Calendar: Happy Halloween!

26 10 2011

It’s that time again. Ghoulies and ghosts have massed in search of candy and your only hope of survival is to join them!

Psychic circle – See what your future has in store. Tarot, palm, aura, past lives, clairvoyance, clairsentients, channels and more. THURSDAY-SUNDAY at the Bay Centre (1150 Douglas). Free/$35-$50 for individual sessions. 250-478-4226.

Enchanted Halloween – A celebration of glowing illuminations, spooky decor, music, performance and mystical fun for all ages. FRIDAY-SUNDAY 5-9pm at Heritage Acres (7321 Lochside). $15/$10 children & seniors.

GHOST SHIP – Come dressed as a once dead, now walking boat-gone-down victim and win a prize for: best dead man, dead woman or dead couple. Reservations required. FRIDAY 6:30pm at the Superior (106 Superior). Free. 250-380-9515.

Ghost hunt at the MMBC – Dawn Kirkham, clairvoyant medium and member of PARAVI Victoria’s Paranormal Research Society will use her many years of experience to facilitate a ghostly investigation of the Maritime Museum of BC. Participants will use investigative devices to seek out the unknown that resides in the walls of the Museum. Registration required. FRIDAY & Nov. 5 10pm at the Maritime Museum of BC (28 Bastion Square). $63. 250-385-4222 ext. 113.

Xchanges Halloween Bash – Raise funds for the Xchanges Gallery while whooping it up. SATURDAY 7-10pm in suite 4E, 2333 Government. By donation. 250-382-0442,

Harvest Moon Ball – Includes workshop, dance, guest performances and refreshments. Semi-formal. SATURDAY 7:30-11:00pm at Les Passmore Centre (286 Hampton). $18.

Island singles Halloween dance – Couples welcome. Prizes for best costumes. SATURDAY 9-11pm at the DaVinci Centre (195 Bay). $15. 250-383-8041.

Halloween Dance – Music by Kumbia Latin Band. SATURDAY 9pm at White Eagle Polish Hall (90 Dock). $12. 250-882-3797.

Victoria Bulldog Walk – Dress up (or not) with your dog and join fellow bulldog enthusiasts for a walk. Proceeds support the BC SPCA. Registration required. SUNDAY 1pm at Pearkes Rec Centre (3100 Tillicum). By donation.

Hallowe’en At The Royal BC Museum – An ol’ fashioned Hallowe’en party with riddles, fortune telling, mask making and stories in the museums Old Town. Don’t forget to wear your costume. SUNDAY 1-3pm at the Royal BC Museum (675 Belleville). 1-888-447-7977,

Trick or Eat – Drop off food donations for people in need. MONDAY 6-8pm in room A120, the Social Science & Mathematics building (UVic)

If you’d rather ignore Halloween all together, email (SUBJECT:HUMBUG) to win passes to the 22nd Annual First Chance Christmas Craft Show.

Calendar: More Events Than You Can Shake A Stick At

19 10 2011

Saturday is the day when all this weeks events seem to be going down. So, grab your hat and coat and get out that door.

Solar Saturday – Learn about emerging and proven solar technologies; understand building efficiency, industry standards and rating systems; explore professional-level certification, training and learning opportunities. Registration required. SATURDAY 9am-3pm in the John Drysdale Building, Camosun College Interurban Campus (4461 Interurban). Free. 250-370-3550,

Japanese Cultural Fair – Enjoy traditional and non-traditional Japanese food, arts and crafts, Japanese tea and live entertainment. SATURDAY 10am-4pm at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). Free.

Salmon Roast & Pit Cook – Fun for all ages. Bring your own dishes. SATURDAY 10am-4pm at Tod Inlet. 250-652-1662,

Broom Bash – Bring your family, loppers, clippers and gloves and join in the fun of weeding out Scotch Broom, Ivy and Daphne. Make Broomsticks! Meet at the entrance to Cattle Point and sign in at the Registration Table. SATURDAY 1-4pm in Uplands park. Free. 250-595-8084.

Take Home TCM: MOXA for Beginners – Learn the basics of Chinese-style moxabustion therapy, the burning of prepared mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) and more. Youth 12-16 are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration required. SATURDAY 2-4pm at the Heart & Hands Health Collective (851 Cormerant). $10/$5 youth.

Oktoberfest – Featuring a beer garden, Oktoberfest food and entertainment and a variety of family activities. SATURDAY 3-10pm in Bastion Square.

Wags to Whiskers Dinner & Auction – Enjoy a gourmet dinner and dessert, along with a silent auction. Proceeds support Animal Crusaders initiatives to save abandoned pets in our community. SATURDAY 6:30pm at the Westin Resort (Bear Mountain). $65.

Feeling like you could use a little more Judas Priest in your life? Email (SUBJECT: JUDAS PRIEST) to win their latest album, The Chosen Few.

Calendar: Happy Thanksgiving!

5 10 2011

There’s lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend: family, friends, food and so much more. So, between the family dinners and turkey comas, join your neighbours and fellow Victorians and give thanks for all this wonderful city of ours has to offer.

Our Place Thanksgiving Dinner – Serving Victoria’s homeless a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. With music, delicious food and a festive atmosphere. THURSDAY 11:30am at Our Place (919 Pandora). Free. 250-388-7112.

Fantastic Friday – A family-friendly time full of fun, games, food, crafts, music and stories. Dinner provided. FRIDAY 4:30-6:30pm at St. Luke’s Hall (3821 Cedar Hill Cross). Free. 250-477-6741,

CACGV Housewarming Gala – Celebrate the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria’s new office, Gallery and Gallery Cafe spaces. A cross-section of local visual artists, musicians and poets will be performing and demonstrating their work, and a raffle hosted by the Saanich Legacy Foundation will raise money for future CACGV arts programs. FRIDAY 6:30-10pm at The Arts Centre (3220 Cedar Hill). Free.

Autumn Bliss Fall Fair for Women – Relax, unwind and rejuvenate. Includes local vendors showcasing their products, workshops, presentations, food and raffles. Proceeds support LifeCycles. SATURDAY 10am-4pm at Gardenworks (4290 Blenkinsop). Free.

Observe the Moon Night – Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night with the Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada by using their telescopes to observe the moon. Weather Permitting. SATURDAY 6:30-9:30pm at Cattle Point. Free. 250-380-6358.

Sooke Slow Food Cycle – Tour farms, homes and businesses by bicycle and see where Victoria’s local food comes from. Sooke Harbour House (528 Whiffen Spit). SUNDAY 10am-2pm. $21.

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