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HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Victoria Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting/forum with Dr. Kathy Gaul, UVic School of Physical Education, speaking on Bone Health. Tuesday, 6: 45 p.m. at Begbie Hall, 2101 Richmond Rd. 250-216-2875.
ALS Support Group monthly meeting to assist those with ALS and their families. Today, 2-4 p.m., at 1947 Cook St. Tel. 250-474-1018.
Victoria Fibromyalgia Networking (Support) Group social meeting, bring goodies, jokes and information to share. Monday, 1 p.m. at the First Metropolitan Church at Quadra and Balmoral, enter through the Balmoral courtyard, look for balloons.
Ladies Fitness/Self-Defence. Free, meet every Wednesday, 8 p.m., 4091 Braefoot Rd. Tel. 250-882-8831.
Saanich Peninsula Stroke Recovery Branch, to assist members and their families. Mondays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tel. 250-652-3016.
TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly): A non-profit, non-commercial, affordable weight loss support and wellness education organization meets weekly. Visit tops.org, contact 1-800-9328677 or email@example.com.
Massage with Vitality Plus Program. First session is $10. Cook Street Village Activity Centre, 380 Cook St. Certified chair practitioner. Tel. 250-590-2220 for appointment.
SELF IMPROVEMENT, SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Oneness Wednesdays presents Death CafÃ© with Don and Elizabeth Morris. Wednesday, 7-8: 30 p.m. at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior St. Free or by donation. Kindly bring savoury snack or dessert to share with others Tel. 250-380-6383 or cotvictoria.ca
Brentwood Vipassina Insight Meditation meets Sundays, 4-6 p.m. at 7167 West Saanich Rd. Brentwood Bay. By donation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emotional Freedom Technique and Insight Meditation with Unity of Victoria, 838 Pandora Ave. Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Tel. 250-382-1613; unityvictoria.com
Victoria Pranic Healing and Meditation Centre presents a compassionate, healing 20 minute guided meditation. Mondays, 7 p.m., followed by healing clinic and Tuesdays,
1 p.m. relaxing lunch time experience at 409 Hillside Ave. Details at pranichealingvictoria.ca or tel. 259590-1398.
Training and Employment Opportunity for unemployed non-EI British Columbians of 55 years of age or older. Contact: 250-381-1194 or 250381-2298 or email@example.com.
Awake Ministries: Christian Counselling for Women, counselling for trauma, depression, anxiety, loss/ grief, divorce, abuse, isolation, anger, restlessness and more. Available throughout the week, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Bayview, 100 Saghalie Rd. Free.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Course in Miracles: In-depth study of course principles. Mondays, 7-9 p.m. at James Bay New Horizons Community Centre. Cost: $2. Tel. 250220-9797.
Free adult ESL classes with free childcare at SPEAKWELL ESL English Conversation Program. Wednesdays, 7-8: 30 p.m. at Gordon Head Lawn Bowling Bldg (next to Gordon Head Rec Centre). Contact 250-721-0497 or email@example.com.
Free ESL Classes at Central Baptist Church, 833 Pandora Ave. Sundays, 9: 30-10: 15 a.m. Tel. 250-385-7786; centralbaptistchurch.ca
Free ESL classes for Seniors, Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. in the Juan de Fuca 55+ Activity Centre, 1767 Island Highway. Membership is required.
There is financial help through the LIFE program. Learn English, make new friends and join in some of the activities at the Centre.
ShoDai Meditation, Wednesdays, Cowichan University Campus, Duncan. Buddha Discovery Service, Nichiren Buddha Society, Sundays.
Details at tel. 778-722-0155 or VIRetreats.com
Modern Buddhism: Discover the power of meditation. For complete schedule of classes, retreats and special events, please contact Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre, 2020A Douglas St.
Tel. 250-592-7164 or visit MeditateInVictoria.org.
Weekly drop-in classes $10:
? Mondays, Bodhichitta Centre, 7-9 p.m. or Sidney Public Library, 10: 30 a.m.-noon.
? Wednesdays: Esquimalt Rec Centre, 7: 15-8: 45 p.m. or Fairfield United Church, 7: 30-9 p.m.
? Dharma for Kids, with meditation, story time and arts and crafts, taught by experienced Dharma students.
Next class, Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Suggested donation $5 per child, maximum $10 per family. Tel. 250380-1391 to register; meditateinvictoria.org
Falun Gong: Special qigong method for cultivation practice of mind and body. Free. Tel. 250-658-2089.
Way of Mastery: From sleep to wakefulness, from illusion to reality, from fear to love. Wednesdays, 7-9: 30 p.m., 415-200 Dallas Rd. By donation. Tel. 250-920-0948 first.
Making the Divine Connection: Meditation on the Inner light and sound presented by Science of Spirituality. All programs free of charge. Tel. 250-479-5731 or sos.org
SPECIAL INTERESTS AND HOBBIES
CafÃ© Scientifique public talk: Carbs - not just something you eat, with Dr. Al Boraston, dept. of biochemistry and microbiology, UVic. Tuesday, 6: 30 p.m. at Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View St.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Natural History Presentation: Hiking and Beach Walking on Remote Haida Gwaii, with Dave Lacelle.
Tuesday, 7: 30 p.m. in room 159 of the Fraser building, UVic. All welcome, bring a friend and a coffee mug.
Victoria Newcomers December Luncheon. Meet new friends and check out the various activity groups we offer. Wednesday, 11: 30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Uplands Golf Club, 3300 Cadboro Bay Rd. Cost: $25. Tel. 250881-1084; vicdaynewcomers.ca Saanich Newcomers' Club for women meets Thursday, 11: 30 a.m. at the Beach House, 5109 Cordova Bay Rd. Visit saanichnewcomers.com for details and reservations.
Peninsula Newcomers luncheon, Thursday, with an invited speaker on diverse topics. Share in a variety of interests and activities organized and run by our members. Visit peninsulanewcomers.ca for details.
Bardejov Revisited: A Place to Remember Presentation by Gidi Nahshon at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard St.
Thursday, 7: 30 p.m. Contact: email@example.com or 250-419-1765 Philosophers' CafÃ©, Wednesday, 7-8: 30 p.m. at the Well, 821 Fort St.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; meetup.com/philosopherscafevictoria for details.
Chess Night at James Bay Coffee and Books, bring your own game or use one of ours, bring a friend or come alone. Mondays, 6-8: 30 p.m.
143 Menzies St. Tel. 250-386-4700. The Theosophical Society presents Life After Life, an audio course.
Mondays, 2-4 p.m. at 3793 St. Aiden's St. Tel. 250-655-9471 or theosophyinvictoria.com. Visit theosophicalsocietyvictoriabc.com Golden Rods & Reels Fishing & Social Club meets Tuesdays, 9 a.m., at 1728 Douglas St. For information, visit goldenrodsandreels.com.
Victoria Model Shipbuilding Society meets the second Thursday of every month at 7: 30 p.m. at St. Peter's Anglican Church Hall, St. Peter's Road. New members are welcome. Tel. 250385-9552.
Saanich Songmen welcome male seniors who can carry a tune (no auditions). Friendly, fun group singing popular standards. Rehearse Saturdays, 9: 30-11: 30 a.m. and give concerts every Wednesday afternoon. Tel. 250-361-9878 or 250-382-3151.
Victoria Mandolin Orchestra welcomes new members on various instruments, guitar and bass. Intermediate level playing and music reading. Practice Tuesdays 7: 30-9: 30 p.m. Contact email@example.com or members.shaw.ca/cmvarcoe
Toastmasters International welcomes guests. Find a time and place to suit at victoriatoastmasters.org.
Village Squires barbershop chorus practises every Tuesday 7-10 p.m. at Centennial United Church, 612 David St. (at Gorge Rd. E.) Tel. 250-472-2626 or visit evg.org/vsquires
Victoria READ Society - Noisy Kids Reading Club needs volunteers after school to provide elementary students with extra literacy support. Six students work with one teacher and two volunteers. Now in four schools.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-388-7225.
Capital City Volunteers seeks people to visit seniors or drive them to medical appointments. Commit as little as one hour a week. 250-388-7844 or email@example.com.
Victoria Riding for the Disabled Association provides a riding program for children and adults. No experience is necessary, (we provide training), however, volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Classes are held Monday-Thursday mornings and Tuesday-Thursday afternoons.
778-426-0506 or firstname.lastname@example.org Oak Bay Lodge is looking for a volunteer to bring senior residents to the hair salon. Regular shift is every Friday 8: 45-noon, training is provided. Contact 250-370-6642 or Ruth.McCowan@oakbaylodge.org
Habitat for Humanity Victoria is seeking volunteers for several positions: ReStore sales and warehouse assistants; committee members and special events volunteers. For more information, contact Hazel Yeo, volunteer co-ordinator, tel. 250-480-7688 ext 101 or email@example.com
Board of Directors: Centennial Day Care Society seeks new board members interested in supporting young families and contributing to a small non-profit society. Tel. 250-479-0334.
LifeRing Secular Recovery is looking for board members and volunteers. Exciting opportunities available at liferingcanada.org/get-involved or tel. 250-598-1389.
Writerschoicereviews.com, a local book reviewing newsletter, needs volunteers for reviewing, selling ads, distribution and production. All ages welcome, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Crystal Clear Drug Prevention Society seeks volunteer board members. Our mission is to stop illicit drug use before it starts. Contact Don Monsour, 250-589-1001 or becrystalclear.com
Primary Schools For Africa Society, a non-profit charity, is building schools in Tanzania. Volunteers needed to help promote and be involved in its inspiring fundraising initiatives. Tel. 250-598-4207.
Saanich Volunteer Services seeks drivers, visitors and home repair persons to help a neighbour. Tel. 250595-8008.
Craigdarroch Castle is seeking volunteer docents and cashiers. Help share the history of Victoria and the castle with 100,000+ visitors per year. Contact 250-592-5323 x32 or email@example.com.
Seniors Serving Seniors: Return to Health Program. Volunteers needed to provide social support and encouragement to isolated and lonely seniors before, during and after a hospitalization. Tel. 250-382-4331.
Recreation Integration Victoria needs volunteers to share recreational interests with a person with a disability. Contact the leisure assistance coordinator at 250-477-6314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knitters and Crocheters: Blanket squares needed, either knit or crocheted, or help in creating blankets. Michaels craft room, Thursday afternoons, 1-4: 30 p.m. Tel. 250-727-6786.
Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders needs foster homes for dogs and cats, reliable volunteers and board members. Email email@example.com or visit animalcrusaders.ca
Volunteer Driver Dispatchers to coordinate drives for cancer clients to medical appointments through volunteer driver program. 250-414-4253 or see cancervolunteer.ca
Single Moms: Mentors needed for the Moms and Mentors Program, Single Parent Resource Centre. Weekly connection with mom, monthly meeting for all moms and mentors. Tel.
250-721-5995. Kids Help Phone seeks volunteer student ambassador liaisons in the Victoria area. Tel. 1-877-267-7057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Mentors needed for young people at risk of becoming involved with crime. Tel. 250-3863428 or kidstart.ca
Peer Helpers - Single Parent Resource Centre seeks volunteers to help single parents using the centre. Send resumÃ© and covering letter to email@example.com or 250-385-1114, ext. 226.
FUNDRAISERS AND THRIFT STORES
Community Closet Thrift Store in James Bay Square. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Profits support James Bay Community Project. Please donate gently used clothing and accessories. Tel. 250-388-7810.
Victoria Hospice Thrift Boutique, profits to Victoria Hospice end-of-life
care. Help by donating better-quality fashions, jewelry, accessories, collectibles and household items. 1315 Cook St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Tel. 250-361-4966.
EMI Gift Shop, 2334 Trent St. New, used books, clothing, jewelry etc. Proceeds to clients of CMHA. Tel. 250370-8497.
Canadian Diabetes Clothesline program needs usable clothing. Free pickup. Tel. 250-380-3024.
Church Thrift Shops
? Gordon Head United Church Thrift Shop, 4201 Tyndall Ave., Monday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 250-477-4142.
? St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Thrift Shop, 680 Courtney St., first and third Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon. 250-3845734.
? St. Aidan's Thrift Shop, 3703 St. Aidan's St. 250-477-2089 ext. 7. Open Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and the last Saturday of the month, 9: 30 a.m.1 p.m.
? Church of Our Lord Thrift Shop, 626 Blanshard St. Friday, 9: 30 a.m.-1: 30 p.m. 250-383-8915.
? James Bay United Church Thrift Shop, 517 Michigan St. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 250-384-5821.
? Oak Bay United Church, corner of Granite and Mitchell. Thrift Shop/Annex Fridays, 10-2 p.m.; annex open first Sat. of month, 10-noon. 250-598-5021 ext 0.
SUPPORT GROUPS AND COUNSELLING
Yes We Can! Cope with Depression monthly meeting with topic, Tips to take some stress out of Christmas and Coping with Anxiety. Wednesday, 7: 30 p.m. at Yakimovich Center, 1454 Hillside Ave. next to Aberdeen Hospital. If you, a friend, or loved one struggles with depression, join us for coffee time. Tel. 250-208-1446
Older Women's Counselling and Support Group for women over 50 with past or present experience of abuse in an intimate relationship. No Charge. Call for a confidential interview 250-592-2927 extension 218.
Peercare: If you are going through a difficult time, Peercare offers free, confidential support, and encouragement for individuals. Also Divorce Care. Central Baptist Church, 833 Pandora Ave. Call 250-385-7786.
Nicotine Anonymous meeting, Saturdays, 10: 30 a.m.-noon at 1078 Joan Cres. Tel. 250-388-3151.
Borderline Personality support group, drop-in, Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. at Capital Mental Health, 125 Skinner St. Friends, partners, family all welcome. No charge. 250-383-5144 Ext. 2127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Al-Anon: Do you love an alcoholic? Do you suffer from another's drinking? Find us at 250-383-4020 or bcyukon-al-anon.org
NarAnon: For families and friends of drug addicts. Meetings Mondays, 78: 30 p.m., 5500 Hamsterly Rd. and Wednesdays, 7-8: 30 p.m. at Pearkes Arena, 3100 Tillicum Rd. Tel. 250-7042801.
For men only: An ongoing facilitated support group for men committed to living a nonviolent life style. Every Monday night, minimal cost. For details, contact email@example.com
Beyond Affairs Network - we can help those dealing with the aftermath of learning about a partner's affair.
Contact Vancouver Island co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our support group.
Gamblers' Anonymous helps people who play until their last dollar is gone. Meets Tuesdays, 150-2101 Richmond Rd., 7: 30-8: 30 p.m. Visit victoriaga.org
COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SOCIAL ACTIVISTS
Greater Victoria Seniors OAPO, an advocate group for the safety and security of retirees, invites members and friends to bring a dish to a pot luck lunch and enjoy entertainment by David and Mary Lowther of Golden Piggies fame. Wednesday, 12: 30 p.m. at BCGEU Bldg. 2994 Douglas St. Tel. 250-658-8593.
Queer Victoria Christians, a social group for GLBTQ Christians and Allies, for Pot Luck then Carol Singing at Shady Creek United Church. Today, 4: 30 p.m. in Saanichton. Contact: QVC@shaw.ca or 250-544-8312.
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