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WEEK ONE

Mon 2, 7pm The Future of the CBC: A Webcast interview with Thomas Mulcair, NDP.  Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has invited each leader of a federal political party to be interviewed about their policies and vision for the CBC. Cook Street Village Activity Center, 1 – 380 Cook Street, Victoria.

Tue 3, 9:15-12:30pm Spring Ridge Commons permaculture volunteer blitz with the Greater Victoria Green Team. Mulching, trail maintenance and weeding this permaculture food garden/forest in the heart of Fernwood. RSVP greatervictoriagreenteam@gmail.com, www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team

Tue 3, 6:30pm-8pm Reforming Democracy in BC. A forum on reforming democracy, presented by Gary Holman, MLA, with representatives from Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting B.C. A non-partisan event, everyone welcome. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. https://www.facebook.com/events/1584794298431730

Wed 4, 7pm MLA Town Hall Forum on Poverty and Homelessness, with MLA Andrew Weaver, Andrew Wynn-Williams, Executive Director of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Bruce Wallace, UVic School of Social Work and Bernice Kamano Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. UVic A120 David Turpin Building. http://www.andrewweavermla.ca/2015/01/20/mla-town-hall-poverty-homelessness-difficult-conversation/

Wed 4, 7pm The Canadian Arctic: A Naturalist’s Perspective. 4-part workshop series by UVic Continuing Studies, Register here: https://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/The-Canadian-Arctic-A-Naturalists-Perspective/ASSC241/

Wed 4, 7pm The Madii Lii Camp: Stopping the LNG Pipeline. In Aug. 2014, Luutkudziiwus, a house group of the Gitxsan Nation, evicted TransCanada fracked gas pipeline contractors from their Madii Lii territory. A permanent camp has been built and a gate erected to control access to the territory. Meet Richard Wright from the camp, and learn how you can become involved in stopping the pipeline and supporting a resurgence of indigenous land management. See www.madiilii.com Camas Books, 2620 Quadra. Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group. Everyone welcome, food available

Thur 5, 4-6pm The Madii Lii Camp: Stopping the LNG Pipeline. See Wed 4 for details. First People's House, Room 160, UVic. Sponsored by The Native Students Union. All welcome.  A light meal and beverages will be served. www.madiilii.com

Thur 5, 6:30pm-8pm Reforming Democracy in BC. A forum on reforming democracy, presented by Gary Holman, MLA, with representatives from Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting B.C. A non-partisan event, everyone welcome.  Central Saanich Senior Citizens' Association, 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay. https://www.facebook.com/events/930172813690006/

Thur 5, 7pm Residential Oil Spills - A Disaster Waiting to Happen? Community Forum and Panel, with Dean Murdock, Tim Pringle, Ethan Krindle, Dave Rogers, Dorothy Chambers and Judith Lavoie. Spectrum Community School Theatre, 957 Burnside Rd West. www.saanichsouth.ca 250-479-4154

Thur 5, 12pm-1:30pm From Rights to Responsibilities to Decolonization: Shifting Political Discourses. Professor Joyce Green is the editor of Making Space for Indigenous Feminism and Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights. UVic First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall. Presented by UVic Department of Political Science, Office of Indigenous Affairs and the Indigenous Politics Workshop. Campus map http://www.uvic.ca/home/about/campus-info/maps/pdf/3d-map-latest.pdf

Sat 7, 8am Birding Saxe Point and Macaulay Point Parks with the VNHS Saturday Birding Group. Meet parking lot, Saxe Point Park. Rick 250-885-2454

Sat 7, 9:30am-4:30pm Trauma Psychology and Ecopsychology: An Integrative Model. Practical, experiential and interactive, this workshop blends theory with practice providing conceptual models and theoretical understandings. $125 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLEL3876-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513

Sat 7, 10am - 3:30pm Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday, at the Civic Centre, 747 Jones St. Speakers, Seed Swap, Raffle, Speakers, Vendors, Seedy Cafe and much more. qualicumbeachseedysaturday@gmail.com  qbseedysaturday.com

Sat 7, 10-3pm 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

Sat 7, 1–2:30pm Family Fun Guided Walk (all ages) at Thetis Lake to celebrate Family Day weekend. Join a CRD Parks naturalist and discover the beauty of this wooded parkland. Meet main parking lot at Thetis Lake.

Sun 8, 10am–12pm Moss Landscapes of Vancouver Island Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join guest CRD Parks naturalist Kem Luther to discover the strange lives of mosses, and how to identify the most common species. $7 + GST. Pre–register by Feb 6. Space limited. 250.478.3344.

 

WEEK TWO

Mon 9, 10am–12pm (parent & child) & 2–3:30pm (13 years+). Love a Slug or Snail Guided Workshop at Francis/King Regional Park. Learn about the slugs and snails that live on the forest floor with CRD Parks artist-in-residence Joanne Thomson. Free, but pre-register as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 by Feb 6.

Mon 9, 7pm A New International Climate Treaty? A post-Lima report and pre-Paris countdown! with Elizabeth May MP, Guy Dauncey and Ken Wu. Admission: $10. Ambrosia Event Centre, 638 Fisgard street, Victoria majoritysustainable@gmail.com  Organized by the Majority for A Sustainable Society (MASS). www.facebook.com/events/1583714051842277

Tue 10, 5-7pm Green Drinks at The Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora Ave, Victoria. Good people, good conversations, good drinks! www.facebook.com/events/626227510854821

Tue 10, 7:30pm Wetland Restoration. Carlo Acuña will tell how the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society is working to restore a degraded wetland on their Manley Farm property in Cobble Hill. VNHS, UVic Fraser 159. Free, everyone welcome.

Wed 11, 6:30pm - 11pm Love Your Coast! Join this Valentine's do and celebrate your love for the coast as we launch our new membership scheme and fundraising campaign. Music by Mae Moore, Oliver Swain and Smith and Lyseng. Food by "Natures Chef" Tom Kral and cash bar. Victoria Conference Centre 720 Douglas Street. www.facebook.com/events/418198545012798

Wed 11, 7pm DamNation: a movie about changing U.S. attitudes towards damming rivers which has resulted in dam removals and river ecosystem restorations. Discussion with Ana Simeon, Peace Valley campaigner for the Sierra Club. Awareness Film Night. Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation.  www.awarenessfilmnight.ca

Wed 11, 7-9pm Growing and Wild Harvesting Truffles. Combine the aroma of mature truffles with the promise of big profits and you can understand the allure of truffle cultivation. But, how realistic is it in BC? By donation to Growing Young Farmers Society. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLET3871-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513.

Wed 11, 7pm The Sower - a beautiful and heartwarming movie about an eccentric seed saver and artist from Quebec. Fundraiser for Island Natural Growers and Seeds of Assam. The Fritz Cinema, Salt Spring. $10-15

Thur 12, 9:45am-1pm Christmas Hill restoration work party with the Greater Victoria Green Team. Removing Scotch Broom and helping restore this unique and endangered Garry Oak ecosystems. RSVP greatervictoriagreenteam@gmail.com, www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team

Thur 12, 7pm The Sacred and Healing Plants of Uplands Park, with Dr. Nancy Turner, ethnobotanist, and Songhees elder Sellemah.  Friends of Uplands Park and Heritage Commission of Oak Bay. Donations appreciated. Refreshments.

Thur 12, 7pm Fair Vote Canada Proportional Representation Townhall Webinar (at your computer or personal device). Want to learn where the parties stand on proportional representation as we head into the 2015 federal election? Join us for a live, interactive town hall webinar with NDP Democratic Reform Critic Craig Scott, Liberal Democratic Reform Critic Scott Simms, Green Party Democratic Reform Critic Bruce Hyer, and electoral reform expert Professor Dennis Pilon. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/8767669911077535234

Fri 13, 1–3pm High Ridge Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist in one of the park’s hidden treasures: the High Ridge Trail. Bring a snack and water, and wear sturdy shoes. Free. To reserve a spot call 250.478.3344 by Feb 12.

Fri 13, 7pm Seeds of Love Dance Temple. Let's gather together in dance and celebration to cultivate the garden of our hearts and sow the seeds of love together. Salt Spring Mahon Hall $15

Fri 13/Sat 14 Global Divestment Day. Let’s make fossil fuels history! University and college students will hold flash-mobs, vigils, sit-ins and rallies calling upon their endowments to invest in a liveable future, while individuals close their accounts with banks and pension funds investing in climate chaos. http://globaldivestmentday.org/

Sat 14, 6am - Noon 18th Annual Valentine Couples Birdathon. Find as many species as possible in the Victoria Checklist Area then gather at the Swan Lake Nature Centre to swap. $10 per couple. For the birdathon rules and event checklist, contact Alan MacLeod bigadore@gmail.com

Sat 14, 9:45am-1pm Restoration work party at Bee Creek in Colwood to help restore this salmon and trout spawning/rearing habitat! Start Valentines Day off with some love for the environment. RSVP greatervictoriagreenteam@gmail.com, www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team

Sat 14, 10-3pm Salt Spring Seedy Saturday, at The Farmers Institute, Ganges ($5 donation, students free). Host of workshops and presentations. Erin Harper 250-653-4031 ssiseedysaturday@gmail.com

Sat 14, 11am STOLEN SISTERS MEMORIAL MARCH for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.  Please come TO remember and honour Indigenous women who have gone missing and been murdered. Bring candles, drums, songs, prayers and spirit. Meet at Our Place, 919 Pandora, Noon March to the Parliament Buildings https://www.facebook.com/events/1530170627245117

Sat 14, 1–2pm & 2:15–3:15pm Valentine’s Day Naturalists Guided Workshop (16 years+) in Francis/King Regional Park. Join CRD Parks artist-in-residence Joanne Thomson for a unique art and nature experience. No previous experience necessary. Free. To reserve a spot call 250.478.3344 by Feb 13.

Sat 14, 3-5pm Peninsula Streams Society AGM with  Elizabeth May, MP, Leader of the Green Party of Canada. All welcome. Brentwood Bay Lodge, 849 Verdier Avenue. RSVP to PeninsulaStreams@gmail.com

Sat 14, 7pm The Joy of Birds. A Valentine’s Day presentation by James Clowater at UVic, Register here: https://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/The-Joy-of-Birds/ASSC231/

 

WEEK THREE

Sun 15 The CRD Regional Sustainability Strategy: Deadline for submissions on draft targets to guide growth in the CRD until 2038. Based on the public’s response, the CRD will direct staff to prepare a final Strategy for approval by Municipalities. See https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/other-projects-initiatives/rss and on-line feedback form here: https://surveys.crd.bc.ca/Survey.aspx?s=4d6895b2c608460b87d0d71f15c38fbf        

Sun 15, 10:30am Passion for Life: A Personal Testimony, with Guy Dauncey. Sermon during the Sunday worship service at Esquimalt United Church, 500 Admirals Road, Victoria. www.facebook.com/pages/Esquimalt-United-Church/569520936403539

Sun 15, 11am–3pm Iron Mine Bay Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at East Sooke Regional Park. From Pike Road, we will head towards Anderson Cove and continue to the spectacular Iron Mine Bay. Wear sturdy footwear, bring water and a lunch. Free. To reserve a spot call 250.478.3344 by Feb 13.

Sun 15, 1–2:30pm Winter Wondertime! Guided Walk (8 years and under) and Mill Hill Regional Park, Langford. Join a CRD Parks naturalist to look for raccoon winter food, find a good spot for hibernation and play animal games in the forest. Meet kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #50 or #53

Sun 15, 1-4pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Identification, their benefits, and how to use them and a tour of a native plant garden. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register.

Sun 15, 1-4pm Invasive Plants Need You! Help the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystems by removing invasive carpet burweed, ivy and Daphne in Uplands Park. Bring loppers, saws and gloves; tools available to those who need them. Meet lower parking lot at Cattle Point. Friends of Uplands Park. Refreshments. Margaret Lidkea mlidkea@shaw.ca

Sun 15, 2-4pm Green Tourism and Cycling, with Ken Melamed, Former Mayor of Whistler. Island Pathways AGM. Ganges Library, Salt Spring. Everyone welcome. Free.

Sun 15, 2pm Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke Federal Green Party nomination meeting. Members vote to select the candidate for the upcoming election.  Elizabeth May MP will outline the Party’s strategy. Royal Colwood Golf Club, 629 Goldstream Ave.  facebook.com/ESSGreens

Mon 16, 7:30-9pm Legacy Housing Land Trust Launch and Ideas Jam. The Dock, 3 – 23 Fan Tan Alley, Pandora end, up elevator. Please reply if you hope to come, and/or would be willing to serve on the Governing Council. james@prattconsulting.ca

Tue 17, 1–2:30pm Wee Winter Ones Guided Walk (5 years and under) at Francis/King Regional Park. Your child will explore the winter woods using their senses and look for creatures enjoying the winter season. Story-time, puppets and exploration. To reserve a spot call 250.478.3344 by Feb 16.

Tue 17, Thu 19 & Tue 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm Bee Keeping: Intermediate. Learn advanced techniques for management of bee colonies; stock assessment and nutritional supplements; advanced colony manipulation and swarm management. $265 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLNA3882-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513

Tue 17, 7:30pm Travels with a Botanist: The Okanagan and Boundary Regions. Terry McIntosh will focus on his search for at risk plant species in the Okanagan and Boundary Regions. VNHS. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome.

Wed 18, 5-9pm The Future Is Here! Film screening, Panel and Innovators Showcase. An inspiring evening of solutions and alternatives. By donation. 5-7pm Victoria Innovators Showcase. 7pm Screening of award-winning film The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People. Are you a local business or organization working on progressive alternatives? Contact Galen Armstrong to set up an event table. Atomique Productions, 1501 Douglas St. 250-386-5255 ext. 243 or galen@sierraclub.bc.ca www.facebook.com/events/1532624496997243

Wed 18, 7-10pm Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, with author Charles Montgomery, followed by discussion panel, book signing and reception. Atrium Building, 1321 Blanshard. Hosted by the GVCC.  $10 tickets online, gvcc.bc.ca/happycity/ $15/door.  

Thur 19, 9am-4:30pm Farmer 2 Farmer 2015 Conference: Animal, Vegetable, Management. Workshops streams on animals/ livestock, berries, soil management, crop planning, marketing, accounting, land access. Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly's Cross Road, Saanichton. 250-818-5807 http://farmer2farmer.ca

Thur 19, 10am–1pm Mount Work Out! Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Mount Work Regional Park, Highlands. Join a CRD Parks naturalist on this vigorous hike from marshy lowlands to rugged rocky outcrops. Bring a lunch, water and raingear, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. To reserve a spot call 250.478.3344 by Feb 25.

Thu 19, 6:30pm-7:30pm Plant Knowledge for Organic Gardeners. Free Info Session. Bring your questions about our Plant Knowledge Course. For more information visit the Gaia College website at gaiacollege.ca/plant-knowledge-for-organic-gardeners. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLHO3894-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513

Thu 19, 6:30pm-9:30pm Discovering Our Local Seaweeds. Spend an evening getting to know local seaweeds, their healing and nutritional properties and how you can integrate them into a healthy lifestyle. $45 + GST. Royal Roads: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLNA3887-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513

Fri 20, 8am Resilient Region Exchange Breakfast Series Meet-Up. A quarterly community breakfast that brings together business leaders, politicians, activists, bureaucrats and academics to provide a space for new partnerships, incubating ideas, and developing projects that contribute to a resilient, healthy and green capital region. Parkside Hotel & Spa, 810 Humboldt St, Victoria http://www.meetup.com/Resilient-Region-Exchange-Greater-Victoria-Breakfast-Series/events/219068806/

Fri 20, 9am-3pm Water You Waiting For? Teacher Pro-D Workshop on water sustainability, $35 including lunch. Register here: https://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Water-You-Waiting-For/EDPD233/

Fri 20, 10am-4:30pm Creative Nature Connection: Transformative Hands-On  Art with Earth in Mind. A nature-based contemplative art practice that activates intuition, feeling and the senses through easy-to-try art encounters, shifting you into fuller participation with the living world. $95 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PATL3830-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513.

Fri 20, 11am–2pm Going Batty! Drop-in Event (all ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a batty world with CRD Parks naturalists. Make a ‘bat button’, enjoy a ‘bat walk’ through the park at 11:15am or 1pm. Meet Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Sat 21, 5:45am Boundary Bay and Raptors. VNHS trip to Boundary Bay in Vancouver to view to large flocks of wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. Carpool from Elk-Beaver Lake Regional Park for 7am ferry. Return on 5pm sailing. Must pre-register. Agnes 250-721-0634.

Sat 21, 9-3pm Fruit Tree Care & Pruning Workshop with Certified Arborist and Urban Forester Todd Gesshe. Basic tree biology, fruit tree health, philosophy of pruning, and hands-on pruning procedures at a local farm. Cowichan Green, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan $35/$40. Tickets can be purchased online

Sat 21, 9:45-1pm Invasive plant removal at Highrock Park in Esquimalt as part of World Thinking Day! Bring family and friends for a morning of restoring this special place with local Scout/Girl Guide groups and the Greater Victoria Green Team! RSVP greatervictoriagreenteam@gmail.com, www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team

Sat 21, 10-4pm Victoria Seedy Saturday. Open-pollinated seeds, plants, seedlings, seed and used garden book exchanges, food and garden products/services, kids' activities, Master Gardeners, lots of speakers. Worm composting for 5-8 year olds; hands-on seed cleaning workshop; film showing of "Open Sesame: the story of seeds". Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St. www.jamesbaymarket.com/seedysaturday  https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaSeedySaturday

Sat 21, 10am-5pm Cosmic Story, Earth Story, Sacred Story: The Wisdom Teachings of Thomas Berry and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Discover how the Cosmic Story is one of relationships and Sacred Story, how the cosmic principles of subjectivity, differentiation and communion can reinvent the human at the species level. $95 + GST. Royal Roads: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLEL3874-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513

Sat 21, 10-3pm 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. frh.volunteer@pc.gc.ca  250-812-8133 www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx

Sat 21, 7–9pm Owl Prowl Guided Walk (8 years+) at Mill Hill Regional Park, Langford. Join CRD Parks guest naturalist David Allinson for this adventure into the woods to look for and call owls. $7 + GST. Pre–register by Feb 20. 250.478.3344. BC Transit #53

Sun 22, 8-10am The Winter Hummers of Cadboro Bay. Join Dave and Agnes Lynn in their garden in Cadboro Bay, with special guest Cam Finlay. 3913 Woodhaven Terrace, off Tudor Ave, Ten Mile Point. 250-721-0634.

Sun 22, 9:45-1pm Brighton Walkway Oak Bay volunteer restoration event with the Greater Victoria Green Team. Small urban ecosystems are especially important but are greatly impacted by invasive plants. RSVP greatervictoriagreenteam@gmail.com, www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team

Sun 22, 1–2:30pm Big, Tall, Short, Small Guided Walk (8 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Douglas-fir trees and cedar lowlands, as well as plants so tiny they’re easy to miss. Which are most important to the forest? Join a CRD Parks naturalist at the Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Sun 22, 1-4pm Invasive Plants Need You! Help the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystems by removing invasive carpet burweed, ivy and Daphne in Uplands Park. Bring loppers, saws and gloves; tools available to those who need them. Meet lower parking lot at Cattle Point. Friends of Uplands Park. Refreshments. Margaret Lidkea mlidkea@shaw.ca

 

WEEK FOUR

Tue 24, 9:30-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Identification, their benefits, and how to use them and a tour of a native plant garden. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register.

Mon 23, 7:30pm Squishy and Fishy: Marine Biodiversity in BC. Curators from the Royal BC Museum, Melissa Frey and Gavin Hanke will highlight recent discoveries of invertebrates and fishes, as they provide an overview of marine biodiversity in British Columbia. VNHS, UVic Fraser 159. Free, everyone welcome.

Wed 25, 7:30pm Parasites—More than Meets the Eye. Elsie Hampshire of Vancouver Island University will introduce some of the most compelling aspects of parasite-host relationships, with a focus on the helminths of birds. UVic VNHS, Fraser 159. Free, everyone welcome.

Thur 26, 7pm Start of Marine Birds workshop and Sunday field trip series by UVic Continuing Studies. https://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Marine-Birds/ASSC201/

Sat 28, 8am Birding Elk Lake and Beaver Lake. Join Rick Schortinghuis in this 10 km birding walk. Meet main parking lot at Beaver Lake, off Elk Lake Drive. VNHS. Rick 250-885- 2454

Sat 28, 9am Birding Uplands Park. Join Geoffrey Newell, Friends of Upland Park. Bring binoculars, dress for the weather and meet at Cattle Point.

Sat 28, 9:45am-1pm Ecological restoration volunteer event on Mill Hill removing Scotch Broom from the rare and unique Garry Oak habitat with the Greater Victoria Green Team. Mill Hill contains the highest concentrations of rare plants in the province. RSVP greatervictoriagreenteam@gmail.com, www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team

Sat 28, 10-11am Starting from Seed Workshop. Learn how to start vegetables from seed. Cowichan Lake Recreation Arena, Curling Lounge Room, 311 South Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan. More information online.

Sat 28, 10-3pm Sooke Seedy Saturday, Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Rd. Organized by Sooke Region Food CHI Society. http://sookefoodchi.ca/events/seedysaturday/

Sat 28, 1–3pm Moss Landscapes of Vancouver Island Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join guest CRD Parks naturalist Kem Luther to discover the strange lives of mosses, and identify the most common species. $7. Pre–register by February 27. 250.478.3344.

Sun March 1, 2 10-3pm Nanaimo Seedy Sunday at Nanaimo District Secondary School, 355 Wakesiah.
 Speakers, Seed Swap, Raffle, Speakers, Vendors, Seedy Cafe and much more. Glenda 250-618-6323 seedysunday@shaw.ca

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  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, 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

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