Used.ca Drive Thru Bottle Drive supporting BC Children’s Hospital – October 18
Save up all your refundable containers! Used.ca is hosting a drive-thru bottle drive in support of BC Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees October 18th at The Archie Browning Sports Centre parking lot.
Simply load up your bottles and cans in your car trunk, drive through and we’ll grab them with no contact and no sorting. Just drop off and go!
Your bottle donations will help local children in Victoria get the help they need at BC Children’s Hospital, your local children’s hospital. Big thanks to our sponsor The Ocean 98.5.
Camp Barnard needs your help!
Camp Barnard has been providing a nurturing environment for people to learn new skills and experience nature and their place in it for more than 75 years.
Each year more than 175 groups use the facilities to deliver age appropriate, exciting, challenging camping and outdoor discovery experiences that fulfill the needs of today’s children. A wide variety of groups use the camp to offer programs for children as young as five all the way through to seniors. No other camp on Vancouver Island, with the facilities and setting that Camp Barnard has, offers these groups the same flexibility and value for money.
Open year-round, Camp Barnard provides excellent camp rental facilities for the youngest/least experienced camper to develop skills and confidence in residential camp settings, rustic cabin circles with dining halls and kitchens, and backcountry tenting sites for more advanced and adventurous leave-no-trace camping.
Donate now online at http://www.campbarnard.ca/fundraising/donate_today
Go by Bike Week 2020 – September 28 – October 4
Bike to Work Week is back with a new date, new name, new activities, new safety protocols, but the same goal of getting more people riding bikes throughout Greater Victoria. The new name, Go By Bike Week, is intended to add a new level of inclusivity to Greater Victoria’s largest, free, community event. Event participants can register themselves, and either their workplace or family team, online at GoByBikeBC.ca/register for a chance to win a Grand Prize Norco E-bike! This year’s event is shifting focus from large in-person events to bike activities people can take part in online events and a limited number of Celebration Stations with physical distancing. This event highlights some of Bike to Work Society’s most popular Neighbourhood Rides, hosting fun online bike events, and debuting a new collectible sticker scavenger hunt.
Event dates: Monday, September 28 – Sunday, October 4, 2020
Online registration & more info: https://logmyride.gobybikebc.ca/register
Sidney by the Sea Run/Walk – September 20 – October 18
Sidney by the Sea Run/Walk goes virtual this year! You can walk, run, jog the traditional distances of – 8k, 5k and Kids Run or you can go further and sign up for the 10k distance. You choose. Get your friends, coworkers, and family to sign up and join your team to be eligible for prizes.
Every participant will receive endur Technical Souvenir Socks, a Finisher’s Medal & Lanyard and you will be sent a downloadable race number to print off and wear during your event.
Raise money for our two local partner charities – it’s easy! Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Register here.
24th Annual UVic Golf Classic – October 3-9
Join the UVic Vikes Golf Team as they host a week-long virtual tournament in support of their program. Play a round of golf at your favourite course, submit your score card, be eligible for prizes, receive a Golf Classic gift box, all while supporting student-athletes! 2020 has turned into a challenging year, and the Vikes could use your support more than ever.
Date: Saturday, October 3rd – Friday, October 9th, 2020
Location: Your preferred 18 hole golf course
Register online: govikesgo.com/golfclassic
To date, the Golf Classic has raised just over $1 million for the UVic Vikes Golf Team, with $40,000 raised just last year. Your support is appreciated as we continue to offer and create opportunities for Vikes varsity student-athletes, preparing them to be leaders in sport and our community.
The 14th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit – Virtual Conference – Oct 27-29
The Economic Summit is an annual gathering of business, community and government leaders sharing ideas, asking questions, networking, learning about new initiatives, and exploring opportunities.
The world is changing, and so is the Summit…
This year features five plenary presentations, twelve panel sessions on themes such as Indigenomics, innovation, tourism, art, the digital economy, and local goods production, an interactive trade show, problem-solving chat groups, one-to-one meetings, and more. Delegates will have plenty of options and flexibility to attend sessions live or watch recordings on their own schedules. All Summit delegates receive a complimentary 6th annual State of the Island Economic Report.
Registration is open at viea.ca. Don’t miss out, buy your tickets now!
It’s never been more important to connect. Be part of shaping the future of our Island economy.
Buy Local Cowichan 2020
In the wake of the unprecedented economic interruption that the COVID-19 pandemic has created, #cowichanstrong has partnered with Economic Development Cowichan and a coalition of other local business organizations to mount a cross-platform awareness initiative to encourage Cowichan Valley residents to purchase goods from local stores and service providers.
It is widely known and understood that small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. Now, more than ever it is vitally important that we make an effort to keep dollars within our communities so that their effect on financial recovery is multiplied through the recreation of previously lost jobs.
Just as a rising tide floats all boats, a contemplative and compassionate look at the way we spend our money will play an important role in the way we navigate these uncharted waters of our “new normal.” https://www.buylocalcowichan.ca/
Victoria HarbourCats Baseball – WE WILL BE BACK!
Despite cancellation of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Victoria HarbourCats are gearing up for what will be a celebratory season and a return to West Coast League baseball in 2021. Season tickets, 10-game flex packs and merchandise are now on sale through the HarbourCats offices at 101-1814 Vancouver Street, or by calling 778-265-0327. Merchandise and 10-game packs may also purchased on-line through “The Cat Shop” at https://victoria-harbourcats-official.myshopify.com/.
Help support the best summertime sports entertainment in the City and lock in your 2021 tickets today! Offices open 10-5 Tuesday to Friday.
Note: Thanks to all our fans who purchased 2020 game tickets or flex-pack vouchers! Please keep them in a safe place and we will happily exchange them for tickets or vouchers to any regular season game in 2021 once the schedule has been released.
Let’s Skip UrbaCity 2020 Together! – September 1 – October 2
Due to COVID-19, we can’t host UrbaCity 2020 in downtown Victoria this September. But wait! To continue to support our charity, Island Prostate Centre, this September we’re all going to grab our ropes and skip it!
Share a photo or video of yourself skipping and use the hashtag #ISkippedUrbaCity – double-dutch, blind-folded, or choose your own skipping challenge. Participants could win a sweet prize – enter by October 2nd for a chance to win!
The full details are on the UrbaCity website.
Don’t Skip Our Charity
You can help by joining us in the UrbaCity skipping challenge, or by donating. Island Prostate Centre can’t afford to be skipped in 2020 – 63% of their annual revenue comes from community events that have been cancelled this year. IPC is an independent non-profit, and does not receive any government funding – they depend entirely on the generosity of our local donor community. Donate on the UrbaCity website.
Clean Your Closet For the Cure – October 2020
Support the Canadian Cancer Society in its commitment to creating a future where no one fears cancer. By simply cleaning out your closet, you can ‘spark joy’ and contribute to cancer research, compassionate support services and advocacy on behalf of all Canadians.
Simply post your items to Used.ca and add #CleanYourClosetForTheCure in the description.
When someone purchases your item, you can then donate the $ to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Victoria Symphony’s Vivaldi Four Seasons
The Victoria Symphony launches its virtual season with perennial favourite Vivaldi’s Four Seasons featuring our own Concertmaster Terence Tam. See the premiere October 1 @ 7:30 pm at victoriasymphony.ca. The concert is free to watch and will be online and available until October 30, 2020.
Victoria Symphony’s Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings is the feature piece of the Victoria Symphony’s second virtual season concert, premiering October 15 @ 7:30 pm at victoriasymphony.ca. The dramatic, rich and elegant piece is preceded by Pärt’s Fratres and Victoria’s own Tobin Stokes’ Bits of Beauty. The concert is free to watch and will be online and available until November 13, 2020.
2020 Festival of Trees Victoria – sponsor a tree!!
Festival of Trees is a cherished community tradition and has become the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season in Victoria, serving our community for the last 28 consecutive years. Beginning on November 19, the Bay Centre will be transformed into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, all thanks to sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals. Guests can bring their loved ones, marvel in the magic of Victoria’s community spirit and vote for their favourite tree.
Interested in participating and decorating a tree? By becoming a Festival of Trees sponsor, not only do you support the only children’s hospital in British Columbia, *NEW* for 2020, you also receive a complimentary Engagement Toolkit designed to help you use Festival of Trees to increase engagement with your customers, employees and your network. Click here to sign up.
Victoria Symphony – Autumn Reflections: Schubert Symphony No. 5 – October 29 – November 27
The Victoria Symphony virtual season continues with Autumn Reflections – Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, premiering October 29 @ 7:30 pm at victoriasymphony.ca. Schubert’s fabulously graceful and melodic Symphony is paired with Juno award winning Canadian composer Jordan Nobles’ Suite from Surface Tensions, a work inspired by the fluid dynamics of water. The concert is free to watch and will be online until November 27, 2020.
Greater Victoria Festival Society REIMAGINES 6th Annual Wicked Victoria! – October 25-31
DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, WE HAVE REIMAGINED WICKED VICTORIA 2020
THE GVFS wants to support our community in every way possible and even though we cannot launch our traditional Wicked Victoria festivities, we have adapted our program to instead offer up a “Wicked Week!” On Sunday, October 25 we will kick things off with our Costume Contest where you can send us your Costume Photo for a chance to win a Government Street Merchant Prize Pack!! Please follow us on Social for more updates and details on how you can take part. Be sure to tune in every day as the fabulous merchants of Government Street offer up some Wicked Deals!
Crush Online – A Fine Wine Auction – November 30 – December 6
This auction features a great selection of fine wine generously donated from the private collections of individuals and restaurants. Whether you are an experienced oenophile or simply a lover of good wine, you will find a wonderful range of spectacular wines.
It will also feature wine gift baskets from BC vineyards and packages, dining and other unique experiences of interest to the wine lover in every price bracket.
All proceeds will benefit the 45th season of Victoria’s leading professional theatre company as well as its beautifully renovated heritage venue in the heart of Fernwood. The Belfry Theatre’s mandate is contemporary repertoire with a focus on Canadian theatre. This is a hybrid season, offering online programming in the fall of 2020 with live and livestream productions running during the Spring of 2021. Click here for more details.