April Calendar: Spring Showers, May Markets

calendar_april2013Sunday, April 7: Transition Town Café, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Reading Room Café. Transition Sooke founder Michael Tacon will host our monthly mixer on what’s forecast to be a wet weekend – come in from the rain for great conversation and java! (Note: If you’re from Shirley or Otter Point, your time will likely be best spent at the OPSRRA Annual General Meeting, 2 p.m. onwards at the Otter Point Volunteer Fire Department.)

Monday, April 8: District of Sooke Council meeting, 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall. Public input is sought on the town’s Corporate Strategic Plan for 2013/14, the latest draft of which can be read here + Please come out and support Jo Phillips as she asks council (during the early stages of the meeting, i.e. you can make some noise, then get home early) to endorse GE Watch Comox Valley’s campaign to “ban the import, export and growing of plants and seeds containing genetically engineered DNA on Vancouver Island.”

Wednesday, April 10: Awareness Film Night screens Salmon Confidential in the EMCS Theatre, 7 p.m. Special guest: Wild salmon crusader Alexandra Morton … Also that night: Mayor’s Public Advisory Panel on Community Health & Social Issues, 7 p.m. @ the Prestige (all welcome, chaired by Nicky Logins, director of the Sooke Family Resource Society).

Weekend of April 13/14: Rally in support of GE Watch Comox Valley’s campaign to ban GMOs on Vancouver Island as the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities holds its AGM at the Prestige. Stay tuned for details on day and hour.

Thursday, April 18: Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Economic Development, 7 p.m. at the Prestige, chaired by Royal Roads University’s Steve Grundy, all welcome. Learn more about the upcoming Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium in Sooke (May 26-28), the Mayor’s “Promote Sooke” task force & more.

Thursday, April 25: Sooke Transition Townies are warmly invited to participate in an essential “Open Space” priority setting and planning session at the Reading Room, 7 p.m. Help shape the future of your local Transition Town and participate in a lively “dotmocracy” process led by core team members Andrew Moore and Michael Tacon … also that same night @ the Prestige, 7 p.m., the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Arts & Beautification chaired by Brenda Parkinson. It will likely focus on spirited plans for an educational arts centre in the former Mulligans Bar & Grill at the edge of John Philips Memorial Park.

Saturday, April 27: Expect a few early-bird vendors to be setting up tables at the Sooke Country Market, which doesn’t open officially until the second Saturday in May.

And while you’ve got the daytimer out …

Saturday, May 4: Sooke Rotary Club’s 23rd annual Auction & Spring Fair at Seaparc Arena, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  + Sooke District Lioness Club‘s annual 32km Galloping Goose Walk in support of Camp Shawnigan.

Sunday, June 2: The 5th annual Sooke Secret Garden Tour, a fundraiser for the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sunday, August 18: The return of Sooke Food CHI’s delightful Farm Tour

PS For more, regularly check out the Sooke Voice News events board – the definitive article when it comes to what’s happening here in town week in, week out. [Oh, and as Britt Santowski points out, the one in the Sooke News Mirror is pretty fantastic too! ;-)]

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