Victoria’s Weekly Events Listings March 22-28

Victoria's Weekly Events Listings March 22-28, including Events, Active, Dance, Spiritual, Community and more

  • Mar. 21, 2012 10:00 a.m.




ART IN THE PARK – Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist and create nature-inspired crafts. All ages. Free. Meet at the Beaver Lake nature centre. BC Transit #70 or # 75. 250-478-3344,

FRI. MAR. 23

Fashion Design Students Auction for Charity: LITTLE BLACK DRESS EVENT – Designs by Fashion Design students at Pacific Design Academy. Proceeds to Women in Need Community Co-op. 12:30pm at The Bay Centre (1150 Douglas). Auction closes Apr. 13.

Spring Break for the Family – Fun activities, crafts, and family tours throughout the galleries. 11am at the Royal BC Museum (675 Belleville). To SUNDAY. $9-$15. 250-356-7226,

SAT. MAR. 24

Artist Demonstrations – “W is for Wendy”. Illustrator Wendy Picken’s ‘Finger painting without the Paint’ an interactive project for children 5-9. P is for Painting Poetry in your own name. Parents welcome to participate. Register at 250-727-0104. 1pm at Bruce Hutchison Branch (4636 Elk Lake).

BOOKS FOR BEASTS – Big sidewalk book sale raising funds for local animal groups. Raffles and informational handouts. Good bargains in fiction, non-fiction, kids lit, art/gift books, some course books. 10am at 2865 Foul Bay.

Common Ground: A Community and Green Mapping Workshop – This day workshop is designed for people to explore community and green mapping tools, methods and hands-on learning. 9:30am at UVic. 250-472-4747,

FLIGHTS AND LIGHT BITES: Sake – Sake expert Patrick Ellis will explain the process of quality sake making and showcase some amazing products from Oregon’s SakeOne. 4pm at Hotel Grand Pacific (463 Belleville). $20 plus tax. 250-380-4478.

Fossil Fair – Kids can follow a scavenger hunt, make fossil and dinosaur rubbings, dig for fossils and take a fossil home. 10am at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). By donation. 250-479-0211,

Grease on Ice – Take a classic movie, throw in incredible talent, choreography and music and you have an amazing  show that is sure to delight and entertain the whole family. 2pm and 7pm. Also SUNDAY 1pm at Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt). $15. 250-412-8510, 250-412-8500,

SUN. MAR. 25

Celebrate Kids: A Variety Show – A variety show for children with dancers, singers, martial arts and much more. Refreshments for sale. 2pm at the Centennial United Church (612 David). $2/$5. 250-384-6424,

Par-T-Perfect Open House and Fundraiser – Bring the family for some fun on the pirate ship bouncy castle, climb through the obstacle course, get your face painted and more. $3 minimum donation. Proceeds to Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children. 250-386-5867,

Social Justice and the Media Mini-Conference – Focusing on the intersection of social justice and media with emphasis on the democratic deficit between the corporate media and the publicly engaged media. Keynote is Steve Anderson. 1pm at UVic Legacy Art Gallery (630 Yates). By donation.

The Victoria Canada China Friendship Association Dinner Meeting – Dr. John Price will speak on the life of Dr. Victoria Chung of Victoria, a medical missionary in China. Following the 5pm meeting. Reserve at 250-477-6915 by THURSDAY. 6pm at the Golden City Restaurant (721 Fisgard). $22/$25.

MON. MAR. 26

Emily Carr University Brings 3D Movie Making Workshop to Victoria – 9am at Intrepid Theatre (#2-1609 Blanshard). $20. Space limited. RSVP 250-389-1590,


Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Ask an Expert – Dr. Peter Watson and Dorothy Yada from Vic General Hospital present the latest info on breast cancer research and breast health. Jules Sesia, a survivor and comic shares her story. 7pm at Saanich Commonwealth Pool (4636 Elk Lake). Free. 250-384-3328,

WED. MAR. 28

The World Below: Underwater Photography of BC – Join outdoor adventure travel writer/photographer Barb Roy as she takes you on a journey around BC’s underwater paradise. 7pm at the Maritime Museum (28 Bastion Square). $10-$12. 250-385-4222,


Escape Artists’ Annual Show and Sale – Artist demonstrations. SATURDAYS 11am at the Loft Art Gallery (2720 Mill Bay). Free. To Mar. 30. 250-743-4647,

MARCH BREAK ACTIVITIES AT THE CASTLE – THURSDAY 9:30am tour and craft for ages 5-7. $25; FRIDAY 9:30am tour & craft for ages 8-11. $25; 2pm teacups into pincushions $25 and materials; SATURDAY 10am scrap-booking for teens $50. Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan).

The Versatile Group – All artists of any genre are invited to share their ideas, work and successes. FRIDAYS 2-4pm at The Moka House, Shoal Point (16 Dallas). Free. 778-433-0537.

Victoria flea market – Offering a huge assortment of interesting things. SUNDAYS 9am-2pm at the DaVinci Centre. $2/free after 1pm. 250-381-5033.

Victoria flower count – Each municipality is encouraged to take up the challenge to be the “Bloomingest Community” in Victoria. 250-360-2837,

Weekly Winter Market – Featuring vendors with handcrafted funky accessories and hair accent pieces, one of a kind festival style apparel, vintage clothing, storytelling, live entertainment, a kids zone and more. SUNDAYS noon-5pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free.

Board games Night – Scrabble and more. SUNDAYS 5:30pm at the Superior (106 Superior). Free. 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.





SAT. MAR. 24

Social Ballroom Dance – Hosted by Roses and Thorn. Cha cha variations with Wanda. 7:15pm at Saanich Silver Threads. (286 Hampton). $10. 250-383-7075,


Argentine and Nuevo Tango – Six weeks; $60 regular/$45 student or $12 drop-in. SUNDAYS 1pm Beginner 1. 2pm Beginner 2. 3pm Intermediate. At the Martin Batchelor Art Gallery (712 Cormorant). 778-432-0112,

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

Saanich International Folkdancers – No partner or experience needed. Please wear soft-soled shoes. FRIDAYS 7pm at the Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). $5/$4 students. Free for children under 12. 250-384-0592,

VBDS BALLROOM DANCE WORKSHOPS – Pre-Bronze/Bronze Waltz 1pm, $5/$8/$10 per person, per workshop. Intro to Social Foxtrot and Rumba 2pm, $5 per person, per workshop. Singles & couples welcome. SATURDAYS 1pm 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,

Contemporary Dance – MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 6pm 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 7:30pm 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.

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

WEST COAST SWING CLASSES – First class free. Partner dance to blues, country, R&B and top 40s. No partner or experience required. Drop-in SUNDAYS 5:15pm at Sacred Centre Dance (1011 Meares). 250-382-4500.

WEST COAST SWING DANCE- Dance to nightclub music and blues. SATURDAYS 9pm at Sacred Centre Dance (1011 Meares). $5-$7.






Yoga Lab – No experience or mat needed. 9am at Iyengar Yoga Centre(202-919 Fort). By donation. 250-386-9642.


CRD Walks -Thetis Lake Teen Hike. Bring a snack, water and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the main Thetis Lake parking lot. BC Transit #50. 250-478-3344,

PICKLEBALL SPORT-FIt- This funny but unique program combines sport and fitness in a fun way. $34. MONDAYS, TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS 1:15pm at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). 250-412-8500.

Walksmart Victoria –  MONDAY-FRIDAY. Registration 8:50am. 9am at the Royal Oak McDonalds (4410 West Saanich). 250-479-4087 or

WEEKLY BIRD WALK – WEDNESDAYS and SUNDAYS 9am at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake). Free., 250-479-0211.

Laughter Yoga – Exercises which stimulate laughter. Wear loose clothing, bring water if desired and a willingness to have fun and explore your childlike nature. SATURDAYS 1pm at Metta in Motion (1314A Esquimalt).  250-477-8608, Suggested donation $5-$15.

moksha yoga – Find out what hot yoga is all about. THURSDAYS 2pm, SATURDAYS 1:30pm & MONDAYS 3:15pm 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 3:45pm. 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.

Ghostly Walks – We’re living in BC’s most haunted city. Find out why and where on this 90-minute walk. No registration required. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 7:30pm outside the Visitor Info Centre (Government at Wharf). $11/$13. 250-384-6698.

Karma Class – The regular Moksha series practiced in one hour. All proceeds go to a different charity each month. See what this “hot yoga thing” is all about. Bring your friends and family.” FRIDAYS 8pm at Moksha Yoga (1088 Fort). $7.

Volkssport Walks – Garden City Wanderers – Meet at Harbour Towers (345 Quebec). THURSDAY 6pm. 778-350-0861. Vic Y- Meet at Henderson Rec Centre (2291 Cedar Hill). SUNDAY 10am. 250-370-5956.





SAT. MAR. 24

Dances of Universal Peace at the Spring Equinox – Meditations in motion, combining peace-catalyzing sacred phrases with simple folkdance. Followed by potluck. 7pm at the Church of Truth (111 Superior). $7-$10. 250-598-8243,

Inspired Wellness Holistic Fair – Meet professionals from your community and find services that will enhance your daily living. Psychic readings, massage, energy healing and holistic services. 11am at The Church of Truth (111 Superior) . $5. 778 433 7334,

Sufi Whirling Workshop – Meditation and chanting for the soul. Refreshments served. 7pm at the Quaker Meeting House (1829 Fern). Donations welcome. 250-598-8405,

MON. MAR. 26

An Evening with Bishop John Shelby Spong – Presentation and Conversation: Shifting the Christian Paradigm from Salvation to Expanded Humanity. 7:30pm at St. Aidan’s United Church (3703 St. Aidan’s). $10. 250-477-2089,


Astrology and TaroT – Voyager Tarot & Astrology MONDAY, 7pm. Planetary Archetypes: The Lunar Nodes – Release and Integration WEDNESDAY, 3pm and 7pm. $ 20 First timers for evening workshop. 429 Vancouver. 250-381-4299.

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

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

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

COMMUNITY STUDY GATHERING – Meditation followed by dharma talk or reading and discussion time. Third THURSDAY of each month. 6:30pm at Moksha Yoga Victoria (1088 Fort). Free.

FOLLOW YOUR JOY- Each evening is honoured as a peaceful time for reflection or meditation in order to nurture the self and the whole of our global village. WEDNESDAYS 7pm at the Church of Truth. (111 Superior). Free or by donation., 250-380-6383.

SAHAJ MARG MEDITATION INTRODUCTORY Talks – A heart-centred meditation practiced worldwide for real change from the inside out. Call for details. SATURDAYS 11am. Free. 250-595-4732.

Buddhist Community Sits –

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

Living Music: Learning Life Skills Through Music – How can we be more musical in our thoughts, words and actions? WEDNESDAYS to Feb. 29. 7pm at the Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living (111 Superior). Free or by donation., 250- 380-6383.

A Course in Miracles – Unite the light in you. In-depth study group. MONDAYS 7pm at James Bay New Horizons (234 Menzies). $2. 250-220-9797.

WAY OF MASTERY – Taking you from sleep to wakefulness, from illusion to reality. Reminding you of who you are. WEDNESDAYS 7pm at 415-200 Dallas. By donation. 250-920-0948.

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

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





Asperger’s Syndrome Meetup Group – Informal social group for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, and family and friends of persons with Asperger’s, diagnosed or self-diagnosed. THURSDAY 7pm at ABC Country Restaurant (2900 Douglas). Free, you pay for your own food. 250-389-6772,

Creative Self Defense – Hosted by Frank Doss, 5th degree black belt. THURSDAY 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). $TBA.

STAMP CLUB MEETING – Vancouver Island Philatelic Society meeting. Visitors welcome. THURSDAY 7:30pm at St. Aidan’s Church (3703 St. Aidan’s). 250-385-1561,

Interfaith and Aboriginal Peoples Bridging Event “First Conversations” – The Quakers hosts a dialogue with interfaith and Aboriginal peoples event. SUNDAY 1pm at 1831 Fern. Refreshments provided.  Everyone welcome.  250-920-0373.

OPEN HOUSE Part II:  Help Us Improve Pioneer Square – View displays, meet Parks planners, ask questions and complete a short survey. WEDNESDAY 4:30pm at the Christ Church Cathedral Chapter Room (930 Burdett side entrance). 250-361-0600,

Toastmasters Junior Youth Leadership – Helping young people ages 8-11 build their communication and leadership skills. SATURDAYS 10:30am at Bruce Hutchison Branch. 250-727-0104,

Tech Buddies: Teen Volunteers at the Greater Victoria Public Library – Volunteer with older adults, using your skills with computers and other new technologies. Ages 13-18. FRIDAYS to Mar. 23, 3:15pm at Central Library. 250-413-0365,

The Great After-Work, After-School Un-crumple – Massage and exercises to undo the effects of repetitive work on your hands, arms, and eyes. TUESDAYS 5:15pm at 200-535 Yates. $15, profits to local health & wellness charity. Space limited. 250-589-8655.

Arm Injury Repair and Prevention – Lunchtime presentation by local massage therapist. THURSDAYS 12:15pm at 200-535 Yates. $15, profits to local health & wellness charity. Space limited. 250-589-8655.

SUBMISSIONS WANTED – Maritime Museum is accepting art from kids 5-12 that represents what it means to live by the ocean. Deadline June 30. 250-385-4222,

SPACE NEEDED – After 50 years, Lansdowne Co-op Preschool needs a new home with at least 1000 square feet indoors, and an outdoor area.  Tax receipts issued for donations of $10 or more.

SINGERS WANTED – Uplifting church choir needs some guys. Ladies also welcome. Good for your sight-reading or whatever ails you. Rehearsals THURSDAYS, Fairfield United at Fairfield and Moss. 250-477-7791,

MALE SINGERS WANTED – The Greater Victoria Police Chorus, a four part harmony male voice choir, is now welcoming new members, (Police and non-police), WEDNESDAYS 7:30pm. Great crowd, great sound, guaranteed fun. 250-383-7408.

Seeking singers – Newcombe Singers Choir welcomes new members, especially in the Tenor/Bass range. Attend the first two rehearsals commitment free. TUESDAYS 7:30pm at St. Mary’s Church (1701 Elgin). 250-480-5087 or

Saanich Songmen – Welcoming all men who can carry a tune. Come and enjoy singing popular standards and comic songs with our unauditioned chorus. SATURDAYS 9:30am at the Passmore Centre (286 Hampton). 250-389-1059, 250-361-9878.

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, 250-385-7464.

Violin and viola players wanted – Hampton Concert Orchestra. Free this term. 7:30pm MONDAYS at Les Passmore Centre. Program: Haydn 101, Mozart 39. Concerts May 2012. 250-721-1940.

Alzheimer Society of B.C. Family Caregiver Series – SATURDAYS to Mar. 31, 10am at Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). 250-412-8500 and cite Course 35338.

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

LifeRing – Addiction support program. FRIDAYS 6:30pm at Pearkes Rec Centre (3100 Tillicum). TUESDAYS 7:30pm at the Esquimalt Rec Centre (527 Fraser). 250-920-2095.

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.

Kiwanis House Program – Lifering support group for young mothers dealing with addiction. Free onsite childminding available for young mothers participating in the program. TUESDAYS 6pm at 2652 Cook. Child minding 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.

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.

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

become an AVI volunteer –

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

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


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., 250-474-5581.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED – Writers’ Choice Reviews needs volunteers for putting out a monthly non-profit book-reviewing newsletter, in print and online. Chance to hone your skills in writing, editorial, ad sales, and distribution.

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

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




Enbridge Pipeline: Dirty Oil to China? – Join Elizabeth May and guests for a discussion on the implications of the proposed Enbridge Pipeline. THURSDAY 7pm in the David Lam Auditorium (UVic). $2/$5 suggested donation. 250-686-9777,

CARIBOU, WOLVES AND CONFLICT IN SOCIETY – With Rick Page. Explore humanity’s love – hate relationship with the wolf, their status as an endangered species and their role in endangering the caribou and other wildlife in BC. Following the Friends of Ecological Reserves Annual General Meeting 2012 THURSDAY 7:30pm in SSM A102 (UVic).

Occupy your rights: from government rhetoric to action – Join author and environmentalist/social justice activist Dr. Joan Russow for an exploration of international human rights, social justice, environment and peace, followed by a discussion. THURSDAY 7pm at the First Metro United Church (932 Balmoral). 250 -885-5200,,

Elephants and Other Adventures – Dag Goering, Victoria based veterinarian, photographer and founder of Hidden Places Travel and his wife, author Maria Coffey share their journeys through Asia and Africa, and the discoveries that led them to establish an elephant conservation initiative.By donation. Proceeds go to the Anti-Poaching Project. WEDNESDAY 7:30pm at Camosun College (3100 Foul Bay). By donation. 250-995-3003,

LESTER PEARSON’S PEACEKEEPING: THE TRUTH MAY HURT – Presented by author Yves Engler. The top ten reasons to rethink both Canada’s history and its contemporary world role. WEDNESDAY, 3pm Camosun Lansdowne, Young 310 (3100 Foul Bay) and 7:30pm UVic (Hickman 105). Free. 250-655-6691.