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The University of Victoria plays host once again to the annual Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair April 15 and 16, celebrating 50 years of the popular science extravaganza.

Junior scientists from Grades 4 through 12 will converge on the UVic campus to show off more than 150 projects of fascinating discoveries and scientific surprises. Public viewing in the Elliott Building lecture wing is available from 1 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 16.

For more information, visit web.uvic.ca/~virsf/index.html

April 13 – Navigating the Coming Chaos, a lecture and workshop with author Carolyn Baker via Skype from Colorado, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vic West Community Centre, 521 Craigflower Rd. Suggested donation $5 to $10. FMI: http://transitionvictoria.ning.com

April 14 & 15 – Young Life Victoria Home Design & Renovation Tour. View 10 homes, on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Tickets $25. FMI: Call the Young Life office at 250-634-3223 or visit www.younglife.ca/victoriahometour

April 15 – Victoria Autism 4K Walk and 8K Run, 9:30 a.m., incl. entertainment, kid zone, information booths, food and more. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. in parking lot four near UVic’s Centennial Stadium, and for 9:30 a.m. start. FMI: www.victoriaautismwalk.com

April 15 – Victoria West Lawn Bowling Club Open House, 1 to 3 p.m. at 95 Bay St. FMI: admin@vicwestbowls.ca or call Harvey at 250-388-9268.

April 15 – SingYourJoy, Victoria’s new young adult choir, performs both new songs and old favourites, 7 p.m. at St. Aidan’s United Church, 3703 St. Aidan’s St. Tickets: $10 general; $25 families. FMI: singyourjoy@gmail.com or text 250-882-5668.

April 19 – Saanich Newcomers Club for women meets, 11:30 a.m. at Royal Colwood Golf Club, 629 Goldstream Ave., Colwood. Chronicles of Crime bookshop’s Frances Thorsen will speak following the meeting. FMI: www.saanichnewcomers.com

April 20 – Heartwarming: All About Women and Heart Disease, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Monterey Centre, 1442 Monterey Ave. in Oak Bay Village. All welcome. Free admission but space is limited; pre-register at 250 370-7300.

April 21 and 22 – Swan Lake nature Sanctuary Native Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find 5,000 native plants – 140 species – plus Master Gardeners on hand to answer those tough gardening questions. Free admission. FMI: 250-479-0211; plant list: www.swanlake.bc.ca/plant-list.php

April 21 – The Lake Hill Lawn Bowling Club, 3930 LaSalle St., off Reynolds Road, hosts its open house, 1:30 p.m. Learn about the game, take a tour and try bowling. FMI: Visit www.lakehilllawnbowlingclub.com or call Haji, 250-479-8072, or Nick, 250-477-7635.

April 22 – Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club open house, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wear flat-soled shoes to protect the greens. 2190 Harlow, NE corner of Carnarvon Park.  FMI: www.bowlsoakbay.ca, call 250-592-1823 or e-mail bowlsoakbay@gmail.com

April 22 – Positive Living Centre of Victoria  hosts a “Worthshop” with Pat Zogar on rediscovering your innocence and innate confidence, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 3281 Harriet Rd. Registration is $25 with bursaries available. FMI: Cathy, 250-652-5329 or positivelivingcentreofvictoria@gmail.co

April 26 – Uncork Your Palate fundraiser for the  Victoria Conservatory of Music, 6:30 p.m. at the Crystal Gardens, featuring wines by Naramata Bench Wineries and food from local restaurants. Tickets: $95 – for details call 250-386-5311.

April 28 – Gorge Waterway Clean-Up, from the Tillicum Bridge, around Portage Inlet (including the Colquitz Creek and Craigflower estuaries), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at Victoria Canoe & Kayak Club 355 Gorge Road West. Those who want to participate with the paddling group in the voyageur canoes should wear clothes and footwear they don’t mind getting muddy. Gloves, garbage bags provided.

May 14 – Victoria Fibromyalgia Networking (Support) Group meets, 1 p.m. at First Metropolitan United Church, Quadra & Balmoral (enter from the Balmoral courtyard). Minimum $2 donation to cover costs. FMI: 250-381-5202 or 250-381-1182.

May 29 – The Saanich Emergency Program hosts a free individual and family emergency preparedness session for Saanich residents, 7 to 9 p.m. at Commonwealth Place. Learn to plan and prepare before disaster strikes. Register early at 250 475-7600 (Course #470012).

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