Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club’s trained instructors demonstrate the basics of buoyancy in a one-hour classroom lesson followed by two hours of on-board sailing practice. Seafarers-to-be absorb techniques for sailing, tacking, and gybing. Students study sailboat anatomy, from the differences between the boom and the mast to the best locations in which to host a visiting gentlemarlin. Next, motorized safety boats carry one instructor each along with a group of new tars to the scenic protective waters of Tsehum Harbour and allow students to put their skills to aquatic use. After lessons, students are welcome to grab a burger at the clubhouse (price not included with this Groupon) or sip some complimentary coffee while attempting to tame windswept bouffants.
During "Richard Scarry's Busytown: Busytown Busy," adorable critters from the best-selling books and highly rated CBC television series make their theatrical debut, enchanting preschoolers and postschoolers alike in an interactive, family-friendly musical adventure. The story's plotline centres on a talent show in the magical world of Busytown, where sweet, irresistible animals work together to discover their own unique abilities, besides being able to talk and walk upright. A barnyard of domesticated characters––including Huckle Cat (the problem solver), Sally Cat (the confident socialite), Lowly Worm (the worm who is lowly), and Sergeant Murphy (the safety dog)––enlists the audiences’ help to resolve minor mysteries and belt out sing-alongs about safety, imagination, and community spirit. With captivating picture-book sets and snuggle-ready costumes, children can immerse themselves in the Richard Scarry experience without the dangers of commercial breaks or paper cuts.
Eschewing the impersonal aura often present in chain movie theatres, Sidney's Star Cinema remains a steadfastly independent, community-driven outpost for viewing films. A new lineup of moving pictures is presented weekly and includes offerings to sate all manner of cinematic tastes, from blockbuster action flicks to independent documentaries to filmed performances of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet. The theatre has shown its commitment to the community by starting a film society, which brings movie buffs together for discussion-filled meetings. While the theatre's projectionists currently operate one digital projector, they have recently embarked on an initiative to raise funds for a second projector to keep the first one from getting too lonely.
Professional comedians lob punch lines from the stage during weekly comedy nights at Hecklers Bar and Grill. Deep-fried Mars bars sizzle in the kitchen between chuckles or jeers. Seven big-screen TVs and a full food menu keep customers coming back even when stage lights are dark. Wings headline Wednesday nights with more than 50 sauces and flavourings, and waiters also transport mainstays such as beef or veggie burgers topped with bacon, fried eggs, and other fixings. Monthly amateur comedy nights invite would-be wise guys to test out new jokes and homemade Groucho Marx cigars.
Ross Bay Pub, a Fairfield public house that takes quality nosh as seriously as it does Canucks games, makes escaping the elements a cozy and tasty affair. Whether the meal wheel lands on dinner, lunch, or Sunday breakfast, the pub’s creatively classic menu has a solid answer for nearly any culinary question. Small plates make big statements with yam fries ($7) and salt-and-pepper pork bites with sea salt, cracked pepper, and preserved-lemon-garlic aioli ($9.25). Your choice of soup, salad, or fries form a loyal entourage for every burger, including the lamb curry burger, a bewitching menagerie of apple marmalade, Okanagan goat cheese, curry mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and pickle on a toasted pretzel bun ($11.75). As for pub fare, a roast-beef stew made with Angus beef, Race Rocks amber ale, root vegetables, and Yorkshire pudding, may well be the only meal anyone needs till the end of time ($11), though the baked shepherd’s pie may beg to differ ($12).