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Summer bloomers

AFTER a long, wet, rainy spring and cool start to summer, it's good to see that the plants in the garden are providing much needed bursts of colour.

Keep pets comfortable in warm weather

That was a long, chilly spring. While many of us have been counting down the days until 30-degree weather, pets may not share the same enthusiasm. The hot weather can bring discomfort to our four-legged friends.

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Pier Night Market: Enjoy hot food, live music, artisans and entertainment every Friday until Sept. 23, 5-11 p.m. at Shipbuilders Plaza, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver. For more information go to www.northshoregreenmarkets.com.

Options for volunteers

THE FOLLOWING is a selection of volunteer opportunities from various community organizations, made available through Volunteer North Shore, a service of North Shore Community Resources Society.

Practise water safety

CANADA has its share of swimming pools, rivers, lakes and oceans and once summer arrives most of us can't wait to hit the beach. Because so much of our summer fun happens near the water, it's important that every child have basic swimming ability.

Food calendar

Le Gavroche restaurant is offering a three-course menu featuring snow crab which will be available for $39 until July 17. Wine pairings can be purchased for an additional $25. Reservations: www. opentable.com/le-gavroche or 604-685-3924.

Retirement angst: taking the plunge

Question: I am a 64-year-old woman approaching retirement from a job I love. My husband died eight years ago and my children are married and have their own busy lives.

Food Calendar

A Perfect Blend: Local cuisine, boutique wines and cultural performances will take centre stage at Sun Peaks Resort during the fourth annual Wine and Culture Festival July 15-17.

Lunge a versatile exercise

Start simple and continue to challenge yourself

What's going on for seniors

NOTICES Seniors Acting Up: A cabaret group that performs for seniors twice a month, rehearses Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon at Silver Harbour Centre, 144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver.