CALENDAR: GREASE AND EMCEES

21 03 2012

Get funky with it this weekend and support local DJ’s at the Sunset Room, take in Aussie hip hop group Bliss N Eso or check out the Island’s best musicians, SATURDAY at the Fort Cafe. There’s also a variety show for the kids to finish Spring Break strong, and an important breast cancer awareness event. Plus, once again…

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win four tickets to Grease on Ice, or tickets to Celebrate Kids: A Variety Show for this weekend! Email calendar@mondaymag.com (subject WIN) or comment below and tell us why you should win.

BASSLINE WARFARE: ROUND 2 – DJ battle with Whoa Grenade. FRIDAY 10pm at Sunset Room. $10/$15.

GREASE ON ICE – Take a classic movie, throw in incredible talent, choreography and music and you have an amazing  show that is sure to delight and entertain the whole family. SATURDAY 2pm and 7pm. Also SUNDAY 1pm at Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt). $15. 250-412-8510, 250-412-8500, racquetclubofvictoria.com.

VANCOUVER ISLAND MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE SHOWCASE – With Ryan McMahon, Michael Tension, Spaceport Union and more. SATURDAY 8pm at the Fort Cafe. $7.

CELEBRATE KIDS: A VARIETY SHOW – A variety show for children with dancers, singers, martial arts and much more. Refreshments for sale. SUNDAY 2pm at the Centennial United Church (612 David). $2/$5. 250-384-6424, centen1@telus.net.

BLISS N ESO – With Rich Bros and guests. Hip hop. MONDAY 9pm at Upstairs. $20.

CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION: ASK AN EXPERT – Researcher Dr. Peter Watson and Dorothy Yada, Breast Health Patient Navigator from Vic General Hospital present the latest info on breast cancer research and breast health. Jules Sesia, a breast cancer survivor and comic shares her story. TUESDAY 7pm at Saanich Commonwealth Pool (4636 Elk Lake). Free. 250-384-3328, tryan@cbcf.org.

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CALENDAR: FLOWERS AND FRINGES

29 02 2012

As the weather gets warmer (or at least sunnier!) the Garden City starts to live up to its name. Check out  rare flowers at the Orchid Show and Sale and tally up the ones around your neighbourhood for the 36th annual Flower Count. Or, chop your locks for charity and start next week with a new ‘do. Plus, one of the biggest Canadian rock groups is kicking off their cross-country tour here – plenty of reasons to look forward to this weekend.

Giveaway Alert! Win coveted tickets to the Orchid Show and Sale! Email calendar@mondaymag.com (Subject WIN) or comment below and tell us why you should win.

THE TREWS – With Poor Young Things. Rock. FRIDAY 10pm at 9one9. $28. Who doesn’t remember “So She’s Leaving”?

VICTORIA ORCHID SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE – Purchase a rare specimen unavailable elsewhere. A portion of the proceeds to the Victoria General and Royal Jubilee Hospitals. SATURDAY 9am and 10am SUNDAY at the Student Union Building (UVic). $6/$7. 250-217-4390, victoriaorchidsociety.ca.

VICTORIA FLOWER COUNT – Each municipality across the capital region is encouraged to take up the challenge to be the “Bloomingest Community” in Victoria. 250-360-2837, flowercount.com.

LOOK GOOD: DO GOOD CUT-A-THON –  Refreshments and door prizes. SUNDAY 12pm at Head Start Salon (1315 Cook). Benefiting the Cridge Respitality Service. $15 suggested donation. 250-995-6419, swhissell@cridge.org.





Calendar: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

14 12 2011

Sure it’s been cold, but that doesn’t mean the city stops. (Unless it snows, then the city really does stop). So get out and take advantage of a few of the great events this city has to offer.

Magic Afloat – Only a frozen pond will stop the Victoria Model Shipbuilding Society from parading their lighted model ships. SATURDAY 5pm at Harrison Pond (Dallas and Government). Free. 250-385-9552.

Red Umbrella Rally – Sex workers and their allies march to the Legislature building to protest laws and unjust policing that prevent sex workers from reporting violence. Wear red and bring a red umbrella. SATURDAY noon at Government and Discovery. Free. 250-891-1942.

Victoria Flea Market – Offering a huge assortment of interesting things. SUNDAYS 9am-2pm at the DaVinci Centre. $2/free after 1pm. 250-381-5033.

Weekly Winter Market – Ongoing weekly Sunday market featuring vendors with handcrafted funky accessories and hair accent pieces, one of a kind festival style apparel, vintage clothing, storytelling, live entertainment, a kids zone and more. SUNDAYS noon-5pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free.

Our Place Christmas meal – The Our Place Society will serve approximately 1200 people a festive turkey dinner with all the trimmings. TUESDAY 11:30am-5pm at the Our Place Society Dining Room (919 Pandora). Free.
Wed. Dec. 21

Committee to End Homelessness – A candlelight ceremony to honour those on the street who have died in the last year. WEDNESDAY 4:30pm at the Whale Wall between Pandora and Johnson. Free. 250-480-4854.

Find some Christmas cheer by emailing calendar@mondaymag.com (SUBJECT: NAUGHTY).  One lucky reader will win two tickets to The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue’s Dec. 16 show!





Calendar: Crafts, crafts and more crafts

7 12 2011

Get your shopping done with craft fairs galore, or indulge your charitable side with a fundraising breakfast at Stuff the Stocking or decorating binge at Arts & Crafts for a Cause. There’s no excuse for boredom with this weeks events.

Community Craft Fair – Craft sale and silent auction. All proceeds support youth programs. Presented by the Central Saanich Boys & Girls Club and Bayside Middle School. THURSDAY 3-7:30pm at Bayside Middle School (1101 Newton). Free. 250-652-1135 ext. 208.

Stuff the Stocking – Come enjoy a cup of cheer, some festive breakfast treats, and the sounds of beautiful Christmas music in the Grand Lounge.The Cridge Centre stocking will be hung and ready to be stuffed with your donation to support The Cridge Respitality Service. FRIDAY 7:30-10:30am at The Cridge Centre for the Family (1307 Hillside). By donation. 250-995-6412.

Arts & Crafts for a Cause – The GVPL has partnered with Vancouver Island’s Everybody Deserves a Smile (EDAS) group on their “Kindness Care Packages” campaign. Help the GVPL by decorating a gift bag for a local homeless person and/or donating any of the following items for the gift bags: toques, mittens, wool socks, tooth brushes, tooth paste and scarves. New items only. Gift bags will be given to members of the Greater Victoria homeless community in January by EDAS. Donations will be accepted during all hours of opening from December 10-24 at participating branches. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 10am-6pm at the Juan de Fuca Branch (1759 Island Highway), SATURDAY 10am-6pm at the Nellie McClung Branch (3950 Cedar Hill) & Central Branch (735 Broughton). To Dec. 18. edas.ca.

Christmas Craft & Rummage Sale – Home made Christmas crafts, baking, preserves and many gently used rummage sale items. FRIDAY 10am-2pm at the Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). Free. fairfieldunited.ca.

Last Chance Christmas Craft Show – Over 85 artisans and crafters displaying their unique handcrafted wares. SATURDAY 10am-5pm & SUNDAY 10am-4pm at the Mary Winspear Centre ( 2243 Beacon). $. 250-248-0637.

Can’t find that something for that special someone in your life? Email calendar@mondaymag.com (SUBJECT: XMAS) and win passes to the Last Chance Christmas Craft show.





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. pmafund.com.

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. outofhand.ca.

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 victoria.ca 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. unitedway.uvic.ca/events/events.php.

Looking for more excitement? Send an email to calendar@mondaymag.com (SUBJECT: GIVE) to win this weeks mystery prize.





Calendar: Christmas? Already?!?

16 11 2011

Has the twinkle of tinsel started to catch your eye? Are you finding glitter in inexplicable places? Has peppermint been added to your latte? If so, then you might be suffering from the side effects of “Early Christmas.” The solution? Vaccinate yourself with this weeks events.*

*May include Christmas Craft Fairs, politics, goodies and fun.

Urbanite – This South Asian-infused evening will feature live music and video performance, collaborative storytelling and of course some custom cocktails and seasonal drafts served up by Canoe Brewpub. FRIDAY 8-11pm at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss). $13/$11 AGGV members. 250-384-4171.

TEDX – 14 speakers with ideas worth spreading, three live performances, and interactive media exhibitions. SATURDAY 9am-6pm at the Victoria Conference Center (720 Douglas). $50. tedxvictoria.com.

Greek Christmas Bake Sale and Snack Bar – Featuring delicious home-made Greek desserts and pastries associated with the Xmas season. Souvlaki, Gyros, spanakopita, other delicacies and freshly made loukoumades will be available at the Snack Bar. All proceeds support of the Victoria and Vancouver Island Greek Community Society cultural programs and for charity purposes. SATURDAY 10am-5pm at the Greek Community Centre (4648 Elk Lake Drive). Free. 250-479-9391, michaelikonomou@shaw.ca.

Scandinavian Craft Fair – Crafts, baking, jewellry, Norwegian sweaters and more. SATURDAY 10am-4pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside). Free. 250-598-2603.

Goward House Society Craft Fair – Find the handcrafted presents your loved ones adore. Tea room open. SATURDAY 10am-4pm at Goward House (2495 Arbutus). $2. 250-477-4401, gowardhouse.com.

Victoria Downtown Farmers’ Market – Farm tables loaded with the best locally produced meat, cheese, bread, ice cream, honey, produce, sprouts, jams, mushrooms, salt, preserves and more. SATURDAY 11am-3pm at Market Square. Free. victoriapublicmarket.com.

Rally for Political Reform – Find out what’s wrong with our political system and how to fix it. Listen to great speakers, Dr. Budd Hall, Dr. Janni, Ken Wu, and others. Presented by the People’s Assembly of Victoria. SATURDAY noon at Centennial Square. Free. occupyvictoria.ca.

Crystal Singers’ Holiday Shopping Fair – With Partylite, Epicure, Jockey, Guatemalan Scarves, Arbonne, Avon, Universal Books, Tupperware, Silpada and Nelia C. Caye Jewellery and more. SATURDAY 1-3pm at St. Peter’s Church (3939 St. Peters St.). Free. 250-727-3538, crystalsingers.ca.

Christmas Bazaar & Tea  – Featuring Crafts, Books, White Elephant, Jewelry and More. Proceeds support the Victoria Cat Rescue Corps’ Spay & Neuter fund. SATURDAY 1-4pm at Knox Presbyterian Church (2964 Richmond Rd). Free. 250-656-1100, victoriacatrescue.com.

Nautical Wreath Workshop – Give this Christmas a nautical flare with your very own nautical wreath. Please bring any other decorations you may wish to add and a good pair of gloves. We recommend thick gardening gloves. Materials provided.  Registration required. FRIDAY-SUNDAY & Nov. 26-27 1-5pm at the Maritime Museum of BC (28 Bastion Square). $29. 250- 385-4222 ext. 113, mmbc.bc.ca/about-2/whats-new-at-the-museum/.

Not enough? Email calendar@mondaymag.com (SUBJECT: MYSTERY!) to win our ever-popular mystery prize! Tickets? Books? Fairy dust and magic? Enter to find out.





Calendar: Have a Socially Responsible Time

9 11 2011

This weeks events cater to our socially responsible side. Be part of a political public forum or indulge in guilt-free locally handmade crafts. It’s up to you. Don’t forget Remembrance Day on Nov. 11.

IconoCraft Christmas – A DIY crafting fair where local artists teach people how to make a wide range of different crafts. THURSDAY 5-11pm the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10. iconocraft.com.

Public Forum – The Conservative Omnibus Crime Bill: Will it make Canada Safer or Meaner? A public forum and panel discussion moderated by Victoria MP Denise Savoie. THURSDAY 6:30-9pm at First Metropolitan United Church (932 Balmoral). Free. 250-363-3600.

Remembrance Day Service – Hosted by the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club. FRIDAY 10:40am in the Italian Garden next to Hatley Castle (2005 Sooke). Free.

What Matters To You? – What Should the Federal Government’s Priorities be in 2012 and Beyond? A public meeting hosted by Victoria MP Denise Savoie. With guest speaker Stephen Salter discussing the green economy. SATURDAY 2-4pm at 970 Blanshard. 250-363-3600.

Global Interdependence and You – A public symposium offering the public an opportunity to hear speakers affiliated with UVic’s Centre for Global Studies discuss their work. Symposium MONDAY noon-2pm in the First Peoples House Ceremonial hall, followed by the Centre for Global Studies Open house 2:30-3:30pm in room C173, the Sedgewick Building (UVic). 250-853-3218.

UVic Hearts & Hands Craft Fair – Talented artisans from the UVic community offer a wide range of crafts for sale, including cards, soap, jewelry and handmade clothing.  Proceeds support the United Way fundraiser. TUESDAY 10am in the University Centre Lobby, UVic. Free. 250-721-4357.

Email calendar@mondaymag.com (SUBJECT: MUGGER) to win a copy of Sandy Frances Duncan’s & George Szanto’s Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island in time for their book signing on Nov. 15 (7pm at the Cadboro Bay Book Company, 2840B Cadboro Bay).








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