CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
DURHAM: The 5th annual Gowns for Girls took place at Bobby Orr public school this week.
Gowns for Girls is an annual two-day event run by the Durham Regional Police, to build public relations and to make sure everyone can afford to go to their graduation or prom.
The event started in 2014, when Constable Joylene MacNeil noticed girls in the community were missing out on prom and grade eight graduation because they couldn’t afford a dress.
“Prom and grad are milestone events,” Const. MacNeil said. “They should have fun and not feel left out.”
The first year, the event was just open to Oshawa residents, but after they saw the amount of donations they received, they opened it up to everyone in Durham Region.
“We have had record numbers, in regard to the amount of donations that we have received,” shared Const. MacNeil.
While Gowns for girls provided dresses, shoes, accessories, and swag bags full of make-up, there were also raffles for hair and make-up services for the day of.
“It’s really a Cinderella experience,” Const. MacNeil said. “We just want to make a boutique experience for them and make it fun.”
Kailey Webster, a student from Uxbridge Secondary school, came out just to do that for her upcoming prom.
“I wasn’t expecting to find anything here,” Ms. Webster said.
She picked out a blue dress, black heels, and a sequin purse full of jewelry.
“One of the police officers helped me the whole time,” Ms. Webster added. “She really helped me out.”
She heard about the event at school and decided to check it out. After her experience, Ms. Webster said, she would definitely recommend this event to other people.
“Everyone is really nice,” explained Ms. Webster. “They’re always complimenting people.”
Interacting and meeting youth is one reason why the Durham region police hold the event.
“It gives us a chance, as officers, to interact with our youth,” Const. MacNeil said. “And then they get to see us in a different light.”
For Const. MacNeil, it’s the best part of holding the event every year.
“Seeing the emotion, and transformation of the youth,” Const. MacNeil said. “that for me is why we continue to do this year after year, that’s what it’s all about.”
Once the event is over, the left over dresses get put in storage, at Bobby Orr public school until next year.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Youth Centre celebrated their grand opening at their new location inside the Uxbridge Seniors Centre, and announced their five year fundraising campaign, on Saturday, April 21st.
The youth centre was forced to relocate, after it was decided their old location would be torn down because of the Brock St. culvert construction.
Despite there having been concerns from seniors in Uxbridge, about the youth centre moving in, Lynda Knapp, the Uxbridge Senior Citizens Club president, remained optimistic.
“I think it’s going to work out great for both of us,” she told those in attendance at the grand opening.
Uxbridge Ward 2 Councillor and Deputy Mayor Pat Molloy praised the new Youth Centre.
“[The Youth Centre board have] done a fantastic job,” he said, calling it a “great facility.”
He also praised Ms. Knapp and her board for keeping an open mind during the process.
The Youth Centre’s program coordinator Dale McKnight noted, Tall Treed Investment II Corporation helped the youth centre purchase items, such as flooring, computer desks and chairs, and electronics. He also said having the youth centre in the Uxbridge Seniors Centre will benefit seniors with things such as tech support, snow shovelling and yard work.
The Youth Centre also used the opportunity to announce their five year fundraising campaign. They are inviting members of the public and organizations to commit to providing funding to sustain the youth centre for the next five years.
Jamie Houghton, chair of the Uxbridge Youth Centre board, thanked the community for their support.
“Thanks to you, we are continuing stronger than ever,” he said.
He also said the funds raised from this campaign will help them “offer relevant programming for the kids.”
The Uxbridge Youth Centre is open from Monday to Friday, at 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Uxbridge Seniors Centre is located at 75 Marietta St. For more information, visit www.uxbridgeyouthcentre.com.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The 3rd annual Kids4Life Yard and Bake sale will be taking place May 5th.
Rain or shine, the charity yard and bake sale will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Living Water Community Church, located at 81 Reach St., Uxbridge.
“This year, two of the local programs we support are going to come… and engage the kids in activities and games,” organizer Sandra MacDougall shared.
The event, Ms. MacDougall said, is all about the kids. The money raised goes to organizations supporting children and their families.
This year’s goal is $2,000, which will go to their community partners Sunrise Pregnancy Centre, Uxbridge Loaves & Fishes Food Bank, Young Life’s WyldLife program, and a community sports camp.
“Kids need to be supported and loved,” explained Ms. MacDougall
This event started three years ago, when Ms. MacDougall and two others put on a yard and bake sale to raise money enabling them to volunteer for Break the Cycle in Romania.
Break the cycle is an international organization supporting young people in their efforts to build healthy relationships and create culture without abuse.
In Romania, they worked in orphanages, teaching, assisting with after-school programs, and taking the children on outings for 11 days.
After the success of the yard and bake sale, they decided to continue the event and make it annual.
“Come out and support,” Ms. MacDougall said. “All the money goes back to the kids.”
While they are not accepting donations from the general public, everyone is welcome to attend the event, to pick up new treasures at the yard sale or goodies at the bake sale.
SCUGOG: Fans of Billy Joel, Elton John, Burton Cummings and other piano greats are in for a treat when "Billy Joel and The Piano Men" comes to the Town Hall 1873 Theatre for a special one night only performance, on Saturday May 5th, at 8 p.m., this unique theatrical performance combines live music with humour, costumes, and interesting stories about the songs and performers being highlighted.
True to the shows name, the "Piano Men" performance features a wide variety of musical styles from a diverse range of piano legends. In addition to Billy Joel, Elton John, and Burton Cummings, Tournay will perform songs from other piano greats, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Floyd Kramer and even the flamboyant Liberace.
Backed by members from the amazing Memphis Cats band, song highlights include "Crocodile Rock", "Great Balls of Fire", "My Own Way To Rock", "Georgia", "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me", "Blueberry Hill", and of course, Billy Joel's signature song "Piano Man", amongst many other classic piano songs.
Tickets to see “Billy Joel and the Piano Men” at the Town Hall 1873 Theatre, on Saturday, May 5th, at 8 p.m., are on sale now, value-priced at only $39 all inclusive, available at the theatre box office located at 302 Queen Street in Port Perry, by 905-985-8181, or on-line at www.TownHall1873Theatre.ca.
Get your tickets now for the best seats to this incredible show!
KAWARTHAS: When professional artist Karen Richardson relocated to Lindsay from Port Perry, four years ago, she came with a 15-year tradition of opening her studio to the public every spring, as part of the renowned Lake Scugog Spring Studio Tour. She has been a professional painter for 31 years and is a popular painting instructor and author of Watercolour Toolbox, an award-winning painting instruction book.
Now, comfortably settled into the Kawartha Lakes community and having completed renovations to the studio and gallery space in the lower level of her home, Karen is pleased to revive her spring tradition of welcoming the public into her creative space.
During the last weekend in April, at her studio/gallery, visitors will be inspired by a collection of 40 watercolour landscapes and nature studies, created in a realistic style that makes the subjects seem to come alive. Karen mounts and frames her watercolours without the use of glass, providing an unimpeded view of her artwork from any angle.
With original paintings ranging in value from $200 to $2000, in addition to art cards and reproductions, Karen is certain that many guests will find perfect pieces for their own collections. Everyone attending is eligible to enter a free draw to win one of Karen's original paintings.
Karen Richardson Studio is located at 271 Angeline Street South in Lindsay (across from St. Thomas Aquinas school), and will be open to the public on the weekend of April 28th and 29th, from 1 to 5 p.m. both days. All are welcome.
For more information, visit www.karenrichardson.ca or phone 705-324-4881.dson.ca or phone 705-324-4881.
UXBRIDGE: Attention all residents of Uxbridge and area, let’s go fishing again! Yes, it’s true. The 16th annual Uxbridge “Huck Finn” Youth Fishing day is just around the corner! The event, sponsored by Canadian Tire, is supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Uxbridge Township, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Optimist Club, the Pickering Rod and Gun Club, the OFAH, Zone “G”, the Uxbridge B.I.A., and last but not least, the Durham Region Police.
On Saturday, April 28th, everyone is once again invited out for a great fun-filled day of fishing. Elgin Pond will be the home of 100’s of Brook trout, just waiting to be caught by any participant 15 years of age and under. The kick off for the event will be a Huck Finn parade. Starting at Elgin Park, at 9:15 a.m., all children and parents are encouraged to dress up in your best Huck Finn outfits. Decorate your bikes and wagons too! All parade participants will be entitled to a V.I.P. fishing area after the parade. There are lots of special prizes for those participating in the parade!
We have some fantastic prizes too! Participants have a chance to win a prize and are guaranteed a fun filled day of fishing. Bring your equipment, we’ll provide the bait to all registered participants! To register, pick up your ribbon ahead of time at any of the following locations: Uxpool; Uxbridge Legion; Presents, Presents; Blue Heron Books; and Canadian Tire. You can also get them at the Pond on the day of the event. If you don’t have any gear, the Pickering Rod and Gun Club will be pleased to lend it to anyone 15 and under!
This year’s event promises to be another tremendous success. We encourage the entire community to come out and have a great time with your family! Don’t forget the Huck Finn parade too! Watch for the posters detailing the event. It promises to be a great time!
For further information contact Pat Higgins, at (905) 852-3315, or Amanda Ferraro, at (905) 852-7831.
SCUGOG: The David Festival, a celebration of Christian worship through the arts, returns to Scugog, on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.
Everyone is invited to “Come Together” for an exciting evening of worship, at New Song Church in Port Perry, at 7:00 p.m.
It has been 10 years since the idea for a Christian arts festival was conceived in Scugog! From its humble beginnings in Port Perry, with a choral workshop for traditional choir, expanding to multiple locations, weekends and workshops across Scugog and Brock townships, the David Festival has impacted and nurtured many Christians across denominations.
Each year it has grown to further reach its vision of encouraging, equipping and enabling churches to glorify God through music and the arts. The David Festival has gathered together leading practitioners from around the world and across Canada, to share their expertise and skills with Christians and local churches, who want to get better at incorporating the arts into worship with excellence.
The festival has attracted visual artists, choristers, worship bands, writers, poets and preachers, composers, photographers, actors and more, for a unique learning and sharing experience. Well-known Christian artists who have been featured in the past include: Ali Matthews, Andy Park, Robin Mark and Brian Doerksen.
Entitled "Come Together", this year’s festival gathering will once again promote various art forms of worship including: singing, painting, spoken word, dance and much more. Ali Matthews, a multi award winning musician, composer and teacher, returns to perform her songs and share stories. Also featured will be Patty Bowman-Kingsley (painter), Karen Stiller (writer), as well as a worship band from Uxbridge Baptist Church and the New Song Chancel Choir.
“This is a unique opportunity for Christians of all backgrounds to join together and worship under one roof”, says Susan O’Riordan, one of the organizers of the event. “The evening will embrace the heart of what the David Festival has exemplified over the years. It’s going to be a wonderful celebration!”
No tickets are required for this event, but a free will offering would be gratefully received. Don’t miss this opportunity to “Come Together”!
KAWARTHA LAKES: It is said that, “All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.”- Jim Rohn.
A major step towards creating a legacy, for taking the future of the culture of our community forward to a new level, was announced on Thursday, March 29th, 2018, at the AGM of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council.
A $50,000 gift to Kawartha Lakes Arts Council has been received, to be used by the Cultural Centre Committee, a jointly formed committee of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and the Kawartha Heritage Network, to commission a Feasibility Study for a Cultural Centre in the Kawartha Lakes.
The gift comes from an anonymous local family who are strong supporters of the arts and have recognized the need for seed funding for the proposed CKL Cultural Centre.
Culture is the lifeblood of a vibrant society, expressed in the many ways we tell our stories, celebrate, remember the past, entertain ourselves, and imagine the future. Our creative expressions helps define who we are and helps us see the world through the eyes of others.
Ontarians participate in culture in many ways; as audiences, professionals, amateurs, volunteers, and donors or investors.
"I was happy to hear that the Kawartha Lakes Cultural Centre Committee will be going forward with a Cultural and Heritage Centre feasibility study. This could be of great benefit to the art and cultural community in the City of Kawartha Lakes, helping boost tourism and improve quality of life. I look forward to seeing the results of the study, and seeing the options on the specific functions and enhancements to the community that the centre could provide." said Jamie Schmale, MP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
“I am grateful to the Kawartha Lakes Cultural Centre Committee for the contributions it has made over the past 3 years to the promotion of local art, culture and heritage. I’m very excited to learn what the future holds for them and their important work!” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes- Brock.
“A very exciting time for arts and culture in our community. A Feasibility study is a great first step to lining up funding opportunities. Congratulations to all involved.” said Mayor Andy Letham.
A subcommittee of the Cultural Centre Committee has been formed, to oversee the Study process and prepare an Request For Proposal (RFP), and is comprised of Kawartha Lakes Arts Council Chair Dianne Lister, CCC Chair Susan Taylor of the Kawartha Art Gallery, Academy Theatre Past Chair Valmay Barkey and Debra Soule Economic Development Officer - Arts, Culture and Heritage for the City of Kawartha Lakes.
The Feasibility Study will look at a range of things regarding a possible centre, with any recommendations going through a series of public consultations before any decisions are made. It is expected, a call for proposals will be sent out by the early fall of this year, and the Study will be completed by mid to late 2019.
“Exhibits and displays, classes and studios, offices and retail shops, archival and artifact storage, services and support for cultural organizations and groups in the region; a Cultural Centre can be a community hub made up of whatever the people of Kawartha Lakes want it to be,” said CCC Chair Susan Taylor.
“This is an exciting first concrete step in a journey which could transform the cultural landscape of the Kawarthas,” said KLAC Chair Dianne Lister. “It shows how individuals and families who care about culture can make a difference”.
The $50,000 will be held by the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and additional donor investment conversations are welcomed.