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Fri 1, 11-9pm Victoria Street Food Festival at Centennial Square. Local food vendors, live music and DJ's, local beer and cider.

Sat 2 Noon PROTEST TO END THE GAZA MASSACRE at the B.C. Legislature. Bring your posters, flags, voices.  We will be holding banners, circulating a petition to party leaders to speak out against the murder of Gaza civilians trapped in the blockaded Gaza Prison, and listening to speakers telling of the latest developments in Gaza.

Sat 2, 10-1pm Volunteer Work Party at Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Rd. Help support the Haliburton community organic farm, and learn hands on skills in organic gardening. 250-658-0758 info@haliburtonfarm.org Facebook: http://on.fb.me/Y1Xo5P.

Sat 2, 1–2:30pm Bejewelled Dragons of the Pond Guided Walk (all ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist for an up-close look at the amazing world of dragonflies as they zig and zag across wetlands in search of their prey. Meet Retriever Ponds area off Beaver Lake Road. BC Transit #70 or 72

Sun 3, 10am VNHS Butterfly Outing with Aziza Cooper. Meet near the top of Mount Tolmie (off Cedar Hill Cross Road) at the main parking lot. Aziza 250-516-7703. www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html

Sun 3, 11am–3pm The Trail Less Travelled Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Thetis Lake. Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist at Prior Lake and walk the Mackenzie Creek Trail to Mackenzie Lake and return via Thetis Lake. Free, but you must pre-register - call 250.478.3344 by August 1. BC Transit #50

Sun 3, 2-5pm Weed Dating at Sea Bluff Farm, Metchosin. Think speed dating for gardener, farmer and foodie types. If you’re single or wanting to meet new friends and like-minded folks, there’s nothing like hoeing a row to find out what someone is all about. Join us for a farm tour and get inspired by this beautiful heritage farm, with 6 acres of certified organic produce. https://www.facebook.com/SeaBluffFarm 565 Wootton Rd, Metchosin, BC

 

WEEK ONE

Tue 5, 10:30- Noon The Changing Nature Of Water Management In Aotearoa, New Zealand. Join UVic’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project Elizabeth Soal (Policy Manager, Waitaki Irrigators Collective Limited and Director, Irrigation New Zealand Incorporated) for a talk and discussion on New Zealand’s new water management policies. Space is limited so please RSVP to Jodie@uvic.ca.

Wed 6, 7pm The Development of Nature Kindergartens in British Columbia and Canada, with Dr. Enid Elliot. 10th Annual Robert Bateman Lecture at Royal Roads, 2005 Sooke Rd. Ric Kool, 250.391.2523 http://www.royalroads.ca/event/10th-annual-robert-bateman-lecture.

Wed 6, 7pm Ban Nuclear Weapons: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered. Victoria’s annual lantern ceremony marking the August 1945 atomic bombing of Japan. Esquimalt Gorge Park, off Tillicum Road just south of the Gorge Waterway. Lantern making 7pm; words and songs of peace 8 pm, then floating the lanterns on the Gorge. Everyone welcome. Bring a blanket and/or chair and a tea candle if you wish. Floating lantern supplies provided. The Victoria Raging Grannies. Fran 250-380-7145

Thur 7, 11am–2pm Snake Day Drop-in Event at Elk/Beaver Lake. CRD Parks has teamed up with Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary for this slithery event: watch snake shows, hold a snake, play a snake game and more. Meet Beaver Lake Nature Centre off main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or 72

Fri 8 Bats: Investigating the Denizens of the Night, with Joanne Burgar. We will meet around dark at a location to be determined. Contact Agnes at 250-721-0634 for time and location and to register. VNHS www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html

Sat 9, 9:30–11am Moon Walk at Coles Bay Regional Park, North Saanich (5 years+). Join a CRD 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 info kiosk in parking lot off Inverness Rd.

Sat 9, 10am-12pm. Free Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Register at Eventbritehttp://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or call (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street.

Sat 9, 10-4pm HAT Volunteer Restoration & Potluck BBQ. The Habitat Acquisition Trust is hosting a restoration celebration event, featuring a few hours of restoration work, swimming in a pristine, private reservoir, and an afternoon BBQ. Hot dogs and refreshments provided. Bring a potluck dish and a snack. Sturdy shoes, gloves and a swimsuit recommended. RSVP to volunteers@hat.bc.ca or call Paige at 250-995-2428. More info on HAT's website

Sat 9, 1-4pm Natural Beekeeping Workshop. Advantages of different hive designs, how to build an effective hive for this climate, how to obtain materials and bees in Victoria $20/$25 http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street.

Sat 9, 1pm Elkington Forest Tour, Goldstream Heights, Malahat, to see the Show Home being constructed in the Trailhead Hamlet. Seeing the beautiful timber framing will allow you to imagine what it will be like to live in your new eco-home in the forest. http://bit.ly/EF-foresthomes. Come ready for a good hike with like-minded sustainability enthusiasts. RSVP 250-588-5060. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. For Google driving directions, enter "Trailway Drive Entry to Elkington Forest". http://www.elkingtonforest.com/

Sat 9-Sun 10, 9-5pm Produce Preservation Workshop. LifeCycles community training on food preservation. Dehydration, freezing, cold storage, water bath and pressure canning. Hands on “train-the-trainer” workshop: go home with materials and experiences enabling you to confidently teach best practices in your communities. Location TBA, $150 for both days. preserveproduce.ca/workshops.

Sun 10, 5:45am-7:30pm  VNHS field trip to Olympic National Park Obstruction Point Road for peak wildflower displays. Contact Agnes to reserve your spot before Aug 3 250-721-0634. For full details see www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html

Sun 10, 8–11am Morning Mist Canoe Adventure Guided Adult Paddle (18 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. You must pre–register: $20+GST. Phone 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or 72

Sun 10, 10am–1:30pm Whelks to Whales Guided Walk (All ages) at East Sooke Regional Park. Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to discover more about ocean dwellers near and deep. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet kiosk in Aylard Farm parking lot off Becher Bay Road.

Sun 10, 12-4pm Gorge Swim Fest. Join the Gorge Waterway Initiative as they swim the Gorge to protect and enhance the natural and cultural features of the waterway. Featuring food, live music, games and crafts. See CRD website and Facebook event page.

 

WEEK TWO

Mon 11, 10am–12pm Sandy Shore Explore Guided Walk (5 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon. Join a CRD 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 main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20–minute forest trail to the beach. Witty Beach Rd access closed. BC Transit #54 or 55

Tue 12, 11am–2pm Feeling Crabby Drop-in Event at Island View Beach Regional Park. Red crabs, green crabs, smooth crabs, hairy crabs. This beach has them all! 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.

Tue 12, 5-7pm Green Drinks at Spinnakers Brewpub, Esquimalt. Good people, good ale. http://www.conversationworks.ca/green-drinks-victoria/

Wed 13, 7pm Personalized Dockside Green site tour with Marion Pape. Meet outside Fantastico/FolEpi. We will tour the Dockside water treatment plant and perhaps the biomass plant, then meet in Marion’s lovely condo to talk about the energy efficiency measures, tour the garbage, recycling and bike storage room, the 6th floor garden and the greenway and discuss Phase 3, then coffee and questions. James Pratt, 250-920-7826 (250-858-1001) (mobile) prattconsulting.ca  

Thur 14, 1–2:30pm Masked Bandit Guided Walk (All ages) at Devonian Regional Park, Metchosin. A CRD Parks’ naturalist will lead you on a raccoon trail for a day in the life of these little rascals. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off William Head Road. BC Transit #54 or 55

Fri 15, 6–8pm Evening Campfire at the Beach (All ages) at Island View Beach Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist for an evening beach walk followed by campfire stories at the Island View Beach campground. Learn more about the animals that call Island View Beach their home! Bring a beach chair. Meet at the campfire ring at the Island View Beach campground, off Homathko Road.

Sat 16, 7:30am VNHS Island View Beach & Saanichton Spit Birding for shorebirds on their return migration. Meet Island View Beach. Agnes 250-721-0634. www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html

Sat 16 to Sun 24 VNHS Victoria Butterfly Count. We are always looking for keen-eyed volunteers to submit butterfly records: please contact Aziza Cooper at tanageraz@yahoo.com

Sat 16, 1–2:30pm Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Wear your craziest hat and join a CRD Parks’ naturalist for a fun family tea party. Take a short walk to learn a few fabulous local plants and celebrate the day with a tea party featuring our native plants. $7 + GST. Pre–registration required by August 15. Space is limited. Call 250.478.3344.

Sat 16, 10am–2pm Go with the Flow Guided Walk (5 years+) at Charters Interpretive Centre, Sooke. Join the Sooke Region Museum and a CRD Parks’ naturalist for a short, steep hike through the woods to see a historical bake oven built 100 years ago by workers constructing the 27 mile-long flowline to carry water to Victoria. Free, but you must pre-register: call 250.478.3344 by August 15.

Sat 16, 10am-1pm Winter Vegetables Organic Plant Sale. Local organic farmers will bring seedlings such as purple sprouting broccoli, chard and collards for bountiful harvest beyond the fall and through the wintery months. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street.

Sat 16-Sun 17, 10-3pm Cowichan Valley Edible Garden and Farm Tour. Self-guided tour. Maps and tickets available: Alyssa @ alyssa@cowichangreencommunity.org

Sun 17, 8–11am Morning Mist Canoe Adventure Guided Paddle (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD 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). Phone 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or 72

Sun 17, 10-2pm GVCC Heritage Bike Tour of heritage houses and buildings, with commentary about the properties by the Hallmark Heritage Society. Meet Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone. 20 easy kilometres within the Fernwood area. Be sure to bring a lunch!

Sun 17, 1–2:30pm ‘Bear’ Necessities Guided Walk (all ages) at Witty’s Lagoon. Join a CRD Parks naturalist to learn about the natural history of the black bear. Meet Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or 55

 

WEEK THREE

Mon 18-Fri 22, 8:30-4:30 Daily Epic Adventure Kids Camp at OUR Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Rd, Shawnigan Lake. Come play with foam swords, explore movement, circus arts, games and fairy tale fun! Explore the 25 acres of OUR Ecovillage. Lunch and morning only options. $25 and up 250-743-3067. http://ourecovillage.org/events/epic-adventure-camp/

Tue 19, 1–2:30pm Animal Adventures Guided Walk (10 years and under) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks naturalist on a family adventure as you learn some cool 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 Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Tue 19, 1–2:30pm Island View Edibles Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Island View Beach, Central Saanich. Sample herbal tea and learn about edible and native plants as you stroll through the trails of Island View Beach with a CRD Parks naturalist and First Nations guides. Free, but you must pre-register: call 250.478.3344 by August 18.

Thur 21, 11am–2pm Blood and Guts Drop-in Event (all ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Learn more about animals that make their living by eating meat. Cougars and owls and bears–oh my! See live raptor demonstrations! Drop in at the tents at main Beaver Beach. BC Transit #70 or 72

Sat 23, 1–2:30pm Bountiful Berries Guided Walk (5 years+) at East Sooke Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks naturalist to explore for blackberries, Oregon grape berries, salal berries and to taste jams made from some of these natural delights. Meet kiosk in the Aylard Farm parking lot off Becher Bay Road.

Sat 23, 8–11am Morning Mist Canoe Adventure Guided Paddle (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD 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). Phone 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or 72

Sat 23, 9am VNHS Sidney Spit Birding with Mike McGrenere. Bring lunch and drinking water. Meet Sidney ferry, foot of Beacon Ave. The return ferry leaves 1:00, 3:00 and 4:30pm Mike 250-658-8624

Sat 23, 1-4pm Intro to Aquaponics. Aquaponics is an efficient, sustainable system that produces fish and hydroponic vegetables. We will examine the development of aquaponics, techniques, new innovations and home-scale projects for the sustainable urban gardener, and tour the large-scale aquaponics system at Mason Street City Farm. $20/$25 http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or call (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street.

Sun 24, 8am VNHS Sandcut Beach Meander, 6 km east of Jordan River. Bring good boots, a hiking stick and lunch. Meet Helmcken Park & Ride to car-pool. Agnes 250-721-0634. www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html

Sun 24, 11am–12:30pm Bejewelled Dragons of the Pond Guided Walk (all ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Join a CRD Parks naturalist for an up-close look at the amazing world of dragonflies as they zig and zag in search of their prey across the wetlands. Nets and field guides will be available. Meet Retriever Ponds area off Beaver Lake Road. BC Transit #70 or 72

Sun 24, 2-10pm Inclusive Leadership Community Supper, Celebration and Fundraiser at OUR Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Rd, Shawnigan Lake. $25/ person or $10 for kids under 14 http://inclusiveleadershipco-op.org/

Sun 24, 4pm Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer at Wind Whipped Farm, Metchosin. Farm tour, potluck dinner on Taylor Beach, and beach party! Wind Whipped Farm is a small half-acre market garden and orchard, home of The Local Food Box (thelocalfoodbox.com). Bring a dish to share, plates and utensils. Wind Whipped Farm 4645 William Head Rd, Metchosin www.facebook.com/events/1422605331337943/

 

WEEK FOUR

Wed 27, 1–2:30pm Bountiful Berries Guided Walk (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Join a CRD Parks naturalist on a walk to explore for blackberries, Oregon grape berries, salal berries and to taste jams made from some of these natural delights (but not collecting to take home.) Meet Beaver Lake Nature Centre off main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or 72

Thur 28, 1–2:30pm Going Squirrelly Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. With a CRD Parks naturalist discover what keeps these furry creatures busy at this time of year. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Fri 29-Sun 31 Cob Building 101 at OUR Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Rd, Shawnigan Lake. A rare opportunity to learn from a master builder, Patrick Hennebery of Cobworks. Enjoy great food, and experience community life. We will be working on a beautiful 100 sq.ft. building (El Banco) that was started in June. $400 including camping and meals from OUR farm http://ourecovillage.org/events/cob-101-el-banco/

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