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WEEK ONE

Mon 3-Fri 6 Bike to Work Days, Victoria. Join us at six Celebration Stations throughout the region for refreshments, prize giveaways, and fun! Fall is the perfect time to refresh your routine. Pump up your tires, pack your layers, and get rolling during Bike to Work Days. Whether you’re just getting started or a regular bike commuter, we want to Celebrate your pedal power. www.facebook.com/events/120230891975786

Wed 4, 5pm Wild Edible Mushroom Slideshow. Join local wild crafting expert Ingeborg Woodsworth for instructions on harvesting wild culinary mushrooms and enjoy a slide show of local specimens too! Frree. No registration required. To see a full list of our October Mushroom Month events visit: www.communityfarmstore.ca/events

Wed 4, 7-10pm Strategizing to Win the PR Referendum in BC. We asked supporters to sign up to host local discussions about the upcoming referendum in BC on proportional representation. 5311 Rocky Point Rd. Metchosin. RSVP: Pattie pattie@pacificcoast.net Please share with any friends interested in PR!

Thur 5, 7pm Restoration In Uplands Park. Wylie Thomas will give a presentation on invasive plant management in this special urban park with 24 rare plants, an endangered ecosystem and the recreational use of the community. Then share your concerns about the challenges in the park. Bring your enthusiastic ideas, possible solutions and compromises. Refreshments. Windsor Pavilion, Windsor Park in Oak Bay. Donations to Friends of Uplands Park appreciated.

Thur 5, 7pm What's Up In The Woods! @ Patagonia Victoria. Join Wilderness Committee for an evening of presentation and discussion about the fight to protect old-growth and improve forest management on Vancouver Island. Raffle prizes courtesy of Patagonia! Beer & cider available. www.facebook.com/events/1585371294882141

Fri 6, 6:30-9pm and Sat 7,10am-4pm Can I Eat that Mushroom? A Mycological Adventure in Sooke. A fun weekend in and out of the woods in Sooke. An identification course for beginners and for those who would like to learn more. Gather mushrooms, be introduced to field guides, and learn about cleaning and storage. Royal Roads. $129+GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220. https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/can-i-eat-that-mushroom-a-mycological-adventure-in-sooke .

Sat 7, 12:30-5:30pm T'Sou-ke Solar Community Tour. Join the Wilderness Committee for a tour of one of the world's most innovative and important solar communities! Sliding scale $10-20. Carpooling organized from Victoria to Sooke. https://www.facebook.com/events/149144512346320

Sun 8, 11am-1pm Beach Clean-Up at Jordan River. www.facebook.com/events/1931146923566164

WEEK TWO

Tue 10, 10am-12pm Brian Swimme’s Earth’s Imagination with Gertie Jocksch. Continues on next 3 Tuesdays.| $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St, Victoria. 250-220-460 programs@earthliteracies.org www.earthliteracies.org

Tue 10, 5-7pm Green Drinks at The Drake Eatery, Market Square, Victoria. Green friends, great beer! www.meetup.com/Green-Drinks-Victoria/

Tue 10, 6-10pm Site C Hearings in Nanaimo @ Coast Bastion Hotel. Join Wilderness Committee, the Sierra Club and others to voice your opposition to the Site C dam. The BC Utilities Commission is asking for the public's input, have your say! www.facebook.com/events/1448211765233315

Tue 10, 7-8pm Layered Landscapes and Ecological Restoration Series, with Val Schaefer, UVic School of Environmental Studies. Series continues Tue 17 and 24. FREE but you must register on-line or call 250-472-4747. https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/science-and-ecological-restoration/series/layered-landscapes-in-cities

Wed 11, 5pm Wild Edible Mushroom Slideshow. Join local wild crafting expert Ingeborg Woodsworth for instructions on harvesting wild culinary mushrooms and enjoy a slide show of local specimens too! Free. No registration required. To see a full list of our October Mushroom Month events visit: www.communityfarmstore.ca/events

Wed 11, 6-10pm Site C Hearings in Victoria @ Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel. Join Wilderness Committee, the Sierra Club and others to voice your opposition to the Site C dam. The BC Utilities Commission is asking for the public's input, have your say! More info here .

Thur 12, 4-5:30pm The Rojava Social Revolution-Public Lecture, with John Restakis. Join us for a fascinating look into a little-known social revolution inside Syria. Humanizing the Economy author John Restakis will share the inspiring developments taking place in Rojava, a Kurdish enclave in Syria whose inhabitants have fashioned a place of security, gender equality, economic cooperation, and a unique form of localized direct democracy that has no equivalent elsewhere. Organized by UVic’s School of Environmental Studies’ Alternative Economies speaker series 2017-18. All welcome. Free admission. www.facebook.com/events/1963178197232284

Thur 12, 7pm Edging Forward: Reconnection, Reconciliation, Regeneration . Join us as we celebrate the opening of this exhibit at the Bateman Centre. A creative multi-media collaboration between author Ann Dale and artist Nancyanne Cowell, exploring how love, science and compassion can help us leap towards a more sustainable world. Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St. The Artist and Author will be in attendance. www.facebook.com/events/1156233144477945/

Thur 12, 7pm The award-winning film The Messenger. Su Rynard’s visionary film about our deep-seated connection to songbirds and threat that human activity poses to their survival - and a chance to talk about positive local action in restoring song bird habitat and song bird recovery in a Q&A with local naturalists. Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road, Hecate Park, Cowichan Bay. www.facebook.com/events/179370679277868/

Thur 12, 9:30-4pm Conservation Connection Forum. A collaborative conference with guest speakers, networking, break-out groups, representing your organization’s work with natural areas. 5:30-8pm Benefit Banquet fundraiser with silent auction, buffet-style dinner, cash bar, and keynote speaker Rick Kool on the Blue Boundary Report. Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (505 Quayle Rd) – Get tickets at hat.bc.ca/c4c or call 250-995-2428

Fri 13, 7pm & Sat14, 10-4 pm Toward a Functional Spirituality For a Climate Changing World with Mike Bell. $70 Friends Meeting House,1831 Fern St, Victoria. 250-220-460 programs@earthliteracies.org www.earthliteracies.org

Fri 13, 7pm Restoring the Circle of Life in this Region: Indigenous Perspectives for Social and Ecological Justice . W-SÁNEĆ activist Paul Cheoketen Wagner shares his perspective on the movement for social and ecological justice in the Salish Sea bioregion. UVic Hickman Auditorium www.facebook.com/events/485309715178204

Fri 13-Sun 15 Common Vision, Common Action: Creating a Regional Agenda for Social and Ecological Justice. Looking toward the Fall 2018 municipal elections the fall of 2018, gather with social and environmental organizations, activists, elected officials and community members to develop a regional policy platform for the Capital Region. UVic. CommonVision2017@gmail.com Find us on Facebook 250-634-4731

Sat 14, 9-2pm Shawnigan Watershed Tour led by Two Timber Companies. Look 50 Years into the Future with the Basin Society. The greatest influence on the security of our watershed is the ecological health of the upland forest. Much of that forest is the private domain of two major forest companies, Timber West and Island Timberlands, both of which continue to harvest their land when the trees have matured to commercial value. Meet Shawnigan Watershed Office in the Village, across from coffee shop and bakery. Reply to Kelly Musselwhite at luvlife@shaw.ca to reserve a space on the tour. www.facebook.com/events/350185488735805

Sat 14, 10am-12pm Global Population, Growth & Sustainable Development, with William Rees, PhD, FRSC. VIU ElderCollege Sponsored Saturday Speakers: Achieving Global Sustainability – A Decent Life For All. Nanoose Place Community Centre, 2925 Northwest Bay Rd, Nanoose Bay. $10 cash/person at the door; $5 cash for University Students; Free for high school students

Sat 14, Goldstream 5k Salmon Run ….So Should You! Proceeds support our nature education programs. Call 250-478-9414 or email goldstream@naturehouse.ca to register or visit https://raceroster.com/events/2017/14178/goldstream-salmon-run-5k-2017

Sat 14, 10am-12pm Composting Basics (FREE) Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you!
Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-workshop-composting-basics-tickets-30931968350

Sat 14, 11am-3pm Sooke Ecohome Tour 2017. Six more shining examples of how the renewable energy, Net Zero and micro-home revolutions are taking root in the Sooke region. $5 per person/$10 per carload/Free to pedestrians and cyclists. https://transitionsooke.org/sooke-ecohome-tour-2017 .

Sat 14, 12-2 Food Preservation Through Fermentation. Did you know that you can not only preserve vegetables, but also make them into sources of healthy bacteria, simply by adding salt? At this workshop, we'll make some sauerkraut, taste and discuss other fermented foods like kimchi and miso, and share skills for supporting resilient food security in our communities. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/food-preservation-through-fermentation-tickets-30908614498 https://www.facebook.com/events/1878493832414919/

Sat 14, 1pm-2:30pm Agrarian Tool Repair . End of season maintenance is better for your equipment. Learn how to repair and refurbish hand tools, fix a wheel barrow and discover how to salvage parts with Aida Mashari, who owns and operates Enduring Equipment. Fernwood NRG & Fernwood Helping Hands, Spring Ridge Commons $15.

Sat 14 and Sun 15, 1-4pm Annual Ivy Broom Bash. Join Friends of Uplands Park to remove a variety of alien invasive plants. Meet Information table on the field at the entrance to Cattle Point. Tools, gloves and instructions provided. Refreshments. This is an excellent family and student opportunity.

Sat 14, 2pm Urban Edible Gardening Workshop. Beginning with Autumn, this fun and informative 4-part workshop series will walk you through growing food in an urban environment year-round! Each class will open with greetings, a seasonal beverage, and a tour of the Nourish Kitchen Garden - what’s growing, how it’s used in the kitchen, stories from the garden, and seasonal observations. Nourish, 225 Quebec St, Victoria. www.nourishkitchen.ca www.facebook.com/events/1988064878106289/

Sun 15, 10am Lasagna Gardening Workshop & Introduction to Hugel Culture with Dave Friend aka Mr. Organic. A lasagna garden is made up of layers of rich, premium ingredients. They are then left to cook, creating a beautiful finished dish of fertile soil. Russell Nursery, 1370 Wain Road, North Saanich. $20.00

Sun 15, 10am-11:30am Ugh! A Slug Identification Walk. Co-hosted by Habitat Acquisition Trust and CRD Parks, join Biologist Dr. Kristiina Ovaska on a guided walk and slug identification adventure. Drop-in at Devonian Park, no RSVP needed.

Sun 15, 11am-1pm City Wide Beach Clean Up . One day - Ten Beaches! Join Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island for their FIRST city-wide beach clean up! Family friendly event. Surfrider will provide as many gloves and buckets as possible. If you have a spare bucket or pair of gloves, please bring them. Meet at Cordova Bay Beach, Cadboro Bay Beach, Willows Beach, Clover Point (Apres cleanup snacks), Ogden Point, Upper Gorge, Lower Gorge, Lime Bay, McLoughlin Point, & Esquimalt Lagoon.

Sun 15, 12-2:30pm. Miiko Skin Co. "Build Your Spa Experience" Workshop at Nourish. Learn about the skin as the largest organ in the body and how to use premium local food-based ingredients for common skin aches. Design a face wash, face toner, face oil, and face mask for your skin type and lifestyle. 2255 Quebec St., Victoria. Facebook Event Page .

Sun 15, 2pm-4pm Family Sunday: Environmental Adventures. Enjoy a fun-filled family afternoon of hands-on art-making and ideas connected to the current Water Work Space exhibition! Join Sierra Club BC, World Fisheries Trust and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria for cool activities on the theme of water at the gallery. Program included with gallery admission or an annual family membership. 1040 Moss St. https://www.facebook.com/events/1452227338230497/

WEEK THREE

Mon 16, 6:30 Classic feature-length documentary Waterwalker follows naturalist Bill Mason by canoe into the Ontario wilderness. An ode to wild places. Q&A with Ken Buck, Bill Mason’s canoeing partner and cinematographer. Movie Monday. EMP theatre 1900 Fort. By donation. www.moviemonday.ca

Mon 16 & Tue 17, 9-4pm Fostering Sustainable and Healthy Behaviour. A two-day training workshop with, Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr, founder of community-based social marketing. If you design or fund programs to encourage individuals, businesses, schools or communities to engage in environmentally friendly and healthy behaviours you will find this workshop invaluable. The training will fundamentally change the way you engage on sustainability issues, and improve the success of program delivery. Workshop includes free copy of Dr. McKenzie-Mohr's book. Victoria Conference Centre, $150/$200. Sarah Webb, 250-361-0482 swebb@victoria.ca. www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2017/FosteringSustainableHealthyBehaviour

Tue 17, 7:15am – 8:45am Executive Breakfast Bootcamp with Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr, founder of community-based social marketing. $45. www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/2017/FosteringSustainableHealthyBehaviour

Wed 18, 7pm Awareness Film Night's 23rd Season Premiere. The True Cost plus a Fair Clothing Faire in the theatre and foyer. The price of clothing keeps decreasing while the environmental and human costs grow dramatically. This film is an eye-opening encouragement to re-evaluate our attitude towards clothing and fashion. Fair Clothing Faire in the theatre foyer featuring vendors of "upcycled" and vintage/used clothing. Admission is by donation. Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd.

Thur 19, 5-7pm An Education System for a One Planet Region , with Mark Neufeld, teacher, Claremont Secondary School; Aaron Maxwell, Vice-Principal, Arbutus Global Middle School; Kiersten Brooke, teacher, Strawberry Vale Elementary School. Free. Community Room, Greater Victoria Library, 735 Broughton St. https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/oneplanetconversations/

Fri 20-Sun 22 Youth Food Conference. The Youth Food Network’s first conference. Yummy local food, cool workshops, opportunities to make new foodie friends. Visit www.youthfoodnetwork.ca for more info or email youthcoordinator@crfair.ca. Find us on Facebook ! Various locations in Victoria.

Fri 20-Tue 24, 9am-4:30pm EcoFarm Fall Fundamentals course at Haliburton Farm. The critical interconnections among organic agriculture, biodiversity, and human nutrition, in partnership with Royal Roads: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/ecofarm-fall-fundamentals . For more information see http://haliburtonfarm.org/education/haliburton-ecofarm-school/ Bursaries available! Coordinator 250-886-1648

Sat 21, 9 am-1pm Sooke Repair Cafe. Volunteer fixers gather under the Zero Waste Sooke banner to again subvert the consumer culture. Bikes, textiles, small appliances, wood and furniture items. Tips welcome for successful repairs. Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Rd. http://zerowastesooke.ca

Sat 21, 10am-12pm Global Climate Change & Sustainable Development, with Dale Bent, PhD. VIU ElderCollege Sponsored Saturday Speakers: Achieving Global Sustainability – A Decent Life For All. Nanoose Place Community Centre, 2925 Northwest Bay Rd, Nanoose Bay. $10 cash/person at the door; $5 cash for University Students; Free for high school students

Sat 21, 10-12pm Worm Composting (FREE). Everything you need to know about starting up and maintaining a worm bin compost system, also known as vermicomposting. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250 386 9676 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/free-workshop-worm-composting-tickets-30937267199

Sat 21, 10 am-3 pm Havenwood Park Invasive Plant Removal. Habitat Acquisition Trust would like your help to remove invasive plants at Havenwood Park! – Colwood – RSVP to volunteers@hat.bc.ca

Sat 21, 12-2pm Boulevard Gardening. In 2016, Victoria’s City Council approved Boulevard Gardening Guidelines, permitting property owners, tenants and condo dwellers to garden on the boulevards adjacent to their properties. Learn the techniques, benefits and pitfalls of boulevard gardening, and the Compost Education Centre’s match-making service to put eager gardeners looking for boulevard plots in touch with property owners looking for gardeners. This workshop is part botanical, part social. Let’s bring new meaning to the “City of Gardens”! Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250-386-9676 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/boulevard-gardening-tickets-34735735520 https://www.facebook.com/events/120945281844242/

Sat 21, 1-4pm Fermentation at Home. Fermentation is an age-old method of curing vegetables or fruits for a longer shelf life and to increase digestibility. This workshop will demystify home fermentation, making and tasting sauerkraut, beet kvass, fermented vegetables and kombucha. Royal Roads University. $59 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220. https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/fermentation-at-home .

WEEK FOUR

Mon 23, 7pm An Evening With Trevor Hancock. A Sooke introduction to the One Planet Region vision as a prelude to future local conversations. Admission free or by small donation. Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd. https://transitionsooke.org.

Tue 24, 9am and 1pm B Corp 101: Learning to Measure What Matters. B Corps are for-profit companies certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. There are 2,100 Certified B Corps working together to redefine success in business. Learn how to measure your impact by performing an audit of your business in areas related to governance, employee engagement, social responsibility, environmental footprint using the Measure What Matters tool - a free, confidential digital platform. Experts will guide you through the questionnaire. Bring your own laptop. Hosted by BDC, Synergy Enterprises, and Brooke & Associates Consulting. Free. Location: Business Development Bank of Canada, Fort Street. www.eventbrite.com/e/b-corp-101-learning-to-measure-what-matters-tickets-37888531618

Thur 26, 5:30-7.30pm Industrial Ecology and Engineered Ecosystems in the City, with Chris Kennedy, Chair of the new Civil Engineering Program at UVic and Patrick Lucey, President of Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting Ltd. Free. Community Room, Greater Victoria Library, 735 Broughton St. https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/oneplanetconversations/

Fri 27-Sun 29 Economics of Happiness Conference, Port Townsend. Discuss, discover and devise better systems for now and the future. Plenaries, panels, interactive workshops and other participatory sessions on the New Economy movement, income inequality, local food and regenerative agriculture, public policy, local business, cooperatives, Transition Town initiatives, community-sourced finance, connection to nature, education, intentional communities, climate and environmental justice, and the impact of the economy on our psychological well-being. Organized by Local Futures, the Living Economies Forum, and The Happiness Project. Fort Worden, a beautiful State Park on Puget Sound in Port Townsend. www.economicsofhappiness-pt.com www.facebook.com/events/802163426618843

Sat 28, 8am Birding In Uplands Park. Meet Geoffrey Newell at Cattle Point for a gentle ramble through the park, noting new arrivals for winter. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars. Free.

Sat 28, 9am-4:30pm Meditations that Welcome the Earth. Using the Meditating with the Body practices of Reggie Ray, this workshop will guide you into your unique physical incarnation and welcome the ‘Great Mother’ Earth more fully into both your spiritual practice and your life. Royal Roads University. $89+GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220. https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/meditations-that-welcome-the-earth .

Sat 28, 10am-12pm The Paris Agreement, Canada’s Plan & Realizing Opportunity , with Tom Pedersen, PhD, FRSC, FAGU. VIU ElderCollege Sponsored Saturday Speakers: Achieving Global Sustainability – A Decent Life For All. Nanoose Place Community Centre, 2925 Northwest Bay Rd, Nanoose Bay. $10 cash/person at the door; $5 cash for University Students; Free for high school students

Sat 28, 12-2pm Perennial Vegetables. Learn about the wide variety of perennial vegetables you can grow in the Pacific Northwest - nutrient dense, long lived, resilient to a changing climate, and delicious! We'll explore how to propagate perennial veg and incorporate them in your edible landscape, as well as your diet. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, Victoria. Alexis 250-386-9676 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/perennial-vegetables-tickets-30907898356 https://www.facebook.com/events/194964904366439/

Sat 28, 7pm Zero Waste Living with Béa Johnson . Come hear the incredibly engaging speaker Béa Johnson talk about her experience with a zero waste home and her insights, tips & tricks to foster the dialogue to encourage simplicity and environmental stewardship. Hosted by Zero Waste Living. Victoria Conference Centre. $10

Sat 28, 8-11pm West Coast Spirit. A compelling collaboration between award-winning singer Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson and legendary West Coast musicians Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence (Chilliwack, The Collectors). Music from Terri-Lynn's new CD Grizzly Bear Town, that integrates ancient Haida knowledge and oral traditions with contemporary music. Performance of traditional songs from Haida Gwaii. Terri-Lynn will also introduce her new book - Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii. Alix Goolden Hall. Tickets $30 at Alix Goolden Box Office, 900 Johnson Street, or online at www.ticketfly.com/event/1566593 www.facebook.com/events/364707220653964

Sun 29, 9am-4:30pm Meditations that Settle the Mind. Using the Meditating with the Body practices of Reggie Ray, this workshop will guide you into connection with your body and with the well-being and ease that awaits there. Royal Roads University. $89+GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220. https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/meditations-that-settle-the-mind .

Sun 29, 11am Big Bat Bike Ride! Get your pledge sheet as soon as you can and help protect bats by fundraising for the Community Bat Program and raising awareness by cycling from Centennial Square to My Chosen Café and back (or meeting up in between) along the Galloping Goose Trail. – Habitat Acquisition Trust – Starts at Centennial Square – contact bat@hat.bc.ca

Coming Up:

Wed Nov 1-2, 8:30am-4pm Greenshores Training Program: Level 2 Workshop. Duncan, BC. In-depth knowledge on how Green Shores credit and rating systems can be used in shoreline management projects. For biologists, engineers, planners, landscape architects, contractors, local government staff, and others seeking to implement the Green Shores program for a shoreline improvement, or related shoreline projects. $488.25. 250-472-4747. https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/science-and-ecological-restoration/courses/green-shorestm-training-program-level-2-workshop

Thur Nov 2–9, 6:30-8:30pm Rainwater Harvesting: Sustainable Applications. Three stand-alone sessions. Best practices in design and implementation of rainwater systems at all scales. University of Victoria. $21.50 +GST. 250-472-4747. https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/science-and-ecological-restoration/series/rainwater-harvesting-series

Thur 2, 7-9:30pm New Economy Designers. NED Talks #1: Hosted by Guy Dauncey. How do we design a New Earth Economy? Short 5-10 minute inspiring talks by guests (Cody Wicks, Simon Warne) followed by interactive talk and networking that includes, engages and energizes. In partnership with the Social Enterprise Business Incubator for young entrepreneurs. Collective Space 166 Station St. Duncan. Contact Cody Wicksinfo@collectivespace.org http://collectivespace.org

All Month

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: www.crd.bc.ca/about/events

More Local Events (and hikes): http://thisisleadership.org/events/

Gulf Island Events on Mayne, Saturna, Pender and Galiano: http://heartwoodfolkschool.ca/gulfislandseventcalendar

Meet-Ups:

Affinite Wealth Group: www.meetup.com/Affinite-Wealth-Victoria/

Victoria Cycling Adventures: www.meetup.com/Victoria-Cycling-Adventures/

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

Biweekly. OUR ECOVILLAGE Educational Tours.10-12:30pm with option to stay on for lunch in OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery. Learn all legal and regulatory work for permaculture, natural building, and sustainable community design while delving into the back of systems and inside cob/strawbale/solar/alt systems. Scheduled volunteer days also avail. info@ourecovillage.org 250-743-3067 www.ourecovillage.org

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, 10am – 5pm Clothing for Conservation Fundraiser with Habitat Acquisition Trust: visit Hemp & Company, 1312 Government St. $10 from every purchase of the featured Celebration Top goes to HAT. Makes a great gift!

Every day, 9am-4:30pm The forest is always ‘green’ here in Goldstream. With over 8 km of hiking trails you will be sure to find one of our unique trees, from Western Red Cedar, Black Cottonwood, Red Alder to Douglas Fir, Garry Oak and Arbutus. Stop in at the Goldstream Nature House for up to date trail information. 250-478-9414 or goldstream@naturehouse.ca

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

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 Monday, 4-6:30pm Cowichan Green Community Chow Down Family Cooking Classes. Free. Visit https://cgcf.ca/projects/chow-cooking-classes/ for more details. Registration is necessary by emailing or calling Jennifer: jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org/ 250-748-8506

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 www.haliburtonfarm.org

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

Every Wed. 7-8:30pm Oneness Wednesdays Meditation Circle at Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street; Everyone welcome to drop in. By Donation http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/

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, 10-12 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, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join the Friends of Uplands Park to remove English ivy, and help restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem, and protect 24 rare plants. Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction provided. Meet at Cattle Point, near the kiosks.

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