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Dinosaurs The Bellwethers Silently Talk Climate Change

Seaside Homes Your Green Resource Guide

Can We Talk Sustainable Energy Solutions

Why Permaculture? Ethical Gardening


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Disappearing Dinosaurs: The Bellwethers Silently Talk Climate Change

young learners recycle


Can We Talk: Publisher Sue Hodgson Chats With Bryan Imber, President & CEO, ICC Group

Sidney Preschool: Young Learners Enjoy Recycling at Local Beaches Seaside Homes: How to Make Your Home an Energy and Money Saving Machine ignition - green vehicles

Why Permaculture? Working With Nature to Create an Ethical Garden

COLUMNS 8 First Word 20 Forbes & Marshall 29 Smell the Coffee 31 Inside Out 40 On Design 54 Secrets From My Suitcase 63 Last Word


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Letters Can We Talk In Good Health Ignition Veterinary Voice Trendspotting West Coast Gardener Common Cents

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Seaside Arts Scene Peninsula Restaurant Profile Garden to Table New & Noteworthy Grey Matters Conversations from the Past What's Happening Sudoku

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What Does Your Favourite Chocolate Say About You? It’s that time of year again! While we all have our own ways to celebrate the holiday, there’s no denying our universal enjoyment of our Easter chocolate. The very first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and there has been no looking back. The chocolate eggs are only the half of it: the chocolate bunnies are the real treat. Want proof? Over 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made every year! But what does our love of the Easter treats really say about us? Apparently more than we thought. According to Alan Hirsch, MD, founder of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, the ice cream you prefer, the spices and scents you love and the foods you enjoy can reveal the kind of person you are. Based on his scientific studies, Dr. Hirsch shows how food preferences provide important clues about personality types and can even predict behaviour. Even our bunny preferences expose a number of personality traits! According to Hirsch, if you prefer hollow, you tend to be more of a thrill-seeker, seeking challenging experiences. Those who prefer the solid bunny tend to be risk-adverse, satisfied with current life and are loyal, true friends.

What Does Your Favourite Chocolate Say About You? Bitter Chocolate – you’re energetic, quick to act, open minded and love being around people White Chocolate – you’re creative, unique, whimsical and love to get lost in thought Milk Chocolate – you’re sweet, mellow and while you love hard work you are also a kid at heart Dark Chocolate – you’re sophisticated, modern and you love new adventures and activities So while we don’t want you to overthink it, you may find yourself taking a closer look at what your friends and family are picking first from their Easter baskets. According to recent studies, apparently 76% of people prefer to bite off the ears off of their chocolate bunnies first, while 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first. What do you suppose that says?! Happy Easter from the Peninsula Celebrations Society!

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april.2014 YOUR WEST COAST CULTURE karen morgan

I've become friends with my yoga teacher, Sue, which is a good thing. Since my dog died, it's been harder and harder to make time to exercise and somewhat surprisingly, my husband doesn't have the same need to get out and run free. So I struggle to overcome the effects of a love of food and wine (my husband Tim may shun exercise, but he's an outstanding cook!). Living near the water, it's just so much easier to sit with a glass of wine and look at the ocean, rather than walk down there and hunt for nice shells. So friendship (and a couple of weekly appointments) with Sue helps motivate me to stay healthy. Maybe that means I'm not the CEO of my own healthcare … colin eaton

I'm incredibly fortunate to have grown up on a small dairy farm in the West Kootenay, surrounded by hard-working, honest individuals who taught by example. Those farmers are still working today even though they are approaching their mid-'70s. I am certain their continued health and ability is due to their respect for the land. I relocated to the Island 22 years ago and I have been so fortunate to find myself working the land in one of the most amazing places on this planet. Like my teachers, I believe hard work and respect for the land will allow me to continue to enjoy my life here for years to come. I hope I have shared some of my love for the land in this month's West Coast Gardener column. carolyn herriot

After 15 years at The Garden Path in Saanich I discovered (unlike Kermit) that it's easy being green! It took only five years to convert 15 feet of clay fill into a productive year-round food garden, making compost from free organic amendments such as leaves, horse manure and seaweed. I share some of its bounty, in the form of recipes, in my column Garden to Table. Our property, zoned Agricultural, has provided a good living and a wonderful way of life from a certified organic plant nursery and a thriving seed business. This summer we are moving up-island to Yellow Point/Cedar where I intend to support the fast-growing "Slow Food" movement in the Cowichan Valley and write my next book in the Zero-Mile Living series The ZeroMile Business – Making a Living from the Land. Celebrate the good life we enjoy here on Vancouver Island and keep it sustainable by buying local!

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I've cohosted the morning show at Ocean 98.5 with my wife Lisa since the station was born and we share a lot with our listeners every day. Some, however, may not know that I was born and raised in Victoria. In fact, my great-great-great grandfather settled here in 1875. John Braden has a mountain named after him in Sooke and my great-great grandfather William helped shape what is now Sidney. Even my grandfather Alec helped till the soil as a teen working at The Butchart Gardens. It was there he nutured a love for gardening. In this month's Seaside, I write about the day this expert green thumb discovered that gardening is like a box of chocolates … cause you never know what you're going to get.

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first word What will the world look like in 2050? If we're to believe the leading thinkers in sustainability, it might run entirely on renewable energy, with everyone connected to smart grids. At 9,984,670 square kilometres, Canada is the world's second largest country. But, with 31,752,842 people (in 2004), it has only 0.5% of the world's six billion. By world's standard, Canada's growth rate – 1.06% a year – is low. As well, its population is aging. By 2050, the Earth's population is expected to hit 10 billion, and 75% of those people will live in cities. As our urban cities grow and grow, how do we make sure growth is sustainable? The world is facing critical challenges in providing enough sustainably produced food, water and energy for such an increased population. So, what are we going to do? After interviewing Dr. Bryan Imber, President and CEO of ICC Group, for this issue of Can We Talk, on the company's lead role in sustainable energy solutions, it really got me thinking about what other innovations around the world are taking place that share the same concerns about the environmental challenges that are ahead of us. After doing a bit of research, I'm happy to share a few concepts I've found, from individual projects to revolutionary master plans. The Sahara Forest Project proposes to use restorative practises to establish vegetation in waterless areas and reverse the trend of desertification. With nature as its inspiration, they have designed a technological system where the waste product from one technology is

used as resource for another. It's like farming the desert! The race is on to build an entire carbon-neutral city and one region in north Portugal has such a city being constructed. It's called PlanIT Valley, the model city of the future. It's full of innovation, like a central computer brain, to monitor the energy flow and consumption needs of its 225,000-person population, via sensors embedded into intelligent buildings and bamboo for filtering water and converting human and food waste into biofuel. In Israel, green technology – whether solar panels or electric cars – is almost an obsession. On a 10-metre stretch of a north Israel highway, the Haifa firm Innowattech has tested out its system of tile-like generators, which are installed under roads and convert the weight and motion of passing vehicles into electricity. The company claims that a kilometre-long lane of its generators could power more than 200 households. As wind turbines populate hilltops, open fields and other breezy tracts of land across the globe, several companies are busy at work on next-generation windmills. Take Helix Wind, for example, which uses helical scoops instead of blades to deliver steady power, even in turbulent wind conditions. For off-grid or disaster areas, Magenn Power has developed Air Rotor System, a high-altitude turbine that resembles a rotating blimp, which can float up to 350 metres in the air while delivering power to the ground via a tether. A must to check out is Wind Power to see the innovative design of their massive 10-megawatt Aerogenerator X. If not for ourselves, then a must for our next generation – it's imperative we find our own way to keep us blue-skying a greener earth!

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The Dream of an Airport in Sidney by Brad Morrison & Doug Rollins

With the advent of aero flight in the greater Victoria area a little more than a century ago, only those who were thought to be eccentric could envision transcontinental, let alone world flights, becoming a common aspect of life. With the progress made in aviation during the First World War, and the availability of surplus aircraft, several energetic former pilots formed the Victoria branch of the Aerial League of Canada to offer aerial services to the public. On May 3rd, 1919, the first recorded flight occurred over the townsite of Sidney. Pilot Lt. Jack Clemence, accompanied by Harry Graves, manoeuvred the newlyacquired Curtis JN-4 biplane known as the "Pathfinder" from Victoria to Sidney and back; a flight taking 58 minutes to complete. While flying over Sidney, the aircraft entertained onlookers with a few aeronautic antics in addition to dropping an "aerogram" addressed to the Sidney Review: "First Aerial League machine flying for Island Development Association. Sidney looks very fine from the air." As they flew over, the pilot called out with tongue-incheek "Send up some gas" and then headed south back to Victoria. It was then announced that on May 24th, Empire Day (now known as Victoria Day), the Aerial League would provide an aircraft to visit and make a landing at Sidney. Fifteen minutes were to be devoted in the performance of "stunts" such as looping the loop, the spiral glide, and dives and dips. As an added feature, one lucky Sidneyite would be taken on a brief flight around the area. The landing event was considered so significant that even many of the movers and shakers of Sidney helped to clear Blackburn field (now part of Memorial Park and the eastern end of the Victoria International Airport) of rocks, bushes and trees. Although it was raining, a crowd of over 600 people assembled to witness the aerial exhibition. The winner of the airplane ride was Legino, a well known and respected Hindu worker at the Sidney Saw Mill. With the good reception at Sidney, the Aerial League quickly applied to the Canadian Post Office for permission to deliver Sidney mail twice a day from Victoria. They also made plans and started a fundraising campaign to construct a 60- by 50-foot hangar that could hold four aircraft. Regretfully, neither of these initiatives came to fruition. Another exhibition of aerial fetes was held at Blackburn field on Dominion Day in 1919. Of the few thousand people attending, four individuals won draws to experience the wonders of flight. Over the next six months, several

more airplane landings occurred at Sidney in the area that would one day become the airport. This prompted the Sidney Board of Trade to write the Canadian Air Board on February 5th, 1920, suggesting that Sidney would be suitable location for the establishment of a permanent aerodrome. They also wrote "the sheltered water at Roberts and All Bays are unequalled" for a Seaplane Station. However, these proposals were turned down. During the next 15 years, several additional attempts were made for the building of an aerodrome in the Pat Bay area, but unfortunately, Sidney was always beaten out by Victoria, her older sister. Yet, Sidney would finally get her turn, albeit at the disdain of many Victorians. Unfortunately, it would take the gathering clouds of war to achieve this dream. Brad R. Morrison is Manager of the Sidney Archives; Doug Rollins is Librarian at the British Columbia Aviation Museum.


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can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with environmental scientist and icc group president and ceo bryan imber Many countries rely on coal, oil and natural gas to supply most of their energy needs, but dependence on fossil fuels presents a big problem: they are a limited resource. Eventually, the world will run out of fossil fuels or it will become too expensive to recover those that remain. As well, they cause air, water and soil pollution, producing greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. What was ICC Group's first technology developed that allowed for the conversion of organic waste from food, yard and garden and wood into biomass energy? In the mid 1990s we obtained a contract to compost yard and garden waste for Saanich. This was our first step into looking at waste and what the planet's energy balance is doing. The more recourses are valued, the more space there is to develop innovative pragmatic reuse options. Our exposure to the world of organic waste led us to the design and development of composting technology able to handle municipal-sized organic wastes. Our first products were composts and fertilizers. We are now working on power from waste wood and liquid fuels (synthetic diesel and aviation fuel from waste organics. On your website you are quoted "In 1995, I became aware of the waste management plan in Kathmandu: Wait until the monsoon season and push it into the river." I've since researched the status in Nepal and conditions are frightening. It's not even so much the lack of financial and technical resources to tackle the waste management problem but it's the serious health and environmental hazard for all Nepalese. What can we learn as a province and a country from their critical situation? Many countries have poor or nonexistent waste management policies; Peru puts waste on the beach and waits till morning. Other practises include dumping at sea from barges. As you say it can often lead to health issues. The pity of it is that a lot of

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resources are included in this so-called waste. As resources become more expensive then treatment is possible. If we could convert the carbon in waste to liquid fuel waste that could be 10% of the world's liquid fuel source, and waste tips would become oil wells. Municipalities are continually being challenged by their constituents and other levels of government to improve their environmental sustainability and reduce their carbon footprint. This is the same for

commercial entities on the part of their customers in ensuring that their green initiatives are being met. This is proving to be even more challenging due to tightening budgets during the economic slowdown. With landfill capacity limited, and prohibitive costs to produce new ones, there is increasing pressure to find alternative disposal methods. What progress are the local governments making in this area and has there been much political resistance? There are a number of forces at work that complicate what should be a simple issue. For most local governments, commercial landfill receipts represent a significant revenue stream. On the other hand, it is expensive to manage a modern-day landfill. Eight to 10% of the world's Green House Gas (GHG) emissions are from landfills and even the best capped landfills lose about half of the methane they produce. Methane is 21 times more potent as a GHG than carbon dioxide. It is possible to redirect and reuse most of the material that currently goes to landfill. The US EPA has estimated that 97% could be diverted and reused. Certainly we should be reusing the carbon and other nutrients that we are currently wasting. It's fascinating the number of patents you've developed over the years, including anti-fouling paint; geochemical exploration for petroleum oils; and heat shock proteins for evaluating biological damage due to chronic exposure from sub-lethal levels of pollutants (basically a diagnostic process for cancer). What led you to develop your two waste management patents? I think clean energy and the efficient use of our resources will be critical in the next decade. It is an area that has financial opportunity and that is important from an environmental point of view. What is the benefit of converting waste to energy over other waste treatment options we might see from large corporations such as The Miller Group in Markham, Ontario? The Miller group has been making compost from waste organics

since 1990. Producing compost is certainly part of the picture in terms of reusing waste. Compost sequesters carbon in the soil and provides a great carbon footprint. Each tonne of compost reduces the carbon footprint by more than 1.4 tonnes if you allow for the landfill methane that will not be produced. On the other hand, our liquid fuels research is suggesting that one tonne of organic waste can produce 100 gallons of fuel. This "clean fuel replaces fossil fuel and the organics are still kept out of the landfill, giving a GHG savings of 1.8 tonnes per tonne of organic waste. After 12 years in development, what do you see as the ultimate goal for ICC Group? In the next few years we are looking to roll out our 1MW waste wood to power facilities in the UK. Our partner is wanting to develop 10 facilities a year. These facilities we are expecting to be able to fund our research group so we can commercialise our waste-to-fuel technology. Your career sees you making a difference every day. What do you think is the number one thing you do in your personal life that contributes to a happier planet? For my working life I have tried to make a difference to our environment but the answer to your question is probably the effort my wife and I have put into our children. I think they contribute to a happier planet. For more information visit Photo by

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Bryan Imber President & CEO of the ICC Group Environmental Scientist Dr. Bryan Imber is CEO of the ICC Group and is an environmental scientist and innovator with degrees in chemistry and geology and a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography. Dr. Imber holds eight patents in the areas of mineral exploration, composting and cancer diagnostics. He has been developing and evaluating the technical solutions available for the treatment and best use for organic waste for the past 15 years. The first facility by the ICC Group was opened in 2004 at Duke Point in Nanaimo. It now processes over 90 tonnes of source-separated organics, yard and garden waste per day at 90% capacity with a mission to deliver profitable, sustainable carbon zero fuel and energy solutions from organic waste.

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April brings us multi-talented singer/songwriter Jimmy Rankin to the Mary Winspear Centre on Saturday, April 26th. Known for his live performances and crossover appeal, Rankin easily moves between genres including folk roots, country and pop, taking his audiences on a musical journey. Born and raised in Mabou, Nova Scotia to a large musical family of 12 children, Jimmy and his family began entertaining neighbours every third weekend as part of a ceilidh. The Rankin Family rose to fame in the late ’80s and ’90s with a strong Celtic folk-roots sound, winning almost every Canadian music award along the way. Jimmy is currently touring Canada in support of his new solo album Backroad Paradise. His sixth full-length album, featuring 12 brand new original songs, is cowritten by Jimmy along with some of Canada’s and Nashville’s most talented songwriters. The first single Cool Car off the new album was

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We are excited to invite the community to the fourth annual Rotary Monte Carlo Gala on Saturday, June 7th at the Mary Winspear Centre. “007 Bond Returns to Sidney” is in support of community projects of The Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea. The event will have a martini bar, music, dancing, Monte Carlo style games of chance, silent and live auctions, and excellent food. This is the club’s yearly fundraiser to enable the support of many community programs. Be part of helping others. Rotary is very pleased that the Mary Winspear Centre is the venue for this outstanding event. Major supporters for this year’s event are WestJet and Thrifty Foods. Rotary’s Monte Carlo Gala event will be a night to remember. Good Times, Good Fun! Tickets are on sale

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Calling all Parkland Secondary alumni to celebrate 40 years of Panther pride! To mark this milestone a celebration has been planned for the weekend of May 30th, 31st and June 1st. Join in the festivity, reunite with old friends and remember the history! This is open to all past students, and past and current teachers and staff. The weekend kicks off with registration and official welcome at Parkland school followed by an Alumni Social at the Mary Winspear Centre. Friday evening’s social, which includes a bar, “Retro Sidney” appetizers (remember Hannigan’s Hamburgers?!) and memorabilia displays, is for past students and past and current teachers and staff. On Saturday head out to Parkland from 12 to 4 p.m. for a community open house, outdoor market and family day with games. Later that night dinner, dancing and entertainment by Don Hambley will take place at the Mary Winspear Centre. Wrapping up the weekend on Sunday, June 1st is a golf tournament and final gathering and goodbyes at the Beacon band shell. For more information and registration please visit or contact Eleanor (Elliott) Jones ’74, Stasia (Gallagher) Hartley ’78 or call 250-920-9234. Tickets are limited, register now! Written by Carey Salvador.

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released to radio in February, along with a video on CMT. His catalogue of hits includes songs of great emotion, imagery, love and life, which listeners have come to expect from Rankin. In 2011 his song Here in My Heart featuring Keith Urban was named the #1 Canadian Country Song by Top Country. Winner of multiple awards, including back-to-back Canadian Country Music Awards for Roots Artist of the Year (2012, 2013), Rankin most recently took the #1 spot in CBC’s “Top Ten East Coast Song of All Time” for his hit single Fare Thee Well Love. Don’t miss the chance to see this iconic Canadian musician perform in the intimate setting of the Charlie White Theatre. Tickets at the Mary Winspear Centre box office: 250-656-0275 or

Young Learners Enjoy Recycling Most people would agree that caring for the environment is one of the most important lessons for young children, and at the Sidney Preschool they believe it's never too early to begin. "I start them with beach cleanup," says Scharie Greenwood, the Preschool's ECE (Early Childhood Education) Manager, "and they begin to understand how wildlife is affected by garbage." The children are all three or four years old, and can attend for two to four days a week. "Once a month the children visit a local beach, and the naturefocused program includes an hour or more spent outside every day." The school opened in 1972, but this new approach to preschool education was started in September of 2013. "I had no idea how successful the project would become," Scharie says enthusiastically. The school encourages parents to take part in the "expeditions," and to contribute to the resulting discussions and projects that naturally arise back in the classroom. From the simple activity of collecting and sorting the discarded rubbish they find on the beach, they begin to understand the problems the litter causes to the wildlife they see around them. Before getting involved with ECE, Scharie ran a whale-watching company. "I was horrified by the amount of plastic waste that was floating in the ocean," she says, "and I wanted to do something to help solve this problem." Research clearly shows that the oceans are becoming gradually overwhelmed by man-made pollution that can take decades to break down, and is destroying the wildlife we value. "Even when I walk my dog, I am aware of the enormous amount of rubbish in our parks and on our beaches. We like to think of Sidney as a clean, attractive town, but many adults do not appreciate the results of their actions." Scharie makes the point that with the availability of modern recycling processes, there is no excuse for any adult to discard used packaging or containers, especially plastic. These experiences are reinforced with visits to Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre's Tot Tuesdays, where the children begin to realize the richness and diversity of the life in the ocean lapping on the beaches where they play. In the pristine tanks of the aquarium by Barry Mathias

they see the colour and beauty of the marine life, and they want to preserve it. "They also bring their collected garbage to add to their garbage exhibit located inside the Discovery Centre. This is an important part of the program," says Scharie. "By having the garbage displayed for all of the community to see, it is hoped it will inspire people of all ages to recycle." "These young children are very interested in the animals around them," she adds. "They make art using the garbage they have collected, and contrast these with natural items collected during their outside nature program." They are quick to understand the connection between garbage and creatures caught in plastic debris. Everyone is learning in this process, including the parents. The children at the Sidney Preschool are joyfully involved with learning about the world they live in and the importance of recycling. By starting young, they will develop the right attitudes for life. "I am unaware of any other preschool that does this," Scharie says. "But it's definitely a good idea."

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This is the last in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. In 1950s James Bay, poverty and affluence lived side by side. Our family did well but many of my friends lived on ketchup sandwiches in a brutal time before welfare programs. Having no access to dental care, the beautiful faces of my girlfriends were disfigured by rows of bad rotten teeth. Even as a child, I sensed this indignity would probably follow them for the rest of their lives. Healthy teeth and good oral health are vitally

important to children and youth on many different levels. A humanitarian program developed by two amazing local women provides access for all young people to the lifechanging benefits of a healthy mouth of teeth. When Heather Burkett was principal of Saanich School District, she met a young boy in desperate need of dental care – "His mouth was black" – but his family had no means to pay for the dental work. "He had been experiencing major challenges in school," but after Heather found a dentist who repaired his mouth, "the boy became a model citizen."

Dr. Mitra Hashemi of Coast Dental Care said she "cried" over a 19-year-old patient with decayed front teeth, who felt so crushed by his low-income status that he refused to take her offer of help. It was pure serendipity when the two compassionate women met as patient and doctor. "Those situations reached both our hearts," and they partnered with the goal of providing a facility where children and young people could access the dental care they needed and deserved. Equally important, they wanted a non-stigmatizing clinical setting where everybody was in the

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same boat. Mitra and Heather formed a non-profit society, "Oral Care for Children and Adolescents"(ORCCA) to provide access to affordable dental care for children and adolescents under 19 from low-income families on the Peninsula and in surrounding areas. Their new facility opens this summer in the annex of Sidney Elementary School. Enjoying a mouth of healthy teeth is vitally important to the health and wellbeing of children and teens. The multiple positive ripples from good oral health are "life-changing" to Heather and Mitra. "The improvement in self-esteem is a major factor," as the child looks and feels better. For the young boy: his health improved and he finally got relief from two years of pain. Heather: "The boy went from not opening his mouth or speaking to conversing with other kids and adults in a positive way." Proper care of oral health at a young age can prevent many of the 275 diseases that can affect the oral cavity (Stats: Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Officer). Excellent dental care in

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childhood gives kids a healthy start in life, and the boost to their self-perception gives them the confidence to take on challenges, grab opportunities and pursue their dreams.

ORCCA is also involved in the prevention of dental problems, educating young people about oral health and care and catalysing public involvement in the dental health of kids and teens. Mitra and Heather express their deep gratitude for the support of Sidney-bythe-Sea Rotary Club, Telus, Henry Schein

Dental Co., CIBC, WestJet, Sinclair and Patterson Dental Companies, Peninsula CoOp, and the support from Saanich School District. Many thanks to all the individuals who donated to ORCCA. Mitra is "very impressed with the wonderful supportive response from the dental community" to their project. ORCCA is a brilliant humanitarian initiative "based on the beliefs that all children and adolescents have the right to healthy oral care." Just imagine the groundswell of benefits from ORCCA: Healthier families and community with many children and youth enjoying a better shot at success and a good future. A note to Donna and Linda, my childhood pals: Wherever you are, I hope that you finally got that white healthy smile that you always deserved. For upcoming ORCCA events, email; for details of the program, to donate and for financial eligibility guidelines, visit

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young, my grandfather was an avid gardner, a passion that he no doubt picked up as by Michael Forbes a teen while pushing daisies in a wheelbarrow working at The Butchart Gardens. He had such a zeal for it that he turned his small yard near the Gorge into a garden that would have made Jennie Butchart proud. He also had a knack for growing vegetables and was always delighted when he could make a fresh salad hand picked from his bounty. He really knew his way around a hoe, so imagine our surprise one day when we discovered he might be a 'mere mortal' in the realm of green thumbery. Blame it on "that damn tomato plant." For weeks it had become his nemesis and festered into a riddle that he could not

solve. Despite watering it, nourishing it and coddling it, this stalk of green bore no tomatoes. We wondered if perhaps this Wayne Gretzky of gardening had lost his touch? The answer came the day a retired cop friend, who was being given the grand tour, stopped at this fourfoot thorn in his side, this fruitless excuse for a tomato plant. His buddy, quite surpised, was all too familair with this vision swaying in the breeze before him. It seems my grandfather had grown and nutured a vibrant and robust bushel of … marijuana. Turns out his embarrassment was carried out as a joke by his "hippie" renters who had thrown some seeds into the soil when they were moving out. Mother Nature, it seemed, provided the punchline. Not wanting a reputation as the biggest drug lord on Walter Avenue, this blasphemy had to go so my grandfather tore it out and tossed it in the compost bin. After a few days though, this sun-dried Mary Jane whispered her taunts, reminding him of the time he played the fool, so he knew he had to put them both out of their misery. No one knows how long his bloodshot eyes gazed giddily into the flames, but afterwards, as the legend goes, he ate lunch, then a half a block of cheese, and washed it down with two cans of sardines. No doubt the plumes of smoke tumbling through his neighbours' yards must have caused a spike in Doritos sales that day. I often think of my papa and the beauty he brought to the world as I gaze into the barren wasteland of my own backyard. It's scarred by the crop circle of dead grass from last summer's swimming pool and blackberry bushes that have swallowed up the begonias. We do not have a green thumb, but this month we've decided there's an urgent need to beautify our world. It won't be easy, considering our boys are fused to their Xbox and Lisa has a severe case of scoleciphobia (fear of worms). We will, however, march steadily forward into the valley of the weeds and make do with our rake with the handle broken off, a plastic orange kiddie sand shovel and some oven mitts, in an attempt to restore our yard to its former glory. My grandpa would be proud … and he might still be a little stoned, too. Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5's popular morning show. Join them weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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Saving the Planet One Car at a Time Automakers large and small have been producing energy efficient vehicles of all descriptions for over a decade now … even longer if you factor in the little four-cylinder units produced in the 1980s right after the fuel crunch. As technology fosters new ways to maximize the conversion of oil to propulsive energy, there is a bit of war brewing between car makers. You see, a lot of people aren't interested in emissions. We all want clean air to breathe but we don't really think about it when we jump into our cars and head to work every morning. Going green costs money and if your existing vehicle suits your needs just fine, would you and could you justify the added expense of a vehicle upgrade to reduce your footprint on planet earth? While many folks are doing just that, the majority are still buying vehicles that appeal to them. In the world of hybrid and electric cars, the offerings are relatively few and the costs are still relatively high. Yes, you will save gas in a hybrid but you most likely won't find one that will tow your boat, camping trailer or have seating for seven people and their luggage. Same thing in the world of electrics: you won't spend a penny on gas but you won't be going offroading or driving to Nanaimo and back without spending a nice long lunch break waiting for your car to recharge. Are fuel savings what appeal to you? If so, what about the premium purchase price when compared to other internal combustion options? Can you make do with a car that has a limited range? If so, do you need another vehicle in your family fleet for longer trips or towing duty? What about the emissions? Do you care what comes out of your car's exhaust? All valid points; let's try to make sense of a trend that's not going away. Every year, there is an increasing number of electrics and hybrids sold in North America, mostly to retail consumers, although commercial applications are gaining ground with the likes of UPS which now has a large portion of its city delivery fleets running some by Al Duncan

form of alternate power. The majority of retail consumers in big cities with short commutes can have the best of both worlds: reduced fuel bills and a good night's sleep knowing they're doing their part to save the planet as long as they can afford the technology that makes this possible. Electric cars impose limits on how far you can drive simply by the restraints of battery size and packaging options. Hybrid cars make the most of a combination of fuel-sipping gasoline engines combined with an electric assist motor; you can get around quite well although you won't be setting new lap times in most cases. Typically, gear heads and enthusiasts do not favour these alternate propulsion systems (McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 excluded). The Tesla Model S is stunning and suffers very little when compared to gasoline-powered equivalents, but who can afford one? Very few. In the past three years, electric car sales in America have gone from 3,000 units a year to well over 65,000 units in the last model year. Sales in large cities are continuing in a very steep upward curve but out in the country it's a different story: no sales worth mentioning and none predicted. Here on the Island, for example, an electric car is perfect for in-city use and short commutes but a long distance commuter, of which there are plenty, would favour a hybrid. Those that need to haul, carry loads or work off the beaten path are out of luck for now: there are no electric pickup trucks on the drawing board yet. Do we really need hybrids and electrics when we now have the likes of Mazda's Skyactive technology, which yields hybrid-like features in an economical package? In America (a measurable entity compared with the small Canadian population), the average age of vehicles on the road is eight years. Never before in history have we all been driving around in so many old, inefficient clunkers. When the bubble bursts and these cars are replaced, it will be done by default with infinitely more efficient offerings. In the coming years there will be more options for consumers. Within a year BMW will release the i3, an entry-level electric for the masses. Maybe it's time for us to evaluate our driving habits and priorities. I love the feeling of thrust provided by a 500-HP twin turbo monster but I have also lived with an electric Nissan Leaf for a month and you know what? It wasn't half bad.

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Nissan's entry into the world of highway capable all-electric cars occurred in 2011 with the launch of the Leaf. Available in several trim levels with varying options, the Leaf is capable of a 120 km range when fully charged. The dash is quite tech laden with information pertaining to remaining range and energy usage. Of the entry level Electric offerings on the market, the Leaf is the most popular with over 50,000 units sold worldwide. The ultimate green machine. Tesla began production of the Model S in early 2012 and has since sold over 25,000 of these beauties. The Model S is an all-electric four-door luxury sedan which rivals the Mercedes S class and BMW 7 series in luxury and refinement. What makes the Tesla intriguing is its range. On a full charge the 85KW model gets an impressive 426 km and the 60KW model does 335 km to a charge. The catch: you can have one in your driveway after a lengthy wait for a production spot for a mere $100,000. It has been over a decade now since the first Toyota Prius appeared on showroom floors. A lot of refining and upgrading has occurred since then. The Prius is a hybrid, meaning that is has a gas motor, an electric motor and a battery pack all designed to work together to deliver exceptionally high fuel economy and very low emissions. Combined highway and city driving yields a very impressive 50 mpg.

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Come get your share. Treats & treasures attract Sidney shoppers of all ages! How could you miss the lovely fragrances emanating from Janet’s Special Teas, for instance? With more than 195 teas from around the world, Janet’s is a haven for relaxation and a wide range of tea accessories, many of them locally produced. “My favourite cozy spot,” says one regular customer. “So friendly, and satisfies all my tea cravings!”

Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop offers another delightful sensory experience. A traditional candy and gift store, the shop offers a dizzying array of candy and chocolate not found in most other stores. Kids and adults seldom have so much choice in selecting treats! The shop also creates stunning, edible, candy bouquets and gifts designed for any occasion, sent anywhere in the world. For generations kids have been playing and collecting in the Scratch Patch at Mineral World. Everyone has fun learning about earth science and the natural wonders of our planet. Admission to the Scratch Patch is always free! Everyone can explore Pebble’s Gifts and enjoy their unique selection of semi-precious jewelry and playful and practical gifts.

Buddies Toys is a treasure trove of carefully selected quality toys for kids of all ages. Celebrating 25 years in Sidney, Buddies is a genuine kid magnet. If you are a parent or grandparent with child in hand, Buddies is an awesome place to have a wander and a bit of fun. As owner, Jane Powell puts it, “If kids could own a store, this is the one they’d want!” This is just a small taste of the treats and treasures Sidney has to offer! We encourage locals and visitors alike to explore the diversity this community has to offer, and to keep reading Seaside Magazine to learn more about Sidney's hidden treasures. Island life doesn’t get any better than this!

Mentioning toys, pets are the real customers at Reigning Cats and Dogs, a unique shop that offers exclusive pet accessories that are fun, trendy, and aesthetically pleasing. Established in 2002, the shop offers toys, collars, beds and other items for even the most discerning pet—and pet owner—each designed for comfort, safety and a bit of whimsy. Capture memories and a whole lot more at Bowlin Photo, Sidney’s only photo shop. At the same location for 25 years, Bowlin’s offers everything from one-hour prints to passport photos to photo restoration to calendars and greeting cards, at competitive prices and always with a smile. This special shop also offers beautiful frames, film and a wide range of photographic services.

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of $24,600. At this level, it holds the record as the largest singleyear contributor to salmon enhancement of any fishing derby on Peninsula and southern Vancouver Vancouver Island. Island have been undertaking As a strategy to achieve as much salmon and habitat enhancement responsibility for preserving, restoring as possible from the funds raised from Sidney Anglers' Annual and enhancing the salmon that swim through local waters and Derbies, the club prefers to contribute to the cash expenses of the natural environment that supports them. The Sidney Anglers volunteer organizations. The Chairman of the Evaluation Committee, Association, for decades primarily a fishing club, is increasingly active Grant MacPherson, reports: "With the important exception of our in these goals. Members work on salmon enhancement projects partners at the Goldstream Hatchery, all the grants provided have ranging from operating live net pens, to stream restorations and been small. When the work is organized and performed by volunteers volunteering in hatchery operations. and local businesses are supportive, a few dollars for fuel and other Until recent years, the revenue needed to cover net pens and out-of-pocket costs can make a big difference. Also, a small volunteerstream restoration and provide modest financial assistance to other raised financial contribution from Sidney Anglers should give a signal conservation groups came exclusively from Sidney Anglers' contract of appreciation to hard-working volunteers." with the Town of Sidney to serve at the Tulista boat ramp and With government support for salmon enhancement shrinking, from advertising in the club's annual Tide Book. Now, the Sidney volunteers have had to play an increasing role in the preservation Anglers hold an annual fundraising salmon derby (to be held this of these fish that mean so much to Vancouver Islanders. As Sidney year on Saturday, May 3rd) with net proceeds dedicated to salmon Anglers President Brian Dunic notes: "Many of our members are now conservation, habitat restoration and enhancement projects. Fishers more involved with the fundraising and salmon enhancement than from southern Vancouver Island and the U.S. participate to support fishing. Some don't fish at all." the club's restoration and enhancement goals, and for the excitement For full details on this year's Sidney Anglers' Derby, visit of the high-stakes chase. In 2011 the Derby raised $4,100, in 2012 Pier Anglers (Haro’s)Derby Seaside Timesnet Ad proceeds April 2014 • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • REV 2 • March 12/14 $8,200, and in 2013Sidney the Sidney achieved

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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. With the challenges of financial decisions and planning for our future, we all need expert advice from someone who is on our side and looking out for our best interests. The best advocate is someone who has expertise, experience and a caring personal approach. That person is Fran Daviss. A Mortgage Consultant for Invis, Fran has over 36 years experience in the financial industry. She is a Certified Financial Planner, a Certified Senior Advisor, Personal Financial Planner and an Accredited Mortgage Professional. Fran's expertise and experience give her the unique ability to see the big picture and make the right decisions for her clients. Fran loves a challenge with her morning coffee. When she secures that perfect house for home buyers who don't fit the "cookie-cutter" profile, Fran is dancing. With potential lenders, Fran acts as a voice for her clients, telling their story and trying to find a resolution: "What can we do to make this work?" Always watching their backs, Fran guides her clients to solid financial footing before buying a home. Fran secures the best mortgage product for her clients – setting them up for a successful home purchase for the long term. Her caring advocacy steers her clients on the right track around the sinkholes – all the way to the door of that dream home with the white picket fence. "I have been able to help many people get in the market," she proudly states. In her second business, "Consulting by Fran," she offers three valuable services. Firstly, as a Will and Estate Planner, she helps clients to ask the right questions of their lawyer. A good advocate helps their clients to avoid bad decisions by giving them the information to make good ones. Accordingly, Fran educates her clients about all of their options, so they can make well-informed decisions about what they leave behind when they depart this world: "You want to make sure that those wishes that you want are truly done when you pass." Secondly, as Power of Attorney, Fran administers clients' financial affairs and communicates with their families. For an elderly person facing the end of their life, Fran might assist them to find a highquality care home: "What I bring is a personal approach, getting to know the client." As an Executor, Fran arranges home sales, secures assets and carries out the special wishes of the deceased. "People need an advocate" in these situations, says Fran. "That is my number one role." What do you want? is her dignified approach. It is crucial that "everything is done in the best interests of the client." With Fran Daviss in your corner, no worries there. Contact for Mortgage Consulting, visit; contact for Consulting by Fran, email

veterinary voice "the more we can connect with our earth and environment, the more we can appreciate and work toward making it a healthier place for ourselves and our pets"

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day, it is always great to also consider our pets, and how our lives with them can be considerate of our earth. We can shop till we drop for our pets as much as we can for ourselves. That's great for the economy, bur have you ever considered selecting things that are supportive by Dr. Shelley Breadner of the environment as well? Recycling is what most people consider when it comes to saving the environment. Consider our pets while at it. Take along more environmentally friendly plastic bags for the task of pooper scooping when out on walks. It's the best option we have right now. Have you ever considered a sunken pit in your yard for your pooper scooping? Sounds gross, but stools will readily compost with a bit of sawdust or other vegetation. Predatory fly larvae can be applied in the summer to prevent fly growth in your "manure pits." Cat droppings can be considered as well. We do not recommend putting these in your vegetable garden area due to potential for intestinal parasite exchange. Chickens, on the other hand, have great manure for the garden. If you have backyard chickens or access to chicken or horse manure, this can be applied as fertilizer to your beds. Your vegetables will thank you! Pet foods come in all sorts of packaging. Be proactive and strip the plastic liner from the paper-type bags and recycle. Foil bags and pouches as well as cans can also be recycled. Try to select packaging that is more recycle friendly, avoiding clamshell packages and hard plastic wraps around toys and gear. Natural fabric collars such as hemp collars often have great designs and colours. Shop local at fairs and markets, and you can find some great dog gear at reasonable prices, often made right here in our neighbourhoods. Pet foods and treats that are made locally, or in our province, are more environmentally friendly than treats from other countries. Food items from China should be avoided if at all possible due to contamination risks.

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Buddies Toys Grows Up:

Celebrating 25 Years in Business by Christie Hall

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currently be in high-stakes negotiations for the purchase of a new LEGO set at Buddies Toys. After 25 years in business, sisters Jane Powell and Carol van Adrichem of Buddies Toys have watched several generations of children grow up and return to the store with their own children. On April 1st, 1989 Jane and Carol opened the doors of a small toy shop on Beacon Avenue in Sidney. Twenty-five years later, with a significant expansion of the Sidney store and the 1996 addition of a shop in Estevan Village, Buddies Toys continues to provide a selection of high quality toys, along with stellar small town customer service. The store concept originated from Jane and Carol's desire to be selfemployed. They wanted to control their hours and be closer to home. Carol had recently moved back to the area after running a dental clinic in Sechelt, and Jane was a child and youth care worker at a Victoria psychiatric unit. Both had young children. After months of research and business planning, they decided that what Sidney needed was a toy store. "We had no experience, little money, and not much stock!" says Jane. The two women sacrificed time with their families and worked most Saturdays. However, Jane and Carol's children enjoyed certain benefits, like first dibs on stickers in an era when every child's goal was to fill their album with the most and the best. With their moms

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trading shifts at the store, the younger generation enjoyed lots of time together with cousins. Jane's daughter Lauren, part of the current Buddies Toys management team, remembers the kids all playing in the store window until bedtime while their moms got the store ready for its grand opening. Lauren's own children are now enjoying a similar experience. The toy industry has changed in 25 years, as customers become savvier about their choices. Licensed brands are now out of the reach of independent retailers, but that is part of what makes the Buddies Toys experience a special one. "There is a strong specialty market," says Jane, "and a new generation of parents who don't want the commercial products for their kids." Jane Powell believes firmly that independent business is at the heart of a great community, and watching the kids of the community grow up in the store has brought the sisters a lot of joy and laughter. From tiny shoplifters, to wet pants at the train play table, to the occasional full meltdown, owning a toy store is an interesting glimpse into the future. As Jane likes to say: "Some of Sidney's nicest people were once carried out of here crying." Maybe you were one of them! Jane, Carol, Lauren and the entire Buddies Toys team invite you to join them for birthday celebrations in the coming weeks. Please visit for details.

We thank you, Spencer Family, from the bottom of our hearts. It’s the largest gift ever to our foundation. Will Spencer, son of Victoria entrepreneur David Spencer and father of renowned painter Myfanwy Pavelic, made arrangements so that at the end of the family line, a major gift could be made to support the community they loved. The trustees now winding down the Spencer family trust will be donating over $3 million to the Foundation in memory of Mr. Spencer and his family. This is truly a transformational gift. It will be used to ensure that our Acute Care Unit is as modern and efficient as our stateof-the-art Operating Rooms and Post Anaesthetic Recovery Room. We sincerely thank Will Spencer and the Spencer family.

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smell the coffee "when it comes down to it, there are undeniable positives and negatives for both sides of the argument relative to coffee and teenagers"

Teenage Coffee Culture Pt II

As a teenager who drank coffee, I never had my parents express their concern about the 10 cups a day I was consuming. There are by Steve Sheppard many parents and researchers alike that will make the argument that not only is a cup or two of coffee not detrimental, it may be, in fact, beneficial. Probably the most uncontroversial ideas include the benefits of caffeine that can help students stay more alert during school hours as well as refuel and re-energize for sporting events and practices. Parents and teens alike also promote coffee shops as safe hangout places. They provide a social gathering spot that's hip and trendy, but that keep teens out of trouble and allows parents some peace of mind. Go a step further: today, in fact, some health professionals recommend coffee, even for teens, because studies reveal that it helps with constipation and, in fact, reduces the incidence of Alzheimer's disease, cirrhosis of the liver and perhaps other health conditions. Coffee contains some antioxidants, polyphenols and other chemicals that are beneficial for the body. Coffee can also help people stay alert for studying, driving and other activities. Also, by speeding up the oxidation rate, coffee can help a person to remain emotionally and mentally balanced (who couldn't use more a more emotionallybalanced teenager?). The cons of coffee and teenagers, on the other hand, if you were to sit down with other experts with a different perspective: caffeine is likely

the world's most-used mood-altering drug and it does produce mood changes and physical dependencies and should be recognized as a drug. Studies suggest that caffeine is known to disrupt teenagers' sleep cycles, which can lead to issues like poor moods, aggression, impulsiveness, and loss of behavioural control, headaches, increased lethargy and irritability, and reduced concentration. The Bottom Line of Coffee Culture and Teenagers: When it comes down to it, there are undeniable positives and negatives for both sides of the argument relative to coffee and teenagers. When I look back at my consumption then versus my consumption now I have found moderation, and better quality coffee that I drink black (my metabolism is much less kinder and gentler). Is coffee addictive? Potentially. Is it life-threatening? Probably not. What are your thoughts ? Do you allow your teens to drink coffee? Do you limit their intake? Do you support coffee group gatherings? Do you support coffee in the school? Share your thoughts with me and I will bring a Part Three to the Teenager Coffee Culture discussion that includes your input. Send an email with your comments to our editor Allison Smith at In the meantime, the culture of coffee grows in our youth of today and my only hope is these new coffee drinkers learn to support the fundamental values of organic, farmer direct and most of all … local roasters on Vancouver Island … Steve out.

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Nathan Scott's Bronze Animals You've smiled at Nathan Scott's bronze bench people in Sidney and admired the iconic Terry Fox statue at Mile 0 and the nostalgic "Homecoming" commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy. Now you can see some of his smaller animal bronzes up close at Village Gallery in Sidney. This month the lifelike works by this Victoria sculptor will join paintings by five local artists celebrating spring through the theme "Florals and Birds." Village Gallery, 2459 Beacon Avenue, Sidney.

Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show Nothing says "Spring" more than the Pacific Brant geese stopover in the Parksville/Qualicum area on their way north. In 2010 the

original carving show carrying their name moved south to the Greater Victoria area and is now held at the Mary Winspear Centre. The show has grown to be one of Canada's best-known wildlife woodcarving competitions and in recent years has expanded to include a woodturning competition. This event attracts many popular B.C. wildlife artists, photographers and sculptors who engage in friendly competition for ribbons and cash prizes. The public can take part in the silent and live auctions, view demonstrations and meet the carvers. April 5th, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and April 6th, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 250 656-0275.

Swing Into Spring Continuing the seasonal theme, the Sidney Concert Band is holding a "Swing into Spring" concert featuring special guest the Swiftsure Big Band with vocalist Miranda Sage. The 35-member community Concert Band, conducted by Rob Bannister, will delight the audience with swing music and several vocalists. April 6th @ 2 p.m., Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre, 250-656-0275 ext. 4.

Via Choralis Anniversary Celebration Via Choralis is celebrating its 15th year of choral singing with an anniversary concert performance led by musical director Nicholas Fairbank. This mixedvoice community chamber choir performs a broad repertoire ranging from medieval to contemporary music. A number of past singers will join today's choir to sing a varied program of favourites chosen by the choir members. In addition to madrigals, Early Americas pieces and classics from the 18th and 19th century, the choir will sing a new piece created by a young composer, not yet announced. Tickets: at the door or at Tanners Book's, Sidney. Elsewhere: Ivy's Bookshop, Long & McQuade and Russell Books. April 12th @ 7:30 p.m; April 13th @ 2:30 p.m. Both performances are at St. Elizabeth's Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney.

A Special Evening: Fearing and White Multiple Juno winner Stephen Fearing reunites with Andy White to celebrate the release of their latest CD. The Canadian singer-

songwriter met Belfast troubadour Andy White backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1998. Forming an instant friendship, the two musicians began a series of yearly co-writing sessions at Fearing's home in Guelph, Ontario. Their acclaimed 2011 debut album, Fearing & White, is now followed by their latest, Tea and Confidences. Hear the magic the two have created during a collaboration between Canada and Australia where White now lives. Presented by The Deep Cove Folk Music Society. April 19th, 8 p.m. Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre 250-656-0275 ext. 4.

Jimmy Rankin Live Jimmy Rankin is an awardwinning solo artist and the lead singer, guitarist and song writing lynchpin behind the well-known Celtic-Pop group, The Rankin Family. Jimmy moves effortlessly between Roots, Country and Pop stylings, taking his audience on a musical journey from Cape Breton to Nashville. An engaging entertainer, Jimmy's toe-tapping live performances appeal to the whole family. April 26th, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Charlie White Theatre, Mary Winspear Centre, 250-656-0275 ext. 4.


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Taste Bud Nirvana:

The Latch Inn & Restaurant by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the last in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. In my walks down memory lane, extraordinary food experiences always stand out like silver stars on a night skyline. Food has always been a sensual pleasure for me (and my waistline proves it). The memory of an out-of-this-world omelet made with sour cream and chives I had on a trip to San Francisco many years ago still quickens my pulse. I remember the pure ecstasy of my mother's spice cake as a child, that warm

sweet marvel topped with melted butter and coconut. Recently I experienced the cuisine at the Latch Inn & Restaurant in Sidney. When I am 90, that memory will still excite me. Welcome to taste bud nirvana. Luigi and Valeria Cisotto, owners of The Latch Inn & Restaurant, are true artisans in the crafting of wondrous food. For them, cooking is an artistic process, taking long hours or days of hard work with every single ingredient specially chosen to achieve a perfect result. A meal at The Latch is like a Picasso painting: the final result of a long

painstaking creative journey. Their cuisine is a far cry from our Western fast-food mentality. The Cisottos are definitely "old-school," providing a European dining experience that mirrors a grand old restaurant atop a sunny hill in Tuscany where fine cuisine is always the special of the day. The stars were aligned on that beautiful March afternoon at the oceanside hideaway where forest meets sky. My special lunch, prepared by my charming hosts, started with "Minestrone Meat Ball Soup," blessed with fresh garden tomatoes and sprinkled with

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aromatic cheeses. Valeria and Luigi prepare this hearty homemade Italian staple with all fresh ingredients: nothing from a package or can. Succulent broth from beef stock – a long labour of love – injects the flavour into the Italian dish. That celestial minestrone blossomed with lentils, asparagus, carrots, celery root and tomatoes. I know when food pushes the boundaries: the texture goes down easy like a warm caress in my stomach. Those veal-and-rice meatballs were tasty little inner kisses. Soft, savoury and luscious, they melted in my mouth. The soup was the gods' nectar: creamy-smooth delicious with a burst of tangy tomato energy that gave me goosebumps. It was designed for maximum flavour and sensual pleasure. Valeria: "When my guests have it once, they come back and ask for it by name." According to her, their unique family recipe is one of a kind. Over six decades of treating my tummy to many amazing renditions of lasagna, the

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"If there is something that you have never tried and you want something unique and different, this is the place to come." beef, house-made pasta and sauces, secret spices and fresh tomatoes, it is a tantalizing thrill ride of heady flavours. "It takes a long time and a lot of work to make great lasagna," says Valeria. When I dipped into that delectable dish, the magnificent flavour of cheeses, mellow beef, butter and sun-ripened tomatoes burst forth in a sensual explosion.

That lasagna was dreamy-delicious: pure taste bud nirvana. Luigi uses two separate sauces – luxurious béchamel and tasty ragÙ – invoking an extraordinary rich creamy buttery dimension to all the tomato magic. Valeria: "If there is something that you have never tried and you want something unique and different, this is the place to come. This is not your regular lasagna." The Cisottos remind us of a time when enjoying and savouring good food was a revered and important experience in itself. In our fast-paced lives, eating has become just a quick routine task. Maybe it is time to reacquaint ourselves with the pure pleasure of relishing great food. Intoxicating culinary excursions shine on in my memory. The Latch will sparkle there forever. Luigi and Valeria send a sincere "thank you" to all their supportive patrons over the years! Contact:

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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. "I only had my scooter a couple of weeks and saw more of the neighbourhood than I had seen in the past 15 years," says a satisfied Sidney Scooters customer. When someone can no longer get around, a scooter can save the day. Barb Brunlees and Sidney Scooters have an array of glossy, state-of-the-art scooters that promise to change people's lives. Plus, at the end of the rainbow is a genuine pot of gold: enhanced quality of life. As a former geriatric psychiatric nurse, Barb "became quite aware of the mobility difficulties that people were having." Enjoying incredible relief from foot surgery on a "fabulous knee scooter," Barb wanted to get in the scooter biz. When Sidney Scooters business was up for sale, Barb and her brother jumped on board as the new owners in November 2012. Specializing in scooters, they also carry walkers, canes and other mobility aids. As people get older, they can develop arthritis and other problems that restrict their mobility, keeping them housebound. Having a scooter "Really gives people back their independence," says Barb. "When people age and develop illnesses and disabilities, their lives start to shrink. People are amazed when they get on a scooter by how easy it is to ride, how much fun it is and how much they have been missing by not having mobility!" Also, losing a driver's license can be a major blow and a scooter can fill that transportation void. The Scooter Specialist talks excitedly about a man living atop Dean Park Hill who missed his friendly coffee buddies in Sidney. With one of Barb's scooters, he now rides from his hilltop home all the way down to Sidney to chill with his pals – and then he putters back. People don't realize they can still walk and exercise with a scooter. It may even make people more active: "It can take you to a place where you can walk. If you got on a scooter and went down to the walkway along the ocean, you could get up and walk along the dock if you wanted." My warm amiable host believes that a scooter "definitely raises a person's quality of life." No more sitting at home, waiting for a visit or a ride. A scooter provides instant freedom – to enjoy a sunny day, to laugh with friends on the grass at Beacon Park or to go to an aqua-fit class at Panorama. Barb also tries to make scooters accessible by being flexible in payment options. She gushes: "Scooters are also 'green' with electric motors and no emissions!" With renewed freedom and independence, the reasonable cost of a scooter will give you a much richer life. Contact:

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You know spring has

sprung when weeds start taking over your garden, but did you know that many of those plants, growing where they are not wanted, also provide delicious wild greens? Here's a list of plants that you can harvest for a whole host of purposes. Bitter cress cardamine hirsute forms tiny rosettes of dark green leaves, easily identified by tiny white flower clusters. Bitter cress can be picked and used as watercress. You want to harvest it too, as it forms explosive seedpods from several generations a year. Chickweed stellaria media is a common annual that grows bright green cushions of creeping leaves. It's easy to harvest by just tugging out large clumps of greens, and is delicious lightly steamed and used like spinach. TIP: Rinse greens well in a deep bowl of water to get all the grit out. Golden purslane portulaca oleracea var. sativa is a tender annual with tangy flavour and crispy texture, packed with omega-3 fatty acids. This succulent edible prefers summer heat and the shiny golden plants look great as sunny border plants.

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Dressing 3 tbsp olive oil (or walnut oil) 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp Dijon mustard salt and pepper to taste Whisk together until well blended. Drizzle over salad greens. Garnish with chopped walnuts (optional). Dandelion taraxacum officinale greens are high in Vitamins A, C and K, and are a good source of calcium, potassium, manganese and iron. The flowers can be sautĂŠed, or dipped in batter and deep-fried. The flower petals are used to make dandelion wine and the dried roots can be roasted and ground for a caffeine-free coffee substitute.

Dandelion Salad

1 bunch of tender young dandelion greens 1 bunch of mixed greens 1 bunch of chive greens, finely minced 1 garlic clove, finely minced 3 tbsp olive oil 1½ tbsp balsamic vinegar coarse salt and black pepper, freshly cracked Ÿ cup dried cranberries crumbled feta cheese (optional)

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many of the weeds that take over your garden are a great source of delicious wild greens in the oil until it becomes emulsified. Toss the dandelion greens with salt and pepper and add the vinaigrette and half the cranberries. Pile dandelion greens up on a funky salad plate and sprinkle minced chives, feta if using and the remaining cranberries all over. Nettles urtica dioica are full of iron, vitamins and chlorophyll, and the steamed greens add pep to your step! Nettles are cooked and used like spinach in a multitude of dishes, and the leaves can be dried to make a pleasing tisane. TIP: The stinging hairs collapse when the greens are steamed, but until then handle nettles with respect using gloves and tongs.

Nettle Soup 1 chopped onion (or 4 chopped leeks) 1 tbsp butter with a drizzle of olive oil 2 bay leaves 4 medium potatoes, chopped 4 cups tender nettle tops, rinsed in a large bowl salt and pepper to taste 1 cup each milk and light cream 1 bulb garlic, roasted (optional) Garnish: Parsley, yoghurt or croutons. Sauté the onions (or leeks) with the bay leaves in the butter and oil until softened. Add potatoes, just cover with water and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, cooking only until the potatoes are soft. Add the nettles using tongs, and allow to cook for 10 minutes until the greens are wilted. If adding roasted garlic, squeeze it in now. Remove bay leaves and purée everything in a blender until smooth. Return to the heat while slowly adding the dairy (or soy), and stirring as the soup heats up. TIP: Do not allow to boil or the soup will curdle. Carolyn Herriot is author of "The Zero Mile Diet" and "The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook" (Harbour Publishing) She grows "Seeds of Victoria" at The Garden Path Centre.


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Enjoy a fun, free all-ages community celebration this April 25th and 26th at St. Ann's Academy, 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria … an experience like no other! The third annual Creatively United for the Planet Festival celebrates where we live, work, eat, play and study with live music, dance, DJ's, children's activities, puppets, displays, lectures, hands-on activities, art-making, documentary films, food, fun and much more! On Friday, April 25th the festival kicks off with two indoor ticketed events starting at 7 p.m. Highlights include: Elizabeth May, Green Party leader and author of Global Warming for Dummies; best-selling author/ collage artist Nick Bantok (Griffin & Sabine series); internationally acclaimed artist/author Robert Bateman; National Geographic wildlife photographer Garth Lenz; and the award-winning Vancouver-based documentary Clean Bin Project. The Earth Walk/Parade will join the festival and leaves Centennial Square at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26th and makes its way to St. Ann's to join in the free celebration which will be held outdoors rain or shine from noon to 8:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged! For further information visit

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Creating Smiles and Changing Styles Christopher Nordell, a Victoria denturist for the past 15 years, is pleased to include Peninsula clients in his practice, now operating a few days a month out of Dr. Andrea Berardelli's clinic in Sidney. Christopher provides respectful and caring treatment, and offers services including fitting and fabricating complete dentures, partial dentures including dentures that are retained by implants as well as maintenance through relining and repairing procedures. Make an appointment by calling Christopher's manager, Sandy Hendriks, at 250-995-1663. Newly opened last month, on the Peninsula where they love to live, Gerry Gauthier's Rolls Royce Painting (a division of JJMJ Ventures) is a full-service painting company. Having partnered with several handselected, reputable tradespeople and local companies, they offer one-stop shopping for

all sizes of renovations and construction projects. Open Monday to Saturday, Gerry and his team may be found at #510114 McDonald Park Road. Give them a call at 250-8584746 and discover why their slogan is "where quality and affordability meet." retail

Barks and Bikes Long time Veterinarian Dr. Philip Stacey and his partner Dr. Angela Frost have recently opened the Saanichton Village Veterinary Hospital in the Pioneer Mall. Having practised on the Peninsula for 19 years, Dr. Stacey is pleased to now offer a full-service small animal hospital providing medicine, surgery and dentistry. The modern and spacious facility is equipped to handle in-house blood work with same-day results, digital x-rays and a full line of veterinary diets, wellness programs, accommodating appointment, emergency and walk-in visits. Open six days a week, appointments can be made by calling 778-351-3030 or by email to

Lochside Cycles is rolling into town, with eight different bike models that are simple, stylish and vintage inspired. Their efficient and beautifully designed selection of city bikes and fixed geared bicycles represent European classic styling, a mix of elegance and upright geometry perfect for cyclists seeking a timeless ride along with all the modern conveniences. Owners Brian, Richard and Jeff want to spread their own two-wheel excitement and get more people on bikes, bikes they can be proud to own, designed for urban riding. Lochside Cycles' products can be found in local bike shops or online at www.lochsidecycles. com, and lochsidecycles. dining

Everything Old is New Again Those who remember Sidney's Haley's Hideaway or Maleo's Café and are familiar with Island Culinary Services will be excited to know that under their joint ownership, Graham Little and Steven Haley-Browning are the new owners of the Heritage Café

on West Saanich road. Serving up satisfying homestyle food with a new menu that includes favourites such as hand-chipped fries, housemade beef and lamb burgers and homemade soups, the café is fully licensed, has in-house TV's and a summer patio. You are invited to bring in your copy of this column for a complimentary cup of coffee (one per guest). 778-433-4431 or for more information and hours of operation. community business

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Have an interest in Pinterest? Join well-known Social Media Maven JUHLi Selby on Tuesday, April 15th at the Victoria Flying Club to learn more. Hosted by the popular and very social Sidney Meet Up group, this $30 workshop runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes light snacks. Join some amazing women and find out how to include Pinterest in your business. SidneyMeetUp?ref=stream. News, changes, updates, launches? Email

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company that specializes in exploring Japan on foot. For 10 days we follow in the footsteps of a monk named Nimmon, who is popularly believed to have introduced Buddhism to the Kunisaki Peninsula on the island of Kyushu in the eighth century. The remote peninsula was perfect for Nimmon's ascetic Buddhist practice. In prayerful contemplation, he and his followers climbed the region's volcanic ridges and descended into its hidden valleys, leaving behind thousands of Buddhist images carved in stone. By day we walk these same trails, reveling in the mountainous landscape. At night we stay at traditional Japanese inns, luxuriating in thermal hotsprings. By our sixth day, we've visited numerous temples and shrines along the trails, but none are quite as spectacularly situated as Monjusen-ji. Perched high up on a cliff overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, Monjusen-ji is on a list of the "Best 100 Scenes" in Japan. And in late November, with Japanese maple trees at their fiery peak, the temple grounds are stunning. At last the ceremony inside the temple begins. Buncho – the monk performing today's ritual – lights a fire in an open pit that represents the mouth of the Buddha. He rubs his prayer beads and begins to chant softly. Another monk lightly beats a drum. Buncho carefully places the first few wood blocks into the fire, one on top of the other at right angles. Soon, sparks are flying towards the ceiling. The drumming and chanting grow louder and faster in a rising crescendo that matches the leaping flames. In almost no time the fire is so intense I can feel its heat a metre away. Buncho's face glows from the flames, but he's not perspiring. We're told that a monk doesn't eat any oil or salt for 60 days before performing the Goma ritual, and fasts for four days immediately beforehand so he can sit close to the fire and not sweat. We sit transfixed by the shooting flames, the pounding drum and the primal chanting. Buncho continues to place block upon block of wood into the roaring fire, along with grains of rice. How long before his tower topples over like a kids' game of Jenga? I can't say – by now I've happily lost track of the time – but eventually the tower collapses, embers flying. The Buddha has been fed. Our prayers have been heard. Or at least, the ceremony was worth the wait.

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April Shows Patrick Chu & Maryanne Tomashewski present “Impressions” – works in watercolour and acrylics April 1st to 14th, Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spectacled-Bear Conservation Society presents “Local Artisans Supporting Global Artisans” – a fundraiser with local artisans to support conservation and artisans in remote communities of Northwestern Peru April 15th to 21st, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of  North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council.

The CACSP had a very successful 2013. Events & shows the CACSP presented or supported this year.

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Small Expressions Show Summer & Christmas Artisans Shows Spring & Fall Studio Tours Summer Kids Craft Camp Summer Easel Art in the Park Sidney Fine Art Show ArtSea Festival   Arts in the Schools  Sidney Literary Festival Tulista Gallery available to Local Artists to show  their work

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CHES Fundraiser Imagine. For less than you'd spend for a ticket to a downtown play, you can enjoy a night at the theatre, support Tanzanian teenagers and possibly win a night for two at the Marriot. Katarina's father died six years ago. Her mother is now struggling to raise nine kids. Katarina (pictured with Catriona and Chris Harker) is one of 650 girls sponsored by the Canadian Harambee Education Society (CHES), a B.C.-based NGO whose mandate is to cover the secondary school costs of qualifying girls from subsistence families in both Kenya and Tanzania. A mantra of CHES is that if you "educate a girl you educate a future family." CHES began in 1984 and now has a host of graduates who are teachers, nurses, civil servants and business women. As well as giving back to their community, they invariably support their own families by paying for the education of siblings or by

building homes for their parents. We have purchased a performance of Forty Second Street from the drama department of Claremont Secondary and are re-selling the tickets; but for only $35 each. Tax receipts for $25 per ticket will be issued. We did this two years ago; everyone there enjoyed the show and were blown away by the high caliber of the performance. Forty Second Street is a rousing, tapdancing musical that includes well-known favourites such as Lullaby of Broadway, We're in the Money, I Only Have Eyes for You and You're Getting to be a Habit with Me. Remember them? Showtime is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13th at Claremont's Ridge Theatre. Before the show and during the intermission, door prize tickets will be on sale. There will be 15 to 20 chances to win a variety of prizes ranging from overnight hotel stays, vineyard wine tasting tours and gift

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ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater by Valerie Green Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. In March of 1906, as Justice of the Peace, Andrew Strachan swore in Saanich's first council, a duty he continued to perform every year until his death in 1921. This imaginary interview was conducted shortly before he died. Mr. Strachan, your accent tells me you were not born here. You're right. I was born in Kinrosshire, near Dundee, Scotland, in 1841. Tell me about your early life there, and why you came to Canada. I was born into farming. When I was 18 I wanted a new adventure so I set off for the New World. I went to New York first and eventually moved to Western Canada where I prospected for a few years just north of Lillooet. When did you arrive in Victoria? I came in 1881 when I was 40 years old. I ran a grocery store on Johnson Street and a few years later I started a broom manufacturing business in Victoria West. In 1893 I transferred that business to Gordon Head where I built a home on Saltair. I believe it was in Gordon Head that you returned to your farming roots? Yes, I was one of the first farmers there to grow strawberries, along with people like the Vantreights. By 1907 I had built another house for my family on Gordon Head Road. (This house still stands today at #4246). Sadly, my wife had died in 1903. I understand you and your wife had four children. Is that correct? Yes: Fannie, Annie, Robert and Kate. Fannie and Annie attended the original old Gordon Head Elementary School on Tyndall and Grandview as students, and Fannie later became a teacher there in 1901. She and her husband eventually moved to Penticton. Our daughter, Annie, married Thomas Mayne in 1915 and they have one son, Tommy. Our son Robert moved to the States and daughter Kate is married to a teacher and has nine children. When did you become involved in civic affairs? I was always very liberal in my politics and even though I retired in 1918, I remained very community-minded. I was one of the first trustees of the Gordon Head Mutual Improvement Society, formed in 1896. In 1898, we organized the building of a community hall on donated land at the top of Tyndall Hill. The hall is still used for concerts, meetings, bridge and dances. Back in the year 1900, I was appointed a Justice of the Peace so, as such, performed the very first

swearing in of the Saanich Council on March 10th, 1906. I still perform that duty every year. In 2006, just prior to Saanich Municipality's Centennial, Andrew Strachan's grandson, Tommy Mayne, then a retired gentleman of 87 who had also spent many years involved in community affairs, told me the story of his grandfather. He was looking forward to attending the Centennial Celebrations to honour his grandfather, the man who had sworn in that very first council: Reeve Thomas Brydon and councillors Quick, Deans, Grant, Dunn and Puckle, 100 years before. Saanich Archives photo 2007-150: Andrew Strachan certificate. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at

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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. april 4

Sidney Concert Society Presents: Romantic Piano in the Classical Era St. Elizabeth's Church 10030 Third St, Sidney @ 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Jamie Syer, piano. Adults $20; adult students $10; youth under 19 yrs free. Tickets available at Tanner's Books, Russell Nursery, Tom Lee Music and at the door. April 5

Family Orienteering (drop-in event; all ages) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) 11 - 2 250.478.3344

Orienteering is a great way to be active with the whole family. CRD Regional Parks' naturalists will have maps on hand, and a beginner level orienteering course set up at Beaver Lake. Get active as a family today! Meet at the information kiosk in the Beaver Lake parking lot. April 5 & 6

Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney April 5th 10 am to 9 pm April 6th 10 am to 4:30 pm

B.C.'s largest wildlife art show and woodcarving competition. Wildlife and nature-themed art, photography and sculpture sales, woodturnings, pre-show carving and art seminars, a silent auction plus a cocktail carving auction on Saturday evening. Children's Painting Event Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission $5 per person or $10 for a family pass, with children 12 and under free. april 6

"A New Beginning" Charity Dog Walk Cy Hampson Dog Park, Lochside Drive Registration @ 10 am; walk 10:30 am - 12 pm

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oral care needs through ORCCA, a Peninsula not-for-profit organization. Tickets $45; price includes hors d'oeuvres and cocktail. Cash bar available. Silent auction, fashion show featuring local boutiques, music and entertainment. Tickets are limited; available at The Pier Hotel front desk.

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Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

Are you new to Saanich Peninsula? Saanich Peninsula Newcomers' Club offers friendship, fun activities and valuable information to all women who moved here less than two years. For further information visit the website. april 11 - 13

ClayWorks Pottery Show and Sale Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney April 11th 5 - 8 pm April 12th & 13th 10 am to 4 pm

Come and admire a wide variety of functional and decorative pottery created by local artists. Free admission. April 12 & 13

Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Sale Metchosin Community Hall 4401 William Head Road, 10 am - 4:30 pm

Free admission, food and refreshments, wheelchair accessible. april 14

Companions of the Quaich Dinner and Whisky Tasting "Wind Down with Wine-Finished Whiskies" Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 pm 250.658.1109,

A little bord-eaux-d with your whiskies? Why not explore a new terroir? Whisky distilleries are starting to stretch their legs and experimenting with what our favourite grape-blessed barrels can do. The whiskies are definitely rising to the occasion! Join us for a nose at the results of this exciting blend of industries. Three-course dinner, four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50. april 17

ORIGIN: Fundraising Fashion Show hosted by Haven Spa & Salon Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa 9805 Seaport Pl, Sidney 7-10 pm 250.655.9797

Haven presents an unforgettable night of fashion benefitting children and adolescent

Spring Into Stories at Fern Street

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies). april 22

CFUW Saanich Peninsula Meeting Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney @ 7:30 p.m.

Joanne Schroeder, Deputy Director, UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (H.E.L.P.) will speak on Early Childhood Education: the Key to a Bright Future. HELP's early child development research explores how different early environments and experiences contribute to social inequalities in childrens development by school age and to their life chances later on. The EDI (Early Development Instrument) has been utilized by many countries around the world. The presentation would be of interest to parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone interested in how the early years impacts life experiences. April 26

Crafts & Bake Sale Peace Lutheran Church 2295 Weiler Ave, Sidney, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Soup and refreshments available. Proceeds support the Sidney Food Bank. Lots to see – everyone welcome! April 26

Peninsula Garden Club Spring Plant Sale Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, 9 - 11 am

Great plants; great prices! april 27

Free Introduction to Lawn Bowling Central Saanich Lawn Bowling Club Centennial Park, Saanichton, 1 - 4 pm 250.655.9249

Come and try this great family sport! Please wear flat/heel-less shoes. Coaching available first week ($20 fee applied to membership).

SPAC Art Show & Sale Art is defined as "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power." Now consider a world without art, without the Mona Lisa, without the statue of David, without Chihuly glass or the baskets of the Hopi Indians. Life as we know it would be very dull! You can dispel this thought with a visit to Mary Winspear Communtiy Centre, April 26th and 27th, to take in the Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society 61st annual Show & Sale. In addition to hundreds of works by local painters, sculptors, jewelers, calligraphers, potters, fabric artists and emerging artists, the show will present the creations of a worldrenowned artist: Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof (work pictured at left). This noted gem sculptor and timepiece designer's works are unique, inspired by nature and coveted by collectors the world over. Come and talk with this extraordinary man who grew up on Haida Gwaii and was tutored as a child by Haida carver Gordon Cross. For several short films on a sampling of his work, visit, or Google "Zadora" for more. The exhibition will showcase the arts with demonstrations, stunning floral displays, and in Bodine Hall, the main gallery, feature outstanding works chosen by our jurors. You can also visit the "gift shop" for original artwork like cards, pottery, jewelry and paintings that you can take home immediately. The public is encouraged to vote for their favourite piece in the show. Ballots, in turn, are entered in the draw for incredible door prizes. For those art lovers who want a sneak preview of the show, sign up to be a patron. Support the artists by pledging $125, $100 of which will be put towards your purchase of art. Spend Friday evening poring over the art, sipping wine and sampling hors d'oeuvres, then meet the artists. There are incredible bargains and art for all tastes for office, home or gifts! Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Join us for a celebration of Art!

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