Welcome to the 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 feel free to contact Liz Pearson at


 Sat. June 25th – Textiles Festival – Lansdowne Community Building, 1 Jessie Street, Landsdowne, ON. 10AM – 4PM. Free Admission. Contact Liane 613-659-4708 for more info.


Sat. June 25th -CHEO Fundraiser –  Dart Tournament, All proceeds will be donated to the Cheo Foundation. There will be many prizes to be won 50/50 draws, raffle table, baked goods to be bought and much more.  Bar will be open and food for sale during the tournament, Come out and have fun and help support an amazing cause who has helped many families. Located at:  St.Anthony’s Banquet Hall (523 St. Anthony St. Ottawa, Ontario. Registration is at 10:30Am-11:00AM. 11:00AM the tournament begins. $10.00/per player, $40.00 per team. Teams must be 2 women + 2 men.


Fri. July 1st – 3rd – The 2016 Rideau Lakes Studio and Garden Tour takes place of the Canada Day Weekend,  July 1st, 2nd and 3rd  in the Rideau Lakes district, home of the historic Rideau Canal, a Unesco World Heritage Site. It features paintings, candles, pottery, cast stone sculptures, weaving and woodworking for your home and garden. Local churches will again be offering wonderful lunches.  Studios will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4p.m. on Sunday.  Free brochures guiding you through the tour are available at most area stores, restaurants and welcome centres.

The artists have the welcome mats out and are ready with a few surprises for you. For more information contact Sherry Rogers at 613-928-3041 or visit our website at


Sat. July 2nd – Quidditch – This event will be taking place on Matt Anthony Field at the uOttawa Sports Complex and with an expected attendance of over 150 people. There will be three games at 3, 4, and 5PM with short breaks between games for spectators and families try playing quidditch and take photos. Our goal for the event is to create an environment that shows off the intense, competitive nature of high-level quidditch, while also creating a fun, family environment for spectators.  A quick background on quidditch. It was inspired by the fictional sport in the Harry Potter series and over the last ten years has grown into a competitive, full-contact, co-ed sport popular on both university campuses and in communities around the world.  Attached is a link to a highlight video from a recent games against the Washington Admirals. Watch video here. More event details here.


Sat. July 2nd – Join Us For A Fish Fry – Hosted by Simpson Lodge #157. Take out available at 4:00PM. Sit down at 5:00PM, At the Newboro Community Hall, Drummond street (CR #42) Newboro, ON. $15.00 per person, Children under 5 free. Fish by Mike Mundell.


Sun. July 17th – Yak Youth Services – is having their 16th annual Great Tay Duck Race! The Duck Race is being held on July 17th, 2016 at Perth’s Stewart Park Festival. This year’s ducks will be dropped at 2 pm by some of Perth’s very own celebrities. If your duck is the first to cross the finish line, you will win a 12×16 shed made by Algonquin College advanced housing program that is worth $5,000! Don’t fret though, there are many more prizes to be won for runner ups. Duck race tickets are on sale for $5 per ticket or $45 for a full booklet at YAK headquarters. They will also be available at Brownlee’s Metro, Barnabes Independent and Hofstatter’s Canadian Tire throughout the week. The funds from the sale of the Great Tay Duck Race tickets are used to fund some of the programs that YAK has to offer such as Healthy Living and Recreation; Summer Camps; Homeless Youth Support; Financial Literacy; Peer Mentoring and Art Therapy. For more information on the programs YAK has to offer visit

Fri. July 22nd – First Annual Charity Jonathan Pitre – Golf Classic in support of DEBRA Canada.

Where: Falcon Ridge Golf Club
When: Friday, July 22nd, 2016
How: Scramble Format, Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $200
Event details:
11:00-12:00 – Registration 11:15-12:15 – Putting contest
11:30-12:30 – Lunch 1:00 p.m. – Shotgun start
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail 6:30 p.m. – Dinner

Please make cheques payable to DEBRA Canada
Please mail your payment to:
Jonathan Pitre Golf Classic 2016
PO Box 76035
1500 Upper Middle Road Unit 3
Oakville, ON L6M 3H5 You can also register by:
phone: 1-800-313-3012
or on the website:

Sat. July 23rd – Ride for Lucas will take place from 10am-7pm! This event is a Poker Run for both cars and motor bikes running through Bells Corners, Spencerville, Brockville, Athens, Smiths Falls and ending in Carleton Place with a nonalcoholic tail gate party with pork on a bun and live entertainment from Migizi and Ballistic Junior!


Sun. July 24th – Enjoy “UK Day” – A garden party & tea, in the tradition of British High Tea on Sunday, July 24, 2016.  The event will take place at the National Training Centre of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick, from 1:00PM to 4:00PM.  Authentic cream tea will be served with imported English Double Devon cream, and scones, prepared by the Chef of Earnscliffe, the residence of the British High Commissioner to Canada.  There will be live music with the terrific sounds of Kontrast the Band.  Imported British food and wares will be available on-site with Clarence & Cripps Inc. from Hudson, Quebec. Tickets will be $15.00 at the door.  Purchase in advance and save, as advanced tickets are just $12.  This is a rain or shine event with indoor & outdoor seating.  Call 613-692-7777 for tickets or information or email

All proceeds are directed towards the training of guide dogs and assistance dogs.  Please note that no pet dogs are permitted at this event.


 Fri. Sept 16th – 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament – 

Golf Ad Carleton Refridge pic



Sat. Oct 15th – Menstrual Cycle spin class – Wheelhouse Cycle located at 1279 Wellington St W. Limited tickets are $50 and will go towards the creation and distribution of 100 washable sanitary kits which provide girls living in rural communities in southern Africa the supplies – and dignity – they need to stay in school. Over three years, each kit gives a girl 150 days that she can continue her education. “Menstrual Cycle” participants will be treated to an exhilarating spin class in the trendy Wheelhouse studio, followed by champagne, shopping for delicate Pearls4Girls jewelry, and door prizes sponsored by Pure Kitchen and Allegro Clothing. For tickets, please visit


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


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 or Case at


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


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 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


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 or call 613-253-0569


The Renfrew Farmers’ Market – will be relocating to Haramis Park effective June 11th across from Walmart in Renfrew. With current construction in front of the fairgrounds, we have decided this is the best decision for our customers to access healthy, local food easily!  Looking forward to seeing everyone at our new location!


On Going – Canal Pursuit for Mental Health: Waterloo man to run 750 km for Mood Disorders Society of Canada to promote awareness – Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) today extends an invitation to Canadians to get behind the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health Campaign through donations and sponsorship as Clay Williams runs from Port Severn to Kingston and all the way to Ottawa. The purpose of the run is to raise awareness of depression, end the stigma of mental illness, and to encourage people to reach out for help.This is the second time that Clay will run this route, he plans to start the run on September 11th, and complete it in 13 days, running 60 km per day, and finishing on September 23rd, 2016. More information about the Canal Pursuit for Mental Health can be found on the Canal Pursuit Facebook page and on Twitter @canalpursuit. Daily communications during the run and GPS tracking are also part of this campaign.
Donations are greatly appreciated. There are two ways people can provide funds:
1) Online through the Defeat Depression website at
2) Mail a cheque payable to “Mood Disorders Society of Canada” to: 3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 736, Guelph, ON, N1G 4W4. Be sure to note: Canal Pursuit in the memo section of the cheque.


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


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 – 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


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


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


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


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: or Email:’


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


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.



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.