Community Calendar

This is your Country 101.1 Country Cares Community Calendar. See what’s going on in YOUR community! Get involved and make a difference where you live. To submit an event to our calendar please contact Liz Pearson at liz.pearson@rci.rogers.com.

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Sat. January 30th – Logger Sports Festival - There will be chainsaws humming and sawdust flying at the logger sports festival on January 30 in round lake. There will also be music, family skating and free refreshments.

Sat. January 30th -   Kemptville Legion Euchre Tournament –  Registration from 11:00AM – noon.  Tournament starts at Noon.  Cost – $10.00 per person.  For more information contact Chico at 613-978-7828.  50/50 draw also available.

Sun. January 31st -  12:00 PM – Lasagna lunch -  $10.00 including buns, salad, dessert, coffee/tea followed by bid euchre $5.00 at 1:30PM; Montague & District Senior Citizens Forget Me Not Club Inc.  658 Rosedale Rd S; Contact Lois 613-283-6240

Until February 5th-The Lung Association’s annual Tulip Day event pops up through the snow right when we’re yearning for spring. These floral symbols of hope raise the funds that we urgently need for lung research. Become a workplace champion by collecting an order of flowers for you and your colleagues to receive at work on Tulip Day, March 2nd. Register by Feb. 5th.Do you prefer to run, walk, cycle or tackle an obstacle course on your way to the FINISH line? Join the Lung Association’s Team for the Ottawa Race Weekend, the Spartan Race, or the Granfondo Ottawa cycling event. Get involved & together we will create breathing breakthroughs. Contact Melanie Estable-Porter at melanie@on.lung.ca

Fri. February 5th - Dinner & Movie Night - Clayton Community Hall. Linn Bower Lane. Clayton, ON. Lasagna Dinner 5:00 – 6:30PM. Movie (Hotel Transylvania 2) starts at 6:30PM. $ 5.00 per person.

Sat. February 6th – AN INVITATION TO JOIN THE FIGHT FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION - The Denholm Falls Park Committee invites you to « Snowshoeing for Life » Saturday, February 6, 2016, a free winter activity and 5th fund-raiser for our regional partner Suicide-Detour and the closing event of Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. Come enjoy snowshoe trails for all ages in Denholm Falls Park, 830 Paugan Road : beginners (1km), amateurs (2km), experts and the ambitious (5 to 10km). Registration begins at 9:30am at the Denholm Community Centre, 419 chemin du Poisson Blanc. A shuttle bus will leave Maniwaki at 8:00am with stops available along the route by reservation only at 819-441-1010. A snack will be provided as well as fun activities including a crazy tuque contest Let your tuque make us smile! For additional information please contact Denis Marceau at 819-457-2113, parcdeschutesdenholm@gmail.com or check our Facebook page ParcdeschutesDenholm

Sat. February 6th - Come Out For Family Fun at Tay Bells Heritage Winter Celebrations - Get ready to dress the kids for a fun filled afternoon at the Tay Bells Heritage Winter Celebration from 1-4PM Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the historic Maberly Community Hall, 180 Maberly-Elphin Road. There will be lots of heritage activities and games taking place at the Maberly Community Hall including plank races, hockey shoot out using cow patties and a variety of heritage games inside the hall where you can enjoy a bowl of homemade soup, warm your hands on hot chocolate and make your own whirligig. Hope to see you there.  Further information can be found by emailing Events@tayvalleytwp.ca or visiting our website at www.tayvalleytwp.ca

Tues. Feb 9th - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper –  Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 5-7:00PM, Aylmer United Church, 164 rue Principale, Aylmer, QC. Cost: $8.00 per person; children under 5, free. Tickets at the door.  Pancakes of all kinds, maple syrup, bacon, sausages, dessert, and beverages.  Bring the family and some friends!  For more information, contact aylmeruc@lycos.com.

Sat. February 13th – Algonquin Park -  Celebrate winter in Algonquin park on February 13th at the winter in the wild festival. many indoor and outdoor events will be held at various locations throughout the park, including many at the Algonquin visitor Center. enjoy guided snowshoe excursions and bird walks as well as skiing, skating.

Sat. February 13th –   Kemptville Legion, Valentine’s Day Dinner/Dance - Roast Pork Dinner at 6:30PM, Dance 7:30-11:30PM.  Entertainment by “THIS OLD HEART AND THE COUNTRY COMRADES”.  Advance tickets $25.00 per person until February 10th or $30.00 at the door.  Tickets from Legion Bar Staff (613-258-5734), Lorena Miller (613-258-9065), or Marilyn Aldus (613-986-1378).  Public Welcome.

Sat. February 20th – Gallipeau Centre -  Have some fun in the pool and help raise some funds at the same time. There will be a swim-a-thon for the hub in smiths falls on February 20 at the Gallipeau Centre.  sign up today and help reach the goal of raising $20,000.

Sat. March 5th - Spin4Kids Plus - is a charitable fundraiser taking place Saturday, March 5, 2016 in your community and more than 50 others across Canada.  Organized by GoodLife Kids Foundation.  Donations go to support community programs that will make a positive impact on the health and quality of life for Canadian children.  Last year, an estimated 7,500 riders across the country raised more than $875,000 in donations. Spin, groove and move at Spin4Kids Plus, a fitness fundraiser organized by GoodLife Kids Foundation to support programs getting kids active.  More than 90% of Canadian kids don’t get enough physical activity. You can help! Register today at spin4kids.com

Fri. March 11th -  Kemptville Legion, St Patrick’s Day Party - Dinner at 6:30PM  Entertainment by the Kemptville Pipes and Drums, followed at 7:30-11:30PM by the Montreal based Celtic Band “THE KITCHEN PARTY”,  Advance tickets $30.00 per person until March 7th or $35.00 at the door. Sell-out last year so reserve tickets early.  Tickets from Legion Bar Staff (613-258-5734), Lorena Miller (613-258-9065), or Marilyn Aldus (613-986-1378). Public Welcome.

Tues. April 5th – The Men of the Deeps. At the Centrepointe Theatre Mainstage. The musical repertoire of the Men of the Deeps is gathered from mining communities around the world. Many of the group’s songs are “home grown” including traditional songs of Cape Breton; modern, authored songs by Cape Breton songwriters; and songs arising from mining regions throughout the English-speaking world. Their style is decidedly working-class, but this obvious class-consciousness is not overtly political. Dressed in the miners’ garb of coveralls and hard hats, they make an impressive impact when they take the stage in total darkness with their helmet lamps providing the only light. For tickets please visit: http://centrepointetheatre.com/en/events_tickets/April2016/Men_of_the_Deeps/index.htm

TFN - Victim Services – Lanark County is pleased to offer a unique volunteer experience helping victims of crime in Lanark County and the Town of Smiths Falls. Specialized training both in person and on line is provided.  Applicants must be 18 years or older with a valid G2 Drivers License and the ability to provide compassionate and practical assistance to victims of crime, 24/7/365. Applications and information are available at WWW.learn2help.ca . Applications can also be obtained by

TFN-Every Tuesday Bid Euchre at 1:30PM at the Montague & District Seniors Forget-Me-Not Club 658 Rosedale Rd S. Call 613-283-8482 to leave a message or 613-283-6240.

TFN -Every Thursday at 10:00AM Quilting & Sewing Club meets. Come join us for coffee. Montague & District Seniors Forget-Me-Not Club 658 Rosedale Rd S. Call 613-283-8482 to leave a message or 613-283-8325.

TFN-Every Friday at 7:00PM 4 hand euchre at the Montague & District Seniors Forget-Me-Not Club 658 Rosedale Rd S. Call 613-283-8482 to leave a message or 613-283-6240.

TFN -The Town of Smiths Falls offers a variety of services to immigrants making their home here. TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative & Continuing Education, of the Upper Canada District School Board, offering ESL (English as a Second Language) classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30AM to 12:30 PM at the Smiths Falls Public Library. Further information on the existing classes is available by contacting Lane at daphne.lane@ucdsb.on.ca or Case at ELLclassSF@gmail.com

TFN-REAL collects used cell phones through Phone Back Canada. Phones collected may be repaired and reused, or the 30-50% that are not usable and taken apart and their parts recycled. And REAL receives $1.00 for every phone it turns in. Drop your phone in the green collection box located near the customer entrance of the REAL Deal during store hours. More information about REAL www.REALaction.ca

TFN-Every Wednesday the Smiths Falls Lions Club will serve a Community Lunch from 11:30AM till 1:30PM at the Smiths Falls Lions Den, 19 Abbott Street, South. Donation welcome but not necessary. Info 283-1490

TFN-Donate your unwanted vehicle and help those living with kidney disease.  Have your car towed within 48 hours for free and receive a valuable tax receipt. Newer vehicles may qualify for an even bigger receipt! Call 1-866-788-CARS, or click the car

TFN-Lanark County Fire Department wants your old vehicles. Donate your old vehicle for them to use in as a practice vehicle for the Jaws of Life Rescue technics.They’ll pick you vehicle up and take it away for free. For more info call Carleton Automotive.com or call 613-253-0569

TFN-Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County needs mentors. You already have what it takes to be a role model; all you have to be is a friend. An hour a week can make a difference at www.bigbrotherbigsisterslanark.ca.

TFN -Osgoode Olde Tyme Fiddlers Association invites you to its traditional Old Tyme Fiddle country music dance @ the Osgoode Community Centre, Osgoode, every 4th Friday in month from 7:30PM – 11:30PM.  Bring your fiddle, guitar, musical talents!!  Welcome all.  Tickets are available at door @ $5.00 per person for non musicians.For more info call 613 224-9888.

TFN-Lanark County Fire Department wants your old vehicles. Donate your old vehicle for them to use in as a practice vehicle for the Jaws of Life Rescue Technics. They’ll pick you vehicle up and take it away for free. For more info call Carleton Automotive.com or call 613-253-0569

On Going - Frozen Berry Fundraiser - The Arnprior Humane Society is holding their frozen berry fundraiser again. Perfect for smoothies and baking, three berry types are available: cranberries (2kg bag $17), blueberries (2kg bag $21), raspberries (2.5kg $29) and cookbooks for each berry type ($13ea). Orders can be placed up until Feb. 11th online at www.arnpriorhumanesociety.ca or in person at the humane society. Payment is due at time of order. Pick-up is Friday Feb. 26th at either: Ikea mall off Greenbank Rd. 4:30-5:00pm, or Arnprior Mall (near Pizza Pizza) 5:30-6:00pm. Everyone who ordered berries last year raved about the quality and wished they had purchased more, so don’t miss out!

On Going - Canadian Guide Dogs - A guide dog gives back independence and freedom to someone who can’t see.  But, first it must learn how to be a good puppy in the house and the community.  You can help!  Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is seeking foster homes for their puppies in training, to teach basic obedience and socialization before entering into a formal guide dog training program.  You need to be home most of the day or have permission to take the dog to work, have an active lifestyle and make a one-year commitment.  Food and veterinary expenses are provided.  Homes for puppies are needed now in the National Capital Area.  For more information on this very unique volunteer opportunity, phone (613) 692-7777 or visit www.guidedogs.ca.

On Going – Calabogie Peaks Resort - will hosting two military appreciation days this year: January 31st and February 28th. All serving and retired, regular and reserve force personnel will able to ski or board for free.  You can enjoy winter fun at its finest at the Palmer Rapids winter carnival.  It takes place February 6th -8th with bed races, a poker run, hillbilly curling, snow queen talent show and much more.

On Going -  February 13-15, the Ottawa valley is the ideal destination.  There are more than 900 lakes found throughout the region and 20 species of fresh water fish.

On Going - Sens vs. Leafs Ticket Raffle - Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind,You can win tickets to the “Battle of Ontario” on Saturday, March 12, 2016, when Ottawa Senators host Toronto Maple Leafs at C.T.C. in Ottawa.  You can win two 100 level tickets to the game, including parking.  The 100 level seats are valued at $171.55 each.  Raffle tickets are just $10 and available now by phoning (613) 692-7777 or purchase online at www.guidedogs.ca.  A maximum of 179 raffle tickets will be sold. You must be a resident of Ontario and 18 years or older to purchase a raffle ticket, License # M776438.  The draw will take place on March 4, 2016.  Tickets for the game have been kindly donated to Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind by William McDonald, The Co-operators, Manotick, Ontario. 100% of the raffle proceeds support Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.
On Going – Tea/Coffee & a Tea Bun -The Almonte Baptist & Grace Anglican Church. Host: “Open Doors” at 207 Reserve Street, Almonte. Every Tuesday afternoon starting 1st Dec from 1:00PM till 4:00PM. All are invited to drop in for a social : a cup of Tea/Coffee & a Tea Bun.

On Going- A free Skate and Helmet Lending Library is available at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville, during all public skating hours.  Equipment will be signed out and signed back in at the arena by a Municipal staff member. Valid photo identification will be required to borrow equipment. Skate aids for those who are still learning to stand on two skates also available. The goal of the Lending Library is to increase physical activity for all ages, with the availability of helmets in all sizes, to reinforce the importance of safety and preventing head injuries while on the ice.

On Going – Renfrew and Area Food Bank- Help Renfrew Chrysler stuff the van, Anyone who donates three or more non perishable items will receive a gift certificate towards their next service.  Renfrew Chrysler will also donate $50 for every vehicle sold in November to the Renfrew and area food bank.

On Going: World Hope.. Susan Fleming and the Smiths Falls RBC donated Santa hats and reindeer antlers to the orphans at our Children’s house in Swaziland, Africa.  The garb was to be used for promotional photos and videos for World Hope Canada however the children were ecstatic and happy to wear them for play! For more information about World Hope Canada please visit www.worldhope.ca.

On Going – At the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 192, 177 George Street in Carleton Place: Cribbage every Tuesday 1:00PM until 4:00PM (downstairs). Mixed Darts every Thursday 7:30PM (upstairs). Mixed Darts every Sunday 1:30PM (downstairs). Everyone welcome. For more information please call 613-257-1727..

On Going- Monday Night Bingo at the Royal Canadian Legion in Westport. Regular games, special games, progressive toonie pot, double up cards. $500 jackpot 50 numbers or less, $250 jackpot 55 numbers or less. All proceeds are turned back to the Community. Doors open at 6:00PM, bingo starts at 7:00PM.

On Going - Eye See – Eye Learn - is a not-for-profit program designed to detect, diagnose and treat children with vision problems. A campaign is now underway to provide eye exams and complimentary glasses to Junior Kindergarten children in Eastern Ontario, which includes Lanark Leeds-Grenville and Ottawa. Additional information on the program is available online, through www.eyeseeeyelearn.ca.

On Going – Soles4Souls. Dymon Storage is proud to be continuing its partnership with Soles4Souls Canada! Soles4Souls is a Nashville based charity that procures new and gently used shoes are collected through concentrated shoe drives and from ongoing drop off locations. Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution founded in 2006 in response to two major disasters, the tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina. In the past 7 years, Soles4Souls has collected over 25 million shoes that have been distributed in over 100 countries around the world including Kenya, Nepal and the United States. Soles4Souls Canada was founded in 2010 in response to the earthquake in Haiti and Haiti continues to be a major recipient of Canadian donations. Other major recipients of Canadian donations are local organizations. Dymon is proud to help distribute some of the shoes collected to local organizations, such as the Youth Services Bureau, Ottawa Mission and various church groups in Ottawa. The mission of Soles4Souls Canada is to collect 1 Million shoes over a ten year period from every province in Canada. To date over 300,000 pairs have been collected, including 100,000 pairs in the Ottawa area. How can you help this very worthwhile cause? Now is the perfect time to clear out the unwanted shoes that are being stored at the back of your closet, but are still in great condition. All types of shoes are accepted by Soles4Souls Canada; from sandals to running shoes, clogs to work boots. When donating shoes, please tie or bind your shoes together for donation. You can donate your shoes at any of our 7 Dymon Storage locations in Ottawa. For more information on Soles4Souls, visit www.soles4soulscanada.com..

On Going- Kemptville Youth Centre programs.. Cook Night every Thursday Night from 5:00-8:00PM. Details at the Kemptville Youth Centre call KYC at 613-258-5212 or email Andrew MacLean at andrew@kemptvilleyc.com

On Going-Youth Action Committee of Perth & District (YAK) has established an electronic waste depot. Small amounts (car load or less) accepted during normal hours of operation-2:00PM-7:00PM. Monday to Friday at the old Perth Shoe factory..

On Going -For over ten years the Lanark County Food For Thought Partnership has provided support to our community schools that run nutritious breakfast, snack and lunch programs. The Food for Thought cookbook is now available. Over 400 delicious recipes, lively artwork drawn by area students for just $15 .Available at Read’s Book Shop in Carleton Place, Foodsmiths in Perth, and any one of the 34 schools in Lanark County or by email bjergso@sympatico.ca..

On Going- Ottawa Basketeers, “Assisting women in new beginnings” .Providing new household items to women transitioning from battered women’s shelters to their new homes. Supporting 7 area shelters. Info at: www.Basketeers.ca or Email: ottawabasketeers@gmail.com’

On Going - Events Happening at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 - 7 Main Street East Smiths Falls 613-283-2690. (All events open to the public) Bid Euchre & Duplicate Bridge – every Monday evening at 7:00PM.   Bridge Lessons Tuesday at 1pm Bingo Thursday at 7:00PM.

On Going-The Smiths Falls Community Hospital Auxiliary is seeking volunteers for their meal assist program. Interested persons can contact Joanne Cleary at 613-283-1583.

On Going- Second Kick Lanark-Carleton bring used soccer uniforms and equipment to economically disadvantaged children in Canada and around the world. Bring items to the Second Kick Drop Box at the Beckwith Indoor Soccer Field or Calvary Christian Academy, Hwy 15 Franktown. Donation also welcome.

On Going-Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County new breakfast program in Smiths Falls needs volunteers. There are open spots on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:00AM to 9:00AM. Please contact BB/BS office if you’d like more details – 613-283-0570 and ask for Rhonda.

On Going-TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a not for profit club that is dedicated to supporting its members as the Take and Keep Off Pounds Sensibly.  They meet in Smiths Falls every Thursday evening for weigh in at 6:30PM. and the meeting at 7:00PM. in the Central Lounge at 46 Bell Avenue. New members are welcome and the first meeting is free and without obligation. Information contact Maimie Parker at 613 838-4777 or by email at me.parker@sympatico.ca.

On Going- Since Role Playing Games have grown to be so popular amongst the Kemptville Youth Centre (KYC) youth; KYC is hoping to add RPG into their Saturday schedule. However, to do that another volunteer will need to step up to the plate. If you have a knack for Role Playing Games and would like to share your games and skills with KYC’s youth, you’re encouraged to contact KYC’s Executive Director, Robin Heald, ASAP, at 613-258-5212.

On Going- The Kemptville Legion is offering breakfast on the third Saturday of every month starting September 19th,2015.  Available from 8:00- 10:00 AM. Adults are $5.00, children under 12 are $3.00.  Serving bacon, eggs, ham, sausages, pancakes, home fries, home made beans, muffins, toast and coffee. All welcome!

Ottawa and Valley Lost Pet Network is a Facebook page that brings people together to help find lost pets. It has had incredible success to date and it will only get better as the page continues to grow! We are currently at 8,094  likes and would love to see that number double or triple! Please like this page and help us reunite owners with their pets. The more likes on this page, the faster we can get the word out about a lost/found animal and it also means there are more eyes out there watching for beloved pets that have gone missing. www.facebook.com/lostpetnetwork