12 events to check out in Waterloo Region this week (Sept. 5 to 9) Waterloo Chronicle
Here are highlights of what’s happening around (or related to) our town tonight through next weekend.
This is an especially long weekend with no school on Monday and Tuesday.
For other things to do in our area, like visit Farmer’s Markets or pick-your-own-fruit, check my Favorite Local Places series.
For the events listed below, I used gray font for those that take place frequently (at least 2x or more per month.)
Friday, September 2, 2022
- ARHS Outdoor Movie Night (7:30 pm) @ Algonquin Regional High School football field: ARHS’s Student Council is holding a fundraiser for student events, featuring the outdoor screening of Despicable Me. Organizers welcome the Northborough and Southborough communities to participate. For details, see dedicated post.
Monday, September 5, 2022
- Labor Day Holiday – Town offices, schools and buildings closed
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
- No School: Due to use of NSBORO schools for voting, there is no public school today in Southborough and Northborough
- State Primary (6:30 – 8:30 am) @ Trottier Middle School gym, 49 Parkerville Road: description. Primary to select which Democrat and Republican candidates will be on our ballot in November’s state election. 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.
- 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.
- Cook Book Club (6:30 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, upstairs: Each month, participants are encouraged to pick a recipe to make from a selected cookbook. Bring the dish to share at a gathering at the Library. New participants encouraged and all ages and partners welcome. . For details, see related post.
- Wellness Series: Autumn Healthy Eating (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ zoom: The Southborough Library and Jill Vroman Fitness & Wellness are offering free, virtual Wellness workshops to the community. This session: Have a laugh with Jill and Todd Vroman and cook seasonal foods that will help with digestion, improve your gut biome and have fun. Pre-registration is required For details, see related post.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
- Walking Group for Seniors (8:30 am) @ Southborough cemetery, 11 Cordaville Road: Free walking group organized by the Southborough Senior Center. 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.
- Better World Book Club (5:00 – 6:00 pm) @ Southborough Library Teen Room: This monthly book club run by the Southobrough Library for middle schoolers requires pre-registration. For details, see related post.
- Southborough Rotary Club (7:00 – 8:00 pm) @ Southborough Library, main floor: Regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Southborough. New and prospective members are always welcome.
Thursday, September 8, 2022
- Advanced Tai Chi (10:15 – 11:45 am) @ Southborough Library: Participants from the Southborough Senior Center’s class will be meeting at the library over the summer. Want to practice your poses? Or make new friends? Fellow experienced Tai Chi participants are welcome to come check it out. Drop-in, no registration.
- 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.
- Preschool Farm Explorers (10:00 – 11:00 am) @ Chestnut Hill Farm: For ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years olds accompanied by adults. This is the first of a 4-part weekly session for kids to learn and explore at the farm. Pre-registration (and fee) required. For details, see related post.
- Neary Family Picnic and Ice Cream Social (5:00 – 7:30 pm) @ Neary School playground.Neary students and their families are invited to a picnic at the Neary Playground – BYO dinner/beverages. (Trombetta’s Ice Cream Truck will be on-site to purchase ice cream starting at 6:15 pm.)
- Rotary Interact Club (7:30 – 8:30 pm) @ Southborough Library, main level: Take action, build international understanding, and make new friends around the world. Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Find out how serious leadership can be seriously fun.
Friday, September 9, 2022
- Woodward’s Room Parent/Volunteer Coffee with the Principal (9:30 – 10:30 am) @ Woodward
- Dull Men’s Club (10:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: Casual social club for senior men. New members are always welcome to drop in. For details, see dedicated post.
- Canasta (11:15 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: A weekly card group. For details, contact the Senior Center at 508-229-4453.
- Southborough Safe Spaces – Family BBQ (6:00 – 9:00 pm) @ Pilgrim Church, 15 Common St: Event to welcome back families of youth members of Safe Spaces (Providing a safe, welcoming environment for LBGTQ+ youth of all faiths.) For details, see related post.
Saturday, September 10, 2022
- Hike with Goats (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) @ Chestnut Hill Farm: All ages/family – 60 minute window – pick a time slot. Take a leisurely hike through Chestnut Hill Farm’s beautiful grounds and trails, accompanied by one or more of our friendly goats! Pre-registration (and fee) required. For details, see related post.
- Join Scouting Day (12:00 – 2:00 pm) @ Pavilion behind Finn School, 60 Richards Rd: All children entering K-5th Grade are welcome to come out to try Pinewood Derby race cars and learn about Cub Scouts. For details, see dedicated post.
Sunday, September 11, 2022
- Art on the Trails Poetry Walk (3:00 – 5:00 pm) @ Beals Preserve: Closing Poetry Reading and Reception. The closing ceremony for the 2022 Art on the Trails exhibit will feature Poets reading their work along the trail in response to art installations. For details, see dedicated post.
- NSPAC Playground Meetup for families (4:00 – 6:00 pm) @ Assabet Park20 Gale St, Northborough: A free social event sponsored by NSPAC: Northborough / Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Meet and chat with fellow parents of students with disabilities while your child enjoys meeting friends and some end of summer fun. NSPAC will provide snacks and drinks.
BRANTFORD – Wilfrid Laurier University will welcome first-year students to its Brantford campus with a series of Orientation Week events taking place Sept. 4 to 10.
Orientation Week, organized by the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union, is an opportunity for students to learn their way around campus, meet new people and become involved in student life.
“We have been looking forward to welcoming our students to our campuses with an in-person, face-to-face greeting for a long time now,” said Ivan Joseph, vice-president of Student Affairs. “There is nothing like feeling the energy and enthusiasm that ripples across our community during Orientation Week. Thank you to all the student leaders, volunteers, faculty and staff who go out of their way to showcase the Laurier community spirit and demonstrate what is so Golden about the Laurier student experience.”
Events throughout the week include Shine Day, when students wash cars to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada (founded at Laurier in 1961), lunch with Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis, a carnival in Harmony Square, a headphone disco and a room-burn demonstration by firefighters to promote fire safety. Throughout the week, students will also learn about safety and support services at Laurier, resources to help them balance their physical and mental health, and tips and advice for academic success. A list of Orientation Week photo opportunities for media is below.
“My advice to students is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and take the opportunity to engage with your fellow Golden Hawks,” said Shane Symington, president and CEO of the Students’ Union. “I hope students lose themselves in the moments where they’re at Headphone Disco or other events and find themselves as they get their first taste of a community that will embrace them, and truly make them feel like they belong. We hope they make this experience their own.”
“We’re excited to have a full complement of students engaging in Orientation Week activities this year,” said Adam Lawrence, Laurier’s dean of students. “Many thanks to the O-Week organizers, and a warm welcome to Laurier’s newcomers.”
Sunday, Sept. 4 is Move-in Day; times will vary among the four Brantford residences depending on building and community.
On Monday, Sept. 5, students can attend a painting tutorial inspired by the late painter and TV host Bob Ross. The event takes place in the lobby of the Research and Academic Centre West building. A Welcome to Campus Dinner will also take place in the basement of 1 Market restaurant.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Brantford Fire Department firefighters will ignite and suppress a fire in a model bedroom to show how quickly a fire can spread and demonstrate the importance of smoke alarms and having an evacuation plan. The room burn demonstration takes place in the rear parking lot of 50 Wellington St.
On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis and local councillors will serve lunch to first-year students in Harmony Square as an official welcome to Brantford.
Saturday, Sept. 10 is Shinerama Shine Day. Students will wash cars at the Student Centre parking lot and FreshCo. (50 Market St.) to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. O-Week icebreakers team and staff will participate in fun challenges tied to the amount of funds raised. Closing ceremonies start at 7 p.m. featuring amazing food and activities.
Other events throughout the week include a carnival, headphone disco dance party, glow-in-the-dark paint party, a hypnotist performance, drag hour, taste tour of downtown Brantford, lip-sync battle, movie night, games night and dodgeball competition. Visit the Students’ Union website for a full list of activities.
In addition to O-week events international students can register for the Senior Executive Officer and Faculty Reception & Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Graduate Student Orientation will take place Wednesday, Sept. 7 highlighted by Ivan Joseph’s speech, “The Role Confidence Plays in Academic Success.”
For a full list of events, go to the Laurier Students’ Union O-Week web page.
Photo Opportunities for Brantford Orientation Week
Brantford Fire Department firefighters will educate students about fire safety by showing how quickly a room can become engulfed in flames. The room burn occurs on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the rear parking lot of 50 Wellington St.
Mayor Kevin Davis and local councillors will welcome first-year students to Brantford with lunch. The event takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Harmony Square.
Tastes of Downtown
Students sample foods from Brantford’s downtown restaurants. The event takes place on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Research and Academic Centre West lobby.
The carnival features cotton candy, a dunk tank and many other carnival delights. The event takes place Friday, Sept. 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Harmony Square.
Students will wash cars and take part in fun activities in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Centre parking lot and FreshCo. (50 Market St.).
OTHER KEY LINKS
The Killers play at The Viv, the Chili Affair returns, and RSL looks to win one at Rio Tinto Stadium.
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 vivintarena.com.
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 theroadhome.org.
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 rsl.com.
12 events to check out in Waterloo Region this week (Aug. 28 to Sept. 2) Waterloo Chronicle
Kootenay Pride is thrilled to be coming back to the streets, flag poles, museums, parks and plazas in a big way for the first fully in-person events since the shut down in 2020.
The dedicated and busy team of volunteers has been working for months to create a bevy of fun, inclusive, educational, and entertaining events and happenings during the week leading up to the Pride weekend.
Micheal Wicks, longtime Kootenay Pride, volunteer shared, “While postering for Pride on Baker Street this Saturday, we were greeted enthusiastically by every business and they grabbed our posters and handbills eagerly, putting them up almost immediately. Some were already planning their window displays and all were very excited at all the diverse events. It was a heartwarming community welcome back to all of us.”
Start off the week right by coming to cheer on the flag raising at City Hall on Monday, Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m.
From Aug. 29 to Sept. 5, The Civic Theatre will be running queer movies at the main and Shoebox screens. Check online for movies and times.
On Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., head to the Nelson Innovation Centre at 91 Baker St., for Queerdos, inspiring queer, questioning and curious people to step into their truth and express themselves authentically through meditation, art, and conversation. Find out more details about this event and all of the events on the Kootenay Pride’s Facebook page.
Thursday, Sept, 1 at the Nelson Innovation Centre from 5 to 8:30 p.m. is Queer Games Night, an evening of casual multiplayer video games and quick tabletop games intended to help us make new friends and connect with other LGBTQIA+ people in our community. All people ages 12 and older are welcome! No alcohol will be served at this event.
Happening the same day at the Shawn Lamb Archives at Touchstones Nelson Museum is Explore Y(our) Archive/Build the Future, an interactive participatory drop-in workshop from 5 to 9 p.m.
On Friday, Sept. 2, everyone is invited to the Welcome BBQ and Social at the Rotary Shelter at Lakeside Park from 3 to 5 p.m., hosted by Kootenay Pride, ANKORS Trans Connect and HIM-health initiative for men. This all ages event. Also that day, the Pride Cabaret with The Dancing Legs is at The Royal. Two performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets available online or at The Royal.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, Kootenay Pride is super excited to present Rainbow Families, a free, all-age event and BBQ for 2SLGBTQ parents and children. There will be food, face painting, crafts, dance party, Drag story time and more at the Nelson Family Place, 312 Silica St., 1 to 4 p.m. You can follow this event up by reliving your prom (the way you want to) with Queer Prom at Passmore Hall, 3762 Little Slocan, South Road, in Winlaw from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
And the week wouldn’t be complete without the spectacular Pride parade on Baker on Sunday, Sept 4. Gather at Central School (Wildflower) at 808 Stanley St. to decorate, celebrate and be ready for a 3 p.m. prompt departure to the downtown core. The parade will be ending its run at Hall Street Plaza where it will join the Pride Artists and Services Market that has been underway from noon to 5 p.m.
If you would like to volunteer as a parade marshal or for any of these events please contact Kootenay Pride at email@example.com or reach out on Facebook. The team of volunteers have been working hard and are looking forward to seeing the community come out to support their 2SLGBTQ+ neighbours. Love Wins.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Wearable Art 16: After a two-year hiatus, the 16th annual “sweet 16″-themed mashup of art and fashion features runway presentations, a gallery exhibit and hair and makeup artistry. $85-$135, $20 standing room/video screen viewing. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. 727-298-3322.
Santana: Santana, whose hits include “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va,” will perform. Earth Wind & Fire are also on the bill. $60-$165. 7 p.m. Saturday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.
Trick Daddy’s 25th Anniversary Celebration: The concert includes performances by Trick Daddy, CeeLo Green, Trina, Juvenile, Plies and more acts still to be announced. $39-$115. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Yuengling Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-974-3111.
Gecko Ball: Dress like a gecko, or in your Sunday best, for a night of dancing to live music by Hot Tonic, games, snacks, a costume contest and the coronation of the Gecko Queen. Takes place as part of Gulfport Geckofest. $30-$40. 6-11 p.m. Saturday. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1070.
Florida Gun Show: The event showcases new, used and antique firearms, ammunition, shooting supplies and knives. There are also shooting accessories, including scopes, clips and carry cases. Concealed weapon permit classes will be offered throughout the weekend. $13, parking $10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-621-7821.
Toy Train Show: Kids can enjoy a running train layout while you check out vendors selling model trains, die-cast cars and other collectibles. $5, 12 and younger free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Lopez Hall, 7177 58th St. N, Pinellas Park. 727-244-1341.
Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest: Timed admission tickets can be pre-purchased and will include votes and a to-go container for mini-cupcakes (12-pack or 24-pack offered). Tickets are priced with an early-access rate on the first hour (noon-1p.m.) guaranteeing first choice of some of the most popular flavors and beautifully decorated cupcakes (no additional charge for Morean members). $10-$25. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-821-7162.
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Oktoberfest Pig Roast: Grab your commemorative glass and kick off Oktoberfest season at this party with unlimited pig roast, sausage and sides, an ice luge and a photo booth. $50. 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Zydeco Brew Werks, 1902 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-252-4541.
Summer Rum and Seafood Festival: Multiple distilleries serve up rum and rum cocktails at this festival with crab races, live music by The Sapphire Band and Come Monday, food trucks and fresh seafood items from area restaurants. $5. Upgrades available on EventBrite. 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Premium Outlets, 2398 Grand Cypress Drive, Lutz. 727-674-1464.
Flip Circus: World-class clowns, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, hand-balancers and daredevils display their talents right in front of you, with no seat more than 50 feet from the ring. $25-$65. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Westfield Brandon, 459 Brandon Town Center Drive. 877-829-7839.
Science After Dark: Adults get a chance to play with MOSI’s interactive labs and hands-on exhibits including the animatronic Dinosaurs Around the World that is visiting this summer. There will also be light appetizers, beer and wine samplings. $15.95. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-987-6000.
Big Wave Boat Crawl: Board the Pirate Water Taxi for a boat bar crawl with stops at Sparkman Wharf, Ricks on the River, Four Green Fields, Sail Pavilion and Strandhill Public. Includes beer, swag and raffles. $25. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. 813-274-8511.
Clearwater Threshers: The Threshers hit the field as the Beach Dogs to face the Tampa Tarpons. The first 1,000 guests get a free Beach Dogs sports towel. Fridays are also dog-friendly. Fans may bring their dog into BayCare Ballpark to enjoy the game. Dog tickets are $7 and available for walk-up purchases. Dog tickets benefit a local pet charity that will be on-site. $7-$11. 6:30 p.m. Friday. BayCare Ballpark, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. 727-712-4300.
Summer Classics Movie Series: The 31st annual series of classic movies features silent films accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, sing-alongs and modern-day classics. This portion features the 1920 short comedy “One Week” (unrated, 19 minutes) and the 1928 comedy-romance “The Cameraman” (PG, 67 minutes). $10-$15. 3 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.
Independence Day of Ukraine: This exploration of Ukrainian culture includes introductions by Mayor Jane Castor, Ukrainian singers, a violin player, bandura music, karaoke, comedy, fashion show, dancing and the reading of Ukrainian poetry in English. $10 donation appreciated. 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-675-5400.
Penn State is obviously the greatest school in the nation, but it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the size of the campus and the number of opportunities that are available to you at first. Fortunately, Penn State’s Student Orientation and Transition Programs planned a jam-packed schedule of Welcome Week events that you can choose from.
Ranging from movie nights to ice skating to Jewish block parties, there’s something for everyone.
On August 17, folks can head to the HUB Lawn for a variety of ~glow games.~ Starting at 9 p.m., you can play glow-in-the-dark games of cornhole, ping pong, and mini golf.
Head to the Pegula Ice Arena at 7 p.m. on August 19 or 23 for a chance to ice skate on the varsity rink for free. Rental skates are included, too.
A photo booth will be set up at the HUB on the first day of classes, which is August 22. It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
If you’re like us and can’t stop thinking about minions, August 25 is your day. There will be a free screening of Minions: Rise of Gru! at 9:30 p.m. in Thomas 100.
On August 27, Penn State’s Student Programming Association (SPA) and Movin’ On will host a free concert on the HUB Lawn. The event, Lights UP, begins at 5 p.m. Another event on August 27 is the Lion DASH 5k that weaves through downtown State College. The race begins at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Building, and it costs $15 to register.
In addition to these exciting events, there will be a number of welcome table events for the individual colleges. Penn State Hillel will host a number of events throughout the week, including a challah bake, a Jewish block party, and an open house. There are a number of events for international students, too.
A complete list of events and details can be found here.