NEWS ARCHIVE: AUG. 2010 Sooke, BC << Back to Current Breaking News
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Aug.28. Gord Phillips and the Assimilators rocked Ed Macgregor Park Saturday afternoon/evening with the rockin' beat of blues-infused folk rock. The singer-songwriter captivated the crowd with his own tunes, each one introduced with a story about why he wrote the song. Joined by The Beatswingers and blues solo artist Michael Thompson. Flawless musical performances by all. Photos.
Aug.28. A 24-hour hour fundraiser soccer game was held at Fred Milne Park on Sat. Aug.28 starting 1 pm. The event was to raise funds toward purchase and installation of an artificial turf for the field which is expected to cost over half a million dollars.
Aug.25. A half-million dollar artificial turf is the goal for the Sooke Soccer Club's 24-hour fundraiser this Sat. Aug.28 starting at 1 pm (with overnight camping and ending at 1 pm Sun. Aug.29). "Sooke 24" registration is $40 for adults, $20 for youth. Forms available at www.sookesoccer.com . Lots of prizes, camping available on the field.
Aug.25. The old Manuel Quimper Motel in Sooke will be burned to the ground during the week of Sept.20 to 24 as part of fire and rescue training exercises, it was announced by the District of Sooke on Aug.24. Sooke fire chief Steve Sorensen says it's a rare opportunity for firefighters, municipal politicians, insurance industry reps and others to observe various fire-related scenarios. Story
Aug.24. Sooke highway paving improvements continue through the night this month (and into September). Some traffic delays occur while heavy-duty equipment is managed by several workers.
Aug.21. The exterior walls are going up on the new Shoppers Drug Mart building in Sooke, and "Coming Soon" signs are now posted near the store's Evergreen Mall location this week.
Aug.18. Unemployed workers over age 50 are invited to register with WorkLink in Sooke for the next Prime Time program. Registration begins Sept.7 for the 10-week program that commences Oct.11. Phone: 250-642-3685. Sooke Prime Time story | About the Stats Can Labour Force Survey
Aug.18. Some of Sooke's 'dignitaries' will become Heroes in the Sky at a fundraiser in Sooke town centre on Sat. Sept.11, 10 am to 10 pm. For every $20 donation a well-known Sooke person who is hanging from the Sooke Fire Rescue ladder truck will be lowered at a rate of one foot per $5 donation until they reach the ground. Each donor receives a 2011 Sooke FireFighters The Fire Within calendar. About 12 volunteers for hanging in the sky are being sought; politicians, business owners, and community leaders are asked to step up and be raised up! The annual Chili Challenge will be held same time, same place. Contact Fire Chief Steve Sorensen at the fire hall, 2225 Otter Point Road or email to email@example.com . Donations will go to charity (Sooke Lions, ShelterBox in Pakistan, Muscular Dystrophy, and others).
Aug.14-15. Look for the all-weather tents at Ed Macgreor Park -- the site of this year's Art in the Park. Continues again today Sunday in warm weather under clear skies. The show which features artists' wares and a few other booths with art-related presentations -- as well as dance presentations on the new outdoor stage -- is organized by the Sooke Community Arts Council as part of their mandate for grant funding from the BC Arts Council. www.sookecommunityarts.com
Aug.12. Four vehicle accidents in the space of about 30 hours along Sooke Road / West Coast Road - August 10 and 11 - were reported to and attended by Sooke RCMP, says S/Sgt Steve Wright, Sooke RCMP. Driver error in two instances, and vehicle mechanical failure in the other two cases, caused a range of injuries; there were some long waits for drivers in vehicles that were backed up along Sooke Road on August 10. See full story in the MapleLine Police Beat.
Aug.11. On Sat. Sept.11 the Sooke Fire Rescue Service will hang various Sooke dignitaries 100 ft in the air from their ladder truck for a1-hour stints, as a fundraiser and to launch the Fire Within Calendar. We would like to challenge all Sooke residents to find people to “Hang” for one hour. It could be your boss, a co-worker, politician, neighbour, friend, enemy etc. Says Sooke Fire Chief Steve Sorensen: "We will raise them up and then after a suitable amount of donations has been collected, we will let them back down (maybe!)." Story to come.
Aug.8 - Hoots and hollers are leading on the runners along West Coast Road as the Subaru Sooke International Triathlon bike/run course continues along local roads today through the Sooke town corridor (road closures in effect to 3:30 pm).
Aug.7 - The Subaru Sooke International Triathlon bike/run course will run a course through Young Lake and along local roads through the Sooke town corridor on Sunday, August 8 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Road closures will begin at 7:30 am. Volunteers may sign up at www.triseries.ca/sooke . Everyone is invited to come cheer on the participants. Roadway concerns can be called in to Cathy Noel, general manager, at 250-220-2259.
Aug.3 - The annual chinook derby put on by the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society proceeded this weekend July 31-Aug. 1 despite heavy fog. Big catches were coming in Saturday morning (Bruce Butler at 11:30 am with a 33.6 lb catch), but on Saturday afternoon bites were few after a reported pod of orcas likely scared the fish deep. Activity picked up Sunday morning, and In the final result the largest fish was 38.35 lb caught by Elden Smith for 1st place, with a 34.95 lb chinook catching 2nd place for Richard Hanson, and Bruce Butler fish in 3rd-place prize at 33.6 lb fish. Last year's largest fish weighed in at 39.40 lb. At Sunday afternoon's awards dinner there was also an award for the largest hatchery fish (identified by a missing adipose fin), which went to Dan Pudwell. [Photo: Mel Hull puts a cleaned fish into a plastic bag for a derby participant.]. Story & more photos. www.sookesalmonenhancementsociety.com
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July 29-Aug.2. The Sooke Fine Arts Show (in its 24th year) continued its special events with A Taste of Sooke on Thursday night and an afternoon tea for seniors on Friday. The highly professional and upscale show runs through this weekend (Sat-Sun, 10 am to 8 pm and Mon. from 10 am to 6 pm) including The Art of Wine Tasting tonight July 31 from 7-9 pm. The show is held at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex, 2168 Phillips Road, Sooke, with plenty of parking. The efforts of over 300 volunteers are combined by Sooke Fine Arts Society president Evonne Black and her team. There were 39 artists represented from Sooke, who in total contributed 58 of the show's 375 pieces. www.sookefinearts.com
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August & September 2010
MapleLine Magazine ~ Fall 2010 "Back to School" issue ~ release date Wed. Aug. 25, 2010. The Fall 2010 issue (including feature sections on health and the arts) will be distributed to selected routes in Sooke via Canada Post well as being available in the usual Sooke town centre locations including coffee shops & stores, the library, the District of Sooke office, and Sooke Harbour House. Subscriptions available -- now 6 issues per year.
Music Festival in the Park. Sat. Aug.28. 3:00 to 7:00 pm Free family event at Ed Macgregor Park (6700 block West Coast Road), headlined by local musician Gord Phillips. Includes a blues review. Some proceeds from the producer (Shadowroc Music) will go to supporting music programs in Sooke schools. Admission by donation. Co-sponsored by MapleLine Business Centre, Serious Coffee (Sooke), The Stick in the Mud Coffee House, Alloy Music, and Freedom Arts Center. News release
Sooke Soccer Club Fundraising Marathon. Sat. Aug.28. 1 pm start. A 24-hour fundraiser by the Sooke Soccer Club, Sat. Aug.28 starting at 1 pm (with overnight camping and ending at 1 pm Sun. Aug.29). "Sooke 24" is being held to raise money for a turf field; the artificial playing field installation will cost over half a million dollars. Adult registration $40, youth $20. Forms available at www.sookesoccer.com . Lots of prizes, camping available on the field.
Hockey Game at SEAPARC. Sun. Sept. 5. 2 pm. Annual Rotary Hockey Game. Junior A Hockey in Sooke. Victoria Grizzlies vs Cowichan Capitals at SEAPARC arena. Adults $9, Youth (under 12) $6. Buy tickets at SEAPARC. Proceeds to Sooke Minor Hockey.
Back to School. Tues. Sept. 7. First day of classes for the 2010-2011 academic year in School District 62 (Sooke).
Committee of the Whole - District of Sooke ~ Tues. Sept. 7, 2010. 7 pm Council Chambers, 2205 Otter Point Rd., Sooke. Agenda at www.sooke.ca
4th Annual Great Chili Challenge ~ Sat. Sept.11, 2010. 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Enter your company, service group, family, sports club or team. Win prizes. www.sookelionsclub.org
Heroes in the Sky ~ Sat. Sept.11, 2010. 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Sooke Fire Rescue Service will hang various Sooke dignitaries 100 ft in the air from their ladder truck for 1-hour stints, as a fundraiser and to launch the Fire Within Calendar. We would like to challenge all Sooke residents to find people to “Hang” for one hour. It could be your boss, a co-worker, politician, neighbour, friend, enemy etc. Says Sooke Fire Chief Steve Sorensen: "We will raise them up and then after a suitable amount of donations has been collected, we will let them back down (maybe!)." Donations all go to charity (Sooke Lions, ShelterBox in Pakistan, Muscular Dystrophy, and others). Anyone who would like to volunteer to hang from the ladder truck should email the Fire Chief at email@example.com .
Regular Council Meeting - District of Sooke ~ Mon. Sept.13, 2010. 7 pm Council Chambers, 2205 Otter Point Rd., Sooke. Agenda at www.sooke.ca
Members Meeting - Sooke Community Development Assoc ~ Sat. Sept.15, 2010. 5 pm First meeting of the fall season, everyone welcome. At the Village Food Markets meeting room (upstairs), Sooke. www.sookecda.org
Hartland Happening ~ Sun. Sept.19, 2010. 10:30 am to 3 pm. Learn about the Hartland Landfill. Info from groups concerned with environmental sustainability. At Hartland Landfill, 1 Hartland Ave (off West Saanich Rd). Info
Journey Middle School PAC meeting. Thurs. Sept.21, 7 pm. First PAC meeting of the 2010-2011 season, at Journey Middle School in the library. All parents welcome. Info
Business Mixer. Thurs. Sept.23. 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Regular mixer of the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce. Open to all members. This month being held at the MapleLine Business Centre, 6707 West Coast Road, Sooke. Parking available at the front and behind the building.
ARCHIVE AUGUST 2010:
Subaru Sooke International Triathlon - Sun. Aug. 8 . 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Bicycle and running course through Sooke including Young Lake. Crowds wanted, to cheer on the participants. www.triseries.ca/sooke
Sooke Region 1st Annual Food and Farm Garden Tour - Sun. Aug. 8 . 11 am to 5 pm Fundraiser for the farm mentorship program. Learn what can be grown and harvested. Demonstrations. Fresh produce sales. Tour of 12 farms. Tickets $10 available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Double D Gardens and other locations, and at the Sunriver Garden on the tour day, Phillips Road. Sponsored by Sooke Food CHI with generous support from the District of Sooke. Fundraiser for the 2010-2011 New Farmer Mentorship Program. Volunteers (for shifts 11-2 and 2-5) may contact Jessica Boquist. www.sookefoodchi.ca
Regular Council Meeting - District of Sooke ~ Mon. Aug.9, 2010. 7 pm Council Chambers, 2205 Otter Point Rd., Sooke. Agenda at www.sooke.ca
SEAPARC Fall 2010 Program Guide ~ release date Wed. Aug. 11, 2010. Fall programs brochure was released today via the Sooke News Mirror. Also viewable online. The brochure has a new design spin produced by MapleLine Business Centre. www.seaparc.ca
Serious Coffee evening music - Sat. Aug.14 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Rebecca Boux performing at Serious Coffee, 6661 Sooke Road (same mall as Village Food Markets Mall), Sooke, BC.
Art in the Park - Sat. Aug. 14 & Sun. Aug.15, 2010. 10 am to 5 pm. An outdoor display of art, booths, dance performances, and more. 10 am to 5 pm each day. Free admission. At Ed Macgregor Park, West Coast Road, Sooke.
Woodwyn Farms Open House ~ Sat. Aug.14 2010. 11 am to 5 pm Tour a sustainable therapeutic community -- a farm that is a catalyst for homefulness and healing. A day of family-oriented activities, open to the public at 7789 West Saanich Road, Central Saanich. www.seeditforward.com
The Clothesline Show ~ Sun. Aug.15, 2010. An outdoor art show with art hanging on clothes lines at the Coast Collective Gallery in Colwood. 2nd annual. Application deadline for artists is Aug.8.
Committe of the Whole - District of Sooke ~ Mon. Aug.16, 2010. 7 pm Council Chambers, 2205 Otter Point Rd., Sooke. Agenda at www.sooke.ca
Coffee with Council - District of Sooke ~ Sat. Aug.21, 2010. 10 to 11:30 am Meet and chat with Councillors Maja Tait and Dave Bennett. At Serious Coffee (6661 Sooke Rd.) in Sooke.
Stop the HST Garage Sale & Silent Auction ~ Sat. Aug.21 & Sun. Aug.22, 2010. At the Sooke Seniors Centre (Sooke Rd & Murray Rd). Fundraiser, accepting donations: 250-642-5068. To help at the event: 250-642-3150 or 7310. Refreshments will be served. Some artisans selling artwork.
Shirley Day - A Celebration of Life. Sun. Aug.22. 8:30 am to 7:00 pm Pancake breakfast to start, salmon BBQ to wrap up. Kids games, craft tables, info displays. Free admission. Public hall is wheelchair accessible. Take West Coast Road (Hwy 14) from Sooke to Shirley.
The Arts in Sooke
August & September 2010
Check out the new Arts in Sooke website for local and regional arts events. Text listings about arts news, artists, art events, new books, concerts, etc.
News and Highlights:
Music Festival in the Park. Sat. Aug.28. 3:00 to 7:00 pm Free family event at Ed Macgregor Park (6700 block of West Coast Road), led by local band Gord Phillips & The Assimilators. Includes a blues review. All proceeds from the producers (Shadowroc Music) go to supporting music programs in Sooke schools. Admission by donation. Co-sponsored by MapleLine Business Centre, The Stick in the Mud Coffee House, Alloy Music and Freedom Arts Music Centre.
Art of Akira Yasuda at Serious Coffee At the Serious Coffee shop in Sooke town centre, 6661 Sooke Road (next to Village Foods). Until Sept. 1.
Learning about Water Soluble Oils - Sept.9-11, 2010 Workshop with artist Mark Heine at Coast Collective. $300 per person. www.coastcollective.ca
Music Jam Sessions ~ Fridays ~ 8 pm to midnight. At the Langford Legion Lounge, 761 Station Ave, Langford. www.victoriabluessociety.ca
Health & Environment
August & September 2010
Events & Announcements
Canada's 8th Food Day. Jul.31, 2010 National celebration of restaurateurs, suppliers, growers, farmers and citizens to show Canada's breadth and depth as as culinary nation. www.foodday.ca
Sooke Country Market. Saturdays in May thru October. 10 am to 2 pm. Fresh produce and local crafts. On Otter Point Road in town centre (at Eustace Rd). www.ahimsasooke.com
Save Our Natural Health Products . National momentum is being garnered by Save Our Natural Health Products to preserve the right of consumers to access a range of natural health products. They encourage writing to your MP. www.saveournaturalhealthproducts.ca