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Das Schwarze Brett - Issue 5

Das Schwarze Brett is a German Canadian Magazine for German-speakers on the west coast of Canada and the US. It shares what is going on in the Austrian, German & Swiss communities of new, first, second and third generation Germans.

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2 Das Schwarze Brett Volume 1 Issue 5 Publisher Westcoast German News Vancouver, BC Printed via We publish every two months Statement of Purpose Das Schwarze Brett shares German, Swiss & Austrian people, places and things in Vancouver, BC, and western Canada. We cover products, services that have a connection to the German language. We inform, educate and entertain people. Advertising: 604 828 8788 $99 Business Card Size (New) $150 per 1/3 page $250 per 1/2 page $500 per full page Photo Credit ©Dietrich Klaue European Importers has closed its doors on December 19th... See story on Page 18 - Saying Goodbye 310 dpi; preferably in .jpg or .pdf format Letters to the Editor & Story Tips: Schedule: February 25 Deadline - March 1, 2018 April 25 Deadline - May 1, 2018 June 25 Deadline - July 1, 2018 August 25, 2018 - September 1, 2018 October 25, 2018 - November 1, 2018 Editor: Elke Porter ©2017 All rights reserved. We are not responsible for opinions or statements expressed by authors or for advertisers claims. Articles are copyrighted to Das Schwarze Brett and must not be reprinted, duplicated or transmitted without written permission from Westcoast German News or the publisher, Elke Porter. ©Westcoast German News publishes Das Schwarze Brett 6 times a year

3 Letter from the Editor Vancouver, December 2017 - January 1, with a New Year and all its possibilities has been an exciting time for me from the time I was very young. I love making lists, and one of the lists I made every year was my New Year’s Resolutions. According to “GermanPod101”, the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions (NeuJahrsvorsätze), are read more, spend more time with family, loose weight, save money, stop smoking, learn something new, drink less, get regular exercise or play sports on a regular basis, eat healthy and finally, improve your time management skills. Me personally can agree with almost everything on the list ©Westcoast German News publishes Das Schwarze Brett 6 times a year and am excited to implement them in 2018. I would also like to make my magazine a full-time business enterprise and am still researching ways to do this. One New Year’s traditions is the “Feuerzangbowle” (loosely translated as fire-tong punch) - a traditional German alcoholic drink for which a rum-soaked loaf of sugar is set on fire and drips into the mulled wine below. Another German tradition is “Bleigießen” (lead pouring), an old practice where you hold a small amount of lead in a spoon over a flame and then pour it into a bowl of water. The resulting pattern then predicts the coming year. Some examples are if the lead forms into a ball, it means that lulck will roll your way. The shape of an anchor means help in need, and a rocket means your worries will take off. The best one is a shell, as it means your dreams will come true! Good luck. The Vancouver Alpen Club will host their New Year’s Eve Gala for 2017 on Saturday, December 31, at 7 pm in the Alpen Club. The $85 ticket includes gourmet buffet, live dance music, midnight snacks and champagne. The Bauhaus Restaurant is simply reporting a five course New Year’s Eve Menu that includes king crab, foie gras, ppardelle, tenderline and strawberries with white chocolate. The Swiss Outdoors Club meanwhile is still planning a “New Years Eve 2017 Fondue Party” at their cabin in Galcier Springs, Washington. Whatever you did, I hope you all had a “Guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr 2018! Elke Porter