Sounder Events Calendar starting September 11, 2019

Wednesday, September 11 2019

The Sounder Events Calendar is updated on Wednesdays.
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Upcoming Events

Wed., Sept. 11 - Learn to Dragonboat. Silva Bay Marina at 6pm. Pre-register: contact Jo No previous experience required...just bring your enthusiasm. Adults only. Paddles and pfds provided, or bring your own pfd. Gabriola Dragonboat Club

Wed., Sept. 11 - Understanding Grief in our Community. Two presentations. 1:30 - 2:30 at the Library and 7pm at the Rollo Centre. Everyone experiences grief and manages the sadness in an individual way. How can we support people who are experiencing grief in our community, family and friendships? What can we do to help cope with our own grief journey? This public session and discussion is presented by the Gabriola Home Hospice Program and facilitated by Mary Abbott, who is a Nanaimo Hospice Volunteer and Life Cycle Celebrant. Free, drop in event. Everyone welcome.

Thurs., Sept. 12 - The next meeting of the Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee. Starting at 10:30am at the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre, 476 South Road. The agenda for this meeting is available at the Northern Trust Office at 700 North Road and online at

Thurs., Sept. 12 - Cleaning Up the Coast. A Presentation By John Roe, Director, Founding Member of The Dead Boats Disposal Society. 7pm at the Roxy. Admission by Donation. Fundraiser for GISKA. Doors Open at 6:30. Discussion Period to Follow.

Thurs., Sept. 12 - They’re back! Tippi & Stan Part 2! A reading by Dorothy Dittrich. Tippi’s sheltered world is opened by her friendship with Stan, and Stan finds an unlikely ally in Tippi. Both absurd and very real, “Tippi & Stan” touches on those things that make life worth living. Please join us for a playful and stimulating evening! And in case you missed part 1, it’s a double feature! Part 1: 5:30 pm $15. Part 2: 7:00 pm $15. $25 for both. Gabriola Arts & Heritage Hall 476 South Road. Tickets at North Road Sports. Brought to you by Carolyn Bell.

Sat., Sept. 14 - Commons Workbee. 10 to 12, lunch following. We’ll be busy bees on September 14th, doing final Summer cleanup and transitioning to Fall. Some projects are ongoing (such as repair of the boardwalk and painting the propane tank); and the unexpected is always present. Join us & see what happens!

Sun., Sept. 15 - Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research. Walk. Run. Wheel. Ride. At Twin Beaches on Gabriola. 1k - 5k - 10k. Registration opens at 9:30am. run starts at 11am.

Sun., Sept. 15 - Squash Race and SunDaze at the Gabriola Commons. Squash race registration opens at 12pm. Races start at 1pm. SunDaze goes 2pm to 6pm. At the Gabriola Commons. Bring a racer, or build one on site with provided squashes and wheels.

Mon., Sept. 16 - Attention singers and orchestra players. Come and see if you’d like to join the Gabriola Chamber Ensemble at their first session of the fall season. 6pm at Christ Church Gabriola. More details in article in this Sounder.

Wed., Sept. 18 - Family Movie Night. 5 pm at the Library. It’s movie time! We’re showing a family-friendly movie on our big screen, complete with popcorn! This month’s movie is How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Free, drop in event. Everyone welcome.

Wed., Sept. 18 - Film. The Scent of Green Papaya. 7pm at the Roxy. In 1951 Saigon, 10 year old Mui enters household service for an affluent but troubled Vietnamese family. Mui discovers beauty and epiphany in the lush physical details that envelop her. A timeless evocation of life’s universal enchantment and a powerful portrait of a vanished world. English subtitles. 247-9182. Fundraiser for Sanctuary Gabriola.

Thurs., Sept 19 - Gabriola Ecumenical Society 2019-20 Theme Launch: “Spirit in Action: Healing Ourselves, Our Community, Our Earth.” Net Loft, 1960 Murray Road. Community potluck 5:30 p.m.; music & stories 7-9 p.m. Join friends and neighbours to inspire healing action!

Mon., Sept. 23 - Pete’s Posse. 7:30pm at the Roxy. Tickets $20 at North Road Sports or from

Thurs., Sept. 26 - the Seniors’ Monthly Lunch returns with the Annual Barbecue. 10:30am-12:30pm at the Rollo Centre. Entertainment by the very talented Rick Cranston. All welcome, contact Suzette for info, 325-1675.

Thurs., Sept. 26 - Fibre Arts Circle at the Library. 2-4 pm. Bring your projects and enjoy an afternoon of tea and crafting with other fibre enthusiasts. Beginners and newcomers welcome. Free, drop in.


Weekly Events

Social Drop-in Tennis at Huxley Park - Note the Time changes! All welcome on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm - 4pm for info call 250-247-8114.

Tuesdays - Folk Dancing of Southeast Europe. 7-9 pm. Joyous, non-partner dance in lines, circles. Experience the music, rhythms, & songs of Greece, Armenia, Romania – Roma, Slavic, Yiddish – 20 countries & cultures. Beginners very welcome. $3, first night free! Don 250-247-9182. dondancing@gmail,com

Wednesdays - Mid-Week Night Market at the Commons. 4pm-7pm.

Thursdays - French Conversation Circle at the Gabriola Library. 1pm to 2pm.

Fridays - Teen Drop In at the HOPE Centre (Blue Building). 7pm-Midnight. Teen recreation for teens aged 13-18.  For more info email Andrea at

Saturdays - Agi Co-op Farmer’s Market. 10am-2pm at the Agi Hall.

Peer Led Exercise Program: Summer classes ended on Fri Aug 30, Fall Schedule starts the week of Sept 16-20. Mon & Wed at Hope Centre, 11am – 12pm, Fri at Community Hall, 10:45am-11:45am. New? Contact Suzette Delmage, Program Coordinator to arrange orientation. 250-325-1675 or

AA meetings - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8am, upstairs at Robert’s Place. Fridays at Noon (12pm) upstairs at Robert’s Place. Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7pm downstairs at the Commons. For information contact 250-753-7513.

Al-Anon meeting to support those affected by the alcoholism and/or drug addiction of a family member or friend. Mondays at 12 and Thursdays at 7pm upstairs at Roberts Place upstairs. For information call 250 816 4135.

Caregiver Support group for family and friends of people living with dementia. First and Third Thursday of the month: 10:30 to noon in the Community Health Centre. For information call Jane Hope, 1-800-462-2833,



Events later in 2019

October 12 to 14: Thanksgiving Long Weekend, including the Gabriola Arts Council Studio Tour. Visit for more details

November 11: Remembrance Day, held at the memorial cairn at the Gabriola RCMP Detachment. Starts at 10:45am.

November 30: Artisan Christmas Fair at the Rollo Centre

December 7: Gabriola Elementary School PAC Christmas Fair. Watch the Sounder for vendor sign up details.

December 25: Christmas Day & PHC Spirit Feast.

January 1, 2020: Polar Bear Swim at Twin Beaches at Noon.