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Haarlem home to Hals museum

Haarlem home to Hals museum

HAARLEM, Netherlands—Not everybody likes Rembrandt. Lovely work with the honeyed hues, but overall too dark, too sombre! Try some Frans Hals, then. Hals (1580-1666) was a contemporary of Rembrandt’s and another Dutch master, but where Rembrandt was gold, Hals was silver; where Rembrandt was moody, Hals was exuberant. To some he was the first Impressionist, eschewing finicky detail for broad, confident strokes. He influenced Monet and Manet; van Gogh loved him.

Classic car club cruising

The Comox Valley Classic Cruisers car club held its first monthly meeting for 2011.
Guest chefs to teach new cooking classes at Tria

Guest chefs to teach new cooking classes at Tria

Tria Culinary Studio is greeting 2011 with its new cooking class schedule for February and March.
The ‘not-so-lost’ city of Nan Madol

The ‘not-so-lost’ city of Nan Madol

POHNPEI, Micronesia—They call it “the lost city of the Pacific,” but in truth Nan Madol has never been “lost” in the sense of having been hidden from European eyes.
Home-learners love exploring science and nature

Home-learners love exploring science and nature

Last January marked the launch of the Science and Nature Discovery Program at the Courtenay and District Museum.
Burrowing owls are comical and inquisitive

Burrowing owls are comical and inquisitive

On Feb. 26, MARS will host its sixth annual Eaglefest at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River. Bald eagles are magnificent birds and just one of many species cared for at the MARS rehabilitation centre.
Learn to drop, cover, hold on before Big One

Learn to drop, cover, hold on before Big One

Thousands of people in the Comox Valley will be doing the same thing this Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. — dropping, covering and holding on.
Zocalo Café a real bustling, happening little place

Zocalo Café a real bustling, happening little place

You wouldn’t know January is a slow month in the restaurant business if you happen by the Zocalo Café & Gallery on a Saturday night.
Lunar celebration will be crazy fun

Lunar celebration will be crazy fun

The deafening bang of exploding firecrackers.

Wanted: caregiver with long list of qualifications

For most of us, the holiday season is over and we are back into the swing of a normal routine.