THURSDAY, JAN. 30
6 -8 p.m. Information session for the Culinary Arts and Professional Baking program at VIU. Free. Call 1-866-734-6252 to reserve a seat.
6 -9 p.m. Life drawing drop-in at VIU. $5 at the door. Building 325 room 213.
7:30 p.m. 'Between Wood and Water: Restoring Dorothy, the Oldest Sailboat in Canada'. A multimedia presentation at the Haven on Gabriola Island featuring Gabriola boat builder Tony Grove and filmmaker Tobi Elliott. By donation. More information: 250-247-7213.
FRIDAY, JAN. 31
11 a.m. -6 p.m. 'Dragon's Den' auditions at Vancouver Island Conference Centre. For more information: www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/auditions
7 p.m. Zoe Henderson plays alt-country, folk and pop at ACME Food Co. on Commercial St. No cover.
7 p.m. Nanaimo Clippers fundraiser at Frank Crane Arena. $25. Puck drops at 7 p.m. For tickets call: 250-754-1806.
8 p.m. Mark Crissinger at the Corner Bistro. Folk rock and blues. Free. More information: www.markcrissinger.com
SATURDAY, FEB. 1
1 p.m. Slideshow and talk with Nada Jovic, who recently hiked to the basecamp of Mt. Everest, at the Harbourfront Library. For more info call 250-753-1154.
1 -2 p.m. Just Kidding presents 'Monster Theatre's Mini Masterpieces' at Vancouver Island University's Malaspina Theatre, 900 Fifth St. Tickets are two for $16, at www.theatreone.org
7:30 p.m. The Vancouver Island Dance Theatre Association presents 'Dance Odyssey 2014' featuring a range of dance performances at the Port Theatre. For more information or tickets call 250-754-8550 or www.porttheatre.com
SUNDAY, FEB. 2
8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. 'Stay Warm West Coast' blanket and coat drive, drop off gently used blankets, sleeping bags and winter coats for the needy at several Nanaimo locations: Nanaimo Women's Centre, 150 Wallace St.; the Oceanside Church; 2304 Jingle Pot Rd.; Smitty's Restaurant -117-50 Tenth St. Runs until Feb. 7.
1 -2:30 p.m. Booker Prize-nominated author Ruth Ozeki reads and signs her latest book, 'A Tale for the Time Being' at the Harbourfront Library.
3 p.m. Chor Leoni present 'Cadillac Cathedral,' a collaboration musical reading with renowned Canadian author Jack Hodgins. At the Port Theatre, for more information call 250-754-8550.
MONDAY, FEB. 3
12:30 -2:30 p.m. 'Breaking Silence' group for women who have experienced violence, at Haven Society on Labieux Rd.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. John Steinman and his all new television and web series, 'Deconstructing Dinner, Reconstructing our Food System.' With special guest Heather McLeod, co-author of 'Uprisings - A hands on guide to the Community Grain Revolution.' At the VIU campus Bldg. 356, Room 109.
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