Dec. 13: Sing-along Messiah at St. Andrews United Church with the Malaspina Choir directed by Lionel Tanod

Dec. 13: Sing-along Messiah at St. Andrews United Church with the Malaspina Choir directed by Lionel Tanod

The Last Word for December 1

Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society and Polka Dot Artists pop up gallery The 12 Days of Christmas will be open 12 days in December

• Dec. 4 – 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society and Polka Dot Artists pop up gallery The 12 Days of Christmas will be open 12 days in December. Venue courtesy of Anthem Properties at 9768 Willow Street (besides Rexall Drugs). Featuring the work of six of the Polka Dot Trail Artists.

• Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ladysmith Primary School will be holding a Winter Craft Market to raise funds for the purchase of computer equipment for the school. Location: 510 Sixth Avenue.

Ladysmith Rotary will be hosting its second Polio Plus Gala called ‘The Faces of Polio,’ Dec 5, 5:30 p.m. at Cottonwood Golf Club. “We are so very close to ending Polio in the next decade,” says a Rotary release. “This has been a 25-plus year battle.” Coordinator of the World’s Greatest Meal to End Polio, and polio survivor, Susanne Rea of Australia will speak at the event. Tickets for the Gala cost $15 available: at Little Otters Store on First Ave; by phone at 250-701-3978; or from Rotary members.

• Dec 6, 2 to 5 p.m., Crofton Jazz Series features Ralph Barrat, with the Sharp Seven septet, doing a tribute to Frank Sinatra. With a vocal style reminiscent of Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Michael Buble, Barrat will sing favourites like The Lady is a Tramp, Take the A-Train and Mack the Knife. The Crofton Hotel is located at 1534 Joan Avenue. Admission is $15. Call 250-324-2245 for info or go to croftonhotel.ca.

• Dec. 6, 1 – 3 p.m., Victorian Christmas Tea at St. John’s Masonic Lodge, 26 Gatacre St. in Ladysmith. Bake sale, white elephant table, mystery gift table, 15 minute tea leaf reading for $10. Admission $8 at the door. Proceeds to charities sponsored by The Order of the Eastern Star. More information at 250-722-2321 or phelan@shaw.ca.

• Dec. 11, 8 p.m., Beth Marie Anderson Christmas Tour at the Music Hall in Ladysmith. Exclusive Vancouver Island Tour, accompanied by Darcy Philips, this ‘acoustic concert will tickle your ears and warm your heart with Christmas classics. Limited seating. Tickets $15 from The Music Hall at 250-245-3663, Salamander Books at 250-245-4726 or at the door (if not sold out in advance).

• Dec. 13, 2 p.m., Ring in the Christmas season with Sheila Johnson’s adult Concenti choir and award winning youth choirs at Chemainus United Church. This is a change of venue for this one performance from St. Michael’s. After the performance the choirs and audience will walk to St. Michael’s for a special reception, the lead walkers carol singing along the way. Tickets at the door $20; under 18 for $5. Advance tickets available for $17 at: Owl’s Nest Bistro, Chemainus; Valley Vines to Wines, Mill Bay; Ten Old Books, Duncan; Salamander Books, Ladysmith; and Chemainus Festival Inn. Or by phoning 250-748-8383. More information at chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca

• Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m., Sing-along Messiah at St. Andrews United Church. Join the Malaspina Choir in what has become a popular Christmas tradition attended by more than 200 people. Lionel Tanod conducts Handel’s beloved oratorio. Guest soloists: Andrea Rodall, soprano; Julia Morgan, mezzo-soprano; Steven Price, bass and David Brown, tenor. With the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra. Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for students, $5 for eyeGO and free for children under 12. Available online at www.porttheatre.com or at the door.

Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. & Dec. 20 at 2 p.m., Ken Lavigne Christmas Old Time Radio Roadshow at Chemainus United Church. The Island’s – and Chemainus’ – own internationally renowned singer and entertainer performs your Christmas favourites with special guests. Tickets at the Chemainus 49th Parallel Grocery and the 49th Parallel General Store, Chemainus United Church and Ladysmith United Church for $32 in advance ($18 for students) or $37 at the door ($18 students).

• The Christmas Cheer Campaign has started. Registrations for hampers are now being taken, and donations are gratefully accepted until December 17th. Contact the Ladysmith Resources Centre 250-245-3079.

• Coins for Kids – The Chronicle is once again running the Coins for Kids campaign. Over the years we have collected over $50,000 which all goes to the Ladysmith Christmas Cheer Campaign. The Black Press Island papers have collected more than $780,000 over the years, all providing funding for local communities/charities.