Long weekend events on the West Shore

Metchosin Sheep dog trial; star party; velodrome

Metchosin Sheep dog trial Saturday, Sunday

Some of North America’s best sheep dogs and their masters will match wits against wily sheep during the 19th annual Metchosin Sheep Dog Trial.

With a backdrop of the ocean and the pastoral trials field, spectators are welcome to watch sheep dogs move and control small flocks under the verbal command of their owners.

The trial runs Saturday and Sunday, starting 7:30 a.m. and running until 5 p.m. in fields next to Taylor Road (turn east on Taylor from William Head Road).

Astronomy star party Friday, Saturday

Stargazers and astronomy buffs are invited the Victoria Royal astronomy society’s star party, July 29 to 30, at the Metchosin municipal grounds, 4440 Metchosin Rd.

Astrophysicist Rita Mann will give a talk at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and astrophysicist John Blakeslee will give a talk at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

People can camp overnight at the grounds and are encouraged to bring their personal telescopes.

See victoria.rasc.ca/events/starparty for schedule of events.

Velodrome racing Friday

The Greater Victoria Velodrome Society is encouraging the public to see a night of racing at the recently reopened Juan de Fuca velodrome at West Shore Parks and Recreation.

Vancouver Island’s top track cyclists demonstrating their skills in various individual and team races. The event will also collect donations for Tour de Rock

Events and racing start at 6:30 p.m. Friday night. See www.gvva.bc.ca.

 

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