CALENDAR: GET SOME LUCK O’ THE IRISH

15 03 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and there are tons of events around town to help you celebrate. The Maritime Museum is hosting a fun night with Cookeilidh and Battle of the Bridge is Victoria’s own MC competition supporing a local charity. For you festival fans, check out Josephina as part of the Spark Fest or the World Storytelling Festival events. Plus:

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Win tickets to at the Maritime Museum’s event! Email calendar@mondaymag.com (subject WIN) or comment below and tell us why you deserve the luck o’ the Irish this weekend.

MUSIC FROM THE SHAMROCK SHORE: A ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION WITH COOKEILIDH – Set in our beautifully restored 19th century Courtroom, enjoy traditional jigs and sing-alongs to bring out the Irish in all of us! Also get your feet tapping with  special guests the O’Connor O’Brien Irish Dancers. It will be a night to truly remember. FRIDAY 7:30at the Maritime Museum (28 Bastion Square). $12. mmbc.bc.ca.

BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE 7: HUNGRY FOR BEEF: Sixteen emcees, and only one can be left standing as the new Battle Of The Bridge Freestyle Champ. Food drive and MC battle benefitting the Mustard Seed. SATURDAY 2pm at Incite Screen Printing (2514 Douglas). $3/$5. battleofthebridge@gmail.com.

JOSEPHINA: A shockingly beautiful, sexy, funny, and mysterious piece of physical theatre about a man and a woman: is it the story of a perfect, passionate couple, or a shattered one? TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY 8pm at Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $17-$23. sparkfestival.com.

STORIES AT FERN: WORLD STORYTELLING FEST – MONDAY 7:30pm at 1831 Fern. $3/$5.  victoriastorytellers.org.





CALENDAR: Girls and Gamers

1 02 2012

No, those two words are not mutually exclusive. Whether you’re ready to start the weekend early with the girls, or raring to relax with complimentary yoga, we’ve got you covered. For those gamers who yearned for the glory of Comic-Con, we’ve got our own version this weekend at Pearkes Arena.  And of course, you’ve seen the pink posters around town – it’s the Victoria Film Fest! Win tickets to an upcoming event or film screening by commenting below or sending an email to calendar@mondaymag.com (Subject WIN).

Girl’s Night Out – Grab your ladies and come out on the town for deals, promotions, giveaways & entertainment at some of your favourite shops, restaurants, and studios. THURSDAY. downtownvictoria.ca.

The 18th Annual Victoria Film Festival – Check out the stellar lineup of films, galas, and events. Program guides available at Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas, Serious Coffee, Empire Theatres, and the Film Festival office (1215 Blanshard). Starting FRIDAY. communications@victoriafilmfestival.com. 250-389-0444.

 GottaCon 2012  – The fourth annual gaming convention will run 24 hours a day with contests, tournaments, vendors, demonstrations, food, drinks, entertainment and games. 5pm at Pearkes Arena (3100 Tillicum). FRIDAY to SUNDAY. $17-$60. Kids free with adult. cupton@gottacon.com.

FREE Acupuncture Day + Documentary Screening – Try Heart & Hands yoga. Donations accepted in support of AIDS Vancouver Island and Victoria Youth Homelessness Summit. Donations for cold weather items also accepted. SUNDAY 9am at Heart & Hands Health Collective (851 Cormorant). Free. Reserve at heartandhandscommunity.ca.  250-893-2426.





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. peninsulacelebrations.ca/events.

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

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, ltgov.bc.ca.





Calendar: Merry Christmas!

21 12 2011

The trees have been trimmed, families have gathered and Christmas is here. Monday Magazine wishes you and your loved ones the best of the season and the happiness for the new year.

The Magic of Christmas – Take a stroll around the beautifully lit gardens and see if you can find all of the 12 days of Christmas distplays. THURSDAYS-SATURDAY 9am-9pm, SUNDAY 1pm-9pm, & MONDAY-Jan. 6 9am-9pm at Butchart Gardens (800 Benvenuto). $3-$25. butchartgardens.com/christmas.

Helmcken House Old-Fashioned Christmas – Discover the Christmas traditions of early Victorians at Helmcken House with activities and crafts. THURSDAYS-WEDNESDAYS noon-4pm. To Dec. 31 at 675 Belleville. Free with museum admission/by donation. 250-387-2137.

Christmas Spirit Community Dinner – Enjoy a free meal and a fun family oriented Christmas Day. Registration required. Two seatings. Noon & 3pm at The Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church (1800 Quadra). Free. 250-472-1040, christmasspiritdinner.ca.

Festival of Trees – Enjoy beautifully decorated trees and help raise funds for The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. THURSDAYS-WEDNESDAYS to Jan. 6 at the Empress (721 Government). By donation. fairmont.com/empress.

Father Christmas – Visit with Father Christmas. SATURDAY & MONDAYS-THURSDAYS 11:30am-4:30pm to Dec. 24 in the Old Town Exhibit of the Royal BC Museum (675 Belleville). $10-$15. royalbcmuseum.bc.ca.

Email calendar@mondaymag.com (SUBJECT: CHRISTMAS) to get a little something extra in your stocking. No peeking!





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: 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).





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. EnchantedHalloween.com.

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, xchangesgallery.org.

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

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. melaniedmdsouza@hotmail.com.

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, royalbcmuseum.bc.ca.

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

If you’d rather ignore Halloween all together, email calendar@mondaymag.com (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, ttce@campsun.bc.ca.

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. vncs.ca.

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

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. heartandhandscommunity.ca.

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. animalcrusaders.ca.

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