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Annual women's show offers information

NANAIMO - Annual Nanaimo West Coast Women's Show takes place at Beban Park Auditorium on March 5-6.
Trish Newton Segal

From seminars to shopping, there will be no shortage of activities for women to do in Nanaimo next weekend.

On March 5-6, the 17th annual Nanaimo West Coast Women’s Show will take over Beban Park social centre. The two-day event features vendors offering a range of products, services, seminars and job opportunities for women.

Trish Newton Segal, organizer of the two-day event, said the West Coast Women’s Show is all about celebrating being a women and coincides with International Women’s Day, which is on March 8.

“It is a very positive, information-taking fun type of a day to come out and celebrate being a woman,” she said. “It is just a good time to get together and celebrate being a woman.”

Vendors this year include Arbonne International, Cherub Chocolate, Coombaya, Mercedes Lane, Nanaimo’s Health Shop, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Lifetime Cookware and Hanky Panky.

“You can buy cookware, you can buy romantic toys,” Newton Segal said. “We’ve got health food stores, clothing, real estate, photography. I really tried to put something together for everybody.”

A main component of the show is the seminars, which are led by a number of health and wellness professionals.

Speakers this year include Nathalie Ristord, a certified therapeutic hypnotist, who will discuss anxiety, and Jennifer Dyck, who will be talking about whole food supplements.

Other speakers include Dr. Carmen Luterbach, a naturopathic physician, and Dr. John Yim, who speaks about autoimmunity.

Although the West Coast Women’s Show is intended for women, Newton Segal said men are welcome, adding that the two-day event is a great place to purchase gifts.

“We get lots of men coming through too and they want to know what their gal is interested in,” Newton Segal said.

Single-day tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. A two-day pass is $10. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Haven Society.

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