Calendar: Happy New Year’s!

28 12 2011

May the coming year be everything you’ve been hoping for. Happy New Year’s from everyone here at Monday Magazine!

Peninsula New Year’s Celebration – Ring in the New Year with fun, food, music and dancing. SATURDAY 5pm at the Panorama Rec Centre (1885 Forst Park). Free-$15.

New Year’s Eve Party – Dinner and dance. SATURDAY 7pm at the Da Vinci Centre (195 Bay). $80.

New Year’s Eve – Dinner and dance with Spirit of the Moment. SATURDAY 7:30pm at Murph’s Place (3020 Douglas). Free. 250-418-1000.

Latin Dance New Years Eve – Dance the New Year in with Proyecto Latino and Ganas. SATUDAY 8pm at St. Andrew’s Hall (680 Courtney). $15. 250-888-5314.

Dance Dance Resolution – Rennie Foster hosts this New Years dance party. Dress to impress. SATURDAY 9pm in the Sunset Room (401 Herald). $20. 250-532-6892.

New Year’s Day Levée – Enjoy light refreshments and the music of the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific and the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums. SUNDAY 10am-noon at Government House (1401 Rockland). Free. 250-387-2080,

Calendar: Christmas Light-up

23 11 2011

The season of giving is nearly upon us, so get an early start with this weeks events. Help the Lymphoma Foundation and the Victoria SPCA by attending their fundraisers or head out to an Out Of Hand Artisan Fair or the United Way Book/Record Sale. And don’t forget to top of your weekend events with the Christmas Tree light-up in Centennial Square.

PMAFund Lymphoma Foundation Silent Auction – With special guest performance by Daniel Stolfi, comedian, actor and Lymphoma survivor. THURSDAY 5:30pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $30.

Out of Hand Artisan Fair – An incredible selection of handmade, beautiful and sometimes delectable gifts. Fashion shows, cocktails and DJ Friday night and live music in the lounge Sunday. FRIDAY 10am-9pm, SATURDAY 10am-6pm & SUNDAY 10am-5pm at  the Crystal Gardens (713 Douglas). $8/$7 students & seniors.

Victoria SPCA Silent Auction FundRaiser – A night of fun with appetizers, beverages and a silent auction, Proceeds support raised the Friendly Neighbor Organization. FRIDAY 7pm at Vshoen Boutique (620 Broughton). By donation. 250-361-6709.

Nautical Wreath Workshop – Give this Christmas a nautical flare with your very own Nautical Wreath. Includes rope and ribbon. Please bring any other decorations you may wish to add and gardening gloves. Registration required. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 1- 5pm. Cost is $29. 250- 385-4222, ext. 113.

4th Annual Christmas Tree Light-up – Bring the family to the annual lighting of the giant sequoia tree and enjoy musical performances, roving entertainment, ice sculptures and free treats. SATURDAY 4-5:30pm in Centennial Square. Free. Followed by the Island Farms Santa Light Parade on Government. Visit and click on What’s New?

United Way Book & Record Sale – Discover thousands of great reads and catchy tunes for $2 each. A silent auction of typewriters, collectable books, records, and rarities runs the duration of the sale. Proceeds support the United Way of Greater Victoria. TUESDAY 9am-5pm, WEDNESDAY 9am-8pm & Dec. 1 9am-5pm. in the Michele Pujol room, the Student Union Building (UVic). Free.

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Calendar: Food, Libations and Fun!

30 09 2011

September may be drawing to a close and our fall routines defined, but that’s no excuse for boredom. Head over to the CBC Radio station to record your own station ID and meet their hosts. Get your fill of stories and crafts at the Esquimalt Story Festival. Or indulge in a little decadence with Art of the Cocktail and the Chef Survival Challenge.

Culture Days – Get into Victoria’s culture scene, enjoy performances and interactive visual arts activities. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11am-3pm in Centennial Square. Free.

CBC Radio Open House  – Step into the CBC Radio studio and record a station ID. Meet hosts Gregor Craigie, Jo-ann Roberts, Khalil Ahktar, Kelly Nakatsuka, Don Genova, Shelagh Rogers, Quirks and Quarks Bob McDonald and win great draw prizes. Bite into an apple pie to help Lifecycles, or apple muffins from the Camosun College Culinary School. SATURDAY 10am-2pm at CBC Radio (1025 Pandora). Free. 250-360-2227.

Esquimalt Story Festival – Hot dog lunch for kids (and for parents by donation), craft tent and seven children’s storytellers, including Tim Gosley, Peg Hasted, and the Tickle Trunk Players. SATURDAY 10:30am-2:30pm at the GVPL, Esquimalt Branch (1231 Esquimalt). Free. 250-414-7198.

Art of the Cocktail – Victoria’s premier cocktail festival returns. Tastings, workshops, competitions and more. SATURDAY noon-9:30pm, SUNDAY 10am-2am & 11am-8:30pm at locations throughout Victoria. $90-$170.

Chef Survival IV – Join 20 of the finest chefs in Victoria as they crawl, pick and cook their way. Proceeds support TLC’s farmland conservation program. SUNDAY noon-6pm at Madrona Farm (4317 Blenkinsop). $50-$100.

Food Security: It’s in Our Hands – Network with others in Food Security, learn about and get involved with Transition Food Group projects, upcoming events and more. Includes panel discussion on food security. TUESDAY 6:30-9:30pm at the Fernwood Community Association Hall (1923 Fernwood). By donation. 250-380-6383.

Calendar: Get Steamy

21 09 2011

Anachronism seems to be on the menu this week. Get your fill of steampunk at the Steam Expo or learn how to navigate using the stars. Get your pets blessed by the Friars of St. Francis of Assisi or look into the past with a Night Sky Viewing.

Steam Expo – Discover the collision of history, technology, imagination and attitude that make up the world of steampunk. SATURDAY & SUNDAY at Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan). Weekend pass $40.

Basset Hound Picnic – Honor the splendor that is the basset hound at this annual picnic. Includes blessing of pets by the Friars of St. Francis of Assisi. SATURDAY 10:30am at Dominion Brook Park (8732-8864 East Saanich). Free. 250-382-1754.

Starry Night Navigation – Learn the methods and science behind navigation using the stars, moon and planets. Then test your skills out on the water aboard one of Five Star’s Whale Watching’s signature vessels. SATURDAY 6:30-9:30pm at the Maritime Museum of BC (28 Bastion Square). $85/$65 for youths(6-18 years). 250-385-4222.

Night Sky Viewing – Enjoy the wonders of the night sky with the Victoria Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Including inside activities for adults and children, equipment demonstrations and audiovisual presentations relating to the night sky. Outside observing activities will take place weather permitting. MONDAY 6:30-10pm at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association (1330 Fairfield). Free. 250-380-6358.

Win a prize pack and two tickets to Vox Humana’s CD release concert for Summer Rain by emailing (SUBJECT: VOX). Enter ASAP, as the the concert is this SATURDAY (Sept 24).

Calendar: Dancing in the Streets

14 09 2011

So much to do, so little time. Make the most of what you’ve got by enjoying some of this week’s events.

Find the artisan your looking for at Rock Bay Square’s open house . Get to know your neighbours at South Jubilee’s Street fest or The Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club’s September Social . Get an early start on hayrides with the Harvest Threshing weekend.

Wedding season may be coming to an end, but the Victoria Bridal Expo will help you plan next years nuptials.

Rock Bay Square – Open house featuring furniture makers, jewelers, leather artisans, writers and more. FRIDAY 3-8pm at 205-2614 Bridge. Free. 250-382-0098.

Harvest Threshing Weekend – Hay threshing demos, museums, refreshments, trails, entertainment, train rides and heritage express tractor rides. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9:30am-4:30pm at Heritage Acres (7321 Lochside). $7/free children under 12. 250-652-5522,

Streetfest – The South Jubilee neighbourhood’s annual street party invites everyone out for an afternoon of music, food, performers, a garden exchange, baking table, children’s activities, community info and much more. Everyone welcome. SATURDAY 1-5pm at Redfern Park (Leighton road). Free. 250-589-0113.

September Social – Meet other downtown residents and try your hand at lawn bowling! Cash bar & food sales on-site. Registration is first come, first served. SATURDAY 3-6pm at The Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club (720 Belleville). $10. 250-386-5501,

Bridal Expo – Find everything wedding under one roof. Dresses, favours, florists and more! SUNDAY 10am-4pm at the Crystal Garden (713 Douglas). $18.

Calendar: Fall Can Be Fun Too

8 09 2011

Students are back at school and summer has indeed come to a close. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still fun to be had. Enjoy some art and wine at Art Incognito while raising funds for the Vancouver Island School of Art. Know a writer? Take them to Wired Words and find out what the writing profession is all about. Eat, drink and be merry at the Tibetan Cultural Society of Vancouver Island’s Tibetan dinner, Victoria’s Eat Here Now! festival or the Vining Street Block Party. There’s no excuse for boredom this weekend!

Art Incognito – Enjoy fine art, wine, silent auctions, treats and more at this fundraiser. FRIDAY 6-9pm at the Vancouver Island School of Art (2549 Quadra). $30. 250-380-3500.

Wired words – Writers of all genres (emerging or professional) are invited to this writers festival focusing on social media and new technological opportunities for writers. SATURDAY 10am-5pm at the Maritime Museum of BC (28 Bastion Square). $61. 250-208-4811.

Fantastic Fun Day- Games, music, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, and free coffee, hot dogs and hamburgers. SATURDAY 10am-2pm at St. Luke’s (3821 Cedar Hill Cross). Free. Cemetery tours at 11am & 1pm. 250-477-6741,

Tibetan Cultural Society of Vancouver Island – Hosts a fund raising dinner of authentic Tibetan food. Proceeds support the settlement of some of the 1,000 Tibetan refugees on Vancouver Island. SATURDAY 6pm at the Church of St. John the Divine hall (1611 Quadra). $25. 250-386-0211,

Eat Here Now! –  A family-friendly festival featuring some of the best farmers, fishers, butchers, bakers, processors, vintners, brewers, coffee roasters and restaurants in the region. SUNDAY 11am-4pm in Centennial Square. Free.

Vining Street Block Party – Woop it up with entertainment, food, silent auctions and more! 1-8:30pm at the corner of Stanley and Vining. Free.
African Marimba  Workshop- Learn how to play those big wooden xylophones you’ve seen people playing downtown! No musical experience necessary, all instruments supplied. SUNDAY 2-3:30pm at 1333 Gladstone. $20. 250-732-1950,

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Calendar: Fringe Fest and More!

24 08 2011

It’s Fringe season again, but if you’re not into theatre, you might be feeling a little left out. Never fear! Victoria still has plenty going on. Get outside and learn about frogs at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary or take in the Johnson Street and Greek Festivals. Freshen up your dog and enjoy a brew at the Phillips Brewing company dog wash fundraiser. Or get into Victoria’s coffee scene with For the Love of Coffee, coffee exhibition and Western Barista Championships.

Frog Day – Discover what makes frogs so fabulous. Featuring puppet shows, hands-on displays, live andimals and froggy crafts. THURSDAY noon-3pm at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). By donation/$3 for crafts. 250-479-0211.

Tour De Rock BBQ Bash – Come down to and enjoy a BBQ in support of the Tour de Rock. Food, drinks, music and more! THURSDAY 5-9pm at Glo (104-2940 Justland). $20. 250-385-5643.

Fringe Block Party – Kick off the Fringe in style! Featuring Fruit Bats and The Archers. THURSDAY 7pm at Centennial Square. All ages. Free.  

For the Love of Coffee – Browse coffee exhibits and watch the exciting Western Barista Championships. SATURDAY 8am-9pm & SUNDAY 11am-9pm at the Crystal Gardens. $5. 250-544-1778.

Johnson Street Festival – Support Make-A-Wish BC while enjoying entertainment, children activities and more! SATURDAY 10am-6pm on the 500 & 600 blocks of Johnson. Free.

Dog Wash Fundraiser – Bring Fido down for a refreshing bath while you sample tantalizing brews from Phillips! (Must be 19+ to sample brews). SATURDAY noon-4pm at Phillips Brewing Company (2010 Government). By donation. 250-380-1912.

Tour De Rock Bachelor Auction – Kool Fm and Channel A bring you hot studs! Funds raised support Tour De Rock. SATURDAY 9pm at 9one9 (919 Douglas). Free.

Greek Fest – Offering an array of authentic Greek food, desserts, baked goods, a Greek deli, arts and crafts, continuous live music and folk dancing from many different cultures including Greek, Middle Eastern, European and others.  TUESDAY-Sept. 5 11am at the Greek Community Centre (4648 Elk Lake). Free.

Calendar: Food and Fun in the Sun

8 07 2011

Bring your picnic blanket and an appetite for fun this week as Victoria heads outdoors.

Go Bananas Scavenger Hunt – Wear yellow and go bananas at your library with a scavenger hunt. Get ready to search the library for hidden clues and receive a sweet treat at the end. For ages 6-9. Registration required. THURSDAY 10:30-11:30am at the GVPL, Central Saanich Branch (1209 Clarke). Free.

Five Hole for Food – Bring a hockey stick and a good pair of running shoes, and join in playing some good, fun, safe hockey. Please bring food and cash donations to help the Victoria Mustard Seed Food Bank. FRIDAY noon-6pm at the Save-On-Foods Grocery Store parking lot (3500 Blanshard). Free.

Navigation on the High Seas – Join staff from the Maritime Museum of BC to get the inside scoop on using the quadrant, the sextant and the stars to sail around the world. Make a navigational tool you can take home with you to do your own exploring. Ages 10-12. Register required. FRIDAY 2:30-3:30pm at the GVPL, Central Branch (735 Broughton). Free.

See some of Victoria's most beautiful water gardens.

Water Garden Tour – A self-guided tour of some of the areas finest water gardens. Proceeds support project in Africa. SATURDAY 10am-4pm at various locations throughout Victoria. $25. For more information, visit

Belfry Open House Picnic – Explore the bell tower of Christ Church Cathedral as the Bellringers celebrate the 75 years since the bells were hung. SATURDAY 1:30-3:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral (930 Burdette). Free. 250-383-2714.
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Pride Festival – After the Prie parade, enjoy a beer garden hosting its very own stage, nibble on some delicious treats from one of our 100+ vendors, learn more about the local GLBTQ community at Pride House, or partake in the 50ft long obstacle course hosted in the Kids Camp. Also featuring the foreskin awareness booth. Pride parade SUNDAY noon on Goverment, starting at Pandora. Pride Festival 1pm at MacDonald Park. Free.

Food Fiesta – Great food and entertainment for all! Noon-4pm at the Bayanihan Community Centre (1709 Blanshard). $7.
Combing the Coast Launch Party – Art auction, raffle prizes, local short films and a chance to sign up for the Chapter’s “Combing the Coast” monthly beach clean ups in the Greater Victoria Area. SUNDAY 7pm at the Canoe Club (450 Swift). Free.

Calendar: Picnics, Wrestling and Rollerderby

24 06 2011

Sagacity Annual Family Picnic – Who says you have to be kinky to have fun? THURSDAY 2pm at Gyro Park Beach. Free.

Summer Scentsation – The Victoria Lily Society hosts a display and tea. SATURDAY 10am-3:30pm at James Bay Community Center (140 Oswego). By donation. 250-389-1470.

Cordova Bay Day – Clowns, face painting, bouncy castle, golf games, refreshments, ice-cream and Block Watch. SATURDAY noon-2pm at St. David By The Sea Anglican Church (5182 Cordova Bay). Free. 250-658-8149.

Bret Hart – Autograph signing by the legendary former WWF/WWE/WCW pro wrestler. SATURDAY 2-4pm at 814 Broughton. $25 per autograph. 250-380-1958.

Eves of Destruction – Taking on Slaughter County’s Death Rattle Rollers. SATURDAY 6pm at Archie Browning Sports Center (1151 Esquimalt). $15/$10.

High Tea for Haiti – Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of good food, local music, friendly company and amazing gift baskets in support of École Mixte Petite Coeur de Jesus, an elementary school in Port au Prince. SUNDAY 1:30-4:30pm at Metchosin Community House (4430 Happy Valley). $8. 250-478-5155.

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Calendar: Father’s Day Weekend

16 06 2011

It may be Father’s Day weekend, but that doesn’t mean that there’s fun to be had for everyone. Festivals and fairs abound and cover everything from dogs to culture, to blacksmithing, flirting and crafts.

Summer Fair – Including steam engines, museum, blacksmith demonstrations, entertainment, forest trails, train rides, log house and loads of family fun. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9am-3:30pm at Heritage Acres (7321 Lockside). $7/free for kids under 12 years. 250-652-5522,

VIC Fest – A day filled with culture, entertainment and samplings of select Breweries and Wineries from Vancouver Island. Performances by Jon and Roy, Maurice, Acres Of Lions, Quoia, Georia Murray, Everybody Left, Cheesecake Burlesque Revue and Pocket Kings. SATURDAY 11am-10pm on the Academy Green, St. Ann’s Academy (835 Humboldt). $40. 250-953-8828.

Best in Show: The Dog Show for Mutts – Dog contest includes best dressed, looks most like owner, best trick, most distinguishing feature, cutest dog, most original hair and best voice. Proceeds support the BCSPCA. SATURDAY 11am-3pm at the Ocean Pointe Resort Patio (45 Songhees). Free. 250-360-5894.

Wild About Whales – Adopt a whale and watch it race down the Gorge Waterway for a chance to win one of six ‘fintastic’ prizes. With face painting, inflatables, conoe rides and more. Proceeds support school programs for kids. SATURDAY 1:30-4:30pm at Esquimalt Gorge Park. Free. 250-384-9133,

Flirtfest – A revolutionary event where women don’t wait for men to make the move. Participants are given the skills and encouragement to take control. Registration required. SATURDAY 7-10pm at Karma (603 pandora). $29. 1-888-879-0061,

Outdoor Discovery Day – An introduction to shooting sports, including archery, blackpowder, trap, pistol, rifle, cowboy action and airsoft. No Firearms license required. SUNDAY 10am-3pm at 700 Holker. Free. 250-896-0979.

First Peoples Festival – Celebrating National Aboriginal Day with cultural presentations by Unity Drummers and Singers, and special performances by the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a Dancers. SUNDAY 11am-5pm in Centennial Square. Free. 250-953-8808.

Iconocraft – Showcasing some of Victoria’s most exciting guerrilla crafters and artists, while giving the public an opportunity to craft for themselves. WEDNESDAY 7pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10 (includes $3 of craft-making tokens).

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