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Message from the Editor Welcome to our Spring issue of the Activity and Events Guide. With the warmer weather comes a long list of great events, activities, and workshops to get out and enjoy. This issue has ideas to keep you busy until the beginning of June. Guelph is a community rich in culture and filled with talented artists. Check out our new Arts and Culture section, highlighting a variety of events taking place in our arts community. We look forward to working with Sonya Poweska, the new Executive Director for the Guelph Arts Council–featuring news and events happening within the GAC membership.

Parents–now is the time to start planning summer events for your children. Our Camp section includes profiles and advertisements covering a wide range of opportunities. Whether your children enjoy art, ballet, karate, tennis, golf or science, there is a camp for them. We are happy to help you plan your seasonal activities. We publish non-profit events for free. Email for more information. Heather Grummett, editor Venture Guelph Publications Ltd. 519 824-1595



Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis recognizes 35th anniversary Marking its 35th anniversary this year, Guelph- Castaldi, Executive Director for Women in Wellington Women in Crisis (G-W WIC) has Crisis. “Our 35th Anniversary is a tribute to the launched a special fundraising campaign to spirit of volunteerism, activism and the belief mark the milestone. The organization is that we can make a difference in Guelph and encouraging 1000 supporters to each donate Guelph-Wellington County, and we have!” $35. The fundraiser has already taken off, with Today, programs now include a 24-hour just over $19,000 already raised from 160 crisis line, the Sexual Assault Centre, the donations. Transitional and Housing Support Program Founded by eight volunteer women who and the Rural Women’s Support Program. The started a rape crisis line at the university, the organization sees about 1,500 women a year, organization was soon receiving numerous with the crisis line handling 3,000 to 4,000 calls from women in abusive relationships. calls a year. With an obvious need, the first shelter was set “G-W WIC is dedicated to the women and up in 1978 in a basement apartment donated children we serve and provides such a crucial by a Toronto charitable organization, and contribution to our community,” says Marg operating costs were covered by a one-year Donaldson, Board Chair. “This community grant from the federal government. support gives genuine hope and help for As time passed, the shelter went from being women to move from violence and abuse to in a basement apartment to being a house build lives of safety and peace for themselves owned by the organization. The shelter was and for their children. I am truly honoured to named Marianne’s Place, after its first resident be a part of this great organization.” and eventual staff member Marianne Goulden, Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis provides who sadly was murdered in January 1992 by fully integrated free and accessible programs her abusive partner. and services to women and their children on “It’s a time to honour the eight women who woman abuse and sexual violence. The Crisis were inspired to take action against sexual vio- Line is accessible 24 hours a day at lence and organize a rape crisis line,” says Sly 519-836-5710 or 1-800-265-SAFE. This issue is 20 pages without any inserts. Free home delivery, posted to the web and available at convenient pick-up sites. VENTURE GUELPH PUBLICATIONS Ltd. 2 Quebec St, Suite 232 Guelph ON N1H 2T3 E:

Hike for Hospice Since 1980, Hospice Wellington has provided compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families facing a lifethreatening illness, extending through bereavement. Professional staff and volunteers celebrate life and wellness by supporting life’s journey. Hike for Hospice is a major annual fund and awareness raising event for Hospice Wellington. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 3 from 11am-3pm. Hikers will choose walking paths ranging from 1km and 5km through the beautiful grounds at St. Ignatius Jesuit Centre. This family focused event promotes health and wellness, while raising funds for an organization that touches the lives of so many Guelph and surrounding area families. Hospice Wellington relies on the generosity of individual and corporate donations Front cover photos graciously supplied by: Focus on Nature – photo taken by Ethan Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Learning Centre Creative Encounters with Science Royal City Soccer Art Camp Guelph Youth Singers at Rocky Ridge Ranch Arboretum – photo taken by C. Earley

since they are only partially financially supported by government funding and community grants. With registered walkers expected to double over last year and with the support of Sponsors, Hospice Wellington’s $60,000 fundraising goal for Hike for Hospice is within reach. Hikers can participate individually or as part of team or group. Local businesses are encouraged to register as a team and challenge other businesses to raise additional funds. Top fundraisers will receive special recognition and participants will have a chance to win prizes. Hikers can register online at Donations can also be made online, by phone at 519-836-3921, or in person at 795 Scottsdale Drive, Guelph. Classical Sunset Concert With Gourmet Dinner Saturday July 21, 6 p.m. Pig Roast Sunday August 19, 1-4 p.m. Goulash Day All you can eat. Sept. 9, 1-4 p.m. Wine tasting with each of the above events. Tours, Tastings, Private Events

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Oldest golf club in Guelph celebrates 100th anniversary The first shareholders meeting for The Guelph Country Club occurred at Carnegie Hall at the Library on May 7, 1912. The oldest Club in Guelph, The Country Club is also one of the oldest Clubs in Ontario. Started by keen community leaders and key members of the town, The Country Club was developed on the grounds of the old Racetrack Farm. At that time, a full horseracing track was located on the flats by the Speed River and the original stone farmhouse still exists today at 18 Gladstone Ave. The Clubhouse was constructed with a budget of no more than $6500 and a grounds committee was given the power to get the grounds ready at a cost of $1000 or less. A golf professional was engaged to teach for a fee of 50 cents per hour and a herd of sheep was purchased to keep the grass kept. Started as a private facility, The Country Club was very successful. Fees to join the Club were $20 to join and $10 per year for men, and

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$6.50 for ladies. A motorbus service was established from the downtown post office daily at 2:30 pm running every half hour to the Club from May to October for a fare of ten cents. By 1915 the membership had reached 336. Between 1935 and 1946, members planted over 16,000 trees to transform the course from the original pastures to the tree-lined rolling hills of today. Over the years the course continued to be transformed and various Clubhouse renovations took place including the addition of a four-sheet curling rink, in 1963. Much of the Club’s early history still exists such as the main banquet room, which was once the original open-air veranda. In 1999, after 87 years, The Guelph Country Club changed from a private club and began welcoming public access, while still continuing the tradition of family and membership. Today, 100 years later, community members continue to enjoy the

mature nine-hole golf course. Guests at the multi-faceted Club enjoy modern curling rinks and tennis; outstanding hospitality facilities cater to business meetings and weddings. The Guelph Country Club will host a variety of member events throughout the year including a Winemakers Dinner on March 31, a 100th Birthday Dinner on June 15, and a variety of special golf tournaments throughout the summer.

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Wellington County Historical Society 2012 Writing Contest

e Guelph has such a strong arts community, with exciting productions, studio tours and events taking place throughout the year. Enjoy our new Arts & Culture section highlighting news from the Guelph Arts Council, and profiles on upcoming events in the arts community.

Fourth Fridays Experience the wide variety of arts, performances, and music in the local community on the Fourth Friday of every month. Various locations throughout the downtown host random acts of creativity and community from 7pm to 10pm. Enjoy music, interactive art, performances, poetry slams, and arts and crafts. Get a taste, sound, touch and sight of the cool experiences available to you. Shop special hours in stores that you love and those that you’ve never had time to visit. This downtown Guelph event is a community collaboration, partners involved include:

Downtown Neighbourhood Association The City of Guelph 10 Carden Downtown Guelph Business Association Guelph Arts Council Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Guelph Arts Platform Many artists, arts groups and businesses For more information visit, call 519-780-5030, or email

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With great excitement the Wellington County Historical Society launches its writing competition throughout the County. This year’s theme is My School Days. The competition offers opportunities to reminisce about school day experiences, perhaps a favourite subject, a memory of schoolmates or an influential teacher. The competition is open to all ages with awards presented in both youth and adult categories. The top stories will also be considered for publication in Volume 26 of Wellington County History. “Running since 1933, this competition provides an opportunity for both young and old to retell and reflect upon their personal experiences. The stories provide a special glimpse into life in Wellington County and also serve as valuable primary sources for researchers and

historians,” says Steve Revell, Member of the Executive Board. All entries become the property of the Society, and will be deposited in the Wellington County Museum and Archives for use by future researchers. The requirements for the competition are: The stories should be 500 to 2000 words in length. Typed and double spaced. Include with the authors name, full address and telephone number.

Mail entries to: 2012 Writing Competition, Wellington County Historical Society, P.O. Box 5, Fergus ON N1M 2W7. The deadline is April 17. Winners will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on June 4, 2012 at which time awards will be presented. For more information please call 519-787-7069.

Guelph Arts Council welcomes new Executive Director Guelph Arts Council (GAC) is thrilled to welcome Sonya Poweska as the organization’s new Executive Director. Poweska brings extensive arts leadership experience in fund development, programming and community engagement, most recently with the Mississauga Arts Council. A media artist, her background includes a Masters in Film from Western University, and film festival and arts education programming in Ottawa. “Guelph is a terrific community rich in heritage, culture, and the arts,” says Poweska. “I look forward to creating partnerships across all sectors. While not everyone is directly involved in the arts, it is a language that everyone is familiar with. Whether or not businesses operate in it, everyone can interact and participate in the arts. I

hope we can all work together to grow new collaborations to support and grow the arts community within Guelph. I think it is this cross pollination across sectors that makes the most amazing and vibrant projects.” The Guelph Arts Council will be hosting a series of open houses every Friday throughout March and April from 1pm to 3pm. In preparation for their upcoming strategic planning the GAC encourages members and non-members to drop in to share their feedback on how GAC can best serve the community. GAC is located at 147 Wyndham St. N.

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Guelph Civic Museum staff greeted dignitaries, community leaders, museum supports and community members who gathered to celebrate the museum’s grand opening in late February. Located in the Loretto Convent, the adaptive reuse project has transformed the building into an amazing space to showcase the Museum’s collection of approximately 30,000 items. At 30,000 square feet, the new Civic Museum is more than twice the size of the former Dublin Street location. It features a much larger, interactive children’s gallery; a research room; and ample space for exhibits, archives, and storage for the museum’s collection. The $12.7 million project was made possible by $1.5 million in funding from the Government of Canada through Cultural Spaces Canada; $5 million in funding from the Province of Ontario; and a community capital campaign that raised $772,000, far exceeding its $500,000 goal. Originally built in three stages between the 1850s and the 1890s, the Loretto Convent is owned by the Diocese of Hamilton. The City has signed a 50-year lease for the building, with a 25-year renewal.

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Culture Events

Performed fully staged by Opera Kitchener, it is a beguiling blend of comedy and drama with infectious rhythmic energy. $42-49. River Run March 24 Centre, 519-763-3000, Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert 7:30pm. Harcourt Church. Jude Vadala 8pm. She’s a mainstay 519-993-7591 on the Guelph music scene–five studio Kinderconcerts - Fly With Us on a albums, work on 50 local musical Magic Train 9:30am, 10:30am, projects, and 30 years of writing, per11:30am Our magic train will fly you to forming, and teaching. Formerly of the many exotic places where we’ll find critically acclaimed trio, The Bird people playing strange instruments and Sisters. $24-26. River Run Centre, 519even animals who love making music! 763-3000, River Run Centre, March 30 519-763-3000, Dancetheatre David Earle Sacred March 25 Dance 8pm. Spring Studio Showing. Spring Lecture Series 2pm. Tom 42 Quebec St. 519-837-2746 Fournier relates the experiences of the 41st Regiment of Foot in Canada dur- SOFAM U of G Concert Winds ing the War of 1812. $2 per person, at Ensemble: Canada vs USA 8pm. the door–Wellington County Museum Harcourt Church. 519-824-4120 x52991 and Archives. Arts and culture events provided by members of the Guelph Arts Council

Men of the Deeps 2pm. Canada’s only coal miners’ choir performs the traditional Celtic songs that preserve the rich folklore of Cape Breton’s coal mining communities. Clad in coveralls and hard hats, their camaraderie shines through wherever they perform, delivering an authentic and memorable show like none other. $37-44. River Run Centre, 519-763-3000,

March 31 GYMC Concert: Cellissimo Touring Ensemble Chicago 2 pm. Free. 519-993-7591 SOFAM U of G Choirs: Dreamweavers 8pm. Harcourt Church. 519-824-4120 x52991 GYMC Jazz Concert: Zurakowsky Four 8pm. 519-837-1119

April 1 French Masters 3pm. The season’s world tour ends with a feast of French music, beginning with Roman Carnival WCMA Spring Lecture Series Overture by Berlioz. César Franck’s 2pm. Tom Fournier–War of 1812. Symphony in D Minor completes this 519-846-0916 program of French masterworks. Adults $32 Group $27 Students $16 Elora Festival Singers Concert: Music from the Sistine Chapel 3pm. Children $10, River Run Centre, 519-763-3000 Church of Our Lady. 519-846-0331 March 27 SOFAM Concert: Chamber Guelph Horticultural Society Meeting & Pot Luck 6:30pm. Top ten Ensemble 3pm. Rm 107 MacKinnon signs you may be a plant addict. Dublin Bldg. 519-824-4120 x52991 Church. 519-780-0872 April 1-5 Knox Church Sacred Jazz Concert 3pm. 519-821-0141

March 29 SOFAM Student Soloist Day 12:10pm. Rm 107 MacKinnon Bldg. 519-824-4120 x52991

Public Library. 519-767-0017 April 4 Guelph Civic Museum Titanic Scandal 7pm. Hugh Brewster– Illustrated talk on Lady Lucile DuffGordon. 519-836-1221

April 3 Glass Guild of Guelph Meeting: Hanscomb Studio 7:30pm. Elora. 519-780-0872

Don Giovanni 8pm. Regarded as one Guelph Guild of Storytelling of the greatest operas ever composed. Concert 7pm. Main Branch Guelph

Community members and local dignitaries recently joined members of the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association (GWSA) in celebrating their 20th anniversary. With almost 3,000 members, the GWSA is one of the largest organizations of its kind in Canada. The non-profit, registered charity, partners with the City of Guelph in the operation of the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, at 683 Woolwich St.

Over 90 organized programs, activities and events throughout the year empower older adults to be active and involved, and to age successfully. The active participation of more than 500 volunteers makes it all possible. GWSA members pictured at the celebration are left to right: Norma Hewitt, Magda Johnson, Carmel Tantardini, Erma Koebel, and Ruby Hebden.

April 5 SOFAM Student Soloists Day 12:10pm. Rm 107 MacKinnon Bldg. 519-824-4120 x52991 SOFAM Concert: Jazz Ensemble 8pm. Manhattans Bistro. 519-824-4120 x52991 Bounty Enterprises ABBAmania & Guests 8pm. River Run Centre 519-763-3000 KW Symphony Concert: Musical Jokes 8pm. Harcourt Church. 519-746-4711 April 7 SOFAM Concert: Contemporary Music Ensemble 1:30pm. MSAC. 519-824-4120 x52991 April 10 Royal City Quilters’ Guild Presentation: Gayle Martin 7pm. 3 Willows Church. 519-822-2658 McCrae House Vimy Ridge Day Talk–Bev Dietrich Illustrated talk on John McCrae 2pm. 519-836-1221. April 11 Guelph & District Multicultural Festival Fashion Show and Dinner 6:30pm. Italian Canadian Club. 519-836-7482 April 11 to 15 Drayton Entertainment Harvey! St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. 1-855-372-9866. April 12 ECFTA Wordfest: Spoken Word Celebration 7:30pm. 519-846-9698

April 14 Dublin Street Church Fine Art Show & Sale 10am-4pm. Archives Awareness Week April 1 at 519-822-4792 2pm - Stars of the Town 1947; April 2 Riverside Celtic College Concert at 7pm - Learn How to Research the History of Your House; April 3 at 7pm - 8pm. Dublin Church. 519-848-5970

Learn How to Start Your Family History Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild Research; April 4 at 7pm - Learn How 1pm. Journal Reveal. Kortright Church. to Preserve Family Photographs 519-521-7799 (including digital images); April 5 at 7pm - Learn Where to Access March 30 Free Websites to Help in Your Family Guelph Arts Council Festive Arts Schmoozefest 5pm. Come schmooze Research. Wellington County Museum and Archives, 0536 Wellington Road 18, with local artists and arts supporters. Fergus. 519-846-0916 Book a two-minute spotlight in advance. Guelph Arts Council is offering this event as part of Fourth Fridays in Guelph at Van Gough’s Ear, 10 Wyndham St. N. Guelph and Area activity & events guide


April 16 Grand River Bead Society Meeting 7pm. 430 Laird Dr. 519-837-2687 Don Jones Productions Stuart McLean Vinyl Cafe. 7pm. RRC. 519-763-3000 April 17 Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, Guelph Annual Show 1-5pm. Kortright Church. 519-821-7799 April 19 Guelph Civic Museum Kingsmill Lecture 7:30pm. Terry Copp–Assault from the Sea. 519-836-1221

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Retire In Style Information Fair: Friday March 23 11:30am to 3:00pm Evergreen Seniors Centre 683 Woolwich St.

For more information visit or call 519-823-1291 Join exhibitors with information on all aspects ext. 2684. of retirement including recreation, volunteer opportunities, health and wellness services, travel, and educational opportunities. Complimentary parking, refreshments, and door prizes!


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GWSA Community Support Services receives United Way Funding Grant The GWSA Community Support Services are proud to announce the receipt of a funding grant from the United Way of Guelph and Wellington. This grant serves as recognition for the important work the GWSA achieves in our community to support older adults and their caregivers. Spanning as far back as 1993 when the GWSA Outreach Program was launched, the Community Support Service programs have recently completed further realignment, and now include “Seniors Offering Support”, “Feeling Better Eat Well”, “Feeling Better Move Well” and “Outreach”. All programs are built on a foundation of healthy aging, independence and quality of life and are offered at the Evergreen, in a participant’s home and in various locations throughout Guelph and Wellington. Participants with the Programs are benefited by the assistance they receive to self manage aging related concerns. Questions such as ‘how can

I stay healthy and living independently in my own home’ and ‘what happens when I can’t take care of myself anymore’ are just a few of the areas in which help is provided. Services are provided through the generous support of a team of volunteers, many of whom are older adults. As older adults, volunteers offer their similar life experiences to encourage and support program participants. Membership in the GWSA is not necessary to access programs and fees are low cost or no cost. The GWSA Community Support Services offer many opportunities to participate and always welcome help with any programs in healthy eating, physical activity or fostering social connections with older adults. Please don’t hesitate to call the office at 519-837-5696, to inquire about current volunteer opportunities or for more information about the GWSA Community Support Services.

The Evergreen Senior Centre offers a wide selection of programs for Active Living, Computer, General Interest, Health and Wellness, Visual and Creative Arts, and Retirement Planning. The following are a sample of the workshops and events available. For a full list visit or call 519-823-1291.

Workshops Strength Training- Beginner

By maintaining and enhancing physical strength, flexibility, balance and mental agility as we age, you will be better able to enjoy independent living. Tue Apr 17-Jun 19 8:559:40am. $58.90/$66.40 Thu Apr 19-Jun 21 8:55-9:40am. $52.90/$60.40 Tai Chi - Beginner

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Stroke types, techniques and form will be the focus of this hands-on class. This class is intended for individuals with previous experience. Thu Apr 19-Jun 28 9am-12pm. $110/$117.50 137860 Events Canadian Hearing Society Screening

Get your hearing tested by the Canadian Hearing Society and receive immediate results. Appointments are half an hour in length and you receive your results immediately. Book your appointment in advance by calling the Information Desk at 519-823-1291. Cardio Dance This innovative, fun and exciting dance fitness April 4, 8:30am - 3pm. (30 minutes each), class is guaranteed to get you moving and into Free. shape. Specifically designed for beginners and FREE Blood Pressure Clinics seniors. Tue Apr 17-Jun 19 1:30-2:30pm. A registered nurse from The Royal on Gordon $62.40/$69.90 retirement residence will check your blood pressure and provide valuable information on Piano Lessons how to control your blood pressure. To regisHave you always wanted to learn piano? ter in advance call the Information Desk at Haven’t played for a while and would like some instruction? Beginners through interme- 519-823-1291. “Drop-ins” are also acceptable. The last Wednesday of each month, diate level learners are welcome to take lessons in a 10-week session, ½-hour private les- 10am - noon. Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, Health Room sons each week. Fri Apr 20-Jun 22 10am12pm. $175/$250 141672 April 4 Practiced by the Chinese for hundreds of years, this non-strenuous exercise is extremely beneficial to both mind and body. Thu Apr 19-Jun 21 9:50-11:05am. $76.30/$83.80

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Learn proven cognitive behavioural approaches that promote better sleep. This course teaches how to calm the busy brain and make it easier to fall asleep and get more energy from sleep. Mon Apr 16-May 14 1:30-2:30 p.m. 5 $60/$67.50 140423

11am – 2pm. The annual Easter Dinner menu will include chicken cordon bleu, potatoes, vegetables, beverage and dessert all for just $9.15 for members and $10.80 for non-members. Three seatings available. Purchase tickets in advance. Take out dinner is also available.

Victoria Park Seniors Centre Events

May 25 New Horizons Band 10:30am. Entertainment provided by the New Horizons Band of Guelph. Enjoy the sounds of a 30-piece brass and woodwind band and enjoy refreshments afterwards. Free. Please pre-register

Victoria Park Seniors Centre is located at 150 Albert St. W., Fergus. For more information call 519-787-1814 May 11 Spring Performance 2pm. Don’t miss this very special afternoon performance produced by our very talented group: The Victoria Park Players”. This is a one-of-a-kind event with music and drama. Donations gratefully accepted at the door

June 4 Victoria Park Seniors Centre’s 20th Anniversary & Seniors’ Month Celebration 2:15pm. Enjoy a memorable afternoon of singing and entertainment led by the Centre’s talented music group “The Victoria Park Ensemble”. Join us for a special celebration cake and lots of other treats. All are invited. No charge. Please pre-register


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New Year, new walking group The Guelph Family Health Team (FHT) and the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph have partnered to provide a free indoor walking group to residents of Guelph and the surrounding area. The drop-in walking group uses the indoor track at the YMCA-YWCA and takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6pm and 8pm. Walkers receive a free pedometer the first time they attend and weekly healthy living tips including healthy recipes, exercise routines to do at home and how to healthy lifestyle tips. “The idea came when we kept seeing patients who said that they couldn’t keep up with their walking regimen in the winter months when it’s slippery outside,” said

Michaela Devries-Aboud, Health Promoter with the Guelph FHT. “Jim Bonk, CEO of the YMCA-YWCA, and I sit on Guelph in motion together and we are working to help people overcome the barriers they have to physical activity - safety and cost are two of those barriers,” DevriesAboud continued. “We felt it was a natural fit to provide a free indoor venue for people who wanted to keep active in the winter”. Anyone is welcome to attend the group and all they have to do when they get to the YMCA-YWCA is sign in at the front desk and meet others down at the track. If you have questions about the group please call 519-837-0099.

Community Living Guelph Wellington Spring Fashion Gala Presented by Community Living Guelph Wellington, this year’s fashion show will take place on Wednesday April 4 at the Italian Canadian Club on Ferguson St. Doors open at 5:00pm with dinner served at 6:00pm and the show to follow. This year fashions and styles will be presented by La Crème, Millennium, Dalia, and Brodericks apparel for men; hair by Fresh Salon and Spa, with models provided by Expressions by DFK as well as Community

Living participants and staff. Tickets are $45. Door prizes and raffle prizes to be awarded. Tickets are available at Community Living, participating businesses and at the downtown branch of the presenting partner, Scotiabank. Proceeds will help support the expansion into a new, larger facility for the ARC Industries East Wellington Project. For more information call 519-824-2480.

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University to Run With Eight-Lane Track A grassroots fundraising effort to build an international-calibre track and field facility at the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium has reached its $1-million goal. The University has revised its planning for the stadium project to now incorporate an eight-lane International Athletic Federationcertified track in Alumni Stadium. “I have been overwhelmed by the response to the call for support,” said Brenda Whiteside, Associate Vice-President Student Affairs. “This has become an extraordinarily exciting project. Hopefully by this fall, the stadium will have a whole new look, with a turf football field surrounded by a high-quality track. The enhancements will be a benefit not only to Gryphon athletics but also to the community. The new facility will allow the city and University to host internationally accredited events.” Dave Scott-Thomas, head coach of U of G’s track and field and cross-country teams, said donations have come from elite athletes, community members, alumni, family, friends and businesses. “We’ve had hundreds of different people coming together to support this; it really is a giant spectrum we’ve tapped into,” said ScottThomas, who also heads the Speed River

Track and Field Club for student and local runners–the most successful running club in Canada. With a short two-week window, the fundraising effort was headed by John Marsden, chair of the Canadian Centre for Running Excellence in Guelph. News of the initiative spread by word of mouth and postings on running websites. Among the hundreds of donations was one from former Gryphon runner Reid Coolsaet, who pledged $10,000 of his winnings from the Scotiabank marathon in Toronto last year. In January, the University announced a $1.5million anonymous donation toward installation of a new synthetic turf field and to begin track and lighting renovations under the athletics master plan to upgrade all the University’s athletic facilities. The total estimated cost of the improvements is $4.9 million. The University said it will seek additional funding from private donors, grants and other sources to cover the remaining costs of the projects. Tom Kendall, director of athletics, said: “This has been an outstanding fundraising effort by the track community. Their efforts will ensure that they have a quality training and competition facility for many years to come.”


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A Titanic Tragedy—the story of Fergus resident Thomson Beattie On April 12, 1912, Thomson Beattie plunged into the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean as the Titanic sank beneath him. In remembrance of this tragic event, discover his story through photos and historical documents in the upcoming exhibit Thomson Beattie: A Titanic Tragedy. The fateful journey of the Titanic has riveted us for a century with stories of wealth and power and tales of heroism, cowardice and tragic loss of life. As the 100th anniversary of its sinking approaches, the personal story of Thomson Beattie, a Fergus native and

successful Winnipeg businessman, emerges from the depths, waiting to be told. This exhibit is on display from February 25 until April 29, 2012. The Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Road #18 between Fergus and Elora. The galleries are open weekdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and 12:00 to 4:00 pm on weekends and holidays. For more information call 519-846-0916 or visit

Arts and Culture Events continued. . . April 19 Just for Laughs Roadshow 8pm. River Run Centre 519-763-3000

buildings, many of which are not normally open to the public. Once again, owners and managers of a variety of buildings have generously agreed to “open their doors” for guided tours. April 21 Guelph Spoken Word Poetry Slam: No registration required. Free. Finals! 7pm. Massey Hall Univ of Guelph. 519-265-4546 Guelph Creative Arts Association April 21, 22 Spring Made for You Art & Craft First Light Theatre James & the Show 10am-4:30pm. Old Quebec St. Giant Peach Sat/Sun 2pm, Sat 7pm. 519-803-5207 George Luscombe Theatre Univ. of Guelph Chamber Choir Bach: with Guelph. 519-836-8498 Musica Viva 8pm. Podium talk 7pm. River run Centre 519-763-3000 April 22 Guelph Arts Council Historical April 29 Walking Tour: Where Guelph Guelph Arts Council Historical Began 2pm. Tour encircles original Walking Tour: Downtown Market Square area laid by John Galt Walkabout 2pm. The present downin 1827. Serving as the focal point for town centre of Guelph, with its wide Guelph’s early social and business life, main street, provides a compact walkthe area also contains the sites of many ing tour, which includes many buildof Guelph’s first buildings. $5 per per- ings and sites of considerable historison (guide booklets $5). Royal City cal and architectural interest. Tour Realty, 25 Waterloo Ave., corner begins at Royal City Realty, Dublin St. 519-836-3280 25 Waterloo Ave., corner of Dublin St. 519-836-3280 April 24 Guelph Horticultural Society Guelph Jazz Festival Sounds Meeting: Tom Bradley 7:30pm. Provocative Jazz Auction 2pm. Dublin Church. 519-780-0872 Cutten Fields. 519-763-4952

May 18 Spring Lecture Series 2pm at Wellington County Museum. Hear the details of Queen Victoria’s 1897 Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London England, from Victoria herself! Refreshments in our Victorian Garden to follow. $2. May 20 Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tour: Ward One Guelph 2pm. Tour of the area, southeast of the downtown, between the Speed and Eramosa Rivers reveals the rich variety of historic architecture and the diversity of peoples who formed Guelph. Attention is devoted to residential/industrial proximity and the city’s early Italian community. Tour leaves Tytler School, Toronto Street entrance, York Road. $5 (guide booklets $5), 519-836-3280

May 26 GYS Annual Spring Concert, Celebrate the Sky With songs of birds, butterflies, angels, and more, the award-winning choirs of Guelph Youth Singers will Celebrate the Sky in their annual spring concert! The four choirs, with 90 singers aged six through eighteen, will showcase their April 26 - 29 Dublin Street Church Concert: Royal City Music Productions Talisker Players, Lesley Bouza 3pm. talents. Styles: including classical, folk, jazz and spirituals. River Run Centre, Seussical River Run Centre 519-821-0610 519-763-3000 or 519-763-3000 Elora Festival Singers Concert: May 27 April 27 Glick 3pm. St. John’s Church, Elora. Guelph Arts Council Historical Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance 519-846-0331 Walking Tour: Where Guelph Company 8pm. Innovative and Began 2pm. Tour encircles the origidynamic with fiery flamenco puro and May 6 Guelph Arts Council Historical nal Market Square area of almost traditional Spanish dance. $20-39. Walking Tour: The Slopes of the twenty-four acres laid by John Galt in River Run Centre, 519-763-3000 Speed 2pm. This tour explores the 1827. Serving as the focal point for slopes of the Speed River between Guelph’s early social and business life, St. George’s Church Concert: Norwich and Macdonell Streets, where the area also contains the sites of many Three Cantors 7:30pm. many of Guelph’s largest and most dis- of Guelph’s first buildings. Tour begins 519-822-1366 tinguished historic homes are located. at Royal City Realty, 25 Waterloo Ave., Tour begins at the Guelph Public corner of Dublin St. April 27, 28 Library. $5 (guide booklets $5) $5 (guide booklets $5) Royal City Ambassadors Concert: 519-836-3280 Harmony Playlist 7:30pm. Lakeside Church. 519-836-2760 June 3 May 13 Guelph Arts Council Historical April 28 Guelph Arts Council Historical Walking Tour: The Slopes of the 5th Season Opening of Wellington Walking Tour: Altar and Hearth in Speed 2pm. Tour explores the slopes Artists Gallery and Art Centre, Victorian Guelph 2pm. Tours leave of the Speed River between Norwich 3pm. 6142 Wellington Rd 29, RR4 from Royal City Realty, 25 Waterloo and Macdonell Streets, where many of Fergus. 519-843-6303, Ave. (lower), Guelph Public Library Guelph’s largest and most (upper) 519-836-3280 guished historic homes are located. Doors Open Guelph 10pm. Step Begins at the Guelph Public Library. inside some of Guelph’s finest heritage $5 per person (guide booklets $5) $5.(guide booklets $5)


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January 3 - May 27 Illusions: When the Brain Gets it Wrong! Guelph Civic Museum, Guest curator Jim Hunt 519-836-1221 February 15 - July 31 Arthur Cutten: The Story of a Speculator Guelph Civic Museum, Guest curator Dennis Johnson 519-836-1221

Fashion Show Fundraiser for GDMF 5:30pm. The Guelph & District Multicultural Festival's annual Fashion Show & Dinner is the year’s largest fundraiser. Come out and enjoy an evening of fashion, cultural costumes, food and fun. $42. Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:15pm, show at 7:30pm. Italian Canadian Club, 135 Ferguson St. 519-836-7482,

April 12 United For Africa 7pm. A benefit March 9 - June 17 concert for Bracelet of Hope, at Ontario Veterinary College: 150 Harcourt Memorial United Church, Years and Counting Guelph Civic with the Guelph Youth Singers. Special Museum guests include the Guelph Community Singers and the visiting SEVEC choir, March 29 Les Jeunes Chanteurs d' Acadie of 6th Dr. William Winegard Moncton, NB. For tickets call Exemplary Volunteer Awards Presented to a student, staff and faculty 519-821-8574, or they can be purchased at the door. member from the Univ. of Guelph. A partnership with the University, the April 13 United Way of Guelph & Wellington Urban Wildlife Habitat and the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/ Gardening 9am - 4pm. Discover Wellington. The awards recognize vol- how to feed your soul and at the same unteer contributions to non-profit and time provide much needed sanctuary charitable organizations or activities for a diversity of wildlife–right in your that benefit our community. backyard! $75. Register by April 6. March 31 47th Annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival 7am. Pancakes are served just off the downtown mall. Follow the signs or ask one of our many volunteers for directions. All downtown vendors are open for business and ready to serve. Old MacDonald's Farm is open for kid friendly farm fun. April 4, 11, 18, 25 Family Education Series 7 - 8:30pm. Caregiver tips for the home, safety, activities of daily living, and updates on the newest community supports. The closing session will be a Caregiver Panel, with real families sharing their experiences. Alzheimer’s Society Guelph Wellington and St. Joseph’s Outreach Team. St. Joseph’s Auditorium, 100 Westmount Rd. No charge, registration required. 519-836-7672 April 11 Family Caregiving 9:45am 3:15pm. Please join us for this day of learning all about dementia, communication, caregiver care and risk reduction. Questions welcomed and handouts provided. Alzheimer’s Society Guelph Wellington and East Wellington Community Services. Erin Centre 2000 EWCS Seniors Room, 14 Boland Dr., Erin. No charge, registration required. Call Rick at 519-833-9696

April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 Gardening Fundamentals 7pm 9:30pm. Gardening Fundamentals is a series of courses designed for both the beginner and experienced gardener. Each course is independent of each other allowing you to take only the courses that are of interest to you. 6 courses will give you a very solid understanding of Gardening Fundamentals. You will be able to plant and maintain the best garden on your block. Local Master Gardeners. $10/course. Register by April 10. April 19 Introduction to Birds 9am - 4pm. For the want-to-be bird watcher, topics will cover identifying birds to choosing and using binoculars. Watch Arboretum birds and study their behaviour. Bring a lunch and, if you have them, a bird book and binoculars. $75. Register by April 12.

Arboretum, April 14 Saturday Night Ceilidh Concert Fergus Scottish Festival 8pm. Join us and indulge in Scottish fun at the Fergus Tartan Day Ceilidh Concert! Experience the incomparable Rant Maggie Rant and celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Fergus Pipe Band. Fergus Grand Theatre. $25 per person., 519-787-1981 April 15 Tartan Day–Fergus Scottish Festival 12 - 5pm. “Tilt yer Kilt” and celebrate all things Scottish. Join us for the Pub Krawl with the Fergus Pipe Band; free Historical walking tours, Kilted Kilometre Race for all ages. Savour local treats and fun variety of Celtic music in our beautiful downtown pubs and much more! Downtown Fergus. Free. 519-787-0099 April 16 The Importance Of Early Diagnosis 10:15am. This talk looks at the symptoms of dementia, how to prepare for a doctors visit, what medications are available and other interventions which might be useful. Victoria Park Senior Centre, 150 Albert St. W. Fergus. Registration required 519-787-1814

Annual “Time to Give” community breakfast on volunteering 8-10am. A star-studded celebration of community volunteers, organizations and employers, at the Guelph Little Theatre. We will premiere short films made by local volunteer film-makers to celebrate volunteering and the impact on our community. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 519-822-0912 April 21-22 Elora Antique Show and Sale 10am. Enjoy shopping at the region's #1 antique show, with 55 great antique dealers. Free parking and fine catering at the show. $7. Elora Community Centre 20 David Street, April 23 STARboretum 8pm - 11pm. Take in the universe with the help of experienced observers and a variety of telescopes. April is the best time to view the Realm of the Galaxies. Also visible this time of the year is the sky's brightest Quasar. $10. Register by April 16. April 24 Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph 6 - 8:30pm. Choir classes are held during this time. Audience is welcome at festival classes. Guelph Youth Singers, St. George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich Street

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Rainbow Day Camp Founded in 1973, Rainbow Day Camp is an accredited, inclusive, not-for-profit summer recreational day camp that provides quality programs according to the strengths, needs and abilities of each camper. Children camps run from July 2 to August 24, with activities for campers aged 4 to 10–this program is suited for all children of all abilities. Teen Camp is offered twice during the summer for campers aged 13 and older–this program is ideally suited for youth with special needs, who may or may not require extra staff support. Located at the University of Guelph, each session is from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, with extended care available between 8am to 9am and 4pm to5pm. Each week, activities are designed around a different theme. Campers enjoy games, sports, crafts, swimming, group activities, cooking, treasure hunts and more. This year campers can look forward

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to special themed weeks including Summer Safari, Around the World, Time Travellers, Rainbolympics, and Campers in Disneyland. Special guests are invited to camp each week and may include storytellers, musicians, and magicians. Every Friday during the summer, family and friends are invited to an Open House where campers showcase their projects and talents for all to see! In a caring and safe environment, Rainbow also offers developmentally appropriate care for campers with special needs who may need extra support to experience all that the camp has to offer. In order to have a positive experience at Rainbow, some children are provided with a qualified Inclusion Counsellor to ensure their day at camp meets their individual needs. For more information visit

golf and tennis camps

Full-day and half-day summer camps are available at Cutten Fields for both junior golf and tennis. Open to all ages and skill levels, children will learn skills from Certified tennis and golf professionals. Cutten Fields is pleased to use a progressive coaching approach for all tennis lessons, programs and camps. Progressive tennis is a systematic approach that makes learning tennis easier and more enjoyable. Balls and court size are relative to a player’s size, age, and playing ability, therefore players are able to rally faster and enhance perceptual motor skills. Full-day camps run from 9am to 4pm. Lunch is provided to players and free extended supervision is available from 8am to 9am and 4pm to 5pm. More information call 519-8242650 or visit

For Kids 1 - 101 • Infant Toys • Games & Puzzles • Children’s Books • Brainteasers • Unusual Novelties • Construction & Science Kits • Crafts • Thomas Wooden Trains • Lego + K’nex • Knight Replicas • Dolls & Plush • Playmobil ••• And Much More!

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TechQuest Techno-Logic [Grades 7-9] TechQuest Robotics [Grades 6-9] Kincardine [Grades 3-5, 6-9] CES specialty French Camp [Grades 4-6]

Founded in 1993 by two undergraduate students, Creative Encounters with Science is a non-profit organization run through the University of Guelph that runs camps, clubs and workshops in science, technology and engineering. The main objective of the program is to provide a fun, safe, nondiscriminatory and stimulating environment that inspires young people to explore their fascination with science, engineering and technology in an interactive and hands-on manner. (519) 824-4120 x 53045 Email- Website-

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Professional dance instruction for all ages Located in downtown Guelph at 128 Woolwich St., the Royal City School of Ballet and Theatre Jazz has offered professional instruction in ballet, pointe, modern jazz, and contemporary dance, for over 30 years. Certified teachers encourage students from ages two to adult in a non-competitive, caring atmosphere. The high quality dance education and training program promotes the technical, musical and artistic development of each student. Classes run from September to June; student placement and progress is determined by previous training, physical and artistic ability, personality and age. Whether for recreational purposes or for a career, the school offers a solid technical base. The fully certified and experienced teachers continue to update their skills and knowledge. Students have the opportunity to take yearly examinations through the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. For more information call 836-8971 or visit

Sealy Karate

Located at 10 Speedvale Avenue East, Sealy Karate has been teaching martial arts to children and adults in Guelph for over 20 years. Over that time the school has graded over 120 students to black belt. Camp riders at Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Learning Centre enjoy a walk on Sunrise Lane. Owner Kevin Sealy holds his 6th degree Black Belt. He encourages students to know that being a Martial Artist is not just learning to kick and punch, it is about becoming the best that you can be in every way. Instructors work to make each student’s journey as fun, exciting, and educating as possible with a focus on physical fitness and personal development. Children children that want to learn golf and Located at 175 Dawson Road, learn self-confidence, respect, anti-bullying, and self Jarzie’s Indoor Simulated Golf will may or may not have previous defence. As well, Sealy Karate promotes “Random Acts of be offering summer camps in both experience. Low instructor to child Kindness� and family health and fitness. ratios will help in providing golf instruction and games and Sealy Karate Schools build mind, body and a non-quitinstruction with key golf fundamengaming. Camps will run for nine ting spirit. Classes include fitness kickboxing and karate, tals such as putting, chipping, and weeks in the summer; each week with both private training and team training. Sealy Karate will be a different camp choice and driving, as well as an introduction is available for birthday parties and provides day camps to golf etiquette and rules. The age category, with a maximum of on all school holidays and P.A. days. camps are taught by people with a 16 children per camp. For more information visit genuine love of the game and will The Games and Gaming Camps be assisted throughout by a former will run from 8:00am to 5:00pm CPGA professional and will include both indoor and that has taught over outdoor elements based on daily weather conditions. Five simulators a thousand lessons to junior golfers. with 10-foot screens will run golf For more simulators and huge gaming systems including Rock Band and information visit Kinect. Outdoor elements will Lots of fun outdoor & indoor activities. No prior training needed. include a variety of age appropriate Day Camps on all P.A. days. games, from shorter sport related games, and water challenges, to Proudly Serving CALL TODAY skill and strategy games including Guelph survivor and endurance challenges. For Over 20 Years 519 821-5425 The Golf Instruction Camp is for

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Creative Encounters with Science Founded in 1993 by two undergraduate students, Creative Encounters with Science is a non-profit organization run through the University of Guelph that runs camps, clubs and workshops in science, technology and engineering. Camps are available for children in grade two to grade nine. Students from the department of engineering make learning fun with themes including Myth Busters, Robotics, Techno-Logic and Game Design. An all girls camp called P.A.G.E.S. and a girls club is available for grades seven to nine. In response to the demand for French programming, Creative Encounters will also be launching a French programming initiative this season.

The U of G students also focus on those who are underprivileged in scientific fields, by delivering scientific programming to aboriginal children in Parry Sound twice each summer, and delivering one week of camp in Kincardine. Creative Encounters partners with Big Brothers and Sisters in Guelph to offer services to their children, as well as participating at free community events with organizations such as Scouts and Kerry’s Place. For more information visit or call 519-824-4120 x 53045. Bursaries are also available for families needing assistance.

School of Art Held on the third floor of Wyndham Art Supplies, the Guelph School of Art Summer Day Camps runs for seven weeks in July and August. Classes run for a week at a time, Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Classes are scheduled for certain age groups to participate on certain weeks. Two instructors work with a maximum of 16 children per class. A popular favourite, this summer camp generally sells out. All materials are

included for $220 plus tax. Everyone enrolled receives a T-shirt and a sketchbook. Siblings and children participating for more than one week receive a 10% discount. Full and partial subsidies are available through the M.AK.E. Foundation. Register by April 16 and receive a 10% off Early Bird discount. For more information email

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Art Camp Art Camp has been inspiring, educating and helping students discover the amazing world of fine art and craft for 21 years. Located at 10280 Second Line in Campbellville, the Art Camp studio sits on 40 acres of rolling fields and forest, with ponds and a creek; an environment that sets the stage for inquiry, instruction, creativity, and inspiration. Working with professional artist Allycia Uccello, children experience what it is to create their own unique art, while learning about painting, drawing, and craft. Each week projects focus on a different theme.

2012 Discovery Day Camp 1320 Gordon Street, Guelph Ages 4 to 11 years Cost: $160.00 if registered by June 15, 2012 Daily rates also available. Weekly camps starting July 3rd, 2012 For more information, call (519) 836-9360 or visit our website at Registration Day is Thursday, May 31st from 12 – 5 p.m.

Craftsman and sculptor Peter Uccello runs a series of programs in sculpture, as well as arts and science. Students immerse themselves in the world of form, engineering, construction, physics, art, patterns, mathematics and much more. Sessions begin at 9:30am and finish at 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. Extended hour day care is available from 8:00am to 9:00am and from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. For more information visit

Summer Technology Camp Is a full week camp for children from six to fourteen years old. Our goal is to provide a FUN & INTERACTIVE experience for your child.

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Making the most of the rest of the school year Submitted by Kumon Math & Reading Centre With only a few more months left in the school year, questions about making the most of the time that remains come readily to mind. Rest assured; your children still have the opportunity to make further progress and move to the top of their class, but it’s important for you to plan ahead and use the time properly. Kumon Math & Reading Centres offer the following tips for helping families make the best use of the remainder of the school year: • Focus and don’t give up. Look at what needs to be improved from your children’s most recent report card and take the appropriate action. Work with teachers to develop a plan to improve grades by the end of the year.

• If your children lack organizational skills or struggle with a particular subject, consider enrolling them in a course that will help optimize learning or a supplemental educational program. • Spend quality time with your children, where you can sit down and plan assignments, homework and study schedules. • Help your children be more organized by either keeping an agenda or putting a large, erasable calendar on the wall to keep track of important dates, tests and assignments. More educational tips and hints can be found online at To learn more about Kumon, visit

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Developing tomorrows leaders today Submitted by Scouts Canada–Wellington Area

Scouts Canada is the premiere youth-serving organization in the country. Scouting is growing - around the World, in Canada and locally here in Guelph and Wellington County. Today, Scouts Canada is stronger than ever. In the Wellington Area, which includes Guelph, Fergus, Rockwood, Erin, Aberfoyle, and Belwood, more than 730 boys and girls take part in Scouts Canada programs which are provided by more than 270 caring and dedicated Adult Volunteers. Based on a program centered on the outdoors, Scouting teaches valuable life and outdoor skills focusing on developing the leader in every youth. It’s an organization focused on helping young people develop leadership qualities, become environmental stewards, maintain a healthy active lifestyle, and do their part to build strong communities. Since 1999 Scouts Canada has been a fully co-ed program, featuring seven age-related sections run by Adult Volunteers for youths from ages 5 to 26. Its diverse outdoor program, leadership training opportunities, and focus on values provide a strong foundation for young Canadians to learn new skills and meet new friends in a fun environment. Today, Scouts Canada is a highly diverse organization with over 100,000 members nationwide representing every faith and

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culture. Scouts Canada offers programming in more than 19 languages reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape and communities. Typically, Scout Groups meet once a week in a local Scout hall, Church hall, or community school to learn new skills and earn badges. Its Volunteer Leaders are highly trained and experienced in outdoor skills, leadership, and childcare, and these Scouts Canada– teams of leaders usually take the youth on outings once Wellington Area every couple months. Younger children might have 18 Groups serving Guelph opportunities to tour the and Surrounding Area. local fire hall, have sleepGreat programs for boys, girls and young adults age 5 overs at the aquarium, visit 26 Volunteer opportunities for teens (14+) and Adults. the indoor climbing gym, 1-888-SCOUTS-NOW and camp overnight at by sites. Older youth take on more challenging activities, such as full-fledged backpacking expeditions or multiday tours in a canoe or kayak. Through these activities, participants gain selfconfidence, build their independence, and become proficient in new skills. For more information visit or call 1-888-SCOUTS-NOW.

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New Director for Guelph Soccer

Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge Submitted by Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington

Guelph Soccer is pleased to announce that John Alexander has accepted the position of Executive Director, effective February 13, 2012. John is a seasoned sports management executive, and brings years of experience to the club. He spent five years as Vice President and General Manager at SportCentre Design and Management Ltd, a facility management and consulting company with expertise in designing, managing, operating, maintaining, marketing and promoting multi-purpose sporting facilities for both public and private interests. Prior to that, he was General Manager and Director for Sales for ABC Netting, a Canadian manufacturer of knotless netting and an international supplier of netting products to the automotive, aquaculture, commercial fishing, recreation, military and sport industries. John has also been actively involved with soccer in the community as an assistant

coach in the Guelph Soccer Rep program and as a coach with Puslinch Soccer, where he ran the Timbits program. He has two children both playing Guelph Soccer, and is an active Optimist member. Guelph Soccer will soon utilize the brand new Soccer Complex at the University of Guelph, to host their appropriately named First On The Turf Tournament Series. The FIFA 2-STAR certified fields have received top ratings for playability and player safety. The synthetic turf was supplied by Polytan–the top synthetic turf in Europe. The fields have an additional elastic shock pad for added safety. While the fields are turf, they play as close to natural grass as you will find anywhere in Canada.

ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a three-week campaign from April 15 to May 6 with one goal: get high school youth contributing to making their community stronger through volunteering. The 2012 Youth Challenge will be the fifth time that Guelph/Wellington youth have participated in this initiative. The Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington was one of the seven communities across Ontario that participated in the pilot project for this initiative in 2008 and we have eagerly supported the challenge ever since. Last year, over 15,000 youth participated in this initiative across the province. Our local goal for this year is to engage 360 high school students in a minimum of three hours of volunteering with community-benefit organizations in Guelph and Wellington County. The Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington will be organizing various “Days of Action” for students to participate in. These are large


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DANCE CAMPS ages 3 to 8 Our stroke progression focus is on developing proper technique, endurance, speed and efficiency


scale group volunteering opportunities that the students can participate in with their classes. We will be sending groups of 20 to 50 students to organizations; we are thrilled that the University of Guelph ‘Move out Madness’, Green Legacy Tree Nursery and Groves Hospital Volunteer Association have invited us back again this year. In addition to the Days of Action, students will also have the opportunity to “Adopt-aCause” as a way of participating in the challenge. Students will select a cause they’d like to support, such as the Canadian Cancer Society or Organ and Tissue donation, and raise money, or promote the cause through awareness campaigns on behalf of the organization. We’re also excited to continue our partnership with the City of Guelph, who will be putting on a wrap-up celebration for all youth challenge participants. If you are an organization and interested in hosting a group of High School students, please contact Allison at For more information about ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Challenge, visit their website at

SPRING PROGRAMS FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS • Swim School • Masters • Pre-Competitive • Competitive Information can now be found on our club web site.

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Media Release

Live Free Day raises over $40,000 for student nutrition programs The Live Free Campaign was an amazing success this year! The campaign has already raised over $40,000 for student nutrition programs in Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin–and donations are still coming in. Over 32,000 students, from 67 schools participated across Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. Live Free Day was buzzing with excitement as students from Jean Little Public School celebrated in their gym for the kick-off breakfast. Many representatives from our community came by to enjoy breakfast, including Liz Sandals and members of the Upper Grand District School Board. The turnout was fantastic and students were thrilled by the Magic 106.1 live broadcast. The principal at Jean Little Public School, Randal Wagner, explained the importance of the Food and Friends program to the breakfast attendees. “The introduction of the “Breakfast Club” has been a great success at Jean Little Public School. The benefits extend beyond the obvious, namely a good nutritious morning meal for those who participate within our school community. A secondary benefit are the positive social interactions in that students have the opportunity to share a meal with others from diverse backgrounds and age groups, while being supervised by a caring adult. It’s great to see older students help younger ones, and to see friendships develop. A tertiary benefit is the embedded cultural values of the Breakfast Club: Canadians embrace the characteristics of compassion and community. With financial assistance from the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, guidance from Food and Friends and donations received from events like the Live Free Campaign, our students learn that giving to others is an esteemed value of being Canadian. In short, breakfast programs feed more than the body; they nurture the soul.” The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington had a chance to visit many schools and check out their Live Free efforts. So much enthusiasm and many memorable Live Free promises including: “Living Free of negative thoughts,” “Living Free of chairs,” and “Living Free of bugging my brother.” Many businesses across Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph had special events going

on–including Guelph Hydro serving delicious chilli, with all donations benefiting the Live Free Campaign. A special thank you to OTIP, RBC and Magic 106.1 for their support during the campaign. Thank you to all our supporters and participants for helping students across your community hunger for knowledge, and not for food. For more information visit

Ninuri Fernando and Dishna Fernando at the Live Free Kick Off Breakfast.

Suzuki String School of Guelph May 15


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Guelph Youth Music Centre Excellence within a Nurturing Environment. Private & Group Lessons, Chamber Music, Orchestra, Rhythmic Reading, & much more! Call for a brochure or visit our web site.

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Fore Our Kids Golf Tournament The 17th annual tournament will be held at Victoria East Golf Club. Tournament fees include, 18-holes of golf, including a cart, a thank you gift, and a delicious lunch and dinner. Registration at 11:00am, shot gun start at 12:30pm with scramble format, dinner at 7:00pm. All proceeds from the tournament go to support the programs of the Children’s Foundation – The Grants Program, Food and Friends, Adopt a Family and the Scholarship Programs. Early bird registration is open until April 13: $140 for an individual and $560 for a foursome. Costs after April 13: $150 individual and $600 for a foursome. Great golf, great prizes, and great food, all for a great cause. For more information contact Anna Rust at or call 519-826-9551.

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Join us for our second annual Paris in Spring Breakfast Event, featuring some of Guelph and Wellington’s finest chefs, in support of the Food and Friends student nutrition programs. The second annual event is being held at Old Quebec Street. Tickets are $40 a person. For more information about the event, contact Peter Thurley at or call 519-826-9551.

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banners and newspaper and television stories. We are involved in two Volunteer Recognition Awards programs: The Dr. William Winegard Exemplary Volunteer Awards and Canadian volunteers step into the spotlight as communities the County of Wellington Volunteer Appreciation Awards. across the country celebrate National Volunteer Week. A You may join us at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time to Giveâ&#x20AC;? breakfast where we heartfelt thank you goes out to the volunteers of Guelph and launch 10 volunteer impact films. As a new recognition Wellington County for the work they doâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;helping out, giving tool, The Caring Community Card is a discount card that we back and having fun. Please join the Volunteer Centre of are offering exclusively to our member agency volunteers, Guelph/Wellington in celebrating these efforts during along with community minded businesses. National Volunteer Week. For more information, call 519-822-0912 or visit This year we will be promoting volunteerism on signs and April 15-21, 2012 Volunteers Build Caring Communities

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Guelph Food Bank 2012 Spring Food Drive The Guelph Food Bank Spring Food Drive will run from March 28 to April 15. The number of individuals being helped through the hamper and excess/bread program averages approximately 1500 to 1700 people per month. The Guelph Food Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal this year is to gather 80,000lbs of non-perishable canned and dry packaged food through the food drive. The following items are needed the most: â&#x20AC;˘ canned meat, canned fruits, canned green and yellow vegetables, canned tomatoes â&#x20AC;˘ canned stews and pasta â&#x20AC;˘ cheese spread, jam, peanut butter â&#x20AC;˘ dry spaghetti noodles, Mr. Noodles, macaroni and cheese â&#x20AC;˘ toilet paper, paper towels â&#x20AC;˘ children and adult toiletries

â&#x20AC;˘ baby food, baby formula â&#x20AC;˘ diapers and pull ups Special diet foods: â&#x20AC;˘ low / no salt foods â&#x20AC;˘ low sugar / diabetic foods â&#x20AC;˘ soya and rice milk â&#x20AC;˘ Boost or Ensure Watch for your food drive bag in the Guelph Tribune on Tuesday March 27. The Guelph Food Bank is located at 100 Crimea St. For more information on volunteering or to arrange a donation barrel to be dropped off at your business location call 519-767-1380 or email

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National Volunteer Week April 15-21, 2012 Join us for a star-studded celebration of National Volunteer Week! This year sees the finale of our celebration of volunteers through short films and we hope you’ll come out to help us celebrate in style. Community volunteers, organizations and employers will grace the Guelph Little Theatre’s red carpet and guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast while the last in our series of volunteer stories plays out on the big screen. Thursday, April 15, 2012, 8-10 a.m. For Tickets Call 519-822-0912 or email



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May 7, 14, 28 and June 4 Care Essentials–Series For Caregivers 1 - 3pm. 4 part series explores the progression of dementia, communication, day-to-day care and

April 27 Warbler Workshop Level 2: The Less Common Ones 9am - 4pm. This workshop covers 15 less commonly seen southern Ontario warblers which are not covered in the Level I Warbler Workshop. Participants will receive a descriptive tape of warbler songs and an information booklet. $75. Register by April 20.

understanding behaviours. Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan St. No charge, registration required. 519-836-7672 May 10 Tax & Financial Seminar 1 - 3pm. Guest Experts from Service Canada & Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. Learn about Disability Tax Credit, Medical Expenses, Involuntary Separation, Transferring Credits and more. Hospice Wellington, 795 Scottsdale Dr. No charge, registration requested. 519-836-7672 Vocal Coaching Recital 7pm. Guelph Youth Singers, Recital Hall, Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan St.

May 11,12,18 &19 Guelph Musicfest 2012 May 11, 8pm. Ensemble Made In Canada; May 12, 8pm. Valerie Tryon In Recital; May 18, 8pm. The Festival Quartet; May 19, 8pm. Trio Concertante. Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, 519993-7591, May 12 Garden & Wildflower Photography 9am - 12pm. The peonies and irises will be blooming, and don’t you wish you knew how to photograph them? A tripod is recommended, dress for the weather. Basic to intermediate level. Film or digital, SLR or point & Shoot cameras. $ 55 Register by May 4.

Mothers’ Eve–We will send Kisses to Heaven. 7pm. Join us for a brief and A Natural Treasure gentle service of BOR E remembrance. Bring AR T Letters or notes to mother and they will be planted at the foot of a shrub in the VE E U R S IT Mothers’ Grove. (In Y OF G remembrance of Mothers everywhere, Children’s Theatre April 10 STARboretum April 23 not just in Woodlawn). Wedding, Banquet & Conference Facilities Woodlawn Memorial for 3 to 225 people (banquets 150 people) 3 unique meeting rooms with lots of windows looking Park, Guelph. I


7th Annual Wellington County Volunteer Appreciation Awards The County of Wellington has partnered with the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington to host these awards, presented at the County Council meeting. To recognize and honour volunteers who demonstrate generosity of time & spirit by achieving outstanding results as a volunteer, inspiring others to service or making an extraordinary contribution to a nonprofit/charitable organization or by championing an issue. One award presented in each of the 7 town/ town-

May 4 or 5 The Wonderful World of Spring Wildflowers 9:30 - 4:30 An introduction to the fascinating natural history, ecology, lore, using of our springtime flora. Bring your favourite wildMay 3 flower field guide and a hand lens if The 2012 Michael House Fashion you have one. $75. Register by April Show Featuring the smooth swinging 27. jazz of the Jason Raso Quartet, jazz May 6 classics performed by the Bishop Youth Photography Workshop: Macdonell Glee Club, and fabulous Focus on Nature 10 - 4pm. How fashion trends by Toronto fashion can nature inspire youth to take great expert, Shealah Wysocki. Italian photos? Sign your kid(s) up for this Canadian Club, $25 per person or incredible workshop and find out! $225 per table. For tickets Nature activities are integrated throughcall 519-766-7675 or visit out the program to enhance your child's sensory awareness. If your child doesn't have access to a digital camera, May 4 Brain Health 12:00. Lunch included there will be some available to borrow for the day. For ages 11-16. $65. Information directly relating to the Register by April 27. reduction of risk, delay of onset, and slowing the progression of dementia. Free, but a donation towards food May 7 costs is appreciated. Alzheimer’s I Remember Better When I Paint Society Guelph Wellington and the 10:15am. Inspiring 55-minute docuSenior’s Centre for Excellence. Drayton mentary features personal stories and Reform Church, 72 Wellington Street S. initiatives that bring people affected by Registration required 519-638-1000 dementia to art and creative workshops. Victoria Park Senior Centre, 150 Albert St. W. Fergus. Registration required. 519-787-1814. In collaboration with the HILGOS FOUNDATION.


Warbler Workshop Level 1: Butterflies of the Bird World 9am - 4pm Through hands-on activities you’ll learn about the plumage, song and behaviour of warblers. We’ll also investigate habitat requirements and timing of migration. Participants will receive a descriptive tape of warbler songs and an information booklet. $75. Register by April 19.

Beginners Digital Photography 1pm - 4pm. Learn how to get the most from your digital point and shoot camera. Learn about the various exposure modes, composition, lighting, using a flash, best settings for action or still photos and more. Dress for the weather. $55. Register by April 20.

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April 26 Hearing Loss Vs Memory Loss 12:00 - lunch incl. The signs and symptoms of hearing loss and memory loss may look very similar. This talk compares and contrasts both issues and makes some suggestions to enhance communication. Alzheimer’s Society Guelph Wellington and the Senior’s Centre for Excellence. Free, but donation towards food costs is appreciated. Arthur United Church, 101 Tucker Street. Registration required 519-638-1000

for sun, shade, and dry areas as well as wet spots in the garden, and learn how to avoid buyer's regret at the garden centre. $30. Register by April 20.


April 25 A Taste for Life Book a table at one of the locally owned participating restaurants for April 25th. Go out for dinner with your friends and family and have a great evening! The restaurant will donate 25% of the cost of your meal to the AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County. Make your reservation early! Everyone who dines out at "Taste" gets a chance to win a door prize at each participating restaurant! Guelph and Area activity & events guide



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Let Us Teach Your Child to Reach for Excellence Resurrection Christian Academy (RCA), Guelph’s newest non-denominational Christian elementary school, offers:

April 28 Tried and True Garden Plants for our area 10am - 12pm Learn about some new perennials, trees and shrubs, and re-visit some old favourites that will perform well year after year in the Guelph area. We will look at plants

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May 25 Sparrow Workshop: Those Little Brown Jobs 9am - 4pm. This workshop will help you identify and study 19 species of sparrows found in Ontario. We will use hands-on activities to learn plumages, songs and habitat use of this difficult-to-identify group. $75. Register by May 18. Guelph and Area activity & events guide $15 adult, May 31, June 1,2 &3 $10 senior/student, $5 eyeGO/child Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival 12pm. Downtown Guelph May 27 Admission varies Small Pond Design, Construction for each event. & Maintenance 9 - 5pm. Create a sanctuary in any size space with water, June 2 plants, rocks and ornaments. You will Night and Low Light Photography learn how to place and position your 7-10pm. This course is timed to take pond, be Eco friendly, safe, and sooth- advantage of the (almost) full moon-ing. $75 Register by May 18. the first hour will be spent inside, for a May 26 lesson on shooting in low light–we'll cover using timed exposures and night The Secret Life of Lichens 9am May 29 4pm. Discover the fascinating role settings, composition, equipment, Bring-a-Friend Rehearsal shooting city lights and more. Then, lichens play in science, medicine and 4:45-6:30pm. If you love to sing and more while we hunt for them on trees, out to the meadows of the Arboretum are between the ages of 6 and 18, rocks and soil. Identification basics will to photograph the setting sun, and come out and experience a Guelph be covered. $75. Register by May 18. night photography by the light of the Youth Singers rehearsal. Recital Hall, moon. Suitable for all skill levels $55. Guelph Youth Music Centre, Register by May 25. 75 Cardigan St. The Reel Music of Spielberg 7:30pm. Take a musical journey from May 30 behind the camera of Steven Spielberg. 11th Annual Harriston Garden Lilac Remembrance Day 7pm. Join Festival 8am - 2pm. Come and Highlights will include music from Hospice Wellington, Gilchrist Chapel Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, browse what different vendors have to and our staff as we plant a Lilac in tempt you for your garden. Funds are and Back to the Future. With a 50+ remembrance of families served. Lovely used for community work. Mill Street member guest choir this concert is a service. Please bring a lawn chair. Park, Harriston. Free must see! Salvation Army Citadel, 1320 Lilac Block, west of the tracks. Gordon St, 519-824-0022 x73065 Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph.

June 5 Caring for the Caregiver: special education 9:45am - 3pm. Guest Speakers on Meeting the Challenge, Sharing Life’s Stories–Why and How, Journaling for Your Health, and Zumba Gold (Seated Salsa). snacks, lunch and special gifts included. Riverslea Mansion, Homewood Property, Delhi St. $15 at the door. Registration is required at 519-836-7672 June 6 Rotary Club presents a Senior’s Health Fair 9:30am - 1:30pm. Hear Dr. Luthra (Geriatric Psychiatrist), Cathy Brown (Pharmacist) and Robin Smart (Alzheimer Society) speak on issues of importance to seniors. Panel discussion and question and answer period. Over 25 Community Services booths to visit–great door prizes too. Village of Riverside Glen, 60 Woodlawn Rd. E. Hot lunch just $3. Free Parking at rear of building.

June 8-10 Guelph & District Multicultural Festival The Guelph and District Multicultural Festival gives our community the chance to enjoy cultural foods, entertainment, live music, ethnic dance and costumes, cultural craft vendors, children's tent, raffle prizes & fireworks. An opportunity to bring together the various community groups of Guelph and celebrate the City's diversity. Free admission.

June 13 Rockwood Summer Service 7pm. Please join us in the Hanna Chapel for our annual service of remembrance and evening of fellowship in a charming country cemetery. Light refreshments. RockwoodCemetery, highway 7 south of the village. Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph.

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MOTHER’S EVE We will send Kisses to Heaven.Thursday, May10 at 7:00 p.m. Join us for a brief and gentle service of remembrance. Bring Letters or notes to mother and they will be planted at the foot of a shrub in the Mothers’ Grove. (In remembrance of Mothers everywhere, not just in Woodlawn). LILAC REMEMBRANCE DAY Wednesday evening, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. Join Hospice Wellington, Gilchrist Chapel and our staff as we plant a Lilac in remembrance of families served. Lovely service. Please bring a lawn chair. Lilac Block, west of the tracks. ROCKWOOD SUMMER SERVICE Wednesday evening, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us in the Hanna Chapel for our annual service of remembrance and evening of fellowship in a charming country cemetery. Light refreshments. Rockwood Cemetery, highway 7 south of the village.


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The Guelph Country Club – A historical snippet as we celebrate 100 years

installed in the Clubhouse. In the early 1930s the Golf Professional was also the Greens keeper. It was in that year,that the then Professional Mr. James Carmichael, became the first to qualify for the Canadian Open and the Professional Golf Championship–the prestigious ‘Miller Cup’. The members were indeed proud of their Pro. The grounds continued to be improved and a nursery was started,plantin altogether 2700 trees,and ordering 4000 more to be delivered by the 1st of May. The year 1938 was one of the Club’s most successful,winning the Tri-County league THE GUELPH and the Howitt-Gifford Trophy for the first time since the league started. The league, CLUB CHANGES which continues to be active today, remains the oldest regular interclub golf contest in the western hemisphere. In 1929 under President F.R.Ramsay, By the end of the first year of theWorldWar II,several members were already Director’s meetings were held in the Priory Club. With inActive Service,the Club making them Honorary members until their discharge. a membership now of 366,this was the first time that electric refrigeration was In the early 1920s the Chamber of Commerce rooms on Douglas Guelph were used forAnnual Meetings and many reciprocal privileges with nearby Clubs. Active in the Club: as Golf Captain,was George Drew, who later became the Honourable Premier of Ontario. Also, Mr.Cutten– later the benefactor of the Cutten Fields Course–who was partly responsible for the creation of theWoodlawn Cemetery and paid for the iron fencing around the entire property.

One of these was Club Professional John Porteous. At that time Jack Pearson took over, temporarily assisted by Frank Robinson, until he too joined the Service. In 1943 there was more greens and fairways work developed under the supervision of John Thompson,who after eleven years at Cutten Fields replaced Bill Robinson,who had been greens keeper at the club for over 18 years. With the help of Dr.H.O.Hewitt,dozens of willow trees were planted and a grass development area was an established between the 1st and 2nd fairways. Later in the year another 300 trees were planted nearby. Today this area is a mature forest. These trees having wintered well, next year’s President,Mr.Fielding,with the help of Dr.H.O.Howitt had some additional 5000 seedlings planted. The view of the course at this time indicates the areas where the plantings took place–today it has developed into a small forest.

Celebrate 100 Years. A limited number of Anniversary Golf Memberships are still available – $1,200

Call 519-824-2741 for details

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Seniors Day: Last Tuesday of Every Month Spring Networking Night: Monday April 16th Noon Hour Concerts: Fridays, Mid June - September

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10th Annual Art on the Street: Saturday, July 14th Art in the Shops: July 8th - July 14th 7 Fun-filled weeks of day camp to choose from!

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