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Doug Groenendijk is one of six Canadian farmers who will be looking for love on an upcoming CTV reality series. (CTV Farming For Love photo)

Farmer Doug in the right field for TV series, hoping his true love comes out of left field

Island resident will be looking for a soulmate in upcoming reality show

Doug Groenendijk is one of six Canadian farmers who will be looking for love on an upcoming CTV reality series. (CTV Farming For Love photo)
Local musicians will perform at Shirley Day on Aug. 21. Having missed Shirley Day for two years due to the COVID pandemic, organizers look forward to welcoming everyone back to the hamlet. (Contributed - Shannon Lee Rae)

Organizers planning the return of Shirley Day

Community event coming back after two-year hiatus

  • Jun 22, 2022
Local musicians will perform at Shirley Day on Aug. 21. Having missed Shirley Day for two years due to the COVID pandemic, organizers look forward to welcoming everyone back to the hamlet. (Contributed - Shannon Lee Rae)
The Peninsula Streams Society is hosting an information and volunteer session June 27 on the work it has done and will be doing to restore the Millstream watershed, including the installation of a fishway at the Atkins Road culvert which was completed in 2020. (Courtesy Peninsula Streams Society)
The Peninsula Streams Society is hosting an information and volunteer session June 27 on the work it has done and will be doing to restore the Millstream watershed, including the installation of a fishway at the Atkins Road culvert which was completed in 2020. (Courtesy Peninsula Streams Society)
The Sooke Region Communities Health Network will unveil plans for the future elders’ complex on Wadams Way at an open house on June 30. (Contributed - SRCHN)
The Sooke Region Communities Health Network will unveil plans for the future elders’ complex on Wadams Way at an open house on June 30. (Contributed - SRCHN)
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.

Vital Victoria Podcast: Sharing stories + building community

Don’t miss the Vital Signs survey – open til July 4

  • Jun 20, 2022
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.
(Black Press file photo)

Okanagan-based group ready for B.C.-wide celebration of collector cars

July 9 is recognized as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the province

(Black Press file photo)
Fine Brew will perform at a benefit concert for Ukraine families in Sooke on June 25. (Contributed - Fine Brew)

Sooke musicians host benefit concert for Ukrainian families

Fine Brew and Willis Taylor headline fundraiser on June 25

Fine Brew will perform at a benefit concert for Ukraine families in Sooke on June 25. (Contributed - Fine Brew)
Bev Lewis, manager of Sooke Family Resource Society Thrift Store, says the move to the old library building will improve services to the community. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Thrift store moving to new digs in Sooke

Relocating to old library site on Anna Marie Road

Bev Lewis, manager of Sooke Family Resource Society Thrift Store, says the move to the old library building will improve services to the community. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.

Vital Victoria Podcast: Sharing stories + building community

Don’t miss the Vital Signs survey – open til July 4

  • Jun 13, 2022
Local author, historian and longtime musician Lucky Budd is the host of the Victoria Foundation's Vital Victoria Podcast.
StoryPath, featuring pages of stories displayed at businesses across Victoria, celebrates writers aged 8 to 12 now through June 18. (Courtesy Story Studio)

Victoria businesses showcase stories page-by-page with StoryPath

Literary scavenger hunt shares storytelling of local youth

StoryPath, featuring pages of stories displayed at businesses across Victoria, celebrates writers aged 8 to 12 now through June 18. (Courtesy Story Studio)
Christine Bossi: “Sooke is known as a very volunteer-oriented community.” (File - Sooke Region Communities Health Network)

COVID pivot: Sooke event aims to assess volunteer landscape

Non-Profit Think Tank brings together non-profit organizations to share experiences

Christine Bossi: “Sooke is known as a very volunteer-oriented community.” (File - Sooke Region Communities Health Network)
Many deals are expected to be found at this Saturday’s Sunriver Estates Community Yard Sale. (Metro-Creative)

Sooke’s Sunriver Estates hosting community yard sale this weekend

Sale offerings include clothing, books, tools, collectables, furniture and various handicrafts

Many deals are expected to be found at this Saturday’s Sunriver Estates Community Yard Sale. (Metro-Creative)
Greg and Ken Banner worked with their father, Bob, at Bob’s Repair Center since their teens. The shop on Idlemore Road closed for good at the end of May after serving the Sooke community for 40 years. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Greg and Ken Banner worked with their father, Bob, at Bob’s Repair Center since their teens. The shop on Idlemore Road closed for good at the end of May after serving the Sooke community for 40 years. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

Historic fixture in Sooke auto repair closes doors

Owner of Bob’s Repairs hangs up tools after 40 years

Greg and Ken Banner worked with their father, Bob, at Bob’s Repair Center since their teens. The shop on Idlemore Road closed for good at the end of May after serving the Sooke community for 40 years. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Greg and Ken Banner worked with their father, Bob, at Bob’s Repair Center since their teens. The shop on Idlemore Road closed for good at the end of May after serving the Sooke community for 40 years. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch competes in the Oak Bay Tea Party teacup race on June 5, 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay Tea Party celebrates 60 years

Crowds braved the rain to attend the fair, parade and teacup race

Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch competes in the Oak Bay Tea Party teacup race on June 5, 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Megan Radatzke, an eduction assistant at Ecole Poirier Elementary, says the addition of a sensory room has been well received by all of the students at the school. (Rick Stiebel- Sooke News Mirror)

‘Allows the brain to reboot’: New sensory room helps calm Sooke students

Local school has sensory room to help students decompress, reduce anxiety

Megan Radatzke, an eduction assistant at Ecole Poirier Elementary, says the addition of a sensory room has been well received by all of the students at the school. (Rick Stiebel- Sooke News Mirror)
The story of a gray whale is the subject of a new Sooke-produced documentary. Tale of the Whale premieres on June 10 at EMCS Community Theatre. (Shutterstock)

Tale behind the whale at Sooke school premieres June 10

The intriguing tale behind the whale skeleton that floats above the lobby…

The story of a gray whale is the subject of a new Sooke-produced documentary. Tale of the Whale premieres on June 10 at EMCS Community Theatre. (Shutterstock)
The Metchosin Mighty Garage Sale was held on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 4430 Happy Valley Rd. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Mighty Metchosin Garage Sale has record year for donations

Plenty still on offer as sale closes 3 p.m. Sunday

The Metchosin Mighty Garage Sale was held on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 4430 Happy Valley Rd. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra will complete the season with a performance at the Sooke Community Hall on June 12. (Contributed - Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra)

Sooke Philharmonic’s final concerts a mix of timely classics

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra’s upcoming concerts in Sooke and Metchosin feature the…

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra will complete the season with a performance at the Sooke Community Hall on June 12. (Contributed - Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra)
The Victoria Foundation's 17th annual Victoria's Vital Signs citizen survey digs a little deeper into the idea of community – specifically, “What does community mean to you?”

What does community mean to you? Victoria’s Vital Signs wants to know!

17th citizen survey explores what’s working, what needs attention in Greater Victoria

  • May 23, 2022
The Victoria Foundation's 17th annual Victoria's Vital Signs citizen survey digs a little deeper into the idea of community – specifically, “What does community mean to you?”
Sooke legion members Richard Steele, Ted Davies and Murray Lambert prepare to host a sit-down Ukrainian-style dinner on June 18 to raise funds for Ukrainian relief efforts. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Legion assisting Ukraine relief efforts

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54 hosts a sit-down Ukrainian-style dinner on June 18

Sooke legion members Richard Steele, Ted Davies and Murray Lambert prepare to host a sit-down Ukrainian-style dinner on June 18 to raise funds for Ukrainian relief efforts. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
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