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Coal Town Classic bike race returns May 24

Pre-ride Cumberland’s BC Bike Race course on May 24, when UROC hosts its popular “Coal Town Classic” marathon mountain bike race.

Pre-ride Cumberland’s BC Bike Race course on May 24, when UROC hosts its popular “Coal Town Classic” marathon mountain bike race.

One of the most ambitious mountain bike races of the season, the 50-kilometre Coal Town Classic marathon race, returns to Cumberland May 24. Race director Jeremy Grasby has just one question: “Are you up for the challenge?”

“This is an epic race that follows the same course that will be featured in the Cumberland stage of the B.C. Bike Race in June,” says Grasby, who’s also a director of the United Riders of Cumberland (UROC), the organization hosting the event. “We’re all about promoting mountain biking and the phenomenal riding we have here in Cumberland, so what better way to do both than to host a race that showcases 50 kilometres of our best trails?”

For those with a slightly tamer version of what constitutes an “epic race,” the Coal Town Classic is also available in a 30-kilometre “Lite” version. Both races start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 24 at the Village Park in Cumberland, with sign-in beginning at 8 a.m.

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Free seminar May 27 to take mystery out of shopping for hearing aids

Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner Hanan Merrill is offering a free seminar on “How to Shop for hearing Aids May 27 at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner Hanan Merrill is offering a free seminar on “How to Shop for hearing Aids May 27 at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

Seminar scheduled for May 27 at Oliver Woods Community Centre in Nanaimo

As we enter May, which is Hearing Awareness Month across Canada, it’s estimated that as many as one in 10 Canadians is living with hearing loss. Adding insult to injury for those people, says one local hearing professional, is that shopping for hearing aids has become an impossibly confusing experience fraught with “information overload.”

That’s why Hanan Merrill, a Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner and the owner of Nanaimo Hearing Clinic, is hosting a free seminar May 27 titled, quite simply, “How to Shop for Hearing Aids.”

“From Bluetooth compatibility to multi-directional microphones, the options available with today’s hearing aids can be overwhelming,” says Merrill. “There are so many companies advertising that theirs are the best, cheapest, most comfortable or what have you. Who do you trust? And how do you know what you should be looking for or what features you really need?”

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25th Annual St. Joe’s Golf Classic builds on years of success

Past participants have some fun during the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Golf Classic. The 25th annual Classic on June 17 is now open for registration and sponsorship.

Past participants have some fun during the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Golf Classic. The 25th annual Classic on June 17 is now open for registration and sponsorship.

The 25th Annual St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation Golf Classic may still be more than a month away, but organizers are encouraging would-be participants and sponsors to sign up early for the much-anticipated silver anniversary edition.

“You can count on this being a sold-out event,” says tournament chair Robert Mulrooney, who’s also a Senior Investment Advisor at HollisWealth and founding partner of Mindset Wealth, the event’s title sponsor. “This is one of Vancouver Island’s premier golf tournaments and the largest single-day fundraiser for the Hospital Foundation.”

The event, scheduled for June 17 at Crown Isle, will feature 18 holes of exceptional golf, a buffet dinner, both a live and silent auction and – back by popular demand – the Keil Wealth Management “Million Dollar Shootout.”

“Six shooters get a shot at a million dollar hole-in-one,” explains Mulrooney. “It’s very exciting – last year one shot ran right over the hole!”

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‘It’s a great time to be downtown!’

Ben-Zion Eni, owner of The Hub Café, says foot traffic is just one of the draws to being downtown. He encourages anyone interested in opening a business to attend the Downtown Courtenay AGM on May 20.

Ben-Zion Eni, owner of The Hub Café, says foot traffic is just one of the draws to being downtown. He encourages anyone interested in opening a business to attend the Downtown Courtenay AGM on May 20.

With just a few weeks to go before the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association’s AGM on May 20, two of downtown Courtenay’s newer business owners are encouraging anyone thinking of opening a business to attend the meeting and find out what all the buzz is about.

Since opening Finders Keep Hers Boutique & Fine Consignment in April 2013, Alicia MacPherson has grown her clientele considerably. She largely attributes that growth to three things: location, location and location.

“We chose to locate downtown for a number of reasons,” she explains. “But the best part is that it’s always so busy and there’s always a cheerful type of energy here. I can’t imagine being anywhere else; we just love it!”

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