Seaside Magazine September 2015 Issue

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September 2015


Building Community

One Generation To the Next

Changing Lives

Can We Talk

Friends & Neighbours

Focus on Volunteers

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Commitment to Community

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Can We Talk


Community through Volunteering: Making a difference, changing lives Friends & Neighbours: Morgan Shaw, dedicated volunteer Seaside Snapshots: Meet our photo contest winners

Grannies for Africa


Seaside Homes: Changing Seasons, prepare your property

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First Word

The MarIgold legacy

In Pursuit of the Golden Years West Coast Gardener On Design Ignition Last Word

Wild Welsh Coast

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Garden to Table

Friends & Neighbours In Good Health Book Review Seaside Arts Scene New & Noteworthy

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Smell the Coffee Common Cents Peninsula Restaurant Profile On This Month What's Happening & Sudoku



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For obvious reasons we spend more time indoors during the fall and winter. It's then that we may realize we have spent many an hour sprucing up the outside yard to look and feel great but have forgotten how the inside feels! We loved the idea of writing about some winter house-dressing design tips (see On Design, page 51). Small things can make such a big difference to the atmosphere in a home. We have been styling and staging homes on the Peninsula since 2008. We celebrate what our clients already own by giving a new perspective with a fresh set of eyes, reinventing your space into something fresh and fabulous! We offer full service design and staging, paint consultations, window wardrobes, and accessory shopping: Creating. Fresh. Interiors. Li Read

A Saltspring resident since 1989 I love living on a Gulf Island. The sense of community, peace and quiet and easy-living suit me. My goal as a Realtor is to help other people to discover their special place too. Whether it's a building lot, an acreage to develop as farmland, an oceanview or an oceanfront parcel, a residential opportunity, or a commercial/investment option the southern Gulf Islands have lots to offer. In this month's Common Cents I share some of my experience of the vacation property market.

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Our first Siberian Husky was often taken for a wolf by kids surrounding her at the Fourth of July parade in Cincinnati. Huskies can look like small wolves; for both, family is critical. We determined to know more about wolves, learning about their unfair treatment. When we moved to Dean Park her two nieces got loose frequently, galloping through the neighbourhood. We'd corral Ana first, put her in the run outside; then a mournful sound – "Cry of the Wolf" meets Dean Park – would commence. When we'd found Taty, Ana's howl stopped. After Taty died and we'd put Ana in the run by herself, she'd howl again, thinking this might get her sister back. Reviewing A Wolf Named Romeo for Seaside this month seemed a natural fit for me. Please protest BC's wolf "cull"; go to

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Hans Tammemagi

My love of nature and curiosity takes me around the world in search of stories, from hiking the cliffs of Wales to swimming with spawning salmon in western Canada to exploring the byways of Maple Ridge. I dig below the veneer, seeking out local traditions, rare wildlife, eccentric characters, and, whenever possible, a good glass of wine. I focus on Native culture, environment, and travel. This month, my travels took me around the Saanich Peninsula wine route, and all the way to the wild Welsh Coast. I live with my wife and two cats on Pender Island, British Columbia where I delight in the sea and the forest.

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first word In this issue we are celebrating volunteers and what it means to be one. In our 'Can We Talk' column, I mention to Mark Loria, Executive Director of Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, that I think it's a pretty common mistake to think of volunteering as just something nice people do. It's much more important than that. Some of the most valuable skills we bring to any volunteer effort are compassion, an open mind, a willingness to do whatever is needed, and a positive attitude. Just the other day, I happened to watch the Mandela story, Long Walk to Freedom. What a fabulous movie. It may not have everything to do with volunteering but it has everything to do with life and how we treat people. What does it mean to have hatred and what does it mean to love? I can remember reading about Mandela when I was in University and I always admired him. It's that he had the desire to free the oppressed and the oppressor both: To make everyone happy.

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Now that's a daunting task. Here we are in a strange world right now, where we don't exactly know if we know our neighbours. Don't get me wrong, I love my neighbour – and we can in the beautiful community where we live – but it's still scary out there at times. So think about it, if we were to get our kids out there volunteering at a young age they can start learning right away about helping anyone of any age, any culture and naturally treat people as equal. At the end of the movie, Mandela said, "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of their skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart". So why talk about Mandela's story and what it means to be a volunteer? Think about it and the benefits volunteering has in our community; it's like the glue that holds a community together. Mandela proved that, so can we. According to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Mandela's birthday, July 18 was a day to promote global peace: "Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it's supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community". I don't know about you, but this makes perfect sense to me. Publisher

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Changing Lives

Community Through Volunteering by Doreen Marion Gee

Volunteers are the

life-blood of our Peninsula community. Their dedication raises the quality of life for all of us and improves daily existence for many, changing their lives in a positive direction forever. But the volunteers themselves could never imagine how those couple of hours a week would open up new possibilities and enrich and transform their own lives. Imagine life on the Peninsula with no larger-than-life art shows, no knowledge-fuelled venues like the Ocean Discovery Centre or Centre of the Universe, no thrilling musical acts, no services for seniors, no parades etcetera. Without the dedicated volunteers that make these things possible, our community would be a less inspiring landscape. According to Bob Orchard, Sidney Lions Club Treasurer, their Food Bank "could not exist without their volunteers." Brad Edgett, Executive Director of the Mary Winspear Centre, knows the sterling value of volunteers: "Volunteers in Sidney are our ambassadors, engaging people coming to our community and providing vital services to local people. I want to personally thank all

of the volunteers at the Mary Winspear Centre and in Sidney for making our town a vibrant place." His sentiments are echoed by Philip Sutton, Theatre Manager for the Mary Winspear Centre: "I am honoured to work with over 55 inspirational volunteers from our community. Their unselfish passion makes a difference in our community daily." Many not-for-profit organizations could not survive financially without volunteers. Brad Edgett is candid: "Without our volunteers, we could not function. We could not afford to carry on with our programs" due to the cost of paying people to do the same work. "Volunteers are vital to the success of Mary Winspear Centre." Volunteers also ensure that community programs are accessible to everyone. Peninsula Elder College enriches our community with learning experiences for seniors at a low cost. According to Dustin Ray-Wilks, an Elder College coordinator, this is the result of volunteer instructors who keep the overhead down, making it possible to offer affordable classes and courses. Five hundred and fifty volunteers from Beacon Community Services infuse caring and hope into lives on the Peninsula, providing everything from friendly visits to help finding employment. Deb Greenaway,

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tisans Gift Gallery. This annual show and sale features 50 Island Artisans varied; jewelry, glass, pottery, turned and carved wood, children’s clothing ts and crafts available. Join in this celebration of local Artisans.

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August 31 - September 4 September 5 – 20 September 26 - December 23 Show. Both 2D and 3D artwork all Leina Wann4th presents art quilts and Opening reception Saturday, Sept. 5, our Tuesdays-Sundays (closed Mondays). Join us for CACSP Small Expressions Show SMALL Expressions March to 29th Join us for our SMALL CACSP Small Expressions Show Expressions painted canvas quilts in this show 7-9 p.m. The Embroiderer’s Guild offit within Theand Community Council of the sized to a 12” xArts12” x 12” Show. Both 2D 3D artwork all Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm Both 2D Saanich and 3D artwork allpresents March 4th 29th and demonstration. Leina’s designs Victoria presents anShow. exhibition of colourPeninsula (CACSP) March 4th toto 29th space. Featuring: painting, collage, sized to fit within a 12” x 12” x 12” emerged from an- exploration of 10am-4pm ful needlework in a sized variety ofto styles. thisaannual and sale, featuring 50 fit within 12”show x 12” x 12” Tuesdays Sundays, Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-4pm photography, glass, sculpture, fibre, space. Featuring: painting, collage, mandalas, drawing from inner Representations of crewel, canvas Island Artisans, representing traditional space. Featuring: painting, collage, inspiration to create an artist’s journey work, embroidery, smocking, countedmetal, and contemporary Jewelry, glass, pottery, wood and craft. more. photography, glass, sculpture, fibre, photography, glass, sculpture, fibre, encompassing mixed media, pen and thread work, cross stitch, quilting, and pottery, turned and carved wood, pottery, metal, wood and more. pottery, wood more. ink, collages and art quilts. Delight in other forms of needlework will bemetal, on children’s and toys, fibre art, wearables, the art quilts resulting from this display. Learn about the intricacies of photography and holiday décor are just inner journey. needlework in this engaging show. a few of the arts and crafts available.

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Coordinator - Direct Volunteer Services for Beacon Community Services at the SHOAL Centre, explains how a simple 'medical drive' can change someone's life forever: it can provide medical support and independence to a senior, enabling them to stay in their home longer and "the client also benefits from regular access to their medical supports – doctor's appointments, physiotherapy, tests or procedures – leading to improved health and well-being." The medical drives are a "god-send" to one grateful senior with Macular Degeneration who goes into Victoria for regular treatments for her eyes. Without the help she could not get to her appointments, causing her eyes to deteriorate further. "Are you crazy?" was the knee jerk reaction by friends and family when I told them that I volunteered as a writer for a community newspaper. "Yeah, like a fox!" was my standard reply – that precious experience led to my present paid gig at Seaside. Why do people donate their time without pay? Does volunteering satisfy some primal need to prove that our lives are worth something? It definitely seems to change people's lives in new exciting directions. A Beacon Community Services volunteer who prepares tax returns for low income clients feels "blessed and lucky" to be in a position where she can help others – especially when it is not a choice to be on the receiving end. A volunteer at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Jan Roper, is a friendly helper and kind ear to people in medical distress: "There isn't enough money in the world to pay me for this opportunity to develop a new set of skills, have great adventures and help others." Kelly Dinh, a graduate of the Youth Employment Program at Beacon Community Services, found volunteering a very valuable experience with incredible networking opportunities, valuable role models and mentors. Susie Lang was so impressed with the helpful service that she received as a client with Beacon Community Services that she became a volunteer herself. "I'm among those privileged to have already made several new and very dear friends." Those many people who donate their time and energy every day are the real architects of this extraordinary community – forging the bountiful, compassionate and culturally rich place we all love. But if you decide to pitch in and help out, be prepared for an unexpected surprise. The next life that you change may just be your own.

friends & neighbours "I believe that when you work with volunteers, you should volunteer too."

More than Money by Susan Simosko

What were you doing in

your twenties? What difference did you make to your community? If you're like me, you might be saying "not much." Now consider Morgan Jane Shaw, 26, born and raised in Sidney and actively making a major difference in our community. Morgan is Manager of Visitor Services for the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as a director on the Peninsula Celebrations Society Board, and, when time permits, she dons the Sidney Seagull costume to entertain kids of all ages. And that's just for starters. Her personal commitment to our community is awe inspiring. A graduate of Trinity Western University and Thompson River University, Morgan holds two bachelor degrees, one in psychology and the other in business. As she puts it, "Both are important to me as I work with people from all walks of life in my paid and volunteer work. The psychology helps me to understand people, and the business perspective helps me to think more strategically and systematically about solving problems." In her role at Visitor Services—she manages both the Town and Highway locations—Morgan is responsible for the recruitment and coordination of almost 100 volunteers. She plans and conducts all training and yes, she is responsible for resourcing, maintaining and updating all the information in both centres. "It's quite a responsibility," Morgan says, "when you think of the thousands of people who want and need information about the activities, events and services in our area and beyond." Morgan thoroughly enjoys working with the many volunteers. "I don't think in terms of 'work'

per se," Morgan tells me. "We have a great team of volunteers and together we strive to deliver informed, quality services to meet visitors' needs in the best ways we can." "When you are already so busy with your paid work, why do you volunteer to serve as a director on the Peninsula Celebrations Society Board?" I ask. Morgan is very clear in her response: "For two basic reasons," she smiles. "As a kid, I loved the events in Sidney and believe they are the heartbeat of the Town. We all look forward to the parades and other events. I think they drive community spirit and, of course, they provide fun opportunities for everyone. I like contributing to that!" The second reason is equally important: "I believe," Morgan says simply, "that when you work with volunteers, you should volunteer too." We agree that if more people felt that way, communities around the world would benefit significantly. Morgan attributes her passion and commitment to hard work and community service to her mom, Laurie Salvador. "My mom's work ethic is extraordinary. She is giving and helpful, and always from the heart. She and her husband live compassionate and value-based lives. Many years ago, I decided I wanted to live my life with compassion and a giving nature. It's a way of living I embrace every day." Morgan believes that working in the not-for-profit sector and volunteering are intrinsic to her whole philosophy of life. "There is so much more to life than earning money," she says. "We need to inspire everyone, young people in particular, to understand that and to give back to their communities, not just once but throughout their lives." Indeed, Morgan. Inspirational words for us all.

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Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode – from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multi-media montage – the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected unknown author

Photography contest

D a v id D o na l ds o n w o nder f u l wi l d l i f e “Charming Raccoon” I am a long time resident of Sidney by the Sea. My love of photography and nature pictures all started when I received a camera for a present from my work after 10 years of service. I have always loved animals and nature and enjoy getting up in the early morning for our spectacular sunrises and "critter" pics.This particular morning I was ready to leave when I spotted two baby raccoons running along the shore. They would run a few feet and seemed to to stop and pose.I just kept shooting 'til I checked the time and was close to being late for work. As far as I am concerned Sidney should be called "A Photographer's Paradise"

bob o rc h ard I s l and D is h "Asparagus" Photography has become a passion of mine. Quite often I'm out taking photos of birds or flowers around Sidney. I live close to the Public Library and the rose garden so there's lots to choose from. I love trying to photograph the bees or the humming birds. Both pose quite a challenge. I also volunteer to take photos for various groups in town. I've been a photographer for many years now and have recently got more serious about it. The Thursday market always offers lots of photo opportunities and when I saw the bunch of asparagus I knew that it would make a good photo.

Like virtue, photography is its own reward, triggering memories of life's greatest moments and relationships. In our Third Annual Photography Contest, Seaside wishes to further reward some of these amazing artists, with some good old-fashioned ink in our local magazine.

With so many submissions, this task wasn't easy. You’ll find our choices in the four categories outlined below. Thank you to all of the winners, and to everyone who submitted such fine work.

D ebbie G r Ay C raz y K ids "Boys will be Boys" When I was 16, my father-in-law to be, gave me his Olympus 35 RC camera and I was hooked. I was the family relative everyone hated, always with a camera and video in hand. I now carry a Panasonic Lumix. On this adventurous day, my grandson was biking around Horth Hill Park when I turned up with my Blackberry Classic and captured this shot. I live in Deep Cove, forever pulling over to shoot photos of our ever changing community and its fascinating inhabitants.

L u cas J C o pp l esto ne y o u r west c o ast c u l t u re "Best Coast Picnic" I am a master artist and force for doing good business on this planet. I love to provoke thoughts within the hearts and minds of people to support their inner stretch for creativity. I love capturing photos of the West Coast "Best Coast" to showcase the opportunity to inspire others to become ambassadors of savouring the way of living art. I am an entrepreneur focused on providing local sustainable fresh food. You can learn more about me at


can we tal k Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Mark Loria, Executive Director of Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre In this issue of   Seaside we are exploring the enormous impact volunteering has in our community. As Executive Director of Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre what would your community at the Centre look like if you didn't have volunteers? I'm not sure if we would exist without our volunteers. Our Centre was designed as an interpretive experience based on (mostly) volunteers delivering verbal information to visitors. Our volunteers bring an essence of, and excitement for, life-long learning: a natural curiosity; a dedication to making our societies stronger by giving back; and a deep appreciation about the conservation and protection of our environment. This 'interaction' between volunteers and visitors creates a space where people can spread their knowledge back and forth – discovering where people are from and what their experience with nature is – and really having these incredible conversations about the ecosystem we all live in. We are fortunate to have long-serving volunteers who have been with us since

opening – many of these volunteers have moved into highly responsible positions like Mikes Patterson who works with our aquarist team and Rebecca Hansen a teen volunteer who was hired this summer as the coordinator of our first Youth Volunteer Summer Program. Volunteering can act as a catalyst for young people to engage more effectively with other learning, or in some cases re-engage with formal learning or training, putting them in a position where they can develop skills and gain qualifications. You've recently launched a youth summer program aimed at introducing youth to volunteering at the Centre, with an outstanding 23 youth registered. How important is this for the Centre and what has been the outcome of this new program. There is little argument that youth and education are the backbone of our society, so it is vital that we are constantly supporting youth development. I need to give our staff credit, specifically our longserving Volunteer Coordinators, Beth Watkins and Kendra Fowler, who have had the vision to create this program for some time. Historically, youth volunteers (aged 13 – 17) have made up almost one third of our volunteer base. The energy and excitement that young people bring to their volunteerism is

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rehabilitate existing community facilities across Canada and inspiring. The impact for these young people is that they learn early on ensure lasting legacies. If you were to receive the matching grant of how to make a difference in our society, how to be confident in front of $100,000, what would this mean to the centre? the public and about how an aquarium operates. In return, we all win The important part about this matching funding is that it jump-started when this new generation of environmental champions will become and focused our vision to make a significant experience/design change, well-rounded, educated adults and hopefully community leaders who the first since opening the Centre in 2009. It fits with the ideal of our will speak about our interconnectedness and interdependence with the aquarium – to inform and inspire generations to explore, protect and natural environment, specifically the Salish Sea Bioregion. conserve our Salish Sea – which saw us receive major funding from a The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is owned and operated by the similar infrastructure program allowing the Centre to be built. We see New Marine Centre Society, a registered B.C. charity and self-supported this project as leaving a substantial legacy for Canadians by building through admission fees, grants and donations. As the newly appointed exhibits which engage discussions about biodiversity, endangered ED, and with your unique not-for-profit leadership experience, can you species, the traditional people of this place – the Coast Salish, healthy give us a glimpse of your goals looking ahead to the next five years? environments, and how understanding our local ecosystem directly There are many strategies the Board (also volunteer leaders in our translates into gaining appreciation for the global concern for a healthy community) and I are considering currently. Key strategies will include Earth. In concept, the new Gallery will see an increase of 20 percent, creating long-term financial stability given ongoing and future capital needs; or almost 1,200 square feet, and contain three developing a new, comprehensive membership exhibits on: Salish Sea Mammals (primarily the program which will develop a larger constituency "We all win when killer whale and grizzly bear), the Coast Salish base and build our capacity as an organization; "There's passion of in this new generation Peoples – the water people of Canada, and an implementing a fundraising plan for increased the food andchampions in the environmental annual exhibit space focusing on the rest of the individual, corporate, and government support; room well-rounded, … pick-up on become Salish Sea environment and beyond. The plan and, most importantly, the revitalization of our the warmth is for the gallery to be housed in the current visitor experience at the Centre. The loudest educated adultsand and friendliness" retail space. We believe the new gallery will feedback we hear is that our experience hasn't community leaders." significantly increase our attendance, allow for changed in six years. The positive in this is that long-term sponsorship funding, and properly elevate us as 'the source' to we see great potential in enhancing the experience through new signage, learn about and experience the Salish Sea anywhere in the world. interactive displays, and new exhibits with a stronger focus on all aspects of The Centre connects the public with the Salish Sea's ecosystem the Salish Sea Bioregion. We will most likely accomplish this through key through engagement, education and awareness with a handspartnerships with science, cultural, technological, environmental, and First on, hands-wet approach to marine science and is a catalyst for Nations organizations. Finally, a continuing strong relationship with our key conservation of marine life on Canada's west coast. Alongside this funder and partner, the Town of Sidney, is essential to our growth plan. We comes building valuable business partnerships to expand on the would not exist without their support or the vision of past councillors and educational resources that exist at the Centre. How important is it community leaders who were right in believing that a people's aquarium and to build these strategic business alliances in the community? cultural centre would be an economic and tourist driver. Let's put it this way – we are open for business (partnerships)! Our You have recently applied to the Canada 150 Community survival as an organization will be predicated upon our ability to create Infrastructure Program to create a new Salish Sea Legacy Gallery strategic alliances – plain and simple. Our current position though is a and an upgrade to the admissions and retail area. This grant strong one – we have an amazing, like-new facility which was built as a will invest $150 million over two years to support projects that community amenity and I believe will always have town and community support. My belief is that we are operating at about half of our potential Mark Loria regarding experience, content and global impact. We have amazing longserving staff, volunteers, and a dedicated group of board members who With almost 20 years of management experience in both corporate genuinely care about our organization and keep it running seamlessly, on a and not-for-profit sectors, Mark Loria brings extensive knowledge daily basis. If our only deficiency from an experience perspective is new or of not-for-profit management in the cultural sector specializing in partnerships, membership and visitor experience to his role as changing content, then my view is that it's a fairly easy fix – create strategic Executive Director of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. He holds a alliances with content providers. Why can't the aquarium be the conduit Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary and an Arts and for all of these agencies – universities, environment, wildlife, science, arts, Entertainment Management Certificate from Capilano University. culture, First Nations, and government – to share and deliver projects to Loria and his wife are both artists, have four children and live in potentially hundreds of thousands of people each year? We all have much Victoria. Their family has been coming to the aquarium since the beginning and have seen firsthand the impact that learning about our to gain from this, but most importantly the public will experience a 'wideecosystem - its wildlife, water, land, culture and people - can have. eyed' global-perspective on how to contribute to making our world happy, sustainable and habitable, one person at a time.


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Germs REALLY won’t stand a chance following this campaign pledge! Make your donation worth double! With this match, every dollar you donate will be worth $2 to the Foundation. A long-time donor to the Foundation has challenged the community to match a pledge of $900,000 to this year’s OR Sterilization Department campaign, in memory of David Freeze. It was Mr. Freeze’s community challenge in 2006 that helped raise the funds for a new CT Scanner in record time.

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Those Magnificent Men & their Flying Machines by Karen Morgan

"My Mum, Dad and

Mother-in-law all passed away in the good hands of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Nursing staff and for that I will always be grateful. I feel that this may have been my way of saying thanks." With those words, Mike Scholefield completed 14 years of spearheading "Victoria's Largest Little Airshow". For almost a decade and a half, Mike has rallied a small group of radio-controlled model airplane enthusiasts to dedicate a (usually) gorgeous summer weekend to entertain adults and children alike. While the club is all-male, the event has become a family affair, with spouses assisting in the sales of food, raffle and 50/50 tickets. It's amazing what they can make fly. Guests to the Michell Airfield, as their field on the Lochside Trail is known, have seen a flying lawnmower and iron, Aladdin and his magic carpet, the Wicked Witch on her broom, Snoopy battling the Red Baron, and most surprisingly, Superman (complete with a visit by the Man of Steel after his flight!). Mike and the Victoria Radio-Controlled Model Society have also invited award-winning international modellers to come and show us

the "right stuff" (model version). It's a weekend that has attracted a growing number of people from the Saanich Peninsula and Victoria. This year's show was seen by almost 3,500 adults and children. The club has taken full advantage of the opportunity to do some fundraising. And for a small group, it's been wildly successful. This year, the club will contribute $14,000 each to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and CFAX Santas Anonymous. That brings the 14-year total contributed to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation to almost $120,500 – an astounding and heart-warming result. To Mike, Jack Price, and all the members of VRCMS, everyone at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation would like to say a big, heart-felt thank you for your spirit of generosity, along with your enormous sense of fun!

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in p U rsuit of the G olden Y ears 'Home Sweet Home' Truth or Fiction for Seniors? Fall can cause anxiety for seniors with poor weather causing transportation challenges, higher hydro bills and potential SAD due to time spent indoors. The issue of quality housing becomes even more acute at this time of year. As stated previously, housing is without a doubt the most pressing issue that seniors face in BC. High living costs together by Shauna Dorko with low incomes force seniors to live in Owner, Sidney SeniorCare substandard housing conditions at a time in their lives when they urgently need safe, comfortable housing options, accessible support services and amenities. The median annual income for seniors is $24,000, while 50,000 seniors are living on $20,000 or less. There are three main types of housing available to seniors – independent living, assisted living and residential care. Independent living includes both home ownership and rental housing with in-home support options available, some subsidized and others not. Assisted living involves a community setting with other seniors including access to prepared meals, housekeeping, entertainment, and social/recreational opportunities. Residential care is often referred to as long-term facility or 'nursing home' care, providing the 24 hour supervision and specialized care required for complex cases. The suitability of each housing option is dependent on the individual senior's health and available support services. Seniors have expressed that they want to live as independently as possible, and most are fully capable with the right resources and services in place. A very small percentage actually needs to move to residential care. The challenge however of finding available, appropriate and affordable housing is a real cause of frustration and concern. Seniors and their advocates tell us that there are very few financially-accessible facilities that meet their needs in terms of security, amenities and companionship opportunities with fellow seniors. The surprising truth is that most seniors receive only very limited government-subsidized support for housing or daily care. In fact, less than 4% of seniors live in residential care facilities, less than 4% who are living independently receive provincial home support services, less than 2% live in provincially-subsidized assisted living environments, and less than 4% receive government-subsidized rent or housing assistance. Furthermore, only 15% of seniors at age 85 or greater live in residential care, less than 1% live in provincially-subsidized assisted living, and a mere 13% receive home support. Rather shocking, isn't it? We'll continue this discussion on seniors housing in the November issue of Seaside Magazine. Until then, let's continue to advocate for seniors! * Excerpts taken from the May 2015 Report on Seniors’ Housing in B.C., Office of the Seniors Advocate Written in collaboration with Sherrin Griffin. We welcome all comments and suggestions emailed to

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That Cyclist in Spandex May be

Someone’s Grandmother by Joanne Lomax

Take another look at the

groups of cyclists riding the roads and trails throughout the south end of the Island. The bright cycling jerseys may belong to grandmothers and 'grand others' training for an annual cycling fundraiser to support African grandmothers who are dedicated to conquering the devastating effects of AIDS in Africa. This year there will be two ride choices: the traditional 275 km three-day marathon from Campbell River to Victoria, September 11 to 13, and a new more moderate 50 km ride on the trails and roads in Greater Victoria on September 13. Over its first eight years these hardy women, mainly grandmothers in their retirement years, have raised a total of $436,000. They are hoping in this ninth year with two rides in place, to take the total donations to a cool half million. Sponsored by the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa and including cyclists from around the Island and a few from the lower mainland, the riders raise money for the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Participants solicit donations from the greater community as well as their friends and relations. To support this worthy cause, go to The women train for many months and often conquer terrain and distances they never previously thought possible. Pride in their own physical achievement and the compelling needs of the African grandmothers propel them forward. At the same time the riders gain health benefits and a realization of their own strength and courage: certainly a win-win for everyone. It isn't only the riders themselves who share the work and joy of the bicycle fundraiser. All eight Island grandmother groups that are located along the cyclists' route provide meals, snacks and enthusiastic cheers and congratulations as the riders make their way south. This support, in turn, energizes the cyclists to keep on riding and ultimately achieve their goals. Both rides will end at the legislative grounds between 2.30 and 3 p.m. Sunday September 13. The public is welcome, so plan to come and greet, meet, and cheer the cyclists and be inspired by their courage, tenacity and perseverance.



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Goodbye to Marigold

After 71 years in business, Marigold Nursery is closing its doors this Christmas Eve

by Carole Pearson

Piper, part of the youngest generation at Marigold

Brooke, Rayanne, and Randy

It is the end of an era for

one of Vancouver Island's favourite garden stores. After 71 years in business, Marigold Nursery is closing its doors. The property has been sold and this Christmas Eve will be the last day of operation for the family-owned business. This is sad news for the legions of loyal Marigold customers. "I have mixed emotions. A lot of our customers didn’t just come here to shop. They came to visit, get their spirits lifted and find inspiration so there are some strong personal bonds. There's going to be some really emotional times in the next few months," says Brooke Smith. Her grandfather, Les Smith, started Marigold Nursery back in 1944. The nursery was originally at the corner of Marigold Road and Snowdrop Avenue in the Glanford area. Les grew bedding plants and sold them wholesale. He relocated the nursery to Lochside Drive, beside the Pat Bay Highway, in 1963. His sons, Len and Ray, started working there full time after graduating from high school. Len began in 1965 and retired in 2001. Ray has worked since 1968 and is now ready to retire as well. He turns 65 this year. Since his brother retired, Ray and his children,

"Ray's not quite ready to hang up the gardening gloves"

It also means a "goodbye" to their employees when the doors close Brooke, Rayanne, and Randy, have been running the business. for the last time. Brooke says, "Marigold's extended family are our "It's the only job I've had," he says. "It's a 24/7 job and I'm here employees. We have two employees who have been with us for more every single day. We only close, maybe, four or five days a year." than 20 years. So, yes, we have very mixed feelings about this." He says his fondest memories are of all the people he met during his Brooke remembers growing up at the nursery with her siblings. years of work. "We know most of our customers, if not by name, then "We'd run around the peat bales and by sight. We moved into retail in 1976 and we still ride on the wagons and now, my have some of the same customers from back then. children have grown up here so this That really means a lot to us." "We've supported place is full of memories." Over the years, Marigold Nursery has been a school fairs and The youngest generation of Smiths big part of the community, offering free tours to community events. are Brooke's children, Cyprus, 11, and schools and day care centres so children can see Kaydance, 10 and Rayanne's daughter how things grow and, perhaps, spark an interest If someone needed Piper, 2. They appear in Marigold in gardening. "We've supported school fairs and a door prize or an item Nursery's commercials. "They say they community fund-raising events," Brooke says. for a silent auction, are going to miss all the space they had to "If someone needed a door prize or an item for a they'd come to us" run around in and helping customers on silent auction, they'd come to us." the busy spring weekends." says Brooke. Ray says, "One of the things I'm going to As for the future, Brooke, Rayanne, and Randy are in the process miss is helping the seniors. A bus used to bring in patients from the of planning to open an RV and boat storage facility in Duncan. "We Extended Care Section at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and they could will also be offering full detailing, RV renovations and mechanical pick out whatever they wanted for their community garden. They services," explains Brooke. "We are excited for this new were pretty happy about that." He adds, "One of the patients in chapter in our loves." Extended Care worked for us when we were on Marigold Road back Ray's not quite ready to hang up the gardening in the '50s and '60s." gloves. He plans to spend his retirement The Smith family will be winding down the business over the puttering around on his nine-acre property next few months. This will be no small task for the Island's largest and do some gardening, full-service garden centre, with 15,000 square feet of covered retail of course. space. Brooke says fresh product will continue to be brought in up until closing and to watch for some great deals on merchandise. "Starting in September, there will be store-wide sales. We're calling it a Retirement Sale." In the local coffee shops, people will be speculating on future plans for the site. Ray will only say, "It's a private sale." But right now, it is a time for the family to share goodbyes with their customers.

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Touching > Healing > Thriving

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A 1988 New York Times article, The Experience of Touch: Research Points to a Critical Role (D. Goleman), discusses an influential psychological study: "Premature infants who were massaged for 15 minutes three times a day gained weight 47 percent faster than others who were left alone in their incubators." This awareness about the healing power of the human touch is the foundation of Devon Jones' professional massage therapy practice. The owner of Touch of Wellness Massage Therapy at Bayside Medical Centre in Brentwood Bay, Devon Jones is a Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia and the Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia. She also has certificates in Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy, Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and as a Spa Practitioner. "I have advanced training in Labour and Delivery and Post-Partum and Infant Massage." Devon's services are "More than relaxation. It is highly beneficial for everybody to receive massage, not just to improve your health but to maintain it." Devon Jones' passion shines through the 'why' of her chosen profession: "I am a touchy sort of person and when people hurt I want to fix them. I believe that touch is crucial for every person and very important for our physical and emotional well-being. I have always recognized the value of positive touch." Devon's compassionate and empathic approach is fuelled by her own courageous personal battle with leukemia: "Through my experience I gained a deep understanding of what pain and fatigue really are. I learned more about my body than I ever thought possible and felt the yearning to continue to help others going through their own struggles. After battling leukemia myself, I feel even stronger that positive touch and massage can be therapeutic to both the body and mind." A Touch of Wellness offers a lively interactive educational approach. Clients are pro-active in their own health care and involved in every step of their wellness program. Devon: "I have focused my practice on Manual Therapy and Therapeutic Exercise, inviting patients to participate in their therapy and take home self-care skills." Her patients' needs, desires and wants come first: "I am committed to providing each patient with the individualized care they deserve. Each massage treatment is based on what the patient needs that day." Her dedication to our bountiful community resonates through Devon's involvement in many initiatives that directly benefit local people. She is very grateful for the support of Sidney Meet Up, "the heart of our business community." A tender touch from another human being can soothe many hurts. Just ask Devon Jones. Contact:

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Canadian flamenco guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook brings his One World Tour to the Mary Winspear Centre’s Charlie White Theatre on Saturday, September 19 in support of his ninth studio album. After two decades of crisscrossing the world in pursuit of inspiration, innovation and collaboration, the Paris-born, Toronto-raised Cook changed course for his ninth studio album One World. Instead of exotic locales he stayed home in his studio. Instead of legions of foreign performers he relied on his own devices. And instead of exploring cul de sacs of music – flamenco, classical, rumba, world beat, pop, blues or jazz – he untied them. “On this record, it’s not really about going someplace,” he says of the album, the cover of which depicts a vast, ancient tree. “The idea is that there really is just one world. If you pull your focus back far enough, you start to see all music as being branches of the same tree. They’re all connected to the same trunk from way back.” What results is the most sonically diverse and distinctive disc in Cook’s vast and varied catalogue, which has earned 11 Juno nominations. On these, 11 instruments, programmed beats and

dusty electronic textures are interwoven with syncopated handclaps, deep dubby basslines and popping percussion. Sitars and violin share the space with synthesizers and sound effects. Notes and rhythms dance playfully back and forth between speakers. Naturally Cook’s masterful guitar work commands centre stage with its elegant balance of subtlety, in-the-moment honestly and blazing technical prowess. Enjoy an evening of pure entertainment by legendary guitarist Jesse Cook backed by his quartet of talented musicians.

Phantom of the Opera Returns This fall, the Mary Winspear Centre will host international Broadway and London West End legend, Peter Karrie, best known for his worldwide portrayal of ‘The Phantom’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Karrie will be joined by local and international diva, coloratura soprano Melina Moore, who played Christine to Karrie’s ‘Phantom’ in an intimate concert series, The Phantom of the Opera Returns, featuring all the hits of Phantom of the Opera and other selections from Karrie’s best-known roles.

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What ’s Happening Hailing originally from Wales, Peter Karrie first played ‘The Phantom’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, and went on to play the role in Toronto, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vancouver and on the Millennium tour of Great Britain. His performances earned him the title of “The World’s Most Popular Phantom” by The Worldwide Phantom of the Opera Appreciation Society. His other acclaimed and award-winning roles have included the original Che in Evita for the first national tour of Britain; Jean Valjean in Les Miserables for more than a decade at London’s Palace Theatre; Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theatre; Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof; and Joby ‘Peg Leg’ Churchill in the box office smash The Contender. Karrie was also one of the original cast members of Chess, playing the role of Freddy Trumper, and the host of his own BBC television chat show, Peter Karrie.... Unmasked. Peter Karrie calls his return to B.C. a “home-coming”; he was made an honorary Canadian citizen upon completing his Phantom role in Vancouver for close to a decade. The Phantom of the Opera Returns is an electrifying and moving concert experience geared toward an intimate audience, and marks a three-year musical collaboration between Karrie and Moore.




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Tour de Rock “Comedy for Cancer”


The Hifi in Concert


Peninsula Garden Club 60th Celebration


The New Zealand Men’s Choir


Palm Court Orchestra: Romantic Encounter

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G-Day for Girls

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Reach Health

Integrated Collaborative Health Care by Doreen Marion Gee

This is the fifth in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. The inspirational 'TEAM' acronym, "Together Everyone Achieves More", underscores the work of the health care professionals at Reach Health Clinic in Sidney. They believe that a collaborative approach with each client that incorporates their combined expertise and unique perspectives is the surest

Helping You Reach Your Health Potential

route to therapeutic success. Accordingly, they work together to provide the most thorough, evidence-based and effective care possible. The dedicated team at Reach Health Clinic in Sidney is a multidisciplinary power-house of trained therapists. Alison Esser, a Registered Massage Therapist with a degree in Human Kinetics, works with a variety of conditions at all stages of life and has a special interest in the field of women's health. Alison is passionate

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about their collaborative approach: "The whole premise of being a multidisciplinary clinic is because we want to be part of a team and be able to draw on each person's unique skill sets, expertise, experience and strengths – so that we can help the patient return to health." Alison illustrates their integrated approach with the example of increasing the mobility of a patient's joint: The Massage Therapist might prescribe specific exercises, and address any tight muscles

around the joint but may also refer them to their resident Acupuncturist – who has a unique view of how to manage and control pain. Alyssa Madill is a Registered Massage Therapist with Reach Health. Her treatment methods include Swedish and deep tissue massage; trigger point and myofascial release; and muscle energy technique. A triathlete, Alyssa brings valuable experience in the world of sports to the clinic team, enhancing the overall skill and knowledge base of the group. Alyssa: "I learn a lot from my colleagues." The women at Reach Health enrich each other as professionals, which translates into optimal care for their patients – a huge benefit of being part of a team. Alyssa describes a real-life case of how a 'team-effort' ultimately benefited the patient: When a new client was very distressed by acute pain and could not handle being touched or massaged, Alyssa determined that Acupuncture was indicated. Lisa, their Acupuncturist, used her skills to calm the patient down. Eventually, the patient

was able to benefit from massage therapy. A graduate of a local Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program, Lisa Cumberland is a Registered Acupuncturist, a Registered TCM Herbalist and also holds a degree in Psychology. Every treatment with Lisa is a unique combination of physical therapies, including Acupuncture, Acupressure and Massage. Lisa's services are a necessary and effective component of Reach Health, offering a unique way to enhance the well-being of patients. Her treatments are used for a variety of conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa loves working with people who are anxious and need a kind touch to calm them down. "Acupressure works on the mind and spirit" and is very calming on the nervous system. As the person relaxes, Lisa will ask them questions about the problems they are experiencing. Her Acupuncture skills can also be used to help her colleagues serve their patients optimally. A Registered Massage Therapist and an

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Aquanetics Certified Hydro Therapist, Sheri Griffiths-Piacente has also completed courses in Osteopathic Mobilization Techniques, Aquatic Rehabilitation, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation Level 1, and Sports Nutrition. Sheri has a holistic perspective about their work: "There are four main aspects of health: sleep, movement, healthy food and cultivating the spirit. It is our job to help our patients by generally addressing all four aspects in their health care." This is achieved by all the therapists working together to optimize their pool of talent, skill and training. The personable professionals at Reach Clinic are living examples of the TEAM philosophy. Their collective skills naturally enhance their ability to find solutions to any one client's medical concerns. This intuitive and practical approach pays off where it matters most – in improved health and quality of life for their patients. Contact:

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sun was setting, Romeo came to town. He was gorgeous; possessing a thick, black coat looking like he'd just stepped out of a grooming salon. He possessed deep amber reviewed by penetrating eyes and a fine set of teeth. Virginia He was a wolf. And he was in Alaska, Watson-Rouslin where one in ten wolves are legally killed by humans and thousands more shot or poisoned illegally. That twilight time, he had arrived on the frozen Mendenhall Lake just as author Nick Jans and his companion Sherri were taking their three dogs for a walk. He bounded ahead and their yellow female lab Dakotah broke loose from Jans' grip, ran towards Romeo and thus was history born. Both dog and wolf began their getting to know you dance and it was good. The wolf was interested in Dakotah, just as he became interested in hundreds of other dogs of all sizes in the six years he spent time in the Mendehall Glacier Recreation area, just outside of Juneau. In a land where the majority of the population consider wolves fair game and/or "the only good wolf is a dead wolf," Romeo's story of survival as a lone wolf seemingly without a pack, alongside his ability to get along with humans and their dogs was, according to Jans, nothing short of a spectacle unmatched "on this planet." As time went on handsome Romeo, became a celebrity. He was gentle and thoughtful with the hundreds of humans who brought their dogs of all sizes and breeds to play with him, who snapped photos as if he were Brad Pitt. What Jans, a respected wildlife author, ultimately deduced was that meeting other dogs was "job one" for Romeo. They became part of his pack in those late autumn and winter months. He wasn't interested in mating, just interested in face-to-face playtime. "Considering many, if not most, people didn't have a clue regarding wolf behavior or how to act, everything was up to the wolf—who'd take the hard fall if something went wrong," says Jans. He ignored bared teeth and two German Shepherds who tore into his back. Spoiler Alert: As Romeo's fame spread so did the race to kill him and mount his pelt. In 2009 two men shot him from a truck, which is illegal. Ultimately, they spent no time in jail and never paid their modest fine.

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Bob McDonald and Sylvia Olsen in Fundraiser The host of CBC's Quirks and Quarks science show and North Saanich award-winning author, Sylvia Olsen, will present "Earth: From Near and Afar." Sylvia's reading and Bob's illustrated presentation on space is the final fundraiser for the upcoming Literary Festival. Look forward to an engaging evening. Tickets at Tanner's Books, Munro's Books and at Friday September 11, 7 p.m. Shoal Centre Auditorium, 10030 Resthaven Dr., Sidney

Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival Starts Soon Reserve October 2 - 4 for the upcoming Literary Festival, a feast of prose and poetry with 19 award-winning regional authors.

Whether you like mysteries, thrillers, humour, poetry, short stories, novels or non-fiction, you'll find it here (see the article on page 28.) In addition to readings, you can take in a memoir writing workshop led by Naomi Beth Wakan and a Sunday "Breakfast with the Authors." Names include novelists Fred Stenson, Richard Wagamese and Steven Galloway, local poets Lorna Crozier and Arleen ParĂŠ, and detective story writers William Deverell and Kay Stewart. So many choices! Tickets & Weekend Pass: Tanner's Books, Sidney and Munro's Books, Victoria. Also at

A Garden of Needlework Artistic embroiderers showcase their talents through original designs in colourful needlework. The show's theme is Into the Garden. Traditional styles will be on display and also many modern takes on embroidery that will surprise and captivate. Opening Reception on Saturday


September 5, 7 - 9 p.m. September 5 - 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tulista Gallery, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney. Free admission and parking.

West Coast Chamber Players Learn more about chamber music during the Baroque era and then listen to a performance by world class musicians. The program includes Telemann Concerto for Two Horns and Telemann Cantata for Soprano and Two Horns. Also on the program is JS Bach Cantata No.51. Tickets at Tanner's Books. Sunday September 27 at St Elizabeth's Church, Sidney Pre-Concert Lecture 12.30 p.m. and Concert at 2 p.m.

Shakespeare by the Sea Shakespeare returns to Sidney with six performances of Hamlet and The Tempest, alternating Thursday through Sunday, on the lawns of Beacon Park. Hamlet will be performed Thursday and

Saturday and The Tempest, in contemporary costume, will be on Friday and Sunday. With the ocean to one side, a clear (dry?) sky above and thespians in front, it's an experience to remember. Pavilion Stage, Beacon Park: September 10 - 13 Evening performances: 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday Matinees: 2 p.m.

Complementary Styles at the Gallery Admire works by watercolour artist Alan Hopper and underwater photographer Eiko Jones at the Village Gallery this month. Hopper's bright colourdrenched watercolours reveal a subtle sense of place and a desire to capture the subtext of both natural and manmade worlds. Jones' photography showcases unique views of the natural world around us, featuring beautiful, surreal underwater scenes and topside images. His work has been published in National Geographic, Diver Magazine, Sport Diver, Submerge and British Columbia Magazine, to name just a few.

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September Events

September 1 to 30

September 17 to 18

Sidney MuSeuM

Mary WinSpear Centre

Collector’s Corner

A wide variety of collectables and collections.

September 1 to 3

An electrifying and moving concert experience geared toward an intimate audience. 7:30pm - 9:30pm.

2015 First Nations, Inuit & Metis Art Show & Sale

September 19

Mary WinSpear Centre

Mary WinSpear Centre

A unique art show in Canada with First Nations artists from across Canada. 10am - 4pm.

September 3

Widely considered one of the most influential figures in nuevo flamenco music, he incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work. 8pm - 10pm.

ButChart GardenS

September 20

Dockside Drive

This dynamic band entertains audiences with the music of the 1940’s, 50’s & 60’s. 7:30 - 9pm.

September 4

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Panorama Parking Lot Party A parking lot party with the Kraft Hockeyville trophy, inflatable, face paint, road hockey and more! Time TBA.

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September 25

Pre-show tailgate BBQ included in ticket price. 6pm - 8pm.

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Phantom of the Opera

September 5 to 20

Into the Garden

CoMMunity artS CounCil tuliSta park Gallery

Now & Then Beatles Tribute 7:30pm - 9:30pm.

September 26

Slainte: A Night of Irish Music and Dance

Fine needlework in a colourful variety of styles. Free admission and free parking. 10am - 4pm.

Mary WinSpear Centre

September 10 to 13

September 26 to 30

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Artistic performances of the timeless plays of William Shakespeare. Various show times.

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Shakespeare Returns to Sidney! practising your lines. You have your props and your costume is perfect. Your heart races as you wait offstage awaiting your cue to enter ‌ and then a stray dog piddles on your gown! There are always challenges when you're performing on stage, but the encounter with that dog wasPDF onePROOF of the many unique experiences that can happen with the Victoria Shakespeare by the DATE: Dec 12/13 Sea summer productions.

This is the fourth season for this theatre company which is bringing the classics "Hamlet" and "The Tempest" to Sidney from September 10 to 13. Victoria Shakespeare by the Sea began in 2012 with "Midsummer Night's Dream" at Holland Point Park. In 2013 the venue moved to Clover Point Park, two plays were offered and a September tour to Sidney was added. Now theatre al fresco means dealing with outside elements and Mother Nature has herTITLE: own ways of vying for attention. Since PROJECT Provenance Logo opening the show, she has brought 35 degree Celsius temperatures, CLIENT: Sandy roaring winds off the ocean, periodic rainBaynton showers and, yes, the

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occasional four legged visitor. Performers have alternated between struggling to cool down and putting on extra clothes to stay warm. A strong wind gusting at Clover Point in mid-July forced a move from Clover Point to a brand new location at Ogden Point. Set against neighbouring cruise ships, colourful painted murals on the breakwater and blue ocean waters, it's a beautiful seaside setting. Shakespeare this summer has been quite a journey so far. Cast members haven't had to contend with audience members hurling oranges or jumping onto the stage like in Shakespeare's day, but they've had to compete with screaming police sirens, music from the neighbourhood ice cream truck, and of course, barking dogs. Which brings us back to the dog and gown story. Costume malfunctions, missing props, or miscues by other actors are not

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uncommon. But this pup's piddle was the first time this actress experienced a canine critic. She turned the skirt to the back and made her entrance. Despite the doggie dampener, the scene went really well. Maybe it was the extra adrenalin from her random encounter with a canine. The challenges with both the Shakespearian dialogue and Mother Nature have been ably mastered by both the cast and crew proving, once again, that the show indeed goes on. After a month long run in Victoria, at Ogden Point, the shows arrive in Sidney from September 10 – 13 and will be performed at the Sidney Clamshell, at the end of Beacon Avenue. It's theatre under the stars, and once again, Shakespeare By the Sea, but maybe you should leave your dog at home.

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Literary Festival Coming to Town Book lovers and budding writers will enjoy 'the full meal deal' at the 2015 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival to be held October 2 – 4. Mysteries, memoirs, thrillers, poetry, novels, short stories – a side plate of humour too – will be served at this year's event. Attendees can whet their appetite with just a reading or two, or enjoy the whole feast with a Weekend Pass. The Literary Festival, first held in 2013, has extended invitations this year to both local and regional authors. Edmonton-based Fred Stenson, author of historical novels such as The Trade and The Great Karoo, will journey the farthest while well-known Native author and journalist, Richard Wagamese, (Indian Horse, Medicine Walk) will by Gillian Crowley

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travel from Kamloops. Taking a ferry to this event are such authors as William Deverell, Steven Galloway, Janie Chang, Zsuszi Gartner, Patrick Taylor, Des Kennedy and Charlotte Gill. Greater Victoria writers are well represented by poets Lorna Crozier and Arleen ParÊ, children's literature authors Tara Saracuse, Nikki Tate and Terry Ann Carter, as well as memoir writer Anny Scoones and mystery co-authors, Kay Stewart and Chris Bullock. Rounding out the slate are Nanaimo's Poet Laureate, Naomi Beth Wakan, who will conduct a memoir writing workshop, and spoken word poet (aka Victoria councillor), Jeremy Loveday. To boost children's and youth's interest in writing and reading, the Festival organizers are holding writing contests and workshops. A collaboration with School District 63 and the Saanich Peninsula Community Literacy Society has made it possible to offer workshops led by three local authors at nearby schools. On Saturday, children's author Nikki Tate will hold a creative writing workshop for ages 9 – 12 at the Vancouver Island Regional Library in Sidney (register at the library). Sidney's town crier, Kenny Podmore, will open the Festival Friday evening at North Saanich Middle School. Six award-winning authors will be on hand to conduct readings and discuss their work. During this family friendly evening, awards will be presented to the winners of the youth writing contests. On Saturday at the Sidney Pier Hotel, Festival goers can drop by the Sallas Room to hear authors read from their works, answer questions and sign their books (Tanner's Books will handle book sales onsite). The day ends with a Gala event at the Mary Winspear Centre emceed by CBC Radio host Gregor Craigie. Six more authors (Chang, Deverell, Kennedy, Gill, ParÊ, Stenson and Wagamese) will be on hand to read and discuss their work and answer audience

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How are you planning on celebrating B.C.'s first ever Terry Fox Day on Sunday September 20, 2015? Maybe a family outing to the Terry Fox statue at Mile Zero along Dallas Road where you can pay your respects to our great Canadian hero and share with your children his incredible story? Or, maybe a family run to honour his memory? There are three community runs planned for the Greater Victoria area; Mile Zero in Victoria, Royal Road University in the Western Communities and a beautiful run at Centennial Park in Central Saanich for Peninsula residents. The start times vary, but information is available on the Terry Fox Foundation website. The run at Centennial Park opens at 8 a.m. for registration and a pancake breakfast, with the run starting at 9 a.m. There is an option to run a 1km, 5km or 10 km course. Following the run there will be a prize draw for a chance to win one of the many door prizes that have been donated by community businesses. There will be some Terry Fox merchandise for sale and of course an opportunity to make your donation to the foundation. It promises to be an enjoyable event for all who attend. With a great morning planned, all we need are participants! The whole event wraps up by 11 a.m. and you will feel great for having been a part of an organized community run on Terry Fox Day 2015. Look for our booth at the Saanich Fair where we will be promoting our community runs, accepting donations and selling Terry Fox merchandise. If you are interested in volunteering or donating any prizes you can contact Marilyn Hodgson at Please come out and support one of our runs to keep Terry's dream alive!

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Mark Loria is the new Executive Director of Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. He assumed the position in mid-July, moving internally from his previous title as Development Director. Congratulations, Mark! For more information on the Centre, visit

Victoria Airport Authority, in conjunction with the Town of Sidney, has proposed development of a retail site on VAA land at the southwest corner of Beacon Ave and Pat Bay Highway. The vision for the new commercial/ professional centre is that of an extension of Sidney's commercial district, as well as a gateway to the Town's downtown core.

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Here Comes the Honeymoon Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa has garnered recognition again, being named one of the Top Ten Resorts in the 2015 BRIDES Magazine Best Honeymoons in Mainland U.S. and Canada. Another exciting title for them – congratulations to you too! The Resort is located at the bottom of Verdier Avenue, in Brentwood Bay. Call 250.544.2079, or visit their website,

Another development along the highway landscape, Peninsula CO-OP is reviving the site of what was formerly the Chevron station back in the 60s and 70s, at the corner of MacDonald Park Road and Pat Bay Hwy. In addition to the obvious gas pumps, the new site will consist of a 2600 sq ft convenience store, and stateof-the-art touchless carwash. You can learn more about Peninsula Co-Op at


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Slegg Mortgage has opened an office in Sidney to be shared by three of the Slegg companies: Dominion Lending Centers Slegg Mortgage, Coldwell Banker Slegg Realty, and Slegg Developments. The office, at 103 - 9838 Fourth St, will be hosting an open house on Thursday, September 10. Call 778.351.0226 for real estate, 250.590.7532 for mortgages or 778.351.4401 for developments. Victoria-based Revolution 3D Printers have moved their production facility to the Sidney Business Park as of September 1. Part of the growing technology sector, they are a one-stop-shop for all your 3D printing needs, and manufacture their own Infinity 3D printer right there. Look for them at 2064 Henry Avenue West, or contact them by phone, 877.269.5510, or by email, admin@ You

can also check their website, www.revolution3dprinters. com. Welcome to the neighbourhood! Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre opened in early summer at Mattick's Farm. They offer an integrated approach to rehabilitation, wellness and healthcare, and house a team of leading clinicians in eight different fields. Find out more about their practice at, or call for an appointment, 250.658.9222. You'll find them at 5325 Cordova Bay Rd. ANNIVERSARIES

Happy 50th! Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club celebrated their 50th Anniversary over the weekend of August 14, with an open invitation to all those who have golfed, played tennis, curled, attended a banquet or worked at the Club over the years. A celebration of note, indeed!

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Fresh Simple Salads by Carolyn Herriot

Cool and refreshing salads are perfect for hot weather when no one wants to get caught up in the kitchen preparing laborious meals. Here are three simple salads that keep well refrigerated and are handy to have around for al fresco eating and picnics. Cinco De Mayo Coleslaw Makes 4 to 6 servings. 2 cups red cabbage, finely shredded 1 cup green cabbage, finely shredded 2 green onions, chopped 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro or parsley leaves, (chopped) ½ cup mayonnaise 2 tsp sea salt 2 Tbsp lime juice 2 tsp honey Pinch of cayenne pepper, powdered Combine all the ingredients, toss well and chill before serving. This slaw stores well refrigerated for a week.

I'll never forget the first time I ate a tomato in Greece - it was then I knew what tomatoes should taste like - but my homegrown beauties come a close second! Having lots of luscious summer ripe tomatoes begs for lots of Greek salads because the tomato is the star of the show here.

Tangy Greek Salad Makes 4 servings. 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 sweet pepper, seeded and chopped ½ cucumber, seeded and chopped ½ red onion, chopped 12-15 kalamata olives, drained 6 oz. feta cheese, (crumbled into chunks) Dressing: 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp fresh oregano leaves or ½ tsp. dried ¼ cup olive oil, extra virgin, cold pressed Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste Chop the vegetables into roughly the same sized pieces and add the olives. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Toss the dressing with the vegetables. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Just before serving sprinkle the feta cheese over the salad. Carolyn Herriot is author of 'The Zero Mile Diet, A Year Round Guide to Growing Organic Food' and 'The ZeroMile Diet Cookbook, Seasonal Recipes for Delicious Homegrown Food' (Harbour Publishing).


mattick’s  farm all the elements of shopping!

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Nestled in Cordova Bay at Mattick's Farm is a special collection of locally owned shops where you'll be greeted with a smile and welcomed in - often by the owner themselves! At the Country Gift Shoppe, Debbie keeps her store filled for all seasons with everything from kitchen gadgets to wonderful soaps, while Paper Chain offers customers a vast selection of cards and sweet, often humourous, gifts. Across the courtyard at The Ladybug Boutique, often called "The Candle Store" for its vast selection of high quality Danish and German candles, Michael makes sure the store lives up to its 30 year history.

Momease Baby Boutique is the place for expecting parents and grandparents, and Lyra and Adam - parents themselves to three little ones - are there to help choose the right stroller or gift. Children of all ages are sure to love Toying Around where Shirley has filled the store with toys for all imaginations. The Mini Golf at Mattick's Farm is always a popular stop during a summer visit, and since you're all here why not drop in to see Dan and the team at Cordova Bay Hair who are always ready to provide hair styling for the whole family! Victoria grocer Red Barn Market offers customers a great selection of produce, meats

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and baked goods sourced locally and regionally whenever possible. From there head over to the VQA Wine Shop where Beth and her staff are encyclopedias when it comes to all matters oenological. Next door the long time staff at Art Knapps Garden Centre, led by the ever able Holly, are ready to provide advice to gardeners of all levels of experience. At Adrienne's Restaurant & Tea Garden, famous for Sunday brunch and afternoon tea, Sabine has brought a European flair to the pastry counter. For a little culture Dawn at The Gallery offers a thoughtfully curated collection of fine art and jewelry from local artists, and now that you're feeling inspired you can drift over to Paletteable Pottery where Veroncia will help you find your creative side by painting your own ceramics. Lily Pad Lingerie, Connie's newest shop, features lovely night and lounge attire, as well as the necessary foundations! Sunday's Snowflake features the best from Canadian clothing designers and Wendy and Patti-Ann will be sure to help you find both comfort and style. With the latest trends in fashion and accessories, Karen continues the long history of Something More, while at Stable Way of Life owners Val and Kevin have evolved their store from it's horsey beginnings to a great source for city and country footwear. Everything you could want for a fabulous outing is available at Mattick's Farm. Enjoy the friendly smiles, have fun, and make sure you say hi!

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Victoria’s premier shopping destination with TWENTY shops and boutiques. If you are expecting shopping to be fabulous, we can guarantee you will find that one-of-a-kind discovery, so come and explore and see what Mattick’s Farm has to offer.

Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories TOMO is a collection inspired by contemporary art. It targets women who want to overcome conventional styles while maintaining an every day, everywhere look. The TOMO style doesn’t dominate the woman; it allows for individuality and enhances the aura of its wearers. Head down to Something More for all our collections. We have an excellent selection of cashmere and merino sweaters for all your fall fashion looks. Something More 250.389.0420

Indoor and Outdoor Fun Have fun in the air and on the ground with our selection of remote-control vehicles including drones /quadcopters and cars. Happiness is shopping at Toying Around for a quaint experience for ages 1 - 99. We carry many of the popular toy lines including Thomas and Friends, Playmobil, Calico Critters, Siku, Schleich, and others. Our extensive selection of puzzles, games and novelties makes shopping fun for everyone. See you at Toying Around.

Happily Gone to Pot! At the Ladybug we’re always looking for something special for our customers. Our new potter, Eric Roberts, brings an artistic sensibility to his work which acts as a fine counterpoint to the practical pots from our longtime maker, Sue Clarke. Admire both and see which is best for you! The

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Individually handcrafted with care, Pyrrha tailsmans protect, celebrate and inspire the wearer. Come and explore our shop, with one-of-akind hand-chosen greeting cards and an amazing selection of unique giftware. Our jewellery line has expanded to include a variety of very affordable pieces and also hand-crafted Canadian made sterling silver. Tucked into every little corner of our cozy shop are treasures that will put a smile on your face. We pride ourselves in friendly customer service and welcome individual custom orders with many of our giftware lines.


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Momease Baby Boutique Gear up for a fashionable Fall! Our Baby Bogs Boots are 100% waterproof, machine washable, flexible for early walkers and insulated for year-round wear. Available in a variety of fun patterns for both boys & girls, Baby Bogs Boots are a comfortable way for little feet to enjoy the season’s puddles in style! Sunday’s Snowflakes 250.658.8499




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VQA Wine Shop The best of B.C. wines can be found at this quaint shop at Mattick’s Farm. The VQA Wine Shop specializes in BC VQA wines. Here you will find limited releases and those hard-to-find gems from B.C.’s boutique wineries. Knowledgeable, friendly staff will help you choose just the right wine … for yourself or someone else. Join our Wine Club – it is a great way to try new and fabulous wines – for details visit our website. 250.658.3116

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Cute and Comfy JOSEF SEIBEL FALL 2015 styles arriving daily with many other choice brands including NAOT ROMIKA UTV & VIONIC to name just a few. Comfortable styles from stylish ballet flats, dressy casual shoes, waterproof ankle boots to wellies and slippers. Please visit us! 10-5.30 Mon-Sat, 11-5 Sunday A Stable Way of Life 250.658.3052

Choose from our selection of over 400 ceramic items from figurines and picture frames to pots and dishware. Then get creative with our 50 colours of paint, brushes, sponges, stamps, stencils and idea books. It’s relaxing, addictive and engaging. No need to be an artist! We do all the hard stuff. Drop in, book our semi-private party area, or participate in our youth/adult painting workshops. Paletteable Pottery 778.430.ARTS SEASIDE | SEPTEMBER 2015 | WWW.SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 43


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coming into the house from around the windows and the doors, and the bedroom is an icebox. Oh, no! You didn't do your prewinter preparations! While these problems can all be fixed, at a cost, "It certainly saves time and money if you follow a simple check list and deal with the problems before they occur," says Tony Rechsteiner, who works in the Contract Sales Dept. of Slegg Building Materials. Tony came up with an '11- point plan' to help readers [listed at the end of this article.] He makes a number of useful suggestions: "Eavestroughs and gutters should always be checked for blockages to eliminate damage caused by overflows." The same applies to exterior hoses, it is essential to detach exterior hoses, and shut off and drain exterior hose bibs. "If you do not have any shut off, you can purchase insulated hose bib covers. Cracked pipes and leaks can cause considerable damage, and repairs can be costly." Tony notes that it is not common practice for sprinkler contractors to dig the irrigation pipes deep enough to prevent freezing. "It's best to get a professional to bring in an air compressor and blow out any remaining water in the pipes." It is tips like this that can save money. "Chimneys of wood stoves should be checked annually," he says. "However, depending on the use of the stove, an annual chimney sweeping might not be necessary." He stresses that owners need to contact their insurance companies regarding the terms of their coverage. "Those who have hot water tanks in their garages or have exposed pipes in their crawlspaces can save money by wrapping the exposed pipes," Tony suggests. This can also prevent freezing-up, especially in unheated garages, and in older houses. "Newer houses have better

Changing the direction of your ceiling fan is a simple way of circulating warm air and keeping rooms cosy.

insulation, but are very tight and this is not always a good thing. People should open windows and ensure the circulation of fresh air, especially in houses with wood burning stoves or gas furnaces. Every form of heating has its pros and cons," he says. Room heights are increasing. The traditional eight foot ceiling has now become a nine foot, and vaulted ceilings are very popular. Tony has this tip: "If you have a ceiling fan make sure to switch the direction to clockwise rotation in the winter; this will move the warm air which has risen to the ceiling down into the livable area of the room." Tony emphasizes the importance of a proper building inspection Featuring if you have recently moved into a house. If you intend to fix any problems yourself, be sure that you are complying with building code. Saanich and the Gulf Islands is an area well-endowed with expert contractors, and Paul Admiral of Admirals Roofing is such an example. He advises homeowners to "clean all debris from gutters and roof valleys, and check ridge caps." Cedar tiled roofs are prone to developing loose nails, and ridge caps can separate. "Owners of asphalt roofs should check them for missing tiles and ensure the flashing is in place around chimneys and skylights." Paul advises people to have their roof checked every five to seven years. "Just because a shingle roof has a 25 year warranty, it doesn't mean it mustn't be checked regularly." High winds and severe weather conditions can cause unexpected damage. He says he often gets phone calls from people who say: "Our roof is leaking and it's only five years old!" On inspection, he finds their roof valleys are full, and the water can't drain because of debris. "Nothing is bulletproof," he says. "Maintenance is the responsibility of the owner, and November/December is the time for roof problems." Next, I spoke to Don Gulevich of Coastal Heat Pumps. Don was

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keen to give the following advice: "Ensure the filters are changed every three to four months." He explained that the new high efficiency filters can act as dirty filters if not checked. "A heat pump system should be serviced on an annual basis, and not necessarily just in the fall." He said that systems come with a ten-year guarantee for parts and labour, but regular maintenance is important. A useful tip was that people should decide on a suitable temperature for their home and leave the thermostat alone. "People think that they save money by turning the temperature down at night, and back up again each morning. It's not so; they are cooling the house when the outside temperature is also falling, and next morning the walls, floors, and ceilings are cool and a big increase in energy consumption is needed to get back to the preferred temperature." Don says he replaces both oil and electric systems: "We replaced three this week." He explains: "When an existing system's energy costs are high, people's comfort levels are low. But after a heat pump installation their comfort level is high and their utility costs are low!" My next contact was Rick of Pacific View Windows and Doors, who suggests that, although busy throughout the year, now is a good time for people to consider the replacement of their older windows and doors with new energy-efficient ones. "Most companies give free estimates, and can supply elegant vinyl windows or the more expensive wood frames in pine or more frequently in fir. The most popular doors are made of fiber glass or solid wood, usually fir," he says. "Recent drought conditions will have dried up the important fine roots of trees and shrubs, compromising their health and survival," says Nathan Franklyn, who is an ISA Certified Arborist Representative with Bartlett Tree Experts. "Now is the time to look after your trees as root growth occurs during fall and winter," he

There are several simple steps you can take to put your garden to bed for the winter. Don't forget to ensure exterior taps are shut off and irrigation systems are drained before the temperature.

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1. Clear blockages in eavestroughs and gutters. 2. Check windows and door seals for air leakage and replace where required. 3. Visually inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or holes that need filling. Insulating exposed pipes when your tank is in an unheated garage can save you money, and the risk of a pipe freeze.

says. Nathan says arborists can give advice on "proper fertilization, biochar treatments and soil enhancements strategies, which will improve your trees' and shrubs' health for years to come." John Langard of 'NEWater Septic and Drainage Ltd'. stresses: "winter rains and a rise in the water table can be challenges for septic systems that are overdue for maintenance." He adds: "If your septic tank is due for a pump out, ensure it is done before winter, as the rising water table can cause empty tanks to rise out of the ground." Finally, it's good to have your own 'winter survival kit' for when the power goes out: this includes candles, matches, spare batteries, a camping stove and easily heated canned or dry foods. Flash lights are important, especially those worn on the head. Oh yes, and get a good book!

4. Check attic and crawlspace areas for leaks. Do you have enough insulation? 5. Inspect and test your furnace. Change your furnace filter and clean out ductwork. 6. Detach exterior hoses, and shut off and drain exterior hose bibs. 7. Winterize your in-ground sprinkler system. 8. Check smoke detectors and COâ‚‚ detectors and replace batteries. 9. Inspect chimney and keep the damper closed when not in use. 10. Economize by wrapping your hot water tank, and prevent freezing by wrapping exposed ducts or pipes in the garage and crawlspace areas. 11. Reverse the ceiling fan to clockwise direction for a warmer room.


west coast G ardener Dressing Your Garden for winter! Are you looking for that edge that will make your landscape the envy of the neighbourhood? Are you sick and tired of weeding your flower beds week in and week out? Are you wondering what you can do to prepare your landscape for winter? Mulch is the probably the most under rated and under used product in landscaping. It is simply the number one thing you can do to improve your landscape at any time of year. Mulch has so many benefits:

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on design Winter House Dressing It's still lovely outside and we will undoubtedly enjoy another warm Island Fall. But as fate will have it winter really is just around the corner! We will say goodbye to light and airy t-shirts and dresses and start to layer our clothes for warmth, bring out the boots and maybe add a little extra to the morning beauty routine. As with the inevitable fashion change our homes also require a little extra attention to make them feel and look their best dressed for winter! Here are some things we like to do to get ready for the cooler months ahead spent indoors. Think layers! Adding a cozy warm throw to your sofa, or maybe a new textured rug in front of the fireplace. Add a faux fur to the end of the bed or a new floor runner in a cool hallway. Warm tones with lots of textures equals welcoming comfort (like your favorite pjs!) Make-up! For your walls! Unlike gaudy lips and cheeks of yesteryear, wall make up (wallpaper) is now gorgeous and affordable with beautiful designs, textures and colour. It is an inexpensive way to give a wall new life. Not a paper fan? Try our design best friend: paint! A new colour lifts a room and your spirits instantly. Bring on the Heat! Your fireplace is a highlight in winter, but just as important is how your fireplace is dressed. Before you deck your halls for the BIG holiday give

your winter mantel a little seasonal flair: mirrors to reflect the light and open up the space, antlers, candles, a vintage vase with some winter garden twigs – all great inexpensive options for a layered mantel refresh. By Tracey Jones Accessorize! & Stacey Kaminski Look around your home at what you have: group like items to create a vignette. Purchase something new to you at a vintage or thrift store to add some character. It's the layers that make a home "feel" good. Candles always create an added element of warmth. Remember though a little goes a long way! Create a Glow! Nothing says warm and cozy like soft lighting at different heights throughout your space. Include table and floor lamps in the living room or on a console in the entry to say "welcome". Dimmer switches are a design must have. We like them in every room to create a warm moody glow in a living room and a brighter, well-lit space in the kitchen. If you just can't seem to put any of the ideas into play but want a fresh new look give an expert a call, they are sure to have some fresh new ideas! For more information visit

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ban has made camping itself a little less fun, well for me at least, because I associate camping with a good campfire and the tradition of 'Cowboy' coffee that goes along with it. The tradition of cowboy coffee is entrenched in our history. During the first few years on the cattle-drives, roasted coffee beans were not readily available. The green coffee bean would require roasting before being used and the cook normally roasted several days-worth to have on hand. Green coffee beans will last a year if stored in a cool dry area. However, roasted beans (until canning came along) did not stay fresh as long. Everyone who appreciates coffee knows the fresher the bean, the better the taste of the coffee. The morning began with the chuck-wagon cook getting up around three in the morning. He would take coffee pots from the spit and pour out what was left over from the night before, perhaps into the boiling stew for added flavor. He would bring water to a boil and set it aside on the spit to stay warm. Good coffee should be 180 to 200 degrees (f ) when the coffee is added. Two and a half cups of grounds per 20 cups of coffee or in modern 12 cup conversion, eight to nine tablespoons to 12 cups. The grounds were placed directly into the water to boil. After about five minutes, the coffee was done, but to serve it without grinds in the cup the cook added one cup of cold water to the pot. This allowed the grounds to immediately settle to the bottom of the pot. Sometimes an egg shell was placed in the pot to help the grounds settle but cool water always does the trick. The coffee was fresh, hot and served black. If you were a greenhorn you would add sugar and dry dairy. But then you had to deal with the real cowboys, who would tease you as a greenhorn. Depending on the crew size, pots were normally 20 to 36 cup types made in either copper, cast iron, steel or enamelware. Pots were never boiled dry and coffee was always on the spit when the chuck-wagon was not hitched up. Pots were washed daily and about once a week the inside cleaned with vinegar. Nothing truly tastes better than a fresh

cup of cowboy coffee with the aroma of wood burning and the fresh roasted grounds in the air. I hope the campfire ban comes off soon so I can get back to the great Canadian tradition of coffee on the campfire the 'cowboy way' and don't be a greenhorn, drink your coffee black… Steve out.

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Ingrid Jarisz is very busy these days. The real estate market on the Peninsula is buzzing and Ingrid is busy all day (and some nights!) helping secure both sales and purchases of dream homes for local families. A dedicated real estate professional, Ingrid states that her goal is to provide exceptional service to clients and in turn, build long-lasting relationships. With over 30 years of real estate experience ranging from real estate conveyancing, multi-phase project sales, custom luxury properties to first time home buyers and everything in between, she offers proven marketing experience, extensive local real estate knowledge, strong negotiating skills and a broad network of colleagues, associates and friends. When I managed to sneak a few words with Ingrid I wanted to know what is the question she hears most frequently from people looking to sell their home. Without a doubt it is 'what do I need to do to get my house ready to sell?' With that thought, here are Ingrid's top tips for prepping your home for sale:

First impressions count… How your property appears from the outside is important. Make a good impression on a buyer with a clean driveway, freshly mown lawn and trimmed hedge. … as does cleanliness: It's one of the key factors that influences appeal to a buyer. Most important is the front hallway, the kitchen and bathrooms. The state of carpets can also be a factor; it's always helpful to have them professionally cleaned.

Less is more: Clutter makes a poor impression. In closets, cabinets, kitchen countertops and other storage areas like basements remove anything not needed for daily living. Make each room look bigger by removing unnecessary furniture (this can be a time that it's helpful to move items into storage whilst your home is on the market.)

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ignition Buying a car has become increasingly complicated, so Seaside has decided to lend a hand! With the assistance of Motorize Auto Direct, this month we turn on the Ignition for our readers.

The Nanny Under the Hood by Julian Sale

How times have changed! I loved the automotive courses I took in high school. I built my first V8 in my buddy Marty's garage when I was 17. Everything was pretty simple, no electronics, no fuel injection, simply mechanical stuff – no problem. Technology has taken what is nothing more than an air pump (internal combustion engine or ICE) and installed sensors to monitor every aspect of performance and economy. Then its computer makes minute adjustments continually for the perfect tune. In the case of an ICE, the basic principle is unchanged from years past; suck in measured doses of air and fuel, squeeze and compress them, light the mixture on fire with a bang, and blow the exhaust out of the engine. Before 1986, many cars had carburetors, and the result was pure simplicity. You push the accelerator pedal, and a linkage or cable opens the throttle. The accelerator pump squirts raw fuel into the venturi in the carburetor, and it gets sucked into the engine to be burned along with a fine mist of fuel created by the air rushing into the engine through the carb. The ignition system lit the mixture with precise timing, and the valves opened and closed as necessary, and the cycle completed, and repeated. Voila, your engine is running. And it's at the mercy of your right foot. Modern ICE's aren't like that. We have no cable, no linkage. We fly by wire. Today, a depressed throttle pedal sends a message to your

ECU (engine control module) which is considered along with coolant temperature, ambient air temperature, rpm, load, and even the sound of the engine (knock sensors) before your ECU determines how much fuel the electronic pump and injectors will supply. Pressing the accelerator in a modern car is not "hitting the gas." It's asking politely for an algorithm to allow your ICE to spin faster, provided all the planets and stars line up. Why the go-between? A couple of reasons, like fuel economy and reliability. It's hard to waste fuel or over-rev an ICE that you can't really control. Essentially, we have a nanny under the hood now. She's watching, and ensuring that we are driving responsibly – from a mechanical point of view. Jeez, I just got started, and I'm out of space again. For more useless automotive trivia, visit me on twitter @vicautobroker. See you next time, Julian Sale.

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This is the fifth in a six-part series of profiles on some of the Saanich Peninsula"s wonderful restaurants and pubs. Bill Singer has heard every question in the book, having owned and operated the Rumrunner Pub and Restaurant in Sidney for 25 years. I find myself reaching into my bag of creative questions to come up with something new to inspire him on this particular day. I ask, "If you could transport this place and the experience it holds for you to any

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other locale in the world, where would you find yourself?" His response surprises me somewhat. Bill explains to me that the Rumrunner just wouldn't work for him anywhere else because we wouldn't find this view again. "This view is a changeable piece of art," he says admiringly. He points outward to the changing backdrop of Mount Baker, the Islands, and the water. The inherent beauty of where we live is not lost on him. There's more than a changeable view

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The long, hot summer was a good one for the Rumrunner. Bill saw tourists in good numbers. Fewer Albertans, but more Americans. Bill enjoys the tourist season because he likes talking to his customers, and the influx of new people keeps things interesting. "Sometimes I think I talk too much," he chuckles. I place my order for fish and chips, and opt for the beer-battered variety, though their gluten-free recipe is very popular. Bill built the Rumrunner in 1990, and wanted his pub to be warm, woody and British-traditional. He didn't want a copy of something else, but did want to remain within the parameters of tradition, creating a space that felt lived-in and comfortable as it got older. He wanted a social space, and knew that he had to cater to his community of locals in the off-season in particular. Very importantly, he never wanted his community to come second to his tourist clientele. My fish and chips arrive, and I couldn't

be more ravenous. It's the first gloomy day we've seen in a while, and I"ve been hankering for comfort food – and this meal in particular. It doesn't disappoint. Fries first – delicious. They don't make

"Bill uses the word 'delighted' to denote the relief he feels to have new activity in the adjoining spaces" them themselves, but Bill tells me that they are the highest quality they can bring in. French fries are important, and as much as I seem to write about them from place to place, I'm always pleased when I try really good ones. The fish (halibut) is fantastic, and I can't conceal my enthusiasm from Bill as I eat.

"We don't try to puff-up the fish with batter," he says, and it's obvious that there's just the right amount of beer batter, which notably, isn't greasy either. I make a big deal about the tartar sauce. It's so tasty that I have to use it for my fries too! There's a great flavour and consistency to it, and Bill finally goes back into the kitchen to ask the chef what he puts in it. Capers and pickles. Perfection! "I'm successful if people come back time and again," says Bill, towards the end of our really great visit. "[Locals] can afford to go anywhere they want, so I want to give them a reason to come back." Bill feels like a constant in a community going through a lot of change. He and the Rumrunner are a fixture amidst this everchanging backdrop of home we call Sidney. The Rumrunner Pub and Restaurant: 250.656.5643, 9881 Seaport Place,

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and muscles straining, I writhed and wriggled to get into a wet suit that seemed several sizes too small. I was in St. David's in the southwestern corner of Wales, where the coastline is rugged, beautiful, and well suited for an obscure activity called coasteering, which involves swimming and clambering along a rocky coastline. Coasteering was invented here, and I was about to immerse myself in it. Luckily, a dozen 10-year-old school children were in the group, easing my nervousness. Encased in our wet suits we walked clumsily through fields lined with hedges and old stone walls to the shoreline. Then, slowly and precariously I descended a vertigo-inspiring cliff. The schoolchildren scampered down like billy-goats. We donned flotation jackets, helmets, and under the watchful eye of a guide, plunged into the foaming waves, the kids squealing and giggling. I followed quietly and apprehensively. I soon relaxed for it was perfectly safe, yet very exhilarating. We floated amongst rocks as the swell rose and fell in a soothing rhythm like the pulse of the earth. We cannon-balled into the foam and explored a sea cave. Occasionally, a cascade of water crashed over a nearby rock, soaking us. We frolicked for a long time. Later – peeling off the wetsuit was unexpectedly easy – I learned that the activity of coasteering is growing fast and has spread through the UK and into France. Is Canada next, I wondered hopefully? After lunch, I set off to explore the coastline, this time on the dry side, following the 1,400 kilometre-long Wales Coast Path that traces the entire coastline of the country. I headed north, clambering over frequent stiles, as waves crashed onto the rocks far below forming caves and stacks. Two hikers were silhouetted against the distant sky. There was a wonderful feeling of being part of a grander scheme. A few hours later, I reached the village of Porthgain. The ruins of a castle, which once guarded a thriving port, rested on one side of the harbour. On the other side was my goal, the Sloop Pub. Soon I was inside, nursing a foaming pint of best bitter, reminiscing about the extraordinary coastline of bays, headlands, and estuaries sculpted into rugged cliffs that I had passed. Next day, wanting to explore more, I sought out Laugharne, a pretty little village on the south coast of Wales. I strolled along Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk, which forms a small (two-mile) but fascinating part of the overall Coastal Path. The vast sweep of the Taf estuary with fishing boats bobbing in the distance dominated the view; the history- and blood-soaked Laugharne Castle loomed high above. Frequent signs described Thomas' October Poem that he penned to describe this walk on his "thirtieth year to heaven." I visited the Boathouse, now a museum and tea house, where Dylan once lived. Next door was a small boatshed with a grand view over the bay where Dylan wrote, a beer bottle and ashtray beside him. I hiked farther, passing herons fishing in the shallows and a quilt-work of green on the landward side. Much later and pleasantly tired, I sipped an ale at Brown's Hotel, Dylan's local haunt, and planned my next steps along this glorious national treasure, the Wales Coast Path. 62 SEASIDE | SEPTEMBER 2015 |

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Brentwood Bay Village Empourium This is the first in a four-part series showcasing some of the unique local shops and services the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. Alice Bacon and her husband and partner John Carswell are the owners of Brentwood Bay Village Empourium. They opened earlier this summer, and have barely had a moment to sit down since. The Empourium is a unique café and shop, meant to be reminiscent of the small town general store of days gone by. Alice and John want you to come in for a coffee and perhaps something to eat, but they want you to stay too, for a visit with a friend, and to browse their retail section and find something special. Alice and John didn't approach opening a new business with whimsy. It was quite the opposite. They were adamant about bringing to the community something that people really wanted. And so their research began. They took to the streets to talk to, and survey, the locals in Brentwood Bay. They heard three things over and over again: people wanted a place to go for good coffee, a place to buy gifts, and a place to meet friends. The Empourium is the culmination of all they heard. As the concept came together, they opened pop-up stores where people could sample their beverages, food, and some of the retail too. They keenly took note of how customers responded to everything. Come visit our farm shop!


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"Learning how to do things right means learning how to listen to customers," the two agree. When they serve a drink at the espresso bar, for example, they watch people's facial expressions and they ask them questions about how they like what they're drinking. They want to make sure that they're doing things right. Alice and John have created a delicious menu of breakfast and lunch foods, using locally sourced meats, breads and greens. The daily panini and Empourium Egg are a surprise every day. They make as much as they can themselves, mostly to cut out anything artificial. I'm thoroughly impressed that they make their own beverage syrups from scratch. On the retail side of things, Alice and John carry the wares of local artisans from whom they buy directly. They sell Linnea jewelry and greeting cards, and Jody's Naturals soaps, and new in the fall will be samples of merino wool clothing by High Road, and also Salish Fusion pieces by the Olsens. "Interesting and comfortable" are adjectives that Alice finally settles upon when I ask her to give me some defining words. Come in, have a beverage and something to eat, sit with your friends for a visit, and have a browse of their lovely, local giftware. That's what the Empourium is all about. "Eat. Drink. Browse." Brentwood Bay Village Empourium is located in Trafalgar Square, #12-7103 West Saanich Rd. Call 778.351.0178. You can also keep up with them on Facebook. Bo On HO RE ok Si IC A D Yo te ur Gr E W ER Ap oom I S po in NN int g m by ER en J t T an od ay

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West Coast Wine on a Roll by Hans Tammemagi

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of rolling hills, towering trees, and bucolic farmland surrounds the Salish Sea. Furthermore, southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands enjoy the mildest, sunniest climate in the country. An extra bonus: the area also produces excellent wine with an elegant coastal character. The perfect way to enjoy the Salish region is to tour along narrow, twisting roads that lead from one quaint cottage winery to another. The wineries, and cideries and meaderies too, are located in glorious countryside bordered by seascapes with coves and inlets. You can sit on a deck sipping a chilled Pinot Gris while watching sailboats catching the sun and breeze. Each one has considerable charm, beauty and its own signature. Almost all wineries are family-run – there is no mass production – so the wines are delightfully eclectic, often even eccentric. The moderating maritime influence of the ocean, a longer growing season, and no problems with freezing during harvest favour aromatic whites such as Pinot Gris, Siegerrebe, Ortega, Gewürtztraminer, and lighter-style reds such as Pinot Noir and Marechal Foch. These "coastal" wines are chic with a unique complexity that pairs well with food, especially the bounty of the sea. Although the first commercial winery in British Columbia started in the Okanagan Valley in 1926, the local region was late to join the party. Since 1994, however, when Chalet Estates (now Muse Winery) opened in Saanich, the number of wineries has sprouted to four on the Gulf Islands, ten in the Saanich Peninsula, and 16 in the Cowichan Valley. The local climate and terrain favour fruit like apples, so excellent cider is made here. There are three cideries and one meadery (honeybased wine). Many of the wineries also produce fruit and berry wines; particularly popular are blackberry dessert wines. More happy news: the wineries offer much more than wine, namely, a wide selection of entertainment, art, and functions. For example, Muse Winery, a beautiful small winery in Deep Cove, has an attractive tent area where it displays art and holds shows with a difference. Imagine opera and ballet in the vineyard! Church & State Winery hosts more than a hundred functions each year, mostly weddings, in its spacious, attractive facility. The winery is renowned for its glistening, open-concept kitchen



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with a wood stove for flat breads, pizzas and other delicacies. A narrow dirt road winds uphill to De Vine Winery and glorious views over the landscape and sea. In addition to wines, the winery has expanded into distilled spirits with superb vodkas, gins and whiskeys. And there's much, much more. So, get out and explore this delightful countryside. You can travel from winery to winery along picturesque back roads by car (bring a designated driver), bicycle, or with a wine-tour company who will supply a van and wine-enthusiast driver. And don't worry about sustenance for many of the wineries serve mouth-watering cuisine based on fresh, local produce. Bon voyage!

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September Winery Events Muse Winery


Our Tasting Room is Still Open Switching to off-season hours starting September 15th. Annual Volunteer Harvest Pickers Party: This event involves a day of harvesting followed by an evening of dinner and wine. Calling all volunteers who would like to participate. To Host Your Private Event contact Muse Winery at 250.656.2552 See for more information on upcoming events

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ON THIS MONTH on September 13 1981, the very first Terry Fox Run was held in communities across the country

On This Month of September in History by Valerie Green

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calendar, September is the ninth month of the year. On the old Roman calendar, it was the seventh month. Interestingly enough, through the years, September has sometimes had 29 days and sometimes 31 days; but, since the time of the Emperor Augustus, it has had only 30 days. On the Saanich Peninsula, the biggest September event is, of course, our historic Saanich Fair which occurs on Labour Day weekend every year. It started in 1867 when ten pioneer farmers on the peninsula wanted to show off their farming skills to the rest of the province, so they formed the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society and the following year they staged a Fair to showcase these skills. The Fair was first held at Robert Brown's farm in 1868 and Brown was also the first Fair President. The following year the Fair was moved to the farm of William and Margaret Thomson known as "Bannockburn" which became its home for many

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years with William himself as President. It operated on that land until 1992, at which time it moved to its current site on Stelly's Cross Road. This year the Fair will run from September 5 through September 7. Displays, exhibits and added attractions have steadily grown through the years. Exhibitors still proudly show off their year's efforts in the form of prize animals, baked pies, preserves, flowers, and a wealth of vegetables throughout the acreage. Another very auspicious September event happened on September 10, 1910, when an attempted flight was made by a man called William Gibson in his homemade airplane at the Lansdowne field between Richmond Road and Shelbourne. This was deemed to be the beginning of Canadian aviation history, despite not being very successful! Much later, on September 1, 1937, Trans-Canada Airlines made the first international passenger flight from Vancouver to Seattle. Back in 1898 on September 11 a fire destroyed a good section of New Westminster. On September 12 even further back in 1846 adventurous sea captain John Franklin's two ships the Erebus and Terror became firmly locked into the ice north of King William Island and Franklin's own plight was thereafter unknown. September will also always be remembered for the catastrophic events of 9/11 in 2001 when the worst terrorist attack in US history occurred. Four large passenger jets were hijacked, two of which were piloted into the Twin Towers in New York. The third hit the Pentagon building in Washington and the fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. The eventual death toll on that tragic day in history was approximately 3,000. On a happier note, on September 13, 1981, the very first Terry Fox Run was held in 800 Canadian communities across the country. It continues every September to this day with more than $650 million raised for Cancer research. Valerie Green is an author/historian and can be reached at





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When you think "puppy

training," Panorama Recreation Centre hopes you'll remember that they run classes year round not only for all your human family members, but for any furry additions too. I was recently in touch with Heather Barron, of baby dog. She is the trainer who designs and operates the puppy training classes for Panorama. Who is your target audience? Who do you invite to come to class? Puppy parents that have pups under 8 months of age. We strongly encourage first time puppy owners to join us because we can help sort through all the contradictory advice they've probably been given. The puppy's immediate family members above the age of 12 are invited to attend our classes. What is the goal of puppy training, how does it improve the quality of life with a dog? Puppy training classes show dog owners how to teach their dogs to be patient and make better decisions. Puppies tend to be impulsive, but they are conscious decision makers with an incredible capacity to learn and adapt. Proper training should help build a bond between the dog and handler, and open two-way communication between them. Puppy training allows you to raise a reliable companion that you can take anywhere. What's the most rewarding outcome of puppy training for dog owners? I think the most rewarding outcome for owners is understanding why certain techniques work for their dog, and why other techniques fail. It's important to learn Principles over Procedures. If our client understands how their pup learns then they can start to get creative with their educational approach at home. How do these classes further Panorama Recreation's relationship with our community? This program provides the community with a reputable source of safe training information in a judgment-free environment at an affordable price. Puppy owners of all ages and backgrounds come together based on a common interest, learn from each other and set up on-going puppy play dates. The customer service, client satisfaction and content-rich curriculum has established Panorama as a puppy-training leader in Greater Victoria. What does a typical session look like in terms of cost, commitment, homework, etc? I designed this program to be accessible and affordable for people with limited budgets. There is no start date, our classes run year-round every Sunday evening from 6 – 7 p.m., and there are no pre-requisites for any of the classes so clients can just drop in. Once you purchase a Puppy Training Pass, you are invited to attend whichever classes catch your interest and feel free to skip the rest. There is about an hour's worth of homework for each class, which is automatically emailed to each client. That being said ..."Training is a lifestyle, not an event". For more information on puppy training classes, or to purchase your puppy training pass, you can contact Panorama by phone at 250.656.7271, or visit them online

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Middle of the Road tuesday evenings Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting

7.30 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 250.544.1819 |

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. Tuesdays at 7 pm

New Music Class for Adults Call Diana at 778.426.1800. Peninsula Academy of Music Arts 1662 Mills Road West, North Saanich

Do you love to sing but don't want to audition for a choir? Come sing and learn more about music. 2nd Thursday of Every Month Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

11.30 a.m. at Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel More information at

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Join our club! 2nd Wednesday of Every Month

Ducks Unlimited Saanich Peninsula Committee 7. 30 p.m. at Redd's Pub, Lower Floor, Comfort Hotel Call Daniel at 250.652.6203

Our committee raises money to restore wetlands locally and across Canada. We are welcoming new volunteers to work for our fundraising event.

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We have speakers and discussions on our ongoing projects. September 11

Get Connected & Empower Yourself Through Technology! 1.30 p.m. - 3 p.m. at The Centre For Active Living 50+, 1229 Clarke Rd. (next to the library) Brentwood Bay.

Guest Speakers simplify the maze of technology. Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. September 21

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The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories! Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). September 29

3rd Jubilee Storytelling Mary Winspear Centre Doors at 4.30 p.m., Entertainment from 5 - 6 p.m., Storytelling at 6 p.m. RSVP to Dawn Gould via or 250.655.5459

Story tellers share stories in a relaxed stage enviroment that mirrors a lounge. October 3

From Bud to Bloom 11 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre

Peninsula Garden Club celebrates 60 years. Dan Hinkley discusses notable plants discovered in the last 60 years. Includes a luncheon by truffles catering. Tickets $35 at Tanner's Books & Dig This. 68 SEASIDE | SEPTEMBER 2015 |

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The Market Continues Until Thanksgiving With a late Labour Day this year, the market field transforms into the Saanich Fair midway on September 5, so our first market of the fall season will be Saturday, September 12. The harvest season is a favourite for many market fans who enjoy the fresh fall air under clear skies and a warm equinox sun. Watch for our “Shop the Market” contest with regular weekly winners and a special grand prize draw on the final day of the market! However, late September also brings an increasing chance of wet cool weather, so the market has an arrangement with the Saanich Fair to move the market indoors on Saturday mornings to the RCMP Barn if the weather doesn’t meet our expectations. We prefer to be on the field, but this offers market visitors a comfortable shopping environment as well as providing protection for vendors who need to keep their products out of the rain. We have a great lineup for music this fall beginning with Rob Gillespie (September 12), the incomparable Dave Harris (September 19), blue grass boppers Water in the Crawl Space (September 26) and Lucille Drive with Tim Storm (October 3).

Our final market of the season is the Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend (October 10) with market favourites Chick Wagon closing out the market music season. And talking about Thanksgiving, Yellow Point Cranberries will be at our final two markets so you can localize your holiday feast with fresh, Island-grown cranberries – and a bottle or two of Peninsula wine, of course. When we see you again next spring, we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary starting at the Brentwood Bay Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2016, returning to our familiar stomping grounds at the Saanich Fairground on June 11. Thanks to all of you who continue to enjoy a country morning among friends and support our wonderful market and vendors. The Peninsula Country Market runs every Saturday morning at the Saanich Fairground from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from June through Thanksgiving. For the latest news about what’s happening at the Market, follow our weekly updates on facebook ( peninsulacountrymarket) – watch for our Wednesday Market Buck$ contests – or visit

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last word Is it just me or does this feel like the longest summer ever? The kids finished school on June 25 and as I write they still have three weeks of vacation left to go. It's going to be a shock to everyone's system when they have to get back to early-starts, packing lunches and homework. One of the hardest things I think will be writing; when they're not at school kids don't have much call for pen and paper. In fact, did you know that cursive writing isn't even taught at school anymore? It seems a shame to me. But maybe I'm old-fashioned. I like to write (obviously), I do still scrawl notes in my own legible-only-tome handwriting. I write Christmas cards and postcards; I think being able to write is important. I can text message though too. When I first started I was always very careful to maintain high standards of punctuation and spelling. Not necessary or appropriate I discovered. People don't want to ask 'how u doin' and get the reply 'very well thank you'. 'Gr8' is sufficient or even just : ) It's a slippery business language. Context is everything. I know how important correct grammar and punctuation are to Seaside's readers because you frequently write (or email) in and tell us where we've got

it wrong. A forgotten comma or misused apostrophe are not the end of the world, they're usually just overlooked in the large volume of words we read and read again. What's sad is when a mistake spoils the reader's ability to understand. Writing so bad that it gets in the way; ideas and arguments obscured by clumsy syntax or misspellings where you can only guess at what's being attempted. After last month's issue a reader got in touch to let us know that 'goats have kids, humans have children.' He's right of course. But on the other hand we're not writing a science paper or presenting legal documents and the informal use of kid as a young person has been around for a long time. It's a balancing act, we have to allow language to adapt to suit our need for it, yet remember that its primary role is as a tool of communication and is therefore useless if what we write doesn't convey to another person what we mean. I'm quite happy to see the development of emojis to express a little snapshot of our feelings with one simple picture. I like clever shortening of words when texting; it's efficient and fun. But I don't want to lose our rich and dynamic written language because of these things. We all know you have to use something or you'll lose it; so keep writing in and keep your kids writing.

Deborah Rogers, Editor

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