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 Promotions Coordinator Lisa at




Fri. June 23rd – Charity BBQ & Open House – All proceeds will be donated to Christie Lake Kids.Join us Friday, June 23 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Searidge Technologies (60 Camelot Drive) for a charity BBQ and open house! Get more details and check out the silent online auction at



Sat. June 24th – Dart Tournament – In honor of Jakob. 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 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.

Registration is at 10:30-11AM, playing begins at 11AM. There will be prize pay out to first and second place teams. $10.00/per player, $40.00/per team. Teams must be 2 men and 2 women. NonCompetitive.

Taking place at St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall. (523 St Anthony St. Ottawa, ON)


Sat. June 24th – OTTAWA WATER GARDEN TOUR – The 9th annual Water Garden Tour, hosted by the Greater Ottawa Water Garden Horticultural Society, will be featuring 10 beautiful water gardens of various designs and sizes. One site will also be showcased at night.

Times: Day: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Evening: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Cost: $20.00 per person

Tickets/Tour booklets for this self-guided tour are available after May 1st at or at Ritchie Feed and Seed stores, Big Al’s stores, Artistic Landscape Design, Peter Knippel Garden Centre, Budd Gardens, KB Backyard Depot (Greely) and Rideau Woodland Ramble (near Kemptville). (Cash only).

Proceeds from the Water Garden Tour will be directed towards the construction of a water feature at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata. Proceeds from previous years went towards similar community projects, such as the water feature in the Healing Garden at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and outside the Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Home in Nepean.


Sun. June 25th – Champ Chats – 

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To register for Champ Chats click here!


Sat. July 1 & 2 – Rideau Lakes Studio and Garden Tour – The 19th annual Rideau Lakes Studio and Garden Tour celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday on the Canada Day Weekend, July 1st and 2nd in the Rideau Lakes district, concentrated around the villages of Portland, Newboro and Chaffey’s Locks.  It features paintings, candles, pottery, quilts, weaving, woodworking, sculpture and jewelry for your home and garden. Studios will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  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

visit the website at or call 613-359-5947.


Fri. July 14-16 – Simply Sensational Rideau Rendezvous Motorcycle Rally – In Smith Falls, Party on The Rideau! Fri July 14th ‘Welcome to Smith Falls Kick-off Party & Concert. Sat. July 15th will be filled with tons of activities including: A biker breakfast, Ruff Ryders stunt riders, Rendezvous biker rodeo, walking poker run, and much more!  A whole weekend of camping, vendors, prizes, food, beer & fun for everyone! For more info:


Fri. July 14- Sun. July 16 – Almonte Fair is fast approaching – July 14-16 with the theme “Oh, Canada : 150 years”.  Look forward to this year to Carter Shows Midway, Livestock Shows, a Wrestling Show, a Demo Derby, Little Ray’s Reptiles, a kids zone, an interactive farm animals tent and much, much more.  All exhibits are now downstairs in the Main Hall.  The Entertainment Tent will host the Derringers on Friday night and Riq Turner Band Saturday Night, with the Saturday night grandstand show featuring The MacLeod Fiddlers, Jamie McMunn, Jimmy Simpson and Unwound.  For more info please check


Sat. July 15th & Sun. July 16th – PAINT THE SUMMER – The Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association is switching things up this summer.  We are introducing a new venue to help celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary by introducing our new summer show, PAINT THE SUMMER, at Algonquin College in Perth, 7 Craig Street.   This facility is perfect for viewing our wonderful original paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour and batik for which our Association is well known.   We will also offer many other art forms from these talented artists including needle felting, sculpture and alcohol inks for your enjoyment.   You will still be able to meet with the artists and discuss their ideas and inspirations while also getting to know the dynamic s of our successful art association.  We will be featuring a painting competition to celebrate Canada where the public will be able to pick the People’s Choice.   The show will be open Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th from 10 am to 4 pm.  This year the show will be supporting  Habitat for Humanity as our charity.  There is plenty of free parking and admission is free.  For more information be sure to look for the brochures in local businesses, view the website at or visit on Facebook.


Sun. July 16 – Ride For Pet Rescues – Was created to help local area rescues. Each year a different rescue will be chosen(This year, Feathered Haven Parrot Rescue in Smith Falls) and the funds raised go to helping with vet bills, food, and rehabilitation. It is a great day for riders, to come out for a ride, to help the animals in need. All money donated goes to help with vet bills, food, and rehabilitation. 1 Bakers  Rd, Toledo ON. Contact: 613-206-1053



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Sat. Sept 2nd – Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope Ottawa-Gatineau –  Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope is the largest one-day event in Canada that raises money solely to overcome ovarian cancer.  Walk for HER!  The day will include Teal Day at the Park as well as the 5km walk around the stadium.  “This year’s event will not only go towards building on an already strong partnership for a worthwhile cause, but we look forward to supporting the 2017 Walk of Hope, as we have in the past like last year’s Teal Day at the Park, and contributing to this already winning team,” said Craig Richenback, Director of Marketing and Communications with the club.  Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope Ottawa-Gatineau is going into the stretch in recognition of our nation’s sesquicentennial.  The Ottawa-Gatineau Walk of Hope is looking for a box score of $150,000 in raised contributions toward the cause in 2017, marking Canada’s 150th anniversary.  Through past events and walks, $6M has been raised in funding nationally and allocated to ovarian cancer research.

For further information, visit or  Further details, such as the day’s roster and schedule, will be released as they become available.




Thurs. Sept 14th – West Carleton Minor Hockey Association Golf Tournament –


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On Going – The Renfrew Farmers’ Market – is on now with a huge selection of produce, meats, baking and homemade products.  Starting this week, there will be asparagus, green onions, micro greens, rhubarb, beef, pork and lamb, pies, cakes, breads, preserves, chocolate goodies, honey, maple syrup and lots of started vegetables and flowers for your gardens! Every Saturday from 8am -12pm until Thanksgiving.


On Going – Let YAK pick up your Electronics for Recycling! – It’s that time of year again folks! Out with the old and in with the new Electronics! For those of you expecting an Electronics Delivery this Holiday Season, you may be wondering how to make room for your new additions. YAK will be providing door to door E Waste Round up Services from January 4th to 6th.  We will be collecting and recycling unwanted electronics such as MP3 players, cameras, telephones, cell phones, pagers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, radios, stereos, tablets, printers, scanners, home theater systems, and of course, computers.

For the past 4 years, YAK has been collecting E-Waste from the residents in Perth as a means to raise funds to help cover the costs of the Youth Centre’s utility bills. This year, YAK’s Pick Up Service will be offered for a minimum $20.00 donation per household. All funds raised will to go towards YAK’s Hydro and Gas bills for 2017 which are budgeted at $4000.

Residents in the Perth area can take advantage of our pick up service by simply calling YAK to make an appointment. When you call, be sure to let us know if you will be leaving your electronics at your curb side or if you need an extra hand, we can arrange for YAK Volunteers and Staff to come into your home to assist you with the removal of the electronics.


Pick up services can be also arranged for Residents in Tay Valley, Drummond North Elmsley, Beckwith and Rideau ferry areas for an additional donation.

Additional Pick up Service dates through 2017, are as follows:

April 18, 19 & 20, 2017

August 23, 24 & 25, 2017

November 1, 2, & 3, 2017



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 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-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



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.