What’s Happening, week of June 18

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general 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 June 17

Great Lakes Conference

Sarnia-Lambton hosting the three-day annual meeting and conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, bringing together elected leaders, businesses and environmental groups. Holiday Inn Conference Centre, Wednesday to Friday. For more, visit www.sarnialambton2015.ca

Quit Smoking

Rapids Family Health Team offering a free ‘quit smoking’ workshop and nicotine replacement therapy program, 1150 Pontiac Dr., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Must pre-register by calling 519-339-8949

Digital Resources

Learn about hoopla digital (movies and music) and Gale Courses during a drop-in at the Mallroad Library. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your devices and library card. Apple and Google Play Store passwords required. For more, call 519-542-2580

Kayaking

Lambton Outdoors Club host a two-hour outing at Bright’s Grove Beach, meeting at 7 p.m. Call Hank at 519-542-2590 or 519- 336-2174

Annual General Meetings

The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre of Sarnia-Lambton and the Women’s Interval Home holding their annual general meetings, beginning at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. 681 Oxford St. For more, call 519-337-3154

Demystifying Palliative Care

Doctors Allison Crombeen and Glen Maddison describe palliative care and dispel myths and fears that people have about it. Community outreach illness support programs also discussed. Open to all. St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina St. N., 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more, call Lisa at 519-337-0537

Thursday, June 18

Author Event

Michael Banovsky, author of Weird Cars, discusses his love of unusual vehicles at a fundraiser for the Organization for Literacy in Lambton. Kiwanis Centre, 180 N. College Ave., 7 p.m. Tickets $10. For more, call 519-332-4876

Saturday, June 20

Dental Family Day

At RiverEdge Dental, a fun day featuring a barbecue, children’s crafts, face painting, balloon shaping and teeth counting. 1330 Exmouth St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more, call 519-541-0505

Summer Kick Off

Corunna Legion hosts a party open to all featuring four live bands, backyard BBQ, motorcycle show and shine and open bar, starting at 11 a.m. Free admission. Canned good donations appreciated. Bring a lawn chair. 350 Albert St. For more, call 519-862-1240

Sunshine BBQ

Barbecue for the local Sunshine Foundation featuring hamburgers, hot dogs and fried onions, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., M&M Meats, 1362 Lambton Mall Rd., For more, call Marie at 519-491-5637

Archery 3-D Shoot

Lambton Sportsman’s Club hosting a 3-D archery shoot at 521 Bickford Line (at Highway 40), from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Non-members, $10. Children under 15, free with paid adult. Lunch available. Other shoots July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19. For more, contact Elsie at 519-867-3940, or Len at 519-344-7009

Community Bed Drive

NeighbourLink volunteers will come to your home between 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Sarnia, Point Edward and Bright’s Grove to pick up donation of gently-used beds (free from rips, urine stains & bedbugs) to help low-income families. To arrange pick up call 519-336-5465

Hiking

Lambton Outdoors Club outing to Port Franks for a 2.5 hour, medium-level hike, with some steep dunes. Meet 9 a.m. at Bright’s Grove, near Shopper’s Drug Mart. Bring snacks and water. Call Greg at 519-344-3755

Charity Latin Fiesta

Catholic Hispanic Community of Sarnia-Lambton hosts 3rd annual event at the Polish Hall, featuring live Latin music, entertainment, snacks and raffles, with proceeds supporting development projects in Africa and Colombia. 173 Exmouth St. Tickets, $20, can be ordered at LatinFiestaSarnia@gmail.com

Sunday, June 21

Adrenaline Trail

A new addition to the Huron House Boys’ Home’s annual/walk/skate/bike on Father’s Day, featuring teams of four competing in 10 challenges that test body, mind and teamwork. Mike Weir Park TIME. Age 18 plus. Assigned times, starting at 7 a.m. For more, visit adrenalinetrail.ca or Sharon at scrowe@hhbh.ca or Kathy at 519-330-7181

Garden Tour

Sarnia Communities in Bloom presents the 3rd annual Summer Solstice Garden Tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring 8 gardens. Tickets $12 available at DeGroot’s, Jenny’s Floral Studio, LaPier’s Flowers & Gifts, Praill’s Greenhouse, Flowers by Bill Bush, KAY’s Petals & Plants, McKellar’s Flowers or Sipkens Nurseries. Call 519-336-3232.

Lunches for Lansdowne

School lunch program fundraiser at Grace United Church featuring beef burgers, salads, bean, desserts, live entertainment and silent auction. 990 Cathcart Blvd. Tickets, $15 adults, $6 ages six-10, free under 5, available at church office or 519-542-1203

Monday, June 22

Charity Auction

A quarter auction held at the Dante Club to help Healing with Smiles, a charity that helps patients with life-threatening illness through gifts of plush ‘healing hippos.’ 1330 London Rd., doors open at 6:30 p.m., Tickets, $5, include auction paddle and snacks. For more, call Danette at 226-932-2558

Wednesday, June 24

Fairy Garden

Learn what pots, plants and accessories to use to create a miniature garden at the Bright’s Grove Library, with Dianne from DeGroot’s Nurseries, 6:30 p.m. Pre-register at 519-869-2351

Strawberry Supper

At Paterson Memorial Church, featuring sloppy Joes, salad, chips, ice cream, cake & strawberries. $10 adults, $5 under 12. 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more, call 519-344-6422, or 519-344-2870

Hospital AGM

Elizabeth Carlton, a vice president of the Ontario Hospital Association, will discuss change in the health care system at the annual general meeting of Bluewater Health. 5 p.m. in the auditorium (L-2-644), 89 Norman St. For more, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca

Thursday, June 25

Speechathon

Public invited to attend an evening of short speeches presented by the Riverspeak Toastmasters, followed by a lightning round of evaluation skills. Light refreshments served. 260 Mitton St. N., 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more, visit http://riverspeak.toastmastersclubs.org

Ontario filmmaking

Filmmaking in Ontario in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, with special screenings and guest Tom McSorley, Executive Director, Canadian Film Institute. 7 p.m., Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, 147 Lochiel St. Free, donations appreciated. For more, call 519-336-8127

Rayjon Barbecue

All welcome at the annual Rayjon BBQ. Bring a lawn chair and dish to share to 3720 Lakeshore Rd., beginning at 6 p.m. For more, contact Dianne at 519 862 1963, or email dmckillican@cogeco.ca

Strawberry Social

At Dunlop United Church, with strawberries, ice cream, homemade cake and refreshments, 757 Rosedale Ave. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers and pop also available Tickets, $6 adults, $2 children, at the door or call 519-337-3061 or 519-332-8746

Volunteer In Cambodia

Application deadline for local ambassadors to volunteer with Eyes of Leah International Aid in Cambodia installing latrines, water wells and conducting English classes. For more, visit http://eyesofleah.com/volunteer-cambodia/ambassador-training

The Cloud Explained

Tech company CEO Mat Berube will explain The Cloud and how business owners and managers can safely take advantage of its benefits. Free presentation, presented by Bluewater Technology Access Centre, at Lambton College, Room N105, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Register at btac@lambtoncollege.ca

Friday, June 26

Quit Smoking

Rapids Family Health Team offering a free ‘quit smoking’ workshop and nicotine replacement therapy program, 1150 Pontiac Dr., 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Must pre-register by calling 519-339-8949

Saturday, June 27

Canada Day in the Grove

Presented by Bright’s Grove Optimists, including a parade (assembly 10 a.m. at Wildwood Park, start at 11 a.m.) entertainment at Kenwick Park from noon to 3 p.m. including carnival rides and local dancers, and a free, non-alcohol, 8 p.m. concert at Kenwick with Scott Manery and the Barnburners. Bring your lawnchair. For more, email bgoptimists@live.com or visit them on facebook

Hebrew

Eric Bissell to lead a free introduction to learning the Hebrew letters. At River City Vineyard, 260 Mitton St. N., from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more, call Sheila at 519-328-3323

Hiking

A four-hour Lambton Outdoors Club outing on the Howard Watson Trail, meeting 8:30 a.m. at Bright’s Grove, near Shopper’s Drug Mart. Level medium. Contact Greg at 519-344-3755

Sunday, June 28

Charity Art Battle

A number of invited artists have 20 minutes to create works, which are then voted on and auctioned off on Stoke’s Bay patio to raise funds for elementary school art program. Also 3 km walk, 5 & 15 km run, and 15 km bike. For individuals and teams of ten. 485 Harbour Rd. at 9 a.m. For more, call 519-542-2637 or email hth@cogeco.ca

Band Concert

Lambton Concert Band presents ‘Sounds of Summer,’ its annual community concert, at the Sarnia Library Auditorium, 2:30 p.m. No admission charge, but donations appreciated. For more, call Alison at 519-337-9870

Monday, June 29

Seniors Cruise

Annual Seniors Cruise offers a St. Clair River outing aboard the Duc D’Orleans II, food and refreshments. Cost is only a smile. Cruises leave at approximately, 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. from the Front Street dock, rain or shine.  For more, call Caryn at 519-344-1763, ext. 306

Wednesday, July 1

Canada Day

Sarnia’s annual parade begins 11 a.m. on North Christina and enters the park. Opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. at the bandshell. Things shift to Bayshore Waterfront Park at 4:30 p.m. for music and evening activities. Fireworks at dusk. For more, call 519-332-0330, ext. 3202

Saturday, July 4

Canoe & Kayak

Lambton Outdoors Club hosts an outing to Stag Island for a three hour paddle, followed by lunch. Level medium. To reserve a spot call Jim at 519-383-1125

Sunday, July 5

Cycling

Join the Lambton Outdoors Club on a cycle outing on the Howard Watson Trail, end to end, 35-40 kilometres, level easy. Lunch along the way. Meet 9 a.m. at the Bright’s Grove shopping area. Helmets mandatory. Call John at 519-869-6525

Monday, July 6

Free Summer Program

SonSpark Labs hosts a free program at Paterson Memorial Presbyterian Church through to July 10, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. For kids ages 5-12. Call 519-344-6422 or visit www.patersonchurch.ca

Summer Art Camp

Week-long camp for children ages six to 12 at the Lawrence House featuring drawing, painting and sculpture drawing on the theme Myths and Mysteries. Art materials provided. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $44 daily, $150 for week. For more, or registration info, call 519-332-0330, ex.3217