Maritime Museum of B.C. takes visitors beneath the ocean

Victoria attraction hosting adventure travel writer/photographer for presentation

Each month, the Maritime Museum of BC. hosts a presentation on a topic currently affecting the underwater environment, welcoming keynote speakers who are active in understanding, studying and monitoring the ocean.

Wednesday night (March 28), join outdoor adventure travel writer/photographer Barb Roy on a journey through B.C.’s underwater paradise, visiting six-gill sharks, giant Pacific octopus, friendly wolf-eels, colourful rockfish and an array of invertebrate life. Coming up April 25, discover British Columbia’s sunken archeological treasures with Jacques Marc of the Underwater Archeological Society of B.C. Learn about the many sunken ships and thousands of years of First Nations history located in the water just off old village sites.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $12 or $10 for seniors and students (free for museum members and children 12 and younger).

March 29 – The Blenkinsop Valley Community Association hosts a discussion of regulations relating to the Agriculture Land Reserve and the Right to Farm legislation, 7 p.m. in the Lochside Elementary School library, 1145 Royal Oak Dr. Speakers include the ALC’s Jennifer Dyson and Roger Cheetham, MLA Lana Popham and Coun. Dean Murdock. All welcome; the association’s AGM follows.

April 1 – Food Glorious Food choral fundraiser for food, with UVic’s Philomela Women’s Choir, 2:30 p.m. in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Bldg. Tickets: $12 advance; $15 at the door from https://tickets.uvic.ca or 250-721-8480.

April 2 – The Saanich Emergency Program hosts a free individual and family emergency preparedness session for Saanich residents, 7 to 9 p.m. at Gordon Head Rec Centre. Learn to plan and prepare before disaster strikes. Register early at 250 475-7100 (Course #467554).

April 3 – Breast cancer survivors wanted for fun, friendship and fitness. Meet the Island Breaststrokers and learn about dragonboating, 7 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Hotel, 4670 Elk Lake Dr. FMI: Kathy 250-386-8130 or Jeannie 250-727-7847.

April 8 – Signs of Hope in Africa, a non-profit organization developing programs to enhance the well-being of children and families in Africa, hosts its fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Beckwith Park. Cost: $5 kids age 13 & younger; adults free. Bouncy castle and adventure course, activities, clowns, BBQ, raffle and more. Egg hunt starts at 10:45 a.m. for toddlers and 11 a.m. for older children. No registration needed for this event. FMI: www.signsofhopeinafrica.org

April 15 – SingYourJoy, Victoria’s new young adult choir, performs both new songs and old favourites, 7 p.m. at St. Aidan’s United Church, 3703 St. Aidan’s St. Tickets: $10 general; $25 families. FMI: singyourjoy@gmail.com or text 250-882-5668.

April 12 – Westshore Community Diabetes Support Group’s inaugural meeting at the Juan de Fuca Library, JF Room, at 7 p.m. Free; RSVP to Ken at ken.streetsmart@gmail.com

April 13 – Navigating the Coming Chaos, a lecture and workshop with author Carolyn Baker via Skype from Colorado, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vic West Community Centre, 521 Craigflower Rd. Suggested donation $5 to $10. FMI: http://transitionvictoria.ning.com

April 14 & 15 – Young Life Victoria Home Design & Renovation Tour.  View 10 homes, on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Tickets $25. FMI: Call the Young Life office at 250-634-3223 or visit www.younglife.ca/victoriahometour

April 15 – Victoria Autism 4K Walk and 8K Run, 9:30 a.m., incl. entertainment, kid zone, information booths, food and more. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. in parking lot four near UVic’s Centennial Stadium, and the are planned for 9:30 a.m. start. FMI: www.victoriaautismwalk.com

April 20 – Heartwarming: All About Women and Heart Disease, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Monterey Centre, 1442 Monterey Ave. in Oak Bay Village. All welcome. Free admission but space is limited; pre-register at 250 370-7300.

April 22 – Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club open house, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. FMI: 250-592-1823.

April 26 – Uncork Your Palate fundraiser for the  Victoria Conservatory of Music, 6:30 p.m. at the Crystal Gardens, featuring wines by Naramata Bench Wineries and food from local restaurants. Tickets: $95 – for details call 250-386-5311.

April 28 – Gorge Waterway Clean-Up, from the Tillicum Bridge, around Portage Inlet (including the Colquitz Creek and Craigflower estuaries), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club 355 Gorge Road West. Those who want to participate with the paddling group in the voyageur canoes should wear clothes and footwear they don’t mind getting muddy. Gloves, garbage bags provided.

May 29 – The Saanich Emergency Program hosts a free individual and family emergency preparedness session for Saanich residents, 7 to 9 p.m. at Commonwealth Place. Learn to plan and prepare before disaster strikes. Register early at 250 475-7600 (Course #470012).

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