Community Bulletin Board – September 2019

 James Bay Beacon Planning Meeting: Tuesday Sept 3 at 7 pm at our office #7-435 Simcoe St. Entrance off Croft St.

James Bay Neighbourhood Association meets Wednesday Sept 11 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30), at JB New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies St. All welcome. To join our email list contact Find the latest Association news at

JB Community Project board of directors meeting on the first Wednesday of each month (2nd Wed. of Jan), except August. 


Beacon Church meets Sunday mornings at 10:30am at 140 Oswego St. (JB Community Centre). This is a Gospel-centered Christian church. Childcare provided for under age 5. Visit or call 778-400-8562.

Church of Our Lord (Blanshard & Humboldt). Sunday Services: Quiet Worship 8am in the choir stalls; Family Worship 9:30am in the Church Hall; Classic Worship 10:20am in the Sanctuary. Visit:, 250-383-8915,

Capital Unitarians meets every Sunday morning at 10am at JB New Horizons, 234 Menzies St. 250- 382-6828

Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living  Sundays at 11am, Oneness Wednesdays at 7pm. All welcome. 111 Superior St. Rental space available. Call 250-896-5933 or

James Bay United Church of Canada – Sunday Service for everyone begins at 10:15am. Come early, come late, but come into 511 Michigan (near Menzies). or call 250-384-5821. 


Birdcage Toastmasters meets every Thursday noon to 1pm at Legion Branch #127, 514 Government St. Guests always welcome. Join us any week to learn to speak, laugh and grow, all in a lunch hour. 250-813-1727.

James Bay Toastmasters is a warm, friendly group that meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at JB Community Project, 547 Michigan St., from 5:45-7:15pm. Everyone welcome.

Thunderbird Toastmasters meets every Monday evening (except holidays) from 7-9pm at JB New Horizons, 234 Menzies St. 778-350-8657 or

Victoria Beaver Toastmasters meets Wednesdays from 6-8pm at JB New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies St. Guests warmly welcomed! 250-477-4700.

The Gardens at HCP – Upcoming workshops: Sept 7 Kids Garden Club; Sept 14 Plant ID & Culture; Sept 22 Willow Chair; Sept 28 Pine Needle Basketry, Cut Flower Garden; Sept 29 Bonsai Winter Care, Willow Hoop Rib Basket, Cannabis for the Home Grower – Harvesting & Processing. Fees apply. 250-479-6162,

Victoria Floral Arts Guild – Tues, Sept 10, 7 pm. Presentation by Cory Hewko, who specializes in floral for hotels. 813 Darwin Ave. Guest fee $5, new members always welcome.

Victoria Horticultural Society 813 Darwin Ave.

Victoria Historical Society – Thurs, Sept 26, “In Search of Woo: Monkey, Muse, Mystery” by Grant Hayter-Menzies. In 1923 Emily Carr traded one of her dogs for a young Javanese macaque. For the next 15 years, the monkey, named Woo, formed a bond with Carr that proved crucial to her artistic legacy. The author will reconstruct the fascinating story of Woo. Refreshments at 7:15pm, talk at 7:45pm. JB New Horizons, 234 Menzies St. $5; free for members. 


Repair Café –Sat, Sept 14, 10am-1pm, Public Library, 735 Broughton St.; Sat, Oct 19, 10am-1pm, 1330 Fairfield Rd. Bring something to be repaired for free, or volunteer to repair things or learn how. Clothing, furniture, small appliances, bicycles, toys, jewellery, computers/phones, knife sharpening & more. 


Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club –Come and try Lawn Bowling, Croquet or Bocci at your Downtown Neighbourhood Sports Club. 720 Belleville St. behind the Crystal Garden.

Victoria Lawn Bowling Club – Cook St. at Park Blvd. in Beacon Hill Park. Info: 250-383-5851. 


Al Anon – Is your life affected by someone’s drinking? Call 250-383-4020.

Alzheimer Society of BC – Greater Victoria Family Caregiver Support Group meets monthly at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior St.. Please call 250-382-2052 for information and to register.

Anxiety Management Support Group meets every Thursday with Dr. Tom Lipinski, Registered Psychologist at 6:30-8 pm at 125 Skinner St. This is a free drop-in service offered by Capital Mental Health Association. You may find this group helpful if you have phobias, generalized anxiety, panic attacks or OCD.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria. For more information visit

Blood Pressure Clinic first Wednesday of each month, from 1-3 pm at the JB Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Free drop-in service.

Caregivers Support Groups More info: 250-384-0408 or

 * Cook St. Village Caregivers – 2nd Thurs of each month, 7-8:30pm. Cook St. Village Activity Centre, 1-380 Cook St.

 * Family Caregivers Support Group – 1st Mon of each month, 7-9pm. 6-3318 Oak St.

 * Male Caregiver Support Group – 2nd Tues of each month, 7-9pm. 6-3318 Oak St.

Community Casual Labour Pool, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm. Carefully screened workers for gardening and more. Free booking service is offered by the Victoria Cool Aid Society. Call 250-388-9296 to place job order.

Dual Recovery Anonymous - Group meetings are held Tuesdays, 7:30pm at 941 Kings Road. DRA is a spiritually based (12 step) group for those with a psychiatric illness and a substance/behavioural addiction. Info:

Empower Your Sober Self: The Life Ring Secular Recovery group meets every Thursday evening at 7:30pm at the JB Community Project, 547 Michigan St.

Hope and Recovery from Mental Illness Support Group meets every Wednesday, 2-3:30pm at BCSS, 941 Kings Rd. Info: 250-384-4225. This group gives each other hope and support on our recovery journeys through telling our stories and sharing wellness strategies. The goal of recovery is to become the unique, awesome being that you have been called to be.

Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Support Group meets 3rd Thursday of each month from 10-11:30am at the Community Project, 547 Michigan. Drop in, it’s free.

Police Victim Services - Emotional and practical support to victims of crime and trauma. 250-995-7351 or

Self-Management Workshops for cancer and chronic health conditions. 6 sessions. Free, including text book. Info and registration:, 1-866-902-3767.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (T.O.P.S.) Meets Fridays at 9:30am at JB New Horizons.

Victoria Seniors’ Advocacy Services, Blanshard Community Centre, King & Dowler, Tues. 9am-noon and Thurs. 1-4pm. Call 250-388-7696 


Prime Timers, a social club for mature gay men, meets in James Bay. 250-361-1910 or

Newcomer Clubs for Women in Victoria

Meet new friends, enjoy educational speakers and join special interest and activity groups.

 * Newcomers Club of Greater Victoria holds a monthly luncheon meeting.

 * Victoria Evening Newcomers’ Club for Women hosts regular events and activities that help newcomers settle into their new community.

 * Victoria Women’s Newcomers’ Club

 * GRADS (of Saanich Newcomers) Meets first Thurs. of the month at Cedar Hill Golf Club for lunch with guest speakers (reservations week prior). $24. Info and reservations, leave message at 778-265-9176.

Seniors Social Connections for older members of our community. Feeling low, bored or alone? Join us for a light lunch, conversation, recreation and special activities. Thursdays 1-3pm. JB Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Suggested donation $0-$5. Info: Sharon 250-388-7844 ext. 334 or email 


Community Closet Thrift Store 435 Simcoe St., James Bay Square Mall. Mon-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm.

James Bay United Church Thrift Shop 517 Michigan St. Fridays 10am-2pm.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Thrift Shop 680 Courtney St. 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10am-12pm. 


Recreation Integration Victoria Volunteers needed to help individuals with disabilities to become more involved in their communities! Participate in recreational activities while also providing companionship for others. Contact the Leisure Assistant Coordinator at 250-477-6314 ext. 205 or