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2018 Victoria Pride Week is quickly approaching, and it’s going to be another great week of events culminating with the Victoria Pride Parade and Festival on July 8th.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlites:

July 1: The Annual Memorial Dragball Game
Vic West Ball Park @ Bay St & Wilson, across from Save on Foods

July 8:  The Victoria Pride Parade and The Victoria Pride Festival in MacDonald Park. The parade begins at the corner of Pandora and Government, continuing south on Government, turning west on Belleville and then south on Menzies until turning west at Kingston; parade moves south on Oswego ending at MacDonald Park at the corner of Oswego and Simcoe.

Complete list of events HERE
Gallery of images Victoria Pride Parade 2011 – 2017

Society’s mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are – or think they might be – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies.

Victoria Pride WeekThe Victoria Pride Society was born from a casual picnic in Beacon Hill Park over 20 years ago. Since the time of its creation, the Victoria Pride Society has focused on supporting the inclusiveness, accessibility, and diversity of Pride Week events. Today, we are one of a few national Pride Societies who encourage all people to walk the Pride parade route – generating thousands of people ‘proudly’ walking the streets of Victoria for themselves, colleagues, or loved ones.

As our community, sponsors, and supporters grow, so too does the opportunity to share who we are, where we come from, and most importantly, our personal pride. Being ‘proud’ transcends any one week of any given year. Being ‘proud’ is an achievement garnered throughout a lifetime. The Victoria Pride Society is here to provide support, connection, education, and celebration for every individual in their own quest to be proud.

Don’t forget to download a copy of our bylaws and constitution.

Canstruction Victoria on through May 14th

cansturction victoriaCanstruction Victoria on through May 14th

The 12 structures can be seen everyday during regular mall hours. Vote for your favourite structure at our info table at centre court by donation of $5 or 3 cans of food. ‘Family Can Day’ on Saturday, May 12 will include a Canstruction® scavenger hunt, local mascots and face painting. ‘Family Can Day’ will also host a community build from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. where notable members of the local community will come together with the assistance of The Dahlia Society to help build an additional structure.

This years theme is Around The World!!

All cans used in the structures, and those we receive by donation will go to The Mustard Seed.

To date, Canstruction® Victoria events have raised over 134,000 cans of food, which, in addition to monetary donations, equals approximately $387,140 worth of product and funds donated to The Mustard Seed. This has been accomplished in just 40 short days over four years!

Canstruction® is a unique charity that hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition.

Canstruction® is put on by The Dahlia Society, a Victoria, British Columbia not-for-profit organization that provides support to local community programs, organizations and families in need. We strive to make our community a better place to live by helping those who need it most, when they need it the most.

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HeadWay Charity Golf Classic June 7

HeadWay Charity Golf ClassicHeadWay Charity Golf Classic June 7

Join us for the HeadWay Charity Golf Classic, on Thursday June 7th, 2018. Enjoy a great day of golfing with fabulous team and activity prizes. There will be an amazing buffet dinner and our popular 100 for $100 raffle. We will have 100 tickets available for $100 each. Every ticket wins a prize.

The grand prize is a trip for two anywhere WestJet Flies! Funds raised go to support the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre in their mission to support clients’, families’ and communities’ ability to manage the physical, psychological and social effects of Parkinson’s and Epilepsy.

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Olympic View Golf Course
Check-in Begins @ 11:30am
Shotgun Start @ 1:30pm
4 Person teams • 2 Golf Carts per Team

Buffet Dinner and 100-for-$100 Raffle @ 7:00pm 
– Prizes for top teams
– First tee gift for every golfer
– 100-for-$100 raffle

Registration Fee
Individual Golfer (includes reception & silent auction) $180
Team of four (includes reception & silent auction) $600
Plated Dinner & Silent Auction  $75

We can accommodate up to 144 golfers. Entries will be processed on a “first-in” basis, so register early. A portion of your registration fee goes to cover your participation in the Hole-In-One, Longest Drive, and the Closest to the Pin Competition.

Online registration is now open!

June 7, 2018
11:30 AM
Tickets: $180.00

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2018 UrbaCity Challenge

Urbacity Challenge - 20182018 UrbaCity Challenge

The UrbaCity Challenge is Victoria’s own urban adventure race!

Game On! Teams compete in a free-form course, deciding their own route and completing unique challenges as they go. Heritage buildings and boutique shops are the backdrop for amazing feats of physical prowess and mental agility!

No one knows just what the challenges will be, and time is limited, so racers have to be quick on their feet in more ways than one.

All fundraising pledges support Victoria’s own Island Prostate Centre.

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 8:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Victoria Conference Centre

720 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC
V8W 3M7

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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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