House Happenings

Here's a weekly update on what's happening in and around the Community House.

July 24 - July 30, 2017

posted 24 Jul 2017, 11:24 by Metchosin Community House



For the week of July 24 – July 30, 2017





The return of the Sheep Dog Trials August 5 and August 6.


The Metchosin Sheepdog Trial is definitely back after too long an absence. We have top class entries from all over the west coast of North America – 109 runs scheduled over the two days so far, and it may be more.

Entry is by donation but we are hoping that people will be generous and also buy the informative commemorative program. There will also be concessions and prize raffles and fifty-fifty draws throughout the weekend.

The event is at Swanwick Ranch Farm on William Head Road, which allows for a championship level course of five hundred metres, all in full view from the bleachers. The event runs from 7am to possibly 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, so do come and enjoy the return of this classically Metchosin event.

We do still need lots of volunteers to help put up tents and stuff on Friday, help with parking and concessions on Saturday and Sunday, and help the take down and clean up on Monday. We are hoping to have enough volunteers who have the Metchosin spirit to enable short shifts for everyone.

Please contact Brian at 250-474-3966, Johnny at 250-474-4601 or Heather at the House at 250-478-5155 if you are able to put even one volunteer shift in.


MCA at Metchosin Day – Sunday, September 10. Watch for notices announcing the friendly competitions sponsored by the MCA: Pie Baking Contest / Cake Baking Contest / Photo Contest- which is coordinated by the Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre Association, contact - Art Brendon at Come visit the Metchosin Community House-sponsored Corn Booth for a steaming and delicious cob of Island fresh corn. When you are ready for rest and refreshment in a quiet setting, wander over to the Community House Tea Room. Each year the Metchosin Community Association is integrally involved in Metchosin Day.

We are looking for an hour or two from volunteers who may be willing to assist in coordinating or to helping man some of these activities:

  • Set up and/or take down
  • Cobbler Tearoom
  • Pie & Cake Baking Contest
  • Bake Sale (contest entries)
  • Produce and Veggies
  • Corn Booth
  • Next Gen Kickoff Dance
  • Rest Area canopy

It is always great fun being involved in helping to make this community event the special day we’ve come to enjoy.

Check out the Metchosin Day website at or contact the Metchosin Community House Office 478-5155.  “See you at the Fair”!!





Knitting Café – Knitting Café – from 1pm –3pm.  The afternoon group will continue on the 2nd and fourth Tuesdays monthly until July 25 and then will return on September 12.  Regular dates are the first and third Mondays for the evening sessions and second and fourth Tuesdays monthly for the afternoon knitters. The evening group is finished for the season and will return on September 18, 7-9 pm.  Knitters of all levels are welcome. For More info call Laura Farquharson 250-478-1197.


Toastmasters  - Chosin Chatters Toastmasters – 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The next meeting is on August 8, 6:30pm – 8:30p.


The evening Knitters Group, the Art Group, the Rug Hookers, the Guest Speaker Series, Film Night and Parents and Tots are all on their summer hiatus, but will return again in September.





The Metchosin Community Association has decided to shift its membership drive to the month of July.  This memo is a heads-up for all community-minded folks who the MCA would love to include as new members.  Consider joining. Be active in our community. For more information please call 478-5155.


The Metchosin Community House has a drop box at the House for any food donations of non-perishable items for the food bank. Please bring and drop off your donations to the House Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm.


Art on the Walls – July and August – The Art Group that meets at the House on Tuesdays will display some of their works for the month of June and July. There will be a variety of works such as carvings, photos, paintings and cards. Viewing times are Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm.


The Art On The Walls program offers the House as a wonderful venue for artists to show and display their works. For more information please call the MCH at 250-478-5155. The community house likes to support the local artists by displaying artwork on the walls while the house is being used for community programs. Your art will be seen by very diverse groups of people throughout the month while the house is open. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and many programs are held in the afternoon. Many private and public functions occur on the weekends as well.  This allows for good exposure for your art but please remember that the venue is a community house and not an art gallery. We keep the commission and fees low for this reason. Don’t expect too many sales.

You can hang your show for up to a month and there is no charge for renting the space but the community house takes a 15% commission from any sales. This is payable at the end of the show, during the take down.

The house is well designed for presenting your art work. The lighting is good and there is a picture rail for hanging your art.

Artwork must be properly framed and wired, ready for hanging or it will not be accepted.

There is space for up to 45 small pictures/ 22 medium / or 12 large.

Artist’s Reception. You are welcome to have an Artist’s Reception which can be booked through the office Mon –Thursday 9a.m. to 1p.m. at 250-478-5155.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Metchosin Community House has many fun events throughout the year that always rely on the volunteer support of our members, to which we are very grateful. We always place a callout for volunteers at times of our largest fundraisers, but there are always other ways to become involved throughout the year that gives people the chance to be active and have fun in this wonderful community and creates the opportunity to meet some new friends as well. If you would like to become more involved in your community and lend a hand give us a call, we’d love to hear from you. 478-5155.


A pair of large framed tortoise shell eye glasses are sitting in the office hoping to find their rightful owner.


If you haven’t already take a look at our website by going to  and check out our online calendar of events. You might find it handy for booking your next event at the House. To book the House or for more info please call 250-478-5155

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