UXBRIDGE: When Margo Bibby learned which charitable organization would be the recipient of this year’s proceeds from Uxperience (May 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the Uxbridge Music Hall), she went above and beyond to help. Creative Connections is a grassroots fee-for-service, non-profit organization that provides meaningful day programming for adults with intellectual disabilities. Earlier this year, Margo, who has performed in both the chorus and dance crew, and Corey Jackson of the chorus, began holding dance classes for the adult clients of Creative Connections, who are all age 21 and over.
“We meet Monday mornings in the Arena’s Community Room,” Margo says. “The class is made up of around 11 adults with a wide range of challenges, and we have a wonderful time. We had a young lady in a wheelchair who participated as much as she could and thrilled us with her wheelchair circles! This year’s Uxperience performance takes inspiration from super heroes, everyday heroes and unsung heroes. These participants and the women who established the organization, Robin Dwan and Rita van Halteren, are true heroes in every sense of the word. We are hoping to put together a small routine for an Uxperience performance sometime!”
In March, another dedicated Uxperience group held a Butter Tart Festival, which raised more than $2,000 for Creative Connections. And rev up your appetites–on Thursday, April 25th, Uxperience volunteers will help to serve at Boston Pizza in Uxbridge. Ten percent of the receipts from meals served between 5 and 8 p.m. will go to the charity.
The 2019 Uxperience entitled “Ux-traordinary People–Not All Heroes Wear Capes” is being directed by husband/wife team Mike and Kathy Bridgeman. Organizers include producer Cathy Newton, Musical Directors Christina Enns and James Brown, Skit Directors John Wood and Rich Helms, Dance Directors Wendy Dunn and Christine Bowman, and Blacklight Directors Laura Mombourquette and Jim Peacock. Since Uxperience began over 27 years ago, the group has donated more than $140,000 to local organizations. Get your tickets now at StarTicketing.com or at Sugar FX in town, or at the door. To learn more about Uxperience, visit Uxperience.ca
SCUGOG: The Port Perry Seniors Club will be hosting their monthly Pot Luck Dinner on Wednesday, April 24th at the Port Perry Seniors Clubhouse, The Latcham Centre, 121 Queen Street, Port Perry.
Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and will be followed by live entertainment, by the Andrew Band, at 6 p.m. Come out for some old and new country music. Tap your toes, sing along or step onto the dance floor!
The monthly speakers series, hosted by the club, will be on Wednesday, May 8th at 2 p.m. Come out and hear Toronto Star Reporter Kevin Donovan' stories about researching some of the past decade's greatest headline news stories.
The Monthly Coffee Hour and PPSC Executive Report will follow at 3 p.m.
Both events will be held at the Port Perry Seniors Clubhouse, The Latcham Centre, 121 Queen Street, downtown Port Perry, overlooking Lake Scugog. These events are free to PPSC members, with an annual Membership fee of $15.