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Message from the editor Season’s Greetings! The Guelph Junior Storm Bantam AA team honoured past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces prior to their game at the West End Recreation Centre on Wednesday, November 10. For the first time in Guelph Minor Hockey history the Bantam AA wore a third jersey that night and for the remainder of the season which shows their support for the Canadian Troops. The Guelph Storm OHL club created the jerseys for the team. Four retired NATO officials and two members of the Guelph Armory were in attendance for the game and dropped the puck for

the captains of both teams. “We are very proud of these 17 young hockey players who have each written letters to soldiers overseas and were very excited about the event,” says Head Coach, Jeff Clarke. Pictured above are team members: Front row, right to left–Will Hyndman, Mikeal Ruffini, Matt Clarke, Drew Adams, Isaac Ford, Brad Yowart, Brayden McNabb, and Jackson Swindells. Back row, right to left– Assistant Coach Kirk McNabb, Ryan Stairs, Jack Taylor, Marc Hofford, Cameron Goetz, Blake Smith, Nick Berdusco, Dylan Hill, Josh Schafer, Jake Lehman, Trainer Dan Berdusco, and Head Coach Jeff Clarke. Absent from the photo is Assistant Coach Scott Hofford

Please enjoy our Winter issue of the Activity and Events Guide. Our events section lists a wide variety of ways to get out and enjoy the season. If you are looking to give back through volunteering this year, our article on holiday volunteering, lists the many organizations throughout the city in need of help this December. Volunteering can even be as simple as giving your time at local churches, neighbourhood groups and community organizations; or visiting with seniors at local retirement residences. Our Spring issue of the Activity and Events Guide is distributed in March and will include all kinds of information about camps and programs for your children to participate in next summer. As always we are happy to publish your non-profit events for free and enjoy hearing about any exciting changes within your clubs and organizations. Once again Season's Greetings and best wishes for a happy, healthy 2011. Heather Grummett, Editor Venture Guelph Publications Ltd.

Guelph’s Junior Storm Captain Josh Schafer with Oakville's Captain, for the puck drop.

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Best Wishes for the Holidays

Best Wishes to ALL for a joyous Holiday Season and a wonderful New Year of peace & happiness

And a wonderful new year of hope

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Guelph Bears–football lives here by Heather Grummett

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Having started with only enough players to join in with the Burlington league, the Guelph Bears football league has continued to grow over the past 40 years. The Guelph Bears now have 400 players and includes children from Guelph, Rockwood, Fergus and Elora. Part of both the Ontario Varsity Football League and the South-western Ontario Football League, the Bears have two Varsity Rep. teams in the 62 Ontario team roster and five teams in the Southwestern 53 team line-up. Programs run for ages 7 to 19, with Tyke (ages7,8); Adam (ages 9,10); Peewee (ages11, 12); Bantam (ages 13,14); one Junior Varsity team for under 17 and one Varsity team for ages 19 and over. Leagues are run in flag football, six a side and tackle. Tackle games run as an 8 game season, however, practice begins four to five months in advance for players to learn to play safely. Flag football has 16 teams playing each other within Guelph The six a side football is a new pilot program, which the Bears hope to expand across the province within the next two years. Currently played amongst 8 teams, six a side is a great offensive development game. The non-competitive game trains players on the equipment, tackling and holding the ball. Played with 12 to 15 players instead of the 30 to 40 that a standard game requires, the game also only requires half a football field, allowing two games to be played at once. The upcoming season will have indoor six a side with one all girls team and one co-ed team. This winter season, the Guelph Bears

are excited to begin indoor games at the newly opened Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre. Located on Wellington Road #30, on the former Marden campsite grounds, the sports facility has outdoor football fields, soccer fields and indoor facilities for winter sport play. Not only has the Marden facility helped to make up for the lack of football fields within Guelph, the new Centre is encouraging for the Bears–allowing a venue to now expand their programs to year round. New in 2011, a girls tackle football team for 14 to 16 years old will be run indoors. The non-competitive league will be developed further, if there is enough of an interest. The Guelph Bears are always looking for volunteers–whether for coaching, administration, or setting up the fields on game day. For more information on their programs or volunteering opportunities visit

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Summer 2011 Camp Fair at Wilfrid Laurier University


Holiday volunteering opportunities

Although the summer months feel like a distant memory now, it’s never too early to start thinking about next summer’s camp and programming opportunities for your children. Laurier is pleased to be hosting the Summer 2011 Camp Fair this February, allowing families to plan their summer in one evening with representatives from more than 50 summer camps and programs from around the region and the province. The one-stop access to summer camp options is a great benefit for parents and their children alike. Parents and prospective campers have the chance to meet camp staff in person, learn about what each program has to offer and then make an informed decision about the right camp. There will be day camps, residential camps, sports, arts, science, and computer camps represented at the camp fair. The Summer 2011 Camp Fair takes place on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Science Courtyard at Laurier's Waterloo Campus. Visitor admission is free. For driving directions and a list of last year’s participants, please visit If you are interested in registering your camp or program at the Summer 2011 Camp Fair, visit to download a registration form. Payment and registration must be received by Continuing Studies at Laurier by Friday, December 17, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in order to reserve your program's space.

A number of organizations can • Extra volunteers are needed benefit from your volunteering at Christmas and during the over the holidays. The Volunteer winter when regular volunCentre of Guelph Wellington teers are away has provided the following list of • Contact: Lisa Allen at 519ways to support your communi836-3523 or email ty this season.

For more information contact Rhea Edmunds, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator at or 519-884-0710 ext. 3902.

• Contact: Carol McGuigan at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Phone: 519-767-3424 Fax: 519-767-3445 Email:

VICTORIA ROAD RECREATION CENTRE KARATE Classes for all ages 4 to Adult. New session begins January.

Registration on NOW! See our website for class time availability. Call 519-824-6354 or register online:

Festival of Trees Volunteer • Supports the St. Josephs Health Care Foundation • All opportunities at River Run Centre, Guelph • Volunteers needed for: Wrapping and loading trees for tree delivery to local businesses/charities * Thurs Dec 9, 9:00am – 1:00pm Dismantle/Take Down Day Wed Dec 29, 9:00am – 1:00pm, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Meals on Wheels – Canadian Red Cross •• Volunteers are needed year round to pick up meals from St. Joseph’s Health Centre and deliver them to client homes. • Meals are delivered in teams of two–work teams, family members and friends are welcome

• Volunteer opportunities are also available right before and after Christmas day to help pack food donations in the warehouse. Shifts can be completed any time between 8:30am-5:00pm. Contact Mike at 519-767-1380 for Chalmers Community more information. Volunteers Service Centre must be 14 years of age or • Fair Share Food Shelf proolder. gram provides food, clothing, • www.spiritwind-christianbedding, household items and mending of clothes • Volunteers assist with set-up Retirement and Longof food, clothing and houseTerm Care Residences hold goods Thursday or Friday Year round volunteer opportunimornings and clean-up ties are available at retirement • Contact Diana Sterenberg, and long-term care residences Office Administrator, including Chalmers Community Services Centre, • St. Joseph’s Health Centre Phone: 519-822-8778, Email: /volunteer/ Guelph Food Bank • Volunteers needed for giftwrapping at Stone Road Mall between December 2nd and 24th. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. • Contact Tracy at 519-7671380 or email Note- application forms must be completed prior to gift-wrapping shift. They can be picked up and submitted to Tracey at the Guelph Food Bank (100 Crimea Street) between 12-4pm.


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• Wellington Terrace /volunteer/ • Wellington Terrace needs volunteers to assist staff with decorating for Christmas and for removal of decorations • Contact Mary Black Gallagher at 519-846-5359 x 266 Children’s Foundation • Wrapping opportunities available Monday to Friday beginning Dec 3rd between 9am and 4pm. The evening wrap date has yet to be determined • Call Glenna at 519-826-9551 for more details

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Kathy: 836-3820 Head Coach, Don Burton: 823-7774

1. Our homepage at www.volunteerguelph 2. Click I Want Volunteer and Search the Database 3. You can search by areas of interest, by organization, What’s New and Student Volunteers (Towards 40 Hour requirement for graduation) Visit the office in person at 46 Cork St. E., Unit 1, or call 519-822-0912.

More • You can also volunteer your time at local churches, neighbourhood groups and community organizations. • Visit neighbours, family and friends and local retirement residences. • Consider volunteering as a group with family, friends or co-workers Volunteering is a rewarding experience all year round.


2010 WINTER ISSUE activity & events guide

• Festivals and Events • Tiny Tot Thursdays in the Children's Museum Last Thursdays of each month (excluding December) 9:30 - 11:30am, Join us for this fun drop-in program for children ages 1 to 4 and their caregivers. Monthly themes, organized songs, crafts, games. Admission - $2.00, 519-836-1221 November 8 - December 17 Adopt-A-Family The Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington Help provide a joyous holiday season for families in need in Guelph and Wellington as a donor to the Adopt-A-Family program. For more info contact or 519826.9551. November 12 - December 12 Festival of Trees River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street. Visit the Christmas Tree forest of more than 50 stunning trees decorated by creative volunteers and sponsored by local businesses, clubs and individuals. December 2,3,4 Fantasy Variety Show– Vaudeville Revisited Thursday 1:30pm, Friday 1:30pm, Saturday 7:30pm. A showcase of talent at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre. Tickets: adults $10, children $5. Free parking and shuttle service available. More information at 519-823-1291 December 3 The Salvation Army at Guelph Storm Game 7 pm. Sleeman Centre, information at 519-836-9360. December 4 Fergus Santa Claus Parade 2pm, Main Street Fergus

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Exhibit explores early methods of keeping clean in Wellington County For the modern family with easy access to water, soap, bathtubs and washers, it’s difficult to imagine the hardships involved in keeping clean before the introduction of indoor plumbing and electricity. The Wellington County Museum and Archives’ newest exhibit, Keeping Clean, explores the physical work of cleanliness as well as changes in social attitudes. Long hard hours were spent in soap making, laundering and housecleaning. It was a time when the nearest creek proved an easier method of bathing than heating pails of water poured into a tin tub. Bathing and washing tubs were portable pieces of furniture that were brought out for the Monday washday and the Saturday night bath. Featured in this exhibit are a variety of early metal bathtubs and laundry equipment. By the turn of the twentieth century, good hygiene was taught in schools and homes to lower infant mortality rates and to promote a healthy society. Modern innovations such as the built-in bathtub and the mechanized washing machine changed forever the look of our homes and the social expectations around cleanliness. The Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Road #18 between Fergus and Elora, and it is open weekdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on weekends and holidays. For more information call 519-846-0916 or visit December 4 Festive Family Day 1pm - 4:30pm Take part in holiday stories, crafts and activities. Santa will be making a special appearance. Regular admission. Guelph Civic Museum, 6 Dublin St. S. 519-836-1221 or

December 5 Songs for Christmas 7:30 pm The Guelph Male Choir presents Songs for Christmas with STRATA Vocal Ensemble. First Christian Reformed Church, 287 Water St. $15. GMC supports Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph and UNICEF.

December 4 Breakfast with Santa & Silent Auction 8:30 - 11am A fundraiser in support of The Salvation Army Nursery School at 1320 Gordon St. For more information call 519-836-9360.

December 8 Blue Christmas 7 - 8pm, Woodlawn Memorial Park–Mausoleum, 762 Woolwich St. The 11th annual Blue Christmas is a winter

December 4 GYS Winter Concert–This Frosty Tide St. George's Anglican Church, Tickets at River Run Centre box office, 519-763-3000. Adults $25, Students & Seniors $19/ The four choirs of Guelph Youth Singers present traditional carols in beautiful choral arrangements mixed with newly composed carols by children, and a traditional Hannukah song. Guest soprano soloists - Marion Samuel-Stevens and Sandra Tucker. December 5 Jingle Bell Hike 10am, Elora Cataract Railway, join us on our last hike of the season.Free. 519-843-2800 Come join us for our 12th Annual

Christmas Open House Saturday December 11th 11am – 6pm Sunday December 12th 1 pm – 4 pm Wine and cheese tasting Gift baskets for personal & professional gift giving Book your wine tasting tours & CHRISTMAS PARTIES NOW! Cox Creek Cellars Estate Winery. RR#5 at Hwy #6 N & Wellington County Road # 22 Tel: (519) 767-3253

tradition for many families. For some, it is an evening of remembrance. What could be more magical than carol singing outside in the snow, by candlelight, in a cemetery! December 8 Alzheimer Society Christmas Carols by Candlelight 7:30pm, St. George's Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St. Featuring the Guelph Chamber Choir. Proceeds raised will go to the Alzheimer Society of Guelph-Wellington's programs and services. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors/ students, $5 children 12 and under. For tickets call the Alzheimer Society of GuelphWellington at 519-836-7672 December 8 Storytelling at the Boathouse Come join the Guelph Guild by the river for stories and ice cream -- if the weather's warm enough. Otherwise, we'll have tea or cider, or even coffee. 8 – 9:30pm The Boathouse 1165 Gordon St. S Free but donations gratefully accepted. December 9 Rockwood Farmers Parade of Lights 6pm, Main Street and Hwy 7, Rockwood December 11 Community Carol Sing with The Salvation Army Band 2 pm, St Georges Church. For more information call 519-836-9360. December 11 – December 31 Sparkles in the Park Riverside Park, open nightly until 9:30pm. Festive light displays, free carousel rides and refreshments on the weekend. Join Santa and friends on Dec 20. New Year’s Eve party and fire-


works on Dec. 31, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Guelph. $2, $5 per family. December 11 RCL Annual Turkey Roll 2pm, Guelph Legion, 919 York Rd. Come and enjoy your chance to win turkeys and/or gift certificates. Jim Bough, Lottery Chairman 519-8221565 or December 11-12 Brunch with Santa Enjoy a festive brunch in the Paradise Café with a special visitor from the North Pole. Children get a chance to visit with Santa and receive a free Holiday Treat! Seatings at 11am and 1pm. Adult $19.50, Children (5-12) $ 12.50 and Children (1-5) $7.50. Reservations Required 519-6531234 ext. 113 or December 12 - 13 12th Anniversary Christmas Open House Weekend Cox Creek Cellars last public event of the year! Come by and taste our wines with treats. Dec.12, 11am-6pm and Dec.13, 1pm-4pm. Tours available, call for reservations now 519-767-3253 or December 12 Christmas Festival Come and celebrate the Christmas season with our traditional afternoon of refreshments, family crafts, activities entertainment and a guest visit from Santa! Noon – 4pm. Special Festival admission price of $2 per person applies. More information at 519 846-0916, ext 221. December 12 Christmas Choral Fantasy 3pm, River Run Centre, a blend of classics and festive seasonal music, something for everyone. $30 adults, $15 students, $10 children, December 12 Christmas in the Village Handel: Messiah 3 pm, Knox Church, Elora Elora Festival Singers with Festival Chamber Orchestra $40. Purchase tickets in person at 33 Henderson St. Elora, by phone: 519-846-0331 or online at activity & events guide

December 13 47th Annual Christmas Lights Tour for Guelph Seniors Various pick-ups at Retirement homes, and senior apartment buildings. Immediately following the tour - refreshments, entertainment and social time at Centennial High School. Sponsored by the Kinette Club of Guelph. To all homeowners, help a senior smile by lighting up your Christmas lights on December 13. For more information call Pat Davis at 519 824-0471. December 16 Christmas Dinner 11am – 2pm, 3 sittings. The Evergreen Seniors Community Centre will be serving Christmas dinner. Take out dinner is available - members $9.10, non-members $10.80. Tickets at the front desk. December 17 Arboretum Christmas Lunch 12 noon - Bring your small group to The Arboretum and be served a scrumptious full traditional turkey lunch. Many small groups will enjoy the festive atmosphere in our banquet room looking out onto the breathtaking grounds. Tickets are $26.50 per person plus H.S.T. To reserve please call 519-824-4120 ext. 54110Â or e-mail December 21 & 22 Festival of Carols Tues. 7:30pm; Wed. 5pm & 7:30pm St. John’s Church, Elora $35. Join the Elora Festival Singers under the direction of Noel Edison for an evening of Christmas carols and humourous anecdotes narrated by Cannon Robert Hulse. Purchase tickets in person at 33 Henderson St. Elora, by phone: 519-846-0331 or online at December 31 New Year’s Eve Train 9pm, Guelph Junction Railway Call Destiny Tours for ticket prices. 519-823-9799

2011 Jan 20, Feb 17, & March 24 Guelph Civic Museum Military Lecture Series in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Guelph Museums and LCMSDS offers a lecture series on

various aspects of Canada's military history. Free admission. 519-836-1221

Arboretum at 519-824-4120 ext. 52358 or visit

January 21 Owl workshop: A Who’s Whoo in Ontario 9am - 4pm Owl Prowl – 6 - 8pm Through a wide variety of hands-on activities you’ll learn about owl plumage, calls and behaviour, habitat requirements, migration patterns and owl folklore. An evening “Owl Prowl” is planned. $95 Register by January 7. For more information call the

January 23 Robbie Burns' Day 1 - 4:30pm at Norfolk St. United Church. Celebrating the birthday of Scots' Bard Robbie Burns. Talks on Scotland, Scottish music, plus dancing, displays, demonstrations, family activities. $6 Adults, $4 Seniors & Students, $12 Families (Members: ½ price off of the day's admission) 519-836-1221

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation’s Festival of Trees will sparkle “greener” this holiday season thanks to a donation of more than 200 strings of energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) holiday lights from Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. LED holiday lights use up to 95 per cent less energy than traditional strings of lights. “That means your costs for holiday lighting can be as much as 95 per cent less than if you use those old lights you have been putting up for years,” says Kazi Marouf, Chief Operating Officer, Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. “For example, a typical strand of incandescent lights uses about 250 watts whereas an equivalent strand of LED lights uses only about three watts. If you decorate your home with six strands of the traditional lights and turn them on for six hours a day through the month of December, the cost for electricity will be about $20. Lighting your home with six strands of LED lights, on the other hand, will only cost you about 25 cents,” says Marouf. “With 50 trees on display, each twinkling with a minimum of five or six strings of multicoloured or white lights, I knew we were using a lot of electricity,” says Mary DuQuesnay, Executive Director, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation. “In fact, we had to be careful not to blow fuses.”










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The 50 trees on display from November 25 to December 28 at the River Run Centre in Downtown Guelph operate for six hours a day. With traditional lighting, the trees would consume about $1,000 of electricity. With the new LED lights, the bill for lighting should drop to about $12.50. But the good news doesn’t end there. LED light strings produce almost no heat, reducing the risk of fire, and, with no filaments or glass bulbs to break, they are also more durable, which will be a real plus for the volunteers who transport the trees in and out of storage every year. Festival of Trees is an annual event that has been bringing the joy of Christmas to downtown Guelph for the past 18 years, thanks to the contributions of more than 40 volunteers each year. During its lifetime, it has raised more than $400,000 to support equipment purchases and programs that benefit the residents and patients at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. In addition to the donation of LED lights, as in years past, Guelph Hydro is sponsoring a tree. “We display the beautifully decorated tree in our lobby every year for the enjoyment of our customers,” says Marouf. “This year, our LED-lit tree will make the season bright–and energy efficient!”

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January 28 OR 29 OR February 4 OR 5 Night Stalker's Owl Prowl 7 - 8:30pm Learn about the behaviour and adaptations of owls in the Guelph area. The introduction to this program will take place indoors, but dress warmly for a walk outdoors. $15/adult $8/child - $40/family of 4. Register by January 14. The Arboretum, 519-824-4120 ext. 52358 or visit

Festival of Trees goes green thanks to Guelph Hydro

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Visit our Christmas Tree Forest

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January 28 Animal Tracking 9am - 4pm Full day program. Learn how to track animals by studying the tracks and signs of Ontario mammals and other types of wildlife. Learn tracking terminology, proper track measurement, pattern classification, clear print classification, compression shapes, general scat identification and track aging theory. Each participant will receive a copy of The Mammals of The Arboretum booklet. $75 Register by January 14. The Arboretum, 519-824-4120 ext. 52358 or visit

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February 14 Valentines Day Brunch 11:30am - 1:30pm Join us for a special Valentines Day Brunch served up by the Evergreen Dining Room. Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit and more. Two sittings. Please purchase your tickets early from the front desk. A special take out dinner is also available.Evergreen Seniors Centre, 519-8231291. Member: $9.10/Non Member: $10.80

February 19 Guelph Youth Singers holds joint concert with The Over Tones January 29 or February 5 Harcourt Memorial United Church, Tickets, River Run Winter Landscapes Photographing Centre box office, 519-763-3000. Adults $20, 1pm - 4pm Topics include determining exposures and Seniors/Students $18. Come help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Guelph Youth Singers and the lighting in bright snow, protecting your equipment 45th Anniversary of The Over Tones. from the cold, and equipment best suited for landscape photography. Explore choosing winter subjects March 12 - March 20 and study creative compositions. Dress warmly and bring a tripod if possible. All skill levels, film or digital. March Break Family Week at Guelph Civic Museum Extended hours Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm, $55 Register by January 14. More information at the Saturdays & Sundays 1-5pm. Arboretum, 519-824-4120 ext. 52358 or visit Special guests and activities throughout the week. Regular admission. 519-836-1221 It's Free In February March 22 OR March 23 In recognition of Heritage Month, McCrae House is The Art & Practice of Pruning offering free regular admission throughout February. 1pm - 4:30pm This half-day indoor/outdoor practical Sunday to Friday 1-5pm, 108 Water Street. workshop will teach you the principles of easy and 519-836-1221 correct pruning in the home garden. A very popular course, so register early. $55 Register by March 8. For February 12 more information call the Arboretum at 519-824-4120 Spotlight On Heritage 9:30 - 5pm Guelph Museums and other local heritage ext. 52358 or visit groups organize displays to celebrate Heritage Day at March 25 Stone Road Mall. 519-836-1221 An Ecological Vegetable Garden 9am - 4pm See how digging, composting, and February 14 Family Heritage Day 1- 5pm, Enjoy an afternoon with mulching practices contribute to a healthy soil as the the family at Guelph Civic Museum. ½ price admission. basis for healthy plants and food. Seed buying, planting schedules through to post harvest cleanup and the 519-836-1221 reduction of even the “organic” or “safe” pest control products will also be discussed. $75 Register by March 11. The Arboretum at 519-824-4120 ext. 52358 or visit

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Referee, retired NHL official, Will Norris drops the puck at the Guelph Giants/ Storm charity game held on November 6. supplied photo

March 25 Retire In Style Show 11:30am - 3pm, Evergreen Centre, 683 Woolwich St. 519-823-1291. April 1 Duck Workshop: Bluebills, Hickory Heads & Spiketails 9am- 4pm Through a variety of hands-on activities you will learn about plumage, flight identification, breeding displays and migration of 24 duck species. $75.00. Register by March 18. The Arboretum at 519-824-4120 ext. 52358 or visit At the Arboretum, Univ of Guelph. Photographer: Chris Earley photo supplied

Deck your halls with energy efficient LED lights

Supplied by Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc.

Strings of incandescent holiday lights can result in an increase in your first utility bill in the New Year, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you love the glow of holiday lights, try LEDs. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are almost 95 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs–resulting in reduced costs for your holiday lighting. For example, decorating your home with six strands of traditional lights and running them for six hours a day through the month of December will cost you about $20. Lighting your home with six strands of LED lights will only cost about 25 cents. LEDs also last about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs–up to 25, 000 hours. The bulbs are also plastic, which means they won’t break – an advantage for households with children or pets. Plus, as an added bonus, they are designed so that if one light goes out, the rest of the string stays lit. They are safer too. Almost all of the energy consumed by an LED is used to create light, not heat, which means they remain

cool to the touch and aren’t a fire risk if they come in contact with trees or other decorations for extended periods of time. While switching to LED holiday lights can greatly reduce your energy consumption over the holiday season, it might not be an option for your family this year. There are other ways you can conserve energy while keeping the season bright. Use fewer lights and keep them on for fewer hours. Put your holiday tree and outdoor lights on a timer to maximize efficiency and ensure you don’t accidentally leave them on. If you don’t have to have a fully lit room, turn off all unnecessary lights in your home and enjoy the gentle glow and twinkle of your indoor holiday lights. For more information on energy efficiency visit

BLUE CHRISTMAS Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. We hold our annual Carolling by Candlelight. This is a unique Christmas event to remember loved ones near and far or to simply enjoy the experience of carol singing in the cemetery. We begin at the chapel doors. Light refreshments–hot apple cider served. Dress warmly. Bring a flashlite.


If you love to sing … Guelph Youth Singers Will late and Willbe beholding holdingauditions auditions in November December for entry in January 2011 season early December for the 2009 762 Woolwich Street, Guelph

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Exercise with the exhilaration of dance by Heather Grummett Jaminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cardio is a high-energy dance and fitness program designed for the non-dancer. A shift away from the monotony of technically correct exercise regimens, the sessions meet the practical needs of health and fitness while utilizing the exhilaration of dance. Each one-hour session delivers high-energy dance music with a mix of classic steps and patterns combined with current dance crazes. The dance-based routines are choreographed to a variety of music styles; from salsa, hip-hop, and swing, to disco and country, all with motivating beats that will give your hips permission to move!

Following the warm-ups and heart-pumping cardio routines, participants then hit the floor for post cardio routines including strength-conditioning squats, abdominal work, and cool down. Suited to all fitness levels, the non-threatening atmosphere allows participants to work at their own pace. Classes are twice per week, for a 10-week session. Each new session brings new music and new exciting routines.

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Guelph Youth Singers releases its new CDâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Into the Breeze Guelph Youth Singers is proud and excited to be releasing its newest CD, Into the Breeze. The production of this CD represents GYS at its best. The repertoire was recorded over the past two and a half years by all of the choristers, aged six to eighteen, along with guest string players from the Suzuki String School of Guelph and their Artistic Director, Paule Barselou. Over one third of the repertoire was composed or arranged by Canadians, and other repertoire includes traditional African, Yiddish, French, Danish, and North American songs, in both folk and classical arrangementsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;all selections designed to appeal to singers and lovers of choral music of any age.

Jaminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cardio instructors Cindi Conlon (left) and Deb Sippel-Eitzen (right).

Into the Breeze is the third CD produced by Guelph Youth Singers. Previously released CDs by GYS, Wind in Our Sails and Bird in the Nest, have sold well across North America. All three CDs are available at the GYS office, and will be sold at GYSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; upcoming winter concert, This Frosty Tide, on December 4th at St. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anglican Church. This CD will make a great Christmas gift for family, friends and colleagues! Guelph Youth Singers is an award-winning organization that has consistently been given the top award for choral groups from the Guelph Kiwanis Association, and has won further awards at both the Provincial and National lev-

els of the National Festival Association. Guelph Youth Singers includes 80 choristers aged six through 18, and is always looking for children who love to sing. Children are given a chance to learn the skills that will make them singers for life. Audition appointments are designed to give the child a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mini lessonâ&#x20AC;? and an enjoyable experience. Singers are invited to enter the choir in September and in January. Prospective choristers and their parents are welcomed to contact the GYS office at 519821-8574 for more information, to watch a rehearsal, or to register for an audition. More information is also available on the GYS website:

Recreational and competitive dance disciplines Celebrating their 10th year serving Wellington County and Halton Hills, Performance Dance Academy offers quality dance instruction for ages three to adult. Convenient locations in Guelph, Erin and Ballinafad, offer modern and spacious dance spaces. The 4,400 square foot main Guelph facility, boasts two large studios with high ceilings, dual level ballet barres, full length mirrors, custom sprung dance floors and viewing windows into the studios. Director, Teresa McMillan, and a talented team of instructors offer a full range of dance

instruction including Acro, Ballet & Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Lyrical and Contemporary Dance. Plus, Performance Dance Academy offers annual performances and Summer Dance Camps. Whether a beginner or competitive performer, the progressive dance programs offer students a challenging yet fun atmosphere while building strength and flexibility. For more information call 519-829-2525 or visit

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Evergreen Senior Centre events The Evergreen Senior Centre offers a wide selection of programs for Active Living, Computer, General Interest, Health and Wellness, Visual and Creative Arts, and Retirement Planning. The following are a sample of the workshops available. For a full list visit or call 519-823-1291. Fit For Golf A golf focus for greater cardio endurance, stronger core, better posture, stronger legs and upper body, improved flexibility, stronger joints, and improved all-over toning. Also suitable for non-golfers. Mon 1pm - 2pm, Jan 10 to Mar 21 Member: $76.19/Non Member: $83.69

Pilates Achieve better posture, balance and everyday movement through the exercises of Joseph Pilates. Pilates can benefit everyone and offers a refreshing change from the traditional types of exercise. Please bring a mat. Wed, 2pm - 3pm, Jan 12 to Mar 30 Member: $83.29/Non Member: $91.16

Golf Lessons - All Levels Everyone can become a better golfer. Don't wait for the heat, come join us at our indoor heated facility, where C.P.G.A. Professional will teach you the proper fundamentals of the golf swing required to hit the ball solid and consistent and the proper short game technique. Guelph Community Sports Dome Mon, 10am - 11am, Jan 10 to Mar 7 Mon, 11am - 12pm, Jan 10 to Mar 7 Member: $100.00/Non Member: $107.50

Strength Training - Intermediate Moderate intensity for those with good mobility, stamina, and experience in fitness programs. Tue, 8:10am - 8:55am, Jan 11 to Mar 29 Thurs, 8:10am - 8:55am, Jan 13 to Mar 31 Member: $70.56/Non Member: $78.44

Total Body Workout Improve your physical and mental wellness with this lighter paced fitness class that combines motivating music, low impact movements, and light hand weights. Wed, Fri, 8:30am - 9:20am, Jan 12 to Apr 1 Member: $81.53/Non Member: $88.03

The Paranormal Ghosts, demons, possession, ESP, mental telepathy, prophetic dreams, UFO sightings, crop circles, everything weird. What is the evidence? Tue, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, Jan 11 to Mar 15 Computer Maintenance Learn to use your existing windows software to clean the ‘garbage’ from your system and get peak performance from your machine. Thurs, 1pm - 3pm, Jan 18 to Feb 1 - Mar 10 to Mar 24 Member: $36.91/Non Member: $44.64

Microsoft Office - The Series Teaching staff will show you the shortcuts and how the components of this suite of software Zumba Gold This innovative, fun and exciting dance fitness (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access) can work for you. Thurs, 9:30am - 11:30am, class is guaranteed to get you moving into shape. This safe and effective Total Body work- Feb 10 to Mar 3 Members: $50.65/Non Members: $58.53 out is specifically designed for beginners and Seniors. Learn Spanish - Beginner Tue, 1pm - 2pm, Sep 14 to Dec 7 If you speak Spanish you can communicate Tue, 1pm - 2pm, Jan 11 to Mar 29 with nearly 500 million people in the world! Member: $74.88/Non Member: $82.38 Should you want to visit Spain or Latin America, a basic level of Spanish will help you go far!

Annual Variety Show Vaudeville Revisited This years GWSA annual show “Vaudeville Revisited 2010” has its origins not only in the US and Canadian Vaudeville shows from the 1880’s, but also in the British Music Hall shows of the 1850’s. They were both a popular form of variety entertainment involving a mixture of popular song, comedy and speciality acts. Vaudeville was called “the heart of American show business” and was one of the most popular types of entertainment for several decades. Both Vaudeville and Music Hall type variety shows declined in popularity in the 1950’s due to the improvement of cinema, the development of radio, and the improvement of the gramophone. This year’s show tries to interpreter what Vaudeville and Music Hall was all about, and features dancing, comedy, singing and speciality acts that provide the entertainment that was commonly featured in these types of variety shows. “Vaudeville Revisited 2010” is performed by seniors for seniors, and the cast of over 70 performers, as well as over 40 backstage and production personnel, show that seniors certainly have the talent and the energy to stage this type of show. This is the 27th year that the GWSA has presented its annual variety show and each one has been received with great enthusiasm. This year’s show will be no different. The show runs December 2,3, and 4 at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre. Show times are Thursday 1:30pm, Friday 1:30pm, and Saturday 7:30pm. Tickets: adults $10, children $5. Free parking and shuttle service available. More information at 519-823-1291 At the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, Guelph.

Tue, 4:30pm - 5:30pm, Jan 11 to Mar 15 Member: $54.10 /Non Member: $61.97 Painting With Pastels This pastel course is a continuation of the Beginning Pastels course. A focus on the technical aspects: understanding values, various strokes, under painting and using various ready made supports. The second half of the course will comprise personal projects and focus more on content and composition. Thurs, 1pm - 3pm, Feb 17 to Mar 31 Members: $77.87/Non Members: $85.74 Watercolour - Advanced Developed for those with experience in watercolour painting, we will focus on fine-tuning skills and knowledge of watercolour. Complex sketching, shadowing, and painting techniques will develop fine pieces of art. Mon, 9am - 12pm, Feb 28 to Apr 4 Member: $81.63/Non Member: $89.13 Watercolour - Techniques l / Continuing Learn the A to Z basics of watercolour painting. In class practice, short lectures, and demonstrations. It is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced artists. Mon, 9am - 12pm, Jan 10 to Feb 14 Members: $81.63/Non Members: $89.13

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Grant received to promote local food

Celebrating 25 years with Jazzercise

The recently developed regional food tourism brand Taste Real Guelph- Wellington has received $72,500 in Ontario Market Investment Funding from the Province of Ontario. The brand was developed in partnership with Guelph Wellington Local Food and OMAFRA through an initiative that involved 44 tourism and agriculture stakeholders from the City of Guelph and all seven Wellington County municipalities. “The Taste Real Guelph-Wellington concept brings all of our region’s food, culinary and agricultural experiences together under one umbrella brand, simplifying

While Jazzercise Inc. is celebrating their 40th anniversary, local Guelph franchise owner and instructor Deb Edwards is celebrating her 25th year. With the help of three other local Jazzercise instructors, a celebration class was taught in late August by Edwards. Jazzercise is committed to helping people of all ages and fitness level to understand the value and importance of health and fitness. Every Jazzercise group fitness class combines dance-based cardio with strength training and stretching to sculpt, tone and lengthen muscles for maximum fat burn. Choreographed to today's hottest music, Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. Start dancing yourself fit and change the shape of your body today. Edwards teaches Jazzercise classes in two locations, her morning classes are held on Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 9:30-10:30 am at Performance Dance Academy, 340 Southgate Drive and her evening classes are held on Tuesday/Thursday at 7:00- 8:00 pm at the Greek Community Banquet Hall, 50 Dovercliffe Road.

the process of reaching our target audiences in the GTA and Southern Ontario,” states the project coordinator, Kathryn Cooper, who adds that the brand was built comprehensively through the input and cooperation of the industry stakeholders. The new provincial funding will assist the stakeholder group in raising awareness about the volume of local food availability in our region, promote local foods at festivals and events in GuelphWellington and connect stakeholders through the development of food events, tasting tours and culinary programs throughout the region. The brand will also high-

light the many relationships between local producers and businesses that are taking shape in the region to put local food at the forefront. Guelph Wellington Local Food is very pleased to see the direction of the strategy. Kate Vsetula, Guelph Wellington Local Food’s, project coordinator states that” building a prosperous local food system takes many stakeholders working together. The work that has been done to date shows the commitment and vision that our region has to work together to bring local food forward.” A website,, provides additional information.

Members of Guelph’s Jazzercise celebrated the 25-year anniversary this past summer. supplied photo

U Can Food Drive U Weight Loss ® is proud to host its second annual U Can Food Drive to fight hunger in our community and to help ensure that more families enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season. U Weight Loss ® Clinics are commit-

ted to raising a total of 50,000 pounds of food by December 18. Food items in need are canned items including fruits or vegetables, fish or meat, soups, stews, or beans; peanut butter; baby formula and food; dried

pasta and tomato sauce; rice; lentils; and December 18. For more information call macaroni and cheese. 519-822-9700. Attention businesses–consider placing a donation box in your lunchroom. Drop food items at your local Clinic at 951 Gordon St., Unit 8, by

REGISTER NOW Our Winter Session Begins January 3rd, 2011

Daytime and Evening Programs offered for girls and boys 18 months - 17 years.

377 College Ave. W. (opposite end of Centennial Arena)

(Book early to avoid disappointment)

Gymnastics, well recognized as a foundation sport, provides the base for all other sports and represents the perfect activity for the development of fundamental movement skills and physical literacy. Early participation in gymnastics provides children with the tools to enjoy a lifelong, healthy and active lifestyle.

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