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​PLAY WITH THE HAPPY HARMONICA /PENNY SALE AT RIM PARK – Saturday, March 25 from 10am – 1pm at Rim Park, Waterloo, rooms 207/208. Featuring household items, children’s toys, gift cards, new and gently used items. Sponsored by the KW Community Spirit and Lions Club. Free admission. All ages event. Come out and join the fun while supporting a great community project benefitting the Waterloo Region Sexual Assault Centre.

DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION - Tuesday, March 21, Cross Culture’s 16th annual commemoration of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with the theme Our Home and Native Land. A FREE all day public event at the Kitchener City Hall. Opening ceremony at 8:45am with Elder Jean Becker, greetings from local dignitaries & singing of O Canada. Speakers, multimedia presentations, panel discussions, essays on various related topics.booths, noon concert (bring your own lunch), interactive dialogue. Peace vigil at 6pm followed by the peace concert and visual artists exhibit.

REGISTRY ROOTS WEEKEND - March 17 & 18 - Presented by Folk Night at the Registry and The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick Street, Kitchener.​ WORKSHOPS - FIDDLE with Anne Lederman : Irish-Canadian Music. Sat., March 18. 10am $20 adv., $25 door. For intermediate players, but beginners are welcome to come, listen and play grooves with us. SING with Tom Leighton : Choir workshop. Sat., March 18. 1pm $20 adv., $25 door. Tom will provide his own chorale arrangements for some Canadian folk songs. No choir or music reading experience is necessary.
CONCERT - THE REAL ST. PATRICK with THE CELTS. Friday, March 17 at 8pm. $25 Traditional songs, blazing instrumentals and spell binding dance against a backdrop of over 400 beautiful images of Ireland. Tickets for all events available through www.folknight.ca.

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
Saturday, March 18 – Get Lucky with the Dirty Old Men – at the Schwaben Club.  Doors open 7:30pm. Show starts 8:30p. Tickets in advance $10; at the door $15.
Saturday, March 25 – Schlachtfest – at the Schwaben Club. Music provided by the Golden Keys. Buffet dinner. Doors open 4:30pm, Dinner 5:30pM. Members $30, Non-members $35, Children (9-14) $13. Children under 7 are free.
Saturday, March 25 –The Best of Both Worlds, a Tribute to Van Halen – at the Schwaben Club. Doors: 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Friday, March 31 –  “Mit Musik in den Frühling” – Spring Show 2017 with Gitte & Klaus from Sachsen,  Sanny from Friesland and the Thüringer Waldspitzbuben. Hall opens 5pm, Dinner 5:30pm, Show 7pm. Admission for show only $28. Dinner available for purchase – Fish & Chips or Schnitzel.  Dinner Packages $20 include coffee & cake with purchase of meal.
Sunday, April 2 – Spring Craft Sale- at the Schwaben Club from 11am. – 4pm. Free admission with a donation to the Food Bank. Lunch available for purchase 11am – 2pm. Free Easter Photos.

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.

CALLING ALL YOUNG FILMMAKERS! -the City of Kitchener 2017 Youth Video Contest is now open. Deadline: March 31, 2017. An exciting opportunity for youth to express their creativity, win prizes and have their videos digitally projected on city hall, Kitchener. Open to youth, ages 12-25. Winners get cash prizes! Schools get prizes, too! For more information visit www.kitchener.ca/youthvideocomp

NEW TO ME ART EXHIBIT - The Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists presents New to Me at Kitchener City Hall. Exhibit on until March 31, 2017. New to Me is all about artists stretching their boundaries and reaching for new expressions in their art practice whether it be new media, new genre, or new in any other way. Creative expression at its best!

2017 EDNA STAEBLER AWARD - Wilfrid Laurier University is seeking submissions for the 2017 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, a $10,000 literary award that recognizes excellence in Canadian creative non-fiction. Designed to encourage new Canadian talent, this national award is open to authors who have published a first or second book with a Canadian locale and/or significance. The 2017 award is open to works published in the 2016 calendar year and distinguished by first-hand research, well-crafted interpretive writing and a creative use of language or approach to the subject matter. Entries must be received by April 1, 2017 to be considered. To obtain an entry form and a complete list of submission guidelines, please visit the www.wlu.ca/information-for/community-members/edna-staebler-awards

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 gggreen@rogers.com.

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 coach@reepgreen.ca 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 info@EloraFestival.com 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 www.trinityvillage.com

CANSTRUCTION -Fifteen teams are designing their 2017 entries right now. Next they will be fundraising for the non-perishable food items needed to fulfill their imaginings. The hours of preparation and testing their building skills will come to fruition at Canstruction Waterloo Region in Conestoga Mall March 10- 19. Each week the community depends on The Food Bank to provide food for more than 45,000 meals. This is only possible because of ongoing community support and outstanding events like Canstruction. So far, Canstruction has raised food & funds to provide more than 600,000 essential meals for men, women and children in Waterloo Region. Awards will be given for Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Judges’ Favourite and Honourable Mention. Come out and watch the building and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR WOMEN WHO INSPIRE - Coalition of Muslim Women of KW (CMW) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the second annual Women Who Inspire Awards. Recognizing and celebrating the contributions of “Unsung Heroes” within the Muslim women community, the CMW’s Women Who Inspire Award will recognize up to six Muslim Women who have made outstanding contributions to the vitality and well-being of KW community in the areas of: Inspiring Leadership, Community Service/Volunteerism, Activism/Advocacy, Professional Excellence; Artistic Accomplishments, and Outstanding Youth. Candidates can be nominated by members of the public, non-profit organizations, associations, faith groups, interfaith organizations, neighbourhood groups, business or professional associations or groups, workplaces and educational institutions. Submit your nominations by Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (5 pm). The 2017 CMW Women who Inspire Awards will be awarded at the CMW Awards Gala Dinner on March 18, 2017. For nomination forms or further information, please contact Wisam Hassan at wisam.osman@gmail.com or 519-741-7703

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 gggreen@rogers.com.

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: www.betasigmaphi.org. 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 betasigmaphiKW@gmail.com 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 coach@reepgreen.ca 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 info@EloraFestival.com 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 www.trinityvillage.com







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