OUT AND ABOUT: End of 2015 arrives quickly for columnists

New Year's fun; new faces in old places on the West Shore

This will be the last “Out and About” column until the new year and I can not believe that we are literally days away from Christmas and how quickly this year has flown by.

City Centre Park will be open for fun and festivities on New Year’s Eve. Playzone will be open at 7:30 p.m. for family fun, ranging from ice-skating, mini golf, crafts, face painting and the fire pits weather permitting. There will be door prizes and party favours and the countdown to the new year will take place at 10 p.m. to allow those with little ones to get them home to bed. Tickets are $19.95 each and $69.95 for a family of 4.

For adults, there are two bowling packages available at Langford Lanes. They include bowling and a champagne celebration at midnight; one option includes dinner. Call 250-391-1738 for reservations.

Mike Wicks, president of Langford-based custom publisher Blue Beetle Books Inc., is pleased to announce that Paul Abra of Motivated Coaching, and past owner of Island Parent magazine, is now co-owner of Blue Beetle. Wicks states, “Paul’s background in publishing and business development will be invaluable to the company as it expands the range of “The Leading Edge,” the company’s small business eMagazine, and its library of eBooks and training workshops.” Next year will also see Blue Beetle publish several custom hardcover books for clients both locally and in the U.S.

Well, the news is finally official! As of Nov. 1, Penny McCulloch-Barratt took ownership of The Wine Maker in View Royal. Outgoing president, James Pickford, starts his new journey, being retired. Stop by the Wine Maker, 254 Island Hwy. and congratulate Penny when you have a chance.

Do you have business or community news that you’d like Gazette readers to know about? Email the details to Christine at cscott@goldstreamgazette.comor Shelley at swestwood@goldstreamgazette.com.

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