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The Ambleside Orchestra rehearses Wednesdays, 3: 305: 30 p.m. at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver under the direction of Nicolas Krusek. There are opportunities for string players.

Plenty on tap on the N. Shore

AS Vancouver's craftbrewing scene gets more national and international attention, you might think that places like the Alibi Room in Gastown or Central City Brewing in Surrey are the only places to get a good pint in town.

Get crafty with wrap

WHEN you are in a pinch to wrap a quick gift, sometimes the best wrapping ideas are sitting right in your own home. Gift wrap doesn't always have to be traditional.

Food Calendar

Le Bistro Chez Michel at 224 West Esplanade will have specials of steamed mussels served with fries in a choice of a variety of sauces until Oct. 6 in celebration of the annual Belgian Festival.

Pack kids off to school with a litterless lunch

ASK any child today about the 3Rs and instead of Reading, 'Riting and 'Rithmatic they are likely to say Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Temple Grandin to speak

NORTH Shore residents are invited to attend the 2011 Naturally Autistic International People Awards and Convention, running from Sept. 23 to 25 on the North Shore.

Getting healthy, from the inside out

Deana lancaster talks to Alyssa Schottland-Bauman, founder of health consulting firm, nourished

Think pink

HOT pink: Gender stereotypes be darned as it's their colour of choice.

Dr. L comes to town

NOT that we need more reasons to drink Riesling, but last week's visit by Ernie Loosen ("Dr. L.") provided more reminders as to why this really is the most versatile and glorious of grapes.

Large North Vancouver family makes its mark

"YOU should talk to my mom," said George Robinson, a butcher at Queensdale Market. "She and my dad looked after most of the Cubs and Scouts in North Vancouver for years." Margaret Robinson shows me a treasured family photograph.