Category Archives: Events

Terry Fox Run & Great Lake Walk

Are you looking to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise this weekend? Best of all you can raise money for charity at the same time.

This Sunday Sept 16, 2012 Ladysmith, Nanaimo, and Parksville will hold the Terry Fox Run for cancer research. Come on out and walk, roll or stroll for this great cause and help keep Terry’s dream alive of a world free from cancer.

Ladysmith:  Frank Jameson Community Centre 810-6th Ave.
Registration: 10am; Start: 11am-noon; Event Close:1pm
10km, 5km, 2km loops; Suitable for bikes, wheelchairs, strollers and rollerblades. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Nanaimo:  Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 Nanaimo Aquatic Centre; (741 Third Street)
Registration: 9:00am, Run Start: 10:00am, Event Close: noon
2 km, 5km, 10 km; Suitable for bikes, wheelchairs, strollers and rollerblades. Dogs on  leash are welcome. This will be a family event with face painting, balloon animals, tempory tattoos, music with DJ All Good, and even some pre and post run massages.

Parksville: Rathtrevor Provincial Park, Picnic Shelter #2
Registration: 9am, Run Start: 10am, Event Close: 12 noon. 10km, 5km, 3.3km routes (No entry fee and no minimum pledge)  Suitable for bikes and wheelchairs/strollers, not suitable for rollerblades. Dogs on leash welcome. Volunteers are needed please call 250-248-3252.  You can register and pledge for the Terry Fox Run at

If you would like a real challenge try The Great Lake Walk which is a 56 km walk or run around beautiful Cowichan Lake. This walking/running event takes place on Saturday, September 15th, 2012.

Lanztville’s Got Talent

Are you the next Lantzville Idol?

Individuals and groups are invited to audition on June 13th and be available to perform at
Minetown Day, Saturday, September 8, 2012 1-3pm. Deadline to respond: Friday, June 8, 2012. If interested, contact Lantzville’s Got Talent competition will be divided into children, teens and adults this year. Cash prizes will be awarded.

This year’s Minetown Day Festival will include a photography competition. Submit an 8 x 11 photograph taken within the last year and submit by September 4th to the District of Lantzville Office. The winner’s photograph will be displayed in a prominent place in the community.  Judging will be based on composition, subject, and the best depiction of life in Lantzville. Humour welcome.

The Minetown Day Festival takes place in Lantzville Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Open House 6025 Uplands Drive Housing Project

Do you live in the Dover / Hammond Bay / Uplands Drive area?

You are invited to 2 open houses held by Pacifica Housing regarding the new housing project at 6025 Uplands Drive in Nanaimo.

OPEN HOUSES to be held:
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5pm – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012  5pm – 7:30 p.m.
at Vancouver Island Regional Library administration building 6250 Hammond Bay Road.

The project is planned to provide housing for approximately 30-35 previously homeless individuals who face multiple barriers to accessing and retaining housing in the private market, and who are also dealing with issues.

Pacifica Housing, CitySpaces Consulting, and Chow Low Hammond Architects will be on hand to answer questions.

Neighbours will have an opportunity to sign up for the following workshops:
Designing for Safety & Security
Designing for Neighbourhood Fit

If you live in the area make plans to attend on Wednesday, April 18th or 25th.

Read more on a related post called “What has happened to BC subsidized housing in Nanaimo”.

Nanaimo Museum Fun for Kids

Are you looking for something to do this spring break? The Nanaimo Museum on Commercial Street has family drop-in activities all this week from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Each day there is a new theme and unique activity.  Activities are designed for children ages 5 through12 and admission is by donation.

Family Tree for Me (Monday, March 19, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Bring your own old family photo (small) to make a picture magnet
Start your own family tree
Make a quill pen
Create a family memory book

Coal Miner (Tuesday, March 20, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Make a crystal garden using coal
Be like a coal miner and go on a walk through the dark mine tunnel
Make a safety lamp

Birds! Birds! Birds! (Wednesday, March 21, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Create heron inspired art projects
Explore how birds eat by doing the bird beak activity
Make your own bird journal

Old Fashioned Toys (Thursday, March 22, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Play with old fashioned toys, just like children did 100 years ago
Learn how to play with marbles, the acrobatic man, whirligigs, tumbling clowns and pick-up sticks, also try your hand at making Victorian toys such as paper dolls, thaumatrope and whirligigs

Snoopy in Space (Friday, March 23, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Get ready for our upcoming Feature exhibit “Snoopy Soars with NASA”
Learn how to draw Snoopy and other Peanuts characters, step-by-step
Make your own comic strip about Snoopy in space, create an orbiting planet art project, construct a star finder, and a balloon rocket.

For more information email program(at)

Nanoose Annual Feat for Food

Would you like to get some exercise outdoors and raise money at the same time?

The 2nd Annual Feat for Food 5km walk or run takes place Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 10am rain or shine to raise awareness and donations for Nanoose Food Cupboard. Start and finish at Nanoose Bay Dental located at 2461 Collins Crescent behind Red Gap Centre.

Registration is by donation, and a $40 or more donation will receive a free technical t-shirt printed with the “Feat for Food” t-shirt logo.  For more information contact Rhonda at 250-713-0048.


Seedy Sunday in Nanaimo

Seedy Sunday is coming to Nanaimo on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the Bowen Park Auditorium from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Come and celebrate organic seeds and urban gardening.

There will be a seed exchange where you can trade or purchase organic and non-hybrid seeds, educational workshops and displays that foster home gardening, local agriculture and sustainable practices which do not rely on the use of toxic chemicals.

Get ready to start eating your own home grown fresh veggies!