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Schubert’s Mass in G major, winter carols, traditional music, new compositions, and sing-a-long songs from Canada and around the world. The Choir is joined by special guests: Victoria Children’s Choir alumni singers; the Victoria Baroque Players; gentlemen from the St. Christopher Singers. Tickets are $20, general seating. Children age seven and younger are free. Purchase tickets online (, or by phone at 250-721-0856. The Victoria Children’s Choir is made up of girls and boys aged eight to 18. The choir sings a wideranging repertoire, with music from many countries, centuries and styles. For more information, phone 250-721-0856 or visit

Family Christmas Carol Sing-Along

Hot Chocolate for Children’s Snowflakes

Sometimes it just takes a memorable moment to give a child a lifelong love of music. The Victoria Philharmonic Choir (VPC) 8th annual Christmas concert on Wednesday, December 21 at 7pm gives children a taste of choral experience, singing traditional carols like Silent Night, backed up by four-part harmony from the 70-voice VPC, conducted by Peter Butterfield. Adults are welcome to sing along as well—and listen to the choir’s performance of other seasonal works. The front benches are reserved for those with small children, first come, first served. The concert will be at St. Mary’s Church (1701 Elgin Road) in Oak Bay. Doors open by 6:30pm, the concert starts at 7pm. Tickets are $20 regular, $10 student, and free for accompanied children 12 and under, available from Ivy’s Bookshop, The Shieling, Tanner’s Books, Long & McQuade, online at, and possibly at the door. or call 250-652-5256

Be a Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor

The Magic of Christmas December 1st - January 6th

A family tradition

Tens of thousands of coloured lights n Twelve Days of Christmas displays n Rose Carousel n Outdoor ice rink n Nightly Carollers & Festive Brass n


An Educational Gift for this


A series of six grammatical booklets designed to explain the English Language clearly. Price: Each booklet $5. Special set of six for $25 ordered before Dec 10th. Both prices exclude shipping and handling.

Order Online at Single copies also available at Munro’s Books ($5 each)

8  Island Parent Magazine

By becoming a mentor you can help a child succeed. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is seeking volunteers who are committed and consistent, willing to serve at least a year, but hopefully until a child graduates high school. Studies show that by doing so, the mentoring services help kids stay in school, avoid risky behaviour, and experience first-hand the importance of helping others in their community. Professional staff will work with you, the child and the family throughout the course of the mentoring relationship to provide necessary training and support. Funding allows BBBS to carefully make and support more matches. Sometimes, the supply

Island Parent December 2016  

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