Kayaking the Gorge. (Ernie Dickey)

Well, it might be hard to top last night’s excitement around the lightning storm, but without further ado, here are 5 things to do in and around Victoria today to keep the momentum going into a new week.

As you head out to activities and events, please follow the restrictions and guidelines that these businesses require to keep their employees and patrons safe during the pandemic.

As always, wash your hands, wear masks, practice physical distancing, and stay home if you feel sick or show symptoms!

Without further ado, here are five things to do today, Monday, August 17th:

Free Ballroom Dance Lessons in the Park

Happening every Monday in August: Ballroom and line dancing in Royal Athletic Park! The Victoria Ballroom Dance Society will present a beginners’ lesson in line dancing and ballroom dancing, followed by a free dance! Accompaniment will be provided by a DJ (August 10, 17) and a live band (August 24, 31).

For participants of dance programming, please do not swap partners. If participating in partnered dances, you must bring your designated partner who is already in your ‘bubble’. Please wear a mask if possible.

To register, please email coordinator@npna.ca to reserve your spot.

  • When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave

Sidney Blood Donation Event

Head to the Mary Winspear Centre for your blood donation appointment. Their front line team is set to greet you – with masks and proper physical distancing measures in place of course!

To book your appointment:

    • on our website – https://bit.ly/2C2KnVJ
    • on the GiveBlood App
    • by calling 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283)

If you are in good overall health and meet our eligibility criteria, please book and keep your appointment to give blood.

  • When: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue

Monday Trivia – Moon Under Water

Weekly Pub Quiz with Sixty Watt Trivia. Build your teams of 8 or less and test your knowledge of… well… EVERYTHING! This is 4 rounds of Pub quiz for every skill level, from the “blinding halogens” to the ” dimming 60-watt bulbs.”

It’s FREE to play, no charge per person or per team and damn rights we have wicked prizes!

  • When: 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Moon Under Water Brewpub and Distillery, 350 Bay St

Monday Night Life Drawing Online: 2 hours

Online life drawing is open to members and non members alike. The same as our in-person sessions, all skill levels are welcome. In fact, beginners may be even more comfortable working in their own space to begin with. If you have any concerns about group gatherings or our in-person sessions are full, this is a great option.

Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non Members

  • When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Xchanges Gallery and Studios, 2333 Government St Suite 6E

Christie’s Pub Monday Night Trivia

For rounds of complete random obscure knowledge including movies, music, sports, science, geography and possible things found in a hardware store …who knows!

  • When: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Christies Carriage House Pub, 1739 Fort Street