A Franklin café that opened last September has donated more than $53,000 to local nonprofits, lending a helping hand to folks in need throughout the county.
When Main and Madison Market Café opened, it had a policy of not accepting tips. People ignored that rule, leaving money on tables anyway. It was then that café management decided to donate all tips to local causes, co-owner Amy Richardson said.
“Every month, we donate to a different charity,” Richardson said. “Our management team meets and looks at the mission of the organization. Are they a registered nonprofit? … It could even be the greater Johnson County area, but we try the best we can to have a local tie-in.”
People are still not expected to tip when they visit Main and Madison, but a sign by the cash register states which organization those tips, if they must, will go to.
One of the biggest impacts the giving has had on an organization was in October, when Main and Madison Café donated $4,272 to Johnson County Banquets. It was the largest donation the organization had ever received in its 12 years, Richardson said.
The banquet serves as a place for people to go and eat for free on Thanksgiving when they have nowhere else to turn. It is open each year to all county residents.
Almost all months have yielded more than $4,000 in tips, Richardson said.
In its first month of business, Main and Madison Café donated to Franklin Heritage, which runs the Artcraft Theatre and helps restore Franklin homes. Franklin Heritage also helped design the outside of the café before it opened, she said.
In December, all proceeds from tips went to the Dressember Foundation, a group which has women wear dresses and men wear bowties throughout the month to help raise awareness for human trafficking. The group spends its money to help people rescued from human trafficking with basic necessities, such as shampoo, Richardson said.
“It’s absolutely heartwarming to know that we can be a vehicle for such wonderful things in our community,” co-owner Ashley Schultz said in a news release. “We are so proud each month to present the check to the nonprofit that has been chosen.”
At a glance
Main and Madison Cafe has donated to the following non-profit organizations:
It was another sobering year in Oak Bay as death and grieving were among the 2019 newsmakers for the Tweed City.
The death of former mayor Nils Jensen – just months after losing his spot as mayor in the 2018 election – caught the community off guard as only those close to him were alerted to his battle with cancer.
Fresh off completing a 23-year-run – 16 as councillor and eight as mayor – Jensen did what most politicians do and kept a low profile from the Oak Bay spotlight. We soon found out why. He was diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer in January and died on April 7 at the age of 69. The next week his family held an upbeat celebration of life at Oak Bay High’s Dave Dunnet Theatre with more than 400 people, live music, and powerful speeches from his family and from friends.
Around the same time, Crown prosecutors undertook the Andrew Berry trial in Vancouver. After a 5.5-month-long case, the jury found the Oak Bay resident guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Aubrey, 4, and Chloe, 6, on Dec. 25, 2017.
Oak Bay now ends its second consecutive decade with a tragic domestic murder. Back in 2007, Peter Kyun Joon Lee killed his wife Yong Sun Park, their son Cristian and Park’s parents and then took his own life.
The climate in Oak Bay and Greater Victoria continued its trend of higher temperatures and less rain as the threat of human extinction elevated due to the ongoing increase of global CO2 emissions.
As per the Carbon Brief mapping project, which breaks down each region on earth, the temperature for Greater Victoria has increased 0.9C over its average since 1850 and hasn’t had a decade of below-average temperatures since from 1969 to 1979.
Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and the Capital Regional District all declared a climate emergency in 2019.
There were plenty of colourful events in Oak Bay that once again broke the Tweed City’s sleepy-town stereotype and made news across the region.
In August, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna visited Oak Bay’s Cattle Point to make a double announcement. It was delayed, however, as members of the local Extinction Rebellion chapter made it clear they had intentions of making a citizen’s arrest of McKenna.
“We are here to put [McKenna] in protective custody because we feel she could be in imminent harm by some individuals who may want to act out on their anger,” said protester Howard Breen, who held zap straps in his hand. When Breen moved to approach McKenna he was arrested by Oak Bay Police (to which he complied and was later released).
That day McKenna declared Uplands neighbourhood a national heritage site.
In August it was revealed that the famous ‘Tulip House’ on Beach Drive was for sale because the owners – who are based in Marin County, Calif. – were hit with an approximate $27,000 speculation and vacancy tax for 2019. The house and its garden of 12,000 tulip bulbs sold soon after.
In November, Oak Bay resident Angus Matthews noticed strips of plastic turf fibres had been spreading from the artificial Oak Bay High soccer field and into Bowker Creek. Greater Victoria School District 61 (SD61) shut the field down, installing a temporary plastic cover, and said they are seeking a replacement turf for 2020 (possibly through manufacture warranty).
Also in October, members of the community criticized Abstract Developments’ owner Mike Miller for removing a portion of a rock wall on his York Place property. The wall in question abuts Prospect Place. As it stands, pieces of the rock wall were removed to enlarge two openings while the majority of it remains. The work was done despite a “stop-work order” from Oak Bay bylaw.
Neighbours claimed Abstract was rushing to remove the wall ahead of Oak Bay’s first Heritage Conservation Area, a policy that will protect landscapes, rock walls and buildings in the “Prospect neighbourhood.”
In October, former artist in residence for the City of Victoria, Luke Ramsey, completed the Parade of Play mural on Oak Bay’s public works building.
The mural stands tall over the 25-year-old Jack Wallace Memorial track and was the culmination of a multi-year plan. It’s a major splash of colour that’s invigorated the community, said Mayor Kevin Murdoch, and it is likely the biggest mural in Greater Victoria.
SD61 has voted to reinstate two of its former facilities near the Oak Bay border, Bank Street and Sundance. The two will form one school which will see an estimated $5 million in seismic upgrades for the century-old old Bank location.
It will also displace current tenants, Victoria College of Art from the Bank building and Ecole Beausoleil from the Sundance building. Catchments changed slightly for Willows students near Lansdowne Road while South Jubilee neighbourhood youth moved from the Lansdowne catchment to Monterey middle school.
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Friends and family mourn former Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen at his memorial at the Oak Bay High School Community Theatre. Jensen passed away from cancer and left behind his wife Jean and two sons, Nicholas and Stewart. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
UVic student Jake Zeal writes a message on the Before I Die wall which was stationed in the University of Victoria’s Student Union Building on Oct. 30. The messages are simple, but compelling. Zeal wrote: “spread joy.” (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Veterinarian Adam Hering had five days to inoculate the final three deer with a booster. Most does stick to a specific area but they can be hard to find as Hering only has a few hours each morning to search. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Artist Tanya Bub with the temporarily-named ‘Stickman’ driftwood sculpture that will live in front of Gage Gallery Arts Collective on Oak Bay Avenue. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
David Schwab of Victoria has come forward as the person putting handbills under the window wipers of luxury vehicles such as Land Rovers and Porsche SUVs, and big trucks, that could be replaced with electric vehicles or just smaller cars to reduce our carbon footprint. His criteria focuses on luxury cars that cost more than $10,000 and that are easily replaced by a smaller car, or EV, when possible. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
To Willows, and beyond, a group of Willows students and their younger siblings took the Walking School Bus along Fort Street/Cadboro Bay Road on Tuesday morning in support of Climate Action Week. At the front of the bus are Isla and Nora, Lily Clancy, Kingston Goodhew, Ivy Clancy, Anna Davison, Emma Bristow and Clara Davison. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
A young buck crosses in front of the derelict and rundown but historic carriage house at 1561 York Place in Oak Bay where owner Mike Miller is building a home for his family. Miller has tried to relocate the carriage house and is now offering to anyone who wishes to move it off the property and restore it. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
In truth, given the essential intimacy of the play, the reverberating, amplified voices and the size of the venue give the production a disconcerting, surreal aspect, certainly during the first 10 minutes or so. Remarkably, though, the top notch cast combined with Roper’s irresistible writing (not to mention designer Kenny Miller’s gorgeously accurate, seemingly time-worn set) manage to quickly restore the drama’s legendary rapport with its audience.
Actors Mary McCusker (the elderly, hard-pressed and hard-working Mrs Culfeathers) and Fiona Wood (young dreamer Doreen) are past masters of Roper’s script. They are joined by the ever-excellent duo of Louise McCarthy and Gayle Telfer Stevens (as middle-aged friends Magrit and Dolly), along with Harry Ward.
Together, they give a near flawless, often jaw-achingly funny rendition of a play that is so well known that the audience often reacts in anticipation of favourite set pieces such as the “Galloway’s mince” scene, in which Mrs Culfeathers spins glorious nonsense on the theme of the minced beef and potatoes that she cooks for her husband.
Transposing this modest, yet fabled, five-hander from the theatre stage to the Hydro arena was an ambitious proposition. It is a great credit to Roper and his outstanding cast that they have carried it off.
Watch Gambit’s weekly calendar listings and our upcoming Fairs & Festivals guide for new events and festivals. See “Box Office” for venue information.
The electronic dance music series features various DJs, plus visual projections, themed nights and more.
Wizard World Comic Con
Henry Winkler and many stars from “Smallville” and “Outlander” are among actors and comics authors at the convention, and there are workshops on cosplay, makeup and more. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. Sunday. $34.99 and up.
The Link Stryjewski Foundation fundraiser features a dinner Jan. 17 and a masked ball with music by Tribu Baharu of Colombia, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas and The Roots of Music at the Sugar Mill Jan. 18.
Eric Paulsen and Margaret Orr are royalty at the variety show ball.
Jefferson Performing Arts Center
New Orleans Rock ’N’ Roll Expo
The expo has interactive displays, free samples, exhibits about running technologies, fitness apparel and health and nutrition information. There’s a 5K race on Saturday and a 10K, half marathon and marathon on Sunday. Expo hours noon-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5. p.m. Saturday. Free. (There is a registration fee for runners.)
The three-day show features hundreds of boats from a range of manufacturers, as well as fishing equipment, insurance, electronics and accessories. There’s also a kids’ zone with laser tag, video games and more. Tickets $10 general admission, $5 children 5-12 years old, free for children under 5.
Parades celebrating St. Patrick’s Day include: Molly’s at the Market and Jim Monaghan’s parade at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13 in the French Quarter; the Irish Channel Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17; the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Metairie Road at noon Sunday, March 15; and the Downtown Irish Club Parade in Bywater, Faubourg Marigny and the French Quarter at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.
Generally scheduled for the third Sunday in March near St. Joseph’s Day, Mardi Gras Indians from around the city gather to march through Uptown, Mid-City and Algiers. The Uptown event ends at A.L. Davis Park, where a Super Sunday festival features live music, food and more. Free admission.
A.L. Davis Park, 2600 LaSalle St.
Art in Bloom
The event includes more than 100 exhibitors showcasing floral designs and inventive uses of light. There also are lectures, a luncheon and a patron party. Times and admissions vary.
Sarah M. Broom, Andrei Codrescu and Sister Helen Prejean are among the speakers at the literary festival, which features panel discussions, readings, writer workshops, walking tours, a Stella and Stanley shouting contest, theater productions and book, culinary and music events. Times and admissions vary.
Home-related services and products are on display and there’s remodeling advice, green building info, decorating and landscaping help, food programs, artist workshops, a theater and automation exhibit, makers market, home building experts and more. Noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 military personnel, free for children 12 and younger.
The festival includes LGBT publishers, writers and readers from across the country, as well as panel discussions, book launches and master classes. Times vary. Registration $150, partner party pass $25.
The 10K race follows a course from the French Quarter to New Orleans City Park, where a post-race festival includes live music, food vendors and a two-day health and fitness expo. Post-race party is free for runners, $15-$20 for nonrunners.
She also helped preserve more than a dozen Christchurch heritage buildings, including the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) building, St Barnabas Church in Fendalton and part of the Arts Centre, as chair of the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund Trust from 2010 to 2014. The trust raised about $10 million to help restore heritage buildings.
“When I first started as a [city] councillor in the 90s, heritage protection wasn’t even on the agenda. It has really progressed after the last 25 years.
“It is still a challenge, but it is pleasing that more people are involved in protecting heritage.”
Crighton said her love of heritage started when she was a child.
“I spent the first seven years of my life in my grandmother’s villa. It was a house full of exquisite bric-a-brac. It was idyllic.
“It was from that early experience and my respect and admiration for the charm and detail of those lovely villas that I started to love heritage and history.”
She established the Christchurch Heritage Trust in 1996, has been chair of the Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust since 2009 and a member of the Canterbury District Health Board for the past 12 years. She was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2005.
But she said the new honour was a surprise.
“I was stunned and totally astonished. I couldn’t believe that something like that would happen to me.
“Dame Anna is going to take some getting used to.”