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EMC Events - This weekend jump into your snowsuits and pull on your toques for the annual Smiths Falls Winter Carnival. A full weekend of family fun is on tap for this year’s indoor/outdoor event with plenty for every member in your family to enjoy. Friday evening starts with a free community skate at the Youth Arena from 3:30 -4:30 p.m. followed by a celebration of hockey by the Smiths Falls Minor Hockey Association. This 7 p.m. event at the Memorial Community Centre will provide the major peewee AAA Cyclones with the opportunity of opening for the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears. Admission is free and all minor hockey players are urged to wear their jerseys in a show of support.
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EMC News - Anny Li, a Grade 4 student in Brockville, demonstrates her great skill with this Asian wind instrument in front of members and supporters of the Chinese-Canadian community who gathered at Trinity United Church in Smiths Falls Feb. 2 to ring in the Chinese New Year.
Saturday Saturday fun begins with a full stomach at the Lions pancake breakfast. Running from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Legion, tickets can be purchased at the door. Throughout the day a family fun spiel is being held at the curling club (Old Slys Road) with a maximum of 16 family teams. Stop by during the day to see the fun! A time for this year’s best dressed carnival dog contest has been confirmed for 11:30 a.m. at the Legion followed by the annual chili cook-off at noon and an afternoon of music in the same location. It looks like Mother Nature is not co-operating with the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO) resulting in the cancellation of their third annual snowman/snow sculpture competition. But the Railway Museum and the Smiths Falls and District Arts & Culture Council still invite everyone out to the museum Feb. 9 & 10 for lots of free family fun. Even though there is not enough snow on the ground, children can still be creative by building with ice blocks. Warm up in the wooden caboose with some yummy cider. Inside there will be lots to do too including making snow globes, decorating snowman cookies and a lot more snowthemed activities. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
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Sunday Highlights on the last day of the carnival include a pancake, sausage and bean breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus (18 William Street) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free public skating will run again at the Community Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which will give families lots of time to clean off their blades and head down to the Legion for the 16th annual Trivia Challenge. This annual event is hosted by the Friends of the Library and starts at 1 p.m. “The Trivia Challenge has been an anchor event of the winter carnival,” remarked Tom Foulkes, committee chairperson. Up to 20 teams with no more than 10 individuals each will be taking part in the event. This year’s challenge will include categories such as popular culture, history and geography as well as a new offering known as ‘Happiness is…’ This category will touch on lifestyle issues such as fitness, diet and other more intimate topics. “All the participants will really enjoy it,” Foulkes added. “They’re going to get a big kick out of it.” All funds raised from the annual event are used to promote the programs and services at the local library, particularly in the children’s library. “What we raised last year enabled us to hire some extra people for the summer program,” Foulkes said. A 50/50 draw and lunch will also be available at the Sunday afternoon fundraiser. Those wishing to brave the outdoor weather and expel some energy will want to head down to Lower Reach Park for 1 p.m. when the Smiths Falls and District Centre for Youth host a variety of family fun activities. At 2 p.m. the Salvation Army will be regaling an appreciative audience at their church (251 Brockville St.) with a free gospel sing Whiter Than Snow. Finish up your carnival weekend with a warm spaghetti supper at 5 p.m. inside the Kinsmen Pavilion (Lower Reach Park). Please bring an item for the food bank.
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The Ron McMunn “Silver Fox” Country Music Heart Jam was another success this year with a host of Ottawa Valley singers mixing it up for the Ottawa Heart Institute. The acts from throughout day performed to a sold-out crowd of approximately 400 people. Above, the dance floor was packed throughout the afternoon. Above right, Lorne Daley takes a turn at the mic. He will be hosting a fundariser for the Heart Institute in Westboro at the Legion Branch 480, on Sunday, Feb. 24. Richmond Road, Ottawa. The annual heart institute telethon is also coming up, slated for March 3 on CTV
EMC Entertainment – The Ron McMunn “Silver Fox” Country Music Heart Jam was another success this year with a host of Ottawa Valley singers mixing it up for the Ottawa Heart Institute. In what organizers believe – to the best of their knowledge – is more than 20 years running, the fundraising event, held Feb. 3 Neelin Street Community Centre, has brought more than $100,000 for the heart institute. “The community support we get from Carleton Place for this event is incredible,” says Christina Bova, the manager of special events for the Ottawa Heart Institute. “There are so many great things happening thanks to fundraisers like this and we are so thankful for their support and their ongoing efforts.” Research is the big-ticket item for funds raised by community efforts, she says. That includes new gene research where doctors can predetermine if a patient has a higher risk of developing heart disease by a simple mouth swab. “Equipment is another area where funds are needed,” notes Bava. “Over and above patient care, that’s where we are looking for community support.” The organizing committee worked on this event since the fall, says Jerry Flynn. “We had more people here (performers) than last year.” Some of the performers included the Silver Fox’s sons, Jamie and Jeff McMunn, Perth’s Henry Norwood, John Foster, Kathleen Stroud, Harry Adrain, Smokey Rose, Ridin’ Shotgun, and Blend N’ Roots, to name a few. The house band consisted of Andy Bowes on bass, Wade Foster on fiddle, Brian Ostrom on steel guitar, Brad Scott on lead and drummer Mike Belajac. “Silver Fox was bigger than life,” Flynn says. “This is just a reflection of him.” Last year’s event raised $9,000 for the heart institute. The heart institute will be the recipient of another fundraising effort when Lorne Daley hosts his Classic Country Jam on Sunday, Feb. 24, 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westboro Legion, 391
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