Little Stories

Anten Mills News with Dennis Gannon

The Family Day weekend was a nice break for families in our community. The weather while cold but bright was great for outdoor activities. With the increase in snow days this year, there has been a lot of scrambling to ensure that the children who couldn’t get to school were looked after and had some activities to keep them occupied. We are very fortunate in Anten Mills that there is an abundance of outdoor opportunities to enjoy. Our skating rink at the community park is in great shape thanks to the volunteers who look after it and has had plenty of use. While the snowmobile trail has had its challenges, there are still plenty of people using it for walking and hiking. The Hendrie Tract has plenty of trails to snowshoe, cross country ski, ATV and Fat Biking. As well there are three playgrounds that are accessible year round. So we have no excuse to not enjoy the outdoors. On top of all those reasons, we know that there are deer in our forests so don’t be surprised if you come across one.

With winter slowly winding down you may be thinking about the March Break or summer activities. The Township of Springwater has published its Spring and Summer recreation guide. On Monday during the morning there are two programs and on Wednesday evenings there are another two at the community hall. This summer there is a week long camp planned at the hall and as well the mobile skateboard park. These programs are possible with adequate registration. Your Community Recreation Association has lobbied over the past for programs to be held at our hall so please consider registering and taking advantage of them.

As you travel along Wilson or Horseshoe Valley Road you will have noticed the sign boards with a birthday greeting or a local business information. The boards are a source of income which helps fund our community activities and the price to use them is very reasonable. The letter changes are done by our dedicated volunteers who do so in all types of weather.  The community thanks those hardy individuals and if you have a special announcement or own a business why not send your requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will do their best to accommodate you.

A final reminder that if you have a fire hydrant in front of your property or near by, please help our fire department by clearing the snow away. In an emergency very second counts. Send me your events and announcements to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and remember, the clocks move ahead for daylight savings time on March 10, so Spring is coming!

 

Wyevale News with Ruth Ann Caston

Happy birthday wishes go out to Mandy Stott, Landon Stott, Joanne Jones, Brianne Gunn, Domi King, Joshua Hamelin, Marg Caston, Trace Leonard, Paul Gamble, Karen Moreau, Sharon Foster, Chris Jolie, Candy Wakelin, Grace Howard, Emily VanderVoort, Hillary Hall, Grace Caston, Freddy Pantrey, Robert Hall, Logan Moreau, Grace Handy, Emily VanderVoort and Mark Marcellus.

Bid euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. in the church basement. $2.50 per person with a light lunch & prizes. Winners from Friday Jan. 25th were: 1st Dorothy Rumney, 2nd Rae Woolhead and 3rd Mary Reynolds. Winners from Feb. 1st were: 1st Kitty Burnett, 2nd Marilyn Bumstead & 3rd Lillian Robinson. Winners from Feb. 8th were: 1st Rae Woolhead, 2nd Lillian Robinson & 3rd Kitty Burnett. Winners from Feb. 15th were: 1st Marguerite Stone, 2nd Marilyn Bumstead & 3rd Dorothy Rumney. Everyone welcome.

Sunday March 3rd is Transfiguration Sunday.

Tuesday March 5th is the Pancake Dinner 5-7 p.m. Adults $5, Children are free. All sales at the door. No advance sales. Enjoy this on Shrove Tuesday.

Once again Wyevale Church is having a couple of fund-raiser events. Macmillan’s orders are due by April 1st. Get your order forms from Sandy Rawn or Gillian Reynolds. Return orders to them or leave at the church. Cheques are made out to Wyevale United Church. Delivery date is Wed. April 17th. Also, Vasey Seed Program is available with orders & payment due by April 21st. Leave them with the church office or Sandy Rawn at 705.322.6955.

Anyone with news items for the paper, please call me and leave a message at 705.527.5274.

 

Hillsdale News with Alissa Shanahan

There have been many exciting things happening over the past few weeks in our little community!

  • Order of Canada: It was announced in January that Hillsdale resident and sculptor John McEwen will be awarded the Order of Canada later this year! McEwen, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, is receiving this distinguished award for his many contributions to Canadian culture. While McEwen has work all over the world, his notable pieces closer to home include the Searchlight Starlight Spotlight pillars in front of Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, and the Royal Canadian Air Force Hall of Tribute at the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa. The Township of Springwater is honouring Mr. McEwen with a presentation at the February 20th council meeting. Congratulations, John!
  • Thank You: Also at the February 20th council meeting, the Township of Springwater will be recognizing our very own Lynne Wright with a special presentation, for her years of service as Hillsdale’s crossing guard. For 14 years, Lynne made sure the children of our community crossed Hwy 93 safely to get to and from school, often putting herself in harms way to ensure the safety of our kids. Her dedication to our community, warm smile and positive attitude led her to being named Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard in 2012, and she received the Crystal Maple Leaf award in 2013 from Fed-Ex and Safety Kids Canada. All of Hillsdale wishes you well in this next chapter of your life, Lynne! We appreciate you, and will miss you!  
  • New Business: We have a new business in town! Springwater resident Barb has opened up her shop “Every Occasion Gift Baskets ‘n More” at 4570 Penetanguishene road (right beside the dental office). Open Tuesday-Saturday, the store is home to pre-made gift baskets to cover all of your needs! They also make custom gift baskets to make sure you are getting exactly what you want! In addition to their beautiful baskets, the store carries greeting cards, candles, jewellery, purses and Bee By The Sea products. For more information, check out their Facebook page (Every Occasion Gift Baskets ‘n More) or – better yet – pop on in!
  • Hillsdale Community Recreation Association (CRA): The Hillsdale CRA meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the hall at 7:00pm.  Please note that there will not be a meeting in February, so our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 27th.   Come out to have your input heard about our community, and get involved as much (or as little!) as you wish!

The “Hillsdale Highlights” is a community news update, so please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any information you would like the community to know about! Follow the official Hillsdale Community Recreation Association on Facebook for details about upcoming events and social gatherings at “Hillsdale Community Group.”

 

Midhurst Resident Attending Nursing Awareness Trip to DR

Lifetime Midhurst resident Francesca Dougan celbrate her 41st Birthday by giving back.

As a second year Nursing student at Georgian College, this January she decided to dedicate her birthday to her groups Nursing Trip to Consuelo, DR that will take place this spring.  A selected number of nursing students will be travelling in April to serve communities that do not otherwise have formal health care. Along with her fellow students and professors they will make positive changes for families as well as many great life experiences for themselves. Francesca collected many of the goods you see here, vitamins, bandages, toothbrushes, ointments, eyedrops and much more. The students are working very hard at fundraising in our communiites as well as at the College up until they leave for their trip. 

Donations are always welcome, our story can also be found at the following link: 

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rayjon-share-care-of-sarnia-inc/campaign/georgian-college-rayjon-nursing-trip-to-consuelo-dominican-republic/

 

Waterside Entertainment

Waterside Retirement Lodge in Wasaga Beach, ON has been knitting blankets since 2016 for various hospitals.  The ladies are passionate about giving back to the community.

In the first two years over 40 blankets were donated to patients receiving Cancer treatment at Southlake Hospital and to children at Sick Kids.

In 2018 their goal of 500 knitted baby items was surpassed in 3 short months thanks to the support of the community.  Recreation Coordinator, Christie Murchison estimates almost 1000 items was donated to 3 different hospitals in our surrounding area.  After their 500 party in June 2018, they started knitting over-sized lap blankets for Collingwood General Marine Hospital.  They learned there was a need to assist patients to be more comfortable when sitting for longer period of time at the Hospital.

In 2019 already 5 blankets have been donated to the hospital and there is no stopping these ladies.  They usually can sew together a blanket every week or two depending on how many are working on the blanket at one time.  

The Residents' goal for 2019 is to donate enough blankets for the hospital to say, we don't need anymore at this time, like they did last year with baby hats.   Residents welcome any community member who may like to help with Making An Outstanding Difference in the Lives of Patients at Collingwood Marine General Hospital by dropping off new blankets to Waterside Retirement Lodge at 239 Zoo Park Road, Wasaga Beach.

 

Penetanguishene Library

Essential Oils 101 with Kim –Thursday February 21st @6:30PM

This class will introduce you to the power of essential oils. Essential Oils can provide support to your health, both physically and emotionally. They are 100% pure food grade, safe and naturally effective. This is a free program. Registration is recommended, as space is limited.

March Break Fun…For Kids!

Mon. March 11th-Friday March15th Drop-in and build with lego.

Tues. March 12th @10am Adopt a Dinosaur and take part in dino activities.

Wed. March 13th  10am-12pm –Make an edible craft to take home.

     1-2pm -  Learn basic coding with Ozo Bots

     2:30-3:30pm -

Friday March 15th S,T.E.A.M. Friday – Drop in and create!

Registration is required for non-drop-in programs.

March Break Fun…For Adults!

Thursday February 14th

9:30-10:30am -Bath Bomb Workshop. $15 Fee due at  registration.                          

10:45-11:45am Homemade Bath Salts $10 Fee due at registration.

Register early to avoid disappointment. These programs fill up quickly!

Travel with Jennifer- Wednesday March 20th @3:00pm

Escape the winter blahs, and take a fascinating, colourful journey to the Galapagos Islands with Jennifer, in this installment of her travel show series.  $5 refundable deposit required to save your spot.

Want to try snowshoeing or ice fishing without the investment? You can now circulate snowshoes and ice fishing poles at the library, free with your membership. Deposit is required.  Drop by, or give us a call for more information.

New This Month @PPL

Adult Fiction – The Dog Walker’s Diary by Kathryn Donahue

Adult Non-Fiction – Queen of the World by Robert Hardman

YA Fiction – Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

JUV-Fiction –Up the Creek! By Kevin Miller

JP- Caribou Song by Tomson Highway

ADVD – Crazy Rich Asians

JUVDVD- Smallfoot

PPL has something for everyone. To keep up to date with our program offerings check out our webpage, find us on Facebook by searching Penetanguishene Public Library and follow us on twitter @ PPLlibrarystaff. 

 

Threads of Love

June to December 2018 report

To all Threads of Love sewers, knitters, fabric cutters, teddy bear stuffers, odd-job workers, donors, supporters and prayer partners, I just want to share with you how far and wide your efforts have gone to reach the needy in God’s name.  We said a final goodbye to Suzanne in the fall, and she and Gary are safely and happily settled near Calgary, close to their kids and grandkids.

June 25/18:  Sylvia’s bike to went El Salvador to help someone get to work on time, the rest of her van load to Peru & Sierra Leone via Dr. Simone (Canadian Food for Children).

June 27/18:  950 sanitary pads with bags, soap and wash cloths to slums and rural areas in Kenya via Catherine (HPIC).

July 2/18, July 16/18 & Sept. 4/18:  Three times over the summer Marg delivered her Volkswagen Fit jam packed with an assortment of teddy bears, clothing, school bags, etc. to Dr. Simone.

July 9/18:  25-30 warm blankets to war torn Eastern Ukraine via Jan & George to be delivered to orphanages and old age homes.

July 30/18:  141 soap bars wrapped in beautiful wash cloths, donated by our Peterborough friends were on their way to Kenya via HPIC to augment the previous delivery of sanitary pads.

Aug. 1/18:  Sylvia delivered to a shipping company in TO, headed for Philippines, 5 boxes for  Fabella maternity  hospital and their children’s cancer treatment wing in Manilla, and 1 to Bess Palmer at Abundant Grace of God Maternity Centre in the north.  (Also, the Talbot’s box) Included in the van load were additional boxes going to either Malawi or El Salvador via Dr. Simone.

Sept 5/18:  42 school bags with pencils and pencil case bags went to India with Pastor Ann Harbridge from the United Church in Rosemont.

Sept/18:  300 eye glass bags (along with used glasses collected at FEMC) to Marilyn McIlroy (EMCC) for an eye care clinic mission trip to Haiti in November.

Oct.5/18:  Blankets, small children’s knitted sweaters and pneumonia vest and towels to orphanages in Eastern Ukraine via Jan & George.

Oct. 5/18:  Baby quilts went to Bess Palmer, (midwifery training) in the Philippines to be included in her family’s Christmas gift box for the new moms at Abundant Grace of God Maternity Centre.

Oct 12/18:  Sylvia’s van filled again – sewing machine for parts along with fabric to Honduras, baby layettes, school supplies & bags, quilts with cuddlee’s to Sierra Leone via Dr. Simone.

Oct. 15/18:  5 boxes of fabric and other items via Bev, to the New Hamburg Mennonite Thrift Store where the store raises funds for missions.

Oct. 29/18:  Fabric for braided rugs to the Mennonites in New Hamburg again, which they sell for missions, again via Bev.

Sept., Oct. & Nov. 2018:  1900 teddy bears, 285 pairs of shorts, 343 dresses, 250 pads and 608 bags went to Samaritan Purse this Christmas season to depots in Collingwood, Barrie, Orillia and Woodstock.

Dec/18:  200 teddy bears and 200 school bags headed for Sri Lanka with Seekers Christian Fellowship in Mississauga, a mission trip to several schools there via Rebekah.

Dec/18:  A huge suitcase full of children’s dresses and shorts will be on its way to a very poor area in Jamaica with Barb on her annual mission trip to the children there.

God has found so many ways for your work to be used for His glory in only the last 6 months.  You have my thanks and my love for your dedication to His cause. 

Also very much appreciated are those who have sponsored boxes to the Philippines, those who have loaded their vehicles and delivered our work to depots that will send it around the world, those who have helped loading, and the Monday night boys club for putting tables away for us.

God bless you all, and keep praying for God to bless our efforts in 2019.

Sue Reid  Coordinator of Threads of Love

Faith Evangelical Missionary Church, Wasaga Beach

 

Tiny’s 2019 Winter Carnaval D’Hiver

 Date: February 13, 2019 (Tiny) On February 9, 2019, the Township of Tiny held its 13th annual Winter Carnaval D’Hiver! This exciting event was held at Perkinsfield Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and was attended by more than 700 residents and visitors.  The Elmvale Skating Club kicked off the event at 11:30 a.m. with an energetic figure skating performance. Hungry attendees enjoyed a free pancake lunch, generously donated by the title sponsor, ELM Catering.  Thanks to the many community sponsors and volunteers, there was fun to be had by all! Thrill-seekers took a ride down the Snow Valley Ski Resort Tubing Slide. Foodies warmed up with some hot chocolate, apple cider and soup, and topped it off with fresh snow taffy and butter tarts. Vehicle enthusiasts and future firefighters enjoyed a fire truck and hovercraft display. Campers-at-heart gathered around the fire to roast marshmallows and spider hotdogs, tried homemade bannock and joined in hearty sing-a-longs. Folks were toe-tapping to live music played by KICX 106 and 104.1 The Dock. Sports fanatics eagerly tried their hand at a mini stick stadium, sledge hockey and riding a fat tire bike.  Thank you to all who joined us at Winter Carnaval D’Hiver!  This event was only possible thanks to the many community sponsors, partners and volunteers who made it all happen. 

Thank you ELM Catering, Elmvale Skating Club, Lafontaine Iron Werks, the Business Association of Balm Beach, Wyevale Jug City, Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors, Sunset Bay Community Association, Tiny Township Lions Club, All Sports All People, LA Café, Midland Public Library, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Festival Du Loup, Severn Sound Environmental Association, Sainte-Croix and Wyevale Public School Parents Councils, Tiny Fire & Emergency Services Department, Discovery Harbour and Sainte Marie Among the Hurons, ShopMidland.com, The Surf Restaurant, Kicx 106, 104.1 The Dock and all the amazing volunteers who endured the cold weather to make sure our community could enjoy this special day. We may be Tiny, but our community has big hearts!

To view moments from the 2019 Winter Carnaval D’Hiver, please visit our Facebook page or website using the links below:

Website: www.tiny.ca/EventPhotos

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Township-of-Tiny-261326763938017/

Each year, Council dedicates resources to special community events in order to engage Tiny residents. Council’s goal is to build civic engagement and community pride.                                                                        Contributes by Laura Russell

 

You Are Invited!   to a Spaghetti Dinner with Silent Auction and Dessert Auction

To support the Gould family  March 8th, 2019 at 6pm

Amanda is married to Randy Gould and they have a girl and two boys: Kiely, 9 years old; Liam, 7 years old; and Mason, 5 years old.  Amanda and her family live in Tiny Township.

Kiely's three favorite things are: playing with her dolls, being outside and pasta.  Liam likes gaming (e.g. Nintendo, PS4), dirt biking and pizza.  Mason is into playing with his cars and trucks, dirt biking and french fries. Kiely also likes her four-wheeler and making forts in the backyard.  Amanda's three favorite things are: crafts e.g. scrapbooking and making wooden signs (she loves Pinterest); baking; and cooking, experimenting with anything and everything.  She loves being with her family e.g. spending time at the cottage, swimming and watching the boys play hockey.

Amanda is diagnosed with metastatic soft-tissue sarcoma in her lung and at the bottom of her spine.  It is a rare kind of cancer and her kind, Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) is the rarest i.e. 0.5 to 1% of all soft tissue sarcomas.  In Canada, treatment involves experimental drugs and trial medications. She has undergone chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy in Canada. There are hundreds of different immunotherapy medicines; they are intended to get one's own body (i.e. immune system) to fight the cancer.

Amanda is feeling pretty good these days but is tired a lot. She often needs blood transfusions as a consequence of chemotherapy.  Her family is supportive and pulls together.  However, it is an adjustment and they are doing the best they can; some days are easy, some days are hard.

Amanda is going to Medias Klinikum, a hospital in Burghausen, Germany for specialized treatment called "regional chemotherapy” in which anticancer drugs directed to a specific area of the body.  In Canada, it is used for only certain types of cancer.  Regional chemotherapy has been around since the 1970’s; Medias Klinikum has amassed more than 30 years of expertise and reports great success. 

Amanda has been prescribed a course of 4 treatments.  She has been once in December 2018 and once in January 2019.  Her scan has showed positive results and she will be going in February and again in March.  Each trip costs $42,000; for travel plus treatment. 

Amanda is known to her community. They have supported her with a BBQ, a New Year's Eve 2019 dance at the Elmvale Lions Club and a Family Fun Day in February.  Now you, readers of Springwater News, are invited to a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on March 8th at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:45pm) at the Wyebridge Community Hall, 8340 County Rd 93, Tiny, Ontario.  In addition to a delicious meal, there will be a silent auction and a dessert auction.  Tickets are only $10 each!  And are available from: Wyevale Jug City, Elmvale Library, Elmvale Community Church or phone (705) 322-2466.  For more information on Amanda’s journey please visit her GoFundMe campaign at:  https://ca.gofundme.com/help-amanda-get-treatmentgermany  or scan the QR code with your phone:

by Connie R. Smith Feb. 15, 2019

 

Unity Flag at Elmvale flow signals coming together to protect the water

By Kate Harries AWARE News Network

As Beth Brass Elson of Beausoleil First Nation looked on, Dave Stock of Wahta Mohawk Territory raised the Unity Flag at the water flow north of Elmvale this morning.

“I’m here to help raise awareness for the water and help to see that that flag is flying high today,” she said. “It is the Unity Flag. some people mistake it for a warrior flag, but it’s a Unity Flag and it’s to bring people together and remind us that we have battles to fight - battles for water, battles for right for food, battles for our lives.”

As the flag went up, a continuous stream of people were coming and going with huge bottles they filled with water from the flow. Several expressed good wishes. The water is widely known, as tests by numerous scientists have shown it to be exceptionally clean.

But there’s concern the quality of the water is threatened by a proposed expansion by Cedarhurst Quarries (CRH Canada Group) of its aggregate operation at the Teedon Pit on the Simcoe Uplands Moraine.

The hill near Waverley, within sight of the flow, is the recharge area for the aquifer that feeds area artesian wells.

“A lot of people don’t understand what’s going on right here,” Stock explained. The flag is intended to draw attention, he said. “People are trying to get the word out and it’s hard to get it out."

It represents unity of all people, because “no matter what, once the water is gone, we’re all gone.”

Brass Elson agreed. “We either have to stand or we’re gone out of here within 20 years, it’s come to that point in time.”

She’s well-known to local people as one of the leaders of the battle to stop Dump Site 41 - which centred on protecting the same water - for which she and three other Anishinaabe Kweag (women) were made Springwater citizens of the year 10 years ago.

That was Round One. “It was a long battle before we came on board around the 12th hour, and we’re getting 12th-hourish again so I think it’s time that we all got together … for the right to have clean water.”
 In Round Two, the Teedon Pit has been dubbed Site 42.

Local resident Erin Archer was at the flow today and all weekend, talking to people who were getting water about the proposed expansion, and handing out letters of concern for them to sign.

She was overwhelmed when Stock and Brass Elson arrived with the flag. “I just want to cry,” she said. The flag makes a statement “to say, 'No, you are not taking the hill and we are standing united. We will stand together and we will protect the world’s purest water.'”

The Township of Tiny is opposing the quarry expansion, she said, and it’s important to support the municipality in its refusal to rezone the property. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is in charge of the public comment period, which expires March 25 2019.

A community open house is to be held Tuesday March 5 2019 from 4-7 pm at the Wyebridge Community Centre, with rally beforehand, starting at 3 pm. See Friends of the Waverley Uplands on Facebook

See also Erin Archer’s water column in this Springwater News for more information on how to make your views known on protecting the water.

 

Residential fire in Anten Mills

Township of Springwater / February 6, 2019 – Shortly before 11:00 p.m. on January 31, 2019, Springwater Fire & Emergency Services responded to a residential structure fire on Luella Boulevard in Anten Mills.

When emergency crews arrived on scene, they found a two-storey residence heavily involved with fire on the main level. Three fire stations and approximately 34 firefighters responded to the call. The firefighters began with an interior attack, but were forced back to defensive operations as the fire progressed to the second floor and roof.

Crews on scene as smoke fills the air in Anten Mills on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Working smoke alarms alerted the residents to the fire, which led them to implement their home fire escape plan. All occupants escaped and met at their designated meeting place to call 911. No firefighters or residents were injured.

“Thank you to our team of trained firefighters who battled the blaze while managing freezing outside temperatures and equipment,” says Deputy Fire Chief Jeff French. “Working smoke alarms gave the family the lifesaving warning they needed to safely escape, enact their home fire escape plan and call 911.” 

The origin of the fire was in the basement. The cause of the fire remains undetermined due to the heavy structural damage, but is not deemed suspicious. Damage is estimated at $700,000. The residential dwelling is covered by a homeowners insurance policy.

 

Springwater Libraries

Mother Goose Time

EarlyON is offering this special program for parents/caregivers to bond & communicate with their infant ages 0-12 months.  We will sing songs, poems, lullabies & have some storytelling.  Thursdays February 7 – March 28, 1:30pm-3pm, Elmvale Branch.  Registration required.  The usual drop-in Stay, Play & Learn will be closed during this program.

Lego Club

All ages are welcome to our Lego building challenge on Thursday February 21, 3:45pm Minesing Branch.

Volunteer Income Tax Program

Book your appointment & file your taxes for individual taxes up to $30,000, 2 person or family taxes up to $40,000.  Appointments will be held in March & April on Thursdays 1pm-6:30pm & Saturdays 10:30am-2:30pm.  Our last dates for appointments are Saturday April 20 & Thursday April 25.

St John Ambulance

Babysitting Course: 9am-5pm ages 11-15, cost $65.  Bring a doll/teddy bear, lunch & a drink.  Home Alone course: 9am-12noon, ages 10+, cost $45.  Bring a lunch & a drink.  Friday March 1, Minesing Branch.  Registration/payment is required.

Spring PA Day Craft

Ages 5+ are invited to make a free, fun spring themed craft.  Friday March 1, 11am-3pm Midhurst Branch.  This is a drop in program with no registration required.

Intro to Meditation

Teacher Maria Elizabeth is with us to take you through a guided meditation & learn how to meditate on your own.  Tuesday March 5, 6pm Midhurst Branch.  Pay what you can by donation. Registration required.

DIY Aromatherapy Bracelet

Traci MacCabe will show you how to create your own lava bead & stone bracelet with an essential oil that matches your personality.  Friday March 8, 7pm Minesing Branch or Tuesday March 26, 7pm Elmvale Branch.  Cost $10.  Registration is required.

March Break Programs

We’ve got lots cooked up for your school break with something for all ages!

Monday March 11: Intro to Lego WeDo 2pm-3pm Midhurst Branch.  Ages 8+ please register for this free program (only 8 spots available).  Fancy Cupcake Decorating 3pm-4:30pm Elmvale Branch.  Cost $2.  Ages 8+ please register (12 spots available).

Tuesday March 12: Spring Craft 11am-3pm Elmvale Branch.  Make Your Own Robot 1pm-3pm Minesing Branch.  Ages 3+ no registration required.  The Amazing Race Library Edition 7pm-8:30pm Midhurst Branch.  Cost $1.  All ages make up teams of four or more people (max 6 teams).  Registration required.

Wednesday March 13: Make Your Own Placemat 11am-noon, 2pm-3pm Midhurst Branch.  All ages, registration required.  March Break Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet 1pm Elmvale Branch.  No registration required.

Thursday March 14: Popcorn Program: 11am-1pm Midhurst Branch.  All ages.  Snack, game & craft.  No registration required.  March Break Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet 1pm Minesing Branch.  No registration required.  Lego Building Challenge 1:30pm-3:30pm Elmvale Branch.  Indoor/Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: 5:30pm-6:30pm Midhurst Branch.  Free, smores outside.  Registration limited to the first 40 people.

Friday March 15: Storytime 10:30am Elmvale and Midhurst Branch.  STUNT Ventriloquist Tim Holland!!! 2pm Minesing Branch.  No registration required.

Saturday March 16: Make your own Sock Creature 1pm Midhurst Branch.  Cost $1.  Ages 8+ please register for this program (15 spots available).

Math Club

Students in grades 3, 4 & 5 will develop their math skills through interactive games & activities.  We ask that parents/caregivers remain in the library during this program. 

Thursdays March 12-April 11, 4:30pm-5:30pm Midhurst Branch.  Registration is required as space is limited.

World Puppy Day

Come play with puppies from the Barrie Kennel & Obedience Club!  You can also make some dog treats, decorate a dog scarf & say “cheese” with a cool photo background!  Saturday March 23, 11am-12noon Elmvale Branch.  This is a free drop in program with no registration required.

Mental Health Seminar

Aleta Armstrong, Manager of the Community Awareness Program is coming for a special talk on mental health.  Tuesday March 26, 6:30pm Midhurst Branch.  The seminar is free to attend, registration required.

French Reading Buddies

Ages 5-9 are paired with an adult for quality reading time, a group reading circle & fun games!  Tuesdays March 26-April 30, 4:30pm-5:30pm Midhurst Branch.  This program is limited to 10 spots, registration required.

DIY Art of Tidying Up

Join “Casey” at this program based on Marie Kondo’s book and Netflix series: The life-changing magic of tidying up.  Bring your small cereal/shoe boxes.  Thursday March 28, 6:30pm Midhurst Branch. Registration is required.

Homeschool Science Fair

Fun-filled & non-competitive, every participant will receive a certificate!  Friday March 29, 1:30pm-3pm Elmvale Branch.  There is no cost for this program but registration is required.