Last Word for July 14, 2015

July is Meet My Market Month, so bring a friend to the Wednesday Market in Chemainus

• July is Meet My Market Month, so bring a friend to the Wednesday Market in Chemainus, and you could win one of two getaways for two to the luxurious Sparkling Hill Resort in the Okanagan, or one of five weekly prizes of $50 to spend at the market, which takes place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Waterwheel Park. You can also get homegrown and homemade at the Ladysmith Farmers’ Market on Transfer Beach, Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m.

• For kids six and up, and adults of any age, the Chemainus Theatre brings James and the Magic Peach. Imaginations will come together with incredible puppeteers and the Chemainus Theatre Festival KidzPlay Company. Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story of a magical journey into a giant peach is fun, fantasy and a great adventure. Runs July 18 to Aug. 15

• On Sunday, July 19 the Nanaimo Concert Band will be playing at Transfer Beach as part of the Concerts in the Park series. The show starts at 6 and runs to 8 p.m. Always a popular show, the Nanaimo Concert Band has been entertaining audiences since 1872. (Our apologies for getting the schedule wrong last week, when we had this performance listed for July 12.)

• The Adult Summer Reading Challenge runs to Wednesday, Aug. 31. Participating adults can mark calendars, provided by their Vancouver Island Regional Library each day they read or listen for at least 15 minutes. For every seven days they read or listen for at least 15 minutes per day, they can visit their branch and fill out a ballot (total of a possible seven draw entries over the summer). Prizes are gift certificates and bragging rights.

• The 12th Annual Ladysmith Show & Shine will have vintage car enthusiasts flocking to First Avenue Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. There will be live music and lots of fun for the family. So get your motor running and head out on the highway to a great event. And don’t forget on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. there will be the traditional Rod Run from A&W in Ladysmith to the Chemainus roundabout and back again.

• On Aug. 23 First Avenue in Ladysmith will be transformed into a giant gallery as Arts on the Avenue celebrates the vibrant community of creative people in the area. Over 50 artists will gather Sunday morning to share their creations with the community, including: original paintings, jewellery, fabric art, carving, native art and more. More at artsontheavenue.ca

Stock the Lockers, a fund-raiser for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation, takes place Aug. 13 to Sept. 3. This is the 6th annual fundraising campaign for school supplies and other unmet basic needs of local elementary and secondary students. “Help us raise $50,000 to give students an equal chance to succeed in school,” says the NLSF in a recent release. For information go to www.NLSF.ca.

• Kids are being invited to visit their local library to read, build, craft and create some fun at this year’s Summer Reading Club! The theme for 2015, “Build It”, encourages children ages 0-12 to visit their local library branch this summer to help build their reading skills. Registration is free at local library branches or online at virl.bc.ca/kids! Summer Reading Club runs to Aug. 22.

• Help defeat cancer by participating in the Tour de Rock Raffle: Draw date is Sept. 10, 2015. Tickets $10. First Prize is a Bear Mountain Golf Getaway Package for four, $1,250 value. Second Prize is a Canucks Hockey Getaway Package for two, $1,000 value. Third Prize is a Mayne Island Getaway Package for two, $400 value. For more information and to purchase your tickets contact Tour de Rock riders Alison Wood at 250-380-6132 or Alison.wood@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or Rob Webb at 250-732-0312 or atrlwebb@telus.net.