Andrea Rondeau

The Garden House Charity Book Sale is back in October 2021 in Mill Bay. (Citizen file)

A&E column: Books are back; music, art, and theatre are too

The latest from the Cowichan Valley arts community

The Garden House Charity Book Sale is back in October 2021 in Mill Bay. (Citizen file)
First responders assist at a rollover crash at Drinkwater Road and Highway 18 outside of Duncan on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.

Rollover crash at Drinkwater and Hwy. 18 near Duncan closes road

There did not appear to be any life-threatening injuries

First responders assist at a rollover crash at Drinkwater Road and Highway 18 outside of Duncan on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.
Stone Poets are headed to the Duncan Showroom on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. (Photo courtesy stonepoets.ca)

A&E column: Live music and artwork on, Halloween Train cancelled

The latest in arts and culture in the Cowichan Valley

Stone Poets are headed to the Duncan Showroom on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. (Photo courtesy stonepoets.ca)
Bluesman Harry Manx. (Photo courtesy harrymanx.com)
Bluesman Harry Manx. (Photo courtesy harrymanx.com)
Kele Fleming is headed to the Duncan Showroom on Oct. 2, 2021. (Submitted photo)

A&E column: Art, music and inspiration in Cowichan

A look at what’s coming up in arts, entertainment and culture in the Cowichan Valley

Kele Fleming is headed to the Duncan Showroom on Oct. 2, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Three schools in the Cowichan Valley School District have COVID-19 clusters, according to Island Health. (Citizen file)

3 Cowichan schools identified by Island Health to have clusters of COVID-19 cases

École Mount Prevost Elementary, Tansor Elementary, Discovery Elementary

Three schools in the Cowichan Valley School District have COVID-19 clusters, according to Island Health. (Citizen file)
Cowichan-Malahat-Langford candidates. (Photos submitted)

UPDATED: NDP’s MacGregor wins Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding — national Liberal win

“I’m thankful for the number of people who had faith in me”

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford candidates. (Photos submitted)
Cowichan Valley Arts Council volunteers take their turn posing as lampreys at the interactive Watershed show at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Submitted by CVAC)
Cowichan Valley Arts Council volunteers take their turn posing as lampreys at the interactive Watershed show at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Submitted by CVAC)
The Terry Fox Run is set for Sept. 19. While there will be no big gathering, you can still take part in your own community. (Citizen file)

A&E column: Terry Fox Run Sept. 19; book about brothers; musicians in Honeymoon Bay

A look at what’s coming up in arts and culture in the Cowichan Valley

The Terry Fox Run is set for Sept. 19. While there will be no big gathering, you can still take part in your own community. (Citizen file)
The window display at Imagine That! for September will acknowledge some of the artists who have gone the extra mile for the Duncan co-operative over the years, as it celebrates its 28th birthday. (Painting by Robin Millan)

Artist’s co-op celebrating 28 years in Duncan

“That’s quite an impressive record for an artist’s co-operative”

The window display at Imagine That! for September will acknowledge some of the artists who have gone the extra mile for the Duncan co-operative over the years, as it celebrates its 28th birthday. (Painting by Robin Millan)
Want some colour in your life? Head to the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Gallery in the Cowichan Community Centre to see the works of Rohana Laing, on exhibit now in the Annex. (Rohana Laing artwork)
Want some colour in your life? Head to the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Gallery in the Cowichan Community Centre to see the works of Rohana Laing, on exhibit now in the Annex. (Rohana Laing artwork)
The Forest: Breath of Life exhibit is set up at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Gallery in the Cowichan Community Centre. The exhibit is open now until Aug. 24. (Dorian Melton photo)
The Forest: Breath of Life exhibit is set up at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Gallery in the Cowichan Community Centre. The exhibit is open now until Aug. 24. (Dorian Melton photo)
The CVRD is limiting hours at the Bing’s Creek transfer station, along with its other recycling and waste facilities, due to a heat wave that is hitting the area. (Citizen file)

Extreme heat has Cowichan waste and recycling centres limiting hours

Meade Creek Recycling Centre in the Cowichan Lake area will be closed entirely on Thursday, Friday

The CVRD is limiting hours at the Bing’s Creek transfer station, along with its other recycling and waste facilities, due to a heat wave that is hitting the area. (Citizen file)
A smoke marker, which could be dangerous, remains lost in Cowichan Lake. (Submitted by RCMP)

Lake Cowichan RCMP warning of lost smoke marker; canister may be dangerous

Markers dropped into the lake on the north side on Friday, Aug. 6

A smoke marker, which could be dangerous, remains lost in Cowichan Lake. (Submitted by RCMP)
Cowichan Life Cyclers Mary Hof, David Pope, and Danna Lyngard Hadden raised more than $37K for Hospice in 2021. (Submitted)

Cowichan cyclists raise almost $38K for Hospice

Due to COVID-19, the event had to go virtual

Cowichan Life Cyclers Mary Hof, David Pope, and Danna Lyngard Hadden raised more than $37K for Hospice in 2021. (Submitted)
A new wildfire is being reported in the Cowichan Valley at Skutz Falls on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. (Screenshot from BC Wildfire Dashboard)

UPDATE: Report of fire at Skutz Falls turns out to be ‘smoke chase’

State of Local Emergency remains in effect for Mount Prevost fire

A new wildfire is being reported in the Cowichan Valley at Skutz Falls on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. (Screenshot from BC Wildfire Dashboard)
Smokey skies and a helicopter overhead on the Mount Sicker side of the Holyoak Creek fire. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Smokey skies and a helicopter overhead on the Mount Sicker side of the Holyoak Creek fire. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Ashley Foot and Anthony Dang take the stage at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. (Submitted by Cowichan Performing Arts Centre)

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre featuring free concert from one of its own

Classical vocalist Ashley Foot to take the stage this weekend

Ashley Foot and Anthony Dang take the stage at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. (Submitted by Cowichan Performing Arts Centre)
RCMP officers have blocked off a section of Bell McKinnon Road north of Duncan Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

1 taken into custody as standoff with RCMP north of Duncan concludes

Multiple police cars and officers in the area

RCMP officers have blocked off a section of Bell McKinnon Road north of Duncan Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, says the online crime reporting system is conserving staff time for more serious offences. (File photo)

Online crime reporting a success in Cowichan, say officials

As of July 8, there have been 58 crimes reported through the online system

Insp. Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, says the online crime reporting system is conserving staff time for more serious offences. (File photo)