Seaside Magazine November 2018 Issue

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Contents NOVEMBER 2018



GLOBEHOPPING Taking a Trip on the Wilder Side

HOME DÉCOR HOW TOS Quick Tricks to Refresh Any Room



SEASIDE HOMES Making Your Renos Count

CAN WE TALK Talking Artisan with the Crafted Farmhouse Market Crew


WORD ON THE STREET Life Hacks to Live By

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 17 The Natural Path 18 Behind the Scenes 20 Motoring 27 Impromptu 28 In Fashion 36 Deb’s Day Out 43 Common Cents 49 Inside Out 50 New & Noteworthy

ON THE COVER Eden Markle & her pony Frankie photo by Sue Ferguson

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Salish Sea News Seaside Arts Scene Island Dish West Coast Gardener On Design Kids’ What’s Happening Seaside Book Club Sudoku Last Word What’s Happening

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Sometimes being a person in the world feels overwhelmingly hard. We are all carrying around our own traumas, trying to reckon with them and find the language to express them so we can be released from their weight. That language isn’t limited to words; sometimes it is just a deep breath.

My articles highlight the caring nature of our community. Nancy of Nancy’s So Creative strives to give customers premium-quality products and service, and the activity calendar for children and youth demonstrates the care and commitment that goes into providing our kids with the best of all possible worlds.

KATIE KROEKER PAGE 66 I’m sharing my personal checklist for good landscape design. I use it for my garden every year when I’m thinking about next year’s version, and I use it for all my landscape design projects. These five reference points are a handy tool for making sure the design basics are covered.

PAULA KULLY PAGE 18, 50 My generation did not live through any of the big wars, but people close to us did. Their stories and experiences had a profound influence on my life. Researching the Legion for Behind the Scenes, it is wonderful to see that young people are carrying the banner of “Lest we Forget.”

ROSEMARIE ROOT PAGE 70 It’s been proven time and time again in my real estate career that when we put the time and effort into staging a home the results are a great success. In such a competitive market, making sure your home is staged and looking top notch in preparation for potential buyers is a must.

NICOLE WILFORD PAGE 31 Adventure travel: as we get older we may not be as comfortable doing this type of travel, but I’m in my early 50s and recently experienced it and it was an amazing adventure! A small group tour with an adventure-style company is an easy way to do it, for any age group!

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This Month's Contributors: Dan Adair, Jennifer Alberring, Natalie Bell, Kristen Bovee, Rebecca Burrows, Jordan Caldwell, Chris Cowland, Gillian Crowley, Deneen Cunningham, Edie Da Ponte, Sue Ferguson, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Shannon Hall, Jesse Holth, Tina Kelly, Katie Kroeker, Paula Kully, Cassidy Nunn, Deborah Rogers, Rosemarie Root, Jo-Ann Way, Nicole Wilford P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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If you’re anything like me, you know that Seaside living feels like a magical place that has the power to revitalize; physically, mentally and spiritually, especially with the heart of the holidays approaching. We have long taken for granted that a lungful of sea air and getting sand between our toes is good for our well-being. But does being by the seaside really make a difference to health? I truly believe it can. As I went about my busy day, between early morning drop offs for the children to mid-afternoon meetings, I finally came home to take my dog for a brisk walk and the sudden smell of the fresh salty sea air hit me, even two blocks away from the ocean. It completely calmed my restless mind. It took me by surprise actually, it’s like a cool but refreshing wake-up call. Sometimes I think what we are missing is connection with the natural environment. It can really reduce stress in our lives, even if for just a few moments at a time. After doing a bit of research this is what I found. The reason that sea air decreases stress and makes you feel great may be explained by the minerals in it, along with the fact that sea air consists of a significant amount of negatively charged ions. Did you ever notice how you feel better – invigorated – after a lightning rainstorm? This is due to the release of negative ions. The ocean spray, which is loaded with negative ions, helps strengthen immunological (aka, your immune system) defense mechanisms, and the iodine in the ocean mist helps regulate the thyroid gland and balance the serotonin levels which are connected to mood and stress. In our world we are exposed to many positive ions (free radicals) from computers, electricity, TVs and more. Breathing in the sea air is so uplifting! Living on the Peninsula we are surrounded by a health-giving jewel! We should remember this as the days get darker and we have a tendency to stay indoors longer. Why not take that long-lasting flashlight, waiting in the bottom drawer in case of a storm, out for a walk tonight along your favourite beach access? We would love to get feedback on our redesigned First and Last Word. The design has struck a note for me, because Sue secretly sells Seasides by the seashore and the Seasides she sells are Seaside’s, I’m sure! Let us know what you think!

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Easy How Tos To Refresh Any Room by Jesse Holth

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of seasons and fewer daylight hours, fall is the perfect opportunity to refresh your home. You’ll be spending more time indoors, and the holidays will be here before you know it – so follow these easy steps, and your rooms will feel new again in no time!

Mix it Up With a New Textile One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is by adding a new fabric – whether it’s an area rug, some patterned throw pillows, or a couple of bold lampshades. 1. Define your colour scheme – identify the current colours in the room, and stick with complementary shades when choosing a piece. 2. Find your size – looking at an area rug? Make sure you choose a large enough size to fit under at least the front legs of the furniture, and orient the rug with the room (longer side parallel with longer wall). 10 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | NOVEMBER 2018

Chalk Paint A Piece of Furniture Tired of that hand-me-down hall table? Or maybe your coffee table needs an update … chalk painting is a great way to revive an old piece or add a fresh pop of colour. Revamp Your

Light Fixtures

1. Choose your item and paint colour – vintage furniture tends to have darker wood, so try a white or pale pastel to transform it into a modern piece. 2. Remove any hardware or drawers, wash the piece thoroughly with warm soapy water, and prepare to paint – this doesn’t usually require sanding the whole piece, but sand any rough patches you may feel. 3. Use painter’s tape to cover any sections that won’t be painted (like inside the drawers). 4. Apply your first coat of chalk paint, making sure the paint has been mixed/stirred – try to paint with the wood grain where possible. 5. Don’t worry if the paint looks very streaky or you see brushstrokes after the first coat – when this is dry, apply your second coat and it will have a much smoother finish. 6. Once the paint is dry, you can leave it as-is for a clean look or try distressing the corners and edges with sandpaper for a country-chic effect. 7. Don’t forget to top it off with a sealant or wax finish, wiping with a dry cloth to buff the piece. 8. Install your hardware – you can use the original hardware, or choose to upgrade for a more contemporary look.

Are your light fixtures looking a little outdated? New fixtures can be pricey, so why not try giving new life to your existing ones! A simple coat of paint can modernize any fixture – try white, for something fresh and airy, or matte black for a more dramatic look.

1. Remove the hardware, if attached to the wall, using a screwdriver or appropriate tool (make sure the electricity/breaker is turned off). 2. Dismantle any loose parts, and wash down with clean, soapy water. 3. Scuff up the hardware with a piece of sandpaper to allow paint to stick. 4. Carefully tape over any parts you don’t want painted, using painter’s tape. 5. Spray several light coats of paint, waiting for each to dry in between – try to spray evenly, to avoid drips (you may wish to start with a coat of metal primer, then paint at least two coats).

4. Go opposite – have a light coloured couch? Try a dark throw blanket.

6. Don’t forget to spray any small pieces that will be visible, like screw tops – you can punch them into a piece of cardboard to hold them still while spraying the tops.

5. Play around! There are many rules about home décor, but just as many examples of beautiful rooms that break them.

7. Leave to dry as long as possible (ideally overnight), then hang and admire!

3. Be bold! Try throw cushions with a modern pattern or vibrant colour – mudcloth, kilim, and indigo shibori fabrics all add a modern aesthetic.


LETTERS Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content.

Thank you to the entire Seaside Magazine team for producing such an

As a parent advocate I’m always interested in new developments in B.C.’s education system. I was intrigued by your [September 2018] feature on a new school in Victoria, the Academy of Inquiry. In your article, the founder of this new school claims that student driven learning is a natural construct that motivates children from birth.

30 years ago I put together my pennies to get a Catherine Moffat

Constructivist principles are seductive; personalized learning, collaboration, and student-centred learning are all part of a modern pedagogy set to transform education. Parents, however, need to be educated consumers and understand what they’re buying. These principles are not new, nor have they any track record of success.

interesting and professional publication. It's a welcome sight each and every time it arrives in our Times Colonist. Keep up the excellent work! Mallory Evans

piece. I loved the cover on Seaside last month. She is amazing! Barbara Whittington

First of all I want to say thank you for such a wonderful magazine. I live in Cordova Bay and I like shopping in Sidney. Receiving the magazine in with the TC delivered to our door is always a highlight over a cup of tea. Congratulations on creating such a lovely magazine that both my husband and I read cover to cover. Your [September] cover was truly stunning and when I read that my friend Laura Waters had put the bouquet together I was delighted and called her at 7:30 a.m. to congratulate. It is such a great cover that I cannot get rid of the magazine and it sits in the front of my magazine rack on display. Peggy Hancyk

Thanks for everything the Seaside team does to support our community. It truly is remarkable! Susan Simosko


In all the comments and concerns I have received over the years, I have yet to receive one complaint that suggests our school system lacks creativity. But I have heard thousands of complaints that today’s students don’t have fundamental reading or math skills. Even more devastating is the adverse effect that inquiry based learning has on kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. What is the point of the public system if it does not serve every single child across the socioeconomic spectrum? In an ever widening two-tier education system, pursuing failed educational reforms such as student centred learning is not the answer. Tara Houle, Founder, WISE Math BC Editor’s note on behalf of the Sidney BIA: In the October feature “Sidney’s Young Professionals: No Holding Them Back!” the name Joey Quirante should have been used instead of Maria Tepina.

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C A N W E TA L K OWNER / PUBLISHER SUE HODGSON CHATS WITH STEPHANIE RUNDLE AND ASHLEY WHITLOCK, CO-FOUNDERS OF CRAFTED FARMHOUSE MARKET What is it? When is it? How did the idea come about? Crafted Farmhouse Market is a semi-annual unique shopping experience for local vintage and hand made goods. We have collaborated with Uptown Victoria, to host the Uptown Winter Market on November 24, and the next Crafted Farmhouse Market will be March 15 and 16, 2019 at The Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. We are childhood friends with a shared interest in DIY and supporting local small business. Combining these two passions is really a dream come true for us! It seems like there has been a resurgence in people wanting to do things themselves like knitting, weaving, furniture restoring – why do you think that is? There is a sense of accomplishment for the artisans that craft these items. Art in all forms is an excellent way to unwind and find enjoyment in the little things in life. We are so thankful that B.C. has such talented people, willing to share their quality craft items with us. Do you find that the exhibitors at the show are one type of person? Mainly women? How do you connect with them all? We are thrilled to have curators from all walks of life joining us. Often we find that these small businesses are a family endeavour:


husbands, wives, children, grandparents and friends all come together to make and promote their unique products. It warms our hearts to find makers at our events connecting with each other, finding friends and continuing to support one another’s business, especially via social media. What are some of the more unusual skills that you see represented in the “do-it-yourself ” community here? Whether it be carvings such as otters or gaming boards out of locally sourced wood, the resurgence of macrame art, bright and bold artwork or planet saving reusable wax wraps and bags, they are all unique and amazing at their own chosen craft. As a visitor to the show, what can I expect to find? We are committed to having a wide array of goods for shoppers to enjoy. These include: organic and ethically handmade baby clothing; one-of-a-kind crafted toys; repurposed and refinished vintage furniture and home décor; locally sourced farm-to-vase floral artists; handmade by the batch soaps, oils and body products; beautiful Vancouver Island sourced driftwood, iron and salvaged wood turned into furniture, shelving, jewelry and statement art pieces; handcrafted crochet, macrame and organic knits; textured and colourful modern pottery; unique locally designed and crafted jewelry ranging in styles

and price points; and quality fashion designs using modern and vintage combinations. Do you see a specific trend in the crafting world for 2019? We are all more aware of reusing and recycling these days. We will see more unique ways to save the environment by keeping reusable items out of landfills. What allure is there for someone to buy something, whether it’s a bar of soap or a piece of furniture, that is handmade as opposed to made on an assembly line? Why are they willing to pay a more premium price for these handmade items? You know that when you buy handmade, the maker has put their heart and soul into that item! You are face to face with them, you can ask any questions about the products used or the process and you will have an answer right there and then. More often than not, the prices are comparable or less then box stores for a much higher quality and more thought out item. Don’t forget you are supporting a local family; there is truth to this saying: “when you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance!” Craft Fairs are not a new concept; what makes Crafted Farmhouse different? The experience! From the moment you walk in, you are surrounded with beautiful vintage farmhouse décor and local live music. You can enjoy many options of food trucks, delicious local baked goods and beer on tap while you are shopping our handpicked artisans. For more information, visit Photo by Nunn Other Photography.

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Boosting Brain Power: by Dr. Kristen Bovee Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic Hydrate IV Wellness Centre

How to Keep Your Brain Sharp

The mind and our memory are arguably the most important aspects of health as we age. It is a common complaint that memory is not as sharp as when we were younger. Finding that lost word, searching for your keys (again), walking into the room and forgetting what we were looking for: these are daily struggles for many, as we get older. The question is why some people's minds stay sharp into the later decades and why others lose (significantly) the capability to have clear thoughts and an effective memory. The following are some clinically studied approaches to keep the mind sharp as we age. 1) Exercise your mind: Stimulate the brain in different ways to keep multiple neurons firing and create new neuronal connections. Effective mental exercises include doing brainteasers such as puzzles, crosswords and Sudoku. Read books and magazines of different genres. Write your memoirs or a book you've wanted to complete. Educate yourself. Take a continuing education course, learn a new language or sign up for a hobby class. Play games. Card and board games are both fun and mentally stimulating. 2) Socialize: By socializing, you are creating and maintaining conversation. Meet up with friends, neighbours, family and strangers to discuss different topics. Join groups that regularly meet up such as a walking group or a book club, or volunteer for a cause you are passionate about. Join a gym. Keeping your activities varied helps as it stimulates different neuronal areas in the brain. 3) Be physical: Keeping your body fit can have as much benefit for your mind as it does on your heart. The brain continually

needs oxygen. When we exercise we stimulate our breathing, which increases the oxygen in our body, and it improves circulation to allow the blood to flow more effectively to the brain. Varying the type of exercise you do can also stimulate the brain: doing an aerobic or dance class will not only make your heart rate go up, but will also require significant concentration to keep up with the class. 4) Reduce stress: Emotional issues leading to stress, anxiety or depression will cause the brain to shut down memory and focus. Ways to reduce stress can include exercise, yoga, meditation, counselling and journalling. Seek a professional to help with stress if you're not sure what to do. 5) Feed your brain: Your diet plays a significant role in your brain function. Reducing sugar and animal fats has shown to prevent mental decline. Consuming a diet high in antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, dark leafy greens and red and orange vegetables will protect the brain from damage. Eat more Omega-3 rich foods such as fish, flax and hemp oil. Green tea and coffee support brain health whereas alcohol causes damage. Research shows that a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, olives and nuts helps maintain brain health and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative brain disorders. The state of our mind is a major determinate of our overall health. Our diet is foundational. Keeping the mind stimulated using both physical and mental exercise, staying active within our community and maintaining healthy stress levels are all important approaches to a happy brain. NOVEMBER 2018 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 17


The Legion, Past and Present by Paula Kully

I was happy to read in the Globe

and Mail recently that there is a rise in young people attending Remembrance Day ceremonies and wearing poppies. The renewed interest has been attributed to increased efforts to share veterans' stories in schools and other public spaces. Undoubtedly, much of this is due to the work of veterans' organizations such as the Royal Canadian Legion, which is committed to ensuring Canadians never forget. In fact, the Legion has developed a teaching guide for primary and secondary teachers, and they conduct an annual Remembrance-themed poster, literary and video contest with some remarkable prizes including a trip to Ottawa. Winners have their work published in the Military Service Recognition Book, a fundraising initiative that has been published annually since 2005 by the British Columbia /Yukon Command. The country's first Legion was founded in Winnipeg in 1925 18 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | NOVEMBER 2018

as "The Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League" and was incorporated by a special Act of Parliament. In 1960, Queen Elizabeth II gave her consent to use the prefix "Royal," and the organization became known as The Royal Canadian Legion. Today, the Legion is the largest veterans and community service organization in the country with 275,000 members and 1,400 branches nationwide. Here on the Saanich Peninsula, our local Legion Branch 37 is located on Mills Road in North Saanich. Founded 92 years ago in 1926, it currently has 210 active members consisting of veterans, their family members, police officers, fire fighters and other people with a connection to the armed forces. It is a non-profit, service organization with a primary focus on veterans' care and Remembrance. The Legion raises funds for programs that support veterans, local youth, sports teams, student bursaries and much more through activities like Meat Draws (every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.). At this

time of year, they are most notable for the annual Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day Ceremony. The Poppy Campaign not only raises money: it also stands as a reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and keeps the term "Lest we Forget" at the forefront of people's minds. Each year, some 60 to 70 local Legion volunteers spend many hours stuffing envelopes, and collecting donations for poppies, which are the international symbol of remembrance. The Legion obtains their poppies from the Dominion Command Office in Ottawa, which distributes close to 20 million poppies each year. This year, along with the usual Remembrance Day Ceremonies, the Legion has coordinated the "Bells of Peace" initiative in honour of the 100th year anniversary of the end of WWI on November 11, 1918. In communities across the country, a bell will be rung 100 times at sunset in remembrance of those who served in WWI. The Legion has endorsed Sidney's Town Crier Kenny Podmore to ring the bell for the Saanich Peninsula at the Cenotaph in Sidney beginning at 4:39 p.m. Although the Legion has traditionally been a veteran's organization, it also attracts young people and takes a serious role in supporting youth in the community. For instance, Ryan Trelford, the current

"Numbers of veterans are declining. Take a moment and talk to someone who served in the armed forces and thank them for their service."

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Communications Director for the Legion, is only 23 years old. He was inspired first to join the Sea Cadets and then the Legion by his Grandfather who was in the Navy. When Ryan's grandfather passed away in 2014 he, along with his grandmother and mother, joined the Legion as a way to remember his grandfather and to support other veterans. During his time with Cadets, Ryan developed a friendship with local WWII veteran, Commander Peter Goodwin Chance (see Ryan and Peter Chance at left). Since 2008, he has laid a wreath with him on Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph in Sidney. Ryan expresses his vision of the Legion by saying: "Numbers of veterans are declining – they won't be here forever. As we approach the Remembrance season, take a moment and talk to someone who served in the armed forces and thank them for their service. Get to know them a little better, and maybe even consider getting involved in the Poppy Campaign. Volunteers are always needed, from stuffing envelopes to canvassing for donations. Every bit counts to show veterans, Canadians and people around the world that we will remember them." ~ Lest we forget NOVEMBER 2018 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 19


by Chris Cowland

How to Pass the MOT Test

Rod Stewart crooned to Maggie May that he would "steal my daddy's cue and make a living out of playing pool." When I was 10, I stole my dad's tools because I wanted to be a mechanic. I'm glad that both Rod and I stuck with our day jobs. When I compare the work done by today's restoration shops to some of the bodges I perpetrated in my youth, I hang my head in shame … . Dad did not have many tools, but his truly priceless piece was an adjustable spanner (wrench). In my early days, this one item enabled me to completely disassemble

a bicycle, and as I got older I joined a group of kids who loved working on old cars and motorbikes. Gary had a set of screwdrivers, Kenny had a socket set, and my passport to this exclusive club was my spanner, always referred to as "The Justable." Every weekend we would work on a project in Kenny's shed, and I still remember the cups of tea that his mother would bring out, especially on the cold winter days. Kenny later became a bricklayer, and his pride and joy was his 1959 Mini. Cars up to the early 1950s were typically built on a solid metal chassis, and the bodywork would be attached by nuts and bolts. Later


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in the decade, "monocoque construction" was introduced, whereby the car's bodywork became an integral part of the load bearing structure, and there were subframes instead of a chassis. In England at that time, if your car was over 10 years old, you had to take it for its annual Ministry of Transport testing, known as the dreaded "MOT." You would take it to a licensed garage, they would put it up on a lift, and check the brakes, suspension, steering, lights, and most importantly, they would check for rust. Every winter, the roads would be salted, so thin structural steel such as the sills on a Mini could rapidly rust through. To fail the MOT meant that the car would have to be fully repaired, or taken off the road. Kenny's MOT deadline was looming. We jacked up his car in his driveway, and to our horror, found we could push a screwdriver through several places in the sills – a certain fail. This is when we quickly learned how to craft exquisite bodywork. The starting point was stuffing newspaper into the hollow bodywork sections, but then we needed body filler to properly complete the job. Kenny looked thoughtful, marched off into his shed, and soon returned with a half bag of Portland cement, which we carefully mixed and then poured into the rotten sills. After a few days of drying, we sprayed the whole sill with a tarry substance called underseal, and then Ken set off for the local garage. Up onto the car lift went the Mini. We had already fixed the mechanical and electrical systems, but we all held our breath as the mechanic pulled out a screwdriver and started poking it into the bodywork underneath the car. "Wow," he said. "These Minis usually rot out in the sills, but yours are really good." Kenny could not hold himself back. "Yes," he nodded with a grin, "they're solid as a rock."

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and Gulf Islands. For five decades their competent help to local citizens during the various business milestones has enhanced the quality of life in our community immeasurably. The full-service company has been a dependable fixture in Sidney since 1968. Their positive legacy carries on from one generation to the next. A core factor in their business success story is a profound caring for the people they have served every day for 50 years. John Salvador began his notary practice in Sidney in 1968. In 1986, Laurie Salvador, his daughter, and his then employee Susan Davis, became Notaries and took over the practice. The other two Notaries Public, Lisa Ehrlich and Todd Wiebe, became partners in 2000 and 2017 respectively. The highly skilled professional team provide a wide array of services to our community, focusing on real estate conveyancing, mortgages, estate planning and wills - during major milestones in people’s lives, they are there to help.

In addition to assisting clients with these life-changing events, they are also often asked to be Executor or Power of Attorney for their clients. Todd Wiebe says: “It is very humbling to know that people who have sometimes only met us a couple of times ask us to play a crucial role in their lives: manage their finances or be their Executor. It is typically a decision made because of what they know about Salvador Davis or as Notaries more generally.” The company proudly states that, during all of the years of being in business, “What has remained constant is the desire to help our clients. At Salvador Davis & Co., we protect our clients’ interests as if they were our own.” The Notaries actually take this caring service one step further. They treat customers like family, becoming engaged in their lives and involved in outcomes. Todd Wiebe explains: “Our service to customers is never at arm’s length. We get very close to the person and have a high level of interaction with them even though it may not be within the strict parameters of our job. For instance, we may arrange a ride to a medical appointment.” While in training with Laurie, Todd went with her to see an elderly client in a care facility who was obviously not well and not satisfied with the care that she was receiving. According to Todd, Laurie arranged for the

woman to be transferred to a more appropriate accommodation where she is now much happier. Salvador Davis’ compassionate commitment to people’s wellbeing translates to a lot of repeat customers over the decades. Lisa reveals that: “Recently I met with a couple to sign documents to complete their purchase and sale. During our meeting they told me that John Salvador had represented them when they first moved to the Island and purchased a home, and they have been coming to the firm ever since.” It is often that we will hear a client has been recommended to us from their parents or a friend who have used us in the past. Lisa Ehrlich, Notary Public, reminds business owners of what is truly important about serving the public: It is with each ‘Thank You’ card or flowers telling us that ‘we have gone above and beyond what was required’ that gives us the sense that what we are doing really benefits people and the encouragement to keep doing what we are doing for decades to come. Contact:

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How to Hack Your Way Through Life Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being “the voice of the Saanich Peninsula,”so, in every issue, we’ll be asking people to answer a question. We’re looking for responses from all ages by Lara Gladych and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. “If there’s an easier, more efficient way to do something, trust a lazy person to find it” (Marty Rubin). In this vein, to tie into our How To issue this month, I asked people in Saanichton: “Do you have any life hacks to share?” For those who need a bit of help with this one, a life hack (according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary) is: “a usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently.” My top three time-saving, life-simplifying tricks are 1) Use a drop of Dawn Original dish soap (or likely any other brand) applied directly and rubbed into any greasy or oil-based clothing stain and see 24 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | NOVEMBER 2018

it lift right out when you add water; 2) Easily (in most cases) remove the shell from a hard-boiled egg by shaking it along with some water inside a mason jar (with a hand on top to keep the contents in. The shaking will cause the shell to crack and soften and slip off the egg; 3) My coolest trick, The Burrito Method, for getting a duvet cover on a duvet no matter the size. Google the words “duvet burrito method,” watch the video and thank me later. I tell my kids that their future spouses will think they are rock stars for this one. Tricks for working with garlic came up twice. Linda, 67, told me that years ago in Vietnam she learned that to remove the papery outer layers from garlic, simply shake it around in a bowl and watch the skin fall away. Sebastian, 24, told me that his mom’s trick with garlic is to place the clove on a cutting board and press it with the flat side of a chef ’s knife, cracking the skin so that it comes away more easily, and prepping the garlic for mincing. Thomas is 37, and he had a composting hack: keep your kitchen compost in the freezer to avoid fruit flies (and rot). Brilliant! Another kitchen hack came from Christina, 35, who said: “I wash

dishes as I cook.” Wash dishes and utensils used while preparing food as you go along or during cooking time to avoid a pile-up later. “By the time I’m done cooking, all my dishes are done except for the plates.” Related to cooking, Jennifer, 40, teaches her live-in exchange students to freeze any unused tomato sauce in ice cube trays for convenient single-serving use in the future with no waste. Jennifer was a wealth of knowledge with tricks for messy jobs, too. She says that dishwasher liquid or pods with bleach are ideal in a pinch to either soak off burnt-on food in cookware, or to toss in the toilet for a soak and minimal scrubbing later. In the cleaning department I heard another tip from Denise, 61, who recommends using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to banish black from plastic outdoor bins and “make your bins look like brand new,” and from Robert, 71, who loves “vinegar for washing the windows.” Laundry stains are a common problem for many of us, and Sandra, 71, said: “one of the things I was told is that baking soda [mixed with] vinegar will take stains off.” Technology often plays a big part in simplifying our lives. “I do a lot of online stuff like banking online and shopping online. VarageSale is the best.” This was from Danielle, 32, whom I had to ask to explain VarageSale. It’s an online swap-type website where you arrange to leave your for-sale items outside your home and the arranged purchaser simply comes by to collect and leave their money. Danielle says it’s where she buys the majority of her infant daughter’s clothes. Two lovely gentlemen, Robert, 75, and Harry, 87, agreed that whether it fits the bill or not, saying “Yes, dear,” is often the answer to any complication that comes their way. The award for the wittiest answer this month goes to Kelly, 77. His best life hack to accomplish tasks with ease and efficiency is to “use the telephone to bring dinner [and a housekeeper] in.” For all life hackers, remember: “Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” (Robert Heinlein).

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I wanted to get in touch with you to share the project that my Grade Four-Five class at Sidney Elementary School completed in September. We have an ever-growing organic food garden at our school which all of our students from K to Five actively work, learn, and play in. When I saw your September issue, I just knew I had to come up with a project for my intermediate students, inspired by your cover. The students gathered items from the school garden and worked collaboratively in small groups to create food art of their own. Armed with iPads, they took several photos before deciding on their “best shot.� This became an excellent team-building activity as students worked in small groups first outside in the garden, and then back in the classroom. It was an excellent way for students to get back in touch with our garden space and discover everything that had been growing over the summer and early fall. It was also an authentic integration of arts education and the use of technology. We are very proud of the images that each of the seven groups created!


Winter Skin Issues and Solutions by Shannon Hall

Skincare in the winter can

be extra challenging because there is a marked change in the weather. Winter, in particular, is host to a number of skin issues that make your skin appear dull, dry and chapped. Here are some common winter-skin conditions and their solutions. Dry Skin. Even oily skin types dry up in winter. That's because the prevailing chilly winter air sucks the moisture out of the skin, not to mention the electric and gas heat in our homes that tend to dry out our skin even more! This can be more problematic when you already have naturally dry skin. • Exfoliate! Exfoliating may dry out your skin even more, but if you don't get those dead skin cells off and help facilitate a skin turnover, your skin will become more flaky well into the winter months. • Use a serum to instantly hydrate skin. • Using richer moisturizers will protect your skin from the elements and keep a better level of hydration! • See your skin therapist for a professional facial that includes a more advanced exfoliation process and decadent hydration in the forms of serums, masking and moisturizers. Your therapist will be able to provide you with a homecare routine to get you through this skin-challenging season.

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On your feet? Ecco loafers from Walk in Comfort in Sidney. Adding sparkle to your outfit? My classic solitaire ruby and diamond ring. In haircare? Monat; so in love with that line! On your luxury wish list? Paris in the spring. When it comes to your go-to “uniform?” Jeans, a navy or white T-shirt and a black blazer. On your walls? DebraK paintings she’s a wonderful local artist. On your Netflix queue? Line of Duty, a British series. When you don’t care how much it costs? Jimmy Choo boots.

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How to Book an Extraordinary Travel Adventure by Nicole Wilford Merit Travel

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Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand had been calling out to me for more than 25 years; however, as time went on and it become a more popular place, I felt that I wanted to experience it on a different level than the average traveller does. However, as I was travelling alone, I was a little hesitant to just be on my own. I decided to do a small group adventure tour of Thailand and then go solo for Vietnam. I also decided to do it in that order so that when I arrived in Vietnam I had already been in Asia for a couple of weeks and would feel more comfortable. The tour I did in Thailand was with G Adventures – a hike, bike and kayak tour. I had so many amazing adventures on this tour. We biked around local towns and really got a more in-depth feel for the surrounding countryside. We hiked to a hill tribe village up in the northern part of the country, which was one of the most adventurous types of travel I have ever done where we slept on the floor of a bamboo hut on stilts. There was no furniture and all their cooking and eating was done on the floor in the hut we slept in. Then at the end of the tour, we spent a couple of nights camping on an island where it was busy during the day with visitors; however, around 4 p.m. we had the island to ourselves. During our stay there we did some kayaking as well. All in all, this type of tour was truly a great

way to experience Thailand in a way many don't. There are a handful of great companies that are considered more "adventure travel" with a wide selection of style, group size and activity level. I would definitely recommend G Adventures due to their size of group (maximum 15) and the fact that they hire local guides for the different activities/locations. Moving on to Vietnam where I was travelling completely solo. I had planned a few things in advance; however, I waited to book some of it when I got there. I used Agoda and Airbnb to book some of my accommodation as this allowed me to find some interesting places, such as staying with local families. I also checked out the top five things to do (online ie: Google) in certain places in Vietnam. That led me to make the decision to keep to just the northern part of the country due to only having 10 days there – I wanted to experience the different towns in a more in-depth way rather than try to see more of Vietnam with less time spent in each place. In a couple of locations, I hired a local person to take me around for a half- or full-day trip. In one a local took me by motorbike around the area of Ninh Binh – quite the experience! If you are interested in hearing more about my trip, I am doing a travel talk on Adventure Travel on Wednesday, November 28. Email me at for details. NOVEMBER 2018 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 31

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Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell The Mary Winspear Centre announces a bonus speaker to their 2018 Winspear Speaker Series. On Tuesday, November 13 the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell will speak on Gender & Power a topic that has made headlines around the world and is more relevant now than ever before. The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell rose to fame as Canada’s first female prime minister and one of the world’s youngest leaders of a nation. Following her tenure as the nation’s leader, she traveled internationally to represent Canada and strengthen democracy and women’s leadership around the world. From her service as an international ‘leader of leaders’ to an educator of tomorrow’s change makers, Ms. Campbell brings a unique perspective on leadership, diversity, current events, politics and international relations. Ms. Campbell has served as chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, a network of women who hold or have held the office of president or prime minister. She also served as president of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement.

Gender & Power Ms. Campbell has spent much of her life breaking barriers for women. Through her political career serving at all three levels of Canadian government, Kim knows what it’s like to make it in a man’s world, and is widely regarded as one of the foremost thinkers and speakers on gender issues.

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The Barra MacNeils live concert experience brings so much more to the stage than most live acts ever can. Multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, top drawer instrumental prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments blended with dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and a journey through an ancient culture; it is family entertainment at its highest level.

The Barra MacNeils present An East Coast Christmas on Wednesday, November 21 at the Charlie White Theatre. One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the Barra MacNeils Christmas shows always features a highly entertaining brand of traditional seasonal fare mixed with entertaining stories and new musical twists; stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. Fans can look forward to classic favourites including: Oh Holy Night, Ave Maria, A Christmas in Killarney and Auld Lang Syne as well as some comedy, seasonal stories, music, singing, dance and memories that will extend beyond the season and last a lifetime. As a group, the MacNeil siblings are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Hailing from Sydney

Steeped in Cape Breton tradition with strong Celtic roots and musical artistry, this diverse and talented family group continues to wow audiences around the world with their captivating vocals, harmonies and extraordinary musicianship.

The Washboard Union The Washboard Union, Canadian Country Music Associations Group of the Year, is set to make their return to the Mary Winspear Centre with special guests Nice Horse on Wednesday, November 28.

For fans and tastemakers alike, The Washboard Union is one of the most talked about bands in Canadian County Music today. Led by Aaron Grain, Chris Duncombe, and David Roberts, who are songwriters and performers in the truest sense, the band is bursting with infectious energy both on and off the stage. Fifteen time award winners, the band placed nine awards on the mantle in 2017, taking home their third Canadian Country Music Award, and Western Canadian Music Award for Country Artist of the Year, as well as a record seven British Columbia Country Music Association Awards.

Having grown up in Kelowna, Duncombe & Grain eventually packed up and headed off to Vancouver where they moved into a 1920’s Tudor-style mansion. By coincidence Roberts was himself renting in the same mansion and it was here where all three began writing and singing together. These early sessions were the bones of what would eventually become The Washboard Union. Roberts would reminisce, “it was like living in a garden gone to seed.” Grain provided guitar and vocals and

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This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the unique shops and services available on the Saanich Peninsula. Anybody who has seen Nancy McMillan’s slip covers would agree that they are drop-dead beautiful! Delicate seashells sparkle on blazing magenta backgrounds and fuchsia flamingos dance amongst pickle-green palm trees as her creations transform everyday furniture into works of art. People who own one of Nancy’s slipcovers have something to brag about over the backyard fence. It is safe to say that her handiwork has been boosting the “happiness” factor in our community for decades. Her chic and glamourous slipcovers have enriched lives and filled homes with beauty. “The delighted expressions on people’s faces when they see the final product make it all worth it to me!” comments the owner of Nancy’s Sew Creative. The talented sewer works with passion and precision. Only the highest quality fabrics and a perfect fit will suffice. Nancy specializes in manufacturing high-end washable slipcovers for indoor and outdoor sofas, chairs, ottomans, pillows and cushions. Her design-work is intricate, polished and visually stunning. The entrepreneur owes her success to “quality work with the clients’ budget in mind.” She even picks up furniture and delivers it – with slipcovers – for free.


Nancy’s slipcovers are made for Peninsula living – with its changeable weather, outdoorsy lifestyle, busy families, active children and pets, and boaters. The extraordinary feature of Nancy’s creations is their practical modern convenience. When the slipcovers get soiled or stained, they can be cleaned in the washing machine and voila – sparkling and new. Nancy’s durable washable fabrics are made to last a long time. An investment in her products will be less costly in the long run than continuously replacing worn-out furniture pieces with new expensive ones. These days, Nancy is branching out into new horizons: “I have expanded to do covers for seats on yachts in galleys and outside decks, plus interior and exterior cushions. I use an outdoor fabric that is water, sun, mold and mildew resistant. “It is the best the industry has to offer.” Nancy has a practical solution for everything. She will replace the worndown insides of pillows and will include a separate set of arm covers to go along with her slipcovers for the messy eaters among us. The skilled artisan also makes sheets for chairs and sofas to protect the surface against wet animals. “Warm wishes and ‘thank you’ to all the people who have supported me all these years,” are Nancy McMillan’s final comments. The fruits of Nancy MacMillan’s skilled craftsmanship make life better, easier – and a little more beautiful – in our Peninsula paradise. Visit for more information.

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People have been using the magical process of fermentation to make wine for millenia; you could say it’s the original artisanal drink. I’ve been known to drink a glass (or two) of wine myself, but I’ve never given much thought to how it’s made. While most rely on the convenience of the liquor store, there are a large number of wine enthusiasts who like to have a hand in the making and bottling of their own wine. To brew at home requires the purchase of equipment as well as the ingredients; another option is to use a U-brew facility, a sort of hybrid of DIY and have-itdone-for-you. I spent a few hours at Sidney’s Wine Kitz store to find out what’s involved. For owner Derek, wine making had been a hobby for 30 years before it became his business 15 years ago, so there’s lots of experience for me to tap into. In store you purchase all the ingredients in a box that includes a concentrated juice, some denonite (a type of clay) and the active yeast. There are many varieties to choose from and depending on the type of wine you want to finish with, they range in price, and in the length of time to produce. Once you’ve selected your wine the juice goes into a large plastic barrel, the denonite is added (it helps with fermentation and clarity) and, of course, water. The customer adds the small sachet of yeast,

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and can then leave the whole brewing process in Derek’s capable hands! The fermentation happens whilst the wine is in the bucket. It gets checked regularly and tested with a hydrometer to ensure all the sugar has been converted to alcohol, and then when the yeast has finished its job the whole bucket gets filtered and siphoned into a large glass carboy. It has to sit and mature, to develop flavour. Some of the wines get put into barrels for the aging process, adding extra notes to the flavour. After the necessary six weeks to six months your wine is ready, but you don’t want to take it home in a barrel. Now is the time to roll up

your sleeves and get involved! You’ll need to provide bottles: bring your own or buy them – either way they have to be sterilized so you don’t introduce any contaminants into your beautiful clear wine. There’s a commercial dishwasher-style machine to take the strain out of this part. Next step is the bottling machine. One at a time the wine gets siphoned into the bottles: don’t worry though, there’s a shut-off valve to prevent waste. Then the bottle needs to be corked; there’s a machine for that too. It’s hydraulic so no muscles needed. The cork is popped into the top of the machine and the bottle fitted onto a spring-loaded platform. As the door is closed you can watch as the cork gets pushed into the neck of the bottle. There’s something very satisfying about it. Now you have wine that’s ready to go, but wouldn’t it be nice if it was a little prettier? There’s an option to add a shrink wrap foil cap, creating a finished, professional look. It needs a label too. Some of the boxed kits come with their own, but otherwise there are plenty to choose from at the store. You can customise the information on them too, especially fun if you are making a batch for a wedding or other occasion. It’s as simple as that: 30 bottles of wine to take home and drink, or share if you must. From start to finish the process is quick and efficient (and let’s not forget, cost-effective). And you can honestly say that you made it yourself! Photos by Nunn Other Photography.


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A Touch of Holiday Magic:

A Touch of Saltspring Christmas Show by Lara Gladych

After 27 years, A Touch of

Saltspring Christmas Show is moving home, back to where it all began at the Saanich Fairgrounds. After more than a decade at Panorama Recreation Centre, the show is returning to its roots. To mark the occasion, some of the show's original artists are coming out of retirement to participate in this year's fair, joining the other vendors who number approximately 200 altogether. Ed Helm has been the general manager of the show since 1991, and today the event is a family affair operated by multiple generations. As Ed says: "the show will continue through the family." Artists and craftsmen bring their wares from all over B.C. and Alberta, and the venue is at full capacity this year. In addition to vendors, there will also be 13 charitable organizations present, including the Girl Guides and Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation, to name a couple. With the return to the fairgrounds, the parking headache of previous years is alleviated. Gone are the shuttles and off-site parking, so guests can look forward to ample space for vehicles and the

convenience of walking to your car without the fuss of fighting for a parking space. A Touch of Saltspring is the largest attended arts and crafts show on Vancouver Island, and is a great venue at which to kick off your Christmas shopping and dust off your holiday spirit. If you've never been to the show before, you can expect to see a wide assortment of handcrafted pottery, jewelry and sculpture, wooden bowls and paper goods, foodstuffs of all sorts from seafood to baking to canned and jarred treats, as well as textile pieces and holiday decorations – all under one roof. Just like Santa's workshop, you might say. If you're concerned about sustenance as you make your way through all that the show has to offer, food will be available in two locations including the dining room, according to Ed. Mark your calendars for this unique event: Friday November 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday December 1 and December 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is only $5 for a three-day pass. If you're unfamiliar with the fairgrounds, they are located at the 1528 Stelly's Cross Road, in Saanichton. Happy shopping!


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Health is one of our most important resources. When we fail to take care of our bodies, our day-to-day life suffers. Scott Simpson, owner of Saanich Physiotherapy, says it's his job to help patients help themselves. "Patients are surrounded by information and sometimes need help understanding what works and what doesn't – and it is our duty to innovate alongside evolving science to provide the best possible return

on investment of their time and energy." Saanich Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic has two locations, Saanichton and Elk Lake, where they provide timely, researchbased care. According to Simpson, they opened the second location because the first was so busy, and he didn't want to lose the dynamic of a therapeutic clinic environment. "It's easy for health clinics to get too big and lose their ambience," he says, noting: "at the end of the day

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Ringing Out a Chord by Gillian Crowley

Tight harmonies sung a cappella (without accompaniment) are hallmarks of the South Island Harmony chorus. Started 50 years ago as the Victoria Village Squires, this all-men's chorus revels in the instantly recognizable "barbershop" sound. Ed Jobson, President of SIH, knows a thing or two about barbershop quartets as he's been singing this type of music for 62 years. What makes the barbershop harmony unique is that the second tenor or lead sings the melody while the first tenor sings high notes above the tune. The baritone and bass then sing lower, in harmony with the melody. In choruses, the same principle applies. "Whether it's sung in a quartet or full chorus, barbershop has a unique sound," says Jobson. "When a quartet 'locks' and 'rings' a chord, the audience hears overtones that make it sound like more than four people singing." Hearing those locked chords can't help but send a tingle down the spine of singer and listener alike. Barbershop repertoire ranges from classics like Sweet Adeline and My Wild Irish Rose to more modern pieces from Broadway musicals, Beatles songs, do-wop and pop tunes. "All we need is a melodic story line to harmonize around," says Jobson. Historically, barbershop singing sprang up in the late 1800's when men would line up for haircuts. One fellow would start to sing and others joined in harmony with him. A popular entertainment during the

vaudeville era, barbershop almost died out later. Then in 1938 two men in Tulsa, Oklahoma decided to establish the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (now thankfully shortened to the Barbershop Harmony Society). By 2017 North American membership had ballooned to 22,000. These days the 48-member South Island Harmony chorus is busy rehearsing for their second annual Christmas Pudding show at the Mary Winspear Centre on December 1. Each year SIH holds two to three major concerts a year and also sings with other choirs at special events. The group includes three barbershop quartets recognized by the international Barbershop Harmony Society: Tonic, Trounce Alley and Killer Wails (really!). The quartets are featured in the major shows and have a busy schedule singing at seniors' homes, shopping malls and in competitions. Over the years SIH has fostered music in local schools by singing with school choirs and donating to their music programs. Next month they will join the Parkland Secondary School choir at their Christmas concert December 13. Jobson invites anyone interested in hearing or joining the chorus to attend one of their weekly Tuesday evening rehearsals at the Silver Threads building across from Royal Jubilee Hospital. They're always looking for new members. More at

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How To Let Go

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The other day I was driving to work when suddenly the driver two cars in front brought their vehicle to a full stop on the highway. They were attempting to cut across all three lanes to get to the exit. I had to stop very quickly, and as I did I braced for the sickening feeling of my car collapsing in towards me like a paper accordion. Luckily, I waited for an impact that never came, but I was MAD at this driver. I drove around and past their stopped car, laid on my horn like I meant it, and shouted a phrase I'd rather not repeat. I wasn't just mad; I was afraid. I was really scared that something terrible could have happened, and so I vented that into anger and spewed it all over the stopped car and its driver. Do you know why I did that? Because it was easy. Because being angry and yelling at this person was so much easier than taking a deep breath. Did they deserve that? I don't know. I had no idea what was happening with the driver. Maybe they were in crisis, maybe they had a medical emergency, but I can bet that having me drive by honking and yelling angrily at them wasn't helping. I knew that. The embarrassing thing is I'm a yoga teacher, and I should know better. For the last 12 years I've been teaching people how to move through being reactive and instead taking a moment to consider how they'd like to move, act, or what they're going to say next. That's a lot easier to do when you're in a yoga class, with pan flute music playing; it's an environment precisely tailored to being

relaxing, peaceful and a place for reflection. But how do you do that off the mat? How do we reckon with our anger, our fear, our anxieties and our stress, and stop ourselves from spewing it all over whomever happens to be nearby? The most important thing I've learned in all the years I've been practising yoga is to breathe. Breathe, before you blindly react. Breathe, release your jaw and relax your shoulders. Breathe, release the compulsion to solve or fix or do. Breathe, forgive yourself. Breathe, embody your body. Breathe, let go, let go, let go. Letting go doesn't mean giving up or disconnecting or not caring; letting go is a deep inhale that puts us out of our head and into our body, and a deep exhale that releases all the things that we're holding on to too tightly. It's a physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, soul release. It feels like surfacing for air after being held underwater; it's our reminder that we are alive. Unfortunately, we don't get to let go just once and then we're set for life. We have to do it relentlessly over and over and over again. We have to let go every day, and resist the temptation to eat ourselves alive. Letting go also means that we can do hard things, and rise above our fears. Take a deep inhale, feel the air filling your lungs and taking up space inside you; exhale, allow yourself to release everything that you're tensing, forcing or guarding. Let go of everything that is holding you back. Breathe. This is letting go.


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Stelly's Secondary School recently unveiled a new welcome sign carved by Charles (Chazz) Elliott Jr., a former Stelly's student and Indigenous artist. The sign depicts a swan and welcome figures on either end with raised hands, symbolizing welcome and thank you. It reads, "Thank you all – it is really nice that you have arrived," in SENCOTEN, English and French. The sign was made with ancient fir donated by the Pacific Forestry Research Centre.

Let the Band Play on Parkland Secondary Band is hosting a silent auction on November 17 at Deep Cove Winery. Tickets are $10 and include a wine tasting, appies, entertainment and the

opportunity to bid on many great items. Funds raised will provide students the fantastic opportunity to travel to Disneyland where they will work with a professional movie score conductor to learn, perform and record pieces that will be used as soundtracks for short film excerpts. The band will also go to California State University to perform for the Director of Bands, Dr. Emily Moss. Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased from Cristina Sousa (csousa@saanichschools. ca) or Annilee Armstrong (

HELPING HANDS Gas to Cash In keeping with their ongoing support to the community, Peninsula Co-op conducted their "Fuel Good Day" on September 18. The Fuel Good Day sees five cents from every litre of fuel purchased at all 18 Peninsula Coop Gas Centres donated to the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. The total raised was $20,116! Thank you Peninsula Co-op.

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Now That's Hospitality On October 4, Lilaberry Home Decor owner Chris Stephen had a big surprise when a troupe of enthusiastic people descended on her shop on Beacon Avenue to present her with the coveted "Victoria Hospitality Award." Back in May, Chris came to the aid of two 22 year olds traveling from New Zealand who had everything they owned stolen from an underground parking lot in Vancouver. The mother in Chris inspired her to reach out to the young couple and open her home and heart to them while they waited for emergency passports and support from friends and family to get home.

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Sidney by the Sea Dental Hygiene Clinic Dear Reader, As an independent Dental Hygienist in your community, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the vital role that dental hygienists play to help you stay healthy. We are members of the sixth largest registered health profession in Canada, and help you to achieve optimal oral and overall health. Oral health is essential for overall wellness. Poor oral health can cause pain, disrupt eating and sleeping patterns, diminish quality of life, and contribute to serious life-threatening illnesses. This is particularly concerning because most oral diseases can be prevented by daily home oral care and professional dental hygiene services. Our Dental Hygienists provide therapeutic treatments in a bright relaxed space. We offer full head and neck exams with every appointment, remove build-up, decrease the chances of bleeding and reduce bacteria levels. We also help with stain removal and denture cleaning, and have a wide range of products to simplify your home care. We will take care of you … having a clean mouth feels wonderful! I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to take a positive step to improve your oral and overall health. Healthiest regards, Paulette Reid, RDH, MSc

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A Jarful of Jellies: How to Grow a Jellyfish

by Tina Kelly

Imagine visiting the Shaw

Centre for the Salish Sea, only to find a room of empty exhibits. Hard to fathom if you've ever been mesmerized by the jellies in our Drifter's Gallery but this is exactly what would happen if we didn't grow our own jellies. Jellyfish, including moon jellies – Aurelia aurita – have a wonderfully unusual lifecycle. The medusa – the most recognized phase of the lifecycle – blooms during summer months. If we relied on collecting wild jellies, for the better part of the year we'd be jelly-less. The remainder of the lifecycle is rarely encountered by the novice eye, in part due to their diminutive size. Our Centre was designed to maximize the space accessible to visitors. Lucky for us only a small fraction of our 10,000-square-foot footprint is required for the jellyfish nursery. Aside from the specially designed tanks – or kreisels – all we need is a mini bar fridge, a few Mason jars, some plastic containers, a shallow Pyrex dish, a turkey baster and a small trough with circulating sea water. Along with proper equipment and hardware, staff care and diligence keep the jellies drifting. Rearing healthy jellies requires excellent water quality and although sea water enters the aquarium directly from the Salish Sea at a rate of 55 gallons per minute and flows through a series of filters, the centre's team of aquarists closely monitors all of the important parameters – temperature, salinity and water flow. Our Aquarists must also magically alter the seasons with the help of the mini bar fridge. The small, sessile polyp phase of the cycle takes place over Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

winter. Polyps are placed in the fridge – suspending them in "winter" – for as long as needed. In the wild, increases in the spring water temperature cue each polyp to reproduce asexually, creating many genetically identical clones or ephyra. By removing polyps from the fridge and placing them in moderately warmer water, asexual reproduction is initiated and we are provided with the ephyra stage. Ephyra are tucked away behind the scenes, drifting about in Mason jars until they develop into adults or medusas, and are big enough to go on display. Every 48 hours, our Aquarists' fine motor skills are tested by carefully sucking up the tiny ephyra, one by one, with a turkey baster in order to refresh the jar water. It's finicky work but worth the reward: jellies on display! Though we may not be able to see the difference, each medusa is a boy or a girl. Having two sexes allows for sexual reproduction and consequently provides for genetic differences in offspring. Medusas broadcast, or release, eggs or sperm into the water around them. If the eggs are fertilized, larvae are created, they settle on a surface, become polyps and the cycle starts all over again. It seems like a complicated lifecycle for an animal with no bones, blood or brain but we've mastered the skills needed to keep them circulating and to keep you captivated. On your next visit, observe our smack of moon jellies, look for different age cohorts and reflect on all of the care and detail needed to create the display. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea opens at 10 a.m. daily. NOVEMBER 2018 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 55

Renovated Library for Sidney / North Saanich Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has selected CCM Construction Ltd, a local Sidney company, for the renovation of the Sidney branch. Hiring a local contractor means that local labour can be employed to undertake the renovations, which at time of writing were set to begin during the week of October 15. The Victoria architecture firm, Lowe Hammond Rowe, envisioned the remodeled branch. “We are excited to be moving forward with the renovations to the Sidney/North Saanich library,” says VIRL’s Executive Director Rosemary Bonanno. “Being able to take advantage of local South Island expertise, from the architects to the contractor to the workers themselves, is a boon for our organization and the labour market in this area.” Once the renovations are complete, the building’s infrastructure will have updated electrical, lighting, HVAC, windows, and more. The library’s interior will also be refreshed, made more accessible, and modernized.

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Upgrades include: • Remodeled youth and adult sections • Fireplace lounge area • Additional computers and a new laptop bar • Additional study and lounge seating • New flooring, lighting, and paint • New furniture and shelving • Improved layout to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers • Enclosed book-drop • Assistive computer station for people with vision, hearing, and other impairments • Accessible customer service desk The project’s budget of $2 million includes all aspects of the renovation. The Town of Sidney will finance the cost of accessible washrooms and other upgrades to the building’s common area. The projected completion timeline has been shortened from its original target of June to mid-May, 2019.

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A temporary library is open at Unit 1A – 2353 Bevan Avenue (Bevan Square), offering holds pick up, public computers, WiFi and a small collection. Sidney/North Saanich cardholders also have access to VIRL’s entire floating collection and digital resources for the duration of the renovation.

T.E.A.M. (Teen Education and Motherhood) What's in an acronym? Many connotations, but this one represents a new program for the ILC (Individualized learning Centre) Saanichton, School District 63. T.E.A.M. (Teen Education and Motherhood) could also mean Together Everyone Achieves More, as this is the reality of how this new program has evolved. Several teen moms were enrolled at ILC and last year the Principal, Wendy Walker, learned of "Moms and Mentors," started by Public Health Nurse Maureen Hobbs 30 years ago in Sooke School District. She collaborated with Maureen as well as local CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) member Donna Miller, a retired Sooke Community Educator, who had been a sponsor of Moms and Mentors. The seed was planted to establish a similar M&M program but with more partnerships – particularly Beacon Community Services, which had established the Beacon Community Care infant/preschool program on the Saanichton campus. Beacon has recently hired a Young Parent Liaison, Donna Douglas, who works with the young moms to connect them to community support services, school transition and respond to individual needs. The ILC is a very popular program as its focus is on the core academics but it personalizes the program to suit individual needs, allowing students to work at their own pace.

members to volunteer to be mentors to the moms after hearing Maureen Hobbs describe the tremendous impact such a program had on young moms, inspiring them to graduate and go on to postsecondary programs. Young parents face multiple barriers while completing high school requirements; one of the most challenging is transportation. The transit system on the Peninsula makes school attendance difficult. Hopefully, a service club may see the value of purchasing a van to assist these young people to get to school. The ripple effect of educating a teen mom educates the whole family. To find out more about T.E.A.M.or volunteer, contact Wendy Walker at or phone 250-652-4042.

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This year there are five new moms attending, as well as young dads with a goal of meeting the B.C. Ministry of Education graduation requirements. Parenting skills are taught in addition to the core subjects. As well, students can enrol in skill-based programs, such as hairdressing provided by VIU (Vancouver Island University) or T.A.S.K (Trades sampler program) offered by Camosun College. These community partnerships enhance ILC, particularly the new T.E.A.M. Program, not only with moral support but financially. Last spring, CFUW Saanich Peninsula organized a Fashion Show and silent auction fund raiser called Mama Mia for the teen mom program featuring women's fashions from Suzanne's and Jenny's in Sidney and children's clothing from local thrift shops (demonstrating how to live within a limited budget). The carefully selected finds from the thrift stores were modelled by young children and woven into the new outfits from Suzanne's modelled by some ILC students and CFUW members. The event raised $3,000 and inspired many CFUW

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Building quality is in everything the Tidman family does. Ever since Roy Tidman poured his first concrete footings in 1948, Tidman Construction has been building remarkable custom homes, giving new life to older homes and improving the lives of families by making larger spaces out of small ones. Roy’s sons, Ron and John, second-generation craftsmen, both completed their carpentry apprentices under the careful eye of their father and they expanded the company to encompass quality commercial developments throughout greater Victoria. When Tidman Construction created and built The Peninsula and Norgarden retirement communities in Sidney, Roy lent his perspective to the design—not only that of a carpenter but as a senior. In Roy’s later years, Norgarden became his very own retirement community.

Now the third generation of the Tidman family continues to oversee the level of excellence crafted by their grandfather and upheld by Ron and John; John’s son Andrew Tidman at the helm of Tidman Construction, overseeing new construction and renovations in Greater Victoria, and Ron’s daughter Denise Tidman, managing daily operations at The Peninsula and Norgarden in Sidney BC. Both are carrying on the family tradition of ensuring quality and unsurpassable service. Now celebrating 70 years, Tidman Construction carries on Roy’s lifetime legacy of building excellence, integrity and customer service: cornerstones of the Tidman Construction business.

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Lest We Forget This month's Sidney Museum exhibit captures the many facets of war as seen by the Canadian Armed Forces in conflicts around the world during the past century. The Museum is also hosting a feature display "WAR: A Personal Response" by artists in the Articulation Textile Group. Their works use artifacts which have become family heirlooms, in some cases from family members who saw active combat in the wars of the 20th century. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; exhibit ends November 29. Sidney Museum is at 2423 Beacon Avenue.

Sidney Concert Band Salutes Veterans This concert will feature stirring band music, marches and vocals, along with the Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band and a barbershop quartet, Killer

Wails. Come for an entertaining afternoon and a musical salute dedicated to our veterans. November 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre.

The Great Canadian Songbook Enjoy some of Canada's greatest songs, past and present, performed by Ken Lavigne, Tiller's Folly and the Yukon's Diyet. They'll be singing music by icons such as Leonard Cohen, Stan Roger, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy St. Marie, Anne Murray and Stompin' Tom Conners. November 5 at 7:30 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre.

“Dignity of the Streets” Writing Challenge The Oasis Society for Spiritual Health is issuing a challenge to people in the Greater Victoria community “To See With New Eyes and Hear With New Ears.” This first annual challenge is open to established and budding writers, poets and artists interested in enriching our awareness of Indigenous people living on the streets in Victoria. Prizes of $300 will be awarded to

the best written story and poem, as well as the top graphic art story, with special prizes of $100 for winning entries from youth under 19 years of age. Entries are being accepted until December 17, 2018. For more information visit

Artisans Annual Show Don't miss this display and sale of unique items created by talented Island artists. Find that perfect gift from jewelry, glass, pottery, turned wood, fibre art, wearables, photography, and holiday décor. The show is eclectic, unpredictable and fun. At ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Free admission and parking. Show ends December 22.

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents The Mikado, an enduringly popular operetta. Set in a fictional Japanese town, The Mikado's topsy-turvy story and self-deprecating humour satirizes the social norms of etiquette and bureaucracy in Victorian England. This new staging will feature a

short prologue by the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. November 9 at 7:30 p.m. and November 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. each day. Mary Winspear Centre.

An Evening with Jack Knox Look forward to an evening of laugh-out-loud humour as Jack Knox muses on some of the people who shape our Island. Jack is the author of two bestselling humour books, Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada and Opportunity Knox: Twenty Years of Award-Losing Humour Writing. A third book, On the Rocks with Jack Knox: Islanders I Will Never Forget, will be released this month. Ticket purchases will support the 2019 Sidney LitFest. Buy at Tanner's Books or November 23, 7 p.m. at the Shoal Centre, Sidney.

Peninsula Singers Don’t forget to get tickets for the Peninsula Singers popular Christmas show on December 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9 at 2 p.m. A few tickets may be available at the door.


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How to Make Beef & Rosemary Stew 2 by Jordan Caldwell Training by Tara Brunet

This is a very concise recipe

with simple knife skills involved. Feel free to prep the ingredients the evening before, and throw into the crockpot in the morning before heading to work. You'll come home to the aroma of hearty beef, rosemary and red wine.


Step 1: Starting with the carrots, I personally don't peel them and just give them a good scrub, especially when working with a stew. You are going to "tip + tail" the carrots, slicing the top and bottom off, then cut in half lengthwise and chop by roughly approximately one-inch cuts. Step 2: Medium dice all of your vegetables so they are all the same size (see top left pic for guidance), and cook evenly. Use the size of the carrot pieces for comparison. Step 3: Some may find squash intimidating to dice, but with the right techniques it can be manageable. Start with peeling, then use a medium-sized knife and "tip + tail" as you did with the carrots. You are going to cut in angles and slice off the rind. Don't try to carve the whole thing in one go, or you will end up very annoyed. Then turn upside down to repeat on the other side. Trim if necessary. Cut the squash in half and hollow out the seeds with a spoon. From here you can medium dice to roughly the same size as your other vegetables.



Step 4: Now that all your vegetables are chopped, we will cut our braising meat to the same medium dice as the vegetables. If you want to enhance the flavour, sear the meat on a high heat skillet then transfer into the crockpot.

Step 5: Next we will add our herbs and aromatics. Now you may utilize any herbs and spices you enjoy, but for the sake of this recipe I used rosemary, thyme and peppercorns. Place the aromatics on top of your seared meat.


Step 6: Place potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes and the various squash into the slow cooker. You may use different vegetables to your liking. Step 7: Adding Stock. For a thicker stew, fill up the crockpot halfway. For a thinner stew fill to ž. It's best not to cover the ingredients with liquid. Step 8: Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours. Continue along with your day and come home to a delicious and hearty slow-cooked, beef stew. Now that you know how to make a slow-cooker stew, let's talk about what you are going to need. Serves 8 3 carrots 1 lb red baby potatoes 1.5 lbs stewing beef 1 large yellow onion 5 off the vine tomatoes 1 delicata squash 1 acorn squash 10 sprigs thyme 5 sprigs rosemary 600 - 800ml beef stock 1 cup red wine 3 garlic cloves (kept whole) 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 tsp smoked paprika Enjoy!






It’s hard to turn on the TV nowadays without getting roped into the latest and greatest renovation show. These shows usually leave us with grandiose ideas on how to make our homes look incredible while adding to the value of the home. Although the shows make it look very easy, profitable and quick, they can be anything but. Before you pick up a hammer and a bucket of paint, you should do some research to ensure that the repairs you are undertaking make sense. Maybe you are renovating your home because you plan on living there for a while, or because you think it’s a good investment. Whatever your reason, here are some tips to ensure that you maximize the value (financial and emotional) of your renovations.

Financial Aspects How are you going to pay for any home improvements? There are numerous ways to fund a renovation, but an important question to ask before starting is whether you can afford it. Evaluate your savings and your reasons for the improvements. If it isn’t in the cards right now, maybe it’s in your best interest to wait until you’ve been able to save up more to fund the project. Personal loan. A personal loan involves borrowing a specific amount from a financial institution and repaying it in regular payments over a set period of time. A personal loan will typically have a lower interest rate than a credit card, but if you need to borrow more funds, you will need to reapply. Personal line of credit. This is a good option for long-term projects. Funds are accessible when you need them, and you only pay interest on the amount you use. Interest rates for a personal line of credit are lower than on a credit card and, unlike a personal loan, a


line of credit lets you re-borrow funds, up to the line of credit’s limit, without reapplying. Secured line of credit and home equity loan. These offer all the advantages of regular lines of credit and loans and come with preferred interest rates. Since they’re secured by your home’s equity, they are subject to set-up costs including legal fees. A home appraisal may also be required. Rebates. Depending on the renovation, there may be government cash incentives available; for example, if your renovation helps make your house more energy efficient. Check out your utility provider or government website to see what incentives are available. TIP: Avoid using a credit card for major renovation costs. The interest rates are high and if you can’t make the payment in full, this could add a significant amount to your expenses. If you are using it for smaller expenses, that is fine, so long as you pay it off in full at the end of the month.

Renovations That Make Sense Canadians are spending close to $11,000 annually on renovations, but they are not all equal in terms of their returns. According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC), at right are the most valuable and the least valuable renovations. Some upgrades that don’t add much value include costly landscaping (25 to 50% recovery rate); spa-style shower systems (36% recovery rate); and swimming pool (0 to 25% recovery rate). Sometimes the reasoning for the renovation isn’t always investment based, but rather we undertake improvements to better our quality of life. According to AIC, here are the five renovations with the

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Whatever your reason, here are some tips to ensure that you maximize the value of your home renovations Type of Improvement

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New or improved kitchens and bathrooms


Low-cost improvements – Painting, new wallpaper, new rugs 50-100% New windows or doors


Basement renovation


Investments in more efficient use of energy, especially if you are eligible for government rebate programs 60% Costly landscaping Spa-style shower systems Swimming Pool

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highest enjoyment value. • Basement finishing • Garages • Sun rooms / Additions • Decks / Fences • Landscaping TIP: Decluttering can also be an easy way to increase the value of your home if you are trying to sell.

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DIY is great, but if you aren’t exactly Mike Holmes maybe you should take care of the painting and leave the electrical work to the pros. Quality (and safety) are very important when it comes to renovations. Cutting a few corners to save a small amount could end up costing you in the long run.

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has crossed your mind and you are planning on living in your house forever, no problem, go to town. If you are hoping to attract a potential buyer, perhaps a more neutral colour will work better. Remember that not everyone has the same taste as you, so it is best to stay safe aestecially when you’re undertaking home improvements. If you’re considering a home renovation, it’s a great idea to connect with your financial advisor first. They can help you establish a budget and set a plan in place to ensure that you stay on track financially. Dan Adair is the Brentwood Bay branch manager at Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union.


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It is the nature of landscapes to change and evolve over time. As you reflect over this past season and think ahead to next by Katie Kroeker year’s garden, here is a checklist Pacific Ridge Landscapes of design fundamentals to keep in mind. A Plan. The best landscapes are thought out in fine detail, resulting in a welcoming, easy feeling. It becomes evident that everything in it has been arranged with care. A landscape plan will ensure that practicalities are attended to so that the focus can shift to the experience of the space. This plan may be your own clear vision of what you’d like to see or a professional design by a qualified landscape designer. A Focal Point. A focal point invites our gaze to stop and reflect, creating a feeling of rest in the landscape. It may be large and architectural like a fountain or pergola or, on a smaller scale, a bird bath or contrasting plant can be very effective. Remember: it is not ceramic frogs, glass balls or butterflies on a stick – those are accents. Focal points are singular and underscore the intentionality of the design. Repetition. In the same way interior designers repeat wall and accent colours throughout a house, landscape designers use repetition to create a cohesive landscape design. Colour can be echoed in foliage and blooms, plants can have similar shapes in different sizes, and textures (grassy, glossy, fluffy, etc.) can be repeated throughout the garden. To think of it another way: repetition is like the base notes


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Seldom do homes with SW exposure and access to the warm, calm waters of Saanich Inlet become available. Immaculate home features approved and professionally built dock with deep water moorage and foreshore lease. Incredibly maintained, 1996 quality built 4 BD, 3 BA home of 3,025sf with natural light and views from almost every room. MLS 390937. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626 (personal real estate corp*)

On Marina Way on a double waterfront lot of 1.05 acres, this 6,194 square foot luxury 4 bedroom, 5 bath home truly exudes elegance throughout. Amazing outdoor entertaining with swimming pool, basketball court and an incredible outdoor kitchen. A must see! MLS 400717.

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This end-unit home has been completely UPDATED, METICULOUSLY maintained & offers the most private setting in sought-after Windemere Ridge. Move-in ready, this extensively updated 4BD/3BA, 2,571sf home feels like you’re living in the trees with loads of natural light and sun from the many windows and skylights. ML 399290. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626

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Sidney Charmer $799,900

An unbeatable location with Cherry Blossom lined streets and the ocean is just down the block. Inside, you'll be greeted by gorgeous hardwood floors, an open living room, kitchen and dining room, gas fireplace and lots of built-in cabinets. R2 zoned, this property could be suited and there's a bonus workshop / studio! ML 399645. Graden Sol 250.656.4626

New Townhomes from $679,900 Sidney Welcome to three custom built town-homes in Sidney. Each comes with 3 bed / 3 bath and a single garage plus parking area. Fine finishing includes hardwood floors, quartz countertops, stainless appliances, a heat pump and heated crawlspace. Pet friendly, rentable and convenient to transportation. Price includes GST and no property transfer tax to qualified buyers! ML #397196, 397200, 397201. Graden Sol 250.656.4626

4350 Woodcrest Place $1,124,000

Stunning 1/4 acre lot with pathways leading directly onto Mt. Doug Park. Beautifully updated open flow 3 level split with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs. Enviable kitchen, loads of storage & work space. The lower level features a family room or spacious office along with 1 additional bedroom and bathroom, perfect for the teen in the family, or a boarder. Karen Dinnie-Smyth Personal Real Estate Corporation 250.655.0608

Brand New 1/2 Duplex! $999,000

At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in an excellent location, this home offers a wide open main floor featuring a gourmet kitchen, gas fireplace, rooftop deck with ocean views and an office/den which doubles as guest quarters when needed. The upper level has 3 generous bedrooms, great storage, and laundry room. Price incl. GST. ML 400611. Ian Brown* 250.385.2033 (personal real estate corp*)

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This large 1.15 acre lot is accessed via a gated driveway offering tranquil privacy. Featuring 5-beds & 5-baths, this home has numerous wonderful features, ie: vaulted ceilings, oak flooring, 2-fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, large patios and terraces and a spacious master bedroom with private balcony and 6-piece ensuite. ML 395599. .Audra Poole & Hal Decter 250.385.2033

Minutes to all amenities yet surrounded by beautiful pastures and quiet country lanes sits this lovely 5 bed, 3 bath updated 1983 FARMHOUSE with spectacular income-producing market garden, capturing the delightful ambiance of an English country destination. Separate legal 1-bedroom SUITE now operating as a vacation rental. Call today to view! ML #399941. Susanna Crofton 250.385.2033

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Cohousing Has Come to the Peninsula Last month in Seaside Magazine, a

gorgeous home was described using the Danish term "hygge." (From The Book of Hygge: the Danish Art of Living Well by Louisa Thomas Brits.) If you expand that term from one home to a community of 34 homes, you are speaking about cohousing. Ravens Crossing Cohousing homes are designed to encourage connection, to create a feeling of harmony and to balance privacy with connection. Think of a time you lived or worked alongside colleagues or neighbours who cared about each other, who had great fun together and were committed to working through the challenges that emerge in all living and work situations. It's the best of a village feel, living sustainably and as good neighbours in every sense of the word. Those of us who began this Danish-inspired multigenerational endeavor called Ravens here in Sidney (www.ravenscrossingcohousing. ca) are so excited to have purchased the land bounded by Seventh Street, Brethour and Resthaven. A cohousing vision and the notion of hygge are nurtured through a collaborative process where we make all decisions by consensus. One family in our Ravens group said: "Look at ALL the mortgage helpers" there are. When I asked what they meant they replied: "Cohousing has guest rooms for your visitors so you can live in a smaller home, you have a community kitchen where those who wish share meals and daily tasks, the community gardens outside and social events hosted in the lovely common space (2,800 square feet) create savings and fun." One mom said "no more driving to play dates. I'll just open the door!" So walkability is part of the lifestyle and the saving is for us, and for the planet. Significant savings are also created by the quality of the green gold construction standard (translated to warmth, coolness and quiet as needed). Those who live in cohousing speak about the savings through sharing of resources that they never expected, from childcare to lower heating bills, to fewer take-out meals.

We are welcoming folks to join us in this brave and innovative venture. In The Year of Living Danishly, Helen Russell speaks about lessons she learned. One especially rings true from my experience in cohousing: "You can get by with a little help from your friends, family, candles and cake," says the author. Young families, like those who began cohousing in Denmark 50 years ago, can feel exhausted, isolated and alone. Sharing some of the work of childcare and being able to have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine with others in the same boat works to alleviate the loneliness and disconnection folks in all stages of life can experience. Rather than wish it were different, make it different. Those who want to learn more are welcome to attend any of our information get-togethers. These can be large or small,

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Enriching Lives and Cultivating Community Through Choral Music Via Choralis chamber choir is moving into its 20th year, and the 2018/19 season is the 13th under the leadership of Artistic Director Nicholas Fairbank. The ensemble (whose name means "the choral way" in Latin) sings mainly classical repertoire, although past programmes have included everything from Gregorian chant and Renaissance madrigals to contemporary works. Once a year the choir performs a major work with orchestra, and in the past has programmed Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Handel's Coronation Anthems, and Haydn's oratorio The Creation. Via Choralis is a strong supporter of new and contemporary works and, in addition to holding composition competitions, has premiered many new works over the years, including commissioned works by Artistic Director Nicholas Fairbank: Sea Cantata (2011), Isbjørn! (2013) – a work that Fairbank wrote inspired by a visit to the Norwegian High Arctic – and Canción amazónica, a 20-minute piece inspired by the composer's visit to the Peruvian Amazon in the summer of (2015). This season the 32-voice choir, with pianist Sandra Fletcher, will be preparing and singing four different programmes at St. Elizabeth's Church in Sidney, the first of which is scheduled for performance on Sunday afternoon, November 11. "In Remembrance" will feature choral music to both honour our veterans and promote peace and reconciliation among peoples and nations, and the programme includes works by Edward Elgar and Canadian composers Eleanor Daley, Harris Loewen and Alexander Tilley. UVic student Ben Parker (trumpet) will be the featured instrumentalist. For Handel's Messiah on December 16, Via Choralis will be joining forces with

the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus building the performing forces to over 100, all under the baton of Nicholas Fairbank. The four soloists will be Anna Shill, soprano, Alana Hayes, mezzo-soprano, Adam Dyjach, tenor, and Nathan McDonald, bass. The third programme "Eat, Drink and Be Musical," (February 24, 2019) will tantalize musical taste buds with choral selections about drinking and eating, while local food merchants provide tasty accompaniments to the music. The choir will perform music by a range of composers from Rameau, Ravenscroft and Rutter to Rich Campbell and

Gene Puerling. The choir's final programme of the year, "Music of the British Isles," (May 5 and 12, 2019) brings together choral compositions from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. More details about this concert and others in the season, including ticket information, can be found at Anyone interested in singing with Via Choralis should contact the Artistic Director at for an audition. Rehearsals take place in Saanichton on Monday evenings from September to May.

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the debut of "Under Paris Skies" at the Mary Winspear Centre. The Edith Piaf homage has come a long way since I first conceived the idea of a show of music inspired by a magical trip to Paris, and the very real, emotional response I feel in audiences whenever I perform a Piaf number. I wanted to design a show that would incorporate crowd-pleasers, sparkly costumes, the atmosphere of a European music hall and, of course, some absolute show-stoppers. I really wanted to bring the show to my wonderfully supportive hometown audience: all those people who've been there over the years of performances at the Beacon Landing and other local Victoria venues. The show was a sell-out, with a wait list at the box office of over 100 music lovers. I was convinced that the audience would love the music and story of Piaf even if they didn't speak French. In fact, I don't speak French! I immersed myself in the project with enthusiasm and devotion to honour Piaf. To perfect the accent and pronunciation I worked with my French vocal coach, Yanik Giroux. I read every book about Edith Piaf I could lay my hands on. I also chose a group of stellar musicians, who have helped me bring the show to life: Joey Smith, Karel Roessingh, Jonathan Eng and Aaron Watson. They bring exquisite musicianship, and a genuine sense of joy to the stage. Subsequently there have now been full houses at theatres in Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey and Courtenay. I want to acknowledge that I couldn't have done it without that support from my local community and the Beacon Landing, for whom I am just so grateful. Now "Under Paris Skies" returns for an already sold-out encore on November 18 at Sidney's Charlie White Theatre. The next day I'll be heading back to Baker Studios to record my third album, a collection of globally inspired Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and original songs. There is a new show too, called "From Rio to Paris," to complement the upcoming album. I continue to be inspired by my audience. Merci beacoup. I hope to see you at a show soon … "Cause I Love You!" Find information about upcoming shows at

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What's Happening This Winter December 1 to 31: Gingerbread House Challenge. A

wonderful opportunity for kids, teens and adults to work together for a humanitarian cause. Have loads of fun building a Gingerbread House throughout the month to benefit CFAX Santas Anonymous. Purchase a family/ friends gingerbread entry for $15 (including kit) or business/organization for $50. Completed houses will be on display at Panorama Recreation Centre starting December 1. Information: panorama. 250.656.7271.

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Sea Shirt Sunday. Create your own ocean-themed fashion Tee, pillow or bag. Bring pillow case, cloth bag or T-shirt (white shirts available for purchase). $2 for fabric paint. 1-3pm. All ages. Regular admission; passes & memberships accepted. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Info: 250.665.7511.

December 27 & 28: Winter Holiday Camp.

Children celebrate the festive season with swimming, indoor and outdoor games, and arts and crafts. Thursday or Friday, 9am-4pm. 5.5-11yrs. $38 per camp. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Register: 250.475.7600.

January 2 to 4: Ice Camp. Children enjoy a 45-minute skate lesson each day followed by a fun skate; ice-themed activities; sports; crafts; and games. Skate rentals included. Helmet required. 9am-4pm. 5-12yrs. $99/3. G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre. Register: 250.475.5400.

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benefit from this defensive, non-aggressive art that emphasizes cooperation rather than competition. Youth learn circular movements and techniques to redirect the energy and body of an attacker. Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm. 12-17yrs. $50/8. Prospect Lake Community Hall. Register: 250.656.7271.

December 8: Fight Back for Kids Program.

Children learn how to physically protect themselves, giving them skills for real life situations that are designed to be simple, realistic, and usable. Parent participation required. 1-2pm. $25. Saanich Commonwealth Place. Register: 250.475.7600.

December 20: Youth Life Skills Cooking Holiday Baking. Valuable hands-on experience for children and teens in learning the basics of preparing food: planning and creating meals; cooking with fresh, local ingredients; and safe knife skills. 6-8:30pm. $10. 11-15yrs. Gordon Head Recreation Centre. Register: 250.475.7100.

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Winter Holiday Storytime. Join friendly Virginia, Customer Services Librarian, Vancouver Island Regional Library, for stories, rhymes and songs that celebrate the Christmas season. Stay afterward to make a colourful winter-themed craft. 10:30-11:15am. All ages. Free drop-in.

January 9 to 30: Kids Yoga. A wonderful opportunity for children to experience the calming and healthful benefits of yoga – through games, meditation and movement. Kids will love the beautiful space with natural lighting. Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm. 5-12yrs. $65. McTavish Academy Of Art. Register: 778.351.0088.

January 9 to March 13: Dancing With My Mommy. Mommies and daddies can join the fun as their little tots clap and sing, move their feet to the rhythm and the beat, wiggle, play and boogie! Wednesdays, 10-10:30am. 9mos-2yrs. $75/10. Allegro Performing Arts Centre. Register: www. 250.656.7271.


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January 10 to February 28: Starbright Primary Ballet. In this beginner ballet session, kids learn the basics of classical ballet – warming up, developing musicality, moving at different speeds, spacial awareness and expressing ideas and stories through movement. Thursdays, 4:455:45pm. 6-9yrs. $120. McTavish Academy Of Art. Register / Supply List: www. 778.351.0088.

January 27:

A-gnawing Mammals. Kids of all ages will love this fascinating exploration of the gnawing habits of mice, squirrels, voles and other rodents. With bones, pelts and games, children will learn about the interesting adaptations and habitats of these diverse and pesky mammals. 12-3 pm. Drop in. Admission by donation/$5 per person recommended. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. More info: www. 250.479.0211

January 28:

Muddy Fun in Clay Camp. In this fun-filled class on Pro-D Day, children experience the magic of handling and working with cool squishy clay. Using new skills and knowledge, they will shape, mold, build and decorate projects to take home. 9am-12pm. 6-12yrs. $35. Greenglade Community Centre Pottery Studio. Register: panorama. 250.656.7271.

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for Family Day. Fun is FREE on Family Day at Panorama Recreation Centre. Celebrate Family Day with complimentary admission to swimming, skating, and weightroom and fitness classes. Skate: 1-2:20pm; Swim: 1:30-3pm. All ages. Panorama Recreation & Greenglade Community Centre. Information: panorama. 250.656.7271.

February 18 to March 4: Mini Master Chefs -

Dips Three ways, Moroccan Chicken, Banana Plum Crisp. Kids will love these evenings of hands-on culinary creation. In each session, children learn basic cooking skills & nutrition tips while they prepare a three course meal. Mondays, 5:307:30pm. 7-11yrs. $45/3. North Saanich Middle School Food/Textiles Room. Register: 250.656.7271.

February 2 to 23:

Creative Acting. This introduction to acting is an excellent way for children to build self-confidence. The classes cover voice, movement, storytelling and improvisation. Saturdays, 10:10-11:20am. 7-12 yrs. $48/4. Greenglade Community Centre Room 5. Register: panorama. 250.656.7271.

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February 7 to 28: Art Adventures. In this valuable class, children discover the magical world of artistic creation. They will produce their own masterpieces with different mediums in an amazing art room, then take them home to enjoy. Thursdays, 4:45-5:45pm. 5-12yrs. $65. McTavish Academy Of Art. Register: 778.351.0088.

February 7 to March 14: Science & Technology – Jr. Industrial Engineering. In these fascinating classes, fledgling engineers explore the fundamentals of simple machinery, cooperative building and the assembly line process. Then they construct simple machines and use an assembly line process to produce a scrumptious treat! Thursdays, 4-5pm. 4-7yrs. $120/6. Greenglade Community Centre Room 6. Register: panorama. 250.656.7271.

February 15:

Watershed Wonders. On Pro-D day, join our popular aquarium and special guests to celebrate our local watershe, with exciting hands-on games, activities, and presentations. 10am-4pm. All ages. Free with admission, annual pass or memberships. No registration required. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. More Info: 250.665.7511.

The ArtSea Gallery Presents: ARTISANS October 6 - December 22

(the Artisans Show is closed Mondays) The ArtSea Community Arts Council again presents this popular show of contemporary and traditional works by Island artisans. Artisans this year has over 40 participants with 14 of them being new, featuring one of the most diverse group of artists in recent Artisans history. This 12week show is a wonderful chance for the artists to show their talents to the community. Items in the show include jewelry, glass, pottery, turned wood, fibre art, wearables, photography and holiday décor. It is eclectic, unpredictable and representative of the rich and varied talents of Island artisans. Opens October 6 and continues through December 22, Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park.

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Junior Superheroes 2019 Calendar Launch Premiere! Is it a bird, is it a plane, no, it’s ... the 2019 Junior Superheroes crew! For one day only the Superheroes of Victoria transformed 11 Vancouver Island superkids into crime-fighting, powerwielding superheroes. Providing specially tailored costumes, green screen technology and a whole toolbag of props and tricks, some truly deserving kids got the chance to experience a transforming photoshoot. It’s the second time that the Superheroes of Victoria have undertaken this huge project. Working in conjunction with Help Fill A Dream, nominations were sought for kids who would benefit from this unique experience. The children are all living with life-changing medical conditions that present daily challenges to them


and their families. As well as being superheroes for the day the kids would also become the stars of a calendar, to be sold to raise funds for Help Fill A Dream. The photoshoot took place in September; now the time has come to reveal the images! On November 3 a red carpet premiere will take place at the Charlie White Theatre. In attendance will be the Superheroes of Victoria (in costume of course), the stars of the calendar, their family and friends, and many of the local supporters of the project. It will be a glamorous affair, with formal wear encouraged, capes and costumes optional. On the stage the audience will be introduced to each of the children and see the first reveal of their super alter-egos. It will be an emotional occasion for everyone as the young

superheroes are presented with a life-size poster of their photo. The calendar launch event is invite only, but everyone has a chance to see the incredible artistry of the photos, and accompanying calendar design. You can pre-order and purchase calendars online through the Help Fill A Dream website (, and they will be on sale at select locations across the Island from November 6. The project has brought together many artists, all of whom have volunteered their time and skills. Look out for the cute custom-designed superhero characters on the cover from Victoria artist Elaine Kao, and inside page design from students of the Pacific Design Academy.

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You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of Trevor Noah to get something out of his autobiography, Born a Crime. It turns out that many of our Book Club members had never encountered the comedian and host of the Daily Show before, and yet this was one of our most positively received books yet! Born in apartheid South Africa in 1984, to a black mother and a white father, Noah’s very existence went against the laws of his country. From this unique perspective Noah relates stories from his childhood and youth, interspersed with some history of South Africa, and specifically the way black people were repressed by the political system. South African history is a sad, dark story. Many of our readers didn’t know the extent of segregation, institutionalized abuse and bewildering laws in place to ensure the system continued. Noah did an excellent job of educating the reader of the basic, though astonishing, facts. His writing style is concise and pointed. He uses clever analogies to remind us again and again that this happened within our lifetimes, and the consequences continue to play out across the country. I think everybody experienced genuine horror at the facts laid out. But it absolutely isn’t a dark book. Noah’s great skill is to bring a light touch to a dark subject. He does this by inserting himself, and his extremely bold mother, into the narrative. His childhood reminiscences are presented as vignettes. We meet Noah as a very young child, then see him through his school years, adolescence, and finally as a young man. As the book progresses Noah’s character grows and develops. His sense of outrage at the injustices of life for anyone not white play out against a very colourful background of an intense mother-son relationship. Noah’s mother is presented as the hero of the story. Our readers expressed awe at her strength of character, perhaps best demonstrated by the way Trevor was more afraid of his mom at home than the jail he ended up in for “borrowing” a car! Some of his memories might not have been believed if we came across them in a work of fiction, but there is no reason to doubt the veracity of this account, told as it is with a sparkling, intelligent voice. Since reading the book many of our group have looked Noah up, watched his YouTube videos and tuned into his TV show. That’s a pretty strong recommendation in itself! Our last Book Club meeting of the year takes place on November 14, upstairs at the Shoal Centre, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. We’ll be discussing Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Visit for more information and to sign up!

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SPH Auxiliary Annual Christmas Bazaar The Auxiliary to Saanich Peninsula Hospital Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 17 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Admission is by donation at the door. (Kitchen opens early for morning coffee, breakfast buns, and take-away hot dogs!) Our success depends upon the support of the residents and merchants of our community, and we are so grateful for the generosity of some very special individuals! For the third year, Nuala Fisher is donating a feature raffle prize of this heirloom quality, fully furnished dollhouse and delightful doll family. Raffle tickets are just three for $5 for the dollhouse; several valuable and truly lovely gift baskets, (one includes a night at Beach Acres!); and our annual major raffle prizes: $500 cash, a beautiful handmade quilt, auto detailing and a stay at Tigh Na Mara! Tickets for our major Annual Raffle remain on sale in the Gift Shop and from any of our members until the draw at 2 p.m. at the Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar offers a huge variety of baking, jams, jellies, gingerbread, collectibles, linens and lace and many valuable treasures from Granny's attic; artwork, books, movies and music; handmade knitted, quilted and items crafted by the Crafty Crew; toys, games, Christmas

decorations and so much more! To date, we have raised almost $2,000,000 for special equipment and programs enhancing the care and comfort of SPH patients and residents. We now also cover the ongoing costs of public Wi-Fi services in the hospital. In addition to our Gift Shop operation, our volunteers create the "his and hers" amenity kits provided to ER patients; handknit miniature dolls are given to comfort children visiting the ER and day surgery unit. We host the monthly ECU resident's Birthday Party, an Annual Garage Sale in the hospital parking lot, and deliver daily newspapers to residents and the Palliative Care Unit. We annually award two $2,000 bursaries for local medical field students. We will be celebrating 45 years of service in 2019! Almost half of our 104 dedicated volunteer members regularly attend our monthly second Tuesday morning meeting, many work bi-monthly shifts in the Gift Shop and our Crafty Crew gathers every Thursday morning creating treasures for the gift shop and bazaars. Donations, new members, and your support are always welcome and very much appreciated! For more information visit www.sphaux.

Meet Terra & Sophia! Better Care for a Better Life! Meet our Care Managers, Terra Munro (South Island) and Sophia Ali (Mid Island). Terra and Sophia assist clients in learning the “How To’s” of navigating the health system and accessing community resources and services. Terra and Sophia provide knowledgeable, ongoing support to our Bayshore Home Health clients and their families – at no additional charge. Our Care Managers are your single point of contact for all your home health service needs. They manage the details so that you don’t have to! If you are struggling with finding the appropriate services and support, please call Terra or Sophia at Bayshore Home Health today. Sidney 778.749.0014

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For my four-year-old daughter, it’s all about do it yourself right now. We start out life helpless, relying on someone for absolutely everything, then go through an independent phase (known as the “I can do it MYSELF!” phase when it comes to preschoolers). Later in life you finally feel like a grown-up, you’re making some money and the idea of paying someone to do things for you is very appealing, whether it be making your dinner, cleaning your bathroom or painting your toenails. And then one day, if you’re like me, you rediscover the joy of doing it yourself. Sure, you could hire someone to decorate a cake for your child’s birthday, or buy a wondrously luxurious throw for the couch, but wouldn’t it be great if you could do these things all on your own? And that’s where our How To issue comes in. Google “How To” and 19.5 billion results come up. Billion! One of the first things to pop up on my screen was “how to kiss.” Ah teenagers … . The website Pinterest has never been more popular – its purpose, if you’re not familiar with it, is to make you feel inadequate and unskilled while masquerading as a handy how to inspiration site. It seems almost everyone has a hobby they’ve turned into a thriving business, and it all started with them learning how to do something. Perhaps the DIY movement comes from a time when you had no choice but to rely on yourself for everything. Working the land and raising animals to produce food, felling the trees to build a home, making your own clothing; there were no other options available and we were undoubtedly a stronger and more skilled people. Our survival depended on knowing how to do things, and we passed on these skills to the next generation. The early years of Pinterest, you might say! Within these pages our writers share many how tos, from creating a dream landscape, to growing jellyfish, to keeping your brain sharp. We hope there is a lesson for everyone here and that just maybe, you’ll pass on what you’ve learned!

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W H AT ' S H A P P E N I N G NOVEMBER 9 & 10:

Sidney Summit on Habitat and Environment Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.656.0275 |

NOVEMBER 24: Sidney Lawn Bowling Club Annual Christmas Bake and Craft Sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 9580 Fifth Street, Sidney

Featuring a day of presentations by Robert Bateman, MP Elizabeth May, Bob McDonald and MLA Adam Olsen. The purpose is to engage the public and Peninsula nature-based organizations in sharing ideas on taking care of our backyard. Followed by Supper @ Summit ... a five-course dinner created by local chefs from local Peninsula food products (menu available), accompanied by local entertainment and food information. Day activities tickets $20; day/evening tickets (includes everything) for $65.

Signs will be posted. A large selection of fresh baked goods (ready to eat or freeze for Christmas ); lovely selection of gift baskets; crafts; and naturally preserved evergreen displays. Something for everyone!

NOV. 26 - DEC. 5: Annual Sidney Nativity Exhibit

Ready for some tennis action? Each player guaranteed 3 matches. Play starts on Friday and continues through until Sunday afternoon. $42/player.

2 to 9 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2210 Eastleigh Way, Sidney

Come and visit this community exhibit featuring the Christmas Nativity story. Ceramics, art, needlework and crafts depict the birth of Christ through the representation of traditional and nontraditional displays from many countries; Israel, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Japan, France, Italy, Africa, USA and Canada. A large collection of local and international creches, displaying over 800 scenes. Two special areas for children – one with a life-size stable with dress-up clothes that they can try on and pose in the manger with stable animals for a Christmas photo. A Craft Room, open Monday to Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m., where they can make a Nativity ornament to take home for free. NOVEMBER 14: Floating Ideas Lecture Sea-ries 7 p.m. at Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea 9811 Seaport Place, Sidney 250.665.7511 |

Going batty? Join Parks Canada scientists for an evening learning about bats of the Salish Sea. With speakers Aimee Pelletier, a Species at Risk Engagement Officer with Parks Canada, and Kyle Nelson, a member of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve's Ecological Integrity team. There are at least 10 species of bats on Southern Vancouver Island, including many species at risk. NOVEMBER 17: 2nd Annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Centre, 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay 250.652.4611 |

Support your local Kaare Norgaarde Boys and Girls Club and the Centre For Active Living 50+ Everyone welcome. Admission by Donation. Crafters Book your tables early ($15). NOVEMBER 19: Stories at Fern Street (since 1989) 7:30 p.m. at 1831 Fern St. (Park on Begbie.) 250.727.3097 |

Canadian Storytelling Night "Running Deep: The Power of Water." Join us for stories told in the oral tradition by members of VSG and friends. Celebrating our 30th year. Admission $5; students $3 (includes tea and goodies). NOVEMBER 23: Speakers Series

2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Centre, 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay 250.652.4611 |

Guest speaker: Kelly Insley, a registered nurse and creator and Founder of the Canadian Cannabis Nurses Association, an emerging nurses' group focusing on the complexity of the cannabis realm. Topic: Medical Benefits of Marijuana. Admission is by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.


Men's Singles 3KO Tennis Tournament Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich 250.656.7271 |

DECEMBER 1: Virtual Elvis and the Tupelo Katz

7 to 9 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m. Shoal Community Centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney 250.656.5537

Tickets are $25 which includes the concert and light refreshments, with a cash bar (wine/beer only $5 each). 2ND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH

Caregivers of Family and Friends Support Group 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church 2159 Mount Newton Cross Road

Find comfort and camaraderie in a safe setting. 2ND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH

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

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula?Ladies – come join our club! TUESDAY EVENINGS

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

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH: Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Meeting 7 p.m. at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Saanich Peninsula invites the community to our general meeting to hear guest speaker Dr. Stephanie Willerth, Professor, UVic speaking on the topic of "New Research Using Stem Cells to Treat Diseases of the Nervous System." Members free; non-members $10. 4TH MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH (SEPT - JUNE) Saanich Peninsula Better Breathers

1:30 to 3 p.m. at Shoal Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney 1-800-665-5864

An education and support group for people aected by COPD, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and other chronic lung conditions. Better Breathers meetings are about education, encouragement and fellowship. Supported by the British Columbia Lung Association. Free to join. Family, friends, and caregivers are welcome to attend. Speaker: Mark Finnis, Respiratory Therapist (Island Health). Topic will be "General Lung Health and Therapies." NOVEMBER 2018 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 87

SIDNEY All Care Residence We’re All About Care …

At Sidney All Care Residence we are busy getting ready for our Fall celebrations. Shunni (Recreation Assistant) and Olive (resident) are hard at work creating DIY centerpieces for our tables. Come on in and discover why you’ll love it here!

For more information or to book a tour and complimentary lunch contact Judy Peterson at 778-351-2505.

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