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Orillia — The Mariposa Folk Foundation and Lakehead University are offering three days of creative classes in advance of this year’s Mariposa Folk Festival.
At Mariposa ArtsU, participants can learn unique skills in participatory, hands-on classes in photography, painting, singing, guitar theory, print-making, puppetry, sound recording, and creative movement.
All classes will be held on campus at Lakehead University in Orillia, July 6, 7 and 8.
Innovative professional photographer Peter Stranks will assist participants as they use their own digital cameras to engage with inventive photographic techniques.
Local artist Juliana Hawke will introduce her students to the amazing arts of printmaking and water colour painting, and singer-songwriter paul court (Blood and Fire: the Donnelly Project) will equip aspiring songwriters with the fundamental tools of his trade.
These are just three of the eight instructors lined up to facilitate fantastic and fun learning opportunities.
Classes are two and a half hours in length and cost $35 per half day class, $60 per full-day class. Participants attending more than one class get $5 off per class. Visit www.mariposafolk.com/artsu for more information. Information will also be available at the Mariposa Folk Foundation office, 37 Mississaga St. West, Orillia; 705-326-2655.
Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation to Receive $100,000 RBC Blue Water Project Grant
Funding will support stormwater improvement project in local urban park
Newmarket – The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is being presented with a Leadership Grant of $100,000 through the 2011 RBC Blue Water Project.
The $100,000 grant will fund phases two and three of a Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority water stewardship project that will see stormwater improvements completed in George Richardson Park in Newmarket.
The RBC Blue Water Project has identified that supporting water stewardship is critical to making a measureable and meaningful difference in our communities and is an integral part of sustaining life on our planet. RBC will support the project in George Richardson Park because it bolsters ongoing efforts to improve the health of the Lake Simcoe region watershed.
15th Annual OPP Kids Day Few would argue that the 2011 spring season has been cold, wet and windy. Even for those who love the great outdoors, it has been a challenge to get outside and have fun. However, on Saturday, April 30, under beautiful sunny skies, more than 250 children took part in the 15th annual OPP Kids Day at Tudhope Park in Orillia. Best of all, everyone had a blast taking part in various games of skill, chance and even some that tested their fishing knowledge. Thanks to the OPP, Orillia emergency personnel and local area volunteers, this event was another huge success. Sergeant Frank Kreisz of the OPP, who has coordinated this event on behalf of the Orillia Chamber of Commerce for all of the 15 years remarked, “Everyone involved with this event knows how important it is for kids to take time out from their computer games, social networking and other indoor activities ... and to just get outside and have fun. That’s what the goal of this event has always been, and once these kids start playing in our beautiful lakeshore park- they have a ball.” Every child received prizes courtesy of the Orillia Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Provincial Police Association, and the OPP Commissioned Officers Association. Each child also enjoyed a hotdog and drink courtesy of the local Abernathy's Foodland. The OPP Kids Day is always held the Saturday before closing of the popular Orillia Perch Festival which marked it’s the 30 anniversary this year. Kreisz, who is an avid recreational angler, has definitely left his mark on this, the signature event of the Perch Festival. He has incorporated games where kids have to identify various fish species, lure identification and conservation quizzes into the program. “Even casting for lawn sharks has become one of the many fun games we play with the kids,” says Kreisz. Many of the kids who participated in this event also take part in the Orillia Perch Festival. Kreisz told us, “Although many these kids fish the Festival with their families this one day is set aside especially for them, and the kids love it. “ So, too, do the OPP volunteers and others who help out. “We have had so many folks helping us over the years and without them also having such a great time this would never happen year after year. It’s a very rewarding experience for everyone involved,” concluded Kreisz. For more information, visit www.orillia.com.
Article courtesy of Focus On Fishing: www.wilwegman.com