UXBRIDGE: Anyone with children will want to pay attention to the next event happening at Uxbridge Baptist Church. All children, from preschool age to Grade 7, are invited to attend a free day camp located at the church, 231 Brock St. West. Kidz Camp, Vacation Bible School, will run July 11-15 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
A typical day at Kidz Camp will include songs, games, a snack and a Bible message. Each child will be placed in a group according to their age, and each group of around six children will have two leaders. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://uxbridgebaptist.com/pioneer-clubs/ but must be submitted to the church office in person.
“On behalf of the Vacation Bible School team, we are excited to spend a week with the children of our community,” says Kathy McIntosh, Community Pastor. “It is our hope that through the fun and games, we would also be able to share about the hope that Jesus brings, the courage that he gives us, the direction that he leads us in, his love that is unconditional for us, and the power that he gives us when in relationship with him. We hope to see you there.”
This year the theme for Kidz Camp is Cave Quest, which means the kids will learn about caves, and animals that live in caves. In addition to the morning sessions, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon will hold something special. On Tuesday, campers are encouraged to come prepared to get wet during a surprise starting at 11:45 a.m. On Thursday at 11:45, parents are invited to join in the fun at the carnival.
Uxbridge Baptist Church started in 1857 with only 17 members in attendance. Now, the church has around 350 attendees each week. Uxbridge Baptist Church works to provide programs for all ages, on Sundays and throughout the week.
“Loving God, loving others; sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the world.”
ROB DRAL The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The AVEC (Arts and Visual Enhancement Committee) has accepted a proposal, from local artist Fly Freeman to carve a four-panelled stone monument to celebrate Uxbridge heritage by highlighting the pioneers that first settled in the town, it’s growth, and creation of it’s many trails.
According to the Committee, the monument “will be of historical significance, as well as a focus for our community pride, and an inspiration for our youth.” The sculpture will be a highlight of the sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017.
Fly Freeman has already begun work on the sculpture. It is taking place at the Uxbridge Historical Centre, during the operating season, between May and October. The work is being done using traditional hand tools and should be completed by Fall of 2016.
Fly Freeman spoke to The Standard about why she decided to take on the project. “I am a passionate believer in making art for communities in a place where the people, who will live with the work, can come and watch their art being made - and as a sculptor to answer questions along the way. So, I decided to design a stone carving that was a visual and verbal poem/story about the town, and to offer to do it in a public space rather than in my studio,” said Ms. Freeman. “In my ideal world, the piece will function as a Trail Head for the 'in-town' trails, which we are woefully lacking, and as a spot from which trail signage can spiral out,” she continued.
The AVEC also plans to use the monument as an educational tool for schools in the area. A model of the sculpture is available for booking by schools, to explore the history of Uxbridge. “I think these stories are very inspiring in our times, and I wanted to honour the re-planters, but also those who built the towns too - an awesome labour and how these little mill towns grew from the 'sawmill on the river' outward,” said Ms. Freeman.
Booking the model is on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking availabilities are: September 12 to 16, September 19 to 23, September 26 to 30, October 3 to 7, and October 10 to 14. Classes can also visit Fly Freeman as she works on the monument. A museum staff member will be on hand to tour the class through the property. The project is being created from 4 pieces of 3-foot high Indiana Limestone. They will be assembled to form a cube, and will be placed on a 3-foot high base.
To book the model of the sculpture for a tour, please contact Tamara McKenney at 905-862-0796 or email her at: email@example.com.
SCUGOG: A new display titled “Take three” will be on display at the Kent Farndale gallery, starting this Saturday, June 25.
The gallery will feature works by artists Allison Bullock, Diana Bullock, and June Probert. The opening reception will start at 2 p.m.
The show features a variety of different art styles, including encaustic and Sumi-e, a Japanese art form. The show is expected to run until July 21.
The Kent Farndale Gallery is open 7 days a week during library hours. Please call 905-985-7686 for any more information on the gallery
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Historical Centre’s very first annual Family Kite Festival will be flying over to the Quaker Hill site this Sunday, June 19.
People are encouraged to bring their kite to fly on the historical grounds at 7239 Concession 6 in Uxbridge, or they can make their own at the event. There will also be other kids activities and games such as crafts and face painting, as well as music.
Historical Centre Curator Nancy Marr said that it made a lot of sense for an event such as this to be held at the local Historical Centre.
“It’s a very windy spot and we have a lot of open space here, so we thought it would be perfect to hold this type of event,” she said.
She also added that there are multiple reasons for people to come to the festival.
“It’s an opportunity to see buildings and artifacts that represent Uxbridge’s history, and it is part of the Take T.I.M.E program, so it is free for the public.”she said. “It is a day for families to come together and do something together.”
The festival will run from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. People can pre-register at www.taketimeuxbridge.ca, and will be entered for a chance to win a kite.
Uxbridge’s Take T.I.M.E program provides free family activities in the township to encourage healthy active lifestyles. T.I.M.E. stands for tobacco free, injury free, moving daily and eating healthy. For more Take T.I.M.E events, check out the Uxbridge Recreation Facebook page.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The fourth annual In the Ruff Golf Tournament will be returning to Sunnybrae Golf Club in Port Perry on Thursday, June 23.
The annual tournament is held in support of the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog. The registration cost is $125 per golfer, or $500 for a foursome. Tee time is 1 p.m.
According to the Vice President of the New Animal Shelter Elizabeth Williams, this year’s tournament has a fundraising goal of $20,000. She also added that they are grateful to see the amount of support from the community for the tournament each year.
“Every year, at least half of our golfers are return golfers so we are always pleased with that,” Ms. Williams said. “We are glad to see that people chose to support our cause over others.”
As of press time, the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog had raised over $950,000 of their $1 million goal.
“It’s exhilarating, it can’t come fast enough,” Ms. Williams said of being so close to the goal. “What some people may not know is that behind the scenes we are working with the Townships and taking the necessary steps to move forward.”
She also added that the group will continue to fundraise a little while longer after they raise the $1 million to make sure that they are not caught short.
To register for the tournament, go on-line to www.animal-shelter.ca. Those who miss the registration deadline can call 416-840-4470.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Hunter Sheridan and his band West Hammock will be releasing a new album on Friday, June 10.
The local Durham band will be holding a release party at the Moustache Club in Oshawa for their second full length album. The band’s drummer Ryan Mead told The Standard that this album, titled Wanderlost, is much different from their first one.
“The songwriting is a little more sophisticated and we put a little more thought into the instrumentation,” he said. “The last record was very acoustic sounding, so in this we embrace more electric guitar sounds and electric piano sounds.”
Mr. Sheridan agreed, mentioning that the album is a “total 180” from what they have done in the past.
Doors open for the release show at 8 p.m., with the show beginning at 9 p.m. Local artist Rory Taillon will be opening the show and the party will also feature folk rock band Wild Rivers.
There will also be copies of Mr. Sheridan’s recent solo project, ‘October Wild’ at the show.
“There was a lot of work that went into (October Wild), it took a lot of time to organize, so it was really cool to see it all come together and have the physical copy in my hand,” Mr. Sheridan said.
West Hammock also recently recorded an off-the-floor live session at Manantler Craft Brewery in Bowmanville and expect to release one of the videos from that before the release show.
Following the release of the album, the band will be going on a cross Canada tour, with stops from Montreal to Vancouver. Mr. Sheridan said that this is the biggest tour that the band has ever done.
“Originally our keyboard player and I did a little tour on the east coast of the United States, but we haven’t done too much touring since then. So now that we have the full arrangement of the band, we decided to take this album on tour and see how it does across Canada,” he said.
The band will start the tour with a show at the Old Flame Brewery in Port Perry on Canada Day, Friday, July 1.
“It is probably going to be a little more relaxed than some of our other shows, it is going to be more of a holiday atmosphere outside,” Mr. Mead said.
Mr. Sheridan said that he has seen the band’s popularity increase recently. “Over the last six months it has been double-fold in growth,” he said. “It has been nice to see the people indulge themselves in what we are doing.”
For more information on the band, tour dates or to listen to and download their music, visit www.westhammock.com.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
DURHAM REGION: Local residents can "Come on down!" later this year for a shot at amazing prizes, when the The Price is Right Live! returns to Oshawa's General Motors Centre on October 1.
Tickets to the show go on sale at 10 a.m., on Friday, June 3, with several options for purchasing, either on-line at www.generalmotorscentre.com, by phone at 1-877-436-8811 or at the General Motors Centre Box Office. Price is Right Live! ticket prices range from $29.50 to $56, plus applicable fees.
According to a press release, ‘The Price Is Right Live’, is the hit interactive stage show that offers the opportunity for eligible individuals to win prizes ranging from appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Audience members selected to participate can play classic games, from television's longest running and most popular game show; from Plinko, Cliffhangers, to The Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase.
Playing to near sold out audiences for nearly nine years, ‘The Price Is Right Live!’ has given away more than 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets.
If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live!
For more information on the show as well as all upcoming events and ticket information, please visit www.generalmotorscentre.com