What’s Happening, week of Feb. 19

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 a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

Federal Retirees Meeting

General meeting of the National Association of Federal Retirees (formerly FSNA) at the Sarnia Navy Club, 1420 Lougar Avenue, at 12 noon. For present and former federal government employees, as well as the RCMP and Military. For more, call Gloria at 519-869-6326 or email fsna.bluewater@gmail.com.

Hola Monarca

A presentation by naturalist Kim Gledhill on what you can do to help Monarch butterflies, which have been declining in numbers. Hosted by the Sarnia Horticultural Society, Degroot’s Nurseries Greenroom, 1840 London Line, 7 p.m. For more, call Barb at 519-332-5837

Sarnia Sting Reading

Players from the Junior A hockey club will be reading books about hockey at the Sarnia Evangelical Missionary Church, 707 Talfourd St. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more, call Organization for Literacy in Lambton at 519-332-4876

Wednesday, Feb. 18

Heart Health Cooking

Rapids Family Health Team is offering free cooking classes at 1150 Pontiac Dr., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  All welcome, space is limited. Call 519-339-8949 to register

Thursday, Feb. 19

Heart Health

Learn more about taking care of your heart and preventing and managing heart disease from a diabetes nurse and dietitian, at the West Lambton Community Health Centre, 429 Exmouth St., Call 519-344-3017, ext. 259 to register

Free tutoring

The Organization for Literacy in Lambton offering free tutoring in reading and math for children in Grades 1-7. Programs run weekday evenings until May 14. A new program is at the Dow Centre for Youth. For more, call Judith at 519-332-4876

Lenten Organ Series

A new guest organist performs each Thursday at Central United Church, from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. Bring a lunch. Lineup includes Catherine Gray, Cy Giacomino, Sandra Young Tangjerd, David Greenslade, Foster Hill and David Troiano, 220 George St. For more, call 519-344-4561

Friday, Feb. 20

The Vagina Monologues

The famed episodic play presented by the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre and The Women’s Interval Home at the Imperial Theatre. Doors open 6:00 p.m. with cash bar, silent Auction.  Tickets $32 available at the theatre. For more, call 519-337-3154

Saturday, Feb. 21

Project Wild Thing

The Sarnia Justice Film Festival’s fourth offering of the season is Project Wild Thing, an ambitious, feature-length documentary about getting children, and their parents, outside and reconnecting with nature. Sarnia Library Theatre, 7 p.m., followed by discussion. Admission free, donations gladly accepted. For more, visit www.Facebook.com/SarniaJusticeFilmFestival

Free Movie Night

Lambton County Junior Optimists hosting a free family movie night, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Courtright Community Hall. Popcorn and juice available. Come in your PJs with blankets and pillows. For more, call Davida at 519-862-2700

Mom-to-Mom Show

A Relay for Life vendor show and sale at the Corunna Legion Hall featuring vendor and mom-to-mom tables, food, baked goods and raffles, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. 350 Albert St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost, $2 at the door

Peace Gathering

The Sarnia Muslim Association inviting other faith groups to participate in a multi-faith peace gathering meant to assure residents the local Muslim community does not support the violence occurring elsewhere. Cenotaph behind the Sarnia Library, 2:30 p.m. For more, contact Fatima at 519-704-1241

Sunday, Feb. 22

Song and Study

First in an informal six-week series at St. John in the Wilderness Church exploring contemporary hymns and discussion of the book Vanishing Grace, by Philip Yancey. 2896 Old Lakeshore Rd., 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. For more, call 519-869-2413

Relay Reunion

Relay for Life reunion open to all community members, past and present participants, and volunteers and survivors, to kick off this year’s cancer-fighting event set for June 19 at Clearwater Arena Park. Northern Collegiate, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more, call Paula at 519-332-0042, ext. 3946

Monday, Feb. 23

Distress Line Training

A comprehensive training program beginning for volunteers able to assist with the Family Counselling Centre’s Distress Line. Volunteers learn skills to help others and which can be used in their own lives. A commitment of 12 hours per month required. For more, call Donna at 519-336-0120 ext. 251

Travel Talk

Charlotte Antill from Transat Holidays will discuss European vacations at Maritime Travel, Sunripe Plaza., 1130 Lakeshore Rd. Light refreshments served. 6:30 p.m. To RSVP call 226-778-4468

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Central Forum

Paul Wells, political editor at Maclean’s magazine and award winning author, discusses the political climate in Ottawa in the run-up to the 2015 election, as part of the discussion series at Central United Church, 10 a.m., 220 Brock St. Tickets $2. For more, call 519-344-4561

Arena Management Study

Third and final public meeting to discuss the future of Sarnia’s arenas. A drop-in open house at the Kinsmen Centre, 656 Lakeshore Rd., begins 6:30 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m., discussion to follow. For more, call 519-332-0330

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Sinfonia Toronto

One of Canada’s most respected chamber orchestras featuring 13 strings heads the third show in the Sarnia Concert Association’s 79th season at the Imperial Theatre. Program features pieces by Mozart, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. 7:30 p.m. Tickets by subscription, or $40 adults, $25 students. For more, call 519-344-7469

Home Security Systems

Guest speaker Kristen Rodrigues with discuss the latest in home security and personal alarms at a meeting of the Sarnia Computer Users Group, 7 p.m., Grace United Church, 990 Cathcart Blvd, For more, call 519-542-1949 or visit www.scug.ca

Friday, Feb. 27

Pasta Fest

Sample pizza, pasta dishes and desserts from local restaurants and banquet facilities at the Kidney Foundation’s 12th annual Pasta Fest. Quality Inn, 751 Christina St., Seatings from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets $15, includes one beverage. For more, call 519-344-3462

It’s An Honour

A travelling exhibit vehicle showcasing great Canadians who received bravery and military valour medals, the Order of Canada, etc., at London Road School for two days. Artifacts, stories, multi-media. Open to the public Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, visit http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=15263&lan=eng

Saturday, Feb. 28

Jam Session

Everyone welcome to play, sing, dance or just listen to music during a jam session at the Corunna Legion Hall, 350 Albert St., 2 p.m., with food available, no cover charge. For more, call 519-862-1240

Electric Library

Share information or ask questions about eReaders, tablets and computers and learn how to access free eBooks and eMagazines from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sarnia Library. Feel free to bring your tablets, laptops, eReaders. Space is limited. Call 519-337-3291 to confirm

Tuesday, March 3

Wills Seminar

Peter Norris of the law firm George Murray Shipley Bell  provides free seminar on the need for an up-to-date will and power of attorney. 7:00 p.m., Exit Realty, 1323 Michigan Ave. To RSVP call Julie at 519-328-4963

Wednesday, March 4

Spelling Bee

The annual Sarnia Spelling Bee at the Sarnia Library Auditorium, featuring students from Grades 3-8 in three categories. 6 p.m., 124 Christina St. South Register by contacting the Organization for Literacy in Lambton, at 519-332-4876, or oll3@bellnet.ca. Registration deadline is Feb. 18

Substance Abuse and the Workplace

Sarnia-Lambton Workplace Wellness Committee hosting a workshop for employers, managers and HR professionals featuring three medical, legal, and treatment experts, Lambton College Residence & Event Centre 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $25, includes breakfast. Register at www.slworkplacewellness.eventbrite.ca. For more, call 519 344-2062 ext. 2142

Tax Preparations

Volunteers prepare and submit income tax and benefit returns for free for people with low income and simple tax situations.  Walk in, no appointments necessary. Sarnia Public Library, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Community Volunteer Tax Program. Also runs Wednesdays on March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 8, 15, and Saturdays March 7, 14 and April 4. For more, call Peter at 519-869-4243

Grand Opening

All invited to the grand opening of the Canadian Diabetes Association’s new Clothing Donation Centre and branch office, at 1-940 Murphy Rd., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m., with refreshments and door prizes. For more, call Wendi at 519-332-0373

Wednesday, March 4

Meatless Mondays

Rapids Family Health Team in Corunna is offering free cooking classes at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 437 Colborne Rd, in Corunna. 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. All welcome, space is limited. Call 519-813-9800 to register

Friday, March 6

Live Music

Musician and visual artist Mike Blackmore provides the live music while launching a solo photo exhibition at Cheeky Monkey as part of the First Friday downtown cultural walkabout. 130 Christina St., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more, call