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Gumboot Nation: Forget Netflix, join the Roberts Creek Library

Also, EV charger repaired, Bob Marley Birthday Bash coming up
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Greetings Creekers! It is a gorgeous day out there and I find my mind wandering to plans for enjoying it. Maybe a really long walk or perhaps a shorter one, down to the beach where I will light a fire, enjoy my lunch and my latest library book or persuade a friend to join me for a game of Scrabble. Either way, there will be little clusters of shiny purple crocus popping up and those eagles soaring around. Spring is definitely coming.  

Speaking of library books, if you are not a member of our Roberts Creek Library, I encourage you to join. You will be surprised at the selection of books, including a new book shelf that rivals that in larger libraries and a large section of children’s books. What we call our “library” is officially a “reading room” and not part of the library system as the Gibsons and Sechelt Libraries are. The building is owned by the xwesam/ Roberts Creek Community Association (RCCA) and operated with a grant from the Sunshine Coast Regional District that covers the rent and new book purchases. The balance of the budget comes from fundraising book sales on Earth Day and Roberts Creek Daze. The library is operated by a large group of volunteers, there is no paid staff. It’s a low-tech system involving a date stamp and a card file, so it’s kind of like going back in time, which has its own charm. Reading has stiff competition these days from all those Netflix shows and book circulation is down. So, support the library and reacquaint yourself with the pleasure of getting lost in a book. It’s easy to join and guess what? It’s free!  

New hours are: Tuesday to Friday, 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Those of you with EVs may know that the charge station outside the library has been out of service for some time but it’s up and running again. Many thanks to Laurie O’Byrne for her support and the purchase of the new charger. The RCCA covers the hydro costs and you can help by making a donation when you charge up. Instructions for doing that are posted.  

Word has it that the two Delhi to Dublin shows at the Hall this weekend are sold out but it’s not the only show in town. At the Legion on Saturday, Feb.17, it’s the  25th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash. Vancouver musician Nils moved to the Coast in 1996 and hearing that the Legion had fallen on hard times and needed fresh energy, proposed this event and the Legion has been filled to capacity every year since. Nils is no longer involved but the Hoolicans and others keep it going. It’s a local event that draws people of all generations and walks of life out to dance and enjoy the good times. So put on your rasta colours and head down to the Legion. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. 

Feb. 20 is the launch of this year’s Local Food Box Program by One Straw. You invest now in local farms that are growing nutritional, beautiful and sustainable food and then you pick up a weekly box of fresh produce from behind the Gumboot, all the summer long. Sales start at noon with advance sales on the 19th for One Straw Members and they sell out quickly. If you are in need, subsidized boxes are available, provided by local donors. If you would like to apply, donate to this initiative or order your food box, check it out at 

If you are an organized person, looking ahead to March, here are some Hall events you could put on your calendar: 

March 2: Seedy Saturday 

March 8: Annual CUPE Women’s Pot Luck Dinner 

March 9: Trivia Night Fundraiser for L’Ecole Pacique 

March 24: Graham Walker concert of Peace Songs for Kids.  Further details will follow. 

So now I have to get out into the sunshine before I get side tracked by the need to dust. That’s the downside of sunlight! 

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