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Writing is my deep blue river. It calms me, cools me and is my light saber, my most powerful tool. Now I can slay dragons at a safe distance. Skilled writing has helped me rise above pain, has brought recognition and even made it possible for me to be shortlisted for a Victoria Leadership Award in 2012. This month, it is pure joy to write about the healing and loving power of our four-legged friends. But beware, dear readers: I have also released my wild inner child to cause mayhem in our oh-so-pristine magazine: a calendar of summer splashes, fun and thrills just for kids. And with scribblings on personal training at Panorama and The Roost’s scrumptious food, my fingers are tired – but happy. Photo courtesy Jesse Holland Photography. Steve duck

With over 30 years of leading adventure travel and organizing community events, Steve Duck brings a wealth of experience to the clients of his company – TIDES, the Island's Destination & Event Service, based in Sidney. He feels Sidney, the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands are a perfect destination for an adventure. "Our small seaside town with its surrounding landscape is comparable to places like Tuscany and Bali." Sunshine and sea at his fingertips, Steve spends his leisure time cycling the region, hiking the hills and combing the beaches, still finding local treasures and secrets. His new tour is designed to share the "Secrets of the Salish Sea." paula grypma

I have worked specifically with window coverings and soft furnishings for more than 20 years, starting with a small home-based business here on the Saanich Peninsula while my three children were young. Once they became more independent, I continued learning my craft on staff at several large custom-design houses in Victoria. Today, my studio, complete with a full range of fabric and hardware samples, is located just off Beacon Avenue in Sidney. I specialize in fabrics because I love what they do: get them right, and any space – whether it's a room, a boat, a store or an office – will feel and look complete.

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Samuel Bednarski is a North Saanich-based reader who is infrequently found writing. He lives in a family of five, with a sister, mother, father and dog. Favourite activities include hiking, planting trees, sailing, looking at trees, soccer, viewing trees, kayaking, watching trees grow, making art, drawing trees, playing his clarinet and piano, climbing trees, gardening, and much more to do with trees and fooling around (like with this bio). His dog, Misty, enjoys walks, biting, chewing, licking, scratching, digging, ripping, tearing, sniffing, sleeping and eating. Samuel can also often be found reading books. As both of his parents are scientists, he found this book's "science" rather interesting. He also finds it very strange writing about himself in the third person, so please consider reading the review and/or book.

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As a young girl living in the Maritimes we were surrounded by animals, most of which we called our pets. Whether it was my Dad's retrievers for duck hunting, our many mouse-chasing cats, our assortment of rabbits or our fleet of ducks and birds we wanted to save, we loved our furry and feathered friends and, in so many cases, our pets seemed nothing short of angels in disguise. Whenever we come home, we know that we'll always be enthusiastically greeted, whether we were gone for a few minutes or hours. Pets give us so much … the unconditional love, the companionship, the wet noses and warm snuggles. My family rescued, almost eight years ago, a husky-lab cross from Kuper Island who we call "Kuper" and a Siamese cat from the Saanich Peninsula we named "Bubbles." They have become an integral part of our lives. Our pets remind us to seize the day – every day. In this issue of Seaside Magazine, you'll discover that the theme of animals connects many of the stories. Our cover features Tegan, one of our favourite local stars. You'll see through the stories and pictures that whether you're at home or the office, our pets prove friendship and loyalty

with no bounds; they can brighten even the dullest days. Animals may not be considered human, but they have a huge heart. A dog can save your life. You can be friends with a dolphin. A lion can remember his human masters even after years of separation. I was reminded by all of their powerful lessons after reading Doreen Gee's story (pg. 14) "Four Legged Therapists," where local groups are using the healing nature of our non-human friends to enrich our lives and "even mend unsettled minds." On page 11, writer Barry Mathias introduces us to Bandit, a local black Labrador puppy training to be an active member of a Canadian Search Team. Unconditional love, loyalty, courage, perseverance … all great human qualities. Ironically, our pets teach us priceless lessons about human values, suggesting that they may be inherent in all living species. So while we remember to smile each day, don't forget to give your pooch or closest companion a hug today … and enjoy some of the stories and pictures of our community's other stars. P.S. To all you moms: Happy Mother's Day!




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I think your magazine is well done, but there is a problem, at least with us. The inks used in printing are quite a bit of a

problem, resulting that your magazine goes straight from the paper to the recycling. It would not surprise me if this is done more often, by potential readers in the Victoria area. There are lots of people who are sensitive to all kinds of smells and inks and/or perfume are some of them. Maybe you can insert a question in your magazine asking how many readers are bothered by the smell coming from your magazine. Name witheld at writer's request Editor's note: Occasionally we receive a letter from a reader who is concerned by the smell of our magazine. We find that the odor (which sometimes results from the magazines being printed, then boxed quickly) dissipates substantially simply by having the magazine out in the open. Seaside Magazine is printed on recycled content paper using fast setting, low-VOC, linseed oil-based inks that are more environmentally friendly than the older, solvent-based oils.

Thank you so much for the magazine which arrived yesterday … lovely cover! Thank you for your thoughtful look at saving the Earth … so many people busy recycling and being careful to leave a light footprint while Kim Jung Un is threatening to nuke S. Korea and Japan and the States … makes me realize all over again the damage that can be done by one human being, despite the efforts of others to do good. Strange world. Pene Editor's note: The last paragraph of the April Conversations From The Past article on George Pearkes was incorrect. It should have read: (George Pearkes died in 1984 and was given a state funeral at Christ Church Cathedral. Both he and his wife are buried at Holy Trinity Church on Mills Road on the Saanich Peninsula. Nearby is an English Oak from Windsor Great Park planted to commemorate the coronation of King George VI. It acts as an appropriate symbol depicting the strength of one of our most outstanding citizens.)

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young readers b oo k re v iew popular clone, by m.e. castle What happens when you take one boy who is constantly bullied, and would do anything to stop it, and give him the powers to do that? Well, you get Fisher Bas, a 12-yearold science prodigy, the son of Nobel Prize-winning parents. At school he is considered an unapproachable nerd, reviewed by thanks in a large part to a band of Sam Bednarski, 13 tormenters known as the Vikings. On a particularly bad day, Fisher finally decides enough is enough, and hatches a plan to end his torment and live a life of comfort and ease. His mom, a world-renowned biochemist, is working on her most ambitious and dangerous project yet: an "accelerated growth hormone." This hormone could open up a whole new type of medicine and cure most diseases, if not eradicate them. It could also be dangerous, as "you could grow an army from embryos in under a day," states Fisher's mother. But that is just what interests him: to clone himself, and make his clone go to school while he eats chips and plays video games, all the while monitoring his clone, called "Two," from his laptop. Although Fisher gives the clone a cover story of the actual situation they are in, he soon realises his clone has all of his mental capacity, and perhaps more. As he evades Fisher's control, and becomes more and more popular at school as a troublemaker, Fisher decides it is time to intervene and stop Two before he does his planned series of great acts of mischief and gets into too much trouble, potentially getting discovered. As it turns out, this should be the least of his worries, as his clone gets clone-napped by an evil scientist (name omitted, I won't ruin the surprise). The evil scientist, Dr. X or Xander (oops), is seeking his mother's AGH formula, and now Fisher and his pet flying pig must save the day without his parents finding out. Overall, I rate this a fairly good book, much worth turning every page, although the science was a bit off (I should know; both of my parents are scientists.) It speaks for the shy and bullied people of this planet, and gives them new hope for success. New Releases – Available at The Children's Bookshop: Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson Gone #6: Light by Michael Grant Magic Tree House #49: Stallion by Starlight by Mary Pope Osborne Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones Planet Ark by Adrienne Mason Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde by Joyce Dunbar Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watt Spy School by Stuart Gibbs Star Wars Cookbook by Robin Davis

Dogs that save us by Barry Mathias

bandit is undergoing training to become a very special dog: part of a Canadian Search Team.

Rob Cooke and his wife are the proud

owners of Bandit, a black Labrador puppy. What is notable about Bandit is that he is at the start of a training period that will, over some months, turn him into a very special dog: he and Rob will become an active part of a Canadian Search Team. The organization arranges for its members and their dogs to travel to any part of the world where their help is needed. "It's a team thing," Rob says. "Without everyone helping each other, there is no Search and Rescue." "When our last dog, Flash, died, we contacted Deborah Lowrie, who runs an animal rescue," Rob says. "She arrived with three Labrador puppies, two brown and one black, and it was the black one that took a liking to my six-year-old son." He laughs. "Even when my son hid in his tree house, the dog found him. We decided this was the dog for us." So, here they are, four months into a training program, and loving it. Bandit is now six months old, and will be fully trained after about a year and a half. The Search Team has local groups throughout Alberta and B.C. It trains dogs to search in any conditions and

find people or bodies after a disaster. "I like volunteering," Rob says. He has

"Wherever they train, and wherever they are needed, it is the bond between the trainer and his dog that is the essential factor." served five years with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and retired after 15 years with the Volunteer Fire Department; he has also been a member of the Lions Club of B.C. for seven years. Now, he is taking on the job of training Bandit to a high level of obedience, so eventually the dog will respond instantly to instructions that could save a life. "We provide much of our own training equipment, but our travel and accommodation are paid for and we raise local funds." "To begin with, I teach him to find his toy, to walk by my left side, and to sit when I tell him," says Rob. It is a long and dedicated

training. "There is a very tough test that the dogs and handlers must pass before they are able to be deployed to a rescue site.Our local team trains together every Friday night and all day Sunday." The dogs learn to search pipes, climb ladders, travel along narrow and unsteady beams, and cope with any dangerous situations that follow an earthquake, an explosion, or whenever people have been overwhelmed by disaster. Rob agrees that Labradors and their crosses are well suited to this type of work. "However, German shepherds, golden retrievers, and similar cross-breeds are equally good. One trainer has a Bloodhound!" "The dogs are the easy ones to train," he says. "The handlers need a lot more work. Without the help of the experienced team members, as a rookie I would not have a chance." "The local dogs train at a construction site near Bear Mountain, at an industrial site in North Saanich, and wherever the team can get permission," Rob says. But wherever they train, and wherever they are needed, it is the bond between the trainer and his dog that is the essential factor.


con v ersations f ro m t h e p ast An Imaginary Interview With architect samuel maclure, designer of many eminent local homes

Samuel Maclure

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria’s past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my

And yet each Maclure building has always retained your own special touch – the mark of Maclure. How kind of you to say. What are you working on now, Mr. Maclure? I’m designing a house on Lansdowne Road for Mr. and Mrs Dunlop.

(This Lansdowne Road house referred to was one of Maclure’s last commissions. It was sold in the 1950s to the Victoria College and later formed by Valerie Green part of the Camosun College Campus. Maclure died in 1929, leaving behind an abundance of distinctive buildings for us to continue to enjoy today, many with their characteristic Tudor Revival or Arts and Craft design and several with elegant staircases – all with that distinctive mark of Maclure.) imagination, they are all based on fact. Today most people living in Greater Victoria or on the Peninsula Valerie Green is an author and historian. are familiar with the architecture of Samuel Maclure, who was born She can be reached at valgee@shaw.ca. in New Westminster in 1860. His notable commissions, which numbered over 400, included numerous renowned buildings in Victoria and Vancouver as well as many stylish homes for wealthy upper-class clients of the day. You have designed many eminent homes in our area, Mr. Maclure. Can you tell me how you got started? Well, in 1889 I had formed a partnership in New Westminster with Charles Clow and later with Richard Sharp, but I moved over to Victoria in 1892. However, many of my early commissions were still on the mainland in conjunction with other partners, John Parr from 1897 to 1899 and Cecil Croker Fox from 1905 to 1916. My wife, Daisy, and I were also founding members of the Vancouver Arts and Crafts Society in 1909. But your name has always been more well-known than most other architects. I suppose it has, even though I was basically a self-taught architect. Really? But you did study painting I believe? Yes, at the Spring Garden Institute in Philadelphia. When did you marry? Margaret (Daisy) Simpson and I were married in 1889. My wife was an accomplished pianist and portrait painter herself. One of your most famous creations locally is the Oldfield family home on Brookhill Road on the Peninsula. Can you tell me about that? I worked on that commission with my assistant, Ross Lort, between 1908 and 1914. The style evolved from eclectic to English Arts and Crafts throughout that period with various additions and alterations. It was designed originally for John and Emma Oldfield and is known as Norfolk Lodge. Another well-known Maclure house is on Woodley Avenue in Saanich, I believe? Yes, I designed that house (#1911) between 1913-14 for the Jones family. Another favourite of mine is on Tudor Avenue at Ten Mile Point for the Heywood family, which I worked on in 1925. You used the Craftsman style for the Hamilton house on Gorge Road West I believe? Yes, I have been lucky enough to incorporate many different styles into my work. 12 SEASIDE | may 2013 | www.seasideMAGAZINE.ca

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Visiting People gives joy to the frail elderly. Founder and Sidney resident Sadey Guy knows the gold star value of tiny furry therapists who visit 150 facilities for the elderly on Vancouver Island. Sadey warmly recounts elderly patients who never spoke – but with a cuddly little dog in their lap, started talking again. Sadey recalls a senior who was agitated and upset, but when connected with a tiny canine, spent a very blissful afternoon. According to the genial retired nurse, the presence of dogs lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, increases relaxation and well-being, encourages social interaction and jogs seniors' memories into fond remembrances of pets long gone. Pussycats are also a part of the PATS service. Sadey says that when a furry feline is placed in the arms of elderly "cat-lover" patients, they are "estatic and overjoyed" and have a very happy day! On April 30th, PATS proudly celebrated 25 very successful years of service to the community. A truly innovative program connects dogs with autistic children: Autism Support Dogs, a sister charity with B.C. & Alberta Guide Dog Services. Vincci Li, Marketing and Communication Specialist, speaks of the miracles that happen when dog and child meet heart to heart. One of the debilitating results of autism is isolation from other kids. The dogs become a conduit to the child's peers: Other kids will want to pat the dog and start interacting with the autistic child. When children with autism have tantrums, the dogs are able to calm the children down. Vincci relates: "There is that magical humananimal bond, which many of us pet owners know so well. Often the children are calmer and more willing to participate in everyday activities like going to the park or the swimming pool because they know their furry friend is nearby." Children with autism learn new skills, like feeding and taking care of the dogs. Many non-verbal autistic children learn to say the dog's name. So Chester, if you are eyeing me from a comfy "chester"field in the sky, you can rest easy knowing that all your fellow animals are taking very good care of humans down here. Contacts: www.autismsupportdogs.org; www.patspets.ca; www.forwardequestrian.ca. Photos courtesy BC & Alberta Guide Dog Services | Autism Support Dogs, Forward Equestrian & Wellness Centre.

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Dr Bidgood, almost everyone who uses the Pat Bay Highway has seen your Dental Office Sign! Is it true From left: Dr. Jayne Bidgood, D.C., B.Sc, MChiro; Dr. John R. Bidgood, DDS; you’ve actually been there since 1974? Dr. Judith Monk-Bidgood, D.C., B.A., M.A.; Marlee Bidgood Yes indeed! We are celebrating our 40th year of serving the community, still at our same location. Of course, we have expanded and modernized over the years. We are now a very busy state-of-the-art general practice with several Does dentistry and chiropractic make for a good marriage? dentists and hygienists, and we offer a very complete range of services Think of chiropractic care as orthodontics for the spine. Instead to all ages, including Chiropractic, Custom Foot Orthotics, and of braces, your Doctor of Chiropractic uses spinal adjustments to Registered Massage Therapy. We will always welcome new patients as help restore optimal structure and function, restoring normal nerve we grow, and continue to be available for function, relieving pain and improving the health WALK-INS! of the entire body. The Doctors Bidgood treat not only the joints of the spine but also the TMJ (also a Are any of these services covered? dental concern) as well as the joints of the foot, knee, Absolutely! We bill MSP, WCB and hip, hand, elbow, and shoulder. Check out www. ICBC, where applicable. Most extended bidgoodchiropractic.com for more information. health benefit plans allow us to bill directly, on your behalf, which is an added Is Chiropractic care effective? convenience for our patients. Absolutely! Even though I’m probably Dr. Jayne and Dr. Judy’s most frequent patient, don’t take my Do you have any advice for patients, based on your many years word for it. Our friendly chiropractors welcome drop-ins and would of experience? be pleased to show you the many different ways they have of treating 1. Regular check-ups and hygiene is still your best defence against you. If you are fearful of having adjustments, the Doctors Bidgood any kind of dental disease for early detection and intervention. would especially like to talk with you! It’s just that simple. 2. Preventive maintenance is still the most economical approach How will you celebrate your 40th year, Dr. Bidgood? throughout and, perhaps most important of all, number 3: Everyone is invited to enjoy a piece of our celebration cake and a “You don’t have to floss ALL of your teeth, just the ones you cup of coffee at our OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, June 2nd, from want to keep!” That always seems to bring a chuckle or a smile, 1 to 4 p.m. We’d be happy to show you our newly renovated office and isn’t laughter truly the best medicine? and beautiful gardens. Enter our draw for prize giveaways such as a FREE MASSAGE, and take a walk for a free cake. People tend to refer to yours as a family business. We hope to see you there! Yes, our chiropractors are my wife Judy and our daughter Jayne. The chiropractic office manager is our daughter Marlee. Thank you very much for reading. Please visit us in person or via our websites: drbidgood.com and bidgoodchiropractic.com. I see that one could potentially have a massage, a chiropractic, 6111 Patricia Bay Hwy, 250-652-2222. and a dental appointment all in one location. ********************** Yes, the addition of natural therapies has greatly enhanced the services we offer, and many of our patients strive to achieve their And please don’t tell everyone … but our secret back garden will optimal level of health through natural means. also bring a smile to your face! SEASIDE | may 2013 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 17

can we tal k Editor-in-chief allison smith talks with canadian dramatic tenor ben heppner, who will be performing at the Mary winspear centre may 30th

It has been said that you are recognized as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today. Can you tell us about how you started singing, and when you first realized you had a gift? I come from a family of amateur singers. We sang at home, doing dishes, in the car, at church … singing is a natural thing for me. I've always said that if I hadn't learned to sing by the time I was two, they might have given me to a different family! With me, there was a constant desire to stay close to music, and that's what started my journey toward where I am now. There are many people who dream of becoming a famous singer. What advice can you give them on how to reach their goal? I'm probably not the right guy to ask … I went off to university thinking I was going to be a high school music teacher. I guess I'm easily distracted: I ended up in the vocal music program because people had enjoyed my singing, and I just kept following the doors that opened. I didn't have this "plan" to become an opera singer and travel the world. You were the winner of the CBC Talent Festival in 1979. How did your career path change from that point on? That was an important, pivotal moment in my life because it gave me the courage to admit to myself that maybe I had a shot at making a career as a singer. At that point it was the biggest singing competition in Canada, and it gave me the confidence to keep pursuing the music and the singing. It took about two years after the competition win for me to realize I wasn't going to be able to make a living as an oratorio or recital singer in Canada – there just wasn't enough work. People kept advising me that maybe I should check out opera, so I enrolled in the University of Toronto Opera School. One year later I was taken away from that and made part of the Canadian Opera Company ensemble – the Company's training program.

The popularity of televised singing competitions, such as American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice, has skyrocketed in recent years. Do you think this is a good thing? In general, yes, but how many opera singers have we seen on American Idol, or shows like that, and if so, have they gone anywhere? These shows seem to be strictly focused on more popular forms of music, and they avoid any sort of classical training. It doesn't seem to have lent any sort of focus to those people who have put in the hours learning to sing with a more cultivated sound. You are a very busy man, performing at some of the world's most famous venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera. We feel so lucky that you'll be appearing at Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre. What is your favourite part about performing at smaller venues such as this? I come from a smaller place (Dawson Creek, B.C.) and I remember the few times throughout my high school life when a classical music event came through town. I remember the impact it had on me. I'm really proud of being from a smaller town and I feel that it has framed me in a much different way than if I had been from New York or something. I love the small places, connecting with people, and I try and give an experience that is honest and sincere in terms of the type of music I present. I can imagine that spending so much time performing means you really appreciate your "downtime." What entails a "lazy Sunday" for you? My wife is a minister, so I generally go to the Saturday evening service, and then the payoff is that you have this incredible Sunday morning. I have a few podcasts that I listen to, which my computer gathers for me on Saturday night. I spend Sunday morning listening to them with coffee and the paper, and then by the time I'm finished with that, my life has returned and we perform the rest of our day with family and friends and whatever else might be going on. After so much success, including being named a Companion of the Order of Canada, what's next for Ben Heppner? Are there any goals you have yet to achieve?

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I think finishing well is one of the things I have in mind. Probably it's not going to be that much longer, in terms of age, but I'd like to be able to sing well for the next few short years and perform well. Then I'd like to work in some kind of a mentoring process, and explore other things in my life, whatever that entails. Maybe (crossing fingers) even grandkids! I don't have any yet but here's hoping.

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Ben Heppner is renowned worldwide for his portrayals in the dramatic tenor repertoire. His illustrious career has taken him to opera stages and concert halls around the world. He is acclaimed for the beauty of his voice, incisive musicianship, and his generosity with his audience. His performances on the opera stage, in concert with the world’s leading orchestras, in the most prestigious recital venues and in recordings have set new standards in his demanding repertoire. He is a 1988 winner of the Metropolitan Opera auditions and received GrammyŽ Awards in 1998 for his recording of "Die Meistersinger" on London/Decca records and in 2001 for his recording of "Les Troyens" with the London Symphony Orchestra on LSOLive. Ben Heppner is a Companion of the Order of Canada.


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weat h erwit "will cold lows dominate our weather for may and june? Perhaps not."

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"It was a dark and stormy night." In the Peanuts cartoon, Snoopy would sit on his doghouse roof and start a novel by typing this famous phrase, originally authored by Baron Lytton in the 1800s. The Baron also wrote the oft-quoted: "the pen is mightier than the sword." Now this, to me, is just by Steve Sakiyama stating the obvious, given that you could never seriously write with a sword. At best it would be large, sloppy scratches of letters while inflicting serious damage to your desk. Another one of Baron Lytton's famous phrases could be used to describe my childhood. Whenever I flew into the house all dirtsmeared and sweaty from playing outside in the blazing summer heat, the most descriptive way to announce my entrance would be: "and heeere he is … the great unwashed." Speaking of playing in the blazing sun, May is a month when we anxiously await the heat of summer as gardens are developing their full spectrum of colours and we are teased by glimpses of warmth. However, the weather is not quite ready for prime time as a meteorological feature called a "cold low" can put a damper on getting all dirt-smeared and sweaty, and so delay my membership in the ranks of the great unwashed. A cold low is a huge spinning blob of air that has broken off from a larger cold air reservoir. Although late May and June can give us some wonderful weather, we can also have prolonged periods of dark and stormy conditions (like last June) as these spinning cold pools move into the south coast and throw cool and unsettled weather our way before the summer heat arrives in full force.

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I'm a dog. If you think the writer is anthropomorphizing, you are absolutely right. See, I want you to know the value of being a pet from the pet's point of view. Could be fish, a mouse, cat or, as in my case, a dog. I came to live with Angela when I was just a wee pup. I had what you might call a rather unfortunate puppy-hood. Suffice it to say I was kept in a basement. So it's extra special for me to have someone who loves me unconditionally ‌ who never hits me and who is always kind to me. Ah, sometimes I get the odd yell but then I can be irritating at times. Usually when I'm absorbed elsewhere, visiting or chasing the neighbour's cats. When I get back there's always a Good Boy treat waiting, so I can't complain. Let me tell you about some of the advantages of finding a good home, particularly one where there's just one senior person, because, quite frankly, it's easier to serve only one master. Angela, quite rightly, realizes that I am master, which makes my job description straightforward and her duties easy to carry out. What an entirely different story from when I was permanently under the feet of youngsters. Nobody took notice of my yowls, and they forgot to feed me regularly and refresh my water. Angela's young friends and her granddaughter make such a fuss over me when they come over. I get to bring out my favourite stuffy, a life-sized animal called Rat. The kids throw Rat and I return and drop him at their feet until I'm exhausted or bored, whichever comes first. Then I go to my basket for a nap. I'm never lonely, but sometimes people are, especially those who live alone. When your friends are involved in their marriages or children or jobs, they have less time for someone like my Angela. I'm a sort of 24/7

healing touch therapist assisting with stress and anxiety reduction, providing a source of comfort. Angela can use almost any amount of affection and hugs; she can share her innermost thoughts with me and, no kidding, I won't tell a soul. By the way, I just heard about a new Japanese invention: coats with built-in headphones that say nice things to the wearer. These coats, apparently, have a waist that inflates and deflates to give the impression of a squeeze. Guess what? The coats come in neon green and have LONESOME written on the back. Heard

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s m ell t h e co f f ee "the invitation to visit a couple of guatemalan coffee plantations was too good to pass up"

The Small World of Coffee by Steve Sheppard

I recently took a trip to one of the most well-known coffee countries in the world, Antigua Guatemala. It was odd being in a plane after spending so much time on the water over the past few months, but the invitation to visit a couple of Guatemalan coffee plantations that are producing "Cup of Excellence" quality coffee was too good to pass up. On the first tour I arrived at the Santa Clara coffee plantation excited to get behind the scenes, only to be greeted by some local West Coast coffee roasters that I've come to know over the year. Eron from Cowboy Coffee in Vancouver, Ryan from Café Fantastico in Victoria and Jim from Fresh Cup Roastery Café on the Saanich Peninsula had just finished a half day with their coffee buyer on the same farm I was visiting. This further proves how small the world of specialty coffee really is! I've recently started into the world of buying and selling green coffee for select clients here on the West Coast, and the tour was all about learning what goes into growing great coffee and buying direct from farmers. The plantation owner, Ricardo Zelaya, is a fourth-generation coffee farmer and the one who provided me the personal tour of one of four plantations he runs with family. It was soon evident that growing coffee was in his blood. Ricardo has a degree in Agriculture from Florida State University, so while he's native to Guatemala he's well educated in what it takes to grow great coffee. Over the past decade the plantations that Ricardo oversees have yielded the distinction of what

the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) refers to as "Cup of Excellence" quality coffee twice, a distinction reserved for the Top 25 coffees in the world. Each year, expert groups of cuppers (coffee tasters) score hundreds of coffees, and if you consider the number of coffee growing regions submitted globally each year, finishing in the top 25 to be deemed "Cup of Excellence" is essentially the Holy Grail of the coffee world. Coffee is complex in terms of the environment it grows in, but that's only the

first part of the journey. The second and most important part is what Eron, Ryan and Jim

do, which is roast this world class green coffee to perfection. I've been in all of their cafés, tried their roasts, and can say that they do this world-class coffee justice … Steve out.

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Morning Mist Canoe Adventure Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Equipment and instruction provided. 250.478.3344 • www.crd.bc.ca/ parks/events/calendar.aspx

Biology Buddies: Oh Deer! At Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary, they believe that "Kids belong outside!" Focusing on the natural magic of Swan Lake, each class has a different nature theme, told through games, stories, crafts and an outside stroll. Ages 4 to 6, in class without parents. Classes are filling up very fast! Pre-registration required. 250-479-0211 • www.swanlake.bc.ca.


The Beach Rocks! See the weird and interesting sea life that is left when the tide goes out with a CRD naturalist. Island View Beach 250.478.3344. www.crd.bc.ca/parks



Happy Birthday Canada! Lots of Canada Day fun for kids in Sidney! The Sidney Canada Day Parade starts at 11 am at Beacon Avenue and Resthaven Drive. From 12 to 4 pm, laugh and tumble at the Inflatable Obstacle Course and the Road Hockey games at Iroquios Park, ages 6 – 15. www. peninsulacelebrations.ca/events/sidney-days/family-fun-fair

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Father's Day Kindergym is a special time for toddlers to play with their daddies and make them a present! 9 - 10:30. Greenglade Community Centre Gym. $5.50 or Kindergym punch pass. panoramarecreation.ca.

Minute to Win It Hey teens! Do you like a challenge? Come to the Panorama pool for an evening of competition: see how many intricate tasks you can perform for 60 seconds in the water. You have a very short minute to win! 8:15 to 10 pm. Free admission. www.panoramarecreation.ca

June Panorama Recreation Play in the Park Kids will play in and explore seven different parks on the Saanich Peninsula. FREE! Beginning July 2nd and running to the end of August. Monday to Friday 5:30 - 8:30 pm. For info visit www.panoramarecreation.ca.

Stayin' Alive – Animals on the Defensive Sea creatures have many strange tricks to survive in the ocean! Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre from 10 am - 4 pm. www.oceandiscovery.ca


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Summer Camps! Join other fun-seekers at Greenglade, Panorama and Centennial Park. Just a taste: Outdoor pursuits; Creative Craft and Splash; Tennis and Golf; H20 Adventure; and Field Sports. Register on-line at www.panoramarecreation.ca or call 250.656.7271.


Nature Play Group For kids, moms and dads in Victoria to have fun together in a natural beautiful setting. Victoria Nature Play: http://tinyurl.com/ cmhck5n


Teen Lounge Greenglade Community Centre. Foosball, air hockey, Wii, music and films! http://www. crd.bc.ca/panorama/ events/teens.htm


Touch a Truck 11-3 Get behind the wheel of all kinds of trucks! $15 family (advance) $20 at door; $5 per person. Panorama Recreation Centre. team4hope.com.


Thrity's Community BBQ 4-6 pm $5 donation. Beacon Park, Sidney. Fireworks at 10 pm.


July 7

Strawberry Festival Free for kids and teens. A wide variety of family activities will include face painting, pony rides, relay races, arts and craft stations, a pie eating contest, and bouncy castles. www. saanichsunfest.ca. Beaver Lake Park 11 – 3 pm.



Field Sports $25 daily registration is welcome for Half-Day Afternoon Camps or $80 for a week of half-day camps, July 8 - 12. This amazing camp for 7 – 14 years offers five sports - a different one for each day. Full details at www.panoramarecreation.ca.

Going Buggy: Swan Lake "Nature Explorers." Get to know all those creepy crawlies and see them in their natural habitat. Pre-registration required - 250-479-0211. $12 per program for members; $18 for non-members. These programs are extremely popular so register ASAP! http://www.swanlake.bc.ca.


ABC Family Camping This fantastic camp will teach new campers basic camping skills and instruction. Register as soon as you can because this camp fills up fast! Food and camping equipment is provided. Call 250.475.5462 for more information. $35/family of five.


Karate Camp at Commonwealth Place Ages Drowing Prevention Day. This is a 4-6yrs. Boys and girls can learn an introduction very valuable Summer Theme Swim to Karate. Discover this martial art in a for kids at Panorama Recreation challenging, safe, positive atmosphere. Great way to Centre, teaching them life-saving water build confidence. Class will be divided up into different safety. www.panoramarecreation.ca levels. www.recreation.saanich.ca for more information.



Predators and Prey learn what animals need to do to survive in the wild. This really interesting talk is part of the Nature Explorers program at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Pre registration required: 250-479-0211. $12 per program for members; $18 for non members. These programs are extremely popular so register ASAP! http://www.swanlake.bc.ca.


Cadboro Bay Festival Frolic in the sunshine at the fun-filled Gyro Park: hands-on activities, bouncy castles, pirate school, hand drumming workshops, arts and crafts and food, laughs and fun! Watch sand sculptors create a giant sand sculpture. 11 am - 3 pm at Cadboro Bay - Gyro Park. Free Admission! Contact info: www.saanichsunfest.ca.


Saanichton Family Picnic 10am-2pm Location: Saanich Fairgrounds. FREE family event with lots of activities, games, prizes and an obstacle course! Event brought to you by the Saanichton Village Association and the Peninsula Country Market.



Water Water Everywhere Learn all about that blue liquid stuff all around us, kids. This is the last class in the August series of Nature Explorers at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Pre registration required: 250-479-0211. $12 per program for members; $18 for non-members. www.swanlake.bc.ca.


Happy Birthday BC! Make sure that you have lots of fun with Mom, Dad and the rest of your friends and family today!

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and teens through Recreation Saanich! Registration for tons of amazing programs can be done at www. recreation.saanich.ca.


Panorama Olympics Pretend that you are a worldfamous swimmer in this Summer Theme Swim at Panorama Recreation Centre. For details visit: panoramarecreation.ca.


Un-Birthday Day Make sure you go to this summer theme swim at Panorama! For details visit www.panoramarecreation.ca

Slide into Summer

2013 Camps

Panorama Recreation is excited to offer over 50 exciting camps this summer! To accommodate the interests, needs and abilities of all of the youth in our community, we’ve carefully designed our program selection so that you can customize your very own summer camp experience. Camp choices include Geocaching, Wilderness, Spy Kids, Junior Lifeguard and so much more. The choice is yours and it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

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Secrets of the Salish Sea Wines, Whales and Wonders by Steve Duck

secrets of the salish sea offers the opportunity to sample, and to taste, some of the true wonders of the region.

As a resident or a visitor to the Saanich Peninsula, one is reminded daily of the splendour of the region. Its recently defined brand, "Diverse by Nature," leads us to what we can expect. A new tour starting this summer, "Secrets of the Salish Sea," provides the opportunity to get "down to ground" and savour this diversity. For six days (with five nights in local boutique hotels), travelers can explore the special places found in our backyard. Residents and their friends have the opportunity to do this in the "Secrets, Day-At-A-Time," enjoying various daily escorted tours. The Secrets are found on daily soft adventure excursions. Participants traveling by bike, on foot, by kayak or small boat will stop to experience the diversity of flavours the region has to offer. From cider to coffee to wine, Salish art to sculpture to market crafts, eagles to orcas to seals, beach-baked salmon to biscotti to fresh cheeses … the senses will be engaged at a leisurely pace of footsteps, paddle strokes and pedal pushes. This eco-friendly tour encourages the traveler to connect with the land, its people and 32 SEASIDE | may 2013

treasures. Direct interactions with artists, marine biologists, chefs, First Nations and other local storytellers will take place every day.

"Come experience the Salish Sea! An adventure for the senses … a remarkable journey." The travel groups will be an intimate, friendly size of not more than 10 people and not less than six. This gives everyone time to be involved in the various experiences of the day. It is an active tour, but not meant to be a fitness workout. By no means does one need to be an athlete to take part! Every mode of travel (hiking, biking, kayaking), while at a very comfortable pace, comes with options for those who would rather not participate, but still enjoy what the day has to offer. The Saanich Peninsula and its neighbour

Gulf Islands are surrounded by water: the Salish Sea. Each day of the tour, participants will enjoy being on the water in a different way: kayak, pontoon boat, water taxi, whale cruiser and splashing along in bare feet. Water is always good for the spirit! Along with good food, good company and good times, "Secrets of the Salish Sea" brings together the diversity of the region for one to savour in a day or for a week. "Secrets of the Salish Sea" is a new offering by TIDES – The Island's Destination & Event Service, based in Sidney, B.C. With worldwide experience, TIDES has brought together the best of the Saanich Peninsula to share a week of luxury treats. This tour, and its Day-At-A-Time options, offer the opportunity to sample, and to taste, some of the true wonders of the region comfortably, leisurely and informatively. Diverse by Nature, Fantastic by Experience! For more information on "Secrets of the Salish Sea" and "Secrets, Day-At-A-Time," visit www.TidesGroup.com or contact Steve Duck at 250-999-2997. Photo courtesy Steve Duck, TIDES.

ignition Buying a car has become increasingly complicated, so Seaside has decided to lend a hand! With the assistance of our friends at Motorize Auto Direct, each month publisher Sue Hodgson will be turning on the Ignition for our readers.

VW Golf Sportwagen by Sue Hodgson

The 2011 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is a really smooth ride. It doesn't have the power I have come to love from my turbocharged 3-series BMW, but it's a great twist on the wagon. It feels new, modern, and up-to date. It's quiet, and comfortable, but so is almost everything else these days! So, what sets this diesel-powered wagon apart from its competitors? A six-speed manual transmission, that's what. When looking at new vehicles, you'll notice a trend: no manual transmissions available. So, why does this car have one? Partly for the purists who have to be in control – not relinquishing gear selection to a computer. The driver has to think more when driving a standard. That's not a bad thing, in a world where Tassimo has taken the manual labour out of your morning brew. VW Golf Having said that, a driver can be a little lazy in the VW, because the engine makes so much torque, you rarely have to downshift for a pass or a big hill. Would you consider buying a car with a stick, or do you prefer to have the butler do your shifting for you? If you let the manufacturers decide,

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"A" is for Apple by Jennifer Bowles

A few nights ago I hosted a dinner

party in honour of my friend's birthday. We began the night with some succulent oysters, homemade gravlax and a few meltin-your-mouth cheeses from the market. I picked up a loaf of crusty baguette, some funky chutneys and a few figs – we had a blast. Before I put the dinner together I thought hard about just the right dessert for the occasion. Anyone can pick up a slab of white sponge cake slathered in buttery icing with sugar paste roses and "Happy Birthday!" scrawled on top in gel frosting, but I wanted to think outside of the box. I wanted something whimsical but still grown up, something yummy but not overly complicated. On my way home a few days before the dinner I walked right past a candy store that's known for over-the-top candy apples. I always glue myself to the window and stare longingly at those glistening orbs magnificently dressed in some of the sweetest embellishments money can buy. Drooling over glorious milk chocolate or brittle candy coatings rolled in all manner of confections and nuts, I started to think ‌ how could I put together a candy apple with a grown-up twist? Well, I did some research and came upon a few variations on what I had in mind. A little experimenting and a few apples later, and I think I hit a home run. Prepare yourselves: here you have the "Cabernet Candy Apple!" That's right: there is a fruity red wine in the caramel coating which gives the apple a whole new grown-up identity. Its exterior is visually stunning and it

"I wanted something whimsical but still grown up, something yummy but not overly complicated"

definitely hit the whimsical mark … and talk about easy! This was remarkably simple. That night, my friend and I had a fabulous time, and at the end I pulled out the candy apples. I had written "Happy Birthday" in colourful marker on the stick, and she was over the moon! When I was working on the recipe I recalled that nothing goes better with red wine than my old friend chocolate, so I paired the apples with some rich dark homemade truffles, and we toasted the night away over a chilled glass of bubbly and a lot of laughs. That's my approach; keep it fun and simple. You don't have to be five-star pastry chef to impress. Sometimes it's the fun and imaginative approach that will win your guests over. The more time you spend with your guests and not slaving away in your kitchen the more fun your party will be. Here's the recipe! 8 small apples (Spartan or Macintosh) 1.5 cups red wine (Don't like red? Go white!) 2 cups sugar ½ cup water 4 tbsp whipping cream Boil wine until it reduces to ½ cup. In a large pot boil sugar and water. When the sugar is totally dissolved it will start to caramelize and turn a medium amber color. When that happens, pour in your wine and swirl around, then add your cream. With a candy thermometer bring the mixture to 235° F then let it drop to 200°. Dip your apples in and swirl about, coating all sides. Place onto greased wax paper. Roll in nuts, your favourite chocolate bar, Turkish delight … whatever your fancy. Enjoy! Wine pairing courtesy Gartley Station: Jen paired her candy apples and chocolate truffles with a sparkling wine, and that was a pretty safe bet. The sparkling wine should, however, be off-dry and on the sweeter side as opposed to a "brut" style champagne. The golden rule "the wine should be sweeter than the dessert" holds true so any dessert wine (ice wine, late harvest riesling or port), will pair well. It just so happens that Gartley Station carries a "caramelized apple port" and to me that sounds like a match made in heaven! (Sorry, not available in the liquor stores.) It might be fun to experiment with the same cabernet sauvignon used in the glaze; you might be pleasantly surprised!

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For this mother of two teens, who still finds time to work with former clients from her 24 years as a travel agent, a move three years ago to the mortgage industry has afforded her another opportunity to focus on her community – on loving where she lives and in helping others find the financial solutions to help them love living here too. As the new partner in the Sidney Meet Up group along with founder Cheryl Young, Nicole assists with membership, community and education for a growing group of more than 55 members, a group that is expanding and gaining strength each month. This weekend, you will likely find Nicole outside, camping or hiking the trails on Vancouver Island, exploring new and undiscovered places and grateful to call Vancouver Island home. Then, on Monday, she will be back in her office, serving customers and sharing with others what matters most: living and working in paradise. There are lots of ways to connect with Nicole: 250-686-2927; email: nwilford@dominionlending.ca; Facebook: www.facebook.com/nicolewilford1; Twitter: @Nicole_Wilford; and LinkedIn: Nicole Wilford.

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Scott Point: West Coast Modern Meets Cape Cod Traditional on Salt Spring Island

Light & Dark Design Visions: Scott Point Retreat Story by Linda M. Langwith | Photography by gilleanproctor.com

It’s rather easy to imagine that the slender isthmus of Scott Point was once an island before the ferry terminal at Long Harbour was built. The place still retains that special island quality to it, as if one has left behind the mundane world to enter into another, quite magical one where forest and ocean hold sway, the narrow country lane revealing tantalizing glimpses of homes that seem as much a part of the terroir as the trees.

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Suddenly the forest opens up to reveal a residence that positively shimmers in the spring sunlight and seems a happy marriage of West Coast modern and Cape Cod traditional. This is the home of Hamish and Gemma White, a couple well versed in the challenges and rewards of design-inspired renovation. Like many of the homes on Scott Point, the White residence was originally the work of renowned American architect Henry Schubart, who initially trained under Frank Lloyd Wright and moved with his family to Salt Spring Island from San Francisco in 1968. His legacy to the Island is an amazing one, with some 230 homes and commercial properties to his credit. The residence, completed in 1983, was bought by the Whites in 2009. By then, according to Gemma, "It was pretty ropey but the location was good." The first phase of the renovation process lasted from 2009 to 2011, during which time the interior was basically gutted. Wisely decamping elsewhere during the initial chaos, the couple subsequently returned to set up home in the annex, a two story A-frame style extension added in 1991. "It was very much like living in a cubbyhole," confesses Gemma. Light and airy, with banks of windows overlooking glorious views of the ocean, the loft area currently serves as the master bedroom, while the main floor affords an office space for Hamish, as well as a comfortable lounge and eating area. While the new kitchen was being created, the ever-resourceful Whites wheeled the stove into the lounge as needed and set up the fridge in the breezeway. "We cooked with our coats on," laughs Gemma. "We had a very serious need to eat!" No wonder they call this space their "everything room!"

The artful use of recessed lighting, a generous island complete with cooktop and plenty of workstations support the culinary fun, but apart from the kitchen's functional role, the space is also quite beautiful.

The original main floor plan lacked flow, with awkward walls and spaces that just didn’t work, and here Gemma brought her considerable design expertise into play, aiming for a light and airy open concept main floor. Down came the wall between kitchen and dining room, while the foyer was opened up by removing and reconfiguring the bathroom and utility room as well as changing the front door entrance. The stairs to the upper level were turned with a landing – much safer and more comfortable. Full-length wooden windows and French doors replaced aluminum-framed ones, while out went the ubiquitous linoleum floor coverings. According to the homeowners, the original kitchen was pretty nondescript. "Now it is a great working kitchen. Most of our friends love to cook – lots of evenings there will be six cooking," enthuses Gemma. The artful use of recessed lighting, a generous island complete with cooktop, and plenty of work stations support the culinary fun, but apart from the kitchen’s functional role, the space is also quite beautiful, with honed travertine marble countertops, an eclectic mix of white and glass-faced cabinetry, angled ash flooring and an abundance of natural light flooding in from the windows, French doors and skylight. The utility room off the kitchen serves not only as a laundry but also Continued next page


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houses a freezer as well as the dishwasher, thereby avoiding "messy kitchen syndrome," as the dirty pots, pans and dishes can be whisked out of sight, to be dealt with later. Continuity is maintained as the kitchen space flows into the dining and living areas. Soaring pine ceiling treatments, ash flooring, banks of windows "The colour variation overlooking the and texture suggest a cantilevered decks and ocean and the sun-drenched soft colour scheme, Mediterranean home, best described by easy to imagine." Gemma as "blonde," is showcased by a bleached pine plank dining table, like soft, grey weathered driftwood. Here the walls are finished in California clay, an environmentally friendly, natural product consisting of clays, mineral pigments and rock powders, easily applied to drywall. According to the couple: "the clay breathes with the house, contracting in winter, expanding in summer, the colour changing from taupe grey in winter to light blonde in summer." The colour variation and texture suggest a sun-drenched Mediterranean home, easy to imagine when casting one's gaze upon the sapphire ocean beyond the windows. The fireplace, once red brick, is framed and hearthed in the same honed travertine marble employed so effectively in the kitchen, and topped with a sumptuous mirror.

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The tempo changes in the foyer, with black slate diamond-shape inserts in the travertine flooring carried through black trimmed glass French doors leading into the dramatic studio, carved out of a space that was once the double garage, with a soaring ceiling that arches into the former storage area of the bedroom above. Bold black feature walls and accents, anchored by a richly patterned gold and black seating arrangement, sizzle with creative energy. This is very much Gemma White's room, the wellspring from which her creative ideas flow. The exterior of the home has undergone what Gemma terms "a metamorphosis," with warm creamy painted cedar shingles on the

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The next time you chomp down into a scrumptious piece of pizza at The Roost Farm Centre, remember that almost every ingredient in that pie came from the farm out back! Behind the cute little country eatery is a huge working farm and lush green rolling hills. You will never forget the unique Roost experience: Lush fresh produce right from Mother Nature's soil passed along to your table in a savoury meal complete with homemade bread and deep dish pie. Considering the history of the Saanich Peninsula and the legacy of The Roost

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Am I the only one who gets green with envy at super-buff shiny celebrities, hanging out with personal trainers who keep them sleek, glossy and beautiful every second? Personal Training always seems like the playground of the gods, inaccessible to us mere mortals. But Melanie Alsdorf and Angela Turnbull from Panorama Recreation Centre have turned my thinking around completely: Personal Training is a downto-earth, accessible program that can greatly help all kinds of people. Most important: it is a very effective way to truly build up your health, your body and your quality of life. You are worth the investment! Melanie Alsdorf, the very knowledgeable Fitness, Weights & Rehab Coordinator at Panorama, says that a typical Personal Training client is looking to shed a few pounds, get fit and be healthy. They may have chronic conditions like arthritis or perhaps a physical injury. The personal perks and benefits of a Personal Training program are monumental. Here is the eye-popping list from Melanie: Firstly, it is very helpful to be "set up on a safe and effective program addressing your needs and goals" and "In general, a cardiovascular and muscular exercise program improves mood and self-esteem; improves depression and anxiety and helps to cope with stress; decreased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and some forms of cancer; decreased risk of falls in older adults and helps create and maintain a healthy weight.” How does it work these miracles? I "coached" some secrets out of Melanie and her Fitness Program Assistant (and Personal Trainer), Angela Turnbull. A huge advantage of Personal Training is that close helpful connection with the trainer, either one-to-one or in a small group: "The motivation and support of a knowledgeable personal trainer" is a plus to Melanie. Angela is excited about the unique driving force of Personal Training in a group: "Support of fellow participants (in addition to your instructor), which can be a great motivator to keep you coming" and privately: "Your program design is very specific to you … (with the) undivided

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First Nations Music That is Fun & Good For Everyone! by Teoni Spathelfer

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In May, there are definite stages in the art of personal renewal: there is the balmy wonderment that the rain has actually stopped, the cautious reacquaintance with blue skies and sunshine, the wholesale abandonment of decorum, and we Islanders become summer people for the next five months. Everything from now on must be outdoors! We eat outside, regardless of ferocious mosquitoes, uncooperative barbecues and curious tourists; we labour in the garden, battling with instantly renewing weeds, and we engage in activities we euphemistically call games, unless we want to impress people… in which case, we call them sports. Golf is one of those sporty games nobody indulges in for fun: it's a solemn, incomprehensible ritual. Even though the "players" use terms such as "play the ball," the word "play," in terms of having fun, has nothing to do with this activity. Maurice Baring said: "There is a vast difference between games and play. Play is for fun, but games are deadly serious, and we do not play them to enjoy them." Golf is an outdoor pursuit requiring unlimited funds, low blood pressure and the correct uniform (modeled on a combination of French couture and Crocodile Dundee). In the manicured wilderness of the golf course, it is necessary to be athletic … in the getting on

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and off the electric-powered carts, and in the searching for lost balls. Occasionally, there is the chance to swing a club. It is one of those games that is best played with the local doctor, or with complete strangers, neither of whom we need to apologize to after a missed putt: the doctor is familiar with the anatomical details, and strangers might not remember us. Sailing is another popular, all-consuming, outdoor pastime around the Islands. Those who enjoy it are either comfortably retired, selfemployed or in need of psychiatric help. Who else would spend thousands of dollars on a craft they take out only occasionally in the summer, and spend the whole winter repairing at further exorbitant cost? A sailing boat encourages us to impersonate Captain Blythe, reinterpret the rules of the sea, and discover the doubtful joys of the mechanical failings of the "head." Boating, which incorporates the use of a powerful engine, is another all-weather delight. With a multi-decibel engine, we can travel at wave-bashing speeds over miles of identical water, scare the sardines out of the orcas, and occupy many wind-blown hours that could have been happily spent on a delayed ferry or in a Victoria traffic jam. For the land-locked, there is always tennis, a game that defies mathematical logic: one point equals 30 points and the next equals 10 points making 40? Players used to wear dazzling white clothes to blind their opponents, but with the development of sunglasses, clothing has changed considerably, revealing those parts of our bodies normally kept hidden, as a way of distracting the opposition. It also accounts for the game's popularity with audiences. Tennis players have a penchant for "love all," Robinson's lemon barley juice, and an ability to jump the net if they win. This exertion is discouraged for short men and those with family ambitions. There are many other examples, perhaps for another article? What we need to remember is that the "outdoors" is a wonderful concept … as long as we have the "indoors" to come back to.

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of carpentry as a career. According to his mom, Joel Griffiths, Zach had always been a stellar student, usually making the honour roll with distinction come report card time. She confessed that she feared he was starting to lose interest in school during grade 11, and speculated that it was because he wasn't being adequately challenged. She credits the carpentry program as a "real blessing." "When Zach was attending level-one carpentry it was the first and only time I have seen him really get down and study for any school work. The program really 'grabbed him' and reengaged him in learning," said Joel. Upon completion of his level-one technical training, Zach was very keen to get out on the job site and start working, but he still had a couple of courses to complete in order to graduate. He applied to Campbell Construction and negotiated an arrangement with owner Wayne Farey to work a couple of days per week as a carpentry apprentice and attend school at Saanich's Individual Learning Centre (ILC) to complete his graduation requirements. ILC has a unique ability to allow students to tailor their education to create a very personalized learning plan. Zach recently completed his last provincial exam for graduation and acknowledges Campbell Construction for their support in helping him transition smoothly from school to work. Campbell has been an amazing partner in this process. Zach hopes to increase his hours with Campbell to full-time status in the coming weeks. He says he is doing work that will prepare him extremely well for his next level of technical training. Zach plans to graduate in January, but not before he completes his level-two technical training at Camosun in November and December and logs several hundred hours toward his trade certification working as a "Secondary School Apprentice" in the meantime. Zach is a very rare case of a student taking full and complete advantage of the trade training opportunities offered in Saanich. He will have attained his level-two status as part of his high school educational program, and done it all before his 19th birthday. As a very proud parent, Joel is pretty impressed with Zach's accomplishments but says it wouldn't have been possible without the support and guidance of Zach's career counselors. She advises other parents to be very careful not to choose their child's pathway, and allow them to explore all options as she did with Zach. Zach agrees, saying: "Try it all, you never know what you might like." For more information on how to get involved as a student apprentice, or as an employer sponsor in this, or any other career program in Saanich School District, contact Garry Arsenault, 250-658-6679; Roger Pires, 250-655-2715; Wendy Walker, 250-514-0259; or Stu Rhodes, 250-415-9211. Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/ saanichcareers to view the promotional video Jump Start Your Career.

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Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email gillian@seasidemagazine.ca. From world renowned tenor to Island artists and improv comedy, it's all happening on the Saanich Peninsula in May. Which events will tickle your fancy?

An Evening With Ben Heppner What a treat it will be to hear Ben Heppner's stunning voice in the Charlie White Theatre's intimate setting (see an interview with him in Can We Talk – p. 18). Fresh from singing the role of Tristan in the Canadian Opera Company’s Tristan und Isolde, Heppner will sing a program that

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ranges from composer Robert Shumann to Noel Coward. Canada's own internationallyrecognized operatic tenor grew up in Dawson Creek and appreciates the warmth of small town audiences. Your ticket includes a glass of bubbly and a chance to meet Heppner after the concert. Thursday, May 30th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets via Mary Winspear Centre: 250-656-0275, www.marywinspear.ca.

Via Choralis Chamber Choir Sings "The Creation" Via Choralis and soloists will perform one of Joseph Hayden’s greatest works, depicting the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and in Milton’s Paradise Lost. The oratorio brings the subject to life with

vividness and power. Soloists: Anna Shill, soprano (Gabriel, Eve), Adam Dyjach, tenor (Uriel) and Paul Winkelmans, bass (Raphael, Adam). Save $5 by buying tickets in advance. Sunday, May 5th at 2 p.m. , St. Elizabeth's Church, 10030 Third St, Sidney. Advance tickets at Tanner's Books, Ivy's Books, Dollar Den and Long & McQuade.

Art Shows in Tulista Park The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula will hold several art shows in Tulista Park Centre during May. Free admission. "4 Names" celebrates the paintings, photography and digital prints of four Island friends: Cim McDonald , Rolf Ollson, Neil Newton and Rodger Garbutt. On Saturday, May 11th all four will be present to demonstrate their techniques. May 6th to 20th; daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m "On My Own" features the artwork of award-winning painter Nancy Rotolo. A Sidney-based artist, Rotolo works in oils, acrylics and pastels. May 21st to May 25th; daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "What We Do" – two and three dimensional works by Frances Beckow, visual artist, and Nancy Alexander, potter. May 26th to June 2nd.

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Those who have seen Roman Danylo in CTV’s Comedy Inc. will know they’re in for an evening of hilarity and fast-paced improvisational comedy. The title parody sketch will feature Danylo impersonating stone-faced David Caruso cracking a case that could only happen on the Peninsula. Danylo, who earned his improv chops at Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre and later at TheatreSports, will be joined in this revue by comedians Diana Frances and Nathan Clark. Friday, May 24th at 8 p.m. Tickets via Mary Winspear Centre: 250-6560275, www.marywinspear.ca.

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Sidney Concert Band Spring Concert Peace Lutheran Church 2295 Weiler Ave, Sidney @ 2 pm 250.655.4922

Tickets $12 adults; kids free. Refreshments served during intermission. may 5

Steps For Life 5K Fundraising Walk Tulista Park, Sidney Registration begins @ 10 a.m. 1.888.567.9490 cyoungblut@threadsoflife.ca

Steps for Life brings together families and coworkers affected by workplace tragedy with friends, neighbours, community members and health and safety professionals who are all passionate about workplace safety. Take part in this fun family event to help to raise both funds and awareness for Threads of Life. May 6

"The Macallen 1824 Series" Companions of the Quaich Dinner and Whisky Tasting Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 pm 250.658.1109 wuhrer@shaw.ca

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Crystal Singers Present CSTL Live! St. Aidan's United Church 3703 St. Aidan's St, Victoria @ 7:30 pm 250.727.3538

Featuring music from the 1960s. Tickets $15 adults; $10 seniors (65+) and children (six to 12); children five and under free. Refreshments are included. may 9

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon www.peninsulanewcomers.ca

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month in Sidney, with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. For more information, please visit our website. may 11

Save the Mothers Family 5 km Walk St. Stephen's Anglican Church 7921 St. Stephen Rd, Saanichton @ 10 a.m. www.walkformothersday.com www.ststephensanglican.net

Millions of mothers and infants die of preventable childbirth complications annually. Join us to "Save the Mothers" with a family five-kilometre walk across Mt. Newton Valley to raise awareness and improve maternal and child health in the developing world. Pre-register online (via websites above) or at St. Stephen's Church from 9 to 10 a.m. on the day of the walk. Sponsored by the Anglican Parish of Central Saanich. may 11-12

West Saanich Studio Tour 11 am - 4 pm 250.479.9833 www.gobc.ca/tours

Come enjoy studio visits with many potters, an artisan baker, a sculptor and others. This is a once-a-year show and sell event in celebration of Saanich's Art Awareness month. Brochures available at Sanich

Recreation Centres or via above contact. May 20

Hurray For May on Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories @ 7:30 pm 250.477.7044 www.victoriastorytellers.org

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies). may 22 - june 1

16th Annual Uno Fest Intrepid Theatre Club #2 - 1609 Blanshard St, Victoria Metro Studio Theatre 1411 Quadra St, Victoria 250.383.2663 www.intrepidtheatre.com www.metrostudiotheatre.com

The 2013 Uno Fest will take you on a fascinating journey with a series of profoundly moving and unique personal stories from Canadian solo artists including Montreal’s Johanna Nutter, Vancouver lighting designer Itai Erdal, Toronto’s Chris Cardinal and Whitehorse puppeteer Brian Fidler. This Victoria, BC festival celebrates the best of independent theatre from around North America: innovative multidisciplinary work, Victoria Fringe Festival favourites and internationally renowned solo performers. may 25 - 26

Vancouver Island Pet Expo Pearkes Recreation Centre Tillicum Centre 3100 Tillicum Rd, Victoria May 25th 10 am - 6 pm; May 26th 10 am -5 pm 778.433.5201 www.vancouverislandpetexpo.com

The largest gathering of pet owners on Vancouver Island. Featuring all types of fantastic pet products that may not traditionally be found in pet stores. The pet expo promotes responsible pet ownership, helps draw attention to abandoned pets available for adoption and delivers tons of animal education and entertainment under one roof. For everyone's safety (animals included) please leave your pets at home. Admission at the door: adults $8; youth (6-12) $6; family (2 adult, 2 youth) $20; kids five and under free.

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how much you can do or want to do in the future – work or personal. Feelings fluctuate over some decisions.

ARIES (march 21 april 19) A focus on

finances will see a lot of brainstorming with key individuals. Some of this goes on over distance, so pull things together at a neutral port to keep control. Take care of problems in order of priority, so progress continues.

CANCER (june 21 - july 22)

Your link to groups or those in positions of power or influence increases. Some well-connected contacts work on behalf of your hopes and wishes. Share important information among a select few. Firm up financials now.

TAURUS (april 20 may 20) It's your turn

LEO (july 23 - august 22)

to shine with the sun (spotlight) in your sign. Added attention could cause jealousy with your mate or partner. It's time to separate your past from what you want in the future, as opportunities are opening up on various levels. GEMINI (may 21 - june 20)

Investigate problems or limitations. Pay attention to health of self or others. Follow up on tests or treatments. Assess

handled in person. Exchange info, gifts or payments. LIBRA (september 23 october 22) Look at all

things jointly held, including estate or tax matters. Divide assets properly and take care of insurances. Start a savings program if you don't have one. Secure the future for yourself or loved ones. Clear away debt.

SCORPIO (october 23 november 21) Subtle power

Step up into a more prominent or leadership role. Accept any promotions or honours that come your way as you have earned them. Some try to challenge you, but hold the line on an ambitious path. Shoulder extra responsibility.

plays go on. There will be some change with the pecking order or those in authority, affecting personal or business relationships. Avoid direct conflict with those who challenge you. Choose environments.

VIRGO (august 23 september 22) Take the long

SAGITTARIUS (november 22 december 21) Put added effort

view with your hopes and wishes. This may include active contact with those over distance. Plan to go or have them come to visit as some things are best

into your health, work or physical capacity. Take steps personally to handle matters on all levels to aid progress. Upgrade equipment or ways to streamline approach. Full

moon eclipse adds energy; ride it. CAPRICORN (december 22 january 19) Your interests turn

to pleasure activities: fun, games or creativity. Romance also opens up for you. Make an effort to "get out there" on any level. Others need to know you are available. Check out or answer communications. AQUARIUS (january 20 february 18) Move things

around at home or base of operations. Look at locations or property changes if that would work better in the long run. Putting plans on a firmer footing adds a feeling of security, calming other worries. Rest. PISCES (february 19 march 20) Restless energy

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the lifechanging craziness that will inevitably come with parenthood. Until I can share my own stories, though, I thought I'd get two of the best moms I know (my mom and my sister) to share some of their thoughts on motherhood with Seaside's readers. I hope you enjoy! When asked what her favourite thing about being a mom is, my sister answers without hesitation: "I love being able to see little bits of me and my husband in Cassidy. Sometimes she'll smile, and I see Scott so clearly, or other times I'll look at her and feel like I'm looking at a baby picture of myself." "When I found out I was pregnant with you," my mom says, "I think I just couldn't believe it. It was such a surprise … it's a miracle … and I was with your Dad, but the thing I most wanted to do was go and tell my mom. And I think it was because she was MY mom, and now I was going to be a mom. I was so close to my mother, and I was hoping to have the same connection with my child." "The two best times of day are getting them up in the morning and putting them to bed," laughs my sister. "I love getting her up in the morning but man, do I love to close the door to her room at night. But no matter how tough a day you have, you’re always looking forward to doing it all again the next day." And I guess that's what being a mother is all about: it's not always easy, but it's always rewarding. I can't wait.

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