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Arthur Christmas fits the bill

OK, now that December is here it's official: I can pull out all the holiday stuff with impunity, and without being branded a festive-sweater-wearing Christmas Crazy.

Showtimes

EMPIRE ESPLANADE 6 200 West Esplanade, North Vancouver 604-983-2762 J. Edgar (PG) - Fri, Mon-Thur 6: 50, 10; Sat-Sun 12: 25, 3: 30, 6: 50, 10 p.m. Happy Feet Two 3D (G) - Fri, Mon-Thur 7: 05, 9: 40; Sat-Sun 4, 7: 05, 9: 40 p.m.

B.C. agrees to 20-year RCMP contract

NORTH Shore municipal leaders are still waiting to hear the details of a tentative RCMP contract that Solicitor General Shirley Bond has said will offer new measures for controlling policing costs paid by local government.

Unmanaged bear attractants could result in tickets

HOMEOWNERS who leave out garbage and other bear attractants could soon face fines from conservation officers thanks to a new amendment to the B.C. Wildlife Act. The amendment, passed Nov.

Calendar

GALLERIES Artemis Gallery: 104C4390 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver. Hours: TuesdaySunday, 12: 30-5 p.m. Info: 604-929-4354 or artemisinthecove@gmail.com. Artists for Kids Gallery: 810 West 21st St., North Vancouver. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.

Win tickets to The Nutcracker

NORTH Vancouver Pro Arte student Stephanie Lowe (in red in foreground) will be part of a large ensemble cast when Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Dec. 28-31 with three evening performances and two matinees.
Junior Dance class

Junior Dance class

Fund supports North Vancouver students

NORTH Vancouver students were awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships and bursaries from the North Vancouver High School Education Foundation, a charity and non-profit society celebrating its 32nd anniversary this year.

Winter story warms the heart

Singing Away the Dark, by Caroline Woodward, illustrated by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books, $18.95) SINGING Away the Dark resonated deeply with me as it brought back memories of my school days in Prince Rupert.

Sweet Paws aids PADS

A North Shore dog walking company aims to help others in need this holiday season, and you can help. Sweet Paws Dog Walkers, a North Vancouver based business, works closely with dogs every day.