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Thursday, March 15

Saint Patrick’s Dinner – Chef Ron offers some fine fare, after which you will enjoy some festive song and dance. Menu: Lamb & Guinness Pie sided with braised savoy cabbage, bacon & red onion with Linda’s Irish soda bread and chocolate cake with Irish whiskey ganache and Chantilly cream for dessert. From 5:30‐8 p.m. at Monterey Recreation Centre. Cost: $25, members $19.

Friday, March 16

Family story time – For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays at the Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Regional Library. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, March, 17

Treasure hunt – St. Patrick’s Day is green in Uplands Park. Join the Friends of Uplands Park and the leprechauns on a Green Treasure Hunt. Ramble though the park finding evergreen and baby deciduous plants, maybe a four-leaf clover, a snake or a pot o’gold. Touch, smell and look closely with magnifying lenses.

Use St. Paddy’s photo guide to identify native plants. Make a green chia craft and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the green way.

Free family program; donations appreciated. Meet at the Beach Drive grassy field at the entrance to Cattle Point from 2 to 3 p.m.

Sunday, March 18

Willows breakfast – Kiwanis Pavilion Foundation Sunday Breakfast Willows Tea Room runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost of $10 includes juice and coffee/tea/hot chocolate.

Thursday, March 22

World Water Day – Screening and panel discussion of Treaty Talks: A Journey up the Columbia River for People and Salmon from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 105, Harry Hickman Building, UVic. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For those arriving by car, pay parking is in effect. Evening parking is $3.

Saturday, March 24

Churchmouse spring book sale – Churchmouse Book Store hosts its spring sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church on Elgin Street.

Sunday, March 25

Willows breakfast – Kiwanis Pavilion Foundation Sunday Breakfast Willows Tea Room runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost of $10 includes juice and coffee/tea/hot chocolate.

Tuesday, March 27

Easter Luncheon – Monterey lunch features baked ham, potatoes au gratin and buttered peas and carrots with raspberry‐lemon Easter cake for dessert. Pleasant musical entertainment sets the tone while allowing for visiting and pleasant conversation. Cost: $14 ($10 for members) at 12:30 p.m. in the Garry Oak Room.

^ Wednesday, March 28

Free talk on transit – Learn how to use the bus, plan your route, utilize personal safety strategies, pay your fare, and enter and exit the bus using a mobility aid. Training is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Dogwood Room at Monterey Recreation Centre. Register ahead at 1442 Monterey Ave.

Saturday, March 31

Birding at Uplands – Meet at the brand new Marine Life Kiosk in the large parking lot at Cattle Point at 8 a.m. Winter birds such as loons, grebes, sea ducks and alcids can be viewed from shore! Did you know that Oak Bay is considered the best place in the world to see the endangered Marbled Murrelet. After conducting a sea watch, we’ll cover the beautiful Garry Oak Meadows of Uplands Park. Over 50 species will be expected on this outing.

Tuesday, April 3

Hearing expo – The 9th annual Healthy Hearing Expo runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St. The free event offers opportunity to ask questions and speak with the hearing aid manufacturers, see their new products, listen to speakers and collect free giveaways.

Representatives from the leading hearing aid manufacturers will be present showcasing their products and answering your questions. Our scheduled presentations include ‘What’s New for Hearing Technology in 2018’, ‘The Effects of Hearing Loss on the Body’, ‘Utilizing Widex Zen Therapy to Effectively Manage Tinnitus’ and ‘I’m Hearing as Hard as I Can’. No registration needed.


No Ivy League – Join this weekly restoration group with Friends of Uplands Park, helping to restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem. instruction given, and areas to work in will be determined by Oak Bay Parks Management Plan. Suitable for all ages. An excellent volunteer opportunity for students.

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