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*FREE for churches events, ser­vice clubs events, and rec­og­nized char­i­ta­ble org. only. - Send all ac­tiv­i­ties or changes by Mon­day, 12 noon, at least one week be­fore the event, by email at mich@stanstead-jour­nal. com or by fax (not re­spon­si­ble for typ­ing er­rors) at 819-876-7515. ÉCOCENTRES – Win­ter sched­ule : Un­til Apr. 9/11, Tues. to Sat., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free un­lim­ited ser­vice for Sher­brooke res­i­dents, up to 1,8m3. Info : Éco­cen­tre Michel-Le­doux, 1000 Léon-Tré­panier via Lav­igerie, 819-822-6010; Éco­cen­tre Rose-Co­hen, 365 Pépin, via Port­land Blvd, 819-822-6033. FUN FEAR­LESS FIT­NESS – Women 16 and + highly qual­i­fied in­struc­tor. Ev­ery Mon­day, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Len­noxville French El­e­men­tary School, École St-An­toine’s Gym. Park­ing on Church and Speid St., Info Su­nita 819-563-9987. WALK IN MY SHOES CAM­PAIGN – Is ask­ing for new (never worn) cloth­ing items for home­less peo­ple. Cash do­na­tions are used to buy ther­mal un­der­wear or footwear. Drop do­na­tions at Men­tal Health Estrie, 257 Queen, Len­noxville or at dis­tri­bu­tion points in the area. For info 819-565-3777 or men­tal­health.estrie@bell­ WEL­COME WED­NES­DAYS – Or­ga­nized by Women’s Cen­tre. «Get to­gether» for cof­fee or tea or have a chat, meet friends, browse the li­brary and learn to cro­chet. Ac­tiv­ity room avail. 1:15-3:45 p.m. Bring knit­ting or craft. ACEF ESTRIE – De­fense of con­sumers’ rights or­ga­ni­za­tion. Free ser­vices from third year stu­dents from Fac­ulty of Law, ready to an­swer ques­tions. Info: ACEF Estrie 819-563-8144. PRE­NA­TAL CLASSES – On-go­ing classes. For info or reg­is­ter, Len­noxville & District Women’s Cen­tre, 819-564-6626 or info@ COM­MU­NITY CEN­TER LEN­NOXVILLE – Start­ing Jan. 24th 2011, the dances will re­sume at the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter Len­noxville at 1:30 p.m. ev­ery two weeks. Come join us for cof­fee and cook­ies! BLOOD PRES­SURE CLIN­ICS – Water­ville: April 26th at the Town Hall, 170 Prin­ci­pale S, from 10-11 a.m. Colom­bian Ama­zon was a suc­cess (I sur­vived!). As you can imag­ine, it was quite an ad­ven­ture with ven­omous snakes, armed guer­rilla rebels, deadly wa­ter­falls, anti-per­son­nel mines, creepy taran­tu­las, man-eat­ing tigers, ants more poi­sonous than scor­pi­ons, trop­i­cal dis­eases, plants with ra­zor-sharp leaves, ex­treme heat, and I could go on. It all started when a di­lap­i­dated cargo plane left me stand­ing in the mid­dle of a mil­i­tary dirt airstrip in the heart of the Ama­zon jun­gle, where I was wel­comed in the crosshairs of a bat­tery of au­to­matic ri­fles. Ex­pla­na­tions were ob­vi­ously needed on my part and my an­swers were taken with scep­ti­cism. An hour later, on the banks of the Vau­pes River, the colonel was hav­ing me sign a dis­charge that they would not be re­spon­si­ble for my life once I left the mil­i­tary base. The sol­diers who had come to shake my hand then climbed back up to take po­si­tion in their bunkers. And it is un­der their looks of dis­be­lief that I pushed my over­loaded ca­noe away from the shore and jumped in, as the cur­rent start­ing tak­ing me into the depth of this leg­endary “man-eat­ing” jun­gle. I was afraid. It lasted about 15 min­utes. As the cam­ou­flaged hel­mets and ri­fles bar­rels dis­ap­peared be­hind me with the first bend of the river, I felt, all of a sud­den, com­pletely com­fort­able, free, in my el­e­ment, alone in the world and ready to face what­ever was com­ing my way. The next two weeks on the river, which took me all the way to the bor­der with Brazil, con­sisted of a se­ries of breath­tak­ing land­scapes, pro­foundly hu­man en­coun­ters, poignant mo­ments of ex­change, divine times of soli­tude, treach­er­ous dan­gers, crit­i­cal de­ci­sions and tremen­dous luck. Find out more this Thurs­day April 21st @ 5:30PM in Bishop’s Wil­liam Hall, Bishop’s Univer­sity. I’ll be giv­ing a free talk and ev­ery­one is wel­come.

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