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Richard Rosenthal

Volunteers Needed For The Distress Centre of Windsor-Essex County

Posted January 13, 2015 @ 3:38PM

The Distress Centre of Windsor-Essex County is currently recruiting volunteers to provide emotional support and emergency crisis interventions to people who seek help in Windsor-Essex and surrounding areas.  In the past year, over 3,000 area residents called the Distress Centre for support and were able to speak to a highly trained, dedicated, and caring Phone Volunteer at the Centre.

Distress Centre Executive Director Rukshini Ponniah-Goulin said calls have continued to increase over the past few years, due to factors such as an increased number of Windsor-Essex residents looking for work and more people reaching out for emotional support as opposed to waiting for a time of severe crisis.  The increase in call volumes (some months as high as 50% over previous years), has necessitated an increase in the number of Volunteers answering the phones throughout operational hours (12 noon to 12 midnight), so the Centre’s Training Team is actively recruiting interested candidates to meet with about this highly regarded and well-sought after Volunteer Experience.  “We need people who are good listeners and are non-judgmental above all else," Ponniah-Goulin said. "Our Volunteers need to be able to listen to people, support them through whatever they’re going through, encourage them, send intervention if needed and provide them with community resources if they need further or more specific types of help."

Training Candidates must be over the age of 18 and be able to work in a sometimes stressful environment handling what can be very mature and serious conversations and requests for help.  Candidates will need to pass through an extensive screening and training process which begins Jan. 27thand must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month over a period of 12 months.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Distress Centre should e-mail DistressCentreWE@gmail.com with their availability for a brief Phone Interview by Jan. 16th.  For more information, interested candidates are encouraged to visit the Centre’s website, www.dcwindsor.com, to learn more about the organization, the service it provides the community, and the Volunteer Training Program and Opportunity itself.

Those needing emotional support, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, or community referrals, are encouraged to call 519-256-5000 between 12 noon and 12 midnight any day of the year.  The Distress Centre’s Phone Volunteers are always there to support those who reach out, “Sometimes talking helps” as the Distress Centre’s philosophy states and no-one in Windsor-Essex should ever feel alone!

by Richard Rosenthal

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Posted December 22, 2014 @ 9:42AM

LAF Lottery tickets are on sale. 1 for $50 or 3 for $100. The Grand Prize is $10,000and there are 16 chances to win! 

Draw date: January 9, 2015

12 Prizes of $500
4th Prize: $2,000
3rd Prize: $3,000
2nd Prize: $4,000
Grand Prize: $10,000

*winning tickets are re-entered for each draw as well! only 2,500 tickets will be sold!

All proceeds go to Life After Fifty (Centres for Seniors), a non-profit agency that provides innovative and interesting recreational, educational and social programs for older adults in our community. Life After Fifty promotes active living through various programs at two convenient locations –West Side Centre located at 635 McEwan Avenue, and their East Side Centre located within the WFCU Centre.  You can also call 519-968-3443 to purchase a ticket as well.

by Richard Rosenthal

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Volunteers Needed For Gift Wrapping Booth

Posted November 30, 2014 @ 12:23PM

Each year for the past 22 years, Community Living Essex County has operated a Gift WrappingBooth fund-raiser at Devonshire Mall in Windsor.  Community Living Essex County has been extremely fortunate to benefit from the generosity of hundreds of volunteers who, year after year, give of their time and holiday spirit to wrap gifts of all sizes for a small fee or donation.  Volunteers include students looking to secure community hours, local service clubs, church groups and small and large businesses that use the opportunity to give back or as a fun team building exercise.  Individual volunteers and groups are being recruited now.

The 2014 Gift Wrapping Booth is now official opened and will continue to operate during Devonshire Mall hours each day untilWednesday, December 24(Christmas Eve) at 5 pm.  
The booth will again be located near Chapters Bookstore in Devonshire Mall on Howard Avenue in Windsor.So save time in wrapping your holiday presents and consider bringing them to the Community Living Essex County Gift Wrapping Booth at Devonshire Mall this Christmas.

If you are interested in volunteering at the booth, please contact Tony DeSantis,Manager Community Relations by calling 519-776-6483, ext 246, or emailing:tony@communitylivingessex.org
All proceeds from the annual Gift Wrapping Booth benefit Community Living Essex County in support of over 600 people with an intellectual disability and their families throughout Essex County.  

by Richard Rosenthal

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Take A Photo of Your Meal When Downtown to Win a $100 Voucher in November 2014

Posted November 3, 2014 @ 5:01PM

Organized by the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association, the #30DaysDiningDowntown Windsor contest highlights participating restaurants and eateries and encourages patrons to take a picture of their meal for a chance to win a $100 voucher to any restaurant in the city centre. Contestants may enter the competition by posting a picture of their meal on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter; tagging or identifying the respective business; and using the hashtag #30DaysDiningDowntown Windsor.

The contest runs for 30 days during the period November 1 to 30, 2014. At the conclusion of the contest, one (1) winner will be selected at random, and will be awarded a $100 voucher to be used at a restaurant of their choice located within the Downtown Windsor BIA's boundaries. You can also win one of over 10 gift certificates from participating restaurants.

The Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (DWBIA) advocates for continuous improvement, promotes sustainable growth, cultivates and projects the uniqueness and creative spirit within our city centre. As a proponent for downtown revitalization, the DWBIA strives to create and nurture a downtown that defines the character of the Windsor region and actively works to invest in amenities that people want, need and use.

by Richard Rosenthal

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A.R.A. Annual Art Show & Sale October 17 to November 2, 2014

Posted October 19, 2014 @ 9:22PM

 The Association of Representational Artist (ARA) of Windsor & Essex is 

holding their annual art show and sale from October 17th, to November 2nd, 2014

The show and sale gallery is located at Windsor Crossings Outlet Mall 1555 Talbot Rd. Unit 110.

 The A.R.A. is a nonprofit group of painters that have focused on composing representational art work since 1978. The public is invited to see the show and help support the local artists. There will be 36 artist displaying and selling original compositions in water-colour, acrylic, oil and mixed-media. Side by side, the A.R.A. has established artists; evolving artist and undiscovered talents that sell their work directly to the public and make lasting connections with art patrons, dealers and collectors. 

 Biz X magazine encourages the public to review and purchase exceptional original art works. 

Hours of operation will be: Thurs. 10 am - 6 pm, Fri. 10 am - 9 pm, Sat. 10 am - 6 pm

&  Sun. 12 noon -  5 pm. Closed Mon, Tues & Wed. 

Here are just a few reasons why original art is best.

Local Artist are part of our community who purchase goods and services; they are part of the economic engine. The Arts are an industry; they are an integral part of the local economy. Artists are in competition with big box stores that sell cheap, fast reproductions made overseas that don't support the local economy directly. Local art creates heritage and captures local history that defines who are community is.

For more information contact

Mariano Klimowicz 519-977-0729  and mariano.studio77@gmail.com

Katrina Rutter 519-252-0601 andpaintbynumbers@rocketmail.com. 

A.R.A. website:  www.arawindsor.com 

by Richard Rosenthal

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Two Great October Events At Silver Tee: Oct. 5 & 19, 2014

Posted September 28, 2014 @ 1:13PM

October 5:For the Love of Paws Animal Rescue (FLOP) Alumni Reunion, BBQ and Adopt-a-thon at Silver Tee Golf and Virtual Gaming Centre (1360 Highway 3, Oldcastle) from 11am until 3pm. Bring your family and your furry, four legged FLOP alumni and head out to Silver Tee to enjoy something hot off the grill, hit a bucket of balls or play a round of mini golf. Proceeds to benefit FLOP animal rescue. For more information, please visit http://silverteegolf.com/upcoming-events/


October 19: The second Annual ‘Howl’Ween Bash’ at Silver Tee Golf and Virtual Gaming Centre (1360 Highway 3 Oldcastle) for the benefit of For the Love of Paws (FLOP) Animal Rescue. Come out to Silver Tee from 11am until 3pm for a ‘Scary Good’ time! Meet our adoptable dogs looking for their ‘fur’ever home! Enjoy something hot off the BBQ, play a round of mini golf, hit the driving range or purchase a raffle ticket. face painting, crafts and more all to benefit FLOP animal rescue. For more information,  visit http://silverteegolf.com/upcoming-events/

by Richard Rosenthal

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Problem Gambling Prevention Week Sept. 22 to 28, 2014 --where to go for help!

Posted September 23, 2014 @ 7:00PM

September 22-26 is Problem Gambling Prevention Week in Windsor, and the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) is reaching out to the friends and family of people with a potential gambling problem providing information about how to spot a problem, protect themselves and get help through local resources.

According to research from the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC), one in 10 Ontarians report being negatively affected by someone else's gambling.

That means that about 29,900 adults in the County of Essex are estimated to be negatively impacted.


-CAESARS WINDSOR CASINO, 377 RIVERSIDE DRIVE EAST Wed. Sept 24, 5 - 9 pm; Thurs. Sept 25, noon - 3 pm;
 Fri. Sept 26, 5  - 9 pm ;Sat. Sept 27, 5 - 9 pm;
 Sun. Sept 28, noon to 4 pm


655 CRAWFORD AVENUE, Fri. Sept 26, noon - 3 pm

County of Essex residents can access local help at:

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Problem Gambling Services - 519-254-2112 Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-888-230-3505

For more about the signs of potential problem gambling; helping a friend or family member who may have a gambling problem; protecting your finances and safer gambling tips, go to www.stopthechase.ca.

by Richard Rosenthal

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Hawk Fest 2014: Meet Wildlife Up Close

Posted September 1, 2014 @ 11:54AM

 If you are looking for new ways to discover nature and get outdoors, get to "Hawk Fest 2014" at Holiday Beach Conservation Area, Amherstburg, Ontario Sept 13/14 and 20 /22 from 9 am to 3 pm.

Each September, Holiday Beach becomes a migration hot spot as fall winds carry migrating hawks, songbirds, hummingbirds, dragonflies and butterflies across the skies and hawk tower.  Climb the tower to watch the amazing flight of hawks in migration and discover amazing facts about them from experts from the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory (HBMO).  Have your picture taken with a banded hawk, and release it back up into the sky with HBMO’s Adopt-a-hawk program and watch them being banded and measured for migration research.  Let your adopted songbird fly out of your hand and learn more exciting facts from HBMO Songbird and Hummingbird Banders.  

Visit with a live Great-horned owl and Peregrine falcons at the Canadian Peregrine Falcon Foundation tent.  Shop at Pelee Wings Nature Store booth for binoculars, books and other nature items.  Buy or learn about native trees or flowers at the Native Tree and Wildflower’s booth, and visit the other nature themed booths as well.  Make a free nature craft, go on a scavenger hunt and see water insects up close and through the microscope in the Kids Zone.  On Saturday, September 13 from 10:30 am – 12 noon, visit with animals from around the world with Zoo to You!

Plan your day with a visit to www.erca.org for the schedule of nature talks and walks. Discover the art of digiscoping, and the Blue Sky Photography Workshop and a Dark Sky Night of Star Gazing.  Walk the trails with dragonfly, butterfly and amphibian experts. Find out how to attract birds, butterflies and pollinators to your yard with native trees and plants.  Explore the world of bird and hawk watching and identification.  All hikes and workshops are offered free of charge with your admission of just $10 per car. 

The best raptor viewing time is from 9 a.m. until noon when the hawks fly low. The Holiday Beach Conservation Area is located on County Road 50, on Lake Erie near Malden Centre approximately 15km southeast of historic Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, a half hour drive from Highway 401 and only 40 minutes from the Ambassador Bridge for those coming from Detroit.

 As the popularity of birding continues to grow, the Essex Region Conservation Authority is introducing two new events to complement their always popular HawkFest 2014.

 Holiday Beach is renowned for the hundreds of egrets come in to roost at Holiday Beach Conservation Area each fall.  On Saturday, September 13 at 5:30 pm, ERCA will also host an Egret Evening, where outdoors at Holiday Beach, guests can enjoy a locally sourced meal of Lake Erie Perch and chicken from Black Jack's Gastrovan and a glass of wine from Cooper's Hawk Vineyards.   Dr. Chip Weseloh, retired from the Canadian Wildlife Service, has conducted significant research on this amazing egret roost and will share his expertise with our guests atop the Hawk Town as the egrets come in to roost.  Advance tickets must be purchased for this event and are available at www.egretevening.eventbrite.ca.    Please note:  like with all wildlife viewing in natural settings, there can be no guarantee of these sightings. 

As well, on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30pm, the Essex Region Conservation Authority presents An Evening with Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. This book has been called "a parable for our time" by Dr. David Suzuki. Mr. Greenberg has been a leader in Project Passenger Pigeon to commemorate the anniversary of the species' extinction. The Passenger Pigeon was unlike any other bird. It probably numbered in the billions, making it the most abundant bird in North America, and possibly the world.  In September, 1914 - exactly 100 years ago, the last of the species died, marking the extinction of this unique bird. 

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is proud to present this special evening as part of our HawkFest 2014.  A delicious selection of h'or doerves will be served, as well as a complimentary glass of wine for guests of age, and a cash wine bar. Mr. Greenberg's talk will highlight the life and legacy of the Passenger Pigeon, and relate it to modern day conservation efforts.  Mr. Greenberg's book will be available for purchase at the event. There will also be an opportunity for book signing by the author.  A limited number of tickets at just $40 per person are available but must be purchased in advance at https://joelgreenbergevening.eventbrite.ca


by Richard Rosenthal

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Donate A Bike by August 29, 2014

Posted August 18, 2014 @ 12:37PM

In an effort to promote a healthy and active life style The Sandwich Town Business Improvement Area is collecting gently used bicycles from August 15, 2014 through to August 29, 2014. The donated bicycles will be given to Brock Secondary Elementary School students during the Sandwich Town Festival on September 6 & September 7, 2014.

Bicycles can be dropped off at The Dominion House 3140 Sandwich Street during the hours of 11 am to 3 pm daily.

The BIA is also asking for bike helmet donations and these can also be dropped off the Dominion House.

"We want to be able to provide these students especially those who have never been introduced to this type of activity the opportunity to own a bicycle," says David Grimaldi the Executive Director of the Sandwich Towne BIA.

For further information please contact: David Grimaldi at 519-792-3521

by Richard Rosenthal

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Military Muster August 16 & 17, 2014

Posted August 13, 2014 @ 5:28PM

Just like the name implies, the Southern Ontario Military Muster will assemble Second World War-era vehicles in show-ready condition  Aug. 16 & 17, 2014 for duty during one of the largest events of its kind in Canada.

View the Military Muster website militarymuster.ca for updates, the weekend event program schedules and information along with a gallery of vehicles on display last year.

Expect more than a dozen restored trucks, Bren-gun carriers and Jeeps to be viewed at the Essex Arena Sports Complex grounds, 60 Fairview Ave., Essex.

ALL Veterans can attend at no charge; general adult admission costs $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6 to 17 years free admission for 5 years and under,

For more information, contact one of the event's founders, Geoff Bottoms; call 519-945-8648 or email somm.militarymuster@gmail.com.

What: Southern Ontario Military Muster

Where: Essex  Arena Sports Complex grounds, 60 Fairview Ave., Essex

When: Saturday, Aug 16, Sunday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days

Who: Your neighbours who aim to commemorate Canada's veterans and military history

How: Drop by the Muster, stay for Essex County hospitality

Why: Lest we forget.

by Richard Rosenthal

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