The week ahead is all about enjoying and celebrating literacy and music.
The Egmont Community Club invites local musicians to come to an Open Jam this Saturday Jan. 21,1 to 5 p.m. at the Egmont Community Hall. Bring an instrument, a song, an open mind and your creative ideas to bring the Egmont Jam to life! This is a free event, but donations are warmly accepted. Call 604-218-0357 or 604-883-0271 for info.
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Women’s Connection welcomes the new year with a Celtic gathering. Special guests Virginia Byrnes-McKnight and Jim Fraser are a highly accomplished musical couple and new residents to the harbour. They contributed memorable performances at our recent Remembrance Day ceremonies: Virginia, a lyric soprano, with her beautiful renditions of “O Canada” and Jim, a member of our PH Pipe Band, with his solo piping. Jim has many musical talents and will accompany Virginia’s Gaelic songs on the piano. Come enjoy a special musical treat and hear the story of their move to Pender Harbour. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., presentation at 10 a.m. at the School of Music. Drop-in fee $4.
Pender Harbour Music Society presents Clanna Morna, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m., the next wonderful offering of the 2022/23 concert series. This ensemble of multi-instrumentalists brings their superbly crafted arrangements rooted in traditional Celtic Irish, English and Scottish music and infused with high energy and story telling. Tickets – $30 – on sale now online at www.penderharbourmusic.ca at Harbour Insurance and Strait Music.
Celebrate Literacy week! Earthfair, our “ little bookstore that can,” celebrates literacy all year round with an excellent selection of books for all ages including children’s sticker books of numbers, ABCs, French and Spanish and word games. Earthfair Store will host “Scrabble” challenges Thurs. to Sat. (Jan 26 to 28) afternoons for this special literacy occasion. Phone to book a time slot 604-883-9006. Open five days, Tuesdays to Saturdays.
In honour of Literacy Week, Harbourside Friendships, Thursday, Jan. 26 has invited Rosella Leslie, a local self-published author, to speak about her new book Losing Us, her journey as a dementia caregiver, as well as the Cougar Lady and writing in general. All are welcome. 10:30 a.m. at The Hall.
Family Literacy Day takes place on Jan. 27 to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Many local families will not be celebrating. Times are tough and days difficult when they go without basic needs. Now more than ever is the time to show community support for our Food Bank, the lifeline for so many. Contact 604-883-9773 and firstname.lastname@example.org There are many ways to donate, and Rotary has a great one!
January’s Rotary Rocks 50/50 draw will support the Pender Harbour Food Bank. With the cost of food, rent, gas and other essentials at a 30-year high, some of our local individuals and families are struggling. The Pender Harbour Food Bank is stretched and needs your support more than ever. Purchase your tickets today, and we all win! Go to https://penderharbourrotary.rafflenexus.com or Google Pender Harbour Rotary 50/50.Congratulations to J. Farquhar of Garden Bay; winner of the December 50/50 Jackpot.
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