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Check out local woodcarver Guenter Loschinski’s Christmas ornaments and table centres for a unique Christmas gift. His workshop on Redrooffs Road in Halfmoon Bay will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9.
Bring the children. Look for the large wood spirit carving at the corner of Redrooffs and McMillan. See for more or phone 604-885-8868.

Festive sale

The Arts Building annual Festive Sale takes place this weekend featuring a cornucopia of artists’ work displayed as a treasure trove with a funky touch of vintage and some delicious treats. That’s on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. See: for more details. The Arts Building is at 464 South Fletcher Rd. in Gibsons.

Music weekend

The Stars Shone Down is the title of an A Capella Strait and Choralations Octet Christmas concert this Friday (Dec. 7) at 7:30 p.m. at St. Hilda’s in Sechelt and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s in Gibsons.

The Choralations Octet is an ensemble of young singers who will be performing a variety of pieces from Rutter’s Heavenly Aeroplane to Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. A Cappella Strait will be performing a program of Christmas music from contemporary and Renaissance composers. Tickets are at Sechelt Visitors Centre and Gaia’s Fair Trade in Gibsons.  

Festive origami

The New Moon Festival Society presents a festive origami class for the holidays. Their first lesson, designed for adults, in this Asian craft is on Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is by sliding scale $7 to $10 (includes demonstration/instruction, materials and snacks). Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited. To register, call Del at 778-462-2063 or Patricia at 604-886-4108 or email: or

Platters on show

Ceramic artist Mike Allegretti will be showing his large platters on the walls of the Sechelt Visitor Centre throughout December. These platters, suitable for hanging in any room of the house, can be taken down and used for serving anything from appetizers to main courses. The potter produces this wall art at Creek Clayworks, his home-based studio in Roberts Creek. Some of his platters are decorated in collaboration with his wife, Elaine Futterman. The Visitor Centre hours are Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Author’s day

A trio of local authors, Betty Keller, Rosella Leslie and Gwen Southin, will be showing and signing their many books at Woods Showcase in Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lois Choksy (Blair McDowell) will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. with her novels. Stop by and chat with an author.

Dance time

On Saturday at the Sechelt Seniors’ Centre, Jim Taylor, live music/entertainer, plays for an evening of dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $15 for non-members and snacks are included. The musician plays a wide variety of very danceable tunes.

SunCoast Singers

On Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. the SunCoast Singers Christmas concert, conducted by Joy McLeod, will take place at St. John’s United Church in Davis Bay. Tickets are available at Laedeli in Sunnycrest Mall and the Sechelt Visitor Centre. Adults are $16, children under 12 are free.


Harpstrings will perform Christmas music at the new Gibsons Public Art Gallery (431 Marine Dr.) in Gibsons on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. Refreshments are available and donations are appreciated.

Picture Day

Film producer Lauren Grant of Clique Pictures is happy to report that her feature film, Picture Day, has won the Borsos Award for best Canadian feature film and best performance at the Whistler Film Festival this past weekend. The former Elphinstone graduate has been studying at the Producers’ Lab in Toronto.

McRae returns

Juno award nominee Linda McRae will perform an intimate house concert at Strait Sound in Roberts Creek on Dec. 14 and at Coopers Green Hall in Halfmoon Bay Dec. 15.

Rough Edges & Ragged Hearts is McRae’s highly anticipated fourth solo release. She earned a Juno nomination and double platinum triple gold recording status as bassist and accordionist with Celtic roots group Spirit of the West. She performs on claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion and porch-board stompbox.

Tickets for Strait Sound are $20, available at Coast Books in Gibsons or from Strait Sound, 604-886-9722. The local duo of Joe Stanton and Simon Paradis will be opening the Coopers Green show, and tickets are at Halfmoon Bay store and Fawn Road Market, or call 604-885-9354.

Tuesday Deadline

Let me know about your arts event by 5 p.m. Tuesday for Friday’s paper. E-mail or phone 604-886-4692. Keep it brief, please.

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