Programs and Events

Art Drop-in
 
The Drop-in-Art sessions are for anyone interested in painting on a weekly basis. It is a chance to meet other people interested in doing art, experiment with ideas and different media and have fun. You are encouraged to bring your own materials and projects with you. Sometimes we work on similar projects such as collages and leaf prints or you may chose to “do your own thing”. Anything and everything goes! The coffee pot is always on and we welcome newcomers. We only require you to purchase a MCA membership of $10 for the year. We meet every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to noon.

Art on the Walls
 
Come by during office hours to view monthly displays of paintings and photographs from local artists or our collection of historical photos of Metchosin. Contact: MCA Office 250-478-5155.

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. Wire is provided for hanging your pictures from the picture rail and there is a $10 fee to cover the cost.

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. 


Garage Sale
 
Annual Mighty Garage Sale is held every May, this community event collects donations from residents and sells them during a two day event to raise money for the operation of the Community House. Contact: Bob Burgis

Guest Speaker Series
 
This is a very popular series at the Community House. MC House casts about the local area to identify experts who are willing to speak on a wide and varied range of topics. If you have any topic requests or know of someone who might consider speaking on a subject please let us know at 478-5155. The lecture is free to the public. There is usually an offering of refreshments and donations are always appreciated. Contact: MC House 250-478-5155
Homework Buddies
 
Homework Buddies is a programme sponsored by the Metchosin Community Association, for children who may benefit from receiving extra help or encouragement in reading or arithmetic. Contact: Nancy Evans at nevansgarden@gmail.com

Knitting Cafe
 
Held the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 7-9 pm and the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1-3 pm. Hand knitting seems to be back in fashion and wool shops these days look like Aladdin's cave with yarns of jewel-like colours, exciting textures and amazing wools which self-pattern. Informal groups of knitters meet in cafes, including in the Greater Victoria area, to knit and chat over their coffees. Knitting really lends itself to sociability as both tongues and needles can move at the same time! Contact: Laura Farquharson250-478-1197 or email laura.farquharson@shaw.ca

MCA's Board of Directors Meeting
 
Held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, this meeting is also open to any members in good standing of the Metchosin Community Association.

Music Concerts

A series of concerts by local and regional musicians and groups are organized throughout the year. Check the calendar of events for upcoming concerts. Contact: MCA Office 250-478-5155

Parent & Tots
 
Parent & Tots Group meets on Fridays from 9:30am to 12 noon. This is an opportunity to get together with others who have young families. Compare notes and form new connections with people while the kids play. These are the bonds that young parents and their little ones carry with them in our close-knit, rural community. 

Pearson College Outreach
 
The Metchosin Community Association actively engages the Pearson College students in service within our community and particularily with our young and elderly residents. On Monday afternoons a van arrives at the MCHouse with college students who hail from an amazing assortment of backgrounds and home countries. They take part in the “Community Service” portion of their curriculum by visiting the homes of Metchosin seniors who have expressed an interest in this contact or by assisting the local elementary school students with after-school activities and/or homework help. Contact: MC House at 250-478-5155


Rug Hookers

"CREATIVE RUG HOOKING - First and third Thursdays, monthly, 10:30am - 1:30pm, led by Sheila Stewart, certified Instructor of Traditional Rug Hooking. Beginners are welcome, but should contact Sheila (250-595-6406, email:  blueheronstudio@telus.net ) to discuss needed supplies.  Experienced rug hookers are invited to bring their own projects. Bring a bag lunch, tea and coffee available. No fees but donation jar available to cover refreshment costs."

Sheila Stewart, Traditional Rug Hooking Artist

Blue Heron Rug Hooking Studio,
375 Sunset Ave.,
Victoria B.C., V8S 4L3
1-250-595-64061-250-595-6406
www.blueheronstudio.ca

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Services Auction
 
Live and online auction of services donated by various companies and individuals. Held in March each year, this fund raiser collects offers of services from local businesses and individuals which are auctioned off online and at a live auction. Contact: MC House at 250-478-5155
Toastmasters
 
The Metchosin Toastmasters welcomes new members and future guests. Meetings are scheduled for every Tuesday from 7-9 pm at the MC House.

VIHA's Adult Day Program
 
The MC House is proud to host the Vancouver Island Adult Day Program on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week throughout the year.Adult day programs are community-based services that aim to enhance the quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities. At the Metchosin Community House, VIHA provides opportunities for our seniors to stay in touch with other people within our community. Clients can join in the morning coffeebreaks, hotlunches, exercise programs, community outings, arts and crafts, discussion groups,and informational programs or talk to health professionals about issues that concern them.The cost is $4 per day or $6 per day if transportation is included. More information can be obtained from the Contact: Adult Day Program Manager at (250) 213-2440