Lexi Bainas

Council told it’s time to get busy on Lake Cowichan’s roads. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan’s roads need assessing, so costly reconstruction can be avoided

Some work needs to be done soon or costs could skyrocket

Council told it’s time to get busy on Lake Cowichan’s roads. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
The wonderful Christmas Village is back at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou, Thursdays until Sundays in December until Dec. 22. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

VIDEO: Little trains, miniature shops, tiny people: the Christmas Village is back at Youbou

C’mon up to Youbou where Cassy’s Coffee House and the Jones family are offering a real holiday treat

The wonderful Christmas Village is back at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou, Thursdays until Sundays in December until Dec. 22. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)
Clara expresses her delight in The Nutcracker she’s been given by her mysterious uncle. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

VIDEO: ‘The Nutcracker’ returns to Cowichan for pair of performances on Dec. 7

Traditionally a family favourite, this ballet is a colourful kickoff to Christmas

Clara expresses her delight in The Nutcracker she’s been given by her mysterious uncle. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)
Run for the Claus gets everyone into a Santa suit for some exercise and fundraising on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Sportsplex. (Citizen file)

Run for the Claus is back Sunday, Dec. 8 but at a new location: the Cowichan Sportsplex

Get the family together and enjoy this dress-up run

Run for the Claus gets everyone into a Santa suit for some exercise and fundraising on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Sportsplex. (Citizen file)
Schools, families, and businesses all step up to help others in the Cowichan Neighbourhood House ‘Adopt a Family’ campaign every year. (Cowichan Neighbourhood House photo)

‘Adopt a Family’ through Cowichan Neighbourhood House this Christmas

Offering a helping hand at Christmas by buying gifts for a family is a tradition for many Valley folks

Schools, families, and businesses all step up to help others in the Cowichan Neighbourhood House ‘Adopt a Family’ campaign every year. (Cowichan Neighbourhood House photo)
The Brenda’s Brats group always enjoy a good time, and these two Christmas variety shows give everyone a chance to shine. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Brenda’s Brats group always enjoy a good time, and these two Christmas variety shows give everyone a chance to shine. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Tenor Benjamin Butterfield has earned acclaim in his native Canada and abroad. (Submitted)

Special Noteworthy Concert this Sunday in Duncan sees Butterfield join Bergmann Duo

Yes, it’s one of the onstage series, but it’s on Sunday, Dec. 1 instead of Monday as usual

Tenor Benjamin Butterfield has earned acclaim in his native Canada and abroad. (Submitted)
The Encore! Women’s Choir start a busy pre-Christmas season this weekend. (Submitted)

Lexi Bainas column: Dancing, seasonal music: all on the slate this week

After the Christmas light-ups, remember there are lots of other events to enjoy

The Encore! Women’s Choir start a busy pre-Christmas season this weekend. (Submitted)
Eben thinks Bobbie’s happiness about the approach of Christmas is ‘humbug’. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

VIDEO: ‘Little Scrooge’ is timely and entertaining family fun

Up-to-date working of Christmas classic works really well for modern audience

Eben thinks Bobbie’s happiness about the approach of Christmas is ‘humbug’. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Customers at Curves in Lake Cowichan are always generous, no matter what charity campaign is under way, such as the Cowichan Lake Community Services Christmas Hamper Fund. Here Teri Beard, left, Pauline Balmer, Chris Thompson (Curves owner), Norma Cosby (background), Sharon Carpentier, Jane Sharpe and Bertha Beard show off the gifts that have already been donated through the angel Christmas tree. (Gazette photo from Nov. 25, 2009).

Lake Flashback: Water meters, commission appointment, tourism promotion

Welcome to Lake Flashback. Reporter Lexi Bainas has been combing through old…

Customers at Curves in Lake Cowichan are always generous, no matter what charity campaign is under way, such as the Cowichan Lake Community Services Christmas Hamper Fund. Here Teri Beard, left, Pauline Balmer, Chris Thompson (Curves owner), Norma Cosby (background), Sharon Carpentier, Jane Sharpe and Bertha Beard show off the gifts that have already been donated through the angel Christmas tree. (Gazette photo from Nov. 25, 2009).
The Grinch joins Santa on the Country Grocer float in the Lake Cowichan Xmas parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Cool, dry night on Nov. 24 brings out happy crowd for Lake Cowichan Christmas parade

Lots of floats, ATVs, fire engines —and of course Santa Claus — makes for a great family event

The Grinch joins Santa on the Country Grocer float in the Lake Cowichan Xmas parade. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)
Iris (Maria Moutou) discusses taking her relationship with Kyle (Charlie Balcom) to the next level – making their status public on Facebook. (Photo by Hayley Picard)

Two plays at Duncan’s QMS tackle relationships

for teenagers, technology has created a whole new world of challenges

Iris (Maria Moutou) discusses taking her relationship with Kyle (Charlie Balcom) to the next level – making their status public on Facebook. (Photo by Hayley Picard)
Ride the steam train through a winter wonderland at the BC Forest Discovery Centre at the Christmas Express season kicks off Dec. 1. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

Christmas light ups and more kick off an exciting holiday season in the Cowichan Valley

From Ladysmith to Mill Bay, including Duncan, Chemainus, and out to Lake Cowichan, there’s lots to do

Ride the steam train through a winter wonderland at the BC Forest Discovery Centre at the Christmas Express season kicks off Dec. 1. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)
Eben Scrooge (Keegan Holman) pitches his stolen idea for an app to his teacher, Mr. Fuzziwig (Graham Fielding) while the Ghost of Christmas Past (Roselyn Baird) watches. (Kaatza Lakeside Players photo)
Eben Scrooge (Keegan Holman) pitches his stolen idea for an app to his teacher, Mr. Fuzziwig (Graham Fielding) while the Ghost of Christmas Past (Roselyn Baird) watches. (Kaatza Lakeside Players photo)
Susan Walker (Kaia Russell) doesn’t look like she’s ready to believe in Santa Claus (Hal Kerbes) just yet despite the best efforts of Fred Gailey (Abraham Asto). (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Warm and satisfying, ‘Miracle on 34th St.’ hits holiday entertainment sweet spot

Chemainus Theatre has lined up a tasty dish for its 2019 Christmas blockbuster

Susan Walker (Kaia Russell) doesn’t look like she’s ready to believe in Santa Claus (Hal Kerbes) just yet despite the best efforts of Fred Gailey (Abraham Asto). (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Robert Mari conducts the Cowichan Consort in a special evening of music Nov. 23. (Citizen file)

Music by Elgar, Kodaly, and Schubert on menu when Cowichan Consort takes stage

VIDEO: Beautiful Elgar selection will be performed in honour of four late Consort members

Robert Mari conducts the Cowichan Consort in a special evening of music Nov. 23. (Citizen file)
Jamie Johnstone is off to international competition this week. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

Lexi Bainas column: Beverley at Black Swan, Chamber Orchestra at Honeymoon Bay, Johnstone in Germany: everyone is on the go

Volunteers needed for Xmas prep at Forest Discovery, and Lake Cow. Seniors have a talent show

Jamie Johnstone is off to international competition this week. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)
LCSS girls volleyball Lakers, including Jinet Monti-Slaata, Natasha Charles and Hailey Hudson, were peaking just in time for the Islands in November 2009. (Lake Cowichan Gazette)

Lake Flashback: Honouring Barry and Lou, Lawrence hits the road, Ken squeaks by Ted

Politics was rough back then, too, but so was the urge to preserve the Lake’s history

LCSS girls volleyball Lakers, including Jinet Monti-Slaata, Natasha Charles and Hailey Hudson, were peaking just in time for the Islands in November 2009. (Lake Cowichan Gazette)
Well known as Mbira Spirit, a lively duo who play country tunes with Zimbabwean zest, the Matambas are a favourite on the Valley festival circuit. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

Edu-tainment? Agri-tourism? Little Zimbabwe Farm is unique

Tafadzwa and Amy Matamba are right on the modern trend for farms near urban areas

Well known as Mbira Spirit, a lively duo who play country tunes with Zimbabwean zest, the Matambas are a favourite on the Valley festival circuit. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)
Tim McGonigle, vice-president of the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative, has announced the winners of $50K in grants handed out by the organization. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-op hands out $50K

‘Legacy grants’ have gone to a variety of groups for everything from a heat pump to meals on wheels

Tim McGonigle, vice-president of the Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-operative, has announced the winners of $50K in grants handed out by the organization. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)