Mandy Moraes

Sarah Varro, left, James Vickers and Ezra Beaton play the Doors’ Roadhouse Blues at the Queen’s Hotel during the July 31 Sunday Blues Jam session. They’ll play the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival as the New Blues Showcase on Aug. 13 between 1-2 p.m. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Youth talent will get a share of the stage at Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival

Festival happening Aug. 11-14 at Maffeo Sutton Park

Sarah Varro, left, James Vickers and Ezra Beaton play the Doors’ Roadhouse Blues at the Queen’s Hotel during the July 31 Sunday Blues Jam session. They’ll play the Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival as the New Blues Showcase on Aug. 13 between 1-2 p.m. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Participants at a drum-in and mallet-making workshop this past spring show their creations. (Photo submitted)

Unique scavenger hunt for sounds to be held on Nanaimo’s waterfront

Vibroacoustic therapy practitioner Narissa Young organizes free event July 23

Participants at a drum-in and mallet-making workshop this past spring show their creations. (Photo submitted)
Elizabeth Burdock gathers reishi mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests in March. (Submitted photo)

Gabriola Islander TikTok creator has millions foraging for her content

Elizabeth Burdock, known as @whichbetty, garners millions of views for foraging content

Elizabeth Burdock gathers reishi mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests in March. (Submitted photo)
Paolo Bortolussi, left, Calvin Dyck and Mark Beaty perform along the shore of Nanaimo’s Long Lake during Vancouver Island Symphony’s Pop-Up Concert Series last year. This year’s summer series will run July 7 until Aug. 20. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Island Symphony)

Vancouver Island Symphony planning series of pop-up concerts

Pop-Up Concert Series will see four groups play six locations from July 7 until Aug. 20

Paolo Bortolussi, left, Calvin Dyck and Mark Beaty perform along the shore of Nanaimo’s Long Lake during Vancouver Island Symphony’s Pop-Up Concert Series last year. This year’s summer series will run July 7 until Aug. 20. (Photo courtesy Vancouver Island Symphony)
Classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted photo)

Legendary Canadian rock band Chilliwack playing Vancouver Island twice this week

David Gogo to appear as special guest in June 29 performance

Classic Canadian rock band Chilliwack will play Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on June 29 at 7:30 p.m. (submitted photo)
Jeany Lee, director of acquisitions and asset management with Seacliff Properties, and Snuneymuxw First Nation acting chief William Yoachim sign an agreement June 22 to potentially transfer 106 hectares of traditional Snuneymuxw land back in their Sandstone project planned for south Nanaimo. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Snuneymuxw, Sandstone developer sign agreement for land transfer along Nanaimo River

Seacliff Properties Ltd.’s commitment contingent on zoning process

Jeany Lee, director of acquisitions and asset management with Seacliff Properties, and Snuneymuxw First Nation acting chief William Yoachim sign an agreement June 22 to potentially transfer 106 hectares of traditional Snuneymuxw land back in their Sandstone project planned for south Nanaimo. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will host an hour-long online storytelling event on June 22 through the Vancouver Island Regional Library. (Photo by Kim Th’e)
Emerald Specks, left, and Kendall Patrick covered John Mayer’s 2006 song ‘Waiting on the World to Change’ on June 10 during the Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series at Fitzwilliam Gate in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

Sounds of Summer outdoor series brings variety of music to Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter

Free mid-day hour-long concerts underway until mid September

Emerald Specks, left, and Kendall Patrick covered John Mayer’s 2006 song ‘Waiting on the World to Change’ on June 10 during the Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series at Fitzwilliam Gate in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith took the stage at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday, June 12, as part of the Summertime Ball show. (Lauren Spencer-Smith/TikTok image)

Emerging teenage B.C. pop star makes debut at U.K.’s legendary Wembley Stadium

Lauren Spencer-Smith performed at the Summertime Ball this past weekend in London, England

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith took the stage at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday, June 12, as part of the Summertime Ball show. (Lauren Spencer-Smith/TikTok image)
A ‘Hidden Messages’ poem applied in hydrophobic material that only appears when wet. This haiku, written by Nanaimo’s poet laureate, Kamal Parmar, was installed along the Haliburton Road multi-use path in late May. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo unveils ‘Hidden Messages’ public art project to encourage physical activity

Project showcases 10 haikus by city’s poet laureate that only appear when wet

A ‘Hidden Messages’ poem applied in hydrophobic material that only appears when wet. This haiku, written by Nanaimo’s poet laureate, Kamal Parmar, was installed along the Haliburton Road multi-use path in late May. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo musician Carl Longstaff, as seen in his ‘Standing All Alone’ music video, will star in a documentary about his lifelong struggle with addiction and his road to recovery. (Photo by Nathan Reimer, Reimereason Productions)

Documentary examines Island musician’s struggle with addiction and road to recovery

‘Inside Out: The Carl Longstaff Story’ plays at the Malaspina Theatre on May 28

Nanaimo musician Carl Longstaff, as seen in his ‘Standing All Alone’ music video, will star in a documentary about his lifelong struggle with addiction and his road to recovery. (Photo by Nathan Reimer, Reimereason Productions)
The Doric Avenue property in Nanaimo’s Harewood neighbourhood that was devastated by a fire Tuesday evening, May 17, displacing a family of eight. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Community rallies around family of 8 left without a home after fire in Nanaimo

Family, friends and strangers look to help support displaced family

The Doric Avenue property in Nanaimo’s Harewood neighbourhood that was devastated by a fire Tuesday evening, May 17, displacing a family of eight. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Glen Foster will play the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, 444 Parkhill Terrace in Ladysmith, on May 20. In his upcoming recording project, he looks to raise further awareness to “hot topic issues” related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and residential schools. (photo by Doug Wortley of Arrowsmith Media)

Musician with a message playing show in Ladysmith

Nanaimo’s Glen Foster will play the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery on May 20

Glen Foster will play the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, 444 Parkhill Terrace in Ladysmith, on May 20. In his upcoming recording project, he looks to raise further awareness to “hot topic issues” related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and residential schools. (photo by Doug Wortley of Arrowsmith Media)
Fred Penner returns to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre for a matinee performance Sunday, May 22, as part of the beloved entertainer’s 40th anniversary tour of his debut album, ‘The Cat Came Back.’ (Photo by Tyler Anderson)

Fred Penner returns to Vancouver Island for ‘The Cat Came Back’ 40th-anniversary tour

‘Catchy tunes and good times’ promised for May 22 matinee show at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre

Fred Penner returns to Nanaimo’s Port Theatre for a matinee performance Sunday, May 22, as part of the beloved entertainer’s 40th anniversary tour of his debut album, ‘The Cat Came Back.’ (Photo by Tyler Anderson)
Tourism Nanaimo anticipates the city could see an overflow of visitors who would have otherwise gone to Victoria or Tofino as those communities see accommodations filling up. (Nanaimo Bulletin photo)

Island expecting overflow tourism as Victoria, Tofino hotels fill up for summer

Tourism Nanaimo reports to council on plans and expectations for coming season

Tourism Nanaimo anticipates the city could see an overflow of visitors who would have otherwise gone to Victoria or Tofino as those communities see accommodations filling up. (Nanaimo Bulletin photo)
Students Joanne Bob, left, and Yvonne Frenchie receive help with classroom exercises from FEATHERS Society literary program instructor Maureen Robinson on Wednesday, April 20, at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)

B.C.-based literacy program for Indigenous elders looks to expand across Canada

Program provides learning opportunities for elders, including residential school survivors

Students Joanne Bob, left, and Yvonne Frenchie receive help with classroom exercises from FEATHERS Society literary program instructor Maureen Robinson on Wednesday, April 20, at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. (Mandy Moraes/News Bulletin)
RCMP cruiser. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island man sentenced to time served, probation after weapons charges

Sentencing includes five-year ban on possessing firearms

RCMP cruiser. (Black Press file photo)
Simon Phillips and Karen Kenyon (left) of Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum present a cheque of $50,000 to Shannon McRae and Lola Graham-McRae (right) as the recipient of the Dream Home Project Initiative cash award on March 18, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Nanaimo resident announced as Dream Home Project Initiative $50K recipient

Money awarded by Parksville Qualicum Beach realtors toward first-time home purchase

Simon Phillips and Karen Kenyon (left) of Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum present a cheque of $50,000 to Shannon McRae and Lola Graham-McRae (right) as the recipient of the Dream Home Project Initiative cash award on March 18, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)
RCMP, BC Ambulance personnel and the Coombs-Hilliers, Errington and Qualicum fire departments responded to a report of a mobile home with a man trapped underneath along Grafton Avenue near Station Road in Coombs, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

RCMP report one man dead after being trapped beneath Vancouver Island mobile home

Police say structure was being moved on to Coombs property

RCMP, BC Ambulance personnel and the Coombs-Hilliers, Errington and Qualicum fire departments responded to a report of a mobile home with a man trapped underneath along Grafton Avenue near Station Road in Coombs, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A social media post on Tuesday, Jan. 25, showing the escaped cattle entering a property on Gibbs Road. (Facebook photo)

‘Til the cows come home: Errington’s cruising cows back after adventurous escape

Owners notified animals were kept safe a short distance away; fence now beefed up

A social media post on Tuesday, Jan. 25, showing the escaped cattle entering a property on Gibbs Road. (Facebook photo)