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EVENTS DC BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES SALE OF LAND BENEATH MARRIOTT MARQUIS

EVENTS DC BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES SALE OF LAND BENEATH MARRIOTT MARQUIS

$10 MILLION FROM PROCEEDS TO BE USED FOR CULTURAL GRANTS

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Events DC, the official convention and sports authority of the District of Columbia, announced that its board of directors voted yesterday to approve the sale of land it owns beneath the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown DC to the hotel developer. A portion of the proceeds from the sale – approximately $10 million — will fund grants that provide financial assistance to qualified nonprofit cultural institutions based in the District. The funding is intended to aid organizations with needed resources during the recovery phase of the pandemic. These institutions that engage in the management, interpretation and distribution of cultural and artistic knowledge and offer and promote activities meant to inform, educate attract visitors and residents to DC.

“This is an important day in the promotion and preservation of the District’s unique cultural identity,” said John Falcicchio, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. “We thank our partners at Events DC, Quadrangle Development Corporation and Capstone Development for their continued support and investment in our local economy.”

The sale is the result of a stipulation in the original lease signed in 2010 that granted the hotel developer the option to purchase the land where the hotel currently sits from Events DC and the DC government.  

“This landmark hotel has been vital to transforming this area into an events and entertainment destination,” said Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Events DC. “With this sale, we will be able to invest in the distinct cultural institutions that make this city unlike anywhere else in the world, providing visitors to the nation’s capital with an unmatched experience. Despite the challenges we faced in the last two years, we are an incredibly resilient city and that’s because of fortitude of our diverse communities and by the strong leadership of the Mayor and DC Council.”

After opening its doors in 2014, the Marriott Marquis became the city’s largest hotel, adding 100,000 square feet of meeting space and nearly 1,200 rooms, and was named DC’s official convention center hotel as the only hotel with redirect access to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The hotel was the product of a successful public-private partnership, which has had a significant economic impact on the area since it opened.

“This moment encapsulates the importance of innovative collaborations between public agencies and private business,” said Samuel Thomas, Interim president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “Projects like this provide vital economic opportunities, attract new visitors, and support the physical and cultural infrastructure of this beautiful city for future generations of DC residents.”

Events DC is currently developing the new grant program, which is expected to launch fall 2022. Organizations interested in the cultural institution capital grants can visit the Events DC website for further information in the coming months.

About Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the Nation’s Capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in direct economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory, and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at www.RFKFields.com. Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com and find us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (Events DC), and Twitter (@TheEventsDC) — and on our new hub for live and on-demand event programming on GATHER by Events DC at www.gatherbyeventsdc.com.

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Bounty of native plants for sale as Garden Aurora event returns

Bounty of native plants for sale as Garden Aurora event returns

The Garden Aurora Plant Sale take places Sunday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aurora Home Hardware after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic

If you’re looking to add native flowers and greenery to your garden this year, look no further than Garden Aurora’s annual plant sale. 

The popular fundraiser for the Aurora Garden & Horticultural Society, which regularly draws line-ups of gardeners well before they open their doors, is set to return this weekend after a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic.

Garden Aurora will take over the parking lot at Aurora Home Hardware on Sunday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with member gardeners offering plants taken from their own thriving gardens. 

“This is very exciting because we haven’t had fundraisers for two years,” says Garden Aurora’s Cindy Scuithes. “Gardening took off like a bullet during the pandemic. More people are interested in planting and growing their own food and it is a really good activity for parents to do with their children where children can learn how things grow.”

It’s still a “mystery” what varieties of plants Garden Aurora members will produce from their gardens ahead of the sale, but Scuithes says participating growers have been asked to emphasize native plants, herbs and vegetables, and, of course, non-invasive species.

“Native plants are going to survive our winters,” says Garden Aurora’s Donna Lewis. “They’re going to survive droughts; they’re going to survive extreme weather events a little bit better than the exotics. Having said that, the exotics or the non-native plants that we have available for sale will be grown in Aurora and should be suitable for most people’s yards. Our price point will also be a little bit easier on people’s pocket books.”

“With native plants,” Scuithes adds, “you don’t have to replace them every year. Some of the exotic plants won’t survive over the winter, some only have a shorter lifespan of three to five years, and then they should be replaced.”

Native plants in home gardens, ornamental or otherwise, are also a boon for local biodiversity, they say, offering native bees a better chance of doing the pollination that is so desperately needed.

“The whole thing is about biodiversity; the higher the biodiversity the healthier the environment,” says Lewis. “The healthier the environment, the healthier the people. Across all spectrums, if we plant more native trees, we’re going to have more native birds nesting in our yards. Birds won’t nest normally in a Norway maple because they get no benefit from it as there are not that many insects eating it – except maybe the spongy moth!”

As more and more people turn to gardening at home, Home Hardware is as eager as ever to partner with Garden Aurora in making the plant sale possible.

Sarah Fleming, paint department manager for Aurora Home Hardware, says she too was bitten by the gardening bug at the start of the pandemic and it was an easy choice for the business to step up and help support the Garden & Horticultural Society.

“Because of the pandemic, I enjoy gardening more, too,” Fleming says. “I spend more time in my garden now than I ever did just because it brought my stress level down and gave me more of an appreciation, too, for all the different types of plants I wasn’t even aware were out there. I think it is good [Garden Aurora educates] people who are coming to the plant sale as well. Customers won’t only go away with a beautiful plant, but they will go away with knowledge, as well!”

The Garden Aurora Plant Sale will take place Sunday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aurora Home Hardware (289 Wellington St. East). Sales are cash only and change is appreciated.

In addition to bringing the plant sale back to patrons after more than two long years, Garden Aurora is also hard at work planning for their next big event: a return to their annual Garden Tour, featuring an array of beautiful, creative, and unique local gardens. 

The tour is set for June 26.

“This will be the first time in two and a half years for our garden tour, which will showcase a bunch of different gardens and give people a bunch of different ideas of what’s possible,” says Ms. Lewis. “These aren’t commercially-made gardens, they’re all owner-maintained so it shows what you can really pull out of your hat! Plus, Garden Aurora members will be able to explain what plants are there, the owners will be there to explain some of the pitfalls they had. Gardening is always an adventure; sometimes there is serendipity that gets involved. You might not think something will work and it turns out to be the best thing ever!”

For more information on these and other upcoming Garden Aurora events, visit gardenaurora.ca.

Brock Weir is a federally funded Local Journalism Initiative reporter at The Auroran

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Events this week: Mental Health story times and documentaries, Cultural Voices, Teen/Tween Stress, SOLF meeting, Go the Distance, Community Read, NECC 5K, and Gardeners Show & Sale

Events this week: Mental Health story times and documentaries, Cultural Voices, Teen/Tween Stress, SOLF meeting, Go the Distance, Community Read, NECC 5K, and Gardeners Show & Sale

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week. Several of the events are tied into the Town’s Mental Health Awareness series.

Monday, May 16, 2022

  • Preschool Story Time – Mental Health Awareness Series (10:30 – 11:15 am) @ Southborough Library Children’s Room: Join Miss Kim for stories and craft based on a weekly theme. No registration required. This session will be part of Mental Health Awareness Month, with appropriately selected stories.
  • Bereavement Group (1:00 – 2: 00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: The Bereavement Group is a monthly support group is for ages 50 and older. To sign up to join the group, please call Leslie Chamberlin, R.N. at 508-229-4453.
  • Youth Writing Club (3:30 -4:30 pm) @ zoom: The Southborough Library is hosting this virtual creative writing club for ages 10-18. The zoom sessions are a fun and supportive space to get creative and build skills with peers. For details, see dedicated post.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

  • Strength Training Class for seniors (8:30 am) @ zoom: Pre-registration required. For details on semi-weekly class, see newsletter.
  • Advanced Tai Chi for seniors (9:45 am) @ zoom: Pre-registration required. For details on semi-weekly class, see newsletter.
  • Preschool Story Time – Mental Health Awareness Series (10:30 – 11:15 am) @ Southborough Library Children’s Room: Join Miss Kim for stories and craft based on a weekly theme. No registration required. This session will be part of Mental Health Awareness Month, with appropriately selected stories.
  • Senior Songsters (11:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: Weekly rehearsal for the singing group open to all area seniors regardless of singing ability. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Bridge (12:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: A weekly card group, welcoming new participants. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Knitting Club (1:00 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Knitters, welcoming new members. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Tuesday Tech Time (4:00 – 5:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Teen Room: Need help with technology? Library staff and teen volunteers will make every effort to assist you. Bring questions about ebooks and electronic resources. This is a drop in event; no registrations necessary. Sessions are limited to no more than 1 hour.
  • Cultural Voices: Sebastian Ebarb (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ zoom: Southborough Library program featuring a speaker about modern Native American cultural identity. Sponsored by The Friends of the Southborough Library. For details, see dedicated post.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

  • Walking Group for Seniors (8:30 am) @ Southborough cemetery, 11 Cordaville Road: Free walking group organized by the Southborough Senior Center, see newsletter. Walkers generally go for an hour, but continue for as long as you wish. The location is a loop, so feel free to join late.
  • Young Scientists STEM Beginnings (10:30 – 11:30 am) @ Southborough Library Children’s Room: A free in-person series for children, ages 3-6 to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts through hands-on activities, story time and simple experiments. The program through the Southborough Library is sponsored by the YMCA Family & Community Partnership.
  • For Parents – Managing Teen and Tween Stress (12:00 – 1:00 pm) @ zoom: Parents are invited by Southborough Youth & Family Services to this “discussion on reframing your child’s emotions and behavior and how to respond and support them while maintaining healthy boundaries.” For details, see related posts.
  • SOLF Annual Meeting with Naturalist Presentation (6:00 pm) @ Community House, 28 Main Street: The public is invited to attend Southborough Open Land Foundation’s annual meeting. It includes a presentation by wildlife author Peter Alden. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Southborough Rotary Club – Mental Health Awareness Series (7:00 pm) @ Southborough Library: This meeting of the Rotary Club (open to the public) will feature Southborough Youth & Family Services’ Director Sarah Cassell to speak about the department’s mission and services. This event is part of the Town’s series for Mental Health Awareness month. For details, see related posts.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

  • Strength Training Class for seniors (8:30 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: Pre-registration required. For details on semi-weekly class, see newsletter.
  • Advanced Tai Chi for seniors (9:45 am) @ zoom: Pre-registration required. For details on semi-weekly class, see newsletter.
  • Mah Jongg (10:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: The weekly program would love new players to join. Feel free to stop by to watch or talk to one of the players to see if you would be interested. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Baby/Toddler Storytime – Mental Health Awareness Series (11:00 – 11:45 am) @ Southborough Library Children’s Room: This story time is for children age 0-2 years and their parents or caregivers. Each session will include puppets, stories, and music. No registration required. This session will be part of Mental Health Awareness Month, with appropriately selected stories.
  • Chair Yoga for seniors (12:30 pm) @ Southborough Senior Center: Pre-registration required. For details on weekly class, see newsletter.
  • NSPAC’s “Go the Distance” Awards Night (6:00 – 7:30 pm) @ Algonquin Regional High School: The Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council (NSPAC) will host its 12th annual “Go the Distance” Appreciation Awards evening. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Community Read Discussion (7:00 pm) @ zoom: A virtual community discussion of Brené Brown’s book “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone”.This event is part of the Town’s series for Mental Health Awareness month. For details, see related posts.
  • Genealogy Club (7:00 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, main floor: This is an informal group meeting where you can learn and share tips about resources for researching family history. Group meetings are free and open to the public. Bring your laptop, log into Ancestry.com at the library, and join in.

Friday, May 20, 2022

  • Canasta (10:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: A weekly card group. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Dull Men’s Club (10:00 am) @ zoom: Casual social club for senior men. New members are always welcome to drop in. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Outdoor Pre-K Yoga (10:30 – 11:15 am) @ Southborough Library Lawn: Yoga program for 3-6 year olds (and siblings and caregivers). Registration is required. For details, see dedicated post.
  • Decompression Session (3:30 – 4:30 pm) @ Southborough Library Teen Room: 12 – 18 year olds are invited to destress. Stop by the teen room for a chill atmosphere with a therapy dog and other activities. For details, see dedicated post.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

  • Southborough Gardeners Flower Show & Plant Sale (8:00 am – 1:00 pm) @ Southborough Gardeners Flower Show & Plant Sale: The Gardeners celebrate 50 years, with a special exhibit – “A feast for the eyes with over 30 arrangements” made by members of the club. The special arrangements will be raffled off to attendees at the end of the event. Admission is free. At the event, the group will also be selling “locally grown perennials and annuals. For details, see dedicated post.
  • NECC 5K for Autism (8:30 am – 2:30 pm) @ Neary School campus, 53 Parkerville Road: New England Center for Children’s 16th Annual Walk/Run for Autism. Registration is free this year. For details on the fundraiser for autism research and education, see dedicated post.
  • Community Watch: Resilience (12:00 – 1:00 pm) @ Southborough Library upper level: Screening of documentary “Resilience: the Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope”. This event is part of the Town’s series for Mental Health Awareness month. A short discussion of the film will follow the screening. For details, see related posts.
  • Community Watch: Paper Tigers (1:00 – 3:00 pm) @ Southborough Library upper level: Screening of documentary “Paper Tigers: One High School’s Unlikely Success Story”. This event is part of the Town’s series for Mental Health Awareness month. A short discussion of the film will follow the screening. For details, see related posts.

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Events: Beloved’s Garden of Oneness Celebration, Assistance League sidewalk sale, Foodies 4 Kids, Puppy Prom

Events:  Beloved's Garden of Oneness Celebration, Assistance League sidewalk sale,  Foodies 4 Kids, Puppy Prom
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Garden of Oneness multi-cultural event Saturday, May 14

The Beloved’s Garden of Oneness Celebration, a multi-cultural event promoting unity, peace, love and inclusivity is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr. Highlights include an art exhibition and community collaborative art sculpture. The program includes unveiling the Community Collaborative Oneness sculpture, made of hundreds of messages received from the public on the themes of unity. Guest speakers include Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, M.T.O. School of Islamic Sufism, and other members of the scientific, artistic, interfaith, and nonprofit communities. There will be multicultural and interfaith music, dance, poetry and Sufi Art displays along with artist reception for “Oneness” Exhibition for the gallery show that is at the Encinitas Community Center through June 30. Refreshments, ethnic delicacies and appetizers. Free admission. The event is sponsored by the San Diego and Los Angeles M.T.O Shamaghsoudi Schools of Islamic Sufism.

Sidewalk sale benefits Assistance League

Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito will hold an outside sidewalk sale of plants Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the thrift store, 1542 Encinitas Blvd. The sale will offer creative pots, succulents, plant cuttings, starter plants, containers, bird feeders and garden art that have been prepared by volunteer members to help the organization raise funds for the League’s philanthropic programs. ALRSD thrift shop welcomes donations of plants for this sale and also gently used household items and clothing. Visit alrsd.org.

Restaurants partner with Promises2Kids for Foodies 4 Foster Kids

Show you care by dining where it matters throughout the month of May to benefit 3,000 children in foster care. Promises2Kids has partnered with 37 local restaurants to raise funds for San Diego foster children. The campaign will run throughout the month of May, in celebration of National Foster Care Month.

Each restaurant will designate select menu items which will support the Foodies 4 Foster Kids campaign. Funds raised will benefit foster children by reuniting siblings living apart in foster care, supporting high school and college students in reaching their educational goals, providing birthday gifts, school clothes and opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, and providing an emergency shelter where children feel safe and cared for.

Promises2Kids helps foster children overcome the difficulties of their past and grow to become healthy and successful adults. The community is invited to support Promises2Kids by dining in or ordering online at participating businesses. The community can also make an online gift at give.promises2kids.org/foodies4fosterkids2022

For more information on Foodies 4 Foster Kids, including participating restaurants, visit: promises2kids.org/foodies2022/

Helen Woodward Animal Center to hold Puppy Prom

Rancho Santa Fe-based nonprofit Helen Woodward Animal Center will hold a Puppy Prom for alumni adopters, their pets and all animal lovers 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Original 40 Brewing Company, 3117 University Ave. in San Diego. The event will feature music, food, drinks, vendors, a prom costume contest, a corsage making station, a photo station, special prizes and the crowning of a four-legged Prom King and Queen. Free to attend. Costume contest participants are asked to make a $15 donation to the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Visit animalcenter.org.

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Gearing up for a vast array of winter events as Festival of Voices tickets go on sale

Gearing up for a vast array of winter events as Festival of Voices tickets go on sale

16 April 2022

Nic Street,

Minister for Hospitality and Events







The Tasmanian Liberal Government has always invested in events that are seasonally and regionally diverse, with more than $11 million having been invested into 31 events that will take place in the coming six months alone.

From AFL football in the north and south, the Australian Musical Theatre Festival in Launceston, Dark Mofo in Hobart and the new AgriCULTURED festival in the north, the variety ensures there is something for everyone.

I’m pleased to confirm that tickets for the Festival of Voices have gone on sale for the coming festival that will take place from 1 July through to 10 July 2022 and I would encourage Tasmanians to snap up a ticket.

A long-time anchor of our winter events program, the Festival of Voices began in 2005 and forged the way for Tasmanians and mainlanders to get out and celebrate our state when it was traditionally quiet. Events have repositioned our state through this part of the year and fundamentally changed people’s perception of how to spend the longer nights.

This year’s festival will have a strong focus on encouraging participation from Tasmania’s regional communities, with activations and programmed events scheduled to occur on Tasmania’s East Coast, North West Coast and Derwent Valley areas, as well as in our major cities.

Highlight performances of this year’s event include Australian singer-songwriter Lior, Monica Trapaga and The Pocket Trio, and cabaret style band The Loveys as well as the iconic Big Sing event retuning to Macquarie Point.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to assisting our thriving events sector rebuild and recover. As part of this commitment, the Government, through Events Tasmania provides funding opportunities to a variety of events that attract people to our state and encourage regional dispersal of these visitors.

Tickets for the Festival of Voices are on sale now at www.festivalofvoices.com, and a full events calendar can be found at www.discovertasmania.com.au

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DC Charity Society preps community dinner, garage sale events

DC Charity Society preps community dinner, garage sale events

Pair of charites combine forces for April 16 community meal.

With warmer weather here – volunteers with the DC Charity Society have a pair of events they are prepping for.  

A Community Easter Dinner is slated for April 16, while a garage sale fundraiser goes Sunday, April 24.  

Society president Sandra Biddulph says the group is still taking donations for he garage sale, and is glad to be working with St. Marks Soup Kitchen on the dinner.  

“It is great to partner with another charity in Dawson Creek. To attend, we’d like you to register to get a handle on numbers.”

The dinner goes 3 to 5pm on April 16, while the garage sale goes 9am to 12pm April 24 at the Pouce Coupe Legion.  

To register for the dinner call 250-782-2939, or email dccharitysociety2012@gmail.com to donate to the garage sale.

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New downtown market event to replace long-standing Midnight Madness and Summer Sidewalk Sale – Huntsville Doppler

New downtown market event to replace long-standing Midnight Madness and Summer Sidewalk Sale - Huntsville Doppler

It’s a new era in downtown Huntsville.

After more than 40 years, the iconic Midnight Madness and Summer Sidewalk Sale events have officially become a relic of the past.

Huntsville Councillor Bob Stone, who sits as a council liaison on the board of the Downtown Huntsville Business Improvement Area (BIA), said the board has decided it’s time for a change.

“They felt both the events had run their course and had been readjusted several times and they were a little bit tired, so they decided to retire those events,” said Stone, adding that participation—both from merchants and patrons at those events—was down.

In their stead, the BIA is planning the Muskoka Market: Huntsville Summer Edition to be held on July 30.

“We all understand that this is kind of a year of transformation and a year of change in downtown Huntsville, so we decided the Midnight Madness and Summer Sidewalk sale had been going on for forty-plus years and prior to COVID we did try to kind of rebrand them. We tried to work within the existing events to do something different… and then with two years off we just recognized that perhaps it’s not worth reinventing something and it makes more sense to start something new,” explained Morgan Lonsdale, manager of the Downtown Huntsville BIA. “So, recognizing the events that happen downtown and all of the activation that does go on downtown, we figured hosting one summer event that was focused on retail and our restaurants… one large event would kind of work.”

Muskoka Market: Huntsville Summer Edition, like the winter Holiday Edition which happened last November, will be a vendor-driven market with vendors from all over Muskoka lining the downtown. It will be a day-long event, running from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with all kinds of entertainment activities as well as a children’s zone.

The idea is to draw as many people to the downtown as possible, which will add traffic for the merchants of the downtown as well, explained Lonsdale.

On that day, retail merchants will be open until 7 p.m., with visitors being encouraged to shop and dine downtown and then gravitate towards River Mill Park for music, and later a movie on the dock hosted by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.

Now, with Huntsville’s wider sidewalks, putting vendors on the street makes a lot more sense, said Lonsdale. “We feel that the wider sidewalks, and we’re strategically placing these vendors so they don’t block our merchants, they actually will enhance the experience downtown…”

Downtown merchants will also spill out onto the sidewalk and join the vendors for the event.

The vendor fee is $150 for the day, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or to register, check out the BIA website here. You can also find more information about the market here.

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Easter sale, art contest, spring fair among weekend events in Prince George

Easter sale, art contest, spring fair among weekend events in Prince George

There will be more to buy at the second annual Easter Eggstravaganza next weekend.

The Prince George Public Library and Studio 2880 hosted their fifth annual Teen Art Showcase Saturday.

Thirty-three teens submitted art to the contest. Over 400 people cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The winners were announced at the Bob Harkins location.

Winners were chosen for the following categories: Best Use of Material, Best Social Commentary, Most Original, People’s Choice and Best Overall.

The Blackburn Community Centre hosted its first-ever Spring Fair Saturday and Sunday (April 2 and 3).

Usually, they put on a winter fair but with so much support, a Spring Fair was planned as well for vendors to show off their products. Organizers hope that it will become an annual event.

The PG Roll A Dome was busy on Saturday hosting the annual Small Business Fair where they welcome people from all over Northern BC.

It was a chance for vendors to show off their products and services to the community while also promoting their small businesses.

The dome was filled with over 80+ small businesses and had a massive turnout.