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WATERLOO HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - Trevor Ford and Eliza Richardson from the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) will speak about the 118th Battalion at the Saturday, March 12, 2016 meeting of the Waterloo Historical Society. Everyone is welcome to attend this free meeting held at 1:30 p.m. in The Westhill Retirement Residence, 25 Westhill Drive, Waterloo.

KITCHENER COMIC CON - Kitchener Comic Con is celebrating the wonderfulness of all things that are comic books and MORE. We all can be heroes, just for one day. Comic Con will be held April 2, Kitchener City Hall starting at 11am. More information can be found at

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT - On March 19, the Attacca String Quartet will perform Haydn’s beautiful composition The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross – starting at 7pm with only natural light illuminating the sanctuary of Kitchener’s St Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 54 Benton St. Kitchener, and ending in darkness, giving the audience some feeling for how the piece originally unfolded. The KW Chamber Music Society is presenting the concert, and decided to move from its intimate Music Room venue to St Matthew’s, both for its wonderful church acoustic and also to accommodate a larger audience. We invite everyone to join us in what will surely be an extraordinary musical evening. Tickets $20, available online at www.Ticketscentca/kwcms, at wordsWorth Books in Waterloo or call 519-886-1673.

FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDED - Looking for a way to help this community? Are you comfortable driving a straight truck? Are you able to do some lifting (up to 40 lbs)? If yes, and you are available to volunteer on Wednesday afternoons (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. approximately) The Food Bank and neighbours that need food assistance NEED YOU! The Spring Food and Fund Drive will be getting underway March 21 and our trucks will be busy picking up the generous food donations raised around the region. If you can help, either as a driver (with a clean Driver’s Abstract, Police Check and valid license) or an assistant to the driver, please email our volunteer coordinator to get started!

GIRL RISING – The world renowned film “Girl Rising”, will be shown at the Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen Street N., Kitchener, on Saturday, March 12 at 2pm. From Academy Award nominated director Richard E. Robbins, “Girl Rising” spotlights the unforgettable stories of nine girls living in the developing world, striving beyond bleak circumstances and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams.

Refreshments and table talk will follow the screening. Table talk will offer opportunities for women, men and girls to dialogue about the forces that can improve the lives of girls and women throughout the world. The event is free but registration is required. Please register at:

LIVING BETTER WITH FIBROMYALGIA – the Kitchener-Waterloo Fibromyalgia Support Group presents Tips & Tricks for Living Better with Fibromyalgia, A Round Table Discussion, on March 15 from 7 to 9pm at Highland Road Baptist Church, 135 Highland Rd. W. Kitchener. Meet with others who have Fibromyalgia or support someone afflicted with it. Friends, family and supporters are all welcome. Free. For more information about the KW Fibromyalgia Support Group contact Sandy 519-741-0744.

FILLING THE PALETTE – The Food Bank of Waterloo Region will hold its first Filling the Palette art show and sale to raise funds for the food bank on Friday, April 29 from 7 to 10pm at the food bank warehouse, 50 Alpine Court, Kitchener. The juried art sale will see 75 per cent of the sale price of sold artwork going directly to the artist and 25 percent donated to the food bank. Each week the Food Bank provides more than 36,000 pounds of food for use in emergency hampers, community meals and shelter programs. This is only possible through community support in the form of donated food, funds and time. For each $1 donated, the Food Bank is able to provide 3 meals. For more information visit

KWSA ART SHOW AT HOMER WATSON GALLERY – Homer Watson House & Gallery (1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener) is please to host the Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists (KWSA)’s annual juried show entitled New Landscapes and Transformation. This year artists explore the idea that landscapes are evolving or shifting. The public is invited behind the scenes to a special sneak preview and meet the jurors, as they discuss the process of curating the exhibit. Please support and enjoy the work of the many artists in the community. There is something for everyone. Everyone is welcome to attend the Juror’s Talk on Saturday, March 12 from 3 - 4pm and the opening reception on Sunday, March 20 from 2 - 4 pm. The exhibit runs until April 24. For more information contact the gallery at 519-748-4377 or visit

KITCHENER-WATERLOO CONFIDENTIAL MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT – will debut in this area on Saturday April 16 at 7.30pm at First United Church in Waterloo. This unique concept started in Toronto and now has groups all over North America. Kitchener Waterloo’s debut will see a group of performers take to the stage and present a musical, not knowing who else is in the cast and having had absolutely no group rehearsal. And the title of the musical? Well…that’s all part of the ‘Confidential’ aspect – we can’t tell you. It’s a secret. It’s scary. It’s exhilarating. It’s captivating. And it will remind you of why you fell in love with live theatre in the first place. Tickets are $25 (no assigned seating) and can be purchased at:

CMW AWARDS DINNER - In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW will be paying tribute to six outstanding women who have made KW a wonderful place to live through their community activism and service, by honouring them at the “CMW Awards Recognition Dinner: Women Who Inspire” on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Family Centre, 65 Hanson Avenue, Kitchener from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Come congratulate and celebrate our six amazing award winners: Brenda Halloran, Aida Kamel, Iman Arab, Helen Ala Rashi, Siba Al Khadour and Bibi Ali. Enjoy live entertainment, door prizes and other surprises, and the best multicultural food feast in town!! A table of 8 can be booked for for the price of $280. Individual tickets are $35. A full 25% of this event’s proceeds will be donated to The Immigration Partnership Council Fund for Syrian Newcomers. For tickets, please contact CMW member Wisam Osman at 519-741-7703 or email Tickets can also be ordered online at

THE YEAR WITH NO SUMMER; HUDSON’S BAY IN 1816 – Waterloo Region Nature and the Kitchener- Waterloo Field Naturalist present a talk by Roger Suffling on Monday, March 28 from 7:30 – 10pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb Street West, Waterloo. April 5, 1815, was a momentous time. Napoleon was defeated outside Moscow and the War of 1812 was winding to a close, but the explosion of Tambora volcano in what is now Indonesia was a much bigger event! This was the largest explosive eruption in 10,000 years, with two human cultures completely obliterated. Four cu. km of material was liberated to the atmosphere. The dust circled the globe up to the arctic, causing ecological disruption and famines, especially in 1816, “The Year with No Summer”. Roger will outline how the tragedy unfolded, with particular reference to the forests of Northern Ontario. Roger Suffling is a WRN member and an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo. He has spent much of the last 45 years conducting fieldwork and resource planning activities in Northern Ontario, including examination of Hudson’s Bay Company Records dating from the early 19th Century. For more Information on the presentation visit or call 519 742 4577.

JOSEPH SCHNIEIDER HAUS - new exhibit, Anima Urbem (on display until June 26), featuring art and media pieces created by 2016 Folk-Artist-in-Residence, Filmmaker James Anthony Usas.

SUMMER COMPANY PROGRAM – this provincial government program helps Waterloo Region students become entrepreneurs over their summer break. While some students apply for summer jobs at fast food joints or call centres, other students are getting a taste of entrepreneurship through the Ontario Government’s Summer Company program. The program assists local students between the ages of 15-29 to pursue entrepreneurship as a possible career option. The program delivers coaching from local business professionals, hands-on training for students starting their own businesses and $3,000 in funding. It is delivered through the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre (WRSBC). Last year, 32 young entrepreneurs completed the program successfully. The program is now accepting 2016 applications—which are reviewed and approved upon submission. The deadline for this year’s applications is May 6th. The program’s intake is limited, so students are encouraged to apply immediately. For more information about eligibility, dates and applications, please visit the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre

CHANGE THE RATIO - Year of Code Waterloo Region (YoCWR) and Sun Life Financial will host an event on March 10 to highlight the need to change the ratio of women and visible minorities in the technology and science sectors in Waterloo Region. It will feature thought leaders discussing how we can make a difference in our work, school, and private lives including Mary Wells, Associate Dean of Outreach and Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo; Dinah Davis, founder of; Karen Schulman Dupuis, Business Designer; and Alice Thomas, Chief Digital Technology Officer, Sun Life Financial. The event will be held at the Kitchener Public Library, Central Branch Theatre 85 Queen St North, Kitchener
On March 10. Networking – 6pm, Event –7 to 9pm.There is no fee for this event but registration is required in advance:

ICE AGE MAMMALS AT THEMUSEUM – on now this new featured exhibition Ice Age Mammals explores what Canada’s Yukon territory looked like 20,000 years ago, and shows visitors different extinct species, as well the relationships between humans and our environment. THEMUSEUM,10 King Street West, Kitchener. For more information or tickets call 519-749-9387 or visit

AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN LEWIS - On March 30 at St. George’s Banquet Hall, 665 King St. N. in Waterloo, internationally renowned humanitarian and speaker Stephen Lewis will speak at The Power of Partnership: An Evening With Stephen Lewis event presented by Mennonite Savings and Credit Union. All proceeds from the event will support the work of Mennonite Central Committee. MCC’s model of global partnership provides local expertise through collaboration, allowing the near 100-year old international NGO to respond quickly in times of disaster and work more efficiently in long-term projects. Since the image of Aylan Kurdi captured the hearts of Canadians in September 2015, MCC has partnered with over 160 sponsoring groups across the province to welcome Syrian newcomers. That number continues to grow. Tickets can be purchased at, or by calling MCC Ontario at 1-800-313-6226. Ticket purchasers will receive a $75 charitable tax receipt.

LINCOLN SERIES RESUMES - at the Anglican Church of St. Columba in Waterloo The fourth and final concert in the series features the acclaimed three-family band, The O’Schraves – Julie Schryer, piano, Pat O’Gorman, pipes, Benoit Schryer Lefebvre, fiddle, Zach Schryer Lefebvre, guitar, and Anne Schryer Gorman, fiddle, in concert Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:30pm. To purchase tickets go to and click on Lincoln Series. Tickets $30 (students half price) are also available at the door. For more information visit and click on Lincoln Series

CANADA BLOOMS - To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Canada Blooms has chosen the theme ‘It’s a Party’ which will feature fantasy gardens that are sure to captivate and stretch the imagination. Canada Blooms will be held from March 11th to 20th, 2015, at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto. Offering more than 25 feature gardens, the show will present a showcase of vibrant colours, alluring fragrances and captivating designs that will overtake your senses. See floral designers, get gardening advice and see exhibits of equipment, innovative products, and a number of plants, including the new varieties of 2016. For more information or for tickets, please visit

ONCE COMES TO CENTRE IN THE SQUARE - ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play the Centre In The Square for a limited engagement on Thursday, April 14. Tickets for ONCE are available now and can be purchased OR CALL 519 578 1570 or 1 800 265 8977

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 Georgina Green, 519-743-7655 or

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY WATERLOO WELLINGTON EVENTS - Coffee Break - You can support the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington by hosting a Coffee Break, or by hosting your own event of any kind. Community partners have supported the society in many creative ways, such as dress-down days, game nights, garage and bake sales, and many other kinds of events.

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. Self-referrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519-748-2222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235.

MAKE NEW FRIENDS WITH BETA SIGMA PHI - Are you a woman looking for new friends and fun things to do? Do you enjoy a social, community service-oriented group? If so, you might be interested in our Beta Sigma Phi chapter. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s friendship network. For more information about Beta Sigma Phi visit the international website: There are 200 members in KW alone. Our chapter of 8 women has members in our mid 30s and early 40s, mostly married, with small children. We meet twice a month May – Sept. and plan socials throughout the year too. Email for more information.

REGISTRY THEATRE EVENTS - All concerts at: The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St. (at Weber St.) Kitchener. Tickets: 519-578-1570 ~ and at the door.

REEP OFFERS HOME RETROFIT COACH - REEP Green Solutions has a Home Energy Catalyst program. Homeowners now have access to the free services of its knowledgeable Retrofit Coach to guide them through the process of making their home more energy efficient. The coach will provide expertise and advice where it’s needed along the way, from prioritizing renovations and hiring contractors, to evaluating completed work and considering next steps. Want to upgrade your drafty home? Want to avoid rising energy costs? We want to hear from you! Please contact for more details. REEP is pleased to be working on this project with its partners Mindscape Innovations and Scaled Purpose.

Book reviews by KPL Librarians.

Click here to read a review of Dietland by Sarai Walker.​​

Click here to read a review of Masterminds by Gordon Korman.​​

Click here to read a review of What Makes Olga Run? by Bruce Grierson.​​

Click here to read a review of The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens​​.

Click here to read a review of Joyland by Stephen King.​​

Click here to read a review of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.​​

Click here to read a review of Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois.​​

Click here to read a review of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Click here to read a review of The Giver by Lois Lowry.​​

Click here to read a review of Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Freedman.

​​Click here to read a review of A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage.​​

​​​​Click here to read a review of A Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevia.
Click here to read a review of Half Bad by Sally Green.​​

Click here to read a review of Opening Heaven's Door by Patricia Pearson.

​​Click here to read a review of Penelope's Daughter by Laurel Corona.​​

Click here to read a review of Longbourn by Jo Baker.

Click here to read a review of Jane, the fox and me by Fanny Britt.​​

Click here to read a review of Above All Things by Tanis Rideout.​​

Click here to read a review of The Disciple of Las Vegas by Ian Hamilton.​​

Click here to read a review of The Virgin
Cure by Ami McKay​​

​​Click here to read a review of The River of
​No Return by Bee Ridgway

​​​Click here to read a review of The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen

Click here to read a review of Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin.​​

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