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A FREE WORKSHOP FOR SPORT INSTRUCTORS AND COACHES - The KW Sports Council has partnered with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to offer a free physical literacy training workshop for Instructors and Coaches. In this workshop you will: • Learn what motivates women 55-70+ to be active • Better understand what helps build confidence/competence in physical activity and sport for women 55-70+ • Receive training in NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) • Learn FMS adaptations/considerations for women 55-70+. Workshop will be held Saturday, December 16, 8:30am – 3:30pm (lunch provided) at The Family Centre, 200 Ardelt Ave., Kitchener. No cost for workshop, materials or FMS training. To register send an email to Shelley at: (limited to first 30 participants)

​​CALLING ALL HARMONICA PLAYERS – It is with sadness that we announce the recent passing of our well-known leader Irene Watt and our drummer Douglas Lacey. They will both be greatly missed by all members of the Happy Harmonica Players. We are extremely fortunate to have Michel Allard, an accomplished pianist, taking on the duties of energizing and refining our group. We welcome any interested harmonica players. Come out and see what the Happy Harmonica Players are all about. We practice Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10:30am at the Rockway Center (upstairs), 1405 King St. E, Kitchener. For more information contact 519-745-9834.

​​FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP – The holiday season generates mountains of paper waste and packaging, most of which ends up in the landfill or recycle bin. The more we do to minimize and re-use waste the better. This year Reep Green Solutions is offering a make your own wrapping paper and cards workshop on December 9 from 1:30 to 4:30pm at the Mill-Courtland Community Centre gym located at 216 Mill St. Kitchener. Facilitator Michele Martin will give an overview of materials and a demonstration of suggested techniques for printing wrapping paper and cards, then you get to try your hand at creating. The workshop is FREE and open to all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Basic materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring along tools or materials they would like to try and re-use. To register visit

​ THEMUSEUM BEER& SERIES – the 5th annual Beer& Series includes: Beer& Essential Oils – Wednesday, December 13. The Beer& Series events are 19+ and each pair an Ontario Craft Brewery partner with a unique activity. More themes will be released for January 2018. Event begins at 6:30pm and includes admission to THEMUSEUM and its various exhibitions, plus one pint of beer. Additional beer will also be available for purchase. Tickets range in price and can be found online at

​​SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS LIKE YOU! - We are a Region-operated campus at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener with long-term care, supportive and affordable housing, and other services for older adults. Make a difference in your community by giving one to two hours a week to assist over mealtime. Your time would enable a resident to have a quality dining experience. To apply, visit<> or call Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494, ext 6372. TAKE

​​A RIDE ON THE POLAR EXPRESS - for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s Annual Yuletide Spectacular. Former Assistant Conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser returns for the annual concert featuring the classic Christmas story, The Polar Express, with images from the original Chris Van Allsburg story projected on the screen above the Orchestra and narrated by Mike Nadajewski, while the Orchestra plays the score by the famous film composer Alan Silvestri. Special guest vocalist Joni NeRita is featured singing O Holy Night and Mary’s Boy Child from the Boney M Christmas album, as well as the popular Mariah Carey song All I Want For Christmas Is You. Also joining the Orchestra is the Carousel Dance Company and other special guest dancers for selections from The Nutcracker, and the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir will lead audiences in a sing-along of Christmas favourites. The show runs December 15 at 8 pm, December 16 at 2:30 & 8 pm and December 17 at 2:30 pm at the Centre In the Square, 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 519-745-4711 or 888-745-4717.

​​ STRONG START TO READING™ NEEDS VOLUNTEERS – Strong Start has a fun and festive volunteer opportunity for 4-5 people on Tuesday December 5 between 10am and 4pm at our office in Kitchener. We need volunteers to help assemble our holiday mailer. Activities include folding, stuffing and sealing envelopes that contain our annual newsletter and holiday greeting card. This is a great activity for a small team or individuals. The work takes place in a large, comfortable boardroom. We can accommodate volunteers between the hours of 10am to 4pm and ask for a minimum gift of time of 2 hours. If you are interested in volunteering, please email as soon as possible.

​​ SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Serving Fish & Chips and Schnitzel. Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7pm. 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 10 - Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Ein himmlischer Freund” – Doors open: 2pm, Film begins: 2:30pm. Coffee & Cake available. Sunday, December 17 – Christmas Show 2017 “Alle Jahre wieder” at the Schwaben Club with guest singer Wolfgang Ribbert from Cleveland/Ohio, Silke Kuhnert from Niedersachsen, Duo Leuchtfeuer from Ostfriesland, Captain Freddy from Bayern and the Zillertaler Edelweiss Duo from Tirol. Doors open at 11:30am, lunch buffet at 12:00 noon, show begins at 1:30pm. Tickets $55.00. Sunday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve – Ring in 2018 – 80’s Party with Material Men. $75.00 plus taxes, includes Buffet, 3 Drink Tickets and Live Music. Hall opens @ 5:30p.m.- Buffet starts @ 6:30pm. Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Unter Palmen am blauen Meer” – Doors open: 2pm, Film begins: 2:30pm. Coffee & Cake available. For tickets and more information on any of the above events, 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. Self-referrals welcome or contact CCAC, 519-748-2222. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235.

​​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.

​​FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY’S 12TH SEASON - presented by the Old Chestnuts Song Circle, features an exciting lineup of rising stars and iconic folk artists, thanks to the enthusiasm of our Folk Night audiences. We will welcome singer-songwriters and traditional musicians from both near and far, bringing audiences the broad and evocative music that makes up “folk”. All shows are at 8pm and take place at The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St, Kitchener. Advance tickets and a limited number of series passes are available exclusively through and Line up includes: Jan. 20 Joe Crookston; March 10 Joe Jencks and Si Kahn; April 14 Dave Gunning and JP Cormier; and May 5 Shari Ulrich.

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