Apr. 26, 2019

Jazz Festival hits Vancouver Island University

GETTING JAZZY - The West Coast Jazz Festival comes to Nanaimo next week. Somewhere around 1,000 jazz, rock, and rhythm and blues students from 17 public and private high schools and middle schools from across Vancouver Island put their talents to the test in the adjudicated festival at Vancouver Island University on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top performers will go on to the Musicfest Canada finals next month in Ottawa. Awards and scholarships are also on the line. Nanaimo schools include Nanaimo District Secondary School, Wellington Secondary School, and Hammond Bay Elementary School.

FUNNY FOR A CAUSE - Nanaimo comedian Peter Hudson is a funny guy but he’s serious about raising cash and awareness about mental health. It’s been a dedication of his since a childhood friend died by suicide. “It’s always stuck with me and I was wondering, ‘What can I do to help out with this situation?’” he said. He began his annual comedy series as a fundraiser for the Island Crisis Care Society. This Saturday’s season finale at the Queen’s features all Island comics: Damonde Tschritter from Parksville, Nanaimoites Andrew Mack and Darryl Shaw and Victoria’s Elyott Ryan.

CO-OP AGM - If you’re a Mid Island Consumer Co-op member the annual general meeting is coming up May 29. Three of nine positions on the board of directors will be elected at the meeting. It’s takes place at Cavalottie Lodge, 2060 East Wellington Road. A couple of resolutions from the board will deal with clarification of conflict of interest. If you need to know more, call the administrative office at 250-729-8400.

NANAIMO THEATRE GROUP’s spring presentation, The Diary of Anne Frank, is under way and runs to May 11. Tickets are 20 bucks. You can get more information at www.nanaimotheatregroup.caor by calling 250-758-7224.

SPEEDY PROCESS – City council is holding a special meeting on Monday immediately after a public hearing to vote on an application for a lounge endorsement for the new brewery 11 Cliff Street. A manufacturer’s lounge within the brewery consisting of an interior lounge area and an outdoor patio with a combined capacity for 48 persons is proposed.

TIME FLIES – Can you believe its been half a century since the class of 1969 graduated from Nanaimo District Secondary? Some of those who were there are planning a 50th  reunion on June 1. They are trying to find grads from that class. You can e-mail ndss1969reunion@gmail.comor search for “NDSS Class of 1969 50th reunion” on Facebook.