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WHAT’S ON: An ongoing list of PQB community events, week of June 16, 2024

Ongoing events in the PQB area
(PQB News)


Bow Horne Bay Community Club Dog Days of Bowser: Celebrating Mike! A birthday party for our famous bartending dog at the old Bowser Hotel in the late 1930s. 11 a.m.  to  3 p.m. at the Bowser Legion. Cutest Dog contest, artisan fair, face-painting and many family activities. Event includes a hot dog/smokie fundraiser for Bowser Seniors Housing Society, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For info about the contest, or to register your dog, email:


‘The Club Nous Chantons’: Celebrates its15th anniversary in songs for the Solstice, The St-Jean-Baptiste and Canada Day. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parksville Community Park, at the Arboretum. Parking at the curling rink. Bring your lawn chair. Lyrics provided. Free event. All ages.


Twilight Concert No. 1: Saahtlam Park, Qualicum Beach. 3319 Island Highway West. Featuring the Oceanside Big Band, presented by the St. Andrews Lodge Historical and Cultural Society. A great evening of live music in a beautiful waterfront setting; admission by donation. Wheelchair accessible, designated disabled parking. 7 p.m. to  p.m.  Bring your chair, blanket and your dancin’ shoes!


Parksville’s Canada Day Celebrations: Join the City of Parksville at Canada Day celebrations 2024 with traditional parade, opening ceremony, Canada Day cupcakes, entertainment featuring Bobs & Lolo and The Apollos, buskers, food trucks, and more! Come for the day and celebrate with families, neighbours, and friends. Info:

Qualicum Beach’s Canada Day Celebrations: The day will kick off with a pancake breakfast at the Legion at 8:30 a.m. The parade leaves the Civic Centre at 1 p.m. winding through Town to Veterans Way. Events focus on children and families at the Activity Village with games, bouncy castles, face-painting, as well Make-and-Take tables. A wide range of live music will be offered throughout the day, featuring Eric Michael, The Apollos, Cheers, 8 Second Ride and the headliner Completely Creedence. Burgers and hot dogs and a full lineup of refreshments available from a.m. until 10 p.m. Ice cream truck will be on-site.


Rotary Club of Parksville: New members welcome. Club meets at the Parksville Community Centre, 223 Mills St., every second and fourth Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Weekly Bottle Drop, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Speedy Glass in Parksville. All recyclable bottles, cans and milk cartons accepted, with funds raised going back into the community. Info:

Royal Canadian Legion Qualicum Beach Branch 76: Open 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week; Ladies Pool, Tuesday, 1 p.m. and Drop-in pool 1 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, Darts, casual Fridays 6 p.m. Meat Draws: Friday & Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the lounge. Mexican Train - Thursdays 1 p.m. Monthly Birthday Celebration: second Wednesday of the month, 4 p.m. Bring appies, cake served; Duplicate Bridge - Monday and Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the hall. Wings & Singo: Every first and third Monday of the month; food 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., music 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pancake Breakfast: every Saturday through Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Adults, $8, children (5-12) $4, children under 5 free. Karaoke & Nachos, June 20 and July 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Royal Canadian Legion Bowser – Branch 211: Men’s pool, Thursdays, 6 p.m., Darts, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Meat draws Fridays (5 p.m.) and Saturdays (4:30 p.m.). Horseshoes, Sundays at noon. Summer hours:  Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Happy Hour, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 250-757-922;; Members, guests and prospective members always welcome. Events: June 22: Dog Days of Bowser Family Event; Giant Meat Draw; Fish & Chip Dinner.

Royal Canadian Legion Parksville Branch 49: Tuesdays: Canasta - 1p.m., Ladies Pool -7 p.m. Darts 7p.m. Wednesdays: Pool 1p.m. & Regular crib - 1:15p.m., prizes. Thursday: Kitchen open 11a.m., Pool, noon & Euchre 1p.m., Dominoes/Mexican Train - 1:30 p.m. Friday: 10 Card Crib- 1:15p.m., prizes. Friday night suppers 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A new special every week! Saturday: Pool - 11a.m., Meat Draw- 3 p.m. to 5p.m. Second Sunday of the month is Travelling Crib at 1 p.m. Need a partner. Dance Wednesday nights, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Parksville Community Centre: Men’s Coffee and Conversation drop-in every Tuesday 10 a.m. to noon by donation. Women’s Coffee and Conversation drop-in every Friday 10 a.m. to noon by donation. Community Wagon: Welcoming newcomers every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Come by and get your complimentary gift bag.

Mid Island Tai Chi Club: Tai Chi by donation at Nanoose Place, through June 27. Drop in for Beginner’s Tai Chi and/or Foundations Tai Chi classes, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11:30 am; Seated Tai Chi, Tuesdays ,10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m; 2925 North West Bay Rd., Nanoose Bay. Donate, to pay it forward, so everyone can attend. Info: 778 744-0413;

PGOSA: Invites you to hike, bike, paddle, walk, golf, dance, or play cards and other games. Not your thing? How about pickleball, volleyball, slo-pitch, walking soccer or lawn bowling? If you’re 55 or older and live in Oceanside, Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association is for you. Come meet some new friends and enjoy coffee and cookies at the Parksville Community Park Picnic Shelter Friday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Join there, or online through our website: If you love to dance, enjoy our monthly social on Sunday, June 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Oceanside Chess Club: Meet on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Marks Church, 138 Hoylake Rd W., in the basement. No cost to attend; small donations appreciated. Facebook page is Oceanside Chess Club. All welcome.

Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society: Providing therapy and support to stroke survivors and their caregivers. Meets Fridays at St. Columba Church Hall, 921 Wembley Rd., Parksville at 11 a.m. Info: 250-586-6766.

Qualicum Beach Farmers Market: A vibrant hub of local commerce and community connection. Join us every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon, on Veterans Way, throughout the year, for a diverse assortment of vendors. The market also features live music, children's activities, and food trucks, creating a lively atmosphere that's enjoyable for all ages. Just inside the market space you will find the Legion pancake breakfast that runs May through September.  

Oceanside Caregivers: Meet the last Thursday of each month (June 27) at 1 p.m. at The Gardens Long Term Care, 650 Berwick Rd., North, in Qualicum Beach. We bring support by way of understanding, caring and resources, in a confidential setting. Info: 250-752-2104 or

PROBUS Parksville Club:  We are a social club retired/ semi-retired men and women living in the Parksville area. Info: Harry at 778-584-0909 or send an email to Visitors are always welcome.

Qualicum Beach PROBUS Group: We are an active social group of retired and semi-retired seniors which meets on the first Tuesday each month at St. Stephen’s Church (150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach). We have a variety of interesting and diverse speakers and several special interest groups. We welcome guests interested in exploring, joining us and meeting new friends. Check out our activities at

NWB PROBUS Club Nanoose Bay: First Friday of each month. Please join us at 9:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church Hall 2600 Powder Point Rd. Meet new friends over coffee and goodies and enjoy interesting speakers. $5.  Visitors/new members welcome. Info:

Qualicum Beach and Area Newcomers: Meet the second Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m., at St. Stephen’s Church Hall, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach. All residents are welcome. Info:

Coombs Rodeo Grounds: Pancake Breakfast and Flea Market, the first Sunday of each month. For table rentals, call Val at 250-752-9735. More info: 250-927-2747. Coombs Country Opera: third Friday of each month. Open mic music for everyone, not just country. Musicians and kids free, adults $5. Coffee and cookies.

Errington Farmers Market: Open for its 51st year. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of September. Live music on stage, childrens activities, or meet friends at our beautiful new picnic tables. Info: to find a map to the market in the Errington Community Park.

Oceansive Wood Carvers: Meet every Thursday morning 9 a.m. at Qualicum Beach Elementary School (699 Claymore Rd.). Enter from the west end side door to woodworking room on left. Info: Bob McInnes at 250-586-8689 or

Parksville Tops 985 Weight Loss Support Group: Meetings: Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. Weigh-in: 5-6 p.m., Parksville Seniors Drop in Centre 144 Middleton Ave., Parksville. Parking and enter from the alley entrance. Info: Liz, 250-954-1809.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): Qualicum 4754 is a weight-loss non-profit support group. We meet every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 184A, Second Ave W, Qualicum. Meeting includes a weigh-in and program. Info: Janice 250-738-6220.

Arbutus Toastmasters : Find your voice and learn to speak up in public settings. We offer a safe, welcoming space to learn valuable communication and leadership skills. Live on Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 170 Hirst St. Parksville  (Arbutus Grove Church beside SOS, doors and parking in back). Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. Zoom: to obtain a link. Info:

Qualicum Beach Seniors’ Activities Centre: 703 Memorial Ave., Qualicum Beach. SUNDAYS: Contract Bridge, 1 p.m. MONDAYS: Knitting in Lounge/crocheting for Manna, 9:30-11 a.m. Yoga, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Chair Yoga, 11 a.m.-noon, Qualicum Beach Ukulele Band, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Beginner Ukulele in Lounge, 3-4 p.m., Line Dance I, 3-4 p.m., Line Dance II, 4-5 p.m., Ballroom dance practice, 5-6 p.m., TUESDAYS: Fun Bridge, 9 a.m. -noon., Group of 8 in lounge Full 9-10 am, Whist 12:30 to 3 p.m., Songbirds, 3-4:30 p.m. WEDNESDAYS: Hatha Yoga, 10-11:15 a.m., Fun With Chaz Guitar in lounge, 12:30 -1:45 p.m., Intermediate Spanish Conversation, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Chair Yoga, 1-2 p.m., Book Club in the Lounge, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.., Drawing & Painting, 2:30 - 4 p.m., TOPS, 3:45-5 p.m., Acappella Choir, 7-9:30 p.m. THURSDAYS: Beginner Bridge Lessons, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Darts - 10 a.m-12:15 p.m., Technology Tutor in Lounge, 1:30 -3:30 p.m., Drop-in Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m. Line Dancing, 4-5 p.m., Ballroom Dance, 5-6 p.m., Dance Practice, 6-7 p.m., FRIDAYS: Ukulele Friday, 10 a.m. to noon., Introduction to American Mahjong, Lounge, 10 a.m. to noon., Mahjong in the Lounge, 1-3 p.m., Art, 1-3 p.m. SATURDAYS: Hatha Yoga With Richard, 9:45 to 11 a.m., Qi Gong 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Qualicum History Tours: Historical walking tours with an experienced local guide leave every Tuesday from the Qualicum Beach Museum. $20 per person. Info: 604-754-4465.

Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society: Providing therapy and support to stroke survivors and their caregivers. Meetings 11 a.m. on Fridays at St. Columba Church Hall, 921 Wembley Rd. in Parksville. Info: 250-586-6766.

Overeaters Anonymous: Have you tried to control your eating, your weight, and nothing has worked?  Join Overeaters Anonymous, we are recovering compulsive overeaters, under-eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, binge eaters and over exercisers. We meet at Knox United Church at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Parksville. Info:

Smart Recovery Meetings: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. at SOS at 245 Hirst Ave. Questions call John at 250-586-3727.

Oceanside A Cappella: Welcoming women singers of all ages. Rehearsals every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Senior Activity Centre in Qualicum Beach. Director Rosemary Lindsey. Info:

Arrowsmith Needle Arts Guild: Meets alternate Thursdays in Parksville and welcomes any interested embroiderers. Info: Moyra, 250-248-7108 or Lynda, 250-927-4015.

Philip Wolf

About the Author: Philip Wolf

I’ve been involved with journalism on Vancouver Island for more than 30 years, beginning as a teenage holiday fill-in at the old Cowichan News Leader.
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