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Kaleid Choral Festival - March 22 - 24 @ 7 pm each night. The Kaleid festival enriches, energizes and inspires community choral artists of all ages and levels of experience. Our Kaleidscope of Voices celebrates community and choral art through workshops and performances in a non-competitive festival environment. Choristers and educators have the unique opportunity to come together to sing in workshops facilitated by Artistic Director Jennifer Moir (London, ON), and our guest artists. Each day culminates in an evening performance in which participants perform in a mass choir with acclaimed artists-in-residence for local audiences.
Special event features and guests: The guests this year are Corazon from British Columbia, led by Allison Girvan as well as Essi Wuorela (Finland, famous for being a founding member of the A Capella group, Rajaton). The concerts will also feature high school choirs from the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and beyond during the Thursday and Friday concerts as well as community choirs for the Saturday concert). Cost for tickets: $15, available online through the website link ( General Website Link:​

​​ART$PAY CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS – ART$PAY is looking for photographers to participate in its Distillation – The Essence of Waterloo event. Application deadline is April 15, 2018. Nine juried Art$Pay photographers will be matched with nine sound artists for a one-day performance of sight and sound at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Applicants must be AP members. Visit for full details

KITCHENER-WATERLOO BRAIN TUMOUR WALK 2018 - People affected by brain tumours should never walk alone. Join the movement to end brain tumours. Walk to raise funds to support your brain tumour community. These funds go towards life-changing research, support programs, information, advocacy, awareness, and HOPE. Sunday, June 10 at Waterloo Park, 50 Young St W., Waterloo. Route Length(s): 2.5km or 5km. Register Free Online at

WILD WEATHER TALKS - The Waterloo Region Museum has assembled four of the top researchers and specialists in our region to join us in igniting the conversation of climate change in a special event called Wild Weather Talks and Roundtable: Our Changing Climate that takes place Thursday, March 22 from 7 to 9pm. All are welcome to join the conversation and learn about ways to make a difference in helping our planet on a local and global scale. The specialists and researchers participating in the discussion include: Dr. Christine Dow, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo; Dr. Chris Fletcher, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo; David Roewade, Sustainability Specialist, Region of Waterloo and Dr. Johanna Wandel, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo. To reserve tickets call 519-748-1914. General admission rates and membership discount apply. Seating is limited. No refunds.

CHESS EXHIBITION BY INTERNATIONAL MASTER - Interested in being one of 30 people playing a chess master at the same time? ---Or just watching? On Tuesday, March 13, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Centre for Women in Science (WinS) is hosting a simultaneous chess exhibition by Natalia Khoudgarian, who holds the Woman International Master title of the World Chess Federation. Khoudgarian has represented Canada twice each at the Women’s World Chess Championship and the Women’s Chess Olympiads and is a four-time winner of the Canadian Women’s Championship. She will be available for informal chats after the simultaneous games. Anyone of any age or ability level can be one of the 30 to play against Khoudgarian. To register as a player, email Hasan Shodiev at Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis and there is no fee. The event takes place from 1-3 pm on March 13 in the Science Building Atrium on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. There is no need to register to be a spectator.

BUGFEAST AT BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY - See nature come alive at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, 2500 Kossuth Rd. Cambridge. Admire more than 2,000 amazing butterflies and moths in the Live Insect Terrariums, Moths Magnified and Honey Bee Observation Hive exhibits. Put your taste buds to the test at this year’s annual BugFeast from March 10th to March 18th — featuring chocolate! Try a chocolate “chirp” cookie made with cricket flour, white chocolate bark with roasted mealworms or cricket milk chocolates. Save the planet, eat a bug! For more information visit or cal 519-653-1234.
PLAY GAMES AND HELP RESEARCHERS - Researchers at the University of Waterloo Games Institute are inviting visitors to THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener (10 King Street W.) to help bridge the gap between virtual reality and ‘real’ reality as part of research study. Participants will play a space exploration game in virtual reality and will be asked to complete questionnaires about their experience. March 10-16, ages 8 and up.

CALL FOR ENTRIES – Wilfrid Laurier University is seeking submissions for the 2018 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. Open to all works published in 2017 that are 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. To obtain an entry form and a list of submission guidelines visit the Edna Staebler Award website. Author Sonja Larsen was the winner of the 2017 Award for Creative Non-Fiction for her memoir, Red Star Tattoo: My Life is a Girl Revolutionary.

KW ASTRONOMY CLUB - The KW Astronomy Club (The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Centre) works with local universities, local schools and conservation areas and provides events for the public to observe the night sky. We set up telescopes and invite everyone to learn about astronomy. The events are free to attend. March 23, 7 to 9pm. Activity: Stargazers 101, the monthly meeting for people new to astronomy. The meeting is free and open to the public. Location: Upstairs in the Community Room of the Zehrs store, 750 Ottawa St S, Kitchener; April 13, 7:30 to 9:30pm Activity: KW Astronomy Club General Meeting: the monthly centre astronomy meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public. Location: Wilfrid Laurier University, 7:30 to 9:50pm, Room 112, Bricker Academic Building. Free parking in front of the building; April 27, 7 to 9pm, Activity: Stargazers 101, the monthly meeting for people new to astronomy. The meeting is free and open to the public. Location: Upstairs in the Community Room of the Zehrs store, 750 Ottawa St S, Kitchener.

APARTMENT MANAGEMENT TRADE FAIR – The Waterloo Regional Apartment Management Association will hold its annual Trade Fair on April 11 at St. George Hall, 665 King St N., Waterloo from 7 – 9pm. This is a free event aimed at area landlords, property managers, rental investors and maintenance managers. Many local businesses will be present to showcase their products and services. For more information visit
INSPIRATIONS ART SHOW – the Gallery at Frames by Verne, 299 Manitou Dr. Kitchener, presents ‘Inspirations’ showcasing the work of Waterloo Region Artists on exhibit until March 17. Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri. 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sat. 9:30am – 3:30pm. Featuring the award-winning Blair watercolour artist Tiina Price. For more information call 519-489-6038 or email

CANSTRUCTION WATER-LOO REGION – April 15– 22 and May 6 – 13/2018. Canstruction is a unique, international event engaging groups to use their talents to help those struggling with food insecurity. Canstruction takes place at Conestoga Mall. Sign up your Canstruction team or visit the mall and vote to determine the People’s Choice awards. To sign up a team visit
Community Sorting Night at the local Food Bank is March 8 from 6 – 8pm. Each year, volunteer groups sort 900,000 pounds of food donations. You must register to ensure your sorting night spot at

KWSA JURIED ART SHOW - Homer Watson House & Gallery, 1754 Old Mill Rd. in Kitchener, will host a juried Art Show from March 18 – 22. Opening reception is March 25 from 2 – 4pm. Artist talk April 6 from 1 – 3pm.
COLOUR OUR COMMUNITY: A COMMUNITY ART PRO-JECT - Mennonite Central Committee Ontario’s Circle of Friends Program and the Kitchener Public Library will be hosting a fun bi-monthly crafting event for people of all ages! Art supplies and snacks will be provided. Come help us create a beautiful work of art that represents our wonderfully diverse community! 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month starting March 6th, from 2-4 pm. At the Kitchener Public Library in Room C.

RICK MERCER COMING TO KITCHENER - Canadian comedian Rick Mercer will perform May 1 at Bingemans at 7:30pm. Fresh off his top-rated, award-winning CBC Show, The Rick Mercer Report, “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition” will make Kitchener his first stop on a nation-wide tour. THEMUSEUM is thrilled to host “An Evening with Rick Mercer” celebrating Mercer’s storied 15-year TV series as well as THEMUSEUM’s 15th anniversary. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mercer has won over 25 Gemini Awards for The Rick Mercer Report, Made in Canada and This Hour has 22 Minutes. Mercer also starred in Rick Mercer’s Talking to Americans and is the author of three national bestsellers: Streeters, The Rick Mercer Report: The Book and A Nation Worth Ranting About. For tickets visit

FOLK NIGHT AT THE REGISTRY - Season 12 presents songwriters Joe Jencks and Si Kahn at 8pm on Saturday, March 10 at the Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St. Kitchener. Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer and educator based in Chicago. Kahn is in his 52nd year as a musician and civil rights, union and community organizer. Tickets available at

CALLING ALL HARMONICA PLAYERS – Michel Allard, an accomplished pianist, has taken the lead of the Happy Harmonica Players and is energizing and refining the 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 call 519-745-9834.

SUNNYSIDE NEEDS VOLUN-TEERS 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 to help in our afternoon Tuck Shop, assist over mealtime in long term care or supportive housing, porter residents to the hair salon or to the Sunday afternoon chapel service. Your time would enable residents and tenants to have a quality dining experience or be more involved in activities. To apply, visit or call Janice Klassen at 519-893-8494, ext 6372.

Fish Fry – EVERY FRIDAY at the Schwaben Club Keller, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fish Fry.
Serving Fish & Chip and Schnitzel.
Fridays & Wednesdays KARAOKE with Randall Kuhn’s ”The Musicscene” at the Schwaben Cub. Come and enjoy. Singing & dancing, making more friends, good food & beverages. Pub Food available. Fridays 8:30 p.m. – until close Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Table Tennis – EVERY TUESDAY at the Schwaben Club at 7 p.m. Should you be interested in a few trial games to 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.
Mia San K-W FC Bayern Fan Club - Come watch the Bundesliga Game LIVE on the big screen at the Schwaben Club. Doors will be open half an hour before the game starts. The bar service will commence at 11:00 am. Upcoming Games: Sat., March 10, 9:30 a.m., Sun., March 18, 1pm; Sat. March 31, 9:30am *Please see Mia San Kitchener-Waterloo Facebook page for any cancellations, delays in show times, etc.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Schlachtfest at the Schwaben Club. Music provided by the Golden Keys. Buffet Dinner. Doors open 4:30 p.m. – Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Member $35.00. Non-Member $39.50. Child (8-14) $13.00 (7/under free). Early Bird Discount. Buy your ticket by March 9, 2018 and save $5.00 on any adult ticket. Tickets on sale until Monday, March 19. We will be announcing our Mr. Schwaben.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 – “Selective Soul” - the ultimate party band from classic to current hits. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.
Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Filmnachmittag – Schwaben Club Keller – “Die Fischerin vom Bodensee”. Doors open 2:00 PM, Film begins: 2:30 PM, Coffee & Cake available. For tickets and more information, 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 - 8:30pm 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. For more information call the Day Program Coordinator at 519-893-6320 ext. 235.

ART EXHIBIT AT WILFRID LAURIER GALLERY - The Robert Langen Art Gallery at Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to announce its new exhibit, Zaagi’idiwin: Silent, Unquestionable Act of Love, by Indigenous artist Leanna Marshall, running until April 6.

HISTORY OF GAMING COURSE - Wilfrid Laurier University in partnership with THEMUSEUM in Kitchener is offering a new continuing studies course, The History of Gaming. Students will have the chance to explore the history of video games, their impact on our culture and the future of the industry with Canada’s top video game collector and noted gaming historian, Syd Bolton. During the first and final classes held at TheMuseum, participants will be able to learn while immersed in the interactive exhibition ‘Interplay’. The exhibition features personal computers and video game consoles of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The History of Gaming runs Tuesdays from April 3 to May 8. All registrations must be submitted by March 20. For more information or to register visit

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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