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FEATURES 5 28th Annual Home Expo 10 2016 Lunar New Year Gala 16 Maple Sugar Festival 2016 25 Wounded Warriors 26 Vancouver Island Short Film Festival SECTIONS 5 14 18 28 30

February 2016 Events What's On Screen Every Week Events Live Music & More Local Dining

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Details at countryclubcentre. com 250.758.1102 Feature Exhibit: Characters, Con Men & Celebrities shows at the Nanaimo Museum Feb 1 - May 7. Explore the lives of intriguing people from Nanaimo’s past including petty thieves, murderers, crooked cops, a cult leader and politicians. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca or 250.753.1821 Fringe Flicks: TheatreOne presents the biting political satire ‘My Internship in Canada’ at Avalon Cinemas at 7 pm.

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TUES FEB 2 Live Music: the ‘Classical Coffee Concert Series’ with internationally ­acclaimed classical pianist Sarah Hagen continues! Guest artist Anne Grimm (soprano). Intimate lobby performance at the Port Theatre. Coffee and treats served. 10:30 am - 12 noon. FMI porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550 Glow in the Dark Skate: skate in an atmosphere of dimmed lighting and special effects! Frank Crane Arena 6:30 - 8 pm. Regular admission rates, glow necklaces $2. FMI nanaimo.ca 250.756.5200 VectorVest User Group: meets the first Tue each month to identify stocks that have the greatest probability of rising in value. Reservation not required. No charge for first time then $10 per meeting thereafter. Nanaimo Aquatic Centre 6:30 pm. FMI vectorvest.ca Nanaimo Women’s Cancer Support Group: a social

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WED FEB 3 Island Root Farmers Market: Nanaimo’s only indoor winter farmers’ market! Seasonal produce, fresh baked organic bread, antibiotic free and grass­fed meats, locally roasted organic coffee, handmade natural care products and soaps and much more! Pleasant Valley Hall 3 - 6 pm every Wed until May. FMI IslandRootsMarket.ca Live Music: Finale of the ‘Country Idol’ competition at the Queen’s with ‘Tumblin’ Dice’. FMI thequeens.ca or 250.754.6751 Diamond Sweetheart Ring Draw: Country Club Centre (CCC) is hosting one sweetheart of a draw! Enter to win a diamond sweetheart


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FRI FEB 5 2016 Lunar New Year Gala: the Nanaimo Chinese Cultural Society presents ‘Mulan’, a percussion musical, featuring the world­renowned female percussion group ‘The Red Poppy Ladies’ at the Port Theatre 6:30 pm. $28 - $48. porttheatre.com 250.754.8550 Nanaimo Clippers: cheer on your home team as they take on the Penticton Vees

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Live Music: ‘Rainwood Steel’ rocks the Well Pub at 9 pm. No cover. FMI 250.758.5513

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Family Play Day: fun and games for the whole family! 9:30 am - 12 noon at Oliver Woods Community Centre. FMI nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200

Family Day in BC and February Heritage month the Nanaimo Museum is hosting drop­ in heritage­ themed kids activities in the gallery. Check out the new feature exhibit or the popular coal mine while you are here! Admission by donation. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca or 250.753.1821

activity camps to keep young ones busy and happy on Feb 9! ‘Sports n’ Play’ is at Oliver Woods Community Centre and ‘Rock Climbing’ is at Romper Room Climbing Gym. FMI see nanaimo.ca, the Activity Guide or call 250.756.5200

Free Lions Skate: ‘Everyone Welcome’ skate at Frank Crane Arena from 12 noon - 1:30 pm. All ages and abilities. Free admission includes skate and helmet rentals. FMI nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200

Family Day Swimming & Skating: swimming at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre 12 noon - 4 pm. ‘Everyone Welcome’ skate at Nanaimo Ice Centre 12 noon - 1:30 pm and 1:45 - 3:15 pm. Call for details 250.756.5200

Nanaimo Newcomers Club: a social group for women new to Nanaimo. Lots of activities! Group meets 7 - 9 pm the second Tue of each month at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Free, FMI nanaimonewcomersclub.org

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WED FEB 10 CONT... to date! For seniors 70+ looking for love and companionship. Nanaimo North Library 1 - 3 pm. Watch ‘Age of Love’ film then speed­ dating portion begins. Pre­r egistration required: name, age, gender and orientation. Free. FMI virl. bc.ca or 250.933.2665 Island Root Farmers Market: please see Feb 3 listing for details Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Coyotes 6:30 pm on SN1. FMI nhl.com iPads Made Easy: need help learning to use your iPad? Attend this hands­on class for beginners at Nanaimo Wellington Library. Bring your iPad with you. 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Phone/Email the library to register 250.758.5544 x.1 or virl.bc.ca Nanaimo Clippers: cheer on your home team as they go head­ to­ head with the

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FRI FEB 12 Woodlands 60th Anniversary Sports Tournament and Social: Woodlands Secondary is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a basketball & volleyball tournament Feb 12 (evening) and an afternoon social with snacks, music and displays Feb 13 (12 noon - 4 pm). Free, everyone welcome! FMI Mary Vassilopoulous at woodlandsanniversary@ gmail.com or 250.713.0164 L i ve Music: solo instrumentalist ‘Dave Hart’ plays the elegant Minnoz Lounge in the Coast Bastion Hotel from 7 - 10 pm. Reservations recommended. No cover. FMI minnoz.com or 250.824.0167

11th Annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival: presented by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the 11th Annual VISFF takes place at Malaspina Theatre, VIU Feb 12 at 7 pm and Feb 13 at 2 and 7 pm. Besides one­ of­a­kind films this Festival also features live musical guests, a filmmaker’s Q & A session, an awards ceremony and an after­ party! FMI vissf.com. Tix $15, students $12 at porttheatre. com or 250.754.8550

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February 5th at the Port Theatre

Mark your calendars Nanaimoites! For the first time on Vancouver Island, world-­renowned female percussion group ‘The Red Poppy Ladies’ are performing at the Port Theatre Feb 5 – as part of the “2016 Lunar New Year Gala – ‘Mulan’ Percussion Musical” event, hosted by the Nanaimo Chinese Cultural Society. The evening will feature traditional singing, dancing and speeches from local art groups followed by the spectacular Mulan Percussion Musical. ‘The Red Poppy Ladies’ artfully blend traditional Kung Fu techniques, dancing and uniquely compelling percussion performances. Their diverse rhythmic drumming styles are framed by rich visual backdrops, brilliantly reinterpreting an ancient, dramatic tale. Promising laughter and lots of toe­ tapping, this event is not to be missed! Come on out and celebrate the 2016 lunar Year of the Monkey!


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MON FEB 15 Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Wild 7 pm on SNP. FMI nhl. com Harbour City Newcomers Club: this group is for newcomers to Nanaimo, couples or singles, women or men. Lots of activities including book clubs, seawall walks, casual get­togethers and pub lunches! Meets the 3rd Mon of every month Sep­ Jun, 7 pm at Oliver Woods Community Centre. FMI harbourcitynewcomers.ca

TUE FEB 16 Exhibit Presentation: the Nanaimo Museum is hosting a presentation from 1:30 - 2:45 pm on the new Characters, Con Men & Celebrities exhibit. Pre­registration required, $5/ person. FMI nanaimomuseum. ca or 250.753.1821 Glow in the Dark Skate: skate in an atmosphere of dimmed lighting and special effects! Frank Crane Arena 6:30 - 8 pm. Regular admission rates, glow necklaces $2 . FMI nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200

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Live Musical Theatre: Nanaimo District Secondary School Theatre Company presents ‘Shrek ­The Musical’ at the Port Theatre Feb 17 and 18 at 7 pm. A larger­than­life fairy tale for children and adults alike! Reserved seating, all tix $15. FMI porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550

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whatsondigest.com // FEBRUARY 2016 FRI FEB 19 CONT... Exhibitions! Unique, custom, cutting edge products. 80+ exhibits, demos. Free admission. Beban Park Auditorium Fri 5 - 9 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Free. FMI homeshowtime.com or 1.800.471.1112 Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Flames 6 pm on SNP. FMI nhl.com Nanaimo Clippers: watch the Clippers take on the Powell River Kings 7 pm at Frank Crane Arena. FMI nanaimoclippers. com or 250.751.0593 Nanaimo Folk Connection Coffee House: live acoustic music from around the world in the intimate setting of Hope Lutheran Church, 7 - 10:15 pm. Quality coffee and treats. Open mic followed by featured performer. Suggested donation $5. FMI 250.754.0698 Live Music: solo instrumentalist ‘Dave Hart’ plays at Smoke ‘n Water Restaurant, Pacific Shores Resort 7 - 10 pm. Family friendly! No cover. FMI smokenwater.com Musical Tribute to Pink Floyd: ‘TIME - A Tribute to Pink Floyd’ features nine talented Canadian musicians and vocalists performing the great music of legendary rock group Pink Floyd. Mesmerizing laser and light show. 7:30 pm at the Port Theatre. Tix $35 from porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550 Live Music: back by popular demand, the ‘R & B All­Stars’ take to the stage at the

Queen’s for two nights only! Doors 8 pm, show 8:30 pm. $26 advance, $30 door. Tix from the Queen’s or online at porttheatre.com

SAT FEB 20 Nanaimo Spring 2016 Home Show: building, buying or renovating your home? Don’t miss this great show put on annually by Evergreen Exhibitions! Unique, custom, cutting edge products. 80+ exhibits, demos. Free admission. Beban Park Auditorium Fri 5 - 9 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Free. FMI homeshowtime.com or 1.800.471.1112

Lego® Club: come use the Nanaimo Wellington Library’s lego® to create a masterpiece! For children 5 - 12 years. 11 am - 12 noon. FMI 250.758.5544 Walk-­a­-Thon Fundraiser: the ‘Coldest Night of the Year’ fundraiser starts 4 pm at John Barsby School. Walk

2, 5 or 10 km to support the hungry, homeless and hurting. In Nanaimo, walk for the Island Crisis Care Society. FMI coldestnightoftheyear.org or 778­-441­-4227 Nanaimo Clippers: the home team goes head­to­ head with the Powell River

Unity’s Holistic Metaphysical Fair: enjoy energy healing, tarot, massage, psychic reading, reflexology, reiki and more at the Unity Spiritual Centre of Nanaimo starting at 10 am. All services, yummy food and drinks available at reasonable rates. Admission $2. FMI unitynanaimo.org or 250.591.0775 Pink Shirt Promise Community Display: see Feb 17 listing for details Naked Bungy Jump Fundraiser: this is the 10th Annual ‘eye­opening’ fundraiser for the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society! Conquer several fears at once and earn bragging rights. 10 am - 5 pm on Feb 20 and 21 at Wildplay Elements Park just south of Nanaimo. Pre­register by phone or online. FREE if $200+ in pledges. FMI wildplay.com or 1.888.595.2251

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FIDDLIN’ FRENZY

A pair of British Columbia sibling phenoms who have taken the Western fiddle scene by storm

DANNY PARTY

Prolific Acadian singer/song writer, from folk to country music with a touch of the traditional!

LES CORNOUILLERS The danse troupe passionate about French Canadian folk danse

MAKOSSO

Jean Pierre welcomes you to Makosso Village, a place of mystery and intrigue, hopes, dreams, music, dancing - and stories that will capture your spirit

In February of every year, Nanaimo pulsates with the rhythm of the Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable. This festival is indeed one-of-a-kind: a bilingual event inspired by eastern Canada’s sugar shack traditions. Over the course of three days, festivities include a variety of activities to delight visitors: exciting performances by a


TI-GUY ET DENNIS Feeling nostalgic about the 1960s?

CELTIC CHAOS

A traditional band from the Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo area of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

SAND NORTHRUP

Juggler, unicyclist, stilter and clown Sand Northrup brings a flare for the fabulous to any festive occasion

CHORALE DE L’ÉCOLE OCÉANE

L’école Océane is proud to present their choir under the direction of Jacinthe Laramée

GRETTA

Clown extraordinaire!

diverse range of musicians, dancers, and street entertainers - without forgetting authentic, traditional French Canadian food fare, notably the decadently sweet sugar toffy on snow. Come to Nanaimo and discover our Festival’s truly special ambiance, our joie de vivre, and our warm hospitality.


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EVERY WEEK DAILY Nanaimo Art Gallery Exhibit: ‘Booming Grounds’ is Part ll of current exhibit “O Horizon’ which follows a thematic path from the microcosms of the forest floor to the processing of lumber and global distribution of orestry products. Until Feb 13. Gallery open Tue - Sat 10 am - 5 pm Sun 12 - 5 pm. By donation. FMI nanaimoartgallery.com Nanaimo Museum: the permanent exhibit is a delightful visual tour of Nanaimo’s history from its founding to its more prominent days as a coal mining town. Winter hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 5 pm. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca 2016 Island’s Short Fiction Contest: seeks entries of up to 2000 words in 3 categories: Adult (19+), Youth (13 - 18) and Junior (12 and under). Entry deadline March 21. Entry forms at Nanaimo Arts Council Creative Space (#4 Commercial Street) or online at isfc.ca. $20 entry fee for adults. FMI isfc.ca ‘Ultimate Sweetheart’ Draw: Country Club Centre (CCC) is hosting one sweetheart of a draw! Enter to win a diamond sweetheart ring (value $1,399), deadline for entries Feb 14 at 4 pm. Entry forms at most CCC merchants. Details at countryclubcentre.com

EVERY MON Live Music: at the Queens FMI 250.754.6751 Euchre: offered by the Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors at the Bowen Centre starting at 1 pm. FMI 250.755.7501 Youth Drop-in: ‘Spare Blox’ is a free drop-in sports program for teens at Nanaimo District Secondary School every Mon 7 - 9 pm. Gym time! FMI 250.756.5200

EVERY TUES Kids Drop-In and Play Group: at Woodgrove Centre every Tue 10 - 11 am near the food court. For children 5 years and younger with their parent/caregiver. Crafts, games, songs. Activities led by certified childcare provider from PacificCARE. FMI woodgrovecentre.com Live Music: The Landlubber 2220 Bowen Rd. Blues Jam hosted by Doug Thring and Jim Lewis 7 pm. FMI 250.758.9400 Bowling: $2 games at Splitsville, 8 - 11 pm. Walk-in only. FMI 250.754.2442

Tech Tuesdays: any Tue in Feb drop by the Nanaimo North Branch of the VIRL 3:30 - 4:30 pm for free eBook and/or computer help FMI 250.933.2665 Tech Tuesdays: at Harbourfront Library 2:30 - 4 pm. Get help with any technology-related problems you have: bring your iPad, tablet ebook reader, laptop and get one-on-one help. Dropin, free. FMI 250.753.1154

EVERY WED Connections Group for Seniors/ Elders: helps seniors access support and provides forum for knowledge related to overall wellness/interests. Meets every Wed at Nanaimo Family Life Association 12:30 - 2 pm. FMI Mia Goodall at m_goodall@ nflabc.org Toddlertime: toddlers 18 - 36 months and their families can drop by Harbourfront Library at 10:30 am to enjoy 30 minutes of song, finger-play and rhyme! Free. FMI 250.753.1154 Preschool Storytime: 10:30 - 11 am at Nanaimo North Library for kids 3 - 5 years. Siblings welcome! FMI 250.933.2665 Nanaimo Beading Circle: 6 - 8 pm at Harbourfront Library. FMI admin@nanaimoartscouncil.ca Bowling: half price cosmic games and arcade at Splitsville, 8 - 11 pm. FMI 250.754.2442 Tiny Tots Playgroup: every Wed at Country Club Centre 10 - 11 am children 5 years and younger (and their families) are invited to drop-by for play, crafts, stories and songs led by ECE certified educators from PacificCare. Free. FMI 250.758.1102 Dance Class: drop-in dance class at MGM every Wed and Sun at 8 pm. FMI 250.753.3535 Live Music: Ries Vink hits the stage at MGM Restaurant every Wed and Thu at 5 pm. FMI 250.753.3535 Babytime: Nanaimo Wellington Library. Learn rhymes, bounces, action songs, fingerplays, and lullabies with your baby. Every Wed at 11:15 am. FMI 250.758.5544 Tech Made Easy: excited about your new gadget? Drop by Wellington Branch Library with your tablet, iPad or laptop to learn new skills and to share your knowledge with others in a group setting. Every Wed until Mar 30, 4-5 pm. FMI:250.758.5544

EVERY THU Music Trivia Night: ‘Name That Tune’ at the Dinghy Dock Pub, Protection Island every Thu at 7 pm. Food and drink specials, prizes. FMI dinghydockpub.com Open Mic Night: spoken word/ music at Serious Coffee on Commercial (downtown) 6:30 9 pm. Songwriters draw for studio time. FMI Guy at 250.618.2924 Live Music: live acoustic music starting at 8 pm every Thu at Longwood Brew Pub. FMI 250.729.8225 Preschool Storytime: preschoolers and their families can drop by Harbourfront Library at 10:30 am to enjoy 30 minutes of song, finger-play and rhyme! Free. FMI 250.753.1154 Live Music: Ries Vink hits the stage at MGM Restaurant every Wed and Thu at 5 pm. FMI 250.753.3535 Thursday Night Dance: at Bowen Centre starting at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors. FMI 250.755.7501 Babytime: 10:30 - 11 am at Nanaimo North Library. Free. FMI 250.933.2665 Youth Lounge: free youth drop-in every Thu at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, 3 - 8 pm. Improv games, music trivia and more! Check out ‘YOUth Nanaimo’ on facebook for details Live Music: popular Nanaimo keyboardist Marty Steele delivers old standards, light jazz and soft rock 6 - 8 pm at Marina’s Taverna and Pizza, 215 Terminal. No cover. FMI 778.441.2626 Toddlertime: songs, stories, fingerplays and more! Geared towards children 18-36 months. Wellington Branch Library 10:15 10:45 am. Free. FMI 250.758.5544 Preschool Storytime: join us at the Wellington Branch Library for stories, puppets, fingerplays, and interactive felt stories. For children 3-5 years. Free. Every Thu 11:15 11:45 am. FMI 250.758.5544

EVERY FRI Live Music: enjoy amazing live shows from great local musicians every Friday night at Simon Holt Restaurant! Music starts at 8 pm. FMI/table reservations 250.933.3338. FMI simonholt.ca Live Music: Andy Andraschek plays guitar 6 - 8 pm every Fri at New York Style Pizza and Pasta downtown. No cover. FMI 250.754.0111

Live Music: The Queen’s 250.754.6751 Toddlertime: 10:30 - 11 am Nanaimo North Library. Free. FMI 250.933.2665 Babytime: babies 0 - 18 months and their families can drop by Harbourfront Library at 10:30 am to enjoy 30 minutes of song, finger-play and rhyme! Free. FMI 250.753.1154 Music Trivia: with Frank Hannah at the Landlubber 2220 Bowen Rd at 9 pm FMI 250.758.9400

EVERY SAT Art for Kids: the Nanaimo Art Gallery offers ‘Art Lab: Saturday Studio’ each week for kids 5 - 7 (9:30 - 10:30 am) and kids 8 12 (11 am - 12:30 pm). Different theme each week, $12/child. Call 250.754.1750 to register or visit nanaimoartgallery.com Live Music: Nanaimo keyboardist ‘Marty Steele’ dishes up jazz, blues and rock each week from 6 - 8 pm at New York Style Pizza and Pasta downtown. No cover 250.754.0111 Jukebox Poker: 8 pm start at the Landlubber 2220 Bowen Rd. FMI 250.758.9400 Live Music: The Queen’s 250.754.6751 Jumpin Jiminy’s Indoor Playground: at Rock City 10 am 7:30 pm. FMI 250.729.0999

EVERY SUN Live Music: The Millstone Winery 2300 E Wellington Rd 250.716.3549. Live music every Sunday starting at 3 pm. Great wine and a wood fire pizza oven! Birding Walk: hosted by The Backyard WildBird and Nature Store. No charge. 9 am. FMI 250.390.3669 Live Music: Nanaimo Blues Society “Blues Jam’ every Sunday at the Queens 4 - 8 pm. $5 cover, jammers free. Different host bands each week. FMI 250.754.6751 Free Skate: the Lions free skate is held every Sunday from Sep to Mar, 12 - 1:30 pm at Frank Crane Arena. FMI 250.756.5200 or nanaimo.ca Dance Class: drop-in dance class at MGM every Wed and Sun at 8 pm. FMI 250.753.3535 Glow Bowling: at Brechin Lanes every Sun from 4 - 7 pm. FMI 250.753.2341 Jumpin Jiminy’s Indoor Playground: at Rock City 10 am 6 pm. FMI 250.729.0999


whatsondigest.com // FEBRUARY 2016 SAT FEB 20 CONT... Kings, 6 pm at Frank Crane Arena. Early game! FMI nanaimoclippers.com Live Music: back by popular demand, the ‘R & B All­ Stars’ take to the stage at theQueen’s for two nights only! Doors 8 pm, show 8:30 pm. $26 advance, $30 door. Tix from the Queen’s or online at porttheatre. com Live Music: ‘Night Owls’ rock the Well Pub at 9 pm. No cover. FMI 250.758.5513

SUN FEB 21 Pink Shirt Promise Community Display: see Feb 17 listing for details Nanaimo Spring 2016 Home Show: building, buying or renovating your home? Don’t miss this great show put on annually by Evergreen Exhibitions! Unique, custom, cutting edge products. 80+ exhibits, demos. Free admission. Beban Park Auditorium Fri 5 - 9 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm,

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Sun 10 am - 4 pm. Free. FMI homeshowtime.com or 1.800.471.1112 Naked Bungy Jump Fundraiser: this is the 10th Annual ‘eye­opening’ fundraiser for the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society! Conquer several fears at once and earn bragging rights. 10 am - 5 pm on Feb 20 and 21 at Wildplay Elements Park just south of Nanaimo. Pre­ register by phone or online. FREE if $200+ in pledges. FMI wildplay.comor 1.888.595.2251 Aquatic Special Event: family fun at Beban Pool! Wacky Olympics Aquatic Special Event 1:30 - 4 pm. FMI 250.756.5200 Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Avalanche 7 pm on SN. FMI nhl.com Live Music: Juno award­ winning Canadian rock band ‘The Sheepdogs’ hit the stage 7:30 pm at the Port Theatre. Opening for them are the ‘Beat Cops’. Tix $45. FMI porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550


Your Computer Guy

Article by Steve Duckett

Always Use Protection... I’m not talking about software protection like an antivirus, Im talking about protecting your device physically. Laptops, tablets and cell phones need a lot of external protection from drops and the elements. Let’s start with your cell phone, sure everyone has a phone cover…right… but did you know if put on a gorilla glass cover on the screen it can save your phones screen from cracking if it is dropped. Tablets as well can benefit from a gorilla glass cover. Add to that a UAG back cover and your tablet is pretty safe from damage. As for your laptop you can put on a screen cover to save yours screen and always transport it in a protective laptop bag… check out aliexpress.com for cheap covers and bags... and urbanarmorgear.com for armour type covers. If you break a laptop screen that is not a MON FEB 22 Pro­D Day Camps: Nanaimo Parks, Rec & Environment offers half­and full­day camps for kids on Feb 22 and 23. Aquatics, rock­climbing, recreational skating and recreational hockey. FMI see nanaimo. ca, the Activity Guide or call 250.756.5200 Youth Red Cross Emergency First Aid with AED/CPR: 9 am - 5 pm, cost $81.95. For youth 14 - 18 yrs. Injury prevention, safety education, CPR, automated external defibrillation and first aid skills. Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks at 250.752.5014 to pre­ register Pink Shirt Promise Community Display: see Feb 17 listing for details Pro­D Day Skates: take place at

the Nanaimo Ice Centre Feb 22 from 1:30 - 3:15 pm and Feb 23 from 1:30 - 3 pm. FMI nanaimo. ca or 250.756.5200 Musical Tribute to Led Zeppelin: tribute band ‘Led Zepagain’ brings the high energy electric classics of Led Zeppelin to the Port Theatre at 7:30 pm for one night only! Tix $39.50 at porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550

TUE FEB 23 Pro­D Day Camps: Nanaimo Parks, Rec & Environment offers half­and full­day camps for kids on Feb 22 and 23. Aquatics, rock­ climbing, recreational skating and recreational hockey. FMI see nanaimo.ca, the Activity Guide or call 250.756.5200 Pink Shirt Promise Community Display: see Feb 17 listing for details

touchscreen come and see me and I’ll fix it up for you, most screens are only $100.00 Toddler Tuesdays at the Museum: 10 am - 2 pm on Feb 23, Mar 29 and Apr 26. Drop­in activities to keep small hands busy including ‘touch tours’, I ­Spy game and petroglyph rubbings. Caregivers must be present, younger or older siblings welcome. Cost included in admission to the museum. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca or 250.753.1821

Mark Collins $125 + GST. FMI viu.ca or 1.866.734.6252

Pro­D Day Skates: take place at the Nanaimo Ice Centre Feb 22 from 1:30 - 3:15 pm and Feb 23 from 1:30 - 3 pm. FMI nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200

Pink Shirt Promise Community Display: see Feb 17 listing for details

WordPress Introduction: learn how to build a website or blog using WordPress. 3 sessions, Tue and Thu Feb 23 - Mar 3, 7 ­9 pm at Nanaimo VIU Campus with instructor

Spoken Word Event: spoken word, poetry, prose, music....’Wordstorm’ has it all! Open mic at 7 pm followed by featured readers. Baked goods to enjoy. First Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 595 Townsite Rd. By donation. FMI wordstorm.ca

WED FEB 24

Live Ballet: ‘Ballets Jazz de Montreal: Kosmos, Rouge, Closer’ comes to the Port Theatre for a 7:30 pm performance. Adults $60, students $25. FMI porttheatre. com or 250.754.8550 Live Theatre: the Nanaimo Theatre Group presents one of


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DANCE

Crimson Coast Dance Society

THEATRE / ACTING

150 Commercial St. 10b Tel 250.716.3230

Spotlight Academy

Jacqui Kaese - Tel 250.714.2555 spotlightacademy.com

Hot Dance In Your Home Town Classes, performances, dance jams for all ages.

Acting | Film | Theatre | TV Classes for all ages – various locations.

Check it at: www.crimsoncoastdance.org

Jacqui Kaese trained Cameron Bright known for many roles including the Twilight movies. “Jacqui is an amazing teacher and mentor. She is one of the most caring, supportive and professional people you will ever meet.” - Cameron Bright Norm Foster’s funniest plays at the Bailey Studio. ‘Office Hours’ takes place in six different city offices at approximately the same time on a Fri afternoon, and the stories that take place in each of them are cleverly intertwined. 8 pm. FMI nanaimotheatregroup.ca or 250.758.7224

THU FEB 25 Art Workshop: ‘Macro Flora Explorations with Yvonne Vander Kooi’ at the Nanaimo Art Gallery Art Lab 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. For beginners and artists with experience $85 Gallery members, $95 non-­ members. FMI nanaimoartgallery.com or 250.754.1750 Country Club Centre Golden Year Savings: free goodies & coffee at food court 10 - 11 am and 2 - 3 pm. Live

entertainment with Howie James 2 - 3 pm. Whole day discounts at some participating merchants. Last Thurs of each month. FMI countryclubcentre. com or 250.758.1102 ext 201 Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Senators 7 pm on SNP. FMI nhl.com Live Theatre: please see Feb 24 listing for details Live Music: the ‘Nico Rhodes Trio’ (jazz, classical and original) plays The Vault Coffee House 8:30 - 11 pm. All ages, general admission $10. FMI jamesmcrae.ca

FRI FEB 26 Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable: the 15th Annual ‘Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable’ is back at Beban Park Auditorium for a weekend of spectacular, bilingual fun! Live

Vibe Dance School

1969 Boxwood Rd, Nanaimo - Tel 250.591.2726 www.vibrantdance.com Vibrant Studios is Nanaimo's Premier Hip Hop and Break Dance School.


Book by Colin EsCott and Floyd Mutrux original Concept & Direction by Floyd Mutrux Inspired by Elvis PrEsLEY, Johnny CAsH, Jerry Lee LEWIs & Carl PErKINs

Feb 12 - Mar 26 Luxurious Theatre Getaways from $120

Tickets from $29

per person, call for complete details

1.800.565.7738

| chemainustheatre.ca


SENIOR ACTIVITIES

February is a busy month in the Harbour City! The following events may be of particular interest to those 55 years or better.

u On Tuesday, February 2nd, the ‘Classical Coffee Concert Series’ with internationally­ acclaimed classical pianist Sarah Hagen continues! The guest artist for this performance is Anne Grimm (soprano). Don’t miss this Intimate lobby performance at the Port Theatre starting at 10:30 am. Coffee and treats served. FMI 250.754.8550 u It’s never too late to date! On Wed., Feb. 10th at the Nanaimo North Library from 1 - 3 pm there will be a special event for seniors 70+ looking for love and companionship. The ‘Age of Love’ film will be shown followed by a speed­dating event. Pre­registration required: name, age, gender and orientation. FMI 250.933.2665 or nanaimonorth@virl.bc.ca u David James and Big River, described as North American’s favourite Johnny Cash tribute band, play Harewood Legion #10 the evening of Feb 13 at 8 pm. Tickets $20 at the door or in advance. FMI visit johnnycashtribute.ca u Need to get some shopping done? Then don’t miss Country Club Centre’s ‘Golden Years Savings’ Day! It takes place the last Thu of each month (this month it is Feb 25) and features free goodies & coffee at the food court from 10 - 11 am and 2 - 3 pm, and live entertainment with Howie James from 2 - 3 pm. There are also whole day discounts at some participating merchants. FMI 250.758.1102 ext 201 or info@ countryclubcentre.com. u Active seniors may be interested in the Thursday evening dances hosted by the Harbour City Seniors at Bowen Complex. Dances run from 7:30 - 10:30 pm and the cost is $7 (members) or $10 (non­members). Also courtesy of the Harbour City Seniors, the Bowen Wanderers are a diverse group of seniors who meet to enjoy fresh air, exercise and congenial company each Thursday morning. For more information about the dances or the hiking group call 250.755.7501

Senior speed dating and ‘Age of Love’ film at Nanaimo North Library Wednesday, February 10th from 1 - 3 pm. For seniors 70+ looking for love and companionship. Watch film first then speed dating begins! Pre-registration required: pls provide name, age, gender and orientation. FMI 250.933.2665 or nanaimonorth@virl.bc.ca


Article by Feron Walker

health What's On

1801 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9S 1H1 (250) 755-7690 · nanaimohospitalfoundation.com

Lotto for Life 2016 - Be Lucky in Health and Wealth Lotto for Life is back! The 23rd Annual

Lotto for Life fundraiser, hosted by the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, will award 80 prizes valuing $205,243, and there is something for everyone. The Grand Prize winner will receive $100,000, 2nd place will win a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, and 3rd place will go home with $10,000 cash! Tickets are now on sale at the Hospital Lobby from January 5th to March 4th, or call 250755-7640 twenty-four hours a day to order your ticket. You can also visit www. nanaimohospitalfoundation. com to find a ticket outlet near you. Each ticket is $100 and only 5,000 are available.

Last year’s event sold out, so be sure to get your ticket today! The Final Draw will take place on March 18th, 2016 at 3:00pm in Nanaimo North Town Centre, come join the fun. Last year’s Grand Prize winners were in the audience and it was a very exciting moment when they took to the stage! Proceeds from this year’s Lotto for Life will help the Hospital Foundation purchase essential medical equipment for NRGH, you can help!

Body Talk Spring Break Workshop! – come experience Body Talk! PLAY • PRACTICE • PERFORM! Make Moves with Crimson Coast Dance Society’s Body Talk Teen Cru this Spring Break. This year they are working with TedxTalk Speaker and award-winning BC Arts Champion, Dianna David. Pre-registration is open for the March 14 to 19 spring break workshop and culminating performance on March 20, 7:30 pm, at the Port Theatre. Workshops are held at Vibe Studio in Nanaimo – teen workshops are 10am - 2pm and the all ages workshops are 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Register soon, places fill quickly! www.crimsoncoastdance.org /dance@crimsoncoast.org. Only a $100 for a week of learning… and fun.

These all-ages workshops will get participants moving, creating and performing ideas in a collaborative, teambuilding environment. Experience this guided artistic process, then perform the creation you helped build.

Learn Urban Street dance, Prop-Juggling, Physical Theatre and Movement Storytelling. The team of Dianna David and the Body Talk Teen Cru is an ideal match made in… Nanaimo. Dianna is a multidisciplinary artist known to fuse traditional techniques with the modern tools to create entertaining pieces suitable for any crowd – she will make if fun! The Cru, a passionate group of teens who spend months creating these workshops, have prepared an experience that is exciting, enjoyable, applicable to their learning and helps people create! Diana and the Cru will inspire people to follow their passion and create the life they desire to live.  That journey begins with this workshop – how cool is that? This Spring Break - The community is invited to register for these Body Talk workshops from March 14-20, 2016 to share in the the week of classes, rehearsals and performance. 


Wounded Warriors Canada is a nonprofit organization that helps Canadian Forces members who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada. They help find therapeutic programs and solutions for military men and women in need. Currently, their primary focus is on mental health and, particularly, the staggering impact of PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries.

To provide increased public awareness and financial support for Wounded Warriors Canada, the “Wounded Warrior Run BC” (WWRBC) was created.  A team of dedicated runners will relay run the length of Vancouver Island for six consecutive days, starting Monday, 22 Feb 2016 and finishing Sunday, 28 Feb 2016. The journey will begin in Port Hardy and end in Victoria. Covering an excess of 600 km.

FRI FEB 26 CONT... music, children’s entertainers, a market, theatrical presentations and more. Festival kicks off with a ‘Plaid Dinner’ Feb 26 at Beban Social Centre. Adults $25/kids $15/kids 3 or under free - 6pm. The Festival continues Feb 27 (10 am - 8 pm) and 28 (9 am - 4 pm) at Beban Auditorium. See website for details/ francophonenanaimo.org

Nanaimo Clippers: the home team takes on the Cowichan Valley Capitals 7 pm at Frank Crane Arena! FMI nanaimoclippers.com or 250.751.0593 Live Music: solo instrumentalist ‘Dave Hart’ plays the elegant Minnoz Lounge in the Coast Bastion Hotel from 7 - 10 pm. Reservations recommended. No cover. FMI minnoz.com or 250.824.0167

Live Theatre: please see Feb 24 listing for details

SAT FEB 27 Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable: the 15th Annual ‘Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable’ is back at Beban Park Auditorium for a weekend of spectacular, bilingual fun! Live music, children’s entertainers, a market, theatrical presentations and more. Festival kicks off with

a ‘Plaid Dinner’ Feb 26 at Beban Social Centre. Adults $25/kids $15/kids 3 or under free - 6pm. The Festival continues Feb 27 (10 am - 8 pm) and 28 (9 am - 4 pm) at Beban Auditorium. See website for details/ francophonenanaimo.org Superhero Science: Drop by the Nanaimo Wellington Library with your family anytime between 2 - 4 pm


Celebrating it’s 11th year,

the VISSF takes place Feb 12 and 13 at Malaspina Theatre, Vancouver Island University. The Festival continues to celebrate the best works of short filmmakers from Vancouver Island and beyond. Thirteen films have been selected this year, and all will be shown at each screening. There are many feature film festivals on Vancouver Island, but none that specifically serve short filmmakers. Many of this year’s VISSF entries feature local actors, writers, directors, musicians and film technicians. The 2016 Festival will showcase amazing short films in a multitude of genres and styles. But hurry if you want tickets ­this event regularly sells out!

For more information visit visff.com SAT FEB 27 CONT...

or 250.754.8550

and work your way through superhero activity stations! For children 5 years and up. FMI 250.758.5544

Live Music: the ‘Nick Rhodes Trio” plays The Hive Emporium, Gabriola Island 7:30 - 10 pm. Jazz, classical and original music. $15/adult, $10/stu & sen, under 12 free. FMI jamesmcrae. ca

Sing for Pure Joy! in Ladysmith: all voices welcome to learn and sing heart­felt melodies, soulful gospel songs, rousing spirituals, meditative chants and more. $10 drop­-in, pro­ rated for Winter/Spring Term. 6:30 pm at The Lodge on 4th. FMI 250.285.3764 or 250. 202.1003 Live Comedy: ‘Just for Laughs’ presents ‘Jeremy Hotz: International Man of Misery’ Tour 7 pm at the Port Theatre. Canadian­born Hotz is an award­ winning comedian, script writer and actor. Not to be missed! $47.50 FMI porttheatre.com

Live Theatre: please see Feb 24 listing for details Live Music: ‘4 on the Floor’ rock the Well Pub at 9 pm. No cover. FMI 250.758.5513

SUN FEB 28 Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable: the 15th Annual ‘Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable’ is back: please see Feb 27 listing for details Live Theatre: please see Feb 24 listing for details Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs

Sharks 4 pm on SN. FMI nhl. com Live Magic and Comedy Show: TV personality ‘Wes Barker: Stunt Magician and Comedian’ comes to the Port Theatre at 7 pm. Magic, comedy, stunts, stories from his life and hilarious audience interaction! All ages $22. FMI porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550

MON FEB 29 Feature Exhibit: Characters, Con Men & Celebrities shows at the Nanaimo Museum Feb 1 - May 7. Explore the lives of intriguing people from Nanaimo’s past including petty thieves, murderers, crooked cops, a cult leader and politicians. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca 250.753.1821


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YOUR FITNESS NOW How Much Cardio

Do You Need? Firstly, what is cardio? Cardio exercise uses

large muscle movement over a sustained period of time keeping your heart rate to at least 50% of its maximum level. Such as biking, running, and walking, etc. Some of the tools can be found in the gym to be used for cardio: treadmill, bike, Stairmaster, rowing-machine, and elliptical to name a few.

Cardio related questions are some of the most frequently asked by people when they are starting a new workout regime. For example: how much cardio should I be doing on top of my weights? I believe that cardio is the most over utilized or misused tools for sustaining weight loss. Don’t get me wrong it’s hard to disprove some of the benefits of doing cardio. I am not saying don’t do any cardio at all. Lets do cardio smart in conjunction with some other ways of training to really sustain weight loss and also avoid plateaus. Lets clear this up a little more...

When clients first come to me doing cardio every single day and have for years. You would think they would be a shredded Goddess or God, but they are not, they’re stuck. (keep in mind their diets are pretty good)

There is problem with doing your favorite cardio day in and day out. Our bodies are amazingly adaptable that they get used to that cardio within a 6-12 week period.

This is why people start to notice their results diminish. What also happens is that we need to keep doing that same amount of cardio to sustain our current weight loss. So you can see how you could get stuck in this vicious cycle. You have to keep doing tons of cardio just to stay the same. Sounds pretty lame doesn’t it. IT IS LAME! It’s not necessary to work your self to the bone to get short-term results. Here is where I can come in to help stop this madness! At Body Tempo I use cardio in a smarter way and in conjunction with weight training.

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Weight training will really help increase your lean muscle mass. When over doing cardio you can decrease your lean muscle mass which is your metabolism making it harder and harder to lose body fat. Metabolism helps increase your fat burning power allowing you to do less and less cardio and losing fat without even trying that hard. People are always shocked to hear that I don’t do cardio year around and only when I compete. I did however have to do cardio to lose the fat mass initially.

If you are in a rut and working yourself to the bone and starting to lose your initial results please message me for a free consultation to get you closer to your goal. As always send me an email info@bodytempo. com and tell me what you would like my next article to be about! Erin Crawford, Owner and operator

Certified Personal Trainer with over 10 years experience Pre and Postnatal training specialist Health and Fitness Expert Body Tempo Health and Fitness Inc.


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LandLubber

Port Theatre

Tuesdays 7-10 Blues Jam Fridays 9-11:30 Music Trivia with Frank Hannah Saturdays 8-12 Juke Box Poker

FEB 17 SHREK the Musical

FEB 19 TIME - Tribute to Pink Floyd

FEB 27 David Gogo

New York Style Pizza

 

Free Live Music Fri/Sat

Queens SimonHolt  FEB 26 Diner du Bucheron Lumberjack Dinner  Souper-Dinner 6:30 Musique- Music: 7pm @ Danny Party from NB Billlet-Ticket: 25$ Call 729-2776 for tickets

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LOCAL DINING Landlubber Pub

2220 Bowen Road 250.­758­.9400 www.landlubberpub.ca

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The Landlubber has taken pub food, service and entertainment to another level in Nanaimo. We offer creative appetizers and entrees that satisfy that undeniable pub food craving. The Landlubber is best known for have half-priced wing nights Wednesday- Friday after 4 pm. Our homemade burgers compete for the best burger in Nanaimo and are on special Wednesdays. Enjoy our classic warm down-to-earth atmosphere and soak-in some free live entertainment and fun. The Landlubber features The Bluesy Tuesdays open jam at 7pm, Frank Hannah’s Music Trivia Fridays at 9pm, and Jukebox Poker Saturdays at 8pm.  Our community driven owners host local professional networking groups and sponsor a variety of teams, from soccer and softball to roller derby. We have also enjoyed 3 years of Silly Boat competition raising money for the Child Development Centre.   There is always fun events coming up, Death Wing Challenges, Rock Paper Scissors tournaments, Open Mic the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 2-6pm, and daily beer specials to keep the party going. Make our neighborhood pub your home. On your way out stop at our licensed liquor store. #10- 2220 Bowen Rd Nanaimo, right next to Beban Park.

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Montana’s Cookhouse 4715 Rutherford Rd 250.758.2388

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Nellie’s Dutch Deli #500-2980 Island hwy 250.729.7044

White Spot North 6561 Island Hwy. 250.390.2941

SimonHolt Food, Drink, Live Music 6582 Applecross Road 250­.933.­3338

White Spot Terminal 130 Terminal Ave N 250.754.2241

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