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The Arts Building in Gibsons is hosting an open mike Winter Solstice Sing-a-long and Story Café on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Come out for what is sure to be an evening of festive fun, complete with live music, hot cider, scrumpy and other tasty treats. Bring your voice, a story and smile. Tickets are available at Gaia’s Fair Trade in Gibsons or at the door for $7 adults, $5 children. The Arts Building is at 464 South Fletcher Rd.

Hand drum circle

A Winter Solstice drumming circle is this Friday, Dec. 21, at the Seaside Centre, in Sechelt, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Gather for Winter Solstice with drum and song. Imagine the resonance of 100 drums drumming. If you have an extra drum to share, please bring it along. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $5 or $10 per family.

Harbour Gallery

Dec. 22 is the last Saturday for the Harbour Gallery’s annual Christmas sale as well as their exhibit, What’s in the Pear Tree? Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it is located in the Pender Harbour Cultural Centre in Madeira Park. Food Bank cards are available. Contact June at 604-883-2807 for more details.

Local authors

Meet author Chuck Bertrand, formerly of the RCMP, with his book Constable for Life from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Woods Showcase in Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons this Saturday, Dec. 22.

Educator and musician Michael Maser will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. to show and sign his book, Learn Your Way — Self Designing the Life You Really Want.

Maybe he’ll play a tune or two as well.

Circle dance

An annual Circle Dance celebration for the return of the light takes place on winter solstice, Saturday, Dec. 22, at a Sechelt home.

Plan to arrive early for a 7 p.m. start, wear festive clothes and bring a snack to share. Share a meditative and joyful time with traditional and contemporary dances and some readings. No experience is necessary. Let them know that you are coming ASAP by phoning Sarah at 604-740-3720 and you will receive directions to the Sechelt Inlet Road home.

Bocephus King

On Saturday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. Bocephus King with Skye Wallace presents a Christmas concert at the Gumboot in Roberts Creek.

King released his fifth album, Wilie Dixon God Damn!, in 2011 to rave reviews. His eclectic melange integrates soulful street carnival blues with the rustic appeal of border town roots rock and hints of Eastern mysticism. A new album, Love Letter to Nina Simone, is in the works for release in the spring of 2013. Tickets are $10.

Nutcracker from London

Can’t get tickets for the local ballet? Visit the Raven’s Cry Theatre when they present The Nutcracker featuring the Royal London Ballet via HD satellite on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m.

A magician with secrets, an enchanted gift and a guiding angel takes Clara on a magical visit. This Royal Ballet production stars Roberta Marquez and Steven McRae with choreography by Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov production and scenario. It was recorded live on Dec. 13 and runs 130 minutes approximately. Tickets are (13 years plus) $15, child (3-12 years) $10. Please do not bring children under three years old. Call 604-885-4597 for more details.

People’s Choice

Pender Harbour artist Helen Broadfoot was the winner of the Visitors’ Choice Award during the Gibsons Public Art Gallery’s recent Cohen show for her portrait, Julia. Visit this talented artist online at and also take time to see her paintings for the Children of War series at www.oil

Brian Matheson’s copper and wire sculpture installation, Bird on a Wire, was a close runner-up. See more at


Three poems by local writer Louise Lefebvre have been published in The River Muse magazine ( Lefebvre was the featured poet for this issue with a theme of peace.

New Year’s Eve

Graham Walker of the Country Boys writes about New Year’s Eve in 1932 when the whole community turned out to celebrate the brand new Roberts Creek Hall.

Eighty years later it’s still the place to dance in the New Year. The Country Boys will ring in 2013 with their country swing, honky tonk and rockabilly fun. Kevin Crofton’s classic country vocals and guitar are joined by “the sweetheart of the rodeo” Jenny Groves and backed by Ian MacLatchie on his soaring steel guitar, Andy Amanovich on bass, and Graham Walker on drums. Special guest Simon Hocking of the Rakish Angles will add his high-energy mandolin picking. There’s even a special line dance lesson and prizes for the best dressed western guy and gal.

The last gig was sold out — get your tickets early at Coast Books, Woods Showcase, MELOmania or Strait Music.

Tickets are $20, and include a toast at midnight. This is a Jazz and Entertain-ment Society production.

Green Film

The Green Film series has a special opening film by Velcrow Ripper, Occupy Love, screening on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. The filmmaker will be in attendance. See for more and to make a reservation.

Tuesday Deadline

There’s no Art Beat column for the Dec. 28 edition, but it returns on Jan. 4. Let me know about your arts event by 5 p.m. Tuesday for Friday’s paper. Email or phone 604-886-4692. Keep it brief, please.

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