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Used Around Town November 2020
Used.ca's sponsored events around Vancouver Island
Used.ca Drive Thru Bottle Drive supporting BC Children’s Hospital – November 29
Save up all your refundable containers! Used.ca is hosting a drive-thru bottle drive in support of BC Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees Sunday, November 29th at The Archie Browning Sports Centre parking lot.
Simply load up your bottles and cans in your car trunk, drive-through and we’ll grab them with no contact and no sorting. Just drop off and go!
Your bottle donations will help local children in Victoria get the help they need at BC Children’s Hospital, your local children’s hospital. Big thanks to our sponsors The Ocean 98.5 and Esquimalt Recreation.
Nerdy Days of Christmas Craft Fair – November 18-19
Looking for great gift ideas? The Nerdy Days of Christmas is a fun nerdy inspired craft fair. On November 18 and 19 we are going 100% virtual to keep you connected and socially distant with local geeky crafters and artists, just in time for your holiday shopping needs. For two days, we will be showcasing and linking you directly to a variety of vendors that specialize in one of a kind items inspired by comics, movies, anime, and other pop-culture goodness. Whether you are shopping for yourself, or for your favourite fans, you don’t want to miss this.
Find us on Facebook (The Nerdy Days of Christmas), Instagram (@nerdydaysofchristmas), or our website (https://cherry-bomb-toys.myshopify.com/pages/nerdy-days).
Crush Online – A Fine Wine Auction – November 30 – December 6
This auction features a great selection of fine wine generously donated from the private collections of individuals and restaurants. Whether you are an experienced oenophile or simply a lover of good wine, you will find a wonderful range of spectacular wines.
It will also feature wine gift baskets from BC vineyards and packages, dining and other unique experiences of interest to the wine lover in every price bracket.
All proceeds will benefit the 45th season of Victoria’s leading professional theatre company as well as its beautifully renovated heritage venue in the heart of Fernwood. The Belfry Theatre’s mandate is a contemporary repertoire with a focus on Canadian theatre. This is a hybrid season, offering online programming in the fall of 2020 with live and live-streamed productions running during the Spring of 2021. Click here for more details.
2020 Victoria Festival of Trees – November 19, 2020, to January 5, 2021
Festival of Trees is a cherished community tradition and has become the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season in Victoria, serving our community for the last 28 consecutive years. Beginning on November 19, the Bay Centre will be transformed into a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, all thanks to sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals. Guests can bring their loved ones, marvel in the magic of Victoria’s community spirit and vote for their favourite tree.
Interested in participating and decorating a tree? By becoming a Festival of Trees sponsor, not only do you support the only children’s hospital in British Columbia, *NEW* for 2020, you also receive a complimentary Engagement Toolkit designed to help you use Festival of Trees to increase engagement with your customers, employees and your network. Click here to sign up.
Help Camp Barnard!
Camp Barnard has been providing a nurturing environment for people to learn new skills and experience nature and their place in it for more than 75 years.
Each year more than 175 groups use the facilities to deliver age-appropriate, exciting, challenging camping and outdoor discovery experiences that fulfill the needs of today’s children. A wide variety of groups use the camp to offer programs for children as young as five all the way through to seniors. No other camp on Vancouver Island, with the facilities and setting that Camp Barnard has, offers these groups the same flexibility and value for money.
Open year-round, Camp Barnard provides excellent camp rental facilities for the youngest/least experienced camper to develop skills and confidence in residential camp settings, rustic cabin circles with dining halls and kitchens, and backcountry tenting sites for more advanced and adventurous leave-no-trace camping.
Donate online at http://www.campbarnard.ca/fundraising/donate_today
Habitat for Humanity Victoria Gingerbread Showcase – November 21 – January 3
It may look a little different this year, but Habitat for Humanity Victoria’s premier fundraiser the Gingerbread Showcase, sponsored by Revera, will launch its 12th season on November 21, 2020!
Creations will be displayed online and at several locations in Downtown Victoria and Sidney. Habitat’s key host partner, The Parkside Hotel & Spa, will be joined this year by nine additional host locations:
* Tre Fantastico at the Parkside Hotel & Spa
* The Marriott, Inner Harbour
* The Chateau Victoria
* The Doubletree
* Vintage Spirits at The Hotel Rialto
* Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa
* Peninsula Gallery
* Flush Bathroom and Travel Essentials
* Seawards Souvenir and Apparel
The Showcase will open on Saturday, November 21st and run until Sunday, January 3rd, 2021. Further details on Habitat’s host partners, route maps and detailed views of these amazing creations will be made available on our website at www.habitatvictoria.com/gingerbread2020.
Victoria HarbourCats Baseball – WE WILL BE BACK!
Despite the cancellation of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Victoria HarbourCats are gearing up for what will be a celebratory season and a return to West Coast League baseball in 2021. Season tickets, 10-game flex packs and merchandise are now on sale through the HarbourCats offices at 101-1814 Vancouver Street, or by calling 778-265-0327. Merchandise and 10-game packs may also be purchased on-line through “The Cat Shop” at https://victoria-harbourcats-official.myshopify.com/.
Help support the best summertime sports entertainment in the City and lock in your 2021 tickets today! Offices open 10-5 Tuesday to Friday.
Note: Thanks to all our fans who purchased 2020 game tickets or flex-pack vouchers! Please keep them in a safe place and we will happily exchange them for tickets or vouchers to any regular-season game in 2021 once the schedule has been released.
Buy Local Cowichan 2020
In the wake of the unprecedented economic interruption that the COVID-19 pandemic has created, #cowichanstrong has partnered with Economic Development Cowichan and a coalition of other local business organizations to mount a cross-platform awareness initiative to encourage Cowichan Valley residents to purchase goods from local stores and service providers.
It is widely known and understood that small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy. Now, more than ever it is vitally important that we make an effort to keep dollars within our communities so that their effect on financial recovery is multiplied through the recreation of previously lost jobs.
Just as a rising tide floats all boats, a contemplative and compassionate look at the way we spend our money will play an important role in the way we navigate these uncharted waters of our “new normal.” https://www.buylocalcowichan.ca/
Light Up The City – November 28 – January 3, 20201
The Greater Victoria Festival Society will host a 5 week “Light Up The City” campaign beginning the day of the original Santa Claus Parade; November 28 through January 3, 2021. Event organizers in the city are pooling their resources and collaborating together to coordinate a set of drive through drop off events every Saturday in the ‘core’ municipalities of Greater Victoria. We will be able to accept non-perishable food, new toys and cash donations to pass along to our local food banks, Salvation Army, and Toy Banks. Drive through events will have Santa and Mrs. Claus to wave at, Convoy trucks aglow, music, and more to enjoy as you drive through and drop off your donations. Social distancing practices will be in place at all drop offs. Chek TV and our local media supporters will be your source for information as the details are finalized.
Stay tuned for more information about the “Light Up The City” campaign over the next few weeks, we are excited to see you at a donation drop off location soon!
Victoria Symphony’s Virtual Season – Amy Hewitt Plays Back – November 12
Canadian piano superstar Angela Hewitt returns to Victoria to perform Bach’s bold and dynamic Keyboard Concerto in D minor along with the ever-popular Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. Grieg’s playful and meditative Holberg Suite rounds off this delightful program. The free concert premieres November 12 @ 7:30 pm at victoriasymphony.ca and will be online until December 11, 2020.
Winter Wander Fort St. – December 5
To capture the holiday magic safely this winter, Fort Street businesses are joining together for a Free one-day event celebrating all that Fort Street has to offer. We invite you to celebrate the season with us on Saturday, December 5 for Winter Wander!
Winter Wander is a day where businesses and shops on Fort Street will light the street with festive cheer through in-store shopping specials and holiday festivities. Seasonal traditions reimagined for 2020 like hot beverages, a Christmas tree sale, and pop up artisan market spaces can all be expected. Individual stores and outdoor event spaces will have capacity limits and safety measures to ensure everyone can enjoy the day. More details on this event and it’s COVID safety plan are available on our website at shoponfort.ca/events.
Join us for a special day of supporting our Downtown Victoria businesses, with safety and courtesy, on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Follow @ShopOnFort on Instagram and Facebook for more details!
Great Nanaimo Toy Drive – 38 Years of Community Support
Responding to COVID safety protocols the Toy Drive will look a little different this year. But our goal remains the same: To ensure all families in need, can provide Christmas gifts for their children.
The Great Nanaimo Toy Drive is entirely supported by the people, groups and businesses of Nanaimo. You can help by purchasing toys and gifts for children ages newborn to 16.
What is Different
∙ Registration will be over the phone, beginning November 16, 2020. During registration parents will be able to make suggestions about toys/gifts for each child. Based on those suggestions there will be days that volunteers will put together a package for each child. THERE IS NO ON-SITE/LATE REGISTRATION THIS YEAR.
∙ Parents & caregivers will be slotted a time to pick up their packages in a social distanced, safe way.
∙ For DONATIONS, the Toy Drive will not be able to accept any Stuffed Animals or Used Household Items this year.
TO REGISTER A CHILD : Phone in registration starts on November 16. 2020, by calling 250.323.3076. Parents/Caregivers will need provincial Care Card to register. Also please be prepared for questions to assist with toy selection.
Donation Drop Off Locations: Coastal Community Credit Union, Save On Foods, Nanaimo Museum, Nanaimo North Town Centre, Woodgrove Centre & Country Club Centre
For more information on donation drop off locations, volunteer descriptions, toy donation suggestions or to contact us, please visit our website: https://thegreatnanaimotoydrive.ca or find us on Facebook @thegreatnanaimotoydrive
Victoria Symphony – Magnificent Brass November 26 at 7:30 p.m.
For the first time in the 2020/21 virtual season, the Victoria Symphony brass players take to the stage to perform a collection of brass favourites including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Pachelbel’s Magnificat as well as works from Bach, Crespo, Gabrieli and Husa. This free concert premieres November 26 @ 7:30 pm at victoriasymphony.ca and will be available online until December 25, 2020.
Victoria Hospice Celebrate a Life – November 17 – December 31
Grief can be the loneliest feeling at any time of year. But in a global pandemic, with holidays approaching, grief is even lonelier.
That’s why Victoria Hospice invites everyone to come together to celebrate the lives of people we have lost – whether this year or long ago.
Join us this holiday season for a virtual gathering of memories and reflections by dedicating a star in memory of your loved one at www.victoriahospice.org/celebrate