The Courtenay and District Museum is creating a Curious Kids Club on Saturdays for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years.
Starting November 29th children will meet at the Museum from 10:00 am -12:00 noon (a perfect time for mom and dad to scout out the Farmers’ Market across the street at the Native Sons Hall).
The first three sessions will uncover some of the mysteries behind Christmas.
- November 29th- Old School Entertainment: Making Pioneer Toys
- December 6th – Christmas Crafts: Decorations Then and Now
- December 13th- Lighting Up the Past: Tin Can Lanterns
These are drop-in classes on a first come, first served basis. Cost is $2 per child or FREE with a Museum family membership. Maximum of 12 kids per class.
On Saturday, December 13, from 12:00-3:00, Paul Horgen, Retired Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and active community contributor will share his new children’s book, Tales of Kona the Guide Dog. Kona will accompany Paul. This is a great opportunity to meet Paul and Kona, to learn more about guide dogs and to find a perfect gift for children. A portion of the proceeds from Paul’s book sales will go to BC & Alberta Guide Dog Services and to Project Watershed Society.
Here’s a review from William Thornton, Founder & CEO, BC Guide Dogs
“I am quite certain, the Tales of Kona will captivate young readers as well as parents, teachers and others that will be reading the book together at home and in school.”
Please join us!
Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay & District Museum
Speakers: Margaret Horsfield and Ian Kennedy
Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.
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Two celebrations equals twice the fun!
On Saturday, November 22nd from 11 am – 4 pm, the museum is inviting the community to drop by for a visit and share some cheer.
Elasmosaur and fossil related activities will include dinosaur movies, fossil exhibits and a chance to talk to paleo experts for fossil identification.
For those in a more Christmas frame of mind there will be a chance to make children’s Christmas crafts and enjoy a reading of “The Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas”.
Or maybe you’d just like to come by for some cake or Christmas goodies and enter your name for a chance to win a door prize!
Gillian from Detailed Face Painting will also be on hand to add some colour to the day. There is a $5 charge per face.
Admission to this event is free to any family that brings in either a new or gently used unwrapped toy for Santa’s Workshop or a food donation for a local food bank.
Coming Fall 2014!
There’s a new spin on knitting, crocheting, weaving and many other domestic crafts. In some circles, they’re now called heritage crafts. Works for us. Because heritage is the business we love. That’s why we’re going to be presenting knitting, fiber days and general craft days throughout the fall. Stay tuned to our
September newsletter for more information on these activities.
Keeping it Current—and Historic!
With the help of Aleta Salmon, Summer Programme Coordinator, the museum is rolling out a whole new line-up of programming for students for the 2014-2015 school year.
Currently, the museum is strong on presenting programmes in the earth sciences. Added to this, museum staff are working on revamping and creating new programming in settlement history, First Nations and general natural history to match education curriculum for varied grade levels.
We’re looking forward to a busy fall and winter season! More information will be available on this programming by the end of August and we’ll be sending out a special email with full descriptions.
The Courtenay and District Historical Society will host its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 10th beginning at 6:30 pm in the museum’s Rotary Gallery.
Fifty three years ago, in 1961, founders of the Courtenay and District Historical Society began the organization with a regional mandate to create the Courtenay and District Museum (CDM) in order to collect, preserve and interpret cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley. Core values of the museum encompass integrity, inclusiveness, community service, rigorous research, objective interpretation and public outreach.
Up to 1987, a diverse group of volunteers managed the governance and everyday operation of the museum. Archaeologist Katherine Capes was a founder, along with Ben Hughes, Editor of the Comox Argus, and First Nations leaders Chief Andy Frank and Robert Clifton, and many others from the community. The Board has always included an elected member of the K’ómoks First Nation.
Today, the museum has a full and part time staff of seven. Each summer the museum hires students from Young Canada Works, Service Canada and K’ómoks First Nation. Participation from high school work experience students is also an important part of the museum’s focus on education and mentoring. Volunteers continue to play a vital role and several volunteers work in specific curatorial areas on a weekly basis.
Congratulations and thank you to the board members, society members, staff, volunteers and visitors who continue to make the museum a vital heritage resource.
On Canada Day, drop by the Courtenay and District Museum after the parade and help celebrate our country’s birthday.
There will be free admission, balloons and door prize draws between 12 noon and 4 pm.
Special activities will include cupcake walks for all ages and a hands-on craft for kids.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Alan Jossul.
Canada Day is a great chance to explore history at the museum. Discoveries happen here!
Photo by Lia Sommer
Friday, June 6th from 7 – 9 pm
On Friday, June 6th from 7 – 9 pm, join North Island College’s Professional Photography students at the Courtenay and District Museum for the opening of the programme’s 17th showing of student work. The event marks the fifth collaboration between the museum and the photography programme by utilizing the museum’s second floor gallery.
Amanda Dostie, Lorenz Jimenez, Megan Lawrence, Kendal McLellan, Milena Russell, Lia Sommer and Emily Walsh will display personal favourites as well as images created for their final portfolio review.
The students’ reasons for choosing photography as a career vary as widely as the regions of Canada from which they come. All, however, have been captivated by the visual expression and challenges of a medium that continues to evolve and influence our lives.
The NIC Pro Photo Show will be on exhibit until late afternoon of June 14.
Last year’s Easter celebration was so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again! This year’s big event will be on Saturday April 12, from 11am – 2:30pm. It’s sure to be a fun time for the whole family. Admission is by donation.
Activities planned for the day include: an opportunity to make an Easter-themed craft, a special display of over 100 amazing brightly coloured egg- shaped minerals and a visit at some point from the “Hot Chocolates” bunny who will be hopping by to give out some delicious samples.
Of course the feature activity will be a petting zoo in the Rotary Room Gallery where everyone can make a fuss of lambs, kids (the goat kind), bunnies, ducks and hens. We would like to give a big thank you to the 4-H Club for bringing and caring for the animals.
Hope to see you there!