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Artist Flo-Elle Watson displaying her painted white porcelain and flower hat at Sunday’s art show and sale on St. Ann St. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Artists showcase work on boulevards along Oak Bay street

St. Ann Street Boulevard Art Show and Sale features local designs in COVID-friendly outdoor space

Artist Flo-Elle Watson displaying her painted white porcelain and flower hat at Sunday’s art show and sale on St. Ann St. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Megan McCool, Indigenous valedictorian for Royal Bay Secondary, plans to work toward a career in theatre. (Photo courtesy of Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreational Council)

Colwood school’s Indigenous valedictorian targets career as a playwright

Megan McCool plans to take a year off before tackling further studies in theatre

Megan McCool, Indigenous valedictorian for Royal Bay Secondary, plans to work toward a career in theatre. (Photo courtesy of Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreational Council)
EMCS graduates walked the stage in a series of live-streamed ceremonies earlier this week. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke grads net $300,000 in scholarships

Including $12K from the A.C.E Memorial Scholarship in honour of A.J., Cory and Eric

EMCS graduates walked the stage in a series of live-streamed ceremonies earlier this week. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Birthday cake with candles. (Pixabay photo)
Birthday cake with candles. (Pixabay photo)
The North Saanich fire department gave local students a cool break Monday as temperatures soared well past 30 C. (Photo courtesy of North Saanich Middle School/Twitter)

North Saanich firefighters help students cool off during heat wave

North Saanich Middle School students get misted by fire trucks

The North Saanich fire department gave local students a cool break Monday as temperatures soared well past 30 C. (Photo courtesy of North Saanich Middle School/Twitter)
Belmont Secondary School valedictorian Jack Strom is working toward pursuing a hockey scholarship. (Photo contributed by Jack Strom)
Belmont Secondary School valedictorian Jack Strom is working toward pursuing a hockey scholarship. (Photo contributed by Jack Strom)
New mural at Horner Park basketball court showcases creativity in places where one might not expect. (Rachel Wada/We the West Basketball Festival/Twitter)

Mural connected to basketball festival brings vibrancy to Saanich neighbourhood court

Artist brings art, Chinese culture and sport together with colourful piece

New mural at Horner Park basketball court showcases creativity in places where one might not expect. (Rachel Wada/We the West Basketball Festival/Twitter)
A group of young people danced under the glow of the setting sun and temperatures began to let up Monday evening. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
A group of young people danced under the glow of the setting sun and temperatures began to let up Monday evening. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
A husband accidentally locked his wife and dog on their Vernon rooftop patio Tuesday morning, June 29, went to work and posted the event to social media which drew hilarious reaction and helpful hints for the husband. The wife and dog were rescued. (Facebook photo)

Vernon man accidentally locks wife, dog on rooftop in heat wave; lives to post about it on social media

The man left for work and jokingly asked friends to ‘send up water’ to stranded pair who were safely unlocked from patio

A husband accidentally locked his wife and dog on their Vernon rooftop patio Tuesday morning, June 29, went to work and posted the event to social media which drew hilarious reaction and helpful hints for the husband. The wife and dog were rescued. (Facebook photo)
Jeannie Chipps is the Indigenous Valedictorian or the graduating class of 2021 at Belmont Secondary School. (Photo contributed by Jeannie Chipps)

Belmont valedictorian embraces inclusive culture

Indigenous valedictorians part of Sooke School District since 2014

Jeannie Chipps is the Indigenous Valedictorian or the graduating class of 2021 at Belmont Secondary School. (Photo contributed by Jeannie Chipps)
Former education minister Rob Fleming and Premier John Horgan read to children at the James Bay Library during a previous summer visit. This year’s BC Summer Reading Club, staged by the Greater Vuctoria Public Library, is open to children under 13 and will feature artwork from Vancouver cartoonist and illustrator Zoe Si. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria Public Library gives kids incentive to read this summer

Summer Reading Club rewards participants for seven weeks of reading

Former education minister Rob Fleming and Premier John Horgan read to children at the James Bay Library during a previous summer visit. This year’s BC Summer Reading Club, staged by the Greater Vuctoria Public Library, is open to children under 13 and will feature artwork from Vancouver cartoonist and illustrator Zoe Si. (Black Press Media file photo)
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Fred Dobbs and Paul Olson do some weekend work on their pirate ship sand sculpture as part of the Township Community Arts Council’s Sculpture Splash event in Bullen Park. The full creation is due for completion and unveiling on Wednesday, June 30. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Swashbuckling scene emerging from sand in Esquimalt’s Bullen Park

Project a sequel of sorts to Township Community Arts Council’s Sculpture Splash in 2014

Fred Dobbs and Paul Olson do some weekend work on their pirate ship sand sculpture as part of the Township Community Arts Council’s Sculpture Splash event in Bullen Park. The full creation is due for completion and unveiling on Wednesday, June 30. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Victoria Pride Week heads online for the June 28 to July 4 festival. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Pride Society takes community Pride online for 2021

Variety of events planned, with opportunities to be a part of the celebrations

  • Jun 27, 2021
Victoria Pride Week heads online for the June 28 to July 4 festival. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ruth King Elementary is the recipient of $40,000 in grant money from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. (Google Maps)

Langford elementary school receives $40,000 for new books

Ruth King Elementary hopes every student can find a library book that reflects themselves

Ruth King Elementary is the recipient of $40,000 in grant money from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. (Google Maps)
Blossoming Forth, by Dean Simpson and Francisco Munoz sold at Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s recent art auction fundraiser. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)

Habitat for Humanity Victoria art auction raises over $28,000

Proceeds a building block for charity’s next project helping house families in need

Blossoming Forth, by Dean Simpson and Francisco Munoz sold at Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s recent art auction fundraiser. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity Victoria)
Croquet carts crafted by club member John Doman at the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club introduces its members to croquet

Players fundraise for equipment to introduce new sport

Croquet carts crafted by club member John Doman at the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Saanich has proclaimed June 28 to July 4 to be Pride Week in the district. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich marking Pride Week June 28 to July 4

Progress Pride Flag will be raised on June 28 at Saanich municipal hall

Saanich has proclaimed June 28 to July 4 to be Pride Week in the district. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canada’s Snowbirds take to the skies. (Photo provided by Logan Reid)

Former Kittyhawk Air Cadet now soaring with the Snowbirds

Logan Reid hopes to find way back to Vancouver Island once his posting with aerobatics team wraps up

  • Jun 27, 2021
Canada’s Snowbirds take to the skies. (Photo provided by Logan Reid)
Monterey Middle School celebrates Grade 8 graduation June 23. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay middle schoolers celebrate grad under the sun

Monterey Middle School sends off eighth-graders with outdoor fanfare

Monterey Middle School celebrates Grade 8 graduation June 23. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)