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CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH THE TEACHERS’ CHOIR - Waterloo County Teachers’ Choir invites you to Celebrate the Season, Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30pm, Benton St. Baptist Church, 90 Benton St., Kitchener. The Waterloo County Teachers’ Choir wishes to share the joy of the holiday season with a choral concert of classical and contemporary music.  The choir is directed by Jane Schultz-Janzen and accompanied by Susan Pries.  Several guest musicians will join the choir to round out the evening. Tickets: $15 (children 12 & under free) e-mail: or call Jan at (519)745-1375 Donations to the food bank gratefully accepted. Note: Handicap parking in church lot. All other parking on street or the City lot at Charles & Benton. The 100-voice Teachers’ Choir is entering its 50th year, which will culminate in several special concerts in May 2019; details to follow closer to those events. Visit our website:

THE POLAR EXPRESS IN WATERLOO - Running now to Dec 22 - Take a train and see the book come to life right in front of you!! Details at

KITCHENER CITY HALL RINK OPENS DEC. 3 – The Carl Zehr Square Outdoor Rink – opens Dec. 3 (weather permitting).Sharpen your skates and come downtown to enjoy free skating with friends and family, seven days a week from 9am to 10pm with city hall and the beautifully decorated Christmas tree as your backdrop.

CHRISTKINDL MARKET – Dec. 6 to 9 - Christkindl Market is one of Kitchener’s most beloved holiday traditions. It has once again been named as one of the ‘Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario’ and it’s no wonder why. With more outdoor huts and food vendors this year, and the return of crafts, gifts, live music, dancing, and so much more, our German Christmas festival is bigger than ever and is ready to welcome thousands of visitors to downtown Kitchener. Opening ceremonies meet-up beginning at 5:45pm on Dec. 6 (ceremony starts at 6:20pm). For more information:

CHRISTMAS FANTASY – On December 8, experience the magic of the holidays at Christmas Fantasy as thousands of sparkling lights are turned on in Victoria Park. Bring the kids for a chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus along with popular characters from Frozen. And don’t forget your phone or camera for pictures with them too! There will also be crafts, hot chocolate and live music and you can enjoy a trolley ride around Victoria Park provided by the downtown Kitchener BIA. The opening ceremony and lighting will happen at 6pm and the evening will run until 8pm. For more information: Admission is FREE.

KITCHENER PUBLIC LIBRARY MINI-CONCERTS - Laurier’s Faculty of Music and Kitchener Public Library are excited to team up to present a series of free mini-concerts this fall. The final fall performance takes place in the reading lounge at Kitchener Central Library, 85 Queen Street North.
This partnership with Kitchener Public Library provides an ideal outreach opportunity for Laurier’s outstanding students and faculty and complements the KPL’s community outreach efforts. All performances are free and no tickets or registration are required. Everyone is welcome to drop in and enjoy the music. Next concert is Marko Pejanovic, with Anya Alexeyev, piano on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30pm.

GRAND PHILHARMONIC CHOIR’S MESSIAH WITH THE KWS – a Christmas season must-do. Saturday Dec. 8 at 7:30 at the Centre in the Square.  For details visit

FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY – Boreal – a Folk Night Special, Sunday, Dec. 16 at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener. at 7:30pm. Season 13 of Folk Night at the Registry is presented by The Old Chestnuts Song Circle in partnership with The Registry Theatre. Guelph-based singer/songwriters Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon and Jude Vadala come together to perform their heartwarming show, Songs for the Snowy Season. With glorious voices, stunning harmonies, humourous stories and a collection of original winter themed songs and yuletide classics, Boreal celebrates the coming of winter and the spirit of the holiday season. Tickets $22 in advance/ $25 Door are available at Folk Night at the Registry continues with another harmony trio, The O’Pears, on January 12.
KW SYMPHONY YULETIDE SPECTACULAR - December 14-16 -  put yourself in the Christmas spirit with the KW Symphony’s Yuletide Spectacular featuring the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Carousel Dance company, Stratford Actors and more. For details visit
TRIM THE HAT AND MITTEN TREE – Help decorate Stanley Park Community Association’s hat and mitten tree with hats, gloves, and scarves! Drop off your new items and we will hang them on the tree located in the lobby of the Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin St. N., Kitchener. We will be collecting items until Dec. 13th. All items will be donated to the Salvation Army.

KWSA ART EXHIBITION – The Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists (KWSA) presents ‘Selection 2018’ on exhibit until February 1, 2019 at The Link at Waterloo Innovation Park, 611 Kumpf Dr., Waterloo. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. KWSA is Waterloo Region’s oldest continuously operating arts organization and currently has over 130 members. For more information visit

THE MISTLETOE AND HOLLY SHOW - The Mistletoe and Holly art show and sale, showcasing the work of Waterloo Region artists, continues through December in The Gallery, 299 Manitou Drive (at Sasaga Drive), Kitchener.  Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm. Further information, telephone 519-489-6038 or email

AN EVENING WITH MARGARET ATWOOD – Experience an intimate evening with Canadian icon and literary legend, Margaret Atwood on May 30, 7pm at the Centre in the Square, Kitchener. Margaret Atwood: From The Handmaid’s Tale to Art & Technology; An Evening in Conversation with Dave Bidini will explore the themes, perception and inspiration behind her most provocative works. Noted musician and author Dave Bidini will moderate the discussion, which will include art, technology and the role of girls and women in STEAM. The author’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been adapted into a critically acclaimed TV series – receiving 13 Emmy nominations and eight awards. “There is an infinite number of possible futures,” said Margaret Atwood. “Which one will actually become the future? It’s going to depend on how we behave now.” This special presentation is in support of Education/STEAM programming at THEMUSEUM. General admission: $60+hst/CITS ticketing fees. Student admission: $30+hst/CITS ticketing fees *Valid Student ID required. Tickets available at or by calling 519-578-1570. VIP tickets, which include a reception with Margaret Atwood following the event, are available. Contact or 519-749-9387 ext.222 to secure your tickets.

ELORA SINGERS CONCERT SEASON - The Elora Singers has released its 2018/19 choral concert season. The season includes Festival of Carols, Tues. Dec. 18 and Wed. Dec. 19 at 5pm and 7:30pm at St. John’s Church, Elora. Tickets are $45. Soup and Song will be held at 12:30pm at St. John’s Church, Elora on Sat. Feb. 9, 2019 featuring the music of Sir James MacMillan with enlightening commentary about the music by the artistic Director, Mark Vuorinen. Lunch inlcudes a hearty bowl of soup, fresh bread, cheese and a glass of wine, tea or coffee. Tickets are $45. (Performance only tickets are $30 – begins at 2pm). For tickets visit or call 519-846-0331

THEMUSEUM’S AFTER DARK SERIES - From Pints and Pooches to Beer, Bath and Beyond, the Museum After Dark (MAD) series was created for young professionals, creatives and culture-craving urbanites with a shared passion for community and immersive experiences. This THEMUSEUM sub-brand is revered for wild dance parties, unconventional events and titillating encounters. It shines a spotlight on local organizations and community partnerships. THEMUSEUM has partnered with Eco Well to create luxurious gifts that keep on giving: lip balms, bath bombs and beard/hair oils. Beer & Beauty runs December 12 – just in time for the holiday season! For more details, visit

WORTH A SECOND LOOK – The Working Centre’s thrift store, 97 Victoria Street North, Kitchener is looking for donations of clothing, books, current magazines, craft and art supplies, sporting goods, housewares, furniture, jewelery, purses, backpacks, hygiene products, pictures, frames, music and movies, radios, stereos, CDs, DVDs, toys and games. The retail outlet’s goal is to provide the community with low-cost used furniture and assorted houseware items while keeping reusable goods out of landfills and creating opportunities for employment. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 4pm Saturdays. To donate call 519-569-7566.

SCHWABEN CLUB EVENTS - EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene.” Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m.  Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it and have fun at the same time; then we would appreciate if you would contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695. Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “TIEF DURCHATMEN, DIE FAMILIE KOMMT“. Film begins: 2:30 PM, Coffee & Cake available. New lunch available provided by the Freundschaftsgruppe. Doors open 1:30 pm. Lunch served 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Come for lunch and stay for the movie. Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Christmas Show 2018 ”Alle Jahre wieder” with Ronnie Weiland from Thüringen, Claudia & Carmen from Dresden, Oberstdorf Musikanten from Allgäu and guest singer Wolfgang Ribbert from Cleveland/Ohio. Doors open at 5:00 pm, Buffet Dinner at 5:30 pm, Show starts at 7:00 pm. Dinner & Show $55.00. Show only $28.00 (Entrance for ”show only” at 6:30 pm. Monday, December 31, 2018 – NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY – at the Schwaben Club – with Marley Hill. Hall opens at 5:30 p.m., Buffet starts at 6:30 p.m. $80.00 plus tax – includes Buffet, 3 Drink Tickets and Live Music. Sunday, January 6, 2019 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Der fröhliche Wanderer““. Film begins: 2:30 PM, Coffee & Cake available. New lunch available provided by the Freundschaftsgruppe. Doors open 1:30 pm. Lunch served 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Come for lunch and stay for the movie. For tickets and more information, please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742-7979.

DIVERSECITY TOASTMASTERS CLUB - Do you have trouble finding the right words when speaking to a group? Need a career boost? Want to polish your presentation skills? Toastmasters is the place for you. Learn communication, leadership and presentation strategies in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. DiverseCity is a new club and is open to all. It runs Mondays, 7 - 8:30 pm at Kitchener City Hall, the Conestoga Room. For more information contact Leo Tintinalli,

ADULT DAY PROGRAM - Did you know Trinity Village has an Adult Day Program for seniors wishing to socialize with other seniors? The cost is just $8 per day and the program runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at Trinity Village Care Centre, on Kingsway Drive, near Fairview Park Mall. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235.

CHILD WITNESS CENTRE PANCAKE LUNCH - Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 from 12 Noon to 1:30 pm (doors open at 11:30 am) marks the 21st anniversary of the Child Witness Centre’s Annual Pancake Lunch fundraiser. While we know it is still a few months away, we’re hoping you’ll save the date—it just wouldn’t be the same without you! It’s hard to imagine that last year, 1,255 local children and youth who were victims or witnesses of abuse or crime along with more than 1,400 of their parents and caregivers needed help through the criminal justice process. Event, Partner and Table Sponsorship packages are available as well. Please contact Chris Martin for more information at or call 519-744-0904 x221.

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