DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Santa Claus will be making his annual visit to Uxbridge, this Saturday, November 17th, for the 58th annual Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade.
The theme for this year’s parade is ‘Christmas for Kids.’ As with every year, kids are encouraged to bring their letters for Santa to the parade, because Canada Post will be collecting them.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. It will begin at the corner of Brock Street and Centre Road, and then heads east on Brock Street to Nelkydd Lane, and will finish at Uxbridge Se-condary School.
Organizers note that some road closures on the day of the parade may begin around 10 a.m.
For more information on the annual holiday parade, visit the following website: /www.uxbridgesantaclausparade.com.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: An Uxbridge resident has penned a new book about the Montreal Expos, specifically the famous “Blue Monday” game in 1981.
“Blue Monday” refers to Game 5 of Major League Baseball’s National League Championship Series (NLCS), where the Dodgers defeated the Expos to move on to the World Series, after a home run from Rick Monday, in the ninth inning.
The 264 page book is titled Blue Monday; The Expos, The Dodgers, and the Home Run that Changed Everything.
“That Expos team was the first and only team in [their] franchise history to make the playoffs. The book is kind of a tribute to the Expos,” author Danny Gallagher told The Standard. “It's quite an achievement for them to get that far into the playoffs."
Mr. Gallagher said it took him about a year to do all the research for this book, and he conducted close to 75 interviews for it.
He also spoke about what people can expect from the book. “Stuff they've never seen or read before. Revelations, [and] secrets unlocked.”
He said during the process of creating this book, he learned about some stories he had never heard before, about players like Jeff Reardon, Steve Rogers and Rick Monday.
“I asked them a variety of questions, related to their involvement in that series or the regular season. I just kept asking them questions and that way they could express their feelings. Sometimes the people you talk to won't always volunteer information, until you ask them [a] particular type [of] question.”
Mr. Gallagher said the people at Dundurn Press were very helpful in “making the book sing.”
The book sells for about $24, and can be bought in Uxbridge, at Blue Heron Books and Coles bookstore, and in Port Perry from Books Galore.
SCUGOG: Bakersville, the Animated Gingerbread Village, is returning once again to the Scugog Memorial Public Library, in Port Perry.
We are looking for creativity this year, either in the design of the creations, or the way that they are decorated. To make the village authentic, we ask that the entries be made of gingerbread and please, no battery operated accessories.
Anyone can submit an entry and there is no fee and is a non-judged event. Kits are welcome, but original designs are what make the village truly unique. So gather up all of your left over candy and start baking!
Bring your entry to the library Monday, November 26th to Thursday, November 29th, inclusive during operating hours.
Each building should have a title and a registration form is available to be filled in – there is no entry fee. We accessorize as there are no extra elements required, such as figurines, trees, or battery operated decorations etc.
No idea how to make gingerbread? Stop by the Library for a gingerbread recipe sheet.
Then, make sure to come to the library during the holiday season, starting Saturday, December 1st, to see the spectacular animated display! There is no admission fee.
The Bakersville Animated Gingerbread Village runs until January 2nd, during regular library hours.
For more information look for us on facebook at Bakersville Animated Gingerbread Village, call Tracy at 905-442-0363, or check out the library website at www.scugoglibrary.ca
SCUGOG: Calling all Roy Orbison fans! Don't miss the spectacular new touring show "Roy Orbison: The All Star Tribute" coming live to the Town Hall 1873 Theatre for a special matinee performance on Sunday December 9th at 3 p.m.
Direct from Canada's premier producer of musical tribute shows, Bill Culp Productions, 'Roy Orbison: The All Star Tribute' celebrates the incredible career of the legendary "Big O"...Roy Orbison! Starring Michael Danckert in the lead role and backed by a sizzling live band, this show also features an amazing tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis!
This audience-interactive performance features Roy Orbison's greatest hits from his early days with Sun Records to his later hits with the Travelling Wilburys. Hear classics like "Only The Lonely", "Crying", "Running Scared", "Oobie Doobie", "Handle With Care", "You Got it" and of course "Pretty Woman"!
For more information on "Roy Orbison: The All Star Tribute" and other shows from Bill Culp Productions, visit the website www.BillCulp.ca
Tickets for "Roy Orbison: The All Star Tribute" are on sale now via the theatre website www.TownHall1873.ca or at the theatre box office or by calling 905-985-8181.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The G-Moms of Port Perry will be offering people an authentic African dinner next month.
The local charity group will be holding their 7th annual African Dinner and Marketplace, on Tuesday, November 6th. The event will be held at Port Perry Villa, in the auditorium. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The marketplace expects to have “new and exciting merchandise”, according to a press release from the G-Moms.
Tickets are $25 per person, and can be bought at Royal LePage and Coldwell Banker in Port Perry.
The G-Moms of Port Perry are part of the Grandmother to Grandmother campaign, which supports women, as well as children, in Africa, through the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Their goal is to raise awareness and money, to help grandmothers in Africa, who care for children who have been orphaned by AIDS, become self sufficient, and to help them be able to feed and send to school the orphaned they care for.
Port Perry Villa is located at 15987 Simcoe St.
For more information, visit www.gmomsportperry.com.
SCUGOG: This show marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice. The opening Reception will begin Saturday, October 27th, 2018, at 2 p.m., and the show will remain on exhibit from October 27th to November 23rd, 2018, in the Kent Farndale Gallery, in the Scugog Memorial Public Library, at 231 Water Street, in Port Perry.
Tyler Briley is a local sculptor and painter, and the only living Canadian artist with works in the War museum and Parliaments Centre Block.
“I’ve always tried to promote our Canadian identity and those responsible for it.”, said Briley, who believes the true value of public art is the bridge created between the past and the future.
The Kent Farndale Gallery is open 7 days a week, during library hours. Please call 905-985-7686 for more information.
SHIRLEY LOVE Special to The Standard
What a busy and delicious evening at the October meeting, with numerous and different types of desserts to eat. It was well worth the $3 charge for a desert and beverage.
Seam James, our speaker, gave an excellent presentation, with his topic “Close Companions”, a good insight on what can be planted together.
At our November 6th meeting we will have a workshop making a Seasonal Centre Piece. This is for members only. You had to be registered and paid for this by our October meeting to be involved. Mike, of Branching Out Florists, will be our instructor. As these arrangements will be made with fresh material, we will be shown how to keep them fresh until Christmas.
Don’t forget to bring your photos for the photo competition, that will be judged at our November meeting.
As our year-end is October 31st, your 2019 membership is due at the November meeting. For $15 you get ten monthly meetings, featuring excellent speakers and instructors and a good rapport with fellow gardeners.
Please join us at the Nestleton Community Centre, 3971 Hwy. 7A, at 7:30 p.m.
For more information please call Shirley, at 905-986-5330 or email her, at email@example.com.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge Town hall was swarming with elementary students and parents on September 18th, as the Children’s Art Show had its opening reception.
Artwork was submitted at the end of June, from the local elementary schools, to be shown in Town hall during Uxbridge’s Celebrations of the Arts, next to the 2018 Juried Art Show.
“I think the show gets better and better each year,” coordinator Mary Margaret Walters said.
She also thanked the teachers for cooperating, including Laura Mombourquette, a grade 1 teacher from Quaker Village Public School.
“Art is my passion,” shared Ms. Mombour-quette.
At her school, she runs the Primary Art club, with a floor to ceiling collage of a friendship forest. It took three to four months to complete with 35 elementary students.
“I’ve been doing craft club for years, I decided to bump it up,”
Ms. Mombourquette explained the original piece was cut down from 15x16 feet to 8 feet.
“It just grew… like a little forest,”Ms. Mom-bourquette explained.
In the club she teaches technique and lets them take it from there. “I love seeing where they go with it”.
You could see, in the crowd, students running up to the collage to show their parents what part they had worked on. Along with the collaborator piece, smaller individual pieces were all along the walls in the Scribes Room. Including now grade seven Madison LeGrand’s impressionist landscape.
“My favorite, over all, is painting landscapes,” Miss LeGrand said. “Usually you're able to look at the specifics and the little details and it’s a beautiful piece of art. It’s nature.”
She originally did the piece for an assignment in art class, but had it entered into the art show.
“It was exciting,” Miss LeGrand said, about finding out she would be showing. “Being able to have your art in a show, it’s a first for me… having professionals in the next room showing is pretty exciting.”
One day, Miss LeGrand hopes to be in the next room too.
NORTH DURHAM: Durham Basketeers’ Drop-off Day is Saturday, November 3rd, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenbank Centennial Hall, 19965 Highway #12, Greenbank.
Each year, violence and abuse drives more than 100,000 Canadian women and children out of their homes and into shelters. Basketeers is generous group of around 3,500 volunteers with large hearts. Our mission is to provide some of the simple necessities and niceties of life, bundled in a basket and gifted to women as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
More than 17,000 women have received a ‘New Beginnings’ basket since 2000. Last year, the four shelters that we represent received a total of 175 generously donated baskets!
We invite everyone to be part of this special day, bring your basket(s), stay for a while, enjoy some refreshments, visit with other Basketeers and meet representatives from our Region's four shelters. So mark your calendars and start spreading the word.
For those who would like to give a basket, please register on the website www.basketeers.org through the Give a Basket page. We are not a registered charity, every donated basket is a gift of encouragement and support for a woman as she transitions back into the community. One hundred percent of your gift is passed on to, a woman identified by one of our shelters. Fill a basket, fill your heart and send a powerful message of support to these courageous women.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN the Standard
UXBRIDGE: On September 29th, people will be taking to the Uxbridge trails, for the fourth annual 'Sunrise Walks the Uxbridge Trails', to support Sunrise Pregnancy & Family Support Services.
Sunrise Pregnancy & Family Support Services is a charity organization with a number of programs to provide resources and support to North Durham mothers.
“We definitely fill the gap [in services] in this area,” Program coordinator Esther Veens said.
One of their most popular programs is the weekly Parenting Support Program, where they can learn from professional guest speakers, and peers and discuss topics like positive parenting, healthy living and other relevant topics to them.
Pledges and donations from the walk-a-thon go to support their programming.
“It’s one of our main fundraisers of the year,” Ms. Veens said. “It’s really a beautiful walk.”
The route will be stroller and wheelchair accessible, so everyone can participate.
“It’s really a community event,” Ms. Veens said. “So, the more people we can get out the better.”
Sunrise Walks the Uxbridge Trails will be September 29th, at Herrema Blvd, in Barton Farms, at the Soccer Fields. Sign in starts at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will start at 10 a.m., rain or shine.
After the up to 5 km walk at 11 a.m., there will be a BBQ lunch, along with children’s activities, a bake sale, raffle draw and a prize for the highest pledges.
Previously, the walk-a-thon has raised $5,500 at their walks, and they would love to increase that amount for this year. “If we could get 100 walkers, and raise $10,000, that’s our big goal,” Ms. Veens added.
For information or pledge forms, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-852-4192. You can get a pledge form off their website, at www.sunriseuxbridge.com.