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This and That in Town January 25, 2023

Wine and cheese at EAP

On Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m. there will be a wine and cheese at École secondaire Arthur-Pigeon. After an absence of two years, this fabulous fundraiser by the Huntingdon Optimist Club is back. Cost is $80 per person, and space is limited. Check out the Club Optimiste de Huntingdon Facebook page for more.

Get fit, meet friends!

Une Affaire de Famille is offering three fun get-fit programs in Ormstown. On Mondays, line dancing runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ormstown rec centre, 87 Roy Street. On Thursdays, enjoy cardio exercises from 9:30 to 11:30 am, also at the rec centre. On Fridays, come and “MOVE!” from 1 to 2 p.m., departing from Une Affaire de Famille, 19 Bridge Street. To register, call 450-829-3782.

Book sale at the Wead

The Wead Library in Malone N.Y. is holding its book sale February 3-10, so whether you are a true bibliophile or just need more winter reading material, mark your calendar. If you would like to donate books, you can do so during open hours until January 27.

Are you a Celtic Queen…?

…Would you like to be? The United Irish Societies of Montreal invites women of Irish descent, aged 18-25 who live in Montreal and the surrounding areas, to participate in the St. Patrick’s Parade Queen’s Selection Evening on February 4. She who is selected wins a trip to Ireland! Judging is based on public speaking ability, poise, and personality. For info, contact Colleen Murphy at cmurphy2_3@msn.com.

Zing up your winter appetite

The Huntingdon County Farmers’ Market is holding a winter market on February 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Centre Barberivain (471 Chemin de l’Eglise) in Sainte-Barbe. Come and peruse a multitude of delicious offerings, muster a smitch of cheffiness, and fling some variety onto your winter table! More info can be found at Marchefermierhuntingdon.ca.

Saint-Stan Winter Carnival

Let’s just take a moment to list some wonderful things: maple taffy, calèche rides, live music, ice skating, traditional supper, folk dancing… need we say more? All these can be enjoyed at the Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka Winter Carnival on February 11. Activities run from 1-4 p.m. at the “parc-ecole,” and the supper and folk dancing ($20) take place at 4:30 p.m. at the community hall (221 Rue Centrale). To reserve tickets, call 450-373-8944, extension 206. More info is available on the Municipalite de Saint-Stanislas-de-Kostka Facebook page.

Ormstown St. Valentine’s dance

On Friday, February 10, there will be a dance for those aged 18 and up at the Ormstown recreation centre, from 7 to 11 p.m. There will be lots of hearts, surprises, and DJ Fritz will be supplying the tunes. Don’t forget, anyone can slow-dance; you just sway, that’s all. 

4-H Square dancing: start training!

The Ormstown 4-H Club will be holding a square dance competition on April 22, so square dancing practices will be starting soon for youth aged 6 to 21. Any young people interested in finding out more can fill out the form at https://forms.gle/AJiJQswP2qRxA3Fj6.

Get your swoon on for Elvis

Aloha from Ormstown! CVR has some of your V-Day plans sorted. On February 11, Elvis Reimagined, with tribute artist Sylvain Leduc, will take to the CVR stage and get your nostalgic heart racing. The doors open at 7 p.m. and there will be snacks and a cash bar, so 18+ if you please. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by phone at 450-829-2381. Spaces are limited. This event is a fundraiser for the school library.

Calling young writers!

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network is holding an essay contest for students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Young writers are asked to submit a brief story about their hometown heritage; it could be about an important person in local history, a historic community event, or a special tradition. Winning stories will appear in Quebec Heritage News Magazine and online, and there are cash prizes! The deadline is April 30; more guidelines and submission information can be found at https://qahn.org/kids-heritage-essay-contest.

Shameless scammers

There are increasingly sophisticated scammers out there, preying on our older generation, especially by phone. Our dear folks aren’t always aware of scams, and are often shamelessly taken advantage of by dishonourable, convincing posers who con them into giving personal information and/or money. Please remind your loved ones that the government (provincial or federal) does NOT seek payment over the phone, and if an individual is uncertain even about payment requests received in the mail (because their name is misspelled, for example, or other red flags) they’d best check with a trusted friend, family member, or accountant.

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