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Comedian Darcy Michael performs during the Old City Laugh Lounge: Pride Edition, which also features special guests Emma Cooper and Vikki Smudge on Friday (June 16). Photo Contributed

Nanaimo’s Old City Laugh Lounge embraces rainbow

Pride edition of Laugh lounge features comedian Darcy Michael

Comedian Darcy Michael performs during the Old City Laugh Lounge: Pride Edition, which also features special guests Emma Cooper and Vikki Smudge on Friday (June 16). Photo Contributed
Délani Valin was awarded the Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize for her piece No Buffalos.                                 RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Délani Valin was awarded the Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize for her piece No Buffalos.                                 RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Photo Contributed                                Tev Uslu, left, and Patrick Thompson performed with the Conn Selmer National Honour Jazz Band during MusicFest Canada, they were two of 21 young musicians chosen to join the band from across Canada.

Wellington Secondary School jazz musicians garner accolades at MusicFest Canada

Nanaimo’s Patrick Thompson and Tev Uslu chosen to perform with Conn Selmer National Honour Jazz Band

Photo Contributed                                Tev Uslu, left, and Patrick Thompson performed with the Conn Selmer National Honour Jazz Band during MusicFest Canada, they were two of 21 young musicians chosen to join the band from across Canada.
Chevy Stevens released her latest novel, Never Let You Go, earlier this spring. Photo Contributed

Nanaimo author Chevy Stevens releases new thriller novel

Stevens’s book, Never Let You Go, explores the relationship between a mother and daughter

Chevy Stevens released her latest novel, Never Let You Go, earlier this spring. Photo Contributed
Compassion Gorilla performs at the Vault Café Friday (June 9) at 9 p.m. Frank Kyjonka Photo

Compassion Gorilla combines earthy folk sounds with modern dance music

Victoria band performs at Nanaimo’s Vault Café Friday (June 9)

Compassion Gorilla performs at the Vault Café Friday (June 9) at 9 p.m. Frank Kyjonka Photo
Lunch at Allens performs at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Photo Contributed

Lunch At Allen’s a joyful collaboration for members

Lunch At Allen’s performs at Port Theatre June 15

Lunch at Allens performs at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Photo Contributed
Yellow Point Drama Group presents inaugural One-Act Play Festival

Yellow Point Drama Group presents inaugural One-Act Play Festival

One-Act Play Festival held at Cedar Community Hall

Yellow Point Drama Group presents inaugural One-Act Play Festival
Bobs and Lolo have created an educational app that teaches children about the life cycles of Pacific salmon. Photo Contributed

Children’s entertainers Bobs and LoLo create educational app

Application teaches children Pacific salmon facts

Bobs and Lolo have created an educational app that teaches children about the life cycles of Pacific salmon. Photo Contributed
Sophia Halfyard, who plays Dorothy, and Abbie Jepson, who plays Glinda the Good Witch, star in Wellington Secondary School’s presentation of The Wizard of Oz, which runs June 7-10. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Young Nanaimo actors take Yellow Brick Road

Wellington drama students present The Wizard of Oz from June 7-10

Sophia Halfyard, who plays Dorothy, and Abbie Jepson, who plays Glinda the Good Witch, star in Wellington Secondary School’s presentation of The Wizard of Oz, which runs June 7-10. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
The Nanaimo Youth Choir celebrates its 25th anniversary with two upcoming concerts. The choir members sing Friday and Saturday (June 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church. Photo Contributed

Nanaimo Youth Choir celebrates 25 year anniversary with two evenings of song

Choir performs in Nanaimo at St. Andrew’s United Church Friday and Saturday (June 2-3)

The Nanaimo Youth Choir celebrates its 25th anniversary with two upcoming concerts. The choir members sing Friday and Saturday (June 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church. Photo Contributed
Julie Chadwick’s book The Man Who Carried Cash hit the shelves May 27. She is hosting a book launch June 1 at Literacy Vancouver Island at 5:30 p.m. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Julie Chadwick’s book The Man Who Carried Cash hit the shelves May 27. She is hosting a book launch June 1 at Literacy Vancouver Island at 5:30 p.m. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Patrick Olmsted, an instructor and member of the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music’s 40th anniversary planning committee, and Barbara Livingston, executive director, invite the public to come celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music marks 40th anniversary

Conservatory hosts gala concert May 27 at St. Andrew’s United Church

Patrick Olmsted, an instructor and member of the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music’s 40th anniversary planning committee, and Barbara Livingston, executive director, invite the public to come celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Photo Contributed                                Peter Hudson is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the families of Terry Sutton, pictured, and Jason Williams who were found dead outside their residence in Chipman, Alta. by RCMP after reports of shots fired.
Photo Contributed                                Peter Hudson is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the families of Terry Sutton, pictured, and Jason Williams who were found dead outside their residence in Chipman, Alta. by RCMP after reports of shots fired.
Sections of downtown Nanaimo and parts of the Brechin area were closed to traffic, May 15-18, due to filming for the second season of Chesapeake Shores. Photo Courtesy of Chesapeake Shores S2 Productions Inc.

Chesapeake Shores film crews returning to Nanaimo in June

Filming occurred in downtown Nanaimo for the Hallmark series May 15-18

Sections of downtown Nanaimo and parts of the Brechin area were closed to traffic, May 15-18, due to filming for the second season of Chesapeake Shores. Photo Courtesy of Chesapeake Shores S2 Productions Inc.
Gerda Hofman and Marc Fillion created the Jean Burns Project, part of the City of Nanaimo’s Temporary Outdoor Public Art Program, to beautify the space around the Jean Burns building construction site. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Jean Burns Project revitalizes heart of downtown Nanaimo

Project part of the City of Nanaimo’s temporary outdoor public art program

Gerda Hofman and Marc Fillion created the Jean Burns Project, part of the City of Nanaimo’s Temporary Outdoor Public Art Program, to beautify the space around the Jean Burns building construction site. RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Photo Contributed                                Jason Hewlett performs during Comedy for a Cause a fundraiser for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre on Tuesday (May 23) at the Port Theatre.

UPDATED: Nanaimo Child Development Centre reschedules comedic fundraiser because of power outage

Jason Hewlett performs comedy show at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre Aug. 24

Photo Contributed                                Jason Hewlett performs during Comedy for a Cause a fundraiser for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre on Tuesday (May 23) at the Port Theatre.
RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                Danielea Castell, left, drums and sings while Nicole Mion dances on the shores of Maffeo Sutton Park. The two lead the Body of Water Project, along with Genevieve Johnson, presented by Crimson Coast Dance Society.

Body of Water Project performance celebrates Canada’s water systems

Performances for the Body of Water Project are Saturday (May 20)

RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin                                Danielea Castell, left, drums and sings while Nicole Mion dances on the shores of Maffeo Sutton Park. The two lead the Body of Water Project, along with Genevieve Johnson, presented by Crimson Coast Dance Society.
Nanaimo artist Dale Schulz created the Hungry Bunny sculpture, part of the City of Nanaimo’s temporary public art program, as a reaction to the feral rabbit problem many municipalities are facing.                                 RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin

VIDEO: Giant pink bunny sculpture makes statement about Nanaimo’s feral rabbit problem

Hungry Bunny sculpture by Dale Schulz unveiled at Maffeo Sutton Park

Nanaimo artist Dale Schulz created the Hungry Bunny sculpture, part of the City of Nanaimo’s temporary public art program, as a reaction to the feral rabbit problem many municipalities are facing.                                 RACHEL STERN / The News Bulletin
Bria Skonberg performs during Jazz Affair, a fundraiser by the Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society to raise money for school music programs, on May 26 at the Coast Bastion Hotel.                                 Georgia Nerheim Photo

VIDEO: Young Nanaimo jazz musicians perform in front of sold-out crowd during Jazz Affair

Jazz Affair is an annual fundraiser for music education in the Nanaimo school district

Bria Skonberg performs during Jazz Affair, a fundraiser by the Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society to raise money for school music programs, on May 26 at the Coast Bastion Hotel.                                 Georgia Nerheim Photo
Photo Contributed                                Julia Mewhort, left, and Barb Creber co-organized the inaugural Nanaimo Gem and Mineral Show.

Inaugural Nanaimo Gem and Mineral Show runs May 20-21

Show includes rock, gem, crystal and jewelry vendors

Photo Contributed                                Julia Mewhort, left, and Barb Creber co-organized the inaugural Nanaimo Gem and Mineral Show.