OUT AND ABOUT: Good news kicks off new year around West Shore

Checking in with Gazette publisher Christine Scott on what's happening

Happy New Year! With sunny skies prevailing, 2016 is upon us. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their holidays and is settling back into their busy lives.

Metchosin Golf and Country Club is hosting its Bandwagon dinner and dance on Jan. 15. The Shorty Parker Band will be headlining and they play an upbeat dance mix. There will be a $5 donation request at the door and the band plays from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The Saunders family and WestShore Chamber of Commerce cordially invite everyone to attend this month’s info-mixer Jan. 20 at Saunders Subaru, raising awareness of the B.C. Cancer Agency’s Deeley Research Centre in Victoria.

Join them to connect with other local business people, enjoy appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages, and learn more about how the Cancer Agency is preparing to launch immunotherapy clinical trials, an innovative new treatment option for cancer. The Wednesday evening mixer takes place at 5:45 p.m. and the fee for non-Chamber members will be waived for this event.

On Jan. 28, Victoria Women In Need Community Co-operative (WIN) officially opens the doors to a new resale store in the Goldstream Village neighbourhood – the fourth in Greater Victoria for the non-profit – by hosting a grand opening. The new shop in Langford will allow WIN to support a greater number of local women each year while providing shopping, employment and volunteer opportunities to area residents.

Though donations will continue to be accepted only at WIN’s downtown and warehouse locations, the Langford store will have for sale a wide variety of items for men, women and children of all ages including fashionable clothing, accessories, jewellery, collectible items, books, electronics and more. Be sure to stop by and check out their new location beside Darcy’s Pub on Goldstream Avenue.

“Transformations” is the first gallery exhibit for the Coast Collective Arts Centre in their brand new location in the Holiday Inn Express and Suites at 103-318 Wale Rd. in Colwood.

The show celebrates change and welcomes artwork of all mediums, celebrating the journeys and changes that are encountered in the world, in our lives and throughout the wonderful experience of being an artist.

The gallery’s opening hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Do you have business or community news you’d like our readers to know about? Contact Christine at cscott@goldstreamgazette.com or Shelley at swestwood@goldstreamgazette.com.