Arts around Alberni: From fest of lights to mistletoe nights

The arts and entertainment scene in Alberni offers up stuff from Rollin Art Centre and McLean Mill.

Mark it with mistletoe

The Mistletoe Market at the Rollin Art Centre has transformed the gallery into a winter wonderland of treasures. You won’t want to miss the gallery all dressed for Christmas.

Items include creative woodwork, glass art, old fashioned Christmas décor, jewellery, fabric art, cards, teddy bears, knitted goods, photography, soaps, lotions, ornaments galore and much more.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Located at the corner of Argyle Street and Eighth Avenue.

Christmas? How bazaar

The Alberni Valley United Church will host a Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. The bazaar will include attic treasures, baking, crafts, Christmas gifts, jewellery and much more.

A light lunch will also be available for $6 (includes soup, sandwich, sweet and coffee). Everyone welcome.

From Celtic to classics

Join Haley Dwolinsky, Beverly Hintz, Margaret, Julian and Robert Growcott, Claudette Sjerven and Julia Turner for an afternoon of Celtic to Classic music this Sunday, Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m. at Char’s Landing.

This event is a fundraiser for a wheelchair ramp at Char’s Landing. Admission is by donation. As seating is limited, please call  250-730-1636 to reserve.

Open mike on Wednesday

The final open mike before Christmas for Words on Fire will be Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Char’s Landing on Argyle Street.

This month’s featured reader is  amusing and well-known local author Bob Collins. His books follow the rural adventures of Hap and Edna.

Tickets are $5, doors open at 6:30 p.m. open mike readings begin at 7 p.m.

Chamber’s auction coming

This year’s chamber of commerce annual fantasy auction will take place on Friday, Nov. 25.

The event begins with a Mini-Masters golf tournament followed by a dinner catered by Dave’s Catering.

Besides live and silent auctions, there will be live entertainment that will WOW the crowd.

Tickets are $75 per person which includes dinner, auction, mini-golf, entertainment and prizes. Reserve your tickets today by calling 250-724-6535.

Christmas at the mill

Experience the atmosphere of Christmases past at McLean Mill’s Christmas Village on Friday, Dec. 2 (3–8 p.m.), Saturday, Dec. 3 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.), and Sunday, Dec. 4 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

The mill features everything from pottery to jewellery and everything in between.

This year the Work of Heart group will also be on site.

Light fest needs help

The organizers of the Festival of Lights need help.

They are looking for organizations to help decorate a few small heritage buildings as well as individuals to volunteer as elves, who will show people around the village and sell hot chocolate and popcorn. If you would like to help out with the Christmas spirit please call Ludmilla 250-686-9690.

The Festival of Lights runs at McLean Mill from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4.

What the Dickens?

CBC Radio and Trinity Church will again co-host a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol this holiday season.

The reading takes place Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church, located at Angus Street and Fifth Avenue.

This much-loved classic story was Dickens’ favourite as he began the tradition of readings during the holiday season to support local charities.

This year’s proceeds will go to Young Life Port Alberni. Donations of non-perishable foods for the Bread of Life would also be welcome.

Tickets are $10 at the Rollin Art Centre or Somass Drug Store. Please call 250-723-8362 for more information.

Melissa Martin is arts administrator at the Rollin Art Centre.

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