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FEATURES 13 Christmas Pantomime 16 Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular 20 Nanaimo Artwalk 26 Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar SECTIONS 5 December 2016 Events 18 Every Week Events 21 Nanaimo Performing Arts 28 Live Music & More 29 Winter Warmers ALSO INSIDE 23 Santa Visit & Photos 25 The Tasting Lounge NANAIMO

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Holiday Decorating There are a myriad of simple and inexpensive decor ideas that can brighten your home this holiday season. With the dark days of winter upon us, now is the time to amp up the cheer, cosiness and elegance of our indoor spaces. Here are a few ideas to help you get started. • Nothing says elegance like winter white tapers or pillar candles! Surround them with freshlycut sprigs of holly, Christmas baubles or faux cranberries and you have a holiday centrepiece of seasonal beauty! • Have some glass containers lying around or little-used wine glasses in the cupboard? Fill them with pretty monochromatic Christmas baubles, or unshelled nuts, pinecones, cinnamon sticks and faux cranberries for a touch of cheer • Spray paint some pinecones a cheery cranberry, warm gold, shimmery silver or snowy white, then display in some greenery for a pretty table runner or in a glass container for a seasonal centrepiece • For a touch of ‘Country Christmas’, fill plain planters, pots and pails with birch logs, or add a tiny string of lights, ornaments or berries to greenery sprigs throughout your home • The judicious use of red can give your home a ‘Country Christmas’ feel, too. Red ribbons and bows on the front door or on the tree, faux cranberries, red candles, and red cushions and throws for the couch can ‘warm up’ a space and enhance the sense of cosiness • Lush gold ribbons, gold ornaments, pinecones and fir branches can create elegant wreaths, tabletops or decorations for the mantle • Putting a wreath of any kind around a bowl of snacks turns it into a pretty table centrepiece! And tiny tabletop ‘trees’ (sprigs of greenery placed in a vase and hung with small ornaments) add a festive touch to any room


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THU DEC 1 Nanaimo Education and Career Fair: 9 am - 3 pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Free admission, see website for details. educationcareerfairs.com Vancouver Canucks: vs Anaheim 7 pm on SN360, KCOP - 13 3rd Annual Hip Hops Toys for Tots 2016: is happening 8:30 pm at The Cambie. You can anonymously donate toys at CHLY 101.7 FM on Lois Lane in downtown Nanaimo, buy advance tickets, or make a donation to a great cause! Performances include SirReal, Loyal'T', Jinx, Seymour Cheddar and more! Visit Hip Hops Toys for Tots Nanaimo BC for more info. $20. FMI facebook.com/ hiphopstoysfortots/ or 250.618.1009 FRI DEC 2 Celebrate a Life Tree: from Dec 2 - Dec 19 Nanaimo Community Hospice invites you to remember a loved one by placing a memory tag on their 'Celebrate a Life' tree in Country Club Centre Court, lighting up a luminary angel. Heart Angels available by donation to take home for your own tree. Proceeds support local Hospice programs. FMI countryclubcentre.com Artisan Craft Market: the 'Jingle Mingle Artisan Craft Market and Annual Pass Sale' takes place at OmTown Yoga Studio from 4 - 8 pm. Local soaps, buttons, clothing, skin care products and more! FMI omtown.ca First Friday Art Night: enjoy unique art and local live music at the Blue

Poppy and Bees Knees Community Cafe the first Fri of each month starting at 5 pm. FMI 250.591.3230 Nanaimo Clippers: cheer on your local Jr. A hockey team as they take on Cowichan Valley 7 pm at Frank Crane Arena. FMI nanaimoclippers.com Family Pool Party Fridays: from 7 - 9 pm at Beban Pool. End the hard work/school week with a party at the pool, every Fri till Dec 9 then every Fri from Jan 6 - Mar 17. FMI nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200 Fundraising Dance: ‘Purple Kush'n’ headlines a fundraiser dance for the Gabriola Island Community Hall. All ages welcome and an alcohol licensed event. Tix $22 Kids $5 Doors open at 7:30 pm. Advance tix @ North Road Sports and The Hive, or at the door. FMI facebook.comevents/ 372202406451983/ DJ Set: 'Average Gypsy' plays The Nanaimo Bar at 9 pm. $6 at the door. Wobble House, G House, Tech House, Nu Disco, Garage. Not to be missed! FMI 250.947.0314 SAT DEC 3 Nanaimo Artwalk: is a self-guided art tour of downtown Nanaimo and the Old City Quarter on Dec 3 and 4, 11 am - 5 pm daily. 40+ artisans. Paintings, beads, jewellery, fibre arts, fused glass and photography. For map and list of artisans see nanaimoartwalk.com. FMI 250.591.4766 Pet Photos with Santa: get a picture of your pet with Santa at Bosley's North Nanaimo from 11 am - 3 pm. All proceeds support life saving com-


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Live Music: the Vancouver Island Symphony presents 'Holiday Spirit' at the Port Theatre at 7:30 pm. Guest artists, singalongs, holiday favourites and a few surprises! FMI porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550 Live Music: Lindsey Martell at the Well Pub 9 pm. No cover. FMI thewellnanaimo.com or 250.758.5513 Jonanco Christmas Craft Sale: 10 - 4 pm at the Jonanco Workshop 2745 White Rapids Road. Unique handcrafted oneof-a-kind items. Great Christmas gifts! Free admission. FMI jonanco.com SUN DEC 4 Jonanco Christmas Craft Sale: 10 - 4 pm at the Jonanco Workshop 2745 White Rapids Road. Unique handcrafted oneof-a-kind items. Great Christmas gifts! Free admission. FMI jonanco.com Introducton to Buddhism through Reading & Reflection: 10:00am, Kathok Centre, 1.5 hr sessions Dec 4 & Dec 18. To register penny@kathokcentre.ca. FMI kathokcentre.ca or 250.586.5882 Silence Retreat: 'Be Still and Know' is a workshop featuring meditation, guided movement, spiritual readings, prayer, and teachings on the art of silence. 10 am - 4 pm at the Bethlehem Retreat Centre. Suggested donation $50. FMI bethlehemcentre.com or 250.754.3254 Nanaimo Artwalk: pls see Dec 3 listing for details Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar: St, Michael’s Ukrainian Parish Hall 11 am - 3:00 pm. For sale: frozen perogies, fresh borscht, homemade baking, jams, Ukrainian novelties and more. Concession selling hot

perogies, borscht, smokies. FMI vesnadancers@ gmail.com Salvation Army Fundraiser: ‘B. Gingerbread Homes’ is an annual Christmas fundraiser. Gingerbread houses will be on display at the Vancouver Island Conference Center throughout December for you to vote on. Hands-on activities such as colouring, cookie decorating and more. By donation. FMI bgallanthomes.com or 250.618.2174 Santa’s Workshop: 12 - 4 pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Lobby weekends till Dec 18. Visit with Santa, enjoy holiday entertainment, crafts and cookies. Parents don't forget your cameras! FMI dnbia.ca Live Music: 'Acapella Plus' performs seasonal favourites at the Beach Club Resort in Parksville at 2:30 pm. Tix $23 advance only: includes snacks. Cash bar. FMI acapellaplus.ca Live Music: the Island Consort Choir is pleased to present 'A Ceremony of Carols' at Brechin United Church 7:30 pm. Program features baroque to contemporary Christmas carols, highlighted by Britten's 'A Ceremony of Carols'. Adult $20, student $5, under 12 years free. FMI 250.729.8910 Live Music: back by popular demand! 'The Lonely - A Tribute to Roy Orbison' takes place at the Port Theatre 7:30 pm. All the classics! FMI porttheatre. com or 250.754.8550 MON DEC 5 Live Dance: Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the timeless holiday classic 'The Nutcracker' at the Port Theatre Dec 5 and 6 at 7:30 pm. FMI porttheatre.com

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or 250.754.8550 Feature Museum Exhibit: Capturing Christmas runs Dec 1 - Jan 6 and features a collection of old cameras and photographs from Christmas’ past in the Harbour City. Museum open Mon - Sat 10 am - 5 pm. $2 adult, $0.75 child. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca or 250. 753.1821 TUE DEC 6 Vancouver Canucks: vs New Jersey 4 pm on MSG+2, SNP. FMI nhl.com Pet Photos with Santa: every Tue and Wed in Dec at Country Club Centre until the 14th, 6 - 7:30 pm. Proceeds from photos to SPCA. FMI countryclubcentre.com Glow in the Dark Skate: skate in an atmosphere of dimmed lighting and special effects! 6:30 - 8 pm at Frank Crane Arena. Fmi nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200 Live Dance: Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents the timeless holiday classic 'The Nutcracker' at the Port Theatre Dec 5 and 6 at 7:30 pm. FMI porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550 WED DEC 7 On-Site Art: is held at Harbourfront Library 12 noon till 3 pm. Artists of any skill level are invited to work in a public space, meet other artists and answer questions from the public. Everyone welcome: no registration or fees. FMI virl.bc.ca or 250.753.1154 Tech Made Easy Learning Circle: excited about your new gadget? Drop by with your tablet, iPad or laptop to learn new skills and share your knowledge with others. Every Wed until Dec 21 at Wellington Branch Library, 4 - 5 pm. FMI: 250.758.5544


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Bring warm clothing in case you have to get out of your car, and if you have a cell phone make sure it is charged Of course, preparing yourself for winter driving is just part of the picture. Your vehicle has to be prepared, too! Make sure you have the proper tires on your car for the conditions you are likely to meet. In most places in BC this means switching to winter tires Have a maintenance check-up on your vehicle so there aren’t any unpleasant or costly midtrip surprises! Be sure to defrost your windows BEFORE pulling out of the driveway. You can’t avoid what you can’t see Finally, keep a winter survival kit in the car where it can be easily reached in an emergency. To see a list of what should be in that emergency kit, or for more ideas on winter driving safety, visit shiftintowinter.ca

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whatsondigest.com // DECEMBER 2016 WED DEC 7 CONT... Give & Go 2016: new location! Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln, 3851 Shenton Road 5 - 7 p.m. The Give & Go helps fill the annual Hamperville Christmas Hamper program, sponsored by the Salvation Army and the Loaves & Fishes food bank. FMI stevemarshallfordnanaimo.com/blog/givego-2016/ or 250.758.7311 Pet Photos with Santa: every Tue and Wed in Dec at Country Club Centre until the 14th, 6 - 7:30 pm. Proceeds from photos to SPCA. FMI countryclubcentre.com Nanaimo Clippers: cheer on your local Jr. A hockey team as they take on Victoria 7 pm at Frank Crane Arena. FMI nanaimoclippers.com or 250.751.0593 Community Carol Festival: 'Acapella Plus' leads the way at the Community Carol Festival at St. Andrew's United Church at 7:30 pm. FMI acapellaplus.ca

THU DEC 8 Christmas Wooden Toy and Craft Sale: 9 am at Country Club Mall. Annual sale of locally made toys and crafts to support local Scout Camp and Scouting activities. FMI 250.758.0975 iPads Made Easy: trouble using your new iPad? Bring it along to Harbourfront Library and get some free help 2:30 3:30 pm. FMI virl.bc.ca or 250.753.1154 Vancouver Canucks: vs Tampa Bay 4:30 pm on SUN, SNV. FMI nhl.com Christmas Comedy: the award-winning British comedy duo James & Jamesy celebrate the holiday season with the outrageously witty theatrical escapade ‘O Christmas Tea’ at the Port Theatre Dec 8 & 9 at 7:30 pm at The Port Theatre. FMI porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550 Home Style Workshop: uncover your personal style and create a mood board to take home. Free, materials supplied. Har-

bourfront Library 5:30 pm. FMI 250.816.8521 FRI DEC 9 Christmas Wooden Toy and Craft Sale: 9:30 am at Country Club Mall. Annual sale of locally made toys and crafts to support local Scout Camp and Scouting activities. FMI 250.758.0975 Golden Gamers: join others 55+ in your community for a new board game each month at Harbourfront Library! 11 am - 12:30 pm. FMI virl.bc.ca 250.753.1154 ext 238 Nanaimo Clippers: cheer on your local Jr. A hockey team as they take on Wanatchee 7 pm at Frank Crane Arena. FMI nanaimoclippers.com or 250.751.0593 Live Music: ‘Acapella Plus’ perform as guests of the Tidesmen Chorus at Nanaimo's Ecumenical Centre 7 pm. See website for tix/info acapellaplus.ca Christmas Comedy: pls see Dec 8 listing for details

Singing Christmas Tree: Generations Church is proud to present the 24th Annual 'Singing Christmas Tree' choral performance , drama presentation and light show. Being held at the Church Dec 9 - 11 and Dec 16 - 18, the 'Singing Christmas Tree' promises to warm the hearts of all who see it. Afternoon and evening showings. Free, but tickets are required and donations are welcome. Tickets available online at eventbrite. ca/e/the-singing-Christmas-tree, at Generations Church, at The Buzz Coffee House and at the Christian Bookstore. Live Music: the 'Camerata Singers' present 'Hang the Holly', a concert of festive musical gems followed by a reception, at St. Andrew's United Church at 7:30 pm. $15/door, kids 12 and under free. FMI nanaimosings.com SAT DEC 10 Christmas Wooden Toy and Craft Sale: 9:30 am at Country Club Mall. Annual sale of locally made

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learn that the command word is the repeat of the command, not the word itself. If you repeat your command, you will get increasingly annoyed that your dog isn’t listening. Now, instead of teaching a dog to decrease anxiety, we are teaching them that sitting is what we do when our friend is angry. Say “sit” once, then help your dog into the correct position. Tell them what a good dog they are. Allow them to get up, or take a couple of steps backwards so that they stand up. Then say “sit” again and help them into position. Repeat this ten times two to three times a day. Only ever give the command once. One command, correct, repeat. Don’t lose patience, or try to rush them into the next step. They need to sit the first time, every time. Then you’re ready to move on. For some dogs, especially those familiar with the “sit…sit… SIT...SIT!!!” command, this can take a couple of weeks, don’t rush it. Once your dog has the “sit” command down, start asking them to “sit” for everything that you would ask a child to say “please” for: I want my supper(“sit”), I want my ears scratched (“sit”), I want onto the bed (“sit”), I want onto the couch (“sit”), I need to go pee (“sit”), I want my leash on so we can go (“sit), etc. They do NOT get what they want unless they “sit”. Be patient. “Sit” and waiting patiently is really hard. Especially if it’s something you might not live the next five minutes if you don’t get right now (For Lucy, this is getting her supper and getting her leash on). Calmly wait until your command is complied with. If you find one thing is particularly hard for your dog, repeat the action ten times two to three times a day until they realize it’s just one more thing they do in the day. Our goal is to allow your dog to make the connection between “sit” and I-get-what-I-want. Dogs are really smart, and most of the time they learn how to get what they want. A lot of the time, that isn’t the way we want them to ask for things. Using this technique, you are teaching them a way to ask politely. The side effect of this technique is teaching your dog that when they are calm, they get good things. I sit calmly, I get supper. I sit calmly, I get a pet. I sit calmly, I get a treat. Some dogs start translating this to other situations “If I am calm, good things happen”. If I am calm, I can go with my friend. If I am calm, I can stay out when company is over. If I am calm, my friend is happy with me. Most however, need a bit more direction to get to that point.


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The Nanaimo Theatre Group is proud to present the pantomime ‘Aladdin and the Pirates’ at the Bailey Studio over the holidays. Brian Luff’s new version of Aladdin features an evil pirate captain, a loveable dame, a couple of genies and a penguin of unusual size! Packed with funny gags and clever word play this pantomime promises to be fun for the whole family.

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Nanaimo’s Largest Christmas Luncheon! If it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around your place, just imagine what it looks like at the Chamber of Commerce where they’re planning lunch for 400 plus on Wednesday, December 7. People gather around 11 am and network to live background holiday jazz. The buffet – built around a delicious turkey dinner -- is a headliner and the dessert buffet is a close runner up. Network around the buffet, lunch and dessert tables, a fast and furious live auction, shop and network at the silent auction. Door & raffle prizes are also featured. Everyone’s welcome, same price for Chamber member or not. Tickets available at the Chamber 250-756-1191 ext. 2 or by emailing renee@ nanaimochamber.bc.ca


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SAT DEC10 CONT... toys and crafts to support local Scout Camp and Scouting activities. FMI 250.758.0975 Nanoose Bay Christmas Crawl Studio Tour: 10 am - 4 pm Dec 10 & 11. Meet the artists and shop for original, local works of art on this self-guided tour of Nanoose Bay Studio Tour artists & artisans. Downloadable map nanoosebaystudiotour.com Homemade for the Holidays CRAFT MARKET: Nanaimo District Secondary School 10 am - 4 pm. Donations at the door ($2 suggested) Proceeds go to Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation to support

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- 4 pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Lobby weekends till Dec 18. Visit with Santa, enjoy holiday entertainment, crafts and cookies. Parents don't forget your cameras! FMI dnbia.ca Downtown Christmas Trolley: Saturdays from Dec 3 - Dec 17 from 12 - 4 pm. Stops are at 101 Museum Way and Wesley St in the Old City Quarter. FMI dnbia.ca Vancouver Canucks: vs Florida 4 pm on HNIC, FSF. FMI nhl.com Travelling Squares Christmas Dance: at Wellington Hall. There will be a plus workshop at 7:30 pm followed by a West Coast/Mainstream dance at 8 pm. $6 per person. FMI travellingsquares.squaredance. bc.ca or 250.758.7264 Live Music: ‘Electric Koolaid’ 9 pm at the Well Pub, no cover. FMI 250.758.5513 Singing Christmas Tree: pls see Dec 9 listing for details SUN DEC 11 Nanoose Bay Christmas Crawl Studio Tour: 10 am - 4 pm Dec 10 & 11. Meet the artists and shop for original, local works of art on this self-guided tour of Nanoose Bay Studio Tour artists & artisans. Downloadable map nanoosebaystudiotour.com Vancouver Canucks: vs Washington 2 pm on SN360, CSN-DC. FMI nhl. com Live Dance: Brigadoon Dance Academy presents 'Twas the Night Before Christmas in Scotland' 2:30 pm at the Port Theatre. An annual family favourite! FMI porttheatre. com or 250.754.8550 Singing Christmas Tree: pls see Dec 9 listing for details Live Music: Malaspina Choir and the Cowichan Consort Orchestra present 'Sing Along Messiah'

at St. Andrew's United Church at 2:30 pm. Tix $20 adults, under 25 $10, under 12 free. Tix through the Port Theatre MON DEC 12 Nanaimo Toy Drive: Country Club Centre is proud to support the Nanaimo Toy Drive. Please consider dropping a new unwrapped toy for a child, youth or teen at the Christmas tree in Centre Court. FMI countryclubcentre.com Feature Museum Exhibit: Capturing Christmas runs Dec 1 - Jan 6 and features a collection of old cameras and photographs from Christmas’ past in the Harbour City. Museum open Mon - Sat from 10 am - 5 pm. $2 adult, $0.75 child. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca or 250. 753.1821 Live Music: the 'Sinclair Singers' present 'Winter Light', a selection of seasonal music, at Brechin United Church at 7:30 pm. Tix are $15 adults, students $5, cash only at the door. FMI nanaimosings.com TUE DEC 13 Vancouver Canucks: vs Carolina 4 pm on FS-CR, SNP. FMI nhl.com Pet Photos with Santa: every Tue and Wed in Dec until the 14th at Country Club Centre, 6 - 7:30 pm. Proceeds to SPCA. FMI countryclubcentre.com Nanaimo Newcomers Club: is a free social and educational gathering for women new to Nanaimo! Learn about local resources and make new friends. Group meets second Tue of each month at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 7 pm. FMI nanaimonewcomersclub.org WED DEC 14 Bastion City Nanaimo Probus: this social, educational and networking group for retirees of all ages meets the second


whatsondigest.com // DECEMBER 2016 WED DEC 14 CONT... Wed of each month from Sep - Jun at Beban Park Activity Centre 10 am - 12 noon. FMI bastioncityprobusclub.org Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular: mark your calendars! The 10th Annual 'Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular' takes place at the Port Theatre Dec 14 - 18 with afternoon and evening performances. This dancing and singing extravaganza will feature new broadway hits, classical songs, Christmas favourites and a host of musical tributes. FMI porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550 THU DEC 15 Feature Museum Exhibit: Capturing Christmas runs Dec 1 - Jan 6 and features a collection of old cameras and photographs from Christmas’ past in the Harbour City. Museum open Mon - Sat from 10 am - 5 pm. $2 adult, $0.75 child. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca or 250. 753.1821 Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular: pls see Dec 14 listing for details FRI DEC 16 Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular: pls see Dec 14 listing for details Vancouver Canucks: vs Tampa Bay 7 pm on SNP, SUN. FMI nhl.com Singing Christmas Tree: Generations Church is proud to present the 24th Annual 'Singing Christmas Tree' choral performance , drama presentation and light show. Being held at the Church Dec 9 - 11 and Dec 16 - 18, the 'Singing Christmas Tree' promises to warm the hearts of all who see it. Afternoon and evening showings. Free, but tickets are required and donations are welcome. Tickets available

online at eventbrite. ca/e/the-singing-Christmas-tree, at Generations Church, at The Buzz Coffee House and at the Christian Bookstore. SAT DEC 17 Santa’s Workshop: 12 - 4 pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Lobby weekends till Dec 18. Visit with Santa, enjoy holiday entertainment, crafts and cookies. Parents don't forget your cameras! FMI dnbia.ca Downtown Christmas Trolley: Saturdays from Dec 3 - Dec 17 from 12 - 4 pm. Stops are at 101 Museum Way and Wesley St in the Old City Quarter. FMI dnbia.ca Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular: mark your calendars! The 10th Annual 'Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular' takes place at the Port Theatre Dec 14 - 18 with afternoon and evening performances. This dancing and singing extravaganza will feature new broadway hits, classical songs, Christmas favourites and a host of musical tributes. FMI porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550 Starlight Skate: enjoy a skate under soft light 'stars' at the Nanaimo Ice Centre 7 - 9 pm. Regular admission rates. FMI nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200 Christmas Pantomime: the Nanaimo Theatre Group is pleased to present 'Aladdin and the Pirates' as their annual holiday pantomime. Showing at the Bailey Studio Dec 17 - 19 and Dec 26 - 31, there are evening and matinee shows available. Fun for the whole family! $16/ticket. FMI nanaimotheatregroup. ca or 250.758.7224 Live Music: ‘Big Bang Baby’ at the Well Pub 9 pm, no cover. FMI

thewellnanaimo.com or 250.758.5513 Singing Christmas Tree: pls see Dec 16 listing for details SUN DEC 18 Introducton to Buddhism through Reading & Reflection: 10 am, Kathok Centre, 1.5 hr sessions Dec 4 & Dec 18. To register penny@kathokcentre.ca. FMI kathokcentre.ca or 250.586.5882 Salvation Army Fundraiser: gingerbread houses will be on display at the Vancouver Island Conference Center throughout December for you to vote on. Hands-on activities such as colour-

ing, cookie decorating and more. By donation. FMI bgallanthomes.com or 250.618.2174 Santa’s Workshop: last day! 12 - 4 pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Visit with Santa, enjoy holiday entertainment, crafts, and cookies. Parents don't forget your cameras! FMI dnbia.ca Vancouver Canucks: vs Colorado 1 pm on SNP, FSO. FMI nhl.com Dunk with Santa: swim with Santa or try to dunk him in the dunk tank! 1 - 3 pm at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. FMI nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200

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The Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular celebrates 10 years with an island expansion! PRODUCER, DIRECTOR AND CREATOR, KATY BOWEN-ROBERTS,

is thrilled to be celebrating the 10th annual show with a Vancouver Island expansion to now include Nanaimo, Victoria and Courtenay. Ten years ago, in a quaint little area on Vancouver Island, well known for the cozy Crow & Gate Pub, the Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular was born. In the spring of 2007, Katy returned from her singing career in Europe to her family home in Ladysmith. She brought with her a dream. This dream has grown over the past 10 years into a show that is unique and has become a special holiday tradition for over nine thousand people across Vancouver Island. Katy busies herself year round with her work on this production. “In February, I had a wonderful time revisiting past shows as well as researching new music for our 10th anniversary show,” says Katy. “It’s full of surprises and as well we are excited to be bringing back a few of our favorites from past years. I am always astounded at how much wonderful music there is to choose from.” Katy is thrilled to be working with James Mark, her old Pauline Haarer Elementary school friend again for the 10th season. James’ skills, talent and positive personality have made this a truly wonderful experience for Katy and her family. “It has been an honor working with him”, she says. The 10th annual


production is well underway. This year's singing and dancing extravaganza will include new Broadway hits, classical songs and Christmas favourites, as well as musical tributes to Johnny Cash, June Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and the Village People. As part of the tenth anniversary show Elvis will once again grace the stage and the sights and sounds of Abba will be back by popular demand. There will be songs from the old classic White Christmas as well as a stunning arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Halleluiah. The creative team which includes Katy, James (Music Arranger & Director) and Lindsay Sterk (Choreographer) were overwhelmed by the turnout at this year’s auditions. Over 100 talented singers and dancers auditioned for the show and this year’s cast have been carefully selected. Costumes have arrived from around the world. Sequins, top hats, gowns, feathers, boas, jumpsuits and character garments have taken over the costume room. Katy has pieced together each of the 14 colorful scenes. “One of the most exciting aspects of this show is the variety of costumes which our singers and dancers will quickly change into to transform from scene to scene” she says. “I love how each new look, represents a completely new style and era of music. It makes the show sensational”. Tickets are on sale at the Port Box office (250.754.8550) for 7 shows from Dec 14 – 18 and they are selling quickly. There are also 3 performances at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay and 3 performances at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria. For more information, visit www.yellowpointchristmasspectacular. ca. It’s quickly becoming a tradition for audiences across Vancouver Island. A favorite among bus tour groups, staff parties, family and friend reunions, and festive celebrations. Book now so you don’t miss this exciting event!

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EVERY WEEK DAILY Feature Museum Exhibit: Capturing Christmas runs Dec 1 - Jan 6 and features a collection of old cameras and photographs from Christmas’ past in the Harbour City. Museum open Mon - Sat from 10 am - 5 pm. $2 adult, $0.75 child. FMI nanaimomuseum. ca or 250. 753.1821 Santa’s Workshop: open every Sat and Sun until Dec 18 in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Lobby. Hours are 12 noon till 4 pm. Visit with Santa, eat some cookies, enjoy live entertainment and decorate gingerbread houses. Free. Parents remember your cameras! Festival of Lights: throughout the month of Dec until Jan 10, 2017 Ladysmith is lit up with the twinkle of thousands of Christmas lights. Bring your family by and enjoy the magic! Milner Christmas Magic: a family-oriented festival of lights and music at Milner Gardens north of Nanaimo! Christmas Magic runs Dec 2 - 4, 9 - 11, 16 - 21 from 5:00 - 8:30 pm. Suggested donation $5 adult, $2.50 child. FMI viu.ca/milnergardens or 250.752.6153 Christmas Trolley: Barney and Fred are back! Hop on the horse-drawn trolley and let it take you around downtown Nanaimo and the Old City Quarter as you finish your Christmas shopping. Stops at 101 Museum Way and on Wesley Street. Trolley runs Saturdays from Dec 3 - 17. Donations and carrots/apples welcome. Trolley hours are 12 noon - 4 pm EVERY MON Live Music: at the Queens FMI 250.754.6751

Beer Pong: at the Cambie 10 pm - 1 am. FMI 250.754.5323 DJ Reggae Night: 1st Monday of the month at the Cambie, 10 am - 1 pm. No cover. FMI 250.754.5323 EVERY TUES Live Music: The Landlubber 2220 Bowen Rd. Blues Jam hosted by Doug Thring and Jim Lewis 7 pm. FMI 250.758.9400 Karaoke Night: at the Cambie, 10 pm - 1 am. FMI 250.754.5323 Tues Night Movies: at Harbourfront Library 5:30 - 8 pm. Free! FMI 250.753.1154 Tech Tuesdays: drop by the Nanaimo North Branch of the VIRL 3:30 - 4:30 pm for free eBook and/or computer help FMI 250.933.2665 Tech Tuesdays: at Harbourfront Library 2:30 - 4 pm. Get help with any technologyrelated problems you have: bring your iPad, tablet ebook reader, laptop and get oneon-one help. Drop-in, free. FMI 250.753.1154 English Conversation Club: 10:30 - 11:30 am at Nanaimo North Library. FMI 250.933.2665 EVERY WED Connections Group for Seniors/Elders: helps seniors access support and provides forum for knowledge related to overall wellness/ interests. Meets every Wed at Nanaimo Family Life Association 12:30 - 2 pm. FMI Mia Goodall at m_goodall@ nflabc.org On Site Art: is all about painting in community spaces. Public welcome to watch and ask questions. Artists of any skill level welcome! Harbourfront Library 12 noon - 3 pm. FMI 250.753.1154

Open Mic Night: at the Vault Cafe, downtown Nanaimo. Always packed, lots of performers! FMI 778.441.2950 Tiny Tots Playgroup: this free weekly drop-in takes place at Country Club Centre 10 - 11 am. Stories, crafts and songs with ECE certified caregivers from PacificCare. For little ones 0 - 5 years and their caregivers. No group in Dec, Jul and Aug. FMI countryclubcentre.com Live Music: keyboardist Marty Steele provides the ambience at New York Style Pizza and Pasta downtown from 5 - 7 pm. No cover. FMI 250.754.0111 Open Mic Night: at the Cambie 10 pm - 1 am. FMI 50.754.5323 Beading Circle: Nanaimo Harbourfront hosts a gathering of bead art crafters 6 - 7:30 pm. Free! FMI 250.753.1154 Live Dance Music: 5 nights a week at MGM Restaurant, Wed thru Sun starting at 5 pm. FMI 250.753.3535 Preschool Storytime: 10:30 11 am Nanaimo North Library. Free. FMI 250.933.2665 EVERY THU Thursday Special Event: live music 1:30 - 3 pm at Bowen Complex Auditorium. Hosted by Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors. Members $2, Non-Members $4. FMI 250.755.7501 Open Mic Night: spoken word/music at Serious Coffee on Commercial (downtown) 6:30 - 9 pm. Songwriters draw for studio time. FMI Guy at 250.618.2924 Live Music: live acoustic music starting at 8 pm every Thu at Longwood Brew Pub. FMI

250.729.8225 Local DJs: live and local at the Cambie Pub! 10 pm - 1 am. FMI 50.754.5323 Live Dance Music: 5 nights a week at MGM Restaurant, Wed thru Sun starting at 5 pm. FMI 250.753.3535 Family Storytime: 10:30 - 11:15 am at Harbourfront Library. Drop-in, free. FMI 250.753.1154 Teen Creativity Commons Drop-in: teens can drop by Harbourfront Library 3 - 5 pm and enjoy video games, a huge tv, video cameras, Raspberry Pis and more! FMI 250.753.1154 Spanish Conversation Club: 10:30 am - 12 noon at Nanaimo North Library. Led by experienced instructor. Free, everyone welcome! FMI 250.933.2665 Baby Rhyme Time: 10:30 - 11 am at Nanaimo North Library. Free. FMI 250.933.2665 EVERY FRI Live Music: enjoy amazing live

shows from great local musicians at Simon Holt Restaurant! See their calendar at simonholt.ca/events for upcoming acts. FMI/table reservations 250.933.3338 Live Music: The Queen’s 250.754.6751 Live Dance Music: 5 nights a week at MGM Restaurant, Wed thru Sun starting at 5 pm. FMI 250.753.3535 Live Music: at New York Style Pizza and Pasta downtown from 6 - 8 pm. No cover. FMI 250.754.0111 Live Music: every Fri and Sat at the Cambie Pub, 10 pm - 1 am. Everything from death metal to bluegrass punk to experimental funk - the Cambie has it all! FMI 50.754.5323 Nanaimo Flea Market: 12 - 6 pm at Wellington Hall, 3922 Corunna. Jewellery, antiques,


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250.754.6751 Live Music: at the Well Pub starting at 9 pm. FMI thewellnanaimo.com Live Music: keyboardist Marty Steele provides the ambience at New York Style Pizza and Pasta downtown from 6 - 8 pm. No cover. FMI 250.754.0111 Teen Rock Climbing: from 4 - 6 pm every Sat the Romper Room Indoor Climbing Gym is open to youth 13 - 18 for a night of music and rock climbing. No experience necessary, $15 + GST. Reserve your spot at 250.751.7625 Live Music: every Fri and Sat at the Cambie Pub, 10 pm - 1 am. Everything from death metal to bluegrass punk to experimental funk - the Cambie has it all! FMI 50.754.5323 Little Rockers Kids Club: this is an opportunity for kids 6 12 years to have fun and learn new skills from the enthusiastic staff at Romper Room Climbing Gym! 12 noon till 2 pm. $15. No drop-ins please, call ahead to register. 250.751.ROCK

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cover, jammers free. Different host bands each week. FMI 250.754.6751 Live Dance Music: 5 nights a week at MGM Restaurant, Wed thru Sun starting at 5 pm. FMI 250.753.3535 Glow Bowling: at Brechin Lanes every Sun from 4 - 7 pm. FMI 250.753.2341 Lions Free Skate: held every Sunday at Frank Crane Arena till Mar 26, 12 noon - 1:30 pm. On Clipper game day Jan 8, held 10:45 am - 12:30 pm. FMI 250.756.5200

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DON’T MISS THE ‘HARBOUR CITY SENIORS’ CHOIR at the Bowen Complex Auditorium Dec 8 from 1:30 - 3 pm. Doors at 12:45 pm, admission is $2/members, $4/non -members. Everyone is welcome. THE BRITISH CLUB IS PRESENTING A SPECIAL ‘CHRISTMAS SHOW’ at the Bowen Complex Auditorium Dec 15 from 1 - 3 pm. Non-stop live entertainment and song featuring 16 performers. Doors 12:45 pm. Tix $6 at the door and includes show, tea and coffee, sandwiches and cake. Not to be missed! FEEL LIKE KICKING UP YOUR HEELS BUT NOT BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL? Then head to MGM Restaurant and enjoy their new dance floor! Live music happens 5 days a week Wednesday through Sunday at 5 pm (4:30 pm Sundays). Enjoy the likes of ‘Ries Vink’ on accordion, keyboardist ‘Marty Steele’ or ‘Dan and the Seniors’. No cover except for special events like December 10 which is ‘Fifties Night’ featuring the ‘Doctors of Rock ‘n Roll’. Music runs 8 pm - midnight, tix $5. For more information visit mgmrestaurant.com or call 250.753.3535

THE PORT THEATRE WELCOMES CANADA’S ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET Dec 5 and 6 at 7:30 pm for two performances of the Christmas Classic ‘Nutcracker’. Featuring endearing Canadian scenes such as a snowy pond hockey game, this year’s production will be even more heart-warming with the addition of twelve furry polar bears! Don’t miss the adventure of this charming holiday favourite. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE ‘YELLOWPOINT CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR’. Coming to the Port Theatre Dec 14 - 18, this dancing and singing extravaganza has become an annual holiday tradition for many. So too has the ‘Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow’ which comes to the Port on Dec 20. Enjoy holiday favourites from Bing to Bocelli (with a little Fa la la la la thrown in for good measure!). For more information visit porttheatre. com or call 250.754.8550.

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We have a Christmas wish to raise $500,000 to buy essential medical equipment, including one of two new CT Scanners for NRGH. Until this year NRGH had the two oldest CT Scanners on the Island. New, state-of-the-art technology now available greatly reduces the radiation exposure rate and the CT Scanner is preferred for trauma cases, emergency cases, and critically ill patients needing continuous monitoring. This equipment is vital to the Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department.

We invite you to Light the Trees this Christmastime. Feel the joy of generosity, and the glow of gratitude for accessible healthcare here at home. Our Hospital deserves the best medical equipment possible. Help Light the Trees with your gift. If you have any questions please call 250-755-7690 or toll-free from the Oceanside 250-947-8212 or simply visit www. nanaimohospitalfoundation.com to make a secure online donation. From our hearts to your home Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; thank you for making our wish come true!

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‘Tis the season of gratitude, generosity, and joy! The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is delighted to announce it’s firstever Christmas Campaign and it is happening right now! I am humming holiday carols as I write. You have likely received special mail inviting you to help put lifesaving equipment into the hands of medical professionals on Central Island. To honour your generosity the Hospital Foundation will Light the Trees at the entrance of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) during the month of December; one tree at a time. If we reach our goal we will illuminate every entranceway tree on Christmas Eve. Imagine the joy those facing health challenges will feel when they share a precious memory with family, as the holiday spirit reaches them in Hospital. Your donation will not only Light the Trees, it will help fund lifesaving equipment for NRGH.


whatsondigest.com // DECEMBER 2016 SUN DEC 18 CONT... Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular: pls see Dec 17 listing for details Christmas Pantomime: pls see Dec 17 listing for details Singing Christmas Tree: pls see Dec 16 listing for details MON DEC 19 Christmas Pantomime: the Nanaimo Theatre Group is pleased to present 'Aladdin and the Pirates' as their annual holiday pantomime! Showing at the Bailey Studio Dec 17 - 19 and Dec 26 - 31, there are evening and matinee shows available. Fun for the whole family! $16/ticket. FMI nanaimotheatregroup.

ca or 250.758.7224 TUE DEC 20 Vancouver Canucks: vs Winnipeg 7 pm on SNP, TSN3. FMI nhl.com Live Music: The '2nd Annual Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow' comes to the Port Theatre at 7:30 pm. Ken will sing Christmas favourites from Bing to Bocelli in this nostalgic and enchanting musical tour through the 1940s and the golden age of radio to the present. $38 adult, $18 students. FMI porttheatre.com or 250.754.8550 WED DEC 21 Tech Made Easy Learning Circle: excited about your new gadget? Drop by with your tablet, iPad or laptop to learn new

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skills and share your knowledge with others. Every Wed until Dec 21 at Wellington Branch Library, 4 - 5 pm. FMI: 250.758.5544 Skate with Santa: 6:30 - 8 pm at Frank Crane Arena! FMI nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200 THU DEC 22 Skate with Santa: 6:15 - 7:45 pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre! FMI nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200 Vancouver Canucks: vs Winnipeg 7 pm on SNV, TSN3. FMI nhl.com Live Music: 'Caleb Hart', the lead singer of roots reggae band 'Tasman Jude', celebrates his Solo Acoustic EP Release Party at The Nanaimo Bar on

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Front St at 9 pm. $6 at the door. FMI 250.947.0314 FRI DEC 23 Feature Museum Exhibit: Capturing Christmas runs Dec 1 - Jan 6 and features a collection of old cameras and photographs from Christmas’ past in the Harbour City. Museum open Mon - Sat from 10 am - 5 pm. $2 adult, $0.75 child. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca or 250. 753.1821 Vancouver Canucks: vs Calgary 6 pm on SNW, SNP. FMI nhl.com SAT DEC 24 Feature Museum Exhibit: Capturing Christmas runs Dec 1 - Jan 6 and features a collection of old cameras and photographs from Christmas’


UKRAINIAN Christmas Bazaar Nanaimo is invited to get into the festive spirit at the annual Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar! Being held at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Parish Hall on December 4 from 11 am - 3 pm, the Bazaar features for sale: fresh borscht, frozen perogies, homemade baking, jams, relish, pickles and cabbage rolls (made and sold by Sandy’s Kitchen). There will also be Ukrainian novelties for sale, and raffle tickets for $1/each to win dozens of frozen perogies. Visitors are invited to warm up with the on-site concession which will be selling fresh borscht, smokies, perogies and other delicious delights!

Admission is free. For more information please call Leanne Pacholok at 250.619.1616 MON DEC 24 CONT... past in the Harbour City. Museum open Mon - Sat from 10 am - 5 pm. $2 adult, $0.75 child. FMI nanaimomuseum.ca or 250. 753.1821 SUN DEC 25 Christmas Day MON DEC 26 Winter Wonderland: a family-favourite! The ice at Frank Crane Arena is transformed into a 'fantasy theme' with Christmas lights and decor. 'Loonie' skate session: all skate and helmet rentals free. Everyone welcome. Hours: Dec 26 from 11:45 am - 3 pm. FMI nanaimo. ca or 250.756.5200 Christmas Pantomime: the Nanaimo Theatre Group is pleased to present 'Aladdin and the Pirates' as their annual holiday pantomime. Showing at the Bailey Studio Dec 17 - 19 and Dec 26 - 31, there are evening and matinee shows available. Fun for the whole family! $16/ticket. FMI nanaimotheatregroup. ca or 250.758.7224 TUE DEC 27 Winter Break Programs: Nanaimo Parks

and Rec offers a range of winter break programs including RecSkate, RecHockey, Soccer, Tennis, Ski & Snowboard, Climbing and 'Frosty Frolic' (games and crafts). See website or call for details. FMI nanaimo.ca or 250.756.5200 Winter Wonderland: pls see Dec 26 listing for details Christmas Pantomime: pls see Dec 26 listing for details WED DEC 28 Winter Break Programs: pls see Dec 27 listing for details Winter Wonderland: pls see Dec 27 listing for details Vancouver Canucks: vs Los Angeles 7 pm on SN, FS-W. FMI nhl.com Christmas Pantomime: the Nanaimo Theatre Group is pleased to present 'Aladdin and the Pirates' as their annual holiday pantomime. Showing at the Bailey Studio Dec 17 - 19 and Dec 26 - 31, there are evening and matinee shows available. Fun for the whole family! $16/ticket. FMI nanaimotheatregroup. ca or 250.758.7224

THU DEC 29 Winter Break Programs: Winter Break Programs: pls see Dec 27listing for details Winter Wonderland: pls see Dec 26 listing for details Christmas Pantomime: pls see Dec 28 listing for details FRI DEC 30 Winter Break Programs: pls see Dec 27listing for details Vancouver Canucks: vs Anaheim 7 pm on SNP, FSW. FMI nhl.com Christmas Pantomime: pls see Dec 28 listing for details Winter Wonderland: pls see Dec 29 listing for details

SAT DEC 31 Finale Family New Year’s Eve Party: a fun way for the whole family to ring out the old year and welcome the new! 5 - 10 pm at Beban Park. Skating, swimming, live music and entertainment, crafts, food and fun! Call for tickets 250.756.5200 Vancouver Canucks: vs Edmonton 7 pm on HNIC. FMI nhl.com Christmas Pantomime: a special 9 pm showing of the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s annual holiday pantomime 'Aladdin and the Pirates' at the Bailey Studio: fun for the whole family! FMI nanaimotheatregroup.ca or 250.758.7224

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GO AHEAD, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO, ENJOY SOME SEASONAL GOODIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. Elizabeth’s Lingerie has your active wear and sports bras for afterwards when it’s time to hit the treadmill. Or in the grey days of winter curl up in a comfortable no wire lounging bra like a ‘Coobie’ or for the curvy ladies the Stanfields ‘Elita’ (new) that goes to 46 band size. House too chilly? We have loungers, nighties and robes to warm you up and keep you cozy. And remember when everything seems grey colourful lingerie is always in vogue.

Outstanding design. Unsurpassed fit.

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A R B U T U S D I S T I L L E RY & LOUNGE 1890 Boxwood Rd, Nanaimo, 250-714-0027

R E TA I L S TO R E

Vodka, Gin, Absinthe & More. Bottle Sales & Premium Mixers. Tuesday to Saturday 11AM-6PM arbutus-distillery.com

COCKTAIL LOUNGE

Classic and Innovative Cocktails, Event hosting. Thursday to Saturday 5PM-11PM arbutuslounge.com


LIVE MUSIC by THE QUEENS

NANAIMO BAR

CORNER LOUNGE

FRI DEC 2

DEC 1

FRI DEC 2

Toy Zebra

Dana Pearson

DJ Blissrider

SAT DEC 3

DEC 8

SAT DEC 3

Suns of Guns

Boodaboom

FRI DEC 9

DEC 9

Vinyl Edge

DJ ALLGOOD

SAT DEC 10

SAT DEC 10

DEC 15

Toy Zebra

MacDuck and Father Murray

Vinyl Edge

Camille Miller

FRI DEC 16

FRI DEC 16

DEC 16

Canada Country Christmas

Ken and Deb Ermter

Aaron Wood

w/ Sue Medley & Sean Hogan SAT DEC 17

Johnny Inappropriate TUE DEC 20

Camille Miller FRI DEC 23

Jim Byrnes FRI DEC 30

Korkscrew SAT DEC 31

DEC 22

Caleb Hart from Tasman Jude

SAT DEC 17

Big Bang Baby THE PORT THEATRE DEC 4

DEC 30 DEC 31

FRI DEC 2

The Bratz SAT DEC 10

Big Twang Theory SAT DEC 17

Loose Change LANDLUBBER Bluesy Tuesday 7-10 PM SATURDAYS

The Ken Lavigne Christmas Musical Roadshow

Trivia Answers

TUESDAYS

DEC 14

DEC 20

DJ Blissrider

DJ ALLGOOD

The Lonely a tribute to Roy Orbison Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular

SAT DEC 17

Diemonds + Pigeon Park and Wise Youngblood

DEC 29

CRANBERRY ARMS

Electric Koolaid

FRI DEC 16

Illvis Freshly with Bousada and Caleb Hart

Mar Wills

THE WELLINGTON

SAT DEC 10

THE CAMBIE

DEC 23

Tristan Clarke

SAT DEC 3

DEC 3

Jenny Banai and Kuri

Richard Nott and Robie

Femme Fatales

Lindsey Martel

SAT DEC 17

WHITE SAILS BREW PUB

1 Mickey Rooney

Music Poker 8-12PM

2 Dolly Parton

HAREWOOD LEGION

3 Casino Royal

DEC 18

David James and BIG RIVER a tribute to Johnny Cash

4 Five 5 Plymouth


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Winter Warmers

Nestled within Arbutus Distillery lies a surprising new addition: an in-house cocktail lounge. Offering a range of cocktails, from elegant classics through to innovative signature drinks, the Arbutus Lounge is a hidden gem. On the right night sit at the observation bar and watch the stills bubbling away; while sipping a cocktail made with the spirits being

created in front of your eyes. With the onset of winter be sure to drop by and enjoy the warm and cozy atmosphere alongside the newly launched seasonal menu including drinks made from once-a-year Mulled Brandy Liqueur release.

Visit us and warm yourself by the open fireplace while you enjoy the best of locally made spirits and elegant snacks. Open Thursday through Saturday from 5PM11PM. Also a great venue for booking holiday parties.

www.arbutuslounge.com

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LOCAL DINING Breakfast

Tania’s Restaurant 4286 Departure Bay Rd 250.756.4405

Family Dining

Montana’s BBQ & Bar 4715 Rutherford Rd 250.758.2388

Café / Lunch Spot

Nellie’s Dutch Deli #500-2980 Island hwy 250.729.7044

BREAKFAST Tania’s Restaurant 4286 Departure Bay Rd 250.756.4405

CAFÉ /LUNCH SPOT Powerhouse Living Foods 6560 Metral Dr 250.933.3733

SimonHolt Food, Drink, Live Music 6582 Applecross Road 250­.933.­3338

White Spot Terminal 130 Terminal Ave N 250.754.2241

Landlubber Pub 2220 Bowen Road 250.­758­.9400

Serious Coffee Vancouver Island Conf. Centre 60 Commercial St, 250.591.1065

Nori Japanese Restaurant 203-6750 Isl,. Hwy. N, 250.751.3377

Serious Coffee South Parkway 1275 Island Hwy South

PIZZA

Powerhouse Living Foods 200 Commercial St 250.591.7873

Little Ceasars 3 – 1708 Bowen Rd, 250.716.3310

Nellie’s Dutch Deli #500-2980 Island Hwy, 250.729.7044

Little Ceasars 2 – 6338 Metral Dr, 250.390.9000

Bodhis Bakery 5299 Rutherford Rd, 250.585.6015

Milano’s Ristorante 300-6551 Aulds Rd, 250.390.5060

Perkins Coffee Co. 234 Commercial St.250.753.2582

NORTH AMERICA

Mon Petit Choux 101-120 Commercial, 250.753.6002 Smokin’ Georges BBQ 5 – 4131 Mostar Rd, 250.585.2258

The Firehouse Grill 7 Victoria Rd 250.716.0323

White Spot North 6561 Island Hwy. 250.390.2941

Pizza

New York Pizza & Pasta Downtown 299 Wallace St.250-754-0111

North America

Dairy Queen & Orange Julius 6888 Island Hwy N, 250.390.1595 Lees Famous Recipe Chicken 250 Fifth St, 250.754.4424

Blue Ginger 1-5769 Turner, 250.751.8238

DOWNTOWN NANIMO Powerhouse Living Foods 200 Commercial St 250.591.7873 Modern Cafe 221 Commercial, 250.754.5022 Minnoz Steak & Seafood Coast Bastion Hotel, 250.753.6601

FAMILY DINING Montana’s BBQ & Bar 4715 Rutherford Rd 250.758.2388 ABC Country Restaurant 6671 Mary Ellen, 250-390-4064

INTERNATIONAL & PACIFIC RIM

White Spot North 6561 Island Hwy.250.390.2941

Serious Coffee Beaufort 1588 Boundary Cr, 250.716.8959

Huong Lan Vietnamese 19-1925 Bowen Rd 250.756.7943

White Spot Terminal 130 Terminal Ave N, 250.754.2241

Serious Coffee Hammond Bay Centre - 6357 Hammond Bay Rd 250.390.0868

Dover Chinese Food 103-6330 Dover Rd, 250.390.9111

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