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CHARITY FOCUS Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre

34 EXPLORING COMMUNITY: MIND, BODY, AND SOUL Exploring Community 35 ASTRO SOUL HOROSCOPES 40 FITNESS TIPS Change it up 44 COMMUNITY CULTURE The Little Brooms 49 CHARITY CALL TO ACTION 50

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LIFETIME NETWORKS 2014 GALA DINNER & AUCTION ArtREACH: COLOUR YOUR PALATE The Union Club As the annual signature fundraising 805 Gordon St, Victoria, BC event for the artsREACH program, Colour Your Palate challenges local $75 chefs to pair art and food together lifetimenetworks.org to create a unique, colour-inspired 250.477.4112 bite-sized canapé. SATURDAY MAY 10, 2014 University Club, W Campus Way, 1:30PM- 4PM Oak Bay, BC Soroptimist International of Greater $60/person in advance, Victoria: CHARITY BRIDGE SOCIAL $65 at the door Parkwood Place www.artsreach.ca/shop Retirement Residence, 3051 Shelbourne Street, SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 9AM Victoria, BC Soroptimist International of Greater Victoria GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER TICKETS $15 Come and enjoy a delicious Money raised goes to support Soroptimist International. Bake lunch, play bridge with your own table, hot dogs, refreshments foursome. Each table also wins a & raffle. prize. Money raised supports our 1928 Barrett Drive Women's Opportunity Award for a 250-208-9841 scholarship for further education of a deserving woman. DOORS 5PM (BAR & SILENT AUCTION)

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APRIL 12 & 13, JUNE 7 & 8

REIKI LEVEL 1 AND 2 Levels 1 and 2 Usui Reiki led by Reiki Masters Shanna Hamilton and Victoria Holmes. Small classes for practical experience and personal sharing.

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CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE TRANSFORMATIONAL WORKSHOP BASED ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF $250 LOUISE HAY This one day workshop will help you Victoria Holmes to identify and negative thought 101-2843 Peatt Rd, Victoria, BC Rejuvenations Wellness Centre patterns, old limiting beliefs, and 250.474.1401 areas you may need to forgive in www.victoriaholmes.ca yourself and others. From there www.rejuvenationswellness.com we will learn tools to consistently change your thinking and actions, APRIL 27, 2014, 7PM, VICTORIA helping you create a happier MAY 11, 2014, 2PM, DUNCAN healthier, more abundant life! Ensemble Laude SANCTUARY: $100 CHAMBERS OF THE HEART Victoria Holmes Please join Ensemble Laude for 101-2843 Peatt Rd, Victoria, BC Reserve your table by phoning a concert of richly accompanied Rejuvenations Wellness Centre Norma Brodrick 250 478 5645. sacred choral music on the themes 250.474.1401 Please do not contact Parkwood. of haven, refuge, and landscape as a www.victoriaholmes.ca www.soroptimistgreatervictoria.org source of healing. www.rejuvenationswellness.com

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ISLAND HOLIDAYS FOR ANY budget BY SAIRA WATERS & JEN PATERSON Co-Founders of Dollar Divas

Summer is upon us and I don’t know about you but the sun coming out of hibernation makes me want to shake things up and get out of the house. Yet you don’t need to get on a plane or even a ferry to enjoy a fantastic get away, this island of ours offers holidays for any budget.

Next to Nothing If things are a bit lean then there is no cheaper get away than packing up and heading into the bush. Getting out of cell phone range can offer the same level of R&R that a 5-star spa can. Here is one idea for you: * Does not include camping gear – Try borrowing from a friend if you have never camped before.

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Cowichan River Provincial Park, camp site 2 nights*

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Cost of your groceries for 3 days and 2 nights

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Cost of your gas to travel the $20 (approx.) 85.4km from Victoria

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TOTAL for 3 days and 2 nights:

$152

Middle of the Road If, like me, you require flush toilets, a solid roof and a hot shower then packing up the car and heading to a B&B in Sooke might be right up your alley. I would recommend splurging a little and getting a room with a kitchenette or at least a fridge so you can make some of your own food for lunch and snacks. The premium for the room upgrade will be a fraction of the price of eating every meal at restaurants. Here is how this breaks down:

ACCOMMODATIONS: Salty Towers Oceanfront $310 Cottages w/Kitchenette

TRANSPORTATION: Cost of gas to travel the 41.3km from Victoria

$20 (approx.)

FOOD: Cost of Groceries for lunch and snacks

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$150 (approx.)

ACTIVITIES: Window shopping and Free walks on the beach

TOTAL for 3 days and 2 nights:

$555

$75 (approx.)

No Expense Spared If you want a get away worthy of a Rockefeller then Tofino is the place for you. Every luxury is at your fingertips and there is a full range of activities from surfing to spas. If you really want to live it up you can hire a car to drive you from home to Tofino or book a flight out of Victoria international. Here is what this weekend getaway will set you back:

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Whether you are looking for an off the grid, back to basics weekend or want to pull out all the stops and live in the lap of luxury, Vancouver Island has a holiday that fits your personality and budget.

Jen Paterson, Financial Advisor and Saira Waters, REALTOR® with Royal LePage, teamed up to create Dollar Divas, the Meetup group for women who want to be financially independent! Find us on Meetup & Facebook.

Wickaninnish Inn Tofino

FOOD: $480

TRANSPORTATION: Car with driver from Victoria to Tofino and back

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All meals at the $550 (approx.) Wickaninnish Inn (2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 2 Dinners)

ACTIVITIES: Surfing Lessons & Spa Package for 2 $574

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Spinnakers IPA

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grilled pork tenderloin 3 2 1 1 1 1

tbsp Blackberry Ginger Dark Balsamic tbsp Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Coratina, Leccino, etc) tbsp Grainy Dijon Mustard 3-4 lb Pork tenderloin Red Onion Apple – Fuji or Royal Gala work well

Sea Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper

Wash tenderloin and pat dry. Slice onion into ¼ inch thick rounds. Slice apple and remove the core. Using 2 pieces of thick aluminum foil, each 4 inches longer than the piece of tenderloin, layer the foil to make a thick base. Lay slices of onion in two parallel rows, creating a bed for the tenderloin, if the onion is big and has a large diameter, just make one long row. Place the slices of apple on top of the onion and sprinkle with some salt and pepper to taste. Lay tenderloin on the bed of apples and onions. In a small bowl, whisk together Blackberry Ginger Dark Balsamic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Mustard. Drizzle over top of the tenderloin. Carefully fold up the aluminum foil creating a bit of a tent over the tenderloin, and turning up the ends, covering it and sealing it completely. Place tenderloin on a grill, medium heat, and grill for 35-40 minutes, check half way through to make sure the foil isn’t burning on the bottom and is holding strong. Check the internal temperature is at least 165F. Remove tenderloin from foil, and place directly on grill. Scrape the cooked apples and onions into a bowl, mix slightly to serve as a chutney on the side. Any remaining juices, drizzle over tenderloin. Grill for 2-3 minutes, turning once to crisp the outside.

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Pair either with this marinade recipe...

summer citrus seafood marinade 2

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In a small bowl, whisk together the grapefruit white balsamic and the blood orange fused olive oil to emulsify. Pour into a plate and dredge each piece of halibut through the mixture, so coat. Place halibut in a small baking dish, to keep them crowded, 8x8 pans are great for this. Drizzle remaining marinade on top. Let sit in the fridge for 20 minutes, meanwhile preheat oven to 375 or grill. Take halibut out of fridge, and let rest on the counter for 2 minutes, then place each piece on the grill, or pan in the oven. Bake 10-15 minutes in the oven, until flaky and cooked through and the edges are crisp. Grilling time will vary based individual grill, but halibut should be cooked in about 7-10 minutes. Serve with a citrus chutney, on a bed of rice or grilled potatoes. You can definitely use this marinade for scallops, shrimp, or grilled oysters. Someone who doesn’t like seafood? This is a great Chicken Marinade too, just increase the cooking time to 25 minutes for boneless chicken breasts and 35 for bone in.

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In a small bowl, whisk together the Tarragon Infused Olive Oil, Mustard, Buttermilk and Lemon Juice. Let sit 10 minutes to thicken. Place chicken in a large ziplock bag. Pour marinade into the bag and shake gently to coat and cover the chicken well. Place bag in the fridge on a flat surface for at least an hour but no more than 4. Preheat a BBQ Grill to a minimum 400F. Remove Chicken from marinade, and place each piece on a the hot grill. Grill 10 minutes per side, until cooked through and internal temperature has reached 165F. Place chicken on a serving plate and garnish with the fresh dill. Enjoy! Serve with grilled root vegetables and summer salads.

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In a shallow bowl, whisk together Sesame Oil, Honey Ginger White Balsamic and Wasabi paste (you can also whisk together in a small bowl and transfer to a plate). Place tuna in the bowl, turning to coat, let sit 25 minutes. Preheat grill to at least 500F. Sprinkle sesame seeds on a plate. Turning once more to coat tuna in marinade, place on the hot grill. Sear 35-40 seconds per side, remove from grill and place on plate of sesame seeds, press tuna onto seeds, turning so both sides are lightly coated. Serve immediately, with fresh green salads and a bed of rice.

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dips for grilled seafood Traditional Dip for Lobster or Crab Use 2 Tbsp of butter infused Olive Oil and 1 tsp of Garlic infused Olive Oil mixed together, the perfect buttery dip! Spicy Anyone? 2 Tbsp Harissa Infused Olive Oil and 2 tsp Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic mixed together is a great spicy dip for fish, crab or shrimp.

4-5 lbs Roast of Beef – Rump or Round roast are best lbs Potatoes – Yukon Gold are classic, but Russet will work well here too large Red Onions lbs Carrots cup Tarragon Infused Olive Oil tbsp Lemon Juice tsp Dijon Mustard

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Scrub Potatoes, and roughly chop into quarters. Skin onions and cut in half. Peel carrots, and roughly chop. Place the potatoes in the bottom of a large roasting pan, or bowl of a slow cooker. Rinse roast, and place on top of the potatoes. Nestle remaining vegetables around roast, doing your best to keep them on the sides and the top of the roast free. In a small bowl, whisk together Tarragon Infused Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Dijon and Zest. Pour over meat. Cover roasting pan tightly with aluminum foil and top with lid (or add an other layer of foil), and place in a 325F oven for 2 hours, baste roast with juice slightly and bake another 30-40 minutes, until meat thermometer reads 160F If using a slow cooker, cover and turn on low for 8 hours. Check internal temperature to ensure roast is cooked through. When cooked, place meat on carving board and let rest 10 minutes, remove veggies from pan and place on a oven proof serving platter, and return to the oven to keep warm. To make glaze, carefully pour drippings into a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Carefully bring to a soft boil and allow the drippings to reduce by half.

Sweet and Savory? 2 Tbsp Peach White Balsamic and 2 Tbsp Basil Infused Olive Oil, mix this up and enjoy as a dipping sauce for Halibut or Cod, or shrimp if you’re feeling adventurous.

Carve the meat and place on serving platter, nestle vegetables around the meat and drizzle platter with half the glaze. Place remaining glaze in a small pitcher to enjoy along side.

Love those Asian Flavours 1 tsp Japanese Toasted Sesame and 2 tsp Honey Ginger White Balsamic and 1 Tbsp Garlic infused Olive Oil, and touch of hot mustard is delicious for an asian style dip, great for dumplings to sushi and everything in between!

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Garlic Lovers! 2 Tbsp Garlic Infused Olive Oil and 1 tsp Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic mixed together is an amazing tip for any seafood.

Off to the Tropics 2 Tbsp Ruby Grapefruit Fused Olive Oil and 1 Tbsp Pineapple White Balsamic mixed up is delicious for scallops, shrimp, or crab, it’s sweet, bright and makes you smile.

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espresso grill marinade 2 1 2

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Once again the days lengthen, gifting us with increased light and fulfilling the promise of spring as the earth stirs from slumber and begins to burst forth in fragrance & colour. We here in the west coast community are so blessed by our gentle climate and all the opportunities that it gifts us. One great gift is renewal – who doesn’t want a chance to begin again, to be restored whether in mind, body or spirit? Taking guidance from nature we need only look, listen, reflect & respond to its lessons & move in the direction we are guided. If we have unmet promises that we made to ourselves in the dark days of winter, the increased light of spring now calls us into action. Movement & change – those are the earth’s springtime lessons. Think of your body as a garden, the mind’s thoughts its flowers, our spirit & soul the fragrance & colour. How are you caring for your garden? What are you planting? How are you nourishing it? Take time to contemplate & prepare. Then, where to begin? I would like to share this space each issue with practitioners from our community who can speak from their own personal experience on their path to wellness, health and healing. In this Spring issue it seems particularly appropriate to introduce Parveez Shahviri, a 45-year old whose personal experiences have proven to him beyond a doubt that there are no limits to the intelligence of the human body and what it can do to return itself to vibrant good health, given the opportunity. "When I was 32 my health had already been deteriorating for over a decade due to long hours working at an office job and ignoring the aches and pains in my back and sciatic nerves. But then my life really got turned upside down when I got an infection in my spine, and by the time they caught it, it had eaten all the way through a whole disc and into my L3 and L4 vertebrae. They told me that because so much of the bone mass had been lost and because "bone doesn't re-grow after the age of 18", the best case scenario for me was going to be wearing a back brace for the rest of my life, but that I should also prepare myself for the very real possibility of being paralyzed." Now, 13 years later Parveez has not only escaped paralysis and back braces, but says the bone did in fact re-grow and he says he is now "enjoying better health, strength, flexibility and outlook on life than I ever did, even as an active, athletic teenager." He

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EAT: There’s no place like home. Be sure to get your fresh produce and seafood from the Campbell River Saturday Market that is year round.

PLAY: At Mt. Washington! STAY: Mt. Washington Alpine Resort or The Old House Village & Spa

BUY: Fresh Fish & Seafood (and perhaps some artificial snow)

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History What? Ripple Rock was an underwater twin peak mountain in the Discovery Passage. The explosion used to remove this rock, to prevent further water tragedies, was one of the first live coastto-coast televised events in Canada on April 5, 1958. Friday Night Fever Parties and social gatherings with these folk are bar none. Expect a Friday night experience that can include anything from mixers at the golf club to campfires and music. For the Family There are numerous geocaching locations in the Valley; a great way to share family time outdoors.

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Spring is truly here and summer is just around the corner so our thoughts naturally progress to getting out and enjoying what the season has to offer. For many it is a time to try new activities and/or review the bucket list that you wrote at the beginning of the year. There are numerous walking, cycling and running trails to explore on Vancouver Island, so if you live in Victoria why not be adventurous and venture out of the region this summer? If you live north of the Malahat then Victoria also has many areas to discover. For those wanting a challenge you could change up your workout routine or set new goals. This is easily done and achievable with the right planning and motivation. Here are a few ideas for those looking to change it up: 1. Choose two new trails this summer to run or hike. There are many guide books out there to assist you but you need to narrow your choice as to length, difficulty and time. We can’t list them all here, but a popular trail is Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. The park features over 25 kilometres of trails with many intersecting so you can choose the intensity and length. Runners particularly like the Cascade and Timberline trails for variety and terrain. There are also some spectacular views of the Malahat Drive and Finlayson Arm Inlet. Check it out on www.explorevancouverisland.com. A gem in the Cowichan Valley is the Cowichan Valley Trail with the Kinsol Trestle as the highlight. The 187-metre walkway connects Shawnigan Lake with the district of North Cowichan. Now part of the Trans Canada Trail, it is ideal for runners, walker and cyclists. For a list of all of the trails see www.tctrail.ca 2. Join a bike tour. If you are a cyclist and have always thought of doing an extended bike tour then the Island is the place. Check out www. cyclevancouverisland.ca for a list of tours and clubs. Enjoy the occasional glass of 40

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vino? Then the Cowichan Valley Grape Escape could be for you. It is a two-day cycling tour of the Cowichan Valley, touring wineries, while raising money for a worthwhile cause - the MS Society. You can do a one-day tour or cycle both days. www.cowichanvalleygrapeescape.com. 3. Train for a half marathon. You have done a 10k or two and now that ‘other’ distance is on your mind – can I do it with the right training? Of course you can. The best way for a first timer is to join a clinic as it can take up to five months to properly train. With a clinic you can also receive professional advice on clothing, shoes and how to avoid injuries. Running stores typically start their clinics for fall races in May. Many recreational centres may also have similar programs so check out your nearest store/rec centre. The main half marathon that runners train for on the Island is the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, held Thanksgiving weekend on October 12 (www.runvictoriamarathon. com). But you can also look into a new half marathon, the Cowichan Autumn Classic, on October 26 got to www. ceevacs.com for more information. 4. Try a new fitness class/ workout. There are numerous new activities you can try many running during

the summer - check out my column in the last issue (February/March 2014) for some tips on some of the trends for 2014. If you have feel as if you have reached a plateau with your workout then incorporate some new elements. One way to liven it up is to treat it like a circuit session. Start with a warm up on the bike or treadmill for 10 minutes, then proceed with some upper body strength training, e.g. chest press. Then alternate cardio with more strength. So three minutes on the treadmill, another strength session e.g. lat pull down, cardio, strength and so on. This is a great workout and you can make it as long as you like (a typical session would be 45 min – 1 hour). Some fitness centres feature circuit training so if you like a group environment then it is a good way to try this out. These are just some suggestions if you feel in need of a change or a challenge this summer. Vancouver Island is all about getting out there and doing it! So what are you waiting for? Louise Hodgson-Jones is a media relations specialist, working with events such as the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, TC10K, and Frontrunners Island Race Series. She also coordinates communications for PISE and the Pacific Cycling Centre, and writes for IMPACT Magazine and Canadian Running.

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STAY: Don’t be shy to search out accommodations that are tucked inside the friendly neighbourhoods of James Bay, Vic West, and toward Oak Bay BUY: Candied Salmon, Local Art, Waffles, Local Craft Beer BEST KEPT SECRET: For a quiet moment, slip into the Historic Christ Church Cathedral, corner of Quadra and Broughtan

You’ll Never Believe In British Columbia there are 83.5 small businesses per 1,000 people, the highest number in Canada. The “shop local” concept supports an independent and growing community of local business here in Victoria, on the island, and across British Columbia (BC Stats, 2013). Keeping these businesses alive requires the average spend of $1,000 per month locally on grocery, eating out, clothing, entertainment, fitness, and leisure. A thought to consider when you plan your next shopping trip... For the Diehard Pack a picnic lunch of local delights and wind the various trails up Mt. Doug for a breathtaking culinary experience. Don’t Leave Without This A visit to Beacon Hill Park Petting Zoo; fun for all ages and be sure to bring your camera. Exclusive to the Area B.C. Sunshine – in July 2013, Victoria received 432.8 hours of

sunshine, the most ever recorded in any month in B.C. history. It receives an average of 2,193 hours annually, second only to Cranbrook.

Little Known Fact There are 7 women to every man in Victoria. Enough said. History What? Victoria was briefly known as Fort Albert in 1843 as a Hudson Bay Trading Post, but later was renamed Fort Victoria in 1846 in honour of Queen Victoria. Friday Night Fever With 4 major playhouses and a very vibrant entertainment scene, there is no reason to be bored on a Friday night. For the Family The list is endless with so many options all over the city. To name just a few: Willow’s Beach, The Maritime Museum, Cook St Village Playground, Fisherman’s Wharf, and many other clean and attractive family friendly parks.

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Peter Chan felt too hot, and business was slow, so he opened the kitchen door and stepped out into the evening air. That’s better, he thought. Oxygen. Never mind that the neighbours hadn’t taken out the garbage yet. Nothing could spoil the smell of spring. Even in the back alley, one could feel that winter was really over. The street lights flicked on, standard city lights mixed with glowing lanterns, red and orange. A string of little white lights hung over the top of the alley, wrapped around a nail, trailed halfway down the wall and stopped at a mossy ledge. Peter lit a cigarette and leaned against the cool brick, squatting to relieve the pain in his lower back. A long drag; a tiny crinkling sound from the burning tobacco. My God, that is good. A few stars prickled out from the darkening sky. But that one was no star. Too bright – and it was starting to move. Closer. The odd brightness approached and grew until it flooded the alley. Peter stood up slowly, too fascinated to move. Keeping his eyes on the light, he took a last puff on the cigarette and flicked it away. The light floated down, stopped immediately in front of him and dimmed. It swirled and fizzed, now like a lava lamp, now like a cloud. From an opening in the shining mass emerged three small figures. Children? No – not shaped like children. Definitely aliens. The light ebbed away, leaving just the spill-light from the kitchen to illuminate the newcomers. They’re green, thought Peter. Just like a movie! The middle creature stepped forward and addressed himself to Peter: “Hello upon this day, hyoo-mun. Good to being here. We have come for the curling.” “For the curling,” intoned the other two, nodding. * The visitors’ names were Meep, Sarla and Ricardo. Short for Ricky Ricardo, he explained, because his parents loved watching I Love Lucy. Meep and Sarla rolled their eyes while Ricardo spoke. “So weird,” said Meep. “So, let me get this straight,” said Peter, locking the front door and pulling down the blinds. A quick glance into Fisgard Street confirmed that the neighbours hadn’t noticed the giant light. “You came all this way to watch curling? And you can see our old TV shows on – on your planet? How?” Sarla waved dismissively. “Oh, you no can understand. Too hard for hyoo-munce. Hyoo-

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munce aaahhhhh…” he searched for the word. “Dork butts,” offered Meep. “Yes! Dork butts!” Sarla pounded the tabletop with a moist fist. The soy sauce skidded and fell on the floor. “Fair enough,” said Peter, reaching for a cloth. “Have you eaten? I will make you something. Do you want some chow mein?” “Sweet and sour?” asked Ricardo. “I don’t have that. No gwai-lo food here. How the hell you know about sweet – never mind.” “I want chopsticks, no fork. Fork is for dork butts,” said Sarla. “Fork for me! Fork is A-number one!” shouted Ricardo. “Shhhh! Okay, geez, keep it down. I’ll be right back. Stay away from the window.” “I like spicy,” whispered Meep. * As it happened, Peter had already planned to go to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Center that evening to take photos of the curling championships for the local Chinese newspaper. Meep, Sarla and Ricardo begged to go along. They didn’t have a lot of time, though. Sarla had a poetry reading to get to back on their planet. “I still don’t get it,” said Peter. “Why curling, of all things? You came from a billion light years away –” Meep, Sarla and Ricardo snorted. “Hah. Try six,” said Sarla. “Okay, six, but it’s all because you love curling? Why do you love it so much?” The aliens looked at each other, then back at Peter. “The little brooms,” said Ricardo, solemnly. “The little brooms.” * “Okay, guys, you need to get down more. Someone’s going to see you,” Peter admonished from the driver’s seat. “We want see Bland Chard,” said Meep. “It’s Blanchard, and it’s nothing to see, don’t worry. Get down. And leave my camera alone, okay? It’s expensive.” The aliens giggled. “ExBENNNN-siff, ha ha ha!”

Peter scowled at them in the rear view mirror. “Do you want to see curling or not?” “Yeeeeess,” they sang on a low note. * They didn’t like being squashed into a gym bag, but they were too excited to complain much. Peter didn’t like carrying it, especially through security, where he had to show his press pass and do some clever explaining about the big lumpy bag. He lugged them up to the balcony where they could get a view through the open zipper. “Stay here and don’t move. I have to go down there and take pictures. Everyone okay?” “Yeeeess” they sang. “I want chips,” said Ricardo. “No chips and no more talking. I’ll be back in a little while.” In the end, China was knocked out by Sweden. Peter went to congratulate the Chinese team on a good run, and to invite them back to the restaurant for a farewell meal. “Just give me an hour to get ready,” he said. “Okay, one more group photo. Yeah, terrific, very nice!” * He drove the aliens back to Chinatown. Luckily, there was a parking spot on Government, and they could slip back into the alley unseen. “That was A-number one,” said Ricardo. “Thanks you.” “Yes, thanks you, Peter Chan. You not a dork butt,” said Meep. Sarla bowed low, and took Peter’s hand in his. “Thanks you for chow mein, and for show us curling. We are friends together, yes?” “Yes, friends,” said Peter. “Travel safely. Oh – your leftovers!” He unlocked the kitchen door and ducked inside to get the containers out of the fridge. But when he came back out, they were already gone. On the brick wall across from his kitchen was etched in shining calligraphy: Your kindness will never be forgotten. He stood a moment, looking at the inscription, then watching the night sky. After a while he heard the Chinese curling team at the front door, and he rushed to greet them. * Jenny Hainsworth is a writer and visual artist in Victoria, BC. Check out her blogs at www.rabbitinthedirt.wordpress.com and www.jennyhainsworthwrites.wordpress.com

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tastings of beer, wine, and more! FOR MORE INFO ON TASTINGS follow your nearest store on Facebook and Twitter for specific details.

At both SPINNAKERS JAMES BAY & VIC WEST we thrive on our customer relationships. A visit to our store is an opportunity for us to chat with you about local and international products – wine, beer, spirits and all the exciting things in between. Come and discover your new favourite beverage at our store. We’d love to help you find it. Sincerely,

Open 9AM–11PM | 7 days a week

VIC WEST 130-176 Wilson Street Victoria, BC

250-360-1333 Open 9AM–11PM | 7 days a week

JAMES BAY 3–435 Simcoe Street Victoria, BC

250-590-3515

The Spinnakers James Bay & Vic West Teams

Spinnakers James Bay

VIC WEST 130-176 Wilson Street Victoria, BC

Open 9AM–10PM | 7 days a week

@SpinnakersJB |

Spinnakers Spirit Merchants Vic West

@SpinnakersS

250-360-1333


April/May 2014 | Issue 14