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Librarian Nathalie Jones, left, and Sooke Literacy Project outreach coordinator Kate Barton show storyboards that will be displayed in local business, from Dec. 11-18. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Winter version of StoryWalk lines Sooke storefront windows

Eleven businesses taking part in the project that runs Dec. 11-18

Christmas events in Oak Bay are spread out over the month including letters to Santa, and a reading by the big man himself. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay Village hosts magic, music, theatre throughout December

Christmas events run right through to Dec. 24

Heather Cadieux spent weeks felting animals and foods for the Netflix show Maid’s prestigious preschool. (Courtesy Heather Cadieux)

PHOTOS: Netflix’s Maid features Victoria single mom’s felted creations

Heather Cadieux spent weeks felting dragons, a toucan and an orangutan for the show’s preschool

Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, expects the organization to hand out up to 400 Christmas hampers this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, expects the organization to hand out up to 400 Christmas hampers this year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rising demand, prices; food supply chain disruptions impact Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank

‘If you won’t eat it, don’t give it to the food bank,’ food bank executive director says

Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, expects the organization to hand out up to 400 Christmas hampers this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bev Elder, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank, expects the organization to hand out up to 400 Christmas hampers this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Children’s Health Foundation donors Adrian D’Silva and Tracey D’Silva have volunteered to decorate the home every year since 2012. (Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island/Facebook)

Volunteers light up View Royal ‘home away from home’ for the holidays

Jeneece Place covered in donated lights to brighten spirits

Children’s Health Foundation donors Adrian D’Silva and Tracey D’Silva have volunteered to decorate the home every year since 2012. (Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island/Facebook)
At more than nine metres wide, the enlarged Colwood Star can be seen from afar, now that it is remounted on the back of Dwayne Gordon and Leah Moreau’s Triangle Mountain home. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Gordon)

Scaled-up Colwood star shines down on city for second year

After receiving plenty of positive feedback last year, homeowners make it bigger and brighter

At more than nine metres wide, the enlarged Colwood Star can be seen from afar, now that it is remounted on the back of Dwayne Gordon and Leah Moreau’s Triangle Mountain home. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Gordon)
Sooke Winter Market will be held at the Sooke Region Museum grounds, located at 2070 Phillips Rd, on Saturday, Dec. 4 and 11, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. (File - Black Press Media)

Sooke Winter Market hosts blended event this year

The market is happening on Dec. 4 and 11 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Sooke Winter Market will be held at the Sooke Region Museum grounds, located at 2070 Phillips Rd, on Saturday, Dec. 4 and 11, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. (File - Black Press Media)
Students from Camosun College’s criminal justice program, pictured alongside an Our Place volunteer (centre), gathered donated clothes for the organization. (Our Place Society/Twitter)

Our Place Society receives ‘truckloads’ of clothing from Camosun group

College’s criminal justice students collected donations as part of curriculum

Students from Camosun College’s criminal justice program, pictured alongside an Our Place volunteer (centre), gathered donated clothes for the organization. (Our Place Society/Twitter)
The Otter Point Fire Department’s decorated truck for their annual Candy Cane Run in 2020, when Sooke firefighters also held their annual Santa Run. (Contributed photo)

Sooke fire department focusing on cash donations for Santa Run this year

Fill a Truck still happening, but Santa Run is monetary donations only

The Otter Point Fire Department’s decorated truck for their annual Candy Cane Run in 2020, when Sooke firefighters also held their annual Santa Run. (Contributed photo)
Cathy Gouk, the owner of Cathy’s Corner Cafe in Sooke, prepares for 2020’s turkey dinner. This year’s free dinner is planned for Dec. 15 and 16. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke cafe serving up Christmas dinner for more than 400 this year

Cathy Gouk says it’s been challenging with empty shelves and purchasing limits to get enough supplies

Cathy Gouk, the owner of Cathy’s Corner Cafe in Sooke, prepares for 2020’s turkey dinner. This year’s free dinner is planned for Dec. 15 and 16. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Members of the Brentwood Bay Community Association watch as Josh Gait of the Driftwood Communications hangs the first of 14 Christmas lights along West Saanich Road. Christmas decorations have also gone up outside Sidney outside Municipal Hall, along Beacon Avenue and Tulista Park with a large Christmas tree lighting the way along Lochside Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich Peninsula lights up as crews prep for Christmas

Community association helps to light up Brentwood Bay

Members of the Brentwood Bay Community Association watch as Josh Gait of the Driftwood Communications hangs the first of 14 Christmas lights along West Saanich Road. Christmas decorations have also gone up outside Sidney outside Municipal Hall, along Beacon Avenue and Tulista Park with a large Christmas tree lighting the way along Lochside Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The Capital Regional District has made some improvements and changes to mountain biking trails in the region after approving its guidelines for the activity last spring. (Black Press Media file photo)

CRD updates Saanich mountain biking areas with realigned trails, added signage

Mount Work sees many of the improvements, Sooke trails also targeted for attention

The Capital Regional District has made some improvements and changes to mountain biking trails in the region after approving its guidelines for the activity last spring. (Black Press Media file photo)
St. Mary’s Church Rev. Canon Craig Hiebert peruses Cartoons from Punch, one of the many collector books available by silent auction during the Christmas books sale at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Vintage reads up for auction during annual Christmas book sale in Oak Bay

Charities on hand to offer information, gift ideas during Dec. 4 event

St. Mary’s Church Rev. Canon Craig Hiebert peruses Cartoons from Punch, one of the many collector books available by silent auction during the Christmas books sale at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Pearson College unveiled new SENCOTEN language names and artwork for its five student residences on Nov. 18. (Photo Courtesy of Pearson College/Facebook)

Pearson College renames residences in SENCOTEN language

The move is the latest in Metchosin international school’s reconciliation efforts

Pearson College unveiled new SENCOTEN language names and artwork for its five student residences on Nov. 18. (Photo Courtesy of Pearson College/Facebook)
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House will distribute community donated non-perishables to clients in need. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House begins holiday canned-food collections

Donations accepted at municipal facilities, pickups available on garbage days in mid-December

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House will distribute community donated non-perishables to clients in need. (Black Press Media file photo)
Muppet Man of Duncan B.C.’s Helmet Head Canada has shared the locations of this year’s holiday toy drive. (Courtesy of Helmet Head Canada)

Helmet cover company undertaking Vancouver Island hospital toy drive

Donations accepted at Bay Centre, Barnes Harley Davidson, North Oyster Fire Department

Muppet Man of Duncan B.C.’s Helmet Head Canada has shared the locations of this year’s holiday toy drive. (Courtesy of Helmet Head Canada)
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Nanaimo author pens an instant-Christmas classic with a modern twist!

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  • Nov 29, 2021
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Kathy and Doug LaFortune, pictured, are helping to organize a Nov. 27 craft fair in the Tsawout First Nation gymnasium. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tsawout First Nation hosts Nov. 27 craft fair

Art for sale to include locally produced carvings, knitting, jewelry and beadwork

Kathy and Doug LaFortune, pictured, are helping to organize a Nov. 27 craft fair in the Tsawout First Nation gymnasium. (Black Press Media file photo)
Students learned about conservation techniques as well as tree trimming. (Supplied by Cindy Moyer)

Local arborist hoping to fill gap by training next generation of tree trimmers

Saunders says there’s not enough people trained on the island who can do the work

Students learned about conservation techniques as well as tree trimming. (Supplied by Cindy Moyer)
A group checks out the Whoville display on a truck trailer at Westshore Motorsports Park (formerly Western Speedway) after the annual Truck Light Convoy. This year’s event rolls through Greater Victoria on Dec. 4. (Black Press Media)

23rd IEOA Truck Light Convoy/Food Drive set to wow Greater Victoria after a year away

Lit-up vehicles set to hit the streets again on Dec. 4 after COVID-19 cancelled 2020 event

A group checks out the Whoville display on a truck trailer at Westshore Motorsports Park (formerly Western Speedway) after the annual Truck Light Convoy. This year’s event rolls through Greater Victoria on Dec. 4. (Black Press Media)