Friday July 11, 2014

City Briefs: Chinese apology consultations to be held

Solange Belleforte created this funky PEZ dispenser.

Public input through online submissions and a series of forums will guide the wording, delivery and legacy efforts of a formal apology to B.C.’s Chinese community for historical wrongs. A community forum is set for Dec. 19 in Kamloops with specific time and place to be posted at in the next week or so. Anyone interested in offering feedback who cannot attend a forum can do so online at The forum series is intended to build on an initial consultation held Nov. 17 in Victoria, Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

Last chance for gallery lottery

Kamloops Art Gallery is winding up sales of its luxury vacation lottery fundraiser. Only 450 tickets are being sold at $100 a pop for a chance to win a European river cruise. Those are pretty good odds for a lottery, said Judy Basso, fundraising events co-ordinator. The trip is valued at $10,000 and the winner gets to choose the river and time of travel over the next two years. Tickets can be purchased at the Gallery Store at 465 Victoria St. or by calling 250-377-2400. Tickets will be sold until they’re all gone or until Dec. 24, 1 p.m. The draw date is Jan. 7.

Muse Guild holds show and sale

The Kamloops Muse Guild, a group founded by arts instructor Janet Whitehead, holds its third annual art show and sale at St. Andrew’s on the Square, 159 Seymour St., on Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The guild is an informal group of likeminded artists who inspire each other collectively. The show will feature creations of 13 creative minds with pieces ranging from altered PEZ candy dispensers to “funkified” furniture and home décor, as well as photography, sculpture, paintings, mosaics and books by local authors. Proceeds from fundraising at the event will go to InspireHealth Integrative Cancer Care in gratitude for the support given to Whitehead during her cancer treatment.

CanGo Grannies offer fundraiser

The CanGo Grannies of Kamloops are selling Christmas greenery pots — hanging arrangements of seasonal decoration — as a fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. For the past eight years, the group has support the foundation, which assists grandmothers and AIDS orphans in Africa. The elegant pots are $25 each and contain a variety of greenery branches, accents and a large bow. They last for several months and can be use to decorate indoors or outdoors. Orders can be placed with Kirsten McDougall at or at 240-372-2501.

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