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Earth Week 1999

Views of the New Millenium

Friday, April 16th to Sunday, April 25th

Vancouver Island Earth Works Society (VIEWS)

209-576 Simcoe Street, Victoria BC, V8V 1L8, CANADA, Phone: (250) 383-5765
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Vancouver Island & The Gulf Islands


What is Earth Week?
This Year's Program
Volunteers Needed * Special Thanks * Response Form


Earth Week 1998 (check out the program!)
Earth Walk 2000 * 1999 * 1998 * 1996
Earth/Environment Links * Peace Links * Justice Links
Emerald Lounge (A chat room for activists and their friends.)

What is Earth Week?

On Sunday, April 22, 1990, an estimated 200 million people, in 141 countries, participated in local Earth Day activities to create the largest-organized event in peace-time history.

Over the years, we have seen the program blossom to include environmental, cultural and humanitarian activities throughout the Gulf and Vancouver Islands. Together, we Islanders have created the largest group of community activities in the country.

Earth Week 1999's theme is "Views of the New Millenium". Last year, there were over 100 calendar entries. Watch for the full programme supplement in Monday Magazine and on this page.

Celebrate the renewal of spring and the spirit that makes Earth Day every day, into the next millenium and beyond. Let the spirit soar!

1999 Earth Week Program

Friday, the 16th to Sunday the 25th

Through the Week
Fri 16 | Sat 17 | Sun 18 | Mon 19 | Tue 20 | Wed 21 | Thur 22 | Fri 23 | Sat 24 | Sun 25
And Beyond!

Through the Week

Volunteer Recognition Week - April 18-24 · A great big thanks to all those who preserve our environment, visit the sick or elderly, feed the hungry, teach people to read, entertain, lend an ear, a hand, their hearts. Local heroes who donate their time & talents every day of the year to help make the islands such a great place to live · Volunteer Victoria, 386-2269

Aveda Earth Month - April - Paul Da Costa Aveda Institute, 1402 Douglas St. · The earth is our children's. The choice is ours. Proceeds from sales go to Give to the Earth Foundation, Great Bear Rainforest Foundation. One world, one vision · 386-7993

BikeCartAge - Victoria area · VCART's cargo delivery service, BikeCartAge, human- powered vehicles powered by digestion, not consumption, help out where can including Earth Walk (Aprl7). Victoria Centre for Appropriate & Responsible Transportation · Steve, 480-7285

Blue Box 10th Anniversary - Capital Regional District · Salute to program starts at Earth Walk April 7) with local celebrities in blue box styled, dunk tank at Legislature, CRD Recycling · Rob, 360-3059

CFAX 1070 Citation Rose - One volunteer profiled each day of Volunteer Recognition Week. Selected by Volunteer Victoria & its more than one hundred community agencies. Inspired, generous people, who dedicate time, talent & more

Earth Day Natural Highways Program - Ten year community naturalization program works at grassroots; restore & care for native ecosystems where we live, learn, shop, play or work. Links urban, near-urban & rural landscapes into a cross-country natural highway · Earth Day Canada, 416-599-1991

Earthenwear Eats the Tax - 619 Yates St. · Organic clothes for an industrial world. Mention you're celebrating Earth Week, receive 14% off purchase · Padra, 386-4367

Educational Work Week - ends when we begin, Apr10-18 - South Winchelsea Island · Give nature a helping hand, volunteer with Nanaimo Area Land Trust · 758-5490

Glenlyon-Norfolk Earth Week - Glenlyon-Norfolk School, 801 Bank St. · various projects through week including: build bat & bird houses, work on native plant garden, butterfly gardening, beach clean-up. Fundraiser: sell brass plaques inscribed, "junk mail free." Award-winning choir at Earth Walk (Apr17), & Worldbeat Choir & Percussion Fest (Apr25) · Eileen, 370-6803

Gorge Waterway Study - Apr19-23 - Victoria Harbor to Tillicum Bridge · The Gorge: recreation, commercial enterprise, terminus for much of region's storm sewer system. Students from 26 classes in 14 Victoria/Saanich schools board boats, study & map water quality, plankton, invertebrates, human impact. Compare open ocean to urban estuary. Discuss stewardship options. Colquitz Watershed Stewardship Project · Lenny, 479-4014

Green Days - in the schools · After spring break, students launch into environmental issues of their own choosing. Their creations are presented to class-mates around Earth Day. Then, they take their work home & educate their parents

Greening School Grounds Project - Growing movement to re-introduce school grounds to nature, away from concrete. Learning environment is logical extension of class: encourages study, identification, stewardship & use of native plant species. School & community are partners in project maintenance, Wild Bird Trust · 370-7038

Guerilla Gardener Attack - planting giant sunflowers, corn, nasturtiums, pumpkins, peas - beacons to guide us back to a sense of ba1ance, hoping you do same

James Bay Gardening - when weather is nice - James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego St. · Students tend front flower garden & organic vegetable garden, dig soil, start seedlings, prep for transplant · Wendy, 384-7184

Mayor Cross Roast - time & place TBA - Farewell cabaret party to Mayor Bob in honor of our fine stepping down mayor. Bring your poem, song, piece of art, skit, cutlery, roasting dish, gravy pan... Remember past, look to future. Dress up as your favorite city councillor · Darren, 385-2669

National Pesticide-Free Week - April 19-25 · Pesticides, which include insecticides, fungicides, & herbicides, are toxic products, which target biological processes, & damage our health & environment. Communities across Canada are working together towards removal of cosmetic chemical pesticides from our urban environs · Campaign for Pesticide Reduction, 613-241-4611

The National Reuse Pledge Campaign · Learn about ethic of reuse at pledge centres across Canada. Unlike recycling, reuse doesn't involve collection, reshipping, reprocessing, remanufacturing, more pollution. Signatures are gathered, electronically stored & graphically incorporated into publicity: outdoor advertising billboards & bus shelters; 5 provincial Reuse flags, presented to premiers during Environment Week in June · Earth Day Canada, 416-599-1991 · VIEWS, 383-5765

Sierra Club Series on Reuse - Victoria area · Workshops & outings: From art to transportation, learn valuable ideas & community contacts for making reuse part of your everyday life. Tour reuse/exchange centres, Make banners & masks for Earth Walk. Phone for time & location. Sierra Cub, Victoria Group · Shelley, 386-5255

Soap Exchange Earth Week Gift - 1393A Hillside Ave. · Environment-friendly & inexpensive, household cleaners & products that don't cost the earth, Mention Earth Week &, with purchase over $10, receive free compostable pen made from corn starch · Wes, 475-0033

Stop Overhead Spraying Campaign - At this time of year, to control gypsy moths, planes spray caustic 5 toxic chemicals on area from Victoria to Nanaimo. They say it is harmless, but people risk negative (some major) health reactions. Most of our native butterflies & caterpillars are killed, & organic farmers lose organic status. Must be better options. Ground-based trapping of gypsy moth could achieve 1/10 of cost. Stop Overhead Spraying Coalition · Katy, 384-8892

Victoria Bioregional Food Guide Launch -2175 Dowler Pl. ·I Want to encourage & support local organic food system but don't know where to start? Free guide lists restaurants & retail stores that use organic ingredients, community markets, local organic farms, community allotment gardens, Victoria's food security advocacy organizations. Lifecycles · 383-5800

Walbran Peace Pilgrimage 1999 - leave 9am, Aprl5 from Earthenwear in Victoria through south island towns into Walbran Valley · For wilderness & wildlife preservation. Nourish love, trust & sense of unity amongst all members of society & earth. Participate. OM Unity Peace Pilgrimage Society · Padra, 386-4367

WCWC Store Earth Week Special - Apr19-23, 9am-5pm - Western Canada Wilderness Committee Store, #507-620 View St · Your purchase helps save wilderness! Only $5 for 12 WCWC wilderness cards. Mention this ad, receive 10% off all other merchandise · 388-9292

This Year's Program

Friday, April 16

Earth Arts Weekend - Edward Milne Community School, Sooke · Conference on creativity & community leadership for teens who care about world. Meet diverse group of artists, musicians, actors, & leaders in social change. Workshops, performances, opportunities to connect. Fee: $65-85. Scholarships available. Continues Apr.17-18. Power of Hope · Bev, 642-6281

This Year's Program

Saturday, April 17

12 noon, Earth Walk, Victoria City Hall's Centennial Square, (250) 360-2095, 361-3682 fax, email

1-4:30 pm, Earth Walk, Legislature Lawn, (250) 360-2095, 361-3682 fax, email. 18th annual community walk brings together thousands concerned about the environment, peace & justice. This year's theme is "changing the world one step at a time". Speakers include Jacquie Ackerly (Together Against Poverty Society), Dr. Mary-Wynn Ashford (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War), and Alison Spriggs (Western Canada Wilderness Committee). Music includes Tania Elizabeth, Art Farquharson, Fischer & Lee, Clay George, Glenlyon-Norfolk School Choir, Lift, Myriad, Raging Grannies, Sunyata, Swingin' Bachelors, Velvet and Victoria Samba Group. Especially for the children, Paul Kilshaw's Family Fun with Cookie the Clown & friends. Also includes various displays, children’s area, speaker's corner. Spinning discs: DJ Tyger Dhula. Guest MC: Colleen Eccleston. Walk starts 12:20 pm. Earth Walk Committee, 360-2095. VIEWS 383-5765.

Sunrise Ceremony - 6am - Swy-a-lana Lagoon, Nanaimo area · Celebrate beginning of Earth Week. First Nations elder offers prayers & blessings. Join in for great experience, open gathering, contribute in own way · 753-2435

Green Day - View Royal - 9th annual community clean-up: residents collect debris from streets, byways 5 shorelines; dumpster at town hall, wood-chipping machine at Centennial Park. Free lunch for volunteers provided by Four & Six Mile Houses, View Royal Parks, Recreation & Environment Commission · Andrea, 479-1947

Native Philosophy Workshop - Lion House at Kindwood Farm, Metchosin · Respect for all beings is an essential part of philosophy of people who live close to earth. Explore philosophy of being & life, with Wes Geitz of Windwalker Public Program. Sweatlodge ceremony. 16 participants max, Min. age 19. Fee: $95. Continues Apr18 · Wes, 478-3110 Earth Arts Weekend-SeeAprl6

Capital Region Food Roundtable - 9am-12pm - Council Chambers, Victoria City Hall · 4th roundtable examines connection between local food security & local economic development. Join broad array of organizations & perspectives. Showcase projects, network, share experiences & dreams for community. Display area of those who play regional role in food security. Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria · Lee, 385-7974

Earth Day Shabbat (Sabbath) Service - 9am-12pm - Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard St. · "The Wholeness of Our Bodies & the Wholeness of the Earth," sermon at 11 am by ecotheologist, Rabbi David Seidenberg · 382-0615 Volunteer Victoria Agency Fair - 9:30am-5pm - Can West Shopping Centre, 2945 Jacklin Rd. · Part of Volunteer Recognition Week. Provides many ways to get involved in your community · Volunteer Victoria, 386-2269

Gardening for Wildlife - 10am-3pm - Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. · 4th annual, native plant gardening sale & demonstration. Workshops, presentations, demonstrations & displays on gardening with native plants, & developing wildlife habitat in urban settings. Native Plant Garden tours. Sale of over 100 species of native plants, seeds, books, bird feeders, nesting boxes, gardening supplies & more. Door prizes. Fee: $3, $5/weekend pass. Continues Aprl8 · Terry, 479-0211

Celebrate Our Marine Heritage - 10am-4pm - Clover Point Park, Dallas Rd. · Explore intertidal & subtidal zones with naturalists & interpreters. Divers bring up fascinating creatures for you to investigate in touch tanks. Children's storytelling circle, facepainting, games. Participate in beach/park clean-up. BC Society for Marine Education · Linda, 370-9449

Build a Bird - 10am - Francis/King Regional Park, Saanich · With spring migration, lots more of our feathered friends are around. Get creative, crafty, have fun 5 learn. For kids 5 & up. Preregister. Fee: $5. Meet at Forester's Cabin off Munn Rd. Capital Regional District Parks · 478-3344

Earth Festival - 1lam-4pm - Bowen Park lower picnic shelter, Nanaimo · loin in & celebrate, while we learn more about living in harmony with planet. Bring healthy lunch, picnic at noon. Workshops & seminars. Displays from several dozen local green groups & businesses. Music: scheduled program & open stage, bring instruments & favorite Earth songs. Kids' activities. Nature walks up Millstone River & to fish ladders. EcoConnections · Chad, 753-4892

Earth Walk & Fest - 12-5pm - Centennial Square down Government St. to BC Legislature back lawns · 18th annual community walk brings together thousands concerned about environment, peace & social justice. Theme: Changing the World One Step at a Time. Guest speakers & entertainers in order of appearance: Glenlyon-Norfolk School Choir; Victoria Samba Group (Samba Du Soleil); Songhees Band Chief Robert Sam's designate; Myriad; Alison Spriggs (environment speaker); Fischer & Lee; Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford (peace); Sunyata; Tania Elizabeth; Jacquie Ackerly (justice); Art Farquharson; Swingin' Bachelors; Raging Grannies; Clay George; Velvet; Lift. Tables & displays, children's area, speaker's corner, action tent. Spinning discs: DJ Tyger Dhula. Guest MC: Colleen Eccleston · Earth Walk Committee, 360-2095 · VIEWS, 383-5765

Blue Bike Release - after Earth Walk festival - fountain behind BC Legislature · Live in Saanich, missed ride, don't have enough for bus; have heimet7 Drive one of 12 bikes in celebration of Walk, Week & over 300th bike. Closer to projected 1000 in use around Greater Victoria. Free Wheel Blue Bike Society · lames or Garett, 381-BLUE

A Particular World - 9pm door, 10pm stage - Vertigo, Student Union Building, University of Victoria · A Particular Wave hosts visual & musical celebration of improvisational folk/jazz/rock augmented by acoustic music: APW, Ghuagzee Dancers, belly dancing, fire juggling, info booths, etc. Blue Hands Productions creates visual ambience with room altering decor - city, garbage dump, forest... Fee: $7, $6 with non- perishable food · Stephen, 995-1652

This Year's Program

Sunday, April 18

Sooke Hills Hike - all day · Discover wetland lakes in heart of Sea to Sea Green Blue Belt. Learn how you can protect threatened wildlife & wilderness. Pre-register, limited space, Bring boots, lunch. Western Canada Wilderness Committee · 388-9292 Native Philosophy Workshop - See Apr17

Earth Arts Weekend - See Apr16

Newcastle Island Hike - Nanaimo · Sierra Club, East Vancouver Island Group · Janet, 758-6384

Jocelyn Hill Hike - 8am o Meet at Lone Tree Hill Park, off Hwy. 1 at end of Mainstream Rd. Bring lunch. Victoria Natural History Society · 592-2733

Camas Day - 9am-2pm - Beacon Hill Park · 8th annual celebration of garry oak habitat, endangered meadow 5 local native, ethnobotany & cultural history. Guided walks: local birds, 9 am; wildflower meadows, native archaeological sites, 11 am & 1 pm. Displays include Lau Welnew Tribal School drawings on how camas was prepared & cooked. Meet at flagpole. Friends of Beacon Hill Park, Victoria Natural History Society · Joyce, 592-4232

Botanical Field Trip - 9am - Trial Island Ecological Reserve · Meet on beach at foot of Transit Rd. Dress for weather. $10 members, $30 non-members (includes 1 year membership). Friends of Ecological Reserves · 385-9246

Gardening for Wildlife - 10am-3pm · See Apr17

Green Gear Grind - 10:30am-12:30pm - Victoria area · Urban Garden Bike tour of city's finest urban farms & beautiful community gardens. Ends at Swan Lake with Gardening for Wildlife Lifecycles · Sandor, 383-5800

Earth Festival - 11 am-4pm - Bowen Park Picnic Shelter, Nanaimo · Various tents, information tables, displays, music, kids activities. Bring picnic lunch. Nanaimo Earth Day Committee · Chad, 753-4892

The Green Magazine -11 am - AM900 Radio · Every Sunday, with Ric Searle

Fossil Trip - 1pm - Brannen Lake, Nanaimo area · Meet at Backyard Wild Bird & Nature Store, 6404 Metral. Nanaimo Field Naturalists · 758-6240

Seaside Blooms with a View - 1:30pm - Witty's Lagoon Regional Park, Metchosin · Tower Point is alive with blooms poking their heads up in seaside meadows. Walk for wildflower novice, shoreline trail, beautiful views at feet & on horizon. Meet at Tower Point parking lot off Olympic View Drive. Capital Regional District Parks · 478-3344

Mount Tolmie Wildflower Walk - 1-3pm - meets/ends Summit Viewpoint · Dress for weather, bring sturdy walking shoes & refreshments. Please leave pets at home. Mount Tolmie Conservancy Association · Eric, 595-7270

Lone Tree Hike - 2-4pm - Lone Tree Hill Park, off Hwy. 1 at end of Millstream Rd. · Join Congregation Emanu-El Ecology 5 Environment Committee for family friendly hike · Suzanne, 388-0780

This Year's Program

Monday, April 19

See: Through the Week

This Year's Program

Tuesday, April 20

The Garden Path Spring Opening - 10am-5pm - the Greenhouse, 1834 Haultain St. · From Earth Week until Environment Week. Organic heritage plant nursery: flowers, vegetables, herbs, fragrant roses, flowering shrubs. Open daily (except Mondays) until Jun6 · Carolyn, 592-4472

Volunteer Victoria Agency Fair - 6-9pm - Chapters, 1212 Douglas St. · Part of Volunteer Recognition Week. Provides many ways to get involved in your community · Volunteer Victoria, 386-2269

Voluntary Simplicity Workshop - 7-9pm - Wild Roots Cafe, Nanaimo · Share ideas for simplifying your life, job, home, money woes... Learn how to live more, with less. Starts at 6pm with vegetarian buffet ($6.95) · 390-2822

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Wednesday, April 21

Regional Demolition Material Diversion Symposium - Dorchester Hotel, Nanaimo · Recycle those buildings. Workshops, seminars · 356-9834

Volunteer Victoria Agency Fair - 9:30am-4:30pm - Victoria Eaton Centre · See: Apr20 · Volunteer Victoria, 386-2269

Witty's Then & Now - l lam-3pm - Witty's Lagoon Regional Park, Metchosin · Learn fascinating history of Witty's Lagoon, enjoy wildflowers & birds of spring. Hike loop of park: Witty's Beach for lunch & low tide, across to Tower Point, return via Lagoon Trail. Pack lunch, wear sturdy shoes, prepare for possible wading. Adults only outing. Pre-register. Fee: $8. CRD Parks · 478-3344

Walk the Land - 5pm - 347 7th St. @ Park Ave., in Harewood, Nanaimo · Walk group's new property, then take in light buffet dinner ($3) at Georgia Avenue School & discuss project, Nanaimo Co-Housing Group · 753-4892

Rails to Trails - 7:30pm - Fairfield Community Place, 1335 Thurlow Rd. · GVCC meeting. Slide show on Kettle Valley Railroad initiative. Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition · 480-5155

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Thursday, April 22

Earth Day Treeplantings - in communities throughout the islands

Way to Go! School Program - South Park Family School in lames Bay, elementary schools across B.C. · Small steps toward a big difference. South Park children & their families walk/bike/bus to school for Earth Day, Innovative alternative transportation program fosters safer, healthier travel alternatives through school year, Sponsored by RoadSense Team (Autoplan brokers & ICBC) · Shelley 995-0225

Salt Spring Middle Celebration - Salt Spring Middle School, 112 Rainbow Rd., Salt Spring Island · Broad-based activities in school & community · Martin, 537-1159

Fulford Earth Week - Fulford Elementary School, 112 Rainbow Rd., Salt Spring Island · Nature Club tends school gardens, places ceremonial plaques on trees planted on Earth Day 1998 · Barb, 653-9223

Cappy Yates Park Clean-up - 10am-4pm - Nanaimo · First annual. Help clean, plant & give life to small urban park at corner of Fitzwilliam & Wallace. Several gardening groups represented. Bring tools, gloves, plants. Music & refreshments provided. Eco-Connections · Chad, 753-4892

Volunteer Victoria Agency Fair - 6-9pm - Chapters, 1212 Douglas St, · See: Apr20 · Volunteer Victoria, 386-2269

Close Encounters of the Organic Kind – 7-8:30pm – Garry Oak Room, 1335 Thurlow Rd. · What does local & organic mean for you & rest of Victoria? Info session includes local organic food advocates, panel discussion & slide show on Victoria’s food system. Lifecycles · Tara, Matt, Kelly, 383-5800

Fury for the Sound: The Women of Clayoquot – 7pm – Herald Street Centre for the Arts, 520 Herald St. · Video presentation with film maker Shelley Wine. Shows how ordinary citizens come together & transform their lives to effect change. Tickets: Munro’s Books, Zydeco, door. fee: $5. Sierra Club, Victoria Group · Shelly, 386-5255

Earth Day Open Mike Night – 7:30pm – the Artery,#402-22 Commercial St., Nanaimo · Come prepared with your favourite Earth story, comedy, poem, song... Take part in folk dancing. Refreshments · Richard, 716-2789

The First Step – 7:30pm – 1607 Clawthorpe Ave. · Lecture & discussion: ”What’s the first step to changing the world?” Socialist Party of Canada · Steve, 595-2144

The Private Drain on Public Water – 7pm – Multipurpose Room, University of Victoria · Annual General Meeting, Council of Canadians · 386-7977

This Year's Program

Friday, April 23

How to Reduce Your Garbage - 9:30am-1pm - St. Andrew’s Church, Fitzwilliam & Wesley St., Nanaimo · Learn how to recycle, re-use & reduce. Daycare 5 refreshments provided. Multicultural Society · 754-1321

Environmental Films at Malaspina - 7pm - Rm 203, Bldg 355, Malaspina College, Nanaimo · 2 films including, Fury for the Sound (see: Apr22) · 753-3855

Cafe Sympatico - 8-llpm - The Cove, 1921 Fernwood St. · 8:15: Community Self- Reliance in Guatemala. Suzanne Rose shows & talks about her 4mos. working in small self-reliant, highland communities. 9:00: dance up Earth Week storm to music of Jambo Salama. Fee: $4/5 · 384-7843

This Year's Program

Saturday, April 24

Walbran Valley Hike - all day · Overnight guided hike into most spectacular wild rainforest left unprotected on southern Vancouver Island. Bring boots, backpack & own tent for exciting adventure. Pre-register, limited space. Continues Apr25. Western Canada Wilderness Committee · 388-9292

Cowichan Hike - Tzouhalem Ridge to Cowichan Bay · Sierra Club, East Vancouver Island Group · Diana, 746-6659

Wildlife Tree Workshop & Walk - Living Forest Campground, 6 Maki Rd. Nanaimo · Learn value of these large trees from Andrew MacDonald of Habitata Acquisition Trust. Pre-register. Fee:$10, $20 family. Project 2000 & Friends of Richards Creek · 714-1990

Earth Walk: See Saturday, April 17!

Old Fashion Free Family Fun Day – Maffeo-Sutton Park, Pioneer Plaza, Nanaimo · Ali home-spun, wholesome & healthy: craft-making, games, races, various entertainment... · 714-1875

Morrell Native Plant Fair – 9am-1pm – Morrell Sanctuary, 1050 Nanaimo Lakes Rd., Nanaimo · 5th annual fair with various community groups. Visit Woods Room nature centre & Naturescape booth. Sale of native plants helps reintroduce local vegetation & raise funds for Sanctuary · Paul, 753-5811

English Ivy Removal – 10am-12pm – Knockan Hill Park, View Royal · Friends of Knockan Hill Park · Andrea, 479-1947

Tree-mendous Trees – 10am – Francis/King Regional Park, Saanich · Celebrate Earth Day, learn about beautiful giants of plant kingdom. Identify more common trees, learn about how they grow & other features. Meet at Nature House off Munn Rd. Capital Regional District Parks · 478-3344

Earth Day Rock Party – 1lam-3pm – lack Davis Building, 1810 Blanshard St. · 9th annual celebration of earth sciences: explore earth’s crust with scientists from University of Victoria, Pacific Geoscience Centre, Provincial Geological Survey Branch. Fossils, gold panning, air photos, rocks & minerals, landforms & weather. Make your own earthquake. Bring in pet rock for Dr. Rock to identify. Geological Association of Canada (Pacific Section) · Eileen, 721-6120

Building with Earth: Open House – 12-4pm – Cob Cottage, Mayne Island · Follow signs from ferry terminal, learn about cottage, talk to builders & instructors, Patrick Hennebery & Elke Cole · Elke, 338-4660

Georgia Strait Alliance AGM – 2-8:30pm – Brechin United Church (lower hall), 1998 Estevan, Nanaimo · Hall opens 1pm, Annual General Meeting 2-5pm, catered dinner 5:30-8:30pm. Agenda: annual reports, financial statements, elect new Board of Directors. Evening: presentation on Marine Protected Areas, profiles of GSA campaigns, reports from members on community activities. Everyone welcome · 753-3459

EarthSave Victoria Potluck – 6-10pm –1330 Fairfield Rd. · Bring vegan dish & implements, etc. $2 donation · 598-0734

Dance of the One Heart – 8pm-12am – Garry Oak Room, 1335 Thurlow Rd. · Worldbeat DJ dance party. African, Asian, Celtic, Indian, Mid-Eastern, North/South & Central American... All ages, non-smoking, no alcohol, juice bar. Fee: $6; free for children · Dancing Wolf 477-1164

This Year's Program

Sunday, April 25

Walbran Valley Hike - all day · See Apr24

Magic Mountain Hike - Waterslide, Nanaimo Lakes · Sierra Club, East Vancouver Island Group · Dan, 753-0629

Beginner’s Birding Basics – 10am-12:30 pm – Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich · Get pointers on binoculars, field guides, special bird features. Great time of year for birding, sounds of courtship & territory disputes. Bring binoculars. Spotting scope provided. 9 years & up. Meet at info kiosk end of Island Beach Rd. Capital Regional District Parks · 478-3344

Family Bike Ride – 10am – Nanaimo · Explore & enjoy some local routes. Meet at Downtown Library. Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition · 758-7232

The Green Magazine – 1 lam – AM900 Radio · Every Sunday, with Ric Searle

Worldbeat Drum Workshop – 1 lam-1pm – phone for location · Jim Hamly of Beat-i-rites shares Latin & African rhythms, Prepare for full day of drumming. Donation appreciated · Jim, 380-7026

Spring has Sprung – 1-3:30pm – Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary · Family park tour: hike from lakeshore to rocky summit. Moderate walk with steep sections. Meet at main parking lot off McKenzie. Saanich Parks · 744-5341

Worldbeat Choir & Percussion Fest – 5-9pm – Victoria Inner Harbour, central lower causeway · Heartbeat of planet, in heart of our beautiful city, different cultures’ percussion & vocal styles close week. 8th annual program includes: Samba Du Soleil, Big Drum Group, Glenlyon-Norfolk School Choir, Mozambique Choir, Asmira’s Dancing Company, Beat-i-rites, Ray Rothschild 5 Friends, Fernwood Drum Ensemble, Down to Earth, Dancing Wolf, Dl Tyger Dhula, Donations appreciated. Inner City Youth Works, Vancouver Island Earth Works · VIEWS, 383-5765

Sunset Closing Peace Pole Ceremony – 7:30pm – Bethlehem Retreat Centre, 2371 Arbot (off Westwood Rd.), Nanaimo · Participate in Dances of Universal Peace with ]en Turner in end to beautiful week · 716-8888

Community Drum Circle – 10pm-3am – location announced at Worldbeat Fest · Open jam closes week. Circle leaders represent region’s drum groups. Percussion, voice, wind instrument welcome. Donations appreciated · Jim, 380 –7026

This Year's Program

And Beyond!

...Plus many other Earth Week initiatives on the islands in the community, home, school, workplace & wilderness.

Thanks to all participants.

Locales not mentioned in calendar are in Greater Victoria region.

Free admission unless specified.

This Year's Program

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To volunteer, or list an event in the calendar, please email or call (250) 383-5765. Thank you!

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Special Thanks for all the help in 1999!

Thanks especially to Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, & Kwagiluth peoples · Capital Regional District, City of Victoria & Monday Magazine for continuing support · Endswell Foundation · many artists, performers, speakers & writers who turn out in benefit · Earth Day International · Earth Day Canada · Nanaimo Earth Week Committee · Vancouver Earth Day Committee · Victoria Earth Walk Committee · Camosun College Students for Environmental Awareness, Earthenwear, Inner City Youth Works, Katimavik, Lifecycles, Sierra Club, Victoria Peace Centre, Western Canada Wilderness Committee · BFI Recycling, Jeune Bros. · Victoria Times-Colonist · the Koch’s · people at Munro’s Books · Lynn Bain, Steve Balyi, Andrea Bell, Clark Brendon, Jane Brett, Lenora Burke, Tony Burke, Raymond Candy, Gord Carter, Peter Carter, Janette Champagne, Justine Cooper, Sandor Csepregi, Dancing Wolf, Guy Dauncey, Colleen Eccleston, Helina Egerdee, Sandra Fleck, Stephen Franke, Susan Gage, Shelley Gerber, Jed Goldberg, Jim Hamly, Chad Henderson, Madeleine Humer, Rob Janus, ]ulie Johnston Paul Kilshaw, Freda Knott, Lori Koch, Suzanne Kort, Rick Laddish, Bruce & John MacBain, Bryan Merryfield, Marie O’Conner, Padra, Eileen Pangman, Kevin Polson, Kealey Pringle, Peter Ronald, Al Rycroft, Patrick Simpson, Alison Spriggs, Ellen Squires, Michael Turnpenny, Sue Wilson, ... and all volunteers!

See you next year – Earth Day/Week 2000.

If you would like to get involved, please contact:

Vancouver Island Earth Works Society (VIEWS)
#209-576 Simcoe Street, Victoria, B.C., V8V 1L8, (250) 383-5765
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Doug Koch, Executive Director, Earth Week Coordinator, email, Phone: (250) 383-5765
Richard Walpole, Director
Roy McFarlane, Director, Earth Walk Coordinator, email, Phone: (250) 360-2095

Earth Day Canada: 416-599-1991 · ·

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