Out and About: Changing of the seasons falls upon the West Shore

October is the month that we see our farmers’ markets close down for the year, which for many of us is the sign of the change in seasons.

October is the month that we see our neighbourhood farmers’ markets close down for the year, which for many of us is the sign of the change in seasons.

The Goldstream Farmers Market will have its last day on Oct. 15 and the Metchosin Farmers Market will close down at the end of October; so we still have a few weeks of fresh produce and arts and crafts to look forward to.

The official opening for Painter Trail will take place on Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. at the corner of Painter and Dressler roads in Colwood. Come out and help celebrate the new connection between the Wishart neighbourhood and the growing Royal Bay community.

Savage Cycles is offering a GPS navigation workshop and fun rally for dual sport motorcycle riders Oct. 6 to 8. The workshop will take place at their location at 141-2956 Westshore Pkwy. For more information call 250-475-3773.

The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa is offering a special menu for Thanksgiving weekend; call 250-391-7171 for your reservations. And on Oct. 10 at Bear Mountain is the Cross on the Rock event, part of a laid-back, fun and social but surprisingly competitive cyclocross series on Vancouver Island. Visit crossontherock.com/races/the-bear-xing for more information and to register.

On Saturday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m., the 14th annual Salmon 5K Run will take place in the Goldstream Provincial Park campground off Sooke Lake Road in Langford. Visit raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=1248 to register or call 250-478-9414. Runners need to register by 9:30 a.m.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 will host the Raise the Roof fundraiser for Coast Collective on Oct. 15. Tickets include admission, dancing, mid-evening snacks and applicable taxes. Dance the night away to the funk and soul of Groove Kitchen and show your support for the Coast Collective. The dance takes places from 8 p.m. to midnight and tickets are available at coastcollective.ca/events/raise-the-roof-oct-15.

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