Pender Harbour & Egmont: Chamber Music Festival starts this weekend

The Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival is underway this weekend, Aug. 16 to 18. Artistic director Alexander Tselyakov has invited a stellar group of musicians: the New Zealand String Quartet, violist Evan Hesketh, double bassist Dylan Palmer, Christie Reside and her flute, clarinetist James Campbell, Graham Campbell on guitar, and pianist Tigran Saayan join pianist Tselyakov. For more information, see Tickets can be purchased online, or by phone 604-989-3995. 

Congratulations to the Pender Harbour Reading Centre and the children who participated in the BC Summer Reading Club. Imagine the Possibilities was an overwhelming success for all involved. Well done. 

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The Harbour Gallery is open seven days a week for the month of August, with great new works on display. They return to Saturdays and Wednesdays starting in September. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harbourside Friendship Thursday, Aug. 22 welcomes Anna Verspoor, who will talk about the Better at Home program in Pender Harbour and Egmont, and an RN from Pender Harbour Health Centre RN will speak on seniors’ wellness. The boat tour to Hotham Sound and Skookumchuck is Thursday, Aug. 29. Reserve now with Marlene at 604-883-9900. 

Friday Madeira Markets are a great place to browse and shop for wonderful creations and products: fresh flowers, pet products (proceeds to the local SPCA), health enhancing items and a variety of treasures for you and your home. The market will take place every Friday, Aug. 23 through to the end of September. Interested vendors, call 604-989-0851. 

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #112 will host its annual golf tournament on Saturday, Aug. 24 starting at 2 p.m. The playing format is a modified Texas Scramble. Entries are $50 per person, which includes golf, dinner and prizes. Power cart rentals are not included in the entry fee. Registrations are accepted at the Legion; entry deadline is Aug. 21.

The very exciting season for the Pender Harbour Music Society begins Sept. 22. Brochures of the season’s performances are available, and you can also visit the website. Tickets go on sale Aug. 15 at Harbour Insurance and Aug. 22 at Strait Music and on the website. 

Saturday, Sept. 7 PAWSitively Pender Harbour will be a fun fundraiser for the local BCSPCA and Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Many of us have taken found, injured or orphaned creatures to the Rehab Centre and would like to thank Irene and Clint for their tireless work and miracles, so here is our chance! There will be baking, fresh produce, bouquets, No Flea Flee Market, Love My Pet Jewelry, prizes and more. The BCSPCA Paws for a Cause Walk is coming up Sept. 8 at Hackett Park. 

The Fall Faire, Saturday, Oct. 5 will be hosted by the Pender Harbour Community Club. Activities include Hilda the Cow milking contest, chili cook-off, exhibition, and a cookie decorating contest. Volunteers are needed to help with this celebration. Contact Dilys 604-989-0851 or Marlene 604-883-9900.

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