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Wednesday, November 27th, 2019-CP Holiday Train Stop in Finch, Ontario

Time: 2:30PM arrival, event runs from 2:45PM to 3:15PM

Where: Finch, Ontario (Tracks adjacent to James Street between Williams Street & George Street)

Join CP and the Township of North Stormont to celebrate the holidays with musical guests ‘Scott Helman’ and ‘Madeline Merlo’.

The holiday train travels across parts of northern United States and across Canada collecting food and raising funds for local food banks.

Once again CP is encouraging those attending the holiday train events to donate heart healthy items, because regardless of circumstances, we believe everyone should have access to healthy and nutritious food. Your cash or healthy food donations support local families in need.

 

Friday, November 29th, 2019- Raising Funds For NESI

Time: Noon-2pm

Where: Algonquin College (B Building Cafeteria), 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa

Help by a group of second year community and justice services students from Algonquin College, funds will be raised and clothing donations will be accepted for the Somer Set West community health centre; specifically their Needle Exchange and Safer Inhalation (NESI). Safe injection sites are extremely beneficial and safe. Studies show that these sites do not increase crime rates. This injection site has been opened now for 20 years and have not had any dramatic increase in neighbourhood crime or complaints of people finding needles around the ground in nearby areas. They allow a safe space where people who want to use it without the fear of being judged by others in the community. It also allows for people to properly dispose of their drug paraphernalia responsibly and get medical attention when it is needed. It saves thousands of lives every year and prevents neighbouring communities from being exposed to drugs.

100% of the proceeds will go towards keeping the NESI program in effect, and all of the clothing donations will be given to the NESI program for individuals accessing the service who do not have proper clothing.

 

Saturday, November 30th, 2019-Hinton Auto Group Build A Mountain of Food

Elgin: 9AM-12PM at Gordanier Freshmart

In support of the Elgin Food Bank

Westport: 1PM-4PM at Kudrinko’s

In support of the Westport Food Bank

 

Saturday, November 30th–Abbotsford 44th Annual Bazaar

When: 10:00am-2:30pm

Where: 950 Bank Street

The Glebe Centre Community Programs at Abbotsford 44th Annual Fundraising Bazaar

For some of the best deals in town be sure to visit Abbotsford’s 44th Annual Bazaar on Saturday, November 30th from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, 950 Bank Street. You’re sure to find just what you’re looking for with our vast selection of gift ideas, including handcrafts, home baking, jewelry, children’s toys, flea market, ornaments, handmade teddy bears, books, Elegant Treasures (antiques and collector items), fine linens and new to you art and ladies clothing. Mark your calendars now – you won’t want to miss it!
Suggested $2.00 admission/donation, wheelchair accessible.
Information email abbotsford@glebecentre.ca, or call 613-230-5730.

 

Saturday, December 7th, 2019-Hinton Auto Group Build A Mountain of Food

Portland: 9AM-13PM at the Portland LCBO and RBC

Merrickville: 1PM-4PM at the Merrickville Food Market

 

Saturday, December 14th, 2019-Hinton Auto Group Build A Mountain of Food

Athens: 9AM-12PM at Athens Fresh Market

Delta: 1PM-4PM at the Delta Country Market

 

Saturday, December 7 – Just Gifts Fair Trade and Local Products Christmas Market 

Date/Time: Saturday, December 7, 2019  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Organization: Emmanuel United Church
Address: 691 Smyth Road; across from Hillcrest High School; bus route #55
Information: 613-733-0437 Monday-Thursday 8:30 – 4 p.m.
Website: www.emmanuelunited.ca

Just Gifts is a Christmas market with a difference, offering Fair Trade and local products, as well as a coffeehouse and entertainment. Producers and products include: Ten Thousand Villages, Zatoun olive oil, chocolate, honey, maple syrup, coffee and more! In support of global partnerships and youth mission trips. December 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Emmanuel United Church, 691 Smyth Road. Bus Route #55. 613-733-0437 Mon-Thurs 8:30 – 4 p.m. www.emmanuelunited.ca

On-Going – ‘Find a Contractor Ottawa’ wants to help uninsured flood victims
After completing garage sales, and online raffles, enough funds have been raised to purchase drywall, paint, flooring etc. to help the aftermath of flood victims.
A group of contractors will be donating their skills and time to help restore/repair the damage caused by the flood. If you have been affected by the flood and are not properly insured, you will be first priority.Please contact Tina Arvanitis at 613-809-7511 or visit their fundraiser group in FB at www.facebook.com/groups/findacontractorottawa

 

On Going – Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is seeking volunteer puppy raisers in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario – 

This is a long-term volunteer commitment of twelve to eighteen months.  The volunteer raises the puppy in their home, teaching basic obedience and socialization.  However, the unique part of this volunteer position is taking the puppy nearly everywhere you go.  Support is provided from professional staff from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

You’ll need to be able to spend most of the day with the puppy, not leaving it alone for more than a couple of hours at a time.  These pups are raised with the intention of being with someone 24/7 as a working guide dog.  Pups are placed into homes at approximately eight weeks of age, so you will be housebound for a short time.  Once the puppy’s vaccinations are in place, around four months of age, you will be asked to take the puppy anywhere you go and introduce it to as many environments and situations as possible, that it may later encounter as a guide dog.

If you work outside of the home, you would start with a sixteen-week old puppy, so that vaccinations are in place and you can take the puppy to work and public areas immediately.  You are expected to take the pup for daily long walks in all weather conditions, so an active lifestyle is preferred.

This is a unique volunteer opportunity, and you could help play a role in changing someone’s life.  Would you be a suitable candidate for a volunteer position like this?  The main thing is that the pup not be left at home alone all day.  Current volunteers include stay-at-home parents, post-secondary students, individuals who work from home or have their own business, part-time workers, or retirees.  Puppy raisers, who are employed full-time and have permission from their employer, can have the puppy in the workplace.   It’s a great way for a company to show their philanthropic spirit, and to boost morale, as employees encounter a cute little puppy at work on a daily basis.

All food, supplies, and veterinary expenses are provided by the organization.

When the dog is ready to enter into formal training at the National Training Centre of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, you must be prepared to give up the dog, so that it may continue its journey to work as a guide dog.

If you would like to learn more about the puppy raising program at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, email info@guidedogs.ca or call (613) 692-7777.

 

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-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 –  Cruise Night in North Bay from 5:30pm till dusk at the North Bay Museum. The food Truck North bay will be in full swing with a great menu.

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