Erik Larson’s history of the Lusitania sinking is this month’s Port Clements book club pick. (Crown Publishers)

Odds ‘n Sods: Voting, stretching, and painting in Port

By Elaine Nyeholt

We missed the mist of Misty Isles all summer. The dawn is even more spectacular with the fogginess over the water. A special colour tone comes through at first light, which is late enough for me to see in October. Ah… home.

And such a busy agenda there is around home this month! This reads more like a coming events calendar!

Port Seniors are having a Thanksgiving potluck today, Friday, Oct. 12 at noon. If you have not been contacted to bring something in particular, no one ever says “no” to appetizers or desserts.

The next (and last council meeting for the current councillors) is Oct. 15.

Elections are being held in October now, which is a new and reasonable change to the way things were. Five local residents have agreed to try for a councillor position this term. The information is up on the board outside our village office if you missed the all-candidates meeting. General voting day is Oct. 20 in the seniors’ room at the Port multiplex, and the poll is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. An advance poll wil be open in the same place on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A big thank you to Doug Daugert for allowing his name to stand for mayor. He has been acclaimed and brings many years of local knowledge to the job.

Outgoing Mayor Urs Thomas has done a fine job for us, and hopefully will return to the council at some future date. Thanks Urs.

Delta Kids Club began Oct. 3 and is open to all students from six to 12 this year. It is every Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. There is a $40 registration fee for snacks and Delta shirts — it covers both the fall and spring sessions. For more information call me at 250-557-2002.

The Haida Gwaii Rec programs are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school in the multiplex. There are Dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” lessons and fun for ages six and up from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays. That sounds quite interesting for the kids.

Yoga is being offered free from noon to 1 p.m. in the Seniors’ Room, Oct. 25 to Dec. 13 on Tuesday and Thursdays. Visit for full details on any rec commission program.

A Pro-D day planned for Friday, Oct. 19 allows a long weekend that might be used for a last camping trip, if you are inclined. Parent-teacher interviews are being held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, which will mean a lunch-time dismissal on that day.

The gift shop across from the museum will be open on Saturdays in November for Christmas gift buying. Watch for it!

Our doctor days here in Port are Oct. 17, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, and Oct. 30 Friday, Oct. 26 being our patients from Port day in Masset.

The book club is reading Dead Wake by Eric Larson this month. Copies are available at the library for you to take out, and the meeting will be Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

Piano lessons are available from Eva. There is a poster up in the Post Office. How nice to have a teacher here. Perhaps some grandparent would be willing to give piano lessons to a grandchild for Christmas this year if asked. Hmm…

The knitting club is busy every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the library. They have yarn to give out for a 50-blanket, Rainbow Yarnbombing planned for Canada Day weekend, and patterns too if you are inclined. The club will host a special yarnbomb workshop this Wednesday, Oct. 17, and are looking to knit together islanders from all communities. Crochet welcome too.

Our library is also the setting for painting lessons by Manzanita Snow on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. The information is available on It is very reasonably priced.

Time to get out in the yard and do some needed clean-up. The sunshine is calling to me. Have a great Thanksgiving month everyone.

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