Community Bulletin Board – October 2018 

James Bay Beacon Planning Meeting: Tuesday Oct 9 at 7 pm at our office #7-435 Simcoe St. Entrance off Croft St.

James Bay Neighbourhood Association meets Wednesday Oct 10 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30), at JB New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies St. All welcome. To join our email list contact jbna@vcn.bc.ca Find the latest Association news at www.jbna.org

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

All Candidates Meeting for the municipal election. Wed, Oct 3, 5:30pm. JB Community School, 140 Oswego St. Hosted by the JBNA. 

CHURCHES:

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 www.beaconcommunities.ca 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: www.coolchurch.ca 250-383-8915.

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

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 www.cotvictoria.ca

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). www.jamesbayunited.com or call 250-384-5821. Thrift Shop on Fridays from 10am-2pm.  

EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL:

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. 8394.toastmastersclubs.org 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 www.thunderbirdtoastmasters.org

Victoria Beaver Toastmasters meets every Wednesday from 6-8pm at JB New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies St. Guests warmly welcomed! 790.toastmastersclubs.org 250-477-4700.

The Gardens at HCP – Upcoming workshops: Oct 1 Stories in the Garden (kids); Oct 6 Kids Garden Club, Herb Crafts, Bonsai, Pruning; Oct 7 Willow Chair; Oct 13 Pruning; Oct 15 Stories in the Garden; Oct 20 Plant ID; Oct 28 Mason Bee Maintenance; Nov 3 Kids Garden Club, Terrariums, Hypertufa. Fees apply. 250-479-6162, www.hcp.ca

Victoria Floral Arts Guild monthly meeting  2nd Tues, 7 pm at 813 Darwin Ave. Oct 9 Annual AGM and Art Interpretation show. Guest fee $5, new members always welcome. www.victoriafloralartists.ca

Victoria Horticultural Society –Tues Oct 2, 6:30pm Workshop: Winter house plants; 8pm Talk: “Fall and Winter Birds in Our Backyards”. 813 Darwin Ave. First visit free. www.vichortsociety.org

Victoria Historical Society Thurs. Oct 25, “Collecting the Newcombes, Father and Son” with Kevin Neary. Much of the Royal BC Museum’s core holdings in First Nations, botany, marine biology, paleontology, maps, diaries and photographs as well as Emily Carr’s artworks, were collected by one family. The story of the Newcombes is fascinating on many levels – it is full of drama and intrigue, and laden with events that resound in contemporary issues for BC. Refreshments at 7:15pm, talk at 7:45pm. JB New Horizons, 234 Menzies St. $5; free for members. www.victoriahistoricalsociety.bc.ca 

EVENTS:

Repair Café – Sat, Sept 29, 10am-1pm, 1330 Fairfield Rd.; Sat, Oct 27, 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. www.repaircafevicbc.ca 

SPORTS AND FITNESS:

Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club – Looking for a sport for life, a sport for all? Behind the Crystal Garden. www.downtownlawnbowling.ca.

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

SUPPORT GROUPS:

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 www.bbbsvictoria.com

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: john.dra@yahoo.com

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. www.liferingcanada.org

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 www.fcns-caregiving.org

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 www.gvpvs.org

Self-Management Workshops for cancer and chronic health conditions. 6 sessions, free, including text book. Info and registration: www.selfmanagementbc.ca, 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 

SOCIAL:

Prime Timers, a social club for mature gay men, meets in James Bay. 250-857-6072 or www.primetimersvictoria.weebly.com

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. www.newcomersclubofgreatervictoria.com

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

 * Victoria Women’s Newcomers’ Club www.victoriawomensnewcomers.com

 * 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: Jennifer 250-388-7844 ext. 334 or email jwalton@jbcp.bc.ca 

THRIFT STORES, MARKETS & SALES:

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. 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED:

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 volunteers@rivonline.org.