Community Events

Jill Esposito and her husband Sam Aho take the plunge hand-in-hand at this year’s Bon Soo OLG sponsored Polar Bear Swim. The couple has turned this icey annual jump-for-the-joy-of-it into a family tradition. Maybe, the couple that dives together thrives together? Allana Plaunt/Special to Sault This Week / Sault This Week

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CHILD I.D.: Masons of Sault Ste. Marie will conduct a free child identification clinic on Monday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Canadian Bush Plane Centre, 50 Pim St. Using the latest technology, Masons will provide a CD containing your child’s personal information, digital fingerprints, digital photos, digital video, a dental impression and DNA sample. The CD is compatible with the Police Amber Alert system. You will receive the only copy of this information and all data is deleted as soon as you receive the CD. Masons do not retain the data. All volunteers have current police background checks by Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. This program is part of the Masons commitment to children, families and the community. This valuable service is provided at no charge.

BREAST CANCER: Algoma Breast Cancer Support Group will meet Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Biggings Room at City Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Join us as we share our experiences and practical tips for living with a breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment. You are not alone! For more information, call Carolynn at 705-649-6275.

QUILTED FEATHER BLOCK: Do you admire the feather fabric that is appearing everywhere? Learn to sew a pieced feather to create your own table runner or quilt. Precision piecing and bias edges make this a project for the more experienced sewer. This course will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $7 plus supplies. To register, call 7050254-6474.

MOOSE ENTERTAINMENT: Moose Family Centre will have live entertainment on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring Streamline Country. For more information call 705-759-8623.

SEWING: Make pillowcases using the “burrito” method – these pillowcases are very easy to make, especially with the “rollup: method. This method encases some of the seams for a nice finish. To register for this course, call 705-254-6474. It takes place on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 plus supplies.

DEMENTIA: What is dementia? On Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 10 – 11:30 a.m., the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library will host the information session “Understanding Dementia”. Learn about the warning signs, the risk factors, and the ways to reduce the risk of dementia. Reserve a seat by calling 705-759-5236 or by emailing This free program is open to anyone interested in learning more about dementia.

TEEN MOVIE: Korah Branch Teen Program will host a special Teen Movie Night on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to join us in watching “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and enjoying some warm popcorn. Complimentary snacks and refreshments provided. For more information, contact the Korah Branch at 705-759-5249.

BAM: Over The Rainbow Children’s Entertainment will present BAM Percussion on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2 p.m. at Community Theatre Centre at White Pines. BAM has performed indoors and outdoors across the globe, before crowds of 5,000 and more. BAM characters seem to have walked out a Mad cartoon. They speak BAM speech – understood by everyone. Transcultural humour and a lot of rhythm bring a truly universal event. Purchase tickets at the Box Office in Station Mall or at the event prior to the show. For more information see, .

ANTI-VALENTINES: Korah Branch Teen Program will hold a special “Anti-Valentines” event on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to join us as we melt down some chocolaty goodness and whip up some taste creations. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the Korah Branch at 705-759-5249.

VALENTINE CONCERT: Sault Symphony will hold its Valentine Dinner and Concert at the Water Tower Inn, 360 Great Northern Rd, in the Pavilion, on Saturday, Feb. 16. The program includes live jazz by the Symphony Jazz All-Stars Combo during dinner followed by music performed by Sault Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz band. Dinner is at 6 p.m., antipasto, soup, salad, chicken, vegetable, dessert, coffee and tea. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Dinner ticket orders must be placed prior to Friday, Feb. 8. Dinner and concert, $70 Cdn, $50 US. For the concert only, $30 Cdn and $20 US. Dinner tickets sold at Phi Dental, 23 Great Northern Rd., 705-450-4000 and in Sault Michigan at Soo Theater, 534 Ashmun St, 906-632-1930. Concert tickets can be purchased online at and at the door.

BABY PICASSO: Registration begins Thursday, Feb. 14, at Korah Branch Library, 556 Goulais Ave. for Baby Picasso, a four-session program that introduces young children six-to-12 months old to experiences that integrate music, art, literacy, and sensory stimulation. Sessions run from Thursday, March 7, to Thursday, March 28. The program is limited to 12 children.

FAMILY FUN: Challenge your family to a game. James L. McIntyre has new and classic board games for all ages. Drop in to play – no registration required. Games day takes place in the Children’s department on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 50 East St.

FRANCOPHONES: Are you a Francophone family with children with ASD? Are you interested in attending Autism Ontario events that are offered in French? If this is you, email and let Autism Ontario know the ages of your children. The agency wants to offer events specifically in French and is trying to gauge how many families are in the area.

CREATIVE NOISE: Join BAM! Percussion and the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library for a free creative percussion workshop, Dare to Create! Using chairs and drumsticks, participants will play in an active, collaborative, rhythmic choreography that will light up imaginations and leave a state of creative alertness. Beginners or those more advanced at percussion, will find new and fun ways to perform with everyday objects. It’s the perfect, hands-on way to realize that creativity is accessible and a total blast. BAM! Percussion, based out of Quebec, has toured around the world, captivating audiences with their electrifying performances that blend comedy and drumming virtuosity. This free program for ages seven and older takes place on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 10 to11 a.m., at the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library, Program Room – 50 East St. Space is limited to 30 children. To register, or for more information, contact the Children’s Department at 705-759-5241.

OPP HIRING: Members of the public interested in finding out about career opportunities with the Ontario Provincial Police are invited to attend an information session in North Bay. A recruiter will provide details involving how to apply, pre-requisites, expectations of an applicant, and an overview to assist with preparing for each stage of the process. Join us to find out what it takes to become a member of the Ontario Provincial Police. The session will be held in North Bay on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the OPP North East Regional Headquarters (scent free), 911-A Gormanville Rd., North Bay.

JAZZ, WINE AND CHOCOLATE: Experience an intimate evening of jazz, wine and chocolate on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday Feb., 14, at James L. McIntyre Centennial Library, 50 East St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Britta Wolfert & Quartet invite you for a musical journey introducing her newly released album Solitude ‘Music from the Heart.’ Tickets are $20, which includes a glass of wine. A limited number of seats are available – for those 19 and older. Tickets may be purchased at both library locations. CD’s will be available for purchase at event. For more information, contact Helena Huopalainen, Manager of Community Engagement, 705-759-5243.

CHURCH CLOSET: The Closet at Central United Church, 160 Spring St., is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out the assortment of new and gently used clothing and accessories. Come back often as new items arrive weekly.

CAPT CALENDARS: Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains 2019 calendars are on sale at: Shabby Motley 356 Queen St. E.; Model Railroad Club, Wellington Square Mall, (Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.); Scott Coffee Co. Café, 248 Northern Ave.; Heyden Fuels, at the intersection of Highway 17 N and Highway 556 to Searchmont; Hearst Economic Development Corp., 523 Highway 11 East, Hearst P0L 1N0.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: Try Scottish Country Dancing for fun, friendship and fitness for all ages. Join us Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon to dance some reels, jig, and strathspeys. No partner is necessary. Call Leslie at 705-942-9821 for more information, and find us on Facebook.

KIDS WINTER READING: Discover amazing adventures in books with the Game On-themed Winter Reading Club, which run to Friday, March 15. Young readers can complete a series of challenges to add their names to the Wall of Fame. The season wraps up with a party to celebrate. Children ages three and up are welcome to join. Sign-up is at the Children’s Department at James L. McIntyre Centennial Library, 50 East St., and at Korah Branch Library, 556 Goulais Ave. (Northern Community Centre).

VERSE: Poetry circles are “divinely slow in a hurtling world,” said Canadian poet Molly Peacock. Poetry Circle North invites membership for meetings at James L. McIntyre Centennial Library, 50 East St. New to poetry, or an aficionado, bring one or two favourite poems to share, or come by to listen. Discover together the meaning and mystery of poetry’s words, thoughts, and emotions. The program will take place in the Computer Commons Room on the first Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group will meet regularly from January through June. This is a free program, but space is limited. To register, call the Reference and Information Desk at 705-759-5236.

SINGLES: 50+Singles Sault Ste. Marie now holds its meetings at Willowgrove United Church Annex on Fridays at 7 p.m.

LANTERN TOUR: Hiawatha Highlands offers Guided Snowshoe Lantern Tours on Mondays, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the four-kilometre Pinder Trail. Trail pass holders pay $10 for the evening if they reserve a spot, $15 if they walk in. Non-trail pass holders pay $20 or $25. Trail passes can be purchased in the office or reserved by credit card over the phone. Similar tours will be offered throughout the season, until Wednesday, March 13. Snowshoes and headlamps can be provided. The tours last between one-and-a-half and two hours.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: The group meets Sundays at 7 p.m., at St. Jerome’s Church, 26 Carmel Rd. For information, contact Barbara 705-450-5237 or Liz, 705-297-0897.

ROCKIN’: True North Touring and Quatro Entertainment will present the mind-blowing, face melting, nothin’ but a good time, audience favorite Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour in Sault Ste. Marie. Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the all new production will take place at GFL Memorial Gardens on March 19, for one night only. Tickets start at $59.50 (including tax plus applicable service charges). Tickets are available at GFL Memorial Gardens Box Office, by telephone at 1-866-775-9422 and Online at Accessibility tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or by calling 705-759-5251 ext. 2.

SENIORS ADVISORY: Seniors’ Health Advisory Committee: 55+ Citizens of Sault Ste. Marie and Area meets to discuss health issues and stay informed about seniors’ issues. Join us: every fourth Thursday of the month (except July, August and December) from 1:15 to 4:00 p.m., at Algoma Public Health, 294 Willow Ave.

LEGION BINGO, PANCAKES: The Ladies Auxiliary at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 25, 96 Great Northern Rd., will hold its charity bingo every Thursday at 1 p.m. New loonie number and gumballs. All are welcome. Fourth Wednesday of every month except November and December the auxiliary will hold a family pasta night. The last Sunday of every month from September to May is pancake breakfast Sunday, at the Branch, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Cost is $10/adult; children five to 12, $5; children four and under are free. Breakfast includes: pancakes (blueberry or plain), St. Joseph Island’s maple syrup, scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, coffee/tea/juice/milk and a fruit cup. Call 705-256-2941 for more information.