This Week in Egmont

by Heather in BC

This Week in EGMONT

18-24 March 2012

Quote of the week: We are like tenant farmers, chopping down the fence around our house for fuel, when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy – sun, wind and tide. I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of Power!! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.

~Thomas Alva Edison 1931

Egmont Community Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Egmont Community Hall beginning at 1:00 in the afternoon. We will hold our annual election of the board and of officers, receive a reports on the state of our finances, progress of our projects, and accomplishments of the past year, and have a presentation on the state of Senior Housing at the north end of the Sechelt Peninsula. Ed and Gwen Hawkins will give us an informative talk on the Habitat for Humanity program on the Sunshine Coast.

Senior’s Initiative. Harbourside Friendships, a part of the Senior Initiative (55+), meets every Thursday at 10:30 at the Music School in Madeira Park. Usually, there is a program, a quiz or game, and a hot luncheon ($5). This past Thursday the program celebrated February, which is Heart month. Our speaker was a nurse from Gibsons, who gave us an informative talk on heart disease, strokes, and risk factors, as well as a demonstration of CPR. Future Themes are as follows;
March 22nd: Pender Harbour Acquatic Center; Move Strong, Move Fit for Seniors with Gwen (Lunch to follow at PHSM)
March 29th: Paula Howley presents her award winning Toastmaster speech.
For more information, contact Cathy Anderson (604) 883-9766
We are organizing a carpool from Egmont, Earl’s Cove, and Ruby Lake for the drive down to Madeira Park. Afterwards, there will be a stop at the shopping center (approximately 1 hour) so that people can visit the Grocery stores, Credit Union, and Pharmacy. Remember to bring your gold card…. the IGA offers a 10% discount to seniors on the first Thursday of each month, and the Pharmacy offers a 15% discount to Seniors on the first Thursday of each month. Both the Bargain Barn and the Library will open on Thursday afternoons as well. Come and enjoy yourselves. If you need a ride, call Linda at (604) 883-0251 , Pia at 604 883-2299 or Doug at (604) 883-0416 . They will coordinate so that everyone has a ride.

Thrift Store Our Egmont Thrift Store has just completed best year in a decade. Let’s keep up the momentum and support our Local Community endeavor. If we don’t have what you are looking for, just ask. Linda will keep you in mind and she can find dang near anything! We have a lot of gently used quality items. And, as a Bonus, until the end of February, you will get to select a free beautiful toque with a $5 (or more) purchase. Open Wednesday and Saturday from Noon ’til Three. And if you can’t make it in those hours, please call Linda at 883-0251, and we will set up something.

The John W. West memorial will take place at the West Resort on Maple Road on June 9th, 2012. This would have been Mr West’s 99th Birthday! It will be a wonderful time for the celebration of a good life, well lived!! The entire community, as well as the many coastal residents who knew him well, will be invited. There will be a BBQ, Fishing, Games, and an appreciation of the Life that Mr. West lived, the contributions to the community that he made and the natural beauty of the region where he chose to build his house, raise his family, do his business, live his life, and leave his legacy. Mark your calendars! This promises to be an extremely enjoyable day!!

Fire Practice Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm is practice for the Egmont and District Volunteer Fire Department. We are looking for new members with community spirit. Get involved and join the team! Your community needs you and you will be glad you did.

Notice: The Volunteer Fire Department is trained in First Aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation. They carry an Automatic External Defibulator. For Heart Attacks, Strokes, Falls, Accidents, and Serious Injuries, Please call 9-1-1. Ask them to send both the paramedics and the Fire Department. The Volunteer Fire Department can respond to any emergency on the north end of the Sechelt Peninsula much faster than the Paramedics and Ambulance.

Garden Club We are still looking for Volunteers to start the Egmont Garden Club and the Community Garden. We have received a grant from the Sunshine Coast Foundation to help finance materials for this purpose. Look at the community garden in the area behind the hall.

Recycle Volunteer. The Egmont Community Club is seeking a volunteer to handle recycling for the community of Egmont. Believe it or not – the recycling earns our club more than $1,000 per year. We need this money to help pay expenses. Please contact the Egmont Community Club via email

Coastal Events: Pender Harbour Hiking Club meets Monday and Wednesday mornings for a hike in the North Sunshine coast area. Most hikes are approximately 1.5 hours, and easy to moderate difficulty. The hikes for next week are as follows:

Monday, March 19 Clear cut bike trail off Menacher Road. This is not a ‘pretty’ hike as we are out in the open through the clear cut for the first half; however, it is a great cardio workout climbing up the hill for the view. Meet at the horse trail sign on Menacher Road at 8:30 and we will hike from there.

Wednesday, March 21 Trailfest Wagon Road. This is a NEW hike described as “a really nice route with lots of variety of trails: some logging road, rolling trail, downhill and, of course, uphill climbs!”. It is also about 8 or 9 Km long. We will meet at the Health Centre at 8:00 to drive down to the Roberts Creek Forest Service Road which is right around the Sunshine Coast Golf Course and Cliff Gilker Park. This is a loop trail so no worries about leaving cars at either end or having to return the same way we went. Bear in mind it will be a longer hike given our drive to Roberts Creek and a 9 Km hike (and with our ‘new’ hikes, we always seem to add a bit when we mis-read the trail directions!


Coast Salish Weaving Workshop with Jessica Casey, presented by the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives, 716 Winn Road, Gibson’s, March 23rd – 25th. Registration Fee of $300 (includes all supplies to weave a shawl.) Learn the traditional art of Coast Salish Wool Weaving with local Coast Salish Weaver Jessica Casey. Over the course of two and a half days, you will be inspired and encouraged as you learn the basic skills and weave a beautiful shawl to take home with you!

“With every beat of my heart, my fingers dance and stir memories almost lost. Grandmothers and Aunts whisper their knowledge to my soul. Their weaving is in me – with every warp and weft, they tell me so.” ~Jessica Casey

For Details, call the museum at 886-8232, or go to

Green Film Series Announces Spring Films The Green Film Series has announced their spring line-up of films. The fall series was very popular and the The Gibsons Green Team and Sustainable Coast Magazine in collaboration with the Sunshine Coast Film Society are continuing the Green Film Series to be shown at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse. This special series features environmental-themed films, discussions to engage the audience and door prizes. The next three films are scheduled for the months of March and April. The films will be shown on Mondays, alternating with the SCFS’s regular schedule of films.
Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse

doors open 7 pm film 7:30pm

cost $8 or $5 for SCFS members

Revenge of the Electric Car

Panel discussion to follow with local electric car enthusiasts, electric cars and trucks on display in parking lot

Behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and Tesla Motors, this film tells the story of the global resurgence of electric cars by following the major car makers jumping to produce new electric models and to be the first, the best, and to win over the public. By the director of Who Killed the Electric Car USA, 2011, documentary, 90min. Directed by Chris Paine, written by Paine and P.G. Morgan.

By 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back… with a vengeance.

In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.

With almost every major car maker now jumping to produce new electric models, Revenge follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself.

Revenge of the Electric Car is narrated by Tim Robbins. The primary cast includes CEO and President of Renault and Nissan Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk, Former Vice Chairman of GM Bob Lutz and EV do-it-yourselfer Greg “Gadget” Abbott.

For more information on the web go or

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Best regards, Doug Elliott

(604) 883-0416

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