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Potlucks always taste better when your fellow potluckers have at least a few decades of cooking experience. It only takes a few all-Kraft-Dinner potlucks in college before an elder's cooking skill is truly appreciated.

SENIORS

Lucky pots

Potlucks always taste better when your fellow potluckers have at least a few decades of cooking experience. It only takes a few all-Kraft-Dinner potlucks in college before an elder’s cooking skill is truly appreciated.

Seniors and their friends are invited to the Golden Age Society’s potluck supper this Monday.

Organizers promise “entertainment.”

Monday at 6 p.m. at 4061A Fourth Ave. Call 668-5538 for more info.

MUSIC

Some soul with your lunch wrap?

Lunch always tastes better when you’re watching music in the sun.

That’s why you should regret every second that you’re not attending an Arts in the Park performance.

Next week, the immortal Dave Haddock kicks off the second week of Arts in the Park.

Tuesday brings saxophonist and street musician Howard Chymy.

Wednesday, catch the students of Ecole Emilie Tremblay as they present a French language concert.

Thursday, Wendy and the Lost Boys: guitar-driven acoustic instumentals.

Friday, the Lost Time Machine—the combined forces of bluesman Ryan McNally and ethereal folk artist Kyle Cashen.

Weekdays at noon in LePage Park.

MOVEMENT

Don’t you hate diabetes?

The season of charity walks is now upon us.

With only a pledge sheet and a numbered pennant, basic human locomotion becomes a

key philanthropic endeavour.

Juvenile diabetes faces the hotseat this weekend in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Registration and pledge drop-off from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday at Shipyards Park. Walk starts at 1 p.m.

Shee some seeps

Surprisingly, Kluane Park’s Sheep Mountain is an excellent place to see sheep.

On Sunday, the Yukon Outdoors Club kicks off its summer season with a “moderate difficulty” hike up the aptly-named mountain.

Sunday at Sheep Mountain. Call 668-7290 for more info. May 24

STERNWHEELERAGE

Steamy

Propellers may be a more efficient way to move a boat than paddlewheels, but they’re not nearly as sexy.

On Thursday, journey back to an era when men were men, waistcoats and girdles were in vogue and sternwheelers were much more than municipal logos.

Robert D. Turner, one of Canada’s foremost experts on railway and steamship history, presents Those Amazing Klondike Sternwheelers, a talk at the Whitehorse library exploring the history, design and adventure of the age of sternwheeling propulsion.

Air North may well serve a wicked cheesecake, but the uber-romance of steam travel can’t be beat.

Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at the Whitehorse Public Library.

ARTSISH

A bunch of art on a stage

The estate of Aldous Huxley hasn’t yet located Whitehorse on a map. Good thing too, because Brave New Works has returned.

Under the cryptic title Greater Than Ourselves, a slate of Yukon artists is once again packing a whole bunch of original material into some kind of a show.

Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. at the Old Fire Hall.

WOMEN

Go for the scrotum

On Saturday, former police officer Ryan Leef shows women the basics of self defence.

A jab here, a punch there, and the streets of Whitehorse suddenly become a much safer place.

10 a.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday at the Christ the King Elementary School gym. Register by calling 667-2693.

Where bike seats make anatomical sense

The Yukon has a lot of biking trails. It also has a lot of women.

Luckily, the two get along quite well.

Enter the Yukon Dirt Girls, a Whitehorse club offering mountain bike rides and skills clinics to women and girls.

Weekly rides start on Tuesday. Google ‘Yukon Dirt Girls’ for more information.

HISTORY

Around the world in five years

On May 22, 1831 a young gentleman naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin first stepped onto the deck of the HMS Beagle. The ship’s task was to chart coastlines, and the naturalist has agreed to tag along, almost on a whim.

Five years later, the seasick-prone naturalist had covered four continents, and had identified and documented thousands of different creatures.

Only 27 years old, the well-travelled Darwin had become a true student of the planet Earth. And, as the experiences of the Beagle settled in his brain, Darwin would become the planet Earth’s greatest oracle.

The power of one whackjob

“Impenetrable” Soviet air defences were supposed to keep out a nuclear attack. In May of 1987, the mighty Soviet Air Force couldn’t even keep out a small Cessna.

Starting out from Finland, West German teenager Mathias Rust successfully flew a Cessna into Soviet airspace, evaded countless lines of air defences and finally brought his plane down next to Red Square, deep in the heart of Moscow.

Hundreds of shamed senior Soviet defence officials were ousted in the wake of the flight.

Suddenly, all the hardline opponents to Gorbachev’s reforms were out of the picture, and the country was able to usher in the now-famous reform policies of Glasnost and Perestroika.

Four years later, these reforms would contribute to the ultimate collapse of Russian communism.

Rust was hailed as a defender of freedom and a West German patriot.

For the now-41-year-old Rust—since convicted as an attempted murderer and scam artist—the accolades of 1987 must be a fond memory.

HOLIDAYS AND COMMEMORATIONS

When your personality is replaced by Simpsons references

Disturbingly, the term “nerd” has been commodified in recent years.

Apparently, anybody who read books in high school now thinks that the term applies to them.

“I used to love going to the museum. Jeez, I was such a nerd,” reads the mantra of the modern nerd imposter.

Never mind that these people actually secured a date to the prom or refrained from wetting their pants in Grade 11 math class. You might as well tell people you’re Irish because you had warm Guinness once.

On May 25—Nerd Pride Day—nerds around the world celebrate the core elements of true unfiltered nerdism.

Overweight? Poor eyesight? Virgin? Klingon speaker? Being a nerd takes commitment, and this is your day.

Celebrating 46 years of constant failure

On May 25 1963, a bunch of dictators, warlords and leaders got together and decided to help raise the standards of a recently decolonialized Africa, so they formed the Organization of African Unity.

Every few months, the assembled heads of Africa would gather at a high-class hotel and banter around lofty notions of a common currency, an economic union and a peacekeeping force.

Horrifying human rights abuses in Uganda, economic repression in Zimbabwe and a whole slate of domestic skirmishes and genocides were callously ignored by the council, which valued a leader’s domestic sovereignty above all else.

Liberia’s notorious Charles Taylor and Uganda’s Idi Amin were both fervent OAU proponents.

The organization quickly became derided as a “Dictator’s Club.”

In 2002, the “talk shop” of the OAU was finally disbanded and replaced with the African Union—a worthy second try at Pan Africanism.

On May 25, raise a glass to Africa Day—the annual commemoration of the founding of the OAU—and hope that the principles of African unity may one day find their true home.

Contact Tristin Hopper at

tristinh@yukon-news.com