What’s On

The holiday buzz has officially worn off and we can all soak into what’s left of the relaxed West Coast winter. Whale Fest is just around the corner ready to usher in the 2015 tourist season. It’s time to recharge our batteries and start implementing some of those

New Year’s resolutions while we still can. The good news is most of us share the same resolutions when it comes to health, wellness and general lifestyle improvement. If you’ve been considering adding more physical activity to your daily routine, it’s a great time to get out there and try something new in Ucluelet. Treat your body to a free yoga or dance class (this week only) at the community centre. You’ve got nothing to lose, except maybe those extra holiday pounds.

Perhaps you’ve been wanting to nurture your inner activist? If that’s the case, the latest installation of the Raincoast Speaker Series at Tofino Botanical Gardens is worth checking out. Dr. Martin Haulena (veterinarian) and Wendy Szaniszlo (marine mammal ecologist) will be sharing their personal experience working with the Vancouver Aquarium’s new Sea Lion

Disentanglement Project in BC.

The focus of the discussion will be on the human-caused injuries to marine mammals observed in both Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds. The event starts at 7:30 on Thursday, January 22 and costs $5 at the door.

Or if social issues are more your style then you may want to check out this Monday Night at the Movies in Tofino for the screening of Pride (UK, 2014). The film is based on the true story of gay and lesbian activists who raised money to help a small community of striking miners in the early 80’s. The two unlikely activist groups unite despite their differences to fight the same cause. There will be a group discussion following the film as well as a completely organic snack bar. Movie starts at 8 p.m. at the Clayquot Sound Theatre.

Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and be entertained with a good thriller. The Drop starring the late, great James Gandolfini, in his last role is playing at Big Beach Cinema and is not recommended for children. The reviews are great but keep in mind this is a character driven film about a bartender who gets caught in the middle of a mob heist. The acting and storyline will not disappoint.

Show-times are Friday, January 23 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 24 at 3 p.m. Looking for something fun to do with the kids? This week, Big Beach Cinema will be showing The Book of Life. This visually stunning computer-animated film is a colourful, fun-filled adventure story that is sure to please all ages. Show-times are Friday, January 23 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, January 24 at 1 p.m. Some of us may be looking to nurture our artistic and creative side. If that’s the case, why not get some inspiration from the

best of the best from the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival in Tofino (Clayquot Sound Theatre) on Saturday, January 24th. This is a fundraising event hosted by Clayquot Action, tickets are $12 at the door and films start at 8 p.m. Get there early and enjoy complimentary snacks and a few swag giveaways. The highlight film for West Coasters is The Fortune Wild, directed by Canadian film-maker Ben Gulliver (winner of best water film) about a small group of surfers searching for gnar treasures on some of Canada’s most remote coastal beaches. These winning films are sure to get your heart racing without having to lift a finger.

If movies aren’t your thing and you’d just like to quiet your mind, stop by the Ucluelet Community Centre every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. and start your day with a free meditation class. It’s always free and fun to try.

Mix it up a little bit, get out there, mingle with the community and try something new. Take good care of yourselves and each other, West Coasters. office@westerlynews.ca