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The Big Cheese Classic 2019

Big Cheese Charity Classic Hockey Game | November 8, 2019

What a fantastic charity hockey event. Business owners coming together for a good ol' hockey game to raise funds for this years' charity, Youth Unlimited. Proceeds from the Big Cheese Charity Classic Hockey Game to go to worthwhile charitable organizations year to year helping the less fortunate in the Nanaimo area.

Team Red won the game against Team White 6-2.

Team Red

  • 1 | Mark MacDonald - Business Examiner Vancouver Island
  • 2 | Jeff Boehm - Boehm Construction Ltd.
  • 4 | Grant McDonald - Church Pickard Chartered Professional...

2019 World Kindness Day

Its World Kindness Day! Its easy to get caught up in the hustle bustle of every day but if we stop for a moment, sometimes the simplest random acts of kindness can have a huge impact!

Here are 20 ideas for random acts of kindness to put more smiles in this world

  • Bake cookies for someone
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  • Pick Up litter on a beach
  • Let someone go in front of you in line
  • Leave money on a vending machine
  • Pay for the drive thru order behind you
  • Leave letters of encouragement on people's cars
  • Participate in a fundraiser
  • Donate your old clothes to a clothing drive 
  • Babysit for free 
  • Wash someone's car
  • Shovel a neighbour's driveway when it snows
  • Leave your waiter a generous tip
  • Make a family member breakfast in bed
  • Write a list of things you adore about a friend
  • Take the time to listen to someone
  • Recycle...

National Nachos Day 2019

Its National Nacho Day. Now its no Taco Tuesday but we know that Gina's Mexican Cafe serves a supreme plate of nachos.

Feeling peckish, head on down. Or do you have another favourite place for nachos or other authentic Mexican food, comment below!


2019 Pumpkin Patch - Thank You !

Thank you to all of this year's sponsors, volunteers and to all those that attended the 2019 North Nanaimo Pumpkin Patch!

It was another great year with a load of pumpkins to choose from, hot chocolate, treats, games, family photos and face painting and we couldn't do it all without the help from our sponsors, volunteers and all those that join in the fun with their donations for these two very worthy causes. $2586 was raised for KidSport Nanaimo and the VIU Athletic Bursary in memory of our friend, Erica Murphy.


10 Money-Saving Household Hacks

I hope you’re enjoying your first few weeks of fall and (hopefully) cooler temperatures. With the changing of the seasons, it’s a great time to take a fresh look at your home and make tweaks that will help you save money this fall and winter. 

I’m providing a cheat sheet that reveals ten ways you can adjust your habits and make small, affordable household hacks that will lower your utility bills — and in many cases, help the environment. 

If you’d rather...

2019 Pumpkin Patch Sponsors - Thank You!!!

We are always so grateful year to year for our stellar sponsors helping us give back to some of the organizations that mean the most!

This year so far we have the following sponsors and we are excited to host this Sunday:


2019 RBC Business Promotion Month

This month is RBC Business Promotion Month and RBC Downtown Nanaimo let us drive right into the bank! Take a selfie with the smartcar and share it with us!? Thanks RBC for including us. Nanaimo businesses supporting Nanaimo businesses.


2019 I heart eXp Day

I Heart eXp is an agent-led initiative to give back to our local communities every year. Our mission is to assist the homeless youth while team building with other agents.

This year eXp Realty BC worked with Pacific Community Resources Society This organization is an accredited not-for-profit society providing services to those in need since 1984. Pcrs runs over 70 programs including housing for youth and adult homelessness, emergency beds, addiction and mental health counselling, outdoor recreation, employment and alternate schools. One of the programs is Ashnola at the Crossing, which provides residential substance use and mental health service to youth and young adults in all of British Columbia. Located on 57 acres in Keremeos, this program has participants come from every health authority in B.C. to provide them counselling, skill...

2019 North Nanaimo Pumpkin Patch

Dawn Walton & Associates invites you to the 11th Annual North Nanaimo Pumpkin Patch. Fun for the whole family with games and activities! All proceeds are donated to KidSport Nanaimo and the Erica Murphy Athletic Bursary at VIU. The park borders Parkwood Drive and Cathedral Crescent between Uplands Road and Turner Road. Come enjoy a hot chocolate, play at the park and pick out your favourite pumpkin for this festive, fun time of year. We have some fun activities so be sure to check out our website, or our facebook event page for more things to come!


Inspirational Apps

As fall approaches, you might be feeling an itch to redecorate your home and mix things up for the new season. But if you’re not an experienced interior designer, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. There’s always Pinterest, but if you’re looking for something more specific to home design, there are plenty of great resources out there. 

Whether you plan to make big or small changes, try one of these smartphone apps that make it easy to find inspiration and plan your new fall decor before you spend big bucks or start rearranging furniture.