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GARDEN PARTY – In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Garden Club of Kitchener Waterloo presents “Garden Party” Floral Designs and Horticultural Exhibits, Tea Room and Sales Boutique on Friday June 2 from 3 - 8pm and Saturday June 3 from 10am - 5pm at Victoria Park Pavilion, 80 Schneider Ave. Kitchener. Entrance: $5. High Tea is also available for $20. Reservations for the High Tea are required by emailing For more information about the Garden Party contact Gay Anderson 519 893-6827.

ROMANIAN CANADIAN DAY - The Romanian Association (ARTA) invites the public to celebrate Romanian Canadian Day on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Kitchener City Hall. This is the 7th year hosting this event and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy Romanian hospitality and culture. The program will involve talented people of all ages from our community as well as displays about Romanian history, traditions and music. As part of this celebration, there will be vendors selling a variety of traditional Romanian food. The festivities will begin at 11:00 and finish at 6:00 p.m. at the Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West. Inside the Rotunda, there will be display tables for sponsors to promote local businesses. Admission is free.

STEPS FOR KIDS - Lutherwood’s annual fundraising event, Steps for Kids will take place at Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre on Sunday, May 7th. All proceeds raised will support specialized mental health programs that are a critical part of the treatment plan for children at Lutherwood. Individuals, teams and families can choose to walk 3K or 5K of beautiful countryside in North Waterloo near the St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market. At the finish line, there will be family activities, live performances, snacks and refreshments. Participants can register at Registration is free and participants are encouraged to fundraise to support the event’s $120,000 fundraising goal. The event will take place at Lutherwood’s Children’s Mental Health Centre, 285 Benjamin Road, Waterloo. Registration Opens 8:30 - 9:30am,
Opening Ceremonies 9:30 -10am, Walk and Fun Run 10 – 11am, Food and Entertainment 11:00 am – 12 noon.

SUNNYSIDE GARAGE SALE - Sunnyside Auxiliary volunteers will hold a garage sale on Saturday, May 6, from 8:30am to 12 noon at Heritage Hall, Sunnyside Campus, 247 Franklin Street North, Kitchener in support of older adults. The Sandhills Café will be open for breakfast and lunch. All proceeds from the garage sale will be used to purchase specialized equipment for Sunnyside Seniors’ Services long term care, supportive housing, community Alzheimer programs and wellness centre.

THE FOOD TRUCKS ARE COMING! - Every Monday from May 1st to Sept 25th … 5-8 pm … St Luke’s Lutheran Church, 317 Franklin St N in Kitchener. Bring your own chairs/blankets. Proceeds to community outreach.
FOOD TRUCKS – East Side Eats at Kitchener East Presbyterian Church, 10 Zeller Drive, Kitchener, every Wednesday from 4:30 to 8pm starting May 3 until August 30, 2017. Four Food Trucks every week.
FOOD TRUCKS - The Erb strEAT EATS Food Truck event will be back at Parkminster United Church EVERY WEDNESDAY from 4:30 to 8 pm starting May 3 to Sept. 6. At least five trucks will be at 275 Erb Street East. A bouncy castle will be on site on the first Wednesday of each month.

KWSA SPRING ART EXHIBIT - Spring offerings of new work by members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Society of Artists are showcased in Waterloo’s Button Factory, 25 Regina Street South (just north of William) from May 26 to June 16. The May 26 after-hours opening reception from 5 to 7 pm offers an opportunity to meet with the artists. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-3. For further info, visit the website:

KW GEM AND MINERAL SHOW - The KW Gem and Mineral Club invites everyone to our annual Gem and Mineral Show. Find gemstones, rocks, minerals and hand crafted jewelry, displays, fossils, beads. Free admission. Free activities and samples for children; bring your mineral to identify, demonstrations; mineral and gemstone dealers. May 6, 2017: 10 am to 4 pm at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre (25 Regina Street South, Waterloo, Ontario). Parking available across the road.

HOT SHOTS STREET HOCKEY TOURNAMENT - Saturday, May 27 at 8:30am. Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation will host the 12th annual HOT SHOTS Street Hockey Tournament at The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. More than 300 players and nearly 70 teams of all skill levels will face-off throughout the day playing a minimum of three games per team. Online registration is now open ( for the Children’s Fun Ball League (ages 7-16) at $240 per team and the Adult Recreational/Company Challenge (ages 17+) at $300 per team. We encourage players to pursue additional pledges to compete for top fundraising prizes, and create unique team uniforms for team spirit prizes. The event raises money to provide summer camp experiences for children and youth and last year funds raised help send 500 kids to camp. The Tournament also features a street fair that offers family friendly activities, a bouncy castle, barbecue lunch, silent auction, displays and more.

WALK FOR DOG GUIDES – Saturday, May 27, 8am registration / 9:30am walk starting at the Waterloo Park Hospitality Area. A project of the Lions Clubs of Bridgeport, KW Community Spirit, St. Jacobs and Kitchener–Waterloo area. The Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in more than 240 communities across Canada. It raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with disabilities. Service dogs are trained to assist people with vision loss, hearing loss, seizures, autism and diabetic alert. For more information call 519-664-3331 or visit

ART THERAPY MAY LUNCHTIME LOUNGE – at the Homer Watson House & Gallery, 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, on Thursday, May 11 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. $10.00/person | Complimentary admission for members. Please join for our 2017 educational Interactive Speaker Series as Kristine May explores the connection between art, healing and our health and how making art, viewing art and art appreciation is really for everyone - even the “non–artist”. Kristine will discuss art as therapy and will explain some of the ways the “process” of creative expression can reduce stress and benefit our body, mind, and soul. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a simple and fun art activity incorporating Mandalas. Light refreshments and tours of Homer Watson’s former home available. Feel free to bring a lunch. Please call the Gallery at 519-748-4377 to reserve your seat.

QUILT & FIBRE EXHIBITION - Homer Watson House & Gallery is pleased to host a Quilt & Fibre Exhibition featuring Tracey Lawko: One Stitch at a Time, and a Miniature Juried Exhibition: Colours of Canada. Lawko creates realistic landscapes and sculpted still-life in thread. These finely-stitched and richly-textured artworks interpret the natural world around her studio in the hills of the Niagara Escarpment. Themes of change, resilience and life-cycles permeate throughout. Lawko combines her love of textiles with her knowledge of judging to jury the first annual miniature quilt exhibition at Homer Watson House & Gallery, entitled Colours of Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. This exhibit will provide a little something for everyone. Artist Talk: Sunday, May 28 | 1 - 3 pm Canadian Celebration Day: Sunday, May 28 | 1 - 4 pm For more information contact or call 519-748-4377.

SCHWABEN CLUB COMING EVENTS – Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5 to 8pm. Fish Fry. Serving Fish & Chips, Schnitzel and Grilled Salmon.
Table Tennis – EVERY WEDNESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7pm with the exception of every 2nd Wednesday of the month – due to our Membership meeting on that day. Should you be interested in a few trial games and see if you would like to play it contact Walter at 519-742-3372 or Ken at 519-894-6695.
May 7, 2017 – Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Schwaben Club. Hall opens at 11:30 am, plated-lunch begins at 12:30 pm. General Admission $28.00, Mother’s Admission $25.00, Child (8-14) $13.00 Child (7 & under) Free.
Saturday, May 20 – “Material Men” - Music of the 80s. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show 9:00 p.m. Tickets $10 advance/$15 at door.
Saturday, May 27 – The Donau Dancers 9th Annual Viennese Gala Ball. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m. Reserved Seating. Formal Attire Event. $65.00 per person. For tickets or more information on these events please call the Schwaben Club at 1668 King St. E. in Kitchener – 519-742-7979.

FREE WOMEN’S HEALTH WORKSHOP - 10am – 2pm on Saturday May 13 at the Kitchener Public Library (Room D), 85 Queen St. N. Kitchener (Pay parking outside or underground). Workshop topics will be Hormones and Breast Health, Breast Thermograpy, Lymphatic drainage through Breast Massage, Personal Transformation and the Art of Healing through visual art. Vendors products will also be available for sale – cash only. To register for the workshop email or phone 519-575-6801. Free event. Seating is limited so please register by May 11.

PLAY WITH THE HAPPY HARMONICA BAND – The band has up to 16 volunteer members. The harmonica players are accompanied by the leader, who plays piano, a drummer and a button accordionist. (harmonicas are in the C and G key). The band entertains at retirement and nursing homes in the Kitchener and Waterloo area and areas beyond including Hanover, Elora, Elmira, Guelph and Woodstock. We are looking for new members and would gladly welcome anyone interested in playing along with this ‘happy group’. The band practices Tuesdays from 9:30 – 11am upstairs at Rockway Centre, 1405 King Street E., Kitchener. For further information or to join the band contact Axel at 519-745-9834.

JUKE BOX MANIA 2017 FUNDRAISER – Friday, May 26 at Grand Valley Golf & Country Club, 1910 Roseville Road, Cambridge. For those who love music trivia, this is best described as a Name That Tune game. Game starts at 6pm sharp and goes until the music ends. Table of 8: $240 or individual tickets $35 each. Money raised goes to the Family counseling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries. FCC helps people attain lasting improvements in their lives by providing counselling services, as well as educational and supportive programs. For tickets visit

DAVID BLAINE at KITCHENER CENTRE IN THE SQUARE – Tues. July 4. Having revolutionized modern magic and mesmerized audiences magician, illusionist, and stunt artist David Blaine is taking his show on the road for his first-ever North American tour. Blaine’s one-man show promises to be an unforgettable interactive experience that both shocks and amuses. An experiment in and of itself, the tour will evolve as it moves across the country as Blaine continues to push the limits and attempt new feats for the first time live in front of his audiences. No two shows will be exactly the same. Doors open at 7pm; show 8pm. Buy tickets at, Centre in the Square Box Office or call 1-519-578-1570 to charge by phone. Order on-line at Tickets (incl. HST) $35.00, $55.00, $75.00, $95.00 & $200.00 Reserved/ All Ages (plus FMF and service charges).

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

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.

ELORA FESTIVAL 2017 - In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, The Elora Festival has an exciting concert season lined up. Opening Night will feature Proms on July 14 at 7pm at the Gambrel Barn, Elora. The famous tradition enjoyed in Royal Albert Hall is brought to Elora, with beloved favourites such as Pomp & Circumstance, Rule Britannia, and much more. Huge orchestra, The Elora Singers, and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in this fun spectacle! Bramwell Tovey from the Vancouver Symphony conducts. Other season performers include Angela Hewitt, July 15 at St. John’s Church, Susan Aglukark, July 15 at Gambrel Barn, Joni NehRita, July 15 at Grand River Raceway, Gordon Lightfoot, July 22 at Gambrel Barn, Trinity College Choir July 22 at Gambrel Barn and Cantus, July 28 at Gambrel Barn. Contact: 519-846-0331 or for tickets.

TRINITY VILLAGE ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC – Save the date – The Trinity Village Annual Golf Classic will take place Wed. June 21 at Grand Valley Golf and Country Club. Proceeds from the 23rd annual tournament go to the village’s chapel restoration project celebrating the 65th anniversary of the building. For more information visit

MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVE TO DELIVER – The 13th annual Drive to Deliver Golf Tournament in support of Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) is hoping more golfers will join the cause. All proceeds raised will support CSC’s Meal Subsidy program which ensures low income seniors and adults with disabilities have access to a hot, nutritious meal regardless of their financial situation. The tournament will take place Tuesday, May16th at Rebel Creek Golf Club. Registration per golfer is $175 or $700 for a foursome and includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner, golfer gifts, contest prizes, and silent and live auction. For more information visit:

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