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Raise the Woof fun at Westshore Town Centre Aug 3-6

Free family event through the BC Day long weekend. | Post your pic in social media to perhaps win $200 gift card

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Fun with balloon-dogs at Raise the Woof at Westshore Town Centre. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]
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Friday August 4, 2023 | LANGFORD, BC [Updated August 8, 2023 – Donations totaled $2,980.50]

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends


Over this upcoming BC Day long weekend there’s a fun event coming up at Westshore Town Centre in Langford.

Head to the air-conditioned mall and look for the retail space decorated in hot pink!

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Raise the Woof on display with space designer Jodi Bryans and on-site greeter Tegan Crane (Gr 11 student), Aug 3, 2023 at Westshore Town Centre. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]
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Raise the Woof is a designed space with dog-theme artwork on display. Some of it is interactive … like sitting on a dog sculpture for a photo-op by parent or grandparent.

It’s an opportunity to donate to RainCoast Dog Rescue in Victoria and maybe take home an art piece too!

Art donations:

Art has bidding prices from $15 to over $100, and can be “adopted” (taken home) after the August 6 completion of the show, says Kelly McClure, Marketing Director, Westshore Town Centre.

[Update August 8: The total donations raised for RainCoast Dog Rescue was $2,980.50.]

But meanwhile, families with young children are naturally flocking to the store — because it looks fun, and it is!

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Fun with balloon-dogs at Raise the Woof at Westshore Town Centre. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]

Space management:

The delightful upbeat space was interior-designed by Jodi Bryans and greeting guests during hours of operation yesterday was Tegan Crane, a local high school student. Other greeters will be in attendance this weekend, for a bit of part-time employment, including Aurora and Coral.

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Upbeat friendly interior at Raise the Woof event space at Westshore Town Centre, Aug 3-7, 2023. [Island Social Trends]

The organization and setup for this space took over six months, starting in January of this year, says Kelly McClure, Marketing Director, Westshore Town Centre, who pulled it all together.

Canada-wide event:

Raise the Woof at Westshore Town Centre is part of a number of ‘Air of Surprise’ events at QuadReal malls across the country this week, with interactive art installations and giveaways to ‘bring a sense of whimsical surprise’.

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Photo-op moments on balloon-dogs at Raise the Woof at Westshore Town Centre. This is six-year-old Maddie who visited the display with her family. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]

It’s something fun for families to easily do in these challenging times! It’s also a creative use of available leasing space in malls that are perhaps seeking more tenants in these challenging times.

Social media photos:

In social media, tagging your social pics @westshoretowncentre will get you a chance to win a $200 gift card to spend at Westshore Town Centre.

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Westshore Town Centre:

Westshore Town Centre is located at 2945 Jacklin Road (at Kelly Road) in Langford, BC. The shopping centre is open daily, including Sunday August 6 on the BC Day Weekend and on BC Day Monday August 7 (shorter hours, 11 am to 5 pm).

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Air of Surprise interactive art installations are happening across the country Aug 3-7, 2023 at shopping malls owned by QuadReal.

The mall is managed by the international QuadReal Property Group which has retail shopping centres across Canada.

Other malls participating in Air of Surprise this week include:

  • Willowbrook Mall in Langley, BC: inflatable donuts
  • Marché Central in Montreal: hot air balloons
  • Cloverdale Mall in Etobicoke, ON: fruit-style balloons
  • Bower Place in Red Deer, AB: Balloon Saloon

===== RELATED:

Art exhibit ‘all about dogs’ at Westshore Town Centre Aug 3-6 (July 31, 2023)

Sooke Fine Arts Show July 29 to August 7, 2023 (July 28, 2023)

Four new food outlets at Westshore Town Centre (February 22, 2023)

Totchos coming to Westshore Town Centre (August 18, 2022)

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Island Social Trends Editor Mary P Brooke,

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Mary P Brooke ran for school trustee in the Belmont Zone of Sooke School District 62 (SD62) in the October 2022 election cycle. She has covered SD62 news in-depth at the board and committee level since 2014.

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