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Gumboot Nation: Persian New Year Nowruz Festival

Also, Ecole du Pacifique is holding annual Trivia Night fundraiser
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Greetings Creekers! 

In case you haven’t figured it out by now I always leave writing this column until just before deadline, with no particular plan in mind. Flying by the seat of my pants seems to be how I operate. It’s kind of like having no plan for dinner and pulling bits and pieces out of the fridge to see what I can come up with.  

One of the places I look for last minute bits and pieces for the column is a weekly foray onto Facebook but this morning it wouldn’t let me on. I spent way too much time in a panic trying to create new passwords before I realised the whole system is down. Oh no! Well fortunately I do get some information sent to me and I take photos of posters but honestly, I really wish that there was not an assumption that everyone gets their information social media and more of you would be old fashioned and write to me.  

I am going to use the bits and pieces format for this week’s news because its faster and I want to get out in that cold, crisp sunshine. 

First of all, I need to point out that the community food cupboard is empty so next time you are heading out check your pantry for a donation, keeping in mind that anything with some protein would be great. 

Some of you might be a bit miffed because I forgot to mention Seedy Saturday at the hall last weekend but never fear it’s happening again this Saturday at the Seaside Center in Sechelt, in conjunction with the Winter Market.  

We get used to the same annual events so it’s great when there is something new going on. I especially enjoy cultural events and only just realised that there is a Persian New Year Nowruz Festival taking place in the Creek this month. It’s a fundraiser for artists in Iran and started last evening with a documentary film. The next event is a Fire Jumping Ceremony on the beach, near the pier, this coming Tuesday the 12 at 3 p.m. I hope to see that! On Saturday the 23rd there will be a Persian New Year Dance Party at the Hall 8 p.m., tickets $25 but I don’t know where you get them. Try Facebook? The festival finishes on March 31 in Cliff Gilker Park at noon with a Celebration of Nature.  

This Saturday Ecole du Pacifique is having its annual fundraiser Trivia Night at the Hall. This is a licensed event with lots of prizes. It starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are available on Eventbrite. 

Today (Friday) is International Women’s Day and if you read this column in time you can head to the Hall for a Community Potluck dinner with speakers and entertainment. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

There are a couple of messages from the RCCA: 

The first one is that they are looking for a food vendor for Wednesdays at the hall. The commercial kitchen is available for prepping and serving food for take home or eating in at the Wednesday Market. If you are interested in this opportunity contact [email protected]

April 21 will be Earth Day at the Pier and the call is out for vendors, information booths and volunteers. This year’s focus will be on water. Use the contact info above for applications and volunteer sign up. 

Don’t forget about the new puzzle exchange at the library. It’s open to everyone and while you are there you can check out the new display of paintings by Creek artist Corinna O’ Neil. “A Walk in the Woods” is a series of acrylic paintings that reflect the artists exploration of our local trails.  

If you like to read in French the library has a treat for you! There is a collection of novels and non-fiction books that are free for the taking. Individual books or the entire collection are “up for grabs.” I am not sure how to say that in French. 

Tax time is a nerve-racking time of the year for lots of people, including myself. First you have to gather everything and then sit down with a tax program that often deletes things. It’s a nightmare! However, if you are a low income family or individual you might like to know that you can avoid that stressful experience and go to a free tax clinic. You can find out more at  

Music at the Legion is a good way to finish. If you read this in time, you can head down tonight to see “Them Ordinary Things” on their Not Late, Not Loud Tour. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday it’s a DJ night with Riddim Fernandez and others. You might really want to make it to Thursday night Jazz next week because it’s “Wanda and her City Guys.” I know nothing about the City Guys but if you haven’t heard and seen Wanda Nowicki perform you should. She’s a great vocalist with a dramatic flare and a good use of scarves.  

Have a great week! Write to me. I need information but also creative ideas for the column. Don’t be shy! [email protected]