UPTOWN WATERLOO JAZZ FESTIVAL – Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24. Waterloo Town Square Parking Lot South, 35 Alexandra Ave. in Waterloo. Featuring street buskers, entertainment and food and vendor stalls. Fun for the whole family.
WAYBACK FESTIVAL – Saturday, July 23 from 6 to 1:30pm at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall (200 King Street West). Kitchener’s classic rock celebration and a trip back in time. Experience retro fun with legendary Canadian performers Trooper and Lee Aaron.
AUTUMN LEAVES STUDIO TOUR - The 28th Annual Autumn Leaves Studio Tour is back in full swing this year! This self guided tour, which will include 13 artists’ studios located throughout the Georgian Bay/Grey County area, is held on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The dates this year are September 30, October 1, 2, from 10-5pm each day. Every year this dynamic group of artists, open up their studios allowing visitors to see the world of the artist firsthand. Unlike a gallery setting, each Artist invites you safely into their personal space to experience the origins of their creativity, the place where it ‘all happens’. You are encouraged to ask questions, understand the process and witness the many different materials each artist works with including sculpture, metal work, painting, printmaking, pottery, jewelry, fibre art, wood turning and much more. For more details visit www.alst.ca Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AutumnLeavesStudioTour
LOST AND FOUND PETS - July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month, and The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth (HSKWSP) is launching its new “Bring them Home” Campaign. The campaign runs until August 31st with the hopes of reaching pet lovers across Waterloo Region and Perth County. The campaign aims to provide awareness, education, and checklists for what to do if you lose or find a pet, as well as how the community can support getting pets back home quickly by using the Humane Society’s new Lost and Found Page. It also launches the Humane Society’s new online page to view any lost pets currently in care at their Kitchener or Stratford locations. Previously, pet owners had to come to the centres to view them in person. The campaign also heavily shares the benefits of microchipping your pet. Pledge participants will be entered to win one of two $150 gift cards from our friends at Global Pet Foods in Kitchener-Waterloo.
DOON HERITAGE VILLAGE – The Region of Waterloo’s Doon Heritage Village is open for the summer. Wander through the 60-acre outdoor village featuring historic buildings, gardens, farm animals and daily programming. The village is open Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm with extended hours through the summer months. For more information visit regionofwaterloomuseums.ca
HUMANE SOCIETY SEEKS FOSTER HOMES – The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo Stratford Perth (HSKWSP) is making an urgent appeal for foster homes for 17 animals in their care including ten dogs and seven cats. With three dogs needing medical attention, there is a pressing need for new fosters who can provide extra care and attention to the animals. Both centres see a high influx of injured and sick animals almost daily, and foster homes will also be needed for them where they can recoup. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent visit the Humane Society’s website.
FREE EDUCATION PROGRAMS - Until October 7, 2022 THEMUSEUM is offering free education programming for all STEAM, virtual and in-person school trips as part of a pilot project. Aiming to make programming accessible for everyone, the project is funded through a grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation. Before the pandemic, THEMUSEUM hosted 10,000 students annually. Currently, if offers 25 curriculum-based programs from JK to 12 and is developing additional climate-related, bilingual and STEAM programs. To book STEAM, virtual or in-person visits teachers should visit THEMUSUEM online at THEMUSEUM.ca/educators-2/education-programs/ or e-mail Education@THEMUSEUM.ca to inquire about program availability.
KW SYMPHONY PERFOR-MANCES - the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony has returned to in-person performances. It will be offering a wide range of performances from Signature and Pops concerts to Baroque and Family concerts. For more information visit kwsymphony.ca
NEW ENTREPRENURSHIP HUB – A first-of-its-kind social entrepreneurship hub was recently approved by Kitchener City Council. Located at 2 King St. W., the space will be transformed into an interim incubation space for entrepreneurs and start-ups focused on social and environmental innovation and solving local and global issues. The new space will welcome a variety of social and environmental entrepreneurs including under-represented groups. The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre will be the first partner, overseeing the space on behalf of the city. Additional entrepreneurial program partners will be brought on in the coming months.
STRATFORD MARKS 70TH SEASON - with a full repertory playbill running to the end of October, ten major productions and almost two hundred Meighen Forum events. There are stories from the English and French traditions, a new Indigenous play, a magnificent Nigerian tale, and a comedy about polyamory and economics in the modern world. FESTIVAL THEATRE - HAMLET | CHICAGO | THE MISER: TOM PATTERSON THEATRE - RICHARD III | ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL | DEATH AND THE KING’S HORSEMAN: AVON THEATRE - LITTLE WOMEN: STUDIO THEATRE - EVERY LITTLE NOOKIE | HAMLET-911 | 1939. For tickets and more info visit stratfordfestival.ca
VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED TO DELIVER MEALS - Volunteers who delivered meals to local seniors throughout the pandemic are starting to return to work, leaving a gap for local agency Community Support Connections (Meals on Wheels) to fill. When the pandemic first hit, the charity lost the majority of its meal delivery volunteers who were being instructed to stay safe at home as older adults themselves. Routes in Kitchener and Cambridge are in great need of delivery volunteers. If you can help or for more information please contact Meals on Wheels at (519) 772-8787