What’s Happening, week of Oct. 2

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, Oct. 1

Sultans of String

Juno Award nominees Sultans of String kick off the Sarnia Concert Association’s 79th season at the Imperial Theatre with their instrumental fusion of Spanish, Arabic, Cuban and French sounds, 7:30 p.m. Tickets by subscription, or $40 adults, $25 students. For more, call 519-344-7469

Human Rights

The Sarnia Lambton Amnesty Action Group will be writing and signing letters in support of world human rights issues. All welcome. DeGroot’s Nurseries, Green Room, 1840 London Line, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more, contact Peter at petersmith777ca@yahoo.ca or Thea at 6090thea@bell.net

Trivia Night

Sarnia Newcomers Club hosting a trivia night at The Riding Club, 980 Riding Club Lane, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments served. The club offers women new to Sarnia a chance to meet and socialize. For more, contact Janet at chrisjan56@outlook.com

 Thursday, Oct. 2

Food Drive

Launch of Inn of the Good Shepherd’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Can donate to the food bank using brown paper bags available in this edition of The Journal. Most needed items include canned pasta, canned fruit, peanut butter, juice boxes, lunchables (granola bars, pocket fruit), boxed cereal, pudding and fruit cups, and personal hygiene items.

Hockey Food Drive

A food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul being held in conjunction with the Sarnia Legionnaires, with fans encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the Sarnia Arena home game against the Strathroy Rockets. For more, contact Theo at 519-542-7665

Artist Talk

Mary Abma presents “My Own Back Yard,” a personal investigation of our local environmental heritage, at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery,
147 Lochiel Street, at 7 p.m. For more, call Jessica at 519-336-8127 x3227

 Friday, Oct. 3

Live Music

Young and up-and-coming Sarnia band The Indecisive play at Cheeky Monkey, with the artwork of Lucien Pilon on exhibit, during the monthly First Friday cultural walkabout. 130 Christina St. N., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. More info, visit www.cheekymonkeysarnia.ca

Diabetes Open House

Health care professionals available for free foot examinations, check sugar levels, cooking demonstrations and to answer questions about diabetes at Rapids Family Health Team, 1150 Pontiac Drive. All welcome. Refreshments and prizes. For more, call Cynthia at 519-339-8949, ext. 119

Tomato Souper Day

Free bowls of tomato soup made with local ingredients served up at Coffee Culture, 130 Lochiel St., starting at 6 p.m. as part of First Friday. Second annual soup giveaway funding by the Awesome Foundation and One Tomato Project.  For more, contact Darren at 519-491-0404 or darren.hakker@gmail.com

 Saturday, Oct. 4

Benefit Concert

Al Weiss and Friends – Encore! is the follow-up concert to last year’s sold-out fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, featuring a who’s who of local musicians and other special guests. Imperial Theatre, 7 p.m. Tickets, $22, available at the box office, 168 Christina St. For more, call 519-344-7469 or visit www.imperialtheatre.net

Art Under Glass

Two-day show and sale featuring the work of Sarnia artists working in paint, mixed media, photography, jewelry, wood turning, and pottery. Degroot’s Nurseries, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday 12 noon to 4 p.m. No admission charge, partial proceeds to Inn of the Good Shepherd. For more, contact Jack at thekeefes@bell.net

Stamp Club Show

The Sarnia Stamp Club holding its annual “Lampex” show and exchange at SCITS, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 10 dealers are attending, with displays, and free admission. For more, visit http://home.cogeco.ca/~sarniastampclub/

Women’s Day Away

Presenters from Sipkens Nursery, Kays Petals and Plants, Master Gardeners and crafters will offer demonstrations on “everything botanicals” at Central Baptist Church, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost, $20, includes lunch. All proceeds to church elevator fund. For more, call Ginny at 519-332-4764

Charity sale

A mom-to-mom and vendor sale featuring used baby clothes, children’s items, baked goods, raffle, and donations of non-perishable food in support of The Inn of the Good Shepherd and Ronald McDonald House. New Horizons Community Church (Russell and Maxwell), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more, call Amanda at 519-402-0902

Hope For A Child

A hair-cutting fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society, at Rack ‘N’ Roll, 460 Christina St. N, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Licensed hair dresser on site with tickets sold and the hair donated. For more, call Sandy at 519-344-6223

 Sunday, Oct. 5

Breakfast and Raffle

Knights of Columbus in Corunna hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast and meat raffle featuring pancakes, eggs, bacon, home fries, etc. at St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, Lyndock Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults, $7.50, children six to 12 for $3.50, under six free. Take-out available. For more, call 519-862-1213, ext. 28

Fish for Sunshine

Fundraiser will see $3 from every halibut and chips sold at The Wharf donated to the Sunshine Foundation, 581 Murphy Rd., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dine in or take out. For more, call 519-383-8600

 Wednesday, Oct. 8

Harvest Dinner

Inn of the Good Shepherd hosts 4th annual soup kitchen-style dinner of turkey pie casserole, soup, fresh rolls and dessert at 115 John St., in the dining hall. Sittings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $12, available at Inn office, Good Shepherd’s Lodge, by calling 519-344-1746, ext. 303, or online at www.theinnsarnia.ca

All-Candidate Meeting

The Optimist Club of Moore hosting a meeting of candidates in St. Clair Township for the positions of mayor, deputy mayor, councillors, and public and separate school trustees. Courtright Community Hall, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 Friday, Oct. 10

Brigden Fair

Lambton County’s largest fair kicks off the Thanksgiving weekend with judged exhibitions, animal shows, a midway, harvest foods, dog and baby shows, crafts and displays over four days at the Brigden Fair Grounds. Tickets, $8 adults, elementary school age free. For more, visit http://www.brigdenfair.ca/

Opening Dance

The International Symphony Orchestra kicks off another season with Opening Dance, under the direction of music director Douglas Bianchi, with violinist Konstantin Popovic. Imperial Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Adults, $36, seniors $33, students $12. For more, call Anne at 519-337-7775

 Tuesday, Oct. 14

Crowdfunding Seminar

Allyson Tighe, Manager of Business Development at TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario will offer an overview of major crowdfunding platforms and ways entrepreneurs can leverage this new source of funding. Lambton College Residence and Event Centre, 1485 London Rd., 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hosted by the Bluewater Technology Access Centre. To register, email btac@lambtoncollege.ca

Genealogy

David Yates will discuss the Great Storm of 1913 at a meeting of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Lambton branch, 7:30 p.m., LDS Church, 1400 Murphy Rd. For more, contact Janet at 519-383-0468

 Friday, Oct. 17  

Soup Night

Point Edward Service Club offers many different kinds of homemade soups plus dessert, 5 p.m., with games to follow at 6:00 p.m., 503 Michigan Ave., tickets, $7, available at bar. For more, call 519-337-9822

Rayjon AGM

The annual general meeting of Rayjon will be held at the Sacred Heart Church meeting rooms, with special guests St. Mary’s “Hope for Haiti” group reporting on their Uganda project. Starts at 7:30 p.m., all welcome. For more, call Dianne at 519-862-1963

 Saturday, Oct. 18

5K Fun Run/Walk

GallaDev’s hosting an all-ages fundraiser at the Dante Club, 9 a.m. to 2 p. m., for three local players attending a professional soccer training camp in England.  Events include an U5 parent & tot 1.8 km, U7 parent & child 2.5km, and youth (8-15) and adult (16 plus) 5 km. BBQ lunch, games, and prizes.  For more, visit GallaDevs.ca.

Pickerel Fry & Dance

Seafood chowder, pickerel, potato, beans, etc., at Corunna Legion, Albert and Beckwith streets. Advance tickets, $20, and $18 for members, on sale at the Legion. Dinner 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; dance at 7:30 p.m., in support of local charities. Music by The Plank Road Hammers. For more, call 519-862-5652

Grace Fall Fair

The fall fair at Grace United Church features horse and wagon rides, cookie decorating, bake table, tea room, freezer foods, barbecue and vendors. 990 Cathcart Blvd., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission, $2, twelve and under free. For more, call 519-542-1203

Sunday Oct. 19

Rayjon Awareness Trips

An information session for Rayjon awareness trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic during March Break in 2015 will be held at Grace United church, Indian Road and Cathcart Boulevard, starting at 7 p.m. Adults and teen 16 and older are eligible to participate. For further call Dianne 519-862-1963

Sunday, Oct. 19

Organ Concert

Organist and keyboardist Ollie Case will present a concert at Laurel Lea St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church, 837 Exmouth St., at 3 p.m. Tickets, $20, available at the door. For more,

 Monday, Oct. 20

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of South Western Ontario starts another after-school company program for the new school year. Students run their own companies in the 20-week program, which is available free to every high school student. Mondays, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the SLBDC, 109 Durand St. For more, or to register, call 519-336-1484 or email info@jaswont.org

 Saturday, Oct. 25

Just Eat It

The Sarnia Justice Film Festival’s new season kicks off with Just Eat It, in which two filmmakers pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only of food that would otherwise be thrown away. Sarnia Library Theatre, 7 p.m., followed by discussion. Admission free, donations gladly accepted. For more, visit www.Facebook.com/SarniaJusticeFilmFestival

Fiery Faces Family Day

Fiery Faces’ annual Halloween-themed family day featuring face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, games, and a Gunk N Dunk at Degroot’s Nurseries, 1840 London Line, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Note: other Fiery Faces events, including the pumpkin viewing, have moved to Wyoming Fairgrounds this year. For more, visit fieryfaces.com

Choral Workshop

Christian songwriters Don Besig and Nancy Price will lead a choral workshop at Grace United Church, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration, $70, includes six choral arrangements, all workshops, lunch and optional participation in a massed choir concert. $60 before Sept. 25.  Visit www.graceucsarnia.com for more or to register.