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An artist’s rendition from 2018 of the outdoor performance theatre, slated for construction at the Parksville Community Park. (Photo courtesy of parksvilleoutdoortheatre.ca)
An artist’s rendition from 2018 of the outdoor performance theatre, slated for construction at the Parksville Community Park. (Photo courtesy of parksvilleoutdoortheatre.ca)
Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty presented a donation cheque of $17,650.50 to the Haven Society, on March 9, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Haven Society receives $17.6K donation from Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty

Funds go toward programs and services in central Vancouver Island

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty presented a donation cheque of $17,650.50 to the Haven Society, on March 9, 2021. (Submitted photo)
The Seedy Sunday Farmers’ Market goes March 28 at the Coombs Fairgrounds. (Sara Couper photo)

Inaugural Seedy Sunday Market set for March 28 at Coombs Fairgrounds

Coombs Farmers’ Institute market to feature 15 vendors

The Seedy Sunday Farmers’ Market goes March 28 at the Coombs Fairgrounds. (Sara Couper photo)
The Crossroads Pregnancy Crisis Centre Baby Shower will take place the Church of Ascension parking lot from March 20-27. (CWL photo)
The Crossroads Pregnancy Crisis Centre Baby Shower will take place the Church of Ascension parking lot from March 20-27. (CWL photo)
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Weir family who lost their Errington home in a fire. (Facebook page photo)
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Weir family who lost their Errington home in a fire. (Facebook page photo)
The Town of Qualicum Beach invites shutterbugs to take part in a photo contest. (PQB News file photo)
The Town of Qualicum Beach invites shutterbugs to take part in a photo contest. (PQB News file photo)
Mohammad Shafi of Parksville has retired after 70 years in the shoe business. (Facebook photo)

Parksville shoe store owner donates entire inventory to Salvation Army

Shafi, 91, retires after more than 70 years in the business

Mohammad Shafi of Parksville has retired after 70 years in the shoe business. (Facebook photo)
PQB News reader Mike Yip of Nanoose Bay shares this great shot. “The Varied Thrush is one of our prettiest winter birds,” he said. “It usually skulks in the forest until cold weather or snow forces it out in the open to search for food.”

YOUR PHOTOS: PQB News readers offer a sampling of their impressive photography skills

GALLERY: Submissions capture incredible wildlife, scenery shots

PQB News reader Mike Yip of Nanoose Bay shares this great shot. “The Varied Thrush is one of our prettiest winter birds,” he said. “It usually skulks in the forest until cold weather or snow forces it out in the open to search for food.”
PQB News reader Tony Markle shares this amazing shot of a great blue heron about to have a vole for lunch. If you have a photo or video you would like to share in print or online, email them to editor@pqbnews.com.

YOUR PHOTOS: Hungry heron makes a meal of poor vole

Tony Markle shares amazing wildlife shot

PQB News reader Tony Markle shares this amazing shot of a great blue heron about to have a vole for lunch. If you have a photo or video you would like to share in print or online, email them to editor@pqbnews.com.
Two transient orcas were spotted near the shores of Esquimalt Monday afternoon. (Miller Fernandez/Facebook video)

VIDEO: Orcas spotted close to shore in Esquimalt

Transient brothers give Greater Victoria residents a show

Two transient orcas were spotted near the shores of Esquimalt Monday afternoon. (Miller Fernandez/Facebook video)
PQB News reader Randy Hall set up a camera at the beach in Parksville, in the same spot every day in February, to capture the changing days and weather. (Randy Hall photo)

WATCH: Scenes from 28 days in February in Parksville

PQB News reader Randy Hall set up camera in same location each day

PQB News reader Randy Hall set up a camera at the beach in Parksville, in the same spot every day in February, to capture the changing days and weather. (Randy Hall photo)
KSS grad council members, along with a parent council, are working to raise funds for what will be a very different graduation year. (Submitted photo)
KSS grad council members, along with a parent council, are working to raise funds for what will be a very different graduation year. (Submitted photo)
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OBLT launches membership drive in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Non-profit organization provides free literacy programs

(Submitted photo)
Members of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. set up the tube where rainbow trout were released into Spider Lake on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Michael Briones photo)

Fishing time: 1,800 rainbow trout released into Spider Lake

Society records spike in fishing licences during pandemic

Members of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. set up the tube where rainbow trout were released into Spider Lake on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Michael Briones photo)
Chelsea Harry was last seen Feb. 21. Photo via Comox Valley RCMP

Vancouver Island RCMP seeking help locating a missing woman

Missing person last seen in Courtenay on Feb. 21

  • Mar 4, 2021
Chelsea Harry was last seen Feb. 21. Photo via Comox Valley RCMP
Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville Qualicum logo. (submitted photo)

CFUW to host guest speaker for International Women’s Day

Online presentation by Dorothy Woodend set for March 8

Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville Qualicum logo. (submitted photo)
This poster, spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19 restrictions, has been popping up in communities across Vancouver Island.

UPDATED: Poster popping up in Island communities falsely claiming COVID restrictions are over

Unattributed poster claims COVID restrictions ended March 1; Island Health responds

This poster, spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19 restrictions, has been popping up in communities across Vancouver Island.
Lone orca from a pod that made its way north from Georgia Strait and into Discovery Passage on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Ella Smiley/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Comoxvalleywildlifesightings/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings </a>

Island wildlife viewers thrilled by close view of passing Orca pod

Group gives wildlife photographers a classic opportunity to view them off Campbell River shoreline

Lone orca from a pod that made its way north from Georgia Strait and into Discovery Passage on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Ella Smiley/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Comoxvalleywildlifesightings/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings </a>
Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied

The cat came back, with help from BC Ferries staff

After Dasher made a dash, staff in Comox found her and got her home safe

Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied
The popular Beach Day celebration in Qualicum Beach has been cancelled for 2021. (PQB News file photo)
The popular Beach Day celebration in Qualicum Beach has been cancelled for 2021. (PQB News file photo)