Have you got your garden in? Nope, me either (I’d planned on planting yesterday but the rain kept me from doing it, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it), but there’s still time to get things done in May. Or you know you could always put that off by coming to some of the fabulous events we have planned at Books & Co, ArtSpace and Café Voltaire.
May 25 is International Towel Day, the one day a year set aside to honour the cultural icon that was Douglas Adams, author of the many incarnations of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Café Voltaire (and the patio if it’s nice out) is going to be the site of a small Hitchhiker’s Read In. Bring your copy of any of Douglas Adams’ books (or buy one here) and read them from 4:42 pm (don’t panic) to 6:42 pm. Make sure to have your towel so you too can be “a hoopy frood who really knows where his towel is.”
Friday Night Mics? This week Café Voltaire plays host to another wonderful Open Mic Night! Bring in that banjo and dust off the dulcimer because the Café Voltaire Stage is calling once again. Things kick off at 8:00 pm and as always this event is free.
Hey Moms and Dads, did you know every Saturday morning at 10:00 am we’ve got a fantastic storytime? Come in and browse (or have a coffee and a chat) while our booksters delight and amuse with the best in classic and contemporary children’s stories!
Outdoor safety expert Mike Nash is back in Café Voltaire on Saturday, May 26 from 11 am to 1:00 pm to sign copies of his vastly informative and extremely useful Outdoor Safety and Survival. Mike’s book is packed with all the things you need to know to stay safe in any of BC’s wonderful back country! From seashores to mountaintops and everything in between (including our small desert), Outdoor Safety and Survival is a book you should not be without.
Ed Zaruk is back on Wednesday, May 30 to tell you all about The Bush Pilot: Our Canadian legend and to launch Ontario Central Airlines: The Kenora Years. If you love to fly, or if you know someone who loves to fly, this is a must for your bush pilot collection! Ed’s got a fantastic presentation planned with rare footage of historical bush pilots and all kinds of spectacular information! The evening takes off at 7:00 pm!
June 1st is Doughnut Day! And no that’s not just a holiday made up by Tim Horton’s to sell more donuts. During WWI, Salvation Army “Lassies” provided comfort, aid, and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches and in 1938, the Salvation Army in Chicago thought honouring those brave volunteers would be a great way to raise some money. This idea quickly spread because people love war heroes (and doughnuts). So, to honour Doughnut Day 2012, Café Voltaire going to make fresh doughnuts (baked not fried so they’re slightly, very slightly better for you and there are rumours there will be a gluten free option). All proceeds from doughnuts sold on June 1 will be donated to Prince George’s Salvation Army! So pop in for a doughnut, coffee and that feeling that comes from doing something good (and eating something delicious).
Friday, June 1 at 7:00 pm Western Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Delek, resident teacher of Tilopa Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Vancouver will be in ArtSpace to talk about and read from How to Solve our Human Problems: an introduction to Buddha’s Four Noble Truths. Come out and discover how Buddhism addresses the modern problems and gain some insight into your own spiritual life.
Cod Gone Wild are back in ArtSpace on Saturday, June 2 at 8:00 pm This modern world Celtic band from Vernon is always a fantastic show and we can’t wait to have them back! Make sure to pick up your tickets soon! Tickets are $20 and worth every penny.
Then, Sunday, June 3 at 1:00 pm ArtSpace has got a Princess Party (for kids 3+) hosted by Miss Teen Prince George – World Kristie Gerard! There will be beading, friendship bracelet making and crown decorating. Tickets are only $10 and all proceeds will go to Free the Children.
Monday, June 4 is the latest installment of the Prince George Correspondents’ Club (that letter writing thing we do). Come in and write a letter to whomever you want (seriously, it can be anybody) and we’ll give you a coffee or tea and stamps. We’ll event mail your letters at the end of the night! So, whether you’re a regular writer or just want to get a jump on Father’s Day, come and visit us!
We’ve got a really interesting event for BC history buffs on Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm. Brendan Lillis will be in to talk about his new book Atlin’s Anguish, the true and tragic story of the crash of Taku Air Flight 2653. On September 27, 1986, pilot Theresa Bond and five passengers took off on a routine flight from Atlin, BC, in her beloved de Havilland Beaver. After an uneventful eighty minutes, the plane crossed the edge of Dease Lake, turned south and descended for landing. But something went tragically wrong in those last few minutes of Flight 2653. According to eyewitnesses the Beaver nosedived into the lake at full cruising speed. As the plane sank into the icy depths of the lake, only pilot Theresa Bond managed to escape. All five passengers drowned. Atlin’s Anguish is Theresa Bond’s brother’s journey to understand what happened that fateful day on Dease Lake.
Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 pm in ArtSpace we are ridiculously excited to be hosting the world premiere of the PG produced movie My Unwanted Guest. This tragic story of one man’s quest to reconnect a final time with his soul mate is fraught with peril. On the way to his soul mate’s funeral, Daniel finds himself stranded at the bottom of a cliff where his very survival – let alone his chance of getting to the funeral on time – is not assured. Tickets are only $8 (and include pop and popcorn) and are available now at Books & Company!
And if that’s not enough entertainment for you, your favorite (and ours) indie-rock-folk-art band is back on Friday, June 8 at 8:00 pm in ArtSpace! Victoria’s own Fish & Bird is back with their fabulous old-timey art-folk sound and we’ve got tickets (only $12) on sale at Books & Co RIGHT NOW!
That’s it for this week folks, for more information about upcoming events or just the cool things that happen here, 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