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MON FEB 1 Boomers Week: at Mount Washington, Feb 1 at 9 am till Feb 5 at 3:30 pm. 50% off a special all-inclusive program for those 50 yrs and over who love to ski or ride. Enquire for details. FMI mountwashington.ca or 250.338.1386

Live Music: awardwinning singer/songwriter and guitar player ‘Joe Stanton’ comes to the Duncan Showroom for an 8 pm show. If you like folk music you will want to be here! $20/door, $15/advance. No alcohol venue. FMI showroomproductions.ca or 250.748.7246

TUE FEB 2 Live Performance: virtuoso actor and musician Chase Padgett presents his one-man masterpiece ‘Nashville Hurricane’, 7:30 pm at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island. This production follows the rise, fall and resurrection of an imaginary guitar star as seen from varying perspectives. $23 adult, $5 youth. FMI artspring. ca or 250.537.2102

Open Mic Nite: ‘Dress Rehearsal Tuesdays - Open Mic Nite’ at the Duncan Show-

room is all about using the stage to launch your career in front of a friendly, appreciative audience and having fun! 3 songs each, 7:30 pm start. $5/ everyone. No-alcohol venue. FMI showroomproductions.ca or 250.748.7246

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Live Music: Chilean musician ‘Rodrigo Figueroa’ bring his rock-influenced music to the Duncan Showroom for a 7 pm show. $20/door, $15/ advance. FMI showroomproductions.ca

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THU FEB 4 Games Night: at the Cowichan Library, Duncan from 6 - 7:30 pm. Bring your favorite board or card game or play one of the Library’s! All ages. FMI 250.746.7661 Poetry Open Mic: at Salt Spring Island Public Library. Sign-up 6:45 pm, one poem per reader. Featured poet Frances Boyle. Free.

Take a peek into the past at the Cowichan Valley Museum! It holds an extensive and eclectic collection of artifacts from pioneer families and businesses in the Valley. Located in the historic Duncan Train Station and surrounded by parkland and totem poles, the Museum makes an interesting and informative destination on a dark winter’s day. Current hours Wed - Fri from 11 am - 4 pm and Saturdays 1 - 4 pm. FMI cowichanvalleymuseum.bc.ca


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Live Music: ‘Gals

Live Music: ‘Echo

FMI saltspringlibrary. com or 250.537.4666

Who Write Songs’ is an enjoyable musical evening featuring Beverley McKeen and some of the Island’s best singer-songwriters at the Duncan Showroom at 7:30 pm. FMI showroomproductions.ca

Drop’ plays the River Rock Bar & Grill at the Travelodge in Duncan at 9 pm. No cover. FMI 250.748.4311

Live Broadcast: National Theatre Live presents ‘Jane Eyre’, Charlotte Bronte’s story of one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms, at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre at 7 pm. FMI cowichanpac.ca or 250.748.7529

Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Blue Jackets 7 pm on SNP. FMI nhl.com

FRI FEB 5 Live

Music: the ‘Shorty Parker Band’ (rock/dance) hits the stage at Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island at 9 pm. FMI mobyspub.ca or 250.537.5559

SAT FEB 6 Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival: fun for the

pm on CBC, TVAS. FMI nhl.com

Karaoke Night: at River Rock Bar & Grill, Duncan starting at 8 pm. No cover. FMI 250.748.4311

Live Music: ‘Shobo-

whole family at the BC Forest Discovery Centre Feb 6 and 7 from 10 am - 4 pm each day. See bcforestdiscoverycentre.com for details or call 250.715.1113

con/Vying for Glory/ The Underdogs’ bring a little metal to the Duncan Showroom at 8 pm $15/door, $12/ advance. FMI showroomproductions.ca or 250.748.7246

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pany’ (folk rock) plays Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island at 9 pm. FMI mobyspub.ca

12 noon - 3 pm. FMI 250.749.6742

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Family Day activities at the Island Savings Centre! Skating from 12 noon - 2 pm, recreational activities 1 - 3 pm. FMI 250.748.7529

Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival: fun for the whole family at the BC Forest Discovery Centre Feb 6 and 7 from 10 am - 4 pm each day. See bcforestdiscoverycentre.com for details or call 250.715.1113

MON FEB 8 Family Day Fun: spend Family Day exploring the BC Forest Discovery Centre! Open 10 am - 4 pm. See bcforestdiscoverycentre.com for details or call 250.715.1113

Family Day Bowling: fun for the whole family at Youbou Bowling Alley! Free admission and shoe rentals from

Family Day Skate and Rec: enjoy free

Family Day Skating: the whole family can enjoy skating from 1 2:15 pm at Kerry Park Rec Centre! adult $1, child $1, rentals $1. FMI 250.743.5922

Family Day Free Skate: at Cowichan Lake Sports Arena from 3:30 - 4:50 pm. Free admission and rentals. FMI 250.749.6742

Live Music: Australian singer/songwriter Daniel Champagne brings his acoustic gui-

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TUE FEB 9 Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Avalanche 6 pm on SNP. FMI nhl. com

Business Marketing Using Facebook Workshop: Mark Collins leads this 4-session workshop on how to market your business using Facebook. Workshop takes place at Cowichan VIU Campus from 7 - 9 pm starting Feb 9 and continuing on Feb 11, 16 and 18. $125 + GST. FMI viu. ca or 1.866.734.6252

Live Music: an elegant evening out! Don’t miss interna-

tionally-acclaimed Canadian pianist and vocalist Michael Kaeshammer at ArtSpring, Salt Spring Island, 7:30 - 9:30 pm. $28/adult, $5/youth. FMI artspring.ca or 250.537.2102

WED FEB 10 Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Coyotes 6:30 pm on SN1. FMI nhl.com

Live Music: ‘Dodgers/ Blessed and guests’ bring post-punk/experimental/kraut rock to the Duncan Showroom at 8 pm. $15/ door, $12/advance. FMI showroomproductions.ca

THU FEB 11 Elder College Skate: this event is geared to seniors. 10:45 - 11:45 am skate at the Island

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THU FEB 11 CONT... Savings Centre with golden oldies playing in the background! Admission free, skate rentals extra. FMI 250.748.7529

Tech Cafe: WordPress Hands-On: create the outline for your own WordPress blog or site during this 2-hour workshop at the Salt Spring Island Public Library. Starts at 7 pm, bring own laptop. Space limited, pre-register by phone or email. Free. FMI saltspringlibrary.com .

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farmers, rural landowners, farm organizations, equipment dealers, service providers and the general public. 12 educational sessions to choose from, tradeshow, outdoor displays. FMI visit iashow.ca or call 250.748.0822

Cowichan Capitals: cheer on the home team as they go up against the Merritt Centennials 7 pm at the Island Savings Centre! FMI cowichancapitals.com or 250.748.9930

Live Theatre: ‘The

Va n c o u v e r - b a s e d band ‘The Paperboys’ bring their blend of country-folk-celticbluegrass-rock to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre for a 7:30 pm show. adults $28, sen/stu $25. FMI cowichanpac.ca or 250.748.7529

Clean House’ is a quirky comedy by Sarah Ruhl showing at Ladysmith Little Theatre Feb 11 - 28. Matinee, evening, and dinner theatre shows available. FMI ladysmiththeatre.com or 250.924.0658

Live Theatre: ‘The

Shakedown’ (soul/ rock) plays Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island at 9 pm. FMI mobyspub.ca or 250.537.5559

Clean House’ is a quirky comedy by Sarah Ruhl showing at Ladysmith Little Theatre Feb 11 - 28. Matinee, evening, and dinner theatre shows available. FMI ladysmiththeatre.com or 250.924.0658

FRI FEB 12 5th Annual Island’s Agricultural Show: this two-day agricultural show at Cowichan Exhibition Park brings together

Live Music: ‘Soul

Live Music: ‘Lucid Afterlife’ plays the River Rock Bar & Grill at the Travelodge, Duncan at 9 pm. No cover. FMI 250.748.4311

SAT FEB 13 5th Annual Island’s Agricultural Show: this two-day agricultural show at Cowichan Exhibition

Park brings together farmers, rural landowners, farm organizations, equipment dealers, service providers and the general public. 12 educational sessions to choose from, tradeshow, outdoor displays. FMI visit iashow.ca or call 250.748.0822

Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Maple Leafs 4 pm on HNIC. FMI nhl.com

Deerholme Happiness Dinner 2016: this specially- themed dinner is Deerholme Farm’s annual ode to foods that increase your serotonin levels! South American theme from Peru, Chile and Argentina. 5 - 9 pm at Deerholme Farm, Duncan. $90. FMI deerholme.com or 250.748.7450

Political Forum/ Reception: Globe & Mail National Affairs Columnist and author Lawrence Martin discusses Canadian politics at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island 6:30 - 8 pm followed by a reception in the Gallery. $20/general, $15/Salt Spring Forum members. FMI artspring.ca

Cowichan Capitals: the Capitals go head-to-head with the Chilliwack Chiefs at the Island Savings Centre at 7 pm. FMI cowichancapitals.com

Live Ballet: Canada’s Ballet Jorgen presents the timeless classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 pm. adult $37, sen/stu $33, child $20. FMI cowichanpac.ca or 250.748.7529

Live Theatre: ‘The Clean House’ is a quirky comedy by Sarah Ruhl showing at Ladysmith Little Theatre Feb 11 - 28. Matinee, evening, and dinner theatre shows available. FMI ladysmiththeatre.com or 250.924.0658

Open Mic Nite: at the River Rock Bar & Grill, Duncan is a popular event. 8 pm start. Host Scott Owen. No Cover. FMI facebook.com/ RiverRockBarGrill/ or 250.748.4311

Live Music: ‘The Coalition’ (rock/dance) plays Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island at 9 pm. FMI mobyspub.ca or 250.537.5559

SUN FEB 14 Choral Performance: the Vancouver Chamber Choir performs at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island, 2:30 4:30 pm. This will be an ‘a cappella’ programme conducted by Jon Washburn that traces choral repertoire back to the Gregorian chant. $28/ adult, $5/youth. FMI artspring.ca


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at 8350 Richards Trail in North Cowichan is a lovely destination on a cold February day. The beautiful teashop gallery is the perfect place for quiet conversation and an appreciation of tea and tea-infused sweets. Reopening Feb 2 for the season with a ‘seconds’ sale at 2 pm, the teafarm is a good place to stock up on your loose organic teas and recharge your own batteries! For more information and hours visit teafarm.ca


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Live Orchestral Music: the ‘Palm Court

Argentine Tango Lessons for Beginners: is being offered

Light Orchestra’ presents ‘A Downtown Abbey Valentine’ 2:30 pm at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Featuring Rebecca Hass, mezzo soprano. adults/seniors $34, stu $14. FMI cowichanpac. ca or 250.748.7529

Live Music: the ‘Tim Sars Trio’ (New Orleans Jazz) plays Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island at 9 pm. FMI mobyspub.ca

Live Music: ‘Marty Jones’ plays the River Rock Bar & Grill at the Travelodge, Duncan at 9 pm. No cover. FMI 250.748.4311

MON FEB 15 Movie Night at the Library: ‘Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd’ shows at the Cowichan Library, Duncan from 6 - 8 pm. Feature documentary. FMI virl.bc.ca or 250.746.7661

Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Wild 7 pm on SNP. FMI nhl.com

at the Duncan Showroom, 6 - 7:30 pm. John and Linda Fowler will introduce you to the passion and intimacy of close embrace tango and the music from Buenos Aires. $90 for 6 lessons. FMI s h ow ro o m p ro d u c tions.ca

Cowichan Capitals: cheer on the home team as they take on the Victoria Grizzlies at the Island Savings Centre at 7 pm. FMI cowichancapitals.com

Open Mic Nite: ‘Dress Rehearsal Tuesdays - Open Mic Nite’ at the Duncan Showroom is all about using the stage to launch your career in front of a friendly, appreciative audience and having fun! 7:30 pm start, 3 songs each. $5/everyone. No-alcohol venue. FMI showroomproductions.ca or 250.748.7246

Live Music: Matt Anderson has won three

Maple Blues Awards, a Memphis Blues Challenge, a CIMA Road Gold Award, a European Blues Award, and a JUNO Award nomination. Don’t miss ‘Matt Anderson & The Bona Fide’ when they hit the stage at 7:30 pm at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre! $39. FMI cowichanpac.ca or 250.748.7529

WED FEB 17 Live Theatre: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ is a rock ‘n’ roll musical based on the first (and only) jam session of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Chemainus Theatre Festival Wed Sun from Feb 12 - Mar 16. FMI chemainustheatrefestival.ca or 250.246.9820

THU FEB 18 Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Ducks 7 pm on SNP. FMI nhl.com

Live Music: Canadian musical icon Lynn Miles performs at the Duncan Showroom 7:30 pm for one night only! $30/door, $25/

advance. FMI showroomproductions.ca or 250.748.7246

Live Theatre: ‘The Clean House’ is a quirky comedy by Sarah Ruhl showing at Ladysmith Little Theatre Feb 11 - 28. Matinee, evening, and dinner theatre shows available. FMI ladysmiththeatre.com or 250.924.0658

FRI FEB 19 Schools Out Skate: the ‘School’s Out Skate’ takes place at the Island Savings Centre from 12 noon 2 pm. Twoonie admission, rentals extra. FMI 250.748.7529

Schools Out Skate: this ‘School’s Out Skate’ takes place at Kerry Park Rec Centre from 1 - 2:15 pm. adult $2, child $1, rentals $1. FMI 250.743.5922

Black History Month Film Screening: In recognition of Black History Month the Cowichan Library, Duncan is showing a series of short films appropriate for all ages

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HOME&LIFE Breath Easy...

Our own homes have always offered sanctuary from the outside world. During the colder months of winter, however, our sanctuary may not be as conducive to good rest and relaxation as it is the rest of the year. Closed windows and any number of indoor air pollutants - from wood-burning stoves and dryers to perfumes, glue, carpeting, pet dander, dust mites and mold - can contribute to headaches, long-lasting colds, bronchitis and asthma. Thankfully, there are a number of steps we can take to improve indoor air quality. To get you started... • houseplants don’t just look nice - they clean and purify the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen! Some are also great filters that can reduce toxic agents such as benzene and formaldehyde from your home. A few great starters include palms, spider plants, ferns and rubber plants. Check out the ‘NASA Clean Air Study’ for a list of pet-safe plants and which toxic agent(s) each has been shown to reduce • air purifiers can help remove allergens, harmful particles and odours from your home. Be sure to do your research: air purifiers with HEPA filters, carbonactivated filters and electrostaticallycharged dust collection grids all come highly recommended • when weather permits, throw open your windows and air out your house! • regular cleaning reduces airborne pollutants like pollen, pet dander and dust mites. Be sure to use non-toxic cleaning products or you’ll be replacing one air-quality

issue with another. Choosing low or no VOC cleaning products that are fragrance-free is a good start. Wash bedding once a week in hot water, and be sure to dust with a damp cloth, not a dry one

By lowering levels of known irritants and increasing ventilation whenever possible, your home can remain a healthy as well as happy sanctuary throughout the year!


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FRI FEB 19 CONT... followed by a feature film more suitable for adults. 3:30 - 5 pm. FMI virl.bc.ca or 250.746.7661

Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Flames 6 pm on SNP. FMI nhl.com

Live Music: Juno Award-winning musician Stephen Fearing brings his ‘edgy, unapologetic songs and instrumentals’ to Ar tSpring on Salt Spring Island, 7:30 - 9:30 pm $23/ a d u l t , $ 5 /yo u t h . FMI artspring.ca or 250.537.2102

Live Theatre: ‘The Clean House’ is a quirky comedy by Sarah Ruhl showing at Ladysmith Little Theatre Feb 11 - 28. Matinee, evening, and dinner theatre shows available. FMI ladysmiththeatre.com or 250.924.0658

Live Music: ‘Emma Plant/Novice Bear’ heat things up at the Duncan Showroom starting at 8 pm. $15/door, $12/ advance. FMI showroomproductions.ca or 250.748.7246

Live Music: ‘Tom Party’ (dance/pop rock) plays Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island at 9 pm. FMI mobyspub.ca

Live Music: the ‘Herbicidal Maniacs’ play the River Rock Bar

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& Grill at the Travelodge, Duncan at 9 pm. No cover. FMI 250.748.4311

SAT FEB 20 Open Mic Nite: at St. Michael’s Hall, Chemainus is a popular community event. Aspiring musicians can play up to 3 songs (10 min max) in front of a local, appreciative audience. All are welcome! 7 pm start. FMI cvcas.com or 250.246.1389

Live Dance: Adage Studio presents ‘Dance Highlights 2016’, 7 pm at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Featuring group and solo performances in a range of dance styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre. adult $18, child $14. FMI cowichanpac.ca

Live Classical Music: the Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir are proud to present ‘Mozart’s Requiem and Jupiter Symphony’ at the Christian Reform Church in Duncan 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Tix at the door, from members and from Volume One Bookstore on Kenneth St. adult/sen $15, child/stu $10. FMI cowichanconsort.com or 250.748.8982

Live Music: ‘The Clanns’ bring Canadian Celtic Roots Rock to the Duncan


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Showroom for an 8 pm show. $15/door, $12/adv. FMI showroomproductions.ca or 250.748.7246

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week at the Library: to celebrate

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week at the Library: to celebrate

Freedom to Read Week, drop by the Cowichan Library Feb 22 - 29 to look at a list of books that have been banned or challenged. Make your guess as to the objection and enter a draw. All ages. FMI virl.bc.ca

Freedom to Read Week, drop by the Cowichan Library Feb 22 - 29 to look at a list of books that have been banned or challenged. Make your guess as to the objection and enter a draw. All ages. FMI virl.bc.ca

Reel Alternatives:

Argentine Tango Lessons for Beginners: is being offered

Live Music: ‘Brothers/ Lover’s Touch’ (folk rock) hits the stage at Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island at 9 pm. FMI mobyspub.ca or 250.537.5559

SUN FEB 21 Live Theatre: ‘The Clean House’ is a quirky comedy by Sarah Ruhl showing at Ladysmith Little Theatre Feb 11 - 28. Matinee, evening, and dinner theatre shows available. FMI ladysmiththeatre.com or 250.924.0658

Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Avalanche 7 pm on SN. FMI nhl.com

‘Coming Home’ is a bittersweet film that looks at sacrifice, redemption and the timelessness of love. Presented by Reel Alternatives, all proceeds to Cowichan Valley Hospice Society. At the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 7 pm. $12, student rows A - C $5. FMI cowichanpac.ca or 250.748.7529

at the Duncan Show-

room, 6 - 7:30 pm. John and Linda Fowler will introduce you to the passion and intimacy of close embrace tango and the music from Buenos Aires. $90 for 6 lessons. FMI s h ow ro o m p ro d u c tions.ca

Photography Workshop: 7 pm at Hardwick Hall, Ladysmith. Evolve your photography with insights from Cim MacDonald, a Chemainus-based artist, curator of the Chemainus Murals,

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There is family fun to be had at the BC Forest Discovery Centre Feb 6 and 7 with the return of the Annual ‘Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival’.

Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) is the largest and most common maple on Vancouver Island. Festival goers can explore how sap is tapped from these trees and turned into syrup that rivals the flavor of any produced in the Eastern Provinces. There will

For more information about the Festival visit: bcforestdiscoverycentre.com

also be live entertainment, train rides, tapping demos, syrup tasting, mini-workshops and local syrup to purchase while supplies last.


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Matt Andersen has been enthralling audiences with his one-­of­-a­-kind performance in North America, Europe and Australia for years. Earlier this fall, the award winning artist once again de­camped from his New Brunswick home – this time to record his upcoming album. Produced in New York with Commissioner Gordon (Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, KRS­-One), H​onest Manfollows up the JUNO Award nominated Weightless and sees the songwriter pushing himself into new territory. Blessed with a rich gospel soul voice and armed with a new set of songs, Matt Andersen found a perfect partner in crime with Commissioner Gordon. “Gordon has worked with so many different people, like Santana and Quincy Jones, on so many historic albums,” says Andersen. “He has such a great approach and was able to tie-­in so many new ideas to what I’ve done in the past without losing touch with my sound.”

the political and the personal. The title track, co-­ written with Chris Kirby, was inspired by a US political cartoon while “Let’s Get Back”, co-­penned with Andy Stochansky, has Andersen thinking about how his country as a nation has changed, but not for the better. “Who Are You Listening To?” was hatched with Ryan Hupman during a pre­-election social media flood and emerges as rally call for people to make up their own minds and not be swung by the ‘information’ we’re being fed.

On “All The Way”, written with Gordie Sampson, Andersen takes a more personal approach as he sings about the decision to fully commit to a relationship, while on the alluring piano ballad “I’m Giving In”, composed with Andy Stochansky and Jamie “He has such a great approach and Hartman, he muses about was able to tie-­in so many new ideas the moments leading up to that commitment. to what I’ve done in the past without

From writing around drum beats to bringing in a cast of players including Andy Bassford (Toots and the Maytals, Burning Spear, Natalie Merchant), Benji losing touch with my sound.” “The song ‘I’m Giving In’ was Bouton (Ibibio Sound the final one that I needed to Machine), Josh David Barret lay down vocals for,” recalls (The Wailers, Lauryn Hill), and Lenny Underwood Andersen. “It was my last night in New York and the (Mary J. Blige, Amy Winehouse),Honest Man​expands studio we were using was underneath a ballroom on what we already know and love from Andersen and where Alicia Keys was rehearsing for a performance brings it to a new level. the next night. We managed to get the piano recorded “Gordon brought a drum beat to one of our first in between the breaks of the rehearsal but had to skip sessions that I loved, and I wrote ‘Let’s Get Back’ around the vocals. We went back to Gordon’s studio to listen it. When we tracked, we did it the same way back to the weeks’ work and enjoy a scotch when we as the others ­myself on acoustic guitar, decided to take a stab at recording the vocals. This was Benji on electric, Josh on bass. Using at 1am. It was a special way to wrap up the sessions beats is something I never thought with Gordon.” I would go for. But it was a lot of On one of two songs created with Donovan Woods fun and I’m really excited with called “One Good Song” Andersen sings about exactly what we recorded. If I was left that. He explains, “All songwriters desire to have that up to my own devices it would one good song that just gets everybody. Not necessarily have been a very different a hit, but a song that when it’s heard you can’t help record.” but listen. This song is about the journey we all take to The ten songs that make up H​ onest M a ​ n explore both

get there.” There is no need at all for Matt Andersen to worry about one good song, H​onest Man​is a watershed album full of transcendent musical moments that should elevate the songwriter from internationally acclaimed to world renowned.


Following an exceptionally successful season, Mark DuMez, Artistic Director, is pleased to announce the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s 2016 season, a lineup that is rich with music, drama, comedy, dance and spectacular artistry! We love producing shows that excite, challenge, and delight and we invite you to join us in every laugh, song, step and note of our exciting season. What shows will you see? The season features seven main stage productions and includes a new production of the Million Dollar Quartet, as the bad boys of SUN records tear their way up the charts. With Harvey and Hilda, laughter connects character to family, imagination and love. We will rollick through the summer musical with Footloose as generations clash and dance. Four strong women bond together in A Lovely Sunday, our first Tennessee Williams work in over a decade. And the holidays bring it all together in Ralphie’s quest for a Red Ryder, a leg lamp prize and a dream Christmas with A Christmas Story. Falling: A Wake on the Studio Stage and Chemainus Theatre original – Pet the Fish (KidzPlay summer show).

The Chemainus Theatre Festival thrives as people from all over Vancouver Island congregate to enjoy the intimate energy of high caliber professional actors and creative teams from across Canada. We delve in together, taking in the textures of well-made costumes, intrigued by the clever use of sculptural scenery and vivid lights and sound – all this goodness in a sea-side town full of artistry and eclectic adventure. Whether it’s the ache for nostalgia, the need for a good belly laugh, the swing of a well-played tune or the crackle of a wellturned phrase – something in us longs for a great story well told. Dig in with tickets to another outstanding year. Season tickets, single tickets (on sale now), groups and parties will all enjoy an experience of live professional theatre! Tickets are available for evening (Wednesday, Thursday - 7:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday - 8:00 p.m.) and matinee (Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday - 2:00 p.m.) performances. Purchases can be made online at chemainustheatre.ca, or by calling The Chemainus Theatre Festival box office at 1-800-565-7738.


The Chemainus Theatre Festival, est. 1993, is a professional performing arts destination on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The non-profit charitable Society offers a continuous season of regionally- and inter nationally-acclaimed theatre to over 70,000 residents and visitors every year. From the purely dramatic to the musically enriched, The Festival’s roster of shows feature an entertaining selection of classic and contemporary tales, told in romantic, comedic, tragic and more enjoyable styles. Dedicated to serving versatile interests of audiences and artists, The Festival has attracted talented guest actors, directors, musicians and

designers from across North America – a testament to their highly regarded theatrical productions and facilities. Theatregoers can complete their theatre experience with a delightful meal in the Playbill Dining Room. Before each show, live music creates the perfect setting for diners to indulge in the impressive showthemed buffet. The onsite Gallery Gift Shop showcases over one hundred BC artisans, and is a wonderful place for art-lovers and shoppers to browse, and take home, a memorable piece of the west coast.

“Million Dollar Quartet”

plays it fast and loose at The Chemainus Theatre Festival! The Chemainus Theatre Festival presents Million Dollar Quartet, a popular Broadway musical inspired by actual events. In the mid-1950’s, four young and talented musicians met by chance, and made music history, in one red-hot jam session. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash are famous for their legendary songs and rock ‘n’ roll hits. Million Dollar Quartet is the acclaimed story about their astonishing careers and this landmark day in music history. Playing at the Festival theatre from February 12 – March 26, 2016. Tickets are available now at 1-800-565-7738 or chemainustheatre.ca.


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WED FEB 24 Celebrate Freedom to Read Week at the Library: to celebrate Freedom to Read Week, drop by the Cowichan Library Feb 22 - 29 to look at a list of books that have been banned or challenged. Make your guess as to the objection and enter a draw. All ages. FMI virl.bc.ca

Paws 4 Stories: children ages 6 - 12 are invited to drop by the Cowichan Library 3:30 - 4:30 pm and improve their literacy skills by reading to Percy the therapy dog! FMI 250.746.7661

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and 27 at 7:30 pm at ArtSpring, Salt Spring Island. They are also hosting environmental displays and performance art workshops free of charge which run from Feb 25 - 27 from 12 noon - 5 pm at ArtSpring. Paradise Lost Performances $15/adult, $5/child. Talks and workshops free. FMI artspring.ca or 250.537.2102

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cal Mayhem’ hits the stage at the River Rock Bar & Grill, Duncan at 9 pm. No cover. FMI 250.748.4311

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Live Theatre: ‘The Clean House’ is a quirky comedy by Sarah Ruhl showing at Ladysmith Little Theatre Feb 11 - 28. Matinee, evening, and dinner theatre shows available. FMI ladysmiththeatre.com or 250.924.0658

Live Music: t h e ‘NeverNever Band’ (bluegrass/old-time) plays Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island at 9 pm. FMI mobyspub. ca or 250.537.5559

SAT FEB 27 Celebrate Freedom to Read Week at the Library: please see Feb 24 listing for details Deerholme Farm Cooking Class: Bill Jones leads this culinary class at Deerholme Farms in Duncan. The theme is ‘Modern Vegetable Cooking’ and runs from 12 noon til 4 pm. Learn modern cooking techniques, prep and storage options, and how to make spinach and bread soup and squash gnocchi! $100 + GST. FMI deerholme. com or 250.748.7450

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By Christopher Grew

I hope you all had some warm, wonderful times with friends and family over the Holidays. Seems like quite a while ago now. To me, that is the best part of Christmas.

the bill later.” And then, ‘later’ comes.

If you have little ones who still believe in the ‘magic’, your Christmas is seen through their eyes of wonder, as the kids marvel at the gifts ‘Santa’ left for them.

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Sitting by the fire, the decorations all aglow, your favorite beverage in your hand and engaging in warm conversations with your loved ones.

In the old days, many gifts were homemade and in some cases took months to create. Imagine the thought and love someone would put into making a gift with a special person in mind. The forethought that, if it was going to be ready for Christmas, they might have begun making it in June. Ah, the good old days. Unfortunately, today, homemade gifts are rare and store bought is the norm.

That’s the part I don’t like about Christmas. The amount of mass advertising imploring us to spend, spend, spend. The pressure we feel about what to get for everyone on our list. It can be enormous. It can cause us to overspend. As the retail stores count their profits from our Holiday spending, many of us will be counting the dollars owed on our credit cards as the bills roll in in January and February. Many will have stayed within our budgets and will have a plan for repayment. Others may have succumbed to the pressure to overspend with the idea of,”I’ll deal with

If your Holiday debt, added to the other debt you were already carrying, has become the straw that broke the camel’s back, you may feel you want some advice on how to deal with it all. There are many options, some you might not even be aware of. Christopher Grew is a Debt Consultant serving clients on Southern Vancouver Island.


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.

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Reducing Stress Behind the Wheel Being behind the wheel is stressful at the best of times. Add in several of the many challenges that can crop up ­including heavy traffic, being tailgated or cut off, detours, bad weather, screaming children, being late, being hungry, getting lost ­and you have conditions for a ‘perfect storm’ of stress. While many of the aforementioned are out of our control, taking charge of those we can manage and applying stress­reduction techniques for those we can’t can help us arrive at our destination a little less frazzled. • start out calm: don’t drive if exhausted or angry, both of which can impair our judgement • figure out your route before you go, and allow enough time to get there • if you have babies or children on board make sure to pack snacks/games/activities to keep them occupied • distracted driving ­grooming, eating, talking on the phone or texting while driving can kill. Take care of basics before getting behind the wheel. ‘Be aware and drive with care’

away from aggressive drivers and don’t make eye contact. Labelling them in your mind ­for instance, calling them ‘an idiot’ ­can help get rid of your anger and lets you re­focus on the road • if you’re facing a long commute listen to an audiobook so it doesn’t feel like wasted time • stuck at a light? Take the time to stretch and breathe deeply, both of which can reduce tension

• choose a cool mindset: accept that some people will not drive considerately or responsibly and decide that you won’t let them bother you. Get

Essentially what we have control over is how we manage ourselves within the world. With a bit of planning and self­preparation we can make our time here ­and the trips we take ­great!

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Sunfest Country Music Festival Moves To Laketown Ranch in 2016 Duncan B.C.: On the evening of January 13, 2016, members of the Cowichan Valley Regional District voted in favour of Sunfest Country Music Festival moving the 4-day event to their newly purchased property of Laketown Ranch, 5km outside of Lake Cowichan BC. The 172-acre parcel of land will be the new permanent home of Sunfest, BC’s premiere country music festival.

“We couldn’t be more excited by the news,” comments Emmalee Brunt, PR and Marketing Manager for Sunfest Concerts. “The entire Sunfest Team cannot express their gratitude enough to the CVRD, the community of the Cowichan Lake Region and our extended Sunfest Family for their continual support.” Over the next two weeks the Sunfest Team will be fine-tuning the details and design of Laketown Ranch, with the plans unveiling on Monday, February 1, 2016. The new festival site will provide increased capacity for parking, additional space for camping, improved reserved seating, an amphitheater concert bowl and an event that blends seamlessly into

its’ natural surroundings through site design. Festival Management will work closely with the District of North Cowichan to develop a strategic traffic plan for 2016 and beyond.

“What we’re really fired up about is the fact that we can literally build and curate the best festival experience possible,” comments Brunt. “Get ready for specially crafted infrastructure, state of the art staging and production, a festival village hub and so much more. Laketown Ranch will serve as a permanent festival and event site, and that’s something to get excited about.” Sunfest’s new home is similar to the layout of the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, who has graciously hosted the event for many years. Ticket holders are reminded that their tickets and camping passes will be transferred to the new site with seamless transition. The Sunfest Team would again like to express their gratitude to the entire community, the Cow Ex Society who have played to the District of North Cowichan. Thank you!


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Live Theatre: ‘The Clean House’ is a quirky comedy by Sarah Ruhl showing at Ladysmith Little Theatre Feb 11 - 28. Matinee, evening, and dinner theatre shows available. FMI ladysmiththeatre.com or 250.924.0658

Live Music: ‘Interchill Records’ (DJ) provides the tunes at Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island starting at 9 pm. FMI mobyspub.ca

Canucks Hockey: Canucks vs Sharks 4 pm on SN. FMI nhl.com

MON FEB 29 Live Music: ‘Morning Musicale’ with Sarah Hagen and Dutch Soprano Anne Grimm. For classical music lovers! Onstage seating, pre-concert chat, table of treats. At the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 10:30 am - 12 noon. FMI cowichanpac.ca or 250.748.7529

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EVERY WEEK DAILY Cowichan Valley Museum: housed in the Duncan Train Station (built in 1912), the Museum is home to an impressive collection of artifacts from pioneer families and businesses in the area. Winter hours Wed Fri 11 am - 4 pm, Sat 1 - 4 pm. Admission by donation. FMI 250.746.6612 Live Theatre: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ is a rock ‘n roll musical based on a true story: the first (and only) jam session of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. This session produced such hits as ‘Walk the Line’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘Great Balls of Fire’. Chemainus Theatre Festival Wed - Sun from Feb 12 through Mar 16. Afternoon and evening performances available. Ages 12+. FMI chemainustheatrefestival.ca Art Exhibit: until February 12th, “studentWorks”, artwork by the Cowichan Valley Arts Council’s (CVAC’s) Youth Out-

reach Program (YOP) students. Annual Group Show. Opening Reception Feb. 2 from 4 - 6 pm. PORTALS in the Island Savings Centre. Mon thru Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 1 pm. 250.746.1633. Free

pm. FMI cvrd.bc.ca or 250.748.7529

Art Exhibit: Feb 16 to Mar 5, “Of Land And Sea”, celebrating senior food producers of coastal BC through the lens of a 113 year old camera. Solo exhibition by tin typist Ken Miner. Opening Reception Feb 18 at 6:30 pm. PORTALS in the Island Savings Centre. Mon thru Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 1 pm. Free. FMI 250.746.1633 or visit cowichanvalleyartscouncil.com

Youth Drop In Centre: see Mon listing for details

EVERY MON Youth Drop In Centre: kids grade 6 and up can hang out, make friends, play pool and video games and watch movies at the Island Savings Centre Youth Drop-In Centre. Mon-Fri during Cowichan High lunch break, Mon - Wed 3:15 - 5:30 pm, Thu 3:15 8:30 pm, Fri 3:15 - 9

EVERY TUES Family Storytime: at Cowichan Library 10:30 - 11 am. Ages 0 - 5 and their families. Free. FMI 250.746.7661

Dad’s Make a Difference: a weekly support program every Tue year round (except August) from 6-8 pm at the West Coast Men’s Support Society. FMI 2 5 0. 5 97. 2 8 0 1 o r info@westcoastmen. org Tech Tutoring: every Tue 12 - 2 pm with Conrad at Salt Spring Island Public Library. Free FMI 250.537.4666 EVERY WED Cow i c h a n Va l l ey Men’s Circle: every Wed 7 - 9:30 pm at Cowichan Station Pub. FMI grant@ westcoastmen.org or 250.597.2801 Youth Drop In Centre: see Mon listing for details

Open Mic Night: at the Fox and Hounds Pub, Ladysmith from 8 - 10 pm. FMI 250.924.1747 Song Jam: every Wed night at Moby’s Pub on Salt Spring Island, 8 11 pm. FMI mobyspub. ca or 250.537.5559 EVERY THU Live Jazz: every Thu at the Cowichan Bay Pub star ting at 7 pm. FMI baypub.ca 250.748.2330 Open Mic Nite: with Ross and Dave at Moby’s Pub, Salt Spring Island every Th u rs d ay f ro m 9 pm - midnight. FMI mobyspub.ca or 250.537.5559 Youth Drop In Centre: see Mon listing for details L i ve M u s i c : w i t h Daragh Fitzgerald at the Fox and Hounds Pub, Ladysmith, on Th u n i g h t s f ro m 7;30 - 9:30 pm. FMI 250.924.1747 Cobblestone Pub: Thursdays are ‘ Wi n g N i g h t s ’ & $3.50 drinks. FMI 250.743.4232


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EVERY FRI Youth Drop In Centre: see Mon listing for details Music Trivia: at ‘The Shoe Pub’ (Horseshoe Bay Inn, Chemainus) every Fri starting at 9 pm. FMI 250.416.0411. Live Music: every Fri night at the Saltair Neighbourhood Pub in Chemainus starting at 6:30 pm. No cover. FMI 250.246.4942 Storytime: suited to kids 3 - 6, every Fri at the Salt Spring Island Public Library, 10:30 - 11:15 am. Free. FMI 250.537.4666 Karaoke Night: every Fri at The Sportsmans Pub in Ladysmith from 9 pm - 1 am. Great pub food, great a t m o s p h e re ! FM I 250.245.8033

EVERY SAT Music in the Hall: ‘Open Mic Night’ takes place 7 - 9 pm the 3rd Sat of every month Oct - Apr at St Michael’s Hall in Chemainus. A very popular local event! Admission by donation. FMI cvcas. com Jazz Jam: 3 - 6 pm at the Crofton Hotel every other Saturday starting Feb 6. Hosted by Pat Selman and/or David Gray. By donation. FMI 250.324.2245

Karaoke Night: every Sat at ‘The Shoe Pub’ (Horseshoe Bay Inn) in Chemainus. FMI 250.416.0411 Karaoke Night: every Sat from 9 pm - midnight at the Green Lantern Sports Pub and Grill in Chemainus. FMI 250.246.3131

Adult Night Bowling: 7:30 - 10:30 pm every Sat at Historic Youbou Lanes. Every third Sat of the month is Twoonie Nite ($2/game). FMI 250.745.3431 EVERY SUN Live Music: Crofton Hotel Sunday Live Jazz Series 2 - 5 pm. $10/door. Reservations 250.324.2245

Tech Tutoring: every Sat with John at the Salt Spring Island Public Library 10 am - 5 pm. Free FMI 250.537.4666 Toddlertime: every Sat 10:30 - 11 am at the Salt Spring Island Public Library. Free. FMI 250.537.4666

Live Music: showcasing local talent each Fri starting at 9 pm at the River Rock Bar and Grill, Duncan. No cover. FMI 250.748.4311

Duncan Farmers Market: every Sat morning year round in Market Square! Winter hours 10 am - 2 pm. FMI duncanfarmersmarket.ca

Family Night Bowling: at historic Youbou Lanes 6:30 - 9:30 pm. First Fri of each month loonie night ($1/game). FMI 250.745.3431

Live Music: a variety of guest artists entertain at the Fox and Hounds Pub in Ladysmith, 8:30 - 11 pm. FMI 250.924.1747

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Authentic Pizza 41 Trunk Rd., Duncan 250.701.0717 Moo’s Pizza #5 - 3345 Trans-Canada Hwy, Cobble Hill250.929.2811 Roberts Street Pizza 20 Roberts St., Ladysmith250.245.1119 Ali Baba Pizza 109 - 112 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan 250.748.9990

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Ricky’s 370 Trans-Canada Hwy, Ladysmith 250.245.7933 Catrina’s Grill 2720 Mill Bay Rd, Mill Bay Shopping Centre 250.743.7277 The Dog House Family Restaurant 271 Trans-Canada Hwy., Duncan 250.746.4614 Cow Café West Coast Grill 1765 Cowichan Bay Rd., Cowichan Bay 250.597.4353 Bonnie Martin Retaurant 2877 Mill St., Chemainus 250.246.1068 Pioneer House Restaurant 4675 Trans Canada Hwy., Duncan 250.746.5848

Pubs

Café/Lunch Spot Danji Japanese Restaurant 281 Canada Ave., Duncan 778.422.2553

Arbutus Café 195 Kenneth St., Duncan 250.746.5443 Coffee on the Moon 501 Canada Ave., Duncan 250.715.1540 Corner House Café 181 Jubilee St., Duncan 250.748.9211 Duncan Garage Café & Bakery 102 - 330 Duncan St., Duncan 250.748.6223 Willow Street Café 9749 Willow St., Chemainus 250.246.2434

NhaTrang Maki Sushi 62 Kenneth St., Duncan 250.746.8999 The Royal Dar 148 Third St., Duncan 250.597.1483 Wigwam Restaurant 438 - 1st St., Ladysmith 250.245.3433 Pho Triple 7 Vietnamese Restaurant 9779 Willow St., Chemainus 250.324.0777 Kim Wah Restaurant 5871 York Rd., Duncan 250.748.2914

Craig St. Brew Pub 25 Craig St., Duncan 250.737.2337 Cobblestone Pub 3566 Holland Ave., Cobble Hill 250.743.4232 Oak & Carriage Pub 3287 Cowichan Lake Rd., Duncan 250.746.4144 River Rock Bar & Grill 140 Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan 250.748.4311 The CV Pub 6474 Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan 250.748.2722 Fox & Hounds Pub - Restaurant 11 High St., Ladysmith 250.924.1747


There is a real treat in store for classical music lovers at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre this month: the ‘Morning Musicale’ guest artist is Dutch soprano Anne Grimm. Anne has been recognized internationally for her “captivating voice” (Globe and Mail) and “expressive technique” (Classics Today). She has toured Europe, performed Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate” for the Royal Household of the Netherlands, and been a soloist with multiple orchestra’s and groups in North America. Presenting Anne on stage Feb 29 will be internallyacclaimed classical pianist Sarah Hagen as she hosts “Morning Musicale’. The classical coffee concert series features onstage seating, pre-concert chats and a table of treats. Don’t miss the chance for an intimate, personal musical experience you will always remember! 2687 James Street Duncan, BC V9L 2X5 Phone (250) 748-7529 www.cowichanpac.ca


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Meet Matteo Pizzo, Personal Chef My name is Matteo Pizzo, I am 28-year-old Chef born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. I have had a real passion for cooking ever since I was a child! I grew up in an Italian family, where amazing food was central to all events. I’m an Algonquin College 2007 Alumni Graduate from the 2-year Culinary Management program. I have completed my Journeyman Red Seal Certificate in 2011 from the Ontario Ministry of Trades with over 6000hrs.

Most recently, I spent the last 2 years working in Whistler BC as the Chef for the Renowned Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort at the Rendezvous Ski Lodge located 7000ft up Blackcomb Mountain. I’ve also spent a summer working at one of British Columbia’s top golf courses the Jack Nicklaus named, Nicklaus North Golf Course & Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery in Whistler BC as the morning Sous Chef. Not to mention my time spent as the Sous Chef of Club Red Restaurant, & the Suites Department for the Ottawa Senators Hockey Team of the NHL. I moved to Nanaimo recently to start my new venture, with over 10 years of professional experience in the Culinary Industry.

I’m a creative, enthusiastic, hardworking chef with a passion for food with extensive experience working in busy hospitality establishments such as fine dining restaurants, hotels, golf courses, NHL hockey team, number one ski resort in North America and catering for wedding & special events.

My professional experience and culinary training in cuisines including, French, Italian, North-American, West coast, and East coast cuisine has made me a wellrounded Chef equipped to take on any challenge.

I am extremely skilled at putting my own stamp on traditional dishes and creating new combinations and love experimenting with new flavours while being careful not to compromise the freshness and originality of the food I prepare. This has finally lead me to fulfill my dream of owning and operating a successful personal chef business.

“My professional experience and culinary training in cuisines including, French, Italian, North-American, West coast, and East coast cuisine has made me a well-rounded Chef equipped to take on any challenge” As your personal Chef I can provide you and your family with restaurant quality dishes as well as good old fashion home cooking whatever pleases your palate I can provide it with a fraction of the price of eating out & the convenience of your own home. If you have any questions, please contact me at 250-667-3571 or emailpizzom2525@gmail.com. www.pizzospersonalchefservices.ca


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SPECIAL EVENTS There are plenty of events in the Cowichan area during the final weeks of winter to keep those 55 years or better busy! There is an ‘Elder College Skate’ at the Island Savings Centre on Feb 11 from 10:45 - 11:45 am. This event is geared to seniors with golden oldies playing in the background. FMI 250.748.7529 Take in some elegant events on Valentine’s Day! On Feb 14 at 2:30 pm the Palm Court Light Orchestra presents ‘A Downtown Abbey Valentine’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Featuring Rebecca Hass, mezzo soprano. FMI 250.748.7529 or cowichanpac.ca. If you are on Salt Spring Feb 14 the ‘Tim Sars Trio’ (New Orleans Jazz) plays Moby’s Pub. FMI 250.537.5559 There is fun for the whole family to be had at the annual ‘Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival’ Feb 6 & 7 at the BC Forest Discovery Centre. This is followed by ‘Family Day’ at the Centre on Feb 8. Hours are 10 am - 4 pm each day. For a list of activities visit bcforestdicoverycentre.com or call 250.715.1113 A thought-provoking political forum and reception takes place at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island Feb 13. Globe & Mail National Affairs Columnist and author Lawrence Martin discusses Canadian politics 6:30 - 8 pm followed by a reception in the Gallery until 9 pm. FMI artspring.ca or 250.537.2102

Wrapping up the month on Feb 29 from 10:30 am - 12 noon is ‘MORNING MUSICALE’ at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Featuring internationally-acclaimed classical pianist Sarah Hagen & guest artist Anne Grimm (soprano), this informative coffee concert series boasts onstage seating, a pre-concert chat and a table of refreshments. If you love classical music, don’t miss this! FMI cowichanpac.ca or 250.748.7529

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