It’s February everybody! We made it through January with flying colours and we here at Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace are ready for everything that February brings! And we’ve also got some fun, fun, fun events planned to celebrate our shortest month!
TONIGHT Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 pm is the first in a 3 part series presented by the Prince George Toastmasters! This month’s workshop is on Communication. Communication might be the most important competency to master for your success. Enjoy educational sessions on the art of communication & contribute to the conversations: Fred Punko, CGA and business owner, will be speaking on how to prepare and deliver an effective PowerPoint presentation; Laura Honeyman, employment councilor will be sharing with us how to manage nerves to communicate confidently; and Tom Ireland, Toastmaster leader and mill worker, will offer insights in how to begin a presentation effectively to wow and gain the attention of an audience. This session is the first of a 3 part series intended to raise the communication and leadership abilities of participants to make Prince George a better place to live. To register: http://goo.gl/VBphp. For more info, visit: www.pgtoastmasters.ca or 250-564-5191.
The Prince George Photographic Society will be in Café Voltaire tomorrow (Thursday, February 2) at 7:00 pm to talk about who they are and what they do and to show us some of the wonderful photographs taken by their members on recent PG Photographic Society day trips and personal photographic expeditions.
AND also tomorrow night (Thursday, February 2), we’ve got Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folks coming to ArtSpace at 7:00 pm! Join us for a fantastic concert by the captivating Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folks. The energetic and authentic performance of their extraordinary indie folk-pop melodies will leave you enraptured. You’re sure to be drawn into their music! Tickets are $10 and are on sale now at Books & Co.
Then kick up your heels with Sound of The North in Café Voltaire on Friday, February 3 at 8:00 pm. This Prince George and Fort Fraser band plays the best original folk, old-time and international tunes around! Be ready for fantastic high-energy polkas and soulful harmonies. As always, our Friday Night Mics are free, but you’ll want to come early to snag a seat (and maybe a polka partner).
And on Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 am local author and retired teacher Glen Sargeant will be in to sign copies of his thrilling young adult mysteries: Slalakum and Finders Keepers.
The Lost Art of Letter Writing, Prince George Correspondents’ Club Meeting, is meeting again on Monday, February 6 at 6:30 pm in Café Voltaire. Our letter writing club is booming, but we could always use more writers so come in (bring stationary, extra to share or trade if you want) and just write. We don’t care who you write to, or what you write (and we won’t judge your handwriting) we just want people to start writing and sending (and hopefully receiving) letters again. We’ll have coffee (free for letter writers) and stamps available (also free for letters sent to Canadian recipients) and we’ll make sure your letter makes it to a Canada Post mailbox. We’ve had a request for pen pals from an incarcerated gentleman, so if you don’t have someone to write to, you could always write to him.
Red Cedar Readers’ Club meets again! Come into Café Voltaire at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 7 for a lively discussion of this week’s Red Cedar pick and an art project related to the book! The Red Cedar Book Award is BC’s young readers’ choice award for students in grades 4 through 7. It was launched by the Young Readers’ Choice Awards Society of BC in 1996 to encourage children to read, develop their ability to judge the quality of published works and create an awareness of the works of Canadian authors and illustrators. Each year, 2 awards are given – 1 in the fiction category and 1 in the information book category.
And starting on February 8, ArtSpace will be hosting Graphic Novel Writing Workshops for kids and teens!
Teen Graphic Novel Writers’ Workshops – Understanding Icons & Visual Shorthand, Facilitated by Nicole Larson. In ArtSpace on Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22 and 29. 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Join other graphic novel writers and artists aged 13 to 16 to improve your understanding of the process of graphic novel creation and discuss how writing a graphic novel is different from other kinds of creative writing. Both writers and artists are welcome and we will be doing collaborative projects and exercises every week. Each week we will explore what makes graphic novels compelling and discuss why writers might choose the graphic novel genre to tell their stories. There will also be time to work either collaboratively or independently on original stories. The cost of this workshop is $50 and space is limited to 12 participants. For more information please email email@example.com or call 250-563-6637
Young Graphic Novel Writers’ Workshops – What Makes a Graphic Novel? Facilitated by Nicole Larson. In ArtSpace on Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23 and March 1. 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Join other graphic novel writers aged 9 – 12 to improve your understanding of the process of graphic novel creation and discuss how writing a graphic novel is different from other kinds of creative writing. Both writers and artists are welcome and we will be doing exercises and projects every week. We will be discussing popular graphic novels for kids including Jeff Smith’s Bone series and we’ll talk about the parts of a graphic novel and how they fit together to tell complete stories. There will also be time to work either collaboratively or independently on original stories. The cost of this workshop is $50 and space is limited to 12 participants. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-563-6637
Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 pm we’ve got a real musical treat in ArtSpace! Brandon Isaak (Yukon Slim) is coming to town to unveil his new album Bluesman’s Plea. An eclectic mix of Delta blues, country blues, gospel and ragtime, Bluesman’s Plea is “about the 3 greats, great vocals, great musicianship and great songwriting” – John Vermilyea, Blues Underground. Tickets are only $15 and are on sale now at Books & Co.
Books & Co also has tickets for An Evening of Musical Comedy starring Dawn Boudreau & Guests and hosted by Carter Horie on Saturday, February 18 in ArtSpace. Tickets are only $15.
Don’t forget Valentine’s Day on February 14th! We haven’t…but you’ll have to check our website, Facebook page and blog (and next week’s email) for more details on the romantic night we’ve got planned for Café Voltaire.
That’s it for today folks! Sidewalks are treachery with all the ice, so why not stay in with a good book.
You can find us on Facebook and Twitter and did you know we’ve got a blog? Well we do, find out our thoughts on all things books related at booksandcompany.wordpress.com