The Windsor Star Raise-a-Reader program is asking the community to donate gently used and new books for the 6th annual Raise-a-Reader Book Sale.
Books can be donated from March 9 to April 1 to Canadian Tire Stores in Windsor, Amherstburg, Essex and Leamington.
Fiction and non-fiction books are welcome. New and gently used children’s’ books are in great demand. Encyclopaedias, magazines, textbooks, Reader's Digest and National Geographic cannot be accepted.
Since 2010, the Raise-a-Reader book sale has raised $99,000 for local literacy programs.
The Raise-a-Reader Book Sale is brought to you by The Windsor Star and proudly supported by A Book of My Own, Windsor Crossing, Windsor-Essex Canadian Tire Stores, Windsor Public Library and Koolini Italian Eatery.
The book sale takes place on April 11, 12 and 18 at Windsor Crossing.
The Windsor Star Raise-a-Reader campaign is part of the award-winning national fundraising initiative of the Postmedia Foundation. It is a unique philanthropic program that increases awareness and raises money and other resources in support of family literacy programs.
Since its inception in 2002, more than $550,000 has been raised in Windsor-Essex for local literacy initiatives by The Windsor Star Raise-a-Reader program.
The Windsor Star Raise-a-Reader program is presented by St. Clair College and St. Clair College Alumni Association.
Koba Entertainment recently announced its newest theatrical production Mike the Knight™ in the Great Scavenger Hunt will bring a thrilling mix of adventure, comedy, music, song, puppets, dance – plus a little bit of magic – to Windsor at the Chrysler Theatre on March 12.
Based on the popular CG-animated series from HIT Entertainment and Nelvana, Mike the Knight in the Great Scavenger Hunt takes audiences on an interactive and eye-opening adventure for the whole family complete with an enchanting world of medieval castles, plucky trolls and flying dragons. Tickets are on sale now and are available through the Chrysler Theatre box office, online at Chryslertheatre.comor by phone at 1-800-387-9181.
Mike the Knight in the Great Scavenger Hunt unfolds during the Glendragon Scavenger Hunt, where the young knight is determined to discover the most knightly way to tackle his chivalrous quest. Joined by his closest friends Sparkie and Squirt (a pair of quirky dragons), his valiant friend Trollee and his wizard-in-training sister Evie, the stakes are high as the cheerful yet bountiful Mike the Knight leads audiences on his bravest mission yet.
“I am excited to forage with Mike the Knight on this medieval scavenger hunt,” says award-winning choreographer and director, Patti Caplette. “And while chivalry and wizardry reign in Mike’s world of castles and kings, I want to convey that kids are kids, and Mike and his friends may have to be reminded to ‘Be a knight and do it right!’"
The live show is based on the animated series broadcast in more than 120 territories. In each episode of the animated series, preschoolers follow Mike the Knight on a mission to protect his kingdom and become a fully-fledged knight. Mike discovers the power of responsibility and doing tasks and activities the right way. Along the way, he reminds viewers of his motto: "Be a knight, do it right!" The live show encourages independence, self-confidence and problem solving while inspiring kids to engage imaginations with dress-up and pretend play.
Koba Entertainment’s Mike the Knight in The Great Scavenger Hunt is among the producer’s long list of original stage shows, including Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games, Dora the Explorer: Search for the City Of Lost Toys and Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite. Mike the Knight in the Great Scavenger Hunt’s creative team features Caplette, writer Jennifer Beasley, composer Olaf Pyttlik, and scenic coordinator Jason Robbins.
Mike is a knight-in-training with a big future ahead of him. The son of the King and Queen of Glendragon, Mike is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a brave and noble knight. With the triumphant rallying cry “Be a knight, do it right” the young hero is joined in his adventures by a host of characters including his trusty steed Galahad, two friendly dragons Squirt and Sparkie, and his sister Evie, a trainee wizard. Through comedy and adventure, the Mike the Knight series transports kids to a world of castles, dragons, and trolls. Kids accompany Mike on knightly missions, where they learn problem-solving, self-confidence, and how to do the right thing. Mike the Knight gallops onto Treehouse in Canada. For more information, please visit www.miketheknight.com and follow Mike on Facebook (facebook.com/miketheknightofficial).
About Koba Entertainment
A prominent producer of original family musicals, Koba Entertainment has been captivating audiences throughout the world with celebrated characters from literature, television, and pop culture. Koba Entertainment productions have enchanted people of all ages in more than 165 North American cities, 12 countries and 4 continents. Production credits for young audiences include: Dora the Explorer, Max & Ruby, The Backyardigans, the Doodlebops, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou and Franklin. For more information, visit: www.koba-entertainment.com.
About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading preschool entertainment companies, specializing in building powerful brands based on engaging stories. HIT Entertainment’s world-class portfolio includes Thomas & Friends®, Mike the Knight™, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.
HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of preschoolers and their families. This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment’s lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media, and live events and attractions. HIT Entertainment, a division of Fisher-Price, and a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information visit www.hitentertainment.com
Rotary District 6400 Seeks Dental Professionals for
Vocational Training Team
Heading to the Island of Timor-Leste (North of Darwin, Australia)
Are you a dentist or dental hygienist? Do you have a passion to help and teach others in your profession? Rotary District 6400, which includes Rotary clubs in southwest Ontario and southeast Michigan, invites you to consider joining its Vocational Training Team (VTT) headed to Timor-Leste in Maritime Southeast Asia in May 2015.
The Vocational Training Team is a Rotary-sponsored exchange that enables professionals to utilize their training and skills to assist a less developed county. Participating Rotary Districts provide transportation, housing and food for the team during the exchange. Team members are expected to provide training in their profession in the host district.
Timor-Leste is an island country just north of Darwin, Australia. A former colony of Portugal, it is one of the world’s newest countries, achieving independence in 1975. Between 1975 and 2002, war with Indonesia ravaged the country until the United Nations and Australian forces brought order. Today, Timor-Leste is rebuilding, and one of its desperate needs is dental professionals.
The University of Dilli has been training dental professionals and is seeking help to complete their training. Rotary District 9550, which includes Timor-Leste, has requested District 6400’s help with a VTT to provide training. Members of 6400’s VTT will travel to Dilli, the capitol of Timor-Leste in early May 2015 and stay for 3 weeks. During that time, they will help staff from the University of Dilli with training dental students. When possible, team members will join students in mobile clinical work to prepare them for post-graduate placement.
Rotary will cover all costs of transportation, housing, food and dental supplies during the exchange. Team members will be asked to pay for their own passports, inoculations and personal expenses. Team members are also asked to prepare a final report on the exchange and to speak to Rotary Clubs about the program and their participation.
In terms of participation, the VTT is open to dentists and dental hygienists who are willing to spend three weeks in Timor- Leste, teaching their profession and helping students learn.
Participation is open to Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike. Rotary District 6400 will select a team of five professionals based upon applicants’ professional experience and interest in international service.
For more information about Rotary District 6400 and to obtain an application, visit http://www.rotary6400.org/ or contact District 6400 VTT Co-chair Howard Andrews by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-728-4697. Applications must be submitted no later than March 19, 2015. Final interviews will be scheduled shortly thereafter.
The Town of Essex invites you to participate in a wide array of physical activities this Family Day – Monday, February 16 – the provincial holiday set aside for family time.
In conjunction with Windsor-Essex Communities in motion, Essex has adopted the theme “Grab Your Touques and Play, Eh!” As part of this health promotion strategy, the Town has scheduled a day of affordable or free activities for all age groups. The schedule includes skating, shinny hockey, swimming sessions and a free swim sponsored by the Play, Live, Be Tobacco-Free initiative, and a Pickleball Try-A Tourney. The day’s schedule is as follows:
The Beauty Expo 2015 takes place at the Fogolar Furan Club in Windsor and features 50+ Exhibitors with the newest trends in beauty, anti-aging, health, fashion and lifestyle all under one roof. Bring your friend, sister or mother for a perfect girls’ day out on Saturday February 7 and Sunday February 8, each day.
Sample the latest in skincare and cosmetic products and explore a vast selection ofnon-surgical anti-aging options. Watch demos, get mini-treatments and make-overs and enjoy a selection of sweet treats from the complimentary coffee, chocolate and dessert bar.
Win door prizes and free gifts plus get special show promotions and exclusive offers only available at the Expo. And there is a chance to win a mystery prize package worth at least $500!
Wait there is more! Firefighters will be selling their 2015 calendars, The Reflexology Association of Canada will be offering free mini-treatments, Jouviance will be offering free skin analysis, St. Clair College Esthetics Program will be offering free make-up applications and nail treatments. The Windsor Light Music Theatre will be performing some of their songs from their upcoming production of Grease.
Biz X hopes to see all the ladies there! Stop by our booth for a complimentary copy of the magazine as well!
In celebration of Alzheimer Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County is challenging everyone to find out what it’s like to have dementia.
On Saturday, January 31, 2015, the Alzheimer Society and Seasons Retirement Communities, with support from Amy’s Helping Hands, will have the Dementia Challenge at Devonshire Mall from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Participants will use special gloves, goggles, and other accessories to simulate impaired vision, auditory confusion, and loss of fine motor skills. They will then carry out everyday tasks.
“Aside from developing compassion for persons with dementia, the Dementia Challenge sends out the message that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are nothing to be ashamed of,” explains Sally Bennett Olczak, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County.
Bennett Olczak adds, “The perceived stigma of dementia prevents many people from seeking help and getting diagnosed. This, in turn, delays their access to information, support, and services that can help them live better with the disease.”
The Society has invited prominent members of Windsor and Essex to take the Dementia Challenge. These include government officials, corporate executives, and media personalities.
As the number of dementia cases increases, so does the need to educate everyone about the disease and remove the stigma attached to it. To date, over 6,100 individuals in Windsor and Essex have been diagnosed with some form of dementia.
The Dementia Challenge is part of the Sixth Healthy Mind Expo. Exhibitors will provide information on: the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease; products and services available for older adults; and, ways to reduce the risk of developing dementia.
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For more information, please contact: Peggy Winch, Manager of Fund Development and Community Engagement Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County Telephone: 519-974-2220 ext. 225 | Email: email@example.com | Website: AlzheimerWindsor.com
Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre Open to the Public
The owners of the all new Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre, Jim Lengyel and Theresa Lecours, are pleased to announce the opening of the new 7,800-square-foot Virtual Gaming Centre on December 26, 2014, from 9am until midnight.
The Virtual Gaming Centre features 12 golf and multi-sport simulators with the latest cutting edge technology for accuracy and enjoyment. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy playing 80 of the world’s top golf courses. The multi-sport options, including football, hockey, baseball, soccer, zombie dodgeball, carnivals games and more, are perfect for families and unique to Essex County.
“We’re so pleased with these simulators,” says Jim Lengyel, co-owner. “They provide another choice for family fun, group events and fundraising opportunities in the Windsor - Essex area.”
Reservations are now being accepted for the simulators by calling 519-966-4911.
A grand opening is planned for mid-January in conjunction with the on-site, fully-licensed ‘Shots & Slices’ restaurant.
For more information, rates, operating hours and fundraising opportunities, please visit the website - silverteegolf.com
In collaboration to help feed those in need, The S'Aints band, St. Clair College, Blackburn Radio and Caesars Windsor are teaming up for the biggest holiday Charity Concert in the city called “Sleighing Hunger”. It will feature big-name, local and world-renowned talents of The S’Aint’s on Sunday, December 21 at 8 pm in the Colosseum. Proceeds from concert tickets and an accompanying holiday CD to be released later this month will benefit The Downtown Mission, Unemployed Help Centre, Outreach for Hunger in Chatham as well as the St. Clair College Scholarships and Bursaries.
Jeff Burrows, one of the founding members of the S’Aint’s as well as drummer and songwriter for the award-winning band The Tea Party, said, “The band is absolutely ecstatic to be moving into a world-class venue. I’ve had the great opportunity to play thousands of stages around the world. This will give us the perfect platform to present our spectacular holiday concert, while raising funds and awareness for worthy and desperately needed cause.”
Tim Trombley, Director of Entertainment at Caesars Windsor, said, “On behalf of Caesars, we are thrilled to host a show featuring a group of incredible, local and global talents with the altruistic goal ofhelping those in need. It supports our company’s own Corporate Giving goal focused our local community. We are proud to provide an award-winning venue to showcase this concert and give their dedicated audience and supporters a world-class experience.”
The S’Aint’s is a philanthropic passion project created by musicians, St. Clair College and Blackburn Radio. All entities involved were looking for something entertaining and community oriented to offer the communities of Windsor Essex & Chatham-Kent. Music was the driving force that would bring them all together with a band formed by some of the finest players and personalities in the area who have made a name for themselves locally and worldwide. They include: Jody Raffoul, Jeff Burrows, Wes Buckley, David Cyrenne, Kelly “Mr. Chill” Hoppe, Kelly Authier and Garret Bielaniec. The project gave them the opportunity to record, collaborate and perform while helping the community and it's charitable service groups. They have had three back-to-back sellouts at the St. Clair Centre for Performing Arts in previous years.
Music lovers who have yet to experience this performance will soon discover a fabulously new holiday tradition for the entire family. Audiences will be treated to their favourite holiday songs, with a twist, performed with the energy and ‘grit’ of these rock n’ roll talents. Special guests include The Sinners choir and The Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corps.
Ron Seguin, Vice President of Global Education and Training Services at St. Clair College, said, “This is music with a purpose. It is an annual project that has become a Christmas tradition at St. Clair. The college family including students, staff and alumni, look forward to helping local families dealing with hunger.”
Blackburn Radio generously funds the costly production of the S’Aints CD, with proceeds again going to the cause. John Weese, Vice President of Operations said, “Our investment in this project not only makes it happen, but allows for proceeds from sales to go to the intended charities rather than production costs.” CDs will be available for sale on iTunes, online at www.sleighinghunger.com, St. Clair College campuses and Blackburn Stations Windsor and Chatham for $10 each.
Tickets for “Sleighing Hunger” are $20 for General Admission, $25 for Reserved and $100 for limited VIP (taxes included) and available at St. Clair College campuses, Caesars Windsor Box Office, Blackburn Station offices in Windsor and Chatham and the Chrysler Theatre Box Office.
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