Events – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 KPIK’s Winter Wonderland http://www.ngtimes.ca/kpiks-winter-wonderland/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kpiks-winter-wonderland/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:54:21 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10447 A new generation of talent is forming in our community! Kemptville Players Inc. Kids (KPIK) is excited to present for you their first play: WINTER WONDERLAND, Saturday, January 20 at 2:30 pm in the Urbandale Arts Centre in Kemptville. It is a locally written, unique story of hope, belief, snow days, kids being kids, and […]

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A new generation of talent is forming in our community! Kemptville Players Inc. Kids (KPIK) is excited to present for you their first play: WINTER WONDERLAND, Saturday, January 20 at 2:30 pm in the Urbandale Arts Centre in Kemptville. It is a locally written, unique story of hope, belief, snow days, kids being kids, and all sorts of fun adventures in the town of Snowy Hollow. A story by kids – for kids!

Recognizing a need for theatre in Kemptville that is not a musical, Kemptville Players Inc. started KPIK last year with workshops on acting and all things that go on behind the scenes, and are now ready to bring this talent to the stage in KPI’s 50th anniversary year.

Auditions, which were held in November and December, proved that the youth talent in our community was so great that the script had to be expanded from an original cast of 24 to 32, in order to include all who auditioned. The script was adapted to showcase all of the talent that was presented to the audition committee. In addition, some youth wanted to help behind the scenes and will also be mentored by KPI members. Mary-Anne Leang, who co-wrote the original play with her daughter, Amanda, was impressed with the immediate interest in this community initiative.

Laura Drover, co-director, says she is amazed at how far the kids have come since the first rehearsal, especially given that, for many of them, this is their first involvement with KPIK. As they grow to understand stage presence and character development, their enthusiasm builds, and it is exciting for all who are present at the rehearsals to witness. KPI is grateful that the parents are as excited and involved as their children in this production.

Tickets are $10 each and are available online at www.KemptvillePlayers.ca, or in person at B&H Your Community Grocer, or at the North Grenville Municipal Centre (2nd floor reception during business hours).

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The Return of the Potluck! http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-return-of-the-potluck/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-return-of-the-potluck/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:31:07 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10474 Our Second Annual Chef’s Potluck Dinner & Growing Season Planning Event is coming up on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6 pm in the Ballroom at the Gallipeau Centre in Smiths Falls. Hosted by Two Rivers Food Hub, this is a chance for you, our existing and interested buyers and sellers to meet, hang out, […]

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Our Second Annual Chef’s Potluck Dinner & Growing Season Planning Event is coming up on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 6 pm in the Ballroom at the Gallipeau Centre in Smiths Falls.

Hosted by Two Rivers Food Hub, this is a chance for you, our existing and interested buyers and sellers to meet, hang out, and enjoy some tasty goodness.The event will take place in Smiths Falls at the Gallipeau Centre Ballroom (361 Queen Street East) — It’s just down the hall from the food hub… (yes there will be a tour…) We are inviting ALL of our producers and buyers out for an evening of drinks and eats and to have a series of directed, round-table growing season planning conversations. Our buyers and sellers of all types will be present, giving everyone a chance to meet and talk turkey… or duck… or puntarelle endive… or chilhuacle chilies. Essentially, it’s your chance to ask our buyers what they’d like to see you grow, to meet them and to compare notes on things like pre-processing, packaging, and what sort of value added products they’d be most interested in purchasing this year.

During a series of directed table conversations, we will be asking both what everyone is already planning to grow, when they are planning to grow it, as well as asking what our commercial buyers (including the food hub, through our Local Food Basket program) are looking for (and when). We will follow up within the week with an overview of the notes we gather, and within two weeks with our best recommendations for what else is needed. If there is any specific information you would like for us to gather, let us know and we will try to include it in our questions for the table conversations.

Food will be ‘pot-luck’, provided by a Chef’s Potluck Competition, If you’d like to be a part of that, contact David at sales@tworiversfoodhub.com for more details–the theme this year is TACOS, the winner will receive not only the accolades of the masses, but also THE GOLDEN PAN! Our custom trophy won last year by Andreas Baumann of Green Lake Maple. Anyone can bring a dish (let us know what you plan to bring…) but you must use local agricultural products (your own are fine) to compete for the prize…

The evening will include:
*A ‘cocktail hour’ featuring local craft breweries as an opportunity to network with other producers, processors, buyers, as well as volunteers and members of the staff and board of the Two Rivers Food Hub
*A ‘state of the hub’ welcome address re-capping 2017
*A Chef’s Potluck dinner
*Directed Table Discussions about planning for this year’s growing season (compiled notes to follow the event)
*An overview of systems and processes for participating in the Online Marketplace and this year’s Local Food Basket program.
*A short question and answer session to wrap up the evening by 8:30pm.

We expect this to be a fun, memorable thank you for 2017 and kickoff for 2018. PLEASE RSVP if you are interested– we’d love to have as many of you out as possible and your RSVP will help us plan… info@tworiversfoodhub.com

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A great community Christmas event http://www.ngtimes.ca/great-community-christmas-event/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/great-community-christmas-event/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:42:56 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10286 The Third Annual Community Christmas Dinner will take place between noon and around 2 on Christmas Day: a completely free celebration which includes a full traditional Christmas dinner and desserts, beverages, music and lots and lots of good cheer. This community initiative means that people who might be on their own on Christmas Day, or […]

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The Third Annual Community Christmas Dinner will take place between noon and around 2 on Christmas Day: a completely free celebration which includes a full traditional Christmas dinner and desserts, beverages, music and lots and lots of good cheer. This community initiative means that people who might be on their own on Christmas Day, or those who just want to be part of the celebration of the holiday, can come together and enjoy this traditional gathering at St. John’s United Church, Prescott Street, in Kemptville.

Last year, approximately 250 meals were served, including sit-down, delivery, and special meals. And it was all the work of volunteers who donated the food, the decorations, the drinks, who cooked, prepared and served the food, set and cleared the tables, washed the dishes and played live music. It included volunteers collecting people from their homes, and bringing them back home afterwards, even to places outside North Grenville. It included volunteers delivering meals to people who could not come to Leslie Hall, the venue last year, but wanted to share in the day.

When it was learned that there were almost a dozen people working on Christmas Day at Kemptville District Hospital, meals were delivered to them too. And it was all done without fuss, anonymously and with great grace. As one organiser put it: “This is a community event, with all individuals involved believing it is better to give than receive during this special time, and who want to share their day with their friends and neighbours”.

Extra tables had to be set up to cope with the crowd, and it seemed that, as soon as a place became vacant, it was immediately filled with a newcomer, cutlery supplied and bowls of coleslaw and condiments ready to hand. The servers were cheerful, and the portions were generous. One woman stood by with her young girls serving bread rolls. Others were in the kitchen keeping the servers supplied with turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, and everything needed for a happy Christmas meal. It was wonderful.

Remember: it is all done free of charge, no credit asked, no thanks required. That is the Christmas spirit in our communities.

We have a community that can provide a fantastic Christmas dinner, service groups and churches, individuals and organisations that stand on the front line to be a link between those who need help, and those who can provide it. Let’s make sure that the spirit shown on Christmas Day continues to be shown throughout 2018. Whatever is going on in the rest of the world, we can be so thankful that we live in such a country, such a province, such a municipality.

Many thanks for the congregation at St. John’s United Church for opening their doors to the community this way, after our venue for the past two years, Leslie Hall, became so sadly unavailable.

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Catch the Ace round 2 begins http://www.ngtimes.ca/catch-ace-round-2-begins/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/catch-ace-round-2-begins/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:09:54 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10296 Round 2 of the Kemptville Lions Club’s “Catch the Ace” lottery has begun. The first draw was held at the Kemptville Legion Hall on December 12. Yvette Lavoie (pictured here flanked by Lions Alan Forbes and Connie Beardshaw) won the weekly prize of $182.00 when her ticket was drawn and envelope 27 yielded the 9 […]

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Round 2 of the Kemptville Lions Club’s “Catch the Ace” lottery has begun. The first draw was held at the Kemptville Legion Hall on December 12. Yvette Lavoie (pictured here flanked by Lions Alan Forbes and Connie Beardshaw) won the weekly prize of $182.00 when her ticket was drawn and envelope 27 yielded the 9 of Hearts.

Tickets for each draw are available at Albert’s Meats, B&H Grocery, Jonsson’s Independent Grocer, the Kemptville Curling Club, Moose Mart, Legion Branch 212, Shelley’s Kitchen, Heckston, and from members of the Kemptville Lions Club.

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Event for Sudden Unexplained Death in children http://www.ngtimes.ca/event-sudden-unexplained-death-children/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/event-sudden-unexplained-death-children/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:50:31 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10179 Hello. Our names are Sheri Kropf and Blair Ivanovick. We wanted to tell you about the SUDC Banner Project. It’s a large banner, featuring 120 faces of children, one-year and older, who have died suddenly and without any known cause. The banner will travel around the world to help raise awareness of sudden unexplained death […]

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Hello. Our names are Sheri Kropf and Blair Ivanovick. We wanted to tell you about the SUDC Banner Project. It’s a large banner, featuring 120 faces of children, one-year and older, who have died suddenly and without any known cause.

The banner will travel around the world to help raise awareness of sudden unexplained death in childhood, also known as SUDC. The SUDC Foundation is dedicated to increasing awareness of SUDC, and funding crucial research to better understand and prevent these tragedies.

We lost our daughter, Kayla Madison Ivanovick, at 18 months old, on April 22, 2014.
We will be hosting a small march through the downtown core of Kemptville, at approximately 11am on Sunday, December 17, to bring awareness locally, and would like to invite you to see it in person and to share the details of this endeavour with your friends, family, and clients. We will continue our journey to Parliament Hill, Rogers House, and then return to The South Branch Bistro in Kemptville over the dinner hours.

Any donations to the cause can be made directly to SUDC Foundation at www.SUDC.org.

Thank you for your support!
Blair and Sheri

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16th Children’s Fun Fest scheduled for December 28 http://www.ngtimes.ca/16th-childrens-fun-fest-scheduled-december-28/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/16th-childrens-fun-fest-scheduled-december-28/#respond Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:58:53 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10194 by Patrick Babin Calling all children from 2 to 12! You are cordially invited to participate in this year’s Fun Fest, scheduled for 10:00 am., Thursday, December 28, in the Tallman Room at the North Grenville Public Library. The extremely talented duo, Susan and Kerry Badgley, assisted by George Buys, will provide their very special […]

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by Patrick Babin

Calling all children from 2 to 12! You are cordially invited to participate in this year’s Fun Fest, scheduled for 10:00 am., Thursday, December 28, in the Tallman Room at the North Grenville Public Library. The extremely talented duo, Susan and Kerry Badgley, assisted by George Buys, will provide their very special brand of music again this year.

Admission is free, although each family is encouraged to donate a nonperishable food item for the Salvation Army. Again this year, Giant Tiger is sponsoring the event. Thanks to the latter, children, along with their parents, will partake of scrumptious refreshments. Peanut-free is always uppermost in the minds of the sponsors.

The idea of a holiday musical celebration for the children was promoted by Maureen McCleery, a former member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the North Grenville Public Library. How proud she must be!

Why this early in the day? For the convenience of the very young who need their nap! Hope to see you there!!

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Leeds and Grenville Remembers- Wednesday, December 6, 2017 http://www.ngtimes.ca/leeds-grenville-remembers-wednesday-december-6-2017/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/leeds-grenville-remembers-wednesday-december-6-2017/#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:24:52 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10069 December 6, 2017, marks a day recognized annually in Canada as the National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence against Women. In 1989, fourteen women were murdered by a lone gunman walking through the halls of l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the 14 young women […]

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December 6, 2017, marks a day recognized annually in Canada as the National Day of Action and Remembrance on Violence against Women. In 1989, fourteen women were murdered by a lone gunman walking through the halls of l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence, December 6 represents an opportunity to reflect on all violence against women and remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence.

Each year, Leeds and Grenville hosts an event to honour, not only the women who lost their lives in Montreal, but also the women and children in our own communities who live with violence in their homes, or who have been victims of violence in the past.
This year’s event is being hosted by the Victim Issues Coordinating Committee of Leeds and Grenville, which consists of a collaboration of agencies committed to enhancing our community response to violence, on Wednesday, December 6, at the Brockville Women’s Memorial, located on Blockhouse Island, from 4:30pm-5:30pm.

All are welcome to join us for this event to honour the 14 women murdered in Montreal, as well as to acknowledge local victims of violence against women. The evening will include a rose ceremony, candle light vigil, and live musical entertainment. There will be warm refreshments available.

This is an inclusive event: all women, children, and men are welcome to attend free of charge.

For more information, please contact: Brandy Morton, Coordinator of the Victim Issues Coordinating Committee at icclg@outlook.com.

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BIA Downtown Celebrates http://www.ngtimes.ca/bia-downtown-celebrates/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/bia-downtown-celebrates/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:31:19 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9901 by John Barclay In her Annual Report to members of the BIA on Wednesday, November 15, Deb Wilson (Chair) highlighted the growth of several existing businesses and the growing number of new businesses that established themselves downtown this year. This year, Downtown Kemptville saw the expansion of Array Hair Studio, the Dill Flower Studio and […]

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by John Barclay

In her Annual Report to members of the BIA on Wednesday, November 15, Deb Wilson (Chair) highlighted the growth of several existing businesses and the growing number of new businesses that established themselves downtown this year.

This year, Downtown Kemptville saw the expansion of Array Hair Studio, the Dill Flower Studio and Voice2Net, and welcomed many new businesses, including the professional engineers of ISI Controls Inc.; Setanta Solutions Inc, another professional IT service; Exit Realty By Design and the Integrated Business Solutions Group.

The new growth downtown hasn’t all been just professional services, however. We’ve seen new investment downtown – new owners of the mixed martial arts studio (formerly Tekken MMA), new owners of the Brewing Oasis, as well as new owners of the South Branch Bistro (formerly the Branch Restaurant) and the Clothier Mills Motel on Clothier Street. The Bowen Approach is now located at 3 Clothier, and Get Cronk’d, a new fitness business, opened at 9 Clothier at the beginning of the year. GlowSport – Kemptville, The Glow Entertainment Company, opened at 29 Clothier Street East.

By the Prescott Bridge, both 10A and 10B Prescott are now occupied. This location, Hustle & Heart, also serves as the downtown address for Willow & Rose and Nowtaskr. The Prim Shed at 419 Rideau Street, and New Energy Kreations renovated a showroom at 132 Prescott, have greatly improved the streetscape of that section of Prescott.

There’s more to come in the months ahead, too. That’s why the BIA wanted to take a breath and pause to celebrate the ongoing revival of downtown on December 1 with Four Grand Openings and Two Open Houses in one day. Below is the schedule for the afternoon.

Kemptville Kids Pediatric Therapy Services, 200 Prescott Street: 12:00 noon (Ribbon Cutting). This is a new business launched by Kim Bennett (a Speech-Language Pathologist) and Kimberley Smalridge (a Pediatric Physiotherapist) through the Kemptville Pop-Up Shop Program. It is a one-stop pediatric therapy centre for children and their families to access needed speech and physical therapy services locally.

Richardson Hair Design and 2bu Artistry – Grand Openings & Shared Open House, 201 Prescott Street: 1pm (Ribbon Cutting); Open House 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Stephanie Richardson (Richardson Hair Design) and Megan J. Roberts (2bu Artistry) took over the space previously occupied by the Array Hair Studio to service their growing clientele with hair and make-up services and products.

Posh Plum Decor – Grand Opening & Open House, 207 Prescott Street: 1:30 pm (Ribbon Cutting); followed by an Open House until 7pm. Posh Plum Decor is located in the historic former Carnegie Library, lovingly restored by the owner, Ann Shafer. It carries a wide variety of unique gift items, shabby chic home decor and displays original works by talented local artists.

Deb Wilson, Chair, Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area, believes the pop-up shop idea is perfect for Downtown Kemptville: “Innovative ideas like Pop-Up Shops help bring together building owners and those wishing to launch businesses. It is even more worthwhile since is it being conducted in partnership with local business-minded businesses who care deeply about the future of our downtown.”

Come celebrate the ongoing revival of Kemptville’s downtown on December 1!

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The Holiday Train is set to be another great success again this year! http://www.ngtimes.ca/holiday-train-set-another-great-success-year/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/holiday-train-set-another-great-success-year/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:58:51 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9876 The organizing committee, Joanne Harris – Rideau Community Health Services, Mayor David Nash, Brendan Mullen – Grenville OPP, Cathy Ashby – House of Lazarus, Bonnie Pidgeon – South Grenville Food Bank and Susan Wilkes – Merrickville Lions Club can’t wait to see everyone out again this year for another fantastic show! The Holiday Train rolls […]

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The organizing committee, Joanne Harris – Rideau Community Health Services, Mayor David Nash, Brendan Mullen – Grenville OPP, Cathy Ashby – House of Lazarus, Bonnie Pidgeon – South Grenville Food Bank and Susan Wilkes – Merrickville Lions Club can’t wait to see everyone out again this year for another fantastic show!

The Holiday Train rolls into town this coming Monday November 27th at 4:45pm, at the East Broadway & County Road 2 tracks.

It is with the help of all that come out with their donations of healthy food choices and/or cash donations to enjoy this family friendly night, kicking off the holiday season, that make it possible for those of us offering services at community food cupboards and food banks to provide families in need with the necessary resources.

The organizing committee would like to thank CP Holiday train organizers for another opportunity to participate in this truly worthwhile and enjoyable event, the Public Works Department for the Village of Merrickville Wolford, 1st Merrickville Guiding unit, Fulford Prep students, RCHS board members, Lions volunteers, area Food Bank volunteers and community volunteers, this event would not be possible without their dedication the night of the trains arrival.

There will be peace of mind again this year knowing that OPP and Auxiliary officers will be in attendance with vehicles and personnel strategically placed to deal with the large number of people who attend this fabulous event. CP Police in partnership with the OPP manage the crowds around the train, which ensure the safety of everyone who attend this magical evening to make it both safe and enjoyable.

Additional support is provided by Campbell’s Sanitation who donate the port-a-potties, Yellow Canoe for continuing to supply thousands of cups of hot chocolate, McDonalds Kemptville for supplying coffee, cups and condiments and Carol the manager of Uncle Festers chip wagon for allowing us to use the property and donating part of their proceeds from the evening.

The CP Holiday Train Committee looks forward to seeing everyone on Monday night to enjoy the arrival of the colourful train that mean so much to so many people in our community. See you there!

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Deck the halls with Small Halls! http://www.ngtimes.ca/deck-halls-small-halls/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/deck-halls-small-halls/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:51:53 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9846 The Once returns after dazzling Small Halls audiences last December, performing at the Merrickville United Church on Thursday, Dec. 7 and at the DACA Centre in Dacre on Friday, Dec. 8. The hall-iday shows will be a chance to gather together, celebrate community and dive into the season’s festivities. The Once is an award-winning modern […]

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The Once returns after dazzling Small Halls audiences last December, performing at the Merrickville United Church on Thursday, Dec. 7 and at the DACA Centre in Dacre on Friday, Dec. 8. The hall-iday shows will be a chance to gather together, celebrate community and dive into the season’s festivities.

The Once is an award-winning modern indie folk trio based in St. John’s.

Tickets are $25 in advance/more at the door and are on sale starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at www.ontariosmallhalls.com or by phone at 613.402.1425. Tickets in Merrickville are available by contacting Nick Previsich and/or Joelle Schmid at: nprevisich@bell.net and also at Mrs. McGarrigles. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. and a cash bar will be on-site.

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