Arrgh, me mateys, it’s Pirate Pak time again

Today is adult Pirate Pak day at White Spot, with a portion of sales helping kids attend summer camp

Shaun Golob

Don’t be surprised if you stop in to your local White Spot Restaurant today (Aug. 15) and your host greets you wearing an eyepatch.

Today is adult Pirate Pak day, when a portion of sales of the packaged meals goes toward sending kids across B.C. and Alberta to Zajac Ranch for Children.

The summer camp, located on Stave Lake near Mission, gives children and young adults with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities recreation opportunities they may not otherwise enjoy.

“I think it’s a great day for a charity,” says Shaun Golob, general manager at White Spot’s restaurant in Colwood. “Anything we can do, anything to help anybody out, we love to do. It’s also one of our busiest days of the year.”

Golob, who transferred to the location earlier this year, planned to hit Value Village to stock up on pirate gear for his staff to wear today.

“It’s that one day a year when people can act like a kid.”

The promotion sees $2 from the sale of every adult Pirate Pak on Aug. 15 go to the cause. White Spot aims to break its fundraising record of $46,714 this year and has so far raised $152,000 for the ranch.

Sooke Harbour House grabs Taste wine awards

At Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine last month, Sooke Harbour House came away with a double honour. The legendary West Coast eatery, which captured the Best Showcase of Island Wines and Best Overall Wine Program awards, was acknowledged for its commitment to educating staff and its diners about awareness and appreciation of local wines.

Oak Bay’s Vis a Vis Wine & Charcuterie Bar won Most Diner Friendly Wine Menu, for creating a wine list that is “approachable and easy for diners to understand.”

25 years of learning celebrated by school

This week the Academy of Learning Career and Business College celebrates its 25th year of offering skill development courses, upgrades and career counselling. Programs consultant Jeanine Reemst is hosting an open house today (Aug. 15) at the school’s newly renovated Victoria location at 204-1111 Blanshard St.

Most iconic town title up for grabs

Victoria has been named a finalist in Canada’s Top 10 Most Iconic Towns contest, through a survey sponsored by Labatt Blue. Greater Victoria residents and anyone else has until Aug. 18 to vote for the city, which is vying for the 2012 title and the inaugural Good Stuff Award, which comes with a $25,000 community grant, and an Ultimate End of Summer party on Labour Day, courtesy of Labatt Blue. Voting can be done by visiting

Designers tackle chair project

Eleven local furniture designers are putting their best creative feet forward to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Lûxe Home Interiors has initiated the Pink Chair-ity fundraiser, in which designers create a unique chair in honour of someone who has had breast cancer. The chairs will ultimately be placed on display in the Luxe showroom at 2655 Douglas St. throughout October.

On Oct. 26 the chairs will be auctioned off at a gala event with all funds brought in going to the cause. For more information and a list of the participating designers, visit or call 250-386-7632.

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