What’s Happening, week of March 5

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, 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

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

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

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 519-332-0978

Art Exhibition

The Sarnia Artists’ Workshop takes over the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts with a show called Spring Spectacular, featuring paintings, pottery and crafts, 127 Christina St. South

First Friday opening 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Show run to March 29. For more, call Lynne at 519-312-3263

Groombridge X 3

Exhibition of paintings by Mary, Morgan and Rachael Groombridge opens the newly-refurbished R. W. Lawton Gallery, behind the Box Office at the Imperial Theatre. First Friday grand opening, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Show runs to March 31. For more, call Lynne at 519-312-3263

Live Music

The four-member band Life Signs will perform at the Sarnia Legion hall for the March First Friday cultural walkabout, 286 Front St. N. For more, call 519-336-2841

Women’s Day Breakfast

Judith Morris, CEO and president of Lambton College, will address an International Women’s Day breakfast at the Francophone Community Centre, 901 The Rapides Parkway, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tickets $5 at the door. For more, call 519-332-8897

Saturday, March 7

CANstruction

The 4th annual event features 18 teams designing and building structures entirely of food destined for the Inn of the Good Shepherd’s food bank and soup kitchen. Near the food court, Lambton Mall, beginning at 9 a.m. Judging and awards Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m. The structures remain on display until March 21, with the awarding of the people’s choice award at 1 p.m.

Book Club Events

The Lambton County Library March Book Club events begin, at branches in Bright’s Grove, Camlachie, Point Edward, Sarnia, and the Mallroad Library. Contact each branch for more information.

Sunday, March 8

Bring a Book Game

The Organization for Literacy in Lambton will collect new and gently-used books to give to babies, children, youth, and adults at the Sarnia Sting home game against Guelph, at 4 p.m. No encyclopedias or text books, please. For more, call Judith at 519-332-4876

Boogie Wonder Band

The 10-piece Montreal disco-funk band to perform at the Imperial Theatre, 168 Christina St. North, 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $38 adults, $30 students. For more, call 519-344-7469

Tuesday, March 10

Virtual Grocery Store Tour

Take a “virtual” tour through a grocery store with tips on label reading, healthy choices, and saving money, at the West Lambton Community Health Centre, 429 Exmouth St., Call 519-344-3017, ext. 259 to register

Home Seller’s Info

An Exit Realty “boot camp’ with information for anyone interested in making their home stand out in today’s real estate market. 7:00 p.m., 1323 Michigan Ave. To RSVP call Julie at 519-328-4963

Wednesday, March 11

Irish Dinner

An Irish dinner in support of the Sunshine Foundation Dreams for Kids featuring fiddler and dancers at Community of Christ Church, 1104 Leckie Dr., 6 p.m. Cost, $15. For more, call Bonnie at 519-383-8878

Free computer Training

Get basic computer and Internet skills training, including instruction in email and typing, social media and other Internet uses, from trained young people at the Organization for Literacy in Lambton. To book an appointment, call 519-332-4876 or email yisarnia@gmail.com

Cooking For One

Rapids Family Health Team is offering free cooking classes at 1150 Pontiac Dr., 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  All welcome, space is limited. Call 519-339-8949 to register

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 David Greenslade, Foster Hill and David Troiano, 220 George St. For more, call 519-344-4561

Thursday, March 12

Irish dinner

At the Cruickshank Centre at Thompson Garden, featuring an Irish stew and biscuits dinner with homemade desserts, 198 Beckwith St. Organized by the Mayflower Rebekah Lodge, 5:30 p.m. Tickets $12. Takeout available. For more, call Dianne at 519-337-1899

Friday, March 13

Cooking For One

Rapids Family Health Team is offering free cooking classes at 1150 Pontiac Dr., 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All welcome, space is limited. Call 519-339-8949 to register

Mineral Tutorial

Johnathan Clarke provides an overview of the website mindat.org, the world’s largest database of mineral information, 7:30 p.m., Sarnia Rock & Fossil Club, Twin Lakes Terrace Retirement Home, 1310 Murphy Rd. For more call Mary at 519-869-2003 or Ivan at i.mckay@sympatico.ca

Photo Contest

The 6th annual Lambton County Teen Photo Contest for ages 12 to 18 is accepting submissions at the Sarnia Library until April 10. Entries can be 4×6, 5×8 or 8×10. Themes can include: people, animal, places or community. Call 519-337-3291. Voting takes place April 13 to May 3, and prizes presented May 7.

Sunday, March 15

Free yoga morning

Try a free yoga lesson. Kundalini yoga offered from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. with instructor Ruthanne Soutter, 519-491-2062, or Sivinanda yoga from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Stacey Bremner, 519-542-3654. At 785 Exmouth St., second floor.  Call to reserve a spot

Monday, March 16

March Break Drop-in

The Sarnia Children’s Library will host an all-ages, drop-in style event beginning with “Puppets on the Go” (11 a.m to 11:30 a.m.) followed by “The Lego Movie” at 2 p.m.  Call 519-337-3291. Admission is free.

Preschool Programs

New preschool sessions with most Lambton County Libraries begin this week. Sessions run for six weeks, and most require a caregiver. Programs include songs, activities and crafts. Contact branch locations for more information.