Lake Days 2011 news tidbits

A series of little news items pertaining to this year's Lake Days festivities.

• There will be a road closure on South Shore Road, from the Lake Cowichan Post Office to the A&W Restaurant, from about noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 11.

The road closure will serve to free up space on the road for a sidewalk sale, to benefit all Lake Cowichan businesses down this stretch of roadway.

Going into the sidewalk sale full tilt will be local clothing store Copper Lane, which will put on a fashion show, some time around 4 p.m. The fashion show will feature a DJ, as well as many local fashionably-dressed models, including a number of Lady of the Lake candidates.

The South Shore Road Fashion Show will take place the day after the Friday, June 10 Lady of the Lake Grand Ball’s fashion show, which will also feature clothing from Copper Lane; 39 outfits in all. This is the store’s third year doing the fashion show.

Handicapped parking is available at Cowichan Lake Community Services’ parking lot.

With Saywell Park’s handicapped parking spaces filled with road hockey players throughout the weekend, the Community Services’ parking lot will be freed up.

The parking lot is located behind the Kaatza Station Museum, down Point Ideal Drive, near its intersection with South Shore Road.

The Lake Cowichan Foodbank Society will be collecting non-perishable foods throughout the Lake Days weekend, at the gate to the Saywell Park festivities. Drop some food off for those members of the community that are in need.

The Cowichan Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters will be organizing the children’s games at Saywell Park on Saturday and Sunday. Games will consist of things like bean bag toss and other small activities.

In addition to heading up the kids’ games, the organization will be seeking adults to mentor local youngsters.

“Sometimes they don’t have positive role models,” Big Brothers Big Sisters representative Erin Generous said.

“It’s a chance for volunteers to kick back and be a kid again.”

Volunteering consists of a few hours per week with the child, aged between six and 19. Mentors must be 19 years of age or older, and pass an interview and screening process.

For more on the organization, they can be contacted at 250-748-2447.

• This year’s Lake Days volleyball action will be less structured than last year’s. Instead of a tournament, local Grade 12 student Hailey Hudson will be organizing drop-in volleyball, both Saturday and Sunday.

• Honeymoon Bay’s popular Farmer’s Market will visit the Town of Lake Cowichan for Lake Days, with the market set up next to the rest of the Lake Days excitement, off of South Shore Road, next to the Subway Restaurant.

Expect to see many of the same vendors that show up every Saturday in Honeymoon Bay, and then some.

Crafts, fresh eggs, pies, plants for your garden, and many other locally-produced goods will be available at the market.

• A book sale will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at the Peters Centre (next to the Lake Cowichan Gazette office).

• This year’s Lake Days Dance will be headlined by last year’s openers; the local rock cover band The Joint Chiefs.

The dance a 19-plus event, and will take place at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. Tickets are $20 each, and are available at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, Curves, the Youbou Hall, and the Cowichan Ticket Centre Box Office in Duncan.

The Joint Chiefs bring with them many years of experience, with front-man Jack Gunderson having toured with various rock bands over the years.