Monday, September 17
This morning at 10:30 am at the East Side Branch, little ones from birth to 18 months can enjoy Bouncing Babies. And tonight, at 6:30 pm also at the East Side Branch kids ages 2 to 7 will love Sleepytime Stories.
Tuesday, September 18
This morning at 10:30 at the Main Branch kids from birth to 5 years are invited to Mother Goose.
Wednesday, September 19
If you have a new neighbour (students included) please welcome them to join you at this event as information about our community and it’s services will be available. Remember to bring a potluck item to share, plate, cups and cutlery. Suggested donation $2 or canned item for our food Cupboard appreciated. The potluck runs from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Please RSVP by visiting www.tworiversng.ca for contact information.
Thursday, September 20
Enjoy stories before bed. Visit Westminster Branch at 6:30 pm for Twilight Tales for children ages 2 to 7 years.
Friday, September 21
This morning at the library at 10:30 am children ages birth to 5 years are invited to Imagination Station. And this afternoon there is a new program at the Guelph Public Library. At 3:30 pm at the Main Branch join Luke Hill for Boys READ. This week featuring the Spiderwick Chronicles. Aimed at boys ages 7 to 10 years, the program will gets boys excited about reading in a whole new way! Please register by phoning 519-824-6220.
St George’s Square Noon Hour Concert
This week’s performers: Mo’ Kauffey
Saturday, September 22
Also at 2:00 pm, over at the Westminster Branch, kids ages 9 to 14 are invited to a Drawing Comics Workshop.
Multiple Births Guelph-Wellington We’ve Outgrown It Sale
11am-2pm at the Evergreen Seniors Centre
Multiple Births Guelph-Wellington (Twins Club) is holding its Semi Annual “We’ve Outgrown It Sale” with a huge selection of gently used kids clothes, toys, equipment and maternity items.
Admission: $2, Cash, Debit, Credit. Everyone Welcome!!! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate the fall harvest with some old-fashioned farm fun!
Enjoy live music, a local marketplace, harvest games, workshops, contests, and much more. Carrot Fest is a family friendly event and a great way to experience the countryside. Admission : $5.00 adults, children are FREE
Web : http://www.everdale.org OR www.tastereal.ca
Visit Greenway Blooming Centre Breslau for their Butterfly Days. This special annual event will run Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm each day. The Monarch Butterflies are already starting to gather for their long journey to Mexico. Kids can take part in this amazing migration by releasing your very own butterfly into the wild. Each Monarch is marked with a special tracking tag on it. Through the Monarch Watch program, at the University of Kansas, this tag is used to track its migration and information is sent back the participants if their butterfly is found in Mexico.
Explore the Night Sky 7:00 PM – 9:30 pm at Mountsberg Conservation Area
The stars that twinkle in the night sky have captured the imaginations of all nations for thousands of years. Through informative presentations, breathtaking slides and hands-on telescope experience, you’ll learn about other worlds and how to take photographs of the night sky. Start a brand new hobby using simple techniques with great results. Call early to ensure your participation – seats fill quickly! In case the clouds should cover the stars, there is an indoor itinerary planned.
Cost – $15/adult, $10/child ages 5 years and over, $10/seniors ages 65 years and over, plus HST. Not appropriate for children ages 5 years and under. Pre-registration is required. Call Mountsberg or register online.
Come to Latino Fest from 6-11pm at the Old Quebec Street Mall
Dance, sing, eat and learn about the many communities that make up our exuberant Latin Community. The Hispanic & Latino Council of Guelph-Wellington promotes community with a great family oriented festival. Guelph’s Latino Fest is our way of saying thanks to Guelph for being our home and we throw a big party to show our appreciation.
Sunday, September 23
Run Like a Kenyan at Rockwood Conservation Park 9:30am-12:30pm
Come out and enjoy a 5k run OR walk and bring the kids for a 1k kiddie run! At the event you will find music, a live African drum circle, face painting for kids, vendors, free massage and chiro services, the Rockwood Farmers Market and MORE! All participants will receive a amazing race kits filled with sponsor gifts, including an authentic Kenyan handicraft, as well as, a pendant for completing! All money raised at this event will go to the Canadian Nurses of Africa. Learn more about the CNFA at: canadiannursesforafrica.blogspot.ca Phone:289-389-2798
Harvest Home Festival Wellington County Museum and Archives from 12:00 pm 4:00 pm.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Wellington County’s rural heritage with a special focus this year on local food. Guest speaker will be Anita Stewart; a resident of Elora and a well known culinary journalist, author, activist and promoter of the food industry in Canada. Demonstrations and activities include: Threshing, blacksmithing, rope making, square dancing, quilting, wool processing and lace making. Food will be for sale from The Harvest Table and there’s great entertainment!
Admission : $2.00 per person. Please visit the website for more information. www.wellington.ca/en/museum.asp
International Plowing Match and Rural Exposition September 18 – 22 near Ayr
The Waterloo Region International Plowing Match & Rural Expo presents the Reminiscence Journey. Celebrating the founding cultures of Waterloo region. Enjoy Barn Raising, Bavarian Celebrations, Highland Dancing, Aboriginal Drumming & Dance, Cultural Food Tasting & Dress Exhibit, agricultural displays, entertainment and, of course, plowing competitions. For more information please call 1-800-661-7569 or visit www.imp2012.ca
Visit Greenway Blooming Centre Breslau for their Butterfly Days. This special annual event will run Saturday and Sundays in September from 11 am to 4 pm each day. The Monarch Butterflies are already starting to gather for their long journey to Mexico. Kids can take part in this amazing migration by releasing your very own butterfly into the wild. Each Monarch is marked with a special tracking tag on it. Through the Monarch Watch program, at the University of Kansas, this tag is used to track its migration and information is sent back the participants if their butterfly is found in Mexico.
If you haven’t made the trip over to the new Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village, it’s worth checking out. There are activities daily in both the historical village and the museum that are lots of fun for kids. You can get in to both sites free if you have a membership to the Guelph Civic Museum.
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.
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
Centennial Pool 519-837-5620
Friday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Victoria Road Recreation Centre 519-837-5621 (Closed until September 14)
Adult and Tot Swims
Monday and Wednesday 11:30 am - 1pm and 2:00 – 3:30pm
Friday 2:00pm – 3:30pm
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 (Until September 27)
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