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The Thousand Islands Playhouse open its 30th anniversary season with the Marvelous Wonderettes, May 13-June 11, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

May


Stage

DOMINO THEATRE INC.

Run For Your Wife, a comedy by Ray Cooney, May 12-28, 8 p.m. at Baby Grand Theatre. Watch the fun as a London cabbie tries to maintain two wives and two homes at the same time without either wife knowing about the other one. He manages until he is in a minor auto accident and one of the wives phones the police to report him missing. His secret becomes unraveled hilariously when his gay tenant decides to join him in the cover-up. Performances Thursday-Saturday, with an extra show May 24. Tickets at the Grand Theatre, 613-530-2050 or www.kingstongrand.ca. Information at dominotheatre.com

 

Dreams In Motion

Dreams In Motion and Ourtown Theatre present Travel The World Together, a cabaret of dance and music by senior students, faculty and special guests, May 27, 7 p.m. Tickets $10 adult, $5 child. 365 William St. S, Gananoque, 613-382-6700 or www.dreamsinmotion.ca

 

GRAND THEATRE

Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, Steady Belt Tour performance, May 6. For further details, please visit www.buddywasisname.com or www.kingstongrand.ca

 

Spring Awakening, winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, May 11, 7:30 p.m. The musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock’n’roll and is sure to exhilarate audiences. Join this group of late 19th-century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion.

 

Jake’s Gift is the tale of a World War II veteran’s journey back to Juno Beach for the 60th anniversary of D-Day, May 30 to June 4, 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance June 4, 2:30 p.m. The poignant story highlights the importance of remembrance and makes personal the story behind one soldier’s grave.

 

218 Princess St., 613-530-2050 or www.kingstongrand.ca

 

Thousand Islands Playhouse

The Playhouse open its 30th Anniversary season with the Marvelous Wonderettes, May 13-June 11. This nonstop musical blast set in the 1950s and ’60s follows the story of four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and features songs such as Leader of the Pack, Heat Wave, It’s My Party, Son of A Preacher Man and more. Performances Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 p.m., matinees Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 2:30 p.m. 185 South St., Gananoque, 613 382-7020 or www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

 

Arts & Museums

 

AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTRE

Discord and Harmony in the Art of the Baroque Era, Bader Gallery, continues to May 29.

 

Collecting Stories, The Heritage Quilt Collection, until July 17.

 

Collecting Visions, African Gallery through Aug. 21.

 

University Avenue at Bader Lane, 613-533-2190 or www.aeac.ca

 

The Art Rental & Sales Gallery at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Fine Lines continues to May 30. The show, inspired by the Heritage Quilt exhibition in the main gallery, features Art Rental & Sales Gallery artists who specialize in highly textural/collage- influenced work. Artists include Sylvia Naylor, Mary Rawlyk, Pieter Doef, Rebecca Soudant, Lucie Simons, Shirley Mancino and hand-woven work by Dorothy Young. Tuesday-Friday 12-4:30, Sat/Sun 1-5. Street parking free on weekends. Info: 613 533-2184 www.aeac.ca

 

Arts on Main Gallery

Thirty Minds, May 7-July 11. Award-winning Arts on Main Gallery presents 27 county artists specializing in diverse mediums and techniques, showcased in this beautiful downtown Picton gallery. Artist in attendance daily. Open Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 223 Main Street, Picton, 613-476-5665 or www.artsonmaingallery.ca

 

THE BARN HOUSE GALLERY

Featuring original art in oil, watercolour, fabric art, and unique handcrafted twig furniture. Open May 21-Oct. 30, Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located along the 1000 Islands Parkway in the village of Rockport, 54 Front St.

 

CORNERSTONE CANADIAN CRAFT & INUIT ART

New works arriving weekly by talented artisans from across Canada. Inuit art room features soapstone carvings from Nunavut, wall hangings, Cape Dorset and Pangnirtung prints. Contemporary crafts in wood, jewelry, glass, textiles and ceramics in the historic Macaulay House near Kingston's waterfront. 255 Ontario St., 613-546-7967 or www.cornerstonefinecrafts.ca

 

Elginburg Art

A new studio gallery at the porch door of Stoneheath, an 1830’s Elginburg farmhouse opens May 15! The seasonal gallery (May-Sep) will feature fresh recent oil paintings of a local flavour, dreamscape paintings that invoke light-hearted yearnings by artist Sally Chupick; plus other hand crafted fine art items by local artisans. Wed-Sun afternoons, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 15- Sep 15. 2611 Unity Rd., Elginburg, 613-531-4545 or www.sallychupick.com

 

Frontenac County Schools Museum

Empire Day Celebrations, with a Victorian Tea at the Frontenac County Schools Museum. Come and enjoy an authentic Empire Day program on May 20, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Queen Victoria's reign, wave our flags and sing the old songs. Enjoy a delicious cup of tea and British treats. Only $5 admission. 414 Regent St. Barriefield.

 

Gallery ArtPlus

Bright, Bold & Beautiful, featuring the work of Brandy Gale, Gudrun Gallo, Pamela Carter and Martina Escudero-Wolf, May 19-June 25. Opening reception May 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 54 N. Front St., Belleville, 613-961-1977 Ext. 231 or www.galleryartplus.com

 

GALLERY RAYMOND

Featuring a fine selection of original oils, acrylics and encaustics by local and regional artists. Currently showing work by Bonnie Brooks, Jane Colden, Tim De Rose, Frank Edwards, Grace George, Heather Haynes, Jordan Hicks, Harold Kaufmann, Michael Minthorn, Peggy Morley, Evelyn Rapin, Maureen Sheridan, Verna Vowles and Gerry Wright. 334 Princess St., 613-549-2477.

 

GALLERY VAGA

Visual Artists of Gananoque & Area, a co-op gallery with 20+ artists exhibiting original work. Open May 7-Oct. 22. Meet the artists at a reception June 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Located on the waterfront at 125C Water St., Gananoque, 613-382-3406 or www.vagagallery.com

 

Kingston Archaeological Centre

Visit the Centre’s Interpretive Display illustrating 8,000 years of human habitation in the Kingston area through artifacts and features from archaeological excavations. Displays include Aboriginal settlement, French Cataraqui, Loyalist Kingston, and 19th Century life. The Centre also offers a research library and archives, and year-round programming for all ages. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Free admission. 611 Princess St., 613-542-3483 or www.carf.info

 

Kingston Frontenac Public Library

The Kingston Arts Council and The Kingston Prize present a public talk, Military Portraits of the Kingston Garrison, May 24, 7:30 p.m. in the Wilson Room. In conjunction with The Kingston Prize, Canada's Portrait Competition and the Kingston Arts Council, a public talk and discussion on the Kingston Garrison's little-known collection of Military portraits will be given by art historian Kamille Parkinson, PhD, owner of Upper Canada Art Consulting and art critic for The Kingston Whig Standard. Donations in support of The Kingston Prize. 613-544-6329

 

Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery

Moving Views continues until June 12. Inspired by the rich landscape that surrounds them, feature artists explore movement, shape and colour through various mediums. Thousand Islands artist, Lisa Free, will be presenting new landscape paintings. While Kingston glass blowers, Mariel and Mischka, showcase new sculptural glass works. 56 Queen St., 613-547-9149 or www.mjhglassdesigns.com

 

MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

Looking for the perfect family outing? Celebrate International Museum Day as “Loud Day” at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum and other sites in Kingston on May 18. Make lots of noise while learning about the Kingston's unique and diverse heritage! 2993 Highway 2 East, 613-542-0543 or www.woodworkingmuseum.ca

 

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS MUSEUM

Displaying the history of the Canadian Forces integrated Communications and Electronics Branch. For information and bookings call 613-541-5010 ext. 3289. 95 Craftsman Blvd., www.c-and-e-museum.org.

 

MODERN FUEL ARTIST-RUN CENTRE

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is a contemporary gallery that showcases the work of emerging and mid-career local and national artists. Through its two galleries, off-site programming and New Media Workspace, Modern Fuel strives to meet the artistic needs of Kingston's community. 21A Queen St., 613-548-4883 or www.modernfuel.org

 

NGB STUDIOS

Mother’s Day Show and Sale, May 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a great show to find the perfect gifts and items for your home. We have a wide variety of finely crafted works of art that are available for purchase. You will see paintings, illustrations, carvings, encaustics, mixed media art, pottery, jewelry, knits, and metal works. You may also order any item you want custom made. See you there! 12 Cataraqui St., 613-530-2636 or www.cathiehamilton.com

 

Pump House Steam Museum 

Looking for the perfect family outing? Celebrate International Museum Day as “Loud Day” at the Pump House Steam Museum and other sites in Kingston on May 18. Make lots of noise while learning about the Kingston's unique and diverse heritage.

 

Season Opening, May 21. Come visit Kingston’s first Water Pumping Station and discover the inner workings of steam technology. The museum is now open seven days a week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Labour Day.

 

23 Ontario Street, 613-546-4291 ext. 1666 or www.steammuseum.ca

 

ROBERT MACKLIN GALLERY

Presenting emerging and mid-career established artists new to the Kingston art scene. Featuring painting, sculpture and original works on paper. 20 Market St.

 

Studio22 Open Gallery

Gods, Monsters & Movie Stars, Monoprints, Drawings and Paintings by Rebecca Cowan continues until May 15. Portraits of the faces of gods, monsters and movie stars, whose mythologies help us to understand the bizarre and sometimes inexplicable experiences that are part of being human.

 

The Beautiful Organ, Drawings by Ewa Scheer, May 21-June 26. Montreal artist Scheer draws the eyes of the young and old, of women and men. At first the works are mistaken for photographs. Closer inspection reveal them to be pencil drawings of great quality.

 

Gallery hours Wednesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday evenings 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 320 King Street E., 2nd Floor, 613-546-7461, www.s22.ca

 

Thousand Islands Arts

Up The Garden Path Artists’ Studio and Garden Tour, May 21-23 and May 28-29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A feast for the senses. From Gananoque to Lyn, come and wander through the picturesque spring gardens of some of Canada’s finest artists. For information call 613-925-9028 or visit http://www.tiarts.org

 

Westport Dandelion Gardens Studio Tour

The annual Westport and Area Dandelion Gardens Studio Tour, May 21-23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our unique fine art includes magical photographic art, elegant flowing sculptures, traditional rug-hooking, gorgeous comfortable clothing, rustic birdhouses and mirrors, stained glass, garden sculptures, recycled farm equipment; unique pottery and painted items, architectural sculptures, wire art, heritage paintings, weaving and much more. Information at 613-273-8347 or www.artatwork.ca/westport_studiotours.              

 

Music

 

Cantabile Choirs

The Cantabile Choirs present Tea for the Voyage, May 28, 7:30 p.m. at Sydenham Street United Church. The concert features folk music of early Canada with special guests, the Swamp Ward Orchestra. Tickets available online at cantabile.kingston.net or at the Grand Theatre. For information contact the Cantabile office at 613-542-9616 Ext. 24.

 

The Cantabile Choirs will hold auditions for new members for the 2011-12 season until late May. Please call the office at 613-542-9616 x 24 to arrange for an audition time. There are spaces in each of the choirs for next season: training (ages 8-10), children (10-13), young women (13-18), young men (changed voices), men (adult) and women (adult).

 

Greater Kingston Chorus of Sweet Adelines

The greater Kingston chorus presents “In The Key Of Glee” with special guests, international recording artists, The Essentials; regional champions, Here & Now and our own quartet, Mocha Voca at the Grand Theatre May 14, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30, VIP tickets $50 (include special seating and a wine and cheese reception with our special guests at 6:30 p.m.). 218 Princess St., 613-530-2050 or www.kingstongrand.ca

 

Kingston Symphony Association

Simply Beethoven, May 1, 8 p.m., Grand Theatre. Simply the world's most famous composer! The Kingston Symphony's season finale features three of Beethoven's finest works: Egmont Overture, Triple Concerto, and the most famous of all, his Fifth Symphony. We are certainly finishing the season on a high note. For tickets call 613-530-2050 or www.kingstonsymphony.on.ca

 

Live Nation

Burton Cummings, May 13, 8 p.m. at the K-Rock Centre. Living legend, Burton Cummings will this tour date is part of his first solo tour (with band) in more than a decade. He will perform an array of hits from a dazzling career spanning more than forty years. www.livenation.com

 

Many Gifts One Spirit

A Cosmic Tapestry, May 14-15, 8 p.m., Sydenham Street United Church. A new music-drama based on the Book of Job and the writings of Carl Jung, created collaboratively with legendary Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, Eleanor James, and a creative team led by Marie Anderson and Sarah Gibson-Bray. Tickets are $18, and $5 for children under 12. Contact Marie Anderson m.annendale@gmail.com. 613-531-0814 or

http://schaferproject2.blogspot.com/

 

The Melos Music Society

Recorders, Viols, and Voices, May 13, 7:30 p.m. at St. George’s Cathedral. The concert, under Music Director, David Cameron, will include repertoire for a madrigral group drawn from the Melos Choir and music for the full choir, together with Renaissance instruments, including Victoria’s motet and mass, O quam gloriosum, Italian and English madrigals, and Renaissance instrumental pieces. Tickets at Novel Idea, the Church Bookroom and from Melos Choir members. Contact 613-549-7125 or www.melos.ca

 

Music West

13th season concert finale, May 13, 7:30 p.m. features the Cranberry Dixie Swing Band and an energetic combination of traditional Dixieland band music with some great swing arrangements. Tickets are $15 regular, $12 students/seniors (65+) and $13.50 children under 13 yrs, and may be purchased at St. Andrews by the Lake United Church, 613-389-8082 or www.standrewsbythelake.ca

 

Open Voices Community Choir

Celtic Kitchen Party, an evening of lively entertainment, June 4, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Cooke's Portsmouth Church, 200 Norman Rogers Dr. Tickets $15 (or $5 for under- or unemployed), children six and under, free, available at Renaissance Music, Brian’s Record Option, Tara Foods, and at the door.

 

Orchestra Kingston

Composer in the Classroom, May 7, 2:30 p.m. Orchestra Kingston ends its season with a celebration of Canadian music and music written in the early careers of composers. Featured on the program are the works of Vaughan Williams, Grainger, Grieg, Palmer and Brahms. Advance tickets are $12 (Students/Seniors $8) available at the Grand Theatre or the Church Book Room. Salvation Army Citadel, 816 Centennial Dr.

 

Trillio Baroque Ensemble

Trillio and Friends present Baroque High Tea, May 29, 2:30 p.m. High baroque music performed on authentic instruments will be accompanied by High Tea with all the usual scrumptious delicacies. Tickets $20 (includes refreshments). Upper Canada Academy of Performing Arts, 260 Brock St. (St Mary's Cathedral Parish Centre), 613-634-9312 or www.ucperformingarts.com

 

Kids

 

Kingston gets active

The grade 5 and 9 Community Physical Activity Pass (received in schools) can continue to be used for free access to participating facilities at designated times. Students can enjoy swimming, skating, and gym use. Check our website for more details and active ideas for everyone. info@kingstongetsactive.ca, 613-546-2647 x226, www.kingstongetsactive.ca

 

MUSEUM OF HEALTH CARE

Science Rendezvous
, Drop-In Science Activities at the Museum of Health Care

May 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities all about skin and teeth will be available in the Museum (32 George St.) throughout the day. No registration is required - drop in anytime between 10am and 3pm for some hands-on science fun! Free admission.

 

Funny Bone Friday, 
United Way Success By 6 Week Family Program, May 13, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a special story-time, take a look at some real bones, make a piece of handprint art, and do gentle and fun frolics based on the movements of animals. For ages 0-6 (with adult accompaniment). Pre-registration required, $3 per child. Call 613-548-2419 or e-mail museum@kgh.kari.net.

 

Loud Day! Balloon Blast Scavenger Hunt
 Drop-In Activities in celebration of International Museum Day, May 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For one day only the Museum of Health Care will be filled with balloons. Pop the balloons to obtain skill-testing questions that all ages can enjoy, and then track down the answers within the museum. No registration required, drop in anytime. Free admission.

 

32 George St., Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site
, http://www.museumofhealthcare.ca

 

Special Events

 

CFB Kingston

Children's Thrift Sale, May 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Thompson Drill Hall, CFB Kingston. You will find gently used spring/summer clothing and footwear for children, ranging from newborn to size 12. Toys, movies, games, books, bicycles and lots more to browse over. Half-price sale on selected items from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The Children's Thrift sale is a not-for-profit sale run solely by a team of dedicated volunteers that donates a part of the proceeds from the admission fees to the sale to the military community. www.childrensthriftsale.com 

 

Confederation Tour Trolley

Season open, May 21-Oct 10, hourly tours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Departs from the Visitor Information Centre, 209 Ontario St. Opening special on May 21-22, two for one fares. Journey through three centuries of living history! View Kingston’s beautiful waterfront, charming limestone heritage and modern attractions on the comfort of Kingston’s only trolley. 613-548-4453 or 1-888-855-4555 or trolley@kingstonchamber.on.ca

 

Downtown Kingston!

Historic Farmers’ Market, May-September. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Watch for special market events and the Antique Market on Sundays.

 

Art After Dark, May 26. Take the tour of Downtown’s finest galleries under the cover of darkness. From 7pm-10pm.

 

www.downtownkingston.ca

 

Prince Edward County

Kiwanis Walleye World 
Fishing Weekend, May 7-8, midnight Friday through 4 p.m. Sunday. Contact Don 613-476-3136

 

Prince Edward County Authors Festival, May 11-14, Picton. Since 1995 the Festival has delighted audiences with intimate author readings, plus poetry in the pub, panel discussions, workshops, master classes, County Reads and more. Contact David Sweet, Anne Preston, 613-476-3037 or www.pecauthorfest.com.

 

Prince Edward County 
Spring Birding Festival, May 14-23, www.peptbo.ca

 

Annual Lilac Festival & Plant Sale, May 19, Macaulay Heritage Park, 35 Church St., Picton, 613-476-3833 or 613-476-2148 ext 426.

 

Welcome Weekend — Gathering Of Friends, May 21-23, Ameliasburgh Historical Museum, 517 County Rd. 19. 613-968-9678 or 613-476-2148 ext 426

 

Terroir, May 28, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Crystal Palace, Picton Fairgrounds. www.thecountywines.com

 

Queen’s University

Alumni Association Padre Laverty and Jim Bennett Achievement Awards Dinner, May 11, Ban Righ Hall. These awards honour Queen’s alumni and Kingstonians for their service to Queen’s and to Kingston. The 2011 recipients are Dr. Hafizur Rahman, RMC professor, and founding member of Kingston & District Immigrant Services, and Ruth George, creator of the Andy Fund of Kingston. Tickets: $80. Call 613-533-2060 or email events@queensu.ca to register. www.queensu.ca/alumni

 

Queen’s invades Fort Henry! May 28, 7 p.m. Join Queen’s alumni and friends to experience Kingston history come alive. Queen’s will have exclusive access to the Fort for a night of fine dining, dancing under the stars, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks finale! A shuttle bus service runs every fifteen minutes to and from campus. Register as part of Spring Reunion, Queen's MiniU, or just on your own! Adults $70; Children 12 and under $30. Email events@queensu.ca or call 613-533-2060 Learn more at www.queensu.ca/alumni

 

Queen’s MiniU, Queen’s University, May 27-29. A fun and educational weekend open to the whole community. Be a student for one class or for the whole weekend. Enjoy fascinating lectures, guided tours, hands-on activities, and a chance to indulge a passion for life-long learning in a fun atmosphere. Email miniU@queensu.ca or call 613-533-2060 x 79032. www.queensu.ca/alumni/learning/miniu.html

 

QUEEN'S OBSERVATORY

Free Open House, May 14, 9 p.m. Come listen to a professional astronomer share the wonders of the Universe before heading to our outdoor observing deck to view the Moon and planets. Next, head up to the dome to gaze into deep-space with our 16-foot reflecting telescope, sure to dazzle inquiring minds young and old! Ellis Hall, 4th floor, University Ave., across from Grant Hall on Queen's Campus. Contact us at 613-533-2711. Please see http://observatory.phy.queensu.ca for more details.

 

Rob Roy Pipe Band

Kingston Scottish Festival, May 28. Highland dancing competition, pipe band competition, Scottish vendors, beer tent, food and fun. Admission is free. Parking $5 per vehicle. Rideau Acres Campground, www.robroypipeband.com

 

Upper Canada Village

50th Anniversary Season Launch, May 22. Join in the celebration as our 1860s Village celebrates Queen Victoria's birthday. Sing God Save the Queen, hear historical patriotic speeches, see grand military maneuvers, lace up for the 1860s athletic games, and help out with the Village’s “Queen” (a hand-pumped fire engine), and enjoy a piece of birthday cake. 

 

Plant Lovers’ Weekend, May 28-29. Browse through one of the largest heirloom plant sales in Eastern Ontario. Featured are the ever popular heirloom tomato varieties, as well as an assortment of heirloom perennials and annuals, including flowers and vegetables, and potted heirloom rose bushes dating from the early 1500s to 1867. 

 

Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, 1-888-437-2233 or www.parks.on.ca

 

Fundraisers

 

Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area

Giggles and Grapes 2011, May 19, 7 p.m., Ambassador Hotel and Convention Centre. Giggles, an evening of comedy with award winning impersonator Tracey Bell whose personas include Cher, Tina Turner, Madonna, Liza Minelli and Dolly Parton. Grapes, an evening of fine vintages from Ontario’s finest wineries. Proceeds in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area Endowment Fund. Tickets and information 613‐542‐3306 Ext. 21 or www.bgckingston.ca/GigglesGrapes

 

Breast Cancer Action Kingston

18th Annual Walk for Awareness, May 7 at Macdonald Park (King and Barrie Streets). An event for the whole family with head shaving, Pickles the Clown, face painting, potato sack races and other children's activities. Vendors, silent auction, dog grooming and live entertainment. Registration fee $20 (free with $40 or more in pledges). Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the 2.5 km walk begins at 11 a.m. Pledge sheets at www.bcakingston.org and information at 613-531-7912.

 

Hospice Kingston

An Evening of Dance, May 28, 7 p.m. at the McArthur College Auditorium. Come out and support Hospice Kingston. Dancers from local studios will perform competitive dances in tap, jazz, ballet, acro, contemporary and hip-hop. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door, available at Dance Studios or Hospice Kingston, 36 Barrie St. Contact Shannon Randall, at 613-542-5013 ext 3. www.hospicepc.ca.

 

KFL&A CHAPTER MS SOCIETY OF CANADA

MS Walk to End MS, May 29 at LCVI. Breakfast, lunch and entertainment will be offered. Honourary Co-Chairs for the event are Mayor Mark Gerretson and Lisa Ray from K-Rock 105.7. Contact Linda Marks at 613-384-8500 or msking@kingston.net. www.mskingston.com/home.htm

 

KGH Auxiliary

11th Annual Golf Tournament, Loyalist Golf Club, May 18, 1 p.m. Proceeds to purchase Dual Chamber Pacemakers for the KGH ICU. For more info phone 613-549-6666 ext 6352 or email 
borhia@kgh.kari.net.

 

Kingston Quinte Motorcycle club

Kingston Quinte Motorcycle Ride for Dad, May 29, Constantine Arena, 7 Duty Dr. Registration 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Parade leaves at 9:30 a.m. sharp. Pre-registration is available May 27, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Constantine Arena. First 700 registered riders receive a free lunch and a gift. People from all walks of life, riding all types of motorcycles, gather pledges for the cause, then participate in a city parade and a scenic tour of the region. Riders raising pledges are eligible for great prizes! In the past ten years the Motorcycle Ride for Dad has contributed over seven million dollars to the fight against prostate cancer through research and awareness. Last year we raised $97,000! The fight lives on — join the ride, pledge a rider, or make a donation to the cause. The money raised in Kingston, stays in Kingston. http://www.motorcycleridefordad.org/chapters/kingston. For more information please contact Julia Williams (julialeighwilliams@gmail.com) or Heather Wilkins (canoe@primus.ca).

 

Maritime Fest 2011

Maritime Fest, May 13, Vimy Officers’ Mess, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious seafood and dessert prepared by 13 of Kingston and area’s finest restaurants followed by an evening of East Coast style entertainment with The DownHome Connection, Roger James and this year’s special guests, Cliff Edwards, Mary-Jo Maur and friends as they play tribute to Anne Murray and the Maritime Songwriters. Proceeds support KGH cardiac care and stroke programs, The Military Communications & Electronics Museum, the University of Ottawa’s Heart Institute and Osteoporosis Canada. For tickets and information, call 613-544-4910 or e-mail gerry@cotalco.com.

 

St. George’s Cathedral

WOW! A Walk for Organ Work, supporting the St. George’s Cathedral organ renovation, May 15, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Starting at St. George’s Cathedral, then walking to St. James’s Anglican, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, St. Paul’s Anglican, finishing at St. George’s Cathedral. There will be a short organ recital at each location. King and Johnson Streets, 613-548-4617 or www.stgeorgescathedral.on.ca.

 

Thousand Islands Playhouse

Local Flavours, Local Friends, May 14, 5 p.m. This fundraiser showcases the best in foods, wines and beers produced within a 100km radius, features a silent auction, and is topped off with tickets to the opening night performance of The Marvelous Wonderettes. 185 South St., Gananoque, 613 382-7020 or www.1000islandsplayhouse.com

 

United Way serving KFL&A

Success By 6 Week, May 9-15. A fun-filled week of events and activities designed with the youngest members of our community in mind. Success By 6 Week is designed to heighten public awareness of the importance of early years development and provide opportunities for young children, their families and caregivers to spend some extra time on “Take the time, make the moments matter™” Visit our website www.successby6ofkfla.ca or call 613-542-2674.

 

Recreation

 

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority

Urban Poling, May 15, 2 p.m. at Little Cataraqui Creek. Come and learn about Urban Poling, also known as Nordic Walking, with a certified trainer at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Poles are provided. Advance registration is required due to limited space. Cost is $10 per person for annual pass holders and $15.50 per person for non-pass holders (includes gate fee).

 

Invasive Species Control, every Tuesday at 6 p.m. beginning May 3, at Lemoine Point Conservation Area. Join the Friends of Lemoine Point and help remove invasive species, such as garlic mustard, from the wooded areas of Lemoine Point Conservation Area. Meet at the Coverdale Drive parking lot. 1441 Coverdale Dr.

 

Native Plant Sale, May 28-29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lemoine Point. Select from native trees, shrubs and flowers grown from local seed sources. Proceeds are put back into the Native Plant Nursery to grow more native plants. 1441 Coverdale Dr. entrance.

 

1641 Perth Rd., 613-546-4228 x 221 or cataraquiregion.on.ca

 

Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada

Health Recovery Classes, Tue. and Fri., 12:15 -1:30 p.m., 302 Montreal St.. Classes for people with serious health issues. The practice of Taoist Tai Chi ™ internal arts of health can help alleviate conditions such as Parkinson's, MS, fibromyalgia, and others. It can be done sitting in a chair or wheelchair, or standing. kingston@taoist.org, 613-544-4733, www.taoist.org/kingston

 

Lectures & Workshops

 

Canadian Club of Kingston

Monthly luncheons October to May: noon, typically second Wednesday each month. Non-members welcome. Speaker Dr. Alec Douglas, former Director of History, Department of National Defence, “Old Wine into New Wineskins: Canada's Navy at the century mark.” May 11 at Minos Uptown Village Restaurant, 2762 Princess St. Reservations 613-384-2021. Club information at 613-530-2704 or canadianclubkingston.org. 

 

Deborah Kimmett

Creative Writers Workshop with Deborah Kimmett, May 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tell your stories on Amherst Island with onefunnylady. For more info www.kimmett.ca under The Shop.

 

MUSEUM OF HEALTH CARE

Kingston Nursing Education Past and Present, The Purpose-Built Nurses' Residence: Creating Space for Women in Early 20th-Century, Health Care in Canada
, a public lecture by Dianne Dodd and James DeJonge, May 11, 4 p.m. Join Historian Dianne Dodd and Historical Architect James DeJonge of Parks Canada in their exploration of what the Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site reveals about nurses' achievement, professionalization, and identity. Lecture at Etherington Auditorium, 94 Stuart St. Reception to follow at the Museum of Health Care, 32 George St. 
 Free admission. http://www.museumofhealthcare.ca 

 

Queen’s University

The Last Lecture on Earth, “God is also a mathematician” with Professor Peter Taylor (Mathematics, Biology), May 28, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Ellis Hall Auditorium. Join Professor Peter Taylor for an engaging and entertaining lecture on God, the universe and mathematics. Free; no registration required. Presented as part of Queen’s MiniU. Email miniu@queensu.ca for information or call 613-533-2060 x 79032 or www.queensu.ca/alumni

 

United Way Serving KFL&A

Outcomes Measurement: Why Does It Matter? June 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Ongwanada, 191 Portsmouth Ave. The first reason for measuring outcomes is that funders and donors seek increased accountability for use of resources and funding dollars. Being able to demonstrate that programs are making a difference to those accessing services pays important dividends beyond reporting to the funder. Facilitator: Lisa Smith. Call the United Way to register, 613-542-2674 or email uway@unitedwaykfla.ca

 

June

 

Stage

 

Blue Canoe Productions

Summer Theatre is alive in Kingston with Blue Canoe Productions presenting two summer musical and two summer Cabarets! Coming this June, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum by Stephen Sondheim's at the Rotunda Theatre in Queen's Theological Hall, 85 Stewart St. Forum is the comedy musical about being a comedy. In a desperate attempt to win his freedom, the slave, Pseudolus, attempts to help his young master, Hero, earn the love of a courtesan, Philia. Tickets available at the Grand Theatre Box office, 613-530-2050 or www.kingstongrand.ca. Visit Blue Canoe's website for the full summer season www.bluecanoeproductions.ca 

 

DOMINO THEATRE INC.

Later Life, a comedy by A. R. Gurney, June 9-25, 8 p.m. at Baby Grand Theatre. Austin has been a pessimist his entire life and is convinced something terrible is bound to happen to him. He reconnects with Ruth, a romance from 30 years ago. She is a multiple divorcee whose life is a mess. Austin may be Ruth's last chance at normalcy and Ruth may be the one able to “loosen” Austin from years of despondency. This is comedy at its best. Performances Thursday-Saturday, with an extra show June 25. Tickets at the Grand Theatre, 613-530-2050 or www.kingstongrand.ca. Information at dominotheatre.com

 

Dreams In Motion

Dreams In Motion and Ourtown Theatre present An Insect’s Life, a dance and drama production by our junior students, June 4, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets $10 adult, $5 child. 365 William Street South, Gananoque, 613-382-6700 or www.dreamsinmotion.ca

 

GRAND THEATRE

Kingston Jazz Festival, June 23-25. The Grand Theatre partners with the Kingston Jazz Society and the Kingston Arts Council, to present this weekend of live jazz throughout the city; fun for all!

 

The Dave Holland Quintet opens the 2011 Kingston Jazz Festival at the Grand, June 23, 7:30 p.m. Holland, a master of tone and rhythm, the bassist, composer, and bandleader is now in his fifth decade as a performer and his music possesses a rich and kaleidoscopic history. Don’t miss this vibrant performance launching the newest festival in Kingston.

 

Kurt Elling Swings Sinatra, June 24, 7:30 p.m. The 2009 Grammy Award-winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album pays tribute to Frank Sinatra in his live performance.

 

Brandi Disterheft Quintet, live at The Mansion, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Canadian composer and bassist studied under Oscar Peterson. Peterson notably said, “She has the same lope or rhythmic pulse as my bassist, Ray Brown. She is what we call serious.”

 

Enjoy free, live jazz on Kingstonians’ porches from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., June 25. This Porch Jazz series will lead groups down to Springer Market Square for free performances of Brandi Disterheft Quintet, Shuffle Demons, Georgette Fry & the Kingston Big Band from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Join the Grand Theatre in celebrating jazz musician Christian McBride & Inside Straight, June 25, 7:30 p.m. McBride is one of the most recorded bassists over the last 20 years.

 

Jazz at The Mansion continues with the Shuffle Demons heating up the stage at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., June 25. This funk jazz band is described as outrageous and irresistible; their show is sure to get audiences moving. In their 23 year career the group has played thousands of shows and released six albums; they’re a true Canadian gem. 

 

218 Princess St., 613-530-2050 or www.kingstongrand.ca

 

K-Rock Centre

Presents An Evening With Deepak Chopra 
Healing, Transformation & Higher Consciousness, June 17, 7:30 p.m. World-renowned teacher, speaker and best-selling author Dr. Deepak Chopra visits Kingston to present his ideas on Healing, Transformation & Higher Consciousness and share Practical Tools & Discussion for Change.

 Tickets available at K-Rock Centre Box Office. Order online at K-Rockcentre.com or charge by phone at 877-554-8399

 

Thousand Islands Playhouse

Wingfield: Lost and Found starring Rod Beattie, June 14 to July 16. Everyone’s favourite storyteller returns with the newest installment of life on Wingfield Farm, where the wells may be drying up, but ingenuity thrives. Is it the end of farming for Walt and Maggie, or can water really be found? Performances Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 p.m., matinees Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 2:30 p.m. 185 South St., Gananoque, 613 382-7020 or www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

 

Arts & Museums

 

AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTRE

Artists on Art, June 18, 2 p.m. Kingston artist Margaret Lock gives a talk in the exhibition Kingston in Relief: The Woodcuts of Gwyneth Travers. As a printmaker she provides intriguing insights into Travers’ technique and how she captured well-known

local buildings and sites. We present this talk as part of our celebration of Kingston’s annual Doors Open. The Art Centre will be open from 10 am to 5 pm, and admission is free. Throughout the day, docents will be in the galleries to discuss all the exhibitions.

 

Discord and Harmony in the Art of the Baroque Era, Bader Gallery, continues to May 29.

 

Collecting Stories, The Heritage Quilt Collection continues to July 17.

 

Collecting Visions, African Gallery through Aug. 21.

 

University Avenue at Bader Lane, 613-533-2190 or www.aeac.ca

 

Arts on Main Gallery

Thirty Minds, May 7-July 11. Award-winning Arts on Main Gallery presents 27 county artists specializing in diverse mediums and techniques, showcased in this beautiful downtown Picton gallery. Artist in attendance daily. Open Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 223 Main Street, Picton, 613-476-5665 or www.artsonmaingallery.ca

 

THE BARN HOUSE GALLERY

Featuring original art in oil, watercolour, fabric art, and unique handcrafted twig furniture. Open May 21-Oct. 30, Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located along the 1000 Islands Parkway in the village of Rockport, 54 Front St.

 

CORNERSTONE CANADIAN CRAFT & INUIT ART

New works arriving weekly by talented artisans from across Canada. Inuit art room features soapstone carvings from Nunavut, wall hangings, Cape Dorset and Pangnirtung prints. Contemporary crafts in wood, jewelry, glass, textiles and ceramics in the historic Macaulay House near Kingston's waterfront. 255 Ontario St., 613-546-7967 or www.cornerstonefinecrafts.ca

 

Elginburg Art

A new studio gallery at the porch door of Stoneheath, an 1830’s Elginburg farmhouse opens May 15! The seasonal gallery (May-Sep) will feature fresh recent oil paintings of a local flavour, dreamscape paintings that invoke light-hearted yearnings by artist Sally Chupick; plus other hand crafted fine art items by local artisans. Wed-Sun afternoons, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 15- Sep 15. 2611 Unity Rd., Elginburg, 613-531-4545 or www.sallychupick.com

 

Gallery ArtPlus

Bright, Bold & Beautiful, featuring the work of Brandy Gale, Gudrun Gallo, Pamela Carter and Martina Escudero-Wolf, May 19-June 25. Opening reception May 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 54 N. Front St., Belleville, 613-961-1977 Ext. 231 or www.galleryartplus.com

 

GALLERY RAYMOND

Featuring a fine selection of original oils, acrylics and encaustics by local and regional artists. Currently showing work by Bonnie Brooks, Jane Colden, Tim De Rose, Frank Edwards, Grace George, Heather Haynes, Jordan Hicks, Harold Kaufmann, Michael Minthorn, Peggy Morley, Evelyn Rapin, Maureen Sheridan, Verna Vowles and Gerry Wright. 334 Princess St., 613-549-2477.

 

GALLERY VAGA

Visual Artists of Gananoque & Area. a co-op gallery with 20+ artists exhibiting original work. Open May 7-Oct. 22. Meet the artists at a reception June 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Located on the waterfront at 125C Water St., Gananoque, 613-382-3406 or www.vagagallery.com

 

Kingston Archaeological Centre

Visit the Centre’s Interpretive Display illustrating 8000 years of human habitation in the Kingston area through artifacts and features from archaeological excavations. Displays include Aboriginal settlement, French Cataraqui, Loyalist Kingston, and 19th Century life. The Centre also offers a research library and archives, and year-round programming for all ages. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Free admission. 611 Princess St., 613-542-3483, www.carf.info

 

MacLachlan Woodworking Museum

First Capital Day, June 15, find the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum set up at Confederation Basin. There will be woodworking demonstrations throughout the day.

 

Doors Open Kingston, June 18, The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum will be providing guided tours throughout the day.

 

2993 Highway 2 East, 613-542-0543 or www.woodworkingmuseum.ca

 

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS MUSEUM

Displaying the history of the Canadian Forces integrated Communications and Electronics Branch. For information and bookings call 613-541-5010 ext. 3289. 95 Craftsman Blvd., www.c-and-e-museum.org.

 

MODERN FUEL ARTIST-RUN CENTRE

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is a contemporary gallery that showcases the work of emerging and mid-career local and national artists. Through its two galleries, off-site programming and New Media Workspace, Modern Fuel strives to meet the artistic needs of Kingston's community. 21A Queen St., 613-548-4883 or www.modernfuel.org

 

The Old Hay Bay Church

Built in 1792, the church is open to the public seven days a week end of June until Labour Day. There is a custodian to interpret the history and heritage. Displays, artifacts and literature help make the story of this building come alive. Come and bring family, relatives or friends to have a picnic, plan a wedding, connect with the faith or our forbears, or trace genealogical links with Loyalists and other pioneers. From Kingston, drive west on The Loyalist Parkway (Hwy 33) and turn right at Adolphustown (County Rd 8). Go through Dorland to Hay Bay where the road curves to the right. The Church is on your left, by the water (Fire #2365). Custodian can be reached at 613-373-2261.

 

Pump House Steam Museum 

First Capital Day, June 15, the Pump House Steam Museum crew will be on site at Confederation Basin to show the wonders of steam in a number of exciting demonstrations.

 

Doors Open Kingston, June 18, the Pump House Steam Museum will be providing themed guided tours and 10-minute science demonstrations throughout the day.

 

23 Ontario Street, 613-546-4291 ext. 1666 or www.steammuseum.ca

 

ROBERT MACKLIN GALLERY

Presenting emerging and mid-career established artists new to the Kingston art scene. Featuring painting, sculpture and original works on paper. Robert Macklin Gallery, 20 Market St., www.salonprize.com

 

Studio22 Open Gallery

The Beautiful Organ, Drawings by Ewa Scheer, May 21-June 26. Montreal artist Scheer draws the eyes of the young and old, of women and men. At first the works are mistaken for photographs. Closer inspection reveal them to be pencil drawings of great quality. Gallery hours Wednesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday evenings 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 320 King Street E., 2nd Floor, 613-546-7461, www.s22.ca

 

Tammy Shane Gallery

Paintings by Kingston artist Tammy Shane will be on display celebrating the unveiling of a brand new residential gallery, June 17-18. This exciting show will include new works featuring landscapes, trees, and signature songbirds. Opening reception to be held June 17. Partial proceeds going to Autism Ontario. For times and location please visit tammyshane.com, see us on Facebook, or call 613-583-1551.

 

Music

 

Kingston Senior Choristers

Nostalgia rules! The Kingston Senior Choristers are pleased to present their annual spring concert, A Celebration of Twentieth Century Music, June 11, 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Lynda Stoness, and accompanied by Marilyn Wesson, the one hundred voice choir presents a series of medleys which include favorites from every decade in the 1900s. Kingston Gospel Temple. Tickets at the door, or from choir members: Adults $15, children 12 and under, $5.

 

Prince Edward County Music Festival

Benefit piano recital by artistic director Stéphane Lemelin, June 3, 7 p.m. at the home of Carl & Betsy Kidd, 14819 Loyalist Pkwy, Bloomfield. Attendance by donation of $50. Information 613-393-3798 or www.pecmusicfestival.com

 

St. George’s Cathedral

Summer Concert Series begins June 23, 12:15 p.m., with the Cantabile Men's and Women's Choruses, under the direction of Mark Sirett. The Cantabile choristers will present a preview concert of their July tour to England and Scotland in a program of sacred music by Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Durufle, as well as contemporary composers and Canadian folksongs. Join us for a mid-day musical interlude. The series will continue every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. through August. Admission is free, with a voluntary offering collected. King and Johnson Streets, 613-548-4617 or www.stgeorgescathedral.on.ca.

 

Kids

 

Kingston gets active

The grade 5 and 9 Community Physical Activity Pass (received in schools) can continue to be used for free access to participating facilities at designated times. Students can enjoy swimming, skating, and gym use. Check our website for more details and active ideas for everyone. info@kingstongetsactive.ca, 613-546-2647 x226, www.kingstongetsactive.ca

 

Special Events

 

Downtown Kingston!

First Capital Day, June 15. Celebrate this historic event in Downtown Kingston!

 

Movies in the Square, June, July, August. Free classic movies at dusk every Thursday in Springer Market Square. Don’t forget your chair!

 

Music in the Park, June, July, August. Free lunchtime concerts every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – 12:30 p.m. in Confederation Park.

 

www.downtownkingston.ca

 

Fort Henry National Historic Site

Sunset Ceremonies, Wednesdays in July starting June 29, 7:30 p.m. An evening military show featuring the Fort Henry Guard and the performing sub-units including the Fife and Drum Corps, the artillery and the squad firing 1860’s rifles. Fireworks Finale. Shows will now feature an intermission. 613-542-7388 or www.parks.on.ca

 

Prince Edward County

Wingfield’s Progress, June 2, 8 p.m., The Regent Theatre. www.theregenttheatre.org

 

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival
, June 4-5; Crystal Palace, Picton. www.cheesefestival.ca  

 

Quinte’s Isle Bluegrass Celebration, a weekend of music, food and fun, June 10-12.www.quintebluegrass.com

 

47th Annual Antique Show, June 17-19, Crystal Palace, Picton Fairgrounds. www.pecantiques.com

 

Art In The County, June 17- July 3. Prince Edward County arts council’s 18th annual juried art show and sale featuring Eastern Ontario’s most talented artists. Enjoy a broad range of work including watercolour, acrylic, oil, glass and much more. Held in Picton's Old Town Hall above the Firehall at King and Ross Streets. www.artinthecounty.com

 

Quinte Flywheels Antique & 
Equipment Show, June 25-26, Ameliasburgh Historical Museum, 517 County Rd. 19. 613-968-9678 or 613-476-2148 ext 426

 

Festival Players 
Of Prince Edward County, June 28-Aug. 27. 613-399-5677 or 1-866-584-1991 or www.festivalplayers.ca

 

QUEEN'S OBSERVATORY

Free Open House, June 14, 9 p.m. Come listen to a professional astronomer share the wonders of the Universe before heading to our outdoor observing deck to view the Moon and planets. Next, head up to the dome to gaze into deep-space with our 16" reflecting telescope, sure to dazzle inquiring minds young and old! Ellis Hall, 4th floor, University Ave., across from Grant Hall on Queen's Campus. Contact us at 613-533-2711. Please see http://observatory.phy.queensu.ca for more details.

 

Simply Paradise Dance

Every Sunday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the 560 Legion, 734 Montreal St. $8 admission includes munchies, prizes and a delicious meal. Dance the night away to a magnificent selection of music by Superior Sound. Singles and couples ages 40-90 all welcome. The dance celebrated its 25th anniversary in April 2010. Contact, Shirley Skinner, 613-634-1607.

 

TOMMFest

This year plan to join us for a free weekend of music June 17-19 at Loughborough Lake Holiday Park. The Tristin Osborne Memorial Music Festival in conjunction with The Limestone Learning Foundation are proud to present The Abrams Brothers, Ambush, Craig Curtis, Shane Yellowbird, and many more. Reserved seating is limited but can be booked in advance. Please visit us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out at www.tommfest.ca for more information!

 

ThinkFirst Kingston

Crack a Shell to Save a Shell! 6th Annual Lobsterfest, June 3, 4 p.m. at the University Club, Queen's University. Tickets $40. There will be live music, silent auction, raffle prizes and of course lobster! Kids meal (for $10) and an alternative meal are also available. Funds raised from our annual lobsterfest fundraiser will go towards purchasing helmets (hockey, skateboarding, bicycle) for children and youth in the Kingston and surrounding areas. For tickets or to contact the local chapter, email thinkfirst.kingston@gmail.com or visit www.thinkfirst.ca

 

Ukrainian Canadian Club of Kingston

Lviv, Ukraine Folklore Festival 2011, June 10-12, at Regiopolis Notre Dame Catholic High School. For 42 continuous years Kingstonians and visitors alike, have returned to the Lviv, Ukraine Pavilion, one of Folklore’s original pavilions, to enjoy traditional Ukrainian hospitality, folk arts, and cuisine. This year we will be celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the settlement of Ukrainians in Canada.

 

Upper Canada Village

Fantastic Fibres & Sheep Sheering, June 4-5, Education Days June 3 and June 6. Touch and feel the many different fibres that go into making clothes. This new festival includes discussions of rare breeds of sheep, hands-on sheep shearing, as well as spinning and weaving demonstrations, special guests, and our one-of-a-kind Woolen Mill demonstrations.

 

Medieval Festival, June 10-12. A colourful cast of medieval re-enactors, musicians, buskers, artisans, falconers, archers, merchants and jousting Knights in shining armour on horseback converge at Upper Canada Village. This festive encampment of tents, mini-stages, and livestock quarters will also feature a, weapons of war competition, children’s games and activities, and a medieval marketplace. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in medieval attire. By paying the regular admission fee, visitors will have access to both the Village and the Medieval Festival. School programming available June 10.

 

Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, 1-888-437-2233 or www.parks.on.ca

 

Westport

Westport Antique Show & Sale, June 4-5, Westport Arena. The 19th edition of this fine event will feature 40 premiere antique dealers, an appraisal clinic, special exhibits and a tea room. Information 613-850-5446 or www.antique-shows.ca

 

Fundraisers

 

Shout Sister! Choir

Shout Sister! Choir’s annual fundraiser, June 4, 8 p.m. at Sydenham Street United Church. Shout Sister performs pop songs with infectious energy and vocal power. The concert will benefit Loving Spoonful (www.lovingspoonful.org). Tickets $15, children under 8 years old free. Email choiradmin@georgettefry.ca

 

Recreation

 

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority

Fly Fishing Lessons, June 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Little Cataraqui Creek. Learn to fly fish with the Kingston and Area Fly Fishing Club. This introductory class is for beginners. Equipment is provided or bring your own. Cost is $25.50 per person for those 12 and up, $20 per person for annual pass holders. An adult must accompany participants under 15 years. A registration form is necessary and available at www.cataraquiregion.on.ca or by calling 613-546-4228 x 221.

 

Canoe and kayak rentals, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Little Cataraqui Creek and Gould Lake Conservation Area. Rent canoes and kayaks and explore our reservoir. Rentals begin at $7 per hour. Paddles, lifejackets and safety kits included. Hiking and picnicking along our trails are also popular. Gate fees apply.

 

Summer is for visiting conservation areas. Around Kingston are Little Cataraqui Creek, Lemoine Point, Parrott’s Bay and Gould Lake Conservation Areas. Gate fees apply at Little Cataraqui Creek and Gould Lake Conservation Areas. Hike, picnic, rent a canoe or just relax.

 

Nature Explorers Summer Camp, weekly in July and August, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Register your 6 to 11-year-old today. Different themes each week. You can register your child(ren) for a maximum of two weeks. Cost is $170 per week; before and after care is available for an additional $25. Complete the registration form at www.cataraquiregion.on.ca or call 613-546-4228 for a copy.

 

1641 Perth Rd., 613-546-4228 x 221 or cataraquiregion.on.ca

 

Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada

Health Recovery Classes, Tue. and Fri., 12:15 -1:30 p.m., 302 Montreal St.. Classes for people with serious health issues. The practice of Taoist Tai Chi ™ internal arts of health can help alleviate conditions such as Parkinson's, MS, fibromyalgia, and others. It can be done sitting in a chair or wheelchair, or standing. kingston@taoist.org, 613-544-4733, www.taoist.org/kingston

 

Community Support

 

ADULT LEARNING NETWORK

Skills Upgrade. Today more than ever, reading, writing, math and computer skills are critical to success in the job market. 613-547-2255

 

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF KINGSTON

Volunteer Campaign Program. Seeking volunteers with understanding and empathy for those living with Alzheimer disease. Rideaucrest Home, 175 Rideau St., Suite 201, 613-544-3078

 

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS KFL&A

Call for in-school mentors. Calling positive role-models aged 18 to 88! Big Brothers Big Sisters KFL&A needs new mentors to match with children in September This rewarding volunteer opportunity is a commitment of only one hour per week. 613-544-1621 or www.bigbrothersbigsisterskingston.com

 

CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES, Kingston

Blood Donor Clinic: Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Because . . . you are the type to save lives. Call today to book your appointment. 797 Princess St., 1-888-2-DONATE or visit us at www.blood.ca

 

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

Looking for committee volunteers. Help organize committees and events. Anywhere from two to six hours a month of your time can mean a lifetime for someone with cancer. Woodbine Plaza, 2795 Princess St., 613-384-2361 or www.cancer.ca

 

CANADIAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

Community Collection Crew. Cleaning out your closet? Call 613-384-0767 for pickup of used clothing and household items. 613-384-9374 or www.diabetes.ca

 

You Can Help. November is Diabetes Awareness month and you can help the Canadian Diabetes Association by putting a blue light bulb in your porch light for the month. Blue is the official colour of the International Diabetes Federation’s campaign against this chronic disease. Your support will not only raise public awareness about this disease, but also show the world that Kingston stands behind the three million Canadians who are living with diabetes.

 

CANADIAN GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND

Foster families required for puppies. Foster families host a puppy-in-training for up to 18 months. 613-692-7777 or www.guidedogs.ca

 

The Canadian Hearing Society, Kingston Region

The Canadian Hearing Society is the leading provider of services, products and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health and promote equity for people who are culturally deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

 

Are you interested in learning sign language? Contact The Canadian Hearing Society at 613-544-1927 or visit us at the Frontenac Mall for more information.

 

Frontenac Mall, 1300 Bath Rd., Unit D4, Bell Relay 1-800-855-0511, TTY 613-544-2765, fax 613-544-1975 or visit www.chs.ca

 

CANADIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND

Seeking results-oriented achievement? Volunteering just two to three hours a month will help us continue serving 1,500 Kingston-area CNIB clients. 613-542-4975

 

CANADIAN RED CROSS

The Canadian Red Cross offers accredited first aid, CPR and babysitting training, as well as volunteer opportunities in disaster management. 613-548-4929 or www.redcross.ca

 

CITY OF KINGSTON ARTS FUND

New Program of Operating Grants. All Kingston arts organizations that have been incorporated for two years or more are eligible to apply for the fund. Application packages are available for download at www.artskingston.com and www.cityofkingston.ca.

 

City of Kingston Sustainability

How will you make Kingston sustainable? Join community conversations about Kingston’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. Weigh in on the themes, goals and actions being developed to make Kingston “Canada’s Most Sustainable City.” For information, updates and events, visit Focus Kingston’s Community Sustainability Planning website at www.cityofkingston.ca/sustainability. Sign up on the City’s Sustainability email update list at www.cityofkingston.ca/cityhall/sustainability/subscribe.asp.

 

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER KINGSTON

The Community Foundation is a registered charity that accepts donations, pools them and generates investment earnings that are returned to the community via grants to local charities. 613-546-9696 or www.cfgk.org

 

CENTRE CULTUREL FRONTENAC

Volunteers needed! The Centre culturel Frontenac is looking for volunteers to get involved in our radio show Le CCF Branché, the newspaper L’Informel, to sit on our administrative board or to participate during occasional cultural activities. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to give a little bit of your time to the French cultural and artistic community of Kingston. 613-546-1331

 

DAWN HOUSE WOMEN’S SHELTER

Dawn House provides emergency services, support and 24-hour shelter for homeless women and their children in Kingston. 613-545-9640

 

EPILEPSY KINGSTON

Epilepsy Kingston provides education, support and direct services for Kingston and area. Whether you are affected by epilepsy yourself, live or work with someone who has epilepsy or would like to learn more about epilepsy, please contact us. 100 Stuart St., 613-542-6222 or www.epilepsykingston.org

The Brain Injury Association of Southeastern Ontario works to enhance the quality of life of people affected by brain injury. 613-536-1555

 

FRONTENAC CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETY

Parents from diverse cultural backgrounds, single parents or same-sex parents are encouraged to consider adoption. Adoptive parents who have the capacity to adopt children with special needs, sibling groups or older children are also desired. Contact your local Children’s Aid Society at 613-542-7351 or visit www.frontcas.ca for further information on how to adopt.

 

Use Your Voice Campaign. Please report any signs of possible abuse, including neglect, to your local Children’s Aid Society. www.useyourvoice.ca

 

GIRL GUIDES

Guiding is the largest movement of girls and women in the world. It is a chance to try new things, make new friends and a fun way to give back to your community. Kingston Guide House, 216 Mowat Ave. at King Street West, 1-800-565-8111 or www.guidesontario.org

 

H’ART SCHOOL OF SMILES

H’art School of Smiles is a non-profit organization committed to helping adults with intellectual disabilities reach their highest potential through education and creative self-expression. 189 Sydenham St., 613-545-1392 or www.kingston.org/hartstudio

 

HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE

Volunteer opportunities for those interested in joining a worthy organization either through events or volunteer services. 36 Barrie St., 613-542-5013

 

JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION KINGSTON, BELLEVILLE AND AREA

JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. 1982 Legacy Crt., 613-389-0461 or www.jdrf.ca

 

KFL&A Public Health

Motiv8, an initiative by KFL&A Public Health, wants to challenge you to maintain your weight over the holiday season with this four-week, internet-based program. Each week, participants will receive an email reminder to access articles, tips and recipes. You can win some great prizes. Participation is free at www.eatwellgetfitlivelife.ca.

 

K3C COMMUNITY COUNSELLING CENTRE

K3C Women’s Counselling Program. No one deserves to be abused in a relationship. We believe that all forms of physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse are wrong and provide a confidential, safe and supportive place where women can talk and explore their options. All services are free.

 

K3C Community Counselling Centre is a non-profit agency offering a vast number of services that are geared to help you overcome adversity. Our mission is to provide high-quality counselling and support to encourage individual and family strengths. 613-549-7850 or www.k3c.org

 

K3C Community Counselling Centres is accepting registration for “Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends.” The group begins Jan. 27 running until Apr. 14, on Thursday evenings (12 weeks) at 417 Bagot Street Kingston. Rebuilding, facilitated by Kathleen Pratt, B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W., provides people who are separated or divorced with information, guidance and support in a confidential, non-dating setting. Visit our website www.k3c.org or call 613-549-7850 

 

KINGSTON ARTS COUNCIL

Free listings available on new website for all artists, designers, craftspersons and entertainers. Volunteers, members and donors are also needed to support a variety of arts events, communications, information and administrative tasks. Be part of the new era of Ontario’s longest-standing arts council. 253 Ontario St. Suite 203, 613 546-2787 or www.artskingston.com

 

KINGSTON FOOD BANK

The food bank requires donations year-round. Non-perishable food items are gratefully accepted. Tax receipts provided. 140 Hickson Ave., 613-544-4534

 

Kingston gets active

Kingston Gets Active is looking for volunteers who enjoy being physically active. Volunteers deliver current information through displays at events or presentations to community groups. A free training session will be provided Feb. 25-27 to give you all the tools you need for this exciting opportunity. For more information contact 613-546-2647 x226 or info@kingstongetsactive.ca or check www.kingstongetsactive.ca

 

The grade 5 and 9 Community Physical Activity Pass (received in schools) can continue to be used for free access to participating facilities at designated times. Students can enjoy swimming, skating, and gym use. Check our website for more details and active ideas for everyone. info@kingstongetsactive.ca, 613-546-2647 x226, www.kingstongetsactive.ca

 

KINGSTON HANDLOOM WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD

The Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners Guild meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month (except summer) at our new location. If you have an interest in fibre arts, please come to a meeting as our guest. 623 King St. W, www.KHWS.ca

 

Kingston Newcomers Club

Kingston Newcomers Club is an organization that brings newcomers to the Kingston area together socially, in order to give them an opportunity to meet and form an interesting and fun support network. Activities include gourmet club, luncheons, bridge lessons, stitch & chat, cycling, golfing, quilting, hiking, games night, Pub night and the list goes on! Upcoming meetings on Mar. 8, Apr. 5, May 10 and June 14. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month (September-June) at 7 p.m. at Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home (second floor lounge), 435 Davis Dr. Please call 613-542-3223 or email newcomers.Kingston@gmail.com for more information. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Kingston Orchid Society

The Kingston Orchid Society meets the fourth Sunday of each month from September to May, except December, at the Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Members receive a newsletter and enjoy raffles, discussions of plant problems, monthly guest speakers, and an Auction in March featuring orchids and orchid-related items. The extensive library gives members an opportunity to learn more about species, culture, and biology. For more information, contact Pam Furter at 613-542-8979.

 

KINGSTON YOUTH SHELTER

Kingston Youth Shelter is open seven days a week, 5 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. Resource and referral centre (613-544-3400 ext. 2930) at 179 Brock St., open Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 234 Brock St., 613-544-3400 ext. 2246

 

LIMESTONE ADVISORY FOR CHILD CARE PROGRA.M.S

Linking families with community resources, promoting parental support of children’s normal growth and development, identifying gaps in child-care services, and providing education for parents and caregivers. 930 Woodbine Rd., 613-384-5188

 

Martha’s Table

Thank you Kingston for your support! We are always looking for volunteers to help us out in the kitchen or dining room. If you are interested, please contact us at 546-0320 for more information or come to our orientation session that takes place every Wednesday in our dining room at 2:30 p.m. 613-546-0320 or marthastable@bellnet.ca

 

NORTH A.M.ERICAN CHRONIC PAIN ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

Kingston chapter, helping people who suffer chronic pain from a variety of different problems. 613-279-1249

 

ONTARIO SPECIAL OLYMPICS KINGSTON

Offers year-round athletic opportunities for individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers required to assist with coaching duties for various sports. 613-547-6291

 

PARKINSON SOCIETY CANADA

A charitable volunteer organization serving people with Parkinson’s and their families in the Kingston community. We endeavour to heighten awareness and raise funds to ease the burden and find a cure. 613-541-0829

 

Queen’s University Alumni Association

Queen’s MiniU, May 27-29. The Queen’s University Alumni Association will host MiniU, a fun, educational weekend for Queen’s alumni and the broader Kingston community. Queen’s MiniU offers access to world-class faculty members, fascinating lectures, interesting hands-on activities, and a chance to indulge a passion for life-long learning in a fun atmosphere. Registration is now open. Early-bird rates are available until Mar. 15. Registration closes May 15. Visit events.queensu.ca/miniu or call 613-533-2060 for details.

 

Queen's University Drama Department

2011 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition. First Prize $3000; Second Prize $2000; Eight Honourable Mentions. In addition to the monetary award, through the auspices of the Thousand Islands Playhouse of Gananoque, Ontario, the two winning plays each receive a one-week workshop and public reading with a professional director and cast. Honourable Mentions receive short written critiques from the final judges. Deadline for submissions: Apr. 15. Competition guidelines and info: www.queensuca/drama or email: drama @queensu.ca. 613-533-2104

 

RIDEAU TRAIL ASSOCIATION

The Rideau Trail Kingston Association invites newcomers to join us on our guided hikes. Weekly hikes are offered at various paces. Meeting place is the Kingston Centre, Canadian Tire parking lot; carpooling is available. www.rideautrail.org

 

ROTARY CLUB OF CATARAQUI-KINGSTON

The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston were pleased to present cheques to the following charities from funds raised by the club at a recent meeting:

H'art Studios — program helps students with intellectual disabilities identify their life and learning goals. Grant amount: $2160

 

Almost Home — funding for one room renovation. Grant amount: $2486

 

Child Life Program — Kingston Hospital Foundation - pilot project that originates in the USA. Grant amount: $1500 US

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Kingston, Frontenac Lennox & Addington — funding towards the Go Girls/Boys Group Mentoring programs for boys and girls in their adolescent years. Grant amount: $3210

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of Rotary, please check out our web site at www.ckrotary.org/

 

RYANDALE SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS

Ryandale Shelter offers emergency housing for men, women and families. Donations of coffee, canned food, soap and other items are appreciated. 613-548-8466

 

Scouts Canada - Loyalist Area

Scouting has something for everyone. Scouting began with 20 boys in 1907, and today, there are more than 28 million scouts, girls and boys, women and men, in 216 countries and territories. Kingston and surrounding communities have approximately 500 scouting members meeting at 20 locations across the area. Scouts emphasize outdoor and environmental activities, citizenship and community service, leadership, and personal development. Scouters have made ongoing and determined efforts to provide our youth with an exceptional Scouting experience. For more information please visit our website at internal.voyageur.scouts.ca/loyalist

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY OF KINGSTON

We provide hot lunches three times weekly and maintain a warehouse of clothing, household items, toys and an emergency food bank. 85 Stephen St., 613-546-3333

 

SCHIZOPHRENIA SOCIETY OF ONTARIO

Offering information and support to families and individuals living with the disease. 275 Bagot St., Suite 301, 613-549-2485 or www.ssokingston-napanee.ca

 

Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada

The gentle turning and stretching movements of the Taoist Tai Chi™ internal arts of health have been developed to promote health and well being for people of all age & fitness levels. They can be done sitting in a chair or wheelchair, or standing. Providing not only fitness, they are also a means of relaxing and strengthening body and mind. Special classes for people with serious health problems; accredited volunteer instructors; non-profit charitable organization; www.taoist.org/kingston, 613-544-4733

 

United Way serving KFL&A

Since 1941, our United Way has strengthened lives by bringing together business, labour, individuals, government and funders. United Way delivers ongoing support to social services through its community fund, supporting a network of programs and services. Over 74,000 people in our community receive help from a United Way funded program every year. To donate or volunteer, call 613-542-2674 or visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca

 

Leadership Development Services (LDS)

LDS helps non-profit boards of directors deal with the ever-changing landscape of the voluntary sector. LDS is a flexible and affordable training and consulting service tailored to meet the unique needs of the not-for-profit sector, working with board members, staff and volunteers to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become effective and responsible leaders. LDS offers public workshops on board governance. For more information contact the United Way office at 613-542-2674 or visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca

 

Success By 6

We all know that it takes a community to raise a child. Through Success By 6, funds are distributed to support early childhood development, parenting, transportation and access to programs designed for children 0-6 years, their parents and caregivers. Through Success By 6 we are working with individuals and partner groups across the region to make KFL&A child friendly. Call 613-542-2674 or visit www.successby6kfla.ca

 

Eternity Fund

Eternity Fund, United Way’s endowment fund, helps you to continue the tradition of caring. Funds are invested and the interest is used to support essential services and programs in our community, ensuring your gift will always benefit future generations. For more information call the United Way at 613-542-2674 or visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca

 

211

211 is an easy-to-remember, three-digit, non-emergency telephone number that connects callers to a full range of community, social, government and health service information. Bilingual and certified information and referral specialists answer 211 calls seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 211 is free, confidential and multilingual (150 languages). The information is also available online at www.211ontario.ca. http://www.unitedwaykfla.ca/documents/2010211BrochureJune-finalEnglish.pdf

 

Volunteer Services

United Way Volunteer Services helps match individuals with organizations in the not-for-profit sector to support their capacity to address community needs through volunteerism. For more information about volunteering opportunities call 613-542-2674 or visit www.unitedwaykfla.ca

 

VOICEPRINT

Voiceprint Canada is a non-profit charity providing access to printed news and information to vision- and print-restricted Canadians via audio format. 1-800-567-6755 ext. 225 or www.voiceprintcanada.com

 

Coming in July

 

The Arden Artisans

4th Annual Garden Party & Open House, July 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Batik art, pottery, painting, jewelry, stained glass and more, plus refreshments and door prizes. 50 minutes north of Kingston and west of Sharbot Lake, off Hwy #7. Details and information at 613-335-2032.

 

Creative Brushes

Art Show and Sale at the Wilson Room of the Kingston Public Library in July. Opening reception July 5, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Plan to attend the show and sale of art by this very talented group of local artists known as the Creative Brushes. Browse and enjoy. Contact Gloria Cowan at cowanjg@sympatico or 613-544-3909

 

Downtown Kingston!

Downtown Country, July, August. Free Thursday event concerts at 7 p.m. in Confederation Park.

 

Big Band Fridays, July, August. Free Friday event concerts at 7 p.m. in Confederation Park.

 

Classical Music Series, July, August. Free Thursday evening concerts at 7 p.m. on St. Andrew’s Church Lawn.

 

www.downtownkingston.ca

 

Fanfayr 2011

Fanfayr Arts and Crafts Show, Confederation Park, July 2-4. A tradition of quality arts and crafts in Kingston not to be missed. Over 90 artists and craftspeople from far and near, working in wood, glass, oils, acrylic, watercolor, pottery, furniture, leather, toys, metal works, jewelry, food, adult designer sewing, knitting, hats and children’s clothing. Articles are handmade and unique! Contact Joan McGrath, 613-549-7706

 

PERTH ART ON THE LAWN

The 14th annual Perth Art-on-the-Lawn Show and Sale, July 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show features artists of the Rideau Lakes Artist's Association displaying original watercolour, oil and acrylic paintings, pottery, quilts, metal works and carvings. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Perth Great War Memorial Hospital. Admission is free. For information please call 613-928-3041 or visit our website at www.rideaulakesartists.com

 

Quinte Garden Tour & Tea

Whether you are a new or a seasoned gardener you’ll be delighted at the spectacular variety of garden styles and plant materials on this our 12th annual self-guided tour, July 10. Admission ($20) includes a Victorian Tea at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, 201 Church St., Belleville.

 

Studio22 Open Gallery

Open Collection. Exhibit runs from July 2nd to August 21st. A group exhibit from our collection of artists. We feature the Open Collection several times a year as a way to introduce our artists to people new to our gallery and for the purpose of highlighting new works by those artists. 320 King Street E. - 2nd Floor, 613-546-7461, www.s22.ca

 

Thousand Islands Playhouse

The Firehall Theatre opens with a cross-country theatrical treat, The Drowning Girls, July 1-30. This splashy and theatrical “three bathtub play” tells the true story of a time in the early 1900’s when three wealthy British women were each seduced, wed, insured, and ultimately murdered— all by the same man. Performances Tuesday to Sunday, 8 p.m., matinees Friday, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. 185 South St., Gananoque, 613 382-7020 or www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

 

 

Next Time: The deadline for submissions to What’s Happening for the July-August issue of Kingston Life (including the period July 1-Sep 10) is May 27. Email information to mowens@kingstonpublications.com.