Innisfree Farm Hosts Vegan Dine Out

This coming Monday Aug. 28th at 6:00 pm Innisfree Farm and Botanical Garden at 3636 Trent Rd in Royston will host this month’s Earthsave vegan dine out. Hosts Thierry and Chanchal have put together a buffet menu featuring ingredients from their organic farm. The buffet will be served outdoors at the farm and guests are invited to tour the gardens before and after dinner.

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Sixth Annual Garlic Fest

Time to hold your nose and get on down to the Big Yellow Merville hall for the Sixth Annual Garlic Fest on Sunday, August 13th. Those garlic sellers are a jovial bunch so there will be lots of fun for all ages at this family event.

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Linda’s List: Planning and planting for winter harvests

If you haven’t already sown beets, chard and leaf beet, rutabaga, radicchio, kohlrabi for winter harvests, do it right now so that plants have enough time to get to a mature size by the end of October. It is also time to plant out starts of winter broccoli and cauliflower and long-season cabbage (it is too late to sow from seed). If you sow now, you can still get very nice heads of the small pointy ‘sweetheart’ cabbages (Caraflex F1, Early Jersey Wakefield, Greyhound).

For successful winter harvests, plants have to have enough hours of daylight in the growing season to reach a good size because they can’t grow in the winter cold. When the sun is high in the sky at this time of year most gardens have enough daylength for good plant growth, but as the sun gets lower in in August, sunlight is increasingly blocked in the morning and afternoon by buildings, trees, even mountains. If you are gardening in a wide open area without such obstructions, you can plant a couple of weeks later than my suggested planting schedule, because your garden will receive more hours of sun. For the rest of us, planting on the earlier schedule compensates for fewer hours of direct sunshine in late summer and fall.

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LUSH Valley announces GardenFest and Mobile Community Cooler Launch

It’s a good food, garden (and news!) story. LUSH Valley Food Action Society is pleased to announce a free day of garden workshops and the launch of our mobile community cooler. The event will take place at the Share the Harvest Community Garden, located at 721 Harmston Ave, from 11:00am-4:00pm on July 9th, with over 12 workshops lead by key gardening experts of the region with lots of time for tours and mingling- our way of showcasing our beautiful community gardens and giving back to the community for their support and involvement. At 12pm we will also be unveiling our beautiful mobile community cooler which will be fully operational for the apple harvest of this seasons Fruit Tree Program and beyond.

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Linda’s List for June 20: Winter planting is here, heat again, late blight

I still feel like we are caught somewhere in endless spring, but believe it or not, some important planting windows for winter harvests are upon us.

Winter broccoli and winter cauliflower: Sow seeds from now until the end of June, either directly in the garden or in seed flats or pots. Given the rampaging slugs, pillbugs, birds and root rot diseases still plaguing us during all this wet weather, I have opted to sow mine in seedling trays and will keep them in the kitchen until they germinate (no need for bottom heat at this point).

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A Guide to Beginning Container Gardening

Have you always loved the idea of growing your own food, flowers, and even trees, but never really had a garden to do it in? Well, the good news is, now you can. With container gardening growing plants has never been easier. It is a fairly simple practice which involves a pot or any type of vessel, some soil, and the plant of your choice. It is a perfect gardening option for people who live in small spaces or for those who move around a lot and do not want to leave their plants behind.

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Aug
15
Tue

“And Now for Something…” by Deborah Wachter

Aug 15 – Sep 2 all day

Campbell River artist Deborah Wachter’s work is more about the act of painting rather than the image. Her work is created by juxtaposition and using elements of composition and design to bring a piece to completion, sometimes using subtraction of elements to bring focus. Deborah earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria with painting as her major area of study. After university Deborah sat as a board member of the Kelowna Art Centre Society assisting in the development of the Rotary Centre for The Arts in Kelowna BC. As part of the building committee she worked with city planners to establish a venue for artists to create and showcase their work.

Deborah took a hiatus from painting after university, instead using photography to focus her visual knowledge. She has now combined her love of painting, together with her enhanced vision to create a body of work which feels familiar, with a touch of surrealism and irony thrown in. Working in her home studio it often takes many months to complete a piece as they need to evolve through time. Her work is influenced by artists such as Rene Magritte, Alex Coleville, Edward Hopper and many others who have come before, as well as her own life experience.

Recently Deborah has had a piece selected as part of the juried show “Salt Spring National Art Prize 2017”. Her work was selected from 2160 entries from across Canada to be part of a group of 51 artists whose works will be displayed. The show runs from sept 22 to oct 22 at the Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island.

Deborah’s current work will be on display at the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox, BC from August 15, 2017 to September 2, 2017. There will be a reception on Saturday August 19, 2017 at the gallery from 1-4 pm. Please come by to meet the artist and see her show titled “And Now for Something…”

Aug
24
Thu

Ashley MacIsaac LIVE! IN FILBERG PARK

Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Gate 6:30/Show 7:30

Tickets are currently available online via Filberg.com or our FaceBook page @LIVEinFilbergPark

Aug
25
Fri

Evergreen Club Friday Night Dance

Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Evergreen Club is a 55+ active social hub! Grab your friends & neighbours and come on out for a night of fun dancing. Enjoy the live music in the lower Rotary Hall at Courtenay Recreation’s Filberg Centre! $7.00 members, $9.00 non-members at the door. Dancing is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. With a break at 9pm. FMI call the Filberg Office at 250-338-1000.

AUGUST
4…. CROSSTOWN EXPRESS
11…. AMIGOS
18… DOUBLE PLAY
25… DAN HUGHES BAND

Aug
28
Mon

Innisfree Farm Hosts Vegan Dine Out

Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This coming Monday Aug. 28th at 6:00 pm Innisfree Farm and Botanical Garden at 3636 Trent Rd in Royston will host this month’s Earthsave vegan dine out. Hosts Thierry and Chanchal have put together a buffet menu featuring ingredients from their organic farm. The buffet will be served outdoors at the farm and guests are invited to tour the gardens before and after dinner.

The menu is: Gazpacho w’ garlic croutons. Mediterranean Timbale, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, spelt flour (can replace that with corn to make it GF) carrots, onions, garlic, lots of herbs, cashew cream with basil. Mixed Grain Pilaf. Mixed Salad. Fresh Raspberries w’ Chocolate Brownies and crystallized lavender. Selection of iced and hot herbal teas.

The evening is by reservation only and the cost is $25 for adults and $15 for kids to age 12 including taxes and tips. To reserve call Bob at Earthsave ph. 250-338-0751. For more on Innisfree Farm and their Green Dream Cafe visit innifreefarm.ca

Mens Singing Workshop

Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Do you like to sing in the shower? You’re the tops at karaoke? Want to sing but not sure what to do? Sing now, but would like to figure out what this harmony singing is all about? Like a safe place to try out your voice?

Why not take in this free (yes, free) 1 ½ hour workshop and have a try at singing with a group of men? Starting at 7:00 p.m., running for 1 ½ hours, we’ll finish at 8:30 p.m. and can then return to our families or take a swift pint at a local pub!

We will learn some harmony songs that we can sing together. There will be no music to read, you do not have to have sung in a group before. The event is open to men of all ages, and prior choral singing experience is not required.

The session is sponsored by Celebration Singers and will be led by Jenn Forsland, well-known local performer and choir director in the Comox Valley. She will be aided and abetted by Sean Mooney, the go-to piano accompanist in the Valley. There are some basics to learn, if you haven’t done singing before, and we will start with those. Very quickly the group will be singing together in harmony.

Group singing is on the rise in the Comox Valley, with a wide variety of choirs to choose from. The Celebration Singers are sponsoring this workshop in the hopes that the experience will encourage some men to think about joining our male singers in the tenor and bass sections of the choir. But there is no obligation, this workshop is all about having fun, singing together and learning in this one-time workshop environment.

Sep
9
Sat

Project Watershed’s Second Annual Salmon BBQ

Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Project Watershed Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 40 KNOTS Vineyard & Estate Winery for the second annual salmon BBQ.  

Starting at 4pm, this wonderful event features  Cory Frank’s Catering of a salmon BBQ, a tasting from 40 Knots Winery and some sampling of locally brewed beers.

TICKET PRICES:
To August 15 – $55.00
After August 15 – $65.00

Contact Project Watrshed via email at info@projectwatershed.ca to reserve your tickets.

Sep
12
Tue

Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp @ Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre

Sep 12 – Sep 15 all day

Strathcona Wilderness Institute Nature Camp 2017

September 12th to 15th

SWI announces its annual fundraising “Nature Camp”, being held this year at Paradise Meadows/Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Centre from September 12th to 15th. This SWI retreat event features two full-day field trips (on the Wednesday and Thursday) and three evening presentations, plus the possibility of additional half day walks from the
Paradise Meadows Trailhead on the Tuesday and Thursday.

Full day Field trips will visit a) Croteau Lake and b) McKenzie Lakes & Meadows. Pace will be slow, stopping to observe plant and animal life en route. On the field trips there will be instruction in Basic Mushroom Identification. Evening Presentations include the History of the Park and SWI (Marlene and Steve Smith), First Nations Foodways (Sharon Niscak) Subalpine Ecology (Loys Maingon) and the Vancouver Island Marmot ( Adam Taylor/ Cheney Jackson).

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education and participation. The Institute works through a cooperative agreement with BC Parks at two locations in Strathcona Park – the Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows and the Buttle Lake Information Hut – offering a range of programmes and publications for visitors to the Park. All activities are conducted by volunteers, with some help from students employed through the Canada Summer Jobs for Students programme, so this Nature Camp is intended as a Fundraiser to support SWI’s programmes and the operation of the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre.

The Registration form is downloadable from our Website: http://strathconapark.org/nature-camp-2017/

Please note that the Deadline for Registration is August 28th 2017.

For more information, contact Alison:
strathconawilderness@gmail.com or 250-331-0143.

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