Calendar: Good Fibrations

17 08 2011

Have more fun than a kitten at a knitting bee.

Does yarn make you swoon? Does crafting drive you crazy with desire? Does fibre leave you feeling fabulous? Then good news, Fibrations has arrived! This all-things-fiber event gives the public access to demonstrations, hands-on activities and, best of all, fibre!

If crafting isn’t the centre of your universe, there’s plenty of other events this weekend. The Queen Alexandra Foundation is hosting a car show/picnic to raise funds for it’s latest project, housing for families of children that need to travel for medical treatments. The Fringe kicks off this years festival with an ’80s Prom Dance Party in Centennial Square.

Like it or not, there’s no excuse to be bored this weekend!

Cheesecake Burlesque Carwash Fundraiser – Can you think of a better way to to spend a Saturday than having lovely ladies suds up your jalopy? Neither could we. 11am-3pm at the Mohawk Gas Station (2100 Quadra). By donation.

Queen Alexandra Car Picnic – European and classic car enthusiasts gather to celebrate and help children and their families. SUNDAY 10am-2pm at the Queen Alexandra Foundation grounds (2400 Arbutus). Picnic by donation, $20 for vehicle registration. 250-519-6955.

Fibrations – A community-based celebration of fibre artists sharing their enthusiasm for craft through demonstrations, hands-on activities and market. SUNDAY 10am-4pm at St. Ann’s Academy Orchard (835 Humboldt). Free.

Fringe ’80s Prom Dance Party – Dance like it’s 1986! DJ Mz Niko will spin tunes from the Fringe’s inaugural year and revelers are encouraged to don prom attire for the festivities to kick off the 25th Fringe. Includes fun for the whole family, a Luminara parade and a crazy dance flash mob (shhh! Don’t tell anyone!). TUESDAY 7pm Centennial Square. Free.

Still not enough? Email (SUBJECT: FOLKWEST) to win tickets to Folkwest (Aug. 19-20), Victoria’s newest folk-music festival. Act fast, tickets are for Aug. 19.

Calendar: Love is in the Air

9 02 2011

Hands are being held, chocolate is being eaten, and love is in the air. There’s no way to avoid it, Valentine’s is here. But never fear, there’s lots to do for Valentine lovers and haters alike.

Looking for a little love? Send an email to (SUBJECT: BUMP AND GRIND) to win tickets to the Cheesecake Burlesque Reveu’s latest show Bump and Grind Valentine on SATURDAY.

Victoria Tea festival – North American’s largest tea festival is here again! Sample teas, bid in the silent auction and learn more about the worlds favourite drink. SATURDAY-SUNDAY at the Victoria Crystal Garden (713 Douglas). $25/$20. 250-370-4880.

Open House at the Well – A weekend of exceptional activities commences SATURDAY 5:30pm with a special ribbon cutting ceremony,  reception, puppet show and live music performances. SUNDAY 11:30am Author Breakfast Brunch with book fair and visual art showcasing books by several local authors and artists followed by the Valentine’s Day Open Poetry Contest: Kiss and Tell at The Well, a lighthearted time with romantic verse. SATURDAY 5:30pm and SUNDAY 11:30am at 821 Fort. Free. 250-590-4995.

Island Singles: Valentine’s Dance – Couples welcome. Party dress code. SATURDAY 9pm-1am at the DaVinci Centre (195 Bay). $11. 250-383-8041.

Rotten Luck – (5 years+) Learn about the decomposers of the woods and discover how they keep the forest healthy. SUNDAY 1-2:30pm at the Nature Centre off Munn Rd (Francis/King Regional Park), Free. 250-478-3344,

Sass Class 101 – Learn everything burlesque with the stars of the Cheesecake Burlesque Reveu! Registraion required. SUNDAY 2-4:30pm  at the Yoga Shala (Studio K 1322 Broad). $50/$40.

2011 Spay/Neuter Blitz – Low income cat owners can have the cost of spay or neuter covered by Victoria Cat Rescue Corps. Program runs to March 15. 250-656-1100.

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