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Art of the Cocktail is a threeday journey into the art, craft and tradition of the cocktail.

Art of the Cocktail is a threeday journey into the art, craft and tradition of the cocktail. Called Canada's premier cocktail event, Art of the Cocktail is celebrating its fourth year in Victoria as one of the Victoria Film Festival's most elegant events. This year's cocktail extravaganza will be held Oct. 13-15 at the Crystal Garden and includes workshops, tastings and a bartender competition featuring some of the savviest mixologists around. You can get in on the action by volunteering in a variety of roles, including setup/teardown, advertising, box office, kitchen crew, drivers, photographers and more. An information session will be held Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Victoria Film Festival office. Shifts are generally five hours and training will be provided. Volunteers earn free film tickets for the 2013 Victoria Film Festival, an added incentive to take part. If you'd like to join the cocktail celebration and help support the Film Festival, please call 250-389-0444.

Want to Volunteer? These and many other opportunities are available at or by calling 250-386-2269.

Media Copy Writer: Volunteer Victoria seeks a creative, dedicated media copy writer to research, write and format the weekly volunteer opportunities column for various media outlets. Hours and schedule are flexible, about two to four hours per week. A commitment of at least six months is preferred, and training is provided. Call 250-386-2269.

Administration: The Prostate Centre needs an administrative volunteer to answer the phone, complete data entry and handle spreadsheets, among other related tasks. Hours are flexible; the Centre is open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Training is provided and other roles are available. Call 250-388-0214.

Education Outreach: The Didi Society seeks education outreach volunteers to raise awareness by creating events, giving presentations to schools and community groups, and other tasks. Training is provided for this long-term role. Fundraising volunteers are also needed. Call 778-440-0283.

Leader: Esquimalt Volunteer Services is looking for a leader for the seniors' weekly sing-along group. Experience leading a singing group is an asset. Commitment is two hours per week; hours are flexible. Can't sing? An office assistant is also needed. Call 250-412-8532.

Instructor: YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria needs a volunteer instructor for youth racquet sports. The volunteer will teach skills in squash, racquetball and badminton to youth ages six-12. Commitment is Saturdays from 10 a.m. - noon. Training is provided. Call 250-386-7511.

Runner: The Pacific Centre Family Services Association is looking for a runner to join its charity team at the Victoria Marathon, to be held on Oct. 7. Run the eight-km, half or full marathon to raise funds for the local charity. Call 250-478-8357.

Face Painter: Fairfield Gonzales Community Association needs two face painters for Fall FAIRfield, to be held Saturday, Sept. 29. Commitment is from 1 to 3 p.m. or 3 to 5 p.m. Share your artistic talent. Call 250-858-0136.

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