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Sat 1, 7pm Mae Moore & Friends. Pender Islander concert featuring Daniel LappAmy Heggie, Rick McMullen, Mae Moore, Clark Becker, and more! A fundraiser for Pull Together. $20.  http://pull-together.ca/event/pull-together-pender-island/

Sun 2, 11am–3pm Nuts About Squirrels Drop-in Event at Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). Drop in for a squirrelly day and find out more about these amazing animals. Join in the fun with puppet shows at 11:30 and 1:30, and walks at 12 and 2pm. Meet Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Sun 2, 12-3pm Seeds of Change Workshops: DIY Shower Kit. Make your own homemade, non-toxic herbal body wash, shampoo, and conditioning hair balm. Learn about harmful chemicals to avoid in commercial personal care products. $45 @ Oaklands Community Centre. Register: 250- 370-9109 www.plantstheseed.com

Sun 2, 5:15pm Sunday Karma Class fundraiser for Pull Together, Feel Good Yoga, 127-2745 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Victoria http://pull-together.ca/event/feel-good-yoga-pledges-a-month-of-sundays-to-stretch-across-bc/

 

WEEK ONE

Mon 3 to Mon 17 Habitat Acquisition Trust has been nominated for the Phillips Benefit Brew - a delicious way to support conservation! Vote daily, online. The winning organization will receive a beer in their name, with proceeds to their projects. Support local conservation initiatives by voting for HAT on the website: www.benefitbrew.com

Tue 4, 10:30am to 2:30pm Wetland Restoration Planting Day, Quamichan Wetlands Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. Aiken Road, Maple Bay. The Garry Oak Preserve is at the end of Aiken Road on the right. Meet at the green house. Bring warm clothes, rain gear, lunch, water, shovel and gardening gloves. info@cowichanlandtrust.ca 250-746-0227.

Tue 4, 10-12pm A Celebration of Food, with Margaret Walters. Continues on next 3 Tuesdays. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House 1831 Fern St. Victoria earthliteracies@gmail.com 250-220-4601 www.earthliteracies.org

Tue 4, 7pm Years of Living Dangerously 9-Part Film Series. Also Tue 11, 18 & 25th. The human impact of climate change, how we are causing it and how our lives are being affected by it. Dramatic, dynamic series, real heroes and villains. Transition Salt Spring, Salt Spring Island Climate Action Council. Salt Spring Library. Free. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eRly8kzT1U

Wed 5, 4:30pm Panel Discussion on Naomi Klein’s New Book, This Changes Everything. Hear activists and academics discuss Klein’s arguments surrounding the urgency of climate action, with Dr Warren Magnusson, Dr Ana Maria Peredo, Carol Linnett and Will Horter. Moderated by Jessica Dempsey. UVic, David Turpin Building A104. Facebook page.

Wed, 5, 7pm Session 5 of Wild Mushrooms: An Introductory Course for Adults. Bill Jones presents "Cooking with Wild Mushrooms." Lecture/demonstration/tasting. Swan Lake. Registration required. 250-479-0211. $20/$25. swanlake.bc.ca

Thur 6, 12-4pm Municipal Election Advance Polling Stations at UVic. Michelle Pujol room, SUB. Voting just got easier with advance polling stations for Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay on campus. UVSS event page.

Thur 6, 12:30-1:30pm Art Sterritt, Executive Director of Coastal First Nations. 2014 Recipient of Stanford University’s Bright Award as North America’s top unheralded environmental defender. Negotiated creation of 128 new protected areas (2 million hectares) in the Great Bear Rainforest. Developed world-leading First Nations co-governance, conservation economy, and stewardship initiatives. UVic Fraser 158 ELCexec@uvic.ca

Thur 6, 7pm Living the New Economy Victoria Mayoral Debate, with Lisa Helps, Dean Fortin and Jason Ross. Sunset Labs, 401 Herald Street. www.facebook.com/events/368989066597564/

Thur 6, 7pm Britt Bunyard. "All Is Not What It May Seem: How convergent evolution may be a source of your mycological frustration!" Pacific Forestry Centre. svims.ca

Thur 6, 7pm Natural Capitalism - Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. The movie, based on the book by Amory Lovins and Paul Hawken, describes how to do business and make money without destroying the environment, communities, and people. Followed by discussion and social time. Emerging Green Builders. Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Free. Everyone welcome.

Fri 7, 10-4pm Aboriginal Ways of Being and Knowing: Introduction to Coast Salish Culture Experience a rich day-long interactive immersion into Coast Salish culture, a complex heritage thousands of years old and deeply rooted in the natural world. $155 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/GLEL3875-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513

Fri 7, 10am Blue Dot Youth Scavenger Hunt In Victoria. For kids of all ages: An afternoon in the park with David Suzuki, Canada’s most prominent grandpa and nature lover! Presented in partnership with the Nature and Child Alliance. To attend this free event, please RSVP. http://bluedot.ca/blue-dot-youth-scavenger-hunt-victoria/

Fri 7, 7pm Film: The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community. In the Midst of massive environmental challenges how shall we live? Repeats Fri 14. Sponsored by Programs in Earth Literacies and KAIROS. Friends Meeting House 1831 Fern St. Victoria. earthliteracies@gmail.com 250-220-4601 www.earthliteracies.org

Fri 7, 7pm Fungi Talk. Britt Bunyard: "The Agony and The Ecstasy, or Waiter, there’s a fly agaric in my soup…and I love it!" Metchosin Municipal Hall, 4450 Happy Valley Road, Free.

Fri 7. David Suzuki, Blue Dot Tour at UVic. Sold Out - but try UVic Ticket Centre? (250) 721-8480. http://bluedot.ca/events/evening-david-suzuki-victoria/

Sat 8 to Wed 12, 8:30-4:30pm. Urban Restoration and Sustainable Agricultural Systems course; UVic Restoration of Natural Systems Program. You do not need to enrol in the program to take this course. At UVic. Contact resscipc@uvic.ca for details.

Sat 8, 8am-9pm A full day of yoga, dance and more to raise money for Pull Together, Ganges Yoga Studio, 121 Hereford Ave, Salt Spring. http://pull-together.ca/event/ganges-yoga-studio-gives-a-day-for-the-coast/

Sat 8, 9 am-9pm Living the New Economy Day One. Opportunity Fair/Flash Presentations. 6:30pm – 8:30pm – New Economy Awards Tea Lounge. http://livingtheneweconomy.com/program

Sat 8, 9:30am-2:30pm Metchosin MycoBlitz 2014 , an inventory of fall mushroom species in Metchosin. Meet Metchosin Municipal Hall, 4450 Happy Valley Road. Free, bring your own lunch, coffee/tea provided. www.metchosinbiodiversity.com

Sat 8, 10-12pm Mushroom Education Day. Learn about mushrooms’ healthful attributes and how easy it is to grow them in your home or backyard at our Mushroom Education Day! Pre-registration required at www.composteducation.eventbrite.ca. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street. http://compost.bc.ca/nov-8th-is-mushroom-education-day/

Sat 8, 10am-1pm Beginner's Mushrooms Identification Workshop with Jay Rastogi, Wildwood Forest, south of Nanaimo. $40. Advance registration required 250-245-5540 ecoforestry@gmail.com

Sat 8, 11am–2pm Salmon Sensation Drop-in Event at Charters Interpretive Centre, Sooke. Fishy-fun activities, craft and guided walks with CRD Parks naturalists along the Charters River as the salmon return to spawn and complete their life cycle. Meet Charters Interpretive Centre off Sooke River Road.

Sat, 8, 5-9pm Pine Mushroom Extravaganza Dinner with renowned chef, author and mycologist Bill Jones. Deerholme Farm, Cowichan Valley. Registration - 250-748 7450. $90 + tax www.deerholme.com

Sat 8, 6:30pm Save Maltby Lake! Friends of Tod Creek Watershed, Maltby Lake and Peninsula Streams host a splendid dinner and dance to launch their campaign to raise awareness about the plight of Saanich’s pristine Maltby Lake. Prospect Lake Community Hall, 5358 Sparton Road.  Tickets (delivered to your door) $35,  250-920-8559.

Sat 8, 7pm "Years of Living Dangerously" James Cameron's film series, Episodes 1 & 2. Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, Mark Bittman and Thomas Friedman take you around the world to learn about human impact on the earth's climate. Esquimalt Recreation Centre on Fraser Street. Details at Facebook Sandy Slobodian Sandy sslobodian@gmail.com

Sat 8, 7:30pm “Musical Moksha” in service of Pull Together. Nest Hot Yoga, with Naomi Jason and Amy Haysom. Ganges Yoga Studio, 121 Hereford Ave, Salt Spring. http://pull-together.ca/event/musical-moksha-with-the-nest-ganges-yoga-studio/

Sun 9, 9am-9:30pm Living the New Economy Day Two. Financing the Future. Charles Eisenstein – Gift Economy; Stephen Whipp - The Future of Responsible Investing; Michael Linton - Community Currencies; Donna Morton – Impact Investing and An Economy in Service to Life; David van Seters - How do We Apply the Tools of Business in Shaping a New Economy?; Ian MacKenzie – The Art of Crowdfunding; Vu Ndlovu - Peer to Peer Lending; Gord Baird - Making Eco-Sense of Permanomics; David van Seters – How the Sharing Economy will Transform Our Lives and Our World; SUPPER BREAK: 5pm. 7pm Eavesdropping on the Future. Samoan Circle self-facilitating conversation. http://livingtheneweconomy.com/program

Sun 9, 10-2pm Mushroom Education Day at the Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park, led by Danielle Stevenson 10-11am Free introductory workshop on mushroom companions in the garden. Learn how to make a mushroom bed, mushroom pathways, and combination plant in veggie beds. 2-4pm Learn how to grow Oyster mushrooms organically at home or in your apartment. See website.

Sun 9, 10am VNHS Mushroom Foray. Meet Royal Roads, near Tennis Courts http://vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html

Sun 9, 12-4pm. Swan Lake Craft Sale for Nature. Beautiful hand-crafted gifts made by the Silver Swan Quilters for Christmas presents:  baby quilts, advent calendars, kids purses & bags and little animal treasures, lavender sachets in batik, tea cozies, pot holders, kitchen towels, table mats & runners, placemats, adult and kids’ aprons and more…all with a nature or Christmas theme. Coffee and cookies. Funds raised support the Nature Sanctuary. Swan Lake Nature House, 3873 Swan Lake Road. By donation. Margaret Lidkea, Silver Swan Quilters, 250-595-8084

Sun 9, 1–2:30pm Animal Adventures Guided Walk (8 years and under) at Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). Join a CRD Parks naturalist on a family adventure, as you learn animal skills. Creep like a deer, jump like a cougar, and feel like a raccoon as we wind our way through the Francis/King forest. Meet Nature Centre off Munn Road.

 

WEEK TWO

Mon 10, 9am-9pm Living the New Economy Day Three. Marketing in the New Economy with Mark Silver and Tad Hargrave. http://livingtheneweconomy.com/program

Tue 11, 9am-9pm Living the New Economy Day Four. Women in the New Economy. 9am Gender, Peace, and Global Security in the New Economy with Lisa Berkley of Women in International Security (West); Shaping the New Economy: Indigenomics and the Future of Economy Tools, Practices and Platform for Transformation with Carol Anne Hilton; Women, Leadership and the New Economy with Lisa Berkley, Carol Anne Hilton, Brandy Gallagher and Nicole Moen . http://livingtheneweconomy.com/program

Tue 11, 7:30pm Juan de Fuca Forest: A Green Space Solution for Climate Change. Nitya Harris and Saul Arbess explain how this forest is important for bio-diversity, recreation, and local jobs, and how it can enable CRD citizens to address climate change. However, urbanization and intensive unsustainable logging threaten this forest. Victoria Natural History Society. UVic Fraser 159. Free

Wed 12, 9am-9pm Living the New Economy Day Five. Placemaking: On the Ground Integration of the New Economy with Mark Lakeman of City Repair; Synchronicity and the Emerging Story: A Dialogue with Charles Eisenstein and Ian MacKenzie; Fish Bowl and Closing. Judges: Cathy Key of Melting Point Media, Vu Ndlovu of Community Micro Lending and Vancity employee. http://livingtheneweconomy.com/program

Wed 12, 6:15-9pm Seeds of Change Workshops: DIY Laundry Line. Take home 4L of natural laundry soap, 8oz natural stain remover, and three 100% wool eco-dryer balls. Learn about soft water and the effects of excess surfactants in the marine environment. $50 @ Oaklands Community Centre  Register: 250- 370-9109  www.plantstheseed.com

Wed 12, 7pm Session 6 of Wild Mushrooms: An Introductory Course. Scott Henderson presents "Mushroom Cultivation". Learn how to grow your own mushrooms. Swan Lake. Registration required. 250-479-0211. $20/$25. www.swanlake.bc.ca

Wed 12, 7pm "Stand", a SUP and surf film about the B.C. coast that would be despoiled by an oil spill. Post screening discussion with Celine Trojand of Dogwood Initiative. Draw for over $100 worth of water sports-related prizes. Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation.  Awareness Film Night. www.awarenessfilmnight.ca

Thur 13, 7pm Wild & Scenic Film Festival - a night of inspiration and adventure! Award-winning films, including STAND and North of the Sun take you on a beautifully filmed, adventure through the Columbia River, Great Bear Rainforest, Sacred Headwaters, the surfing waters of BC and Arctic regions of Norway. Speaker Norm Hann, the star of STAND - a surf & SUP film about the threat of oil tanker traffic on BC's coast, paddle boarding the 400km tanker route from Kitimat to Bella Bella. $20, $25 at the door. St Ann’s Academy, Proceeds benefit the Georgia Strait Alliance. www.eventbrite.ca/e/wild-and-scenic-film-festival-tickets-13790556927

Thur 13, 7pm These Streets are Made for Walking: Trans-Form Speaker Series. People living in neighbourhoods designed for walking are healthier and happier, with fewer traffic collisions and transport costs. Speakers: Larry Frank, UBC Public Health & Community Planning?Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Alex Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora.

Fri 14, 6:30pm "Boots n Suits: Farmers and Flamenco". Mason Street City Farm and the Island Chefs' Collaborative Five-Course Feast from the Fields with alcoholic pairings. Live flamenco performance by Monique Salez and company. All proceeds to Mason Street City Farm's educational programming. We grow food and we grow farmers! Tickets $90 available at The Parsonage café, Be Love Restaurant and Eventbrite. White Eagle Polish Hall 90 Dock St. http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/boots-n-suits-farmers-and-flamenco-tickets-13688399371

Sat 15, 8am-8pm CIVIC ELECTIONS. Be sure to vote for candidates who will take urgent action to climate change, and build a more sustainable future.

Sat 15, 10am-3pm Come help restore Garry oak ecosystems by planting and propagating native species in the Garry Oak Learning Meadow or by removing invasive species such as daphne laurel at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Pizza lunch and juice included. RSVP to frh.volunteer@pc.gc.ca or 250-812-8133.

Sat 15, 1–2:30pm Marvelous Mushrooms Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). Free, but you must pre-register as space is limited. To reserve a spot call 250.478.3344 before Nov. 14.

Sun 16, 11am–3pm Park 2 Park: A Hiking Adventure Guided Adult Hike. A CRD Parks naturalist will guide the hike in Francis/King, along the Pan Handle Fire Trail to Thetis Lake and back. Bring lunch, water and raingear, sturdy hiking shoes. Free, but pre-register before Nov. 14. 250.478.3344.

Sun 16, 12pm-4pm James Barber Fundraiser for CGC's Teaching Kitchen. Local food paired with Valley wines and ciders in a tradition that honours a former Cowichanian and bestselling cookbook author, Canada’s late Urban Peasant. The Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar, 40 Ingram Street, Duncan. $100.  Order online, or Cowichan Green Community. vanessa@cowichangreencommunity.org

Sun 16, 1–2:30pm Seasonal Safari Guided Walk (8 years and under) at Mill Hill Regional Park, Langford. Join a CRD Parks naturalist as we play games, look at leaves, and explore how raccoons, squirrels, bears and more are collecting food in the fall and preparing a warm spot to rest. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53

 

WEEK THREE

Mon 17, 7pm Energy and Buildings: The Best Ways to Get to the Most Energy-Efficient Buildings, with Andrew Pape-Salmon. BCSEA Victoria Chapter. Everyone welcome. First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd. www.bcsea.org/get-involved/events/2014/11/17/bcsea-victoria-speakers-series-energy-and-buildings info@bcsea.org

Tue 18, 7pm Oceans, Carbon and Climate Change. Jim Christian explains the carbon cycle and the role oceans play in regulating carbon dioxide and mitigating climate change. UVic Continuing Studies: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Oceans-Carbon-and-Climate-Change/ASSC234/

Tue 18, 7:30pm Camas Meadow Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Join Aimee Pelletier, Resource Management Officer, to learn more about this ambitious project. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome. Victoria Natural History Society

Wed 19, 9:30am-4pm Food Connections Annual Conference: Food Security in Rural and Remote Communities. Online participation by webinar for remote communities. To register, fill out the online registration form.  Cowichan Green, 360 Duncan Street. Free. Soup and salad lunch provided. vanessa@cowichangreencommunity.org

Wed 19, 9-5pm Wanted: Tempered Radicals – Changing Organizations from Within. Discover a spectrum of innovative ways to "rock the boat" from inside the corporate ship and steer toward powerful, positive and sustainable change. Led by Colleen McCormick. Royal Roads Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PACS3740-Y14.htm. $195 + GST. 250-391-2513.

Wed 19, 7pm Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Victoria movie premiere & discussion in 3 locations: Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St; Star Cinema, Sidney; ArtSpring, Salt Spring. Live-streamed post-screening discussion. Advance tix: http://www.opencinema.ca. 250 882-7441.

Wed 19, 7pm Directly Affected: A film by Raincoast Conservation Foundation. The voices and stories of people affected by the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project. From First Nations to Burnaby homeowners, and Chilliwack fishermen to Gulf Islands residents, the film tells how we are all directly affected. UVic Bob Wright Centre, B150 Free. http://www.raincoast.org/directly-affected/   http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/directlyaffectedvictoria-tickets-13964719853

Wed 19 - Sun 23 Cedar and Yellow Point Artisans Tour. Visit 23 craft and food artisans on a self-guided tour. Including Carolyn Herriot’s new Garden Path Gift Shop, 13561 Barney Road, Yellow Point. www.cyartisans.com/Christmas-Tour2009.php

Thur 20, 10am The Basics of Organic Gardening and Growing Food. Free workshop and work party. Cowichan Lake Sports Centre. Refreshments and light snacks provided. Erin @ 250-748-8506 or erin@cowichangreencommunity.org. Cowichan Green Community

Thur 20, 7:30pm Fantasy Islands: Environmental Justice in China and Beyond, with Julie Sze, Professor, Associate Professor and Director of Urban Studies, University of California, Davis. Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates. Free. www.TheCityTalks.ca

Fri 21, 8am Resilient Region Exchange - Greater Victoria Breakfast Series Meet-Up at the Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift Street, Victoria. www.meetup.com/Resilient-Region-Exchange-Greater-Victoria-Breakfast-Series/events/214782532/

Sat 22, 10-1pm Winter Bounty from Saanich Organics. Come and sample our luscious offerings at Ottavio’s Italian Bakery and Delicatessen, 2272 Oak Bay Ave. Our region has an amazing climate for producing these winter delicacies and there lots of good reasons to indulge – from food security to health and culinary adventure! http://saanichorganics.com/

Sat 22, 2-4pm Plant Propagation Workshop with Manon Tremblay. Techniques to help you grow the plants you want without having to buy them. Hardwood and softwood cuttings, layering, air layering, division and grafting. Pre-registration required at www.composteducation.eventbrite.ca Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street.

Sat 22, 7pm Pull Together: A night of live music and spoken word. Monique Gray-Smith reads from her book Tilly: A story of hope and resilience - a young Indigenous woman’s coming of age in Canada in the 1980s. Music from Compassion Gorilla; singer-songwriters Anne Schaefer & Art Napoleon. Guests include Dr. Jacquie Green of the Heiltsuk Nation and Songhees Elder, Clarence Butch Dick. St. Barnabas church hall, Fernwood, Victoria. http://pull-together.ca/event/pull-together-for-bc-a-night-of-live-music-spoken-word/

Sun 23, 9am-noon Vijnana yoga workshop, proceeds to Pull Together. Savage Lamb Studio, Bullock Creek, Salt Spring Island. http://pull-together.ca/event/savage-lamb-to-offer-vijnana-yoga-workshop/

Sun 23, 10am–12pm Winter Birds of Witty’s Guided Walk (8 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park, Metchosin. While some birds fly south, many spend their winters here. Join a CRD Parks naturalist to find out who’s who at the lagoon. Bring binoculars if you have a pair. A spotting scope will be available. Meet Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 23, 5-8pm Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Beer and Burger and Silent Auction Fundraiser at the Cow Bay Pub. Tickets $20, includes choice of beef, chicken, or veggie burger with your choice of fries or salad, and either a beer, cider, or glass of wine. Tickets: www.cowichanestuary.ca or Cowichan Land Trust 250-746-0227  info@cowichanestuary.ca.

 

WEEK FOUR

Mon 24, 5-7pm Green Christmas Party Art Show and Auction! Habitat Acquisition Trust fundraiser with Land Trust Alliance of BC. Royal Bank Building, 1501 Douglas St. Tickets $20/$40 VIP includes signed limited edition print by artist Irma Soltonovich especially for this occasion available at Eventbrite.ca. hatmail@hat.bc.ca or 250-995-2428.

Mon 24, 7:30pm Invasive intertidal cordgrass Spartina – Are we on the path to coast wide eradication? They have invaded intertidal habitats from California to BC. Dr. Matthias Herborg will explain their impacts, and how a coordinated eradication effort along the West Coast is dramatically reducing these invaders. Victoria Natural History Society. UVic Fraser 159. Free

Tue 25, 11-3pm Food Forward Summit. CRFAIR annual forum. Accelerating collaborative action to transform our regional food system. Horticulture Center of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Road, Victoria. http://www.communitycouncil.ca/initiatives/crfair/index.html RSVP necessary-  michelle.colussi.2010@gmail.com

Tue 25, 12 noon-1pm The Progress and Challenges of Biofuels in Canada, with Fred Ghatala, Western Biodiesel Association. A free BCSEA Webinar. For registration details, see http://www.bcsea.org/get-involved/events

Tue 25, 6pm Green Drinks in Saanich for Pull Together. Zanzibar Restaurant, 1164 Stelly’s X Road, Brentwood Bay. http://pull-together.ca/green-drinks-events-raise-a-glass-to-pull-together/

Tue 25, 7pm Improvising with an Uncertain World: Dancing for Wellbeing with Joanne Cuffe. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House 1831 Fern St. Victoria earthliteracies@gmail.com 250-220-4601 www.earthliteracies.org

Tue 25, 7pm Global Chorus - 365 Voices on the Future of The Planet. An evening with the book’s compiler, Todd Maclean, at the home of Guy Dauncey and Carolyn Herriot, 13561 Barney Road, Yellow Point, Ladysmith. Free, but please call in advance. 250-924-1445. http://globalchorus.ca/

Wed 26, 7pm Vulnerable Children: an Introductory Talk about Child Protection and the Work of the IICRD. Explore the guiding principles, philosophy and methods of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PEDE3834.htm. 250-391-2513

Wed 26, 7:30pm Bring Back the Bluebirds. Jemma Green reports on progress and discusses how everyone can get involved in helping this charismatic songbird return to the region. Victoria Natural History Society. UVic Fraser 159. Free

Thur 27, 5:30pm Green Drinks Saanich Peninsula. Zanizibar Café, Brentwood Bay.

Sat 29 & Sun 30, 9am- 4pm Cowichan Streamkeepers Course. $60/$90. To register email info@cowichanlandtrust.ca or phone 250-746-0227 or http://november2014streamkeepers.eventbrite.ca/ Lake Cowichan Community Garden Project

Sat 29, 9-1pm Eat for Health and Longevity: Food Lessons from Long-Lived People Around the World, with Maureen Williams. $45. Learn about the cultures and foods of populations with high percentages of centenarians—what do they have in common and how are they different from our own? Royal Roads Continuing Studies: http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PEHL3988-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513

Sat 29 & Sun 30, 9:30am - 4:30pm Circle of Rights: Creative Approaches in Complex Situations for Social Change for Children, Youth and Communities. Continues December 6 & 7th. $695 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies:  http://cstudies.royalroads.ca/courses/PATL3835-Y14.htm. 250-391-2513,

Sat 29, 10am-3pm Come help restore Garry oak ecosystems by planting and propagating native species in the Garry Oak Learning Meadow or by removing invasive species such as daphne laurel at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Pizza lunch and juice included. RSVP to frh.volunteer@pc.gc.ca or 250-812-8133.

Sat 29, 9:30-2pm Restoration Work Party at Havenwood Park, Colwood. Join Habitat Acquisition Trust to remove invasives. Pack sturdy boots, lunch and gloves. Training and tools provided. Park on Veteran’s Memorial entrance. A short walking tour of property pre-event, family friendly! Carpooling available from Victoria area. volunteers@hat.bc.ca 250-995-2428

Sat 29th, 10-4pm VIDEA’s Fair Trade Fair. Join us to support 35 local fair trade vendors and shop with a conscience this holiday season! A festive day with music, food from the International Women’s Catering Coop, good friends and more! First Metropolitan United Church Hall 932 Balmoral Rd, off Quadra.

Sun 30, 12-3pm Seeds of Change Workshops: DIY Holiday Crafting. Learn how to make homemade lip balms, body butters, and lotion bars using herbal infusions. Take home a special holiday gifting craft. Join 10+ local artisans for a mini-holiday craft fair!  $45 @ Oaklands Community Centre  Register: 250- 370-9109 www.plantstheseed.com

Sun 30, 1–2:30pm Mystery Creature Guided Walk (5 years+) at Coles Bay Regional Park, North Saanich. Solve the riddles to find clues hidden along the trail with a CRD Parks naturalist. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Inverness Road, off Ardmore Drive.

 

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

Every week: Sierra Club BC’s Youth Environmental Leadership Program and Youth in Parks: an opportunity to hike, camp, engage in restoration, build skills, and connect with like-minded youth. YELP is grounded in environmental and social justice; Youth in Parks is focused on getting youth outside, active and into parks. Meet one evening a week, one weekend a month. For youth aged 13-18. www.sierraclub.bc.ca/youth

Every Weekend, 9:30-2pm Salmon Run Nature BBQ at the Goldstream Nature House. By donation. Salmon Run VAN Tours: Experience the Goldstream annual salmon run at its finest with transportation to and from the park. Discover the amazing adaptations of spawning salmon, with dynamic nature tour and hands on dissection of a spawned out salmon. $35. $20 if you meet us at the Park. 250-478-9414 or email goldstream@naturehouse. http://www.naturehouse.ca/j333/index.php/south-island-intro

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. Join RLC Park Naturalists at Goldstream Nature House. www.goldstreampark.com/freeman_king_visitor_center.htm

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Wed, 11-5pm Haliburton Food Box Program Room available for summer and winter food box program.  Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce, become closer to the farmers who grow the food. info@haliburtonfarm.org or call 250 658.0758

Every Wednesday, 3:30pm-5:30pm: Work Party at the Community Urban Food Forest, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. Weeding, mulching, planting, seeding, cover cropping, harvesting, adding soil amendments, and pathway maintenance. Tools and gloves are provided.  Contact erin@cowichangreencommunity.org 250-748-8506

Every Wed, 3:30pm-5:30pm Cowichan Community Green is looking for volunteers to join us for Work Party Wednesday at the Community Urban Food Forest.  If you are new to food forests or gardening, this is a great opportunity to learn lots about plants and ecosystems! Meet Urban Food Forest gardens behind CGC's office @ 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 Fri 1pm. EcoReality Co-op work party, farm tour, potluck, movie. Bring a dish for evening potluck. Free. Salt Spring, near Fulford Harbour. http://www.EcoReality.org/wiki/Meetings

Every Sat, 10-12pm Moss Street Winter Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Garry Oak Room, off Thurlow Road, Fairfield. www.MossStreetMarket.com

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. Call the Rare Bird Alert 250-704-2555 the Thursday or Friday before to find out this week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

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

 

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