Monday’s Event Calendar Aug 4-10

Monday's Event Calendar Aug 4-10

Find out where your food comes from during the Saanich Peninsula Tour of Farms, Sunday, July 24.

Find out where your food comes from during the Saanich Peninsula Tour of Farms, Sunday, July 24.

Monday’s Event Calendar Aug 4-10



Thurs. aug. 4

Drawing studio – Students work with a wide variety of materials in both colour and black and white. Studio Time is led by a facilitator and includes mini lessons, demonstrations and new techniques. $28. Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). 250-412-8506.

Fri. aug. 5

HECKLERS COMEDY NIGHT – Victoria’s longest running comedy night. Hecklers Bar & Grill (123 Gorge) in the Ramada Hotel. Reservations at 7:30pm. Showtime at 9pm. $10. 250-386-9207.

Free B Film Festival – Curl up under the stars and enjoy a free filming of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure on a 20-foot-wide inflatable screen. Cameron Bandshell. 9pm. Free.

Sat. aug. 6

Arts and music at Glendale – Meet more than 60 local artists and craftspeople as they show off their paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more. Children’s entertainment and classic car show. Plus, enjoy live music and local wines and brew. Glendale Gardens (505 Quayle). 11am-5pm. Tickets $12/9 (under 16 free). 250-479-6121.

HECKLERS COMEDY NIGHT – Victoria’s longest running comedy night. Hecklers Bar & Grill (123 Gorge) in the Ramada Hotel. Reservations at 7:30 pm. Showtime at 9pm. $10. 250-386-9207.

BC Aviation Museum open house – Hanger displays, fly-ins, and Victoria Flying Club airplane rides for $35. Dan Dempsey of the Snowbirds will also be on hand. Kids’ stuff, food and fun. Admission by donation. 10am-4 pm (1910 Norseman) Sidney. 250-655-3300.

Free B Film Festival – Curl up under the stars and enjoy a free filming of Teen Wolf starring Michael J. Fox. Appearing on a 20-foot-wide inflatable screen. (Rated PG for coarse language and violence). Cameron Bandshell. 9pm. Free.

Sun. aug. 7

Cadboro Bay Festival – Enjoy an afternoon at the beach in the picturesque Gyro Park. Festival includes bouncy castles, sand sculptures, pirate school, information displays, kid’s arts and crafts and food and fun for the whole family. Gyro Park (Sinclair). 250-475-5558. Free.

mon. aug. 8

Watercolour studio – This class gives students with some watercolour experience a chance to work on their own projects with help from a facilitator. Explore new techniques through hands-on demonstrations and hands-on experience. $28. Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). 250-412-8506.

play with your food – We are serving up a feast of fun from apples to zucchini! “Savour Each Word” by joining us for fruit and veggie themed games, crafts, stories and facts. Ages 6+ 1:30-2:30pm at the Sidney/North Saanich Library (10091 Resthaven). To register call 250-656-0944. Free.


TUES. aug. 9

HIROSHIMA REMEMBERED LANTERN CEREMONY – This annual lantern ceremony marks the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. Lantern making starts at 7pm with words and songs of peace at 7:30pm, followed by floating lanterns in the Gorge. Lantern supplies provided. Bring a blanket or chair. Craigflower Park/Kosapsom at Admirals and Gorge. Free. 778-433-3535.



CFB Esquimalt Tours – Walking and bus tours of Victoria’s only militatry installation. Bus tours WEEKDAYS 11am, walking tours SATURDAYS 11am. To Aug. 27 at the Museum Square (CFB Esquimalt base). 250-363-2595.

Butchart Gardens Summer Fireworks – Enjoy the dazzling lights of fireworks. SATURDAYS 10:15pm at Butchard Gardens (800 Benvenuto).  $3-$30.

Family Drumming Workshop – Experience the joy of rhythm with your loved ones. $50/$35 children. SUNDAYS 10:30-11:30am at Rainflower Blessings (238 Beechwood). 250-385-3743.

Chess in the Square – Learn to play giant chess, blitz, casual games and more. Presented by the Victoria Junior Chess Society and the DVBA. SUNDAYS noon-4pm. To Sept. 4 in the CRD Plaza (Centennial Square). Free.

speed dating – Who needs the internet? All ages. Registration required. SUNDAYS 2-6pm at Valentino’s (1002 Blanshard). Free. 250-386-3223.

Board games Night – Scrabble and more! SUNDAY 5:30pm at the Superior (106 Superior). Free. 250-380-9515.

mosqoy charity trivia – Battle for trivia supremecy and help raise funds for 7:30-9:30pm at Maud Hunter’s (3810 Shelbourne). Free. 250-721-2337.

SCRABBLE NIGHT – Bring a board game 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.




Sat. aug. 6

BOOK AND TREASURE SALE – James Bay Community Project is having a huge book and treasure sale to fund its Mother Goose program. (547 Michigan) 9:30am-1:30pm. Donations welcome. 250-388-7844.

Sun. aug. 7

GIANT ANNUAL COSTUME SALE – Bring your own bags and fill them with costumes at this annual sale. Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Court). 10am-2pm. 250-384-2142.



Bastion Square Market –

Artisans open air marketplace. THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11am. To Oct. 1 at Bastion Square. Free. 250-885-1387.

Sidney Summer Market – Over 200 vendors sell gifts, fresh produce, hand-made crafts, great food, and more. THURSDAYS 5-8:30pm on Beacon Avenue, between 1st and 5th. Free.

Night market – Eclectic mix of vendors and entertainers. THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7-10:30pm. To Sept. 17 at Ship Point.

James Bay Market – An outdoor market where local farmers, artisans, musicians, and servicers can meet and sell to the public. SATURDAYS 9am-3pm. To Oct. 29 at the courner of Menzies and Superior. Free.

Peninsula Country Market – More than 50 vendors offer farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted meats, organic produce and arts and crafts. SATURDAYS 9am-1pm at the Saanich Fairgrounds (1528 Stellys Cross). Free.

NORTH SAANICH FARM MARKET  – Seasonal produce, locally raised meat, eggs, baking, plants, crafts. Come meet your neighbours. SATURDAYS 9:30am-12:30pm at St. John’s United Church (10990 West Saanich). Free. 250-656-1330.

Goldstream Station Market – Stock up on local produce and crafts. SATURDAYS 10am-2pm. To Oct. 15 at the corner of Bryn Maur and Goldsteam. Free.

Moss Street Market – Offering local farmers, artisans, crafters, bakers, cooks, bodyworkers and more a place to exchange their goods and services. SATURDAYS 10am-2pm. To Oct. 1 at the corner of Moss and Fairfield. Free.

Metchosin Farmers’ market- SUNDAYS 11am-2pm. To Oct. 31 at the Metchosin Municipal Grounds (4450 Happy Valley). Free.

SUNDAY Market in the Square – An exciting array of arts, crafts, locally designed clothing, imports and food. SUNDAYS 11am-4:30pm on the 1600 block of Government. Free. 250-598-2593.




Thurs. aug. 4

Razzle Tassel Tease Show – The Vancouver Burlesque group promises to titillate audiences on the Island. Hosted by J McLaughlin and starring April O’Peel, Melody Mangler, Violet Femme and special guests. 8pm-2am, Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Tickets $20 at Culture Craze, Bay Centre and Mayfair. $25 at the door. 250-380-1280.

Fri. aug. 5

CLUB SALSA – Experience a live salsa band and dancing. Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $9. Doors open at 8:15pm. 250-380-1280.


Salsa caliente – Beginner and advanced salsa, THURSDAYS 8-10pm. Intermediate mombo, MONDAYS 6:30-7:30pm. Fundamentals of dancing TUESDAYS 6-7pm. Latin workout WEDNESDAYS 6:30-7:30pm. All at Café Casablanca (2524 Bridge). $10. 250-389-0222.

VBDS BALLROOM DANCE WORKSHOPS – Pre-Bronze/Bronze Waltz 1-2pm, $5/$8/$10 per person, per workshop. Intro to Social Foxtrot and Rumba 2-3pm, $5 per person, per workshop. Singles & couples welcome. SATURDAYS 1-3pm at the Les Passmore Centre (286 Hampton). 250-721-5483,

Tango Vita – Beginner classes with Hilda-René SATURDAYS 7pm, intermediate 8pm, Milonga 9pm at 306-1221 Broad, 250-477-6360. Beginner and intermediate classes with Jorge-Liliana WEDNESDAYS 8pm, Milonga 9pm at St. Matthias Hall (600 Richmond), 250-858-1234.

SWING – Dance to Nightclub music. SATURDAYS 9pm at the Carlton Club (900 Carlton). $5.

Tango moderna – Argentine Tango lessons SUNDAYS (beginners) 1:45pm & (intermediate) 3pm, $12/$9. Followed by hosted Milonga SUNDAYS 4:30-7pm, $6/$5 for Tango Moderna/Passion for Tango members. All at the Martin Batchelor Gallery (712 Cormorant). 250-661-5921.

West Coast Swing Classes –

Dance to Blues, Country, R&B and Top 40. No partner or experience required. SUNDAYS 6-7pm at Studio 7 (1221 Broad). $13 drop-in. 250-382-4500.

Contemporary Dance – MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 6-7:30pm at the The Victoria School of Contemporary Dance (649 Gorge East). $15/$8. 250-383-7183.

Cuban Salsa – Classes with Salsa Moderna. Beginner and intermediate MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 7:30-9:30pm at Café Casablanca (2523 Bridge). 250-891-2310,

salsa – TUESDAYS Beginner’s lesson 7pm & intermediate lesson 8:15pm at Studio 4 Athletics (715 Yates). $15.

VI Scottish Country Dance Society – All beginners welcome. No partner required. Wear soft-soled shoes. TUESDAYS 7:30-9:30pm at Eastern Star Lodge (3281 Harriet). 4 classes for $24/6 classes for $30. 250-598-0207,

Vic BALLROOM DANCE Society – Practice. FRIDAYS 7-9:30pm at Les Passmore Centre (286 Hampton). WEDNESDAYS 7:45-10pm at Cedar Hill Rec Centre (3220 Cedar Hill). Free for first-timers. 250-721-5483,




Thurs. aug. 4

Snake day – Snakes, snakes and more snakes! CRD Regional Parks has teamed up with Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary and UVic for this slithery event. Watch snake shows, play snake games, hold a snake and more. Drop by the tents at the main Beaver Beach between 11am and 3pm. Free. Wheelchair accessible. 250-478-3344.

Sat. aug. 6

Volkssport walks – 5/11km walk. Meet at Oak Bay Rec Centre, (1975 Bee). Registration, 9:30 am. Walk, 10am. 250-385-8519.

GEOCACHING 101 – Not sure how to Geocache? Borrow a GPS and master the basics with help from a park interpreter at Sidney Island. Then explore the park on a self-guided adventure. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen, a jacket and comfortable walking gear. Meet at the main kiosk / picnic area on Sidney Island. 11am-2pm. Free and fun for all ages. 250-654-4000.

morning mist canoe adventure – Paddle through early morning mist searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with a CRD Regional Parks’ interpreter. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided. No experience necessary. Pre-registration required. $20 plus HST for 15 years +.  $10 +HST for 5-14 year olds and adult non-paddlers. 250-478-3344.

Fire: Friend or foe? – Fire … it’s fascinated humans since time began. Drop by to check out the displays to learn more about fire’s pros and cons. A CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist will lead a guided walk at 1:30pm so you can discover how plants and animals adapt to living through forest fires. Meet at the Francis King Nature Centre off Munn Road. 250.478.3344.

TUES. aug. 9

Early evening canoeing – Paddle in the evening searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with a CRD Regional Parks’ interpreter. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided. No experience necessary. Pre-registration required. $20 plus HST for 15 years +.  $10 +HST for 5-14 year olds and adult non-paddlers. 250-478-3344.

Wed. aug 10

Garden City wanderers walk – Meet at Henderson Rec Centre (2291 Cedar Hill X). Regisration, 5:45pm. Walk, 6pm. 250-360-0861.


Volkssport walks – 5/10/11 km walk, SUNDAY 10:30pm at Mt. Doug car park (Cordova Bay at Ash), 250-595-0685. Pot Luck to follow walk.

Axe Capoeira – Learn the Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, sports, and music. Kids classes THURSDAYS & TUESDAYS 3:45-4:45pm. Adults classes SUNDAYS 11:45am-1:45pm. All at Burnside Gym (3130 Jutland). $65 per month for children/$50 per month for adults. 250-884-7998.

Yoga in the Park – Beginner to intermediate hatha yoga. All proceeds go to charity. THURSDAYS 5:30-7pm. To Sept. 8 at Beacon Hill Park (on the lawn across from the Petting Zoo). $5. 250-588-6118.

Victoria Lawn Bowling Club – Come out and try lawn bowling. To protect the greens, please wear flat, smooth soled shoes, no heels. FRIDAYS 6pm. To Aug. 26 at the corner of Cook & Park in Beacon Hill Park. First three visits free. 250-383-5039,

Victoria Horseshoe Club – Adult drop-in mixed doubles. FRIDAYS 6:45pm. Junior program (8-17 years), WEDNESDAYS 6:30-8pm. All at Glanford Park. 250-385-6162.

Ghostly Walks – We’re living in BC’s most haunted city. Find out why and where on this 90 minute walk. No registration required. Every night 7:30pm & 9:30pm, with an extra tour FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 8:30 pm outside the Visitor Information Centre (Government at Wharf St). $13/$11 students. 250-384-6698.

moksha yoga – Find out what hot yoga is all about. SATURDAYS 1:30-3pm, MONDAYS 7-8am & WEDNESDAYS 3:15-4:15pm at Moksha Yoga (1088 Fort). $7. 250-385-9642.

Iyengar Yoga Centre- Free yoga classes. All Levels TUESDAYS 5:30-7pm, WEDNESDAYS 12-1pm at Iyengar Yoga Centre (202-919 Fort). Free. 250-386-9642.

LAUGHTER YOGA – Combines the breathing of yoga and the healing powers of laughter. WEDNESDAYS 7-8pm at Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). $5/$4. 250-412-8500.

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Fri. aug. 5

the power of self inquiry – Join Dr. Hillary Rodrigues for his talk on the power of self-inquiry, based on his knowledge of eastern philosophies and his own awakening. 7:30pm. Church of Truth (111 Superior). Admission by donation.


Learn to Meditate – Learn mantra meditation. THURSDAYS 4:30-5:15pm in the Interfaith Chapel (UVic). Free. 250-721-8338.

Dharma Teachings – With Resident Lama Jhampa Tenzin. THURSDAYS 7-9pm at the Victoria Dharma Centre (3371 Maplewood). By donation. 250-385-4828.

Meditation – Emotional freedom technique and insight meditation. THURSDAYS 7-9pm at Unity Church of Victoria (838 Pandora). By donation. 250-382-1613.

SAHAJ MARG MEDITATION INTRODUCTORY TALKs – A heart-centred meditation practiced worldwide for real change from the inside out. Call for more information. SATURDAYS 11am-1pm. Free. 778-430-1104.

Buddhist Community Sits –

Silent meditation followed by taped Dharma talks and discussion. SUNDAYS 7-9pm at Lynn Wylie Yoga Studio (202-1600 Bay). By donation. 250-380-6383.

Cowabunga Meditation –

Join Brad Morris, co-founder of GratiDudes, for a surfer’s approach to meditation. MONDAYS 6:30pm at 1088 Fort. $10.

A Course in Miracles – Using Ken Wilber’s Integral Mapping. Study group. MONDAYS 7-9pm at the James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies. By donation. 250-220-9797.

Drop-In Meditation – Each class includes guided meditation, practical instruction and discussion. MONDAYS 7-8:30pm and WEDNESDAYS 10-11:30 am at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre (2020A Douglas). WEDNESDAYS 7-8:30pm at Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). THURSDAYS 7-8:30pm James Bay United Church (511 Michigan). 250-592-7164,

Zen meditation – Learn Zen mediation. TUESDAYS 7-8pm in the Interfaith Chapel (UVic). Free. 250-721-8338.

WAY OF MASTERY – Taking you from sleep to wakefulness, from fear to love. Reminding you of who you are. Registration required. WEDNESDAYS 7-9:30pm at 415-200 Dallas. By donation. 250-920-0948.




Victoria Fringe Festival – Volunteering is fun, easy and a great way to see shows for free! Intrepid Theatre could not run without the help of our incredible army of volunteers who help out with a wide range of jobs, including Fringe box office, tech crew, promotions, info kiosk and more. See for details.

Two Toonies for Tunes on Tuesdays – Gettin’ Higher and High Noon Choir members invite you to drop-in and sing with them in these casual and fun drop-in summer sings.  All voices welcome. Meet Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9:30pm at the Church of Truth, (111 Superior). Info 250-920-4160 or

Spirit rising choir – Sopranos, tenors, basses – we need you!  If you enjoy a musical mix of focus, fun and friendship, contact us. We meet Monday evenings at St. Peter’s Church (3939 St. Peter’s Rd., Saanich). 778-430-4078.

BC Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society – The BCBDDS is looking for people interested in attending a new support group in the Victoria Area. Please phone Betty Macmillan at 1-866-780-2233 (toll free voice mail), or e-mail her at to advise her of your interest. Let her know if you prefer a summer or a September date for the first meeting.

SUPPORT GROUP – Support group for phobias, generalized anxiety, panic attacks and OCD. With Dr. Tom Lipinski, registered psychologist. THURSDAYS 7-8:30pm at the Bridge Centre (125 Skinner). Free. 250-389-1211.

SIPCCentre – Counsellor-led support group for mature women ready to re-explore their sexual orientation. $8/session. FRIDAYS 5-6:45pm at James Bay New Horizons (234 Menzies).

LifeRing – Addiction support program. FRIDAYS 6:30pm at Pearkes Rec Centre (3100 Tillicum). 250-920-2095.

queer youth DROP IN – South Island Pride Community Centre welcomes queer youth, friends, allies and youth from queer families. MONDAYS 6-8pm at Esquimalt Youth Centre (530 Fraser), WEDNESDAYS 6-8pm at Fairfield Community Place (1330 Fairfield). Free.

Kiwanis House Program – Lifering support group for young mothers dealing with addiction. Free onsite childminding is available for young mothers participating in the program. TUESDAYS 6-7:15pm at 2652 Cook. Child minding starts at 5:30pm Calling in advance is appreciated. 250-382-1004.

Dual Recovery Anonymous – Support group for recovery from both an addiction of any kind and a mental health issue. TUESDAYS 7:30pm in the BCSS Board Room (941 Kings). Free. 250-384-4225.

ALT LOVERS – Sagacity Alternative Lifestyle Society is where folks who enjoy BDSM, alternative lifestyles, kink, and fetish gather to talk, laugh, socialize, share and learn. TUESDAYS 7:30pm at the Ledge, Bedford Regency (1140 Government). Free.

Letting Go While Holding On – Explore how your role as family caregiver changes when the person you are carng for moves into a care facility. Registration required. 250-384-0408,

Overwhelming Emotions Support Group – Borderline personality disorder, self harm, PTSD? BC Schizophrenia Society meets regularly at 941 Kings. 250-383-5144 box 2127,

call for artisans – Applications are being accepted for Gifts for Myself & Others 2011. Work to be offered for sale must be three-dimensional and of original design made by the applicant. Commercial components must be very secondary to overall design.  Work made using commercial molds, kits, hobby crafts, soaps, lotions or food items will not be considered. Deadline for applications Sept. 25, 2011. Visit for more information.

become an AVI volunteer –

Volunteer with AIDS Vancouver Island. AIDS Vancouver Island (713 Johnson, 3rd floor). 250-384-2366 ext 2262.


Looking for female volunteers to drive women to appointments, take them apartment hunting, spend time with children letting them know they are valued and cared about, fill the house with delicious smells of baking and help out with dozens of other tasks and errands. Contact Anita: 250-479-3963.

ANIMAL LOVERS – Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders needs volunteers to foster strays, answer phones, assist with transportation and trap feral cats., 250-474-5581.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Volunteer with Victoria Riding for the Disabled Association. No experience necessary. 16+. MONDAY-THURSDAY mornings and TUESDAY-THURSDAY afternoons. 778-426-0506,

Volunteers Needed – To drive cancer clients to medical appointments. Contact the Canadian Cancer Society at 250-414-4253 or visit us online at

VICTORIA LABOUR CHOIR – Are you interested in singing for social justice, songs of peace and protest?  We are looking for committed singers (and a conductor) for a non-audition choir. If interested, please email your name, email address and phone number to

The Vic West Toy Library – We offer a place for children and parents to come and play, try out some new toys and to take a few home with you for a two week loan period. There are free refreshments available. Annual membership is $30 and each family can take home a maximum of 6 items. High Point Church (949 Fullerton). 250-383-6290,