Living and Playing in Lambton Shores
The Municipality of Lambton Shores
Volume 3, Issue 1 Spring 2010
Communities in Bloom Welcomes Charlie Dobbin
and beautiful gardens of your meeting times and locations
own. to be announced
- Trash Bash Two—closer to
Tickets for this event will be the judges’ visit in July or
August There are many great
available for $10 per person
- Adopt a Pot/Plot events taking place in
from any Communities in
- Lambton Shores in Bloom Lambton Shores in the
Bloom committee member. contest Spring. Check out the
On Thursday, May 6 Charlie The event will be held at the - Bloomin’ Chairs fundraiser events calendar inside this
Dobbin will return to Port Franks Community
Lambton Shores to present Centre and doors will open at Participating in Communities
“What’s New for 2010” which 6:00pm with a garden in Bloom is easy! There are
many ways to become Download your FREE copy
will include a discussion marketplace, followed by
involved, as little or as much of Living and Playing in
about native plantings. Charlie’s presentation at
as you like. Try some of the Lambton Shores online at
7:00pm. Tickets will be following suggestions: www.lambtonshores.ca.
Charlie is well-known for her limited, so buy early! - Plant coral and blue flowers
role as co-host on HGTV’s - Keep roadsides clean
CIB Goals for 2010 To submit events for the
“One Garden, Two Looks” - Plant a tree
Include: - Host your own community Summer edition, email
and has recently visited
- Increase three lowest scores “Trash Bash” firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lambton Shores as a judge
for the Communities in - Maintain or increase other - Maintain lawns and
- Receive an invitation to
participate in the 2011 For more information on
Charlie will entertain and National program Communities in Bloom, call
inform the audience with her Catherine Minielly, 519-786-
knowledge and expertise in CIB 2010 Projects: 3329, Grace Dekker, 519-243- “I am only one, but I am
the horticultural and - Flower theme colours are 3058, Ruth Illman, 519-786-
one. I cannot do
landscaping field. Her coral and blue (for flower 2814 or the Lambton Shores
suggestions, visit the back Community Services everything, but I can do
enthusiasm for gardening will
page). Department, 519-243-1400 or something. And I will not
inspire you to create practical
- Trash Bash One—April 22, 1-866-943-1400. let what I cannot do
interfere with what I can
Lambton Shores Leisure Guide
~ Edward Everett Hale
The premier issue of the Watch for your free copy of
Lambton Shores Leisure the Lambton Shores Leisure “Too often we
Guide will soon be available Guide in the mail. Copies will underestimate the power
for residents to enjoy. be available for pick up at of a touch, a smile, a kind
municipal offices, and other word, a listening ear, an
The Guide will be a useful tool various locations throughout honest compliment, or
in promoting service s Lambton Shores. An the smallest act of caring,
available throughout the electronic version of the all of which has the
municipality. Information Guide is available online at potential to turn a life
pertaining to parks, trails, www.lambtonshores.ca. around”.
facilities, programs and
community groups can be For updated information visit ~ Leo Buscaglia
found in the Guide. our website.
Mark Your Calendars… Upcoming Events in Lambton Shores
The Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre offers many www.ontarioearlyyears.ca. The OEYC Lambton—Kent—Middlesex is a
programs and classes throughout the year which are FREE and are family drop-in program operated by North Lambton Childcare Centre.
open to anyone in the community. Listed below are some of these great It is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to families with
programs. For more information or to register, please call the children ages 0—6.
GBACHC at 519-238-1556 ext. 231 or visit www.gbachc.ca.
Chronic Pain Management and Exercise Program, starts March 5 Infant Massage
for nine weeks. Program includes exercise and a guest speaker Baby Sign
each week to help you with your chronic pain in a support group Bee Fit
setting (ext. 223) Kid’s Cook
Aging at Home, March 23 Math for Little Ones
Blood Pressure Clinic, March 25 Kid’s Have Stress Too
Healthy Lifestyle Exercise Program and Line Dancing at the Port Parenting Through Each Other
Franks Community Centre
Grand Bend Exercise Programs, in the Community Room at the
Centre. Healthy Lifestyle Exercise and Gentle Exercise programs
Optimist Club of Grand Bend Youth Centre exists to promote
Alzheimer Caregiver Support, call 1-800-561-5012 and encourage recreation programs for all ages within Lambton
Heart Health Class (ext. 235) Shores, while creating everlasting relationships with peers, volunteers
Cooking for One or Two (ext. 222) and staff. Listed below are some of the great programs offered by the
Centre. For more information or to register, call 519-238-1155 or visit
Mental Health Support Group (ext. 230) www.gbyouthcentre.ca.
Men Can Cook (ext. 222) Adult Computer Course
The North Lambton Community Health Centre also offers
Yoga with Anne
many programs and classes that are open to anyone in the community March Break Camp, March 15, 17 & 19
and are FREE! Listed below are some of the great programs offered by
the Centre. For more information or to register, call the NLCHC at Royal Canadian Legion, Forest Branch No. 176
519-786-4545 or visit www.nlchc.com. For information on the events listed below, call the Legion, 519-786-
Cinderella Story provides formal wear to young ladies who could 5373. For meat bingos, call 519-786-5357.
not otherwise afford the expense of a new dress for prom. Items Legion Breakfast, first Sunday of each month from 9:30am—
that can be donated include: gently used or new formal gowns, 12:30pm. Cost is $7.00 per person.
less than 5 years old and in excellent condition, formal shoes and Meat Raffles, Saturdays, 4:00pm—6:00pm
formal jewelry. Donations can be dropped off at: Meat Bingos, third Wednesday of each month, doors open at
- North Lambton CHC, 59 King Street, West, Forest
6:00pm, Bingo starts at 7:00pm
- East Lambton CHC, 536 Simcoe Street, Watford
- Kettle Point Health Services, 6275 Indian Lane, Kettle
Royal Canadian Legion, Grand Bend Branch No. 498
A public facility for all to enjoy. “You’re only a stranger here once”. For
Everybody Move Program, March 15 and March 17, 10:00am— more information on the events listed below, call 519-238-2120.
12:00pm, for ages 6—13 at the Shores Recreation Centre (ext. Bingo, Tuesdays, 7:00pm.
Meat Draws, Fridays, 5:00pm—7:00pm
Cinderella Story Dress Boutique, April 6, 4:00pm—8:00pm at the
North Lambton CHC, and April 14 from 5:00pm—8:00pm at Fun Darts, Mondays, 7:30pm
Kettle Point Health Services. For more information call 519-786- Entertainment, Saturdays 3:00pm—6:00pm (unless noted
4545 ext. 235. otherwise)
Community Health Day, April 30 March 6: Midlife Crisis
Exercise and walking programs continue until the end of April March 20: Mike Fagan
Forest & Kettle Point Let’s Get Active Together Program: free March 27: Horse Races, The Irish Sweepstakes
physical activity program for 8—13 year olds. A healthy snack is April 10: Persuaders
provided (ext. 269)
May 1: Horse Races, Kentucky Derby’s Grand Bend Sire
iCAN Forest & Thedford: Free after school program for ages 6— Stake
13. Games, healthy snack and crafts are included (ext. 322)
Jepzidaa Kettle Point: Free after school program, ages 6—13. Euchre, Port Franks Community Centre, Mondays at 7:30pm and
Games, healthy snack and crafts are included (ext. 321) Tuesdays at 1:00pm
Good Food Box Program (ext. 231)
Bridge, Port Franks Community Centre, Tuesdays and Fridays at
Meet me in the Kitchen 1:00pm
Mini Chef’s Cooking Class, Pre-teen Cuisine Cooking Class
Senior’s Dinner Dunes Duplicate Bridge, Port Franks Community Centre, Mondays
Senior’s Coffee—Arkona & Forest at 7:00pm, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00pm
Fitness and walking programs Shuffleboard, Port Franks Community Centre, Thursdays from
Arkona Community Kitchen 1:00pm—4:00pm
Ontario Early Years Centre offers many valuable programs and Badminton, Port Franks Community Centre, Fridays at 10:00am
services to families of Lambton Shores. Some of the programs offered
by the Centre are listed below. For more information on these Cards, Port Franks Community Centre, Thursdays at 7:30pm—Bid
Euchre or Texas Hold’em, alternating weeks
programs or to register, call 519-786-6161 ext. 320 or visit
Optimist Club of Ausable Port Franks have Nevada break-open Good Tyme Country Jamboree, March 11 & March 25
tickets available at MacPherson’s Restaurant Thomas Hall, Thedford Arena, 1:00pm—3:30pm. Freewill donation at
the door. Coffee and tea provided, please bring cookies to share. For
Optimist Club of Ausable Port Franks Youth Drop-In Centre more information call 519-243-4036 or 519-243-2297.
at Port Franks Community Centre. For more information call Barb at
519-243-1515 Return of the Swans Festival, March 13 to April 4
Lambton Heritage Museum. Come to marvel at beautiful Tundra
Lambton Shores YMCA offers a variety of programs at the Shores swans, ducks and geese. The Paint Ontario Art Competition and Sale is
Recreation Centre in Forest including Y-Bo, Y-Stretch, Zumba®, spin also taking place during this time frame. Call 519-243-2600 or 1-800-
classes and more. State of the art exercise equipment is great for all 265-0316 or visit www.returnoftheswans.com.
levels of training. Schedules available online at www.ymcasar.org.
“Have you been to the YMCA yet? First visit is on us!”. For more Passport to the World, March 16 & March 18
information call 519-786-9622. The Shores Recreation Centre, 12:00pm—2:00pm. Presented by the
YMCA, this FREE program will provide children ages 6—13 with an
Victim Services of Sarnia—Lambton Inc. is currently seeking opportunity to explore cultures from around the world through a
caring individuals interested in volunteering in Lambton County. variety of fascinating and fun activities at the YMCA. Games, food,
Victim Services is a volunteer organization that works with police to crafts, music and more! For more information call 519-786-9622.
provide immediate emotional and practical support to victims of crime
and tragic circumstance. Volunteer training will begin in April and will Optimist Club of Ausable Port Franks Meat Raffle, March 20,
be held in the Sarnia area. For information, please call 519-344-8861 April 17 & May 15
ext. 5238 or 1-888-281-3665 ext. 5238. Call today to be a part of this Grog’s Pub & Grill, 2:00pm—4:00pm
Forest Kiwanis 13th Annual Pancake Breakfast, March 20—
Thedford Garden Club is dedicated to keeping the flower gardens 21 and March 27—28
around our community attractive. Meetings are held at the Village Silver Birches Campground, Army Camp Road from 9:00am—2:00pm.
Complex on the second Tuesday of the month from April to December. Adults $8.00, children 4—12 $5.00, under 4 free. Free wagon rides to
We organize work parties for other evenings and weekends to keep our the maple bush operation.
gardens beautiful. If you want to help out but can’t make the meetings,
email Jeannette at email@example.com or call 519-296-5804. We Thedford Legion Ladies Auxiliary Brunch, March 21
would love to see you. Thedford Legion, 9:30am—1:30pm. Everyone welcome. Cost is $7.00
for adults and $4.00 for children.
Caring Quilters of Lambton Shores is a non-profit organization
of volunteers who create comfort quilts for distribution by Victim Thedford Legion Ladies Auxiliary Salad Euchre, March 24
Services volunteers. We have just celebrated our 10th anniversary, and Thedford Legion, lunch at 12:00pm and cards after. Cost is $5.00 for
in those 10 years our group has created close to 700 quilts. We meet lunch and $1.00 for cards. Everyone welcome.
every Wednesday at the Port Franks Community Centre. Anyone of
any age is welcome to join, no sewing or quilting experience necessary. Grand Bend and Area Job Fair, March 27
For more information contact Annette Hitchins at Oakwood Resort, 10:00am—1:00pm. Employers may register for a
GAHitchins@execulink.com or call 519-243-1318. booth by calling the Grand Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at
519-238-2001 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Bend Women’s Probus is an organization for retired
business and professional women. Meetings are held the second Health & Wellness Fair 2010, March 27
Tuesday of the month from September to June at the Grand Bend Kimball Hall, 6276 Townsend Line, Forest, 10:00am—4:00pm.
Legion. Upcoming speakers and topics include: March 11, The Lucan Admission is $3.00. Many exhibitors and mini-treatments. For
Donnelly’s and April 13, De-cluttering Your House and Feng Shui. New information call 519-899-4150.
members are welcome, call 519-238-1114 or 519-238-5419.
West Coast Lions Club of Grand Bend Shopping Spree,
The Watercolour Café presents drop-in classes beginning in May at March 29
the Port Franks Community Centre. All paints, brushes and paper The West Coast Lions Club of Grand Bend are holding a two minute
provided. Tea is also provided. All skill levels welcome! $20 per shopping spree. For all your Easter groceries get your ticket now at No
session. Classes will run from May to October. For information or to Frills in Grand Bend or from any Lion member. Draw will be made at
register, visit www.mariebohm.com or call 519-243-1190. 5:00pm on March 29th. Proceeds go to community projects.
Curves Annual Food Drive, March 1—March 12 Grand Bend and Area Chamber of Commerce General
Donations to the Contact House Meeting, March 31
Aux Sables Inn, 7:00pm—9:00pm. Business Development Bank (BDC)
Sunset Cinema Film Presentations, March 4, April 1 & May 6 representative, Darek Sumera will speak on how BDC helps create and
Grand Bend Community Health Centre, Community Room, doors develop small and medium—sized businesses through financing,
open at 6:45pm, film starts at 7:00pm. March 4: Shattered Glass—true venture capital and consulting services. All businesses and the public
life drama, April 1: Bright Star—story of the poet Joh Keat’s love for welcome.
Fanny Brawne, May 6: An Education—comedy/drama. Films
presented are free of charge, donations are welcome. Easter in the Park, April 3
Rotary Civic Square, Forest. Activities for the kids start at 9:00am with
Hillbillies Meat Raffles, March 6, April 3 & May 1 the Egg Scramble for kids of all ages starting at 9:30am.
Grog’s Pub & Grill, 2:00pm—4:00pm
Optimist Club of Ausable Port Franks Easter Egg Hunt, April
The Forest Skating Club presents “Wizard of Oz”, March 8 4
The Shores Recreation Centre, 5:30pm. Local skaters put this Port Franks Community Centre, 10:00am—2:00pm
traditional story to ice. Admission is by donation with proceeds going
to the family of Tyler McGregor to help cover medical expenses. Grand Bend Home and School Association Fundraiser, April
Forest Skating Club Spaghetti Dinner, March 11 Aunt Gussies, 9:30pm. Live music by Patrick Powers and Brian Dale.
Forest Legion, 4:00pm—7:00pm. Eat in or take out available. Cost is Tickets available from Jenn Maguire, 519-238-8687 or Amy Wiseman,
$6.00 for adults and $4.00 for ages 10 and under. Everyone welcome. 519-238-1116 for $20 per person. There will be complimentary h’ors
d’oeuvres for everyone and every ticket holder gets a chance to win For additional details, call Catherine Minielly 519-786-3329, Ruth
dinner for two and theatre tickets for the Huron Country Playhouse. All Illman 519-786-2814 or Grace Dekker 519-243-3058.
proceeds will be donated to the Grand Bend Home & School
Association. Optimist Club of Ausable Port Franks Car Wash, May 8
Port Franks Community Centre, 8:00am—4:00pm.
Optimist Club of Ausable Port Franks Italian Night, April 17
Port Franks Community Centre, 6:00pm—11:00pm. Tickets are A Medieval Adventure at the Lambton Heritage Museum,
$25.00 per person and includes the full seven course meal. For May 8 to December 15
tickets call 519-243-3022. Rush across the drawbridge, duck the portcullis and join us at the
Lambton Heritage Museum for a Medieval Adventure. Throughout the
Arkona Lioness Spring Bingo, April 19 gallery there is a combination of hands-on activities and take-home
Rock Glen Family Resort. Toonie special includes a hotdog or soup, crafts. Children have the opportunity to experience the romance of life
drink and dessert for $2.00 and begins at 6:00pm. Bingo starts at in the manor house, the drudgery of life in the peasant house, guilds
7:00pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Strathroy Middlesex and trades, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and construction,
General Hospital. Come out and have a great time playing Bingo. castles, knights and chivalry, and more. For details call 519-243-2600
Port Franks Seniors Euchre-Rama, April 20
Port Franks Community Centre, coffee/tea and Timbits at 9:00am, Grand Bend Lioness Craft Show, May 15
games start at 10:00am. Cost is $6.00, which includes lunch. For Grand Bend Legion, 9:00am—4:00pm. Admission is $2 per person.
details call 519-243-2297 or 519-243-1126. Everyone welcome. Light refreshments available.
Port Franks Garden Club Guest Speaker, April 20 Port Franks Garden Club Annual Plant Auction & Live
Port Franks Community Centre, 7:30pm. Guest speaker Astrid Auction, May 18
Eastman will discuss “Garden Junk”. Everyone welcome! Port Franks Community Centre, doors open at 6:00pm. Everyone
Lambton Shores Trash Bash, April 22
Throughout Lambton Shores. Times and meeting locations will be Forest Farmers’ and Artisan Market, Fridays from May 21 to
published in the local newspapers and will be available online at September 26
www.lambtonshores.ca. Can’t make it to Trash Bash? Try hosting your King Street, in front of the Post Office, Forest, 8:00am—1:00pm
own neighbourhood Trash Bash! Be sure to contact someone from the
committee so that the event can be included in our Brag Book. A Spring Fling, May 21
second Trash Bash will be scheduled in July or August, closer to the Downtown Forest. This is a fun day that will be held in conjunction
judges’ arrival date. with the Forest Farmers’ and Artisan Market. Events include a charity
BBQ and free giveaways. The “Spring Fling” draw will be held at
Grand Bend Lioness Presents “Mario and the Magic Coat”, 12:00pm. Tickets are available at various businesses in Forest.
Grand Bend Legion, 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 each or $54 for a group/ Optimist Club of Ausable Port Franks Road Toll, May 22
family pass and are available from any Lioness member or Grandpa Port Franks Road, 10:00am—1:00pm
Jimmy’s Scottish Bakery. Fun for the whole family.
Grand Bend Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays from May 26 to
Forest Home and Garden Accents Show and Sale, April 26 October 6
The Shores Recreation Centre, 4:30pm—9:00pm. Admission is $3 per Colonial Parking Lot, Grand Bend, 8:00am—1:00pm. A weekly
person. Contact Mary McGregor for details at 519-786-4126 or farmers’ market featuring locally—grown produce and meats,
email@example.com. homemade baked goods and crafts.
Forest Skating Club Annual General Meeting, April 26 West Coast Lions Club of Grand Bend hosts 3rd Annual
Lower Board Room, the Shores Recreation Centre, 7:00pm. All Purina Walk for Guide Dogs, May 30
members invited. Lions Park Pavilion, Grand Bend, registration starts at 10:00am. Look
for pledge sheets at various locations in Grand Bend, see any Lion
Ladies Ball Hockey, Late April or Early May member or call 519-236-7399 for information. Lots of prizes to be
Games are played at the Shores Recreation Centre. Anyone interested won! For more information and to pre-register, visit
in playing or putting in a team, contact Mary at www.walkforguidedogs.com. All proceeds go to the Lions Foundation
firstname.lastname@example.org. for Canada Dog Guides.
Optimist Club of Ausable Port Franks Fashion Show, May 1
Port Franks Community Centre, 12:00pm—4:00pm. Cost is $10 per
person. The Fashion Show features a number of local vendors.
Grand Bend & Area Studio Tour, May 1 & 2
Coral and Blue are CIB 2010 Colours
Various locations throughout Grand Bend and area, Saturday from
10:00am—6:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am—5:00pm. Spring art
tour highlighting some of Ontario’s finest artists. Free event. For The following flower options make great choices
additional details visit www.grandbendstudiotour.com. for planting the CIB theme colours in your
garden this year.
Grand Bend Public School Presents “High School Musical”
Production, May 3—7 “Adopt a Pot” Flowers: Other Options:
- Proven Winners Superbells - Blue Salvia Victoria
Lambton Shores Communities in Bloom Speaker
- Angelonia Dark Violet - Blue Lobelia
Fundraiser, May 6
- Salmon Geraniums - Blue Asters
Port Franks Community Centre, marketplace begins at 6:00pm,
- Royal Velvet Petunia - Blue Verbena
speaker at 7:00pm. Charlie Dobbin, co-host of HGTV’s “One Garden,
Two Looks” and Communities in Bloom provincial judge will speak - Limey Potato Vine - Coral Impatiens
about “What’s New for 2010”. Tickets are $10.00 in advance, and are - Green Fountain Grass - Diascia Salmon
available from any Communities in Bloom committee representative.