Music, movies events on tap

Open stage in Coombs, accordion club debut in Bowser, movie night in Parksville coming up

Coombs Country Opera opens Friday night

The Coombs Country Opera hosts its first open stage of the year this Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. at the CHRCO Rodeo Grounds.

The event, highlighting “good, old-time Western music”, takes place on the third Friday of each month.

Cost to spectators is $5 each, but musicians and kids get free entry.

For more info, call 250-228-3440 or 250-752-3998.

— Submitted by Coombs Country Opera

Accordion club keyed up for debut Sunday

A new accordion club formed by a Qualicum Beach player and enthusiast over the past month will hold its first meeting Jan. 17 in Bowser.

The Oceanside Squeezers, formed through a social media and pavement-pounding campaign by Court Brooker beginning in early December, will meet at the Bowser Elementary School music room Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m.

Those interested in playing or just listening to accordion music in an informal setting are welcome to attend.

Brooker, a former salesman, has solicited media coverage from Shaw TV for the debut meeting and asks those who may be uncomfortable with an on-camera setting to advise the television crew or to wait until the next meeting to attend.

Players at the meeting will be asked to perform a song, voluntarily, up to five minutes, of any song that best exemplifies their particular style, as a way for members to help get to know each other quickly.

The Squeezers plan to meet monthly.

For more information or to RSVP for the January meeting, contact Brooker at courtbrooker@shaw.ca.

— Submitted by Oceanside Squeezers

Movie night returns to PCCC Jan. 25-27

Movies will be back at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre this month, with a pair of films to be shown on the big screen Jan. 25-27.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang have made their way to the big screen, and the family friendly Peanuts Movie will be aired at

1 p.m. each day.

It will be followed each day by two showings of Miss You Already, a PG-13 rated drama about two lifelong friends whose relationship is jarred when one of the friends is delivered life-altering news.

Miss You Already will show at both 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25; Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Admission to each film is $5 per person. Concession items will be available.

For more info, call 250-248-6234. To check out the full lineup of activities at PCCC, visit www.parksvillecentre.com.

— Submitted by PCCC

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