Celebrate women on March 8 in Alberni

Celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8 with Big Mess, The Travellers, a lively auction and international food concession.

Celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8 with Big Mess, The Travellers, a lively auction and international food concession.

This year’s Women’s Day celebration will take place at the Italian Hall on Sixth Avenue.

The Port Alberni celebration is as unique as its creator, Port Alberni City Councillor Wendy Kerr. She decided six years ago that instead of dwelling on the rights of women, she would emphasize the equality of women. Wendy, in addition to her day job for the past 35 years at West Coast General Hospital, has always taken a lead role in her union and has tirelessly fought wage inequalities on behalf of women doing the same jobs as men.

In spite of the hardships she says  Canadian women often have to suffer, Kerr decided that the best way to celebrate this special day is by giving women and their partners a great night out.

Over the years this special event has evolved into something a little more creative and this upcoming celebration is no different. The year’s event takes place at the Italian Centre which lends itself to stage entertainment as well as dancing.

The lineup this year includes the Big Mess, a father and son musical act, plus yet another family group The Travellers, a father and daughters act.

Additionally organizers have injected a talented group of young musicians including Lemonade Safari, Erin Netzer, Anneke Contant, Daniel Sim and More.

The live auction promises to be lively as well under the direction of auctioneer and fellow city councillor Cindy Solda.

Chef David Lang has created the international food concession.

Tickets are only $15 or 10 for $100 and available from Rollin Arts Centre 250-­‐724-­‐3412, Pete’s Mountain Meats on Johnston Road or Alberni Community and Women’s Services Society (ACAWS) on Third Avenue.

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