Mayor’s message: Festive season a busy one

As we head into what may well be a white Christmas I wanted to wish everyone a safe and healthy Christmas season.

By Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins

As we head into what may well be a white Christmas I wanted to wish everyone a safe and healthy Christmas season and let you know what’s up and coming in Esquimalt through the holidays and into the New Year.

If you’d like to get truly into the spirit of the season, stop by our Christmas Tree Village until Dec. 26 and vote for your favourite tree. We have more than 40 trees beautifully decorated by local businesses and organizations and they are distributed throughout the Esquimalt Recreation Centre on Fraser Street and the Archie Browning Sports Centre at the Esquimalt Plaza.

While at our recreation facilities look into our skating, swimming and drop-in fitness schedules for the holiday season. Santa will be at the sports centre on Dec. 17 and there’ll be a Christmas Café at the recreation centre on Dec. 21.

Join us on Dec. 16 for our holiday drive-in movies, being held in the sports centre rear parking lot. Entrance is by donation of a non-perishable food item to the Rainbow Kitchen.

Our 17th Annual Esquimalt Christmas Food Drive in support of Esquimalt Neighbourhood House is also in full swing. We have donation drop boxes in all of our facilities if you are able to donate non-perishable food items for this vital community society. We are hoping to improve on last year’s donation of 2,000 pounds of food. Our public works crews have been picking up generous donations that residents have left alongside their bins for the last two weeks.

This is a time of year when music is inspiring, especially when performed live. Plan to attend the Township Classics concert at the English Inn on Dec. 18, featuring Janie Woods-Morris. What a great way to start the week before Christmas. Also at the English Inn, the artist in residence is Lynda Colbeck, featuring a collection of her paintings.

On behalf of council and all of our staff at the township, I wish you happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous new year.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Adopted pet pig gets killed and eaten

Animal was adopted out by SPCA staff in the Cowichan Valley

Charge laid in Central Saanich dog cruelty case

Daniel Howard Ruygrok charged after dog found with compound fracture

VicPD officers assaulted by women in two separate incidents

One officer’s injuries required a hospital visit, following downtown fray

Oath of office not needed: North Saanich councillor

District council set to approve oath that had been repealed in 2012

North Saanich pedals ahead with bike lane expansion

Road alignment modifications made following resident feedback

VIDEO: What you need to know today at the B.C. Games

All 19 events are underway across Kamloops, where five to 10 cm of snow is expected to fall

Wounded Warrior Run BC makes it to the Comox Valley

Day four of the annual fundraiser saw the team stop in Courtenay and Comox

Sask. school shooter to be sentenced as adult

The man was just shy of his 18th birthday when he killed four people and injured seven others

Internet questions PM’s fashion choices in India

The Trudeaus’ eight-day visit has been dogged by various controversies since it began Feb. 17

WATCH: Walking from Argentina to Alaska one step at a time

Holly “Cargo” Harrison is in Williams Lake, resting a pulled hamstring before he continues on his 15,000-mile walk to Alaska.

BCHL Today: Merritt Centennials keep moving while Salmon Arm Silverbacks slide

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Former Canuck Roberto Luongo addresses Florida shooting victims

Parkland, Fla., resident, delivers speech before Florida Panthers’ first home game since tragedy

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Kelowna skier Kesley Serwa adds to Canada’s gold medals

Despite losses in men’s hockey and curling, Canadian women won medals in ski cross and figure skating

Suspected serial killer targeting Toronto gay community now faces six murder charges

Bruce McArthur now charged with murders of six men: Toronto police

Most Read