HydePark-Oakridge Villager March 2020

MARCH 2020 ISSUE 42

Oakridge Villager

Hyde Park-Oakridge Villager Issue 42 March 2020 www.villagerpublications.com Managing Editor: Cathy Wood Cathy@VillagerPublications.com Sales: Gloria Rae Gloria@VillagerPublications.com 519-495-4564 Publisher: Barb Botten Villager Publications P.O. Box 134, Lambeth Station Ontario N6P 1P9 Barb@VillagerPublications.com 519-282-7262 Graphic Artist Cathy Wood Photos, article suggestions, article submissions welcome. We look forward to hearing from you: Cathy@villagerpublications.com

Back in the Day Masonville School at the southwest corner of Fanshawe and Richmond. The original log school was bricked over in 1857. For a time, the one-room school was the only brick school in the area.

The Hunt Club #14 Hole by Sandi McCabe. See more of her work on pages 8 and 9.

Welcome to the Hyde Park-Oakridge Villager! We support local arts, entrepreneurs, business, organizations and more by bringing historical and current neighbourhood people and passion to print. You are invited to share stories, photos, event information and to advertise. The 100% locally owned and operated Hyde Park Oakridge Villager is published ten times a year with thousands delivered free to area residences and is an ideal way to reach your local market. NEVER MISS ANOTHER ISSUE OF VILLAGER! Now you can read your local community magazine at villagerpublications.com and at the Archives room at the Central Branch of the London Public Library

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Peggy Sattler New Year’s Levee and Community Recognition Awards Peggy Sattler, MPP for London West, held her annual New Year’s Levee and Community Recognition Awards, January 23 at the Byron Legion. Recipients included: Patricia Boost (London Community Chaplaincy), Sue Bushell (Forest Edge Community Club), Ron Calhoun (Byron Community Organization), Ian Cheng (London Multicultural Community Association), Brooke Connell, Trevor Dias (London Cycle Link), Jim Easton (Optimist Club of Oakridge Acres), Susan Epstein (Friends of the Coves Subwatershed), Carol George (Girl Guides), Kevin George (Rector, St. Aidan’s Church), Jennifer Howard (The Arts Collective), Mae Jacobs, Erik Jacobsen (Hyde Park Business Improvement Association), Doris Miller (Thames Valley Trail Association), Jim Nother, Jr. (Optimist Club of London-Nor’West), Bob Porter (Old South Community Organization), Eric Thomson (Optimist Club of Byron), Shelby Wall (London Junior Optimist International Club), Paul Wilton (Urban League of London), Byron Believers, George Bray Sports Association, Ideal Way and Westmount Block Party. "It was a wonderful evening and a welcome opportunity to celebrate the unsung heroes of London West, whose volunteer contributions are deeply appreciated,” said Peggy. Read more at: www.peggysattler.ca/communityrecognitionawards

Peggy presents Kevin George with a 2020 Community Recognition Award. Kevin serves London as the rector of St. Aidan’s Anglican Church. In 2019, a year after cycling 2200 km for charity, Kevin gave a record-setting 55-hour sermon to raise funds for Anova, Jesse’s Journey and St. Aidan’s outreach programs. His messages of hope, inclusion, and social justice reflect his determination to bring people together as a community that cares.

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A Couple of Crooners – Rick Kish and

Connor Boa by Susan Smythe

Have you ever felt like turning back time, just for a little while? Well, that’s

exactly what happened on Friday, January 31, 2020 when JAZZ BY THE BOG moved out of the rat race, and into the Rat Pack era. For the second concert of this season’s series at St. Aidan’s Anglican church, our guests were “A Couple of Crooners” . Rick Kish and Connor Boa channelled the likes of Mel Torme, Johnny Mercer, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole as they smoothly worked their way through repertoire from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. As they arrived in tuxedo dress right down to the black & white dance shoes, we knew we were in for a delightfully nostalgic evening. However, it wasmostly Frank Sinatrawho showed up throughout the evening as his recordings and performances are the ones most associated with songs like Fly MeTo the Moon and Old Devil Moon . These were ably handled by Rick in his first solo spot after a great duet opener of Heart & Soul, Blue Moon, I Won’t Dance, and CheekTo Cheek just to set the tone. Connor impressed the audience with his first solo set, Come Fly With Me, Nature Boy , and Let’s Fall in Love , gliding from one song into the next with an effortless baritone confidence that defies his age. However, he says he has always loved this style of music so it seems to be a natural fit. The second half of the program opened with Rick and Connor once again sharing a medley of tunes that kept a Smile on our faces, which then led into Connor’s amazing rendition of I’m a Fool to Want You , originally recorded by Billie Holiday and later by Frank Sinatra. This is a song where the singer has to feel the lyrics and convey the message to the audience and Connor handled it with care and conviction. Rick’s beautiful tribute to a special person – his Mom - was the song Little Girl Blue . The audience could sense the love with which it was sung. Rick and Connor know exactly how to create the fun in their presentation by playing off one another with quips and adding special moments – like singing directly to someone who was celebrating a birthday – on bended knee, no less! They draw the audience in to their world of some of the greatest popular tunes of the era sung by the idols of that time.

Together with their band, the Nevin Campbell Trio, Nevin on piano, Larry Ernewein on bass, and Jake Schindler on drums, JAZZ BY THE BOG patrons enjoyed another sold-out show! We Ain’t Misbehavin’ , just Makin’ Whoopie and needed One More For My Baby (and One More For The Road) because after a two and a half hour trip down memory lane, That’s Life!

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The Karen Schuessler Singers 2020 Singathon by Harry MacLean There’s amajor choral concert coming up—Bach’sSt. JohnPassion— and the Karen Schuessler Singers needed $17,000 to hire soloists and the London Symphonia orchestra. Tickets sales can only partly cover expenses like this, so what to do? Organize a Singathon! Go out into the community and gather sponsors. And then sing! This year’s KSS Singathon was held on Saturday, February 1, in the Food Court at London’s Cherryhill Mall. Over two hundred music lovers were on hand to enjoy a full three hours of music broken only by a short recess and an audience singalong. Music offered ranged from ABBA and Beatles’ tunes to repertoire from recent KSS concerts to gospel numbers and Handel’s always popular Hallelujah Chorus.

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Bach’s St. John Passion Bach’s masterwork, the dramatic retelling of Jesus’ last days, sung in English The Karen Schuessler Singers with Chelsea Van Pelt, Sarah Hicks, Christopher Mayell, David Diston and London Symphonia Saturday April 4 8 pm Wesley-Knox United Church 91 Askin Street, London Tickets $30/$27/$10 at Attic Books, Tuckey Home Hardware, Long & McQuade North, and www.kssingers.com As in other years, the choir was led by a host of celebrity conductors, and occasionally by members of the audience who, in exchange for a donation, tried their hand at conducting. It was all good fun and, by the end of the afternoon, over $8000 had been raised. The St. John Passion will be going ahead! London Community Activist Richard Yake brought the Power of the Strawberry to the Singathon.

Susan Smythe, choir member, was Master of Ceremonies

London North MPP Peggy Sattler (celebrity guest conductor) and Karen Schuessler

Veteran meteorologist and television weatherman Jay Campbell, an enthusiastic supporter of KSS was one of the celebrity guest conductors.

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Josh Morgan, City of London Councillor Ward 7 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget

Thank you to all of the residents who came out to my three budget input meetings over the past few months. We completed 49 hours of budget debate in February and a majority of Council passed a 3.9 percent average tax increase for the next 4 years. This is a higher increase than I wanted. Based on your feedback over the past months, I brought forward proposals for millions of dollars of tax savings and ended up voting for almost 70 million in spending reductions. Unfortunately, I was not in the majority on all of those votes and the rate has been set higher than I would have liked. As I did during my previous term of Council, I will use our tax ratio policy and the annual budget updates to bring this rate down. Last term, for example, the budgeted rate was an average of 2.8 percent, but I used those tools to get the residential rate down to a more reasonable 1.5 percent average.

I did support investments in better snow removal, library collections, public wifi, transit, a new green bin program, and over 40 million in investments to address the housing and homelessness crisis in London. I appreciate all of your continued feedback and will continue to work over the next few years to make sure you receive value for your money. I will also ensure we conduct thorough and meaningful service reviews to bring the tax rate down each year. The budget is just the first step in the process and I will work hard to get the rate down using the tools mentioned above. New Proposal for Hyde Park and Gainsborough

Therehasbeenanewproposal submitted for the corner of Hyde Park Road and Gainsborough Road. The development has been broken into phases and the first phase involves the lands right at the intersection. This new proposal is shorter than the previous one and now contains a single eight storey apartment building with 155 residential dwelling units and 997 square metres of retail space. The application went to Planning Committee in February and will be voted on by Council in March. Your feedback is always welcome.

Josh Morgan is a regular contributor to the Hyde Park-Oakridge Villager Magazine, providing information on things that are happening in our community. Josh is currently serving his second term as Councillor for Ward 7. He resides in the Hyde Park area of Ward 7 with his wife Melanie and their three children. Josh studied at Western University where he completed a Combined Honours Degree in Economic and Political Science, and a Masters of Political Science (with a focus on Local Government). He is the Recruitment and Development Officer for Western University’s Local Government Program. If you have a question, comment or issue you would like to discuss, email or call Josh directly: Cell phone: 226-927-0395 Phone: 5 519-661-2489 x 4007 Facebook.com/JoshMorganLDN Instagram.com/JoshMorganLDN Email: joshmorgan@london.ca Councillor’s Office at 519-661-5095 Twitter: @JoshMorganLDN

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ARTISTS ALLEY

Meet Sandi McCabe “I have always loved art!” enthuses Sandi McCabe. “In grade school, my pencil crayons were never far away. I illustrated everything I could from maps to science projects to Bible stories. Then about 15 years ago I was invited by Sarah Cowling to come out to the Gallery Painting Group to paint with her group outdoors on location! It was very scary but before long I joined the group permanently and my love of painting took off in high gear!” Sandi took group lessons from Cheryl O. “Cheryl was gentle and encouraging,” says Sandi. “From there I met Don Cavin at the Southampton School of the Arts and I loved his courses called ‘Abstracting the Landscape’ which really meant, simplify what I see in order to paint a compelling piece of art. Jamie Jardine has always inspired me. I have taken group as well as private lessons from Jamie. To this day, I take my work to him so he can be brutally honest in his critique! That is how I grow and get better!” Sandi paints all winter outside in-and-around Fort Myers Florida. “There are several groups there to hook up with and share pointers, suppliers and advice. My Florida art is a chance to paint ‘outside the Ontario box’ and confront palm trees, flamingos and tropical vegetation. My art friends, whether they be Canadian or American are VERY special to me. We are all different and yet we share the love of creativity, sunshine and nature!” Sandi enjoys painting ‘en plein air’ for the opportunity to commune with nature. “To hear the birds, trees rustling, waves pounding is where life simply does not get any better,” she exclaims. “Oh yes, I need to deal with wind, sand and bugs but NOTHING beats painting outside. I see so much in every vista ...my acuity is heightened and my sense of joy is sky high!” Asked for favourite memories of en plein air painting, Sandi recalls a three hour painting contest on Fort Myers Beach in 2016. “There were 60 artists from all over North America poised with brushes and paints at 9am on a very HOT sunny morning! I chose a scene of umbrellas and bathers sunning on the beach. By the two hour mark I felt drained with the heat. It was 30 plus degrees! Someone kept filling my water bottle, thank goodness! When the gun went at noon we were all asked to STOP and hand our work in. Low and behold, to my amazement, I won FIRST PLACE!” “Another time six years ago, I was painting the Halls Mill Barn by the Byron Library. A lady approached me when I was half finished and said, “I would like to purchase your painting!” I remember being shocked because, I was not nearly finished

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we shared a wall at the Westland Gallery’s ‘Big Little Christmas Show’. We are definitely getting known as a group for our talent and different interpretations of scenes in and around London. I amproud to say that we do sell quite a lot of our work in every show we do!”

and yet this kind lady seemed to express sincere interest. Two weeks later I visited her in her condo and yes, she bought my painting! But what was even more outstanding, was that I loved where she lived so much, that I told my husband, Jim, that I found where we are going to move to! Sure enough, the wheels started turning and 4 years ago we moved to 1200 Riverside Drive!” “We LOVE our location and will NEVER move again! We overlook Springbank Park, can be on our tennis courts and golf course in less than 5 minutes. Everything we need is here – shopping, restaurants, family. Life could NOT be more perfect!” Sandi met Don Earle, Janice Howell and Michele Haley at The Gallery Painting Group. They banded together to support each other in their art and do shows. “We chose our name, ‘SHADYArtists’ because we all LOVE to paint outside. What makes our art sing is our treatment of how the shade accentuates the key subject matter. We are all so different in style and we respect each other a lot. September 2020 (8th – 19th) marks our 7th Annual show together at TAP. For three years now, we have also shown as a group at the Aeolian Hall. This past December,

To see more selections of art from Janice, Don, Michele and Sandi of SHADY Artists, visit www.shadyartists.com. “The collection changes rapidly during the summer as we often paint at least 2 pieces per week!” says Sandi. To see more of Sandi’s work, visit www.sandimccabe.com Eldon House

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Joe League Rebound a Success by Bill Adams Three years after its rebirth, the Joe League youth basketball program is thriving in London thanks to police and community support. The league is for youth ages 13-15 years old who live in London Middlesex Housing complexes. It is a combined basketball and community outreach program run by London police and volunteers. The participants both boys and girls play at no cost and have an opportunity to practice and play basketball. They learn teamwork and leadership skills while having positive interaction with police. The Joe League was initially formed in the 1990’s and continued for about 15 years until it ran out of steam. In 2017, Sgt Kevin Lui of London Police took on the initiative to get the league rolling again. He recruited volunteers from the police service and London Middlesex Housing and reached out to the community for funding support for the program The Oakridge Optimist Club stepped upwith a donation of $3000 to assist with transportation. It was one of the biggest costs for the program as the players from across the city needed to be bused to and from their practices and games at the Carling Heights Community Centre. Other groups and businesses also provided needed funds to get the league running. After a modest start in 2017-18, the Joe League grew the following season with more players and continued financial

For more information on the Oakridge Optimists, visit www.oakridgeoptimists.ca. A group shot of players in the 2020 Joe League Youth Basketball program at Carling Heights Community Centre.

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support from the community. The league’s third season with more than 40 players participating wrapped up in early February. At an awards luncheon at Budweiser Gardens, London Police Chief Steve Williams helped to hand out awards to players. The chief said police have been investing in programs for young people over the past 20 years because “We think its important.” The Oakridge Optimists agreed its important to give youth the opportunity to play and club has supported the Joe League in each of its three seasons. The Club also assisted another sports organization become established in London. The London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Club started in 1997 to make sledge hockey accessible to the physically challenged. The Oakridge Optimist Club was an early supporter of the Blizzard program and has provided annual financial assistance to support its youth participants. Other Optimist clubs in London and the surrounding area have also provided funding to the Blizzard.

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Going to war on cancer Mamma Warriors and Parent Warriors

SamandKimVander Schelde’s daughter Olivia had been diagnosed with a brain tumour at 18 months old. The little girl underwent brain surgery in 2006 followed by two years of weekly chemotherapy. Having experienced first hand the emotional distress and financial impact that parents deal with when their children face cancer, Kim established a support group two years ago for Moms with children who have been diagnosed with the disease. Called Mamma Warriors , the group has grown to 113 members. “It’s heartbreaking to think that so many parents in our area are facing this monster,” says Kim, who resides in Oakridge. “The numbers are much larger.” “Our daughter is who inspired us,” says Kim. The group meets once a month to share camaraderie, support and tips, and can also participate in advocacy measures (petitions for example) and the retreats that Kim organizes. “In February 2019, we had a retreat at Windermere Manor,” says Kim. “It was 24 hours filled with activities, make overs, workshops, many surprises and gifts. It was wonderful, however the most important benefit was that these moms left feeling less alone. They had developed connections and supports.” In October Kim held a retreat in the Muskokas for eight bereaved moms that included three days of hiking, relaxing, good food and sharing. Enough funds has been raised for 50 Moms to attend the February 2020 retreat. Contact Kim for information on future retreats.

Kim advocates for more of the cancer research funding to be directed towards childhood cancer. “Only five per cent of total cancer research funding goes to pediatric cancer research,” says Kim. “It results in children receiving treatment that is more appropriate for adults – treatment that causes long-term harm.” In December, Kim received notification that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who she had met to discuss her concerns, had included new investments in pediatric child cancer research in his mandate letter to Health Minister Patty Hajdu. Funds to support the group’s work have been raised through raffles and live auctions. Kim is shy about personally approaching companies or people for donations but is excited that Mamma Warriors will gain official non profit status early in 2020. Called “Parent Warriors” the with Mamma Warriors and Daddy Warriors (the support group that Sam created) under that umbrella. You can learn more about Parent Warriors at www.mammawarriors.ca or kim@mammawarriors.ca

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Cultural Cooking by Noelle Martin

Rainbow Salad DAIRY FREE | GLUTEN FREE NUT FREE | VEGETARIAN PREP TIME: 5 minutes MAKES 4 SERVINGS

This salad is so pretty. You can make it for yourself or serve it as a special treat for family and friends. And if you are looking for a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow, try serving it with a dip of plain yogurt mixed with honey or maple syrup. Ingredients: 1. Wash all fruit. Rinse the fruit well. Dry the apple and oranges with a clean cloth. Lay grapes and blueberries on a clean cloth to dry. 2. Prepare grapes. Cut grapes in half and place them into the bowl. 3. Prepare oranges. Peel the clementine oranges, pull the sections apart, and place them in the bowl. 4. Prepare strawberries. On a cutting board, using a small paring knife, carefully cut the stems off the top of the strawberries. Then cut each strawberry in half and place into the bowl. 5. Prepare apple. Dice the apple and place all the pieces in the bowl. 6. Add blueberries. Gently mix all ingredients together. 1 apple 1 cup blueberries 2 cups seedless grapes 4 clementine oranges 15 strawberries Instructions:

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Take a Hike! The Kains Woods Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is located near Kains Road, north of the Oxford Street West Extension bridge, along the Thames River. The 5.8 km-long managed hiking trail is marked with yellow and white blazes on trees. The white blazes mark the Thames Valley Trail. Hikers are asked to stay on the marked trails and keep pets on leash. Kains Woods is an important corridor for birds and animals that follow the river. Bald Eagles have nested in the area, and are often seen hunting for fish in the river. Killdeer and Great Blue Heron are frequently seen along the riverbanks. Wild Turkey like the edge habitat between the woods and nearby fields. A wide variety of songbirds use the wooded habitat. The animal life is typical of the London area with White-tailed Deer, Eastern Cottontail and Grey Squirrel. Gnawed trees are a sign of Beaver. There are also some interesting and unusual amphibians in this ESA, including Grey Tree Frog and Yellow- spotted Salamander. Information from The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority: http://thamesriver.on.ca The program is FREE, all you have to do is contact the London office at 519-659-2273 ext 22226 if you want to sign up either as a client or become a volunteer! We can use technology to fight loneliness Loneliness is a growing issue in Canada, with one in five Canadians reporting feeling lonely or socially isolated. Research suggests that daily interaction can help contribute to raise self esteem, lower depression and combat feelings of aloneness. We feel that digital technology can help connect people, both volunteers and clients. Those who want to volunteer from home, others who have limited mobility and want someone to talk to, face to face. Clients enjoy the interaction, and feel connected when they can see someone and talk at the same time! Sharing a story, getting to know someone, and being a highlight of their day without a large time commitment once a week can benefit both parties mentally and emotionally. It improves health, well-being, and active and independent living. VON started a pilot project in London this summer, matching volunteers with clients who have a computer, tablet or smart phone through the internet to video chat. We hope to set a precedence in the field for this new type of visiting, and connect those who are in need of some basic human conversation. You don’t have to leave your home, you can visit anytime during the day, and make use of your time and skills to mutually benefit and change the life of someone in your community!

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2020 London Artists Studio Tour Drop in and meet some awesome local artists! The London Artists Studio Tour is an opportunity to connect personally with local artists where they work and maybe even live as they invite you into their studios to see the materials and equipment they use and the work environment that results in the art that intrigues, excites, inspires and trains us to see the world through an artist’s eye. See our April issue for more. Visit www.londonstudiotour.ca for a list of participating artists.

April 24 – 26

Page 14 Hyde Park - Oakridge Villager • March 2020 To advertise here, please contact Gloria@VillagerPublications.com

What’s Happening in Hyde Park

Maple Syrup Season! Rolling Ridge Maple Products March Seasonal Store: 22681 Vanneck Rd www.rollingridgemapleproducts.ca Maple Harvest Festival (MOA)

2019-20 Season St. Aidan’s Anglican Church 1246 Oxford Street West

Sherwood Library Playdough Free Play Wednesday March 18, 10am-noon. Use your imagination and the library’s playdough. Room B. Drop in-no registration required. Indian Beats 2020: Proud to be an Indian Sir Frederick Banting, March 21 An evening to rejoice, revel and remember amidst the chilly winter. Delicious vegetarian Indian cuisine along with live, heart- thumping music, singing, dancing, and Bollywood DJ! More info contact: Bhavin Patel 519-615-0678. Dinner is prepared by London’s Best Award Winning Chef Soman Sreedharan & his team. Tickets ($20) available online: https://london.snapd.com/events/view/1291538 Boys and Girls Club Big Bash ROYAL GARDEN PARTY London Hunt & Country Club. Oxford St. E April 3. An evening of dinner, dancing and giving back. Formal attire required. $250 per ticket. For sponsorship opportunities and registration information please contact Beth Tonken at beth. tonken@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or 519.438.7065 ex. 6201 March Break at Museum of Ontario Archeology Campers learn about the the artifacts and adventures of archaeology! A typical camp day includes warm-up activities, team and friendship building exercises, crafts and games related to the daily theme, and outdoor fun. March 16th to 20th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Registration is $40 per day or $155/week. Visit http://archaeologymuseum.ca for details. The Museum of Ontario Archeology will be hosting their annual Maple Harvest Festival Saturday, March 14th! As always, there will be crafts and activities for children, maple treats to enjoy, and hands on demonstrations for the whole family. Watch their Facebook page for more details!

We want to hear from YOU! Bake Sales. Book Launches. Barn Dances. Community Clean Ups. Charity Car Washes. Events. Holiday Bazaars. Socials. We’ll help share the news! Please submit your information via email to Cathy@VillagerPublications.com by the 14th of the month previous. TICKET prices are still just $25.00 each or purchase a series for $65.00. The cash bar open in the Narthex Lounge at 7:00 p.m. Our ticket outlets – Long & McQuade - Fanshawe Park Road West, and Tuckey Home Hardware – Wortley Village – will have single tickets available starting October 1, as well as the church office. JOI Club (Nor’West Optimist Club) YouthCreatingOpportunities forYouth! Thisclub isopentostudent members 10-18 years old. Supported by Optimist International and mentored by local Optimists, community partners, and educators. London JOI Club members will participate in self- governance, workshops, volunteering, fundraising, team building and community involvement through positive projects and initiatives. Contact info@norwestoptimist.ca to learn more. North London Dance Centre Recital Paul Davenport Theatre: June 13 at 10:00AM, 12:30 PM, 3:30PM, 6:00PM. Tickets go on sale May 13 at 7pm: http://www.onstagedirect.com/NorthLondon www.northlondondancecentre.ca Make a Bird House out of Clay Hutton House March 22, 1-3pm $45. Build a birdhouse with the help of experienced pottery instructors. Hutton House will glaze your bird house and it will be ready for pickup in a few weeks. Register on EventBrite. Eldon House Chapter IODE Book Sale Friday April 17 and Saturday April 18 2020, 9 a.m. to 5p.m Cherryhill Village Mall Donations welcome. All proceeds directed to the National Service Dog Program Hilary Welch, Oliver Whitehead and Barry Usher Friday, April 24, 2020 – 8:00 p.m. Evoking influences of early Sarah Vaughan and the powerhouse 60’s soul singers, Hilary showcases her range through the performance of beloved jazz standards and the re-imagination of popular music.

In Support of Bethany’s Hope

at the London Hunt Club

North West London Resource Centre After-school programs Mondays starting January 13. Cooking: 4:00-5:30 pm Art: 5:30-7:00 pm For ages 11-15. Youth Can attend either or both. To register please email community@nwlrc.ca

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ONE INCREDIBLE EVENING supporting BethanysCure Cocktail Hour 5 m • Dinner Program 6:30pm Musical guest Paul Zubot & The Hollywood Band Tickets $200: Call 519-642-7589 or Visit BethanysHope.org

Cocktail Hour 5:00 pm 5 different restaurants hosting tasting stations! Featured signature cocktails with an amazing Silent Auction. Dinner Program 6:30 pm 5 local chefs will take you on a culinary journey throughout the evening. Live auction hosted by the one and only ..... The Auctionista!

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