Seaside Magazine July 2016 Issue

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The Giving Back Issue | Big Love for a Little Girl | 2016 Taking It To The Street Making the Most of Your Donation | Can We Talk | Island Dish | Pedego Victoria West Coast Gardener | Fashion Focus | Local Libations | Seaside Homes: Sky Aerie

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It’s the eclectic selection of items that Lynne and Vic choose to carry that explains the huge success of The Old Attic. Since starting five years ago the business has grown into the place to find vintage, retro, modern and antique one-of-a-kind pieces for your home. The inventory of furniture, home décor, tools, vintage kitchenware, jewelry and so much more changes constantly. Over the past five years they have seen their consignment base grow to around 600 people! Islanders are well travelled and tend to have many unique pieces in their homes; when they are looking to move or downsize they turn to The Old Attic. Selective about what they take in, the team strives to carry only

top-quality pieces. Key to the decision making is the research undertaken for every item. This ensures fair pricing, and often leads to learning the story behind an item, which they pass on to the next owner. Lynne Parker and her partner Vic, along with Lynne’s cousin Janet, now run their 3,200-square-foot business from the totally renovated Old Moose Hall, itself a bit of an antique feature in the Saanichton Village. In July 2011 the vision was for an online store, originally operated from warehouse space on Veyaness Road. Times have changed, and although online business continues to flourish, it is their renovation of the tired looking structure on East Saanich Road that has marked their place in the community they both grew up in. You can browse stock online but you need to come into the store to really appreciate the experience of finding that perfect "something" you didn’t even know you were looking for. Back with a bang is vinyl. A returning trend, collectors will be delighted with what is probably the largest vinyl record collection on the Peninsula.

pieces. If you’re new to it, you can take a class taught by a top Cottage Paint Rep, Patricia Reid. The small classes are a fun way to learn the techniques, and benefit from individual attention. If there isn’t a class in session the painting area is FREE for anyone to use. Just give Lynne or Janet a call and they will set you up. You will find old and new at The Old Attic! With items arriving daily it is easy to find yourself becoming one of their regular weekly customers. The next time you’re in be sure to congratulate Lynne and Vic for their five successful years in the business!

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Big Love for a Little Girl: Community pulls together for Piper’s family

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Can We Talk: Sue Hodgson and Craig Smith chat about making Dreams come true Taking It To The Street: Seaside’s 3rd annual road hockey charity event a big success Pedego Victoria: The Premiums of Pedal Power Seaside Homes: Sky Aerie – Connections to the Past

First Word Common Cents Salish Sea News Island Dish In Pursuit of the Golden Years Ignition Seaside Arts Scene This Month in History Book Review West Coast Gardener On Design New & Noteworthy Sudoku Tech Talk What’s Happening Last Word






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july.2016 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE brian harrison

Born and raised in Victoria, and founder of Peninsula Computer & Web Solutions and affiliates PCS Data Recovery and EasyWebWorks, I have been fortunate to work with many creative and talented individuals over the years. After climbing the corporate ladder, attaining degrees from educational institutions in Canada and the U.S., it was time to get back to my roots on Vancouver Island. Many years later it is still the best choice. The Peninsula is home to me and my wife, enjoying the many outdoor activities and hobbies we share as we continue to promote healthy lifestyles and a sustainable environment. Pursue your passion, without limits, and when technology stands in your way, let’s remove that roadblock and make it work for you.

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As a partner of Paterson Henn, Chartered Professional Accountants, I work with many not-for-profit organizations, businesses and individuals and enjoy assisting them with their tax and reporting requirements. I feel it is important to continue to expand my knowledge and keep current in all areas of our practice, including U.S. tax and audits. Living, working and being involved in the Saanich Peninsula community has been a focus of mine. My husband and I spend time sailing the Gulf Islands and hiking local parks whenever possible. I also like to push myself to remain active, so this year I have been running a few races and in July will be cycling 170 kilometres over two days in the Cycle of Life Tour.


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Jo Barnes, Gillian Crowley, Shauna Dorko, Colin Eaton, Joshua Farquharson, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Valerie Green, Brian Harrison, Sheila Henn, Janice Henshaw, Tina Kelly, Rosemary Scott, Shai Thompson, Virginia Watson-Rouslin, Jo-Ann Way, William Webster P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

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As the owner of House of Lily Koi, I bring 20 years of experience as a leader in sales training, fashion and personal style. I’m a published author, keynote speaker and radio and tv personality. Prior to my career as an image consultant, I performed on stage across Canada as a professional musician for 20 years. I’ve played guitar, percussion and vocals with artists such as Trooper, Loverboy, Temptations and Sheri Ulrich. Placing great importance on community support with charities that improve the health and welfare of others is our credo, and I talk a little bit about that in this month’s “Fashion Focus.” As my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother did before me on the Peninsula, I lead my team with spirit and passion.

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As a Mechanical Engineer with a history of automotive work starting in high school building go-karts and then the odd drag race, road and circuit racing, I look forward to sharing a bit of my knowledge with Seaside readers through the “Ignition” column. I worked for Hilton International Hotels for most of my life; this job required a great deal of travel, giving me the opportunity to drive in some 50 countries! In addition to licenses for competition driving, my family’s travels required me to take driving tests five times: three in Canada, one in the U.S. and one in the U.K. About 15 of my friends meet for a “car club” every Friday – between us we own over 100 vehicles including Aston Martins, Porsches, BMWs, Corvettes, Maseratis, Mercedes, Audis and most domestic brands of various vintages. We all build and maintain vehicles.

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first word One of my favourite books to read is Seth Godin’s Purple Cow. This book is about the why, the what and the how of “remarkable.” Godin says: “Cows, after you’ve seen one or two or 10, eventually become boring. A Purple Cow, though. Now that would be interesting, that would be remarkable.” If you take a look at some of the most successful companies, you’ll find they are led by someone with great social skills or employ someone who embodies that attitude to represent the brand. It’s really not a coincidence. In a world of infinite choice and fierce competition, the art of being remarkable becomes extremely important. Seaside Magazine is celebrating a 10-year tradition on the Saanich Peninsula this year and we are excited about what the next 10 years will look like! The publishing business has dramatically changed in the last decade – print media has had stiff competition from new, digital counterparts and advertising budgets are being spread over a larger number of platforms. On a local level, Seaside Magazine is a great traditional-publishing success story. With a monthly circulation of 20,000 through the Times Colonist, it is bucking the trend and seeing continued support and success across the Saanich Peninsula and southern Gulf Islands. Seaside is not just about publishing a magazine: it’s about telling stories. We think of ourselves as “Your Saanich Peninsula Voice” and take care every month to balance our content to reflect the diversity

of people living in our community and the range of events and activities happening here. Feedback from readers assures us that we are keeping them entertained and informed. Often taking our lead from ideas that those within the community send our way, we feel that our people-focused approach to journalism is in keeping with the audience on the Peninsula. With a large number of regular writers and local experts to call upon, the content of the magazine is different every month, and carefully planned and shaped to reflect what is most important for us and our community. We are also about engaging the community on many levels. On June 11, Seaside Magazine held its third annual Taking It To The Street fundraiser for Help Fill a Dream Foundation. Through many community connections, Seaside managed to raise over $21,400 this year, and a total of just over $45,000 in the past three years, with all of the funds directed to help seriously ill children realize their dreams. Combining this community aspect with topical and timely stories, Seaside fulfills a dual purpose: for the reader we are news and entertainment, and for businesses we are a vital advertising platform. The great people we work with are also the people who live here on the Peninsula and we enjoy hearing how the magazine works for them: “We’ve appreciated Seaside’s work in our community … we like Seaside’s community-centered and business-centered model.” It means a lot to hear: “Seaside Magazine is a special magazine … it is family and I know so many people who look forward to your monthly publication” and encourages my team to keep striving for a better, slicker product each month. You might notice some subtle changes to our cover and contents page this month, all part of a steady evolution driven by what our readers and advertisers tell us they want. Seaside Magazine is your Purple Cow: never boring, never invisible, and always worth talking about!

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letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. I was very pleased with the article and picture of Corrie, myself and the veteran (“Can We Talk” May issue). Have had lots of comments and some new recruits for the St. John therapy dog program. Cora Thomson As a long-time resident of the Sidney area I commend you on your Seaside Magazine that I am sure is enjoyed by all recipients.

I think it’s great [Virginia Watson-Rouslin] took the time to review the book (May issue “Book Review”) and wonderful that it was enclosed with the magazine. Reviews are rare birds these days; it is astonishing, the change coming over our industry. Katherine Govier, author, The Three Sisters Bar & Hotel The June articles relating to the Ardmore Golf Course and Mr. Kip Wilson, obviously a fanatical golfer, brought back many fond memories. I had only played golf once in the U.K. and that was on the old course at St Andrews, Scotland, during the war, in 1942 when I was doing my initial training with the RAF at St Andrews University. In the year 2000 I was made the Chairman of the Greater Vancouver Branch of the Air Crew Association and as such was told by my friends and colleagues that I should join in their activities more, i.e. play golf. As I was not sure whether I would enjoy the game, instead of paying hundreds of dollars for clubs, I went to Value Village and purchased a few clubs. When my friends and colleagues found out what I had done, I started getting clubs from all the members. Nick Allen Editor’s note: In the May “This Month in History” column, it was stated that in Canada, we celebrate Mother’s Day on the first Sunday in May. Mother’s Day is actually celebrated on the second Sunday in May in Canada. In the June “New & Noteworthy” column, the address given for Dr. Mark Galloway’s office was incorrect. The practice is located at #1 - 9843 Second Street in Sidney.




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buying local is good for you! We really do live in a little slice of heaven on earth. With so many wonderful farms on the Saanich Peninsula and in the surrounding communities, why would you go anywhere else to get the freshest, in-season vegetables; berries; meat; plants; tree and vine fruit; honey, wine and cider; eggs and so much more? Or visit one of our wonderful farmers markets, which bring together the best our farms have to offer … all in one place! Farm to Family: it’s the Peninsula way!

Phil’s Farm Phil’s Farm has over 30 years’ experience sustainably growing fruit on the Peninsula. Phil’s has three varieties of raspberries: Cascade Delight, Qualicum and Tulameen. There also are five varieties of blueberries, with some of them as large as a quarter! Buy farm gate or U-pick. Visit our website for info. 6080 Oldfield Rd, Victoria 250.652.2264

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Michell’s Farm Just off of Highway 17 at Island View Road on the Lochside Trail is Michell’s Farm. This sixth-generation, family-run farm specializes in growing seasonal produce year-round. With over 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables grown here, Michell's always has something to offer including fresh-picked berries, cabbage, carrots, lettuces, kale, chard, their own hormone-free, grass raised beef and more! Stop by to taste the local flavours! 2451 Island View Rd Central Saanich 250.652.6770

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Big Love for a Little Girl

by Lara Gladych

Little Piper Bowman’s life started

out differently than hoped. On September 8, 2014, she greeted the world prematurely with an array of frightening health conditions that landed her and her family at Vancouver’s Children’s Hospital very shortly after birth. Piper was born with a collapsed lung and acute kidney failure, and was later found to have high blood pressure, hypothyroidism and profound hearing loss, among other concerns. Piper also has what’s known as chromosome 7q32.2-7q31.6 deletion, the only recorded case in history. Today, Piper is approaching her second birthday, crawling everywhere and wooing everyone with a beautiful smile and huge personality. “She’s always smiling! She isn’t shy, and gets along with pretty much anyone. She loves the attention on her. She’s super funny and quirky, always making people laugh.” Shawnie Blinko is Piper’s mom. “Piper is the strongest girl I know!” she touts of her baby girl on the Facebook page she started: “Piper’s Journey - With Kidney Disease and a Chromosome Deletion.” Shawnie posts about Piper’s progress and all the things, little and big, in her development that are celebration-worthy … reaching 13 pounds in June, waving hello to people … it’s all wonderful for a little one who’s had such an uncertain future from the very beginning. Shawnie’s positivity is remarkable. She leans heavily on the good: the milestones, the support, the progress, the love from other families and

parents going through similar struggles. “Yes, Piper is delayed but she’s always taking huge strides forward. “I don’t know what I would have done without family and also the community. So many have stepped up and shown their love and support, and it’s really amazing! When we were staying at Children’s Hospital, I was asked if it was okay if the fire hall did a small fundraiser for Piper. Wow, it ended up being huge! I was amazed at the community and how everyone came together. So many people shared such kind words with me and I was shocked with how much they raised!” Hughesman Morris CPAs, in Sidney, also held a successful fundraiser for Piper’s family last year, raising over $3,000. The firm hosts a pancake breakfast every summer, with all proceeds going towards a local cause of their choosing. Piper’s unique story resonated with them, and being a family in need right here in Sidney made them just the right fit for the company’s annual fundraiser. “It’s important for us as a firm to give back,” says Elaine Hughesman. For their company, giving back to the community in which they do business is an integral part of their operation, as is setting an example for their younger employees. Elaine’s advice for anyone wanting to make a charitable difference of their own is to “get involved in conversations!” Do volunteer work, get a feel for what’s going on around you and figure out how you can help. For Elaine, making a difference in the lives of others quite simply “feels great.” For Piper and her family, the generosity of others undoubtably feels pretty great too. JULY 2016 | 11

can we talk associate publisher deborah rogers talks with seaside owner sue hodgson and craig smith, executive director of help fill a dream Foundation, about seaside’s taking it to the street event Congratulations! 2016 sees Seaside Magazine’s Third Annual Taking It To The Street Charity Event to raise funds for Help Fill a Dream Foundation; with an incredible $21,400 raised at the road hockey tournament this year, take us a back a few years and explain how the event came about. [Sue] It really was a chance meeting with a local father, Brian Losie, who is now such a great friend. He told me his story about how Help Fill A Dream came to the rescue for his daughter, and the rest, as they say, is history! With so many deserving charities in our community, can you explain why Help Fill a Dream Foundation feels like the right one for Seaside to support? [Sue] There are so many causes these days but with kids of my own, I guess it felt relevant and meaningful at the time. Now, after three years of having met many families and children that we have helped, it resonates so well with me. I have made the right choice. It’s quite an undertaking; how do you manage to organize an event of this scale while running Seaside? [Sue] To be honest, I’m not quite sure how we do it! I have to applaud my entire executive team for working with me on this event; I could not do it without them. Having said that, in my heart of hearts, this is something that I have to do. Yes, I run a very busy company with many moving parts, but at the end of the day, this means so much to me and for now we can afford the time and energy to put on such a great event and support the families in need. When faced with a life-threatening or life-changing illness, many families will find their lives becoming very narrowly focused on healthcare. How does the Foundation’s idea of “dreams” fit into the reality of caring for a sick or dying child? [Craig] That is so true; being with their ill child during treatment and recovery is often the only focus for families at this time. For us, the concept of a Dream is much broader than simply an exotic trip or meeting a celebrity: these may be the Dream of the child, while for a parent, the Dream may simply be to be with their child while they are sick in the hospital or to provide them with whatever is necessary to make them comfortable when they

come home. The definition of a Dream for us is to provide a family with exactly what they need in terms of support and assistance. We often meet families through our Family Assistance program, when a child is first diagnosed with their illness, and then we work with them later when they are ready to make that bigger Dream come true … when it is time to reconnect, relax and make new happy memories. Over 2,200 children have had dreams fulfilled by the Foundation since it was started in 1986 by Rick Thomas. Can you tell us about some of the stories that have stayed with you?

[Craig] Wow that is a difficult question as there are so many and all for different reasons! One of the most significant for me was our pirate ship Dream, in which the community came together to help us construct a six-metrelong pirate ship in the backyard of an eight-year-old who had just finished his cancer treatment. It was complete with a seven-metrehigh mast, a massive steering wheel, and cabin with fold-down bunks for sleep overs. For me, this young boy’s Dream became a focal point for the whole community and it represented hope. We had people volunteering for all aspects of this project. It shows how the impact of a Dream is far greater than just the Dream child and their family. The power of Dreams is transformative. Recently we wanted to present a 12-year-old, who we had supplied with a pump for cortisol the year before through our Quality of Life program, with his Dream trip to Southern California. He told me that we had already made his Dream come true by allowing him to have his life and freedom back through the use of his pump. When I explained he was still eligible for a Dream, he then asked if we could instead give the money to the hospital. He has just returned from his Dream trip and shared with us that it was the best time ever. I was only able to convince him to go by explaining to him that he would be working for us while he was away. By sharing his pictures and the story of his trip, he was allowing us to create awareness and attract donors, which is what we need to do to make more Dreams come true for other children. There are amazing tales of hope and recovery but the Foundation’s staff must also often have to deal with loss and sadness. What keeps you going? [Craig] Never underestimate the impact of a smile and a hug from a child who has just been given their Dream. Hold it in your memory and it is powerful enough to get you through the bad days. The wall in my office is covered with thank you notes and pictures of Dream trips. All I need to do is look at the wall and I am ready to go again. It is wonderful that Help Fill a Dream Foundation is celebrating 30 years of providing hope, help and happiness for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands’ children under the age of 19 with lifethreatening conditions by fulfilling their dreams, improving their quality of life and assisting their families with care and financial support. Can you tell us about plans for the future, and how Seaside will play a part in them? [Craig] For Help Fill A Dream, we plan to keep doing what we do for at least another 30 years. We are always looking for new ways to add to our programming and to support Island families. We are proud to say that we have not had to turn down a request from any child or family who qualifies for our programming. We want this to remain true. It is only possible to do this with the support of generous individuals and community partners like Seaside Magazine. [Sue] We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of the community, and will continue to work to make Seaside’s Taking It To The Street event a way to draw people together and raise more money each year for this important organization. Photo by

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Seaside Magazine’s Takin g    It To The   Street Dark skies and a brisk breeze couldn’t dampen spirits at Seaside’s 3rd Annual Taking it to the Street road hockey charity event at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on June 11. There was fun and action all day, starting with a pancake breakfast hosted by Spitfire Grill to fuel the teams and volunteers. With 12 teams registered, there was plenty of action, with enthusiasm from the start and just the right amount of competitive spirit! As well as all the players, the community showed support with many volunteers manning the raffle ticket sales, popcorn stand and the rest of the kid’s zone. Panorama Recreation brought their inflatable obstacle course and there was a highadrenaline race car simulator from VRX Simulators in Sidney to try out, alongside a real race car from Okell Motorsports that was the subject of many photo ops through the day. A “Grillverado” BBQ lunch supported by TD Bank with food donated by Sidney’s Save-On-Foods helped keep energy up. Keeping the players in good shape all day were the capable hands of SpineCare Chiropractic and therapists from Reach Health Clinic. The reason for the event was to raise money for Help Fill a Dream Foundation, and many past beneficiaries of their support were there too. Dacian Filipescu, a recent dream recipient, was happy to play in many of the games, scoring 22 goals! His dad Cosmin had never played hockey in his life but was happy to put a team together and be goalie to show gratitude for the support they’d received for their family. The winning team was the Cluster Pucks, rounding off a fun-filled day. Many thanks to all the teams involved as well as the many volunteers from Telus, TD Bank and Help Fill A Dream Foundation.With the help of the generous support of Scotia Bank, who pledged a matching grant of $5,000, an incredible $21,400 was raised – twice the 2015 total! See you next year for more fun! Photos by To view all the photos from the day, visit







[1] To open the ceremonies Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore, with Craig Smith (Help Fill a Dream Foundation) and Sue Hodgson (Seaside Magazine). [2] Whatta save! [3] Ashley Page (left) and Michele Brooks serve up tasty treats. [4] Recently finished with chemotherapy for leukemia, Islay Mei, with brother Oban and dad Coll, anticipate Islay’s Dream trip to Belize. [5] 2016 champions: Cluster Pucks Lowell McDonald, Aron Funk, Spencer Loverock, Tyler Tremblay, Matt Cribdon, Trevor Yee and Micah Hart. [6] Fuelling the teams for a day of play – pancake breakfast thanks to Spitfire Grill. [7] MAOA and Cluster Pucks battle for control of the puck. [8] Peninsula Panthers’ owner Pete Zubersky emcees 14 | JULY 2016

3rd Annual Road Hockey Charity Event




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this year’s event, introducing Help Fill a Dream Foundation’s Craig Smith and helping with the Dream reveal. [9] SpineCare Chiropractic’s Dr. Stan Marcus makes sure Slider Penguin is in top shape for all the action [10] Who’s the better hockey player – Spiderman or Superman? [11] Recent Dream recipient Dacian Filipescu plans his game strategy. [12] Sidney Seagull shares a moment with Audrey Wellbourn. [13] Four Frames Photo Booth duo Derek and Lindsay show us how it's done. [14] Kara (left) and Samantha put those balloon swords to good use. [15] Local philanthropist Rudi Hoenson with Sue Hodgson. [16] The TD Bank team. [17] Alison Belski bounces to her heart’s content. JULY 2016 | 15

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charity, the Alberta Wildfire Relief or to many worthwhile causes, receiving a tax credit continues to be an incentive to give cash or other gifts to charities. Charitable organizations need donations to operate and tax savings may not be the only reason to by Sheila Henn, CPA, CA donate, however here are a few tips to Paterson Henn CPA make the most of your donation: • Know your charity: Not-forprofit organizations may need your support, but unless they are a “registered” or qualified donee, a donation receipt cannot be issued and claimed as a donation tax credit. I would always recommend researching the charity online. Watch for scams or individuals using a charity's name. Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) provides a listing and information at • Obtain donation receipts. CRA has strict rules for donation receipts and pledge forms and emails are not sufficient. Online receipts can often be received immediately. Donations are claimed based on the calendar year and can be used for up to five years. Receipts must follow CRA guidelines including having their registration number on them. • Donate more than $200. The tax credit is greater on amounts over $200, so by combining your receipts for the year (or previous five years), claiming with your spouse/common-law, and by donating prior to December 31, you may save more taxes. Keep in mind the amount does not reduce your income but reduces taxes by a percentage based on the tax credit. If you attend a fundraiser dinner or receive a gift in return, the claimable amount will be reduced. Finally, if donating to a U.S. charity, this can be claimed only against U.S. income. • Consider alternatives to cash donations. Your volunteer hours are invaluable but do not provide a tax savings nor would smaller items given. Donations of gifts-in-kind can still be an alternative that benefits both you and your charity. Artwork or other items may provide a significant donation receipt. Gifts of publicly-traded stocks, ecological land and making a charity the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or registered plan are other options available. • Plan for the future. Making a bequest in your will can be a means of reducing taxes paid within your estate and providing to a charity for their future. New rules begin in 2016 allowing more flexibility for donations within an estate and trust but some new rules may also create challenges. Discussing and updating your plans with your professional advisors is recommended. Donors and their contributions are necessary to these organizations. Through general understanding and tax planning you can reduce taxes while giving back to your community. For more information visit

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Buffy Sainte-Marie Canadian music legend Buffy Sainte-Marie returns to the Charlie White Theatre at the Mary Winspear Centre for a rare solo performance on Sunday, August 7 and Monday, August 8. Buffy Sainte-Marie’s bold new album, Power in the Blood, begins where it all started more than 50 years ago. Its message, about the road to self-identity and the conviction to be oneself, still resonates with the 75-yearold Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards. “I’ve been traveling around the world for a long time, finding songs in my head like snapchats of how I feel about what I see and the people I meet. I’ve had the blues now and then, but I’ve had all the other colours too; what’s remained consistent is my conclusion, which has always inspired my songs, that life is precious, diverse and worth protecting.” Whatever the case, every song and every era has revealed new and distinctive shades of an artist revered for her pioneering and chameleon ways. The solo show will include numbers off of her new album Power in the Blood and

some recognizable favourites including Universal Soldier and Up Where We Belong. Join us for this unique concert experience on Sunday, August 7 and Monday, August 8 at 7pm.

Best of Ballet Victoria Join us for an eclectic and intimate evening of dance with Ballet Victoria’s best of the season short works on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 pm. The show will include excerpts from their 2015/2016 season featuring Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet, The Gift, and the Ballet of Rock - enjoy the classics of Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Dave Brubek, Sting and a few other surprises.

Colin James See Canadian music legend Colin James and his full band perform at the Mary Winspear Centre on Friday, August 5. Since his self-titled debut album in 1988, Colin James has amassed numerous awards and a string of instantly identifiable hits. The 6-time Juno Award winner has topped the charts as a pop vocalist, recorded an acclaimed blues album and led the swing revival with his Little Big Band. He has performed for the Queen, sold multiplatinum many times over and continues

to sell out shows coast to coast. Songs like Man’s Gotta be a Stone, Let’s Shout, Into the Mystic, Lost Again, Voodoo Thing, Keep on Loving Me Baby and many more have helped James secure a following of fans across North America.

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Michael Kaeshammer Canadian jazz and boogie-woogie pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer Michael Kaeshammer returns to Vancouver Island on Sunday, July 24 at 7:30pm, appearing at the Mary Winspear Centre’s Charlie White Theatre. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Kaeshammer’s first album, Blue Keys, an album he released when he was just 19 years old. It celebrated the boogie-woogie piano music he fell in love with at a young age. Since then, he’s released 9 albums, including The Pianist, a collection of all-instrumental solo piano pieces, two-thirds of which were originals composed at home. Kaeshammer has been nominated for 7 Canadian Juno

Awards, winning 2 of them. He has also received Western Canadian Music Awards for Musician Of The Year and Entertainer Of The Year. Kaeshammer’s performances, on record and on stage, are an invitation to join the party. He doesn’t play at you. He plays with you. At one of his shows, you’re all in it together – not only part of the story, but virtually part of the band. “For me the performance is as much about the energy coming off the stage as the energy coming from the audience.” A night with Michael and his band isn’t the kind of show where you just sit, watch and

applaud politely every now and then. Their goal isn’t to intimidate you with the scholarly depth of their music, it’s to entertain, inform and include you – a wild ride with no fixed destination except where he feels he and the crowd want to go. At the July 24th performance, Kaeshammer and his sextet will be playing music from the Canadian vocalist and pianist’s

extensive repertoire, including the classic boogie-woogie, blues, and jazz he’s known for as well as his own well-loved originals. But which songs or in which order – that will be decided on the night.

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. “If you don’t put yourself on a pedestal, nobody else will!” Cheryl Young’s words resonate through her Marilyn-inspired classy boutique. She wants women to shine their brightest but more importantly, to value themselves enough to want that as well. Her sumptuous fashions at Norma Jeans Closet bring out the movie star in every customer who walks through the door. “At Norma Jeans Closet, we have some of the finest ‘bling’ on the Island,” gushes charismatic owner Cheryl. Her one-of-a-kind consignment boutique at Upstairs on Beacon is for the woman who dares to be beautiful. The boutique radiates quality, beauty and glamour. Strolling in, I am dazzled by a luxurious white jacket with black and gold embellishments. Very classy and high-end. The racks and walls of Norma Jeans Closet sparkle with stunning dresses, pants and blouses – vintage, modern, as-new and gently used. This is heaven itself for the fashion maven. Marilyn Monroe’s classic image dances on a new handbag. (Can I resist?) According to Cheryl, they have some of the best jewelry on the Island, and I concur. Cheryl excitedly talks about the shop’s new skincare line that has worked magic on her own skin. “You can have anything in life you want if you dress for it and take care of yourself.” Cheryl knows an “insider” secret: clothes are not superficial but can have an incredibly powerful effect on a woman and how she feels. When someone wears a dynamite dress, she becomes the dream. Knowing that she looks like a queen, she starts acting like one, radiating confidence and positivity, and the world treats her accordingly. In the thought-provoking book, Mind What You Wear, by Karen Pine, the author theorizes that we are transformed by the characteristics associated with the clothing we wear. Cheryl believes that when her customers take the time to make themselves look fabulous, they start to feel ravishing and fascinating. The metamorphosis comes when they start to live and breathe the part. And whether 30 or 80, women should prize themselves highly enough to make the effort. The affable boutique owner offers exquisite apparel that creates joy, lifting customers up so they walk on air. Every item of clothing is selected by Cheryl to turn heads. Her goal is to infuse a sense of being extraordinary into every female patron. A customer comes in and a SAANICHTON ONLY big wide smile lights up Cheryl’s face as she welcomes them to her warm haven. “Integrity is important,” she comments to me. Looking wonderful is about self-love, not arrogance. Women walk into Norma Jean’s Closet, but they sashay out – heads held high. For more information visit closet.html or find Norma Jeans on Facebook.

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Science for Charity by Tina Kelly

When thinking of charity, our minds might focus on monetary donations, volunteering and a non-profit organization that focuses on a disease affecting ourselves or a loved one. Many environmental organizations are also charities, and monetary donations aren’t the only way to help. Here are some organizations that want you to engage in citizen science. B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network (, run by the Vancouver Aquarium, recently launched an app to make contributing to their citizen science initiative easy. This free app provides information on local marine species so once you know what you’re looking for, you can report any and all sightings of whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles – yes, turtles! Many of these species are listed under the Species at Risk Act and your observations can aid in their conservation. Naturewatch ( is “a community that engages all Canadians in collecting scientific information on nature to understand our changing environment.” To participate in Plantwatch, simply keep an eye on specifically selected plants in your community, report when they bloom and help scientists understand how plants are responding to climate change. Amphibians with their thin skin and use of both terrestrial and aquatic habitats are good indicators of pollution and other environmental health changes. Frogwatch teaches volunteers to identify frogs and toads by their distinct spring mating calls. With this skill, you help protect wetlands and “over time, trends in Frogwatch observations may detect measurable climate change in Canada.” Bird Studies Canada ( has opportunities for every skill level. No bird identification abilities are required to assist with the BC Beached Bird Survey. Order a survey kit and simply walk the same designated stretch of beach once per month and look for beached seabirds. Like amphibians, seabirds are good indicators of environmental health; trends in mortality can help scientists detect oil spills, changes in ocean currents and shifts in prey availability. Those with strong bird identification skills should try the BC Coastal Waterbird Survey. Information gained from this study helps determine long-term population and distribution trends along with ecological

changes and effects of human impacts. Looking for something a little closer to home? Say, in your own yard? Project FeederWatch and Project NestWatch only require you look out the window. Monitor and collect data on bird activity by watching nests in your yard or neighbourhood for NestWatch and “FeederWatchers” submit observations on the types and numbers of birds visiting their feeders. FeederWatch participation is limited to November through April as this study focuses on winter bird populations. A poster, calendar and handbook are provided to all participants. Your observations can prove valuable to those studying environmental changes. Whether you help researchers uncover ecological changes or contribute to climate change studies, your observations can, and will, make a difference.

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“Across the Great Divide”: July 11th - 17th

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by Shai Thompson, House of Lily Koi

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have no or little influence in society.” ~ Mark Twain The naked truth of the matter is, what you wear influences how people respond to you. We only have one chance to make a first impression, and that impression can last for years. The imprint and impact takes only 30 seconds for the subconscious to emotionally give feedback to the conscious mind. Humans' non-verbal communication is 93% and 7% is what we say. So what are you saying with the clothes you are wearing? If I am in need of directions and I choose to listen to the opinion of a man in a suit versus a man wearing sweat pants and a stained T-shirt, does this make me judgemental? To some, the saying "clothes make the man" is shallow. Most people use their best judgment to reach a decision and this is based on our primal survival instinct. If a woman wears clothes three sizes too large to cover up instead of finding a fit that works, she might be seen as lazy, possessing of a low IQ or unorganized, when in truth she could be bright, superefficient and hard working. This scenario plays out constantly in job interviews, where the person who gets the job is the best dressed but has less experience. Where does someone find answers for what looks best on their

body? Wear 2 Start is a local non-profit organization that helps women prepare for a job interview. They work with donated clothing and educate individuals on everything they need to know about dressing for an interview. They take the worry away and replace it with confidence and self esteem that lasts a lifetime. Beacon Services is another local organization that gives back to the community by offering training for youth on how to dress successfully for a job interview. House of Lily Koi’s style team has the pleasure of working with Beacon Services by presenting a workshop on creating a winning wardrobe. By the end of the process the participants are filled with newfound knowledge on how to get the perfect fit, tie a tie, polish their shoes and more. The impact is brilliant to see as these teens try themselves on for size. Someone is taking the time to help, sometimes giving them the rite of passage they never received. We see so many youth without fathers taking an active role in their lives, so where is a boy going to learn how to put on a tie? Looking into the mirror, the metamorphosis reveals a respectful image. What I hear all the time is: “I didn't know I could look this good.”

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Pedego Victoria:

The Premiums of Pedal Power by Jo Barnes

It has been many years since I've been on a bike.

I grip the handlebars tightly and begin pedalling. And the only thought in my mind is ‌ wheee-e-e! Riding a Pedego electric bike is so accessible and exciting you really just want to keep on pedalling. The bike was a Pedego City Commuter, one of the many remarkable electric bikes at Pedego Victoria. It's a bright colourful building at 2039 Oak Bay Avenue, and general manager Charles Turner, who has been in cycling business since 2009, is just as positive. "When I got my first electric bike, it was life changing. I had to introduce this to people," says Turner. He and partner Sam Baio opened Pedego Victoria in 2014. There are other electric bikes on the market, but Turner is passionate about this brand. "Pedego stands behind their bikes 100%. They are devoted to quality," he says. So how does a Pedego work? You pedal and shift gears like a regular bike, but with a twist of the throttle, suddenly the motor is engaged and the bike is powered. The pedal assist senses your pedalling, allowing you to ride without maintaining throttle position. No doubt about it; riding a Pedego is exhilarating! The built in state-of-the-art motor delivers incomparable acceleration and hill climbing ability, and it all runs on a premium Samsung lithium battery that delivers significant power.


"It takes people by surprise. I love to see how their faces light up when they realize all the things they can do," says Turner. He sustained a knee injury years ago that made walking a difficult prospect, but using an electric bike made physiotherapy doable and productive. It was a game changer. "I didn't think I would walk normally again. Now I not only walk but I run," he says. The Pedego is beautifully built with a comfortable saddle, selfsealing bike tubes, balloon tires that give a smooth ride, and premium Avid disc brakes. The LCD display even has a USB charging port for your phone. No wonder clients choose these bikes for their main transportation. I rode the "City Commuter," which sells for $3,795 including free lifetime annual tune-ups. That's a fraction of the cost of a car plus insurance. "The bike pays for itself in no time," says Turner. But it's more than just cycling at Victoria Pedego: it's about making a way for people to be active and feel better. There are social events where owners get together to cycle and share dinner and Sunday "Scenic Tours" along Beach Drive. Even if you've not been on a bike in a long time, take a test ride, and you'll instantly understand the wheee-e-e factor! On July 16 there will be a Pedego pop-up shop at the Cannery Building in Sidney from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.




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and tell you that this recipe is courtesy of my sister-in-law, Ros Scott. I love this salad for many reasons: it is colourful, quick to prepare, super healthy and the dressing is to die for! There are a number of ingredients in this recipe that are part of the top 100 healthiest foods list. First of all, we have the fresh local spinach that is readily available at markets this time of year. Spinach is among the top greens for folate, and it contains high amounts of vitamin A, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, and selenium, which offers antioxidant protection and supports thyroid function. Next on the list? Beets. Research shows that beets are a good source of antioxidants and have compounds that can help lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. They also look lovely on your plate thanks to betalains, the pigment that gives them their colour. Putting toasted almonds on the salad not only adds crunch and a delicious nutty flavour: they are also a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E which is said to play a role in slowing cognitive decline with age. Last but not least, this dressing has turmeric in it. Its vibrant orange colour comes from curcumin, which is a potent antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent. Research has shown that turmeric helps to tamp down inflammation in the body and is helpful in reducing pain associated with osteoarthritis. Now that you have the nutritional information, you can enjoy this dish knowing that you are being very good to your body! The dressing recipe makes enough for another day.

Salad (Tailor amount to number of guests) local fresh spinach leaves cooked red beets, sliced or quartered 1 - 2 oranges, peeled, sliced and quartered ½ red onion, chopped toasted sliced almonds * Arrange on platter

Dressing Place ½ red onion in food processor.* Add: 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp curry powder ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp salt ½ tsp dry mustard or dijon Chop onion and blend spices together. Add ⅓ cup cider vinegar and ½ cup honey to emulsify dressing. Mix well and finish with a steady stream of one cup canola or safflower oil. This recipe makes two cups and can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and kept for up to two weeks. Enjoy! *If you don't have a food processor, you can use a blender or hand mixer.


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in p U rsuit of the G olden Y ears aging against gravity Imagine the incredible force it takes for a rocket ship to break through our atmosphere on its way to the moon … fighting the intense gravitational pull of our earth with every inch it climbs. That’s the challenge that we, as aging human beings, face every minute of every day. Not as obviously dramatic by Shauna Dorko as a rocket’s ascent to the heavens, Owner, Sidney SeniorCare but more directly relevant as we travel through the decades of our lives. We are well aware of the obvious signs of aging – grey hair, wrinkles, muscle and joint pain – but how often, if ever, do we think about how our planet’s gravitational force affects our bodies or its cumulative damage over a lifetime? Let’s just say that it’s probably not a conversation we have over coffee. The pretty amazing reality is that after the age of just 20, we lose an average of a half inch in height every 20 years. Gravity exercises a constant downward pull on our faces, necks, shoulders, backs, chests, organs, legs and feet. Varicose veins, swollen feet, an aching back – these are all signs of gravity taking its toll. Perhaps the most noticeable effect of gravity is on our spine – it causes the discs to lose moisture throughout the day, resulting in a height loss between a half inch to three-quarters-of-an-inch daily! Some moisture is replenished overnight while we sleep, but not all. The resulting domino effect is quite incredible and significant. Flexibility is lost, including the ability to move and bend freely. Organs begin to prolapse, falling from their original position in the body, causing them to function less efficiently and leading to bladder, kidney and digestive problems. Circulation issues prevent blood from flowing upwards to the heart and other vital areas. Also common is an increase in waist size, without actually gaining weight. Those “love handles” that seem to magically appear after several decades are actually “compression wrinkles” resulting from the direct compression of our spines. Many health issues that we face as older adults, some simply annoying, others more serious, can be traced back to this force as old as time itself. Since most of us will remain earth bound for our entire lives, we cannot escape gravity, but we can certainly do our best to compensate for it and, thus, preserve our health. Regular exercise can help, including inversion therapy where the body is held upside down or at an inverted angle with the lower part of the body higher than the upper part. This form of spinal decompression elongates the spine, maintains proper organ position, improves circulation and increases flexibility. Fascinating facts that help us to be more aware of our everchanging physicalities. Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas for future columns. Please email us at with "Seniors" in the subject line. JULY 2016 | 27

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lifetime of truly enjoying driving and constantly trying to improve my skills, how can you improve yours? I’ve put together a few things you can try. Be honest with yourself; assuming you are a good driver can be dangerous, so make sure you really are! You will have the responsibility of transporting friends and family for many years so you should make an effort to be really good at it. First, driving is a FULL time job; make sure you are concentrating on the task all the time. You should always know at least the colour of the car behind you and beside you. This exercise will help improve your use of mirrors and make you a much safer driver. When travelling, make every effort to maintain the same gap between your car and the one in front. It’s a good exercise when combined with limiting the use of your brakes – the best drivers use their brakes the least. On dual-lane highways, do not travel in the fast lane or drive directly beside another car for any distance. Driving in the right hand lane gives you two alternate routes of escape when most of the time the left lane only gives you one. If you are going to pass, get on with it! Don’t dawdle by; get past and then return to the right lane when it is clear to do so. Allowing a good gap between cars allows others to move back over to the right lane when they have passed and vehicles to easily merge with traffic at onramps and you will not need to use your brakes as much.

Know the car you are following: many high performance cars today can stop from 120 kph in 150 feet. A brand-new pickup will take 200 feet. Can you imagine what an old truck or car requires? Think about this the next time you pull up close to the back bumper of a new Porsche or Corvette at highway speeds; hitting the back of the car in front is always your fault! You should be able to reverse your vehicle just as well as you drive it forward. Do not avoid reversing into parking slots or parallel parking; practice, practice, practice! Does your car have blind spot mirrors? They are very inexpensive and can make a huge difference to the safety of your manoeuvres. If you had a choice between a speeding ticket and a driving retest, which would you pick? The correct answer should be the driving test, but that might not be the one you choose. If you are ever required to take a retest, have a few qualified driving instruction hours before you go or you will probably fail. Years of driving are not qualifications for the driving test as you may have dozens of bad habits. When you are completely confident behind the wheel, you will be more comfortable driving on trips or renting cars overseas, even if they drive on the other side of the road. *last ticket in 1970!

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There's a Lion in Your Neighbourhood In 1917, a Chicago insurance man named Melvin Jones dreamed of an international service club. With the support of several like-minded individuals, Lions was born. Three years later, in 1920, Lions became international with the first club in Canada. At the Lions Clubs International Convention of 1925, keynote speaker Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “knights of the blind.” To this day, Lions continue to work to aid the blind and visually impaired locally, as well as throughout the world. Lions Clubs International has grown to over 1.4 million members in 46,725 clubs in 210 countries and geographical areas, making it the largest service club in the world. The Lions have been recognized by the United Nations for their services to humanity. There are several Lions Clubs on the south Island, from Sooke to Sidney. The Central Saanich Lions Club, chartered in 1969, continues the tradition of service established 100 years ago and is open to men and women of all ages interested in serving their community. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month between September and June at the Lion’s Hall on East

Saanich Road. The meetings have regular guest speakers as well as building a sense of fellowship. Club projects are all based on serving the community, but with fun and enjoyment for the members. The Lions Club can be found at many events with its traditional pancake breakfasts and barbecues to raise funds for various community projects. Service to the community includes more projects than can be listed in this article, but to name just a few: • Two scholarships for Stelly's Secondary School grads, supporting prostate cancer research initiatives, eyeglasses for children and many local charitable needs. • A recent donation of $50,000 to the Greater Victoria Hospital Society towards the “green light” treatment equipment was generated by reclaiming salvage brass from discarded water metres. • A firewood project continues to be the major source of funds for the Club's charity support. The Central Saanich Lions are always open to new members. If you would enjoy working to improve your community and have fun along the way, call Terry Bain at 250-475-6890 or email The Lions motto is “WE SERVE.”

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Taste the Flavours of Muse

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by Jo Barnes

You glimpse the rows upon rows of sunkissed grape vines reaching up towards the sky. You nibble on rustic bread, prosciutto, cheese and Italian olives. You can smell the ciabatta. And is that a monastery bell in the distance? You hear the cries of young bald eagles nesting atop a Douglas fir tree. Muse Winery is a lovely piece of Tuscany in the heart of Deep Cove, North Saanich. Tucked away off Chalet Road, Muse boasts a thriving vineyard, homestead, bistro, gift shop and extensive entertaining area. Originally called Chalet Estate, the winery was bought by Peter and Jane Ellman in 2007 who have transformed it into a very successful establishment where visitors return again and again. The "muse" behind the business, which prompted the name change in 2009, is Peter's wife Jane, who has an extensive hospitality background. "Our dream was to one day have a boutique winery.

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We fell in love with the cove area," says Jane. With its good climate, healthy green space and social connectedness, Deep Cove is an ideal setting for a winery. Says Peter: "We're in the Deep Cove microclimate. It's protected by trees and an east west sun exposure." Winemaking here is true artisan work requiring remarkable attention to detail. "There are 3,800 vines and I know every one of them; it's intimate," Peter says.

Attention to regular pruning to produce healthy growth is vital. Grape de-stemming and crushing and juice pressing is done meticulously by machine. Fermentation, stabilization, and aging; it all takes timing and skill. The heady bouquet of the alcohol compounds hits you as you head down the stairwell into the cool cellar where wine ages in oak barrels. Here in the heart of the winery as Peter talks about the oak wood and nuances of flavours, his mastery of winemaking is clear. "You can do everything you can: prune just right, pick clusters at the right time of day, press just so, balance the pH and sulphite levels. It's either in the bottle or it's not," he says. This kind of commitment to product repeatedly gets attention: Double Gold for Foch Noir, Gold for Cabernet Merlot, Gold for Bacchus, and Gold for Gewurztraminer. Muse is a winery, but so much more. It treats visitors not only to award-winning wines but delicious cuisine too. You'll find that ciabatta or pancetta, but the bistro also offers up B.C. PDF PROOF salmon and crab. There are year-round art shows and staged DATE: Dec 12/13 theatrical, ballet and musical performances. Proof Info: Final Logo Page 1 of 1 "When clients fall in love with the whole experience, it makes it all so worthwhile," says Jane. Muse Winery: a wine destination with old-world charm that is "bellissima."


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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email Aaah, July. A time for beaches, boating, sun and fun. Sprinkle in some music, dance and visual arts to create a recipe for the perfect summer.

and intimate evening of dance with Ballet Victoria’s best of the season short works. Enjoy the classics of Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Dave Brubek, Sting and a few other surprises. Modern ballet paired with distinctive music. Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre.

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The Island String Players Society presents a Baroque music concert with 10 to 12 musicians in 17th-century costumes performing “hits” from the era. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to the Beacon Park Pavilion near Sidney’s pier and bask in the music. Email or call 250-514-8916. Friday, July 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Peninsula Celebrations Society’s annual Summer Sounds concert series starts July 10 and runs each Sunday to the end of August. Kick back, take in the ocean view and tap your feet to the music. Donations at the concert help to pay these talented performers. July 10 – Dockside Drive; July 17 – Timebenders; July 24 – 4 Chords of Wood; July 31 – Psych-a-Relics. Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m., Beacon Park Pavilion in Sidney.

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to live music concerts in a gorgeous setting? Butchart Gardens once again presents open air performances each evening during the summer. For a detailed list of the concerts visit www. activities/calendar. Here’s a taste of the music in July: 10 and 17: Odyssey String Quartet – A potpourri of Classical, Gypsy Jazz and Pop; 22: The Victoria Symphony “Folklore: Songs, Stories & Myths;” 29 to 30: Rukus: Golden Age of Rock & Roll Lives On. Bring a lawn blanket or sit on a bench. The music starts at 8 p.m. nightly except for Saturday’s concerts which start earlier (variable times) followed by the fireworks show. Concerts are part of the general admission ticket.

Travels Through an Artist’s Eye Even if you’re having a “staycation,” you can still visit

other lands via this art show inspired by travels to Spain, Morocco, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, England, France and other parts of Canada. Batik artist Kirsten T.O. Sheffield won the 2015 People’s Choice Award at the Sidney Fine Arts Show. She is joined by watercolour and ink artist Serena J. Trinder, winner of the Muse Award for Visual Arts. Explore the world from home. July 5 to 10, Tulista Park Gallery at Fifth and Weiler, Sidney. Free admission.

Victoria Symphony Splash Finally, don’t forget the one and only Victoria Symphony Splash on July 31. Join 40,000 others soaking up the ambiance of the Inner Harbour while the Symphony creates its magic. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Early birds, don’t forget the sunscreen!

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Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of, and give back to, our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar.

When you shop local, more revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy.

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LALOCA LALOCA is a locally owned and staffed FairTrade Global & Local store in Sidney that buys from ethical producers on Vancouver Island and around the world and gives back to the communities from which the products originate. We trade with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of small producers and communities, and do not maximize profit at their expense. Our partners come from cooperatives, social enterprises and ethical businesses in countries throughout Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Vancouver Island. We carry a range of unique and innovative handcrafted home décor, jewelry and accessories. We have unique artwork by First Nations artists here on the Peninsula. In addition, we support FairTrade wholesalers who work closely with traditional family business and community-based co-ops to bring a range of colourful summer shirts, dresses, blouses and tunics, scarves and other wearable and household items. We also have a unique range of items for your culinary tastes, from Salt Spring Island handcrafted sea salts to organic spices made right here on the Peninsula. Come check out our new line of handcrafted furniture from India and teak handcrafted pieces from Indonesia.

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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea Come experience this aquarium and cultural centre engaging people in the learning and conservation of the Salish Sea Bioregion. 250.665.7511 | 9811 Seaport Pl TEMOSENG Charles Elliott

Beacon Cat Hospital A full-service veterinary hospital dedicated exclusively to providing “Special Care for Special Kitties.” Committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care in a communitybased environment.

The Dancing Orchid A new collection of Dunoon Fine Bone China Mugs – designed and produced in Britain – has just arrived! Be sure to check out the amazing selection of cards and giftware – something for everyone. 250.656.5568 | 9711 A 5th St

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You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-akind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our Saanich Peninsula neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Shop local and stay connected to the merchants in your community. By supporting independent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.

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Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop aims to provide Sidney with a traditional candy store experience, complete with friendly service and a wide selection of unique confectionery. 778.426.2541 | 9774 3rd St

Laloca - Fair Trade and Local Products Ethiopian scarves handcrafted using ancient weaving traditions combine cotton and silk. Made by an ethical and eco-friendly enterprise that creates sustainable livelihoods for women. 778.351.3844 | 2367 Beacon Ave

The Yoga Studio The Yoga Studio in downtown Sidney is warm, welcoming and dedicated to a high quality of safe, mindful instruction in Yoga and spiritual/metaphysical studies. 250.655.5254 9819 5th St

Galleon Books and Antiques Located in the Landmark Building on Beacon Avenue and celebrating its upcoming 15th year in business, Galleon Books and Antiques boasts a unique selection of fine books, antiques and collectibles. A shop which has been a part of Sidney's Booktown since 2002, Galleon specializes in out-of-print non-fiction material with a strong B.C. influence. Owners Rod and Brian thought the combination of books and antiques would make an interesting and attractive incentive for the allaround shopper. "Having a little bit of everything for everyone is our motto," says Rod. While the majority of the store's stock is found locally on the lower Island, many of the pieces, along with their history, manage to creep into the shop from all corners of the world. Brian, who resides in Quesnel, manages to find many unusual oddities relating to the Cariboo/ Chilcotin region history, mainly artifacts and ephemera not normally found here on Vancouver Island. A few items have even popped up from the gold rush days in Barkerville! Come visit and bring your goldpans – you never know what you'll find!




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Fresh Esthetics Studio Since 2013 Alana Delcourt has been treating clients in her pretty Sidney studio. Call or use the convenient online booking system to get an appointment with an esthetician who cares about her clients and their well-being. Alana will have you looking and feeling fresh in no time at all; from head to toe! A licensed esthetician since 2000, Alana is passionate about quality and care in esthetics and committed to continuously improving her craft. Certified in many specialized esthetic services – with the latest techniques that give clients the best results – Alana is certified in hot stones massage, Brazilian waxing, natural nutrition focusing on skincare, and certified podology (advanced footcare). She is renowned for her thorough facials and age prevention techniques, as well as her expert waxing skills. Alana is dedicated to positively impacting the lives of cancer patients with compassion and healing. Recent certification as an Oncology Esthetician enables her to proactively address and reduce risk for all of her clients. Having worked at B.C.’s best spas, including the Wickaninnish Inn and The Fairmont Empress, Alana understands what it means to provide exemplary service. Fresh Esthetics, designed with you in mind!

Brentwood Bay Village Empourium Voted "Best New Business" in the 2016 Readers' Choice Awards, this café and retail shop in a beautiful setting features expertly prepared organic espresso, house-baked treats, delicious fresh lunches and carefully curated gifts, décor and more. Licensed.

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Pitt & Hobbs What an elegant Father’s Day gift Waterford Crystal makes. Established in 1783, Waterford is timeless and beautiful. Pitt & Hobbs has many wonderful gift ideas for Fathers, Grads and Weddings. 250.656.3088 | 2408 Beacon Ave

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July 1: Celebrating Canada's Birthday by Valerie Green

July 1, 1867 was a bright, sunny day in Ottawa. It was also the day Canada was officially born. At midnight the night before, an order had been given to let church bells ring across Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick, the first provinces to form the Dominion of Canada. The next day, Queen Victoria’s proclamation was read out in all the major centres across the new country, followed by parades and celebrations. A 101-gun salute also shook the area around Ottawa in honour of the momentous occasion. There were bonfires and fireworks lighting up the skies. Only those four provinces formed the new country, and Ottawa – which took its name from the nearby river – was designated the new capital. That particular site had once been an old logging operation along the Ottawa River. The first Governor General, Lord Monck, swore in John A. MacDonald (later knighted by Queen Victoria) as Canada’s first Prime Minister, although actual elections were not held until September of that year at which time MacDonald was officially elected Prime Minister. On November 7, 1867, the new parliament convened with John A Macdonald as the victorious Prime Minister. It was the beginning of what became known as the MacDonald era. At that time, the new country’s population was a little over three million citizens who were mostly living in Ontario. Almost half were of the Catholic faith and of French or Irish descent; the rest were English

Protestants. Most people lived on farms and industry was not yet a major part of the economy. When British Columbia joined Confederation in July of 1871, it was still very remote from the rest of the country and had a small population of around 11,000 Europeans and about 26,000 First Nations people, but it had much going for it with resources of gold, forestry, fur trading, fishing and coal mining. However, there were many who opposed British Columbia joining the rest of Canada. Some people favoured annexation with the United States while others hoped to maintain the British connection which had originated with the Hudson’s Bay Company. In Victoria this year, we will once again be celebrating Canada’s birthday (the 149th) with many family-friendly events including firework displays and the ever-popular Canada Day Gorge Picnic. In Sidney, there will also be fireworks displays to be held at Beacon Park at 10 p.m. on June 30 with live entertainment from 7:30 p.m. On Friday, July 1, there will be the annual Lions Pancake breakfast at the Mary Winspear Centre followed by the delightful Canada Day Parade at 11:30 a.m. It is hardly surprising that we still celebrate Canada’s birthday with pride: looking back in history from today’s perspective, we can only imagine what could have been had we not joined Confederation in 1871. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at

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Magic in the Details

Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the third in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. The evening of June 13 was unforgettable. As the sun set over an endless azure ocean, I savoured a succulent salmon dinner at Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant. The ambience was sublime. As I basked in a glorious dining adventure, I realized that it was the eatery’s attention and dedication to detail that truly put them over the top. Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant is a landmark in Sidney, a very popular port

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of call for discerning diners since 1990. Owned by Bill and Jane Singer, it is one of the oldest dining establishments in Sidney, with a reputation for serving consistently first-class delicious meals. With ocean frontage and a killer view, Rumrunner is a world-class destination. It is the little details that matter to me most when I am dining out, in the food and the treatment by staff. The service was impeccable, with caring touches that added up to a very enjoyable evening. Jesse, my server, was very friendly and attentive, even offering

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to put up an umbrella on the outside table. When the wind flung the umbrella around like a boom on a sailboat, he quickly moved me inside. He made sure that everything maximized my comfort. Those respectful gestures are integral to a positive experience. There is nothing worse than being ignored in a restaurant. At Rumrunner I was fussed over like royalty. On my dinner excursion to Rumrunner, I decided to do it in style with the “Ale BBQued, Cedar Plank Roasted, Wild Sockeye Salmon Filet” with a lemon garlic

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tiger shrimp skewer, rice pilaf, Caesar salad and freshly baked bread. Sound fabulous? It was! Right off the bat, I noticed a delicious detail: the croutons in the salad were extra savoury: each bite burst forth with buttery garlic, spices and herbs in my mouth. According to staff, the chef makes them himself. Those tiny wonders set the tone for the whole meal. A Caesar salad is a tricky affair – easy to ruin and hard to perfect. To me, the secret is absolute freshness of the ingredients, important details that pushed the Rumrunner dish into my happy zone. Fresh parmesan cut in long slices melted in my mouth. Crispy romaine lettuce and a dreamy freshly-made dressing made me tingle all over. The salmon was fresh, tender, succulent and full of beautiful wild flavour and smoky appeal. Seriously delicious, every bite was pure bliss. The tangy barbecue sauce brought the salmon to life once again – a very important detail. Its cedar

perch gave it a woody essence, like newly caught fish seared over burning twigs in an outside fire. Those artistic touches imbue food with character, enticing the eater. The shrimps were right-out-of-the-water fresh.

"The little indulgences and fine details in the food and service at Rumrunner speak volumes.” That detail with seafood is non-negotiable, unequivocal. Citrus and lemony essences burst the “delicious” meter. Even the rice pilaf was complicated: not merely a bunch of rice but full of tiny pieces of a variety of vegetables. The tasty baked bread was warm with home-baked goodness. Too happily full to fit in dessert, I enjoyed their “Cheesecake

Trio with Whipped Cream” at home. The clock stopped as I basked in ultra-delicious strawberry, chocolate and caramel joy. I could imagine the many flavours and embellishments that went into that sinfully glorious dessert. Obviously a lot of thought and hard work went into the incredible meal on June 13, with particular attention to unique appetizing details at every turn. The pivotal point is that these were not “minor” details but carefully developed, intricate and complex enhancements. (I tasted multiple different flavours in the croutons.) The little indulgences and fine details in the food and service at Rumrunner Pub & Restaurant speak volumes. They mean that the staff care enough to take the time and the conscientious effort to give patrons a truly extraordinary dining experience. Thanks for the magical evening! For more information visit

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hovels where small tradesmen, whores with painted faces, clowns and petty criminals lived, came an amazing band of artists who would become the legendary creators of the Modernist movement. In reviewed by 1900, they arrived from Italy, Virginia Watson-Rouslin Spain and France, moving to the unprepossessing neighbourhood of Montmartre, a large hill in Paris’ 18th district. The major figures were Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Maurice de Vlaminck, Amadeo Modigliani – and Henri Matisse. Matisse and Picasso would become fierce competitors and this is at the heart of Sue Roe’s tale. In her hands, their intersecting stories are told with the expertise of a seasoned art dealer with an eye for a good story. The Modernists’ goal was to create something startlingly different from the Impressionists. Matisse was one of the first to move from the Impressionists’ “natural palette” in favour of brilliant colours and the need to explore a subjective interpretation of what he was painting. Eventually, this became the standard for all the Modernists, no matter how else they differed. Then, as now, the artists needed good reviews, publicity and funding. Picasso’s first attempts to have his work shown were fruitless. Then art dealer Ambroise Vollard agreed to show a few – though he dismissed Boy Leading a Horse, now valued at approximately $200 million, as “worthless.” Helping matters greatly were the American Stein family – writer Gertrude and brothers Leo and Michael, residents of Paris and early and enthusiastic buyers of both Picasso and Matisse’s works. Matisse thought they were as different from one another as the North Pole is from the South. Soon, it became “a two-man race,” according to Leo Stein. Customary as it was for artists to exchange paintings, Picasso used Matisse’s as a dart board. Matisse’s nudes in an Arcadian setting, La Joie de vivre exhibited in 1906 was a sensation; when Picasso unveiled his nudes in Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Matisse saw these cavorting prostitutes as a personal attack. But by 1913 both men were designing sets for ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev. They would always be rivals, but in succeeding years, their regard for each other steadily grew. And Matisse gave Picasso 11 of his paintings.

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Celebrating 20 years in business, Alison and her staff at Meadow Oak owe the success of the nursery to the love of plants. They are happy to share their passion and knowledge to help everyone make the perfect choice, whether you are a new or seasoned green thumb. Choose from a huge selection of gorgeous annuals, hanging baskets and custom moss planters for a stunning summer display. Enjoy a relaxing shopping experience in the heart of Deep Cove. 250.655.1756 1070 Wain Road, North Saanich MeadowOakNursery

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We are planning on closing the retail side of our business, and are having a clearance sale during July. We are offering 50% off all nursery stock and merchandise, including a great selection of Perennials, Annuals, Roses, Shrubs, Hanging Baskets and Containers. You will find many Hydrangeas, Hypericum shrubs, Buddleias and many unusual plants. There’s always something for everyone!



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Patio Gardens is a local, family-run garden centre. We specialize in hanging baskets and container gardens, growing the best moss hanging baskets on the Island. We also have a great selection of perennials, bedding plants, vegetable starts and succulents. Our studio shop is filled with garden accessories and unique gifts. We offer a variety of garden and floral workshops, and events such as a Vendors’ Market and free demos. We look forward to meeting you! 250.652.8338 6536 W. Saanich Rd, Saanichton

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“The view is the most phenomenal part of living here,” says Jill Roberts. “It is so interesting; anything going on, we are right on top of it. And we love the light.” From the top floor, southwest corner of the Pier Residence, the Salish Sea and the town of Sidney are stunning. Huge windows soar to 14-foot ceilings. There are almost 270 degrees of expansive, exhilarating views. I feel as though I am perched high in a glass castle, with the world at my feet. “We’ve had a wonderful life living in many countries abroad,” begins Jill. Her husband Bill was in the Canadian Foreign Service and his postings included stints in Brazil, Pakistan, Thailand, Singapore and Sweden. When it came time to retire, they built a large home in New Denver, B.C., which was an “idyllic existence,” until health concerns necessitated a move. Jill and Bill were 70 years old and wanted to get the next move “right.” Five years earlier, while staying at the Pier Hotel, Jill was impressed by Sidney’s character, the friendly residents, its eclectic stores, and the ever-changing sky. So when she and Bill made their first foray to find a new place to live, Sidney was where they came. Twenty-four hours later, with rain beating down so hard they could not see the horizon, they were toasting each other at the Pier Bistro. They had found their new home with the help of realtor Gay Helmsing. The 1,460-square-foot penthouse became theirs in May 2015. It was to

be their 15th move in 50 years together. The new home met every criteria but one: there was no storage, not even a linen closet. “We needed to downsize and simplify,” said Jill, “but not shed everything!” It was time to find a cabinetmaker. They had a very specific vision in mind for cabinetry, focusing on achieving both a unique look and what would be stored in each cabinet. “The challenge for Cabinet Works,” said owners Jeff and Vivienne Scott, “was to take those needs and build the new cabinetry using modern hardware and building techniques.” Their designer, Chantelle McLarty, worked closely with Jill and Bill to help them define their vision. “The selected cabinetry was taller than available materials,” Jeff explained, “so special joinery was employed to ensure the quality and integrity of the seams.” After much research, he imported a wood veneer species with a horizontal grain orientation from Italy to achieve the perfect colour match and design. A sliding ladder made from aircraft-grade spruce was designed and built to access the top shelves by attaching to a metal rail. The cabinets and thoughtfully designed interiors utilize every square inch of space. An all-in-one kitchen machine, for example, pops out of a lower cabinet on a spring-loaded lift, and rises level with the granite counters. As a former Home Economics teacher, Jill loves cooking, especially when she can still be in the middle of everything that’s going on. seaside homes | JULY 2016 | 45

Left: The cabinets and thoughtfully designed interiors utilize every square inch of space. Top right: 10-foot ceilings and big sky and ocean views ensure the bedrooms feel spacious. Bottom right: Throughout the home, walls display much loved art.

Along with the incredible views, it is the seamless central living space of kitchen, dining room and living room that makes this home a standout. In the dining room, the gateleg dining table inherited from Bill’s parents is topped by Jill’s lovely quilted tablecloth. The west wall of cabinets contains linens and an extensive collection of dishes. On one shelf is a coal burning steam engine Bill assembled in Singapore. Jill and Bill’s grandchildren love being towed behind it in a little wagon. In the living room, a gas fireplace has a floating mantle that bridges a new floor-to-ceiling bookcase to the right, and entertainment unit to the left. An antique fireplace tool set sits on the floor in front of the fireplace. Jill explains that when Bill’s parents built their family house in the 1950s they did not have enough money for a fireplace. “The tools are symbolic, a reminder of where we’ve been and where we are now.” Jill concluded, “Life works in funny ways.” Throughout the home, Cloud White (Benjamin Moore) walls display family photos and much loved art. International furnishings create a sophisticated atmosphere in the home. Persian rugs from Islamabad warm the dark stained hardwood floors. The rosewood side tables and hand carved elephant chair are from Thailand. Jay Thomas, a master finisher from Cabinet Works, built a stand for the magnificent marble tabletop Jill and Bill brought home from Rio de Janeiro. Samba figures are inlaid on one side, and orange and brown colours create swirls on the flip side. On one of his trips through the Khyber Pass, Bill bargained for the brass samovar displayed in the corner of the living room. Other treasures include baskets from Thailand, onyx lamps from Pakistan, 46 | JULY 2016 | seaside homes

Dalecarlian horses and glass lanterns from Sweden, and a Victorian army sword with the Queen’s crown on the guard that was likely used in used in the Anglo-Afghan Wars. This is a home in which every item has an intriguing story. A Swedish candle chandelier hangs from the ceiling, welcoming contemplation in the den. Three nesting glass panels pull out to provide a quiet space. Custom-built work surfaces, a reference bookcase and two walls of floor-to-ceiling cabinetry accommodate work and hobby needs. Hydroponic herbs grow in the corner. The bedroom wing is compact, but the 10-foot ceilings and big sky and ocean views ensure the two bedrooms and master ensuite feel spacious. On one of the suite’s balconies there is a railway bench purchased from Exeter Station. Herbs, strawberries, nasturtiums, pansies, and a brazelberry plant grow in planters. Built out of the same material as the cabinetry, the entry hall bench offers an example of the prevailing theme of dual functionality throughout the house. It’s a place to put on your shoes, while underneath it is a carefully designed space to store favourite wines. “We were so privileged to have had a life abroad and all these objects are a reminder of the adventures we have had, the friends we have made, and the cultures we have been exposed to. Happy times, and not so happy times, it brings back our life,” said Jill. “I guess the older we get, the more important it is to see everything in perspective.” To view all the photos from this shoot, visit Vault/Architecture/Seaport-Roberts/.

west coast G ardener CONSERVING WATER IN YOUR LANDSCAPE Temperatures are heating up on the lower Island. Time for summer barbecues, lounging in the sun, drinks on the patio and going to the beach! We all look forward to the hot weather, but the temperature outside requires us to be more conscious of how much water we use. There are many things you can do in your garden to help conserve water.


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Choose the Right Plants When planning your landscape, your best bet for water conservation is to plant species that are native to your area. Plants such as redflowering currant, Oregon grape, kinnikinnick and salal are all native to Vancouver Island, and once established will require little to no water. Native plants have adjusted to the soil, climate and rainfall typical of our area, so they will be less affected by the hot dry summers we tend to get.


Bare soil warms up much quicker in the sun than mulched soil, which leads to the water in the soil evaporating. Mulched garden beds prevent water loss and help you conserve water: mulch helps keep the surface soil temperature down, so less evaporation occurs. Bare soil can be compacted easily, which can affect the absorption of water – usually when water falls on compacted soil it will run off rather than soak in. A good organic mulch will allow for less compaction, which means more water absorption. Organic mulch, such as bark mulch, has the benefit of adding nutrients to the soil, and helps with weed suppression.

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The best way to ensure your water is being used most effectively in the garden is to install an irrigation system. These are designed to minimize moisture loss by distributing lower volumes of water over a longer time so it is more likely to be absorbed by the soil rather than run off. Conserving water in your garden certainly does not mean you have to let your plants suffer. With a little bit of plant planning, mulch and proper watering practices you can have a lush, thriving landscape even in the driest of the summer months. For more information visit


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Annual Water Garden Tour On Saturday, July 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm., the public will be able to visit beautiful local gardens during the 10th Annual For the Love of Africa Society Water Garden Tour. The tour is selfguided; for $25 an individual is given a map and the addresses of 10 homes in the greater Victoria area. All of the gardens have a water feature; some are large, some are small, and there is something for every place and every style. One of the gardens on the tour has a designer pond with a waterfall flowing into it. The owners also have a veggie and fruit garden (in raised beds) on the side of their property. This is a water feature that would fit in many properties – it is compact yet striking. Musicians will be playing at most gardens and artists will be at some; two gardens will have master gardeners and four designers will be present to answer any questions regarding ponds, streams, waterfalls, fountains etc. A well-balanced garden provides a pesticidefree environment for birds and other wildlife, while providing a soothing and relaxing atmosphere for all to enjoy. Visitors are given a tour rich in visual texture what Mesure à and prendre a vision of Action Requiredis possible. Enjoy the day visiting water gardens, knowing you’ll be helping For the Love of Africa Society open its trade school in Tanzania. All proceeds of the tour go towards the society's current project: the Admiral´s Roofing Paul Pellow Reliable • Responsible • ProfessionalATTN: Guaranteed 5417• WEST SAANICH RD Dodoma Technical Institute. Visit for VICTORIA BC V9E1J9 CANADA details of other projects: four schools, a non-profit medical dispensary James David fax 1 866 725−6046 ; toll 1 877 478−4593 with a maternal and childcare wing, and an orphans' centre for Fully Insured 14661997AB vulnerable children. All society members are volunteers: all members 14661997AB / TD / 3UWWP / E / 2506521818 / Y / / P / 3 / N / / E / ADI Page 1 of 1 Reroofing travelling to Africa pay their own airfare, meals, accommodations etc. HB01 / James David / 1−667038233 New Construction Admiral´s Roofing / 100818 All donations go to Africa. For the Love of Africa Society became a (VIC)Victoria / Roofing Contractors / 1102 Skylights local society in 2004 and has charitable status. Repairs It is recommended that a person bring their own detailed map or They’re On Top Of It. Torch on Systems GPS along. Visit for a list of ticket vendors or for online sales. Tickets will be available for sale starting in early Call 250.652.1818 For a Hassle-Free Estimate June. There are several ticket vendors in Sidney. • Note: #5 home (Weald) has unfortunately had to cancel from the tour. #9 - 6782 Veyaness Rd, Saanichton BC Please delete this home from the tour and from the map. *14661997AB*

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on design designing your outdoor space to last by Joshua Farquharson

When planning for an

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outdoor space, like a plankstyle deck, the most important factor you have to think about is what materials will give you the look you want, be durable enough to last, and fit within your budget. Vancouver Island has some of the most beautiful weather in Canada, but the proximity to the ocean and the mix of sun and rain makes it one of the hardest climates for exterior materials. Here are some of your options:

Composite/PVC A popular option in the last 10 years, composite decking rose to prominence due to its durability and low maintenance. Made from a mixture of plastic and wood fiber, composite doesn't rot and only requires cleaning once a year. The downside of composite decking is a lack of colour/tone variation. Seeking to remedy this issue, manufacturers developed “capstock,” composite wrapped in PVC, giving much greater flexibility to colour and texture than composite alone. Emerging technologies are not without a learning curve. Several brands of capstock products failed in the unique conditions Vancouver Island presents. An even more durable option is pure PVC decking, although this will be the highest price point among decking options.

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Cedar Decking Red cedar decking is the traditional choice for wood decks on the West Coast. With great insect and rot resistance, cedar is a great choice for real wood decking. Cedar can be left untreated and it will turn to a grey patina, but this greatly affects the lifespan of the wood; it should be treated with an exterior finish. Hardcoat varnish type finishes last for three to five years before needing to be sanded to bare wood and refinished. Softcoat oil finishes need to be reapplied every other year but only require a simple cleaning between coats. There is no perfect finish: it's a balance between what you want it to look like versus how much work you're willing to do to maintain it.

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Hardwood Decking Arguably the most beautiful looking deck option, hardwood decking is limited in our climate to tropical hardwood – no other hardwoods really hold up. There are a few different options but they all have very similar properties. Ipe, Cumaru (Brazilian teak) or Pedra decking all have great decay and insect resistance; it's just the colour and price that fluctuates.

Treated Decking The most economical choice, treated wood traditionally comes in green, although several brands have tried making brown in recent years. Treated with pressure and typically alkaline copper, they seek to give the wood the properties of cedar and are finished in a similar fashion. For more information visit

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Hot Properties For Sale on the Island

3835 Peak Drive – Campbell River Luxurious and impeccable property styled after a French Country estate, charm abounds in this stunning 5 BR, 5 BA home. One level living with upstairs quarters perfect for guests. Entertaining is a dream, with outside kitchen, multiple patios, pool and landscaped gardens. Excellent parking: covered, open, boat and RV. $989,900.

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258 Lundy Lane Mayne Island This quality built 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom Harvest Home is a short walk to beaches, parks and even the ferry. Situated on a quiet and peaceful lane, you’ll find this 1032 sq ft home features vaulted ceiling and wood windows, and is also fully furnished. This property really has it all … turn key, just pack your toothbrush and move on in! $319,000. Brenda Dean | 250.539.0739 Toll Free: 877.539.5227 |

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Stunning, sunny 300-foot WATERFRONT in one of Victoria’s finest neighbourhoods. Fabulous views across Salish Sea; Gulf & San Juan Islands; Mt. Baker. RS-18 zoning allows 5,000 sf; accessory bldgs & home occupation, holding property or renovate 3BDS/1BA 1942 lovingly-maintained bungalow. Live-in paradise steps to golf, shops, trails and schools. Ingrid Jarisz* (*PREC) 250.656.4626

Dean Park Outstanding ocean view home in Dean Park! Nicely situated on a cul-de-sac with a flexible floor plan including a possible 1BR suite. 4200 sq/ft with 5 or 6 bedrooms and a rec room. 1/2 acre exquisitely landscaped lot. A miniature Butchart Gardens! $1,199,000.

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Welcome to Mystic Cove One of a kind, located in the heart of Brentwood Bay is this west-facing, stunning family home that is every boater’s dream! Low bank waterfront with 200-foot dock complete with water & hydro. 2 level, 5 bedrooms & 4 bath, 3400 sq ft. Onsite boat & RV parking. $2,200,000.

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Glorious sunrise; mystical moonrise all at the end of Dolphin Road on a .6-acre waterfront property. Build your dream home on an open, bright lot (or renovate the existing residence) with total privacy as a bonus. Watch whales, eagles and seals over your morning coffee – a wild experience within an easy 6km drive to Sidney by the Sea. Offered at $1,429,000. Maryan van Stolk* (*PREC) 250.656.4626 | 250.384.8124 |

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Ardmore Waterfront West facing Ardmore Oceanfront! Unique, open floor plan offers privacy and a stunning 180° view of Saanich Inlet. Wood floors, vaulted ceilings, modern kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite and private garden, plus a spacious deck opening off the dining area. The boathouse is a private retreat for your guests to enjoy seaside life. MLS 365742. Dolores Todd 250.385.2033

This 4.5 acre property offers a custom built home plus a 5000sqft workshop. 3 BR, 3 BA and self-contained caretaker accommodation. One level living, open floor plan, quality finishing, gourmet kitchen, large patio with outdoor kitchen. Fully finished workshop offers 3 bays ideal for RVs/boats up to 45 ft. MLS 365994.

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local news Celebrating Aviation The BC Aviation Museum will be taking over responsibility for, and housing, the B.C. Aviation Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame currently exists online only at its website, www., which will continue to be maintained. The formal inauguration will take place at BCAM’s annual Open House on July 23, at which time BCAM will also announce and recognize new inductees to the Hall. BCAM is located near Victoria International Airport, at 1910 Norseman Road, in Sidney. For more information, visit

business Grow Your Sales Amon International Consulting Ltd. helps unique companies, small or large, to grow successfully worldwide through entrepreneurship, sound strategy and solid execution. They provide

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Big Business Terrace HR & Business Solutions Ltd., in North Saanich, is a strategic human resources and business consulting firm that offers clients cost effective, efficient and innovative HR and business solutions. Director, Senior Consultant and Professional Leadership Coach Teri Brigden has over 18 years' experience in human resources, leadership and career transition coaching, as well as business management expertise. Visit to learn more.

After Life The Sands name is returning to Sidney after a long absence. Sands Eco-Cremation Centre offers a wide range of cremation and burial services specific to your needs. Cremation is a simple and respectful option that is not only cost effective, but minimizes environmental impact. Sands offers a beautiful tribute centre and other facilities for everything from a simple service to a large celebration. 2355 James White Boulevard. Contact Nolan Adam at 250-391-6294, or visit

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Seaside Treasures Mermaid’s Lair Market opened its doors in North Saanich’s Pat Bay on June 15. They’re a small family business selling all-Canadian and local snacks and treasures. New artisans always welcome! Located at 10251 West Saanich Road, follow them on Facebook for updates on what’s in stock.


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Annette Quan has joined Viola Van de Ruyt at VandeRuyt Wealth Management Group, at National Bank Financial in Sidney. Annette brings a wealth of knowledge in responsible investing, to assist clients in marrying social concerns with their financial needs. Viola is building a premier team focused on serving the wealth management needs of women in Greater Victoria. Located at

Beacon Landing Bar & Grill is now serving breakfast! Open at 7 a.m. daily, and offering everything from Huevos Rancheros to Chicken and Waffles and traditional breakfast favourites. To make reservations, call 250-656-6690. They are located at the end of Beacon Avenue, in Sidney. Follow them on Facebook for all their tasty updates.

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Dental Solutions for Boomers This is the third in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Many boomers remember the not-sogood old days of dentistry. Their mouths reflect a past time when dental knowledge and procedures were not as sophisticated as now. Adding to that dental challenge is the dramatic increase in lifespan in the past half century, with people living to 100. Dentistry now has to keep up with the very unique needs of a healthier and longer-living

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demographic who still bear the footprint of the past. There are now cutting edge, stateof-the-art treatments that give boomers a sparkling white smile even as they stride into their 80s and 90s. As people live longer, they need teeth that are healthy and functional for many more years. Dr. Mitra Hashemi is acutely aware of this dramatic shift, with an increasing number of seniors in her Sidney practice. In fact this change is exponential: there are actually more people living longer than ever before. Basing

her statements on the research of Dr. Carl Misch, an internationally recognized expert on implant dentistry, Mitra explains: “The increase in life expectancy has been more rapid than at any other time in history. The actual percentage of people over 65 is increasing.” As higher numbers of people are enjoying a longer life, they are also experiencing an exacerbation in dental problems: “According to literature, age is directly related to every indicator of tooth loss.” Multiple factors are fuelling the urgency for permanent long-

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term dental solutions for boomers: a surge in numbers; greater needs for a longer duration; and unique challenges posed by teeth weakened by past inadequate restorations. As more people live longer, “providing sustainable dental treatment and keeping mouths healthy is paramount. The priority is always to save natural teeth; however, in a situation of dealing with a missing or compromised natural tooth, implant dentistry can offer a reliable and predictable result. Treatment alternatives that consider all implant-related procedures should be presented to almost every patient with missing teeth.” Mitra emphasizes the importance of dependability in restorative work in the mouth; as people live longer, it is critical that dental treatments stand the test of time. “The goal of modern dentistry is to return patients to oral health in a predictable fashion.” To Mitra, implants can promise a reliable


treatment course with a high chance of long-term success, although good oral health maintenance is still essential.

"As higher numbers of people are enjoying a longer life, they are also experiencing an exacerbation in dental problems." With extended active lives, seniors need practical dental solutions that give them fully functional teeth for a longer time. As Mitra has learned: “An implant prosthesis may return function to near-normal limits. It allows normal muscle function, stimulates the bone, and maintains its structure and dimensions. As a result, facial features are

not compromised by a lack of support.” She raises another important point: boomers are enjoying full social lives, including dining and dating, for many more years. Cosmetic and social factors demand that they have longerlasting, attractive teeth that work optimally. Implants can seem like a costly luxury, however Mitra suggested a different perspective – implant prostheses may be a practical and affordable dental necessity for people living to 100. “It is not unusual for a 65-year-old patient to ask: ‘Is it worth it for me to spend this money to repair my mouth at my age?’ My response is very positive as the patient’s life expectancy will extend for two to three more decades, and their current oral situation will normally become worse if not corrected.” A combination of traditional and modern dentistry is offering a golden opportunity to people moving beyond the past and into a brighter longer future.

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What is Community? The definition of "community," from the Oxford Dictionary: "A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common." What makes the Saanich Peninsula a great community? For many, it is the people and organizations that support all who live here. From the arts to the outdoors, there is one organization unfamiliar to most locals, but it has touched almost everyone in the area in some way. It is the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation (SPCF). Over the past 16 years the board, consisting of a small group of volunteers, has shepherded the establishment and growth of a permanent endowment fund. The principal of the endowment fund itself is held in perpetuity, and its annual yield funds grants to charitable organizations on the Saanich Peninsula. This year grants totaling over $17,000 were made to eight different groups, benefitting Saanich Peninsula residents of all ages. One great example we have been able to support is Countryside Preschool on St Stephens Road. This preschool has been operating for over 40 years. A new feature children love is an outdoor covered workshop area (pictured), the result of the collaboration last year between parent volunteer labour and grant support from SPCF for materials. Did you know that Countryside offers a weekly free drop-in “Stay 'n Play” program for preschoolers and their caregivers? Imagine bringing your child to this wonderful drop-in program, yet not being able to participate because you are mobility-challenged and in a wheelchair. This year Countryside requested support from SPCF to create wheelchair accessibility, and with funding support, SPCF is pleased to help Countryside honour its commitment to offering free and accessible enjoyment of the facility, furthering its philosophy of “learning through play.” Many folks across Canada choose to contribute to community foundations, happy knowing their charitable gifts today, and especially the legacy gifts made through their estate plans, will be prudently managed for the future to support their local communities. What will the needs in our community be next year, or 20 years down the road? No one knows for certain; what is certain is that the permanency of the SPCF endowment fund will ensure support to help meet those needs. A gift today will support the Saanich Peninsula now and in perpetuity. Your Community. Your Gift. Your Legacy. Enriching the lives of residents on the Saanich Peninsula, both for today and for the future. For more information, visit

Panorama Recreation: Shaking Up Summertime Blues by Jo Barnes

"There's nothing to do."

Well … you could wash the car. And Daisy needs to be taken for a walk. And, oh what was that other thing you might do? Oh yes … You could make your own robot! The start of summer can be stressful for kids and parents, but the diversity of summer camp programs at Panorama Recreation will transform that apathy to adventure and disinterest to delight. "Panorama’s fantastic staff and diverse lineup of camp activities really sets their programs apart," says Hannah Nawroth, Assistant Community Recreation Coordinator. Camp leaders have extensive backgrounds working with youth and work hard to create fun camps that are also valuable. Says Hawroth: "This year, physical literacy skill development, nurturing of creativity and environmental awareness are key focuses." Summer 2016 features popular camps like Sunseekers (ages six to eight) and Adventure Seekers (ages six to 11), which run weekly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and carry special themes like "Summertime Safari" or "Time Travelers." Also returning are: Outdoor Pursuits (ages nine to 13) featuring out-trips like kayaking, paddleboarding, or rockclimbing; and Mountain Bike & Dirt Jump and Afternoon Adventures (six to 10), a full-day program on bike fundamentals and safety as well as indoor and outdoor games. So what's new this summer? Are you a budding chef aged seven to 12? The half-day Kids in the Kitchen gives participants a chance to prepare and eat delicious cuisine and learn safety skills and nutrition along the way. Are you aged nine to 12 and love biking? In the full-day Mountain Bike & Swim you can navigate challenging trails then cool off with a swim in the pool. For the 11- to 15-year-olds who love excitement and challenge, there's Extreme Teen Outings featuring a choice of tubing down the Cowichan River or a high wire rush at Adrenaline Zipline Adventure. For the year-round hockey enthusiast there's Youth Hockey League for ages six to 13. If sports are what you seek, then Panorama delivers. There's top-notch coaching from organizations like Eli Pasquale Basketball Camps or Soccertron. And talk about choice! There's tennis, 1 9 6 8 2 7 4 5 3

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basketball, gymnastics, power skating, aquatics, dance, ping pong, squash, soccer, kayaking, horseback riding, and rowing. Passionate about performing arts? With the talented staff from Allegro Performing Arts, you'll learn all kinds of dance moves in Dance Performance. Serious for science and nature? Budding techies have a chance to learn animation, create videos and build their own robots in Byte Camps. Explore the world of inventions or learn about detective work in Mad Science Camps. With so many camps, it's best to check the website for detailed weekly activity schedules: camps-pro-day. Panorama Recreation summer camps are the sure-fire cure for summertime boredom … and it sure beats washing the car!

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solitary life. When it’s just you responsible for the whole business (which can include being bookkeeper, marketing department, sales, customer service and janitor) it can feel like there’s no time to engage in business mixers or social events. But getting to know your business community, and getting known in your business community, are two vital elements for enjoying and growing your own business. This is why Cheryl Young decided to start the Sidney Meet Up Business Network. Operating on the principle that members can learn and benefit from mixing with other entrepreneurs, the group has grown to 61 members and is actively seeking more. Cheryl knows that having a support network is invaluable, especially when starting out. In larger businesses this is built into your work life through your colleagues; as a solo business person you can look to your peers to provide feedback, advice and sometimes just to listen if you’ve had a difficult experience, or want someone to celebrate your successes with. Business to business networking is also a great way to share skills. There is always more to learn, and especially when starting a new enterprise it is invaluable to have the resource of someone else’s experience. This means that you need to ask questions of each other. Think of networking as a two-way conversation – you’re not just selling your own business; you can uncover the knowledge base that your fellow business owners have built up. Someone else will always have been in the role that you are in now, and by reaching out and asking questions you may find a solution to a problem that you couldn’t have achieved on your own. Networking is also a significant means of understanding the business opportunities in your community. Each time you share your skills, you ensure you are more visible as a business. Networking allows connection between what’s available and what’s needed. Make sure that you are recommending your networking colleagues when you hear about opportunities, and they will be doing the same for you. In a small community, word-of-mouth is a crucial marketing tool. It’s not just about making an impression: business owners need to reinforce it through consistently giving the same message. The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce awarded Sidney Meet Up with its "Contribution to the Community" award at 2015’s Crystal Awards, recognizing its value to small business owners. By regularly attending the Sidney Meet Up social events and workshops, members expand their range of contacts and their skills too. Learn from your peers and have fun too; members have found the supportive nature of the group nurturing and inspiring. Visit for more info and to join.

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tech talk is your business information safe? (Part 1) When information systems fail, it can be crippling for any business. But every business is unique, and failing to thoroughly assess your situation may lead to adopting a solution that is expensive overkill or cheap and inadequate. Most IT professionals agree that by Brian Harrison there is not one failsafe solution to Peninsula Computer protecting and recovering data. Solutions Ltd. What are the necessary business precautions you should take to protect critical files and applications in the event of data loss or disaster? Sooner or later, you’re going to experience a hard drive system failure or malware attack, usually when you least expect it. Here are a few suggestions to help disaster-proof your business. Conduct an assessment. Know where your customer information and other sensitive data is located. With this knowledge, you can better prioritize what data is secured and backed up should you have to access it. Work with a trusted partner to disaster-proof data and systems. Use an experienced partner to ensure your backup and disaster recovery solution meets the needs of your business. The goal is to minimize operational impact and risks. Consider both internal and offsite solutions. Define what an acceptable recovery time is and choose the right storage media. Think about how quickly you need to restore your data; you will pay later if you have to wait for days. Understand how long your business can wait – hours or days – could your business survive? Create a disaster recovery plan and test it. Have a written disaster recovery plan. It sounds obvious, but it is very easy to forget the most important aspect of disaster recovery: actually writing down a plan. Think through the most likely threats to your business, keeping in mind everything from human error to component failure to natural disaster. Make sure sensitive data is properly encrypted. To effectively disaster-proof data, it is important to incorporate encryption into the data backup equation. A full-scale backup with encryption of the data at rest and in-transit will prevent unauthorized users from gaining access and effectively minimize exposure. It is the answer for securityconscious organizations which must follow regulatory frameworks to maintain security of sensitive data. Get proactive: get a professional. Information technology can often be overlooked as we all work to run our business. All too often technology problems arise without warning and the price of lost productivity, production or sales can cost a lot more than putting safeguards in place. In part two we will continue a few more suggestions to help ensure your business continuity. For more information visit

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Held every Wednesday from July 6 until August 17, this is a community family event. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic supper, or buy your dinner from one of the vendors in the park. Experience a wide variety of music, and the company of your neighbours and friends – a unique event! tuesday evenings

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting 7.30 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney

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Moon Walk (Guided Walk; 5 yrs +) Coles Bay Regional Park (North Saanich) 10:30 to 12 p.m. 250.478.3344 |

When the moon is new and the tide is low, down to Coles Bay we’ll go! Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist to look for marine creatures like crabs, sea stars and the elusive moon snail. This program includes wading in the water so be prepared to get your feet and clothes wet (wear shorts and sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the information kiosk. July 4

Play in the Park Launch Party 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. @ Pioneer Park, Brentwood Bay 250.656.7271 |

Join us as we kick off the Play in the Park program for the summer! Enjoy a BBQ dinner by donation to benefit the Arena Improvement Fund. July 9

Early Evening Canoe Adventure (Guided Adult Paddle; 18 yrs +) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) 6 to 9 p.m. 250.478.3344 |

Search for eagles, herons, turtles and other wildlife on the lake with CRD Regional Parks naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided; no experience is necessary. Be prepared to get your feet wet. $20+GST. Pre-registration required by July 7. Space is limited.

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Peninsula Wine Fest 1 to 4 p.m. @ St. Stephen’s Church, 7921 St. Stephen’s Rd, Saanichton 250.652.1611 |

All ages welcome. Wine tasting tickets $40/person, available via the site above. Please purchase in advance. Tickets to attend without participating in the Wine Tasting activities are free but they must also be registered in advance. Community-focused, featuring eight Peninsula wineries. Entertainment for all ages. All proceeds support community programs endorsed by the Parish of Central Saanich. July 11 - 21

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100 life-size, handcrafted scarecrow “People from the Past” created by the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society, and 50 businesses and community groups. A hilarious look at where things like fast food, sports and fashion originated. Pick up a map, vote for your favourites and win prizes. Join in the awards/prize ceremony July 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.

last word Last month, one of the gentlemen featured in our Men to Watch section mentioned how important it is to live a balanced life. A seemingly simple concept, but one that can be difficult to achieve! Since returning to work at the end of September, it has felt like my life has been anything but balanced. I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to put my daughter in daycare full time, so I arranged part-time childcare while I worked nearly every evening, weekend and naptime. The problem? Although I got to see my baby a lot, when I did I was always thinking about work … and when she was sleeping or at daycare it seemed I had no option but to be at my desk! It felt like there was no time for anything else, and without that important work/life balance, I quickly began to get burnt out. I finally admitted recently that adding another day of childcare every week was the best decision for my family. What a difference! As soon as I made that choice it felt like the burden fell from my shoulders, and since then I feel like my time is on a more even keel. Speaking of balance, that’s a huge part of putting Seaside together every month. It’s about maintaining symmetry between the needs of our community, the history of the magazine and the requirement to keep things fresh and interesting and constantly moving forward. As Sue mentions in this month’s “First Word,” we are celebrating

10 years of being on the Saanich Peninsula; I have been Editor-inChief of Seaside for nearly eight of them! About once a year or so, I pull out my first issue and read my “Last Word.” Doing so is a good check; it helps me step back and make sure I’ve not only stayed true to those goals I set for myself and the magazine all those years ago but also that we’ve grown and evolved. We hear all the time from readers who love the magazine, and the history behind it, but while we respect that past, we understand that if you’re not moving ahead you’re left behind. That’s where balance comes in. There are columns, and writers, that have been in Seaside almost from the beginning. They are beloved by the community, and their words form the foundation of the magazine. But every year we look at our editorial calendar and decide which columns have gotten stale, and what community needs are not being met by the current roster. We then set out to fill those gaps with new, fresh talent and ideas. See our newest addition – Tech Talk – on page 59. We’re also constantly evaluating the look of the magazine – what still works well, and what could look better? You’ll see a design change with this month’s cover and table of contents; I hope you like it! Achieving that balance makes Seaside the very special “purple cow,” as Sue says, at the heart of our neighbourhoods … and Your Saanich Peninsula Voice. Thank you for your support over the last decade.

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