Coming up in Cowichan: Chalk it up in City Square

“Chalk Up the City”, a free block party with chalk, bubbles, music, food and more hits Duncan City Square.

“Chalk Up the City”, described by organizers as “a free block party with chalk, bubbles, music, food and more” hits Duncan City Square Friday, Aug. 26 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It’s an all ages, fun event aimed at celebrating summer and raising awareness for the Youth Spaces Project, organized by Safer Futures to create cool places for youth in local parks.

Chili Barn Dance returns to Saywell

The third annual Chamber Chili Barn Dance is rolling into Saywell Park in Lake Cowichan Sunday, Aug. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m.

This fundraiser for the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce features live music, dancing and fun, along with chili, fresh baked rolls and sarsaparilla soda on tap.

There are several kinds of chili, courtesy of various sponsors. Melinda West of Royal LePage Duncan Realty is bringing her delicious turkey chili; the Chamber’s own Katherine Worsley is bringing the kids’ favourite, beans and wiener chili; Betty Sanddar is bringing her traditional beef lovers chili; the Kaatza Station Museum is weighing in with Karl Dalskog’s chili and Country Grocer is stepping up with their own special blend.

Local entertainment is going to be provided by the Barn Burners Band and Yee Haw.

The cost is $5 per person, with barbecue hot dogs available, with help from the folks at Deep Fried Ice Cream for $2 apiece. Children 12 and under get their chili free.

Nothing trivial about literacy

Literacy Now Cowichan is hosting its annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Just Jakes in downtown Duncan.

The entry fee per team is $300, which includes burgers and beverages for team members, and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., teams of five will wrestle with skill-testing questions to achieve top spot honours in this fun afternoon where having a mind like an overstuffed attic is an asset.

LNC pairs highly trained volunteer tutors one-on-one with more than 300 adults per year. The idea is to help them as they upgrade their skills in reading, writing, math, computer basics, smart phones and tablets, speaking and writing in the English language for immigrants, budgeting money, job search and job readiness skills.

“For many of our clients, this tutoring provides a bridge to trades programs, adult high school programs and other job training,” Barb de Groot, founding member and long-time LNC chair, said last week.

For entry registration forms, contest rules and further information about Trivia Challenge, contact: Literacy Now Cowichan, 250-597-1776 or kathleenlitnowcow@gmail.com

Paws for a Cause returns this fall

Dog lovers alert! Paws for a Cause, that fun fundraiser for the BC SPCA, is back on Sunday, Sept. 11 at McAdam Park in Duncan.

Registration opens at 10 a.m. and the two delightful walks commence at 11 a.m.

Depending on the athletic abilities of you and your dog, there are walks of one kilometre and three kilometres through the woodland behind the park.

Registration for the events is $20 for adults ($15 for online early birds) and $10 for youth ($5 early bird).