Time for a hootenanny

Come hootenanny this Saturday at the Arts Building and the S.C. Museum in Gibsons from 5 to 8 p.m. See the new museum exhibit, Our Food: Then & Now, and the accompanying art show/silent auction, listen to acoustic bluegrass with Matthew Lovegrove and friends, try some great traditional recipes, hear about local food with elder Barb Higgins, find some spring pots by local potters and gather seedlings for your garden. See www.artsbuilding.org or call 604-740-7790 for more. You can also learn about workshops planned for the following week. Contact nadi@onestraw.ca or call 604-741-9859 for workshop registration.

Point Counterpoint

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You are invited to the artist's reception for Paul Clancy's Point/Counterpointat the Gibsons Public Art Gallery this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This exhibition includes DVD programs and framed photography. At the same reception, Vancouver's Linda Frimer will be introduced. Her exhibition in the Harbour ViewRoom is entitledLiving Earth, vibrant works inoils and watercolour.

This weekend

SC Film Society mini-festival of documentary films opens tonight (April 1) and continues Saturday with a film that celebrates the 40th anniversary of Greenpeace, The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island, and on Sunday with Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multi-media Life. On Monday, April 4, Six Miles Deep screens with special guest Barbara Higgins, Sechelt First Nations Elder. See: www.scfs.ca.

Also Saturday, Miss Berni G presents Frenz and Family at the Arts Centre in Sechelt, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. in a music and comedy show with many talented local musicians. It's Disco, Baby!

It's Disco, Baby! is a family-oriented event this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Roberts Creek Community Hall. Come and dance to old school disco, funk and conscious hip-hop with DJlittle d.Costumes and wigs are encouraged. There will be disco balls, games, hula hoops, face painters and healthy treats. The event is a fundraiser for the Roberts Creek Community Association, specifically to raise money for new equipment at the hall. Tickets are $2 to $10 at the door.For more information or to volunteer, contact hallmanager@robertscreekcommunity.ca.

Dance starts

Deborah and Gerry Pageau, dance instructors, remind everyone that their class in waltz begins Thursday, April 7, for five weeks followed by Latin one-step that begins Thursday, May 12. On-line registration is through the www.scrd.ca (click recreation) or phone 604-885-6801.

Story Theatre

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!Driftwood Players Story Theatre is kicking off another exciting season with two free workshops for inspired actors, musicians and stage crew. Join this travelling theatre troupe in a summer of storytelling and delight local audiences with colourful tales and fables.Story Theatre is free and outdoors, bringing the magic of storytelling to all those who wish to share in it. Workshops will be held on April 9 and April 16. To register, contact Bob Hunt at 604-740-0105 or Janet Hodgkinson via email at kidsbooks@sunshine.net.

Sounds of spring

François Koh, classical guitar, and Dominic Woo, violin, will present the Sounds of Spring, a guitar and violin concert with music from Bach to Beatles on Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse and Saturday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at St. Hilda's Church in Sechelt. Special guests are the Coast Phoenix Singers with director Bill Bourns. Tickets are $15, available at Hallmark and Gaia's in Gibsons and Coast Copy Shop in Sechelt.

Book launch

Ben Nuttall-Smith plans to launch his new book on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at the Arts Centre in Sechelt. The book recounts the journey of an Irish priest and monks taken as slaves and is also a search for spiritual truth. Nuttall-Smith has previously published three books of poetry. All are invited.

Art show?

From Saturday, April 9, to Friday, April 15, the Harbour Gallery in Madeira Park presents Celebrate Spring - Two for the Show featuring artists Vicki Halford and Gloria Malaka. Join the artists at an opening reception on April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. All work is original oil, acrylic and mixed media. The Harbour Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Vocal workshop

Vocalist Anna Beaumont presents The Voice Con-nection, a workshop on April 9 to 10 at Music Makers Hall, 4669 Simpkins Rd. in Davis Bay, from noon to 6 p.m. This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn tools to improve their singing voice as well as to discover the healing powers of the voice. To register, email anna@annabeaumont.com, call 780-499-6707 or contact Lynne at musicmakers@dccnet.com or call 604-885-3494. ?

Now Generation

Musician Nikki Weber is presenting her annual Now Generation show, Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons.This is a showcase of the best young female vocalists on the Coast, namely: Tonielle King-Rose, Stephanie Slingerland, Nikki Sherwood, Emily Sherwood, Desiree Visser and Maddy Weber, and some special guests including Tanya Stanton, Crystal Spence, Isabel Boese and Robin Edgar.To make it complete, Weber is treating the girls with the excellent band combination of Miles Black on piano, Evan Arntzen on sax, Boyd Norman on bass and Kristian Braathen on drums.Tickets are available at Hallmark in Gibsons and Visitors' Centre in Sechelt. Cost is$15 adults, $7 students and seniors.

Fishing finalist

Sunshine Coast authors Kim La Fave and Gary Kent have scored a hat trick of award nominations for Fishing with Gubby, their children's book about a West Coast salmon fisherman. They were recently short-listed for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award, awarded to the best B.C. book published in 2010 in terms of public appeal, initiative, design, production and content. In the last month the authors have also been nominated for a Joe Shuster Award and the Canadian Library Association's Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award.

Kent will be part of a book tour up north organized by the BC Book Prizes. The winners will be announced at an awards gala in West Vancouver on April 21.

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