Mining heritage celebrated

Nanaimo South End Community Association is starting to develop a history of its own by celebrating the neighbourhood’s past.

Nanaimo South End Community Association is starting to develop a history of its own by celebrating the neighbourhood’s past.

The association is hosting its 20th annual  Miners’ Heritage Picnic Saturday (June 23) at Deverill Square Park from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The free, family event begins with a pancake breakfast and includes a heritage walk around the neighbourhood with Jill Stannard from the Nanaimo Historical Society at 11:15 a.m.

Along with a pet parade at 1 p.m., ongoing activities include live music, painting and crafts in the art tent, pony rides and a petting farm, bouncy castle, Romper Room climbing wall, an El Paso train adventure, clowns, face painting and more.

Seniors can relax and visit at the 2 p.m. Strawberry Social Tea, a traditional event dedicated to the memory of local author of The Southenders, Laura Ramsey.

There will also be a silent auction with proceeds going to the South End Community Association.

Deverill Park is at Haliburton and Irwin streets at Milton Street.

For more information, please go to nanaimosouthend.ca.