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Spring cleaning at Les Deux Gros

Les Deux Gros restaurant is undergoing a little spring cleaning and will reopen next month.

Pascal Tiphine, who has been hand-sanding the restaurant’s chairs, is also having the restaurant painted, new carpet installed, new drapes put up and having some work done on the fireplace.

Grassroots poetry

The poetry scene in B.C. is about to step into greener pastures as the province’s first AgriPoetry competition gets undeway.

Poets across the province are invited to feed their creative muse on any agricultural theme this spring and summer, and compete for the honour of being B.C.’s first and best AgriPoet.

The contest is being organized by AgAware B.C. Go to their Web site ( for entry forms and contest details.

"Poetry is a way of talking about things that are often personal, real and heartfelt," says Nico Human, co-ordinator of the umbrella festival of agriculture known as AgFest. "We are all connected to agriculture in a very real and direct way through our food, our garden plants and even our Christmas trees. This is food for the poetic soul."

AgriPoetry is a way of igniting public interest in agriculture, so entrants must read their poems to an audience. Cafes, bookstores, farmers’ markets, classrooms and community gatherings can nurture the growth of this grassroots poetry competition. The spirit in which the piece is delivered will be judged, from audio tapes, along with originality, theme and skill.

Three prizes of $250 each will be awarded to the best submission for each age group. As well, the Golden Rooster award will be presented to the overall winner at a ceremony on Oct. 12.