Spring & Summer Activity Guide

Registration for Spring & Summer is now open! You can view our activity guide online or pop by the centre or Oaklands Neighbourhood House, 2629 Victor Street, for a paper copy.


Check out our online catalogue to register for all of our programs and events online. Registration is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. You can also register in person or over the phone by visiting the Oaklands Community Centre at 1-2827 Belmont Avenue or by calling us at 250-370-9101.


Sometimes really great programs are cancelled if we do not have enough participants register. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Minimum program registration must be met at least three business days prior to the program start date.

 

If you have any questions about our programs, services, or events, let us know in person, by phone, or email reception@oaklandsca.com

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What's Happening

Cartooning with Gareth

 Back by popular demand!  Gareth started cartooning when he discovered comic books in 1978. He was five years old. He grew up to not only own a comic book shop but also to draw comic books for a living. He has also taught cartooning classes for the past 20 years at such venues as The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Royal British Columbia Museum, The Robert Bateman Centre, Poppet Creative, The YMCA, and in his own cartooning school at Legends Comics' Back Room Studio.


Join him for these fun sessions where he'll show his techniques and tricks to creating interesting cartoons, comic strips, and comic books. Creating characters, drawing with ink and ink wash, and telling stories about being a globe-trotting cartoon journeyman. 


Gareth is perhaps most well-known for The Perogy Cat and The Monster Sisters, but wouldn't be surprised if you've never heard of him at all. No experience required. 


Tuesdays from 6-7 pm starting September 17 at Oaklands Neighbourhood House

Click here to register online

Drop-in option available, space permitting.

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American Sign Language

Join Sheila for an introduction to the visual language used by the Deaf community in Canada. Learn the essentials of basic, everyday communication such as exchanging information, identifying and describing people, places, and things within the immediate environment, and asking for clarification. Gain insight into the Deaf community and Deaf culture.

ASL for Kids (ages 8-12)

starting Wednesday, April 8 from 6-7 pm


Beginner 1

starting Thursday, April 23 from 6-7 pm

Beginner 2
starting Monday, April 20 from 6-7 pm


at Oaklands Neighbourhood House, 2629 Victor Street

Click here to register online

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Fitness Classes - New this Fall

Cardio Abs & Glutes

This class will ignite your core and glutes. 30+ minutes of focused exercises will have your entire midsection tapped out in no time. Appropriate warm up and cool down will get you ready for this highly targeted work out with a cardio twist. 

Join Jeff on Tuesdays from 7-8 pm at Oaklands Community Centre

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Parent & Baby Group

This group is for parents and babies up to 9 months. Join our experienced facilitator to discuss topics including nutrition, health, baby growth and development, family health and wellness, and the joys and challenges of parenthood. Childcare provided for older children. Meet other families in your community in this warm, relaxed group. This group is free to join. For more information or to register, please call 250-370-9101 ext. 2  


Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 am, April 21-June 9, at Oaklands Chapel, 2736 Fernwood Road

Click here to register online

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Physical Literacy for ages 1.5-10

Physical Literacy

This program will encourage children to develop the fundamental movement skills including running, jumping, throwing, catching, balancing, and kicking required for playing sports and remaining active for life. Through structured and unstructured play, we will provide a safe, fun, and positive environment to gain new skills. As children learn and explore new movements, instructors will adapt activities help each child reach their full potential. 


Ages 1.5 - 3 + parent

starting Saturday, April 18 from 9-9:45 am

starting Monday, April 20 from 10:15-11 am

Ages 4 - 6

starting Saturday, April 18 from 9:45-10:30 am

starting Monday, April 20 from 11-11:45 am

Ages 7 - 10

starting Saturday, April 18 from 10:30-11:30 am


Outdoor Soccer

Learn and explore the fundamentals of soccer through structured and unstructured play. We provide a safe, fun, and positive environment for children to develop fundamental movement skills and sport-specific techniques. Activities will be adapted to help each child reach their full potential. 


Ages 1.5-3 + parent

starting Thursday, April 9 from 4:30-5:15 pm

Ages 4-6

starting Thursday, April 9 from 5:15-6 pm

Ages 7-10

starting Thursday, April 9 from 6-7 pm


Click here to register online

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Wild about Nature

This twice weekly outdoor program explores the parks and green spaces in Oaklands and the Greater Victoria area. Join us in the great outdoors to learn about the natural world through active, hands-on activities like hiking, playing nature games, crafts, fort-building, and more! Spending time outside helps kids build confidence and creativity, teaches responsibility, and benefits physical and mental health. Snack included. 


Please ensure your child is prepared for spending time outdoors by sending them with a rain coat, boots, and umbrella. We will move indoors in the event of inclement weather. Program is cancelled for statutory holidays and school closures including early dismissal days. 


Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 3-5 pm, November 19-March 11, pro-rated registration available.


Weekly Schedule

January 28- Mystic Vale (5:30pm pick up)

January 29- Treasure Hunt

February 4- Playing in Puddles

February 5- Imaginary Habitats

February 11- Sounds of Nature

February 12- We Love the Earth Valentine's 

February 18- Summit Park (5:30pm pick up)

February 19- Herbivores, Omnivores, Carnivores

February 25- Bowker Creek

February 26- Weird Science

March 3- Nature Show and Tell

March 4- Making Rainsticks

March 10- Kids choice!

March 11- Butterfly Gardens (5:30pm pick up)


Click here to register online, drop-in option available.

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Tax Clinics - Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

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We're offering free tax clinics for eligible individuals on Monday and Wednesday evenings in March and April. You can have your tax return done for free if you have a modest income and simple tax situation. Criteria includes:

 

Modest income

In general, a modest income means your total family income is less than the amount shown in the chart below, based on the size of your family. Check with your local community organization, as they may set different amounts.

Suggested income level

Family size                      Total family income is under

1 person                            $35,000

2 persons                         $45,000

3 persons                         $47,500

4 persons                         $50,000

5 persons                         $52,500

More than 5 persons       $52,500 plus $2,500 for each additional person


Simple tax situation

In general, your tax situation is simple if you have no income or if your income comes from any of these sources:

  • employment
  • pension
  • benefits such as the Canada Pension Plan, disability insurance, employment insurance, and social assistance
  • registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs)
  • support payments
  • scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants
  • interest (under $1,000)

Your tax situation is not simple if you:

  • are self-employed or have employment expenses
  • have business or rental income and expenses
  • have capital gains or losses
  • filed for bankruptcy in the tax year (or the year before, if that return has not yet been filed)
  • are completing a tax return for a deceased person


To book an appointment, please call 250-370-9101