Here is a link to a recent article published in The Star. Oshawa has reinvented itself as a health, sciences and education hub.

Click Here To Read The Star Article.

Oshawa pinned on a map of Canada




Yes the clocks have turned back and it is time to get ready for the holidays.

What better way to get into the spirit than visiting the Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees is taking place this year from November 9th to the 12th, 2017. This is a special 4 day event where you can wander through displays of trees, wreaths, garlands, and other festive items that have been generously donated by a number of community sponsors – businesses within the City of Kawartha Lakes and outlying communities.


Photo Source http://kawarthalakesfestivaloftrees.org/ 

There are activities to appeal to the whole family, young and old. Here are just a few  highlights:

  • Friday night, November 10th, start off with a great meal – there are two sitting for the famous Roast Beef Dinner. Tickets are only $20 each but there are only 80 seats per sitting, so get your tickets soon.
  • For the first time in 20 years, Santa’s Reindeer will be at the Village on Saturday, November 11th from 12pm-4:30pm.
  • On Saturday, the Twilight Auction features a special Christmas tree to auction off, with proceeds going to a local charity. Register at 7 pm and be ready for the bidding at 7:30.
  • Children can get all their shopping done at Santa’s Secret Shoppe with the help of volunteers.
  • Santa, Mrs Claus, and elves visit the Festival of Trees!  Bring your children to Toyland Showcase on Friday: 6pm-8pm, Saturday: 12pm-8pm or Sunday 12pm-3pm to have them tell Santa what they would like for Christmas.
  • A traditon at the Festival of Trees is the Memorial Tree. Purchase a special ornament to take home for your own tree and a memorial card will be placed on the Festival tree in your loved one’s memory. Ornaments are only $5.00.
  • Parents can do their shopping too at the Christmas Boutique which offers stocking stuffers and unique gift items.


Photo Source http://kawarthalakesfestivaloftrees.org/

Hours & Admission 

  • Thursday, November 9th: 5pm – 9pm
  • Friday, November 10th: 5pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, November 11th: 12pm-9pm *Please note later than usual start time – Visit your local cenotaph and pay your respects for Remembrance Day*
  • Sunday, November 12th: 11am-3:30pm

Admission Price

  • Adult Weekend Pass: $10
  • Children aged 12 and under: Free

Complete details of all of the Festival activities can be found at the Festival of Trees Website http://kawarthalakesfestivaloftrees.org/. 

Hope to see you at the Kawartha Settlers’ Village, 85 Dunn St., Bobcaygeon, On. 






Every April to October, Ontario’s heritage treasures across the province are open to the public. Free events are showcased to open doors, gates and courtyards of our unique cultural sites – allowing visitors to explore behind the entry ways.

Doors Open Ontario showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define our communities. And visitors and residents of the Kawarthas are in for a treat!

In celebration of the Canada’s 150 years, you can take a look at the cultural and religious diversity in the Kawarthas.

Sturgeon Point Church 


Visit venues that will highlight the rich agricultural traditions stretching back to pre-Confederation times, including many untold stories of cultural and religious diversity.

  • Enjoy a traditional wild rice harvest with the local First Nations peoples.
  • Meet members of the local Mennonite and Amish community and enjoy their hand-crafted goods.
  • Sample mouth-watering aromas in the area’s oldest Chinese restaurant.
  • Rediscover artists; the railway line built by William Mackenzie; religious landmarks; and of course, take time to sample farm fresh produce and baked goods.

Fenelon Falls Museum 


Doors Open in the Kawarthas includes:

  • Cherry Tree Lodge
  • Christ Church Anglican
  • Derry’s Restaurant
  • Friends (Quaker) Cemetery
  • Kawartha Muslim Religious Association Lindsay Masjid
  • Kinmount Railway Station
  • Martin Farm
  • Maryboro Lodge – The Fenelon Museum
  • Olde Gaol Museum, Lindsay
  • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
  • St. Luke The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church
  • Sturgeon Point Union Church
  • Wild Rice Harvesting at Gamiing Nature Centre
  • Zehr’s Farm Fresh Produce and Bakery


For more information and details including addresses, hours of operation and links to maps visit http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Kawartha-Lakes.aspx.



Enjoy two days of touring the Kawarthas and entering the many ‘Open Doors’!







Labour Day brings some relief for busy parents – school starts again! But with that relief comes the age old challenge of packing lunches that your kids will enjoy. What better shopping resource for the next two months than your local farmers market?

Take your pick!

  • peaches, apples, pears…
  • leafy greens, crispy carrots, peppers, tomatoes and celery
  • jams and jellies
  • deli meats
  • amazing baked goods
  • a full array of cheeses
  • naturally raised meats, eggs, and fish…


Nutritionists offer some helpful ideas on how to encourage kids to enjoy the foods that are good for them. The habits they develop at a young age will remain with them long into adulthood.

  1. Set an example – Kids copy what their older siblings and parents are eating.
  2. Make food fun – Broccoli is not too exciting when you’re really hoping for macaroni and cheese. But if he is a dinosaur who needs to eat three small trees in order to outrun a tyrannosaurus rex, suddenly broccoli becomes fun.
  3. Get them involved in the shopping and cooking – Children are more invested in a meal if they help with its preparation.


  1. Enforce the “one bite rule” – Research shows that children who have initially rejected a food must be exposed to it at least 8-10 times for the food to be accepted. Many parents have had success by requiring the child to try at least one solid mouthful of a rejected food whenever it is served. Eventually the food will be more familiar to the child and usually they begin to actually like it.
  2. Don’t force them to finish – One bite is different from finishing your plate. Fighting and punishments create a negative meal experience, and the child will learn to associate food with the bad feelings.
  3. Reward good behavior – Creating positive food experiences can decrease picky eating tendencies. Try rewarding with stickers for instance if they try a new food.
  4. Understand their knowledge base – Kids don’t understand what all the fuss is about good health. But they do understand getting bigger and stronger.
  5. Offer colorful food – You can expose them to more colors by adding more vegetables to their plates.
  6. Arrange food in patterns on the plate – Children love when their food is designed into patterns and when foods are separated.
  7. Keep at it!

You will survive back to school lunches and busy dinner hours with some help from the farmers in the area.

And help is close by. The Lindsay Farmer’s Market is one of the longest running markets in Ontario, established in 1859. It runs Saturdays until October 31st from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

In addition to the items listed above, over 35 vendors also offer flowers, shrubs, home baking, wood furniture, crafts, fair trade organic coffee, outdoor wooden furniture, soaps, hand made jewelry, and paintings from local artists. You can start some Christmas shopping!

The Lindsay Farmers’ Market is at Victoria St. between Kent St. & Peel St., Lindsay, ON. Find out more from their website at http://lindsayfarmersmarket.ca/




If you are a motorcycle enthusiast or a racing fan, you won’t want to miss the Canadian Tire Mosport Park Superbike Double Header this weekend.


You can see Canada’s top motorcycle riders compete in a double header points race for the national Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. Racing classes will include ProSportBike, Amateur Superbike, Amateur Sport Bike, and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Racing Series.

Advance tickets are only $50 per person for the weekend or $60 at the gate. Your admission will give you access to the paddock areas right on the circuit infield where you can get photos and autographs from the racers – and a bird’s eye view of the action.


If you are passionate fan and want to be even closer to the action, you can purchase a race day VIP hospitality package that includes a fully catered lunch, beverages and bar service on Sunday. And your VIP includes your admission for the whole weekend.

For further information contact the organizers…







3233 Concession Road #10 Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K6

Buy your tickets online https://canadiantiremotorsportpark.com/collections/events-tickets

Interested in NASCAR truck racing? Then mark September 1st – 3rd on your calendar! You won’t want to miss the Chevrolet Silverado 250 returning on Labour Day weekend for its only Canadian appearance this year.


Joining the trucks will be the NASCAR Pinty’s Series with the TOTAL QUARTZ 200, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, the Canadian Touring Car Championship, and the Nissan Micra Cup.

Check out all the details at https://canadiantiremotorsportpark.com/pages/chevrolet-silverado-250




It is hard to imagine, but this is the 26th season for the 4th Line Theatre. The Season started off with David S. Craig’s Bombers: Reaping the Whirlwind. It’s now time for Robert Winslow’s “The History of Drinking in Cavan.”


The 4th Line Theatre is a production company and outdoor performance venue on the grounds of the Winslow family farm near the village of Millbrook. The company performs two main plays each summer. They are usually about historical subjects and premiers works by local playwrights.

“The History of Drinking in Cavan” looks at alcohol consumption or the lack thereof in the local area over the past 200 years. Robert Winslow and his alter-ego, King, take audiences on a historical adventure, covering the early days of Irish settlement in the township through to present-day habits. Along the way the audience will follow outrageous anecdotes and serious tales of local residents.


Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell shares her excitement…

“In our 2017 season, I am proud to share these two new works with audiences.  I have been waiting since 2010 to produce Robert Winslow’s insightful, funny and deeply personal story of alcohol consumption.  David S. Craig is a well-respected and talented Canadian playwright.  We are lucky to have him telling this important story at our theatre.”

There is a licensed concession and picnic area where you can get drinks, snacks or a full meal. You can also bring your own picnic (but do not bring your own alcoholic beverages!)

You can download a pdf document which outlines the menu and dining options:  https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/7c8f44_c14960d90f7c4a2b92554f451dbc2e55.pdf

Performance Venue

The Winslow Farm,  779 Zion Line,

Millbrook, ON  LOA 1G0

Open at 4:00pm on performance days only. Each show starts promptly at 6:00pm.

For more information call the Box Office

(705) 932-4445 (800) 814-0055 or email them at boxoffice@4thlinetheatre.on.ca


The History of Drinking in Cavan

Written and directed by Robert Winslow

August 9 – 26

Previews: August 7, 8

Opening Night: Wednesday, August 9

Monday to Saturday at 6 pm


I always love the opportunity to share information on a local business – and it’s even better when the successful business is managed by a young entrepreneur.


 Erica Flak manages the family run business – Sky Haven Equestrian Centre right here in the rolling hills of Bethany, Ontario. Erika has over 18 years of riding experience, including dressage, coaching, jumping and natural horsemanship. Now I have to admit, I had to double check on what ‘dressage’ actually referred to… 

Dressage is an equestrian sport as defined by the International Equestrian Federation. It is the highest level of horse training. Dressage is an art, ensuring the rider can read the horse’s mood, energy level and basically be in harmony with one another.  Putting it very simply, Dressage is teaching a horse to be supple, balanced and responsive. 

Erica continues to train in dressage, with a goal of competing internationally at the highest levels possible.  


 Six years ago she began providing horse riding lessons to children and adults at her family farm outside Bethany. She is certified by both CHA and Equine Canada and focuses on hunter-jumper riding with her students. But that is not all! She is also trained to provide various types of therapy and work with horses including laser therapy, massage, and T-touch. Erica has also started Monty Roberts ‘horse whispering’ training in California.

I was very happy to see that Erica was recently featured in the Millbrook Times, “Turning a Passion into a Business in Bethany.”  She is currently busy offering her third year of summer day camp programs for children aged 6 to 14.  She also offers a week of camp open to girls and boys ages 12 to 16 that can currently walk and trot without assistance.   Campers are welcome to bring their own horses if they choose, but the stable has plenty of their own animals to suit all rider levels.


If you need to board your horses look no further than Sky Haven Equestrian Centre. You can be assured of a high level of care and cleanliness. And finally, do you have a horse that needs needs some extra training – just give Erica a call!

You can learn more http://www.skyhavenstables.ca/

(705) 277-9456 email: ericaflak@skyhavenstables.ca

Address: 184 Ski Hill Rd Bethany, ON L0A 1A0