Best to stay home if you can’t be kind

The Sunshine Coast Community Foundation recently awarded a grant of $850 to the Pender Harbour & District Marine Rescue Society. The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue station will use the grant to purchase two children’s flotation devices (PFDs) that will be available for loan at popular visitor locations. Well done and well deserved! 

Madeira Market, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the courtyard at The Hall, hosted by the PHCC, is fun to visit and shop. Shelly from Young Living gives a presentation on essential oils at 1 p.m. Naomi of Huckleberry Studio has pottery that you will treasure forever and is so inexpensive. Green goodies for your garden, fresh flower bouquets just $10, and bracelets – a new one celebrates the Painted Turtles of Pender Harbour from Beads and Bouquets. 

Do visit the lovely Harbour Gallery that will now be open through the month of September. The works of our local artists are so diverse and breathtaking you will want to own one and you can! Their social distancing setup is working very well. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

The Bargain Barn “Inventory Reduction Sale” continues through August with new offers each week. The latest, “Sale of the Week,” will be posted outside the door of the Madeira Park Legion (where the pop-up is currently operating from). Remember to visit The Bargain Barn’s website and check for updates on Facebook and Instagram. Please note donations are accepted Wednesdays only at The Barn location where you will be asked to sort your donations. 

Fibre Works Studio and Gallery, Sunday, Aug. 16, “Slow Sunday” welcomes Doreen MacLauchlan presenting Drop Spindle Spinning. Come at noon and take advantage of learning from an expert. From 1 to 4 p.m. the group will continue in a relaxed and safely social way for the rest of the afternoon. Participants from noon to 1 p.m. will be asked to pay a $10 drop-in fee. 

Last Sunday at The Clubhouse was fantastic to say the least! The delicious food, the fantastic service, the setting and just to make it over the top, The Blue Line Trio with Dr. Fun, so entertaining had folks singing and dancing. Treat yourself. This Sunday, Aug. 16, 2 to 5 p.m., enjoy music of the Billy Hillpickers Band, the fine food, cool drinks, sunny hospitality. Reservations highly recommended. 

Special thanks to Mike and his staff/family for welcoming the West Coast Crossfires on their coastal drive Aug. 6. The super photo session was taken on the greens then into The Clubhouse for a delicious lunch. 

Harbourside Friendship, Thursday, Aug. 20 welcomes guest speaker Ann Hopkins from Capilano Elder College presenting Possibilities for the Fall. Bring a chair. Pack a lunch and safely join the gathering behind The Hall at 10:30 a.m. 

The COVID pandemic is spreading at an alarming rate in B.C. The Sunshine Coast’s demographic has shown our average resident age is much older than the national average therefore more vulnerable. Here in the Harbour we have a frightening amount of folks not practising the very simple, protective protocols. Please, it is not rocket science, not expensive. Safe distance, have a mask, hand sanitizer, maybe gloves at a convenient location and use them when out. One cup holder in my car holds a bottle of hand sanitizer. Hand soap always handy by the sink, now a pleasant habit. Safety first, is to protect all. When Dr. Bonnie Henry announces the frightening amount of new cases you can take some comfort knowing you are doing your part. 

Be kind. Leaving your home add to your checklist – are you good to go, feeling well? Are you ready for the new norm? Most of all, will you be kind? If not, stay home. Not feeling well includes not being ready and able to be kind. You may not spread the virus, but you will hurt someone that is out there on the front line, doing their absolute best, or some good kind person just being nice. 

Have a good week. Stay safe, stay healthy, be kind and thoughtful. Contact me with your news at dilys for the Friday edition of Coast Reporter.


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