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Wed 1, 7pm The Future is HERE! Inspiring evening of innovative place-based solutions and green economy activities across the province. Featuring the award-winning movie The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People. Esquimalt United Church, Sierra Club BC. firstname.lastname@example.org www.sierraclub.bc.ca
Thur 2, 7pm Food Eco-Districts, with Heidi Grantner. FED's vision is a downtown hub that celebrates food and sustainability in the heart of downtown Victoria. Emerging Green Builders. Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Road. Free.
Tue 7–Fri 17 Women and Wood Artisan Building Retreat. Master carpenter Pat Hennebery will lead the group in building a deck with an eye for artistic flair. Morning yoga, sharing circles, sauna, community experiences. $190–790 To learn more or register: http://www.ourecovillage.org/ info (AT) ourecovillage.org 250.743.3067
Tue 7, 7pm Sour Seas: Understanding Ocean Acidification, UVic Continuing Studies and Ocean Networks Canada: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Sour-Seas-Understanding-Ocean-Acidification/ASSC237/)
Wed 8, 1:30-3:30pm Sour Seas: Understanding Ocean Acidification, UVic Continuing Studies and Ocean Networks Canada: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Sour-Seas-Understanding-Ocean-Acidification/ASSC237/)
Wed 8, 6-8:30pm Seeds of Change Workshops: Chemical Clean Out. Learn about harmful chemicals in typical household products and make your own shampoo, air freshener, and gym bag/yoga mat spray. Discuss herbs for liver detox support with guest speaker Herbalist Avery. $55 @Monterey Recreation Centre Register: 250-370-7300 www.plantstheseed.com
Wed 8, 6:45-9:30 Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, plus displays with local produce, seeds and products, farming, gardening, zero waste and food security initiatives. Tea and goodies. Gift basket giveaways. Post screening speakers and discussion. By donation. Awareness Film Night and Sooke Food CHI's Annual Farm and Film Gala. Edward Milne Community School 6218 Sooke Rd. www.awarenessfilmnight.ca and www.sookefoodchi.ca/filmnight
Wed 8, 7pm Introduction to Teilhard de Chardin with Margaret Walters. Start of four evenings. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St. Victoria email@example.com@gmail.com 250-220-4601 www.earthliteracies.org
Wed 8, 7pm Climate change: Choose your own adventure! Dr. Gavin Schmidt, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.David Lam Auditorium (Room A114), MacLaurin Building UVic, Victoria.
Thur 9, 6-9pm History of Garden Design with Jeff de Jong, UVic Continuing Studies: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/History-of-Garden-Design/ASSC244/
Thur 9, 7pm A New Green Economy, with Guy Dauncey, speaker, author and eco-futurist. The Forum, Parksville City Hall Council Chamber. Communities to Protect Our Coast, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thur 9, 7pm Opening of Green Party of Canada Saanich campaign office for Frances Litman and Elizabeth May. 106-3550 Saanich Road, in Munro Centre next to Drivewise. All welcome. http://www.greenparty.ca/en/riding/2013-59026
Thu 9, 7pm Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. The must-see film about food production, consumption and waste. Then join us our specially invited guests to discuss food production and waste in our community. Duncan United Church admission free or by donation. Co-sponsored by Duncan United Church Social Justice, Eye Opener Educational Films and Cowichan Food Security Coalition.
Fri 10, 10-3pm The Nature Kindergarten Experience: Professional Development for Educators. $95 + GST. Royal Roads: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PATL3828-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513
Fri 10, 7pm & Sat 11 10-5pm The Secret Life of Poems: with Denis Donnelly. A partnership with Programs in Earth Literacies and Continuing Studies Royal Roads University. $125. Royal Roads, 2005 Sooke Rd. Victoria
Registration: TAEA3926-Y14, RRU Continuing Studies, www.royalroads.ca/continuing-studies
Sat 11 & Sun 12, 9am-4pm Fearless Strokes: Activate Your Wild Imagination – This is a two-day artful exploration that will help you to paint from a place of relaxation and openness. $155 + GST. Royal Roads: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/TAEA3930-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.
Sat 11, 10am-12pm Composting Basics Workshop. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Free. Held at the Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street. Register at www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676.
Sat 11, 10am-2pm Restoration Volunteer Days at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park)! Come join SeaChange Marine Conservation Society doing invasive plant removal and planting native plants while you learn about the many layers of history in this special place. Meet at the bottom of the trail near the washrooms, tools and refreshments provided. seachangesociety.com
Sat 11, 10am-1pm Act on Climate - Canvassing with Sierra Club B.C. - Victoria Join Sierra Club volunteers to canvass neighbourhoods collecting signatures and talking with neighbours about the National Energy Board's flawed pipeline review process. Meet at 10am sharp at Atrium beside Habit Coffee, Blanshard and Yates, for orientation and to split into teams. Come early for coffee at Habit. email@example.com www.facebook.com/events/920217041363890/
Sat 11, 2-4pm Grow Your Own Food 101. Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to even start? This is a workshop designed for total beginners who want to get their hands dirty and start growing fresh produce. Held at the Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street. Cost $20/$15 (or free with membership) Register at www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676.
Sun 12, 11am and 2pm Mushroom Workshop at Welland Orchard, 1215 Stancil Lane, View Royal. Workshop only $45; Workshop & Spawn (stropharia rugosa annulata) $60 Registration: www.grassrootsherbalism.com/fungigardens-workshop/. firstname.lastname@example.org 250-592-7544 www.grassrootsherbalism.com/fungigardens-workshop/
Sun 12, 1- 4pm Invasive Ivy Removal at Cattle Point. Meet lower parking lot at Cattle Point. Join Friends of Uplands Park to remove invasive ivy from the endangered ecosystem. Bring pruners, loppers, saws and gloves. Tools provided if needed. Refreshments. Free.
Sun 12, 3pm Free grafting workshop at the Welland Orchard, 1215 Stancil Lane, View Royal.
Mon 13, 6:30 The movie WILD based on Cheryl Strayed’s book about her hike up the Pacific Crest Trail - plus LIKE A RIVER about another woman’s healing journey by canoe across Canada - by donation at EMP Theatre http://www.moviemonday.ca
Tue 14, 5-7pm Green Drinks at The Drake Eatery, just across Pandora from Swans Hotel & Brewpub www.facebook.com/events/753776011384787/
Tues 14, 7pm Tangled Up in Blue: the Impacts of Marine Debris, UVic Continuing Studies and Ocean Networks Canada: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Tangled-Up-in-Blue-the-Impacts-of-Marine-Debris/ASSC238/)
Tue 14, 7:30pm Chasing Ghana’s Ghosts: the status of lions and other wildlife in West Africa. Cole Burton will discuss the status of lions and other wildlife in Ghana’s Mole National Park, West Africa and assess the success of lion conservation efforts in other parts of Africa. UVic Fraser 159. Bring friends.
Wed 15, 1:30-3:30pm Tangled Up in Blue: the Impacts of Marine Debris, UVic Continuing Studies and Ocean Networks Canada: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Tangled-Up-in-Blue-the-Impacts-of-Marine-Debris/ASSC238/)
Thur 16, 8:15am-2pm 'Creatures of Habitat' at BAYSIDE School. Volunteers needed to help mentor and supervise Gr. 6 students during hands-on restoration activities (invasive species removal, planting, etc.) at school and Gowlland Tod Park. http://peninsulastreams.ca/archives/creatures-of-habitat-2015 250-363-6480 or PeninsulaStreams@gmail.com
Thurs 16, 7pm Polar Bears I: Polar Bears in Winter/Spring, UVic Continuing Studies: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Polar-Bears-I-Polar-Bears-in-WinterSpring/ASSC242/
Thur 16, 8pm Call Mr. Robeson - A Life with Songs. Tayo Aluko brings to life Paul Robeson and celebrate this great actor, singer and civil rights campaigner in a compelling One-man play. Victoria Event centre, 1415 Broad St. $20/$18 at eventbrite.ca or at the door. Sponsored by Victoria Multi Cultural Society and many others.
Fri 17, 7pm Lost Rivers Documentary Screening. Get excited about water hidden beneath your feet! This inspiring film takes us on an adventure across the globe, retracing the history of lost and long-ago buried urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground with clandestine urban explorers to ask the question; Could we see these rivers again? To find the answer, we meet visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world. Held at the Fernwood Community Centre 1240 Gladstone Ave. By donation at the door, reserve your seat at www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 .
Sat 18, 8:30am-11:30am Labyrinths: Drawing a Sacred Space – Construct labyrinths indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) so that you will be able to re-create them on your own. $35. Royal Roads: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PEMS3975-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513.
Sat 18, 11am–3pm. Get Ready, Get Local: Local Food and Sustainable Agriculture Expo. Victoria Conference Centre. $5. Vancouver Island’s new local food and agriculture expo, showcasing Island foods and the folks who produce it, plus home food and garden workshops. 250-880-1317. email@example.com www.getreadygetlocal.com
Sat 18, 1-3pm Harvesting the Rain: Challenges and Opportunities. Our 'winter rain environment' here on the West Coast poses unique challenges and opportunities for harvesting rainfall. By looking at a few examples, this workshop will explore some of the ways we can optimize rainfall in our climate, from rain-tanks to ponds to rain gardens. Cost $20/$15 (or free with membership) Register at www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676.
Sat 18, 1:30-3:30pm Polar Bears I: Polar Bears in Winter/Spring, UVic Continuing Studies: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Polar-Bears-I-Polar-Bears-in-WinterSpring/ASSC242/
Sun 19, 10-3pm Downtown Edible Nursery Open House and Plant Sale at 1032 Mason St. Get an early start with healthy organic veggie starts. Free Tours and local growers Saanich Native Plants, Purposeful Plants, DIY Fungi 250-383-5800
Sun 19, 12 Noon The Future is HERE! Inspiring evening of innovative place-based solutions and green economy activities across the province. Featuring the award-winning movie The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People. Victoria Unitarian Church, Sierra Club BC. firstname.lastname@example.org www.sierraclub.bc.ca
Sun 19, 12-3pm Seeds of Change Workshops: DIY Sunscreen and Deodorant. Learn about UVA/UVB protection and make a natural sunscreen with 20 SPF, learn about parabens and fragrances and make a non-toxic deodorant that works! $45 @Oaklands Community Centre Register: 250-370-9101 www.plantstheseed.com
Sun 19, 12:30pm The Future is HERE! Inspiring evening of innovative place-based solutions and green economy activities across the province. Featuring the award-winning movie The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People. Beban Social Centre Lounge C, Nanaimo. Sierra Club BC. email@example.com www.sierraclub.bc.ca
Sun 19, 2-4pm Climate Justice: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation, with Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda, PhD. A partnership program with Christ Church Cathedral. $20. Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.com 250-220-4601 www.earthliteracies.org
Mon 20, 8:30am-2:50pm 'Creatures of Habitat' at COLQUITZ School. Volunteers needed to help mentor and supervise Gr. 6 students during hands-on restoration activities (invasive species removal, planting, etc.) at school and Colquitz River Park. http://peninsulastreams.ca/archives/creatures-of-habitat-2015 250-363-6480 or PeninsulaStreams@gmail.com
Tue 21, 7pm Threats to Orcas, UVic Continuing Studies and Ocean Networks Canada: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Threats-to-Orcas/ASSC239/)
Tue 21, 7:30pm Fantastic Flora from Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Experience Kilimanjaro with biologists Jenny Feick and Ian Hatter. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome.
Wed 22 & Thur 23rd 8:40am-3pm 'Creatures of Habitat' at ROYAL OAK School. Volunteers needed to help mentor and supervise Gr. 6 students during hands-on restoration activities (invasive species removal, planting, etc.) at school and nearby parks. http://peninsulastreams.ca/archives/creatures-of-habitat-2015 250-363-6480 or PeninsulaStreams@gmail.com
Wed 22, 11-1pm Global Earth Day Event at Spring Ridge Commons: Plants a Tree/Seed http://springridgecommons.ca
Wed 22 1:30-3:30pm Threats to Orcas, UVic Continuing Studies and Ocean Networks Canada: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Threats-to-Orcas/ASSC239/)
Wed 22, 7:30pm All Buffleheads Day and the Great Bufflehead Crash – Why? Why was the Great Bufflehead Crash in November 1940, followed by the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie) and the disastrous Armistice Day Blizzard? James (Kerry) Finley has developed a predictive model of weather and Bufflehead migrations built on the constant of All Buffleheads Day. UVic Fraser 159. Bring friends.
Thurs 23, 7pm Polar Bears II: Polar Bears in Summer/Fall, UVic Continuing Studies: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Polar-Bears-II-Polar-Bears-in-SummerFall/ASSC243/
Fri 24, 10-6pm IncrEdibles! The launch of a new business model selling locally grown heritage food bedding plants. Fern & Feather, 3920 Yellow Point Road, Ladysmith. Carolyn Herriot, 250-924-4478.
Fri 24, 7pm The Future is HERE! Inspiring evening of innovative place-based solutions and green economy activities across the province. Featuring the award-winning movie The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People. Metchosin Film Night at the Community House. Sierra Club BC. email@example.com www.sierraclub.bc.ca
Fri 24, 7:30pm The Only One Planet Cabaret. A Fundraiser for Pull-Together.ca, supporting First Nations legal challenges to pipelines and tankers. Harbour city theater, 25 Victoria Road, Nanaimo. 250-753-0040 $20.
Sat 25, 9am Uplands Park Bird Walk. Join Friends of Uplands Park birder, Geoffrey Newell, at Cattle Point. Bring binoculars and dress for rain or shine. Free.
Sat 25, 10am-2pm Restoration Volunteer Days at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park)! Come join SeaChange Marine Conservation Society doing invasive plant removal and planting native plants while you learn about the many layers of history in this special place. Meet at the bottom of the trail near the washrooms, tools and refreshments provided. seachangesociety.com
Sat 25–Sun 26 OUR Ecovillage 2015 Youth Convergence with co-facilitation by The Inclusive Leadership Co-Operative. Interfaith, intergenerational, intercultural event at our 25-acre natural building, permaculture, and ecological living education site. Join us with a friend or bring your entire high school class. $40–$75 To learn more: www.ourecovillage.org/ firstname.lastname@example.org 250.743.3067
Sat 25, 11-1pm Earth Walk for Peace and the Planet. Gather at the BC Legislature on for the walk to Centennial Square. Bring your banners, signs, flags and flowers. Drums, noisemakers, puppets and people younger and older are welcome and encouraged to participate! Together, let's proclaim our commitment to a peaceful world that respects ecological systems and the communities they sustain! www.facebook.com/events/911871192168440/
Sat 25 & Sun 26, 11am-4pm Wild Edible Foods of Southern Vancouver Island – Discover the wild edible foods that are available in both urban and rural areas around Victoria with emphasis on foods that are in season. $105. Royal Roads: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLNA3886-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513
Sat 25, 1:30-3:30pm Polar Bears II: Polar Bears in Summer/Fall, UVic Continuing Studies: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Polar-Bears-II-Polar-Bears-in-SummerFall/ASSC243/
Sat 25, Noon-9pm 4th Annual Creatively United for the Planet Earth Week Festival. The free, all-ages community event features local food, 35 local musical acts, 60 innovative displays, electric assist bicycle test rides, electric vehicles, world-class photography, films, children's activities, art and afternoon tea! Yoga and an organic dinner garden party with a jazz trio and concert. English Inn, 429 Lampson St., in Esquimalt. Full program: www.creativelyunited.org
Sat 25, 7pm Celebrating the Salish Sea: Raincoast Conservation Foundation presents an evening of science, information and inspiration. Elizabeth May and other leading advocates will address the threats to British Columbia’s iconic Salish Sea and our southern resident Killer Whales. Music by Kytami, a "violinistextremist.” Screening of Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s new documentary film Directly Affected. Tickets available from the Mary Winspear Centre box office. Monika Pakstas. email@example.com
Sun 26, Noon-4pm 4th Annual Creatively United for the Planet Earth Week Festival. English Inn, 429 Lampson St., in Esquimalt. Full program: www.creativelyunited.org
Sun 26, 1-3pm RBCM Botanical Walk. Celebrate 125 years of the First Nature Walks led by RBC Museum staff with Friends of Uplands Park. Guided by Botany Collections Manager, Dr. Erica Wheeler, Curator of Botany, Dr. Ken Marr, Curator of Botany and Earth History, Dr. Richard Hebda and James Miskelly. Free. Meet Beach Drive entrance sign to Uplands park, Oak Bay.
Mon 27, 7:30pm Risky Business: Identifying Priorities for Ecosystem-Based Oceans Management. Miriam O is a biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada will speak about ongoing work in the department to develop research and monitoring plans for Marine Protected Areas and Large Ocean Management Areas. UVic Fraser 159. Bring friends.
Tues, 28, 7pm A Fresh Start for Spring Ridge Commons, Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Avenue. http://springridgecommons.ca
Wed 29, 7:30pm Celebrate BiodiverCity and the Best Marine Environment in Urban Canada. Come and learn about the history of the Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary and its amazing wildlife. Free public talk by Jacques Sirois, Friends of Victoria MBS. Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 371 Cecelia Rd, Victoria. Sponsored by Gorge Waterway Initiative. 250-360-3299 www.gorgewaterway.ca
Fri May 1–June 28 Natural Building Extravaganza with Elke Cole and Pat Hennebery. 2, 4 or 7 week immersion into creativity, natural construction, and general building skills development and lots of community connections. Many modules available, $1600–$6500 To learn more or register: http://www.ourecovillage.org/ firstname.lastname@example.org 250.743.3067
Haliburton Farm Spring Food Box
Bonus 20% worth of beautiful certified organic produce, to thank our subscribers for your support. 6 Weeks in the Spring: May–June ($20 per box – total $120 in one payment). Starts May 20. Pick-up day Wednesday 11am-6pm at the farm inside the farm cooler. Alternative pick-up location in Fairfield. www.haliburtonfarm.org 250-658-0758.
CRD Parks Hikes, Outings and Events with Park Naturalists almost every day:
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/
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. email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Sat, 10-Noon Moss Street Winter Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Garry Oak Room, 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