Don’t forget; it’s Mom’s special day this weekend. If you haven’t decided how to celebrate, here are a few local events that are sure to make her smile.
• Pop-up Market and Tea
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The event’s 20+ local vendors were carefully chosen to supply quality gifts and goodies for mothers, and everyone else too! Also enjoy some tea and goodies at the market diner. This event is a fundraiser for the Errington Co-op Preschool. The Errington Farmer’s Market is located next door and open from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Cake Decorating
Parksville Thrifty Foods
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., or until cakes run out.
Come inside the store to decorate a little complimentary cake just for Mom.
• High Tea at Milner Gardens
There is only one seating each day for High Tea, which consists of sandwiches, a scone with Devon cream, small squares and beverage for $19.95. For reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-752-8573 ext. 224. The gardens, filled with rhodos, is also open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Annual MARS Garden Tour
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The tour includes 11 gardens between Qualicum Beach and Parksville. Tickets are $15 in Qualicum at Arrowsmith Greenhouses, Ken-Dor Garden Centre, Milner Gardens and Mulberry Bush Bookstore; in Parksville at Buckerfield’s, Cultivate Garden & Gift and Mulberry Bush Bookstore. A ticket allows for admission to all gardens on both days.
• Oceanside Mother’s Day 10k Walk/Run
Parksville Curling Club
8:30 a.m. registration
This BC Athletics certified course is on a mostly flat loop on the road and good trail. Walkers start at 9:30 a.m. and runners start at 10 a.m. After, there will be refreshments, medals for all age divisions and plenty of draw prizes. Proceeds from the race will benefit The Parksville Haven Society. Pre-register for $20 at orcarunning.ca or register on race day at the curling club for $30.
• Brunch at Quality Resort Bayside
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Please call 250-248-8333 for reservations. Also, browse photographer Gordon LaFleur’s annual Tribute to Mothers and Daughters show, which is on display in the hotel lobby.
• Brunch at Tigh-Na-Mara
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Celebrate Mom with an extravagant brunch. The cost is $39.95 for adults, $36.95 for seniors and $1.50 per year of age for children under 12 years. Call 1-800-663-7373 to reserve your seat.
• Brunch Buffet at Smoke ’n Water
Seatings at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Enjoy a buffet with all your favourites while listening to live music provided by the Steve Jones Trio. Adults are $29.95, seniors over 65 years are $26.95, kids 6-12 years are $11.95 and children under six years are free. 250-468-7192 for more info.
• Brunch at Fairwinds Golf Club
May 10, seatings at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Enjoy a menu of favourites, including Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict, pastries, seafood, salads and more. The cost is $32.99 for adults and for children, it’s $2 per year, up to the age of 10. Please RSVP at 250-468-9915.
• Dinning at Arrowsmith Golf Course
Brunch seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; dinner from 5-7 p.m.
Brunch costs $18 per person and dinner is $23. Please call 250-752-9727 for reservations.