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Coming up in Cowichan: Women’s Day film, Seedy Sunday and March Break at the library

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Even before you get into the gym, there’s lots to see outdoors at Seedy Sunday. (Citizen file)

An International Women’s Day event on Friday, March 3 in Duncan will feature a film about reproductive rights.

Sponsored by the group Cowichan Reproductive Rights, there will be a showing of 2021 French drama Happening, directed by Audrey Diwan and based on the novel of the same name by Annie Ernaux.

The film is set in France in 1963 and tells the story of a young student named Anne who gets pregnant. As she sees her pregnancy threatening her future and destroying her relationships, she tries numerous avenues to get an abortion, which is illegal at that time, even ones that are unsafe.

The film begins at 7 p.m. at Duncan United Church, and Joyce Arthur of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada will lead a post-film discussion.

Admission is free.


The Cowichan Valley Naturalists Society is hosting an online presentation called “Listening to Dinosaurs” on March 6.

Byron Thomson and Freda Eckstein will give the talk starting at 9:30 a.m.

The event is free.

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On Friday, March 10 at Vancouver Island University in Duncan there’s both a book launch and a panel on forestry reform on Vancouver Island.

The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features the launch of former Forest minister Bob Williams’s book, titled Using Power Well. It is described as a memoir on the NDP Dave Barrett government and the future of our forests.

Volume One bookstore will be there with copies available for signing and purchase.

There will also be a panel of speakers including Thomas Bevan, a land use planner, Arnie Bercov, a past PPWC president, Ben Parfitt, CCPA BC and Orin Quinn of the FSC.


Duncan’s Seedy Sunday is back exclaims Cowichan Green Community, which organizes the event.

It will take place on Sunday, March 19 at the Si’em Lelum Gym on River Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We are thrilled,” said organizers in a press release. “With ample space for indoor and outdoor exhibitors, a large area for workshops, and lots of space for kids’ activities, this years’ event is guaranteed to be the biggest yet!”

“This is our favourite event of the year,” said Judy Stafford, executive director of CGC. “When we planned the first event in 2009 in the old Mercury Theatre we had no idea that it would become so successful. After cancelling the 2020 event, and offering an online event in 2021, and a scaled back event outside in 2022, we are overjoyed to be back in full swing this Spring. We are excited about offering workshops again and we can’t wait to see all those gardeners walking out with seeds and plants in hand ready to get planting.”

The Duncan Seedy Sunday is primarily focused on the exchange of seeds, but for many it is a kick-off to spring. Gardeners of all skill and experience levels will find something of interest, organizers said. There will be locally produced seeds, vegetable seedlings, herbs, native plants, and garden accessories.

There are also free workshops: “How to Save Your own Vegetable Seeds (Everything you need is in your Kitchen) with Carolyn Herriot is scheduled for 11 a.m.; “Plants and Prayer Walk” with Della Rice-Sylvester is scheduled for noon; and “Native Pollinator Workshop” with Sierra Stacey is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Admission is $2.

For more information contact CGC at 250-748-8506 or info@


The Cowichan library branch in Duncan has a bunch of free programs for kids during March Break, from March 15 to 24.

On Wednesday, March 15 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. there’s the weekly meeting of the Lego Club. On Friday, March 17 from 11 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. there’s a Family Storytime. On Friday, March 17 there’s a Stuffy Sleepover Dropoff from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where these stuffed friends will spend the night at the library.

Also on the Friday there’s Textile Art For Kids - Weaving from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required for this workshop which will take 10 children, ages seven and up.

On Tuesday, March 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. there’s Textile Art for Tweens and Teens - Macrame. Registration is also required for this event, which has only 10 spaces available for ages 11 and up.

On Thursday, March 23 it’s Design Your Own 3D Print + Print it at the Library from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required and the workshop is for ages 10 and up. Participants are asked to bring their own laptop or tablet, though there are a limited number at the library for sharing.

On Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m. to noon there’s the Elephant and Piggie Puppet Show instead of Family Storytime. The event is for pre-school aged children up to Grade 6.

Every day at the library there is a book display to look through, make and take craft kits and a VIRL Island Treasures Contest.

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