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Early morning sea fog rolls in over boats moored in Oak Bay at low tide. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

PHOTOS: Foggy Oak Bay shoreline a sign of cooling weather on its way

Temperatures dip Wednesday to hit average norms in the 20s

 

Efforts to host refugees from Ukraine in local communities got a cash boost from members of the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay lawn bowlers pitch in $2,300 for Ukrainian refugees

Last-minute call for donations leads to housing help

 

Marion Cumming shows off her Carey Newman-designed orange shirt under sunny skies in her Oak Bay garden on July 29. (Photo by Arifin Graham)

Oak Bay artist, activist remembered in part for her final gift of reconciliation

Marion Cumming died peacefully at home Aug. 1, surrounded by friends, loved ones

 

A community effort brought replacement Christmas cut-outs of Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy, as well as Lucy, back to Entrance Park last December. A resident recently noticed the original Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy cutouts had been returned to the park, notifying municipal staff of the “early Christmas miracle.” (Courtesy of Whitney Davis)

‘Early Christmas miracle’: Missing Peanuts characters returned to Oak Bay home

Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy safe and sound after eight months gone

A community effort brought replacement Christmas cut-outs of Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy, as well as Lucy, back to Entrance Park last December. A resident recently noticed the original Charlie Brown, Sally and Snoopy cutouts had been returned to the park, notifying municipal staff of the “early Christmas miracle.” (Courtesy of Whitney Davis)
Visitors admire artists’ work at last year’s Bowker Creek Brush Up. This summer’s 17th annual outdoor show and sale happens Aug. 14 and feature artists of varying ages. (Black Press Media file photo)

Bowker Creek welcomes young talent for 17th Brush Up in Oak Bay

Oak Bay show and sale Aug. 14 features all-ages artists, youth musicians

Visitors admire artists’ work at last year’s Bowker Creek Brush Up. This summer’s 17th annual outdoor show and sale happens Aug. 14 and feature artists of varying ages. (Black Press Media file photo)
Phen Ruyan, left, and husband Joel Bryan sit together inside Nohra Thai Kitchen in Oak Bay’s Estevan Village. Ruyan met Bryan, who grew up in Cadboro Bay, while both were working on Phuket in Thailand and moved back to Victoria with him in the late ’90s. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

1,001 pad Thai: Passionate chef brings southern Thai cuisine to Greater Victoria

Phen Ruyan, who grew up with conflicting culinary influences, nurtures her own style

Phen Ruyan, left, and husband Joel Bryan sit together inside Nohra Thai Kitchen in Oak Bay’s Estevan Village. Ruyan met Bryan, who grew up in Cadboro Bay, while both were working on Phuket in Thailand and moved back to Victoria with him in the late ’90s. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Musician Jesse Thomas Brown performs on Oak Bay’s sixth painted piano, in Estevan Village on a recent Friday afternoon. Community members of all ages decorated the instrument by collaging mandalas they painted. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

VIDEO: Musician brings sixth Oak Bay piano to life in Estevan Village

Musician unites community with pop hits in instrument’s inaugural public act

Musician Jesse Thomas Brown performs on Oak Bay’s sixth painted piano, in Estevan Village on a recent Friday afternoon. Community members of all ages decorated the instrument by collaging mandalas they painted. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Oak Bay Avenue resident Tony Shelton, left, encounters a pinch point for people with accessibility needs along the sidewalk near Carlton House. (Courtesy of Tom Newton)

Community walks set pace for more accessible Oak Bay Avenue

Walkability advocates champion better sidewalk network, pedestrian experience

Oak Bay Avenue resident Tony Shelton, left, encounters a pinch point for people with accessibility needs along the sidewalk near Carlton House. (Courtesy of Tom Newton)
Barbara Holst, right, calls the herb garden fronting Jude Somers’ Oak Bay home a magical place. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

These herbs are grown for snipping, and Oak Bay guests sure do

Garden invites tasting, smelling and even conversation

Barbara Holst, right, calls the herb garden fronting Jude Somers’ Oak Bay home a magical place. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
David Mackenzie-Kong is working to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation and awareness of the importance of blood donation in the wake of his mother-in-law’s sudden death from a blood cancer. (Courtesy of David Mackenzie-Kong)

Oak Bay runner raising funds, awareness in memory of mother-in-law

September’s Finlayson Arm endurance race has dual meaning for David Mackenzie-Kong

David Mackenzie-Kong is working to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation and awareness of the importance of blood donation in the wake of his mother-in-law’s sudden death from a blood cancer. (Courtesy of David Mackenzie-Kong)
The 104 service calls Oak Bay Police Department received last week included mischievous graffiti artists, anti-SUV vandals and a cyclist-winging door opener who forgot to shoulder check. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mischievous graffiti artists, anti-SUVers, speeder among police calls in Oak Bay

Watch your wheels: Tyre-rants let loose on SUVs around municipality

The 104 service calls Oak Bay Police Department received last week included mischievous graffiti artists, anti-SUV vandals and a cyclist-winging door opener who forgot to shoulder check. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ontario-born singer-songwriter Sarah Smith performs this Thursday (Aug. 4) at Willows Park following her recent move from London, Ont., to Pender Island. (Photo by Conny Keifer)

Ontarian singer brings West Coast soul to Willows Park in Oak Bay

London-born Sarah Smith falls for B.C.’s peaceful folk scene

Ontario-born singer-songwriter Sarah Smith performs this Thursday (Aug. 4) at Willows Park following her recent move from London, Ont., to Pender Island. (Photo by Conny Keifer)
An Oak Bay Police Department car parked outside the office on Monterey Avenue. (Black Press Media file photo)

Activist group deflates SUV tires in Victoria, Oak Bay

The group, called Tyre Extinguishers, wants to eliminate SUVs in cities

An Oak Bay Police Department car parked outside the office on Monterey Avenue. (Black Press Media file photo)
Classic British vehicles line the field for Jaguars on the Island at Windsor Park on Saturday (July 23). (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Jaguars and other collector cars bring the heat to Oak Bay

Decades worth of awe-inspiring automobiles hit the lawn and street

Classic British vehicles line the field for Jaguars on the Island at Windsor Park on Saturday (July 23). (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
An Oak Bay Police Department officer ticketed a young driver twice in one night last week for driving without a license. (Black Press Media file photo)

Young Oak Bay driver ticketed twice in one night for driving without license

Oak Bay Police Department received 75 calls between July 17 and 24

An Oak Bay Police Department officer ticketed a young driver twice in one night last week for driving without a license. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ian Smale’s light blue 1960 Chrysler Saratoga, pictured here by the water, was built in the company’s since-closed plant in Los Angeles, Calif. He bought it in an online auction and brought it home to Victoria from the U.S. in 2008. (Courtesy of Ian Smale)

Oak Bay car festival elicits decades of automobile anecdotes

Entries in July 24 show range from Chryslers and Dodges to Lambos and McLarens

Ian Smale’s light blue 1960 Chrysler Saratoga, pictured here by the water, was built in the company’s since-closed plant in Los Angeles, Calif. He bought it in an online auction and brought it home to Victoria from the U.S. in 2008. (Courtesy of Ian Smale)
What is likely a red-eared slider turtle, was spotted swimming in Bowker Creek multiple times by local residents in 2021. (File - Courtesy of Dawn Williamson)

Coolkit program inspires Oak Bay ‘hood to host ice cream social

Bee and Bowker neighbourhood invites residents interested in action on climate change

What is likely a red-eared slider turtle, was spotted swimming in Bowker Creek multiple times by local residents in 2021. (File - Courtesy of Dawn Williamson)
John Hillman, 103, with the judge presiding over the July 21 virtual citizenship ceremony where the British veteran became Canadian. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Meet Canada’s oldest newest Canadian, John Hillman of Oak Bay

103-year-old performs official oath in English and French to earn citizenship July 21

John Hillman, 103, with the judge presiding over the July 21 virtual citizenship ceremony where the British veteran became Canadian. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Kenny Podmore, left, inspired by John Hillman’s philanthropy, pushed to get the Oak Bay centenarian his Canadian citizenship. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay’s philanthropic centenarian scores Canadian citizenship

John Hillman, 103, has raised well beyond $300,000 for Save the Children over three years

Kenny Podmore, left, inspired by John Hillman’s philanthropy, pushed to get the Oak Bay centenarian his Canadian citizenship. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Freeze Frame, from left, Steve Moyer, Paul McLellan, Lisa McLellan and Steve Hansen perform at a Saanich Music in the Park event in 2019. The band performs this Thursday (July 21) at Willows Park. (Courtesy of Lisa McLellan)

Greater Victoria band checkers Willows stage with timeless hits July 21

Freeze Frame, on stage July 21, fuses friendship with a love for ’80s music

Freeze Frame, from left, Steve Moyer, Paul McLellan, Lisa McLellan and Steve Hansen perform at a Saanich Music in the Park event in 2019. The band performs this Thursday (July 21) at Willows Park. (Courtesy of Lisa McLellan)