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February 2016

Volume 25, Number 2

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5 - Planning Your Finances 7 - The Proper Paint 9 - This Month In History: War Crimes 10 - Cleaning Closet Clutter 12 - Valentine’s Day Fun 15 - Selling Your Home in the Winter 18 - Senior Beat: Fresh Indoor Air 19 - Develop Your Talent 20 - INFO Pages 24 - Wine & Dine 25 - At The Theatre 27 - Junior Gymnasts 28 - Fun For Kids 33 - Youth Beat: The Working World 34 - Leisure Page: Photo Contest,

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King Day Camp at Seneca College 24 Years of Friendship & Fun! King K in Day Camp (KDC) is a summer day camp owned and operated by in Sene Se e College and fully accredited by the Ontario Camps Association. Seneca KDC iss located KD lo KDC at the beautiful King Campus of Seneca College in King City, On O nta t rriiio o King Kin ng Day Camp opened its doors for the first time in the summer of 1993. Ontario. Managed by Camp Director Kelly Mathews and an outstanding full and part-time staff team, KDC is a traditional adventure, day-camp which provides a place for children ages 3½ to 16 to learn, grow, explore the outdoors and have fun!

March Break Camp! KDC is happy to host its 3rd Annual March Break Program for children ages 4-13 from March 14–18, 2016. Registration is now open for this program there are only 100 spots available each day. To register or for more information, please visit: www.kingdaycamp.com. The March Break Program includes daily theme days and special guests, snowshoeing, tobogganing, ice skating on the lake, and much, much more! The March Break Camp program structure is as follows: Snow-Venture Program ages 4-9 and the Trailblazers Program ages 10-13. You can register for specific days or for the entire week. The price is $300 per week or $65 per day. Before/After Care Program is available. Express bus from 404/Finch (Seneca’s Newnham Campus) is available for $15 per day.

King Campus boasts 700 acres of forest, a vast network of trails for hiking and biking and a private lake for canoeing, sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and swimming. The campus is situated on the beautiful and provincially significant Oak Ridges Moraine. For the younger children, this property offers a vast and magical landscape for campers to use their imagination especially in the Magical Cedar Grove, Mystical Marsh and the Leprechaun National Forest! King Day Camp has specifically designed its programs to meet the specific developmental stages of children, stimulate young minds, promote healthy physical activity, encourage creativity and provide campers with outdoor skill development opportunities in the great outdoors. By providing age specific programming to our campers, parents can send their children to camp knowing that each year the program will change and grow with their child. The KDC program structure is as follows: Mice age 4, Chipmunks age 5, Squirrels ages 6 & 7, Badgers ages 8 & 9, Challengers ages 10 & 11, Explorers ages 12 & 13, Voyageurs age 14, Leaders-In-Training age 15 and Staff-In-Training age 16. King Day Camp also offers 4 specialty camp programs for campers ages 12-14: Mountain Bike Specialty; Climbing Specialty; Watercraft Specialty and a Girls Outdoors Program. KDC also offers an Integration program for children ages 4-18 with one-on-one staff support.

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When choosing a Financial Planner, find one who is a good listener and wants to hear about your needs. Make sure they don’t just concentrate on the future, but understand what you need in the short-term as well. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to financial issues. You need a personalized plan. When you contact a potential planner, ask if you will be working directly with that person, or if you will be dealing with a member of his/her team. If he/she tells you the person you will be working with is an associate, ask to meet with him/ her. You need to have a personal relationship with the advisor. Discuss the method in which your advisor will be paid. Will it be fee-only, or will it be by commission? If the payment is by commission, ask what percentage they will be receiving of any commission-based investments. You will also need to know if the planner is limited to presenting only certain investment products because of any commission involved. Those who receive commission may receive higher commissions on certain products they sell.  You need to make sure that you feel confident that your financial planner is the person for you. Ask for references. Also, it is up to you what authority over your investments you grant him/her. If you grant discretionary trading authority the advisor is able to buy and sell without consulting you. If you do not grant discretionary authority, he/she must obtain your approval before any transactions. 

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Painting a room can be a thankless job. There is nothing more frustrating than noticing that first set of greasy little handprints on your newly painted walls.  You just may lose your patience when you see the food stains on the area near the kitchen table.   It makes you wonder why you ever bothered to refinish the room in the first place. No home improvement project is without its challenges or its frustrations.   You are on the right track to improve your home; you just need to adjust a few things.  The next time you decide to redecorate, consider making a few changes to the types of products you use.  First consideration… what type of room are you decorating?  Is it a guest bedroom that is hardly used?  Is it the kitchen or a front hallway that is constantly used and often abused?   Once you know what kind of room you are changing, you need to determine a number of other factors.  What kind of abuse does the room face?  Are there small children in the house?  Do you have an animal that contributes to the wall dirt?  Is the master chef in your home a master mess maker as well? Whatever the situation, there is a paint for that.

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This Month IN HISTORY War Crimes A commission of inquiry on war criminals was established in February 1985 in response to longstanding charges that Canada has become a haven for Nazi war criminals after WWII, including an allegation that Joseph Mengele has entered the country. After nearly 2 years of hearings, the commission, presided over by the former chief justice of Québec’s Superior Court, the Honourable Jules Deschênes - the inquiry is commonly referred to as the “Deschênes” - reported to the government of then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in December of 1986.

Charges were laid against Imre Finta of Toronto in 1988 as a result of his participation in the transfer of thousands of Hungarian Jews to the Auschwitz death camp. After a lengthy jury trial, Finta was acquitted. The case was appealed all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, which in 1994 found the provisions on war crimes to be constitutional, but a controversial ruling that has been critiqued by some as a retreat from international law standards also upheld the acquittal. Trials in 3 other warcrimes prosecutions were never completed due to either the unavailability of witnesses or because of the accused’s inability to stand trial for health reasons.

It concluded that hundreds of files concerning alleged war criminals should be closed, either because the accused were dead, had never entered Canada (as was the case with Mengele) or the evidence was insufficient.

The federal Justice Department now favours denaturalization and deportation of suspected Nazi war criminals who concealed their past upon entry into Canada. There are currently 4 such cases slowly working their way through the courts. The one success thus far is that of Jacob Luitjens, who was deported to the Netherlands in 1992 after Canadian courts found that he had failed to reveal his postwar conviction in Holland for collaborating with the Nazis. He was released from a Dutch jail in spring 1995.

Then Justice Minister Ray Hnatyshyn (later to become the governor general of Canada) proposed a “made in Canada” response and introduced amendments to the Criminal Code of 1987 which allow for the prosecution of Nazi and other war criminals found in this country. Up to that point, the only Canadian legal proceeding in a war-crimes case involved the extradition in 1983 of Albert Helmut Rauca to the Federal Republic of Germany. The accused died in a German prison before coming to trial.

Under Canadian law, it is possible to try war criminals and perpetrators of crimes against humanity whose crimes have been committed outside Canada. Canada has been a strong supporter of the United Nations tribunal investigating crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, contributing some $1.5 million. Four Canadians have played prominent roles in the tribunal: Justice Jule Deschênes, Commander William Fenrick, Al Breault and most notably Justice Louise Arbour, who headed a mission in 1999 to investigate crimes in Kosovo. www.historicacanada.ca

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Cleaning Closet Clutter

There is nothing worse than cleaning the house and finding corners of clutter in every room. You attempt to put away all of the things that have been left sitting out for the week, and you discover that where they belong is in worse condition than you had thought. Every closet seems to have an issue. The front hall closet is a death trap. You wouldn’t dare hang any guest’s coat in that colossal mess. It would be far too embarrassing to open it in front of anyone. Moving into the bedroom and the master bedroom closet is no better. Surely beneath what you need, there are layers of things you don’t even remember owning. Before ending up pinned beneath last seasons’ fashions, consider taking a little time to declutter your life. If you are the type to take the bull by the horns then your first task is to gut. Take out everything that has been stacked and hung haphazardly in your closet. You know you are done when your bedroom begins to look like a garage sale. Now purge. Divide your items into three piles: the stuff to keep, the stuff to give away, and the stuff to throw away. Get rid of the clothes that have been too small for the past five years, but you

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A nice warm fire can make anyone feel like he/she is at home. If you have a gas fireplace, leave it on while potential buyers tour your home. The warm glow will help make guests feel welcome. Try adding colour to various rooms with plants or vases of colourful fresh cut flowers. Colour during the winter can be uplifting. You are selling a feeling as much as you are a space. Demonstrate that you care about how the home looks now and for the possible buyer. Put down rubber mats by the door for snowy boots. Leave a few pairs of dollar store slippers for guests to wear while viewing your home.

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Develop Your Talent Have you ever watched a reality television show and thought, “I wish I could do that?” Do you practice your onstage presence while standing in the shower? Do you look in the mirror while practicing a speech? It’s your time. Throw back that shower curtain, grab a microphone and let your true self show. The Right Tune. The showerhead may make a great microphone, but have you ever thought about picking up a real one? Maybe you have what it takes to strike the right chord with an audience. Check out the local music schools and see if they offer voice lessons. Perhaps you prefer to be the lead guitarist and not the lead vocalist. Local music schools also offer piano and guitar lessons. Schools usually hold recitals a couple times a year where you can showcase your talent. You can also volunteer in a church choir or local singing club. You can also start your own club or choir in your own basement, if you so desire. If you’re a little shy and need some time to develop your talent, there are many private music teachers in your area that you can reach out to. Martial Arts. Karate and other forms of martial arts are known to be confidence builders. Kids of various ages have benefited from the art. Many Dojos offer adult classes for those who are interested in beginning the discipline. Adults work through belt

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February 2016 East Gwillimbury Public Library Visit your branch or website to see the many programs we have to offer. Kids Tech Lab, Olive Oil Tasting with Sarafino, Babytime, Ones & Twos, Preschool Storytime, Community Storytime, Bebop & Dance, Lego Club. Also, many Children Storytimes & Children’s Activities. Teens & Tweens & Adult Programs. Holland Landing Branch, 19513 Yonge St. 905-836-6492 & Mount Albert Branch: 19300 Centre St. 905-473-2472. See more details at www.egpl.ca Journey Through Grief Support Session Series Spring 2016. February – Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm. BFOYR Office, 17070 Yonge Street, Suite 203. Feb 2: How Does Grief Impact You. Feb 9: Special Occasions How to Cope. Feb 16: How to Work Through Your Grief. Feb 23: How to Get the Support you Need. Please call to reserve a spot ahead of time. Open to any adult over the age of 18 who is grieving the death of a loved one. For information call Christine – Bereavement Service Coordinator at 905-898-6265 or email bfoyr_program@bellnet.ca February Events at Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum Feb 6: Valentine’s Day Cupcakes & Cards. Feb 9 to April 30: Exhibit: A Lifetime – Day by Day, Five Women & Their Diaries. Feb 15: Family Day Fun – 12 to 4pm. Visit www.townofws.ca/museum for details! 14732 Woodbine Ave., Gormley. 905-727-8954.

Wednesday, February 3 The Real Economics of RRSPs, RIFs, & TFSAs! Aurora Public Library. Money Talks Series. 7pm. Magna Room, Aurora Public Library. FREE informal monthly discussion/education group, to share unbiased knowledge in economics & financial planning. Pre-register at the library Adult Information Desk: 905-727-9494, ext. 275. info@library.aurora.on.ca Friday February 5 ORTA Hike 9:30am, EG - YRF Bendor & Graves (Kennedy Rd). 8km; Moderate; 2.5hrs; Loop hike on footpaths with some hilly sections. Dress for the weather with icers / snowshoes. Meet in the parking area at the dead end of Kennedy Rd, north of Davis Dr. John, hike day cell 289-500-2212. www.oakridgestrail.org ORTA Hike 9:30am, W-S - YRF Eldred King Woodlands (Hwy 48). 10km; Fast; 2hrs; We will hike Eldred King, Scout & Mitchell Tracts, conditions permitting. Icers & or snowshoes a must. Meet in parking lot west side of Hwy 48, 2.5 km north of Ballantrae. Joan, hike day cell 905-477-2161. www.oakridgestrail.org

Saturday, February 6 Newmarket Winterfest Bring the family & join the winter fun at Fairy Lake Park (Water Street), Newmarket Riverwalk Commons & Newmarket Community Centre & Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive). There are 30 not for profit groups participating in the event. Free admission & please bring a food donation. 8am pancake breakfast & indoor activities. Dress warm for outdoor fun from 10am to 3pm. including horse & wagon rides, pony rides, geocaching, train rides & much more! Enjoy free activities throughout the downtown including the Newmarket Public Library, Elman W. Campbell Museum & participating stores & restaurants on Main Street. www.newmarket.ca/winterfest

Sunday, February 7 Winterfest Free Skating & Swimming Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street W.) Skating from 12 to 2pm. Swim from 2 to 4pm. Choose one activity or stay for both. 905-895-5193. www.newmarket.ca/winterfest ORTA Hike 1pm, Schomberg – Urban – Hwy 27. 5km; slow-ish; 2hrs. Urban loop hike on Schomberg Main Street & nearby trails. Meeting in Tim Horton’s lot at Hwy 27 & Dr. Kay Dr. on west side of Hwy 27, south of Hwy 9. David, hike day cell 416-579-5432. www.oakridgesmoraine.org

February 7 & 21 Free French Language Conversation Group This group welcomes adults (from francophones to beginners) looking to put their French language CONVERSATION skills into action. 3pm to 5pm. Country Style Deli/Bistro, 14980 Yonge St. (just south of the library on the west side), Aurora. Web:http://bit.ly/partagez_conversation Email: Partagez.York@yahoo.ca Monday, February 8 Southlake Cinemania Presents TRUMBO – an allstar cast drama about the 1950’s Hollywood Black List. Tickets only $10. Advance purchase at The Holland Landing & Mount Albert Libraries. Last minute tickets available at the theatre at 6:30pm. Green Lane & Yonge St. Door prizes. Film 7pm. www.southlakecinemania.com ORTA Hike 9:30am, RH – Oak Ridges Corridor/ Jefferson Forest. 5km; slow; 1.75 hrs; Icers essential; bring snowshoes if available. Dress for winter, dogs welcome. After, consider a swim in the pool or a hot soup lunch. Meet in south lot of Oak Ridges Community Centre GPS: 43.947384, -79.427794. Stan, hike day cell 416-434-3471. www.oakridgesmoraine.org

Tuesday, February 9 Chronic Pain Solutions Seminar Drug-free alternatives for chronic pain. *Neck Pain * Headaches * Back Pain * Fibromyalgia * Arthritis * Arm/Leg Pain. At 7pm. Dr. Oakley will present a Free Seminar to tell you why A Proven Scientific Technique may help you! Call Now to Reserve Your Seat. 905-868-9090. York-Simcoe Naturalists Meetings start at 7:30pm. at 20 Oak Avenue, River Drive Park Community Centre, East Gwillimbury. February’s Topic: Amphibians & Reptiles. Guest will be Crystal Robertson, Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-a-Pond Program. New Members always welcome. Questions? Contact Us: www.ysnaturalists.com or email: ysn. naturalists@gmail.com Pancake Tuesday Sharon-Hope United Church (18648 Leslie Street, Sharon) is holding their annual Pancake Tuesday dinner on Tuesday February 9th from 5 - 7 pm. Tickets are $7 each and can be obtained by calling 905-478-2231.

Wednesday, February 10 Valentine’s Makeshop Whether you’re making cards, small gifts, or just the coolest thing you’ve ever created, you’ll want to come check out this awesome makeshop at Aurora Public Library! We’ll have the supplies, you bring the inspiration! Ages 5 years+, 4-5pm. FREE, just drop in! 905-727-9494 x280. Thursday, February 11 Amnesty International Meeting Amnesty International writes letters on current human rights issues. Location: Trinity Anglican Church (in The Rectory building, behind the

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February 11-13 & 18-20 What gastronomical gourmet delights is Gussie cooking up in the kitchen? Well, you’ll just have to see the hilarious “Cookin’ With Gus” at the Newmarket Legion stage at 8pm & Feb. 18 at 2pm (seniors’ matinee). Tickets are only $15 adults, $10 students & seniors. Call 905-830-0682 for tickets today. Put on by the Newmarket Stage Company, sponsored in part by a generous grant from the Newmarket Main St. BIA. February 11 & 25 Free French Language Conversation Group This group welcomes adults (from francophones to beginners) looking to put their French language CONVERSATION skills into action. 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Tim Horton’s, 17310 Yonge St. (just north of the York Region Administrative Centre, west side), Newmarket, ON . Web: http://bit.ly/partagez_conversation. Email: Partagez.York@yahoo.ca Friday, February 12 Upper Canada Satsang A monthly Community Assembly for fellowship, chanting & networking intended to inform on some Hindu practices. Hindus & interested non-Hindus are welcome. Location: Newmarket Community Centre & Lion’s Hall, 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket. For more info contact Ranji Singh Foundation: 289-803-1670. Ontario Early Years, York North Registration for March & April 2016 programs begins at 1pm by phone or in person. All programs are free & centres offer registered programs as well as dropin, resources & referrals. Visit us on-line at www. yorkchild.ca or at our main sites: Newmarket – 17310 Yonge Street, 905-853-0754. Georgina (Keswick), 70 Biscayne Blvd., 905-476-3834.

Saturday, February 13 The Resourceful Mother The Resourceful Mother is holding THE Parenting Symposium with eight natural health experts from 10am – 4pm at St. Andrew’s Valley for parents of children or teens, who want to maximize their family’s physical & emotional wellbeing & parent from the heart. See www.theresourcefulmother.com for all the details! Pop-Up Blues Concert Come savour the soulful melodies of talented musicians who will whet your appetite for the upcoming Aurora Winter Blues Festival. Join us! 1:30-4pm. Aurora Public Library. All welcome! FREE. Tai Chi Open House Relax, re-energize, recover your health. Discover the many benefits of the ancient moves of tai chi for yourself. You are invited to a free introductory class, 9:30-11am, 406 Millard Ave., Newmarket (at Newmarket Veterans Association Hall). Canadian Tai Chi Academy, reg’d charitable organization no. 85630 8366 RR0001. For more info please call 289-366-9956 or see CanadianTaiChiAcademy.org

Sunday, February 14 Singing Valentine’s Message Say, “I Love You” with a song. For $60 you can send this unique Valentine’s message. Package includes a Barbershop Quartet singing 2 songs, a rose, chocolates, card & digital photo. To order contact the Upper Canada Chordsmen Chorus at info@uccchorus.com or 289-648-6300. Visit www.uccchorus.com Young Artists’ Showcase Visual & Performing


Arts Newmarket (VPAN) presents the 16th Annual Young Artists’ Showcase, featuring Karine White (soprano), Harrison Jarvis (piano), Jasmine Doucette-Gaylor (dancer) & Bella Nove Vocal Ensemble at the Newmarket Theatre – 2pm. Tickets $20/$10 student/$40 family of 4. 905-953-5122. Unity of Newmarket SUNDAY SERVICE, 10:30am at Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Avenue. “What’s Love Got to do with it? Everything!” Love is my gift to the World. I fill myself with Love and I send it out into the World” (Wayne Dyer). Info: 905-830-0331, 416-627-2380, www.unitynewmarket.com

Monday, February 15 Toyland at the Museum Have Family Day fun at the Elman W. Campbell Museum. Try our old-fashioned wooden toys & activities involving our antique toys. Suitable for ages 4-10. Drop-in 1to 3pm. $3/ participant with donation of non-perishable food item for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Call 905-9535314 or email elmanmuseum@rogers.com. The Museum is located at 134 Main St. S. in Newmarket. Family Fun Day/Scanlon Creek Conservation Area – Nature Centre 2450 9th Line, Bradford West Gwillimbury. 10am-2pm. Kicksled Rides, guided nature hikes, scavenger hunt, snow fun, indoor crafts, bonfire, games & more. No pre-registration required. $10 per vehicle; no charge with annual pass. For info email: freindsofscanlon@gmail.com ORTA Hike 9:30am. RH- Oak Ridges Meadows – George St. 4km; slow; 1.5hrs; Short easy Family Day hike on East Humber Trail. Children & leashed dogs welcome. Meet roadside north side of George St., halfway between Parker & Schomberg, Oak Ridges. CPS: 43.944435, -79.461983. Stan, hike day cell 416-434-3471. www.oakridgesmoraine.org

Tuesday, February 16 Newmarket Garden Club Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month except August which is the 2nd Tuesday at 8pm at the Newmarket Community Centre –Lions Hall, Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket. February our topic is Biggs on Figs with guest speaker Steven Biggs. Members enjoy our annual summer Garden Tour, Bus Trip, & November Potluck Dinner. New members & guests are always welcome! Visit www.gardenewmarket.ca

Speaker, Jacqueline Stuart will present Flashback: Aurora 1916 followed by the year in review, AHS business, plans for 2016 & elections for the 2016 Board of Directors. Newmarket Historical Society – Bring & Brag Meeting 7:30 to 9pm at the Lions Hall, Community Centre, Riverwalk Common. Every member is invited to bring in a treasure to share with fellow members. It could be a mystery that needs solving, a family heirloom, a letter or document, a curiosity. It could even come with an interesting or amusing or tragic history. Effective Tax Strategies 7-8:30pm. Newmarket Public Library. Learn how to better understand Canada’s tax system & minimize the amount of tax you need to pay. Learn how to be proactive in your tax planning. Speaker: David Duong, CPA from Investors Group. For more info & to pre-register call 905-953-5110 ext. 4770.

Thursday, February 18 Prostate Cancer Canada Network - Newmarket Support Group Meeting Newmarket Seniors Meeting Place, 474 Davis Drive, Newmarket. Meet & greet at 6:30pm. & meeting 7 to 9pm. February speaker Dr. Padriag Warde, Radiation Oncologist with Princess Margaret Hospital will present on the latest advances in Radiation Treatment & Virtual Knife. Everyone is welcome. Contact Phone Number: 905-895-1975. Web address: www.newmarketprostatecancer.com. Create Candy Sushi! Let’s Do This! Monthly Makeshops at Aurora Public Library. Join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month for a different, fun, creative project! This month: Candy Sushi Free! 6:30-8pm. For ages 9-15. No registration necessary, just drop in! ORTA Hike 7pm. W-S – ORTA Event – Ballantrae Community Centre. Discovery Night. Please check ORTA website closer to the event for details about the evening’s speaker. Meet in Community Centre, on north side of Aurora Roads, 1km east from Hwy #48. www.oakridgesmoraine.org

February 20 & 21 Snowshoe Stroll Discover the forest – on snowshoes! Take a guided adventure & learn how to identify trees in winter. Snowshoes provided.

Recommended for ages 6 & up. Registration required at www.york.ca/forestevents or by phone at 1-877-464-9675. 10am to 12pm or 2 to 4pm. Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Monday, February 22 Greentiger Tai Chi Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Lok Hup, Tao Yin, Nei King. Preventative & tonic exercises for bones & joints, breathing, repetitive strain, lower back issue. Classes are small friendly & ongoing, join us for your weekly workout. www.greentiger.ca; 905-853-9891. Southlake Cinemania Special Screening – AL PURDY WAS HERE – A literary & musical tribute to the late great Canadian poet. Tickets $10. Silvercity Theatre, Newmarket. Film 7pm. Info at: www. southlakecinemania.com ORTA Hike 9:30am. Jokers Hill (Whipper Billy Watson Park). 7km; slow; 2.5hrs; Challenging if we include the 99 Steps. Icers may be needed. Dress for the weather. Leashed dogs welcome. Lunch option after hike. Meet at Whipper Billy Watson Park parking lot on Clearmeadow, east off Bathurst. Stan, hike day cell 416-434-3471. www.oakridgesmoraine.org.

Tuesday, February 23 Neck Pain/Headaches? Did you know most headaches are caused by a mechanical neck misalignment which is actually correctable? At 7pm. Dr. Oakley will present a Free Seminar about a correctable cause for virtually all headaches & how a new scientific technique may help you! Call Now to Reserve Your Seat. 905-868-9090. Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Aurora/Newmarket meets at the Royal Canadian Legion, 105 Industrial Pkwy. N., Aurora at 7:15pm. Susan Steels from Southlake R.H.C. is the guest speaker. All are welcome. For more information, call Judy Craig at 905-895-8713. www.cfuwauroranewmarket.com

Wednesday, February 24 Foster Chiropractic Workshop Learn the 10 basic habits of eating & hydrating that stimulate metabolism, decrease pain, improve joint & spinal function, stabilize blood sugar, normalize & elevate

3D Printing for Kids Have you seen Aurora Public Library’s 3D printer? We’ll talk about how it works & the basics for using it, & then we’ll do some exercises to introduce you to CAD designing for the 3D printer! Ages 8-12 years (must have basic computer skills). Free but please register ahead of time online or by phone 905-727-9494 x280. East Gwillimbury Gardeners/East Gwillimbury Garden & Horticultural Society Join us for our first meeting in 2016 at 7:30pm at the Mt. Albert Community Centre, 52 Main Street. The evening speaker will be Terry Kennedy talking about Orchids in our Tropics. Junior Gardeners meet at 7pm. All welcome. Lug a mug. For more info call 905-8537126 or email us at eggardeners@gmail.com or visit us on our Facebook page at www.facebook. com/eastgwillimburygardeners

Wednesday, February 17 The Men’s PROBUS Club of Newmarket Meets the 3rd Wednesday each month at Seton Hall (17955 Leslie Street) from 10am to noon. Call Jay at 905727-4089 or come to a meeting. Aurora Historical Society Annual General Meeting at 7pm in the Magna Room at the Aurora Public Library, 15145 Yonge St., Aurora. Guest

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immunity. Join our chiropractic Doctors, 7:30-9pm. http://fosterchiropractic.com/workshop/ ORTA Hike 9:30am. W-S – YRF Dainty & Clarke Tract (McCowan Rd). 8.5km; moderate; 2.5hrs; Loop hike through Clarke, Dainty & Patterson forest tracts. Meet at Dainty Tract lot, west side of McCowan, 0.4km south of Aurora Rd. Cornelius, hike day cell 905-717-7641. www.orakridgesmoraine.org

Friday, February 26 ORTA Hike 9:30am. W-S – YRF Eldred King Woodlands (Hwy 48). 10km; fast; 2hrs; Loop hike with some hilly sections, icers/snowshoes may be required. Meet in lot west side of Hwy 48, 2.5km north of Ballantrae. Russ, hike day cell 905-830-2862. www.oakridgesmoraine.org ORTA Hike 9:30am. W-S – YRF Dainty & Clarke Tract (McCowan Rd). 8km; moderate; 2.5hrs; Loop hike on the Dainty Tract then try the trail to Hwy 48 on the Clarke Tract. Meet at Dainty Tract lot, west side of McCowan, 0.4km south of Aurora Rd. John, hike day cell 289-500-2212. www.oakridgesmoraine.org

Saturday, February 27 Aboriginal Cultural Competency Workshop Hosted by The York Pines United Church in Kettleby from 9am to 4pm. The presenters are staff from the “Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres” in Toronto. The cost of the workshop is $40 & this fee includes your lunch. Registration is limited to sixty persons so your cheque holds your place. Please send your payment to the York Pines United Church, 3150 Lloydtown/Aurora Road, Kettleby, L7B 0G3. For further information please call 905-7278118 or email office.ypuc@rogers.com. Sponsoring

the workshop represents a step towards the congregation’s 2016 goal of drawing closer to First Nations’ peoples.

Library! Explore the magic of books, songs & rhymes together. Best for children 6 years & under. Drop In! Free. 10:30-11am.

Treasures Sale – Bradford United Church Once they were valued & necessary possessions of their owners, but now they are no longer needed. So, they are looking for a second home – hoping to be treasured & useful again. From 8-11am, come to the Bradford United Church (66 Barrie Street in Bradford, telephone 905-775-7268) to make a donation to the Church & make these treasures your own. Proceeds support Bradford United Church & its charities. If you have goods that you wish to sell at prices you determine, a table may be rented for $15 – contact the Church regarding table rentals. Hope to see you at the Treasures Sale!

Sunday, February 28 Ladies Lounge Presents Rock Your BIZ Expo. A day full of amazing speakers, vendors & networking! At Madsen’s Newmarket. 11am to 4pm. Visit www.rockyourbiz.ca for details. events.ladieslounge@gmail.com

Euchre Party at Bradford United Church 1:30 – 3:30pm. Bradford United Church is hosting a Euchre Party. The Church is located at 66 Barrie Street, in Bradford (telephone 905-775-7268). Tickets are $10/person & may be obtained at the door. Proceeds support Bradford United Church & its charities. Refreshments & prizes will be provided. Come & join us for an enjoyable social afternoon of cards. We look forward to seeing you.

ORTA Hike 1:30pm. King – Seneca King Campus/ Mary Lake (Keele St.) 8+km; moderate; 2+hrs; Start at Keele St. to Seneca & around beautiful trails. Some rough & hilly bits. Meet roadside on Keele, 3km north of King Road at trail sign. Marianne, hike day cell 416-409-1980. www.oakridgesmoraine.org

ORTA Hike 9:30am. RH – Oak Ridges Corridor Park – Bathurst Glen GC. Slow-ish; 2hrs. Intro to snowshoeing, lesson for beginners hosted by TRCA. Pre-register by Feb 25. Snowshoes provided if registered. Send email to hikes@oakridgestrail. org, with names(s) & age (for kids). Meet in lot of Bathurst Glen Golf Course on Bathurst St. 1/3km south of King Rd. Malcolm, hike day cell 416-333-1440. www.oakridgesmoraine.org Family Storytime Kids & their caregivers are invited to join the fun in Family Storytime at Aurora Public

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Unity of Newmarket SUNDAY SERVICE, 10:30am at Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Avenue. “Why Do Our Prayers Sometime go Unanswered?” There is value in unanswered prayer. Call for info: 905-830-0331, 416-627-2380 www.unitynewmarket.com

Monday, February 29 ORTA Hike 9:30am. W-S – YRF North Tract. Slow-ish; wide, sheltered forest trails. Let’s hope for snowshoe weather. Well mannered dogs welcome. Join us for lunch after. Meet at lot west side of Hwy 48, 0.5km north of Vivian Rd. Brian & Wilma, hike day cell 416-722-6512. www.oakridgesmoraine.org Saturday, March 5 York Chamber Ensemble “Bring Home Beethoven”. Beethoven Violin Concerto with soloist Michael Adamson. Beethoven Symphony #7. 7:30pm at


Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora), 79 Victoria St. Tickets at the door: $20/$15 (seniors, students).

Tuesday, March 15 March Magic & Music (NEW) Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Drive. 9am to noon. Have a blast with interactive indoor music, magic, dance performances & more. Cost per child is $5, parents & guardian free. 905-895-5193. www.newmarket. ca/events Tuesday, March 29 Improve Your Body’s Resilience to Stress! 7:30 to 9pm. How our body handles stress is as specific as your body chemistry. Learn the most strategic approach to supporting healthy aging and your brain’s health. Create a platform for lasting results. Info/register:http://fosterchiropractic.com/ workshop/ Wednesday, April 13 Bereaved Families – York Region 4th Annual Purse Party. Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Doug Duncan Drive. Registration at 6:30pm. Event: 7-9:30pm. Early bird ticket - $25/person purchased by March 23rd. Regular price: $30/person after March 23rd. Group rates & reserved tables are available upon request. For further information please contact 905-898-6265, or email bfoyr_program@bellnet.ca Monday, May 16 CNIB Technology & Information Fair Elgin West Community Centre, 11099 Bathurst St., Richmond Hill. 1-4pm. For more information please contact the CNIB at 905-898-6413 ext. 5209 or rosie.zampese@cnib.ca. Free for all to attend!

Ongoing February Psychotherapy & EFT Do you feel stalled in your life? Unable to move through a situation, find a solution, improve a relationship, release your fears & anxiety, enjoy life? Psychotherapy can provide a safe space for support & insight. Extended health benefits available. Patzia Gonzalez, Registered Psychotherapist, CRPO. 905-235-0547; patziagb@hotmail.com; www.HealingHeartsCentre.com Anxious? Depressed? Emotionally Distressed? When someone has been stuck for a while, is anxious, or feeling emotionally off balance, there is a need for knowledgeable support. A psychotherapist can provide that support – a safe place where concerns can be understood & worked through. For more information, please call Luanne Jakobi, Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Member - Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, 905-726-4341, email luanne_jakobi@hotmail.com

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every month, 7 to 9pm. Town of Aurora, Leksand Room, 100 John West Way, Aurora. L4G 6J1. An Advanced Evaluations Club for people looking for more in depth feedback to improve their speaking, presentation & leadership skills. Guests & guest speakers welcome. VP Membership, Louisa Steele, lsteeledtm@rogers.com, 416-543-8936.

Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence Recuperate & Rejuvenate in a vibrant senior community. Short-term & Respite Suites Available, 24-hour Registered Nursing Care. Independent & Assisted Living Accommodation also available. Call 905-841-1001 to receive our monthly newsletter. 200 John West Way, Aurora. www.hollandviewtrail.com

Join Our Team… CNIB is looking for volunteers to fill various positions. If you have an interest in providing one-on-one sighted assistance with reading, organizing, walking, errands, outings & socializing or driving, make a difference in your own community, be part of a team, share an experience, learn new skills, & develop lasting friendships. To apply or for further information please contact Filomena Di Ruscio at 1-800-563-0887 ext. 5207 or via email filomena.diruscio@cnib.ca

The Golden Anchor Seniors Club – Euchre Did you play euchre at lunch hour in high school? Would you like to play again? Join us on Tuesdays at 7pm for a fun game of euchre with prizes and refreshments. The cost is only $1. Time: 7 to 10pm. Date: Every Tuesday. Location: Holland Landing Community Centre (lower level). 19513 Yonge Street, Holland Landing. The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Aurora/Newmarket holds monthly meetings with speakers, interest groups and CFUW community events on the 4th Tuesday of most months. The meeting begins at 7:15pm at the Royal Canadian Legion at 105 Industrial Pkwy. N.., Aurora. For more information, call Judy Craig at 905-895-8713, www.cfuwauroranewmarket.com Club Toastmasters FrancoFun Learn how to deliver speeches in French, one of the two official languages of Canada. We meet the first & third Thursdays of each month, from 7:30 to 9:30pm, at the McConaghy Centre, 10100 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 1T8 (north of Major Mackenzie. Access parking through Arnold Crescent, turn left to the 2nd lot). For further information please contact Ms. Patricia Abergel, President at 416-221-0968. York Region Chapter, MS Society The York Region Chapter of the MS Society offers support groups across the region for individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis who wish to connect with other York Region residents also living with MS. 416-816-4787. Northern Lights Toastmasters 1st & 3rd Mondays

Speak for Success York-Simcoe Toastmasters Come experience a Toastmaster meeting. Learn while being entertained. Fun & educational experiential material. You will learn the art of speaking, listening, leading & evaluating. Speak for Success, York-Simcoe meets at the BWG Leisure Centre, 471 West Park Ave., Bradford from 7-9pm the 2nd, 4th & 5th Tuesday all year round. For more information contact Marsha Field at 416-476-6558 or visit speakforsuccesspr@gmail.com. York Singles Club If you are over 50 & single, why not join the YORK SINGLES CLUB. Activities include sports, cards, games, parties, dinners, movies, theatre, & pub nights. Join us at a New Member Information Session at the Royal Canadian Legion, 233 Centre Street E., Richmond Hill, 7pm on the last Thursday of the month, or contact us at: info@yorksingles.com Friends in Bradford (Euchre) Our group is inviting people with the interest of playing Euchre in the Bradford area. For further information please contact us at FIB1@rogers.com. Has your life been affected by someone else’s drinking? If so, Al-Anon or Alateen is for you! AlAnon Support Group meets at 8pm Mon. & Thurs. in Newmarket at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church; Tues. in Aurora at 8 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church; Wed. in Bradford at 8pm at Holy Martyrs of Japan Church. Alateen meets Sun. in Aurora at 8pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Mosley St & Victoria-2nd floor). For info call 1-888-425-2666 or al-anon.alateen.on.ca.

Brad Jones Shotokan Karate-Do & Fitness Centre New courses starting in Shotokan Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Aikido, Fitness Kickboxing, Yoga & Zen meditation. 244 Main St. S., Newmarket. Please call 905-895-9636 for further information. www.bradjoneskarate.com Crystal Reflexology EST. 1995 Painful Feet? Numbness or Tingling Due to Diabetes? Plantar Fasciitis? Arthritis? Relief from your discomfort is just a call away at 905-954-5512 for a Soothing 1 hour Foot Massage. Gift certificates available for all occasions. Visit www.crystalreflexology.ca. Unity of Newmarket BOOK STUDY & DISCUSSION. Every Thursday, 7:30–9pm. at Budokan Judo Club, Unit 3, 620 Steven Court, Newmarket. Info: 905-830-0331, 416-627-2380, www.unitynewmarket.com

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Part time workers notice they learn a variety of new skills such as communication. Communication is used in all aspects of work life. Your first job interview will be your manager’s first impression of how you communicate with others. It is important when problem solving with co-workers and assisting customers. These skills will not only be effective at work, but they can be used at school or in other work and volunteer opportunities or even on your résumé. Lastly, obtaining a part-time job will teach you the importance of time management. Those who belong to teams and clubs juggle passions and responsibilities. Having a bunch of commitments teaches you how to schedule your time. With less time to procrastinate, you become more aware of the importance of time and what you can do with it. Scheduling your time in advance helps improve your work ethic, which in some cases can boost your grades. Your organizational skills will progress which are effective in the workplace and in everyday life. By having a part time job, I’ve learned so much about myself and the world around me. It even helped me decide what I wanted to do post-secondary. The experiences I gained from being a worker have been memorable and beneficial. I hope obtaining a part-time job can do the same for you. So, hand in your applications and résumés, you may be surprised at how much you like the working world and what it has to offer.

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PREP TIME: 15 minutes + overnight chilling time. Total Time: 25 minutes. Makes: 4 servings INGREDIENTS: • 1 cup 2% milk • 1/4 cup chia seeds • 1/2 cup chilled pumpkin purée • 3 tbsp maple syrup • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice • 1 cup plain 2% yogurt • 1 cup Nature’s Path Coconut Chia Granola

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DIRECTIONS: 1. Combine milk with chia seeds; refrigerate overnight or until chia seeds have expanded and milk has puddinglike consistency. Stir pumpkin purée, 2 tbsp of the maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice into chia mixture. 2. Stir yogurt with remaining maple syrup. Layer half of the chia pudding, yogurt and granola evenly in four 8-oz glasses. Repeat layers once, ending with granola. www.newscanada.com

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Heart Shaped Soap By: Carmina Pereira

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1. Cut desired amount of clear glycerin into pieces 2 in. square or smaller and place in microwave-safe plastic measuring cup. Microwave in short intervals, stirring frequently, until melted into a thick liquid. Refer to manufacturer’s instructions for recommended microwave times. 2. Add liquid soap dye, keeping in mind that the soap becomes more opaque as you add more dye. Add desired amount of liquid soap fragrance. Stir with a plastic spoon to mix evenly. 3. Spray molds with a thin layer of rubbing alcohol and pour glycerin into mold, stopping about 1/8 in. from the top edge. 4. Spray surface of glycerin with rubbing alcohol to dissipate bubbles. 5. Let dry until completely cooled and hardened. Remove from mold.


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