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AUGUST 2015

SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND

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ELECTION AHOY! See www.votetogether.ca to pledge your support for whichever candidate has the greatest chance of unseating a Harper conservative, and to help out countrywide. The Vote Together campaign is about bringing people together - people who have voted NDP, Liberal, and Green, first-time voters, and even some unhappy Conservative voters - to pick the best local candidate who can defeat the Conservatives in their riding and move Canada forward. www.votetogether.ca

The UVic Environmental Law Clinic has a new roster of law students available to do free work for worthy environmental cases and projects. See www.elc.uvic.ca for the cases/projects and the excellent products they have produced. If you have a project you would like a law student to work on, please tell Calvin Sandborn no later than September 5th. (250) 472-5248

Sat 1 to Sun 9 Land Trust Alliance Summer Fun Auction. Bid on a host of inspiring items in support of The Land Trust Alliance’s work to steward and protect BC’s natural and cultural heritage. http://gobid.ca/auction/768

Sat 1, 9am-11am Therapeutic Gardening for Everyone Workshop. Learn how gardening can improve our physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual selves. Cowichan Lake Community Gardens, 311 South Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan.

Sat 1, 1–2:30pm Bejewelled Dragons of the Pond Guided Walk (all ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Join a CRD Parks naturalist for an up-close and personal look. Nets and field guides available. Meet Retriever Ponds kiosk off Beaver Lake Road. BC Transit #70 or #72

Sun 2, 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 provided, no experience necessary. Pre–register: $20/$10. 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or #72

Tue 4, 10:30am–12pm Beat the Heat Guided Walk (all ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks naturalist and check out the cedar lowlands, lush salal understory and cool arbutus enclaves. Strollers and wheelchairs welcome. Meet parking lot off Munn Road.

Tue 4, 1-4pm Invasive blackberries along Bowker Creek in Cedar Hill Park. Join us in the Greater Victoria Green Youth Team to remove them! http://ow.ly/Qf0UL

Tue 4, 8am-4pm Biotecture Earthbuilding Finishing Workshop at OUR EcoVillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Road, Shawnigan Lake. www.facebook.com/events/505039479664639/

Thur 6, 11am–2pm Snake Day Drop-in Event at Elk/Beaver Lake. CRD Parks has teamed up with Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary for this slithery event: watch snake shows, hold a snake, play a snake game and more. Drop by the tents at the main Beaver Beach. BC Transit #70 or #72

Thur 6, 4pm-7pm First Leaders Debate, including Elizabeth May MP. Green Party Office, 843 Fort Street. Debate begins at 5pm. www.facebook.com/events/1468974706753701/

Fri 7, 7-11pm Green Party Party at the Sunset Labs, 401 Herald Street. Music and dancing, good food, volunteers, supporters and friends. www.facebook.com/events/1511960539093903/

Sat 8, 10-3pm Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Parks Canada. www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx. 250-812-8133

Sat 8, 11am The 2015 Tweed Ride: a group bicycle ride through the centre of Victoria. Dress in classic tweed or any smart looking outfit. Proceeds go to Bicycles for Humanity to assist in their effort to send bikes to Namibia. Meet Willows Beach. Tweed Ride Group Photograph 11:45 am, ride begins at noon. $10, children under 12 free. Limit of 350 cyclists. Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Sat 8, 1–2:30pm Rascally Raccoons Guided Walk (5 years+) at Devonian Regional Park, Metchosin, with CRD Parks naturalist. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #54 or #55

Mon 10, 6:30 The Pristine Coast with filmmaker Scott Renyard. A comprehensive primer on the history of fish farming and its devastating effects on our marine ecosystem. When marine biologist Alexandra Morton spoke out about diseases from fish farms killing wild salmon, filmmaker Scott Renyard dove in. Eric Martin Theatre, 1900 Fort St.  http://juggernautpictures.ca/films/the-pristine-coast/ By donation. www.moviemonday.ca

Tue 11, 12:45-4pm Beach cleanup along Songhees Walkway. Join us in Greater Victoria Green Youth Team. http://ow.ly/Qf17q

Tue 11, 5-7pm Green Drinks at the Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora Street. Good friends, good conversations, good beer! http://www.meetup.com/Green-Drinks-Victoria/events/222934113/

Tue 11, 7pm Franke James, “Do Not Talk about Climate Change” and “Banned on the Hill: a True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship.” Award-winning artist, environmental activist and author. 11th Annual Robert Bateman Lecture, Centre for Dialogue, Learning and Innovation Centre, Royal Roads.

Wed 12, 10–11:30am Busy Beavers Guided Walk (10 and under) at Elk/Beaver Lake. See an active beaver lodge and learn more about this amazing mammal. Meet Retriever Ponds kiosk off Beaver Lake Road. BC Transit #70 or #72

Thur 13, 11am–2pm The Amazing Race Drop-in Event (all ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake, Challenge yourself on this skill-testing and fun jaunt through the forest. Meet Beaver Lake Nature Centre off the main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72

Fri 14, 10am-2pm TLC Covenant Restoration Day.  Join TLC’s Covenant Program, removing invasive species from conservation covenants in the Highlands. If you enjoy hiking and bushwhacking call Torrey at 250-479-8053 or covenants@conservancy.bc.ca.

Fri 14, 6:30–8:30pm Evening Campfire at Island View Beach. Join a CRD Parks naturalist for an evening of games, stories and good old-fashioned s’mores! Bring a beach chair. Meet at the campfire ring at the Island View Beach campground, off Homathko Road.

Fri 14, 8-9:30pm Creatures of the Summer Night. Check out the nightlife of Swan Lake! Sharpen your senses to look for owls, bats and other night-time creatures. Discover how they are adapted to the nocturnal life. Suitable for families with children over 6 years. $4/$6. Pre-registration required. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria, 250-479-0211 www.swanlake.bc.ca

Sat 15, 9am-11am Edible Garden Plant Identification Workshop. Learn how to identify edible species while touring the new Cowichan Lake Community Garden, 311 South Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan.

Sat 15,10am-3pm Edible Garden & Farm Tour. Self-guided tour showcases edible landscapes across the Cowichan Region. Ticket at CGC's store (360 Duncan St) or online. $20/$15. $30 for families.

Sat 15, 10:30am–12pm Sandy Shore Explore Guided Walk (all ages) at Witty’s Lagoon. Join a CRD Parks naturalist for an intertidal exploration. Meet main beach. Park in main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20-minute forest trail to the beach. Beach access closed from Witty Beach Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 16, 10–11:30am What Have You Seine Today? (5 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon. Join CRD Parks naturalists to use a seine net and see what creatures live in the deeper reaches of the ocean. Bring sandals or beach shoes. Meet main beach. Park in main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20-minute forest trail to the beach. Beach access closed from Witty Beach Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 16, 11am–2pm Crazy for Craigflower Creek Guided Adult Hike (18 years). Join a CRD Parks naturalist as we hike this creek-side trail through a wooded wonderland. Free, but pre-register as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 for details.

Mon 17, 1–2:30pm Devonian Delight Guided Walk (5 years+) at Devonian Regional Park, Metchosin. Forest, stream, wetland and ocean. Join a CRD Parks naturalist in this regional gem. Meet kiosk in parking lot off William Head Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Tue 18, 10am-2pm TLC Covenant Restoration Day.  For details, see Fri 14.

Tue 18, 1–2:30pm Ha-bat-itat Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park, Saanich. Where do bats live? What do they eat? How can you attract these amazing animals to your neck of the woods? Join a CRD Parks naturalist at the Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Wed 19, 10-12:30pm Invasive plant removal in Cuthbert Holmes Park. Join us in the Greater Victoria Green Youth Team, enjoy environmental education. http://ow.ly/Qf1rN

Thur 20, 11am–2pm Blood and Guts Drop-in Event at Elk/Beaver Lake. Learn about animals that make their living by eating meat. Cougars and owls and bears–oh my! Live raptor demonstrations! Drop in at the tents at Beaver Beach. BC Transit #70 or #72

Sat 22, 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 provided, no experience necessary. Pre–register: $20/$10. 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or #72

Sat 22, 10am-2pm August Organic Plant Sale.  Veggie starts for winter growing!  Kale, broccoli, cabbage, salad greens, culinary herbs, medicinal herbs and more.  Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.   www.compost.bc.ca

Sat 22, 10-3pm Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Parks Canada. www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx. 250-812-8133

Sat 22, 10-6pm Incredibles! Winter Vegetable Sale. The Garden Path, 13561 Barney Road, off Yellow Point Road, Ladysmith. Carolyn Herriot 250-924-4478

Sat 22, 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 more, and to taste jams. Meet kiosk in Aylard Farm parking lot off Becher Bay Road.

Sun 23, 10am–12pm Sooke Potholes Hike Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) with a CRD Parks naturalist. Wear sturdy shoes, pack a lunch and water. Free, but you must pre-register. Call 250.478.3344 by August 21.

Sun 23, 1–3pm Dragonflies! Guided Walk (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Join a CRD Parks naturalist and guest naturalists from the Royal BC Museum to hunt for dragonflies. Field guides and nets provided. Free, but you must pre-register. Call 250.478.3344 by August 21.

Tue 25 - Sun 30 Syntropia: Cooperative Evolution. A Workshop Festival. Skill share gathering with workshops will be facilitated by leaders in Permaculture, Natural Building, Primitive Skills, Holistic Health, Art & Music. Five days of workshops, shared meals, planned activities, spontaneous collaboration and an epic Full Moon celebration under the stars. Greenhaven Gallery Guesthouse, 6265 Headquarters Rd., Courtenay. www.facebook.com/events/1528282357410508/ and http://syntropia.be/product/syntropia-fullpass/ For travel, Vancouver Island Rideshare: www.facebook.com/groups/161870270688771/

Tue 25, 10am-2pm TLC Covenant Restoration Day.  For details, see Fri 14.

Tue 25, 1–2:30pm Cougar Capers Guided Walk (all ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Investigate the life of a cougar with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Wed 26, 11am–2pm Island View Edibles Guided Walk (all ages) at Island View Beach with CRD Parks naturalists and a First Nations guide. Sample herbal tea and native plant jellies and participate in a fun plant challenge. Guided plant walks hourly beginning at 11:15 am. Meet blue tent in grassy field before the campground off Homathko Rd.

Thur 27, 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 Nature Centre off Metchosin Road.  BC Transit #54 or #55

Thur 27, 7pm Ocean Networks Canada: Live Data from the Beach to the Abyss. @ UVic. UVic Continuing Studies: https://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Ocean-Networks-Canada-Live-Data-from-the-Beach-to-the-Abyss/ASSC247/

Fri 28, 10am-2pm TLC Covenant Restoration Day.  For details, see Fri 14.

Fri 28, 1–2:30pm Bountiful Berries Guided Walk (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Join a CRD Parks naturalist to explore for blackberries, Oregon grape berries, salal berries and more, and to taste jams. Meet Beaver Lake Nature Centre off main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72

Sat 29, 9-11am Birds of Witty's Guided Walk (9 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon. For the novice and intermediate birder. Join CRD Parks guest naturalist Geoffrey Newell for a glimpse of birds in their fall migration. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sat 29, 10:30am–12pm Beach Snoop at Low Tide Guided Walk (all ages) at Coles Bay Regional Park, North Saanich. A CRD Parks naturalist will help you discover the creatures that make Coles Bay their special home. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Inverness Road, off Ardmore Drive.

Sat 29- Sun 30  Aqua-Terra - Medicine and Food from the Sea and Land Workshop, with Don Ollsin, Angela Willard and Yarrow Willard on Pender Island. $150. www.facebook.com/events/1077851028911421/

Sun 30, 8–11am Morning Mist Canoe Adventure Guided Paddle (18 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 provided, no experience necessary. Pre–register: $20/$10. 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or #72

Sun 30, 10-3pm Hands-on Seed Saving Field Day: Harvesting and Processing Bean Seed at Northbrook Farm, 1438 Mt Newton X Rd, Saanichton, with local seed producer Rebecca Jehn. Assist in harvesting and processing many heritage beans, and learn about techniques and timing for harvesting and storing your own seed. Pre-registration required. Free. Contact Jesse at vicseedlibrary@lifecyclesproject.ca to register.

The next Haliburton Farm Food Box has subscriptions available for October.  Details at www.haliburtonfarm.org. Haliburton Farm Guided Tours: By appointment. 741 Haliburton Rd. Saanich. $8 per person.  Discount group rates (10 people+) available.

CRD Parks Hikes, Outings and Events with Park Naturalists almost every day:

www.crd.bc.ca/docs/default-source/parks-pdf/springnatureprogramsbrochure2015web.pdf

 

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/

Victoria Nature 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

March through June. Volunteers needed to lead school programs at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Training provided. www.cowichanestuary.ca 250-746-0227.

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  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx

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, 9:00-4:30 Goldstream Nature House Eagle Extravaganza – see eagles feasting off the remains of the Chum salmon run use nature house binoculars. Cozy in by the fireplace with a hot cuppa. Ask Naturalist all kinds of questions. www.naturehouse.ca

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 Tue, 10:30-11:30am until August 11th Story Time at KinPark Community Garden on Alderlea Street in Duncan. Join us for a story and garden themed activities. For ages 0-5. A free community event.

Every Wed, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program.  Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria www.haliburtonfarm.org

Every Wed, 2:30-4:30pm Cowichan Community Green Work Party in the Food Forest, 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 Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom  at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation  http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/  

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

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

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html for each 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 Sun, 1:30-3:30pm Bee in the Garden at Spring Ridge Commons, Corner of Chambers + Gladstone (Fernwood) http://springridge.rd123.ca/?p=894

A HOST OF AMAZING EVENTS ON SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND

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Fri 1, 5:30-7:30pm Community Connector with Green Party candidate Frances Litman. Coast Collective, 3221 Heatherbell Rd, Colwood. Focus on arts and culture, natural environment, and species at risk. https://www.facebook.com/events/1569349046659654/

Fri 1 to Sun 3, 10am-5pm Experience the Tesla Model S EV. Oak Bay Beach Hotel, 1175 Beach Drive, Oak Bay. http://my.teslamotors.com/event/experience-model-s-victoria

Sat 2, 9–11am Birds of Witty’s Guided Walk (9 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. For the novice and intermediate birder, join CRD guest naturalist Geoffrey Newell for a glimpse of some of the birds at Witty’s Lagoon. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sat 2, 9-3pm Season Launch of the James Bay Market. http://jamesbaymarket.com

Sat 2, 9:45-1pm Greater Victoria Green Team Beach Cleanup and “Butt Blitz” along Songhees Walkway, part of the national “Butt Blitz 2015” by Greener Future. Sign up here: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/events/221822327/

Sat 2-Sun 3, 9:30am-4:30pm Dare to Age Well in Community: Learn About Senior Co-Housing  This course adapts senior cohousing, an established housing strategy in Europe, to completely reframe our societal expectations and options for aging. $135 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PEHL3991-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513

Sat 2, 10-2pm Season Launch of the Moss Street Market, Sir James Douglas School, Fairfield. www.mossstreetmarket.com

Sat 2, 10-4pm Grand Opening of the Woodwynn farm Labyrinth and Peace Garden, 7789 West Saanich Road. www.facebook.com/events/340095909531108

Sat 2, 11-3 Havenwood Park Wildflower Day with walking tour by Andy MacKinnon. Learn about wildflowers with free snacks and refreshments. Off Veterans Memorial Parkway, Langford. friendsofhavenwoodpark@gmail.com https://havenwoodpark.wordpress.com

Sat 2, 2-4pm Grow Your Own Food 101. Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to start?  This is a workshop designed for total beginners. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park Street.  Cost $20/$15 (or free with membership). Register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/grow-your-own-food-101-tickets-14554594183 or (250) 386-9676.

Sat 2, 7pm Embrace the Night and Wildflowers. Join organizer Ron Carter of the Friends of Uplands Park at Cattle Point to watch the moon rise.  Meander through the fields of blue Camas and other wildflowers and then over to the Kiwanis Café on Willows Beach for a nighttime cuppa and relaxing chats with your neighbours. Meet Cattle Point, Free. Margaret Lidkea 250-595-8084.

Sun 3,10-4pm Camas Day in Uplands Park. Bring a picnic, listen to the Bald Eagles Band and enjoy the Displays. Native Plant Garden Tour with Friends of Uplands Park. Blue Camas fields, other wildflowers and rare plant species. Learn about importance of vernal pools. Ask about native plants you can incorporate them into your garden, and take a native plant home. Donations appreciated. https://friendsofuplandspark.wordpress.com. Meet Beach Drive at the new Uplands Park sign. Margaret Lidkea 250-595-8084

Sun 3, 10-4pm HAT Annual Native Plant Garden Tour. Free, all ages. Visit five private and four public gardens to see attractive, sustainable, and wildlife friendly gardens with an expert at each location. Gift baskets, native plants & garden gear provided by Saanich Native Plants, Russell Nursery and Parks Canada. Free, donations welcome. Visit link for garden locations or contact Habitat Acquisition Trust hatmail@hat.bc.ca or 250-995-2428.

Sun 3, 1-5pm International Permaculture Day Open House & Plant Sale. Explore a beautiful edible landscape, mingle with permaculture enthusiasts, and buy some perennial edible plants for your food forest at this great event in North Saanich. 539 Downey Rd. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/international-permaculture-day-plant-sale-open-house-free-tickets-16483950941 

Sun 3, 12:15-3:30pm Greater Victoria Green Team and Saanich Pulling Together volunteers on Mount Douglas park to remove/eradicate Bur Chervil from the Summit! Sign-up here: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/events/222134147/

 

WEEK ONE

Tue 5, 6:30pm Plastic Bag Ban Policy Pitch! We’ve drafted a policy proposal for city council, and we feedback before submitting it. Come to share or just to listen, all are welcome. Earl’s Restaurant, 1199 Government St. Chelsea Lee. www.facebook.com/events/1426886030949390

Wed 6, 7pm Fair Vote Canada Community Forum, with Wendy Bergerud, Paul Manly (Greens), Sheila Malcolmson (NDP) & Tim Tessier (Liberals). Beban Park Community Centre, 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo. www.facebook.com/events/375615955963959/

Wed 6, 7pm BC Parks Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise Model, with Doug Biffard, Ministry of Environment, and Sea Change AGM. Light refreshments. RSVP: 250 652-1662 seachange@shaw.ca Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Road.

Wed 6, 7pm Sierra Club Nanaimo Energy Café. Enjoy a beverage and bring your thoughts and hopes about transitioning to solar, wind, and other renewables. Fibber Magee’s Station Pub, 321 Selby St, Nanaimo

Thur 7, 9:30-2pm Restoration of Ruby Creek - HAT is hosting a volunteer restoration event in Metchosin on protected land next to Witty's Lagoon Park. Owls have been spotted on this property! Invasive Removal with coffee, snacks and carpooling available - RSVP volunteers@hat.bc.ca or 250-995-2428.

Fri 8, 5-10pm Celebrate Your Watershed with Peninsula Streams Society at our Annual 'Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction' Fundraiser. Delicious food, spirited bidding, fantastic door prizes and delightful music with fiddle, old-time country and western swing from 'Water in the Crawl Space.' $40 or 2 for $75. Prospect Lake Community Hall, 5358 Sparton Road. http://peninsulastreams.ca/archives/celebrate-your-watershed-fundraiser

Fri 8 - Sun 10 Placemaking, Urban Permaculture and Design. A 3-day workshop at OUR EcoVillage with Starhawk, Charles Williams, Brandy Gallagher, and other guest teachers. http://ourecovillage.org/events/2015-intro-to-placemaking-urban-permaculture-and-design/

Fri 8 All day Urban permaculture tour in Victoria, 7pm evening panel with Starhawk/Mark Lakeman/Charles Williams/Brandy Gallagher at the Sunset Room. http://ourecovillage.org/events/2015-intro-to-placemaking-urban-permaculture-and-design/

Sat 9, 9am–1pm International Migratory Bird Day Drop-in Event at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Join CRD Parks, Rocky Point Bird Observatory and the Victoria Natural History Society to learn about the journey that birds take from their summer and winter homes. Activities for birders of all ages, expertise and abilities. Meet at tents adjacent to the Beaver Lake Nature Centre off Beaver Lake Road.

BC Transit #70 or #72

Sat 9, 9:45-1pm Invasive Plant removal at Camrose Park with the Greater Victoria Green Team. We will be removing Himalayan Blackberry and Privet from this special little Garry oak habitat park. Sign-up: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/events/221103579/

Sat 9, 10am-4pm A Little Course in Human Shadow: Reclaiming The Gold  Experience practices that give glimpses into learning about shadow and begin the necessary befriending (reclaiming) process required for integration and wholeness. $95 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PEMP3982-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513

Sat 9, 1–2:30pm What Have You Seine Today? Guided Walk (5 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin). Join CRD 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 main parking lot off Metchosin Rd. and follow the 20–minute forest trail to the beach. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sat 9-Sun 10, 9am-4pm Mindful Parents, Resilient Children Learn how mindful practices can aid in the treatment of anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and stress-related conditions. $295 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PEHL4009-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513,

Sat 9, 10am-2pm Annual Spring Organic Plant Sale.  Amazing, all-organic, all local veggie, herb and flower starts for your garden. Heirloom tomatoes, delicious salad greens, companion plants, medicinal herbs, and much more await you! Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street.

Sat 9, 2-5pm CRD Efficient Irrigation Workshop. Irrigation experts will explain system components, discuss scheduling & maintenance tips, and explain the CRD Water Conservation programs. Call 250.474.9684 to pre-register or visit www.crd.bc.ca/workshops. Sooke.

Sun 10, 10-2pm Superhero Pollinators, at Chase Woods Nature Preserve, Duncan. Guest Speaker Biologist James Miskelly, an insect expert who works in the conservation and management of Garry oak ecosystems and endangered species. Details: http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/what-you-can-do/conservation-volunteers/events/superhero-pollinators.html

Sun 10, 11:30am–3:30pm Witty’s Hike at Low Tide Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon. Join a CRD Parks naturalist and explore a complete  circuit of Witty’s Lagoon. You’ll learn fascinating local history, explore tidal pools, and discover spring wildflowers. Bring a snack or lunch, and water. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). There is no fee but you must pre-register. Call 250.478.334 for meeting and location details.

Sun 10, 12:45-1pm Heritage orchard maintenance at Welland Legacy Orchard  in View Royal with the Greater Victoria Green Team and LifeCycles Project Society. Sign up here: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/events/220592750/

Sun 10, 7pm White Water, Black Gold & a post-screening discussion with filmmaker, David Lavallee. Follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across Western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands. West Coast Greens Speaker Series. $10 $10 to cover the costs of screening the film. 843 Fort Street, Victoria.  http://www.whitewaterblackgold.com/ https://www.facebook.com/events/347686002096064/

 

WEEK TWO

Mon 11, 4:30pm David Suzuki Blue Dot movement. Please join us as we make a presentation to Nanaimo City Council, with Paul Manly, writer, environmental journalist and war veteran Trevor Greene, Nicolas John Read and concerned Nanaimo residents. We are going to request that the City of Nanaimo join thirty-six other municipalities that have passed declarations recognizing the right to fresh air, clean water, and healthy food. https://www.facebook.com/events/826811690746857/

Mon 11, 7:30pm Public Presentation on Micro-housing Community Development-- As One Possible Response to Homelessness in Victoria. Join Mark Lakeman and Andrew Heben for 2 days of events opening conversation in the community about micro-housing "tiny house" community developments as one possible answer to the problem of chronic homelessness. Victoria City Hall, Centennial Square. https://www.facebook.com/events/945073488849677/

Tue 12-Wed 13, 9am-5pm Nonviolent Communication: The Language of Goodwill and Responsibility  Discover why NVC is such a powerful process for relationship-building, team-building and establishing a solid foundation based on trust and transparency. $350 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PAPA3789-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Tue 12, 5-7pm Green Drinks at The Drake Eatery, just across Pandora from Swans Hotel & Brewpub www.facebook.com/events/753776011384787/

Tue 12, 7pm Keeping the Peace - an Evening with Chiefs and Elders of Treaty 8 First Nations, who are challenging the Site C dam. Chief Roland Willson, West Moberly First Nation, Chief Derek Orr, McLeod Lake Indian Band, George Desarlais, West Moberly Elder, Craig Benjamin, Amnesty International Canada. By donation. All proceeds to Treaty 8 court challenges against the Site C dam. First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd, Victoria. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Wed 13, 11am-1pm Save Shawnigan Water Peaceful Rally at the Legislature, Victoria. Please RSVP through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613749385532104/

Wed 13, 7pm All the Time In the World. Awareness Film Night Season Finale. A deeply personal and magical portrait of a family of 5 who decide to spend 9 months over winter in a small cabin without road access, electricity, phones or even clocks.  Beautifully filmed by the mom, Suzanne Crocker (family physician turned filmmaker), moviegoers can glimpse what unfolds when we disconnect from our hectic technological world.  Edward Milne Community School theatre 6218 Sooke Rd.  By donation. www.awarenessfilmnight.ca

Wed 13, 7pm CRD Efficient Irrigation Controller Scheduling Workshop. Irrigation experts will explain system components, discuss scheduling & maintenance tips, and explain the CRD Water Conservation programs. Call 250.474.9684 to pre-register or visit www.crd.bc.ca/workshops. Saanich.

Thur 14, 4-7pm Launch of World Tree Carbon Offsets Program. Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel, Victoria. http://us.worldtreetech.ca

Thur 14, 7pm Movies at Cinecenta. Enjoy Coastal Tarsands: Journey to the Deleted Islands and Rainforest: The Limit of Splendour. Enjoy a cinematic kayak journey through where supertankers will navigate if the Enbridge builds its Northern Gateway Pipeline, and contrast tree farms with an ancient Pacific rainforest where the filmmaker climbs high into the canopy of majestic trees. Cinecenta, UVic Student Union Building.

Fri 15, 8-10am Resilient Regions Breakfast at the Songhees Wellness Centre. RSVP required. http://www.meetup.com/Resilient-Region-Exchange-Greater-Victoria-Breakfast-Series/events/221824798/

Fri 15, 9-12pm One bird, two bird, red-listed bluebird. Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, Duncan. Guest Speaker Jemma Green, Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team Western Bluebird Technician in the Cowichan Valley, who coordinates the project and is busy planning for the next breeding season.  http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/what-you-can-do/conservation-volunteers/events/one-bird-two-bird-red-listed-bluebird-take-2.html

Fri 15, 9am-5pm “I Have A Dream”: Activism and Right Speech  Explore how we can apply the tactics of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. to present day issues, whether we’re addressing organizational, political, environmental or even personal concerns. $125 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PAPA3790-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Fri 15, 6pm Media and Democracy - a talk by David Barsamian, host of Alternative Radio CFUV 101.9 FM, award-winning investigative journalist in the independent media landscape. Student Union Building’s Upper Lounge (near Cinecenta). Suggested donation $5-10. www.facebook.com/events/1625104834394556

Fri 15, 7pm Healthy Joints Workshop with Jo Phillips, RNCP, Registered Nutritional Consultant.  Is inflammation something we have to live with? Learn how to reduce it and strengthen our joints so that they are less easily injured. Focusing on simple diet and lifestyle changes crucial for maintaining healthy joints. Ahimsa Yoga, #202 - 6750 West Coast Road (Hope Centre) Sooke. $15. 250 642-6635

Sat 16, 12-12:15pm Hands Across the Lands and Sands at Willows Beach, Oak Bay. At noon tody people around the world will be gathering to hold hands for 15 minutes. This global gathering is a personal commitment to looking ahead at a clean energy future. www.facebook.com/events/549297095211420

Sat 16, 1–2:30pm Ugh! A Slug! Guided Walk (All ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Stroll along with a CRD Parks naturalist to peek under fallen logs and leaves in search of the giant gastropod that is one of nature’s best recyclers. Meet Beaver Lake Nature Centre off main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72

 

WEEK THREE

Mon 18, 7pm A National Carbon Tax for Canada. An evening of information and discussion with Dr. Charles Krusekopf from Royal Roads University. A BCSEA Victoria Chapter event. First Met United Church, 932 Balmoral Road. www.facebook.com/events/755403917906052/

Mon 18, 7:30 Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-crisis.  Talk with renowned scholar, ethicist and Zen teacher David Loy, who will discuss the unique perspective provided by Buddhism that can empower our efforts to protect, rather than degrade, the biosphere. Co-sponsored by Saltspring Public Library and Salt-spring EcoDharma. Saltspring Public Library, 129 McPhillips Ave., Ganges. Admission by donation.

Tue 19, 6:30pm The Green Economy: A Community Discussion with Elizabeth May MP and Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi, Green Party Candidate for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. Silver Bridge Inn, 140 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan. www.facebook.com/events/367535553456536/

Tue 19, 7pm Healing the Self, Healing the Earth: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-Crisis. David Loy discusses the important parallels between what Buddhism says about our personal predicaments and our collective challenges today in relation to the rest of the biosphere. Co-sponsored by U.Vic Schools of Environmental Studies; Cultural, Social and Political Thought; Global Studies; Asia-Pacific Initiatives; Studies in Religion and Society; and the Victoria Shambhala Centre. VSMC: 2033 Belmont St. Victoria. By donation. 

Thur 21, 4:30-7:30pm Esquimalt Farmers Market, Esquimalt Town Square (behind the library). Meet the local farmers who grow your food. Farmers, food products, wineries, crafters and artisans and food trucks.

Thur 21-Sun 24 Strategically Green - BC Green Party Conference. Workshops, Discussions, Andrew Weaver MLA special presentation. Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo. www.greenparty.bc.ca/2015

Sat 23, 9am-5pm Introduction to Cob Building In this hands-on workshop find out why cob building has seen a revival in recent years by the natural building and sustainability movement. $75 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLNA3884-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 23, 2-5pm CRD Efficient Irrigation Maintenance Workshop. Irrigation experts will explain system components, discuss scheduling & maintenance tips, and explain the CRD Water Conservation programs. Call 250.474.9684 to pre-register or visit www.crd.bc.ca/workshops. Sidney.

Sat 23, 12:30–2pm Sandy Shore Explore Guided Walk (All ages) at Witty’s Lagoon. Join a CRD 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 Rd. and follow the 20–minute forest trail to the beach.BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 24, 1-2:30pm The Best Nest Guided Walk (7 years & under) at Francis/King Regional Park. Spring is here and birds are busy! Bring your little ones and join a CRD Parks naturalist to discover nests and look for homes of hummingbirds, robins and more. Children will experience life as a small bird through story time, a forest ramble, and a nest craft to take home.

 

WEEK FOUR

Mon 25, 6:30pm Movie Monday: Wisdom to Survive. Thought leaders and activists in science, economics and spirituality discuss how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. By donation, Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre, 1900 block Fort St.   http://www.moviemonday.ca  250-595-FLiC

Mon 25, 7pm Farmland Community Forum. Come and hear the findings of an exploratory study of ways in which local governments and partners can hold and manage farmland in Saanich, North Saanich and the CRD. Saanich Commonwealth Place, Arbutus Room, 4636 Elk Lake Dr. Saanich.

Tue 26, 5:30-7:30pm Green Drinks Saanich Peninsula at Zanzibar Cafe, 1164 Stelly's X Rd.

Wed 27, 7-9pm Becoming Animal: Into the Depths of an Earthly Cosmology  Join David Abram, cultural ecologist, wild philosopher and author of The Spell of the Sensuous and Becoming Animal, for an evening of storytelling, wonder, and the untamed magic.  $25 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/VEVI3701-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Fri 29-Sun, 31 Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth: Falling Awake  Join David Abram for an in residence retreat at Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island, exploring our animal experience of the animate earth. $695 + GST (Camping and Islander rates also available.) Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/VEVI3700-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Fri 29, 5:30pm - 10pm South Vancouver Island Green Party Rally: Celebrating Elizabeth May's 4th Year as First Elected Green Party Member. McDonald Park Airplane Hangar. Elizabeth will speak, as well as other Green Party candidates & special guests. Live music, local food trucks, craft beer, children's activities. Food trucks and activities from 5:30pm, main event at 7pm. Are you interested in offering activities or adding to our rally? Do you want to volunteer? Email natalie.hunt@greenparty.ca www.facebook.com/events/1427527807550741

Sat 30, 9:45-1pm Join the Greater Victoria Green Team and Esquimalt Parks at Macaulay Park for an Ivy and Blackberry removal volunteer event. Join here: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/events/220261004/

Sat 30, 9am Bird Walk with Geoffrey Newell of the Friends of Uplands Park. Meet at Cattle Point with your binoculars and enjoy the spring birds of the marine foreshore and Uplands Park.

Sat 30, 10am-12pm Soil Science 101. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street.  FREE, but must pre-register. Register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-workshop-soil-science-101-tickets-14554680441 or 250-386-9676.

Sat 30, 2-4pm Converted Freezer Composters. Join us to learn how to convert an old freezer into an efficient, rodent-proof composter, and join the raffle to purchase the converted freezer composter for the cost of materials. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street. Cost $20/$15 (or free with membership). Register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/converted-freezer-composters-tickets-14818343063 or 250-386-9676.

Sat 30, 7pm First Nations legal challenges against Northern Gateway. Sierra Club BC’s Youth Environmental Leadership Program presents a fantastic double bill in support of First Nations legal challenges. The Sweet Lowdown and West My Friend are two of Victoria’s most exciting bands, constantly touring across Canada and worldwide. Studio Robazzo, 2001-F Douglas St., Victoria. Tickets available at Larsen Music. www.facebook.com/events/1440036119630066/

Sun 31, 8am–4pm Coast Trail Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at East Sooke Regional Park (East Sooke) Join CRD Parks naturalists for one of Canada’s premier day hikes. Enjoy ocean breezes, great views and lush coastal forests on this challenging 7-hour hike. Fit hikers only. $10+GST. Pre–registration required by May 29. Space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 for registration and meeting location details.

Sun 31, 1–2:30pm Mystery Creature Guided Walk (5 years+) at Coles Bay Regional Park, North Saanich. Solve the riddles to find the clues hidden along the trail with a CRD Parks naturalist. Then piece the puzzle together to discover who the mystery creature is. Meet info kiosk in the parking lot off Inverness Road.

 

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MEET-UPS

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

EVERY WEEK

March through June. Volunteers needed to lead school programs at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Training provided. www.cowichanestuary.ca 250-746-0227.

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  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx

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, 9:00-4:30 Goldstream Nature House Eagle Extravaganza – see eagles feasting off the remains of the Chum salmon run use nature house binoculars. Cozy in by the fireplace with a hot cuppa. Ask Naturalist all kinds of questions. www.naturehouse.ca

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, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program.  Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria  http://haliburtonfarm.org/wp/food-boxes

Every Wed, 3:30-5:30pm Cowichan Community Green Work Party. Community Urban Food Forest, 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 Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html for each 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 Sun, 1:30-3:30pm Bee in the Garden at Spring Ridge Commons, Corner of Chambers + Gladstone (Fernwood) http://springridge.rd123.ca/?p=894

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