Pender Harbour & Egmont: May Day and longboards!

This Saturday, May 18 is the 74th Pender Harbour May Day celebration, with the theme Space Exploration. The day is filled with non-stop festivities. At 8 a.m., the fun begins with the Kids Fishing Derby, a 4k Fun Run and Lions Pancake Breakfast. Cheer on your favourite floats at the parade starting at 11 a.m. From noon to 4 p.m., the field is overflowing with action and activities including children’s games, silent auction, 50/50, vendors village, crafts and food, live music, beer garden, dunk tank, a longboard hockey tournament, and a kids’ dance from 5:30 to 7 p.m. See the Pender Harbour Community Club website for all the details. 

Harbour Gallery will be open May Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come enjoy all the new works on display. The Gallery is up the steps from the Madeira Park wharf. 

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Sunday, May 19, the Attack of Danger Bay longboard race zooms off with local Dane Hanna defending his title. Spectators can catch the free shuttle from the Oak Tree Market. Cheer on our local racers from Team Green and Team Irene. 

The Pender Harbour Music Society presents the Janelle Nadeau Trio, Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m. at the School of Music. Enjoy an afternoon of music ranging from classical to folk and traditional Celtic with Janelle Nadeau, Mark Ferris and Finn Manniche. Tickets online at penderharbourmusic.ca 

Pender Harbour Wildlife Society welcomes guest speaker biologist Michelle Evelyn. For the past 12 years with her husband, Michelle has led the Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project with a goal to help conserve, restore and enhance wildlife habitat, taking direct action to ensure the survival of species at risk on the Sunshine Coast. Come enjoy this special presentation May 21 at PHSS, 7 p.m. For more information, see www.penderharbourwildlife.com 

Harbourside Friendships Thursday, May 23 will be very informative, presenting “Anything you want to know about Lifeline on the Sunshine Coast,” by Denise Metcalfe from the Comox Valley Lifeline Society. Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch served at noon. Drop in $10. 

The Pender Harbour and Area Residents Association (formerly PH Advisory Council) will host its annual spring Town Hall meeting May 25, 2 p.m. at the PH Community Hall. This popular event connects the Association’s 450 members with the communities of Pender Harbour and surrounding area, providing updates on issues such as derelict boats and the dock management plan. Residents can speak to issues of their concern. Presenters include Cheryle Jensen, Community Paramedic speaking on how the opioid pandemic is affecting Pender Harbour. For more information see phara.ca. 

Women’s Connection May 28, Suncoast Harp Ensemble (SHE) under the direction of Wendy Humphreys Tebbutt, will be performing beautiful and haunting pieces from the Celtic lands of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Aran and the Isle of Man. Tebbutt will be joined by Pamela Earle, Margaret Skelley and Pamela Wood. 

You Are Not Alone, a new support group for women in the Harbour area, meets the last Wednesday of each month. The first session May 29 is at 7 p.m. at Anderson Church Hall, 13625 Sunshine Coast Hwy. Dinner of soup and a bun served at 6 p.m. 

The PH Community School AGM is Wednesday, May 29, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Harbour Learning Centre. Come celebrate community. Following a short AGM, enjoy snacks, a slideshow and special presentation with Krystin Clark, author of The Grateful Jar Project. 

The 16th annual Pender Harbour Blues Festival June 7 to 9 will be three days of fantastic music with world-renowned performers at fabulous venues throughout the Harbour. Tickets are going at warp speed! Don’t be disappointed. Get yours now at www.phblues.ca. 

Contact me with your news before noon Mondays for the Friday edition of Coast Reporter at dilysanne@hotmail.com

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