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October 16, 2008

Creative Flow

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 12:35 pm



Exploring all corners of our minds, expanding our perception, opening our throats and experiencing expression – refined and in-the-raw!

My vision is of a continual connective space serving as a calaborative, creative outlet, providing both feedback and inspiration and offering spontaneous sparks with resultant curious connections and funky friendships.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 18th, 2008,  from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Community Hall Lounge.

By donation to cover rental of space.

Come on out and drum, sing, beatbox, guitar it up, whatever you fancy, whatever your style!

Please contact Sarah for more info/to help out: 250-629-3742

October 14, 2008

Public Lecture

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness,Services,Views — Jocko @ 5:38 pm

Is Disease Mongering the Greatest Threat to Healthcare?

by Alan Cassels

Canadian health care is in crisis and the escalating cost of prescriptions is recognized as one of the key elements of this problem.  University of Victoria drug policy researcher Alan Cassels provides important information on the causes of the increased cost of medications and insights into solutions to tackle this growing problem.  His entertaining prescription for this problem includes a dose of healthy skepticism, humour and poetry.

In Cassels’ new book, The ABC’s of Disease Mongering: An epidemic in 26 letters (Emdash Publishing, Victoria, 2008), the well-known commentator on drug policy tickles your funny bone with his new take on the very real and growing phenomenon of Disease Mongering – the practice of convincing more and more of us that we’re patients, in order to sell us health treatments of all sorts.

Cassels, the co-author of the bestselling Selling Sickness: How the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are turning us all into patients (GreyStone 2005), diagnoses this growng epidemic through the use of engaging rhymes, insightful illustrations and scholarly research.  The book not only gives a fresh new perspective on a health care issue of concern to us all, but creates a new literary genre: Pharmaceutical Policy Poetry.

“By sugar-coating the message with humourous rhymes, maybe we can painlessly spread the word about an epidemic that’s threatening our health and the sustainability of our health care systems”, says Cassels.

Cassels will discuss the phenomenon behind his book, The ABC’s of Disease Mongering, at a public lecture which takes place at the Pender Island Library, 7:00 pm on Thursday October 16th.  All are welcome.

For more information go to:

Sponsored by the Pender Islands Health Care Society

September 26, 2008

Runners up!

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 6:06 pm

Pender Pacers Running Group meets each Sunday morning at 8:30 in front of the Bakery for a weekly group run.  At that time we decide our route and either start our run from there or carpool to the starting point.

If you are interested in joining the group either as an ongoing member or as a “drop in” just meet us at the Driftwood Centre, in front of the Bakery.  Some of our group run or walk and there are a variety of speeds that people run so you’ll likely find someone who runs/walks at your pace.

This is great exercise, we’re a friendly bunch and we have quite a few laughs along the way.

If you want more information see our write up in the Recreation and Leisure section of the Pender Post or contact any one of the following people:

Herb or Deb, 250-629-3205;  Carol, -9959;  David, -6731;  Kim or Jon, -6247;  Ann, -3099

Hope to see you at 8:30 Sunday mornings!

September 18, 2008

Screening program…

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 12:17 pm

Screening Mammography Program:

Women between the ages of 40 to 79 are advised that the Screening Mammography Clinic will be on Pender Island this year September 23 to 26 at the Anglican Church Hall.  A visit takes about 15 minutes.

If you would like more information please go to the website at or to book an appointment please call 1-800-663-9203.

September 14, 2008

Contra Dance

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 12:20 pm

Dance to the music of Rig a Jig with caller Doug Patterson.

Contra Dancing is a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form a set of two parallel lines which run the length of the hall. Each dance consists of a sequence of moves that ends with couples having progressed one position up or down the set. As the sequence is repeated, a couple will eventually dance with every other couple in the set. Contra Dancing was all the rage in 1800.

Partner not required and all ages welcome.

Where:  Pender Island Community Hall

When:  Saturday September 20, 7:30 p.m. 

Cost:  $10., children under 12 free. $25. family rate.

Find out more: or call 250-629-6639

September 13, 2008

All laddies and lasses…

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 6:25 pm

Scottish Country Dancing started on Wednesday September 10 at Fire Hall #1, and due to a great turnout of 22 people, the weekly event has been moved to the Pender School.  There is no charge and no partner needed.  Dancing will continue Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. until Burn’s Night in January.  If interested, call Paul or Barbara Hutcheson at 250-629-2074 or email

September 9, 2008

Recreation survey underway…

Filed under: Kids zone,Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 6:33 pm

Beginning August 28, 2008, the Pender Islands Recreation Commission is undertaking a Recreation Needs Assessment.  The purpose of the survey is to understand what recreational activities the community would like to partake in but are not already available.  We want to hear from everyone (part-time, full-time resident & visitors) and all ages.

The Pender Island Recreation Commission purchases recreation programs for the benefit of the members of the Pender Island community.  The Commission can support recreational activities and recreation equipment (e.g. soccer balls, movable skateboard ramps, uniforms, skates, room rentals for recreation programs, wages for programmers/instructors, operating supplies) but not capital equipment or facilities.

Every voice, comment and opinion counts, so if you have questions, need to get a copy of the survey, or just want to share your thoughts, please contact Monica Flexhaug at  More information can be obtained by visiting  CRD Pender Island Recreation

September 1, 2008


Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness,Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 12:32 am

An eight week meditation program is being offered during September and October.

Sundays at 10 am – Silent Nature Walk

Sundays at 7:30 pm – Guided Sitting, based on Eckhart Tolle’s Power of Now

Thursdays at 7:30 pm – Silent Sitting

For more information call Eroca and Dave at 250 629-3638

These events are free.

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