Black History Month 2018 – Closing Gala

Black History Month 2018 – Closing Gala is a night of educational, entertainment, food, music, and memorable speakers. Honoring True Role Models.

Black History Month 2018 - Closing Gala

Black History Month 2018 – Closing Gala

Black History Month 2018 – Closing Gala is a festive night of educational, entertainment, food, music, and memorable speakers.. Celebrating our 26th Canadian commemoration of Black legacy and honoring our community True Role Models. This Gala will be an elegant affair, featuring a Caribbean dinner, followed by a dance party

Tickets and more info: https://blackhistorymonth2018closinggala.eventbrite.ca

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Concert for a Winter’s Day

Concert for a Winter’s Day

Concert for a Winter’s Day

Join us for an afternoon of fine music in this annual fundraiser for First Met’s Music Bursary Fund. In Recital: Eve Daniell (soprano) and Rykie Avenant (piano). Included works by Barber, Quilter and the Canadian premiere of John Pickard\’s The Phoenix. Tickets at the First Met office; Ivy\’s Books, 3188 Oak Bay Ave.; and Long and McQuade, 756 Hillside Ave.

More info by contacting: kelly.charlton@firstmetvictoria.com

$20 adults, $5 students, children 12 and under free

What You Need to Know About Moving to Victoria

If you’re a professional or a business owner who’s thinking of moving to Victoria, or have recently moved to this beautiful city, this talk is perfect for you.

If you’re a professional or a business owner who’s thinking of moving to Victoria, or have recently moved to this beautiful city, this talk is perfect for you. You’ll find Victoria is unlike any other city you’ve ever lived in. Sue moved here over 25 years ago and it was her best move ever, however she was surprised to discover how many people move to Victoria and don’t always have such a positive experience.

Sue has now dedicated a key area of her coaching practice to helping professionals and business owners who want to move to Victoria, determine if this move is right for them and if it is, help them enjoy a smooth and successful transition. Sue also helps newcomers to Victoria who want to take full advantage of all the city has to offer and would like the support of a professional life & career transitions coach who knows the city and how it works. Sue helps people through info sessions like this one, workshops and one-on-one coaching.

In 90 minutes, Sue will share valuable information including a profile of Victoria residents, the climate, the job market, the full range of outdoor and indoor activities, the interesting makeup of local government and perhaps most valuable of all, her inside scoop on what it takes to fully embrace living in Victoria. There’ll be time for Q&A, networking with other participants and some surprise special offers too.

While some information will be provided that will be relevant for families, this event is in a small group setting and is specifically designed for adults. Space is limited, so don’t hesitate, reserve your FREE seat immediately to avoid disappointment and get the inside scoop on living in Victoria from a local expert.

Here’s what recent participants liked the most: “A lot of valuable information” “The structured approach and the way the information was delivered” “Well organized” “Friendly atmosphere” “Good use of my time

2018 Victoria Sports News Polar Bear Swim

Victoria Sports News Polar Bear Swim

 Victoria Sports News Polar Bear Swim
Images: BradEdwards.ca

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: BradEdwards.ca “2018 Polar Bear Swim”

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Good Food Grooves // Cartoon Lizard // Grapefruit is Impossible

Fernwood NRG and Vinyl Envy are proud to present Good Food Grooves: a fundraiser concert with live music from Cartoon Lizard, Grapefruit is Impossible, Isabella Harned & Laura Glover. Cartoon Lizard (Victoria, BC) A five piece psychedelic pop outfit. One of Victoria’s most impressive bands with elements from a handful of influential sounds, original catchy and nostalgic feeling poppy/rockin’ tunes. https://cartoonlizard.com/

Grapefruit is Impossible (Victoria, BC) An original hip hop group, bringing the live grooves to bust a move to. Blending a handful of different styles: hip hop, jazz, funk with a citrus twist. https://soundcloud.com/grapefruit-is-impossible

Isabella Harned & Laura Glover (of St. Lawrence Warehouse Company, Montreal QC) When quiet tender folk meets lush and dreamy harmonies, these wonderful performers will grace the shop again and warm up the room for you with their guitar and voices! http://stlawrencewarehousecompany.com/

All proceeds from this show support The Gift of Good Food. This fundraiser provides fresh vegetables and fruit to families who need it across Greater Victoria. Every $500 we raise provides a year’s worth of produce to a family. Cash bar with beverages by Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., 19+ event, tickets $15 (limited capacity)

Another event you may like: New Year Eve at Merridale Cidery

IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive

IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive – December 2, 2017

IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive

 Victoria Christmas light truck parade

Watch the Convoy roll by at these approximate times and locations:

  • Leave Ogden Point 5:45 pm
  • Fairfield at Foul Bay 6:20 pm
  • Oak Bay at Monteray 6:40 pm
  • Blanshard at Yates 7:00 pm
  • Douglas at Hillside 7:15 pm
  • McKenzie and Island Highway 7:30 pm
  • Helmcken overpass 7:40 pm
  • Goldstream at Millstream 8:10 pm
  • Arrive at Western Speedway 8:30 pm

Ogden Point

Volunteers will be accepting a can of soup and food donations for the James Bay Community Project.

GVHA Ogden Point Christmas Light Up is on Saturday Dec 2 from 3 – 5:30 pm Popcorn by donation, local food trucks, beer garden, live Christmas music, photo booth and Santa too!

Tourism Victoria Visitor Center – Wharf Street at Gov’t Street

Look for the Mustard Seed tent and volunteers collecting cash and food donations by the Tourism Victoria Visitor Centre.

The Bay Center

Look for the Mustard Seed tent and volunteers collecting cash and food donations outside the Bay Centre on Government Street.

Buddies Toys
103 – 1831 Oak Bay Ave

There will be an open door and warm place to wait for the trucks, kids can do a craft and drop off non perishable food donations.

More info on the event including drop off locations throughout Victoria: http://ieoa.ca/trucklight.html

Oaklands West Coast Winter Market

…Join us from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, December 2nd at the Oaklands Community Centre and Oaklands Elementary Gym for a showcase of over 50 vendors from all over Greater Victoria

The Oaklands West Coast Winter Market is back!

Join us from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, December 2nd at the Oaklands Community Centre and Oaklands Elementary Gym for a showcase of over 50 vendors from all over Greater Victoria including farmers, artisans, gourmet food producers, baked goods, pottery, knitters, crafters, handmade body products, jewelry, and more!

Entrance to the Market is by a minimum $3 donation. The Market also features live music from West My Friend, Daniel Cook & The Radiators, Vic Horvath, and Jessica Benini Music, an afternoon beer garden featuring Hoyne Brewing Company and Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Deadbeetz Food Truck and the International Women’s Catering Co-Op, a by-donation concession, and activities for kids!

 

37th Annual Dickens Holiday Fair

The Dickens Fair is one of Victoria’s oldest and best-loved Holiday Craft Fairs. Our juried local artisans offer a great variety of quality and affordable products that will appeal to everyone.

 37th Annual Dickens Holiday Fair

The Dickens Fair is one of Victoria’s oldest and best-loved Holiday Craft Fairs. Our juried local artisans offer a great variety of quality and affordable products that will appeal to everyone.

Hosted by the James Bay Market Society, the Dickens Fair has something for everyone. From treasures to toys, you will find everything from great homemade foods to uniquely crafted gifts. This is an amazing opportunity to meet and support your local Vancouver Island Artisans, hear their stories and learn first hand how they make, bake and craft their wares.

The much-loved Dickens Fair is getting ready to “Deck the Halls” and we’d love to have you join us. With over 70 vendors there will be something for everyone.

Along with our returning vendors, you will recognize your favorite James Bay and Breakwater Market vendors. There will also be many new vendors who will be showcasing their talents. The variety of new products, the quality of workmanship, and the care that goes into their creations are sure to impress the most discerning of shoppers.

The Dickens Café will be serving up muffins and freshly squeezed apple and orange juice, lunch items made from locally sourced products and even vegetarian options. There will also be tea and coffee served all day to help take the chill off.

Bring the whole family! The kids will have fun in the children’s area where they can create a one-of-a-kind treasure of their own. We have Marilyn the “Chicken Lady” who will be introducing us to her incredible feathered friends that is always a big hit with kids of all ages. Our free face painter will embellish the young and “young at heart” with adorable unicorns, ferocious tigers, ladybugs or whatever your heart desires!

Come in out of the cold and visit the Dickens Fair, a wonderful way to spend the day with family and friends.

There is an ATM on site for your shopping convenience.

For more information please email dickens@jamesbaymarket.com

Enjoy the holiday season…in a Dickens kinda way!

For vendor information and application forms please see Dickens Fair Vendor Information.

 

Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society Donates $5K to Young Musicians

LAKETOWN RANCH BENEVOLENT SOCIETY DONATES $5,000 TO YOUNG, LOCAL MUSICIANS

LAKETOWN RANCH BENEVOLENT SOCIETYCOWICHAN VALLEY, BC: The Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society will be presenting a $5,000 cheque to the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation (CVPAF) for 10 scholarships to young, local musicians. CVPAF executive board members, Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society representatives and a few of the scholarship recipients will be meeting at Adage Studio on Tuesday, November 28th at 2:45pm. Members of the media are encouraged to come for interviews and photos.

For Laketown Ranch and Wideglide Entertainment – the event production company that created Sunfest Country Music Festival and Laketown Rock Music Festival – supporting young musicians in the Cowichan Valley is hugely important.

“Giving back to our community has always been a part of our mandate and a measure for the success of our events. Last year we created the Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society in order to continue this giving in a more official capacity”, said Greg Adams, owner of Laketown Ranch and President of Wideglide Entertainment.

The Laketown Ranch Benevolent Society chose to donate to the CVPAF because of their unyielding support of Cowichan Valley youth in the performing arts and their families.

“First and foremost, we want to support the families in our community. We hope these scholarships will not only help these kids pursue their musical passions, but also give their parents a break from bearing the financial weight of music lessons”, said Adams.  

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