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Oak Bay Update

Oak Bay Home and Garden Tour PLUS the Classic Car Collection, Sunday August 16, 2009

In just a few days you will have some great opportunities; one is to stroll down Oak Bay Avenue this Sunday and enjoy about 300 collectable cars.  Oak Bay Avenue will be closed during this time and cars will start arriving about 8 am.  The Blethering Place Collector Car Festival is a little different than other car shows...cars that are not quite finished are welcomed and sought out to participate.  This year the cars will extend further down Oak Bay Avenue than in previous years.  Entertainment takes place throughout the day - some favorites are Johnny Vallis and Virtual Elvis will show up during the day.

Also happening in the community is the Oak Bay Home and Garden Tour which I am very pleased and proud to be a sponsor of.  The Oak Bay News wrote an article about this event - Oak Bay Mansion built by Rattenbury and Maclure.  This event is to help raise money and the proceeds are to benefit The Rotary Club of Oak Bay and The Oak Bay Heritage Foundation.  Monies will help support literacy propjects in local schools, purchase neeed 'extras' for our seniors in care, and help maintain both the Teen Centre at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre and the Carnarvon Rotary Water Park as well proceeds from the Oak Bay Heritage Foundation are being donated toward the renovation of the Oak Bay United Church.

Through an ongoing lecture series and home and garden tours, the Foundation hopes to encourage a heightened appreciaiton of the beautiful homes and streetscapes that make Oak Bay such a special place to live.

The Oak Bay Home and Garden Tour 2009 is grateful to the Florists who have provided beautiful flowers for the homes.  As well, the organizers would like to thank the Victoria Master Gardener Association (www.vmga.ca) member for offering their time and expertise for the event.

Thank you to Flowers at Kildonan (921 Foul Bay Road), Harry's Flowers (1817 Oak Bay Avenue), Jennings Florists (2508 Estevan Avenue), Oak Bay Flower Shop (102-2187 Oak Bay Avenue), Ramsey and Ramsey Flower Merchants (2000 Oak Bay Avenue) and Windsor Park Flowers (2544 Windsor Road)

It might seem kind of funny, car shows and flower shows but I guess that is just the way we are.  And that's Oak Bay.

Tickets are $30.00 which includes 6 homes, one garden, plus complimentary refreshments at the Victoria Golf Club located at 1110 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC.  Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Oak Bay Recreation Centre 250.595.7946

Oak Bay Municipal Hall 250.598.3311

Oak Bay Monterey Centre 250.370.7300

Henderson Recreation Centre 250.370.7200

You will receive a guide book, this event will be running from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm Sunday August 16, 2009.  Wishing you a fun journey through these enchanting gardens and homes - Brenda

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