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Virtual pinboard inspires

AT this time of year I always like to check out what is new on the Internet. It seems that online shopping and browsing is becoming more popular with shoppers every year.

Young artist of the week

ANNALENA AMES, 7, QUEENSBURY ELEMENTARY Art teacher: Gerri Karr Favourite art: Painting Favourite artist: Molly Lamb Her teacher writes: Annalena is a very enthusiastic artist.

New year, new adventures

KUNG HEI FAT CHOI, READERS. Welcome to the year of the dragon. Word is, this year will be a good one. As the only mythical creature on the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is a symbol of power, wisdom and prosperity.

Inspired design embraces site's uniqueness

A home and the land it sits upon are inextricably joined in a marriage that can be as fulfilling as it can be fruitless.

Food calendar

Dine Out Eats Hit the Street: One of this year's signature festival events, Street Food City marks the first time that Dine Out Vancouver has included a street food category in its roster of prix fixe restaurant menus.

ABCs a good start to literacy

- ABC's from the Wilds of Africa by Warren Ackhurst, African Animal World, $17.95 - African Animal Alphabet by Beverly and Derek Joubert, National Geographic Little Kids, $18.

Go bananas in wintertime

BANANAS are pretty amazing little yellow beings - perfectly packaged to take along as a snack, delicious raw and fantastic baked into any number of yummy things.

Gather garden ideas now

AT this time of the year it's a little hard to get inspired to think about gardening and even those sublime vistas in the garden aren't that sublime after you've looked at them from the window a hundred times since the beginning of winter.

Campaign urges residents to return old medications

REPRESENTATIVES of the B.C. Pharmacy Association and Metro Vancouver are urging community members to make a new year's resolution to bring their unused medications back to their local pharmacy.

Looking back: A 2011 year in review

Pension reform, poverty and elder abuse among last year's big issues
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