Education Things to Do

Calling All Writers: A Story and Poetry Challenge for All Ages

Do you like to write poems or short stories? If so, we want to hear from you.

The Camp Bowen Society and the Bowen Island Accessibility Group are seeking short story or poetry submissions for a writing challenge. Submissions are open in four community categories:

  1. Bowen Island children and youth ages 3 to 18
  2. Bowen Island adults ages 19+
  3. Blind, low vision, or Deafblind children and youth ages 3 to 18 from across Canada
  4. Blind, low vision, or Deafblind adults ages 19+ from across Canada

All stories will be included in one of four freely distributed ebooks based on their community category. The rules are as follows:

  1. Keep it family friendly
  2. No plagiarism
  3. Keep any submissions 10,000 words or less
  4. Only one poem and one short story per submitter

Submitting before the April 30, 2020 deadline is easy. Just send your submissions along with your name, city, pen name (if different), age, and community category (from the above list) to <> or send the same via the contact form at:
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Entries in the children and youth category will be credited as first name, last initial, and age(e.g. “John S. – Age 7”), while adult entries will be credited as first and last name (e.g. “John Smith”). If you would like us to include your city, please let us know.

Happy writing,
The Camp Bowen Team

Health and Wellness Things to Do

Bowen Island Health Foundation Offers a Virtual Coffee Shop

The Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation is providing a virtual coffee shop.

MORNINGS from 8 AM – 11 AM – Join Zoom Meeting

AFTERNOONS from 2 PM – 5 PM – Join Zoom Meeting

All Bowen Islanders are welcome. The coffee shop is provided to promote friendly interaction and will not be moderated; however, if interaction ceases to be friendly and polite, individuals may be blocked or the coffee shop may be closed. Participation is limited and first come first serve.

This is a 30 day trial. If there is enough traffic to keep the coffee shop open, it can be extended.


Entertainment Things to Do


Michael Nankin, a producer, director and writer who moved to Bowen from Los Angeles, started an online film festival called “Covideo.” Every day Nankin will post on Facebook (and share with the Bowen Island Undercurrent) a short or clip “with the intent to make our isolation a bit more bearable.”

“I’m trying to keep them bright and positive––a little cinematic ‘amuse bouche,'” wrote Nankin in an email to the Bowen Island Undercurrent.

he COVIDeo Online Film Festival

Education Things to Do

Island Guitar Teacher John Stiver Offers Online Guitar Tips Videos

Island guitar teacher John Stiver is doing regular online guitar tips videos from his Facebook page. “Daily guitar tips that range from advice for beginners to more advanced improvisation and exercises,” said Stiver in an email to the Bowen Island Undercurrent. “It’s just a little something that will give people something to do at home.”