Arts Around: Market at the mill and a CBC thrill

A little of this and a little of that from inside Port Alberni's arts and entertainment scene.

Market at the Mill Nov. 22-24

Christmas Market at Mclean’s Mill begins this Friday November 22, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday November 23, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday November 24th, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Complete with crafters, hayrides and a North Pole scavenger hunt for children. Admission is free.

Celebration of Light at Rollin

Rollin Art Centre in conjunction with the Rotary Arts District’s “Light up your heART” event will be holding their second annual Community event, “Celebration of Light” Saturday November 30th from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Rollin Art Centre.

Don’t miss this magical display of more than 500 children’s luminaries, lanterns and lights that adorn the grounds while listening to TIMBRE! Choir, sipping hot coffee and apple cider, having a photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hearing a Christmas story reading for children, watching a local dance group perform, wander the gallery with local artisans and much more.

This is a wonderful community event. Admission is by donation. Come out and support the Rollin Art Centre.

A Christmas Carol out loud

CBC Radio and Trinity Church continue a Christmas tradition with a dramatic reading of

Charles Dickens’ ever-popular tale, A Christmas Carol, on Saturday, November 30th at 7:30 p.m. Trinity’s musicians, directed by David Cox, will highlight the drama with a selection of Victorian carols.

Tickets are $10 (cash only) from Rollin Art Centre or Trinity Church (5th and Angus) 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.

Learn the art of journaling

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 still available.

Strings, voices blend on stage

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

A Timbre! Choir Christmas

Tickets are going very quickly for Timbre! Choir’s Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 15th at 2:30 pm at ADSS Theatre.

Please come and enjoy a potpourri of both old and new carols with special guests – Sarah Hagen, the Russell Cripps Vocal Group and the Alberni Valley United Church Hand bell Choir.

Be sure and buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  Tickets now on sale at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre and Salmonberry’s. Adults and seniors $15.Children, students $5.

Street banners up for sale

If you are one of the lucky ones to have painted a city banner for 2013, they are available for purchase now at the Rollin Art Centre for $25. Located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street, the gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Melissa Martin is the arts administrator for the community arts council.