Community Bulletin Board – May 2018

James Bay Beacon Planning Meeting: Tuesday May 8 at 7 pm at our office #7-435 Simcoe St. Entrance off Croft St.

James Bay Neighbourhood Association meets Wednesday May 9 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 Communities meets Sunday mornings at 10:30am at 140 Oswego St. (The James Bay Community School Centre). This is a Gospel-centered Christian church. Childcare is provided for ages 3-6. Visit or call 778-400-8562.

Church of Our Lord (Blanshard & Humboldt). Sundays: Prayer Book Service at 8am. Informal Café-style Service in the hall at 9:30am. Sunday School at 10am. Celebration Service at 10:30am. Visit: 250-383-8915.

Capital Unitarian Universalist Congregation meets every Sunday morning at 10am at JB New Horizons, 234 Menzies St. Call 250- 382-6828 for info.

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. Thrift Shop on Fridays from 10am-2pm.


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. http: // 250-813-1727.

James Bay Toastmasters is a warm, friendly group that meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at JB Community Project, 547 Michigan St., from 5:30-7pm. 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 every Wednesday from 6-8pm at JB New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies St. Guests warmly welcomed! 250-477-4700.

Mile Zero Matters Urban Affairs Conversation Café. “How Property Values Drive Politics in Victoria” Wed, May 23, 7pm. JB New Horizons, 234 Menzies St.,

The Gardens at HCP – Upcoming workshops: May 5 Kid’s Garden Club, Kombucha, Tea Cup Fairy Gardens; May 6 Eat Your Weeds; May 12 Pant ID; May 19 Concrete Hands Planters; May 26 Bonsai; May 27 Willow Frame Tray, Healthy Soils; May 28 Intro to Garden Design; June 2 Kid’s Garden Club, Mini Pollinator Gardens; June 3 Herbal Medicine Making, Willow Chair. Fees apply. 250-479-6162,

Victoria Floral Arts Guild monthly meeting Tues, May 8, 7 pm at 813 Darwin Ave. Guest fee $5, new members always welcome.

Victoria Horticultural Society – Tues. June 5, 6:30pm “Show Stopping Year Round Container Ideas”; 8pm “How to Grow Your Winter Veggies Under Cover” First visit free.

Victoria Historical Society “Craigdorroch: The Soldiers’ Castle” with Bruce Davies. Victoria’s Craigdorroch Military Hospital was opened in Sept 1919 and more than 1000 patients were treated there over the next 16 months. Learn about Canada’s first major intervention into the health and welfare of its citizens. Thurs. May 24, Refreshments at 7:15pm, talk at 7:45pm. JB New Horizons, 234 Menzies St. $5; free for members.


Repair Café –Sat, May 26, 10am-1pm, 1330 Fairfield Rd.; Sat, June 16, 10am-1pm, Public Library, 735 Broughton St.  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 – Looking for a sport for life, A sport for all? Behind the Crystal Garden.

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

Mile Zero Walkabout in James Bay, lead by ret. architect Brain Merth. Sat, May 5, 10am. Meet at Victoria Visitor Centre, 812 Wharf St.


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.

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.

Family Caregivers Support Group meets first Monday of each month, 7:00-9:00pm at 6-3318 Oak St.. The drop-in group is facilitated by trained volunteers. More info: 250-384-0408 or

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 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. 250-857-6072 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. Suggested donation $0-$5. Info: Jennifer 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.

St. Aidan’s United Church Annual Spring Book Sale. Sat, May 26, 10am-2pm. 3703 St. Aidan’s Pl., near Richmond & Cedar Hill X Rd.


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

James Bay Market, corner of Menzies & Superior. Looking for volunteers to assist with greeting customers, working in coffee kiosk. Market is Sats., 9am - 3pm. Morning or afternoon shifts available. or 250-381-5323.