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Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, August 28-September 3

Look Ahead: Local events and things to do this week, August 28-September 3

The Killers play at The Viv, the Chili Affair returns, and RSL looks to win one at Rio Tinto Stadium.

(Courtesy of Rob Loud) Brandon Flowers, right, and guitarist Ted Sablay of The Killers — seen here in a 2018 performance at Vivint Smart Home Arena — are scheduled to return to The Viv on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022.

August 30

The Killers, back in Utah

The alt-rock band The Killers started in Las Vegas, but Utah has always claimed them as their own because of lead vocalist Brandon Flowers’ upbringing in Nephi, Utah. That Utah childhood was the inspiration for the songs on the band’s folk-tinged 2021 album “Pressure Machine.” The Killers return to Utah, for a show Tuesday, August 30, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Johnny Marr, legendary guitarist for The Smiths, is the opening act. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at

August 31

Serving chili, for a good cause

After going virtual for the last couple years because of COVID-19, the Great Salt Lake Chili Affair is back and in person this year, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City. The Road Home has hosted the event since 1986, to support the organization’s programs and services to help people step out of homelessness. For more information, and to buy tickets or sponsorships, go to

August 31

How strong is ‘The Fortress’?

Real Salt Lake fans like to call their home pitch, Rio Tinto Stadium, as “The Fortress,” an intimidating place for other teams to visit. But the RioT hasn’t been that mighty of late. RSL hasn’t won there since July 17, and since then has tallied two losses and two draws. The team hopes to turn those fortunes around with a rare Wednesday night game on Aug. 31, facing Minnesota United. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at

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Pace of local suspected drug deaths slowing, events planned

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Community events marking International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31 come amid a series of local deaths which have slowed this year over last.

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Statistics show 28 people died by fentanyl or another opioid overdose in Grey-Bruce last year. But those are just coroner-confirmed cases.

There were actually 46 suspected drug deaths in Grey-Bruce last year but the cause has not been confirmed in all cases. So far this year there have been 20 suspected drug deaths, Grey Bruce Health Unit figures show.

Comparing May, June and July, there were eight suspected drug deaths last year and four this year.

So the pace of suspected drug deaths has slowed this year, said Alexis Cook, the health unit’s harm reduction manager responsible for responding to the opioid problem.

There was another suspected fatal opioid overdose in Owen Sound Thursday. The health unit has issued three overdose alerts this month, triggered when there are three or more overdoses in a 48-hour period.

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The person who died was in his or her mid-30s and Cook noted people aged 25 to 44 are three times more likely than any other age group to experience a fatal drug overdose. Local and provincial data both show that, she said.

Fatal drug overdoses peaked in 2020 during the pandemic, when more than 2,400 people in Ontario died. That was a 58 per cent increase over 2019, when 1,529 people died.

Cook said local figures indicate we all need to be aware of the ongoing drug overdose crisis. People can help by being trained and carrying naloxone kits containing the drug which temporarily reverses an opioid drug overdose.

Also, people should know the Good Samaritan Act protects people from simple drug possession charges when 911 is called, she said.

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Cook said the health unit is “currently working with community partners to build a response, as it is a priority for public health, and to increase our current response.” Public health nurses visited drug users in the community during each of the three overdose alerts this month, Cook said.

“The nurses went out and they did targeted outreach and ensured that individuals who were using drugs had access to naloxone . . . we hand out needles as well and we do meth kits and crack kits to ensure individuals are using as safely as possible.”

The nurses reminded them to use drugs with someone else present who can administer naloxone, or use while on the line with an operator with the Overdose Prevention Line, who will call 911 if the user becomes unresponsive, she said.

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Naloxone is available free-of-charge at the health unit Monday to Friday and from community partners, including paramedics and mental health workers.

To mark International Overdose Awareness Day, there will be a community barbecue at Neyaashiinigmiing on Tuesday, the day before the official day for overdose awareness, from 2 p.m. until sunset, at Kina Waa Noojmojig Nanaweing Wellness Pavilion.

Owen Sound will have three events: a community barbecue from noon to 3 p.m. at Safe ‘n Sound drop-in centre, a barbecue and sacred fire from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre, and a candlelit vigil from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Owen Sound Farmers’ Market parking lot.

Also Aug. 31, a candlelit vigil will take in Port Elgin at Coulter Parkette, and a candlelit vigil with speakers will take place in Hanover’s Hope Community Church from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to which people are asked to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

“These events are a chance to stimulate discussion about substance use prevention, overdose prevention, available supports and evidence-based drug policies and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths,” Cook said in a news release. “It’s also a time for the community to mourn, in a safe environment, and remember the loved ones who have been lost.”

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MPP Thompson announces new provincial funding for local events and festivals

MPP Thompson announces new provincial funding for local events and festivals

The Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron-Bruce was at Music In The Fields on Friday to announce new funds for the festival, as well as some other events in her riding.

Lisa Thompson announced $185,000 for Lucknow’s big music stop, saying the festival put on by the Lucknow Kinsmen is one of many local events and festivals receiving funding through the Ontario Reconnect Program.

A total of just over $763,000 was announced for several events across Huron-Bruce, including over $100,000 for the Huron County Playhouse, as well as $27,000 for Pumpkinfest in Port Elgin.

Thompson says the program was designed to help festival and event organizers to adapt to new public health measures with virtual and other types of safe offerings.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Neil Lumsden added that the “COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted tourism and culture, two major industries that bring our communities to live. By supporting festivals and events through the Reconnect Ontario program, our government is delivering a much-needed boost to the sector as we continue to recover from the effects of COVID-19.”

List of events and festivals receiving funding:
$40,224 for Huron Waves Music Festival
$101,275 for Huron Country Playhouse
$89,540 for Blyth Centre for the Arts
$38,795 for Lighthouse Blues Festival
$23,315 for the Municipality of Huron East
$12,638 for St. Joseph’s Kingsbridge Community
$27,269 for Port Elgin Pumpkinfest
$92,500 for Nuclear Innovation Institute
$28,268 for Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
$11,914 for Huron Arts & Heritage Network
$95,645 for Cowbell Brewing Co.
$17,205 for the Municipality of South Huron

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Fergus Fall Fair Next Up on Long List of Local Events Returning to In-Person

Fergus Fall Fair Next Up on Long List of Local Events Returning to In-Person
Fergus Fall Fair Next Up on Long List of Local Events Returning to In-Person

File photo from 2019 Fall Fair

Riverfest Elora and the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games have come to an end, but next up is the Fergus Fall Fair on the list of local events making a comeback this year.

The 185th Fall Fair will take place September 16-18 on the fairgrounds at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex.

Fair Ambassador Dillon Bernier says you can expect to see all the rides, food, games and exhibits this year, along with a new event on the Thursday before the fair officially opens.

To celebrate the return to an in-person fair, Bernier says they are hosting a Welcome Back concert.

Due to COVID, Bernier’s term as fair ambassador was extended, but he says this year they will once again be holding the ambassador competition.

More information about the fair, the ambassador competition, and the concert can be found at

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It was a day for the dogs: local organizations host fundraising events across SW Ontario

It was a day for the dogs: local organizations host fundraising events across SW Ontario

On Saturday several local organizations kicked off fundraising events, all for a good cause.

The fifth annual dog festival was hosted at the Fox and Hound Canine Retreat in Sarnia, following a two year hiatus.

“It’s everything dog. The whole thing is to celebrate dogs and the relationships we have with them,” said Donna Pyette, the executive director of the Sarnia & District Humane Society.

The event is meant to encourage dog adoption and highlight the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project.

“For over 110 years Coldwell Banker has helped people find their homes and now we’re trying to help dogs find their forever home,” said Karley Chamberlain, the director of marketing at CB southwest realty.

“By partnering with, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website, the Coldwell Banker network has helped to find more than 40,000 dogs their furever homes.”

Amelia Humphries is one of several dog owners who adopted her nearly 2-year-old pup Fraya with help from the humane society.

“I saw her on the website and fell in love and knew I had to have her,” she said. “It was all around a good experience. We got to help out the humane society by helping them versus buying one.”

The donations raised from the event will go towards supporting the Sarnia & District Humane Society. According to the executive director, their goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of the day.

“Everyone has a spot in their heart for that organization and I think it really brings the community together,” Katie Fuller said.

In London, the Paws on the Green fundraiser by Leads Employment also kicked off this Saturday for the first time in Wortley village.

The event showcased pet-serving entrepreneurs and local craft businesses.

“It’s the first time for entrepreneurs to sell their services, their products, showcasing their talents to get into the labour market and into the gig economy, it’s very exciting,” said Wendy Lau, the CEO of Leads Employment Services.

According to Lau, proceeds from the event will go towards supporting lead’s clients with employment resources to support clients with disabilities or barriers.

“We need to support our small businesses and those that are dependent on the business they get from festivals.” 

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Fall Festival Season: Local Events to Put in Your Calendar – Flagpole

Fall Festival Season: Local Events to Put in Your Calendar - Flagpole

Last year offered a preview of the bustle of fall in Athens, but the months ahead offer more promise of delivering a packed season of events. Some festivals are returning for the first time in three years, and others are just getting started. Below, check out Flagpole’s guide to festivals happening this fall, and look for more in-depth coverage in the upcoming issues.

TRASHFEST: In celebration of Heffner’s second album release, the band has curated a mini-festival inside the 40 Watt featuring two indoor stages loaded with local and regional indie and punk rock. Featured performers include Heffner, Heat, Basically Nancy, The Echolocations, Klark Sound, Zoo Culture and MAK with a dance party afterwards courtesy of DJ Maeam. Aug. 13, 7 p.m.–1 a.m. at 40 Watt Club. $15–$20.

59 X FEST: 59 X Records’ third annual festival features punk and alternative rock bands from Athens and Atlanta. This year’s performances include a special comeback from local punk outfit Burns Like Fire, debuting songs off its latest album Always in Trouble. The Carolyn is co-headlining with support from Rosie and The Ratdogs, The Killakee House, Noise Mountain, Viper Club, Mishapen and Way Past Cool. Sept. 3, 3:30 p.m. at Akademia Brewing Co. $15–$20.

AQUEMINI MUSIC FESTIVAL: Encouraging diversity and empowering minority creators, this inaugural festival will include performers, vendors, food, fashion, art and more. The lineup features the Splitz Band, Aquatic Soul, Natti LoveJoy Band, Diamond Elyse, Kalena & GSG Band, Misnomer, Ishues, Domino 787, Candy Morgan, Guaranteed Money, Charlie Beatz, Greg R&B, Luckie, Quezzy Poet, Motorhead 2x, Farin, Derty Lingo, Mack2Tone, LLK and more. Sept. 4, 2–9 p.m. at Southern Brewing Co. $10, children are free.

ATHENS RAP FEST: Bag Talk Talent and Gue$$ present this hip hop exclusive lineup with artists Kxng Blanco, RR, Gloxkboy Fat, KFamouz, Young Esco Da Don, Gue$$ and Friends, Lil Ken, Dre Carr and more. DJ Sublime will be taking care of the vibes for the night. Sept. 9, 7 p.m.–1 a.m. $10.

SEPTEMBER DAYS FEST: Back for a second year, a portion of proceeds from this event benefit Goodmood, a nonprofit emergency aid for touring artists. Day one features Flipturn, Hotel Fiction, Neighbor Lady, Well Kept, A.D. Blanco and The Getaway Company. Day two is packed with performances by Vision Video, T. Hardy Morris, Girlpuppy, Heffner, Lighthearted, Wim Tapley & the Cannons, Five Eight, CannonandtheBoxes, The Echolocations, Drew Beskin & The Sunshine and The Head. Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. and Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. at Southern Brewing Co. $20–$35, children are free.

PRIDE FEST: Welcoming and inclusive to all, this LGBTQIA+ community celebration also highlights local resources and activities. Enjoy live music, performance art, drag shows and vendors with more details coming soon. The organizers, Athens Pride & Queer Collective, will also organize a week of smaller events leading up to the festival. Sept. 17, 12–8 p.m. at Terrapin Beer Co.

©2021 Sarah White Attendees take photo with Mx. Athens Pride Diamond Tiara Dupree-Sanchez at Pride Fest on Nov. 13, 2021.

NORTH GEORGIA FOLK FESTIVAL: Head to the park with a blanket and chairs for music, art, food and other activities. There will be performances by Rebecca Sunshine Band, Ain’t Sisters & Danielle Howe, Bichos Vivos, Athens Mountain Singers, Art Rosenbaum, Hogeyed Man, Veronika Jackson, The Lucky Jones, MrJordanMrTonks, Cicada Rhythm, Tin Cup Prophette, Marion Montgomery and Glyn Denham, and Fester Hagood. Sept. 24, 12–8 p.m. at Sandy Creek Park.

WILDWOOD REVIVAL: Festival in the form of an upscale camp-out experience, Wildwood offers an artisan market, performance art, yoga, brunch and more. This year’s music lineup includes The Drive-By Truckers, Jenny Lewis, The Wood Brothers, John Moreland, Elizabeth Cook, Suzanne Santo, Early James, The Bones of J.R. Jones, The Heavy Heavy, The Packway, Handle Band, Zach Person, J.P. Harris, The Pink Stones and Leon III. Sept. 30–Oct. 2 at Cloverleaf Farm. $106–$485.

CLASSIC CITY BREW FEST: This long-running event gives everyone from casual drinkers to seasoned beer aficionados an opportunity to sample craft brews from Athens and the general region. Location and details are still to be announced. Oct. 1.

LATINXFEST: During National Hispanic Heritage Month, the community comes together to celebrate and share the food, music, art and dance of Latinx cultures with the larger community. The festival aims to highlight the contributions of the immigrant community in Athens through artistic expression and recreation. This marks the festival’s first return since 2019. Oct. 1 in downtown Athens.

PORCHFEST: Historic Athens’ largest event combines the city’s musical and architectural history for an afternoon of community discovery. Hosts in Athens’ walkable intown neighborhoods lend their porches to a variety of bands and artists for outdoor performances, providing a large sample of what the local music scene has to offer. Oct. 2, 1–8 p.m. at various neighborhoods.

WILD RUMPUS PARADE AND SPECTACLE: Wear your spookiest or kookiest Halloween costume and join the parade that winds through the streets of downtown, cheered on by music performances lined up along the way. The parade ends in a massive late-night outdoor dance party with performance artists adding to the festivities. Oct. 29 in downtown Athens.

Lee Shearer Participants in the 2021 Wild Rumpus parade.

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EPS back-to-school events schedule – Eden Prairie Local News

EPS back-to-school events schedule - Eden Prairie Local News

As the end of summer approaches, Eden Prairie Schools (EPS) is preparing to host several back-to-school events. Check for your student’s sessions below. 

Elementary schools

Students and families are invited to attend open house nights to walk around their elementary schools, find their classrooms, and meet staff and teachers. 

Cedar Ridge Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m.

Eden Lake Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m.


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Forest Hills Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m.

Oak Point Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m.

Prairie View Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m.

Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion: Thursday, Sept. 1, 4-6 p.m.

Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion Online: Thursday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. (Register online for the open house webinar)

Central Middle School (CMS)

CMS will host separate back-to-school open houses for each of the three grade levels.

Students will receive schedules and locker information, have their school pictures taken, and will be able to walk around the school to find their classrooms. They will also be able to add money to their lunch accounts and order a yearbook. 

Families will be asked to watch a presentation video regarding changes to the school handbook and other important things to know. Students will receive prizes of wristbands after completing open house activities. 

The activities office will be there to talk with students about extracurricular opportunities. The tech department will be on hand to answer questions and distribute iPads to new students. 

Families can also visit the health office to turn in forms and register medication. 

6th grade: Open houses for students and their families will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 11. Students are welcome to attend any time during their assigned session.

Last names A-G: Aug. 10, 8:30-11.30 a.m.

Last names H-N: Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m.

Last names O-Z: Aug. 11, 8:30-11.30 a.m.

7th grade: Open house for students and their families will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30.

8th grade: Open house for students and their families will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

Eden Prairie High School (EPHS)

EPHS is hosting events for incoming freshmen and students new to the district, ramp-up days for all students, and a mandatory meeting for students who plan to play a fall sport. 

Parent/Athlete/Coaches (PAC) Meeting: 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, in the Main Gym. 

This meeting is required for any EPHS student who plans to play a fall sport. Students and at least one of their parents or guardians must attend. 

9th Grade and New Student Open House: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.

This optional event is for incoming freshmen and students new to the district. Counselors will meet with new students and their families in the South Commons.

9th Grade Orientation: 8:35 a.m.-3:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

This will be the first day of school for incoming freshmen in order to welcome and acclimate them to the high school. The first day of school for sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be Wednesday, Sept. 7. 

9th Grade Parent Night: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 (Performing Arts Center).

EPHS Ramp Up Days (all students)

Students can pick up laptops if needed, receive schedules and locker information, and walk around the school to familiarize themselves with the layout. 

School pictures will also be taken of all students. Even if a student does not plan to order a photo package, these pictures are needed for student I.D. and yearbooks. 

The Eagle’s Nest school store will also be open for anyone wishing to purchase school spirit items, including T-shirts, caps, and other clothing. 

Students are welcome to come to the school anytime during the hours listed below.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 12:30-5 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 29, 3-7 p.m.

EP Online

EP Online will host a virtual open house with Principal Nick Kremer at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Kremer will give a short presentation about the program, followed by Q&A about online learning, schedules, and enrollment. 

Register online to attend the webinar. Everyone who registers will also receive a recording of the virtual open house. 

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New Glasgow Mayor Nancy says Local Events in the Early Part of the Summer a Success

New Glasgow Mayor Nancy says Local Events in the Early Part of the Summer a Success

After a successful first part of the summer, New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks said she is happy

New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks

to see people getting out in the community.

Dicks pointed to the success the town saw through the attendance at the Festival of the Tartans as well as the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee. Dicks credited both events for having seamless operations despite the two year hiatus. She also noted the weather cooperated as well.



With Ribfest on the way this weekend and other events on the slate for later in the summer, Dicks said the early success bodes well for upcoming events. She said the fact the events were outdoors helped, noting it is encouraging to see people getting out and enjoying themselves.