Calendar: Victoria Day Weekend

18 05 2011

Feeling like you’ve not got enough fun in your life? Never fear, Victoria Day weekend is here with fun to spare. Family fun can be found throughout this weeks calendar, but keep an eye of for the Luxton Rodeo, Vancouver Island’s only  rodeo, and the Highland Games, Victoria’s only source for caber toss.

Braefoot Family Fun Night – Live music, face-painting, program info, visit from Dora and Diego! BBQ by donation. RSVP to and receive $20 off a week of Braefoot camp! THURSDAY 5:30-7:30pm iin Braefoot Park (1359 McKenzie). Free. 250-721-2244.

Luxton Pro Rodeo – The excitement of a Wild West test of endurance and skill foreign to the urban dweller. With carnival rides, an antique car show, live music, blacksmith demonstrations, and vendors.. SATURDAY, May 21, to MONDAY, May 23 at the Luxton Fairgrounds (1040 Marwood). $18/$15. For a detailed schedule, visit

Highland Games & Celtic Festival – A great weekend of Scottish culture and entertainment. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 8am-6pm at Topaz Park. $10/$8 students and seniors/free for children under 12, weekend pass $18/$15 students and seniors. Visit for a detailed schedule of events.

MEC Bikefest – Mountain Equipment Co-op hosts the city’s second annual MEC Bikefest Open to anyone who enjoys cycling and wants to celebrate and share its joys and benefits with their fellow cyclists. SUNDAY 10am at William Stevenson Park. Free. 250-386-2667.

Discovery Day – Volunteers help you find your relatives’ graves. Also enjoy mini tours of Ross Bay Cemetery’s most popular graves, grave stone cleaning demonstrations and more. SUNDAY 2-4pm at Ross Bay Cemetery. 250-383-7514,

Island Farms Victoria Day Parade – Complete with marching bands, floats, clowns and more. MONDAY 9am on Douglas between Mayfair Mall and Humbolt. Free. 250-382-3111.

Win tickets to see KJ Sawka (of Pendulum) Live! Email (SUBJECT: KJ SAWKA) to win!

Calendar: Art, Workshops and Paris

6 04 2011

Enjoy the visual arts this week with the Island Illustrators 25th Anniversary, the Victoria Comic book Show, and the Vancouver Island School of Art’s open house. Or maybe you’d prefer to better yourself by learning to plant a container garden or improving your self confidence. If all else fails, spend an evening pretending you’re in Paris supping on French fair at An Evening in Paris.

The Island Illustrators Society 25th Anniversary Celebration – Featuring the book launch, sale and signing of Coastal Moments, a brand-new writing and drawing journal featuring artwork by 44 members of the Island Illustrators Society combined with chosen quotes from some of BC’s finest poets THURSDAY 6-9pm at the AGGV (1040 Moss). $13/$11 students and seniors/free AGGV members.

Companion Planting in Container Gardens – Learn about companion planting to maximize flavour and pest control, square foot gardening concepts and culinary creations. With Amy Crook. Registration required. SATURDAY 10am-noon at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). $20.  250-383-5800.

No Regrets – A workshop by singer and writer Heather Loewen based on her book 101 Reasons To Be Yourself.Positive change and creative liberation are at your fingertips. Registration required. SATURDAY 1:30-4pm at the Overleaf Cafe-Bookshop (1105 Pandora). $20.

An Evening in Paris – A full evening of live entertainment and great auction items to bid on, including original art pieces. Wonderful French appy’s and desserts are included in the ticket price. Proceeds support the new Arts Centre at Cedar Hill. SATURDAY 6:30-10pm at the Cedar Hill Rec Centre. $56. 250-475-7121,

Comic Book Show – Come and experience the wide and varied universe of comic books. Thousands of examples from all eras, from the hottest books of the day to hard-to-find treasures of the past. Toys, non-sports card and other collectibles as well. Come buy, sell, trade or just browse around. Free comics (while they last). SUNDAY 11am-4pm at the Ukrainian Cultural centre (3277 Douglas). Free. 250-361-6227,

Vancouver Island School of Art open House – See all the interesting work done by VISA students this semester. Instructors will be on hand for questions about upcoming courses. SUNDAY noon-4pm at VISA (2549 Quadra). Free. 250-380-3500.

Need a little inspiration for renovation season? Email (SUBJECT: DESIGN) to win one of five weekend passes to the Home Design & Renovation Tour 2011 on April 16 & 17. This self-guided tour winds through some of Victoria’s most beautiful homes.

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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