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Harbour / Egmont Highlights: May Day celebration is next week

And, Egmont Day is coming up June 4
Pender Harbour

For those of you who are looking for a Cancer Support Group, FLAIR on the Coast’s next meeting will be this Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to noon at the Rockwood Centre in Sechelt. This month they welcome Joan Hibbard speaking from the local Hospice program, Advance Care. This gathering is open to any persons and their supporters going through treatment or cancer recovery in the Pender Harbour and Egmont area who would like to attend. For more information, please call Jean at 603-883-0660 or email 

“Spirit of the Forest,” the new exhibit of artists Barbara DeMott, Randi Gurholt-Seary and Pia Sillem opens tomorrow, May 14, at FibreWorks Studio & Gallery at the Yurts. Please visit for details of this beautiful exhibit and all the fantastic activities and offerings at FibreWorks. 

The Visitor Centre opening next Friday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. has a call out for volunteers to help weekdays during July and August. No experience necessary. For more info, please call 604-883-2561 or email 

Next Saturday, May 21, the 77th  May Day non-stop activities including the crowd favorite, “The Parade” promises to be the biggest day of 2022 in the Harbour! There is just too much to mention so please go to Sunshine Coast Tourism website or Facebook page for the complete schedule. Thanks to all the generous sponsors and the dynamic team of organizers. 

The 17th Annual Pender Harbour Blues Festival is less than a month away – June 3, 4 and 5. Get your tickets now at and visit for the complete lineup of outstanding shows. 

Last Thursday, we ventured up to Egmont on behalf of the Sunshine Coast Bear Alliance (SCBA) in response to reports of two hungry bears “trashing” residential areas. “Trash,” garbage discarded by careless, dirty humans, is the problem, not the bears. The yearling bears, trying to survive, are out and about searching for a new home and having a very tough time. The extensive logging decimating the forests has taken away wildlife habitat and also is endangering residents with crashing fully loaded logging trucks.  

Elizabeth T Schleimer had the SCBA signs up in strategic locations in a flash! I visited with the iconic Betty Silvey at work at the Post Office. When she said “you write in the paper for us [Egmont], but you never come here.” Well, no excuses folks I do but not enough. Egmont was added to the title of my column after a past editor and the unofficial mayor and writer of the Egmont column parted company after a heated conversation. For some time after I felt a chill from the north as no submissions, no news came my way. Today the chill was gone, and the warmth and kindness shone brightly in the pouring rain. Egmont Day is Saturday, June 4, starting at 8:30 a.m. with the Kids Fishing Derby and the parade at 11 a.m. Parade entries welcome and you can contact Dawn Henderson on messenger or in person to join the fun. Thanks so much Liza and Betty. See you soon Egmont! 

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