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Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of and give back to our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar. You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Shop local and stay connected to the merchants in your community.
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ur Put yo ere y wh mone s ouse i h r u yo When you shop local, three times the revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back into the community and our tax base. For every $100 spent at a chain store, only $14 comes back.
live local / give local Community involvement works both ways. Many retailers believe in being involved: giving back to their communities is the right thing to do and they cheerfully donate to a variety of local causes, charities, fund raisers and sports teams. When businesses “give back,” communities appreciate the support and reciprocate.
helP the environment Independent businesses make purchases requiring less transportation and are usually located in the heart of small communities rather than “on the fringe,” meaning less impact on the environment.
If you have a favourite business in your community, please continue to support it all year round. This will ensure we are all here for the long haul!
get better service Local businesses often hire people who have a better understanding of the products they’re selling and take more time to get to know their customers.
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By supporting in dependent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Pe ninsula commun ity. Small business ow ners live locally and are therefore more invested in the future of our neig hbourhoods. Loca l entrepreneurs ar e also the largest employer nationa lly and they prov ide the most jobs to new residents.
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Sidney’s downtown offers up a great selection of pubs on tap, showcasing some unique characteristics, while sharing many recognizable features; delicious pub fare, domestic and imported brews, and a warm and friendly atmosphere inviting great conversation. The Charles Dickens Pub Manager, Sean Kelly, says they have the ‘best selection of draft in town’. Serving patrons aged 19 to 90, a newly renovated bar boasts international imports along with local brews and a great selection of food including British themed items along with their famed boneless beef short ribs. Closed only on New Year’s Day, they are open daily until midnight and until two am on Fridays and Saturdays. NHL Centre Ice means hockey is also on tap, and weekends include a DJ or live music and a local area evening shuttle service. At Boondocks, partners and Red Seal Chefs, Sean and Jenn McNeill, share their skills and the load, one in the kitchen, one out on the floor, in a pub that has been home to them for more than 16 years. Open seven days a week, their host of regulars (many with a designated seat at the bar) alongside a steady stream of visitors enjoy homemade pub food including their famous ‘wings’. Housed in one of Sidney’s oldest buildings and with more than a hundred seats to choose from, including a cute patio at the back, Boondocks for many is a place “where everybody knows your name”. The water’s edge boasts both the Rumrunner and Beacon Landing pubs, providing spectacular waterfront views along with outdoor patios. Bill Singer has spent 25 years at the Rumrunner, operating a family business in a town he loves, surrounded by a community he supports and holds dear. Recognized for their warm, friendly staff and delicious food served alongside a great ocean view, this Sidney landmark , known to so many, offers more than 80 seats inside and out along with nearby free parking. Enjoy a selection of locally crafted beers or imported Guinness, together with delicious pub fare on an extensive menu where local seafood keeps company with traditional Roast Beef. The Beacon Landing is all about cold beer and great food with a focus on everything ‘homemade and local’. A decade after opening their doors, Chef Miguel Goncalves continues to serve up an amazing view and delicious food along with many local beers and most recently Merridale ciders. Open every day of the year and with seating for more than 175 including a patio, Miguel is proud to feature more than 17 different local suppliers in his offerings on a menu that also includes traditional English fare from 3-5 pm each afternoon. Check out Sidney’s Ale Trail with these four ‘locals on tap’. ** Entrance to the Charles Dickens pub is limited to 19 years and older. All others have a restaurant available to all ages. Linda Hunter - email@example.com
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Celebrate Father’s Day by Shopping Local! Your dad is one-of-a-kind, so why would you give him the same old gift?
He may love the novelty ties or gift cards you’ve given him year after year, but doesn’t he deserve something that celebrates what makes him special? Sidney’s diverse range of stores has everything you’re looking for to thank your dad for always being there. Shop local and stay connected to the merchants in your community … all year round!
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Strawberries & Wine Festival What better way to mark the first day of summer on the Saanich Peninsula than a celebration of local strawberries and wine? Our farmers produce an abundance of juicy red June strawberries, a hallmark of Saanich Peninsula agriculture. In recent years, the Peninsula has witnessed an evolution of locally-produced and awardwinning wines and ciders. Saanich Peninsula Flavour Trails is bringing these two indulgences together for a special one-day Strawberries and Wine Festival on Saturday, June 21st. Buy fresh-picked berries direct from a farmer at a farm stand or at the North Saanich Farm Market or Peninsula Country Market – or maybe even pick your own! Tour local wineries by car or bicycle and sample local wines paired with fresh strawberry delights! Eat out
at a local restaurant and savour special menu items featuring local strawberries, then dance the night away at the Strawberry Boogie Woogie Revival community dance in Brentwood Bay! You can even enjoy a weekend on the Saanich Peninsula and experience the natural diversity of all the area has to offer – stay and play at one of our fine local hotels featuring special Strawberry & Wines rates. For more details about the Strawberries and Wine festival, visit the Saanich Peninsula Flavour Trails website at www. flavourtrails.com. Residents and visitors can also look forward to another edition of the popular North Saanich Flavour Trail on the weekend of August 22nd to 24th, kicking off with a fabulous BBQ at Muse Winery!
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ORCCA Benefit Concert Almost everyone in their lifetime has experienced some type of dental/oral problem – the discomfort of a toothache, the piercing pain of a broken tooth or the throbbing agony of an impacted wisdom tooth. Now, imagine that you’re one of the close to 50,000 people living in poverty in the Capital Region of Victoria (Capital Urban Poverty Project) and don’t have the means or resources to fix those problems quickly to relieve the pain and agony. "ORCCA Dental Clinic Instead, those means will be the first not and resources have to go to keeping for profit dental clinic the roof over your serving children and head and food in adolescents from lowthe cupboard. income families on Under the leadership of Kenny Vancouver Island." Podmore and Travis Stewart, community members are working together to create an exciting and entertaining concert to support dental care for children and youth from low income families: ORCCA Sings! On June 15th from 1:30 until 4 p.m., you are invited to attend a free concert at the end of Beacon Street in Sidney Harbor to celebrate the building of ORCCA’s (Oral Care for Children and Adolescents) non-profit dental clinic in Sidney Elementary School. All proceeds will be by donation only! ORCCA Dental Clinic will be the first not-for-profit dental clinic serving children and adolescents from low-income families on Vancouver Island. Interviews were conducted with individuals representing health, education and non-profit agencies that determined that there is a significant need. While some dentists do charitable work in the area, the need for ORCCA’s services is great as there are an estimated 500 children on Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands alone that would qualify. Children and adolescents who are a part of the provincial government’s BC Healthy Kids Program (families that have an income of less than $21,000/year) will have their dental care provided by ORCCA at no charge in this non-profit setting. Children and adolescents whose families have an income of between $21,000 to $40,000/year, and who do not have dental insurance, will be provided dental care at a discount of 30% off the BC Dental Fee Guide. If you would like to improve the life of a local child or adolescent from a low-income family and contribute to their dental health, come out to “ORCCA Sings” and/or please visit ORCCA’s website – www. orccadental.com – for ways to donate. For more concert details call Kenny Podmore at 250-655-4631.
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Splashing in the cool river, everybody laughing, hamburgers on the grill – 50 years later those two rapturous weeks camping at Sooke River with my family still get my pulse racing. Panorama Recreation Centre staff know the pure gold value of those exquisite moments in families. They want to make sure that all generations can make life-long memories as they spend quality time with each other. “Play in the Park” proves that the best things in life really are free. From June 30th to August 29th, Panorama Rec will help families build memories with their Play in the Park program. Every weekday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., in various parks throughout the Saanich Peninsula, families can spend quality fun time together in free play, group sport games, on a giant inflatable obstacle course or running under a giant parachute. The play is facilitated and supervised by four expert and dynamic Panorama staff members. Claire Erdem, Panorama’s Community Recreation Coordinator, is bursting with excitement as she talks about Play in the Park: “It encompasses everything that Panorama is about – family recreation and physical literacy.” The latter term refers to learning basic movements to build sport skills, an integral part of Play in the Park. “The big thing for us is to get the whole family involved” so parents can help kids build these skills through interactive play. The Play program is a free adventure for any age, for everybody, kids, parents, grandparents: “Family is our focus and we want to encourage inter-generational play.”
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June Frolics! by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. As the days lengthen, it's tempting to spend every warm evening relaxing outdoors. Even so, reserve a few dates to ensure you don't miss some excellent events to see and hear on the Peninsula. Start June with a studio art tour and end with a bang (literally) watching Sidney's fireworks display set to music
CACSP's Spring Studio Tour This year's self-guided Spring Studio Tour, sponsored by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, will feature more than 25 local studios. Visitors to their studios will find art covering the gamut from bronze and stone sculptures to paintings of all styles and media, glassworks, metal art, mosaics and wood and fibre arts. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to discover new artists and
revisit favourites who may be taking on new artistic challenges. Many artists on the tour will be working on new pieces and will be pleased to answer questions. Artwork is also for sale – possibilities for wedding or anniversary gifts. A tour map and brochure are available at the Community Art Centre in Tulista Park, Sidney or online at http://cacsp.com. June 7th and 8th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Byrd Dawg and the Vintage Electric Band Relive memories of lazy summers past with Byrd Dawg's tribute to the Everly Brothers as well as Simon and Garfunkel and others influenced by the Everlys' distinctive music. Joel Dietrich and Wayne Rempel as Byrd Dawg showcase songs like Wake up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love, and The Sound of Silence. The Old Friends Tour brings them together with White Rock's Vintage Electric Band to create those iconic harmonies that evoke beach parties, bonfires and long-lost loves. You're bound to leave humming your favourite song. June 12th at 8 p.m., Charlie
White Theatre. Tickets: Mary Winspear Centre, 250-656-0275; www.marywinspear.ca.
Celtic Bluegrass with Old Black Rum Deep Cove Folk Music Society is welcoming a potent mix of musicians who will stir up the airwaves with lively Celtic Bluegrass music. Locals will recognize the Old Black Rum band as frequent entertainers at Mary's Bleue Moon Café. Feet will be tapping to fiddle tunes and a cappella ballads. As a treat, vocalist Heather Collins is sometimes moved to step dance. June 13th at 8 p.m., St. John's United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road. $7 at the door.
Artistic West Coast Interpretations Three award-winning artists who live on Vancouver Island bring individual interpretations of the West Coast in their paintings displayed in Sidney during June. Linda Heslop paints with detailed realism mainly in watercolours, adding highlights with watercolour pencils to bring
depth to her seastars and tidal pools. Tammie Hunter shows her love of nature through her landscape paintings and has also created an award-winning series of abstract paintings bursting with energy that flies off the edge of the canvas. Maple Bay artist Carol Borrett paints in watercolours and acrylics to capture the varied moods of the coastal area and way of life. Soft, subtle tones are blended with a distant view to create scenes of hushed introspection. Three different ways to see our Island. Village Gallery, 2459 Beacon Avenue, Sidney.
Start Canada Day Celebrations Early! Get into the Canada Day celebratory mood early – and all for free! Starting at 7:45 p.m., indulge yourself with a piece of BIG cake and groove to the lively music of Old Black Rum at Sidney Beacon Park (in front of the Pier Hotel). This is the perfect lead-up to the spectacular fireworks display put on by the Town of Sidney and The Peninsula Celebrations Society. New this year, the fireworks will be put to music. June 30th, starting at 7:45 p.m. www.peninsulacelebrations.ca for info on Sidney Days events.