Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

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Coldwater's Annual Duck Races

All day

May 27

Coldwater's Annual Duck Races

Buy your ticket from the Lion’s Club for your chance to race your duck down the Coldwater River to win great prizes.  Lots of activities for the family, and view the ducks being dumped into the river right from the Mill grounds.

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Coldwater Classic Car Show

All day

Sept. 17
13th Annual Coldwater Classic Car Show
Come out and enjoy the 13th Annual Coldwater Classic Car Show!
Show off your ride or look around at the 500 cars on site, there are games for the kids and BBQ from the Midland Boy Scouts and all your favourite locations in Coldwater to checkout during the day!
Children under 12 get in FREE
Win thousands of dollars in prizes like car products, hardware items, tools, appliances, etc., and try for your chance to win the grand prize of a brand new classic engine rebuild, valued at $2,250!
This great family event is coordinated by a group of local car enthusiasts looking to support to Coldwater Minor Sports teams.

coldwatervillage.com

Beaverton Winter Carnival

All day

Feb. 3
Beaverton Winter Carnival
This event, run by the Beaverton Lions, starts with a pancake breakfast, community bake sale and silent auction. Fun family activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, wheelbarrow races, ice slides, zorb balls, face painting, mini golf, tug of war, a donut-on-a-string eating contest and sled races. Chili, stew, hot dogs and hot drinks—and warming stations—will take the chill off. Prizes for all kids. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Several locations, Beaverton, beavertonlions.ca/events

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka - “Move to Give”

All day

1 day, 8 locations and a whole lot of fun

Choose how you MOVE and fundraise to GIVE back to your community. Funds raised help ensure the people in our community can access YMCA programs and services, empowering them to live healthier lives and reach their full potential.

The fourth annual YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka fundraiser called “Move to Give” will take place simultaneously in eight communities within our region. To kick start this massive fundraising event, 78 YMCA Child Care and school age programs across Simcoe/Muskoka hosted a mini fundraiser called “Moving and Grooving.” Children and their families collected “change to make change" in their communities across the region and raised over $24,000 towards the event goal of $100,000.

Move to Give participants will keep the momentum going on April 7 by challenging themselves physically while at the same time, giving back to their community.

For a full list of activities happening at each YMCA location across Simcoe/Muskoka go to: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/EventHome.aspx?eventid=232533&langpref=en-CA&Referrer=https%3a%2f%2fwww.google.ca%2fhttps://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/EventHome.aspx?eventid=232533&langpref=en-CA&Referrer=https%3a%2f%2fwww.google.ca%2f

We hope to see you at the YMCA on April 7!

ClearWater Farm Water Walk

All day

June 23 – ClearWater Farm Water Walk
Free, fun, family-friendly learning event for the whole community. 8am to 2pm
Start: Willow Beach Park with a 1 km walk along Lake Drive to ClearWater Farm.
8 am: Check in at Willow Beach Park,
8:45 am: An Elder from the Chippewas of Georgina Island leads a water prayer and blessing;
9:30 am: The ClearWater Farm Water Walk begins.

Led by Chippewas water keepers, kids and their families will walk along the shores of Lake Simcoe to ClearWater Farm where they will visit four interactive, hands-on learning stations themed around Water, Earth, Food and Community. They’ll enjoy a free lunch and then retrace their steps back to Willow Beach Park. And there is more…

From tragedy can come hope. Businesses are sponsoring this event to help rebuild the ClearWater Farm Barn that burned down accidentally in 2016 as an amazing interactive education space for children. As Georgina’s newest community asset, ClearWater Farm is a place for experiential learning connecting nature, food, community and eco-friendly technology.

481 Lake Dr E, Willow Beach, Georgina

ontariowatercentre.ca

Scarin' Temple

Thu. 1 Nov, 2018 10:00 am - Fri. 15 Mar, 2019 4:00 pm

Scarin' Temple is an exhibit going on at the museum from October to March in our gatehouse. We are open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Scarin' Temple on December 27, 2018

Events

Date & Time

Start Date:Thursday, 27 December 2018 End Date:Thursday, 27 December 2018 Time:10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Scarin' Temple takes a look at death in the Victorian Era. Check us out during our new winter hours from Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 4 p.m.

All Ages | $5 admission is required for access to exhibit and site

Contact info

The Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum

18974 Leslie St., East Gwillimbury ON, L0G 1V0

905-715-0879

Legacy Landscapes: Celebrating 25 Years of Land Conservation

Sat. 10 Nov, 2018 10:00 am - Sun. 24 Mar, 2019 4:00 pm

November 10 - March 24

Legacy Landscapes: Celebrating 25 Years of Land Conservation

Saturday, November 10, 2018 to Sunday, March 24, 2019 - during gallery hours.

Franklin Carmichael Gallery, Orillia Museum of Art and History

An exhibition by regional landscape artists celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Couchiching Conservancy Land Trust.

Since 1993, the Couchiching Conservancy land trust has been involved with the purchase and/or management of ecologically- significant properties.

Professional artists have been invited to create original artworks to celebrate these remarkable landscapes. These insights and impressions form a dynamic exhibition of landscape interpretations.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is open Mondays to Saturdays 10am-4pm, Sundays 1-4pm. Admission is a suggested $5 or by museum membership. Donations are appreciated to help us continue our mandate of inspiring creativity and celebrating history. 

The Couchiching Conservancy is a non-profit, non-government land trust dedicated to protects nature for future generations. http://www.couchichingconserv.ca/ or 705-326-1620

For more information, please contact Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director at 705-326-2159 x101 or by email.

My World, My Eyes, My Voice - Annual High School Art Exhibition

Sun. 27 Jan, 2019 1:00 pm - Sun. 17 Mar, 2019 4:00 pm

Jan. 27 to March 17

My World, My Eyes, My Voice - Annual High School Art Exhibition

Exhibition

Date: 

Sunday, January 27, 2019 to Sunday, March 17, 2019

My World, My Eyes, My Voice - Annual High School Art Exhibition

January 27 - March 17, 2019

Lounge Gallery

Annually, high-school teachers from multiple school boards are invited to submit work on behalf of their student artists.
Student artists are encouraged to create work that addresses issues meaningful to them. Some of the works explore:
• identity
• mixed messages from the media
• what the future holds
• environment issues

Orillia Museum of Art and History

30 Peter Street South

Orillia, ON L3V5A9

(705) 326-2159 orilliamuseum.org

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February Blues Festival

Thu. 31 Jan, 2019 5:00 pm - Sun. 3 Feb, 2019 10:00 pm

February Blues Festival

31 Jan – 3 Feb, 2019

Shake off cabin fever at the annual February Blues Festival featuring Blues and Jazz music performed by some of Canada's most brilliant artists in various venues throughout Barrie and area, including Bradford, Alliston, Innisfil, Georgina, Midland, Orillia.

Please visit website for a full schedule.

 http://www.barriejazzbluesfest.com

Phone: 705-739-9444

Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Artists - Visual Arts Exhibition

Sat. 2 Feb, 2019 10:00 am - Sat. 2 Mar, 2019 4:00 pm

February 2 - March 2, 2019

Mayor's Celebration of Youth Arts 2019 - An annual celebration of youth art!

The month of February will be officially known as Youth Arts Month in Aurora.

Since 2011, the Aurora Cultural Centre has engaged the graduating youth artists of our community through professional exhibiting opportunities known as the Youth Arts Program. In 2018, we transformed this program to be the Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts.

There is no secret the students’ visual art talents and passions have made this program a success; exploring the presentation is to witness our world through fresh and invigorating lenses. The artists’ motivations and technique practices brings forward a world commonly held hidden within the high school’s studio walls.

2019 Exhibition will feature:

  • • Aurora High School 
  • • Cardinal Carter CHS
  • • Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School
  • • The Sixth Collection, from St. Maximilian Kolbe CHS

Galleries are free of admission. All welcome!

Monday: Closed

Tuesday, Thursday - Saturdays: 10 am - 4 pm

Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre

22 Church St.

905-713-1818; auroraculturalcentre.ca

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Barrie Winterfest, in partnership with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre

Sat. 2 Feb, 2019 10:00 am - Sun. 3 Feb, 2019 5:00 pm

Winterfest 2019 features Indigenous culture in special partnership with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre

The City of Barrie proudly presents Winterfest, one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario, on February 2 and 3. This year, the City has partnered with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre in celebration of their 31st anniversary.

The Barrie Native Friendship Centre helps bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together to promote culture and community in the City of Barrie. Winterfest 2019 will highlight and celebrate the local Indigenous community through a number of events and programming, including ice and snow sculptures, speakers, hoop dancing and cultural sharing.

Winterfest takes place February 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and February 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Heritage Park and Meridian Place with most activities being free to enjoy. There are also drop-in activities and events at indoor venues throughout the community all weekend.

Outdoor fun

  • Ice and snow sculptures highlighting Clans of the local Indigenous community
  • Battle of the Chainsaws (Saturday at 1 p.m.)
  • Lumberjack shows
  • Toronto Maple Leafs Mobile Fan Zone
  • Winter sport demonstrations – snowshoeing and snowboarding
  • Helicopter rides ($)
  • Snow Valley’s mini tube slide
  • Walking tour with Barrie’s Town Crier
  • Skating at the Heritage Park pond, City Hall, or Centennial Park
  • Polar Bear Dip – free to participate and no pre-registration required
  • Maple taffy samples
  • Learn about the history of making maple syrup with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre
  • Family entertainment with Team T & J

 

Drop-in activities

  • Barrie Native Friendship Centre - Knowledge Keeper: Clan System and Clan Governance; Learn to Hoop Dance
  • Barrie Public Library – Indigenous Speaker Series: Jennifer Podemski and Nookmis Learning Circle
  • MacLaren Art Centre – Storytime, NFB film screenings, Family Workshop, and performance by the Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
  • Grey & Simcoe Foresters’ Regimental Museum Tour
  • Toonie skates and swims at East Bayfield Community Centre, Allandale Recreation Centre, and Holly Community Centre

 

Community events  

  • Winterfest Pancake Breakfast – hosted by the Lion’s Club of Barrie on Saturday morning at Collier Street United Church
  • February Blues Festival – enjoy Jazz & Blues music in venues throughout the community
  • Downtown Barrie's Hot Cocoa Trail – hot chocolate creations available at downtown cafes and eateries every weekend in February

 

Free Winterfest shuttle

Winterfest offers a free Park 'n Ride Shuttle on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shuttle will pick up passengers on Coulter Street behind the Bayfield Mall at Barrie Transit stop #203, stopping on Bayfield Street at the Barrie Native Friendship Centre (stop #64 & #74) to hop on or off, and will drop off at the Downtown Transit Terminal.

Parking and road closure

If you’re driving, there’s plenty of downtown and waterfront parking available within close walking distance, including the Collier Street Parkade – a fully accessible, seven-level parking facility with over 300 spots located on Collier Street between Owen and Clapperton Streets. Reminder: Barrie residents can park for free in waterfront lots when displaying a Resident Waterfront Parking Pass. Simcoe Street will be closed from Maple Avenue to Dunlop Street from 6 a.m. on February 2 to 6 p.m. on February 3.

For more information, including a full schedule of activities, times and locations, visit www.barrie.ca/Winterfest.

Time: 10am – 5pm 

Admission: Free

Dates: 02 – 03 Feb, 2019

Heritage Park & Downtown Barrie

https://www.barrie.ca/Culture/Festivals/Pages/Winterfest.aspx

Phone: (705) 739-4285

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