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WEEK ONE

Wed 1, 10-11am Do you want your next project to be a Passive House? The Canada Green Building Council and Canadian Passive House Institute West one-hour webinar about this growing green building standard. REGISTER NOW. $29/$39

Thur 2, 9:45am-1pm Invasive Plant Removal at Swan Lake. We will be removing invasive plants, and learning about all the restoration work happening in the beautiful Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. Rain or shine! Greater Victoria Green Team. Details here.

Thur 2, 5:30 - 8:30pm International Day of Nonviolence. Jamie Swift, Author of Warrior Nation: Saul Arbess, Department of Peace Initiative;  Restorative Justice and Nonviolent Communication workshops. St. Ann's Academy Chapel (Main Entrance) Free; voluntary offerings

Thur 2, 7pm Andy MacKinnon, Native Trees and their Associated Mushrooms Pacific Forestry Centre. Free. SVIMS membership encouraged ($20/yr) svims.ca/

Thur 2-Sat 4 Alternative to Incinerators and Landfills: International Zero Waste Conference and Dialogue 2014. 50 speakers from over 15 countries, support of over 50 not-for-profit organizations, businesses and government organizations who all want authentic Zero Waste solutions. Speakers: http://www.zwia14.com/p/speaker-profiles.html . Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo. Register here: www.zwia14.com/p/about.html

Sat 4 9:30am-4pm and half day 9:30am-1pm; 12:30-4pm Mill Hill Broom Sweep. Help restore threatened Garry Oak Ecosytems. Register at: https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/mill-hill-oak-restoration  or 250.360.3329.

Sat 4, 10am-3pm Come help restore Garry oak ecosystems by planting and propagating native species in the Garry Oak Learning Meadow or by removing invasive species such as daphne laurel at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Pizza lunch and juice included. RSVP to frh.volunteer@pc.gc.ca or 250-812-8133.

Sat 4, 10am Edible Landscaping 101: How to Create a Yard You Can Eat Using Permaculture Design, hosted by Hatchet & Seed. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in: integrated design and eating fresh food from their yards! Wild Edge Garden Farm? 539 Downey Rd ?North Saanich http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/hatchet-amp-seed-events-1612352008

Sat 4, 10am Elkington Forest & Eco Home Site Tour.  Come for a tour of the new eco home and conservation community on the Malahat, 35 minutes from Victoria. Carpooling can be arranged. RSVP.   info@livingforestcommunities.com

Sat 4, 10-12pm Composting Basics. Free workshop at the Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. Please register.

Sat 4, 11am-2pm Cowichan Community Culinary Festival. Taste local food recipes prepared by the Cowichan Community Kitchens team, with Cowichan Green Community. Part of Savour Cowichan Festival, free family-friendly event. Centennial Park cob oven.  nelly@cowichangreencommunity.org

Sat 4, 11am-4pm Mushroom foraging, lunch at Deerholme Farm in rural Duncan. Join renowned chef, author and mycologist Bill Jones as he leads you on a wild food experience. Forage food display, show and tell, guided forage, and a delicious meal. Deerholme Farm. Registration required.  250-748 7450. $135/person + tax www.deerholme.com

Sat 4, 1pm Elizabeth May, MP: Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada. Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney. Join Elizabeth May at her new book launch that makes an argument for our future. Tickets $6   http://marywinspear.ca/event/elizabeth-may-book-launch-and-signing

Sat 4, 1–2:30pm Hunter’s Moon, Fall Reflections Guided Walk (8 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon, Metchosin, with CRD Parks guest naturalist Joe Percival. MeetNature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sat 4, 2-4pm Grow the best Garlic. Workshop at the Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. $15/$20. Register here.

Sat 4, 3-6pm Cultivating Mushrooms at HomeJoin Jacob Cooper of Salt Spring Mushrooms and Sprouts for an afternoon of fungal fun! Learn about edible mushrooms and how to cultivate them. Beginner growers welcome. Cowichan Green Community Food Forest $35/ $40 nora@cowichangrencommunity.org Register Online: Click here.

Sat 4, 7:30pm Edith Piaf meets David Suzuki! Stan Rogers meets the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline! The Only Planet Cabaret is a collaboration between Salt Spring Island writers, performers, musicians and activists Nomi Lyonns, Murray Reiss, Ahava Shira, Phil Vernon and Maggie Ziegler who bring passionate singing and songwriting, intimate story-telling, powerful performance poetry and exuberant musical theater. Metchosin Community Hall $15/$5. A Benefit for First Nations Legal Challenges to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway Tarsands Pipeline.

Sun 5, 9:30-2:30pm Juan de Fuca Pelagic Birding on the Fantasea II from Victoria Harbour out into the Juan De Fuca Strait towards Race Rocks. Shearwaters, murrelets, auklets, jaegers, Northern Fulmar, phalaropes, sea lions and seals. $65 VNHS, $85.00 non-members. Call Agnes to reserve your spot, then pay online or send cheque to VNHS, Box 5220, Victoria V8R 6N4. Agnes 250-721-0634 http://vicnhs.bc.ca/fantasea.html.

Sun 5, 12pm-4pm Victoria Public Market Harvest Festival. Prepared foods; pie-eating contest; live music, chef demo; win a loaded market basket www.victoriapublicmarket.com

Sun 5, 12-3pm Seeds of Change Workshops: DIY Skincare. Learn how to use herbs in your DIY skincare products. Make a personalized body scrub, facial toner, & lip balm using herbal infusions and all natural ingredients. $45 (includes three take-home products and every recipe) @ Oaklands Community Centre  Register: 250-370-9109 www.plantstheseed.com

Sun 5, 1-4pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register.

Sun 5, 1–2:30pm Spectacular Spiders Guided Walk (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Walk anywhere in BC and you’ll be less than a metre from a spider! Join CRD Parks guest naturalists Claudia and Darren Copley. Meet Beaver Lake information kiosk off main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72

Sun 5, 7:30pm Edith Piaf meets David Suzuki! See Sat 4. $15/$5. A Benefit for Pull Together, a defence fund for First Nations Legal Challenges to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway Tarsands Pipeline. Cadboro Bay United church, 2625 Arbutus Rd.

 

WEEK TWO

Mon 6, 6:30pm Human-powered world travel - two films Yenisey River & Round The World by Victoria's Angus Adventures. Movie Monday, EMP Theatre 1900 Fort St. By donation www.moviemonday.ca

Mon 6, 7pm Could BC Become a 100% Renewable Energy Region? Join Guy Dauncey from the BC Sustainable Energy Association with Dr. Andrew Rowe and Sahand Behboodi from UVic’s Faculty of Engineering for a provocative and informative discussion on how we can break our addiction to fossil fuels. UVic, Harry Hickman Building, Room 105. action@uvic.ca, www.uvic.ca/sustainability.

Tue 7–Tue 28, 10am-12pm Integral Spirituality II with Bill Wilson. $75 or $20 drop in | Friends Meeting House 1831 Fern St. Victoria earthliteracies@gmail.com earthliteracies@gmail.com 250-220-4601 www.earthliteracies.org

Wed 8, 9:30am-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register.

Wed 8, 9:45am-12pm and 1:45-4pm EarthFest Ivy Removal at UVic. Join a large group of volunteers to combat ivy and other invasive plants in Cunningham Woods at UVic. Meet Cinecenta, SUB Building, UVic Campus. Greater Victoria Green Team. Details here.

Wed 8, 6:30-10pm Permanomics!! Right Livelihood: Using Permaculture and Holistic Management to design a profitable and high quality life. Living the New Economy Education in Action Series 2014, Sunset Labs 401 Herald Street, Victoria, permanomics.eventbrite.ca

Wed 8, 7pm Defensora, a film about Mayan Q'eqchi resistance against Canadian mining company HudBay Minerals in Guatemala and their struggle for justice and remedy in Canadian courts.  Awareness Film Night Season Premier. Post screening discussion hosted by the Mining Justice Action Committee. Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd, Sooke. By donation. www.awarenessfilmnight.ca

Wed 8 Bike to Work Day & CRD Courtesy Ride.?Free. Various times & locations. www.biketoworkvictoria.ca

Thur 9 Earthfest - festival and conference for a more just and sustainable future. All events free. Student Union Building (SUB) at University of Victoria. For details please see Facebook: http:/tinyurl.com/earthfest2014

Thur 9, 4:30-7pm Franke James: The Real Poop on Social Change, with Aiden Abram, The Dock, BC Civil Liberties Association's Charlotte Kingston, and DeSmog Canada's Carol Linnitt. Chat about social change art over a glass of wine or beer. Franke James is the blacklisted author of Banned on the Hill and the recipient of the 2014 Liberty Award for Excellence in the Arts from the BC Civil Liberties Association. Franke's 'social change' artworks will be on display, including her "Do Not Talk about Climate Change" protest poster that was up on bus shelters in Ottawa, Halifax, and Calgary. www.eventbrite.ca/e/franke-james-the-real-poop-on-social-change-tickets-13030457449

Thur 9, 7pm-11pm For the Love of Soil Fundraiser and Dance Party. Live music from Knacker’s Yard, delicious local hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar serving Hoyne beer and BC wine, and a great selection of silent auction items to bid on. Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave, Victoria. Tickets here.

Thur 9, 7pm Reinventing Nature – Creating New Ecosystems, including Urban Farms, Rain Gardens, and Lakes in Garry Oak Ecosystems. Restoration of Natural Systems Speaker Series. UVic main campus. No cost but registration required.  http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/RNS-Speaker-Series/ASER900/ or call 250-472-4747 to register.

Sat 11, 8am Viaduct Flats Saturday Birding Group. Open to all level of birders. Great place to learn. Meet viewing tower near the intersection of Interurban and Viaduct. The water birds are returning and there are lots of birds in the woods. VNHS, Agnes 250-721-0634.

Sat 11, 9–11am Ocean Birds Guided Walk (9 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon, Metchosin. Join CRD Parks guest naturalist Geoffrey Newell to look for gulls, cormorants, loons, grebes and sea ducks in their winter plumage. Meet Tower Point parking lot off Olympic View Drive at 9am or join us later at the end of Tower Point. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sat 11, 9:45am-1pm Invasive Plant Removal at Cuthbert Holmes Park. Greater Victoria Green Team will be contributing to ecological restoration by removing pesky invasive plants. Details here.

Sat 11, 10am–12pm Fabulous Fungi (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join CRD Regional guest naturalist Kem Luther for this 2-hour slide presentation and talk. Learn to identify some of our common local mushrooms and about the important role that fungi play in the forest ecosystem. $7+GST. Preregistration required before October 10. Space limited. Call 250.478.3344.

Sat 11, 1–3pm Fabulous Fungi Guided Walk (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Spark your interest in their fascinating variations and adaptations with CRD Parks guest naturalist Kem Luther guided walk on mushroom identification. $7+GST. Pre-registration required before October 10. Space is limited. Call 250.478.3344.

Sat 11, 11-4pm Mushroom foraging, lunch at Deerholme Farm in rural Duncan. Join renowned chef, author and mycologist Bill Jones as he leads you on a wild food experience. Forage food display, show and tell, guided forage, and a delicious meal. Deerholme Farm. Registration required.  250-748 7450. $135/person + tax www.deerholme.com

Sat 11, 1-9pm OUR Harvest Feastival. Enjoy a tour, pumpkin pie making, potluck dinner (we provide the mains, you bring the sides), and community fun at OUR Ecovillage in Shawnigan Lake. OUR gift to the community, but please register www.ourecovillage.org.

Sun 12, 9:45am-1pm Haliburton Biodiversity Project. Come out and spend a wonderful morning of working to restore a wetland and meadow ecosystem at Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Rd. Greater Victoria Green Team. Details here.

Sun 12, 10am–12pm Fabulous Fungi (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. See Oct. 11 for details. $7+GST. Pre-registration required before October 10. Space is limited. Call 250.478.3344.

Sun 12, 1–3pm Fabulous Fungi (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. See Oct. 11 for details. $7+GST. Pre-registration required before October 10. Space is limited. Call 250.478.3344.

 

WEEK THREE

Tue 14 - Dec 6, evenings. Organic Master Gardener CourseOnly 2 weeks left to register for this 8 week organic gardening program.  $695 + GST (Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and a few Saturdays). Register in-person at the Garden Pantry Thrifty Store at 360 Duncan Street, or online. Nora @ nora@cowichangreencommunity.org or 250-748-8506. 

Tue 14, 7:30pm Discover the Yukon - 400,000 square kilometres of largely unroaded wilderness, diverse ecosystems populated by bears, sheep, bison, moose and caribou, home to many species found nowhere else in the world. Presentation by Syd Cannings. UVic Fraser 159. Free, everyone welcome.

Wed 15, 5:30–9pm Ride On! Cycling Skills Course, Part I. Bike to Work Victoria and the CRD host an in-class seminar on how to make your ride safe and comfortable in the coming fall and winter months. Ideal for new and experienced cyclists. UVic, Harry Hickman Building, Room 120. $20 or $35 for Part I and on-road section Part II (see Oct 19th). http://biketoworkvictoria.ca/bike-skills/

Wed 15, 7pm Wild Mushrooms: An Introductory Course for Adults. Shannon Berch presents a slide lecture, "Introduction to Mushrooms." Explores the essential elements of mushroom biology, uses and ID. Swan Lake. Registration required. 250-479-0211. $20/$25. 10% discount for all 6 classes in series. swanlake.bc.ca

Thur 16, 7pm Reinventing Nature – Creating New Ecosystems, including Urban Farms, Rain Gardens, and Lakes in Garry Oak Ecosystems. See Thur 9 for details.

Thur 16, 7pm Trans-Form #4: Urban Cycling Made Easy. Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec Street Victoria. By donation to GVCC?www.gvcc.bc.ca

Thur 16, 7:30pm The City Talks: Does Environmental Justice Work for Urban Health Inequities in Canada? Jeff Masuda, Queen’s University. Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates St, Victoria. Free. www.TheCityTalks.ca

Sat 18 Full day 9:30am-4pm and half day 9:30am-1pm; 12:30-4pm Mill Hill Broom Sweep. Help restore threatened Garry Oak Ecosytems. We provide all the tools (gloves, safety vests, safety goggles, kneelers, clipper and loppers) needed to do the work and snacks, refreshments and water to refill water bottles. Register at: https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/mill-hill-oak-restoration  or 250.360.3329.

Sat 18 and Sun 19, 10-4pm Can I Eat That Mushroom? A Mycological Adventure. A Royal Roads extension course (GLNA3879-Y14) facilited by Shannon Berch. $115 + taxes. Best to register by Sat, Oct 4. Royal Roads Continuing Studies

Sat 18, 10-12pm Worm Composting. Free workshop at the Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. Register here.

Sat 18,10am-3pm Invasive Species Workshop and Garry oak ecosystem restoration at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Learn about invasive species in the morning and then help restore Garry oak ecosystems in the afternoon by planting and propagating native species. Pizza lunch and juice included. RSVP to frh.volunteer@pc.gc.ca or 250-812-8133.

Sat 18, 10am Goldstream 5k Salmon Run RUN – salmon run, so should you! Help support salmon run educational programs by participating in our 12th annual salmon run family fun run/walk. Goldstream Park Campground. Earlybird registration is $15 or $30 with a t-shirt. Call or email: 250-478-9414 goldstream@naturehouse.ca or visit www.naturehouse.ca

Sat 18, 10am-1pm Tod Creek Planting Day with HAT– restoring the watershed with local farmers. Tools, training, snacks and drinks provided. Bring boots, gloves, long sleeves and long pants – rain or shine! Meet on Farmington Rd off Wallace Road just south of Willis Point rd. (closest address: 5648 Wallace Dr). Very close to West Saanich Red Barn Market. Carpooling available. Bus 74 and 81 to intersection of Wallace and Benvenuto, then south on Wallace 3km by bike. Please register for planting and carpooling before Thursday, October 16th  - volunteers@hat.bc.ca

Sat 18, 1pm Elkington Forest & Eco Home Site Tour.  Come for a tour of the new eco home and conservation community on the Malahat, 35 minutes from Victoria.  Carpooling can be arranged. RSVP.   info@livingforestcommunities.com

Sat 18, 1–2:30pm Ha-bat-itat Guided Walk (All ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. This guided walk about bats with a CRD Parks naturalist will help dispel fear and misinformation about these fascinating flying mammals. Meet Nature Centre off Munn Road. Strollers not recommended.

Sat 18, 1-4pm Fermented Foods Intensive Workshop. Chris Lambden has been fermenting up a storm since 2008, inspired by his father’s prolific winemaking, and that first, questionable batch of kimchi. Chris is a fanatic for all things microbial and fermentive, including sauerkraut, kim-chi, miso, amazaki, kombucha, yogurt, wines and beers, soft drinks, sourdough, condiments and tonic drinks. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. Please register here.

Sat 18, 5-9pm Join renowned chef, author and mycologist Bill Jones for a themed Mushroom Dinner. Theme: Piedmonte Region of Italy. Deerholme Farm. Registration required.  250-748 7450. $90/person + tax www.deerholme.com

Sun 19, 9:30am -1:30pm Ride On! Cycling Skills Course, Part II. Bike to Work Victoria and the CRD host an on-road workshop on how to make your ride safe and comfortable in the coming fall and winter months. Ideal for new and experienced cyclists. Must have taken Part I first (see Oct 15). Meet at UVic, Harry Hickman Building, Room 120. $20 or $35 for Part II together with Part I. http://biketoworkvictoria.ca/bike-skills/.

Sun 19, 11am–3pm Sooke Potholes Hike (18 years+). Explore the Potholes with a CRD Parks naturalist. Wear sturdy shoes, pack a lunch, bring a camera if you have one. Free, but you must pre-register as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 before Oct. 17.

Sun 19, 12:45pm-4pm Broom Bash at Uplands Park. The annual Broom Bash is taking place in the majestic Uplands Park in Oak Bay - a productive day of removing English Ivy, English Elm, and more. Meet 2900 Beach Drive. Greater Victoria Green Team. Details here.

Sun 19, 1–3pm People, Plants, Places Guided Walk (8 years+) at Devonian Regional Park, Metchosin. Join a CRD Parks naturalist as we discover how people in the past have used our native flora. Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot off William Head Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 19, 1-4pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register.

 

WEEK FOUR

Mon 20, 8:30am-2:30pm Complete Streets Workshop. Institute for Transportation Engineers. Capital Regional District, 625 Fisgard Street Victoria. $50 early bird?($60 after Sept 30) www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event?/2014/completestreets.php

Mon 20, 7pm Behavioural Change: Empowering people to act and influence others on climate change. BCSEA Victoria Chapter. First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd, Victoria. info@bcsea.org

Tue 21, 7:30pm Plants of Costa Rica. Andy MacKinnon will share a sample of his travels in Costa Rica and the plants he has encountered. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome.

Wed 22 to Sun 26, Daily 8:30am to 4:30pm Public Education, Communication, and Dispute Resolution in Ecological Restoration at UVic.  This course is part of the Restoration of Natural Systems program but we also welcome interested individuals to enroll. There is a pre-assignment and post-assignment.  Contact the Program Coordinator at resscipc@uvic.ca.

Wed 22, 9:30am-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register.

Wed 22, 7pm Wild Mushrooms: An Introductory Course for Adults Session 2. Juliette Pendray presents "Mushroom Field Taxonomy 1." A hands-on exploration of morphological features used in mushroom identification. The program will use fungi collected by students and the instructor. Swan Lake. Registration required. 250-479-0211. $20/$25. 10% discount for all 6 classes in series. swanlake.bc.ca

Wed 22, 7:30pm Bird collisions with Glass—a Real Headache. Collisions with windows are one of the largest sources of human-caused mortality for birds. An estimated 25 million birds are killed annually in Canada and 365-988 million in the US. Krista de Groot will explore the scope and severity of the issue, and what you can do about it. UVic Fraser 159. Free, everyone welcome.

Thur 23, 7 – 8:30pm Film Screening: Journey of the Universe, by Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker with Gertie Jocksch SC DMin. $15.00 Royal Roads, 2005 Sooke Rd. Victoria Registration: RRU Contenting Studies, www.royalroads.ca/continuing-studies

Thur 23, 7pm Reinventing Nature – Creating New Ecosystems, including Urban Farms, Rain Gardens, and Lakes in Garry Oak Ecosystems. See Thur 9 for details.

Fri 24, 11am–2pm Forest Spooktacular Drop-in Event (all ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Halloween fun with CRD Parks naturalists. Guided walks at 11:15am and 1pm - we’ll fill the cauldron with spooky treasures from the natural world. Displays, Halloween crafts and hot ghoulish brew await. Wear a costume and win a prize.

Fri 24-Sun 26, 2014 Cowichan Lake Mushroom Foray. Forestry Research Centre, Lake Cowichan. Registration required. $140.45. Less for Sat only. SVIMS Contact Heather Leary

Sat 25, 9am Regenerative Farm Design - A Working Case Study, hosted by Hatchet & Seed. A one-day workshop and optional permablitz (the following day) exploring farm-scale permaculture to integrate water and fertility management. Held at Green Glade, Sidney. http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/hatchet-amp-seed-events-1612352008 

Sat 25, 9:45am-1pm Invasive Plant Removal at Doumac Park. Doumac Park is a little known Saanich park that is quite picturesque with nice walking trails. Greater Victoria Green Team. Details here.

Sat 25,10-12pm Advanced Composting Workshop. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. Free, but please register here.

Sat 25, 11-2pm Forest Spooktacular Drop-in Event at Francis/King Regional Park. See Fri 24.

Sat 25, 11-4pm Mushroom foraging and lunch at Deerholme Farm in rural Duncan. Join renowned chef, author and mycologist Bill Jones as he leads you on a wild food experience. Forage food display, show and tell, guided forage, and a delicious meal. Deerholme Farm. Registration required. 250-748 7450. $135/person + tax www.deerholme.com

Sun 26, 11-2pm Forest Spooktacular Drop-in Event (all ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. See Fri 24.

 

WEEK FIVE

Mon 27, 7:30pm Fraser River White Sturgeons—Freshwater Incursions and Marine Excursions, with Dr. David Robichaud. The White Sturgeon in the lower Fraser River is listed as a threatened stock. Fortunately, through tagging studies and volunteer citizen science, researchers have an improved understanding of population demographics and movement patterns. UVic Fraser 159. Free, everyone welcome.

Tue 28, 12-1pm The Climate Impact of Food: What Can Food and Beverage Businesses Do? A BCSEA Webinar (at your computer) with Elizabeth Sheehan, from Climate Smart. Register here.

Tue 28, 5:30-7:30pm Green Drinks Saanich Peninsula at the Zanzibar Café, 1164 Stelly's Cross Road, Brentwood Bay.

Tue 30, 7pm Improvising with an Uncertain World. Dancing for Wellbeing with Joanne Cuffe. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House 1831 Fern St. Victoria earthliteracies@gmail.com earthliteracies@gmail.com 250-220-4601 www.earthliteracies.org

Sat Nov 1 & Sun Nov 2, 9-5pm The Work That Reconnects: Finding Our Way in a Troubled World. A life-changing experience based on the work of Joanna Macy where you can offer genuine witness to others, re-awaken your gratitude, and explore the interconnectedness of all life. ?Jackie Larkin and Maggie Ziegler have trained with Joanna Macy and co-facilitated workshops and retreats for fourteen years. $195 + GST Limited Scholarship available ziegler.maggie@gmail.com Royal Roads University Continuing Education.  http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLEL3877-Y14.htm

Sat Nov 1, 6-10pm Wild ARC’s Fall for Wildlife Dinner. Experience the Journey of our Wild Patients! Auction to view video montages following animals through their time at the ARC; bid on an opportunity to be an intern for a day. Four Points by Sheraton Victoria Gateway, 829 McCallum Rd. $80 per ticket or $720 per table of 10 Tickets available online at www.bcspca.ca/wildarc-auction or call (250) 478-9453 (WILD)

 

MEET-UPS

Victoria Cycling Adventures: http://www.meetup.com/Vegan-Victoria-Meetup/

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-outdoor-social-club/

Victoria Club Tread: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Club-Tread/

Nature Victoria Explorations: http://www.meetup.com/Nature-Victoria-Explorations/

Victoria Nature Walks: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Nature-Walks/

Victoria Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Outdoor-Club/

Victoria Sea Kayakers: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Sea-Kayakers/

Vegan Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/Vegan-Victoria-Meetup/

West Shore Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

Greater Victoria Green Team: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/

Net Squared Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/NetSquared-Victoria-a-nonprofit-technology-meetup/

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-Outdoor-Club/

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-walking-hiking-group/

 

EVERY WEEK

Monthly vegan events - meetings, bake sales, other activities. http://TheVictoriaVegan.com/events

Biweekly. Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species and assist in our meadow project at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Scheduled volunteer days. frh.volunteer@pc.gc.ca  250-812-8133

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, marycarmack@victoriapublicmarket.com 250 884 8552 www.victoriapublicmarket.com

Every day. Join RLC Park Naturalists at Goldstream Nature House. www.goldstreampark.com/freeman_king_visitor_center.htm

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Wed, 11-5pm Haliburton Food Box Program Room available for winter food.  Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce, become closer to the farmers who grow the food. info@haliburtonfarm.org or call 250 658.0758

Every Wed, 3:30pm-5:30pm Cowichan Community Green is looking for volunteers to join us for Work Party Wednesday at the Community Urban Food Forest.  If you are new to food forests or gardening, this is a great opportunity to learn lots about plants and ecosystems! Meet Urban Food Forest gardens behind CGC's office @ 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. erin@cowichangreencommunity.org 250-748-8506

Every Wed and Sun, 9am Bird Walks with naturalists, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Margaret Lidkea 479-0211

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston restoration@swanlake.bc.ca.

Every Fri 1pm. EcoReality Co-op work party, farm tour, potluck, movie. Bring a dish for evening potluck. Free. Salt Spring, near Fulford Harbour. http://www.EcoReality.org/wiki/Meetings

Every Sat, 10-2pm Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Moss and Fairfield. www.MossStreetMarket.com

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. Call the Rare Bird Alert 250-704-2555 the Thursday or Friday before to find out this week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556

Every Sat, 10-2pm Farmgate sales for perennial food plants and nut trees at EcoSense, 3295 Compton Rd, Highlands. www.eco-sense.ca

Every Sat, 9-1 Peninsula Country Market Fresh veggies, crafts, music, parade, fun and games, Saanich Fairgrounds. www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca 250-216-0521.

 

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