Grace, Grit and Gusto selling well

It’s only been available for a few weeks and Grace, Grit and Gusto has already sold about 300 copies.

The book profiles 40 “remarkable Royal City women” past and present, written by 26 New West residents. It is a fund raising project for Monarch Place transition house in New Westminster.

Grace, Grit and Gusto launched at the River Market on Dec. 6 to coincide with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Former MLA Anita Hagen, a founder of Monarch Place, told the audience about Dorothy Beach, who, like Hagen, is profiled in the book. Just as Hagen began telling Beach’s story the 99-year-old environmentalist arrived to a round of applause.

A family friend of Beach said the opportunity to reconnect and relive her journey for Beach and her family was priceless.

“Dorothy was so thrilled by the lovely attention she received,” the friend is quoted in a press release. “It was a thrill for David [her son] and me to watch his mom sparkle and relive her journey.”

The book costs $20 and can be purchased at the Arts Council Gallery in Queen’s Park, Greens & Beans in Sapperton, and the Queen’s Park Health Care Centre Gift Shop. It is also available online at www.vivalogue.com.

Free Xmas meal for seniors

Moonrakers Pub is hosting its second annual Christmas meal for seniors on Christmas Day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local seniors will be transported to and from the event, where they’ll enjoy carolling and a free Christmas feast prepared by an army of volunteers. They’ll also receive a gift.

Moonrakers is at 525 Seventh St. Call 604-522-9010 to RSVP or to volunteer.

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