From jazz to Shakespeare, from pottery workshops to whale-watching cruises, from sand sculpture competitions to trumpeter swan festivals... Choose your adventure - and don't forget your camera!

 

 

July 2014
Wed
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1/1-
12/31
Farmers' Market - Comox Valley
Welcome to Comox Valley Farmers' Market. Come have a warm cup of coffee and fresh baked treat as you do your shopping. In summer we operate every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 12pm at the Comox Valley Fairgrounds on Headquarters road, across the street from Vanier School. In fall and winter we will be at the Native Sons Hall on Cliffe, at the foot of Fourth Avenue in downtown Courtenay. www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com
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4/6-
10/26
Farmers' Market - Salt Spring Island
Visitors are treated to exclusively local creations stemming from Salt Spring's unique brand of "island ingenuity". Meet artists, food producers, musicians and locals at the lively Saturday Market. Each Saturday, from April through the last Saturday in October, from 8:30am to 4pm, oceanside at Centennial Park in the heart of Ganges on Salt Spring Island.
Sun
Sun
4/6-
10/26
Farmers' Market - Pender Island
The Pender Islands Farmers' Market runs from Easter to Thanksgiving and is held at the Pender Islands Recreation and Agricultural Hall on Saturdays from 9:30am to 1pm. Local farmers, craftspeople and other vendors offer fresh fruit and vegetables, crafts of all varieties, and delicious food.
Sun
Sun
4/6-
9/21
Farmers' & Artisans' Market - Sechelt
We Make It, Bake It & Grow It all right here on the Sunshine Coast! We make it easy to eat within the 100 mile diet! Come get your local eggs, fresh pies and bread, organic veggies for the week, or a gift for that someone special! Everyone welcome, rain or shine! Every Saturday morning, 8:30am to 1:30pm, just off Hwy 101 in Sechelt. www.secheltmarket.com.
Mon
Mon
4/21-
9/29
Farmers' Market - Powell River
The Powell River Market is an old-fashioned, country-style market selling fresh, locally grown farm and garden produce, home baking, honey, soap, woodcrafts, jewellery, and a variety of original items hand-crafted by local artisans. Enjoy hot food and drinks in the sunshine, listening to the live music on our Open Mic Stage. Children's play area and Pony-cart rides. Livestock is present on occasion for sale and display.
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4/28-
10/26
Farmers' Market - Victoria - Moss Street
The Moss Street Market operates from the first Saturday in May to the last Saturday in October. We are located at the corner of Moss and Fairfield in Victoria, BC. Market times: 10am to 2pm. www.mossstreetmarket.com
Sat
Sat
5/3-
10/4
Farmers' Market - Nanaimo
Get it fresh from your local farmer! Get it freshly picked! Nanaimo Downtown Farmers' Market is held on Fridays at the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza on Front Street beside the Bastion in Downtown Nanaimo. 10am to 2pm. Produce, meat, seafood, plants, and local arts and crafts are all at the Bowen Road Farmers' Market, every Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm.
Sun
Sun
5/4-
9/21
Farmers' Market - Errington
The Errington Farmers' Market offers fresh produce, baked goods, items created by local crafters, as well as coffee and goodies from the coffee shop in a woodsy, friendly atmosphere. There is always music playing and activities for kids. Saturdays, 10am to 1pm, from May to September in the Community Park next to Errington Hall.
Sun
Sun
5/4-
10/5
Farmers' Market - Qualicum Beach
Qualicum Beach Farmers Market at Veteran’s Way and Memorial is where you’ll find the best in fresh fruits, vegetables and berries, plants and cut flowers, fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, fish, chicken and pork, as well as a wide range of local crafts. Saturdays from 8:30am to noon. www.qbfarmersmarket.com.
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Sun
5/4-
10/26
Farmers' Market - Victoria - James Bay
James Bay Community Market provides an opportunity to shop for handmade arts and crafts, baked goods, and relax with a cup of coffee and free live music and entertainment. Then, take home fresh flowers, locally-grown fruit and vegetables, and free-range eggs. Saturdays, May to October: 9am - 3pm at Menzies and Superior Streets. www.jamesbaymarket.com
Sun
Sun
5/4-
10/26
Farmers' Market - Duncan
Duncan Farmer's Market in the Cowichan Valley offers the freshest local fruits and vegetables, baking, jams & jellies, honey, crafts, clothing, pet treats, and more! We have live music every Saturday, with singers, bands, choirs, dance troupes, jugglers, and magicians. The market is held every Saturday morning, rain or shine, from 9am to 2pm at 200 Craig Street, in the City Square adjacent to City Hall and along Ingram Street. www.duncanfarmersmarket.ca
Sun
Sun
5/4-
10/26
Farmers' Market - Sooke
At Sooke Country Market we make it, bake it or grow it. Seasonal local produce from the gardens of Sooke. Every summer, local producers and growers sell their home grown vegetables, flowers, fruits, jams and crafts. Saturdays from 10am to 2 pm, May through October, on Otter Point Road across from Eustace Road. www.sookecountrymarket.com.
Mon
Mon
5/5-
10/27
Farmers' Market - Metchosin
The Metchosin Farmers’ Market runs every Sunday, 11am to 2pm from May 8th till October 30th at 4450 Happy Valley Road, on the Metchosin Municipal Grounds between the fire hall and the Pioneer Museum. Fruits, vegetables, meats, crafts, jewellery, and more. Metchosinfarmersmarket.blog.com.
Mon
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5/12-
9/28
Farmers' Market - Victoria - Bastion Square
The Bastion Square Public Market provides an outlet for the display and sale of hand-crafted items in clay, fibre, metal, wood, glass and multiple disciplines, as well as flowers, plants and baked goods; home made preserves; chocolates, candies, candles and other country crafts; organic produce from Vancouver Iisland farmers; visual arts such as painting and photography.
Sun
Sun
5/18-
9/21
Farmers' Market - Hornby Island
This bustling market located behind Hornby Hall contains vendors offering an eclectic variety of produce, herbs, snacks, as well as unique locally-made crafts that will amuse and delight visitors. Every Saturday from 11am to 2pm from the May long weekend.
Sun
Sun
5/25-
9/21
Farmers' Market & Bazaar - Quadra Island
Quadra Island Farmers' Market & Bazaar sells fresh produce, fruits and berries, crafts and more. Saturdays, May to September, 10am to 2pm, West Road in Quathiaski Cove.
Sun
Sun
5/25-
12/21
Farmers' Market - Port Alberni
The Port Alberni Farmers' Market promotes locally grown produce and locally made products from the Alberni Clayquot Regional District. The market sells a wide assortment of meats, vegetables, fruits and fresh free-range eggs. Located at the foot of Argyle Street in the centre of the picturesque Harbour Quay. Saturdays, 8:30am to 12pm.
Sun
Sun
5/25-
10/19
Farmers' Market - Langford
Goldstream Station Market on Bryn Maur Road in the heart of downtown Langford provides an outlet for the sale of locally-grown and locally-processed agricultural products and artisan crafts and an opportunity for local musicians and entertainers to perform. Saturdays 10am to 2pm. www.goldstreamstationmarket.ca.
Fri
Fri
5/30-
8/22
Farmers' & Crafters' Market - Sidney
Every Thursday evening between June and September Beacon Avenue becomes a beacon for shoppers at the Sidney Summer Street Market, with local merchants, fresh produce, arts & crafts, great food and live music. Enjoy all sorts of live entertainment on each block. From 5:30pm to 9:30pm.
Sun
Sun
6/1-
10/5
Farmers' Market - Victoria - Central Saanich
The vibrant open air Peninsula Country Market has more than 50 vendors offering farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted fresh meats, organic produce, and a fine selection of arts & crafts. Enjoy a country morning among friends, live music, hot coffee, and great munchies. Saturdays at Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly's Cross Road, 9am to 1pm. www.peninsulacountrymarket.com.
Thu
Thu
6/5-
7/31
Best-Loved Dolls of the Past 100 Years
Best-Loved Dolls of the Past 100 Years. This is the first year Sidney Museum will be hosting this fantastic collection of over 400 dolls ‘from bisque to Barbie and beyond’. Doll Dressmaker most Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, scavenger hunts and many prizes. 2423 Beacon Ave, Sidney BC. www.sidneymuseum.ca
Thu
Thu
6/12-
8/14
Farmers' Market - Parksville
Parksville Summer By The Sea Market is held every Tuesday Night from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Over 100 vendors on Craig Street feature a great assortment of unique crafters, artists, food and live entertainment. Something for everyone !
Fri
Sun
6/13-
10/12
Farmers' Market - Gibsons
Two markets: The Fiddlehead Farmers' Market takes place behind the Gibsons Curling Rink in White Tower Park each Saturday from mid-June to mid-October. Find fresh vegetables from local growers, purchase locally produced soaps, candles, jewelry, garden supplies and artwork, or enjoy the folksy sounds of local singers and bands. Gibsons Landing Sunday Market is held each Sunday in Holland Park from June to September. In a scenic location overlooking the Gibsons Marina, customers can pick up organic vegetables, stock up on home-baked goodies and preserves, and shop for pottery and glassware.
Mon
Sun
6/16-
7/27
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop that helps people with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic pain. Comox Valley Nursing Centre in Courtenay, BC. www.selfmanagementbc.ca
Mon
Sat
6/16-
7/19
Airstreams: Taralee Guild
Airstreams: Taralee Guild. These paintings are based on photographs of Airstream, Bowlus and Spartan polished aluminum trailers. Derived from aeronautical design, these mid-20th century companies built streamlined riveted aluminum shells evoking the golden age of flight for the new North American leisure travel industry. Eclectic Gallery, 2170 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria. www.eclecticgallery.ca
Fri
Tue
6/20-
9/9
Les Misérables
Epic Musical. This musical phenomenon sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in 19th century France. Discover a nation in the grip of revolution as convict Jean Valjean, on the run and in a fight for his life, sacrifices everything to protect the people he loves. Fight. Dream. Hope. Love. Tickets from $25. Join us for a meal in our Playbill Dining Room. Contact the box office for specific times and dates of shows or check our website. www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca/season_mis.html
Sat
Sat
6/21-
8/23
Eclectic Gallery: Donna Ion and Rob Miller
Two distinctly different approaches to the landscape by two Vancouver Island artists. Eclectic Gallery, 2170 Oak Bay Avenue Victoria BC. 10am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday. www.eclecticgallery.ca
Sat
Sun
6/28-
10/26
Farmers' Market - Victoria - North Saanich
North Saanich Farm Market offers seasonal produce, locally-grown mushrooms, eggs, baking, plants, and crafts. Free entertainment every week. Drop in and meet your neighbours. St. John's Church Annex, 10990 West Saanich Road, 9:30am to 12:30pm. www.northsaanichfarmmarket.ca.
Tue 7/1 Canada Day Celebration - Victoria
Victoria comes alive on Canada's birthday with fun runs, street performers, artisans and a freworks display. Venues include Victoria Inner Harbour and the Gorge Waterway for the Gorge Canada Day Picnic at Gorge Waterway Park and Kosapsom Park, 8:30am to 4pm. Free Admission.
Tue 7/1 Canada Day Celebration - Duncan
Celebrate Canada Day at the BC Forest Discovery Centre. The celebration features a flag ceremony with local dignitaries at noon. Kick off your family's summer with steam train rides and a community celebration for the whole family.
Tue 7/1 Canada Day Celebration - Ladysmith
Celebrate Canada's birthday with a day of fun, sun and music at Transfer Beach, Ladysmith. Family oriented activities.
Tue 7/1 Canada Day Celebration - Lake Cowichan
Our annual Canada Day event is being held at the Mesachie Lake Hall & Ball Field. Everyone is welcome! Something for the whole family. Multi-cultural theatre, dancing, storytelling, arts & Crafts & food. As well as face painting, games & local folklore for the whole family. Help us celebrate our home in Canada with some birthday cake, promotional materials, fireworks & more. Event is free for the whole family.
Tue 7/1 Canada Day Celebration - Colwood
Celebrate Canada Day at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse in Colwood.
Tue 7/1 Canada Day Celebration - Campbell River
Starting off with the Fire Fighter’s Pancake Breakfast in Willow Point, Shoreline Arts Carving Competition, Huck Finn Kids' Fishing Derby at the Discovery Pier, Children's Fest downtown, Willow Point Cake Cutting, plus much more. Featuring live entertainment and music all day. Various Locations in Campbell River.
Tue 7/1 Canada Day Celebration - Ucluelet
Festivities include Colour Guard Parade, children's crafts and activities, free family barbecue and more. Various Locations Around Ucluelet.
Tue 7/1 Canada Day Celebration - Quadra Island
Canada Day at the Cape: Welcome Breakfast. Rededication of three historic Welcome Poles. Artisan Marketplace. Elder's storytelling. Tours of the Sacred Potlatch Collection. Heritage Walks to the landing site of Captain George Vancouver. Arrival of 1,000 pullers aboard Tribal Journey traditional canoes. Community Feast. First Nations Entertainment. Free shuttle from the Q-Cove ferry terminal. Admission is by donation. www.museumatcapemudge.com
Sat
Sun
7/5-
7/13
Music by the Sea
11 concerts — of the highest level classical and jazz concerts — in 9 days. A company of MBTS artists drawn from across Canada, and internationally. July 5-13, Rix Centre, Bamfield. 250-728-3887, www.musicbythesea.ca
Sat 7/5 Chemainus Giant Street Market
Come out and see what you can find. With over 120 vendors there is bound to be something for everyone. Willow Street, Chemainus BC. 250-246-3944
Sat 7/5 Morning Mist Canoe Adventure (Guided Paddle)
Morning Mist Canoe Adventure (Guided Paddle) –5 years+: Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary. You must pre–register: $20+GST (15 yrs+); $10+GST (5–14 years). Saturday, July 5 | 8–11am. Phone 250.478.3344. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #70 or 72
Sun 7/6 Forest Fun (Guided Walk)
Forest Fun (Guided Walk) –8 years and under. Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to play forest games and discover some of the largest and oldest Douglas-fir trees on Vancouver Island. Adventure with your children beneath giants, past leafy ferns, and beside mossy fallen logs, then come to the nature centre to make a tree craft to take home. Meet at the Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road. Sunday, July 6 | 1–2:30pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/
Sun 7/6 Crazy for Craigflower Creek (Guided Adult Hike)
Crazy for Craigflower Creek (Guided Adult Hike) –18 years+. Thetis Lake Regional Park (View Royal). Remember the last time you explored a secret place you thought only you knew about? Craigflower Creek is one of those places. Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist as we hike this creek-side trail through a wooded wonderland. Bring a snack, water and wear sturdy shoes. There is no fee but you must pre-register. To reserve a spot call 250.478.3344 before July 4. Sunday, July 6 | 11am–2pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #53
Sun 7/6 Comedy, Menopausal Pride
Comedy, Menopausal Pride by Diana Kuch. Menopausal Pride: Hot! Hot! Hot! is 90 minutes of non-stop hilarity for the bloated masses desperately searching for information and validation from a fully qualified comedian. www.dianakuchcomedy.com
Mon
Mon
7/7-
10/6
Farmers' Market - South Cowichan
Come out to the South Cowichan Farmers Market for a leisurely Sunday. Our market presents local vendors selling everything from produce, handmade artisan gifts, delicious homemade food, baked goods, coffee, tea, and popcorn. The market features entertainment, raffles and contests for both vendors and shoppers. Our aim is to support local farmers and small business people who grow, make or bake their products. At the Crossroads Centre, 4485 Trans-Canada Highway at Koksilah Road, Duncan. www.southcowichanfarmersmarket.com
Wed
Sun
7/9-
7/20
Showcase 111
A show of a select group of Coast Collective Associate Members exhibiting a body of work demonstrating each artists’ individual approach and style. Meet the Artists Reception: Saturday, July 12, 2 to 4 pm. Gallery Hours : NOON – 5pm. Open Wednesdays to Sundays. 3221 Heatherbell Road, Colwood, BC. 250-391-5522. www.coastcollective.ca
Wed 7/9 Early Evening Canoe Adventure (Guided Paddle)
Early Evening Canoe Adventure (Guided Paddle) –5 years+. Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary. You must pre–register: $20+GST (15 yrs+); $10+GST (5–14 years). Wednesday, July 9 | 6–9pm. Phone 250.478.3344. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #70 or 72
Thu 7/10 The Beach Rocks (Guided Walk)
The Beach Rocks (Guided Walk) –All ages. Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). The tide is out! Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off Homathko Road. Thursday, July 10 | 10am–12pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/
Fri 7/11 Feeling Crabby (Drop-in Event)
Feeling Crabby (Drop-in Event) –All ages. Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). Red crabs, green crabs, smooth crabs, hairy crabs. This beach has them all! Drop in anytime between 10am and 1pm and meet the crabs of Island View Beach as well as some of their crusty cousins. We’ll explore under rocks, make a craft and more! Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Look for the blue tent on the beach off Homathko Road. Friday, July 11 | 10am–1pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/
Sat 7/12 What’s That? Ask A Nat! (Drop-in Event)
What’s That? Ask A Nat! (Drop-in Event) –All ages. Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). Come with your curiosity to explore low tide and all the marine critters it reveals. Explore the shoreline and ask CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists to identify your treasures. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Look for the blue tent on the beach off Homathko Road. Saturday, July 12 | 10am–1pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/
Sat 7/12 Fill-A-Truck Event at Esquimalt Plaza!
Support the diabetes community by bringing your donations of used clothing and small household items to our truck at Esquimalt Plaza, 1153 Esquimalt Road, between 11am-2pm on 12 July, 2014. You will have a chance to win a Gift Package from Esquimalt Recreation Centre. 250-380-3024, www.facebook.com/events/513534742109329/
Sat 7/12 Water Garden Tour
A self-guided tour of eleven greater Victoria water gardens. 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and will be available early June at most Greater Victoria garden centres or online www.watergardentour.ca. All proceeds to For the Love of Africa Society. www.watergardentour.ca
Sat 7/12 Acres of Art
Acres of Art - Saturday, July 12th - Noon to 5pm. Back again this year, Acres of Art, an outdoor exhibit showcasing the artwork and handicrafts of our Coast Collective artistisan and an opportunity for all to visit our grounds and enjoy the art, live music by The Matheson Band and tasty food on our beautiful property. An added exciting attraction is the Esquimalt Lagoon Paint Out and Wet Canvas Show sponsored by the Winston Churchill Foundation Vancouver Island. The society will be awarding the Painting Companion Awards to the top 3 artists. So join us for a colourful, cultural and fun event! Coast Collective Arts Centre, 3221 Heatherbell Road, Colwood, BC. 250-391-5522. www.coastcollective.ca
Sat 7/12 Chemainus Rockabilly Festival
Chemainus Rockabilly Festival offers a full day of rockabilly music and old cars at Waterwheel Park in Chemainus. Five great bands are featured, bringing back that great rock music of the fifties. www.chemainusrockabilly.com
Sun 7/13 Life on the Rocks (Guided Walk)
Life on the Rocks (Guided Walk) –5 years+. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin). When the tide goes out an exciting world comes into view. A CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist will help you discover the creatures that make Witty’s Lagoon their special home. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the Tower Point parking lot off Olympic View Drive. Sunday, July 13 | 10–11:30am. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #54 or 55
Sun 7/13 Broken Promises Rescue Microchipping Day
Broken Promises Rescue Microchipping Day & Bake Sale. Microchipping for cat or dog. Saanichton Village Vet Hospital, 7-7816 East Saanich Road. Www.brokenpromisesrescue.com
Mon
Fri
7/14-
7/18
Tennis Camp
Mountain Athletic Club on Bear Mountain. Cost $35 (Includes a t-shirt, tennis racket, tennis instruction, and Gatorade). Led by former college tennis player and tennis teaching pro. July 14-18, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Westin Bear Mountain. www.canvaschurch.ca/gatherings/events/tennis-camp/
Mon 7/14 Sandy Shore Explore (Guided Walk)
Sandy Shore Explore (Guided Walk) –5 years+. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin). Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist for an intertidal exploration and discover the strange and wonderful creatures that appear between the tides. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet on the main beach. Park in the main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20–minute forest trail to the beach. Witty Beach Rd access closed. Monday, July 14 | 10am–12pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #54 or 55
Tue 7/15 Marine Day (Drop-in Event)
Marine Day (Drop-in Event) –All ages. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin). Join CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists for this celebration of our precious marine environment. Scuba divers will bring up creatures from the deep. See live displays, play marine bingo, join in a beach seine, and more! Drop by anytime between 10am and 2pm. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet on the main beach. Park in the main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20–minute forest trail to the beach. Witty Beach Rd access closed. Tuesday, July 15 | 10am–2pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/BC Transit #54 or 55
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Sun
7/15-
7/27
Judy! The Life Story of Judy Garland
Starring Sara Jeanne-Hosie, Judy! draws upon the talents of a trio of Victoria’s musicians as it weaves its way into the hearts and minds of its audience. Featuring such perennial favourites as Swanee, Puttin On The Ritz and Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Judy! tells the story of one of the 20th century’s most famous singers and actors, Judy Garland. Following the story of her phenomenal rise as a child star, through her struggles with alcohol and drugs, Judy! ends triumphantly in her landmark performance at Carnegie Hall near the end of her remarkable career. www.bluebridgetheatre.ca/just-announced-judy-the-judy-garland-story-2/
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Sun
7/15-
7/27
Exhibition on Screen- Great Art at the Cinema
Exhibition on Screen- Great Art at the Cinema at Blue Bridge at the Roxy, 2657 Quadra Street, Victoria. Tickets- $10 each or all 4 shows for $30. Movies at 7:00pm. MUNCH: MUNCH 150, Friday, June 13; MANET: PORTRAYING A LIFE, Sat, June 14; VERMEER AND MUSIC, Friday, June 20; TIM’S VERMEER, Sat, June 21
Wed 7/16 Animal Adventures (Guided Walk)
Animal Adventures (Guided Walk) –10 years and under. Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). Join a Regional Parks’ naturalist on a family adventure, as you learn animal skills. Creep like a deer, jump like a cougar, and feel like a raccoon as we wind our way through the Francis/King forest. Meet at the Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road. Wednesday, July 16 | 1–2:30pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/
Sat 7/19 Weaving Together (Workshop)
Weaving Together (Workshop) –8 years+. Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). Join eco-arts artist Carolyn Knight and a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist for some ‘hands-on’ fun to celebrate parks day! Learn how to transform pesky invasive plants, re-purposing English ivy and Himalayan blackberry into beautiful plant trellises and deerrepelling fence panels for your garden, patio, or deck. $15 + GST. Pre–registration required by July 18. Saturday, July 19 | 1–3pm. Call 250.478.3344. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/
Sat 7/19 BBQ in the Bay at Mill Bay Marina
Bring out your paddle boards, kayaks or canoes, and enjoy an afternoon in the bay with the entire family while supporting the Row4Autism campaign! Your $20 ticket will include a delicious BBQ prepared by Bridgemans Bistro on the dock at the Mill Bay Marina and a prize draw entry. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Row4Autism campaign supporting a joint initiative by Canucks Autism Network and Autism Community Training that will benefit families living with autism in communities across BC. www.eventbrite.ca/e/row4autism-bbq-in-the-bay-tickets-11963106975
Sun 7/20 Morning Mist Canoe Adventure (Guided Paddle)
Morning Mist Canoe Adventure (Guided Paddle) –5 years+. Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary. You must pre–register: $20+GST (15 yrs+); $10+GST (5–14 years). Sunday, July 20 | 8–11am. Phone 250.478.3344. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #70 or 72
Wed 7/23 The Amazing Race (Drop-in Event)
The Amazing Race (Drop-in Event) –All ages. Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). Challenge yourself on this ‘skill-testing’ and fun jaunt through the forest. Drop by anytime between 11am and 2pm and get the scoop from a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist. Meet at the Nature Centre off the main Beaver Lake parking lot. Wednesday, July 23 | 11am–2pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #70 or 72
Wed 7/23 Early Evening Canoe Adventure (Guided Paddle)
Early Evening Canoe Adventure (Guided Paddle) –5 years+. Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary. You must pre–register: $20+GST (15 yrs+); $10+GST (5–14 years). Wednesday, July 23 | 6–9pm. Phone 250.478.3344. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #70 or 72
Thu 7/24 The Beach Rocks (Guided Walk)
The Beach Rocks (Guided Walk) –All ages. Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). The tide is out! Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off Homathko Road. Thursday, July 24 | 10–11:30am. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/
Fri 7/25 Evening Campfire at the Beach (Campfire Stories)
Evening Campfire at the Beach (Campfire Stories) –All ages. Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). Meet a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist for an evening beach walk followed by campfire stories at the Island View Beach campground. Learn more about the animals that call the park their home! Bring a beach chair. Meet at the campfire ring at the Island View Beach campground, off Homathko Road. Friday, July 25 | 6–8pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/
Fri 7/25 Moon Walk (Guided Walk)
Moon Walk (Guided Walk) –5 years+. Coles Bay Regional Park (North Saanich). When the moon is full and the tide is low, down to Coles Bay we’ll go! Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to look for marine creatures like crabs, sea stars and the elusive moon snail. This program includes wading in the water so be prepared to get your feet and clothes wet (wear shorts and sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Inverness Road, off Ardmore Drive. Friday, July 25 | 10–11:30am. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/
Sat 7/26 Sensational Seaweeds (Guided Walk)
Sensational Seaweeds (Guided Walk) –All ages. Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). A CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist will help you discover how important marine algae is for you and me and the creatures that call them home! Seaweed-tasting optional. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off Homathko Road. Saturday, July 26 | 10:30am–12pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/
Sat 7/26 Sandy Shore Explore (Guided Walk)
Sandy Shore Explore (Guided Walk) –5 years+. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin). Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist for an intertidal exploration and discover the strange and wonderful creatures that appear between the tides. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet on the main beach. Park in the main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20–minute forest trail to the beach. Witty Beach Rd access closed. Saturday, July 26 | 10–11:30am. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #54 or 55
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Chemainus Bluegrass Festival
Chemainus Bluegrass Festival: Two days of great bluegrass music at Waterwheel Park in Chemainus. Featuring a collection of top bands, including popular national touring band Steep Ravine from California. Come and join the fun. www.chemainusbluegrass.com
Sun 7/27 What Have You Seine Today? (Guided Walk)
What Have You Seine Today? (Guided Walk) –All ages. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin). Our marine environment is full of surprises! Join CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists to use a seine net and see what creatures live in the deeper reaches of the ocean. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet on the main beach. Park in the main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20–minute forest trail to the beach. Witty Beach Rd access closed. Sunday, July 27 | 10–11:30am. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #54 or 55
Sun 7/27 Colwood Rotary Art & Wine Festival
Enjoy a fun day of art, wine, appies and music. Browse the works of local artists. Sample Vancouver Island wines and appetizing bites while enjoying the musical tunes by Terry Brennan. Explore historic Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse. Proceeds to Rotary community projects. Tickets $35 at gate; $25 advance. www.colwoodrotaryfestival.com
Sun 7/27 Morning Mist Canoe Adventure (Guided Adult Paddle)
Morning Mist Canoe Adventure (Guided Adult Paddle). 18 years+ Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary. You must pre–register: $20+GST. Sunday, July 27 | 8–11am. Phone 250.478.3344. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/ BC Transit #70 or 72
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Camp Create Art Camp
Camp Create Art Camp: Children will sing, paint, play games, and learn about the story of Jonah as told by pirates! Campers will experience breakout sessions each day in: music, art, puppets, drama/creative movement! The cost of the camp is $40 before July 18 and includes a Camp Create T-Shirt, camp supplies, and snacks each day! July 28 - August 1 | 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Lakewood Elementary. www.canvaschurch.ca/gatherings/events/camp-create/
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Farmers' Market - Highlands
Highlands Market features produce and crafts from local small business owners. Local food, wonderful local jomemade jams and jellies, baked goods, bedding plants for the garden or bouquets, and fine handmade crafts. A great way to meet neighbours or new residents. The market is held at Caleb Pike Heritage Park, 1589 Millstream Road, on the last Sunday of the month through September. Buyers and sellers welcome, rain or shine. 10am to 1pm. (250) 474-3453.
Thu 7/31 Going Buggy (Drop-in Event)
Going Buggy (Drop-in Event) –All ages. Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). We love ‘em, we hate ‘em. They’re fascinating, finicky and fabulous! Drop by anytime between 11am and 2pm for a closeup look at some of our buggy friends and foes. Meet at the Beaver Lake Nature Centre off the main parking lot. Thursday, July 31 | 11am–2pm. www.crd.bc.ca/parks/events/