Peninsula News Staff

The Saanich Fairgrounds hosts a pair of free movies this weekend, Kung-Fu Panda on Friday (Aug. 19) and School of Rock on Saturday. (saanichfair.ca)

Free family movies coming to Saanich Fairgrounds in Central Saanich

Saanichton association presents Kung Fu Panda, School of Rock on Aug. 19 and 20

The Saanich Fairgrounds hosts a pair of free movies this weekend, Kung-Fu Panda on Friday (Aug. 19) and School of Rock on Saturday. (saanichfair.ca)
Travellers face hours-long backups for BC Ferries sailings between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Reservation system crashes as drivers face hours-long waits at BC Ferries

Island-bound traffic started backing up at 8 a.m.

Travellers face hours-long backups for BC Ferries sailings between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Pets of all stripes are welcome for the pet blessing in Central Saanich Aug. 21, as long as they’re in carriers or on leashes. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Pet blessing returns for Saanich Peninsula parishes

Church welcomes pets for Aug. 21 blessing of the animals

Pets of all stripes are welcome for the pet blessing in Central Saanich Aug. 21, as long as they’re in carriers or on leashes. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
A Victoria exterior cleaning company was fined $11,000 in June after bleach it was using last year to remove moss from roofs ended up in Sidney’s Reay Creek, killing more than 300 fish and other animals. (Courtesy of Ian Bruce/Peninsula Streams Society)

Victoria company fined $11,000 one year after bleach spill kills fish in Sidney

Dead fish initially found in Reay Creek by child in 2021; province issued penalty

A Victoria exterior cleaning company was fined $11,000 in June after bleach it was using last year to remove moss from roofs ended up in Sidney’s Reay Creek, killing more than 300 fish and other animals. (Courtesy of Ian Bruce/Peninsula Streams Society)
Investigators, here seen Saturday, are continuing their investigation of a “very violent struggle" in Brentwood Bay. (Keri Coles/Victoria News)

Nanaimo man pleads guilty to 2019 Brentwood Bay murder

Alan Charles Chapman entered the plea in a Victoria courtroom on Tuesday

Investigators, here seen Saturday, are continuing their investigation of a “very violent struggle" in Brentwood Bay. (Keri Coles/Victoria News)
Triple Threat Performers brings the iconic musical Grease to Brentwood’s Pioneer Park over two weekends in August. (Courtesy Triple Threat Performers)

Upcoming Events: Lots to do and see on the Saanich Peninsula in August

Musical theatre, art exhibit, car show and more on tap this month

Triple Threat Performers brings the iconic musical Grease to Brentwood’s Pioneer Park over two weekends in August. (Courtesy Triple Threat Performers)
Former chamber of commerce boss Denny Warner is the new executive director for the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo submitted)

Familiar face arrives at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre

Former chamber head Denny Warner installed as new executive director at the centre

Former chamber of commerce boss Denny Warner is the new executive director for the Mary Winspear Centre. (Photo submitted)
The Little Black Dress, a travelling exhibition from the Costume Museum of Canada, is on display at the Sidney Museum until October. (Courtesy Sidney Museum)

The Little Black Dress: Evolution of iconic fashion garment explored in Sidney exhibit

Little Black Dress display on loan from Costume Museum of Canada through Oct. 3

The Little Black Dress, a travelling exhibition from the Costume Museum of Canada, is on display at the Sidney Museum until October. (Courtesy Sidney Museum)
A horse that had slipped into a ditch sometime overnight Thursday was on the road again Friday morning, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and Central Saanich firefighters. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)

Horse rescue all in a day’s work for Central Saanich firefighters

Animal had slipped into a ditch, but was pulled out safe and sound

A horse that had slipped into a ditch sometime overnight Thursday was on the road again Friday morning, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and Central Saanich firefighters. (Central Saanich Fire/Twitter)
The Central Saanich Fire Department and the surrounding community are mourning the loss of former Assistant Chief Forrest Owens. (Central Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association/Facebook)

‘A true legend’: Forrest Owens’ contributions remembered in Central Saanich

Memorial service for former assistant fire chief Aug. 14 at Saanich Fairgrounds

The Central Saanich Fire Department and the surrounding community are mourning the loss of former Assistant Chief Forrest Owens. (Central Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association/Facebook)
The 2022 edition of the Torque Masters Sidney Summer Car Show brings classic restored vehicles and newer models to Beacon Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Torque Masters car club)

Car show set to sizzle on the streets of downtown Sidney

Torque Masters summer car show takes over Beacon Avenue on Aug. 7

The 2022 edition of the Torque Masters Sidney Summer Car Show brings classic restored vehicles and newer models to Beacon Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Torque Masters car club)
The 2022 edition of the Torque Masters Sidney Summer Car Show brings classic restored vehicles and newer models to Beacon Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Torque Masters car club)

Car show set to sizzle on the streets of downtown Sidney

Torque Masters summer car show takes over Beacon Avenue on Aug. 7

The 2022 edition of the Torque Masters Sidney Summer Car Show brings classic restored vehicles and newer models to Beacon Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Torque Masters car club)
Strolling the shoreline at Sidney Spit in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, east of Sidney. Parks Canada has launched new interpretive programming at various locations within the reserve over the summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck photo

Parks Canada launches new programs at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Parks Canada has launched new interpretive programs at Gulf Islands National Park…

Strolling the shoreline at Sidney Spit in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, east of Sidney. Parks Canada has launched new interpretive programming at various locations within the reserve over the summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck photo
Central Saanich Fire Department’s Capt. Brennan Gummer and firefighter Ryan Vantreight were deployed on Monday, Aug. 1, with the department’s new tender truck to assist BC Wildfire Service efforts in the Okanagan. (Central Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association/Facebook)

Greater Victoria firefighters deployed to Okanagan to aid in B.C. wildfire battle

Region’s departments aim to provide resources on the ground to help wildfire crews

Central Saanich Fire Department’s Capt. Brennan Gummer and firefighter Ryan Vantreight were deployed on Monday, Aug. 1, with the department’s new tender truck to assist BC Wildfire Service efforts in the Okanagan. (Central Saanich Volunteer Firefighters Association/Facebook)
John Reischman and the Jaybirds hit the stage at Butchart Gardens on Aug. 5. (John Resichman and the Jaybirds/Bandcamp)

Saanich Peninsula shows making summer music memories

Variety of musical performances scheduled, some free, others ticketed

John Reischman and the Jaybirds hit the stage at Butchart Gardens on Aug. 5. (John Resichman and the Jaybirds/Bandcamp)
North Saanich Fire Rescue is recruiting new volunteer firefighters. Orientation for successful candidates begins this fall. (North Saanich Fire Department/Facebook)

North Saanich looks to round up new volunteer firefighter recruits

Department looks after training for all new recruits

North Saanich Fire Rescue is recruiting new volunteer firefighters. Orientation for successful candidates begins this fall. (North Saanich Fire Department/Facebook)
Sienna Lalari of Gobind Farms passes a box of berries to a customer Saturday at the Peninsula Country Market. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria kicks off the long weekend with fun in the sun

The region’s parks, beaches, and markets were busy Saturday

Sienna Lalari of Gobind Farms passes a box of berries to a customer Saturday at the Peninsula Country Market. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales is coming to the Sidney/North Saanich library Aug. 4 for a free outdoor concert. (Courtesy Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales/Facebook)
Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales is coming to the Sidney/North Saanich library Aug. 4 for a free outdoor concert. (Courtesy Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales/Facebook)
Triple Threat Performing Arts Society will be putting on several performances of Grease in August in Sidney. (Courtesy Triple Threat Performing Arts Society/Facebook)
Triple Threat Performing Arts Society will be putting on several performances of Grease in August in Sidney. (Courtesy Triple Threat Performing Arts Society/Facebook)
People walk along the shoreline at Sidney Spit in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve east of Sidney, B.C., on Aug. 5, 2017. Parks Canada has launched new interpretive programming at various locations within the reserve over the summer. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Parks Canada launches new programs at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

The programs will run at multiple sites throughout the summer

People walk along the shoreline at Sidney Spit in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve east of Sidney, B.C., on Aug. 5, 2017. Parks Canada has launched new interpretive programming at various locations within the reserve over the summer. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)