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COMOX VALLEY RECORD • Tuesday, November 26 2013


Dance ethnologist returning to Cumberland The Abbey Studio in Cumberland welcomes back Farima Berenji this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Berenji is a scholar and an award-winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, instructor, dance ethnologist, and arche-

ologist. Her love and passion for dance and history has led her on an extraordinary lifelong journey throughout the world, from her home countries Iran and Azerbaijan to other neighbouring Silk Road countries such as

Armenia, Kurdistan, and Turkey. Her scholarly background includes indepth studies of dance, music, poetry, art, history, as well as mythology, and the ancient and spiritual traditions of Iran and Central Asia.

MARK ISFELD STUDENTS (left to right) Julian Gould, Tom Black, Michaela Demeo and Ethan Glenwright will perform the Wizard of Oz this week.

Follow yellow brick road Performances at school from Wednesday to Saturday

The Fine Arts Department  of  Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School will present the musical version of  the Wizard of Oz. It is the 75th anniversary of this famous, family-friendly show, which will be performed live on stage at the Isfeld Theatre on

Lerwick Avenue by an amazing cast of Isfeld students. The play runs from this Wednesday through Saturday with show times at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. special family matinee Saturday. Your whole family is invited to this classic production. Tickets can be purchased at the Isfeld office, Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Gone Hollywood Video and Dundee Wealth. Space permitting, tickets

may be available at the door.    — Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School

Farima travels worldwide to perform and teach dance and wellness. Farima is strongly connected to spirituality and healing. Cathy Stoyko of the Abbey Studio brought Farima to Cumberland earlier this fall and the response was so positive that she is coming back again. At the event on Friday evening, we will start with sacred dance performances by Farima and special guests at 7 followed by Sema Gathering at 8. Farima will guide us through personal and spiritual Sema (Sufi Whirling) as well as other turning practices, while listening to sacred poetry and music. Feel free to bring a poem to share or play us your favourite musical  instrument. Bring snacks or drinks to share and wear white or light-coloured clothing and wear socks or soft-soled shoes. Doors open at 6:30, all are welcome and there will be a sliding scale at the door to determine admission fees. 

Comox Valley Lions Drop In


Bingo & Draws FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29th Five (5) Early Bird Games at a Minimum of $150.00 each, 20 Regular Games - prize amounts to be determined by the number of Bingo Cards sold. Plus Guaranteed (2) two Jackpot games at $1000.00 each Pre-registration Sales are Friday evenings in November and starting at 12 Noon on game day. Located at the Comox Valley Lions Den- 1729 Comox Ave, Rear - No phone reservations accepted Pre-registration cost is $3.00 which then entitles you to purchase items from the Canteen at equal value. i.e.: $2 for a Bowl of Chili, Slice of Pizza or Sandwich plus $1 for a Pop.

ALL PROCEEDS TO LOCAL CHARITIES! Actual odds depend on number of bingo cards sold BC Gaming Event Licence #50668

19+ to play


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can be picked up at the following locations • COASTAL COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION ON COMOX AVENUE

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Farima will teach dance workshops that same weekend at the Abbey Studio on Saturday and Sunday. Each day we will learn a different dance style, technique in the morning and a choreography in the afternoon. Workshops are limited to 16 participants; please pre-register.  This time, Farima will also share two evening lectures with a potluck and Q&A. The subject Nov. 30 is Persian history and  Dec. 1 it’s Folk dances and peoples of Iran. For more information and to pre-register for the whole weekend, contact Cathy Stoyko at 250-218-0704.  The Friday evening Sema gathering and performances as well as evening lectures and potluck are open to public with no need to pre-register. The Abbey is at the corner of First and Penrith in Cumberland.

For more information and to register, call Cathy, e-mail cdstoyko@  or visit  cathystoyko- For more info about Farima, visit http:// home.html. — The Abbey Studio

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Comox Valley Record, November 26, 2013  

November 26, 2013 edition of the Comox Valley Record

Comox Valley Record, November 26, 2013  

November 26, 2013 edition of the Comox Valley Record