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