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What Does “Inspired by a Lifetime” Look Like? Come See For Yourself!

By Lisa Harpell

Feb. 8, 2024 – A fine arts gallery in Wasaga Beach, under the umbrella of the Wasaga Society for the Arts, the Stonebridge Art Gallery, is hosting the 2nd Annual “Inspired by a Lifetime” senior’s exhibit from February 8th – March 30th, 2024

The exhibit includes Seniors Residences’ from all around the area such as Leacock Retirement Lodge, Waterside Retirement Lodge, Bayfield House Retirement Residence, Chartwell Whispering Pines, Aspira Waterford Retirement Residence, Woods Park Care Centre, Chartwell Allandale Station Retirement Residence, and Lavita Barrington Retirement Residence. All of the participating artists have been taking Art Therapy classes with instructor Lisa Harpell, (Creative Madness Art Studios, Elmvale) and have advanced so much since last year that they appear to be more confident in showing their work, so much so, that the size of the canvases grew to 16 x 20″ this year and although they all found it a little daunting, the time, effort and stories while they created made it less scary.

The idea was born out of the pandemic to get the seniors work up on gallery walls in order for the artists to realize how incredibly talented they were, that coupled with a reason to get out and have a field trip to an art gallery in Wasaga Beach. Once on board, all the artists, family, friends and the support from the lifestyle managers and staff made this unique exhibit happen that will grow even more every year !

I’d like to thank all who were involved to make this incredible event happen but especially the artists who, I feel, now believe in themselves enough to keep going!



Jan. 6, 2024 LOTTO 649-Saying “yes” to ENCORE paid off for Michael Munroe of Waubaushene. The winning ticket was purchased at Derek Roberts Country Store on Pine Street in Waubaushene.


Tiny Resident Now A Published Author

By Laura Mattice

Feb. 11, 2024 – Cheryl Moore Writes – Africa Brought Me Home, One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Soul

Local Tiny Township resident, Cheryl Moore has many celebrated roles –  Social Worker, Healer, Spiritual Teacher and now, Published Author.

Africa Brought Me Home is the result of her lifelong desire to write a book. It has brought two of her dreams to fruition; to visit Africa to make a positive difference and to publish a book that would have meaningful impact for the reader.  The book is autobiographical, sharing what Moore experiences during an incredible six-week adventure in various regions in Africa.  In her opening message to the reader, she writes:  “Many of the ‘lessons I learned’ on this trip were based on thoughts I had before.  They are probably thoughts most of us have considered if we have been engaged in personal and spiritual growth. But knowing something and feeling something are different things. The ‘feelings’ I had as a result of my African volunteer experience brought me deeper and deeper into myself and helped me to turn inward as opposed to outward for answers to difficult questions, and for comfort about some of my life challenges.  This is why I say that ‘Africa brought me home.’  It brought me to myself.

If you have ever wanted to experience a life and culture entirely different than your own, are not sure how to reach your dreams or have wondered about the impact of your actions on yourself and others, you will resonate with this book. Her reflections are often poignant and I felt I was celebrating her achievements and “ah-ha” moments with her.

Cheryl has had three book launches since the book was released in November and has been humbled by the support of the community.

She is open to speaking events in person or online for groups who want to learn more about the law of attraction, dream manifestation, living in presence, or journaling and learning to write.  The next opportunity to hear her speak in our community will be on Friday, March 8th, from 4:30 – 6:00 pm, at ‘A Passion for Fashion Inc.’ in Penetanguishene, where she has been invited to speak about her book in honour of International Women’s Day. In lieu of entrance fees, she and shop owner, Nancy Yip, will be inviting participants to make a donation to the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre, where Cheryl is a long-standing Program Provider.  To reserve a seat for this event, call the store at 705-527-5499.

If you would like to get your own copy of this book, you can purchase Africa Brought Me Home at Georgian Bay Books in downtown Midland, or by contacting the author directly through her web site at https://hereandnowhealth.com/, where you can also learn about the many ways she serves our community


Centre Flos W.I.

Members of the Centre Flos Women’s Institute meet monthly. In early January, we were privileged to have our local newspaper owner/editor, Linda Belcourt, share her business story. The North Simcoe Springwater News provides a much needed window into our local communities’ events and residents. We are so fortunate to be one of the few areas still boasting a printed newspaper.

Major Roy Snow, from the Salvation Army Church in Barrie was our February guest speaker. He gave an enlightening presentation about their history in Barrie, dating back over 130 years. Each day they provide a host of social services – assistance of food, clothing & lodging to those in need. Community & Family services assist individuals & families struggling to make ends meet. The annual Christmas Kettle Campaign is their main fund-raising event – this year raising over $500,000. Our members had gathered 3 bags of mitts, socks, hats & slippers and these were donated to Major Snow for use at the Bayside Mission.

Our Branch recognized 3 members/volunteers with the following certificates: Sandy Houston & Dianne Ritchie received their life membership certificates, and Carrie Nesbitt was awarded an Honorary Life Membership; each for service in excess of 25 years. CONGRATULATIONS Ladies.


Wasaga Beach is Making It Easier for Residents and Visitors to Enjoy the Breaking the Ice Festival

Feb. 9, 2024 – Town of Wasaga Beach – Free shuttle service from Playland Parking Lot during Burton Cummings and Blue Rodeo concerts will help ensure guests have a fun, worry-free concert experience

Wasaga Beach – The Town of Wasaga Beach is making it easier for residents and visitors to enjoy the Breaking the Ice Festival, which begins Saturday, February 10 with a sold-out NHL Alumni Game and a first-come, first-serve NHL Alumni autograph session at the new Wasaga Stars Arena and Wasaga Beach Public Library.

Winners of multiple Juno Awards and Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame inductees, Burton Cummings and Blue Rodeo, are also set to headline separate concerts as part of the show-stopping line-up that will kick off the Town of Wasaga Beach’s 50th-anniversary celebrations and mark the grand opening of the Town’s new twin-pad arena and library.

Throughout the Breaking the Ice Festival, there are over 20 free, age-friendly events, music shows, public skates and other activities catering to kids, families and citizens of all ages.

Town introduces free shuttle service

To make it easier for residents and visitors to enjoy the festival, all municipal parking lots will offer free parking. In addition, the Town has organized a free shuttle service on February 17 and 18 to move guests to and from the Wasaga Stars Arena during the live performances by Burton Cummings and Blue Rodeo. The free shuttle service will run between the Wasaga Stars Arena and the Playland Parking Lot, located near Beach Area 1.

Have fun, keep our air and water clean

The Town is also asking residents and guests to carpool while attending events, when possible, to help avoid traffic congestion near the venue and reduce the environmental footprint of the festival.



“From Our Shelf to Yours”

Feb. 8 2024 – The  Crown Hill Women’s Institute has set up a book lending/trade library and shelves with items that may be used by people in the area. “From Our Shelf to Yours” is a project in collaboration with the Crown Hill- Dalston United Church who generously have allowed the cupboard to be located on the church property.

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