Coffee News - Vancouver Island

December 5 - 11, 2022

Greater Victoria Edition

Coffee News Greater Victoria
Abandoned hotel: Imagine heading to the beach but, instead of finding luxury hotels lining the shore, a derelict old mansion is sitting right in the water. That is what greets visitors to Playa La Puntilla in Costa del Sol, El Salvador, when they saunter down to the water’s edge. There are theories about why the pillared, but wrecked, building is there. Some say that it once was a villa called Hotel Puerto Ventura. However, about three decades ago, a hurricane, or perhaps simply poor design, caused the building to shift from its foundation and drift toward the sea. Whatever the reason, the structure sits there as a testament to the past.
Feel good story: A coffee shop in Staten Island, New York (U.S.), knows how to go above and beyond the call of duty, without regard to the social status of their patrons. A customer, Janessa Rubino, reported standing in line at the counter when a homeless man came in with a half-gallon jug. He asked the server for water, and the server said to help himself from the cooler. The man then asked if he could also have a meal, as he was hungry. The server obliged and took his order. Amazed by the generosity, Rubino offered to pay, but the server said not to worry: they give him a meal whenever he comes in hungry.
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Living with little: Who needs all the stuff that’s available for purchase in today’s society? A woman from Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, doesn’t need much at all, and she’s proved it by being extremely frugal. Wang Shenai, a married mother of two, was able to save about 90 percent of her salary each month by watching her spending. The family eats in and doesn’t dine at expensive restaurants, and the mom only wears second-hand clothing. By saving, she was able to buy two houses. She is a member of a group called Frugal Women’s Federation. Growing up poor, she learned to do with less, and continues that lifestyle today.
Baby bird: Alesh and Janja of Koper, Slovenia, are the proud parents of…a sparrow! A friend of theirs found the baby bird on the ground and called them for help. The young couple decided to care for the tiny chick, feeding it frequently and providing it with a comfortable cage. They named the little bird “Chibi.” As it grew and learned how to fly, they let it take flight around their apartment. When the couple tried to release Chibi, the sparrow took off for a while, then came back to rest on their shoulders. So they let it stay, but they always check to be sure the door to its cage stays open.
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“What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.”  - Isaac Bashevis Singer

“You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem.”
 - Eldridge Cleaver
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FREE listings for non-profit community events. Please email, 25 words or less, to: (no attachments). Deadline Tuesdays noon.

Christmas is Coming: Oak Bay United Church Thrift Store, corner of Granite & Mitchell. Every  Friday to Dec 16. 250-598-5021.

Peninsula Singers presents The Gift of Christmas: Dec 2, 3 & 4 at Mary Winspear Centre. Supporting the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation’s Music Therapy Program & the Sidney Lions Food Bank. Tickets: or 250-656-0275

Christmas Craft & Bake Sale: Saturday, Dec. 3, 9am-2pm. Crafts, sewing, knitted items, baking, preserves & more. Held at CS Lawn Bowling Club, Centennial Park, 1800 Hovey Rd., Saanichton.

Holiday Edition, The Relove Market: Sustainable fashion & lifestyle for all. Held Dec. 3 & 4 at Uptown Shopping Centre, 11am-5pm. Offering the finest of preloved garments at affordable prices.

Pyjama Prance: 2km & 5km routes starting at 9am on Sunday, Dec. 4. Start/finish is at Rainbow Kitchen on Lyall between Admirals  & Constance. Entry fee is 5 items of food or $10. To register, email your name, age, phone number & distance to: Info: Colette, 250-661-6550.

Worklink Westshore Start: Paid Youth Employment Programs starting Dec 5th. Free employment program - Child Care Training for ages 15 to 30. Info 250.478.9525 or

33rd Annual ‘Last Chance’ Christmas Craft Show: Friday, Dec. 9, 2-8pm; Sat., Dec. 10, 10am-5pm; Sun., Dec. 11, 10am-4pm. Held at Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. $5 adm., kids under 12, free.

Ukraine Food Aid Charity Banquet: Raising money for World Central Kitchen, active in Ukraine & providing food & fresh water. Held Dec. 9, 6-10pm, Camosun College Interurban Campus. Tix:

Greater Victoria Police Chorus Christmas Concert: Dec. 11, 2pm, Lambrick Park Church, 1780 Feltham Rd. Tickets $25, Lynne 250-721-4201.

CFB Esquimalt’s Annual Christmas Lessons & Carols: Dec. 11, 3pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea Military Chapel, 595 Galiano Crescent. Featuring: The Naden Band, The Military Wives Choir & other local musicians.

Yuletide Magic: Brought to you by Sidney Concert Band on Mon., Dec. 12, 7pm at Shoal Centre in Sidney. Christmas music from the Nutcracker to White Christmas & will include an audience sing-along. Admission by suggested donation of $10.

Christmas Extravaganza: Broad View Thrift Store, 3703 St. Aidan’s Place. Open Tuesdays 4-8pm, Wednesday’s, 10am-6pm & Saturdays, 10am-4pm, until Christmas.
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1. The country Suriname is on what continent?
2. Lexiko was an early name for this popular board game.
3. What is the official language in Mozambique?
4. Who directed the 1963 film “The Birds”?
5. What does the TORRO scale measure?
(see bottom for answers)
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At this time, consciously using your will might help assure a successful outcome for you. Nothing can be achieved if you merely sit on the sidelines and wait. Lucky numbers: 12, 16, 31, 41, 43, 45.
An old issue may resurface that brings you in conflict with others. View the problem through the lens of how it is now, not how it was then, and adjust accordingly. Lucky numbers: 3, 17, 18, 26, 32, 48.

Now may be the time to complete an endeavour and begin planning your next one. However, if you are running into obstacles, figure out how to salvage the project and move on. Lucky numbers: 4, 5, 7, 15, 28, 38.
Have you been feeling low or discouraged in recent days? At the end of the week, you may see a potential opportunity to hit the reset button and improve your mood. Lucky numbers: 16, 19, 23, 24, 36, 40.
At the beginning of the week, your natural optimism may be dampened. Rather than being discouraged, try applying your serious mood to completing a task that could benefit from this type of energy. Lucky numbers: 11, 14, 15, 17, 19, 34.
Virgos often pride themselves on keeping everything under control. This week you may have to accept that some events are just beyond your control, and wait for things to change. Lucky numbers: 10, 17, 20, 24, 29, 32.
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Your focus may be on your career or, more broadly, your role in the world. If you are looking for guidance, look to the Libra strengths of diplomacy and consideration of others. Lucky numbers: 6, 11, 15, 27, 31, 42.

Have you recently experienced a sudden or unexpected change in your life? Looking for a hidden opportunity may be helpful to you in mitigating any negative effects. Lucky numbers: 5, 8, 18, 39, 42, 47.
You may be experiencing a conflict between what you feel you want versus what you need. Perhaps it is time for some inner dialogue to reflect on the most important considerations. Lucky numbers: 9, 14, 17, 23, 28, 29.
Capricorns often prefer to let their achievements speak for them. Adjusting your style may provide a chance to successfully communicate about something that passionately interests you. Lucky numbers: 7, 15, 21, 23, 26, 28.

Have things been flowing smoothly for you? This moment probably won’t last forever, so take advantage of it right now to achieve a positive outcome for something you desire. Lucky numbers: 2, 6, 21, 31, 32, 45.
You may be feeling stressed now because you are juggling too many things at once. This situation could pass in a few days. Work to communicate clearly, in the meantime. Lucky numbers: 13, 16, 31, 41, 43, 44.
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Lucky numbers this week:  This week’s odds favour Aquarius winners with the luckiest number being 31.
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Zip it up: It’s hard to imagine life without zippers. The person credited with coming up with this invention is American Elias Howe, who patented the item in 1851. He called it the “automatic continuous clothing closure.”

Light the way: Norah Head, in New South Wales, Australia, is home to a lighthouse of the same name. It was built in 1903 and was one of the last lighthouses in the country to be staffed; in 1995, it was outfitted with a fully automated light.

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Old bands: Singer Robert Plant and late drummer John Bonham of the famous British rock band Led Zeppelin, met in 1965. They played together in a band called the Crawling King Snakes and, later, Band of Joy.

Canadian game: In the team game of lacrosse, players use sticks with nets on one end to throw and catch a ball, trying to get it into their opponent’s net. Indigenous peoples invented the game. It is the official summer sport in Canada.

Potato problem: The Irish Potato Famine started in 1845 and lasted for several years. A fungus called blight spoiled the country’s potato crop. The era was also known as the Great Hunger because potatoes were a food staple at the time.
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I went to a fancy English hotel. Or, rather, a great Brit-inn.

Kid: “How do you like your job?”
Garbage collector: “It’s picking up.”

Why did the mandolin go to the psychiatrist? It was tired of being high-strung.

There’s nothing like a meteor shower to rock your world.

Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Yah. Yah who? Yah who, let’s party!
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Trivia Answers: 1. South America  2. Scrabble  3. Portuguese  4. Alfred Hitchcock  5. Tornado intensity
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