Community-Calendar

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 liz.pearson@rci.rogers.com.

 

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Sat. Feb 25th – Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser WALK for Chrysalis House –Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting a fundraising walk, the Coldest Night of the Year, for Chrysalis House. It’s a Canada-wide walking fundraiser that raises money for and awareness about the hungry, homeless and hurting.

We are encouraging participants to walk 2, 5 or 10 km to raise money for Chrysalis House. Our WALK will raise money to help the women’s shelter serve about 150 women and children this year. We need you to become Team Captains, join a team, donate, or become a sponsor!

 To learn more about the event please visit our WALK page here. For more information please contact Katrina Guerin at 613-591-3686 ext. 286 or guerin@wocrc.ca.

Time: Feb. 25, 2017

Registration: 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Kanata Recreation Complex, Hall A

 

Sat. Feb 25th – Trivia Night –  at the Prior Sports Bar & Restaurant. The fun starts at 7:00PM. Arrive earlier to check in your team and order food and refreshments. Jason Marshall of Valley Heritage Radio will be the Quizmaster! All proceeds to benefit the Arnprior Humane Society.

Enter as a team of 6 players ($10/person). Please call 613-623-0916 or email district.spca@bellnet.ca to register and have your team name ready. Only 15 team spots available, so register early! Visit our website for more info: www.arnpriorhumanesociety.ca

 

Sun. Feb 26th – “A Country Jamboree” – From the Heart, For the Heart – Again this year, Ottawa Valley Musicians are banding  together to raise funds for a worthy cause while promoting the appreciation and continuation of Ottawa Valley country music. This fundraiser for the Ottawa Heart Foundation will be held Sunday, February 26th, from 1:00PM – 7:00PM, at the Westboro Legion downstairs Hall(389 Richmond Rd). Come out and join a great line up of Ottawa Valley notables such as: Jason Roos, Donna Moon, Fred Ducharme, Judi Moffatt, Jan McCambley, Johnny Spinks, Mike Cloutier Heritage radio, Maeghan and Mary Ziebarth, Gordie Barnes, Alisa Castonguay, Howard Hayes, Lorne Daley and Terry Marcotte CTV Ottawa

 

Sat. March 4th – Golden Stage is the Broadway Age – Time travel isn’t a dream anymore on March 4th, 2017, when you walk through the Orchard View(6346 Deermeadow Drive, Ottawa) doorway onto Broadway in the 1920’s. Jazz music, swing dancers and an interactive Photo booth will keep you busy all night. Wet your lips on the special drink menu and get ready for a taste bud overload with a delicious 3 course meal.  Roses will be for sale to end the show with a sweet prize for guests.  Make your way over to the silent auction table to find some amazing prizes donated by local Ottawa Businesses. Shine up your dancing shoes and stretch out those hamstrings for a night of dancing and fun.  Proceeds of the event go towards the Children’s Wish Foundation. For more information click here!

 

Tues. March 14- Thurs. March 16th – It’s the Ottawa Valley Farm Show’s 90th birthday! Help celebrate at the EY Centre. There will be more than 340 exhibitors ready to show you the latest in machinery, equipment, seed, feed and services. Lots of attractions, like Old Time music, an anniversary quilt auction, local delicious food, and a cookie contest! Country 101 1’s Unbalanced Breakfast – Kenny and Big Ginger will be judges. The Ottawa Valley Farm Show – Eastern Ontario’s first big farm gathering of the year. For more info click here!

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Sat. April 1st &  Sun. April 2nd –  Maple Weekend – Come enjoy the sweetest time of the year! The Lanark and District Maple Producers Association will be hosting the 3rd Annual Maple Weekend on April 1 and 2, 2017, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Join us at a participating Maple Weekend sugar bush and explore how maple products are produced, from tree to table.

A list of participating Maple Weekend maple syrup producers is available on the Maple Weekend website, along with further details about specials and activities for visitors. Activities range from pancake breakfasts to sugar bush trail adventures, sugar making demonstrations, taffy on snow, horse-drawn sleigh-rides and more! Taste why pure Ontario maple syrup has long been a favourite springtime treat and share in the fun of the sweetest time of the year!

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Sat. June 3rd – 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament – Everyone is welcome to participate in a best ball, fun golf tournament to raise funds & awareness for Parkinson’s Disease – proceeds benefiting Parkinson Society Ottawa.

Hammond Golf & Country Club. Golf & Dinner: $115.00 (Includes golf, cart, dinner, prizes & $20 tax receipt) For more information contact: Brenda – brenda.lavergne@hpe.com

 

Frozen Berry Fundraiser – ongoing until Feb. 8th – 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 ($13ea). Orders can be placed up until Feb. 8th online at www.arnpriorhumanesociety.ca or in person at the humane society. Payment is due at time of order. Pick-up is Friday Feb. 24th at either: Ikea mall off Greenbank Rd. 4:30-5:00pm, or Arnprior Humane Society 5:30-6:00pm. Delicious, healthy and high quality berries, so don’t miss out!

 

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

EWASTE PICK UP

 

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

 

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 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

 

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 www.facebook.com/canalpursuit 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 http://mdsc.akaraisin.com/CanalPursuit
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 www.guidedogs.ca.

 

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 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.

 

 

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