Weekly events calendar Sept 29- Oct 5

Weekly events calendar Sept 29- Oct 5

The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival is a chance for people of all ages to explore the wonders of the pomaceous fruit.

The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival is a chance for people of all ages to explore the wonders of the pomaceous fruit.

Weekly events calendar Sept 29- Oct 5




Thurs. Sept. 29

Uplands Park Planning – Lorne Middleton, Manager of Oak Bay Parks Services, Carrina Maslovat, Manager of Invasives Matt Fairbarns, Botanist, and Darcy Mathews, First Nations Cairns expert will join the Friends of Uplands Park in a panel discussion about Uplands Park now and in the future. Come, listen and share your ideas and concerns about the management of rare species, invasive species removal, trails, signs and dogs. Refreshments available. 7-9pm in the Windsor Pavilion (Windsor Park). Free. 250-595-8084

Fri. Sept. 30

Live Auction – Items available include a “Leave Me Alone!” package (Cape Cod chair, Kanata blanket, tea, and a PD James book) and an “Escape for the Night” at Hotel Grand Pacific with a $100 Ferris Oyster Bar certificate. Refreshments, appetizers and treats provided. 6pm at James Bay New Horizons (234 Menzies). $10. 250-386-3035.

Sat. Oct. 1

Mill Hill Broom Sweep – Help save the indiginous plants of the park by ripping up Scotch Broom. Registration required. 9am-4pm at Mill Hill Regional Park (490 Atkins). Free. 250-360-3329.

CBC RADIO OPEN HOUSE – Step into the CBC Radio studio and record a station ID. Meet hosts Gregor Craigie, Jo-ann Roberts, Khalil Ahktar, Kelly Nakatsuka, Don Genova, Shelagh Rogers, Quirks and Quarks Bob McDonald and win great draw prizes. Bite into an apple pie to help Lifecycles, or apple muffins from the Camosun College Culinary School. 10am-2pm at CBC Radio (1025 Pandora). Free. 250-360-2227.

Stamp Show – Buy, sell and trade stamps, the tiniest mass-produced art you’ll ever find. SATURDAY 10am-5:30pm & SUNDAY9:30am-4pm at the Comfort Hotel (3020 Blanshard). $TBA. 250-721-1940, docdon@shaw.ca.

Esquimalt Story Festival – Hot dog lunch for kids (and for parents by donation), craft tent and seven children’s storytellers, including Tim Gosley, Peg Hasted, and the Tickle Trunk Players. 10:30am-2:30pm at the GVPL, Esquimalt Branch (1231 Esquimalt). Free. 250-414-7198.

Art of the Cocktail – Victoria’s premier cocktail festival returns. Tastings, workshops, competitions and more. SATURDAY noon-9:30pm, SUNDAY 10am-2am & 11am-8:30pm at locations throughout Victoria. $90-$170. artofthecocktail.ca.

Sun. Oct. 2

Chef survival IV – Join 20 of the finest chefs in Victoria as they crawl, pick and cook their way. Proceeds support TLC’s farmland conservation program. Noon-6pm at Madrona Farm (4317 Blenkinsop). $50-$100. chefsurvivalchallenge.com.

TUES. Oct. 4

Food Security: It’s in Our Hands – Network with others in Food Security, learn about and get involved with Transition Food Group projects, upcoming events and more. 6:30-9:30pm at the Fernwood Community Association Hall (1923 Fernwood). By donation. 250-380-6383.

Classical Association of Vancouver Island – Meeting. With presentation by Dr. Diana Spencer, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham, entitled Death at the Villa: Suetonius’ Nero. 7:30pm in room 104, the Engineering Computer Science Building (UVic). $10 membership. 250-721-8514.

Wed. Oct. 5

care giving long-distance –

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is presents a workshop on long-distance care giving. Registration required. 7pm at the Hillside Seniors Health Centre (1454 Hillside). 250-382-2052, WellnessCentreRegistration@viha.ca.


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.

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

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.




Bastion Square Market –

Artisans open air marketplace. Last chance. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 11am at Bastion Square. Free. 250-885-1387.

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

Peninsula 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. To Oct. 8 at the Saanich Fairgrounds (1528 Stellys Cross). Free.  peninsulacountrymarket.ca.

NORTH SAANICH MARKET – Seasonal produce, locally raised meat, eggs, baking, plants, crafts. Come meet your neighbours. SATURDAYS 9:30am-12:30pm. To Oct. 29 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 Goldstream. Free. goldstreamstationmarket.ca.

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. 29 at the corner of Moss and Fairfield. Free. mossstreetmarket.com.

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




Fri. Sept. 30

Under Dance – Dance to the music of Curl. 7-11pm at the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Unit 12 (753 View). $TBA. 250-383-4923.


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

Saanich International Folkdancers – Learn dances from around the world. No partner or experience needed. Please wear soft-soled shoes. FRIDAYS 7pm at Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). Drop-in $5/$4 students/under 12 free. 250-384-0592, balkanbarb@hotmail.com.

Argentine Tango – Beginners drop-in classes, with David and Vanessa. FRIDAYS 8pm at Café Casablanca (2524 Bridge). vanessawinn.com.

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, vbds.org.

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. tangovita.com.

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

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, latinvictoria.ca.

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

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, vbds.org.




Sun. Oct. 2

Run for the Cure – Run or sponsor a runner to raise funds for cancer research. 9am at UVic. runforthecure.com.

Tues. Oct. 4

Qigong – Developed in China by medical profession in cooperation with Qigong masters for use as treatment for hypertension, coronary disease, anxiety, stress or low vitality. Registration required. First of 9 classes TUESDAY 6-7pm at Fairfield Community Place (1330 Fairfield). $92. 250-382-4604.


WalkSmart – Morning walks for ladies. Coffee and chat to follow. THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS, MONDAYS-WEDNESDAYS 8:45am at the Royal Oak McDonalds (4410 West Saanich). 250-479-4087, walksmartvictoria@shaw.ca.

Volkssport walks – 5/10 km walk, SATURDAY 9:30am at the Henderson Rec Centre (2291 Cedar Hill X), 250-721-3065. 6-11km walk, SUNDAY 9:30am at Hamsterly Beach (Brookleigh), 250-361-4583.

moksha yoga – Find out what hot yoga is all about. THURSDAYS 2-3:30pm, SATURDAYS 1:30-3pm & MONDAYS 3:15-4:15pm at Moksha Yoga (1088 Fort). $7. 250-385-9642.

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.

LAUGHTER YOGA plus – Combines the breathing of yoga and the healing powers of laughter. THURSDAYS 7:30pm at James Bay Community School Centre (140 Oswego). $8. 250-389-1470.

Community Flow Yoga – With Hsin. Proceeds support the SPCA. 6-7:15pm at the Yoga Shala (1322 Broad). $5. 602-743-1937, hsinpai@gmail.com.

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, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 7:30 & 9pm outside the Visitor Information Centre (Government at Wharf). $13/$11 students. 250-384-6698.




Fri. Sept. 30

DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE – Dance with the intention of creating peace throughout the planet, using whole body prayer. 7-9pm at the Church of Truth (111 Superior). $7-$10 donation. kjphoenix@dancingflowers.com, DancesOfUniversalPeace.org.

Sun. Oct. 2

Learn to Meditate – Two-session workshop. Registration required. SUNDAY & MONDAY at the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre (360 St. Patrick). Free. 250-592-6211.

West Village Church – Grand opening of a new church for people who don’t want to go to church. 10am at the Cineplex Odeon (2945 Jacklin), followed by a BBQ at the Ruth King Elementary School (2764 Jacklin). Free. 250-588-4325.


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. cowabungalife.com.

A Course in Miracles – Unite the light in you. In-depth study group. MONDAYS 7:30-9:30pm. Call for details. 250-386-5919.

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, meditateinvictoria.org.

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 illusion to reality. Reminding you of who you are. WEDNESDAYS 7-9:30pm at 415-200 Dallas. By donation. 250-920-0948.




Volunteers Needed- The Antimatter Film Festival needs energetic and dependable volunteers to assist with screenings, performances, gallery installations and poster/program distribution. Most shifts are Oct. 14-22. If you’d like to volunteer and receive free tickets to screenings/events, call 250 385 3327 or email volunteer@antimatter.ws.

VICTORIA LEADERSHIP AWARDS – Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 ceremony. Nomination packages are available and may be completed online at leadershipvictoria.ca. Deadline: Nov. 20, 2011. 250-386-2269.

Seeking singers – Hexaphone, Victoria’s six voice chamber ensemble is seeking an alto and low tenor/high baritone to perform a wide range of challenging repertoire, one voice per part. Contact Paul 250-479-2773 for audition times and repertoire. hexaphone.org.

Call for submissions – Christ Church Cathedral is accepting proposals in prose, poetry or dramatic narrative for a December presentation. For more information, call 250-383-2714 or email mgormley@christchurchcathedral.bc.ca.

Harmonious singers – Kids, teens, parents & grandparents sing together for the sheer fun of it. Feel free to try a “no-audition session”any MONDAY evening. For more details visit harmoniousfamilychoir.com, sing@harmoniousfamilychoir.com or 250-385-7464.

GETTIN’ HIGHER CHOIR – Come check us out! We are no-audition community choir. All voices are welcome, no experience necessary. Our last “new singers intake” evening for our fall session is THURSDAY. For dates, locations and other details please contact us: gettinhigherchoir.ca, bill@gettinhigherchoir.ca or 250-920-4160.

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.

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. southislandpridecentre.ca.

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 5:30. Calling in advance is appreciated. 250-382-1004.

THE VIC HIGH NEIGHBOURHOOD CHOIR – Welcomes new singers of all ages/levels to join them for their 7th season of music making at Victoria High School. TUESDAYS 7-9pm at the Wallace Auditorium (1260 Grant). Newcomers and drop-ins please come at 6:45pm. 250-382-7048, markhellman.ca.

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. sagacitygroup.net.

PFLAG- Confidential support for parents, families, friends, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer, questioning and allies. 250 592-0305, victoriabc@pflagcanada.ca.

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

Overwhelming Emotions Support Group – Borderline personality disorder, self harm, PTSD? B.C. Schizophrenia Society meets regularly at 941 Kings. 250-383-5144 box 2127, bpdvictoria@gmail.com.

become an AVI volunteer –

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


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. 250-479-3963.

ANIMAL LOVERS – Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders needs volunteers to foster strays, answer phones, assist with transportation and trap feral cats. info@animalcrusaders.ca, 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, vrda@shaw.ca.

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

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 victorialabourchoir@gmail.com.

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, info@pointful.ca.