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. May 28th – Wheelers Pancake House and Sugar Camp – near McDonald’s Corners hosts the 4th annual ‘Wheelers Maple Kitchen Party’. All funds raised during the evening will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation. In the first 3 years, The Kitchen Party has raised a total of $24,000 for CHEO through ticket sales, a silent auction, and individual donations.  The 2016 ‘Kitchen Party’ features toe tapping family entertainment and plenty of food with Lanark County Maple Syrup. The Wheeler family, and volunteers, will serve an all-you-can-eat maple feast including pancakes, French toast, maple sausages, quiche, and maple baked beans topped off with Angela Wheeler’s scrumptious homemade maple sugar pie and other maple themed desserts. A great variety of items and services will be up for bid at the silent auction. The popular ‘live auction’ will feature unique items including limited edition bottles of ‘Vernon’s Choice’ pure maple syrup. 

The Wheeler Family donates 100% of the ticket cost for the meal and entertainment to the CHEO Foundation. 100% of the proceeds of the silent and live auction also go to CHEO. The event starts at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $50 per person and can be reserved by calling (613)278-2090 or e-mail

Sat. May 28th – Yard Sale – 8AM – 2PM. Arnprior & District Humane Society, 490 Didak Drive, Arnprior, K7S 0C3. For more info call  613-623-0916 or


Sat. May 28th – Top Shelf Distillers – 14 Warren Crescent Perth ON (Rogers Rd. Industrial Zone) 2PM – 6PM. Artifact Unveiling @ 2:30PM. Free Admission, all ages, rain or shine. Contact or 613-201-3333 for more details.


Sat. May 28th – Battle of the Bands Charity Event – 5 Public Servant Bands will battle it out to win the Golden Band Cuffs Award!!  Golden-Cash-Grabbing Award AND the Cuffed-to-the-Audience Award.The Golden-Cash-Grabbing Winner will receive 50% of proceeds for the Band’s charity of choice. All other proceeds will be donated to the band’s charity of choice.  Tickets are $5 at the door, and we will gladly accept donations.  May 28th, 7:00 pm, at The Brass Monkey.  Facebook Event Link:


Sat. May 28th –  Enormous Fundraising Garage sale  – At the North Gower United Church 8:00AM – 1:00PM (2332 Church Street – White Church near the only North Gower Street light).  Furniture, toys, flower pots, books, kitchenware, bikes, garden supplies, small appliances, endless bargains – you don’t want to miss this sale.  Rain or shine.  For more info call 613-489-4218.


Sun. May 29th – The Clothesline Project – will take place Sunday, May 29th, from 11:00AM until 5:00PM at Minto Park. Women, children, and anyone affected by violence will have the chance to paint a shirt to hang on the line for all to see. These shirts allow to make public the impact of violence and represent an important step in the healing process. Members of the public are invited to race on over to participate in the Clothesline Project by painting a shirt in solidarity and by learning what they can do to end violence against women and children. It’s time to BREAK the silence and to end violence. For more information contact: Kim Dubé Cell: 613-866-7649


Sun. May 29th – Dollars for Dogs – Andrew Haydon Park, 3169 Carling Ave. Registration 9:30AM – 10:30AM. Dog social, 4km walk, BBQ & door prizes. $30 entry fee or obtain pledges in advance. Entry forms available by emailing For more info or (613) 692-7777.


Thurs. June 2nd – South Grenville District High School –  Relay for Life- Give Cancer the Boot, 12:00PM-12:00AM Relay for Life is a community fundraising event where Canadians across the country join together in the fight against cancer. This is a 12 hour event that is held to raise money and awareness for cancer. Register a team of people today and raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Register at:


Sat. June 4th – White Lake Community Yard Sale – Start your day with breakfast at one of many locations.  (White Lake Fire Hall, White Lake Restraurant or the United Church).  Tour the streets of White Lake and see what we have to offer at the many yard sales that will be set up along the way.  There are many things to check out including a bake sale at the Untied Church and also lunch served up by the Fire Hall!  The Little Red Wagon will be serving there famous french fries!  A Craft sale also known as the Monthly Market at the Women’s Institute along with the Bargain Basement that is also in the Women’s Institute.


Sat. June 4th – Together All For the Animals – HWY 7 Pet Retreat Kennel and Spaw 1st annual Fundraiser for many local surrounding Ottawa Animal Rescues.  From 10:00Am- 2:00PM.  We are inviting the public to come to our event to adopt or foster and help raise funds and save animals’ lives!  It is a great opportunity for many small local animal rescue organizations to raise awareness about all these wonderful four-legged (or less) animals that need a second chance in life. Located at:1412 Ashton Station Road, Ashton K0A 1B0.  For more information click here


together for all the amimals


Sun. June 5th – Walk to Fight Arthritis – The Walk to Fight Arthritis stretches across Canada to unite families, friends and organizations to achieve one common goal: to help the over 4.6 million Canadians who live with arthritis every day. Registering for the Walk means you join a passionate community that is determined to build awareness and raise funds for arthritis research. Fundraising for the Walk also permits The Arthritis Society to keep providing vital programs and services that enable people with arthritis to live well at home, work and play.  Join the movement – register and begin fundraising today! Location: Carleton University, Alumni Park(1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON). Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Contact Info: Tina or Shannon 613-723-1083 ext 1514  or


Sun. June 5th – On Sunday June 5th from noon-4:00PM Glee Ceptional, A special needs Glee club in Ottawa, and dream catchers, A relay for life team in Ottawa east are hosting a fundraiser where proceeds will be split equally between both causes.  Located at 2345 AltaVista drive, the fire station will be helping to host a car wash, bake sale, barbecue, face painting, and visits from Disney characters such as Spiderman, Elsa, and Belle from beauty and the beast. Thanks to our many sponsors  100% of all proceeds raised will be split equally amongst both charities. Come on out and have some lunch, listen to some music and get a car wash while helping your local charities.

Sun. June 5th – Perth Civitan Annual Cheo Breakfast – Fun children’s activities, hockey shootouts, crafts, face painting, and more surprising guests! Spartcat will be arriving at 10:30AM. Breakfast by donation from 8:00AM to 1:00PM (Breakfast buffet involves bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, toast, coffee, timbits, juice, everything you can imagine all for a donation to CHEO). Located at the Perth Civitan Hall, HWY 43, Perth. All proceeds go to the CHEO foundation.


Thurs. June 9-19th – 42nd Annual Italian Week – Annual community festival with various locations around Little Italy (Preston street), bringing together the Italian community and the public in the spirit of being Italian.  Italian week has a long history in Ottawa and this years festival promises to be bigger and better than the past, including a few surprises.  Official opening June 9th at Ottawa City Hall, launch and Dance Gala on June 10th followed by several cultural activities throughout the week leading to the Grande Finale weekend June 17 to 19. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.


Fri. June 10th – Two Beats Ahead Jazz Band Concert and Dance – Enjoy an evening of music and dancing with the sounds of Two Beats Ahead Jazz Band, on Friday, June 10, 2016 at Orchard View Wedding and Event Centre. The concert is presented by Manotick Veterinary Hospital in support of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Meet future guide dogs when the doors open at 7:30pm and groove to the music starting at 8:00pm.  The dance floor will be open and there will be plenty of door prizes throughout the evening.  100% of ticket sales benefit Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the venue has been donated free of charge by Orchard View.  Tickets are available in advance from Manotick Veterinary Hospital or at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Order by phone at (613) 692-7777.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10.  Tickets will also be available at the door at Orchard View, 6346 Deermeadow Drive on Friday, June 10.  Two Beat Ahead Jazz Band is a twenty piece ensemble, led by Brian Asselin, playing Latin, jazz and rock style pieces arranged for the standard instrumentation of a stage band (saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, bass, guitar, drums). To learn more about this event or Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, visit or phone (613) 692-7777.

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.


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


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: 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 – 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.


On Going- The Kemptville Legion is offering breakfast on the third Saturday of every month starting September 19th,2015.  Available from 8:00- 10:00 AM. Adults are $5.00, children under 12 are $3.00.  Serving bacon, eggs, ham, sausages, pancakes, home fries, home made beans, muffins, toast and coffee. All welcome!


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.