New and Interactive Community Art Project for Seniors – Attendance is on a drop-in basis and there is no charge. No art experience is necessary. To find out more, you are invited to attend an Open House, Jan. 10, at Silver Threads, 1728 Douglas St. 1-3 p.m.

Island Illustrators Society New Years Exhibit – Jan. 6-27, has the theme In Our Lifetime. Opening reception Jan. 6, 7-9 p.m. at On Canvas Gallery, 538 B Yates St. For information, call 385-8090.

Classes & Workshops

Former Zen Monk – Welcomes everyone. Learn, practice and understand the meditative skills and benefits gleaned from 30 years as a Zen monk. Beginners or experts, come to Queenswood House, Conference Room 1, 2494 Arbutus Rd., Sundays, 9-11 a.m. By donation. Call 598-9945.

The Victoria Campus of Educacentre College – Is offering courses for its Winter 2007 session starting in January in languages and communications. Please register at 382-1310, email, 531 Yates St.

Iyengar Yoga – Free introduction Jan. 7 to the ancient art and practice of yoga at the Iyengar Centre, 202-919 Fort St., 4-5 p.m. Please call or drop in to reserve your space, 386-YOGA (9642).

Learn How to Meditate – Begin your meditative journey or refresh your own practice. Four consecutive Thursday evenings starting Jan. 18 in the Wilna Thomas Cultural Centre, Camosun College, Lansdowne campus, 7:30-9 p.m. Sponsored by the Victoria Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre. This is a free course. Registration requested, call 384-0125.

Singles and Relationships Program – Complimentary 90-minute presentation Jan. 8 at Loving Choices, Lambrick Park Church, 1780 Feltham Rd., 7 p.m. For information, call 472-1375.

Free Workshop – Most New Year's resolutions don't work, but there is a way to increase the chances that yours will. Join life and business coach Kathy Santini Jan. 8 at the George Pearkes Recreation Centre, the Gardom Room, next to Silver City Theatres behind Tillicum Mall), 7:30-10 p.m. Call 388-6108.

Open House at the Taoist Tai Chi Society – Jan. 13 at 865 Catherine St. in Vic West. 1-2 p.m., free try-it class, 2-4 p.m. open house. For information, call 383-4103.

H.E. Gangteng Tulku Rinpochef – Buddist Master from Bhutan, will be giving teachings in Victoria Jan. 26-Feb. 4. Please see for more details or call 370-1318.

Four Illustrated Talks – Exploring the history and development of Islam as well as Muslim life today. Thursdays at the Monterey Centre in Oak Bay, Jan. 11 to Feb. 1., 12:30-2 p.m. Call the Monterey Centre at 370-7300.

For Older Women (50 plus) – Who have experienced abuse or continue to experience abuse (emotional/physical/financial). Victoria Women's Transition House is offering education and support groups in Victoria and Sidney (no cost). Call 592-2927.

Learn to Skate – Ongoing registration for Canskate, Junior Academy, Competitive Figure Skating. Call 477-0815.

Transmission Meditation – For time and location of free weekly meeting, call Gary at 652-9568.

Shoreline Community School – Has upcoming courses in mail merge, bookkeeping, typing, cashier training, Foodsafe and many more computer, business and general interest courses. Check out or call 386-8367 for more details.

Heart Sutra Recitation and Silent Meditation – With Lopon Sangay Yeshi, every Thursday at the Yeshe Khorlo Nyingma Buddhist Meditation Centre, 839 Foul Bay Rd., 7:30-9 p.m. For information, call 658-0357.

Women with Cancer – The Look Good Feel Better program invites you to attend free group sessions to deal with skin care, make-up and hair loss solutions. Regular day sessions are the second Tuesday of each month and evening sessions the last Wednesday of each month. To register, call 592-2244.


Latin Nights – Latin dance Fridays, at The Salsa Palace, 1415 Broad St., 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Salsa classes from 8-9:30 p.m. For information, call 361-9433, ext. 215.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – Has a free open house on Jan. 10 at Margaret Jenkins School gym, 1824 Fairfield Rd., 7:30 p.m. Parking off Chandler. No partner needed. Wear soft shoes. For information, call 388-6119.

Come Dancing – Join Saanich International Folk Dancers Wednesdays and Fridays, at Fairfield United Church, 1303 Fairfield Rd. at 7:30 p.m. No partner or experience needed. Instruction on Wednesdays. Drop-in $4, first visit free. For information, call 598-6424.

Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society – Invites you to a free open house Jan. 8 at McKenzie School, (McKenzie at Carey), 7:30 p.m. For information, call Ian Danks at 477-0346.

Mainstream Square Dancing – Every Tuesday at the New Horizon Hall, 234 Menzies, 8-10 p.m. $3.50. Call 388-4742.

Scandinavian Dance – Visitors welcome to evenings of fun. Instruction offered on the waltz, schottis and polka. No partner or experience necessary. Tuesdays at Norway House, 1110 Hillside Ave., 7 p.m. Drop-in $3. First visit free. For information, call 383-1491.

Et Cetera

The Bald Eagles Arrive – To feast on salmon. View the eagles from the nature house at Goldstream Provincial park, just 17 km north of Victoria. Hot drinks and baked goods available and the fire is usually lit, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Dinner And Dance Night – Hosted by the Greater Victoria Ethiopian Association. Jan. 13 in the White Polish Hall in James Bay, 6:45 p.m. Exotic Ethiopian food, auctions, traditionsl dance and more. A fund-raiser for the town of Dire Dawa, part of Ethiopia, to assist the victims of a flood. Admission $15. For information, call 888-0805.

Shrine Clown's Annual Christmas Tree Chipping – Jan. 6 and 7 at Canadian Tire, Admirals and Craigflower, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. By donation, for Shrine charities.

Stories, Stories and More Stories – Join storyteller Jennifer Ferris from the Victoria Storytellers Guild as guild members entertain. Use your imagination and our supplies to creat story crafts. Suitable for all ages. Jan. 4 at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan lake Rd., 1-3 p.m.

You Are Invited – To a New Year's Celebration. Full turkey dinner, Jan. 13 at the Esquimalt Legion, 622 Esquimalt Rd., 1 p.m. Absolutely free, no ticket required. Bring your family, bring a friend, bring a neighbour. Food, entertainment, prizes, balloon drop. Need a ride, call 384-2064 for bus locations and times.

E-Cycling Event – Recycle your old electronics, proceeds support the Canadian Earth Insitute. Bring your old and discarded electronics equipment in for recycling, TVs, computers, small household appliances, any electronic goes. Free for computer monitors and televisons is $10, all other electronic drop-off by donation to CEI. For information, call Sandra at 361-9916 or Beth at 727-9163.

The Other Side of the Poem – An evening with storyteller Helen Mintz. Jan. 27 at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard St., 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). $12 adults/$10 seniors and students. This pioneering theatre piece documents the moving and humorous journey of a Jewish Canadian storyteller to reconcile with the losses of the Holocaust. For information, call 382-0615 or 598-9634.

Victoria Hospice Thrift Boutique – Visit our thrift boutique at 1315 Cook St. near Yates Street Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. You can bring donations of better quality women's fashions, accessories, jewelry, household items, collectibles and books to the shop during business hours or call 519-1545 for our free home pickup service. All of the store profits go directly to support end-of-life care at Victoria Hospice.

Free Parent and Tot Drop-ins – Mondays at Cadboro Bay United Church on Arbutus Road, 9:30-11 a.m. Phone 477-2715. Thursdays at St. George's Anglican Church on Maynard Street, 9:30-11 a.m. Phone 472-2090. Everyone is welcome. Bring your little one and meet other caregivers in a friendly, warm and enjoyable setting.

Cinephreax Movie Club – For those who enjoy watching and discussing movies, please contact Rob at 389-2940. Meet bi-weekly on Wed./Thurs. nights.

Relaxed Duplicate Bridge – Mondays and Thursdays at Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton, near Tillicum at Burnside, 12:20 p.m. For information, call 727-0450.

Are You An Unemployed Resident of the West Shore? – Let us help you find work. Phone WorkLink, your community employment centre, 478-9525.

The Victoria Seniors' Advocacy Service – Tuesdays at the Blanshard Community Centre, 9 a.m.-noon and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. The Seniors' Advocacy Service will defend the rights of seniors in the lower Island area without any fee to the senior. Call 388-7696.

Empower Yourself – At The Positive Living Centre, 3281 Harriet Rd. Thursdays: Healing Circle; Metaphysical Book Study. Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Family Service, 10:30 a.m. Meditation; 11 a.m. Sunday Service. After service coffee, fellowship and discussion group. Creation Circles, courses, workshops, and more offered based on New Thought teachings. Call 514-6855.

Faces and Places – Interesting and affordable monthly social activities for women of all ages and walks of life. $20/yr membership. Call 658-8518 for information.

Free employment services to Immigrants and new Canadians – looking for work or training. Employment counselling, electronic resources centre, educational and training opportunities, job placement, workshops. Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society. 361-9433 ext. 206.

Victoria Christian Fellowship – Meeting Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

At 4401 Chatterton Way. All welcome. Canadian Conference Southern Baptists.

Humanist – Agnostics, free thinkers. Talking, socializing. Give us a try. Call 480-1929, or 389-6770.


Toastmasters Saanich Peninsula Club – Best place to improve your public speaking and communication skills. Tuesdays in the Nell Horth Room, VI Regional Library, 10091 Resthaven Dr., For information, call Kallie at 652-5474.

South Vancouver Island Mycological Society – Meets Jan. 18 at UVic, MacLaurin Bldg., Rm D-116, 7 p.m. Dr. Richard Winder will take you on an ecological and identification journey into the world of mushrooms. Call 595-5820.

The Philosophers' Café – Meets every Wednesday at the Soltice Café, 523 Pandora Ave. (Market Square) 7:30 p.m. $4 plus menu choice. See SFU's website

The Knit Knut Machine Knitting Club – Meets every second Thursday of the month at St. Aidan's United Church, 3703 St. Aidans, 7 p.m. from September to June. Join us for an evening of fun, show and tell and demonstrations. The next meeting is Jan. 11. For information, call 652-9862.

Council of Canadians Coffee Nights – Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at the Black Stilt Café, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission, buy a snack.

Codependents Anonymous – A 12-step program for those looking for help to build nurturing relationships. Thursdays at 1923 Fernwood (rear entrance) 7 p.m.

The Senior Video Makers – Meet each Wednesday at the Les Passmore Silver Threads Services Centre, 286 Hampton Rd., 9:30 a.m. New members are welcome who wish to learn to use their video equipment or to practice and share skills. For information, call 656-2504.

Les Beaux Jeudis – The French tradition of after hours. On the first Thursday of each month, there is a “rendez-vous.” Meet new people, have fun and relax with French speaking people. Canoe Brew Pub, Marina and Restaurant, 450 Swift St., 5-7 p.m.

Separated from a Family Member by Adoption? – Origins B.C. support group meets monthly, phone 419-1200 for location. Support for natural mothers, adoptees, and other affected family members.

Web Enthusiasts Association of Victoria – Meets the third Thursday of each month at the Traveller's Inn, 7 p.m. Excellent speakers, book raffles and special interest groups.

Context Shifters Toastmasters – Meets Thursdays in the Paul Building Room 216 on the Lansdowne Campus of Camosun College, 4:30-6 p.m. Guests are always welcome. Call 595-2290.

The Theosophical Society – Meets Mondays at 3703 St. Aidan's St., 2 p.m. and the first Friday of the month at the Oak Bay Library, 1442 Monterey Ave., 7 p.m. Free admission for all meetings. Call 655-9471 or 655-9423.

Commonwealth Triathlon Club – Looking to meet some new people and get fit? All ages, levels and abilities welcome. Call 744-3648.

Sandu Free Discussion – Sundays in the Community Room at the Victoria Police Station, 850 Caledonia St., 10:30 a.m. For information, call 479-4665.

Mensa – is a worldwide social group for intelligent people. The Victoria chapter has weekly lunches and dinners plus other monthly social activities. Call 598-4725 or 598-8911.

Lung Cancer Support Group -- Meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Vancouver Island Cancer Center (2410 Lee Ave.) Quiet Room (second floor). Lung Cancer Survivors and family/friends are welcome. Contact Melanie at 519-5525 or Louis at 370-1254 for more information.


Victoria Soul Gospel Choir – All singers and levels welcome to this high-energy, spirited choir. Every second Tuesday at the Selkirk Montessori School, 2970 Jutland, 6-8 p.m. Details at or call 388-6687.

The Avalon Singers in Concert – Jan. 14 at Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View Ave., 2:30 p.m. Tickets $8 at the door. For information, call 391-1919.

Classical Music Concert – Presented by the Early Music Society of the Islands. Featuring Red Priest. Jan. 13 at Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music, 8 p.m. Tickets $10-25 are available at the Box Office, 386-6121 and Cadboro Bay Book Co., Ivy's Book Shop, Munro's Books and in Sidney Tanner's Books in Sidney.

Ukrainian Christmas Carol Concert – With guest artist Sara Marreiros. Jan. 7 at the Ukrainian Catholic Church, corner of Cook and Caledonia Streets, 7 p.m. Admission by donation. Proceeds to orphanage in Urkraine. For information, call 658-3051.


Garden City Wanderers – Jan. 6, 10-km walk. Meet at Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec St. Registration 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. walk. For information, call Jaya at 381-8365. Tuesday evening 10-km walks, Jan. 9, 23 and 30. Meet at the Running Room, 777 Royal Oak Drive. Registration 5:45 p.m. for the 6 p.m. walk. For information, call Gail at 477-4472. Wednesday evening 10-km walks, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31. Meet at Henderson Recreation Centre, 2291 Cedar Hill X Rd. Registration 5:45 p.m., for the 6 p.m. walk. For information, call Murray at 721-3065. Monday morning walks, 9 a.m. Call Rick at 478-7020 for current schedule.

Morning Walks – Mondays and Fridays, 9-10 a.m. at various locations. All welcome, no charge. Jan. 8, Mt. Tolmie/Finnerty Gardens. Jan. 12, Saxe Point. E-mail Sheila for locations or information:


Volunteers are Our Essential Ingredient – Meals on Wheels needs your help delivering noon day meals to those in our community who require our service. Now is the time we need you to volunteer! Call Mary at: 479-6955.

Capital City Volunteers – Has an urgent need for volunteer visitors, drivers, gardeners and walkers to help seniors stay independent. As little as two hours a week required. Phone 380-0660.

Looking for - A mature, reliable person with two hours to spare on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays for childminding, while parents attend programs. The Capital Families Association needs your help. Call Volunteer Victoria at 386-2269.

Help Children – With their reading skills and give support with homework, studying for tests, etc. The Learning Disabilities Association needs people who can commit for 12 to 14 weeks. Call Volunteer Victoria at 386-2269.

Are You Considering – A career in esthetics? Here is a stepping stone for you. The Lodge at Broadmead has an opening for a manicure assistant. A bookkeeper for the gift shop is also needed. Call Volunteer Victoria at 386-2269.

Luther Court Society – Wants help with portering clients to and from their beauty salon. A sales person for the Tuck Shop is also needed. Call Volunteer Victoria at 386-2269.

Mechanics – PEERS Victoria needs very occasional troubleshooting for their RV and van. A nail technician for manicures and pedicures is also requested. Call Volunteer Victoria at 386-2269.

Chartered Accountants – Do you have experience with non-profit registered charities? Out of the Box Productions Society would appreciate your help. Call Volunteer Victoria at 386-2269.

Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary needs an assistnat naturalist to conduct programs for elementary school groups. Call Volunteer Victoria at 386-2269.

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