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August 2022


Mindful Art Workshop

Join local artist and Therapeutic Arts Practitioner, Natalia Jaxion, for an evening of relaxation and mindful art. All event proceeds will support our back-to-school fundraiser providing school supplies and retail gift cards to ensure families are ready for the new school year. Art supplies and a snack will be provided.

Monday, August 8th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Suggested donation $25, sliding scale
Age 19+

To register call (250) 382-4606 or email

Back-to-School Hamper Fundraising Campaign

With your help we raised over $4500 to support nine families in our community with grocery and retail gift cards last holiday season. We are so grateful to each and every one of you who donated, helped spread the word, and attended our fundraising wreath workshop!

This summer we are raising money for back-to-school hampers. Please consider donating to our Back-to-School Hamper Fundraiser to support families in-need with school aged children in the Fairfield and Gonzales neighbourhoods.

Funds raised will be used to purchase school items and retail gift cards to ensure families have an opportunity to get ready for the new school year.
Donations of $20 and over are eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt.
If you would like to make a donation, visit:
Donation will be accepted until Sunday, August 7th.

Hatha Yoga

This 60 – minute hatha yoga class focuses on body awareness, safe alignment, and a strong mind-body connection. Designed to cultivate balance, strength, mobility, and joint stability in your body. All levels welcome! Please bring your own mat.

Thursday, Sep 29 – Dec 1

Creative Dance for Children with Kristen Lewis of Gull Cry Dance

This class introduces children to fundamental principles of movement in a fun but carefully structured teaching environment, with experienced dance educator Kristen Lewis. Kristen’s classes are unique in that children learn concepts and patterns, rather than just dance steps. In addition to providing a strong base of physical literacy and coordination, this proven method builds core aptitudes that translate beyond the dance classroom: critical thinking, self-confidence, articulate self-expression, and creative problem-solving skills.

Saturdays, Sep 17 – Dec 3 (no class Oct 8 and Nov 12)

Parent and Tot (Ages 2yrs)

Pre-school (Ages 3-4)

Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)

Grades 1-3 (Ages 6-8)

Art at The Place

The foyer, in the main building at Fairfield Community Place, serves as gallery space with the intention of displaying artwork from local artists. Since its inception in 2014, colorful paintings, pictures and installations have decorated the FGCA’s walls.

– Featured Artist – Deanna Skinner

Deanna developed a passion for nature as a child in her home town of Powell River, B.C. After high school, she moved to Victoria B.C, where she trained at the Victoria College of Art. During this time, she developed a love of surrealism and also expanded to painting in oils and acrylics. The dream-like images of surrealism influence her detailed style. Her paintings reflect her concern for the environment and she hopes to remind us of its importance, fragility, and beauty. This current series features vibrant, macro images of flora and fauna mostly found here on the West Coast.

To view Deanna’s amazing artwork, drop by 1330 Fairfield Road from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for the months of August and September.


Summer Garden Work Party

Fairfield Food Forest is a permaculture garden growing a wide variety of small trees, berry shrubs, herbs and more. A passionate group of dedicated residents brought Fairfield Food Forest, our first community garden, into being in 2013.
Some things that need to be done in this garden include: tree pruning, weeding, compost mulching, under-story planting, irrigation revamping, preparation for installation of a second fence to encircle the rest of the garden.

Come out and join Andrea for our next Summer Garden Work Party! All supplies will be provided. Just dress comfortably and stop working when you body says it’s done for the day. For more information visit:

Saturday, August 6th
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Food Forest – Porter Park, on Thurlow Rd between Kipling & Durban Street

FGCA Employment Opportunities

We aim to be an employer of choice, offering a wide variety of flexible employment opportunities. We are also proud to be a Certified ‘Living Wage Employer’, ensuring staff receive fair wages.
Many of our positions are seasonal and part-time, well suited for candidates furthering their education and professional credentials.

Current Postings:
Youth Outreach Leader
Out of School Care Team Leader
Early Years ECE Substitute

For more information on these positions, visit:

Get Growing Victoria!

Get Growing, Victoria! is a free vegetable and herb seedlings and garden material distribution program created by the City of Victoria. In partnership with over 50 community and non-profit organizations, 80,000 vegetable and herb seedlings, along with gardening materials, and education will be distributed for FREE to support communities in need during the 2022 growing season.
To receive your free food start seedlings, leaf mulch, compost and/or woodchips, visit

Summer Distribution Date is August 12th
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Robert Porter Park

Calendar at The Place, 1330 Fairfield Rd

Clothing Swap – Will return on October 8th
Board Meeting – No meeting in August
Community Dinner – Will return in October
CALUC Meeting – Monday, August 22nd 7-9pm. Online and in person
Book Club – Monday, August 29th, 7-9pm. Online via Zoom

FGCA Reception desk is open: Monday to Friday 9:00am- 5:00pm
Closed on Saturdays & Sundays.
We will be closed on August 1st for British Columbia Day