CULTURE: Writers will explore the Italian presence in Canada during a conference slated for this weekend in Sudbury. The Italian Studies section of the Department of Modern Languages at Laurentian University and the Association of Italian Canadian Writers are presenting the event to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, The conference, with speakers from throughout Canada and elsewhere, will feature academic papers and literary readings that deal with the themes of origins, acculturation and aspirations in Italian-Canadian literature and culture. There will also be a book exhibit of the authors' presenting. The proceedings will take place at the Societa Caruso on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and at Laurentian University on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room C114. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Paul Colilli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEALTH: Health Sciences North Foundation is partnering with Tim Hortons for the annual smile cookie campaign from Sept. 11-17. For one week only, you can help support quality health care in our community when you buy the iconic chocolate chunk cookie with blue eyes and a pink smile for just $1 plus tax at participating Tim Hortons restaurants across Sudbury. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from either of the Tim Hortons locations at HSN and a portion of the proceeds from other Tim Hortons locations in the region will support HSN's priority needs.
TAOIST TAI CHI: A beginner class and free introductory class is now being offered. Learn Taoist Tai Chi in four months. The cost is $120 for seniors and $145 for adults. The first class is free. For a class near you, call 705-688-0111 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. For more information, visit www.taoist.org or @Sudbury.TaiChi on Facebook.
HEALTH: The Alzheimer Coffee Break, a national fundraising campaign, runs from September to November. The Alzheimer Society calls on businesses in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts to get involved by hosting events at their offices to serve coffee, tea, juice or desserts and fundraise by selling coffee-cup cutouts, provided by the society, for $1 each. Dressdown days are also encouraged as a simple and easy fundraiser. To register as a host, call the Alzheimer Society at 705-560-0603. For more information, visit www. alzheimercoffeebreak.ca.
LUNCHEON: A luncheon goes 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the ParkSide Centre on Durham Street. Entertainment by Country Classic. Admission is $8.
MUSIC: After recording her new album in Nashville at The House of Blues Studios and Ocean Way Studios with Juno- and CCMAaward winner Crystal Shawanda (as her producer) and featuring DeWayne Strobel, the time has finally come for Jo Po's release party. Members featured on album include Dave Roe, Sandy Genarro, Louis Flip Winfield and engineer Owen Louis. The CD release party will be held at the Sudbury Theatre Centre on Shaughnessy Street at 7:30 p.m. JoPo & The RiZe will perform, featuring Ben Wardo on stand-up bass, JP Gignac on violin, Josh Turnbull on drums and John Newlands on keys/electric guitar. Featured guests include Johnny Williams and Gary Beers. Tickets will be $35, which includes a copy of the CD.
ART: Art: The GNO, 174 Elgin St., welcomes the Z'otz* Collective, who will create a new ephemeral mural on one of the gallery's indoor walls during the Up Here music and public art festival. Evicted from the anthill is on display from Aug. 19 to Sept. 28. The gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 12-6 p.m. and Thursday and Friday form 12-7 p.m. Entry is free. For more information, go to gn-o.org.
DANCE: Argentine tango sessions go 8-9:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 209 at the Moose Hall on Frood Road. Admission is $3/person. New to Argentine tango? Come out and learn. MUSIC: The Troubadours choir is recruiting singers of all ages. Rehearsals are held Mondays 6:45-9 p.m. The working language is French. For more information, call Nicole Teddy at 705-566-9926.