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VOLUME 3 ISSUE 5 / may 2011







Local Products Colours of The Rainbow


From Our Readers Happy Mother’s Day Love Father’s Day Contest


Your Neighbourood A Skim Though Uxbridge’s Book Clubs

Kids Babies In Bed



May Community Calendar


Faces of Uxbridge John Stuart Pryce


Guest Column The Secret Female Issue We Should All be Talking About


Managing Editor: Carly Foster Creative Director: Kirsty Kernohan Copy Editor: Jodi Avery MacLean Graphic Designers: Matt Filion,


Going Places Riding Coast to Coast


Green Thumb Gardens for Gardeners


Your Community Uxbridge Chamber Choir: Singing the Masterpieces


From My Mom’s Kitchen Egg Casserole

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Sarah Pratt


Contact Us

Phone: 905 862 3747 Email:

Caitlin Christoff Taillon Staff Photographer: Deborah de Ville INTERNS: Rebecca Cranney, Dana Kenedy

Mailing Address PO Box 1035 Uxbridge ON L9P 1N3

Contributors Victoria Dawes Randy Loewen Andrea Fraser Priestman

Office Address 24 Toronto St. N., Unit 1 Uxbridge, ON L9P 1E6

Cover Photo © Victoriia Baliura |

Pick up copies at: Zehrs, Blue Heron Books, Township office, Uxbridge & Zephyr libraries, Elemi Organics, The UPS Store, the Tin Cup and more. Editorial Message Unless otherwise stated, all product reviews, articles and other features are chosen by us and are unpaid. If you would like to be featured, please contact us. Uxbridge Town Talk is a monthly publication by Sweet World Media. The Publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for the claims, views, opinions, comments or advertisements herein. The Publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertisement. Uxbridge Town Talk does not endorse any advertised product, service or event. The Publisher is not responsible for any typographical errors. Advertisers are responsible for any copyright issues. No part of this publication, including advertisements, may be reproduced without the written permission of the Publisher.

4 Town Talk TIdbits... 5 Q&A with...

hen we started Uxbridge Town Talk almost two years ago, we knew we wanted a recipe page. It not only satisfies the foodies in us, but we both love new ways to cook for our families. We hear all the time how many of you flip right to From My Mom’s Kitchen when our magazine comes out, or have this page up on your fridge. In honour of Mother’s Day this month, we wanted to share the story of how this page came to be. In 2004 when Kirsty was four months pregnant with her son, her mom, Barb, died suddenly. Barb was a great chef and baker; a one-time cook at a daycare, she and Kirsty created a little spiral-bound cookbook of Barb’s recipes as a fundraiser for the centre. It includes kofta (curry meatballs), tea biscuits, English trifle, Barb’s funky potatoes and more. Out of this cookbook, and Kirsty’s memories of mealtimes, cooking and laughing with Barb, came From My Mom’s Kitchen. It’s such an honour that our tribute to her is so well received. Read on to see our readers’ love for their moms via our Facebook fan page, plus a fun contest for Father’s Day to make your dad famous. You’ll also find local products of the rainbow, a look at Uxbridge’s Chamber Choir and book clubs (one is more than 100 years old!), another packed community calendar and why Carly is struggling with her daughter’s move to a big girl bed. We also want to welcome two interns to our team: Dana Kenedy (Durham College, journalism) and Rebecca Cranney (Loyalist College, marketing). Their work is all through the magazine this month, and they’ve both been super additions to our office. Enjoy!

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town talk tidbits Cleaning For a Reason

After a friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, we were delighted to discover that Merry Maids offers four free general cleanings, once a month, to women who are undergoing cancer treatments. Go to for more information or contact the Merry Maids in Uxbridge at 905 852 7743.

Books for Babies

It’s never too early to get your kids into reading. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Uxbridge, parents can sign their baby up for their first library card at the Uxbridge Public Library (9 Toronto St. S.) and receive a free gift. Don’t forget to bring an ID with your address.

See Green? Pull Over!

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You don’t think twice about pulling over for an ambulance or fire truck, so why wouldn’t you pull over for our volunteer firefighters? If you see a vehicle with a flashing green light, it’s one of our volunteers on their way to the fire station. Please pull over and let them pass--it could save someone’s life.


Shade, please By Andrea Fraser Priestman


his past fall, Quaker Village Public School (QVPS) ambitiously joined other environmentally-minded schools across the province to participate in the Ontario EcoSchools program. Determined to achieve gold-level status with the program, staff and students went straight to work evaluating their habits and establishing new school-wide practices to minimize waste and conserve resources. Their most challenging undertaking is focused outside the walls of the school; plans are currently underway to turn the mostly barren schoolyard into a naturalized environment for learning. Topping the school’s wish list for a new outdoor classroom is a modest, basic need: shade. The answer? Trees of course. To create a comfortable outdoor area, native trees will be planted around the schoolyard and a mulched seating area to provide protection from the sun. Once matured, the trees will also act as a wind break from the westerlies that barrel down the hill, and provide habitat for local animal life, including birds, rabbits and chipmunks. The project is slated to begin this spring,pending the success of the Greening Quaker fundraising campaign. They have already reached the halfway point, and expect to hit their budget target with the proceeds from an upcoming environmental musical starring QVPS students. To make a charitable donation, or learn more about the project, please contact Stefanie Cole, teacher-librarian, at 905 852 7303.

Andrea Fraser Priestman lives with her husband and two young girls in Uxbridge, and currently volunteers for the QVPS EcoTeam.

Q & a With... ...Sarah Pratt, By Dana Kenedy

WHAT: Pratt’s website is Canada’s first and only job-searching website exclusively for the equine industry. “anyone who thinks horse jobs are solely mucking stalls are greatly mistaken,” she says. apart from horse-related jobs, such as exercise riders and farriers, positions are also available in accounting and administration. Basically, these are regular office jobs, but ones that require equine knowledge. HOW: you can register online as a job seeker

or an employer. as a job seeker, you can search through numerous job postings by

BY THE NUMBERS: The site went online in 2006, and there are currently 12,279 active job seekers registered, 600 active employers and 90 categories to search through. Employers can purchase a 2-month job posting for $50 or pay $120 a year for unlimited job postings. It took Pratt 1 year to get the site running. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “It took quite a long time for the bigger names to take us seriously.” after four years, the bigger names realized that is beneficial and

BIGGEST REWARD: “The best part is seeing it work,” she says. She loves it when people call her and gush about their new job that they found through the site. “I’m a sucker for those things.” NEAT: Pratt has seen a fair share of unusual job postings. Calls for chuckwagon racers and horse trainers in the Dominican Republic have been posted at one point. CONTACT: or call 1-877-881-5627 Dana Kenedy is a placement student at Uxbridge Town Talk and counting down to graduation with a diploma in journalism from Durham College. She lives in Uxbridge with her boyfriend where the two of them drink copious amounts of tea and coffee.

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WHO: Sarah Pratt, president and founder of

WHY: “The more I rode and the more I talked to horsey people, I found there wasn’t anything like ( here,” she says. There are numerous job-search websites out there, but nothing tailored to the horse community.

here to stay.

keyword, location, type and category. as an employer, you can search through job seekers’ resumes to find that perfect fit, as well as post job ads so they can find you.


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Colours of the Rainbow

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Happy Mother’s Day Love


ee what the 750+ readers on our Facebook fan page ( said when we asked them to finish the sentence, “My Mom is the best because...”

Do you have an exceptional Dad in your life?


...she picks up my three children from school every day, does homework and cooks them e want to hear from you! We’re dinner when I have to work late. She is my best friend! celebrating dads in a special -Jane Clarke-Corrick Father’s Day contest. The winner will be our Faces of Uxbridge profile for June, ...she is always there for me! - Yvette Addorisio 2011, which includes an article and photo shoot by Randy Loewen of Studio ...she taught me to believe in myself, be true to myself, respect others, and most of all, 4 Photography. love myself! -Kristine Payne-Tilley How to enter: ...she has always beleived in me and my siblings. She has supported us in our many -email us a short essay (500 words maxiadventures, even if a few of them caused a little gray hair. My Mom is my best friend and mum) about why your Dad rocks an awesome grandma. -Amanda Jones -must include a photo

ENTRY DEADLINE: Send submissions to by FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011.


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...her thoughtfulness and caring nature is admired by everyone she knows or just meets for the first time. She never ceases to amaze me with how far she’ll go to help someone out. I strive to be a better person every day, thanks to my Mom. -Shannon Rose-Jefferies

We’ll post the entries on our Facebook page and website, then have readers vote for their favourite. Be sure to log on to on May 9 to cast your ballot! Mother has always loved me unconditionally, has always been there for me no matter what, and has taught me to be the strong and independent woman I am today. She is my best friend and I continue to be thankful for her everyday. -Tara-Lynn Hood


Your Neighbourhood

A Skim Through Uxbridge’s Book Clubs By Dana Kenedy


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xbridge is home to a bevy of book clubs, one of them more than 100 years old and among the oldest in Canada. The Hypatia Club dates back to 1907, and “has met continually for 104 years with no breaks,” says Barbara Pratt, a member of the club for the past five years. During its history, the Hypatia Club has not only read the classics, but it has also had some famous literary members. Lucy maud montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, was a member when she lived in Leaskdale; when she left the area in 1926, she became an honourary member until her death in 1942. The club currently has 15 members and the books chosen are usually non-fiction, says Pratt. Between September and april, each member must create a presentation for a certain book and lead the discussion. Uxbridge has about 28 known book clubs, says Shelley macbeth, owner of Blue Heron Books. Pratt jokes she may be responsible for that large number. When she opened Blue Heron Books more than 20 years ago,


customers would ask if there were any book clubs in the area. Unfortunately, many clubs like to keep their membership low so they don’t take on new members frequently. Pratt encouraged her customers to start their own, allowing the list of clubs to grow. “It’s a sense of community,” macbeth says. “you sit with semi like-minded people and discuss themes in the books. It’s an opportunity to explore bigger ideas.” Book clubs allow Pratt to look at a book from a different angle. “you read a book and then if you discuss it with other people, the book kind of has a second life,” Pratt says. “I’ve had the experience of hating a book until I talked it over with other readers.” Ellen Skinner, owner of On The Lamb, a yarn and knitting shop on Brock Street West, agrees. “Book clubs are one more thing to bring the community together,” she says. a year and a half ago, Skinner created


her own monthly book club called Purls and Prose, combining knitting and reading. “We’ll read everything,” Skinner says, adding their book choices don’t always have to do with knitting, but the members always bring their knitting needles to book club. Skinner would love to see more clubs geared towards the younger members of the community. She believes the intense dissection of novels in high school and university tends to turn students off reading, but a book club can show them that reading doesn’t always have to end in writing an essay. The Uxbridge Public Library has a club geared towards youth. It’s entirely online and embraces social media, appealing to those in their teens and early 20s. “They’ve actually managed to carve out a successful club,” Macbeth says, attributing the lack of clubs for youth to so many leaving Uxbridge for post-secondary education after high school. For anyone wishing to start their own book club, Macbeth says she is willing to help and even attend the first few meetings. “If you’ve always thought that you’ve wanted to be in a book club, don’t let anything stop you,” she says.

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Zachary Karkheck Memorial Charitable Golf Classic In support of the Uxbridge Youth Centre. Date: May 25, 2011 Registration: 12 noon, shotgun start at 1:00 Location: Wyndance Golf Club, Uxbridge Event includes: • 18 holes golf and cart, mixed scramble format • Lunch and Banquet dinner • Registration gift • Prizes for low gross, closest to the hole, longest drive, hole in one • Blind auction and 50/50 raffle. Cost: $300 per golfer/ $1100 per foursome Early bird Price: $225/$900 per foursome (register before March 31, 2011) Hole Sponsorship: $250 or $1150 with foursome Sponsorship opportunities: Call or email Jeremy Karkheck or 905-727-0400 ext 225

To register, contact Lisa Wilson or 905-727-0400 ext 221

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Babies in Bed By Carly Foster

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I didn’t think this latest babyhoodto-kids-transition would upset me so much. But it did. Look at my first born literally taking apart the crib we bought for her a blink ago. I snapped these pics, then could not be in the same room watching this go down. I hid out in the kitchen and shed some private tears and ate some Cheesies (my version of chocolate). We’ve moved Alice into a toddler bed for purely selfish and practical reasons. After more than five years of parenting, we’re sick of lugging the playpen around wherever we go. We’re going camping in July. We want to visit our parents and have both girls in beds. We’ve promised Lucy, 5, when we go to the cottage this summer that she can be on the top bunk, and Alice on the bottom. Thus, the dismemberment of the crib, and the assemblage of my baby’s big girl bed. A great idea when discussed. Absolutely heartbreaking for me upon fruition. I clearly was not at all ready for my barely two-yearold to move out of her crib, that very visceral symbol of babydom. For the most part, Alice has done great. One small fall out of


bed and a middle-of-the-night appearance outside our bedroom that I’m convinced was more sleepwalking/disorientation then anything else. And one hilarious nap where she pulled every toy into her bed, then used her side of the baby monitor as a telephone with all of them. Seeing my girls in bed each night, asleep and vulnerable, is an important ritual. It resets any upsets or fights from the day, reprograms me to see them this way. Reminds me, outside of situations when you get caught up in moments of frustration, that they’re just kids. Hell, they’re just babies still. My babies, always, no matter what kind of beds they’re sleeping in.

___________________________ Originally posted on Durham Region Kids, our blog and resource site for parents in Durham. Join the conversation and submit your own story to connect with others at


Wednesday, May 4

12 Months to Health Speaker Series Simple ways to minimize tension with the massage therapists of Creekside Wellness. Learn about hydrotherapy, self massage, stretching and strengthening to improve postural imbalances and body awareness, plus a Thai massage demonstration. Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Pathways to Peace Yoga & Healing, 58 Brock St. W., Suite 204 Contact: 416 571 0447

40th anniversary of the UxbridgeScott Historical Society Come and hear first president and Uxbridge historian Allan McGillivray relate stories from these busy, interesting years at the museum in the wheelchair accessible museum schoolhouse. Time: 7 p.m. Where: Uxbridge-Scott Historical Centre, 7239 Conc. 6 Contact: 905 852 5097

Thursday, May 5

Variety Show Uxperience’s 20th anniversary performance. Tickets $18 for adults and $10 for children at Sugar FX. Time: 3 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Music Hall, 16 Main St. S. Contact: 905 852 7811 Simply Serendipity Art Show & Sale Enjoy an evening of fine art, music and wine. Featuring the works of John Stuart Pryce, Shelly Burke, Andy Donato and more. Time: 5 – 8 p.m. Where: Wooden Sticks Golf Club, 40 Elgin Park Dr. Contact: 905 852 4379

Friday, May 6

Oak Ridges Trail Association Hike A two hour, 10 km hike. Meet at parking area. No dogs please. Time: 9:30 a.m. Where: Walker Woods, east. side of Conc. 6 south of Durham 21 Contact: 905 477 2161 Read With Me For babies and parents with an early literacy specialist. Learn fun finger plays and rhymes and meet other families. Four FREE classes, but must preregister. Time: 10 a.m. Where: Uxbridge Public Library, 9 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 9747

Mother’s Day Tea Cup Arrangement Kids ages 6 and up are welcome to make their own fresh arrangement in a tea cup as a Mother’s Day gift. Tea cup included. $25. Time: 4 p.m. Where: La Petite Fleur, 43 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 862 3697

Saturday, May 7

2nd Annual Spring Past & Presents Home & Garden Show Featuring artisans with ideas for your home and garden. Hand-painted decor, garden art, tableware, jewelry, candles, sweet treats, refreshments. Donation appreciated for the Historical Society. Time: 10 a.m. Where: Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 6th Conc. Contact: FoxFire Equestrian Open House Tour FoxFire’s newly renovated facility, ask boarding and rehabilitation questions, join a farrier Q & A and enjoy a barbeque and refreshments. Cold laster therapy session at 1 p.m. Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Where: FoxFire Equestrian, 5110 Conc. 8 Contact: 905 751 4875

Monday, May 9

A Ladies’ Night A perfect Mother’s Day gift! Three award-winning authors - Camilla Gibb, Susanna Kearsley and Suzanne Desrochers - talk about their new books. Wine and cheese. Time: 7 p.m. Where: Wyndance Golf Club, 450 Durham Rd. 21 Contact: 905 852 4282 (continued on page 12)

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This Month in Bloom..... This floral design club meets the first Thursday of the month to play with fresh flowers, share design ideas and inspire one another. Bring along your own container and pick your flowers. $40. Time: 6 p.m. Where: La Petite Fleur, 43 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 862 3697

Tuesday, May 3

Fall Fair Planning Meeting Please join in planning the Uxbridge Fall Fair. We are working on this year’s fair and starting on the 150th anniversary fair. New volunteers/members are always welcome and all help is appreciated. Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Public Library, 9 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 9747



First Annual Uxbridge Prayer Breakfast Bringing together municipal leaders, emergency service professionals, educational leaders, business leaders, service clubs, and neighbours. Tickets $15 and available at Blue Heron Books or Brian J. Evans Financial Services. Time: 7 a.m. Where: Wooden Sticks Golf Course, 40 Elgin Park Dr. Contact: 905 852 4315 Stuffy Sleepover Do you wonder what your stuffed animals do at night? Send your bravest stuffed friend on a library sleepover! Join us Saturday morning to see pictures of your animals’ nighttime adventures. Time: 9:30 a.m. Where: Uxbridge Public Library, 9 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 9747 Aromatherapy Level 1 This course is for beginners. A basic introduction to aromatherapy and essential oils including safety, contraindications, methods of use and dosage and profile of 10 different essential oils. $25. Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Where: Elemi Organics, 58 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 5575

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Thursday, May 12


Take a Ride Tour 2011 Peterborough musician Jimmy Bowskill plays. Tickets $25 and available at Blue Heron Books or Brock St. Music. Time: 7 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Music Hall, 16 Main St. S. Contact: 905 852 0610

Friday, May 13

JACC Annual Auction & Dinner The Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity presents “Shaken, Not Stirred,” with silent and live auctions, martini bar and dinner. Bond attire optional. Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham, 8500 Warden Ave. Markham Contact: 905 852 1799 Ext. 26,

Saturday, May 14

Everything Equine Expo and Trade Show 2011 This coming year we will be introducing something for everyone - from reining to dressage, from jumping to natural horsemanship with plenty of colour, excitement and speed in the main ring. Time: 9 a.m. Where: Elgin Park, Main St. S. Contact: Bike Rodeo and Trail Ridge Get ready for summer by getting your bike checked out and learning the safe way to ride. Ride the trails with the Uxbridge Cycling Club. Free! Brought to you by Take TIME Uxbridge. Time: 1 - 3 p.m. Where: Quaker Village Public School, 295 Brock St. W. Contact: 416 813 7654 ext. 1431 Free Lawn Bowling A chance to try lawn bowling. We provide bowls, you wear flat shoes and discover a new fun and fitness experience for the family. Weekdays 7-9 p.m., weekends 1- 3 p.m. Time: 1 – 3 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Lawn Bowling Club, 43 Franklin St. Contact: 905 852 7447

Ham Supper Delicious baked ham, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, dessert and more. Adults $12, children (age 5-12) $6, preschoolers free. Time: 5 – 7 p.m. Where: St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 59 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 5019

Sunday, May 15

Monday Morning Singers Special guests Karina Bray, soprano, and Edward Tait, double bass. Ticket $15 at Blue Heron Books, Presents or at the door. Time: 3 p.m. Where: St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 59 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 7507 Friends Talent Show Handicapable men and women will present their talents. Time: 3 p.m. Where: Trinity United Church, 20 First Ave. Contact: 905 852 6213

Tuesday, May 17

Tea and Meeting Tea, meeting, and entertainment. Time: 1 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Seniors Centre, 75 Marietta St. Contact: 905 852 7401 Herb Containers Koidu Sulev from Richter’s Herbs will demonstrate her vast knowledge of herbs and inspire us on how to select and grow herbs in containers. Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Public Library, 9 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 9747

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thursday, may 19

Tea, Meeting and Entertainment meet with the Uxbridge Senior Citizens’ Club. Please bring your own dishes. $10. New members always welcome; membership $5/year. Time: 1 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Seniors Centre, 75 marietta St. Contact: 905 852 6494

saturday, may 21

Museum Opens For Tours The Uxbridge Historical Centre re-opens for tours. Continuing in the Lodge Hall is the Disappearing Wooden Barns of Southern Ontario photograph exhibit and tool display. Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Uxbridge-Scott Historical Centre, 7239 Conc. 6 Contact: 905 852 5854

saturday, may 28

Free Dog Portrait your pooch enjoys a 15-minute session with photographer Deborah de Ville and an 8x10 print. Free with donation of food, supplies or money to the Uxbridge Scugog animal Shelter. Time: Please register in advance. Where: 38 Galloway Cres. Contact: 905 852 4961

Wednesday, may 25

Growing Green Fundraiser Support the Community Care Uxbridge adult Day Program at their fundraiser featuring a tea room, crafts, plants, baked goods, door prizes and a variety of goodies. Time: 10 a.m. Where: Testa Professional Building, 2 Campbell Dr., Suite 104 Contact: 905 852 7222

Zachary Karkheck Memorial Charitable Golf Classic In support of the Uxbridge youth Centre. Help us secure a permanent home for youth. Scramble format, 18 holes, prizes, auction and more. Sponsorship available. Time: Noon Where: Wyndance Golf Club, 450 Durham Rd. 21 Contact: 905 727 0400 Lotions and Potions Learn to make your own natural lotions, creams and body butters. Participants will take home a variety of products they make during this workshop. $70. Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Where: Elemi Organics, 58 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 5575

Friday, may 27

Summer Outdoor Planters Create stunning outdoor annual planters that will stop traffic. Customized to suit your growing conditions and colour scheme. Learn how to properly design, execute and maintain these gorgeous planters all summer. Time: 6 p.m. Where: La Petite Fleur, 43 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 862 3697

Trail Running Join the Optimist Flyers for a kid-friendly run through the Countryside Preserve. Free! Brought to you by Take TImE Uxbridge. Time: 2 - 3 p.m. Where: Trail head of Countryside Preserve (behind Walmart) Contact: 416-813-7654 ext. 1431

sunday, may 29

Walk for Dog Guides Local dog lovers walk their dogs in support of the Dog Guide Program of Lions International. Time: Noon Where: Elgin Park, main St. S. Contact: 905 852 1795

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Aromatherapy Level 2 During this course participants will profile carrier oils, essential oils and learn how to blend. Each participant will make their own aromatherapy products to take home. Cost $25. Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Where: Elemi Organics, 58 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 852 5575

tuesday, may 24

Kids Cooking Class Today in the Zehrs Cooking School we will be baking banana chocolate chip muffins from scratch. Taste your creation and take home a recipe. $12. Time: 6 p.m. Where: Zehrs Cooking School, 321 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 5009

Wednesday, may 18

Planting a Cutting Garden Learn how to properly map out and execute your very own cutting garden with both annuals and perennials. Bring a photo of your existing or potential garden to discuss. $25. Time: 6 p.m. Where: La Petite Fleur, 43 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 862 3697



Olive Oil Tasting and Information Session Angelo Tramonti of Sarafino Foods will give a tasting demo and talk on the wonders of artisan olive oil. Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Public Library, 9 Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 9747

Regular Events Artists of Uxbridge The group meets weekly to draw and paint, share demonstrations, and to participate in various workshops. The meetings take place Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings. Time: 7 - 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. - noon Where: Zehrs Community Room, 321Toronto St. S. Contact: 905 852 6357 Mat Bowling Join the group every Thursday through the winter months. Bowls provided. Time: 1:30 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Seniors Centre, 75 Marietta St. Contact: 905 852 9477

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Weekly Ladies Interdenominational Community Bible Study The meetings take place on Tuesdays and all ages are welcome. Time: 1 - 2 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Baptist Church, 231 Brock St. W. Contact: 905 862 2846


Children’s Play Group The group meets on Tuesdays and all ages are welcome. Time: 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. Where: Uxbridge Baptist Church, 231 Brock St. W

Contact: 905 862 2846 Line Dancing Every Wednesday. Please call for details. Time: 7 - 9:30 p.m. Where: Siloam Hall, 7040 Conc. 2 Contact: 905 640 6927 Bingo Great jackpots are available to be won every Thursday. Time: 7:30 p.m. Where: Uxbridge Legion, 109 Franklin St. Contact: 905 852 5293 Euchre All welcome, including non-Legion members. Fun and prizes to be won. Time: 7:30 p.m Where: Uxbridge Legion, 109 Franklin St. Contact: 905 852 5293 Udora Play Group For moms and their kids ages 0 to 6 years. Come out and have some fun with your little one. Repeats each Tuesday and Thursday. Time: 10 a.m. - Noon Where: Udora Community Centre, 24 Victoria St. Contact: 705 228 8716 Stroller Bootcamp Enjoy the outdoors in a fun and energizing interval program designed for moms and their stroller-age children. Burn fat, tone, increase energy and make new friends while your baby has a blast. Every Thursday. Time: 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Where: NRG 4 Life Fitness, 85 Second Ave. Contact: 905 852 4750

Zumba Basics Ditch the workout and join the party! A 45-minute, Latininspired class where you will learn the basics of Zumba at a slower pace. All ages and levels welcome. Fridays. Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Where: NRG 4 Life Fitness, 85 Second Ave. Contact: 905 852 4750 Guys Working Out Join Terry for an hour of conditioning that will focus on cardio and strength training. Whether you are in shape or not, it doesn’t matter. Work at your best with camaraderie, keeping you motivated. Tuesdays. Time: 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Where: NRG 4 Life Fitness, 85 Second Ave. Contact: 905 852 4750

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Story and Portrait by Randy Loewen


he love for art began early in life for Uxbridge resident John Stuart Pryce when, as a young child visiting his grandmother’s house in England, he often admired a painting that hung high up in the corner of a room. A native of Birmingham, England, Pryce’s first attempt at drawing came at age 8 when he was fascinated by the ability of some older children to draw and trace cartoons. He soon found that his own attempts produced results that were often as good as those of the older children. This early discovery of talent would be the spark that would ignite his passion for the next 50 years. At age 11, Pryce and his family moved from England to Toronto, then relocated shortly thereafter to a farm house in London, Ont., where he would spend countless hours drawing and painting. Pryce recalls an incident as a young student where he submitted a pencil drawing to be graded in art class, only to have it rejected for being “too good.” Some 50 years later, he is still haunted somewhat by this deemed lack of trust. “The teacher didn’t think it was my own work,” he says. Regardless, Pryce’s love for art was now established, and he continued to study art in London. Upon graduating from high school, Pryce found employ-

Randy Loewen lives in Uxbridge with his wife and has three children. He owns and operates Spectrum Administrative Solutions, and is a partner of Studio 4 Photography (

John Stuart Pryce

ment as a commercial sketch artist, and in 1966- by now a husband and father - he relocated to Chicago with his wife, Margaret, and two sons in tow. It was in Chicago where he was introduced to the work of a young artist, Richard Schmid, who provided Pryce with the inspiration for ‘plein air’ painting-that is, painting on-location in open air. Also during the 1960s, Pryce was introduced to local artist Arnold Hodgkins who operated the Deerfoot Gallery and Studio in Leaskdale. Pryce studied for many years under Hodgkin’s tutelage, having driven from Toronto to Leaskdale on many weekends to gain valuable instruction toward what will be a fulfilling future in plein air painting. In 2000, Pryce and his brother, Martin (also an artist), visited Vermont for a week to paint with some of America’s finest plein air artists. During that occasion, Pryce had the honour to finally meet Schmid, whom he thanked for being such an influence behind his own work. Since then, Pryce has travelled the world seeking out ideal locations for his paintings. The South of France, Italy, Greenland, the Canadian Rockies, and Niagara Falls all served as beautiful settings awaiting his brushes. In July of 2006, Pryce had the honour of joining 24 other artists on a trip to the Arctic to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s discovery of the Northwest Passage. The result was the production of many stunning paintings of Canada’s Arctic, some of which can be seen on his website, Passing on his knowledge to others is a testament to the love of his craft, as he can be found teaching painting in Haliburton and at Loyalist College in Belleville. In fact, Pryce will be returning to Italy in October where he will be conducting his Painting en Plein Air in Tuscany workshop in Catona. Back at home, Pryce treasures the time he spends painting with his brother, Martin, and his son, Raymond, both who have become accomplished artists. “I never get tired of painting; it’s something I’ll always do,” he says with a smile painted on his face.

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The best way to look after your family is to look after your own health first. and many women are suffering in silence with a wide spectrum of conditions related to pelvic health. Instead of teaching women how to prevent problems “down there,” the traditional approach has been with pills, pads and surgery. Even if surgery is the best answer, the outcome will be enhanced if the muscles are healthy and strong. The pelvic floor is a muscular hammock that helps to close off the urethra and also supports the bladder, uterus and rectum. When these muscles weaken as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, constipation and hormonal fluctuations, the result is incontinence and possibly pelvic organ prolapse. Chronic tension and shortening of the pelvic floor muscles causes pelvic pain, painful bladder syndrome and painful intercourse. Incontinence is the involuntary loss of any amount of urine; it’s an embarrassing and emotionally devastating condition that can lead to depression and social isolation. many women experience it but never seek help, thinking it’s just part of womanhood. Stress incontinence is leakage of urine when coughing, sneezing, running or jumping creates an increase in pressure on the bladder that forces urine out. Urge incontinence is the inability to delay urinating and is accompanied by a sudden strong sensation of urge and leaking if the bathroom is not accessed quickly enough.


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manda Cryer always wanted to ride across Canada on horseback, but never had the gumption or opportunity to do it. Now she does. Twenty-four-year-old Cryer, who lives in Uxbridge, along with friends Kate Rogers, 23, and Debby Jobin, 24, decided to trek from Nova Scotia all the way to British Columbia to raise money for the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society. The ride will take five to six months and will cover a staggering 6,000 kilometres. Their goal is to raise $100,000 for the nonprofit organization. LongRun is an adoption program for retired racehorses, which provides a caring and fulfilling life once their racing days are over. Since LongRun does not have its own facilities to house the adoptees, the program relies on volunteers to foster the horses until they are adopted. about 40 horses are available for adoption at the moment. Cryer believes LongRun is a vital and

beneficial charity, but not many people are aware of its existence - even those in the horse community. “Somebody’s got to take care of them when they’re finished,” says Cryer, who has a weak spot in her heart for animals in need. She hopes the ride will raise awareness throughout the country not just for LongRun, but also for animals that are mistreated and abused. The three riders had no affiliation or contacts at LongRun before organizing the ride. Cryer sent an email explaining their plans and she received a reply almost instantaneously in complete support of their idea. Their objective is to ride coast to coast and stop in as many communities as they can along the way, raising awareness and accepting donations. They won’t be staying in four-star hotels and eating fancy dinners during the trek either. They’ll be camping out “cowgirl style.” “Once we’re out there, our horses will be

From left to right: amanda Cryer, Debby Jobin, Kate Rogers. (Submitted Photo)

our main priority,” Cryer says. She stresses the horses will receive adequate resting time so they won’t be overworked. Every four hours of riding will require a resting period of two hours with the saddle and bridle off. a strong friendship between the horses is necessary for this kind of trek. If the horses don’t get along, they can’t possibly spend six months in close quarters with one another, says Cryer. The horses also won’t wear shoes throughout the ride, so Cryer is looking for horses with big feet to take the impact of roads and harsh surfaces without going lame. The three riders will learn how to take care of their horse’s feet, instead of going to a farrier every four weeks.

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With planting season upon us, many would like to start a garden for the healthiness or even just the pleasure of the activity. However, a lack of time or space can stop many budding gardeners from taking on this task, which is where Take TIME’s Gardens for Gardeners steps in. Gardens for Gardeners is a partnership project to pair gardeners who lack a garden with people who have a garden. Those who have the land will allow their partner gardener use the space for free. The gardener will plant, tend to, and harvest the garden and whatever produce is grown throughout the season will then be shared by the garden owner and the gardener. “Seniors and busy families have told us that they often find it difficult to plant and tend their vegetable gardens. We’ve also heard from many families and seniors who would love to have a community garden because they do not have property where they can grow their own food,” says Dr. Patricia Longmuir, Research Fellow, Cardiovascular Clinical Research Unit, Labatt Family Heart Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children. To register as either a gardener or garden owner, contact Bev Northeast at the Salvation Army in Uxbridge at 905 852 0090 or slip your name and contact information in the door slot at 35 Toronto St. N. Take TIME (tobacco free, injury free, moving daily, eating healthy) is a partnership between the Township of Uxbridge, SickKids and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Visit for more information.

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Cryer says the horse she chooses needs to have a unique personality. “If I can’t pick a theme song for my horse, I don’t want to ride it.” The group of riders will spend the next year getting themselves and their horses fit for the ride. Plans are still changing as they choose the best


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Singing the Masterpieces By Dana Kenedy

Bach’s “The Peasant Cantata.” “The sounds are just stunning,” says president and singer John Jackson. “It’s very emotional music.” Wynn Walters has been singing with the chamber choir for nine years. He feels privileged to have the chance to sing such great masterpieces in a small community. “It’s regular people bound together by a love of singing,” he says. although Baker stresses the commitment to a chamber choice isn’t an easy one, he adds, “a person with relatively little training can be in a group that’s performing some of the best pieces of music ever written.” Each concert requires about 24 hours of practice, and can be even longer for more demanding pieces. The Uxbridge Chamber Choir puts on three concerts a year. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. Visit for more information.

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fter spending a fortune on tickets, parking and dinner to attend a concert in Toronto, Thomas Baker decided to start up his own chamber choir. Now he is proudly celebrating nearly 20 years as the conductor and director of the popular Uxbridge Chamber Choir. Baker not only filled his desire for a local choir, but also the desires of other residents of Uxbridge. “I knew there were people around that sang and were interested,” says Baker. He was then swamped with applications and had to set up auditions. The first concert was held in the winter of 1984. Over the years, the chamber choir has performed a variety of genres, from Bach to The Beatles, and even sang by candlelight for Earth Hour. During their upcoming may 7 concert at St. Paul’s anglican Church, the chamber choir will perform the complex and demanding “all Night Vigil”-- also known as “Vespers”--by Rachmaninoff, as well as



From my Mom’s Kitchen Egg Casserole What I love most about this recipe is its ease: we often have it on a weeknight for dinner, as it whips up in a few minutes with ingredients you likely have on hand. It’ll serve up beautifully as a Sunday brunch for Mother’s Day with a crisp salad, fresh bread and sweet yogurt with granola. This also doubles easily for a crowd, and is excellent as lunch the next day! ~Carly


8 eggs 1/2 cup sour cream 3/4 cup grated sharp cheese, such as extra old cheddar or Monterrey Jack 3 tbs. dried herbs such as basil and oregano 1/3 cup chopped green onion 1 pint chopped cherry tomatoes

DIRECTIONs Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk eggs, then add sour cream. Stir in rest of ingredients.

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Pour into a 9” x 9” sprayed glass baking dish, and bake for 30-40 minutes or until edges browned and cooked through in the centre.


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