2-fave-lauren-11.17_1When I was tiny, my mother found instructions for a soup can turkey in Highlights magazine – perfect for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. You wrap brown paper around a soup can, and add a turkey head with a big ‘ol gobbler, lots of colorful feathers, and wings. Making it quickly turned into a tradition. I can remember looking forward to the night, around the same time that I was completely out of Halloween candy, that my mom would pull out the supplies and together we would assemble our fine-feathered friend. (Beginning in 1991, when I got glasses, the turkey got a large pair of wire frames. But other than that, he always looked exactly the same. Although, I suppose the feathers became more defined as my scissor skills improved.)

As I got older, I found myself taking on more and more responsibility with regard to the turkey. I realized that mom was basically overseeing my painstaking attempts to perfectly glue googly eyes to a flimsy turkey face. I realized she didn’t really like making the turkey anymore, that her enthusiasm had waned. It was then I realized that my enthusiasm had waned, as well. I wondered how many years we had been subjecting ourselves to this craft only because we thought it was important to the other person.

We didn’t end the tradition there, though. I’m almost twenty-five and we still find ourselves seated at the same dining room table, shoving a pile of dilapidated art supplies back and forth. (“You make the feathers.” “I did them last time. You’re better at feathers.”) It’s somewhat of an inconvenience. Not something I exactly look forward to anymore. But I promise you this – that turkey will be perched on our dining room table for all to see. We don’t want to let anyone down, who might have been anticipating our annual family soup can turkey. (Dad – admit it. You love it.) We also don’t want the world to explode – something we fear might happen if we were to break tradition.

So if you haven’t already, I urge you to find a tradition with your child (that she may or may not dread doing with you twenty years from now.) Because as a kid, I think I liked the security that tradition brought me and I really have good memories of my mom. If you’re shopping for a tradition, I’ve included instructions (and a sexy photo) of our turkey. Oh, and Mom, if you’re reading – I call not making the feathers this year. It’s your turn.

Here’s what you need to cut out:

Soup Can Turkey

Take off the label off a soup can and trace it onto brown paper. That’s your body.
Trace two circles from the can onto the paper, and cut those out, too.
Add a neck and head to the top of one the circles.
Cut out feathers, a beak, feet, and a gobbler. Don’t forget the googly eyes!

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October brings us our turkey luncheon! Here are some quick dates to remember for this month. October 6th is the Pre-school circus hosted by Bella Coola Elementary School. Featuring Glennis O’Neil the speech pathologist and her lovely assistant Maria Savard. COHI will be there for the tooth Varnishing program. Health Nurses Carolyn and Megan will be available to give vaccinations. Come out and see us from 4 till 6 pm.

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Celebrating Summer Student Jonas Anderson


This summer we are celebrating our summer student Jonas. He has worked very hard for us painting, washing windows, helping us cook and do our yard work. He is a very willing and hard working young man. It has been our pleasure to have him at the office. Thankyou

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GOOD FOOD BOX – monthly nutrition program


Good Food Box assembled at  Healthy Beginnings

Good Food Box
assembled at
Healthy Beginnings

Every month H.B. workers organize a cooperative food box called the GOOD FOOD BOX.
People purchase a box for $25 by the Friday before the box comes out.
The Co-Op has offered H.B. a saving of 20% on all the produce.
The Box comes out in the middle of the month, on a Wed.
The H.B. staff pick up, sort and weigh the fruit and vegetables, before noon.
Good Food Box patrons may come to H.B. to pick up their box after lunch.


Please arrange to pick up your box or have someone else pick it up, the same day.

The GOOD FOOD BOX, open to residents of the valley, is a substantial saving on fresh fruit and vegetables.
All are welcome to join in this co-operative food share.
Payment for October is due on the 9th by 3pm and pickup is on October 14th after 1 p.m. and before 4 p.m.
If the box is not picked up by Thursday at 4 p.m., it will be sold and you will get a box the next month.
The fresh fruit & vegetables start to go bad at room temperature after 24+ hours.
Please arrange to pick up your box the same day.

35 pounds - fresh fruit & vegetables

35 pounds – fresh fruit & vegetables

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