In one corner of the field, kids jumped frantically on the giant yellow bouncy castle while in another corner, crowds enjoyed the entertainment and info booths under the festive white tents. A red fire truck parked beside the gym as music blasted from the covered area.
On May 3, families with strollers and umbrellas flocked to Nootka’s Spring Carnival and Auction event to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday. Proceeds from the carnival will cover the Nootka Parent Advisory Council’s budget and the rest will go towards a new playground.
“It was a huge success,” said Hollie Brooks, carnival organizer and volunteer on Nootka PAC’s fundraising committee. “We raised around $15,000 for the playground.”
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Hundreds of people blanketed the hill by Sunset Beach last week to watch the Sakura Illumination. They held up cameras, smartphones and small children.
Lanterns hung from the trees and glowed through the pink cherry blossoms as the orange skies behind faded. Chatter and laughter grew as the music started.
LED and patterned video lights zigzagged off the trees and the bodies of two performers.
“It’s light-based art,” Ward said. “The modern world is so technology-driven. This art engages people with the technology.”
He said the lanterns changed colour based on the illumination being played. Everything was synchronized and connected, including the people.
A toddler in a green jacket bobbed at the edge of the circle, creeping closer and closer. He and his sibling chased the light for a bit before they were pulled back.