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



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.


 March 6 -  World Day of Prayer 2015- Women from our local churches invite women and men to join us and your neighbours for a service of prayer and action for the “Women of Bahamas”. Place:- St. Paul’s United Church  25 Gore St. W., Perth, Ontario – Date & Time- Friday, March 6th at 1:PM A free will offering taken for the Women of Bahamas. Refreshments will be served. Childcare will be available. Sunday Parking in effect. Accessibility entrance is off D’Arcy St.


 March 6 to 8 – The Westmeath Winter Carnival. Enjoy winter fun all weekend including indoor and outdoor games, scavenger hunt, skating and hockey.


March 7 – In honor of International Women’s Day, the Diefenbunker will present talks by women who have had succesful careers in the defense sector.


March 8 – Valley Irish Show at 2:00pm at the Cobden Agricultural Hall, 43 Astrolabe Road, Cobden.  Featuring Gail Gavan, Mike Ryan, Kyle Felhaver, Seamus Costello plus local dancers. $15.00/person advance tickets for the show only. $20.00/person at the door for the show only.  Roast Pork & Mashed Potato Supper following show (advance ticket sales only) $12.50 per person. Advance tickets available until March 1, 2015 at Dahl’s Convenience in Renfrew, Eganville Country Store in Eganville & Rooney’s Gas Station in Cobden.  For more information call 613-646-2481.  Sponsored by the Cobden Agricultural Society.


March 8 -  Dacre and Area Community Association will be holding a breakfast 8:00-11:00 am.  Menu will be toasted bagel with fried egg, back bacon, cheese , lettuce, tomatoes with deep fried tators and beverages.  Breakfast will be held at the Daca Center 111 Flat RD, Dacre Ontario.  For any info please contact Susan –613-433-9050 or  All proceeds go to our annual horse pull on Sunday June 7th/15.


March 11 – Ottawa Grassroots Festival Launch at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave in Ottawa starting at noon. Join us for great drinks, food, people, and music as we celebrate the launch of the 4th Annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival! This free event is open to everyone buy a especially a time to bring together all volunteers, ,media, and sponsors who make this festival possible!


March 14 – Kemptville Legion, St. Patricks Day Dinner/Dance. Corned beef and cabbage dinner at 6:00 pm.  Dance to follow.  Music by the Montreal Celtic Band “THE KITCHEN PARTY”. Tickets $18.00 per person.  Contact Lorena, 613-258-9065, Marilyn, 613-986-1378 or Legion, 613-258-5734


March 16 to March 20 – March Break Camp with the Railway Museum & The Ivy from March 16 to March 20. The Railway Museum of eastern Ontario in Smiths Falls and The Ivy on William Street Smiths Falls are partnering for an exciting week of transportation-themed crafts and activities featuring food, fitness & fun!


March 21 to 22 - Pakenham Maple Run Studio Tour from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Indulge on sweet maple products and meet local craftspeople and fine artists on the popular self guided  popular which takes place in and around picturesque Pakenham. Maps and detailed tour destination descriptions can be picked up at Fulton’s Sugar Bush, any tour stop along the way (look for the green maple leaf sign), Pakenham General Store, visit  and follow us on Face book for updates and information


March 28 – Eddy and the Stingrays rock the Almonte Civitan Club on Saturday, March 28th. The evening includes Dinner, Dancing, Silent Auction and a Cash Bar. Tickets: $35 each or a table of 8 for $250. Tickets or info contact: RBC Almonte 613-256-6325 or Carolyn at the Almonte General Hospital-Fairview Manor Foundation at 613-256-2514 ext 2296 Proceeds from this event support the Almonte General Hospital


 April 1-Kemptville Youth Centre annual “Jail and Bail” is Wed., April 1 and they are looking for jailbirds like you. Volunteer someone from your congregation, organization, work or home into jail this year.Each jailbird gets pledge sheets and can have an online fundraising page if they wish. Info contact Robin Heald, Executive Director, KYC, (613) 258-5212 e-mail or visit


April 11-Beth Donovan Hospice 3rd Annual Chillin’ & Grillin’ Fest  from 6pm to 9pm at the North Grenville High School Cafeteria,Kemptville.  Sample and vote on your favourite Chili & Ribs from local restaurants.  Tickets are $25 Adults, $50 for family of four. Children under 12 are $5. Tickets on sale at Beth Donovan Hospice, 25 Hilltop Crescent, Kemptville. Info contact at 613-258-9611 ext 0 or by email at Tickets are limited and always sell out.


April 23 to 26 – The Fourth Annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival on three floors the Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, 330 Kent Street, K2P 2A6, in downtown Ottawa. The Ottawa Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. Grassroots is a unique experience, accessible and indoors with FREE daytime activities designed to appeal to all ages, featuring workshops, sing-along, special kids’ activities, an instrument petting zoo, jam sessions, a Festival Choir, folk dancing, instrument building and much more. Evening performances will be ticketed. Follow the latest line-up and performer news on the OGF website, Facebook and Twitter.” It’s called Grassroots because it is! This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers. For more information please visit and follow us on Facebook


 April 25- 39th Annual Festival of the Maples. One of Perth’s oldest and best-loved events will make a sweet return to the streets of the town when the 39th Annual Festival of the Maples kicks off April 25. The festival is one of Perth’s premier annual events and features a large number of vendors, plenty of family entertainment, demonstrations, antique cars and, of course, maple syrup.


April 24 – Spring Vendor and Craft show at the Carleton Place Arena, upper hall. Donations to the Carleton Place food bank will be accepted.


June 12th – Ambush at Stonefields. Doors open at 8pm and Ambush plays from 9pm until 1am at Stonefields, 1985 9th Line Beckwith, in Carleton Place.  Tickets are on sale now – $15pp in advance and $20pp at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling 613-253-3313 or emailing Get your tickets early before they sell out! We look forward to getting Ambushed with you at Stonefields on June 12th, 2015! For more information please visit


TFN- “I Love Lungs’ Team at Summer Events. The Lung Association is inviting you – No matter where you live – to support people with lung disease. Join their “I Love Lungs” team to run/walk the Ottawa Race, cycle the GranFondo Ottawa or crawl through mud at a Spartan Race. Event day volunteers also needed. For more information contact Melanie Estable-Porter


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 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-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


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 or call 613-253-0569


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


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


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


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


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 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


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.