Join the Walk for ALS to­day at UVic

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Regis­ter as an in­di­vid­ual or join a team to take part in this year’s Vic­to­ria Walk for ALS, to­day at the Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited and welcome to join the fam­ily-friendly event. The five-kilo­me­tre walk gives peo­ple the chance to raise funds and aware­ness for those liv­ing with amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis and their fam­i­lies.

“The Walk for ALS across Canada is the sig­na­ture event to raise aware­ness and funds for pa­tient ser­vices for peo­ple liv­ing with ALS, and the Cana­dian ALS Re­search Program,” said Wendy Toyer, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the ALS So­ci­ety of B.C. “The im­pact is twofold; aside from rais­ing funds and aware­ness, this event em­pow­ers peo­ple af­fected by ALS — the pa­tients, fam­i­lies, friends, care­givers, and health­care pro­fes­sion­als — to take back some of what ALS has taken away.”

Pro­ceeds from the walk pro­vides sup­port for peo­ple liv­ing with ALS and re­search to make the dis­ease treat­able, not ter­mi­nal.

Amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis is a rapidly pro­gres­sive, neu­ro­mus­cu­lar dis­ease. It at­tacks the mo­tor neu­rons that trans­mit elec­tri­cal im­pulses from the brain to the vol­un­tary mus­cles in the body. The ALS So­ci­ety of B.C. raises funds for re­search, and to pro­vide di­rect sup­port to ALS pa­tients, and their fam­i­lies and care­givers.

Check-in for the event starts at 11:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 1 p.m. to­day at park­ing lot 10 at The Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to regis­ter, go to walk­

United Way cam­paign kicks off Mon­day

The United Way kicks off its 2017 Com­mu­nity Cam­paign — its 80th an­niver­sary — on Mon­day, with a special goal an­nounce­ment, speeches and cake at the Bay Cen­tre.

The event is spon­sored by the Bay Cen­tre and Vic­to­ria Labour Coun­cil.

To keep the fes­tiv­i­ties go­ing for the du­ra­tion of the cam­paign — Sept. 18 to Oct. 8 — you can en­ter to win a $1,000 Bay Cen­tre gift card for your­self and $1,000 for your char­ity of choice.

The con­test wants to draw peo­ple’s at­ten­tion to them­selves and how they are part of the cam­paign. To en­ter the con­test they are asked to take a photo of them­selves as the ‘I’ in UNITED in the Bay Cen­tre and share it on Twit­ter, Face­book or In­sta­gram us­ing the hash­tags #unit­edyyj, #unit­ed­way, #the­bay­cen­tre.

The event runs 1 to 2:30 p.m. Mon­day in the cen­tre court of the Bay Cen­tre, 1150 Dou­glas St. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to

Cel­e­brate se­nior pooches at pet food fundraiser

Bring your four-legged best friend to the Se­nior Dog Party in cel­e­bra­tion of Elder Pooch Day, Satur­day at Clover Point.

The event is a gath­er­ing to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our older ca­nines, with a gui­tar player, a pho­tog­ra­pher and do­nated items for a raf­fle from four pet food stores.

It is be­ing or­ga­nized by the Vic­to­ria Pet Food Bank. All pro­ceeds will be used to buy pet food and other sup­plies. Win­ter is ap­proach­ing, but the shelves are al­most bare. With the fo­cus on the plight of aban­doned an­i­mals due to the B.C. wild­fires, the lo­cal pet-food bank has barely re­ceived any do­na­tions over the sum­mer.

The party runs noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Clover Point, off Dal­las Road. To regis­ter, go to their Face­book page: face­­lesspro­ject.

Help Cobs Bread feed hun­gry kids

Cobs Bread will do­nate $1 from ev­ery loaf of bread sold at all their bak­ery lo­ca­tions to help pro­vide break­fast to chil­dren in need dur­ing their Start Me Up fundrais­ing cam­paign, which ends to­day.

A dol­lar pro­vides a break­fast for a child a day, and the fran­chise has a goal to raise $150,000.

The money raised will go to the Break­fast Club of Canada, which serves healthy break­fasts to chil­dren across Canada ev­ery school day, in­clud­ing 8,100 chil­dren in B.C.

One in five chil­dren in Canada goes to school on an empty stom­ach ev­ery day. The im­pacts of this are sig­nif­i­cant, and a re­cent report has re­vealed that stu­dents who go to school hun­gry lose two hours of pro­duc­tiv­ity each day and can create dis­rup­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

This is the fourth year the bak­ery chain has sup­ported the program. Since 2014, they have raised more than $215,000 for the Break­fast Club of Canada through an­nual cam­paigns, do­na­tions and com­mu­nity days.

This year’s of­fi­cial cam­paign hash­tag is #StartMeUpCOBS.

Four lo­cal bak­eries, lo­cated at 33 Helm­cken Rd., 3639 Shel­bourne St., 911 Yates St. and 2178 Oak Bay Ave., will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fundraiser.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to cob­s­ or break­fast­club­

Cherry trees a re­minder of in­tern­ment his­tory

The Vic­to­ria Nikkei Cul­tural So­ci­ety will plant cherry blossom trees as a trib­ute to the Ja­panese Cana­di­ans dis­persed and in­terned dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Three trees, along with a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque, will be planted in the Ja­panese Gar­den at Esquimalt Gorge Park to mark the 75th an­niver­sary of the Ja­panese In­tern­ment.

The do­na­tion was an­nounced at a lun­cheon last week hon­our­ing Greater Vic­to­ria’s sur­vivors.

“There are peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who lived through the in­ter­ment — be­ing forced to leave their homes, los­ing their prop­er­ties, be­ing sep­a­rated from the fam­i­lies,” said Tsu­gio Ku­rushima, pres­i­dent of the so­ci­ety.

“These trees hon­our all the lives touched by the tragedy of the in­tern­ment — and will serve as a re­minder to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions so it does not hap­pen again.”

Esquimalt’s Ja­panese Gar­den has a his­tory di­rectly tied to the in­tern­ment. The Takata Tea­house and Gar­den orig­i­nally lo­cated there was the first Ja­panese gar­den in Canada when it opened in 1907.

It closed in 1942 when the Takada fam­ily were sent to in­tern­ment camps in the Koote­nays. They never re­turned, and the gar­dens and build­ings fell into dis­re­pair and were even­tu­ally lost.

The trees were pur­chased with fi­nan­cial sup­port from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­panese Cana­di­ans. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to

Bungee fit­ness workout aids wild­fire vic­tims

Get a workout and raise money for vic­tims of B.C. wild­fires at a Bungee Fit­ness Workout hosted by Stu­dioFit­ness on Satur­day.

Peo­ple can have fun while try­ing out a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent ex­er­cise op­tions in Canada’s first Bungee Fit­ness Workout stu­dio. Six bungee sta­tions will be set up in dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions, with dif­fer­ent ex­er­cises for par­tic­i­pants to ex­plore.

Vol­un­teers will be on hand to safely demon­strate how to use each bungee ap­pa­ra­tus and con­fig­u­ra­tion. Ex­er­cises are suitable for all health and fit­ness lev­els.

All money col­lected will be do­nated to the Cana­dian Red Cross.

The drop-in event is by do­na­tion (sug­gested do­na­tion $10). It runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Stu­dioFit­ness Vic­to­ria, #1-3946 Quadra St. (in­side Quadra Sports and Fit­ness).

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to stu­diofit­nessvic­to­

Co-op fundraiser aims to help kids

Penin­sula Co-op’s Fuel Good cam­paign prom­ises to be a high­oc­tane fundraiser for the Chil­dren’s Health Foun­da­tion of Van­cou­ver Is­land.

On Tues­day, the co-op will do­nate five cents from ev­ery litre of fuel sold at any of their 16 gas cen­tres in Vic­to­ria, Mill Bay/Cowichan, Dun­can or Co­mox.

“We are ex­tremely ex­cited about next Tues­day’s Fuel Good Day. Any­one who fills up their ve­hi­cle will be con­tribut­ing to­wards an amaz­ing cause to help kids in our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Penny Sopel, mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager for Penin­sula Co-op.

Keep an eye out for Chil­dren’s Health Foun­da­tion staff and vol­un­teers thank­ing ev­ery­one for fill­ing up.

The fundraiser ap­plies to all grades of gaso­line and diesel fuel pur­chased Sept. 19 from sta­tions in Saanich­ton, Brent­wood Bay, Sid­ney, North Saanich, Vic­to­ria, Lang­ford, Col­wood, Mill Bay, North Dun­can, South Dun­can, Dun­can and Co­mox.

Penin­sula Co-op is a re­tail co­op­er­a­tive that has been serv­ing the Dun­can to Vic­to­ria area — and most re­cently Co­mox — for the past 40 years. The Chil­dren’s Health Foun­da­tion of Van­cou­ver Is­land be­lieves that all Is­land chil­dren de­serve to reach their full po­ten­tial.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to penin­su­ or chil­dren­

Geric Con­struc­tion aids Royal Oak play­ground

Geric Con­struc­tion pre­sented Royal Oak Mid­dle School with a $50,000 cheque last Fri­day to build a play­ground.

Both par­ties have been work­ing on this ex­am­ple of com­mu­nity part­ner­ship for the past three years.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to roy­ or ger­ic­construc­

Bike-skills course aimed at adults 55+

The Greater Vic­to­ria Bike to Work So­ci­ety is host­ing Bike Free­dom, a three-part knowl­edge and skills train­ing course for adults 55 and older, to­day and the next two Sun­days at St. Dun­stan’s Church.

The program is pre­sented in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the CRD, Joyrid­ing and BikeCy­clers.

There will be ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tors who are 55-plus, small class sizes (max­i­mum of six peo­ple per in­struc­tor), a re­laxed pace and plenty of op­por­tu­nity for ques­tions dur­ing prac­tice.

The program is de­liv­ered in three parts — in class, in the park­ing lot and on the road — over three week­ends start­ing this af­ter­noon.

Each class is $25. All classes take place 1 to 4 p.m. • Sept. 17 - Best Prac­tices of Safe Cy­cling • Sept. 24 - Bike Han­dling Skills • Oct. 1 - On the Road

The classes take place at St. Dun­stan’s Church, 1806 San Juan Ave.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to bike­toworkvic­to­ or 250-920-5775.

Help buy a Stein­way for Dave Dun­net the­atre

The Keys to Our Suc­cess is a fundrais­ing cam­paign to pur­chase a Stein­way pi­ano for the Dave Dun­net Com­mu­nity The­atre.

Pianorama 2 is a fundrais­ing con­cert fea­tur­ing seven lo­cal pi­anists play­ing dif­fer­ent forms of solo pi­ano mu­sic — from clas­si­cal to tra­di­tional jazz blues, coun­try and rock to be­bop and con­tem­po­rary jazz and Latin jazz.

Tick­ets are $25 in ad­vance, $30 at the door. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Dave Dun­net Com­mu­nity The­atre, Oak Bay High School, 2121 Cad­boro Bay Rd. Tick­ets are avail­able at Sco­tia­bank Oak Bay, Oak Bay Re­cre­ation Cen­tre and Oak Bay High School.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to­suc­cess.

Learn more about Alzheimer’s dis­ease

At­tend the Fam­ily Care­giver Alzheimer’s Work­shop, a free event that teaches peo­ple how to re­spect­fully and com­pas­sion­ately in­ter­act with those af­fected by the dis­ease on Wed­nes­day at Home In­stead Se­nior Care.

Septem­ber marks world Alzheimer’s month. Re­search has shown that 1.13 mil­lion Cana­di­ans will be af­fected by Alzheimer’s and other de­men­tia re­lated ill­nesses by 2038.

As this num­ber grows, so does the like­li­hood of al­most every­body be­ing touched by this dis­ease, whether through a fam­ily mem­ber, friend or neigh­bour.

At Wed­nes­day’s work­shop, peo­ple can gain in­sights on work­ing with Alzheimer’s or other de­men­tias. They will learn strate­gies, en­gage in con­ver­sa­tions and draw strength from the unity of shared ex­pe­ri­ences.

Home In­stead Se­nior Care is a busi­ness that pro­vides in-home elder care.

The event is free to at­tend. It runs 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Home In­stead Se­nior Care, 222-1595 McKen­zie Ave.

RSVP: 250-382-6565.

Free read­ing tu­tor­ing, sup­port for kids

Lit­er­acy Vic­to­ria and the READ So­ci­ety have com­bined their forces to pro­vide tu­tor­ing ser­vices through the Fam­ily Cen­tre of the Mus­tard Seed.

School-age chil­dren can now ac­cess free tu­tor­ing and one-onone sup­port on a num­ber of sub­jects to help them suc­ceed in school.

The Mus­tard Seed strongly be­lieves that break­ing the cy­cles of poverty starts early — and that chil­dren de­serve to get all the sup­port they need to en­sure that the bonds of gen­er­a­tional poverty do not con­tinue.

The Mus­tard Seed fights hunger while restor­ing faith for fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing in poverty — as well as the work­ing poor — through­out the Cap­i­tal Re­gional District.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to mus­tard­

Cel­e­brate Grat­i­tude Day at Bolen Books

This Thurs­day is World Grat­i­tude Day, and one lo­cal book­store is tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to thank their cus­tomers.

On that day, Bolen Books will set up a grat­i­tude table with free Thank You cards for cus­tomers who have used a gift cer­tifi­cate and want to say thanks. The cards also include postage.

Owner Sa­man­tha Bolen said she was in­spired by the many cus­tomers who reached out to her fam­ily and staff af­ter the death of her mother, Made­line (Mel) Bolen, last De­cem­ber.

Mel Bolen founded the store in 1975 and built it into a suc­cess­ful busi­ness. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to


A piper leads the way at last year’s Walk for ALS. This year’s event runs to­day.

Tina, a 15-year-old bi­chon, and her owner will be at the Se­nior Dog Party at Clover Point Satur­day, a fundraiser for the Vic­to­ria Pet Food Bank.

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