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Gumboot Nation: May the sun shine?

Also, meet the Roberts Creek Legion's new chef
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Well here we are, the middle of May already! Is it called May because it may be sunny, it may rain, or even, it may snow?! My furnace is firing up, geez! 

There are a few items citizens of the Gumboot Nation should keep in mind. (Gumbooters? Rubber Foots? Rubber Feets?) I bring news from the hall, the Legion and the chambers of the SCRD.   

The renovations are nearly complete at our venerable community hall, and the news you need to know is the RCCA was put in the awkward position of expanding the scope of work due to the condition of original infrastructure not being up to code. Once the work was under way and the guts of the building exposed, it became apparent that more was needed to be done than what was budgeted for, and since the work had begun there was no turning back. A large project that went over budget?! Unprecedented! (Not.) Long story short, a special meeting of members is called, Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Roberts Creek Hall to approve your directors to sign the loan documents. Details are in an email all members have received May 3. As someone who just renewed his mortgage, the deal is at half the going rate, hats off to the SCCU and our board. You get a sneak peek at the renovations too!  

On to the Legion. They (we, I am a member of the Legion too, and Circle Craft and ABANA, but not the Army of Evil Robots, although they are friends ...but I digress) have their next general meeting Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m.  

On to the Legion kitchen! During the outdoor version of the 219 last year, Maudy Davis stepped up and saved our bacon (and burgers), providing sustenance to the masses. Now comes the changing of the guard, as Maudy hands the apron to Dean Graydon, and a new chapter (and menu) begins for the hungry at the little Legion. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with fully licenced takeaway for you home bodies. Dean even has poutine on the new menu! Have a look at: robertscreeklegion.com.  

If you pick this up early enough you can catch the Song Writers Circle, Friday May 13. An evening of story and song and the (tall) tales behind them, with Clay Hepburn, Francesca Mirai, John Pa Rainey Thompson and Rodeo Joenz. From 7 to 10 p.m. Don’t forget dinner starts at 5 p.m, DJ Jason White to follow. $8/ members, $15/ guests. 

A reminder that Jam Night moved to Wednesdays, Open Mic from 7 to 10:30 p.m., and this week has Remnants at Thursday Night Jazz and dinner. Next weekend, it’s the rescheduled Georgia Fats, with Special Guest David Roche, Friday, May 20, that number again is robertscreeklegion.com. 

Finally, from the halls of government, we have the announcement that local Area D rep has chosen not to run for a second term. My hats off (for the second time in one column!) to Andreas Tize, we didn’t always see eye to eye but you were an effective council member who did your best for all us Gumbootites, ...Gumbooters...Gumfoots... 

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