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Around Town: Seniors' forum in Cobourg, Play It Forward in Port Hope and much more

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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COBOURG -- The Town of Cobourg Recreation and Culture Division is pleased to announce the seventh annual Seniors' Active Living and Education Forum Friday, hosted by the Cobourg Seniors' Activity Centre in partnership with the Older Adults Centres' Association of Ontario.

The free event at the Cobourg Community Centre includes more than 40 exhibitors who will provide information of interest to seniors in a fast-paced high-tech society, tackling such topics as travel, health and fitness, estate planning and more. As well, local businesses and non-profit agencies will offer information on local services available.

As a special added features, seminars will be held in the rooms adjoining the gymnasium. A complete list of seminar topics and times can be found at the Cobourg Community Centre's website at

As well, a light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

"We are looking forward to providing our senior community with an event that provides valuable information on a wide range of topics," Councillor Brian Darling (Co-ordinator of Parks and Recreation Services) said in the announcement.

"I encourage the community to check this free event out."

The Cobourg Community Centre is located at 750 D'Arcy St., and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


PORT HOPE -- Don't forget tomorrow night is the second annual Play It Forward concert, a Rebound Child and Youth Services Northumberland benefit at Port Hope's Capitol Theatre presented by James Burton of Investors Group Cobourg.

Northumberland's own Greatest of Ease opens the show, and Juno-nominated country-rock band Ambush is the headliner. There will will be door prizes and silent auction, as well as a wine-and-cheese reception, with all proceeds to Rebound.

Tickets are $25, available at, and organizers are hoping to equal the success of last year's show -- which raised more than $5,500 for local charities.

It's a wonderful way to support a great cause, the announcement said, and to help Rebound celebrate their 20th anniversary of helping local youth.


COBOURG -- Cobourg Public Library has its ducks in a row for Library Week, and the fun involves all ages.

Programming happens on two fronts Saturday, when the library visits the Harwood Community Hall during their monthly pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to encourage people to sign up and check out materials, and learn more about their mobile library service (a visit they plan to repeat Nov.4 and Dec. 2). Meanwhile, back at the Cobourg branch (200 Ontario St.), their big annual book sale is on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The library welcomes a visit from the Cobourg Police Safety Village Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., which the kids won't want to miss.

All sorts of surprises are in store for library patrons Oct. 18, when a revolving cast of familiar faces take turns working the check-out desk for Celebrity Day.

The annual Share Your Stories writing contest will be launched at all three branches (Cobourg, Bewdley and Gore's Landing) on Oct. 19.

Boomers aged 55-plus are invited to their regular Friday program Boomers and Beyond, which starts at 10 a.m. -- this week's theme is Books and Brains.

And on Oct. 21, fans of CBC's Murdoch Mysteries will want to take advantage of the chance to see the author of the books from which the show was adapted. Maureen Jennings will be at the library at 2 p.m, and registration is required.

For more information on library programming, visit the website or call 905-372-9271.


COBOURG -- Not many sports bill themselves as suitable for players aged eight to 80, but the Cobourg Badminton Club is an exception..

Affiliated with the Ontario Badminton Association, they pay on six courts in the south gymnasium at Cobourg Collegiate Institute Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. through the end of April (with the exception of school holidays), and their new season is just beginning.

Players of all ages are welcome to sign up for either competitive play or just for fun and fitness.

The invitation is out to bring your racquet and running shoes to play as a guest for a $5 fee. Or you may wish to enrol for the season at $80 per person.

For more information, visit or call Diana at 905-342-2620.


PORT HOPE -- Port Hope Fall Fair president Connie Martinell summed up the 2017 fair as sun, fun and agriculture taking centre stage.

No doubt, she said in a recent press release, the beautiful weather encouraged the great turn-out to enjoy the horse show, horse pulls, beef and dairy shows, truck pulls, live entertainment, exhibitor displays, vintage cars and the ever-popular demo derby.

"It is not only the community that makes this a great event, but the dedication of our volunteer board of directors and associate directors," she said.

The fair takes place on municipality grounds but is a product of the Port Hope and District Agricultural Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting agricultural awareness.

"There are many people who come together to ensure the fair is a success every year, and this year was no exception -- our volunteers joined forces to put on a spectacular weekend for our community.," Connie said.

Thanks also go to the many sponsors who donated time and money to support the various events.

Meanwhile, planning has begun on the 187th annual fair for Sept. 14 to 16, 2018. The theme is Country Roots and Cowboy Boots.


NORTHUMBERLAND -- The Ganaraska Chordsmen (sometimes known as the Ganaraskals) rated a mention in the September edition of the Trillium -- Talking Barbershop in Ontario newsletter.

Under the heading Barbershop Floods the Airwaves in Northumberland, kudos are offered to Ontario's newest chapter for their great marketing idea. Each Thursday at 7:30 a.m., their Northumberland 89.7 radio show The Acapella Fellas broadcasts barbershop and a cappella melodies to those listeners at home and en route to work.

The newsletter also had sad news, reporting that the Shaken Not Stirred ensemble has hung up their tuxedos after almost 10 years of entertainment and competition in Canada and the US. Local audiences may remember them from the Ganaraskals' 2016 show in Port Hope as guests on the bill.

If you are interested in learning more about the Ganaraskals (perhaps with a view to joining), they welcome new members of all ages, men of any age who love to sing. Their meeting place has recently changed, and you can find them each Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Township Mutual Insurance Building, 1085 Elgin St. W.

For more information contact Rick at 289-829-0901 or email


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