Feb 13 - Colwood gets new art centre

Valentine's date ideas, Royals' comeback slowed, photography exhibit coming to RBCM


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An 80-year-old woman in View Royal credits the many to-do lists she’s made over the years with her adventurous life (she’s done some really cool things, check out our In Other News section to learn more). It’s got me thinking that I should start writing my own bucket list. Let us know what would be on yours!

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Arts and Culture Colwood Society unveils new art centre

Art aficionados are getting excited after the Arts and Culture Colwood Society announced the celebration of the new Arts and Culture Centre on Goldfinch Road with an adjudicated art show.

“I’ve been looking at this property as an arts advocate for at least five years,” says Laura Davis, president of the Arts and Culture Colwood Society. “The whole concept is to provide a hub for our community here in Colwood, and we know people beyond that will be utilizing the space as well.”

The space has sat empty for some time now, and Davis had to compete with others who were vying for the space. Now, it's ready to open with its first show on Valentine's Day

⚠️ Capital Bulletin

Missing man: Dolph Robinson, 30, was last seen Feb. 3 near Shelbourne in Saanich.  

Missing Campbell River teens: Dommie Malcolmson, 15, and Cora Potoski, 16, were last seen yesterday and RCMP say they are concerned for their wellbeing. It’s unclear if these incidents are linked.

Report any sick or dead bats, BC Bats asks, to help track deadly white-nose syndrome in BC.

Driving today? Check the current traffic situation via Google.


Top spots in Victoria for Valentine’s Day

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and if you’re planning to celebrate by dining out on the town, hopefully you’ve remembered to book a reservation. However, if the day of love slipped your mind or you haven’t quite decided where you want to go, you can check out our roundup of romantic dinners in Victoria.


Healthcare with heart

Imagine a new kind of healthcare experience. Warm, welcoming, and designed for families. A person on the other end of the line when you have a question. A specialized team with big hearts and big brains. Focused on prevention and longevity instead of just reactive illness care. This is Sprout. 

Sprout’s health navigator is your guide (and a registered nurse on speed dial). The Nurse Practitioner concentrates on proactive care. And their physical, functional, and mental health specialists will support you and your family to thrive in every domain of health. 

In-person, over the phone, or virtual appointments that are never rushed. Extras like developmental milestone checks and an annual Dexa body composition scan.

Experience healthcare with heart this Valentine's Day.

⭐️ Capital Picks

🦦 See an otter enjoying a crab dinner near Nanaimo. [Facebook photo]

📸 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit coming to RBCM in March.

🤝 Now hiring: Operations Coordinator at Sprout Family Health.

🗞️ In Other News

Public hearing set in death of woman shot by VicPD with “less lethal” weapon
The hearing, announced by OPCC last fall as a matter of public interest, is scheduled for April 15. Previous investigations found no misconduct from the police, but OPCC says the case should be reexamined. On Christmas Day 2019, Lisa Rauch, 43, was shot three times by VicPD in the back of the head with a weapon designed to have a lower injury impact if aimed at the body. It caused brain bleeding, resulting in her death four days later. [Times Colonist]

Recent losses dampening Royals’ comeback season
Since New Year's they've lost 13 of 16 games, though 6 losses were in extra time. The Royals remain 5th in the WHL's west, but their cushion on 6th and 7th is shrinking. 

Saanich council asks BC to ban rodent glue traps
After hearing from animal welfare groups, council voted unanimously to bring the matter to UBCM and Association of Vancouver Island Coastal communities to help rally other communities to pressure the province. [Saanich News]

Island-based SPCA seeks funds to help surrendered bulldog puppy
Nine-month-old Lulu needs eye surgery to avoid vision loss, among other health issues, leading her owner to surrender her to the SPCA in Port Alberni. Donations would go to her necessary operations and care until she’s adopted. [CHEK]

View Royal senior says writing lists is the reason for adventurous life
Sharon Stevens-Smith, 80, credits her penchant for to-do lists in helping her achieve her life goals. She’s explored Africa on archaeological digs, worked with orangutans in the Borneo jungle, and rode a motorcycle from Vancouver Island to South Dakota. Now, she’s crossing off “writing a children’s book” with her release of Runtie and Trudie’s Grand Sailing Adventure. [CTV]


New go-to taco and burrito spot now open

Tacofino's newst Vancouver Island location has now cracked open its doors in Langford's Westshore Town Centre.

Known for their bold and fresh flavours, this is your new West Shore go-to spot for tacos and burritos.

Available for dine-in and take-out seven days a week from 11am-10pm.

🗓️ Things to do

👻 ❤️ Till Death Do Us Part: Join this Valentine’s themed ghost walking tour in downtown Victoria, today at 7:30pm.

🖼️ Below and Beyond art show opens: See the works of Martha Case and Carla Unger at the Gage Gallery, starting today until March 3.

👀 In Case You Missed It

Monday’s headlines: CRD can borrow $85M for housing, Victoria women in STEM, more senior women losing homes. [Newsletter]

Complications with Centre Mountain development. [The Westshore]

3 peacocks all lined up in a row in Beacon Hill. [Slide 2]

New “super-sized” Capital Iron will open soon. [VicNews]

Courtenay actor stars in Super Bowl ad. [Video]

A giant underwater worm near Nanaimo. [Video]

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