Swing into summer in Alberni

Summer won't be a bummer Port Alberni

Leisure leaves Rollin gallery

Leisure, the multi-media display in the Rollin Art Centre Gallery will end on Wednesday, June 22.  Be sure you see Marilyn Ridsdale’s acrylic and oils, Rod Corraini’s oils and beeswax and Eunmi Conacher’s acrylics and oils.

The Rollin Art Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Swingin’ summertime

Week one (July 5, 6 and 8) in the Rollin Art Centre’s summer arts programs for children five to seven years of age is Royalty Week. Join Emma and Chelsea for a week of celebrating English royalty. There will be kings, knights and princesses with crowns, tiaras, shields and even a puppet show.

The fee is $15 per week per child and includes all craft supplies and a healthy snack.

Register at the Rollin Art Centre, on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street. To avoid disappointment, register early.

Words on Fire at open mike

Open Mike holds its last event for the season at Char’s landing on Wednesday, June 29 with featured reader Derek Hanebury.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the readings start at 7 p.m. The $5 fee includes tea/coffee and goodies.

There is a draw for free admittance for the next Words on Fire, Sept. 22.

Capitol Theatre gets twisted

The Capitol Theatre will host an hilarious Sick and Twisted Improv Comedy Night, Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

The show is for mature audiences only and features a completely uncensored comedy showdown between two teams.

Tickets are $5 at the door for the fully licensed show.

You a poet? Didn’t know it?

If you are a poet, a workshop taking place Saturday, July 30 at North Island College will broaden your skills. If you’re not a poet, Wendy Morton will turn you into one.

If you’re a dreamer, this is the workshop for you. Morton believes that poetry is the shortest distance between two hearts and that imagining six impossible things before breakfast, like the Queen in Alice In Wonderland, is only the beginning.

This is just one of the writers’ workshops being brought to Port Alberni by Alberni Forest Fest. To learn more and to register, go online to www.forestfest.ca.

A tease for summer

The Rollin Art Centre’s popular summer tea on the terrace is now accepting reservations.

Alberni Valley musicians ready to entertain include Betty Ann Courtney and Doug Gretsinger (July 7), Hank Mallon (July 14), Yvonne Gibbon (July 21), Phil’s Harmonic Strings (July 28), AV Old Time Fiddlers (Aug. 4), Hillbilly Fever (Aug. 11), Birgit Kuit (Aug. 18) and The Travelers (Aug. 25).

Avoid disappointment and book early by calling 250-724-3412.

Enjoy music by the sea

During your stay in Bamfield be sure to take in Music By the Sea special events.

On Tuesday, July 12 a chamber music rehearsal will be open to children accompanied by adults at the Bamfield Community School.

Admission will be free.

Music By the Sea takes place July 9–17 in Bamfield. For more info, please call 250-723-3887 or check the website at www.musicbythesea.ca.

Gareth Flostrand writes Arts Around for the Community Arts Council.

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