NOVEMBER 2015 ANNOUNCEMENTS ALL AROUND HANDYMAN SERVICES Gutter cleaning, prepackaged furniture assembly, weatherstripping replacement, door alignment and repair, hard to reach light bulbs, no job too small. For your free estimate call Jacyn @ 250-702-4799. TUTORING IN CUMBERLAND. Experienced teachers. Grades K-12, with focus on English/ Math/Science. Conversational and business ESL lessons. Test prep. Homework help. Group and private sessions available. Reasonable rates, call or email for quote. 250-739-8982/9395 or [email protected] NEW YEARS DANCE (THUNDER ROAD CLASSIC ROCK BAND) & POTLUCK SUPPER at the Royal Canadian Legion Br.28 Cumberland TICKETS $20.00. (Non Members Welcome) TREE WORK, PRUNING, GARDENING, YARD, GARDEN, HOUSE CLEAN-UPP, GENERAL LABOURER, WASH YOUR VINYL SIDING, AND MORE. Call Malcolm at 250-650-3317 V.I.C.E Now available in Cumberland... DELIVERY OF PIZZA, BEVERAGES, GROWLER & SQUEELER FILLS AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU MAY WANT BUT DON’T  WANT TO GO GET.  Text or phone 250-465-1861 to place your order. THE ROYSTON-CUMBERLAND LIONS are once again requesting the assistance of our community in providing non-perishable food items to help provide CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FOR NEEDY FAMILIES and seniors in Royston and Cumberland over the Christmas season. Our hamper delivery date is late December. Donations may be dropped off during business hours at First Credit Union at 2717 Dunsmuir Avenue, or at the Cumberland Hotel. FMI please call Mary or Bob at (250) 334-3014. 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 MUSICAL HOUSE CALLS: EXPERIENCED MUSIC TEACHER (piano, recorder, brass) Now available in the Cumberland area, beginning mid-September, to give lessons in your home. For

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students of all ages. Please email Shelley at [email protected] or call 778-424-9595. References available upon request. AUTUMN HAS SETTLED IN AND WE ARE ALL PREPARING FOR THE LONG HAUL OF WINTER, BUT DON’T DESPAIR! Rare Bird has plenty of books that will light you up and keep you warm. Come in and check out our selection of new and used fiction, poetry, cookbooks, and books on subjects ranging from gardening to romance, spirituality to political activism, art to incense. RARE BIRD BOOKSHOP is located at 2720 Dunsmuir Ave, snuggled in between Polka Dot Pants Consignment and Rusty Rooster. You can also find us on Facebook. 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 250-336-2239. All events held at 2674 Dunsmuir, Cumberland. 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. Laura Anne Bateman, B.Mus.(piano), M.A.(voice) MUSIC LESSONS AND CLASSES IN VOICE AND PIANO. Three locations: Cumberland and Courtenay. 250-336-2500 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 336-8429. 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] BABY WELCOME gift baskets are also available to families who have new babies. BIOENERGY HEALING helps all health conditions, ranging from incurable dis-ease to simple seasonal allergies. Bioenergy boosts the immune system, eliminates pain, regenerates tissue, increases blood circulation, and helps achieve peak performance in life & more. Rochelle Lewis, Bioenergy Practitioner & Spiritual Counselor at 250702-6905

CUMBERLAND PIANO LESSONS with Kirsten Wood (Bachelor’s in Music). Ages 7+, Beginner to Advanced. Come learn classical, jazz, pop, broadway, music theory and accompaniment techniques in a fun and healthy music environment! Mondays and Tuesdays, 2 blocks off Dunsmuir. 250-703-3230, [email protected] LEARN TO BREW KOMBUCHA, the beverage the ancient Chinese called the Immortal Health Elixir for its rich anecdotal history of health benefits like preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis and other degenerative dis-eases. For a SCOBY or classes contact Rochelle 250-702-6905. OUTSTANDING 2015 PROPERTY TAXES AND UTILITIES. Payments or partial payments to the Village are welcome on any outstanding property taxes and utility accounts. Please drop in or call the Village office at 250-336-2291 to discuss payment options. YARD WASTE CURBSIDE COLLECTION. Every week unlimited collection of leaves, tree and shrub prunings, and grass clippings from your organics container. Branches must be less than 7.6 cm in diameter and 90 cm in length, and bundled with jute or hemp rope. Please no sod, soil, rocks or gravel. Dumping of yard waste in parks and road right-of-ways is subject to a $200 fine. Search “organics” at BURNING PERMITS. Apply for your permit

at the Village Office at no charge. Yard waste permits valid until November 30th. Property owner signature is now required. Search “burning” at JUST NAILS BY ESME. 25 Years Experience • Acrylic Nails • Manicures • Gel Nail Polish • A Set of Acrylic Nails is $40, and a Fill is $25. Call 250-400-4297. 2743-B Windermere Ave. EMBODY LOVING KINDNESS FALL SERIES with VocalEase director, Joanna Finch. December 13,​12:30-2:30 S ​ acred Sounds, with guest improvisors, The Moment - in which we ​tap into​ music that stirs the soul. In this series we explore in group discussion ways in which we can open our voices to improvisational freedom to create loving, lasting vibrations of wellness in sound, movement and speech. Every day: practicing Loving Kindness towards ourselves and others. At Purusa Mind and Movement Studio on Dunsmuir Ave. To register please call 250 792-3717 or find us on Facebook: VocalEase ARE YOU SITTING ON A PIECE OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IN CUMBERLAND? I have clients who may be interested. If you are considering selling, I would love to hear from you or your Realtor to see if we have a match. Ashley Tompkins, Realtor with Royal LePage in the Comox Valley. 250-898-7493 [email protected] (not intended to solicit clients under contract with a licensee).

working with you toward a healthy & vibrant community MAMACENTRIC


An ongoing meeting place for moms with newborn to toddler aged children. Tuesdays 3:30 – 5 PM Cost: By donation.



Learn the history and health benefits of this healing elixir. Wednesday Nov 5, 6:30 – 8 PM Cost: $35/participant


Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45 or 7 PM Childcare provided by donation Call Dana at 250-702-4209 for more info.

Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30 AM. November 4 - December 2 (no class Nov 11) Cost: $20/4 sessions RED CROSS STANDARD FIRST AID Join the class at Kirsten’s massage therapy and wellness studio, Saturday & Sunday, November 7 & 8. 8:30 – 4:30 PM 2835 Bruce Street, Cumberland Cost: $145/participant (Ages 14 and up)

Programs take place at Cumberland Community School unless otherwise indicated. For more information or to register please contact us at 250-336-8511 ext. 76616 [email protected]


TThe Centre is located in the Annex Building within the Cumberland Community School Campus and is open to youth aged 11-15.

Youth Centre Hours · Mondays 2:45 to 6:15 PM · Thursdays 2:45 to 6:15 PM · Fridays 2:45 to 8:00 PM

For more information contact [email protected] or 250-336-8511 ext. 76616 This project is made possible with support from Cumberland Community School, School District No. 71 and the Village of Cumberland.

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 Help us raise the funds needed to keep our youth centre open, build a skatepark or support our lunch and after-school programs!

Join us for our 8th Annual Santa’s Breakfast Fundraiser! This year’s event is sponsored by and Sunday November 29th 8:30 - 11:30 AM

at the CRI 2655 Dunsmuir Avenue Admission by donation. Proceeds help to support our lunch program, after-school programs & youth centre! This community celebration of the season is presented by CCSS with the support of the Village of Cumberland. Join us for a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, wreath making, silent auction and a visit with Santa. Interested in volunteering at the event or contributing to the silent auction? Contact ccss. [email protected] or 250-336-8511 ext 76616

CCSS is a registered charity that promotes lifelong learning, health and well-being by providing a variety of programs and services to Cumberland residents. You can find us online at or follow us on facebook.

“The Art Scene” - by Bette Kosmolak Drop into the Studio B Gallery (2704 Dunsmuir) next time you are strolling Cumberland to see some extraordinary artworks by Meghann Rader and Jennifer Brant, two westcoasters and Emily Carr BFA grads. Studio B’s curator, Sonya Stastny, must have an excellent eye and fondness for art that is meticulously crafted because Brant and Rader both produce work that is painstakingly detailed. Brant is fascinated by swarms, flocks, geology, and cloud formations, and her repeating tiny stitches on hand-dyed linen evoke visions of swirling galaxies, planets hanging in a muted universe, or flocks of swarming birds. Rader’s works are exquisite paper construction. It takes close study to discern the details in Rader’s work and to see the layers she’s crafted to create a sense of depth. The work of both of these artists is truly breathtaking and worth a visit to Studio B where the show will continue for the next couple of months.

“Women are amazing leaders, but are even more powerful if they feel supported.” The Women’s Enterprise Centre of BC will be running a Peer Mentoring Group starting in November with local Entrepreneur Tina WillardStepan as facilitator. The program is for Female business owners who have been in business for 3 years or less. For more information or to register, please go to

The November 7-8 weekend is the annual fall Central Island Artisan Studio Tour. And it’s free! This is the last opportunity in 2015 for the public to visit so many Comox Valley artist and artisans in their studios. Why not start right in Cumberland with Clive Powsey on Penrith and Barbara Callow on Second St. Then you can head to Angela TerMarsch on Ibbitson and Gail Neuls and Mary Osborn Reed, both on Fraser. Now that you’ve started, motor on to many other studios in the valley. Tour brochures to keep you headed in the right direction are generally available at each studio. Also, life drawing sessions continue, organized by the Cumberland Culture & Arts Society, every second Wednesday (7-9 pm) at the Abbey (Nov 11 & 25). Sessions are open to any who wish to practice drawing the human figure in a group setting. Drop-in is $5 for members or $10 for non-members.

SOUTH SEWER PROJECT - COMMUNITY FEEDBACK Cumberland Council is seeking feedback from residents and property owners on participation in the South Sewer Project which would bring Cumberland’s sewage treatment and disposal into compliance with regulatory standards. With possible financial support from PPP Canada, participation in the project could mean a total sewer utility fee estimated at $993 per year for each residential unit. Attend the Village Hall meeting on November 2, 2015 to give your feedback. Find out more: 250-336-2291

Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) Will be working with the students of the Comox Valley to make 800 care packages that will be handed out to those homeless this Christmas. Starting November 1st till December 7th, we will be collecting new woolen socks, toques, gloves, scarves, toothbrushes, tooth paste and cash donations. (Large sizes for men & med sizes for women). Drop box locations in Cumberland will be at Seeds Food Market & Cumberland Community School. Thank you so much for your help. For more information contact Chantal at 250-7920804 or www. Find us on Facebook.

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. 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. 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 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

Vote on November 28 at the CVRD Homelessness Support Services Referendum The Village of Cumberland encourages all eligible residents and property owners of Cumberland to vote in the CVRD homelessness support service referendum. Saturday, November 28 8 am to 8 pm Vote in Cumberland at the Cultural Centre Moncrief Hall (second floor) at First and Dunsmuir Voters can vote at any CVRD voting place location. Find all voting locations and more information on the proposed service at


Mommy Moves

Early Morning Classes

Starting November 2nd - 7 weeks Monday, Wednesday & Fridays at 6:00am

Evening Classes Starting November 3rd - 7 weeks

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:45pm or 7:00pm

Mommy Moves

  Starting November 9th - 6 weeks Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:45am

Bring a stroller and your baby and have fun! You choose... Take 1 to 5 classes a week!

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. 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,


Cumberland Recreation invites you to drop by Village Park and join a game of PICK-UP SOCCER, until Nov 20th. Youth (16 years and under) play 5:30 – 6:30 pm and adults (16 years and over) play 6:00 – 8:00 pm. There will be a facilitator on-site to help organize games and participation is by donation. For more information, call 250.336.2231, visit or go to FB\ Cumberland Parks and Recreation.


WEEKLY EVENTS SUNDAYS WEEKLY CUMBERLAND UNITED CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE and Children’s Program at 11:00 am followed by potluck lunch. New voices always welcome in the Choir practice at 10:00 am Sunday mornings. No musical expertise required – though gladly accepted! Located at the corner of First & Penrith. Church Phone 250 400-7084 Minister: Elaine Julian 1-250-205-0262

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 250-400-7800 or phone Elaine directly at 1-250-205-0262. E-mail [email protected]

MEAT DRAW at the Royal Canadian Legion Br28 Cumberland every Saturday from 3 5:30pm for members and bona fide guests.


Call Dana for more information

  Childcare available by donation   Partial proceeds donated to CCSS

NOVEMBER EVENTS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS. On Sunday, Nov 1 at 2 am the clocks get turned back 1 hour. Royal Canadian Legion Br 28 Cumberland CRIB 1.00.p.m. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 VILLAGE OF CUMBERLAND ADVISORY PLANNING COMMISSION at 11 am at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Fire Hall. View meeting agendas at VILLAGE OF CUMBERLAND HERITAGE COMMISSION at 5:30 pm at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Fire Hall. View meeting agendas at VILLAGE HALL MEETING at 7 p.m. at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Fire Hall. Join Council members at this informal meeting to discuss

Cumberland Winners for the 2015 Comox Valley Record Reader’s Choice Awards! Recently The Comox Valley Record, ran a fun reader’s choice contest asking for the Comox Valley’s top picks for everything from the bumpiest road to the best place to dirink alone! Cumberland rocked the votes with many finalists and winners.. Cumberland is truly awesome. Make sure you keep these businesses, events, and locations in mind; they are the best of the best! Here is the list of our local winners - Congratulations!

Bike Friendly Community - Winner: Cumberland Bumpiest Road - Winner: Maryport Finalists: Dunsmuir and Egremont Best Place to be a Tourist - Finalist: Cumberland New Business Under 2 Years - Winner: Cumberland Brewing Co. Best Burger - Finalist: Waverley Hotel Best Bakery - Winner: Cumberland Village Bakery Local Brewery - Finalist: Cumberland Brewing Company Chocoholic Experience - Finalist: Dark Side Chocolates Best Place to Drink Alone - Finalist: Waverley Hotel Dental Clinic - Finalist: Cumberland Dental Centre Roast Beef Special - Finalist: Waverley Hotel Bike Shop - Finalist: Dodge City Cycles Flower Shop - Finalist: Delphine Flowers & Garden Web Designer - Finalist: Update Company Local Ticketed Event - Finalist: Atmosphere Pizza - Finalist: Riders Pizza Bike Trails - Winner: Cumberland Best Skinny Dip Spot - Finalist: Comox Lake Best Person to Whip you into Shape - Finalist: Dana Dixon Personal Training Registered Massage Therapist - Winner: Kristen Werner RMT, Finalist: Tara Miller RMT B&B for friends to Stay at - Winner: Stansbury’s Guesthouse Social Media Personality/Organization - Finalist: Currently Cumberland

Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department


Hello everyone, November is here and we are into our Burning Permits for yard waste cleanup and land clearing. You can apply for a permit from the Village office and then check the Burning index for North and Central Island to look at good venting days to burn according to the permit regulations. Most likely as you are reading this the burning in the forest will be done but if not, Hancock is planning to burn some of the bee hive piles around the village. This will lower the danger of these burning in the hot summer months where they could become a problem for the Fire department. I have also asked them to make a better fire break and clear some roads around our community forest of over grown alders this is for better access and escape if we get a Wildland Fire in this area. It will give the Fire Department a safety barrier and better access and a better chance to defend the timbered lands that we have south of the Village, the Community Forest. This is always a concern to us and as we plan for protecting those forest lands we will require different tools and good accessibility. Our forest lands are more populated every year and it seems the weather in our area is getting warmer and the ground much dryer too. The Fire Department’s looking at better defenses and protection of our forest land properties. I would also like to report on highway problems - MVI’s. In the last month we have seen a lot of Highway 19 Motor Vehicle Incidences. As we approach winter a lot of deer have been hit, and with drivers leaving the road to avoid wildlife we need to keep a close eye out for wildlife on the highway and in our village. Winter conditions just make things more difficult. As you may ready know Cumberland Fire protects a long stretch of the highway south down to the Tsable River bridge and often beyond that if we are required. There are a lot of MVI’s in bad weather. Here are a few tips: slow down for weather conditions and avoid using cruise control. There are places that are wet spots and ice spots on the highway that can cause driving problems. There are signs marking these places to pay attention to for your own safety. Accidents happen often out there and I’d just like to give you the heads up on things we see on the highway so you can drive safely. Also, I’d like to bring to your attention a program called Block Watch. This program is to help protect your property and your neighbor’s property. An organized way of looking out for each other’s interest and protecting your Block or Zone. There is a lot of good information on security and safety. To find out more you can call Deb 250-338-5966 or email [email protected] She is our local representative or look up the website to learn more. Please check your Fire Safety Plan, practice getting your family up and out of danger. Their lives could depend on your efforts. Our Fire Department is still looking for Firefighters to train. Daytime personnel would be a priority as this is where the department needs help. ~ Thanks, Cumberland Fire Chief Mike Wlliamson


NICOLS’s arts, sports, parties, social occasions, playful times of children and romance, romance, romance. You will want to have a good time; and your life will feel more lighthearted and fun loving. Many of you will have a stronger focus on children and activities with children. And because there is such an emphasis on social fun -- dating, flirtations, and love affairs will be tops on your menu.

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HOROSCOPES NOV/2015 Aries (March 21-April 19) The Sun In November, you will explore hidden aspects of yourself. You might do some soul searching or psychological self inquiry. You might also contact someone who helps you do this. You will have a strong desire to experience life on a feeling level that is real – and not just superficial. You might also encounter someone who challenges your values. Meanwhile, midst all this desire to become a better person through self-discovery, your passions will be ignited, especially sexually. Woo, woo! Taurus (April 20-May 20) This month the Sun is as far away from you as it can get all year. Since the Sun is your source of energy, this means you will be more tired than usual. You will need more sleep and more rest. However, this is not the time to go it alone. Au contraire, you will benefit most by working with others and even consulting with experts because other people will benefit you in the month ahead. Study these relationships to discover how well you fill their needs, and vice versa, how well they fill yours. Gemini (May 21-June 20) It’s good news for you this month because the shift of the Sun will energize you big time! Suddenly, you will want to tackle everything around you to make your life run more efficiently. You will figure out what tasks need to be done and you will do them. You will want to manage your life in a way that makes every action account. This quest for efficiency will also apply to your health. You will want to eat a more healthy diet and exercise more. (Practice safe eating. Always use condiments.) Cancer (June 21-July 22) Lucky you! November is one of the happiest months of the year for you because your focus will be on fun activities – the theatre, the

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The Sun is in a hidden part of your chart this month, which affects your subconscious mind. That means this highlights a hidden part of you. We all project a persona to the world of what we think we’re trying to do versus what we are actually doing. (Yeah, the old Queen of Denial bit.) Now your hidden, subconscious persona will be more public. Silly, childish behaviour Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) patterns might trip you up. (Gulp) Because As the Sun shifts into the sign of your personal year is coming to an end, use the Scorpio, for Leos, this heralds an innext several weeks to plan how you want your creased focus on home, family and your per- new year to be different from last year. Ideas? sonal life. Not only will you be involved with parents and family members more than usual, you will also want to retreat or withdraw Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) somewhat. You will enjoy hiding or cocooning November is more popular than at home among familiar surroundings. These any other month of the year. Enthumb-sucking moments will give you a warm joy hanging out with friends and feeling in your tummy. In this respect, you will dealing with groups, because you will benefit use this quiet time to regenerate and catch up from your relationship. This is not the time to go it alone – be open to what others can do on things that have gotten out of confor you. Naturally, this is a two-way street. Extrol. amine your friends now. Do you hang out with quality people? It’s important to be aware that Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) your friends influence your thinking, and anyOh boy! Take your foot off the brake because November will create an accelerated thing that influences your mind, which makes daily pace. Suddenly, your schedule will be your choices, will ultimately, influence your fujam-packed with appointments, conversations ture. True dat. with everyone, increased interaction with siblings, relatives and neighbours, short trips plus Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) more reading, writing and studying. So much This month the Sun is at high noon to do! So little time! This is also an excellent acting like a spotlight on you. And time to have important discussions with others, lo! This light is flattering! Since othespecially to tell others how you ers see you in positive terms, they will ask you feel about something. to take on new jobs. Just say yes because you don’t have to be a superhero to dazzle them. Meanwhile, this is the best month of the year Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) to examine your life to see if you’re going in This month your focus will turn to money, cash flow, earnings and major purchas- the direction you want to go. If you do want es. As you ponder your finances, you will tend to change your direction, this is a good year to wonder if your financial situation is your true because you worth? Of course, you are not your bank ac- will get support both financial and practical – count. You are where you eat and what you from others. drive. (Kidding.) That’s why at a deeper level, you will ask yourself if you are actually putting Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) your money on the right horse. In other words, You will be keen to broaden your do you really know what matters in life? Are horizons to travel, study and meet your values wise and realistic? people from other backgrounds this month. Because you want to expand your world, this is a good time to go back to school, sign up for Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) a course, or do anything that offers you new, Happy Birthday! The Sun is in your sign for the first time in a year. Because the Sun fresh and unfamiliar experiences. You want is your source of energy, you’ll be energized! to be stimulated! You want adventure! If you In addition, the Sun in your sign will attract can travel– please do so! Some will be more people to you as well as attract favourable involved with the law than usual. Others will circumstances to you. You will also be able to want to explore religious and spiritual paths. project yourself with more force, strength and focus. All of this is not too shabby. Obviously, it behooves you to make the most of this opportunity. You will also be able to make a great impression on others, which is timely because this is going to be such a popular year for you!

Cumberland’s participation the South Sewer Project. Search “sewer” at FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6 Royal Canadian Legion Br 28 Cumberland SOUP AND SANDWICH 11.00a.m.-1.00.p.m. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Village of Cumberland COUNCIL MEETING at 5:30 pm at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Fire Hall. View meeting agendas at WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 11 CUMBERLAND REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE. Please join the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 28, for the Cumberland Remembrance Day service. The service begins at approximately 10:30am in front of the Legion. In extremely inclement weather, the service may take place at the CRI. Dunsmuir Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic during the service. After the service all welcomed in the Legion. LIFE STUDY SKETCHING. Life drawing sessions are held every second Wednesday, 7-9pm. There is no instruction - sessions are open to those who wish to practice drawing the human figure in a group setting. Organized by the Cumberland Culture & Arts Society. Membership is $10 with your first session free. Subsequent sessions are $5. Nonmember drop-in is $10. Tables and chairs provided. Bring your own drawing materials and easel if you wish. Drop in whenever you wish. At the Abbey Studio 2689 Penrith Ave FRIDAY TO SUNDAY NOV 13 - 15 CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIRE Two floors with over 60 juried artists and crafters offering a diverse selection of quality, handcrafted gifts and artwork. Friday, 3 to 8PM, Saturday, 10AM to 5PM, Sunday, 10M to 4PM Pricing: $3 for Adults, Free for Children. Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave Courtenay SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 FALL INTO CHRISTMAS MARKET at the Fallen Alders Community Hall, 9am - 2pm. Fall into Christmas is a perfect fall market featuring beautiful handmade crafts, unique gifts and perfect selections from an array of local vendors. Also, back by popular demand, is our tantalizing bake sale of delicious homemade goodies. We have music, 50/50 and lots of selection! There will be a donation box for the Comox Food Bank Society. Clean out your pantry, bring your donations and join us from 9 am to 2 pm. Victoria’s long-established professional performing arts company, Story Theatre, makes a stop in Cumberland with ‘THE CALL WENT OUT’, A THEATRE PIECE BASED ON LETTERS FROM BC SOLDIERS SENT TO LOVED ONES AT THE BEGINNING OF WORLD WAR 1. This 30 minute performance is followed by a talk back and sharing of archival material from the Royal BC Museum. November 14, 2pm, at the Cumberland United Church. By donation. Recommended for teens and adults. Presented by the Cumberland Museum and Archives.

COMOX VALLEY NDP FALL DINNER Comox Recreation Centre, 1855 Noel Ave, Comox. Guest Speaker, MLA Carole James, NDP Finance critic. Tickets: $75.00 each. Catered by The Gourmet Girls. Dessert auction. Tickets are available at Laughing Oyster Bookstore, Blue Heron Books or call Jeanette 250-335-3262 or Rick 250-336-8944. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Royal Canadian Legion Br 28 Cumberland CRIB 1:00pm EMBODY LOVING KINDNESS FALL SERIES with VocalEase director, Joanna Finch November 15: 12:30-3:00 Remembering Small - an exploration into the space between, transitions and mindlessness in music and matter! with guest, Jade De Trey. At Purusa Mind and Movement Studio on Dunsmuir Ave. To register please call 250 792-3717 or find us on Facebook: VocalEase MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16 VILLAGE OF CUMBERLAND ACCESSIBILITY COMMITTEE at 6:30 pm at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Fire Hall. View meeting agendas at WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 CELEBRATE SPORTS DAY IN CANADA with the ACTIVE COMOX VALLEY 30 MINUTE CHALLENGE. Come and try out a variety of FREE classes at Cumberland Recreation: Flow Yoga (7 – 8 am), Circuit Fit (9:45 – 10:15 am), Beginner Pickleball (1 – 2 pm), Youth Climbing (3:30 – 5:30 pm). There will also be personal trainers on hand to give tours of the new fitness studio and give tips on how to use the various equipment. For more information, call 250.336.2231, visit Cumberland. ca or go to FB\Cumberland Parks and Recreation. VILLAGE OF CUMBERLAND HOMELESSNESS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMITTEE at 9 am at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Fire Hall. View meeting agendas at FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20 Royal Canadian Legion Br 28 Cumberland SOUP AND SANDWICH 11:00am - 1:00pm MOONLIGHT AND MAGIC, 9 am till 9 pm Kick off the Season in the Heart of the Comox Valley! Spectacular Dining and Shopping Specials all day and night! Moonlight and Magic Celebration 5-9 with Street Performances and Poetry, Live Music, Moonlight Night Market, Special Guest Choirs Gallery Events and more Don’t Miss - Christmas Tree Light Up 5:30 pm at 5th and England w/ the CV Children’s Choir Fiery Spectacle with NOVA Fire Spun Arts - 7 pm on Duncan Ave, Downtown Courtenay SATURDAY, NOVEMBER, 21 COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE FROM 1 - 5 PM *New* acupuncture service provided by Michel Duhaime R.Ac. All proceeds turned over to the Cumberland Forest Society with tax receipt for the donor. Group setting, no special clothing re-

quired. Tea provided. $20 minimum donation suggested. 2703 Dunsmuir Avenue, follow signs. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 XMAS CRAFT FAIR, 10 AM - 3PM at the Union Bay Community Hall. Crafters on Two Floors (60 tables of Crafters) to serve you. Our table quota is filled - so we have a great selection. Souper Lunch. For info call Dave at 250-335-2317.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 VOTE TODAY FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM IN THE CVRD HOMELESSNESS SUPPORT SERVICE REFERENDUM at any CVRD voting place in the Comox Valley, including at Moncrief Hall (second floor) of the Cultural Centre at First Street and Dunsmuir Avenue. Find a list of voting locations and more information at

Royal Canadian Legion Br 28 Cumberland CRIB 1.00pm

Royal Canadian Legion Br 28 Cumberland BAZAAR AND BAKE SALE 9.00.a.m.- 4.00.p.m

THE COMOX VALLEY CHRISTMAS PARADE in Downtown Courtenay, 2 - 3 pm Santa Claus is coming to town! The theme for 2015 is “A Nostalgic Christmas - Memories of Childhood’ and spectators can get ready for an incredible array of parade entries from local businesses and community organizations. Kids can look forward to the visit of the season from Jolly Old St. Nick himself!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 CUMBERLAND’S WINTERFAIRE takes place from 10am to 4pm the CRI, featuring over 50 vendors with an amazing selection of gift ideas including jewellery and clothing, adornments and ornaments, art, toys, candles, health & beauty products, food, and more. Shop, discover local creative talents, and enjoy tasty treats from the WinterFaire canteen. Take in festive live music while visiting with friends and neighbors. You may even take home a door prize gift basket! Admission is $2 with proceeds to the Cumberland Museum and Archives.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 DON’T FORGET TO PAY YOUR VILLAGE UTILITY BILL BY NOVEMBER 23, 2015 to avoid a 10% penalty. Search “utility” at for ways to pay. Village of Cumberland COUNCIL MEETING at 5:30 pm at 2675 Dunsmuir Avenue next to the Fire Hall. View meeting agendas at THE FAT OYSTER READING SERIES will feature three authors on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7pm at the Fanny Bay Hall. These fine non-fiction writers will share a diverse mix of obsessions from cougars and beavers to second world war history. Mark Zuehlke is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Canadian Battle Series. His latest book, Through Blood and Sweat, is an account of walking with Operation Husky in 2013 to retrace the steps of Canada’s soldiers who fought in Sicily seventy years earlier and whose sacrifice have been largely forgotten. Frances Backhouse is the author of six books, including the just released Once They Were Hats, a quirky historical/cultural/ ecological exploration of the mighty beaver. Paula Wild is an award-winning author of six books and has written more than 1,000 articles for numerous periodicals including British Columbia Magazine, Reader’s Digest and Canada’s History Magazine. A BC Bestseller, The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous is the Gold Winner for Nature Book of the Year at Foreword Reviews’ USA IndieFab Awards and was a finalist for the BC Book Prizes’ Booksellers’ Choice Award. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 LIFE STUDY SKETCHING. 7-9pm. There is no instruction - sessions are open to those who wish to practice drawing the human figure in a group setting. Organized by the Cumberland Culture & Arts Society. Membership is $10 with your first session free. Subsequent sessions are $5. Non-member drop-in is $10. Tables and chairs provided. Bring your own drawing materials and easel if you wish. Drop in too. At the The Abbey Studio 2689 Penrith

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 SANTA’S BREAKFAST at the CRI, 8:3011:30am; Cumberland Community Schools Society’s pancake breakfast, silent auction, arts & crafts, wreath making, & more. Visits with Santa too. By donation. Proceeds help to support their lunch program, after-school programs & youth centre! Sponsored by Cumberland Dental Centre and Sitka Silviculture Ltd.

CHILDCARE & ACTIVITIES 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, or at the Cumberland Community School Office (Beaufort Building). Email [email protected] for more information. “LIKE” us on Facebook for a schedule of events at PARENT AND TOT GYM – a free program for children aged birth to 6 years and their parents/ caregivers. The gym is equipped with riding toys, balls, climbers and more. Open for drop-in Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 to 11:30 am. For more information, call 250.336.2231, visit or go to FB\Cumberland Parks and Recreation. MAMACENTRIC - an ongoing meeting place for moms with newborn 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 (CCSS) with support from First Credit Union & Insurance. FMI [email protected]

November Recreation Polar Express TreeFrog Music 9 months - 5 years

Winter music in a great short format! Tuesdays, Nov 24 - Dec 5 11:00 - 11:45 am $50/4, $30/2nd sibling, sibling 9 months and under/free

Hand-in-Hand Early Years Nature Education 3 to 4 years Seeds Program: 3 years old Tues & Thurs, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm $169/month

Pure Training Body Strength 14 years and over

Climbing Events

Cardio, core and strength!

Cheese Making

Tues & Thurs, ongoing 6:00 - 7:00 pm $70/10 pass, $7 drop in

Circuit Fit 18 years and over A varied strength and cardio workout. Mon & Wed, ongoing 8:45 - 9:45 am $40/month, $7 drop in

Roots Program: 4 years old Mon, Wed & Fri, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm $224/month

Morning Flow Yoga 14 years and over

Soccer Tots 3 to 5 years

Nov 4 - Dec 15 Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 am $52.50/6

Thursdays, Nov 5 - Dec 10 10:00 - 11:00 am $42/6

PLC Days

Nov 4, Making Art with Nature Nov 18, Sewing Studio Dec 2, The Art of Giving Ages and prices vary ($15 - $20)

Pick-up Soccer

Fridays, ongoing until Nov 20 5:30 - 6:30 pm (16 years and under) 6:00 - 8:00 pm (16 years and over) $2/suggested donation

Yoga for strength and flexibility.

HIIT Fit and Stretch 14 years and over

High intensity interval training followed by a stretch. Nov 8 - Dec 13 Sundays, 9:15 - 10:15 am $48/6

Open Climb

Fridays, 6:00 - 8:45pm Sat & Sun, 1:30 - 4:15pm Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm (youth) $3/youth, $4.52/adult

Nov 14, Family Climb, $13/family Nov 21, Learn to Climb Lesson, $38

Tuesday, Nov 3, Mozzarella & Brie Tuesday Nov 24, Havarti & Poutine 6:00 - 9:00 pm, $78/1 bring a friend $13

Watercolour and Ink 16 years and over Sat & Sun, Dec 5 - 6 10:00 am - 4:00 pm $168/weekend

Comox Valley “Try It” 30 Minute Challenge Yoga, 7:00 - 8:00 am Circuit Fit, 9:45 - 10:15 am Beginner Pickleball, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Youth Climbing, 3:30 - 5:30 pm Weight Room tour and tips Wednesday, Nov 18th Free!

Fitness Studio

The weight room just got updated with new paint and equipment. Come and take a peak!

Recreation Hours Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Closed on statutory holidays

Cumberland Recreation Centre 2665 Dunsmuir Avenue 250.336.2231

Life has a funny way of teaching us. This past year, life taught me about balance. When I first entertained the idea of starting a yoga studio it was always with the intrinsically known, core idea that I couldn’t add something to my life without taking something away - in exactly a balance sheet sort of way. So I spent some time taking an inventory and made my life streamlined and did only the things that gave me great joy so that I could focus my energies into living those remaining things well. And with all the various balls I had in the air; juggling teaching, family, school commitments, running the studio and a personal crisis, I managed life with surprising grace and ease. For the briefest of moments, I thought I had figured it out and had achieved that often talked of and elusive objective of a “life of Balance”. But, as is always the case, the universe was working on a back door way, the best way, to humble me so that I could learn the lesson of balance in a way that would stick while I was busy looking the other way. And so, the universe knocked me out of headstand. Yes , headstand. I’ve been practicing headstand for nearly 20 years. I could hold and relax into it for many minutes at a time. I felt comfortable adding variations to it and felt strong and proficient at it. And then, I just wasn’t. After teaching for only a few short months, I suddenly had lost the nerve to do a free standing headstand. The fear of falling backwards overtook me as though the ground was moving beneath me. It was frustrating and embarrassing and didn’t fit with my plan! And, as with most worthy lessons, the universe also handed me the solution. In teaching newcomers to take the baby steps to overcome their fear of inversions, I was essentially starting from scratch with myself. I stepped back and examined headstands from the perspective of a beginner and dove into the various ways of approaching it, fully supporting myself and in doing so built the courage and the emotional muscle that allowed me to stand alone again. The parallels were everywhere in my life, lining up to show me how to deconstruct and reconstruct and centre myself even when things were upside down. My lesson came to me packaged as a relatively small issue. My life wasn’t hanging in the balance of whether I could do headstand in the middle of the room or not. But I understood what it represented in the larger picture of my practice and my life and so, I enter this next season grateful for the centring I’ve gained from all my students’ teachings. Namaste Janet Purusa Movement + Mind, 2703 Dunsmuir Ave.

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