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Join all the festivities in Bethany this weekend!

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Interested in perch, bluegills and crappy? Well, just pick a sunny day with little wind and give your hand a try at ice fishing. There are dozens of lakes to choose from: Balsam Lake, Brighton Bay in Lake Ontario, Cameron Lake, Chemong Lake, Lake Dalrymple, Rice Lake, Sturgeon Lake, Lake Scugog, Crowe Lake and the lower Trent River are just some of the choices available. Many of the public boat launches make great winter access points and you may even get free parking along the side of the road.

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Source: http://leisurecottages.com/Ice_Fishing.html

You will notice many fishermen have a variety of rods, each rigged a little differently. The variety lets you be prepared for the different sizes and species you might encounter, tells you how active the fish actually are and how deep you plan to fish. Experienced anglers have a sharp 6” hand auger, an ice skimmer to remove slush from your hole, a light action 18-24” ice rod/reel combo spooled with 6-10 pound monofilament fishing line and a handful of lures for each species you are after.

Remember, the more prepared you are the better off you will be since changing lures in sub-zero weather is not a lot of fun.

If you are going to a lake for the first time, one that may not have a lot of ice fishing activity already, it is critical that you test the depth of the ice. Use your basic auger to test the ice – you want a minimum of a 6 to 8 inch circumference to get started.

Want to know how plentiful the fish are? Simple. Google ‘Stocked Water Body’ to find a number of sites that can give you the details you need. Find out about species, fishing regulations specific to the area, and of course stocking information.

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Source: https://thekawarthas.ca/hot-tips-kawartha-ice-fishing/

Remember, dress accordingly. Wear breathable clothing and layer, layer, layer. Insulated snow pants and a heavy winter parka are a must. Good gloves, a toque, and a pair of insulated waterproof boots round out the ice fisherman’s most important attire on the ice. You might also want to bring some extra gloves, a balaclava, and a scarf.

Enjoy some ice fishing while there is still time. The weather forecasters are saying spring will happen quickly so please be aware of conditions and be safe.

 

 

 

 

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The Ontario Parks Blog, “How to Have a Safe Winter Hike” gives you the detail you need in order to enjoy the many parks in the Kawarthas.

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Source: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/safe-winter-hiking/

  • Dress appropriately. Frost bite is real and can happen sooner than you think. Dress in layers including a base layer, mid layer and shell on top.
  • Take the right gear including flashlight, smart phone, extra clothing, hand warmers, and snow shoes if you have them.
  • Plan accordingly. Check the weather and pace yourself according to the conditions and your own fitness level.
  • Know your park! Many of the parks and conservation areas around us have miles and miles of trails. Know where you are at and where you are going.
  • Bring a snack and bring a buddy. Don’t hike in the winter alone.
  • Careful of the ice! There are many waterways that contain strong currents – the ice may not be as thick as you think.

 

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Source: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/safe-winter-hiking/

Close to home you can hike…

  • West Forest Trail or the East Forest Trail of the Fleetwood Creek Natural Area
  • The Kawartha Section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail
  • Medal Loop Trail

The following map gives you an idea of the vast number of hiking areas available to us.

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Source: http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/activity/snowshoeing-backcountry

Enjoy the winter – Stay warm and stay safe!

 

 

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The Next Country Music Star Talent Search starts March 2nd at The Ranch Resort

Country Bands & Singers! Do you have what it takes to become The Next Country Music Star?

Live auditions begin in March and continue every Saturday until mid April at The Ranch Resort in Bethany.

The Winner takes it all! A once in a lifetime opportunity to perform at the 30th annual Havelock Country Jamboree

Be mentored by industry professionals, receive a guitar from The Guitar Boutique, and more.

Country music fans are invited to come out and vote for their favourite artists.

For more information visit www.thenextcountrymusicstar.com

or call The Ranch Resort 705-277-1942

 

 

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What is the perfect prescription to chase the winter blues away? The ReFrame Film Festival!

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Source: https://reframefilmfestival.ca/festival/

ReFrame holds the annual event at the end of January in downtown Nogojiwanong (Peterborough). The focus of the films shown is on social justice, human rights and environmental responsibility. The success of the film festival is accomplished through connections and alliances between audiences, film makers and artists, community partners, and neighbours.

The undertaking and commitment to the ReFrame Mission is accomplished

through:

  • a community film festival;
  • educational programs for children and youth;
  • art exhibitions, installations and performances;
  • an international food marketing showcasing the tastes of Peterborough.

The list of Films is too long to include here but you can find the whole list of over 60 films, including detailed descriptions at https://reframefilmfestival.ca/festival/films/.

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Source: https://reframefilmfestival.ca/festival/films/ 

Festival passes are available both online (https://reframe.tickit.ca/events/5401-2019-reframe-film-festival) and in local stores including:

GreenUP Store

378 Aylmer St N, Peterborough

Watson & Lou

383 Water Street, Peterborough

Happenstance Books & Yarns

44 Queen St, Lakefield

Pastry Peddler

17 King St E, Millbrook

In-store ticket sales are CASH ONLY.

And you can get delicious food and drinks at ReFrame! In addition to the food and drink vendors you will also have a 15% discount at 9 downtown restaurants.

An event like this cannot take place without dedicated volunteers. Over 200 volunteers contribute their time and energy to make the ReFrame Film Festival a success.

Festival Volunteers help out with things like:

  • Ushering guests to their seats
  • Selling tickets/checking passes
  • Helping with bussing tables, dishwashing and vendor support at the ReFrame Food Market
  • Surveying attendees and collecting data
  • Setting up/tearing down event spaces

If you are interested in participating in ReFrame 2019 as a Festival Volunteer, just use the ReFrame 2019 SignUP to choose your shifts (https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2619758/false#/invitation).

See you at the 2019 ReFrame Film Festival!

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Source: https://reframefilmfestival.ca/festival/films/

 

 

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Snofest is coming to Peterborough again from January 20th to the 26th.

Someone in your family may remember way back to 1976 when the first Snofest was held thanks to ParticipAction. 

ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage Canadians to sit less and move more. Peterborough took the challenge and has held the annual Snofest ever since.

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 Source: http://www.peterboroughsnofest.ca/

The Calendar of Events covers a lot of activities for families of all ages:

Sunday, January 20 Family Day Kick Off Event
From 9am – 3:45 pm at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre

Monday, January 21 PJ Story Time
From 6-7pm at the Peterborough Public Library

Tuesday, January 22 Word on the Hill: Irish Heritage talk
From 2-4 pm at the Peterborough Museum & Archives

Wednesday, January 23 Fireside Reading & Reviews for Adults
From 2-3 pm at the Peterborough Public Library

Thursday January 24 Adult Art Mingle
From 7-9 pm at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Friday, January 25 Snofest Extravaganza
From 4-6 pm at the auditorium at PACE@PCVS

Saturday, January 26 Family Skate
From 2-4 pm at the Peterborough Memorial Centre

The schedule above just gives an overview of each day. But be assured, each day is full of fun for everyone including:  

·       Free pancake breakfast, outdoor snow activities, family crafts and games;

·       Free Swims!

·       Pajama Story Time;

·       A guided tour of the Art Gallery of Peterborough’s current exhibitions;

·       Snofest extravaganza that includes a circus act, dance performances and live music;

·       Family Skate with Snofest Pete and Roger from the Peterborough Petes.

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Source: http://www.peterboroughsnofest.ca/

For more information:

Website: http://www.peterboroughsnofest.ca/

Email at info@peterboroughsnofest.ca.  

Call the Recreation Division at 705-742-7777 extension 1873. 

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PtboSnofest/  

Twitter at https://www.facebook.com/PtboSnofest/

 

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