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Does Culture Shape Gambling?

Throughout history, gambling has been a part of most cultures around the world. From the earliest playing with bone dice to the most sophisticated video lottery terminals, humans seem fascinated with gambling. Different cultures prefer different forms. Casinos are popular among Asian and Eastern European gamblers; Southern European and Arabic gamblers prefer card games; scratch lottery tickets are popular in North American and European countries. Mahjong, Baccarat and Poker are China’s games of preference. Regardless of your preference, help is available when gambling is no longer just for entertainment.

Karen Hlady, Gambling Awareness Program, BCResponsibleGambling.ca

The Foreigner

A painfully shy Englishman takes a room at Betty Meeks’ Fishing Lodge. In order to avoid his pathological fear of social interactions, Charlie pretends that he can’t speak English. This new role as “foreigner” makes Charlie the unwitting confidante when he overhears more than he is meant to – with hilarious results! He  finds himself in predicaments that are sidesplittingly funny, but which also give us food for thought, as they remind us that our all-too-human foibles, follies, and frailties can make us endearing as well as initiate inspiring personal transformations. The Foreigner will be on our stage April 18 – May 9.

Chemainus Theatre Festival, ChemainusTheatre.ca

Take Your Chances!

In chance-based games, the outcome is not impacted by a player’s skill or knowledge. Slot machines, scratch tickets and lotteries are all examples of chance-based games. All you can control is how much you bet, how often you play, and for how long. In skill-based games, learning more about the game or developing skills can influence your chances of winning, however, chance still plays a big part in skill-based games. Skill and/or knowledge may variably influence the outcome of any game, but no one controls cards or dice. Examples of skill-based games include mahjong, backgammon, poker, black-jack, sports and horse betting.

Regenerate Your Back

Ozone therapy in combination with injection therapy results in about 75% of chronic pain sufferers to become permanently pain free. Chronic pain occurs in areas of the body that contain ligaments, cartilage or articular surfaces which typically have only 1/10th the circulation that is seen in other connective tissues. This makes them especially vulnerable to the effects of decreased oxygen utilization and aging, which further compromises circulation. When these areas become traumatized a significant amount of edema and inflammation only serve to further decrease circulation. Prolozone therapy with natural anti-inflammatory medications, vitamins & minerals gives the tissues what they need to heal.

What to Look for in a Carehome

Moving to a new place can be very unsettling for anyone but is particularity unsettling for people with memory loss. Signs of a great residence include well designed living spaces that feel homey and inviting where the decorations, lighting and outdoor landscaping are welcoming and consistent to reduce decision fatigue. Look for a care plan that provides amenities and activities that are tailored to individual need and cognitive ability. Residents should be encouraged to decorate their rooms with familiar furnishings to remind them they are home, they are unique, and they are still the person they’ve always been.

Musical: The Sound of Music

Based on the story of the von Trapp family singers, this thrilling and inspirational family musical follows the romantic story of Captain von Trapp and governess Maria as they fall in love and bring a family together, during the turbulent and frightening time preceeding World War II. When Nazis demand the immediate enlistment of the Captain, this couple’s love and courage helps them narrowly escape over the Austrian mountains with their seven children. Their story comes to life onstage with beloved songs “My Favourite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and of course “The Sound of Music.” Playing February 15 – April 6, 2019.

Is Medical Cannabis an Option for Me?

Are you wondering if medical cannabis could help you with some of your ailments? What can it be used for and how do you use it? How do you access it? Bring your questions to the Medical Cannabis Conference for Older Adults in Nanaimo, March 23rd in support of the Nanaimo Family Life Association. Medical and industry professionals along with older users will be on hand to talk about how medical cannabis is used to treat chronic pain due to injury, arthritis, cancer, depression, anxiety and more. At this one-day workshop, you will learn what to ask your medical professional about access and usage.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most natural way to restore missing teeth. They distribute the forces back to the bone where they naturally belong. This is in contrast to partial dentures or bridgework that places the force of the missing tooth on the neighboring teeth, leading to a higher risk to their damage and or loss. As well, the bone where the missing tooth is will continue to shrink away with time. This leads to the loss of bony support on the neighboring teeth adding further risk to their future. The placement of dental implants will actually stop this “”bone shrinking”” process and preserve, not damage the neighboring teeth.

Open House – Elegance Sculpting

Elegance Sculpting is the premier destination for your laser services & spa needs in Parksville. They offer high quality laser services to their guests utilizing advanced and innovative techniques. This full service laser clinic is committed to helping you transform your beauty regime while enjoying a relaxing and rejuvenating in-clinic experience, every time. Their non-invasive, cutting-edge body contouring technology will help you on your journey to becoming the best version of yourself. Come see the clinic during their Open House on March 6; 5 – 8pm for demos, gifts and door prizes.

Listen to Music without Damaging Your Hearing

Did you know that music players can produce max volumes of 100 decibels or more? At that level, hearing damage can occur within 15 minutes! A good song or a loud environment can tempt us to turn up the volume on our music players, but listening to music too loudly can, over time, cause permanent damage to our hearing. In fact, hearing loss is on the rise in teens and young adults due to loud noise exposure. Consider wearing over-the-ear headphones. These headphones (also known as supra-aural earphones) sit on your ear rather than in them like ear buds and canal phones. They have a band that stretches over your head. Supra-aural earphones don’t send sound vibrations directly into your eardrum. A consistently direct sound vibration hitting your ear drum can, over time, damage your hearing.

Drug Free Solution for Pain

Are you looking for a drug free solution for pain relief? Would you like to feel more balanced and stable when walking and increase your mobility? After years of research, VOXXLife has developed a technology (VOXX HPT) that triggers a very precise neuro response that helps the brain maximize its natural pain fighting mechanisms. The documented results and benefits from using products with the VOXX HPT pattern include enhanced pain relief and management, especially PDN pain, enhanced stability and balance, and improved mobility. Discover the technology of Voxx socks and insoles at the Oceanside Health & Wellness Fair on March 16 in Parksville.