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You are invited this Saturday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. to a Winter Solstice ritual that honours our common ancestors and common belief systems and is a way of offering prayers and gratitude.

Joining the group will be Terry Aleck and Christine McLellan of Spirited Drums. This will be a fundraising event to enable Xwu’p’a’lich (Barb Higgins) and her group of Warriors of the Heart to co-create a Gathering of Elders in Sechelt in the spring.

You can help by attending, by purchasing raffle tickets for the multitude of beautiful prizes, or hot drinks, baking and bannock at the gathering.

It’s at the Sechelt Indian Band Hall, at 5555 Sunshine Coast Highway.

Suggested donation at the door is $5. Welcome to children 13 years and older only as this is an opportunity for the adults to be strengthened and nurtured. Native hand drums only, please, so that the group can produce a unity of sound; never louder than the songs being sung. You can also consider a donation by calling 604-886-9319.

Soulstice concert?

Vocal Intent will host an informal concert, Soulstice, on the Winter Solstice, this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Living Faith Lutheran Church in Davis Bay. They offer an eclectic selection of seasonal songs with admission by donation. The six-member group from the Coast is Sylvain Brochu, Jon Eriksson, Jen MacInnes, Tom Kellough, Elizabeth Scott and Tina Wesseling. For more information see

Denham live

Joe Denham invites you to a music gig in Roberts Creek this Saturday, Dec. 21.

The author and poet is now writing songs and has put a band together with Simon Paradis and a rhythm section featuring a couple of fine musicians from Vancouver who have won and/or been nominated for several Juno Awards in the instrumental and jazz categories: Skye Brooks, Pete Schmitt and Stanton Paradis.

The group is in pre-production for an album. They go live on Dec. 21 (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Gumboot Café with tickets at the door.


The Heart of Christmas can be heard on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) in a cantata directed by Nancy Mackay at 4 p.m. at Christ the Redeemer Church in Pender Harbour. Call 604-883-2307 for more details.

Spirited Ceramics

Potter Timothy Nieber-gall has been holding an open studio in Roberts Creek and will continue to be open until Dec. 24. Pop on by and check out some of the latest work. The studio address is 3394 Kraus Road. Pottery classes for beginners and advanced will begin in mid January and February. For more information, contact Niebergall at: spirited


There are still a few tickets left for some performances of The Nutcracker ballet at Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt. The show opens Saturday, Dec. 28, and runs for four evenings with matinées on Dec. 29 and 30. Reserved seats are available by calling 604-989-6050 or at Scotiabank in Sechelt’s Teredo Square.

New Year’s Eve

Luci livens up Leo’s Greek Restaurant on New Year’s Eve. Dance with Luci and friends Jim McGillvray, Doug Edwards and Lee Morin. Reserve a five-course dinner plus enjoy traditional plate-breaking. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Call Leo’s at 604-886-9414.

Dr. Fun and the Pain-killers will make you want to dance at the Sechelt Legion on New Year’s Eve. Doors open at 6 p.m. and you can find out about tickets at 604-885-2526.

Smitty’s Oyster House in Gibsons invites you to a Black and White Masquer-ade Party on Tuesday, Dec. 31, starting at 7:30 p.m. Call 604-886-4665 for ticket information.

In Halfmoon Bay you can enjoy a meal and dancing to Instant Karma at Cooper’s Green Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. Stop by the Halfmoon Bay General Store or Welcome Woods Market for tickets.  

Art show

For December and January, One-O-One Office Supply is displaying works by now-local artist Phillopo Lo Grande who has been creating art for decades and has left his mark in 25 states and 11 countries.

His paintings and murals now grace locations worldwide and some samples of his earlier works can be found on Flickr (logrande). The current show features acrylics of local scenes captured spontaneously in a highly-textured style. Also on display are samples of Lo Grande’s portrait sketches of people he has met on the street. One-O-One is on Cowrie Street in Sechelt.

Warm wishes

There will be no Art Beat column next week as the Dec. 27 paper is the year in review, but it will appear again in the Jan. 3 edition.

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