Missy Cross and Steven Beddall of Wooden Horsemen play a show in Vancouver, home base for the seven-piece rock band. A summer festival favourite, the Horsemen will be playing songs from their forthcoming, gospel-inspired album up in Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Smithers, and Williams Lake this month. (Wooden Horsemen/www.woodenhorsemen.com)

Missy Cross and Steven Beddall of Wooden Horsemen play a show in Vancouver, home base for the seven-piece rock band. A summer festival favourite, the Horsemen will be playing songs from their forthcoming, gospel-inspired album up in Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Smithers, and Williams Lake this month. (Wooden Horsemen/www.woodenhorsemen.com)

Masset Magic: Spring cleaning and an out-of-body Boot Camp workout

I’ve been doing some research on spring cleaning, mostly to see if there is a loophole somewhere and I can justify the hoard I have been amassing since the 1970s.

One never knows the importance of saving every adapter known to mankind! The broken salt-lamp candle holder will come in handy. What if I get a horse and he has nothing to chew on? As you can tell, I do need the grammar book from Grade 7. The Dick and Jane stories are vintage, so I can’t part with those. I started naming the dust bunnies too. Oscar has been under my bed and I’m convinced he brings me luck. I haven’t slept in for awhile, either — the asthma attacks wake me at a decent hour.

Whether you believe the origin is connected to Passover, or Nowruz, the Persian new year, the time has come. Don’t go by the weather (see what I did there?) to begin the purge. The first step is to call me. Maybe the bookcase I need for a lawn ornament is buried in your basement. Next, call the Masset village office at 250-626-3995.

From May 7 to May 11, village workers will come and cart away all your junk. Usually spots fill up fast, so be sure to get your name and address in. For a measly $10 your big stack of stuff can be removed. Don’t put any kitchen refuse out and make sure you pay the extra fee for appliances. You can ask for a full list of things that cost more when you pop in to pay them. It’s perfect for those of us without a truck. Beautify your yard. I think the best talk about “stuff” was done by George Carlin, be sure and look it up!

If you want a chance to attain some great high-end items, be sure and stop in at the Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum tomorrow. The Animal Helpline will present the “Bow Meow” auction. It gets underway at 7 p.m. You can get in the door for $5, enjoy some baked goodies, and have a look at the prizes up for grabs. All the money raised goes to animal rescue and care in the greater Masset area. This event has gotten bigger every year!

If you would rather enjoy a little music, you can head to the Howard Phillips Community Hall. The Wooden Horsemen’s Haida Gwaii tour is setting up for a Saturday night show. It also starts at 7 p.m. I have been supporting the Haida Gwaii Arts Council for years and have never been sorry. The opening acts are enough to get me interested. Tow Town is a band I could listen to for hours. I keep telling Tammy they need to add Tracy Chapman’s song, “Give me one reason” to their playlist. When I stretch to it in boot camp it helps me leave my body.

I stumble around boot camp to keep my doctor from panicking. I am at an age where I clamber around trying to keep from keeling over. Now I am more in tune with ways to get information on how to combat the ice-cream sandwich diet I’m on. The health fair in Ga’au is a chance to learn more about what services are out there. It starts at 4 p.m. at the Old Massett Community Hall this Wednesday, April 25. Come out, enter draws and mingle around.

Another exciting opportunity coming to Haida Gwaii is the Heath Care Assistant Program. Offered by North West Community College this program begins September. If you want more information email the coordinator Cat Martin at cmartin@nwcc.bc.ca.

Incidentally, Tow Hill has some budding musical stars. Zaya Zaleska and her buddy Cora Camire created and shared a beautiful song “Come home” that played on CBC Radio West last week and was widely shared on Facebook.

The song is “for anyone who’s lost someone before it’s their time to go,” in particular those lost in the Humboldt tragedy.

Have a great weekend! God bless and take care.

Masset Magic