Camosun College Open House & Career Fair 2014 One day can change everything! On Thursday May 1 from 8:30am-2:30pm, Camosun’s Interurban Campus is opening its doors and inviting everyone to stop by and experience first-hand what their community college offers. The annual Open House and Career Fair will feature a full range of hands-on activities that showcase post-secondary and career options. More than 2,000 middle school and secondary students are expected to visit the campus during the day. Adults of all ages are also welcome to attend. All areas of the campus are open, from the Trades shops on one end to the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) at the other end. Programs based at Lansdowne campus will also be setting up displays and activities at Interurban, giving visitors a college-wide experience. Highlights include a Spaghetti Bridge Contest, the Mr. Wizard science show, and Victoria Conservatory of Music student performances, among other events. The full list of activities, being updated daily, is available at www.camosun.ca/openhouse.
Hike for Hospice 2014 Mark your calendar and start fundraising with your family, friends, or group for the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Hike for Hospice on Sunday, May 4. This nationwide event is designed to bring together individuals and organizations to raise funds and awareness for hospice and palliative care. The hike will take place in several communities across Vancouver Island and is open to everyone. Nanaimo and area residents meet at Maffeo Sutton Park for the Walk to Remember and Picnic in the Park. Registration will begin at 10am and the hike starts at 11am. Afterwards, participants are invited to the Picnic in the Park from noon-2pm. Gather pledges, gather a team. Wear your company logo. Leashed pets are welcome. To register, phone Nanaimo Hospice Community Society at 250-758-8857, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For links to online fundraising or to print a pledge sheet, visit nanaimohospice.com.
Sea Cider May Day Celebration Spring has arrived at the Sea Cider orchard and with it a host of traditions to welcome the season’s renewal. The orchard’s Annual May Day Celebration is on Sunday, May
4 from 11am-4pm. Bring the family! The day’s festivities include traditional Maypole dances, guided tours of the cidery and orchard, food and cider tastings as well as crafts and activities for kids of all ages. The Island Thyme Morris Dancers will perform between noon-2pm to ensure the sun will shine on the orchard and bring a good harvest. Between the dance performances, enjoy folk, country, rock and roll, old time, swing and bluegrass music from the Bowker Creek Band. Receive a complimentary glass of sparkling cider or non-alcoholic sparkling apple juice on arrival. Truffles Catering, Food For Thought Catering and The London Chef will serve spring-themed food items. Wannawafle will also be baking their famous Waffles. Tickets for food items and additional cider samples can be purchased for $2 each. Sea Cider’s May Day celebration takes place at 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd. The event is free and open to the public. Cidery tours run every hour on the half hour beginning at 11:30am. The scavenger hunt, crafts and other activities begin at 11am. For more information, visit www.seacider.ca.
Carnation Campaign On May 9-11, hundreds of volunteers in Victoria and Duncan will take part in a tradition that began in 1976, the Multiple Sclerosis Carnation Campaign. The reason is simple: to end multiple sclerosis. MS Carnation Campaign HOPE volunteers will show their dedication to finding a cure by selling carnations at several locations throughout Victoria and Duncan—on street corners, in malls and at other public spaces. In B.C. and the Yukon, volunteers expect to sell over 20,000 blooms to raise funds to support research and provide free supports and services in our communities. Watch for your opportunity to exchange a donation for a carnation, or you can donate online at www.mssociety.ca. The carnation is Canada’s oldest and most recognized symbol of hope in the search for a cure for multiple sclerosis. Many of the Canadians living with multiple sclerosis are mothers. Others, either children or adults, have mothers affected by this disease, and women are diagnosed with MS three times as often as men. That’s why every year the MS Carnation Campaign takes place on Mother’s Day weekend in May. May is also MS Awareness Month. For a list of activities taking place this month and for more information, please visit www.mssociety.ca.
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