WHAT’S HAPPENING

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Show Premier

Book Ends is an eight-part series about local writers by WITS (Writers International Through Sarnia) on TV Cogeco, at 6 p.m. Episode one features Margaret Bird interviewing Norma West Linder and James Deahl. For more, call Margaret at 519-869-8687

Gardening Event

Horticulturalist Marg Dudley will discuss the Floriade Horticultural Expo of Holland at a meeting organized by the Sarnia Horticultural Society, 7 p.m. at DeGroot’s Nurseries Green Room, 1840 London Line. All welcome. For more, call 519-332-5837

 Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair River Symposium

Binational Public Advisory Council (BPAC) for the St. Clair River hosting second in series of binational symposiums to help delist the St. Clair River Area of Concern.  Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Port Huron, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Seating is limited; registration required by Aug. 25. For more, visit www.amiando.com/StClairRiver.

Take Back The Night

Join the 21st annual march and make a statement about stopping violence against women and children and holding perpetrators responsible. 7:00 p.m. at the Peace Court on Christina Street, between Limbos and the Green Café.  For more, called the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre at 519-337-3154 or visit sexualassaultsarnia.on.ca

Car Seat Clinic

Parents and caregivers can find out if their child car seat is properly installed by bring the car seat, the child and the manuals for both the vehicle and child seat to a free clinic at St. Michael’s School, 1930 Wildwood Dr. in Bright’s Grove, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  For more, call 519-344-2062, ext. 2111

Friday, Sept. 19

Jazz and Blues

Two-day Jazz & Blues in the Village, in park at Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre. On Friday, after 6:30 p.m., Chris Murphy Band and JW Jones. On Saturday, after 1 p.m., Diana Panton and Al Weiss Jazz Quartet; after 6:30 p.m., Lit’l Chicago and Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues, Rain or shine. All proceeds to SODA. For more, visit www.jazzinthevillage.com.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Family Fun Day

Bethel Church hosting its 7th annual family-friendly event featuring, inflatables, carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides, shows of pro BMX and skateboard teams, magic show, princess teas, and a barbecue. Everything, including the food, is free.  At 1565 London Line. For more, call the church at 519-542-7731

Friends For Life Walk

Sarnia and District Humane Society hosts a fundraising walk to benefit animals in its care, at Canatara Park, main field. Dog-related vendors, lure coursing, photo shack. Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 11 a.m. For more, call 519-344-7064

Charity BBQ

Curves is hosting a charity barbecue to benefit the Organization for Literacy together with an open house featuring experts speaking on health and wellness topics, with prizes and draws. 1362 Lambton Mall Road, Unit 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more, call Lynae at 519-541-0035

Archery 3-D Shoot

The Lambton Sportsman’s Club hosting a 3-D archery shoot at 521 Bickford Line (at Highway 40), from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Non-members, $10. Children under 15, free with paid adult. Lunch available for $5. For more, contact Elsie at 519-867-3940, or Len at 519-344-7009.

Rummage Sale

The Sarnia Bluewater Chordsmen are holding a rummage and garage sale in the gymnasium of New Horizons Community Church, 383 Russell Street North, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Money raised will go to charitable causes. For more, call David at 519-339-9927

Rayjon Fall Fair

Annual Rayjon Fall Fair featuring home décor items, women’s accessories and jewelry, frozen foods, bake table and more at Sacred Heart School, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds support Rayjon development projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. For more, call  Dianne McKillican  at 519-862-1963

‘Electric Library’ Info

Got an electronic tablet, eBook reader, iPad or laptop? Learn how to access free services like eBooks and eMagazines at the Sarnia Library West Room, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more, call 519-337-3291

Memorial Garden Service

VON of Sarnia Lambton will mark its 16th annual service with the addition of 21 names to the Memorial Garden Wall in Centennial Park, at 2 p.m. A new legacy rock will recognize the generosity of Archie and Louise Strangway. For more, call 519-542-2310

Sunday, Sept. 21

First Responders Service

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is holding a special service to recognize the firefighters and paramedics who serve the Sarnia area, at 7 p.m., 261 Christina St N. For more, call the office at 519-332-2662

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Symphony auditions

The International Symphony Orchestra is holding musician auditions for the 2014-15 season, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building of St. Clair County Community College, in Port Huron. String players needed, with some opening in wind, brass and percussion sections. For more, contact Anne Brown at 519- 337-7775

 

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Ballroom Dancing

Wednesday lessons in Cha Cha and Quickstep begin, with Foxtrot and Samba to start Oct. 7. Location to be announced. Lessons are 75 minutes. Sarnia Ballroom Dancing Club membership is $30 per couple, and lessons are $100 per couple for each nine-week class. For more, visit www.sarniaballroomdancingclub.ca.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Candlelight Vigil

MADD Sarnia/Lambton hosting a candlelight vigil in remembrance of loved ones killed or injured by impaired driving. Candles provided, with a memorial table for framed photographs. At the Point Edward Optimist Hall, next to the Point Edward Arena, 7 p.m. For more, call 519-339-9962

Vietnam travelogue

Dorothy and Fred Moss present a video adventure featuring the people and countryside of Vietnam at the Strangway Centre, 260 East St. N., at 3 p.m. Cost $1.80 members, $3.60 non-members. For more, call 519-332-0656

 

 Thursday, Sept. 25

Learn to Sing

Seaway Sounds is offering a free, six-week program on how to sing a cappella, starting Sept. 25, 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Francois Xavier School canteen, 901 The Rapids Parkway. Call 519-381-0940 to pre-register or for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Candlelight Vigil

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Sarnia-Lambton remembers those killed and injured by impaired driving with a candlelight vigil at the Point Edward Optimist Hall, beside the arena, 210 Monk St., from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more, call 519-339–9962 or visit www.madd.ca/sarnialambton

Saturday, Sept. 27

Race to Erase

Mobile community fundraiser in which teams of four compete at various challenges to raise money for 11 local charities, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starts and finishes at Sarnia Legion Hall. No registration fee, each team should raise $500 minimum. To register, visit sarnia.racetoerase.com

Yard Sale

The family council of Sumac Lodge is holding a yard sale at the home, 1464 Blackwell Rd., from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, with proceeds to support extra resident activities. For more, call Fern at 519 336 1663

Watercolour Workshop

Instructor Mary Abma will explain painting techniques specific to watercolour, including wet on wet, wet on dry, and how to preserve the white of the paper. For adults. At the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., cost $25 members, $30 non-members. To register, call 519-336-8127 ext. 3231

Bootleg Memories

The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton presents the sights and sounds of  “old bootleg Chicago” with a catered dinner and dance, live entertainment and auctions at DeGroot’s Nurseries. Dress like a 1920s flapper or gangster. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:15 p.m. Tickets, $70 or table of eight for $500. For more, call 519-332-4444.

Big Fish Derby

Bluewater Anglers fall big fish derby is a boat and shore event from Fawn Island north to Grand Bend and Lexington. Cash prizes for top five single heaviest salmon, rainbow and brown trout. Weigh-in, 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Entry forms, $10, and more info at The Outdoorsman, Buck’s Baits, Eric’s Pro Tackle

Sunday, Sept. 28

Fall Fashion Show

Harbour Bay Clothing hosting a charity fall fashion show at Kitano Japanese Cuisine, 180 Front. St. North, at 2 p.m. The show is a benefit for Organization for Literacy in Lambton and its Christmas give-a-book program, which provides books for Christmas hampers. Refreshment provided. Tickets $25. For more, call Harbour Bay at 519-344-4442 or OLL at 519-332-4876.

Monday, Sept. 29

Singing Auditions

The International Symphony Singers will be holding evening auditions for the coming season at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Sopranos, tenors and baritone/basses most needed, but all voices welcome. Rehearsal to follow at 7:30 p.m. Audition times must be scheduled prior to Sept. 29 by calling 519-337-7775

Fall Free Movie

Sarnia Library will show ‘Friday Night Lights,’ a movie starring Billy Bob Thornton that looks at how high school football dominates a Texas community. PG, not recommended for young children. Admission free, donations of non-perishable food welcome. For more, call 519-337-3291 or visit www.lambtononline.ca.

 Tuesday, Sept. 30

Beef Dinner

The London Road West United Church’s annual beef dinner & fixings will be held at 2092 London Rd. with three sittings: 4:45 p.m., 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. Adults $15, children five to 12 for $5, under five for free. Takeout is available. For tickets, call Elsie at 519-344-6958

Lambton Youth Choir

The Lambton Youth Choir is currently accepting new members in Grade 4 and up. Singers pay activity fees of $300 per year to cover cost of music, uniforms, etc. For more, or to arrange an interview with the choir directors, call Ruth at 519-882-1514, or email atbrownra@xcelco.on.ca before Sept. 30.