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.

Looking for a quick beach read? Email (SUBJECT: US) to win Andrew Weaver’s book, Generation Us:The Challenge of Global Warming.

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.

September’s Here

8 09 2010

With fall just around the corner, vacations gone, and schoolwork pending, don’t forget that there is still fun to be had. Get out and take advantage of the remnants of summer with this weeks events.

Weather like this won't last forever.

If September is getting too hectic, send an email (SUBJECT: TRANQUILITY) to, and win Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play by Kimberly Wilson. A book devoted to tips and tricks to help fabulous women everywhere stay cool, calm, and collected.

Art in the Park – Join a CRD interpreter to create nature inspired activities and crafts. SATURDAY 11am-2pm at the Nature Centre off Munn Road (Saanich). All ages. Free. 250-478-3344,

James Bay Art Walk –  Take a self-guided tour of historical James Bay neighbourhood and look for the brightly painted shoes that dangle from  artists’ venues. doorways SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11am-5pm at James Bay. Free.

2nd Annual Float Home Tour – The Float Home Village at Fisherman’s Wharf invites visitors to step inside float homes. SATURDAY Noon-3pm at Fisherman’s Wharf. $5. 250-721-0818.

3rd Annual Vining St Super Block Party – Eat, dance, watch a puppet show, garage sale and celebrate our vibrant community! Proceeds used to improve  tennis courts adjacent to Victoria High. SUNDAY 9am-8pm. Free. 250-995-2696.

House Tour 2010 – Seven stunning homes on the Saanich Peninsula will be showcased. Self-guided tour, map included with ticket purchase. SUNDAY 11am-5pm. $35. RSVP 250-382-4755.

Saanich Heritage Bus Tour & Tea -Tour led by author Valerie Green and features early  pioneer homes and farms of Saanich. Registration required. SUNDAY 12:15pm at Saanich Commonwealth Place (4636 Elk Lake) and 12:30pm at Pearkes Recreation Centre (3100 Tillicum). $30+HST. 250-475-1775 ext.3478.

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