Chinese New Year Victoria February 18

Chinese New Year VictoriaChinese New Year
Victoria, BC

Chinese New Year Victoria. Come join the celebration and ring in the year of the DOG. We will be performing our annual Chinese lion dance parade. Three new lions will be awakened with a special eye dotting ceremony. Sunday February 18th 12PM at Gate of Harmonious Interest.

There are many Chinese New Year traditions including giving kids money in red envelopes for good luck.

Households also clean their homes in the run up to the Chinese New Year to clear out any bad luck and make room for the good.

To avoid bad luck it’s taboo to say negative words or discuss concepts such as sickness or death.

Setting off fireworks is a major part of Chinese New Year Victoria celebrations. According to the myth, fireworks were used to scare away a mythical beast called Nian that ate crops, villagers and children.

It is also bad luck to break glassware or ceramics. If something is smashed, it should be wrapped up in red paper while uttering phrases about good fortune.


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The Delta to host Monopoly Affair Feb. 24

Monopoly Affair at the Delta PacificThe Monopoly Affair – Presented By Slegg Building Materials

Cancer affects us all, but every one of us can make an impact in the fight against it. Join us for Monopoly Affair, a care-free night of wheeling and dealing to raise money to fund cutting edge research in the war against the disease and to improve the lives of those battling on the front lines.

This evening includes a live auction, fabulous prizes, an exclusive VIP experience and all in the name of the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. There is a live auction, exclusive gift wall and refreshments available through a cash bar throughout the evening.

Don’t leave it up to chance, get your tickets now or contact Jan or Diana at 250-592-2244 *The VIP experience includes tickets for six players, a private pre-tournament reception with complimentary food and cocktails and a performance by renowned jazz vocalist Maureen Washington.

VIP ticket holders also get $1,000 in extra Monopoly cash and complimentary concierge service at their tables during the tournament.

Individual player ticket $100 | Table of six: $600 | VIP* table: $2500

*The VIP experience includes tickets for six players, a private pre-tournament reception with complimentary food and cocktails and a performance by renowned jazz vocalist Maureen Washington.

VIP ticket holders also get $1,000 in extra Monopoly cash and complimentary concierge service at their tables during the tournament.

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2018 Victoria Sports News Polar Bear Swim

Victoria Sports News Polar Bear Swim

 Victoria Sports News Polar Bear Swim

Victoria Sports News and Synergy Health Centre held the first ever Victoria Sports News Polar Bear Swim.

The splash went down at exactly 12:00 Noon as hundreds of swimmers braved a brisk breeze and frigid water at Esquimalt Lagoon in Colwood. It was all in the name of washing off 2017 and preparing for the new year which has been a longstanding tradition across the country.  Event organizers also encouraged swimmers to bring a donation to support KidSport Greater Victoria as well as Runners of Compassion.

See more images at: “2018 Polar Bear Swim”

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The Island Farms Santa Claus Parade

Island Farms Santa Claus ParadeThe Island Farms Santa Claus Parade

The Santa Claus Parade is November 25.  It starts at 4:45 pm at the corner of Government & Belleville at the Legislative Buildings and travels down Government Street near Centennial Square.  Parade Route HERE

Please support the Mustard Seed Food Bank and bring a non-perishable food donation. Donations will be collected on the parade route.  Help for those in need is especially appreciated during the holiday season.

Afterwards, join the fun at Centennial Square for refreshments from Island Farms and witness SANTA OFFICIALLY DECLARE CHRISTMAS IN VICTORIA OPEN!

More Christmas fun in the city IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive

Remembrance Day Events in Victoria

Victoria BC Remembrance DayNOV. 11, 2017

The Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place near the Provincial Cenotaph, East Lawns & Driveway of the Victoria Legislature (10:30am – 12:15pm).

The Royal Canadian Legion invites you TO HONOUR THE MEMORY Of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the Cause of freedom and peace during 1914 – 1918; 1939 – 1945 Korea 1950 – 1953; and Peacekeeping Forces Afghanistan At the War Memorial: Parliament Square, Victoria, British Columbia November 11th, 2017 At eleven o’clock in the morning – formal Remembrance parade, service and wreath-laying ceremony. Everyone is invited to join us at the Cenotaph on the grounds of the Legislature to honour our Veterans. All are requested to join in singing the vocal numbers on the program. Accompaniments will be played by the Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific.

Saanich Remembrance Day Ceremony
10:30am to 12:30pm

Every year on November the 11th, we Canadians take a moment of silence in remembrance of the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during wartimes, conflict, and peace. Over 1,500,000 Canadians have served us in this way, and over 100,000 have died for us, for their homes, their families, and their friends. They died for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in. They gave their lives for Canada and the future so that we may all live in peace.

An invitation is extended to you on behalf of Mayor Richard Atwell and Council to attend the District of Saanich’s annual Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11. The ceremony will begin at 10:45am at the Cenotaph in the front of the Saanich Municipal Hall.

Remembrance Day Colwood/Langford

At 10 am on Remembrance Day, a parade of veterans, police, fire and emergency services personnel, cadets Girl Guides, Scouts and other groups will march from the Langford Legion to Veterans Memorial Park.

The ceremony will take place at 11 am.

The intersection at Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway will be closed during the two minutes of silence.

Remembrance Day Hatley Park

Join members of the Royal Roads community and the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club for the university’s Remembrance Day Service.

The program begins at 10:40 a.m. at the cenotaph in the Italian Garden. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the castle drawing room.

Royal BC Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Klaus Nigge / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Victoria, BC– Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Royal BC Museum on December 8, 2017.  The exhibition is organized by the Natural History Museum in London. An annual competition, now in its 53rd year.

The 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year is Brent Stirton, a photojournalist from South Africa. Stirton won for his arresting image Memorial to a species. The image features a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. It illustrates the devastation of poaching. Brent Stirtons’ image graphically depicts an animal that clearly suffered at the hands of humans. Stirton took this photograph to highlight the impact of the illegal trade of rhino products.

The winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is selected by a jury which look at all the category winners and choose the most memorable and striking image as the grand title winner. Stirton’s image was selected from almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Qing Lin / / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an exceptional collection of the very best photographs of the natural world,” says Royal BC Museum CEO Prof. Jack Lohman. “By bringing this world-renowned exhibition to Western Canada, we hope to increase awareness of the need to understand and protect our natural areas for the people, plants and animals that depend on them.”

The Royal BC Museum is the only venue in western Canada hosting this exhibition. Visitors can view 100 extraordinary images from December 8, 2017 to April 2, 2018. The images range from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes. The exhibit is organized by subject categories and age ranges. There is something for everyone in this family-friendly exhibition.

Canada is represented by twelve-year-old Josiah Launstein, from Pincher Creek, Alberta, whose photograph The hairy raincoat is a finalist in the 11 to 14 year-old category.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition receives thousands of entries from professionals, gifted amateurs and young photographers. The international judging panel includes some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts.

Each photograph on display is described by the photographer, alongside technical details including camera, lens, aperture and exposure.

The Royal BC Museum is hosting a lecture by Wildlife Photographer John E. Marriott on Thursday, November 30 at 7pm. John’s talk, Tall Tales, Long Lenses, is inspired by unforgettable images he has captured of animals. Tickets are $15 (10 per cent discount for members).

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Royal BC Museum: November Events

Memory, micro-organisms and marshes big themes at the Royal BC Museum this November

VICTORIA, BC–Brighten up your dreary November with special events and activities at the Royal BC Museum. Enhance your language skills by listening to stories told in local First Nations languages, pay your respects at Remembrance Day ceremonies, and embrace your competitive side with Museum Happy Hour pub quizzes and more.

Join Dr. Genevieve Hill for Live at Lunch: From Marshes to Mountains on Wednesday, November 1 at noon. Dr. Hill will talk about her partnership with the Cowichan Tribes field technicians and how they worked together to survey cultural sites in the Cowichan Valley. This event takes place in Newcombe Conference Hall; admission is by donation.

Our Wonder Sunday family program continues this month with a focus on micro-organisms. Use microscopes to get a close look at teeny tiny plankton and other micro-organisms and learn their important role in various ecosystems. This program takes place each Sunday in November from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Included with museum admission or membership.

Home Learners are invited to take part in Who Were They Anyway? Digging into Local History on Monday, November 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Learn about the social history of early Victoria through photographs, documents and artifacts from the museum and archives collections. This four-week workshop series is $75 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

Come listen and learn at Have We Got a Story to Tell– Stories from This Land and its People on Wednesday, November 8 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Local Indigenous storytellers are sharing stories in their original languages such as lək̓ʷəŋin̓əŋ (the language of the land of Greater Victoria), SENĆOŦEN (from the Saanich peninsula), Hul’q’umi’num’ (Cowichan area and some Gulf Islands) and more. Storytellers include Elmer Seniemten George, Tiffany Joseph and MENEŦIYE. Musical performance by Wesley Hardisty. Tickets are $12 per person (10 per cent discount for member).

Museum Happy Hour returns for its next instalment. Each Museum Happy Hour will have a different pub quiz theme: “Natural History” on Thursday November 9, “Archives” on November 16 and “Sound and Music” on November 23. The event is from 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm and costs $10 per person. This is a popular event that sells out quickly, so get your tickets early!

Our annual Remembrance Day presentations will take place on Saturday, November 11 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pmLest We Forget: Remembrance Commemorations include musicians, singers and storytellers. The event is included with museum admission or membership.

Experience the magic of Christmas in Old Town and get into the holiday spirit starting on November 16 (running until the end of December). Visit the wood-cobbled streets lined with festive garlands and see shops decked out in seasonal finery. Starting December 1 you will find Father Christmas in Old Town where he will be available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for photos (by donation). Christmas in Old Town is included with museum admission or membership.

On Saturday, November 25, we are hosting a City of Victoria initiative called Performance as Medicine, an Indigenous Performance Art Symposium. Participants will present and explore Indigenous philosophies and contemporary expressive forms. Registration is $40 and is required for the workshops (9:00 am to 3:00 pm); from 3:30 to 5:30 you are welcome to drop by for a free performance on the Legislative Assembly lawn and a panel discussion in the museum’s Clifford Carl Hall.

We have a don’t-miss special talk for photography enthusiasts who are excited about the upcoming Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (on exhibit at the Royal BC Museum from December 8, 2017 to April 2, 2018)! Wildlife Photographer John E. Marriott: Tall Tales, Long Lenses, presents Thursday, November 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person (10 per cent discount for members).

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18th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair

Tastes and traditions of Japan come alive at 18th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair FREE admission Greater Victoria residents have the chance to experience the best of Japanese food, entertainment and crafts in just one day at the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s 18th annual Japanese Cultural Fair Oct. 21 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

“The 2017 fair is our chance to share our Omotenashi – Japanese hospitality that entertains guests wholeheartedly,” said VNCS President Tsugio Kurushima. “It’s a family-friendly fair with activities and events – and delicious food – for all ages.”

This year’s fair will again offer up a blend of new and old activities. Returning by popular demand are the sell-out bento box and sushi sales, the only-at-the-fair YYJ Dogs (hot dogs with special Japanese toppings), taiko drumming performances, and tea ceremony demonstration.

New activities this year include Haiku teaching table, a session on Japanese pop music, a look at Japanese classical theatre, and a Judo demonstration. Other cultural displays include a pottery session for youth, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), Koto (Japanese zither) and Kyudo (Japanese archery). The full schedule available at

Finalists named for top philanthropic awards

Victoria, BC – November 22, 2017

Each year, National Philanthropy Day recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations in our community that are making a difference in the lives of others.  By ‘changing the world with a giving heart’, these local philanthropists have been named as the top three finalist in six award categories for this year’s National Philanthropy Day awards:


Generosity of Spirit Award
Sponsored by: United Way Greater Victoria

Gordy and Ravinder Dodd

Gordy and Ravinder arrived in Canada in 1977 from India and grew their furniture business from a 2,500 square foot space to three stores on the Island. For the past 40 years, the Dodds have organized and paid for annual Thanksgiving dinners for more than 40,000 homeless Victorians and 1,000 in Nanaimo. For seven years, they have donated Christmas dinners for hundreds. Their annual Walk for Peace supported by 20 volunteers motivates hundreds of walkers to fundraise for causes such as Jeneece Place and Victoria Hospice.

 John McEown

For over 30 years John McEown has been devoting his time, expertise, and money towards our local community. As a volunteer for the Upper Room, John worked diligently to ensure that the homeless in Greater Victoria had a place of their own for shelter and nourishment. When the Upper Room and the Open Door merged to create Our Place Society, John was one of the founding donors supporting the campaign to build the facility at 919 Pandora. Recognizing that people need access to support services to overcome poverty, John helped create Our Place’s Hand Up program that has successfully transitioned hundreds of vulnerable people into stable employment.

Patricia & Kenneth W. Mariash Sr. 

Master Developers and owners of Focus Equities, Kenneth & Patricia Mariash have made over $3 million in charitable contributions and community event sponsorship investments in the past few years. Their generosity has covered a wide range of initiatives with a philanthropic focus on education, women’s, children’s and seniors’ health, arts and culture, community development, and athletics. They believe in supporting people, communities and teams who demonstrate caring acts of life changing kindness for anyone in need.


Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
Sponsored by: Coast Capital Savings

Deedrie Ballard

For more than 35 years, Deedrie Ballard has juggled raising children, managing her award-winning realtor career and volunteering her time to raise more than $10 million for various charities. A few organizations that have benefitted from Deedrie’s outstanding fundraising volunteerism include: The Art Gallery of Victoria, Sovereign Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller, Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Victoria Hospice Society, Broadmead Care Society, Victoria Commonwealth Games, Victoria Symphony, St. Margaret’s School, Pacifica Housing Society, and Coats for Kids.

Keith Dagg

Keith Dagg has been an enthusiastic promoter of Victoria and has made a name for himself as a volunteer, always willing to lend his name and support to a myriad of causes. Once Keith is on board, a team of volunteers is sure to follow. His talent for rallying people behind a cause or event is undeniably hard to match. Keith currently sits on numerous local boards of directors: he is the Chair of the Victoria Curling Legacy Foundation; Co-chaired the 2013 Ford Men’s World Curling Championship; serves as a Director for Victoria Highlanders Soccer; the Victoria Open Golf Society, served on the TELUS Community Board, and is a current member of Our Place Society’s Advisory Cabinet.

Tracey Drake

Tracey, Editor in Chief of NICHE and Drift magazines, is a dedicated volunteer and passionate mentor for young women in the Victoria community. For six years, Tracey has been involved with the Victoria Festival of Trees (FOT) as a Tree Sponsor and member of the volunteer planning committee. During Tracey’s tenure, Victoria FOT has raised $905,350 for the hospital’s Excellence in Child Health Fund, which supports urgent programs and services for patients, research, and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. In 2016, Tracey became Chair of the FOT committee. Under her leadership and the banner of “Growth”, the event raised $170,500 (a 23% increase from 2015) and featured a record number of trees (85).


Corporate Responsibility Award
Sponsored by: The University of Victoria

 Think Communications Inc.

Think Communications is a locally owned IT service provider established in 2005. They believe that their slogan “Great People. Great Ideas.” is the secret to their success and making an outstanding commitment to philanthropy is one idea that has quickly become a part of the company’s DNA. For the last four years, Think has been a champion for The Cycle of Life Tour, a 2-day group cycling event that raises funds for local hospice societies all across Vancouver Island. Their $22,500 in sponsorship dollars have been critical to making the event possible, which has in turn raised more than $400,000 for end-of-life care

The Neal Estate Team at RE/MAX ALLIANCE

Ron Neal lives his life by the mantra, “Give to Live” or the reverse “Live to Give” and has created a culture of giving and service within both his personal sales team, The Neal Estate Team, and also his brokerage, RE/MAX Alliance Victoria. The agents of Ron’s team and office each contribute a portion of their personal earnings to both BC Children’s Hospital and their own internal community support fund from every sale. Since joining the Miracle Network, the Neal Estate Team have raised and donated more than $250,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital. Ron Neal personally served on the BCCHF Board of Governors for more than 10 years and continues to serve on their real estate advisory committee.

CFAX 1070 Radio

Now celebrating 40 years, CFAX Santas Anonymous Society was founded in 1977 by Mel Cooper, then owner of CFAX 1070 radio. Santas Anonymous helps over 1500 families enjoy Christmas, support local community organizations at Christmas, and are founders of the Christmas Giving Network. Since 2002 CFAX Santas Anonymous has given back to the community outside of the Christmas season with special grants of $1,766,000.00. Children go to summer camp, are funded special therapies, have safe playgrounds to play on, and families in crisis are helped in any way possible and so much more.


Outstanding Philanthropic Service Club Award
Sponsored by: Camosun College

Royal Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary

The Auxiliary has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership in the community since its formation in 1924. For over 90 years Auxiliary volunteers have raised millions of dollars in support of health care and nursing education in Victoria while providing a delightful source of high quality gifts and treats at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. The Auxiliary’s main fundraising project is a busy gift shop staffed by approximately 70 volunteers. The Gift Shop carries a wide selection of products, and most volunteers work three 4 hours shifts per month in the shop while others contribute by knitting or making crafts for sale in the shop.

Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary

The volunteer-led Auxiliary has been supporting the Ladysmith area and health care field over 100 years. They support a wide variety of health care related needs ranging from small kindnesses that make the difference for a single patient to larger gestures that impact many. The Auxiliary, with 200 active members, is a vibrant organization. In 2015 they raised and donated over $262,000 in medical equipment and support for health related non-profit organizations. Their fundraising efforts have grown from presenting one-off events to operating a well-curated, well-supported thrift shop and the Health Care Centre gift shop, both located in Ladysmith.


Youth in Philanthropy Award ages 5-10
Sponsored by: Children’s Health Foundation Vancouver Island

Liam Docherty, Ewan Docherty & Connor Docherty

In 2015 the boys learned that the local emergency shelter had issued an urgent appeal for donations and decided to use their musical talents to raise money for others. The boys wrote to Country Grocer requesting permission to busk outside their store and asking them to match the money they raised. Country Grocer agreed and the busking events raised a total of $1,200. In 2016 after receiving a tour of the food bank and learning that $1 provides 3 meals a day to one child, they set a target to feed one child for one year. After learning of the boys new initiative, Country Grocer offered to provide a stage area near the bakery department of the store and the boys raised $378, enough to feed a child for a year.

Sophie Coburn

Victoria Hospice holds a special place in Sophie’s heart. Nearly two years ago, her grandpa spent the last few weeks of his life at Hospice’s palliative care unit. Shortly after her second birthday, Sophie toured the Hospice Rooftop Garden while visiting her grandpa. She noticed something was missing. She returned the next day to donate a beautiful hummingbird feeder that she had received for her birthday. When Sophie Coburn was planning her carnival-themed 4th birthday party, she was adamant that it have philanthropic twist. She set up a game for her preschool-aged friends called Coin Drop 4 Hospice. Funds raised by her pals were matched by Sophie’s family and $116 was donated to Victoria Hospice. 


Youth in Philanthropy Award ages 11-18
Sponsored by: Telus

100 Girls Victoria

100 Girls Victoria was formed in the fall of 2015 by Lily Cote and Ella Stanger with the intention of creating a community of girls between the ages of 8 and 13 years old who come together and donate to charity. Today, 100 Girls Victoria has four leaders; Lily, Ella, Sam and Miia who plan, organize and lead the meetings that happen three times a year. To date, 100 Girls Victoria has hosted 5 meetings, which average 25-30 girls participating, and they have donated $3,168.38 to 7 different charities including the BC Children’s Hospital, Pacific Assisted Dog’s Society, Out of the Rain Youth Shelter, World Wildlife Fund, and KidSport. They officially have 75 members and their goal is to reach 100 members.

 Stuart Cameron

The Victoria Women’s Transition House staff worked closely with Stuart on two important fundraising projects for VWTH – Fashion for Transition in October of 2016; and Fashion for Compassion in February 2017. Both these projects required significant planning and coordination of all aspects of the events and Stuart was instrumental in their success. In each case, he worked with a small volunteer committee and produced two incredible fashion events that raised thousands of dollars for Victoria Women’s Transition House. Stuart is a young man of high integrity with a passion for fashion, community service and philanthropy. He continues to impress everyone with his leadership, dedication and service to community.

Emma Locke (“Two Hearts. One Wish.”) 

Emma’s philanthropic efforts began approximately one year ago and grew out of her experience as a cardiac patient at BC Children’s. Both Emma and her older sister Kennedy had life-saving heart surgery at the hospital. The name “Two Hearts. One Wish.” reflects the desire of both young women to support the hospital. Twelve-year-old Emma has spear headed the making and selling of one-of-a-kind friendship bracelets to raise funds. To date, “Two Hearts. One Wish.” has donated over $4,800 and hundreds of activity kits to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Emma has inspired her friends and family and created an opportunity for them to be philanthropic.

The National Philanthropy Day celebration, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Island will be held on Wednesday, November 22nd 2017, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Victoria Conference Centre.

For event information contact Monica Powell at (250) 217-0772 or; and visit our website at

Pumpkinfest returns to Galey Farms

Pumpkinfest is a great time for the whole family! Featuring live entertainment, face painting, kids games, hay rides, u-pick pumpkins, train rides, corn maze, playground, petting farm, children’s haunted house, fantastic seasonal displays and this year our new Cow Train!

This annual event is running October weekends 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd, and 29th & 30th from 10 am to 4 pm.

Cost is $12 per adult $8 per child for one Train Ride ticket or one Corn Maze ticket. With your purchase of first ticket, second ticket at $5 (+taxes). Family Combo Pass (2 adults, 2 children) for $48 includes Corn Maze and Train Ride. Petting Farm is complimentary only with the purchase of first ticket or separately $2 per person.

All prices plus taxes.

Don’t forget to bring your camera!