Don't Miss the Week:
Thursday, February 28
On the Road with Children’s Activities (ORCA) Bus provides early-childhood fun and learning from 10:30 to 11:30 am at Powell River Academy of Music. StrongStart, an outreach program for School District 47, will be on board. ORCA Bus programs are play-based but also offer the opportunity for parents to network and share thoughts and ideas on parenting. For more information, or for additional times and locations in March, call 604.485.2132.
Friday, March 1
School Bullying: The Inside Story
Powell River Public Library presents psychologist, counsellor and author Carol Battaglio and a discussion on her book School Bullying: The Inside Story and how her research applies to bullying at any age. The presentation takes place at 7 pm at the library, 100-6975 Alberni Street. For more information, call 604.485.4796, extension 206.
Saturday, March 2
Festival Celebration Concert
Powell River Festival of the Performing Arts marks 75 years with a concert on Saturday, March 2, featuring past performers. Emcee is Stewart Alsgard, who played piano in the 1945 concert. One of the acts is a cello sextet including Eli and Hannah Schweitzer, Lynda Harris, Arthur Arnold, Hugh Pritchard and MLA Nicholas Simons. There is no charge for the concert that starts at 7 pm in Evergreen Theatre.
Saturday, March 2
United Way Free Family Swim
Come on out to a free family swim from 2 to 4 pm at Powell River Recreation Complex, sponsored by Powell River and District United Way. The free swims take place on the first Saturday of each month throughout 2018 and feature the complex’s inflatable sea snake. For more information, call 604.485.2891.
Here are the other upcoming events and happenings taking place Around Powell River:
Wednesday, February 27
Sarona Mynhardt will adjudicate Powell River Festival of Performing Arts vocal sessions beginning at 7 pm when adult choirs will perform at Evergreen Theatre. A complete local festival program is available at powellriverperformingarts.org. Everyone is welcome to attend with entry by donation.
Thursday, February 28
School choirs perform at Powell River Festival of Performing Arts beginning at 9:30 am and continuing at 1 pm on Thursday, February 28 in Evergreen Theatre. The first Broadway Show Tunes and Music from the Movies session takes place at 7 pm. Entry to all sessions is by donation. A complete local festival program is available at powellriverperformingarts.org.
Malaspina Naturalists Club presents David Hancock and Understanding the Lives of Bald Eagles, 7:30 pm Thursday, February 28, Trinity Hall, United Church. Doors open at 7 pm, refreshments available. David has focused his attention on bald eagle adaptations to urban living. Call 604.485.0077 for information. Everyone welcome.
Friday, March 1
Vocal soloists perform at Powell River Festival of Performing Arts beginning at 9:30 am in Evergreen Theatre. The second Broadway Show Tunes and Music from the Movies session takes place at 7 pm. A complete local festival program is available at powellriverperformingarts.org. Entry to all sessions is by donation.
World Day of Prayer 2019, Slovenia - Host Country, will be honoured at 1:30 pm at Powell River Reformed Church, 4372 Padgett Road. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call Heather at 604.485.5878.
Psychologist, counsellor and author Carol Battaglio presents her book, School Bullying: the Inside Story and how her research applies to bullying at any age, 7 pm Friday, March 1, at Powell River Public Library. For information, call 604.485.4796 Ext. 206.
Saturday, March 2
At James Hall, the classical vocal solos will be performed beginning at 8:30 am. A vocal master class, open to the public, will be held following the performances. Entry to all sessions is by donation. A complete local festival program is available at powellriverperformingarts.org.
Kiwanis book sale takes place 10 am to 1 pm, Saturday, March 2, at 4943 Kiwanis Avenue. Money raised through the sale will go to Kiwanis charities. Marmalade will be available. Watch for our road signs.
Sunday, March 3
Strings adjudicator Garth Williams will welcome Powell River Festival of Performing Arts participants from that discipline to James Hall beginning at 1 pm. The public is welcome to attend. Entry to all sessions is by donation. A complete local festival program is available at powellriverperformingarts.org.
Monday, March 4
Three sessions of speech arts with adjudicator Susan Bertoia take place at Evergreen Theatre in Powell River Recreation Complex. Times are 9:30 am, 1 pm and 7 pm as Powell River Festival of Performing Arts enters its final week. The public is welcome to attend. Entry to all sessions is by donation. A complete local festival program is available at powellriverperformingarts.org.
Pasta Dinner Monday takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the United Church, Trinity Hall. Free-will offering. Last pasta is May 13 and will begin again September 9.
Tuesday, March 5
Two final speech arts segments for Powell River Festival of Performing Arts begin at 9:30 am and 1 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and observe at no charge although donations are welcome. A complete local festival program is available at powellriverperformingarts.org.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper takes place at 5 pm at the United Church, Trinity Hall.
Powell River Film Festival second screening takes place at 7 pm. Due to snowy weather, many were unable to make the original screening of The Price of Everything. Unused tickets from the initial screening will be honoured and tickets will be available at the door.
Wednesday, March 6
Dancers take to Evergreen Theatre stage in Powell River Recreation Complex for the final component of Powell River Festival of Performing Arts. Adjudicator Samantha Madge will oversee sessions at 9 am, 1 pm and 7 pm. The public is welcome to attend. Entry to all sessions is by donation. A complete local festival program is available at powellriverperformingarts.org.
Powell River Farmers’ Agricultural Institute invites everyone to a Raise the Roof dinner with VIU Culinary Arts students, 6 to 9 pm Wednesday, March 6, at Brooks Secondary School Great Hall. Tickets for members $10, non-members $25 at Top Shelf Feeds or email email@example.com. Funds raised will be used to replace the Quonset hut at the Exhibition Grounds.
Ash Wednesday Service takes place at 6:30 pm at the United Church, in the sanctuary.
Thursday, March 7
A fourth session for dance begins at 8:30 am. The public is welcome to attend. Entry to all sessions is by donation. A complete local festival program is available at powellriverperformingarts.org.
Friday, March 8
Powell River Festival of Performing Arts 2019 concludes with the annual Grand Concert at Evergreen Theatre, beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are available at Powell River Academy of Music and at the door. They are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth.
Sunday, March 17
An organ recital by Edward Norman takes place at 2 pm at the United Church, 6932 Crofton Street.
Thursday, March 21
Malaspina Naturalists Club hosts Steve Gordon and his talk on Goats, Grizzlies and Goshawks: Adventures of a Habitat Biologist, focusing on research of mountain goats in the upper Powell River area. Held at the Trinity Hall, United Church, doors open 7 pm, refreshments available, everyone welcome. Call 604.485.0077 for information.
Friday March 22
Join author and poet Dina Del Bucchia as she discusses poetry, fiction, writing and reads from her new book of poetry It’s a Big Deal, 7 pm at Powell River Public Library. For information call 604.485.4796, extension 206.
Saturday March 23
Kick the Clutter, Get Organized workshop takes place from 2 to 4 pm at Powell River Public Library. Professional organizer Ranka Burzan, author of Don’t Agonize, Organize, will provide an interactive, fun and thought provoking workshop teaching how to deal with clutter. For information, call Mark at 604.485.4796, extension 206.
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.
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.
The Powell River Garden Club meets at 7 pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month January to June and September to November at the Cranberry Senior Centre. Everyone welcome - come for an enjoyable evening with interesting garden information, tea/coffee and goodies.
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Everyone is welcome to attend a worship service 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.
Salvation Army Community Lunch takes place every Wednesday from 11:30 am to 1 pm from September to May. For more 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.
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 9:30 to 11:00 am, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Wednesdays and 9:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.