Is it Fall yet?  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining at all.  We've been having a 2 month dry spell that it's made for an extended...
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Is it Fall yet?  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining at all.  We've been having a 2 month dry spell that it's made for an extended summer.  Take a look outside and you'll see people sipping hot drinks at cafe patios enjoying the last little bits of sunshine.  And how about the increased pedestrian traffic?  Is it just me or is it really something to do with the weather?  Anyway, enough about my weather ramblings.  This Newsletter sums up some summer events since our last issue and gives a slice of some exciting things to come for Fall (whoops, there I go with the weather again!).

Bryan Alonzo |

On August our Roving Refinery social was held at The Clay Pigeon.  This dynamic new team of restaurateurs Jeffrey Weatherhead, Morgan Hradecky and Jennifer Hobbins with the help of executive chef Genevieve Laplante cooked up a variety of delightful dishes and shared their story on how they came to open this exciting new restaurant.  In terms of food vision they want to keep things local.  They source all meats from Two Rivers Specialty Meats in North Vancouver and eggs from Farmer Ben's in Duncan.  
DRA President, Wendy Bowkett said "Still can't decide which dish was my favourite, though I'm leaning towards the figs with blue cheese and bacon jam!". More photos are posted on our website
Stay tuned for another Roving Refinery happening in November.  

New Developments Proposed Around Pandora Ave.

It looks like there's a few condo developments planned around the east side of Pandora Ave. With these development proposals the city is keeping to its OCP of increasing urban living around the area.   Click to read more >>>.
New Lanscape Plan for JSB

The City of Victoria made some changes to Public Realm elements of the JSB after public feedback over the summer.   These changes included additional sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, plaza amenities, traffic calming measures and naturalized landscaping including exposed bedrock.  Click to read more >>>.
Climate Action To-Go Kit

The CRD is partnering up with BC Hydro to make Climate Action To-Go kits available for the public.  The kits have a plethora of resources on how to reduce energy consumption around the house.  The Climate Action To-Go kits are available at all Public Libraries.  Bring your library card!
PEERS presents: The 4th Annual "Hot Pink" Show

The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue are putting on an outrageously fun fundraiser for PEERS.  Come to an evening of dazzling entertainment, dance to funky soul beats, bid at the silent auction, savour delicious appetizers, experience a glitter makeover, ham it up in the photo booth, and MORE!!!
Get ready to ShakeOut Victoria!

On Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 10:18 a.m., join thousands of British Columbians as they Drop, Cover, and Hold On! for two minutes in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut province-wide earthquake drill.  ShakeOut BC is the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history and is timely given the recent small earthquake that was felt across Greater Victoria.
Downtown Emergency Contact List!

We've put together a handful of phone numbers we thought would be useful for when you just need to make a call and don't want to look through that big telephone book.  Click to read more >>>

Volunteer Opportunities Available

We have openings for all kinds of volunteers, so check out our website for positions available. Right now we need volunteers to help form our committees: a) healthy living committee b) social events committee c) urban ecology/agriculture committee d) community development committee.

Upcoming Board Meeting | Nov 14th @ Silver Threads Senior Centre 7PM

Come say 'Hi' at our next scheduled Board Meeting on November 14th at 7PM at Silver Threads Seniors Centre.  If you'd like to see the agenda in advance they are available on request by emailing

Annual General Meeting save the date! 
We know it sounds early but...our AGM is set for Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11 AM in the Downtown Community Centre.  Come out to vote for your next DRA board members, have snacks & refreshments and meet other residents.


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