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Tuesday, April 10 2012

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Upcoming Events

Tues., Apr. 10 - Committee of the Whole meeting of the Regional District of Nanaimo Board. 7 p.m. at the RDN Offices on Hammond Bay Rd. in Nanaimo. Full Agenda available on

Fri. & Sat., Apr. 13 & 14 - “Coping with Loss and Change” at the United Church Hall from the Gabriola Ecumenical Society. Fri: 7- 9 p.m., Sat: 9:30 am - 3:30 p.m. Registration fee is $35; some bursaries are available through the Bill Graham Memorial Fund. Pre registration is urged. Please contact Anne at 250-247-8508 to register or for more information. Leaflets available upstairs at Artworks. Our website:

Sat. Apr. 14 – Shakuhachi Fundamentals Workshop, 3pm-6pm at 1051 Pat Burns Ave. Shakuhachi Grandmaster, Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos will talk about fundamental techniques and philosophy and teach a folk piece and honkyoku zen piece to those who would like to gain experience and knowledge of traditional playing techniques and shakuhachi music.  Shakuhachis will be supplied. Cost: $60 (max. of 12 participants). Preregistration recommended.  Call (250) 325-7524 or email or

Sat. Apr. 14 - Sustainable Gabriola invites the public to attend meeting at the Commons to discuss: village core planning, food action plan and energy initiative: heat pumps. 3-5 p.m.

Sun.  Apr. 15 – Shakuhachi Concert, 2pm , Gabriola Theatre Centre, 1475 Peterson Rd. Shakuhachi Grandmaster, Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos will give a solo performance of traditional and modern compositions for shakuhachi. His NEW CD and shakuhachi flutes will be on sale. General Admission: $20 per person; $15 for seniors/students; $5 children under 5.

Sunday, April 15 -   GaLTT Trail Work Party at the Gabriola Community Health Centre. Meet at top of Church Road at 1:30. Rakes, mattocks, wheelbarrows and any landscaping tools would be useful.

Sun., Apr. 15 & every third Sunday - BINGO! Gathering Place doors open 1:30 p.m. First call 2 p.m. Bring friends, choose your prizes. Benefits teen programs. 19: event.

Thurs., Apr. 19 - Gabriola Local Trust Committee Meeting. Starts 10:15 a.m. at WI Hall. 476 South Road. Agenda available the Friday preceding the meeting on or at the Trust Northern Office on North Road.

Sat., Apr. 21 - Meat Draw for the Mooo-seum! 3-5 p.m. at the Skol Pub raising funds for the Gabriola Museum and Historical Society.

Sun., Apr. 22 - Join in to celebrate the Commons Labyrinth on Earth Day. Stay tuned for more information: many interesting and fun things are being planned! Contact Mary for more information:

Sunday, April 22- Earth Day: Roxy Double Feature:  “The Pipe” at 7:30, “On the Line” at 9:15. Both films feature stories of struggle against  corporate oil giants.  Sponsored by The Positive Energy Quilters. Admission by donation- proceeds to Dogwood Initiative’s No Tankers Campaign.

Tues., Apr. 24 - Regular meeting of the Regional District of Nanaimo Board. 7 p.m. at the RDN Offices on Hammond Bay Rd. in Nanaimo. Full Agenda available on

Wed., Apr. 25 - Eminent historian Dr. Jean Barman will give a multi-media presentation entitled “Early Settlers on the Gulf Islands,” in the Phoenix Auditorium, The Haven at 7 p.m. Admission by donation. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library and The Gabriola Historical and Museum Society.

Wed., Apr. 25 - Gabriola Fire Protection Improvement District Annual General Meeting and Election. 7:30 p.m. at the Gabriola Fire Hall  No. 1. Public, especially eligible voters, are welcome.

Sat., Apr. 28 - The Last Chance Look Through and the Ambulance Society’s Helicopter Pad Dedication at the new Gabriola Community Health Centre – top of Church Rd. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 29 - Page’s Resort is pleased to be sponsoring the launch of Naomi Beth Wakan’s latest book, “A Roller-coaster Ride: thoughts on aging.” Witty and wise essays on aging on Gabriola. This is a free event. Refreshments will be served. Everyone Welcome 2 p.m. At The Commons.

Tues., May 1 - Commons Coordinating Council is the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. upstairs. Everyone is welcome.

Weekly Events

 Thursdays - Live Music at Woodfire! Every 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month. The vocal stylings of Amber Handley is perfectly paired with the guitar expertise of Brad Shipley, whilst savouring the delightful flavours of Woodfire.  Call ahead to reserve for this popular dynamic duo. 250-247-0095.

Fridays - Drop-in teen centre open from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Gathering Place, 790 North Rd. Call 250-247-7668 for more information.

Fridays - Open House at the Silva Bay Shipyard School from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturdays - Teen Movie Night at the Gathering Place from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Saturdays - Workbees at the Commons. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. followed by delicious homemade soup. To do: many ongoing things around the Commons. Bring: gloves, shovel, hand trowel, other tools you find useful

AA meets at the WI Hall on South Road. Every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. Also meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. and Fridays at noon. For more information contact 250-753-7513.

Al-Anon is for friends and relatives of alcoholics. Meets Mondays at 7 p.m at the WI Hall. For info call 250-325-2747.




Upcoming Festivals and Events

April 27- May 6th: Isle of the Arts Festival. Hosted by the Gabriola Arts Council.

Sat., May 26: Marine Equipment Exchange brought to you by the Silva Bay Shipyard School. 10 am - 4 pm @ the Silva Bay Shipyard School & Silva Bay Parking Lot. Sale of marine items, from complete boats to small fittings. Tables available for $25. For more information and table bookings call Rusty at 250-325-0239 or email

Sunday June 24: Gabriola Home & Garden Tour. A self guided tour of homes and gardens on Gabriola Island. Tickets will be available at Wildrose Garden Centre, Wheelbarrow Nursury and Artworks on Gabriola and at Buckerfields, Dig This and Blue Poppy Garden Gallery in Nanaimo. Hosted by People for a Healthy Community.

Sunday July 1st: Canada Day. Festival with music and food in the Folklife Village. Potato Cannon contest at Brickyard Beach. Times to be announced closer to the date.

Sunday August 5: First running of the Brickyard Beast, a 10K road run on Gabriola.

Sunday August 5: Grand Opening of the Gabriola Health Care Clinic.
Thursday August 9: Gabriola Lions' Concert on the Green. The Concert this year will once again feature “ABRA Cadabra” with an energetic and lively performance of ABBA's timeless music. Contact any member of the Gabriola Lions for a ticket.

Saturday August 11: Gabriola Island Community Hall Association's 57th Annual Salmon Barbeque at the Community Hall on South Road. 4pm to 8 pm. Live music and beer garden.

 August 17 to 19: Fourth Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival.

August 25: Annual Gabriola 360 - paddling race around Gabriola Island. Open to Kayak, Canoe, Stand-up Paddleboard and many other paddle-craft. Contact Silva Bay Kayak Adventures for more information.

October 5 to October 8 - Annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour from the Gabriola Arts Council.

November 17 & 18 Agi Association Christmas Craft Fair

December 1: Gabriola Elementary School Christmas Craft Fair

December 1: Gabriola Commons Craft Fair