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Dev Devaki was born in Oxford, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1969. A free-spirited and ambitious young woman, she found employment as a secretary and worked her way across Canada.

When she landed in the Comox Valley, she knew that she had found ‘home.’ Bored with working in an office and longing to be able to earn a living in the outdoors, Devaki became a tree planter and camp cook. After 14 years, she switched careers again and became a successful ‘alternative realtor’ who specialized in finding unique rural properties on Vancouver Island for her clients. She made lots of friends, earned a decent living, and eventually burned herself out by working too hard.

Needing a break from the busyness that had become her life, she moved to the Interior of British Columbia in the year 2000. She began farm sitting and learned the art of sheep herding. This work suited her well as she reveled in the serenity that living in remote locations offered. But never in a million years did she think it would lead her to become a savior for donkeys!

In 2005, Devaki purchased a farm on Mount Tappen, near Salmon Arm. The farm came complete with 50 sheep and three llamas. The then 65-year-old woman was looking for a non-lethal way to protect her flock from predators.

She learned that donkeys are intolerant—even aggressive—toward unwanted advances by dogs, coyotes, wolves, and other predators, and they have been utilized for decades as guard animals. A ‘Jack’ donkey, which is an intact male of any donkey breed, is usually the best choice for the role of a flock guardian.

So, she went in search of “a donkey with all his manly bits,” she says. A friend told her about one that was being given away at a petting farm, so she went to take a look.

“I checked out this placid little Sicilian donkey and thought that he would be perfect,” recalls Devaki with a smile. “Not knowing that there were two Jacks at the farm that day, I arranged for a friend to pick up the Jack donkey and deliver him to me. I couldn’t believe my eyes when this big red beast came charging out of the trailer and proceeded to honk, snort and race around the paddock!

“It took me about a month to feel comfortable around him,” she recalls. “Donkeys are very smart, and they want to please you, but first you have to gain their trust. Once you have that, they are very loyal and loving.”
She kept the donkey, named Red, and Devaki says he was “a beautiful beast, but very noisy.” His constant braying indicated that he was lonely. She heard about someone who had a mule—a cross between a male donkey and a female horse—to rehome.

“Inky the mule had been raised by a loving horseman and had been broke to ride and trained to pull a cart,” Devaki says. “They were very bonded. The year that the little mule turned 10, the man died of cancer. Inky clearly missed him and repeatedly ran away from the farm where the wife was now taking care of her. The neighbors were concerned for Inky’s safety, so Devaki said she would take her.

Inky the mule. Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Inky the mule. Photo by Boomer Jerritt

At first, the black mule seemed nervous of women and wasn’t easy to handle, but Inky and Red were perfect for each other. They played, chased and teased each other, slept side-by-side and had a loving relationship.

“I have to admit that I had undergone a ginormous learning curve to ensure that I provided the proper care for these animals,” admits Devaki. “When I first got Red and Inky, I had no idea how to look after them. I was naive in thinking that I could just put them in a field and give them food and water. So I contacted the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge in Chase, BC for information.”

It turns out that Devaki was not alone. Sadly, many people acquire these long-eared equines without fully understanding basic donkey husbandry. They don’t recognize that handling and training a donkey is not the same as working with a horse. They don’t take into consideration that the animals can live 35 to 50 years.

And they don’t seek help.The Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge (TVDR) has been providing information to donkey owners and a sanctuary for donkeys since 1999. They now provide a forever home to 104 donkeys with ongoing physical and/or mental health issues that make them unsuitable for adoption.

“An increase in demand for donkeys in the mid-to-late 1990s resulted in a significant increase in the number of breeders in North America,” says Shirley Mainprize, TVDR’s president, co-founder, and executive director.

“Initially, donkeys were purchased in multiples by novice owners and the breeders, for the most part, were particular about who they sold them to,” explains Mainprize. “They checked references and sold only to those whom they believed would provide good homes for the donkeys. The novelty of owning donkeys wore off, but the breeding continued.  Many overstocked breeders began to sell to unsuitable owners who were ill-prepared to care for their purchases.

To this day, even with young donkeys needing new homes, irresponsible breeders continue to flood the market. Most of the responsible breeders who stopped producing donkeys when the market decreased are now faced with the problem of finding homes for their own breeding stock as they themselves are aging and their health prevents them from caring for these donkeys.”

Mainprize says that the slippery slope from a well-kept donkey to one that is in crisis begins when the owner cannot or will not continue to be responsible for animal’s physical and mental health.  Irresponsible owners merely stop giving proper care, and the donkey suffers greatly until he is either rescued or dies.

Armed with educational support from TVDR, Devaki continued to live on the farm on Tappen Mountain and cared for Red and Inky. Word soon got out that she had a soft spot in her heart and room on her farm for donkeys. She frequented the auction markets, bringing home healthy donkeys and re-homing them to carefully selected farms.

“Turtle Valley doesn’t advocate for people to become ‘donkey collectors,’ but my efforts did fill a niche,” Devaki says. “In the 10 years since I acquired Red, I have rehomed seven lovely donkeys and provided a peaceful passing for two.”

Sadly, due to complications from old age, Devaki bid farewell to Red in 2012, about the same time that her satisfaction with living a reclusive life began to wane.

“Red was humanely put to sleep, with myself and Inky alongside him,” Devaki says, the pain of his passing evidenced in her voice.  “Inky sniffed him all over a few minutes and then moved on to join the other donkeys on the farm.”

The winter of 2014 was a tough one for Devaki and her animals. Challenged with aging and the harsh winters, she put her farm up for sale and began the process of rehoming her sheep, llamas, a horse and two mini-hinnies. (A hinny is a cross between a male horse and female donkey.) In November 2015, with the encouragement and help of her Vancouver Island friends, she rented a house on a small farm in Royston and moved back, with two dogs, four donkeys, and the now 25-year-old Inky the mule.

Friends come out every Tuesday to walk the herd in the trails around Devaki's Royston property. Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Friends come out every Tuesday to walk the herd in the trails around Devaki’s Royston property. Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Friends stepped up to help her erect safe fencing and build shelters for the animals. They continue to provide her with support by coming to the farm to walk and groom the donkeys (and one mule). Michael, Cara, Josephine, Steve and Alice come every Tuesday to hand walk them down lush forest trails. Neighborhood kids come to feed them. People of various abilities and ages find great calm and joy from stroking and grooming them.

Like Devaki herself, each member of her fuzzy-faced menagerie has a unique story.

Pedro, a 30-year-old Sicilian donkey, was in need of a home when the petting farm where grew up went bankrupt. He came with his geriatric mother, Maria. Unfortunately, Maria had a severe and painful inflammatory condition in the tissues of her hooves. After a couple of years, she was humanely euthanized.

Jake, another Sicilian, was believed to be about 15 years old when he was discovered at an auction market. No one was bidding on him and, when that happens, the meat buyers take over. Devaki bought him and brought the gentle little Jack donkey home with her.

Sadly, donkeys like Jake, above, are often in need of rescue.  Many poeople acquire these long-eared equines—which can live for 35 to 50 years—without fully understanding basic donkey husbandry.  Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Sadly, donkeys like Jake, above, are often in need of rescue.  Many poeople acquire these long-eared equines—which can live for 35 to 50 years—without fully understanding basic donkey husbandry.  Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Queenie is a beautiful Mammoth donkey cross who had belonged to a homeless woman who had been travelling around from farm to farm in the Interior of BC with a horse, a donkey and several dogs in tow. The woman was running out of options her herself and her animals, so Devaki offered her $300 for Queenie.

By the time Devaki went to bring Queenie home, the donkey had bonded with a friend’s little American Piebald donkey named Dolly (who had also been rescued from an auction). Poor little Dolly went bonkers when Queenie was loaded into the trailer, so along came Dolly, too. Both are now in their mid-20s. Not much is known about either animal’s previous life, but they are now safe. And they are loved.

It has been 12 months since relocating to Vancouver Island, and Devaki and her donkeys feel right at home. She is thrilled to have connected with veterinarian Dr. Alberto Ruiz of AgaveVet Mobile Veterinary Care. Dr. Ruiz comes from Mexico and has had plenty of experience with donkeys, so they are in good hands from a medical care point-of-view. Some of Dr. Ruiz’s earliest and fondest experiences were riding (and falling off of) the water-fetching donkeys in rural Mexico.

“I would like to keep these five remaining animals for their natural lives,” concludes Devaki. “If, by chance, a perfect home came along, I might consider rehoming one or two of them, but they are bonded with each other, and with me. Part of my desire to continue caring for them is that it is keeping me alive, too. They give me something to look forward to and make me laugh every day. I love them to bits! The desire to care for them catapults me out of bed every morning. Whether it is torrential rain, snow or sunshine, I grunt my wheelbarrow to the field and immediately I am smiling.”

While the donkeys bring joy, it comes at a cost. Caring for them averages about $5,000 a year. Devaki is living on a pension and using up her savings to provide for them. She is asking the public’s support to help to pay for the cost of feed, farrier services, veterinary and dental care, to ensure that Inky, Jake, Queenie, Pedro and Dolly can live out their natural lives together. She has started a Go Fund Me page and would appreciate any contributions.

Photo by Boomer Jerritt

Photo by Boomer Jerritt

The donkeys are also working to contribute to the cost of care in the only way they are able. Any avid gardeners or mushroom growers who need manure can either get the manure off the field for free or call to come and pick up bags and donate to the donkey care fund.

Devaki also welcomes inquiries from anyone who may be interested in assisting with the day-to-day care or becoming a weekly walker, because the more people who work with these five animals, the happier they will be. And she guarantees they will make you smile.

“There are very caring folks out there that genuinely want to help all animals, including donkeys,” notes Mainprize.  “The population is aging, monetary budgets are getting tighter, and living is much more complex now.  The challenge is connecting the donor with the cause, and this takes a lot of time and funding. Dev is a good example of someone wanting to do the right thing but who is now finding it harder to accomplish, hence the GoFundMe campaign.  In Canada, there are many caring people doing the same thing as she is, with all sorts of animals that are needing our voice, but they are challenged daily to find the funding to accomplish the goals of Animal Welfare. This is a prime example of a much larger picture of the shrinking donor dollar rather than just the caring heart.”

For more information on Dev Devaki and her donkeys, call 250-898-9628, email jeani@island.net or visit www.gofundme.com/2k25g2vf

To learn about the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge visit www.TurtleValleyDonkeyRefuge.com
NOVEMBER 17—Barra MacNeils’ Celtic East Coast Christmas. This highly anticipated returning show features a highly entertaining blend of seasonal fare mixed with entertaining stories and stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. A wonderful mix of the classic favourites and many other tunes of the season. Sid Williams Theatre, ambulance
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NOVEMBER 16-19—St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Chistmas Sale. Cottage Thrift Shop, viagra 100mg
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NOVEMBER 18—Comox Valley Art Gallery Christmas Craft Fair Opening. This year the Gallery will feature over 60 local and regional artists during our 42nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair. On November 18th and 19th CVAG members will receive a 15% discount and walk-in customers will receive 10% off purchases. Utilizing the entire gallery space, the fair will run from November 18th to December 26, 2016, with opening day specials, as well as hot juice and home-made cookies on Saturdays throughout the fair. Visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 18-20—Moonlight Magic in Downtown Courtenay. Come and take advantage of offers all day long from local merchants and get a head start on the holiday shopping. Friday night from 5-9pm, Downtown Courtenay welcomes residents and visitors for a night of fun, friends and fiery festivities. Moonlight and Magic Night Market on Duncan, Christmas tree light up, live fire performance, music, craft fairs, roving performers, choirs , shopping and dining specials and more. Santa arrives on Sunday at 2pm. www.downtowncourtenay.com

NOVEMBER 19—Cumberland Legion Bazaar. 9am – 4pm.

NOVEMBER 19 & 20—Fanny Bay Christmas Craft Fair. The holiday craft shopping event of the Season! Lovely crafts, food products, baking and more. Friendly vendors and community members will kick off your Christmas spirit. Invite our friends to this event and meet up to shop. Morning baking, coffee and lunch concession will keep you fuelled up to enjoy the day. Fanny Bay Community Hall. Free admission. Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-3pm.

NOVEMBER 19—24th Annual Fiesta World Craft Bazaar. More than 50 local and global organizations selling unique handmade fair trade products. Household items for each room of your house. Clothing, jewelry, toys, cards, calendars, food, ethnic lunch. Adults $2/under 18 are free. Florence Filberg Centre.

NOVEMBER 20— Comox Valley Christmas Parade. Spectators get ready for a diverse array of parade entries and look forward to a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas! Parade starts at 2:00pm and takes place on 5th street between Harmston Ave and Cliffe Ave.

NOVEMBER 20—Stagnhare Christmas Market. This is a local curated event that features some of our favourite artisans, crafters and small locally owned boutiques. Native Sons Hall, Courtenay. Tickets $5, children under 12 free. Doors open at 10am till 4pm. www.stagnhare.com

NOVEMBER 20—Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A fast-paced farcical adventure! Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs in this zany whodunit based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit. Sid Williams Theatre, 7 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 25-27—Central Island Studio Tour. Three full days of art exploration and hunting are coming your way. More than 45 working studios and artist-run galleries, encompassing over 70 artists of every discipline who will be in attendance to discuss their work, share their process, and of course, happily sell their wares. Studios are located between Fanny Bay and Black Creek. www.comoxvalleyarts.com

NOVEMBER 25 & 26—Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This Festival is a program of the Banff Centre, and is the largest, and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, this Film Festival World Tour hits the road. From approximately 350 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 26—Cumberland WinterFaire. Cumberland’s annual magical, mystical lively winter arts and crafts fair features over 50 vendors and great community vibes. Vendors of handmade, homemade and fair trade items offer up an amazing selection of Christmas gift ideas. Shop, socialize and enjoy tasty treats from the WinterFaire canteen. Take in festive live music while visiting with friends and neighbours. Cumberland Recreational Institute. Admission $2, children under 12 free. Visit www.cumberlandmuseum.ca FMI.

NOVEMBER 26 & 27—Christmas at the Lodge & Holiday Market. Tis the season and what better place than at the beautiful Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park to prepare for the holidays. Join us for a classic Christmas in the Park and get your seasonal shopping done at the same time with a host of fine artists and gourmet gift ideas. Bring the whole family and enjoy food, festive greats, music, Christmas tree decorating and raffle prizes. Did we mention Santa will be stopping by? Also, stay late and see the Park all lit-up. Free admission. 10am-4pm both days. Visit www.filberg.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 26—Yule Tide Craft Faire, from 10 am – 4pm at Grantham Hall, Tsolum, 6040 Old Island Highway. (across from Nides School on Smith Rd. and Old Island Hwy.) Hosted by Tsolum Rebekah Lodge #78, fundraising for 40 years in the Valley. Lunch available and many unique crafters.

NOVEMBER 27—Liona Boyd—A Winter Fantasy. In concert with Andrew Dolson (Liona’s newest protégé. Sid Williams Theatre, $42.50/students $22.50. 7:30 pm.

DECEMBER 1—The Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow 2016. Music, Merriment and magic will fill the air as Ken takes a loving look back to the great radio shows of old. You will be transported with this nostalgic and enchanting musical tour through the 1940s and golden age of radio with Ken’s Band and special guests Alison MacDonald and Daniel James White. Let Ken’s lyric tenor voice and hilarious stories fill you with the joy and spirit of the holiday season. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 1-23—Christmas at the Barn, at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. See the barn and garden lights 5-9pm. Santa is in attendance Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Carol Walks with Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble, Dec. 17-18, 21-22 from 7-9pm. 6183 Whitaker Road, Courtenay. www.woodlandgardens.ca

DECEMBER 2-4, 9-11, 16-23—Crown Isle Resort Walk and Community Tree Trail. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays., 5pm – 9pm. Admission by donation of a non-perishable food item to the Food Bank. Gingerbread Village and Teddy Bear Basket displays Nov. 28 through Dec. 17, 9am-9pm. For more information go to www.crownisle.com/holiday-resort-walk

DECEMBER 3—Put on your thinking caps and join the Just In Time Choirs for a fast-paced round of musical Trivial Pursuit! Our “top secret” song list has been chosen to answer questions from the six Trivia categories. Lucky audience members will have a chance to spin the wheel and win prizes. Two Saturday performances (2pm and 7:30 pm) will feature selections from jazz, roots, contemporary music and much more. Tickets $16 available in Comox at Blue Heron Books, Red Carpet Boutique, and Gone Hollywood, or in Courtenay at House of Color. Comox Pentecostal Church, 1919 Guthrie Road.

DECEMBER 4—9th Annual Santa’s Breakfast. This community celebration of the season is presented by the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) with support from the Village of Cumberland. Join us for a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, wreath making, silent auction and a visit with Santa. Admission by donation. Cumberland Recreation Institute, Cumberland. 8:30 am. Visit www.cumberlandcommunityschools.com FMI.

DECEMBER 2 & 3—The award-winning British comedy duo James & Jamesy celebrate the holiday season with the outrageously witty theatrical escapade O Christmas Tea. When a catastrophe strikes at James & Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world in tea, the friends leap into action—using spectacular imagination, physical feats and uproarious humor to keep afloat. Seventeen-time ‘Best-of-Fest’ winners at theatre festivals across North America, the pair will sweep spectators out to sea in an interactive aquatic adventure brimming with action, ingenuity and a dash of Christmas cheer. Tickets from $15. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit jamesandjamesy.com/o-christmas-tea FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—35th Annual Denman Island Christmas Craft Faire. Noted as one of the top 10 December winter events to attend in BC. More than 70 craft booths where mostly Denman artisans will offer a wide selection of pottery, carvings, woodworking, paintings, jewelry, weaving, herbs, soaps and essential oils, clothing and more. This is the perfect start to your holiday shopping! Admission is free, both venues are wheelchair accessible. Delicious lunches are available in the Food Hall. Park your vehicle at Buckley Bay and walk on the ferry. A shuttle van will be on hand to transfer visitors to the village—or, it’s only a two block walk up the hill. 10am-4pm each day.

DECEMBER 3—Elevate Winter Bazaar #5. The dark belly of the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay is host to a craft fair with a twist. More than 40 creators of beautiful, breathtaking and bizarre arts and crafts will be descending on the Lower Native Sons Hall for the 5th Annual Elevate Winter Bazaar. This highly anticipated craft fair offers attendees the opportunity to discover enticing, intriguing and unusual works from sublimely inspired local artisans. 9am – 3pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.facebook.com/events/1385642311462534/ FMI.

DECEMBER 3—Children’s Winter Faire. Magical activities for the whole family. All are welcome. No admission, small fee for activities. Make your own winter crafts, gifts from the Pocket Lady, Woodland Fairy Pond, Story Theatre and Children’s Choir. Hot lunch, sweet treats and warm drinks. Visit our popular Artisan Market Place filled with a unique variety of quality handcrafted toys, gifts and treasures for children and adults, all created locally. Saltwater Waldorf School, 2311 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay. 10am – 2pm. Visit www.saltwaterschool.com FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—Black Creek Christmas Craft Market. Christmas in Black Creek is a two day rustic holiday shopping experience at the Black Creek Community Centre. More than 30 local artisans and crafts, baked goods and hot drinks. Forest Story Walk and more. Both days, 10am-3pm. Admission by donation.

DECEMBER 4—Learn how to meditate! The simple and effective techniques of Sahaja Yoga Meditation will allow you to master stress, improve your health, face yourself and achieve balance in every aspect of life. Ancient knowledge and practices are adapted to modern day needs for people of all ages and walks of life. Free, Courtenay Library from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

DECEMBER 5—Christmas Truck Parade. Hosted by the Cumberland Truck Light Parade Committee. Join Santa at Village Square in Cumberland from 5pm for cookies and hot chocolate. Parade leaves Small Road at 5pm, travels Comox Valley Parkway to Courtenay, south along Highway 19A to Royston and to Cumberland via Royston Road. Trucks will arrive in Cumberland where they will travel west on Dunsmuir Avenue, turn at Second Street and return to Dunsmuir Avenue to park. Visit www.cumberland.ca FMI.

DECEMBER 6—Service in Search of Peace and Light. This candlelight service will celebrate the peace given to us at this time of year. This is a contemplative service with some poems, songs, and even a special advent creed perfect for the season. It comes from the Iona Celtic Christmas tradition. All are welcome! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5pm.

DECEMBER 6 & 7—10TH Annual Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular 2016. This year’s singing and dancing extravaganza will include new Broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favorites as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. As part of our 10th anniversary show, Elvis will once again grace the stage and the sights and sounds of ABBA will be back by popular demand. December 6 & 7—7pm; December 7—3pm. Sid Williams Theatre, $40 adults/$33 students. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 10—Strathcona Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Music for a Sleigh Ride’. Come one and all to enjoy this musical offering which will delight the spirit on a dark winter’s night. Filled with familiar holiday tunes from across the ages, there is something for everyone in this concert. Tickets $15, available at Benjamin Moore House of Color, Courtenay, Blue Heron Books, Comox and Rare Bird Bookshop, Cumberland. Native Sons Hall, 7pm. Visit www.facebook.com/StrathconaSymphonyOrchestra/ FMI.

DECEMBER 10—David Myles—It’s Christmas. The David Myles Trio celebrates the holiday season! Like his trademark suit, David Myles’ music is timeless. Regardless of quickly passing trends and fads, it will persevere. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his always growing, shape shifting songwriting and his exceptional ability to entertain. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 11—Christmas Dinner & Dance. Br. 17 North Island Fiddlers will be holding their dinner and dance at the Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. The doors open at 1:30pm for entertainment and a dinner of turkey and ham will be served at 5pm. $24/person. Our group plays Old Time Dance music and there will be a 50-50 draw and door prize. Everyone welcome to come and enjoy the music, dance and share the spirit of Christmas. Call Lorraine, 250-336-8302 for tickets.

DECEMBER 11—Children’s Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner. Bring your children, grandchildren or just yourselves and join in the fun of some crafts, games, raffles and a delicious pot-luck dinner. Doors open at 3pm; Santa arrives at 4:30 pm; dinner approximately 5pm. Courtenay Fish & Game Club.

DECEMBER 13—Service of Joy: A Journey with Mary. Join us at this special lessons and carols service in which we travel with Mary through this season. Hear her brave words and sing familiar songs as we approach Christmas. It is a true celebration of joy! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5 pm.

DECEMBER 17— A Tribute to Adele—When We Were Young. By Susie McGregor & Elizabeth McGregor Lorime & Rosalind McGregor. Like Adele, Susie has the rare ability to move listeners with her soulful performance and stunning vocal talent, portraying the heart felt lyrics of each and every song. Her Tribute includes all of your favourite Adele hits. Susie will be sharing the stage with her talented daughters (ages 10 & 13) to present Adele over the ages. 2pm at the Comox Rec Centre. Tickets $20 in advance at $25 at the door. FMI www.facebook.com/events/1727727477551691/

DECEMBER 26—Polar Bear Swim. Join the Comox Community Centre staff for their annual Boxing Day Polar Bear Swim held at Goose Spit. Registration starts at 11:30 am and the swim kicks off at 12pm noon sharp. Please bring a non-perishable item for donation to the Food Bank to participate in this cold water fun event. Visit www.comox.ca/recreation/rec-events FMI.

DECEMBER 26-31—Peter & the Starcatcher. Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan came to be? Courtenay Little Theatre will let you in on the secret when they present the musical play, Peter and the Starcatcher. Find out how an orphan becomes Peter Pan. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Sid Williams Theatre, Dec. 26—2pm; Dec. 27-31—7:30 pm. Tickets $22 all ages.

JANUARY 15—Family Film Series, Thumbelina. 2pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

EVERY SUNDAY — Bluegrass Brunch Sundays with Archie Pateman & Friends. 10:30 am. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322 www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY MONDAY — Senior’s Program, Halbe Hall in Black Creek. Start with an hour-long fitness class, followed by a homemade lunch provided by the Black Creek Community Assoc. $5 drop-in. 250-337-5190 FMI.

EVERY MONDAY — The Woolgatherers. A guild-style fine fibre group with equipment, a library and skill sharing for spinners, weavers, knitters etc. 11:30am-3pm, Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. Everyone welcome. Call Meta, 250-339-0676 or Norma, 250-890-1218 FMI

EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY — Al-Anon for people concerned about a loved one’s drinking. Mon, Tues and Fri 8 pm; Thurs 10 am. Call 250-334-2392 FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Fun Euchre, Courtenay Legion, 1:30 pm. Mixed pub darts at 7 pm.

EVERY TUESDAY — Drop-in meditation with Lucas every Tuesday, 7 pm at Ocean Resort, Oyster Bay (by $$ donations to the food banks). Call 250-792-3165.

EVERY TUESDAY — Universal Devotional Chanting and Meditation. Mystic Valley Voices Chanting Community. Little Red Church Healing Centre, 2182 Comox Avenue (at Alpine). 6:45-8:30pm. Everyone welcome! ChantMaster Oliver Clarke, 250-218-1688. Visit www.mysticvalleyvoices.org FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Tech Tuesday at the Courtenay Library. Drop-in and get help with technology issues (iPads, tablets, readers, laptops, etc.). 2:30-4pm. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY TUESDAY — A Good Yarn Knitting & Crochet Circle meets at the Comox Library, 101-1720 Beaufort Avenue on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. Lessons, refreshments and some supplies are provided. All ages. Drop in. 250-339-1240 or comox@virl.bc.ca FMI.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Drop-in darts at 1pm. Courtenay Legion.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — The Woolly Mammoth Craft Club is a free, all ages knitting circle ongoing Wednesday nights at Lake Trail School. 6:30-8pm at Lake Trail School (805 Willemar) in the school library. laketrailvision@gmail.com.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5.10:30-11am. Comox Library, 1720 Beaufort Avenue. Comox

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Regular Drop In Silent Meditation Practice; two sessions: 7-7:30 pm & 7:35-8:05 pm. Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre, 407A 5th Street, Courtenay. www.sherabchammaling.com FMI.

EVERY THURSDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10:30-11am att he Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY THURSDAY — Crib & Gucci, Courtenay Legion, 6:30 pm. Men’s darts at 7 pm.

EVERY THURSDAY— Thursday Jazz Club. In the past year the Jazz Club has had over 20 different host combos with 200+ musicians aged 13 to 80 years on the stage. The Avalanche Bar and Grill on Eight Street, Courtenay, 7:30-10:30 pm. www.georgiastraightjazz.com

EVERY THURSDAY — Thursday Night Open Jam. Stellar house band, ready to play music in almost any style! 9 pm. No cover. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322. FMI visit www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY FRIDAY — CCTSC Cycling. Come join us one one of our weekly rides. We are a road cycling group of active adults and members of the cross Canada Cycle Tour Society. Meet at Florence Filberg Centre lower parking lot at 10am. We cycle at a medium pace of 20km/hr for a 40 to 80km ride.

EVERY FRIDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10-10:30am. Cumberland Library, 2746 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland.

EVERY FRIDAY — Conversation Group—a great opportunity to practice English in a safe and welcoming environment. Sponsored by the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Every Friday, 1-20 pm. Last Friday of the month, 1:30-3pm. Call Jean, 250-338-6359 FMI.

EVERY FRIDAY — High Five Kids. An after-school prgram for kids aged 6-9 who have recently relocated to the Comox Valley, in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay. 2:45-4:45pm.

EVERY SATURDAY — Drop in play group for ages 0-5 at the Courtenay Library. 10am-12pm. Wraps up with a story before noon. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY SATURDAY — EVERY SATURDAY — Come and join the fun at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. You will find the freshest produce and the best selection of seasonal vegetables, free-range poultry and eggs, ethnic foods, seafood, cheese and honey, fresh baking, natural skincare products, pet treats and more from the 50+ vendors. Come and meet the producers of your local food. Native Sons Hall, Downtown Courtenay, every Saturday from 10am – 1pm. The last market in December is December 17 and reopening again January 7. FMI: www.cvfm.ca
NOVEMBER 17—Barra MacNeils’ Celtic East Coast Christmas. This highly anticipated returning show features a highly entertaining blend of seasonal fare mixed with entertaining stories and stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. A wonderful mix of the classic favourites and many other tunes of the season. Sid Williams Theatre, sickness $42.50. 7:30 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 16-19—St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Chistmas Sale. Cottage Thrift Shop, treatment
off Rodello Street in Comox. Wed. – Fri. 10am-4pm; Sat. 10am – 1pm.

NOVEMBER 18—Comox Valley Art Gallery Christmas Craft Fair Opening. This year the Gallery will feature over 60 local and regional artists during our 42nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair. On November 18th and 19th CVAG members will receive a 15% discount and walk-in customers will receive 10% off purchases. Utilizing the entire gallery space, capsule the fair will run from November 18th to December 26, 2016, with opening day specials, as well as hot juice and home-made cookies on Saturdays throughout the fair. Visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 18-20—Moonlight Magic in Downtown Courtenay. Come and take advantage of offers all day long from local merchants and get a head start on the holiday shopping. Friday night from 5-9pm, Downtown Courtenay welcomes residents and visitors for a night of fun, friends and fiery festivities. Moonlight and Magic Night Market on Duncan, Christmas tree light up, live fire performance, music, craft fairs, roving performers, choirs , shopping and dining specials and more. Santa arrives on Sunday at 2pm. www.downtowncourtenay.com

NOVEMBER 19—Cumberland Legion Bazaar. 9am – 4pm.

NOVEMBER 19 & 20—Fanny Bay Christmas Craft Fair. The holiday craft shopping event of the Season! Lovely crafts, food products, baking and more. Friendly vendors and community members will kick off your Christmas spirit. Invite our friends to this event and meet up to shop. Morning baking, coffee and lunch concession will keep you fuelled up to enjoy the day. Fanny Bay Community Hall. Free admission. Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-3pm.

NOVEMBER 19—24th Annual Fiesta World Craft Bazaar. More than 50 local and global organizations selling unique handmade fair trade products. Household items for each room of your house. Clothing, jewelry, toys, cards, calendars, food, ethnic lunch. Adults $2/under 18 are free. Florence Filberg Centre.

NOVEMBER 20— Comox Valley Christmas Parade. Spectators get ready for a diverse array of parade entries and look forward to a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas! Parade starts at 2:00pm and takes place on 5th street between Harmston Ave and Cliffe Ave.

NOVEMBER 20—Stagnhare Christmas Market. This is a local curated event that features some of our favourite artisans, crafters and small locally owned boutiques. Native Sons Hall, Courtenay. Tickets $5, children under 12 free. Doors open at 10am till 4pm. www.stagnhare.com

NOVEMBER 20—Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A fast-paced farcical adventure! Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs in this zany whodunit based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit. Sid Williams Theatre, 7 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 25-27—Central Island Studio Tour. Three full days of art exploration and hunting are coming your way. More than 45 working studios and artist-run galleries, encompassing over 70 artists of every discipline who will be in attendance to discuss their work, share their process, and of course, happily sell their wares. Studios are located between Fanny Bay and Black Creek. www.comoxvalleyarts.com

NOVEMBER 25 & 26—Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This Festival is a program of the Banff Centre, and is the largest, and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, this Film Festival World Tour hits the road. From approximately 350 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 26—Cumberland WinterFaire. Cumberland’s annual magical, mystical lively winter arts and crafts fair features over 50 vendors and great community vibes. Vendors of handmade, homemade and fair trade items offer up an amazing selection of Christmas gift ideas. Shop, socialize and enjoy tasty treats from the WinterFaire canteen. Take in festive live music while visiting with friends and neighbours. Cumberland Recreational Institute. Admission $2, children under 12 free. Visit www.cumberlandmuseum.ca FMI.

NOVEMBER 26 & 27—Christmas at the Lodge & Holiday Market. Tis the season and what better place than at the beautiful Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park to prepare for the holidays. Join us for a classic Christmas in the Park and get your seasonal shopping done at the same time with a host of fine artists and gourmet gift ideas. Bring the whole family and enjoy food, festive greats, music, Christmas tree decorating and raffle prizes. Did we mention Santa will be stopping by? Also, stay late and see the Park all lit-up. Free admission. 10am-4pm both days. Visit www.filberg.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 26—Yule Tide Craft Faire, from 10 am – 4pm at Grantham Hall, Tsolum, 6040 Old Island Highway. (across from Nides School on Smith Rd. and Old Island Hwy.) Hosted by Tsolum Rebekah Lodge #78, fundraising for 40 years in the Valley. Lunch available and many unique crafters.

NOVEMBER 27—Liona Boyd—A Winter Fantasy. In concert with Andrew Dolson (Liona’s newest protégé. Sid Williams Theatre, $42.50/students $22.50. 7:30 pm.

DECEMBER 1—The Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow 2016. Music, Merriment and magic will fill the air as Ken takes a loving look back to the great radio shows of old. You will be transported with this nostalgic and enchanting musical tour through the 1940s and golden age of radio with Ken’s Band and special guests Alison MacDonald and Daniel James White. Let Ken’s lyric tenor voice and hilarious stories fill you with the joy and spirit of the holiday season. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 1-23—Christmas at the Barn, at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. See the barn and garden lights 5-9pm. Santa is in attendance Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Carol Walks with Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble, Dec. 17-18, 21-22 from 7-9pm. 6183 Whitaker Road, Courtenay. www.woodlandgardens.ca

DECEMBER 2-4, 9-11, 16-23—Crown Isle Resort Walk and Community Tree Trail. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays., 5pm – 9pm. Admission by donation of a non-perishable food item to the Food Bank. Gingerbread Village and Teddy Bear Basket displays Nov. 28 through Dec. 17, 9am-9pm. For more information go to www.crownisle.com/holiday-resort-walk or see story page 2.

DECEMBER 3—Put on your thinking caps and join the Just In Time Choirs for a fast-paced round of musical Trivial Pursuit! Our “top secret” song list has been chosen to answer questions from the six Trivia categories. Lucky audience members will have a chance to spin the wheel and win prizes. Two Saturday performances (2pm and 7:30 pm) will feature selections from jazz, roots, contemporary music and much more. Tickets $16 available in Comox at Blue Heron Books, Red Carpet Boutique, and Gone Hollywood, or in Courtenay at House of Color. Comox Pentecostal Church, 1919 Guthrie Road.

DECEMBER 4—9th Annual Santa’s Breakfast. This community celebration of the season is presented by the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) with support from the Village of Cumberland. Join us for a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, wreath making, silent auction and a visit with Santa. Admission by donation. Cumberland Recreation Institute, Cumberland. 8:30 am. Visit www.cumberlandcommunityschools.com FMI.

DECEMBER 2 & 3—The award-winning British comedy duo James & Jamesy celebrate the holiday season with the outrageously witty theatrical escapade O Christmas Tea. When a catastrophe strikes at James & Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world in tea, the friends leap into action—using spectacular imagination, physical feats and uproarious humor to keep afloat. Seventeen-time ‘Best-of-Fest’ winners at theatre festivals across North America, the pair will sweep spectators out to sea in an interactive aquatic adventure brimming with action, ingenuity and a dash of Christmas cheer. Tickets from $15. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit jamesandjamesy.com/o-christmas-tea FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—35th Annual Denman Island Christmas Craft Faire. Noted as one of the top 10 December winter events to attend in BC. More than 70 craft booths where mostly Denman artisans will offer a wide selection of pottery, carvings, woodworking, paintings, jewelry, weaving, herbs, soaps and essential oils, clothing and more. This is the perfect start to your holiday shopping! Admission is free, both venues are wheelchair accessible. Delicious lunches are available in the Food Hall. Park your vehicle at Buckley Bay and walk on the ferry. A shuttle van will be on hand to transfer visitors to the village—or, it’s only a two block walk up the hill. 10am-4pm each day.

DECEMBER 3—Elevate Winter Bazaar #5. The dark belly of the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay is host to a craft fair with a twist. More than 40 creators of beautiful, breathtaking and bizarre arts and crafts will be descending on the Lower Native Sons Hall for the 5th Annual Elevate Winter Bazaar. This highly anticipated craft fair offers attendees the opportunity to discover enticing, intriguing and unusual works from sublimely inspired local artisans. 9am – 3pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.facebook.com/events/1385642311462534/ FMI.

DECEMBER 3—Children’s Winter Faire. Magical activities for the whole family. All are welcome. No admission, small fee for activities. Make your own winter crafts, gifts from the Pocket Lady, Woodland Fairy Pond, Story Theatre and Children’s Choir. Hot lunch, sweet treats and warm drinks. Visit our popular Artisan Market Place filled with a unique variety of quality handcrafted toys, gifts and treasures for children and adults, all created locally. Saltwater Waldorf School, 2311 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay. 10am – 2pm. Visit www.saltwaterschool.com FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—Black Creek Christmas Craft Market. Christmas in Black Creek is a two day rustic holiday shopping experience at the Black Creek Community Centre. More than 30 local artisans and crafts, baked goods and hot drinks. Forest Story Walk and more. Both days, 10am-3pm. Admission by donation.

DECEMBER 4—Learn how to meditate! The simple and effective techniques of Sahaja Yoga Meditation will allow you to master stress, improve your health, face yourself and achieve balance in every aspect of life. Ancient knowledge and practices are adapted to modern day needs for people of all ages and walks of life. Free, Courtenay Library from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

DECEMBER 5—Christmas Truck Parade. Hosted by the Cumberland Truck Light Parade Committee. Join Santa at Village Square in Cumberland from 5pm for cookies and hot chocolate. Parade leaves Small Road at 5pm, travels Comox Valley Parkway to Courtenay, south along Highway 19A to Royston and to Cumberland via Royston Road. Trucks will arrive in Cumberland where they will travel west on Dunsmuir Avenue, turn at Second Street and return to Dunsmuir Avenue to park. Visit www.cumberland.ca FMI.

DECEMBER 6—Service in Search of Peace and Light. This candlelight service will celebrate the peace given to us at this time of year. This is a contemplative service with some poems, songs, and even a special advent creed perfect for the season. It comes from the Iona Celtic Christmas tradition. All are welcome! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5pm.

DECEMBER 6 & 7—10TH Annual Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular 2016. This year’s singing and dancing extravaganza will include new Broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favorites as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. As part of our 10th anniversary show, Elvis will once again grace the stage and the sights and sounds of ABBA will be back by popular demand. December 6 & 7—7pm; December 7—3pm. Sid Williams Theatre, $40 adults/$33 students. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 10—Strathcona Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Music for a Sleigh Ride’. Come one and all to enjoy this musical offering which will delight the spirit on a dark winter’s night. Filled with familiar holiday tunes from across the ages, there is something for everyone in this concert. Tickets $15, available at Benjamin Moore House of Color, Courtenay, Blue Heron Books, Comox and Rare Bird Bookshop, Cumberland. Native Sons Hall, 7pm. Visit www.facebook.com/StrathconaSymphonyOrchestra/ FMI.

DECEMBER 10—David Myles—It’s Christmas. The David Myles Trio celebrates the holiday season! Like his trademark suit, David Myles’ music is timeless. Regardless of quickly passing trends and fads, it will persevere. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his always growing, shape shifting songwriting and his exceptional ability to entertain. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 11—Christmas Dinner & Dance. Br. 17 North Island Fiddlers will be holding their dinner and dance at the Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. The doors open at 1:30pm for entertainment and a dinner of turkey and ham will be served at 5pm. $24/person. Our group plays Old Time Dance music and there will be a 50-50 draw and door prize. Everyone welcome to come and enjoy the music, dance and share the spirit of Christmas. Call Lorraine, 250-336-8302 for tickets.

DECEMBER 11—Children’s Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner. Bring your children, grandchildren or just yourselves and join in the fun of some crafts, games, raffles and a delicious pot-luck dinner. Doors open at 3pm; Santa arrives at 4:30 pm; dinner approximately 5pm. Courtenay Fish & Game Club.

DECEMBER 13—Service of Joy: A Journey with Mary. Join us at this special lessons and carols service in which we travel with Mary through this season. Hear her brave words and sing familiar songs as we approach Christmas. It is a true celebration of joy! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5 pm.

DECEMBER 17— A Tribute to Adele—When We Were Young. By Susie McGregor & Elizabeth McGregor Lorime & Rosalind McGregor. Like Adele, Susie has the rare ability to move listeners with her soulful performance and stunning vocal talent, portraying the heart felt lyrics of each and every song. Her Tribute includes all of your favourite Adele hits. Susie will be sharing the stage with her talented daughters (ages 10 & 13) to present Adele over the ages. 2pm at the Comox Rec Centre. Tickets $20 in advance at $25 at the door. FMI www.facebook.com/events/1727727477551691/

DECEMBER 26—Polar Bear Swim. Join the Comox Community Centre staff for their annual Boxing Day Polar Bear Swim held at Goose Spit. Registration starts at 11:30 am and the swim kicks off at 12pm noon sharp. Please bring a non-perishable item for donation to the Food Bank to participate in this cold water fun event. Visit www.comox.ca/recreation/rec-events FMI.

DECEMBER 26-31—Peter & the Starcatcher. Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan came to be? Courtenay Little Theatre will let you in on the secret when they present the musical play, Peter and the Starcatcher. Find out how an orphan becomes Peter Pan. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Sid Williams Theatre, Dec. 26—2pm; Dec. 27-31—7:30 pm. Tickets $22 all ages.

JANUARY 15—Family Film Series, Thumbelina. 2pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

EVERY SUNDAY — Bluegrass Brunch Sundays with Archie Pateman & Friends. 10:30 am. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322 www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY MONDAY — Senior’s Program, Halbe Hall in Black Creek. Start with an hour-long fitness class, followed by a homemade lunch provided by the Black Creek Community Assoc. $5 drop-in. 250-337-5190 FMI.

EVERY MONDAY — The Woolgatherers. A guild-style fine fibre group with equipment, a library and skill sharing for spinners, weavers, knitters etc. 11:30am-3pm, Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. Everyone welcome. Call Meta, 250-339-0676 or Norma, 250-890-1218 FMI

EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY — Al-Anon for people concerned about a loved one’s drinking. Mon, Tues and Fri 8 pm; Thurs 10 am. Call 250-334-2392 FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Fun Euchre, Courtenay Legion, 1:30 pm. Mixed pub darts at 7 pm.

EVERY TUESDAY — Drop-in meditation with Lucas every Tuesday, 7 pm at Ocean Resort, Oyster Bay (by $$ donations to the food banks). Call 250-792-3165.

EVERY TUESDAY — Universal Devotional Chanting and Meditation. Mystic Valley Voices Chanting Community. Little Red Church Healing Centre, 2182 Comox Avenue (at Alpine). 6:45-8:30pm. Everyone welcome! ChantMaster Oliver Clarke, 250-218-1688. Visit www.mysticvalleyvoices.org FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Tech Tuesday at the Courtenay Library. Drop-in and get help with technology issues (iPads, tablets, readers, laptops, etc.). 2:30-4pm. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY TUESDAY — A Good Yarn Knitting & Crochet Circle meets at the Comox Library, 101-1720 Beaufort Avenue on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. Lessons, refreshments and some supplies are provided. All ages. Drop in. 250-339-1240 or comox@virl.bc.ca FMI.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Drop-in darts at 1pm. Courtenay Legion.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — The Woolly Mammoth Craft Club is a free, all ages knitting circle ongoing Wednesday nights at Lake Trail School. 6:30-8pm at Lake Trail School (805 Willemar) in the school library. laketrailvision@gmail.com.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5.10:30-11am. Comox Library, 1720 Beaufort Avenue. Comox

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Regular Drop In Silent Meditation Practice; two sessions: 7-7:30 pm & 7:35-8:05 pm. Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre, 407A 5th Street, Courtenay. www.sherabchammaling.com FMI.

EVERY THURSDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10:30-11am att he Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY THURSDAY — Crib & Gucci, Courtenay Legion, 6:30 pm. Men’s darts at 7 pm.

EVERY THURSDAY— Thursday Jazz Club. In the past year the Jazz Club has had over 20 different host combos with 200+ musicians aged 13 to 80 years on the stage. The Avalanche Bar and Grill on Eight Street, Courtenay, 7:30-10:30 pm. www.georgiastraightjazz.com

EVERY THURSDAY — Thursday Night Open Jam. Stellar house band, ready to play music in almost any style! 9 pm. No cover. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322. FMI visit www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY FRIDAY — CCTSC Cycling. Come join us one one of our weekly rides. We are a road cycling group of active adults and members of the cross Canada Cycle Tour Society. Meet at Florence Filberg Centre lower parking lot at 10am. We cycle at a medium pace of 20km/hr for a 40 to 80km ride.

EVERY FRIDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10-10:30am. Cumberland Library, 2746 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland.

EVERY FRIDAY — Conversation Group—a great opportunity to practice English in a safe and welcoming environment. Sponsored by the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Every Friday, 1-20 pm. Last Friday of the month, 1:30-3pm. Call Jean, 250-338-6359 FMI.

EVERY FRIDAY — High Five Kids. An after-school prgram for kids aged 6-9 who have recently relocated to the Comox Valley, in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay. 2:45-4:45pm.

EVERY SATURDAY — Drop in play group for ages 0-5 at the Courtenay Library. 10am-12pm. Wraps up with a story before noon. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY SATURDAY — EVERY SATURDAY — Come and join the fun at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. You will find the freshest produce and the best selection of seasonal vegetables, free-range poultry and eggs, ethnic foods, seafood, cheese and honey, fresh baking, natural skincare products, pet treats and more from the 50+ vendors. Come and meet the producers of your local food. Native Sons Hall, Downtown Courtenay, every Saturday from 10am – 1pm. The last market in December is December 17 and reopening again January 7. FMI: www.cvfm.ca
NOVEMBER 17—Barra MacNeils’ Celtic East Coast Christmas. This highly anticipated returning show features a highly entertaining blend of seasonal fare mixed with entertaining stories and stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. A wonderful mix of the classic favourites and many other tunes of the season. Sid Williams Theatre, men’s health
$42.50. 7:30 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 16-19—St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Chistmas Sale. Cottage Thrift Shop, off Rodello Street in Comox. Wed. – Fri. 10am-4pm; Sat. 10am – 1pm.

NOVEMBER 18—Comox Valley Art Gallery Christmas Craft Fair Opening. This year the Gallery will feature over 60 local and regional artists during our 42nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair. On November 18th and 19th CVAG members will receive a 15% discount and walk-in customers will receive 10% off purchases. Utilizing the entire gallery space, the fair will run from November 18th to December 26, 2016, with opening day specials, as well as hot juice and home-made cookies on Saturdays throughout the fair. Visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 18-20—Moonlight Magic in Downtown Courtenay. Come and take advantage of offers all day long from local merchants and get a head start on the holiday shopping. Friday night from 5-9pm, Downtown Courtenay welcomes residents and visitors for a night of fun, friends and fiery festivities. Moonlight and Magic Night Market on Duncan, Christmas tree light up, live fire performance, music, craft fairs, roving performers, choirs , shopping and dining specials and more. Santa arrives on Sunday at 2pm. www.downtowncourtenay.com

NOVEMBER 19—Cumberland Legion Bazaar. 9am – 4pm.

NOVEMBER 19 & 20—Fanny Bay Christmas Craft Fair. The holiday craft shopping event of the Season! Lovely crafts, food products, baking and more. Friendly vendors and community members will kick off your Christmas spirit. Invite our friends to this event and meet up to shop. Morning baking, coffee and lunch concession will keep you fuelled up to enjoy the day. Fanny Bay Community Hall. Free admission. Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-3pm.

NOVEMBER 19—24th Annual Fiesta World Craft Bazaar. More than 50 local and global organizations selling unique handmade fair trade products. Household items for each room of your house. Clothing, jewelry, toys, cards, calendars, food, ethnic lunch. Adults $2/under 18 are free. Florence Filberg Centre.

NOVEMBER 20— Comox Valley Christmas Parade. Spectators get ready for a diverse array of parade entries and look forward to a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas! Parade starts at 2:00pm and takes place on 5th street between Harmston Ave and Cliffe Ave.

NOVEMBER 20—Stagnhare Christmas Market. This is a local curated event that features some of our favourite artisans, crafters and small locally owned boutiques. Native Sons Hall, Courtenay. Tickets $5, children under 12 free. Doors open at 10am till 4pm. www.stagnhare.com

NOVEMBER 20—Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A fast-paced farcical adventure! Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs in this zany whodunit based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit. Sid Williams Theatre, 7 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 25-27—Central Island Studio Tour. Three full days of art exploration and hunting are coming your way. More than 45 working studios and artist-run galleries, encompassing over 70 artists of every discipline who will be in attendance to discuss their work, share their process, and of course, happily sell their wares. Studios are located between Fanny Bay and Black Creek. www.comoxvalleyarts.com

NOVEMBER 25 & 26—Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This Festival is a program of the Banff Centre, and is the largest, and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, this Film Festival World Tour hits the road. From approximately 350 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 26—Cumberland WinterFaire. Cumberland’s annual magical, mystical lively winter arts and crafts fair features over 50 vendors and great community vibes. Vendors of handmade, homemade and fair trade items offer up an amazing selection of Christmas gift ideas. Shop, socialize and enjoy tasty treats from the WinterFaire canteen. Take in festive live music while visiting with friends and neighbours. Cumberland Recreational Institute. Admission $2, children under 12 free. Visit www.cumberlandmuseum.ca FMI.

NOVEMBER 26 & 27—Christmas at the Lodge & Holiday Market. Tis the season and what better place than at the beautiful Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park to prepare for the holidays. Join us for a classic Christmas in the Park and get your seasonal shopping done at the same time with a host of fine artists and gourmet gift ideas. Bring the whole family and enjoy food, festive greats, music, Christmas tree decorating and raffle prizes. Did we mention Santa will be stopping by? Also, stay late and see the Park all lit-up. Free admission. 10am-4pm both days. Visit www.filberg.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 26—Yule Tide Craft Faire, from 10 am – 4pm at Grantham Hall, Tsolum, 6040 Old Island Highway. (across from Nides School on Smith Rd. and Old Island Hwy.) Hosted by Tsolum Rebekah Lodge #78, fundraising for 40 years in the Valley. Lunch available and many unique crafters.

NOVEMBER 27—Liona Boyd—A Winter Fantasy. In concert with Andrew Dolson (Liona’s newest protégé. Sid Williams Theatre, $42.50/students $22.50. 7:30 pm.

DECEMBER 1—The Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow 2016. Music, Merriment and magic will fill the air as Ken takes a loving look back to the great radio shows of old. You will be transported with this nostalgic and enchanting musical tour through the 1940s and golden age of radio with Ken’s Band and special guests Alison MacDonald and Daniel James White. Let Ken’s lyric tenor voice and hilarious stories fill you with the joy and spirit of the holiday season. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 1-23—Christmas at the Barn, at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. See the barn and garden lights 5-9pm. Santa is in attendance Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Carol Walks with Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble, Dec. 17-18, 21-22 from 7-9pm. 6183 Whitaker Road, Courtenay. www.woodlandgardens.ca

DECEMBER 2-4, 9-11, 16-23—Crown Isle Resort Walk and Community Tree Trail. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays., 5pm – 9pm. Admission by donation of a non-perishable food item to the Food Bank. Gingerbread Village and Teddy Bear Basket displays Nov. 28 through Dec. 17, 9am-9pm. For more information go to www.crownisle.com/holiday-resort-walk

DECEMBER 3—Put on your thinking caps and join the Just In Time Choirs for a fast-paced round of musical Trivial Pursuit! Our “top secret” song list has been chosen to answer questions from the six Trivia categories. Lucky audience members will have a chance to spin the wheel and win prizes. Two Saturday performances (2pm and 7:30 pm) will feature selections from jazz, roots, contemporary music and much more. Tickets $16 available in Comox at Blue Heron Books, Red Carpet Boutique, and Gone Hollywood, or in Courtenay at House of Color. Comox Pentecostal Church, 1919 Guthrie Road.

DECEMBER 4—9th Annual Santa’s Breakfast. This community celebration of the season is presented by the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) with support from the Village of Cumberland. Join us for a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, wreath making, silent auction and a visit with Santa. Admission by donation. Cumberland Recreation Institute, Cumberland. 8:30 am. Visit www.cumberlandcommunityschools.com FMI.

DECEMBER 2 & 3—The award-winning British comedy duo James & Jamesy celebrate the holiday season with the outrageously witty theatrical escapade O Christmas Tea. When a catastrophe strikes at James & Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world in tea, the friends leap into action—using spectacular imagination, physical feats and uproarious humor to keep afloat. Seventeen-time ‘Best-of-Fest’ winners at theatre festivals across North America, the pair will sweep spectators out to sea in an interactive aquatic adventure brimming with action, ingenuity and a dash of Christmas cheer. Tickets from $15. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit jamesandjamesy.com/o-christmas-tea FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—35th Annual Denman Island Christmas Craft Faire. Noted as one of the top 10 December winter events to attend in BC. More than 70 craft booths where mostly Denman artisans will offer a wide selection of pottery, carvings, woodworking, paintings, jewelry, weaving, herbs, soaps and essential oils, clothing and more. This is the perfect start to your holiday shopping! Admission is free, both venues are wheelchair accessible. Delicious lunches are available in the Food Hall. Park your vehicle at Buckley Bay and walk on the ferry. A shuttle van will be on hand to transfer visitors to the village—or, it’s only a two block walk up the hill. 10am-4pm each day.

DECEMBER 3—Elevate Winter Bazaar #5. The dark belly of the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay is host to a craft fair with a twist. More than 40 creators of beautiful, breathtaking and bizarre arts and crafts will be descending on the Lower Native Sons Hall for the 5th Annual Elevate Winter Bazaar. This highly anticipated craft fair offers attendees the opportunity to discover enticing, intriguing and unusual works from sublimely inspired local artisans. 9am – 3pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.facebook.com/events/1385642311462534/ FMI.

DECEMBER 3—Children’s Winter Faire. Magical activities for the whole family. All are welcome. No admission, small fee for activities. Make your own winter crafts, gifts from the Pocket Lady, Woodland Fairy Pond, Story Theatre and Children’s Choir. Hot lunch, sweet treats and warm drinks. Visit our popular Artisan Market Place filled with a unique variety of quality handcrafted toys, gifts and treasures for children and adults, all created locally. Saltwater Waldorf School, 2311 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay. 10am – 2pm. Visit www.saltwaterschool.com FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—Black Creek Christmas Craft Market. Christmas in Black Creek is a two day rustic holiday shopping experience at the Black Creek Community Centre. More than 30 local artisans and crafts, baked goods and hot drinks. Forest Story Walk and more. Both days, 10am-3pm. Admission by donation.

DECEMBER 4—Learn how to meditate! The simple and effective techniques of Sahaja Yoga Meditation will allow you to master stress, improve your health, face yourself and achieve balance in every aspect of life. Ancient knowledge and practices are adapted to modern day needs for people of all ages and walks of life. Free, Courtenay Library from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

DECEMBER 5—Christmas Truck Parade. Hosted by the Cumberland Truck Light Parade Committee. Join Santa at Village Square in Cumberland from 5pm for cookies and hot chocolate. Parade leaves Small Road at 5pm, travels Comox Valley Parkway to Courtenay, south along Highway 19A to Royston and to Cumberland via Royston Road. Trucks will arrive in Cumberland where they will travel west on Dunsmuir Avenue, turn at Second Street and return to Dunsmuir Avenue to park. Visit www.cumberland.ca FMI.

DECEMBER 6—Service in Search of Peace and Light. This candlelight service will celebrate the peace given to us at this time of year. This is a contemplative service with some poems, songs, and even a special advent creed perfect for the season. It comes from the Iona Celtic Christmas tradition. All are welcome! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5pm.

DECEMBER 6 & 7—10TH Annual Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular 2016. This year’s singing and dancing extravaganza will include new Broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favorites as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. As part of our 10th anniversary show, Elvis will once again grace the stage and the sights and sounds of ABBA will be back by popular demand. December 6 & 7—7pm; December 7—3pm. Sid Williams Theatre, $40 adults/$33 students. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 10—Strathcona Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Music for a Sleigh Ride’. Come one and all to enjoy this musical offering which will delight the spirit on a dark winter’s night. Filled with familiar holiday tunes from across the ages, there is something for everyone in this concert. Tickets $15, available at Benjamin Moore House of Color, Courtenay, Blue Heron Books, Comox and Rare Bird Bookshop, Cumberland. Native Sons Hall, 7pm. Visit www.facebook.com/StrathconaSymphonyOrchestra/ FMI.

DECEMBER 10—David Myles—It’s Christmas. The David Myles Trio celebrates the holiday season! Like his trademark suit, David Myles’ music is timeless. Regardless of quickly passing trends and fads, it will persevere. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his always growing, shape shifting songwriting and his exceptional ability to entertain. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 11—Christmas Dinner & Dance. Br. 17 North Island Fiddlers will be holding their dinner and dance at the Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. The doors open at 1:30pm for entertainment and a dinner of turkey and ham will be served at 5pm. $24/person. Our group plays Old Time Dance music and there will be a 50-50 draw and door prize. Everyone welcome to come and enjoy the music, dance and share the spirit of Christmas. Call Lorraine, 250-336-8302 for tickets.

DECEMBER 11—Children’s Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner. Bring your children, grandchildren or just yourselves and join in the fun of some crafts, games, raffles and a delicious pot-luck dinner. Doors open at 3pm; Santa arrives at 4:30 pm; dinner approximately 5pm. Courtenay Fish & Game Club.

DECEMBER 13—Service of Joy: A Journey with Mary. Join us at this special lessons and carols service in which we travel with Mary through this season. Hear her brave words and sing familiar songs as we approach Christmas. It is a true celebration of joy! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5 pm.

DECEMBER 17— A Tribute to Adele—When We Were Young. By Susie McGregor & Elizabeth McGregor Lorime & Rosalind McGregor. Like Adele, Susie has the rare ability to move listeners with her soulful performance and stunning vocal talent, portraying the heart felt lyrics of each and every song. Her Tribute includes all of your favourite Adele hits. Susie will be sharing the stage with her talented daughters (ages 10 & 13) to present Adele over the ages. 2pm at the Comox Rec Centre. Tickets $20 in advance at $25 at the door. FMI www.facebook.com/events/1727727477551691/

DECEMBER 26—Polar Bear Swim. Join the Comox Community Centre staff for their annual Boxing Day Polar Bear Swim held at Goose Spit. Registration starts at 11:30 am and the swim kicks off at 12pm noon sharp. Please bring a non-perishable item for donation to the Food Bank to participate in this cold water fun event. Visit www.comox.ca/recreation/rec-events FMI.

DECEMBER 26-31—Peter & the Starcatcher. Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan came to be? Courtenay Little Theatre will let you in on the secret when they present the musical play, Peter and the Starcatcher. Find out how an orphan becomes Peter Pan. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Sid Williams Theatre, Dec. 26—2pm; Dec. 27-31—7:30 pm. Tickets $22 all ages.

JANUARY 15—Family Film Series, Thumbelina. 2pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.


ONGOING EVENTS

EVERY SUNDAY — Bluegrass Brunch Sundays with Archie Pateman & Friends. 10:30 am. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322 www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY MONDAY — Senior’s Program, Halbe Hall in Black Creek. Start with an hour-long fitness class, followed by a homemade lunch provided by the Black Creek Community Assoc. $5 drop-in. 250-337-5190 FMI.

EVERY MONDAY — The Woolgatherers. A guild-style fine fibre group with equipment, a library and skill sharing for spinners, weavers, knitters etc. 11:30am-3pm, Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. Everyone welcome. Call Meta, 250-339-0676 or Norma, 250-890-1218 FMI

EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY — Al-Anon for people concerned about a loved one’s drinking. Mon, Tues and Fri 8 pm; Thurs 10 am. Call 250-334-2392 FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Fun Euchre, Courtenay Legion, 1:30 pm. Mixed pub darts at 7 pm.

EVERY TUESDAY — Drop-in meditation with Lucas every Tuesday, 7 pm at Ocean Resort, Oyster Bay (by $$ donations to the food banks). Call 250-792-3165.

EVERY TUESDAY — Universal Devotional Chanting and Meditation. Mystic Valley Voices Chanting Community. Little Red Church Healing Centre, 2182 Comox Avenue (at Alpine). 6:45-8:30pm. Everyone welcome! ChantMaster Oliver Clarke, 250-218-1688. Visit www.mysticvalleyvoices.org FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Tech Tuesday at the Courtenay Library. Drop-in and get help with technology issues (iPads, tablets, readers, laptops, etc.). 2:30-4pm. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY TUESDAY — A Good Yarn Knitting & Crochet Circle meets at the Comox Library, 101-1720 Beaufort Avenue on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. Lessons, refreshments and some supplies are provided. All ages. Drop in. 250-339-1240 or comox@virl.bc.ca FMI.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Drop-in darts at 1pm. Courtenay Legion.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — The Woolly Mammoth Craft Club is a free, all ages knitting circle ongoing Wednesday nights at Lake Trail School. 6:30-8pm at Lake Trail School (805 Willemar) in the school library. laketrailvision@gmail.com.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5.10:30-11am. Comox Library, 1720 Beaufort Avenue. Comox

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Regular Drop In Silent Meditation Practice; two sessions: 7-7:30 pm & 7:35-8:05 pm. Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre, 407A 5th Street, Courtenay. www.sherabchammaling.com FMI.

EVERY THURSDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10:30-11am att he Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY THURSDAY — Crib & Gucci, Courtenay Legion, 6:30 pm. Men’s darts at 7 pm.

EVERY THURSDAY— Thursday Jazz Club. In the past year the Jazz Club has had over 20 different host combos with 200+ musicians aged 13 to 80 years on the stage. The Avalanche Bar and Grill on Eight Street, Courtenay, 7:30-10:30 pm. www.georgiastraightjazz.com

EVERY THURSDAY — Thursday Night Open Jam. Stellar house band, ready to play music in almost any style! 9 pm. No cover. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322. FMI visit www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY FRIDAY — CCTSC Cycling. Come join us one one of our weekly rides. We are a road cycling group of active adults and members of the cross Canada Cycle Tour Society. Meet at Florence Filberg Centre lower parking lot at 10am. We cycle at a medium pace of 20km/hr for a 40 to 80km ride.

EVERY FRIDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10-10:30am. Cumberland Library, 2746 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland.

EVERY FRIDAY — Conversation Group—a great opportunity to practice English in a safe and welcoming environment. Sponsored by the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Every Friday, 1-20 pm. Last Friday of the month, 1:30-3pm. Call Jean, 250-338-6359 FMI.

EVERY FRIDAY — High Five Kids. An after-school prgram for kids aged 6-9 who have recently relocated to the Comox Valley, in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay. 2:45-4:45pm.

EVERY SATURDAY — Drop in play group for ages 0-5 at the Courtenay Library. 10am-12pm. Wraps up with a story before noon. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY SATURDAY — EVERY SATURDAY — Come and join the fun at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. You will find the freshest produce and the best selection of seasonal vegetables, free-range poultry and eggs, ethnic foods, seafood, cheese and honey, fresh baking, natural skincare products, pet treats and more from the 50+ vendors. Come and meet the producers of your local food. Native Sons Hall, Downtown Courtenay, every Saturday from 10am – 1pm. The last market in December is December 17 and reopening again January 7. FMI: www.cvfm.ca
NOVEMBER 17—Barra MacNeils’ Celtic East Coast Christmas. This highly anticipated returning show features a highly entertaining blend of seasonal fare mixed with entertaining stories and stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. A wonderful mix of the classic favourites and many other tunes of the season. Sid Williams Theatre, apoplectic
$42.50. 7:30 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 16-19—St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Chistmas Sale. Cottage Thrift Shop, drug
off Rodello Street in Comox. Wed. – Fri. 10am-4pm; Sat. 10am – 1pm.

NOVEMBER 18—Comox Valley Art Gallery Christmas Craft Fair Opening. This year the Gallery will feature over 60 local and regional artists during our 42nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair. On November 18th and 19th CVAG members will receive a 15% discount and walk-in customers will receive 10% off purchases. Utilizing the entire gallery space, pilule
the fair will run from November 18th to December 26, 2016, with opening day specials, as well as hot juice and home-made cookies on Saturdays throughout the fair. Visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 18-20—Moonlight Magic in Downtown Courtenay. Come and take advantage of offers all day long from local merchants and get a head start on the holiday shopping. Friday night from 5-9pm, Downtown Courtenay welcomes residents and visitors for a night of fun, friends and fiery festivities. Moonlight and Magic Night Market on Duncan, Christmas tree light up, live fire performance, music, craft fairs, roving performers, choirs , shopping and dining specials and more. Santa arrives on Sunday at 2pm. www.downtowncourtenay.com

NOVEMBER 19—Cumberland Legion Bazaar. 9am – 4pm.

NOVEMBER 19 & 20—Fanny Bay Christmas Craft Fair. The holiday craft shopping event of the Season! Lovely crafts, food products, baking and more. Friendly vendors and community members will kick off your Christmas spirit. Invite our friends to this event and meet up to shop. Morning baking, coffee and lunch concession will keep you fuelled up to enjoy the day. Fanny Bay Community Hall. Free admission. Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-3pm.

NOVEMBER 19—24th Annual Fiesta World Craft Bazaar. More than 50 local and global organizations selling unique handmade fair trade products. Household items for each room of your house. Clothing, jewelry, toys, cards, calendars, food, ethnic lunch. Adults $2/under 18 are free. Florence Filberg Centre.

NOVEMBER 20— Comox Valley Christmas Parade. Spectators get ready for a diverse array of parade entries and look forward to a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas! Parade starts at 2:00pm and takes place on 5th street between Harmston Ave and Cliffe Ave.

NOVEMBER 20—Stagnhare Christmas Market. This is a local curated event that features some of our favourite artisans, crafters and small locally owned boutiques. Native Sons Hall, Courtenay. Tickets $5, children under 12 free. Doors open at 10am till 4pm. www.stagnhare.com

NOVEMBER 20—Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A fast-paced farcical adventure! Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs in this zany whodunit based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit. Sid Williams Theatre, 7 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 25-27—Central Island Studio Tour. Three full days of art exploration and hunting are coming your way. More than 45 working studios and artist-run galleries, encompassing over 70 artists of every discipline who will be in attendance to discuss their work, share their process, and of course, happily sell their wares. Studios are located between Fanny Bay and Black Creek. www.comoxvalleyarts.com

NOVEMBER 25 & 26—Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This Festival is a program of the Banff Centre, and is the largest, and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, this Film Festival World Tour hits the road. From approximately 350 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 26—Cumberland WinterFaire. Cumberland’s annual magical, mystical lively winter arts and crafts fair features over 50 vendors and great community vibes. Vendors of handmade, homemade and fair trade items offer up an amazing selection of Christmas gift ideas. Shop, socialize and enjoy tasty treats from the WinterFaire canteen. Take in festive live music while visiting with friends and neighbours. Cumberland Recreational Institute. Admission $2, children under 12 free. Visit www.cumberlandmuseum.ca FMI.

NOVEMBER 26 & 27—Christmas at the Lodge & Holiday Market. Tis the season and what better place than at the beautiful Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park to prepare for the holidays. Join us for a classic Christmas in the Park and get your seasonal shopping done at the same time with a host of fine artists and gourmet gift ideas. Bring the whole family and enjoy food, festive greats, music, Christmas tree decorating and raffle prizes. Did we mention Santa will be stopping by? Also, stay late and see the Park all lit-up. Free admission. 10am-4pm both days. Visit www.filberg.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 26—Yule Tide Craft Faire, from 10 am – 4pm at Grantham Hall, Tsolum, 6040 Old Island Highway. (across from Nides School on Smith Rd. and Old Island Hwy.) Hosted by Tsolum Rebekah Lodge #78, fundraising for 40 years in the Valley. Lunch available and many unique crafters.

NOVEMBER 27—Liona Boyd—A Winter Fantasy. In concert with Andrew Dolson (Liona’s newest protégé. Sid Williams Theatre, $42.50/students $22.50. 7:30 pm.

DECEMBER 1—The Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow 2016. Music, Merriment and magic will fill the air as Ken takes a loving look back to the great radio shows of old. You will be transported with this nostalgic and enchanting musical tour through the 1940s and golden age of radio with Ken’s Band and special guests Alison MacDonald and Daniel James White. Let Ken’s lyric tenor voice and hilarious stories fill you with the joy and spirit of the holiday season. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 1-23—Christmas at the Barn, at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. See the barn and garden lights 5-9pm. Santa is in attendance Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Carol Walks with Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble, Dec. 17-18, 21-22 from 7-9pm. 6183 Whitaker Road, Courtenay. www.woodlandgardens.ca

DECEMBER 2-4, 9-11, 16-23—Crown Isle Resort Walk and Community Tree Trail. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays., 5pm – 9pm. Admission by donation of a non-perishable food item to the Food Bank. Gingerbread Village and Teddy Bear Basket displays Nov. 28 through Dec. 17, 9am-9pm. For more information go to www.crownisle.com/holiday-resort-walk or see story page 2.

DECEMBER 3—Put on your thinking caps and join the Just In Time Choirs for a fast-paced round of musical Trivial Pursuit! Our “top secret” song list has been chosen to answer questions from the six Trivia categories. Lucky audience members will have a chance to spin the wheel and win prizes. Two Saturday performances (2pm and 7:30 pm) will feature selections from jazz, roots, contemporary music and much more. Tickets $16 available in Comox at Blue Heron Books, Red Carpet Boutique, and Gone Hollywood, or in Courtenay at House of Color. Comox Pentecostal Church, 1919 Guthrie Road.

DECEMBER 4—9th Annual Santa’s Breakfast. This community celebration of the season is presented by the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) with support from the Village of Cumberland. Join us for a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, wreath making, silent auction and a visit with Santa. Admission by donation. Cumberland Recreation Institute, Cumberland. 8:30 am. Visit www.cumberlandcommunityschools.com FMI.

DECEMBER 2 & 3—The award-winning British comedy duo James & Jamesy celebrate the holiday season with the outrageously witty theatrical escapade O Christmas Tea. When a catastrophe strikes at James & Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world in tea, the friends leap into action—using spectacular imagination, physical feats and uproarious humor to keep afloat. Seventeen-time ‘Best-of-Fest’ winners at theatre festivals across North America, the pair will sweep spectators out to sea in an interactive aquatic adventure brimming with action, ingenuity and a dash of Christmas cheer. Tickets from $15. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit jamesandjamesy.com/o-christmas-tea FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—35th Annual Denman Island Christmas Craft Faire. Noted as one of the top 10 December winter events to attend in BC. More than 70 craft booths where mostly Denman artisans will offer a wide selection of pottery, carvings, woodworking, paintings, jewelry, weaving, herbs, soaps and essential oils, clothing and more. This is the perfect start to your holiday shopping! Admission is free, both venues are wheelchair accessible. Delicious lunches are available in the Food Hall. Park your vehicle at Buckley Bay and walk on the ferry. A shuttle van will be on hand to transfer visitors to the village—or, it’s only a two block walk up the hill. 10am-4pm each day.

DECEMBER 3—Elevate Winter Bazaar #5. The dark belly of the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay is host to a craft fair with a twist. More than 40 creators of beautiful, breathtaking and bizarre arts and crafts will be descending on the Lower Native Sons Hall for the 5th Annual Elevate Winter Bazaar. This highly anticipated craft fair offers attendees the opportunity to discover enticing, intriguing and unusual works from sublimely inspired local artisans. 9am – 3pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.facebook.com/events/1385642311462534/ FMI.

DECEMBER 3—Children’s Winter Faire. Magical activities for the whole family. All are welcome. No admission, small fee for activities. Make your own winter crafts, gifts from the Pocket Lady, Woodland Fairy Pond, Story Theatre and Children’s Choir. Hot lunch, sweet treats and warm drinks. Visit our popular Artisan Market Place filled with a unique variety of quality handcrafted toys, gifts and treasures for children and adults, all created locally. Saltwater Waldorf School, 2311 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay. 10am – 2pm. Visit www.saltwaterschool.com FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—Black Creek Christmas Craft Market. Christmas in Black Creek is a two day rustic holiday shopping experience at the Black Creek Community Centre. More than 30 local artisans and crafts, baked goods and hot drinks. Forest Story Walk and more. Both days, 10am-3pm. Admission by donation.

DECEMBER 4—Learn how to meditate! The simple and effective techniques of Sahaja Yoga Meditation will allow you to master stress, improve your health, face yourself and achieve balance in every aspect of life. Ancient knowledge and practices are adapted to modern day needs for people of all ages and walks of life. Free, Courtenay Library from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

DECEMBER 5—Christmas Truck Parade. Hosted by the Cumberland Truck Light Parade Committee. Join Santa at Village Square in Cumberland from 5pm for cookies and hot chocolate. Parade leaves Small Road at 5pm, travels Comox Valley Parkway to Courtenay, south along Highway 19A to Royston and to Cumberland via Royston Road. Trucks will arrive in Cumberland where they will travel west on Dunsmuir Avenue, turn at Second Street and return to Dunsmuir Avenue to park. Visit www.cumberland.ca FMI.

DECEMBER 6—Service in Search of Peace and Light. This candlelight service will celebrate the peace given to us at this time of year. This is a contemplative service with some poems, songs, and even a special advent creed perfect for the season. It comes from the Iona Celtic Christmas tradition. All are welcome! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5pm.

DECEMBER 6 & 7—10TH Annual Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular 2016. This year’s singing and dancing extravaganza will include new Broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favorites as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. As part of our 10th anniversary show, Elvis will once again grace the stage and the sights and sounds of ABBA will be back by popular demand. December 6 & 7—7pm; December 7—3pm. Sid Williams Theatre, $40 adults/$33 students. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 10—Strathcona Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Music for a Sleigh Ride’. Come one and all to enjoy this musical offering which will delight the spirit on a dark winter’s night. Filled with familiar holiday tunes from across the ages, there is something for everyone in this concert. Tickets $15, available at Benjamin Moore House of Color, Courtenay, Blue Heron Books, Comox and Rare Bird Bookshop, Cumberland. Native Sons Hall, 7pm. Visit www.facebook.com/StrathconaSymphonyOrchestra/ FMI.

DECEMBER 10—David Myles—It’s Christmas. The David Myles Trio celebrates the holiday season! Like his trademark suit, David Myles’ music is timeless. Regardless of quickly passing trends and fads, it will persevere. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his always growing, shape shifting songwriting and his exceptional ability to entertain. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 11—Christmas Dinner & Dance. Br. 17 North Island Fiddlers will be holding their dinner and dance at the Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. The doors open at 1:30pm for entertainment and a dinner of turkey and ham will be served at 5pm. $24/person. Our group plays Old Time Dance music and there will be a 50-50 draw and door prize. Everyone welcome to come and enjoy the music, dance and share the spirit of Christmas. Call Lorraine, 250-336-8302 for tickets.

DECEMBER 11—Children’s Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner. Bring your children, grandchildren or just yourselves and join in the fun of some crafts, games, raffles and a delicious pot-luck dinner. Doors open at 3pm; Santa arrives at 4:30 pm; dinner approximately 5pm. Courtenay Fish & Game Club.

DECEMBER 13—Service of Joy: A Journey with Mary. Join us at this special lessons and carols service in which we travel with Mary through this season. Hear her brave words and sing familiar songs as we approach Christmas. It is a true celebration of joy! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5 pm.

DECEMBER 17— A Tribute to Adele—When We Were Young. By Susie McGregor & Elizabeth McGregor Lorime & Rosalind McGregor. Like Adele, Susie has the rare ability to move listeners with her soulful performance and stunning vocal talent, portraying the heart felt lyrics of each and every song. Her Tribute includes all of your favourite Adele hits. Susie will be sharing the stage with her talented daughters (ages 10 & 13) to present Adele over the ages. 2pm at the Comox Rec Centre. Tickets $20 in advance at $25 at the door. FMI www.facebook.com/events/1727727477551691/

DECEMBER 26—Polar Bear Swim. Join the Comox Community Centre staff for their annual Boxing Day Polar Bear Swim held at Goose Spit. Registration starts at 11:30 am and the swim kicks off at 12pm noon sharp. Please bring a non-perishable item for donation to the Food Bank to participate in this cold water fun event. Visit www.comox.ca/recreation/rec-events FMI.

DECEMBER 26-31—Peter & the Starcatcher. Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan came to be? Courtenay Little Theatre will let you in on the secret when they present the musical play, Peter and the Starcatcher. Find out how an orphan becomes Peter Pan. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Sid Williams Theatre, Dec. 26—2pm; Dec. 27-31—7:30 pm. Tickets $22 all ages.

JANUARY 15—Family Film Series, Thumbelina. 2pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

EVERY SUNDAY — Bluegrass Brunch Sundays with Archie Pateman & Friends. 10:30 am. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322 www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY MONDAY — Senior’s Program, Halbe Hall in Black Creek. Start with an hour-long fitness class, followed by a homemade lunch provided by the Black Creek Community Assoc. $5 drop-in. 250-337-5190 FMI.

EVERY MONDAY — The Woolgatherers. A guild-style fine fibre group with equipment, a library and skill sharing for spinners, weavers, knitters etc. 11:30am-3pm, Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. Everyone welcome. Call Meta, 250-339-0676 or Norma, 250-890-1218 FMI

EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY — Al-Anon for people concerned about a loved one’s drinking. Mon, Tues and Fri 8 pm; Thurs 10 am. Call 250-334-2392 FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Fun Euchre, Courtenay Legion, 1:30 pm. Mixed pub darts at 7 pm.

EVERY TUESDAY — Drop-in meditation with Lucas every Tuesday, 7 pm at Ocean Resort, Oyster Bay (by $$ donations to the food banks). Call 250-792-3165.

EVERY TUESDAY — Universal Devotional Chanting and Meditation. Mystic Valley Voices Chanting Community. Little Red Church Healing Centre, 2182 Comox Avenue (at Alpine). 6:45-8:30pm. Everyone welcome! ChantMaster Oliver Clarke, 250-218-1688. Visit www.mysticvalleyvoices.org FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Tech Tuesday at the Courtenay Library. Drop-in and get help with technology issues (iPads, tablets, readers, laptops, etc.). 2:30-4pm. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY TUESDAY — A Good Yarn Knitting & Crochet Circle meets at the Comox Library, 101-1720 Beaufort Avenue on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. Lessons, refreshments and some supplies are provided. All ages. Drop in. 250-339-1240 or comox@virl.bc.ca FMI.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Drop-in darts at 1pm. Courtenay Legion.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — The Woolly Mammoth Craft Club is a free, all ages knitting circle ongoing Wednesday nights at Lake Trail School. 6:30-8pm at Lake Trail School (805 Willemar) in the school library. laketrailvision@gmail.com.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5.10:30-11am. Comox Library, 1720 Beaufort Avenue. Comox

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Regular Drop In Silent Meditation Practice; two sessions: 7-7:30 pm & 7:35-8:05 pm. Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre, 407A 5th Street, Courtenay. www.sherabchammaling.com FMI.

EVERY THURSDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10:30-11am att he Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY THURSDAY — Crib & Gucci, Courtenay Legion, 6:30 pm. Men’s darts at 7 pm.

EVERY THURSDAY— Thursday Jazz Club. In the past year the Jazz Club has had over 20 different host combos with 200+ musicians aged 13 to 80 years on the stage. The Avalanche Bar and Grill on Eight Street, Courtenay, 7:30-10:30 pm. www.georgiastraightjazz.com

EVERY THURSDAY — Thursday Night Open Jam. Stellar house band, ready to play music in almost any style! 9 pm. No cover. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322. FMI visit www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY FRIDAY — CCTSC Cycling. Come join us one one of our weekly rides. We are a road cycling group of active adults and members of the cross Canada Cycle Tour Society. Meet at Florence Filberg Centre lower parking lot at 10am. We cycle at a medium pace of 20km/hr for a 40 to 80km ride.

EVERY FRIDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10-10:30am. Cumberland Library, 2746 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland.

EVERY FRIDAY — Conversation Group—a great opportunity to practice English in a safe and welcoming environment. Sponsored by the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Every Friday, 1-20 pm. Last Friday of the month, 1:30-3pm. Call Jean, 250-338-6359 FMI.

EVERY FRIDAY — High Five Kids. An after-school prgram for kids aged 6-9 who have recently relocated to the Comox Valley, in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay. 2:45-4:45pm.

EVERY SATURDAY — Drop in play group for ages 0-5 at the Courtenay Library. 10am-12pm. Wraps up with a story before noon. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY SATURDAY — EVERY SATURDAY — Come and join the fun at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. You will find the freshest produce and the best selection of seasonal vegetables, free-range poultry and eggs, ethnic foods, seafood, cheese and honey, fresh baking, natural skincare products, pet treats and more from the 50+ vendors. Come and meet the producers of your local food. Native Sons Hall, Downtown Courtenay, every Saturday from 10am – 1pm. The last market in December is December 17 and reopening again January 7. FMI: www.cvfm.ca
NOVEMBER 17—Barra MacNeils’ Celtic East Coast Christmas. This highly anticipated returning show features a highly entertaining blend of seasonal fare mixed with entertaining stories and stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. A wonderful mix of the classic favourites and many other tunes of the season. Sid Williams Theatre, view $42.50. 7:30 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 16-19—St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Chistmas Sale. Cottage Thrift Shop, condom
off Rodello Street in Comox. Wed. – Fri. 10am-4pm; Sat. 10am – 1pm.

NOVEMBER 18—Comox Valley Art Gallery Christmas Craft Fair Opening. This year the Gallery will feature over 60 local and regional artists during our 42nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair. On November 18th and 19th CVAG members will receive a 15% discount and walk-in customers will receive 10% off purchases. Utilizing the entire gallery space, the fair will run from November 18th to December 26, 2016, with opening day specials, as well as hot juice and home-made cookies on Saturdays throughout the fair. Visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 18-20—Moonlight Magic in Downtown Courtenay. Come and take advantage of offers all day long from local merchants and get a head start on the holiday shopping. Friday night from 5-9pm, Downtown Courtenay welcomes residents and visitors for a night of fun, friends and fiery festivities. Moonlight and Magic Night Market on Duncan, Christmas tree light up, live fire performance, music, craft fairs, roving performers, choirs , shopping and dining specials and more. Santa arrives on Sunday at 2pm. www.downtowncourtenay.com

NOVEMBER 19—Cumberland Legion Bazaar. 9am – 4pm.

NOVEMBER 19 & 20—Fanny Bay Christmas Craft Fair. The holiday craft shopping event of the Season! Lovely crafts, food products, baking and more. Friendly vendors and community members will kick off your Christmas spirit. Invite our friends to this event and meet up to shop. Morning baking, coffee and lunch concession will keep you fuelled up to enjoy the day. Fanny Bay Community Hall. Free admission. Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-3pm.

NOVEMBER 19—24th Annual Fiesta World Craft Bazaar. More than 50 local and global organizations selling unique handmade fair trade products. Household items for each room of your house. Clothing, jewelry, toys, cards, calendars, food, ethnic lunch. Adults $2/under 18 are free. Florence Filberg Centre.

NOVEMBER 20— Comox Valley Christmas Parade. Spectators get ready for a diverse array of parade entries and look forward to a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas! Parade starts at 2:00pm and takes place on 5th street between Harmston Ave and Cliffe Ave.

NOVEMBER 20—Stagnhare Christmas Market. This is a local curated event that features some of our favourite artisans, crafters and small locally owned boutiques. Native Sons Hall, Courtenay. Tickets $5, children under 12 free. Doors open at 10am till 4pm. www.stagnhare.com

NOVEMBER 20—Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A fast-paced farcical adventure! Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs in this zany whodunit based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit. Sid Williams Theatre, 7 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 25-27—Central Island Studio Tour. Three full days of art exploration and hunting are coming your way. More than 45 working studios and artist-run galleries, encompassing over 70 artists of every discipline who will be in attendance to discuss their work, share their process, and of course, happily sell their wares. Studios are located between Fanny Bay and Black Creek. www.comoxvalleyarts.com

NOVEMBER 25 & 26—Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This Festival is a program of the Banff Centre, and is the largest, and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, this Film Festival World Tour hits the road. From approximately 350 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 26—Cumberland WinterFaire. Cumberland’s annual magical, mystical lively winter arts and crafts fair features over 50 vendors and great community vibes. Vendors of handmade, homemade and fair trade items offer up an amazing selection of Christmas gift ideas. Shop, socialize and enjoy tasty treats from the WinterFaire canteen. Take in festive live music while visiting with friends and neighbours. Cumberland Recreational Institute. Admission $2, children under 12 free. Visit www.cumberlandmuseum.ca FMI.

NOVEMBER 26 & 27—Christmas at the Lodge & Holiday Market. Tis the season and what better place than at the beautiful Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park to prepare for the holidays. Join us for a classic Christmas in the Park and get your seasonal shopping done at the same time with a host of fine artists and gourmet gift ideas. Bring the whole family and enjoy food, festive greats, music, Christmas tree decorating and raffle prizes. Did we mention Santa will be stopping by? Also, stay late and see the Park all lit-up. Free admission. 10am-4pm both days. Visit www.filberg.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 26—Yule Tide Craft Faire, from 10 am – 4pm at Grantham Hall, Tsolum, 6040 Old Island Highway. (across from Nides School on Smith Rd. and Old Island Hwy.) Hosted by Tsolum Rebekah Lodge #78, fundraising for 40 years in the Valley. Lunch available and many unique crafters.

NOVEMBER 27—Liona Boyd—A Winter Fantasy. In concert with Andrew Dolson (Liona’s newest protégé. Sid Williams Theatre, $42.50/students $22.50. 7:30 pm.

DECEMBER 1—The Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow 2016. Music, Merriment and magic will fill the air as Ken takes a loving look back to the great radio shows of old. You will be transported with this nostalgic and enchanting musical tour through the 1940s and golden age of radio with Ken’s Band and special guests Alison MacDonald and Daniel James White. Let Ken’s lyric tenor voice and hilarious stories fill you with the joy and spirit of the holiday season. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 1-23—Christmas at the Barn, at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. See the barn and garden lights 5-9pm. Santa is in attendance Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Carol Walks with Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble, Dec. 17-18, 21-22 from 7-9pm. 6183 Whitaker Road, Courtenay. www.woodlandgardens.ca

DECEMBER 2-4, 9-11, 16-23—Crown Isle Resort Walk and Community Tree Trail. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays., 5pm – 9pm. Admission by donation of a non-perishable food item to the Food Bank. Gingerbread Village and Teddy Bear Basket displays Nov. 28 through Dec. 17, 9am-9pm. For more information go to www.crownisle.com/holiday-resort-walk or see story page 2.

DECEMBER 3—Put on your thinking caps and join the Just In Time Choirs for a fast-paced round of musical Trivial Pursuit! Our “top secret” song list has been chosen to answer questions from the six Trivia categories. Lucky audience members will have a chance to spin the wheel and win prizes. Two Saturday performances (2pm and 7:30 pm) will feature selections from jazz, roots, contemporary music and much more. Tickets $16 available in Comox at Blue Heron Books, Red Carpet Boutique, and Gone Hollywood, or in Courtenay at House of Color. Comox Pentecostal Church, 1919 Guthrie Road.

DECEMBER 4—9th Annual Santa’s Breakfast. This community celebration of the season is presented by the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) with support from the Village of Cumberland. Join us for a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, wreath making, silent auction and a visit with Santa. Admission by donation. Cumberland Recreation Institute, Cumberland. 8:30 am. Visit www.cumberlandcommunityschools.com FMI.

DECEMBER 2 & 3—The award-winning British comedy duo James & Jamesy celebrate the holiday season with the outrageously witty theatrical escapade O Christmas Tea. When a catastrophe strikes at James & Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world in tea, the friends leap into action—using spectacular imagination, physical feats and uproarious humor to keep afloat. Seventeen-time ‘Best-of-Fest’ winners at theatre festivals across North America, the pair will sweep spectators out to sea in an interactive aquatic adventure brimming with action, ingenuity and a dash of Christmas cheer. Tickets from $15. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit jamesandjamesy.com/o-christmas-tea FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—35th Annual Denman Island Christmas Craft Faire. Noted as one of the top 10 December winter events to attend in BC. More than 70 craft booths where mostly Denman artisans will offer a wide selection of pottery, carvings, woodworking, paintings, jewelry, weaving, herbs, soaps and essential oils, clothing and more. This is the perfect start to your holiday shopping! Admission is free, both venues are wheelchair accessible. Delicious lunches are available in the Food Hall. Park your vehicle at Buckley Bay and walk on the ferry. A shuttle van will be on hand to transfer visitors to the village—or, it’s only a two block walk up the hill. 10am-4pm each day.

DECEMBER 3—Elevate Winter Bazaar #5. The dark belly of the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay is host to a craft fair with a twist. More than 40 creators of beautiful, breathtaking and bizarre arts and crafts will be descending on the Lower Native Sons Hall for the 5th Annual Elevate Winter Bazaar. This highly anticipated craft fair offers attendees the opportunity to discover enticing, intriguing and unusual works from sublimely inspired local artisans. 9am – 3pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.facebook.com/events/1385642311462534/ FMI.

DECEMBER 3—Children’s Winter Faire. Magical activities for the whole family. All are welcome. No admission, small fee for activities. Make your own winter crafts, gifts from the Pocket Lady, Woodland Fairy Pond, Story Theatre and Children’s Choir. Hot lunch, sweet treats and warm drinks. Visit our popular Artisan Market Place filled with a unique variety of quality handcrafted toys, gifts and treasures for children and adults, all created locally. Saltwater Waldorf School, 2311 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay. 10am – 2pm. Visit www.saltwaterschool.com FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—Black Creek Christmas Craft Market. Christmas in Black Creek is a two day rustic holiday shopping experience at the Black Creek Community Centre. More than 30 local artisans and crafts, baked goods and hot drinks. Forest Story Walk and more. Both days, 10am-3pm. Admission by donation.

DECEMBER 4—Learn how to meditate! The simple and effective techniques of Sahaja Yoga Meditation will allow you to master stress, improve your health, face yourself and achieve balance in every aspect of life. Ancient knowledge and practices are adapted to modern day needs for people of all ages and walks of life. Free, Courtenay Library from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

DECEMBER 5—Christmas Truck Parade. Hosted by the Cumberland Truck Light Parade Committee. Join Santa at Village Square in Cumberland from 5pm for cookies and hot chocolate. Parade leaves Small Road at 5pm, travels Comox Valley Parkway to Courtenay, south along Highway 19A to Royston and to Cumberland via Royston Road. Trucks will arrive in Cumberland where they will travel west on Dunsmuir Avenue, turn at Second Street and return to Dunsmuir Avenue to park. Visit www.cumberland.ca FMI.

DECEMBER 6—Service in Search of Peace and Light. This candlelight service will celebrate the peace given to us at this time of year. This is a contemplative service with some poems, songs, and even a special advent creed perfect for the season. It comes from the Iona Celtic Christmas tradition. All are welcome! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5pm.

DECEMBER 6 & 7—10TH Annual Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular 2016. This year’s singing and dancing extravaganza will include new Broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favorites as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. As part of our 10th anniversary show, Elvis will once again grace the stage and the sights and sounds of ABBA will be back by popular demand. December 6 & 7—7pm; December 7—3pm. Sid Williams Theatre, $40 adults/$33 students. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 10—Strathcona Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Music for a Sleigh Ride’. Come one and all to enjoy this musical offering which will delight the spirit on a dark winter’s night. Filled with familiar holiday tunes from across the ages, there is something for everyone in this concert. Tickets $15, available at Benjamin Moore House of Color, Courtenay, Blue Heron Books, Comox and Rare Bird Bookshop, Cumberland. Native Sons Hall, 7pm. Visit www.facebook.com/StrathconaSymphonyOrchestra/ FMI.

DECEMBER 10—David Myles—It’s Christmas. The David Myles Trio celebrates the holiday season! Like his trademark suit, David Myles’ music is timeless. Regardless of quickly passing trends and fads, it will persevere. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his always growing, shape shifting songwriting and his exceptional ability to entertain. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 11—Christmas Dinner & Dance. Br. 17 North Island Fiddlers will be holding their dinner and dance at the Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. The doors open at 1:30pm for entertainment and a dinner of turkey and ham will be served at 5pm. $24/person. Our group plays Old Time Dance music and there will be a 50-50 draw and door prize. Everyone welcome to come and enjoy the music, dance and share the spirit of Christmas. Call Lorraine, 250-336-8302 for tickets.

DECEMBER 11—Children’s Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner. Bring your children, grandchildren or just yourselves and join in the fun of some crafts, games, raffles and a delicious pot-luck dinner. Doors open at 3pm; Santa arrives at 4:30 pm; dinner approximately 5pm. Courtenay Fish & Game Club.

DECEMBER 13—Service of Joy: A Journey with Mary. Join us at this special lessons and carols service in which we travel with Mary through this season. Hear her brave words and sing familiar songs as we approach Christmas. It is a true celebration of joy! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5 pm.

DECEMBER 17— A Tribute to Adele—When We Were Young. By Susie McGregor & Elizabeth McGregor Lorime & Rosalind McGregor. Like Adele, Susie has the rare ability to move listeners with her soulful performance and stunning vocal talent, portraying the heart felt lyrics of each and every song. Her Tribute includes all of your favourite Adele hits. Susie will be sharing the stage with her talented daughters (ages 10 & 13) to present Adele over the ages. 2pm at the Comox Rec Centre. Tickets $20 in advance at $25 at the door. FMI www.facebook.com/events/1727727477551691/

DECEMBER 26—Polar Bear Swim. Join the Comox Community Centre staff for their annual Boxing Day Polar Bear Swim held at Goose Spit. Registration starts at 11:30 am and the swim kicks off at 12pm noon sharp. Please bring a non-perishable item for donation to the Food Bank to participate in this cold water fun event. Visit www.comox.ca/recreation/rec-events FMI.

DECEMBER 26-31—Peter & the Starcatcher. Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan came to be? Courtenay Little Theatre will let you in on the secret when they present the musical play, Peter and the Starcatcher. Find out how an orphan becomes Peter Pan. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Sid Williams Theatre, Dec. 26—2pm; Dec. 27-31—7:30 pm. Tickets $22 all ages.

JANUARY 15—Family Film Series, Thumbelina. 2pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

EVERY SUNDAY — Bluegrass Brunch Sundays with Archie Pateman & Friends. 10:30 am. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322 www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY MONDAY — Senior’s Program, Halbe Hall in Black Creek. Start with an hour-long fitness class, followed by a homemade lunch provided by the Black Creek Community Assoc. $5 drop-in. 250-337-5190 FMI.

EVERY MONDAY — The Woolgatherers. A guild-style fine fibre group with equipment, a library and skill sharing for spinners, weavers, knitters etc. 11:30am-3pm, Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. Everyone welcome. Call Meta, 250-339-0676 or Norma, 250-890-1218 FMI

EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY — Al-Anon for people concerned about a loved one’s drinking. Mon, Tues and Fri 8 pm; Thurs 10 am. Call 250-334-2392 FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Fun Euchre, Courtenay Legion, 1:30 pm. Mixed pub darts at 7 pm.

EVERY TUESDAY — Drop-in meditation with Lucas every Tuesday, 7 pm at Ocean Resort, Oyster Bay (by $$ donations to the food banks). Call 250-792-3165.

EVERY TUESDAY — Universal Devotional Chanting and Meditation. Mystic Valley Voices Chanting Community. Little Red Church Healing Centre, 2182 Comox Avenue (at Alpine). 6:45-8:30pm. Everyone welcome! ChantMaster Oliver Clarke, 250-218-1688. Visit www.mysticvalleyvoices.org FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Tech Tuesday at the Courtenay Library. Drop-in and get help with technology issues (iPads, tablets, readers, laptops, etc.). 2:30-4pm. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY TUESDAY — A Good Yarn Knitting & Crochet Circle meets at the Comox Library, 101-1720 Beaufort Avenue on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. Lessons, refreshments and some supplies are provided. All ages. Drop in. 250-339-1240 or comox@virl.bc.ca FMI.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Drop-in darts at 1pm. Courtenay Legion.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — The Woolly Mammoth Craft Club is a free, all ages knitting circle ongoing Wednesday nights at Lake Trail School. 6:30-8pm at Lake Trail School (805 Willemar) in the school library. laketrailvision@gmail.com.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5.10:30-11am. Comox Library, 1720 Beaufort Avenue. Comox

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Regular Drop In Silent Meditation Practice; two sessions: 7-7:30 pm & 7:35-8:05 pm. Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre, 407A 5th Street, Courtenay. www.sherabchammaling.com FMI.

EVERY THURSDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10:30-11am att he Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY THURSDAY — Crib & Gucci, Courtenay Legion, 6:30 pm. Men’s darts at 7 pm.

EVERY THURSDAY— Thursday Jazz Club. In the past year the Jazz Club has had over 20 different host combos with 200+ musicians aged 13 to 80 years on the stage. The Avalanche Bar and Grill on Eight Street, Courtenay, 7:30-10:30 pm. www.georgiastraightjazz.com

EVERY THURSDAY — Thursday Night Open Jam. Stellar house band, ready to play music in almost any style! 9 pm. No cover. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322. FMI visit www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY FRIDAY — CCTSC Cycling. Come join us one one of our weekly rides. We are a road cycling group of active adults and members of the cross Canada Cycle Tour Society. Meet at Florence Filberg Centre lower parking lot at 10am. We cycle at a medium pace of 20km/hr for a 40 to 80km ride.

EVERY FRIDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10-10:30am. Cumberland Library, 2746 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland.

EVERY FRIDAY — Conversation Group—a great opportunity to practice English in a safe and welcoming environment. Sponsored by the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Every Friday, 1-20 pm. Last Friday of the month, 1:30-3pm. Call Jean, 250-338-6359 FMI.

EVERY FRIDAY — High Five Kids. An after-school prgram for kids aged 6-9 who have recently relocated to the Comox Valley, in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay. 2:45-4:45pm.

EVERY SATURDAY — Drop in play group for ages 0-5 at the Courtenay Library. 10am-12pm. Wraps up with a story before noon. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY SATURDAY — EVERY SATURDAY — Come and join the fun at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. You will find the freshest produce and the best selection of seasonal vegetables, free-range poultry and eggs, ethnic foods, seafood, cheese and honey, fresh baking, natural skincare products, pet treats and more from the 50+ vendors. Come and meet the producers of your local food. Native Sons Hall, Downtown Courtenay, every Saturday from 10am – 1pm. The last market in December is December 17 and reopening again January 7. FMI: www.cvfm.ca
NOVEMBER 17—Barra MacNeils’ Celtic East Coast Christmas. This highly anticipated returning show features a highly entertaining blend of seasonal fare mixed with entertaining stories and stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. A wonderful mix of the classic favourites and many other tunes of the season. Sid Williams Theatre, ask
$42.50. 7:30 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 16-19—St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary Chistmas Sale. Cottage Thrift Shop, off Rodello Street in Comox. Wed. – Fri. 10am-4pm; Sat. 10am – 1pm.

NOVEMBER 18—Comox Valley Art Gallery Christmas Craft Fair Opening. This year the Gallery will feature over 60 local and regional artists during our 42nd Annual Christmas Craft Fair. On November 18th and 19th CVAG members will receive a 15% discount and walk-in customers will receive 10% off purchases. Utilizing the entire gallery space, the fair will run from November 18th to December 26, 2016, with opening day specials, as well as hot juice and home-made cookies on Saturdays throughout the fair. Visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 18-20—Moonlight Magic in Downtown Courtenay. Come and take advantage of offers all day long from local merchants and get a head start on the holiday shopping. Friday night from 5-9pm, Downtown Courtenay welcomes residents and visitors for a night of fun, friends and fiery festivities. Moonlight and Magic Night Market on Duncan, Christmas tree light up, live fire performance, music, craft fairs, roving performers, choirs , shopping and dining specials and more. Santa arrives on Sunday at 2pm. www.downtowncourtenay.com

NOVEMBER 19—Cumberland Legion Bazaar. 9am – 4pm.

NOVEMBER 19 & 20—Fanny Bay Christmas Craft Fair. The holiday craft shopping event of the Season! Lovely crafts, food products, baking and more. Friendly vendors and community members will kick off your Christmas spirit. Invite our friends to this event and meet up to shop. Morning baking, coffee and lunch concession will keep you fuelled up to enjoy the day. Fanny Bay Community Hall. Free admission. Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-3pm.

NOVEMBER 19—24th Annual Fiesta World Craft Bazaar. More than 50 local and global organizations selling unique handmade fair trade products. Household items for each room of your house. Clothing, jewelry, toys, cards, calendars, food, ethnic lunch. Adults $2/under 18 are free. Florence Filberg Centre.

NOVEMBER 20— Comox Valley Christmas Parade. Spectators get ready for a diverse array of parade entries and look forward to a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas! Parade starts at 2:00pm and takes place on 5th street between Harmston Ave and Cliffe Ave.

NOVEMBER 20—Stagnhare Christmas Market. This is a local curated event that features some of our favourite artisans, crafters and small locally owned boutiques. Native Sons Hall, Courtenay. Tickets $5, children under 12 free. Doors open at 10am till 4pm. www.stagnhare.com

NOVEMBER 20—Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A fast-paced farcical adventure! Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs in this zany whodunit based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit. Sid Williams Theatre, 7 pm. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 25-27—Central Island Studio Tour. Three full days of art exploration and hunting are coming your way. More than 45 working studios and artist-run galleries, encompassing over 70 artists of every discipline who will be in attendance to discuss their work, share their process, and of course, happily sell their wares. Studios are located between Fanny Bay and Black Creek. www.comoxvalleyarts.com

NOVEMBER 25 & 26—Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This Festival is a program of the Banff Centre, and is the largest, and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, this Film Festival World Tour hits the road. From approximately 350 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe. www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

NOVEMBER 26—Cumberland WinterFaire. Cumberland’s annual magical, mystical lively winter arts and crafts fair features over 50 vendors and great community vibes. Vendors of handmade, homemade and fair trade items offer up an amazing selection of Christmas gift ideas. Shop, socialize and enjoy tasty treats from the WinterFaire canteen. Take in festive live music while visiting with friends and neighbours. Cumberland Recreational Institute. Admission $2, children under 12 free. Visit www.cumberlandmuseum.ca FMI.

NOVEMBER 26 & 27—Christmas at the Lodge & Holiday Market. Tis the season and what better place than at the beautiful Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park to prepare for the holidays. Join us for a classic Christmas in the Park and get your seasonal shopping done at the same time with a host of fine artists and gourmet gift ideas. Bring the whole family and enjoy food, festive greats, music, Christmas tree decorating and raffle prizes. Did we mention Santa will be stopping by? Also, stay late and see the Park all lit-up. Free admission. 10am-4pm both days. Visit www.filberg.com FMI.

NOVEMBER 26—Yule Tide Craft Faire, from 10 am – 4pm at Grantham Hall, Tsolum, 6040 Old Island Highway. (across from Nides School on Smith Rd. and Old Island Hwy.) Hosted by Tsolum Rebekah Lodge #78, fundraising for 40 years in the Valley. Lunch available and many unique crafters.

NOVEMBER 27—Liona Boyd—A Winter Fantasy. In concert with Andrew Dolson (Liona’s newest protégé. Sid Williams Theatre, $42.50/students $22.50. 7:30 pm.

DECEMBER 1—The Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow 2016. Music, Merriment and magic will fill the air as Ken takes a loving look back to the great radio shows of old. You will be transported with this nostalgic and enchanting musical tour through the 1940s and golden age of radio with Ken’s Band and special guests Alison MacDonald and Daniel James White. Let Ken’s lyric tenor voice and hilarious stories fill you with the joy and spirit of the holiday season. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 1-23—Christmas at the Barn, at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens. See the barn and garden lights 5-9pm. Santa is in attendance Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Carol Walks with Cantiamo Chamber Ensemble, Dec. 17-18, 21-22 from 7-9pm. 6183 Whitaker Road, Courtenay. www.woodlandgardens.ca

DECEMBER 2-4, 9-11, 16-23—Crown Isle Resort Walk and Community Tree Trail. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays., 5pm – 9pm. Admission by donation of a non-perishable food item to the Food Bank. Gingerbread Village and Teddy Bear Basket displays Nov. 28 through Dec. 17, 9am-9pm. For more information go to www.crownisle.com/holiday-resort-walk

DECEMBER 3—Put on your thinking caps and join the Just In Time Choirs for a fast-paced round of musical Trivial Pursuit! Our “top secret” song list has been chosen to answer questions from the six Trivia categories. Lucky audience members will have a chance to spin the wheel and win prizes. Two Saturday performances (2pm and 7:30 pm) will feature selections from jazz, roots, contemporary music and much more. Tickets $16 available in Comox at Blue Heron Books, Red Carpet Boutique, and Gone Hollywood, or in Courtenay at House of Color. Comox Pentecostal Church, 1919 Guthrie Road.

DECEMBER 4—9th Annual Santa’s Breakfast. This community celebration of the season is presented by the Cumberland Community Schools Society (CCSS) with support from the Village of Cumberland. Join us for a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, wreath making, silent auction and a visit with Santa. Admission by donation. Cumberland Recreation Institute, Cumberland. 8:30 am. Visit www.cumberlandcommunityschools.com FMI.

DECEMBER 2 & 3—The award-winning British comedy duo James & Jamesy celebrate the holiday season with the outrageously witty theatrical escapade O Christmas Tea. When a catastrophe strikes at James & Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world in tea, the friends leap into action—using spectacular imagination, physical feats and uproarious humor to keep afloat. Seventeen-time ‘Best-of-Fest’ winners at theatre festivals across North America, the pair will sweep spectators out to sea in an interactive aquatic adventure brimming with action, ingenuity and a dash of Christmas cheer. Tickets from $15. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit jamesandjamesy.com/o-christmas-tea FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—35th Annual Denman Island Christmas Craft Faire. Noted as one of the top 10 December winter events to attend in BC. More than 70 craft booths where mostly Denman artisans will offer a wide selection of pottery, carvings, woodworking, paintings, jewelry, weaving, herbs, soaps and essential oils, clothing and more. This is the perfect start to your holiday shopping! Admission is free, both venues are wheelchair accessible. Delicious lunches are available in the Food Hall. Park your vehicle at Buckley Bay and walk on the ferry. A shuttle van will be on hand to transfer visitors to the village—or, it’s only a two block walk up the hill. 10am-4pm each day.

DECEMBER 3—Elevate Winter Bazaar #5. The dark belly of the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay is host to a craft fair with a twist. More than 40 creators of beautiful, breathtaking and bizarre arts and crafts will be descending on the Lower Native Sons Hall for the 5th Annual Elevate Winter Bazaar. This highly anticipated craft fair offers attendees the opportunity to discover enticing, intriguing and unusual works from sublimely inspired local artisans. 9am – 3pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.facebook.com/events/1385642311462534/ FMI.

DECEMBER 3—Children’s Winter Faire. Magical activities for the whole family. All are welcome. No admission, small fee for activities. Make your own winter crafts, gifts from the Pocket Lady, Woodland Fairy Pond, Story Theatre and Children’s Choir. Hot lunch, sweet treats and warm drinks. Visit our popular Artisan Market Place filled with a unique variety of quality handcrafted toys, gifts and treasures for children and adults, all created locally. Saltwater Waldorf School, 2311 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay. 10am – 2pm. Visit www.saltwaterschool.com FMI.

DECEMBER 3 & 4—Black Creek Christmas Craft Market. Christmas in Black Creek is a two day rustic holiday shopping experience at the Black Creek Community Centre. More than 30 local artisans and crafts, baked goods and hot drinks. Forest Story Walk and more. Both days, 10am-3pm. Admission by donation.

DECEMBER 4—Learn how to meditate! The simple and effective techniques of Sahaja Yoga Meditation will allow you to master stress, improve your health, face yourself and achieve balance in every aspect of life. Ancient knowledge and practices are adapted to modern day needs for people of all ages and walks of life. Free, Courtenay Library from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

DECEMBER 5—Christmas Truck Parade. Hosted by the Cumberland Truck Light Parade Committee. Join Santa at Village Square in Cumberland from 5pm for cookies and hot chocolate. Parade leaves Small Road at 5pm, travels Comox Valley Parkway to Courtenay, south along Highway 19A to Royston and to Cumberland via Royston Road. Trucks will arrive in Cumberland where they will travel west on Dunsmuir Avenue, turn at Second Street and return to Dunsmuir Avenue to park. Visit www.cumberland.ca FMI.

DECEMBER 6—Service in Search of Peace and Light. This candlelight service will celebrate the peace given to us at this time of year. This is a contemplative service with some poems, songs, and even a special advent creed perfect for the season. It comes from the Iona Celtic Christmas tradition. All are welcome! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5pm.

DECEMBER 6 & 7—10TH Annual Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular 2016. This year’s singing and dancing extravaganza will include new Broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favorites as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. As part of our 10th anniversary show, Elvis will once again grace the stage and the sights and sounds of ABBA will be back by popular demand. December 6 & 7—7pm; December 7—3pm. Sid Williams Theatre, $40 adults/$33 students. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 10—Strathcona Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Music for a Sleigh Ride’. Come one and all to enjoy this musical offering which will delight the spirit on a dark winter’s night. Filled with familiar holiday tunes from across the ages, there is something for everyone in this concert. Tickets $15, available at Benjamin Moore House of Color, Courtenay, Blue Heron Books, Comox and Rare Bird Bookshop, Cumberland. Native Sons Hall, 7pm. Visit www.facebook.com/StrathconaSymphonyOrchestra/ FMI.

DECEMBER 10—David Myles—It’s Christmas. The David Myles Trio celebrates the holiday season! Like his trademark suit, David Myles’ music is timeless. Regardless of quickly passing trends and fads, it will persevere. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his always growing, shape shifting songwriting and his exceptional ability to entertain. Sid Williams Theatre, 7:30 pm. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.

DECEMBER 11—Christmas Dinner & Dance. Br. 17 North Island Fiddlers will be holding their dinner and dance at the Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. The doors open at 1:30pm for entertainment and a dinner of turkey and ham will be served at 5pm. $24/person. Our group plays Old Time Dance music and there will be a 50-50 draw and door prize. Everyone welcome to come and enjoy the music, dance and share the spirit of Christmas. Call Lorraine, 250-336-8302 for tickets.

DECEMBER 11—Children’s Christmas Party & Potluck Dinner. Bring your children, grandchildren or just yourselves and join in the fun of some crafts, games, raffles and a delicious pot-luck dinner. Doors open at 3pm; Santa arrives at 4:30 pm; dinner approximately 5pm. Courtenay Fish & Game Club.

DECEMBER 13—Service of Joy: A Journey with Mary. Join us at this special lessons and carols service in which we travel with Mary through this season. Hear her brave words and sing familiar songs as we approach Christmas. It is a true celebration of joy! Comox Valley Presbyterian Church, Comox. 5 pm.

DECEMBER 17— A Tribute to Adele—When We Were Young. By Susie McGregor & Elizabeth McGregor Lorime & Rosalind McGregor. Like Adele, Susie has the rare ability to move listeners with her soulful performance and stunning vocal talent, portraying the heart felt lyrics of each and every song. Her Tribute includes all of your favourite Adele hits. Susie will be sharing the stage with her talented daughters (ages 10 & 13) to present Adele over the ages. 2pm at the Comox Rec Centre. Tickets $20 in advance at $25 at the door. FMI www.facebook.com/events/1727727477551691/

DECEMBER 26—Polar Bear Swim. Join the Comox Community Centre staff for their annual Boxing Day Polar Bear Swim held at Goose Spit. Registration starts at 11:30 am and the swim kicks off at 12pm noon sharp. Please bring a non-perishable item for donation to the Food Bank to participate in this cold water fun event. Visit www.comox.ca/recreation/rec-events FMI.

DECEMBER 26-31—Peter & the Starcatcher. Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan came to be? Courtenay Little Theatre will let you in on the secret when they present the musical play, Peter and the Starcatcher. Find out how an orphan becomes Peter Pan. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Sid Williams Theatre, Dec. 26—2pm; Dec. 27-31—7:30 pm. Tickets $22 all ages.

JANUARY 15—Family Film Series, Thumbelina. 2pm. Admission by donation. Visit www.sidwilliamstheatre.com FMI.


ONGOING EVENTS

EVERY SUNDAY — Bluegrass Brunch Sundays with Archie Pateman & Friends. 10:30 am. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322 www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY MONDAY — Senior’s Program, Halbe Hall in Black Creek. Start with an hour-long fitness class, followed by a homemade lunch provided by the Black Creek Community Assoc. $5 drop-in. 250-337-5190 FMI.

EVERY MONDAY — The Woolgatherers. A guild-style fine fibre group with equipment, a library and skill sharing for spinners, weavers, knitters etc. 11:30am-3pm, Fallen Alders Hall, Royston. Everyone welcome. Call Meta, 250-339-0676 or Norma, 250-890-1218 FMI

EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY — Al-Anon for people concerned about a loved one’s drinking. Mon, Tues and Fri 8 pm; Thurs 10 am. Call 250-334-2392 FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Fun Euchre, Courtenay Legion, 1:30 pm. Mixed pub darts at 7 pm.

EVERY TUESDAY — Drop-in meditation with Lucas every Tuesday, 7 pm at Ocean Resort, Oyster Bay (by $$ donations to the food banks). Call 250-792-3165.

EVERY TUESDAY — Universal Devotional Chanting and Meditation. Mystic Valley Voices Chanting Community. Little Red Church Healing Centre, 2182 Comox Avenue (at Alpine). 6:45-8:30pm. Everyone welcome! ChantMaster Oliver Clarke, 250-218-1688. Visit www.mysticvalleyvoices.org FMI.

EVERY TUESDAY — Tech Tuesday at the Courtenay Library. Drop-in and get help with technology issues (iPads, tablets, readers, laptops, etc.). 2:30-4pm. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY TUESDAY — A Good Yarn Knitting & Crochet Circle meets at the Comox Library, 101-1720 Beaufort Avenue on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. Lessons, refreshments and some supplies are provided. All ages. Drop in. 250-339-1240 or comox@virl.bc.ca FMI.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Drop-in darts at 1pm. Courtenay Legion.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — The Woolly Mammoth Craft Club is a free, all ages knitting circle ongoing Wednesday nights at Lake Trail School. 6:30-8pm at Lake Trail School (805 Willemar) in the school library. laketrailvision@gmail.com.

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5.10:30-11am. Comox Library, 1720 Beaufort Avenue. Comox

EVERY WEDNESDAY — Regular Drop In Silent Meditation Practice; two sessions: 7-7:30 pm & 7:35-8:05 pm. Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre, 407A 5th Street, Courtenay. www.sherabchammaling.com FMI.

EVERY THURSDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10:30-11am att he Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY THURSDAY — Crib & Gucci, Courtenay Legion, 6:30 pm. Men’s darts at 7 pm.

EVERY THURSDAY— Thursday Jazz Club. In the past year the Jazz Club has had over 20 different host combos with 200+ musicians aged 13 to 80 years on the stage. The Avalanche Bar and Grill on Eight Street, Courtenay, 7:30-10:30 pm. www.georgiastraightjazz.com

EVERY THURSDAY — Thursday Night Open Jam. Stellar house band, ready to play music in almost any style! 9 pm. No cover. The Waverley, 2692 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland • 250-336-8322. FMI visit www.cumberlandvillageworks.com

EVERY FRIDAY — CCTSC Cycling. Come join us one one of our weekly rides. We are a road cycling group of active adults and members of the cross Canada Cycle Tour Society. Meet at Florence Filberg Centre lower parking lot at 10am. We cycle at a medium pace of 20km/hr for a 40 to 80km ride.

EVERY FRIDAY — Family Storytime. Drop in for songs and stories for kids ages 0-5. 10-10:30am. Cumberland Library, 2746 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland.

EVERY FRIDAY — Conversation Group—a great opportunity to practice English in a safe and welcoming environment. Sponsored by the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Every Friday, 1-20 pm. Last Friday of the month, 1:30-3pm. Call Jean, 250-338-6359 FMI.

EVERY FRIDAY — High Five Kids. An after-school prgram for kids aged 6-9 who have recently relocated to the Comox Valley, in partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Centre. Courtenay Library. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay. 2:45-4:45pm.

EVERY SATURDAY — Drop in play group for ages 0-5 at the Courtenay Library. 10am-12pm. Wraps up with a story before noon. 300 6th Street, Downtown Courtenay.

EVERY SATURDAY — EVERY SATURDAY — Come and join the fun at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. You will find the freshest produce and the best selection of seasonal vegetables, free-range poultry and eggs, ethnic foods, seafood, cheese and honey, fresh baking, natural skincare products, pet treats and more from the 50+ vendors. Come and meet the producers of your local food. Native Sons Hall, Downtown Courtenay, every Saturday from 10am – 1pm. The last market in December is December 17 and reopening again January 7. FMI: www.cvfm.ca
 

Winter is almost upon us, view
and what better time to hunker down with some nice, cozy comfort food?  
Whether you are entertaining for a crowd or cooking for one or two, winter and the holiday season are the perfect time to try something new.  Happy holidays!  


Louisiana Hot Crab Dip

Ingredients:
1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons minced green onions
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon hot sauce

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Combine first 10 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir well. Transfer mixture into a 2-qt. baking dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned.
    Serve with your favorite crackers or crusty bread.

Nana Lewis’ Famous Ginger Snaps

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash each of allspice, cloves and nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup table or cooking molasses
White sugar, for rolling

Preparation:

  • Whisk together flour, ginger, baking soda, salt and spices in bowl and set aside.
  • In another bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, mix well. Add molasses and mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir toegther until combined. If the batter is too sticky, add more flour. If too dry, add more butter and molasses. I You should be able to handle the dough without it sticking to your fingers.
  • Form 1 tablespoon of dough in hand and roll in a ball. Roll balls in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degr=rees for 12 to 15 minutes until tops are slightly rounded, cracked and lightly browned. Remove to wire rack.

Mini No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecakes

Ingredients:
6 ounces chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
sweetened whipped cream
cocoa powder, for garnish

To Make the Crust:

  • Combine cookie crumbs and butter until moistened. Divide crust mixture evenly among 12 cups of a mini cheesecake pan. Press crust firmly and evenly into the bottoms of the pan. Place pan in refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

To Make the Filling:

  • Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until blended and smooth. Mix in vanilla and sour cream. Add cooled chocolate and mix until well combined.
  • Divide filling among the cups of the mini cheesecake pan. To get a smooth, solid filling, add filling a tablespoon at a time and use a small spatula or spoon to press the filling down into the cups. You can also pipe the filling into the cups if you prefer. Chill cheesecakes in pan at least 6 hours.
  • Carefully remove the cheesecakes by pressing up from the bottom of the cheesecake pan. Serve with sweetened whipped cream and a sprinkling of cocoa powder.

Golden Chanterelle Soup with Toasted Almonds

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons (¼ stick) butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 large celery stalks, chopped
3 cups thinly sliced fresh chanterelle mushrooms
1 cup thinly sliced button mushrooms
6 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth
2 medium russet potatoes peeled, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 bay leaves
1 large fresh thyme sprig (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 large fresh Italian parsley sprig (or 1 tablespoon dried)
½ cup whipping cream
Dry Sherry
½ cup sliced almonds, toasted

Preparation:

  • Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add all mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are soft, stirring often, about 7 minutes.
  • Add 6 cups broth and next 4 ingredients. Bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and summer until potatoes are very tender, about 25 minutes. Discard herbs. Cool slightly.
  • Add whipping cream and dry sherry. Top with almonds.
  • Tip: To toast almonds, preheat oven to 350°. Place almonds on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and toast until lightly browned, approximately 5 minutes.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound baby red potatoes, quartered
4 carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Preparation:

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. Add beef to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Place beef, potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme, rosemary, paprika and bay leaves until well combined; season with salt and pepper.
    Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour and 1/2 cup stew broth. Stir mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 30 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.