What’s Happening, Week of May 8

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.

 Thursday, May 8

Spring Tea

A spring tea with sandwiches, desserts, beverages, baked goods and jewellery and purse tables at Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall, London Road and Christina Street. 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cost, $6. Proceeds to local charities. For more, contact dilly40@sympatico.ca

Gardening Workshop

Megan O’Neil-Renaud of the One Tomato project will host a free workshop on community garden preparation at Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton, 1121 Wellington St. in Sarnia, at 10:30 a.m. Part of Goodwill Week. For more, call 519-332-0440

 Friday, May 9

Leadercast Sarnia

Sarnia-area leaders can participate in a simulcast with a line-up of world leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, First Lady Laura Bush, author Malcolm Gladwell and others, at the Lambton Inn, Tickets, $99, including workbook and meals, available at eventbrite.ca

Bee-Friendly Gardens

Naturalist Kim Gledhill will host a free workshop on planting a garden that’s attractive to bees at Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton, 1121 Wellington St. in Sarnia, at 7 p.m. For more, call 519-332-0440

Concert Series

The Stokes Bay Grill and Bar kicks off its Friday night concert series with the local band 3rd Wave. 485 Harbour Rd. No cover charge and doors open at 9 p.m. For more, call 519-337-8466 or visit www.stokesbaysarnia.com

 Saturday, May 10

Plant sale

The Sarnia Horticultural Society’s 34th annual plant sale features a variety of perennials, bulbs, groundcovers, shrubs, pots and more at bargain prices. With free gardening advice.,1435 Windemere Cres. For more, contact Barb at 519-332-5837.

Muscular Dystrophy Walk

Family-friendly, accessible event in which participants do a 1 or 5 kilometre route. Activities for kids and adults, snacks, refreshments, and prizes. 
Canatara Park, 
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Register at www.walkformusculardystrophy.ca. For more, Stephanie Fenyes, 1-866-867-2538, ext. 131.

Spring Fair

Grace United Church’s annual spring fair, plant sale, art show and auction, 990 Cathcart Blvd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plants, baking, vendors, barbecue, silent auction. $2 entry includes drink and a muffin.  For more call, 519-339-9763

Social Justice Talk

Larry Luth, of World Renew in Haiti, and Thea de Groot, social justice advocate, will discuss “Bringing Hope Without Hurting,” how good intentions to help those in poverty can have hurtful consequences, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Redeemer Christian Reformed Church, 5834 Blackwell Side Road, All welcome. For more, call 519-542-4202.

GenreCon

Sarnia’s annual literary convention for fans of romance, mystery, science fictions, horror and fantasy returns to Sarnia Library.

Attending writers include Gail Bowen, Sylvia Hubbard, Suzanne Church, Jeff De Luzio, Eric Choi, Dennis Collins and Janet Bolin. Discussion panels, meet and greet. Seating limited. For more call 519-337-3291 or email jeffrey.beeler@county-lambton.on.ca

Comedy for a Cause

Charity fundraiser featuring comedian Terry Jackson, a DJ, silent auction and appetizers in support of the Woman`s Interval Home. Dante Club, 8 p.m. For more, call Denise at 226-932-0600.

Plant sale

A plant and perennial sale will be held at the Temple Baptist Church gymnasium, between Lowes and Walmart, in support of a new school to be called Lambton County Christian Academy, from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 519-542-9563

Literary Reading

Sarnia authors Norma West Linder and James Deahl will read from their new joint book, Two Paths Through The Seasons, as well as readings by London poet Andreas Gripp and Toronto poet and novelist Carol Malyon. John’s Restaurant, London Line, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Organized by Bluewater Reading Series. For more, contact James at jedeal@gmail.com or 519-383-0879.

Roadrunner Run

The Sarnia Roadrunners holding one, three and five kilometre runs in Canatara Park, starting at 9 p.m. Meet at the cannon. Cost, $3, no preregistration required.   All walkers and runners welcome. For more, visit sarniaroadrunners@gmail.com

Trunk Sale

Have goods to sell or seeking a bargain? The Sarnia Lakeshore Optimist Club is sponsoring a trunk sale in Newton Park, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry fee, $20 per car trunk, $25 for pickup truck or van. Sale proceeds are yours to keep. Coffee, hotdogs, pop available. For more, contact Brian at 519-344-4884.

 Monday, May 12

Turkey Pie Luncheon

The Mayflower Rebekah Lodge is hosting a homemade turkey pie luncheon at the Cruickshank Centre at Thompson Gardens, 198 Beckwith St., Corunna. All welcome, dine in or take-out, 12 noon. Tickets, $12. For more, contact Dianne at 519-337-1899.

 Tuesday, May 13

Genealogy

Gene Lusk of Chatham will discuss First World War “medal mystery” 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.

 Wednesday, May 14

Lawn Bowling

Newcomers can try their hand at lawn bowling during four open houses at the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club, May 14, 15, 16 and 18. Welcoming club members will introduce you to the game. Germain Park, off Bright Street. For times or other information call Dave at 519-869-2501 or Ron at 519-542-3988.

 Thursday, May 15

Fashion Show

Third annual Celebrity Men in a Fashion Event features five hand-chosen local models strutting their stuff on the runway in support of the Kidney Foundation. The event, with a silent auction, at the Quality Inn, Point Edward. Tickets $50.

For more, call 519-344-3462

 Friday, May 16

Concert Series

The second act in the Stokes Bay Grill and Bar Friday night concert series features local band RockRidje rocking the bar. 485 Harbour Rd. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge. For more, call 519-337-8466 or visit www.stokesbaysarnia.com

 Saturday, May 17

Mustang Sally Rally

A car rally exclusively for Mustangs will be held in Sarnia with cash prizes available in five classes. Organized by Lambton Ford, proceeds to Pathway Health Centre. Cost, $20 per car, includes lunch for driver. Register at Lambton Ford, Pathways or email juliannehigdon@gmail.com.

Charity Barbecue

The Tote’s R Us cancer Relay for Life team is hosting a barbecue at Degroot’s Nurseries Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more, contact Rose at 519-491-8435.

Celtic Band Concert

The Glasgow Celtic band Charlie and the Bhoys will perform a show at Jack Doyles Bar and Grill at 8:30 p.m., with special guest, soccer great Bertie Auld. Sponsored by The Sarnia Celtic Supporters Club. Tickets, $25, available by calling Sue at 519-383-6953 or Steve at sdevlin1978@hotmail.com.

 Wednesday, May 21

Legacy Planning

The public is invited to a free seminar on the tax benefits of planned giving and legacy planning, the Lambton Room, Pathways Health Centre for Children, 1240 Murphy Rd., For more or to RSVP, contact Tracy at 519-542-3471, ext. 243.

 Friday May 23

Concert Series

The third act in the Stokes Bay Grill and Bar Friday night concert series features local favourite Chemical Valley. 485 Harbour Rd. Doors open at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge. For more call 519-337-8466 or visit www.stokesbaysarnia.com