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Community Calendar – December:

Friday December 3. Emergency Management BC update. time tba. With Public Safety Minister Minister Mike Farnworth and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Rob Fleming. On the usual BC Government livestream channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).

Friday December 3. BC Health announcement. 10 am. With Health Minister Adrian Dix about supporting first responders and improving emergency health care for British Columbians. On the usual BC Government livestream channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).

Friday December 3. Mental Health & Addictions Ministry announcement. 10:45 am. With Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions; Jonny Morris, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Assoc, BC Division; and John Horn, VP, Nanaimo Region, John Howard Society. About new treatment and recovery options for people living with addictions in the Vancouver Island region. [Local in Nanaimo]

Saturday December 4. Sooke Winter Market: A holiday shopping event. 10 am to 4 pm. On the Sooke Region Museum Grounds.

Saturday December 4. IEOA Lighted Truck Convoy and Food Drive. 5:45 to 8:30 pm. From downtown Victoria to the West Shore (passes through Colwood along Island Highway and up Wale Rd to Goldstream Ave). Convoy of lighted trucks starts at Breakwater District at 5:45 pm and travels through the region, finishing at West Shore Motorsports Park at about 8:30 pm. Food bank donations accepted along the way.

Saturday December 4. Sooke Philharmonic Chorus presents ‘Sing Noel’. 7:30 pm. Sooke Community Hall, Shields Rd, Sooke.

Sunday December 5. Sooke Philharmonic Chorus presents ‘Sing Noel’. 2:30 pm. Sooke Community Hall, Shields Rd, Sooke.

Sunday December 5. Sooke Santa Parade. 5 pm. Along Sooke Rd (from Charters to Otter Point Rd). Traffic detour in effect 4 pm to 6:30 pm.

Monday December 6. Free public skate at JDF Arena. 10:30 am to 11:20 am on the new ice.

Monday December 6. City of Langford Council Meeting. 5:30 pm. www.langford.ca

Monday December 6. City of Colwood Committee of the Whole. 6 pm. www.colwood.ca

Tuesday December 7. COVID BC update. time tba. With PHO & Health Minister. On the usual BC Government livestream channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).

Tuesday December 7. SD62 Education Policy Committee Meeting. 6 pm. www.sd62.bc.ca

Tuesday December 7. Town of View Royal Council Meeting. 7 pm. www.viewroyal.ca

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Seasonal Features – December:

LANGFORD CHRISTMAS SEASON: Outdoor ice skating. Time slots must be booked in advance. | Ice carving on Sundays to Dec 19: watch a professional wintery work of art at City Centre Park outdoor ice rink. | Tinsel Tunnel in Langford. At Ponds Landing Bear Mountain. | December 18 and 19: Langford Holiday Village. A free family event at Starlight Stadium. Christmas carouusel, live music, kids holiday crafts. | Horse and carriage tours weekends to Dec 19 at 2 locations – Veterans Memorial Park and Ponds Landing Bear Mountain.| Christmas Crafternoons: To Dec 18. Create a Christmas pom-pom garland at Veterans Memorial Park. Saturday and Sundays Nov 27 to Dec 18. Pre-registration required. www.langford.ca

DOWNTOWN VICTORIA CHRISTMAS SEASON: Christmas Lights Across Canada celebration, on the front lawn of the BC Parliament Buildings, Victoria. Lighting of the sequoia tree on the front lawn, and musical performances. Seasonal treats outdoors. In attendance: Clarence (Butch) Dick, Songhess Nation Leader; Hon Raj Chouhan, Speaker; Grace Lore, MLA (Victoria-Beacon Hill). Open to the public. | December 16 to 31. Christmas Lightup & Concert Activities at Centennial Square in downtown Victoria.

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Wednesday December 8. SD62 Resources Committee Meeting. 6 pm. www.sd62.bc.ca

Thursday December 9. West Shore Parks & Recreation. Winter program registration starts online at 6 am.

Friday December 10. District of Saanich will post their new CAO job position.

Sunday December 12. OMEGA String Trio at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Murray Rd., Sooke. 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sooke Philharmonic.

Monday December 13. Canadian Blood Services donor clinic. At CFB Esquimalt – upper dining hall, 1575 Lyall St. https://www.blood.ca

Tuesday December 14. Federal government economic/fiscal update. In the House of Commons.

Tuesday December 14. SD62 Board Meeting. 7 pm. www.sd62.bc.ca

Friday December 17. SD62 – last day of classes before winter break. Winter break Dec 18 to Jan 2. Back to school Mon Jan 3, 2022. www.sd62.bc.ca

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Monday December 20. Canadian Blood Services. Donor clinic at Colwood Church, 2250 Sooke Rd. 12 noon to 6 pm. Book appointment at blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE.

Monday December 21. Canadian Blood Services donor clinic. Cowichan Community Centre, 2687 James St, Duncan. https://www.blood.ca/

Friday December 24. Christmas Eve.

Saturday December 25. Christmas Day.

Friday December 31. New Year’s Eve!

Community Calendar – January 2022:

Public health:

  • Mandate to wear masks indoors was (in November 2021) extended to January 2022.
  • Pediatric COVID vaccines for children age 5 to 11 yr (as available starting November 29, 2021) continues in January.
  • COVID booster shots (3rd dose) available, continuing into 2022.

Saturday January 1, 2022. Happy New Year!

Monday January 3, 2022. SD62 back to classes after winter break. (Winter break Dec 18 to Jan 2). www.sd62.bc.ca

Mon Jan 10, 2022. Canadian Blood Services donor clinic. At University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd. https://www.blood.ca/

Community Calendar – February 2022+:

February 3 to February 5, 2022. BC Liberals voting for a new leader.

Mon Feb 7, 2022. Canadian Blood Services donor clinic. At Journey Middle School, 6522 Throup Rd, Sooke. https://www.blood.ca/

Monday February 21, 2022. BC Family Day. Statutory holiday.

April 24, 2022. Times Colonist 10K marathon. Early bird prices to Jan 31, 2022. www.tc10k.ca