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Blood donation: Canadian Blood Services in Sudbury is requesting that new and existing blood donors book an appointment to give life before or immediately after the Victoria Day long weekend. There are still more than 300 lifesaving appointments to fill in Sudbury before the end of the month. The Sudbury blood donor centre at 944 Barrydowne Rd. is open Mondays and Thursdays (including Victoria Day) from 3 to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interested donors can learn more about their eligibility and/ or book an appointment by downloading the GiveBlood app or visiting blood.ca.
Museum: A fan-built replica of Optimus Prime from the Transformers movie series will highlight the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre’s season-opening Big Truck Meet Up, to be held in Capreol on May 18. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Beginning May 18, the museum at 26 Bloor St. in Capreol is open seven days a from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.normhc.ca or email [email protected] normhc.ca.
Art: The new artist from the emerging artist program at Artists on Elgin is Kate Rutherford. Her landscape paintings depict places where reality and imagination merge. They originated in photos or memories of real places and she used abstraction on varying degrees to create new destinations that reflect some of her emotional landscape. They are paintbrush meditations and escapes for a restless mind. You can view Rutherford’s landscape paintings in the sun walk at Science North until July.
Theatre: Part One of Geography of Fire / La Furie et sa geographie, a new play about the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, is getting its first-ever presentation at the Sudbury Theatre Centre at 2 p.m. Written and produced by two-time Governor-General Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy, the play dramatizes four months leading up to Sept.13, 1759 - the pivotal battle that changed the course of North American history. The play features 19 actors, most of them from Greater Sudbury, and 12 life-size papier mache animals created by Copper Cliff artist Suzanne McCrae. Tickets are available at
Music: The theme for May’s Keys to the Library concert is modern music and the guitar. Jason Daoust will play an interesting cross-section of music from traditional pieces to modern music. Join us at the Mackenzie Street library on May 18 at 1 p.m. to hear Daoust. This is a monthly fundraising event to raise money to purchase a piano for the library.
Art: The Northern Artist Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibitor for the month of May will be artist Kelly Barbosa. Her exhibit will showcase her love for oceanic creatures and can be viewed at Artists on Elgin, 168 Elgin St., from May 1-31. Artists on Elgin is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Art: The Art Gallery of Sudbury’s 49th-annual juried exhibition – Emergence – featuring 71 works from students across Greater Sudbury from Grades 9 through 12, is now being shown. This juried exhibition represents a cross-section of artistic development in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography and mixed media, and has been an annual exhibition at the Art Gallery of Sudbury since the 1970s. This year’s exhibition is juried by regional artists who are active in Sudbury’s artist community: Sydney Rose, Rosie Maddock, and Alexandra Berens-Firth. Works from secondary school students of the Rainbow District School Board, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, le Conseil Scolaire Publique du Grand Nord de l’Ontario and le Conseil Scolaire Catholique du Nouvel-Ontario are on display until June 2. Admission is by donation. The Art Gallery of Sudbury is located at 251 John St. and is open 10 a.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.artsudbury.org, or call 705675-4871.
Art sale: La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, 174 Elgin St., has a wide variety of items to sell as a result of a basement clean-up. There are small, medium and large frames, art magazines and books, paintings and random items. Everything must go. Items will be available to purchase 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday until May 22.