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Next issue: November 3, 2016

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“ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR NOV. 5 - St Luke’s Lutheran Church, 317 Franklin St N, Kitchener, is holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 5 from 8am to 1pm. The bazaar features gently used Christmas items, knitting, baking, candy, preserves, jams, meat pies and lunch (sandwiches, desserts & beverages). Numerous guest presenters also! Admission is free. Please come & bring a guest. Contact: Gay Anderson 519 893-6827.
TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS - made from natural ingredients. Orders taken throughout October up to Nov. 4; $10 per pound in one-two-three-pound sizes; order by email Puddings will be made starting Nov. 7th and will be available for pickup at the church starting Nov.12; additional pickup times will be on our website (, and when you order. St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 23 Water St. N., Kitchener.
TOASTY TOES – Can you or your business collect socks for donation? A pair of new socks makes a big difference to residents of shelters, individuals experiencing homelessness and those served by our local soup kitchen and self-help food bank. Last year, Toasty Toes collected 1001 pairs of new socks and distributed them to One Roof, St. John’s Soup Kitchen, House of Friendship, Bridges Shelter, Kaljas Homes of Supportive Living, Marillac Place and the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank. Collection will run from Oct. 10 to Nov. 10 with pickup from your location before Nov. 20. To donate contact Sharon Gilroy-Dreher at
GRAND HARMONY WOMEN’S CHORUS CHRISTMAS SHOW – It’s Christmas Around the World! Come and enjoy an afternoon of the songs of the season performed by the Grand Harmony Chorus with special guest Super Tonic. Sunday, Nov. 27 at the Elmira Lions Hall, 40 South Street W., Elmira. Show starts at 2pm. Doors open at 1:30pm. Tickets are $15 Adults, $8 students (6 – 16-years old), Children 5 and under are free. For tickets call Allana at 226-791-2638 or visit Event includes refreshments, Christmas cookie sale, prize draws and raffle.
MAYOR’S CITY BUILDER AWARD - Do you know a person or organization that strengthens our community and helps make Kitchener a thriving and dynamic place? If so, nominate them for the Mayor’s City Builder Award. Examples of this work might include dedicated charitable work, acts of kindness and compassion, inspiring community building activities, and any other act or achievement that has strengthened and benefitted our community. Nominations received by Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at 5pm will be considered for the 2016 award presentation. Recipients of the award will be invited to a private luncheon with the mayor and members of council, and recognized at the New Year’s Levee on Jan. 8, 2017. For more information on how to nominate visit
KW SYMPHONY KINDER-CONCERT SERIES - Perfect for children ages 5 and under, the Kinderconcert Series of 2016/17 begins with Tunes and Tarantellas – Music and Dance for Tots. This concert, featuring exotic instruments, lots of percussion, a twirling dancer and a truckload of tunes, will also be performed at the Waterloo Region Museum on October 22 at 10:30am and at the Woolwich Memorial Centre on October 29 at 10:30am. Doors open one hour prior to each concert and children and parents can participate in music activities provided by Music for Young Children. Families are also encouraged to stay after the concert to meet the performers and get up close to the instruments. Tickets are $11 for children and $13 for adults.Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 519-745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717.
LINCOLN CONCERT SERIES - Friday, October 21, Leith Quartet Melodic Mozart & More. The Leith Quartet - Bruce Skelton, violin, Cathy Anderson, cello, Martha Kalyniak, viola and Rick Bond, violin, has made a name for itself in such venues as the Leith Summer Festival, and has a very wide repertoire. This talented quartet returns to our stage with a program featuring Mozart, Haydn and other masters of quartet music.
Saturday, November 19, Larry Larson & Lori Gemmell, Trumpet/Harp Duo in an all new program, “A Celebration of Song.” Both Lori Gemmell (principal harp, KWSO) and Larry Larson (Principal Trumpet, KWSO) are popular wherever they perform. Single event tickets are $30 Adult, $15 Student. Tickets can be purchased by going to and downloading the order form, by calling 519 886 6395 or by emailing For more information, go to and click on Lincoln Concerts.
ANNUAL GALA FUNDRAISER FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT CENTRE - The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region presents Cirque Du Sasc at The Tannery Event Centre, Kitchener on Sat. Nov. 12. The show will feature a magician, illusionist and mind reader, a contortionist and a hoop artist. Doors open at 6pm, dinner at 7pm Tickets are $95 each (until Oct. 14). After Oct. 14, tickets are $110 each. Tickets on sale until Nov. 5 at
BEECHWOOD MANORS FESTIVE CRAFT MARKET - Saturday November 12 from 9am-2pm at 305 Erb Street W, Waterloo. Knitting, handmade crafts, stocking stuffers, decorations, gifts, Barn board and wood crafts and more. Plus a fresh sale and a variety of vendors and artisans on 2 levels for Christmas shopping enjoyment. Coffee Cafe will be open and admission is free. Everyone is welcome, bring some friends!
ONE NIGHT ONLY: LIVE AT THE REGISTRY - is our genre bending eclectic music series, designed to offer a wide variety of musical styles. Registry favourite Kevin Ramessar dedicates his annual concert to the music of Joni Mitchell, jazz luminaries Gene DiNovi and Dave Young join forces, the world’s leading Celtic guitarist Tony McManus makes a return visit, and Canadian bluegrass sensations The Slocan Ramblers make their Registry debut. Friday, October 14th & Saturday, October 15th KEVIN RAMESSAR GROUP, Court and Spark - The Music of Joni Mitchell. Kevin Ramessar will feature his unique interpretations of the music of Canada’s own, and one of the world’s finest singer-songwriters. Friday, November 25th GENE DiNOVI & DAVE YOUNG - Ellington Meets Gershwin. Two of Canada’s great jazz musicians join together to play the music of two of the 20th century’s greatest song writing pairs, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, and George & Ira Gershwin. From Gene’s career with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, and Dave’s many years with Oscar Peterson, this is a duo who wrote the book on jazz. Concerts at 8pm. $27 each. Taxes included. For tickets call 578-1570 or visit
“A WORLD OF LEADING LADIES” - Wilfrid Laurier University’s free film series presents “A World of Leading Ladies.” The six-part film series is open to the community at 7pm in the Bricker Academic Building, room 102, on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. This series offers strong and interesting women in leading roles in films from different genres and different countries. Each film corresponds to one of the programs offered in Laurier’s Department of Languages.
They include: Oct. 20: Pan’s Labyrinth (Spain 2006, Guillermo del Toro, Nov. 3: Wadjda (Saudi Arabia/Germany 2013, Haifaa al-Mansour ). Nov. 10: Bread and Tulips (Italy 2000, Silvio Soldini), Nov. 17: Rust and Bone (France-Belgium 2012.
HOMER WATSON HOUSE & GALLERY LUNCHTIME LOUNGE - Tools to a Better Instinct will be held October 13 from noon - 1pm at Homer Watson House & Gallery, 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener. Psychic Medium, Linda from Ur-Nrg, will be our guide during the October installment of the Lunchtime Lounge series. Linda will show you inexpensive and free ways to connect with your “conscience, your gut instincts” with confidence. Participants will have a chance to use Oracle cards, pendulums and charts. Bring your own or try out Linda’s. Please remember to bring a lunch! Admission for this event is $10.00 per person. Complimentary admission is offered to those who hold a valid membership. Please call the Gallery at 519-748-4377.
RADIANT LADIES NIGHT - The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW will hold its annual fundraising event Sat. November 19th from 5 – 10pm at The Family Centre, 65 Hanson Ave. Kitchener. Wear a gown of your choice or dress up in your cultural dress. Radiant Ladies Night features multicultural food, dancing with a DJ, multicultural fashion show, silent auction, games and prizes. Tickets $30. Funds raised through sponsorships, silent auction and ticket sales support the coalition’s programs and activities. Tickets are available online at or by emailing
FALL EXHIBITION AT HOMER WATSON HOUSE & GALLERY - Homer Watson House & Gallery, 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener proudly presents three exhibits from artists that are examining the humane experience within (or outside) our environment. Through painting, sculpture and installation pieces they create empathetic views of what it means to live on the fringes and the sometimes overwhelming largeness of just being. Come see Inside/Outside by the Red Head Gallery, Alder Creek by Marion Anderson and The Last Supper by Kerry Ross. Exhibit runs until October 23, 2016, with an artist talk on Saturday October 15th.
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT SERIES - The Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society continues its 42nd concert season offering the musical work of artists ranging from local amateur, professional Canadian musicians (mostly), and many internationally known professionals. Concerts range from solo (cello, piano, guitar) to string quartets with guest pianists, plus several out-of-the-way duos (percussion/piano; accordion/saxophone) All Concerts begin at 8pm at KWCMS Music Room, 57 Young St. W., Waterloo adjacent to Waterloo Park. Ample free parking. Tickets are available on line at Over the counter at WordsWorth Books, Waterloo (100 King St N.) or at the University of Waterloo’s Humanities Box Office, or you can order them by e-mail at or Coming performances: October 7, Penderecki String Quartet, with Kathleen Solose, piano. Shostakovich Quintet; Schumann, Quartet no. 3. $35 [students $20]
FOREST HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CHOIR WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS - The Forest Heights Community Association Mixed Choir welcomes all singers as it prepares for its Christmas concert “A Taste of Christmas’. The choir, under the direction of Dr. Alfred Kunz, rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Kitchener. For more information email or visit
ELORA FESTIVAL SINGERS – presents ‘Valiant Hearts’ as part of its 2016/17 choral Concert Series, on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3:30pm at St. John’s Church, Elora. Tickets are $40. For more information visit or call 519-846-0331.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PUBLIC HEALTH STUDY ON DRUG USE - Over the last few months, Public Health, in collaboration with community partners, has been conducting a study to learn about drug use, and the health and social issues that people who use drugs encounter in the region. The goal of the project is to determine how Public Health and partners can improve services and programs to better meet the needs of people who use drugs regularly or casually. Public Health is inviting people who use drugs to participate in one-on-one interviews if they meet any of the following criteria: Live in the Waterloo Region Townships (North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot or Woolwich) or have an income of $50,000 per year or more. Participants selected for an interview will receive $25. Interested individuals can email or call 519-575-4400 ext. 5382
DANCE CLASSES FOR PEOPLE WITH MS - The local chapter of the MS Society is holding weekly dance classes for people living with MS. Classes can be done from a seated or standing position and will combine music with movement to stimulate cognitive function and memory. Participants will perform a choreographed piece at the year-end Holiday Party. Classes run Thursdays for 12 weeks at Village of Winston Park in Kitchener. Other programs available are yoga classes and a social peer support group. For more information contact

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