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Celine Peters (Cinderella) and Taite Marcoux (the prince), with the help of her godmother (Jennifer Moses) tell the story of magic, a glass slipper, and dreams coming true. Photo supplied
Celine Peters (Cinderella) and Taite Marcoux (the prince), with the help of her godmother (Jennifer Moses) tell the story of magic, a glass slipper, and dreams coming true. Photo supplied
Justin Hallworth lights up his home, at 1064 17 St. in Courtenay, every year for the Christmas season. He has no idea how many bulbs it takes to light the entire display, but he said it’s “about 60 Rubbermaid containers’ worth.’ The roof alone takes 55 strands of lights. It takes him about a month to set up every year. Why do he and his wife do it? “It’s fun,” he says. Photo by Terry Farrell

City of Courtenay activates holiday light tour interactive map

Have you decorated your home or business for the holidays? The Comox…

Justin Hallworth lights up his home, at 1064 17 St. in Courtenay, every year for the Christmas season. He has no idea how many bulbs it takes to light the entire display, but he said it’s “about 60 Rubbermaid containers’ worth.’ The roof alone takes 55 strands of lights. It takes him about a month to set up every year. Why do he and his wife do it? “It’s fun,” he says. Photo by Terry Farrell
Comox Valley cadets spent a weekend at CFB Esquimalt in Victoria as part of their citizenship & Canadian Armed Forces familiarization program. Photo submitted

Comox cadets visit CFB Esquimalt

On the weekend of Nov. 25-27, cadets from the Comox Valley’s army…

Comox Valley cadets spent a weekend at CFB Esquimalt in Victoria as part of their citizenship & Canadian Armed Forces familiarization program. Photo submitted
The Weird Church Wishing Tree is set up with tags listing gift needs for women at Lilli House women’s shelter in Courtenay. Photo supplied

New Weird Church fundraiser supports Comox Valley women’s shelter

The holiday season is stressful enough as it is. Add the struggles…

The Weird Church Wishing Tree is set up with tags listing gift needs for women at Lilli House women’s shelter in Courtenay. Photo supplied
The Celebration Singers Community Choirs will perform a pair of concerts, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, in Courtenay. Photo supplied

Celebration Singers Christmas concerts set for Courtenay

According to the Men of Notes, “If you can talk you can…

The Celebration Singers Community Choirs will perform a pair of concerts, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, in Courtenay. Photo supplied
Ralph Barrat & The Sharp will entertain the Georgia Straight Jazz Society crowd at the Little Red Church in Comox on Dec. 1.  Photo by Bill Jorgenson

New location, familiar face for next Georgia Straight Jazz Society concert

This Thursday, Ralph Barrat & The Sharp 7 make their debut appearance…

Ralph Barrat & The Sharp will entertain the Georgia Straight Jazz Society crowd at the Little Red Church in Comox on Dec. 1.  Photo by Bill Jorgenson
Tin Town retailers are ready for the Christmas rush as the annual community open house nears. Photo submitted

Tin Town Christmas Open House and Sale goes Dec. 10

Tin Town neighbours are putting on the glitz for their well-loved annual…

Tin Town retailers are ready for the Christmas rush as the annual community open house nears. Photo submitted
Pictured, from left - Leif Lefevre (Rookie of the Year 2022 ), Sacha Scott (I Made a Difference, 2022), Ryan Chittle (Firefighter of the Year 2022), Elie Dewulf (Firefighter of the Year, 2021), Andrew Pisano (Above and Beyond 2022) Elsa Gilroy (Above and Beyond 2021), Josh Tadeson (Rookie of the Year 2021 ) and Tammy Blair (Rookie of the Year 2022 ). Missing from the photo is Brent Craven (I Made a Difference, 2021), Nick Gilroy (Rookie of the Year, 2021)

Comox Fire Rescue celebrates 2022 award recipients

Comox Fire Rescue held its annual awards night on Saturday, Nov. 26.…

Pictured, from left - Leif Lefevre (Rookie of the Year 2022 ), Sacha Scott (I Made a Difference, 2022), Ryan Chittle (Firefighter of the Year 2022), Elie Dewulf (Firefighter of the Year, 2021), Andrew Pisano (Above and Beyond 2022) Elsa Gilroy (Above and Beyond 2021), Josh Tadeson (Rookie of the Year 2021 ) and Tammy Blair (Rookie of the Year 2022 ). Missing from the photo is Brent Craven (I Made a Difference, 2021), Nick Gilroy (Rookie of the Year, 2021)
The Teddy Bear Baskets raise funds for local non-profit organizations. Photo supplied

Christmas at Crown Isle returns on Dec. 1

The annual event features a Gingerbread Village & Teddy Bear Basket Auction for local non-profits

The Teddy Bear Baskets raise funds for local non-profit organizations. Photo supplied
Santa’s Barn at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens awaits the arrival of the Jolly Old Man himself. Photo submitted

Woodland Gardens’ annual Christmas season festivities kick off Dec. 1

A visit to Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens during the festive season has…

Santa’s Barn at Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens awaits the arrival of the Jolly Old Man himself. Photo submitted
The grand prize in the YANA Christmas Cracker fundraiser is this amazing diamond ring valued at over $5,600. Photo supplied

Courtenay’s Driftwood Mall drops YANA fundraiser – other ways for community to offer support

One door closed, but many doors to support YANA are still open

The grand prize in the YANA Christmas Cracker fundraiser is this amazing diamond ring valued at over $5,600. Photo supplied
Death Cafe is a forum for open-hearted discussion of death. File photo

Comox Valley Hospice Society hosting Death Café

Ever since there have been humans, there have been questions about death.…

Death Cafe is a forum for open-hearted discussion of death. File photo
The Sewer System Conveyance Project is estimated to cost $82 million. File photo

Prep drilling begins for Comox Valley Sewer Conveyance Project

Starting Nov. 28, and lasting three to four weeks, the Comox Valley…

The Sewer System Conveyance Project is estimated to cost $82 million. File photo
Ben Coats works in natural environments about which people know little, helping to provide some answers about what’s beneath his feet. Photo submitted

Trio Takes: Carrying his weight

Highland grad grows career in geological surveying

Ben Coats works in natural environments about which people know little, helping to provide some answers about what’s beneath his feet. Photo submitted
Master potter Gordon Hutchens will be at this year’s Denman Christmas Craft Fair. Photo supplied

Denman Christmas Craft Fair turns 40

The Denman Christmas Craft Fair is celebrating its 40th birthday! This year’s…

Master potter Gordon Hutchens will be at this year’s Denman Christmas Craft Fair. Photo supplied
The annual snow geese migration covers some 3,500 kilometres from Russia’s Wrangel Island, to the Comox Valley. Photo by James MacKenzie

MARS moment: Snow geese making their annual trek to warmer climates

By James MacKenzie Special to Black Press As winter approaches, human “snowbirds”…

The annual snow geese migration covers some 3,500 kilometres from Russia’s Wrangel Island, to the Comox Valley. Photo by James MacKenzie
The D. Blinzinger Collective plays the Flying Canoe on Thursday, Nov. 24. Photo supplied

Dave Blinziger Collective performs for Comox Valley jazz fans

Although Dave Blinzinger is new to our stage, he’s accompanied by some…

The D. Blinzinger Collective plays the Flying Canoe on Thursday, Nov. 24. Photo supplied
North Island College students now have more options to the traditional bulletin board, as the college has a new arrangement with a service, Places4Students, that helps find more homes for students. Photo supplied

New housing service connects North Island College students and homeowners

North Island College wants to help connect students with places to live…

North Island College students now have more options to the traditional bulletin board, as the college has a new arrangement with a service, Places4Students, that helps find more homes for students. Photo supplied
Comox Valley Search & Rescue members prepare for a training session. Photo by Terry Farrell

Comox Valley Search and Rescue online auction will help fund new home

On call 24/7, 365 days a year, and 100 per cent volunteer-based,…

Comox Valley Search & Rescue members prepare for a training session. Photo by Terry Farrell
Conductor Paul Colthorpe leads the NICS choir in rehearsal for U.K. Yuletide. Photo supplied

North Island Choral Society hosting pair of Christmas concerts in Courtenay

Christmas is a comin’ and the members of the North Island Choral…

Conductor Paul Colthorpe leads the NICS choir in rehearsal for U.K. Yuletide. Photo supplied