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Thrilling books, classic movies, Elvis and more

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

The classic George Lucas coming-of-age film American Graffiti screens at the Cobourg Public Library on Nov. 6, part of the library's fall film series.

SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER The classic George Lucas coming-of-age film American Graffiti screens at the Cobourg Public Library on Nov. 6, part of the library's fall film series.

COBOURG -- Many libraries have book clubs, but not many have the creative kind of monthly book clubs that have been launched by the folks at the Cobourg Public Library.

One focuses on authors, a different one each month. Just read any book by that author and meet downtown at The Rustic Bean at 5 p.m. for snacks and a good chat.

This club began last month with talks about Maureen Jennings, author of the series of books on which the popular CBC drama Murdoch Mysteries is based.

Authors scheduled for later are Mary Higgins Clark on Oct. 30 and Ken Follett on Nov. 27.

Then there's the Cobourg Cookbook Club. A theme is announced in advance, and you check out a cookbook, try out a recipe and report back.

This club began a few weeks back with the theme Muffin Mania. You can still enjoy November and December meetings -- Chili Cook-Off Nov. 1 and Crazy for Cookies Dec. 6, both at 1 p.m. at the library. To register, call 905-372-9271.

The library is also pleased to announce that Monday and Friday movies are back at 2 p.m., and the line-up has been provided:

  • Far From the Madding Crowd on Oct. 20.
  • Death On the Nile on Oct. 23.
  • The Lady Killers on Oct. 27.
  • The Man Who Knew Infinity on Oct. 30.
  • American Graffiti on Nov. 6.
  • The Blue Dahlia on Nov. 10.
  • The Searchers on Nov. 13.
  • Cover Girl on Nov. 17.
  • Enchanted April on Nov. 20.
  • Crime of Passion on Nov. 24.
  • Let's Make Love on Nov. 27.
  • Dances With Wolves (part one) on Dec. 1.
  • Pleasantville on Dec. 4.
  • Dances With Wolves (part two) on Dec. 8.
  • You Can't Take It With You on Dec. 11.
  • Going My Way on Dec. 15.

The library is located at 200 Ontario St., and the movies are open to everyone.
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COBOURG -- Dance with the Oriana Singers Friday, at their fundraiser at the Columbus Community Centre.

Beginning at 8 p.m., the Orianas invite you to bop 'til you drop to the music of the local band TOAST. TOAST members Anne Burnham, Paul Burnham, Jeff Pudwell, Dave Seale and Warren Ambrose play the oldies with energy and joy, and they have a faithful local following.

And in case your dance moves are a bit rusty, Gabia of Dance With Me will be on hand to offer lessons in swing dancing, so there should be lots of action and fun.

The Columbus Community Centre is located at 232 Spencer St. E., Cobourg, and tickets are $18 at the door (or $15 if purchased in advance from the Burnham Family Farm Market.
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COBOURG -- D# Sports and Entertainment will bring two entertaining events to the Cobourg Community Centre, both of which are benefits for Fighting the Truth, a non-profit organization that helps people dealing with mental-health issues get the help they need.

An Evening of Legends comes to the centre Oct. 28. The 7 p.m. show will feature performers recreating such musical legends as Tom Jones, Frankie Valli, Connie Francis, and others. The headline act will feature multiple-time Collingwood Elvis Festival finalist Sam Calleri, bringing The King to life. Tickets for this event will be $30, or two for $55.

On Nov. 10, Smash Wrestling presents live pro wrestling, complete with all the Smash Wrestling stars as seen on the Fight Network. The action-packed family-friendly event is a chance to see some of the best wrestlers in Ontario, and there is even a special family rate of four for $50 (individual tickets are $15 each). Bell time is 7:30 p.m.

The Cobourg Community Centre is located at 750 D'Arcy St. For tickets (or for information on sponsorship opportunities), e-mail
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CASTLETON -- A good old-fashioned roast-pork dinner is offered up Oct. 28 at Castleton United Church.

Along with delicious roast pork with all the fixings, there will be home-made desserts to top it all off. As well, Cheryl Casselman and Friends will be on hand to provide musical entertainment.

The dinner runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with continuous seating throughout. Adult tickets are $15, or $6 for children aged six to 12.

The church is located at 1815 Percy St. in Castleton, and tickets are now available at the Castleton General Store and Downey Pharmacy in Colborne -- or call the church office (905-349-2736) or Linda (905-344-5084) or Marion (905-375-8155).
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HARWOOD -- You can also support St. John's Church in Harwood at their Oct. 21 Harvest Feast.

This is a dinner of roast beef and ham with all the trimmings, served up at 6 p.m. at the Harwood Hall (5354 Front St.), with a silent auction as well that gives you the opportunity for some great bargains.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children aged six to 12 (free to those aged five and under), and they're available from Ann-Marie Tinney (give her a call at 905-342-3175).
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COBOURG -- St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Cobourg hosted a Canada 150 event earlier this year, with a June Strawberry Social on the Lawn.

Now, on Oct. 27, their Young At Heart group has its own Canada 150 celebration with a special guest. The group will welcome the town's heritage planner Allison Torrie-Lapaire for a look at how we got our Canadian flag.

The church is located at 200 King St. W., and the meeting begins at 10 a.m. Members extend an invitation to all to come in for coffee and enjoy an informative program.
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