Brenda Gough

National Youth Week is a time to honour our amazing youth and from May 1-8 there will be a host of activities planned in District 69 to celebrate.  Last year a DJ battle between DJ Killawattz and DJ B-Chuk was part of the fun at Ballenas High School.  This year DJ AllGood will be throwing down some beats at a free teen swim event May 8 at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre.

Loads of local events during National Youth Week May 1-8

Organizers trying to highlight youth programs that are offered year-round

National Youth Week is a time to honour our amazing youth and from May 1-8 there will be a host of activities planned in District 69 to celebrate.  Last year a DJ battle between DJ Killawattz and DJ B-Chuk was part of the fun at Ballenas High School.  This year DJ AllGood will be throwing down some beats at a free teen swim event May 8 at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre.
The Society of Organized Services (SOS) officially opened its child

Ribbon cut on SOS’s new headquarters in Qualicum Beach

The former Qualicum Beach Elementary School has been re-purposed and now houses many SOS programs

The Society of Organized Services (SOS) officially opened its child

Island firefighters training in Errington

“There will be firefighters from around the Island taking part. Some are coming from as far away as Shawnigan Lake and Honeymoon Bay.”

Biggest health fair in the region is this weekend in Parksville

The fair opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Parksville Community and Conference Centre and admission is free

Last year at What Women Want

Friday’s What Women Want Show in Parksville sold out

Fashion show, 14,000 appetizers, door prizes and much more scheduled

Last year at What Women Want
Beth Alden of Kickstart Fitness shared some great self-defence tips at an empowering women event March 6 including firmly carrying your keys in your hand when walking to your car.  The self-defence instructor encourages everyone to learn how to protect their personal space and avoid a violent situation.

THURSDAY SPOTLIGHT: Learn how to protect yourself

Parksville Qualicum Beach fitness facility owner helps women combat assault with protection tactics

Beth Alden of Kickstart Fitness shared some great self-defence tips at an empowering women event March 6 including firmly carrying your keys in your hand when walking to your car.  The self-defence instructor encourages everyone to learn how to protect their personal space and avoid a violent situation.

Craft fair and workshops to help prepare for spring

All Sprung Out March 7 at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Qualicum Beach Inn manager Jim Gardiner expects a lot of corks will be popping this weekend at the C View restaurant as couples indulge in the Lovers’ (of food) Aphrodisiac Menu.

Many ways to get your romance on in Parksville Qualicum Beach area this weekend

Plenty of dances and dinners for you Valentine's Day Feb. 14

Qualicum Beach Inn manager Jim Gardiner expects a lot of corks will be popping this weekend at the C View restaurant as couples indulge in the Lovers’ (of food) Aphrodisiac Menu.
FIRST-TIME PLAYERS:  Many of them were wearing pink helmets and the 31 young girls who donned gear — some for the first time — enjoyed finding out what it feels like to play hockey. The free event at Oceanside Place Arena January 25 was hosted by the Oceanside Icebreakers female hockey program in hopes of encouraging more girls to try the great game of hockey.

First time players

A free event, hosted by the Oceanside Icebreakers female hockey program, encouraged girls to try the great game of hockey.

FIRST-TIME PLAYERS:  Many of them were wearing pink helmets and the 31 young girls who donned gear — some for the first time — enjoyed finding out what it feels like to play hockey. The free event at Oceanside Place Arena January 25 was hosted by the Oceanside Icebreakers female hockey program in hopes of encouraging more girls to try the great game of hockey.
Victoria indie-folk band Towers and Trees will perform songs from their brand new CD at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre Feb. 28 along with Edmonton rockers Royal Tusk for the Brant Wildlife Festival opening night gala.

Towers and Trees and Royal Tusk to play 25th annual Brant Festival Opening Gala

Towers and Trees recorded last album in Nanoose; Brant Gala at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre Feb. 28

Victoria indie-folk band Towers and Trees will perform songs from their brand new CD at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre Feb. 28 along with Edmonton rockers Royal Tusk for the Brant Wildlife Festival opening night gala.
There is always a full house of Scotsmen and the Scottish-at-heart for the Robbie Burns Supper at the Fairwinds Clubhouse restaurant in Nanoose Bay. In past events John Beaton

Time to once again toast the haggis

Robbie Burns suppers in Nanoose; Jan. 24 at Rocking Horse and Jan. 25 at Fairwinds

There is always a full house of Scotsmen and the Scottish-at-heart for the Robbie Burns Supper at the Fairwinds Clubhouse restaurant in Nanoose Bay. In past events John Beaton
French Creek artist Val Kealy spent more than 350 hours creating this raven. Kealy is one of the many local artisans who has work for sale at the Oceanside Village Artists’ Gallery on Resort Drive in Parksville.

Oceanside Village Artists’ Gallery on Resort Drive showcases creative collaborations

Edgar Allan Poe inspired one French Creek artist's multi-media raven

French Creek artist Val Kealy spent more than 350 hours creating this raven. Kealy is one of the many local artisans who has work for sale at the Oceanside Village Artists’ Gallery on Resort Drive in Parksville.

Concert will connect with audience this weekend at the Village Theatre

Jan Arden’s pianist scheduled to join local singer on stage in Qualicum Beach

Jessey LaFontaine

Qualicum Beach craft fair hits 35 years

Original artisans still attend annual event, which runs Nov. 21, 22 and 23 at the QB Community Centre this year

Jessey LaFontaine
Kevin Kane

Popular Canadian rockers come together

Artists to perform solo material, as well as favourites from The Northern Pikes and The Grapes of Wrath, Nov. 15 at the Quality Inn Bayside

Kevin Kane
DOGS FOR VETS: Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs is matching rescue dogs with veterans and others struggling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Blair Meadows

Dogs helping Vancouver Island veterans

Transitioning into civilian life from military deployment can be difficult for even the toughest soldier

DOGS FOR VETS: Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs is matching rescue dogs with veterans and others struggling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Blair Meadows
DO YOU HAVE YOUR POPPY?: A flag-raising ceremony to kick off the Royal Canadian Legion’s poppy campaign was held Friday outside Branch 49 in Parksville. Poppy campaign chair Shona Rowe pinned poppies on a few lapels at the ceremony including this one on Major Norm Hamelin of the Salvation Army (above).

Do you have your poppy?

Flag-raising ceremony at Parksville Legion kicks off the poppy campaign

DO YOU HAVE YOUR POPPY?: A flag-raising ceremony to kick off the Royal Canadian Legion’s poppy campaign was held Friday outside Branch 49 in Parksville. Poppy campaign chair Shona Rowe pinned poppies on a few lapels at the ceremony including this one on Major Norm Hamelin of the Salvation Army (above).
STARTING TONIGHT ON RESORT DRIVE: Pumpkin carving isn’t in their job description but these executive team members from Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort in Parksville created some interesting jack-o-lanterns for the third annual Pumpkin Rush display

Pumpkin Rush display starts tonight (Oct. 28) on Resort Drive in Parksville

There will be more than 400 ghoulish and silly pumpkins on display along Resort Drive in Parksville

STARTING TONIGHT ON RESORT DRIVE: Pumpkin carving isn’t in their job description but these executive team members from Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort in Parksville created some interesting jack-o-lanterns for the third annual Pumpkin Rush display
If seven-year-old Sammie could talk

Sammie the cat returns to Parksville family after 16-month absence

Just what was Sammie doing during that time away from home?

If seven-year-old Sammie could talk
For a tongue-in-cheek

It’s difficult to create terror in an audience at Qualicum Beach

The strength of Echo Player's production of The Woman in Black is in the acting performances

For a tongue-in-cheek