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Promotional poster for Grandmothers to Grandmothers 14th Annual Christmas Extravaganza, to be held at Parksville’s Bayside Resort on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Oceanside Grandmothers to Grandmothers to hold 14th annual Christmas Extravaganza

In-person event at Parksville’s Bayside Resort Nov. 19 and Nov. 20

Promotional poster for Grandmothers to Grandmothers 14th Annual Christmas Extravaganza, to be held at Parksville’s Bayside Resort on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, 2021. (Submitted photo)
SOS executive director Susanna Newton, left, and Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond visit the PQB News/VI Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive aims to create Christmas joy again for 2021

Listen: Donations benefit the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program

SOS executive director Susanna Newton, left, and Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond visit the PQB News/VI Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
Trick-or-treating. (PQB News file photo)

City of Parksville provides safety ‘tips and tricks’ for Halloween 2021

Those not feeling well asked to stay home and not hand out candy

Trick-or-treating. (PQB News file photo)
Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond and SOS executive director Susanna Newton take part in a promotional video for the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, compliments of Peter McCully, publisher at the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. This year Tigh-Na-Mara will host a modified version of the Toy Drive, with three ways for the public to take part and help make Christmas brighter for local residents in need. All donations will benefit the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program, providing gifts for local children and youth, as well as grocery store gift cards for low income families and individuals. (Lissa Alexander photo)

Toy time: 2021 Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive gets underway in Parksville on Nov. 1

All donations benefit SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program

Tigh-Na-Mara general manager Paul Drummond and SOS executive director Susanna Newton take part in a promotional video for the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, compliments of Peter McCully, publisher at the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. This year Tigh-Na-Mara will host a modified version of the Toy Drive, with three ways for the public to take part and help make Christmas brighter for local residents in need. All donations will benefit the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program, providing gifts for local children and youth, as well as grocery store gift cards for low income families and individuals. (Lissa Alexander photo)
More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)

Pandemic sparked puppy boom in B.C., but no spike in pet returns: BC SPCA

More people are looking to adopt pets due to pandemic, SPCA

More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)
Lynne Pearson visits the PQB News/VI Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: Rotary Clubs play an important role in Parksville Qualicum Beach region

Listen: Assistant governor Lynne Pearson discusses efforts locally, globally

Lynne Pearson visits the PQB News/VI Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)
Qualicum Beach Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 is set to launch its poppy campaign. (PQB News file photo)
Qualicum Beach Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 is set to launch its poppy campaign. (PQB News file photo)
The Oceanside Health and Wellness Network logo. (Submitted photo)

Oceanside Health and Wellness Network fall learning series kicks off on Oct. 29

Group aims to foster community conversation to create a healthier future

The Oceanside Health and Wellness Network logo. (Submitted photo)
Haven Society Parksville received a $1,420 donation from Oceanside Running Club Association. ORCA president Paul Watson presented a giant-sized cheque to Dawn Clark and Karen Wyse of the Haven Society. (Submitted photo)
Haven Society Parksville received a $1,420 donation from Oceanside Running Club Association. ORCA president Paul Watson presented a giant-sized cheque to Dawn Clark and Karen Wyse of the Haven Society. (Submitted photo)
Residents marched from Springwood Park in Parksville along Despard Avenue to the Oceanside Health Centre on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, to show their support for health care workers. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Residents marched from Springwood Park in Parksville along Despard Avenue to the Oceanside Health Centre on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, to show their support for health care workers. (Mandy Moraes photo)
The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness and partner agencies at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Parksville on Friday, Oct. 15 taking part in a modified Project Connect Health Fair. From left: Mandy Truman, SOS emergency assistance and advocacy co-ordinator; Natasha Coles-Webb, community outreach worker with Island Crisis Care Society; Robyn Movold, Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness co-ordinator and Joan Hasell, Salvation Army Soup Kitchen supervisor. (Lissa Alexander photo)

Project Connect Health fair offers aid to PQB residents experiencing homelessness

Care packages of survival gear, food, personal care items handed out

The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness and partner agencies at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Parksville on Friday, Oct. 15 taking part in a modified Project Connect Health Fair. From left: Mandy Truman, SOS emergency assistance and advocacy co-ordinator; Natasha Coles-Webb, community outreach worker with Island Crisis Care Society; Robyn Movold, Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness co-ordinator and Joan Hasell, Salvation Army Soup Kitchen supervisor. (Lissa Alexander photo)
The Arrowsmith Agricultural Association is holding a bottle drive with proceeds to support the Coombs Fair and fairgrounds. (PQB News file photo)

Arrowsmith Agricultural Association holds bottle drive to raise funds for Coombs Fair

Refundable bottles can be dropped off at fairgrounds on Oct. 16

The Arrowsmith Agricultural Association is holding a bottle drive with proceeds to support the Coombs Fair and fairgrounds. (PQB News file photo)
Port Alberni’s Ken Porteous will demonstrate the art of flint-knapping at the Parksville Rock and Gem Show Oct. 30-31 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. (Submitted photo)
Port Alberni’s Ken Porteous will demonstrate the art of flint-knapping at the Parksville Rock and Gem Show Oct. 30-31 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. (Submitted photo)
The Canadian Federation of University Women for Parksville Qualicum will again be hanging red dresses in Parksville Qualicum Beach for two weeks starting on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)

Council approves display of red dresses in Qualicum Beach town hall

Move made to recognize International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The Canadian Federation of University Women for Parksville Qualicum will again be hanging red dresses in Parksville Qualicum Beach for two weeks starting on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)
Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army volunteer chefs as they prep for Wednesday, Oct. 6, Thanksgiving dinner. (Facebook Photo)

Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army feeds 192 during early Thanksgiving dinner

On a typical day, soup kitchen might see approximately 100 people

Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army volunteer chefs as they prep for Wednesday, Oct. 6, Thanksgiving dinner. (Facebook Photo)
Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

COVID, heartbreak among speedbumps in Australian’s road to residency in Kelowna

Josh Waters shares his experience in the hopes to help others like him

Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Pastor Steve Chambers, left, and his wife Brenda Chambers at his installation service on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Pastor Steve Chambers, left, and his wife Brenda Chambers at his installation service on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. (Submitted photo)
The Field of Crosses honouring soldiers will be on display in Qualicum Beach from Nov. 1-12. (PQB News file photo)

Remembrance Day Field of Crosses to be on display in Qualicum Beach

Crosses to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice

The Field of Crosses honouring soldiers will be on display in Qualicum Beach from Nov. 1-12. (PQB News file photo)
An Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Mobile Command Unit. (PQB News file photo)

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue receives $5K donation from EPCOR Utilities Inc.

Money to go towards new operations centre at Qualicum Beach airport

An Arrowsmith Search and Rescue Mobile Command Unit. (PQB News file photo)
Quality Foods has made a multi-year pledge to help SOS meet needs in the community. Pictured is Quality Foods executive assistant Dianna Rivard. (Lissa Alexander photo)

Quality Foods gives $30K to help SOS meet needs in Parksville Qualicum Beach

QF commits $10,000 in grocery store gift cards annually for next three years

Quality Foods has made a multi-year pledge to help SOS meet needs in the community. Pictured is Quality Foods executive assistant Dianna Rivard. (Lissa Alexander photo)