Explore: Scale Model Exhibition, Saanich Fair, History Lecture Series and more


The makers of miniature worlds will put on a big display on Saturday at the Island Classic 2017 model competition and exhibition.

Models, mostly plastic, will range from Formula 1 racing cars to tanks from WWII, biplanes and triplanes from WWI to spacecraft from sci-fi movies such as Star Wars.

The exhibit will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel, 4030 Douglas Street, off Mackenzie Avenue, off the Pat Bay Freeway.

Victoria scale model maker Gord Enquist says making cars from plastic kits is fun, but becomes extraordinary when that same car model is turned into something unique, like an accurate reproduction of a vehicle. rusty in an agricultural field.

Many kits exist representing Star Wars Imperial Storm Troopers. But it’s so much more fun turning the same plastic figure into one that looks scorched and crumpled after a blaster fight.

“Being creative is one of the main drivers for me to create a good model,” Enquist said. “There are so many ways to create the same model. “

Island Classic 2017 is presented by Scale Plastic Automobile Modellers and Victoria Scale Modellers.

Doors are open from 9 am to 3:30 pm Admission is by donation – $ 2 per person is suggested. Children under 13 are admitted free.

All entries must be submitted by noon. The registration fee is $ 5 for up to five models and $ 1 for another, up to a maximum of 10.

For more information, see Island Classic Model 2017 Competition and Exhibition on Facebook.

The start of Saanich Fair underlined before the 150th anniversary

Learn about the history of the Saanich Fair during a lecture and Sunday tea at the Log Cabin Museum in Saanichton.

The monthly event is organized by the Saanich Pioneer Society, a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation of historical records of the Saanich Peninsula.

Historian Sylvia Van Kirk will discuss highlights from the first century of the popular fair, hosted by the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018.

True to its name, tea and sweets will be served after the conference.

Admission is $ 5 for members and $ 7.50 for non-members. The conference begins at 2 p.m. on October 15 at the Log Cabin Museum, 7910 Polo Park Cres. in Saanichton (in the park behind Thrifty Foods). For more information, visit saanichpioneersociety.com

Speakers share the island’s history and bond

Spend an evening listening to speakers tell true stories from their lives and the history of Vancouver Island during the Living History Lecture Series, October 18-25 in the new boardroom of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Nanaimo.

The series is co-hosted by the City of Nanaimo and Seniors Connect with funding from the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. The objective of the program is to promote social ties.

“The great thing about this series is that we are learning more about the members of our community and the history of this interesting city,” said John Horn, Social Planner for the City of Nanaimo. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to go out and enjoy a fun night out at no cost. “

Each evening, three speakers will share true stories from their personal lives or the history of Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.

Light refreshments will be provided and parking is available at the church after 6 p.m.

The event is free.

It will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 18 and 25 in the new meeting room at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 100 Chapel Street, Nanaimo. The property is wheelchair accessible. Another series is scheduled for February 2018.

For more information, contact Karin Kronstal or John Horn at 250-755-4464 or [email protected]

Celebrate the return of the Bufflehead

Catch a celebration in honor of the return of a one-time duck at All Buffleheads Day, Friday through Sunday at various venues.

Each year, the Bufflehead ducks, the smallest species of duck in Canada, return to Victoria on the same day in October. You can set your clock on it.

On the 298th day of the year, Sunday, Goldeneyes are expected to arrive at Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in Victoria.

To celebrate, the Urban Sanctuary Project partners are organizing the festival.

• Friday: A public reception at the Shaw Center for the Salish Sea in Sydney, with presentations of nature photography, paintings, music and poetry. The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of a new painting by Robert Bateman. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shaw Center for the Salish Sea, 9811 Seaport Pl., Sidney.

• Saturday: The public reception ceremony of the tourniquet is a gathering in honor of the tourniquets and other migratory birds that winter in the region. Activities include a complimentary 1 hour Bufflehead Sketching session presented by the Robert Bateman Center at 10:30 am The event runs from 9:30 am to 11:00 am in the tents at the Ardwell Beach Access in Roberts Bay , at the intersection of Ardwell Avenue and Resthaven Drive to Sydney.

• Sunday: Join the family programs of the Bufflehead Festival at the Robert Bateman Center, with bird bingo in the Inner Harbor, prizes, cake and unveiling of Bird’s Eye View, the centre’s new traveling exhibit.

Explore the Victoria Harbor Migratory Bird Sanctuary and look for small tourniquets while taking a NatureSketch outing guided by a local draftsman (all materials are provided). NatureSketch operates twice: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cakes and light refreshments will be served at noon as Robert Bateman’s latest painting – a special tribute to Buffleheads Day – is unveiled.

Admission is by donation. The family event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Robert Bateman Center, 470 rue Belleville.

• Sunday: Hear wildlife experts discuss how to ensure the survival of Victoria’s Migratory Bird Sanctuaries for 100 years at the Migration Symposium at the Robert Bateman Center.

The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Robert Bateman Center, 470 rue Belleville. Space is limited, so please register online.

• Sunday: Boat tour of Victoria Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Shoal Harbor Migratory Bird Sanctuary with Eagle Wings Tours. The tour goes from Fisherman’s Wharf to Victoria Harbor Migratory Bird Sanctuary, then heads north along the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula to Sidney and Shoal Harbor Migratory Bird Sanctuary before return to Victoria Harbor.

The tour costs $ 55. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seats will be reserved on a first come, first served basis at [email protected] or at 250-896-8080. There are contingency plans for bad weather. For more information, visit shoalharbour.com.

The All Buffleheads Day festival is part of the Urban Sanctuary Project, a community initiative focused on migratory bird sanctuaries.

For more information, visit sanctuaryproject.ca or batemancentre.org.

240 island artists presented in Sidney

Celebrate art by the seaside at the Sidney Fine Art Show, a three-day celebration of arts and culture featuring the work of nearly 240 artists from across Vancouver Island, Friday through Sunday at the Mary Winspear Center.

This is the 15th edition of the show, presented by the Saanich Peninsula Community Arts Council.

More than 400 pieces have been selected to be exhibited at the exhibition, which attracts up to 6,000 art lovers each year.

Many artists will be available to discuss their work, inspiration and processes. The artists will be on site between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday. Food and a cash bar will also be available.

One-day admission to the Sidney Fine Art Show is $ 7, while three-day passes are $ 12. The show runs 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mary Winspear Center, 2243 Beacon Ave. in Sidney. For more information, go to sidneyfineartshow.ca.

Mushrooms teach important lessons

Learn all about the mushroom life at the Mid-Island Mushroom Festival on Sunday at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Center in Errington.

This is the third year of the festival, co-hosted with the Arrowsmith Naturalists.

Attend mushroom exhibits, listen to educational speakers, and watch live shows. Speakers and topics include Terry Taylor on the diversity of fungi on Vancouver Island, Jessica Wolf on how to grow edible and medicinal mushrooms, and Célia Auclair and Benjamin Patarin on the commercial harvest of wild mushrooms and the sustainability in British Columbia.

Vendors will have tables with mushrooms to buy.

The Salvation Army will provide a shuttle service from a parking lot at 1500 Grafton Rd. In the center. Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food for the local food bank.

The suggested donation is $ 5 for people over 12 years old. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 15 at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Center, 1240 Leffler Rd. In Errington. For more information, visit niwra.org.

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