Seaside Magazine August 2017 Issue

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August 2017

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Trendspotting: Hot Ways to Be Cool for School Beyond Soccer and T-Ball: Other Activities to Keep Your Kids Busy What’s Happening This Fall: Events Calendar for Tots, Kids & Teens Can We Talk: Sue Hodgson Chats with Carly Burbank of Pangea Fossils Ltd. Seaside Homes: Renovation Takes Advantage of a “WOW” Vista!

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First Word Trendspotting Salish Sea News Inside Out Kids’ Calendar Common Cents Can We Talk Chasing the Golden Years New & Noteworthy Behind the Scenes Stories from the Sky NEW! Ask a Stylist The Natural Path Deb’s Day Out NEW! Seaside Arts Scene Island Dish Seaside Book Club On Design What’s Happening Last Word







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shauna dorko page 28

As a 14 year old I asked myself: “Why are there so few redheads, aka ‘Gingers,’ in the world?” If your mom and dad have red hair, should you have red hair? Mine do not and I AM a ginger. I needed to investigate this. I love being different, but why am I unique?

One of my favourite childhood memories is helping my grandfather count and rebalance the business cash drawer. I loved to count the bills and coins. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs I learned about money and its value at an early age. When others understand their spending habits it goes a long way in their financial security.

Even as a child, I instinctively knew that kids and the seniors in their lives enjoyed a unique bond. The comfortable companionship, fearless honesty and intuitive understanding they share is pretty magical. With open minds and open hearts, there is much we can learn from this profound relationship between young and old.

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deborah rogers page 52, 61

carly scholze page 73

Since summer began I have smelled a stink bug, tasted licorice fern root, seen a First Nations clam garden, heard the call of oystercatchers and touched a turtle’s molted scutes. All of these sensory learning experiences were because of the multitude of great programs offered in our local Parks.

Our Kids Issue allowed me to make a fun memory with my son. We saddled up together, taking our first (fourfooted) steps around a riding ring. Some of my strongest memories from childhood are of fun summer activities; I hope my kids will look back with smiles at their many Peninsula adventures.

Remember that early 00’s popular TLC show Trading Spaces? As a well-educated and experienced Designer, I used to cringe watching it. That show gave us Designers a bad rap! I want you to know more about real-life interior designers, and what we can do for your home and business.

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first word Everyone has a story! It’s our Kids Issue for August and we have lots for you to peruse! After reading Shauna Dorko’s column (pg 28), “Chasing the Golden Years,” so many memories came back to me about my relationship with my grandparents. Shauna says: “There’s no doubt about it … kids and seniors are intrinsically linked, just like summer and ice cream. Their connection is deep, heartfelt and one we can all learn from.” When I moved here about 30 years ago from the Maritimes, I was fortunate enough to live with my grandparents (Gran and Gramps) for my last two years of university, and it was the most memorable time ever. I wasn’t a child, per se, but certainly young enough. After a visit to Expo ’86, I immediately fell in love with Victoria and with a very hesitant OK from my parents, I quickly transferred from the University of New Brunswick to UVic. What was I in for at 21! All I knew was that this felt right … but where was I going to live? With a very limited budget I couldn’t afford to stay in residence right away, so Gran and Gramps were kind enough to put me up at their place. The rest, as they say, is history. During WWII Gramps saw action from Sicily to Ravenna in Italy and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during the taking of Ortona from the Germans in late 1943. Gran, a graduate of Slade’s Art School in London, got a war job drawing blueprints for bombers that had been shot up too badly for further original use to be converted to troop

transports. For two years I listened to their stories: the war, their life and everything in between. It’s time that I would never take back and it has stayed with me forever. Stories are told about times past, times present and even time to be. These stories mix real people and places and sometimes with imaginary people and places! For example: there was never anyone called Sherlock Holmes, but the town he lived in – London – is real, the street he lived on – Baker Street – is also real. But there is no 221B – his house number in the story. So, why tell stories? Storytelling can be the most effective, time-tested way to transmit meaning from one person to another. It’s how civilization passes on wisdom to the next generation. And it’s how parents, via fairy tales, transmit the values they want to convey to their children. So, go on and be your own storyteller, whether you’re a senior, baby boomer, generation X, or a millennial!

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Beyond Soccer and T-Ball:

Other Activities to Keep Your Kids Busy The Saanich Peninsula is a veritable playground of fun, kid-friendly activities. Besides the usual soccer, baseball, t-ball and lacrosse, you can find some unusual and engaging options to keep the young people in your life busy during the summer and all year long. by Paula Kully

With the Salish Sea at our door, what could be more enticing and appropriate than sailing? The Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club offers Summer camps during July and August. Classes range from basic to advanced and follow the CANSail program, Canada’s updated sailor training standards and a leading sail training initiative. All programs teach water safety, how to set the boats up for sailing and how to sail. Each program includes intentional capsizing so the kids learn what to do if they end up in the water; this is closely monitored by the instructors. Additionally, kids learn about tides, currents, water temperature, boats and respect for each other. Courses range from $275 to $600. A full listing and details of courses are available on the club’s website: The McTavish Academy of Art (MAOA) is founded on a philosophy that encourages kids to recognize that their creativity has value. The Academy’s ever-growing and evolving programs focus on dance, yoga and art and include some interesting activities outside the norm such as screen printing and creating your own comic book. Kids 12 and over can take part in a one-week summer

camp from August 14 to 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. They will learn foundations for illustration and graphic design and will walk away with a completed comic book of their own creation. For art classes, most art supplies are provided but those that aren’t can be purchased through Island Blue at a discount. Check out MAOA’s comprehensive website for details on all of their programs at The Sidney Lawn Bowling Club offers a junior program year-round. With little equipment needs other than specific shoe requirements and a very reasonable annual fee of just $42, this sport offers both an economic and fun option for kids. Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of lawn bowling is the opportunity for youth to play competitively, or just for fun, with adults and seniors as the club is shared by all ages from eight to 100. This intergenerational aspect of the sport draws a focus on good sportsmanship, the value of volunteering, and the importance of a good attitude, to properly consider advice and direction and self-reliance. Juniors train and practice for two hours every Tuesday evening but for those who will be going on to the Provincials, extra time is allotted once school is out. To register and for more information call 250-516-2229. Peninsula Academy of Music Arts offers a broad spectrum of classes in all instruments along with voice and private lessons. Registration is accepted year-round and classes are once a week ranging from half an hour to one hour with monthly fees between $85 to $95. The Academy even offers a fall and winter Preschool

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Music Sampler for kids 18 months to four years old. All of the instructors are practicing musicians and bring a wealth of talent that offers diverse programs that engage, nurture, educate and enrich the community. Several of the teachers are affiliated with the Royal Conservatory and can offer the associated curriculum for the practical and theoretical exams. As students will require an instrument to take home and practice, the Academy offers reasonably priced rentals and sales. To register call 778-426-1800 or use the online contact form at For another creative outlet, drop in at Paletteable Pottery and Arts Studio at Mattick’s Farm or make a reservation and host a kids’ party! The studio provides all the materials needed for kids to create a one-of-a-kind piece that is both fun to make and provides a lasting memento. There are over 400 pottery pieces to choose from, including figurines, dishes and the ever-popular mugs. Kids will have access to 60 paints and colours and an abundance of brushes, sponges, stamps, stencils, idea books and silk screens to let their imaginations run wild. As well, experienced staff are on hand to provide tips on techniques. Once complete, pieces are left to be glazed and kiln fired before they are ready for pickup within five to seven days. Reservations for parties can be done through the website at For something really different, check out Boulders Climbing Gym! The facility offers programs for kids six to 12 and youth 12 to 18 with instructors that are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. The gym has 1,208 square metres of climbing space, with classes from beginners to advanced and even outdoor climbing. Boulders is also a unique option for hosting a birthday party. This includes 1.5 hours of climbing followed by an hour for cake and presents in the mezzanine. The “Just Hang” drop-in option is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. or Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The fee is $25 and kids must be five or over. Once school opens, Stelly’s Secondary School students climb for free from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration and details can be found at Hastings Martial Arts’ kids and junior programs resume September 6 and provide an activity for kids that focuses on both physical and mental training. Sensei Cory Hastings has been training since 1990 and holds a fourth degree black belt in both Shotokan Karate and Daiwa Ryu Aiki Jujitsu. Entry level classes for five- to six-year-olds teach the basics of Shotokan Karate and start students on their journey to a black belt. The classes provide kids with the fundamentals of teamwork, concentration, coordination, agility and balance while introducing the principles of respect and discipline. Students age seven and up will develop a solid foundation in the art of Shotokan Karate. They will learn forms (kata), hand techniques, kicks, stances and self defence as well as the principles of respect, discipline, listening and august 2017 | 11

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good sportsmanship. Classes are one hour each Wednesday for $95 a month. More information can be found at: Ardmore Golf Course has been a fixture on the Saanich Peninsula since 1930. It is just 10 minutes from Sidney, and five minutes from the Victoria International Airport. The nine-hole course, with alternate tees for a second nine to play 18 holes, is located on gently sloped property with an open layout making it very walkable, fun and easy to play. Ardmore offers memberships including students and kids. During

the summer, youth 18 and under can play nine holes for $18 or 18 holes for $28 and club rentals are $10. A junior membership is open to kids 10 to 18 at $183 plus tax per year. As well, the Ardmore Golf Academy provides lessons with Karl West who has 20 years’ experience teaching golf and is a certified club fitter. To book lessons call 250-656-4621 or visit

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The Great Scholarship Search for the school year once again, it may be helpful to consider applying for scholarships, grants, and bursaries – especially for students in Grade 11 or 12. Shannon Davies, of the SD 63 School Board Office, says they “offer quite a few that tend to vary by school.” Middle School scholarships are awarded at the individual school level, but the majority of scholarships exist to help fund post-secondary education. In fact, many awards go unfulfilled each year simply because no one applies. Some scholarships are for students entering a certain field of study, or whose parents are members of a particular group. For example, family members of CUPE 441 (non-teaching Staff of School District No. 63) should consider the Joe Nunn Scholarship. The District Education Scholarship is aimed at supporting post-secondary education for those pursuing a career in teaching, as is the Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship. Other awards are based on a student’s area of interest, such as the Chris Hall Memorial Scholarship for graduating lacrosse players. The Greater Victoria School District offers a scholarship for achievement in sewing and needlecraft, as well as an award for students pursuing environmental studies. There are also a number of awards for study in the Arts, such as the C.C. Thomas Scholarship for visual arts at Stelly’s, or the Dianne Cross Award for the Arts for students of any art discipline at a SD 63 school. The Sir Percy Lake Scholarship is open to all students from Southern Vancouver Island entering their first year at the University of Victoria. The Rotary Club of Victoria Harbourside donates five awards each year, to students entering any post-secondary institution from School District 61 (Greater Victoria), 62 (Sooke) or 63 (Saanich). And the Canadian Federation of Women: Saanich Peninsula Scholarship is open to all young women graduating from Stelly’s, Parkland or Claremont. On the provincial level, District Authority Scholarships are awarded to graduating B.C.

students for excellence in their chosen area, such as Fine Arts or International Languages. Each school district chooses one student per area to receive this $1,250 award. The Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF) provides funding for former youth in care, and Pacific Leaders offers several scholarship opportunities, including awards of $2,500 for children of public servants. The Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society provides a number of scholarships, including three award programs for Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary education. You can find a list of these and other provincial scholarship opportunities at the StudentAidBC website ( There are many resources online, like the Victoria Foundation (www. – where you can find a list of awards broken down by post-secondary institution – and

the B.C. government website. The EducationPlannerBC website ( also has a list of scholarship sites, as well as some great tips for creating the best possible application. Be sure to check your school’s website for local scholarships, and see what nearby schools have listed as well – they will often name not only school-specific awards, but also general awards that your school may have missed. Helpful local resources: • Stelly’s list of awards and scholarships – comprehensive list and useful “scholarship summary” that lists them by category. • Claremont scholarships and awards – includes breakdown of scholarship deadlines by month. • Parkland scholarships page – including a list of FAQ’s and other resources.

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Nature's Summer Schoolyard

Only one month and counting until the beginning of a new school year; it’s hard to believe summer is half over after the sunny weather’s tardy arrival. One month may seem like an insignificant amount of time in the spectrum of a 12-month year, but we’re here to remind you just how much fun and adventure you can squeeze in before the sound of a textbook’s cracking spine greets you in September. Alongside the obvious summer adventures – swimming, skimboarding, kayaking and hiking – there are a myriad of outdoor programs led by educators and experts in local parks. As an added bonus, these educational opportunities often come at no cost. Did you know the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR) is represented by a scattering of locations throughout the Southern Gulf Islands, but they have one site on the Sannich Peninsula? Sidney’s McDonald Campground is not only a lush, beautiful place to pitch your tent: every Saturday night Parks Interpreters host “Smores n’ More” – a free educational night with all of the ingredients needed for ooey gooey smores. Should a fire ban be in effect, no need to miss out: a propane stove will be used. A different topic is featured each week: owls, sand dunes, Russell Island and clam gardens. Smores n’ More is ideal for families with children under 12 and bringing along a by Tina Kelly

mug and flashlight is recommended. If there is a budget for travel, catch a ferry to one or all island locations in the GINPR and take part in the geocaching challenge, complete the Xplorers Activity book, or head out on a tour using the Explora Guided Tour App. The CRD Regional Parks have a jam-packed events and outings schedule for the month of August. A total of 19 offerings are available, each with a snappy theme and a variable age range. Many of these hands-on, sensory-loaded programs are geared to all ages but some focus on fun for five and under, or for five and over. Just try to resist engaging in programs with these catchy titles: Bug Buddies, Feeling Crabby, Bountiful Berries, The Beach Rocks or Sensational Seaweeds. Not only do their program captions draw you in, their locations should too; imagine learning at Witty’s Lagoon, Island View Beach, Elk/Beaver Lake, Coles Bay and East Sooke. For a full list of programs, dates and times visit Before the days get short and rainy, and while our packs are filled for adventure not with schoolbooks, take advantage of exploring outdoor classrooms in nearby natural spaces. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea offers a variety of summer camps for children ages four to 13. Check for cost and an update on remaining spaces for August. august 2017 | 17

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Publication: Seaside Magazine Material Deadline: January 31, 2017 Insertion Dates: February 10, 2017

The successful transfer of wealth is a two-stage affair that starts with a comprehensive estate plan that will ensure your assets reach your intended beneficiaries in a manner that’s as cost effective as possible. This is the easy part, because a benefactor can generally perform this step in a confidential manner without any disclosure to beneficiaries. Most people at this point leave their lawyer’s office with a copy of the will, file it away and get on with daily living. But what happens when your will gets executed? Are you comfortable that your beneficiaries understand what your intended purpose is for their share of your estate? Are they adequately prepared to receive the assets and manage them towards your desired outcome? Should that desired outcome be your vision or your beneficiary’s? Will your beneficiaries receive their inheritances in a form that best suits their needs? In other words, are there risks to your wishes that might be reduced through discussion with, and perhaps education of, your heirs in advance of the transfer?

James McCrodan, FMA, CIM® Portfolio Manager Senior Wealth Advisor 250.389.2123

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Every family situation is unique. It’s very important that a testator/benefactor think through the soft issues that apply to their family situation. Make sure that you have the discussion with your lawyer, accountant, and financial advisor. They have all participated in many inter-generational wealth transfers and can certainly add value and peace of mind to your own estate planning. To discuss this service within the context of your personal circumstances, please call my office to arrange a confidential meeting. James McCrodan is a Senior Wealth Advisor at ScotiaMcLeod®, a division of Scotia Capital Inc. – The McCrodan Group at Scotia Wealth Management. For more information, visit This article is for information purposes only. Investors should consult an advisor before acting on any recommendation. A fee-based solution is not right for everyone. When making recommendations, we take a complete look at your financial situation, including risk tolerance and objectives, to determine a strategy or strategies best suitable to your individual needs. Views expressed herein are solely those of the author and not those of ScotiaMcLeod or Scotia Capital Inc. ScotiaMcLeod is a division of Scotia Capital Inc., member CIPF. The McCrodan Group is a personal trade name of James McCrodan. Creative & Production Services 100 Yonge Street, 10th Floor Toronto, ON M5C 2W1

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Family discussions about inheritances can be quite awkward for both the benefactor and beneficiaries. Benefactors may not be comfortable disclosing financial details, and beneficiaries may be just as uncomfortable learning about them, for fear the information might alter close family relationships. Complicated family structures and family business succession issues can be further deterrents to dealing with this important and very sensitive stage. Beneficiaries are also likely to have varying levels of financial sophistication. Some may benefit from having time to prepare themselves for the added responsibility.

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A Farsighted Approach to Nearsightedness

Early intervention in childhood eyecare is key. In order to

explain this, let’s look at a problem which has reached true epidemic proportions worldwide: myopia (also known as nearsightedness). Myopia occurs when the light from far objects focuses in front of the retina rather than directly on it, resulting in blurred distance vision. In the U.S., myopia in children has doubled over the course of just a single generation. In certain countries of Asia, the myopia crisis affects up to 90% of young adults. The rate and severity of myopia is growing so considerably that researchers believe there are other contributing factors beyond genetics. Our society is changing – children spend less time outdoors and use screen-based devices more at school and at home. Recent studies recognize that these environmental factors during a child’s formative years play a role in driving the noteworthy leap in myopia occurrence. In fact, these studies reveal that a minimum of two hours of outdoor play a day has a measurable protective effect against myopia. We once believed the worst part of myopia was declining vision and stronger glasses. We now know there’s more to worry about than ever-thickening lenses. Regular glasses and contact lenses can help correct myopia’s resulting blurry vision, but they don’t address myopia’s underlying condition: the abnormal elongation of the eye. Advancing levels of myopia can lead to a significant increase in the risk of more serious eye diseases later in life. Diseases like macular degeneration, retinal detachment, cataracts and glaucoma, which can all lead to blindness. Every child should be examined no later than age five. Many are surprised that their child is already myopic and that it wasn’t caught at

a vision screening at school or with a pediatrician. Vision screenings are a great tool, but not a replacement for a comprehensive eye exam for your child. Up to 11% of children pass a vision screening, yet still have a vision or eye health issue that requires treatment. Kids who suffer vision problems like myopia don’t even realize the diminished world they see “isn’t normal.” Furthermore, 80% of learning is visual. This means that learning problems can often be complicated by, or mistaken for, vision problems. Parents who remember getting glasses themselves fear it is just a matter of time before their children need them too. If that’s you, there’s good news: you can do something about their myopia. A few treatment options exist, such as orthokeratology corneal reshaping contact lenses (gently reshaping the front surface of the eye overnight leaving you with clear vision in the morning), customized soft contact lenses worn during the day, and prescription low-dose atropine eye drops. Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of these options as some are based on cutting-edge research. Given the long-term risks associated with higher levels of myopia, we believe it is important that parents are educated about proven options for their children. Unfortunately, most eye doctors do what we’ve done for 100 years – prescribe stronger glasses as a child’s vision deteriorates. Therefore, it is critical to find the right doctor who uses innovative yet non-invasive methods, supported by strong scientific evidence to safely slow your child’s vision from getting worse. Ultimately, our goal it to help give them better vision for life. That is why, when treating myopia, we prefer to use a farsighted approach to nearsightedness. For more information visit

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FOR TOTS, KIDS & TEENS September 3: Sea Shirt Sunday.

Create your own ocean-themed fashion tee, pillow or bag. Bring pillow case, cloth bag or T-shirt (white shirts available for purchase). $2 for fabric paint. 1 to 3 p.m. All ages. Regular admission; passes and memberships accepted. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 250-665-7511.

September 12 to October 17: Kids Yoga.

Children will enjoy mindful movements with music, storytelling, visualization and games. Class activities will build confidence and selfregulation skills, improve concentration and foster creativity. Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Seven to 12 years. $75/1 child; $140/2; $200/3. McTavish Academy of Art. Register: www. 778-351-0088.

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Imagination Investigation. Kids will be super sleuths, investigate the world of insects, unravel the mysteries of movie-making, explore weather patterns, construct a race car and make a special key chain. Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. Six to 10 years. 6/$115. Greenglade Community Centre Room 6. Register: 250-656-7271.

Sept.13 to Nov.1 or Sept.16 to Nov.4: Creative

Movements for three to five year olds – Journey into Space. As they fly in rocket ships and march around

planets, tiny tots will explore a variety of movements that will introduce them to dance fundamentals, with a sprinkle of yoga. Session 1: Wednesdays or Session 2: Saturdays, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. $100 / session. McTavish Academy of Art. Register: 778-351-0088.

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Lessons. Fall classes are different this year – because they are in Mermaid School! Tons of fun as kids learn how to swim like a mermaid and play mermaid games. Sundays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Seven to 10 years. 6/$66. Panorama Recreation Centre Leisure Pool. Register: 250-656-7271.

September 21 to November 9: Good Morning Storytime. The littlest tots will love magical stories, fun songs and rhymes, and playful movements. Thursdays,10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Zero to five years. Free, Drop in. Sidney/North Saanch Library. branches/sidney-north-saanich. 250-656-0944.

October 1: Crafting With Nature: “Thanksgiving Table Centrepiece.” Little ones will enjoy a walk gathering natural craft materials, followed by apple cider and baked treats while they create a beautiful table decoration to take home – with lots of adult help. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Two years+. $20. Greenglade Community Centre Room 7. Register: 250-656-7271.

October 6 to November 17: LEGO

Stories. Lots of giggles and fun as kids build their favourite LEGO creations while listening to stories – then display them in the library windows. Every second Friday: October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Age five+. Free. Sidney/North Saanch Library. 250-656-0944.

October 19: Cookies, Crumbles and Cakes: Ooey-Gooey Goodness – Cinnamon Buns & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. In this exciting, hands-on baking class, kids will learn how to create delicious treats. All ingredients and supplies provided. Thursday, 5:30

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November 10:

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Giant Board Game Night. Hey teens: challenge your pals to some giant board games tonight at Teen Lounge: Giant Jenga, Yahtzee, KerPlunk and more. Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. Grades six through eight. Free drop-in. Greenglade Teen Lounge at Greenglade Community Centre. 250-656-7271.

October 20:

Science Sea Day. Celebrate the world of science on this Pro-D day. Lots of fun-filled learning for kids with scientific demonstrations, thrilling (non-exploding!) experiments, presentations and special guests. Friday,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Free with admission. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 250-665-7511.

November 14: Pinterest Lab – Geometric Wooden Wall Art.

October 20:

Pro-D Day $2 Skate. Hey kids, spend your day off having fun swishing over the ice with your friends. Friday, 1 to 2:20 p.m. All ages. $2 admission. Panorama Recreation Arena A. 250-656-7271.

October 28 to December 16: Sportball

Multi-sport – Me and My Dad. A wonderful opportunity for tots and parents to play together while children learn the introductory skills of eight different sports. Games and skills taught in a fun way, to build confidence. Saturdays, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Two to four years. 7/$112. Greenglade Community Centre Gymnasium. Register: panorama. 250-656-7271.

October 29:

Animal Grossology. Who loves all those icky and yucky things about animals? How about slug slime, owl barf and the scoop on poop? Enjoy worms, slugs, and spiders in this "gross" class. 12 to 3 p.m. All ages. Drop in anytime. Admission by donation. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. 250-479-0211.

November 1 to 22:

Biology Buddies – November Themes: “Winter Adaptations”, “Three Little Bears”, “Sneaky Spiders”, and “Bird Tools.” In this series of four two-hour

Create your own masterpiece by painting on wood in an artistic geometric pattern. Supplies provided and pieces ready for hanging. Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nine to 12 years. $15. Greenglade Community Centre Room 6. Register: 250-656-7271.

November 24:

Pro-D Day $2 Swim. Hey kids, spend your day off having fun splashing, swimming and playing in the water with your friends. Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. All ages. $2 admission. Panorama Recreation Pool. 250-656-7271.

November 25:

Pottery – Make a Mug! Enjoy sticking your hands into clay and creating a beautiful mug. Come by yourself or with a family member or friend. Supplies included. Saturday, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Two years + with parent or 16 years+. $25. Greenglade Community Centre Room 3. Register: 250-656-7271.

November 26: Oh Deer! Kids will become deer experts as they

celebrate all the members of the deer family with deer bingo, deer crafts, deer games and lots of touchable deer items. Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. Drop in anytime. All ages. Admission by donation. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. 250-479-0211.

sessions, preschoolers are gently introduced to the wonders of the natural world. Two choices: Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Four to six years. $60 / four-class session / members, $80 non-members. Pre-registration required in person or by phone. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. 250-479-0211.

November 5: Sea Shirt Sunday. Create your own ocean-themed fashion tee, pillow or bag. Bring pillow case, cloth bag or t-shirt (white shirts available for purchase) and $2 for fabric paint. 1 to 3 p.m. All ages. Regular admission; passes and memberships accepted. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 250-665-7511.

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can we talk owner / publisher sue hodgson CHATS with carly burbank, managing DIRECTOR OF pangea fossils ltd. You and your husband run a successful “dinosaur� company, with your work displayed globally. Give us a glimpse into this world and what it takes to operate this type of company. Anyone running their own business knows it comes with a lot of challenges. There is very little down time, and it keeps us on our toes. There is no such thing as business hours, time zones, or workdays, and we are constantly learning new things as we go. As the technology advances we are always seeking to improve our prepping methods. Things like 3D printing have recently become very advantageous when it comes to casting the missing pieces from our specimens. It is a very cool business and we are one of few in the world that have the privilege of doing this type of work. It requires a lot of travel, which is a huge perk, and allows us to meet so many new, interesting people from all walks of life, and all different countries. One of the best rewards is standing in a museum and hearing people discuss how amazing the piece is, or watching someone see a specimen for the first time beyond the pages of a book, or online. There is a great deal of pride knowing that we are the ones who put it in there, and having been a part of the entire process. We also love seeing the expression on people’s faces when they first walk into our lab, or handle a piece we are displaying. We like to tell people we get to play in the dirt for a living! You are currently working on the skeleton of an Allosaurus, a large carnivorous dinosaur that lived about 150 million years ago, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Can you share some of the process of preparing and restoring these type of fossils? Every dinosaur, once it arrives in the lab, usually takes about a year to get it cleaned

and removed from the plaster jackets, to a standing, mounted pose, ready for a museum. It takes a lot of patience and a really good eye for detail. Most of the work is done with air scribes (tools not unlike what you would see in your dentists office) and art knives. Depending on the specimen, and the condition it was in when it was found, several prep methods can be useful. We have staff that excel in all different areas of restoration: welding, painting, casting, sandblasting, 3D printing and photography. The process requires a lot of patience and a great eye for detail. It is truly a labour of love. Whether we look at these fossils as artistic masterpieces or wonders of nature, dinosaur skeletons, fossils and minerals retrace the saga of evolution, especially that of terrestrial and marine mammals that are now extinct. Whatever the motives of those wanting to own such magnificent specimens, it seems that collecting and dealing in fossil relics is big business. After restoration, where do some of these fossils go and what type of people buy them? Great question! Every dinosaur we acquire is always offered to a museum first. To date we have put several dinosaurs and fossils into major museums around the world. We are also very

Carly Burbank with her husband, Pangea owner and president Terry Ciotka; daughter Ireland and a Deinonychus skeleton.

After just one visit to Victoria four years ago, you immediately fell in love with this area and made it your new home. Has the move been an easy adjustment for the family and the business? It was definitely a move of love, not logic. The timing wasn’t the best, and we ended up having to do an awful lot in a very short amount of time in order to tie up all the loose ends, but we made it work. The first year was difficult for all of us, but we have set down solid roots on the Island and can’t foresee ever living anywhere else. Our only regret now is that we didn’t do it way sooner! We’ve made so many amazing friends, and the location simply couldn’t be any more stunning! You are the queen of Halloween, and each year your family’s home, Heritage Haunted House, is transformed into a creepy scary walking tour through vignettes both outside and inside. You’ve also made this event an annual fundraiser for Help Fill A Dream. What prompted you to work closely with this charity? We have had the privilege of working with many charities over the years, both locally and internationally. Help Fill A Dream is one that we instantly felt was a perfect fit for us. What they do for Vancouver Island families is such a valuable service. They step in when parents are facing the most difficult time of their lives, and assist with so many of the costs associated with facing a pediatric life-threatening illness. As parents, none of us ever want to imagine our children being sick, let alone having to be without the financial means to receive the treatment required. HFAD can assist families with things from travel expenses to granting “Dreams” for the children, who would never otherwise be able to experience some of the things that those of us with healthy families can take for granted: vacations, camps, lessons, etc. We have also formed very close friendships with the staff and volunteers at HFAD and see firsthand how tirelessly they work to support this amazing cause. Your entire family volunteers for other events with Help Fill A Dream and with other charitable causes; how do you find a balance for your volunteer work, running a successful business, and your family? I’ll let you know when we figure that one out! Honestly, we all do the best we can with what we are given. Perfection will always be unattainable. If at the end of it all we can look back and say that we tried our best, and raised some decent humans, that’s all we can ask for. Photo by

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retail For Furry Friends New to the Peninsula, but not to pet care, Christine Leman and Vincent Denis are pleased to be by Lara Gladych opening Four Paws Pet Grocery & Boutique in the Mariner Mall. Opening in July with a carefully curated selection of food, toys and apparel for discerning pet parents, they invite you and your fur-kids to visit Sidney’s “Specialists in Spoiling.”

Celebrating Christina Georgeadis is celebrating her first anniversary as the owner of Waterlily Shoes, in Sidney! This past year has been very exciting, and she looks forward to continuing to make the store a fabulous place for ladies to shop. She’s always adding new brands and updating the selection, offering a unique shopping experience. Congratulations, Christina!

French Flair Rose Albrecht and Sandi Kalmar have opened The Chair Lair, a treasure trove of previously loved French-style furniture and home décor. They specialize in romantic pieces with a touch of whimsy … think ornate, girly, sparkly and antique. They redo, reupholster, refinish and repaint to give new life to beautiful pieces. Window coverings and luxe fabric are also available, and coming soon is a line of furniture paint. #206 - 2405 Beacon, in Sidney, right beside Norma Jean's Closet.

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Deborah Reid, a financial advisor with Raymond James, invites you to join her the first Wednesday of every month for her informational discussions, “Master Your Money – Invest in Yourself.” Deborah offers a fresh approach to helping people understand the complex world of investing, and hosts a relaxed, interactive conversation on a different topic each month. RSVPs are preferred, however drop-ins are welcome. 10:30 a.m., Lebbetter Boardroom at the Mary Winspear Centre.

Everyone Welcome The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation is hosting an open house at its new Sidney office on Wednesday, August 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome, so stop in and enjoy a refreshment. 9710 Third Street.

Senior Care Due to the ongoing expansion of Sidney SeniorCare, they have decided to centralize all of their offices to the head office location in Sidney. This move allows for greater and more efficient communication between their regional offices, therefore continuing to improve the quality of service for clientele. Phone numbers will remain the same, and as of August 1 the new address will be #201 - 2400 Bevan Avenue, Sidney.

Le Petit Lapin Boutique, owned by Murrae Wilson, is now open in Sidney at #105 - 2360 Beacon Avenue. Murrae specializes in eyelash extensions, but along with her staff also offers full body waxing,

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The 4-H Circle of Life

by Paula Kully

In what seems like another

lifetime, my family lived on a beautiful 40-acre property overlooking the Cariboo Mountains near Horsefly, B.C., where my daughter was involved with the local 4-H Club. She was a member of the horse club, as she didn’t have the inclination to raise an animal for food. But, we certainly had the opportunity to see other kids take this path and each year we attended the Annual 4-H Show and Sale which produced just as many tears as it did sales, as kids said goodbye to the animal they had raised and pampered for a year. This same experience happens here on the Saanich Peninsula during the South Malahat 4-H District Auction at the Saanich Fair, and one local youth who is involved is 16-year-old Madison Kryt. “Maddy” has been a member of the Saanich Peninsula Beef and Swine 4-H Club since she was 10. She is currently the president of the club and is raising a hog and a steer which will be sold at the auction on September 4. Maddy’s hog project begins each year in April when the club leader, Susy Chung, coordinates the purchase of the hogs for all the members from a breeder up island. The hogs usually come from the same litter and are about six weeks old when the kids get them. They are chosen based on the build of their body and what produces the best meat as this is what the animals are judged on and what 34 | august 2017

ensures a profitable sale in the end. The hogs are already vaccinated when they are purchased, but Maddy needs to tag her hog’s ears as soon as she gets it so that it can be easily identified. This is especially important if the hog happens to get loose off the property. Maddy’s hog, who she has named Pearl, stays in a little hut on the family’s property. She sleeps on hay and has a large pasture to explore, including a mud bath (of course). Animal care is a huge commitment that involves watering and feeding twice a day, both morning and evening, and spending a great deal of time with the animal so they are friendly, happy and easy to handle. It also includes learning how to care for the animal, what it needs to be healthy, diet and so on. To prepare for the auction, Pearl is bathed so that she is clean for the show ring and Maddy will dress in the proper show attire which includes a show shirt, jeans and a belt. Prior to the auction, Maddy connects with local businesses and family friends regarding the purchase of her hog at the auction. The hog is sold by the pound and can go for up to $7/lb or as low as $3/ lb depending on the market that year. The hog is processed right after the auction and sent to the buyer within two weeks, with the cuts that they desire. In the end, Maddy’s profit for her hog project will be anywhere from $600 to $1,500. Part of this money goes towards the purchase

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of another animal for the next year and the remainder into her savings accounts for her future education. In regards to her 4-H experience, Maddy says: “4-H is a program that is so worthwhile. You learn valuable skills, meet people that will be lifelong friends and build a great support system. You might not anticipate all the hard work, but it is totally worth it. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for 4-H.” 4-H is a global organization that was formed in 1902 in the United States and has been in existence in Canada as a non-profit organization for over 100 years. The “4-H” stands for head, heart, hands, and health, which is part of the organization’s pledge. The goal of the organization is youth development through knowledge enhancement, leadership skills, citizenship training and personal development. Although 4-H initially focused on rural youth, the program has expanded to urban centres and 4‑H’ers are tackling the world’s top issues, from global food security and climate change to sustainable energy. august 2017 | 35 Studio Revisions

The Centre of Your Experience

August at the Mary Winspear Centre

Ashley MacIsaac

Considered something of a local legend and

languages with contemporary pop music

prodigy by the time of his impressive 1992

arrangements to tell the stories of her people,

The Mary Winspear Centre presents fiddle

debut Close To The Floor, Ashley broke

the Inuit of Artic Canada. The emotional depth

through to the mainstream with the double-

and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice

platinum genre-bending Hi, How Are You

and themes of hope, spirit and encouragement

at 7:30 PM.

Today? in 1995. International radio play

have captivated and inspired listeners from all

for the single, Sleepy Maggie, and a regular

walks of life.

Ashley MacIsaac was born in Creignish, on

slot on MuchMusic made Ashley an instant

phenom Ashley MacIsaac for his debut

performance in Sidney on Friday, August 25

the western side of Cape Breton, and now lives in Windsor, Ontario. By the time he started school, he was performing as a dancer in concerts, graduating to fiddle and piano a short time later. Before he graduated high school, he was playing across North America, including playing and dancing in a Phillip Glass off-Broadway production. Over the years, he has experimented with musical styles, evolving into an award-winning genre bending performer, writer, and singer who has toured and performed for sellout crowds around the world. One of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, having sold in excess of 500,000 albums, Ashley has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in the hard-nosed, traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres

and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans.

Canadian icon.

Aglukark’s musical success is even more interesting when you realize she didn’t start her

Much has been said about the antics of the

career until she was 24. With no modern

enfant terrible of the Fiddle, but only because

musical orthodoxy to draw on, Aglukark was

he had international success and notoriety

free to respond to the sounds and styles that

from an early age and grew up under the

touched or motivated or inspired her. The (real)

spotlight as one of the most dynamic fiddlers

appeal of her music is that in an era where

from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. MacIsaac

the most popular music is often less relevant

constantly pushed the traditional styles of

than style or mood, her lyrics are where she

Celtic music as he grew up and incorporated

lives. “The songs are driven by the stories. It’s

rock, pop, and everything imaginable in

all about the stories.” As much as she writes


and sings about her people, the songs Susan

Susan Aglukark

Aglukark creates have something in them that speaks to all of us, whether it’s the longing of a woman growing old for the traditional

Nunavut’s first ever Juno Award winning singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark performs in the Charlie White Theatre Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 PM.

life that she was taken away from, (“Bridge of Dreams”) to a gentle anthem for peace and tolerance, (“O Siem” – joy in community), Aglukark’s artistic vision is ultimately a universal one.

Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique and leading voices in Canadian music. An Inuk from Arviat, Nunavut, Susan blends the Inuktitut and English

Don’t miss your chance to see one of Canada’s most unique and leading voice in Canadian music.

Shaun Majumder

news parody show. He is also a regular

Newfoundland (population 350) to his

host and stand-up comedian on the Just for

mother a European/Canadian and his father

The Mary Winspear Centre presents

Laughs circuit. In 2013 Shaun starred in

a Bengali Hindu Indian. Majumder was very

comedian Shaun Majumder on Saturday,

his own documentary TV series Majumder

close to his mother who he says raised them

September 9 at 7:30 PM.

Manor which told the story of his dream to

selflessly so that he and his sister were

transform his home into a high-end,

unaware of the extreme poverty in which

sustainable tourism destination.

they lived. His childhood and personal life

Shaun Majumder is an Gemini-award-win-

have paved the way for his comedy career

ning actor/comedian with a lengthy television and movie resume including Harold and

In his stand-up acts Majumder jokes about

allowing him to dive deep in front of an

Kumar go to White Castle and the TV series

his upbringing being born in Burlington,


24. Currently Shaun can be seen on the weekly CBC comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes, a politically heavy sketch and

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Hotel California Master Your Money Autism Community Training Torque Masters Dinner & Dance Ashley MacIsaac

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stories from the S ky by Jo Barnes

The Victoria International Airport is a busy place where people come and go as daily flights arrive and depart. Travellers move with determination to make connections or wait anxiously for loved ones to arrive. Airports are places of joy and sadness, departures and reunions. Everyone has a story, and it’s here that we’ll be sharing some of them.

Lots of people work in order to fly; some fly in order to work.

Flight travel is an important air highway connecting loved ones who may be apart for periods of time due to job positions. “He’s flying in from Ottawa. He’s a commercial developer there and is in charge of the refurbishment of Parliament House,” says Tammy Ellis. It’s easy to understand the pride in this woman’s voice. This project that her husband is coordinating is significant, especially given that this year marks Canada’s 150th anniversary. “I’m going out there on the 29th. I’ll get to spend Canada Day in Ottawa; it’s a major day!” she says. Soon her husband Bruce Carter arrives at the gate and there are smiles all around. Yes, work can mean travel. One fellow wearing a VIH Helicopters shirt sits quietly scanning the flight board. “He’s coming in from Port Hardy on this trip,” says Mark Junker. “We operate the Kamov Helicopters, and he’s the Russian gear box inspector for these aircraft.” Mark is waiting for Mikhail Rozchkin, who arrived in B.C. a week ago from St. Petersburg where the Kamovs are built. Periodic inspections of the gear boxes are required; hence Mikhail’s visit. “On Sunday he flies home. He’ll probably be back in about five weeks,” shares Mark. It’s a 13-hour flight to Russia, a flight many might do only once. But for this very specialized mechanic, flying is very much daily life and vocation.

Time passes very slowly when you’re a child. Waiting for Santa can seem an eternity; counting the number of sleeps until your birthday arrives seems endless. There are definitely distractions at the airport: people talking on cell phones, overhead announcements, luggage rolling along. But when you’re six years old and waiting to see a parent who has been away, it’s hard to think about anything else. “We’re waiting for my husband David,” shares Amanda Kaczowka, who sits, cell phone in hand, surrounded by her children. In about a month’s time the whole family will be relocating to Cranbrook, so it’s a major change in everyone’s lives. “He’s a land surveyor. We’re moving for his work,” says Amanda, adding: “We won’t be going until July after the kids have finished school.” Wyatt is 10, Lincoln is seven, and Makenna is six. And, they do what we all do in the airport: try to find ways to bide our time. One reads a book, the other two wander about and chat energetically. “When is he coming?” asks Makenna, whose patience is beginning to wane. Dad arrives minutes later through the gate. Wyatt, still holding his book, wraps his arms around his dad while brother and sister hover closely. After hugs all around, the family heads down the hallway. You can almost hear a small voice ask “When will we get home?” When you’re little, with little concept of time, you live in the moment. Dad may have finally arrived, but now you have to sit in the car and n drive home. The travel experience aratiostarts early. ry


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Waiting at the airport for someone to arrive isn’t always easy. Some feel excited or anxious, others maybe even bored. For some the minutes can’t tick by fast enough. “I’m waiting for my half sister. She’s coming from Pond Inlet, Baffin Island,” shares Peter Taggart. “She should be landing right now,” his wife Marion nods excitedly. Now hearing the words Baffin Island which is in Nunavut, over 3,000 kilometres away, is impressive all on its own. But then Peter goes on to share that he only learned about the existence of his half sister, Elisapee Ootoova, three years ago. It’s a stunning revelation. “The family contacted us through Facebook,” smiles Peter. While he has visited Baffin Island once to meet her, this is

Elisapee’s first visit to Victoria to meet the family here. “This is our second meeting; it’s a very special night,” he says. He’s been fairly calm to this point, but when asked what he looks forward to when she arrives, his excitement bubbles up to the surface. “I’m looking forward to a big hug!” he exclaims. Reunions come in all forms at the gate, and they’re all special in their own way. But for those who’ve recently discovered family connections, an embrace takes on a whole other level of meaning. And witnessing this kind of reunion, well, words are inadequate. Perhaps the difficulty to see as this writer types is sufficient description.

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fashion focus

Q: Is leopard print OK to wear in the summer? Getting your best animal print on is stunning all year round. It’s the fabric that makes the seasonal difference. You don't want to sport a velvet frock in the summer – you would choose a lighter fabric like silk. I love the elegance of cream or white with leopard. This will make you PURR … .

Q: I just ordered an XL top online, and although I am a true size 10, it was too tight. How do I keep from making this mistake again? Everyone please look at the measurements and size chart they give with the product when shopping online. I’ve seen people buy an XXXL when they are considered a medium in most North American clothing lines. It’s about the fit, not the labeled size, and most if not all have measurements to refer to.

Q: When I shop with my friends and family, I feel obligated to buy what they pick for me. Most of it I never wear and I feel bad returning it. What can I do to be stronger, but not insult their taste? One: why are you letting others dictate your style? And two: if you don't like shopping with them, then why go? If you really want to shop, understand what you are looking for and show your shopping companions your list and your budget. This way you will not over spend and you will go home with what YOU want. Get to know the professionals in the boutiques that you feel good with. They will help style direct you to what you love!

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Q: I can't stand shopping. How can I change that? Wow! Girl, lets talk. I can only share with you what shopping is to me: a state of mind. I love to shop because I love the feeling of fabrics, I love the textures, colour, pattern and cut. I love the hunt and the thrill of finding that perfect something. When you put something on that looks and feels like it was made for you, angels will sing. Sounds like you need a good experience but it can only begin if you really want it to. First step: buy a style magazine and identify what looks you love. Make a vision board. Reflect. Then choose. You can do this!

As a rule, if you are a size 30 pant you would seek out a belt size two to three sizes larger. But like anything, try it on for fit. You should be fastening the second, third or fourth hole. Belts can make an outfit; be playful with the hardware and colour, especially when you are wearing denim!

August’s Style Tip: Sales are rocking the racks. Get out there and save, save, save! The reward is worth the hunt. Or, as I love to say, the squeeze is worth the juice. I source a few killer items that are in the higher price range. If you are heading out of town during the winter months there really is not much to choose from then, so think ahead to packing that bag with what you would love to wear on a tropical holiday. Just sayin’! august 2017 | 41

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Abby Lopez has known since she was 14 years old that she wanted to be a salon owner. By the relatively tender age of 22, she was living her dream as owner of Studio A Hair Design & Beauty Bar, in Sidney.

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Two years in, I asked her if it’s daunting to be a young business owner. “It can be,” she said, though she finds people are generally very excited for her and supportive of her endeavours. It’s when she sees the “wow” expression on people’s faces that she realizes that what she’s accomplished is a big deal, and maybe a bit scary. Making people happy is the most gratifying part of Abby's job. She loves when customers leave their hair, nail or lash appointment feeling pleased with their results and the service they received. She takes pride in knowing that many of her new clients come to her through word of mouth.

Chantelle Seductive Lift bra and matching bikini in pastel summer pink Sweet Talk & Lace Bra $108 / bikini $37

With a long career ahead of her, Abby continues to challenge herself and keep herself current with styles and trends through Redken education classes, as does her whole staff. They use and sell the Redken line of haircare products in-house, which Abby loves because they’re all colour safe and use natural oils and flower extracts. Studio A’s lash and nail services are what Abby feels set them apart from other salons. They use Ugly Duckling nail products, which are odourless, as chemical-free as possible, and were developed right here in B.C. Abby is very proud to consistently provide customers with long-lasting, quality nail results. There’s a second salon in the works for this young entrepreneur, but for right now, she and her staff are basking in the glow of a recent customer service award from the Better Business Bureau, an acknowledgement of how their hard work is paying off. For the love of beauty.

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Panorama Recreation:

Fall Programs Hit it Out of the Park Are you wondering about programs for your school-aged or pre-school children? The choices can drive you out of your mind and some can leave you out of pocket, when what you really want is out of school care that’s out of this world. Children’s care, nurture and learning shouldn’t stop when the 3 p.m. bell rings. Panorama Recreation’s Out of School Care programs offer diverse recreational activities and creative pursuits for children from kindergarten to grade five. “We take a huge amount of pride in the fact that our Out of School Care program is always on the move!” says Jason Gray, Community Recreation Coordinator (Youth Programs). The program involves weekly trips to Panorama Recreation’s by Jo Barnes

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swimming and arena facilities, tennis courts, gymnasium, pottery studio, excursions to local beaches, parks and trails around the Saanich Peninsula and plenty of fun indoors too. “When we’re on 'out trips' we do a huge variety of activities,” says Jason. “ We do craft and art projects, baking, physical literacy activities, yoga, and so much more.” So how does it all work? Children are picked up from their respective schools at dismissal and transported to Greenglade Community Centre where the program runs daily until 5:30 p.m. “We have our own Panorama bus which we use for out trips but also will be relying on the School District #63 school bus program to drop off our children at the program after school,” shares Jason. The program is run by enthusiastic and effective program leaders. Many have been involved in the summer programs and are completing post secondary education in the recreational and educational fields. “Like all programs at Panorama, we pride ourselves on having exceptional staff. They are passionate about their work and are always a step ahead,” says Jason. But what if your child isn’t yet attending school? A wildly successful new program called Forest Explorers takes pre-schoolers age three to five outdoors and enables them to engage in the natural world around them through physical education, dramatic play, art, music and literature. Based at Centennial Park, sessions run 9 a.m. to noon either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Added Jason enthusiastically: “This program is amazing for children who don’t do well when stuck in a classroom all day. They can run, they can jump, and they can often be as loud as they want. The forest doesn’t mind at all.” Program curriculum is child-driven. Kids are actively engaged in what they choose to do each day and learn to connect with each other and with the community around them. This fall Panorama’s programs for kids have used out-ofthe-box thinking to plan out of this world experiences for out-of-the-classroom fun.

"A wildly successful new program called Forest Explorers takes preschoolers outdoors and enables them to engage in the natural world around them."




Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services 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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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services

Going Platinum Hair Design & Esthetics Going Platinum is a Full Service Salon located in the heart of Sidney, B.C. Whether receiving a Platinum Pedicure or a Colour and Cut service, all our staff are highly experienced and will be sure to exceed your expectations!

Wine Kitz Sidney

250.655.3443 | 2426 Bevan Ave

"Whatever the mood, no matter the moment, create your own Atmosphere™!" An independent, family-run business, Wine Kitz Sidney is a retail and on-premises winemaking facility. Locally owned and operated and celebrating 15 years in business, Wine Kitz offers excellent quality and award-winning wines.

Dockside Realty Dockside Realty Ltd. is a friendly, community-oriented, family-owned business with offices on Pender Island, Saturna Island, and the recent opening of their new location in Sidney. Dockside Realty opened their first office on Pender Island in 2006 and Sherrie Boyte, Dockside’s Managing Broker, has been licensed since 1991. They are a team of multiple MLS Award winners who are dedicated to providing the highest level of professional and friendly service to buyers and sellers. The Sidney office has more than just Real Estate! The office features a display of Gulf Islands art for sale, along with their Gallery of Fine Homes and Properties. The Dockside team would love to have you visit their Sidney office, where you can view exquisite artworks and beautiful properties and homes. They hope you will enjoy this unique experience! A community focus with a local approach – call anytime for an appointment! Suzi Jack, Dockside’s Sidney-Victoria Agent, looks forward to meeting you at 9713 A Second Street in Sidney.

250.654.0300 | #5A - 2042 Mills Rd West, Sidney

Brown's The Florist Fresh flowers delight the senses and bring the feeling of a summer garden inside. Sidney: 250.656.3313 | 2499 Beacon Ave Downtown: 250.388.5545 | 757 Fort St Westshore: 778.433.5399 #102 - 2972 Jacklin Rd

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One Stop Furniture Shop Cool Sleeps – Hot Deals! Air Cool gel memory foam and breathable borders allow you to have cool sleeps and wake up feeling recharged. Hot deals on mattresses, mattress protectors and pillows on now! 250.655.7467 (SHOP) | 9819 Fifth St

Set your table in style. Gorgeous stonewashed linen tablecloths from Linen Way. Beautifully made in Europe and available in sizes up to 138 inches long. 250.656.0011 | 2506 Beacon Ave

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. Stay 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.

Galleon Books & Antiques A myriad of Antiques, Collectibles, Jewelry and quality used Books. Estates and private libraries purchased. 250.655.0700 #106 - 2506 Beacon Ave

Dockside Realty Welcome to our Gallery of Gulf Island Artwork and Real Estate Properties. Come and meet Suzi, your local Real Estate Agent, providing full services for the Peninsula and Victoria regions. 250.656.5062 9713 A Second St, Sidney


Professional House Cleaning

Don't worry, be happy, we clean and we're snappy! keekeeklean and the team offer affordable, appointments by qualified staff. Enjoy stepping into a spotless home ($30/hr), office ($35/hr), holiday rentals ($35/hr) or moveout cleans ($40/hr) after our team has worked their magic! Licensed | Registered | WCB Protected 250.896.6540,

Deep Cove Customs Local, affordable custom cabinets … right here on the Saanich Peninsula! We offer a full-service shop, from design and manufacturing through to the installation of our exceptional product. 250.412.3472 | 2071 Malaview Ave (call for appt.)

Laloca Fair Trade and Local Products We have a popular line of Crinkle Cotton clothing in a variety of flattering designs and colours. Easy to care for and made from 100% Thai cotton, each style is one size. 778.351.3844 | 2367 Beacon Ave


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Deep Cove Customs Deep Cove Customs was founded in 2013 by Mykell Wagner and Jamie Craig. What was your goal for the business? It was simple: we wanted to provide quality affordable custom cabinetry. When you started Deep Cove Customs, was there a need in the marketplace for another cabinetmaker? Despite other similar local businesses, we did feel there was a gap in the custom cabinet industry - rarely did affordability and quality go hand in hand. We figured we could step in and fill that gap with local, custom, quality cabinets … that were also affordable! You started small, but have seen steady growth. Tell us about that. Our state-ofthe-art production facility did start small, but we’ve been able to match demand while growing both our shop and our customer base over time. This is due in large part to having great staff – we train each of them personally – and we are both active in all aspects of the business from design to production and final installation. What is most important to you? Our emphasis is on high quality materials, truly custom designs, and customer satisfaction.

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the natural path

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Developing Healthy Eating Habits: A Parent’s Guide

As a mother and naturopathic physician, I believe one of the most essential gifts we can give to our children is the gift of health. When a child reaches toddler and childhood ages, things like sight, taste and texture directly influences what they will agree to eat and what they refuse. This can cause a lot of stress on a parent. The following are a few recommendations I provide to parents to aid and assist in the development of a healthy child and their relationship with the food they eat. Encourage trying everything once. Children have very astute taste buds. However, tastes will change, so even if they didn’t like something two months ago, encourage them to try it again. Don’t force it if they really dislike the food. Forcing foods they don’t enjoy will minimize trust and create an unhealthy association. Rotate foods regularly. Children need a variety of essential nutrients as they grow. Their needs may change at different ages but being sure you don’t let their diets fall into a food “rut” will supply them with different nutrients, antioxidants and cofactors their bodies need for growth and immunity. Eating the same thing day after day will cause nutrient deficiencies. Do not buy processed foods. We all know processed foods are not healthy, but this is even more important for small growing bodies. We can’t completely avoid processed foods but the old adage is true: if it’s not in the house then it won’t be eaten. It is very important during peak growth times that children are fed fresh foods as much as possible. Minimize eating out and fast food chains. Make treats very occasional. Children all want to have a “special treat” now and again. It is a normal request but what and how often they are given a treat can positively or negatively impact their health. Sugary foods

need to be given minimally. Studies show that sugar has a direct negative effect on focus and behavior. Homemade desserts low in sugar or popcorn for snacks are better choices. Use positive food words. Introducing new foods to children can be a challenge. Try to create a positive association with the foods they are going to try. For example: when giving my child green beans for the first time, we called them “green fries.” Also, try to present the foods in fun interesting ways. A fruit plate that looks like a silly face can do wonders to create interest. Communicate and educate children about the foods they are eating. Children are smart.

My four-year-old astounds me daily. They know a lot more than we give them credit for. When it comes to diet, it is important to give them a clear (even scientific) explanation as to why they need to eat their dinner and why they can’t have ice cream every day. We all want our children to be happy and healthy. They are the centre of our family and our focus is always on their well-being. With current knowledge on nutrition and developments in modern medicine, we are more than ever aware of the drawbacks to eating processed and packaged foods. We all can make healthier choices and give our children a great head start.

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changes they have always dreamed of. There are the stables and an indoor ring, but what you wouldn’t know from the road is that there is also extensive space behind the barn, stretching all the way back to the old Sandown race track. Everywhere you look there are signs of renovation, from the new boards around the outdoor track (half a mile of which are being replaced and painted this summer) to new gates, water stations and planters filled with colourful blooms. It’s hard to imagine a more pleasant place to spend some time. Add in the dozen or so horses roaming the paddock and it’s quite a scene of beauty. But back to Daniel: how did he get on once he led Buddy to the indoor ring and used the steps to mount him? Alexandra and I agreed that his bike-handling skills translated well to his four-legged ride. There’s a lot to work on all at once: sit tall, heels down, hands low and in correct position on the reins. The look of concentration on his face quickly turned to a smile as he took Buddy around and around, practising stopping and starting and how to get him to turn one way or another. Before his time was up he requested a chance at trotting. He clearly hadn’t expected how bumpy it was going to be, but he handled it with panache! Afterwards Daniel reported back that it had been fun – more fun than he’d expected – and yes, he would like to go again! Then it was my turn. Buddy had looked manageable at about four-anda-half feet (that’s 14 hands, to those that know) but apparently I

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My name is Brent Banfield, and I am pretty unique. I am one of the rarest humans on the earth; in fact, I am part of only 2% of the world's population. Well, most of my species. I am actually part of just 1% of the world's population! Can you guess what I am? Well, I am a ginger or a redhead, a hot head, or even a carrot top; I could list the various nicknames forever. There are a lot of interesting facts about redheads, so I thought I should write about them. The rarest gingers have red hair and blue eyes, and guess what? That's me! We are the minority in the world, with only 1% having both those features. We are probably as rare as a four leaf clover. The other unique thing about me as a ginger is that most redheads are left handed, and I am right handed. But that might have something to do with my nana taking the pencil out of my left hand when I was small and putting it into my right! Redheads were even worth more money to Romans during the slave trade; some prisoners would have their hair dyed to be displayed as a trophy, and the Egyptians buried us alive as sacrifices. There are also some great things about being a ginger. We are pretty much superheros! One of our powers is that we produce our own Vitamin D in low light conditions. We are bulletproof! OK, maybe not “bulletproof,” but the MC1R gene releases a chemical called pheomelanin, which blocks the brain's responsiveness to pain. This means redheads have a higher pain tolerance. Surprisingly, in doing research for this article I have found many interesting facts about gingers that I had never heard about before. Gingers should be respected because we could be extinct in later years. How does that saying go? Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Ginger power! Stay tuned for another article from one of Bayside’s budding journalist in the September issue.

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You can use any fruit for a shrub! I’ve even found recipes for squash shrub, so the possibilities are endless. I am also about to try goumi berry shrub, a beautiful edible ornamental shrub (the plant kind) that has cherry-sized berries. We often plant goumis in our edible landscapes and they can be so abundant. The flavour is slightly astringent and sweet, making it a perfect candidate for a shrub. Experiment away with this easy, delicious preservation technique and stretch out this abundant local food season. Here is the adaptable recipe: 2 cups fruit (blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, goumi berry, peaches etc) 1 cup sugar (I use Level Ground cane sugar) 1 cup vinegar (I used homemade blackberry wine vinegar, but apple cider works great) Put the fruit in a bowl and mix in the sugar; let this sit in your fridge for a few days, mixing once or twice every day to get the juice flowing. After a few days you will have thick syrup. Strain into a jar and add the vinegar. This mixture can be left in the fridge for several months. To use, put one or two tablespoons into a glass with sparkling water or try it in a cocktail!

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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. What are the odds of a new business enjoying great success after only three years? Janet Lynch and her dog-grooming business show us that anything is possible. Her secrets to success may not be rocket science. But fuelled by some basic sound principles, Janet is still skybound, enjoying an upwards momentum. After only her third year of business on the Saanich Peninsula, Janet Lynch is already so busy that she has to turn away customers. The effervescent owner of Groom That Dog brings over 17 years of experience in the dog grooming industry to her beloved studio at 10109 McDonald Park Road. Her resumé runs the gamut of dog obedience, dog showing, kennel work, dogsitting and more. Janet's love for her work shines through every success. A big part of business success is simply "being there." Janet is completely involved in every aspect of her business: “I am always there. I don't miss a lot of stuff.” The affable hands-on entrepreneur is always on top of things. A savvy business person, Janet recognizes that a strong financial foundation is the most fundamental driver of a prosperous enterprise. Even with financial experts in the background, Janet still makes sure to go over her accounts on a regular basis, maintaining proper records and keeping track of everything. Janet's business achievements are grounded in common sense and basic practicalities. Overall, “It is all about being organized. It is important to make a plan of what you want to do in your business before you start it. And make sure that you have the money beforehand to do that. Always do your research.” Simple humility is essential: “Asking for help when needed is one of the biggest factors in success! If you don't know it, learn it, or get help with it.” The dog groomer has a very pragmatic approach to building up a business: “Start small and you will end up large.” Businesses that prosper in the ultra-competitive modern market are well versed in elemental psychology and the huge pay-off of treating people well. Janet believes in “Constant good customer service. Being honest and truthful. Good communication. Following up with customers. Addressing issues, not covering them up.” Not rocket science. But simple and effective. One rave Facebook review gives clear reasons for Janet's prosperity: “You won't find a groomer that surpasses Janet in quality, expertise or customer service. She takes care of every detail with a magic touch that leaves both dogs and owners happy.” It seems counter-intuitive, but the roots of that sophistication are simple fundamental principles in business and life. After all, even a shooting star can be grounded in reality. For more information, visit

Music in the Park Hits All the Right Notes One of the best things about summer in Central Saanich is the Wednesday night Music In The Park series in Brentwood Bay’s Pioneer Park. Now in its 18th year, the series is produced by the Brentwood Bay Community Association (BBCA). Talent co-ordinator Leslie Gentile says: “We get dozens of submissions throughout the year from across Canada and the U.S. and have even had a performer from Australia. We could easily fill every Wednesday year-round!” The programming tends towards roots and global music, but has also included blues, reggae, jazz, folk, bluegrass, pop, rock, and even tribute bands. The music is the main draw of course, but the feeling of community created by the weekly event is just as strong. It’s all about families, kids, dogs, food, friends, neighbours and great music. The series has always enjoyed strong support from the community, with over 500 people coming out most nights. A good selection of food vendors adds to the enjoyment. Recent offerings have included everything from Filipino food to pizza to First Nations salmon BBQ to fresh baked desserts. Up until now, the outdoor concerts have been presented on a series of "temporary" plywood stages, dismantled at the end of each season. But after a year of fundraising and planning by the BBCA, a beautiful new permanent stage is currently under construction, with completion scheduled for this fall. The new stage will be a gathering place for generations to come, and will play host to a wide variety of performances: music, theatre, movie nights, workshops, weddings and much more. It's not too late to donate! For more information, email


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One can only imagine how wonderful it must be to sit and watch the ever-changing view, which looks over Piers and Knapp Islands to Mount Baker.

Reno Takes Advantage of a “Wow” Vista! Story by janice henshaw photos by

As with assessing peoples’ characters, snap judgments about other people’s homes can be misleading. Upon arrival at this month’s North Saanich home off Lands End Road, the first thing I saw was a brown hot tub sitting at the side of the gravel driveway. The liveedge siding was painted an older beige colour, the fascia boards had scalloped edges, and the trim boards around the windows were not yet stained. In decline? Or a renovation in progress? But once inside the gate I saw the incredible ocean view, and everything else was forgotten in an instant. It was, truly, a “wow” moment. The tree-framed vista to the east looks over Piers and Knapp Islands, to Mount Baker, and captures the ferries heading in and out of Swartz Bay. There’s an eagle perch on a nearby giant fir tree, hummingbirds hover over the landscaped flowers, and one can only imagine how wonderful it must be to sit and watch the everchanging view. When Don and Joanne Gulevich, owners of Coastal Heat Pumps, first visited their ¾-acre property in 2011, they were empty nesters focused on downsizing, so the two-storey, 3,100-square-foot house was “Everything we didn’t want. It was too big, too old, and too dark from the wood-paneled walls. It needed a ton of work and we knew that a major renovation would probably stretch into a 10-year project.” And then there was the spacious back yard with its beautiful swimming pool, multitude of flowering shrubs, green space, and a huge Monkey Puzzle Tree. “When we saw the back yard, we went ‘Wow’ again.” The previous owners had lived in the house until they were well into their 90s. A tall tree in the spacious back yard had matured over the years until it shaded the swimming pool, and no stairs led down to the pool from the deck. “We did a lot of soul-searching before buying it,” said Joanne. “And afterwards when we got it, we felt buyer’s remorse, but it didn’t last long.” Two months after they moved in, the first electric bill came in at $978. That necessitated a rapid transition from electric baseboards to the installation of two heat pumps. As a result, their electricity bill dropped to around $400. Living in their new (old) house for a few years allowed Don and Joanne time to plan design changes that would accommodate their lifestyle and make their home a welcome gathering space for family and friends. “We wanted it open and bright and all about the view.”

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Top: coastal grey countertops blend in with the fireplace and the cabinets installed on either side of it. Cabinetry is a beautiful maple wood with a stain that is a perfect complement to the natural scenery outside the home. Bottom: moving the kitchen from the back of the house to the front, to take advantage of the panoramic water views, was an easy decision.

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In October 2016, the couple rented a cargo storage container and filled it with everything from their house. Next, they and their two dogs moved into a rented 26-foot holiday trailer, which they parked in their driveway. Then it was time to swing the first sledgehammer and totally gut the house. It was the start of “Oh my gosh, what are we doing? What are we in for?” They found the process and the number of decisions that had to be made overwhelming at times. “We did a lot of the work ourselves, and when we needed to, hired additional help, but we worked side-by-side with everybody.” Jessica Kwasnica, owner and principal designer at Seaside Cabinetry & Design, took the lead in designing the kitchen layout in what used to be the living room. “Don and Joanne were great to work with,” said Jessica. “From the get-go, they






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Featuring were open to anything and everything, and moving the kitchen from the back of the house to the front, to take advantage of the amazing panoramic water views, was an easy decision.” Coastal grey quartz countertops blend in with the fireplace and the cabinets installed on either side of it. The cabinetry is a beautiful maple wood with an opaque Tahini stain that is a perfect complement to the natural scenery outside the house, and creates a gorgeous contrast against the dark, Truffle-stained island. “We decided on a moody navy blue and grey countertop. I thought this was a great match to the ocean,” said Jessica. The TV room does not warrant an ocean view, but it has lots of comfortable seating and a lovely wood fireplace. In the centre of the home, custom-built cabinetry provides an area for office work and storage for everything from linens to the grandkids’ camping tent. It’s functional, yet smart looking, and it’s obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the design because everything works so well together.

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A small, closed-in front deck sunroom was opened up to create a perfect sitting room to watch the sea.

However, in renovation, there are still moments of inspiration. When a back bedroom wall was removed, and sunlight came pouring in from the window, Don and Joanne decided it wasn’t going to be bedroom space any longer, and they transformed it into the dining room. “Sometimes you have to use a sledgehammer to see what’s really there,” said Joanne. A small, closed-in front deck sunroom was opened up to create a perfect sitting room to watch the sea. Comfortable leather chairs on Gunsmoke carpet swivel to face the view or back into the room for conversation. The window trim and eight-foot ceilings are white, and the walls (painted by Nick Hunter) are all the same calming colour: 70 | august 2017 | seaside homes

Benjamin Moore’s Florentine Plaster. The tree that once shaded the pool has been milled into slabs, one of which was used to create a unique countertop in the master bedroom ensuite. Towel storage compartments have been built near the back patio doors, providing convenient access for guests on their way to the swimming pool (a heat pump warms it) or hot tub (which will be moved back to the deck). Outside, landscaping is in progress. The plan is to build a tiered deck on the ocean side with a fire pit. Next on the “to do” list is to repaint the cedar siding. And, perhaps in the future, to replace it

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on design

by Carly Scholze Carly Scholze Interiors

If you are like most people, hiring an interior designer is a whole new experience. However, it can be a wise investment, particularly for those who do not have the time, skills or patience for creating functional and aesthetically pleasing interiors. Interior Design is not just about pretty colours and furniture arrangement, though these two do fall under the job description. Designers perform some of the same functions as Architects (though not quite as structurally involved); they produce construction drawings for permit, floor and lighting plans, and assist you with choosing the right finishes that will complement your space and budget. Combining functionality and style, designers also have better product knowledge of materials and services than the average consumer. Mistakes are annoying but also costly – designers act as consultants, negotiators and quality control personnel. They can hire contractors and even act as mediators when disputes arise (believe it or not, husbands and wives often strongly disagree with each other on matters of home interiors!). Interior designers are professionals who work for you, with you! Ideas are formulated for your interior/exterior based on your input and overall sense of style. A good designer is there to offer suggestions, but you, the customer, will always have the final say. As an example: if a client wants their family room redone, but is adamant about keeping the brick wall, a good designer will incorporate the brick in a way that fits well with the new look. I allow the customer to be involved with the project as little or as much as they want to be. Some want me to take over everything, while others want me to take over just the

Working With an Interior Designer design part, but hire the contractors or select the furniture themselves. As for the budget, Designers are quite familiar with working within budget limits: it’s part of what they do! When building new homes or commercial and retail spaces, it's wise to bring in a designer to look at the plans before you start to build. This allows them the opportunity to offer advice concerning room layouts, storage facilities, traffic flow issues, cabinetry, lighting selection, etc, all so that you won't need to make costly concessional changes

after the home is built. Whether it's a small project, such as simply selecting new colours for the bedroom, or a larger project like a new construction home, the key to working with a designer is good communication from both sides. Be clear and adamant about what you want or don’t want, use visual aids if possible, discuss budgetary restraints, review your plans, and the experience should be both rewarding and even fun! For more information visit

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what ’ s happening 3RD THURSDAY OF each MONTH

Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney, 7 p.m.

Speakers and discussions on the association’s ongoing projects. 2nd Thursday of each Month

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Haro’s Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel Pre-booking required. More information at

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Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 7:30 p.m.

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Booksmack All Ages 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Beacon Park (end of Beacon Avenue), Sidney

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Come enjoy the fresh ocean air and free books this summer at the Open-Air Library in Sidney, B.C.! Everyone is welcome to select from a wide range of reading materials, and relax with a good book on our cozy blankets. Reading materials are available for all ages; there is no need to register. For information, including special event dates, visit the website above, Saanich Peninsula. The Open-Air Library is a free program sponsored by Saanich Peninsula Literacy in partnership with The Town of Sidney, PCEC “1000 X 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project, Sidney Girl Guides and many others. august 3: Snake Day (drop-in event - all ages)

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last word We make a big deal about family in our August issue, thinking about things for children and families to do. Well summer for me is not just for spending time with my kids, but also my parents’ annual visit, and time for me to be in the child role myself! Although I know they really come to spend time with us, I still feel like I want each visit to have some special moments and to be holiday-like for them. Whilst they are quite content cycling in and out of Sidney, sampling coffee shops and taking in the views, I like to show my mum and dad something new each visit. After living here nearly 10 years I am having to be inventive now! This summer we took in the For the Love of Africa Water Garden Tour. It was quite something, poking around in private gardens full of wonderful water features, carefully maintained beds and some with artists or music too. We also enjoyed a local performance by Sidney’s own Edie Daponte; she wowed in a small show with two excellent jazz musicians. It was a true “locals” experience as Edie recognized people in the audience, told stories and even took requests! We braved venturing into Victoria for the Canada Day celebrations, a truly unique experience this year. With the

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roads closed we were able to wander downtown, listen to music, eat some awesome ice creams and really understand the depth of pride Canadians have in their country and celebrating its special birthday. We didn’t stay for the fireworks though; for those we waited and went closer to home. Have you ever seen the Saturday fireworks at Butchart Gardens? The gardens are always impressive to see, but on a Saturday night it is quite a staggering experience. Arrive early enough to picnic on the grass and watch a band on the stage. Make sure you leave a blanket down on the fireworks viewing lawn and you can wander the gardens all evening, especially enjoyable as the sun dips and all the illuminations are switched on. Then after dark there is a light extravaganza using music and the lake reflection; we were blown away by it! And, as with every visit, we took my mum and dad to a favourite Peninsula restaurant before they had to leave. Breakfast at the Spitfire Grill has become tradition, bittersweet at the end of our time together, but essential to complete the Canadian experience. Where do I get all my visitor ideas from? Why, Seaside Magazine of course!

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10 Reasons to Visit the Fair Fairs are a unique and exciting experience. Where else can you inhale a huge plate of fried food while walking toward a Ferris wheel or a horse show, as the sun slowly sets and a fall breeze gently drifts by? Where else can you have pig shows and pulled pork sandwiches and carnival games all within a short walk? Nowhere else. That’s what makes the Saanich Fair a magical experience, and if you’re not convinced, here are 10 more reasons why you should head to our local fair on Labour Day weekend: 1. We have 27 departments that will feature Canadian Heritage Breeds and Seeds; showcasing their origin, development and growth over the years. 2. Our Looking Back in Time section will feature glimpses from the past. Step into the tent display and see how we have progressed to where we are today and enjoy Emily Carr’s B.C.’s Birthday Card Mural to Canada which will be on display. 3. You can come back three days in a row so you can eat everything from all of the amazing fair foods, to our dining room, to a variety of not-for-profit concessions and food trucks that will provide a wide array of food from around the world. 4. Younger visitors will enjoy spending time at the Kids Zone and several other play areas thoughout the grounds. 5. Over the course of the weekend you can watch horse shows and demonstrations, dog competitions and 4-H kids competing with their projects, as well as a 4-H livestock auction on Monday at 2 p.m. 6. Eating competitions of ice cream, watermelon and pie, as well as other added attractions, are scheduled throughout the fair. Indoor competitions and interactive displays will be available for you to enjoy! 7. Our entertainment stages will be hosting local performers and will feature The Band of Rascals at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening and Kim Mitchell at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening. 8. West Coast Amusements has an enormous variety of carnival rides and games that run continuously throughout the weekend. 9. You can wander through the animal displays and say hi to a variety of critters like horses, cows, lambs, donkeys, llamas, cavies, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, goats and pigs. 10. One of the great things about the North

and South Saanich Agricultural Society’s fair is the community spirit at the fair. The original 10 farmers who started it would be thrilled to know the Fair has grown every year to where it is today as we celebrate with the same spirit being the central theme of the last 150 years. Farmers, neighbours and friends gather to compare animals,

produce, baking and other household crafts competing in a friendly way at the Saanich Fair. We want to invite you to enjoy the FAMILY FRIENDLY Saanich Fair – September 2, 3, 4 at the Saanich Fairgrounds at 1528 Stelly’s X Road in Saanichton.


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