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COLUMN: As summer nears, lots of popular events returning

COLUMN: As summer nears, lots of popular events returning

Art Under the Pavilion, popular spring boat show, Gathering festival in Rama and much more happening this weekend, notes columnist

It’s back. Feels like I might be writing that a lot this summer. This time, I am talking about Art Under the Pavilion, which will be happening as part of the Spring Boat, Cottage and Green Technology Show this weekend at Couchiching Beach Park.

As per COVID-19 usual, both the show and the art show were MIA in 2020 and 2021, and it will be wonderful to see this great kick-off-to-summer event running Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., again.

Art Under the Pavilion will be located in the waterfront pavilion in the park and will feature paintings and artworks by local artists Paul Baxter, Marlene Bulas, David Crighton, Xavier Fernandes, Chris MacDonald, Gayle Schofield and Richard Vandermeer.

Baxter and Fernandes will transform the pavilion into a wonderful outdoor art gallery and the gorgeous works of art by these talented local painters will take the scene to the next level. Come and browse Art Under the Pavilion this weekend, meet these talented folks, and buy some art. It will make your weekend.

Another event that is back, post-COVID-19, this weekend is Gathering: Festival of First Nations Stories. This is a wonderful, free event featuring many First Nations authors and storytellers, produced jointly by Rama First Nation and the Orillia Centre for Arts and Culture.

Featured authors include Drew Hayden Taylor, Brenda Wastasecoot, Sherry Lawson and Waubgeshig Rice, along with musicians Ronnie Douglas and Ritchie Benson, as well as many others. Gathering events are happening at the Rama Community Hall from June 9 to 11. All events are free, but you are asked to register here.

Both the Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH) and the Orillia and District Arts Council (ODAC) have annual general meetings coming up, OMAH’s is June 16 via Zoom, and ODAC’s is June 15 at 5 p.m. at Creative Nomad Studios. For more information and to register for OMAH’s, click here.

Speaking of OMAH, the annual silent auction fundraiser, Pachter Panorama, is coming up June 18, featuring works by good friend of OMAH Charles Pachter. There will be an in-person garden party event at Pachterplex, 54 Western Ave., June 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The online silent auction preview begins June 13, and the bidding runs from June 16 to 18. For lots more information, and to bid, click here. This is an important fundraiser for OMAH’s Endowment Fund, so please support.

The Orillia Youth Centre and its executive director, force-to-be-reckoned-with Kevin Gangloff, are raising funds for the Nelson Bell/Jake Beers bursaries and mental health and creative fund, via a couple of concerts coming up at the end of the month:

  • June 30 at Eclectic Café by Melanie Robinson Catering with Roger Harvey and SAMMY live for dinner and a show.
  • July 1 at Brightview Farms for FarmFest in Sebright with Roger Harvey, Kayla Elizabeth, and ALEX the Band.

These will be first-rate shows, food, and entertainment, as well as for a great cause. Get your tickets today. For the ticket link and more information, click here.

Brass Transit is coming to the Orillia Opera House June 15. Always fun when a critically acclaimed group like this one comes to O-Town. For tickets, go here.

And, the Will Davis Trio is playing at Couchiching Craft Brewing Co. June 12 from 1 to 4 p.m., and throughout the summer. Grab a brew and enjoy the show.

Don’t forget the Orillia Secondary School production of Guys and Dolls runs June 8 to 11, the Mariposa Arts Theatre production of The Gin Game runs June 9 to 19, and the premiere of Sunshine City is June 10 at Creative Nomad Studios.

Have a great weekend and go see art — under the pavilion.

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Russia-Ukraine War: Timeline Of Events As Conflict Nears One-Month Mark


Russia-Ukraine War: Timeline Of Events As Conflict Nears One-Month Mark

Russia-Ukraine War: Timeline Of Events As Conflict Nears One-Month Mark

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is approaching the one month mark. Tensions came to a boiling pot on February 21 when Vladimir Putin formally recognised the independence of two pro-Russia regions (Donetsk and Luhansk) in Ukraine.

Here is a one month timeline of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

  1. On February 24 Vladimir Putin in a televised address announces a special military campaign against Ukraine. The Russian President has for a long time been against Ukraine’s close ties with the west and reports of its possible inclusion into NATO. On this pretext Putin invades the Eastern European nation with the aim of “demilitarization and denazification”.

  2. On the same day blasts are heard in several parts of Ukraine, including Kyiv, Kharkiv and Mariupol. A Russian warship attacks Snake Island with Ukrainian Soldiers bravely refusing to surrender. The historic and inactive Chernobyl Nuclear Plant is captured by Russian forces.

  3. On February 25 Russian troops march towards the Ukrainian Capital, while Russia vetoes a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding its withdrawal from Ukraine. On the next day Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky refuses a United States offer to evacuate him and his family from the country.

  4. On February 28 The first round of talks occur between Ukraine and Russian officials on the border of Belarus and Ukraine but disband after no agreement could be reached.

  5. On March 1, Satellite images show a 40-mile convoy of Russian tanks and troops outside the capital city of Kyiv. Naveen Shekharappa an Indian medical student studying in Kharkiv loses his life due to Russian shelling.

  6. On March 2, The United Nations General Assembly passes a non-binding resolution condemning Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and demanding a complete withdrawal. Both India and China abstain from voting.

  7. On March 8, The United States of America imposes a complete ban on all imports of Russian energy with several global brands like McDonalds, Visa, MasterCard, Starbucks suspending their operations in Russia.

  8. On March 11, Russia calls for a ceasefire so that civilians may leave the cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol, Chernihiv and Sumy. Ukraine and the West however accuse Russia of not honouring the ceasefire agreement.

  9. On March 15, The Prime Ministers of Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia travel to Kyiv to meet with Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky also states that NATO is not a good option for Ukraine. In the ln the following days, President Joe Biden labels Vladimir Putin as a War Criminal. The International Court of Justice at The Hague as well orders Russia to suspend its invasion of Ukraine, which the country refuses to comply with.

  10. In the last week the United Nations has come out with a report stating 10 million people – more than a quarter of the population of Ukraine have been displaced. Volodymyr Zelensky also addresses the United States Congress and urges them to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine to prevent Russian Bombardment of their cities.

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United Power to host 4 events as board of directors election nears

United Power to host 4 events as board of directors election nears

United Power is hosting meet-the-candidate events this month for members to get to know the five people running for open positions on the board of directors.

The following members-only events are free and don’t require an RSVP:

  • 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 22 at the Coal Creek Canyon Community Center in Golden;
  • 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 28 at Riverdale Regional Park & Fairgrounds, Rendezvous Room in Brighton;
  • 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center;
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at United Power Carbon Valley Service Center in Longmont.

Candidates include Steven “Steve” Douglas, Naptali A. Lucks and Elizabeth “Beth” A. Martin in the East District; Keith Alquist in the South District; and Ursula J. Morgan in the West District, according to the cooperative’s news release.

Candidates running for directors are elected on an “at-large” basis and represent all members.

Members will receive a ballot in March, through the mail or electronically through their online accounts. All ballots must be received by April 12.

On April 13, those interested can attend the hybrid 2022 Annual Meeting online on United Power’s website or in person at the Riverdale Regional Park & Fairgrounds to learn the results of the election, according to the release.

Registration opens at 4:30 p.m., and balloting closes at the beginning of the official business meeting at 6:30 p.m.

To view the director profiles that will be published in the cooperative’s March-April newsletter go to