SCUGOG: The Scugog Memorial Public Library Arts Committee is currently seeking applications from artists who are interested in exhibiting their work in the Kent Farndale Gallery, from January to November 2019.
The Kent Farndale Gallery is a professionally designed gallery, located within the Scugog Memorial Public Library. The large gallery space contains a feature wall, display pedestals, and a lighting system to highlight the featured artist’s work. A popular destination for Durham Region residents, the Gallery attracts over 26,000 visitors per year.
Application details and forms can be found on the library’s website, at http://www.scugoglibrary.ca/gallery.
Applications will be accepted until August 15th.
For more information, please contact Sable Frey, Summer Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (905) 985-7686.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The annual Lake Scugog Regatta will be celebrating its 90th year when it returns to Caesarea next weekend.
The event will begin on Friday, August 3rd. The annual firefighters and Caesarea ‘Town Folks’ volleyball game will be held in Putsey Park, at 6 p.m. The annual Surf or Turf dinner will also be held at Beacon Marina, with seatings at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are $40 each and can be bought at the chip truck at Beacon Marina, or by calling Shari Bown, at 905-447-3865. People are encouraged to buy their tickets quickly, as the event tends to sell out fast. There will also be a contest at the Beacon Marina at dusk, for the best lit up boat. The winner takes home a pair of Blue Jay game tickets.
The action will continue on Saturday, August 4th, in Putsey Park. The annual costume parade will leave the Caesarea Fire Station at 10:30 a.m., and make its way to Putsey Park. The theme for this year’s parade is "Regatta Through The Decade.” People are encouraged to participate and wear costumes. The day’s entertainment will also include a dog show, running races, an antique car show, horse and carriage rides, face painting, a dunk tank, the sack hop relay, an egg toss, and the nail driving and watermelon eating competitions. From noon until 2 p.m., the kids will have a chance to meet Spiderman. The volleyball tournament and horseshoe tournament will both begin at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, August 5th, a pancake breakfast will be held at the Caesarea Fire Hall, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The fishing derby, swimming races, and canoe and kayak races will also be held on Sunday. From noon until 3 p.m., people can take advantage of free stand up paddle boarding lessons. The Volleyball Finals will begin in Putsey Park at 6 p.m. The event will conclude with a free movie in Putsey Park, from 8:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
For more information on the annual Lake Scugog Regatta, go online to www.scugogregatta.ca.
The next meeting of Pine Ridge Garden Club will feature Margaret and Bob Burley, of Burley’s Garden Centre in Peterborough. They will be speaking on Gesneriads. There are over 3,500 species in this family, the Africa Violet and Gloxinia being one. This should be a very interesting and informative meeting.
I have received an email from Brian Newton, son of the founder and first President of Pine Ridge Garden Club, Mrs. Frances Newton has passed away at the age of 103. They lived in Nestleton, for a period of time, and retired to England in 1995. She has left a wonderful legacy, as the Club is going strong with many members.
Please join us, on August 7th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Nestleton Community Centre, 3971 Hwy. 7A, Nestleton. All will be most welcomed. For more information on the Club, please call Shirley, at 905-986-5330, or email her at email@example.com.
UXBRIDGE: If you thrill to the skirl of the bagpipes, adore the aroma of fish and chips and Scottish meat pies, marvel at the ability of the highland dancers, you will want to come to beautiful Elgin Park, in Uxbridge, on Saturday, July 28th, for the Uxbridge Scottish Festival.
Admission is by donation and the parking is free!
The Highland Dance Competition begins at 9:00 a.m., and the Scottish Breeds Dogs begin at 10:00 a.m.
The Scottish Breeds Exhibition will have its traditional Breeders’ Village, where you can meet and greet such breeds as Scottish Terriers, Cairns, Westies, Shelties, Deerhounds, Collies, plus of course, the famous Dandie Dinmont Terrier Cuddling Parlour and the Doggy Highland Games.
Learn more about your heritage at the Avenue of the Clans!
Day long events on the Bandshell begin at 11:00 a.m., with opening ceremonies at noon and closing at 6:00 p.m. Included in the performances will be: Scottish Country Dancers. from Peterborough and Port Perry; Kick up a Fuss Cloggers; the Dukes-Ukulele Band; the always popular Claidhmor; and of course – pipe bands!
The event is being organized by Lew Gregor, of the Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums, and Stewart Bennett, of The Wee Tartan Shop in Port Perry.
There will be vendors and purveyors of Scottish food and beverages, a Kids area with crafts and fun, and a Viking Ship and a Tea Garden. So bring a lawn chair and enjoy a Scottish Day in Uxbridge’s Elgin Park.
For more information call 905.985-6573 or check out the website, at www.uxbridgescottishfestival.com.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: With the warm weather now here, people are invited to celebrate the dog days of summer at the Dog Days of Scugog event, being held on Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd.
The 16th annual event will, once again, be held at the Scugog Shores Museum Village, located at 16210 Island Rd., in Port Perry. The event will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on both days.
Some of the things people can expect at this year’s weekend event include; performances from the Woofjocks Canine All Stars, and Scugogs' Dogs Got Talent, along with Wiener Dog Races, fashion shows, and free contests. There is also expected to be a vendors’ market on site.
According to a press release, Dog Days of Scugog is the “largest dog event in Durham Region.” As well, since 2003, over 15,000 people and dogs have attended the event and over $120,000 has been raised for the Museum.
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $2 for children aged 5 to 12. Children 4 years of age and under get in free, Family passes are also available for $20 each, which include two adults and an unlimited number of children 12 and under.
For more information, phone 905-985-8698 ext. 103.
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
KAWARTHA LAKES: The season of the sun has finally begun. A time for sweet fragrant blossoms, a warm summer breeze, and the all too familiar buzzing of the bees. Meetings are being canceled, traffic has become lighter, and we can all take a welcome respite from the hectic schedule of the year.
Our children are also on break from the structure of school, and its time for them to daydream and revel in the laughter and joyful play the two month “recess”, they've all been waiting for, can offer. I think back to my happy summer vacations and I remember playing dress-up with my friends, climbing apple trees, playing tag and hide and seek, and playing games of Monopoly, Operation and Snakes and Ladders that sometimes lasted hours.
But all the games and fun had outcomes, there were winners and losers, laughter, sometimes intense negotiations, and lessons learned about ourselves and our friends. These moments planted the seeds of knowledge of oneself, and presented solutions as to how to compromise with others and problem solve. Times have changed, and games for children have changed, but the essential lessons of life, learned through play, remain the same.
What is it about play that is so important to our child's development? In 2013, Ontario Early Years Policy Framework it states, “The early years are a period of intense learning and development, when tremendous changes occur in the brain over a short period of time. In the first year of life, the architecture of the brain takes shape at an astounding rate, approximately 700 new neural connections are being built per second. Scientists now know that this process is not genetically predetermined, but is in fact dramatically influenced by children's early experiences with people and their surroundings.”
As our children grow and become toddlers and pre-schoolers, rapid brain development continues, and play becomes increasingly important. Opportunities for learning a wide spectrum of skills begins to emerge, the most obvious being the ability to excel with gross and fine motor capabilities, reasoning, and language skills. But it becomes so much more complex than that.
Volumes of studies and textbooks have been written on the subject, but for brevity and to make learning about this a bit more fun, the following graph and subsequent cartoon summarize how play enhances learning and cognitive development, helping children to prepare for more complex tasks later in life.
The tasks that children participate in, through play, are similar to what we do in life as adults. Just like a kitten that pounces and wrestles with her siblings to learn future hunting skills, so too, all healthy play for children can lead to the competency of skills necessary in adulthood.
As a parent, educator or caregiver, reflecting the positive attributes of a child's learning experience and relating that back to them during play is key to their enrichment and provides an environment where learning lessons and values become a natural by-product of their life.
So turn off the TV, drop those cell phones and turn off your computers. Walk, run, or skip, to your nearest park, pool, hiking trail or playground and let the learning begin!
For more information about programs for children in the City of Kawartha go to:
Kids Programs - Kawartha Lakes Public Library
Programs - Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes
Camps - City of Kawartha Lakes
EarlyON Child and Family Centres - City of Kawartha Lakes
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge city council said goodbye to Roxy Kids in Action program at the city council meeting June 25th.
The council thanked Cathy Christoff for running the 21-year-old youth volunteering program in Uxbridge.
“Your efforts of inspired generations of young people to embrace volunteering and giving and that is perhaps the greatest legacy you leave behind,” Mayor Molloy said. “You have our respect and our gratitude for 21 years of outstanding community service.”
“I don’t think she’s going to stop,” Mayor Molloy said. “I think she’s going to find another direction for sure.”
Roxy Kids volunteer in the community help with the good stuff sidewalk sale to raise money for local charities, sell popcorn at the yearly Eglin Park Canada Day event, make blood donor cookies, participate in parades, community clean-ups, paint windows at Christmas at the hospital and more.
Ms. Christoff started the program as a way to engage youth in the community and has involved from there to become what many residents know it as today. It has raised thousands of dollars for local charities according to Mayor Molloy.
While Ms. Christoff is retiring for Roxy’s Kids, she said she plans to continue to be engaged with the community in “a less intense way.”
Grace Risebrough, 14, was at the city council meeting with other Roxy Kids to hear the goodbye.
Ms. Risebrough started at the end of last year because a friend was in the program and she thought it would be a good thing to do for her community. “I like when you help people and you feel good helping out other people,” shared Ms. Risebrough.
She said she found out at their last meeting a couple weeks ago that Ms. Christoff was retiring and as a result Roxy Kids was too.
“I was upset,” Ms. Riseborugh said when she heard the news. “It was such a good thing, but nothing can last forever.”
Ms. Risebourgh said she planned on still pitching in the community and finding new opportunities to volunteer.
“That warms your heart,” Ms. Christoff said. “When you see it pay itself forward.”
She told the audience that she had heard from past Roxy Kids that were starting up their own youth groups around Canada and how these experiences had stayed with them.
Ms. Christoff thanked the kids, parents, family, and other volunteers for helping to make Roxy Kids in Action possible.
Members of the Agricultural Society have met with contractors regarding the dismantling of the Junior Fair Building and will award the contract in the next few days. The work will begin in the next week and is anticipated to take four weeks to ensure that heritage attributes are properly preserved. We ask residents to have patience and to please keep away from the fairgrounds during demolition.
The entire fairground was closed in the interest of public safety. This abundance of caution was based on an engineer’s report that located roofing debris that had travelled up to 150 metres from the building after the wind storm. It was determined that the building was not stable enough for the roof to be secured following the storm. Another heavy rain and wind storm could cause further damage to an already unstable building; therefore, public access was and remains prohibited.
The building will be taken down systematically, and the larger perimeter of the grounds may be open sooner than four weeks.
The Agricultural Society and the Township of Scugog will advise when the grounds are reopened.
UXBRIDGE: Canada’s Gardening Guru, Mark Cullen is coming to Leaskdale to spend time with Lucy Maud Montgomery Society.
The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society (LMMSO) will host Mark Cullen at the Leaskdale Manse National Historic Site, on Wednesday, July 11th, from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will take place in the Commemorative Garden, at the Historic Church where “Maud in the Garden” waits to greet you.
“It is an honour and a privilege to welcome Mr. Cullen to our site” said Melanie Whitfield, President of the LMMSO.” It is due to his generous nature and his willingness to help a selected number of not-for-profit organizations each year, that has made this special day a reality.”
Mark Cullen has written over 20 books, including his most recent, The New Canadian Garden. He reaches over two million Canadians every week, through various media outlets, including through his syndicated newspaper column, radio, and the internet.
On July 1st, 2016, Mark Cullen received the Order of Canada, for his contributions to promoting and developing horticultural education in Canada, and for his ability to explain how Canadians can protect the environment.
The afternoon in Leaskdale will begin with a luncheon and a chance to chat with Mr. Cullen. At 2 p.m. he will share his gardening wisdom and answer questions. Some of his books will be available for sale. Wear a hat and bring a lawn chair if attending.
All proceeds raised will go to the completion of Phase 3 of the Commemorative Garden.
For more information visit the website, www.lucymaudmontgomery.ca or www.starticketing.com, or call 905-862-0808
Join us for the 3rd annual Family Kite Day on Sunday, July 8th from 1 to 4 p.m. This event is perfect for all families who would enjoy a day out in the sun. Come spend the afternoon on the beautiful property of the Uxbridge Historical Centre, bring a picnic, enjoy games, crafts and other activities.
Admission to this event is free. Bring your own kite, or buy one here. There will be ice cream and goodies for sale.
For more information contact the Historical Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-852-5854. The museum is located at 7239 Concession 6 in Uxbridge