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Well, it looks like we're finally on the home stretch! The siding is almost finished and what a difference, it looks great (thanks to Sawyer Custom Carpentry)! Next for the exterior is to finish various small details, downspouts, etc. The upstairs is coming along slowly but surely. The patio slabs have been laid for both balconies, and the glass contractors should be installing the glass railings in the next week or two. I can’t wait to sit out there with a cold beer watching the world go by — after work, obviously. We also had our fabulous landscape designer in this week figuring out what beautiful (deer-proof) indigenous plants and flowers to place around the base of the welcoming poles.

All in all, we're well on our way to being in fantastic shape for the upcoming peak season. In fact, we're already taking pad bookings for the spring and summer, so if you were eyeing a lot now is the time to grab it! To offer some extra incentive, we've collected a peek of what you can expect to find during the refreshing days of May in Victoria:

May Treats & Eats (& Shopping!)

A Taste of Victoria: Food Tours

Where: Victoria Public Market, 1701 Douglas Street
When: Daily, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
Cost: $49.95
More Information: A Taste Of Victoria

This 2-hour tour begins at the Victoria Public Market twice daily at 11 am and 2 pm and includes stops at The Harmonious Gates of Interest, Fan Tan Alley, Market Square, Bastion Square, Trounce Alley, Government St., the Inner Harbour Causeway and Parliament Buildings.

Depending on the day, there are between 6-8 tastings along the route, as we discuss the history and quirks of beautiful Victoria, B.C. Tastings can include bread, olive oil, pierogis, meatballs, craft beer, chocolate, and much more!

Reservations are required online up to an hour in advance.

Bastion Square Market

Where: Bastion Square (between Government & Wharf Street and Yates & Fort Streets)
When: Thursdays to Saturdays 11:00 am - 5:30 pm, Sundays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
More Information: BastionSquare.ca

Stretching from Victoria's waterfront along Wharf Street to Government Street, this eclectic outdoor market brings liveliness to historic Bastion Square with its brilliant array of locally-produced arts, crafts, and entertainment.

This well-known Sunday market features an eclectic mix of arts, crafts, imports, and entertainment. The arts and crafts section features wood workers, potters, jewelers, leather workers, and many more fine artisans. Every Sunday, the market spotlights a local “Artist of the Day” and includes farmers selling their locally-grown produce and fruits, homemade breads, pastries, honey, preserves, chutneys, and relishes, free range eggs, and much more.

Esquimalt Farmers Market

Where: Memorial Park, 1230 Esquimalt Rd.
When: Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
More Information: Esquimalt Market

The Esquimalt Farmers Market was born as an idea in 2014 and launched our first season in May 2015. Our market is here to serve the community of Esquimalt and surrounding areas, and is dedicated to promoting healthy and local living, building relationships and encouraging environmental and economic sustainability in Esquimalt.

James Bay Community Market

Where: Menzies St. & Superior St.
When: Saturdays 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, rain or shine
Cost: Free
More Information: James Bay Market

You will be amazed at the variety of products available at the James Bay Market. Whether you're a local in need of some fresh red peppers, or a visitor looking for that unique something from Victoria, they've got it. Located two minutes from Victoria's Inner Harbour, the James Bay Community Market features produce, arts, food and live music with an emphasis on products that are homemade, handmade and homegrown.

Moss Street Market

Where: Sir James Douglas, Moss Street & Fairfield Road
When: Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00pm, rain or shine
Cost: Free
More Information: Moss Street Market

2018 is Moss Street Market’s 27th season of providing local and organic farm-fresh produce, local foods, handmade crafts, artisan clothing, inspiring services and community education to folks from the entire Victoria & area region!

Wine Bibbers Club

Where: Bard & Banker, 1022 Government St.
When: May 2 & 16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Starting at $40
More Information: Facebook Event

Are you a wine enthusiast? Someone who enjoys a great glass of wine? Or just wants to increase your knowledge of wine? We have the club for you. The Wine Bibbers Club gives you the opportunity to taste and learn about different wines from top regions around the world in a friendly intimate setting.

The tastings and seminar sessions will be held in the Sam McGee Room. Participants can get involved by tasting the wines, asking questions, and offering feedback. Each week will bring a new topic from different regions and varietals. Each session includes a minimum of 5 tastings. Food tastings are paired with the wine to enhance the experience and showcase why wine and food are such a great fit together.

Join the Club and be part of our Wine Bibber Sessions. Please call 250-953-9993 or email our Sommelier, Spencer Buck, at sbuck@vicpubco.ca .

VINcabulary: Bouquet of Rosé

Where: Vessel Liquor, 1609 Fort St.
When: Saturday May 5, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: $25
More Information: Eventbrite

Learn the A,B,C's of grapes and styles with our Vessel VINcabulary series.

On the first Thursday of each month, we take a closer look at one grape variety or style, tasting 6 examples from around the world in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Maximum 14 students per class.

2018 Spring Organic Plant Sale

Where: The Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park
When: Saturday May 12, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
More Information: Compost Education Center

The Compost Education Centre (CEC) is hosting our 16th annual all-organic spring plant sale! The event is on Saturday May 12th, 10am-2pm at the CEC demonstration site at 1216 North Park Street. The Spring Organic Plant Sale features local farmers offering a wide variety of organically grown vegetable, flower and herb seedlings to get you off to a successful start this growing season.

Victoria: Cheese and Meat Festival

Where: Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas St.
When: Saturday May 12
Cost: $35 - $145
More Information: CheeseAndMeatFestival.com

The Cheese and Meat Festival allows consumers to taste their way through international and local meats, accompaniments (pickled items, chocolates, coffees, etc) and cheeses while pairing them with wine, beer, and cider. The festival takes place at the beautiful Crystal Gardens located in downtown Victoria. All attendees will be given a small charcuterie board upon entry that will allow for samples to be placed on the board while vendors describe the item being showcased.

O Hoppy Day!

Where: Vessel Liquor, 1609 Fort St.
When: Thursday May 17, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: $20
More Information: Eventbrite

Once each month, Joe shares insights into a different style of beer with us. Taste through 8 beers in a friendly, relaxed environment, with a maximum of 14 guests per class. In celebration of spring, let’s taste a spectrum of hoppy beers including IPAs, ISAs, Hazy Pale Ales and more! All beer fans welcome!

May Entertainment Events

Family Storytime

Where: Various GVPL Branches
When: Various days depending on branch, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost: Free
More Information: Event Calendar

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes, and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

12th Annual LEGO Exhibit

Where: The Sidney Museum and Archives, 2423 Beacon Ave.
When: Daily, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: By Donation
More Information: Sidney Museum

The 12th Annual LEGO Exhibit is bigger and better than ever. There are more Star Wars models, Saturn V, Ocean Explorer, Bionicles, new airplanes, 'Friends' and a large modular street scene. This is fun for the whole family, open seven days a week, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, admission by donation.

Speakeasy

Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.
When: Tuesdays, 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cost: $10
More Information: Facebook Event

Join us every Tuesday at the VEC for swing jazz and cocktail culture in an old-timey Prohibition-era setting. Live jazz by the city’s favourite swing jazz musicians in the form of The Capital City Syncopators and The Flying Saucers.

Cocktails and beverages created by Vincent Vanderheide, Eric Nordal, Keith Williams, and special guest bartenders. Admission includes a welcome drink!

Phillips Comedy Night

Where: The Mint Restaurant, 1414B Douglas St.
When: Wednesdays, 8:00 pm
Cost: $7 - $10
More Information: Eventbrite

The funniest night of the week is this Wednesday at The Mint! Each week Morgan Cranny and Drew Farrance bring the most hilarious comedians in the city together for a wonderful evening of fun at the best venue for stand up comedy in Victoria.

This wildly popular and always new Phillips Comedy Night is a hilarious night out. Comedy Night at The Mint is sponsored by Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. Come downstairs and enjoy a special comedy menu featuring Phillips beer and the delicious west coast Himalayan cuisine that the Mint is famous for. Tickets are $7 online or $10 at the door. Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm.

Inner Harbour Walking Tour

Where: The Maritime Museum of BC, 634 Humboldt St.
When: Saturdays, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost: $8 - $15
More Information: Events Calendar

Join the Maritime Museum of BC as they share stories about Victoria’s Inner Harbour and discover more about BC’s maritime heritage and culture!

The tour starts at the Maritime Museum of BC and goes around the Inner Harbour, up Wharf St., through Bastion Square, down Government St., and back to the Museum. It runs for about an hour and includes the cost of admission.

Victoria’s Story

Where: Tourism Victoria Information Centre, 812 Wharf St.
When: Saturdays, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: $8 - $15
More Information: Discover The Past

This is one of our flagship tours that provides a superb overview of Victoria’s history in Old Town, Chinatown and around the harbour, but goes beyond the basics and includes current issues, architecture, and topics of specific interest to the participants.

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival

Where: Various Locations
When: April 4 - May 12
Cost: $8 - $15
More Information: Event Calendar

For six weeks in April and May, over nine thousand Victoria-area students of music, dance and dramatic arts are on stages throughout the city receiving adjudications from renowned experts in the arts.

Daily throughout the Festival, talented young people and adults perform in Brass, Classical Guitar, Choral, Composition, Dance (School and Studio), Ethnic Dance, Fiddle, Musical Theatre, Piano, School Bands, School Orchestras, Speech and Dramatic Arts, Strings, Voice and Woodwinds. Our Highlights concerts showcase this amazing talent.

Mary Flower and Doug Cox

Where: Oak Bay Recreation Centre - Upstairs Lounge, 1975 Bee St.
When: Friday May 4, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Cost: $20
More Information: Eventbrite

Mary Flower’s immense fingerpicking guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect, a deft blend of the inventive, the dexterous and the mesmerizing. Her supple honey-and-whiskey voice provides the perfect melodic accompaniment to each song’s story.

This incredible double bill also features the incomparable Doug Cox! As Fame Magazine puts it, "Doug Cox has a voice not unlike those born in the Delta, slightly rough and wavering, yet in tune with the music".

Music of the Knights

Where: Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St.
When: May 4-6, 8:00 pm (Friday & Saturday) & 2:00 pm (Sunday)
Cost: $32
More Information: Event Details

Three of the finest Knights are celebrated in this best-of-Britain show: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John.

9 to 5, the Musical

Where: McPherson Playhouse, 3 Centennial Square
When: May 4-6 & 11-13, 8:00 pm (Fridays & Saturdays) & 2:00 pm (Sundays)
Cost: $21.75
More Information: Event Details

VOS presents Dolly Parton’s award winning 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL. Winner of the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Score, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL also received 4 Tony Awards nominations and 13 New York Drama Desk Award nominations. This high-energy show, a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era, is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she? With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie of the same name starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin.

2018 Alex Campbell Conquer Cancer Classic

Where: Bear Mountain, Uplands and Gorge Vale Golf Clubs
When: Monday May 7, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Cost: $160
More Information: Eventbrite

The Alex A. Campbell Conquer Cancer Classic Golf Tournament kicks off the charity golf season in Victoria with this year’s invitational event. In partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon Division,help eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life for people living with cancer on Vancouver Island by joining us for this popular and unique tournament format.

Tea for Tutu – Peter Pan

Where: Kirk Hall, 680 Courtney St.
When: May 8 & 9, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Doors open at 1:00 pm)
Cost: Adults $10, Free for Seniors and Children
More Information: Event Details

Ballet Victoria’s favourite seniors program, Tea for Tutu offers quality innovative daytime performances in a friendly community atmosphere with tea provided by our sponsors. To make a reservation, contact attendance@balletvictoria.

Fully wheelchair accessible with reserved space for easy drop-off and pick up by car. For parking reservations, please call our office 2 weeks in advance: 250.380.6063.

Sara Davis Buechner – Japanese Piano Music and Ibert’s Histories

Where: Wentworth Villa, 1156 Fort St.
When: Thursday May 10, 7:30 PM
Cost: $40, Students $25
More Information: Eventbrite

Our season ends with an exciting return visit by internationally renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner, who gave the inaugural recital at Wentworth Villa in May 2016. The program comprises Japanese Piano Music and French composer Jacques Ibert’s Histoires, choreographed and danced with Japanese masks by Yayoi Hirano.

An Evening with Ron Norman and Keith Ogilvie

Where: SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr.
When: Friday May 11, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: $10
More Information: Sidney Literary Festival

In Ron Norman's debut book, Malcolm Bidwell has just been hired by mistake by newly elected Premier Steven Davis as his “go-to guy” for every political mess that needs cleaning up. And there are plenty. He must negotiate his way through the treacherous and wickedly funny corridors of power and is forced to make difficult choices: between what’s right and what’s expedient, and between his old friends and his new career. Set in the quirky, combative, and darkly comic world of British Columbia politics—where your friends can be more dangerous than your enemies—Slouching Towards Innocence is a story of politics, love and life.

Keith Ogilvie's book features Keith “Skeets” Ogilvie who has been rejected by the Royal Canadian Air Force and joins the British Royal Air Force instead. A week later he was on a boat to England and a future he could not have imagined. As a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain, Skeets established his credentials with six confirmed victories and several enemy aircraft damaged. The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie is the story of an ordinary man who beat incredible odds on the frontlines, and the remarkable woman with whom he was reunited at the end of the War.

Authors will read from and discuss their books.

Leaf Rapids

Where: Oak Bay Recreation Centre - Upstairs Lounge, 1975 Bee St.
When: Friday May 11, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Cost: $20
More Information: Eventbrite

While artists like Kentucky’s Sturgill Simpson or Nashville’s Rosanne Cash craft their own signature country sound, now from Western Canada comes Leaf Rapids, a powerhouse duo who frame their music on a continuum that stretches from the Manitoba grasslands to Nashville’s modern streets. Leaf Rapid’s debut album Lucky Stars is a soundtrack for the modern cowboy–part Canadian trucker, part Manitoba Motown. Lucky Stars brings the deep roots of North America’s great plains into the new millennium.

Verdi Requiem

Where: Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St
When: Sunday May 13, 2:30 pm
Cost: $35
More Information: Event Details

Join the VS and the mighty Victoria Choral Society for the transcendent and monumental Verdi Requiem. Vigorous rhythms, sublime melodies and dramatic contrasts combine to express powerful emotions in this major choral work, an incomparable experience to conclude the season.

Laura: Murder Mystery

Where: St. Luke’s Church Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd.
When: May 16-27, various times
Cost: $8 - $16
More Information: Opening Night, Other Performances

Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charms—not even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Laura’s death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power. Soon he realizes he’s been seduced by a dead woman—or has he?

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

Where: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St.
When: Daily, starting Friday May 18
Cost: Regular Admission
More Information: Exhibit Information

Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us. With more than 300 original artifacts, some an astounding 4,500 years old, this exhibition covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

Be among the first in North America to see this staggering exhibition’s priceless ancient artifacts, such as the coffin of Nakht, an exceptional bust of Hatshepsut and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.

Martin Harley

Where: Oak Bay Recreation Centre - Upstairs Lounge, 1975 Bee St.
When: Friday May 18, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Cost: $20
More Information: Eventbrite

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley’s sound is rooted in the blues it seeks to tell his own story and draws on the ruminations of a musician who has spent much of his life on the road.

155th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Where: Topaz Park
When: May 19-21
Cost: $10 - $24
More Information: Victoria Highland Games

The main event for the Victoria Highland Games Association is the annual Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival. It is currently held over the 3 day weekend of Victoria Day (first Monday after May 21st) at Topaz Park in the City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Island Farms Victoria Day Parade

Where: The parade begins at Mayfair Mall and continues along Douglas Street finishing at the intersection of Douglas and Humboldt Street.
When: Monday May 21, 9:00 AM
Cost: Free
More Information: Greater Victoria Festival Society

Celebrate Victoria Day in British Columbia’s capital city at the 120th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade! This is Victoria’s largest parade, attracting well over 100,000 people. It features Canadian and American marching bands, community and commercial floats, cultural shows and festive clowns. Led by the Canadian Forces, this annual event is free and fun for the whole family!

Comedy For A Cause

Where: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.
When: Thursday May 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cost: $25
More Information: Eventbrite

Want to laugh for a good cause? On May 24 at 7PM, You Laugh We Donate is putting on a stand-up comedy show where all proceeds go to Victoria Sexual Assault Centre. Tickets are limited, so claim yours today!

75th Swiftsure International Yacht Race

Where: Victoria Inner Harbour
When: May 24-28
Cost: Free
More Information: Public Events Schedule (PDF)

On Thursday, May 24th competitors’ yachts begin arriving in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, and from then through Friday, May 25th it will be filled with sailors checking in for their races.

Saturday the races begin! Clover Point is the best location for those interested in viewing the start. Yachts will jockey for the best starting position in the area off Clover Point and it will be quite a sight. From 8:00 AM Pancake Breakfast will be served with ham, coffee or juice for $7.00, tea & muffins also available (Central Saanich Lions Club). The races continue through the weekend with yachts in the four long distance courses crossing the finish line off the end of the Ogden Point Breakwater during the night of Saturday and continuing all day Sunday, into that evening and night until the race finish time of 6:00 AM on Monday, May 28.

The Swiftsure Race Tracker system will show the live positions of competing yachts as they make their way through the race courses.

Art Victoria Now

Where: The Atrium, 800 Yates St.
When: May 25-28
Cost: Free
More Information: Victoria Arts Council

This is a juried show open to artists residing (including part-time residents) in Greater Victoria (including Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Sidney and the Westshore). This show is open to artists of all levels, Victoria Arts Council (VAC) membership not required to enter, and adjudication of works is free to all applicants. Hanging fees for accepted works are $10/piece for VAC members and $25/piece for non-members. All entries must be original creations not shown in another juried fine art show in the Greater Victoria area. There will be cash prizes awarded for exceptional works in each category as well as a People’s Choice Award (2-D, 3-D, Photography).

Pearls of the South Pacific Authentic Polynesian Luau

Where: 7728 Tetayut Rd., Saanichton
When: Saturday May 26, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: $15 - $90, Children under 5 free
More Information: Eventbrite

In celebration of our 20th year of sharing our rich culture, you are invited to join us as we take you on a journey to the South Pacific! Be captivated by beautiful & exciting dances from Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and more. Be serenaded by the awe-inspiring music of South Pacifc band Tradewinds. Taste the flavours of an authentic Polynesian style feast including our traditional pig roast! Definately an event for the WHOLE FAMILY!

Cool Aid’s Homecoming 50th Anniversary Gala

Where: Ship Point
When: Saturday May 26, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: $125
More Information: CoolAid.org

Homecoming is designed as a reception and mingling event with a variety of areas to explore and hang out at “Cool Aid House” we are creating under a big, see-through, heated tent, including some very special “rooms” for the occasion. After wandering down the red carpet, grab a drink and nibbles in the kitchen, relax in the living room and enjoy the fresh air on the patio. As well as stand-up spaces, plenty of seating and tables will be available in a variety of configurations for eating and relaxing with friends old and new. Heaters will be ready in case of any nippiness in the air.

Victoria Brain Tumour Walk 2018

Where: University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd.
When: Sunday May 27, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: Free
More Information: BrainTumourEvents.ca

We are holding our VICTORIA BRAIN TUMOUR WALK 2018 to support all those affected by brain tumours. Walk to raise funds to support your brain tumour community. These funds go towards life-changing research, support programs, information, advocacy, awareness, and HOPE.

Day of Boardgamers

Where: Royal Canadian Legion, 411 Gorge Rd E
When: Sunday May 27, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
More Information: Eventbrite

Day of Boardgamers returns for 2018. Bring games you love to play, and play then with new friends and old. There will be board gaming - bring and play your games, game demos, sales table, door prizes, and a bar with beer, soft drinks and sandwiches for sale. There is plenty of space in the venue!

Victoria Harbourcats Vs Port Angeles Lefties

Where: Royal Athletic Park
When: May 30, 6:35 PM
Cost: $10
More Information: TicketRocket

The HarbourCats warm up for 2018 with a friendly game against our neighbours across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Catch a sneak peak of the 2018 squad as they get their claws sharpened against the Lefties. PLUS: It's Spinnakers Winning Wednesdays with $5 prices on HarbourCats Ale and all Spinnakers' Products.

May Classes & Workshops

Road Ride Meet-Up

Where: Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), 1450 Government Street
When: Tuesdays, 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Cost: Free
More Information: stuff

Join us for a dynamic and engaging cycling workout with our energetic and experienced MEC leaders, every Tuesday at 6:15pm from March – September. Bring out your road bike and join a great community of riders as we get you ready to reach your cycling goals – perhaps even a MEC Century Ride!

We will be offering two pace group options: “KOM / QOM Ride” is 30km/h – 34km/h, and “Relaxed Ride” is 24km/h – 27km/h. All rides will leave the store no later than 6:15pm, please come ready to go. This is a “no drop” ride.

This class will include 1.5 hr of coached road riding, a program that will build throughout the season, and tips on form and skills. Bring your road bike and gear appropriate for the weather.

Advanced & Adult NatureSketch

Where: Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St.
When: Saturdays 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Advanced) & Thursdays 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Adult)
Cost: $117
More Information: NatureSketch.org

Advanced NatureSketch classes introduce students to more formal art training, expanding their skills in sighting, shading, texture, etc. In this program we will be working both from nature as well as from reference photos to push students learning to a higher level.

Spring Adult NatureSketch classes focus on observing and sketching in wildlife habitats but also introduce the students to more formal art training, expanding their skills in sighting, shading, texture, etc. In this program we will be working both from nature as well as from reference photos to push students learning to a higher level.

The cost of the program includes instructional outings guided by a naturalist, sketching instruction, a special NatureSketch Club book, and all sketching materials. The program also includes a final exhibition on week 6 where the students’ sketches will be framed and hung on display at a local venue.

Community Yoga

Where: Patagonia Victoria, 616 Yates St.
When: Wednesdays, 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
More Information: Facebook Page

Kaitlyn Ross will be hosting our weekly free yoga class. All you need to do is come down to the store at 616 Yates St with your mat; class is free, but if you wish to leave a donation all proceeds will be going to Bear Coast.

Social Media Camp 2018

Where: Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St.
When: May 2-3
Cost: $529
More Information: SocialMediaCamp.ca

Join us in Victoria, British Columbia on May 2nd - 3rd, 2018 for the 9th annual Social Media Camp! Visit our website for more information about this event.

Building Healthy Soil

Where: Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St.
When: Saturday May 5, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cost: $20
More Information: Eventbrite

Truly bigger than the sum of its parts, soil is a partnership with mutual benefits. Learn about the soil partners and the roles they play, and find out how easy it is to create and support a healthy soil ecosystem. The reward? Healthy plants with high nutritional value and a natural resilience against pests and disease.

Yoga on the Edge - Spring Retreat 2018

Where: Villa Eyrie Resort, 600 Ebedora Lane (Malahat)
When: May 5 & 6, 8:30am - 8:30pm & 8:00am- 12:00pm
Cost: $279
More Information: Eventbrite

Breathe in the beauty of life at this rejuvinating spring yoga retreat on beautiful Vancouver Island. Over 2 days, we will explore our edge + rejoice in spring air - on and off the mat. To lead you through this journey we will incorporate vinyasa yoga, yin + restorative practice, guided meditation, purposeful inquiry, mindful walks in nature, nourishing food -- with the beauty of the Pacific Northwest all around you!

INCLUDES: 1.5 day yoga retreat at the Villa Eyrie Resort including vinyasa yoga, yin + restorative session, meditation, thai massage, and hiking. Lunch on Saturday + Breakfast on Sunday is included. Dinner on Saturday evening is not included in the retreat fee, however, we will ask for your credit card in advance should you wish to join in for a pre-set menu evening once you have booked to attend the retreat!

Authentic Africa with Andrea

Where: Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St.
When: Sunday May 6, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: Free
More Information: Eventbrite

Learn about the best places to visit, the best times to go, safety and security, venues and food, transportation, cost, various types of safaris and tours, Q and A, and much more. You need to be here, if Africa is on your bucket list.

Tech Friday

Where: Crag-X Climbing Centre, 769 Pandora Ave.
When: Friday May 11, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: Unknown
More Information: Facebook Event

Come to a one hour talk and demonstration on climbing technique and training. Get the knowledge to get better!

How to Grow and Use Medicinal Plants

Where: Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave.
When: Saturday May 12, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $60
More Information: Eventbrite

Join us for an introduction to herbal medicine and ecological gardening as we explore a variety of easy to grow medicinal plants.

In this workshop you will learn: The ecological function and growing preferences of medicinal plants, folklore around specific plants, and practical medicinal uses. You will take home your own medicinal tincture too! Please dress for the weather—this course has an outdoor portion.

Conversations for a One Planet Region

Where: Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St.
When: Thursday May 17, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
More Information: Event Calendar

Join a group of community members for a presentation and discussion that explores the environmental, social and economic issues related to the concept of a One Planet Region, an initiative to make sustainable living a reality. Drop-in.

Fairfield Repair Cafe

Where: Fairfield-Gonzales Community Association, 1330 Fairfield Road
When: Saturday May 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
More Information: Fairfield Community

Have something needing repair? Bring them out to this event and we will fix them for free. This is an event for anyone with something needing repair, or just want to learn how to fix. Also those who want to help repair or volunteer in some other way are invited. So come out and save your money, save your favourite items, save our landfills and save the world!

We can typically repair most things including furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes and fabric goods, knitted goods, toys, tools, bicycles, knife sharpening, etc. Sometimes, we even have specialized expertise to fix computers and help you work your cell phone.

Gardening for Pollinators

Where: The Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.
When: Saturday May 26, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: Unknown
More Information: Event Page

This workshop will discuss the importance of pollinators (particularly bees) some of the issues they are facing, and the misconceptions surrounding them. We will then learn about what people can do to help bees, focusing on habitat creation and plant selection. Participants will gain hands-on, citizen-scientist experience in categorizing and monitoring pollinators, with the help of a brand new monitoring app!

Living Well, Dying Well: Exploring Our Legacy

Where: Open Door Sanctuary, 1600 Cook St.
When: Sunday May 27, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Cost: Free
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The world’s faith traditions offer a veritable mountain of wisdom on this theme, their teachings enshrining eternal truths and reinforcing each other’s strengths and unique insights into the spiritual nature of living well and dying with dignity.

You are invited to enter a beautiful public space with people from diverse backgrounds, to enter into conversations on issues that matter. An opportunity to move from small talk to BIG talk!

So now that you know what's awaiting you, make sure you're here to experience it!

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