The Nanaimo Museum is putting out the call for help to put together a special exhibit on the history of toys from the 1980s and older.
The exhibit is planned for mid-November and will run through the upcoming Christmas season. The museum wants residents to search through their cupboards and boxes and loan the museum toys and other childhood items for display.
Program co-ordinator Aimee Greenaway said the yuletide exhibit is an opportunity for the museum to showcase items that resonate with people in their late 20s and 30s. Museum workers in that age group brainstormed the idea, she added.
"We wanted to have there be toys in the exhibit that appealed to (younger) generations," she said.
"With having that exhibit at Christmastime, there's all this nostalgia at childhood, so we're trying to combine that together."
Greenaway fondly recalls unwrapping She-Ra toys from under the Christmas tree as a child. "It's really the same experience no matter what the generation," she said.
People who are interested in loaning an artifact for the exhibit can contact Greenaway at program@nanaimomuseum. ca before Oct. 25. The toys must be also be in good condition.
Theatre budget boost The city's parks, recreation and culture department is recommending a $34,700 contingency boost for renovation work on the Nanaimo Centre Stage building, Council approved a motion in March to proceed with $160,000 in partial repairs to the ageing community theatre. The city put out a tender for the project, which was awarded to Saywell Contracting Ltd. for $144,178, plus design fees of $21,690.
According to a report by parks, recreation and culture director Richard Harding, a 20 per cent contingency for the project is recommended in case of additional issues discovered with the building. The funds would be returned to the city if they are not used.
If approved Monday, the additional funds would push the project's total budget to $194,700.
$1.4 million in tax breaks Just over $1.4 million in property tax exemptions from the city is up for approval by council for the 2014 tax year.
The tax breaks would be for 156 properties owned by 115 organizations within Nanaimo. The lion's share of breaks would go to religious organizations (37), nonprofit groups (38) and city-owned properties (30).
Council recently added a number of groups to the list and will vote on whether to include the United Way of Central & Northern Vancouver Island's property at 327 Prideaux St.
Strategic plan review Council will vote on whether to review the city's strategic plan on Monday. Estimated cost: $3,000.
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