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Deborah Jones

Donate Gently Used & New Books to Raise-a-Reader Until April 1, 2015

Posted March 17, 2015 @ 10:17AM

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.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Mike The Knight Tour Visits Windsor March 12, 2015

Posted February 22, 2015 @ 12:34PM

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.

For all box office and ticket information, visit: www.MikeTheKnightOnTour.com.

About Mike the Knight®

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

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Attention Dentists and Dental Hygienists, Rotary Needs You!

Posted February 17, 2015 @ 4:29PM

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 hwandrews@wowway.com or call 734-728-4697.  Applications must be submitted no later than March 19, 2015.  Final interviews will be scheduled shortly thereafter.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Family Day in Essex

Posted February 9, 2015 @ 1:02PM

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:

Essex Recreation Complex

  • Adult Lengths Swim – 6:30 a.m. / 1 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.
  • Aquafit – 10 a.m. / 11 a.m. /7:30 p.m.
  • FREE Swim – 2:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Family Swims – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Pickleball Try-A-Tourney – Starting at 9 a.m. – Only $15 per team

Essex Centre Sports Complex and Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre

  • Adult Skills Skate – 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Parent and Tot Skate – 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Shinny – Junior 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Senior 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Public Skating – 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • For more information about activities offered at the Essex Recreation Complex, call 519-776-8992.  To learn more about activities offered at the two arena complexes, call 519-776-8717.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Mark Your Calendar For The Beauty Expo 2015 Taking Place Feb. 7 & 8

Posted January 27, 2015 @ 10:53AM

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, 10 am to 5 pm each day.

Sample the latest in skincare and cosmetic products and explore a vast selection of  non-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! 

 Admission $10 at the door. Save $3 when you pre-register online at www.BeautyExpo2015.com .

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!

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Alzheimer Society Challenges You to Walk in the Shoes of a Person with Dementia: January 31, 2015

Posted January 13, 2015 @ 3:42PM

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: pwinch@aswecare.com  |  Website: AlzheimerWindsor.com

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Silver Tee Golf & Virtual Gaming Centre Opens Dec. 26, 2014

Posted December 22, 2014 @ 9:45AM

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

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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“Sleighing Hunger” Concert December 21, 2014

Posted December 14, 2014 @ 6:58PM

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.

For more information, CD downloads or to purchase tickets, please visit www.sleighinghunger.com

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Posted November 19, 2014 @ 4:48PM

Remember the seemingly endless barrage of snow and chilly temperatures last winter? Meteorologists say that this winter will be just as bad.

Whether you’re a regular donor to Goodwill® or you’ve yet to make a donation of gently used goods, please take a moment tonight to go through your closets and storage rooms and find warm coats, sweaters, pants and gloves. Simply pile them in your vehicle, visit your Goodwill Attended Donation Centre and Goodwill’s friendly donor greeters will take it from there.

Together we can prepare for the severe winter conditions we have in store, and simultaneously help fund local employment programs and services.

Donations to Goodwill allow us to provide job training, employment placements services and other community-based programs,” says Kevin Neill, Director Operations & Retail for Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton. “Last year, we helped 1,478 people find jobs and support their families – the community’s support is vital to this effort.

Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton’s mission is to change lives through the power of work. That means improving the lives of every person in Essex, Kent and Lambton counties. This is a huge task – and is only possible with your help.

When you give your winter wear to Goodwill, you’re giving more than clothes. You’re giving hope, pride, opportunity and encouragement. Together, we can instill these words in every person in need of assistance fulfilling their dream.

Goodwill does more than impact you, your friends and neighbours. It also impacts your environment. When you donate clothing and other household items, the products are sold in retail stores giving them a second life and keeping them out of landfills. In 2013 alone, nearly 151,824 donors gave their gently used goods – more than 6.6 million pounds of product diverted from local landfills!

Please think of Goodwill and your neighbours at this time of year. All gently used donations of winter clothing are warmly welcomed at your nearest Attended Donation Centre.


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-3799 Tecumseh Rd

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Organizations Needed For Alzheimer "Coffee Break"

Posted October 1, 2014 @ 10:46PM

Over 70 Windsor-Essex Businesses and Organizations to Raise Funds for Local Alzheimer, Dementia Programs: 30 More Needed to Reach the Goal

Local businesses and organizations are set to raise funds for the local Alzheimer Society. Over 70 have committed to host a Coffee Break or give coffee cup cutouts in exchange for donations to the charitable institution.

This year’s Coffee Break hosts include Bulk Barn, FreshCo, Green Shield, Seasons Retirement Communities, Centreline, National Bank of Canada, Chartwell Retirement Residences, Rafih Autogroup, and many more.

However, the Alzheimer Society needs 30 more Coffee Break locations to reach its 2014 target.

Coffee Break is an annual fundraising activity by the Alzheimer Society. Running from September to December, it raises a significant amount of funds for dementia services and programs in the community.

All monies raised through Coffee Break will help fund local services and programs by the Alzheimer Society, which includes: education and information sessions; support groups for daughters, spouses, and other caregivers; Day Away Program; and, in-home respite care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“It’s wonderful to be supported by our local entrepreneurs, who realize the value of providing for the growing number of people diagnosed with dementia in our community,” said Sally Bennett-Olczak, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County.

This year, Colonial Coffee, a Windsor-based coffee roasting facility, will once again donate all the coffee and coffee-making supplies for the fundraising activity.

Biz X Magazine is the media sponsor. It will feature the top 3 Coffee Break fundraisers in a future issue.

Almost 6,000 individuals in Windsor and Essex have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. The number will double within one generation, if nothing is done about it today.

To date, there is no known cause and no known cure for dementia. However, it’s possible to alleviate the impact of dementia on those who have it, their family members, and the community.

In 2013, local Coffee Break hosts raised $30,000 for dementia programs in Windsor and Essex. The Alzheimer Society hopes to raise even more this time around.

To be a part of Coffee Break, visit AlzheimerWindsor.com or email fundraising@aswecare.com

The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Active in more than 150 communities across Canada, the Society offers Help for Today through our programs and services for people living with dementia and Hope for Tomorrow...®by funding research to find the cause and the cure.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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