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PAGE TWO Inside Wellington - Second Section of The Wellington Advertiser, Friday, April 23, 2010


FERA Draw - The Fergus Elora Retail Alliance (FERA) Shop Local program draw was held at Sun Art in Elora. Making the draw is store owner Michael Kavanagh, Fergus BIA representative Julia Tyndale-Biscoe and Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce representative Garth Green. The winner is Bonnie Purdy of Fergus who won a $50 gift certificate to The Gorge Cinema in Elora. A ballot will be drawn for the FERA draw next week (Apr. 26-28) from Dreamland Pet & Equine. Thanks to all of the participating stores and all of the local shoppers.

Roast Beef Dinner KNOX-ELORA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Saturday, April 24 5-7:00 p.m.

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April 1-30 Door to Door Canvass for Canadian Cancer Society. In neighbourhoods that aren’t being canvassed, we’re mailing envelopes and hanging donation forms on doorknobs. Fight Back. Please donate. *** Hospice Wellness in Elora. Our Wellness Program is focused on reducing stress, providing support and sharing feelings for those living with a life threatening illness, their friends and family who are primary caregivers and those who are bereaved. Weekly Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm. Tai Chi, Guided Imaginery, Therapeutic Touch and Reiki. Pre-registration required through Hospice 519-836-3921 all services are free. Heritage River Retirement Community at 25 Wellington Drive, Elora *** Saturday May 15 to Saturday May 29 during open hours. Longest Back Door Book Sale Ever! Wellington County Library – Fergus Branch will hold its annual Back Door Book Sale from Something for everyone! Fill a bag for $5.00. (Downstairs in the Children’s Department.)

APRIL 23 2010 Neil Diamond Forever Diamond Tribute Show and Dinner (Limited # of tickets will be sold). The Royal Canadian Legion Colonel John McCrae Memorial Br. 234, 919 York Rd., Guelph. Inquiries 519-822-1565. *** Seminar: Counting Sheep and Can’t Sleep 9:30 -11:30am. Seminar: Lives of Poets and Their Works 9:30-11:30am. Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 519-787-1814 for information and to register. *** Euchre Harriston, Legion #296 Harriston. 8pm. Light Lunch provided. $5 per person. Bring a partner. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** Louise Marshall Hospital Auxiliary's Spring Luncheon will be held at the Mount Forest Legion from 11:30 to 1:30. The menu is beef on a bun with salad and homemade pie for $8. *** Churchill Community Church Spring Tyme event on Fri., 4-8pm and Sat. 7:30am-1pm consisting of an indoor garage sale, plant, bake and vendor's tables, raffle, penny sale, silent auction, kid's carnival, BBQ and refreshments. Churchill Church is located at the corner of the Erin Third Line and the Erin-Halton Townline. *** Chili Supper followed by musical Hootenanny Arkell United Church, 5-7pm, Open Seating. Adults $10, Under 12yrs $5. Tickets: Glenna 519-824-0217, Marg 519 824-4909, Betty 519 822-3149. Come for dinner, stay and listen to lively, toe-tapping music performed by your community neighbours. *** Silent Auction for Grace Church. 5-8pm Arthur Legion. Chili lunch and pie available. *** St. Teresa of Avila CLW is holding a Garage Sale at St. Teresa of Avila Church Hall, 19 Flamingo Dr., Elmira. Friday evening 48pm, Saturday 7am-12noon. For more info. call Carol at 519-6695392.


Saturday, May 8th at 7pm Sit down dinner | Centre Wellington Sportsplex, Fergus $60 per person (cash bar) | Semi-formal dress Dance demonstration, door prizes, silent auction For tickets call: Russ Spicer (519) 843-1632 Scott Giddy (519) 831-2537 or any Fergus Elora Rotarian you know!

Sunday May 16, 2010 Games start at 1pm - Doors open at 11am share the wealth package $15 - main program package $25 (both packages are required - extra strips available)

“proceeds to local community projects” Held at Grand River Raceway 7445 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora Held under lottery license #M634122. FERGUS ELORA ROTARY FOUNDATION Staffed by: Centre Wellington Rotary Club and Fergus Elora Rotary Club

Elora Legion Branch 229, 110 Metcalfe St. Elora, Saturday Night Dance. Entertainment by “Bill Beattie”. For info. call Judy Alles 519-846-5582. *** Elora and Salem Horticultural Society’s Annual Tree Planting – a 150 year tradition in our community. For more information call Ian Rankine at 519-846-0085. *** Sweet 16 Celebration for the Elora Environment Centre. Dance to the sassy jazz of Indigo Riff, enjoy local foods and brews and vie for great draw prizes. Advance tickets $20. All proceeds go to NeighbourWoods, working to tend our urban trees. More information and ticket locations, 519- 846-0841. *** The Upper Credit Humane Society will be holding a Rabies and Microchip Clinic 10am - 2pm at Elmira Farm Service, Ospringe (SE corner Hwy.124 and 125, north of Acton). Rabies vaccination $20; Microchip $30. Visa or cash. Dogs should be on leash, and cats crated. Information: 519-833-2287 or *** Pub night at Harry Stone's. Benefitting The Ride to Conquer Cancer. 9pm-2am live music, door and raffle prizes. Luncheon at 12am. $5 a ticket, $7 at the door. *** Roast Beef Dinner at Knox-Elora Presbyterian Church 5 - 7pm. Adults $12, 8 and under $6. Call 519-846-0680 or 519-846-8061. *** Centre Wellington Children's Drama Group Presents: "Waiting For Gudrow" at 7pm. Admission is $10 for Adults and $7 for children. *** Wilf Kidnie Memorial Cribbage Tournament. Two person teams. Starting at 1pm. Sharp. Royal Canadian Legion, Br. 226 Arthur. $20 per team. Registration opens at 11:30am. *** GRIESS Synchronized Skating Teams present a “Rib Dinner and Elvis Tribute Artist Shon Carroll”. CW Sportsplex, Fergus. Ticket $25 available at the Scotiabank in Fergus, for more information please call 519-843-5470. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226 Karaoake. 8:30pm. ***

Elimination Draw and Dance sponsored by Mapleton Arena Xpansion committee at P.M.D. Arena. Cash prizes, 50"T.V. w/entertainment system, 42 " T.V., Laptop, Blackberry, Nintendo Wii. Music by Settlers Creek Band. $500. Draw at 9pm. $50 per ticket. For tickets or more info. call 519-638-7723. *** City Wide Concert of Praise Featuring the Salvation Army Guelph Citadel Band and Guelph Community Christian School Bands and Choirs at 7pm at The Salvation Army 1320 Gordon St. Guelph Tickets are $5/person or $12/family of 3 or more. For information call 519-836-9360. *** Cheltenham United Church Annual Beef BBQ 5-7pm Creditview Public School King St. and Mississauga Rd. Adults $16, Kids $6. Takeout Available 905-838-3417. *** St. John’s Church, Belwood, Spring Fling Variety Show at 7:30pm. Local talent. Tickets $7, children $4. Call 519-843-3639. *** Live music 8pm. Come on in and enjoy the sounds of Kent Tocher at The Red Chevron Club; 34 Elizabeth St., Guelph. Everyone 19+ welcome. *** Everdale’s Annual Seedy Saturday, 10am – 3pm. Find seeds and transplants for your garden. Kids activities, workshops, organic lunch and more. More information: Adults: $6; Students/Seniors $4; Under 17 Free. *** K of C Spring Ham Roll. Bridgeport Rod and Gun Club. 1229 Beitz Rd. RR #1 Breslau. 8pm Evening of chances for turkeys, grocery hampers, money. Also Penny Table, Crown and Anchor. Free. Call Mike for more details 519-648-3394. *** Life Skills Day- For Life Skill Leaders, Members and Parents at the Alma Community Hall, Alma 9am – 3pm. Registration – 8:30 am. This is a Special Day for the Life Skill Members and Leaders and Parents. Members – please feel free to bring a friend - preferably a non-4-H member. There will be ten (10) workstations for the members to attend throughout the morning. For more info. contact Barb McAllister 519-824-2959. *** Electronics Recycling Day 9am-3pm Erin Community Centre, 1 Boland Dr. Erin. No charge for Wellington Country Ratepayers only. Food bank donation accepted. For a list of acceptable old electronics call 519-837-2601 or 1-866-899-0248. *** The Maples Women’s Institute Old time Family Dance at The Maples School, 2nd Line Amaranth. 8pm- 12am. Marion’s Country Band. $10/couple, $20/family. Ladies lunch provided. *** Doors Open Guelph - Guelph's finest buildings open their doors for free public tours. 10- 4pm. Information or 519-836-3280 or *** Country Breakfast - at Rockwood United Church, 8- 11am. Tickets at door: Adults $7, Children 5-11 $5, Family deal $20 (2 Adults and 2 or more Children). Info. contact: Darlene 519-8569506. *** April 24 and 25 The Aberfoyle Junction 0-scale model railway show. 10am-4:30pm. Adults $8, Seniors and Students $6, Children $5. Aberfoyle, on the east side of Brock Road, just opposite the gravel company, 1.5km north of Hwy 401, exit #299. Watch for road signs. Call 519-836-2720.

APRIL 25 Knox Presbyterian Church proudly presents Scott Woods "By Request" on tour at 7pm. 20 Quebec Street, Guelph. Tickets $20 and $10 child. Call Carol at 519-767-0866. *** Centre Wellington Rotary Club presents the 5th Annual Grand Taste, 1-4pm at the Grand River Raceway (upper level), Elora. Tickets, $25 per person. Available at Scotiabank in Fergus, Elora General Store and the Uptown Café in Elora. Proceeds to the Groves Hospital Foundation CT Plus Campaign. *** Ham Supper, 4:30- 6:30 St. Paul's United Church, Metz. Adults $10, 5-12 years- $5, Preschool free, Tickets at door. *** Saugeen Valley Fur and Feather Association 7am-noon. Mount Forest Fairgrounds. 320 King St. E. No charge. Buy, sell, trade. Please patronize our food booth. No food vendors. *** Centre Wellington Singers “Love is in the Air" concert, 3:30pm. Melville United Church, Fergus. Tickets: $12 Adults, $5 12 and under. From members, at door or reserve at 519-843-2935. *** Cut-A-Thon for Parkinson’s Acqua Hair Salon, 98 Wyndham Street N., Guelph. 10am-3pm Wash, Cut and Blow-dry - $35. Includes refreshments and a gift bag. (Cash or cheque only please) Call 519-822-4353 to book. *** Jamboree at the Palmerston Legion, starts at 1pm followed by a Roast Beef dinner. Takeout meals available.

APRIL 27 Ontario Genealogical Society “I found some of my ancestors in a pile of newspapers". 7:30pm. Zehrs Community Room, 1045 Paisley Rd., Guelph. Speaker: Don Hinchley, President, Ontario Genealogical Society. For more info. call 519-836-3999. Free. Continued on page 15

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Sonja and Gregory Oakes to host hundreds at their horse farm by David Meyer

(cover photo by Helen Michel) People visiting the Oakesmuir Bashkir Curly horse website belonging to Gregory and Sonja Oakes will find that it offers services in German and French, as well as English. That seems somewhat fitting since the Oakes family will be hosting the annual general meeting of the American Bashkir Curly Horse Registry this summer at their farm - and they expect to attract people from all over the world who have fallen in love with the Bashkir Curly horse. Sonja speaks German and will help translate for those who have difficulty at various seminars that will be part of the annual meeting program. The meeting will take place at their farm and at other venues in Guelph, where members will attend lectures and seminars with horse experts. There are many theories about where the curly horse originated, and many think the “curly” part of the horse came from the Bashkir region of Russia, hence its name. Others think it came from the Lokai horses, of Tajikistan. So far, there is no definite proof of the horse’s origin, but what is known is the earliest documented curly horses in North America were with Native Americans in the Winter Count of 1801-02. Gregory Oakes said the Lakota Sioux and Crow, traditional feuding tribes, were documented as stealing curly horses, one from the other. And, he noted, curly horses were

kept for generations by several ranching families in the United States. The breed may go back even farther than that. He said a tomb found in China by archeologists had pictures from the Shang Dynasty of Six Heavenly Horses of the Warrior King. The dates for the Shang Dynasty, one of the first in ancient China, are given as c. 1600 – 1046 BC. One of the horses in the pictures had curly hair. Gregory said there are lots of references to the curly horse in Europe, particularly Germany and Austria, and there are tales that Napoleon captured some of them and took them back to France. He said because of their odd coats, many American ranchers mistakenly thought the horses were diseased, and slaughtered them. Gregory Oakes is the current president of the American Bashkir Curly Registry, and he said there were many good horses lost to the breed due to that mistake. He remembers Peter Paint, a famous curly, who was rescued by association members and who was in such poor condition he had to be nursed back to health for two years before he was in any condition to take up his career as a stud. He lived another five years. It was a family in Nebraska, Gregory said, who saw a picture of a curly horse in



ELANA OAKES RIDES CEDRIC Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and decided that since they had a horse with similar curly hair, a curly horse is what it must be. Hence the “American” in the breeder registry name. That registry is recognized all over the world, and it accepts only offspring of curly horses. Curly horses have several traits that make them unique. They are hypo-allergenic, which means the horse is less likely to cause a person who is allergic to horses to have an allergic response. Often those

Growth and Learning. She said it is amazing that children who have difficulty relating to people can bond so easily with a horse. She said when those kids get onto the horse and are nervous, the horse seems to become nervous, too. Fortunately, the curly horse has a great temperament and can sense the mood of the rider. She said it was instructive to watch as a nervous child became more confident on the horse, and the horse became

“Rome wasn’t built in a day ” - Gregory Oakes symptoms are less severe - if they are present at all, and that allows people with allergies to enjoy curly horses when they cannot go near other breeds. Of course, one of the dominant traits of the horse is its beautifully curled hair, but some horses with the curly horse genetics do not show much in the way of curly hair. Others, as Sonja puts it, “look like sheep,” because their hair is so curled. Further, the horse is desirable because it comes in all the colours of the horse world, from roans and buckskins to paints and palominos. As for their abilities, curlies seem to do well in just about every discipline desired of a horse. They are known for being versatile, hardy, gentle horses. They are actively used in most of the standard disciplines for other horses such as: competitive and classical dressage, hunter-jumper, eventing and combined driving. There have been curly horses used in the western disciplines of barrels, reining, gymkhana and Western pleasure. They are also used as trail horses, pack horses, and search and rescue horses.They compete in endurance and competitive trail riding. Many are used as 4-H and Pony Club mounts or as therapeutic horses, and they are wonderful with children due to their gentle nature. Sonja works with children who have difficulties relating to others, and she uses the curly horses for Equine Assisted

more confident and easy to handle. Sonja also noted the curly horse seems to be able to take its very competitive and athletic nature from competitions, and transfer to being docile when it comes to being with children. Her own daughters, Emily and Elana have been riding curly horses since they were 3 years old. Curlies are also incredibly hardy. Gregory said the farm’s horses are bred to foal in late May or early June, but one time a stallion got through a fence on the farm and, unknown to anyone, met up with a mare. Oakes said he was going to work early one morning on the coldest day of February, and he could not believe that he saw a foal in the pasture. The mare had the foal, and kept it alive all night in -32 degrees temperatures. “It’s the perfect kind of horse for this weather,” said Sonja of the horse’s hardiness. Elana and Emily immediately dubbed the new foal Chilly Willy. It is alive and well on the farm today. Sonja said it simply goes to show how hardy the curly horses are. She and Gregory started their farm in the mid 1990s. When they saw a picture of a curly horse, they considered buying it for a couple of days, and found they had waited too long. It was sold. But they were intrigued and started looking for other curlies and wound up with the sire, dam and brother of the horse they had missed


buying. The business was on its way. They now own the largest herd of curly horses in Canada on their 94-acre farm along County Road 7, just north of Highway 6 and south of Ponsonby. The Oakesmuir Curly Horse operation has had as many as 80 head there, but it was down to 75 in February because the breeding and sales operation recently found new homes for several curlies. Sonja said they sell curlies all over the world and sales are particularly brisk in Europe, the southern United States and Alberta. As the herd grew, so too did the farm operation. It now contains several paddocks and a riding ring, plus a trailer office. The business is coming together one piece at a time and, as Gregory noted, “Rome wasn’t


meeting July 31 to Aug. 2. The meetings have been held recently in Nevada, Calgary, Kentucky, Texas and, last year, in Germany. Gregory has attended the last ten meetings, and said their bid to act as host was finally accepted. “Quite a few breeders want to showcase the convention.” He said one reason the farm was chosen is, “People want to come here.” He cited Guelph’s educational facilities and the beauty of Centre Wellington Township. He said it is famous and the convention will be arranged so visitors can sightsee. “It just seems right,” he said. Sonja added, “There’s just so much to see here.” Gregory noted the Minto Cup of lacrosse will be held on that weekend, and at the Grand River Raceway’s Industry Day, the Battle of

MOCHA’S COLT built in a day.” Sonja said the Oakesmuir farm sold one curly horse to Germany, and that horse won the reining championship of Europe, in a discipline that is normally dominated by quarter-horses. Others the farm has bred became top competitors in dressage and eventing, and one horse they sold “clears five feet [in jumping competitions] like there’s no tomorrow.” Bringing in people Sonja and Gregory Oakes are looking forward to hosting the 40th convention of the American Bashkir Curly Registry

Waterloo will be run another feature that is likely to attract horse lovers. The Oakes family agrees that Wellington County is becoming a key horse area. Sonja said horse operations have always been in the county, but the expansion of the equine program and facilities at the University in Guelph, the race track in Elora and easy shipping and airport access in Toronto means the area will continue to be important for horse breeders and other horse operations for a long time to come.

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First ever Outdoor Equine Expo coming to Puslinch in early June by Chris Daponte PUSLINCH TWP. - Lorie Jocius can think of no better place to host the first ever Equine Expo than southeast Wellington County. “This is horse country,” said Jocius. “It’s a huge industry in this area.” As president of Canada’s Outdoor Shows Ltd. (COSL), Jocius said the organization has tried unsuccessfully for many years to include the equine industry in its annual farm show in Woodstock, prompting officials to look at a show dedicated solely to horses. “We’ve been talking about it for a number of years,” she said, noting the Ontario horse population is about 350,000. “There’s definitely a need there.” So COSL, along with its partners - the University of

Guelph, Equine Guelph, the Ontario Equine Federation, Equine Canada and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture - will host the inaugural Canada’s Outdoor Equine Expo from June 4 to 7 at the University of Guelph’s Arkell research station, located at the corner of Arkell and Victoria Roads. Jocius said that site was chosen due to the area’s huge horse population and also because the property is the future home of the proposed 600-acre Ontario Equine Centre. She answers without hesitation anyone who asks why COSL would not just use the Woodstock site. “That’s not the centre of the equine industry - Wellington County is,” she said, noting the county boasts the fourth largest concentration of horses in

North America. “It’s quite a natural fit to host it here in Wellington County.” The Equine Expo likes to consider itself “the business to business show,” concentrating

on education, technology transfer and new techniques for those already “actively” involved in the industry, Jocius explained. She said the organizers will “start out really small,” with the hope of hosting larger shows in the future at the Ontario Equine Centre. “But we’re offering quite a bit in our first year,” she noted. “I think it’s really exciting. We’ll see where it rolls from here.” The four-day trade show will cater to all breeds and concentrate on a large range of topics, she added, including equine nutrition, housing, hoof care, equipment, training, health care, medical services, reproduction and more. Jocius said organizers have booked a real cross-section of speakers, with perhaps the biggest name being John



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Grand River Raceway season launched with many new features ELORA - Grand River Raceway kicked off its 2010 live racing season on April 12 with a line-up of new features. The Elora oval will stage 69 cards during its seventh season, which spans April through October. With the addition of Wednesday race nights beginning in June, the half-mile track will feature racing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights, in varied spots, throughout the sevenmonth schedule. Paddock report The track's interactive, between-races Tarmac Show will feature a new behind-the-scenes segment on Monday nights. The Paddock Report debuts on opening night with host Darryl MacArthur reporting live from the backstretch. MacArthur, a trainer and former president of the Ontario Harness Horse Association, will interview race participants each Monday night for a fresh and candid take on the evening's action. Geared to provide viewers

with enhanced access to handicapping information, the Paddock Report will endeavour to further Grand River Raceway's goal of engaging fans and fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of harness racing. Viewers across all interest levels will find value in the show's mandate to demystify the factors that effect performance, including equipment, track conditions, driver and trainer changes and shoeing, to name a few. The Paddock Report will also provide real-time updates and invite viewer questions through the Grand River Raceway Twitter and Facebook accounts. Opening week April 12 will also mark the debut of the inaugural Local Biz Night event. Thirty-two local businesses and their staff will enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, and the races before meeting the horse they've been paired with

in the Local Biz Night Race. The winning business scores a staff party for 20 and will showcase the Biz Night trophy in their workplace until next year's event. On April 13, the top performers of Grand River's 2009 season will be honoured with video vignettes and award presentations throughout the race broadcast. Pricing Race fans will enjoy a new price structure for the Captain’s Quarters tiered dining room overlooking the racetrack. Buffet selection has increased, but the prices have dropped to $9.99 per person for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday race nights throughout the 2010 season. The premiere buffet on Friday nights is $23.99 per person, with a reduction for groups of 12 or more. Coming events April 19 kicks off the first of four major Grand River Raceway Geek Squad handi-

capping tournaments offering more than $12,000 and four spots in the $25,000 Trot National Handicapping championship. Harness racing buffs will vie for major bragging rights and $5,000 in cash and prizes in the all-new Geek Squad Trivia championship. Qualifying legs will be staged for $750 apiece on the first Wednesday night of each month (June through September) in the Captain's Quarters tiered dining room. The top 10 teams of two from each qualifier advance to the $2,000 final on the last Wednesday night of the season (Sept. 15). The cost is $15 per person, including dinner and all applicable taxes and gratuities. Each qualifying leg consists of 60 harness racing trivia questions, posed between the races on the Tarmac Show. The track's marquee event, Industry Day, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2010. The

Area businesses big winners at opening race night ELORA — Thrifty Crown was a big winner for four local businesses during Grand River’s opening night of the 2010 race season on April 12. The six-year-old horse managed his first win of the season in the track’s feature trot, which was also the inaugural Local Biz Night Race. More than 160 people from 34 local businesses took part in the promotion, which paired each business with a starter in the eighth race. All participants met their horse prior to the big dance and were decked out with signs to cheer on their steed at post time. Thrifty Crown’s representa-

tives were from Second Chance Employment; A Weed Bit Natural: eco store; At Home Bookkeeping Solutions and Stonehurst B&B. Each of them received a trophy to keep in their workplace, and a staff party for 20 at Grand River

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ers, but he could if requested. Knauer is a life-long horse lover. He was born in Australia to missionaries who worked in New Guinea for seven years and returned to Germany. When he was there, Knauer said a family member used to farm using a horse, and he fell in love with equines. “I swore that when I could afford it, I would get one,” he said with a laugh. That love affair never abated. He came to Canada and ended up working with a mounted security force in Toronto for 30 years. During that time, he had numerous adventures, and came to understand that people see horses in a different way than they do people or other animals. “It’s an impression - and an interesting look,” he said. “You basically have to speak less.” He tells of the time he was trying to keep a tough park in the city alcohol and drug free, dealing with winos and other toughs. After a while, they not only kept their own booze away, they forced other strangers who came around to get rid of their booze, too. He credits the horse, and also to being friendly but letting people know he had a job to do, and he intended to do it. Plus, when a horse is 17.3 hands high, it can be pretty intimidating. He said many of the toughs simply admire the horse’s muscles, and others noted that, after tossing hay bales around, its rider was pretty muscular, too. His company is known as MUST - Mounted Unit Security Guards, with honour guides as a specialty sideline. “We’ve done security at football games,” he said. One year, there was a stabbing, so he was asked to patrol. After that, the crowds were well behaved, and all he had to do was ride around the field during

Stately - In full dress uniform, Mike Knauer provides formal escorts for weddings, funerals and other celebrations, as well as in parades and accompaniment to carriages as an outrider. tense moments, and be in front of crowds that seemed to be about to get out of control. The teams asked him back after that, and one made the horse and rider a mascot and had a picture taken with the team. Knauer said he got involved in all kinds of riding, from pleasure to jousting. He likes history and medieval times, but he stopped after a while because he found that all sports seem to have their politics, and, “I hate politics.” About three years ago he got the idea for using horses in ceremonies. He learned that while there are places where horses are used for ceremonial purposes, “It’s not really available to the public.” He said his thinking was,

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“If somebody really loves horses, why not have an honour guard of horses?” People seemed to like that idea. He mixes the ceremonial riding with security work. People who shopped at Stone Road Mall in Guelph around Christmas time have likely seen him riding security, and he said he has made many friends there - although he is amazed that people will place parcels in their cars and not only leave them unlocked, some will walk away without even closing their door. He helps them out, as well as those who forget where they park. Sitting on a tall horse allows him a good view not only of thieves, but of rows of parked cars. “There’s something that attracts people,” he said of mounted security work. “People approach you - and tell you what’s going on.” Knauer said he has tested his limits, and he designs all of his uniforms, including his security ones, based on years of riding experience. He noted that one time he was riding in 32° weather. He said, “Fortyfive minutes later, I went back inside. I tested what I can tolerate. At -28°, I can go for five hours.” He designs his capes for that weather so they can flow over the horse’s back and keep it warm, too. Knauer loves horses and talks passionately about the bond that is forged between some riders and their mounts. He noted that some riders never manage that, but in the end, the friendship degree is usually decided by the horse itself. He remembers one time when he rescued a horse from Quebec that was going to be sold for horse meat. He learned the horse was unridable, it kicked, and was completely wary of people. He learned nobody could pick up any of the horse’s feet, and that is necessary to keep the feet clean. Further, it had a split hoof. It’s owner had bought it as a yearling and after eight years, simply gave up on it. Knauer said his own blacksmith was unable to pick up a Continued on next page

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Equine Light Percherons look regal at 17.3 hands FROM PREVIOUS PAGE hoof to clean it because the horse was so unused to such things. Knauer worked with it for two weeks. He showed it how he picked up and cleaned the hooves of his other horses. “It took me four days to get her to eat an apple,” he remembered, noting that horse had never had an apple and didn’t understand it was edible. After six weeks, a woman blacksmith who weighed no more than 95 pounds managed to work on the horse’s hooves. “She didn’t need my help at all,” he said. He was told the horse hated children. Today, it goes to a nearby mission and gives rides to dozens of kids as a volunteer service Knauer provides. Not only is she gentle with them, she actually lowers her head so the kids can pet her. “She’s never shown any sign of aggression,” he said, noting the horse gives rides for several hours and seems to love the work. “That’s nice when you can rescue something and get them a second life.” He gives all of his horses thorough training so that they are used to such things as loud vehicles, trucks approaching, and even TV booms swinging towards them during parades. On the road Knauer has a large, clean, and neat horse trailer that he uses to transport his horses to various job sites. His retinue includes someone who comes behind the horses when needed and cleans up after them. He said it is all part of the service. Knauer is slowing getting into the digital world as his business grows. He is currently working to put together a web site that will give people access to his services. He said he does not yet have a web address, but he hopes it will be up and running within a couple of weeks. In the meantime, people can reach him at 519-8535559, or 416-725-5897, or email him at


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Groom One certificate program at university in May GUELPH - Equine Guelph and the Office of Open Learning at the University of Guelph are accepting registrations for the Groom One Certificate program. Recognized by Standardbred Canada, the training program is providing the skills and knowledge to gain an entry level position in the racing sector. “In many cases, grooms are left to learn on their own and often are not sure how their actions are impacting the behaviour, health, and performance of horses in their care,” said director of Equine Guelph Gayle Ecker. “The Groom One Certificate will prepare stud-

ents for their role as a groom by providing the necessary combination of experience and education to be successful in this industry.” The certificate consists of four phases, including a handson orientation session conducted by Equine Guelph, a six month work term, where students are assisted in finding a work placement, a 12 week online interactive course hosted by the Office of Open Learning, and a skills assessment. Registrations are now being accepted for the online Groom One educational program. That 12 week program begins May 17. The online program is a unique opportunity for students

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here about two years now and is working out well. He had been taught quite a bit through the program, and I could then teach him my way of doing things for my stable. I would be pleased to hire students from that program again." Groom One is designed for newcomers to the horse industry who wish to become employable grooms at either a racetrack or training or boarding facility. Students can register for the online program at Office of Open Learning.

Harding to take reins of REACH Richard Harding has accepted the full time position of Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the $7million Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron Inc. (REACH) facility in

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Georgian Horse Expo comes to Mount Forest fair grounds in June MOUNT FOREST - June 26 and 27, the Georgian Horse Expo will be coming to the fair grounds here. The day will feature Sermon on the Mount, a horse training seminar, blue grass music by Rescue Junction and horsey vendors from all over Ontario. Each night at 7pm features, Sermon on the Mount, with Dr. Lew Sterret, who will bring lessons for life from the language of the horse. Sterrett, of Miracle Mountain Ranch in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania, uses horses in various stages of training in his presentations. “Our purpose is to help people understand how healthy relationships develop and how they can experience harmony and success in their own lives,” he said. There is no admission charged, although donations are appreciated. As international speaker, horse trainer, and certified counsellor, Sterrett has developed several video and TV series. He shows how a trainer’s character wins the heart of the horse, setting the stage for future success in all areas of training. The presentation is given to tens of thousands of people throughout the United States and Canada each year. People of all ages and backgrounds and horse or non-horse enthusiasts welcome his presentation into their communities as a

challenging and encouraging experience. Some have said, “It is a picture worth a thousand words.” On the Sunday afternoon there will be a principle-based training seminar with Sterrett. Visitors can learn the fundamentals of horse handling alongside a master horse trainer. Sterrett will demonstrate his training principles and techniques on a variety of horses, illustrating that the principles are designed for horse and han-

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Rotary club presents Big Band on May 8 included the Port Hope Jazz Festival, Port Elgin Big Band Celebration, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Art Park in Lewiston N.Y. and Toronto’s famed Palais Royale and Casa Loma. The Toronto All-Star Big Band provides one of the most intense and stimulating youth music programs in Canada. Behind its extraordinary entertainment, it engages cream-ofthe-crop young musicians from across the GTA in a rigorous regime of rehearsals, workshops and performances with international stars such as Buddy deFranco, Eddie Daniels, Larry Elgart, Clark Terry, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth. The band has also worked with Canadians like Peter Appleyard, Tommy Ambrose, Phil Nimmons, Oliver Jones, Ranee Lee and the great Jackie Richardson. In June of 2009 the band even worked with the legendary Benny Golson. For more information about the band and its performances, call 416-231-5695 or visit

FERGUS - The Rotary Club of Fergus Elora is excited to present a “charity ball” on May 8 at the sportsplex in Fergus. Starting with a sit down dinner at 7pm, the event will feature the sounds of The Toronto All-Star Big Band, which is famous across Canada for reviving the spirit, style and sound of music from the 1930s and 40s. Tickets for the semi-formal evening event, which will also feature a dance demonstration, door prizes and silent auction, are $60 and can be purchased through any Rotarian, including Russ Spicer (519-8431632) and Scott Giddy (519831-2537). About the band The Toronto All-Star Big Band pays homage to the golden age of the “big bands.” Its programming, choreography and cultural nostalgia, has earned its cast of young talent a great reputation throughout Ontario and in the U.S.. The band has played farreaching theatrical engagements and gigs that have

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Tartan Day is celebrated throughout Fergus FERGUS - Tartan Day was the theme celebrated at the Goofie Newfie, Breadalbane Inn, Goose & Gridiron, The Brewhouse, and Stonecreek Tap and Grill recently. Tartan Day is a celebration of Scotland, its people, its heritage, its history and its culture. From the declaration of Arbroath on April 6, 1320, which triggered the birth of democracy for the people of Scotland, to the contributions made by Scots and the descendants of the Scottish people, it

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fare, songs and stories and music from their homeland. With the growing enthusiasm generated by last year’s event, pub owners from around Fergus were eager to become involved again. The Fergus Scottish Festival found using the tartan day to launch musical acts featured at the coming 2010 Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games worked well, and agreed to coordinate musicians and information on highlights of the festival and provide festival ticket giveaways at each location. Contests to award those tickets included Scottish trivia, wearing the most tartan, or other ideas. The venues and performers were: Breadalbane Inn, Bob MacLean; Goose & Gridiron, David Leask and James McKie; The Brewhouse, Inverness; The Stone Creek, Celtic Powerhouse; and the Goofie Newfie, Fiddlestix Celtic Rock Band.

A special treat for the event was the involvement of 11year-old fiddler Liam McGlashon, of Hamilton. He was just 6 when he picked up[ the fiddle. At that time, he and his family were living on Prince Edward Island. McGlashon, who started out playing kitchen parties, conventions, trade shows, and charity fundraisers, progressed to entertaining tourists from around the world when cruise ships came to the island. His family returned to its native Hamilton, but McGlashon is becoming well known as “the fiddle kid,” studying under Lance Elbeck. He has performed throughout Ontario, Nova Scotia, and PEI, including Hamilton Place, Copps Colliseum, and the Air Canada Centre. The Fergus Scottish Festival had McGlashon make his Fergus debut during Tartan Day and looks forward to having him perform at the Fergus Scottish Festival Aug. 13 to 15.

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ENTERTAINMENT Laura Power to perform at Century Church May 1 Festival Singers hold final winter show Sunday

HILLSBURGH - a special concert is being held at Century Church Theatre here on May 1 by 17 year old country singer-songwriter, Laura Power and her band. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Camp Oochigeas, which assists children living with cancer. There will be two performances: 2:30pm and 8pm. At 17, Power has already opened for major country artists, recorded a debut album with Nashville producer Charlie Craig and performed during the Country Music Association’s Fest Week. She played a well received showcase for the music industry at Canadian

Music Week in Toronto in March. Power now lives in Fergus, but was born and raised in Lindsay, along with eight younger siblings. A singer almost since the day she was born, her mother says even her cries as a baby had a melody. By age 9, she wanted to take vocal lessons. By 13, she was singing at local festivals, jamborees and nursing homes and at 15 she added guitar playing to her repertoire and is now learning piano. She began performing as a solo artist as well as doing shows with her band. Her talents with a song soon caught the ear of EMI Pub-

lishing’s and Nashville producer Craig who produced her first EP in 2007. He then went on to produce her Laura Power debut album with musicians from Lee Ann Womack’s band, Billy Ray Cyrus’s band, and one of George Jones back-up singers, in 2009. The album includes her first original recorded song, Something More. Power opened for Michelle Wright at the 2008 Palmer Rapids Country Jamboree to a huge audience and a grand reception as well as rave reviews. She then headed to Nashville to appear at many well known venues during Fest Week.


Elora Writers festival holding extra contests this June ELORA - For the seventh year, local writers are encouraged to submit their stories and poems to the Elora Writers’ Festival open writing competition or the new young writers contest. Both are features of the annual Elora Writers’ Festival, which takes place on June 6 at 1pm at Heritage River in Elora. The festival’s open writing competition presents an opportunity for writers of any age or experience to win prizes for their unpublished short stories

(up to 2,000 words) and poetry (up to three poems, 75 lines maximum). The winners will be announced by competition chairman Julia Browne during the intermission of the festival. For the first time, teen and junior writers have their own event: the Young Writers Contest, chaired by Guelph author Jean Mills. With the support of the Elora Arts Council and the Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington, young poets and short story writers can win cash

prizes of $100, $75, and $50 (teens) and $75, $50, and $25 (junior). Judges include Kitchener-Waterloo writer Heather Wright, whose book Writing Fiction: A Hands-On Guide for Teens, will be published this spring. Last year’s competition attracted almost 300 entries from across Canada. With local sponsors, Mills hopes to attract more young writers from area schools. She will announce the winners of the Young Writers Contest at a

special pre-festival celebration at Heritage River at 11am on June 6, before the festival readings get underway. The entry deadline is May 3, so writers are encouraged to visit the Elora Arts Council website at for contest details and entry forms. For more information, contact Browne (for the open competition) at or write to Mills (Young Writers Contest) at

Applications available for 8th annual Art in the Yard ELORA - Art in the Yard is back, for its eighth year, showcasing more than 50 visual artists in every discipline. The outdoor show and sale is at the Elora Centre for the Arts on July 10 and 11. It is a major fundraiser for the centre. It is enhanced with free creative workshops for all ages, live music, entertainment, and food. The centre invites applications for exhibition from all artists, artisans, and crafts workers in a wide range of

forms. Fine, decorative, and applied arts in all media will be considered. Entries will be selected by a jury of professional peers to ensure a high presentation of unique original material only. Deadline for entries is May 5. Artists are encouraged to apply early as space is limited. Application information is available on line at or by calling the Centre 519-8469698.


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ELORA - On April 25 at 3pm in St. John’s Anglican Church, the Elora Festival Singers will present the final concert in their 2009-2010 winter series. The performance, Spring Fever deals with renewal, freshness, and all things spring. Music will include songs from some of the most beloved musicals, such as Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, The Secret Garden, and The Sound of Music. Making their way into the Elora Festival Singers repertoire will be numbers from more recent musicals such as Rent and Wicked. Several of the singers

will be featured in smaller ensemble numbers and as soloists. Artistic Director Noel Edison said, “In planning for this concert, we realized that our audience enjoys the opportunity to hear their singers in full ensemble as well as in solo selections and have chosen the music that will best highlight their talents.” Tickets are $35 each and available by phone at 519-8460331 or toll free 1-888-7477550, in person by visiting our box office at 33 Henderson St., Elora, ON N0B 1S0 from Monday to Friday, or online at

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Theatre guild to stage The Female Odd Couple HARRISTON - The Grey Wellington Theatre Guild is performing The Odd Couple on stage this spring. But, this time, it’s Neil Simon’s female version of the play about mismatched roommates who strain a long-time friendship when they are compelled to share a domicile. Veteran Patrick C. Smith thinks the female version of Simon’s classic comedy is even funnier than the original. Smith is directing the Grey Wellington Theatre Guild’s spring production, which bends the gender and provides a fresh twist on a story that has become familiar to audiences through stage and screen productions, as well as long-running television series. The play stars Harriston resident Annilene McRobb as Olive Madison, and Diane Montgomery, of Durham, as Florence Unger. Montgomery’s previous stage experience includes There Goes The Bride, What the Butler Saw, Watch It Sailor, Run for Your Wife, and Between the Teeth. Also a playwright, Montgomergy’s published

work Girls’ Night Out was performed at the Inner Stage Theatre, in Guelph. McRobb’s previous credits, all with the GWTG, include: Belles, Hot Property, Beside Yourself, and On Golden Pond. The cast also includes Ginny Hawkrigg-Williams, of Durham; Amber McCraney, of Listowel; Mary Ellen van den Broek, of Mount Forest; Angela Boersma, of Ayton; Richard Jaunzemis, of Harriston and Scott Cooper, of Drayton. The Odd Couple, female version opens April 30 and runs May 1, 7 and 8 at 7:30pm (Note: new time) , with matinees on May 2 and 9 at 2pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, or Visa or Mastercard sales, call the box office at 519 338-2778. Tickets are also available at Harriston Home Hardware; Blooms ’n’ Things, Palmerston; Garrett’s Hardware, Clifford; Pandora’s Pantry, Listowel and Shoppers Drug Mart, Mount Forest. Grand talent competition The GWTG is seeking the region’s top amateur perform-

ings is left with a sailor who can’t swim, a gang of motley prisoners, and demanding, wealthy passengers. It runs from April 29 through till May 15 at the Elmira Theatre, 76 Howard Avenue in Elmira. Tickets are $18 each and are available through the Centre in the Square box office, 519-5781570 or 1-800-265-8977.

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Neat versus slob - Dianne Montgomery, left, and Annilene McRobb star as Florence Unger and Olive Madison in the Grey Wellington Theatre Guild's coming production of The Female Odd Couple. ers to compete in A Grand Talent competition this spring. Amateur acts of all types and ages are eligible to compete for $1,000 in prize money, with the first place winner taking home $500. Second prize is $300, while the third prize winner will receive $200. Auditions will be held at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre on May 12, 13 and 14, beginning at 7:30pm. Auditions must

be booked in advance by calling (519) 338-3481. Limited audition space will be booked on a first-come-first serve basis. Finalists, as selected by a panel of judges, will participate in the “Grand” final competition on June 12, 2010. Tickets for the Grand final competition are available at $15 by calling the box office at 519-338-2778, or at Harriston Home Hardware.

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GUELPH - It is time for the start of Guelph Arts Council’s annual walking tours. The guided tours, which are offered on selected Sundays between April 25 and October 17, trace Guelph's heritage through its architecture, people, and stories that contribute to the city’s character. The five include: Downtown Walkabout, in Guelph's current downtown; The Slopes of the Speed, which explores the Speed River where many of Guelph's largest and most distinguished historic homes are located; Altar and Hearth, the area west of downtown including several historic stone churches and many historic homes representing a variety of architectural styles;

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GUELPH- The voices of the Guelph Chamber Choir will fill the Church of Our Lady in a 2010 recreation of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, Vespers of 1610 as the choir brings its celebratory 30th anniversary season to a climax on May 1, at 8pm. A work of monumental proportions, the Vespers features eight soloists and demands a choir adept enough to cover to ten simultaneous vocal parts, fully supported by an orchestral array of early Baroque strings, cornetti, sackbuts, recorders, and more. Immense in scale, Monte-

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Grand finale - The Guelph Chamber Choir completes its 30th season on May 1 with Monteverdi’s masterpiece, Vespers of 1610. The performance will be held at the well known Church of Our Lady, the “church on the hill,” in Guelph. contributed photo Hear and see how instrumentalists of the 17th century work to produce music with live interactions with the musicians. Tickets are available

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*** Puslinch Seniors' Euchre Club. Present and former Puslinch residents are invited to join us for friendly euchre games at the Puslinch Community Centre 1:30 - 3:30pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. *** The Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County is hosting a workshop on research and trends in LD. For more information contact 519-837-2050 or *** Calvary United Church, 48 Hawkesville Rd., St. Jacobs. Fish Fry Dinner (Fish supplied by Howell’s fish of Wiarton) 4:30-7pm. Adults $13.50, children $6.50; preschoolers are free. Advanced tickets only. Takeout will also be available. Please call 519-8855012 for tickets. *** Networking Cafe for Job Seekers 50 Years of Age and Over. Join fellow job seekers over coffee to share job leads and experiences. Learn strategies. Free / Funded. Contact Lutherwood Adult Employment Services, 30 Wyndham St. N., Guelph. Call 519822-4141 for information. *** Guelph Horticultural Society Meeting 7:30pm. Mini Flower Show Dublin St. United Church 68 Suffolk St. W. Guest speaker: Paul Zammit, Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, on the topic of succulents. New members welcome. *** TOPS Welcome Evening. 5:30pm. Erin United Church, Main Street. Find out what TOPS is all about. Everyone welcome, free with no obligation. Call 519-883-9596.

APRIL 28 Elora and Salem Horticultural Society’s Monthly Meeting –7:30 pm - Donna Zarundy from the Dufferin Garden Centre will speak on “Out of the Sun and Into the Shade”. Heritage River Retirement Community, 25 Wellington Drive, Elora. Everyone is Welcome. *** Gardening with Micorrhizae (Fungi) with John Renault, presented by the Grand Valley Horticultural Society at Trinity United Church 7:30pm, everyone welcome! For more info. contact Julie 519-928-2949. *** April 28-30- 22nd Annual Wellesley Home and Garden Show. 59pm. Over 70 Vendors. Wellesley Arena, 1000 Maple Leaf St., Wellesley. Admission is free. Donations to the Food Bank of Wellesley/Wilmot Region will be appreciated. Door prizes. 519656-2731.

APRIL 29 The Arthritis Society’s Chronic Pain Management Seminar 1-3 pm. No charge! Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 519787-1814 for information and to register. *** The Arboretum, University of Guelph presents Dufflebag Theatre Rumpelstiltskin - interactive children’s theatre - 6:30pm $8 / person - call for tickets 519-824-4120 ext. 52358. *** The Arthritis Society Chronic Pain Management Workshop in Fergus 1-3pm at the Victoria Hills Seniors Centre. Free 2 hour workshop that will show you techniques to reduce your arthritis pain. It looks at the sources of arthritis pain and various pain relief tools, along with helpful exercise tips and an overview of how to overcome anxiety and depression as it relates to arthritis. *** Back by popular demand. In Motion/ Mount Forest Family Health Team Walking Group. Orientation 6:30pm Claire Stewart Medical Clinic. Limited seating. 519-323-0255.

APRIL 30 Art and Hobby Show 1-3 pm. Free! Exhibitors needed–book your table early! Please call the Victoria Park Senior Centre at 519787-1814 for information and to register. *** Harriston Legion #296 Dinner. 5-7pm. Tickets $12, Children under 12 $6, Preschoolers Free. Come on out and enjoy a home cooked meal. For more information call 519-338-2843. *** The Odd Couple - Female Version. Presented by Grey Wellington Theatre Guild at Harriston Town Hall Theatre. 7:30pm. May 1, 7 and 8. Matinees: May 2 and 9 at 2pm. For more information, or Visa/Mastercard sales, call the box office at 519-338-2778. Encounter Evening. Come and join with us for an evening of Praise and Worship. Everyone Welcome 7:30 pm. Marden Library and Community Centre Marden Road, R.R. 5 Guelph. For more information contact: Mike Gordon: 519-829-5424. *** Karaoke 8pm. The Red Chevron Club, 34 Elizabeth St., Guelph. Everyone 19+ welcome. *** Simplicity Parenting Lecture and Workshop with Author Kim John Payne M.Ed. Presented by Trillium Waldorf School, Guelph. Lecture 7-9pm; Saturday May 1, Workshop 9 am - 1pm Norfolk United Church, Guelph. Singles $15/$30; Couples $25/$55; Students $10/$20. Childcare available Saturday. For more information and to register, visit or contact Connie Watson at 519-821-5140. *** Fish Fry at Alma Community Hall Friday April 30, 5-7 pm. Fish by Howell's. Hosted by Alma Community Recreation Association with proceeds from the event going to purchase playground equipment for the new park in Alma. Tickets available at Alma Town Convenience store, need more info. call Doug at 519-846-0764.

*** Greg Ernst and sons from Luenenburg Nova Scotia providing an evening of special music- Alma United Church, Rebecca Street Alma, 8pm. Free will offering. Need more info. call 519-8460135. *** Fish Fry at Holstein Knox Presbyterian Church 5-7pm. Adults $12, Children ages 6-12 $6.

MAY 1 Spring Craft and Bake Sale, 11am-4pm at the Guelph Legion, 919 York Rd. Free Parking and admission. Lunch available. If interested in being a vendor or for more info. please call Janet at 519265-2226. Deadline for vendors booking is April 10. *** Dinner and Dance - Listowel Legion, Parkview Gardens - Doors open at 6pm. Entertainment by Peter Irwin - Elvis Impersonator. $20 per person. *** The Third Season Opening Ceremony of Wellington Artists’ Gallery and Art Centre will take place at 2pm. The Gallery, situated at 6142 Wellington Rd. 29, RR4 Fergus, will be open daily from 10am- 5pm May 1- November 13. Telephone 519-8436303. *** Basement Sale 8am - 12pm St. James Anglican Church 171 Queen St.E. Fergus. *** Family Games Night at Knox Ospringe (corner of Highway 24 and 25), 6pm for a pot luck supper followed by games at 7pm. Nora 510-856-4453. *** Benefit dance for Groves Hospital Foundation. 7pm Elora Legion, 110 Metcalfe St., Elora. It features three live bands: Transit, Bill Beattie Band, and, the Greytones. Silent auction, and cash bar/food is available. Tickets $15 each and can be purchased from The Royal Canadian Legion, Elora, and by phone: 519-8435852 or 519-846-1011. *** Guelph Township Horticultural Society will be handing out Free Green Legacy trees at Marden Community Centre grounds. 8am. Also a Plant Sale and Bake Table to help raise funds for the Enabling Garden at the rear of the Community Centre. Your donations of food in clean, clear containers, and plants, labelled, if possible, appreciated. Call Jean 519-822-5289 for more information. Check out the spring blooming plants at the Enabling Garden when you are at the Library. *** Arthur Masonic Breakfast 8- 10am Masonic Hall, Edward Street, Arthur $6 per person. Everyone Welcome. *** Arthur Legion Br. 226 Jamboree. 2-5:30pm. Free admission.519848-5702. *** Annual Indoor yard sale 8:30am- 1pm, 500 Whites Road, in Palmerston. Donations accepted Friday. Come out for our very extensive sale which includes plants and baking too. For more information call 519-338-3920 or 519-338-3043. Proceeds to Coffee Break Bible Study. *** Tips and Tools for Beginning Storytellers Workshop at the Arboretum, University of Guelph . Guest Instructor Ann Estill $55 - pre-register by calling 519-824-4120 ext. 52358. *** Organic Vegetable Gardening workshop at Everdale, 10am – 4pm. Learn all you need to know to grow your own vegetables. $85. Pre-registration required: *** Grandmothers' Necklace Book Launch. 2-4 pm at St.Philip's Lutheran Church 236 Woodhaven Road, Kitchener. Anthology of poetry and prose by award winning authors and other professional writers. All profits go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help sub-Saharan African grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren. *** Trash and Treasures Sale at St. John's United Church, Belwood. 8-11 a.m. Tables for rent. Phone Wendy 519-787-7658, or Church Office 519-843-1227. *** Giant garage sale sponsored by IODE-Royal Wyndham Chapter, 8am12noon, 185 Janefield Ave., Guelph. All proceeds to charities. *** Photo Car Rally at the Palmerston Legion, 1pm. 4 per team, dinner and prizes included. Call 519-338- 5896. Please bring a digital camera. Objective is to follow a predetermined route to take photos and answer trivia questions. Theme is the Clue board game. *** May 1st, May 2nd- Elora Festival and Singers Annual Book Sale. 9:30am-5pm. Elora Curling Club. 60 David St. W., Elora. Free admission and parking. Over 50,000 gently used books, games, LPs, CDs, sheet music. 519-846-0331. *** St. Mary’s CLW Bake and trunk sale. 9am-2pm 267 Geddes St. Elora. Baked goods, garage sale items. *** The Rockwood Firefighters Association is hosting Yuk Yuks on Tour at the Rockmosa Community Centre. 6:30pm. For tickets call 519-856-8274.

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Food Bank


May 1

9:00 a.m.

Municipal Works Yard 5684 Trafalgar Road

Town Office (519) 855-4407

Food Bank


May 8

8:00 a.m.

Municipal Building Shop 5941 Highway 89

Town Office (519) 338-2511

Food Bank

Wellington North

May 8

9:00 a.m.

Kenilworth Works Yard 7490 Sideroad 7 West in Kenilworth

Township Office (519) 848-3620

Monetary donations to Arthur & Mount Forest Horticulture Societies

County of Wellington Administration Centre 74 Woolwich St. Guelph, ON N1H 3T9

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