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Feb 6 - 12, 2023

Greater Victoria Edition

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Blue cows: Black, brown, and white cows may not attract much amount of attention, but what about a blue cow? Latvia is home to such a beast. These cows can be light or dark ultramarine in colour from a pigment that affects their fur. At birth, their coats are closer to beige, then later become blue. This cattle breed produces less milk than average, and was near extinction a few decades ago. However, a play called The Blue One, by Latvian Gunars Priede, drew attention to the plight of the blue cow in the 1970s. After organized attempts to save the breed, today these resilient animals can be found in the fields of Latvia.
Standing guard: Three cats in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada), decided to take control of an unopened blender box, with the blender still inside. Max, George, and Lando took turns sitting upon and guarding the box, while owners Jessica and Nikii began posting their pets’ antics on social media, garnering many amused responses. Obviously, the owners only needed to shoo the cats away, unpack the blender, and start making smoothies. But the standoff provided so much laughter that they let the cats have their way for a while. They even contacted the mixer’s manufacturer with the amusing story. The company sent three empty boxes so the owners could have their blender and the cats could keep playing with the containers.
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Pineapple or not? Does pineapple belong on pizza? That is what Angelo Mercuri, chef, co-owner, and co-founder of Bàcaro Pizzeria in Montreal, Québec (Canada), wanted to find out. Including the tropical fruit on pizza is a contentious issue for many, so Mercuri devised a survey that drew 5,000 responses. Of all the respondents to the heavily publicized survey, 53 percent voted against pineapple on the Italian favourite, so for now, he took it off the menu of the chain of pizza restaurants. Bàcaro’s “Hawaii Five-0” pizza also had included bacon, ricotta, jalapeno peppers, and tomato sauce. Now the fruit has been banned from the chain for the foreseeable future.
Open trunk: Some petty thieves work by breaking into cars, rifling around in the console and the glove compartment, and stealing change or other valuables that the hapless owner may have left inside. If the car is locked, a thief might smash a window to get inside. This is happening more than usual in San Francisco, California (U.S.), so some vehicle owners have taken the situation into their own hands: they leave their cars unlocked with the trunks open, and they ensure there’s nothing worth stealing in the car. A line of driverless cars parked on the street with trunks open looks odd, and police advise against the practice.
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“My father always used to say, ‘Don’t raise your voice. 
Improve your argument.’”  - Archbishop Desmond Tutu 

“Don’t give up on your daydream! That little voice inside is 
telling you how to live your life with intent and purpose.” - Dawn Gluskin
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Central Saanich Lawn Bowls Club: Meet new people, play cards, bowl indoor at Centennial Park, 1800 Hovey Rd., Saanichton.  Become a Social Member (Jan-Apr 30) $35 fee plus drop-in fees.  Questions? Email: csaanichlawnbowls@hotmail.com

Chinese New Year’s Celebration: Feb 1, 12pm - Feb 15, 3pm. Victoria’s Chinatown, 500 Fisgard St.. A whirlwind of colors, aromas and tastes, Chinatown is your gateway into the history of the Chinese-Canadians and a showcase of their culture.

Sooke Job & Volunteer Fair: Sat., Feb. 11, 10am-2pm at Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Road. Network with local employers. Paid & volunteer opportunities. Register ahead on Eventbrite for a chance to win a tablet! bit.ly/sook-job-fair

Say “I LOVE YOU” With a Song! For $60 a Barbershop Quartet from South Island Harmony will serenade your loved one with 2 songs, & a carnation & card from you. We will deliver on February 14 to a location of your choosing, anywhere from Sooke to Sidney! Book online at www.southislandharmony.com or call 250.595.2996.

Valentine Dance: Held at the White Eagle Hall, 90 Dock Street, in James Bay on February 18 starting at 6pm.  Tickets only $10.  Fantastic dance music by DJ Pawel.  Coffee, tea & pastries included in the price.  You also will be able to purchase warm meal for $10.

Blah Blah Blah! Comedy: Beat the winter blahs on Sat., Feb. 25, 8pm with comedienne Kirsten Van Ritzen as she presents funny folks from her Level 1 Comedy class. $15+ at Eventbrite.ca 19+. www.broadtheatrics.com  Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Rec 1975 Bee St. 

The Circle: A friendly support group for women with breast cancer seeking & sharing affordable, natural, holistic alternative therapies & practical & emotional support. Weekly gatherings, afternoons or evenings. No fees. Contact Toni at 250 415-2752, email tonigraeme@hotmail.com

Victoria Stroke Recovery need volunteers to help at Friday meetings at Knox Presbyterian Church, 2964 Richmond Rd. General help & a secretary required. Info: Zoe 250-857-4340.

Al-Anon/Alateen:  We offer support for friends/family of alcoholics. Weekly meetings on Zoom or near you. Call or email for a schedule:  250-383-2040 or alanonvictoria@gmail.com

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) meet at 3460 Shelbourne St., Thurs., 9:15am & again at 6:15pm. Call 250-361-7673 for more info.

Peninsula Newcomers Club welcoming women to the Peninsula since 1987. Membership inquiries: peninsulanewcomers@gmail.com or visit www.peninsulanewcomers.com

Gamblers Anonymous Meetings held Friday’s at 7pm at Emery Hall, 537 Glencairn Lane Colwood.

Find Your Voice & Learn to Speak with Confidence: Whether you have a presentation to make or just find overall communication a challenge, Toastmasters is the answer! Contact: info@d21toastmasters.org
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1. The largest island of the Philippines is __________.
2. This Egyptian frog goddess represents fertility.
3. What refrigerant destroys the ozone layer?
4. The French horn is a woodwind instrument—T/F?
5. The word “cappuccino” originally referred to what brown item?
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Have you reached a place in life where service to others is a consideration for you now? In this process, try to find an opportunity to align your service with your values. Lucky numbers: 3, 7, 12, 40, 42, 47.
Do you want to break free and pursue something new? Perhaps you should take a small step in the new direction, to make sure it is the right one for you. Lucky numbers: 21, 25, 33, 35, 41, 48.
Resist any temptation to get into a fight with someone you perceive as an obstacle to your plans. What might be a better way to meet this challenge that will avoid conflict? Lucky numbers: 6, 17, 25, 35, 37, 43.
You may find yourself busy and stressed now. Expressing yourself is important but try not to get into unnecessary ego conflicts with others. How are you contributing to the issue? Lucky numbers: 13, 14, 33, 34, 43, 45.
How do you define the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? In pursuing it, just be sure your path is in alignment with what your heart wants. Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 6, 10, 21, 39.
Virgos are usually happiest when they feel grounded and things are running smoothly. The energy at the beginning of the week is supportive, so you may wish to proceed forward now. Lucky numbers: 10, 11, 13, 16, 24, 46.
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Seek out the beauty that is all around you in the world. Perhaps take a museum trip? Use this energy to reinforce the natural grace, kindness, and empathy within yourself. Lucky numbers: 2, 15, 17, 33, 36, 41.
Are you feeling a bit paranoid about the thoughts and actions of those around you? Take a deep breath, wait a few days, and the feeling will most likely pass. Lucky numbers: 14, 20, 21, 28, 33, 35.

You may find yourself thinking now about what legacy you want to leave behind. Whatever you decide, be sure to incorporate your personal philosophy and belief system into your plans. Lucky numbers: 5, 14, 16, 19, 32, 36.
You may have been undergoing a long period of personal transformation, which often might have been confusing. At mid-week, you could receive some insights about the process. Look for them. Lucky numbers: 4, 15, 33, 39, 42, 44.
You may find that you need to make an adjustment now to your work style. Keep your Aquarius antenna alert for new information that could help you in this process. Lucky numbers: 7, 24, 29, 30, 36, 42.
You may be feeling that you are on information overload right now, and you would be correct. It may be best to wait a few days to assimilate it before acting. Lucky numbers: 12, 14, 18, 21, 33, 40.
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Lucky numbers this week:  This week’s odds favour Virgo winners with the luckiest number being 11.
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Scottish saying: Most people have had the embarrassing experience of forgetting someone’s name when making introductions. Scottish people ease these awkward situations by saying, “Pardon my tartle!”

Maple leaf: The Canadian Flag has a red maple leaf in the middle, which is flanked by two vertical red rectangles. Designed by Canadian George Stanley, it became official in 1965.
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Poetry time: To write an acrostic poem, just pick a word or name. Then use each letter of the word or name as the first letter of each line of the poem. The word can be any length and the poem does not have to rhyme.

Bad bread move: Don’t put a loaf of bread upside down on a table when dining in Italy. An Italian belief is that bread is a symbol of life, and therefore placing it upside down will bring bad luck.  

Pesky stump: Tree stumps take years to rot on their own. To accelerate the process, drill holes in the stump and sprinkle Epsom salt on it. Keep the stump covered to protect from rain, and apply more salt every few weeks.

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Why did the student throw away his lunch? It was full of junk food.

Tom: “I used to have a terrible fear of hurdles.”
Tim: “What did you do?”
Tom: “I got over it.”

I know a woman who used to be a train driver, but she got sidetracked.

Remember: Models of dragons are not to scale.

Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Bertha. Bertha who? Happy Bertha-day to you!
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Big tater: A couple from a farm near Hamilton, on New Zealand’s North Island, unearthed a potato they named “Doug.” While weeding their garden, Colin Craig-Brown and his wife Donna discovered the gigantic tater. All lumps and bumps, it weighed 7.9 kilograms (17.4 pounds). The pair had to use a pitchfork to excavate the enormous vegetable. At first, they didn’t know what they’d uncovered. They only use ordinary fertilizers to help their garden, and so they were bewildered by the size of the potato. The couple is talking to the folks at Guinness World Record to see if their potato could beat the current 4.9-kilogram record holder.
All the same: People all around the globe are familiar with the experience of attempting to cut a cake, pie, or pizza into equal portions so that all diners receive the same amount. Getting the slices to be the same size is hard. Students from Kundong High School in the Oita Prefecture of Japan have found a way to do it. They designed an award-winning device that figures out the angle the cut needs to be, based on the number of slices necessary to feed the party of eaters. The student group called their device, “Get Along Well With Everyone.” It uses a laser beam to direct the server where to make the cuts to obtain equal-sized pieces.
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Underground swim: If visitors know where to look, they can enjoy a soak, sauna, and swim in a charming but hidden public bathhouse in Stockholm, Sweden. Called Storkyrkobadet, the bathhouse is located in the basement of a building dating back to the 1700s. Once used as a convent, the building later became a primary school. The area that is now the bathhouse has been used in the past as a wine cellar and for coal storage, with a pool added later, along with sauna, showers, and lockers. The route to Storkyrkobadet involves a narrow, cobblestone street, but visitors are rewarded with the piece of history, along with a relaxing swim.
Small quarters: Travelers who need a place to stay while visiting Colorado (U.S.), and don’t mind a spot without much floor space, could stop in the town of Lyons and check out the WeeCasa Tiny House Resorts. There, guests can choose to rent one of 23 reasonably priced “tiny houses,” each with a different theme. For example, the Gnome Home, which was designed after a Hobbit home in Lord of the Rings, has a front door in the shape of a circle. The houses are not all the same size or shape. Some are really tiny at 170 square feet (15.8 square metres), while a larger one is 418 square feet (38.8 square metres). The company also has locations in Tennessee and South Dakota, and plans more tiny house resorts soon.
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“Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.” - Aldous Huxley

“Everyone talks about age, but it’s not about age. It’s about work ethic. Winning never gets old.” - Lisa Leslie
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FREE listings for non-profit community events. Please email, 25 words or less, to: events@myCoffeeNews.ca (no attachments). Deadline Tuesdays noon.

Central Saanich Lawn Bowls Club: Meet new people, play cards, bowl indoor at Centennial Park, 1800 Hovey Rd., Saanichton.  Become a Social Member (Jan-Apr 30) $35 fee plus drop-in fees.  Questions? Email: csaanichlawnbowls@hotmail.com

Chinese New Year’s Celebration: Feb 1, 12pm - Feb 15, 3pm. Victoria’s Chinatown, 500 Fisgard St.. A whirlwind of colors, aromas and tastes, Chinatown is your gateway into the history of the Chinese-Canadians and a showcase of their culture.

Gordon Head Garden Club meet Wed., Feb. 1, 7-9pm, Gordon Head Lawn Bowling club, 4105 Lambrick Way. Our speaker is Paul Spriggs, speaking about Cracks & Crevice Gardening. Visitors welcome at no charge. Masks are at your discretion. We recommend full vaccination.

Sooke Job & Volunteer Fair: Sat., Feb. 11, 10am-2pm at Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Road. Network with local employers. Paid & volunteer opportunities. Register ahead on Eventbrite for a chance to win a tablet! bit.ly/sook-job-fair

Say “I LOVE YOU” With a Song! For $60 a Barbershop Quartet from South Island Harmony will serenade your loved one with 2 songs, & a carnation & card from you. We will deliver on February 14 to a location of your choosing, anywhere from Sooke to Sidney! Book online at www.southislandharmony.com or call 250.595.2996.

Blah Blah Blah! Comedy: Beat the winter blahs on Sat., Feb. 25, 8pm with comedienne Kirsten Van Ritzen as she presents funny folks from her Level 1 Comedy class. $15+ at Eventbrite.ca 19+. www.broadtheatrics.com  Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Rec 1975 Bee St. 

The Circle: A friendly support group for women with breast cancer seeking & sharing affordable, natural, holistic alternative therapies & practical & emotional support. Weekly gatherings, afternoons or evenings. No fees. Contact Toni at 250 415-2752, email tonigraeme@hotmail.com

Victoria Stroke Recovery need volunteers to help at Friday meetings at Knox Presbyterian Church, 2964 Richmond Rd. General help & a secretary required. Info: Zoe 250-857-4340.

Al-Anon/Alateen:  We offer support for friends/family of alcoholics. Weekly meetings on Zoom or near you. Call or email for a schedule:  250-383-2040 or alanonvictoria@gmail.com

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) meet at 3460 Shelbourne St., Thurs., 9:15am & again at 6:15pm. Call 250-361-7673 for more info.

Peninsula Newcomers Club welcoming women to the Peninsula since 1987. Membership inquiries: peninsulanewcomers@gmail.com or visit www.peninsulanewcomers.com

Gamblers Anonymous Meetings held Friday’s at 7pm at Emery Hall, 537 Glencairn Lane Colwood.

Find Your Voice & Learn to Speak with Confidence: Whether you have a presentation to make or just find overall communication a challenge, Toastmasters is the answer! Contact: info@d21toastmasters.org
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1. What British Isles language is widely spoken in Chubut, Argentina?
2. Robert Peary is known for exploring the North or South Pole?
3. ___________is the science of human societies and culture.
4. What was Elvis Presley’s first released single?
5. Who wrote the novel Anne of Green Gables?
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If you look deeply, you may uncover a hidden opportunity to manifest something you are passionate about. Doing so might require that you forgive yourself for a past issue. Lucky numbers: 1, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20.
Taurus is known to be a hard working, no-nonsense personality. Do you want to expand beyond that image? It’s a good instinct, but you may need to wait to implement it. Lucky numbers: 10, 11, 12, 32, 33, 40.
Are you experiencing a disconnect or conflict between what you think you should want in life, and what you actually want? This may be a good time to resolve the dilemma. Lucky numbers: 8, 10, 15, 24, 30, 45.
Cancers have a deeply emotional nature that can drive their decisions in a positive or negative way. This week, you might try to be aware of this dynamic and adjust accordingly. Lucky numbers: 5, 15, 18, 20, 28, 43.
Completion of a project may be in process now. It would be good to look back and evaluate how things went. Then you can begin to plan the next six months. Lucky numbers: 7, 19, 27, 38, 40, 44.

Right now you may not be feeling satisfied with how your life is going. It is important to understand whether the issue is something within yourself or in your environment. Lucky numbers: 3, 13, 16, 22, 27, 42.
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You may find yourself in an ongoing examination of how well you nurture yourself and others. If so, making progress now might require you to let go of some old experiences. Lucky numbers: 9, 22, 23, 32, 37, 39.

Does a past karmic issue keep resurfacing in your life in different forms? Perhaps facing it head on would be best, along with doing the work necessary to heal it. Lucky numbers: 6, 8, 12, 13, 26, 38.

Are you feeling blocked from achieving something, whether a project or just communicating a change within yourself? You may have to stand up to a person acting as an obstacle. Lucky numbers: 14, 16, 18, 41, 43, 46.
The past few weeks you may have experienced problems with cars and technology, as well as in your communications with others. You now could have a green light to proceed normally. Lucky numbers: 13, 15, 20, 42, 44, 47.
The humanitarianism of Aquarius sometimes can have an overly detached quality in the endeavours. Seek a hidden opportunity to incorporate more warmth and passionate drive into your efforts. Lucky numbers: 2, 17, 26, 30, 42, 48.
You soon may reach the end of a period where your intuitive and empathetic skills have been focused on others rather than yourself. What might you have learned during this period? Lucky numbers: 4, 10, 17, 36, 38, 40.
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Lucky numbers this week:  This week’s odds favour Capricorn winners with the luckiest number being 20.
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Great player: Born in 2000, Bianca Andreescu of Canada learned to play tennis when she was only 7 years old. In 2019, she became the first Canadian to win a grand slam singles title.

Tooth exchange: When children in North America lose a baby tooth, they put it under their pillows and the Tooth Fairy exchanges it for money. In France, children hope La Petite Souris (The Little Mouse) will leave money or treats.
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Nocturnal attraction: Barnyard pests such as mice can be kept at bay if owls are present. To attract owls, property owners could consider keeping their property dark at night by using motion-activated outdoor lighting.  

Green space: A five-floor condominium building in Turin, Italy, brings nature to its residents. Designed by architect Luciano Pia, the extra-wide terraces of “25 Green” hold trees and shrubs planted in large pots, turning the building into an urban jungle.

Different coffee: It’s possible to make dandelion coffee out of dandelion roots. First, the roots have to be roasted in the oven, boiled in water, then strained. The beverage tastes similar to coffee without the acidic flavour.
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Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Oscar and Greta. Oscar and Greta who? Oscar silly question, Greta silly answer.

Why did the mail arrive wet? There was postage dew.

Jack: “Just one big factory makes all the perfume in the world.”
Jill: “Yes, it makes sense.”

How do bees communicate? They use buzz words!

How did the road feel when twin chickens crossed it? Double-crossed.
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Trivia Answers: 1. Welsh  2. North  3. Anthropology  4. “That’s All Right”
5. L.M. Montgomery
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