Diane Rudge and her shop dog Goliath at The Den on a balmy Monday morning. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Diane Rudge and her shop dog Goliath at The Den on a balmy Monday morning. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Collective studio space opens in Ucluelet

Lots to see around local business scene.

Since opening The Den at 1645 Cedar Road—across from the Ucluelet Aquarium—this summer, co-owners Diane Rudge and Kristen O’Keefe have shared their collective studio space with local painters, graphic designers, and videographers.

Rudge, who is a macramé specialist, said anyone interested in joining the collaborative should call 604-388-5501 or email hello@theden-studios.com.

The dog-friendly Den features three workstations in the back and a bright, living room concept retail space in the front.

Individuals have the option of signing-up as full-time artists ($400/month) or part-time artists ($200/month).

For $15, artists can also post-up for the day and enjoy Internet, bottomless coffee, plus an abundance of inspiration from like-minded creators.

“It’s just nice when you’re an artist instead of having to work by yourself all the time to be working with other creatives,” said Rudge.

The Den also doubles as an event and workshop space, with several art-focused workshops on the horizon.

“Even if you don’t work in here and want to come and use the space to host a workshop, we want to leave that open to anyone in the community,” she said.

To learn more, visit: www.theden-studios.com.

UBERE INFO SESSION NOV.14

The Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce recently received $160,000 to launch the Ucluelet Business and Employment Retention and Expansion program (UBERE) over the next 12-months.

Want to know how UBERE can assist your business?

There will be an UBERE public information session on Tuesday, November 14 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the George Fraser Room.

To register, contact chamberoffice@uclueletinfo.com by November 10. Coffee, tea and lunch will be served.

FREE WCB WORKSHOP NOV.15

Do you know if your business is required by the Workers Compensation Act to have a safety program?

Are you up to date on the latest regulations?

Part 3 of the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations impose many duties, responsibilities and requirements primarily for the employer.

This three-hour seminar is designed to assist employers in understanding the legislative requirements of Part 3 of the Act.

The course will also highlight key regulatory requirements found in the Core Requirements (Parts 1-4) Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

In addition, this seminar will explain all the components of a formal safety program as required by the Regulation.

This seminar is intended for Employers, but would also be of value to Human Resource Personnel, Supervisors, Managers, Safety Committee Members, Safety Coordinators, and First Aid Attendants with safety responsibilities.

Ucluelet’s workshop takes place in the morning from 8 to 11:00 am in the Ucluelet Athletic Club Hall (1051 Peninsula Road).

Tofino’s is in the afternoon from 1 to 4:00 p.m. in the Chamber/Tourism Tofino office (632B Campbell Street).

Pre-registration is required.

Email: chamberoffice@uclueletinfo.com in Ucluelet or info@tofinochamber.org in Tofino to sign-up.

HOSPICE DONATION REQUEST

The Pacific Rim Hospice Society is hosting a ‘fun’ raiser on Friday, November 24th.

They are partnering with Tuff City Radio and Jamie’s Restaurant and Lounge (1258 Pacific Rim Hwy) to offer an all-day radiothon from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. where community members can find out about Hospice and give support by purchasing gifts. Jamie’s Restaurant and the Tofino Brewery will be sponsoring a burger and beer special, accompanied by the vivacious Geoff Johnson on guitar and vocals.

Local businesses are invited to consider donating gift certificates, activities, services, overnight stays, restaurant meals, transportation etc. for the special event.

Please contact Tarni via phone 250.725.1240 or email: ed@pacificrimhospice.ca.

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