Thursday May 30th to Wednesday July 3rd: The annual Home Depot Canada Foundation's "Buy a Hammer, Build Our Community" campaign will be taking place May 30th-July 3rd, and the Muskoka Women's Advocacy Group (MWAG) is pleased to have been selected as the recipient of funds raised by the Bracebridge store. The local campaign will be officially kicked off at noon May 30th at the Bracebridge Home Depot. The $2 paper hammers will be on sale until July 3. Money raised by the Bracebridge Home Depot will benefit abused women and children throughout Muskoka, through the support services offered at Muskoka Interval House and Chrysalis, MWAG's two crisis shelters.
Monday June 3rd to Thursday August 29th: The annual Women’s Own Resource Centre’s “Book Sale” will be running from Monday, June 3rd to Thursday, August 29th. Please drop- in to browse our selection and see what other services we have to offer @ The Women’s Own Resource Centre. Donations welcome!
Wednesday June 19th: On Wednesday, June 19th head to the Fashion Show at the Fairways at Kirrie Glen in support of the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Doors open at 6:30pm and the fashion show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and available at Stedman’s in Gravenhurst, Tiggs for Him & her, Mia, South Muskoka Hospital Gift Shop, Swim Surf Sun Chasers, and The Fairways at Kirrie Glen. Limited tickets available!
Friday June 21st: 2013 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Canadian Cancer Society and 10th anniversary of the Relay for Life in Muskoka. Join them at this year’s Relay For Life on Friday, June 21st at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds, from 7:00pm to 7:00am. Visit www.relayforlife.ca/muskoka to register as a team, volunteer or participate as a survivor. For more information you can call the Event Chair, Nicole, at 705-801-5132. Together we work toward a future where no Canadian fears cancer.
Saturday June 22nd: Knox Presbyterian Church’s big move is coming up. They’ll be getting ready for it by planning an Auction and Yard Sale on Saturday, June 22nd. They are going to be auctioning their pews, tables, chairs and more. The Yard Sale and viewing for the Auction Sale will start at 9:00am, the Auction will start at 10:00am at 45 McMurray Street. Money raised goes toward their moving costs and the work of the church throughout the community. The move is July 2nd.
Saturday June 22nd: On Saturday, June 22nd the Huntsville Lioness host Lobsterfest 2013. Tickets may be purchased in advance for Lobster and Roast Beef dinners at Treasures & Trophies or by calling Barb at 705-789-4030. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday June 22nd: St. Mary’s in Aspdin will be presenting the Gravenhurst Saxophone Quartet on Saturday, .June 22nd, at 4:00pm. Adults are $10.00 and kids are free. This includes a light supper at the hall following the concert. For info call 788-9672 or 789-2114.
Sunday June 23rd: On Sunday, June 23rd from 11:00am – 1:00pm, families of children and youth with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are invited to join Autism Ontario for some bowling and pizza at Huntsville Bowl, 2A Cann St. (Brendale Square). For more information or to register, visit www.autismontario.com (click on Events) or call Jenne at (705) 207-9767.
Monday June 24th: The 2013 Muskoka Lakes Mayor’s Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 24th, again at The Rock. Proceeds from the event will go to bringing primary health care to the Township through a Nursing Station. This type of facility has been highly successful in other jurisdictions, helping to divert non-emergency demands from our local hospital while providing more immediate and accessible health care solutions to our permanent and seasonal residents. For details visit www.Muskokalakes.ca.
Tuesday June 25th: The Bracebridge Horticultural Society's next general meeting will be on Tuesday, June 25th at 7:30 pm at 54 Dominion St (Senior Citizens' Centre). Following news and updates of ongoing activities, the guest speaker, Jim Jones, will talk about "Garlic". New members are always welcome. Call 646-2618 for more information.
Tuesday June 25th: There will be a Fall Prevention Education Event for seniors at the Gravenhurst centennial centre on Tuesday, June 25th from 10:00am-3:00pm. Drop in anytime, no appointment necessary. Speak to a registered nurse or physiotherapist. Representatives from local programs including VON Canada, Osteoporosis Canada and Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare will be on site to answer your questions about how you and your loved ones safe can stay safe. For more information please call the Integrated Regional Falls Program at 1-877-665-6065.
Tuesday June 25th: There will be a Low Vision Clinic in Huntsville on Tuesday, June 25the from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The clinic will take place at Muskoka Traditions Retirement home on Legacy Lane . Learn about CNIB including low vision services, independent living skills, independent travel instruction, and the CNIB Library.
Wednesday June 26th: The Women’s Own Resource Centre’s next Almaguin Women’s Resource and Business Luncheon is on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Tanners Inn and Dining in Magnetawan. There is a $10 fee that covers the cost of the meal to be paid at the event. Topic will be: “Empower Yourself…through the science of Numerology” presented by: Tandera Riel. For more information or to book your seat early please call Chantal @ 705-386-9672.
Thursday June 27th: The Muskoka Dog Guides Golf Tournament, “Bert Spencer Memorial Golf Classic” is happening Thursday, June 27th at the South Muskoka Golf Club in Bracebridge. Shot Gun start at 1:00pm sharp. Tickets are $140 per person or $540 for a foursome. Cost includes round with cart, prizes, tax receipt and dinner. To register visit muskokadogguidesgolf.ca.
Thursday June 27th: Enjoy the Sixth Annual Senior Star Show on Thursday, June 27th 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Rene M. Caisse Theatre. You will be amazed and delighted with the outstanding performances by our local senior talent. Call Lisa or Kirsty at 705-645-1431 for your free tickets and don't miss this wonderful afternoon.
Friday June 28th: On Friday, June 28th enjoy another great Pulled Pork Supper at the Port Sydney Community Hall from 5:00 to 7:30 pm hosted by the Port Sydney Community Hall Committee. Adults - $10.00, Children under 12 - $6.00. While you are there add your brush stroke to the new Group of Seven Mural which will be coming soon to the front wall of the Port Sydney Community Hall. For more information please call 705-385-0490 or 705-385-2412.
Friday June 28th and Sunday July 7th: The 2nd annual Swim for Hospice is taking place Sunday, July 7th. Local long distance swimmer Joy will braving the waters of the Muskoka River early on Sunday July 7th, leaving from the Town Docks in Huntsville, swimming out and around Centreview Island on Lake Vernon, and back. Swim challengers will enter the water and help her finish the swim and collect pledges. The goal is $25,000. Register by June 28th by phone or email. Head to www.hospicehuntsville.com for details or call 705-789-6878.
Saturday June 29th: Celebrate the 100th year Anniversary of Windermere Community Centre formerly the Windermere Public School on Saturday, June 29th, 10:00am – 2:00pm at 2416 Windermere Rd. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy the ambience of the one room school house, visit the bake sale and tour the Archive. Watch a slide show of the area's past. Cake and punch refreshments provided.
Saturday June 29th: On Saturday, June 29th, Zion Presbyterian Church Torrance is hosting a Community BBQ & Bake Sale 11:30am to 1:30pm. Everyone is welcome. There will be Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Bacon on a Bun as well as homemade desserts and the ladies of the Church Bake Sale. All proceeds will go to support our ongoing Community Outreach Programs.
Saturday June 29th: Bracebridge United Church 125th Anniversary Steak BBQ is on Saturday, June 29th, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Annie Williams Park. Tickets are $20.00 per person. Hamburgers and hot dogs free to children. Tickets (purchased on/before June 23 eligible for door prizes) can be purchased by calling 705 645-5713. All welcome!
Saturday June 29th: The Royal Canadian Legion Mactier Branch 507 presents a Canada Day Party - June 29 at 8pm - with ROCK ROYALTY Robin KID HAWK Hawkins the son of the Legend Ronnie Hawkins. Tickets are $10 and available at Branch 507 Mactier on Elizabeth street and bus will be provided home for Mactier residents. Get your tickets by calling 705-375-2810 and support Legion Br 507 see what the Legion is all about and how we support our communities, veterans, youth and seniors, be a volunteer and make a difference.
Saturday June 29th and Sunday June 30th: The Bala Craft and Gift Fair is happening Saturday, June 29th from 10:00-5:00pm and Sunday, June 30th from 10:00-4:00pm at the Bala Community Centre. Visit the Bala Antique Show across the road in the arena. Admission is free for the craft show, or $5 for the car show. More information at 705-762-3166.
Saturday June 29th: The Ambrose Anglican Church Women are holding a Bake, Book & Jewellery Sale on Saturday June 29th from 9:30 to 2:00 at the church.
Saturday June 29th: The Allsaw Church Missions Group is holding a Charity Car Wash on Saturday, June 29th at the Independent Grocer in Huntsville from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Support their cause to raise funds for building projects at two schools in the Dominican Republic in the fall of 2013.
Sunday June 30th: Discover sailing at the South Muskoka Sailing Club’s open house. Meeting their experience instructors and have an opportunity to experience sailing on Lake Muskoka, plus enjoy a free barbecue. It’s happening Sunday, June 30th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Sailing School site on McVittie Island. There will be shuttle service from George Road Landing every 15 minutes starting at 11:00am. For more information go to www.muskokasailing.com.
Saturday July 6th: Joe's Team triathlon/duathlon will be taking place at the CNIB Centre at Lake Joseph in Muskoka on July 6. All proceeds from this event go to support construction of the Joe Finley Head and Neck Translational Research Centre, and since 2006 has raised $6.3 million making it the most successful grassroots fundraising initiative in the history of the hospital. Collectively, Joe's Team has raised $8.3 million of its $10 million goal. Participants are able to compete as an individual, or join a relay team in an extraordinary day where they can swm, bike, and run.
Sunday July 7th: Hospice Muskoka`s Butterfly Release Day is Sunday, July 7th from 12:30 to 2:30 at Memorial Park in Bracebridge. Celebrate the life of a loved one by releasing your own live Monarch butterfly! Donate $30 for one butterfly, or $100 for four butterflies. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation. Proceeds of the event will be used for the Hospice Muskoka Bereavement Support Programs in South Muskoka. Go on line at www.hospicemuskoka.com to order or call the Hospice Muskoka Office 705-616-1697.
Thursday July 20th: Combining Seniors’ month with fundraising, the Muskoka Lakes library is excited to invite area seniors to an appreciation high tea afternoon on Thursday, June 20th from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Admission will be by donation with proceeds of the day going to the new Brock and Willa Wellness Centre. Ask staff member, Cathy Duck, for the latest news and updates about the centre as she is highly involved in the project.
Saturday July 27th: There will be a Garage Sale at the Burk’s Falls Food Bank on Yonge Street on Saturday, July 27th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Donations are appreciated; just call Val at 705-636-1679. No tires, clothes, large appliances or TVs please. All items in good working condition, all proceeds to support the Burk’s Falls and District Food Bank serving Almaguin South.
Saturday August 10th: On Saturday, August 10th Christ Church in Windermere will be holding its first ever Heritage Auction. Preview is at 10:00 a.m. Live Auction at 11:00 at the docks at Windermere. A fun community event filled with all sorts of interesting items.
Friday August 16th to Sunday August 18th: The 22nd Annual Dockside Festival of the Arts is happening at the Special Events Field at the Muskoka Wharf. Dates and times include: Friday August 16th from 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday August 17th from 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday August 18th from 10:00am-4:00pm There will be over 90 juried artisans and crasftpeople form Muskoka and across the country, live entertainment, splash pad music and prizes and ‘Shop Till You Drop’ for three days .
Saturday August 17th: The Port Carling Fire Department’s Annual Corn Roast and Dance will be held Saturday August 17th. The Corn Roast is from 11:00-3:00pm at the Port Carling Fire Department at 1 Lee Valley Drive in Port Carling – admission by donation. There will be kids’ activities, fire prevention materials and an auto extrication demonstration. Then the dance kicks off at 8:00pm at the Port Carling Community Centre at 3 Bailey Street in Port Carling – Admission is $10 – tickets will be available ahead of the event as well as at the door. Minimum age is 19.
Ongoing Events in the Community
Tuesday nights: Come out for some family friendly baseball Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM at Irwin Memorial Public School in Dwight. Lots of fun with great people. All Ages welcome. They will be doing this all summer long so come out and have some fun. More details can be found on this link https://www.facebook.com/events/583555891679359/.
The Pines Long Term Care is looking for volunteers to spend 1-2 hours/week to assist with getting their residents outdoors to enjoy some fresh air. For more information contact Elizabeth at 705-645-4488 x 441 or visit them.
Wednesdays: Wednesday, May 22 is the Opening Day for the 22nd season of the Gravenhurst Farmers' Market. The Market runs from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Muskoka Wharf Special Events Field on Hwy 169 just north of Gravenhurst, opposite Muskoka Bay.
Red Cross: Are you a caring individual with some time to spare? The Red Cross is looking for Volunteers to help with their Transportation Program. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Tara Bone at Tara.Bone@redcrossca. Volunteers will be reimbursed for mileage.
TRINITY DRAMA GROUP PRESENTS: "Table Manners" Part of Alan Ayckbourn's, superb comic trilogy: 'The Norman Conquests'. Table Manners discloses the events of the weekend as seen from the dining room. Performances are at Trinity United Church on February 22 & 23, March 1 & 2 starting at 7:30pm. And 2 matinee performances on Sunday February 24 and Sunday March 3 at 2pm. Tickets are $15 and available at Treasures & Trophies, and Trinity United Church.
Starting Kindergarten is an exciting and special time for parents and children. The Saint Mary's School community looks forward to welcoming their full day, every day kindergarten class. If you have a child ready to start kindergarten in September 2013 or if you need more information, give Saint Mary's School a call at 705-789-6481 to arrange a visit and to pick up your registration package.
Lions BINGO: The Bracebridge Lions Club is pleased to announce that they will be continuing to host their Bingos in 2013. The first Tuesday of the month, Bingo will be held at the Rotary Centre for Youth at 131 Wellington Street. There is over $2400 in prizes, including a $1000 Jackpot. Doors open at 5:30pm and the games begin at 7pm. All proceeds go to support our community.
Looking for something to do this winter? Go to the Bracebridge Public Library and update your computer skills! Learn how to send email, surf the web and explore the exciting world of social media. Become a wiz at Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. To set up a free, 1 hour, one-on-one training session, call Katrina at the Bracebridge Public Library: 645 4171.
Utterson Aerobics for All Ages: Lose those holiday calories and have fun as well! It will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 pm at the Utterson Community Centre, 32 Hall Rd. Instructor: Cassandra Peace-Hall. For details, please call Gloria at 705-385-8716.
Chidiac Animal Hospital of Gravenhurst will be collecting donations for the Muskoka SPCA. Their wish list contains the following items: clumping/non clumping kitty litter, scratching posts, canned cat/kitten food, canned dog/puppy food, dish soap (sunlight), liquid laundry detergent (high efficiency), drier sheets, Mr.Clean floor cleaner, Canadian Tire Money, Gift Cards (Walmart, Canadian Tire, Pet Valu), and monetary donations to our animal care account.
Bracebridge Out of the Cold: A free, hot, nutritious meal, in a caring and confidential environment. Tuesdays at Bracebridge United Church - dinner served at 5:30 (till May 28th/13). Thursdays at the Bracebridge Legion dinner served at 5:30pm (till April 18th/13) - a bus is available Thursday nights to and from the dinner as it was last year. Call 644-3761 for more information.
Sharing Suppers, at Pine Grove Baptist Church, Monday nights.
Volunteers are needed for the Literacy Society of South Muskoka. New Board members and tutors are needed. Call the office at 705-687-9323 for information.
The Salvation Army Food Bank in Huntsville is in need of the following items: healthy snacks for kid's lunches, cereal, peanut butter and jam. Donations are greatly appreciated, and can be dropped off at Salvation Army Family Services on Mary Street, or at the Salvation Army Church on Mary Street. The Family Services offices are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-12p, and 1-2:35pm.
Almaguin Bowling leagues in the Almaguin Bowl in Burk's Falls are looking for new members. There is a league every day so there's a time to suit everyone. From very young to old, all are welcome. You don't have to be an expert!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muskoka is currently recruiting volunteers. If you are interested in making a lasting difference in the life of a child by acting as a mentor, role-model and friend please call 705-644-9914 or visit www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/muskoka.
Car Seat Clinics are offered monthly in Huntsville and Gravenhurst, and are run by trained car seat technicians with the OPP, Huntsville Community Policing, local Fire Departments and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Huntsville clinics are held the first Thursday of every month at the Huntsville Fire Department, 1 Payne Drive, from 12pm-2pm. Gravenhurst area clinics are held at the Gravenhurst Fire Hall, 190 Harvie Street, from 12pm-2pm. Appointments are not required.
South River Lions Organization holds monthly Bingo the Second Thursday of every Month. Early Bird Game starts at 6:45 p.m. and regular bingo starts at 7pm. Bingo is held at the South River Arena, upstairs (full use of elevator available for seniors and/or disabled persons).
Scouts Canada welcomes children and teens aged 5-17, with programs geared to 4 different age categories. Adults are also needed to get involved with Scout leadership programs, and offers comprehensive training/coaching programs to all volunteers. For information, contact 1-888-scouts-now, or visit www.scouts.ca
The Muskoka-Parry Sound Independent Animal Rescue is looking for volunteers. Help is needed for telephone screening for adoption processing, fundraising assistance, driving, and to provide foster homes for animals in need. For more information on how you can help, join them on the last Thursday of every month from 6pm-9pm in the community room at Robinson's Independent Grocer in Huntsville. For information, visit them at www.mpsiar.com
The Art Space Gallery is located on Queen Street, across from River Mill Park in Huntsville, and is open Thursday through Saturday @ 11am. The mission of The Art Space is to enrich local and regional culture by providing a showcasing forum for local and national artists, providing continuous exposure to the visual arts and encouraging community involvement through outreach, education and service. In addition to exhibitions, The Art Space also offers a wide range of educational activities, and creative experiences for children, teens and adults. More information on upcoming events is available at www.huntsvilleartsociety.ca.
The Huntsville La Leche League has a new meeting location at the Ontario Early Years Centre in the Active Living Centre. Moms and their children are invited to gather on the second Monday of each month to share their breastfeeding and parenting experiences from 10 am until noon. No registration is required.
Employment North can help with your job search or staffing needs at their new Resource Centre at 104 Main Street, Sundridge, and open Monday thru Friday. On Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday each week, employment-related workshops are open to the public. They also provide outreach services to Ahmic Harbour, Powassan, and Port Loring. For more information, visit their website at www.employmentnorth.com or call them at 384-1110 or 1-800-461-5541.
The Alzheimer Society of North Bay holds a support group for family and friends of Alzheimer patients. Meetings will be held at 10:30am on the last Friday of each month at the Women's Own Resource Centre, 105 Ottawa Avenue, South River (at the lights). For more information please call Patricia 705-386-8707
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka Employment Service - Huntsville offers employment services in Lake of Bays. Self-help job search resources are available during all Dorset Community Centre, Dwight Public Library, and Baysville Public Library hours. These include access to a computer with word processing and internet, resume templates, job search information, and access to the Huntsville Employment Service staff during office hours via web cam. An Employment Specialist is on site twice a month to offer employment assistance in person. Watch for them on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month in Baysville (1- 4 pm) and the 2nd and 4th Tuesday in Dorset (9:30 am - 12:30 pm) and Dwight (1 - 4 pm). For more information call 787-0349.
Let's Grow Screening Centre- Do you have a question or concern about how your child is developing? Emotional growth, physical coordination and speech and language skills are common sources of worry for parents. A professional at the Let's Grow Screening Centre can screen your child's development and, if necessary, can connect you to further assessment and support services. All parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are welcome. And it's free! To book an appointment or to find out more about the Let's Grow Screening Centre nearest you, call Your Health Connection at 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To check scheduled screening clinics, visit the health unit website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org. Look for the Screening link under Services. If you cannot access one of the scheduled times or locations, call 705-645-2412 x 308 to book a Let's Grow screening in your community.
The Muskoka Tourette Syndrome Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the Month at Muskoka Falls Public School from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Individuals with TS, family members, educators, and interested community members are welcome to attend the meetings. For information, please contact Shawn at 645-2530 or visit the website at www.tourette.ca
Dabber Bingo has expanded, and now takes place at the Gravenhurst Legion on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Start time is 7pm.
Bingo! The Armour, Ryerson & Burk's Falls Agricultural Society hosts monthly bingo upstairs in the Karl Crozier Hall at the Burk's Falls Arena on the first Saturday of each month. An elevator is available, doors open at 5pm with mini games starting at 6pm. Regular games start at 7pm. 2 card strip minimum to play. The maximum jackpot is $500. All proceeds go to junior entertainment and prizes for their annual Fall Fair.
The Emsdale Men's Cancer Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7pm to 8pm at Perry Township Public Library, at 25 Joseph Street, behind the Community Centre in Emsdale. The group is open to males who have experienced any type of cancer and who are willing to share individual experiences. Members of the group are at different points of their journey, and the information shared can be of great value to someone who is newly diagnosed. For more information contact Frank at 705-636-7127, or the North Bay Canadian Cancer Society at 1-888-208-2125.
A Breast Cancer support group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7:00pm-9:00pm in Bracebridge. For more information call Marilyn at 705-646-1259.
"Getting Ready for Baby" prenatal classes: Many parents-to-be have a lot of questions about what life will be like with their new baby. Join other parents-to-be and a public health nurse for free classes to get some answers. Getting Ready for Baby classes run weekday evenings or Saturdays. Register early in your pregnancy as classes fill quickly. To register call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or toll free 1-877-721-7520.
Immunizations - The Simcoe Muskoka District Health unit provides regular immunization clinics at all office locations for infants through to seniors. Please contact Your Health Connection at (705) 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. if you have questions or to book an appointment.
The Huntsville Lions Club Rama Bus runs every third Monday of the month. $5.00 dollars includes the bus ride and buffet dinner ($20.00 value). The bus leaves the Huntsville Place Mall at 4:20pm and returns to Huntsville by 11:00pm. To book a seat, call 789-2207.
Do you have a question about how to manage your diabetes or pre-diabetes? Everyone is welcome to attend the Bracebridge Diabetes centre drop in and Meter check every Monday from 2-4pm. The centre is located at 205 Hiram Street on the second floor. For more information call 705-645-8824. A certified diabetes nurse educator and registered dietician will be available.