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WHAT’S ON: An ongoing list of PQB community events, week of May 26, 2024

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Check Page 33 in the May 29 print edition of the PQB News for full listings. Email submissions to

JUNE 1-2

CENTRAL ISLAND ARTIST STUDIO TOUR: Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various studios across Central Island on both days. To access the studio tour map and full listings of artists, visit htps:// More info available on the Central Island Arts Guide website: htps:// . Local info: Wayne Paquin at Just Drifting Arts in Qualicum Beach,; 250-752-2720.


ACRA: 33rd Annual Coombs Community Picnic, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Coombs Fairgrounds. Join ACRA for free old-fashioned fun, food and games. Free hamburgers, hot dogs, cake & ice cream while supplies last.


METAPHYSICAL PSYCHIC AND WELLNESS FAIR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Knox United Church, 345 Pym St., Parksville. Free admission, free draw for door prizes. More than 50 vendors, healers, readers, bodyworkers, alternative medicine practitioners, tarot readings, energy healing, as well as rocks and gems, jewelry, crystals, metaphysical gifts and books and more. Speakers every hour. Food truck all day. Info: 250-228-1009.


CHARITY ART SALE & RAFFLE: sponsored by DeCosmos Fine Arts Society. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raffle draw at 2:30 p.m.

Original Art by local artists; nothing over $200. 100% of proceeds to the SD69 backpack program whose goal is ‘Weekends Without Hunger. 184 W 2nd Ave, Qualicum. Event takes place during the Seaside Cruizers car show. Info:



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. June 6: Family Feud Night.

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BOWSER – BRANCH 211: Co-ed pool, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. 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. General meeting May 28. 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.

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. May 29: Ladies Auxiliary Fashion Show: Starring Suzanne’s & Jenny’s . Doors open at noon, tea at 12:30 p.m. tickets at the bar $15, all are welcome.

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 a.m. to 11:30 am; 2925 North West Bay Rd., Nanoose Bay. Donate, to pay it forward, so everyone can attend. Info: 778 744-0413;

PGOSA: Do you enjoy hiking, biking, walking, talking, lawn bowling, slo-pitch, pickleball, volleyball, paddling, walking soccer, golf, card games, dancing or socials? If you’re 55 or older and live in Oceanside, PGOSA (Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association) is for you. Join online at or come to the Parksville Community Park Picnic Shelter on Friday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Members and guests will enjoy a Pancake Breakfast for only $5. Bring a lawn chair and spend time with your new friends.

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.

CORONATION STREET SOCIAL CLUB OF OCEANSIDE: Meets September thru June on the second Thursday each month at Qualicum Beach Legion (downstairs) 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t need to be a fan of the show, all that’s required is a sense of humour. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served. Info: 250-594-1965.

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.

PARKSVILLE PROBUS CLUB: For retired and semi-retired seniors who want to socialize and meet new friends. We meet every month at the Parksville Community Centre to chat, share a tea or coffee, and hear a speaker talk about interesting, relevant and diverse topics. For more information, call Harry at 778-584-0909 or email

OCEANSIDE CAREGIVERS: Meet the last Thursday of each month (May 30, 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

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.

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:

OCEANSIDE 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

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.

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 250-752-6471.

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. - noon., Introduction to American Mahjong, Lounge, 10 a.m.-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.

DISTRICT 69 DART ASSOCIATION: Starting a new year and looking for new players and spares. Play on Tuesday nights through May 31. Playing at local venues in Parksville and Qualicum. Info: Sonja 250-586-7090 or Thom 250-715-5097.

QUALICUM BEACH FARMERS MARKET: Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Veterans Way, downtown Qualicum Beach.

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

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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