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Earth Week 1998

"Building Community"

Saturday, April 18 to Sunday, April 26

Vancouver Island Earth Works Society (VIEWS)

209-576 Simcoe Street, Victoria BC, V8V 1L8, CANADA, Phone: (250) 383-5765
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What is Earth Week?
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Earth Walk 1998

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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 1998's theme is "Building Community". There are over 80 calendar entries listed below. Watch for the programme supplement in the April 16 issue of Monday Magazine.

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

Earth Week 1998 Program

Saturday, April 18 to Sunday, April 26


Through the Week
APRIL 1998
Sat 18 | Sun 19 | Mon 20 | Tue 21 | Wed 22 | Thu 23 | Fri 24 | Sat 25 | Sun 26
And More!

Through the Week

Volunteer Recognition Week — April 19-25 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 One world, one vision. Proceeds from promotions (student haircuts, aroma candles & jewelry, Earth Day wooden lapel pins) go to Give to the Earth Foundation, Great Bear Rainforest Foundation, VIEWS. Enviro-raffle draws, Apr l8 &25. See Apr 19 386-7993

CCCA Earth Week Open House — 470 Cecilia St. Festive decorations, displays, art, information in celebration of Earth Week. Join group developing multi-media performance venue for local cultural activities. Community-oriented support network helps aid producers & development local craft. See Apr 19, 21, 24. Capital City Cultural Association 382-5152

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. We love ya

Earth Day Grocery Bag Project — Lakewood Elementary School, 2363 Setchfield Ave., Colwood Each student (307) decorates paper grocery bag, donated by Thrifty Foods, & returns it to store, where it is distributed to a shopper (w/ groceries) during Earth Week. Design in felt, crayon, paint, any medium. May include art, story, poem, logo, what makes Earth Day special. 5- 13 year olds see need to recycle, & it’s easy. Bags=trees Ted, 474-3449

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

Fulford Earth Week — Fulford Elementary School, 112 Rainbow Rd., Salt Spring Island Nature Club tends school gardens, studies treefrog & butterfly habitats Barb, 653-9223

Grade 4 Gardening Club — when weather is nice — James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego St. Wendy Hunter s grade 4 class tend front flower garden & organic vegetable garden, dig soil, start seedlings, prep for transplant 384-7184

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. 5 out of 8 Gulf Islands district schools participate or are about to. School & community are partners in project maintenance. Wild Bird Trust Linda, 370-7038

Guerilla Gardeners Attack — planting giant sunflowers, corn, nasturtiums, pumpkins, peas — beacons to guide us back to a sense of balance, hoping you do same

Launch of Chlorine-Free Toilet Paper Challenge — in BC — Part of Tissue Issue Consumer Campaign. Students target teachers, schools, parents, communities. Join schools already using alternative: UBC, Sooke & Cowichan school districts. Grand River & Wood Wyant brands same price as regular. Reach for Unbleached Foundation, Whaletown, Cortez Island Alice, 935-6992

Launch of Earth Science Fun Guide — comprehensive guide to south Vancouver Island s earth science resources: hands-on activities, field trip suggestions, directory of earth science clubs/societies/facilities programs & resources. $12.95 soft cover. Geological Association of Canada (Pacific Section), University of Victoria School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, Victoria Paleontology Society 386-3393

Launch of Libra! Campaign — celebration of community economy, free of corporate control. Links local, independent businesses/artists/services. Builds towards public partnership: rewarding employment, environmental respect, & rich cultural diversity. True value to our community economy, & participatory democracy Darren, 381-4593

Salt Spring Centre Earth Week — Salt Spring Centre School, 355 Blackburn, Rd., Salt Spring Island Skip-a-thon to raise money for endangered Siberian Tiger. In-class projects & presentations. Gardening, planting, beach clean-ups. Centre on 67 acres, appreciation walk huge woodland trail. Music. School is part of Seeds Canada Green Schools Project. Goal is to work towards Jade status for Earth Day Erin, 537-9130

Salt Spring Elementary Earth Week — Salt Spring Elementary School, 112 Rainbow Rd., Salt Spring Island Entire school turns out to clean up Ganges. 4th annual Earth Day Grocery Bag Project (see above). School-yard tree-planting. Hartland land-fill campaign, get community aware, no paper in garbage. Salmon release. Parents help tend school gardens. Plant play areas. Greening School Grounds Project (see above). Seeds Canada Green Schools Project Maria, 537-9928

Sandowne Earth Week — Sandowne Elementary School, 699 Sandowne Dr., Campbell River Theatrical stage production. Garbage-free lunch. Alternative transportation day. Garbage reduction campaign, gauge week before, lower rate during Earth Week. Parents bottle drive. Start butterfly or native plants garden with help of local gardening operation.

Clean up streams & trails at Beaver Lodge Protected Area. Assembly presentations of writing & poetry Susan, 923-4248

Written in the Earth — Tue-Sat, 9 am-5 pm — Nanaimo District Museum, 100 Cameron Rd. until Jun 7, exhibition of 80 archaeological formations found of art carved from antler, bone, wood. Contemporary artists also contribute new art based on old styles & motifs used for 100 s of years. Free Sat. UBC & local First Nations 753-1821

This Year's Program

Saturday, April 18

Green Day — View Royal — 8th annual community clean-up: residents collect debris from streets, byways & shorelines; dumpster at town hall, wood-chipping machine at Centennial Park. Free lunch for participants courtesy Four & Six Mile Houses. View Royal Parks, Recreation & Environment Commission Andrea, 479-1947

Spring Wildflowers Exploration — 9 am Cowichan Lake Meet Helmcken Park n Ride. Victoria Natural History Society 477-5922

Morrell Plant & Book Fair — 9 am-l2 pm — Morrell Sanctuary, 1050 Nanaimo Lakes Rd., Nanaimo 4th 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 753-5811

Ten Days for Social Justice — 9 am-3 pm — site TBA, Duncan Featured speaker: David Orchard 754-2386

Garden City Wanderers — 9:30 am — Beacon Hill Park 10 am start. 10 k walk includes Inner Harbour & James Bay. Part of series of walking events in Victoria. 19 in 1998. Great way to enjoy spring in Victoria. Easy walk, no hills. Meet at petting zoo. Have dog, bring leash & scoop. Volkssport Club Sharon, 477-5207

Volunteer Victoria Agency Fair — 9:30 am-5:30 pm — Mayfair Centre Provides many ways to get involved in your community Volunteer Victoria, 386-2269

Ride the Goose — l0 am-1:30 pm — Galloping Goose Regional Trail Start at Roche Coveparking lot, cycle out past spectacular Todd & Charters Creek trestles, 22k round trip. Bring water & lunch. Stops along way to share historical info & natural history. Pre-register, $5. Capital Regional District Parks 478-3344

Gardening for Wildlife — l0 am-3 pm — Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Native plant gardening sale/demonstration. Over 2000 plants, 80 species. Workshops, presentations, demonstrations & displays on gardening with native plants, & developing wildlife habitat in urban settings. Native Plant Garden tours. Sale of native plants/seeds, books, bird feeders, nesting boxes, gardening supplies & more. Door prizes. Admission: $3, $5/weekend pass. Continues Sunday Terry, 479-0211

Community Supported Agriculture — l0 am-4 pm What is it, why is it important? From theoretical to practical. 10-12: supermarket tours (macro). 12-1: bike along Galloping Goose Trail to Common Harvest Farm (corner Holland Rd. & Blue Ridge). 1-2: lunch. 2-4: work at intensive organic farm (micro), once a garbage site years ago.

Lifecycles Community Gardens Matt, 383-5800

Ayum Creek Native Plant Restoration Day — 10 am-5 pm — Sooke Sweat, hard labour, grimy hands, sound like fun? Plant seedlings, then help celebrate recent land acquisition. Departs by car pool 10 am, 1525 Amelia St. Cost: $5. Society for the Protection of Ayum Creek, Sierra Club of BC Gail, Chris, Karl, 386-5228

Chris W s Crazy Youth Day — l0 am-6 pm — China Beach Rediscovery games, fun cultural stuff for all ages, nature games for those stuck in city. Food. Departs l0 am, 1525 Amelia St.. Cost: $10. Sierra Club of BC Gail, Chris, Kari, 386-5228

Hummingbirds Everywhere — 11 am & 1 pm — Goldstream Provincial Park Hikes & lectures take place at Goldstream Info Centre. Continues Apr 19 478-9414

Fish Jeopardy — 1 pm — Freshwater Eco-Centre, 1080 Wharncliffe Rd., Duncan Test your fishy knowledge for fun & prizes 764-6722

Ayum Creek Celebration — 2-4 pm — Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd., Sooke Celebrate recent protection of estuary & portion of salmon spawning habitat. Welcome by T Sou-ke Nation. Featured speakers: MP David Anderson, MLA Andrew Petter. Displays, refreshments. CRD Parks, Habitat Aquisition Trust, Society for the Protection of Ayum Creek Joanne, 642-7278

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

Dance of the One Heart — 8pm-l2am — James Bay Community Centre, 140 Oswego Worldbeat DJ dance party. African, Asian, Celtic, Indian, Mid-Eastern, North/South & Central American... All ages, non-smoking, no alcohol, juice bar. Cost: $6 Dancing Wolf, 477-1164

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Sunday, April 19

Camas Day — 9 am-2 pm — Beacon Hill Park 7th annual celebration of Garry Oak habitat, endangered meadow & local native, ethnobotany & cultural history. Guided walks: local birds, 9 am; wildflower meadows, native archaeological sites, 1 l am & 1pm. 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

Mount Baldy Hike — Shawnigan Lake East Vancouver Island Sierra Club June, 743-3123

Botanical Field Trip — 9 am — 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

Pebble Beach Reserve Tour — 9 am-6:30 pm — Galiano Island Observe intertidal zone, & flora & fauna of Douglas Fir forest. Learn of possible marine protected area in Trincomali Channel. Departs 9:30 am, 1525 Amelia St.. Cost: $15 (includes ferry). Galiano Island Conservancy Association, Sierra Club of BC Gail, Chris, Karl, 386-5228

Seaparc Earth Day Celebrations in Sooke — l0 am-3 pm — Sooke Arena, Phillips Road 3rd annual community fair for families & kids of all ages. Discussions, displays, presentations on environmental issues: recycling, organic gardening, earth-friendly products & wears, etc. Giant garage sale, RCMP Bike Rodeo, imagination station, games, face-painting, door-prizes. Admission by donation. Sooke Electoral Area Parks & Recreation Commission. Nadine, 642- 6311

Gardening for Wildlife — See Apr 18

Hummingbirds Everywhere — See Apr 18

Earth Kids — 1 l am-4 pm — 470 Cecilia St. Craft day, children s workshop. Create art in preparation for Earth: Eco Artists Showcase Apr 21. Capital City Cultural Association 382-5152

Art for the Next Century: World Premiere of the Chapman Group — 11:30 am- 6 pm — 1170 Chapman St. 1st public showing of works by experimental art collective. Victoria group working 6 years towards new idiom in painting called Topologism. Jim, 386-1780 or John, 360- 0416

Aveda Cut-a-thon and Open House — 12-4 pm — Paul Da Costa Aveda Institute, 1402 Douglas Staff & students volunteer time & enthusiasm to make it a festive event. $16 haircut; hand treatments, colour cosmetic finishing touches by donation. Proceeds go to Give to the Earth Foundation, Great Bear Rainforest Foundation, VIEWS 386-7993

Seaside Blooms with a View — 1 pm — 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

Family Park Tour — 1-4 pm — Bay Beach Ridge, Cordova Bay/Ridge Discover no fewer than 8 parks. Hike includes hills, chip trail, pavement. Meet at McMinn Park off Maplegrove St. Saanich Parks, 744-5341

Garry Oak Meadow Wildflower Walk — 1 pm — Summit Park Meet at swings in park at top of Blackwood St.

Up Above and at Your Feet — 1 :30-3:30 pm — Mount Parke Regional Park, Mayne Island Join naturalists from Mayne Island Naturalist Club on hike up Mount Parke. Wildflowers at your feet & birds above. Steep hike in parts, wear sturdy shoes. Meet in parking lot at end of Montrose Rd. Capital Regional District Parks 478-3344

Planet Neighbourhood — 2 pm — PBS TV KCTS 7 Environmental technologies in workplace environment. Also Apr 26

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Celebrate Earth Week Family Potluck and Dance — 5:30 pm — Denman Island Community Hall 4th annual vegan dinner with range of entertainment. Followed by old-time country dance of Gaelic jigs/reels by Mostly Merville Ceilidh. Youth art, voices. Part of Denman Island Community Vegan Potluck Series Fireweed, 335-1209

An Evening of Environmental Films — 7pm — Malaspina University College, Nanaimo Shirley, 753-3855Monday, April 20th

Monday, April 20

Alternative Transportation Fair — 11:30 am-l pm — Glenlyon-Norfolk School, Senior Campus, 801 Bank St. Includes Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, Victoria Blue Bike Society, Victoria Car-Share Cooperative, Rod Ladret s ultra-light vehicles, Peter Jacob s electric vehicles, others. Share In the society of tomorrow. Public Affairs Club Cynthia, 598-4550

Honouring Our Gifts from the Earth — 6-9 pm — Wild Roots Cafe, Nanaimo Vegetarian buffet, $6.95. Speakers on organic gardening, green housing, diet for a new earth. Music Julie, 729-7939 or Dena, 753-0200

Salt Spring Island Conservancy AGM — 7-9 pm — Global Room, Gulf Islands Secondary High School, 112 Rainbow Rd., Salt Spring Island Annual General Meeting open to public. Speaker: Andrew Lewis on restoration ecology Fiona, 653-9202

Friends of Bowker Creek Meeting — 7:30pm — Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee St. 3rd Monday every month Joe, 592-1423

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Tuesday, April 21

Earth: Eco Artists Showcase — 470 Cecilia St. Collaborative show of eco art made from natural & recycled materials. Includes art created at Earth Kids Apr 19. Produced by ART47O, the art part of Capital City Cultural Association 382-5152

Mt. Manuel Quimper Hike — l0 am — Sooke Hills View spectacular Upper Ayum & Charters Valleys, Sooke Basin & Olympic Mtns.. Learn how you can help complete the Sea-to- Sea Greenbelt. Pre-register. Western Canada Wlderness Committee 388-9292

Why International Year of the Tiger? — l0 am-5 pm — Silk Road Aromatherapy & Tea Co., 1627 Government St. Find your connection from tradition & today. All day tea, resource materials, important petition to U.N.. Beautiful collectible tiger prints provide tangible thank you for your support. Continues Wednesday Cecilie, 384-9733

The Garden Path Opens — l0 am-5 pm — 1834 Haultain St. Season opening of organic heritage plant nursery. Open until June 7, except Mondays

Traditional Societies & Sustainable Development — 7-9 pm — Global Connections Cafe, Nanaimo Personal experiences of the earth in different countries. Bring memories & photographs to share Julie, 729-7939 or Vicki, 753-3366

Nova: Warnings from the Ice — 8 pm — PBS TV KCTS 7 Possible signals & consequences of Antarctic ice-sheet break-up

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EARTH DAY -- Wednesday, April 22

Earth Day Treeplantings — in communities throughout the islands

Salt Spring Middle Celebration — Salt Spring Middle School, 112 Rainbow Rd., Salt Spring Island Broad-based activities in school & community: Broom & gorse removal. Community clean-up. Class bike trip & whole foods pot-luck. Gr.6 class at Camp Thunderbird. Gr.7 & 8 class project. Greening School Grounds Project (see Through the Week). Martin, 537-1159

The Ants Go Marching... — 10-11:30 am — Francis/King Regional Park, Saanich Ants are milligram for milligram much stronger than humans. Some garden, some war, all fascinate. Games, exploring, stories, crafts for preschoolers & their adults. Preregister, $6 adult! child pair, $4 add 1 child. Capital Regional District Parks 478-3344

Bayside Earth Day Fair — 10 am-2 pm — Bayside Middle School, 1101 Newton P1., Brentwood Bay Celebrate work being done to help preserve our environment. Variety of different organizations & speakers, music. Fair encourages students & community to continue recycling & composting Lizanne, 652-1135

Urban Eco-Living Tour — 10 am-4 pm — Downtown Victoria Visit local shops & learn where to buy good recycled paper, alternatives to clear cut wood products, & enviro-friendly household cleaners. Departs 10 am, 1921 Fernwood St.. Cost: $5. Sierra Club of BC Gail, Chris, Kari, 386-5228

Why International Year of the Tiger? — See Apr 21

Earth Day Celebration — 11 am — Hornby Island Community School, 2100 Sollans Rd., Hornby Island Open House, 11-12. Lunch, 12-1:30. Concert, 1:30 on Pat, 335-2125

All-Day Anti-Corporate Cabaret! — 12 pm-12 am — Java Coffeehouse, 537 Johnson St. Eclectic round-up of Victoria s local talent includes musicians, writers, artists, performers, acts of all kinds (& a few surprises). Corporate-free fun. Free admission Darren, 381-4593

A Voice for the Earth — 7-10 pm — The ARTery, Nanaimo Art, poetry & song for the earth. Family event, all ages invited to share Julie, 729-7939 or Richard, 716-2789

The Cult of Impotence — 7:30 pm — Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St. Linda McQuaig presents her new book. Bolen Books, Penguin Publishers, & Council of Canadians 386-7977

Juvenile Delinquent Wood — 7:30 pm — Kaleidoscope Theatre, 520 Herald St. Hilarious, inspiring, a rebellious musical about Vancouver Island s last ancient forests & the various species that depend on them for survival. Local musicians from Djole & the Bill Hilly Band. Several wacky actors from Sooke Hills — the Musical. Children s choir from South Park Elementary. Captivating images from around the island. Admission by donation helps fund island campaigns. Western Canada Wilderness Committee 388-9292

One World, One Voice — 9 pm — TV VISION 52 In honour of Earth Day. Features Sting, Peter Gabriel, Gypsy Kings...

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Thursday, April 23

Community Housing Forum — 8:30 am-4 pm — Christ Community Church, 2221 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo Free & open to everyone. Lunch provided. Pre-register. Community Housing Services 754-6466

Mind/Body/Spirit/Earth Connections — 7-9 pm — SpiritWood Books, Nanaimo Inspiration & healing Julie, 729-7939 or Glenn, 753-2789

Juvenile Delinquent Wood — See Apr 22

World Roots at the Exit — 8pm — Exit Cafe, Inner City Youth Works, 552 Pandora St. Music features: Fata Morgana, Elle A Mental, & special guest, Damian Sinegan on didjeridu. Cost: $415. Mob Throb Production Company Sarka, 383-4951

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Friday, April 24

British Columbia Environmental Network AGM & Conference — Sorrento Centre, Shuswap Lake. Many islanders attend Annual General Meeting every year. Theme: Environmental & Labour Activists: Strengthening Alliances. Caucus meetings, hotspots, success stories, presentations, workshops, campaign strategies, business, banquet, music. $70-100 incl. food, accommodation, banquet. Continues Apr 25-26 Sherry, 879-2279

Sierra Club Street Faire — 4-9 pm — 1525 Amelia St. Street celebration blocked off from Mason to Cormorant. Banner making & sign painting for Apr 25 Earth Walk. Information, campaign/action tables, scavenger hunt & activities for children, food, street performers... Sierra Club of BC & the Gaia Project 386-5255

Capital Ideas Public Forum — 6-l0 pm — Council Chambers, Saanich Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Ave. The Capital Regional District is halfway through Foundations for Our Future, 4 year process to create regional growth strategy for next 25 years. In cooperation with regional residents & organizations, framework of understanding on common goals & priorities, & plan of action will be developed. CRD wants to hear your ideas, future visions, priorities, alternatives for managing growth, & will choose 40 submissions for presentation from those received. Continues Apr 25 Ron, 360-3133

Living Well, Living Deeply — Supper-9:30 pm — Saltspring Centre, Saltspring Island Creating a life worth living in harmony with a healthy earth. Workshop/retreat with author/facilitator & Director of Earthways Institute, Bruce Elkin. Gently integrate & clarify what truly matters, a call for a deeper fuller vision of success. $295. Food included, accommodation separate. Continues Apr 25 &26 1-888-255-6688

CCCA Potluck & Meeting — 7 pm — 470 Cecilia St. Membership meeting 8 pm open to public. See Through the Week, Apr l9 &21. Capital City Cultural Association 382-5152

Community Evening of Discussion & Debate — 7:30-9:30 pm — Bowen Park Centre, Nanaimo With David Orchard & Chamber of Commerce. Organization displays, environmental films, children s activities. Co-sponsored by Council of Canadians, Mid-Island Chapter David, 754-2386

Earth Day in Oak Bay — 7:30-12:00 pm — Oak Bay Recreation Centre Lounge, 1975 Bee St. Get networking, join grass-roots organizers & other participants in a social get together. Food, coffee, beer. Interesting discussion guaranteed. Finish off with swim or workout Jack, 721-1682

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Saturday, April 25

Capital Region Food Roundtable — 8:30 am-l pm — Council Chamber & Ante Chamber, VIctoria City Hall Folks, hungry for solutions, join table, share info, insights, plans. Issues: local sustainability, land use, growing need for food banks & soup kitchens, equal access to adequate food, impacts of globalization on local economy, biotechnology/food, safety labeling. Broad array of organizations & perspectives. Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria 383-6166

Ravens in Spring — 9 am-12 pm — Mount Work Regional Park, Highlands Hike up Mount Work & learn more about this intelligent life in the skies, a fascination to cultures everywhere. Sturdy shoes, water, snack, binoculars. Meet at MacKenzie Bight parking lot on Durrance Rd. off Willis Point Rd. Capital Regional District Parks 478-3344

Rummage Sale — 9 am-l pm — Anglican Church Hall, Salt Spring Island Salt Spring Island Conservancy fund raiser Fiona, 653-9202

Native Plant Lore — Denman Island Botanist Richard Martin leads survey of plants. on Hornby & Denman Islands. Learn medicinal & native lore. $50 for 4 days. Denman Island Community School. Continues Apr 26&May 2/3 335-2058

Earthsong — Kindwood Farm, Highlands 2 day organic gardening course for $100 Barry, 391-0919

Capital Ideas Public Forum — 9 am-12 pm & 1-5 pm — See Apr 24

Living Well, Living Deeply — 9 am-9:30 pm — See Apr 24

Endangered Species Weekend — 11 am & 1 pm — Goldstream Provincial Park Hikes & lectures take place at Goldstream Info Centre. Continues Apr 26 478-9414

Earth Day Rock Party — 11 am-3 pm — Jack Davis Building, 1810 Blanshard St. Celebrate the earth sciences: explore the earth’s crust with scientists from the University of Victoria, Pacific Geosciences Centre, Provincial Geological Survey Branch. Fossils, gold panning, air photos, rocks & minerals, land forms & weather. Free admission. Geological Association of Canada (Pacific Section ) Eileen, 721-6120

Auto-Free Victoria Day — 1st annual. Take the bus, walk, bike, rollerblade or skateboard your way to Earth Walk or wherever you d normally drive today. Green Party Lenora, 381-4438

12 noon, Earth Walk, Victoria City Hall's Centennial Square, (250) 383-1016, 361-3682 fax, email

1 pm, Earth Walk, Legislature Lawn, (250) 383-1016, 361-3682 fax, email

Earth Walk & Fest — 12-4:30 pm — Centennial Square down Government St. to BC Legislature 17th annual community walk brings together thousands concerned about the environment, peace/social justice. Samba drummers set rhythm & lead walk. Theme: Building Community. Guest speakers: Guy Dauncey, environment; Stacy Chappel, Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI); First Nations speaker; Mike Gidora, Community Economic Development; Kealey Pringle, peace; MLA Steve Orcherton, MAI. Music: Good News Choir, Walter Bodega Band, Urbane Sophisticates, Shumba Dumba, Mozambique Choir, Jay Garnett & Dave Harris, Victoria Latin Beat; Rejean Bussieres, Billy Hilly Band, Naacken. Various displays, children’s area, action tent. Spinning discs: DJ Tyger Dhula. Guest MC: Colleen Eccleston. Walk starts 12:20 pm Earth Walk Committee, 383-1016; VIEWS 383-5765

Blue Bike 2000 Release — after Earth Walk festival fountain — behind BC Legislature. Live in Saanich, missed your ride, do not have enough for the bus; have a helmet? Drive one of 17 bikes released in celebration of 17th annual Walk & 200th bike. 17 bikes closer to projected 1000 in use around Greater Victoria. Free Wheel Blue Bike Society James, 381-BLUE

Fishopoly — 1pm — Freshwater Eco-Centre, 1080 Wharncliffe Rd., Duncan Participate in board game about salmon & trout. Prizes 764-6722

Earthfire! — l0 pm-8 am — downtown area — Imagine hall with 20 ft. tree in middle w/foliage, etc.: d.j. s one sidewall, video screens w/real messages another, UVIC student art show abounds; center stage — Chinese medical students performing reflexology, acupressure, massage. Harm reduction, body painting, natural juice/food. Yogamasters loosen ya up at end of dance. Cost: $18 advance, $21 door Zak, 381-0533

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Sunday, April 26

Project Scouting Earth Day Community Clean-up — Sooke to Saltspring/Pender Islands Scouts Canada (Greater Victoria Region) 9th annual clean-up of parks, beaches, creeks, playgrounds, school yards, roadsides, river sides. Waste collected, sorted, recycled. Each year, over 1300 youth & leaders "help make a difference." Good work! BFI Recycling, Capital Region District, CHEK 6 TV, McDonald's, Thrifty Foods Rick, 652-4414

Native Plant Lore — See Apr25

Sustainable vs. Clearcut Logging — 9 am-7 pm — Wildwood A.M. tour of Merv Wilkinson s beautiful land, living proof of responsible, sustainable logging. P.M. tour of ever-present clear cut led by Jill Thompson, Friends of Clayoquot Sound. Departs 9 am, 1525 Amelia St.. Cost: $10. Sierra Club of BC Gail, Chris, Kari, 386-5228

Newcastle Protection Islands Hike — East Vancouver Island Sierra Club Janet, 758-6384

Living Well, Living Deeply — 9 am-3:00 pm — See Apr24

Earthsong — See Apr 25

The Environment: Handle with Care — Unitarian Church of Victoria, 5575 West Saanich Rd. Unitarian Youth Group presents Earth Day service. Minister in congregation. Church s Annual General Meeting at 11 am 744-2665

Hilltop Hike — 9:45 am — Gowlland-Tod Park Meet at Caleb Pike parking lot. Bring lunch. Victoria Natural History Society Eric, 474-5252

Beginner s Birding Basics — 10 am — Island View Beach Regional Park, Central Saanich Get pointers on binoculars, field guides, special bird features. Great time of year for birding, sound of courtship & territory disputes filling the air. Bring binoculars. Meet at info kiosk end of Island Beach Rd. Capital Regional District Parks 478-3344

Grasse Lake Hike — 10 am — Sooke Hills Discover wetland lakes at heart of Sea-to-Sea Greenbelt. Learn how you can help create the region s first wilderness backpacking area. Bring your boots! Pre-register. Western Canada Wilderness Committee 388-9292

Endangered Species Weekend — See Apr 25

Worldbeat Drum Workshop — 12-2:30 pm — Inner City Youth Works, 552 Pandora St. Learn Latin & African rhythms. Prepare for full day of drumming to close Earth Week. Leaders: Jim Hamly, Hericleto Mengual, Dean Samuels, Sandy Ockenden. $3-4 donation Jim, 380-7026

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

Planet Neighbourhood — 2 pm — PBS TV KCTS 7 Environmental technologies in workplace environment. Also Apr 19

Earth Day Community Circle — aft/eve — 1333 McKinnon Rd., Pender Island Share storytelling, drumming, song, picnic around fire area at sweat lodge & teepee. Green Goddess Publishing, Phoenix Rising Star Sacred Circles of Healing & Harmony Phoenix, 629-6500

Worldbeat Drumfest — 5-9 pm — Inner Harbour lower causeway Heartbeat of the planet, different cultures percussion & vocal styles. 7th annual program includes: Getting Higher Choir, Night Sun, Gumboot Dancers, Mozambique Choir, Binghiitis, Shumba Dumba, Marimba Muzuva, DJ Tyger Dhula. Donations appreciated. Inner City Youth Works, Vancouver Island Earth Works VIEWS, 383-5765

Community Drum Circle — l0 pm-3 am — Inner City Youth Works, 552 Pandora St. Open jam closes week. Circle leaders represent region s drum groups. Percussion, voice, wind instrument welcome. Donations appreciated Graham, 381-2665

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And More!

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

Solid Waste Association of N.A. AGM Apr 16-17, Laurel Point Inn 752-8293

Launch of Nanaimo Car Share Co-op Apr 17, 716-8888

Nanaimo Folk Connection: Songs for the Earth Apr 17, 754-1321

Deadline for CRD growth strategy submissions Apr 30, re: Apr 24 Canadian Environmental Protection Act & Harmonization

Conference Apr3O-May2, at UVic Law School 391-9223

Sacred Ecology Workshop, May l-2, Northwest Earth Institute, 361-9446

National Composting Awareness Week May 3-8, CRD 360-3030 Safe Water Week May 3-9

This Year's Program

Earth Week Volunteers Needed

To volunteer, please email or call 383-5765. Thank you!

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Email us. Your questions, concerns and ideas are welcome. Volunteers are always needed.

Donations to Vancouver Island Earth Works Society are always appreciated.
Suggested donation-- $10 Low income, $20 Single, $25 Two Incomes or an Organization

209-576 Simcoe Street, Victoria BC, V8V 1L8, CANADA
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Phone: (250) 383-5765

Special Thanks

The Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, & Kwagiluth peoples, Aveda Institute, Capital Regional District, City of Victoria, & Monday Magazine for continuing support, the many artists, performers, speakers & writers, Earth Day Canada, Nanaimo Earth Week Committee, Victoria Earth Walk Committee, Capital City Cultural Association, The Green Party, Inner City Youth Works, Sierra Club, Victoria Peace Centre, Western Canada Wilderness Committee, Allison Piano, BFI Recycling, Future Focus Event Management, Jeune Bros., Island Displays, Mystic Lane T-Shirt Company, the Koch s, people at Munro s Books, Darren Alexander, Chenee Anderson, Rob Annan-Kalar, Lynn Bain, Carly Braaten, Clark Brendon, Lenora Burke, Tony Burke, Raymond Candy, Janette Champagne, Sue Coneys, Guy Dauncey, Craig Doonan, Nicole Dudley, Colleen Eccleston, Jack Etkin, Chris Frye, Susan Gage, Mike Gidora, Jed Goldberg, LIew Griffiths, Jim Hamly, Julie Johnston, Kari Jones, Paul Kilshaw, Freda Knott, Rick Laddish, Pamela Lewis, Bruce & John MacBain, Michael Mascall, Lorenzo Mele, Sue Merrill, Bryan Merryfield, Zvondai Muchenje, Chief Frank Nelson, Nadine Partridge, Kealey Pringle, Peter Ronald, Louise Rose, Al Rycroft, Peter Sanderson, Greg Shechosky, Patrick Simpson, Greg Smith, Jessica Snider, Alison Spriggs, Ellen Squires, Kevin Swayze, Martin Thorn, Marie-Eve Trudel, Andrew Van Iterson, Fire Weed, Dan Weisenburger, Sue Wilson, Shaun Paul, Fiona Vandale... and all volunteers!

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
Richard Walpole, Director
Roy McFarlane, Director, Earth Walk Coordinator