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NEW FESTIVAL: Vegans of Victoria unite

NEW FESTIVAL: Vegans of Victoria unite

First ever Vegtoria features all things vegan, July 21 in Centennial Square

  • Jul 10, 2018
NEW FESTIVAL: Vegans of Victoria unite
Victoria scratch ticket winner Angella Gordon-Spence was thrilled to receive confirmation recently of her Set for Life total prize of $675,000. She bought the ticket at an outlet in the Hillside Shopping Centre. Photo courtesy BC Lottery Corporation

Victoria lotto winner looking forward to Mexican holiday with family

Angella Gordon-Spence won weekly $1,000 payday for 25 years on Set for Life scratch game

Victoria scratch ticket winner Angella Gordon-Spence was thrilled to receive confirmation recently of her Set for Life total prize of $675,000. She bought the ticket at an outlet in the Hillside Shopping Centre. Photo courtesy BC Lottery Corporation
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Having one whale of a time

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Having one whale of a time

Monday columnist joins her mom, a whale-watching rookie, in ocean adventure

  • Jul 9, 2018
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Having one whale of a time
Aria Lam, 5, and her dad, Raymond Lam, were among the 8,000 or so who attended the Saanich Strawberry Festival in 2017. Organizers expect a similar number to attend this year. Wolfgang Depner/Saanich News

SAVE THE DATE: Summertime fun comes in many forms on the South Island

From goats to cars to stars, this list has a bit of everything to help plan the rest of summer

  • Jul 5, 2018
Aria Lam, 5, and her dad, Raymond Lam, were among the 8,000 or so who attended the Saanich Strawberry Festival in 2017. Organizers expect a similar number to attend this year. Wolfgang Depner/Saanich News
Members of the Victoria Fire Department’s Ride to Conquer Cancer team join Colorado Avalanche NHL player Tyson Barrie (front row centre, left) and gold sponsor Jeremy Petzing (third from right), owner of The Local, for the donation of an autographed jersey to be auctioned off at this Friday’s Gala for Hope fundraiser at the Crystal Garden. The department team raised approximately $100,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation through its efforts last year. This year’s ride goes Aug. 24 and 25 on two routes on the mainland. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Victoria firefighters gear up to help battle a different nemesis

Formal gala at Crystal Garden raising funds for Ride to Conquer Cancer team’s efforts

Members of the Victoria Fire Department’s Ride to Conquer Cancer team join Colorado Avalanche NHL player Tyson Barrie (front row centre, left) and gold sponsor Jeremy Petzing (third from right), owner of The Local, for the donation of an autographed jersey to be auctioned off at this Friday’s Gala for Hope fundraiser at the Crystal Garden. The department team raised approximately $100,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation through its efforts last year. This year’s ride goes Aug. 24 and 25 on two routes on the mainland. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Canada Day festivities at the Royal BC Museum are jam-packed with live performances and family-friendly fun with extended hours Friday and Saturday (June 29 and 30). Photo contributed

Royal BC Museum celebrates Canada, past and present

Holiday weekend lineup includes Penny Carnival, live performances, extended hours

Canada Day festivities at the Royal BC Museum are jam-packed with live performances and family-friendly fun with extended hours Friday and Saturday (June 29 and 30). Photo contributed
Fun and personalized fashion are two key elements of the annual Memorial Drag Ball Game at Vic West Park. Photo by Peter B. Jakab/victoriapridesociety.org

PRIDE WEEK: Popularity has surged for Memorial Drag Ball game in the past 20 years

The venue has changed, but the theme of not taking one’s self too seriously remains

Fun and personalized fashion are two key elements of the annual Memorial Drag Ball Game at Vic West Park. Photo by Peter B. Jakab/victoriapridesociety.org
The living flag is a Canada Day tradition on the grounds of the legislature. Photo courtesy Downtown Victoria Business Association

O, Canada! – Show your colours on July 1 in Greater Victoria

Here’s your guide to Canada Day celebrations around the Capital Region

  • Jun 16, 2018
The living flag is a Canada Day tradition on the grounds of the legislature. Photo courtesy Downtown Victoria Business Association
5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Car Free YYJ, family fishing, Sooke bluegrass, walk for cancer and a mascot’s birthday

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria
Cool Aid co-founder Charles Barber, right, works the phones for the organization’s Help Lines, as shown in this photo from August 1968. (Photo contributed)

Captured in time: Cool Aid unveils photos from its 50 years of history

The photos will be on display and for sale at their Downtown Community Centre

Cool Aid co-founder Charles Barber, right, works the phones for the organization’s Help Lines, as shown in this photo from August 1968. (Photo contributed)
Tickets on sale for RCMP Musical Ride

Tickets on sale for RCMP Musical Ride

Troop performs in Sooke on Aug 18 and 19

Tickets on sale for RCMP Musical Ride
PRODUCE PACKS A PUNCH: Farm fresh from the market to you

PRODUCE PACKS A PUNCH: Farm fresh from the market to you

Find your neighbourhood favourite or discover a new location to find fresh food

  • Jun 5, 2018
PRODUCE PACKS A PUNCH: Farm fresh from the market to you
The pipe organ at Christ Church Cathedral is one of the largest mechanical instruments of its kind in Canada. It was tuned up this week by travelling technician Jason Barnsley, who has taken over the job for longtime technician Grant Smalley, who retired last year. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Pipe organ an instrument of worship, and more, at Christ Church Cathedral

Tune-up of Hellmuth Wolff organ comes just in time for Summer Concert Series

The pipe organ at Christ Church Cathedral is one of the largest mechanical instruments of its kind in Canada. It was tuned up this week by travelling technician Jason Barnsley, who has taken over the job for longtime technician Grant Smalley, who retired last year. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Tickets on sale for the Victoria Hospice Teeny Tiny Garden Tour

Tickets on sale for the Victoria Hospice Teeny Tiny Garden Tour

Tour takes place June 10; tickets frequently sell out fast

  • Jun 2, 2018
Tickets on sale for the Victoria Hospice Teeny Tiny Garden Tour
A sea of people make their way up and down Douglas Street during Car Free Day on Sunday afternoon in 2017. The 2018 Car Free YYJ is coming up, as well as many other events in different communities. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

Hey Victoria: What’s going on in your neighbourhood?

Check out some highlights from your local community associations

A sea of people make their way up and down Douglas Street during Car Free Day on Sunday afternoon in 2017. The 2018 Car Free YYJ is coming up, as well as many other events in different communities. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
Oak Bay Tea Party: Parade goes balloon free for environmental protection

Oak Bay Tea Party: Parade goes balloon free for environmental protection

Hand sorting shifts 3,000 pounds of ‘trash’ to recycling

Oak Bay Tea Party: Parade goes balloon free for environmental protection
Free mixed media camp offered to youth

Free mixed media camp offered to youth

Camp hosted on Denman Island

  • May 24, 2018
Free mixed media camp offered to youth
Professional impersonator, Johnny Vallis, is playing the part of Buddy Holly in the Buddy, Roy and Elvis show at the renovated and rebranded Elements Casino Victoria. 
(Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

West Shore resident back on Legends of Rock’n’Roll tour

Johnny Vallis was captivated by Buddy Holly’s musical innovation

Professional impersonator, Johnny Vallis, is playing the part of Buddy Holly in the Buddy, Roy and Elvis show at the renovated and rebranded Elements Casino Victoria. 
(Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)
REVIEW: Building a better burger

REVIEW: Building a better burger

Monday food reviewer Allan Reid gives his take on Chuck’s Burger Bar in Sidney

  • May 7, 2018
REVIEW: Building a better burger
(Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News)

Discarded household items transform to art for Victoria fundraising auction

ReFind Art for Habitat for Humanity opens May 29 at The Bay Centre

  • May 6, 2018
(Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News)