• Arbutus Toastmasters, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. every Monday at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre.


  • Ballroom Dancing, Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association, Bradley Centre, Coombs, September 24 – November 12


  • Oceanside Community MakerSpace – a community work space for hobbyists. Open house every Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For info call 250-594-2893


  • Forward House, Connection, support, discussion and resources about Mental Health in a safe and caring environment. 11am – 3pm, St Stephens Church, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach
  • Arrowsmith Needle Arts Guild, 9:30, 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at Qualicum Beach Civic Centre


  • Music Trivia: 7-10pm. Shady Rest Waterfront Restaurant, 3109 Island Highway W, Qualicum Beach
  • Oceanside Caregivers Support, 1st and 3rd Fridays, 1pm, Comfort, care, support and resources for Caregivers taking care of loved ones, The Gardens, 650 Berwick Rd N


October 1-7Active Aging Week, plenty of free activities, many require pre-registration, Regional District of Nanaimo

October 1 Michelle Stilwell, MLA – Celebration of Seniors, 2-3:30pm, Seniors are invited to join MLA Michelle Stilwell for tea and treats to celebrate International Day of Older Persons and National Seniors Day, Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones Street. RSVPs required in advance. 250-248-2625 

October 1The Parksville & District Rock and Gem Club, 7-9pm, McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street, Parksville

October 2Oceanside Photography Society, 7pm, Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, Featuring: Wildlife Photographer, Antony Bucci. Guests welcome.

October 4TLC Workshop, Photo Management in Windows, 9:30am-10:30am, FREE, 494 Bay Avenue, Parksville, Bring your Windows laptop if you have one and any devices you want to transfer your photos from. Individual support will be available immediately after the workshop to answer questions and help you where you are stuck.

October 5Turkey Dinner & Dance, Bradley Centre, 975 Shearme Rd, Coombs, Tickets $40 at The Cranky Dog and Mulberry Bush Books

October 5-62nd Annual Parksville Rock & Gem Show, 9:30am-4:30pm, Parksville Community and Conference Centre, 132 Jensen Avenue E. 

October 5-6Emergency Preparedness Expo, 10am-4pm, Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach

October 6First Sunday Market and Pancake Breakfast, 9am-1pm, Coombs Rodeo Grounds, 2601 Alberni Hwy, Coombs

October 6Parkville Fire Prevention Week Open House, 10 am to 2 pm. at the fire hall located at 160 Jensen Avenue West. With a live burn demonstration at 1.30 pm.

October 8 Qualicum Beach Garden Club, QB Civic Centre, doors open 7pm; meeting 7:30pm. Guests $3. Terry Taylor, “Mushrooms and More.”

October 8Qualicum Beach & Area Newcomers Club, 10am, St. Stephen’s United Church, 150 Village Way

October 10-27 “Grace & Glorie,” Echo Players, Village Theatre, 110 West 2nd Ave, Qualicum Beach

October 12Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance Series, 2pm, live band: Georgia Strait Big Band Dance Band, Tickets $20, McMillan Arts Centre, 133 McMillan Street

October 12-13Nanoose Bay Thanksgiving Studio Tour, 10am-4pm, Start your tour at our Studio Tour Information Centre located at Nanoose Place, 2925 Northwest Bay Rd.

October 13Second Sunday Market & Pancake Breakfast 8am – 2pm, Lighthouse Community Centre, 240 Lions Way

October 15Oceanside Women’s Business Network, 5:30pm-9pm, The Bayside, 240 Dogwood St.

October 16 — Eaglecrest Garden Club Monthly Meeting, 7-9pm, Colin Bartlett, owner of The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store in Nanaimo, will speak on “Getting Your Garden Ready for Birds.” Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, 747 Jones Rd, Qualicum Beach

October 18-20Harvest of Music, The Old School House, 122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach

October 21Parksville Probus Club, speaker: Author Roxey Edwards, “Camino de Santiago,” 8:30am – 10:15am, Parksville Community and Conference Centre, 132 Jensen Ave E,

October 25-26-2735th Annual Book Sale, Canadian Federation of University Women of Parksville Qualicum Beach, 9am-5pm, Morningstar Golf Club Pavilion, 525 Lowry’s Rd, Parksville — Drop off gently used books at their Drop Box at Wembley Mall, outside Save-On Foods, Parksville.  Or during their sorting days October 21-24 at Morningstar Golf Club House.  Sorting day hours 10am-4pm.

October 25-26BCSPCA Parksville-Qualicum Beach Book Sale & More, Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat: 9am-3pm, gently used book, gardening supplies, puzzles, crafts, CD’s, DVD’s & games, Parksville Community and Conference Centre, 132 Jensen Ave E,

October 25-26Nanoose Bay Halloween Walk, 6:30pm – 10pm, on a private farm at 2525 Northwest Bay Road,, Advance Tickets $5 person, Advanced Ticket locations: NBES School, Springford Farm Market, Soak Essentials and Pharmasave (Parksville) Advance Tickets available for SALE starting October 15th until 3pm Oct 24th while quantities last. If you miss out on advanced tickets, gate tickets (if there are any left) the night of the event are $8 per person.

October 275th Annual Mushroom Festival, Coombs Fairgrounds, 11am-4pm, large display of local identified mushrooms. Food trucks, local Artisans, local club displays, and speakers featuring Executive Chef Paul Moran, winner of Top Chef in Canada, 1014 Ford Drive, Coombs

October 27 — Mid Island Potters Show and Sale, 11am, Parksville Community and Conference Centre, 132 Jensen Ave E,

October 31 Foster Park Pumpkin Walk, The Friends of Foster Park (on Sanderson Road) are hosting their annual Pumpkin Walk. The trails will glowing with over 400 pumpkins carved by local students. Hot dogs will be for sale and there will be hot chocolate and goodie bags to enjoy. Trails are stroller friendly.

October 31Town of Qualicum Beach Halloween Pumpkin Walk & Fireworks, Hot dogs, bonfire and hot chocolate at the Civic Centre, followed by a free fireworks display (sponsored by your local Fire & Rescue Department) in the Community Park at 7:45pm. Walk the trail from the Civic Centre to the park and enjoy hundreds of carved pumpkins along the way.


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