes in length are now being accepted. Films should be submitted in HD 720p format, via Dropbox to [email protected] by March 13, 2015.

Coming soon…the 2nd Annual Cumberland Thunderballs! Stay tuned for details.

What is CCSS?

W����� C�������� P������� Chess Club - Ages 16+ Tuesdays 7 - 9 PM

Elevating Rhythms - A Carnival Style Percussion Band

Open to all ages - children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 7:15 - 8:45 PM. No charge, but must register in advance.

Mamacentric - An ongoing meeting place for moms & babes Tuesdays 3:30 - 5 PM

Employment Workshop Series

In partnership with the Creative Employment Access Society/Work BC

Resume Writing Workshop Wednesday February 4, 7 - 9 PM. How to Succeed in an Interview Wednesday February 11, 7 - 9 PM.

No charge, but must register in advance.

Infant Massage Classes

The Cumberland Community Schools Society is a registered charity that promotes life-long learning, health and well-being by providing a variety of programs and services to Cumberland residents. We see the entire community as a resource and believe it takes a whole village to raise a healthy child. Healthy children and healthy families build healthy communities.

G�� ��������! Would you like to volunteer or find out more about CCSS? Contact our Executive Director at [email protected] You can also find us online at www.cumberlandcommmunityschools.com or on facebook

Many thanks to our afterschool program instructors for sharing their passion and skills with our students this year! Pictured: After-School Chess Club

With Kirsten Werner, RMT Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 AM. February 3 - 24. Join the class at Kirsten’s massage therapy and wellness studio located at 2835 Bruce Street, Cumberland $20/4 sessions

Labour Massage Class for Couples With Kirsten Werner, RMT Wednesday March 4th. 6:15 - 7:15 PM. $5/couple

Chronic Pain Self- Management Program

Wednesdays 1 - 3:30 PM. February 18 - March 25. Cost: No charge, but must register in advance. To register call toll free 1-866-902-3767 or register online at www.selfmanagementbc.ca

Co-Ed Body Blast Boot Camp

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45 or 7 PM. Childcare provided by donation. Contact Dana Dixon at 250-702-4209 for more information. Programs take place at Cumberland Community School unless otherwise indicated. For more information or to register please contact us at 250-336-8521 or [email protected] or visit our website www.cumberlandcommunityschools.com

Photo by Tenzin King

Become a CCSS Monthly Donor! Interested in supporting CCSS and the programs & services we offer? You can now become a monthly donor or make a one time donation via www.canadahelps.org Help us raise the funds needed to keep our youth centre open, build a skatepark or support our lunch and after-school programs!

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Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department Community Update

250-336-2531

Well, 2015 is here and 2014 is over, so I would like to take a moment to talk about this past year. We had a good year fire-wise in Cumberland. We had some losses but overall a really good safe year in regards to Fires and Motor Vehicle Incidents. I think the warmer weather has contributed to our success. We had one major fire loss which was covered by insurance and we had no loss of life or injuries in Fires. So far 2015 has been a very mild winter, I hope I have not jinxed it! But in the mountains we could use some snow for our water supply come summer and for the people working and playing up on Mount Washington. Without a new snowpack it can make our forest lands very dry in the summer. Last year we got very lucky and we did a great job in the forest. We had no major fire activity in our forest area and we only had a few wildfire incidents in our area which were small in nature thanks to their location and being reported and responded to very quickly. These calls never really caused us many problems in 2014 thanks to all of your help in being vigilant. In the 2014 fire reports, we had 192 responses - 88 were fire related and most of these were not serious. We had 70 First responder calls , which are Medical aid calls, and the remaining calls were Motor Vehicle Incidents and Rescue call-outs. Overall we had about 16 less calls than 2013. We did have some complaints of people burning garbage in their wood stoves and outside. We get calls every year about the same problem; this is a violation of our Bylaw and the reason for giving out permits so that residents are aware that this is not allowed. As of January 1, 2015 you need to renew your back yard recreation permit; it’s free and good for the year so please come to the Village Office and get one. This helps us ensure residents know the rules. I’d like to thank everyone for their cooperation with the Burning Bylaw, and we know we do have people not complying with it, but the majority of our residents are very good about the rules and regulations of burning in the Village. The next time we can have a Class B Permit to burn branches and leaves and do yard clean up is March 15 to April 30. This permit is also free and available twice a year. Prevention and being Fire Smart lowers our risk of fires. Also, we always need to be looking for ways to teach our children fire safety while at the same time teaching them to be safe. We also constantly need to be on guard for potential fire spots around us. In our homes, in our sheds or shops and kitchens, and if we use wood for heat in woodstoves and chimneys. We need to continually search out these unsafe areas in our homes and yards and work to eliminate hazards. Most of you may have felt the latest Earth Quake off the West coast that we had in early January and lately we have been having small ones off the West coast almost on a daily basis. Please think about preparedness in your home in the event that we have a major Earth Quake. It is something we continually work on and prepare for. Being prepared is always wise and there is plenty of information on the web on how to be prepared. So remember to check your Smoke Alarms along with your family escape plans, and let’s continue the rest of the year 2015 as safe as we can make it. The Cumberland Fire Department is looking for Volunteer Firefighters. So if you’d like to play a major role in our community as a Volunteer come and see us at the Firehall. Cumberland Fire Chief, Mike Williamson

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