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December

It’s party time !!!
Photo by Marcella Andrews.

 

Dec 5 to 7, 12 to 14, 17 to 21, 2014 5pm to 8:30pm, recommended last entry by 8pm at 2179 West Island Highway, Qualicum Beach, BC

Milner Christmas Magic

Outdoor Christmas light show for the whole family to enjoy.
Over half a kilometre of lit and decorated trails.
Santa, live Christmas music, Teddy Bear Cottage, Storytelling,
Refreshments, Tearoom. Onsite shuttle for mobility challenged.

We suggest you bring a flashlight. Sorry, we are unable to take reservations for the tea room. All entry donations help support the garden.
Suggested donation: $5/adult, $2.50/child, $12.00/family (2 adults and up to 3 minors).

Contact 250-752-6153    milnergardens@shaw.ca   http://www.milnergardens.org/

 

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December 18:     Spirit of Christmas sing-a-long and Tea  2:30 – 3:30 pm

 ‘Tis the season…  Elizabeth Ryan will entertain and invites you to join her in a sing-a-long or simply enjoy her music.  The Berwick chefs have prepared seasonal treats for an enjoyable afternoon tea.
Space is limited, please RSVP
to 250/729-7995.  Parking assistance will be available.
Berwick on the Lake, 3201 Ross Rd., Nanaimo, BC. www.berwickretirement.com/Nanaimo

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The Qualicum Beach Farmers Market will be closing after December 20th and reopening on January  10th 2015.
Contact: – 250-248-8005

 

Happy Christmas Seniors on Vancouver Island and around the world.

Card created by Marcella Andrews

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2015. 

January

Monday January 19th 2015. 2 pm – 4.30 pm.

At some point in their lives, 90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances. Are you ready? Come join us to start to prepare!  (Part 1.)

As a women, do you feel confident and in control of your investments and finances? Do you know what your retirement plan looks like? Do you know what risks you are taking? Pam Katunar, Investment Advisor, has created timely courses exclusively for women to learn more about finance and investing. Pam is a frequent presenter on investing topics, and the most common comment from women after attending these classes is, “I wish I had done this years ago.”

Bring a friend and come to learn more about how to handle this important aspect of life. Your future is counting on you! Location:  1070 Douglas Street– 5th Floor, Victoria
RSVP: 250-356-4034 orE-mail: pamela.katunar@td.com
or via website http://advisors.tdwaterhouse.ca/pamela.katunar

 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:30p.m.  OR 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Taxes – How effective Estate Planning can save you estate taxes!

You and a guest are cordially invited to: “Money Matters” – Process for filing, tax saving tips, other considerations Guest Speaker: Dawn Tipton, Senior Manager, CA, CFP from Grant Thornton
Hosted by:  Pam Katunar – Investment Advisor
, TD Wealth Private Investment Advice at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria.
RSVP: Pam Katunar at 250-356-4034 or pamela.katunar@td.com

 

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January 22:    2:30 – 3:30 pm

Senior Disability Tax Credit presentation 

Join Peggy Hoult as she explains the Senior Disability Tax Credit program. Peggy is a General Accountant who specializes in working with seniors to help them find the programs that offer financial assistance.
Space is limited. Please RSVP to 250/729-7995. Parking assistance will be available. Berwick on the Lake, 3201 Ross Rd., Nanaimo, BC www.berwickretirement.com/nanaimo

 

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Sunday January 25th 2015.

Chemainus Classical Concerts

You are invited to a Chemainus Classical Concert 2pm at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 2858 Mills Street, Chemainus, BC.
http://www.chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca/

 

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Monday January 26th 2015. 2 pm – 4.30 pm.

At some point in their lives, 90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances. Are you ready? Come join us to start to prepare! (Part 2).

As a women, do you feel confident and in control of your investments and finances? Do you know what your retirement plan looks like? Do you know what risks you are taking? Pam Katunar, Investment Advisor, has created timely courses exclusively for women to learn more about finance and investing. Pam is a frequent presenter on investing topics, and the most common comment from women after attending these classes is, “I wish I had done this years ago.”

Bring a friend and come to learn more about how to handle this important aspect of life. Your future is counting on you! Location:  1070 Douglas Street– 5th Floor, Victoria
RSVP: 250-356-4034 orE-mail: pamela.katunar@td.com
or via website http://advisors.tdwaterhouse.ca/pamela.katunar

February

Tuesday, February 10 & Thursday, February 12 (7pm – 9pm)

Constructive Use of Anger

The first session will focus on theoretical aspects of anger, anger management, and our cultural beliefs and myths/fallacies about anger as a dangerous or bad emotion.  Participants will be encouraged to rethink anger – to embrace it as a healthy emotion that tells us important things about ourselves and the situations we are in – often even providing important clues that we all overlook for fear of appearing aggressive or otherwise unattractive.  The second session will shift to the application of a practice model that enables us to remain emotionally regulated when feeling angry – in other words we can feel angry and simultaneously feel in control of ourselves and our responses to others. By changing our thinking – or at the very least, becoming aware of our thoughts and how they affect our feelings, we are able to manage our feelings and behaviours better.  This ultimately leads to better feelings about ourselves and better, more authentic, relationships with others.

More info and to register:   http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Constructive-Use-of-Anger/HPHE252/

 

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Tuesday, February 17  (7pm – 9pm)

A Family History of Cancer: What are the Risks? What are the Options?

This course will provide an introduction to the important aspects of assessing a family history of cancer. Dr. Aubertin will discuss features in a family history which determine a hereditary cancer syndrome. The common cancer predisposition syndromes, such as Hereditary Breast Ovarian Cancer and Lynch Syndrome (inherited predisposition to colon cancer), will be highlighted. Learn about the options for genetic testing and for managing an increased risk of cancer.

More info and to register: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/A-Family-History-of-Cancer-What-are-the-Risks-What-are-the-Options/HPHE257/

 

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February 17:  1:30 – 3:30 pm

Seniors Healthy Living Expo

At Berwick on the Lake we promote healthy living.  Please drop-in between 1:30 – 3:30 pm to visit a variety of exhibitors and demonstrations designed with senior health & wellness in mind.  Door prizes, demonstrations and refreshments.
No RSVP necessary.
Berwick on the Lake, 3201 Ross Rd., Nanaimo, BC.
www.berwickretirement.com/nanaimo

 

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Thursday, February 19 (7pm – 9pm)

Your Arms Give Your Legs a Helping Hand: How Being Like a Cat Helps You Walk Like a Human

The physical ability to walk requires links between sensation, the spinal cord and the brain.  Our human walk shares similarities with many other species – including rat, cat, and macaque. Learn how these similar connections between the arms and legs can be used to retrain the brain and guide rehabilitation of walking after a stroke.

More info and to register: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Your-Arms-Give-Your-Legs-a-Helping-Hand/HPHE253/

 

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Saturday, February 21 (11:30am to 5:30pm)

Feeling Positive!  Applying the Benefits of Positive Psychology in Everyday Life
Do you want to ‘re-program your brain’ to feel happier and calmer? Do you ever get stuck in a mood, a rut or incessant negative thoughts? Do emotions like anger or sadness sometimes overwhelm you? Do you feel you need to find more balance in your work or personal life?

The world of Positive Psychology introduces simple, effective and practical tools to help you look at the world in ways that help you feel happy, optimistic and in control of your life. This is not about faith, affirmations or getting a personality transplant!  Instead, it’s about really looking inside and gently challenging the way you see your life . . . prepare to be surprised! 

Presented in a lively, frank, hands-on and often humorous way, this workshop is about recognising unconscious patterns – and how we all have the potential to be the architects of our own happiness! There is no need to share anything personal nor is this a group therapy session. In fact, the mood of the workshop will be upbeat, inspiring and will offer you an “aha!” moment or two!

More info and to register:  http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Feeling-Positive-Applying-the-Benefits-of-Positive-Psychology-in-Everyday-Life/HPHE250/

 

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Sunday February 22nd 2015.

Chemainus Classical Concerts

You are invited to a Chemainus Classical Concert 2pm at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 2858 Mills Street, Chemainus, BC.
http://www.chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca/

 

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Tuesday February 24th 2015. 3.30 pm – 6 pm.

At some point in their lives, 90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances. Are you ready? Come join us to start to prepare! (Part 1).

As a women, do you feel confident and in control of your investments and finances? Do you know what your retirement plan looks like? Do you know what risks you are taking? Pam Katunar, Investment Advisor, has created timely courses exclusively for women to learn more about finance and investing. Pam is a frequent presenter on investing topics, and the most common comment from women after attending these classes is, “I wish I had done this years ago.”

Bring a friend and come to learn more about how to handle this important aspect of life. Your future is counting on you! Location:  1070 Douglas Street– 5th Floor, Victoria
RSVP: 250-356-4034 orE-mail: pamela.katunar@td.com
or via website http://advisors.tdwaterhouse.ca/pamela.katunar

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Thursday, February 26 (6.30pm – 8.30pm)

Reacting to Gluten? Discover Why & How to Diagnose & Treat Your Condition

There are a variety of reasons why a growing number of people cannot tolerate wheat, rye and barley.  These reactions may be caused by FODMAP (fermentable carbohydrate) intolerances or gluten related disorders such as celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, wheat allergies or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  Diagnosis and treatment of these conditions is essential and complex and therefore requires a multidisciplinary team with experitise in gluten related disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and FODMAP intolerances.  Learn similarities and differences in the testing, diagnosis and treatment of FODMAP intolerances and the four forms of gluten related disorders.  Learn how timely diagnosis and treatment can significantly reduce health and financial burdens.

More info and to register:    http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Reacting-to-Gluten-Discover-Why-and-How-to-Diagnose-and-Treat-Your-Condition/HPHE254/

 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. – 8:30p.m

Peace of mind for you and your family!

You and a guest are cordially invited to: “Money Matters”Guest speakers: Audrey Morris – After Care Specialist, McCall Bros. Funeral Directors Ltd.
Hosted by:  Pam Katunar – Investment Advisor,
  TD Waterhouse Private Investment Advice at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria
RSVP: Pam Katunar at 250-356-4034 or pamela.katunar@td.com

March

Tuesday March 3rd 2015. 3.30 pm – 6 pm.

At some point in their lives, 90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances. Are you ready? Come join us to start to prepare! (part 2).

As a women, do you feel confident and in control of your investments and finances? Do you know what your retirement plan looks like? Do you know what risks you are taking? Pam Katunar, Investment Advisor, has created timely courses exclusively for women to learn more about finance and investing. Pam is a frequent presenter on investing topics, and the most common comment from women after attending these classes is, “I wish I had done this years ago.”

Bring a friend and come to learn more about how to handle this important aspect of life. Your future is counting on you! Location:  1070 Douglas Street– 5th Floor, Victoria
RSVP: 250-356-4034 orE-mail: pamela.katunar@td.com
or via website http://advisors.tdwaterhouse.ca/pamela.katunar

 

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Thursdays, March 5 and 12 (7pm – 9pm)

Living Consciously: The Practice of Mindfulness

Have you noticed life seems a little out of control lately? Are your body and mind constantly busy? Eastern philosophy teaches us that when we pay attention to what is happening in the present moment, we develop an ability to make more conscious and healthy choices in our lives. This highly experiential course facilitates this innate capacity for living more mindfully and draws upon the work of Jon Kabat Zinn and his mindfulness-based stress reduction program.

More info and to register:   http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Living-Consciously-The-Practice-of-Mindfulness/HPCE181/

 

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Saturday, March 7 ‐ 10 AM to 5 PM  - Sunday, March 8 ‐ 10 AM to 5 PM

Vancouver Island Bead & Jewellery Show

The Vancouver Island Bead & Jewellery Show is The Ultimate Bling Fling for jewellery makers, jewellery lovers & everyone in between! Twice yearly: 1st weekend in March & 1st weekend in October. Over 35 exhibitors offering beads, gems, findings, tools/supplies, display/packaging ‐ and ready‐made jewellery from some of the west coast’s finest artisan jewellers. Hands‐on workshops, demos & make ‘n’ takes! Main Hall , Saanich Fairground , 1528 Stellys Cross Road, Saanichton, BC
Contact: Cheryl 250.382.2261 cheryl@vibjs.ca    http://www.vibjs.ca/

 

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Saturday March 7th – Sunday March 8th 2015.

Victoria Women’s Expo.

Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road, Victoria, BC.
www.victoriawomensshow.com/#!spring-expo-2015/c1xbq

 

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Tuesday March 10th 2015.

10th Annual Seniors Expo.

You are invited to the 10th Annual Seniors Expo at the Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road, Victoria.
Contact Caroline Weatherhead 250-812-8782 http://www.seniorexpo2015.ca/

 

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Wednesday, March 11 (7pm – 9pm)

Homeopathy 101:  Traditional Medicine for Modern Problems

Homeopathy has fascinated generations since it was developed in the early 1800s. Begin your own homeopathic discovery with Homeopathy 101, where you’ll discover how this complementary and alternative medicine can be applied to your everyday life. A homeopathic doctor will discuss the history, philosophy and principles of this therapy. Case studies will focus on digestive disorders, fatigue, stress and anxiety. You will learn how to stay healthy from a homeopathic perspective and apply simple remedies at home including a basic first aid kit which includes treatments for motion sickness, burns and food poisoning.

More info and to register:  http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Homeopathy-101-Traditional-Medicine-for-Modern-Problems/HPHE255/

 

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MARCH 14 AND 15, 2015.

CELEBRATION OF QUILTS

PLEASE JOIN US  “THE TIMBERLANE QUILTERS’ GUILD”  AS WE CELEBRATE THE ART OF QUILTING ON OUR FABULOUS QUILT SHOW “CELEBRATION OF QUILTS”, WHICH WILL FEATURE OVER 200 OF OUR MEMBERS’ QUILTS, IS HELD AT DWIGHT HALL, 6274 WALNUT ST ASH ST IN POWELL RIVER, FROM 10-5 ON SATURDAY AND 10-4 ON SUNDAY. THERE WILL BE A SALES BOUTIQUE, VENDORS FOR QUILTING SUPPLIES, A RAFFLE, DOOR PRIZES, EDUCATIONAL DISPLAYS, INTERACTIVE QUILTING DEMOS AND A LUNCH ROOM FOR REFRESHMENTS AND MEALS. WE OFFER A SHUTTLE SERVICE TO AND FROM THE FERRY TERMINAL IN TOWN TO THE QUILT SHOW.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR SHOW AND OUR GUILD, PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE: www.timberlanequiltersguild.ca

 

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Sunday March 22nd 2015.

Chemainus Classical Concerts

You are invited to a Chemainus Classical Concert 2pm at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 2858 Mills Street, Chemainus, BC.
http://www.chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca/

 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 2:00 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.

Trusts – Types of Trusts, Uses, Considerations

You and a guest are cordially invited to:  “Money Matters”. When and how trusts can be used in Estate Planning. Guest Speaker: Brenda Milbrath, Barrister & Solicitor, MacMinn & Company

Hosted by:  Pam Katunar – Investment Advisor, TD Wealth Private Investment Advice at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria
RSVP: Pam Katunar at 250-356-4034 or pamela.katunar@td.com

 

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Thursday, March 26 (7pm – 9pm)

The Beneficial Role of Intestinal Bacteria

Recent medical advances have increased our understanding of the important role intestinal bacteria play in the development of the immune system.  How these bacteria also contribute metabolically to diverse conditions ranging from autoimmune disease to obesity will be discussed.

More info and to register: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/The-Beneficial-Role-of-Intestinal-Bacteria/HPHE256/

 

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March 27, 28 and 29th, 2015

Pieces: Celebrating Textiles.

Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Comox, BC

http://piecescelebratingtextiles.com/

 

Saturday, March 28  (9:00am to 5:00pm)

Reiki Level 1

Reiki, or “universal life force energy,” is a technique commonly referred to as “palm healing” or “hands-on healing.”  It is through the use of systematized hand-placements that a person may self-heal and find a state of equilibrium. Learn to draw out stress, imbalance and dis-harmony in the body with this alternative healing method. Learn how this complementary and alternative medicine is applied to our everyday life. The history, philosophy and principles of this ancient therapy will be discussed through a series of learning activities, including work in self-reflection, energy, lifestyle and connection; exploratory self-treatment is the key of this level. Text:  Reiki the Healing Touch: First and Second Degree Manual by William Lee Rand (not included in the course fee)

More info and to register:    http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/Course/Reiki-Level-1/HPHE125/

 

April

Sunday 26th 2015.

Chemainus Classical Concerts

You are invited to a Chemainus Classical Concert 2pm at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 2858 Mills Street, Chemainus, BC.
http://www.chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca/

May

Saturday May 2nd 2015. 10 am – 4 pm.

At some point in their lives, 90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances. Are you ready? Come join us to start to prepare!

As a women, do you feel confident and in control of your investments and finances? Do you know what your retirement plan looks like? Do you know what risks you are taking? Pam Katunar, Investment Advisor, has created timely courses exclusively for women to learn more about finance and investing. Pam is a frequent presenter on investing topics, and the most common comment from women after attending these classes is, “I wish I had done this years ago.”

Bring a friend and come to learn more about how to handle this important aspect of life. Your future is counting on you! Location:  Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria
RSVP: 250-356-4034 or E-mail: pamela.katunar@td.com
or via website http://advisors.tdwaterhouse.ca/pamela.katunar

 

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Sunday May 24th 2015.

Chemainus Classical Concerts

You are invited to a Chemainus Classical Concert 2pm at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 2858 Mills Street, Chemainus, BC.
http://www.chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca/

June

Sunday June 14th 2015.

Chemainus Classical Concerts

You are invited to a Chemainus Classical Concert 2pm at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 2858 Mills Street, Chemainus, BC.
http://www.chemainusclassicalconcerts.ca/

 

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Saturday June 20th 2015. 10am – 4pm.

At some point in their lives, 90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances. Are you ready? Come join us to start to prepare!

As a women, do you feel confident and in control of your investments and finances? Do you know what your retirement plan looks like? Do you know what risks you are taking? Pam Katunar, Investment Advisor, has created timely courses exclusively for women to learn more about finance and investing. Pam is a frequent presenter on investing topics, and the most common comment from women after attending these classes is, “I wish I had done this years ago.”

Bring a friend and come to learn more about how to handle this important aspect of life. Your future is counting on you! Location:  Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road,  Victoria
RSVP: 250-356-4034 orE-mail: pamela.katunar@td.com
or via website http://advisors.tdwaterhouse.ca/pamela.katunar

July

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August

September

October

November

Saturday November 7th 2015. 10am to 2pm.

West Shore Fall Wellness Fair

You are invited to the West Shore Seniors’ Services Fall Wellness Fair at the Langford Legion Hall, 761 Station Road, Langford, BC.
Contact Nicole 250-391-9827 or Info4westshoreseniors@gmail.com or http://westshoreseniorsservices.com

December

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