to May 16

Horizons of Friendship Welcomes Nominations for the Annual Founders Award

Horizons of Friendship is pleased to announce that nominations for the annual Founders Award are now being accepted. Do you know someone in your community who has made a positive difference with their volunteer or community leadership work? This is the ideal opportunity to recognize that special Canadian who may have been working ‘under the radar’ to help improve the lives of others.

The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual from anywhere in Canada who demonstrates a commitment to volunteerism and leadership in addressing social inequality and injustice. The award has been given out since 2004 to commemorate the three founders of Horizons of Friendship (David Stewart, Christine Stewart and Father Tim Coughlan) who founded the organization in the spirit of volunteerism in 1973.

Horizons of Friendship invites you to nominate someone you feel meets the award criteria and whose volunteer accomplishments and leadership deserve to be celebrated. We encourage people from across Canada to nominate those outstanding citizens for the Founders Award who, no matter their age or background, are setting a positive example for others by making meaningful contributions through their volunteer activities and have not receive recognition for their work.

Award criteria, the nomination form and details of the award process can be found on our website at or picked‐up in person at Horizons of Friendship’s office (50 Covert Street, Cobourg).

Completed forms may be submitted electronically to, dropped off at our office, or sent in by mail to Horizons of Friendship, P.O. Box 402, Cobourg, ON, K9A 4L1.

This year’s nomination deadline is May 16th, 2019.

The winner receives an one‐of‐a‐kind Founders Award commemorative bronze medal, specially crafted by renowned Northumberland artist Frances Gage, and a certificate of recognition. The recipient will also be recognized at a ceremony during the Horizons of Friendship Annual General Meeting. In addition, a financial donation will be made to one of Horizons’ development project in Central America or Mexico in honour of the recipient.

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to May 3

Newfoundland: The Damnedest Hullabaloo

Northumberland Learning Connection’s twelve-part series will run from Thursday, March 28 to Friday, May 3, with talks, discussions, and performances, ending with a “downhome” Kitchen Party.  The series will cover the province’s provocative history, iconoclastic politicians, its irrepressible music and humour. Among the events scheduled, Douglas Cameron and David MacFarlane will perform The Door You Came In, and CODCO’s Greg Malone will speak on comedy.  The six Thursday evening events are at the Columbus Community Centre, 232 Spencer Street East, Cobourg.  For more information on speakers, topics, dates and locations, or to order tickets, visit or call 905.376.1871

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to May 4

There's trouble in River City!


VOS THEATRE Presents Meredith Willson's The Music Man

 April 25,26,27, May 2,3,4 at 8 p.m.

April 27,28 and May 4 at 2 p.m.

Tickets 27.00 or 24.50 for groups of 10 or more. (plus ticket service fee)

Victoria Hall Concert Hall, Cobourg ON

For tickets or Box Office 905-372-2210

The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. The Music Man follows fast-talking travelling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy’s band that he vows to organize – this despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef.  Featuring the area's finest performers and a live orchestra, you'll leave tapping humming favourites 76 Trombones or rapping Trouble.

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Castleton United Church Roast Beef Dinner

Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 5 to 7:30 pm

Castleton United Church

1815 Percy St. Castleton

Musical Entertainment by Local Musician/Singer/Songwriter Cheryl Casselman & Friends

Adults $15 , Children ages 6 to 12 years $6, 5 & under Free

Tickets can be purchased at Castleton General Store and Downey’s Guardian Pharmacy in Colborne

Or call Marion McComb 905-375-8155, Linda Annis 905-344-5084 or the Church office 905-349-2736

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to Apr 5

April 4 and 5 in Cobourg : Working our Woodlots

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The Ontario Woodlot Association holds its 26th Annual Woodlot Conference & AGM.  

Highlights include a tour of Northumberland County Forest, a Social evening, and talks on plantation management, the Ganaraska Watershed, tallgrass woodlands, and canoeing the Arctic. All are welcome.

For Conference and Tour Registration, visit OR contact 613-713-1525 or

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to Mar 20

United Way seeking projects for 22nd Annual Day of Caring

Northumberland United Way is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the Day of Caring. The 22nd Annual Day of Caring will take place on Friday, June 7th in partnership with CpK Interior Products, Cameco Corporation, SABIC, Lakefront Utilities, Arclin Surfaces, Stalwood Homes, Town of Cobourg, Ontario Line Clearing/Wharram Tree Service, Home Hardware and the Lion’s Club of Cobourg. Over 150 volunteers from participating companies will work tirelessly from 8am to 2pm to complete a wide range of jobs in our community. Over the past 21 years, these volunteers have done it all!

We are currently seeking suitable Day of Caring projects from local not-for-profits, charitable and community organizations. We understand that often, small organizations cannot afford the time, money or personnel to do some of these jobs themselves. Also, agencies can refer individual clients to have jobs done, clients who may be in situations where due to health or monetary restrictions there is a definite need for assistance to help make one’s living situation more comfortable and safe. These are the kinds of projects for which Day of Caring is designed. Please keep in mind that the safety of all our volunteers is paramount and that jobs that have the potential to be dangerous will not be approved.

Jobs range from painting, cleaning, gardening and yard work to building sandboxes and enhancing play areas. Each year, the team reviews applications and jobs are assessed. From these assessments, materials are ordered and manpower determined to complete the job in a 5-6 hour work period.

Deadline for application is Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.

If you are interested in applying for work to be completed, please visit our website at to download an application form today or contact United Way to request one.

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to Feb 26

Free Quit-Smoking Program Can Help People Give Up Tobacco

If your New Year’s Resolution to quit tobacco has already gone up in smoke, a free program could still help you butt out for good in 2019.

 The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is promoting a series of free quit-smoking support programs this month in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County. The Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (S.T.O.P.) Program offers resources and five weeks of free nicotine patches to participants at no cost.

 In partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Health Unit is running the following S.T.O.P. sessions:

  • In City of Kawartha Lakes on Thursday, February 21, at 10 am.

 • In Northumberland County on Tuesday, February 26, at 9:30 am


To see if you qualify for S.T.O.P., call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2202.

 “If your goal this year is to quit smoking, the S.T.O.P. Program is a great way to get back on track. Giving up tobacco will improve your own health, while helping protect loved ones from deadly second-hand smoke,” says Karen Taylor, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

 Research shows that patches and other nicotine replacement therapy can increase the odds of people becoming smoke-free. According to Taylor, the S.T.O.P. Program also has a proven track record in helping people quit tobacco for good.

 \Since its inception in 2005, the STOP Program has provided free smoking cessation medication and counselling support to over 100,000 Ontarians who wanted to quit smoking.

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2:00 PM14:00

Notice of Annual General Meeting - Small Town Radio (o/a Northumberland 89.7 FM)

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Please join us at our Annual General Meeting Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 2pm, Port Hope Public Library, 31 Queen Street, Port Hope. Our AGM is open to Members, volunteers and invitees.

At this meeting we will amend our by-laws, elect new directors, review the annual financial statements, talk about the future and answer your questions.

Last year we amended our by-laws so that all Directors were elected annually. If you wish to put your name forward for the position of Director, please contact Barry Walker.

This year we propose to amend our by-laws to:

- expand our membership and amend the criteria for individual members,

- amend the quorum requirements for the AGM,

- add a dissolution clause, a technical requirement requested by granting agencies.  

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to Jan 25

Call out for Programming Committee Members

Are you a big supporter of our community? Would you like to be a part of helping this community’s truly local radio station to improve its connection to our community?

Northumberland 89.7 has now been on the air for five years and we’re looking to take our service to the next level. To do so we need help from people just like you to join our programming advisory committee. This group will consist of individuals with various backgrounds who can bring another voice to help us further develop programming that represents the diverse interests and desires of those who live here.

You do not need broadcasting experience, just a passion for this community and a keen interest in contributing ideas that can help our radio station serve the area.

If you would like to take part in this unique opportunity, contact the Station at or call 905-372-2391.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 25, 2019.

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7:00 PM19:00

Yuletide Carolling in Wesleyville

Described by many as their favourite event of the Christmas season - YULETIDE CAROLLING at Wesleyville on December 7th will be led with joy by Randy Mills and feature Juliette Sinnott on her harp. 

The harmonium has been tuned by Graydon Bowman and Kathryn is adding the seasonal decorations. Call Kathryn (905 753-2196) or Sue (905 885-1344) if you'd like to contribute some treats.

You might also consider bringing a cushion for the pew and your membership renewal for 2019. Here's the details (click this link):Who are the "Friends"

The Friends of Wesleyville Village is a non-profit corporation of over 150 members who share a vision of preserving and revitalizing this heritage community for 21st Century uses.

Please join us.

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Santa Claus for Paws Fundraiser

St. John Ambulance is having a  Santa Claus for Paws Fundraiser on Saturday November 24th from 11am-4pm. A professional photographer will be offering  holiday photos with your pet and Santa and much more! For a small donation ($10 suggested), receive a digital download of your photos.

Bring your family, bring your pets! Multiple pets are welcome in each photo and/or adults and children for festive family portraits. (Photos available without Santa as well).

Join the fun at the St. John Ambulance office 700 D’Arcy Street, Bldg 19, Cobourg Free Nail Trims, Silent Action and so much more!  All proceeds will support the SJA Northumberland therapy dogs continue to help those in need in Northumberland County. 

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7:00 PM19:00

Downtown Port Hope Gets Into The Holiday Spirit

Port Hope: In collaboration with Port Hope's Annual Candlelight Walk and Moonlight Madness in downtown Port Hope, Critical Mass Art is hosting an evening festival that showcases the themes of migration and story-telling through multi-media contemporary visual art installations and puppetry.

The family-friendly festivities include Port Hope's annual sing-along candlelight walk with the addition of illuminated lanterns and giant puppets (including a 24ft whale!). This contemporary art experience led by Critical Mass promises to add whimsy and magic to this annual tradition. As always, with the the donation of a non-perishable food item, participants will receive a battery-operated candle.

Critical Mass is also opening the doors to the Little Station on November 23rd. The Little Station is believed to be Port Hope's 1st train station. It was moved to Lent Lane this summer and is now transformed into a creative hub for the community! To celebrate the transformation of this little heritage building, VIA Rail Canada will be bringing the VIA Rail miniature train and offering FREE rides on board after the procession (with boarding in front of the Little Station). The mini train will be lit up for the Candlelight procession and will also make an appearance in the Port Hope Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Nov 24th.

Critical Mass is holding a contest to 'Hop on Board the VIA mini train' during the Candlelight procession on Nov 23rd. The winner will have the opportunity to board their family on the mini train, and will also receive $200 in HBIA gift certificates to spend in downtown Port Hope, and a $500 travel credit with VIA Rail Canada. * Entry form at Contest closes Nov 21 at 8pm. Winner announced Nov 22.

Home Hardware has also partnered with Critical Mass to transform Lent Lane into a warm and inviting pop up Christmas Night Market complete with vintage holiday tunes, great street food (Mexican hot chocolate, churros, hot apple cider, chili, and s'mores to name a few!), ski chalet inspired warming stations, homespun artisan crafts, and one of a kind gifts! You can even buy your fresh cut Christmas tree in the lane from the Port Hope Scouts!

This is a one night only event and one you don't want to miss!

Location: Downtown Port Hope
Time: Friday, November 23 at 7:00pm - 9pm

7:00pm Candlelight Walk (gather at Walton & Pine Streets - Our Lady of Mercy parking lot)
7:20pm Tree lighting ceremony in Memorial Park following the candlelight procession
7-9pm Pop Up Christmas Night Market in Lent Lane and Little Station Holiday Open House & Multi-Media Art Installation

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Bring the Family to 8th annual FAMILY WELLNESS DAY EXPO in Cobourg

The 8th annual London Family Wellness Day Expo will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018   from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at Northumberland Mall, 1111 Elgin Street West, Cobourg, ON.


This Free heartfelt event is designed to appeal to families interested in health, wellness and green living. Featuring multiple vendors, children’s activities, presentations, door prizes and a silent auction supporting The Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank. This fun family event has something for everyone and is a great way to spend a Saturday.

Visitors to the Expo can interact with a diverse group of Professionals to learn how to improve the physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being of their family.

** Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a bonus ticket

to be entered in the hourly door prize drawing **

The Family Wellness Day Expo organizers would like to acknowledge the generous support of the local community.  To learn more about this event, please visit



Northumberland Fare Share Food Banks is dedicated to serving Cobourg and Port Hope, by collecting and distributing food and other necessities to individuals and families in need in our community. That need is now greater than ever before. As volunteers, we can’t do what we do without your help. You can register to volunteer here. Please contribute to the Fare Share Food Bank generously, and help make our community a better place. Your contribution could change someone’s life.


Learn more at

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7:30 PM19:30

Northumberland Learning Connection - The China Dream

The China Dream,

Northumberland Learning Connection’s series of five talks and discussions, begins on October 25, with Juan Wang of McGill University speaking on Xi Jinping and His Party, at 7.30 pm at the Columbus Community Centre, Cobourg.

To order tickets, call the Victoria Hall box office, 905 372 2210, (toll free 1.855 372 2210), or online at

 For more information, or to confirm times and locations, visit NLC’s new website:

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Boston Creme Donut Day


Tim Hortons, Colborne location and Northumberland United Way presents Boston Cream Donut Day!

For one day only, on Tuesday, October 23, proceeds from all sales of Boston Cream donuts at the Tim Hortons Colborne location will support 211. $10 for a dozen. Pre-order your donuts, by calling (905) 355-1470 or faxing your completed pre-order form to (905) 355-2311.

211 Ontario is a free helpline that connects you to community and social services in your area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages.

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4:00 PM16:00

Celebrate Northumberland Hills Hospital’s 15th Anniversary next month with an open house and behind-the-scenes tour, October 18th

In celebration of Northumberland Hills Hospital’s upcoming anniversary, staff, physicians and volunteers are inviting the public to an afternoon and evening of special behind-the-scenes tours.

 Join members of the hospital team as they thank the community for the continued support, demonstrate the health care services available today at NHH and highlight services and supports expected to grow in the coming years as demand for patient care continues.

 Hosted by hospital staff, physicians and Foundation and Auxiliary volunteers, guided tours will depart at 15-minute intervals from the Main Street Bistro on the main floor of the hospital, just inside the front entrance. The tours—each lasting approximately an hour in length—will visit as many areas of the hospital as possible, including:

-        Cancer and Supportive Care;

-        Diagnostic Imaging (including opportunities to see first-hand the Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, Mammography and Fluoroscopy units);

-        Surgical Suites; and

-        Birthing Suites.

 Before or after the tour, visitors will be encouraged to visit with NHH staff, physicians and volunteers in the Bistro while enjoying music, refreshments and photo displays highlighting today’s hospital services.

 “We have so much to celebrate at 15 years,” said NHH President and CEO Linda. “This hospital brought many new health care services and supports to Northumberland County when it opened on October 22nd, 2003. NHH would not have been possible without the exceptional support and commitment of this community, and we’re looking forward to saying thanks, celebrating the successes and looking ahead to the future, together.”


Tour space is limited, so kindly RSVP by October 16th to or at 905-372-6811, ext. 3068.

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