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WEEK ONE

Mon 4, 6-10pm EARTHx, with Dr. Peter Carter (Climate Emergency Institute) and colleagues at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street. Video screenings, entertainment, and presentations on the climate and oceans emergency. Open bar https://www.facebook.com/events/1742008792749134/ Tel 250-629-3811.

Tue 5, 5pm NGO Summer Social with NetSquared Victoria - a nonprofit technology meetup. The Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora, Victoria, http://www.meetup.com/Net2Vic/events/228547950/

Wed 6, 6-8:30pm Rain Garden Design Workshop. The City of Victoria's storm water utility bills are coming in September. Did you know that you can reduce your annual bill and receive up to $1000 rebate for installing a beautiful, ecologically beneficial garden? Fernwood Community Centre $30. Call to register: 250-381-1552 #100 foodsecurity@fernwoodnrg.ca

Wed 6, 9:30am-4:30pm Walbran Wednesday Wild Phone Blitz. Go to www.facebook.com/events/1771546043132064/ and then invite your friends and family to take five minutes to phone or email to call for the protection of the Central Walbran Valley. We know that Teal Jones and the BC Government don’t like this tactic – they can’t defend cutting down the last of the old-growth for profit because there is no rationale for doing so.

Fri 8, 6-10pm Biketopia Music Festival. Centennial Square. www.songkick.com/festivals/1577719-biketopia-music-victoria/id/27119494-biketopia-music-festival-victoria-2016

Sat 9, 10am-11:30am Christmas in July. Come share the magic of Christmas Hill during a fabulous guided hike. Stretch your limbs and listen to the chorus of birds while checking out the great view from a spectacular vantage point. You may even discover the legends of Christmas Hill. Suitable for families and children over 7 years. Bring a water bottle. Free but donations are greatly appreciated. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria. By donation. Drop in anytime. 250.479.0211 www.swanlake.bc.ca

Sat 9, 10am-3pm Cowichan Green Edible Garden Farm Tour. http://cowichangreencommunity.org/workshop-events/edible-garden-tour/ 

Sat 9, 9-11:30am Rain Garden Design Workshop. The City of Victoria's storm water utility bills are coming in September. Did you know that you can reduce your annual bill and receive up to $1000 rebate for installing a beautiful, ecologically beneficial garden? Fernwood Community Centre $30. Call to register: 250-381-1552 #100 foodsecurity@fernwoodnrg.ca

Sat 9, 2-6pm Paddle for the Inlet, Brentwood Bay, Bamberton, Saanich Inlet. Need a kayak or canoe? Contact Pacifica Paddle. Rentals are offered at a discounted $30 per person. www.facebook.com/events/1775976482684449/

 

WEEK TWO

Mon 11, 6;30pm CARFREE Stories From The Non-Driving Life. This doc by Winnipeggers Janine Tschuncky and Kenneth George Godwin examines what it’s like to live in a city built around the needs of traffic when you make a decision not to drive. With guests Janine Tschuncky, Winnipeg filmmaker and ardent walker, and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, champion of walking, cycling and public transit.  www.cageyfilms.com/filmography/carfree-stories-from-the-non-driving-life/

Wed 13, 12-3pm Wild for Water. Get your hands wet with our giant watershed model, learn how water works, who needs it and how we can best protect it. Crafts, pond dipping and games - join us for a real splash! Summer Days at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria. By donation. Drop in anytime. 250.479.0211 www.swanlake.bc.ca

Fri 15, 1-5 pm Matson Conservation Area Pull & Pour. Join Habitat Acquisition Trust for an invasive plant removal followed by an optional celebratory drink or bite to eat at Spinnaker’s Brew Pub. Tools and training provided. RSVP to volunteers@hat.bc.ca or 250-995-2428 for details and map. Along Westsong Walkway.

Fri 15, 7pm Flin-Flon Flin-Flam. Award-winning journalist John Doughert’s documentary Flin Flon Flim Flam reports on Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals’ worldwide operations and its human rights and environmental abuses. The exposé reveals how Hudbay contaminated its home community in Flin Flon, Manitoba with high levels of heavy metals for more than 80 years, and its impact on residents of Hudbay’s former mine in El Estor, Guatemala where the company’s security guards allegedly clashed with residents over land claims. A Mayan community leader was shot to death and another man left paralyzed in the September 2009 violence. Q&A with award-winning journalist John Doughert after the film. Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St. www.facebook.com/events/1721659441382174/

Sat 16 Free Guided Site Tours at OUR Ecovillage. Come visit a 26 acre permaculture and natural building education demonstration site 17 years in the making! Learn about the precedent setting legal structures, numerous natural building styles, and see our permaculture gardens in their early summer bloom. Lunch by donation. http://ourecovillage.org/courses-events/public-tours/

Sat 16, 1-4pm Summer Pruning for Fruit Trees. Join us at Welland Legacy Park & Community Orchard for a free workshop on the hows and whys of pruning fruit trees & vines in the summer months with arborist Michael Cowan. 1215 Stancil Lane, parking at Strawberry Vale Community Hall, bike access on the Galloping Goose, welland@lifecyclesproject.ca for more info.

 

WEEK THREE

Mon 18-Sat 30 Natural Plaster & Building Finishing Course at OUR Ecovillage. Internationally recognized teachers Athena Steen and Cindy Walker are co-teaching a workshop for natural plasters and natural building home finishing, including earthen floor and green roof projects. http://ourecovillage.org/events/natural-building-2016-module-4/

Mon 18, 6:30pm Movie Monday. Double Feature: two films by Charles Wilkinson: PEACE OUT & HAIDA GWAII: On The Edge Of The World. Peace Out pits energy executives, Tar Sands reps, nuclear spokesmen against academics and activists. Charles Wilkinson’s assessment of the project: “Site C is a wilful mistake, pure and simple.” HAIDA GWAII: On The Edge Of The World is a lovesong to Haida Gwaii and the spirited people who populate it. With guests Charles Wilkinson & Tina Schliessler. Eric Martin Pavilion, Jubilee Hospital. www.moviemonday.ca

Fri 22 - Tue 26. Turning the Tide. The People’s Paddle for the Salish Sea. Overnight camping on Pender Island, Mayne, and Salt Spring, workshops, community celebrations. Focus on building our community of paddlers, with all-ages fun, outdoor recreation and culture. Cultural event at Xwaaqw'um (Burgoyne Bay) during our two-day stay on Salt Spring. Go to www.TurningtheTide.ca to register.

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Fri 22, 6-9pm Radical Rants at the Spiral Café. Join us for an awesome evening activist gathering, people's forum and roundtable discussion as we raise our voices in critical resistance. Engaging speakers, impassioned activists and you! Focused on social environmental economic justice celebrating our solidarity and having fun. The evening includes a soap box open mic. Bring your favourite radical poem and songs to share. Adults age 19+.  Sponsored by the Social Environmental Alliance, Cascadia Now, Fightback BC. $5 or pay what you can. Spiral Café, 418 Craigflower St, Victoria. www.facebook.com/events/1733101510266739/

Fri 22, 8pm-9:30 pm Creatures of the Summer Night. Check out the nightlife of Swan Lake! Sharpen your senses to look for owls, bats and other nighttime creatures. Using a grab bag of tricks we’ll discover how these animals are adapted to their nocturnal life. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria. By donation. Drop in anytime. 250.479.0211 www.swanlake.bc.ca Suitable for families with children over 6 years. $4 each for Members / $6 each Non-Members. Pre-registration required by calling 250.479.0211

Fri 22-Sun 24 Natural Plaster & Building Finishing Weekend Course at OUR Ecovillage. Internationally recognized teachers Athena Steen and Cindy Walker are co-teaching a workshop for natural plasters and natural building home finishings. http://ourecovillage.org/events/finishing-for-beauty-and-longevity-weekend-package/

Sat 23, 10am-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  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx

 

WEEK FOUR

Tue 26, 4:30 – 6:45pm Seed Packing Pizza Party & Native Plant Talk by Pat Johnston. Putting together seed packages to spread awareness about gardening with local plants, while enjoying a talk by Native Plant Gardening Consultant Pat on plant identification. Plus pizza. By donation, all welcome. Location: 825 Broughton St. RSVP: volunteers@hat.bc.ca or 250-995-2428

Wed 27, 12-3pm Reptile Day – Join the annual scaly celebration. Observe and interact with our fabulous reptile friends, play games, make crafts and get your face painted. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria. By donation. Drop in anytime. 250.479.0211 www.swanlake.bc.ca

Sat 30 SoulTalks Vancouver Island at OUR Ecovillage. SoulTalks aims to deliver thought provoking and passionate messages to awaken us on the deepest levels. Join us for this transformational speaking and networking experience for leaders and individuals. http://ourecovillage.org/events/soultalks-vancouver-island/

Fri 30-Sat 31 An Intimate Weekend with David Wolfe at OUR Ecovillage. Join us for a weekend of talks and workshops on everything from detoxifying our bodies and diets to the benefits of medicinal herbs and mushrooms. http://ourecovillage.org/events/an-intimate-weekend-with-david-wolfe/

Sat 30 Free Guided Site Tours at OUR Ecovillage. Come visit a 26 acre permaculture and natural building education demonstration site 17 years in the making! Learn about the precedent setting legal structures, numerous natural building styles, and see our permaculture gardens in their early summer bloom. Lunch by donation. http://ourecovillage.org/courses-events/public-tours/

Sat 30, 10 am – 4pm French Beach Eco Clean-up. Habitat Acquisition Trust is looking for your help to restore French Beach Park by removing refuse from the beach and invasive plant species. Lunch, tools, and training provided. Rides can be arranged. RSVP: volunteers@hat.bc.ca or 250-995-2428

Sun 31. The Beehive Design Collective and Test Their Logik. Storytelling, presentation of newest masterpiece MesoAmérica Resiste! with hip-hop performances and shows, connecting environmental and social justice movements. Giant art murals, activist art and literature. In Victoria, details TBA. Also on Salt Spring, August 2nd. www.facebook.com/events/618257684997388/

 

July Hikes, Walks, and Meet-Ups:

CRD Parks events: www.crd.bc.ca/about/events

Victoria Natural History Society Events: www.vicnhs.bc.ca

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-Outdoor-Club/

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-walking-hiking-group/

 

EVERY WEEK

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 your most 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 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, 2:30-4:30pm Cowichan Community Green Work Party in the Food Forest, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. erin@cowichangreencommunity.org 250-748-8506

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

Every Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation  http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/  

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

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

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html for each week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556

Every Sun, 1:30-3:30pm Bee in the Garden at Spring Ridge Commons, Corner of Chambers + Gladstone (Fernwood) http://springridge.rd123.ca/?p=894

 

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