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ROTARY Club BOOK FAIR: Children’s books needed, all ages, for the Tillsonburg Rotary Club Book Fair, Oct. 18-20, at The Town Centre mall in Tillsonburg. Also pocket and hard-cover novels. Call 519-842-4565 if you have books to donate.
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: There is currently an urgent need for blood donors in Oxford County. Please schedule an appointment if you’re eligible to donate at the Tillsonburg Community Centre on Friday, Sept. 7, 2-8 p.m. To book a group donation or info session contact kristen. email@example.com or 519-690-3913. To schedule an individual appointment visit blood.ca, download the giveblood app, or call 1-888-2-DONATE.
WAR OF 1812 RE-ENACTMENT: The War of 1812 comes to life at Backus Heritage Conservation Area Sept. 8-9 during the annual re-enactment event. Up to 200 soldiers and settlers set up camp in the Heritage Village. Visitors can learn first-hand by talking with soldiers and civilians about what happened in Upper Canada during the War. Activities take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event includes military and civilian encampments, cannon and musket firing, drills, demonstrations, children’s minimilitia and Sutlers Row. Battle re-enactments staged at 2 p.m. each day. Contact Backus Heritage Conservation Area at 519-586-2201 ext 228 for more details.
LARGE INDOOR SALE: Theatre Tillsonburg is having a Giant Costume Clearing Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Otter Valley Playhouse on Potters Road, Tillsonburg. Items include clothing, used and vintage, including fur coats, wedding dresses, long gowns, men’s and ladies suits and much more. Prices will be low - most items just a dollar or two. Think ahead for Halloween!
ANNUAL STEAK BBQ: Saturday, Sept. 8, serving dinner from 5-8 p.m. at the Tillsonburg Community Centre Lions Auditorium, 45 Hardy Ave. Support the Tillsonburg Volunteer Firefighters Association! Tickets $25. Minors allowed - free hot dogs for children under 12. For tickets contact any Tillsonburg firefighter or message Tillsonburg Fire and Rescue Services Facebook page.
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH YARD
SALE: Saturday, Sept. 8, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 60 Young Street, Tillsonburg. Food available. Rain or shine.
Large Yard Sale: A large yard sale with proceeds to local charities. Something for everyone at 19 Trottier Drive, Tillsonburg, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. Sponsored by Mu Zeta Sorority, Tillsonburg.
WINGS & WHEELS FAMILY FUN
DAY: Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association’s annual Wings & Wheels Family Fun Day is Saturday, Sept. 8 (rain date Sept. 9) at the Tillsonburg Regional Airport from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission by donation. Bring your vintage vehicle to be part of the event or drop by to view the collection of vintage cars and aircraft. Harvard Rides will be available (weather permitting). Contact the Backseat Ride Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to book a flight.
VINTAGE CAR SHOW AND DRIVEIN MOVIE: When was the last time you were at the drive-in? Come out to C.A.R.S. Inc. on Saturday, Sept. 8 (rescheduled from Aug. 25 due to rain) for a Vintage Car Show and Drive-In, at 7 Rouse Street West, Tillsonburg. All cars and trucks welcome! Spectators welcome by donation! Bring your own lawn chair, or watch the movie in your vintage car. Car show from 5-8 p.m. Vehicle registration 5-7 p.m., $10 per vehicle. Drive-In vehicle spots reserved for car show participants. Judging 7-7:30 p.m., awards 7:30-8 p.m., food and vendors 5-8:30 p.m. Silent auction. The movie, Grease, starts at dusk (about) 8 p.m. Sponsored by C.A.R.S. Inc. and Annandale National Historic Site. For more information call 519842-2284.
FRIESIAN HORSE DAY: Come on out for an afternoon of fun and see the Friesian Horses shine on Saturday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. at the Tillsonburg fairgrounds. Entrance fee $5. All proceeds from this year’s Horse Show will be donated to Sunrise, a therapeutic riding and learning centre.
CHICKEN BBQ: Join us at the Teeterville Legion for ‘the best chicken BBQ around’ on Saturday, Sept. 8. Quarter chicken dinner $10 or half chicken dinner $13. Includes fries, coleslaw, bread, coffee. Serving 5-7 p.m. or until sold out. The Wagner Memorial Teeterville Legion, Branch 526, 3890 Teeterville Road. For more information call the Teeterville Legion 519-443-558.
TOBACCO TROUBADOR: The Tillsonburg Legion presents the Tobacco Troubadour at 2 p.m. Songs and stories about tobacco and Norfolk County with J.P. Paul Riemens, Alison and Darin Schott. Delhi Tobacco Museum display. Pre-book launch of When Tobacco was King by author Paul Allen. Tickets in advance $25, includes door prize draw of Limited Edition Signed Prints by Irene Anderson. Tickets at the Legion or Delhi Tobacco Museum. For more information call 519-842-5281.
OTTER VALLEY NATURALISTS: Meet Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m. at Annandale House, 30 Tillson Ave., Tillsonburg. Note the new location. Katherine Balpataky, Water Canada Editor presents Great Things for Great Lakes. Despite the many challenges our Great Lakes face, there are some promising initiatives that stand to have a positive impact for the environment and economy.
CANADIAN TAI CHI ACADEMY
OPEN HOUSE: Monday, Sept.
10, 9-10 a.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7-8 p.m. at Avondale United Church, 60 Harvey Street, Tillsonburg. Email tillsonburg@ canadiantaichiacademy.org or see www.canadiantaichiacademy.org for more information. CRICUT CRAFT Club AT TILLSONBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY: Come on out to the Cricut Craft Club! Bring your iPad or laptop and follow along with the facilitator who will demonstrate Cricut projects using Design Space (or other sites). Then, take your knowledge and try out the project at home. This is a great opportunity to expand your crafting network and share ideas with other creators! Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 10. This is a free, drop-in program geared towards adults (teens also welcome).
DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP: Would you like to meet with other people affected by diabetes to discuss your concerns or questions? Come to the Diabetic Support Group for an opportunity to learn, share and explore many different topics in a safe and friendly environment. This month’s topic is Laughing Yoga Chair. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1-2:30 p.m. in the TDMH volunteer association conference room. Registration required, call 519842-3611 (ext 5362).
Diabetes education Program: Busting the Diet Myth, an eight-week Weight-Loss Starter Program. Each week we will discuss various topics to help you understand how your body works, information based on up-todate scientific research, how to make lifestyle changes that work for you, and get an action plan you can start implementing right away. Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 11 through to Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m. Meet in the TDMH assembly room. Registration required, call 519-842-3611 Ext. 5362. Limited to 20 participants.
book Launch: Book launch for When Tobacco Was King by Paul E. Allen. Whether you are a farmer or were a farmer, worked in tobacco, or heard the stories, the Tillsonburg Legion invites you to meet Paul at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. Book foreword by Mayor Stephen Molnar. Purchase Paul’s book for only $25! For more information call 519-842-5281.
tai chi open house: Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi Tillsonburg Club invites you to a Taoist Tai Chi Open House on Friday, Sept. 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. You can begin classes at any time. Taoist Tai Chi can help you improve circulation, strength and balance, reduce stress, and focus on the wellbeing of your body, mind and spirit. Classroom is located on the lower level of St. Paul’s United Church, 88 Bidwell, Tillsonburg. Call 519-4280313 or email email@example.com for more information.
Tapas night: Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Tapas Night on Friday, Sept. 14. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m., Tapas 7-10 p.m. Live entertainment form 8-10 p.m. at Carriage Hall, 25 Brock Street West. $50 per reservation or after Sept. 7, $60 per reservation. Open to the public, there are only 120 in-advance reservations available. To secure your reservation contact Suzanne Renken at suzanne@ tillsonburgchamber.ca or 519-6883737.
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Opener: Norwich Merchants open the 2018/19 junior hockey season Friday, Sept. 14 against the Wellesley Apple Jacks and we have live bands. Prior to the game, The Small Town Girls hit the stage at 6 p.m., with Mackenzie Leigh Meyer taking the stage after the game. Licensed beer garden and two food truck options. Be sure to join us!
Otterville civil war reenactment: Civil War skirmishes Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Woodlawn House and Railway Station. Camps are open to the public on Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from 10-3. Candle light tour Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Food available at the food booth on site. Hosted by the South Norwich Historical Society and Canadians in the Grand Army of the Republic. Admission by donation.
Paddy stones at the copper mug: Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 p.m. Celebrate ‘Half-Way to St. Patrick’s Day’ with Rick Kyle and Dan Dubee performing your favourite Irish, Scottish, East Coast shanties and Pub songs. Great sing a long tunes. Serving green beer!
messy church: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to noon. The theme is ‘All Creatures Great and Small.’ Crafts, games, music and a special visit from Laurel Beechey and her educational baby skunk, Shimmering Hope. Lunch to follow. All welcome. Children accompanied by an adult please.
chicken barbeque: St. Paul’s United Church Tillsonburg will be holding a Chicken Barbeque on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. at St Paul’s United Church, 88 Bidwell Street. Cost is $16 for half a chicken including delicious homemade pies for dessert. Children 12-and-under $9, 5-years-and-under free. For tickets call the church office 519688-0011 or Harley 519-842-8519. Takeout available! Please consider supporting our dinner as it is a fundraiser for our youth projects.
Tillsonburg & District historical society: General Meeting, 7 p.m. at Annandale National Historic Site, Corner Gallery, 2nd Floor. Guest speaker, Jim Mabee, long-time member of the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society, will be telling the story of the town’s gardeners at his Blooming Tillsonburg presentation. Refreshments to follow. Everyone welcome!
Job Fair: All job seekers welcome on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2-6 p.m. at the Lions Auditorium, 45 Hardy Ave., Tillsonburg. Meet local employers and discover job opportunities available now. Employers are invited to register a booth by contacting Maureen Vanderberghe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-842-9008 ext 270. Employers please register no later than Sept. 7. Sponsored by Tillsonburg Multi-Service Centre and the Town of Tillsonburg.
130th Langton FALL Fair: The 130th Langton Fall Fair is Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Langton Arena and Sports Complex. Parade at 11 a.m. with opening ceremonies to follow. Adult and school exhibits, Baby Show, Car Show, Tobacco Hand-Tying Contest, Junior Talent Contest, etc. Noon luncheon at the Community Center. Admission - adults $4 or free with $5 membership. Children free. For further info, vendor info, or prize lists call 519-875-2973 or 519-8752559.
Diabetes education Program: Meet and greet Julie McConkey-Barks (dietitian) and Kim Brown-Morris (social worker) will be at the DEP Information Booth at The Tillsonburg Town Centre mall on Thursday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 Broadway.
st. John’s Fall concerts: St. John’s Anglican Church Otterville is pleased to present a series of Fall Concerts. All start at 7 p.m. and are free-will offering. Friday, Sept. 21 Stiff Family Bluegrass Gospel; Friday, Oct. 12 Eduard Klassen Paraguayan Harpist; Friday, Nov. 16 Lynn Valley Voices; Friday, Dec. 7 Christopher Norton Jazzy Christmas.
karaoke at the copper mug: Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:30 pm.- 1:30 a.m. Join us for a lively night of singing and dancing! Hosted by Karaoke Canada. Sing solo or in groups. Great fun and friendship!
Hooked on music: St. Paul’s United Church, 88 Bidwell, continues its Hooked On Music concert series. The next concert is Sunday, September 23 at 2:30 p.m. Andrew Martin will bring his 70’s Revolution, highlighting some of the greatest hits of the 1970s. Tickets $25 available from Helen in the church office (519688-0011) or Dianne Parnell (519688-3280).
All For him: Join us for a great hour of music and worship lead by the group All For Him, Sept. 23, at Church of Living Water, 5 Rouse St., Tillsonburg, just south of the traffic circle on Vienna Road. Starts at 6 p.m.
Historical Tillsonburg: Laurel Beechey’s Historical Tillsonburg Power Points will be presented at 2 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Tillsonburg Retirement Residence, 183 Rolph Street. Free, but a donation to the food bank appreciated. Refreshments to follow. Learn how the Tillsons settled and built an empire here and meet some fascinating settlers and characters. Questions? Call Laurel at 519-8429416.
Family tree nuts genealogy club: Wish you knew how to find your ancestors’ records? Good news! The Family Tree Nuts Genealogy Club is here! Meetings will be held on the last Tuesday of every month from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Program Room at the Tillsonburg Public Library. Each month will feature a different speaker, presentation, or topic pertaining to genealogical research or local history. All sessions are free and drop-in; only come for the presentations that fit your interests! Fall meeting dates are Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 27.
gems girls club: Registration at 7 p.m. for girls ages 8-13 years old at Christian Reform Church, 150 Concession Street West. An opportunity to be guided to act justly, walk humbly and to love mercy. Fun with songs, crafts and other activities to demonstrate Love For Jesus. Contact Georgie at 519-866-5543 or email email@example.com. The program has trained leaders.
Elaine Cougler: The Rebellion That Never Happened - A Presentation by Elaine Cougler on Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. at the Tillsonburg Public Library. As part of Oxford Reads, the library welcomes Elaine Cougler, author of The Loyalist Trilogy. Elaine will be speaking about a 19th century rebellion in Oxford County, as well as her novels, research, and writing process. Please contact the library to reserve your space 519-842-5571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the numerous Oxford Reads events happening across the Oxford County Library system, visit ocl.net and check the Program Calendar for listings, or call the library.
Tillsonburg Legion Spaghetti Dinner: Tillsonburg Legion’s Spaghetti Dinner from 5-6 p.m. $10 and Country Dance from 7-10 p.m. $10, music by Wally Maggs, Dale Rivard, and Dave Oliver. Tickets for both dinner and dance $20. All Welcome. For more info call 8425281.
saxonia Oktoberfest: Friday, Sept. 28th Rock the Sax (Saxonia Hall in Aylmer) featuring Shoot From The Hip, a Tragically Hip tribute band. Tickets $15. Food available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Walter Ostanek. Tickets $35, sit-down dinner. Advanced tickets required. Doors open Saturday 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. Celebrate with the polka king. Craft beer and German dance groups both nights. For tickets and info 519-773-5271.
st. Paul’s Pa Day Camp: Fall is coming and, once again, St. Paul’s is offering their PA day camp, presenting the theme F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely on God). We will have games, music, crafts, good snacks and story time and we always have a nice surprise for the children. The first PA day is Sept. 28. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the camp runs till 4 p.m. Cost is $10 per child for the day. You provide lunch - we provide drinks and snack. Space is limited so pre-register by phoning St. Paul’s at 519-6880011.
harvest Friendship Dinner: St. John’s Anglican Church, Tillsonburg, hosted by Anglican Women and Youth at 5:30 p.m. Menu features BBQ Smoked Pork Chop, Roasted Vegetables, Baked Beans and Apple Crisp. Advance tickets only $25 (519550-3955).
Club Oxford hockey: Club Oxford Hockey is accepting registrations for the upcoming season. Forms are available at the Source for Sports store in Tillsonburg. The “Rookie Skate” for new players will be Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. on the Community rink. This full equipment, no-body contact scrimmage will be for 1.5 hours. There is a $10 fee per player for ice time. Participants must be pre-registered. More league details are available at cluboxfordhockey.ca.
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Tillsonburg All Candidates Debate: Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce is hosting an All Candidates Debate in advance of the municipal election on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Lions Auditorium, Tillsonburg Community Centre, 45 Hardy Avenue. Everyone welcome.
Fall Psychic and Wellness show: Tillsonburg Legion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twelve Psychic Mediums booking 20-minute readings for $30 each, by appointment only on that day. Main Hall packed with vendors. Free admission. Lunch available by Ladies Auxiliary Branch 153. Cash only. For more information call 519-842-5281.
Dinner with Andy robertshaw: Tillsonburg Military History Club presents A Dinner Evening with Andy Robertshaw Finding the Fallen - The Recovery of WWI Soldier Remains and Artifacts, on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 153, Tillsonburg. Reception 6 p.m. and Roast Beef Dinner 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Sponsored by Tillsonburg Military History Club, Tillsonburg & District Historical Society and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 153. Tickets available at the Legion office, Annandale Museum, and Station Arts Centre. Ticket sales end Oct. 12.