This April in Clarington

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April showers bring May flowers!

We residents in Clarington are ready for our signature signs of Spring! Whether potted pansies or wild pussy willows, locally grown asparagus or creekside fiddleheads, the spring thaw offers us an opportunity to reflect upon our own, indigenous, rural roots.

We have an innate palate for pancakes smothered in ‘real’ (local) maple syrup, or applewood smoked anything, brought to us by the orchards as they prune their apple trees by hand. As ‘locals’, we reside in an area where we see this everyday; an area where others like to visit as an experience.

The farm gates open and  it becomes an experience to pick-your-own food. The trout are running and it’s an experience to see the fish swimming upstream. The cyclists are in their saddle, and it’s an experience to peddle our Great Lakes shoreline or the Oak Ridges Moraine (‘the Ridges’) on the same day!  Campers will soon be setting up tents among our cedar trees, to stay the weekend, and make memories with their family, as families have been vacationing here from ‘the city’ for over 100 years.

Spring has arrived; let’s go outside, experience what is right here, and share our beautiful, ‘big backyard’ called Clarington!

 

Let’s Go Cycling

The Waterfront Trail is a multi-use recreation trail that celebrates 1400 km of nature and culture along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Rural countryside, small towns and big cities are linked to bring our Great Lakes to this province’s residents and tourists, alike.

Since 2007 the Waterfront Trail has been growing its reputation as a unique tourism attraction, especially for cycling tourists. Clarington is proud to be a part of the ‘Ontario By Bike” Network and regularly hosts cyclists that peddle in to the Clarington Tourism Office along the trail. - Check out the 4 printable maps of the Clarington Waterfront Trail http://www.waterfronttrail.org/images/pdf_downloads/wt-zone3.pdf

Clarington’s diverse waterfront features some 37 kilometers of wetlands, meadows, forests, bluffs and beaches. Highlights include Darlington Provincial Park, Darlington Nuclear Generating Station and the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area. Thanks to its recognized wildlife habitat programs, Darlington NGS provides a home for 870 species. This is one of the few spots along the Trail where you can camp at an Ontario Provincial Park – Darlington Provincial Park. (http://www.waterfronttrail.org/clarington)

Clarington has published a  unique map showing 10 cycling routes many of which are connected to the Waterfront Trail and extend into our Municipality. Suggested routes offer short loops to a full day with challenging elevations. Routes begin and end at municipal facilities that provide free parking and public washrooms! Pick up your copy at the Tourism Office, 181 Liberty Street S, Bowmanville, or view online here: http://www.clarington-tourism.ca/travelingtools/docs/Clarington-Cycling-Map.pdf

 Let’s Go Fishing

Fishing Opportunities in Zone 17. Opening  Season
Saturday April 26, 2014 – Fish Ontario

Recreational fishing is one of the most popular outdoor pursuits for Clarington residents and visitors alike.  Anglers from all over Ontario and parts of the United States come to Clarington each year in search of that trophy trout or salmon. The Municipality of Clarington has 4 tributaries that offer first rate angling, and access to Lake Ontario’s off shore fishing  and charter opportunities via Port of Newcastle and Port Darlington.

‘Let’s Go Fish’ with Clarington’s own fishing map that includes access locations, tips, tackle stores, and fishing clubs. Pick up your copy at the Tourism Office, 181 Liberty Street S, Bowmanville, or view online  http://claringtontourism.net/travelingtools/docs/Clarington-Fishing-Map.pdf

 Events to Attend

  • Antique Appraisal Afternoon April 5,
    Stop by Clarke Museum in Kirby, for an afternoon of discovery. Our Curator Charles Taws and local antique appraiser Barry Carmichael can offer you appraisal advice on your most curious belongings. Last year we saw paintings, jewellery, pottery and more. We are looking forward to the treasures we will see this year!
    http://www.claringtonmuseums.com
  • Girls’ Night Out – Bowmanville, Thursday April 10, 6pm to 10pm Gift bags, good snacks and giggles are yours to enjoy while shopping in beautiful Historic Downtown Bowmanville.
    http://www.bowmanville.com/events
  • Ladies Night Fashion Show, Thursday April 10th, Orono Arena, Fundraiser in Support of the Orono Crown Lands & Orono Firefighters Association, Contact Susan Aitken 905-983-9890
  • Home and Garden Show Bowmanville April 11 & 12, Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Highway 2, Bowmaville. Spring is the perfect time to start imagining what your home and garden could be like this summer! Metroland  This year, the Home and Garden Show has grown again. Almost 100 vendors are participating in this year’s event showcasing their products and services, including landscaping, windows and doors, sunrooms, financial services, contractors, decorators decks, garage doors and a whole lot more! The complex will be buzzing a wide array of vendors, keynote speakers and seminars over the weekend.
    http://metrolandshows.com/hgclarington2014spring/tickets/
  • Bowmanville Antique Show Bowmanville April 18 & 19, Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Highway 2, Bowmaville
    The 41st Annual ‘Bowmanville Show’ takes place Easter weekend. Come and see why this premiere show has lasted so many years! The country’s top reputable dealers save their best to offer it for sale in this highly specialized show. This is one stop shopping for many eager collectors and dealers who come to acquire examples of the best Canadiana and primitive folk art available. Painted furniture, stoneware, early lighting, native arts, pottery, textiles, decoys, paintings, folk art and great examples of decorative accessories are included in the many offerings.
    http://www.bowmanvilleantiquesshow.com/#!about
  • Rotary “3rd Annual Earth Day Super Clean Up” April 23rd The Municipality of Clarington and Enbridge Gas will sponsor the Annual Rotary Club Super Clean Up! The Rotary Clubs of Bowmanville and Courtice coordinate this event for area students to “Pitch In” and clean up areas around their schools and neighbourhoods. A gathering at the Garnet B. Rickard Complex to enjoy a BBQ, entertainment and educational displays to provide students and the general public with environmental innovations and concerns to cap off the festivities.

  • Solina Spring Wellness Day  Saturday April 26, 9am to 3pm. Solina Community Centre,  1964 Concession Rd. 6, Solina, ON. Wellness practitioners gather to offer insightful information on various forms of wellness. Certified Herbologist,, local apiarist, lavender herb grower, certified yoga and pilates instructor, natural soap artisan, and a Reiki Master Teacher.  A healthy lunch will  be provided- Parsnip/Apple Soup, Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup, Broc-o-mole, Veggie Salad with Lavender Dressing and a Fruit/Sweet Tray, Tea or Coffee.  Advanced ticket sales only. Call Karen 905-263-8886 or Jenny at 905-263-8254. All proceeds to benefit Solina Community Hall.
  • Newcastle Health & Wellness Fair Wednesday April 23, from 11 am to 6 pm, Newcastle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue West, Newcastle. Local health and medial proffessional’s are getting together to show you how you can stay fit and healthy with business right in your own town!! Its FREE for the public! There are door prizes along with prizes in every booth!! Come by all day!! There are goodie bags for the first 100 people!!! Also, bring a non perishable food item for the local food bank!
  • Spring Compost Event Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8 am to noon. Residents will be able to “trade” a non-perishable donation to a local food bank for free compost.  In 2013 over 350 cars attended the compost event.  This event will be located at the Operations Depot 42, 178 Darlington/Clarke Townline Road in Bowmanville.  Those wishing to participate should bring containers – maximum 3 – and a shovel.  Participants will be required to fill their own containers with the fresh compost.  Durham Region staff will be on hand to facilitate the exchange of damaged blue boxes and green bins for new.
  • Clarington Intermediate Band Festival Bowmanville Apr-26 An exciting evening of music from across the Globe
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  • How To In 10 Festival Clarington Public Library, Bowmanville Branch  Apr-26 10am to 2pm. A Festival and Roadshow of learning new things in 10 minute stations.
    http://howtoin10.com/
  • Women’s Show Bowmanville April 26, Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Highway 2, Bowmaville
    As you arrive at theRickard Recreation Complex, it will be immediately evident that something special has come to town.  At our Main Entrance admission table, (just $5.00 per person with children under the age of 12 admitted free), visitors to the Show will begin to hear the murmur of hundreds of excited women interacting with our vendors.  As a matter of fact, we have space for up to 100 hand picked exhibitors from as far away as Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, as well as local businesses.
    http://www.petawawashow.com/CEXHIB.html
  • Newcastle 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday April 19th, 9am to 3pm. villageofnewcastle.ca

 

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This March BREAK in Clarington

We’ve made it to March without breaking

At the beginning of the month of February, the groundhog warned us there would be  ‘six more weeks of winter’. HA!

We endured the polar-like temperatures. We dug in deeper (about six feet!). The groundhog may have had the timing right, but he failed to communicate the level of severity.

With the help of the Sochi Olympics, we overcame February, and the month transitioned into ‘GOLDen’ moments of celebration!  We shouted “#WeAreWinter !” We claimed victory over [and on] the ice! We triumphed over the snow! We reside with the groundhog!
Now, February  2014 is [finally] over!

Following in folklore predications, March has ‘come in like a lion’, and should [will!] ‘go out like a lamb’.  The school holiday is officially upon us and kids are ready to ROAR  with energy!
Shake off winter, put down the shovel, and enjoy a WELL deserved March Break!

Click on the image below for great ideas to
EXPLORE, LEARN and SHARE in Clarington!

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February in Clarington

February

Are you ready for February? Clarington is serving up a variety of activities and events marking a month of health, love, art, heritage, family, learning and sport!

Starting the first weekend, ladies you can take your Valentine to the Tackle Swap & Fishing Show. Leading into the second weekend, guys,  why not wow your sweetheart by delighting her senses with a luxurious night at The Mayor’s Gala-For The Love of Art. That should rev you up for weekend three; celebrating Family Day February 17th. Brace yourself! Starting mid month, the Clarington Heritage Committee has planned many amazing, one-of-a-kind activities in celebration of Ontario Heritage Week (Feb. 17-23)! Check their link below!

So long January! It’s been  a‘blast’
Hello beautiful February!!

    • Beyond Balance Health Expo February 1st, 9am to 5pm – Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Regional Highway 2, Bowmanville.
      Join us for this innovative, interactive and FUN Expo as we introduce you to local businesses that can help you find your way to your balanced self. As always, we feel that “balance” includes lots of fun so we are including FREE services for you to try! FREE reiki, FREE yoga demo, FREE professional photo (for yourself or kiddos!), FREE Indian Head Massage, FREE hot wax hand massage, FREE Microdermabrasion trial…plus more at individual Exhibitor tables! Bring a friend and come play with us!
    • Tackle Swap and Fishing Show February 2nd, 10am to 4pm – Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Regional Highway 2, Bowmanville. With 27 tables of tackle, rods and reels, this event is sure to cast some fun over your weekend! Fishing University, draw prizes, demos, reps, casting area for kids, special guests and so much more! Only $3 admission or a non-perishable food item.
    • Mayor’s Gala – For The Love of Art
      February 8th, 7:30pm to 12am – Hosted at the Clarington Public Library, 163 Church Street, Bowmanville. Join in supporting our Art Community with a gala celebration! Enjoy local performing artists of music, interactive artists displays, silent auction, mystery gift boxes, culinary delights and more. Proceeds benefit the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington and A Gift Of Art, Newcastle. Cocktail attire, cash bar, must be 19 yrs and up to attend. Tickets $50 (plus HST)
    • Rail Jam at the Brim February 8th, 6pm to 10pm – Brimacombe Ski Hill, 4098 Regional Road 9, Orono.  Proud to present the 2014 Saturday Night Rail Jam Series! Brought to you by Brimacombe’s own Slopeside Skis & Boards at the Brim, as well as Oakley, Rome, Scotties, Sommerville Sports & 686.
    • Heritage Week  February 17th to 23rd. Visit the Clarington Heritage website for events  celebrating Clarington’s Agricultural Heritage http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      Heritage Art Display – The Clarington Heritage Committee presents the ‘Barns in Clarington’ photo display featuring heritage barns from across Clarington. Local artist and farm owner/operator, Eric Bowman’s agricultural-themed work will also be on display in the Clarington Public Library, Bowmanville Branch, Library Mezzanine http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      Dinner and Auction with Sandy Hawley, Saturday February 15th.  Hawley, a  brilliant athlete and ambassador for the sport of thoroughbred racing, has set standards for jockeys in the high stakes environment of racing. Evening Includes: Dinner, Entertainment, Keynote  Address, & Live and Silent Auction http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      Newcastle Short Films – Heritage Week Saturday February 16th. Newcastle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue, Newcastle, 1 to 3pm. The Newcastle Village and District Historical Society presents short films and presentations showcasing Newcastle’s agricultural heritage including a display from the Abandoned Cemeteries Board on farm burial plots. Museum room also open to public following the presentation.http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      Childhood Lost’  Heritage Week  February 18th, 40 Temperance St, Bowmanville, 7 to 9 pm movie. The Clarington Heritage Committee presents a documentary examining the fate of 100,000 British children shipped to Cananda between1869-1939, to work as farm labourers; with special guest speaker Sandra Joyce, ED, British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association.
      http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      Agricultural Luncheon February 18th, 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville. Enjoy a meal prepared by local farmers. After lunch, a square dance $8.05 members/ $11.40 non-members
      Contact Angie Darlison, 905-697-2856
      http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      ACO On The Go Film Night
       February 19th, Municipal Administrative Centre, Council Chambers, 40 Temperance St., Bowmanville, 7pm. Join the ACO Clarington Branch for a Movie Night: History Channel’s documentary ‘Hitler’s Canadians’. Displays, Snacks, Question and Answer period on the Agricultural aspects of the Bowmanville Boys Training School/POW Camp 30. Free door prizes.
      Contact Name: Bernice Norton
      http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      ‘Speaker Series’ -Murder Most Foul Wednesday February 19th at AGift of Art, 187 King Ave. E. Newcastle, 2-3pm. A presentation by Sherrell Branton Leetooze as she tells of this and other intriguing stories of our local history. You won’t want to miss it! This is a special speaker’s series presentation to celebrate Heritage Week. Admission is free. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.
      ACO on the Go Film Night: Old Time Orono and Durham East 4H Club.  Thursday February 20th at 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, Council  Chambers.  The Clarington Heritage Committee presents vintage home movies depicting Orono in the 1940′s and 1950′s. Features Orono Orphans Hockey Team,  demolition of old United Church and construction of the new one, outdoor Skating Carnivals, Orono Band, parades and community life. Will also feature a short presentation and display by Durham East 4-H including historical documents from local clubs. Event is free; donations will be accepted for kettle-corn with proceeds going to local heritage initiatives. Free door prizes.
      http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
      Barn Dance with Live Music at the Beech Centre - 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville.  Friday February 21st, 8 pm - 12am. Join us for a Good Old Fashioned Barn Dance with live country music by Larry Adams And The Good Tyme Band. Event includes snacks, refreshments, door prizes and a cash bar. RSVP requested. Tickets are  $10 each.
      http://heritage.clarington.net/events/current.php
    • 11h Annual Winter WonderLearn: Experience Nature! This Family Day, your family can enjoy a free day of fun at a festival designed to get you active, learn something new, and enjoy time together! This year’s theme is nature! You and your family can enjoy interactive activities and learn about farming and agriculture, gardening, astronomy, and getting active in nature! Find out where your food comes from, discover the stars, make a nature-based craft, meet Maple the Cow, and more! Experience nature with special guest Jungle Cat World and their Wildlife Safari! Now in its eleventh consecutive year, Winter WonderLearn is a day of free family fun! Children and their families can enjoy Family Day together at an event that celebrates Clarington and the family learning opportunities that thrive here. Shake off the winter blahs at this interactive learning festival. Local organizations offer demonstrations and workshops in literacy, arts, sports, history, science, nature, safety, and health.Throughout the event, families can explore interactive activities, make a craft or two, and have fun together. The festival allows people to learn about the local organizations that make up our community, learn something new, and spend time together as a family.
    • OPG Family Days: Family Tree – Sarah Jane Williams. At the Museum we are having a family history day on February 17 where you can make your own family tree, or create your own Family Coat of Arms. There will also be handy hints on discovering your family history – maybe you have a farmer in your past, if not the present! For details of times and prices for the whole week’s activities check out the website heritage.clarington.net or give the Museum a call.
    • Family Day Fun with Community Services, Monday February 17th, celebrate Family Day together at one of our recreation complexes or arenas. There will be a variety of opportunities to swim, skate and share some family time together!  Check out a list of activities at this link: http://www.clarington.net/documents/communityservices/Family-Fun-Day-2014.pdf
    • Beech Street Theatre Company presents “EarthKraft”, a hilarious new stage production written and directed by Michael Khashmanian. Showtimes are from Feb. 14 to 16 & 21 to 22
      All shows 7:30 pm; Feb. 16 Matinee 4:00 pm. Tickets only $25 in person at the Visual Arts Centre or online at http://www.beechstreettheatre.com/PRODUCTIONS.html
    • The Clarington Eagles Junior Hockey Team in collaboration with Kawartha Blazers Sledge Hockey Team announced today a special exhibition Sledge Hockey game to help Grandview Kids and raise awareness about the sport and how it can improve the lives of youth and adult athletes with disabilities. Saturday, 15 February 2014, 3pm.
      Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, Pad A, 2440 Hwy. #2, Bowmanville, ON.For more information go to http://www.cbot.ca/sledgehockeyS
    • Brimfest 2014 Saturday, February 22 & 23,  Brimacombe Ski Hill, 4098 Regional Road 9, Orono. Join us for a weekend-long celebration on the slopes – perfect for the entire family! Enjoy live music, tons of events, displays, competitions, giveaways and more!  Included in the Festival is an Apres Party with live music, cash bar and munchie specials, demos and displays, the annual ‘Bambi Dual Slalom’ competition, and annual ‘Bambi Jump Competition’, ‘Crack the Vault Park Challenge’ and more! Watch in awe as skiers and riders of all ages attempt to stomp tricks for big points and huge prizes! Come out and celebrate the winter season with friends and family at the Brim!
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January in Clarington

… and we thought we would take a break from these posts, as there wouldn’t be much to do in Clarington after the Christmas rush.  Boy, were we fooled!  Here’s a summary of what is going on for the rest of the month:

Brookside Cottage (near Tyrone) is offering morning or afternoon birdwatching tours – but please give Corinne a call first at 905 263 4285.

Keep busy – and avoid the winter blahs!

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This Holiday Week In Clarington

Joeys World

Friday December 20th to Sunday January 5th 

It is officially the school holiday for our sons, daughters and grandchildren, and we thought it would be fun to focus on some family entertainment ideas you can explore together, right here in Clarington!  Whether tobogganing outdoors, ‘climbing the wall’ at Durham’s largest indoor family playground, or taking in some free skating sponsored by many local organizations, we hope you have a healthy, happy and safe holiday!

            • Winter Solstice Dinner at Dee’s Harvest Table -106 King St. E. Newcastle
              Enjoy a culinary experience celebrating the Winter Solstice weekend, this Friday and Saturday. Menu that will include a roasted elk and braised wild boar. Call to reserve 905-446-0145
              http://www.deesharvesttable.com/
            • Breakfast with Santa at Brimacombe Ski Hill –  4098 Regional Road 9, Orono.  Saturday December 21st Enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast including pancakes, bacon, sausage and all the toppings, plus a small coffee, tea or hot chocolate with Santa, all for $5 including taxes.Have your picture professionally taken with Santa by Rebecca of Rebecca Leigh Photography for only $10.
              http://www.brimacombe.ca/
            • Sleigh Rides at Knox Family Farm – 6325 Enfield Road, Hampton. It’s the final weekend to enjoy wagon/sleigh rides, nativity, candy-cane hot chocolate, baked goods, carols around the campfire and browse the boutique before taking home your family Christmas tree! Call ahead to reserve a personal visit with Santa and Mrs.Claus- 905-263-2930
              http://www.knoxpumpkinfarm.com
            •  A Gift of Art Children’s Workshop 187 King Ave E, Newcastle.Monday Dec 23 from 9:00 – 5:00 A Gift of Art is providing a special pre Christmas program for children.  Call to reserve your spot  Members $40.00 non-members $50.00
              http://agiftof-art.com
            • Santa On The Slopes at Brimacombe Ski Hill 4098 Regional Road 9, Orono. December 22, 23 & 24 you can shred some snow with Santa! Watch for his bright red suit on the slopes!
              http://www.brimacombe.ca/
            • Joeys World Indoor Playground – 380 Lake Road Bowmanville.  Durham’s largest indoor playground, Joey’s World, opened it’s doors this year in Clarington. This family entertainment centre includes: a four tiered play structure, three exciting slides, 20-foot rock wall, multi-sports simulator and dozens of other activities. You get this from a 6,000 sq/foot facility and a ceiling that is 28 feet high. )Enjoy this multi sport simulator, multi-tiered play structure, toddler designated area and dozens of awesome indoor activities for kids.
              905-447-PLAY (7529)
              http://joeysplayground.com
            • SKATE TIMESbrought to you by various Sponsors within Clarington

              Newcastle Arena

              December 23 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
              December 27 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
              December 30 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
              January 1 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
              January 2 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

              Rickard Recreation ComplexDecember 23 1:00 PM – 2:50 PMJanuary 2 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM

              South Courtice Arena

              December 28 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
              December 30 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

              Orono Arena
              December 22 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
              December 24 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
              December 27 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
              December 31 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

              Note: For Christmas Holiday Skates and Youth Shinny, check your Recreation & Leisure Guide, or online at  http://clarington.uberflip.com/i/155382/54

            •  Public Swim Schedule http://clarington.uberflip.com/i/155382/54
              Additional Holiday SwimsCourtice Community Complex 2950 Courtice Road North, Courtice  905-404-1525
              Dec. 20th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 23rd        Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 27th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 30th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Jan. 2nd           Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Jan. 3rd           Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Note: Saturday morning Lane Swim will be extended on Dec. 28th. The Lane Swim will run 8:30-10:00am

              Newcastle & District Recreation Complex 1780 Rudell Road, Newcastle  905-987-5667
              Dec. 20th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 23rd        Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 27th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Dec. 30th         Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Jan. 2nd           Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Jan. 3rd           Public Swim     1:30-3:30 PM
              Note:Admission standards for public pools will be in effect for all swims.

            • The Animals Gift Holiday Performance - The Bowmanville Zoo, 340 King Street East, Bowmanville. Dec 21st & 22nd Matinee Performances (throught to Dec 31st)
              “Come celebrate the season with the animals from the Bowmanville Zoo, as they present The Animals Gift. This live theatrical performance is a multicultural event that displays the historical relationship amongst humans and animals throughout this festive period.Travel back in time through the holiest of seasons, as seen through the eyes, and felt in the hearts of the animals of our planet. As the world tenderly sleeps, the wild creatures of field and forest come forward to rejoice and celebrate in the wonder of this festive season. Come and share with our animals, their gifts to us. and share with our animals their gifts to us.” http://www.theanimalsgift.com
            • “Tree Hunting in Clarington” – Here is a link via DurhamRegion.com with acres of fresh, local Ontario Christmas Tree Growers in our Municipality http://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/4251861-tips-for-a-successful-durham-christmas-tree-hunt/
            • Rockin’ New Years Eve Elvis Concert - Award Winning Elvis Impersonator at the ORONO TOWN HALL -Tuesday Dec 31. Doors open at 7:00 pm Concert and Dance start at 8:00 pm Cash Bar. Door Prizes, late night refreshments. Party favours, champagne!Tickets $25.00 For more info please call 905 983 5354 Tickets Available at Orono Times Office, Sharon McCartney 905 983 9617 or online http://www.rockingwithelvis.com
            • Clarington Polar Bear Swim – New Years Day - January 1st at 2:00 pm ath the Newcastle Waterfront – Mill Street South (Registration begins at 12:45 pm) Bring your family to cheer ont he dipper at the icy plunge, ‘it’s really cool entertainment”. “Take the Plunge for Life” supports the Sick Kids Foundation for research into paediatric liver disease.  You can pledge & register information here:
              http://www.claringtonpolarbearswim.com
            • Enjoy Forest Nature and Conservation Area Trails over the holidays, info here:  http://www.durhamtourism.ca/brochures/TrailsGuide.pdf

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This Weekend In Clarington

Brimacombe Ski Hill

Thursday December 12th to Sunday December 15th

This is clearly the season of celebration and tradition, but have you checked out some of the NEW changes at Brimacombe Ski Hill lately? Part of our community since 1937, Brimacombe is experiencing exciting new growth with each passing season! We hope you re-visit Clarington in a new way this weekend!

  • Opening Day at Brimacombe Ski Hill – 4098 Regional Road 9, Orono. Saturday, December 14th – It’s official
    Brimacombe will be open for the 2013/14 season! (weather and snow conditions permitting, of course)“When it comes to skiing and snowboarding in the GTA, few will find a better experience than at Brimacombe. Rated “The Best in the Snow Business” by the Canadian Ski Council, Brimacombe caters to the traditional skier as well as the snowboarder who wants to jib all day long in one of our terrain parks. There’s no better way to experience Brimacombe than coming down and hitting the slopes.Below we have listed some of the great features at Brimacombe. We’re always improving our experience… sign up for our e-newsletter to keep tabs on all the exciting things happening at the Brim!”

    Open to members and non-members

    300 Foot Vertical

    21 runs & trails from beginner to expert for day skiing

    11 runs are available for night skiing

    2 Terrain Parks

    100% snowmaking coverage

    4 quad chairs

    5 T-Bars

    Magic Carpet Conveyor Lift®

    2 Chalets with Cafeterias

    Slopeside Retail Store with Tune-Ups and Repairs (Gate 4)

    Equipment Rentals (Gate 4)

    Professional Ski & Snowboard Instruction (Gate 4)

    Pee Wee Ski Camp (Gate 1)

    Radio Equipped Ski Patrol

    Race Program

    Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers

    Social Events – Ski Swap, Open House, Après Ski Parties, Rail Jams, BrimFest and more

    http://www.brimacombe.ca/

  • Jingle Bell Rock – Clarington Public Library Bowmanville Branch, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – 7:00pm.   Join the Clarington Public Library for a holiday story-time and sing-a-long! Listen to classic holiday stories like “Twas the Night Before Christmas” then jingle bell rock out to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and many more classic holiday tunes. It will be a rocking good time!  No registration required – drop-in. Families of all ages welcome!

  • http://www.clarington-library.on.ca/node/144
  • The Animals Gift Holiday Performance - The Bowmanville Zoo, 340 King Street East, Bowmanville. Dec 14th & 15th Matinee Performances (throught to Dec 31st)
    “Come celebrate the season with the animals from the Bowmanville Zoo, as they present The Animals Gift. This live theatrical performance is a multicultural event that displays the historical relationship amongst humans and animals throughout this festive period.
    Travel back in time through the holiest of seasons, as seen through the eyes, and felt in the hearts of the animals of our planet. As the world tenderly sleeps, the wild creatures of field and forest come forward to rejoice and celebrate in the wonder of this festive season. Come and share with our animals, their gifts to us. and share with our animals their gifts
    to us.”
  • http://www.theanimalsgift.com/
  • Breakfast with Santa at Tyrone Community Centre on Saturday, December 14th from 10am to 2pm. http://www.tyroneontario.com/category/breakfast-with-santa
  • Tree Hunting in Clarington” – Here is a link via DurhamRegion.com with acres of fresh, local Ontario Christmas Tree Growers in our Municipality -
    http://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/4251861-tips-for-a-successful-durham-christmas-tree-hunt/

Check Back next week for a list FREE SKATES FOR FAMILIES at our local arenas!

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This Weekend In Clarington

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Events for the weekend of December 5 to December 8

Hello December!
Well, we’ve officially turned the calendar corner, and will be crashing into Christmas in less than 3 weeks! Families all across Clarington are sharing time, traditions and treats with one another. We hope this list helps you and your loved ones discover your own way of celebrating the season upon us!

  • Letters to Santa,  With Clarington Public Library – Courtice Branch.   Thursday, December 5th (for ages 3-5, registration required),10:30am to 11:30am  905 404 0707
    http://www.clarington-library.on.ca/node/142
  • Ladies Day at Van Belle Garden Centre – 1979 Hwy 2, Bowmanville. Thursday December 5th - Great savings all day long, and wonderful delights from King’s Court Catering from 4 – 8 pm.  This is a shopping event that you do not want to miss!
    http://www.vanbelleflowers.com/index.php
  • Christmas Moonlight Magic in Historic Downtown Bowmanville. Friday December 6th – Featuring the Christmas Tree-lighting Ceremony! Usher in the Holiday season with this very popular festival. Come experience a Historic Downtown Christmas. Countdown to lighting of the town’s huge Christmas tree. Stop and listen to carollers sing, have your picture taken with Santa and his Live Reindeer. A great time to Christmas shop, as participating downtown stores remain open late and many have sales for the evening. This festival is enjoyed by many families!
    http://www.bowmanville.com/events
  • Edwardian Christmas Open House Friday December 6th - This popular annual event is following downtown Bowmanville’s traditional tree lighting ceremony.The Museum will be glittering with traditional yule tide decorations and our costumed Tour Guides will offer you a completely candlelit glimpse into Edwardian Christmas traditions at Bowmanville Museum (37 Silver Street, Bowmanville). Step in for Christmas cookies, crafts and hot beverages at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre – the perfect way to warm up while you take part in Historic Down town Bowmanville’s tree-lighting events! 7:00pm until 9:00pm
    http://www.claringtonmuseums.com/calendar/
  • Orono Tree Lighting and Moonlight Madness,  Downtown Orono. Friday, December 6, 6:30pm  Bonnie Wilson of Merry Melodies will be the MC for the evening. Lighting of the Christmas Tree at 6:30.
    Kids will be able to pickup a colouring contest picture for a chance to win a stocking filled with great items! The winner will be announced Wednesday December 18 in the Orono Times. Rumour is Santa may even be there….. So please Join us for an evening of music and hot chocolate. This event is brought to you by the Orono DBIA and Orono Town Hall.
  • Newcastle Public School Christmas Market – 50 Glass Court, Newcastle. Friday Dec 6th – A fun holiday event for the whole family! Come out and see the collection of vendors with hand-crafted items and other gift ideas for unique Christmas shopping. Enjoy hot drinks, home-baking, raffles, live music, pick out a fresh-cut Christmas tree and more! 3:40pm to 8:00pm https://www.facebook.com/events/522520851177935/
  •  The Animals Gift Holiday Performance – The Bowmanville Zoo, 340 King Street East, Bowmanville. Dec 7th & 8th Matinee Performances (throught to Dec 31st)

    “Come celebrate the season with the animals from the Bowmanville Zoo, as they present The Animals Gift. This live theatrical performance is a multicultural event that displays the historical relationship amongst humans and animals throughout this festive period.
    Travel back in time through the holiest of seasons, as seen through the eyes, and felt in the hearts of the animals of our planet. As the world tenderly sleeps, the wild creatures of field and forest come forward to rejoice and celebrate in the wonder of this festive season.
    Come and share with our animals, their gifts to us. and share with our animals their gifts to us.” 
    http://www.theanimalsgift.com/

  • Chocolate Nativity Workshop at A Gift Of Art – 187 King Avenue East, Newcastle. Saturday Decemeber 7th -Get in the spirit of the holidays in this Christmas Chocolate Workshop! Everyone will be making their own tasty chocolate nativity scene to bring home and enjoy. Cost $22.50 members $27.00 non members  Sat 10:30 – noon
    http://agiftof-art.com/childrens-classes/
  •  Breakfast With Santa – Orono Town Hall – 5315 Main Street, Orono. Saturday December 7th -The 12th Annual Breakfast with Santa. Doors open at 9:00am tickets available at the door.You don’t need to be a kid to attend. Everyone welcome!
  • Breakfast With Santa – With the YMCA-Ontario Early Years.  Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Hwy 2, Bowmanville. Saturday December 7 with 2 seatings 9am-11am and 12pm-2pm. Help send a kid to camp! Call for tickets to 905-697-3171
  • Santa’s Workshop at the Courtice Flea Market -1696 Bloor Street, Courtice. December 7th and 8th -Santa Photos, Santa Letters, Create your own decorations and Story Telling are all part of Santa’s Workshop- FREE
    http://www.courticefleamarket.com/special_events.html
  • Christmas At St. Joes St. Joseph’s Catholic Church- 127 Liberty Street South, Bowmnaville. Sunday December 8 -2:00p.m The Clarington Concert Band welcomes the Christmas Season with its Annual Concert.

    In addition to the band, the ever-popular singer, songwriter and actor, Danny Bronson, is back for the 5th year in a row. Fr. Paul Massel, remembered for his years as a performer in the Toronto production of Phantom of the Opera, will again team up with Danny for some stirring duets and singer Liza Heitzner brings her voice to some special arangements of Christmas standards with the band. Fr. Andrew Ayala of Cobourg will perform his unique Spanish, flamenco style Christmas music on guitar and rounding out the program will be the vocal group Youth on Fire from St. Stephens Secondary School.Tickets have now gone on sale at the Church Office, $10 each for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased by calling 905-623-3233 or 905-697-8956. Tickets will also be on sale at the door but based on last year’s sell-out crowd this is not a guarantee so secure your seating early.
    http://claringtonconcertband.ca/

  • Eagles Silent Auction for BBBSC – Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Hwy 2, Bowmanville. Sunday December 8th, 5:50pm to 9:00pm. The Eagles are hosting a silent auction to raise awareness and funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington.  Lots of great items will be available! Puck drops at 6:50pm
    http://www.clarington.net/events/index.php?eID=3598
  • Courtice Lions Craft Show and Kids Skate Free South Courtice Arena, 1595 Prestonvale Road, Courtice. Sunday December 8th – Craft Show 12:00 – 4:30pm. Kids skate Free from 1:30pm to 3:15pm. Skate with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
    http://www.courticelions.org/events.html
  • Fun Trivia Night Newcastle Community Hall -Friday, December 6 – 7pm Tickets: $10.
  • Heather Rebekah Lodge #334. Annual Bazaar, Orono  Saturday, December 7 11am – 2pm. Lunch $5
  • Christmas Bazaar. St. Francis of Assisi Hall, Newcastle. Saturday, December 7 11am – 2pm.
  • Annual Turkey Dinner by Kendal Orange Lodge. Kendal United Church. Sunday, December 8 - Dinner Served from 5pm through 7pm.
  • “Christmas Tree Hunting in Clarington” – Here is a link via DurhamRegion.com with acres of fresh, local Ontario Chrismas Tree Growers in our Municipality-
    http://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/4251861-tips-for-a-successful-durham-christmas-tree-hunt/

Find us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/TourismClarington for more event info

Follow us on Twitter  https://twitter.com/clartourism #onlyinClarington

Or, download to our FREE Mobile App, and have all the details available as you travel around Clarington  http://m.clarington-tourism.ca

For more information on events in Clarington, please contact us at 1-855-779-1923, or tourism@clarington.net

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This Weekend in Clarington

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November 28 to December 1

Before checking out this weekend’s events, get a cuppa and find a comfortable chair - because it’s a long list …..

  • CP Holiday Train at the Scugog/Wellington Streets Crossing, Bowmanville (south side of track). Train arrives at 6:30PM on Thursday, November 28th  www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community
  • Courtice Christmas Tree Lighting at Whitecliffe Terrace, 1460 Highway 2, Courtice, on Thursday, November 28th at 6:30PM
  • Annual Christmas Open House at Newcastle Home Decor, 80 King Avenue East, Newcastle, on Thursday November 28th from 6 to 9 PM  www.newcastlehomedecor.net
  • Christmas in Clarington Country at various locations in Enniskillen, Bowmanville, Tyrone and Newcastle, from Friday, November 29th to Sunday, December 1st, 10AM to 5PM. http://www.thesprucetree.com/christmasinclarington.html.  Pick up a map of this shopping tour at the Tourism Office, 181 Liberty Street South, Bowmanville
  • Christmas in Newcastle, Open House Event at Health Soaps Bath & Body, 98 Mill Street South, Newcastle, on  Friday, November 29th from 10AM to 11PM  http://www.healthysuds.com/
  • “County West” performs at Trinity United Church, 116 Church Street, Bowmanville, on Friday, November 29th at 7:30PM.  Tickets 905-623-3138
  • Orono Santa Claus Parade, downtown Orono, on Saturday, November 30th starting at 10:30AM  http://visitorono.com
  • Breakfast with Santa, at the Newcastle Community Hall, King Avenue, Newcastle, on Saturday, November 30th from 8AM to11AM http://www.newcastle.on.ca
  • A Country Christmas in Solina at Solina Hall, Concession 6 (Conlin Road) and Solina Road, on Saturday, November 30th from 10AM to 4:30PM http://mamishoppes.blogspot.ca
  • 1st Annual Holiday Sale (proceeds to Clarington Tiger Cats Football Club) at the Garnet Rickard Centre, Saturday, November 30th from 9AM to 6PM. http://claringtontigercats.com
  • First Annual Christmas Open House at Silly Sisters Antique Emporium, 5324 Main Street, Orono, on Saturday November 30th from 10AM to 6PM, and Sunday December 1st, 10AM to 5PM www.sillysistersantiques.com
  • First Annual Christmas Open House at Butternut Mercantile and Coffee Parlour, 5423 Main Street, Orono, on Saturday November 30th from 10AM to 6PM, and Sunday December 1st, 11AM to 5PM  here
  • Christmas Open House at Patriot Antiques, 5283 Main Street, Orono, on Saturday November 30th from 10AM to 5PM www.patriotantiques.net 
  • Christmas Open House, with live entertainment, at the Port of Newcastle Marina.  Call 905-987-5251
  • Christmas with the Alpacas Open House at One Stop Alpacas, 1857 Durham Road 3, Concession Road 8, Enniskillen.  This is the last weekend for the open house – Friday and Saturday, November 29th and 30th from 10AM to 5PM, and Sunday, December 1st from 11AM to 4PM. http://1stopalpacafarm.com
  • Christmas Bazaar and Home Show at Kingsway Arms Clarington Centre, 65 Clarington Boulevard, Bowmanville, on Saturday, November 30th from 9AM to 2PM
  • Lego Mania at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre, 62 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, Saturday, November 30th from 10AM to noon.  Please call 905-623-2734 to pre-register
  • Sports Day in Canada, includes free activities for the whole family!  Newcastle & District Recreation Complex, 1780 Rudell Road, Newcastle, Saturday, November. 1:30PM to 4:30PM.  Demonstrations, Artist, Fitness Trainers. Free Public Swim  2PM to 4PM with non-perishable food donation.  Call 905-987-5667  2PM to 4PM Details
  • CGHA Midget AA Girls vs Chinese National Olympic Hockey Team at the Garnet Rickard Arena, Pad A, on Sunday, December 1st at 3PM
  • Breakfast with Santa at the Newtonville Community Hall, 21 Church Lane, Newtonville, on Sunday December 1st from 9AM to noon.  For advance tickets contact newtonvillehall@hotmail.com  https://www.facebook.com/NewtonvilleHall
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Ina Brown Parkette, Newtonville, on Sunday, November 30th at 6:30PM.  http://www.newtonville.ca/treelighting2013.php
  • 1st Annual Courtice Santa Claus Parade, on Sunday, December 1st starting at 10:30AM  http://www.cbot.ca/courticesantaclausparade
  • Clarington Community Christmas Party, at Clarington Beech Centre, 26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville, on Sunday, December 1st from 1PM to 3PM  http://www.cbot.ca/christmas
  • “A Gift of Christmas” Christmas Show at the Newcastle Community Hall, Newcastle, on Sunday, December 1st from 10AM to 4PM https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Gift-of-Art/335204821344.

Plan ahead for:

  • Letters to Santa, (for ages 3-5, registration required),10:30AM to 11:30AM at Clarington Public Library branches.  Tuesday, December 3rd at Bowmanville 905 623 7322;  Wednesday, December 4th at Newcastle 905 987 4844; and Thursday, December 5th at Courtice 905 404 0707.
  • T.H.E.E. 14th Annual Farmers Christmas Parade of Lights on Wednesday, December 4th, with an estimated time of arrival in Enniskillen of 6PM.  Here are last year’s details http://clarington.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/t-h-e-e-parade/.

Find us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/TourismClarington for more event info

Follow us on Twitter  https://twitter.com/clartourism #onlyinClarington

Or, download to our FREE Mobile App, and have all the details available as you travel around Clarington  http://m.clarington-tourism.ca

For more information on events in Clarington, please contact us at 1-855-779-1923, or tourism@clarington.net

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This weekend in Clarington

November 21 to November 23

For the last two weeks, we have been letting you know about the upcoming weekend events – and here’s what is on this weekend:

  • Girls’ Night Out Ladies’ Shopping Event in downtown Bowmanville – Thursday, November 21st, from 6-10PM.  http://bowmanville.com/
  • 100 Small Paintings Show & Sale at the Visual Art Centre, Bowmanville – opening reception is Friday, November 22nd at 7PM.  The show runs until December 15th.  www.vac.ca
  • 150 Nativity Scenes from Around the World on view at Hampton United Church, 5454 Old Scugog Road, Hampton – Friday, November 22nd from 4-8PM, and Saturday, November 23rd from 10AM-8PM.
  • “Something Unique” Craft & Artisan Show at Orono Town Hall – Saturday, November 23rd from 10AM-4PM, and Sunday, November 24th from 11AM-2PM.

Heads up (Jim Cuddy’s head, too, since he is performing!)  next Thursday:

  • CP Holiday Train at the Scugog Crossing in Bowmanville – train arrives at 6:30PM on Thursday, November 28th.  www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community
  • Courtice Christmas Tree Lighting at Whitecliffe Terrace in Courtice, on Thursday, November 28th at 6:30PM.

Like the Clarington Tourism Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TourismClarington for these events and more!

Or, download http://m.clarington-tourism.ca to your smart phone, and have all the details available as you travel around Clarington.

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This weekend in Clarington

November 15 to November 17

Every weekend Clarington has a list of events to keep you busy discovering things that can be found #onlyinclarington.  Be sure to visit Clarington Tourism’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to keep informed.

Here’s a “short-list” of Clarington activities this weekend:

Early next week, we have:

  •  Family Games Night, at 62 Temperance Street, Bowmanville (Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre) – Wednesday, November 20th, from 6-8PM http://www.claringtonmuseums.com/
  • Girls’ Night Out, Ladies’ Shopping Night in downtown Bowmanville – Thursday, November 21st, from 6-10PM. http://bowmanville.com/

Like the Clarington Tourism Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TourismClarington for these events and more!

Or, download http://m.clarington-tourism.ca to your smart phone, and have all the details available as you travel around Clarington.

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