It is hard to remember that just one year ago our biggest challenge was all the snow. Little did we know that COVID-19 would have such a significant impact on our programming and operations.
The Comox Valley Writers Society is hosting its 4th annual North Island Writers Conference which runs from Jan. 8 to the 29th. Opening Night is a free event on Friday, Jan. 8 at 7 pm. The public is invited but registration is required for access.
All conference workshops are offered via Zoom
The Pearl Ellis Art Gallery is located at 1729 Comox Avenue in Comox. The Gallery is currently open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 am-2:00 pm with COVID protocols in place. Signage for direction and spacing has been installed and hand sanitizer is available at the door. Gallery capacity is limited to six people at a time.
“Even more than describing her cause, “I Am Greta” introduces us to the person herself, digging deep into why she’s pushing herself so hard, to do what our planet’s adults apparently won’t.” Noel Murray, LA Times.
These stories turn us away from the bright lights and festive pressures and move us into an exploration of darker, older, more fundamental things: winter, cold, poverty, loneliness, death, the cycle of life, awakening, fire, rebirth, and the rapt connection between a teller and their audience. They give us permission to dance with darker contemplations, which can be refreshing in this strange 2020, and at the time of year when we’re all supposed to be tinsel, eggnog and merriment.
Bring some joy into your holiday season with World Community’s film series screening of River City Drumbeat (95 min), available online from Dec. 26 – Dec 29th. The film is a reminder that there is kindness, compassion, and community in this world.
Films will be available to watch from the comfort of your home at any time during the festival. Audience members can purchase festival passes or tickets for individual films and decide when to watch, in any order, for 9 days. It’s “your festival, your way.”
In these extraordinary times, our winter program will look different than in previous years.
Due to COVID-19, our hours of operation will be limited to Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. (Except for for the final two weeks of December, when we will open Dec. 22+23 from 10am to 5pm, Dec. 24 from 10am to 3pm, and close from Christmas to New Years).
Neil is a member of the FBCW, the Comox Valley Writers Society, and the Victoria Writers’ Society. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to support the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.