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From drop-in computer access to having your kids learn about home alone safety, here are five things to do to kick off the first full week of school.

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, September 13th:

Drop-In Computer Access

Need access to a computer? Today is the day for access to the computer room. COVID-19 policies in place.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Community Centre, 755 Pandora Avenue

Home Alone Safety (9-12 years)

Join Josh for this course that teaches children to be more confident and capable, should they find themselves home alone. Topics include safety in the home, stranger awareness, fire prevention, internet safety and injury prevention. Cost: $25 includes course manual

  • When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Oaklands Neighbourhood House, 2629 Victor Street

Community Arts Program

The Downtown Community Centre’s Art Studio programming for August wraps up today with a fabric stamping workshop. Participants will decorate their own tote bag using homemade natural stamps from potatoes, flowers, and leaves! All supplies provided, no experience necessary. Please note events are limited capacity, all participants must sign up for sessions either in-person at 775 Pandora, email at dcc@coolaid.org, on the phone (250)-383-0076, or via Facebook.

  • When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Community Centre, 755 Pandora Avenue

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 might be 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

The Butchart Gardens

No matter the season, The Butchart Gardens are sure to put on a show. Notice: This event is outdoors. Make sure to check the air quality before heading out.

  • When: Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with viewing until 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Avenue