Lissa Alexander

TOY DRIVE ON WEDNESDAY: A group of Tigh-Na-Mara staff members and some of their children enjoyed the sticky task of making a gingerbread house in the lobby of the resort on Tuesday. Little Elisa Burroughs

Making magic at Christmas

The Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive takes place Nov. 26 and everyone is welcome

TOY DRIVE ON WEDNESDAY: A group of Tigh-Na-Mara staff members and some of their children enjoyed the sticky task of making a gingerbread house in the lobby of the resort on Tuesday. Little Elisa Burroughs
Shelly Cockney and her daughter Maria take a break on the couch at the SOS Child

Parksville’s SOS lights up the season

The SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas Program gives toys to kids in-need in the Parksville Qualicum area

Shelly Cockney and her daughter Maria take a break on the couch at the SOS Child

Qualicum Beach author launches another novel

A view of the future where dolphins rule the world

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A quintet of local artists exhibit work

Distinguished artists selling painted botanicals, horses and Ukrainian widows plus pottery and a hand hooked chair

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Melanie Stump shows off one of the bikes in the Everyone Rides “Re-Cycle” program at the Family Resource Association in Qualicum.

Everyone Rides program in Parksville Qualicum Beach needs more bikes

Since it began in 2012, the FRA has given out over 60 bikes though the program

Melanie Stump shows off one of the bikes in the Everyone Rides “Re-Cycle” program at the Family Resource Association in Qualicum.

Qualicum Beach town councillor won’t recuse himself from vote

Dave Willie calls the conflict-of-interest allegations against him 'absolutely ridiculous'

England’s Ben Portsmouth is performing as Elvis at the Port Theatre Sept. 15.

Ultimate Elvis here Sept. 15

Performer was last seen here at tribute festival in May

England’s Ben Portsmouth is performing as Elvis at the Port Theatre Sept. 15.
Caricatures of the member’s of the local French singing group Nous Chantons. The group is welcoming new members.

Celebrating culture through song

French singing group has 425 songs in its repertoire and is accepting new members

Caricatures of the member’s of the local French singing group Nous Chantons. The group is welcoming new members.
ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: RE/MAX First Realty’s Ian Lindsay pours ice water on NEWS publisher Peter McCully and The Beach morning show host Dave Graham on Wednesday at McDonald’s as they completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The public had the opportunity to make a donation and dump a cup of water on the men. Following the dumping

Ice Bucket Challenge hits Parksville

McDonald's plays host to a challenge featuring local celebrities

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: RE/MAX First Realty’s Ian Lindsay pours ice water on NEWS publisher Peter McCully and The Beach morning show host Dave Graham on Wednesday at McDonald’s as they completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The public had the opportunity to make a donation and dump a cup of water on the men. Following the dumping
Local author Reg Quist’s new Western novel

Western novel built around tragic storm

Parksville author Reg Quist releases his novel called Hamilton Robb, loosely based on history

Local author Reg Quist’s new Western novel
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Connecting with music and friends in Lighthouse Country

A new choir is starting up in Lighthouse Country and there is no experience necessary

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Some visitors to the Island Arts Expo last year peruse the paintings. Organizers have decided to stop hosting the event.

Popular Island Arts Expo coming to an end

Organizers have decided to call it quits after five years

Some visitors to the Island Arts Expo last year peruse the paintings. Organizers have decided to stop hosting the event.
Victoria’s West my Friend is playing at the Errington Hall Sept. 5.

Quirky indie folk band getting around

West My Friend will be performing at the Errington Hall Friday, Sept. 5 for show number 201

Victoria’s West my Friend is playing at the Errington Hall Sept. 5.
Errington artist Margery Blom has her paintings created at local marinas for sale at The Gallery @ Qualicum Art Supply.

Margery infatuated with marinas

Her oil paintings currently hanging for sale at The Gallery @ Qualicum Art Supply

Errington artist Margery Blom has her paintings created at local marinas for sale at The Gallery @ Qualicum Art Supply.
Teunis Westbroek has confirmed he will seek a fifth term in the mayor's chair in Qualicum Beach this fall.

Westbroek seeks fifth term in Qualicum Beach

Teunis Westbroek says he still has the energy and motivation for the mayor's job

Teunis Westbroek has confirmed he will seek a fifth term in the mayor's chair in Qualicum Beach this fall.
Parksville’s downtown was awash with hues of red Friday night as the sun set.

Red hues over Parksville

Photographer Lissa Alexander caught this scene last week in downtown Parksville

Parksville’s downtown was awash with hues of red Friday night as the sun set.
Brittany Wells-Jackson washes windows at the Beach Club Resort on June 13

A Day in the Life of Parksville

Opening reception for photo and paintings at The MAC on Sept. 5

Brittany Wells-Jackson washes windows at the Beach Club Resort on June 13
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Inspired by sun and shore

Art exhibition at TOSH features artwork created in Qualicum

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ISLAND BOUNTY: Clusters of unripe grapes dangle from vines at Nanoose Edibles last week. The grapes will soon make their way to the store which is filled with plenty of certified organic fruits and vegetables from their farm

Island bounty

Loads of local, organic foods can be chosen at Nanoose Edibles in Nanoose Bay

ISLAND BOUNTY: Clusters of unripe grapes dangle from vines at Nanoose Edibles last week. The grapes will soon make their way to the store which is filled with plenty of certified organic fruits and vegetables from their farm

Art by the Beach features prominent artists

Joe Rosenblatt, Dan Gray, Marcie Katz, Robert Kinnard and other well-loved artists will have work displayed at art event