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From left: Royal Jubilee Hospital clinical operations director Jason Price, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes and site operations manager Edgar Dittmer deliver sunflowers and chocolates to healthcare workers in the hospital’s patient care centre. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Chocolates and sunflowers brighten up Royal Jubilee Hospital workers’ day

Gifts to show appreciation for Greater Victoria hospital workers experiencing burnout

Sidney Museum to host jack-o’-lantern hunt

Event runs Oct. 22 to 31 as part of Sidney Business Improvement Area Society’s Halloween Spooktacular

Bella, the foal, was born chestnut and changed colour as she aged. (Courtesy Paula Leweke)

Metchosin-born horse leaps grand prix hurdles

Paula Leweke of Paula’s Horses has high hopes for Bella

Sooke’s annual Santa Parade returns on Dec. 5, but with pandemic protocols in place. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke’s annual Santa Parade returns on Dec. 5, but with pandemic protocols in place. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sidney resident Ingrid Shaw’s Thanksgiving display in her front garden. (Courtesy of Ingrid Shaw)

Seasonal garden display inspires creativity, smiles in Sidney

Ingrid Shaw enjoys the fun of decorating for each season

Sidney resident Ingrid Shaw’s Thanksgiving display in her front garden. (Courtesy of Ingrid Shaw)
Families in Saanich will have access to $1 recreation passes until the end of the Halloween season. (Black Press Media file photo)

Trick-or-treat Saanich recreation passes a healthy alternative during spooky season

Saanich Parks and Recreation offers passes to families from Oct. 15 to 31

Families in Saanich will have access to $1 recreation passes until the end of the Halloween season. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society is fundraising to deliver 10,000 pairs of socks to south Island residents in need. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society is fundraising to deliver 10,000 pairs of socks to south Island residents in need. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
While still working on gathering in-person, the Oak Bay Toastmasters club meets every Tuesday. (Courtesy Oak Bay Toastmasters)

Shift online closes some windows, opens other doors for Oak Bay Toastmasters

Program helps member hone her voice, gain confidence in front of a crowd

While still working on gathering in-person, the Oak Bay Toastmasters club meets every Tuesday. (Courtesy Oak Bay Toastmasters)
A cluster of brown bats in Canoe Creek near Nanaimo exhibit white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus. BatWeek in Greater Victoria aims to appreciate and educate the community about bats, Oct. 24 to 31. (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)

BatWeek in Greater Victoria spreads education about tiny flying mammals

Habitat Acquisition Trust aims to bust bat myths, spread education, encourage stewardship

A cluster of brown bats in Canoe Creek near Nanaimo exhibit white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus. BatWeek in Greater Victoria aims to appreciate and educate the community about bats, Oct. 24 to 31. (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)
A jellyfish floats seemingly weightless, in this image taken from a video shot in the waters off the Ogden Point breakwater by diver Justin Gross. (YouTube/Justin Gross)

VIDEO: A peek under the Salish Sea off the shores of Victoria

Local diver shares first-person perspective of the wonders of kelp forest

A jellyfish floats seemingly weightless, in this image taken from a video shot in the waters off the Ogden Point breakwater by diver Justin Gross. (YouTube/Justin Gross)
Colwood Creek Park is the site of two of several pop-up public parks feedback sessions in the city. (Photo courtesy City of Colwood)

Colwood asking residents for their take on its parks management

Four in-person sessions and one online to be held between Oct. 16 and 27

Colwood Creek Park is the site of two of several pop-up public parks feedback sessions in the city. (Photo courtesy City of Colwood)
An Oak Bay firefighter and child hose down the massive Halloween fire in Firefighter’s Park during a previous event. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 pandemic douses Halloween bonfire in Oak Bay

Annual Oct. 31 gathering in Firefighter’s Park cancelled for second consecutive year

An Oak Bay firefighter and child hose down the massive Halloween fire in Firefighter’s Park during a previous event. (Black Press Media file photo)
A glimpse from a previous Massive Marine Garage Sale to benefit the museum. (Maritime Museum of British Columbia/Facebook)

Massive Marine Garage Sale returns this weekend

Dozens of vendors bring marine goods to Victoria to raise funds for the Maritime Museum of B.C.

A glimpse from a previous Massive Marine Garage Sale to benefit the museum. (Maritime Museum of British Columbia/Facebook)
Black Press Media social media specialist Tegwyn Hughes and friend Nathan Rideout enjoy sample brews during the Victoria Beer Society’s Lager Than Life event in the city’s brewery district last weekend. (Tegwyn Hughes/News Staff)

Victoria Beer Society delights patrons with back-to-back weekend events

In-person tastings invited locals to try a range of lager and fresh-hopped beers

Black Press Media social media specialist Tegwyn Hughes and friend Nathan Rideout enjoy sample brews during the Victoria Beer Society’s Lager Than Life event in the city’s brewery district last weekend. (Tegwyn Hughes/News Staff)
Volunteers with Schneider Electric work in partnership with Tree Canada and the District of Oak Bay to restore a pocket of the Garry oak meadow ecosystem in Anderson Hill Park. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Volunteers clear corner of Oak Bay park for new native growth

Anderson Hill Park privvy to upgrades thanks to business, Tree Canada

Volunteers with Schneider Electric work in partnership with Tree Canada and the District of Oak Bay to restore a pocket of the Garry oak meadow ecosystem in Anderson Hill Park. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
There were long lines at this year’s drive-thru Blackberry Festival at St. Mary’s Church in Metchosin. (Photo courtesy David McArthur)

Community welcomes back St. Mary’s Metchosin Blackberry Festival

Popular event saw lines of cars extend down the street before doors even opened Oct. 9

There were long lines at this year’s drive-thru Blackberry Festival at St. Mary’s Church in Metchosin. (Photo courtesy David McArthur)
Stop by the Uptown ReStore or the West Shore location to grab a free steam punk’in kit. Use the kit to create your very own steam punk’ins this Halloween. (Facebook/Restore Victoria)
Stop by the Uptown ReStore or the West Shore location to grab a free steam punk’in kit. Use the kit to create your very own steam punk’ins this Halloween. (Facebook/Restore Victoria)
Volunteers removed invasive species on Oct. 1 as part of the Pulling Together restoration project across Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Volunteers gather to pull invasive species at Saanich’s Marigold Park

Pulling Together program emphasizes many hands making light work

Volunteers removed invasive species on Oct. 1 as part of the Pulling Together restoration project across Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The Langford-based market hopes to support vendors with some additional wintertime sales opportunities. (Black Press Media file photo)

Goldstream Farmers Market extending its season until November

Popular outdoor market adding holiday cheer to the calendar

The Langford-based market hopes to support vendors with some additional wintertime sales opportunities. (Black Press Media file photo)
The women behind Mosaic Tastes have been recognized with a national award for their entrepreneurial efforts. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)
The women behind Mosaic Tastes have been recognized with a national award for their entrepreneurial efforts. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)