THURSDAY NOV. 14
7 p.m. Vancouver Island Short Film Festival fundraising gala at the Firehouse Grill, #7 Victoria Rd. Tickets $20, which includes appetizers, a drink, and the chance to meet the filmmakers. For more information call 250-729-3947.
7:30 p.m. The Nanaimo Historical Society presents 'Canada and the First World War' with guest speaker Gavin Cooper from the Vancouver Island Military Museum. At Bowen Park Complex meeting room at 500 Bowen Rd. For more information call 250-756-0931.
Noon -9 p.m. Kris Kringle craft market, runs until Nov. 17, various hours. Admission $10 daily or $12 for all 4 days. At Beban Park Social Centre, 2300 Bowen Rd.
8 -10:30 p.m. Schmooze Productions presents 'Monty Python's Spamalot' at Nanaimo Centre Stage on Victoria Rd. Runs until Dec 7, a musical comedy "lovingly ripped off from" the 1975 film 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail.' Tickets at www.schmoozeproductions.com or call 250-739-0721.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Nanaimo Brain Injury Society and Nanaimo Citizens Advocacy Association invite you to enjoy homemade soup, buy a homemade bowl and make a donation to these two societies. For more information call 250-753-5600.
1:30 -3:30 p.m. 'Take Back Your Power,' a documentary film about the risks of smart meters and the global smart grid. The film plays at the Eagles Hall in Ladysmith. Admission by donation. A 90-minute documentary by Vancouver filmmaker Josh del Sol.
FRIDAY, NOV. 15
6 p.m. Author Katrin Horowitz reads at Harbourfront Library. Free, all welcome. For more information call 250-753-1154.
SATURDAY, NOV. 16
Various times Nanaimo Museum's feature exhibit on toys from the early 1900s to the 1980s opens and runs until Dec. 31.
7:30 p.m. A Capella Plus presents 'Good Vibrations: Songs we Love to Love from Beethoven to the Beach Boys at the German Cultural Centre. Tickets $15 adult, $10 student. For more information call 250-754-1094.
SUNDAY, NOV. 17
1, 4 and 7 p.m. TheatreOne presents 'The Sapphires' in its Fringe Flicks series at the Avalon Cinema. Also on Monday at 7 p.m.
1 -3 p.m. Screening of 'Take Back Your Power,' a 90-minute documentary exploring the risks of Smart Meters, at the Harbourfront Library.
2:30 p.m. Malaspina Choir presents 'It's a Grand Night for Singing' at St. Andrew's United Church. $20 adult $15 student.
8 -10 p.m. Open mic comedy, music and magic at the Corner Bistro.
MONDAY, NOV. 18
7 p.m. Nanaimo Family History Society presents 'Captain John Thomas Walbran' at the Beban Social Centre in room 7 and 8 p.m.