Arrowsmith Rotary combines service with beer

The Arrowsmith Rotary club in the Alberni Valley is joining two of my favourite things: beer and volunteering. The 2011 Alberni Valley Hops Festival:

Ten Breweries highlight some of their specialties, while 6 food tables provide the food that one normally aligns with “beer drinking”. The night also features a silent auction table and entertainment will be provided by musician – Kevin Falkenberg.
Brewery Representatives include Granville Island Brewery, Howe Sound Brewery, Lighthouse Brewing Company, Longwood Brewery, Mark Anthony Distributors, Molson Coors, Pacific Western Brewing Company, Phillips Brewing Company, Vancouver Island Brewery, and Whistler Brewing Company.

Time for the event – starting at 6:00 pm for Industry Representatives by invitation, and then at 7:00 pm for the General Public.

Event to be held at Echo Centre – 4255 Wallace Street, in the Cedar Rooms.

The following local businesses will be providing the food samples for the evening: Harbour Pizza Factory, Pete’s Mountain Meats, Polly’s Pub, Port Pub, Westwind Pub and rounding out the evening is Serious Coffee.

ADSS Dry Grad will be on hand with their designated driving program, offering a Drive Home Service.

Ticket price: $30.00 per person.

full details  at

(h/t to the Beer of the Rock blog)

As Luminara fades, ICA hosts Culture of Light Celebration

As Luminara fades to black due to budget issues, the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria is hosting a culture of light celebration. Take a peek:

Please join us to learn about our recent workshop series on traditions of light from around the world. We will be serving delicious Indian food and chai!

This is an opportunity to see some of the work we’re doing to break down barriers between cultures and find the common theme of light that is central to celebrations around the world.

Co-presented by ICA and the Cook Street Village Activity Centre, and funded by Embrace BC, this series of six workshops was designed to provide a fun and open atmosphere for participants to learn about traditions from around the world. Including visual arts, dance, storytelling, puppetry, music and food, these workshops gave participants an opportunity to have a hands-on experience of a world tradition of light, presented by cultural experts from the Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai and Salish communities.

Join us at:
Cook Street Village Activity Centre
380 Cook Street
Wednesday March 23, 4 – 6pm
Talk and slide show 4:30 – 4:45pm

This project was made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Read the full press release (PDF) for more details

It is sad to Luminara go the way of FolkFest, victims of of their own success (my brother put it). I was lucky to work on the 2009 and 2010 Luminara and, although the hours were grueling and long, it was probably amongst the best experiences of my life. Maybe that talk of restoring gaming grants might allow something new to flourish.

Help plan the future of UVic

Come help plan the future of UVic over the next two weeks at two different weeks. First up, on March 17th, is BC Transit’s open house on a new campus plan. It runs in the Michele Pujol room of the SUB between 11am-2pm and 4pm-6pm. See the poster (PDF) for the full details.

On the 21st UVic will be Oak Bay Council meeting for a presentation of the new UVic strategic plan, currently in the planning stages. This is part of a committee of the whole meeting so it will fairly informal as these things go. Join UVic and Oak Bay Council at 7:30pm in the council chambers of the municipal hall. See the ad for the full details.

Wendy Brawer, founder of the Green Map movement, is speaking

Wendy Brawer, the founder of the Green Map movement which has changed the way people view the world, is coming to speak in Victoria on March 16th, from 3pm to 4:30pm at the Bob Wright Centre B150 up at UVic. (See the Oak Bay Events tab in the upper right for a Google Calendar widget, including a feed for Outlook and other calendars)

Timely, given the Oak Bay Green Map, a project led by the Community Association of Oak Bay and supported by the Oak Bay Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, amongst others, is nearing a draft and should be done this fall.

Rotary Polio Plus event in /A\ News

Thanks to the efforts of Joan Peggs, the Rotary Club of Oak Bay’s President-Elect, our Polio Plus lightup, so recently cancelled due to snow, was ran and we managed to get some news coverage. Oak Bay News has covered the event, and better yet, /A\ came out and had Bruce Williams do the weather with the Polio Plus logo in the background. Check it out:

Come help end polio with Rotary tomorrow

The time to end polio is now and the Rotary Club of Oak Bay invites you to come help us out in this quest. Tomorrow between 11am and 2pm, we are holding a hotdog BBQ on the front lawn of the Oak Bay Municipal Hall in the Oak Bay Village. The hot dogs and coffee are all “sold” by donation, with all proceeds going to the PolioPlus project of Rotary International. Thanks to our generous sponsors: COBS Bakery for the buns, Fairway Markets for the wieners and condiments, and Level Ground Trading for coffee. Also thanks to the Municipality of Oak Bay for declaring February 23rd Rotary Day, letting us the lawn of the municipal hall’s lawn, and raising the Rotary flag, as well as to the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria for providing us with a tent in the case of inclement weather. Hope to see you there!