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The Fair Aid Society is holding a silent auction this Friday to raise money for a new health clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The society came together in 2006 when local couple Joanne Leung and Jeff Spiers visited the city of Lubumbash.

BENEFITS/CELEBRATIONS

Fair fare

The Fair Aid Society is holding a silent auction this Friday to raise money for a new health clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The society came together in 2006 when local couple Joanne Leung and Jeff Spiers visited the city of Lubumbash and realized the desperate need for medical equipment and supplies there. They partnered with a Congolese non-profit organization AMAVM (Association pour les Malades Vulnerables et Marginalises) to find ways of securing money and administering supplies to the community.

In 2006, the Fair Aid Society opened its first clinic, a medical centre offering free services to people living in a neighbourhood lacking electricity and water.

“Now we’re looking to open a second clinic that will help fund the first one,” said Leung who is a naturopath here in Whitehorse.

The second clinic will be in downtown Lubumbashi and will offer for-pay services including assistance in uncomplicated births and overnight observation of patients.

“It will still be a fairly low-fee clinic, a couple dollars for a consultation,” she said.

The fundraising event will feature live music, snacks and a selection of local and African items for auction including a $500 gift certificate from Air North, Djiboutian hand crafted wooden masks and a formal dinner for eight at Stehelin Ranch.

At the Old Fire Hall, Friday, November 13. Bidding from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

French fete

The Association franco-yukonnaise is celebrating its 15th annual Gala de la Francophonie.

Awards go to individuals and businesses that have made a unique francophone mark in the Yukon in the past year.

At the Yukon Arts Centre, Friday, November 13, 7 p.m.

LITERATURE

Literary encore

Brave New Words finds a new set of literary legs after the departure of previous organizer Lauren Tuck this past August. Go to read your own work, or sit back and listen to new poetry and fiction by local writers.

Patricia Robertson is the featured writer with music by Krystal Loverin and Ryan McNally.

Monday November 16, 7 to 9 p.m. at Baked Cafe.

THEATRE

Soul searching

Man-frenzied divorcees, pizza deliveries and botched costume parties are part of local playwright Patti Flather’s newest play, The Soul Menders.

Co-produced by the Guild and the Gwaandak Theatre Society, this holiday comedy sets out to make your dysfunctional family’s antics seem normal.

The play premieres Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m. at the The Guild. The Soul Menders runs until December 5.

MUSIC

Swing set

Get your dance shoes out and get ready to cut some rug – or rather, wood – this weekend.

Vancouver’s, the Twisters storm into town to blast their signature style of blues-swing-rock.

Friday and Saturday night at Coasters.

Jazz joint

Jazz guitarist Bill Coon brings his modern swing-style jazz to Whitehorse Sunday.

Voted 2009 guitarist of the year, Coon flirts with everything from traditional jazz to Brazilian music and has collaborated with artists like saxophone heavyweight Jimmy Heath to hip-hop artist, K-OS.

Coon performs with the Bill Coon Quartet Sunday, November 15 at the Yukon Arts Centre.

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