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Alan Halberstadt

Young Girls Can Find That Perfect Dress at New Beginnings Event March 14, 2015

Posted February 22, 2015 @ 12:29PM

New Beginnings "Say Yes to the Prom Dress" event is here again to help young girls find that perfect dress!

For one day only girls will be able to browse their selection of over 1,000 prom and graduation dresses ranging in size from 0-26 that they can wear to their special spring event.

The "Say Yes to the Prom Dress" event takes place at New Beginnings, 1015 Highland Ave. Windsor, on Saturday March 14thfrom 10 a.m. to 2 pm. It is FREE and open to the public… don’t worry fitting rooms are available to ensure it’s a perfect fit!

Since its inception seven years ago the "Say Yes to the Dress" event has helped over 900 young women find the dress of their dreams. All dresses are either new or gently used and are donated by local retailers and individuals.

Dress donations can be dropped off at their Janette Ave site office (1049 Janette Ave.) Monday – Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm.  For more information on donating dresses please contact Myles Soulliere, Program Manager at 519.254.2363 x416.

New Beginnings Essex County opened its doors in 1971 and provides services to children, youth and families of Windsor and Essex County. For more information about New Beginnings and the programs we offer please visit our website at www.newbeginningswindsor.com


by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Annual Vegas Night Dinner, Feb. 21, 2015 at the Kingsville Arena

Posted February 9, 2015 @ 12:55PM

It’s that time of year again and the Knights of Columbus Council 8233 and the Town of Kingsville is hosting their Annual Vegas Night Dinner and Auction on Saturday February 21 2015 at the Kingsville Arena.  Casino style games begin at 4:30 pm using Vegas Dollars, followed by Dinner Buffet and cash bar at 7 pm.

This year guests will also enjoy complimentary wine tasting, a complimentary glass of Wine and Hors D’oeuvres before dinner while trying their luck at the many Casino Games. 

The Auction starts at 9 pm where guests use their Vegas Dollars they have won at the games to bet on over 100 items.  The Auction is the highlight of the evening featuring great prizes including Family Hotel getaways, Caesars Windsor overnight stay, tickets to the Coliseum and a $100 meal voucher, Back Yard Big Screen Movie, Hockey Registration and so much more.

Tickets are only $50 per person, or $350 for a table of 8.  Proceeds from this event will be directed towards Kingsville’s Mettawas Park Development Project. For more information or to reserve your tickets please call 519-733-2123.


by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Winter Owl Prowls – What a Hoot! Feb. 5 and 11, 2015

Posted January 19, 2015 @ 10:07PM

It’s that time of year again - time to listen for owls at a woodlot near you! Shake off that cabin fever and enjoy an evening learning about the owls of Ontario, their adaptations, calls, and behaviour, presented by Caroline Biribauer, Outreach Coordinator with the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA).  

Weather permitting, participants will take a guided walk through the woods looking and listening for owls. 

“We’ve been hosting these winter Owl Prowls for many years now, and they have been selling out at our maximum capacity every year,” Biribauer says.  “To hear an owl hooting on a still winter’s night is nothing short of magical.  Then to be lucky enough to see one, that’s an experience with nature that one doesn’t soon forget.”

The public can choose between two Owl Prowl evenings: 
-Thursday, February 5, 2015:   7-9 pm at Camp Cedarwin Scout Camp
-Wednesday, February 11, 2015:  7-9 pm at Holiday Beach Conservation Area

The cost for each event is $5 per person, or $12/family.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  For the Camp Cedarwin Owl Prowl, please go to https://cedarwinowlprowl.eventbrite.ca.   For tickets for the Holiday Beach Owl Prowl, please go to http://owlprowlholidaybeach.eventbrite.ca

For more information, please contact Caroline at cbiribauer@erca.orgor 519-776-5209, ext. 245.  Since 1973, the Essex Region Conservation Authority has served as a community-based organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and managing the natural resources of the Essex Region.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Winter Bites Restaurant Week January 12 to 18, 2015

Posted January 7, 2015 @ 12:03AM

Winter is here and that means Winter Bites Restaurant Week is back!

During Winter Bites Restaurant Week, January 12 to January 18, 2015, diners can visit participating restaurants and indulge in a 3-course meal starting at only $10.

Participants can dine on prix-fixe menus with $10, $15, $25 or $35 options. Each restaurant will offer a unique Winter Bites menu where diners can select from a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts.

“We're excited to once again be showcasing local eateries through Winter Bites Restaurant Week in what has become a highly anticipated event,” explains Adriano Ciotoli, co-owner of WindsorEats, a food and drink companion for Windsor-Essex. “The week not only gives customers great value at some of the regions favourite restaurants, but, it also provides an economic boost for those restaurants in what is traditionally a slower time.”

Participating including Oxley Estate Winery, Rino's Kitchen, Tropical Hut Phillipine Cuisine, Lorelei's Bistro and more! The Windsor Club will also be participating, opening their doors to the public for the week long event.

Winter Bites Restaurant Week is more than just dinner!

This year, enjoy unique events as part of the Winter Bites festivities. On Saturday, January 17, join in on a Drinks of Walkerville walking prior to a dinner out. The Drinks of Walkerville tour was recently selected as an Ontario Signature Experience.

Also, Mezzo Ristorante & Lounge is hosting a Vegan Brunch on Sunday, January 18 as part of the Winter Bites festivities to complement their vegan options throughout the week.

A complete listing of participating restaurants and menus can be found at www.winterbites.ca

Guests are encouraged to use the #WinterBites2015 hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Reservations are recommended to ensure a seating upon your arrival. The meals are per person and do not include beverages, taxes or tip.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Practice the 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety

Posted December 12, 2014 @ 9:49AM

Windsor Fire Chief Bruce Montone has a holiday wish and he needs your help to make it come true.

"I’m wishing for a fire-free holiday season this year,” said Chief Montone. “But I need you to make this wish come true!”

While fire can happen anywhere, at anytime, it most often strikes when we let our guard down—when we’re distracted by the hustle and bustle of the holidays, by the telephone, by the kids or by the doorbell. All it takes is for a pot to be left on the stove, or a burning candle left unattended, and a family’s holiday celebrations can turn to tragedy.

“Consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles,” continued Chief Montone. “Never leave cooking unattended, drink responsibly, and keep a close eye on those who do not.”

Windsor Fire & Rescue Services also reminds you that it’s the law to maintain working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. Everyone is urged to take a few minutes to test their smoke alarms and install new batteries if needed. If your home has a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage, it’s now the law to have a working carbon monoxide alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the homeas well.

The holidays are a time when friends and family visit. Have a home fire escape plan with two ways out and make sure everyone is familiar with the plan.

For more holiday season fire safety tips, visit www.ontario.ca/firemarshal.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Help Stuff A Stocking For A Senior

Posted December 5, 2014 @ 1:16PM

Amherstburg Community Services 2nd Annual “Stuff a stocking for a Senior”

Please join us in bringing Christmas cheer to our seniors!

We are collecting the following items:

  • Homemade Cards with a holiday message
  • Personal hygiene items soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, brushes, socks, gloves
  • Small boxes of chocolates, candies, cookies, etc.
  • Gift baqs or boxes to put the items in for seniors

Amherstburg Community Services would be pleased to distribute these items to their clients in Amherstburg, LaSalle, Harrow and McGregor. *please drop off by December 12, 2014.

For more information call 519-736-5471

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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4th Annual Potato Fest for Cancer Patients Dec. 4, 2014

Posted November 26, 2014 @ 8:55AM

“One potato, two potato, three potato and MORE tater dishes than ever,” declares Kim Spirou, Director of Development and Community Outreach. There will be mashed, french fried, baked and pureed potatoes being integrated as the signature element of this popular fundraising lunch time event to support cancer patients in our region. In Honour of the Ones We Love has brought back, by very popular demand, the Potato Fest event which will take place on Thursday, December 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 pm at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts on Riverside Drive.

This ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT spud-tacular costs only $10.00 per person and features a wide array of delicious potato dishes including potato martinis, baked potato bar, fresh cut fries, salad bar with cold potato salad with all the toppings and fixing you can imagine plus rolls, butter and beverages.

AM800 will be broadcasting live from this event. As well this year’s Potato Fest will feature media personalities and civic leaders who will help serve patrons and add an element of celebrity to the event. Raffle tickets for the Fiat Coupe 500, autographed by famed actor Al Pacino, will also be available for sale. Tickets are only $20 and the draw for this exciting vehicle takes place at our Gala on February 7th!

Proceeds from the Potato Fest event will benefit Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. In Honour of the Ones We Love aims to make the Windsor-Essex community self-sufficient so that cancer patients and their families do not have to leave the city to receive treatment and support. Fundraising efforts would not be possible without the support of volunteers, sponsors and those who attend events like this one. Come join the fun and bring your family and friends to support this wonderful cause!

Sponsors include the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, AM800, TVCogeco, Motor City Community Credit Union, and Windsor Disposal Service. For ticket information contact 519.966.2960 or 519-816-2857

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Lunch With The Salvation Army & The Windsor Firefighers In November

Posted October 19, 2014 @ 9:30PM

Enjoy a great lunch and support two local community organizations this November....

Don't miss the kick off to the Salvation Army “Christmas Kettle” campaign and enjoy a buffet luncheon Nov. 24 when the The Salvation Army presents the Windsor Advisory Board Annual Luncheon in partnership with the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) at Giovanni Caboto Club (2175 Parent Avenue) beginning at 11:45 a.m. This year’s theme is “The Salvation Army In Community.” Special guests include keynote speaker, Major Morris Vincent, Divisional Commander for the Ontario Great Lakes Division of The Salvation Army who focuses on the Army’s recent strategic plan. Master of Ceremonies is Jim Crichton, Senior News Anchor – CTV Windsor. Tickets: $20 per person /$160 per table. Order form available upon request via email: tsawindsor@gmail.com or by calling 253-7473 ext. 215.

And on Nov. 26 head over to the Firefighters Chilifest 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts with all proceeds to the Windsor Professional Firefighters Benefit Fund. Only $9 for a ticket to experience over 40 types of chili from Windsor and Essex County restaurants, served by your friendly firefighters. Cash bar on site, special chili toppings bar. Visit WindsorFirefighters.org OR call Bridget Chippett, 796-3503 if you need more information.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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West Side Story Oct 10 to 19 at Olde Walkerville Theatre

Posted October 9, 2014 @ 4:01PM

Re:  West SideStory through a Social Justice Lens

Windsor’s Chris Rabideau is taking the popular musical West Side Story to a new level by presenting audiences with a version of the theme that addresses its social justice underpinnings.

This unique production is the first offering from the new theatre group Arts Collective Theatre (ACT), housed in the historic Olde Walkerville Theatreon Wyandotte Street East.

As director, Rabideau has cast the ACT show with talented students from across the region.  ACT’s focus is to nurture young talent and provide them with opportunities to grow and showcase those talents through mentorship and performance.

“In this project all of our lead actors have never been a lead before.  This is giving a new opportunity for new talent to be highlighted in the City of Windsor,” said Rabideau.  “This is about the students, a journey.  It is their opportunity to showcase their talent and the “love they have for the arts.”

Cast as the iconic Maria, this is Miya Morris’s stage debut.

“I am excited to play Maria in this epic musical with such a talented and eclectic group of performers from all walks of life,” said Morris.  “I hope Windsor takes a chance on something as innovative and new as what ACT has to offer the community through this forward-thinking production.”

This is also the vision of the show’s executive producer, Mary Lambros, owner of the Olde Walkerville Theatre and Lorelei’s Bistro and members of its Board of Directors who bring theatre expertise to the group.

"It is my pleasure to have ACT as a part of my theatre.  We work with an organization with a community focus which is very important to me.  I look forward to a long relationship in developing and producing many future presentations,” said Lambros.

Chris Clarke plays Doc and says ACT is not your average theatre company.

“It is a place where youth can meet, share their experiences and feel free to express themselves without the fear of judgment or ridicule.  I know that through ACT I have grown not only as an actor, but as a person as well,” said Clarke.  “When you put it all together, you get an experience that is absolutely fantastic.”

 For more information:     Diana Mady Kelly

                                    519-948-3545 or madykel@uwindsor.ca


Show times:      Friday, October 10th        7:30 p.m.

                        Saturday, October 11th    2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

                        Friday, October 17th        7:30 p.m.

                        Saturday, October 18th    7:30 p.m.

                        Sunday, October 19th      2:00 p.m.


Opening night:  $18    All other performances:  $22

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Hospice Reunion October 8, 2014

Posted September 28, 2014 @ 1:16PM

35th Reunion Brings Together Star-Studded Cast of Hospice Heroes

Young and old, from all walks of life, the Hospice Heroes of thirty-five years will be storming the doors of Hospice on Wednesday, October 8that 5:30 p.m. for a reunion with star power. Since 1979, Hospice has relied on the generosity and support of its tireless volunteers to build a local phenomenon, caring for more than 1,700 patients per year. The Hospice was founded entirely by volunteers, with more than 667 active volunteers in the ranks today!

The Hospice Reunion will be a throwback celebration with old-school carnival food setting the tone.

“It’s simply amazing to me,” says executive director, Carol Derbyshire. “To bring together all of the volunteers of yesterday and today into one room, share stories and rekindle friendships – this is one party guaranteed to be full of laughs. As long as no one tells the story about my stint as Carol-patra we’ll be fine! This is not about money, this is not about fundraising, this reunion is about honouring the people who sacrificed for their Hospice, making it an organization this entire community can be proud of.”

Hospice is inviting old and new friends, fundraisers and volunteers to join in their anniversary reunion to share stories, laughs and some great food. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the remarks begin at 6:00 p.m. The Hospice Reunion will take place in the Hospice Auditorium, 6038 Empress Street on Wednesday, August 8, 2014.

For more information call 519-251-2576 or email events@thehospice.ca

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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