Upcoming Special Events
VENC Activity Leaders
All VENC members are expected to volunteer either as a member of the Executive or as an Activity Leader. All members are also expected to host Activities throughout the year. Activity Groups are at the heart of Victoria Evening Newcomers Club, and Activity Leaders are key to their success. This is a fun and easy way to get to know others and do “your part”. Click here for a complete description.
Members may access more information about upcoming activities on the Activity Calendar.
Active & Fit
Leisurely 1 Hour Saturday Morning Walk
This group is for leisurely walkers, or someone who hasn't been walking for a while & would like a slower pace, or someone who has an injury that is keeping them from walking with the other much more active Saturday Morning Walking Group.
We meet every Saturday for a 1 hour leisurely walk followed by coffee. This is a wonderful way to meet new & "old" friends as you walk in and around different Victoria neighbourhoods.
Meets: Every Saturday 9:30am – rain or shine!
Saturday Morning Brisk Walk
We meet every Saturday morning for a 1 ½ hour walk followed by coffee. This is a wonderful way to get to know people, get some exercise, and learn about our different Victoria neighbourhoods.
Meets: Every Saturday 9:30am – rain or shine!
Emergency Readiness Group
Did you know Victoria has a one in three probability of a damaging earthquake in the next 50 years? It’s not a matter of if an earthquake will happen, but when. But it’s not all doom and gloom - preparing for an emergency can be fun and interesting, and you don’t have to do it on your own. The club’s Emergency Readiness Activity Group – relevant for all sorts of emergencies, not just earthquakes. Check out also the Emergency Readiness Forum on the website - your go-to place for useful information and website links for members' reference.
Meets: several events are organized through the year for new club members (First Years), members of the activity group and subscribers to the Emergency Readiness Forum.
Arts & Culture
Travel & Getaways
This Group’s participants bring ideas, experiences and travel information on local and foreign destinations. Come, share your travel tips and stories, and be inspired to visit places you hadn't thought about previously. Bring your own drinks so we can relax and chat. You may even find like-minded travel buddies!
Meets: Mondays approximately every 6 weeks from 7pm to 9pm at a members’ home
Art Gallery Group
Monthly visits to local art galleries and art exhibitions will be organized to help you learn about and appreciate the talented artists in this area.
Meets: 1st Sunday of the month
We look forward to meeting those of you who are interested in a variety of live events. Victoria offers some great performances in music, dance and theatre, as well as tours and festivals - which could entail traveling a little further afield!
Share the experience of seeing a film each month. Movies are selected based on what’s getting the best reviews and most likely to appeal to our members. Each year we see some amazing films, usually at a downtown theatre. In the months leading up to the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, extra movie nights are added so that we can see many of the nominated films.
Meets: Usually the 2nd Monday or Tuesday evening of the month, with extra Mondays or Tuesdays during awards season.
Food & Socializing
The Happy Appy Group will meet in various venues around Victoria that offer “Happy Hour” to enjoy great drinks and appetizers with new friends. Group members will take turns each month to identify the next great appy place. The time will be between 4 and 6 PM.
Meets: First Wednesday of the month
This is a social group primarily aimed at encouraging VENC’s long term members (5+ years) to maintain connections with old friends. Activities will vary depending on the host and spouses may be included in a few activities.
Join us to explore the bounty of our province and our Island. Activities include visits to farmers markets, farms, and wineries, local producers, collaboratively prepared gourmet/theme meals, restaurant visits, or just swapping recipes and talking food.
Come meet some new and old friends at one of the Pubs around town, once a month. Have some food and drinks to wrap up the week. Spouses and partners are welcome.
Meets: Second Sunday of the month at 6:30 pm
Each member will have a turn hosting at her home this monthly event. Ladies potluck does not include partners. The hostess contacts members by Evite and coordinates what type of dish each member will bring.
Meets: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm
It’s a great way to get to know other members and some local restaurants. Members meet monthly at various restaurants to relax and enjoy brunch and great conversion.
Meets: 1st Sunday of the month at 11 am
Come meet other newcomers once a month for tapas and fun. Individual members take turns to host at their homes and guests bring an appetizer to share and their own beverages. Spouses and partners are welcome.
Meets: Monthly at 7 pm
Have fun discovering and exploring some of Victoria’s best kept culinary secrets. From hole in the wall to trendy eatery we want to try the mainstream and the not-so-mainstream over the coming months.
Meets: 6:30pm, 4th Thursday of the month
Hobbies & Crafts
Knit & Chat
Bring your own knitting or crocheting project. Share knit or crochet tips, techniques, etc. while working on your project and chatting with others. New and experienced knitters and crocheters welcome.
Meets: Fourth Wednesday of the month.
Wine Making U-Brew
Getting together with fellow wine lovers to make a variety of wine at local u-brew vendor; and being able to share the standard 30 bottles per kit with members of the group allows you to try different wines without having to commit to all 30.
Get together monthly with fellow poker players in members’ homes for a fun evening of cards. Both ‘newbies’ and seasoned players’ are welcome, but no serious betting.
Meets: 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 pm
Join new and “old“ friends for two games of Scrabble. Each team’s two top scoring players from the first game will play the second game together. Socializing, and host provided refreshments, between the two games. We will follow the official Scrabble rules and use the official Scrabble dictionary.
Meets: First Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
Do you love board games or playing cards? Then this new VENC group is for you. Have your played Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Clue, Risk, Life, Wingspan, Blokus, Clue, Battleship, Cribbage or Euchre? Do you have a favourite game you’d like to share with the group?
Meets: Second Thursday of the month 6:30 to 9:30pm at various members’ homes or the Interactivity Board Game Café on Yates.