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December 2013


Warmth of the Season

"Reflections of Love"

Can We Talk

Community Christmas

Seaside Homes

Airport Santa Supports Hospice

Saanichton Comes Together

A Perfect Marriage in Deep Cove

Holiday traditions are meant to be shared...

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CENTRE Why a Christmas Tree? SPREAD Holiday Events at the Mary Winspear Centre

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Peninsula Restaurant Profile: Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub The Original Christmas Village Celebrates 25 Years Seaside Homes: Nurture, Nature and the Painterly Eye

COLUMNS 8 First Word 23 Forbes & Marshall 27 Smell the Coffee 31 Secrets From My Suitcase 49 On Design 53 Ignition 63 Last Word

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DEPARTMENTS 9 10 13 17 18 28 32 33

Letters Can We Talk Friends & Neighbours Inside Out New & Noteworthy Peninsula Restaurant Profile Conversations From the Past Seaside Arts Scene

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Trendspotting West Coast Gardener Garden to Table Grey Matters In Good Health Common Cents What's Happening Brainteasers & Stars

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The first two words I learned to say were "more food," so it comes as no surprise that I have spent most of my life focused on food issues. I love eating good food because I believe that I am what I eat, and I live on the preventative rather than curative side of life. The current statistics for human health emerging from only two generations of us eating nutritionally compromised foods are startling. As a person who grows as much food as possible, saves seeds (https://seedsofvictoria. com) and loves to cook, I have set about empowering others with a "Zero-Mile Living" series of books which educate on sustainable homegrown food production, seasonally appropriate eating and making a living from the land. I enjoy sharing my recipes and ideas for "ZeroMile Living" with Seaside readers through my column, Garden to Table. linda m. langwith

As the feature writer for Seaside Homes, I'm always excited about each assignment, for every owner has a special story to tell that resonates within the unique space called home. December's residence showcases the perfect live/work arrangement, with a studio that sizzles with artistic output. Double-dipping this month, it's been great to write about Brentwood Bay, one of my favourite places. I love clambering over a building site, and the crew at Story Construction were wonderful – even providing me with a brand-new hard hat to wear. Of course it's the people that make Brentwood Bay so special; a big thank you to Stewart and Dean from Story Construction, Bea from the Saanich Pioneer Society, Tanga from the Seniors Centre and John, for my "man on the street" interview! doreen marion gee

Just call me Doreen, the "Dream Dealer," my title in my new business. It all ties into my work as a writer and social media manager at Seaside Magazine: I love to raise the profiles of people and businesses to show how valuable and important they are to this community. My three articles this month in Seaside are a case in point: I give a well-deserved "shout-out" about the compassionate community work done by Jamie Day and his staff at the Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub, the lustrous unique creations by Laura Waters and her team at Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts and the expert help for homebuyers provided by Fran Daviss, Mortgage Consultant. Making people shine is my passion.

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One of the first things I did when we moved from Cincinnati to Dean Park was join the Peninsula Singers. I've been able to keep up my PR, marketing and writing skills at the same time, doing all of that for the Singers while sharpening up my ability to hit the right notes. I especially love writing the concert scripts and have a lot of talent to work with, starting at the top with our conductor, Glenda Korella, whom I profile in this issue. My background? Editor at Oxford University Press in New York City followed by a move into journalism in Cincinnati, where I wrote for the city magazine, was a producer at the NBC affiliate, wrote for T.V., taught journalism at the University of Cincinnati, was the Canadian Consulate Trade Office political/cultural officer and co-authored My Mother Was Right: How Today's Women Reconcile With Their Mothers.

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replaced with more hearty, comforting food that continues to warm the belly long after the last spoonful. In this issue, our writer Linda M. Langwith traces the history of Brentwood Bay and shows us that the deep sense of community fostered by the early settlers is still very much alive there today. 'Tis the season for rich food recipe traditions, and writer Carolyn Herriot picks some of her favourites to share in Garden to Table: sugar plums, mulled spice wine and the Yule log, which traces back to before the medieval era (at least 1615), when people would feast to celebrate the days finally becoming longer, signaling the end of winter. To cleanse the air of the previous year's events and to usher in the spring, families would burn logs decorated with holly, pinecones or ivy. As time went on, smaller fireplaces became the norm so huge logs were impractical, but the small hearths were perfect for baking cakes. And finally, no holiday is complete without a trace of the high-spirited, white-bearded fellow in the red suit. In our Can We Talk column, we meet Airport Santa as he reflects on his journey and his fundraising efforts for the Victoria Hospice. Here's to this issue leaving its own lasting traces for you. And from all of us at Seaside Magazine: we wish you the best of the holiday season!

into the holidays, I find my thoughts drifting back to family memories, or what we can call "traces." It has so many meanings. They are memories. They are evidence of the former presence or existence of something: a vestige. They are a visible mark, such as a footprint, made or left by the passage of a person, animal, or thing. They are an indication of an extremely small amount. They are a constituent, such as a chemical compound or element, present in quantities less than a standard limit. They are about discovery and examining one's history, and around the holidays when we start gathering with our families in celebration, they are more apparent than ever. Particularly on the table, where an abundance of dishes reflect traditions that are meticulously replicated year after year to respect those whose hands first created them. The new season leaves its own traces. With summer now all but forgotten, masked by the arrival of winter's frosty coat, the landscape Publisher has changed, and so too has the onceSeaside light delicate Sidney Piermenu, (Haro’s) Timesdishes Ad Dec 2013 • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • REV 1 • Nov 14/13

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letters Seaside Magazine welcomes your feeback! Send letters to the editor via allison@seasidemagazine.ca or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. Congratulations to Arlene Antonik for her excellent article (Oct.2013) titled Pat Robertson and the Blue Heron Singers. The effects of this tribute were widespread as it solicited no fewer then five new members for our choir. A Blue Heron Singer myself, I was delighted to read such a detailed and succinct account of a much loved and multi-talented woman, our director, Pat Robertson. Music is the gift that Pat so generously shares with us all, writing is definitely Arlene's. Margot Gurney I'd like to thank you for the article about my favourite project, the Kerr home, in the November issue. Linda did a great job on the writing. I like how she aptly described some of the home's unique features and qualities to describe the understated elegance I was aiming for. Best wishes for continued success with the publication. Bruce Sherwood Having just returned from joy in the land of autumn colours, I must say your November cover is a mighty fine corollary, not to mention "welcome home," even if unintended. Much appreciated. Lorne Peasland Recently I had the opportunity to read your October 2013 issue of Seaside. Great magazine and I appreciated Sue's candid First Word. How wonderful it is to be in business doing what makes your heart sing. It is the only way. I hope you have an awesome day and thank you for presenting a quality product to the public. Ellie Freethy

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can we tal k publisher sue hodgson talks with senior security supervisor of the victoria airport commissionaires, alan paterson, a.k.a. "airport santa" You began your life as Santa in 1996 while in the Navy. After losing your wife of 28 years to cancer in 2009, explain how Victoria Hospice became the fundraising partner for "Airport Santa?" The Hospice Staff are, without question, some of the finest people I have ever had the opportunity to be associated with. Their care and understanding helped both Sharon and myself face some very difficult times. As a result of this association I decided to try to raise funds to help the Hospice and help others going through what I did. You've just returned from Santa School in Calgary. This is a school founded by Victor Nevada, stage name "Santa Victor," who has been portraying Santa Claus since 1985 when he first started making appearances for the children of his real estate clients. Santa School is dedicated to providing top-notch "Santa Regional Representatives" for Christmas events and national media refers to Santa Victor as "Canada's Top Santa." What was the experience of attending the school like? The experience was tremendous in that it re-enforced all the things that I have tried to practise while being "Santa." The course itself was primarily based on how to present oneself. We went through practice presentations and were taught, by marvelous instructors, how to get, and hold, people's attention. We were shown by a makeup artist how to apply those rosy cheeks, how to stay cool when you are working in a rather hot suit … a myriad of things. Fundraising efforts are in full force at the airport and this year they involve raffle ticket sales for some unique prize giveaways. Can you let our readers know what they can expect and where to find you and your donation box? This year I have been blessed. I have been given three exceptional donations to be used as prizes for my raffle. Goldstream Avenue Bicycles owner Steven Hurdle has graciously donated a 700c Kona Dew (standard) Hybrid, with a lifetime tune-up and flat repair, and a Giro Indicator Helmet. Jose Brochez, a local 10 SEASIDE | december 2013

chain saw carver, has donated a four- to five-foot "Eagle with Salmon in its talons" carving in White Cedar. The first ticket drawn will have the choice of which prize they would like. Second ticket drawn will receive the other. South Island Excavating, owned by Chris Hall, has donated a $100 grocery gift certificate as third prize. All this will take place at the Arrivals Rotunda at the Victoria International Airport on January 9th at 12 p.m. during my annual "Santa Shave-off." I have Airport Firefighter, AnnaMarie Trelford, shave my beard, hair and eyebrows off – completely off. This is, for me, an annual culture shock. I enjoy doing it and have even had my grandchildren assist Anna in the event. I set up a display in the rotunda at the Airport and have a donation box available. I am always looking for people who would be interested in assisting me to sell raffle tickets, perhaps an organization or someone with some spare time. Tickets are available at Goldstream Bicycles in Langford and Beltone Hearing Care Centre on James White Boulevard in Sidney as well as at the Airport. Ask the Commissionaires and they will direct you to me. I can be reached at santaforthehospice.com or on Facebook – Santa for the Hospice. Not only do you fundraise at the airport, but you also take part in a number of other functions around the city. Where else might we find "Airport Santa" for the month of December? I do other events; some are private and some are for organizations in the Sidney and Victoria area. In the past I have attended the Capital City Yacht Club children's party, WestJet sponsored events, Yellow Cab sponsored events, numerous Retirement Residences. I have enjoyed them all. I request a donation to the Hospice for my time. My expenses are my donation to help Hospice (having said that if someone or a company would like to sponsor me in the future I would be hard pressed to turn them down). The airport staff and management team have supported your efforts every year. What does this mean to you? What would you, as an employer, do or say if some old guy came up to you and said "I would like to grow my hair and not shave for

the next year?" That is the question I posed to Geoff Dickson, President and CEO of the Airport. I was, to say the least, a bit apprehensive. What if he says "No?" Will I quit the Commissionaires? Will I have to find a new job? Will my cat starve? All these little things that flash through your mind. Fortunately he said "Go for it." Thank Heavens … Geoff has been in full support of my events. All the airport people have been wonderful including airport staff, tenants, maintenance and, of course, Commissionaires … nothing but total support. This is but one example of why the Victoria International Airport was voted one of the Top 10 Most Loved Airports in the World.

Christmas lists. Christmas Eve I will return to the North Pole, pick up all the presents for the children and begin my annual deliveries. Christmas morning I will return to the NP – all the elves will have left on their holidays therefore Mrs. Claus and Santa can safely "Frolic in the Snow."

I'm sure there are many interesting situations you have come across as "Airport Santa." Can you share with us some of the more amusing ones? One of the things I love to do is put on my suit and take a stroll down the departures area to see and hear the comments. I get people to join me in a Christmas Carol, normally Jingle Bells or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It has a calming effect on the five-foot grandmother deciding to straighten out a six-footer who has butted into line, and has been known to bring a smile to the faces of folks who have just found out their aircraft has malfunctioned and they will have to wait for the next one. People are a never-ending source of enjoyment. Christmas is but one part of the year. Christmas can be magical – All you have to do is "Believe."

His life as Santa began in 1996. Alan's interest peaked when he found a way of fundraising for the Victoria Hospice after losing his wife of 28 years to cancer. He has now become known locally as the "Airport Santa."

What does being Santa mean to you? Initially being Santa was quite simply helping out the people I worked with. I had the figure and a beard so some of my staff asked if I would consider being Santa. The experience was phenomenal. I believe that it changed my life in that it was, without question, one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. The questions the kids asked were magical and I really had to be on my toes to answer some of them. As a Santa one must never tell an untruth. One must be careful not to make any promises that may hurt a child. That is one of the primary rules of "Santahood." When do you expect to be heading back to the North Pole? As you are well aware I will be very busy on the Island until Christmas Eve as I have to ensure all the children have given me their

Alan Paterson "Airport Santa" Alan Paterson has been employed at the Victoria International Airport since 2000 and is currently the Senior Security Supervisor of the Commissionaires. He had a successful career in the Royal Canadian Navy spanning 34 plus years.

He has this to say: "The kids are great, the elderly are wonderful, and for everyone in between … 'Believe.'"

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friends & neighbours "everyone benefits from moral leadership, no matter where in the world they live."

Friends & Neighbours is a column about the people who quietly enrich our lives personally and collectively every day. They distinguish themselves by the incredible things they do, whether or not we even notice. It is my pleasure to introduce you to a few of these remarkable people and to share something of their stories. Anastasia Shkilnyk Kingham lives locally but thinks and acts globally. Over the past several years, the North Saanich resident, with the support of her husband, Jim, and friends, has raised thousands of dollars to relieve pain and suffering around the world. "I believe," Anastasia says, "that we live in a global community and that one way or another, we can each make a difference at the grass-roots level." Last spring, for example, as she read about the crisis in Syria, she knew she had to act. "The situation is dire," Anastasia tells me, "especially for the children, most of whom live under horrendous conditions – either in war-torn Syria or in one of the refugee camps in Jordon, Turkey, Iraq or Lebanon." According to the United Nations, she says, more than two million people have fled Syria. Of those, an astounding 51% are children. "They and their families lack food, water, shelter – basic humanitarian aid," Anastasia laments. "It's truly appalling. Perhaps because I was a child refugee, I know something of the perpetual anguish and daily suffering." In June 2013, shortly after she was diagnosed with a serious illness, Anastasia turned her concern about the children of Syria into action. With the support of Jim, Ellen Stensholt, Penny Thomsen and many others, she organized a Timeless Treasures fundraiser for the children of Syria and raised $13,220 for Save the Children Canada. "The community did it," she tells me. "People were so generous." She insists she played only a small role in the effort, though her friends beg to differ! "Anastasia has a unique ability to inspire and engage others," Ellen tells me. "In spite of her soft, composed and gracious manner, she's a tiger when it comes to getting things done! Anastasia makes everything seem possible." In 2011, Anastasia, Jim and Ellen organized two successful fundraising events simultaneously. Working with the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Grannies, they sold fair-trade Kazuri jewelry, made in Kenya, and beautiful clothing, new and used. They raised $3,500 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers' Campaign and $5,000 for the Light of Justice Scholarship, awarded annually to a student in the Ukraine who shows promise as a future moral leader. "Why Africa, why the Ukraine?" I ask. "It all comes down to making a difference where it matters most," Anastasia tells me. The Grandmothers

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Campaign, for example, provides grandmothers and the children in their care with food, education, medical care, HIV counseling, and adequate housing. "Think about losing a child to AIDS and then raising your grandchildren without the necessities of life. Impossible to imagine, isn't it?" The Light of Justice Initiative includes an Award for Moral Leadership and a scholarship. "In the Ukraine, as in other emerging economies, corruption is endemic," Anastasia says. "People must bribe officials to access essential services. I was lucky to grow up in Canada. Now I can give something back – not only to my parents' country of origin, but well beyond, I hope. Everyone benefits from moral leadership, no matter where in the world they live.'' I ask Anastasia where her continued passion comes from. "I don't know," she answers, "but for me, I cannot close my eyes to the world around me. I feel strongly that it's within each of us to do more than we think we can. Indeed, I think we must."


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ust as the afternoon light begins to dim ever earlier with each passing December day, the holiday season has swiftly moved its way onto the streets of beautiful Sidney by the Sea. Our warmly-lit Beacon Avenue has been decorated with care. Carols delight those shopping for special treasures for those near and dear to them. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Everything is in place for a magical Christmas season … all but one thing, some may say. For so many, it’s not quite Christmas without the tradition of attending a good old-fashioned pantomime.

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New Year’s Eve with The Timebenders!

New Year’s Eve with the energized and dynamic Timebenders is on its way to the Mary Winspear Centre for the second year in a row! Last year’s occasion was an incredible success, with a sold-out house bringing good cheer for all who attended. Guests will enjoy an evening of endless dancing, a superb range of refreshing beverages from our fullservice bar, and live entertainment sure to delight every taste. As per the requests of last year’s guests, we have taken all advice given and polished an already

spectacular event. We were so delighted with the feedback from last year that we knew that this year would have to include special additions to make the evening that much more memorable! New Year’s Eve with the Timebenders promises to be an event for the ages providing those attending with reservable assigned seating, party favours, and a classic glass of bubbly for midnight toasts! The famed Timebenders are sure to sparkle as the star of the evening delighting their audience with a high-energy show. The group features music spanning six decades including outrageous impersonations complete with 15 costume changes! Tom Watson, the founder of The Timebenders, announces that the band has been working on “lots of new material including Justin Timberlake … that the group is excited to bring to the New Year’s crowd.” He goes on to say that “Last year was a tremendous success and we’re all looking forward to another great year.” Gather friends and family to celebrate the end of 2013 and to ring in the coming year with the community, The Timebenders and The Mary Winspear Centre. Count-down to 2014 begins at the Mary Winspear Centre on Tuesday, December 31st with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Mary Winspear Centre. Call the box office at 250-656-0275 or visit www.marywinspear.ca. Tickets $38 + tax (19+ event). Written by Carey Salvador & Morgan Shaw.

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for all ages to enjoy the theatre as it was meant to be experienced. Once again, the Peninsula Players present their annual Christmas Pantomime. With historical fashion, the players will be bringing their rendition of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round-ish Table to life and adding their own special twist. As with every year in the past, the audience is happily encouraged to participate thoroughly. Come one, come all to cheer on the splendid heroes and heckle the devious villains. Tickets are on sale through the Mary Winspear Centre. The Peninsula players are performing at the Charlie White Theatre on December 20th, 21st, and 27th at 7:30 p.m. and December 22nd, 28th, and 29th at 2:00 p.m. Reserve your tickets today by calling 250-656-0275 or at www.marywinspear.ca!

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Fran Daviss: Sowing Trust, Reaping Success by Doreen Marion Gee

This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Buying a house used to be simple: walk in, love it, arrange financing, leave happy. But nowadays, financing a house is a complicated exercise with a gazillion lending options. Enter Fran Daviss, Mortgage Consultant for Invis. With many years of knowledge and experience under her belt, Fran helps her clients attain that house at the end of the rainbow. She sets her clients up for success! A North Saanich resident, Fran has 36 years' experience in the financial industry and 16 years of mortgage and lending experience. She has earned four professional designations: Certified Financial Planner; Certified Senior Adviser; Personal Financial Planner; and Accredited Mortgage Professional. This extensive long-term expertise gives Fran a keen ability to see the big picture with her clients: "I can look at a client's situation, be creative, and figure out how to make it work." Fran's priorities are building trust, establishing a caring relationship with her clients and "looking outside the box." Fran's role in protecting her clients' financial well-being is a very valuable part of her service. Sometimes she puts homebuyers on a financial plan, where they start budgeting their money and establishing their ability to pay for all of the expenses incurred in having their own home, such as maintenance and property taxes. Or she will help clients attain a first-time credit line. "It is so important that people set realistic expectations of what they are really able to afford." She also helps with debt problems so her clients are on good footing before buying a home. All of this ensures their success in both securing and keeping a home. Mortgages are not simple any more: "There are so many rules that have changed in mortgage lending," Fran comments. When dealing with a dizzying array of lender options, "I have to find the right fit for my client and their lifestyle." A common mistake is assuming that all mortgages are the same: "Not all mortgages are equal." Every lender has different rules and pre-payment options. Fran does the research and finds the best mortgage product for each individual she works with, maximizing their chances of a successful home purchase for the long haul. After the sale, Fran stays in contact to make sure everything is going well. "I have been able to help many people get in the market," she proudly states. Fran Daviss has a golden touch: With all of her unique personal services, Fran Daviss charts a course for homebuyers that leads to success. In the uneasy waters of buying a home, it is certainly worth the time to talk with Fran – to ensure smooth sailing until reaching safe harbour. Contact: www.mortgagesbyfran.com.

inside out the fountain of youth is closer than you might think! As we age we become prone to chronic disease, weight gain and mobility issues. These issues make it difficult to start or by Dan Ovington maintain an active lifestyle that Aquatic Coordinator, can actually cure or remedy some Panorama Recreation Centre of these very ailments. What if there was a way to become more active without risking injury or suffering from chronic pain; would you take it? Some believe they have found the fountain of youth and it has allowed them to become active while experiencing all of the benefits of water therapy. Panorama Recreation Centre's aquatic facility boasts a six-lane lap pool, leisure pool, lazy river, hot tub, sauna, steam room and waterslide. Patrons are participating in a variety of aquatic activities including: water fitness, water rehabilitation, aqua spin, aqua joints, length swimming and leisure use. The 1.1-metre depth and warmer water in the leisure pool is great for rehabilitation after an injury or surgery and for participants suffering from arthritic conditions or fibromyalgia. The facilities are wheelchair accessible with overhead lifts that can gently transport you into each of the pools including the hot tub and leisure pool, ideal for anyone with mobility issues. Participation in aquatic fitness is proven to reduce muscle and joint pain as well as reduce inflammation. Research has also shown that aquatic physical therapy speeds the healing process. With all of these amenities and services participants will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and in less or no pain from arthritis and other illnesses. Could realization of the benefits of aquatic exercise be spreading? Benefits of aquatic exercise include: little or no impact to back or joints, weight loss, improved circulation, injury rehabilitation,

and it is ideal for all ages and fitness levels. It would appear that the word is finally out and people are realizing that participating in aquatic exercise such as water fitness, water rehabilitation or length swimming a minimum of twice a week will help you to feel younger and stronger. Panorama Recreation offers a variety of admission and payment options for adults and seniors. Still wondering if Panorama's aquatic centre is the fountain of youth? Just ask Bobbie, who was diagnosed with arthritis in 2010 in her right hip and both knees. The Arthritis Society recommended weight loss and to get active! Bobbie had tried various gyms and was not satisfied. Luckily, one of Bobbie's friends had suggested swimming at Panorama. Instantly Bobbie had found an activity that was suitable for her and she loved being in the water. After a few weeks in the pool Bobbie needed a change and joined a water rehab class. The class brought relief of her arthritis: "the only place I felt good was in the pool." While participating in the rehab class she gained more strength and endurance and needed another challenge, so Bobbie mustered up the courage and tried the deep water aquafit class. She loved it, made new friends and lost weight. In 2012 Bobbie had lost enough weight to undergo surgery for a hip replacement. She had a fast recovery and in a short time was again attending the deep water aquafit classes. Currently Bobbie is attending three classes a week and has lost 90lbs! Panorama Recreation Centre offers therapeutic swirl pools, steam room, spacious change rooms, no cost barriers and low impact workouts. All of this will help you feel younger and stronger and is located in one convenient place: 1885 Forest Park Drive. Just ask any of our participants about the many health benefits Panorama Recreation has to offer or drop in to discover the fountain of youth for yourself!

We wish you a healthy Christmas!

After your pudding, take the family and go for a walk.

Turn your normal walk into a fitness stride with good posture and purposeful movements: •

Keep your head up and look forward, not at the ground

Your neck, shoulders and back are relaxed, not stiffly upright

Swing your arms freely with a slight bend in your elbows; a little pumping with your arms is OK

Keep your stomach muscles slightly tightened and your back straight

Walk smoothly, rolling your foot from heel to toe. *Walking tips courtesy of mayoclinic.com


new & noteworthy by Linda Hunter businesses

Celebrating Growth and Longevity Ray Dahl Optical & Optometrists recently welcomed Dr. Lise Fraser who is pleased to be working alongside Doctors Samantha Bourdeau and Scott Williams at their Sidney location. With more than 25 years of service in her field, Dr. Fraser is available for eye exams by calling 250655.1122. Ray's staff has a combined 50 years of experience in the optometry field and is proud to offer in-depth product knowledge and a passion for vision care. Find out more at www.raydahloptical.ca. The award winning Thai Corner Restaurant opened in Sidney on February 2012 with fewer than 15 seats available for customers. To accommodate a growing business, owners Nina and her husband Kashane have moved their restaurant to a larger venue at 2359 Beacon Avenue, with plans to open early this month. Please call for more information at 778.426.4680 or visit their website at http://thaicorner-restaurant.com. Since 1988, when they first

opened their doors, Russ Hay's, Sidney's full-service bike shop, has been celebrating riding. Now located in their larger Bevan Avenue shop, owners Conor Conley and Mike and Martin Clermont, along with their friendly and knowledgeable staff (they all live and know bikes), continue to offer specialized bike sales and onsite repairs. Open six days a week, find out more at www.russhays.com or call them at 250.656.1512. Fairway Markets is proud to be a local grocer serving Vancouver Island for the past five decades and they continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary at all locations, including Peninsula stores in Sidney and Brentwood. Find out more about this local success story and read their latest weekly flyer at www.fairwaymarkets.com. Karen Halkett has operated Fandango Home and Garden for the past 12 years and has recently expanded the garden side of her business. Having designed and maintained planters for hotels and restaurants for many years, Karen's newest focus is on custom indoor and outdoor planters, for both commercial and residences. In addition, she has designed a line of festive gift planters to celebrate any occasion, no matter

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Up and Running Ravi's Runners is up and running, in North Saanich. With over 30 years in the fitness industry as both a running coach and personal trainer, Ravi Gunasinghe has a passion for helping others pursue their fitness goals, especially as runners, having been the volunteer distance coach for the Peninsula Track and Field Team for the last 10 years. Ravi offers recreational and competitive running programs as well as personal training for general fitness and other sport-specific needs. For more information, contact Ravi directly at 778.351.4649 or by email at carolravi@shaw.ca (with the subject: Ravi's Runners). Life just got easier, with Kady Merrett's Errands With Ease. Kady lives and works on the Saanich Peninsula and offers a variety of errand services including shopping, light housework and organization, vacation services (house checkups, watering plants and feeding pets) along with senior services that

include house visits, computer work and driving services. This holiday season, Kady is happy to offer home decoration, gift wrapping and delivery. For more information and to lighten your load, call 250.896.8911 or visit www.errandswithease.ca community

Tiny Tots With Their Eyes All Aglow … The 2013 Toys for Tots campaign is well underway with several opportunities to participate: the Peninsula News Review's Coins for Kids Campaign, drop off a new toy at various locations including Mary Winspear Centre, RE/MAX Camosun, Cowland Paterson & Company, TD Bank, and Serious Coffee in Sidney, join us at an exciting evening Business Mixer on December 11th at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, or build a Gingerbread House to raise funds for both the campaign and Parkland Secondary School's 40th Anniversary Celebration. Check out a full display of these sweet homes at the December 13th Peninsula Panthers Hockey Game. Find out more by calling the Toys for Tots Secret Santa Hotline at 778-402-8784 or emailing info@secretsantas.ca.

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Faux Fur Trimmed Cape Cozy up this holiday season in a glorious faux fur trimmed cape from Something More. Need a special gift? Look no further than the store that has something for every lady on your list; with sizes up to 24W. Talk about “Pick of the Glitter!” Stop by to view our amazing collections reflecting the latest trends in fashion, accessories and jewellery from leading designers.

Cordova Hair Cordova Hair has been serving the Cordova Bay area for over 30 years. Each one of our three trained hair stylists possess an extensive range of techniques and are adept at creating a customized haircut or style to suit your lifestyle and look. Come and relax in our warm and contemporary surroundings. Look your best this holiday season, or purchase a gift certificate for someone special!

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Garneau Sheepskin Slippers For a practical, quality gift that a loved one will truly appreciate, give Canadianmade Garneau sheepskin slippers or Haflinger boiled wool slippers made in Europe. We offer other fine brands for both men and women in a wide selection of colours and sizes. Open daily from 10-5:30. We look forward to your visit. (slippers from $37.50 - $125) A Stable Way of Life 250.658.3052 astablewayoflife.com

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Kameleon Jewelry Kameleon is affordable, fashionable and fun jewelry designs that are carefully crafted in sterling silver, and are interchangeable with semi-precious stones, lab opal, Murano glass or sparkling Swarovski Crystals. Our shop is filled with giftware, candles, luxurious bath products, jewelry and more. Drop in today and find that perfect gift for someone on your list!

Swedish Angel Chimes Ring in a special Christmas season with the return of Swedish Angel Chimes! The Ladybug is filled to the rafters with our Scandinavian specialties, our fabulous selection of unscented candles is restocked, and all of the locally made pottery, glass and jewelry is set to go, too! Call if you are searching for a special something and like us on Facebook to get a treat!

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Elephant Flowers Floral Design Much more than just your average flower shop. Beautiful floral design combined with unique products. Find unexpected treasures and quirky pieces that will make your heart sing. Specializing in natural products and truly unique gift items. Can’t make it to Pike Place in Seattle? Come and get your all natural Chukar Cherry products here.

VQA Wine Shop The best of B.C. wines can be found at this quaint shop at Mattick’s Farm. The VQA Wine Shop specializes in BC VQA wines … ALL at winery direct prices. Here you will find limited releases and those hard-to-find gems from B.C.’s boutique wineries. Knowledgeable, friendly staff will help you choose just the right wine … for yourself or someone else. Check out our wine club: a gift that continues to give year round.

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Hidden Treasures Trinket Boxes These are loved by young and old alike. Each enamelled box contains a matching pendant and chain. Together they are a joy to give or receive. Come and explore our one-of-a-kind mix of hand-picked cards, jewelry (including renowned Pyrrha), Christmas ornaments and more!

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F orbes & M arshall "snow and me have only been introduced a handful of times. we are not friends."

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I met a man that just moved here from Grande Prairie who had a Cheshire cat grin like he'd hit some sort of jackpot that only he knew about. I asked what he thought of this part of the world and he said that he loved it. His expression by Michael Forbes changed to sincerity for a second when he breathed six words that I could not get my head around: "I will miss the snow though." He must be exhausted by all those hours in front of U-Haul which has caused a touch of delirium, I thought to myself. Ya see, I grew up here and snow and me have only been introduced a handful of times. We are not friends. Whenever the snow flies in this part of the world our first thoughts are whether a snowplow will be coming down our street sometime in the next couple of weeks because we may have to go to work eventually. I love it when people who've arrived here from actual snowy parts of the country smugly declare that they are expert drivers in the snow. Believe me: it's not you, it's the guy from here. You know: the Einstein in the Hyundai perched on the slight incline sliding back toward you with the bald summer tires kicking up a whirling dervish of sand and slush. Before the impact it's like the scene is in super slo-mo, plenty enough time for you to curse his name and Dial-A-Claim. He's the kind of guy whose simple drive to the corner store after a snow quickly unravels into something closely resembling the Donner Party. This is the same ill-prepared genius that, in the Blizzard of '96, turned a perfectly good futon into kindling to stay warm. Ok, you probably deduced by now that the guy I'm referring to is me. They say that we have about a 15% chance of a White Christmas this year and this is where a tiny part of me reluctantly wishes for it. On Christmas Eve when I was about 11 years old, I was peering out the big picture window of our house straining to see even a wisp of Santa Claus. Every year since I can remember, a volunteer firefighter, posing as St Nick, snaked a motorized sleigh and reindeer through the neighbourhood throwing candy canes and caution to the wind. As I sat there waiting, I noticed what looked like a frosty flake flutter down from the heavens. Then another and then hundreds more, until the street was covered in a blanket of white. When things couldn't get any more postcard perfect, I slid down to the curb. As the flakes happily stung my face, the jolly old man tossed me my candy cane. At that moment all was right with the world and I embraced snow as my friend with visions of snow angels, snowball fights and forts in every yard … short-lived as it was, for walking up the path back to the house I was drilled in the temple with an ice ball by that new kid from down the block. I think he was from Grand Prairie.

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Knickerbocker's Expands by Kristine Flater

When I

In addition to PANDORA, it was first moved important to me as a multi-retailer to carry to Victoria in 2002 from Ontario, I was lines that were unique to British Columbia, starting all over again and was excited to and to keep it as local as possible. Over the see what new adventures I could find in years we have morphed into Knickerbocker's beautiful B.C. Having had my own Interior Jewelry and Home Accents and it has been Design business in Ontario for a few years, my distinct pleasure to continue to discover I naturally gravitated to that again, but delectable and intriguing products to fill decided that this time I wanted to do it a bit our stores: at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, differently. I opened a home décor store in Broadmead Village and our newest location, Brentwood Bay and proudly displayed my recently opened at Uptown shopping centre. family name above the door: Knickerbocker's It's exciting to continue researching Home Décor opened in 2007. and bring new products to the Victoria Within a year, we took on the PANDORA marketplace, even as my own life continues line of jewelry, largely at the insistence of a to evolve in this new B.C. adventure … few of our customers! Ethical manufacturing along the way my life was rejuvenated and is important to me, and the more research reinvented on a different level when I met I did, the more impressive the line became. my new husband, who is now my business PANDORA is designed in Denmark with partner … who knew that particular fork fine European sensibilities beautifully in the road would appear back when I first worked into the details. This is customizable moved here? Stay tuned for more adventures: 101-2537 Beacon Avenue (in the Cannery building) Sidney Pier Spa • Seaside Dec 2013 Adyou • Size: 7.75” (w) x to 4.925” (h) • REV3 • Nov 15/13 jewelry for the generations, an affordable WeTimes can't wait to show what's coming Sidney 250.656.5606 info@waterlilyshoes.com luxury to be passed on. Knickerbocker's in 2014!

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Sue Coleman Art at The Village Gallery Featured at The Village Gallery, renowned West Coast artist Sue Coleman is displaying her new collection of work throughtout December. Sue maintains a studio on the shores of Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island. She paints a variety of subjects, from misty West Coast scenes, wildlife and landscapes, to art that has a strong First Nations influence. Sue actively works to promote environmental awareness and wildlife conservation. Her work is represented in Originals, Limited Edition Reproductions, Art Cards, Posters, Plates and several books which she has both written and illustrated. Sue Coleman will be at The Village Gallery in person December 14th for a Meet The Artist event. Between 1 and 4 p.m., Sue will be available to discuss her works and lend insight into some of her favourite pieces. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information visit www.TheVillageGallery.ca/blog.

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Annual Toys for Tots Campaign The annual Saanich Peninsula Secret Santas' Toys for Tots Campaign is in full swing. Last year, over 600 toys were handed out to needy families on the Saanich Peninsula to help make Christmas a bit more joyful for the children. New toys and cash donations are graciously accepted at the RE/MAX Camosun office in Sidney (#14, 2510 Bevan Avenue) during business hours (250-655-0608). It is anticipated there will be more toys required this year than last year as the Toys for Tots program is in its second year and more awareness has been built during for the program. The goal for 2013 is to raise enough money and toys to meet the expected needs of over 500 families on the Saanich Peninsula. In 2013, in addition to providing toys at Christmas, Saanich Peninsula Secret Santas also supported a floor hockey program at Greenglade Community Centre for local youth, a Parking Lot Party for students from Parkland Secondary School, provided a scholarship to a local youth to pursue his dream of becoming a professional mountain bike racer, and most recently, launched a free, fun-filled family oriented afternoon event at Beacon Park in Sidney – Pumpkins on the Pier – which featured an Open Stage at the Sidney Band Shell for local youth to showcase their musical talents. On Friday, December 13th the Annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Peninsula Panthers game will benefit the Toys for Tots campaign and a number of other events are planned for the season.

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In the last 50 years the number of census families in Canada has more than doubled. However, over 50% of Canadians don’t have a will, leaving many families without a proper estate plan. Some of the benefits of having a will include establishing guardianship and trusts for minor children or disability trusts for adult children receiving government disability benefits. This can lead to costs savings for the estate by preventing the government from having control over inheritances of minor children or disabled children. Having a will can also minimize the squabbles between siblings by knowing the will-maker’s wishes. Having a lawyer assist you in the preparation of a will can lead to cost savings to your estate, leaving more of your estate in the hands of your beneficiaries.


There is a lot to consider in making a will beyond the legal formalities. Shannon Mather would be happy to assist you in drafting your will and consider the tax consequences of your estate plan. As one of the lawyers at Henley & Walden LLP, Shannon offers flat fees for basic wills (and other estate planning documents such as Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements) as well as flexible appointment times including lunch hours and some evenings. Shannon is also able to make hospital visits for those about to undergo surgery or in palliative care. Call Shannon. She will happily provide you with a quote and help you get started in protecting your family’s inheritance.

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smell the coffee "improved neuromuscular coordination … means you'll be more efficient, ie you can run faster with an armload of gifts with less effort!"

Caffeine & Running: Part 2

Well, going

into December always makes me think of going to the shopping mall where my sprint speed and power are critical … and of course, caffeine by Steve Sheppard enhances reaction time and improves neuromuscular coordination (how fast your brain can send a signal to your muscles to contract, relax, or take advantage of great sales). While this is great for 200-metre sprinters, or making it through the shopping mall, it can also be beneficial to long distance runners. Improved neuromuscular coordination allows your leg muscles to fire faster and more forcefully, which means you'll be more efficient, i.e. you can run faster with an armload of gifts with less effort. Caffeine to recover - while research has clearly shown that caffeine can boost performance, what about using caffeine after a

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run (whether it's an ingredient in your favourite post-run beverage, or the result of your cup of coffee on the way to work)? Caffeine has been shown to enhance recovery when used in conjunction with carbohydrates. Researchers have found that having a drink with caffeine rebuilds glycogen stores 66 percent more than a drink with just carbohydrates. Most health organizations recommend no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per dose. So, err on the conservative side if you're heavier or you're concerned about any healthrelated issues. When should runners use caffeine? Specific caffeine supplementation for performance should only be used during races. If you're a routine coffee drinker and waking up is impossible without your Cup O' Joe, stay on your normal routine. However, it's not advised to supplement before every workout. Why? Workouts are not races. Unlike a race, when you want to run as hard and fast as you can, workouts are usually sub-maximal efforts designed to hit a specific physiological energy system. Don't try something in a race you haven't done before - the age-old maxim applies to caffeine supplementation. If you've never experimented with using caffeine before a hard workout, don't let the first time you try it be during a race. You may find it gets you too jittery or gives you an upset stomach. Do you need to curtail caffeine intake before a big race? Surprisingly, the answer to this question is no. Research has shown that runners receive the same performance boost from caffeine whether they are habitual coffee drinkers or they drink only the occasional cup of tea. After reading this information about caffeine for runners, I hope I have answered some of the questions you've had about the potential benefits and dangers of using caffeine to improve your race results. If you have questions or have a different view, I would love to hear them … Steve out.

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The Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub: A Legacy of Community-Building by Doreen Marion Gee

tradition at the Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub. The original pioneer builder of the Prairie Inn, Henry Simpson, was a baker, farmer, contractor, hotel owner, mailman, community worker and one of the founders of the Saanich Agricultural Society. His caring community values back in the 1800's live on in the modern establishment, where being a good neighbour is a top priority. Henry would be proud. The historical Prairie Inn was at the epicentre of a bustling new community with a general store, post office, and a hack

puts a huge emphasis on the "comfort" factor of his patrons: " 'Comfortable' means that my customers can relax and enjoy themselves, feel safe, and not worry about what is going on behind them." Out of respect for his loyal clientele, Jamie ensures that drinking does not translate into disruptive behavior. He wants everyone to feel comfortable with a new special secluded "family" area for parents and kids to relax. "This has done wonders for our business," he notes. Seniors' groups feel totally at home with regular gatherings and repeat business. Customers are like family, and staff know

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service. Today, it is still one of the busiest corners in Saanichton. Jamie Day, the very personable manager of the Prairie Inn, recalls that the present establishment opened up as a pub and restaurant in 1974, with many renovations over the years. On December 26th, 1974, the Prairie Inn became Vancouver Island's first neighbourhood pub and in 1983, it was the Island's only brewery. A very unique feature is the refrigerated underground direct beer link between the brewery and the taps in the pub, the first of its kind in Canada. At the helm for the past 15 years, Jamie s s n es ard io sin Aw ent Bu al M w st Ne Cry ble 13 ra 20 ou

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many by name. Jamie values his Kitchen Manager, Liz Lamothe – "She makes the world go round" – and his hard-working Liquor Store Manager, Frank Markovic, servers and staff. Another priority for Jamie is "consistency:" the same high-quality food, served in a reasonable time frame, done the same way every time. One web review states a whopping 86-percent rate of customer satisfaction. A world traveller gushes: "The double-tuxedo burger at the PI is hands down, without a doubt the finest hamburger that Earth Mother Gaia could possibly offer!" The Prairie Inn offers a wide and delicious menu: salads, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, steak sandwiches, fish and chips, and dinner specials. "Somebody could come in here and get a cheeseburger, wings and a beer and only pay $10" says Jamie. "Our quesadillas are legendary." Last year, the beautiful interior of the Prairie Inn was chosen to be the set for a movie, Poker

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Ol' Blue Eyes is looking over his shoulder at us when we

arrive, suitcases in tow. For one disoriented moment, I'm back in my childhood home, not in a hotel that celebrates its mid-20th century roots with furnishings, music and art from that bygone era. There in the lobby of Palm Springs' Del Marcos Hotel is an orange and green sofa that I swear was in my parents' home when I was growing up in the '50s and '60s. A pair of chairs in that same nubby fabric, with the same slim legs, is here too, furniture that was functional and – now that I see it with fresh eyes – beautiful at the same time. I had come to Palm Springs to hike and revel in the desert landscape; I wasn't expecting a nostalgic trip to the past. But unexpected discoveries are part of the pleasure of travel and they were certainly part of my first visit to the Springs. "I love it when people walk in the lobby and they smile when they see the furniture," Laura Ramstead, manager of the Del Marcos Hotel, tells me later. It's not just the lobby. Each of the hotel's 16 light-filled rooms is vintage mid-century, uniquely furnished and named. We're staying in the poolside Esquivel Deluxe Room, with a hip mid-century dinette suite including brilliant orange chairs under a poster of Esquivel, the "King of Space Age Pop." This hotel was the first independent commission for architect William F. Cody, winning him a creative design award and launching his career in the style that became known as Desert Modernism. Outdoors are more reminders of an earlier era: a planter that was originally the nose cone on a B-52 bomber and a collection of cruiser bicycles. The bikes are a great way to tour the nearby Vistas Las Palmas neighbhourhood with its mid-century residential architecture,

including homes once owned by Dinah Shore, Dean Martin and other Hollywood stars. History aside, this place still oozes Hollywood glamour, but in a low-key, comfortable way. "I attribute the vibe to the clientele," says Ramstead, and I see what she means when we meet David and Johanna, a 30-ish couple from New York City with style to spare. On this cool March morning Johanna is wearing a fur jacket over a bikini top and skinny jeans while David sports a purple check shirt and pink shorts. But Palm Springs doesn't rely only on its mid-century charm and fashionable visitors. Shields Date Garden has been growing and

selling dates since 1924 and is still popular. Sip a date shake while watching the free flick on the sex life of dates – fascinating! At the other end of the time spectrum, there's San Gorgonio Wind Park, with its 2,700 wind turbines marching up hillsides and across valleys, creating a futuristic landscape of whirling white blades. For something timeless, go for a hike. The Coachella Valley boasts 1,250 miles of hiking trails according to Philip Ferranti, author of 140 Great Hikes in and near Palm Springs. Every day we picked a different area, from palm-filled canyons to fragrant sage-covered mountaintops. And at night we sat poolside, listening to Frank Sinatra and his pals singing about a different time, one you can still glimpse at the Del Marcos.

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conversations from the past An Imaginary Interview With an unknown first nations woman who experienced a Christmas miracle

Christmas Miracle


you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down and talk with some by Valerie Green interesting characters from Greater Victoria's past? If so, wonder no more. Although these conversations are merely creative figments of my imagination, they are all based on fact. At least once in everyone's lifetime a miracle happens. This one, which forms part of a First Nations legend that occurred nearly 170 years ago on a cold, crisp Christmas Eve near Fort Victoria, has been told many times before. In today's world of unrest, it still bears repeating. This is my "imaginary interview" with the unknown First Nations woman who experienced her miracle. In your own words, can you describe what happened on Christmas Eve? My baby was sleeping in his papoose in our village outside the Fort where the white man lives. Suddenly a large bird appeared out of the western night sky. It circled around and then swooped down towards my infant son. The bird then picked up the papoose and my child in its mouth and soared off into the sky. How terrifying! Oh yes, I was grief stricken. I never thought to see my child again. I called wildly to members of my tribe and the white men from the Fort. What did they do? They all promised to help find my baby. Company men from the Fort, fur traders and my own people all began the search. They were joined by Chinese people and other settlers. Most were of different religions and beliefs but no one hesitated. They banded together

carrying flaming torches to light the way through the dark, dense forest surrounding the Fort. Did they know where the bird might have taken your baby? No, they had no idea, so they spread out in all directions throughout the night. For those who held the Christian belief, it was Christmas Eve and soon they would be celebrating the birth of the Holy Child. I am told that those Christians were a mixture of Catholics, Protestants, Baptists and Presbyterians. Others were Jews who had already lit their candles for Hanukkah. All joined my people who believe that the Great Spirit guides all things on earth and in the seas and rivers. I assume that no one was thinking of his or her own particular religion or belief, though? No, it was simply a joining together of mankind for a common cause – the safety of my baby. And then a miracle happened? Yes, early the next morning as the sun rose in the east, my child was found on the summit of a small hill three miles from the Fort. He had been covered with leaves to keep him warm and he smiled up at me as though to reassure me he was unharmed. So why do you think the bird took your child in the first place? My people believe it was a way of teaching mankind to join together in times of trouble, regardless of colour, race or religion. According to history, the hill was thereafter known as Christmas Hill on early surveyors' maps. Over time, however, the legend became lost and even the hill took on another name – Lake Hill. Then, in 1937, the Montague Bridgeman family built a house on the summit of the hill and resurrected the legend by calling their home "Christmas Hill." Thanks to all my readers for your ongoing support. I wish you all a happy, blessed and miracle-full Christmas. valgee@shaw.ca.

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The popular Peninsula Singers celebrate with "Christmas Time is Here," a nod to the well-known Charlie Brown holiday theme song. The concert features a wide range of holiday music, from jazz to classical and from Gospel to the traditional – there's something for everyone. Young pianist Keaton Ollech will be showcased in the "Focus on a Young Artist." Get your tickets early as the Singers are sellouts every year. Proceeds go to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation's Music Therapy Program. December 6th and 7th at 7:30 p.m; December 8th at 2 p.m. Tickets: Mary Winspear Centre – phone 250-656-8627. The Pinnacle Brass Quintet adds sparkle to the season with two concerts of a Classy Brassy Christmas. The Quintet, composed of musicians from the Victoria Symphony, UVic Music Department, Vancouver Island Symphony, and the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, celebrates the season with a mix of traditional and popular Christmas tunes. Net proceeds go to the Times Colonist Christmas Fund to help local families in need.December 14th at 2 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre, 250-656-0275 and December 20th at 7:30 pm, Church of St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street (tickets: Ivy's Books)

Arts and Crafts Gifts Talented artists and crafters have been busy all year to bring you one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends. Two large craft fairs this month give you a chance to support local artisans. A Touch of Saltspring Christmas Arts and Crafts Show started on Salt Spring Island in 1991. Eventually it outgrew its roots and moved to the Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich. Today, over 230 crafters and artisans present their work at one of the most popular shows on the Island. Come early and stay late. December 6th, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., December 7th and 8th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich. Procrastinators rejoice! The Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair at the Mary Winspear Centre is perfect for you. The Fair showcases work from exceptional artists and artisans from all over Vancouver Island, Salt Spring Island, and a few from further away. Find everything from recycled fashion to metal sculptures, exquisite textiles to hand-thrown ceramics, and cozy felted hats to stunning handcrafted sterling silver jewelry by local designers. December 14th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 15th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney.

Dance Away New Year's Eve The Timebenders will be playing at the Mary Winspear Centre on New Year's Eve. Get your dancing shoes on! Tickets: 250-656-0275.

Entertain Visitors There's no worries about what to do with visitors with the Peninsula Players in town. In six concerts Christmas week, they'll entertain all ages with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round-ish Table. The cast of characters includes Arthur, Merlin the Magician, a gaggle of fairly incompetent knights and a pair of evil villains as well as Arthur's mother, brother and his two girlfriends. All of them get involved with Arthur's attempts to find a new home, locate the Holy Grail and avoid having to get married. Plenty of singing, dancing and laughs to entertain the whole family. December 20th, 21st and 27th: 7:30 p.m. and December 22nd, 28th and 29th: 2 p.m. Mary Winspear Centre, 250-656-0275.

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The Original Christmas Village Celebrates 25 Years by Falk Reinhold

We came to Victoria a quartercentury ago, right from the "Old World," or, more specifically, the home of German Christmas: the medieval city of Nuremberg. We wanted to obtain

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familiar street names and landmarks to those who live in Brentwood Bay, featuring the Butlers, Hagans, Greigs, Durrances and Sluggetts, among others. With growing numbers of children to educate, George Stelly and John Sluggett donated land for a school that, just like schools today, also functioned as a gathering place for concerts, recitals and other events, bringing people together for fun and fellowship. Churches too played an important role in the social fabric through pastoral care. This deep sense of community fostered by the early settlers is very much alive today in the village of Brentwood Bay. Long-time resident

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Tanga Blackburn, publicity director for the lively Centre for Active Living 50+, remembers riding her horse down West Saanich Road in the '60s. "Brentwood Bay has the same country feel only friendlier," she enthuses. Tanga recalls a power outage one Monday last winter that prevented JJ's, the local coffee shop, from catering to its regular java junkies. "Breadstuffs Bakery, usually closed on a Monday, came to the rescue of the local coffee lovers and opened its doors – that's real community and that's what Brentwood Bay is all about." With three levels of schools in the neighbourhood, the village is committed to its young people. Plans are in the works to create a new Central Saanich facility for a Boys and Girls Club in the Brentwood Bay Cultural Centre complex. Scouts and Guides meet in the old school house in Pioneer Park, while the Brentwood Community Hall offers a variety of activities, including badminton and karate. Stewart Story, of Story Construction, is really excited about his family's latest project in the village core, a commercial building with flexible floor plans, the exterior finished in a pleasing West Coast style similar to the Royal Bank building, which is also part of the Brentwood Centre Development, a partnership between the Story and Charman families. In addition, a 15-unit condo complex will feature spacious floor plans from 976 to 1,115 square feet, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with a fourth floor comprising three units of 1,639 square feet each, with vaulted ceilings and water views. Water and garden features will ensure a tranquil setting for the condo owners, while a gated path from the adjacent Brentwood Bay United church property will allow convenient pedestrian access to the current mall. Stewart's roots go deep in the community: both his grandmother and his great grandmother operated strawberry farms on Veyaness Road, so it is fitting that his family are part of an ongoing process to ensure a sustainable and vibrant future for Brentwood Bay. According to resident John McLellan, husband of Rev. Jonelle McLellan of Shady Creek and Brentwood Bay United Churches: "People are quite happy with the changes in the village." Trafalgar Square is due for a facelift, and more mixed

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Community Craft Fair at Bayside Middle School, 1101 Newton Place (off Wallace Drive) on Thursday, December 5th, 3 to 7:30 p.m. supporting the joint programs of Central Saanich Boys and Girls Club and Bayside Middle School. Local artisans, silent auction. Followed by: Bayside Winter Band Concert at Bayside Middle School, Thursday December 5th at 7 p.m. Speakers Series at Seniors Centre for Active Living, 1229 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay. Friday December 6th, 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker: Gerie Turner, President of the Centre for Active Living. Presentation about her recent trip to Uganda. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. Admission by donation. Information: 250 652 4611, 9 a.m. to 1 pm or centralsaanichseniorscentre. org. Bus Trip to Chemainus Theatre Saturday December 7th. Bus Cost: $20. Please arrange to purchase your own tickets to the play It's a Wonderful Life. For information or to book a place phone the Centre at 250-652-4611, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or visit www.centralsaanichseniorscentre.org. Shady Mountain Christmas Concert at Shady Creek United Church, 7180 East Saanich Road. Sunday December 15th, 7 p.m. Christmas Bingo at the Centre for Active Living, 1229 Clarke Road. Wednesday December 18th at 1 p.m. Special prizes, progressive jackpot and complimentary refreshments. Everyone welcome. Proceeds go to operating costs for the non-profit Seniors Centre supporting seniors throughout the peninsula. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Brentwood Bay United Church, 7162 West Saanich Road. Tuesday December 24th 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Shady Creek United Church, 7180 East Saanich Road. Tuesday December 24th, 8:30 p.m. Christmas Carol Service at Shady Creek United Church, 7180 East Saanich Road, Sunday December 29th at 10:30 a.m. for those who love Christmas carols!

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With their family raised and launched, a new chapter in their lives unfolded, offering opportunities to focus on projects dear to their hearts by creating the ideal environment for work and pleasure. This 2,200-square-foot residence asserts itself through harmonious blocked effects and vertical lines, yet fits so beautifully within the seaside neighbourhood of eclectic homes. Sited on a north-south axis designed to flood the interior living spaces with sunlight in winter, offer welcome shade in summer and, on the north-facing studio side, provide ideal lighting conditions for painting, the home's solidity is reflected in the polished concrete columns and in the heated, dust-free honed concrete floors. Within the open plan living space of the main floor, where the various areas flow easily into one another, generous windows suggest a seamless transition to the natural world beyond of meadow and forest. The dark window frames provide a bold statement, rather like the owner's collection of paintings, where lines are integrated with softer, impressionistic colours. Indeed, one can see the painterly eye at work in the design process. Furnishings in these communal areas offer a pleasing mix of old and new, reflecting the couple's individual tastes. Modernistic Le Corbusier sling chairs in arresting animal hide are quite at home with the more solid Giuliano Gusti leather sofa. The antique Victorian dining table, with its capacity, when all the leaves are in, to accommodate 18, embraces and welcomes family gatherings that sometimes spill out through the French doors onto the terrace, sheltered by a wisteria-covered pergola. Designed by Montreal's Studio Nova, the modern light fixture suspended over the table continues

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the dichotomy between new and old that manages to enhance and enchant by bridging the gap between eras and styles. Customdesigned built-ins include a crisp white contemporary china cabinet that is perfectly at home with an antique Dutch oak cabinet, a much-treasured family heirloom. The kitchen is bright and ergonomically functional, with a purpose-built pantry, gleaming quartz countertops, glowing mosaic tile features and a brilliant window treatment that quite does away with the need for a backsplash, flooding the area with additional light and offering pleasing views of the patio and garden. The utility room off the kitchen contains the washer and dryer as well as the thoughtful convenience of a laundry chute. Upstairs, warm maple flooring covers a heated concrete slab. On a practical note, Continued next page


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cast iron plumbing reduces noise between the levels, ensuring a very quiet home. The guest suite comes complete with its own mini kitchen and seating area, while a wall bed tucks efficiently out of way when not required. The spacious master bedroom merges seamlessly onto the generous concrete deck that is also accessed from the guest suite. This outdoor sanctuary, with comfortable seating and Mediterranean-style pots filled with flowers and greenery, looks down upon a garden of lush herbaceous borders, with seasonal displays of colour and a tactile mix of hardscapes. The master ensuite is layered with shimmering sheets of aqua tile, while the sumptuous Carrara marble vanity and tub surround would not be out of place in a Roman villa. A sparkling chandelier shines upon

an inviting bathing receptacle while the shower is designed to be completely private without need for a door. The enchantment of a surprise rooftop pavilion reached by a short staircase, providing captivating views of Deep Cove and Moses Point, offers the perfect spot for a private breakfast, an impromptu dinner or a meditative retreat. This home truly embraces the couple's vision of a thoughtful and sustainable design that meets their current needs, connects so beautifully with the natural world and provides spaces that simultaneously nurture and inspire. What more could one want than to be at peace within one's surroundings?

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As a designer, artist, musician and writer, the owner appreciates the opportunity to work from home. His live-work studio, "studioDB3" on Madrona Drive, is bright and airy, with 14-foot ceilings and an expansive loft, giving Dan what he describes as "a great functional space" for his creative endeavours. Architectural models of many design projects, works of art in their own right, from the West Bay marina to the Cantonese Opera House done for the Hong Kong Museum of History, share space with large abstract canvases where mood is conveyed through intense washes of colour, often within an intriguing framework of lines and abstract metaphors that offer a harmonious balance. Dan draws his inspiration from the "de Stijl" movement and minimalist art of the '60s. The two "Red and Blue" chairs in the studio are based on originals designed by Gerrit Rietveld, a member of the movement. Playful with their clean

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on design The top 5 extra things to consider when designing your next home There are obviously many things to consider when designing your own home, from size to architectural style to what side of the home the living areas should be on. Do you want open plan or formal living? How about wall ovens or a enclosed water closet room in the by Mike & Lisa ensuite? These considerations can all be Dunsmuir overwhelming. Most navigate through Step One Design with the help of a good designer, with decisions made based on personal needs and stage of life. As long as you carefully consider your lifestyle, most people tick off the major boxes. Below are our top five considerations. 1. The walk-in pantry is becoming a second kitchen. We are all familiar with the benefits of the walk-in pantry, but Lisa and I find more people are expanding their kitchens to turn the old food storage closet into a functioning second kitchen, either for ethnic cooking or an improved butler's pantry complete with custom millwork, matching countertops and perhaps second fridge. 2. The media room. There has been a growing trend of getting the T.V. out of the living room and moving it into a dedicated entertainment home theater. As the electronics have become more sophisticated, so has the desire to create a purpose-built room to contain the noise and provide an intimate customized space perfect for the sports fan and movie buff. Think mini bar too? 3. Covered outdoor living. We all like to barbecue and living in Victoria can mean quite often you're out cooking in the rain. Having, at a minimum, a small covered space to provide some shelter is a must. Full outdoor kitchens are also something to think about, and a growing trend which very well may be the next craze. 4. Laundry up or down? A common plan is bedrooms up and living down. So the debate rages: what floor should the laundry be on? Should it be up with the bedrooms or where you spend most of your time, downstairs? Most prefer to settle with the same floor as the bedrooms, but take the time to consider where your needs fit into the equation. 5. An ensuite for each bedroom. It's an emerging trend to provide an ensuite for each bedroom. Yes, the kids get their very own bathroom. This was most likely not the case when you grew up, but some find it works to minimize sibling rivalry and fully customize the family home. These are just a few of the new and not-so-new ideas homeowners are considering these days. Each have merit, to at least explore. Many will only get the chance to build one custom home in their lives; we say make it count! For more information visit www.steponedesign.ca.

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This is the last in a four-part series on some of the unique and local shops the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. The artful products of Laura Waters and her team at Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts explode with rare beauty and unique delicious creativity. Dazzling the eyes, they are one-of-a-kind adventures into exotic realms of sensory delight. Behind these creations is a very smart businesswoman who knows exactly what she is doing and how to do it well. Here is where magic meets moxie. At Laura's North Saanich farm, art casts a magical spell: every product is unique and handmade from scratch. Top-quality gourmet foods warm the tummy, such as Garden Vegetable Orzo Soup, Cranberry Ginger Cider Bread or Apricot Icewine Tea Bread. Recycled products such as gold, polyester and flower petals are fused on recycled paper to create all of Laura's enchanting paper products – her wrapping paper and boxes, stationery, journals, calendars and gifts. Heavenly baths await with Bubble Crystals and Garden Angels. Her art is adorned with "novel embellishments" and "funky fibres," jazzy ribbons and fabrics. Laura takes pride in her attention to detail: those sensual touches and lustrous flares are added with tender loving care. The Snowdon House owner pursues excellence – every food is tasted and every decoration analysed before going to market. Laura's fruit vinegars – local farm fruit distilled and mixed with white Canadian vinegar – splash right on your salad.


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by Doreen Marion Gee Laura is friendly and charming as we sip coffee under a few precious rays of sun. She muses about being a gourmet cook for as long as she can remember. In her various hats over the years as cook, flower arranger and designer of unconventional art, Laura knows how to capture hearts. Everything crystallizes in her hands – even the wrapping paper and box that hold the treasure. With all of the hours of handiwork, it is truly amazing that Laura's crafts are so reasonably priced from $5 upwards. As Seaside's 2013 "Woman to Watch" winner, Laura Waters shines as a successful female entrepreneur. In building up her thriving busy enterprise brick by brick, Laura has an insider's view of how to make it work. She has a winner's attitude: "I have always been a very positive person!" Even in the best business, things can go off track. But Laura just picks up the train, puts it back on the rails and keeps on chugging and smiling. That resilience and perseverance feeds her success. Laura's business acumen is the result of very hard work and long days. The artisan oozes a joyful love of her work; her zest for creating beauty and avant-garde design is probably the force that keeps her going through the ups and downs of business. Laura Waters proves that a successful enterprise depends on a magical product – brought to life by good business sense. She invites you to come out to see her products and studio: visit www.snowdonhouse.ca for more information.

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Festive Entertaining "Tis the Season!" which means you are about to be inundated with invitations to potluck gatherings. What to take? Here are three easy-to-prepare treats that will be more than welcome at any festive gathering.


4 oz cream cheese, softened 4 oz soft goat cheese, plain 1 tbsp dried fines herbs or fresh if you can find them (choose from tarragon, dill, chives, parsley, sweet marjoram) ½ cup hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts, lightly toasted* and finely chopped In a small bowl blend the herbs of your choice and cheeses together. Cover and refrigerate to allow the flavours to meld and to make it easier to handle. *To toast the nuts: Preheat the oven to 300°F. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Shake the pan every 5 minutes to turn the nuts for even roasting. TIP: Use a timer, it's easy to forget them! Shape the chilled cheese into a log shape. Spread the finely chopped nuts out on a board, and roll the log over them until evenly coated on all sides. Place the Yule Log on a handsome platter, decorate with a festive sprig of holly and serve surrounded with locally made crackers.

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sugarplums Makes 36 wholesome little plums These are wonderful sweet and spicy treats for the Christmas season. For some family fun get the kids involved in making them. Plan a day ahead to soak the nuts. 1 cup walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts ½ tsp sea salt 1 orange, peel and zest 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp fresh-grated nutmeg ¼ tsp ground allspice ¼ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground coriander 1 cup dried cherries, cranberries or blueberries 1 cup dried apricots, figs or prunes, chopped 1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut Toss the nuts in a bowl with the salt and just cover with warm water. Allow to soak in the lightly-salted water for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse well. Toss the presoaked nuts into a food processor bowl with the orange peel and zest, spices and all the dried fruit except for the coconut. Pulse the mixture a few times to combine, and then process as needed to form a paste. Shape the sugarplums by forming 2 tbsp of paste into a ball, and rolling it in the coconut. Carolyn Herriot is author of "The Zero Mile Diet"and "The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook" (Harbour Publishing) She grows "Seeds of Victoria" at The Garden Path Centre. www.seedsofvictoria.com.

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grey matters "now is the time to plan for such an eventuality. Always keep cans of food in your pantry – not just for extreme weather conditions but other emergencies."

Nightmare of a White Christmas by Trysh Ashby-Rolls

What became known as the Great Victoria Blizzard began late on the evening of December 26th, 1996. One woman remembers getting up from the dinner table, where she and friends had exchanged late Christmas gifts, to make coffee. She glanced out her kitchen window and remarked that the sky appeared to have turned bright orange. Suddenly blasts of snowflakes appearing like airborne fluorescent paint chips shot to the ground, covering it in minutes. She dispatched her guests home before the storm worsened. By daylight it was still snowing. The next morning and the next and the day after that it snowed from sea to shining sea across Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula and elsewhere in southwestern B.C. For four days it snowed without let-up. Combatting the piles and piles of snow with the usual broom and dustpan was useless. Almost five feet (150 centimetres approximately) accumulated not only along garden paths and sidewalks, but over roads and even parked cars. Few people ventured out. Those who did bent their heads against the white onslaught. Those who dared drive their cars got stuck. Buildings were mostly closed; grocery stores and supermarkets were shut. Even the Empress Hotel appeared locked up – although it wasn't really. Boats lay silent in the harbour, the water at its edges frozen into shapes resembling slabs of broken marble. Snow ploughs did their best to clear the roads but gave up when they too got stuck. People up to their thighs in the white stuff struggled free and got home as fast as they reasonably could under such conditions to hot toddies, hot tea, hot anything. One man, Weather Doctor Keith C. Heidorn, described walking as being "like a spoon stuck in thick mashed potatoes." The ferries couldn't run. Victoria airport closed for one day. There were power outages and roofs collapsed under the weight of accumulated snowfall, including at North Saanich's Panorama Recreation Centre, and several boathouses, which crushed stored boats at a Sidney yacht club. Retired anthropology professor Saul Arbess loved the unexpected weather. He understood a real Canadian winter. After all, he'd spent most of his life, certainly his formative years, in Montreal. He got out his skis and, whooping with delight, skied over the tops of cars outside his Fairfield home off Dallas Road. At minus -1°C, what 52 SEASIDE | december 2013

seemed perishing cold to most Victorians felt positively balmy to him. There is absolutely no indication that the Great Blizzard of '96 will repeat itself this winter. Yet have you thought what you'd do if it came on, say, Christmas Eve? Would you have adequate food supplies? Toilet paper and other necessities? Library books? Cards and Scrabble? How would you amuse yourself if you lived alone and couldn't get out? Now is the time to plan for such an eventuality. Always keep cans of food in your pantry – not just for extreme weather conditions but other emergencies. Earthquake. Illness. Even with a bad head cold you have to eat, and doctors say lots of fluids mitigate mucous buildup. Suppose this is the year you are alone for the holiday? Every year so are lots of people. No formal invitation required, but have you thought of slipping a piece of paper or card under your neighbour's door or your neighbours' doors: "Please join me for a potluck meal on Christmas Day / Boxing Day / New Year's Eve / Hannukah," signed by you with your phone number? Could be a whole lot of fun … Or a pain in the you-know-what never to be repeated. You never know till you try. After all nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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Life Without Fossil Fuel by Al Duncan

The stars and planets aligned for a brief two-month period and I was lucky enough to experience life without gasoline. Yes, no gas station visits for 60 days. Was I housebound or was I out of the country? Neither: I was driving a purely electric car. A 2012 Nissan Leaf SL to be exact. Of all the offerings on the market these days, this is the most "car-like" of them all. It's incredibly comfortable, refined and best of all totally silent. I was a little leery at first you see, as I have to drive a lot for work. I worried about recharging times, the dreaded "range anxiety" and of course, as a performance enthusiast, the thought of floating along at pedestrian speeds was a little disconcerting. I needn't have worried: the Leaf has 100% torque immediately so it's very peppy, it will cruise along at highway speeds and top out at a shade over 160kph, and on a full charge I learned to use the 150-kilometre range it offered up. One of the things one notices after spending time in an electric is the total absence of noise and vibration, so much so in fact that when making the transition back to the internal combustion powered beasts that dominate our roads, one immediately realizes that we haven't really come that far in the past 100 years in the refinement and development of "The Car." During my time Leafing around, I learned to charge the car up overnight right from my outside 120-volt plug – a full charge by morning and off you go. When out and about, there are many free public charging stations (check out the phone app "plugshare," a

Nissan Leaf SL: not for everyone, but perfect for the Island. worldwide database of all public charging stations). In Sidney alone there are five quick charge stations, all free, and all providing a full charge in a mere four hours. In Victoria, charging stations are everywhere and most of them come with a preferred parking spot close to the front door. On the west coast of the U.S., the number of charging stations triples and they are all conveniently located. By day 59, I was sold: the car performed flawlessly and I actually felt guilty for not visiting my local gas station. When I finally did, after handing the Leaf back, I couldn't believe the price of gas. One litre of gas was priced at 20% more than the total cost to charge the Leaf for 150km of driving range. This phenomenon is catching on: last year over 58,000 Leafs were sold in North America. Over the two months that I drove the Nissan, I saved close to $700 on gas, and my hydro bill was $41.50 more than normal … you can do the math. The Leaf isn't for everyone, but it's perfect for the Island. It's great as a second car for a two-car family and with all the safety and comfort features of a regular car it's definitely worth a look. I can see one permanently planted in my future.

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Saanichton Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic: Partners in Health by Barry Mathias This is the second in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. Everyone injures themselves at some time in their life; sometimes we recover naturally, but often we need specialist help. The Saanichton Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic has been providing expert treatment for more than 30 years. Shevaun Sedlock (D.PT) has been a co-owner since 1989, originally sharing the business with Joe Kubinec, who founded the clinic. For the last five years she has shared the ownership with Scott Simpson (PT, BSc. Kin). "We treat people of all age groups, from young sports enthusiasts to the very elderly,"

Shevaun says. "I love it when people tell me they feel better." After completing her physiotherapy schooling at the prestigious Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, she worked in Sweden, Hong Kong and London, England, before settling on the Peninsula 24 years ago. "Clients do not need a doctor's referral to get treatment here, unless they are covered by Workers Compensation," she explains. "Clients can obtain help simply by making an appointment, and home exercises are a large part of any treatment." Shevaun tells the story of a woman of 75 who needed a hip replacement, but before the operation she was advised to strengthen

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her muscles. "She came to the clinic for three months, and was so improved the surgeon said she no longer needed surgery. She continued her exercises and stretching combined with ongoing occasional physiotherapy treatment for the next 20 years, and never had to have the hip replacement." The clinic has a well-equipped gym and a range of private rooms, together with a highlyqualified staff of five, that can provide a range of treatments: physiotherapy for treatment of soft tissues and joint injuries; acupuncture for body stimulation; massage therapy for muscle and connective tissue treatment: kinesiology, LM-Seaside_Dec13_FINAL.pdf 1 13-11-09 the study of human movement, involving


a whole body approach; and orthotics and bracing to provide external help for neuromuscular and skeletal conditions. Shevaun's business partner, Scott Simpson, combines physiotherapy and kinesiology with a background of athletic and sporting achievement. Scott, who completed his degrees at Dalhousie University, has achieved provincial success in soccer, golf, hockey and baseball. In 2006 he was the Canadian National Champion at the 10km distance, and has been the B.C. road racing champion in 2009 and 2010, and top Canadian in the TC10k. "I have been less involved since the birth of my daughter," he admits, although he still works with the National Team, advising and helping many of the Peninsula's athletes. Scott's knowledge of kinesiology enables him to work with his clients to "get in tune with the injury," and "to empower people to heal themselves." Knowledge, combined with on-going exercise is the key to good health. "It is very satisfying to enable people to return to the sport they enjoy. Therapy teaches people

how to remain active." Another member of the team is Kris Swanson (BSc.Kin) whose specialties include cardiovascular and sport specific training, and who enjoys working at the Clinic where he can apply "my experience, education and

importance of "being active." "Treatment does not necessarily mean daily or even regular visits to the clinic," Shevaun says. After the initial treatment of the injury or condition, each client is advised as to the best exercises to continue at home. Sometimes, only a single visit is needed. Shevaun recalls a 50-year-old woman who "woke with the room "It is very satisfying spinning around her." The episode lasted less to enable people to than a minute but left her feeling "nauseated return to the sport and unable to function." After three days they enjoy. Therapy off work, her doctor advised her to visit a physiotherapist. At the Clinic "she was assessed teaches people how and found to have Benign Position Vertigo. In to remain active." just one treatment her dizziness went away and passion for excellence." Over the past year she was able to return to work." the Clinic has expanded, with the addition The Saanichton Physiotherapy and Sports of Sandra Hardy (BSc. MPT) who specializes Clinic works closely with other sporting and in physical therapy and acupuncture, and athletic organizations, including the Panorama Lindsay Williamson (B.A. RMT) a member of Recreation Centre. Hours are Monday to Friday the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 and sometimes 6:30 Each member of this highly-qualified p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. As team has a history of sporting and athletic Scott explains: "We enable working people to achievement, and an understanding of the get treatment without disrupting their day."

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Christmas Tree Trail !

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9:30 - 1

Visit each of the local businesses along the trail, collect a stamp at each location.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides !

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Pancake Breakfast ! 9 - 11:30 with Santa ! LOCATION :

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Home Hardware Saanichton Island Family Chiropractic Laing’s Lock & Key Peggy Yelland and Assoc. Peninsula Family Chiropractic Prairie Inn Pub Saanich Pioneer Society

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common cents Year-end tips to reduce your income tax bill With the year drawing to a close, it's time to make sure you head into 2014 in as strong a financial position as possible. That means taking steps before the year ends to reduce your 2013 income tax bill. Here are five tips you may want to consider: by Barbara A. Armstrong 1. Complete tax-saving Edward Jones Investments transactions. Many items that are deductible or qualify for tax credits must be paid before the end of the year. These include medical and child care expenses, professional dues, alimony, and donations to political parties or charities. Keep in mind that it may be advantageous to make donations of publicly-traded securities to a registered charity. In addition to the donation tax credit, there is also no capital gains tax. 2. Trigger accrued losses before year-end. If your investment objectives have changed or the underlying fundamentals of an investment have changed, consider selling the investment and triggering a capital loss. Losses must first be used to offset gains in the current tax year, and unused losses can be applied to the past three years or to future years. Sell securities at least three business days before year-end so the transaction will settle by December 31st. 3. Consider adjusting your instalment payments. If you make quarterly payments, the final instalment is due December 15th. Instalment payments are based on the previous year's income. If your 2013 income is lower than in previous years, you might want to reduce your December 15th instalment. 4. Contribute to a RESP. Put money into a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) before year-end to qualify for the 2013 Canada Education Savings Grant. There is no deduction for the contributions but the earnings will accumulate tax-free. 5. Are you turning 71? If you are turning age 71 in 2013, you have until December 31st to convert your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF). If you were planning to make a final contribution to your RRSP before converting it to a RRIF, the contribution must be made by December 31st. If you have unused contribution room or will continue to have earned income you can make contributions to your spouse's RRSP after you turn 71. There may be more you can do, so speak with your tax advisor to determine actions you might want to take that are appropriate for your particular circumstances. * Edward Jones does not provide tax or legal advice. Review your specific situation with your tax advisor and/or legal professional for information regarding, or issues concerning, the tax implications of making a particular investment or taking any other action. For more information email barbara.armstrong@edwardjones.com or call 250-384-8722.

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up Women's Networking Group, featuring women in business on the Saanich Peninsula. "I believe that buying a home and getting the correct mortgage is one of the biggest steps in your life. You need to know that you're getting it right," says Sharon Bolton, a mortgage consultant with

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on to qualify in property management and as a real estate agent. "I discovered there was a whole broking industry here, solely devoted to obtaining and maintaining mortgage financing," she says. After moving to Sidney 16 years ago, it was a natural choice to become a mortgage consultant. Select Mortgage Corp. is one of the largest mortgage broking

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Getting the Right Mortgage by Barry Mathias Select Mortgage Corporation at 9785 Fourth Street, Sidney. Sharon's clear speech has echoes of South Africa, from where she emigrated 20 years ago, after marrying her Canadian husband. "In South Africa I was a realtor and property manager and really enjoyed the financing and legal aspects of real estate." After settling in B.C., Sharon worked for a short while with H & R Block, and went

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Take in the museums, memorials and special sites throughout France and Belgium that commemorate the contribution of Canadian soldiers during the Great War and World War II, including: the Canadian National Vimy Memorial at Vimy Ridge, the Canadian Cemeteries in Reviers and Dieppe, and the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel.

companies in B.C., with nine branches on Vancouver Island and in Vancouver. They are part of the Verico Financial Group, a huge national network that is able to access the best mortgage rates and products. As an independent mortgage consultant, Sharon is not tied to any one lending institution. "I work for the best interests of my clients and not the 'banks,'" she says, "and usually this service is free.

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Nicole Wilford – Slegg Mortgage

Happy Holidays from the Women of Sidney Meet Up!

Being part of the Slegg Mortgage team and Dominion Lending Centres gives my clients access to the very best mortgage rates and options, as well as home improvement discounts and expertise at any of our Slegg Lumber locations.

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Broker/lender fees are only charged in very complicated situations." A consultant can guide you through the labyrinth of bank products: the various rates of interest, the different methods and frequencies of payments, and which bank, trust company or credit union is most suited to your particular needs and financial status. "The most important aspect is to enable customers to understand how to qualify for a mortgage, and what it will mean to them both now and in the future." Sharon has an enthusiasm that is infectious: "I deal with all ages from early '20s to retirees. Everyone is an individual with their own particular concerns." She describes one of her memorable successes: "I dealt with a couple that had a dream of owning an acreage. They had a nice house in Hope Bay, but were unable to get a mortgage for the five-acre property they wished to buy. They wanted to move their house from its urban setting to their rural idyll, and moving a house is both complicated and expensive."Banks are reluctant to lend in this sort of situation." Sharon managed to arrange funding for the cost of moving their house, and once it was in place, the banks were happy to offer a mortgage!

Sharon and her husband, Raymond, have a daughter and two sons between them. "They're all grown up now, and I have been my mom's caregiver for the past seven years." It is her wealth of experience with both young and old that enables her to relate to the needs of her many clients. "I love my job. It's often like a puzzle that I can solve to benefit those who need advice." New clients rarely know anything about mortgages, and once they have bought their house, there is always the next phase to consider. To be a successful mortgage consultant, Sharon has to have an understanding of market forces, fluctuating interest rates, and be able to recognize the best mortgage for her clients. "I advise those who are coming up for a renewal of their mortgage to discuss their plans at least six months before the due date," she says. Sharon is much involved with her community, and is a member of the popular Sidney Meet Up, a network of businesswomen doing business in and around Sidney. "I love living in this beautiful part of the world," she says enthusiastically. "I'm even able to go kayaking in the summer." For more information, email sharon.bolton@vericoselect.com.

"I love my job. It's often like a puzzle that I can solve to benefit those who need advice."

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tuesday evenings Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library Sidney, 7:30 pm 250.656.3738 camjen@shaw.ca

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. It is a program designed to broaden our abilities and comfort in public speaking. If you are looking for an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience, please come out to one of our meetings. every wednesday

Bingo at "The Centre"

1229 Clarke Rd., Brentwood Bay, 1 pm

Cash prizes, special games and a progressive jackpot. Refreshments available. Open to everyone. Proceeds go to operating costs for The Central Saanich Senior's Centre. Come out and support this nonprofit facility which provides recreation and support for all seniors on the Saanich Peninsula. until december 31 The Art of Daniel Boot

Muse Winery 11195 Chalet Rd, North Saanich Friday to Sunday, 12 - 5 pm 250.656.2552 www.musewinery.ca

Daniel (Dan) Boot is an artist who believes in the concept of "art to live in." For over 40 years he has been putting his artistic talents to work in the field of building design and architectural modeling and that all begins with the artist within! december 6-8

A Touch of Saltspring Christmas Show 2013 Panorama Recreation Centre 1885 Forest Park Dr, North Saanich December 6: 10 am - 8 pm December 7-8: 10 am - 5 pm 250.999.8103 www.atouchofsaltspring.com

With over 230 crafters and artisans, A Touch of Saltspring is the largest attended arts and crafts show on Vancouver Island. If you are looking for unique and thoughtful gifts for the holiday season, come see the show! december 6-8, 13-15

Vancouver Island Model Engineers Model Train Rides Heritage Acres 60 SEASIDE | december 2013

7321 Lochside Dr, Central Saanich 5 - 8 pm www.vime.ca

To promote the hobby, the VIME offers rides to the general public on a donation basis. december 8

Wreathmaking (Drop-In Event) All Ages Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) 11 am - 3 pm 250.478.3344 www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Join CRD Regional Parks' naturalists in the spirit of the season to make a festive wreath. We'll supply materials and instructions – you supply creativity! Drop in anytime and bring a mug for hot apple cider, and clippers if you have them. Food and cash donations welcome. Suggested minimum donation $10/wreath (proceeds to a local food bank). Meet at the Beaver Lake Nature Centre off the main parking lot.

Dec. 20, 21, 27: 7:30 pm, Dec. 22, 28, 29: 2 pm www.thepeninsulaplayers.ca

Christmas Panto Time on the Saanich Peninsula! Peninsula Players has been providing live drama on the Saanich Peninsula for over 60 years and the annual pantomime has become our most popular show. There were several sell-out performances last year so early booking is recommended. Tickets $20; seniors and students $16. december 16

"Twelve Drams of Christmas – Fa La La La La" Companions of the Quaich Dinner and Whisky Tasting Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, 7 pm 250.658.1109 wuhrer@shaw.ca

The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes you to hear and tell stories. Admission $5 adults, $3 students (includes tea and goodies).

The Twelve Days of Christmas are the festive days beginning Christmas Day. To prepare you for the celebrations you are invited to a celebratory dinner where you can choose up to 12 different whiskies from an eclectic collection to accompany your meal. Club members will introduce some of the whiskies and guide you through the nosing and tasting. Three-course dinner, four whisky tastings: members $60, guests $70, dinner only (designated drivers) $50.

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Simmering With Stories on Fern Street 1831 Fern Street, Victoria Doors @ 7:15 pm, stories start @ 7:30 pm 250.477.7044 www.victoriastorytellers.org

Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 1:30 - 6:30 pm 250.656.0275 www.blood.ca

Blood. It's in you to give. december 12

Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon www.peninsulanewcomers.ca

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Why not join our club to make new friends and get to know the community! We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of every month in Sidney, with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. For more information, please visit our website. december 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 Peninsula Players Present "King Arthur and the Knights of the Round-ish Table" The Berwick Theatre, Royal Oak Dec. 13-14: 7:30 pm, Dec. 15: 2 pm Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney

Christmas Bingo at "The Centre" 1229 Clarke Road (beside the library) Brentwood Bay, 1 pm

Special prizes, progressive jackpot and complimentary tea, coffee and sweets. Open to everyone. Proceeds go to operation costs for The Central Saanich Seniors' Centre. Come out and support this nonprofit facility which provides recreation and support for all seniors on the Peninsula. december 30

Winter Wondertime! (Guided Walk) 5 yrs + Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) 1 - 2:30 pm 250.478.3344 www.crd.bc.ca/parks

What are the animals up to in the winter forest? Bring your young ones on a winter wondertime adventure to find out. Join a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist to look for raccoon winter food, find a good spot for hibernation and play animal games in the forest. Meet at the Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Peninsula Singers: Glenda Korella It's been 13 years

by Virginia Rouslin

since Glenda took over conducting duties for the Peninsula Singers and in that time, she's taken her 65-member troop on a magical ride. Inspired by her leadership, her ensemble has grown from a community choir to a show chorus with a record 19 consective sellouts at the Mary Winspear theatre. She's added a large dose of humour to the shows, choreography, singalongs and a salute to local young musicians in each concert's "Spotlight on a Young Artist." "I wanted to develop a really top-notch show so people would want to keep coming back because they loved what we did – and it made them feel good to hear and see us," says Glenda. The Singers' ranks are a Noah's Ark of people who've come together to sing under her inspired directing. "At first, people were uncertain about whether they could possibly memorize all the songs and then, on top of that, master the choreography," Glenda says. "I think I've allowed people to do things they never imagined they could do. And it's heartwarming to see someone who never thought they could sing a solo to take on that very thing with gusto." This includes soloists such as bass John Cribdon, who'd never sung solo in his life until Glenda gave him his chance in 2002 with Some Enchanted Evening. Soprano Adrienne Dyer, a frequent soloist agrees that Glenda encourages individual members to reach for the stars. "Her inspiration goes beyond the concerts and impacts our lives even outside the choir," says Adrienne. "So many individual members have blossomed over the past few years working with Glenda! She is a true leader: she brings out our very best." As for the over 30 young artists she's featured throughout the years, many of them have gone on to greater success. Violinist Philip Manning, featured in the spring 2012 concerts, can be seen playing with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Soo Ji Lee is now a student at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. And Aline Dumalski, violinist in the Christmas 2011 series, was Vancouver Island's only national finalist in last summer's Canadian Music Competition. Singing for Glenda brings joy to her troupe and, equally, to her audience. "There is so much bad news out there, so it warms my heart to hear people say after the show, 'bless you and thank you.'" The Peninsula Singers will be performing December 6th through 8th at the Mary Winspear Centre. For more information visit www.peninsulasingers.ca or like them on Facebook! 9 1 7 8 6 3 2 5 4

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FIRST NIGHT New Year’s Eve Family Celebration Join us at our 8th annual First Night New Year’s Eve celebration! Enjoy family entertainment as well as numerous activities, including swimming, skating, arts & crafts, inflatable obstacle course, bouncy castle and XBOX Kinect on our giant movie screen. We’ll end off the night with a Fireworks Finale at 9pm!

By Dec 30th Adult $11 Child/Student (6 - 18yrs) $7 Child (0 - 5yrs) Free On Dec 31st Adult $15 Child/Student (6 - 18yrs) $11 Child (0 - 5yrs) Free

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Take extra time to explain things and the results will be more to your liking.

ARIES (march 21 april 19) You would

benefit from time away. Other locations can be an inspiration or outlet for your ambitions. Follow local culture or protocol. Relaxing to rejuvenate works for you. Communications blossom in a different direction for now.

CANCER (june 21 - july 22)

Career and ambitions are in focus. You have opportunities for new or renewed activity there. Dabble in something different to see if you are ready for a bigger change. If you don't feel comfortable with it, keep your security.

TAURUS (april 20 may 20) Deal with

LEO (july 23 - august 22)

Look at ways to develop your creativity or be more involved in projects (yours or others). Take a break from responsibility. There are romantic opportunities attached to some of this. Others are attracted to your original talents.

property or estate matters. Convert some to cash or sell what is no longer needed. There will be some feelings of closure that allows you more freedom of movement or better future prospects.

VIRGO (august 23 september 22) Focus

on matters affecting home base and what makes you feel secure. You may have to consider others' needs along with your own. Reach an agreement with those

GEMINI (may 21 - june 20)

You will be extra charming this month with the Sun, Venus and Mercury enhancing your relationships. Words are your "weapon," to win or to slay.

who are equally responsible. Calm emotional waves. LIBRA (september 23 october 22) You can be

a star on the social scene or getting the word out. In any case, others will want to hear what you have to say. They look at your plans or ideas. Short trips or extra running around brings it all together with benefits.

SCORPIO (october 23 november 21) Your ability

to follow the scent leads you to gains of all types. Take action to improve or solidify finances and assets for yourself or those who count on you. Teach or give advice where needed, keeping some info until later. SAGITTARIUS (november 22 december 21) Step forward

with confidence. The sun shines on you this month and your ruling planet, Jupiter, enhances your income or assets. One way or another you will benefit from others or the past. Take care of

the paperwork. CAPRICORN (december 22 january 19) Pay attention to

what goes on behind the scenes – this includes health issues of yourself or others. Attend to necessary tests, treatments or surgeries etc. Private meetings bear fruit as associates work on your behalf. AQUARIUS (january 20 february 18) Your reputation

is on the rise as those in positions of power or influence rally to your side. Important connections are made and doors open more easily. Social relationships develop into something more important. PISCES (february 19 march 20) Additional honours

or credit will be given to you. Success is in your future as it unfolds along an easier path. Others step aside as you are "voted" person most valuable. You have earned it. Take the time to schmooze.

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last word This morning when I woke up there was frost covering the ground and at 1 p.m., it's still cold enough out to see my breath. Christmas is on the way (just five short weeks as I write this) and I can't wait; it's my favourite time of year. The strong sense of community that fills the air is, to me, the best part of the holiday season. The dictionary defines community as "a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage," but it's really so much more. As I gave this issue a final check before going to press, I noticed a very present theme: that of community, and the people who strive to make things better. On page 13, in Friends & Neighbours – Giving in a Global Community, writer Susan Simosko shares the story of Anastasia Shkilnyk Kingham, a local resident. "I believe," Anastasia says, "that we live in a global community and that one way or another, we can each make a difference at the grass-roots level." Even after being diagnosed with a serious illness, Anastasia put the needs of others before her own, raising money for causes such as the children of Syria and the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers' Campaign. In Peninsula Restaurant Profile (pg. 28), see how 1:18 manager Rhino_Ad_Horiz_7.75X4.925.pdf 1 we 13-10-21 PM Jamie Day takes inspiration from the Prairie Inn Neighbourhood

Pub's long-held tradition of forging a strong community, holding fundraisers every month to help those who need it. In our gatefold centre spread we share with our readers the details of the ninth annual Saanichton Community Christmas (December 14th), where donations are raised for the Sidney Lions Food Bank and Saanichton Village brings the entire community together for a fun, family Christmas event. We live in a wonderful community. This holiday season, let's not forget to appreciate it, be kind to our neighbours, give back when we can, and always believe in the magic of Christmas.

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Seaside Magazine December 2013 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...

Seaside Magazine December 2013 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...