Don't miss this week:
Sunday, December 31
A Trip Around the World
Wild Woods Social Club takes partygoers on a musical trip of world music at McKinney's Pub, featuring a late-night appetizer buffet from around the world. Tickets are $30, available at McKinney's, and include party favours and champagne. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the band goes on at 9 pm. For more information, go to facebook.com/mckinneyspowellriver.
Sunday, December 31
New Year's Eve Party
Red Lion Pub presents a dance party featuring the return of local punk rock party band Godzballz, along with Little Pharmer, Women's Punk Rock Choir and DJ The Chad. Tickets are $20, available at the pub and Base Camp, and include food, bubbly and door prizes. Festivities begin at 8 pm. For more information, call 604.483.4044.
Sunday, December 31
New Year's Eve Dance
Powell River Italian Community Club Hall will be rocking to the sounds of Jim Baron Band on New Year's Eve. Tickets are $35, available at Underwriters Insurance Agencies and Massullo Motors, and include midnight snacks, party favours and champagne. Doors open at 8 pm.
Monday, January 1
Anything but turkey annual fundraiser
Join The Boardwalk Restaurant in Lund and ring in the New Year with a fun day of great food and great company. Choose from delicious fish and chips or any menu item with proceeds to Northside Volunteer Fire Department. The fundraiser takes place from 12-8 pm and full menu can be viewed at boardwalkrestaurantpowellriverlund.com.
Here are the other events happening Around Town this coming week and beyond:
Thursday, January 4
Options for Sexual Health drop-in clinic is available from 5-7 pm at Powell River General Hospital, public health entrance, 5000 Joyce Avenue. Access low-cost birth control, counselling, health screening, pap tests and more.
Starts Friday, January 5
Powell River Public Library presents Kid’s Writing Group for ages eight to 10 from 3-4 pm on Fridays at the library. The one-hour, drop-in group will explore writing through exercises, discussion and more. For more information, contact Megan at 604.485.4796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Powell River Public Library presents Young Writer’s Writing Group for ages 11 and up from 4-5 pm on Fridays at the library. Participants will learn new skills and practice writing in a welcoming, inclusive environment. No registration required. For more information, contact Megan at 604.485.4796 or email@example.com.
Monday, January 8
ORCA Bus provides early-childhood fun and learning from 10 am-12 pm at Lund Community Hall with StrongStart on board. For information, call 604.485.2132.
Wednesday, January 10
ORCA Bus provides early-childhood fun and learning from 9:30-11:30 am at Myrtle Point Golf Club with StrongStart on board. For information, call 604.485.2132.
Thursday, January 11
ORCA Bus provides early-childhood fun and learning from 10:30 am-12:30 pm at Powell River Academy of Music with StrongStart on board. For information, call 604.485.2132.
Friday, January 12
ORCA Bus provides early-childhood fun and learning from 9:30-11:30 am at Larry Gouthro Park with StrongStart on board. For information, call 604.485.2132.
Saturday, January 13
Kiwanis Club of Powell River will host a giant sale of books and marmalade from 10 am-1 pm at 4943 Kiwanis Avenue. All money raised will go to the Source Club Society. To donate books in good condition, call 604.483.1440.
Powell River Public Library presents local author Eva Van Loon presenting her newest novel Hot Dogs: A Lord Tyee Mystery at 2 pm at the library. For more information, call 604.485.4706.
Wednesday, January 17
Powell River Public Library presents Tech Savvy: eBay at 4 pm at the library. Participants will discover the ins and outs of one of the world’s foremost e-commerce platforms. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.485.4706, extension 206.
Thursday, January 18
Malaspina Naturalists Club hosts Mark Sloan and his talk "Marbled Murrelets and Stable Isotopes," at 7:30 pm at Trinity Hall, United Church. Doors open at 7 pm; refreshments will be available. Everyone is invited to listen to a tale about sardines and seabird birth rates. For information, call 604.485.0077.
Powell River Academy of Music concert series presents Moira Hopfe-Ostensen, piano, at 7:30 pm at James Hall. Tickets are $22 for adults and free for students 18 and under with student ticket voucher. For information, call 604.485.9633 or go to powellriveracademy.org.
Saturday, January 20
Powell River Public Library presents Tech Savvy: eBay at 1:30 pm at Gillies Bay Seniors’ Centre. Participants will discover the ins and outs of one of the world’s foremost e-commerce platforms. To register, email email@example.com or call 604.485.4706, extension 206.
Thursday, January 25
Malaspina Naturalists Club hosts biologist Pamela Zevit’s discussion, Diversity by Design: A new approach to habitat restoration, at 7:30 pm at Trinity Hall, United Church. Doors open at 7 pm and refreshments will be available. Pamela works with the South Coast Conservation Program. For information, call 604.485.0077.
Wednesday, January 24
Powell River Public Library presents Being in Business: Community Futures Powell River at 7 pm at the library, 6975 Alberni Street. Participants will learn about local services available for established and aspiring businesspeople. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.485.4706, extension 206.
Sunshine Coast Cloggers
Sunshine Coast Cloggers meet at 6:30-8:30 pm on Wednesday evenings at Powell River Christian School.
Sunshine Speakers meet from 7-8:30 pm every Thursday at Oceanview Education Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the fun of losing the fear of public speaking. For information, call 604.483.6454.
Taoist tai chi classes are held 10-11:30 am and 6:30-8 pm Wednesdays and 10-11:30 am on Saturdays at Trinity Hall, United Church.
Therapeutic Riding Association
Therapeutic Riding Association provides opportunities for volunteers to enjoy fresh air, exercise and guaranteed big smiles, 45 minutes a day or more, Monday to Thursday at Paradise Valley Exhibition Grounds. No experience is necessary, training is provided and hours are flexible. For more information, call Dusty at 604.485.0177.
Trail Riders Club
Powell River Trail Riders Club meets at 7:30 pm on the first Monday (except holidays) every month at the Paradise Exhibition Grounds clubhouse.
Townsite Heritage Society’s Townsite tours take place on an advanced-booking basis starting at Henderson House Museum, 6211 Walnut Street. For more information, email email@example.com or call 604.483.3901.
Circle of CARE (confidential, accepting, respectful, encouraging) is held from 7-9 pm every Wednesday at Elders/Cultural Centre, 4940 Salish Drive. The only requirement to attend is the desire for healthy relationships. For more information about this codependent’s anonymous group, call Robbi at 604.483.4474 or visit coda.org.
Powell River United Church holds Sunday services at 10:30 am every week at the church, 6932 Crofton Street.
Powell River Chapter of Vintage Car Club of Canada meets at 7:30 pm on the second Monday of each month at Westview Flying Club. Ownership not required, just interest. Occasionally, special functions are held at other locations. For information and location of the next meeting, call Doug at 604.413.2214.
Volunteer Powell River matches community volunteers with non-profit organizations and event organizers. To volunteer, call 604.485.2132, or drop in between 9:15 am-1 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays above Rona Building Centre and beside Camber College, 4750 Joyce Avenue.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) non-profit weight loss support group holds weekly meetings to provide information on nutrition, exercise and support for our members as they take off and keep off weight sensibly. For meeting times and locations or more information, contact Barb at 604.485.0025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildwood Ratepayers’ Association
Wildwood Ratepayers’ Association meets at 7 pm on the second Thursday of each month at James Thomson Elementary School.
Powell River Aikikai, self defence, the art of peace, instruction takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For information, call 604.483.4695 or email email@example.com. Sessions are provided by a Canadian Aikido Federation accredited instructor.
22 Red Knight Powell River Air Cadets meets between 6:30-9:30 pm Thursdays at Timberlane Barracks.
Al Anon meets at 8 pm on Monday nights at Powell River United Church and 7:30 pm on Thursdays at the Lutheran Church. For more information, call 604.485.8474.
Powell River Fine Arts Club studio space is open daily at 5395 Timberlane Avenue. Members create pottery, quilting, weaving, spinning, mixed-media and painting crafts in a supportive, cooperative and fun environment with mentoring and good fellowship. New members are welcome. For information, call 604.483.3586.
Malaspina Art Society meets from 6-7 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August at Vancouver Island University, 7085 Nootka Street.
Bagpipes and Drums
Clansman Pipe Band offers free bagpipe and drum lessons to potential band members of all ages. Student pipers buy their own practice chanter and tutor book. Drumming students buy a practice pad and sticks. Band uniform will be provided. For information, call pipe major Ian Richmond at 604.344.2200.
Back Country Horsemen
Back Country Horsemen of BC, Powell River, meets on the first Friday of every month at a location to be decided. Everyone welcome to attend. For more information, call 604.487.9182.
First Powell River Beavers meets from 6-7 pm on Wednesdays at 5393 Timberlane Avenue for boys aged five to seven. For more information, call Tina Bevans at 604.483.9634.
Powell River Boxing Club opens for sparring, training and the use of speed bags, heavy bags, skip ropes and exercise equipment from 5-7 pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Oceanview Educational Centre. Admission is free or by donation. For more information, call Les at 604.485.7095.
Parent-led breastfeeding support group meets 10 am-12 pm on the last Monday of each month at Family Place, Town Centre Mall. Anyone interested in breastfeeding information and support is welcome to attend. For more information, call 604.485.2706.
Breast Cancer Survivors
Breast Cancer Survivors’ exercise group meets from 4-5:30 pm every Monday except holidays at 7053B Glacier Street. This is an exercise group for breast cancer survivors. For more information, call Lorraine at 604.485.6114 or Delores at 604.485.2420.
Malaspina Camera Club meets at 7 pm on the third Wednesday of each month in the community room at Westview Elementary School. For more information, call Niels Voss at 604.485.6963 or Steven Grover at 604.485.5333.
Carlson Community Club
Carlson Community Club hosts charity bingo every Monday (except stat holidays). Doors and concession open at 5 pm with bingo starting at 6 pm at 4463 Joyce Avenue. Everybody is welcome to support local charities while having fun playing bingo. For more information, call 604.485.4571.
Carlson Community Club hosts fish and chips night every Wednesday, 5-7 pm at 4463 Joyce Avenue. This event is open to everybody. For more information, call 604.485.4571.
Carlson Community Club hosts steak night every Friday, 5 pm-7 pm at 4463 Joyce Avenue. This event is open to everybody. For more information, call 604.485.4571.
Chamber of Commerce
Powell River Chamber of Commerce hosts monthly luncheons with guest speakers. Everyone welcome. For more information, or to receive monthly email invites to chamber events, call the chamber office at 604.485.4051, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit powellriverchamber.com.
Powell River Chorus holds rehearsals at 7:30 pm every Wednesday in James Hall at Powell River Academy of Music, 7280 Kemano Street. For more information, call Janice Gunn at 604.485.3825.
Spirit of Community Choir gets together from 7-8:15 pm on Thursdays at Powell River Academy of Music, 7280 Kemano Street. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in.
Cinch card games are played weekly at 7 pm on Mondays at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 164, 6811 Alexander Street. Newcomers are welcome to attend.
Powell River Community Coalition meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in room 152 at Vancouver Island University.
Powell River Community Foundation provides a guest speaker to appear at community organization meetings. To arrange for a speaker leave a message at 604.483.8678, or email email@example.com. A volunteer will call back to discuss a date and answer questions about the foundation and its local contribution.
Powell River Community Health holds a youth clinic from 3:30-5:30 pm every Tuesday at Powell River General Hospital, third floor, 5000 Joyce Avenue. This clinic offers free and confidential health services to youth. For more information, call 604.485.3310.
Powell River Community Concert Band, directed by Roy Carson, meets 7:30-9 pm Thursdays in the Brooks Secondary School band room, 5400 Marine Avenue. Students and adults with basic musical experience on brass, reed or percussion instruments are needed and welcome. For information, call Read or Hanna at 604.485.5971.
Cranberry Community Hall Association
Cranberry Hall provides an affordable, versatile space for meetings and events at 6828 Cranberry Street. A song circle takes place on the second Sunday of each month and an acoustic coffeehouse takes place on the last Sunday by donation. For times or information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to cranhall.org.
Thursday evening crib club games start at 7 pm at Lang Bay Hall. For more information, call 604.578.8465.
First Powell River Cubs meets from 7-8:30 pm on Thursdays at 5393 Timberlane Avenue for boys aged eight to 10. For more information, call Donna Shaw at 604.483.2088.
Powell River Dart Association holds dart nights at 7:30 pm every Monday at Royal Canadian Legion Powell River Branch 164. The association is looking for new players.
Paddling for Life dragon boat team practice takes place from 6-7:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Shinglemill dock. New paddlers are welcome. For more information, call 604.485.3828 or 604.414.5274.
Duplicate Bridge Club
Powell River Duplicate Bridge Club plays three times a week, including 9:30 am on Mondays, 7 pm on Tuesdays and 2 pm on Thursdays at the Alano Club, 5903 Arbutus Street. For more information, call 604.485.4430.
Faith Lutheran Church
Faith Lutheran Church food cupboard is open from noon-1 pm on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 4811 Ontario Avenue.
Everyone on any journey of faith is welcome to worship beginning at 10 am on Sundays at Faith Lutheran Church, corner of Ontario Avenue and Alberni Street. Everyone is welcome.
Junior Forest Wardens meets at 7 pm on Wednesdays at Edgehill Elementary School. For more information, call Mickey McCracken at 604.487.9482.
Powell River Garden Club meets at 7 pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month January to June and September to November at Cranberry Seniors Centre, corner of Manson Avenue and Cranberry Street, for an enjoyable evening with interesting garden information, tea and coffee, exchanges and community support.
Powell River Genealogy group meets from 6:30-8:30 pm on the last Sunday of every month with an aim to obtain resource material and help interested persons begin their own family history. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call Moyra at 604.485.9549.
Girl Guides of Canada meet Wednesdays at Henderson Elementary School. Sparks, ages five and six, meet from 4-5 pm. Brownies, ages seven and eight, meet from 5-6:30 pm. Girls nine through 15 meet from 6:30-8:30 pm. For information, call 604.483.3234.
Girl Guides of Canada, Kelly Creek, meet from 4-5:30 pm every Wednesday at Kelly Creek Community Church, 2380 Zilinsky Road. For more information, call Pat Lewis at 604.487.9238.
Kiwanis Club of Powell River meets at 7 pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For location and more information, call 604.578.8465.
Powell River Public Library presents Rock and Read from 4-5 pm on the fourth Thursday of each month at the library. The music and book club for ages 11 and over may deal with mature content. For more information or to register, contact Megan at 604.485.4796 or email@example.com.
Powell River Public Library hosts free board game nights from 5-8:30 pm every Wednesday and Friday at the library, 100-6975 Alberni Street. Open to all ages. Participants under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary. Call 604.485.4796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join lively and animated discussions with Powell River Public Library’s afternoon book club from 1:30-2:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the library. Membership is open to all. For more information, call 604.485.4796.
Powell River Public Library presents Zine Lab for ages eight and up from 3-5 pm on Tuesdays in the Rotary Makerspace. Participants will combine old and new technology to create their own homemade magazines. For more information, contact Megan at 604.485.4796 or email@example.com.
Lions Club meetings are held at 7 pm on the first and third Wednesday of every month at Snickers Restaurant on Marine Avenue. For more information, call Dean Gerhart at 604.485.9288.
Cranberry Seniors’ Centre hosts MS Support Group meetings at 10 am on the second Monday of each month. For more information, call 604.485.2037.
Narcotics Anonymous holds meetings at 7 pm every Friday in room 3018, Powell River General Hospital, 5000 Joyce Avenue. An addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live.
People in Pain holds People in Pain Support Group meeting from 2-4 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Powell River General Hospital in the meeting room downstairs next to the cafeteria. Admission is free. For information, call Sandra at 604.223.1701.
Parents Together takes place from 7-9 pm on Tuesdays at Cranberry Child Development Centre, 6831 Artaban Street. Parents who are concerned about their teenage children’s choices or unsure how to support their teenage children are welcome. For information or to register, call 604.483.4042, extension 207, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Powell River United Church hosts pasta dinners from 4:30-6 pm on Mondays at the church, 6932 Crofton Street. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
Learn to play the great Highland bagpipe and fundamentals of music with the Lads and Lassies Pipe Band, 7 pm each Thursday at 7170 Esquimalt Court. Band is for children aged 10 through 16. To enrol or for more information, call Susanne at 604.485.2071 or George at 604.485.7375.
Powell River 4-H Clubs
4-H Clubs are accepting new members ages 9 to 19 for regular project work. Projects available are Cloverbuds (ages 6 to 8), sewing, crafting, foods and animals. Each club meets on different days. For more information, call Maureen Venables at 604.485.4534 or Helena Rogers at 604.485.5200.
Powell River Women in Business
Powell River Women in Business events are held at 7 pm on the third Wednesday of each month; members and non-members are welcome For details, go to prwomeninbusiness.com.
Powell River Amateur Radio Club and Powell River Amateur Repeater Society meet at 7 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Westview Flying Club. Emergency Radio Communication Unit meets at 7 pm on the last Wednesday of the month. New members are welcome. For information, email email@example.com.
Powell River Amateur Radio Club provides support to obtain a HAM radio operator licence. Morse code is not needed to obtain a licence and there is an accredited examiner in Powell River. For more information, call 604.223.4345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach to Recovery
Reach to Recovery provides hospital and home visits to recently diagnosed breast cancer patients. Service offers one-on-one counselling with trained counsellors for anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and provides information. For more information, call Lorraine at 604.485.6114 or Leslie at 604.483.9120.
Red Hat Society
Powell River Sunshine Pearls, members of the Red Hat Society, meet for lunch on the third Tuesday of every month. The chapter is seeking new members who wish to have fun and frivolity. For more information, call Louise at 604.485.7444 or Irene at 604.485.3882.
Rotary Club of Powell River
Rotary Club of Powell River Sunrise meets 7:15-8:15 am Tuesdays at Town Centre Hotel. Be a guest and listen to interesting speakers on a variety of topics. No fee to attend as a guest. For information, contact Kim Miller at 604.485.4051.
Rotary Club of Powell River meets at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays at Julie’s Airport Café. To make a difference in the community, join the club.
Otago Rugby Club holds learning and conditioning sessions for boys and girls of all ages on Thursday nights from 5:30-7:30 pm at Cranberry field. Participants will learn the rules, make new friends and have fun getting into shape. For information, contact Bill at 604.483.8402 or email@example.com.
Salvation Army and Lighthouse Community Church presents Faith Weaver Friends from 6:30-8 pm Wednesdays at Salvation Army. Features include games, music and snack-it cafe. Cost is $15 per child or $25 per family for one year. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 604.414.7243.
Everyone is welcome to attend and sing hymns at 10:30 am Sundays at the church, 4500 Joyce Avenue. Voices will be accompanied by piano or organ. For more information, call 604.485.6067.
Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish country dancing is held from 6:45-9 pm every Monday in the Westview Elementary School gym. This form of dancing is usually done with sets of six or eight people. For more information, call 604.485.6801.
First Powell River Scouts meet from 7-9 pm on Mondays at 5393 Timberlane Avenue for boys age 11 to 14. For more information, call Tina Bevans at 604.483.9634.
Senior Citizens Association of BC Branch 49
Bridge is played on Wednesdays from 10 am-12 pm and Fridays from 1-4 pm at Cranberry Seniors Centre. Other activities taking place at the centre include carpet bowling, crib, strength and balance exercises and Tai Chi. For more information, call 604.414.9456 or visit powellriverseniors.ca.
Sexual Awareness for Everyone
SAFE (Sexual Awareness for Everyone) Clinic offers free and confidential health services at Powell River Community Health, third floor, 5000 Joyce Avenue. For more information, or to book an appointment, call community health at 604.485.3310.
Single Seniors meet at 5 pm on the third Sunday of every month at Trinity Hall, United Church, 6932 Crofton Street. For information about the gatherings, which feature either a potluck or catered dinner, call 604.483.6658.
St. Joseph's Hall hosts a soup kitchen from 12-1 pm every Friday. The hall is adjacent to Assumption Church on Glacier Street.
StrongStart early learning programs are available for children birth to pre-kindergarten at Kelly Creek Community School, James Thomson, Henderson and Westview elementary schools, and on the ORCA Bus. These are free drop-in sessions with snacks provided. Each child’s birth certificate is required for registration. For information, call Rita at 604.485.6271, ext 2244.