The Last Word for December 15, 2015

A community event list for you and your family

• Dec.18, 7 p.m., The Celebration of Light at the Eagles Hall in Ladysmith. Area musicians will donate their time and talent for the fifth annual Christmas fundraiser for the Ladysmith soup kitchen and food bank. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

• 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 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).

• Until Dec. 17, The Christmas Cheer Campaign has started. Registrations for hampers are now being taken, and donations will be gratefully received. Contact the Ladysmith Resources Centre at 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.

• Until Dec. 20, Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular’s cast of 14 singers, dancers and musicians will whisk you away to a winter wonderland. Hits by the Beach Boy, a Rock of Ages medley, and a selection of Christmas favourites. Eleven performances at the Cedar Community hall and four at the Port Theatre. More info at yellowpointchristmasspectacular.ca.

• Dec. 20, Ladysmith Fire/Rescue Santa Claus Parade. Come meet Santa. This fun parade makes its way from Brown Drive Park at 4 p.m. ending at École Davis Road Elementary at 9 p.m. with four stops in between. See Ladysmith Fire/Rescue Facebook page for route and details.

• Dec. 20, 2 to 5 p.m., Crofton Hotel Pub, Salt Spring Island’s Sky Valley brings its ‘funky modern jazz arrangements’ back to the Jazz at Crofton series. The quartet made its debut last month. Led by bassist Alan Wardroper, with saxophonist Patrick Byrne, pianist Frank Huether and drummer Randall Miron, the band plays a mis of jazz standards, Latin and a few original tunes. Musicians are invited to join in a jam session during the last hour. The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit croftonhotel.ca.