Valley Calendar

Dry Grad Fundraiser for Cowichan Secondary School, Music Trivia and Dance (19-plus), Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m., tickets $10, cssdrygrad@gmail. com or 250-246-0000. Safe rides home by 3rd Quamichan Scouts.

Kids Learn to Fish Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Chemainus Lake Park, River Road. Hosted by Cowichan Fly Fishers Association and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. Open to children age 3-15, free.

Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society 2015 Garden Fair Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.-2p.m., free admission, Cowichan Exhibition Grounds. Free coffee and donuts for first 200 guests at the door. Special gifts for first 100 customers. More than 3,000 rhodos, companion plants and gardening supplies.

Truss (flower) display of local rhodos. Info: 250-746-6419.

St. Joseph’s School 50th anniversary Captain’s Ball Fundraiser, dinner, dance, live and silent auction, Saturday, May 2, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight with The Dave Lieffertz trio and The Maxwell Smart Band, tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door, table for $250 ($10 reservation fee). Tickets at Chemainus Foods, Ladysmith 49th Parallel Grocery, St. Joseph’s School. Info: 250-246-3191 or sjcpac@cisdv. Getting to Know Your Elders workshop with Joanne Yearsley, Saturday, May 2, 2-4 p.m., Duncan library. Learn to document recollections of those around you. $4 at registration to cover cost of hand-sewn booklet. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Bring a photo or two. Info:


Cowichan Valley Naturalists Annual Coffeehouse Field Trip May 4, meet at 8:30 a.m. at Island Savings overflow parking lot for carpooling. Tours around Somenos and Quamichan Lakes. Wear good footwear, dress for weather, bring lunch and water. Easy walking. Info: Genevieve 250-746-8052.

Author reading at Chemainus library, Wednesday, May 6, 12-1 p.m. Christine Rose Margaret Bennett, author of Retrieval: An Account of My Early Life 1933-1953, retired school teacher and musician living in Chemainus. Free.

Chemainus Gardens with local artist/author Cim MacDonald, Saturday, May 9, 2-3 p.m., Duncan library. Story behind her book of photography highlighting the passage of seasons in the Chemainus Gardens. Learn about self-publishing process. Free.

Pancake Breakfast and silent auction fundraiser for the Cowichan Valley Foster Parent support group, Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.-noon, St. John’s Anglican Church, 163 First St., Duncan.




Crofton Block Watch invites the public to annual meeting to see how Block Watch works, Monday, May 4, 7-9 p.m., basement of Crofton Community Centre. Speaker: Carol-Ann Rolls of Cowichan Community Policing. Info: 250-246-6727.

Monthly meeting of Cowichan Valley Arthritis Support Group, May 4, 1 p.m., 486 Jubilee St., Duncan. Speaker: Jim Potts of Cowichan District

Hospital pharmacy with an update on general and arthritis-specific medications. Info: 250-748-4395.

Chemainus Garden Club meeting Tuesday, May 5, 1 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 3319 River Rd., Chemainus. Guest Speaker: Garry Brust on growing veggies like cucumber, peppers, tomatoes and cape gooseberry in containers. Brag table, $2 drop-in fee. Info: 250-246-1207.

Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society meets Tuesday, May 5 for last meeting of the season, St. John’s Anglican Church Hall, 163 First St., Duncan, 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker: Marc Columbel from France with a 45-minute presentation "Rhododendrons in France: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow". Visitors welcome. Question/answer period. Info:

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