OUT AND ABOUT: Holiday happenings aplenty around our West Shore community

Pick your favourite events to attend this holiday season

With the winter weather upon us please drive carefully and watch your distance from the car in front. We at the Goldstream Gazette want everyone to be safe out there this winter.

Wintercreek Farm, operated by Mary Palfrey and Larry Seltzer on William Head Road in Metchosin, is getting into the holiday spirit through their sale of Christmas trees. For every tree sold, $1 will be donated to the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre.

Palfrey is an animal lover who was looking for a way to give back and branch manager Kari Marks and the crew at Wild ARC were thrilled to partner on the initiative. Wild ARC, at 1020 Malloch Rd. in Metchosin, even accepts used trees after Christmas for use as habitat for their animal patients.

Westshore Parks and Recreation will be hosting public skating sessions on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, and reminds patrons that the pool remains closed for its annual maintenance and will reopen on Dec. 19 at 6 a.m.

Also, Fields 1, 2 and 3 and the artificial turf fields at Westshore Parks and Recreation and Royal Bay secondary are currently closed due to weather. The Juan de Fuca par-3 golf course is also closed.

On Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Metchosin Fire Hall, join the Metchosin fire department for a pancake breakfast with Santa, hot coffee/tea, hot chocolate and kids crafts and don’t forget a picture with the big guy himself.

Make plans to rock the night away Saturday, Dec. 31 with Rock Steady, Victoria’s “best classic rock band” at the Langford Legion auditorium. The doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. There will be munchies, party favours, champagne and draws, as well a shuttle home by donation.

The eighth annual Family New Year’s party hosted by Playzone at Eagle Ridge Centre/ City Centre Park will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run until 10:30.

There will also be a “midnight” celebration for the kids with crafts, face painting, ice skating and many more fun activities.

For those who prefer something different on New Years Eve, Langford Lanes will host unlimited bowling from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $10 per person, including shoe rental. For ticket info, call 250-391-1738.

We wish everyone a safe and Happy Christmas.

Do you have business news or a community event you’d like Gazette readers to know about? Drop Christine a line at cscott@goldstreamgazette.com.