Arts around Alberni: From Yuletide faves to good sisters that rave

This, that and the other from here an there in Alberni's arts and entertainment scene.

The Mistletoe Market is open at Rollin Art Centre. The gallery has been transformed into a Christmas shop.

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

Some artists include Gerry Gagnon, Elsbeth Watson, Cathy Berry and Lynne Galesloot, Edilia Delaro, Dave Swain, Charlene Deederly, Claudia Herron, Susan Addy, Elaine and James McLeod, Shannon Kjernisted, Patsy Gagnon, Gloria Myers, Lisa Peters, Connie Milne and more.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Rollin Art Centre is located at the corner of Argyle Street and Eighth Avenue and is wheelchair accessible.

Yuletide faves with Timbre

You won’t want to miss this engaging afternoon with Timbre! Choir to help you celebrate the joy of Christmas, led by musical director Patricia Miller and guest piano accompanist Sarah Hagen of Courtenay.

Tickets are on sale now at the Rollin Art Centre for the up coming concert, Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Westhaven hosts bazaar

Join Westhaven for their annual Christmas Bazaar that includes homemade crafts, baking, white elephant sale, raffles and tearoom.

Santa will also be there so don’t forget your camera and take your own pictures. The bazaar happens Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1–3 p.m. Westhaven is located behind West Coast General Hospital.

Come see good sisters

Flex tickets are still available for Les Belles Soeurs, the latest stage offering from Portal Players Dramatic Society. This play will run three weeks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 3 at the Capitol Theatre at 4904 Argyle St. Tickets are available on line www.brownpapertickets.com or at the Rollin Art Centre.

Tickets are $15 adults and $13 for seniors and students. Please call 250-723-1195 for more info.

Make past your present

Experience Christmases past at the McLean Mill Christmas Village on  Friday, Dec. 2 from 3–8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Some artisans who will be displaying at the mill this year include Shirley Folka, toile painting; Ev and Tim Towel, vinegars and remedies; Auriel Souchuck, knitting; Dorothy Maxwell, Epicure spices; Tina Frew, wire jewellery and ornaments; Helen Forster, hand-painted ornaments; Jean Stephens, stained glass ornaments; Karmyn Akerley, handmade chocolates; Axel Lajeunesse, tie-dye; Tamara Wesley, soaps; Dave and Barb Moncrieff, roasted coffee; Kathleen Bodaly, hair clips.

Bolga Baskets also has some handicrafts, as well as many more artisans and crafters.

Dickens classic comes to life

CBC Radio and Trinity Church will host a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Church, Angus and Fifth.

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 info.

Shop Alberni at the Rollin

The Rollin Art Centre Gallery is taking part in Shop Alberni. Stop by the Rollin’s gift shop and Mistletoe Market and find out what kind of deals are available. This the gallery’s way of encouraging everyone to shop local.

Melissa Martin is the arts administrator for the Community Arts Council.

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