Cul­tural Cen­ter Putting on a New Face?

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

TheS­tanstead Cul­tural and Recre­ational Cen­ter has or­ga­nized their sec­ond an­nual com­edy show, sched­uled for June 11, 2011 at The Haskell Opera House. Last year’s event re­ceived very pos­i­tive feed­back, so three Mon­treal comics are re­turn­ing this sum­mer.

Andrew Sear­les will be MC at this year’s event. Also ap­pear­ing will be comics Neil Janna and Mike Pat­ter­son. The tick­ets are re­ally affordable and can be pur­chased at Haskell Li­brary, Proxim, and Mil­lie’s Restau­rant. Sear­les is a truly funny guy, and if you have any doubts you can watch a few of his com­edy videos on his web­site at www.an­drewsear­les.com. As hu­mour is of­ten sub­jec­tive, it should be noted this event is rated ‘ma­ture’, so the web videos may help in­ter­ested par­ties de­cide whether they want to at­tend. The com­edy show will be fol­lowed by an af­ter show party at Check­point Char­lie’s. The co­me­di­ans will be in at­ten­dance, so the laughs will con­tinue. Those hold­ing show tick­ets will re­ceive a two-forone drink coupon.

Pa­trick Gau­thier, co­or­di­na­tor for the Cul­tural Cen­ter, spoke with me briefly about some of the up­com­ing projects and the wider fo­cus the Cen­ter wishes to de­velop in town. It ap­pears many have a per­cep­tion of the Cen­ter as cater­ing to chil­dren ac­tiv­i­ties only. Gau­thier claims this isn’t so, as many of their projects cater to adults. He states their goal is to get peo­ple out to have fun in their com­mu­nity, young and old alike. He spoke of or­ga­niz­ing, in ad­di­tion to the com­edy show, a Mur­der Mys­tery event geared to­ward adults. For chil­dren they have their reg­u­lar events and classes, in­clud­ing home­work club, where they hope get­ting chil­dren to­gether in the af­ter­noons will help em­pha­size their sense of com­mu­nity.

The Cen­ter is at­tempt­ing to reach out to more adults in the com­mu­nity, and Mr. Gau­thier spoke fur­ther about their de­sire to of­fer sup­port to those res­i­dents of Stanstead who have ideas or projects they wish to get off the ground. The Cen­ter is will­ing to help sup­port and pro­mote res­i­dents in run­ning their own ac­tiv­i­ties, projects or groups. The Cen­ter sees part of its’ role as of­fer­ing a plat­form from which lo­cal res­i­dents can launch their own ac­tiv­i­ties, and any­one in­ter­ested in sug­gest­ing or start­ing a new pro­ject is strongly en­cour­aged to con­tact the Cul­tural Cen­ter at (819) 704-0660.

Stanstead faces chal­lenges, as any town does, but there is no rea­son we can­not en­joy our­selves with friends and neigh­bours when the op­por­tu­ni­ties present them­selves. Our Cul­tural and Recre­ational Cen­ter is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing more ac­tiv­i­ties of in­ter­est to all town res­i­dents to en­sure ev­ery­one who wants to get out and en­joy their com­mu­nity has am­ple op­por­tu­nity to do so. Be­cause in­volve­ment in these events is the pri­mary source of in­come for the fund­ing of other events, lack of par­tic­i­pa­tion only lim­its our own recre­ational re­sources, so we en­cour­age res­i­dents to take part in the Cen­ter’s events and classes when­ever pos­si­ble.

Mem­phrem­a­gogCon­ser­va­tion Inc. has or­ga­nized two free ac­tiv­i­ties this month. To­mor­row, April 21st, at 7:00 pm at the Austin Town Hall, bi­ol­o­gist Edith Smeesters will present a con­fer­ence about re­spon­si­ble con­sumerism. “The prob­lems af­fect­ing our planet are nu­mer­ous. How­ever, we can all do lit­tle things that make a real dif­fer­ence and can also save us money! Why not start at home, in the house or in the yard. Many of the prod­ucts we use are harm­ful to the en­vi­ron­ment and to our health. Al­ter­na­tives ex­ist. We can clean the whole home with­out pol­lut­ing with prod­ucts such as vine­gar, bak­ing soda and or­di­nary soap. Ac­tu­ally, there are a mul­ti­tude of ways that peo­ple can re­duce their eco­log­i­cal foot­print on the planet,” com­mented Ms. Smeesters.

A sec­ond ac­tiv­ity, a free screen­ing of the movie “So­lu­tions lo­cales pour un dé­sor­dre global”, will take place at the Austin Town Hall, 2:00 pm on Satur­day, April 30th.

Any­one who reg­is­ters their pres­ence for ei­ther of these ac­tiv­i­ties, by call­ing Josianne Pouliot at 819 843-2388, will be el­i­gi­ble for a door prize.

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