The Last Word for January 12, 2016

Light-up comes down; volunteers are needed.

Last Word for January 12, 2016

• Jan. 17, 9 a.m., Take Down the Lights. What goes up, must come down. So volunteers are needed to help take down the dazzling display that has glittered over Ladysmith since the Festival of Lights Light-Up night Nov. 26. Pickup trucks and bucket trucks gratefully accepted. Call 250-245-5888 or 250-245-2263 to volunteer, or meet at the 49th Parallel Grocery parking lot. Hot lunch will be provided courtesy of Ladysmith Family & Friends. More info at

• Jan. 17, Sky Valley brings its funky modern jazz arrangements to the Crofton Hotel Pub. The quartet is led by bassist Alan Wardroper with saxophonist Patrick Byrne, pianist Frank Huether and drummer Randall Miron. The band plays a mix of jazz standards, Latin and a few original tunes. The Jazz at Crofton series takes place Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m. Musicians are invited to join in a jam session during the last hour. The pub is at 1534 Joan Ave. Admission is $10. For information, call 250-324-2245 or visit

• Jan. 21, Comedy night at the Music Hall Food Co. with Sophie Buddle. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $15. Visit or Facebook for more upcoming events.

• Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., International Guitar Night, Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. An inventive evening of contemporary guitar music from around the globe, IGN is the world’s premier touring guitar festival. “This musical treat has been so popular over the years, we had to bring them back to kick off our 2016 season with a bang,” says Kirsten Schrader, manager of the Performing Arts Centre’s Arts & Culture Division. Tickets: $30, Student $27, Cowichan Folk Guild Member $27, eyeGo $5. See

• Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Ladysmith Camera Club presents Buying/Upgrading a Photo Editing Computer, a smart shopper’s guide to choosing the right hardware, by Brad Grigor of Turning Point Arts in Saltair. Hardwick Hall, High Street at 3rd Avenue in Ladysmith. Everyone welcome. Non-members $5 drop-in fee. LCC invites new members, novice to pro.

• March 14-24, Art Camps at the Nanaimo Art Gallery. During Spring Break the Nanaimo Art Gallery offers a series of Art Camps (each four or five sessions) at its Art Lab, including: Yvonne Vander Kooi, exploring ideas about art, learning and creating using traditional and contemporary approaches to sculpture, painting, video, and photography.; and Carole Brooke, inspired by the work of Ron Tran, who likes to “change the way we see ordinary things by placing them in a different setting.” The camps cost $100 each, materials are included. For more information, or to register, call 250-754-1750.