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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Week of Oct. 1

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Thursday, Oct. 1

Ladies’ Fall Expo

Entertainment, a fashion show and winetasting at the 10th annual My Secret Garden Ladies’ Fall Expo at the Dante Club. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets, $5, with proceeds to Noelle’s Gift. For more, call 519-542-3301

Friday, Oct. 2

Oktoberfest

Two-day festival devoted to Bavarian music and merriment with beer, sausage, yodeling, barrel rolling and live polka music. Bayside Mall, Friday, 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Saturday 3 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. $10 entry, $25 for weekend pass. For more, visit www.sarniaoktoberfest.com

Live Music

Local three-piece band El Camino performs a free concert at Cheeky Monkey as part of the October First Friday cultural walkabout. Also show and sale by artist Nicholas Theoret. 130 Christina St. N., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more, call Mary Anne at 519-332-0978

Sketches of Lake Huron

Opening of new exhibition and meet-and-greet with artists Lynne Kenneith Brogden and her daughter Stephanie Kaye, as part of the First Friday cultural walkabout. The R. W. Lawton Gallery at the Imperial Theatre, 168 Christina St. N. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Show runs to Nov. 2. For more, call 519-312-3263

Live Music

The Chris Trowell Band plays Liquid Johnny’s as part of the First Friday downtown cultural walkabout. 117 Christina St. N., 10 p.m. For more, call 519-344-1196

Gallery Show

Artist Melissa Upfold staging a gallery show at 100 Christina Street, featuring photographs of 18 women and nature taken at Canatara Park. First Friday reception and fundraiser for Nature’s Way, 100 Christina St. N., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with live music from Weird Neighbours at 8 p.m.

Comedy Night

Comedian Larry Smith headlines a comedy night at Stoke’s Bay, 485 Harbour Rd., starting at 9:30 p.m. For more, call 519-337-8466 or visit stokesbaysarnia.com

Saturday, Oct. 3   

Baby to Teen Bonanza

Fundraiser for Lambton County Christian Academy featuring clothing, toys, bedding, footwear, games, furniture and bikes, at Bethel Pentecostal Church gym, 1565 London Line, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Call Cindy at 519-344-3283

Night Run

Sarnia’s only night run is a fundraiser for Noelle’s Gift, featuring 5km and 10km runs and a 5km walk through Canatara Park. For registration fee information or to sign up, visit noellesgift.ca

Modern Women’s Show

At Hiawatha Horse Park, featuring over 75 interactive exhibitors, speakers, fashion show and a special event with Looneyspoons author Janet Podleski. Free admission with donation to Noelle’s Gift. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more, visit www.sarniamodernwomensshow.com

Corks, Caps & Cuisine

At the Lambton College Event Centre, featuring pairings of premium beverages and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Lambton College culinary students. 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets $60. More info at lambtoncollege.ca/foundation

Stamp Club Show

The Sarnia Stamp Club holds its annual “Lampex” show and exchange featuring 10 dealers, a silent table auction and club circuit books. Free admission, all welcome. 275 Wellington St. For more, visit www.sarniastampclub.ca

Pasta Dinner

In support of the Lambton Youth Choir, a pasta dinner at Dunlop United Church featuring dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., a silent auction and 7:30 p.m. concert. Tickets, $10 adults, $6 four to 12, free three and under. 786 Rosedale Ave. For tickets or info, call Ruth at 519-882-1514

Poetry & Prose

Readings of poetry and prose at John’s Restaurant by local writers Bob McCarthy and Patrick Sheridan, visitors Chad Norman, Patrick Connors and MC’d by Lynn Tait. 1643 London Line, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more, call James at 519-383-0879 or [email protected]

Hiking

Join the Lambton Outdoors Club for a 13-kilometre, medium difficulty hike on the Maitland Trail. Meet 7:30 a.m. at the Bright’s Grove shopping plaza. Hiking boots mandatory. For more, call Rod at 519-704-1113

Sunday, Oct. 4

Pancake Breakfast

Knights of Columbus hosts a breakfast and meat raffle in Corunna featuring pancakes, eggs, meats and home fries. All you can eat. St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, 346 Beresford St., Tickets $7.50 adults, children six-to-12 $3.50, under six free. For more, call Rod at 519-331-1272

BBQ Turkey Dinner

All-you-can-eat turkey dinner followed by home-made pies at Camlachie United Church, 6784 Camlachie Rd., 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Take-out available. Tickets, $16 adults, $6 ages six to 10, under five free, available by calling 519-899-4720 or 519-542-7089

Cycling

Joing the Lambton Outdoors Club for a 40-kilometre, guided ride around Detroit. Meet 8 a.m. at Ontario Tourist Information Office. Passport and helmets required. For more, call Margaret at 519-542-8905

Canoe & Kayak

Join the Lambton Outdoors Club for a four-hour, easy paddle on the Sydenham River. Meet at 9 a.m. For more, call Stan at 519-336-9907

Monday, Oct. 5

Quit Smoking Workshop

Rapids Family Health Team offering a free seminar to help you quit smoking with free nicotine replacement therapy 1150 Pontiac Dr., at 2:00 p.m. Must pre-register by calling 519-339-8949

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Project Hannah

Representative from Trans World Radio discusses Project Hannah, a Christian ministry trying to help suffering women worldwide. 10:30 a.m., $5 luncheon to follow. Huron Baptist Church, 1285 Michigan Ave. For more, call 519-542-4581 or visit www.huronbaptistchurch.org

Bridges to Change

Start of a free weekly program to explore your relationship with food, offered by the Twin Bridges Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic. 109 Crawford St., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more, call 226-776-9030 or visit www.tbnplc.com to register.

Settlement Services

A representative from the YMCA Settlement Services will be at the Sarnia Library for one-on-one assistance and information on services and programs available. 124 Christina St. S, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more, call 519-845-3324

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Ladies’ Night

Inaugural event in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Five Alarm Ladies’ Night: An Evening to Extinguish CF features volunteer firefighter servers, dinner, auction and activities. BrownStones, 1000 Finch Dr., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets, $50, by calling Kristin at 519-252-2850

Harvest Dinner

Inn of the Good Shepherd hosts the 5th annual soup kitchen-style harvest dinner featuring turkey pie casserole, vegetable soup, coleslaw and homemade pies. Sittings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $15, available at 115 John St. or by calling 519-344-1746, ext. 303

Living Well with Diabetes

Rapids Family Health Team is offering a free workshop that provides a general overview on living well with diabetes, 1150 Pontiac Dr., at 9:30 a.m.  Must pre-register by calling 519-339-8949

Gentle Yoga

Start of a free weekly program of gentle yoga for all skill levels, offered by the Twin Bridges Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic. Lighthouse Community Church, 152 Parker St., 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Must register by calling 226-776-9030

Author Visit

Bob McCarthy and Gloria Pearson-Vasey will discuss their books Early Days in Oil Springs and Black Springs Abbey at the Point Edward Library. 10 a.m. For more, call 519-336-3291

Thursday, Oct. 8

Settlement Services

A representative from the YMCA Settlement Services will be at the Mallroad, 1262 Lambton Mall Road, for one-on-one assistance and information on services and programs available. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more, call 519-542-2580

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