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In Eric Pinto’s Qualicum Beach home, the walls are lined with historic skateboards, many of them full setups of era-accurate components. Pictured behind Pinto is a collection of Alva Skates boards. (Emily Vance photo)

Pieces of history: Qualicum Beach is home to massive private skateboard collection

Eric Pinto owns hundreds of boards, spanning multiple decades

In Eric Pinto’s Qualicum Beach home, the walls are lined with historic skateboards, many of them full setups of era-accurate components. Pictured behind Pinto is a collection of Alva Skates boards. (Emily Vance photo)
Dinah D (upright bass), Phil Wipper (drums), Jojo Hallett (keyboard, trumpet) and Aaron Cadwaladr (guitar) together make up The Kerplunks, an award-winning children’s band that’s playing a benefit at Knox United Church on Jan. 23. (Courtesy of Concept Photography)

Award-winning children’s group to perform in Parksville

The Kerplunks will play Knox United to fundraise for Syrian refugee family

Dinah D (upright bass), Phil Wipper (drums), Jojo Hallett (keyboard, trumpet) and Aaron Cadwaladr (guitar) together make up The Kerplunks, an award-winning children’s band that’s playing a benefit at Knox United Church on Jan. 23. (Courtesy of Concept Photography)
Oceanside Art Studio raises money for Australian fires

Oceanside Art Studio raises money for Australian fires

$10 from each admission to a painting class will be donated

  • Jan 14, 2020
Oceanside Art Studio raises money for Australian fires
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Mysteries top the charts for most borrowed Parksville Qualicum Beach books in 2019

‘Dark Sacred Night’ was a big reader favourite

  • Jan 13, 2020
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Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon brings his musical stylings to Parksville’s Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge on Saturday, Jan 11. (Courtesy of Ryan McMahon)

Ladysmith singer-songwriter plays Parksville’s Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge

‘The world we can shut off just for a little bit’: Ryan McMahon

Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon brings his musical stylings to Parksville’s Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge on Saturday, Jan 11. (Courtesy of Ryan McMahon)
Ralph Barrat & the Sinatra Dance Band will play at the McMillan Arts Centre on Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. (Courtesy of Rob Peterson)

Sounds of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin kick off 2020 Tea Dance series at Parksville’s MAC

Ralph Barrat & the Sinatra Dance Band play afternoon show Jan. 11

Ralph Barrat & the Sinatra Dance Band will play at the McMillan Arts Centre on Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. (Courtesy of Rob Peterson)
Langley actor Jacob Tremblay and his sister Erica released rehabilitated seal pups on a B.C. beach earlier this month. (Sarah Ellam/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

B.C. child actor Jacob Tremblay helps release rehabilitated seal pups

One of the marine mammals was named Ja-cod in the young celebrity’s honour

Langley actor Jacob Tremblay and his sister Erica released rehabilitated seal pups on a B.C. beach earlier this month. (Sarah Ellam/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Qualicum Beach artist Deb Peters. (Emily Vance photo)

Qualicum Beach artist produces vibrant landscape paintings

‘We need to have colour and brightness and life around us’

Qualicum Beach artist Deb Peters. (Emily Vance photo)
Qualicum Beach’s ECHO Players reflect on a successful season

Qualicum Beach’s ECHO Players reflect on a successful season

Jennifer Kelly and Mike Andrews talk past success, look towards future

Qualicum Beach’s ECHO Players reflect on a successful season
Jesse Recalma is a member of the Qualicum First Nation involved in preserving and revitalizing traditional languages. (Emily Vance photo)
Jesse Recalma is a member of the Qualicum First Nation involved in preserving and revitalizing traditional languages. (Emily Vance photo)
Jennifer Bate has been the executive director the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville for three and a half years as of December 2019. She’s proud of where she’s been able to take the centre, and looks forward to what the future holds. (Emily Vance photo)

Future of the arts in Parksville looks bright

‘2019 was a phenomenal year’: MAC executive director

Jennifer Bate has been the executive director the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville for three and a half years as of December 2019. She’s proud of where she’s been able to take the centre, and looks forward to what the future holds. (Emily Vance photo)
Illana Hester, the exective director of The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach. (NEWS file photo)

20/20 vision: Qualicum Beach’s Illana Hester on the future of TOSH

‘It’s been kind of an amazing year’: art director reflects on past, plans for future

Illana Hester, the exective director of The Old School House Arts Centre in Qualicum Beach. (NEWS file photo)
The Parksville Museum has released their calendar for 2020, featuring local historical photos from around the Parksville - Qualicum Beach area. (Submitted photo)

Parksville museum 2020 calendars now on sale

Calendar features heritage photos uncovered from the archives

The Parksville Museum has released their calendar for 2020, featuring local historical photos from around the Parksville - Qualicum Beach area. (Submitted photo)
Bassist Ken Lister will perform alongside jazz guitarist Oliver Gannon at the first instalment of The Old School House’s Music on Sundays 2020 program. (Courtesy of Phil Dwyer).
Bassist Ken Lister will perform alongside jazz guitarist Oliver Gannon at the first instalment of The Old School House’s Music on Sundays 2020 program. (Courtesy of Phil Dwyer).
Maureen Washington and her band will be performing at Knox United Church for one of the last concerts of the holiday season. The Victoria-based singer performs a range of jazz and blues inspired tunes, from Christmas favourites to pop hits. (Courtesy of Maureen Washington)

Maureen Washington to perform at Knox United Church in Parksville

Jazz and blues singer will perform Christmas tunes, popular hits

Maureen Washington and her band will be performing at Knox United Church for one of the last concerts of the holiday season. The Victoria-based singer performs a range of jazz and blues inspired tunes, from Christmas favourites to pop hits. (Courtesy of Maureen Washington)
A variety of styles and mediums are on display at the McMillan Arts Centre for the Oceanside Community Arts Council’s members show. From top left: ‘Memories of the Past I + II’ by Ann Tardiff, ‘Self Portrait #2’ by Stephen Mann, ‘Eastern Food Market – A New Home’ by Jeanette Hawkes. (Emily Vance photo)

Oceanside Community Arts Council show runs at MAC

More than 60 members of the OCAC display art in a variety of mediums

A variety of styles and mediums are on display at the McMillan Arts Centre for the Oceanside Community Arts Council’s members show. From top left: ‘Memories of the Past I + II’ by Ann Tardiff, ‘Self Portrait #2’ by Stephen Mann, ‘Eastern Food Market – A New Home’ by Jeanette Hawkes. (Emily Vance photo)
Errington Christmas Concert goes Dec. 14

Errington Christmas Concert goes Dec. 14

Carols, music, and neighbourly reunions to grace Errington Hall

Errington Christmas Concert goes Dec. 14
Knox United Church is holding a special Christmas service for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. The event takes place on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. (Emily Vance photo)

‘Christmas is not always easy for everybody’

‘Blue Christmas’ service offered in Parksville

Knox United Church is holding a special Christmas service for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. The event takes place on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. (Emily Vance photo)
Swiss cheesemaker Levi Friess will be on hand at the annual Christmas on the Farm event at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks to hand out samples of freshly melted raclette cheese. (Emily Vance photo)

A very cheesy Christmas at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

Annual family Christmas event, this year with raclette hot off the melting wheel

Swiss cheesemaker Levi Friess will be on hand at the annual Christmas on the Farm event at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks to hand out samples of freshly melted raclette cheese. (Emily Vance photo)
Janice Erwin’s abstract works are on display at Qualicum Beach Art Supply & Gallery. (Emily Vance photo)

Qualicum Beach artist’s recent exhibit deals in texture, subdued tone

Janice Erwin’s paintings are on display at the Qualicum Beach Art Supply Gallery

Janice Erwin’s abstract works are on display at Qualicum Beach Art Supply & Gallery. (Emily Vance photo)