Community briefs: awards, races and more

What's happening in the Alberni Valley this week.

Sproat Landing up for award

Sproat Lake Landing has been named a finalist in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) Commercial Building Awards, which take place April 21 at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo.

More than 70 projects were eligible for this year’s awards, which celebrate the best in commercial, community and industrial buildings north of the Malahat on Vancouver Island. Projects had to have been completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015.

Sproat Lake Landing is one of 40 finalists more 12 categories.

Other west coast projects also named finalists are Howler’s Family Restaurant and Red Can Corner in Ucluelet.

Tickets are $95 and available at businessexaminer.ca/events until April 18.

RC yacht race set for April

Centennial Pier will host an RC (radio-controlled) yacht race on Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event is part of the Canadian Radio Yachting Association’s Coastal Cup series, and organizer Lawrie Niesh is bringing the event to Port Alberni to check out the pier as a venue.

For more info on the RC yachts, go online to crya.ca or wcmya.ca and see what the yacht owners do.

Learn about paddle wheelers

The Port Alberni Maritime Heritage Society is hosting another Maritime Heritage Night, Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the AV Museum.

Wayne Loiselle and Robert Turner will speak about their experiences with ‘Paddle Wheelers on the Yukon’, including a slide show, film and talks.

Loiselle, skipper of Grail Dancer, which sailed into Port Alberni for the Tall Ships Festival, worked on a restoration project on an historic paddle wheeler, while Turner is author of The Klondike Gold Rush Steamers. Admission is by donation.

For more information, please call 250-723-8362.