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August 19, 2009

Boating safety on parade…

Filed under: Nautical bits — Jocko @ 7:12 pm

Submitted by Richard Fox:

The Pender Island Power & Sail Squadron Rides Again This Saturday


Although we took last year off, we are back in the saddle again with a live-action parade float to bring attention to boating safety and the looming 15 September deadline when boat operators are required to have their Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (PCOC).

Our parade float legacy began in 2003 when we portrayed the Gilligans Island crew.  2004 brought an ambitious pirate ship and dance number, while in 2005 we enacted a wedding at sea complete with giant cake and the entire party.  Next came a raucous “Boatcracker Suite” in 2006 with a sleeping beauty and her nautical nightmare, then a replica of the Titanic with a singing lovelorn lass in 2007.

Line up around 10:15 am Saturday August 22, 2009 to see the parade that starts around 10:30 at the fire hall, then proceeds into the fair grounds.  Watch for the Power & Sail Squadron’s float, then come to our booth to get details about how you can acquire your PCOC.

August 18, 2009

Eco Home Tour scheduled

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 5:56 pm

From Colin Hamilton of Thuja Wood Art:


Photo collage courtesy of Macleod Timber Framing, Pender Island BC

Announcing our up coming Eco Home Tour here on Pender Island:

Pender Island Eco Home Tour
A fundraiser for the Pender Island Community Hall,
presented by The Eco Homes Network
Sunday, September 6, 2009, 10am to 4pm
$15 advance tickets, 18 years and under – free

Tour eco-homes and natural buildings made with local, non-toxic, reused or renewable materials.

Tickets available at Southridge Store, Talisman Books & Gallery, Medicine Beach Market and the Saturday Farmers Market at the Community Hall.

Visit for more info on all of the homes on the tour, or contact:

Eco Homes Network
Pender Island, BC
250.629.3302 |

August 15, 2009

Avid has arrived!

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 4:06 pm


From Leroy McLaughlin:

Introducing Avid MAGAZINE  :: Pender Island, BC
for creative art, music, food, events, expression and inspiration

Avid is Pender Island’s Arts and Entertainment Magazine, focused on the arts and artists of all types.  Featuring musician profiles, artist interviews, stories and more, plus a monthly calendar with community art events and entertainment happenings.

Whether you are showcasing an event, advertising your business or art studio, or looking for arts and entertainment on Pender, Avid is your magazine.

Our first issue has been a great success!  Thank you to everyone for your support and enthusiasm . . .

August 2009 issue is available online at

Avid MAGAZINE is free. Delivered each month to every mailbox on Pender and available throughout the Driftwood Centre and other locations. This will make sure your message reaches every household on Pender Island, as well as the many visitors who frequent Pender year round.

The free-listing Events Calendar is a popular resource and allows for repeat ad exposure throughout the month as people look to Avid to see what’s happening.

We want to know about your upcoming show, opening, concert or special event.  To submit your FREE Calendar Listing, send plain email text to:  (No file attachments please.  Send as plain email text, thanks.)

For Display Ad rates and sizes send an email to Leroy McLaughlin or call 250.629.0051

September Issue Deadline for Submissions:  6pm Thursday, August 20th

We hope you enjoy Avid MAGAZINE and look forward to hearing from you.

Leroy McLaughlin and Ella Sokolosky,  Avid MAGAZINE,  Pender Island, BC

August 9, 2009

Media Watch

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 12:26 pm

From MACLEAN’S magazine

There’s beauty hiding in the weeds

By Julia McKinnell – Thursday, August 6, 2009

Seaweed lowers cholesterol, thickens sauces, and can give you skin as soft as Johnny Depp’s

On B.C.’s remote Hornby Island, population 900, Norwegian-born Vera Rønningen teaches local women how to make use of washed-up seaweed for food and beauty products. Rønningen sells packages of her seaweed beauty products locally at the co-op grocery store and boat rental kiosk for under $20—giveaway prices when you consider that Estée Lauder charges $130 an ounce for a seaweed cream called Crème de la Mer worn by Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp.

“I haven’t used skin cream for 10 years, just my seaweeds,” says Rønningen, who’s dressed in brown coveralls and work boots, her long blond hair tied in a bun. She has a bachelor’s degree in marine ecology from UBC and a master of science from Norway’s University of Bergen.

For the full story, visit

Maybe we could get her to come to Pender and give us an educational workshop.

Contact Vera @ 250-335-3106 or email:

August 6, 2009

Pender’s Becki Ross launches new book…

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 11:34 am

Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver


Becki L. Ross
University of Toronto Press © 2009

On Sunday August 16 Becki Ross is launching her new book Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex and Sin in Postwar Vancouver at Talisman Books, Driftwood Centre, at 2pm.

Press release:  “After the Second World War, Vancouver emerged as a hotbed of striptease talent. In Burlesque West,the first critical history of this notorious striptease scene, Becki Ross delves into the erotic entertainment industry at the northern end of the dancers’ west coast tour – the North-South route from Los Angeles to Vancouver that provided rotating work for dancers and variety for club clientele.

Drawing on extensive archival materials and fifty first-person accounts of former dancers, strip-club owners, booking agents, choreographers, and musicians, Ross reveals stories that are deeply flavoured with an era before “striptease fell from grace because the world stopped dreaming,” in the words of ex-dancer Lindalee Tracey. Though jobs in this particular industry are often perceived as having little in common with other sorts of work, retired dancers’ accounts resonate surprisingly with those of contemporary service workers, including perceptions of unionization and workplace benefits and hazards. Ross also traces the sanitization and subsequent integration of striptease style and neo-burlesque trends into mass culture, examining continuity and change to ultimately demonstrate that Vancouver’s glitzy nightclub scene, often condemned as a quasi-legal strain of urban blight, in fact greased the economic engine of the post-war city.

Provocative and challenging, Burlesque West combines the economic, the social, the sexual, and the personal, and is sure to intellectually tantalize.”

Becki L. Ross is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.

August 4, 2009

Waste not, want not…?

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 7:28 pm


Some of the “Not Far From The Tree” volunteers in Toronto.

An industrious, creative and environmentally aware group of people in Toronto are running a program called Not Far From The Tree…  volunteers who offer to pick fruit which might otherwise go to waste, or when fallen, attract rodents.  Could this be an idea we could adapt and start up on the Penders?

From their website:

“The core of our programming is our residential fruit-picking program, where we pick fruit from trees that would otherwise go to waste. We help fruit tree owners make use of the abundance of fruit that their trees offer by dispatching teams of volunteers to harvest it for them. One third goes to the fruit tree owners, another third goes to the volunteers for their labour, and the final third is distributed (by bicycle or cart) to community organizations in the neighbourhood who can make good use of the fresh fruit.”

For more information about their program go to:

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