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Deborah Jones

"National in Motion" Week October 5 to 11, 2015

Posted September 28, 2015 @ 11:25AM

Come out and Celebrate National “in motion” week with hundreds of Windsor-Essex County residents!
Are you feeling that rath of fall and need a boost? You’re in luck, as October 5th-11this National in motion week and we have something fun for you to do! On Wednesday October 7th, get in motion with community leaders and hundreds of residents of all ages to take the annual “couch potato pledge” and a short walk in your community! Celebrate the 8th annual event with us for a chance for an in motion t-shirt giveaway or to win New Balance prizes. So get outside and energized by others around as you join the 12 o’clock walk across Windsor-Essex County on Wednesday October 7th at any of the 20 locations in Windsor-Essex County. Visit www.swarginmotion.com to find a time and location that works for your schedule! Last year, over 1,000 people took the “couch potato pledge”! This year, organizers want to get even more in motion, so they need you, your family, friends and coworkers, to come out for a 10 minute walk and some good old fashion fun at the annual 12 O’Clock Walk across Windsor-Essex County event!

This 8th annual event is done through the passion and strong partnership of Windsor-Essex Communities in motion (W-E CIM). This year, residents of all ages are welcome and municipal leaders to join any of the in motion events to celebrate physical activity and healthy community living in Windsor-Essex County!

 In motion Awards Ceremony
To kick-off the local in motion celebrations, the Town of Tecumseh hosts the annual SWOntarioin motionAwards ceremonies on Monday, October 7that the Tecumseh arena (12021 McNorton St. Tecumseh, ON) from 2-3pm. This year’s celebrity master of ceremonies is Arms Bumanlag from AM800 and Biz X magazine columnist who will get our in motion week celebrations in motion.
So come out to hear who our 2015 in motionAward recipients are, or participate in the “couch potato” pledge or active break, either way, lift your spirits and get  in motion!

About Southwestern Ontario in motion:
Launched in 2008, Southwestern Ontario in motion combines local and regional resources and builds on partnerships to promote physical activity to everyone across Windsor-Essex County. Partners, including municipalities, the local health unit, community organizations and the University of Windsor are involved and host events and programs to encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Visit www.swarginmotion.com to find out more about where to be active your community.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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September 26 and 27, 2015 Culture Days in Amherstburg

Posted September 23, 2015 @ 1:28PM

Amherstburg is thrilled to beparticipating in the provincial Doors Open initiative and the national Culture Days initiative concurrently, on September 26 and 27 from 10am to 4pm.  This year’s program will showcase Amherstburg’s waterfront history along with other historical gems in Amherstburg.

All activities and access to participating locations are FREE!  Explore Amherstburg’s downtown historic core and experience hands on activities such as storytelling,

re-enactments, guided walking tours, concert performances, craft making, outdoor movie and so much more!  A brochure with itinerary and map will be available at The Gordon House, 268 Dalhousie Street during the event.

Participants include Windsor and Essex County Plein Air Artists, Amherstburg’s Provincial Marine Re-enactment group, Cardinal Music Productions, Kenneth MacLeod, Greater Windsor Concert Band, along with these Amherstburg Historic sites: Park House Museum, Gibson Art Gallery, Marsh Collection, St. John the Baptist Church, Boblo Island Blockhouse.

Amherstburg’s culture scene has really come in to its own. The Doors Open and Culture Days weekend showcases the artists, sites and programming that make Amherstburg the unique community that everyone loves to visit” says Jen Ibrahim, Tourism Coordinator.

 For more information about the exciting schedule of Doors Open & Culture Days events, please visit:

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Register for Harrow Colchester Chamber of Commerce Event By Sept. 17, 2015

Posted August 31, 2015 @ 2:49PM

Harrow-Colchester Chamber kicks off new “Partners in Progress Series” with WestJet feature speaker Glen Wickert

The Harrow Colchester Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the first of a planned series of “Partners in Progress” events with key-note speaker Glenn Wickert, Station Manager for WestJet Airlines in London and Windsor.  Known for motivating his audience, Glenn will use the WestJet success story to demonstrate how focusing on customer service and employee engagement are key to growing a dynamic business.  Mr. Wickert has been Station Manager for WestJet in London since 2002 and is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors for Tourism London.

Chamber President Murdo McLean says:  “bringing Glenn to Harrow is a great opportunity for our membership and businesses in the entire region to learn from one of Canada’s most successful companies.  The focus on customer service and employee engagement are key in the growing tourism sector which is spurring retail and development interest in the Harrow-Colchester region.  Glenn’s message will be clear; regardless of a company’s size, successful growth can be accomplished by focusing on vision and direction.”

Partners in Progress will take place at Oxley Estate Winery on September 24th starting at 5:30 with hors d’oeuvres and networking.  Cost is $10.

Seating is limited and because an early sell-out is expected, reservations can only be accepted until September 17th by emailing djmarontate@bell.net

WestJet Airlines Ltd. Is a Canadian carrier that provides scheduled and charter service to 90 destinations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  Founded in 1996, it is currently the second-largest Canadian air carrier, behind Air Canada, operating an average of 425 flights and carrying over 45,000 passengers per day.

WestJet is listed among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, is named on one of Aon Hewitt’s Best Employers in Canada, and is a JD Power Customer Service Champion.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Windsor Chrysler Supports Windsor's Salvation Army With August Car Sales

Posted August 24, 2015 @ 4:17PM

Windsor Chrysler’s “Drive For Windsor” Campaign

Supporting Windsor’s Salvation Army
 Windsor Chrysler is excited to announce their partnership with The Windsor Salvation Army. For the entire month of August, every new car sold at Windsor Chrysler will automatically generate a donation towards The Salvation Army of Windsor. That means every car sold in August at Windsor Chrysler will go back to the Windsor community.

Windsor Chrysler is the #1 car retailer in Southwestern Ontario. They have the largest inventory of new and used vehicles in the region. As a family owned business, they take pride in their topnotch customer service, unbeatable prices, and above all, family values. As a successful business that focuses on family and community, Windsor Chrysler desired to give back to the Windsor community. The expectation was to partner with an established nonprofit that is currently making a big difference in the Windsor community; The Salvation Army of Windsor is a perfect match.  

The Salvation Army has provided 150 years of outstanding nonprofit community service around the globe; and the Windsor Centre has offered many services to the public for years. In addition to their emergency disaster services, community food bank, youth shelter, and soup kitchen, The Windsor Salvation Army also runs a Rehabilitation Centre. The rehab center offers a men’s addiction program, long-term housing for men with mental health issues, as well as a providing hostel emergency shelter. The Salvation Army in Windsor is providing essential assistance for many of our disadvantaged community members. 

It is with great pleasure that Windsor Chrysler offers their customers the opportunity to join their partnership with The Salvation Army. By purchasing your new vehicle in the month of August through Windsor Chrysler, you’ll be generating proceeds, which will then be donated to The Salvation Army in Windsor. Take care of your family and take care of your community with your new car purchase by purchasing at Windsor Chrysler this August.

watch a promotional video here for a great summary:

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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March For Jesus August 22, 2015

Posted August 18, 2015 @ 9:43PM

On Aug.22 walk in the “March For Jesus 7th Annual Celebration Event” at Ouellette Avenue and Giles Blvd. starting at 4 p.m. March proceeds down Ouellette to University Avenue ending at Charles Clark Square.

This is a FREE community event. Bring your flags, banners, posters and floats.

Local choirs, soloist and prayer to follow at the Charles Clark Square.

Call 519-977-6569 or 254-3925 for more information.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Fiesta Latina Entertainment line-up for Saturday August 15, 2015

Posted July 21, 2015 @ 4:29PM

Fiesta Latina, the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association's (DWBIA) new summer festival, today announced details of its entertainment line-up for Saturday August 15. From Latino deejays, Zumba and Salsa dance instruction to steel drums, Le Ballet Mexican de Montreal and Tatyana D'Voce, Fiesta Latina offers a myriad of entertainment experiences for visitors of all ages including:

·  Veteran deejays Lexx, Chino & Belize it will delight audiences with Brazilian, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican and Colombian electronic dance music. Catch them live at 11am, 1pm and 7pm.

·  Renowned throughout Windsor-Essex for taking Zumba to the next level, Joel Ang will present an exhilarating, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired dance fitness class at 3pm on Ouellette and University.

·  Get groovin' to the rhythm and melody of Latin music and learn the moves for Salsa, Bachata and Merengue at 4:30pm. Instructor Ann-Marie Linwood will have you dancing like a pro in no time!

·  Hailing from Michigan and performing at 5:30pm, The Island Guys blend the robust sounds of steel drums with modern and classic hits creating unique melodies that will ignite and excite the audience.

·  Delighting audiences with their energy, choreography and colourful costumes is Le Ballet Mexicain de Montreal. The breathtaking performance features an 18-member dance troupe and will take place at 8pm. http://bit.ly/1VqfOZx
·  Closing Saturday night at 9pm is Tatyana D'Voce. The 19-year old Torontorian is an experienced performer with a powerful and unique voice whose style and genres include disco 70's, Mainstream Pop, Rock, and Latin music.

Fiesta Latina is a FREE Latin-American music, dance and cultural celebration featuring live music concerts, dance demonstrations, children's workshops and youth activities, as well as inflatable bouncers, vendors, bustling sidewalk cafes and more. The festival will present entertainment for people of all ages and is expected to attract thousands of visitors from Windsor and Essex region, southwestern Ontario, Michigan and beyond for 2.5 days of unforgettable Latin-American experiences.

Fiesta Latina's entertainment stage will be located at the intersection of Ouellette and University Avenues and will run from 11am - 11pm on both Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Gesstwood Camp & Retreat Centre launches awareness and fundraising campaign

Posted June 15, 2015 @ 12:20PM

On Friday, June 5, 2015 Gesstwood Camp & Retreat Centre launched its awareness and fundraising campaign.

“Gesstwood is a facility open to all; young and old. Students and adults get a real sense of self and what it means to be one with nature. They learn about themselves; who they are, the power they possess and the strength within each of them. They are challenged to investigate their leadership abilities and how they can use them to make a difference. Being vulnerable in nature is key,” says James Cowper, Principal and Leadership Camp Leader, Kingsville Elementary Public School, Greater Essex County District School Board.

Located 30 minutes away in the heart of Essex County, Gesstwood is considered our local hidden gem on 62 acres of playing grounds, beautiful forest and meandering streams. Over 7,000 students and 70+ adult groups a year unplug and participate in outdoor education programs that allow leadership skills to be developed naturally. Through experiential learning, program participants discover the roles that they take working within a group, what skills they bring and areas of improvement. They learn by expanding their comfort zones.

To keep up with increasing demands of its growing program rosters, Gesstwood is launching a fundraising campaign to upgrade facilities and expand learning elements for the young leaders of tomorrow. Their wish list spans: upgrading overnight facilities and washrooms to offer overnight camp all year round, like snowshoeing in the winter; enhancing programs like their canopy tour, and opening the camp to families on weekends.

“Throughout the Gesstwood experience, participants are encouraged to take on roles you would not normally do – find your voice, share your ideas, step back and investigate other people’s leadership styles. It’s fun for all ages. Electronics are turned off, we run around, act silly and break barriers, all through a common outdoor experience,” said Karen Seguin, Executive Director, Gesstwood Camp & Retreat Centre.  

To see a video about Gesstwood in action:: https://youtu.be/GFALyETQvU0

Learn more at www.gesstwoodcamp.com.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Kingsville Community Carnival June 11 to 14, 2015

Posted June 8, 2015 @ 7:13PM

The Town of Kingsville is pleased to announce that World’s Finest Shows Midway the largest travelling Midway in Ontario will be making a stop in Kingsville June 11 to 14 2015. 

The “Kingsville Community Carnival” is a family friendly event with rides, vendors, entertainment, The Lion’s Club Food Booth and much more.  The town is pleased to have the opportunity to bring this event to the community and look forward to sharing in the fun of the midway with guests of all ages.  The hours of operation for the Carnival are as follows.  June 11 from 3pm to10 pm, June 12 from  3pm-10 pm,  June 13 from  12 noon to 10 pm and June 14 from  12 noon to 6pm.


Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase your ride all day passes for a discounted price of only $15.99. This purchase entitles the bearer to ride all the rides on any one day of your choice at the Carnival.  These tickets can only be purchased until the close of business on June 10, after that they can be purchased on the grounds for $19.99, or you have the option to purchase individual tickets per ride. 

The Advanced Midway Tickets are available Monday-Friday at the Kingsville Arena at 1741 Jasperson Lane between the hours of 8:30 am -5pm, and Monday-Friday  between the hours of 6 am – 10 pm at Sam’s Shell at 84 Division Street in Kingsville, and also Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 7am -10 pm at Sam’ Shell.


Be sure to gather the family and head to the Carnival at the Kingsville Arena June 11-14, it’s where memories are made and entertainment is shared!

See contact information at Kingsville.ca.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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Posted June 5, 2015 @ 9:30AM

It’s finally here --- Windsor’s favorite outdoor arts and crafts exhibition takes place this weekend – Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7at Willistead Park! And just to get things off to a rollicking good start, there’s a pre-event launch party in the park on Friday evening, June 5.

                To help you plan your weekend and get the most out of this eagerly-anticipated rite of early summer, here are the highlights of the 37th AnnualArt In The Park -- brought to you under the auspices of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918).

                When? Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Spirit Tent till 11:00pm)

Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

                Where?Willistead Park, 1899 Niagara St., Windsor

What?  Art In The Park is one of only a few “juried” public art exhibitions at which standards of quality and acceptance are at a consistently high level.

                Admission? - An affordable family-friendly $5.00. Advance tickets ($4.00) are also available online at aipwindsor.com, Shoppers Drug Mart, Windsor Family Credit Union, High Jinks Indoor Playground and Motion Specialties.

“275 vendors have booked exhibit space for this year’s show, which is shaping up as one of our biggest and best ever”, Neil Bear, Chair of Art In The Park 2015, said. “They’re coming to Willistead from all over Ontario, Quebec, and beyond. More than 50 of this year’s exhibitors are first-time participants. It’s all here this year -- everything from handmade furniture to luxurious organic soaps.  “Many of our loyal vendors have exhibited and sold their unique creations at Windsor’s beloved outdoor arts festival for more than 30 years. We’re truly grateful for their continuous, enthusiastic involvement”, Bear said.

Among the first-time Art In The Park exhibitors are the big, colorful pop-art canvases of local artist Briana Athena Benore; the nature-inspired home decor of Tuscany Concrete By Design; the quiet beauty of Lee Shelton sculptured glass and the charming boho bracelets, necklaces and earrings of Bella Gray.

                Thousands of visitors are expected to flow through the park gates during this beloved two-day public arts extravaganza. Besides the usual fine art, colorful crafts and wares on display and for sale, the show will also include pottery, sculpture and hand-made clothing. Art In The Park offers much more than beautiful paintings and other irresistible art objects; visitors young and old can enjoy many other fun-oriented activities, including free tours of gracious Willistead Manor. Come on in and enjoy a drum circle facilitated by Bloomfield House on Saturday, a poetry workshop and a Sunday poetry reading with Laurie Smith of Cranberry Press. For history buffs, there’s a reenactment of a radio broadcast from the 1948 Destination Freedom series with Artists of Color.

                Half the fun is getting there! Worried about parking? Don’t! Event organizers have once again partnered with G & L Stevenson Transit to provide a handy complimentary shuttle service between Willistead  and two satellite parking lots – at the Hiram Walker & Sons employee parking lot on Riverside Dr. E. at Montreuil St. and the Windsor Regional Hospital parking lot on Kildare Rd. two blocks north of Tecumseh Rd. E. The free shuttles run from 10:00 a.m, to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

                Bike It! –New this year is a secure bicycle valet service provided by Bike Friendly Windsor and Essex County. Why not ride your bike to Art In The Park? But don’t forget to bring a backpack to haul your treasures home. Look for the bike valet just inside the main gate to the park.

                The Friday Night Launch Partykicks off in the Spirit Tent – epicenter of AITP – at 5:00 p.m. and rocks on until 11:00. Our featured performers this year are Jamie Reaume, 80’s Inc. and British Beat 66. Admission to this fun evening of live entertainment is just $10.00 per person.  Tickets available online at aipwindsor.com and at the gate.

                Music, Music, Music- In addition to the unique arts and handicrafts throughout the park, Art In The Park will also feature nonstop  live musical entertainment throughout the weekend.  On Saturday, the action begins at 11:30 a.m. with the Music Expresstalent show, an amazing group of young entertainers. Next up, the talented  Joan Charette, then the Fabulous Soul Shakers. The evening entertainment in the big tent kicks off with Nemesis and concludes with Greatest Hits Live. The Sunday entertainment show bill leads off with the South Windsor School of Music Student Showcase, followed by Transco and the great finale with popular Tara Watts

                The Spirit Tent will feature delightful wines from the Coopers Hawk Vineyards, SprucewoodShores Estate Winery, Hiram Walker & Sons and ice-cold beer from the neighborhood Walkerville Brewery. You can also enjoy upscale food fare from several local restaurants, including the Thai Palace, Stir Crazy, Thyme to Go, the Gourmet Emporium and Crepe De Licious.

                One of the liveliest areas in the park is again sure to be the Kids Zone – a safe play area especially for children, where they can sing, dance and just have fun. A tent provides shade and encloses the area with a toddler-safe play area. And don’t miss Frozen’s Elsa from Dream Makers who will greet her fans and perform at noon Saturday, while Belle and Cinderella will be coming to play on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

                Your Support Is Appreciated. All proceeds raised at Art In The Park 2015– presented by the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918 ) directly support local children’s charities such as the John McGivney Centre for Children and Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services -- as well as the continuing restoration of Windsor’s architectural jewel, Willistead Manor. Over the past 30 years, Art In The Park has raised more than $1.3 million for these worthy purposes.

                Summer starts with Art In The Park. The fun’s endless, and the smiles are free!

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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ART IN THE PARK, This Weekend June 5 to 7, 2015!

Posted June 1, 2015 @ 10:30AM

                The 37th edition of Windsor’s favorite outdoor arts and crafts exhibition is all set to go on the elegant grounds of Willistead Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7.  But even before the park gates open on Saturday morning, there’ll be a special pre-event launch party in the park on Friday evening, June 5.

                “With many months of planning and preparation behind us, we’re ready to rock”, Neil Bear, Chair of Art In The Park 2015, said. And with a near-record 275 exhibitors, we can’t wait to get on with the show. It’s absolutely going to be one of our biggest and best events ever”.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6 – 10 A.M. TO 7 P.M.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 – 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M.

                Admission at the gate is again a very affordable, family-friendly $5.. Accompanied children under 12 get in for free.  Advance tickets are available for just $4 ONLINE at aipwindsor.com or at Shoppers Drug Mart, Windsor Family Credit Union branches, Highjinks Indoor Playcare and Motion Specialties.

                For the fourth consecutive year, Art In The Park kicks off with live entertainment at a pre-launch party in the park on Friday evening.  The fun begins at 5 p.m. in  Art In The Park’s epicenter, the Spirit Tent. Admission is a reasonable $10 per person.  Music Line up features 80’s Inc and British Beat 66.

                Thousands of visitors are expected to visit the park during this eagerly-anticipated, two-day public arts extravaganza. A real family affair, Art In The Park offers a whole lot more than just beautiful paintings and other irresistible hand crafted art objects. Over the years, show organizers have expanded and enhanced the show’s content to appeal to all ages and interests. Significant enhancements in Willistead Park will make it easier for visitors to tour the spacious grounds. A new asphalt-paved perimeter walkway will make it much easier for those in wheelchairs, and toddlers in strollers, to leisurely take in the Art In The Park exhibits.

                Free Shuttle Service – Art In The Park’s sponsor -- the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) – is again partnering with G & L Stevenson Transit to provide a complimentary shuttle service to and from Willistead Park during the show. The two satellite parking lots are at the Hiram Walker & Sons employee parking lot on Riverside Drive East at Montreuil St. and the Windsor Regional Hospital parking lot on Kildrare Rd. two blocks north of Tecumseh Rd. E. The free shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

                Bring your Bike – A new feature this year, Bike Friendly Windsor  is providing a secure bike valet just inside Willistead’s main gate on Niagara St. during Art In The Park hours on Saturday and Sunday. So why not ride your bike to Art In The Park – but don’t forget to bring a backpack to take your treasures home with you.

                All proceeds from Art In The Park directly support important local children’s charities such as the John McGivney Centre for Children and Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services. A portion of the show’s proceeds also go toward the continuing restoration of Willistead Manor. Over the past 30 years Art In The Park has raised more than $1.3 million for the restoration of Willistead Manor and its gracious grounds.

by Deborah Jones Publisher Biz X Magazine

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