HOST OF INSPIRING EVENTS ORGANIZED BY AMAZING LOCAL PEOPLE
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Sat 2, Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse. firstname.lastname@example.org 250-812-8133. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx
Sat 2, 10am-3pm 10th Annual Pumpkin Smash. Join the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre post Halloween family fun and smash your pumpkins in our giant compost bin instead of sending them to the landfill! Intact edible pumpkins donated to local food banks. Broadmead Thrifty Foods.
Sat 2, 10-4pm The Poetry of the Earth with Denis Donnelly BA. $50 Please bring a lunch, refreshments are served. Church of Truth 111 Superior St. Victoria email@example.com 250-220-4601www.earthliteracies.org
Sat 2, 1–2:30pm Who’s Hooting? Guided Walk (5 years+) at Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford) A CRD Parks’ naturalist will help you find out more about these night hunters. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53
Sat 2, 1–2:30pm Forever Green Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist and learn about the natural history and uses of evergreens, then warm up with a sip of forest tea. Meet Nature Centre off Munn Road.
Sun 3, 10am–2pm Park 2 Park Hiking Adventure Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. A Parks’ naturalist will guide the hike along the Pan Handle Fire Trail to Thetis Lake. Bring lunch, water, raingear, sturdy hiking shoes. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.
Sun 3, 10:30am–12pm Tree–mendous Trees Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist as we walk inside an ancient cedar, reach arms around a 500-year-old Douglas fir tree, count tree rings, and learn to recognize west coast tree species. Meet Nature Centre off Munn Road.
Sun 3, 10am-3pm 10th Annual Pumpkin Smash. Join the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre post Halloween family fun and smash your pumpkins in our giant compost bin instead of sending them to the landfill! Intact edible pumpkins donated to local food banks. Cloverdale Thrifty Foods.
Sun 3, 10am-12pm Tree Appreciation Day in Oak Bay. Join us at Uplands Park Beach Drive Entrance to plant Garry Oaks and other native plants, learn about tree banding for winter moths, enjoy the displays and join a nature walk with the Friends of Uplands Park. Bring your gardening questions. Refreshments. www.recreation.oakbay.ca
Sun 3, 10-3:30pm Pelagic Birding on the M.V. Coho, with Mike McGrenere, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and back. $35. Bring Passport or enhanced driver’s licence to go through US Customs. VNHS
Sun 3, 1-4pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250-479-0211 for pre-registration.
Tue 5, 9:30-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250-479-0211 for pre-registration.
Wed 6, 7:30pm Canadian Dept. of Peace Initiative: Report back from Geneva Summit for Ministries of Peace. 45 Cambridge St. Saul Arbess, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thur 7, all day. Launch of MealShare Victoria at participating Victoria restaurants. An enterprising non-profit that works with local restaurants to donate meals to those in need. Proceeds to Our Place. https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/assets/docs/mealshare victoria.pdf
Thur 7, 3-6pm BC Transit Open House. UVic, Michele Pujol Room, SUB. Drop by and talk to planners from BC Transit and UVic about the planned bus loop expansion near SUB.
Fri 8, 10-4pm Aboriginal Ways of Being and Knowing: Introduction to Coast Salish Culture, $155. A rich day-long interactive immersion into Coast Salish culture, a complex heritage thousands of years old and deeply rooted in the natural world. Royal Roads Continuing Studies. Register: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLEL3319-Y13.htm. 250-391-2513
Fri 8/Sat 9 Envisioning Sustainable and Just Futures: a soulful journey beyond the negativity bias with Karen Hurley, PhD. Learn how to create positive visions of healthy and just futures, which will guide our actions by overcoming negative influences from media and other sources through understandings in recent neuroscience. Bethlehem Retreat Centre, 2371 Arbot Rd, Nanaimo. $94 includes lunch. http://earthliteracies.org/programs/
Sat 9, 8:30-7:30pm Living Future Symposium, with speakers Elizabeth May, Trevor Hancock, Stephen Salter, Guy Dauncey, Roy Brooke, Scott Murdoch & Richard Iredale. $60 ($30 Cascadia members) includes all sessions, coffee/tea, lunch, and a free drink at social event afterwards. Cash bar for additional beverages. UVic Bob Wright Centre, Earth & Ocean Sciences. http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8882037413 http://cascadiavi.org/
Sat 9-Mon 11 Warriors for the Human Spirit: Cultivating Our Capacity to Serve An In-Depth Retreat with Meg Wheatley, at Stowel Farm, Salt Spring. $895 + GST Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/VEVI3103-Y13.htm. 250-391-2513
Sat 9, 10-12pm Fish Watching with Steven Roias. Learn about adaptive strategies, life history traits and species identification coupled with fish behaviour, ecological role and vulnerability in waterways right here in our own home town! Goldstream Park. Meet left side of Finlayson Rd. Bridge. Everyone welcome. Steven Roias 250-588-0433 email@example.com. VNHS
Sat 9, 1–2:30pm Marvelous Mushrooms Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. For the novice mushroom explorer, join a CRD Parks’ naturalist to identify (not harvest) fungi in the forest. Free, but you must pre-register as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 before November 8.
Sun 10, 10am Mushrooms at Royal Roads, with Kem Luther, South Vancouver Island Mycological Society. Bring your favourite field guide. Observation trip, no harvesting. Meet at Royal Roads Tennis Courts. Parking fees in effect. VNHS, Agnes 250-721-0634.
Sun 10, 1–2:30pm Salmon Sensation Guided Walk (5 years+) at Charters Interpretive Centre, Sooke. The salmon have returned! Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist alongside Charters River to learn more about the salmon’s natural history and for a close-up look at these magnificent fish. Meet Charters Interpretive Centre off Sooke River Road (turn right before the bridge). http://www.salmonforsooke.com/map.html
Tue 12, 5-7pm Green Drinks at Spinnakers Brewpub, Esquimalt. Good friends, good company. www.facebook.com/events/529685047102632/
Tue 12, 7:30pm The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous. Paula Wild, author of the new book, gives a presentation about our evolving relationship with cougars, featuring amazing photographs. UVic Fraser 159. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend and coffee mug.
Tue 12, 7:30pm Clayoquot Conversations: The Legacy and Future of Clayoquot Sound. The 1993 Clayoquot blockade was a turning point in the history of Canada and BC. Join the Clayoquot Sound Conservation Alliance for a panel discussion with Elizabeth May, First Nations leaders and veteran environmentalists. Alix Gooldin Hall, admission by donation. firstname.lastname@example.org. Lee-Ann Unger (250) 266-9663 cell
Wed 13, 7pm Camosun Climate Forum, with Dr Andrew Weaver. Highlights of the recent IPCC climate change report and climate policy in BC. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/433601663412838/ Camosun Lansdowne Young 216 http://camosun.ca/about/campus-maps.html
Wed 13, 7pm Trashed, 2013 film following Jeremy Irons as he travels the globe to discover the extent and effects of global waste. Discussion with Laura Byrne, Sooke Parks and Environmental Services Coordinator. MiniFair with local Upcyclers' creative wares - sustainable Christmas shopping. Free gift exchange table: bring a "gift" of something useful you no longer need. Edward Milne Community School 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation. www.awarenessfilmnight.ca
Wed 13, 7:30pm Making Canada a Resilient Energy Superpower. Eminent Speakers Series with Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of Carbon Shift, The Ingenuity Gap, etc. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney http://sgigreenparty.ca/calendar/. Green Party of Canada. By donation.
Fri 15, 9 – 4:30 The 10th Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team Seminar Series: talks, posters, and moderated discussions. Followed by AGM at 4:30pm. This event always reaches capacity –register early to guarantee your spot. $20 includes refreshments & lunch + $5 optional membership. Mail or deliver cheque to GOERTS, 841 Ralph St., Victoria V8X 3E1 or pay online by credit card by November 8th. No payment at the door. Arbutus Room, Cadboro Commons, UVic.
Fri 15, 12-1pm American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival. Talk and book signing with author Giles Slade. UVic, David Strong Building, C116.
Sat 16, 5:45am Field trip to Snow Geese at Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Fraser River delta. Carpool from Elk-Beaver Lake Regional Park Sign on Elk Lake Drive for the 7am ferry. Return on 5pm sailing. $60. Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks. Dress warmly. Call Rick 250-885-2454 to confirm attendance. VNHS.
Sat 16, Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse. email@example.com Call 250-812-8133 for volunteer times. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx
Sat 16, 10-12pm. Free Composting Basics Workshop. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Register http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or call 250-386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park St.
Sat 16, 12:30am-4pm Island Farmers' Alliance 2013 AGM: Help Determine the Future of the IFA. Cobble Hill Hall, 3550 Watson Avenue, Cobble Hill. Background papers at www.islandfarmersalliance.org
Sat 16, 1–2:30pm Forest Snoop Guided Walk (5 years+) at Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford). Snoop around with an experienced CRD Parks’ naturalist. Meet kiosk in parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53
Sat 16, 2-4pm. Plant Propagation Workshop. Learn about hardwood and softwood cuttings, layering, air layering and division. $15/$10. Register http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or call (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park St.
Sat 16, 6-10pm Curious about what REALLY happens at Wild ARC? Wild ARC’s Fall for Wildlife Dinner Auction. Chance to win an opportunity to be an intern for a day. Four Points by Sheraton Victoria Gateway, 829 McCallum Rd.?$70 per ticket or $650 per table of 10 Tickets available online at www.wildarc.com/events or 250-478-9453
Sat 16, 7pm & Sat 17, 10-4pm Dancing with the Cosmos: Prayer and the New Cosmology with Alexandra Kovats csj PhD |Fri $70, Lunch $5. Refreshments Provided. Partnership with Christ Church Cathedral Eco-Justice Committee. Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave. firstname.lastname@example.org 250-220-4601 www.earthliteracies.org
Sat 16, 1-3pm Day of Action: No Tankers. Rally against tanker and pipeline projects. Send a clear message to Christy Clark and Stephen Harper that we reject the expansion of tanker traffic on the B.C. coast. Location TBA. Galen at email@example.com www.defendourclimate.ca https://www.facebook.com/events/684543914898401
Sun 17, 10am Fungi Observations in John Dean Park with mycologist Bryce Kendrick. Learn how molds and slime molds differ from mushrooms and why fungi are more like animals than plants. Meet far end of Carmanah Terrace, off Dean Park Rd, off East Saanich Rd. Agnes Lynn 250-721-0634. VNHS.
Sun 17, 11am–3pm Nuts About Squirrels Drop-in Event All ages at Francis/King Regional Park. Drop in for a squirrelly day and find out more about this amazing animal. Puppet shows at 11:30 and 1:30, walks at 12 and 2pm. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.
Sun 17, 5-9pm Salish Foods Potluck. Let's get together and share a meal made of ingredients born, raised and fed from this land so that we can become this land. Examples of local dishes... http://everythinigedible.blogspot.ca. 834 Sayward Rd. www.facebook.com/events/614491275255601
Mon 18, 7pm Green Buildings: The View from 2032. Presentation by Guy Dauncey. If builders, owners and governments realized the urgency of the climate crisis, and made a deep commitment to zero-carbon green buildings, what might the future look like? BCSEA Victoria Chapter. North Park Manor Meeting Room, 875 North Park St. http://www.bcsea.org/get-involved/events/2013/11/18/green-building-view-from-2032
Mon 18, 7:30pm Green Christmas III: A gala holiday fundraiser for the Land Trust Alliance of BC. The Café @ The Bay (Government St). Refreshments, live auction, raffle, entertainment, silent auction. Sponsors: The Pinch Group, Megson Fitzpatrick, Horne Coupar. Tickets $25 at 250-590-1921
Mon 18, 7:30pm Global Food Security: The Story of an African Women’s Farm, with Dr. Elizabeth Vibert (History, UVic). A women’s cooperative farm in Limpopo Province, South Africa, offers new hope to people in rural communities. The Grandmothers Advocacy Network. Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road
Tue 19, 10-2pm Wetland Stewardship and Restoration at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. 250-746-0227 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue 19, 5:30pm Showing Up: Using Online Tools to Drive Real-World Actions. How can nonprofits break through the background noise and move people enough to close their laptops? With Karl Hardin, Dogwood Initiative, and Cam Gray, Leadnow.ca $5. Accelerate Tectoria, 2659 Douglas. http://www.meetup.com/NetSquared-Victoria-a-nonprofit-technology-meetup/
Tue 19, 7:30pm The Strange World of Pitcher Plants, with Jonathan Moran. Learn how pitcher plants have turned the tables on animals, and how they attract, catch, and use them for their own ends. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome.
Wed 20, 9-5pm WANTED: Tempered Radicals - Changing Organizations from Within. $255. Drawing from research, and compelling stories, this course illustrates a spectrum of innovative ways to "rock the boat" from inside the corporate ship and steer toward powerful, positive and sustainable change. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PACS3182-Y13.htm 250-391-2513
Sat 23, 1-2:30pm Marvelous Mushrooms Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. See Sat 9 for details.
Sat 23, 2pm Solar Home Tour: Never Visit A Gas Station Again! 311 Perimeter Place, Colwood BC. Free tour showing two great ways to use solar energy: a solar photovoltaic system for charging an electric vehicle and a solar thermal system used for both water and space heating. email@example.com 250-216-7527.
Sat 23, 2-4pm Mason Bees Condo Overwintering Workshop. Learn how to clean your Mason Bee condo and cocoons. Gord will teach you the best methods for getting off the mites without harming the cocoons. $15/$10. Register http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or call (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park St.
Sun 24, 8am Birding with Geoffrey Newell of the Friends of Uplands Park. Bring binoculars and meet at Cattle Point.
Sun 24, 10am–12pm Winter Birds of Witty’s Guided Walk (9 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin). Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist to find out who’s who at the lagoon, a favourite bird hangout. Bring binoculars. Spotting scopes provided. Meet Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55
Mon 25, 7:30pm Holey Rocks! Ground breaking studies of rock-boring clams. Join biologist and author Rick Harbo (Royal BC Museum) to discover the unique adaptations of rock-boring clams causing “holey rocks.” UVic Fraser 159. Everyone welcome. VNHS.
Tue 26, 5:30-7:30pm Green Drinks Saanich Peninsula. Zanzibar Café, 1164 Stelly’s X Road, $10 includes appetizers.
Tue 26, 6:30pm Community Microlending Fourth Annual Fundraiser and Celebration, with Janet Rogers, Victoria Poet Laureate, and Sarah van Gelder, editor, YES! Magazine. Big Silent Auction, Entrepreneurs Fair. Tickets $30, $35 after Nov 18, includes food and drink. https://www.eventbrite.ca/event/8826575525 The Atrium, 1321 Blanshard. www.facebook.com/VCMLS
Wed 27, 7pm Google and the World Brain Victoria movie premiere at OPEN CINEMA. The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet and the people who tried to stop it. www.WorldBraintheFilm.com Discussion with David Leach, Kim Nayyer & Peter Sandmark. Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street. Cash bar, local pizza, coffee, door prizes. By donation, $10-20 at the door
Wed 27, 7:30pm Lagunas Encantadas. Join Dannie Carsen for a presentation on birding the Enchanted Lagoons near Tepic in Nayarit State in western Mexico. For those thinking of visiting Mexico with birding in mind, this is a good introduction. UVic Fraser 159. Everyone welcome. VNHS.
Thur 28, 7pm White Water Black Gold. Film Night at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. By donation. Doors open 6:30pm. 250-746-0227 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 29, 7pm The Poetry of The Holy Universe with author David Christopher. David shares the insights of his book Holy Universe, A New Story of Creation For the Heart, Soul and Spirit.$20. Friends Meeting House 1831 Fern St. email@example.com@gmail.com 250-220-4601 www.earthliteracies.org
Fri 29, 7pm Embracing the New Economy: An audacious exploration into the emerging paradigm. How do we leverage the innovation, know-how and resources in our communities to accelerate the shift to a new economic paradigm? With Ian MacKenzie (Sacred Economics and Reactor), Carol Anne Hilton, Ethan Roland & Donna Morton. The Car Shop at the Roundhouse, off Kimta Road, Vic West $15 Living the New Economy: http://neweconomy.ca
Sat 30, 8am Christmas Bird Count Tune-up. Meet at the bridge at Esquimalt Lagoon to tune up your winter bird-spotting identification skills. Great opportunity for novice or near-novice Christmas Bird Counters to get some practice. Rick Schortinghuis at 250-885-2454. VNHS.
Sat 30, 9am-2pm Living the New Economy Opportunity Fair. Join entrepreneurs, big thinkers and doers for a day of innovative ideas and exciting opportunities. Learn what's happening and where your creativity and energy can be applied. Suggested donation $5. The Car Shop at the Roundhouse, off Kimta Road, Vic West $15 Living the New Economy: http://neweconomy.ca
Sat 30, 1-2:30pm Lovely Lone Tree Hill Guided Walk (8 years+) at Lone Tree Hill Regional Park (Highlands). Join a Parks’ naturalist for a guided walk to the top of this gem of a park with spectacular views. Bring a snack, wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet parking lot off Millstream Road.
Sat 30, 2:30-4pm Living the New Economy Idea Jam (by donation). Tap into the co-creative power of our community to envision a future that is resilient, prosperous and green. With Lisa Helps and Sally Ross. The Car Shop at the Roundhouse, off Kimta Road, Vic West. Living the New Economy: http://neweconomy.ca
Sat 30, 6-7:30pm Living the New Economy Poetry Slam. Join Victoria’s young slam poets for a thrilling ride of words, rhythm and a lot of finger snapping! Poets perform short poems with a chance to win cash prizes. $5 The Car Shop at the Roundhouse, off Kimta Road, Vic West. Living the New Economy: http://neweconomy.ca
Sat 30, 7:30-11pm Living the New Economy Social Evening with Music and Refreshments. Some of Victoria's hottest DJs. $10. The Car Shop at the Roundhouse, off Kimta Road, Vic West. Living the New Economy: http://neweconomy.ca
Sat 30, Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse. firstname.lastname@example.org Call 250-812-8133 for volunteer times. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx
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. email@example.com 250-812-8133
Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 2 -3pm Monterey School Ecokeepers are removing invasive plants from Anderson Hill. Drop by to offer support.
Every Wed and Thur, 11-5pm Haliburton Food Box Program Room available for summer and winter food box program. Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce, become closer to the farmers who grow the food. email@example.com or call 250 658.0758
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sun, 10-4pm O.U.R. Ecovillage weekly Sunday work parties. 250-743-3067. www.ourecovillage.org
Every Sun 1:30-3:30pm Bee in the Garden, Spring Ridge Commons, Corner of Chambers + Gladstone Everyone welcome. http://springridgecommons.ca