Words and photos by Clarington Tourism
April showers bring May flowers – here’s what’s blooming ‘This Month in Clarington’!
Maple Festival and All That Jazz, in beautiful Historic Downtown Bowmanville, Saturday May 3rd, 9am to 5pm. A celebration of spring and the maple syrup harvest along with cool jazz in the heart of Historic Downtown Bowmanville’s main street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic on the day. Enjoy all things maple, such as breakfast or lunch of flapjacks, sausage and real maple syrup served in a huge marquee tent, maple flavoured hot made-on-the-spot doughnuts, elephant ears and maple syrup, and maple fudge, along with interesting exhibits, unique crafts to purchase, rides for the children and, of course, cool jazz at several locations. A chance to take the family out to enjoy the warmer temperatures of Spring. And don’t forget to visit the local stores who will have their Spring merchandise display.
Earth Day Tree Planting, May 3rd, Enniskillen Conservation Area The public is invited to give nature a helping hand at Central Lake Ontario Conservation’s annual Earth Day event being held at the Sanderson Tract, which is part of the north section of Enniskillen Conservation Area, The event is FREE and will run rain or shine, on Saturday May 3rd from 9:00am until noon. All wishing to participate are asked to register online or call 905-579-0411, ext. 142 , and free online registration
Men’s Night Out Poker Event, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park May 3rd, in support of Lakeridge Bowmanville Hosptial
Details and registration HERE:
Haydon Kitchen Party , May 3rd. This event in its 4th year is a concert featuring local musicians gathering to help raise funds for Haydon Community Hall. This year we are featuring Trish Robb, Tim Watson and County West. Tickets are $25 and are available online, or at Hands On Music in Bowmanville. You may also call 905-263-4494 for more information. There will be food and refreshments as well as a silent auction table at the event.
12th Annual Free Comic Book Day. May 3rd, Gnu Books, located at the Courtice Flea Market, is once again celebrating it’s free comic book day. Gnu has been located at the market for the past three years, and offers a number of comics, novels etc. So come on out to the Courtice Flea Market to pick up your free comic!!! 10am-4pm, Courtice Flea Market (Gnu Books Booth), 1696 Bloor Street, Courtice
Mothers Day Workshop with Terren’s Wellness Centre at The Fire Hall Bistro, Orono. An introductory class for making a melt and pour soap, basic cream, and an epson salt bath blend. Refreshments will be served. Reserved your spot by May 1, 2014 by calling 905-983-5000 Cost: $25.00 each – supplies included
Paws to Read, Clarington Public Library Bowmanville Branch, May 3RD and 10, 2-4pm. The Paws to Read® program is designed to match children with a certified therapy dog and their handler for a fun one-on-one reading session! Studies have shown that reading to dogs encourages confidence and boosts self-esteem in children. Reading out loud to a Paws to Read dog boosts literacy and makes reading fun! Advanced registration required per 15 minute session; space is limited. Register online, in person, or by phone. No charge. Presented in partnership with Therapeutic Paws of Canada, a non-profit, charitable organization.
Mandarin MS Walk, May 4th, Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Hwy 2, Bowmanville. Every year over 40,000 Canadians in more than 160 communities across our country lace up at the MS Walk to raise vital funds for people living with MS. This family-oriented, community-supported event offers walking routes of varying lengths – including a wheelchair-accessible route – and features start/finish line activities such as inspiring words from MS Ambassadors (people living with MS), entertainment, team awards and more. 08:00 AM – 02:00 PM. 905 668 0388,
Annual Salad Luncheon, May 7th, Trinity United Church The annual ‘Salad Luncheon and Spring Bazaar’ is being held with continuous seating from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Take outs are available and delivery available within Bowmanville. Get your tickets early.
61st Annual Kinsmen Carnival, the Garnet B. Rickard Complex, May 8to 11. Bowmanville. Family fun, rides, games, candy floss and carnival food. All in support of a great cause – your community! May 8 is Loonie/Toonie day. May 11 is Mothers Day; Mothers ride free all day! For advanced all day pass purchase, visit participating shops in Downtown Bowmanville. Come out for a day of family fun and excitement!
Neil Newton – the TYRONE SERIES 1970-73, May 8, 588 Markham Street, Toronto. Reception 11am, with artist talk at 4pm.
Around 1970, Newton bought a small farm at Regional Rd 57 outside of Toronto in Durham region. He took a series of photographs documenting rural life in the Tyrone, Enniskillen, Haydon and Hampton areas. The prints perfectly captured the characters and life in the area at that time. They toured Canada as part of a joint project by Art Gallery of Ontario, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Canada Council. The exhibition then journeyed to England and Sweden. Two photographs in the series are now housed in the National Gallery collection in Ottawa. Neil is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. https://www.facebook.com/events/652733501463788/
National Day of Honour May 9 – contact Royal Canadian Legion
Miche Canada Open House & Warehouse Sale, May 9. 1712 Baseline Rd W., Courtice. 1 day a year for 4 hours only (5-9pm)! See all 4 sizes of purses & hundreds of Shells purse covers).
Newcastle Horticultural Society Plant Sale, May 10, Newcastle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue West, Newcastle. Gleaned from our members gardens, plants of all types at reasonable prices. 8am -Noon. Also selling Mother’s Day arrangements and pots.
Orono Historic Walking Tour May 10 Join Charles Taws in a historic guide of downtown Orono, 1-2:30pm. Phone: 905-623-2734, firstname.lastname@example.org
Put Some Spring in Your Step May 10– Ganaraska Forest Centre. 10am-2pm. Join in and search for flowers and spring birds during Migratory Bird Week. Enjoy a guided ecology walk through the Ganaraska Forest. Don’t forget your binoculars, and birding and flower guides! Pre-registration is required by calling 905 885 8173. email@example.com
Bethesda House 12th Annual Spring Fling Dinner/Auction, May 15 Clarington Beech Centre, 26 Beech Avenue. Bowmanville. Doors open at 6 pm – Tickets $60 each – for tickets or to donate items for the auction.
Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, May 16, 17,, 18. The unofficial kick-off to the summer season, Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend will feature the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the ground-pounding muscle cars of the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series plus the return of Pirelli World Challenge (Touring & B-Spec). Four Canadian Series’, the Canadian Touring Car Championship, Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, Formula 1600 Super Series and the Canadian Supercar Championship will round out the exciting on-track action. Tickets available here:
Spring Flower Show, May 20, Newcastle Community Hall, 7:30-9:30pm. ‘New Plants For Raised Gardens’ with John Storie. Centennial room. Staging time 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Call 905 987 1746
OPG Family Days: Garden Party & Teddy Bear Picnic, May 24, noon to 4pm. Bowmanville Museum, 37 Silver Street. Spring has sprung and we’re ready to enjoy the blossoms. Join us in the beautiful gardens of Bowmanville Museum for our home grown plant sale, and family Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your family (and Teddy’s) to enjoy traditional garden activities and games, refreshments, and great prices on annuals and perennials. Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation. No pre-registration necessary. Members: $4 per person/$14 per family (up to 5 people) Non-member: $5 per person/$18 per family (up to 5 people).
Paul Kelly – A Retospecitve Opening Reception May 25, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington,
Don’t forget to stop in and see the Artworks on display in the Main Gallery and the Showcase at the Municipality of Clarington Administrative Centre: 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville Exhibitions may be viewed during regular business hours: 8:30am-4:30pm
Main Gallery (Room)
Diane Daigle April 2014
Fred Sewell May 2014
Isabel Velduis /Stuart Morley June 2014
Tire Take Back at Dom’s Auto May 26-31
Firehouse Battle of the Bands, May 30. The Firehouse Battle of the Bands is scheduled to ROCK Garnet B. Rickard on Friday May 30th. so if your waiting for that big break??? Can’t wait to play in front of a big crowd??? Then register your band or reserve your tickets today!!!
Tag Days for Association of Hospital Volunteers, May 30 & 31 Bowmanville
Community Yard Sale May 31 organized by Knights of Columbus Council 6361, to be held rain or shine, at St. Joseph R.C. Church’s parking lot and parish hall. BBQ, music, face painting, 50-50 draw, silent auction, bake sale table. St. Vincent de Paul truck will be present to take any unsold items. 6:30am – 1pm. Phone 905 419 1509, firstname.lastname@example.org
Raise The Barn – Fundraising Event May 30, 7pm-1am Knox Pumpkin Farm, 6325 Enfield Road, Hampton, ON L0B 1J0. Dancing, Food and Live Entertainment. Come enjoy some very talented muscians from SASS program, Straight From The Hips and the Doozies. It promises to be a very FUNraising night. Silent auction, door prizes and a night under the stars.