*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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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@ ldwc.ca 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.