Beautiful rhodonite and silver bracelet by Michele Heath is just an example of the items on display and sale at Portals gallery during December. (Submitted)

Lexi Bainas column: There’s plenty of holiday favourites lined up this week

Judy Hogg’s Celtic Rhythm Dancers and Ricki-Lee Allison’s Summit Dancers are again joining forces to present a dance-filled kickoff to the holidays on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Entitled Silver and Gold, this event is selling out at the Cowichan Ticket Centre so hurry to get your seats.

If you’ve never been to one of these events, I can personally say that they’re an unabashed celebration of Christmas and, from the name of the show, this one promises to be “a sparkly prelude” to the season.

These are family events, as lots of parents and grandparents come to see the students dance, but if you love kids and love a fun night out, this is something you should attend, too.

Tickets for adults are only $15, with children getting in for $12, so bring the whole family. Call the Cowichan Ticket Centre at 250-748-7529 or stop in today and pick up those seats before they’re all gone.

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The wind from the South End has brought a note about the 28th annual Mill Bay Christmas Variety Show.

This event packs (and I mean packs) the Mill Bay Community League Hall and will do so again on Sunday, Dec. 2. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. and I recommend you get there early if you need a chair.

There are refreshments, free parking, and an old fashioned family Christmas event on tap. It’s sponsored by the Mill Bay Community League, and produced by Brenda’s Brats so you know it will be great fun for all.

Entry is by donation to the food bank, so grab the family and make tracks to the hall for an evening of holiday cheer.

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If you love the rich glow of silver jewelry and are planning your gift list why not check out a show presented by The Tuesday Sterling Gerlz?

Michele Heath and Karola Schabernak have contacted me about this event, which showcases the work of seven jewelers who are holding their first ever show at Portals in the community centre during December.

It runs from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.

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I’ve also had a note about James & Jamesy.

Yes, they’re coming back with their outrageously funny comedy, O Christmas Tea.

These award-winning comedians have to deal with a catastrophe at a tea party, which floods the world with tea, forcing the pair to find inventive (and hilarious) ways to keep afloat.

Daffy and daft, this is for fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss.

In other words, run, don’t walk to the Cowichan Ticket Centre and get your tickets. Or call 250-748-7529. Seats cost $34 for adults and $19 for children. Why are you still here?

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Just heard that one of my favourite Valley songbirds, Lynnea Bruce, has new cause for celebration.

“My first year as a wedding videographer has been amazing!” she reports. “It’s held many learning curves and emotional experiences. I’ll never stop growing and learning and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Last night I was honoured to be named one of three finalists for Best Wedding Film (Feature) at the Vancouver Island Wedding Awards.”

Wow, a great reason to be thankful indeed. Congratulations.

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If you want to learn to carve a small totem under the tutelage of a Salish artist with 25 years of teaching and carving experience, it’s time to contact Herb Rice about his two-day workshop Jan. 19-20. (I know it’s a way off, but this is bound to fill up fast, and if you’re interested to learn about these techniques, this is a special opportunity.)

Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/566025783849144/ for details.

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