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Oh, those Glory Days . . .

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Aug 14th Boogaloo en Orbit

Guaranteed crowd pleasers, the Timebenders’ show covers the best music from the 50’s to the 90’s with over 22 costume changes and hilarious impersonations of all the musical stars from those eras. Wildly interactive and extremely high-energy, this show is a hit and must see for the entire family!

Award-Winning Vocalist Stephanie Greaves, her friends and her band bring you the best hits from the 30's - 50's.

Boogaloo en Orbit plays original melodic, soulful music, that’s all about having a good time. The result is a dance beat somewhere between salsa, rock, rumba, klezmer and twist. Music that makes you want to dance!

July 10th The Sutcliffes

July 31st - The Midnights

Aug 21st - Johnny Vallis

The Sutcliffes are a four piece musical juggernaut that take their passion and love of the The Beatles songbook to deliver a high energy show. They focus on the early Beatle classics and throw in an eclectic mix of tunes that are sure fire crowd pleasers, from Johnny Cash to Neil Diamond (!).

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Together with Bob Dalziel, guitar, Marty Adams, keyboards and Steve Hanson, bass, they all vocalise to recreate a wide variety of the sights and sounds of the Golden Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll. They promise a fun time of entertainment and dancing for all ages.

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Best known as the Man of Many Voices. Traveling the world, he has played top venues in Canada, Australia, the US, the United Kingdom. Energetic, amusing, and at times inspiring his most popular impersonations include Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. A show not to be missed. Victoria’s own Man of Many Voices, Mr. Johnny Vallis!

The Midnights Rhythm and Blues band show is one of the hottest Motown sounding bands, R & B and variety acts in Canada. Known for their high stepping energizing performance. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience The Midnights rhythm & blues all-star showcase review and Motown stage show spectacular!

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Seaside Times july 2011 First Word

A New Day; A New Dawn

Smell The Coffee The Green of Specialty Coffee

Forbes & Marshall Are We There Yet?

Sumptuous Garden Oh No, You Don't

Island Dish Beer Buzz

Weatherwit July Weather Forecast

Nature Lesson Ha Long Bay is a mystical, mysterious and, at times, spiritual UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Gulf of Tonkin. Words cannot begin to do justice to the marvels visitors witness from sunrise to sunset. The misty morning greets you as islands, outcroppings and caves slowly reveal themselves inch by inch …

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Seaside News Safe and Ethical Beachcombing

What’s Happening Community Calender

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A New Day; A New Dawn

here is a New Day at Seaside Times! I've had the pleasure of owning the magazine for 2 ½ years and on June 15th, 2011, I sold the business to Sue Hodgson. I've always looked for someone who could take the magazine further than I was able to and here she is. Selling the magazine may have come a few years earlier than I planned, but when fate presents an opportunity, you take it.

Sue brings over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry with companies such as Black Press and Boulevard Magazine. She has spent the last five years working with magazine publishers, understanding and learning their relevancy in the media marketplace. As a homeowner living on the Peninsula, Sue's involvement in the community makes her the ideal buyer. A few words from Sue Hodgson: "When a magazine strikes a chord it can reinforce the reader’s own selfimage, creating an amazing, trusting

relationship. Reading a favourite magazine is like talking to a friend. Seaside Times has become a chosen favourite for many in the community and I’m looking forward to making it a ‘best friend’ on the Saanich Peninsula.”

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Editor-in-Chief Allison Smith, without whom I couldn't have created the magazine you see today, will continue in her role so there will be no changes to service. And me? I'm not going anywhere and have a few key business opportunities that I will be exploring over the next few months, so stay tuned! In the meantime, my continued involvement with the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce as the first vice-president and the Rotary Club will keep me very busy. I would like to thank all our clients and you, the readers, for allowing Seaside Times into your lives. This is a New Dawn for both Sue and me. Enjoy the issue.

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This Month’s Contributors Robert Alison • Arlene Antonik Rob Bond • Jennifer Bowles Chris Burdge • Michael Forbes Dave Gartley • Ann Henderson Tina Kelly • Ryan Labelle Ken Marriette • Barry Mathias Teagan McKay • L. Roger Quilter Steve Sakiyama • Tara Saracuse Steve Sheppard • Fraser Smith Kynan Smith • Heather Zais

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Throughout history, local markets have been a positive focus for communities, providing those who grow food, and those who cook, bake and create, with the chance to sell their products. A market also provides an opportunity for local

A number of small farms are regularly represented at every market. As the weather warms up other small growers appear, so that by July there is an increasing number of locals selling a variety of flowers, vegetables, fruit and eggs. Every week there are many islanders selling a delicious array of baked goods, jams and chutneys, and hot coffee is served in the Hall. Spread throughout the market are the artisans, who produce beautiful jewelry, pottery and wood carvings. High quality hand-made bags, intricate wooden boxes and colourful clothing compete with a number of local authors who sell their nautical and historical books, and an artist paints pet portraits.

Pender Island Farmers’ Market by Barry Mathias

people to meet, buy and support each other, and this is particularly true on islands. The Pender Island Farmers’ Market is held at the Pender Islands Recreation and Agricultural Hall on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Easter through Thanksgiving. It is a lively, bustling event that attracts visitors as well as locals; tables and tents are provided by a small group of enthusiastic workers who never run out of energy or smiles. In very wet weather the market can move inside the Hall, which is able to accommodate dozens of vendors.

Dianne Allison, a major force behind the organization of the market, explained: “There has been a Farmers’ Institute on this island for about 87 years, and it was responsible for creating the agricultural market, which was originally situated on a small strip of land at the Driftwood Mall.” Thanks to a generous donation of land by Karl Hamson, local farmer and landowner, the impressive Community Hall was completed about 10 years ago by a team of local craftsmen led by


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builder Brent Marsden. Apart from the market, the Hall and grounds provide a fine venue for agricultural events such as the Fall Fair and for local plays, concerts and artistic productions.

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“We encourage buskers, weavers and any events involving children,” Dianne said. “The market brings people together, and we often arrange for indoor and outdoor workshops and demonstrations during these three-and-a-half hours.”

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Recent events have included gardening and growing tips, scything for small area hay production, the pruning of fruit trees and the best ways to can fruit and vegetables.

lingerie – loungewear – intimate apparel – professional bra fittings –

Each week is different: sometimes the volunteer firefighters or members of the Coast Guard attend, willing to show off their vehicles and keen to make contact with the next generation of volunteers. Last summer, to the amazement of everyone, a large group of young, and not so young, people performed a lively flash dance which rapidly became a hilarious physical workout for anyone brave enough to take part. Then, there are the dogs; dozens of them. A glorious, multifarious collection of unusual and friendly canines that add a spontaneous “petting zoo” atmosphere to every event. Sometimes, farmer Ellen Willingham will appear with one of her goats, young violinists will suddenly perform an Irish jig, a party of foreign tourists will arrive and be delighted with the warmth of the welcome they receive, and always there is the buzz of commerce and the hubbub of community. Perhaps we’ll see you there? Photos courtesy Davy Rippner. SEASIDE  TIMES

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by Steve Sheppard Many of us don’t notice when the price of things go up slightly. If you’re like me, I notice some things while others go completely unnoticed (with the exception of gas: everyone notices that). We only have a few pleasures left in life these days that aren’t heavily taxed, and last year our daily sacred Canadian tradition came under attack by the wretched HST. We mournfully watched as another 7% was tacked on to our daily cuppa joe. I was horrified that nobody got lynched for that because taxing coffee is like taxing the local Saturday peewee hockey game … very un-Canadian, especially on July 1st! This year coffee prices are on the rise AGAIN, but for a legitimate reason! This time no smooth-talking,

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double-dealing politicians are involved, just Mother Nature and the oldest law known to man – supply and demand – have come into play (“weather” we like it or not). I was surprised when I discovered the biggest contributing factor to the second price increase in as many years was extreme weather events in some of the biggest coffee growing regions of the world such as Brazil and Columbia. Another major factor in pricing is many people are tired of crappy coffee, so the higher quality arabica beans are in much greater demand. Coffee is one of the most widely traded commodities in the world, so even the stock speculators have taken to driving prices up (I guess they’ve become tired of playing with their gold and oil). Prices of green coffee have been on the rise so much so that green coffee on the world commodities exchange has gone up over 50% in one year! The only positive here is for the farmers who grow certified organic coffee. Higher prices ensure they get a better price for their high quality crops, hence the supply and demand factor. The thing that really drove the reality of the news home for me was not only “Charbucks” increasing its stale bean prices in Canada by over 6% in July, but local grocery stores increasing the price of their canned coffee in stores by over 20% this year! Coffee is the last thing I will give up (well … second-to-last), and it drives me to repeat my ongoing support for local roasters of coffee who put forth the extra effort to make sure you get the best value through freshness and better flavour. BUY LOCAL, BUY FRESH … you’ll know that even when Mother Nature has come for coffee and charges us a bit more, at least we can enjoy a great tasting cup with her … Steve out.

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As Unique as You – Amaranta Designs by Tara Saracuse Do a little people-watching one afternoon and it’s easy to see the diversity between each person who passes by. We express our individuality through how we do our hair, what we wear, and, of course, how we accessorize. Naturally, we all want accessories that are as unique as we are, so, if you’re looking for a distinctive purse, scarf, or piece of jewelry, visit Amaranta Designs in Sidney. Owner Nikayla Johanson (pictured, right with employee Katherine Lee) says the switch from nurse to jewelry merchant was easy. Nikayla has always had an eye for design and accessorizing. She started making her own jewelry, which she sold at open-air markets and craft fairs, just before she happened to meet (and fall in love with) a jewelry wholesaler who immediately recognized her fine eye for quality and style. With her encouraging partner behind her, Nikayla started searching for a storefront. She looked for a year and a half before opening on Beacon Avenue in July 2010. “I wanted to be in a happening, neat place,” Nikayla says. “Sidney felt like the right place to be. It’s a great town and I love it.”

partner travel abroad to Thailand, India, Poland and Turkey, where they hand-pick every piece of jewelry, purse, scarf and other accessory sold in the store.

Amaranta (a name of Spanish/Italian origin that means “strong or unyielding”) is a store like no other. If you buy a purse, jewelry piece or scarf from Amaranta, chances are it will be singular in Canada. Each year, Nikayla and her

“We buy from little places,” says Nikayla. “Lots of ‘mom and pop’ operations. It’s about ferreting out those small businesses … we buy from a lady in Thailand who does embroidered purses, and she and her family sew all the purses by hand.” Nikayla just returned from one of these trips with 750 new and individual purses. “Our items are unique,” she explains. “We never repeat a buy. Once an item is sold, that’s it.” Since Nikayla knows that individuals are as singular as her treasures, Amaranta offers free alterations at time of purchase to ensure the jewelry fits each customer perfectly. Even the store displays are one-of-a-kind: Nikayla finds unique items from thrift stores, adds her own touch of paint or glitter and repurposes them as props for her colourful displays.

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Baltic amber. However, since Nikayla buys direct from the creators abroad, thereby bypassing the wholesaler, she is able to keep prices lower than many other retailers.

vintage pieces including brooches, handbags and clip earrings. With this steady interest in expanding her line, Nikayla can boast that Amaranta Designs has the largest selection of purses, jewelry and scarves on Vancouver Island.

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Nikayla plans to expand her travels and the products she carries. Each year, she wants to add another location to her excursions and bring new “We’re trying to offer something accessories back to the store. On different,” Nikayla says. “We’re her last trip, Nikayla returned out there, we’re traveling with hand-painted Kashmiri and we’re hand-picking our boxes and loose gemstones which product. You can find pieces (at she had made into pendants and Amaranta) that you won’t see 38+ years of experience rings. Later this year, she will anywhere else in Canada.” include Vietnam in her travels, Amaranta Designs is the perfect and she’d like to start carrying #6-7855 East Saanich Rd. place to find that extraordinary designer sandals and sunglasses. Saanichton, BC, V8M 2B4 gift for your loved ones or the After finding inspiration at a 250-544-0727 • kipwilson@shaw.ca Sidney Pier Spa • Seasidedistinctive Times July 2011 • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • Final File • June 13/11 final touch you market this past spring, Nikayla needed for your own wardrobe. also plans to phase in some

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forbes & marshall

Are We There Yet? by Michael Forbes Forbes & Marshall are the hosts of Ocean 98.5’s popular morning show. They are one of the few married morning show teams in Canada and have two children, Noah and Adam. Join Forbes & Marshall weekday mornings from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. That old belief that men won’t stop and ask for directions is not true. In fact, when I’m lost on a road trip, I stop every 13 feet. I will ask just about anybody … I’ll ride alongside people on bikes, holler at kids in playgrounds and wave down police cars. I’ve never been really good at finding my way anywhere and it frustrates the heck out of me. On a recent trip across the border to Seattle for the boys’ soccer tournament, we got to see most of Washington – even though we didn’t want to. We were looking for Lynwood High, which is brand new and in a completely different location than Google maps will tell you. At one point we ended up in a little place called Bothel which was like Mayberry, complete with a goober behind the gas station counter. He looked confused as I came in with my map and began to ask for directions. I talked to him for a while, desperate for help, and after five minutes he admitted that he couldn’t help cause he didn’t live in the area. Thanks Goob, that makes two of us. Getting lost and all the emotion that comes along with it is not the best thing for a marriage. There were

many pleas to calm down and reassurance that we’d eventually get there from Lisa, but I wasn’t buying it. It has to do with the male ego: in a relationship where the women makes about 95% of the decisions, you want to at least offer something (like maybe getting your family to their destination in one piece). To make matters worse, Lisa was so upset she announced that she was not speaking to me for the rest of the day. There was a lot of “Mom … Dad says that you shouldn’t be mad at him anymore cause you’re petty.” Gawd Adam … I said “pretty!” I’m seriously considering getting a GPS, even though I’ve heard both good and bad things about them. First off, I’d be right at home because most feature a woman’s voice that tells them where to go. “Lisa, I can’t find hell on the map.” Some travelers I’ve talked to feel that their GPS voice sounds like she’s had a hard life of heavy drinking, which doesn’t add to her credibility. Just ask anyone who has followed a GPS to the letter – at the very least they’ve ended up in the wrong place and at the worst found themselves floating in Elk Lake. I wish travel was like Star Trek – we could just step into an energizer. Sure there is a risk you could end up beamed onto the It’s a Small World Ride at Disneyland looking like a slimy pile of pink goo, but it would be totally worth it. Until then, I guess I’ll just have to set my phaser on dumb.

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Timeless Wonders: Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River by Ann Henderson, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Sidney

Hanoi retains its majestic being with the renewal and revival of tourism. It’s a wonderful city to explore, with pagodas and temples that go back almost 1,000 years. Hanoi is host to the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh (with body lying in state) and the home of Hoa Lo Prison Museum, which was known as the “Hanoi Hilton.” Wander the tangled maze of streets in the Old

Quarter where pedicabs, motorbikes, cars and pedestrians all vie for space while hawkers sell their wares and the locals sip coffee and dine on Pho. Journey through the countryside en route to Ha Long Bay, peeking into the unchanging daily routine of life. Ha Long Bay is a mystical, mysterious and, at times, spiritual UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Gulf of Tonkin. Words cannot begin

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to do justice to the marvels visitors witness from sunrise to sunset. The misty morning greets you as islands, outcroppings and caves slowly reveal themselves inch by inch. During the day, you can climb to the top of the island that teased you earlier in the morning for some of the most stunning views you’ll ever witness. Kayak in the bay along the maze of jagged isles or by the colourful floating fishing villages. During the evening stand in awe as the evening sun is reflected on the water – from pale pink to a blood orange ball as it descends behind the mysterious isle. The constant refrain? “It’s so beautiful, I can’t believe I’m really here.” A short flight takes you to Siem Reap – home to truly amazing architectural marvels and sights

and Tuol Sleng S21 Detention Centre as grim reminders to the world of the atrocities this country witnessed. An entire generation disappeared, and most guides today refer to themselves as survivors. Their stories, like the city, are unique. Today Phnom Penh is renovating the old French colonial buildings and creating construction towards a new and modern city. A visit to the Foreign Correspondence Club is a must. Dine on the great food or go shopping at the Central Market or the Russian Market. Both are very large and you can haggle for just about everything, from T-shirts to gemstones! Finally, Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon – a Grand Dame! This is a cocktail of old and new – a city of nine million, mapped and surrounded by wide lush boulevards, rich in history with ancient alleys, nooks and crannies and modern skyscrapers looking down on all. Truly a magical journey.

children’s boutique that many will never see, including the Temples of Angkor – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm Temple. Visitors will be reminded of the power of the jungle when witnessing tree roots embrace the crumbling structures. After sightseeing during the day, why not, as in years gone by, take an elephant ride to view the sunset or take a tuk-tuk into town – a hot spot for wining, dining and shopping! Once aboard your luxurious river boat you quickly adapt to the relaxing pace. Enjoy the amazing service from crew who cannot seem to do enough for you while the world of the Mekong passes by: ornate temples, small floating villages and lush fertile farms. You’ll see children happily playing at the shoreline and waving to you while water buffalo bask in the river. Every day and every mile is a new and different experience as you journey towards Ho Ch Minh City.

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ast month, I flew to London, England to visit my son and his wife and meet my two-month-old granddaughter for the first time. My trip began from the Victoria International Airport with a short flight to Vancouver where I had to change planes for the long flight to Heathrow. When, I wondered, as have many others, will there be flights from B.C.’s capital city directly to Europe?

This question is very much on the mind of Geoff Dickson, president and CEO of the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA). “This is a top priority of our Board of Directors,” he said recently. “Our ability to offer nonstop flights to Europe depends on the extension of our primary runway 09/27. We have completed environmental impact studies and the final design for this project and are in ongoing discussions with the provincial and federal governments regarding three-way partnership funding to cover the construction costs. “The runway extension will generate increased economic activity and truly make this airport the ‘Gateway to Vancouver Island’ for European travelers, bringing new opportunities up and down the Island.” In order to accommodate the larger aircraft, the existing 7,000-foot runway needs to be extended by 1,457 feet. The plan is to extend it by 591 feet to the west and 866 feet to the east at an estimated cost of $32 million. Once completed, charter flights would offer non-stop service to London (followed by Frankfurt) using 767 Boeing aircraft with a capacity of 265 people. In the first year, based on 24 weeks of service, it’s estimated that 5,000 passengers would arrive here from London. Up to 15,000 passengers would arrive by the third year, giving a tremendous boost to our local economy and tourist industry. The good news is that the VAA already has the land to accommo18

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date the runway expansion. In 1997, when operational control of the airport was transferred to the VAA and YYJ was created, a 60-year lease arrangement for the airport lands, totalling 1,147 acres, was signed with Transport Canada. All systems are “go” once funding is in place. The runway expansion would be one of many changes that have taken place over the last 14 years, including a major renovation to the terminal building and other capital improvements. Since its formation, the VAA has invested approximately $100 million in the airport. Revenues come from landing and terminal fees, concessions, rental from leased airport land and the Airport Improvement Fee, currently set at $10, one of the country’s lowest. The VAA has more land than is needed for airport operations, and uses the surplus for revenue opportunities through land tenancy and development. Recent building activity has included the construction of the “Airside Operations Centre,” completed in May 2010 on land west of the terminal building. This combined fire hall (housing four fire trucks) and maintenance garage replaced several outdated structures at a cost of $9.7 million, entirely funded through airport revenues. The building incorporates geothermal heating and cooling systems to help reduce the airport’s environmental footprint.

An upcoming development generating considerable buzz is the $31-million distribution centre being built by Sobey’s Inc., the parent company of Thrifty Foods. Construction of the 152,000-square-foot building, located on 19 acres off Mills Road, will also begin this summer. In 2010, the VAA received $2.5 million in land rental income from over 50 businesses located on airport property. This revenue comes from 50-year leases to

“The runway extension will generate

increased economic activity and truly make this the 'Gateway to Vancouver Island' for European travelers . ~ Geoff Dickson

Another project on the west side is the building of the federal government’s 443 Marine Helicopter Squadron Hangar as announced recently by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Construction will start this month on the 215,000-square-foot hangar which will house nine new Cyclone helicopters. The project is expected to be completed in 2014 at an estimated cost of $155 million and will create approximately 400 construction jobs and 100 ongoing technical jobs for military and civilian workers.

long-time tenants such as Viking Air, Slegg Lumber, Scott Plastics, Nicholson Manufacturing, Vancouver Island Helicopters and the Victoria Flying Club. Spaces in the West Sidney Business Park are leased to over 20 firms that meet VAA’s criteria for light industrial, clean companies that generate economic activity and local jobs. continued on page 20

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continued from page 19 The Board of Directors works closely with both North Saanich and Sidney Councils, the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Victoria as well as other local organizations to ensure the airport is a positive presence in the community. The VAA supports youth on the Peninsula by providing land rent free for the Field of Dreams baseball diamond, Admiral Budge Sea Cadets and 676 Kittyhawk Air Cadets. Land is also provided rent

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Terry Stewart, director of Marketing and Community Relations, has seen many changes at the airport during his 20 years in various key administrative roles. “We want people to come out to our beautiful rural setting on the Saanich Peninsula and see what is going on here. We’re in the process of completing a 10-kilometre walkway and cycle path around the perimeter of the airport lands for the public to enjoy. The first stage, a path beside Mills Road, is

“We recently unveiled three Coast Salish totems carved by master carver Charles W. Elliott,” Terry continued with obvious pride. “These totems are located across from the Arrivals door and welcome our visitors as they step out of the terminal building. What a wonderful way to recognize and honour our First Nations peoples who have lived on the Saanich Peninsula for over 10,000 years!”

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The Patricia Bay Airport began as a grass strip for a military training base in 1914 and has grown into the ninth-busiest airport in Canada. In 2010, it served 1.5 million passengers and had 144,255 aircraft movements, with 60 daily departures to every major Canadian city and many U.S. destinations. The annual economic benefit of the airport as a whole to our community is over $550 million – providing employment to over 2,000 people. The Board of Directors and administration are determined to make the Victoria International Airport the best airport anywhere. They are well on their way to meeting that goal and, when the rest of us are on our way with direct flights to Europe, we’ll know that our airport has truly “arrived.”


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Don’t is one of those words that brings out the enfant terrible in the best of us. It prompts conspiracy and by rebellion: don’t was what somebody told Gordon Campbell when he flirted with the HST as a post-election treat. So don’t fight don’t. Don’t even try – you don’t have a chance.

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Read these don’ts. Avoid these pitfalls and you’re on the road to a low-maintenance garden and better still, time to enjoy it! Don’t be too eager to plant while building and renovating your home. We all want instant – this is the 21st century, yes? – but let’s go for old-fashioned patience. Landscape only after the guys with the heavy boots have cleared out.

Don’t work wet soil, especially soil with high clay content which should be worked dry when it has a lovely crumbly texture. Don’t water your garden too late in the evening. Foliage won’t have time to dry before nightfall, when fungus comes out to play. Don’t water during the heat of the day. Best time to water is just before sunrise, setting your irrigation system for 4 or 5 a.m. Then you’ve set ‘em up for the day. Don’t let weeds go to seed. Weed seeds can hang in for seven years, and suddenly you have a highmaintenance garden.

Don’t move plants. When the game is “three strikes and you’re out,” don’t risk that third pitch. Get them into that right spot from square one. Don’t plant too close to the foundation of your home. You need space for the house, too. Don’t plant trees under overhead wires. Know the

Lastly, don’t buy plants that don’t harmonize with your soil, sun, shade, zone and height limitations. Don’t think love conquers all. Rob Bond (pictured) is an independent garden designer. Like a Pacific Northwest Johnny Appleseed, he spreads his knowledge and passion around the Saanich Peninsula. Contact him at rob.bond.design@gmail.com.

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Avoid the Circus: Buy Your Pension Now

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by Fraser Smith hen you get to be a certain age, storytelling takes on new appeal. Please indulge me as I relate to you the tale of my (imaginary) next door neighbour, Kip Kelvin.

When Kip was a boy, his dream was to own his own home – the house on the hill. He didn't know how or when he could achieve this goal, only that it must be done. His friends used mortgages. From his grandfather though, he knew that debt was to be avoided wherever possible. It was decided: Kip would pay cash for his house. On Kip’s 25th birthday he opened his new “For My House” savings account. After his cable, electric, food, clothing and condo rental were paid, Kip had $400 left over for his savings account. The next month, his cable company had a promotion – every existing customer got one month free service! Being a responsible man, Kip took that free $100 and socked away $500 in his second month. Kip was similarly prudent for the entire year. While his friends were out spending money on import beer and pay-per-view boxing matches, Kip managed to save a very respectable $11,000. The year was 1996, and Kip’s home on the hill was valued at around $200,000. With careful planning, Kip calculated he would be able to gather the $200,000 for his house within just 15 years. His friends, in the meantime, were losing thousands of dollars a year in interest since they bought their $200,000 house using a mortgage. P.T. Barnum was right, Kip thought – there really must be one born every minute. Fast forward 15 years later – 2011. Kip arrived at his goal. He had socked away $200,000. “Mr. Barnum wasn’t talking about me,” he surmised proudly. He had lived in a tiny, cheap apartment his entire adult life to date. He ate a lot of macaroni and cheese. He had avoided serious relationships, knowing that life’s biggest expense of all – children – might result. Nothing was going to get in the way of his house, and nothing did. Except one thing … and every single person reading this article knows exactly the horrifying reality that was about to fall on Kip like a ton of bricks. On Kip’s 40th birthday he called up his local realtor to inquire about his house on his hill. What luck! It was on the market. Kip was ecstatic. He 24

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ran to his realtor with the big $200,000 cheque in hand. “Here’s the cash – when can I move in?” “Well,” the realtor explained, “Just take a trip down to the bank and once you have secured your $500,000 mortgage, it’s all yours.” The house was now selling for $700,000. Mere words couldn't express Kip's disappointment – he had worked all this time and scrimped and saved, only to end up with nothing. His friends had enjoyed market gains and built valuable equity in their homes for the last 15 years, having bought in with somebody else’s money, and enjoyed all the benefits of home ownership. Kip had missed out. An irreversible, catastrophic mistake. Now you, the reader, are probably feeling let down with the story of Kip Kelvin. Not as much suspense as you’d hoped starting out, is there? Obviously saving a few hundred dollars a month is an absurd way to buy a house. It is patently preposterous to suggest that such a large asset, with such huge capital appreciation and practical, everyday use should be bought in such a manner. We will need our houses for a long time, and if we can enjoy the benefits beginning today, then borrowing is a good idea. This is what the entire mortgage concept is based on – and it works. So why don’t we think about our pensions the same way? It's no secret that government and employer pensions are struggling in this country and we can therefore be confident that privately held investments are going to be our main bread and butter during retirement. Itsy-bitsy savings plans are not working. It doesn't take a psychic to see where this train is going, and we’re all on it. We should stop perceiving our pensions as vague, intangible benefactors that will arrive just in time for "retirement" (a.k.a extended unemployment). A pension is the same in concept as your home. It is a large asset which can provide you immediate benefit and also provides growth over the years. So why not buy your pension like you bought your house? Thanks to inflation, we know that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar next year. Would it not be better to receive your first "pension cheque" tomorrow instead of when you turn 65? What if

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eliminates decades of potential compounding returns. Nearly all of us are Kip Kelvins when it comes to pensions.

According to one A. Einstein, we know that compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. We know that the key to investing for retirement is to start as early as possible. This is where our protagonist fell on his face – he didn't realize that his $200,000 house would cost much, much more in the future. We can call him short-sighted or naive, but most of us are guilty of the same thinking.

Almost every Canadian who holds a mortgage holds the key to their future. With The Smith Manoeuvre they can skip the isty-bitsy, skip the scrimping and take control of compounding by buying their pension today. They can receive their first "pension cheque" today. They can begin to deduct the interest they pay on their mortgage today. They can enjoy growth on their pension assets today. There is a famous quote from an unknown author: “Those who understand compound interest are destined to collect it. Those who don't are doomed to pay it.” P.T. Barnum was probably right and the most each of us can do is not be that “one." If you have a mortgage then it’s time to learn about The Smith Manoeuvre. Please call LuAnn at 250-656-7077 to learn more and refer to this Seaside Times article.

We pay our mortgage each month, buy gas for the car, put clothes on the kids and invest whatever is left over. For most people, that's nothing. When we can, we save itsy-bitsy, trusting somehow that our RRSPs will be enough when retirement comes. Once the house is paid off, maybe then we can invest. The problem is, this

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What do you really know about them all? What can you expect from a lager or ale and what’s the difference? Beer is comprised of four ingredients: water, barley, yeast and hops. There are essentially two “styles” of beer: ales and lagers. Brewing beer basically works like this: top fermenting yeast rises to the top during the brewing process and produces a more “heady” beer with a thick rich yeast head – an ale. Bottom fermentation (at a lower temperature) produces a lager and takes longer than ales to mature. Micro breweries typically favour top fermentation because it only takes approximately two weeks for turnaround, whereas bottom-fermented beers like lagers can take up to two months for turnaround. This can be a costly venture when you only have so much storage space. Let’s get to the good part … which beer is for you? Below are some of the top local breweries that produce amazing beers. They all brew with intentional care, attention to detail, exceptional taste and offer something for everyone!

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Lighthouse Lager – “Bright, straw colour with a subtle malt aroma and a clean, classic flavour. Lightly hopped, Lighthouse Lager leads to a simple, refreshing finish.” This lager does an amazing job of cooling off the old palate after a smack of some Cajun chicken wings!

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July Weather Forecast by Steve Sakiyama

Now the atmosphere is kind of like a sandwich with layers on top of one another that are distinguished by the way air temperature changes with height above the earth. The bottom layer, called the troposphere, is around 10 kilometres thick and it’s where most of the air hangs out along with most of the clouds. Above this layer lies the stratosphere, which fortunately contains most of the atmosphere’s ozone. We owe our lives to this layer, as ozone has the unique ability to screen out the sun’s most damaging radiation. Beyond

the stratosphere there are three more distinct layers before you reach the point were no air exists (outer space) – around 500 kilometres above the ground – making the atmosphere nature’s biggest sandwich. The lunch bag of weather this year has been filled, as predicted, with the boring flavours of cooler and wetter. As May unwrapped, this pair showed up again with cooler average temperatures (by 1° C), and nearly twice the precipitation than normal. Due to publication deadlines, I don’t have all the numbers for June, but will July bring? Long range forecasts show no strong preference for either warmer or cooler temperatures, and only a slight preference for drier than normal conditions. So normal conditions may now be the theme as La Nina’s effects will be a faint memory by the time our July 1st Canada Day celebrations are in full swing. My sentimental forecast for that night is clear and calm, so we – a nation of different ethnicities brought together under our flag – can gaze upwards at the fireworks and say “Ooooh … wow” – reminiscent of the days when I would proudly display my chow mein sandwiches to all my Canadian friends. ~ Weatherwit. Questions, comments, bag lunch ideas? Email info@seasidetimes.ca. For a humorous Victoria weekend weather forecast, visit http://weatherwit.wordpress.com july 2011

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My interest in lunches developed while I was in high school. My mother would make chow mein sandwiches – being the only Asian in school, every time I opened my lunch bag a twitter of excitement would ripple through the cafeteria and a large crowd would gather around in hushed anticipation. I would slowly open the wax paper package to increase the drama, then suddenly thrust it high in the air with my outstretched arm so all could gaze upon it like a July 1st fireworks display. “Ooohhh … wow.” It was just leftover chow mein squished between two pieces of white bread, but it was exotic at the time, and a symbolic illustration of the cultural situation I found myself in. On rare occasions a sushi roll would emerge and the crowd would go ecstatic.

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Physically, prawns differ from shrimp not in size, but rather in the patterns of overlapping body segments. Many people wouldn’t recognize the distinction, even at very close range.

Shrimp and prawns are caught commercially in huge volumes, to satisfy the demand of the world’s shellfish connoisseurs. They are taken in cast nets, shrimp-traps, trawl nets, seines and dip nets. Shrimp-catching used to be a popular pastime, but it’s no longer in vogue. There has been a great deal of recent criticism with regard to shrimp trawl-netting, because enormous volumes of non-target organisms are caught as by-catch and tossed back into the sea, dead or fatally injured. Many people find these shellfish an irresistible treat. They contain relatively high levels of calcium, iodine and protein, but not much energy-generating volume. As well, they are high in cholesterol, up to 251 mg per 100 grams. Some people have major allergic reactions to eating shellfish such as shrimp. Shrimp lay up to one million eggs, which hatch in about 24 hours. The young go through three stages before emerging as adults. Their life span is up to seven years.

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In fact, size has nothing to do with the two names. Both are “decapod” crustaceans. In most restaurants and supermarkets, they are labeled with one name or the other, each apparently substituting for the other. Cookbooks usually use the term “prawn,” apparently without justification. Recently, just to muddy up the situation, scientists have suggested that all saltwater shrimp species be called shrimp and all freshwater species be called prawns, even though both breed in marine habitats.

All members of the shrimp family are filter-feeders, and most occur in schools … but not all. They can swim backward or forward with equal ease.

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by Chris Burdge, bWEST Interactive You’ve no doubt been hearing a lot about social media recently, sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Is it all hyperbole, a fad? Should you pay attention or even care? The answers are no it’s not a fad, and yes, you’d better care. Not only should you care, you should be doing something about it because your customers care and they’re using social media. With over 650 million Facebook users worldwide and more than 15 million accounts in Canada, one of every two Canadians logs on to Facebook every month. When done properly, social media can be an effective way to reach potential customers and stay connected to current ones, but there are a few things you’ll need to know to help you get the most out of social media and avoid the pitfalls.

Rocky Mountain Soap in Mayfair Mall began using social media (blog, Twitter and Facebook) to market their natural soaps and build a following online. Owner Scott McDonald, who goes by the Twitter handle “@FootButterGuy,” credits social media with a significant increase in store sales. In fact, after a recent product swap campaign that was promoted on Twitter and Facebook, sales were up dramatically and the company’s social networks overflowed with positive customer comments.

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 It’s critical for small businesses to plan their social media before getting started. In order to know if your efforts are succeeding or not, you’ll want to establish goals and have the right metrics and tools in place to measure them. Once you know your objectives, you’re on your way to integrating it into your overall communications plan and measuring success. The time to tap into social media is now, before your customers ask why you’re not on Twitter, or worse yet, don’t ask and simply move on to your competition. A few of our sAtisfied clients:

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Knowing the answer to this question is a good place to start. According to Wikipedia, social media is “ … the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue.” To me, it’s all about connections and conversations made richer and more convenient. It offers business owners the tools to easily create and share information and stories including links, audio and video, in an effort to grow their business.

You can start by using tools like Twitter Search to find your “tribe” – people who live in your area and are interested in your company. Once you find them, get to know them by first “following” them and then connecting by answering questions or sharing content that may be of value.

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News from the Seaside Safe and Ethical Beachcombing by Tina Kelly, Ocean Advocate, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Summer is upon us and spending time at the beach is high up on many summer to-do lists. Some beaches come with hazards for us and our actions can create hazards for the animals that live there. Here are 10 ideas to make a trip to any shoreline safe for both you and nature. Check the newspaper or Internet for low tide times. The best time to explore the beach is at low tide or after storms. Whether it’s a rocky shore or sandy beach, low tide uncovers a whole different world of plants and animals adapted to survive exposure to air and sun. Storms wash up treasures to discover: shells, driftwood and algae. Wear old shoes or sneakers to protect your feet from sharp objects such as rocks or barnacles. To visit mudflats, slip on a pair of gumboots. Remember sunscreen, extra layers of clothes and a sun hat. Even if the sky is covered in clouds, the sun can be damaging. The temperature at the beach is typically cooler than in the city; whether it is a cool ocean breeze or a strong wind, extra clothes may make your time at the beach more comfortable. Keep your hands free. Put your gear in a backpack or waterproof bag. Free hands will make digging shells, rocks or other beach treasures easier and are an important safety measure should you need to suddenly stabilize yourself while on slippery rocks.

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Bring along a book. There are a lot of plants and animals to identify and learn about. Many easy-to-use local field guides are available for quick reference. Try Whelks to Whales: Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest by Rick Harbo. Also available are laminated field guide cards perfect for withstanding inclement weather or a drop in a tide pool. Forget your book? Take a picture and look it up when you get home or bring your photo to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and have an oceaneer help you identify your find. Always put rocks back where you found them. Those rocks are an animal’s home or shelter. They need protection from predators and the sun. That rock may also be helping pool water the animal needs to stay moist. Don’t take any living animals out of the water for extended periods of time and never take living plants or animals home. Ensure shells are empty and no animals are living in them. Handle animals carefully. Do not pull creatures off the rocks – they may be adapted to holding on tightly and you risk causing them damage and hindering their ability to survive. Jellyfish can still sting even after being washed up on the beach – don’t allow anyone to touch them, even your family pet. Look up. Avoid beachcombers’ stoop and don’t miss the chance to see other animals that make the ocean and beach their home. Eagles, shore birds, seals and whales are all species you might miss if you only look down. Do not leave litter on the beach and be mindful of food packaging that may accidentally blow away. If you pack it in, pack it out. Better yet, pack out a few pieces of litter that someone else left behind. Mother Nature and others who come to enjoy the beach will thank you. The Saanich Peninsula, Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island have amazing beaches and most beach lovers can name their favourite beach instantly. Go beyond your favourite and explore new beaches – each has something different to discover – safely and ethically.

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Relaxed Atmosphere at the Market The Peninsula Country Market is the place to be every Saturday morning. When you make your way out to the Market you will be pleasantly surprised by the laidback atmosphere, sweet sounds of music and smell of fresh-cut hay in the adjoining field. Located at the Saanich Fairgrounds in the heart of Central Saanich, an area supported by many farmers, artisans and crafters, the market provides an opportunity to see and meet the local farmers, savour their produce and sample an array of fruits and vegetables grown right in our backyard. You will be enticed by some of the local crafters and revel in the artistry of their craft. “Coming to the Peninsula Country Market is so relaxing” says Patti Sanders, a weekly shopper. “I love to purchase the produce. The taste is just amazing.” Every week new vendors arrive with a different spin on their jewelery, a certain taste to their preserves and an eclectic array of quality crafts.

Throughout the summer, local entertainers play songs you’re sure to recognize as well as their own music. You can sit in the sun or find a shady spot under the tents. Check out the website at www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca for a listing of the local entertainers and to find out which Saturday they perform. New to the market this year are the “Market Ambassadors.“ The young adults from the Youth Employment Program have expanded their role to include customer service and will assist you with your packages and help you to your car. They will also carry your fresh cup of coffee and sticky bun to the table if you’re having trouble managing all your purchases. As a member-run market, we all look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

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The Empress of Commonwealth Place by L. Roger Quilter

She wears no crown or ermine cape and, as a fitness guru, needs no throne as she puts her subjects through their paces. Instead of walking on a red carpet, she moves tirelessly on the hardwood floor in the Commonwealth Place gymnasium. “Four, three, two, two, two …” instructor Susan Tanner hesitates before counting “one” as she leads a class in the facility that opened in December of 1993, months before the 1994 British Commonwealth Games began. Following the end-of-year festivities, many people make resolutions to achieve weight loss and improvement in their fitness levels. January classes swell in size as would-be fanatics strive to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, the number of newcomers diminishes swiftly over several weeks

and the class reverts to the steady attendees of the moderate aerobic level held in the gymnasium. Susan’s subjects are from all classes of society ranging from a Bevy of Broadmead Belles to Denizens of Downtown. There are two very active octogenarians who watch each other closely as they trot around the gym, wondering who will be the first to quit; so far, neither one is willing to give up exercising as they hope to reach the ripe old age of 85 before attempting to delve into the depths of a sedentary lifestyle. Susan inspires them all. Her tireless approach and infectious smile create a marvelous atmosphere for her numerous participants. The average attendance is more than seventy, with a high of over one hundred. Susan, a

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former instructor at Gordon Head, took advantage when Commonwealth Place opened its doors, as it was closer to home, and many of her old friends followed her and still maintain their fitness levels. A lithe, blonde mother of three daughters: Brie, Anne and Jane, and grandmother of two, Susan leads the Hi/Lo Impact fitness sessions three times a week. So popular is her style that one participant was overheard gasping “She makes you sweat so sweetly.” A former figure skater and coach, Susan is originally from Lethbridge, where she met her husband, Rick, in high school. Sadly, he passed away in 2004 from pancreatic cancer. Susan has always lived an active lifestyle, her weight has never changed and her contagious sense of humor and zest for life helps her maintain many wonderful friendships. Fitness obviously runs in the family as Susan’s mother, Edna, still attends fitness classes. Daughter Jane, who recently got married, follows her mother’s example as she instructs classes at Commonwealth Place. Susan’s prodigious memory allows her to remember birthdays and anniversaries of many attending her


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Nobody feels humiliated by this; in fact, the opposite holds true: Queen Susan makes it fun. After cooling down from the aerobics session, Susan regales her subjects with sound advice about posture, diet and health related issues as they ready themselves with weights and mats for the strength part of the hour-long class. Following a period of aerobics and strength training, everyone exits the building feeling refreshed and ready to face the rigours of the rest of the day.

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What’s Happening – July 2011

Thursdays Till September 2 Sidney Summer Market

Beacon Avenue between First & Fifth Streets Sidney, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. www.sidneybusiness.com Over 200 vendors sell gifts, fresh produce, hand-made crafts, great food, and so much more! Wonderful entertainment on every block! Parking is available on side streets and public lots, and is permitted in municipal lots after 5 p.m.

Saturdays till Oct. 8 Peninsula Country Market

Saanichton Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 250-216-0521, www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca Twenty years of everything fresh! This market offers everything from farm-fresh organic fruits and vegetables, locally made jams and jellies, honey and freshly roasted coffee beans to homemade bread, assorted meats and fish and arts and crafts. The new Celebrity Chef Series cooking demonstrations will feature one of 18 well-known local chefs each week who will walk the audience through the preparation of a delicious dish made with local ingredients. Free admission, free parking and live music.

July 1-29

The Starving Artists Sidney Food Bank Drive Silastial Studios & Galleries, #201 - 10114 McDonald Park Road, Sidney Anyone who drops off a non-perishable food item, cash or cheque donation is entitled to win one $100 gift certificate for both Silastial Studios & Galleries and Dave Hutchison Images. Proceeds to the Sidney Lions Food Bank

July 3 - Aug. 28 Bamberton Mystery History Tours

1451 Trowsse Rd., Mill Bay, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 250-743-9196, www.bambertonhistoricalsociety.org Bamberton is one of the province's most important historical industrial sites, but it's still a mystery to most. Clinging to the steep mountainside between Malahat Drive and the picturesque waterfront, this once-active cement factory, port and company town site quietly waits to open its gates and reveal its past.

Sundays July 3 - Aug. 28 Sidney Summer Sounds Beacon Park, Sidney, 2-4 p.m. www.peninsulacelebrations.ca

Come and experience new music every Sunday in Beacon Park. Gather with other music lovers to enjoy the sunshine while being entertained by some of the most popular local musicians at the brand new Beacon Pavilion (Sidney’s outdoor Opera House!) Full itinerary available on the site above.

July 3, August 7 Sea-Shirt Sundays

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Sidney, 1-4 p.m. 250-665-7511, www.oceandiscovery.ca Visit us on the first Sunday in July and August and create your own fish fashion! Be sure to bring along your creativity, a pillow case, cloth bag or T-shirt (or purchase a T-shirt from the Centre) and a $2 donation for fabric paint.

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"Gone With the Wine" Peninsula Players Production Muse Winery 11195 Chalet Rd., North Saanich July 16, 30 & Aug. 13 @ 7:30 p.m. July 17 matinee @ 4 p.m. 250-656-2552 www.musewinery.ca Get ready for another great summer of outdoor theatre by The Peninsula Players at Muse Winery. This year's production, an original play by Sasha Moriarty-Schieven, is based on the theme of rum runners during Prohibition on Vancouver Island. Bistro Muse will be open from 5-7 p.m. on performance nights and is offering a special three-course fare for $25, or choose from a la carte menu items and enjoy dinner and theatre in a beautiful al fresco setting. Tickets $25 (matinee $20) and do not include food or wine. Available at Muse Winery and both Stonestreet Café locations.

July 30

Early Evening Canoeing (Guided Paddle – 5+ years)

Ninth Annual Sidney Plein Air Paint Out

Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich), 6 - 9 p.m. 250-478-3344, crdparks@crd.bc.ca www.crd.bc.ca/parks

Beacon Park Sidney Bandstand, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 250-655-8278 info@odettalarochegallery.com www.odettelarochegallery.com

Paddle in the evening searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided and no experience is necessary. You must pre-register: $20+HST/pp (15 yrs+); $10+HST/pp (5-14 years and adult non-paddlers).

July 14

Between the Tides (Drop-In Event – All Ages) Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich), 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 250-478-3344, crdparks@crd.bc.ca www.crd.bc.ca/parks From sea lemons to brittle stars – the diversity during low tide will amaze you! Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and join CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists to discover the creatures that live at Island View Beach. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Drop by the CRD tent off Homathko Road, off Island View Road.

This great event, free to the public, begins with the artists painting until 1 p.m. The jury process will then take place at the bandstand followed by an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. At 3 p.m. everyone is encouraged to view and purchase the paintings to support the artists for a job well done. Jurors will be on hand to share the history of plein air painting and answer questions.

July 31

Sidney Merchants Sidewalk Sale Sidney, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 250-655-6417 Come out for a day of fun! Explore the many shops and restaurants in sunny Sidney by the Sea. Prizes, restaurant cook-offs, music and so much more. Please call the Sidney Business Association for more details (see # above).


Bedtime Stories:

Dreaming of Vancouver Island On July 10th, the Saanich Pioneer Society is delighted to be hosting the Seeds and Salt Theatre Company’s brand new production “Bedtime Stories: Dreaming of Vancouver Island” as part of its 2011 summer tour. This exciting theatre company has received great reviews for bringing alive the history of Vancouver Island to audiences of all ages. The performance consists of four stories: A Pittance of a Remittance, The Bride Ships, Strathcona 100 and The Chocolate War. A cast of four actors using minimal props and bags of talent transport the audience back into Vancouver Island’s history. The Seeds and Salt Theatre Company has earned a reputation for presenting history in a relevant and accessible way. “This is our third successful year and we are thrilled to present our energetic romp to 14 community venues on Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island from July 1st to 23rd,” said Maureen Alexander, producer. “These are stories that changed history forever and although they are little-known, they speak to our shared sense of what it is to be ‘an Islander.’ This is a production that will entertain the whole family.”

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The Seeds and Salt Theatre Company is part of the Bamberton Historical Society. The performance “Bedtime Stories: Dreaming of Vancouver Island” will take place on Sunday July 10th at 7 p.m. at St.Stephen’s Church Hall, 7921 St. Stephen’s Road (off Mt.Newton X Road), Saanichton.

Playing at the Star in July!

Tickets are $10 in advance from Spelt’s Coffee Shop in Saanichton, Tanner’s Books in Sidney and from Saanich Pioneer Society Log Cabin & Museum, 7910 Polo Park Crescent, Saanichton on opening days (Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). For more information visit www.saanichpioneersociety.org.

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38th Annual Central Saanich Days July 30th, 31st and August 1st 2011 by Ken Marriette Have you ever wondered how special annual events get started in our community? Well, as the recently appointed PR rep for the Central Saanich Lions Club, I did some digging on the history of Central Saanich Days. The year was 1973, and the club agreed that a community picnic for families would be fun and would serve as an opportunity to recruit prospective club members. That first year, about 200 people enjoyed free hotdogs and pop and the camaraderie of the club members and other attendees. From that humble beginning, the annual event now attracts between 4,000 to 5,000 participants each year. As in past years, there will be 24 ball teams battling it out over the three-day weekend. Of course there will be food concessions and an adult beverage garden. New this year is a roller hockey tournament, dog agility and pet show, 15 to 20 dragsters and sprint cars on display and the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre activity station.

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In addition, there will be 50/50 draws throughout the weekend and live music on Saturday night. The success of Central Saanich Days has turned it into the Lion’s major annual fundraising event. Strong community support has allowed the club to give back to Angel Flight, Cops for Cancer, Peninsula Soccer Association, Crystal Meth Society, Victoria Prostate Cancer, Stelly’s School scholarships, Mount Newton Centre and Sidney Food Bank – just to name a few. In addition, the Lion’s Club has made several improvements to Centennial Park over the years. So, mark your calendars for July 30th, 31st and August 1st and bring your family to Centennial Park and enjoy one of Central Saanich’s most popular community events. The Central Saanich Lions Club holds dinner meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. For more information, contact Garry Wake at 250-652-4764.

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Zais Astrology – July 2011 by Heather Zais (heather_zais@telus.net) Aries (march 21 - april 19) The first of two new moons this month will focus on home or base of operations. Entertain or attend gatherings which could include open houses. Pay attention to your dreams; they will have lucky messages for you.

Libra (september 23 - october 22) You reach a point of transition. Decide if you want to remain in your present position or move on. Circumstances could influence the outcome. Weigh the benefits of change against security. Consider finances and reputation.

Taurus (april 20 - may 20) You stand out among associates as your position or popularity grows. Others are interested in what you are doing or saying. Your mind is sharp. Prepare material for presentation. Fortune smiles on you with Jupiter's influence.

Scorpio (october 23 - november 21) Take care of personal or other "business" over distance. Travel if it needs to be handled in person. Expectations are high. Organize details to your advantage where possible. Work with local laws for all to benefit.

Gemini (may 21 - june 20) The new moon will focus on finances. It is also a partial eclipse indicating a time of change for your long-term plans – assess your real worth. Let others know what you expect from them and get it all in writing. Sign papers.

Sagittarius (november 22 - december 21) Discuss legacies, shared income or dividends. This can be in personal or business areas. Keep some of the special arrangements private for now. Change the structure of investment terms. There is room for improvement.

Cancer (june 21 - july 22) Step up to the plate and take your rightful place. The new moon in your sign gives you the opportunity to showcase your talents or accomplishments. Confidence rises as you renew important contacts. You are valued.

Capricorn (december 22 - january 19) Stand strong in relationship matters as your influence is enhanced. Others see your point of view and realize that you know what you are doing. They are willing to give you more responsibility or promote you. It's about time.

Leo (july 23 - august 22) Private arrangements or behind-the-scenes activity will blossom into further benefits for you as they unfold. Pay attention to health matters as well. Use a subtle approach to pull strings or get important information. Status is secure.

Aquarius (january 20 - february 18) The new moon partial eclipse will focus on health and work. Your words or actions can be an inspiration. Explain how cooperation will benefit everyone in the long run. Shoulder responsibility – yours or others. It's rewarded.

Virgo (august 23 - september 22) Others give you added praise or support as they see how capable you are. Your image is undergoing a positive change with the new moon partial eclipse influence. A transition occurs in relationships. Go with the flow.

Pisces (february 19 - march 20) Your emotional attachments are under review. The new moon eclipse brings a point of decision. A heart-to-heart talk lays out plans for the future – together or apart. It can still be a win-win situation for both either way. Settle.


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“The Peninsula Adventure Pass is the ultimate way to see everything on the Saanich Peninsula in a way that offers great value to all visitors and Island residents,” says Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa General Manager Natalie King. Participating attractions include Sea Cider, Sea Quest Adventures, EcoCruising, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Butchart Gardens, Mineral World, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre and The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa.

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Moving back to the Island from Vancouver, I doubted I'd ever be fortunate enough to find another boss as great as my last one, but little did I know the voice on the end of the phone line setting up an interview with me belonged to someone who would become such a wonderful employer and friend. Tim is incredibly kind, thoughtful and generous and has always made me feel more like his partner than an employee. Despite no experience in the publishing industry, his enthusiasm and great ideas resulted in many leaps forward for Seaside Times. We had the "simple" goal of making the magazine the best on the Peninsula, and it was so fulfilling to see that dream become reality together. Please join me in wishing Tim all the best in his future endeavours – I'm so glad I was along for the ride, and can't wait for the next leg of the journey with Sue Hodgson at the wheel.

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Seaside Times July 2011 Issue  

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