This week is Ontario Family Fishing Summer Week, which is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. The Ontario Government designates July 7 to 15, 2012 (12:01 a.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday) as one of two periods throughout the year when you can fish license-free. For more information visit the Ontario Family Fishing website.
Monday, July 9
At the Main branch of the Guelph Public Library today enjoy 10:30 Circus Clowns and Upside-Down Storytime at 10:30 am for ages 2-6 and at 2:30 Readers in Wonderland for ages 7 and up.
Tuesday, July 10
Come to the Main Branch of the Guelph Public Library at 10:30 am to see Special Guest:Mr.Oh! (For ages 5 and up). In the afternoon at 2:30 Teens can take part in the Iron Chef Challenge. The GPL will supply the ingredients and you supply the creativity. See what you can come up with in the Dessert Challenge.
Cool off with a Free Tim Hortons Public Swim from 2-4pm at the West End Community Centre.
Play with Clay program FREE for Families — Starting on Tuesday, July 10 and running every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the month of July. Come to the Pottery Room between 11am and 3pm at the Elora Centre for the Arts to try your hands at air dry clay projects! Create from your imagination or from the project of the day. All ages are welcome, however, Youth under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 16 years of age. A small donation is appreciated. Please call us if you have any questions: 519-846-9698 or visit the website.
Youth Group Meeting of the Guelph Township Horticultural Society
Guelph Township Horticultural youth group members meet at the Marden pavilion, behind the library for their regular meeting on Tuesday July 10th starting at 7pm. This month Make a “Thumb Print” T-shirt. Please bring a white or light coloured T-shirt. Call 519-836-9535 or visit the website for more information.
From 7-8pm Come to McCrae House to hear Scottish pipes and drums!
During June, July, August and September, on the second Tuesday evening of each month, enjoy the Guelph Pipe Band as they practice in the McCrae Memorial Gardens. Bring your own lawn chair. The rain location is the gazebo across the street in Royal City Park. Admission is free but donations will gladly be accepted.
Load up the van. It’s $15 Carload night at the Mustang Drive-in.
For more information, including this week’s shows, please visit http://www.mustangdriveinguelph.ca/
Wednesday, July 11
At the Guelph Public Library Main Branch today at 10:30 Monster Mash for ages 2-6 and at 2:30 kids ages 10-13 can make Bubble Print Cards.
Wellington County Museum Simple Pleasures
Join The Wellington County Museum, located in between Fergus and Elora from 1-4pm for :00 to 4:00 pm, for Believe! We are celebrating the 2012 Olympic Summer Games! Come for some fun “Olympic” games and activities. Admission by donation. For more information please visit the website.
Cool off with a free Tim Hortons Public Swim from 5pm-8pm at Lyon Pool on York Road.
Wednesday Evening Walks at the Arboretum begin at 7 p.m. at the J.C. Taylor Centre at the Arboretum at the University of Guelph. These 1 ½ hour family friendly walks will be on a different topic each week and are $2 / person. This week: Native Plant Gardening- There are so many lovely plants in Ontario! We will explore The Arboretum finding great plants that could spruce up your garden and help support the wildlife in your neighbourhood.
Thursday, July 12
At the Guelph Public Library Main Branch today at 10:30 have fun with Bingo Bonanza! for ages 5 and up. At 2:30 pm teens can Tie-dye with Alyssa. Bring in something cotton that is white or light coloured and has been washed to tie-dye. Limited to first 20 people.
Head to Rockwood Conservation Area at 2:00 pm for Swamp Tromp. Come and explore the water world of Rockwood. You’ll find yourself dip-netting with a naturalist, looking for frogs, fish, and invertebrates near the Harris Mill ruins. Be prepared to get your shoes wet!Fun for the whole family! Free with park admission. Please visit the website for more information.
Cool off with a Free Tim Hortons Public Swim from 2 pm – 4 pm at Victor Davis Pool
Every Thursday, July through August, learn about fire safety and accident prevention. Meet emergency responders. Check out the emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, police vehicles and ambulances. This week the Fire Department will be at Ken Danby Public School from 6:30–7:45 pm. Please visit the website for more information.
Load up the car. It’s $15 Carload night at the Mustang Drive-in.
For more information, including this week’s movies, please visit http://www.mustangdriveinguelph.ca/
Friday, July 13
At the Guelph Public Library Main Branch today at 10:30 am kids ages 2-6 can enjoy Gross Games and Stories and at 2:30 pm kids ages 5 and up can take part in Mission Impossible.
St George’s Square Noon Hour Concert
This week’s performers: Since Mo’ Kauffey became the stage name for Gary Wickizer, he has gone from someone known by few to a widely known, much respected, and loved artist throughout Colorado, Florida, Southern Ontario, Michigan, and points in between. He has polished his persona into a highly entertaining show, with a laid-back smooth style, full of humour whether performing solo or joined by any number of sidemen he has attracted.
Saturday, July 14
The Legions 5th Annual Event Family Fishing Day from 9 am – 12:30 p, at the ponds at 785 York Rd Guelph. Admission is $5 each or $15 Family of 4. Included with Admission is BBQ to follow at The Royal Canadian Legion, prizes and a pop and hot dog. For more information please email: email@example.com or visit the website.
Head to Rockwood at 10am for a A Magnificent Magnification hike
Hike the nature trail with the Naturalist and learn that it’s the little things in life that count. The Naturalist will provide magnifiers, and stethoscopes. We will be looking at the little creatures that live in our soil and really listen to the trees! Free with park admission. Please visit the website for more information.
On Saturday morning, the Galaxy Cinema hosts Cineplex Family Favourites at 11 am. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.50. A portion of proceeds go towards supporting Starlight Children’s Foundation. This week’s feature: Big At a carnival, young Josh Baskin (HANKS) wishes he was big-only to awake the next morning and discover he is! Find more information at the website.
art on the street 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in Downtown Guelph
Art Exhibition & Sale is a juried showcase featuring contemporary fine art and craft that takes place annually in Downtown Guelph. The event has grown both in scale and calibre of artist since its inception in 2003 to become Guelph’s largest outdoor exhibition and sale. art on the street aims to spotlight multi-disciplinary talent within the regional arts community, offering a fresh-air alternative to conventional art shows and galleries. This year, close to 100 artists will showcase their works in temporary, open-air studios. Side by side, established and emerging artists offer their work directly to the public. art on the street is a beautiful opportunity to meet the painters, potters, blacksmiths, jewellers, glass blowers, wood carvers, textile artists, photographers, and more to take home a piece of Guelph’s creative culture. art on the street is a free event which welcomes art lovers of all ages.
The African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo is proud to announce the upcoming 11th annual Afro Festival at Waterloo Park, Westmount Road, Waterloo. Afro Festival is a festival of dance, music, drama, art and African cuisine celebrating the rich cultural heritage of all of the countries that comprise the African continent. It is a family friendly event with children’s games, a free bouncy castle and plenty of wonderful entertainment! The event runs from 12 – 8 pm and is a free event with free parking. Visit http://www.afrowomen.org for more information.
Sunday, July 15
The past comes alive at Crawford Lake Conservation Area during the Dig in and Discover Archeology Event on Sunday, July 15 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Visit with staff in the Turtle Clan Longhouse for a demonstration of traditional fire starting techniques and storytelling. Visitors can explore the Iroquoian village, view fascinating videos, and make a clay pot to take home. Be sure to participate in a discovery hunt and win a great prize. Take part in a simulated dig at the Crawford Lake site. Learn how and why Archaeologists do what they do and find out more about fascinating artifacts and Ontario’s First Nation’s. After visiting the village take a guided hike at 2 p.m. through Crawford Lake’s beautiful woodlands and learn more about the history of the area.
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The Waterloo Concert Band performs at the Riverside Park Bandshell at 7 pm. Donations appreciated. Enjoy your picnic dinner while listening to the band!
Cool off with a Free Tim Hortons Public Swim from 5-8 pm at Lyon Pool on York Road.
Back To Nature Walks Every Sunday (including holiday weekends) at the Royal Botanical Gardens;
2 to 3:30 p.m. at locations* noted below.
Come walk with us! Did you know that a walk in the woods reduces stress no matter what your age? Enjoy the great outdoors at Royal Botanical Gardens and spend healthy, active, quality time with your friends and family. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, fox tracks, deer and other seasonal sightings. Every week is a different adventure! NOTE: Our trails are rocky and muddy. Baby carriers work well on our trails, and the kids just love the views! Most trails are not suitable for strollers, except those designed for off-sidewalk use. Dress for the weather and meet your leader at the following locations*:
1st Sunday of every month: Hendrie Valley; meet at Cherry Hill Gate parking lot
2nd Sunday of every month: Princess Point; meet at the parking lot
3rd Sunday of every month: Cootes North Shore; meet at the Nature Centre
4th Sunday of every month: Cootes South Shore; meet at the Aviary parking lot on Oak Knoll Drive, Hamilton 5th Sunday of every month: Rock Chapel; meet at the parking lot
*Please note: The rotation of hike locations has changed from previous years.
*If the weather looks threatening, please check our Program Update Line at 905-527-1158 ext. 404. Weather updates are posted one to two hours before program start time. Fees: Free (donations welcome)
The Donkey Sanctuary Open Days happen from early may until October. The Public is welcome to visit and interact with the donkeys and stroll the beautiful grounds on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm, May 6 to October 31. For more information and a map to the sanctuary, please visit the website.
Bug and Butterfly University At Greenway Blooming Centre Breslau
Every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon throughout July and August. Fun programs for all ages, created and delivered by John Powers, internationally known as the Butterfly Man® and the Bug Man®.
Along with Marco, John teaches students about the growing and hatching of butterflies. He displays and explains his incredible collection of insects, some of which are entries in the Guinness Book of World Records. Guest speakers are featured as well as artists and photographers.
Early Years Programming
If you are looking for a drop in program, check out the long list of programs offered through the Early Years Centre.
City of Guelph Public and Family Swims
Splash pads are located at Hanlon Creek Waverley Park, Norm Jary and West End Community Centre and are open daily from June 28 to September 3, from 11 am-7pm. The city’s wading pools are located at Sunny Acres, Mico Valeriote, Exhibition Parks and are open from June 28 to September 3, from 12-6 pm. The fountain at Market Square at City hall is operational from 9 am to 10 pm daily.
Centennial Pool 519-837-5620
Sunday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Victoria Road Recreation Centre 519-837-5621
Saturday 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
West End Community Centre 519-837-5657
After School Swim – Leisure Pool with slide open
Tuesday 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Family Swim – Leisure and Therapy Pool (no slide and children must be accompanied by an adult)
Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Swim – all pools and slide open
Friday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm