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January 2014

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CENTRE Tripping the Light Fantastic: SPREAD Sidney International Folk Dancers

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Seaside Homes: Living Inside Out and Outside In


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Salish Sea News Grey Matters In Good Health New & Noteworthy Conversations From the Past

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Last year I picked up a Seniors' Newsletter at the local health clinic. Its front page announced July Dancing Awareness Month, with information on how dancing helps protect against dementia. I filed it for a future Grey Matters article. Imagine, then, my excitement at learning that the G8 health ministers were to meet in London on December 11th, 2013, to discuss strategies for coping with dementia, of which Alzheimer's is the most common form. At last the world would, I hoped, sit up and take notice of this cruel disease that has reached epidemic proportions. I hope this month's Grey Matters inspires you. shannon moore

Working as a middle school teacher in the Saanich school district for the past 10 years, I regularly help students to read, summarize and evaluate what they have read. I encourage them to select literature that sparks their interest, and hope to instill in them a lifelong love of reading that extends outside of the classroom. When asked recently to reflect on my own reading and write a book review, it suddenly became a much more daunting task. I felt the pressure to read carefully, reflect thoughtfully, and above all, to get my "assignment" completed on time. Once I got past the stress of it all, I thoroughly enjoyed the process. Sorry, kids. Looks like we might be writing book reviews in the new year ;) dr. shelley breadner

My achievement of 2013 was reaching 30 years in practice as a veterinarian. For 2014, I am looking forward to that continued joy in greeting little patients of all types. Not a day goes by without laughter in my heart from working with them. We share with their owners the love they bring to life. Holding the knowledge of animals through their anatomy and their spirit has allowed me to explore and create wildlife art in my spare time. Animals are in all parts of my life, and I have dedicated my life to their safety, health and well-being. I welcome you to join me at my practice where we celebrate every day, and enjoy my column Veterinary Voice.

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Everything around us has colour, texture and form. Assembling these elements to create harmony is my passion, whether it's creating a beautiful space, hosting a dinner party or wrapping a gift. We are influenced by our surroundings and because our homes are an extension of ourselves, I love providing a place where people want to be. I lived in London for many years after obtaining my Masters' Degree in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, and was often found scrutinizing store window displays, little knowing then that I would be drawing on those inspirations today in my own window displays. I'm telling my own story about what I see as worthwhile in beautiful, sustainably and locally made products at my Sidney store, WestCoast ECO Home, and in this month's On Design column.

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first word I think the best part about owning Seaside Magazine is telling stories. Stories have defined our world; they have been with us since the dawn of communication, from cave walls to the tall tales narrated around fires. They have continued to evolve but their purpose has remained the same: to entertain, to share common experiences, to teach, and to pass on traditions … and to remember to live life. For my First Word, for the start of this new year, I want to share with you a story about my dear friend Lori Swan (Fitzpatrick). On December 14th, 2013 Lori passed away peacefully. The cancer that she beat almost five years ago came back suddenly and with a vengeance. She gave it everything she had, but she couldn't win. Until the very end she held fast to the hope that she could beat it, or at least gain a few more years. As she said to me: "Sue, Vic and I still have too much we want to do." Even in the face of death she barely allowed the word. Staying positive was all she had left to fight with, and we were able to share many laughs and stories together before she passed. But let's get into the real story. It's not the way Lori fought, and it's not that she died; that's not the story at all. It's that she lived and for many years graced this planet with her presence. It's that she was amazing and totally unique and one of those rare and wonderful people we sometimes call "characters." My real introduction to Lori was about 12 years ago when we worked

together at the Peninsula News Review. I was her boss, but really, let's face it: I couldn't do the job without her. She was my right hand gal, my teammate, and always one step ahead of me. Her clients loved her and she was so very meticulous with her work. Every day would find the two of us sharing a really good laugh, almost in tears. Anyone who knows Lori can remember her laugh: her entire face lit up and her smile was infectious. It was the truest laugh, because that was the main thing about Lori: she was 100% real with a heart that was open and ready to embrace everyone. Unless someone pissed her off! But even then she would let the foolish soul know it, in no uncertain terms or polite words, and then be done with it. The day she told me about her plans to retire my heart sang for her, but it was also a sad moment for me. Fortunately, two-and-ahalf years ago when I bought Seaside Magazine I got my Lori back. The fun, the laughter, the connecting and the creative buzz; that's what Lori was all about. She was also about true style, but it wasn't about which designer's name was sewn into her jacket: the important thing to her was how one treated others. True style is in how we do everything: how we choose to live, and often, in how we deal with dying. Lori was a fearless woman in so many ways, and she was the epitome of true style. Lori, you will be remembered forever; we will love you forever. Lori Swan (Fitzpatrick) (Smith) May 9th, 1949 - December 14th, 2013.

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If your business is 51% or more owned by a woman, and you are doing business on Vancouver Island, you are eligible to apply. All applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges and a winner will be selected. Please answer all questions below. Winners will be notified by February 28th and will be honoured at a reception to be held March 7th as part of Seaside Magazine’s Women to Watch event.

Please answer the following questions about your business: • Describe your business: Please provide a summary and description of your business, including how long you've been in business, number of employees and products and services offered. • Innovation & Change: Please list all of the changes and innovations your company made in 2013. • Environmental and Community Advances: How does your business contribute to the community and environment? • Challenges: What is the single most difficult challenge you have faced and how was it overcome? • Integrity: What three words best describe your business values?


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GRATEFUL FOR THE LOVE AND SUPPORT of a caring community, local family benefits

An Outstretched Hand For Brentwood Bay's Johnathan Smith and Kelly Sterling, "family" is number one. With five young children under 12 along with a 16-year-old nephew, raising six dependents is their first priority, with health and wellness a close second. Their journey has been difficult at times: the past two years have included trips to the local Food Bank, difficulties holding down full-time work due to serious illness and surgeries, and reliance on one unreliable family vehicle. Grateful for the love and support of a caring community, they have struggled to move beyond a "family in need." The load, however, lightened a little last month, when Johnathan accepted the news by phone that his family had been selected as the 2013 Akzo Nobel Benevolence Program recipients. "Nothing has come easy to us; usually this type of thing happens to other people." The gift came from the Akzo Nobel Acoat selected National Benevolence Program, a North American wide collision repair industry initiative. Taking vehicles that have been "written off," the program refurbishes them to provide a road-worthy vehicle in order to greatly improve someone's life. At the local level, collision repair shops such as Sidney's Superior Collision, now owned by Rob and Allison Peters, get involved, and last month they provided not only a car, but the support of over 65 other community donors in the form of a life-changing Christmas present. For the Peters', the selection process meant connecting with local agencies to find individuals or families who fit the program's criteria. With the intent of providing a vehicle to a family in need, the gift must be viable, not represent a burden and the recipient must be a

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licensed driver, and able to provide insurance, gas, and maintenance for the vehicle on an ongoing basis. Asked what the program means to their team, Allison responds: "We live and work in a community that supports its own. Providing a hardworking and deserving family with this gift will hopefully improve their situation." For Sidney Lions Food Bank Administrator Bev Elder, helping to select a family was easy: "we knew that the Smith family was one that would be grateful and for whom the vehicle would make a real difference." Johnathan was already a driver, and Kelly was within months of securing her first driving license, so they fit the bill. In December, community members gathered to see the keys and a host of amazing gifts presented to the Smith family, every aspect donated: from the car, repair parts, mechanics' time and paint to an initial term of insurance, gas and roadside assistance, and gifts that included groceries, tourist attraction passes, gift cards and vouchers, and a new computer. What does it mean to Johnathan's family? "With two vehicles, Kelly will have the reliable car during the day to run errands, and when I am working the night shift, she'll have a car at home in case she has an emergency with the children." As a new year unfolds, the Smiths are moving forward, with improved health on the horizon, their names high on a list for affordable housing, and a beautiful reliable car along with a host of new experiences. Proof once again that as a community we can make miracles happen, and that John Donne was right when he penned, "No man is an island." SEASIDE | january 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11

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With the bucket emptied of water and sand, I repurposed it into a

garbage bin to carry debris away from Sidney Island and dispose of it properly. While I cleaned up, the eight-year-old summer campers continued with their theatrics – a creative play whose characters included a variety of kings and queens. They quickly appointed me "the magical queen of no littering." If royalty can be correlated to rubbish removal, we have a new group of princes and princesses in town. The students at Sidney Co-op Preschool are putting their best gumboots forward to make local beaches cleaner for us and for the animals that live there. Once a month, the preschool's three- and four-year-olds walk or take public transit to a local beach, don gloves and pick up any items that aren't naturally part of the ecosystem. At the time of printing, their efforts have resulted in three cleaner beaches: Roberts Bay, Glass Beach and the beach along Lochside Drive. Their finds have been varied, from aluminum cans and food packaging to an air mattress and a video game console. When asked what his strangest find was, four-year-old Ryan answered, "a cigarette butt." Scharie Greenwood, the preschool's teacher, strongly believes in being involved in – and cleaning up – the community you live in and strives to instill that value in her students. "My wish is that at three and four years of age they learn they can make a difference," emphasizes Scharie. She's also inspired by the enthusiasm and interest in the preschoolers' parents: some arrive at preschool with stories of continuing the clean-ups with their kids outside of school hours. Preschooler Ryan is starting to understand the difference he can make and explained to us that cleaning up beaches is important "so that animals don't get hurt or die." To strengthen the message and connection between garbage and the health of the world's oceans,

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Oceaneers at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre provided the students with a short lesson about how a plastic bag can harm the beloved sea turtle. For some turtle species, jellyfish are a staple, and for some turtles, plastic bags mimic drifting jellyfish; the result of ingesting a plastic bag is never good. As part of the Centre's current exhibit, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," the preschooler's beach garbage is on display. The reason is threefold – to highlight the issue of marine debris, to showcase that at any age you can make a difference and to encourage the public to do the same. If you see the kids from Sidney Co-op Preschool out cleaning beaches, give them a thumbs up and a thank you or, better yet, join them and become part of the marine debris monarchy. Tina Kelly is an Ocean Advocate at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Visit www.oceandiscovery.ca for more information.


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ear Friends and Patrons of the Mary Winspear Centre:

Thank you for making 2013 a remarkable year for the Mary Winspear Centre. This year marked 13 years of bringing arts and culture to the Saanich Peninsula. Our dedicated staff and volunteers have done an incredible job of expanding our outreach while strengthening our programs and services to the communities. We could not have done this without the support of the Town of Sidney, the Municipalities of North and Central Saanich and all of you, the residents of the Saanich Peninsula. Please stay tuned to see how amazing the future will be. We can’t wait to see all of you here in 2014!

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As the Mary Winspear Centre moves swiftly into 2014, it seems only natural to pause and reflect on the past year’s success. The Mary Winspear Centre served the community as a hotspot for events, live theatre, art shows, and a variety of other happenings. It is with pleasure and gratitude that the Centre hosted thousands of guests to a wide assortment of events. February 2013 welcomed Sidney’s first annual Family Day. It gave way to line-ups extending out the door with families of all sizes. The Mary Winspear Centre was incredibly pleased to see the community enjoying and participating in their well-deserved day off and spending time with their family. The event included meeting loveable characters, playing with Lego, and climbing inflatable jungle gyms! All in all, the Family Day Event was a great success. As winter began to fade, spring was all but forced to heat up with the welcoming of two sold-out shows from the most popular performance of the year. Thunder From Down Under delighted a full house twice over with dance, music and interactive experiences. If the walls of the Bodine Hall could talk they would certainly whisper about handsome Australian men, leaving the rest to your imagination. The Charlie White Theatre was again graced with packed houses, sold-out shows and world class talent. Such artists as Ben Heppner, Bif Naked, Dallas Smith, Chilliwack and Colin James performed with rave reviews. Everyone’s favourite local Peninsula Singers and Peninsula Players wowed crowds with spring and winter performances. In September the Centre became the new home to the popular First Nations, Inuit and Metis Art Show. The First Nations Art Show along with the Sidney Fine Arts Show present with excellence, and display

a highest caliber of talent and creativity. During both these events we welcome visitors from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. As the new year begins so does another round of weddings, live theatre and music, conferences and art shows. The Mary Winspear Centre looks forward to continuing to serve the community with excellence and dedication.

Hilarious Hillbillies Hit Sidney

Adding some down-home family fun to the month of January come the Hilarious Hillbillies! To say that they will bring anything less than a barn full of laughter to the Charlie White Theatre would be an understatement. Mountain Dream Productions and the Mary Winspear Centre are delighted to present our resident musical theatre class in the Hilarious Hillbillies Hit Sidney. Those attending this theatrical presentation will experience firsthand a world of talent, humour, and the achievements of months of practice and hard work for the young performers. Since September these triple threats have been polishing their skills of dance, singing and acting, all under direction of Mountain Dreams’ very own Margaret Watt. Bring the entire family to this friendly performance full of giddy country folk and the like. Tickets are available at the Mary Winspear Centre Box Office. For reservations or additional information visit www.marywinspear.ca or call 250-656-0275.

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A Year in Review

grey matters "dancing makes us smarter. do it frequently and it may give you 76% protection against dementia"

Dance Your Brain

There's a fever sweeping across Canada. In school gyms, community halls and church basements senior men and women are gathering in droves. Fear not, this is a Peggy Lee kind of fever rather than a health hazard, proved to be the best secret weapon against dementia. As you've probably heard, the G8 nations sent their by Trysh Ashby-Rolls health ministers to discuss what is being called "the worldwide dementia epidemic" to their meeting in London, last month. According to Paul Waldie, reporting on the conference in the Globe and Mail (December 11th, 2013), participants discovered "how little progress has been made" to find a cure, pledging to find one by 2025. Something like 747,000 Canadians suffer from the various forms of dementia – Alzheimer's the most common. In B.C. over 70,000 individuals live with some form of dementia, 10,000 of them under the age of 65. The Alzheimer Society of Canada defines dementia as a progressive degenerative brain disease whose warning signs include: memory loss affecting day-to-day function; difficulty performing

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familiar tasks; problems with language; disorientation for time and place; poor or decreased judgment; misplacing things; changes in mood or behaviour; changes in personality; loss of initiative. It is incurable and always fatal, robbing the sufferer of her or his memory and destroying brain cells, so the body forgets to how to survive. The good news is that there are things you can do that may delay or prevent the disease. According to the Alzheimer' s Research and Prevention Foundation, physical exercise reduces your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and dementia by 50%. It boosts your mood, improves memory, reduces stress and increases energy. A 21-year study of senior citizens over age 75, conducted at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, came up with a surprise result: dancing makes us smarter. Do it frequently and it may give you 76% protection against dementia. Play golf, cycle or swim and although the exercise is good, you will not be protected one jot against dementia. Reading comes in at 35%, while doing at least four crossword puzzles a week protects you 47%. Dancing reduces stress and depression; increases energy and serotonin (a hormone in the body responsible for regulating moods); improves flexibility, strength, balance and endurance; increases mental capacity by exercising thinking and learning processes; and creates new pathways in the brain through high octane fast decisionmaking. In other words, dancing integrates several brain functions simultaneously, further increasing your neural connectivity. Dr. Joseph Coyle, the Harvard Medical School psychiatrist who wrote the commentary on the study, is of the opinion that "The cerebral cortex and hippocampus, which are critical to [dancing, reading and crossword puzzles] are remarkably plastic and they rewrite themselves based on their use." In lay terms, "use it or lose it." Our brain constantly rewires its neural pathways, as needed. If it doesn't need to, then it won't. The hippocampus, by the way, is the part of the brain involved in memory forming, organizing and storing. The job of the cerebral cortex is information processing and language. Is one kind of dance better than another? Richard Powers at Stanford University says all dancing is good. "But if intelligence is what we use when we don't already know what to do, and we want to stimulate the connectivity of our brains by generating as many new paths as possible, don't do anything by rote." Learn something new. Challenge yourself. Foxtrot anyone?

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result of hormonal changes, with little thought about underlying factors. But to a Chinese practitioner, a healthy woman should not be in such terrible discomfort every month. Eastern medicine looks at what is happening in the woman's life – and her general health during the other days of the month – to find out other reasons for her symptoms. With a client suffering from PMS, Mikiala will ask questions, take a pulse and look in the eyes to invoke a sense of the whole person and her life. Mikiala believes that her services are an important addition to regular medicine, and prefers to work with her clients' physicians to develop a total care package. A new scientific study shows the effectiveness of acupuncture in relieving osteoarthritis of the knees. Nobody knows exactly how acupuncture works its magic, notes Mikiala, but she says that "acupuncture locally stimulates and agitates an area, increasing blood flow and circulation there, reducing inflammation and promoting healing." This drives home the power of eastern holistic medicine to help the body repair itself. The goal is to promote healing and wellness – to try to solve the medical problem, not just get rid of the symptoms. Acupuncture helps to activate and stimulate the body into healing itself.

In this holistic model, a flow of energy spreads to all the organs in the body in a connected integrated system. Stimulating one area helps and activates another. No bodily organ or system works independently – they all work together, affecting each other. Mind and body work as one. If a client comes in with a health issue, Mikiala looks at the person's overall health, perhaps their digestion, their food choices, their stress level and their lifestyle. Mikiala offers a wide array of services: acupuncture treatments, herbal remedies, lifestyle counseling and nutritional advice. She uses her compassionate, gentle bedside manner to assist clients with hormone, sleep, digestive and anxiety problems and helps with stress reduction and fertility. Her new passion is helping those with eczema and asthma. When all is said and done, Mikiala has a profound wish: To improve her clients' quality of life. "I cannot reverse someone's MS, but I can help them feel better, have a more positive outlook and have more energy." The human body has its own ways of repairing itself. At Health Within, it gets a little nudge. For more information, visit www.healthwithin.ca.

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zero temperatures. As we stick our head into January, what weather will we discover? The long-term outlook shows a greater chance of below normal temperatures and no preference for wetter or drier conditions. So although January could be cooler than normal, we Victorians will remain crispy through it all and continue to enjoy the natural winter beauty that surrounds us. January is the month of new beginnings, so as we head into the new year my sentimental forecast for January 1st is a cool breeze – to symbolically clean away the stale intentions of the past and open the door to a year full of fresh hopes and dreams. ~ Weatherwit. Comments about office fridges or the weather? Email weatherwit@gmail.com or visit weatherwit.wordpress.com.

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Savoury Soup by Jennifer Bowles

One of my favourite dishes to warm me up on a chilly January day is a hearty homemade soup. I'm sure we've all had our fair share of gobble gobble with all the trimmings over the last month, so for January let's stick to comfort food but lower the caloric intake a bit. You can keep up with your New Year's resolution to eat healthier, and you won't feel like you're missing out! This is a perfect dish which I almost always find served as a starter. Butternut squash soup can be a superb meal on its own, with the right garnish to perfectly round it out. This recipe is a classic butternut squash soup topped with crispy fried leeks, julienne apple (sliced thinly) and fried goat cheese medallions with a crispy bread crumb coating with a hint of nutmeg. This recipe is super easy which will be a nice change, especially after you've slaved over the big culinary events during the holidays. Give yourself a break and curl up in front of the fire with a glass of your favourite wine and a bowl of this delicious, silky soup. You deserve it!


1 (2- to 3-pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded 2 tbsp unsalted butter 1 medium onion, chopped 6 cups chicken stock 1/2 cup dry white wine (don't cook with anything you wouldn't drink!) 1/4 cup heavy cream salt and freshly ground black pepper


1/2 leek, sliced into very thin 2" strips (avoid the dark green parts) vegetable oil goat cheese seasoned bread crumbs Cut squash into 1-inch chunks. In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the wine and reduce for 30 seconds. Add the squash and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes (may take longer depending on the squash, so keep testing). Remove from heat and, working in batches so you don't get splashed, place in your food processor or blender and blend until smooth. For the leeks, heat ¼" of oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high until shimmering (alternatively, you can use a deep fryer if you have one). In small batches fry the leeks until just brown around the edges. Set aside the leeks on paper towel to drain. For the goat cheese set up a basic breading station. A small bowl with a beaten egg and another bowl with ½ cup of bread crumbs with a pinch of nutmeg and some salt and pepper. Slice a small log of goat cheese into ½" medallions. Dredge the cheese into the egg wash and then into your bread crumbs and pan fry over medium-high with a little butter over medium heat until golden brown. Use a different pan for this part! To serve, ladle the soup into your favourite soup bowl and garnish first with the goat cheese, then top with your crispy leeks and julienne apple. This vibrant dish looks absolutely stunning and is the perfect kickoff to 2014! Enjoy everyone! SEASIDE | january 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 23

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Island Family Chiropractic: Getting Back to Good Health by Barry Mathias

This is the third in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Doctors Misty Watson and Randy Kerr run the popular Island Family Chiropractic in Saanichton, and for both of them it was a positive chiropractic experience in their earlier lives that influenced their choice of career. "I was 20 when I injured my back," says Misty. "After weeks of suffering I was finally persuaded to visit a chiropractor, and after the first visit I felt so much better, it was almost

miraculous." It was this experience that led to her graduating as a chiropractor at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in San Jose, California in 1998, after first completing a three-year study of kinesiology at the University of Victoria. "My chiropractic journey began before I can even remember," says Randy. He explains that he was a large baby, and treatment by a chiropractor led to his mother having "little difficulty" with his birth. He was 10 when he began to have increasing pain in his legs, and "mainstream" medical treatment consisted of

pressure binding of his legs and "therapeutic shoes." Neither helped, but led to teasing at school. Eventually, Randy was treated by a chiropractor, who made adjustments to his pelvis, resulting in his complete recovery: "and I became a normal kid again." The technique of choice the doctors use in their practice is called Torque Release Technique, or TRT. This technique was born out of research about 15 years ago and consists of finding specific levels of tension or stress that may be blocking the free flow of nerves in

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the spine. These areas of tension are released using an instrument called an Integrator which delivers a specific adjustment alongside the spine. With these tensions freed up, the body can then naturally move back towards normal function. "We have over 50 years of chiropractic experience between us," says Misty, who has a special focus on prenatal care and the treatment of young infants. "Our clinic will, on an average day, treat patients of all ages, from newborn babies to people in their '80s and '90s." The doctors often deal with all members of a family on a regular basis, treating not only the injured, but enabling those who are fit to maintain their wellbeing. "Children respond very well to our treatments," says Misty. "I love difficult cases, where people have tried numerous therapies and still have issues," Randy says. "But truly what excites us and

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keeps us as passionate today as on our first day symptoms: if someone isn't sleeping well, or of practice are the day-to-day miracles that we has a pain in their foot, the actual cause could see. For example, last weekend our patient was be elsewhere in the body. "Finding those underlying causes is what keeps each day "The doctors often interesting. The body knows how to function. deal with all members It wants to move to a better place. It just needs help." Misty makes the point that "we are of a family, treating facilitators in the healing process." The doctors not only the injured, encourage patients to consider how their but enabling those lifestyle may be causing their pain. "There is a who are fit to maintain lot of stress in modern life," she says, "and it can affect the nervous system, and we live our their well-being." lives through our nervous system." able to take her granddaughters to the Santa Both doctors enjoy the outdoor life of the Claus parade in Sidney because she's feeling West Coast, and their hiking, cycling and so much better. To come in to hear that on canoeing are clear evidence of the benefits of a Monday morning really warms your heart what they do. "We love living and working on and makes you feel like you're making a good the Saanich Peninsula." difference in someone's life." To contact Island Family Chiropractic, The pair likes to focus on the underlying phone 250-652 9350 or visit their website at causes of a person's problem and not just the www.islandfamilychiro.ca.

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Delivering What They Do Best Seventeen years as a community caregiver and operating the Army Navy & Air Force Veterans kitchen in Sidney has given Karie Whittaker a unique perspective on community. With a passion for people and cooking, her new

business, Just like Home Cooking, focuses on health and wellness with a variety of homemade meals that are well balanced, nutritious and delicious. Home delivery brings quality meals to your door and you can find menus at the Army Navy Air Force in Sidney or by calling Karie at 250-885-9345 for more information. Yes, you can go home again. Twenty-five years into her real estate career, Shelley Mann is excited to be back on the Peninsula, where she was born and raised. Now working with realty partner Bev McIvor, Shelley is enjoying doing business where she lives, at her Bevan Avenue location in Sidney. Both Bev and Shelley are full-service realtors, past presidents of the Victoria Real Estate Board and between them boast over 59 years' industry experience. You can find out more about this dynamic duo at www.mcivorandmann.com and you can reach Shelley directly at 250-231-8229. Feel a need to be heard? Since September, a busy and energetic Olivia Selig has been teaching voice lessons at the Brentwood School of Music (BSM) as well as completing her Music Education degree in Voice at UVic. Olivia is

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John Dean by Valerie Green

Have you ever wondered what it would

be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. John Dean Park on the Peninsula is named for a fascinating, eccentric and often misunderstood man. Being somewhat of a recluse for most of his life, he was reluctant to talk about himself – but this "imaginary" interview was conducted in his log cabin shortly before his death in 1943.

Thank you for agreeing to talk to me, Mr. Dean. I'll talk as long as it's nothing political! Politicians and politics are the bane of this world. So tell me: where you were born and when you arrived in Canada? I was born in Cheshire, England in 1850 and later became an apprentice in a building firm. In 1873 I came to Toronto but later moved to Galveston, Texas. I returned to Canada by 1884 and lived in Victoria for a while where I went into real estate. I soon became very frustrated with the political system and my outspokenness on many subjects forced me to run as an alderman in the Rossland district. I was elected there in 1900. But you would rather we didn't discuss politics, so let's talk about when you returned to Victoria in 1906 and became interested in land expropriations and the

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The Gift of Diversity: Thai Corner Restaurant by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the third in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Diversity adds beautiful dimensions to a community. Other cultures add new traditions, new values and unique perspectives. The Thai Corner Restaurant contributes distinct flavours to our community in more ways than one. The owners add savoury exotic cuisine and smart global values to the Peninsula. Their cultural values result in a more worldly magnanimous community.

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Kashane and Ratana (Nina) Chalermwat and their two children emigrated from Thailand to Canada for a chance at a "new beginning, a new start." Nina's dream of having her own family restaurant is finally coming true; Kashane is there on the sidelines cheering. The Thai Corner restaurant is a family-owned business – they have moved from their Resthaven location to set up new digs in downtown Sidney. After two years with a very successful eatery, they are pleased: "Business has been good. Our customers have been very kind. We have

been getting good reviews. Now, we need a bigger place." Kashane is soft-spoken and articulate, with an easy charm. The Thai family brings a rainbow of bright colours to Sidney: their new restaurant gleams in brilliant reds and yellows with huge framed scarlet and violet lotus leaves framed on the walls. Thailand has always been at a geographical crossroads in South Asia. Accordingly, Thai cuisine reflects a 1,000-year history of multiple international influences including China and India. More modern cultural infusions

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are Western and Portuguese. Kashane: "Thai food today is a mixture of our indigenous food, some Arabic and Muslim influences, Chinese, East Indian and Western."What is authentic Thai food?" I ask. Answer: "Fish sauce, native hot chilis, fermented fish, spicy salads, red and green curries with coconut milk and sticky rice." The food and service at the Thai Corner Restaurant reflect that faraway culture, adding zest and spice to Sidney in a myriad of ways. According to my gracious host, there are many sides to Thai people: "On the outside, we are a quiet friendly people. Walt Disney called us 'The Land of Smiles!' But at our core is a spiciness, a feisty nature." Their food features that hot, spicy Thai energy. That spirited personality is at the heart and soul of their culture; it comes out in their cuisine. "We know how to party!" jokes Kashane. A traditional Thai meal features fish, rice, curries, lots of stir-fried vegetables,

chili sauce, a variety of hot spices – "it will be hot." If a customer wants pure Thai food, the chef will make it. In Sidney, they offer everything for every taste – "You get the real

"It is a part of our culture to care about people and welcome them. We love Sidney and thank all our customers." deal. People from Thailand think that our food is authentic Thai." For a new eatery, the web reviews are very flattering. Customers exclaim that it has "the best Thai food in the city. The menu is diverse as any restaurant in Thailand" and "Amazing food and service." Their head chef has 15 years' experience cooking in Thailand and all over the world.

A priceless cultural value the Chalermwats bring to our community is their tradition of kindness and caring towards others. "We offer you 'Thai hospitality.' We are very friendly, we will cook for you and we care about our patrons as guests in our home. It is just Thai 'tradition' to see our customers as members of our own family. This is our house and we say 'welcome to our house' and we will take care of you. One of our traditional values is to be conscious of how other people feel and be careful how we treat them. It is a part of our culture to care about people and welcome them. We love Sidney and thank all our customers." Diverse cultures enrich and improve our community. With their unique restaurant and traditions, Kashane, Nina and their family bring us gifts that teach us what is really important. For more information visit www.thai-corner-restaurant.com.

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"When I saw the house, I thought how wonderful it would be to live so tranquilly, from inside out and outside in. I loved the openness. The public road gives way to a tightly curving drive that leads back to an attractive one-level building on a low-bank oceanfront location set within 1.1 acres. The front door is imposing and opens into a spacious tiled hallway, where one is immediately confronted by Robert's dramatic and colourful abstract paintings that adorn the walls. Built in 1980, the house was given an extreme makeover in 1998 by the previous owners. "Most of what we have done in the four-and-a-half years we have owned this house has been cosmetic," Robert explains. Moving to the right down a narrow corridor, which is covered on both sides with paintings and family photographs, we reach the kitchen. This is a bright, comfortable room with rich brown ceramic tiled floors, oak wood textures and a plethora of colourful paintings which cover every wall. Glass doors, that give a window to the outside world, augment subtle lighting and an attractive wood stove. To the left is a spacious sitting room with its light fawn wood floors. "The first job I did was to paint the floors," Robert says. "They used to be dark brown." The room is amazing: there are full-length windows running down the entire ocean side of the room, revealing a view of tranquil Booth Bay and the distant mountains of Vancouver Island. Large colourful abstract paintings, modern furniture and unusual tables, enhanced by sophisticated lighting, give the room a sense of sparseness and space: there is no clutter. But there is a large collection of fine wine, as Conny works for the Delf Group of wine importers.

The kitchen is a bright, comfortable room with rich brown ceramic-tiled floors, oak wood textures and a plethora of colourful paintings.

This room leads naturally into the main bedroom, with its floor-to-ceiling windows; glass door leading to the outside, and walls decorated with paintings and wall sculptures. The en suite bathroom is painted bright red: a shock on first encounter! The tiled Japanese tub and wide sink are luxurious, the toilet is hidden, and paintings are everywhere. But now comes the most exciting aspect of this property: the outside. Leaving the bedroom by the glass door, we step onto a patio that Robert and Conny created. There is an artistic hot tub, an outside Continued page 37


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shower and comfortable chairs to relax in, while we absorb the remarkable panorama from this private location, with its 300-foot waterfront. "In spring the eagles are breathtaking," Robert says. "There were 17 on the beach this year." Outside, he shows the changes that were done before he arrived. "This used to be the kitchen," he says, pointing to the master bedroom, "and the spare room was a garage." A corridor separates the two rooms and a glass door opens out to a 66-foot long, covered patio, with large vines, leading to the cottage. By the side of the main bedroom are stone steps leading down to Robert's underground studio. "This used to be the laundry room," he

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call her for dinner. Next day was a holiday and the whole family went to the lake to skate on the smooth ice. Mommy carried Liz, the new baby sister and Daddy carried little Rupert. Sarah of course could skate very "There were no rough nicely, all by herself. children there now; They had lots of fun. Sarah practiced all nobody bumped the things that her anybody and little skating teacher had Sarah was skating shown the class: going forward, backward, better than ever." stopping and turning, spinning and standing still. It was starting to get dark when everyone went home to have hot chocolate and cookies. In the evening, someone telephoned: Miss Donnell, Sarah's skating teacher. She wanted to ask Sarah's mother if she could make up a special skating costume for Sarah to wear for the skating party at the end of the year. Of course, said Mommy, that would be possible. So it happened that Sarah got to wear a very pretty, bright pink skating costume with ribbon sewn around the skirt and the sleeves. Sarah really liked it. Then her little brother started shaking her gently. "Sarah, you better get up – it's dinnertime." Oh no! thought Sarah; I must have been dreaming all these things – well – it WAS a nice dream. I had a good time: first flying, then skating and then that pretty pink costume! She went along with brother Rupert and forgot all about that lovely dream. A few weeks later, when she came home from school, her Mommy called her into the sewing room: do you know what Sarah had to try on? Yes ma'am! A wonderful bright pink skating costume, all dressed up with silver ribbons – there was even a long silver ribbon for Sarah's hair. You must believe me when I tell you that little Sarah did not want to take this dress off all evening. She just loved it! A few days after that, there was a real skating party. Miss Donnell had invited all the little skating girls from grades one and two and they all wore pretty skating costumes. But when the music started, the teacher asked Sarah to lead the line. There were no rough children there now; nobody bumped anybody and little Sarah was skating better than ever. She felt like a pink bird, flying across the ice, her arms stretched out, silver ribbons streaming behind her – both Mommy and Daddy were very proud of Sarah. She did not notice anything; she was just flying across the skating rink, all in pink, on her silver skates.

veterinary voice "my cat's breath is bad enough to strip paint off a wall! why do dogs with bad breath always want to give me kisses?"

Going Beyond Clean

Our pets develop dental disease, just like we do. Plaque, calculus, periodontal disease, gingivitis, tooth abscesses and more. Bacteria and food debris produce plaque – that film on your teeth – starting two hours by Dr. Shelley Breadner after you brush. Minerals in saliva mix with the plaque to produce that cement called calculus, or tartar. We look in the pet's mouth and see LOTS of yellow tartar (aka calculus). Most people think if we can just scrape that off, everything will be fine. Unfortunately, this is like washing the car without looking under the hood. It cannot address dental disease processes, and cannot assess all of the teeth in the mouth. "Awake cleaning" is cosmetic and for your benefit only; it is not for your pet's health. The actual disease process occurs below the gum line. Assessing each tooth requires probing of the gums all the way around, including on the inside against the tongue, and adjacent to the hard palate with the upper teeth. It is not possible to visualize all teeth in the mouth of an awake patient. What goes on under those gums is an all-out war against the tooth attachments. The gums become inflamed, the periodontal ligaments become weakened and shrink away. Bone loss of the jaw follows. Bacteria and calculus march on. Soon tooth abscesses develop, leaving the pet in pain for months or years if not addressed. Proper assessment requires visual exam and probing, as well as x-rays of the teeth. Some signs of tooth abscesses include facial swellings, redness or draining tracts on the gums, mobile teeth, fractured jaws and reluctance to be patted around the face. One of the most common signs is our clients stating that their pet is "getting old." Animals cannot affect change by calling to make a dental appointment or taking some pain relievers until they can get

their sore tooth checked. They simply live with it. Almost NEVER do we see a pet stop eating because of an abscessed tooth. They simply learn to avoid chewing on these sore teeth. Once their mouth is restored to a healthy state, we often see our pets become youthful, less irritable and more active again. When you wash your car and never get your motor checked, you cannot be surprised when your mechanic says you need a new head gasket down the road. It would have been a lot better and a lot less expensive with regular oil changes. When you get your pet's teeth cleaned without anesthesia, you should not be surprised when your veterinarian tells you your pet needs oral surgery and eight, 10, 12 or more teeth extracted. Talk to your veterinarian about safe anesthesia and dental care; it definitely exists! Prevention with regular dental cleaning under anesthesia really is the Best Medicine. For more information visit www.breadnervet.com. bone density | circulation | balance | postureweight loss | strength | certified trainer | balance circulation | weight loss | posture | bone density posture | weight loss | strength | certified trainer balance | bone density | strength | circulation | poscertified trainer

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Gen Byl by Stu Rhodes

"When I tell people I work at Capital,

the Ford dealership in Dawson Creek, they usually say something like: 'So, um, do you work at the front desk?' ‌ and I say: 'No, I'm a mechanic. I work in the shop!'" And so she does! After completing the Auto Service Technician foundation program at Camosun, Genevieve Byl moved to Dawson and embarked on a career pathway that she started at Stelly's Secondary School, and hopes will take her all the way to getting her "Red Seal" as a qualified journeyperson. But that's not all: she is already taking lots of online dealership

courses and hopes to also acquire her diesel technician qualification. While Gen tells people she is an apprentice mechanic, she admits that she is really training to become a technician. She goes on to say that, while mechanics really just fix things, technicians are much more analytical and try to determine why things broke in the first place. They then remedy that problem before executing the less complex repair. "I like to get to the root of things," she says. Interestingly, her supervisor at Capital Ford, Sam Malkoc, heaps praise upon Gen for that very thing. He's impressed with her problem solving skills and her ability to sequentially plan the tasks ahead of her. When asked about the rigors of becoming an auto service technician, Sam says he expects that it is probably way harder to get a Red Seal these days than most degrees because in addition to having to possess exemplary numeracy and literacy skills,

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you need to be able to problem solve, and more importantly, you need to be a productive member of an enterprising team who has the appropriate work ethic to go with it! In addition to all this, Gen comes to work every day with a smile on her face and a happy disposition. To sum it all up, he says: "She has the right attitude." When asked about Gen's non-traditional role as a young woman in a male-dominated trade, Sam says: "Gender means nothing to me. It all comes down to ability and commitment." He sees Gen showing both on a daily basis at Capital Ford. This comes as no surprise to Gen's proud parents, Mike and Winn, who echo much of what Malkoc says. Both agree she has always been very analytical, which is probably why she is doing so well. It takes a community to build a child, and Gen credits many of the influential people in her life for helping her get to where she is today. "My auto shop teacher at Stelly's, Mr. Sukut, really encouraged me, and all the instructors at Camosun were great," she notes. "My older sister Andrea helped set the stage by exploring the trades before me. And when I started at Capital, Sam gave me a little pep talk and told me to set the bar really high for myself." When asked what she likes most about her trade, Gen responds: "I'm constantly learning. Sometimes it's almost overwhelming, but I love it!" For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District, contact your neighbourhood school or Stu Rhodes at 250-415-9211. Be sure to view the promotional YouTube video Jump Start Your Career at http://www.youtube.com/user/ saanichcareers.

Ingrid Jarisz: Golden Connections by Doreen Marion Gee This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. In today's difficult times, people skills can be a career saver. A local real estate agent credits much of her success to her keen ability to forge caring connections and good relationships with others. In 2014, the "golden rule" has never been more important. Ingrid Jarisz's impressive career began with her work as a legal assistant; eventually her expertise led to a career with Jawl Developments. As Executive Assistant, leading to Real Estate Sales Manager, Ingrid was involved in planning, rezoning, design drawings, project management, sales negotiations and contract underwriting. Ingrid is very proud of her involvement with the Sayward Hill project and the Selkirk Waterfront Development. Two years ago, Ingrid became a real estate agent with Newport Realty, while still using her skills at Jawl Properties. Her record says it all: "On average, my listings have sold for over 96% of asking price." The financial downturn has affected the real estate world, increasing competition to get clients. To Ingrid, building relationships and making those golden connections gives her a definite edge. The very successful real estate professional is a networking wizard, with people skills polished to a shine. Ingrid has always been very active in getting community women together to help each other find opportunities and employment. "In my work, I really draw on the relationships that I have built over the years," reflects Ingrid. "Networking is super-important for me, not just the face-to-face interactions but on social media as well. I am just 'social' by nature." In these challenging times, "People are really going to be singling out the relationship side of doing business. Clients are going to choose who gives them the best customer service! Gone are the days when you could stick a sign in the ground and sell a house." Ingrid reveals her smart business sense: "I have to be creative and willing to come up with new ideas and think outside the box. It is competitive out there and I have to provide that extra level of customer service." The Sidney Meet Up networking group has been a very helpful oasis for Ingrid: "Being involved with Sidney Meet Up has been fabulous!" Ingrid says the exposure and networking provided by Sidney Meet Up really jump-starts the careers and lives of women on the Saanich Peninsula. One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. Ingrid Jarisz knows the value of a smile and a kind word in the business world. Contact: www.ingridjarisz.com.


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island life "the ultimate experience is to purchase a garment we donated years ago, and find to our delight that it still fits"

Wearing the King's Clothes

Life from a Gulf Islands perspective. One of the great joys of living on an Island is that we do not have to dress "correctly." There is by Barry Mathias absolutely nothing that comes close to a dress code; it allows us to languish in unbridled non-conformity. "Clothes maketh the man," someone said, probably my Welsh grandma. Somehow, I think it must be the reverse. For instance, the kilt does not make a Scotsman. It is the man who, despite the reducing effects of winter gales, identifies the kilt. The fact that he can still blow the stuffing out of a pig's bladder, making a sound that has caused battle-scarred armies to retreat in panic, supports my contention, but that is another story. On the Islands there is no such thing as fashion. On Pender, the nearest anyone gets to a dress code is the wearing of Nu-toYu garments, some of which have had numerous owners and are recognized by them. The ultimate experience is to purchase a garment we donated years ago, and find to our delight that it still fits. The acquisition of these garments is culturally significant: it involves arriving hours before opening time on a Friday, only to find we are not first in line; making intellectually-numbing conversation about the weather and the ferries, and acting out an Island version of the Calgary Stampede when the doors eventually open. Inside,

we have 90 seconds to grab the best stuff, before someone else does, fill numerous bags, pay remarkably little, rush home and try on the loot, discover half does not fit, return it before next Friday, and repeat the process. There are those who look amazing in anything: dressed in overalls or in more formal decking, they look like models from Vogue. There is one group that stands out in a crowd – the ubiquitous sailing fraternity, recognized by their Breton hats and the occasional telescope under their arms. Skippers prefer collarless, open-necked shirts with the mandatory gold chain. Others wear tight, white shorts, colourful, sleeveless tops, stretched to the maximum, atop bronzed legs and designer deck shoes. As for the women … Not having to wear what is fashionable is such a relief; it means we can choose what is comfortable. Eugenia Sheppard wrote in the New York Herald Tribune: "To call fashion wearable is the kiss of death. No new fashion worth its salt is ever wearable." Islanders know this to be true. Ferries are ideal for displaying newly-acquired garments. The circular inside layout of the vessels allow us to flaunt our own idiosyncratic style, while pretending to look for friends. We on the Islands are content to wear other people's idea of a birthday present, sweaters that last forever, and each other's clothes. Sip & Savour Seaside Times Ad 2013 We recycle and feel wonderfully virtuous.

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w h at ' s h a p p e n i n g For details on other events happing in our community, visit www.mypeninsula.ca tuesday evenings


Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library Sidney, 7:30 pm 250.656.3738 camjen@shaw.ca

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. It is a program designed to broaden our abilities and comfort in public speaking. If you are looking for an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience, please come out to one of our meetings. every wednesday

Bingo at "The Centre"

1229 Clarke Rd., Brentwood Bay, 1 pm

Cash prizes, special games and a progressive jackpot. Refreshments available. Open to everyone. Proceeds go to operating costs for The Central Saanich Senior's Centre. Come out and support this nonprofit facility which provides recreation and support for all seniors on the Saanich Peninsula. january 5

New Year, New Beginnings (Guided Adult Walk 18 yrs +

including free memberships, courses and monthly passes. january 9

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon www.peninsulanewcomers.ca

Are you new to Saanich Peninsula? Saanich Peninsula Newcomers' Club offers friendship, fun activities and valuable information to all women who moved here in the last two years. For further information see the website. For more information, please visit our website. January 17, 24, 31

Speaker Series at "The Centre" Centre for Activing Living 50+ 1229 Clarke Rd., Brentwood Bay 1:30 to 3 pm 250.652.4611 (between 9 am and 1 pm) www.centralsaanichseniorscentre.org

January 17th: Daniela Morrison, Financial Advisor, "Hazardous to Your Wealth." January 24th: Cathy, Downsizing Diva, "Overwhelmed by Moving?" January 31st: Speaker TBA. Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. january 19

Randy Elvis Friskie and his Las Vegas Show Band "That's the Way It Is" Tour Charlie White Theatre Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 7 pm 250.656.0275 www.marywinspear.ca

Doors open at 5 pm; dinner at 6 pm 250.383.6182 250.598.0102 www.gvppb.com

Join the Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band and guests for a night of dinner, music and entertainment in memory of the great bard Robert Burns. Bar & whisky tasting (cash only); silent auction (cash and cheque only); 50/50 draws. Proceeds go to support the GVPPB 2014 community and cultural initiatives. $55 per ticket; may be purchased by phoning the numbers above. january 26

Sunday Serenade Concert St. Mary's Church, Saanichton East Saanich at Cultra, 2:30 pm 250.652.11611, 250.652.5392 www.stmarys.saanichton@shaw.ca sueandjohn@shaw.ca

Featuring Raven Baroque. Tickets $15 – available at the door or by reserving via the contacts above. january 31

Sidney Concert Society Presents: A Cluster of Concertos – Brandenburg No. 2 St. Elizabeth's Church 10030 Third Street, Sidney, 7:30 pm www.sidneyclassicalorchestra.ca

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies).

J. S. Bach – Brandenburg No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047; A. Vivaldi – Violin Concerto in C minor, RV 199, "Il Sospetto," Masako Sotozaki – violin; C. P. E. Bach – Concerto for Flute in A Major, Alberta Brown – flute. Adults $20; adult students $10; youth under 19 years free. Available at Tanner's Books, Sidney; Russell Nursery, North Saanich; City Scribe Printing & Stationery, Brentwood Bay; Long & McQuade, Victoria; Tom Lee Music, Langford and at the door.

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 1:30 - 6:30 pm 250.656.0275 www.blood.ca

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Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) 10 am - 2 pm 250.478.3344 www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Burn off some of the holiday treats on a 10-kilometre walk around the lakes with a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist. Discover the fascinating cultural and natural history of this multi-use park. Bring a lunch and water and wear sturdy footwear. Meet at the information kiosk in the Beaver Lake parking lot. january 8 & 9

Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic

january 9

Elder College Open House Greenglade Community Centre 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney, 1 - 3 pm

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The Real Tribute: Relive the movie music memories from the '50s, '60s and '70s. january 20

A New Year of Stories on Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories start @ 7:30 pm 250.477.7044 www.victoriastorytellers.org

Mountain Dream Productions Present Hilarious Hillbillies Hit Sidney

The Real Tribute: Relive the movie music memories from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Adults $10; children $5. january 25

Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band 11th Annual Robbie Burns Dinner Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

Starlight Pops Ensemble presents "Rock This Town!" St. Aidan's United Church 3703 St. Aidan's St, Victoria January 31st at 7:30 p.m. February 2nd at 2:30 pm www.starlightpops.com

Featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, Van Halen, Adele, The Beach Boys, Santana, Bob Seger, and many others. With special guest, Sean McCool, guitar and vocals. Tickets $20. Cash at door or purchase online.

Time Suspended: Dust Motes, Dragonflies and Dandelion Clocks by Stephanie Webb

Inspiring world

leaders in ecology, authors and collectors, Nancyanne Cowell is an artist on the rise. Advertised as Valentine's Featured Artist of West Coast ecoscapes, by Sooke Harbour House Gallery, her paintings will be exhibited there during early spring. With preparations for the show in their final stages, I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview. Intentionally playing with the theme of romance for this series, what I saw was a revelation in red. The palette is sensuous. Exploring the colour of passion to its fullest, each canvas is brimming with luscious, deep shades – burgundy wines and burning reds with bursts of cinnamon – embracing lighter hues featuring dusty rose, pink and peach; all are offset by hints of blushing flesh tones and flashes of thistledown white. Many speak about the beauty of Cowell's paintings; however, for me, these canvases are more. Something deeper is implied. For example, in Timewriter (pictured), swirling brushstrokes of deep burgundy vibrate with energy yet are held in check by areas of blush

pink and incandescent cinnamon. These quieter spaces, or pauses, encourage contemplation. Also, the inclusion of other elements and motifs, such as dots and dragonflies, is telling. I am reminded of days gone by – when there was time to watch dust motes dance in the sunbeams, when there were opportunities to stare lazily at darting dragonflies and when I really believed you could tell the time by blowing dandelion clocks – and I mourn my loss of innocence. The dragonfly is a gentle reminder that change is inevitable. Like the circle, these ancient beings are often seen as symbols of transformation and connote the cyclical nature of life. Ever concerned with how we interact with and within the environment, Cowell uses her work as a means of communication and this series does not disappoint. It is a contemplation of the Valentine theme of love, loss and longing and a gentle, yet powerful, reminder that time cannot be suspended: it flies and is precious. Exhibition at Sooke Harbour House Gallery during February and March. For more information visit www.nancyannecowell.ca.

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emotional matters so they won't get in the way.

ARIES (march 21 april 19) The new moon

highlights your career ambitions as well as your general status. You can make positive changes toward your goals in business or personal. Clear away anything or anyone that impedes your path. Forge ahead.

CANCER (june 21 - july 22)

TAURUS (april 20 may 20) Broaden your

LEO (july 23 - august 22)

Intense focus on emotional and personal relationships will see a shift in expectations that sets the tone of how or if these will proceed. Evaluate the true feelings shared as a positive balance is needed otherwise it goes.

field of contacts over distance. Travel to look things over in person or have an agent do it for you. You need proof or evidence that changes would be worthwhile as you like a solid base and income source. GEMINI (may 21 - june 20)

Your inner resolve rises to the surface for action. Coordinate past and present efforts to advance to the next level as you want to see the results first hand. Deal with private

some excitement.

CAPRICORN (december 22 january 19) You become "a force

LIBRA (september 23 october 22) Home, family

of one" as you show what you are capable of. Take command if it is required of you or guide others toward success in their own right. You are an inspiration to many. Keep pace with each other.

and foundation are in focus now. This includes base of operations or where the best location is to set down roots. There will be transformation related to family or what matters most to you. Clear your path.

AQUARIUS (january 20 february 18) Your

SCORPIO (october 23 november 21) Your influence

The new moon affects health, work or physical ability. Assess what you are capable of and make necessary adjustments; some retire. Avoid situations of conflict or power struggles. You have earned a better place to be.

in family or community circles grows stronger. Others come to rely on you more as your leadership qualities shine through. Step forward even if it means extra responsibility. Dress the part and speak out.

transformation behind the scenes will surprise or delight others when you show these changes in public. Your unique approach is seen as a flash of genius; others follow your suggestions. Take the reins easily.

VIRGO (august 23 september 22) It's time

SAGITTARIUS (november 22 december 21) Assess what

PISCES (february 19 march 20) Important

for you to have some fun or get involved in entertainment. Activate your creative side or take it to the next level. Romance is in the air for those who are ready for it. New or renewed relationships add

connections or associates with power or wealth help pave the way for you now. You are a winner in their eyes and a sage bet for investments. Meet in private or attend gatherings. Discuss and finalize plans.

you value most and convert or get rid of the rest; your sign does not like confinement or controls. Your income evolves or different sources become available. Investments pay off or you could inherit etc. Hardly Simple


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Seaside Magazine January 2014 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...

Seaside Magazine January 2014 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...