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EVENTS This month, we personally selected what we feel are six "Can't Miss" events happening in the Oceanside area. We hope you enjoy them as much as we know we will.

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12TH ANNUAL GLASSIES AWARDS

LINKING ISLAND BUSINESS

5:30pm Parksville Chamber of Commerce presents the 12th Annual "Glassies" Community Awards at the PCCC. Tickets $45 each. Call 250-248-3613

9:00am This event features a business-to-business trade show, networking, lunch and more. PCCC, 132 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. Call 250-248-3613

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ART IN THE ATTIC SALE

44TH ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT

12:00pm If you have art that you no longer love, sell it in our sale! Buy art starting March 9th, 12:00pm to 4:30pm. TOSH Arts Centre. 250-752-6133

2:30pm 44th Annual Spring Concert by the Parksville & District Community Choir. Tickets available at Mulberry and at the door. 250-468-2730

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BRANT WILDLIFE FESTIVAL

EASTER FESTIVAL & EGG HUNT

This festival is a celebration of nature, particularly Brant geese. For more information, visit: www.brantfestival.bc.ca or call toll free 1-866-288-7878

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12:00pm An afternoon full of egg hunting, face-painting, clowns & more! Foster Park (corner of Pym & Sanderson) Parksville. 250-240-5591

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We encourage submissions and listings from the community. Event listings are free. Submission deadline for the April 2013 issue is march 15th. Send events to pqb@whatsondigest.com

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Can't Miss Events Brant Wildlife Festival Dinner & Movie Contest

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COVER Doug Bradley bird watching during last year's Brant Wildlife Festival in the Parksville Community Park.

What’s On Digest provides event information as a complimentary service. Events listed or mentioned have been compiled from sources considered to be reliable. Although reasonable efforts have been made to ensure event information Published by: MEDIA is accurate, What’s On Digest recommends that you contact the business or before attending their event to confirm date and other details. The 201-273 Moilliet Street, Parksville, BC, V9P 2T1 organization publisher does not assume responsibility for omissions or errors in event listings Phone 250-240-8812 Fax 250-248-9868 and articles and may not be held responsible for the accuracy of event information.

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eventLISTINGS FrI mar 1 NBES PAC Meeting 8:15am Nanoose Bay Elementary, 2875 Northwest Bay Rd. 250-468-7414 Preschool Story Time 10:30am For toddler and preschool aged children accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Fridays (Mar. 1 & 8). Free drop-in program. Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave W, Parksville. 250248-3841 World Day of Prayer 2:00pm An ecumenical celebration of informed prayer and prayerful action. Join in the prayer service written by the women of France encouraging welcome for migrant people worldwide. St. Anne’s / St. Edmund’s Anglican Church, 407 Wembley Rd, Parksville. 250-248-3114 Boxing Classes 4:30pm (8-13yrs), 6pm (1418yrs) and 7:15pm (White Collar). Mon, Wed & Fri. Genesis Boxing & Fitness, 112-425 Stanford Ave, Parksville. 250-248-5511

FrI mar 1 12th Annual Glassies Community Awards 5:30pm Each year, the Parksville & District Community Awards, “The Glassies”, honours individuals, associations and businesses that have made a significant contribution to the Parksville community. Tickets $45 each, available at Parksville Chamber of Commerce office. Parksville Community Conference Centre, 132 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. 250-248-3613 KSS Jazz Extravaganza 7:00pm Students of the KSS jazz program will provide an evening of entertainment, along with trombonist Ian McDougall, performing swing music with the Arrowsmith Big Band. Doors open at 5:30pm. Dinner starts at 6pm and Show begins at 7pm. Civic Centre, 747 Jones St, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-5651 Live Music! Too Hot for Covers

FrI mar 1 7:00pm Frontiersman Bar & Grill, 2484 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250-586-0040

hms pinafore By echo players 7:00pm A memorable romantic comedy with dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining stories and saucy satire. Sensational entertainment for everyone, young & old! Village Theatre 110 West 2nd Avenue Qualicum Beach 250-752-3522 Opening Reception for March Exhibitions 7:00pm Meet the artists while enjoying the new exhibitions in all three galleries. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free. Live background music is provided and refreshments will be available. The MAC, 133 McMillan St, Parksville. 250-248-8185

FrI mar 1 The Bear, The Lion & The Fox 8:00pm Cory Woodward, Christopher Arruda & Ryan McMahon are a trio of talent. Doors open at 7pm. Show begins at 8pm. Tickets at Quality Resort Bayside, Shades of Green, Cranky Dog Music & PostNet. Quality Resort Bayside, 240 Dogwood St, Parksville. 250-586-0809 Live Music! Andrew Wright Band 10:00pm The Rod & Gun Pub, 163 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. 250-954-1881 Music Trivia 10:00pm Friday nights. The Shady Rest, 3109 W. Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. 250752-9111 Children’s Wish Month Staff, volunteers, and supporters of the Children’s Wish Foundation use this month to celebrate the granting of over 18,000 wishes to children diagnosed with a life threatening illness. For more information, visit their website www.childrenswish.ca Kidney Health Month This annual fund-raising

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FrI mar 1 initiative involves thousands of volunteers going door-to-door across the country to help raise money for Canadians living with kidney disease. For more information, visit www.kidney.ca Pharmacist Awareness Month Pharmacists are medication experts, and so much more. This month-long campaign helps raise public awareness about the increasing role pharmacists play in the provision of health care services. For more information, visit www.pharmacist.ca

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Your Fashion Outlet Centre NEVER PAY FULL PRICE FOR FABULOUS FASHIONS! grotto spa 10 year anniversary The Grotto Spa proudly celebrates 10 years in business! Book your spa treatment before Mar.11 and enter for a chance to win a Diamond Pendant. The Grotto Spa 1155 Resort Drive 250-248-1838 www.grottospa.com Sat mar 2

2013 spring summer guide The 2013 Spring Summer Guide will be in mailboxes mid-March. This guide lists all RDN's summer camps. New camps include Soccer, Circus & Gymnastics. Registration begins Wed. March 13. RDN, Recreation and Parks. 250-248-3252 rdn.bc.ca/recreation New Home Health Care Magazine Watch for the all-new Home Health Care Magazine in the Thursday edition of The News or stop by and pick-up your copy in-store. Qualicum Pharmasave, 720 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-7025 Spring Fever Sweepstakes Enter for your chance to win a $1000 Grand Prize, 1 of 3 Apple iPad Minis, or 1 of 10 $50 Pharmasave Gift Cards. To enter, visit www. pharmasavecontest.com. Qualicum Pharmasave, 720 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-7025

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Boxercise for Everyone 9:00am Every Saturday. Genesis Boxing & Fitness 112-425, Stanford Ave, Parksville. 250-248-5511

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250-752-8780 146 W. Second Ave Qualicum Beach Babysitters Certification (11-14yrs) 9:00am Learn valuable, practical information and become a certified babysitter. Be more confident and knowledgeable so you can go out and get your next job. Cost is $43.25. Pre-register with RDN, Recreation and Parks. 250-248-3252 Saturday Stitching 1:30pm Knitters and crocheters of all ages and skill level are invited to stitch the afternoon away! Bring your own project to work on or there will be extra needles, hooks, and yarn on hand for those who want to try it out for the first time. All needle-craft welcome! Saturdays (Mar. 2, 16 & 30). This is a free drop-in program. Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave. W, Parksville. 250-248-3841

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dragon & tiger medical Qi gong 2:00pm Practicing Qi Gong is a way to get regular exercise, reduce stress, improve digestion, respiratory functions & circulation. Instructor Melba Moore, certified by Bruce Franctzis. Parskville Pharmasave 281 E. Island Hwy. 250-951-0243 Live Music! Jagsters 2:00pm Frontiersman Bar & Grill, 2484 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250-586-0040 Dinner & Dessert Auction 6:00pm Come and support your local Air Cadets! Dinner prepared by Knockananna Grill. Tickets $20. Qualicum Beach Legion, 180 Veterans Way, Qualicum Beach. 250-586-7446 ECHO Players pres-

ents: HMS Pinafore 7:00pm A romantic comedy filled with memorable music and a surprise twist. Among the most crowdpleasing comic musicals in history, loved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. H.M.S. Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone, young or old! Village Theatre, 110 West 2nd Ave, Qualicum Beach. 250-7523522 Coffee House 7:00pm A mix of musical styles from old to new. Come and have a listen. Open stage format. Musicians and entertainers free. Karma coffee & refreshments available. Memorial Hall, 1390 Errington Rd, Errington. 250-248-5106 Live Music! Jazz 7:00pm Jazz Cabaret featuring vocalist Gergana Velinova Trio. $20 person, includes dessert buffet. TOSH Arts Centre, 122 Fern Rd. W, Qualicum Beach. 250752-6133 Live Music! Codi Band 7:00pm The Shady Rest, 3109 West Island Hwy,

Sat mar 2 Qualicum Beach. 250-7529111 Live Music! Paul & Jess Duo 8:00pm Parksville Legion, 146 Hirst Ave, Parksville. 250-248-6842 Live Music! Andrew Wright Band 10:00pm The Rod & Gun Pub, 163 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. 250-954-1881 SuN mar 3 Early Spring Openings 11:00am Come watch the blooms as they unfold and stop in for a cup of tea or a bowl of hot soup. Enjoy the woodland trails, and check out the ocean activity and the view to the islands and mainland with the viewing scope. Sundays (Mar. 3, 10, 17 & 24). Milner Gardens, 2179 W. Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6153

Love and Pythagorean Numerology 1:00pm Numerology is the

SuN mar 3 study of the symbolism of numbers. In this introductory two-hour workshop with Catherine Whittall, we will take a look at our compatibility numbers, and at what lessons we have to learn about ourselves and our existing/potential partners. Cost is $30.00. The Akasha House, www. theakashahouse.com. 250947-5147 ECHO Players presents: HMS Pinafore 2:00pm A romantic comedy filled with memorable music and a surprise twist. Among the most crowdpleasing comic musicals in history, loved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. H.M.S. Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone, young or old! Village Theatre, 110 West 2nd Ave, Qualicum Beach. 250-7523522 Live Music! Classical 2:30pm Flute Quartet featuring Christie Reside. The Principal Flute in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is joined by some of her VSO colleagues for a won-

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SuN mar 3 derful afternoon of quartet compositions by Mozart, CPE Bach, and Karg-Elert. TOSH Arts Centre, 122 Fern Rd. W, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6133 Live Music! Oceanside Recital Series 3:00pm Soprano Elizabeth Lewis Celeste, Accompanist Pianist Nikolai Maloff. Tickets are $15 at the door. The MAC, 133 McMillan St, Parksville. 250-248-7296 mON mar 4 Women’s 45+ Fitness 8:00am Every Mon, Wed & Fri. Bodyworks Fitness for Women, 162 Morison Ave, Parksville. 250-248-3346 Kinetics for Women 10:30am Every Mon, Wed & Fri. Bodyworks Fitness for Women, 162 Morison Ave, Parksville. 250-2483346 Spinning for Women 5:30pm Every Mon & Wed. Bodyworks Fitness for Women, 162 Morison Ave, Parksville. 250-248-3346 City Council Meeting 6:00pm Regular City of Parksville Council Meeting. The Forum, Parksville Civic & Technology Centre , 100 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. 250-248-6144 Arbutus Toastmasters 7:00pm Lose your fear! Communicate beautifully! Arbutus Toastmasters meets every Monday. Come and be our guest, everyone is welcome. Parksville Community & Conference Centre, 132 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville.

mON mar 4 250-248-1926 Live Music! Open Mic Night 7:00pm Monday nights. The Shady Rest, 3109 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-9111 SMS Pac Meeting 7:00pm Springwood Middle School, 450 Despard Rd, Parksville. 250-2482038 QBMS Pac Meeting 7:00pm Qualicum Beach Middle School, 699 Claymore Rd, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-9212 tue mar 5 Boxercise for Everyone 6:00am or 6:00pm. Every Tue & Thu. Genesis Boxing & Fitness, 112-425 Stanford Ave, Parksville . 250-248-5511 Woodcarving 8:30am Every Tuesday. Oceanside Middle School, 980 Wright Rd, Parksville. 250-951-3001

Journaling Workshop 10:00am Journaling captures your thoughts and feelings on paper. Uncover your innate creative genius by learning journaling tools and techniques with Clinical Counselor, Paula Miles. Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-951-0243 Silver Foxes Aerobics

tue mar 5 10:00am Every Tuesday & Thursday. Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Rd, Coombs. 250-248-3161 PDBA AGM 5:30pm The Parksville Downtown Business Association (PDBA) Annual General Meeting. Members and non-members welcome. Parksville Community & Conference Centre, 132 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. 250-248-8079 Oneness Blessing Circle 6:00pm Be relieved of the conflicted mind and expand your consciousness. Blessing Givers at 6pm, non-blessing givers at 7pm, by donation. 15631 Blenkin Ave, Parksville 250-586-3311. Air Cadets 6:15pm Ongoing registration. Come to Hangar A-3 any Tuesday. QB Airport, 1000 Ravensbourne, Qualicum Beach. 778-410-0221 Parksville Lions Club 7:00pm Newcomers are invited to attend meetings of the Parksville Lions Club on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Lions Pioneer Village, 241 Moilliet St, Parksville. 250-586-7080 Parksville & District Rock & Gem Club 7:00pm The goal of the Rock & Gem Club is to promote and encourage the study, collecting, cutting, polishing and engraving of gemstones, minerals, rocks and other geological materials. New members welcome! Parksville

tue mar 5 Community & Conference Centre, 132 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. 250-248-6177 KSS Pac Meeting 7:00pm Kwalikum Secondary School, 266 Village Way, Qualicum Beach. 250752-5651

events start here Premium Listings are perfect for all types of events - from weekly workshops to monthly meet-ups and everything in between. For just $39.95 per issue, we'll print your event and post it on our website. To find out more, contact: Anthony @whatsondigest.com 250-240-8812 QB Musuem Meeting 7:30pm Qualicum Beach Historial & Musuem Society has it's monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of each month. This month's Guest Speaker to be announced. Civic Centre, 747 Jones St, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-5533 wed mar 6 OMS Pac Meeting 9:30am Oceanside Middle School, 980 Wright Rd, Parksville. 250-248-4662 Tapestry Meeting 9:30am Group of parents of special needs children and youth meeting to share

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Find a spring break camp or activity for the young ones while they’re out of school. by Brenda Gough

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pring break for students in School District 69 goes from March 16th to April 2nd and for working parents that can be a long stretch of time.

“It’s a great opportunity for youth to try things they may not otherwise have access to. They hop in a van and go on wonderful trips everyday with a qualified leader.”

If the thought of entertaining your children for two weeks while class is not in session seems daunting, don’t worry! There are plenty of things for kids of all ages to do in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

She said not only is it a way for kids to make new friends, it is also an affordable way to try new things.

The Regional District of Nanaimo’s youth recreation programmer Kelly Valade said they are offering a wide range of programs that are fun and affordable. A new program this year is XploreSportZ Camp for kids 7 to 12 years old. Kids will get to try out a variety of sports in a fun and relaxed environment under the direction of qualified community coaches. Activities may include lacrosse, kayaking, basketball, wheelchair rugby, tennis, bounce ball, European handball, baseball, yoga, track and field, swimming, volleyball, wrestling, Taekwondo, football, soccer, judo, floor hockey and more. Another program Valade is excited about and had fun putting together is the Express Camp for kids 11 to 14 years old.

One of the outings planned is titled the Amazing Race and just like the TV show, kids will spend a day doing challenges. “There will be different stops where we set up challenges and team building activities. They may have to find a geo cache with a GPS. We will have rules so they have to work together,” she described. For youth who are interested in working towards their lifeguarding certificate, Valade said they are offering the Junior Lifeguard Water Camp for ages 8 to 10 and Bronze Star Water Camp for ages 10-13. “For the last two years we have run it in the summer and this is the first time we are running it at spring break.” There will be public swims and skates offered at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre and Oceanside Place Arena and people are encouraged to check www.rdn.bc.ca/


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recreation for up to date schedules for Spring Break. For kids who are into discovering nature, there is a five-day camp for ages 6 to 12 at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House. Now in its fifth year, the Brant Wildlife Festival Spring Break Nature & Adventure Camp has become one of the highlights of the season, where children have the opportunity to experience a jam-packed week of activities with park naturalists. The camp is known for variety and every day is different from the previous one. Special guests are brought to share their expertise in the natural world to increase the breadth of the programming and in the past have included activities at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, programs like Learn to Fish and artists. The camp runs March 18th to March 22nd rain or shine. Registration forms are available on-line by visiting www.brantfestival.bc.ca and clicking on the conservation tab.


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wed mar 6 common and diverse experiences through activities and conversation that reflects the interests and desires of those who attend. Every Wed. until May 29 (except Mar. 20 & 27). No fees. Pre-registration is required. Family Resource Association, 198 Morison Ave, Parksville. 250-7526766 ext. 118 Buds to Blossoms 10:30am Interactive stories, songs and rhymes. All ages welcome. Cookies and juice served. The Gardens Retirement Home, 650 Berwick Rd. N, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6121, ext. 2 The Craft of Romance Writing 6:30pm Find out what it is like to write for Harlequin. Golden Heart finalist and Harlequin author Lee McKenzie explores the craft of romance writing. This engaging presentation will be of interest to both aspiring romance authors and romance readers! Free. Registration not required. Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave W, Parksville. 250-248-3841, ext 2 Beauty & the Beast 7:00pm Whalebone Theatre presents “Beauty & the Beast”. March 6, 8 & 9 (7pm). Matinee on March 9 (2pm). Tickets at the door. Ballenas Secondary School, 135 N. Pym Rd, Parksville. 250-248-4241 Timberline Dance 7:30pm Every Wednesday. Parksville Legion, 146 Hirst

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Hatha Flow Yoga 9:30am In this class, you will be guided through the basic structures of Hatha and Yin yoga by Meagan Gwilt. All ages and levels are welcome. Come as you are to seek balance, peace and joy. Please bring a Yoga mat. Thursday mornings. Sliding scale between $15-$12. Drop-in or register. The Akasha House, www.theakashahouse.com 250-947-5147 Spinners & Weavers 10:00am Every Thursday. Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Rd, Coombs. 250248-6575 Baby Time 10:30am This 20-minute program introduces you and your baby to the joy of music, rhyme, lap play, and more. This early childhood literacy program is for children aged 18 months and younger and their parent or caregiver. This is a free drop-in event. Siblings welcome. Parksville Library, 100 Jensen Ave W, Parksville. 250-248-3841 Caring for Someone with Parkinson’s 1:00pm The realities of care giving make it hard to find time for yourself.

thu mar 7 When you have a parent or spouse with Parkinson’s, the fear, dread, and frustration rises as you grapple with this new reality - and it keeps on changing! Registered Clinical Counselor, Allison Reeves, helps families deal with a wide array of issues related to chronic disease. Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-9510243 Coffee with Council 2:00pm Drop by for coffee and an informal chat with Council. Thursdays (Mar. 7, 14, 21 & 28). Room 100, Parksville Civic & Technology Centre, 100 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. 250-2486144

movies at the pccc Enjoy two great movies at the Parksville Community & Conference Centre (PCCC). Watch "Parental Guidance" & "Promised Land"from March 7-9. Contact PCCC for times. Parksville Community & Conference Centre 132 E. Jensen Avenue 250-248-6234 parksvillecentre.com Bowser KnitWits 2:00pm Knit, chat and explore patterns from

thu mar 7 the library’s wonderful knitting books and magazines. Thursdays (Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28). All welcome! Bowser Library, 6996 W. Island Hwy, Bowser. 250757-9570 Coffee with Trustees 3:00pm An opportunity for students, parents and staff to meet and talk with the trustees about their concerns and ideas. Errington Elementary School, 1390 Fairdowne Rd, Errington. 250-248-4241 Learn to Play Ukulele 4:30pm For students who can play a few chords, strum and count time on any stringed instrument (guitar players welcome), this 6-week course will push the boundaries. Tuition $65.00. Email Kerri Coombs at fiddleronvermouth@gmail.com to register. The MAC, 133 McMillan St, Parksville . 250-248-8185 Newcomers Club 7:00pm We provide an opportunity for newcomers to meet others in friendly fun-oriented social environments. Access to lots of useful information about our community and guest speakers at our regular meetings. Parksville Community & Conference Centre, 132 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. 250-248-6234 CPF Monthly Meeting 7:00pm Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is a group of volunteers dedicated to the creation and promotion of French second-language

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thu mar 7 learning opportunities for young Canadians. For further information, please visit their Facebook page at CPF, Oceanside, Vancouver Island. Parksville Elementary School, 330 Craig St, Parksville. 250-248-4241 Live Music! Lazy Mike & The Rockin’ Recliners 7:00pm Deez Bar & Grill, 3353 W. Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-8055 FrI mar 8 Pro-D Day Everyone Welcome Skate 1:30pm School is Out but Skating is In! Regular admission and skate rentals. Oceanside Place Arena, 830 W. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-248-3252 Beach Flicks Presents: Trishna 7:00pm This movie tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Eaglecrest Golf Club, 2035 Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. 250-7526311 Live Music! Double Trouble Duo 7:00pm Frontiersman Bar & Grill, 2484 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250-586-0040 Film Night at MAC 7:30pm This month's film is Troubled Water, produced by Paul Manley of Nanaimo. He will present the film and do a Q&A with the audience after the screening. Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets $5 at the door. The MAC,

FrI mar 8 133 McMillan St, Parksville. 250-248-8185 Live Music! Masta Ace 10:00pm The Rod & Gun Pub, 163 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. 250-954-1881 International Women’s Day Each year around the world, International Women’s Day is celebrated to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. For more info, visit www.internationalwomensday.com Sat mar 9 Garage/Flea Market 9:00am Eagles table, concession and bake sale profits go to our Charities for this year. No Early Birds please. If you’re interested in renting a table, please call. Parksville Eagles Hall, 281-A Pioneer Cres, Parksville (behind Pharmasave). 250-937-7200 Home Alone (9-12yrs) 9:30am Be prepared! Learn to manage general safety, fire safety, emergency phone calls, dealing with strangers, and snack ideas for times when you are left alone at home for brief periods. Cost is $26.10. Pre-register with RDN, Recreation and Parks. 250-248-3252 Oceanside Minor Baseball Registration 11:00am Register in person for the 2013 season of Oceanside Minor Baseball, proudly sponsored by Save-On-Foods. 11am2pm. Wembley Mall, 826

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Sat mar 9 7:00pm The Shady Rest, 3109 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. 250752-9111 Live Music! Hoffman Lenses 8:00pm Memorial Hall, 1390 Errington Rd, Errington. 250-248-5106

the art from the attic sale If you have art that you no longer love, sell it in our sale! You get 60%, we get 40%. Buy art starting March 9th from 12:00 noon to 4:30pm, until March 16th. TOSH Arts Centre 122 Fern Road West Qualicum Beach 250-752-6133 Psychic Playgroup 1:00pm This interactive and informative workshop with Erin Lee will have an emphasis on providing an open and supportive environment. It is appropriate for anyone with an interest in developing their intuitive and psychic abilities; whether youʼre new or a veteran, there is something for everyone. Sliding scale rate of $55-$40. The Akasha House, www. theakashahouse.com. 250947-5147 Live Music! Boney Finger Jam 2:00pm Frontiersman Bar & Grill, 2484 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250-586-0040 Live Music! Bent Rymn

Live Music! DJ Degree 10:00pm The Rod & Gun Pub, 163 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. 250-954-1881 SuN mar 10

2013 Brant wildlife festival This annual festival is a celebration of nature, particulary Brant geese as they rest & feed on the shores of the Parksville & Qualicum Beach area. There is a wide variety of events planned for this year. Visit us online for more information. brantfestival.bc.ca Daylight Saving Time 2:00am Don't forget to "spring forward" as daylight saving time begins. This practice makes for more daylight hours in the evening during the summer months. Herring Spawn Tour Brant Wildlife Festival 9:00am Gary and Ronda

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SuN mar 10 Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours will host a guided Herring Spawn Tour as part of the Brant Wildlife Festival. View herring spawn and the amazing wildlife it attracts. $25 per person. 250-248-3667 Live Music! Jazz 2:30pm The Alex Goodman Quartet. This captivating ensemble mixes jazz and classical music in their own compositions as well as arrangements of works by Mendelssohn, Bartok and Debussy. TOSH Arts Centre, 122 Fern Rd. W, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6133 New Moon Celebration and Invocation 5:30pm Through time honored rituals, we will

SuN mar 10 work together to find new ways of looking at our world, and we will meditate on strengthening our inner Goddess. This is a celebration of 2013, its Sacred Energy and its Divine Feminine associations. Donation of $10 is appreciated. Please bring a mat, cushion and blanket. The Akasha House, www. theakashahouse.com. 250947-5147 mON mar 11 FCCS Pac Meeting 6:30pm French Creek Community School, 2350 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250248-9921 Town Council Meeting 7:00pm Regular Town of Qualicum Beach Council

mON mar 11 Meeting. Council Chambers, Qualicum Beach Town Hall. 660 Primrose St, Qualicum Beach. 250738-2190 tue mar 12 WES Pac Meeting 9:15am Winchelsea Elementary School, 140 Renz Rd, Parksville. 250248-3252 FBS Pac Meeting 3:30pm False Bay School , Lasqueti Island. 250-3338813 PASS/WW Pac Meeting 5:00pm PASS/Woodwinds, 223 Mills St, Parksville. 250-248-2969 BES Pac Meeting 6:30pm Bowser Elementary School, 4830 Faye Rd,

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tue mar 12 Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-951-0243 BSS Pac Meeting 7:00pm Ballenas Secondary School, 135 N. Pym Rd, Parksville. 250-248-5721 wed mar 13 Linking Island Business 9:00am This day long event features a business to business trade show, networking reception, lunch, afternoon dialogues on key issues and opportunities for Vancouver Island. Parksville Community & Conference Centre, 132 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. 250-248-3613 Public Open House 10:00am Drop in for an informal opportunity to meet the Mayor and Councillor designated as Acting Mayor for the month. Council Chambers, Qualicum Beach Town Hall, 660 Primrose St, Qualicum Beach. 250752-6921 Baby Massage 10:00am Registered Massage Therapist Elizabeth Martin shows you how to use massage to calm and delight your baby. All family members welcome. ($20 fee) Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-951-0243 Blood Glucose Meter Clinic 10:00am See the newest Lifescan meter, Verio IQ, in our Pharmacy and speak to a diabetes educator about your blood sugar management. Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-951-0243

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yoga for an inner spring clean 6:30pm This 6-week series with Melanie Young is appropriate for all ages, and will suit beginners & soul searchers. Please bring a Yoga mat. Sliding scale between $15-$12. Drop-in or register. The Akasha House 250-947-5147 theakashahouse.com Balance – A Pathway To Well-being 6:00pm This three hour reflective workshop will focus on components of well being, factors influencing personal well-being and explore the role of balance in creating a nurturing environment. $35. Please reserve before March 9th. Jule’s Place, 525 Balsam St, Qualicum Beach. 250752-4996 QBES Pac Meeting 6:30pm Qualicum Beach Elementary School, 744 Primrose St, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6989 PES Pac Meeting 6:30pm Parksville Elementary School, 330 Craig St, Parksville. 250-248-5778 thu mar 14 Parksville Chamber Dinner 5:30pm Networking fol-

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Coombs Opera 7:00pm Grab your guitar, fiddle, mandolin or whatever tickles your fancy and join us for a great time. Coombs Rodeo Grounds Hall, 2601 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250-248-1009 Live Music! Karmacoma 7:00pm Frontiersman Bar & Grill, 2484 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250-586-0040

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BRANT IN THE BAY View Brant geese and other birds during the 2013 Brant Wildlife Festival by Brenda Gough

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here are over 10,000 species of birds in the world and the Oceanside area is among one of the best places to view many of them. But you don’t have to be a professional birder to appreciate the fine-feathered friends that live in these parts. There are several bird watching opportunities during the 2013 Brant Wildlife Festival and members of the Arrowsmith Naturalists will bring birding knowledge and viewing scopes to Parksville Community Park on Saturday, March 23 for a public event called “Brant in the Bay”. Long time member Sandy Gray has been participating in the event for many years at various locations and she agreed that Parksville Bay always provides top notch bird watching opportunities, especially during the herring spawn.

“It is one of the 10 best birding spots in the area. You can see the deep water birds up and down the Georgia Strait and the shore birds are usually there as well,” she exclaimed. Gray also pointed out that there are other spots in the park with great bird viewing areas including the estuary, where you can see a wide variety of species that are in abundance there. She says that although the festival celebrates the little black Brant geese, this area is home to many divers and dabblers and the annual bird spectacle is guaranteed to be exciting. “The weather can be dramatic and adds another element. It can be a real colourful spectacle with eagles diving. I have met people who come from all over and make special trips here to check it out.” Gray said there will be spotting scopes


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with high powered lenses set up on tripods for the public to view the birds from and members of the Arrowsmith Naturalists will be on hand to help people identify the species. She said while the group’s members are not all ornithologists, many of them are avid birders and have been actively observing and studying the birds in their habitat for years. She said they even have a field guide specifically for the mid-island area that helps people know what to look for. The guide has a seasonal checklist and can be purchased during the free event, which goes from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday March 23. The guide book is also available year round at various locations including Cha Ch’a Java in Parksville and Dolly’s Home Hardware in Qualicum Beach.

New this year for Brant in the Bay will be the addition of some of the area’s best food vending trucks. Parksville City Councilor Carrie PowellDavidson, who is a member of the Brant Festival planning committee, said they are always looking for ways to build out the festival and bringing in the mobile food vendors seemed like a good fit for Brant in the Bay. She pointed out that it can be cold and blustery on the waterfront and the food trucks will be able to provide hot snacks for those who work up an appetite bird watching. For more information about Brant in the Bay or other events during the 2013 Brant Wildlife Festival, visit www.brantfestival.bc.ca or contact Robin Rivers at 1-866-288-7878 or by email to rrivers@nauretrust.bc.ca


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2013 BRANT WILDLIFE FESTIVAL

SCHEDULE OF SUN MAR 10

sat mar 16

Herring Spawn Tour

Society of Crows

Join Gary and Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours for this guided tour to view the herring spawn. 9:00am to 1:00pm. Register by contacting the Murdocks at 250-248-3667. $25 per person

This presentation by Dr. Rob Butler will delve into the clever minds of crows, a decade of research of the northwestern crow. The talk explores the brains of birds and their problem solving ways. It tackles topics such as evolution of crow and human interactions, how parents receive help raising young, thievery, and a loose confederacy between neighbours that unites the group when a nest is threatened. 7:00pm VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. $10 per person at the door

SAT MAR 16 Herring Spawn Boat Tours Join staff of Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station and Bird Expert Dr. Rob Butler for a two hour marine birding tour on the Research Vessel Chetlo. During the period around the annual herring spawn in Baynes Sound, this waterway plays host to large numbers of local and migrating seabirds. The Chetlo is a spacious and stable vessel to observe this annual event from. Visitors should note however that this is an open working vessel and passengers should dress accordingly. Morning tour: 9:00am meet at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station
for 9:30am departure, return at 11:30am. Afternoon tour: 1:00pm meet at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station
for 1:30pm departure, return at 3:30pm.
VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. Register by contacting Robin Rivers at 1-866-288-7878 ext 226 or rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca
$100 per person, limit of 12 people per boat

MON MAR 18 Spring Break Nature & Adventure Camp Children aged 6 to 12 yrs. Old. March 18 to March 22. Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. 9:00am to 3:00pm. Visit www.naturetrust.bc.ca for more information or to register.TUE MAR 19

Great Blue Herons Dr. Susan Hannon will present the ups and downs of herons along the coast. Parksville Museum and Archives in the Craig Heritage Park. 7:00pm. Free

WED MAR 20 Marine Life Videos & Photography Join Peter Mieras as he takes you on an audio/visual tour of marine life. 7:00pm.
VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. $10 per person at the door

FRI MAR 22 Community Celebration & Reception
 Live music, appetizers, Brantinis, art and nature displays.
Parksville Community & Conference Centre. 7:00pm 9:00pm. Tickets available at the Parksville Visitor Information Centre or by calling the Parksville Chamber of Commerce at 250-248-3613. $25 per person

SAT MAR 23 Brantastic Observations Nature Tour Join Gary and Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours along with tour leader, Christopher Stephens – field ornithologist and expert birder with over 12 years birding experience on Vancouver Island – for this guided tour to view Brant geese and other wildlife. 9:00am to 1:00pm. Please register by contacting the Murdocks at 250-248-3667. $25 per person

Learn to Fish Hands‐on learn to fish with expert instructors from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Kids (and their parents) learn all about fish and fishing and then they tie a hook, rig a rod, and cast a line. Rods and reels supplied. 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Diver Lake, Nanaimo. Register by contacting Robin Rivers at 1-866-288-7878 ext 226 or by emailing rrivers@ naturetrust.bc.ca. $5 per person


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EVENTS sat mar 23 Brant in the Bay View Brant geese and other birds through spotting scopes set up by the Arrowsmith Naturalists and check out the local food carts. Parksville Community Park. 10:00am to 2:00pm. Free

Nature Art Show Local artists will display their artwork for the public to view and purchase. Parksville Community & Conference Centre. 10:00am to 3:00pm. Free

SUN MAR 24 Brantastic Observations Nature Tour Join Gary and Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours along with tour leader, Christopher Stephens – field ornithologist and expert birder with over 12 years birding experience on Vancouver Island – for this guided tour to view Brant geese and other wildlife. 9:00am to 1:00pm. Please register by contacting the Murdocks at 250-248-3667.
$25 per person

SAT MAR 30 Deep Bay Marine Field Station Open House
 Tour this amazing station featuring ocean creatures in touch tanks.
10:00am to 4:00pm.
Deep Bay Marine Field Station. Free

SUN MAR 31 Family Day on the Farm Celebrate the first days of spring at Nanoose Edibles and find some of the richest diversity of organic produce in our region. Come and rekindle some of your farming roots, bring a friend and go for a nature walk on 23 acres of idyllic farmland. 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Nanoose Edibles Organic Farm. Free

FRI APR 5 Fish Hatchery Tour Tour the Marion Baker Fish Hatchery. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Marion Baker Hatchery, French Creek
(follow Lee Road to Miller Road. The Fish Hatchery is on the right). For more information, please call: 250-752-3203
Free

SAT APR 6 Big Day Birding A fun event that gives all experience levels a chance to test abilities at finding birds. Parksville Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area. Starting any time after 4:30am to 3:00pm.
Sign up your team by contacting 250248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw. ca. $10 per person

sat apr 6 Eagle Release See glove-trained birds and many wildlife and environmental booths. North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. 11:00am to 3:00pm. By donation

SAT APR 13 Spring Beauties Enjoy a musical performance by the Cantando Chamber Singers. 2:00pm. Knox United Church Lounge. $10 per person at the door

THU APR 18 Voices of Nature Enjoy a musical concert like no other featuring Holly Arntzen & Kevin Wright with singers from Bowser and Arrowview Elementary. 7:00pm. Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. Tickets are available at Bowser & Arrowview Elementary Schools & Mulberry Bush Bookstores in Parksville & Qualicum Beach. $12 per adult, $5 per child, $20 for a family (two adults, one sibling)

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Sat mar 16 limit 12 people per boat. Pre-registration required. VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station, 370 Crome Point Rd, Bowser. 1-866-2887878 Gluten-Free Living 11:00am Life Coach Julie Oulton visits Parksville to deliver this popular workshop about how to eat gluten free. ($20 fee) Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-951-0243 Yoga & Reiki for Anxiety and Depression 1:00pm This gentle, safe & empathetic workshop led by Melanie Young offers you an opportunity to begin your healing journey with traditional modalities, to learn a little about your self and your abilities, and to spend time with supportive and compassionate people. Sliding Scale between $55-$40. Registration limited to 6-8 participants. The Akasha House, www.theakashahouse.com 250-947-5147 Live Music! Jagsters 2:00pm Frontiersman Bar & Grill, 2484 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250-586-0040

Sat mar 16 Society of Crows Brant Wildlife Festival 7:00pm Rob Butler will provide an entertaining presentation on the clever minds of crows, highlighting a decade of research on the northwestern crow. The talk tackles topics such as evolution of crow and human interactions, thievery, and more. $10 per person at the door. VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station, 370 Crome Point Rd, Bowser. 1-866-288-7878 Identity Crisis 7:00pm The Shady Rest, 3109 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. 250752-9111 Rockability 8:00pm Parksville Legion, 146 Hirst Ave, Parksville. 250-248-6842 Skewlines 8:00pm Memorial Hall, 1390 Errington Rd, Errington. 250-248-5106 Live Music! DJ Anger 10:00pm The Rod & Gun Pub, 163 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. 250-954-1881 2nd Annual Spring Ball Presented by the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach

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green with envy Beauty event 6:00pm Spring Make-up application & Pampering night! Spin+Win, Door Prizes & More. Ticket price will be redeemable with a $50 purchase in cosmetics and giftware. Tickets $10 each. Qualicum Pharmasave 720 Memorial Avenue 250-752-7024 Live Music! Celtic 2:30pm Patrick and Patricia De Gabrielle. What better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day than with this enchantingly versatile duo from Sooke? TOSH Arts Centre, 122 Fern Rd. W, Qualicum Beach. 250752-6133 mON mar 18 Spring Break Nature & Adventure Camp Brant Wildlife Festival

mON mar 18 9:00am Children aged 6 to 12 have the opportunity to spend a week exploring, playing, learning, creating, relaxing and just being in nature! Park Naturalists will lead a jam-packed week of activities with everything from art to faces to encourage children to connect with nature. The camp runs 9am to 3pm. Cost is $35 per day/$150 for full week. Pre-registration is required. 1-866288-7878. Express Camp 9:00am When school is out, we get out! One day adventures designed specifically for YOUth. Mar 18: Amazing Race, Mar 19: Swim, Mar 20; Mini Golf, Mar 21; Climbing Gym, and Mar 22; Frisbee Golf & Movie day. Each day is 9am-4pm and costs $39.15. Pre-register with RDN, Recreation and Parks. 250-248-3252 City Council Meeting 6:00pm Regular City of Parksville Council Meeting. The Forum, Parksville Civic & Technology Centre, 100 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. 250-248-6144

mON mar 18 Junior Lifeguard Water Camp (8-10yrs) Each day includes a lesson in lifesaving, a lunch break with a movie or a craft session and an afternoon activity! At the end of the session you will have completed either your Rookie Ranger or Swim Patrol certificate with badges and stickers. Mar 18-22 from 9am-4pm. Cost is $170.50. Pre-register with RDN, Recreation and Parks. 250-752-5014

mON mar 18 Spring Break Out Swim Join us for some actionpacked adventures Mon, Wed and Fri of Spring Break! Fabulous leaders will be organizing different games and activities based on a theme of the day. Prizes will be awarded and there will be fun for all ages and abilities, from the young to the young at heart. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Mar 18-30, Everyone Welcome swim. Ravensong Aquatic Centre, 737 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-5014

Bronze Star Water Camp (10-13yrs) Each day includes a lesson in Bronze Star, a lunch break with a movie or a craft and an afternoon activity. At the end of the session, if you have completed your Bronze Star, you will receive a certificate with badges and a medal! Mar 18-22 from 9am-4pm. Pre-register with RDN, Recreation and Parks. 250-752-5014

PQ Linux/Android Users Group 6:30pm Parksville Qualicum Linux Users Group is a community of Linux and Android users of differing skill levels and areas of expertise. Bring your laptop or Android device, if you like. Leave message at number provided. A&W Restaurant, 540 Island Hwy. E, Parksville. 250248-3570

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tue mar 19 Great Blue Herons Brant Wildlife Festival 7:00pm Susan Hannon will provide a presentation on the ups and downs of herons along the coast. Free admission. Parksville Museum & Archives at Craig Heritage Park, 1245 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 1-866-288-7878 Family Dynamics™ 7:00pm Life Coach/ Counselor Henri van Amerongen of the Dare2bU Academy introduces his unique program called Family Dynamics™ which is based on Family Constellations* theory. ($10 fee) Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-951-0243 wed mar 20 The Wisdom of Traditional Foods 10:00am Naturopathic Physician, Cobi Bothma speaks to the osteoporosis support group about foods that help support general health and build stronger bones. Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-951-0243

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Nutrition & Health 4:00pm For National Nutrition Month, our women’s health educator, Lisa Leger will discuss the role of food and supplements in women’s hormonal health. Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-951-0243 Qualicum Beach Chamber Dinner 5:30pm Speaker, cost & location to be announced. 250-752-0960 Family History Society 7:00pm The Qualicum Beach Family History Society Annual General Meeting. Guest speakers Barbara Parry and Joe Forsyth: topic, the life and family history of Elizabeth Little, owner of St. Andrews Lodge in Qualicum Beach. All guests welcome. Qualicum Beach Legion, 180 Veterans Way, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-1503

wed mar 20 Opening To Our Wisdom Within 7:00pm This is an invitation to experience a two hour intuitive journey through meditation, reflection, writing and sharing. $25. Please register before March 16th. Jule’s Place, 525 Balsam St, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-4996 thu mar 21 Caring for a Diabetic Spouse or Relative 1:00pm When your spouse has diabetes, you may find yourself trying to help and getting frustrated when they don’t do what they should. If you are acting like a parent rather than a spouse, then this seminar is for you. Registered Clinical Counselor, Allison Reeves. Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-951-0243 Business After Business 5:00pm Island Exposures Art Gallery is pleased to host the Parksville Chamber of Commerce Business After Business. 5-183 W. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250248-3613 Bret Barrow Band

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FrI mar 22 250-248-6095 Opening Night Reception - Brant Wildlife Festival 7:00pm Kick off the Brant Wildlife Festival with live music, appetizers, Brantini cocktails, nature art and more. $25 per person. Tickets available at Parksville Visitor Centre Parksville Chamber. Parksville Community & Conference Centre, 132 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. 250-248-3613 Double Trouble Duo 7:00pm Frontiersman Bar & Grill, 2484 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250-586-0040 Around Town Tellers 7:30pm An evening of stories, word and song. Doors open at 7pm. The MAC, 133 McMillan St, Parksville. 250-248-8185 Stephen Fearing 8:00pm Memorial Hall, 1390 Errington Rd, Errington. 250-248-5106 Live Music! Baby Jane 10:00pm The Rod & Gun Pub, 163 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. 250-954-1881 Sat mar 23 Brantastic Observa-

Sat mar 23 tions Nature Tour Brant Wildlife Festival 9:00am Gary and Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours will lead this tour to observe Brant geese and other birds in the area. The cost for the tour is $25 per person. Please contact Gary and Ronda to register. 250-248-3667 Giant Book Sale 9:00am Hundreds of books, most for just $1. Mar 23 (9am - 3pm) & Mar 24 (10am - 1pm). Free Admission. Nanoose Bay Library 2489 Nanoose Rd. 250821-3685 Middle Years & Beyond 9:30am Find Meaning in the Second Half of Life! Popular Clinical Counselor, Diane Hancox, explores the midlife phase (approx. 3565). $20 fee, registration is required. Parksville Pharmasave, 281 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-951-0243 Brant in the Bay Brant Wildlife Festival 10:00am Join the Arrowsmith Naturalists on the waterfront at the Parksville Community Park to view Brant geese and other

Sat mar 23 birds through spotting scopes. Parksville Community Park, 141 E. Island Hwy, Parksville. 1-866-2887878 Nature Art Show Brant Wildlife Festival 10:00am Drop by to see over 40 artists displaying and selling their outstanding nature art as part of the Brant Wildlife Festival. Parksville Community & Conference Centre, 132 E. Jensen Ave, Parksville. 1-866-288-7878 Reiki Level 1 Training 10:00am This one day workshop with Melanie Young will attune students to Reiki energy. Upon completion, students will be able to provide Reiki healing for self and others. Sliding scale offered from $200-$125. The Akasha House, www.theakashahouse.com. 250-947-5147 Boney Finger Jam 2:00pm Frontiersman Bar & Grill, 2484 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250-586-0040 Live Music! Classical 2:30pm Avan Yu, Winner of the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition.

Sat mar 23 TOSH Arts Centre, 122 Fern Rd. W, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6133 Live Music! Enablers 7:00pm The Shady Rest, 3109 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. 250752-9111 Cross Town Express 8:00pm Parksville Legion, 146 Hirst Ave, Parksville. 250-248-6842 Concert for Layla Zoe 8:00pm Memorial Hall, 1390 Errington Rd, Errington. 250-248-5106 Live Music! Baby Jane 10:00pm The Rod & Gun Pub, 163 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. 250-954-1881 SuN mar 24 Brantastic Observations Nature Tour Brant Wildlife Festival 9:00am Gary and Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours will lead this tour to observe Brant geese and other birds in the area. The cost for the tour is $25 per person. Contact Gary & Ronda to register. 250-248-3667 Full Moon Crystal Bowl Healing & Reiki

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SuN mar 24 Energy Share 2:00pm Receive Reiki healing sessions with experienced and accredited practitioners Melanie Young and Corrine Roby, and the crystal bowls with Mikeoula. Sliding scale rates apply $35-$20. The Akasha House, www. theakashahouse.com. 250947-5147 Live Music! Classical 2:30pm Internationally celebrated pianist Eugene Skovorodnikov. TOSH Arts Centre, 122 Fern Rd. W, Qualicum Beach. 250752-6133 Spring Concert 2:30pm The Parksville & District Community Choir’s Spring Concert. Tickets $15 at Mulberry Bush Bookstores and at the door. Knox United Church, 345 Pym St, Parksville. 250468-2730 mON mar 25 XploreSportZ Camp (7-12 yrs) 9:00am This camp encourages children to explore a variety of sports in a fun and relaxed environment under the direction

mON mar 25 of qualified community coaches. 9am-4pm, MonThu, Mar 25-28. Cost is $128.40. Pre-register with RDN, Recreation and Parks. 250-248-3252 Town Council Meeting 7:00pm Regular Town Council Meeting. Qualicum Beach Town Hall, 660 Primrose St, Qualicum Beach. 250-738-2190 wed mar 27 Meet the Artist Reception 5:00pm Enjoy our friendly gallery, sample refreshments and meet 20 artists. Diverse work includes paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolour; photography; forged iron sculpture and woodturning. Island Exposures Art Gallery, 5-183 W. Island Hwy, Parksville. 250-586-5225 Youth Career Night 6:00pm Eat pizza and play Employment Survivor with staff from the Career Centre. Prepare to find work with the help of this fast, fun and free workshop offered with the Career Centre. Get the inside scoop about working in Oceans-

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wed mar 27 ide. Free with pre-registration. RDN, Recreation and Parks. 250-248-3252 thu mar 28 Live Music! Wes Weldon & Collin Perry 7:00pm Deez Bar & Grill, 3353 W. Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-8055 FrI mar 29 Live Music! Karmacoma 7:00pm Frontiersman Bar & Grill, 2484 Alberni Hwy, Coombs. 250-586-0040 Live Music! Hummer 10:00pm The Rod & Gun Pub, 163 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. 250-954-1881 Sat mar 30 Deep Bay Marine Field Station Open House - Brant Wildlife Festival 10:00am Drop by this amazing field station to learn more about local sea life, including touch tanks and displays VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station, 370 Crome Point Rd, Bowser. 1-866-288-7878 Easter Festival & Egg Hunt at Foster Park 12:00pm Bring the kids

Sat mar 30 out for an afternoon of egg hunting, face-painting, clowns, jellybean counting, raffles and more. Hot dogs, juice and coffee available. Foster Park (corner of Pym St. & Sanderson Rd), Parksville. 250-240-5591 Lazy Mike & The Rockin’ Recliners 7:00pm The Shady Rest, 3109 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach. 250752-9111 Live Music! Hummer 10:00pm The Rod & Gun Pub, 163 Alberni Hwy, Parksville. 250-954-1881 Tag Day Air cadets are holding their annual Tag Day, a fundraiser to gather support for various activities. 250-586-7446 SuN mar 31 Introduction to NonViolent, Compassionate Communication 10:00am This workshop with Melanie Young is for everyone who would like to begin the journey towards healthier relationships. Sliding scale rates apply $130-$85 The Akasha House, www.theakashahouse.com. 250-947-5147

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT fri MAR 1 Peter Mason 5:30pm Fridays. Sandbar Cafe, Bowser. 778-424-4478 KSS Jazz Extravaganza 7:00pm Civic Centre, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-5651 Too Hot for Covers 7:00pm The Frontiersman, Coombs. 250-586-0040 The Bear, Lion & Fox 8:00pm Bayside Resort, Parksville. 250-586-0809

mon MAR 4

Dave Marrco Trio 7:00, Deez Bar, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-8055 fri MAR 15

Hootenany Folk Jam 7:00pm Tuesdays. Crown & Anchor. 250-757-9444 wed MAR 6

Country Opera 7:00pm Rodeo Grounds, Coombs. 250-248-1009

Jazz with Jan 5:30pm Wednesdays. Sandbar Cafe. 778-424-4478

Andrew Wright Band 10:00pm The Rod & Gun, Parksville. 250-954-1881 sat MAR 2

Timberline Dance 7:30pm Wednesdays, Legion #49. 250-752-8542 thu MAR 7

Jagsters Jam 2:00pm The Frontiersman, Coombs. 250-586-0040

Lazy Mike & Recliners 7:00pm Deez Bar, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-8055

Bob Hiebert 5:30pm Saturdays. Sandbar Cafe, Bowser. 778-424-4478

Bluegrass & Acoustic 7:00pm Thursdays. Crown & Anchor. 250-757-9444 fri MAR 8

Coffee House 7:00pm Memorial Hall, Errington. 250-248-5106 Jazz Cabaret 7:00pm TOSH, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6133 The Codi Band 7:00pm Shady Rest, Qualicum Beach 250-752-9111 Paul & Jess Duo 8:00pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-248-6842 Andrew Wright Band 10:00pm The Rod & Gun, Parksville. 250-954-1881 sun MAR 3 Classical on Sunday 2:30pm TOSH, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6133

thu MAR 14

Open Mic Night 7:00pm Mondays. Shady Rest. 250-752-9111 tue MAR 5

Double Trouble Duo 7:00pm The Frontiersman, Coombs. 250-586-0040 Masta Ace 10:00pm The Rod & Gun , Parksville. 250-954-1881 sat MAR 9 Boney Finger Jam 2:00pm The Frontiersman, Coombs. 250-586-0040 Bent Rymn 7:00pm Shady Rest, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-9111 Hoffman Lenses 8:00pm Memorial Hall, Errington. 250-248-5106

Recital Series 3:00pm The MAC, Parksville. 250-248-7296

DJ Degree 10:00pm The Rod & Gun, Parksville. 250-954-1881 sun MAR 10

Country Jam Session 3:00pm Sundays. Crown & Anchor. 250-757-9444

Jazz on Sunday 2:30pm TOSH, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6133

Karmacoma 7:00pm The Frontiersman, Coombs. 250-586-0040 MACoustic Folk Club 7:30pm The MAC, Parksville. 250-248-8185 Sean Carle Band 10:00pm The Rod & Gun, Parksville. 250-954-1881 sat MAR 16 Jagsters Jam 2:00pm The Frontiersman, Coombs. 250-586-0040

Baby Jane 10:00pm The Rod & Gun, Parksville. 250-954-1881 sat MAR 23 Boney Finger Jam 2:00pm The Frontiersman, Coombs. 250-586-0040 Classical Music 2:30pm TOSH, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6133 The Enablers 7:00pm Shady Rest, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-9111 Cross Town Express 8:00pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-248-6842 Benefit Concert for Layla Zoe 8:00pm Memorial Hall, Errington. 250-248-5106

Identity Crisis 7:00pm Shady Rest, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-9111

Baby Jane 10:00pm The Rod & Gun, Parksville. 250-954-1881 sun MAR 24

Rockability 8:00pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-248-6842

Classical on Sunday 2:30pm TOSH, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6133

Skewlines 8:00pm Memorial Hall, Errrington. 250-248-5106

Spring Choir Concert 2:30pm Knox Church, Parksville. 250-468-2730 thu MAR 28

DJ Anger 10:00 The Rod & Gun, Parksville. 250-954-1881 sun MAR 17 Celtic on Sunday 2:30pm TOSH, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6133 thu MAR 21

Wes & Collin 7:00pm Deez Bar, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-8055 fri MAR 29 Karmacoma 7:00pm The Frontiersman, Coombs. 250-586-0040

Brett Barrow Band 7:00pm Deez Bar, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-8055 fri MAR 22

Hummer 10:00pm The Rod & Gun , Parksville. 250-954-1881 sat MAR 30

Double Trouble Duo 7:00pm The Frontiersman, Coombs. 250-586-0040

Lazy Mike & Recliners 7:00pm Shady Rest, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-9111

Stephen Fearing 8:00pm Memorial Hall, Errington. 250-248-5106

Hummer 10:00pm The Rod & Gun, Parksville. 250-954-1881

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EVERY WEEK eVerY mONdaY

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Make-Over Monday Pharmasave, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-3011

Women's Spinning 5:30pm Bodyworks, Parksville. 250-248-3346

Woodcarving 8:30am OS Middle School, Parksville. 250-951-3001

45+ Women's Fitness 8:00am Bodyworks, Parksville. 250-248-3346

45+ Women's Fitness 8:00am Bodyworks Parksville. 250-248-3346

Navy League Cadets 6:00pm Parksville Elementary School. 250-248-2677

TIC TAC Program 9:15am SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093

TIC-TAC Program 9:15am SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093

TOPS 4248 Parksville 8:30am St. Anne's Church, Parksville. 250-586-0101

Bingo 6:00pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-248-5633

Zumba for TIC-TAC's 9:30am SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093

The Power of Now 10:00am Healing Arts, Parksville. 250-248-8074

Boxing (14-18yrs) 6:00pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511

Hatha Yoga for Adults 9:00am SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093 Tai Chi 9:30am Lighthouse Community Hall, Qualicum Bay. 250-757-2097 Women's Kinetics Class 10:30am Bodyworks Fitness for Women, Parksville. 250248-3346 Hatha Yoga for Adults 10:30am SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093 Euchre 1:30pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-248-5633

Rotary Club of QB 6:15pm Rotary Park at the Beach, Qualicum Beach.

Art for Seniors 10:00am Qualicum Seniors' Centre. 250-752-2496 Parksville Rotary PM 11:45am Quality Resort Bayside, Parksville.

Cribbage 6:30pm Legion #76, Qualicum. 250-752-9632 Open Mic Jam 7:00pm Shady Rest, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-9111 Men's League Snooker 7:00pm Legion #76, Qualicum. 250-752-9632

Darts for Seniors 1:00pm Parksville Seniors' Centre. 250-248-3200 Ladies Pool 1:00pm Legion #76, Qualicum. 250-752-9632 Mid School Nite (Gr. 6,7,8) 4:00pm SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093 Boxercise for Everyone 6:00pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511

White Collar Boxing 7:15pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511

Texas Hold 'Em 7:00pm Legion #76, Qualicum. 250-752-9632

Seniors Line Dancing 3:15pm Qualicum Seniors' Centre. 250-752-3148

eVerY tueSdaY Boxercise for Everyone 6:00am Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511

Adult Skate 9:30pm Oceanside Place, Parksville. 250-248-3252

Boxing (8-13yrs) 4:30pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511

Rotary A.M. Qualicum 7:00am Rotary House, 211 Fern Rd, Qualicum Beach.

Teen Nite (Gr. 9-12) 3:00pm SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093

Women's Kinetics Class 10:30am Bodyworks, Parksville. 250-248-3346 Seniors are Talking 1:00pm SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093.

Crib for Seniors 6:30pm Parksville Seniors' Centre. 250-248-3200 Toastmasters 7:00pm PCCC, Parksville. 250-248-6234

Tai Chi for Seniors 10:00am Qualicum Seniors' Centre. 250-752-1419

eVerY wedNeSdaY Parksville Rotary AM 7:00am The Beach Club Resort, Parksville.

Singing in French 1:30pm New members welcome. 250-248-8714 Family Night 4:30pm SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093 Boxing (8-13yrs) 4:30pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511 Weight Watchers 5:00pm PCCC, Parksville. 250-248-6234

Women's Spinning 5:30pm Bodyworks, Parksville. 250-248-3346 Boxing (14-18yrs) 6:00pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511


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Belly Dancing - Adults 6:00pm SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093

Girl Talk (Gr. 3, 4 & 5) 3:00pm SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093

Men's League Snooker 7:00pm Legion #76, Qualicum. 250-752-9632

Guyz Time (Gr. 3,4 & 5) 3:00pm SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093

White Collar Boxing 7:15pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511

Youth Zumba 5:15pm SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093

Timberline Dance 7:30pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-752-8542

Boxercise for Everyone 6:00pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511

eVerY thurSdaY Boxercise for Everyone 6:00am Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511

Bingo 6:00pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-248-5633

Seniors Shuffle Board 9:00am Parksville Seniors' Centre. 250-248-3200

Ladie's Pool 6:45pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-248-5633

Preschool Art 9:15am SOS Centre, Parksville. 250-248-2093 Baby Time 10:30am Parksville Library. 250-248-3841 Community Meals 11:30am St. Stephen's, Qualicum. 250-752-9831

Dominoes 1:00pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-248-5633 Whist for Seniors 1:00pm Qualicum Seniors' Centre. 250-752-7940 Dominoes 7:00pm Legion #76, Qualicum. 250-752-9632

eVerY FrIdaY Parksville. 250-248-3346 Weight Watchers 9:00am PCCC, Parksville. 250-248-6234 Preschoolers on Move 9:15am SOS Centre, Parksville.50-248-2093 Wii for Seniors 9:30am Qualicum Seniors` Centre. 250-752-5586

eVerY FrIdaY White Collar Boxing 7:15pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511 Drop-In Darts 7:30pm Legion #76, Qualicum. 250-752-9632 Fun Darts 7:30pm Eagles Club, Parksville. 250-248-3922 eVerY SaturdaY Sample Saturdays Pharmasave, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-3011

Seniors Line Dance 11:00am Parksville Seniors' Centre. 250-248-3200 Mind in Motion 1:00pm PCCC, Parksville. 250-248-6234

Men's Pool 10:45am Legion #49, Parksville. 250-248-5633 Live Music! 10:00pm The Rod & Gun, Parksville. 250-954-1881 eVerY SuNdaY Family Swim 10:00am Ravensong, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-5014

Shasta Hoop Fitness 7:00pm PCCC, Parksville. 250-752-9505

Boxing (8-13yrs) 4:30pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511

Old Time Fiddlers 7:30pm Rotary House, Qualicum Beach.

Bingo 6:00pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-228-9057

Adult Skate 9:30pm Oceanside Place, Parksville. 250-248-3252

Boxing (14-18yrs) 6:00pm Genesis Boxing, Parksville. 250-248-5511

Free Family Skate 12:15pm Oceanside Place, Parksville. 250-248-3252

eVerY FrIdaY Fashion Friday Pharmasave, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-3011

Ladies' Pool 6:45pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-228-9057

Music on Sundays 2:30pm TOSH, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-6133

Teen Swims (13-18yrs) 7:00pm Ravensong, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-5014

Cribbage 6:00pm (2nd Sun.) Legion 49, Parksville. 250-248-5633

Music Trivia Night 7:00pm Shady Rest, Qualicum Beach. 250-752-9111

Bingo 6:00pm Legion #49, Parksville. 250-248-5633

45+ Fitness Class 8:00am Bodyworks, Parksville. 250-248-3346 Womens' Kinetics Class 10:30am Bodyworks,


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Get ready for a hoppin’ good time! EGG HUNT AT EASTER FESTIVAL AT FOSTER PARK

by Brenda Gough

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xpect to see a lot of chocolatesmeared faces on March 30 as hundreds of Easter egg hunters gather at Parksville’s Foster Park to fill their baskets with sweet treats. If you’re not egg-cited yet, you should be because the Easter Bunny and his gang of volunteers will be hiding thousands of chocolates throughout Foster Park for an annual event that draws hundreds of children of all ages to the neighbourhood. Organized by the Friends of Foster Park, this year’s Easter egg hunt is set for Saturday, March 30. Volunteers will hide the eggs for 12:00 noon and it’s expected they will be scooped up by around 1:30 p.m. Janessa Vega, President of Friends of Foster Park, said they usually start the hunt around noon but there are ongoing activities throughout the day including face painting, clowns, a jelly bean count and raffles.


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She said that in addition to the 6,000 chocolate eggs that they will be spreading throughout the park, there would also be hot dogs, juice and coffee available. Vega, who teaches kindergarten at Winchelsea Elementary School, pointed out that the event has become very popular and in the past, hundreds of people turn out for it. But she assured it is very well organized, with four different areas taped off for different age groups. “This event has a real community feel and is for ages 0 to 99.” While the event itself is free, there will be concession items that can be purchased and all the money raised through the sale of snacks and the raffles will go back into the park. Over the years Friends of Foster Park has purchased picnic tables, benches, playground equipment and other items for the public property and Vega agreed the community spirit that surrounds the green space is something she has witnessed first hand.

“I grew up in the neighbourhood and as a child I enjoyed the activities Friends of Foster Park put on. My mom and my aunt were the two who started the group in 1995. As soon as I was old enough I became part of it and it is really neat for it to come full circle,” she related. Of course it takes many volunteers to put on such a big event and Vega said they have the alumni from the Parksville Newcomers group to thank for that. “We couldn’t do it without them. They are the manpower behind it. We do the background stuff and wonderful volunteers come out and help that day,” she acknowledged. She also pointed out that Peter Zimmerman of Re/ Max First Realty generously sponsors the event and both Save-On-Foods as well as Quality Foods in Parksville are also contributors. Foster Park is located at the corner of Pym Street and Sanderson Road in Parksville. For more information about this event, contact Janessa Vega by phone at 250-240-5591.

This event has a real community feel and is for ages 0 to 99. ~ Janessa Vega


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DINING Parksville .........................................250-248-3336 Coombs ...........................................250-248-3336 RAW Energy Juice Bar .................... 250-586-4202

Cafes, Coffee Shops & More... A Step Above Cafe .......................... 250-752-9281

Rawthentic Eatery ......................... 250-594-7298 Sakura Tea & Coffee Shop ............ 250-248-8837 Sandbar Cafe & Art Gallery ............ 778-424-4478

Back Road Meals & Mochas ........... 250-951-3171

Save-On-Foods deli ........................ 250-390-4613

Bailey's In The Village ..................... 250-752-7584

Serious Coffee ................................ 250-586-0188

Beach House Cafe ........................... 250-752-9626

Shanna's Place ................................ 250-248-4009

Beachside Grille .............................. 250-752-4392

Starbucks Coffee Co ...................... 250-248-9720

Bean Counter Cafe ......................... 250-757-9565

Stellario's Italian Caffe ................... 250-954-0255

Bradley's on Jensen ........................ 250-954-2085

Stewart's on Harrison Cafe ............ 250-951-0888

Bread & Honey Food Co. ............... 250-586-1021

Tea Room at Milner Gardens ......... 250-752-8573

Cafe Brie .......................................... 250-594-2526

Thrifty Foods Deli .......................... 250-248-8823

Cha Ch'a Java .................................. 250-248-4225

Tim Horton's ...................................250-248-0094

Chuffin Cafe .................................... 250-248-3261 Cockney Pride ................................. 250-752-6322 Courtyard Cafe & Patio .................. 250-752-4152 Creekmore's Coffee Espresso ......... 250-752-0158 Cruisers Grill .................................... 250-752-4814

Westhill Restaurant ........................ 250-752-7148 Wheelhouse Cafe ............................ 250-951-3301 Yorky's Halibut & Chips .................. 250-954-1197 Your Comfy Cafe ........................... 250-947-5770

Deb's Deli ........................................ 250-752-0021 Errington Eater .............................. 250-586-0066 Errington Mountain Cafe ............... 250-586-8866 Farmhouse Cafe .............................. 250-248-5519 French Creek Bakery & Cafe ........... 250-248-2080 Hilliers Beef N Baker ....................... 250-752-0068 Karma Coffee ................................. 250-248-7312 MadBee Cafe .................................. 250-248-1004 Munchy Business Deli & Chicken ... 250-752-0023 Oceanside Arena Concession ......... 250-947-5766 Old Country Market Eatery ............ 250-248-6272 Ollivander's Cafe & Pizza House ... 250-752-9733 Pacific Brimm Coffee & Tea Co ..... 250-248-3336 Perk's Coffe Bar .............................. 250-468-9921 Qualicum Beach Bakery .................. 250-752-6143

Casual / Family... Lefty's Fresh Food

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Lefty's Fresh Food

710 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach 250-752-7530 • leftys.tv 1898 Bistro ...................................... 250-954-1881 AA Texas BBQ ................................. 250-752-7032 A&W Parksville ......................................... 250-248-2040 Nanoose ..........................................250-468-6686

Quality Foods Deli: Nanoose Bay ................................... 250-486-7131 Parksville ........................................ 250-954-2262 Qualicum Beach ............................. 250-752-9281

Aioli Seafood Restaurant .............. 250-954-1010

Quik Brimm:

Beach Hut ........................................ 250-752-5708

Avo's Eatery .................................... 250-248-1180 Bayside Bistro & Lounge ................. 250-248-8333


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Boston Pizza .................................... 250-947-9400

New Canton Restaurant ................ 250-752-2198

Bugsy's Bar & GrilL .......................... 250-248-4545

Old Dutch Inn ................................. 250-752-6914

Creek House Restaurant ................. 250-248-3214

Ole Mexicano's Cafe ....................... 250-248-5466

Deez Bar & Grill ............................. 250-752-8055

Pacific Prime Steak & Chop ............ 250-947-2109

Eaglecrest Restaurant ..................... 250-752-6311

Sam's Sushi Bar .............................. 250-954-2373

Extreme Eatz .................................. 250-951-6651 Final Approach ............................... 250-752-8966 Fish Tales Cafe ................................ 250-752-6053 Gary's Bistro ................................... 250-752-5800 Grill on the Green ........................... 800-567-1320 La Vida Vegan ................................. 250-327-3366 Micky J's ......................................... 250-752-9727

Sushi Deco ....................................... 250-586-3290 Sushi Ichi ......................................... 250-954-2020 Sushi Masa ....................................... 250-248-6648 Takrai Thai Restaurant ................... 250-752-0468 treetop tapas & Grill ..................... 250-248-2072 White Elephant .............................. 250-586-6611

Pheasant's Nest Restaurant ........... 250-752-0117 Quiznos Parksville ........................... 250-951-0752 Thalassa Restaurant ........................ 250-594-1150 Trees Restauraunt & Bakery ......... 250-586-2226

Pizza... Domino's Pizza ................................ 250-248-9296 Nickolini's Pizza ............................. 250-757-9996

International / Fine Dining... Amrikkos Indian Grille .................... 250-951-0682 Bamboo Garden ............................. 250-248-3323 Bangkok Thai Food ........................ 250-248-4860 Bistro 694 ........................................ 250-752-0301

Panago Pizza ................................... 250-310-0001 Papa Gino's Pizzeria ....................... 250-586-2121 Pizza Connection ............................ 250-951-2112 Pizza Fresh ....................................... 250-586-2013 Pizza Hut ......................................... 250-248-8130 Poppa's Pizza .................................. 250-248-9121

British Bobby Restaurant ................ 250-954-3232 Butler's Restaurant ......................... 250-752-5776 Cabernets Restaurant .................... 250-954-1023 Cedar room ..................................... 250-248-2333 Chameleons Ostria ......................... 250-586-5500 China Garden Restaurant ............... 250-954-2202 Cuckoo Trattoria Pizzaria ............... 250-248-6280

Pub Style... Arlington Inn Pub ........................... 250-468-7013 Black Goose Inn .............................. 250-586-1001

Giovanni's Ristorante & Lounge .... 250-752-6693

Crown & Anchor Roadhouse Pub .. 250-757-9444 Copper Lounge ............................... 250-248-2072 French Creek Marine Pub ............... 250-248-3713

Henry's Kitchen .............................. 250-757-8288

Frontiersman Bar & Grill ................ 250-586-0040

Kalvas Restaurant ........................... 250-248-6933

Rocking Horse Pub .......................... 250-468-1735

Landing West Coast Grill ................ 250-468-2400

Rod & Gun Pub ............................... 250-248-6511

Mekong River Vietnamese ............. 250-586-8000

Shady Waterfront Restaurant ........ 250-752-9111

Nemo Sushi ......................................250-586-1212

Upper Deck Sports Bar ................... 250-248-8333

Fushion Place Takeout ................... 250-586-1881


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March 2013 issue 1:6  

The go to guide for what’s on in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the surrounding areas.

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