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Used Around Town March 2021's sponsored events around Vancouver Island and Ocean 98.5 Drive Thru Bottle Drive supporting Victoria Humane Society – March 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Save up all your refundable containers! and Ocean 98.5 are hosting a drive-thru bottle drive in support of Victoria Humane Society Sunday, March 28th at The Archie Browning Sports Centre parking lot.

Simply load up your bottles and cans in your car trunk, drive-through and we’ll grab them with no contact and no sorting. Just drop off and go!

Your bottle donations will help the Victoria Humane Society rescue and rehabilitate animals in need and find them forever homes. Big thanks to our supporters Esquimalt Recreation and Bottle Depot.

Victoria Call for Talent: VIATEC Virtual Career Fair – March 25

Connect with the top startups and tech employers in Greater Victoria during this free, virtual career fair! Whether you’ve always thought of building your career in Greater Victoria, are considering it for the first time, or want to know more about Canada’s most cohesive tech community, join VIATEC’s free virtual fair on March 25th to connect with Greater Victoria’s top tech employers for both remote and local career opportunities.

Benefits for Candidates:

-A one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about, connect with and ask questions to all of Greater Victoria’s top tech employers in a single, free virtual event.

-A boost to your job search. Whether you are actively looking or planning for the long term, in a tight-knit community like ours, relationship-building with employers sets candidates apart.

-Complementary expert sessions to help you build your career in our community with topics like working remotely, relocating, upskilling, and diversity. 

Victoria Symphony presents French Winds – March 4 – April 2

This program of charming French music for winds begins with Dukas’ Fanfare from his ballet La Péri followed by Gounod’s sparkling and vibrant Petite Symphonie and ending with Poulenc’s neoclassical Suite Française written as incidental music for Edouard Bourdet’s play La Reine Margot. Premiering March 4 @ 7:30 at, this concert is available online until April 2, 2021.

Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria Extended – February 19 – March 8

Back by popular demand, Dine Around & Stay in Town Victoria (Dine Around) returns from February 19 to March 8, 2021. This follows the success of Dine Around earlier this year from January 14 to February 7, 2021. Dine Around’s return will include many of the same restaurants, as well as new feature menus for customers. Furthermore, many hotel accommodations specials for Greater Victoria residents will also continue!

The menus will focus on “Chef’s Feature Sheets” to help promote their cuisine. Restaurants will include options that are inventive and value-added for patrons. Like the first run of Dine Around, organizers are working with restaurants to ensure proper COVID-19 protocols are in place and food service is delivered within safety guidelines. Current provincial orders require diners to only eat with someone from their own household. If someone is single, they can eat with one or two other people who make up their pandemic bubble.

Belfry Theatre presents Being Here: The Refugee Project – March 16-21

The Belfry launches its Spring Season with the premiere of Being Here – The Refugee Project – a powerful verbatim play (documentary theatre) about refugees coming to Canada. The play will be streaming from March 16 – 21.

From Victoria to Halifax, playwright/journalist Joel Bernbaum spent hundreds of hours interviewing refugees and their sponsors asking them to share their experiences in their own words.

The refugees shared stories of their remarkable escapes and their reasons for escaping. Their sponsors, flush with good intentions—and come face-to-face with the complexity of human nature.

Triumphs, disappointments and the delicate balance between ideals and reality—these are real-life stories—in the words and voices of real people.

In 2014, the Belfry produced Home is A Beautiful Word, a verbatim play about homelessness in our city – it was a profound experience for all.

To purchase the live stream, please visit

2021 Virtual TC10K – April 16-25

The 2021 Virtual TC10K takes place from April 16 and April 25, 2021, giving you lots of time to complete your virtual run/walk. When you register, you choose your distance – 10K, 5K or Thrifty Foods Family Run. You also have the option to receive your package by mail (*additional mailing cost) or pick it up at our race package pickup on April 16 & 17 (*in accordance with COVID-19 protocols). You complete your distance between April 16 and April 25, 2021. Post your results using the ASICS Runkeeper™ app or your favourite running app to be eligible for fun prizes. Register here.

Greater Victoria Flower Count – March 3-10

Take a mental health break and stop and count the flowers during this year’s Greater Victoria Flower Count March 3 – March 10th.

The 46th Greater Victoria Flower Count is an annual light-hearted promotion to bolster community pride and increase awareness of Greater Victoria as an incredible place to work, live and play.

This year is a little unique. Our goal in 2021 is to spread spring cheer to the residents of Greater Victoria and encourage them to stop and count the flowers while safely out in their communities. Flower Count this year will also serve to share a virtual bouquet with the rest of Canada during this challenging time and remind them that spring is coming soon and with it a season of rejuvenation. Submit your count here:

Vancouver Island Soccer League

We have been in existence since 1895, providing an opportunity for organized, structured soccer for all adult men. Our categories; Competitive, Recreational, Masters and U21. 

Feel free to follow us along on any or all of our social media paths; we love to include the communities in which our members live. Gameday tweets, interesting news, and league updates:

Executive Director Vince Greco; @vincenzo25

League highlights and shares; @VISLinfo

League Instagram; vancouver_island_soccer_league

Facebook; Vancouver Island Soccer League

We hope you enjoy exploring our website, make sure to come back for updates;

Oh and be sure to support our tremendous League Sponsors, a full listing under the first home tab on our website.

Victoria Symphony presents Min Plays Mozart – March 18 – April 16

Lorraine Min has been praised by the New York Times for her “impeccable phrase-shaping” and “crystalline sound,” For this program, this local musical treasure is reunited with the orchestra for what is arguably Mozart’s most famous work for keyboard, his Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major. Also included on the program are Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile and Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances. Premiering March 18 @ 7:30 pm at, this concert is available online until April 16, 2021.

Victoria Pride Society Mentorship Program 

Get free 1-on-1 support to reach your full potential! The Victoria Pride Society Mentorship Program matches LGBTQ2S+ individuals seeking non-judgmental support with established members of the community. Starting a new career? Thinking of coming out? Need someone to talk to about sexual orientation or gender identity questions? Apply to be a mentee! Successful applicants will be matched with a mentor who can provide a safe space to ask questions and get advice. Victoria Pride Society mentors are an amazing group of talented, ambitious, independent, courageous, and diverse individuals striving to fulfill VPS’s vision in which “all people, through education, equality, and safety are empowered to lead full, authentic lives.

VPS Local Queer-Owned Business Directory

Getting married? From officiants to photographers, we have you covered. Need your windows cleaned? Help is just a click away in Household Services. Is your puppy needing a spa day? Look under Pet Services for someone to pamper that pooch. From Health & Wellness to Entertainment & Culture, its all here in one spot:

And if you’re a local LGBTQ2* business owner, and you want to be included in the VPS directory, all you have to do is complete your application here (  Its free to list!

Esquimalt Farmer’s Market – April 1 to September 16

Esquimalt Farmers Market’s 7th season runs on Thursdays from April 1- September 16 from 430-730pm in The Township of Esquimalt’s Memorial Park at 1200 Esquimalt Road.  Join us in celebrating small business and supporting local food!

As we navigate through the COVID 19 Pandemic, understand that changes will likely happen often and abruptly. For this reason, it is best if you refer to our website regularly for updated information including times and locations.

As always, EFM is a pet-free Market. Thank you for understanding.

As an essential food service, EFM is operating with the regularly updated guidelines as required by the PHO.

Please shop as a single person from your household whenever possible.

Please “shop don’t stop” and avoid touching things before purchase to help keep our Market’s Vendors and shoppers safe.

Victoria Symphony presents Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Premiers April 1 @ 7:30 pm at

Joseph Boulogne, also known as “Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges” was a remarkable violinist, composer, soldier and athlete. Despite having to deal with the challenges of being a person of mixed race, he was regarded as one of the most impressive figures of 18th century Paris. Among his many accomplishments he had the honour of leading the first performance of Haydn’s Paris symphonies. This program includes music by Saint-Georges, Mozart and Haydn.

This concert is available until April 30, 2021.