December 2019 Youbou Connector

December 2019 Youbou Connector

Party’s On for New Year’s Eve!
We’re getting ready to sail into 2020 at the best New Year’s Eve blast on Vancouver Island, right here in Youbou at the Community Hall. If you want tickets, they’re available for $40 each in Youbou at Cassy’s Coffeehouse, Daly’s Auto Centre, the Shop & Save, and the Youbou Bar & Grill, as well as at Scarlet’s and the Visitor Centre in Lake Cowichan. YCA Board members are also selling tickets. Straight from Nanaimo, Littlehead will be rocking us into 2020 this year. The doors open at 8 pm and the band starts at 9 pm. The same great intermission snack, decorations, and free shuttle service will be in play to help you ring out the old and ring in the new!

Holiday Shopping, Youbou Style
Youbou’s Annual Christmas Craft Fair is slated for Saturday, November 30, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Community Hall. The Youbou Community Association will once again be selling breakfast and lunch items to hungry shoppers and sellers. We’ll also be offering YCA memberships (lifetime dues per household is $10) plus New Year’s Eve tickets ($40 each).

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!
Shhhh! We have heard directly from the North Pole that a certain right jolly old elf will be making a stop in Youbou on his pre-Christmas tour (doing his final checks on the naughty/nice list). To allow the reindeer to rest up for their big Christmas Eve journey, our volunteer fire-fighters have offered to chauffeur Santa Claus in one of our cheery red Youbou fire-trucks. So on the weekend before Christmas, keep your eyes and ears open for the sound of Santa coming down the road and be good for goodness sake!

Youbou Dances with the Stars
Youbou swirled and twirled its way through the Lake Cowichan Santa parade on November 24 with our Youbou Community Association float, promoting our best New Year’s Eve party on Vancouver Island. Besides lights and New Year’s decorations, we decked the float with a dance-hall tent, big ornaments, mirror balls and a dance floor with dancers. Our efforts paid off when we learned we had won third place overall for our parade entry. We’re grateful to Grant and Daly’s Auto Centre for loaning the YCA a flatbed truck for the parade. Thanks also to Bee, Lyle, Debbie, Jill, Teresa, Lori, Richard, Eva, Garry, Randall, and Julia for helping to decorate the float and starring in it. And a round of applause goes to Richard and Lori for driving the Youbou fire truck in the parade as well.

The Joy of Giving
Once again, the Youbou Community Association is teaming up with Cowichan Lake Community Services to help our neighbours in need. Because of your generosity in supporting our events, the YCA is pleased able to donate $500 to the Holiday Hamper Project. If you would like to help compile and deliver the hampers on Wednesday, Dec 18, and Thursday, Dec 19, please sign up ahead of time by calling 250-749-6822. Once your attendance is confirmed, you’ll get the details on when and where to meet. Volunteers will get a free lunch.
If you or someone you know could use a little assistance this holiday by receiving a hamper, applications are available at Community Services. (The organizers collaborate with the Salvation Army to make sure there is no duplication of hampers and that every family receives a hamper of equal quantity and quality, with the size of each family being taken into account.)
If you wish to contribute money on your own, please send your donation directly to Cowichan Lake Community Services, PO Box 670, Lake Cowichan, BC, Canada, V0R 2G0.

Deck the Hall!
Things are beginning to look a lot brighter in the our beloved hall. The CVRD painters were as busy as elves the first week of November, painting the main hall from top to bottom, in plenty of time for the Holiday Craft Sale and our renowned New Year’s Eve party. Just so you know—the word is no tape or pins in the freshly painted walls, and no practicing pickle-ball against the wall either!

Brighten Up Youbou
The Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce is running a lakewide Light’n Up contest, so we’re not featuring a Youbou-only holiday lights contest this year. Instead, we just encourage Youbou dwellers to string up a few cheery lights and decorations this season, ready to brighten the way for a sleigh and 8 tiny reindeer.

Join Us
Youbou is bubbling with activities and opportunities for us to spend time together for good causes or just plain fun. The Youbou Community Association is just one of several organizations making things happen in Youbou and we’re looking to grow the board a bit. Our current board is comprised of 7 fun-loving people who enjoy working (and playing) together. We’d like to add a couple more people to our board. Please consider joining us in our efforts to make Youbou sparkle as a community and let us know of your interest. Voting for the board would occur at our general annual meeting on Sunday, January 19 at 2 pm. You must be a YCA member to run or vote. Memberships ($10 per household for a lifetime) will be sold at the Christmas fair and at the meeting.

What’s Happening
November 30: Christmas Craft Fair
December 21: Santa comes to Youbou
December 24: Christmas service at the church at 7 pm.
December 31: New Year’s Eve party. Doors open at 8 pm.
January 19: YCA General Annual Meeting, 2 pm.

Church: Sunday: 10 am Coffee and social, 11 am service. The last Sunday of every month is a potluck lunch gathering after the 11 am service.
Pickleball at Youbou Hall: foul-weather Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.
Tuesday nights: Men’s League (to Dec. 10)
Thursday nights: Women’s league (to Dec. 5)
Sunday nights: Mixed League (to Dec. 8)
Friday nights: Family bowling; Saturday nights: Adult bowling
Loonie night: Dec. 6.
Toonie night: Dec 21.

Got News?
If you’d like to contribute news for the newsletter about a public event happening in or around Youbou, please send particulars about date, time and place to Remember to check out our web site at and our facebook page for the latest information as well.

Your YCA Board
Chair: Julia Martinusen
Co-Chair: Lori LaFave
Secretary: Randall Wilson
Treasurer: Spencer Day
Social: Eva Fearon, Garry Fearon
Publicity: Allan Gott

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