Time once again for the seasonal slowdown

Charlotte Communiques by Evelyn von Almassy: There are a few places that are closing down for awhile.

  • Feb. 16, 2016 6:00 a.m.

There are a few places in our community and neighbouring communities that are closing for awhile, and others that have been closed that are re-opening. Funk It, in our own village, for example, is now closed, but will re-open on Tuesday, March 1st. Andrea and Dell are going shopping for us! Isn’t that great? Yes, they are going to a trade show, and soon more funky good stuff will wind up in their store. Andrea is also going to be getting her spring nursery ready in Tlell, with mixing soil and propagating roots and stuff. (I am not a very good gardener, as is quite evident.) So get ready to pick up roots, seeds and plants to plant in your garden or deck pots.

Charters Restaurant in Masset has been closed for the month of January, and opened this past week. That is one of my favourite places to eat, and we are lucky to go shopping for a day in the north of the island, and fuel our tummies up before driving home again.

Sun Studio in Charlotte re-opened last month, but there are a few ongoing and new classes and events happening right now and in the future. On Sunday, February 21st Brogran Kiss is offering an intensive Vinyasa class, which will review fundamental poses, improve your body’s alignment, build strength and balance your arms. Prior Vinyasa class experience is suggested. The workshop runs from 1 to 3 p.m., and the fee is $30.00.

The same day, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Karen Walhout is offering a  Song Circle, which will include chanting medicine songs of awakening, with the themes of oneness, gratitude and love for the earth and each other. The songs act as positive affirmations, and you do not need any prior experience. This class accepts the pay-what-you-can fee.

Ceitlynn Epners is doing creative movement classes on Saturdays, February 6th and 13th for four- to six-year-olds. The time is 10:45 to 11:30, and there is a $12 drop-in fee for this class.

The last Sunday of each month, Liz Wouters will offer Move Me! from 10 until noon. All you need is the will to move to music, anyway that you can. Wear your most comfortable clothing, and bring your water bottle. This class is open to adults and teens, and accepts the pay-what-you-can fee.

Starting on Sunday, February 23rd, from 7:30 p.m. To 8:30 p.m. is the Jive and Swing dance, offered by Dolores Davis. The fee for this class is by donation.

Isn’t it great that the name change for the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District is beginning? After all, the name Haida Gwaii was changed from the Queen Charlotte Islands in 2010 so it only makes sense to bring that organization up to speed in reflecting that change, don’t you think?

We have all heard of the overdosing among people in B.C. who have taken oxycodone and fentanyl in the past year. For people who have overdosed on those drugs (opioids), 370 deaths were avoided by naloxone, the antidote to oxycodone and fentanyl.

The province is giving naloxone kits to firefighters in Surrey and Vancouver, to administer when necessary. Hopefully these kits will be offered to our local volunteer firefighters, as fentanyl is now on the islands as well. Anytime we can prevent drug overdoses is a good day.

This coming Monday, February 8th is a B.C. holiday named Family Day. So, don’t forget to stay home from work, or go to work and get holiday pay, if you work in that kind of place.