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This is a “loonie” skate session with all skate and helmet rentals free. Drop in during any of the public times. 250-756-5200.




New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Oceanside Place Arena. Includes skating on winter wonderland, playing pond hockey, craft making, selfie station, special guests and live music. End the evening with a balloon drop and countdown at 8pm. Food will be available to purchase. Admission tickets and skate rentals are free. Tickets are required and are available starting December 1 at either Oceanside Place Arena or Ravensong Aquatic Centre. 5-8pm. 250-248-3252.

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O n g oin g preschool Family Storytime at Cowichan Library, Duncan. Bring the whole family for stories, songs, rhymes and fun. For ages 0-5. Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am. 2687 James St.

FAMILY Drop-In Science Studio at Departure Bay Eco School. At Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society’s Science studio, kids are encouraged to explore the many interactive displays and activities. Activities include: 8-foot marble wall, 2,000 KEVA blocks, kid-friendly microscopes, wind tunnels, a high-powered air field, math puzzles, sign-out activities and more. For safety purposes, children under 16 must be accompanied by and adult. $4/ child; adults free. Tuesday-Thursday 10am-noon; Thursdays 3-5pm; Saturdays 9am-noon. Schedule subject to change, so please check nanaimoscience. org for most current schedule. Family Pool Party at Beban Pool. End the hard work week with a party at the pool. Fridays 7-9pm until December 9. 250-756-5200. Lions Free Skate at Frank Crane Arena. Every Sunday noon-1:30pm. 250-756-5200. Parksville Lions and Save-On-Foods Family Skate at Oceanside Place Arena. This popular session is back. Pond hockey is not available. Children must be accompanied by and adult 19+ years. Free. December 4, 11 and 18 12:15-1:45pm. 250-248-3252.•

“A n a stonishing book that allows the humanity of refugees to speak louder than politics and introduces readers to one of Syria’s incredible artists.” —K IR K US R EV I EWS , starred review

Inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, Saltspring Island author Margriet Ruurs has created a story for all ages about the Syrian refugee crisis. Partial proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Syrian resettlement.

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