Don’t miss this week:
Thursday, January 17
Nature Photography - Basics and More
Malaspina Naturalists Club will host Nature Photography - Basics and More by David Bedry, 7:30 pm at Trinity Hall, United Church. Doors open at 7 pm and refreshments will be available. Bedry has received various medals and awards for his work and is a member of the Photographic Society of America. For more information, call 604.485.0077.
Thursday, January 17
Seniors Together Program topic this month is Poverty Law by Joyce Percey of the Poverty Law Advocacy Program, followed by catered lunch by The Convenient Chef. The program takes place from 11 am to 1:30 pm in Evergreen Theatre at Powell River Recreation Complex. Registration for this limited-space, monthly program opens the first Thursday of each month. Call 604.485.2891, no drop-ins accepted.
Friday, January 18
Open Online Courses
Powell River Public Library presents Tech Savvy: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at 4 pm at the library, 100-6975 Alberni Street. Learn about MOOCs, which are free, high quality online courses provided to learners everywhere by the world’s best universities and institutions. To register, email Mark at email@example.com or call 604.485.4796, extension 206.
Sunday, January 19
Women's March Canada and Film Screening
Powell River Women's March Planning Group presents a community march and free screening of Quiet Killing. Participants will meet at Base Camp on Marine Avenue at 2 pm and march to the square at Alberni Street and Marine at 2:30 pm. For more information, search Women’s March Canada and Film Screening at Patricia Theatre on Facebook. Screening begins at 3:30 pm.
Here are the other events and activities taking place around Powell River this month:
Thursday, January 17
Powell River Academy of Music Concert Series presents Madeline Hocking, violin, and Sunny Qu, piano, at 7:30 pm in James Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults and free admission for students 18 and under with a student ticket voucher. For information, call 604.485.9633.
Friday, January 18
A free community dinner takes place at Westview Baptist Church from 5 to 7 pm, including homemade mac and cheese. For more information, call Hans or Kelli deJong 604.485.9114.
On the Road with Children’s Activities (ORCA) Bus provides early-childhood fun and learning from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Larry Gouthro Park in Westview. StrongStart will be on board. For more information, call 604.485.2132.
Saturday, January 19
Burns, Burgers and Beers annual fundraiser for Powell River Clansman Pipe and Drums Band starts 5 pm at Royal Canadian Legion, 6811 Alexander Street. Features include a silent auction, door prizes and spontaneous recitals of Robbie Burns poetry. Tickets are $15 at the Legion, Peak, Boardwalk Restaurant, Medicine Shoppe, Pinetree Autobody and Velma’s Candy, Tea and Gifts.
Monday, January 21
On the Road with Children’s Activities (ORCA) Bus provides early-childhood fun and learning from 9:30 to 11:30 am at James Thomson Elementary School. StrongStart will be on board. For more information, call 604.485.2132.
Tuesday, January 22
Powell River Garden Club presents Supporting Nature: Gardening with Native Plants, 7 pm at Cranberry Seniors Centre. Presented by the South Coast Conservation Program, speakers will be Tamsin Baker from SCCP and Wendy Cocksedge. Opportunities include sharing, learning, exchanging and enjoying an evening with tea and coffee. Everyone is welcome.
Registration for the 75th Powell River Festival of the Performing Arts closes at 4 pm. New categories have been added for this year: Slam poetry in Speech Arts and pop music, diverse styles, family music, singer/songwriter and contemporary Christian in Vocal. To register, go to https://events.solarislive.com/PRFestival.
Wednesday, January 23
On the Road with Children’s Activities (ORCA) Bus provides early-childhood fun and learning from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Myrtle Point Golf Club. StrongStart will be on board. For more information, call 604.485.2132.
Thursday, January 24
On the Road with Children’s Activities (ORCA) Bus provides early-childhood fun and learning from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Town Centre Mall, Alberni Street side. StrongStart will be on board. For more information, call 604.485.2132.
Friday, January 25
On the Road with Children’s Activities (ORCA) Bus provides early-childhood fun and learning from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Willingdon Beach. StrongStart will be on board. For more information, call 604.485.2132.
Saturday, January 26
Powell River Public Library presents Tech Savvy: Digital Photography at 1:30 pm at Gillies Bay Seniors Centre. Learn tips and strategies for digital photography, including techniques for taking better photos, basic photo editing and managing digital files. To register, email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.485.4796, extension 206.
Saturday, February 9
Lang Bay Hall hosts a crib tournament at 10 am; doors open at 9:30 am.
Cost is $15 per player and lunch is provided. Register by Monday, February 4, to be one of the 48 players. For information, call Kathy at 604.483.1440.
One Voices Choir meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 pm at Cranberry Community Hall. Contact Julia at email@example.com 604.483.1451. New singers ages 0 to 110 always welcome.
Cinch card games are played weekly at 7 pm on Mondays at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 164, 6811 Alexander Street. Newcomers are welcome to attend.
Powell River Community Coalition meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in room 152 at Vancouver Island University.
Powell River Community Foundation provides a guest speaker to appear at community organization meetings. To arrange for a speaker leave a message at 604.483.8678, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A volunteer will call back to discuss a date and answer questions about the foundation and its local contribution.
Powell River Community Health holds a youth clinic from 3:30 to 5:30 pm every Tuesday at Powell River General Hospital, third floor, 5000 Joyce Avenue. This clinic offers free and confidential health services to youth. For information, call 604.485.3310.
Powell River Community Concert Band, directed by Roy Carson, meets 7:30 to 9 pm Thursdays in the Brooks Secondary School band room, 5400 Marine Avenue. Students and adults with basic musical experience on brass, reed or percussion instruments are needed and welcome. For information, call Derk at 604.483.2238.
Cranberry Community Hall Association
Cranberry Hall provides an affordable, versatile space for meetings and events at 6828 Cranberry Street. A song circle takes place on the second Sunday of each month and an acoustic coffeehouse takes place on the last Sunday by donation. For times or information email email@example.com or go to cranhall.org.
Wednesday evening cribbage takes place at 7 pm at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 164, upper level. For information, call 604.483.1642.
Powell River garden club meets the fourth Tuesday of every month January to June and September to November at the Cranberry Senior Centre, corner of Manson Avenue and Cranberry Street. Everyone is welcome.
Girl Guides of Canada meet Wednesdays at Henderson Elementary School. Sparks, ages five and six, meet from 4 to 5 pm. Brownies, ages seven and eight, meet from 5 to 6:30 pm. Girls nine through 15 meet from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. For information, call 604.483.3234.
Girl Guides of Canada, Kelly Creek, meet from 4 to 5:30 pm every Wednesday at Kelly Creek Community Church, 2380 Zilinsky Road. For information, call Pat Lewis at 604.487.9238.
Knitted Knockers are available on Tuesdays from 11 am to 12 pm at the Powell River Hospital Foundation office, 5000 Joyce Avenue. For information, call Shirley Koleszar at 604.485.5540.
Kiwanis Club of Powell River meets at 7 pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For location and information, call 604.578.8465.
Narcotics Anonymous holds meetings at 7 pm every Friday in room 3018, Powell River General Hospital, 5000 Joyce Avenue. An addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live.
People in Pain holds People in Pain Support Group meeting from 2 to 4 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Powell River General Hospital in the meeting room downstairs next to the cafeteria. Admission is free. For information, call Heather at 778.227.8047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents Together takes place from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesdays at Cranberry Child Development Centre, 6831 Artaban Street. Parents concerned about their teenage children’s choices or unsure how to support their children are welcome. For information or to register, call 604.483.4042, extension 207, or email email@example.com.
Powell River 4-H Clubs
4-H Clubs are accepting new members ages 9 to 19 for regular project work. Projects available are Cloverbuds (ages six to eight), sewing, crafting, foods and animals. Each club meets on different days. For information, call Maureen Venables at 604.485.4534 or Helena Rogers at 604.485.5200.
Powell River Public Library
Powell River Public Library hosts free board game nights from 5 to 8 pm every Wednesday and Friday at the library, 100-6975 Alberni Street. Open to all ages. Participants under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary. Call 604.485.4796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Thursday preschool storytime takes place at the library 10:30 to 11 am in the Anne Woznow Children’s Reading Room.
Join lively and animated discussions with Powell River Public Library’s evening book club from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the library. Membership is open to all. For information, call 604.485.4796.
Powell River Amateur Radio Club and Powell River Amateur Repeater Society meet at 7 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Westview Flying Club. Emergency Radio Communication Unit meets at 7 pm on the last Wednesday of the month. New members are welcome. For information, email email@example.com.
Powell River Amateur Radio Club provides support to obtain a HAM radio operator licence. Morse code is not needed to obtain a licence and there is an accredited examiner in Powell River. For information, call 604.223.4345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach to Recovery
Reach to Recovery provides hospital and home visits to recently diagnosed breast cancer patients. Service offers one-on-one counselling with trained counsellors for anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and provides information. For information, call Lorraine at 604.485.6114 or Leslie at 604.483.9120.
Rotary Club of Powell River
Rotary Club of Powell River Sunrise meets 7:15 to 8:15 am Tuesdays at Town Centre Hotel. Be a guest and listen to interesting speakers on a variety of topics. No fee to attend as a guest. For information, contact Kim Miller at 604.485.4051.
Rotary Club of Powell River meets at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays at Julie’s Airport Café. To make a difference in the community, join the club.
Salvation Army and Lighthouse Community Church presents Faith Weaver Friends from 6:30 to 8 pm Wednesdays at Salvation Army. Features include games, music and snack-it cafe. Cost is $15 per child or $25 per family for one year. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 604.414.7243.
Everyone is welcome to attend and sing hymns at 10:30 am Sundays at the church, 4500 Joyce Avenue. Voices will be accompanied by piano or organ. For information, call 604.485.6067.
StrongStart early learning programs are available for children birth to pre-kindergarten at Kelly Creek Community School, James Thomson, Henderson and Westview elementary schools, and on the ORCA Bus. These are free drop-in sessions with snacks provided. Each child’s birth certificate is required for registration. For information, call Rita at 604.485.6271, ext 2244.
Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish country dancing is held from 6:45 to 9 pm every Monday in Westview Elementary School gym. This form of dancing is usually done with sets of six or eight people. For information, call 604.485.6801.
Senior Citizens Association of BC Branch 49
Bridge is played on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm and Fridays from 1 to 4 pm at Cranberry Seniors Centre. Other activities taking place at the centre include carpet bowling, crib, strength and balance exercises and Tai Chi. For information, call 604.414.9456 or visit powellriverseniors.ca.
Sexual Awareness for Everyone
SAFE (Sexual Awareness for Everyone) Clinic offers free and confidential health services at Powell River Community Health, third floor, 5000 Joyce Avenue. For information, or to book an appointment, call community health at 604.485.3310.
Sexual health clinic
Options for Sexual Health drop-in clinic will open from 5 to 7 pm on the first and third Thursday of each month at Powell River General Hospital, 5000 Joyce Avenue. Access low-cost birth control, counselling, health screening, pap tests and more.
St. Joseph's Hall hosts a soup kitchen from 12 to 1 pm every Friday. The hall is adjacent to Assumption Church on Glacier Street.
Sunshine Coast Cloggers
Sunshine Coast Cloggers meet at 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday evenings at Powell River Christian School.
Sunshine Speakers meet from 7 to 8:30 pm every Thursday at Oceanview Education Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the fun of losing the fear of public speaking. For information, call 604.485.2732.
Powell River Stroke Recovery meets 9:30 am to 12:45 pm Tuesdays, September through June, at the Powell River Legion. We are happy to visit with anyone who has had a stroke, when requested by the stroke survivor or support person. For information, call Sandy at 604.489.0024, or Diana at 604.483.6142.
Taoist tai chi classes are held 10 to 11:30 am and 6:30 to 8 pm Wednesdays and 10 to 11:30 am on Saturdays at Trinity Hall, United Church.
Therapeutic Riding Association
Therapeutic Riding Association provides opportunities for volunteers to enjoy fresh air, exercise and guaranteed big smiles, 45 minutes a day or more, Monday to Thursday at Paradise Valley Exhibition Grounds. No experience is necessary, training is provided and hours are flexible. For information, call Dusty at 604.485.0177.
Trail Riders Club
Powell River Trail Riders Club meets at 7:30 pm on the first Monday (except holidays) every month at the Paradise Exhibition Grounds clubhouse.
Circle of CARE (confidential, accepting, respectful, encouraging) is held from 7 to 9 pm every Wednesday at Elders/Cultural Centre, 4940 Salish Drive. The only requirement to attend is the desire for healthy relationships. For information about this co-dependent’s anonymous group, call Robbi at 604.483.4474 or visit coda.org.
Powell River United Church holds Sunday services at 10:30 am every week at the church, 6932 Crofton Street.
Powell River Chapter of Vintage Car Club of Canada meets at 7:30 pm on the second Monday of each month at Westview Flying Club. Ownership not required, just interest. Occasionally, special functions are held at other locations. For information and location of the next meeting, call Doug at 604.413.2214.
Powell River Aikikai, self defence, the art of peace, instruction takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information, call 604.483.4695 or email email@example.com. Sessions are provided by a Canadian Aikido Federation accredited instructor.
22 Red Knight Powell River Air Cadets meet between 6:30 to 9:30 pm Thursdays at Timberlane Barracks.
Al Anon meets at 7 pm on Mondays and 2 pm on Thursdays at the Powell River United Church For information, call 604.485.8474.
Powell River Fine Arts Club studio space is open daily at 5395 Timberlane Avenue. Members create pottery, quilting, weaving, spinning, mixed-media and painting crafts in a supportive, cooperative and fun environment with mentoring and good fellowship. New members are welcome. For information, call 604.483.3586.
Bagpipes and Drums
Clansman Pipe Band offers free bagpipe and drum lessons to potential band members of all ages. Student pipers buy their own practice chanter and tutor book. Drumming students buy a practice pad and sticks. Band uniform will be provided. For information, call pipe major Ian Richmond at 604.344.2200.
Back Country Horsemen
Back Country Horsemen of BC, Powell River, meets on the first Friday of every month at a location to be decided. Everyone welcome to attend. For information, call 604.487.9182.
First Powell River Beavers meets from 6 to 7 pm on Wednesdays at 5393 Timberlane Avenue for boys aged five to seven. For information, call Tina Bevans at 604.483.9634.
Powell River Boxing Club opens for sparring, training and the use of speed bags, heavy bags, skip ropes and exercise equipment from 5 to 7 pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Oceanview Education Centre. Admission is free or by donation. For information, call Les at 604.485.7095.
Parent-led breastfeeding support group meets 10 am to 12 pm on the last Monday of each month at Family Place, Town Centre Mall. Anyone interested in breastfeeding information and support is welcome to attend. For information, call 604.485.2706.
Breast Cancer Survivors
Breast Cancer Survivors’ exercise group meets from 4 to 5:30 pm every Monday except holidays at 7053B Glacier Street. This is an exercise group for breast cancer survivors. For information, call Lorraine at 604.485.6114 or Delores at 604.485.2420.
Malaspina Camera Club meets at 7 pm on the third Wednesday of each month in the community room at Westview Elementary School. For information, call Niels Voss at 604.485.6963 or Steven Grover at 604.485.5333.
Canadian Council of the Blind
Canadian Council of the Blind meets at 2 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Kiwanis Club of Powell River, 4943 Kiwanis Avenue. For information, call Rudy at 604.485.5545.
Carlson Community Club
Carlson Community Club hosts fish and chips night every Wednesday, 5 to 7 pm at 4463 Joyce Avenue. This event is open to everybody. For information, call 604.485.4571.
Carlson Community Club hosts steak night every Friday, 5 pm to 7 pm at 4463 Joyce Avenue. This event is open to everybody. For information, call 604.485.4571.
Chamber of Commerce
Powell River Chamber of Commerce hosts monthly luncheons with guest speakers. Everyone welcome. For information, or to receive monthly email invites to chamber events, call the chamber office at 604.485.4051, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit powellriverchamber.com.
Powell River Chorus holds rehearsals at 7:30 pm every Wednesday in James Hall at Powell River Academy of Music, 7280 Kemano Street. For information, call Janice Gunn at 604.485.3825.
Spirit of Community Choir gets together from 7 to 8:15 pm on Thursdays at Powell River Academy of Music, 7280 Kemano Street. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in.