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Parking in Victoria

Posted on by Rob Michaels

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Check out the parking improvements below that begin today here in Victoria.

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Serena Ryder Under the Stars

Posted on by Mel Z

Serena Ryder took us by surprise a couple of years ago, when she stomped onto the radio and is now firmly planted on the top of our list of Canadian artists. My 9-year old girl (ok, me too) really, really wanted to see Serena Ryder’s show, so when we found ourselves with wristbands for the Rifflandia music festival this weekend — we had to go.

Planted in front of some large stacks of speakers (with earplugs) while her mom snapped away with glee in the photo-pit, my child become a real fan. A fan of live music, a fan of the crowd, a fan of the music festival and all it’s silliness and light-hearted fun. She became a fan of the powerful young woman that sang with soul, heart and energy.

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North Saanich’s Sam Weber Returns With “Shadows in the Road”

Posted on by Mel Z

Vancouver Island is the birthplace of many beautiful things. And a pile of great musicians too. Speaking of those, meet North Saanich`s Sam Weber:

Sam Weber will be at The Metro Theatre for the Rifflandia music festival on Saturday, September 13th at 10:30pm.

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Moon Festival 2014

Posted on by Mel Z

Are you mesmerized by the moon? The various colors it glows in the evening sky? The tides? The stories, tales and fables? The moons effect on earth’s people?

Well then, you’ll have to add this to your list of yearly events that you have to check out. It’s the Moon Festival:

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Happy Floatday To Me

Posted on by Mel Z

For a few weeks now, we’ve been enjoying FloatHouse Fridays at Ocean 98.5. Ocean listeners have won the opportunity to try out a free 90-minutes of NOTHING…except pure relaxation while they Float in a bath of Epsom salted water in a sensory deprivation tub.

As I approached yet another birthday — how do they come up so quickly? — I thought it was time to give myself a little quiet time away from everything.

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Saw a friend tonight…Jann Arden at the Royal Theatre

Posted on by Mel Z

I saw a friend of ours tonight that I haven’t seen in ages. She looked great, we laughed a lot and had a great evening catching up. Oh, and she can sing up a storm too.

Her name is Jann Arden. 

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Granny Cycle Tour 2014 – Go Grannies Go!

Posted on by Mel Z

Well, some people retire…and others just get going when they retire.

This group of grannies anywhere from 55 – 72 years old are riding 275km from Campbell River to Victoria this weekend. They are doing it for fitness, camaraderie and to help other grandmothers and families in AIDS affected African countries.

Granny Helen Pedneault from 2014 Cycle Tour Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign tells us all about it:

 

 

Welcome the grannies at the BC Legislature on Sunday, September 7th at 2:15pm with the Gettin’ Higher Choir and African drumming music, along with some big grins!

Donate here at www.victoriagrandmothersforafrica.ca to support grandmothers, families and children affected by AIDS through the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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Gorge Waterway Cleanup

On Saturday, September 27th join many others, put on the rain boots and help to clean up our beautiful waterway!

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Join Ocean 98.5 for one of our biggest events of the year! It’s the Saanich Fair Weekend!

Posted on by Dez

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Come see us at the 147th Annual Saanich Fair! We will be onsite all day every day with our famous Prize Tornado and a chance for you to win Soft Tub Mini Coolers, coupons, and a Soft Tub Hot Tub!

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Wheeee! 9 Things I’m Looking Forward to at the Saanich Fair!

Posted on by Mel Z

It may be the “last” weekend of the summer by regular standards…but it’s still all fun and games. The Saanich Fair returns this weekend for the 147th year! Here’s some of the highlights of the fair from my big fat photo albums over the years.

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Here’s what you can look forward to in it’s 147th year at the Saanich Fair:

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Garden City Grooves Music Festival

Ocean 98.5 is excited to present the second annual Garden City Grooves Music Festival

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — Rob Michaels Edition @Ocean985

Posted on by Mel Z

By now you’ve seen and heard quite a few people talking about and taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s the social media fundraising challenge where the recipient literally pours a bucket of ice water over their head. What a great idea! ALS needs more awareness and support…and frankly this has been a long hot summer. Everyone’s done it…Ok, well — not everyone — but Bon Jovi, Weird Al, Serena Ryder, Chris Pratt…a lot of people are having a blast with this.

Ocean 98.5′s very own “good sport” Rob Michaels has accepted his challenge and here’s what it looks like:

 

 

There we go! Jann Arden, Gordie Tupper, Sunny Lenarduzzi, Ian Slipp — you’re up to bat!

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You Otter Know…Cadboro Bay has a Friendly Sea Otter

Posted on by Mel Z

When is the last time you’ve seen a sea otter around Victoria? Hmmm? I’ve seen them near the beach in East Sooke Park some time ago…but it looks like the furry little guys are making a comeback to the waters around Victoria.

Sea otters (rather than river otters) are known to be somewhat rare since they were hunted to near extinction in the 1,800 by fur traders. But maybe not anymore…Check out this video taken at Cadboro Bay last week. He’s a pretty friendly guy…

 

 

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I’m a Picker…I’m a Grinner… Local Farms Open for U-Pick

Posted on by Mel Z

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Mmmm…Sweet summer. Much of the summer sweetness, I think we could agree — is courtesy of the simplicity of wearing flip-flops and tank tops and having a bowl of delicious fresh fruit at your fingertips at all times.

Here are some of the great local farms where you can put in an hour or two of picking and walk away grinning with the a bucket or two of the delicacies of fresh, local and sometimes organic fruits and veggies.

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