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 (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,

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,

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,

Calendar: Seeds and Charities

3 03 2011

Last weeks winter wonderland sure did surprise. But never fear, shake of winter’s last hurrah with this weeks events.

Website Makeovers – George Plumley, web designer and author of 100 Questions to Ask before Building a Website will help your site shine. Registration required. THURSDAY 2-3:30pm at the GVPL, Central Saanich Branch (3110 Tillicum). Free. 250-477-9030.

Relaxation Workshop – Learn how to destress with Julia James, CPCC, PCC, MSC, Certified Life Coach and author of The Mini-Retreat Solution. Regristration required. THURSDAY 7-8:30pm at the GVPL, Esquimalt Branch (1231 Esquimalt). Free. 250-414-7198.

Seed Starting workshop – Learn how to start your own seeds. Several varieties of heritage tomatoes, salad greens and edible flowers will be planted for participants to take home. Registration required. THURSDAY 7-9pm at SJ Willis (923 Topaz). $25. 250-383-5800,

The Next Generation – Conference and AGM. Topics include alternative crops, apprenticships, research findings, land-access models, slow money and sustainable agriculture, on-farm energy and distrobution systems. FRIDAY-SUNDAY at the Mary Winspear Centre (2243 Beacon). $99 per day. 250-385-7974.

Urbanite– Enjoy the sophisticated future club sounds and custom visuals by sub|division’s DJs Eames and Longshanks, cocktails and beverages by Canoe Brewpub, screening of stop motion film “Wurld” by scavenger artists Emi Honda and Jorda, art corsage and boutonniere making with local artist Scott Evans and Curator’s tour with Nicole Stanbridge. FRIDAY 8-11pm at the AGGV (1040 Moss). $11-$13. 250-384-4171.

Orchid Show and Sale – See what the Victoria Orchid Society has propegated. SATURDAY 9am-5pm & SUNDAY 10am-3pm at the Student Union Building (UVic). $7/$6 students and seniors.

Canadian Boat to Gaza – Fundraiser dinner followed by Ramzy Baroud presenting People Power: What the World Can Learn from the Palestinians. Registration required. SATURDAY 5pm at St. Luke’s Church Hall (3821 Cedar Hill X). $20/$15 unwaged. 250-721-2303.

Rock & Roll for Little Souls – Join the Saanich Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation for an evening of live music, refreshments, and a silent auction in support of pediatric care at Victoria General Hospital. Proceeds also support BC Guide Dog Services. SATURDAY 7pm at Pearkes Rec Centre (3100 Tillicum). $20. 250-514-7667.

Good Soup For Good Food – The talented chefs of Camosun’s Culinary Arts program are donating their expertise to create delicious gourmet soups. Proceeds support the Good Food Box program. SUNDAY 11am-2pm at the Rootcellar Green Grocer (1286 McKenzie). $5 per bowl. 250-893-7635.

Start your growing season off right by winning a springtime fresh copy of Carolyn Herriot’s The Zero mile Diet: A Year-round Guide To Growing Organic Food. Email (SUBJECT: ZERO MILE) for your chance to win!

Calendar: Spring is in the Air (Almost)

23 02 2011

It seems like Shubenacadie Sam (Canada’s East coast groundhog) may have been right to predict an early spring. While the weather might not appear nicer, Victoria’s gardens are already bursting with blossomy anticipation. Till spring officially comes knocking, keep yourself amused with this week’s events.

Enjoy a little music this week by emailing calendar@mondaymag (SUBJECT: THE CREAKING TREE) to win The Creaking Tree String Quartet’s latest album, Sundogs.

Zonta Club of Victoria – Chinese buffet dinner meeting and presentation by Alan Lowe, former Mayor of Victoria on Chinese culture, history of the development of Victoria’s Chinatown and the formation of our sister city Zouchow in China. Everyone welcome. THURSDAY 5:30pm at the University Club (UVic). $30. 250-658-5516.

Tsukino Con 2011– Convention focuses on Japanese pop-culture with anime, manga and cosplay, as well as traditional Japanese culture. Featuring the locally made internet sensation LoadingReadyRun. FRIDAY-SUNDAY. $25 weekend pass. 250-588-3314,

You never know what you'll find at VintAgeous.

VintAgeous! – Featuring 30 unique vendors selling chic clothing, accessories, funky decor, nostalgia and much more. FRIDAY 6-10pm and SATURDAY 10am-4pm at the Fernwood Community Centre (1240 Gladstone). $3. 250-590-1491.

Genealogical Society Workshop – Researching Black Canadians: a Case Study. Learn how to research the Black Canadians in your family’s history. SATURDAY 10am-noon at the Genealogical Society Resource Center (947 Alston). $12/$10. 250-360-2808.

Knot-On-The-Schedule Workshop & Play Party – Join Fisherman, Ladyfish, Matt, and MzKizz as they pull out all the ropes (and a few naughty tricks) in this 3-hour workshop that will cover Rope 101 and Rope 102 (fundamentals of suspension). SATURDAY 1-4pm. Play party 8pm. All at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10-$25.

Health Co-operative Community Forum – Learn the latest about services in the community, at the Co-op Community Health Centre, and on our new website. SATURDAY 1-4pm at the James Bay United Church (517 Michigan). Free. 250-414-0308.

Africa Day Celebration – Enjoy dinner, live performances, a fashion show and more. SATURDAY 6pm at the White Eagle Polish Hall (90 Dock). $25/$20 students/$15 children/free 5 years and under. 250-370-0827,

Services Expo – Featuring information displays and seminars from community organizations and government agencies serving Victoria. Hosted by Denise Savoie MP. SUNDAY 1pm at the Fairfield Activities Centre (380 Cook). Free. 250-363-3600.

SKAM Fundraiser –  Celebrates its 16th year. Featuring extraordinary performance poet Missie Peters. Proceeds help support SKAM. SUNDAY 7pm at Earle Clarke House (1461 Pembroke). $50. 250-386-SKAM.

Calendar: Food, Glorious Food!

16 02 2011

Delicious delights abound in this town.

Victorian’s are in for a treat this week. Foodie fun abounds, whether your into fine dining or prudent potlucks, there’s plenty to sample. You can even learn how to grow your own! how’s that for DIY?

Win tickets to 9th Annual Hans Fear Memorial event, Jazz at Cafe Berlin, by emailing (SUBJECT: CAFE BERLIN).

Dine Around Town – Step out and rediscover Victoria. Local participating restaurants offer three-course menus for $20, $30, $40 per person and are all paired with BC VQA wine suggestions. This year, celiac-friendly menus available. THURSDAY to March 6.

Transition Victoria – Potluck and meetintg. THURSDAY 6pm at 1268 Walnut. Free.

Planning Your Food Garden – Come learn about how easy it is to grow a vegetable garden all year round. Twelve month workshop with Amy Crook. THURSDAY 7-9pm at the Lifecycles office (625 Hillside). $20.

Seedy Saturday – The place for vegetable, flower and herbs seeds direct from local growers, with fruit and nut trees, native and specialty plants and more. The show includes food and garden products, Seed Exchange, Master Gardeners, displays and demos, kids’ activities, free speaker talks. SATURDAY 10am-4pm at the Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas). $7/children under 12 years free. 250-381-5323,

VIVA-Raw Potluck – Come join us for a wonderful potluck of delicious raw vegan food. Bring raw vegan dish of 6 or more servings with ingredients list, serving utensils plus your own plate and cutlery. SUNDAY 5:30-8:30pm at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). $5-$3 sliding scale. 250-380-6383,

Calendar: Mighty Miniature Fun

2 02 2011

The Victoria Model Shipbuilding Society brings out it's best boats this weekend.

This week, the Victoria Model Shipbuilding Society and Gottacon prove that fun can come in small packages. If that doesn’t float your boat, head out to the VFF Opening Gala or the Psychic Spring Fair.

If the future has you worried, email (SUBJECT:2012) to win 101 You Should Know About 2012: Countdown to Armageddon…or a Better World?, by Mark Heley. Find out what the Mayan calendar has in store, according to Heley.

Victoria Model Shipbuilding Society – One of the largest model exhibitions. Large models will be on display tables and the club’s portable pool for running smaller radio controlled craft. Spectators are invited to talk with any members present and vote for their favourite model. FRIDAY-SUNDAY at the Westshore Mall (2945 Jacklin). Free. 250 385-9552

GottaCon – This hobby based gaming convention celebrates its third year. Board, card, and fantasy game tournaments, costume contest, and the latest in board games. FRIDAY 5pm-SUNDAY 7pm at the GR Pearkes  Centre (3100 Tillicum).  $40. 250-388-6432.

VFF Opening Gala – Kick of the Victoria Film Festival with a film viewing and reception. See the Atrium transformed into a magnificent South Polar spectacle. FRIDAY, film 6:45pm at Capitol 6 (805 Yates), Gala 9pm at the Atrium (800 Yates). $40 (film and gala).

Paint Your Character House – Everything you need to know about painting your character home with the chance of winning 10 gallons of Kelly-Moore premium paint. WEDNESDAY 7pm in the Windsor Park Pavilion (2451 Windsor). By donation.

Psychic Circle Spring Fair – Find out what the future has in store for you. MONDAY-February 11 9:20am-9pm, February 12 9:30am-5:30pm, February 13 11am-5pm. Free. 250-478-4226.

Let’s Have a Ceilidh – The Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society invites the public to an evening of dancing and ceilidh performances. No partner required. Wear soft-soled shoes. Registration appreciated. FRIDAY 7:30pm at the Victoria Dance Studios (2750 Quadra). Free. 250-598-0207.

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.

Calendar: Indoor fun

10 11 2010

November’s finally here, but it hasn’t stopped the events! Enjoy some indoor entertainment this week.

At least there's some fun to be had with leaves.

Win two tickets to see Wil rock Hermann’s Jazz Club with his acoustic guitar stylings on November 18 8pm. Email (SUBJECT:WIL) to win!

Pacific Wayfinders Conference – The Pacific Peoples’ Partnership is celebrating 35 years of work with communities and organisations in the South and NorthPacific. The conference topics examine peace, human dignity, cultural integrity, social justice, and environmental sustainability. THURSDAY-SATURDAY at UVic. $160/$60/$35. 250-381-4131.

African Aids Angels Open House – Select from hundreds of handmade cloth angels for gifts or decorations. Funds go to support projects in Malawi, Zambia and South Africa. SATURDAY 10am-3pm at Swan Lake Natyure House (3873 Swan Lake). Free. 250-727-0226,

Growing a Green Community – Sustainability consultant Jackie Kanyuk explains some basic concepts of green and efficient homes. SUNDAY 2-3:30pm at GVPL Central Branch (735 Broughton). Free. 250-413-0389.

International Medical Marijuana Day – (See THE WEEK). Rally at the Ministry of Health, followed by a silent art auction. MONDAY. Rally 1pm at the Ministry of Health (1810 Blanshard). Auction 4:20pm at 826 Johnson. Free. 250-381-4220.

Restorative Justice Week – Workshop, “What is Restorative Justice?” Part of National Restorative Justice Week (THURSDAY-November 21). WEDNESDAY 7-9pm at Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt). Free. 250-383-5801.

What is Polyamory? –  Panel takes public questions and aims to dispel myths and raise awareness for the movement. WEDNESDAY 7pm in room C103, David Strong Building (UVic). Free. 250-507-1674.

The Annual Biology Graduate Student Symposium

4 11 2010

UVic’s Biology graduate students share their research. Fifteen minute talks will be given on the following topics and more!

– Behavioral thermo-regulation in hydrothermal vent scale worms
– The potential role of salmon farms in pathogen transmission to juvenile Fraser River sockeye salmon
– The effects of climate and landscape use on drinking water quality in BC
– The effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on oxidative stress in the adult brain
– The identification and characterization of western white pine genes for resistance to blister rust fungus

November 10 & 12 8:30am-5pm in room C103, the David Strong Building (UVic). Free and open to the public.

The Unholy Birth of Z-Day

3 09 2010

Monday Fringe reviewer Chris Felling delves into the guts of the local zombie musical

foto by David Bukach

By now, dear Fringer, you’ve no doubt caught wind of Z-Day: The Anthem for the Post-Zombie Apocalypse. Lots of people at the venues have been chatting about it, it stirred up lots more people at preview night. However, at the risk of sounding like some sort of vintage-clad theatre hipster, I saw Z-Day before it was cool and I, like, totally know Jay Mitchell. Yeah, that’s the guy behind it.

Earlier this year, Z-Day was a little-known but much-talked-about show in UVic’s theatre department and, like any good zombie, it’s mutated a little since I last saw it. The move from the cramped and catwalked 80-seat McIntyre theatre at the Phoenix to the spacious Metro has changed things, as has a new cast, longer songs and new material. Surely, dear Fringer, you’re a little bit curious about Z-Day‘s life in the lab? Good! I chatted up writer/director/composer Jay Mitchell before their Monday night show to satisfy that for you.

If through some stroke of bad luck or poor judgement you haven’t seen Z-Day yet, well, spoilers ahead. Tread carefully and don’t let them see you or they will devour the novelty of the show, leaving you a dark and shambling husk of your former self driven only by a ceaseless hunger that blasphemes against nature and I’m sure you’d much rather see such a neat show innocently, without already knowing its surprises.
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