OUT AND ABOUT: West Shore community spirit abounds this fall

Community events plentiful around the region this time of year

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, starting with a quick trip to Vancouver last Thursday to attend the Jack Webster Awards, for which the Goldstream News Gazette was nominated in the Community Reporting category. Although we did not win, it was thrilling to be a finalist at such a prestigious event.

The past week was busy as we handed out the Best of the West Shore awards in partnership with the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. The gala, held at Olympic View Golf Course, was sold out within days. It was fantastic to see our mayors out in force, along with many MLAs, distinguished guests, business owners, representatives from non-profits and other members of our community. My heartfelt thanks go out to the Chamber’s Julie Lawlor and Josh Schmidt for their continued partnership in this event. We hope you enjoyed the Best of the West Shore section in the Oct. 28 paper and will visit some of the featured businesses.

Langford Fire Rescue and West Shore Rotary invite the community to bring your pumpkins to Millstream Village Shopping Centre this Saturday between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a donation, the public can see their pumpkins dropped from the aerial ladder and splattered on the ground. This is a fun way to dispose of your Halloween pumpkins, will all money donated going to a worthy cause. Rotary members will offering a hot dog BBQ with drinks, all donated by the Market on Millstream. All proceeds from the BBQ will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy and Langford Volunteer Firefighters’ Association Benevolent Fund.

The Juan de Fuca Arts and Crafts Guild has been very active on the West Shore since 1975. They are holding their 41st annual Christmas Craft Sale at St. Joseph’s School, 757 Burnside Rd. West, on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

On Wednesday (Nov. 2), Coastal Offices is helping celebrate the first anniversary of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 318 Wale Rd. in Colwood. Everyone is welcome to join them at 2 p.m. when the owners will be making a donation to the Victoria Hospital Foundation. Stay for some refreshments and cake as they celebrate this successful business.

Please join the 14th Juan de Fuca Scouts and Guides at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 11 for the march from the Metchosin Fire Hall to St. Mary the Virgin Heritage Church. The Remembrance Day ceremony begins at 10:55 and refreshments will be served at the fire hall afterward.

Do you have business news or a community event to let Gazette readers to know about? Send the details to Christine at cscott@goldstreamgazette.com.