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 Mackenzie Bishop at mackenzie.bishop@rci.rogers.com.

 

URGENT -Demand is up.supplies are down-the Salvation Army Emergency Food Cupboard is almost bare! PLEASE drop off your non-perishable food donations at the church, 251 Brockville Street Smiths Falls.

 

Now until December 31 – The 2nd annual Smiths Falls Celebration of Lights brings festive cheer to Victoria Park. Beginning Nov. 29 and continuing through Dec. 31, Victoria Park will once again be open for visitors to tour the many outstanding light displays throughout the park .For more information about reserving your space at Victoria Park, or to volunteer for the event, please contact Tracey Pankow at 613-285-9125 or email at info@togethersmithsfalls.com.

 

Now until December 31 – The 2nd annual Smiths Falls Celebration of Lights brings festive cheer to Victoria Park. Beginning Nov. 29 and continuing through Dec. 31, Victoria Park will once again be open for visitors to tour the many outstanding light displays throughout the park .For more information about reserving your space at Victoria Park, or to volunteer for the event, please contact Tracey Pankow at 613-285-9125 or email at info@togethersmithsfalls.com.

 

Now until December 31 - The United Way Lanark County will be holding a countywide “Champagne Flights, Dinners & Stays” Raffle during the 2014 Campaign. The main prize is a flight for two aboard a private plane over Lanark County, to Kingston and back, including a small champagne reception and tour of the Classic Wings Private Museum at the Smiths Falls Airport in Montague Township. The second prize includes stays for two at the Almonte Riverside Inn and the Perth Boutique Manor Hotel. Included in the prize list are dinners for two in restaurants across Lanark County. Tickets are $10 each sold until December 31st. The draw will be taking place on Friday, January 9th. For further information, contact the United Way Lanark County office at 613-253-9074 or via e-mail Kate at khallas@lanarkunitedway.com.

 

Now until January 7 – Christmas Lights Across Canada. Ottawa sparkles and shines during the Christmas season. From early December to early January, thousands of colourful lights illuminate the National Capital Region’s winter landscape. The radiant event, which began nearly three decades ago, became such a hit that cities across Canada now participate in what’s become a national tradition

 

Now until March – The Gerry Lowe Shinny Hockey Program in Smiths Falls runs now until March 30, 2015. Primarily for youth aged 7-14 who might not otherwise have a chance to play. 3:30pm Mondays at the Community Centre. Contact Greg 613-284-4696 to register.

 

December 17 – River and Star A Gathering for Peace starting at 7:30pm at Christ United Church, 12 Perth St. Lyn. A time of story, song, and prayer: many traditions, many faiths with Storyteller Deborah Dunleavy, Imam Ahmad Khadra and Rev. Wendy MacLean. For more information visit www.christunitedlyn.com

 

Dec 18 to 21-Valley Highlands Scouts will be holding their 1st Annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser this year at Brewer Christmas Tree Farm on Bay Road, Lombardy (4km from Highway 15). The trees will be on sale Thurs and Fri from noon to 5 and Sat and Sun from 9 to 5. Precut trees are $30 & cut your own $25, regardless of size.

 

December 19 to 20-Perth Tourism as they invite friends and family to join in celebrating the great Canadian Winter at Last Duel Park. The Park has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland with Christmas lights and displays to embrace the Holiday Season. Winter Wonderland will be open on December 19th and 20th; and 26th and 27th from 5pm to 9m each evening. Dec., 19 is Drive Thru Evening – Vehicles will be permitted to drive through the Park. Sat., Dec., 20th will feature bonfire, hot chocolate, music and horse drawn wagon rides. No vehicles allowed. Admission is free.

 

December 21 – A Maple Ridge Christmas at the Maple Ridge Centre from 3:00pm until 8:00pm. It will feature an indoor living nativity scene (complete with live animals); horse-drawn wagon rides; visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus; holiday pictures; marshmallow & hot dog roasting over an open fire; carollers; kids crafts; soup supper; craft & bake sale; & more! This is a free event for the community but they are asking for cash or food donations for the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation & the House of Lazarus.

 

December 26 to 27- Join Perth Tourism as they invite friends and family to join in celebrating the great Canadian Winter at Last Duel Park. The Park has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland with Christmas lights and displays to embrace the Holiday Season. Winter Wonderland will be open on December 26th and 27th from 5pm to 9m each evening. Dec., 26 is Drive Thru Evening – Vehicles will be permitted to drive through the Park. Sat., Dec., 27th will feature Bonfire, Music, and Horse Drawn Wagon Rides. No vehicles allowed. No vehicles allowed. Admission is free.

 

December 26 to January 5 – Winter Frolic on the Farm from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Canada Agriculture and Food MuseumCelebrate a pioneer winter with agricultural holiday activities old and new at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. Discover how settlers spent the holiday season: what they ate, how they celebrated, and how they prepared for the upcoming spring

 

January 1-The Annual Perth Polar Bear Plunge. This year’s recipient is the Perth 200th Anniversary Panel of the 200th anniversary of Perth in 2016, and funds will be used to offset these costs. Plungers can visit the website at www.perthpolarbearplunge.ca. $25 registration fee or equivalent in pledges to participate. Breakfast and registration starts at 7:30am, plunge takes place at 10am. Everyone welcome! For info on the 200th Anniversary, please call 613-267-1947 or see the website at www.perth.ca

 

January 18 – The 27th Annual Smiths Falls Bridal Show from 1 to 4pm at Hanley Hall, 30 McGill Street. Admission is $5 and brides may pre-register by calling 613-284-0605 or 283-8119.

 

January 23, 24 and 25 -  Frewfest – Renfrew’s annual winter carnival – is a family-centred celebration with indoor and outdoor activities. All events are based at the Ma-Te-Way Park and the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre with the exception of the Renfrew Firefighters Association family ice fishing derby all day on the Bonnechere River. For more information, call the Renfrew recreation department at 613-432-3131.

 

January 24 – Winter Celebration at Rideau Hall. Get active and experience Nordic sports and traditions through a variety of free outdoor and interpretive activities. For more information, call 613-991-4422 / 866-842-4422 or visit  www.gg.ca

 

February 1  – Osgoode Rideau Minor Hockey will be hosting the Sens Alumni on Sunday from 3:30pm at the Osgoode arena. Come watch as our coaches take on the Sens Alumni in what is sure to be a great game. Tickets are $5 at the door. Great raffle prizes to be won!

 

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 10am 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 7pm 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 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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-The Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark County needs volunteers to take part in the “Day Away” program. 264-0307

 

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 7:30 – 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 – 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 – 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 5-8pm. Details at the Kemptville Youth Centre call KYC at 613-258-5212 or email Andrew MacLean at andrew@kemptvilleyc.com

 

On Going-Youth Action Kommittee of Perth & District (YAK) has established an electronic waste depot. Small amounts (car load or less) accepted during normal hours of operation-2pm-7pm. 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 7pm.   Bridge Lessons Tuesday at 1pm Bingo Thursday at 7pm.

 

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 7am to 9am. 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 7pm. 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.

 

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