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Sarnia’s birthday bash checklist

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Sarnia’s Centennial Celebration committee is co-ordinating special events so the entire community can salute the city’s first 100 years as a city. Of course, the party started with a huge New Year’s bash that attracted 11,000 to downtown Sarnia.

Here’s what’s coming up:

*        Thursday, May 1 – The Sarnia Exhibit opens at the Lambton Heritage Museum in Grand Bend. Artifacts, photos, stories and community contributions help explain how the city has changed, the challenges it has seen, and where it’s going. Exhibit runs to Nov. 7.

*        Friday, May 2 – Dance of the Century for high school youth. Outside, on the waterfront at the foot of George Street. DJ, contests, prizes and food. Hosted by the (re)DEFINING YOU(th) Sarnia Community Round Table committee. Alcohol-free and tobacco-free event. Starts 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 or $2 with a food donation for the Inn of the Good Shepherd.

*        Wednesday, May 7 – Birthday Party at City Hall, on the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Sarnia as a city in 1914.  Sponsored by Suncor.

11 a.m. – speeches start, choirs from St. Clair Secondary and London Road School. Free cake for all.

2 p.m. – Free cake at Lambton Mall, Bright’s Grove Foodland, city hall and downtown library.

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Open house at city hall with free hotdog barbecue, lobby displays, buskers, face painting and the city’s heavy equipment on exhibit outside.

*        May 6 to 9 – Education Week sponsored by Imperial Oil. Each city high school is receiving $1,500 and each elementary school $400 to pursue a Centennial project, such as the making of a video, school play, or a historic tour downtown. Imperial Oil also providing two $500 Centennial scholarships at each Sarnia high school.

*        Saturday, June 28 – “The Gathering” at the RBC Centre. Sarnia-born comedian John Wing hosts a variety show featuring Sarnia talent that includes Emm Gryner, Donovan Woods, Andrew Austin, Chris Molyneaux and others.  Astronaut Chris Hadfield presents his space flight.  Local band Rumblefish takes the stage for Sarnia to dance the night away.  Must be 19 or older. Tickets are $10 plus tax and go on sale after May 1.  4,500 available.

*        Tuesday, July 1 – Canada Day.  Sarnia’s traditional parade will have Centennial theme.

Committee Chairperson Liz Kenny said a book about Sarnia’s history will be released in mid to late June. Souvenir clothing and pins will also be on sale June 28 and July 1.

A fall event will be announced at a later date.

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– Cathy Dobson

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