Arts Around: Christmas is coming

A sprinkle of this and a dash of that from here and there in Alberni's arts and entertainment scene.

Still room for mill market

Mark your calendars for this year’s Christmas Market at McLean Mill. Friday, Nov. 22, 4–8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to  4 p.m.

Market at the Mill is replete with crafters, hayrides and a North Pole scavenger hunt for children.

If you are interested in renting a table for the event please contact Rollin Art Centre 250-724-3412 for more info, as space is still available.

Light up Rollin for holidays

The Community Arts Council will be holding its second annual Celebration of Light festival Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Rollin Art Centre.

Artisans are invited to apply to display their work. Applications are available at the Rollin Art Centre or call 250-724-3412 for more information.

Christmas Carol returns

CBC Radio and Trinity Church continue a Christmas tradition with a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ popular tale, A Christmas Carol, on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Trinity’s musicians, directed by David Cox, will highlight the drama with a selection of Victorian carols. The evening’s entertainment will conclude with a reception and light refreshments.

Tickets are $10, from Rollin Art Centre or Trinity Church (Fifth Avenue and Angus Street, phone 250-724-4921) and at the door.

All proceeds benefit The Bread of Life, and non-perishable food items or a pair of warm socks would also be welcome.

Arts council holding AGM

If you are interested in the arts and being involved with a great organization to help promote arts in the community, take in the Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley’s annual general meeting on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Field House.

The arts council will be electing new board members. You are invited to put your name forward to be nominated as one of our new board members. For more information, please call the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412.

EXCITING ART WORKSHOPS

Rollin Art Centre will be holding a two day Art workshops with artist Cynthia Bonesky, Saturday December 14 & Sunday December 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mixed Media Techniques for art journaling, card making, scrapbooking and fine art. A complete supply list is available at Rollin Art Centre when you register. Cost is $50 for the weekend. Space is limited so book now.

ART AUCTION

The Rollin Art Centre will be having an ART auction every month in the gallery. Sealed bids will be taken with the successful bidder taking home a beautiful piece of donated art from local artists. New pieces will be displayed each month so drop by the Rollin Art Centre Gallery to see the new piece each month. All proceeds will go toward the Rollin Art Centre and future events.

PHIL’S HARMONICS STRING ORCHESTRA AND THE BARKLEY SOUNDS COMMUNITY CHOIR

“We Need a Little Christmas” is the title of this year’s annual Christmas concert, featuring the Alberni Valley United Church Handbell Choir,  Sunday December 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the new ADSS Theatre. Tickets are $10 in advance available at Rollin Art Centre.

TIMBRE CHOIR!

Port Alberni Orchestra and Chorus Society presents the choral group TIMBRE! in “A Christmas Celebration” with musical director Patricia Miller accompanist Vancouver pianist Sarah Hagen. Sunday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m. at ADSS Theatre. Tickets now on sale at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre and Salmonberry’s, and at the door. Adults and seniors $15. Children and students $5.

Learn to write for the stage

Portal Players Dramatic Society is offering two workshops entitled Writing & Creating a Performance Art Piece – Part 1 and 2 (can be taken separately) at the Capitol Theatre.

Minimum age for participants is 16. Cost for Portal Players Members = $20 for both workshops and $12.50 for one. Non-members = $30 for both (plus free membership) or $22.50 for one (plus free membership).

Part one: Saturday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Part two: Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, contact the Capitol Theatre at 250-723-1195 or capitoltheatre@shaw.ca.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

Alberni Valley United Church Christmas Bazaar is Saturday November 16th from 12-3 p.m. Attic treasures, baking, books, handmade crafts, Christmas gifts, jewellery, and dolls with lots of Christmas ornaments and decorations and mystery parcels. Light lunch will be available. Admission is free, everyone welcome. For more info call Doreen Grant at 250-723-3104.

MAGIC COTTAGE

Craft and gift sale, handcraft treasures for Christmas will take place Saturday November 16, 10-6 p.m., Sunday November 17, 10-5 p.m., Saturday November 23, 10-6 p.m., Sunday November 24, 10-5 p.m. 3945-4th Ave.

CHAR’S LANDING

Saturday, November 16th, 8-10 pm, Ms.Maxine & One Wish featuring Devin E —bluesy rock & soul

Sunday, November 17th, 8-10 pm, The Royal Oui – folk duo EP release tour

Wednesday, November 20th, 7-9 pm, Alberni Valley Transition Town Society film & discussion

Friday, Nov 22nd, 8-10pm,  WiL-”Live at the Ironwood” tour

Saturday, November 23rd, 8-10 pm, Celtic Reflections with Patrick & Patricia De Gabrielle

Sunday, Nov 24th 2:30-4:30 p.m., Country Singer Songwriter Beth Marie Anderson

Wednesday, November 27th, 7-9 pm, Alberni Valley Words on Fire! spoken word open mic

ALL ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW AT ROLLIN ART CENTRE AND GAYLE’S FASHIONS

WORK OF HEART

The Work of Heart Crafters, in their 19th year, will be at the Train Station again this year.  There you find your favourite crafters to welcome you. Unique gift items range from stained glass, kitchen delights and hand painted Christmas ornaments, Christmas florals and much more.  Our wonderful raffle basket will be will be filled to the top again this year. Nov 15th from 3-8/Nov 16th, 10-5/ Nov 17th, 11-3.

PORTAL PLAYERS DRAMATIC SOCIETY PRESENTS, ONE ACT PLAYS

One Act Plays begin November 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd at the Capitol Theatre. Watch three One Act Plays in one night.  Zelda: the Last Flapper by Bruce Luce. Birth of Releasing Light Kreations by Jason Titian, and Smoke Scenes by Nick Zagone. Three Lounge opens at 6:30 p.m. and the curtain opens at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Rollin Art centre and the Capitol Theatre Box office or at www.atthecapitol.org.

 

*Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, the home of the Rollin Art Centre.