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This Month IN HISTORY International Women’s Day There is a special day in March when many countries around the world come together and acknowledge the achievements of women. International Women’s Day started at the beginning of the 20th century after the historical labour movements in North America and Europe. In the United States, the Socialist Party of America created a day in February 1909 that honoured women who had protested against working conditions in the garment industry in New York. The New York Shirtwaist Strike lasted two days and saw more than 20,000 workers strike. A month later, workers in Philadelphia followed suit. The movement may have taken place in the United States, but it sent strong messages to the rest of the world. At the Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen in 1910, the delegates discussed establishing an International day to honour women’s rights. While the group agreed on the concept, the meeting did not name a day for the observance. It was in 1911 when an International day was held for the first time in parts of Europe. More than one million men and women rallied on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland demanding that women have the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested the discrimination of women on the job. In 1913 and 1914, the day became a way to protest World War I. While women in Russia held their first Women’s Day in February,

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Pregnancy Skin Care

There are not many women who have had babies that can say they didn’t hear a comment on their ‘glow’ at least once. While the same women may have been glowing, their everchanging girth was tugging at their skin and leaving a road map of reminders: the dreaded stretch marks. About 90 percent of women end up with stretch marks during pregnancy. These marks happen when the body grows and the skin cannot keep up. After all, when else will you gain 25 to 30 pounds in nine months? Stretch marks can appear on breasts, buttocks, thighs and abdomen. They can first appear as a dark purplish or reddish colour but after time, they tend to fade to white or even light grey. 

The big question every woman has is how to stop the marks from forming? There is no sure fire way to prevent stretch marks. However, controlling weight gain may help. How quickly the weight is gained is just as important as how much weight is gained. It is very important to maintain a nutritious diet and keep up with a safe and regular exercise routine. Do not attempt a new or overactive routine when pregnant and be sure to consult a physician before undertaking anything. There is no magic cream that can be used to stop or cure stretch marks, but keeping the skin well hydrated will help. There are several oil products that are topically applied to help maintain

hydration and keep the ever stretching skin from losing elasticity. These are also great for keeping the belly from becoming itchy, which is a common complaint among pregnant women. The best time to treat stretch marks is after pregnancy while the lines are still dark red or dark purple. Usually within the first 12 weeks of giving birth, the scars are still quite prominent. Dermatologists and other skin care professionals should be consulted. There are various creams and other treatments that can be prescribed to help fade the marks. Hyaluronic acid mixtures may help. It is not immediate and takes a number of weeks before the patient will notice any improvement. Another option is retinoid cream, but save this for after the birth and past the breastfeeding stage. This topical treatment, prescribed by health care professionals, can help stimulate new cell growth that can lead to healthier skin. For the extreme marks, laser treatments could prove to be helpful, but again, after the delivery and breastfeeding stage. Lasers are used to boost collagen growth and help reduce the look of the stretch marks. This treatment can be pricey and it takes a number of visits before any results can be seen. Prices for these treatments can vary. The Microdermabrasion technique can also be used to help reduce the look of stretch marks. It is a commonly used method to help gently rejuvenate and repair skin.

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Room to Grow

Is your house shrinking or are you growing out of the finished space? While you struggle to fit everything in, there is open space just one floor down. An unfinished basement is untapped potential and a solution to your over-cramped problems. Your small space is not your only issue, how would you afford a basement renovation? You cannot begin any remodeling or renovating project without a budget in mind. Once you have determined how much money you have to spend, you can begin to look at your options. What kind of a room would you like? A recreation room for games and family gatherings? A workshop for the person who does a lot of projects? What about another bedroom and bathroom for guests who stay overnight? After you determine your needs, you will need to design a layout. This sounds easier than it is. You need to allow enough space for your furnace area and depending upon where the unit is located in the room, designing around it can be tricky. Contractors are well versed in building codes and can assist with a proper layout. Be sure to check the credentials of the contractor before hiring. Interview a few and ask for references. Make sure to follow through and call any references you receive and check the Ontario government’s Consumer

Beware list for any complaints against the contractor. The most important thing to do before any renovation is to get any needed building permits. If you have a contractor, make sure they are looking after this for you. If not, do it yourself. After you have met any legal requirements, you are set to start your reno. A go-big-or go-home attitude is not budgetfriendly. When choosing building materials for the space do not choose the most expensive options because of their price tags. Just because they cost more doesn’t necessarily make them better. Ask someone at a local building center for any tips. They can assist you with the materials you need as well as make suggestions on how to start. After the rooms have been framed, it’s time to think about the power. Calling in an electrician to do the wiring is the safest option when it comes to your renovation. They are able to look at the power load on your current system and can create the best options for handling the extra supply. They will also make sure that your wiring is up to code. Walk around with the electrician and let him/her know how many sockets and outlets you are hoping for. Remember any pot lights or other special lighting you may want to install when the room is built. If you are adding a bathroom, call a plumber to help. They are aware of any building codes involved and can make sure your new plumbing doesn’t lead to any leaks.


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Workout on the Run

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Keeping up with a daily or weekly workout routine is easy when you are at home. It’s part of your normal life. You get up in the morning and hit the elliptical for a half an hour, or you head to the gym after work three nights a week. Once it is routine, it is easy enough to follow. However, taking that workout on the road with you is not always as easy. Whether you are travelling for work or pleasure, there is always a way to add a workout into your day. First thing’s first… make time. Between sightseeing or meetings, there is usually 15 minutes in a day to devote to strengthening your body. If you are in a hotel and are used to hitting the gym, many hotels have a small gym on site for travelers. Most consist of at least an exercise bike and a treadmill. Some also include weights and ellipticals. Check with the front desk for the gym’s hours. If there is no gym on site, ask if the hotel has a deal with a nearby gym. Some hotels will ensure their guests have access to a workout facility, even if it is off hotel grounds. The hotel pool is a great spot to exercise. While most hotel pools are not exactly Olympic-sized, they still offer a great place

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to do laps. If you are not a swimmer, but enjoy the water, take a walk in the pool. Water adds resistance to any movement; try jogging from one side of the pool to the other. The water will make the short jog more difficult and you are sure to feel it. Not every schedule fits with the hours of a gym or pool. For those who prefer to stay in the comfort of a hotel room, there are a few quick exercises you can do to keep fit. Make use of what is available in the room. Try push ups or wall push ups. Squats and lunges are also great strengthening exercises that can be done just about anywhere. Off the bed push ups are challenging and can really work the upper body. Chair squats are also tougher than the normal squat. They are great for strengthening the lower body as well as the core. Take the stairs. If there are several floors in your hotel, go on a walk and take the stairs up to the top floor and down again. If you are in a hotel with many floors this will be a challenge that is sure to get your heart working.


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Tax Time - What’s New?

Most people tend to put off thinking about the upcoming tax season until the beginning of April, but the earlier you begin, the more prepared you will be. Each year things can change, especially after a new government has been elected. So, it is beneficial to spend some time reviewing any changes made to income tax laws and regulations that could be in your favour. The following outlines major changes, including ones that have been announced but not set into law as of yet. Should proposed income tax changes become law, they will go into effect for this tax period or according to announced dates. A revision has been made to the calculation of the Family Tax Cut that allows unused tuition, and education expenses like books, for 2014 and later, transferred from a common-law partner or spouse. Families will see an increase in their Universal Child Care Benefit. For each qualified child under six years of age, the UCCB is now $160 per month and for dependants aged six to seventeen, there is a new benefit of $60 per month. This new benefit replaces what used to be the Family Caregiver amount on Line 367. The maximum limit per child for child care expenses has gone up by $1000. Was your child registered in a physical activity program like hockey, bowling, horse-back riding, golf, or soccer? If you paid fees for these in 2015, you may be able to claim a maximum of $1,000 per child with the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit. Now

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March 2016 Scouting Display at the Elman W. Campbell Museum Scouting is being commemorated with our annual display at the Elman W. Campbell Museum. The display is now on view until March 18. Free admission. For more information, please call 905-953-5314 or email elmanmuseum@ We are located at 134 Main Street South, Newmarket. East Gwillimbury Public Library Visit your branch or website to see the many programs we have to offer. Puppet Tamer Comedy Show, Yvette Locke’s Puppetry Workshop & Show, Tax Preparation Assistance. 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 Wednesday, March 2 Am I a “Self Directed” Investor...or Not? Aurora Public Library. Money Talks Series. 7pm. Magna Room. 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.

tracks and behaviours. See birds of prey, up close on this free and guided walk. Open to all. Registration required by phone at 1-877-464-9675 or at Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 10am to 12pm OR 2-4pm. Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy 48. Whitchurch-Stouffville. ORTA Hike 10:00am, Caledon - Rail Trail - (Old Church Road). 8km; Slowish; 2hrs.; Easy walk along CRT. Bring icers. No dogs please. Coffee after at Gabe’s in Caledon East.  Meet @ Caledon Comm. Complex, 6125 Old Church Road, Caledon East.  Tessa, hike day cell 416-320-8555   www. Sunday, March 6 Campbell/Afiara Concert Visual and Performing Arts Newmarket (VPAN) invites you to experience the formidable talents of clarinetist James Campbell and the Afiara String Quartet in concert with guitarist and composer Graham Campbell at the Newmarket Theatre – 2:00pm. or ORTA Hike 1:00 pm, Beeton Forest - 10th. Sideroad. 6km; Moderate; 2.5hrs.; Loop around Beeton Forest exploring beaver dam &  forest streams. From Hwy 9, go north on 10th Sideroad for 8.3km to the junction with 7th. Line. David, hike day cell  416-579-5432

Speaker Doug Jagger, York-Simcoe Naturalists President. New Members always welcome. Questions? Contact Us: or email: March 8 & 21 What’s My Type? Experience the wisdom of the Enneagram, a powerful personality system. It is used worldwide to ease the challenges that show up in communicating with others. An invaluable tool for business and personal relationships. This is an introductory 1.5 hour session. Find a date and time that fits your schedule. Cost is $20.00. Contact Karen Armstrong at 905-836-2781 or register online at upcoming-workshops/. Tuesday, March 8th, King Cole Duck Ltd., 15351 Warden Ave., Newmarket 7:00-8:30pm. Monday, March 21st Ross Family Complex, 19300 Centre Street, Mount Albert 7:00-8:30pm. Wednesday, March 9 Keeping Our Seniors Safe Seminar Senior Safety Officer, York Regional Police. 9:30-11am. SharonHope United Church, 18648 Leslie Street, Sharon. Please call 905-478-2231 to register. Sponsored by the Sharon-Hope United Church, Health Committee. PROBUS Club of Aurora Monthly meeting from 10am to 12noon at the Royal Canadian Legion, 105 Industrial Parkway North. The club will be celebrating Nations PROBUS month and the speaker will be Gordon Barnes, (2010) Aurora Citizen of the Year and long time club member. For more information call Program Chair Cliff White at 905-841-2421. New members welcome! Call Gary Gilbert at 905-895-2849 for more information.

Friday, March 4 Cabin Fever Reliever York North Family Resource Programmes – The Family Place will be featuring entertainment (including magician, Shane Cobalt), buffet dinner provided by Zucca’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, silent auction and cash bar. All proceeds from the event directly support the operation of The Family Place. 53 Main Street, Mount Albert. 905-473-5929.

March 6, 20 & April 3 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, ON . Web: Email:

World Day of Prayer 2016 Written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Cuba “Receive Children. Receive me”. Christian Women in Socialist Cuba. Service held at Trinity United Church, 461 Park Avenue (Park Ave. & Main St.), Newmarket.7:30pm. 905-895-4851.

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Bradford United Church A World Day of Prayer Church service at 10:30am, 66 Barrie Street in Bradford, 905-775-7268.

ORTA Hike 9:30 am, Aurora - Sheppard’s Bush (Industry St.) 7km; Slow; 2.5hrs.; Loop hike south to Benville Cres. Winter clothing and Icers probably necessary. Leashed dogs. Bring drinks and a snack. Lunch option afterwards. Meet at C.A. parking lot.  GPS: 43.998100, -79.455696  Stan, hike day cell 416-770-7550

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March 14-18 March Break Camp “Global Challenge” 9am to 4pm. “Travel the world” through a series of activities, crafts & games while learning about other countries and the environment! Before and after care available. Recommended ages: 5-12. Pre-registration required. Visit museum for details! 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. East Gwillimbury Gardeners/East Gwillimbury Garden & Horticultural Society Join us at 7:30pm at the Mt. Albert Community Centre, 52 Main Street. The evening speaker will be Darren Heimbecker from Whistling Gardens in Waterford, Ontario who will be talking about Plant Oddities. Junior Gardeners meet at 7pm. All welcome. Lug a mug. For more info call 905-853-7126 or email us at or visit us on our Facebook page at eastgwillimburygardeners 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. March our topic is - It’s a Seedy Business with Jacob Kearey-Moreland. Members enjoy our annual summer Garden Tour, Bus Trip, & November Potluck Dinner. New members & guests are always welcome! Visit March 15-19 March Break Fun at the Elman W. Campbell Museum March 15- Paint an Object Day, $5.50/ child. March 16- Snowflake Tea Party, $5.50/child. March 17-19 – Museum Mayhem, Free. Drop in 123pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a caregiver 18 years of age or over. The Museum is located at 134 Main Street south, Newmarket. For more information, please call 905-953-5314 or email Wednesday, March 16 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 905-727-4089 or come to a meeting. Police History NHS member and York Region Police researcher Scott Dexter will talk about the history of this organization, with special emphasis on Newmarket and its stories. 7:30pm. at Lions Hall, Community Centre, Riverwalk Commons, Newmarket. ORTA Hike 9:30 am, EG- YRF Bendor & Graves (McCowan Rd). 8km; Moderate; 2hrs.; loop hike through open fields and forest. Meet at 17858 McCowan Rd at lot on west side 1.3 km north of Davis Dr. Cornelius, hike day cell, 905-717-7641 Thursday, March 17 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. The March venue will be a Peer-to-Peer group meeting. Everyone is welcome. Contact Phone Number: 905-895-1975. Web address: ORTA Event 7:00 pm, WS - ORTA Event Ballantrae Community Centre - Discovery Night. “Forest Invasives – Priority Species in York Region”. A presentation on invasive tree species threatening forests in York Region, as well as a few invasive plants to look out for while on a hike. How you can report sightings.  Find out what’s threatening your neighbourhood! Presented by Dayna Laxton, Invasive Species Specialist, York Region. Meet in Community Centre, north side of Aurora  Rd, 1km east from Hwy #48. Friday, March 18 ORTA Hike 9:30 am, W-S - YRF North Tract. 10km; Fast; 2hrs.; Icers and or snowshoes a must! Meet at parking area on the west side of Hwy 48, 0.5km north of Vivian Rd or 1.3 km south of Davis Dr.  Joan, hike day cell 905-477-2161, Saturday, March 19 Ukrainian Easter Eggs Workshop Elman W. Campbell Museum. 1:30pm. Suitable for children ages 5+. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10/person. To pre-register

Sunday, March 13th Unity of Newmarket Sunday Service - 10:30 am. at Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Avenue, “PRACTICING THE PRESENCE - A LENTEN JOURNEY”. Info: 905-830-0331, 416-627-2380. Monday, March 14 ORTA Hike 9:30 am, RH - Oak Ridges Corridor. 6km; Slow; 2hrs.; Easy March Break hike for families with children. Bring drinks/snack. Leashed dogs welcome. South lot of Oak Ridges CC, 1.5 km north of Stouffville Rd.  Stan, hike day cell 416-770-7550 March 14, 21 & 28 York Regional Police Male Chorus Rehearsals held at York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Committee Room “B”. 7:30-9:30pm. New members from the community welcome! No auditions, not a competition choral group. Come on out and sit in to see what we’re all about. Call 905-727-9676 for more information! March 2016 | 21

please call 905-953-5314. The Museum is located at 134 Main Street South, Newmarket. Monday, March 21 Southlake Cinemania Presents THE SECOND MOTHER an award winning comedy drama from Brazil. Tickets $10. Silvercity Theatre, Newmarket. Film 7pm. Info at: ORTA Hike 9:30 am, King - Happy Valley North (Conc. 7). 6km; Slow; 2hrs.; T&B hike with steep hills. Dogs on leash welcome. Hiking boots essential; Icers could be required. Lunch option after. Meet at dead end on 7th. Conc. 2.8km south of Pottageville from the Lloydtown-Aurora Rd. NOTE, this point can only be accessed by vehicles coming south on 7th. Conc.  Stan, hike day cell 416-770-7550 Tuesday, March 22 Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Aurora/Newmarket meets at the Royal Canadian Legion, 105 Industrial Pkwy. N., Aurora at 7:15pm. Rochelle Saunders of the Salvation Army and Exec. Director of Belinda’s Place will outline the vital role that this shelter will play for women in our community. All are welcome. For more information, call Judy Craig at 905-8958713.


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Wednesday, March 23 Women’s PROBUS Club of Newmarket Join us at our monthly meeting from 10am to noon at Seton Hall (17955 Leslie Street) on the fourth Wednesday of most months. Our March meeting features a potluck lunch and a speaker on the topic of Chinese culture. Please call Gloria Racine-Prosser at 905-836-7388 for more information. Garden Aurora - “No Chemical Gardening” Join Paul LaMarche as he discusses how to garden without the use of chemicals. Meeting of the Aurora Garden Club is held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 105 Industrial Parkway North at 8pm. Join us for r efreshments and the opportunity to become a member. Further information at or 905-713-6660. Friday, March 25 ORTA Hike 9:30 am, Newmarket - Jokers Hill (Bathurst St). 8km; Moderate; 2.5hrs.; Loop hike on forested trails of Jokers’ Hill and Thornton Bales with some hilly areas. Icers/snowshoes may be required. Meet at road side parking on dead-end street west of Bathurst, 1.3 km north of Mulock Dr. north of town houses. Brian & Wilma, hike day cell 416-722-6512

Saturday, March 26 Midsummer Night’s Dream The best way to read Shakespeare’s Plays is aloud with friends! Humber River Shakespeare and the Newmarket Public Library invite you to read every play Shakespeare wrote...aloud! Join us once a month. Readings will always be free and open to the public. Hearing these plays read aloud will give you much more insight into the depth of Shakespeare’s works. Everyone is welcome! Newmarket Public Library, 1-4pm. Info: 905-953-5110. Eggceptional Easter Fun Elman W. Campbell Museum. Meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy Easter displays, activities, egg decorating and light refreshments. 1:30-3:30pm, $5/participant. Suitable for ages 4-10, pre-registration required. Please call 905-953-5314 or email: for more details. The Museum is located at 134 Main Street South, Newmarket. 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. 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, March 27 ORTA Hike 1:30 pm, King - Happy Valley (Weston & 16th Sdrd). 7+km; Moderate; 2+hrs.; Oak Ridges Trail, Love Mountain and Humber Source Woods. Well behaved dogs welcome. If conditions are icy please wear icers on sturdy hiking boots. Meet at roadside NE corner of Weston & 16th. Marianne, hike day cell, 416-409-1980, Unity of Newmarket Sunday Service - 10:30 am. at Newmarket Public Library, 438 Park Avenue,

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“CELEBRATING EASTER, THE RESURRECTION AND YOU”. Info: 905-830-0331, 416-6272380, Monday, March 28 ORTA Hike 9:30 am, Nokiidaa Trail to Mackenzie Wetland. 7km; Slow; 2.5hrs.; Easter Monday hike suitable for families with children, including infants in strollers. Bring drinks and a snack. Leashed dogs welcome. Meet @ lot behind Newmarket Town Hall, 395 Mulock Dr,  Stan, hike day cell 416-7707550 ORTA Hike 9:30 am, EG - YRF Bendor & Graves (Kennedy Rd). Slowish; 2hrs.; Well mannered dogs welcome. Join us for lunch afterwards. Meet in parking area at the dead end of Kennedy Rd, north of Davis Dr. Brian & Wilma, hike day cell 416-7226512, 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 supportinghealthy aging and your brain’s health. Create a platform for lasting results. For more info or to register: 905-898-8098. Looking for That Next Great Read? Want to find a new author? Looking for author read-a-likes? Join us at this drop in session to learn more about our Novelist database, Next Reads and learn tips about how to find that next great book. Newmarket Public Library, 2-3pm. Lower Level Study Room. For more info call 905-953-5110 ext. 4770. Discovery & Adventure Night Newmarket Community Centre & Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive). 6-7pm. Enjoy an animal & reptile

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seeds, get garden supplies, learn at workshops, eat delicious food and have fun with the family. In partnership with The Village Farmers Market. Info: 905-841-3101 ext. 205.

GranAurora Presenting Terry Fallis, Author and winner of numerous Literary Awards at the Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church Street, Aurora. Doors open 6:45pm. Refreshments & Craft Sale. Author Event begins at 7:30pm. Tickets $20. Contact: Cathy Gross – 905-727-1638 or Sharon Willan – 905-773-2823. All proceeds go to “Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign”, Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Sunday, April 3 ORTA Hike 10:00 am, Kleinburg - Humber River Trail (Bindertwine Park). 8km; Moderate; 2hrs.; Nice hike along the Granger Greenway trail. Hike south for 4k and retrace our steps. Trail is straight and fairly flat. Meet at Bindertwine Park. Tessa, hike day cell 416-320-8555,

Wednesday, March 30 Newmarket Public Library Spring Sprouting, presented by Nancy Louwman of the Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners in partnership with the Newmarket Public Library’s Newmarket Grows Seed Library. 7-9pm. Multipurpose Room. $2. For info call 905-953-5110 x4800 or go to Friday, April 1 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 Saturday, April 2 York Region Seedy Saturday Garden Show Held at Toronto Waldorf School, 8am-1:30pm. 9100 Bathurst St. in Thornhill. Buy/trade organic


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Are you the type of person who can spend hours tapping your feet, wiggling in your chair and drumming your fingers? Were you punished for it when you were younger, being told you should sit still? It may have been prompted by nervousness, high energy or impatience back then, but a new study now suggests fidgeting may help you live longer. The research involved more than 14,000 British women aged 35 to 69 and was centered around the health implications of a sedentary lifestyle. The women were surveyed on their eating habits, then responded to a follow-up survey 12 years later that asked about chronic disease, health behaviors, levels of physical activity and fidgeting.  Although findings from other past studies revealed that sitting for long hours had a negative impact on a person’s health and mortality, the results from this new study were surprising when the aspect of fidgeting came into play. Women who sat for more than seven hours per day, and didn’t fidget much, had a mortality risk that was 43 percent higher than low fidgeting women who sat for less than five hours. When adjusting for alcohol consumption and smoking, the mortality risk was still higher by 30 percent. Researchers were intrigued to find that the more fidgety the person, the more dramatic the results were. For those in the middle to high fidgeting group, sitting for five to six hours versus less than five resulted in a significantly decreased mortality risk and there wasn’t any greater risk of death sitting for more than seven hours every day. The study went on to note there was a possible link between sitting for long periods of time and abnormal glucose metabolism. Even though fidgeting is not considered high energy, it is energy nonetheless and the research indicates it just may be enough to make a positive impact on longevity.

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So how can seniors benefit from these findings? Just knowing your life expectancy will increase by fidgeting is enough incentive to be more physically active. If you are not bound to a chair, set plans with a partner to go for daily walks. Visit the community pool for a swim or try a new sport. Just get out and exercise. It doesn’t have to be high impact. For those who have no choice but to sit all day can take several breaks to move limbs and joints. Shifting in a chair and changing positions every few hours, or less, will help expend some energy. Turn up the radio and tap your feet to an entire song. Involve a friend or grandchild in a game of rock, paper, scissors or have a finger drumming competition. Take up a painting class, play cards with friends, or join a quilting club. All of these require you to sit, but they also involve arm, leg and hand movement, sufficient enough to be called fidgeting.


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