Calendar: Fashion and Boots for Charity

25 05 2011

The weather might be inconsistent, but Monday Mag’s events are always on the up-and-up. This weeks events promise to please, whether you’re looking to make the world a better place or just let loose and relax.

The Lusty Month of May – Fashion show fundraiser and dance party. Proceeds benefit Canadian Hadassah-WIZO and Jeneece Place. THURSDAY 6pm at the English Inn (429 Lampson). $75. 778-410-0111.

Fill boots for Muscular Dystophy – Money raised by Lower Vancouver Island Fire Fighters will be donated to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders. FRIDAY & SATURDAY at locations throughout Victoria. 1-604-732-8799.

Selkirk Waterfront Festival – Get captivated by the food, fun and festivities. SATURDAY 10am-3pm at the Selkirk Waterfront (2940 Jutland). Free. 250-388-6261.

The Pole Painting Project – You, your kids, your friends, your neighbours and your dog are invited to paint a telephone pole as a permanent art piece for the neighbourhood of Fernwood. Followed by a BBQ in the square for painters and live music by surprise guests. SATURDAY 10am at Fernwood Square. Free.,

Victoria Toy Show – The biggest toy show in Western Canada. SUNDAY 10am-4pm at the Sanscha Hall, The Mary Winspear Centre (2243 Beacon). $3/free for children. 250-727-2403,

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific Open House – Celebrate the one year anniversary of HCP’s management of Outerbridge Park. Come out and walk the  trails, ponds and bridges of the 9.3 acre nature sanctuary. SUNDAY 1-4pm at Outerbridge Park. Free. 250-479-6162.

Wild Lilies Tea – An elegant afternoon tea to celebrate the contributions of women like Emily Carr and the Sisters of Saint Ann while working towards a future without breast cancer. Featuring entertainment by Leon Leontaridis. SUNDAY 1:30-4pm at the Atrium Building (800 Yates). $60. 250-384-3328,

Springtime Star Party – Activities include crafts, story telling, interactive games, astrophotography demonstrations, mirror making, a planetarium projection and lots more.  MONDAY 7-10pm at the Fairfield Community Building (1330 Fairfield). Free. 250-652-2361,

Missing the weekly giveaway? Help us out by telling us the kinds of prizes you’d like to win. Send your suggestions to (SUBJECT: PRIZE) and tune in next week!

Calendar: Victoria Day Weekend

18 05 2011

Feeling like you’ve not got enough fun in your life? Never fear, Victoria Day weekend is here with fun to spare. Family fun can be found throughout this weeks calendar, but keep an eye of for the Luxton Rodeo, Vancouver Island’s only  rodeo, and the Highland Games, Victoria’s only source for caber toss.

Braefoot Family Fun Night – Live music, face-painting, program info, visit from Dora and Diego! BBQ by donation. RSVP to and receive $20 off a week of Braefoot camp! THURSDAY 5:30-7:30pm iin Braefoot Park (1359 McKenzie). Free. 250-721-2244.

Luxton Pro Rodeo – The excitement of a Wild West test of endurance and skill foreign to the urban dweller. With carnival rides, an antique car show, live music, blacksmith demonstrations, and vendors.. SATURDAY, May 21, to MONDAY, May 23 at the Luxton Fairgrounds (1040 Marwood). $18/$15. For a detailed schedule, visit

Highland Games & Celtic Festival – A great weekend of Scottish culture and entertainment. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 8am-6pm at Topaz Park. $10/$8 students and seniors/free for children under 12, weekend pass $18/$15 students and seniors. Visit for a detailed schedule of events.

MEC Bikefest – Mountain Equipment Co-op hosts the city’s second annual MEC Bikefest Open to anyone who enjoys cycling and wants to celebrate and share its joys and benefits with their fellow cyclists. SUNDAY 10am at William Stevenson Park. Free. 250-386-2667.

Discovery Day – Volunteers help you find your relatives’ graves. Also enjoy mini tours of Ross Bay Cemetery’s most popular graves, grave stone cleaning demonstrations and more. SUNDAY 2-4pm at Ross Bay Cemetery. 250-383-7514,

Island Farms Victoria Day Parade – Complete with marching bands, floats, clowns and more. MONDAY 9am on Douglas between Mayfair Mall and Humbolt. Free. 250-382-3111.

Win tickets to see KJ Sawka (of Pendulum) Live! Email (SUBJECT: KJ SAWKA) to win!

Calendar: It’s for the Kids… and Everybody Else

11 05 2011

Victoria gears up to support kids and bring awareness to poverty, violence against women, AIDS and environmental issues. 

Ocean 98.5’s Radiothon for Kids  – Funds raised from the Ocean 98.5’s  Radiothon for Kids goes directly to the BC Children’s Hospital for urgently needed research, equipment, and education programs. THURSDAY & FRIDAY 6am-6pm. To make a donation or to share your story during the Radiothon – please call 519-KIDS (5437) or toll free at 1-866-547-KIDS (5437), text “OCEAN” to short code 4664 to donate $5 to the Radiothon or donate online at

Science Enthusiasts & Challenge Competition – Watch as sixty Grades 6, 7, and 8 students converge on the UVic to compete for scientific glory! FRIDAY 9:30am-2:20pm in room 105, The Harry Hickman Building (UVic). Free. 250-472-4798.

Cracks in the Concrete – Workshops, discussions and strategizing that aims to inspire, strengthen and connect groups and individuals working on poverty issues. FRIDAY 6-10pm at St John the Divine (925 Balmoral), SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10am-6pm at the BCGEU (2994 Douglas). Free. 250-472-4386.

Canadian Diabetes Association – Regional annual meeting and presentation by Dr. Dorothy Williams, Brain Function and Diabetes: What is the Connection? SATURDAY 8:45am-12:15pm at the Mary Winspear Centre (2243 Beacon). Free. 250-382-5454 ext 222.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – Men (and anyone else who wishes to participate) will literally walk one mile in women’s shoes to raise funds and awareness for the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre. 2-4pm at Centennial Square. Free to register or watch/donations appreciated.

Aids Candlelight Memorial – Honour and remember those whom we have lost to AIDS and to stand insupport of those in our community living with HIV/AIDS. SUNDAY 7:30pm on the front steps of the Legislature (501 Belleville). Free. 250-382-7927.

Dogwood Initiative Open House – Enjoy quick and snappy presentations about what we’ve been up to and what our supporters have helped build this year, and meet their friendly staff. Registration appreciated. 4-7pm at 201-1842 Oak Bay. Free. 250-370-9930 ext 30,

Victoria Women’s Newcomers’ Club – Join them for lunch, a presentation from the Centre of The Universe, Victoria’s very own Observatory, and the Victoria Women’s Newcomer’s Club AGM. 11:15am at the Cedar Hill Golf Club (1400 Derby).

Win a mystery prize this week by emailing (SUBJECT: MYSTERY).

Calendar: Got Markets?

4 05 2011

It’s official, the weekend outdoor market season has begun. So step out and see what they’ve got for you.

Bastion Square Market – Offering locally designed and produced woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, clothing, and art. THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11am. To October 1 at Bastion Square. Free. 250-885-1387.

Container Garden Club Plant Sale– Selling hanging baskets fuchias, geraniums, basket stuffers, herbs and perennials. SATURDAY 9am-5:30pm at Hillside Mall (1644 Hillside). Free.

James Bay Market – An outdoor market where local farmers, artisans, musicians, and service providers can meet and sell to the public. SATURDAYS 9am-3pm. To October 29 at the corner of Menzies and Superior. Free.

Moss Street Market – Offering local farmers, artisans, crafters, bakers, cooks, bodyworkers and more a place to exchange their goods and services in a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere. Including performances by the Rabbleberries and Without a Net. SATURDAYS 10am-2pm. To October 1 at the corner of Moss and Fairfield. Free.

Victoria Rhododendron Society Sale – The VRS sells rare rhododendrons. Expert growers will also be on hand to answer your questions. SATURDAY 9am-noon at Abkhazi Garden (1964 Fairfield). Free. 250-598-8096.

Rummage & Bake Sale – 9:30am-12:30pm at St. Dunstan’s, (1806 San Juan Avenue). Free. 250-472-1172.

Spring Fair – Homemade baked goods, plant sale, kids books and bouncy castle. SATURDAY 10am-2pm at St. David-by-the-Sea (5182 Cordova Bay). Free. 250-658-5022.

Plants, Pots & Garden Potpourri Sale – Books, coffee, muffins and hot dogs. SATURDAY 10am-noon at St. Michael and All Angels Church (4733 W. Saanich). Free. 250-479-0540.

Metchosin Farmers’ market– SUNDAYS 11am-2pm. To October 31 at the Metchosin Municipal Grounds (4450 Happy Valley). Free.

Market in the Square – Offering plant starts, locally raised meats and eggs, artisan breads and baking, preserves, flowers and plants. SUNDAYS 11am-4:30pm. To September 25 in Centennial Square. Free. 250-598-2593.

Need some tunes for your ride to the markets? Win Ok Go’s latest album, Of The Blue Colour Of the Sky, by emailing (SUBJECT: OK GO).

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