The Run for the Claus is back this year with a virtual event. (Citizen file)

The Run for the Claus is back this year with a virtual event. (Citizen file)

Coming up in Cowichan

Events coming to Cowichan

Get ready craft fair lovers.

The Deck the Hall Christmas Market is back in 2021 at the Cowichan Exhibition on Nov. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The market boasts more than 100 artisans from all over Vancouver Island and is a great chance to do some Christmas shopping. Vendors include jewelry, textiles, accessories, pottery, food and more.

Admission is free and there will be a concession on site.

Proof of vaccination will be required to enter Mellor Hall and mask are mandatory inside, and recommended for outdoor booths as well.

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Queen Margaret’s School is hosting a Christmas Outdoor Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m, to 2 p.m.

There will be a silent auction, games for children, a Sweet Tooth Booth, a book stall and local vendors for Christmas shopping.

“We can’t wait to welcome our Cowichan community back to campus with this fresh outdoor spin on a long-time valley favourite,” says a press release for the event.

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The Run for the Claus is going virtual this year with an event on Dec. 4 to 12.

Participants can walk, run or shuffle either 3.5 km or 6 km with family and friends to support people with developmental needs in the Cowichan Valley.

“In past years, Run for the Claus has brought a jolly, blizzard of red to the Cowichan Valley as participants donned full Santa suits and ran in support of Clements Centre programs,” explains a press release for the event. “Long-time event organizers Chantal Clarke and Alan Crisp are excited to be bringing this event back this year, with a few modifications.

“So many people missed the Run for the Claus last year when it was cancelled, so we are just so excited to see everyone in their red Run for the Claus shirts out there raising awareness and funds for those with special needs in this community,” shares Crisp.

“With so many fundraising events cancelled over the last few years, the loss of revenue is hard for local charities so we wanted to make sure we could hold this event in a safe way this year. Of course, we want to get back to an in-person run and are hopeful that next year, the Santas can gather again.”

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for youth. Register online or make a donation to the event at www.clementscentre.org/runfortheclaus/, by phone at 250-746-4135 or in person at 5856 Clements St.

Register online to create an individual or team fundraising page, though fundraising is not required. You can join the Run for the Claus community of Facebook, and also post a picture of your run on Instagram with the hashtag #runfortheclauscowichan.

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Organizers of the Jewish Fast for Gaza, which has been gathering in Duncan City Square on the third Wednesday of each month, are changing it up next week with a noon gathering on Monday, Nov. 29 outside the Duncan office of MP Alistair MacGregor at 126 Ingram St.

“This is a call to come together…in a solidarity call for justice and self-determination for the Palestinian people, in particular for Palestinians under Israeli domination in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,” said a press release for the event. “Our gathering will be one of a number of events occurring in Canada, the U.S., and elsewhere. Our event is endorsed by the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI, a Canadian coalition) and the Jewish Fast for Gaza, Cowichan.”

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Christian Science Societies in Duncan and Nanaimo are sponsoring an online talk by Phillip Hockley on Christian Science on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m.

His talk, “A New View of God and its Effect on Well-being” will be live-streamed on www.christianscience.bc.ca. A preview of the talk is on the website and a replay will be available afterwards.

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