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COBOURG — The Town of Cobourg Recre­ation and Cul­ture Di­vi­sion is pleased to an­nounce the sev­enth an­nual Se­niors’ Ac­tive Liv­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion Fo­rum Friday, hosted by the Cobourg Se­niors’ Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre in part­ner­ship with the Older Adults Cen­tres’ As­so­ci­a­tion of On­tario.

The free event at the Cobourg Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in­cludes more than 40 ex­hibitors who will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion of in­ter­est to se­niors in a fast-paced high-tech so­ci­ety, tack­ling such top­ics as travel, health and fit­ness, es­tate plan­ning and more. As well, lo­cal busi­nesses and non-profit agen­cies will of­fer in­for­ma­tion on lo­cal ser­vices avail­able.

As a spe­cial added fea­tures, sem­i­nars will be held in the rooms ad­join­ing the gym­na­sium. A com­plete list of sem­i­nar top­ics and times can be found at the Cobourg Com­mu­nity Cen­tre’s web­site at­mu­nity-Cen­tre.aspx.

As well, a light lunch and re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

“We are look­ing for­ward to pro­vid­ing our se­nior com­mu­nity with an event that pro­vides valu­able in­for­ma­tion on a wide range of top­ics,” Coun­cil­lor Brian Dar­ling (Co-or­di­na­tor of Parks and Recre­ation Ser­vices) said in the an­nounce­ment.

“I en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to check this free event out.”

The Cobourg Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is lo­cated at 750 D’Arcy St., and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PORT HOPE — Don’t for­get to­mor­row night is the sec­ond an­nual Play It For­ward con­cert, a Re­bound Child and Youth Ser­vices Northum­ber­land ben­e­fit at Port Hope’s Capi­tol The­atre pre­sented by James Bur­ton of In­vestors Group Cobourg.

Northum­ber­land’s own Great­est of Ease opens the show, and Junonom­i­nated coun­try-rock band Am­bush is the head­liner. There will will be door prizes and silent auc­tion, as well as a wine-and­cheese re­cep­tion, with all pro­ceeds to Re­bound.

Tick­ets are $25, avail­able at www. capi­tolthe­, and or­ga­niz­ers are hop­ing to equal the suc­cess of last year’s show — which raised more than $5,500 for lo­cal char­i­ties.

It’s a won­der­ful way to sup­port a great cause, the an­nounce­ment said, and to help Re­bound cel­e­brate their 20th an­niver­sary of help­ing lo­cal youth.

COBOURG — Cobourg Pub­lic Li­brary has its ducks in a row for Li­brary Week, and the fun in­volves all ages.

Pro­gram­ming hap­pens on two fronts Satur­day, when the li­brary vis­its the Har­wood Com­mu­nity Hall dur­ing their monthly pan­cake break­fast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to en­cour­age peo­ple to sign up and check out ma­te­ri­als, and learn more about their mo­bile li­brary ser­vice (a visit they plan to re­peat Nov.4 and Dec. 2). Mean­while, back at the Cobourg branch (200 On­tario St.), their big an­nual book sale is on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The li­brary wel­comes a visit from the Cobourg Po­lice Safety Vil­lage Sun­day from 2 to 4 p.m., which the kids won’t want to miss.

All sorts of sur­prises are in store for li­brary pa­trons Oct. 18, when a re­volv­ing cast of fa­mil­iar faces take turns work­ing the check-out desk for Celebrity Day.

The an­nual Share Your Sto­ries writ­ing con­test will be launched at all three branches (Cobourg, Bewd­ley and Gore’s Land­ing) on Oct. 19.

Boomers aged 55-plus are in­vited to their reg­u­lar Friday pro­gram Boomers and Be­yond, which starts at 10 a.m. — this week’s theme is Books and Brains.

And on Oct. 21, fans of CBC’s Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies will want to take ad­van­tage of the chance to see the au­thor of the books from which the show was adapted. Mau­reen Jen­nings will be at the li­brary at 2 p.m, and reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired.

For more in­for­ma­tion on li­brary pro­gram­ming, visit the web­site or call 905-372-9271.

COBOURG — Not many sports bill them­selves as suit­able for play­ers aged eight to 80, but the Cobourg Bad­minton Club is an ex­cep­tion..

Af­fil­i­ated with the On­tario Bad­mintonAs­so­ci­a­tion,they­payon six courts in the south gym­na­sium at Cobourg Col­le­giate Institute Mon­days and Wed­nes­days from 7 to 10 p.m. through the end of April (with the ex­cep­tion of school hol­i­days), and their new sea­son is just be­gin­ning.

Play­ers of all ages are wel­come to sign up for ei­ther com­pet­i­tive play or just for fun and fit­ness.

The in­vi­ta­tion is out to bring your rac­quet and run­ning shoes to play as a guest for a $5 fee. Or you may wish to en­rol for the sea­son at $80 per per­son.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. cobourg­bad­minton­ or call Diana at 905-342-2620.

PORT HOPE — Port Hope Fall Fair pres­i­dent Con­nie Martinell summed up the 2017 fair as sun, fun and agri­cul­ture tak­ing cen­tre stage.

No doubt, she said in a re­cent press re­lease, the beau­ti­ful weather en­cour­aged the great turn-out to en­joy the horse show, horse pulls, beef and dairy shows, truck pulls, live en­ter­tain­ment, ex­hibitor dis­plays, vin­tage cars and the ev­er­pop­u­lar demo derby.

“It is not only the com­mu­nity that makes this a great event, but the ded­i­ca­tion of our vol­un­teer board of directors and as­so­ciate directors,” she said.

The fair takes place on mu­nic­i­pal­ity grounds but is a prod­uct of the Port Hope and District Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing agri­cul­tural aware­ness.

“There are many peo­ple who come to­gether to en­sure the fair is a suc­cess ev­ery year, and this year was no ex­cep­tion — our vol­un­teers joined forces to put on a spec­tac­u­lar week­end for our com­mu­nity.,” Con­nie said.

Thanks also go to the many spon­sors who do­nated time and money to sup­port the var­i­ous events.

Mean­while, plan­ning has be­gun on the 187th an­nual fair for Sept. 14 to 16, 2018. The theme is Coun­try Roots and Cow­boy Boots.

NORTHUM­BER­LAND — The Ga­naraska Chords­men (some­times known as the Ga­naraskals) rated a men­tion in the Septem­ber edi­tion of the Tril­lium — Talk­ing Bar­ber­shop in On­tario news­let­ter.

Un­der the head­ing Bar­ber­shop Floods the Air­waves in Northum­ber­land, ku­dos are of­fered to On­tario’s new­est chap­ter for their great mar­ket­ing idea. Each Thurs­day at 7:30 a.m., their Northum­ber­land 89.7 ra­dio show The Acapella Fel­las broad­casts bar­ber­shop and a cap­pella melodies to those lis­ten­ers at home and en route to work.

The news­let­ter also had sad news, re­port­ing that the Shaken Not Stirred en­sem­ble has hung up their tuxe­dos after al­most 10 years of en­ter­tain­ment and com­pe­ti­tion in Canada and the US. Lo­cal au­di­ences may re­mem­ber them from the Ga­naraskals’ 2016 show in Port Hope as guests on the bill.

If you are in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the Ga­naraskals (per­haps with a view to join­ing), they wel­come new mem­bers of all ages, men of any age who love to sing. Their meet­ing place has re­cently changed, and you can find them each Tues­day from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hamil­ton Town­ship Mu­tual In­surance Build­ing, 1085 Elgin St. W.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Rick at 289-829-0901 or email gold­en­throat@hot­ Around Town ap­pears weekly, and wel­comes your news. If you have in­for­ma­tion of in­ter­est, con­tact Ce­cilia Nasmith at 905-372-0131 ext. 314 or at cna­smith@post­ or twit­­na­smith.


Au­thor Ge­off Tay­lor (seated) is seen with Lou Pa­menter of Furby House Books at a re­cent au­thor's evening at the Port Hope Pub­lic Li­brary. A ca­pac­ity crowd of 65 turned out to hear Tay­lor dis­cuss his novel Tom Thom­son's Last Bonfire, set over 24 hours be­tween the time the artist was pulled from Ca­noe Lake and his first fu­neral.

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