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* Green Thumb Garden Centre hosts its free Christmas farmers’ market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6261 Hammond Bay Rd.  Local food, holiday shopping, visit with Santa, kids crafts and more. Visit for details.

* Bastion City Wanderers Volkssport Club hosts a six- or 12km Ladysmith Xmas Lights walk. Registration 6:30 p.m. in the upper Cornation parking lot near Ricky’s Restaurant and the walk starts at 7 p.m. For more information call 250-756-9796.

* Workshop for adults with aging loved ones takes place at Nanaimo Family Life Association, 1070 Townsite Rd. Learn how to empower caregivers, lighten the burden and learn new skills. For details or to register, contact 250-751-5855 or e-mail

* Nanaimo Fish and Game Club hosts its annual turkey shoot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.nanaimofis for details.

* Travelling Squares hosts its Christmas dance beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Wellington Hall. Santa will pop in for a dance and will collect non-perishables for the food bank. Visitors welcome.

* Nanoose Library Centre hosts its Christmas bazaar and craft sale, a fundraiser for non-profits, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gifts and crafts, home baking, silent auction and light refreshments. Free admission.


* Nanaimo Fish and Game Club hosts its annual turkey shoot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.nanaimofis for details.


* BC Government Retired Employees Association hosts its Christmas luncheon at noon at Alice’s Restaurant, 728 Nicol St. Contact 250-390-4993 for details.

* Nanaimo Power and Sail Squadron hosts its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Nanaimo Yacht Club, 400 Newcastle Ave. Contact 250-758-7276 for more information.

* Nanaimo Newcomers’ Club, a group for women new to Nanaimo, meets at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 4235 Departure Bay Rd.


* Vancouver Island Exhibition hosts its annual general meeting at 7 p.m. at Beban Park Fairgrounds. For more information, phone 250-758-3247 or e-mail between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.


* Nanaimo Lions Club meets first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Village at 1233 Kiwanis Cres.  Prospective members are welcome to attend a meeting for a meal and an evening of fellowship. 250-390-0730.

* Order of the Eastern Star Nanaimo chapter No. 43 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ashlar Masonic building at 101 Commercial St. Details at 250-758-2852.

* DEALING WITH the Dragon anger management course for men. An eight-week course with flexible start times. Runs every Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre, 418D Fitzwilliam St. Pre-registration required at 250-716-1551 or e-mail

* Alateen hosts meetings for teens aged 12-18 from 8-9 p.m. in the basement of the Church of Christ, 1720 Meredith Rd., each Tuesday. Visit for details.

* Wellington Action Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. in the Wellington Community Hall, 3922 Corunna Ave. Visit for more info.

* Cedar Heritage Duplicate Bridge Group fall session begins. Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at Cedar Heritage Centre, 1644 MacMillan Rd. Newcomers welcome. 250-722-2656.

* NANAIMO ACCORDION Band meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at the Old Harewood Firehall on Fourth Street. 250-753-2730.

* Want to sing for fun? Non-audition choir. Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon at St. Andrews Church, downtown. $10 drop-in or $32 for four consecutive weeks. For details e-mail or call 250-729-6135.

* Nanaimo Duplicate  Bridge Club games Monday and Wednesday, 7 p.m., and Thursday at 1 p.m. Legion No. 256, 1630 E. Wellington Rd., Nanaimo. Call 250-741-0877 or 250-756-0438.  Speakers half hour before game time first week of every month October through May.

* Adult Mixed recreational, non-competitive volleyball at John Barsby Community School. Sunday nights 6:30-9 p.m. All are welcome. Call 250-754-8325 for more info.

* Natural Abundance Native Plant Nursery, 3145 Frost Rd, Cassidy. Nursery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. For information, contact the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust at 250-714-1990 or check for an updated inventory.

* Thursday Hikers depart Bowen Park upper parking lot, 8 a.m. All day hike. Bring hiking boots, raingear and lunch. 250-755-3066.

* Nanaimo Euchre Club meets for cards Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. New members welcome, teaching available. 250-758-0739 for location.

* Altrusa International of Nanaimo, providing service to our community, meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. New members welcome. Phone 250-585-7990 or visit

* Nanaimo Prostate Cancer Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Canadian Cancer Society office at 777 Poplar St.  Newly diagnosed, survivor, or looking for information.  Husbands and partners welcome. For more info call 250-756-3116.

* Dollhouse Miniatures Club meets in Nanoose. New members welcome. For time and location call 250-468-2364 or 250-754-4363. Wednesdays.

* Nanaimo Recreational Soccer is looking for players for their new women’s only rec soccer. No commitment required. Contact for information on both women’s and co-ed rec soccer.

* Nanaimo Women’s Centre is offering a 16-step group for women healing from addiction and co-dependency. Meetings are held every Monday evening. Contact the women’s centre at 250-753-0633.

* Parkinson Support Group meets 1-3 p.m. third Tuesday of each month at Buttertubs Recreation Centre oat 10 Buttertubs Drive. 250-754-2129.

* ONTARIO LADIES meet the second Wednesday of the month for coffee at Longwood Brew Pub. It also meets for lunch the last Monday of the month. Phone 250-751-0415.

* Haven House Women’s Support Group. Weekly group for women recently impacted by an abusive relationship. Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Free child care is available if you call before 3 p.m. on the day before the group to register. Call 250-756-0616 for more information.

* Malaspina Toastmasters meets 7 a.m. Tuesdays at ABC Restaurant on Mary Ellen Drive. For more information call 250-751-5204.

* Alcoholics Anonymous 24-hour meeting list information at 250-753-7513 or

* Nanaimo Community Hospice Companions Through Grief drop-in program with trained facilitators for support of people who are grieving the death of a loved one. Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, 1729 Boundary Ave. 250-758-8857.

* Uplands Lunch Bunch Toastmasters meets Wednesdays noon-1 p.m., 101-5070 Uplands Dr.

* Separation and Divorce Support Group meets every first and third Wednesday of the month. 7-9:30 p.m., Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre, 418D Fitzwilliam St, side door. Call 250-716-1551 or e-mail for more information.

* 60+ Dance to live music with Bowen Seniors at the Bowen Park ballroom, Thursdays 7:30-10:30 p.m. Come as a guest, continue as a member.

* Island Counselling offers Stop Chasing Your Mind. Anxieties, worries, insomnia, depression, fears, loss/grief, anger are not normal stress. Manage these struggles in a small safe group every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., 250-754-9988.

* ALS SUPPORT group meets fourth Wednesday of the month, 2-4 p.m., Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd. Patients, family, caregivers welcome. 1-800-708-3228 ext. 221.

* Nanaimo Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society sponsors several peer support groups for the victims of cancer. For further information, contact the Unit at 777E Poplar Street or call 250-741-8180.

* Nanaimo Healing Rooms. Come in for prayer, Mondays 7-9 p.m., Maranatha Church, 6553 Portsmouth Rd. 250-755-7838.

* Canadian Mental Health Association free recovery workshops, Rm. 19, Beban Park to May. 250-716-8827 for more information.


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