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February 2020

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Hot off the Presses (Feb/March/April OBSERVER)!

Find a copy of the new OBSERVER here at Fairfield Community Place, in this issue find out about: our recreation programs, early childhood and school age programs, and enjoy some interesting articles on Climate Change and Energy Efficient Homes, the history and modern fun at the Victoria Lawn Bowling Club and more.
Check the back page for a collage of public art pics, in our neighbourhood. Artists featured above, in order: (In Order: Emily Hull, Community Members (Design by Jenn Playford, Lydia Beauregard, Caroline Stengl).

Recreation: Snow Day Make-up Classes!

For those enrolled in the following classes, there will be make-up classes tagged on to the end of your series, to make up for the cancelled classes due to snow closure:
Ballet, Tai Chi, Zumba Toning, Gentle Yogafit, Qi Gong, Richardson Sport

Want to Learn or Improve Your Español?

Spanish for Travelers
Whether you are planning a trip or just want to learn Spanish for fun. Learn how to get by during your trip by ordering food, asking for directions or mingling with the Locals!
Tuesdays, February 4th – March 10th @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm 6/$105
Spanish for Beginners II Continuing
Already taken some Spanish, this course is for you! Learn more vocabulary, verbs and useful expressions. Practice role-playing situations and learn more about the Spanish and Latino culture.
Wednesdays, February 5th – March 11th @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm 6/$105

Clothing Swap ~ So many clothes!

Saturday, February 22nd @ 10am – 1pm, 1330 Fairfield Rd. Clean out your closet & find some new clothes for 2020. Or come empty handed & fill up a bag! Shop for free every 4th Saturday of the month. Clothing will only be accepted during the event hours, and many of the remaining items will be packed afterwards for donation to charity.

Community Dinner ~ Let’s Eat Together!

Friday, February 21st @ 6:30pm, 1335 Thurlow Rd. Reserve your spot! Suggested donation of $5.00 per person and $10.00 for a family. We will be offering gluten, dairy and meat free options. We hope to see you there! Please email for more info or to volunteer.

My Holocaust Experience ~ An Evening with Julius Maslovat

On Thursday, March 19th, the FGCA will host a special evening with Julius Maslovat.
Born in a Poland ghetto in 1942, and of Jewish origin, Julius was forced to live in two concentration camps, before being liberated in 1945, eventually being adopted in Finland. For 15 years this naturalized Canadian has held many talks about this dark part of history. He’s grateful to be alive to speak about this topic and feels an obligation to tell his story and hopes to make citizens realize how strong the prejudice was.
My Holocaust Experience ~ An evening with Julius Maslovat
Thursday, March 19 @ 7:00 – 9:00pm at Fairfield Community Place
Check Details and RSVP at FACEBOOK event here:

The Fairfield Gonzales Truth and Reconciliation Circle

Article (Snippet) by Yannick Jourdan
In Canada, 1.6 million people identify as Indigenous. These 1.6 million people are divided into First Nations, Metis and Inuit. For centuries relationships between these peoples and settlers have been fraught and Indigenous people’s traditions have been ignored, criminalized and desecrated. This is part of the reason that Fairfield Gonzales neighbours came together to form a Truth and Reconciliation Circle.
Read Full Article in your Copy of The Observer.

Start the new year with a good book ~ Join our Book Club

On the last Monday of each month from 6:30pm, the FGCA hosts a monthly book club gathering. Our books have been chosen books for the next few months: February: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, March: The Uninhabitable Earth: life after warming by David Wallace-Wells, April: Ellen in Pieces by Caroline Adderson. For more information, visit

Preschool Open House

Preschool Open House: Friday, February 7th @ 1:30pm – 2:00pm. Come and say hello! It is a good opportunity to see the preschool space, ask questions about our philosophy and registration and meet our team.
(No registration packages will be accepted during Open House.)

Spring Break School Age + Youth Camps

School Age Camps: March 16th – 20th and March 23rd -27th (Cost: $175)
To join the wait-list please contact Evan at
Youth Camp: March 23rd – 27th (Cost: $170)
Each week has different theme based activities and outside trips. We will explore outdoor activities like WildPlay, as well as create art and play games.
Registration: contact for more details and access
Youth Spring Break Camp Reg Form 2020 here.

Interested in making Victoria more Age-Friendly?

Canada’s senior population is growing and it’s important that our community is inclusive and age-friendly so that seniors can lead healthy and active lives, and stay involved.
In the fall of 2019, Victoria City Council formed a Seniors Task Force comprised of community-minded individuals ages 65 and over.
The purpose of the Task Force is to inform the development of the City’s Seniors Action Plan. Get involved and learn more here.
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Office Hours

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 9am-8pm | Fri 9am-5pm | Sat 9am-3pm Closed Sunday
CLOSED for Family Day – Monday, February 11th

Calendar at The Place, 1330 Fairfield Rd.

Board Meeting: Monday, February 3rd @ 7pm
CALUC Meetings: ThursdayFebruary 13th (Preliminary Meeting):
933 and 935 Convent Place and Thursday, Thursday, February 27th: 1120 Burdett
Book Club: Monday, February 24th @ 6:30 – 8:30pm
Community Dinner: Friday, February 21st @ 6:30 – 8:30pm
Clothing Swap: Saturday, February 22nd @ 10:00am – 1:00pm