Ride Port Hope transit free with your library card
Northumberland United Way extends thanks to the wonderful team at RBC Cobourg, who stopped by their office to make a $4,000 donation towards their campaign goal of $1,010,000 — enough to make a positive impact on the lives of 24,000 residents of Northumberland communities. From left, United Way community-impact director Heather Norris and president Gerald Blackstock accept the donation from branch manager Dawn Davis and RBC regional vice-president Scott Mancini. Submitted Photo
Port Hope Public Library is celebrating Ontario Public Library week with a special gift for library-card holders — you can ride free on any Port Hope Transit route through Oct. 22.
Also through Oct. 22, they're bringing back Food For Fines. For each unexpired non-perishable food item you bring in, the library will knock a toonie off your overdue fines. All collections, of course, will be donated to the Fare Share Food Bank.
The week also features a heavy helping of authors, like tomorrow's 6:30 p.m. session with five of the seven authors in the Seven series — Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, John Wilson, Sigmund Brouwer and Shane Peacock. Book sales will follow the reading, courtesy of Furby House Books.
And on Saturday, join five Deadly Dames at 2 p.m., all of them award-winning writers of mystery and suspense, for a panel discussion on the crime-writing world and the state of crime fiction. The authors are Catherine Astolfo, Melodie Campbell, Alison Bruce, Janet Bolin and Joan O'Callaghan, and their books will also be available for purchase.
The library is located at 31 Queen St. For more information, call 905-885-4712.
COBOURG — There's all kinds of excitement around the Cobourg Community Centre these days with the 2017 Ontario 55+ Winter Games coming up in February, with so many different kinds of seniors' events planned in local venues.
Susan Caron invites you to get in on the excitement (as well as the fun and fitness) at their Friday badminton group.
They meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. weekly, Susan said. It's open to anyone aged 55-plus, and all everything is supplied (though, if you're the kind of keen player who has his or her own racquet, you're welcome to bring it along).
It's a great way to wind up a week, she said, and everyone is welcome.
The community centre is located at 750 D'Arcy St. For more information, call 905-372-7371, or call Susan at 905-373-3560.
COLBORNE — If your home-made stew inspires raves, perhaps you'd be willing to trot it out for the annual stew contest — the one that provides lunch for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northumberland Harvest Stew Luncheon, their fundraiser for Northumberland United Way.
The luncheon this year is Oct. 27 at the Colborne Legion (92 King St. E., Colborne) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For your $10 admission, you can sample a stunning variety of stews, from traditional to exotic, and make a lunch of them with bread, dessert and beverage.
And if you're interested in entering the competition, contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-885-6422.
CASTLETON — The Sabbath Rest Community Church of Castleton invites you to a Saturday evening benefit for a local family whose premature baby is in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Happy Harmony will perform at the Castleton town hall, and a free-will offering will be collected to help this family, as they deal with the expenses of their daughter's care and arrange for the purchase of a specialized monitor.
The show begins at 7 p.m., and will be followed by coffee and dessert.
For more information contact Chris Calderwood-Lusk at 905-355-9921.
COBOURG — Each month, the Northumberland Hills Hospital Auxiliary Crafters put their wonderful handiwork out for sale at a bazaar in the hospital's Main Street.
It typically happens the last Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering you the chance to browse among the hats, scarves, socks, mittens, toys, household items and gifts that are available. All proceeds support the hospital, and crafter Bonnie Greer reports that they raised more than $4,000 last year.
This year, they're adding extra dates for the Christmas season. In addition to the regular Oct. 25 date, check out the bazaar Nov. 8 and 29, and Dec. 6 and 13.
And looking ahead to 2017, bazaar dates are Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 30 and June 27.
COBOURG — Watton Employment Services Inc. is hosting a job fair Oct. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Lions Community Centre in Cobourg.
The call is out for anyone seeking employment as industrial and manufacturing labourers, bartenders, servers, kitchen help, dish washers, cleaners, personal-support workers, customer service, line cooks, housekeepers, hosts and hostesses, or bus drivers.
Bring along your resume for an on-the-spot interview.
The Lions Centre is located at 157 Elgin St. E. To pre-register or for more information, call 905-372-1901.
NORTHUMBERLAND — If they're really serious about music at your school, you might want to consider entering the Canadian Music Class Challenge.
Until Nov., 23, this initiative challenges music classes (from elementary to high school) to perform a cover version of one of 16 songs and submit the performance for consideration.
Competition takes place in six categories: High School Instrumental, High School with Vocal/Choral (a cappella or with band), Junior High Instrumental, Junior High with Vocal/Choral, Elementary School Instrumental and Elementary School with Vocal/Choral.
And there are prizes. Along with hometown-hero status and a commemorative plaque, winners in each category will receive a high-tech classroom recording kit that includes a laptop computer, recording software, speakers, keyboard, microphones, and more.
The 16 songs each class can choose from include Ain't Gonna Bother by Rosie and the Riveters, Rolling Stone by Reuben and the Dark, Run This Town by Corb Lund, Soul Run by Tanika Charles, Wish You Well by Justin Hines, The Hockey Song by Stompin' Tom Connors, Fil de Soi by Marie-Pierre Arthur, Le Mepris by Caracol, T'es Pas Un Autre by Buffy Sainte-Marie, We're Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time) by Trooper, Stitches by Shawn Mendes, 2 Heads by Coleman Hell, Bobcaygeon by The Tragically Hip, Ahead by a Century by The Tragically Hip, Aida by Sarah McLachlan, and Machine by Scott Helman.
The initiative is sponsored by CBC Music in association with MusicCounts with an eye toward highlighting the importance of music education in our schools.
For more information, visit cbcmusic.ca/musicclassore.
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