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.
KAWARTHA LAKES: The community came together this past Saturday, December 8th, Ken Reid Conservation Area to host the first-ever Christmas at Ken Reid event – a free family event with fun, crafts, animals, wagon rides, entertainment and much, much more for people of all ages.
“We really wanted to create an event that offered something for everyone,” explained Kawartha Conservation Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands.
Christmas at Ken Reid ran from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a variety of activities including interactive Indigenous storytelling and drumming with Jake Charles of the Chippewas of Georgina Island and owner of First Nations Cultural Tours, guided, interpretive family hike through the Cedar Forest, live music from a number of local performers, interactive wildlife show featuring skunk, fox, opossum, ground hog and bobcat, kids indoor and outdoor crafts, horse drawn wagon rides, and more.
“The community has really embraced this event and it wouldn’t be possible without them or our local business community,” said Ms. Virgoe. “I would especially like to thank Van Halteren Music Centre, Boiling Over Coffee Vault, Fenelon Falls Tim Hortons, For The Birds Seed Company, the Lindsay Optimist Club, Pie Eyed Monk and the Days Inn and Suites, Lindsay for helping to create a wonderful event for our community.”
Throughout the day long celebration of community, nature, the outdoors and the holiday season, visitors joined in singing carols by the camp fire while other took part in a scavenger hunt along the Escarpment Loop, got up close to Canadian wildlife, enjoyed free coffee and hot chocolate, took photos with Santa, enjoy festive horse drawn wagon rides and made special keepsake crafts.
“Christmas at Ken Reid is about bringing people together and collectively supporting our community while enjoying a special occasion in a special place,” said Ms. Virgoe. “Staff and volunteers where on had to collect donations to deliver to the food source.”
Christmas at Ken Reid is possible thanks to the community who voted in supported of our Aviva Community Fund Small Ideas nomination.
“This event is the realization of a huge community effort and we are thankful to everyone for their ongoing support,” said Ms. Virgoe.
SCUGOG: The Durham chamber Orchestra will be presenting The Sounds of Christmas, on Sunday, December 16th, at 2:30 p.m., at the Townhall1873, with refreshments.
The orchestra welcomes charming Piano/Vocalist Irwin Smith, a long time entertainer at Town Hall 1873 and in our community. The orchestra also features trumpet soloist Andrea George and storyteller Dianne Chandler.
Join the orchestra and Emcee Jonathan van Bilsen, for an enchanting seasonal soirée, and enjoy the festive sounds of A Christmas Festival - A Holst Christmas - The Nutcracker – Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto - Holiday Sing Along with Irwin Smith.
Tickets are available for $25 each, at the Townhall1873.ca. You can also order you tickets by phone, by calling 905-985-8181.