KAWARTHA LAKES: On May 16th, 1943, the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron launched a bombing assault on two German dams that destroyed two power stations, damaged factories and mines, and killed roughly 1,600 civilians.
Dubbed Operation Chastise, the legendary secret mission is the inspiration behind Ted Barris’ latest bestselling book, Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany.
On Tuesday, February 26th, the celebrated Canadian author will stop by the Lindsay public library at 6:30 p.m., to share the true story of the night that changed the Second World War.
The secret raid against Germany’s Ruhr River dams took years to plan, involved an untried bomb, and included the best aircrews Allied Bomber Command could muster, many of them Canadian. The raid marked the first time the Allies tactically took the war inside Nazi Germany.
Every one of the 133 airmen on the mission understood the odds of survival were low. Of the 19 bombers outbound, eight did not return. The operation cost the lives of 53 airmen, including 14 Canadians. Of the 16 RCAF men who survived, seven received military decorations for valour.
Dam Busters is Barris’ 18th non-fiction book, published by HarperCollins. Two days following its release last fall, the book landed on the Globe & Mail’s bestsellers list, where it remained for seven weeks straight. His previous book, The Great Escape: A Canadian story, won the Libris Non-Fiction Book Award.
The free presentation takes place in the Meeting Room located on the bottom floor at the library. Light refreshments will be served. Barris will be available to chat following his presentation.
The reading is supported by funds from the Friends of the Lindsay Library.
Valentine's Day is an opportunity for couples to celebrate their love for each other, whether their relationship is relatively new or has endured through many years.
According to estimates by the National Retail Federation, Canadians could spend close to $2 billion on Valentine's Day this year. While chocolates and champagne are high on the list of most-purchased items for February 14th, couples should not feel beholden to tradition on Valentine's Day. This year may be the perfect time to try something new, even if it's out of couples' comfort zones.
Here are some novel ideas for couple's looking to set their celebrations apart.
Paint and sip:
Couples can take part in a growing trend this Valentine's Day. At paint-and-sip events, people are guided step-by-step through the process of painting their own masterpieces. Breaks are provided through the evening to indulge in beverages and snacks of choice. Couples can bring along a bottle or two of wine, or other non-alcoholic beverages, and a platter of cheeses, chocolates or other Valentine's Day fare. Those interested can inquire at their nearest paint and sip location, such as Pinot's Palette, for Valentine's Day specials.
Couples who are naturally competitive or devoted sports fans can enjoy the evening by engaging in some healthy competition. Some restaurants host trivia nights, or couples can head to the nearest arcade and battle it out. Panic and escape rooms are cropping up in towns across the country. These employ 60-minute real-life experiences in which participants must solve clues to escape the room. This can be a great bonding experience for fun-loving couples.
Although some couples may dine out on Valentine's Day, men and women who like to dabble in culinary arts can prepare their own meals from the comforts of their own kitchens. Others may want to enroll in classes that provide expert instruction from area chefs or culinary instructors. Cooking classes can be an ideal way to spend time together learning skills that can be put to use again and again.
Couples who like to push the envelope can explore the possibilities of thrill-seeking activities. Some may include bungee-jumping, hot-air balloon rides, taking laps at the racetrack, or hitting the ski slopes.
Valentine's Day might be a time for romance, but couples should not hesitate to buck tradition and spend the day together engaging in activities that accommodate their interests.
The 62nd annual Sunderland Lions Music Festival, will be held from Monday, February 11th until Friday, February 22nd, 2019. Again, this year, the venues for this popular event are the Sunderland Town Hall and the St. Andrew’s United Church, Sunderland.
The Festival will be officially opened this year by Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden on February 11th, at 9:30 a.m. in the Sunderland Town Hall, the home of the festival since its inception in 1958.
Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Piano classes will take place from February 11th to 15th. String classes will be on February 12 a.m., guitar classes in the p.m. Most of the vocal, instrumental and school choir classes will be during the week of February 19th to February 22nd, at both the Town Hall and United Church. The band sessions will be at Port Perry High School with a combination of elementary and secondary band performances and workshops, on Wednesday, February 20th and Thursday, February 21st, starting at 3:30 p.m. Please check the festival website for an exact timetable. Stars of the Festival Concerts, when winners are invited back for an encore performance, will be held at the Town Hall, from February 25th to February 28th with each evening performance, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children.
Programs cost $4 each and are available at the Port Perry School of Music; Pharmacy Associates of Port Perry; the Studio of Jennifer Neveu; Shopper’s Drug Mart in Uxbridge; in Sunderland at Pilgrim’s Home Hardware and Sunderland Guardian Pharmacy. A Festival Pass is available for $12, or admission to each individual session is $3. You may download the program, at www.sunderlandlionsmusicfestival.com.
The Music Festival Committee engages highly qualified adjudicators, who will assist participants in developing technique and encourage them in furthering their musical studies.
During the Festival, St. Andrew’s UCW will serve lunch daily, in the church banquet hall. Menus include homemade soups, sandwiches and delicious desserts at very reasonable prices.
The Music Festival Committee requests that participants and spectators park their vehicles in the parking facilities, adjacent to the Sunderland Arena, so the businesses on the main street can function normally.
We cordially invite one and all to attend the 2019 Sunderland Lions Music Festival.
SCUGOG: Honduras is a country characterized by contradiction. It is a popular tourist destination because of its lush rainforest, the magnificent Mesoamerican barrier reef, and the many historic Mayan structures, but amongst the natural beauty and rich culture, the country is plagued with economic instability, gang violence, wide-spread poverty and lack of job opportunities. According to the World Bank, more than 66 percent of Hondurans live in poverty. One in five people endure, what is called “extreme poverty,” and must support themselves on less than $1.90 a day.
In a joint effort with other churches across Canada, members from the Port Perry New Song Church, a part of the Anglican Network in Canada, are partnering with their sister church, St. Brides Anglican church of Mississauga, and are taking action to provide support and assistance to the people of Roatan Island in Honduras.
Suzanne Garriock explained, “In 2014, work began with Missionaries, Nelson and Kara Meija of Honduras, to build the first “Hurricane-safe” church on the Island. “We will be travelling there, from March 7th to the 14th, to continue our work there. This church, which can seat 400 people, will not just be a church, but can also serve as a Community Centre, a Mobile Health Care Centre, and a Youth Centre. It is located high up in the hills to be safe from potential disaster, from tidal waves and hurricanes. A team of volunteer engineers designed the building. This is a Christian and humanitarian project, and all the supporters are from Canada and work as volunteers.”
This year, the team of 16 youth and leaders, from the New Song church and the St. Brides church, have raised $4,100, to-date, to continue construction on the church. Their goal, for this trip, is to lay a 3 inch concrete foundation over the existing temporary foundation, and finish tiling the floor. They will be assisting local workers, who they have hired for this phase of the project, and who have been working on it since 2014, thereby providing employment to local workers, as well as providing the financial contributions to cover the cost of the materials for the building.
Suzanne Garriock and her husband will be taking their two children on this trip. Suzanne stated, “My husband and I believe that every child should experience a view of the developing world, before being launched into the world on their own, so they can appreciate the opportunity that God has given them within the family they grew up with...It is very easy to take everything for granted. It is our hope that our youth will see the world with more open eyes and want to be part of the bigger picture. To have them want to try to make a difference, by pitching in, either by continuing with mission work, spreading the word of God or simply by trying to make the world a better place in small ways”.
While the volunteer group is there, for the week in March, they will also be hosting a “Vacation Bible Camp” for the local children to attend.
To support this cause all are welcome to attend a “Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction” fundraiser, on Friday, February 1st, at the New Song Church, at 6:30 p.m., located at 14460 Simcoe St. in Port Perry.
For tickets to this fundraiser, or to make a donation for this project, contact Chris at the New Song Church, at 905-982-2064. Donations of supplies, such as clothing, crafts, sports equipment, balls, and educational materials, will also be gladly accepted.
UXBRIDGE: Seniors receive unexpected gifts from the Quaker Village PS school community.
On December 8th, from 9 a.m. to noon, parents, students and staff at Quaker Village PS in Uxbridge celebrated the upcoming holidays by thinking of the senior citizens at Butternut Manor Residence.
The school decided to host their parent engagement event differently this year. Grade 8 students helped the younger students make personalized crafts and cards for local seniors. Vice-Principal Gavin Ruddock and one of the parents, Jenn Pearlston, helped to organize the event.
“The goal of this initiative is to remind students and families that the holidays are about giving,” Ruddock said.
The students worked hard on the crafts and loved the idea of making the senior’s day a little brighter.
“I just loved the whole thing! The event was such a great idea,” said Grade 5 student Jane F. “I loved doing crafts. Helping all the cute kids with their crafts was fun and the snacks were delicious.”
They also played the movie “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” in the library and set-up a holiday dance area for the kids who finished their cards. Ruddock said the families also donated non-perishable food items that will be given to the local food bank later this month.
"We made cards for the seniors to make them feel happy,” says Grade 1 students Ian P.
The personalized crafts and cards were delivered by the students in person to the residents at the retirement home.
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All Canadian Celtic rock band, “The Mudmen” will be making a stop at Town Hall 1873 in Port Perry on January 11th for the bands 21st Anniversary Tour.
Mudmen was first formed in 1993 as “The Campbell Brothers”, but later signed a deal with EMI Records and changed the band’s name to Mudmen in 1998.
Since it’s inception the band has played over 2600 shows to date, with more than 40 Cross Canada Tours under their belt.
Robby Campbell, co-founder of Mudmen, describes the band’s music as, “a party waiting to happen.”
The band’s Celtic rock music is sure to get attendants of the show up on their feet, for a fun filled evening of dancing.
Robby added, the music is timeless and suits all ages, so everyone from nine years old to ninety should have a fun time.
In 2018 the band, celebrated their 20th anniversary, touring, by releasing a brand-new book called “20 Years in The Mud.”
The inspiration for the book came from the band member's desires to share their life stories, the ups and downs, and all round experience with Mudmen over 20 years.
“If your Canadian and you like stories about Canada, bands, trials and tribulations, triumphs and regrets, then this is a must read story, in my opinion,” Robby said. “It’s a good part of Canadian history, and I don’t believe many bands are more Canadian then the Mudmen.”
According to Robby, Mudmen has been across Canada nearly 50 times and 80 per cent of their gigs have been in the Great White North.
Apart from the Canadian history aspects of the book, he added, “I think people are going to be surprised where we’ve been, what we’ve done and who we know.”
Any fans of the Mudmen are welcomed to meet with band members after the show, according to Robby.
He said, “We will take pictures and meet with anybody who wants to talk to us.”
Tickets for the show are available online at http://www.townhall1873.ca/. Cost is $28 for adults and $25 for youth.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m., inside Town Hall 1873, located at 302 Queen Street, in Port Perry. Robby encourages everyone in the area to come out and enjoy a night of live music and entertainment.
He said, “I think it will be a fun night. You can bring out grandma and the little kids, it would be a great Christmas present.”
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Kawartha Lakes Food Source is excited to announce the third annual Yuk Yuk's Comedy Fundraiser.
This year's show welcomes two very talented comedians; emcee and opener, Shannon Laverty, and headliner, Pete Johansson.
The event will be held, on January 26th, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay. This is an age of majority event.
Tickets are $35 each and all proceeds go to the Kawartha Lakes Food Source. Tickets can be purchased at the Academy Theatre, during box office hours, or online at www.academytheatre.ca/tickets. For more information, please visit our website, at:
www.kawarthalakesfoodsource.com or call 705-324-0707.
Kawartha Lakes Food Source is a community effort, to reduce hunger in the City of Kawartha Lakes. We operate from a centralized warehouse: collect food from reclamation sources; buy food in bulk; sort and store food; promote awareness of hunger and its impact; and coordinate fundraising. We provide food to member organizations on a monthly "fair share" basis.
Lift a page from the past, by taking a novel approach to your holiday gift-giving for children this year.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit encourages parents and caregivers to include a book under the tree for children. While they may seem old-fashioned, compared to modern tech toys, devices and electronic games, books are a great gift to give this holiday season.
“Books can open up new chapters for children and their parents,” says Shelley Shaughnessy, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Reading together allows family members to bond together, explore new literary worlds, and acquire a love of language. Books are valuable, because they can support a child’s communication skills that are critical for future success, at school and in life.”
As children grow, “their brains are like sponges,” which means they are constantly learning from what goes on around them, she notes. Reading with children helps to stimulate speech and language skills, as adults help them learn new words and discuss their meanings. Visual attention, conversation skills, and listening ability can also be improved, she adds.
“Take the cue from your child when reading,” Ms. Shaughnessy adds. “If children flip back and forth all over the book, be patient. It shows they enjoy the book and want to concentrate on the parts that especially appeal to them. Another word of advice: show interest and enthusiasm when reading to children, so the words on the page have appeal and hold their attention.”
Finding an age-appropriate book for a child is the most important step in encouraging reading. Books with repetitive and rhyming text, as well as plenty of pictures and interactive features, such as holes or flaps for lifting, can be a hit with older toddlers and preschoolers. For older children who are less inclined to read, choose a story with an exciting plot that will grab their attention and make them want to read.
Giving a gift certificate, to a local bookstore for your child, is another way to encourage reading. If children’s expectations this holiday season involve a high-tech gadget, parents might consider electronic book readers as an option. Alternately, a low-tech, no-cost idea may be a better fit. “Get your child a library card and open the door to a world of books, where new experiences await,” Ms. Shaughnessy adds.
To further support reading and child speech skills, local residents can visit the KidTalk website, at www.kidtalk.on.ca. or call the Health Unit toll-free, at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003.
The Optimist Fantasy of Lights event celebrates it's tenth year, of providing Uxbridge and area a, fabulous family oriented, celebration of the Holiday Season.
As usual, there will be festive displays, created using LED lights. Storey Time Farm is back with their beautiful horses. You can enjoy the lights from the comfort of a wagon ride, with your family and friends. Bring a blanket and get cozy.
The event accommodates both vehicle and foot traffic. Vehicles can enter the park via the Elgin Park Drive entrance. Parking is available near the Main Street exit, if people wish to walk the route. In addition, a lit walking path will be open through the middle of the park.
The event runs from December 8th through to January 5th, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., nightly.