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Holiday happenings

Christmas Bureau Urgently Needs Sponsors: Over 100 low income families, including children and seniors who rely on the generosity of the community families at Christmas and throughout the year do not have sponsors this year.

kids' stuff

Wednesday Treetop Tales - Winter Solstice: A special story time designed for children ages two and older accompanied by an adult Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1111: 30 a.m. at Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, 3663 Park Rd., North Vancouver.

Community bulletin board

Author Reading: The second instalment of North Vancouver City Library's local author series will take place Wednesday, Dec. 14, doors open at 6: 30 p.m. for refreshments and the program begins at 7 p.m. at 120 West 14th St.

Get moving this Christmas

IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR ABOUT THIS TIME. The air is crisper, the days are shorter - and your jeans start getting tighter. Ready or not, the holiday season is here and with that comes seemingly endless temptation and reasons for rest.

Green guide

A Holiday Wreath and Centrepiece Sale will take place Dec. 10 and 11, 10 a.m.4 p.m. at the Entrance Pavilion to VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver. All pieces are created from materials grown at VanDusen. Info: www.vandusengarden.

Making things work

The Art of Fixing Things, by Lawrence Pierce. Available at Chapters.ca, Amazon.ca, $12.95. THERE is a simple message inherent in Lawrence Pierce's book: if you fix it then you won't have to replace it.

Family escapes North Vancouver house fire

Smoke detector alerts family members to blaze; fire crews contain damage

B.C. brings in American lawyer to oversee police

British Columbias provincial government has called in a veteran American prosecutor to set up and lead a civilian police oversight commission, to be known as the Independent Investigations Office, or IIO.

The toy story for 2011

TRYING to find the perfect gift for the kids on your list? Each year Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada award "Gold Stars" to 10 toy products.

Vandals target North Vancouver tattoo shop

Power pole ripped off rear of store at night, likely by a vehicle