What’s Happening, week of Sept. 25

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. 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.

 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.

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