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.

Calendar: Home for Christmas

22 12 2010

He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! May your celebrations be full of light and joy. If, however, you’ve overloaded on family time or just feel the need to get out of the house and explore with your loved ones, here are some events to keep you going.

This week, win Mike McCardell’s Everything Works by emailing (SUBJECT: EVERYTHING WORKS). This feel-good collection of human interest stories will even soften the hearts of the grumpiest of Grinches.

Carol Tea – Enjoy our special holiday treats, delicious finger sandwiches and delectable scones while listening to our Dickens carollers. FRIDAY-SUNDAY noon-4pm at the Empress (721 Government). $55 adult/$18 child. 250-389-2727.

Flea Market – Discover hidden treasures at this eclectic flea market featuring interesting products from a variety of vendors. SUNDAY 9am-2pm at the DaVinci Centre (195 Bay). $2.

VFMS Boxing Day Folk Potluck/Dance – An ad-hoc group of our local folk musicians will perform and dances will be led by a caller. Please bring a pot-luck dish to share. SUNDAY 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5. 250-475-1355.

Games Night – Play Jenga, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and more. MONDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café (791 Pandora). Free. 250-385-1784.

Mystery Creature – Solve the riddles to find the clues hidden along the trail with this CRD guided walk. Meet in the parking lot off William Head Road. TUESDAY 10am-noon at Devonian Regional Park. Free. 250-478-3344.

Scrabble Night – Bring a board and a friend, or play on the in-house boards and find an opponent there. TUESDAYS 6:30-9pm at James Bay Coffee & Books. Free. 250-386-4700.

Who’s Hooting? – Go on an owl prowl, find out more about these awesome night hunters, and learn some owl calls with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue. WEDNESDAY 10am-12:30pm at Mill Hill Regional Park. Free. 250-478-3344.

Public Viewing – Check out UVic’s new telescope. WEDNESDAYS 8-10pm at Bob Wright Centre (UVic). Free. 250-721-7750.

Outdoors with the CRD and Indoors with Fringe Fest

25 08 2010

Whether you like the adventure of the great outdoors of the comfort of the indoors, this week, there’s no excuse to be bored!

Want even more ways to be entertained? Email your favorite summer activities to (SUBJECT: SUMMER) and win We Will All Be Trees by Josh Massey – an insider’s humorous and insightful perspective on tree planting culture.

Summer is nearly over. Don't miss out!

Forest Fossicking
Join a CRD regional parks naturalist  as we poke through the park looking for all things small. THURSDAY 11am-12:30om at the Nature Center (Beaver Lake parking lot). Free. 250-478-3344,

Wild Crafting Walk – Bountiful berries, fragrant cedar trees, and slippery sea weeds – look beyond the beauty and discover the many uses and functions of these plants. FRIDAY 1-2:30pm at Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre (Metchosin Road). 12+. Free. 250-478-3344.

Cougar Capers – Investigate the life of a cougar on this informative walk and talk with a CRD Regional Parks interpreter. SATURDAY 1-3pm at the Francis/King Nature House (off Munn Road). Free. 250.478.3344.

Fringe Festival – The 24th annual indie theatre fest starts THURSDAY and continues to September 5. Sixty shows, 17 venues. For full details and schedules visit or call the Fringe Hotline 250-590-6291. (See next weeks edition for reviews).

Fringe Club – Ice cold beverages and nightly cabaret fun! 10pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Free with Fringe button.

Fringekids Fest – With live entertainment, music, fringe faeries, craft activities, face-painting, a life-sized cardboard castle, and an inflatable bunny! Families are encouraged to bring new school supplies to donate to the Single Parent Resource Centre. SATURDAY 11am-4pm at Market Square (lower Johnson). Free.

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