Art on the Acreage, SkyWalk Anniversary, Dementia Webinar, Museum Exhibits – Cowichan Valley Citizen

The third annual Art on the Acreage will take place this weekend at 2808 Sprott Rd. in Duncan.

On July 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., people are invited to stroll through the farm and appreciate the work of more than a dozen artists. There will be live music and a gelato truck on site from noon to 3 p.m.

Works will include ceramics, fiber art, painting, photography, sculptors and wood art.

If the event is hit by rain, it will be rescheduled for August 7-8.


The Malahat SkyWalk celebrates its first anniversary on Friday July 15 with a special One With Nature event.

There will be live music and entertainment from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including face painting, a magician, musicians, a treasure hunt and a nature educator. You can also create your own driftwood art.

On Saturdays throughout the summer, the SkyWalk will also feature two Tour de Rock events on July 9 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and August 13 (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and live music.

On July 9, July 30, August 13 and August 27, the music will start at 5 p.m.


The Alzheimer Society of British Columbia is hosting an online session on the challenges of using public transit for people with dementia.

On July 13 at 2 p.m., the free session “Accessibility and Challenges of Public Transit: Tips for People Living with Dementia” explores some of the challenges and strategies for using public transit when living with dementia .

“An inclusive transportation system not only provides a safe environment, but also creates opportunities for the public to be more aware of signs indicating when people can benefit from additional support,” says Sana Aziz, Provincial Coordinator, Dementia- Friendly Communities at the Alzheimer Society. from British Columbia

“When people understand dementia-related behaviors and have the tools to help them, they are more able and willing to lend a hand to create an accessible and inclusive transit experience for all riders.”

The Alzheimer Society of British Columbia joined forces with Chris Chan of TransLink to discuss diverse and accessible transit in Metro Vancouver and what it takes to create a dementia-friendly system. Also joining the conversation will be longtime dementia advocate Jim Mann, who will share his personal experience of navigating public transport while living with dementia.

To register, visit

Upcoming webinar sessions also include:

• An Introduction to Brain Health (Wednesday, July 20 at 2:00 pm): It’s never too early or too late to make changes if you’re concerned about dementia. Learn strategies to maintain or improve your brain health. For the general public.

• How to support a friend with dementia or a caregiver (Wednesday, July 27 at 2 p.m.): discover practical tips for offering support to a person with dementia, their caregiver or their family. For the general public.

To learn about other upcoming webinar topics, visit


Two new temporary exhibits have opened at the Cowichan Valley Museum in the federally designated 1912 Duncan Station at 130 Canada Ave. in Duncan and will be on display until August 31.

The Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital is commemorating its 90th anniversary of service to the local community with a large-scale exhibit in the museum’s Priscilla Lowe Gallery. Since 1932, dedicated members have been committed to providing patient care and comfort, first at King’s Daughter’s Hospital and today at Cowichan District Hospital and Cairnsmore Place. The exhibit includes everything from archival records of early activities, photographs of annual bazaar events and community services, and archival charts of donations collected.

The Women’s Institute of Canada is also commemorating an anniversary, her 125th, with an exhibition of posters of her work in the Priscilla Lowe Gallery. Founded in Ontario in 1897 and active in British Columbia since 1909, WI’s vision statement is “Interested, informed and engaged women in building a better future”. Here in the Cowichan Valley, many school libraries, public libraries, 4-H programs, fall fairs and community halls have been helped by members of local WI branches. These same local branches were also instrumental in founding the Queen Alexandra Solarium in Mill Bay in 1927 (now the Children’s Heath Foundation of Vancouver Island) and the British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver in 1928.

The Cowichan Valley Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.


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