CDH lights up in memory Wednesday

By the way, did you hear:

• The annual tree-lighting ceremony at Cowichan District Hospital returns Wednesday at 6 p.m. Gretchen Hartley and Shelley Kuecks of Cowichan Valley Hospice remind us the event has become a beloved ritual for any local to remember loved ones who have died. Light Up in Memory includes comforting words and music from the Threshold and Queen Margaret’s School choirs. Following the lighting ceremony, Cowichan Valley Hospice volunteers will serve refreshments in the hospital cafeteria.

• Cam Ferguson reminds us that Cowichan firefighters will once again be out Friday and Saturday, raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada in their annual Boot Drive. Members from Crofton, Sahtlam, Maple Bay, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Mill Bay and Malahat fire departments will be holding out their boots in downtown Crofton, Catalyst Pulp and Paper, Superstore, Valley View Country Grocer, Valley View Liquor Plus, Duncan Safeway, Beverly Corners Thrifty Foods, Beverly Corners Liquor Store, 49th Parallel Grocery Store, Mill Bay Thrifty Foods, Mill Bay Co-Op and Mill Bay Tim Hortons. Funds raised have a direct impact on the Cowichan Valley, home to 12 registered clients of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Cowichan firefighters have raised more than $350,000 through their Boot Drive alone.

• Chris Jones, Donna Petrie and the rest of the folks at Duncan’s Travelodge Silver Bridge Inn is giving select customers a chance to put their money where their mouths are. They are launching the Old Fork by Night experience with a few days of special invitation-only meals where guests are asked to eat their fill, then pay whatever they feel is appropriate. They promise tapas dining and live music.

• Chemainus Gardens has just published a book of photos by Cim MacDonald, and donated enough copies that one lucky person from each table at the Golden Brush Awards dinner was able to take one home, after a scrumptious dinner from a menu developed by Mike Morgan of Clubhouse Catering.

• Your eyes didn’t betray you while diving through Mill Bay the morning of Nov. 21. Those were male members of the Class of 2014 rallying outside Frances Kelsey Secondary School in tutus.

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