Here is what is happening Around Town this week and beyond:
Starts Saturday, July 22
Texada Island Sandcastle Weekend begins with a parade at 11 am Saturday just past Gillies Bay General Store, 5150 Gillies Bay Road, and wraps up at the RCMP detachment. For information on being in the parade, call 604.486.7768 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sandcastle Weekend also features dozens of events throughout Texada Island on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit texada.org.
Saturday, July 22
Powell River Public Library presents Young Writer’s Writing Group at 10:30 am at the library, 100-6975 Alberni Street. Participants will learn new skills, meet new people and practice writing in a welcoming, inclusive environment. For more information, contact Megan at 604.485.4796 or email@example.com.
Join Powell River Public Library staff and board in celebrating the grand opening of its new location at 100-6975 Alberni Street in the Crossroads Village Shopping Centre. Festivities take place between 12-3 pm. For more information, go to prpl.ca.
Sunday, July 23
Join the Savary Island community as an athlete, volunteer or spectator for the 17th annual Savary Island Fun Triathlon. The event begins at 8:40 am with a procession from the barge ramp to the wharf led by Powell River’s Clansmen Pipe Band. Triathlon begins from there at 9 am and finishes at the fire hall with a performance by the pipe band as well as lunch and prizes. For more information or to register, go to savarytriathlon.com.
Fundraiser garage sale of Red Lion Pub paraphernalia begins at 12 pm, followed by a barbecue and auction from 3-5 pm at the pub, 5987 Lund Street, with proceeds going to James Thomson Elementary School’s parent advisory committee. Celtic trio Nua performs live at 7 pm with a suggested admission of $10. For more information, go to facebook.com/redlionpowellriver.
Starts Monday, July 24
Maker Fun Factory vacation bible school for ages five through 12 takes place from 9 am-12 pm, Monday to Friday at Westview Baptist Church, 3676 Joyce Avenue. Cost is $10 per child or $25 per family. To register, go to wbchurch.ca.
Friday, July 28
Family Place presents Fun in the Sun from 10:30 am-12 pm at Willingdon Beach with the theme: Under the Sea. The free event includes special community guests, crafts, games, stories and snacks for all young children and their families. For information, call 604.485.2706.
Powell River Public Library presents Teen Drama Camp for ages 12 and up, 10 am-3 pm at the library, 100-6975 Alberni Street. Registration is required and a performance takes place the following day at Powell River Farmers’ Market from 12-12:30 pm. For information or to register, contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.485.4796.
Starts Saturday, July 29
Texada Island Blues and Roots Festival takes place from 12-9 pm on Saturday and 11 am-6 pm on Sunday at Gillies Bay Ball Park on Gillies Bay Road. Features include music, a farmers’ market, craft vendors, a kids’ zone and a place for adults to quench their thirst.
Saturday, July 29
Senior Citizens Association of BC, Branch 49, hosts a barbecue lunch at 12 pm at Cranberry Seniors Centre, 6792 Cranberry Street. Menu items include hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, coffee and tea. Cost is $6.
Powell River Public Library presents Young Writer’s Writing Group from 2-4 pm at the library. Participants will learn new skills, meet new people and practice writing in a welcoming, inclusive environment. For more information, contact Megan at 604.485.4796 or email@example.com.
Thursday, August 3
BC SPCA Pause for a Cause committee meets at 5 pm on the first Thursday of each month between May and September at 7558 Duncan Street.
Options for Sexual Health drop-in clinic available from 5-7 pm, Thursday, August 3, at Powell River General Hospital, public health entrance, 5000 Joyce Avenue. Access low-cost birth control, counselling, health screening, pap tests and more.
Friday, August 4
Family Place presents Fun in the Sun from 10:30 am-12 pm at Willingdon Beach with the theme: A Day at the Circus. The free event includes special community guests, crafts, games and snacks for all young children and their families. For information, call 604.485.2706.
Starts Tuesday, August 15
Powell River Public Library presents Radio 101, a four-day camp for ages 12 and up,10 am-2 pm, Tuesday to Friday at the library, 100-6975 Alberni Street. Concepts of radio and sound will be introduced. Registration is required. For information, contact Megan at 604.485.4796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 16
First Credit Union hosts Movie Under the Stars at 6 pm at Larry Gouthro Park; the movie begins at dusk. Features at the free community event include a concession and games.
Ecossentials and Fruits Roots Juice Bar sponsor live music events from 12-4 pm every Saturday at 6812 Alberni Street. Each week features songwriters Geoff Allan, Scott Ritter and established local musical guests.
Rockit Music Sessions take place Saturdays from 7-9 pm at Rockit Music, 6820 Alberni Street. The sessions provide a showcase for local talent. Admission is $10. For more information, search for Rockit Music Sessions on Facebook.
Living Water Foursquare Church
Living Water Foursquare Church has created The Refuge, a place for children ages six through 12, 6:30-8 pm every Friday evening at 4640 Manson Avenue featuring games, sports, snacks, crafts and more. For more information, call Katie Alescio at 604.485.6116.
Model Community Employment
Model Community Employment Project helps people with disabilities or barriers acquire education and skills needed to secure employment. Information sessions are held every Tuesday from 1-3 pm at the Model Community office, 4493A Marine Avenue. For more information, call Chantal at 604.485.2688.
Cranberry Seniors’ Centre hosts MS Support Group meetings at 10 am on the second Monday of each month. For more information, call 604.485.2037.
Narcotics Anonymous meeting is held 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.
Powell River NDP Club holds meetings at 7 pm, with dinner at 6 pm, on the first Wednesday of the month at Carlson Community Club.
People in Pain holds People in Pain Support Group meeting from 2-4 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.
Parents Together takes place from 7-9 pm on Tuesdays at Cranberry Child Development Centre, 6831 Artaban Street. Parents who are concerned about their teenage children’s choices or unsure how to support their teenage children are welcome. For information or to register, call 604.483.4042, extension 207, or email email@example.com.
Learn to play the great Highland bagpipe and fundamentals of music with the Lads and Lassies Pipe Band, 7 pm each Thursday at 7170 Esquimalt Court. Band is for children aged 10 through 16. To enrol or for more information, call Susanne at 604.485.2071 or George at 604.485.7375.
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 6 to 8), sewing, crafting, foods (cooking) and animals. Each club meets on different days. For more information, call Maureen Venables at 604.485.4534 or Helena Rogers at 604.485.5200.
Powell River Women in Business
Powell River Women in Business events are held at 7 pm on the third Wednesday of each month at Oceanview Education Centre, 7105 Nootka Street. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Powell River Yacht Club
Powell River Yacht Club invites people to crew boats during fun races, from 9 am-1 pm Saturdays, meeting at picnic tables beside ferry terminal parking lot. Anyone in reasonable shape and wishing to learn to sail is welcome. For more information, visit powellriveryachtclub.ca/racing.php.
Powell River Amateur Radio Club, Powell River Amateur Repeater Society and Emergency Radio Communication Unit meet at 7 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Westview Flying Club, 7508 Duncan Street. New members are welcome; membership is $20 per year. 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 more information, call 604.485.2133 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 women who have had breast cancer, and provides information. For more information, call Lorraine at 604.485.6114 or Leslie at 604.483.9120.
Red Hat Society
Powell River Sunshine Pearls, members of the Red Hat Society, meet for lunch on the third Tuesday of every month. The chapter is seeking new members who wish to have fun and frivolity. For more information, call Louise at 604.485.7444 or Irene at 604.485.3882.
Rotary Club of Powell River
Rotary Club of Powell River Sunrise meets 7:15-8:15 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. Contact Kim Miller at 604.485.4051 for information.
Rotary Club of Powell River
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 6:30-8 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 more 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 more information, call 604.485.6067.
Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish country dancing is held from 6:45-9 pm every Monday in the Westview Elementary School gym. This form of dancing is usually done with sets of six or eight people. For more information, call 604.485.6801.
First Powell River Scouts meet from 7-9 pm on Mondays at 5393 Timberlane Avenue for boys aged 11 to 14. For more information, call Tina Bevans at 604.483.9634.
Senior Citizens Association of BC Branch 49
Bridge is played on Wednesdays from 10 am-12 pm and Fridays from 1-4 pm at Cranberry Seniors Centre. Other activities taking place at the centre include carpet bowling, crib, strength and balance exercises and Tai Chi. For more information, call 604.414.9456 or visit powellriverseniors.ca.
Sex Addicts Anonymous
Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) meets from 6-7:30 pm on Fridays. For more information, readers can contact email@example.com. SAA is a fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive relationships and/or sexual behaviour.
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 more information, or to book an appointment, call community health at 604.485.3310.
Single Seniors meet at 5 pm on the third Sunday of every month at Trinity Hall, United Church, 6932 Crofton Street. For information about the gatherings, which feature either a potluck or catered dinner, call 604.483.6658.
St. Joseph's Hall hosts a soup kitchen from 12-1 pm every Friday. The hall is adjacent to Assumption Church on Glacier Street.
StrongStart early learning programs are available for children birth to pre-kindergarten at Kelly Creek Community, James Thomson, Henderson and Westview elementary schools, and the ORCA Bus. These are free drop-in sessions with snacks provided. Birth certificates are required for registration. For information, call Rita at 604.485.6271, ext 2244.
Sunshine Coast Cloggers
Sunshine Coast Cloggers meet at 6:30-8:30 pm on Wednesday evenings at Powell River Christian School.
Sunshine Speakers meet from 7-8:30 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 604.483.6454.
Taoist tai chi classes are held 10-11:30 am and 6:30-8 pm Wednesdays and 10-11:30 am on Saturdays at Trinity Hall, United Church.
Townsite Heritage Society offers guided Townsite tours at 2 pm on Wednesdays and 10 am on Saturdays starting and ending at Henderson House, 6211 Walnut Street, with guides Linda Nailer, Stewart Alsgard or Bob Astrope. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.483.3901.
Townsite Heritage Society offers guided Townsite tours at 2 pm on Wednesdays starting and ending at Henderson House Museum, 6211 Walnut Street, with tour guide Linda Nailer. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, email email@example.com or call 604.483.3901.
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 more 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 7-9 pm every Wednesday at Elders/Cultural Centre, 4940 Salish Drive. The only requirement to attend is the desire for healthy relationships. For more information about this codependent’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 United Church hosts pasta suppers at 5 pm every Monday (except statutory holidays) at 6932 Crofton Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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.
Volunteer Powell River matches community volunteers with non-profit organizations and event organizers. To volunteer, call 604.485.2132, or drop in between 9:15 am-1 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays above Rona Building Centre and beside Camber College, 4750 Joyce Avenue.
River City Slims, a self-help weight loss group, meets from 5-6:30 pm every Thursday at Lighthouse Community Church on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Burnaby Street.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) non-profit weight loss support group holds weekly meetings to provide information on nutrition, exercise and support for our members as they take off and keep off weight sensibly. For meeting times and locations or more information, contact Barb at 604.485.0025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildwood Ratepayers’ Association
Wildwood Ratepayers’ Association meets at 7 pm on the second Thursday of each month at James Thomson Elementary School.
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 meets between 6:30-9:30 pm Thursdays at Timberlane Barracks.
Al Anon meets at 8 pm on Monday nights at Powell River United Church and 7:30 pm on Thursdays at the Lutheran Church. For more 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.
Malaspina Art Society meets from 6-7 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August at Vancouver Island University, 7085 Nootka Street.
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 more information, call 604.487.9182.
First Powell River Beavers meets from 6-7 pm on Wednesdays at 5393 Timberlane Avenue for boys aged five to seven. For more 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 5-6:30 or 7 pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Oceanview Educational Centre. Admission is free or by donation. For more information, call Les at 604.485.7095.
Breast Cancer Survivors
Breast Cancer Survivors’ exercise group meets from 4-5:30 pm every Monday except holidays at 7053b Glacier Street. This is an exercise group for breast cancer survivors. For more information, call Lorraine at 604.485.6114 or Delores at 604.485.2420.
Parent-led breastfeeding support group meets 10 am-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 more information, call 604.485.2706.
Malaspina Camera Club meets at 7 pm on the third Wednesday of each month in the community room at Westview Elementary School. For more information, call Niels Voss at 604.485.6963 or Steven Grover at 604.485.5333.
Carlson Community Club
Carlson Community Club hosts charity bingo every Monday (except stat holidays). Doors and concession open at 5 pm with bingo starting at 6 pm at 4463 Joyce Avenue. Everybody is welcome to support local charities while having fun playing bingo. For more information, call 604.485.4571.
Carlson Community Club hosts fish and chips night every Wednesday, 5-7 pm at 4463 Joyce Avenue. This event is open to everybody. For more information, call 604.485.4571.
Carlson Community Club hosts steak night every Friday, 5 pm-7 pm at 4463 Joyce Avenue. This event is open to everybody. For more information, call 604.485.4571.
Chamber of Commerce
Powell River Chamber of Commerce hosts monthly luncheons with guest speakers. Everyone welcome. For more 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 more information, call Janice Gunn at 604.485.3825.
Spirit of Community Choir gets together from 7-8:15 pm on Thursdays at Powell River Academy of Music, 7280 Kemano Street. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in.
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 email@example.com. 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 3:30-5:30 pm every Tuesday at Powell River General Hospital, third floor, 5000 Joyce Avenue. This clinic offers free and confidential health services to youth. For more information, call 604.485.3310.
Powell River Community Concert Band, directed by Roy Carson, meets 7:30-9 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 Read or Hanna at 604.485.5971.
Cranberry Community Hall Association
Cranberry Community Hall Association is dedicated to providing Powell River with an affordable, versatile space for meetings and events at 6828 Cranberry Street. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cranhall.org.
Thursday evening crib club games start at 7 pm at Lang Bay Hall. For more information, call 604.578.8465.
First Powell River Cubs meets from 7-8:30 pm on Thursdays at 5393 Timberlane Avenue for boys aged eight to 10. For more information, call Donna Shaw at 604.483.2088.
Powell River Dart Association holds dart nights at 7:30 pm every Monday at Royal Canadian Legion Powell River Branch 164. The association is looking for new players.
Paddling for Life dragon boat team practice takes place from 6-7:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Shinglemill dock. New paddlers are welcome. For more information, call 604.485.3828 or 604.414.5274.
Duplicate Bridge Club
Powell River Duplicate Bridge Club plays three times a week, including 9:30 am on Mondays, 7 pm on Tuesdays and 2 pm on Thursdays at the Alano Club, 5903 Arbutus Street. For more information, call 604.485.4430.
Faith Lutheran Church
Faith Lutheran Church food cupboard is open from noon-1 pm on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 4811 Ontario Avenue.
Everyone on any journey of faith is welcome to worship beginning at 10 am on Sundays at Faith Lutheran Church, corner of Ontario Avenue and Alberni Street. Everyone is welcome.
Family Place is open as a drop-in centre for children and parents daily, 10:30 am-4:30 pm Tuesday to Thursday, 12:30-4:30 pm Friday. For more information, call 604.485.2706.
Family Place hosts a free soup lunch, 12:30-4:30 pm every Wednesday in Town Centre Mall. This is an opportunity for parents to discuss current parenting trends or share information.
Kelly Creek Garden Market takes place from 5-7 pm on Fridays at Kelly Creek Community Church grounds. Features include local produce, baking, crafts and live music.
Powell River Farmers' Market opens from 10:30 am-12:30 pm on Saturdays and 12:30-2:30 pm on Sundays at Paradise Exhibition Grounds, 4365 McLeod Road. Meet the farmers and purchase locally grown produce or baked goods.
Junior Forest Wardens meets at 7 pm on Wednesdays at Edgehill Elementary School. For more information, call Mickey McCracken at 604.487.9482.
Powell River Garden Club meets at 7 pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month January to June and September to November at Cranberry Seniors Centre, corner of Manson Avenue and Cranberry Street, for an enjoyable evening with interesting garden information, tea and coffee, exchanges and community support.
Powell River Genealogy group meets from 6:30-8:30 pm on the last Sunday of every month with an aim to obtain resource material and help interested persons begin their own family history. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call Moyra at 604.485.9549
Girl Guides of Canada, Kelly Creek, meet from 3:30-5 pm every Wednesday at Kelly Creek Community Church, 2380 Zilinsky Road. For more information, call Pat Lewis at 604.487.9238.
Girl Guides of Canada meet Wednesdays at Henderson Elementary School. Sparks, ages five and six, meet from 4-5 pm. Brownies, ages seven and eight, meet from 5-6:30 pm. Girls nine through 15 meet from 6:30-8:30 pm. For information, call 604.483.3234.
Powell River Home-school Support Group meets at 7 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Newcomers welcome. For more information, call Angela Desilets at 604.487.4555.
Kiwanis Club of Powell River meets at 7 pm every first and third Tuesday of each month. For location and more information, call 604.578.8465.
Kiwanis Wishing Well will be located at Quality Foods throughout June, July and August. Proceeds will be donated to the Jumpstart Program.
Powell River Public Library hosts free board game nights from 5-8:30 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 more information.
Powell River Public Library hosts 3D printer orientations for schools from 9-10 am Tuesdays and 11 am-12 pm Thursdays at the library. Orientations cover basic concepts of designing for 3D printing and teach students how to setup the library’s software. For more information, call 604.485.4796.
Join lively and animated discussions with Powell River Public Library’s afternoon book club from 1:30-2:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the library. Membership is open to all. For more information, call 604.485.4796.
Powell River Public Library presents Young Writer’s Writing Group from 2-4 pm on Saturdays at the library. Participants will learn new skills, meet new people and practice writing in a welcoming, inclusive environment. For more information, contact Megan at 604.485.4796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lions Club meetings are held at 7 pm on the first and third Wednesday of every month at Snickers Restaurant on Marine Avenue. For more information, call Dean Gerhart at 604.485.9288.