Valley Calendar


Cowichan Fish and Game Association hosts Canadian Firearm Safety course (PAL/RPAL) starting Friday, May 29. Info: Mike 250-748-0319 or

Evergreen Independent School presents Children and Apple Pie family fun fair Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cobble Hill hall and fairgrounds. Free admission. Mini golf, games, silent auction, apple pies, woodworking, bouncy castle, plant table, face painting and more. Win diamond earrings in a pie, sponsor: Ben Moss Jewellers. Info: 250-743-9786.

Giant SPCA Garage Sale Saturday, May 30, Sunday, May 31, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Cowichan Exhibition Grounds. All proceeds to local SPCA.

École Cobble Hill Ecostravaganza celebrating World Environment Day, Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the school. Theme: Water. Yours to Protect.

Koksilah Farmers Institute presents Linda Gilkeson: Canning and Preserving workshop, June 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Hub, 2375 Koksilah Rd. Limited seating. Contact for info and registration. $40 fee.

Love horses? Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association needs dedicated volunteers in lots of different areas. Help our special needs riders to reach their goals in the ring. No experience necessary, training provided. Info: 250-746-1028, email, website

Friendly Visitors wanted! Volunteer Cowichan program connects an isolated or lonely senior in the community with a Friendly Visitor. Interested? Call 250-748-2133.

ShoDai Peace Chant new location Nichiren Peace Centre, Johnny Bear and Cambrai Road. Meditation Thursdays, 7 p.m., Discovery Sunrise Sundays, 10 a.m. Website: www.viretreats. com. Info: 250-710-7594. Email:

Duncan United Church Thrift Store, operating for 20 years, supports outreach programs. Great bargains, reasonable prices. Open Fridays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Duncan Family History Centre (Genealogy) is open, Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m. Free access to, FindMyPast available, 1815 Tzouhalem Rd, LDS Church. Info: 250-748-9618.


Dance to music from the 50s and 60s at Valley Seniors Centre, 198 Government St., every Wednesday, 3-5 p.m., $5. Info: 250-746-4433.

Lake Cowichan 50 plus activity centre hosts Music at the Lake, Saturday, June 20, doors open 6 p.m., $5 entry fee, light meals and snacks for sale. Ray Harvey and Jack Gunderson will perform an eclectic program for all ages.

Lake Cowichan 50 plus activity centre, 55 Coronation St., needs volunteers of all ages. Info: 250-749-6121.

Lake Cowichan 50 plus activity centre, 55 Coronation St., holds bingo Wednesdays, 1 p.m., Sundays, 7 p.m. Volunteers needed. Info: 250-749-6121.

Attention Lake Cowichan! Rivernotes Women’s Choir meets Mondays, 6 p.m. at the Lake Cowichan Senior Centre. Lots of fun and a great vocal workout!

Valley Seniors Activity Centre,

198 Government St., Duncan open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. $20 per year. Carpet bowling, cribbage, billiards crafts, bridge, choir, bus trips on our own bus. Live music Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dances every 1st and 3rd Saturday evening 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Open to public for Bingo each Tuesday. Many special events throughout the year. Check out Monthly Newsletter at and consider membership if you’re 55 years or older. Info: 250-746-4433.Info: 250-746-4433 or

Bingo for over 19s, Seniors Activity Centre (198 Government St., Duncan), Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. Early Bird Draw, Loonie Pot, Odd and Even, Number Seven and Bonanza. Info: 250-746-4433 or

Chemainus 55+ drop in centre new activities: floor curling and darts.

Chemainus 55+ drop in centre cribbage every second and fourth Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Chemainus 55+ drop in centre line dancing every Tuesday, 9:30-11 a.m.

Weekly bingo, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., Valley Seniors Centre, Duncan. Info: 250-746-4433 or


All-ages chess club: all skill levels and ages welcome to play and learn chess in supportive, fun environment. Mondays 6-8 p.m., Duncan library gathering place or available tables.

Cowichan Fly Fishers meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Air Cadet Hall, Gibbins Road. Doors open 7 p.m. Open to all ages and skill levels. Info: www.cowichanflyfishers.


Teen Yarn Craft Group, Duncan library, Thursdays, 5-6 p.m., ages 13-18. Learn to knit, crochet. Extra needles and yarn provided.

Family storytime at Duncan library Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., ages 0-5 and families. Stories, songs, rhymes and fun.

Art Film Night at Sylvan United Church, monthly double features $5. For info see Facebook page or sign up for distribution list at

Seniors Dragon Boating, Monday and Thursday mornings 9:30 a.m., Hecate Park. Info:

Swing Dance Lessons Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Island Oak High School, 5814 Banks Rd. Duncan, $10 per class, $12 drop-in fee, private lessons available. No partner necessary. Info: Josef 250-709-8583,

Cowichan Valley Scottish Country Dancing Thursday evenings 6:30-8 p.m., singles, couples, beginners welcome, Chemainus Seniors Centre. Info: 250-748-9604.

Calling all chess players, every Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. All levels welcome. Info: 250-743-8740.

Interested in rocks? The Cowichan Valley Rockhounds meet the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m., Duncan Airport. Info: 250-743-3769.

Duncan Badminton Club, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-10 p.m., Multipurpose Hall, Island Savings Centre. Recreational and ladder. All welcome. Info: 250-746-4380.

Beginners meditation, Wednesdays, 6:30-7 p.m., regular meditation, 7-8 p.m. Info: email peace@viretreats. com or 250-710-7594.

Drop in table tennis, Monday and

Thursday, 7-9 p.m., Queen of Angels School. All ages welcome, coaching available. Drop in fee $3. Info: Frank 250-748-0566 or email fe0540@telus. net


Cowichan Valley Hospice Society annual general meeting June 4, 7-8:30 p.m., St. John’s Anglican Church, Duncan. Hear results of this winter’s community consultations and learn about plans to develop hospice palliative care needed for the future. Refreshments served.

Cowichan Valley Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at St. John’s Anglican Church hall, 486 Jubilee St., Duncan, 7 p.m. Newcomers welcome. Info: 250-709-2608.

Cowichan 950 Toastmasters meets Wednesdays 7-9 p.m., Island Savings Centre, Duncan. Info: www.cowichan

Silverbridge Toastmasters meets every Tuesday, Island Savings Rec. Centre, Duncan, noon to 1 p.m. Learn and improve public speaking and communications skills. Info:

The Diggers Club of Cowichan meets the second Wednesday of the month, Chemainus United Church, 7 p.m. Come meet other collectors and see and hear about collections. Refreshments served. Info: 250-748-5707.

Living with Cancer Support Group meets the last Friday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Cancer Society Office, Unit 100, 394 Duncan St., Duncan. Anyone with cancer and their caregivers welcome. Info: 250-746-4134.

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