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When I was in Grade Six, my best friend Linda and I started a book club. We were pretty driven and collected dues – our ulterior motive: charge dues so we could buy the next Nancy Drew mystery since the Calgary Public Library refused to stock our favourite sleuth. Fast forward to moving to the Peninsula, where I've belonged to The Page Turners book club since moving here. It's been nine years of great reading and a chance once a year to present my current, favourite book. This year it was Clare Mulley's The Spy Who Loved, which I saw in Tanner's and reviewed for this issue. I'm also a journalist and author, including My Mother Was Right: How Today's Women Reconcile With Their Mothers (Wiley), now out in paperback.
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A registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist practising in North Saanich with my husband Dr. Jeffrey Jones TCM, I am passionate about my work and love to help my patients to enjoy a better quality of life. The body has many ways of communicating a problem and women are fortunate to have that constant ebb and flow of hormones to help guide them. Although menopause seems like a curse, it is in fact an important transitional time for a woman. It is a time to find a new voice and inner strength as the Chinese call this period of time the "dragon years." Contrary to Western culture, the dragon is a powerful and protective symbol in China. I enjoyed contributing an herbalist's perspective on Donna Randall's stories in Menopause or Lunacy…That is the Question and this month's Inside Out column. donna randall
Early on, my mother had me pegged as either a teacher or nurse, given my penchant for teaching, writing and helping others. While wrong, she was on the right track, as I became a sexuality educator, professional writer and a family caregiver. I've now gathered these passions into a business (found at dfrent.org) focusing on making a "dfrence," particularly for family caregivers and menopausal women, sometimes one and the same. Having known herbalist Mikiala Christie while I wrote Menopause or Lunacy … That is the Question, finally we collaborate on an herbal approach to some common menopausal symptoms. While my colleague offers sound advice, a few of my book scenario titles offer a glimpse of my chaos, soothed by a good dose of humour. Read our joint effort in this month's Inside Out column.
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I have worked in support of local agriculture on the Saanich Peninsula and beyond since the 1990s. "Go Local" is a passion. It began in 1997 when, out of the blue, I unexpectedly found myself Manager of the Peninsula Country Market. I loved working with the vendors and the wonderful sense of community the market offered. Soon after, I became editor of the annual Farm Fresh guide, then immersed myself in work with the Island Farmers' Alliance and British Columbia AgriTourism Alliance before serving as a Director with the BC Association of Farmers' Markets. Today, I am once again the manager of the Peninsula Country Market, as well as editor of the Farm Fresh guide and coordinator of the growing Saanich Peninsula Flavour Trails project.
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first word So, you're probably wondering why a bottle on the cover? At first the idea was more of a nostalgic one, reflecting on all that we have done with Seaside Magazine and attempting to capture all of its contents in a bottle. So many words have been written, and so many stories have been gathered over the past years. I had my photographer, Jo-Ann Way, shoot the idea a couple of months ago but it wasn't until now that it seemed fitting. A few weeks ago, my mother suddenly passed away and I only got to say a few words to her by phone beforehand. Then it all made sense: what words I would have said to her for the very last time, locked up until we meet again. The idea behind a message in a bottle certainly isn't new: it stems back as far as
310 BC when the first bottle was released by Greek philosopher Theophrastus. It is thought that Theophrastus was conducting an experiment using water currents to prove that the Mediterranean Sea was formed by the Atlantic Ocean. Messages in bottles have been used in more recent times too. In 2005, a group of migrants shipwrecked off the coast of Costa Rica sent a cry for help by enclosing a message in a bottle. They managed to tie the bottle to a long line on a fishing boat as it passed. The bottle was retrieved and the people were rescued. There is also something undeniably romantic about tossing a message into the ocean and seeing to whom fate would send it. Then there are the sad farewells. Here is to our mom, and our message in a bottle: Mom The day you died I kissed your face After you died I held you close to me I knew it would be the last time I held you for the rest of my life
You were so sick, in so much pain That is no life I know you were afraid to die I hope you have found comfort and peace Do you remember how I held your hand and lay my head on your shoulder Even at that moment I couldn't imagine life without you People talk about broken hearts in songs or movies Until that moment I had never known a true broken heart Over and over I thought "How can I live without you?" I watched you live, I watched you die Every day I look up at the sky I know you're with dad dancing and laughing but I miss you so much I love you till I see you again You are forever in my heart and mind!
~ Anonymous From rescue pleas and sad farewells to random notes … what would your message in a bottle be?
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Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via firstname.lastname@example.org or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. I trust you'll publish a contrary opinion to that of Raincoast Conservation Foundation's executive direcor, Chris Genovali, whose axes to grind are too numerous to list (Kinder Morgan: Putting the Salish Sea at Risk, July 2014). Oil tankers, freighters and bulk carriers – even warships – have been sailing out of Vancouver, Bellingham, and Seattle for decades and I challenge him to count on more than the fingers of one hand how many maritime collisions and spills have occurred in that time. He should be pointing his finger at the dozens and dozens of cruise ships that dump their sewage tanks at the opening to the Juan de Fuca Strait. And to pollute the strait through the use of 2,500 plywood "cards" to supposedly help produce maps of potential oil spill trajectories is nothing if not pseudoscience. But that's what a lot of environmentalists are – pseudo-scientists. P.S. Still love the magazine though! Lorne Peasland, Saanich
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I was very upset to read the article published in your July issue called Car Buying Made Easy … For Women. In what world do women need a special explanation – from a man, no less – in order to complete a transaction? The article is breathtaking in its misogyny, assuming not only that all women know little or nothing about cars, but that all men have inborn car knowledge. It's 2014, we've moved past that. Of particular value was the sentence explaining that "if you have children, they'll require seats." Thank goodness [writer] Al Duncan is on the case! It's disappointing to see such a painful, obvious example of the phenomenon "mansplaining" in a magazine that appears to have women in editorial and contributory positions. Last I checked, one's sex has nothing to do with their automotive knowledge or their comfort or experience in purchasing vehicles, and [Duncan's] attitude is deeply out of date. Jacqueline Fortier I am writing in response to your July article: Kinder Morgan: Putting the Salish Sea at Risk. As a company who has been in operation in BC for more than 60 years we know that the Salish Sea is of significant cultural, economic and environmental value to the people who live and work here. Today our pipeline terminal serves about five tankers per month and if our proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project is approved this could increase up to 34 tankers per month. The maximum size of the tankers however is not changing and are of similar size to other tankers currently operating in the region. The marine safety regime in the Salish Sea meets global best practices. Two B.C. Coast Pilots are on board the tankers between the Westridge Terminal and Victoria. As well, tethered tug escorts are used through Vancouver Harbour, Haro Straits and Boundary Pass. In our Application to the National Energy Board, we have recommended an extended tug escort to be in effect for the entire transit through the Salish Sea. Additionally we have recommended that a Moving Safety Zone be put into effect around all loaded tankers. We have also proposed a major enhancement of the spill response regime which would involve the establishment of five new spill response bases in the region. I encourage your readers to learn more about our project and our proposed marine safety enhancements at www.transmountain.com. Michael Davies, Senior Director, Marine Development Kinder Morgan Canada
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The Galapagos Islands
i never dreamed my heart and soul could be so completely captivated by a group of remote islands
Feasting my eyes on amazing scenery and architecture, meeting people from all over the world, and sampling their wonderful ethnic food has become a passion of mine. As a photographer, I have truly enjoyed capturing some magical moments in very unique places. When asked about my favourite cities, Saint Petersburg, Istanbul, Vienna, Venice and others all come to mind for different reasons. In 2013, I was given a life-changing opportunity by Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic. I never dreamed that my heart and soul could be so completely captivated by a group of remote islands 960 kilometres west of the coast of Ecuador along the equator … The Galapagos. The wild beauty and serenity of this mystical place made me feel like I had gone back in time. The species of birds, mammals and reptiles living there are mostly unique to those islands and have adapted specific characteristics. The 13 species of Darwin's finches, for example, have evolved according to the environs and food supply of the island in the archipelago on which they live. The most extraordinary observation was that the wildlife was not afraid of people – though not tame, and we did keep a respectful distance – but the multitude of creatures there seemed oblivious to human presence. We observed the courtship display of the bluefooted boobies and stood within a few feet of nesting birds. In the heat of the day, a flightless cormorant stood over her chicks with her small wings extended, providing shade for her offspring and moving every few seconds as the sun moved across the sky. Bright red-orange sally lightfoot crabs walked on the tips of their claws across the black lava rock, and we saw penguins, albatross, great frigatebirds, egrets by Monica Reekie
and more. We had the very special experience of sitting on a beach with 100 or more sea lions and having some of them come close, lie down and have a nap and, when I walked into the water, they came in to play around my legs. Swimming among playful sea lions, beautiful fish, sea turtles and other creatures; simply walking along a pristine beach with red, white, green or black sand; tiptoeing over lava rock, being careful to avoid the ever-so-docile marine iguanas warming up in the sun; or hiking to the top of a crater for breathtaking views is my idea of paradise. Being face-to-face with a giant tortoise or watching a sea turtle lay her eggs before making her journey back to the ocean and watching rays surfing the waves close to the beach are some amazing memories. There are a few predators here, including the Galapagos hawk, owls and herons, but otherwise it's an apparent Eden. Conservation is paramount here and is taken very seriously. Naturalists must accompany all visitors on shore landings, which not only protect the integrity of the area, but give the visitor a wonderful education about this irreplaceable ecosystem and the importance of preserving it for future generations. The unique vegetation varies greatly from island to island, ranging from desert to lush cloud-forest to moorland. The Charles Darwin Research Station is a wonderful place to learn even more about their conservation programs and goals. I am looking forward to returning to paradise in November! There will be a fundraising trip to the Galapagos in November/ December 2014 aboard National Geographic Endeavor with Robert and Birgit Bateman. There are a few spaces remaining! For more information visit https://www.vision2000travel.com/. SEASIDE | august 2014 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 11
conversations from the past An Imaginary Interview With gold rush bishop Edward cridge
Bishop Cridge by Valerie Green
Have you ever wondered what it would be
like to sit down and talk with some interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. Edward and Mary Cridge, two gentle, caring souls full of compassion and love, arrived on Vancouver Island in the 1850s. ("Interview" conducted in 1900.) Please tell me something of your early life. I was born in 1817 in Devonshire, England. My mother died when I was young so I was raised by my father. At 19, I became a schoolmaster at Oundle Grammar School in Northampton and held that position for six years. I later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cambridge and also passed my theological exam. In 1850 I was ordained by the Bishop of Norfolk. Why did you decide to come to the New World? I had moved to Essex in 1851 and was appointed incumbent of Essex Christ Church for a three-year tenure. Poor health led me to apply for the Hudson's Bay Company chaplaincy at Fort Victoria in 1854. I believe you had already met and married your wife, Mary, by then? Yes, Mary and I were married on September 14th, 1854, and one week later left on the Marquis of Bute for Victoria, a voyage which took six months. We began ministering at the Fort until construction was completed on the Victoria District Church. We renamed it Christ Church and lived in the parsonage on an annual salary of 400 pounds. Weren't you also appointed superintendent ofÂ education? I held that post for 10 years. Challenging years for you? Yes, the population had increased because of the Fraser River Gold Rush and I was now
ministering to miners, prostitutes and ethnic people. I needed assistance so I wrote to London asking for two or three more priests to assist me. Instead, Bishop George Hills was sent out to oversee all Church operations in the Columbia District. At first we got along well and in 1860 the Bishop appointed me Dean of Christ Church. Together we built the foundation of the Anglican Church in British Columbia. But then you fell out? Yes, a doctrinal conflict between us in 1872 split the Anglican Church. It was a bitter dispute. What happened following this? I was brought before an Ecclesiastical Court because of our differences over ritualism and formality within the Church. In 1875 I was elected Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church overseeing Church affairs from San Francisco to Alaska and I continued to preach at our renamed
Church of Our Lord until 1895. I also helped run the Protestant Orphan's Home and was active in the establishment of the YWCA and the Central High School. And you and your wife continued your goodÂ works? I'm proud to say we had established the first hospital in Victoria in 1858. Mary had previously been taking patients into our own home. Land was donated for a hospital at Yates and Broad Streets but in 1890 the Royal Jubilee was erected. We also helped to better the deplorable prison conditions. Mary Cridge died five years after this interview. Bishop Cridge lived until 1913, beloved by many. Today, the Cridge Centre for the Family in Victoria is a reminder of this compassionate man. Valerie Green is an author and historian and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Fresh New Look If you have visited the Mary Winspear Centre’s website lately you may have noticed a fresh new look. Over the past several months, the Mary Winspear staff has worked closely with the talented team at Holy Cow Communications to design a modern site that better informs the community and is, most importantly, user-friendly. It has been our focus recently to share the Centre’s history and story with everyone. The Centre is here to serve the Peninsula and provide a space for generations to take in the arts, experience culture and make memories. The new website makes it easy to follow what’s happening with an events listing and categorized calendar. “Our top priorities for the new website is to have it be userfriendly and for us to connect with the Peninsula,” says the Centre’s Executive Director, Brad Edgett. Explore marywinspear.ca and let us know what you think! It is our priority to give everyone the experience they are looking for when they visit the Centre and we want to deliver the same service online. On the bottom of the site, click on blog
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and Métis Art Show From August 8th to September 4th the Mary Winspear Centre will host the 6th Annual First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show. This is the longest continuous show that represents First Nations artists from across Canada, bringing together a variety of art forms from over 40 artists. In the Show’s six years of existence it has become very important to the local community, providing exposure and opportunities to both traditional and emerging artists. Unique to the Show is the artists’ participation. There will be daily demonstrations including carving, painting and beadwork, giving patrons the opportunity to meet the artists, allowing for a better understanding of the culture and heritage behind the techniques and artwork itself. The diversity of art styles will include carving, weaving, painting, prints, pottery, beading, jewelry, and drums, just to name a few. There will be artist representation from the local Coast Salish territories, Northwest Coast, Métis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwa, Navajo, Inuit and Chickasaw Nations. The 2014 First Nations, Inuit & Métis Art Show takes place August 8th to September 4th. Show hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m; Thursday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.
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The Mary Winspear Centre welcomes to the Charlie White Theatre international Broadway and London West End legend Peter Karrie staring in The Phantom of the Opera Returns on Sunday, August 31st. Peter Karrie, hailing from Wales, has portrayed “The Phantom” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera around the world and was named The World’s Most Popular Phantom by the Worldwide Phantom of the Opera Appreciation Society. Karrie was made an honourary Canadian citizen upon completing his “Phantom” role in Vancouver where he preformed for nearly a decade. Joining him on stage is soprano Melina Moore who will be playing “Christine” to Mr. Karrie’s “Phantom.” Now calling Vernon home, Moore, originally from Argentina, studied at The Julliard School in New York City. Ms. Moore frequently performs with symphonies and orchestras throughout British Columbia including Victoria, and has been a featured artist on CBC Radio Two. The Phantom of the Opera Returns is an electrifying and moving concert experience geared toward an intimate audience, and marks a three-year musical collaboration of Mr. Karrie and Ms. Moore. Be sure not to miss your chance to see this duo when they perform all of Phantom’s musical hits and other wellknown Broadway selections. Tickets available at the Mary Winspear Box Office: 250-656-0275 or online at www.marywinspear.ca. Written by Carey Salvador.
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reasons a grown man would walk like that. Either he is flirting with a kidney stone or is experiencing a Viagra overdose. A quick CT scan confirmed that I was suffering from the less smirk-worthy of the two. Enter my nurse, Martin. He worked his magic and charm like the concierge at the Empress, with his cool drinks, warm blankets and "on demand" morphine. Wait, he offered me morphine? My mind flashed back to all those World War II movies I had seen where the GI is lying on the beach using his left leg as a pillow and calling for his mother. They still use morphine? I resisted, even though I was now making sounds like a water buffalo and big game hunters were beginning to gather near the pop machine. I tried switching from wailing to mask the pain to the less obvious, breathy "hee hee hah hah" that Lisa and I learned in childbirth class, but that just made it ridiculous. I figured enough of this. If he isn't going to give me an epidural, than just gimme the Saving Private Ryan drug. Days later I found that there's a brotherhood of "stoners" I now belong to. There are at least three other men at work who've experienced the agony of stone birth. We're like a bunch of women who wear our labour stories like a badge of honour and try and outdo each other as to how long it lasted. My "labour" lasted over six hazy days. Unlike most women who've had a baby, my bundle of joy was about 4 mm and not even worthy of the name I gave him … Oliver Stone. Unlike most moms, I will never be thumbing through a medical journal and catch a glimpse of a kidney stone, get amnesia and suddenly want to do it all over again. In the end, little Oliver decided to pass quietly and go out like a lamb without much fanfare. I've been asked by my stoner support brothers if I'd rather die of a kidney stone or a viagra overdose. I tell them I'd probably choose a kidney stone, because at least that way, you'd be able to close the lid on my casket. Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5's popular morning show. Join them weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m.
I've only been in the hospital for myself three times in my life. First encounter was when I was five and got my tonsils out. The next two times the job stress of being in this pressure cooker called radio convinced by Michael Forbes me I was having a heart attack. They weren't cardiac arrests, I just forgot to have fun. Lesson learned. This story is about the fourth time , one recent Sunday morning when I woke up with a pain in my side akin to being gored by a bull at Pamplona. If I could give you any advice: please hold off on all medical emergencies until 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The admitting nurse was unbusy enough to watch me move like Jagger with his knees duct taped together across the VGH parking lot. By the time I had a chance to sashay my way in, this nurse had more than enough time to make her diagnosis. She said "there are only two
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Drop-In Rock Climbing Thrilling new adventure at “The Boulders Climbing Gym.” Instructors certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Experienced staff help kids scramble up the walls. Registration required one week in advance. Drop-in every Saturday until December 20th. 10-11:30am. $17. 6-11 yrs. To register: www.crd.bc.ca/panorama; 250.656.7271.
Sept 17 Nature Babies in Backpacks A CRD-guided walk for parents and babies. Join a naturalist for this fun nature program, stroll through the forest and explore the stroller-friendly park trails. Free drop-in. 10-11:30am. Francis/King Regional Park. Meet at the Nature Centre off Munn Road. www.crd.bc.ca/parks. Sept 18 - Oct 30 Good Morning Rhymetime Bring along your tiniest tots for
a fun time at the library with movements, singing, stories and rhymes. Thursdays 10:15-11am. Free. Drop-In. 0-5 yrs. Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney/North Saanich Branch. www.virl.bc.ca/branches/sidney-north-saanich. 250.656.0944.
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LEGO® Stories LEGO equals magic! Now you can play with LEGO and build your own creation at the library with their blocks. Each class has a different theme. Fridays 3:15 - 4:15 pm. Age 5+. Free. Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney/North Saanich Branch. www.virl.bc.ca/branches/sidney-north-saanich. 250.656.0944.
Sept 27 - Nov 29 UVic Science Venture Weekend Clubs Fill children with a love of Science: Mini Venture Club (gr. 1&2) explores science, technology & math; Venture Girls (gr. 3-6) explores science & engineering with projects, games, speakers; Venture Boys (gr. 3-6) explores science & engineering with experiments, projects, lab tours. Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm, no session Oct. 11 & Nov. 8. 8/$90. University of Victoria. www.scienceventure.ca/weekend-clubs. 250.721.8983.
Oct 7 - Nov 4 Pottery Teens practise skills in sculpting clay, glazing and decorating. Creative fun trying out the Potter's Wheel. Tuesdays 5:15-6:45pm. 5/$80. 9-16yrs. Greenglade Community Centre Room #3. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271. Oct 11 - 13 Go With the Flow! Watershed Programming Special kids'
learning sessions about our watershed system and how to protect it. Children build their own watershed and enjoy art projects. Programming at various times during the day from Saturday to Monday. Regular admission only: Child $5; Adult: $15. Age 3 to pre-teen. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. www.oceandiscovery.ca. 250.665.7511.
Oct 16 ARTrageous - Sandpaper Transfer Pillow Case Kids learn a new fun-filled skill: transferring their very own drawings from sand paper onto a pillow case. Th 6-7:30pm. $10. 6-12 yrs. Greenglade Community Centre Room #7. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271.
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Sept 30 - Dec 9 Music Together - The Joy of Family Music Internationally-recognized early childhood music and movement program for children up to age 5 to enjoy with their parents. Includes CD & Songbook, Resource Guide & DVD. Tuesdays 9:15-10am (or10:15/11:15). 1st child: 10/$155. Siblings: $100; under 9 mos. free. Greenglade Community Centre Room #5. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271.
Oct 24 - Nov 28
Mad Science Project Earth Kids will explore subjects about our earth and its habitat; learn how science connects to everyday life & build a take-home toy. Fridays 4:155:15pm 6/$106. North Saanich Middle School Science Classroom. 5-11 yrs. Register: www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271.
Oct 21 - Dec 2 Reading Buddies Children (gr. 2-4) are paired with a teen Big Buddy to practice their reading skills with books and games. The Library needs teen volunteers (gr. 9-12) to share their passion for reading with kids. Tuesdays 4-5 pm. Free. Fill out an application at the library to register your child or call Virginia MacLeod, 250-656-0944. Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney/North Saanich Branch. www.virl.bc.ca/branches/sidney-north-saanich.
Oct 24 Sea Science Day During Science and Technology week, the aquarium will have cool activities to make Science fun. Kids will enjoy science journalling, special experiments, "Being a Biologist" games. Fri 10:30am-3:30pm. Regular Admission only: Child $5; Adult: $15. Age 3 to preteen. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. www.oceandiscovery.ca. 250.665.7511. Oct 27 - Dec 25 Tot Tuesdays Fun at the aquarium with a new sea topic every week taught through crafting, stories, games. Kids will learn about sharks, seals, whales & “who eats who.” Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am. Ages 3-5. Regular Admission only: Child $5; Adult: $15. Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. www.oceandiscovery.ca. 250.665.7511 Nov 1 - Dec 13 Mini Canucks Advanced Children learn to skate with a puck,
pass and shoot. They practice more advanced skills focusing on good flow & balance. Full equipment is mandatory. Saturdays 10:30-11:15am. 7/$47.25. 4-7 yrs. Panorama Recreation Arena A - Ice. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271.
Nov 5 - 28 Biology Buddies Children experience the joy and wonder of nature through games, crafts & walks. Topics: Nature’s Garbage Collectors, Cunning Corvids, Happy Hibernators, Southern Bound. Wednesdays 9:3011:30am or 1-3pm or Fridays 1-3pm. 4/$75. 4-6 yrs. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. www.swanlake.bc.ca/biology-buddies.php. Registration starts August 1st: 250-479-0211.
Nov 5 - Dec 17
Knight's Chess Teaches kids to think logically and strategically. This intermediate class focuses on basic tactical combinations & chess principles. Wednesdays 3:45 – 5:15pm. 7/$63. Age 8+. Greenglade Community Centre Room #6. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271.
Nov 6 - Dec 18
Active Start Children learn the building blocks of movement – running, jumping, throwing, balance, coordination – skills that will keep them active for life. Thursdays 3:15- 4pm. 7/$45 3-4 yrs. Greenglade Community Centre Gymnasium. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271.
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Nov 7 - Dec 19 Water Polo Club Kids develop basic water polo skills, tactics and strategies. They learn about team building and fitness. Fridays 3:30-4:30pm (7-10 yrs.); 4:305:30pm (11-13 yrs.) 7/$52.50. Panorama Recreation Pool. www.crd.bc.ca/panorama. 250.656.7271. Nov 30 Duck Day Discover the interesting ways ducks have adapted to life on the lake and find out "who's who" in the duck universe. Noon – 3pm. Drop-in anytime. All ages. Admission by donation. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. www.swanlake.bc.ca/all-age-programs.php. 250.479.0211.
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August 3 – The Broken Strings The Broken Strings are Victoria’s most diverse cover band,
comprised of members from several original bands (Jets Overhead, Current Swell, Calico Mountain). The Broken Strings cover a very diverse variety of artists from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and beyond such as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, Tom Petty and Coldplay among many others. The band has over eight years of experience playing local Victoria venues including Darcy’s Pub, Bard & Banker, Canoe Brewpub and The Strathcona Hotel.
August 10 – Bongo Love The members of Bongo Love,
from Zimbabwe, have been playing together since 2001. “Afrocoustics,” as they call their genre, is a fusion of guitar and traditional African acoustic instruments: the mbira (thumb piano from Zimbabwe), the marimba (Mozambique) the djembe/bongo (West Africa) and the congas. Bongo Love is a unique blend of Afrobeat fused with traditional Zimbabwean-style music performed by musicians immersed in a globally-influenced musical perspective. Their original songs and vibrant dances have captured audiences for nearly a decade, making them one of Southern Africa’s most diverse bands.
August 17 – Four Chords of Wood
Four Chords of Wood is an energetic group of talented performers based on Vancouver Island. Known for their love of hard-driving Bluegrass music, FCoW’s music comprises rich vocal harmonies and strong instrumental accompaniment. The members are all experienced performers grounded in stage presence and audience rapport. Waltzes, blues, sentimental numbers, fiddle tunes, gospel and some foot-to-the-floor ravers; anticipate seeing some fancy footwork as each soloist steps up to the mic and then makes way for the next … but most of all, expect to be entertained!
August 24 – The Timebenders The Timebenders experience is a musical romp through the ages,
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can we talk seaside marketing coordinator and gustavson business student elizabeth moss talks with ian hennigar, senior manager, panorama recreation Being involved with high performance sports from a young age, your passion lies with the health and wellness of upcoming generations. What would be your advice for parents raising young children and trying to keep the whole family active? My advice would be to find a routine/activities that work for your family; do things together that you enjoy. This is only limited by your imagination. Saturday could be your hiking day, with so many great parks and trails there are lots of places to explore. Sunday could be your bike ride day, Monday is your play in the park day etc â€Ś just keep moving! Use your creativity and involve the children; they have tons of ideas. I am also a firm believer that children should walk or ride to school rain or shine. We live in a very safe community and this exercise has been proven to improve health and even improve academic marks. If your child is driven to an out-of-district school drop them off away from the school so they have at least a 15minuteÂ walk. Panorama is a leader for a lot of its active lifestyle programs such as the Youth Pass; how are you planning to promote this further in the community to create similar programs? Communication and improved awareness of our extensive program offering is a critical priority for Panorama. We are continuing to expand our presence through various outreach opportunities. The Play in the Park program has been a great success, where our staff is at a community park every week night in the summer. We have staff that visit schools and speak to a wide range of community groups, and we have a significant and very successful social media program. The local media is extremely good to us. Graduating with your Bachelor of Commerce degree and having a lot of experience in different executive director positions, your knowledge of the business world is extensive. You have recently launched an employee wellness program at Panorama, starting with local businesses; can you expand on this and give us an example of how it works? This has been a very successful program with over 35 companies already participating. Wellness is a huge issue for employers. Research
is conclusive: healthier employees are more engaged, have less sick days, are more productive and make fewer mistakes. What employer wouldn't want to do something that has such a huge impact on their business? A participating business does almost all of the administrative work. They confirm with their employees who are interested in an annual pass program with Panorama, then forward a list of the names and relevant information to us along with one cheque. Since the administrative work is done by the employer, our costs are much lower and we pass that along to the employees. This has brought in a significant amount of new revenue allowing us to keep our tax requisition much lower so it is a great win-win for all. You have done a lot of research in the area of child and youth wellness and you are currently organizing a Kids R Us summit with many of the Greater Victoria organizations that help fund this area. What is the summit's main focus and agenda? The latest research from Stats Canada indicates that only 7% of Canadian children meet the national guideline of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per day. Locally we are bit better, however that isn't saying much. It will take every group that touches on child and youth wellness to make an impact. The summit is to bring these bodies together to improve collaboration and to fill some of the gaps to improve their wellness. As a society we have to invoke change. Obesity
rates have tripled and the number of young children with diabetes, cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular disease, mental health issues is staggering. Already 40% of provincial tax dollars are spent on the health care system. How will we afford this in 20 years when these children are young adults and the baby boomers are elderly? The Active Healthy Kids Report Card 2014 was recently released; it compares Canadian children's activity levels to other countries. What is your response to Canada's ranking? The health of the average Canadian kid is deplorable. We as Canadians MUST do more to get our kids active. The report card has made that very clear. Of the 15 countries ranked on overall physical activity, Canadian children were tied at D-, in second-to-last spot just ahead of Scotland's "F." The result in the active transportation measurement was unfortunately about the same. In short we are "driving" (literally in our cars) our kids to poor health. For their health, mental wellbeing, academic and physical development they must be active at least 60 minutes a day. Riding or walking to school can easily be one big component of this. With a large portion of the Saanich Peninsula community made up of an older demographic, Panorama has developed the volunteerrun Peninsula Elder College that has grown to over 300 members. What information on the program can you provide for our readers to give us an idea of the outcomes and feedback you have received? In just the third year of Elder College it is clear from the participation numbers that those 50+ in our community are loving it. The program has grown thanks to the sponsorship resources of Sidney SeniorCare. Most of the programs run for one to three hours on a wide variety of topics presented by local volunteer experts in the community so we can offer the programs at minimal cost. Registrations run anywhere from free to $20, with most of them around $10 mark. Program offerings are determined by feedback from the participants themselves and our very active Elder College Advisory Committee. A list of the courses and details can be found on Panorama's website (https://www.crd.bc.ca/panorama/). What guidance were you given when you were younger that has helped your personal and professional life? What advice would you have for a student (like myself) coming into the business world today? Great question! My father was and is my best mentor. His advice was always be prepared and strive to be the best you can be in all that you do. I would pass that along with the addition of being very creative and develop a lot of great relationships. Today's world is very small. Who you know doesn't ensure success, but it sure can make things happen much faster. Photo by www.nuttycake.com.
Ian Hennigar, Senior Manager Panorama Recreation Panorama Recreation provides recreation services to Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney through over 30 locations on the Saanich Peninsula. Ian oversees a staff of 200 that provide services and programming to more than 600,000 visits in 2013. Before coming to the Island, Ian was involved in high performance sport, coaching speed skaters to the Olympic podium and world records. He lives in North Saanich with his wife Brenda and three sons.
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inside out Local Herbalist and Author tackle Menopause with Herbs and Humour Years before
entering menopause, the author in this duo decided to make use of only natural remedies, including humour, to ease the symptoms of menopause. Along the way she met the herbalist of this duo, but left: Mikiala Christie BA, R.TCM.P, R.Ac for some strange reason Health Within TCM & Acupuncture (perhaps menopause mush mind) did not right: Donna Randall seek out the services of DFR Enterprises Incorporated said herbalist. As for the humour part of the mix, the author spent much time laughing when not crying, and entertaining lots of women (and some men) with her dramatic stories about menopause, which ultimately transformed into a book called Menopause or Lunacy … That is the Question. Now inching toward 15 years of menopause, the author (Donna Faye Randall) has consulted the herbalist (Mikiala Christie) for help with dry eyes, a symptom of the later stages of menopause, who agreed to answer some questions about menopausal symptoms that weave through the aforementioned book, and specifically covered in three scenarios. As a result we have the wise, calm herbalist advising the chaotic menopausal author and, by extension, everyone affected by menopause. To start, Mikiala read and responded to the scenario entitled "Hot Flashes – Yes? No? Can't Remember?" Yes, the dreaded hot flashes – the main reason women come in to see me. According to Chinese medicine, the body is composed of hot (yang) and cold (yin) elements. Our body temperature constantly fluctuates between the two extremes, in order to maintain balance. The degree of severity of your hot flashes later in life reflects the
degree of stress you experienced earlier in life. Stress taxes our adrenal glands and this is a problem because the adrenal glands also provide a backup supply of hormones during peri-menopause and menopause. If they are depleted, you no longer have that backup supply and your body's ability to maintain balance is diminished. The good news is that you can replenish the adrenals with better nutrition, rest and meditation. Acupuncture and a customized Chinese herbal formula can also be extremely helpful and can start you off in the right direction for a smoother menopause. Next up for Mikiala was "From Zero to Full-Time Menstruation and Back Again" Menstrual cycles do become erratic and heavy during the time leading up to menopause (peri-menopause). There are many causes for heavy bleeding, according to Chinese medicine. Clinically, I mainly see women who have heavy bleeding and problems with middle thickening weight gain at the same time. These two factors point to a problem in the spleen-pancreatic system. I will often prescribe herbs that can both regulate blood sugar and the level of bleeding. Herbs such as dry fried ginger can help "dry" the blood or gently clot it so that the bleeding is not so heavy. Last but not least, Donna challenged Mikiala with "The Chairs are NOT the Issue," which finds the author not yet knowing her menopausal status and reacting highly emotionally to painting her chairs once again on her own. The emotional rollercoaster is also typical and again points to how much a woman depleted her body earlier in life. It all comes down to balance, and in my clinic I try to determine what is physically out of balance. Sometimes it is the heart; sometimes the liver. Acupuncture can help calm the flight or fight response and help you see things more clearly. Donna was right to sit for a moment with her feelings around her chairs. Instead of disregarding her tears or anger, stopping for a moment and thinking about why she was feeling the way she was feeling was the best response. In eastern traditions, the organs have an intelligence of their own. We understand this when we say "gut reaction." Listen to your body as if you were listening to a child in your care. The answers are there if you stop and focus.
Did you know by the age of 65 a woman’s risk of heart disease is equal to that of men?
Menopause and Heart Health Women typically have a lower rate of heart disease than same-aged men but at menopause that can change. Hormonal differences mean a woman’s risk of death from heart disease increases 4 times after menopause. The risk of stroke increases too.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Canadian women – chat with your doctor about healthy lifestyles and risk prevention as you approach menopause. See more at Health Canada: www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Dental Treatment for All Ages by Barry Mathias
This is the fourth in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Unlike earlier times, a visit to a modern dentist can be a comfortable, enjoyable experience; such is the case if you visit Sidney Centre Family Dentistry. Dr. Loren Braun and his wife Dr. Jacalyn (Jaci) Sollid established the practice at #215 - 9764 Fifth Street in 2000, after they had both qualified as Doctors of Dental Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Loren has an honours BSc. in Biology from the University of Victoria, and gained a scholarship in Prosthodontics from UBC. Jaci also attended UVic, and majored in Biology. Her father was a dentist, which gave her some practical insights into the profession. They married while still at University. "We chose Sidney because we wanted to work in a rural setting, and have easy access to the airport, the ferries and the countryside," Jaci says. "Sidney is a good place to raise children." Loren works from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday
to Thursday, and this schedule allows him to get back to his family and be the hockey coach for his two sons: Riley, 11 and Payton, 13. Originally, she and her husband shared the workweek, enabling one of them always to be at home with their two boys. However, in 2007 Jaci was forced to give up dental practice due to a health issue with her neck. "At this point Loren became the full-time dentist, which he loves, and I became a full-time mother, homeschooling the boys." Jaci is still much involved with their dental practice,
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where necessary, including wisdom teeth. "For anxious patients, oral sedation and IV sedation by an anesthesiologist are available." Insurance is a major factor in modern dentistry, as patients have a variety of different insurance plans. "We accept "Comprehensive insurance assignment of benefits," Jaci treatment is offered explains. "This means that we directly bill companies on behalf of patients, so they are to patients of all only required to directly pay their "copay" ages, from implants, percentage to us. The remainder we collect crowns and bridges to directly from their insurance company." This dentures, root canals is a great benefit for patients who might and tooth whitening." otherwise have financial difficulties. This is a thriving family practice that gold fillings on their back teeth. "Gold is a caters to all aspects of patients' dental needs. perfect material," Jaci agrees, "but most people "Everybody loves our hygienists, Trevor will opt for white composites." and Amanda, and our two receptionists, "We have a modern facility," she says, "and Tina and Liz are always happy to do their comprehensive treatment is offered to patients best in accommodating busy schedules," of all ages, from implants, crowns and bridges Jaci says proudly. In fact the hygienists will, to dentures, root canals and tooth whitening." occasionally, start at 6:30 a.m. to enable Loren's treatment includes extractions patients to go to work with "a big smile!"
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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. When Barb Brunlees was recovering from foot surgery she had to go all the way to White Rock to get the special knee-scooter that her doctor recommended. This clever device, that Barb admits was quite fun, enables the user to keep one leg completely non-weight bearing, allowing great movement without the balance issues of crutches. After her full recovery Barb was struck by the fact that more of these mobility aids aren't seen on the Island. Now Sidney Scooters ensures everyone on the Saanich Peninsula has access to the latest mobility products around. There can be lots of reasons why mobility aids are needed: postaccident or surgery, or sometimes due to longer-term health and mobility issues. As the population gets older we see more people losing driver's licenses, sometimes after decades of driving. It's a real blow to self-confidence and can be very hard for people to deal with. The problem for many older people is that their world and horizons can start to narrow as mobility becomes an issue. For people who have always been active and independent, getting out less can cause poor mental health as well as the physical vicious cycle of not moving. With a scooter, or even just a walker, people are able to resume their social lives, do their own shopping and broaden their horizons once more. Looking at the website www.sidneyscooters.ca will give an idea of the types of products available, but you really need to go into the store to see which options might suit you best. Barb is adamant that even the most reluctant scooter user can be turned around once they've had a test drive and felt the wind whipping through their hair. In fact, Barb is surprised by the resistance she meets sometimes. There can be lots of reasons that stop people from enjoying the new lease on life a new set of wheels can bring. Barb is reassuring though, and willing to take the time to find the product that is right for a particular customer. There's no need to worry about using your scooter on the road either. A scooter-user is classed as a pedestrian and should always use the sidewalk if there is one available. This requires consideration from all sides, but in Sidney, with our lovely wide sidewalks, there's room for everyone. The three-wheeled electric scooters are even permitted on city buses. Maintenance is not a problem either. Sidney Scooters has someone on staff who deals with any mechanical issues, though they rarely have them. Other than keeping the battery charged and inflating the tires, there is very little maintenance required. You can also rent walkers, wheelchairs and scooters from the store on Beacon; maybe it's time to give one a try. For more information call 250.654.0021.
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Summer Frolics by Gillian Crowley Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show This is a fabulous way to learn more about First Peoples' arts and crafts and talk with the artists. Now in its sixth year – and for the second time at the Mary Winspear Centre – this event will showcase paintings, sculpture, pottery, beadwork and jewelry and is a chance to appreciate both traditional and modern interpretations of the three cultures. Works are by local Coast Salish and Northwest Coast artists as well as Métis, Mohawk, Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwa, Navajo, Inuit and Chickasaw Nations. Free entry. All work for sale. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney, Aug. 8 to Sept. 4, http://marywinspear.ca.
Art, Music AND Cars Over two days more than 60 new and returning artists will display their work amid the stunning HCP gardens. Chat with the artists and
listen to musicians strategically located around the site. Another part of this fundraiser for the Centre is the auto eye candy ranging from a 1936 Ford Coupe to a 1978 MGB Roadster. Children's activities too! The admission fee is good for both days. Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd. (off Interurban) Aug. 9 to 10, 11 am – 5 pm both days. 250-479-6162 or http://hcp.ca.
Coastal Images Reimagined The Island's coastal beauty is captured in paintings and art photography on display now at Village Gallery. Barry Tate, a local acrylic and watercolour artist, is noted for his unique interpretive style and bold use of colour. His paintings of coastal scenery reflect a passion for life and the sea. In a different medium, Eiko Jones' photography showcases views of surreal underwater scenes and topside images in a dramatic style created through awareness of lighting and unique angles. Barry Tate will be painting his interpretive landscapes live at the Village Gallery on Saturday
Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay.
Tulista Art Gallery
August 9th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Everyone welcome to meet and greet with Barry and enjoy his collection of acrylic works on canvas. Drop in to admire the works by these artists and perhaps consider a purchase. Village Gallery, 2459 Beacon Ave, Sidney.
Eclectic Music Amid the Flowers Butchart Gardens continues its summer music program each evening as part of the garden admission fee. Depending on the day, visitors might enjoy ballet, folk singers, big band sound or jazz. On August 3rd to 4th Ballet Etoile's innovative choreography will interpret both modern and classical dances. Then, for something completely different, well-known Canadian folk singersongwriter James Keelaghan will play August 7th followed August 14th by Quartette, Canada's "music royalty" with Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Catlin Hanford and Gwen Swick. All shows start at 7:30 pm. See the complete August program at www. butchartgardens.com/activities/ calendar or phone 250-652-4422.
The Gallery presents new works by painter Mary Feesey and son ceramic artist John Feesey in their first show together. At 90, Mary is one of the early arts leaders in the community and is still going strong. Her landscapes and nature scenes are strongly influenced by the Group of Seven. John works with hand-thrown translucent porcelain creating functional pieces with a shimmering quality. August 1st through 10th. A collaboration of paintings and art photography by Jacqui Austin and Gabriel Taschereau takes place August 11th to 17th followed by Maureen Walker and Ruth Fowler August 18th to 25th with Dye on Silk and Watercolour creations. The month ends with Lisa Scott's photography on canvas of Peninsula wildlife August 26th to September 1st. Much to see and admire!
Don't Miss Cirque Peking Coming September 7th, shows at 2 and 7:00 p.m. at the University of Victoria, Farquhar Auditorium. Tickets online or phone 250-721-8480.
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Family Fun at the Peninsula Country Market by Bob Thompson
Family and community are
the heart of the Peninsula Country Market. On Saturday, August 16th, the market celebrates its connection with the community in hosting the Fourth Annual Central Saanich Family Festival in partnership with the Saanichton Village Association (SVA), Seafirst Insurance and CIBC. The market will be an extra-lively place to be with the addition of special activities including bouncy castles, games for kids and special prizes. Music goes country with market faves Chick Wagon. This day is about community. Several community groups will be at the market talking about how they support the community, including the SVA, 10th Tsartlip Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, Peninsula Emergency Measures Organization and the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable. The market also recognizes that local businesses are an integral part of our community and appreciates the support they offer to the festival. Not only are Seafirst Insurance (thanks to Dan Olive for organizing the day) and CIBC primary sponsors, other local businesses are donating prizes for the festival.
August is a busy month at the Market. The market month begins on the August long weekend (August 2nd) with Bag Day – we'll be giving away 100 Market cotton shopping bags. Habitat Acquisition Trust makes a return visit and the Compost Education Centre joins our Growing Families at the Market program table. August 9th is Meat Day at the Market, a tasty celebration of our farm vendors' meat products – including beef, pork, lamb, chicken and seafood – featuring sauces and rubs from our food vendors. You'll also be able to purchase local wines to pair with your protein purchases. Have no fear, there'll be lots of veggies too, including fresh-picked corn from Sluggett Farms. Saving the best for last, come to the market on August 23rd and have fun testing out the new Saanich Peninsula Flavour Trails zucchini racetrack in preparation for the historic Saanich Fair. There is no market the weekend of August 30th as the fair midway takes over the market field. The Peninsula Country Market runs every Saturday morning at the Saanich Fairground from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from June through Thanksgiving. For the latest news about what's happening at the Market, visit www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca.
Your Community Market Since 1991 Family Day : Aug. 16
Bouncy Castle, Games, Stamping Station for Kids … and much more!
Country Atmosphere, Music, Superior Products and Produce …
EVERY Saturday 9 am - 1 pm
Live Music in August : Aug. 2 : Eric Roberts Aug. 9 : Bill Johnson Aug. 16 : Chick Wagon Band Aug. 23 : Brad Prevedoros
New Vendors Welcome ! Call : 250-216-0521
Everything Fresh • Local Produce • Crafts • Specialty Foods • Free Parking • Free Admission
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grey matters "story-lines, wrinkles – call them what you like. they are the stuff of character and experience, of life well-lived"
Tall Stories by Trysh Ashby-Rolls
Several years ago a woman came
up to me at a public event and said: "You will never need a face lift. I should know, I'm a plastic surgeon." To say that I was taken aback is an understatement. Rooted to the spot, mouth hanging open, I was uncharacteristically speechless. I wonder what that doctor would say today. You can bet she's doing a brisk business, what with the so-called boomer generation reaching retirement age still wanting to look youthful. Despite a difficult life, my mother always looked far younger than her real age, with relatively few lines on her face even at age eighty. Yet she frequently examined herself in the mirror, worrying aloud that her age was showing. My sister and I would roll our eyes, devoid of understanding, thinking how self-absorbed our mother had become. We were years away from walking in her shoes. Yet now, at 71, I've begun staring in the mirror at my changing mug, noting my ever-deepening creases. Maturity is great. Old age? The pits. Where once certain body parts defied gravity, now they droop ever further toward the floor until soon, the feet will disappear from view. Veins, freckles and scars amalgamate, forming road maps to nowhere. Flab and cellulite enter one's vocabulary. A tooth falls out, but no longer does it go under the pillow for the proverbial fairy to bring money. Instead we put money away wishing for the tooth fairy to bring dentures that fit properly. Where once we touched up our dark roots, now we darken up the grey. As to those creases or lines screaming for Botox, facelifts, expensive creams and those magic wands advertised on television, let's hope there's a lottery win in the cards. Or a change in perspective. One of the most beautiful elderly faces ever photographed is that of a Mexican or South American woman. Her eyes are piercing cornflower blue, surrounded by the most wrinkled skin imaginable, each line a
story. Her knitted brow tells of heartache, heartbreak, pain. The frown marks and lines across the forehead tell of childbirth, of sickness and hunger, of the death of loved ones, of shock and surprise. They are, however, balanced on either side of those amazing eyes by laughter lines: the giggles of girlhood fun, jokes and skipping rope in the sunshine; first love, wedding flowers and a honeymoon spent beneath a special patchwork quilt made by greatgrandmothers. Pregnancy and first baby, second baby, third … later, grandchildren. Feasts, good harvests, moments of mature love – a comforting gnarled hand, a kindly word, its meaning known only to two longmarried people. Lines above the mouth signal the pursed
lips of disapproval, dislike. Or too many cigarillos smoked during times of every stressful emotion on the spectrum. Or an altogether different story: the pucker of kisses. A lifetime of kissing, she might say slyly. Maybe a hint of anguish, hurt, bitterness on the outside of the mouth folding toward the chin. Stories she prefers left unremembered that nudge occasionally: a husband's betrayal, a son in jail, a daughter gone astray. Death reaching out its bony hand. She stares into the lens and marvels at the complexity of life as a fresh memory arises and she smiles secretly to herself. The camera catches in her dancing eyes a story that she'll never tell a soul. Story-lines, wrinkles – call them what you like. Respect and love each one. For they are the stuff of character and experience; of life well-lived.
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Open Tues - Sat 10-5 • 1890 Mills Road, North Saanich
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Five Years of Unique Local Flavour: Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts This is the last in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. Tucked away off Mills Road, Laura Waters has found a funky old farmhouse on four acres of attractive farmland. Surrounded by pretty flowerbeds sits the Snowdon House Studio: part workshop, part store. If you've visited a farmer's market in the area you will almost certainly have encountered Snowdon House's tasty products before. What you might not realize if you haven't visited the studio is just how many products Laura, and her team of four, produce. The walls are lined from ceiling to floor with intricate paper products: cards, stationery and gift wrap. Then there are shelves of gourmet food: vinegars, syrups, spice mixes, bread mixes, soups and pastas. It's all packaged in the distinctive own label boxes, making every item look like an indulgence. Local is very important to Laura. She had always dreamed of finding space to expand her business. The paper products were the beginning; first making packaging for other people's products, now the focus is on packaging up their own gourmet line. Everything is made on-site with a wonderful, crowded workshop at the back of the studio housing the machinery needed to create the unique paper. I'm told the process is a trade secret, but Laura lets me know that some of the inclusions are herbs, flowers and metal leaf. It makes for a
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really dynamic look and, of course, no two pieces are the same. What goes inside the unusual packaging is the other part of the story. Since moving to North Saanich Laura has been working on developing and growing her range of delicious foodie items. The experimenting all happens on-site and relies on all the staff tastetesting and refining each recipe. Spice mixes are new this year. They join the ever-popular soup and bread mixes that are always big sellers at the markets. I sampled a Douglas Fir Vinegar. Made through an infusion of the new tips of Snowdon House's own 1,600 Christmas trees, the vinegar has an unusual floral lemon-pepper taste: a real West Coast flavour that works in many different recipes. The flavoured vinegars and syrups are all very versatile. I'm quite drawn by Laura's suggestion of mixing them with ice and vodka, but you could make a strawberry sorbet instead. The best way to learn some of these new techniques is to visit the team at one of the summer markets, or at the studio itself. (During August's Flavour Trail they will be demonstrating sorbet making.) With the fifth anniversary of Snowdon House approaching, Laura has many ambitious plans including a big party to celebrate the occasion and to thank the community for their ongoing support. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Mills Road in North Saanich, Snowdon House is a treasure trove.
Thank You to Everyone Who Made My Dream Possible! Special thanks to: Robert L, Candy L, Fima K, Romona K, Maureen T, Dave T, Jennifer (daughter), Connie (sister), Dad, Gordon & Audrey W, Drew P, Theresa S, Nick H … and so many others who helped me along the way!
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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!
Gobind Farms Owned and operated by the Dheenshaw family for over 30 years, we specialize in farm fresh seasonal ready-picked berries: strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, tayberry, boysenberry and loganberry. Gobind also produces a variety of types of squash, rhubarb, beets, leeks, garlic and pumpkin. Head down to our roadside stand from 9 - 6:30 daily or find us at many local farmers markets. Go Best Gobind! 6929 Veyaness Rd, Saanichton 250.652.0182
Phil Christensen of Phil’s Farm has over 30 years’ experience growing fruit on the Peninsula as sustainably as possible. We have five varieties of blueberries, with some of them as large as a quarter! We also have three varieties of raspberries; Cascade Delight, Qualicum and Tulameen. Farm gate & U-Pick. 6080 Oldfield Rd, Victoria 250.652.2264 philsfarm.ca
Dan’s Farm and Country Market Dan’s Farm grows fruit and vegetables in rich Saanich Peninsula soil. July and August are filled with delicious fruits and vegetables; our blueberries are ripe, our melons and figs are sweet and juicy, peppers and tomatoes filled with flavour, beans and peas are picked, and corn and early apples are ready. Come have a sample anytime!
North Saanich Farm Market North Saanich Farm Market runs weekly Saturday markets until Oct. 11th, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. John’s United Church gardens at 10990 W. Saanich Rd. Seasonal produce, flowers, fabulous baked goods, locally raised meat, fish, crafts and live music. Meet your neighbours at the market. Focused on supporting food production on the Saanich Peninsula. northsaanichfarmmarket.ca
2030 Bear Hill Rd, Saanichton 250.652.9100 dansfarm.ca
Sun Wing Tomatoes
Michell’s Farm Just off of Highway 17 at Island View Road on the Lochside bike Trail is Michell’s Farm. This sixthgeneration, family-run farm specializes in growing seasonal produce, and with over 50 varieties of fruit and vegetables grown here, Michell’s always has something to offer including their own local, hormone-free, grass-raised beef! August is fresh corn month; come taste the local flavours! 2451 Island View Rd Central Saanich 250.652.6770
We are a biologically-friendly family enterprise that specializes in tomatoes, producing over 13 colourful varieties. In addition to a wide selection of cucumbers and peppers, we grow a large assortment of vegetables, greens and herbs. We also offer a unique selection of flora, home and garden décor. Fresh … Clean … Local. Sun Wing Tomatoes 6070 Oldfield Rd, Victoria 250.652.5732
for a list of local farms, visit www.islandfarmfresh.com
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1 Discover Why Church & State Has Been Named Producer of Canada’s Best Red Wine 4 Times Since 2009
Open Daily, Noon - 6pm (Closed Tues. & Wed.) • (250) 629-6960
250.652.2671 • www.churchandstatewines.com
6621 Harbour Hill Drive, Pender Island • www.SeaStarVineyards.ca
Church & State Wines by Hans Tammemagi
Two bald eagles soar effortlessly, high above orderly rows of flourishing vines on the grounds of the Church & State Winery in Central Saanich. The10-acre vineyard features a fountain, spouting water that glitters and sparkles in the sunshine. The winery building, an architectural masterpiece encircled by verandahs and decorated with colourful banners and hanging flower pots, stands dominantly on a rise. It's an attractive winery and would fit seamlessly into internationally renowned wine regions such as the Napa Valley or the Barossa Valley. Inside the winery is an expansive, elegant, open-concept room with high-vaulted ceiling that includes a tasting bar, shop, restaurant and an open kitchen with a wood-fired oven and gleaming stainless-steel counters. Looking around the large area while sipping a crisp Pinot Gris or Chardonnay at the tasting bar, you can almost hear and feel the excitement of the approximately 100 weddings and functions held here every year. Today, the warmth and sunshine has drawn visitors onto
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We’re open year round for tastings & tours, weddings and events. • June 1st - September 30th: Daily • October 1st - May 31st: Wed - Sun (& most holiday Mondays) 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd, Saanichton, BC 250.544.4824 email@example.com • www.seacider.ca • follow along:
the shady verandah where they enjoy their cuisine and wine with sweeping views over the vineyards. A constant flurry of waiters delivers gourmet thin-crust pizzas, charcuterie platters, Salt Spring mussels and, of course, chilled bottles of white wine. While pouring a slightly oaked Gravelbourg Chardonnay, the server explains the winery was purchased in 2004 and opened in 2005 after major renovations. "Church represents the heart and State is symbolic of the head, a harmony of spiritual and worldly," she explains. "What makes Church & State special," she adds, "is that the owner Kim Pullen and his family pay meticulous attention to detail." One can see, and taste, the results. Church & State wines come in three classes: the Quintesssential series is top-of-the-line, reserved for the perfect embodiment of a wine. Next are the Coyote Bowl and Church & State series. In 2013, a total of 14,000 cases of wine were produced. Whites include Pinot Gris, Viognier, Trebella and Chardonnay. Reds include Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The excellence of the wines, and the expertise of winemaker Jeff Del Nin, is demonstrated by Church & State wines having won many prizes and awards, but none better than the award for best Canadian red wine four times in five years. Church & State has set the bar high, and is easy to visit, thanks to its location next to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens on Benvenuto Road, which leads to Buchart Gardens. There is a sister facility in Oliver, at the south end of the Okanagan Valley, which consists of 85 acres and produces all the wines, except the Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, which grow on the Vancouver Island property. Sitting on the verandah, sipping an excellent Pinot Noir while gazing over the rolling vineyard, it feels good to be in a world-class winery that's thriving right here on Vancouver Island.
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