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Many deals are expected to be found at this Saturday’s Sunriver Estates Community Yard Sale. (Metro-Creative)

Sooke’s Sunriver Estates hosting community yard sale this weekend

Sale offerings include clothing, books, tools, collectables, furniture and various handicrafts

Many deals are expected to be found at this Saturday’s Sunriver Estates Community Yard Sale. (Metro-Creative)
Greg and Ken Banner worked with their father, Bob, at Bob’s Repair Center since their teens. The shop on Idlemore Road closed for good at the end of May after serving the Sooke community for 40 years. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Greg and Ken Banner worked with their father, Bob, at Bob’s Repair Center since their teens. The shop on Idlemore Road closed for good at the end of May after serving the Sooke community for 40 years. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)

Historic fixture in Sooke auto repair closes doors

Owner of Bob’s Repairs hangs up tools after 40 years

Greg and Ken Banner worked with their father, Bob, at Bob’s Repair Center since their teens. The shop on Idlemore Road closed for good at the end of May after serving the Sooke community for 40 years. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Greg and Ken Banner worked with their father, Bob, at Bob’s Repair Center since their teens. The shop on Idlemore Road closed for good at the end of May after serving the Sooke community for 40 years. (Rick Stiebel-Sooke News Mirror)
Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch competes in the Oak Bay Tea Party teacup race on June 5, 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay Tea Party celebrates 60 years

Crowds braved the rain to attend the fair, parade and teacup race

Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch competes in the Oak Bay Tea Party teacup race on June 5, 2022. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Eileen Griffin, who arrived in Canada as a war bride with her baby daughter in 1944, celebrates her 100th birthday on June 3, 2022. She is pictured here with her congratulatory letter from Queen Elizabeth II and a framed photo of ‘RMS Mauretania’, which brought her to Pier 21 in Halifax. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

A life well lived: Qualicum Beach resident celebrates 100th birthday on June 3

Centenarian Eileen Griffin has a 107-year-old sister in England

Eileen Griffin, who arrived in Canada as a war bride with her baby daughter in 1944, celebrates her 100th birthday on June 3, 2022. She is pictured here with her congratulatory letter from Queen Elizabeth II and a framed photo of ‘RMS Mauretania’, which brought her to Pier 21 in Halifax. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Megan Radatzke, an eduction assistant at Ecole Poirier Elementary, says the addition of a sensory room has been well received by all of the students at the school. (Rick Stiebel- Sooke News Mirror)

‘Allows the brain to reboot’: New sensory room helps calm Sooke students

Local school has sensory room to help students decompress, reduce anxiety

Megan Radatzke, an eduction assistant at Ecole Poirier Elementary, says the addition of a sensory room has been well received by all of the students at the school. (Rick Stiebel- Sooke News Mirror)
The story of a gray whale is the subject of a new Sooke-produced documentary. Tale of the Whale premieres on June 10 at EMCS Community Theatre. (Shutterstock)

Tale behind the whale at Sooke school premieres June 10

The intriguing tale behind the whale skeleton that floats above the lobby…

The story of a gray whale is the subject of a new Sooke-produced documentary. Tale of the Whale premieres on June 10 at EMCS Community Theatre. (Shutterstock)
The Metchosin Mighty Garage Sale was held on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 4430 Happy Valley Rd. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Mighty Metchosin Garage Sale has record year for donations

Plenty still on offer as sale closes 3 p.m. Sunday

The Metchosin Mighty Garage Sale was held on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 4430 Happy Valley Rd. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra will complete the season with a performance at the Sooke Community Hall on June 12. (Contributed - Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra)

Sooke Philharmonic’s final concerts a mix of timely classics

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra’s upcoming concerts in Sooke and Metchosin feature the…

The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra will complete the season with a performance at the Sooke Community Hall on June 12. (Contributed - Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra)
Sooke legion members Richard Steele, Ted Davies and Murray Lambert prepare to host a sit-down Ukrainian-style dinner on June 18 to raise funds for Ukrainian relief efforts. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Legion assisting Ukraine relief efforts

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54 hosts a sit-down Ukrainian-style dinner on June 18

Sooke legion members Richard Steele, Ted Davies and Murray Lambert prepare to host a sit-down Ukrainian-style dinner on June 18 to raise funds for Ukrainian relief efforts. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.

Foundry supports youth in living a good life

Free and confidential health and wellness supports for BC youth ages 12 to 24 – online and in-person

  • May 2, 2022
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.
Pinball machines inside Shawn Orza’s Wiffle Games store in Chemainus will be busy on April 30. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Pinball wizards flashing their supple wrists in game action

Mid-Island Pinball League features tournaments in Chemainus and Cedar

Pinball machines inside Shawn Orza’s Wiffle Games store in Chemainus will be busy on April 30. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Cute as can be. Twin Nigerian dwarf goats were on born on April 15. They'll soon help out with Vancouver Island Goat Yoga classes inn Shirley. (Contributed - Dana Haydon)
Cute as can be. Twin Nigerian dwarf goats were on born on April 15. They'll soon help out with Vancouver Island Goat Yoga classes inn Shirley. (Contributed - Dana Haydon)
The ball fields at Saltair’s Centennial Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Teams rally after permit for Saltair ball field use denied

Final pitch made to the CVRD board before official decision reached

The ball fields at Saltair’s Centennial Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Michelle Carpenter, owner of Mijo Taekwondo, is excited about the opportunity to hold live classes at Seaparc Leisure Centre. (Photo - Mijo Taekwondo)

Taekwondo kicks back into Sooke

Mijo Taekwondo partners with SEAPARC

Michelle Carpenter, owner of Mijo Taekwondo, is excited about the opportunity to hold live classes at Seaparc Leisure Centre. (Photo - Mijo Taekwondo)
More people are stepping forward to resume volunteering in Sooke, say officials. (Metro-Creative)

Volunteers return after the pandemic

Sooke Region Volunteer Centre sees new interest in volunteering

More people are stepping forward to resume volunteering in Sooke, say officials. (Metro-Creative)
Volunteers in the 2019 Sooke Fine Arts Show gift shop: Bobbie Momsen, left, Rae Williamson, Elaine Thrale, Eileen Badiuk and Bev Lewis. (Contributed - Angela Bailey)

Sooke Fine Arts Show seeks cast of volunteers

Summer art exhibition runs from July 22-Aug. 4

Volunteers in the 2019 Sooke Fine Arts Show gift shop: Bobbie Momsen, left, Rae Williamson, Elaine Thrale, Eileen Badiuk and Bev Lewis. (Contributed - Angela Bailey)
Esquimalt’s new library is opening to the public March 31. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Esquimalt’s new library is opening to the public March 31. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Bernadette Brown at the Baldwin grand piano she donated to the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Piano donation to theatre a grand gesture

Playbill pianist’s gift comes at a time when it’s needed the most

Bernadette Brown at the Baldwin grand piano she donated to the Chemainus Theatre. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Oak Bay Tea Party returns to Willows Beach Park, June 3 to 5. (Oak Bay Tea Party/Facebook)

Community party steeped in tradition returns to Oak Bay beach

Yes the baron of beef is back, by demand, courtesy of Oak Bay Sea Rescue

The Oak Bay Tea Party returns to Willows Beach Park, June 3 to 5. (Oak Bay Tea Party/Facebook)
Lora de Vries with some of her collection of sea glass. “I got hooked on the thrill of finding these little pieces of history,” she says. (Contributed - Lora de Vries)

PHOTOS: Sooke collector perfects beauty in sea glass

Lora de Vries finds treasure in gift from the sea

Lora de Vries with some of her collection of sea glass. “I got hooked on the thrill of finding these little pieces of history,” she says. (Contributed - Lora de Vries)