Wear Pink Bill Jones shows off his “This Pink Shirt Says Enough” t-shirt in preparation for Anti- Bullying Day. Looking to add to the cause and raise awareness? Join Mr. Jones on Wednesday

Wear Pink Bill Jones shows off his “This Pink Shirt Says Enough” t-shirt in preparation for Anti- Bullying Day. Looking to add to the cause and raise awareness? Join Mr. Jones on Wednesday

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.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ron Sivorot, business director at Kennametal’s Langford site, the Greater Victoria facility that made a component being used on NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars. (Jake Romphf, Black Press Media)
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover using piece made at Kennametal’s Langford site

The Greater Victoria plant’s tooth blank is helping the rover’s drill collect rock cores

June Saxe, 2, enjoys the sunny shoreline at Whiffin Spit with her dad on March 5. The family had come out from Victoria for a day in the sunshine. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Warm weather brings Sooke’s Whiffin Spit to life

Visitors, locals enjoy warm weather at coastal viewpoint

Funding requests for the 2021 budget year, submitted by the Administration and Finance Committee, was approved by Langford council at the Feb. 16 meeting. (Black Press Media file photo)
Food awareness, seniors among Langford’s approved 2021 funding requests

New and returning community organizations to receive financial boost

Underground utility installations are underway on Latoria Boulevard at Latoria Road near Royal Bay Secondary and on Metchosin Road south of Latoria Boulevard. (City of Colwood image)
Road work hinders Colwood drivers in Royal Bay

Underground utility installation could run most of March

A rockfall closed Finlayson Arm Road and West Shore Parkway on Friday (March 5) afternoon. (Twitter/BC Transportation)
UPDATED: Malahat reopens following rockfall

Section of Trans-Canada Highway was scheduled for intermittent closures today for rock scaling work

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C. on the COVID-19 situation. (B.C. government)
Dr. Bonnie Henry predicts a ‘post-pandemic world’ for B.C. this summer

‘Extending this second dose provides very high real-world protection to more people, sooner’

Malawian police guard AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines after the shipment arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday March 5, 2021. Canada is expecting its first shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine next week. (Associated Press/Thoko Chikondi)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases climb to 634 Friday, four more deaths

Currently 255 people in hospital, 66 in intensive care

A crashed helicopter is seen near Mt. Gardner on Bowen Island on Friday March 5, 2021. Two people were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition after the crash. (Irene Paulus/contributed)
2 people in serious condition after helicopter goes down on Bowen Island

Unclear how many passengers aboard and unclear where the helicopter was going

Surrey Pretrial in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. transgender inmate to get human rights hearing after being held in mostly male jail

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Amber Prince on March 3 dismissed the pretrial’s application to have Makayla Sandve’s complaint dismissed

Supporters rally outside court as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church is in court to appeal bail conditions, after he was arrested for holding day services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the pastor

The Netflix logo on an iPhone. B.C. delayed imposing sales tax on digital services and sweetened carbonated beverages as part of its response to COVID-19. Those taxes take effect April 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Matt Rourke
B.C. applies 7% sales tax on streaming, vaping, sweet drinks April 1

Measures from 2020 budget were delayed due to COVID-19

A lawyer wears a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of COVID-19 while waiting to enter B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. British Columbia’s highest court has sided with the land owner in a dispute over public access to public land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. high court finds in favour of large landowner in fight over access to pair of lakes

The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club launched legal action after the cattle company blocked road and trail access

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference in Ottawa Friday, March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau holds firm on premiers’ health-care funding demands, COVID-19 aid comes first

Premiers argue that the current amount doesn’t keep pace with yearly cost increases of about five per cent

Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend service, in Chilliwack, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Lawyers for the British Columbia government and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms are back in B.C. Supreme Court today, squaring off over the legality of COVID-19 rules that prohibit in-person religious services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. top doctor has power to restrict access to a place during health hazard: lawyer

Under B.C.’s Public Health Act, Jacqueline Hughes says, Henry can restrict or prevent entry to a place

Most Read