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Darleen Schiavo

Leamington Kinsmen Recreational Complex - Bonus upon registering for Winter 1!

Posted October 27, 2014 @ 12:00PM

Winter 1 Registration begins today!
Monday Oct. 27th 
at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex!

Jumpstart Update:  For those who qualify (with proof) of receiving the Canada Child Tax Credit,  you can now receive:

·         one (1) FREE 20 visit Youth Skate/Swim/Gym Pass  AND
·         one (1) $50 credit towards a youth program registration for the upcoming Winter 1 session

by Darleen Schiavo Biz X Magazine

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Rocktoberfest at O'Maggio's Kildare House this Sunday, October 26th

Posted October 22, 2014 @ 12:29PM

Rock for a GOOD CAUSE!
Today is the deadline for pre-sale tickets!

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As seen in the September 2014 issue of Biz X magazine

by Darleen Schiavo Biz X Magazine

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Bookfest Windsor 2014 coming this week - October 23-26!

Posted October 20, 2014 @ 9:57AM

Southwestern Ontario region's only literary festival celebrating world-class literature

Invites you this weekend from October 23-26, to experience a unique literary and artistic series of author readings, panel discussions, drama, music, visual arts, and more at the Capitol Theatre and other locations in Windsor, Ontario
For full event schedule and to purchase tickets http://bookfestwindsor.com/
As seen in the September 2014 issue of Biz X magazine

As seen in the October 2014 issue of Biz X magazine

A Day Pass gets you into several international-class author panels and presentations, including this special event Running the Border: Windsor & Detroit Stories with Authors:Wayne Grady, Scott Martelle, Ted McClelland, Shawn Micallef and Moderator: Sara Elliott.
Saturday, October 25: Pentastar at the Capitol Theatre, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

This year's festival will close with a special event that lets book and music lovers enjoy brunch catered by St. Clair Centre for the Arts, music by local musicians Karen McLellan and Ted LaMont of Front Row Cello, and casual conversation with award-winning authors - at the Rodzic Gallery, 3rd floor, Art Gallery of Windsor.
CBC Windsor's Asha Tomlinson hosts this event featuring authors Caroline Adderson, Charles Foran and Merilyn Simonds.
Cost: $40 per person, Sunday, October 26 from 11am to 2pm.  

BookFest Windsor 2014 gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the City of Windsor's Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, and the TD Bank Group.

The University of Windsor Bookstore is the official bookseller October 25 & 26.

by Darleen Schiavo Biz X Magazine

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The Arts and Cultural Alliance 4th Annual Open Studio Tour! - October 17-19th

Posted October 17, 2014 @ 1:02PM

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Follow the Flags to the 4th Annual Open Studio Tour locations this weekend.... Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 17, 18 and 19th, 10am - 5pm!

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Windsor Essex county hosts the annual Open Studio Tour celebrating and promoting the creative communities and artists that live and work in Windsor Essex!

This event will feature 10 studio locations and explores the works of more than 30 local artists and artisans.  Participating Artists open their studios/work space to introduce their work and processes to the general public, fellow artisans and interested groups.  Participants will offer demonstrations, hands on mini-workshops, and play opportunities for adults, children and youth groups.

This Free Self-Guided tour offers visitors the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the artistic process in a wide range of original works - painting, pottery, sculpture, jewellery and photography.

Please click to enlarge map or visit www.weopenstudiotour.com.

This event is supported by the City of Windsor - Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF).  For further information, please visit www.weopenstudiotour.com.

by Darleen Schiavo Biz X Magazine

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11th Annual Witches Night Out - Saturday, October 25th

Posted October 9, 2014 @ 2:36PM

Join the Witches of Walkerville on their 11th Annual Witches Night Out! 
Saturday October 25th
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by Darleen Schiavo Biz X Magazine

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Ottawa Street Fall Madness Sale - October 7th

Posted October 2, 2014 @ 3:00PM

Ottawa Street

Fall Madness Sale

Tuesday, October 7th

Free Parking
Over 80 Shops and Restaurants

by Darleen Schiavo Biz X Magazine

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Walkerville Artists' Co-Op's Theatre In the Gallery Series - Adventures in Dating

Posted September 25, 2014 @ 12:43PM

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September 27 & October 4
Show starts at 8 pm
$15 adults, $10 seniors and students

Walkerville Artists' Co-op
1974 Wyandotte Street East
(Parking in rear)

by Darleen Schiavo Biz X Magazine

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Leamington Kinsmen Recreational Complex - Pool Reopens!

Posted September 16, 2014 @ 8:33PM


The Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex houses a six lane lap pool with an adjoining leisure pool and a shallow tot pool which were built in 1985.

After 29 years of extremely high usage and many hours of water fun for the entire community, the Municipality of Leamington embarked on a major capital renovation this Fall to re-grout all of the tiles in all 3 pools.    

The consultants report indicated that the tiles were in good repair, but it was the grout that was deteriorating, allowing a small percentage of pool tiles to loosen. It was deemed necessary to repair the pool sooner than later so as not to endure higher repair costs and a possible extended shut-down.  The scope of the work over the past six weeks included:  pressure washing of tiles, re-grouting each seam,  insert some contrasting colour tiles and install a new black disc at deepest point of pool  to meet new requirements of the Ontario Building Code, repair drains & vacuum fittings as necessary, and install new starting blocks and anchors.

“A great deal of work has been accomplished over the past six weeks and the Recreation Department is pleased that the work is according to schedule,” stated Tracey Pillon-Abbs, Director of Community & Development Services.   

The Sherk Complex pool is now filled again with 174,000 gallons of water and approximately 2,500 lbs of salt needed initially to obtain the 3 parts per million ratio necessary to ensure proper PH levels.  The pool will re-opened on Monday, September 15th at 6:30 am and Red Cross swim lessons and the Fall aquatic programs will resume in full force. View the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex Activity Guide at www.leamington.ca/recreationfor Fall Pool schedules.

Recreation Events Column

It’s time for YOU!  to SHERK your way to the Sherk Complex in Leamington
for a wide Variety of Fall Fitness & Sport Programs.
View the Fall Activity Guide onlinewww.leamington.ca/recreation
Fall Session  (land programs) – we are already in motion!  
Fall Aquatic programs – begin the week of Sept. 15th.

Fall Fitness programs are off to a great start!  Are your children in motion?
The Complex has a wide assortment of FUN  children & youth programs: Indoor Soccer,  Sporty Tots, Power Tumbling,  Kindernastics, Tee-Ball,  Volleyball Academy,  Yoga for Youth,
Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Red Cross Swim Lessons starting this coming week! 

Adults - Keep your muscles firm & toned in the Complex Weight & Cardio Rooms. Plus, we offer over 50 Fitness & AquaFitness classes per week.    Our Complex certified Instructors, Personal Trainers & Nutrition & Wellness Coaches are here to help you Reach New Goals!  Check out Sunrise Spin at 7am; Strong Bones/Lean Body; Yoga; 20 -20-20 a combo circuit class; and we’ve got ZUMBA on Mon.  & Wed. Evenings 7 – 8pm!  Complex Fitness Programs are bursting and we are looking for Pool and Land Fitness Instructors.... go to jobs@leamington.cato apply.

Friday, September 26th:
Day Camp at the Complex - during the P.A. Day from school, register in advance!
Home Alone Training Course– ages 9 – 13 yrs. Fri. Sept. 26th   9am -1pm
Babysitter  Training Course – ages 11 – 15 yrs. Fri. Sept. 26th   8:30am – 4:30 pm
Rock ‘n Swim - The first Rock ‘n Swim for the season is on Fri. Sept. 26th 7:15 – 9pm.    swim to the sounds of your favourite tunes! Music sponsored by UMEI Christian High School. 
Free Skate –Unico Arena Fri. Sept. 26th  1 – 3 pm sponsored by Essex Power Corporation

Red Cross First Aid Training – individual courses as well as corporate bookings. See the schedule of upcoming training and recertification courses being offered at the Complex.

Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic  - Wed. Oct. 1st  1 to 7 pm –in the Complex Gym
Call 1-888-To Donate!

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by Darleen Schiavo Biz X Magazine

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SljivoFest at the Serbian Centre - This weekend Sept 12-14th

Posted September 10, 2014 @ 1:35PM

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Vintage in the Village Street Festival - Saturday September 13th

Posted September 8, 2014 @ 10:46AM

A Vintage Village Saturday
By Herb Colling
                Sections of Wyandotte are coming alive for a worthy cause on Saturday in Pillette Village and Riverside.  In the 45 hundred block near Pillette, it’s Vintage in the Village with dozens of classic street vendors selling everything from books by local authors, to vintage clothes, jewellery, accessories, and furniture.  Windsor’s own Elvis, Norm Ackland Junior, will be on hand; along with a barbershop quartet, The Country Connection; and members of The Windsor Light Opera to promote their upcoming productions of Mary Poppins and Grease.  There will also be young entrepreneurs with their own personal furniture designs: one using reclaimed wood; and another with mosaic tiles. 
The event is in support of, and in conjunction with, Old Riverside’s 4th annual Wheels on Wyandotte, a parade of antique cars in the 55 hundred block of Wyandotte.  Some of those cars will be on display in Pillette Village as well.  Because of the distance, there will be a regular shuttle bus connecting the two venues.  Sally Taylor is the owner of Tango/Magpie Antiques.  She’s also one of the organizers of Vintage in the Village.  She says it’s a unique concept, the first time ‘sister events’ have been held together at the same time.  Taylor says local businesses on Pillette are paired with a street vendor.  “It’s a good spirit of cooperation between the vendors, and their hosts; and between the B.I.A.’s, merchants, and businesses in Pillette Village and Old Riverside.” 
Taylor says, in lieu of a fee, vendors will make a donation to the Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre.  She hopes the money will be used in the radiation department at the local hospital because her husband is a cancer survivor.  The money donated this year will combine with funds she’s already raised through book sales at her store of $5,000 dollars since 2012.  “It’s also in memory of my customers and friends who’ve fought the disease over the years.” 
David McCall is also an organizer of the event, and he’s involved in memory of his mother-in-law who also fought cancer.  McCall produces an annual vintage calendar, The Antique and Unique Calendars for Care, with proceeds going to the battle against cancer.  The calendar features models in old fashioned attire, and those people will be on hand in period costume at Vintage at the Village as well.  As Taylor put it, “It’s a good way to give back.”
Chantelle Hunter is with C Shells Decorium, and she’s excited by the event.  “It’s awesome.  A lot of fun,” she says.  “I don’t think this area has had anything like this before.”  Hunter thinks it’s fantastic that the funds are going to fight cancer.  Her grandmother is battling the disease.  “She’s finished her treatments,” Hunter says, “But is now waiting to find out if she’s kicked it.”  Hunter is also excited by the exhibitors.  She likes to refurbish antique pieces with a distressed look.  “It’s great for people with kids.  They can ding it up, and it just adds to the character of the piece.”
The artisans all have a creative approach to painting, or recycling vintage chairs, tables, and other pieces of furniture, which Taylor calls ‘cottage decor.’  Taylor considers the artists ‘modern transformers,’ who make something new of something old.  There will also be popcorn and cotton candy for the kids, as well as $5.00 dollar haircuts at Quinn’s Generation Barbershop.  Quinn Jenkins owns the business, and he’s providing vintage prices, and a free barbeque for his customers to add to the festivities.  “It’s important for businesses to work together,” Jenkins says, “To support Pillette Village, and bring growth and people to the area.” 
Organizers say the event makes sense because there are five consignment shops, or vintage stores in a three block area, including:  New To You, C shells Decorium, Tango/Magpie Antiques, Vince’s Used Furniture, and Vintage House.  Taylor says Vintage in the Village is, “Interesting and unusual.  We have a collection of 70 independent businesses and services in the charming business district.”  Taylor says she’s often had side walk sales in front of her store, but never anything on such a grand scale.  She’s always wanted to expand to several blocks of the Village, and she considers her previous sales a dress rehearsal for this one.  “It’s always been on my bucket list, so we made it a fund raiser,” she says.  “We sat down in July, and just said:  ‘Let’s do it.’”  Vintage in the Village will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, the 13th of September, with a rain date on Sunday.

by Darleen Schiavo Biz X Magazine

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