Parksville-Qualicum Events for August 8 – 14, 2011

Here’s what’s happening in Parksville-Qualicum this week! For more information on these Oceanside events, please visit the Official Qualicum Beach, Parksville BC Tourism Site.

Qualicum Beach Farmers Market
Taste the fresh-picked goodness and flavor of local vegetables and fruit, free range eggs, meat, cheese, seafood, baked goods, preserves and honey. Find unique artisan and craft products.
Saturdays, May 7 – December 10, 2011 – 8:30 am till noon: Qualicum Beach Community Hall

Errington Farmers Market
The Errington Farmers Market offers fresh produce, baked goods, bedding plants and items created by local crafters as well as coffee and goodies from the coffee shop in a woodsy, friendly atmosphere. There is always music playing, activities for the kids and lots of conversation with friends and neighbours.
Saturdays, May 7 – September 24, 2011 – 10:00 am till 1:00 pm: 1390 Errington Road (Errington)

Summer by the Sea Street Market
Every Tuesday night from 6 – 9 starting June 14 to August 30, Parksville’s own outdoor market with vendors selling a range of goods from baking, garden fair, toys, jewellery, clothing, artists, non-profit societies and much, much more.
Tuesdays, June 14 – August 30, 2011 – 6:00 till 9:00 pm: Craig Street (Parksville)

“In the Pink” Block Party & Specials
Join us Friday Nights! Downtown Businesses are gearing up for “We’re in the Pink” every Friday night every Friday from June 17th from 5 to 8 pm going to September 2nd. Come enjoy the local creations and talent at the Primrose Street Block Party and check out the Hot Pink Specials from the merchants and restaurants. Any vendors that are interested in participating “In the Pink” please contact Donna at 250-752-0444.
Fridays, June 17 – September 2, 2011 – 5:00 to 8:00 pm: Downtown Qualicum Beach

Artisans in Qualicum Beach
Friday Night Art Market with live music. Many well known artists partake in this event every year! Open from 3pm to 8pm every Friday evening starting July 1, 2011. Come view the great art and live music!
Fridays, July 1 – August 19, 2011 – 3:00 to 8:00 pm: The Old School House Arts Centre (Qualicum Beach)

Adventure Camp (9-12 years old)
Adventure Camp 9-12yrs. Join the Adventure Camp crew for a very active summer. Each week will be filled with a mixture of onsite activities and exciting field trips. Parksville Elementary School. July 4 – August 26. Week and daily registrations available.
Weekdays, July 4 – August 26, 2011 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Parksville Elementary School

Camp Bigfoot (5-8 years old)
Camp Bigfoot 5-8yrs. The perfect camp for younger children. Each week is filled with age appropriate activities that encourage creativity, excitement and enthusiasm from all participants. Weekly themed camps, July 4 – August 26. Week and daily registrations available.
Weekdays, July 4 – August 26, 2011 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Parksville Elementary School

Super Summer Tuesday Swims
Special rate swim admission of $1.25 or $2.50 every week…. All summer at Ravensong Aquatic Centre. Now that’s a great deal! Everyone Welcome Tuesdays July 5 – August 16, 1:30-5:00pm. 250-752-5014
Tuesdays, July 5 – August 16, 2011 – 1:30 to 5:00 pm: Ravensong Aquatic Centre (Qualicum Beach)

Camp Suntastic (6-10 years old)
Camp Suntastic 6-10yrs. Join our sensational leaders for fun in the sun every day. Parksville Community Park – Picnic Shelter. July 11 – September 2. Week and daily registrations available.
Weekdays, July 11 – September 2, 2011 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm: Parksville Community Park

Qualicum Beach Playground (6-12 years old)
Qualicum Beach Playground 6-12 yrs. A drop-in program with daily themes designed to offer active, onsite adventures. Buy a day pass for $15 or a 5 punch pass for $60. Program runs July 11 – August 26.
Weekdays, July 11 – August 26, 2011 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm: Qualicum Beach Playground

Summer in Storybook Village
Storybook Village is open this summer for free family fun Mon & Wed mornings from 10 to noon, and Tue & Thu afternoons from 1 to 3. Visit the buildings in Munchkinshire; kids can ride the pedal cars, bikes, plasma cars and trikes on the Roundabout Roadway. Bring your own helmet if you have one. Summer visitors are welcome!
Monday – Thursday, July 11 – August 18, 2011: Storybook Village (adjacent to Qualicum Beach Elementary School)

Beat the Heat Skate - NOT THIS WEEK!
Beat the heat this summer and go for a refreshing skate at Oceanside Arena. Everyone Welcome. Join us for a frosty treat on the “kick off the summer” session, July 13. Wednesdays, July 13 – Aug 24, 6:45-8:15pm. No session Aug 10. Regular admission. 250-248-3252
Wednesdays, July 13 – August 24, 2011 (excluding August 10) – 6:45 – 8:15 pm: Oceanside Place (Parksville)

Mother Goose & BLT Buddies in Alphabet Gardens
Join Mother Goose Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 for stories, songs, rhymes, gardening tips, art and music. This is a free program and everyone is welcome!
Thursdays, July 14 – August 18, 2011: Alphabet Gardens (adjacent to Qualicum Beach Elementary School)

Parksville Beach Festival: QF Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition
The QF Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competiton & Exhibition takes place July 16 & 17 this year. The public can view the sand sculptures beginning at 2 pm on Sat, July 16. The winners will be announced on Sunday, July 17 at approx. 5 pm. And the exhibition will continue until August 14. Be sure to check out the Big Splash Entertainment weekend Aug 5-7!
July 16 – August 14, 2011: Parksville Community Park

Pastel by Invite
Featuring historical works from private collections in soft pastel of A. Y. Jackson, Nicholas De Grandmaison , Joseph Plaskett, Dorothy Oxborough, Harley Brown, Veronica Milner. A selection of recent pastels by D. F. Gray. Also by invitation works in soft pastel of contemporary Canadian artists. Andrew McDermott, Brittani Faulks, Diana Ponting, Joan Larson, Lorna Dockstader, Michael Chelsey Johnson, Page Samis, Vicki Brophy, Barbara Boldt, Dave Beckett, Gaye Adams, Karen Martin Sampson, Margaret Ferraro, Nancy Slaght, Perrin Sparks, Anita Kertzer, Christine Camilleri, Sandra Cattermole.
July 18 – August 14, 2011: The Old School House Arts Centre (Qualicum Beach)

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre – Raptor Presentations
During the months of July and August on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:30, NIWRA will be presenting glove trained raptors such as Bardo the owl, Sandor the eagle or Emily the Saker Falcon. Be surprised which one will appear!
Wednesday – Friday, July & August, 2011 – 1:30 pm: North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (Errington)

Camp Narnia: A Children’s Summer Camp
Camp Narnia is a BC summer camp where adventure and imagination thrive! Camp Narnia ran from 1986 – 2006 both on Salt Spring Island and near Shawnigan Lake. It is a private, non-denominational camp whose programs are based on the creative and imaginative children’s stories, the Chronicles of Narnia. Camp Narnia is centered around storytelling, forest and nature activities, farming, unique crafts, theater and so much more. We work with the goal of fostering inclusiveness, respect and the opportunity for children to challenge themselves and to make long-lasting friendships.
August 7 – 27, 2011: 1888 Kaye Rd, Nanoose Bay

Arrowsmith Golf – Ladies Night
Ladies Night 5:00 pm – 9 Holes, Dinner, Prizes, Fun Evening!
August 8, 2011 – 5:00 pm: Arrowsmith Golf Course (Qualicum Beach)

FRA Youth Music Week
Register to jam, learn new instruments, compose songs, and possibly record your music with the Family Resource Association! Limited space- call Erin @ 752-6766 to get a spot! Ages 12-19
August 8-11, 2011: Contact FRA for location.

Timberline Dance
Dance To TIMBERLINE – Free, live Classic Country & Rock’n Roll music that lets you hear yourself think and hold onto your dance partner! Every Wednesday, 7:30 to 10:30 pm Parksville Legion, 146 West Hirst St., Parksville. All adults welcome!
August 10, 2011 – 7:30 to 10:30 pm: Parksville Legion

Coombs Fair
Step right up and enter the fair! Wander through our animal barns, learn about 4-H skills, pet the bunnies, chickens, and more. Special events unique to our fair include a wacky gardening hat contest, kids’ cover art contest, chicken and duck races.
August 13 – 14, 2011: Downtown Coombs

QF Festival of Lights Fireworks
QF Festival Of Lights fireworks celebrate the end of the Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition the night before Kidfest and the QF Childrens Sandcastle Competition. The fireworks music will be simulcast to music on 88.5FM The Beach at dusk.
August 13, 2011 – dusk: Parksville Community Beach

Splash – A Fundraiser for Moorecroft Regional Park
While strolling the beautiful grounds of Pacific Shores Resort & Spa, you will sample gourmet appies from The Landing West Coast Grill and fine beverages from Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Chase & Warren Estate Wine and Vancouver Island Brewery. As well, enjoy displays by local artists Debbie Goodman, Dan Gray, Joyce Hedges, Ilse Holling and Lyndia Terre, and live music by Rob Kennedy ( Participate in some friendly competition with a silent auction and “fun-raising” games! Funds raised will go toward The Nature Trust of BC’s commitment to the purchase price and restoration work of important facilities and trails at Moorecroft Regional Park.
August 13, 2011 – 2:00 till 4:00 pm: Pacific Shores Resort & Spa (Nanoose Bay)

KidFest is a day of fun, family and laughter. It is a free community event, on Parksville Community Beach. Our mainstage features non stop entertainment. Over 30 community groups are on site to provide free interactive games, crafts and activities for children under the age of 14. There are also concessions and a handful of wristband activities. For more information visit
August 14, 2011 – 10:00 am till 3:00 pm: Parksville Community Beach

Quality Foods Children’s Sandcastle Competition
Take part in our annual Children’s Sandcastle Competition! Get your team together and plan your creation! Information and registration guides are available at any Quality Foods store after August 1. Registration is at the beach from 9:30 to 10:30 am
All age categories begin building at 11:00 am sharp! Ages 6 & under – 30 minutes, ages 7 – 9 – 60 minutes, ages 10 – 12 – 90 minutes
August 14, 2011 – 11:00 am: Parksville Community Beach

Music in the Garden – Spectacular Music BC presents Joe Chindamo & Friends
Sunday August 14, Spectacular Music BC presents Joe Chindamo and Friends – “Improvisatory fireworks as jazz giants reunite” featuring Joe Chindamo – accordion, Phil Dwyer – sax, Jodi Proznick – bass and Craig Scott – drums.
August 14, 2011 – 6:30 till 8:30 pm: Milner Gardens & Woodland (Qualicum Beach)

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