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This and That, February 11

Some short news items of interest to Sooke News Mirror readers

  • Feb. 11, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Fix your pet

Low income and need your pet spayed/neutered?

The Victoria Cat Rescue Corps has an annual ‘spay/neuter blitz’ starting February 16 for a limited time. They will pay the full cost of spay or neuter procedures for cats belonging to low-income pet owners, and will take stray cats too.

Call 250 656-1100 or visit their site: http://www.victoriacatrescue.com/

Learn to pitch shoes

And from Sooke’s new Horseshoe Pitching Association:

Just to let everyone – from 10-years-old to 95 – know that the association will be creating a group to teach and learn the art of throwing horseshoes in Sooke, with the start of the construction of horseshoe courts in the coming weeks.

They hope to be playing horseshoes this summer at the location on Sooke River Road, across from Fred Milne Park. At this time, they are looking for volunteers to help in getting this off the ground.  If you would like to help or know of anybody, family, grandchild or friend, please feel free to contact Rick Hobday.  His phone number is 250-642-7657, or email trueisrich@gmail.com.

They are particularly interested in young people to become the future horseshoe players of Sooke.

Nominate a great buisness

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Business Excellence Awards.

The gala takes place on April 11 at the Prestige Hotel ballroom and will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony. Included as well will be a silent and live auction. This is a fundraiser for the SRCC.New this year is a People’s Choice Award where attendees vote for their favorite nominee.

Everyone is welcome and you do not have to be a chamber member to participate in the voting or the awards ceremony.

To nominate a business or individual go to the chamber website at: www.sookeregionchamber.com/events

All businesses in the Sooke region are eligible for awards. Judging will be carried out by community members not affiliated with the SRCC. The award categories are: Professional Services Excellence, Retail and Services Excellence, Manufacturing and Industry Excellence, Dining and Hospitality Excellence, Sustainability Leadership Excellence, Home Based Business Excellence, Not-for-Profit Organization Excellence, New Business of the Year  Excellence, Business of the Year Excellence.

Deadline for submission is March 2, 2015.

What is Babytime?

Babytime takes place at the Sooke Library Branch on the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.

Babytime is a program especially for caregivers and babies aged 0-18 months that helps develop children’s early literacy skills through age-appropriate rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

When parents read to their babies, it’s not only enjoyable, it also helps their children associate books with closeness to a parent or caregiver.  This later develops into a love for reading.  More information is available at http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/ect/pdfs/Mar_hp_familyreading.pdf.

Why read to your baby?

• Reading together can be fun;  associate books with warmth and closeness to a parent or caregiver;

• Help children to become active learners; they understand the joy and knowledge books can provide;

• Studies show that children who learn to love books at an early age want to learn to read when they are older;

• Babies learn to listen and respond to language. Reading together encourages your child’s language and early literacy development;

• Learn to link words to pictures; infants and toddlers learn words by listening to you label pictures in a book;

• Books present words that kids may not otherwise hear in their regular environment; it’s a way for preschoolers to expand their vocabulary.

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