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01 Feb Sat Live Theatre for Kids: Just Kidding presents “Monster Theatre’s Mini Masterpieces”, Malaspina Theatre at VIU from 1 - 2 pm. Great fun involving puppets, masks, songs, dance and audience participation to get kids excited about reading! Tix $8 advance/at the door. FMI/tix www.theatreone.org Live Dance: the Vancouver Island Dance Theatre Association proudly presents ‘Dancestreams Dance Odyssey 2014’ featuring everything from classical ballet to street dance at the Port Theatre at 7:30 pm. FMI/tix 250.754.8550 Piano Recital: ‘Italian Music’ is the theme of this year’s recital by Sayuri Kubota. Admission by donation, proceeds to Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. FMI 250.751.0895 Live Theatre: Schmooze Productions presents the hilarious comedic improv ‘Whose Mind is it Anyway?’, 7 - 8:30 pm at Nanaimo Centre Stage. FMI/tix www.schmoozeproductions.com Drum and Dance: open stage, performance by Ramona the Bellydancer, community drum and dance at the Corner Bistro pm - 2 am. No cover. FMI 250.591.0509 S7Chinese T ENewAYearKCelebration: & S EAFOOD celebrate the Year of the Horse at Malaspina Theatre, VIU. Chinese cultural presentations 6 - 8 pm: there will be singing, dancing, and music played on traditional Chinese instruments. $10/door. FMI 250.797.0968
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Love is in the air! L'Association des francophones de Nanaimo invites you to celebrate St. Valentine’s Weekend at the 13th edition of the Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable, taking place once again at Nanaimo’s Beban Park Auditorium. Join us for three days of music, food, and interactive fun from February 14 to 16. Guaranteed to be a fabulous time for you and your loved ones! May we suggest a great Valentine's Day gift idea? Buying sweets for your sweetheart. And, oh, how sweet they are! Choose from a wide variety of maple syrups and maple candies and butter. Be sure to taste the amazing tire sur la neige (toffy on snow). Your family will love it! Not a sweet tooth, you say? Then, fall in love with authentic poutine, tourtières (meat pies), ragout (meat stew), and other tasty traditional French Canadian food. And what would a traditional sugar shack be without lively musical entertainment? Bon Débarras and Bijoux du Bayou return to the Festival to get you tapping your feet, clapping your hands, and dancing with your loved ones after having enjoyed delicious food. Newcomers De Temps Antan and Jocelyn Pettit will have you burning calories quickly with their rhythmic fiddle, harmonica, and accordion music. Plus, the whole family will love singing along in French and English with Will Stroet and the Backyard Band and long-time duo Fanny Starchild & Vegari Candar. Share in the joie de vivre of Vancouver Island’s largest bilingual festival. On vous attend avec plaisir! We'd love to have you join in the festivities at Beban Park!
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Hollywood Magic - with Movie Music Mania The glitz and glamour of Tinsel Town comes to Nanaimo as the Vancouver Island Symphony rolls out the red carpet for Valentines with Movie Music Mania, two fabulous shows on Saturday, February 15 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This powerful extravaganza, leading up to the 2014 Oscars in Hollywood, features the most amazing film scores you can imagine, from Wizard of Oz and Chorus Line to Avatar and Star Trek. "We are going for the bigger picture," explains conductor Pierre Simard, "including vintage tracks, like the 1938 Oscar-winning The Adventures of Robin Hood. There is music from all genres, not just action. There's western, science fiction, fantasy, medieval and dramatic." Like a Hollywood producer and director, Simard has created a musical encounter that builds slowly, with all the dynamics and emotions of a movie plot, to an unforgettable climax. LIVE and in full-surround sound www.vancouverislandsymphony.com
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at the Port Theatre experience "Once Upon a Time in the West", "Symphonic Suite" from Lord of the Rings, highlights of the 2005 soundtrack from King Kong, and the amazing "Avatar Suite". The 80+ Symphonic Choir steps up for "O Fortuna" from Excalibur, and "One" from A Chorus Line. Dreams fly "Over the Rainbow" and out into space - the final frontier - with "Star Trek through the Years". Imagination rolls in with the humorous "Double Trouble" from Harry Potter; and hope for our world comes shining through with "Dry Your Tears, Afrika" from Amistad, "Battle of the Heroes" from Star Wars III and the "Throne Room", finale from Star Wars IV, A New Hope. Join the celebration, have your picture taken on the red carpet, wear a colourful costume from your favourite movie, soar with the magic of Hollywood, and be prepared for surprises. Tickets are available NOW by calling 250-754-8550.
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Live Music: ‘Dave Hart’ plays the Bayshore Restaurant, Nanaimo 6 - 9 pm. Solo instrumental guitar adds a warm vibe to your fine dining experience. Located by the docks Marina Side Resort. No cover. Reservations 250.591.7708 Live Music: ‘Electric Kool Aid’ at Wellington Hotel Pub. No cover. FMI 250.758.5513 Presentation and Slide Show: by Nada Jovic about her recent climb to the Mount Everest base camp. Free, everyone welcome. 1 pm at Harbourfront library. FMI 250.753.1154 Live Theatre: Ladysmith Little Theatre presents ‘TOMMY DOUGLAS - The Arrows of Desire’, written and performed by award-winning director and playwright John Nolan, until Feb 9. Evening shows Fri and Sat, matinees on Sun. FMI/tix www.ladysmiththeatre.com Kids Read to a Furry Friend: children of all ages welcome to drop into Wellington Branch library between 2 - 3 pm and read to Dareby, a certified member of the Pacific Animal Therapy Society’s Paws and Tales program. FMI 250.758.5544 Live Comedy: ‘The Laugh Lounge’ featuring local comedians takes place the first Sat of each month at ACMe Food Co. restaurant. Shows at 7 and 9 pm. Tix $10/show at ACMe Food Co. FMI 250.753.0042 Beer & Burger Fundraiser: for ‘Westcoast Spirit’, 6 - 9 pm at Harewood Arms Pub. FMI 250.754.2566 Saturday Night Dance Society: 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 8 pm - 12:30 am at Branch #10 Legion, Nanaimo. Free coffee and snacks. Tix $12/door, $10/advance from Fascinating Rhythm, Brooks Landing Co-op, Dairy Queen on Nicol and the Legion
02 Feb Sun Live Music: all the way from Ireland! ‘Daragh Fitzgerald’ (vocals and guitar) at Fibber Magees 7:30 pm. No cover. FMI 250.591.0650 Live Theatre: Ladysmith Little Theatre presents ‘TOMMY DOUGLAS - The Arrows of Desire’, written and performed by award-winning director and playwright John Nolan, Jan 24 - Feb 9. Evening shows Fri and Sat, matinees on Sun. FMI/tix www.ladysmiththeatre.com Live Music/Performance: ‘Chor Leoni: Cadillac Cathedral’ a funny and moving musical tale with Canada’s preeminent male choir, local author Jack Hodgins and Cam Wilson, violin, 2 pm at the Port Theatre. FMI/tix 250.754.8550 Superbowl Party: at Harewood Arms Pub FMI 250.754.2566 Author Reading: by Man Booker Prize Nominee Ruth Ozeki. She will be reading from her latest book, ‘A Tale for the Time Being’. Free, everyone welcome. Harbourfront Library at 1 pm. FMI 250.753.1154 Open Auditions: Bard to Broadway Theatre Society is holding open auditions for 3 great plays, 1 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall. Singing and non-singing roles. FMI Eileen 250.248.3782 or Gary 250.468.9545
03 Feb Mon Bike Maintenance Workshop: for women and members of the LGBT community. Hub City Cycles 6:30 - 8 pm. Free (members) By donation (general) FMI 250.591.2159 C Canucks vs Red Wings: 4:30 pm SNET - P
04 Feb Tue Glow in the Dark Skate: dimmed lighting and special effects! Frank Crane Arena 6:30 - 8 pm. FMI 250.756.5200 Live Music: P.J. Perry on sax, Ken Lister on bass and Hans Verhoeven on drums, VIU Theatre 7 - 9 pm. Music students free. Tix $5 - student, $20 general public C Canucks vs Bruins: 4 pm SNET - P
05 Feb WeD Art Show: painter Lynda Hyndman displays her latest layered abstracts at Iron Oxide Art Supplies until March 3. Free. FMI 250.754.1022
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06 Feb Thu Live Music: ‘The Steadies’ with special guests play a mix of Top 40 with rocksteady and reggae influences at the Queen’s for an early 8 pm show. Tix $10/door on online in advance at ticketzone.com. FMI 250.754.6751 Healing Herbs Presentation: learn about the healing properties of herbs found on the west coast. Harbourfront Library 6 pm. Free. FMI 250.753.1154 C Canucks vs Canadiens: 4:30 pm SNET - P, RDS Nanaimo Buccaneers: vs Peninsula 7:15 pm Nanaimo Ice Centre. FMI/tix buccaneers.vijhl.com
07 Feb Fri 9th Annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival: 7 pm at Malaspina Theatre, VIU. Tix $10/students $15/general, available at the door or online. 15 selected films to be shown. FMI/tix www.visff.com Live Music: ‘Good for Grapes’ won “Best Emerging Artist” at Edmonton Folk Fest 2013. Playing 7 pm at the Queens with Coal Moon. Tix $10 + s/c in advance or $15 at the door. Tix available at Lucid, The Dog’s Ear, the Queens or online at ticketzone.com Teen Dance: ‘Club Fridays’ teen dance takes place 7 - 11 pm at Beban Social Centre. Admission $12. FMI email@example.com Live Theatre: Ladysmith Little Theatre presents ‘TOMMY DOUGLAS - The Arrows of Desire’, written and performed by award-winning director and playwright John Nolan. Evening show. FMI/tix www.ladysmiththeatre.com Live Music/Fundraiser: ‘Zonta Red Gala’ is an evening of great live entertainment/deluxe buffet/silent auction and more! Fundraiser for Heart and Stroke and Zonta projects. Coast Bastion Inn 6 - 11 pm. Tix $75. FMI/tix 250.758.2267 or firstname.lastname@example.org Live Music: ‘Almost Famous’ at Harewood Arms Pub 9 pm - 1 am. No cover. FMI 240.754.2566 Live Music: ‘Roly Barrett’ brings some rock and more to the upstairs at ACMe Food Co 7 - 10 pm. No cover, reservations recommended at 250.753.0042 Nanaimo Clippers: vs Cowichan Valley 7 pm Frank Crane Arena. FMI/tix www.nanaimoclippers.com
08 Feb Sat Live Music: Alabama-born bluesman ‘David Vest’ plays Simonholt 8:30 - 11 pm. Tix $20/advance at Simonholt, Cranky Dog, Fascinating Rhythm or $25/door. FMI reservations 250.933.3338 Live Music/Dance: Students of the B.C.R.M.T.A. and Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts present a Baroque Music Performance 7 pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Nanaimo.$10/adult $20/ family (max 4) at the door. FMI 250.751.2454 Live Music: ‘Big Bang Baby’ at Wellington Hotel Pub. No cover. FMI 250.758.5513 Live Theatre: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at the Port Theatre Feb 8 at 7:30 pm and Feb 9 at 2 pm. FMI/tix 250.754.8550 Live Theatre: Ladysmith Little Theatre presents ‘TOMMY DOUGLAS - The Arrows of Desire’, written and performed by award-winning director and playwright John Nolan. Evening show. FMI/tix www.ladysmiththeatre.com Live Music: ‘Dave Hart’ at Extraordinary Organics, Nanaimo 6 - 9 pm. Enjoy an evening of acoustic world music paired with internationally inspired organic cuisine. No cover. Reservations 250.591.6078 Live Music: an intimate acoustic evening with ‘David Gogo’ at the Dinghy Dock Pub. Doors 7 pm. Tix $25 + s/c in advance or $30/door. Tix at Lucid, The Dog’s Ear, the Dinghy Dock Pub or online at ticketzone.com 9th Annual Vancouver Island Short Film Festival: 7 pm at Malaspina Theatre, VIU. Tix $10/students $15/general, available at the door or online. 15 selected films to be shown. FMI/tix www.visff.com C Canucks vs Maple Leafs: 3 pm CBC, NHLN - US Beer & Burger Fundraiser: for the Serauxman Service Club of Nanaimo. Old City Station Pub 6 pm start. Tix $15. FMI www.serauxmen.com
Live Theatre: Ladysmith Little Theatre presents ‘TOMMY DOUGLAS - The Arrows of Desire’, written and performed by award-winning director and playwright John Nolan. Matinee. FMI/tix www.ladysmiththeatre.com Family Play Day: playground games, line dancing, board games, scavenger hunt and more! Oliver Woods Community Centre 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Tix $3/person or $10/family of 4 (2 and under free). Tix available at Beban, Bowen and Oliver Woods Rec Centres. FMI 250.756.5200 Bridal Exhibition: bridal trade show 11 am - 4 pm at Beban Park Social Centre. Tix $12/advance, $15/door. Advance tix at all Thrifty Foods locations. FMI www.bridalexhibition.ca
10 Feb Mon Family Day Fun: “Everyone Welcome” skate at Nanaimo Ice Centre 1 - 3 pm and “Everyone Welcome” swim at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre 12 noon - 4 pm. FMI 250.756.5200
11 Feb Tue Live Music: the Classical Coffee Concert Series with Sarah Hagen (piano) continues. Guest Robyn Driedger-Klassen (soprano). This elegant event takes place in the lounge of the Port Theatre at 10:30 am. Refreshments served. FMI/tix 250.754.8550 Intro to eBooks: 10 am - 11 am Wellington Branch library. Basic computer literacy skills required. FMI/register 250.758.5544
09 Feb Sun Live Comedy: Gemini and Canadian Comedy Award winner Debra DiGiovanni presents her “Late Bloomer Tour” at the Port Theatre at 7:30 pm. FMI/tix 250.754.8550 Live Theatre: the Arts Club Theatre Company presents ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at the Port Theatre at 2 pm. FMI/tix 250.754.8550
CC TINY TOTS PLAYGROUP Every Wednesday • 10am to 11am (near Centre Court) Join us for a FREE fun hour of play, crafts, stories and songs. This “Parent & Me” drop-in program is appropriate for children 5 years and younger.
60+and Going Strong If you want to make the most of every day sometimes you may need to focus your attention on what you want most for you in your life. Develop a new vision and try each day to make tangible progress towards your goals. Here are some simple things you can do to help you along the way. Find love. Donâ€™t be a lonely heart. Go out and seek new people to love and who will love you back. Try to build up relationships in your life that support your personal goals. Be organized. Everyone needs a plan for life. Such a plan may include picking up a copy of Whats On Nanaimo every month. Without a plan for your life or in the absence of clear goal you may find yourself drifting and less fulfilled. Use Whats On to locate seniors activities in order to connect with others at the same life stage. Find a cause you can believe in. Choose an issue that annoys you and build an argument around it. Like many others you may find this purpose takes you on a journey that becomes more interesting than you could have possibly imagined. Fuel your body and feed your mind. Of course you know you should eat well, get a good nights sleep and engage in regular exercise. Re-connect with hobbies or activities you enjoyed at earlier stages of your life. Challenge yourself to start a diary and write your thoughts down. Sometimes see-
ing your thoughts on paper can help you to come to terms with things that may be on your mind that perhaps you were not even fully aware of. Be resilient. Too often people lose focus and then lose their resolve. Try to stay focused and to seek challenges in your life. When you are challenging yourself you are tapping into thoughts and behaviours that give a person his or her resiliency. Tolerate your own failings. People tend to beat themselves up when things go wrong and yet neglect to take the time to cheer up when things go well. Try to learn to accept yourself just as you are. If you learn to love yourself more you may find that others will too
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homes Whats On Nanaimo met with Cheryl Campbell, marketing director for Nanaimo North Town Center, to talk about the "Love Your Home Speakers" Series Trade Show happening Saturday February 15th at Nanaimo North Town Centre.
WO: What is the love your Home Speakers Series and Trade Show and why is it "love" your home? CC: The event, free for the public, is a way to connect local people with residential construction professionals. The speakers' series is typically held in meeting rooms but Central Vancouver Island Home Builders Association wanted to open it up to the public. I worked with Dana Aysals and Kelsey Botting at the Central Vancouver Island Home Builders Association (CVIHBA) putting this show together and we chose the "love" theme both because it's Valentines weekend and because people do really love their homes!
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WO: Who will be there and where in the mall will the show be held? CC: Members of the CVIHBA will be there for questions and open to conduct business! It's a great opportunity to meet local residential construction pro's (RCP's). The show will be held at Centre Court inside Nanaimo North Town Centre from 9:30am-5:30pm. WO: I understand you have held a similar event previously. Was that show a success? CC: Yes absolutely! In the past we've had a lot of people attend. There is always great foot traffic flow and lots of customers networking and doing business. For trades people looking for customers this is a great opportunity and for people to get to know industry professionals on a personal level as well. So it is a "win-win" for all! WO: Who are the speakers? CC: The morning speaker (11AM) is James McIntyre of Studio Kitchens and PI Granite. James will be talking about "Kitchen Reno's". In the afternoon, at 1PM, the speaker is Ken Connolly
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WO: I gather you are running an online auction can you tell me about that? CC: Yes! CVIHBA is organizing and running the auction. The online auction is to benefit the Habitat for Humanity which is a non-profit member of the CVIHBA. The home builders association members have donated a number of prize packages available for bidding online until noon Valentines day and after that in person at the love your home speaker series until 2PM People can view the 5 Prize Packages and bid online at www.chbacvi.com
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Pamper Your Pet Toys, Treats, Leashes, Collars, Natural Pet Foods 410-2980 Island Highway N, Nanaimo, BC | Tel. (250) 758-2727 | truebluenaturalpetfood.ca Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca Nanaimo Newcomers Club: monthly meeting at 7 pm, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Road FMI www.nanaimonewcomersclub.org
12 Feb Wed WWE Wrestling Champ Presentation: an evening with 3-time WWE Champ and NY Times best-selling author Mike Foley “Tales from Wrestling Past” at the Queens. Early Show 7 pm. Tix $25 + s/c in advance or $30/door. Tix at Lucid, The Dog’s Ear, the Queens or online at ticketzone.com Nanaimo Clippers: vs Cowichan Valley 7 pm Frank Crane Arena. FMI/tix www.nanaimoclippers.com Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca
13 Feb Thu Nanaimo Buccaneers: vs Comox Valley 7:15 pm Nanaimo Ice Centre. FMI/tix buccaneers.vijhl.com Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca Healing Herbs Presentation: learn about the healing properties of herbs found on the west coast. Harbourfront Library 6 pm. Free. FMI 250.753.1154
14 Feb Fri Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d”Erable: Vancouver Island’s largest bilingual event! Three days of family fun featuring live music, lots of dancing and authentic French Canadian fare! Beban Auditorium Feb 14 (4 - 9 pm) Feb 15 (9 am - 8 pm) Feb 16 (9 am - 4 pm). FMI/admission www.francophonenanaimo.org
Free Public Lecture: Doug Stetar, Dept. of Media Studies and Digital Media Technology, VIU, presents “Song of the Mud-Grass Horse: Language and Resistance in Chinese Social Media” at Malaspina Theatre 10 - 11:30 am followed by discussion/refreshments. FMI Dr. Tim Lewis 250.753.3245 local 2114 Red Willow Coffee House: live music/spoken word. Open mic 7 pm, featured performer at 9 pm. $5/door, Hope Lutheran Church. Everyone welcome. FMI Charlie 250.245.4659 Valentine’s Day Dance: “Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners” bring their blues to the King of Hearts Singles Dance 8 - 12 pm at Legion 10, 129 Harewood Rd. Members $12, guests $15. Everyone welcome! FMI 250.797.2500 Live Music: ‘Dave Hart’ at Extraordinary Organics, Nanaimo 6 - 9 pm. Romantic acoustic music paired with internationally inspired organic cuisine. Limited Seating! Reservations 250.591.6078 Live Music: “Axios” at Harewood Arms Pub 9 pm - 1 am. No cover. FMI 240.754.2566 Live Music: “Fred Saliani” brings a Nuevo Flamenco, World Beat styled-band to the upstairs at ACMe Food Co 7 - 10 pm. No cover, reservations recommended at 250.753.0042 Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca 10th Annual Nanaimo Global Film Festival: stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things! Downtown Nanaimo Feb 14 (4 - 10 pm) and Feb 15 (9 am - 10 pm). Festival passes available online, at the door, in advance at Van Isle Video and the Green Store. FMI/tix/schedule www.nanaimofilmfest.org Ukelele Concert: the ‘Pacifica Ukelele Orchestra’ and professional ukelele duo ‘Jazzalele’ present a concert at the Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre. Doors 7 pm show 7:30 pm. Tix $15/adult, $10/kids 12 and under. Tix at the door or online at www.prshopper.com/uke/events.htm
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PETâ€…TIP Cat Senior Life Stages
Written by Dr. Julie Lamb, Applecross Veterinary Hospital
We have reached the final installment on our life stage journey: the senior years. This is the stage where our friends are starting to age, although many of the 'old age' signs are really treatable conditions that can be helped with supplements and medications. As they age, cats and dogs are extremely different, so we will actually split this into two articles. Let's start with the mysterious cat. Picture a very old cat. What do you see? They are skinny, they don't move around much, their fur is not kept up, and their eyes look different than a young cats. So why does this happen? Well, most older cats have arthritis. This tends to be one of the main reasons they slow down. Getting them onto a joint supplement, that your veterinarian can recommend for you, can have amazing affects on their movement and comfort level. Some cats can't digest supplements well, and a change in diet may be recommended. Talk to someone who knows about nutrition. Cats are also unable to digest as well as they age. Like some older people, they start to lose muscle mass as well as body fat. If this is a gradual change in weight, and not accompanied by increased water intake or increased urination, then likely it is the inability to digest protein effectively. If it is a weight loss over less then a few months or accompanied by changes in drinking or urine output, then this is not likely a digestion problem. Many cats as they age suffer from kidney, thyroid, and diabetic problems. These are easily diagnosed with an exam and blood test by your local veterinarian. This loss of muscle mass accounts for the changes we see in older cats' faces as well. They lose some of the muscles of the skull making their faces leaner and 'pushed in' looking. The muscles and fat behind the eyes also degenerate, resulting in a wane look. Other changes that occur with the eyes include freckles on the irises and cataracts. Freckles can be completely benign if they grow slowly and do not display any signs of malignancy. These should be checked by a veterinarian to ensure that they are benign in nature. As well, cataracts can be completely benign, but can be a sign of diabetic changes. All of these changes that we see are not signs of debilitating illness or 'just age'. Many can
be modified in order to help promote a longer and healthier quality of life. Cats tend not to see the veterinarian as often as they do not show a lot of signs of disease; however, they require more specialized care then our dogs do. Simple modifications in their lifestyle or diet when they need it, can greatly increase the quality of life of our older friends. Next month we will turn to our older dogs.
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15 Feb Sat Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d”Erable: Vancouver Island’s largest bilingual event! Three days of family fun featuring live music, lots of dancing and authentic French Canadian fare! Beban Auditorium Feb 14 (4 - 9 pm) Feb 15 (9 am - 8 pm) Feb 16 (9 am - 4 pm). FMI/admission www.francophonenanaimo.org Live Music: the Vancouver Island Symphony and the Symphonic Chorus present “Movie Music Mania” at the Port Theatre at 3 and 7:30 pm. FMI/tix 250.754.8550 Live Music: ‘Freak Boy’ at Wellington Hotel Pub. No cover. FMI 250.758.5513 Lego Club: Create a masterpiece using Wellington Branch Library legos! 11 am - 12 noon for kids 5 - 12 years. Register at 250.758.5544 Benefit for Sea Turtle Conservation: a day-long fundraiser featuring guitar, ukelele and hula workshops wrapped up with a benefit concert featuring several artists including Anela Kahiamo. Hammond Bay Baptist Church. FMI www.hanahouevents.com. Workshop and/or concert tix at Arbutus Music 250.933.1900 ‘Love Your Home’ Speakers’ Series and Trade Show: local residential construction professionals provide free advice and talk about what’s new at Nanaimo North Town Centre 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. FMI www.chbacvi.com Live Music: an intimate and eclectic musical journey featuring pianist and vocalist Leah Hokanson with special guest Tim Harrison on guitar and vocals. First Unitarian Fellowship 7:30 - 10 pm. Goodies and refreshments served. Adult $20. FMI 250.585.3006 10th Annual Nanaimo Global Film Festival: stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things! Downtown Nanaimo Feb 14 (4 - 10 pm) and Feb 15 (9 am - 10 pm).Festival passes available online, at the door, in advance at Van Isle Video and the Green Store. FMI/tix/schedule www.nanaimofilmfest.org Saturday Night Dance Society: 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 8 pm - 12:30 am at Branch #10 Legion, Nanaimo. Free coffee and snacks. Tix $12/door, $10/advance from Fascinating Rhythm, Brooks Landing Co-op, Dairy Queen on Nicol and the Legion Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca
16 Feb Sun Fringe Flicks: TheatreOne is proud to present “Gabrielle“, a tender drama about tolerance and finding happiness, at Avalon Cinemas. Showtimes 1, 4 and 7 pm. FMI/tix www.theatreone.org Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d”Erable: Vancouver Island’s largest bilingual event! Three days of family fun featuring live music, lots of dancing and authentic French Canadian fare! Beban Auditorium Feb 14 (4 - 9 pm) Feb 15 (9 am - 8 pm) Feb 16 (9 am - 4 pm). FMI/admission www.francophonenanaimo.org
Live Music: the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music presents “Jane Coop”, one of Canada’s most distinguished pianists, in a solo concert at the Port Theatre at 2:30 pm. FMI/tix 250.754.8550 Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca
17 Feb Mon Fringe Flicks: TheatreOne is proud to present “Gabrielle“, a tender drama about tolerance and finding happiness, at Avalon Cinemas. Showtime 7 pm. FMI/tix www.theatreone.org Nanaimo Family History Society Meeting: monthly meeting 7 pm at Beban Park Social Centre rms. 7 & 8. All are welcome! FMI 250.751.8731 Book Launch: local historian Lynne Bowen launches her new book, ‘Those Island People’, at the Nanaimo Museum from 3 - 5 pm. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca or 250-753-1821 Harbour City Newcomers Club Meeting: for everyone (male, female, singles, couples) new to Nanaimo. Social activities, friendship and support. Monthly meetings the third Monday in every month, 7pm at Oliver Woods Community Centre. FMI www.harbourcitynewcomers.ca
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19 Feb Wed Leadership Presentation: retired US Navy Captain and Expert on Leadership and Innovation David Marquet, author of “Turn the Ship Around - Leadership at Every Level”, presents his ideas at the Port Theatre at 7 pm. FMI/tix 250.754.8550 Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca Live Theatre: see a new Canadian play being developed at a staged reading! TheatreOne’s Emerging Voices presents “Blue Heaven”, a fulllength play inspired by the life and work of British sculptor, Barbara Hepworth, that examines life, art and relationships. Nanaimo Centre Stage 7:30 pm. By donation. FMI www.theatreone.org
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Texting and Driving As a business person here in Nanaimo I am out and about quite a bit. A good amount of that time I am driving my SUV which gives me a pretty good view of the road and of other drivers. As a result I’m in a position to see what goes on in relation to if people are texting while trying to drive or even while stopped at a red light. We all know that we shouldn’t text and drive (because it’s illegal and also really stupid ) but for some reason it seems like we all are still doing it. I’m not going to rant about how dangerous this is or cite a bunch of statistics or blame any specific group. What I will say is that one thing we can all do is make a choice to not text someone when we know they are driving. This is something I have chosen to do when I know my wife is taking the kids to soccer or running errands or really anytime when she might be driving. How bad would it be to know that because of my text to my wife she ended up having an accident? Horrible right? Especially if she or my kids were injured as a result of my poor choice to knowingly text her when she’s driving.
When I see someone texting when behind the wheel I will often beep and wave at them and point showing them that I see what they are doing. Usually they don’t like this and they show me their displeasure with a specific gesture. Trust me when I tell you that I understand that it’s important that you not forget to pick up eggs on the way home. I like eggs too. It’s really not worth the risk that you might die or kill someone before getting to the grocery store all because you had to type “k” into your phone while going 70 through a school zone. Stop the insanity stop texting people when they are driving!!! Article by Simon Rideout
We all know that we shouldn’t text and drive (because it’s illegal and also really stupid ) but for some reason it seems like we all are still doing it.
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INSOLVENCY No one plans to become insolvent. We’re Canadians and we believe that with hard work we can own our own home, support our families and retire comfortably. Unfortunately, financial problems are often a result of unexpected life changes such as health issues, job loss and business failure and marital breakdown and hard work sometimes just isn’t enough. Besides being a rather depressing topic, what exactly is insolvency? The definition varies throughout the world; however, in Canada, being insolvent means: • You owe at least $1000 (not much by most people’s standards), and • You are unable to pay your bills when they become due (this includes using credit to pay for credit), or you have stopped paying your debts altogether, and/or • Selling your assets would not cover your debts (you own less than you owe). In 2012 there were a total of 118,398 insolvencies filed in Canada. Insolvency filings represent only a small portion of the actual insolvency problem. According to MasterCard/ VISA statistics in 2012 there were 29.2 million MasterCard and VISA cards with balances in Canada and 262,800 of those were at least 90 days behind in payments. These credit cards represent only a small percentage of the debts contributing to insolvency. Insolvency can be a momentary state in one’s financial life which passes with the acquisition of a new job, a change in the economic times or an adjustment of lifestyle. For many there comes a point of no return where no matter how hard they dig there’s no getting out of the hole called DEBT. 93% of the Canadians who filed insolvency tried to solve the problem themselves through reduction in spending, negotiating directly with their creditors, consolidating their debt, cashing
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Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca Live Music: described as ‘living legends of American music’ boasting more than 80 chart hits, ‘The Ink Spots’ (with Leroy Harris of ‘The Legendary Platters’) come to the Port Theatre for a 7:30 pm show. FMI/tix 250.754.8550
21 Feb Fri Nanaimo Spring Home Expo: Feb 21 ( 4 - 9 pm) Feb 22 (9:30 am - 5:30 pm) Feb 23 (10 am - 4 pm) at Beban Park Auditorium. Decorators, designers, builders and other professionals will help you put the finishing touches on your home. Free. FMI www.homeshowtime.com Live Music: ‘Big Bang Baby’ at Harewood Arms Pub 9 pm - 1 am. No cover. FMI 240.754.2566 Live Music: ‘Kings Without’ (Neil and Dean Atkinson) bring some funk, blues, rock and more to the upstairs at ACMe Food Co 7 - 10 pm. No cover, reservations recommended at 250.753.0042 Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca
Live Music: Johnny Cash tribute artists ‘David James and Big River’ play the Harewood Legion Branch 10 from 8 - 10 pm. Doors at 7. 19+. Tix $20 advance from Legion Branch 10 and Fascinating Rhythm
22 Feb Sat Nanaimo Spring Home Expo: Feb 21 (4 - 9 pm) Feb 22 (9:30 am - 5:30 pm) Feb 23 (10 am - 4 pm) at Beban Park Auditorium. Decorators, designers, builders and other professionals will help you put the finishing touches on your home. Free. FMI www.homeshowtime.com Live Music: an evening with ‘WIL’ at the Dinghy Dock Pub. Early show 7 pm. Tix $23 + s/c in advance or $30/door. Tix at Lucid, The Dog’s Ear, Dinghy Dock Pub or online at ticketzone.com Live Music: ‘Chevy Ray and the Fins’ at Wellington Hotel Pub. No cover. FMI 250.758.5513 Live Comedy: popular Canadian “Corner Gas” comedian Brent Butt presents his “Almost a Movie Star!” Live Comedy Tour at the Port Theatre at 7:30 pm. FMI/tix 250.754.8550 Snow Shoe Mt. Washington: 9:30 am - 5 pm. $79/1 includes snow shoe rental, park pass and a guided, easy trek. FMI/register 250.756.5200 Fundraising Walk for the Hungry/Homeless: family-friendly walk to raise funds for local groups that help the hungry/homeless. John Barsby High School 4 - 9 pm. Suggested donation $25. FMI/register www.coldestnightoftheyear.org
n e e r c S n O s t a h W video cinema Feb 7 Lego Movie The Monuments Men Feb 12 Robo Cop Feb 14 About Last Night, Vampire Academy, Endless Love, Winters Tale Feb 21 Pompeli, 3 Days to Kill Feb 28 Welcome to Yesterday Non-Stop Son of God
Feb 4 About Time, Baggage Claim, Dallas Buyers Club, Escape Plan, Free Birds, Romeo & Juliet Feb 11 All is Lost, Austenland, The Best Man Holiday, The Counselor, Diana, Ender’s Game, How I Live Now Feb 18 Fantastic Mr. Fox, Foreign Correspondent, Game of Thrones: 3rd Season Feb 25 Blue is the Warmest Colour, Gravity, Thor: The Dark World, Homefront
games Feb 4 Fire Emblem: Awakening Feb 5 Dead Space Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Feb 10 Brain Age: Concentration Training Feb 12 Aliens: Colonial Marines Omerta: City of Gansters Feb 19 Metal Gear Rising: Revegance Feb 26 Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
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A Cajun named Jean Paul moved to Texas and bought a donkey from an old farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day. The next day the farmer drove up and said, “Sorry, but I got some bad news. The donkey died.” “Well then, just give me my money back.” “I can’t do that. I went and spent it already.” “OK then, just unload the donkey.” “What ya gonna do with em.” “I’m gonna raffle him off.” “Ya can’t raffle off a dead donkey!” “Sure I can. Watch me. I just won’t tell anyone he’s dead.” A month later the farmer met up with the Cajun and asked, “What happened with the dead donkey?”
“I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at $2 apiece and made a profit of $898.” “Didn’t anyone complain?” “Just the guy who won. So I gave him his $2 back.” Live Music: ‘Dave Hart’ at Extraordinary Organics, Nanaimo 6 - 9 pm. Enjoy an evening of eclectic world music paired with internationally inspired organic cuisine. No cover. Reservations 250.591.6078 Mom’s Shop & Swap: throughout Country Club Centre 9:30 -1:00 pm. Great deals on used children and maternity wear. FMI www.countryclubcentre.com Nanaimo Clippers: vs Surrey 7 pm Frank Crane Arena. FMI/tix www.nanaimoclippers.com Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca
23 Feb Sun Live Theatre for Kids: The Backyardigans are live on stage! “Sea Deep in Adventure” takes place at the Port Theatre at 1 pm. FMI/tix 250.754.8550
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live at Port Theatre If you can get your hands on the vinyl LP “Cheap Trick at Budokan” I highly recommend it. I’m sure you can find a copy at Fascinating Rhythm on Commercial St. Downtown Nanaimo but if not they will likely find a way to help you get it. Of course you can also download it but there’s something about an actual physical album that you just can’t get in a bunch of ones and zeros on a hard drive...but I digress. It still gives me chills hearing, amid the scratches of diamond on vinyl, the excited screams of 12,000 Japanese fans all packed into the Budokan arena in Japan April 1978 waiting for the American rockers to emerge from backstage. The screams are sporadic at first and reminiscent of the type of feverish or desperate screams previously reserved for The Beatles at the height of their reign. Once (we imagine) the band begins to file onto the stage the roar of the crowd is so loud it almost drowns out the music. When the guitar and drums begin and
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lead singer Rick Nielsen begins to belt out “Hello There” the fans really get into it. The magic of the interplay between the, very enthusiastic and unabashed, Japanese fans and the energetic and original brand of Rock n Roll that can only be “Cheap Trick” makes this album one of my personal all time favorites. As I recall back in 1978 we had a pretty high end turntable in the playroom and it was my older brother who actually bought the Budokan album. We would play the album over and over as loud as we could get away with. As a result, every note, every lyric, every nuance of that iconic album is indelibly burned into my brain. The fact that a band as big as Cheap Trick will play the Port Theatre Nanaimo here at the end of February is truly a good sign that Nanaimo is on the map. The Port Theatre is such a great venue both in terms of the intimacy and the acoustics. I can’t wait to share in that space and be in the same room as a band that, for me, was as much apart of being 8 years old as perhaps little league was for others. Yes I’ve been listening to Cheap Trick for 36 years and to me their sound, energy and enthusiasm will never get old. See you at the show and if you can’t make it well...ain’t that a shame. Article by Simon Rideout
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Museum Feature Exhibit: “Navigating Nanaimo: Maps and Charts of the Harbour City” explores the recording of Nanaimo on paper, from an early Spanish chart to modern maps. Find out about the vast tunnel network under the city! Until March 22. FMI www.nanaimomuseum.ca Also at the Museum: the work of the late Nanaimo marine artist Jack Hardcastle will be featured in the Community Gallery for the month of February. Hardcastle was known for his paintings of ships associated with Nanaimo, particularly the Princess Royal. This exhibition coincides with the 2014 Heritage Week theme of Heritage Afloat! Nanaimo Art Galleries: “Takao Tanabe: Chronicles of Form and Place”, a major retrospective of drawings, prints and watercolours by this famed BC artist, takes place at the Campus Gallery until April 11. Free, all welcome. “Current Threads”, an exhibition of fibre and fabric works by Vancouver Island members of the Surface Design Association, takes place at the Downtown Gallery until Feb 8. Free, all welcome. FMI www.nanaimoartgalleries.com
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Live Music: an evening of acoustic blues with Doug Thring and friends at Landlubber Pub. 8 pm, no cover. FMI 250.758.9400 Mini Franco Fun: 10 - 11:30 am at Ecole Oceane, for children 0 - 5 years, with parent(s). Exposure to French language in fun-filled, playful environment. FMI 250.729.2776 Ladies Nite: “Throwback Tuesdays” with the Femme Fatales at the Queens, 9:30 pm. No cover. FMI 250.754.6751 Technology Tuesdays: free eBook/ computer help at Harbourfront Library 3:30 - 5 pm. Drop-in Kids’ Drop-In & Play Group: 10 - 11 am Woodgrove Centre near the food court. Free. FMI www.woodgrovecentre.com Preschool Storytime: Wellington Branch Library 1:30 - 2 pm till Feb 25. Free but space limited. Register at 250.758.5544
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Live Music: Marty Steele plays soft rock and smooth jazz piano music at Extraordinary Organics. No cover. FMI 250.591.6078 Activity Night for Kids: Kidz Kompany Childcare Group has a free weekly rec program Thursdays 6 - 7:15 pm at Pleasant Valley School gym for kids Gr 2 - 7. FMI 250.729.4142 or Melissa@kidzkompany.ca
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Live Music: The Queen’s 250.754.6751 Live Music: a different dance band every week at the Wellington Hotel. Free FMI 250.758-5513 Moksha Yoga Karma Class: drop-in to Moksha Yoga - Rutherford Studio and practice for a donation to support local or international charities, 7 pm. Sign up online at www.mokshayogananaimo.com. FMI 250.756.4647 Karaoke: Harewood Arms Pub 9 pm - 1 am. FMI 250.754.2566 Board Games Afternoon: drop by Harbourfront Branch Library 1 - 4 pm with friends/family and enjoy an afternoon of Scrabble, Monopoly, Quelf, the Settlers of Catan and more! FMI 250.753.1154 ext. 238
Live Music: “Darragh Fitzgerald” at Fibber Magees FMI 250.591.0650 Birding Walk: hosted by The Backyard WildBird and Nature Store. No charge. 9 am. FMI 250.390.3669 Live Music: open mic jam with “Blue Gambit” at Harewood Arms Pub 5 9 pm. Free. FMI 250.754.2566 Live Music: “Blues Jam” in the Harbourside Lounge at the Howard Johnson Harbourside Motel, Nanaimo from 4 - 8 pm. $5/door, performing musicians free. FMI email@example.com Nanaimo Boat Modellers: meets 9 am north dock at Inn at Long Lake to operate radio controlled model boats. FMI 250.751.8645 Lion’s Club Free Skate: Frank Crane Arena 12 - 1:30 pm. Admission and rentals are free! FMI 250.756.5200
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As editor of Whats On I was fortunate enough last year to get an interview with Canada’s greatest storyteller, Stuart McLean. One thing Stuart said to me was “...there are genius’s wasting away in basements all across this country of ours.” What I think he meant was that even though you may be a genius it doesn’t really mean much if you don’t have the strength of character to persist in the face of adversity. McLean went on to say that to be successful in life “...you don’t have to be good looking, or smart, or well-connected you just have to be able to “gut it out.” This concept of “guts” is really, to me, the notion that it’s how we react to adversity that defines us. You may be the smartest person in the room but if you don’t have the ability to soldier on when things get rough you’re doomed to waste away in your parents basement. If you don’t have guts you might as well join the ranks of other smart, good looking, connected people that will never see the light of day because of a lack of resiliency. I have always taught my sons that you really don’t learn much when you win all the time. It’s the losses in life that give a person his or her gristle. One of the things I love about Nanaimo is that everywhere I go I see people ‘gutting it out.’ We Nanaimoites have grit! We may not be as big as Vancouver, we may not have the Legislature like
Nanaimo is changing and growing and through it all becoming a leading center ... Victoria but we have tenacity here in the Harbour City. I recently picked up a copy of the Globe & Mail and was impressed by a Business in Nanaimo magazine pull-out showcasing this fine city to the rest of Canada. It solidified in my mind that Nanaimo truly is poised to become a world class city. We have all of the ingredients that make a city go from good to great. From arts and culture, to education, to tourism to the amazing natural beauty: Nanaimo has it all. Nanaimo is changing and growing and through it all becoming a leading center for education, technology, tourism and a shift from resource economy to knowledge economy. Anything a person could want can be found right here the only question is will people have the guts to reach for it?
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Jaqui Kaese - 250.755.8975 spotlightacademy.com Acting | Theatre | Film | TV Classes for all ages – various locations.
Testimonial: “Jacqui is an amazing teacher and mentor. She is one of the most caring, supportive and professional people you will ever meet.”
British Columbia Boys Choir
If you are a BOY and SING all the time... you belong in this Choir! The BCBC has two Choirs in Nanaimo under the direction of Patricia Plumley, ages 7-17. Monday Rehearsals at the Harbourfront Library.
Dance Crimson Coast Dance Society 150 Commercial St. 10b 250.716.3230 firstname.lastname@example.org www.crimsoncoastdance.org
The mission of the Crimson Coast Dance Society is to develop and support contemporary dance creations, performances at all levels. For more info or to feature your after school activities here in Whats On After Skool email: email@example.com Nanaimo Spring Home Expo: Beban Park Auditorium 10 am - 4pm. Decorators, designers, builders and other professionals will help you put the finishing touches on your home. Free. FMI www.homeshowtime.com Fringe Flicks: title TBA. Film at Avalon Cinemas. Showtimes 1, 4 and 7 pm. FMI/tix www.theatreone.org Family Rock Climbing: all equipment provided, no experience necessary. Romper Room Climbing Gym 4 - 6 pm. $15/1. FMI 250.756.5200 Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca
24 Feb Mon Pro-D Day Skate: 1:30 - 3 pm Nanaimo Ice Centre. FMI 250.756.5200 Pro-D Day Activities: courtesy of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture, kids can spend Feb 24 and/or 25 playing sports, making clay creations, learning water or home alone safety, attending a hockey day camp, skating, or watching a movie and eating pizza! FMI/registration 250.756.5200
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25 Feb Tue Nanaimo Museum Speaker Series: subject is Cpt. G.H. Richards & The Vancouver Survey. 1pm. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca or 250-753-1821 Pro-D Day Skate: 12:30 - 2 pm Nanaimo Ice Centre. FMI 250.756.5200 Pro-D Day Activities: courtesy of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture, kids can spend Feb 24 and/or 25 playing sports, making clay creations, learning water or home alone safety, attending a hockey day camp, skating, or watching a movie and eating pizza! FMI/registration 250.756.5200
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Spoken Word Event: ‘Wordstorm’ at Demeter’s Coffee Vault starts at 7 pm with an open mic followed by several feature performers. FMI www.wordstorm.ca or 250.591.0776 Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca
26 Feb Wed C Blues vs Canucks: 7:30 pm SNET - P Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca Live Theatre: Nanaimo Theatre Group presents the stunnng musical “Cabaret” evenings Feb 26 - March 1, March 5 - 8 and March 12 - 15, afternoons March 2 and 9. All performances at the Bailey Studio. FMI/tix www.nanaimotheatregroup.com
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Country Club Centre Gold Year Savings: free goodies & coffee at food court from 10 - 11 am and 2 - 3 pm. Live entertainment 2 - 3pm with Howie James. Whole day senior discount at participating merchants. Last Thursday of each month. FMI www.countryclubcentre.com Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca Live Music: iconic band ‘Cheap Trick’ is coming to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre at 8 pm! Exclusive fan packages available including meet and greet with the band. FMI/tix 250.754.8550 Live Theatre: Nanaimo Theatre Group presents the stunning musical “Cabaret” evenings Feb 26 - March 1, March 5 - 8 and March 12 - 15, afternoons March 2 and 9. All performances at the Bailey Studio. FMI/tix www.nanaimotheatregroup.com
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Beer & Burger Fundraiser: for ‘Nanaimo Parent Participation Preschool’, 6 - 9 pm at Harewood Arms Pub. FMI 250.754.2566 Live Music: ‘Big Daddy’ at Harewood Arms Pub 9 pm - 1 am. No cover. FMI 240.754.2566 Live Music: ‘The Big Mess’ brings fusion jazz, funk and beat box to the upstairs at ACMe Food Co 7 - 10 pm. No cover, reservations recommended at 250.753.0042 C Wild vs Canucks: 7 pm SNET - P Live Theatre: Nanaimo Theatre Group presents the stunning musical “Cabaret” evenings Feb 26 - March 1, March 5 - 8 and March 12 - 15, afternoons March 2 and 9. All performances at the Bailey Studio. FMI/tix www.nanaimotheatregroup.com Nanaimo Clippers: vs Powell River 7 pm Frank Crane Arena. FMI/tix www.nanaimoclippers.com Live Theatre: the rock ‘n roll musical “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” is back by popular demand at Chemainus Theatre Festival! Feb 11 - March 8, matinee and evening shows available. FMI/tix www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca
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