Local news briefs

The Force will be with Revelstoke’s Star Wars fans next week with the long-awaited screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at The Roxy on January 15 for two weeks.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been available for big-city audiences for almost three weeks and in that time has earned $760 million, which makes it the highest-grossing American film of all time.


If meditation plays a role in your life you may wish to attend the free lecture entitled A Yogi’s Journey to the Spiritual World, coming up at Okanagan College.

According to a statement, Yoga master Balakhilya das will discuss “the practice of meditation with the assistance of real knowledge.” The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, at Okanagan College, located at 1401 First Street West, from 7 until 9 pm.


January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the non-profit Alzheimer Society of BC says it hopes Revelstokians will decide to learn more about the pressing health issue of dementia.

Statistics suggest three out of four area residents know someone living with dementia.

“People affected by dementia continue to live in and be a part of our communities, and we can support them to stay connected in ways that are meaningful for them,” Carly Gronlund, the society’s regional Education & Support coordinator, said in a statement. “Through individual actions we can raise awareness of dementia and reduce the stigma attached to it.”

The Dementia Friend campaign is the cornerstone of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, which runs until the end of January.

Becoming a Dementia Friend is easy. The process starts by signing up at DementiaFriends.ca. The next step is to understand five simple things about dementia:

* It is not a natural part of aging.

* It is not just about losing your memory. Dementia can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday activities.

* It is possible to live well with dementia.

* There is more to a person than a diagnosis of dementia.

* The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s North & Central Okanagan branch is here to help people with dementia and their care partners.

That knowledge can easily translate into action at home and work, Gronlund adds.

The society has supported people living with dementia for 35 years. One of its initiatives, First Link®, connects people affected by dementia with information, society support services and programs such as Minds in Motion®, and dementia-education sessions at any stage of the journey.

Revelstoke residents can find out about upcoming education sessions by contacting Carly Gronlund at 250-860-0305 (toll-free 1-800-634-3399) or cgronlund@alzheimerbc.org, and visiting www.alzheimerbc.org.


The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society has just issued its annual report to the public.

Now in its second year, CSISS was established in 2013 to help communities deal with the invasive plant and animal species that are having an adverse effect on our environment.

Hawkweed, yellow flag lilies, Himalayan orchids, Himalayan blackberries, Japanese knotweed, water hyacinth, zebra mussels, quagga mussels, perch, carp and other living things that are not native to BC all have negative impacts on the natural world.

CSISS educates the public and now also inspects watercraft from out of province to ensure they do not spread.

Please click here to visit the society’s website.