Arts around Alberni: yummy treats to unfurl and tea with a Kuit girl

What's happening in Alberni's arts and entertainment scene for the week of Aug. 5-12.

Yummy creations

The final week in the Rollin Art Centre’s summer arts program is by far the tastiest. Yummy Creations runs Aug. 23, 24, and 26) and is open to children five to seven years old.

This week participants will be able to eat their own art! Marshmallows, oranges, cucumbers and more will be used to create animals, race cars and more surprises!

The fee is $15 per week per child, including all craft supplies and a healthy snack. Please register at the Rollin Art Centre, on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street.

Birgit graces terrace Aug. 18

Tea on the Terrace at the Rollin Art Centre has been so successful that some teas are already sold out. Only a few are left with room, including Thursday, Aug. 18, with Birgit Kuit, and easy listening singer.

That is the next tea with available seating. Please call the Rollin at 250-724-3412 to add your name to the waiting list. There is only limited seating available, so call now to reserve.

Meet up at the mill

Old-fashioned days at the McLean Mill National Historical Site on Smith Road await tourists and locals alike.

Enjoy the Tin Pants Theatre’s informative and entertaining guided Greenhorn Tours of the sawmill and site. Partake in some old-fashioned, family focused leisure activities such as puppets and interactive activities, horseshoes, bocce ball, arts and crafts, sing-alongs, story telling, card games and more.

Sit back and enjoy the twice daily stage show, “Timber Talk” at the Nikkei theatre. Stroll around and relax in the peace and tranquility of the historic site.

McLean Mill is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Hannaford in spotlight

Local photographer Pauline Hannaford was born in England and immigrated to Canada in 1975. After 10 years in Fort St. John she came to live on Vancouver Island and has been a resident in Port Alberni for the past 26 years.

The Rollin Art Centre is hosting an exhibit of her latest photographs, All Creatures Great and Small—a collection of photographs taken of all types of creatures; including tigers, bears, lions, birds and more.

All Creatures Great and Small will show at the Rollin Art Centre Gallery until Aug. 19. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the building is wheelchair accessible.

Melissa Martin writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.