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ELGIN COUNTY & ST. THOMAS
Free & Low Cost
ACTIVITY GUIDE
TABLE OF CONTENTS & INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION
KIDSPORT
Active Elgin is happy to give the people
of Elgin County and St. Thomas a special
feature guide showing free and low cost
activities. The Free and Low Cost Guide
provides a listing of activities for all ages
to join in and stay active for a small fee
or for FREE!
Active Elgin knows that sometimes
sports can cost a lot of money to play.
This guide also gives you information on
ways that you can receive money to help
with the costs of some sports.
Don’t forget to visit www.activeelgin.ca
where you can find information on all of
the over 250 sport, recreation, and leisure
activities offered in Elgin-St. Thomas.
KidSport is a national program that helps children and youth in
financial need to participate in organized sport. The grant covers
up to $250 dollars per year for registration fees and personal
sport equipment for a child. For hockey, the grant provides funds
up to $500 per child which is funded through the Hyundai Hockey
Helpers program.
Residents of Elgin St. Thomas may access support through
the London office at 519-438-7203 x370. For the KidSport
Ontario Grant Guidelines and application form go to www.
kidsportcanada.ca and click on ‘How to Apply’.
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FINANCIAL HELP
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WESTERN REGION ACTIVITIES
CANADIAN TIRE JUMPSTART
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a
national program dedicated to
making it possible for children to be
able to participate in organized sport
and recreation by helping to remove
financial barriers. Each child’s
financial needs are different so the
grant will help cover registration,
equipment and/or travel costs for
children ages 4 to 18 years.
West Elgin, Dutton Dunwich &
Southwold
The National network has local offices with volunteer members that
are committed to helping get kids active and healthy.
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Children are able to select the program they are interested to
participate in. Some of the 73 sport and recreations activities
that have been supported by the Canadian Tire Jumpstart include
hockey, swimming, soccer, basketball, dance, yoga, climbing and
martial arts.
CENTRAL REGION ACTIVITIES
Central Elgin & St. Thomas
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EASTERN REGION ACTIVITIES
Aylmer, Malahide & Bayham
ACCURACY OF INFORMATION
While every effort is made to maintain
the accuracy of these listings, activity
availability and details may change.
Please contact each service provider
using the contact information provided in
their listing for up-to-date information.
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FREE ACTIVITIES
If you would like to apply for your child to receive assistance,
contact one of the local chapters below.
For residents living in St. Thomas contact:
Katie Payler, YMCA St. Thomas-Elgin,
519-631-2418 ext. 226
For residents living in East Elgin contact:
East Elgin Community Complex , 519-773-5631
Applications can be submitted from January 15 to June 1 for
spring/summer programs, and from July 1 to November 1 for
fall/winter programs.
You will need to be prepared to provide the following information
when you call your local representative:
•• Your contact information.
•• Details of the sport or recreational activity your child would like
to participate in.
•• Financial information may be required to prove funding eligibility.
All information received is kept confidential. Applicants will be
notified by the local Canadian Tire Jumpstart office representative if
they are approved or if further information is required.
For more information, visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca
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S helley Crawford, 519-762-3750, www.cadets.ca
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rmy Cadets
Teens • Ages 12-19. Thurs 6:30-9pm. Physical training,
leadership training, orienteering, marksmanship and
hiking. Weekend trips and outdoor skills. Uniforms
provided. Summer camps (4-6 weeks) available across
Canada and internationally.
Cost: Free
Adult Basketball
est Elgin Secondary School,
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139 Graham St, West Lorne, 519-768-1350
Ron Wilkins, 519-768-2530
Adult Basketball
Adults • Mon nights in the fall and winter season.
Bring running shoes. Basketballs are provided. For
adults of all ages to practise their basketball skills and
get exercise.
Cost: $50/person/season
Adult Recreational Volleyball
est Elgin Secondary School,
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139 Graham St, West Lorne, 519-768-1350
Paul Dupuis, 519-768-1500
Adult Recreational Volleyball League
Adults • Co-ed recreational volleyball for adults 25+.
Wed evenings, 7:30-9:30pm, Oct to Mar.
Cost: $25/year
Dutton Cooperative Child Care Centre
utton Co-Operative Child Care Centre, 3 Lions Rd, Dutton
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P am Wardell, 519-762-2399, www.duttonchildcare.ca
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ummer Camp, Before & After
School Programs
Children • Children 6-12. Includes swimming 3 times/
week, games and activities. Morning and afternoon
snacks plus a hot lunch is included in the daily rate.
Field trips are an additional fee. Centre is open from
7am-6pm Mon-Fri. Closed on Jul 1 and the Civic
holiday in Aug. Before & After School Programs offered
at Dunwich-Dutton and Aldborough PS.
Cost: $29.50/day, plus field trips
Dutton Dunwich
Horticultural Society
St. John’s United Church, Dutton
Dutton Dunwich Parks & Recreation
utton Dunwich Community Centre,
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1 Scotland St, Dutton, 519-762-3209
Katie Ambrose, 519-762-3209
Adult Swim
Adults, Seniors • 8:30-9:30pm Tues & Thurs, July &
Aug. Prices and times are subject to change. Call for
details.
Cost: $3/swim
Drop-in Co-ed Volleyball
A dults • Offered in winter, once a week, indoors. For
those who want to come out to practise and play for
fun. Tues nights starting Nov 12, 6:30-8pm.
Cost: $2.25/participant
Men’s Floor Hockey
A dults • Open over the winter and offered weekly
(pending availability). Private rentals only.
Cost: $25/hour rental fee
Walking Program
A ll Ages • Mon-Fri weekly, holidays excluded,
9-10:30am, beginning Sept 9.
Cost: $0.25
Dutton Dunwich Seniors Centre
utton Dunwich Senior’s Centre, 185 Main St, Dutton
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L ouie Lackey, 519-762-2364
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ard Games
Seniors • All welcome! Various card games including
pepper and bridge.
Cost: $5 initial membership, suggested donation
$1/activity
Quilting Group
S eniors • Mon afternoons from 1-4pm.
ost: $5 initial membership, suggested donation
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$1/activity
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oyal Cdn Legion Branch 525, 177 Victoria St, Rodney
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St. Joseph’s Catholic High School,
100 Bill Martyn Pkwy, St. Thomas, 519-675-4434
Gail Driscoll, 519-762-3315, www.gardenontario.org
Gardening
All Ages • Meet third Mon of every month, except July
and Aug. Maintaining the gardens of Dutton Dunwich.
Cost: $10/year membership
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Elgin County Library
1 0 Branches:
•• Aylmer Old Town Hall Library, 38 John St S, Aylmer,
519-773-2439
•• Belmont Public Library, 14134 Belmont Rd, Belmont
•• Fred Bodsworth Library, 21 Pitt St, Port Burwell,
519-874-4754
•• John Kenneth Galbraith Reference Library,
236 Shakelton St, Dutton
•• Port Stanley Library, 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley,
519-782-4241
•• Rodney Library, 207 Furnival Rd, Rodney,
519-785-2100
•• Shedden Library, 9557 Union Rd, Shedden,
519-764-2081
•• Springfield Library, 12105 Whittaker Rd, Springfield,
519-765-4515
•• Straffordville Library, 9366 Plank Rd, Straffordville,
519-866-3584
•• West Lorne Library, 160 Main St, West Lorne,
519-768-1150
Elgin County Library, 519-631-1460,
www.elgincounty.ca/library
Baby/Infant Programs
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Under 5 • At Aylmer, Belmont, Dutton, Port Stanley,
Shedden, Springfield & Straffordville branches.
Aylmer: Mon,Tues & Thurs 10-10:30am. Dutton:
Baby & Me (ages 6 months-2 years) Tues 10:3011am. Dutton: Family & Me (ages 2-5), Fri 10:3011:15am. Springfield: Thurs 10:30-11:30am, Oct to
May. Belmont: Tues 10:30-11:30am. Port Stanley &
Shedden: Infants are welcome at preschool storytime
programs. Straffordville: Baby & Me Mon 10:30-11am.
Cost: Free
Boys Club
hildren • At Rodney, Straffordville & West Lorne
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branches. An hour of fun for boys (grades 4-6). Straffordville: every 3rd Mon 6:30-7:30pm. Rodney: first
Tues of the month 5-6pm. West Lorne: first Tues of the
month 4-5pm.
Cost: Free/minimal
Computer Lessons
A ll Ages • At all branches. Free group and individual
lessons on our Community Access Site (CAS)
computers by our Youth Intern (YI) students. Topics
include basic computer usage, email, internet
searching, etc. Call your local branch to register and to
make an appointment. Come and learn about our Cyber
Camps. Sept to Mar.
Cost: Free
Girls Club
hildren • At Dutton, Rodney, Straffordville & West
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Lorne branches. An hour of fun for girls aged 9-12.
Straffordville: every third Thurs 6:30-7:30pm. Dutton:
every third Thurs 4-5pm. Rodney: last Tues of the
month 5-6pm. West Lorne: first Tues of the month
4-5pm.
Cost: Free/minimal
Kids Club
hildren • At Port Stanley, Rodney, Springfield,
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Straffordville & West Lorne branches. A fun-filled
program for children (grades 1-3) that focuses on
reading, songs and crafts. Straffordville: Kids Korner
first Tues of each month 6:30-7:30pm (Oct to May).
Port Stanley: Mon evenings 6-6:45pm (Sept to May).
Rodney: Tues 4-5pm. West Lorne: Thurs 4-5pm.
Cost: Free/minimal
Mother/Daughter Book Club
T eens, Children • At Aylmer, Dutton & Straffordville
branches. Mother/guardian and daughter read the
book of the month and share their thoughts. Aylmer: for
girls ages 12+, third Thurs of each month at 6:30pm.
Dutton: for girls grades 4-6, second Thurs of each
month at 6:30pm. Straffordville: third Thurs of the
month at 6:30pm.
Cost: Free
Pre-School Story Time
nder 5 • At all branches. Come and join us for a
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fun-filled morning with stories, songs and crafts.
Caregivers are encouraged to allow children to attend
and participate on their own but must remain in the
library at all times. Please call your local branch for
more information on dates and times.
Cost: Free
Seniors Book Club
S eniors • At West Lorne branch only. Visit the library for
a lively discussion about books and authors. Last Tues
of each month, 2:30-3:30pm.
Cost: Free
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Summer Reading Club
hildren • At all branches. A fun way to keep
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school-age children interested in reading
over the summer months. Each branch has
a variety of activities that encourage reading
through fun activities and programs based on a
Summer Reading Club theme. Check our web
site or your local branch for more information
and dates.
Cost: Free
Teen Summer Reading Club
T eens • At Aylmer, Belmont, Port Burwell,
Dutton, Rodney, Springfield, Straffordville &
West Lorne branches. Teens are encouraged
to read, relax and have fun during the summer
(July-Aug) and win lots of prizes! Call your
local branch or check our web site for more
information on dates and events.
Cost: Free
Wii at the Library
A ll Ages • At Dutton, Port Stanley & Shedden
branches. Dutton: Wii drop-in available on most
PD days and Sats. Port Stanley: Wii is available
during open hours. Shedden: Wii is available
during open hours. All other branches: call the
library or check our web site for more details
on special events.
Cost: Free
Winter Reading Club
A ll Ages • At all branches. The Winter Reading
Club in Jan and Feb is focused on families
reading and having fun together at the library.
Call your library or check our web site for more
information on dates, times and events.
Cost: Free
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Lower Thames Valley
Conservation Authority
Crane Conservation Area, 10588 Iona Rd, Southwold
Rodney & District
Horticultural Society
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 525,
Pearce Williams Christian Centre
P earce Williams United Church Christian Centre,
Rodney Area Senior Shuffleboarders
& Carpet Bowlers
Rodney Community Centre, 135 Queens Line,
ommunity Relations Coordinator, 519-264-2420,
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www.ltvca.ca
Walking/Hiking
All Ages • From Hwy 401 take interchange #157,
turn south onto Iona Road (County Road 14). Crane
Conservation Area is located on the east side of Iona
Road, almost directly across from Shackleton Line. No
facilities. Grassland and naturalized arboretum.
Cost: Free
8009 Iona Rd, Fingal
Joe Richards, 519-764-2317, www.pearcewilliams.org
Hiking
All Ages • Over 7km of marked hiking trails open to the
public daily.
Cost: Free
177 Victoria St, Rodney
Mary Bodnar, 519-785-0937
Gardening
Adults, Teens, Seniors • Meet every third Tues of
the month, except Jul, Aug & Dec. Activities include
speakers, outings and planting various flower beds and
hanging baskets.
Cost: $5/year membership
Rodney, 519-785-0291
Adam Hrabinski, 519-785-2184,
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Carpet Bowling and Shuffleboard
Seniors • New members are invited to play
shuffleboard or to carpet bowl on Mon & Thurs
mornings, 9:30-11:30am, Oct through June.
Cost: $25/year, $3/per game
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REGION
Serenity Now Yoga
S erenity Now Yoga Studio, 36499 Second Ln, Southwold
icole Balogh, 519-777-9400, www.serenitynowyoga.ca
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ealing Circle
All Ages • Last Sat of each month 9:30-11am. A
Healing Circle is a gathering for anyone who would like
to experience a hands-on healing session or anyone
who would like to practise their skills. All forms of
energy work are welcomed and appreciated. Everyone
is welcome, no need to register, just show up!
Cost: Donation
Journey Circles (Meditation)
Please join us every Thurs evening 8-9pm. A Journey
is essentially a guided meditation that allows us to
learn, heal and grow. The 3rd Thurs of each month is a
Shamanic Journey to a live drum that requires training.
All other weeks are open to everyone. Please see
website for more details. Cost: Donation
St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club
L ocations published in TJ or contact club
on Casier, 519-631-5279
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pring Evening Walks
All Ages • A great opportunity to learn about birds,
insects in general, wild flowers, fauna and plants
native to the Carolinian Zone, at a variety of public and
private areas. Most are open to the public; 6:30pm
start time every Wed in Apr & May. Locations posted in
TJ and Community News, or contact club.
Cost: Free
Winter Walks
A ll Ages • A great opportunity to observe winter flora
and fauna while enjoying the Canadian winter with
good fellowship. Starting at 1:30pm on the third Sun of
Jan, Feb & Mar. Springwater CA for Jan, Fingal Wildlife
MA for Feb, Pearce Provincial Park for Mar. Open to the
public.
Cost: Free
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Tiny Tots Co-op Nursery School
T iny Tots, 217 Furnival Rd, Rodney, 519-785-2100
Shelly, 519-785-2164
Co-op Nursery School, Play Groups, Toy &
Resource Lending Library, Second Hand
Childrens Clothing Store
All Ages • Preschool Class 2 mornings per week.
Toddler Class 1 morning per week. Two play groups
per week. A large assortment of toys, games, videos,
DVD’s, books, electronic games etc, to borrow on a
2 week loan basis. Tiny Tots Closet sells gently used
children’s clothing.
Cost: $15 membership plus program fees
Tyrconnell Heritage Society /
Backus-Page House
John E. Pearce Provincial Park, 29424 Lake View Line,
Dutton Dunwich
Angela Bobier, 519-762-3072, www.backuspagehouse.ca
Provincial Park Nature Trail Access
All Ages • Enjoy the trails in the John E. Pearce
Provincial Park, at your own leisure, as well as
experience a glimpse of beautiful Lake Erie at one of
the very few public access points above the bluffs that
line the northern shoreline. Hiking through the park
year round visitors may encounter native species like
the pileated woodpecker or migratory birds.
Cost: Free
VON Middlesex-Elgin
Pam Buys, 519-637-6408, www.vonmiddlesexelgin.ca
S.M.A.R.T - Seniors Maintaining Active
Roles Together (Seniors Exercises)
Seniors • Classes are Mon-Fri for seniors or adults
with disabilities. Classes are led by trained instructors
to improve strength, balance, and flexibility, helping
to prevent falls, maintain activities of daily living and
maintain independence at home. Please contact VON for
class locations, levels and volunteering opportunities.
Cost: Free
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West Elgin Choral Society
utton Dunwich Upper Town Hall, 199 Currie Rd, Dutton,
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519-762-2204, westelginchoralsociety.weebly.com
Helen VanDyk, 519-633-1259
Singing
Adults, Teens, Seniors • The West Elgin Choral Society
members love to sing. If you love to sing, come and try
us out—we are always looking for more voices! We
have two concerts per year and sing classical, sacred,
and secular music. Rehearsals are Tues evenings from
7:30-9pm. Victoria Rondinelli is our conductor.
Cost: $30/term or $50/year
West Elgin Community Band
est Elgin Senior Elementary School,
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139 Graham St, West Lorne
Martha Foster, 519-762-3609,
www.westelgincommunityband.ca
Community Band
Adults, Teens, Seniors • A fun, relaxing, welcoming
group. If you played in high school and have an
instrument, we welcome you. We play two concerts a
year. Great activity for parent/child, adults of all ages.
Must be able to read music. Even if it’s been years
since you played, we understand and invite you to join
us. Mon 7-9pm Sept to June.
Cost: $60/year
West Elgin Community Health Centre
West Elgin CHC, 519-768-1715, www.wechc.on.ca
Children’s Fitness Programs
Children, Under 5 • Dutton Dunwich Community Centre,
1 Scotland St, Dutton, 519-762-3209
Free programs in the three communitities of Dutton,
West Lorne and Rodney. Children 3-6 and 7-9 years
of age can come out and enjoy a variety of physical
fitness activities that teach Fundamental Movement
Skills while being fun and interactive. Contact Kim
McCready at x2299 for details or registration.
Cost: Free
Home Support Exercise Program
A ll Ages • West Elgin Community Health Centre,
153 Main St, West Lorne, 519-768-1715
Contact x2210 for more information or to register.
Cost: Free
Pre-Natal & Post-Natal Pilates
A dults, Teens • West Elgin Community Health Centre,
153 Main St, West Lorne, 519-768-1715
Free Pilates exercise classes for pregnant and new
moms! Available in Dutton, West Lorne and Rodney.
Come to one location, or come to all. Infants welcome
for post-natal classes. Childcare is available for older
children if needed. Contact Kim McCready at x2299 for
details or registration.
Cost: Free
Walk & Dine
A ll Ages • West Elgin Community Health Centre,
153 Main St, West Lorne, 519-768-1715
Contact x2210 for more information or to register.
Cost: Free
Walking Down Your Blood Sugar
A ll Ages • West Elgin Community Health Centre,
153 Main St, West Lorne, 519-768-1715
Contact x2301 for more information or to register.
Cost: Free
Youth Fitness Programs
T eens • Free youth fitness programs. Zumba, Kettle Bell
Weight Training, and aerobics. Contact Kim McCready
at x2299 for details or registration.
Cost: Free
West Elgin Nature Club
race Anglican Church, Morden St, West Lorne
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J oanne Reive, 519-768-1365
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onday Morning Walking Group
All Ages • Scheduled Mon morning walks from the end
of Sept to end of June. Cost: $10/person or $20/family membership
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West Elgin Pool
est Elgin Pool, 259 Ridout St, Rodney
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West Elgin Walking Program
est Elgin Secondary School, 139 Graham St,
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S helley Smith, 519-785-2164, www.westelgin.net
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dult Aquafit Classes
Adults • Mon to Fri 9-10am & 8-9pm.
Cost: $3/visit or $25/10 visits
Family Swim
A dults, Children • Enjoy a fun hour exploring both the
big pool and the wading pool with family, Fri, Sat & Sun
from 3-4pm.
Cost: $2/person or $5/family
Public Swimming
A ll Ages • Open swims daily 1:30-3pm & 6:30-8pm.
Monthly passes also available.
Cost: $2/person or $5/family; season passes $80/
person or $160/family
Swim Team
T eens, Children • Twice weekly one hour practices
to improve swim strokes and endurance. Participate
in local swim meets for ribbons, medals and team
trophies.
Cost: $40/season
West Elgin Summer Day Camp
est Elgin Recreation Centre, 135 Queen’s Line,
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Rodney, 519-785-2164
Shelley Smith, 519-785-2164, www.westelgin.net
West Elgin Summer Day Camp
Children • 8 different theme weeks with daily
swimming, games, crafts and activities. July to Aug,
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm (extended care available 8am4:30pm, $3/half hour). For ages 4-12 (limited 4 year
old spaces available). Must pre-register and pre-pay.
Contact for more information.
Cost: $80/week (sibling discounts available)
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West Lorne, 519-768-1350
Shelly Vergeer, 519-768-1715
Indoor Walking
All Ages • A warm, safe place to walk during cold
weather. Usually starts in Nov when it starts to get cold.
There are benches for resting and water fountains.
Weekdays from 3:30-6pm.
Cost: Free
West Lorne & Community
Horticultural Society
West Lorne Community Complex,
160 Main St, West Lorne
Susan Lilley, 519-768-2665, www.gardenontario.org
Gardening
All Ages • Meet the 2nd Tues of each month from Mar
to Dec. A great way to learn for the inexperienced and
experienced gardener, with knowledgeable speakers,
workshops, bus trips, carpooling trips, plant sales,
door prizes, 50/50, and refreshments. Community
beautification with public flower beds, hanging
baskets, season decorations. “Come grow with us!”
Cost: $10/person membership (not mandatory)
West Lorne Tai Chi Group
race Anglican Church, Morden St, West Lorne
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arg Hulls, 519-762-2049
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T ai Chi
Adults • Excellent form of low-impact exercise and
balance of body, mind and spirit. A 108 movement Yang
Style set on Tues at 7pm and double 24 set on Tues
and Fri at 9:30am.
Cost: $15/month
YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin
utton Dunwich Community Centre,
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1 Scotland St, Dutton, 519-762-3209
Rodney Community Centre,
135 Queens Line, Rodney, 519-785-0291
YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin, 519-631-9800,
www.ywcastthomaselgin.org
Drop In Recreation
Children • Evening recreation programs for school
age children. Children participate in games, physical
activities, crafts and sports. Offered in fall, winter &
spring sessions, Sept to June. Thurs in Dutton
6:30-8pm.
Cost: $2.25/visit
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Dutton Dunwich Horticultural Society
S t. John’s United Church, Dutton
St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, 100 Bill Martyn
Pkwy, St. Thomas, 519-675-4434
Gail Driscoll, 519-762-3315, www.gardenontario.org
Gardening
All Ages • Meet third Mon of every month, except July
and Aug. Maintaining the gardens of Dutton Dunwich.
Cost: $10/year membership
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Elgin County Library
1 0 Branches:
Belmont & Area Horticultural Society
elmont Public Library, 14134 Belmont Rd, Belmont
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S andy Strukye, 519-631-9900, 519-644-0129
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ardening
Adults, Seniors • Meets 4th Tues of every month.
Cost: $10/year membership
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of
St. Thomas-Elgin
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of St. Thomas-Elgin, 146
Centre St, St. Thomas, N5R 3A3, 519-633-3830
Barb Matthews, 519-824-8648, 519-633-3830
1-to-1 Matching, Couples Matching, Big Bunch
Teens, Children • Activities, outings, and mentorship for
ages 6-16.
Cost: Free
Family Match
A ll Ages, Children • Families can now apply to our
agency and be matched with a boy or a girl with the
intent of including a child in need with their family
outings. The family would be screened similarly to our
Couples Matches but we would include all children
who would be involved with the match.
Cost: Free
Go Girls! (Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds)
T eens • Female mentors work with groups of girls aged
12-14 (grades 7-8). A variety of activities emphasize
healthy, active living. In partnership with elementary
schools.
Cost: Free
•• Aylmer Old Town Hall Library, 38 John St S, Aylmer,
519-773-2439
•• Belmont Public Library, 14134 Belmont Rd, Belmont
•• Fred Bodsworth Library, 21 Pitt St, Port Burwell,
519-874-4754
•• John Kenneth Galbraith Reference Library,
236 Shakelton St, Dutton
•• Port Stanley Library, 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley,
519-782-4241
•• Rodney Library, 207 Furnival Rd, Rodney,
519-785-2100
•• Shedden Library, 9557 Union Rd, Shedden,
519-764-2081
•• Springfield Library, 12105 Whittaker Rd, Springfield,
519-765-4515
•• Straffordville Library, 9366 Plank Rd, Straffordville,
519-866-3584
•• West Lorne Library, 160 Main St, West Lorne,
519-768-1150
Elgin County Library, 519-631-1460,
www.elgincounty.ca/library
Baby/Infant Programs
Under 5 • At Aylmer, Belmont, Dutton, Port Stanley,
Shedden, Springfield & Straffordville branches.
Aylmer: Mon,Tues & Thurs 10-10:30am. Dutton:
Baby & Me (ages 6 months-2 years) Tues 10:3011am. Dutton: Family & Me (ages 2-5), Fri 10:3011:15am. Springfield: Thurs 10:30-11:30am, Oct to
May. Belmont: Tues 10:30-11:30am. Port Stanley &
Shedden: Infants are welcome at preschool storytime
programs. Straffordville: Baby & Me Mon 10:30-11am.
Cost: Free
Computer Lessons
A ll Ages • At all branches. Free group and individual
lessons on our Community Access Site (CAS)
computers by our Youth Intern (YI) students. Topics
include basic computer usage, email, internet
searching, etc. Call your local branch to register and to
make an appointment. Come and learn about our Cyber
Camps. Sept to Mar.
Cost: Free
In-School Mentoring
hildren • School based mentoring program during school
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year. Activites are with one child on school property.
Volunteers spend one hour a week with one child.
Cost: Free
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Kids Club
hildren • At Port Stanley, Rodney, Springfield,
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Straffordville & West Lorne branches. A fun-filled
program for children (grades 1-3) that focuses on
reading, songs and crafts. Straffordville: Kids Korner
first Tues of each month, 6:30-7:30pm (Oct to May).
Port Stanley: Mon evenings 6-6:45pm (Sept to May).
Rodney: Tues 4-5pm. West Lorne: Thurs 4-5pm.
Cost: Free/minimal
Mystery Lovers Book Club
A dults, Seniors • At the Belmont branch only. Do you
have a passion for mysteries? Come and check out the
Mystery Lovers’ Book Club, every 3rd Tues from Sept
to May.
Cost: Free
Pre-School Story Time
nder 5 • At all branches. Come and join us for a
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fun-filled morning with stories, songs and crafts.
Caregivers are encouraged to allow children to attend
and participate on their own but must remain in the
library at all times. Please call your local branch for
more information on dates and times.
Cost: Free
Summer Reading Club
hildren • At all branches. A fun way to keep schoolC
age children interested in reading over the summer
months. Each branch has a variety of activities that
encourage reading through fun activities and programs
based on a Summer Reading Club theme. Check our
web site or your local branch for more information
and dates.
Cost: Free
Teen Summer Reading Club
T eens • At Aylmer, Belmont, Port Burwell, Dutton,
Elgin County Museum
E lgin County Museum, 450 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas
eorgia Sifton, 519-631-1460, www.elgin-county.on.ca
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emories in Wool Rug Hooking Club
Adults, Seniors • Meets twice a month to work on
projects, trade ideas, and socialize. Access to a library
of craft books, as well as a cutting machine. Geared
towards those with some experience.
Cost: $30/year
Elgin Hiking Trail Club
L oretta Vaughan, www.elginhikingtrailclub.org
Walking and Hiking Trails
All Ages • We organize more than 40 walks/year that
are open to the public, maintain the 41 km Elgin Hiking
Trail from Port Stanley to Southdel drive, and promote
safe hiking.
Cost: $20/year membership
Ggolfs
The Bluffs Golf Club, 35593 Lake Line Rd,
Port Stanley, 519-782-7447
Grant Gulych, 519-902-7980, ggolfs.com
Junior Golf Camp
Teens, Children • Offered by one of the top 100
instructors in the World Golf Teachers Federation and
Master Teaching Professional, Grant Gulych. Grant has
been instructing for over eight years. Ages 7-14 years.
Includes instructions, contests, prizes, and lunch on
final day.
Cost: $100/week
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch, www.ezlink.ca/~thebrowns/
Rodney, Springfield, Straffordville & West Lorne
branches
Teens are encouraged to read, relax and have fun
during the summer (July-Aug) and win lots of prizes!
Call your local branch or check our web site for more
information on dates and events.
Cost: Free
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Hawkwatching, Birdwatching, Walking
All Ages • On-site education program about hawks
and hawk migration. Hawkwatching, birdwatching
and walking along Hawk Cliff Road are some of the
activities available. Activities are funded through
Hawkcliff memberships and donations/grants.
Cost: Free
Wii at the Library
A ll Ages • At Dutton, Port Stanley & Shedden branches.
London Minor Football Association
entrefield Sports, 25 Midpark Cr, London, 519-691-1200
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utton: Wii drop-in available on most PD days and
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Sats. Port Stanley: Wii is available during open hours.
Shedden: Wii is available during open hours. All other
branches: call the library or check our web site for
more details on special events.
Cost: Free
Winter Reading Club
A ll Ages • At all branches. The Winter Reading Club in
Jan and Feb is focused on families reading and having
fun together at the library. Call your library or check
our web site for more information on dates, times
and events.
Cost: Free
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rock Burgess, 519-852-4465, www.lmfafootball.ca
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I ndoor Football Skills Camps
Teens, Children • Indoor winter Football Skills Training
Camps presented by LMFA for new and returning
players. No contact, dress in shorts and T-shirt. Come
out for one night or all 10. Starts Fri Jan 17th from
6:30pm to 8:30pm for 10 weeks on Fri nights.
Cost: $5/week (tax included), $5/player/night
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CYCLING SAFETY
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IN ELGIN ST. THOMAS
The Elgin St. Thomas Cycling Master Plan is coming to life with a variety of
new cycling features, such as bike lanes and new signs, popping up across the
County and within the City. Take a look inside for information on what the
new signs and road markings mean and how to safely use these new cycling
features! Check out the website for a map of the new cycling routes.
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SHARE THE ROAD
Elgin-St. Thomas is a Share the Road community. Bicycles are vehicles under
the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, with the same rights and responsibilities as
motor vehicles.
Same Road, Same Rules, Same Rights
Dedicated Bike Lanes
Bike lanes are marked lanes on a roadway
to be used by cyclists only.
• Cyclists do not have to ride within bike
lanes, and may ride outside the lane (to
avoid hazards, pass slower cyclists, turn)
after yielding to motor vehicles in the
vehicle lane
• Drivers cannot park in a bike lane
• Drivers must yield to cyclists in bike lanes
at intersections and when passing
Bike Lane
Signed Bicycle Routes
Bicycle Route Marker signs provide route
guidance on shared roadways within a
bikeway network.
• Drivers and cyclists share the same lane
Signed Routes with Edge Lines
• Edge lines show a shared roadway;
this gives cyclists space outside of the
roadway to ride
Non-Signed Roads
Shared Route
with Edge Line
Remember that ALL roadways are shared roadways for cyclists and drivers,
even if there are no signs posted.
• Bicycles may be on the road in all seasons
• Cyclists should ride to the right of the driving lane, one metre from the curb
and parked cars (to avoid doors opening), in a single-file line
• Cyclists may enter the driving lane to avoid hazards or to make a
left-hand turn
• Drivers must leave at least one meter when passing a bicycle - it’s the law!
• Drivers should always do an over-the-shoulder check for bicycles when
turning right and opening their door when parked
• Cyclists must follow all traffic laws, including pavement markings, signs
and signals
Shared Use Lanes
Shared Use Lane Markings, or ‘sharrows’,
show drivers and cyclists the correct line
of travel for cyclists.
Share the Road signs appear where shared
use lanes are wide enough for cyclists to
ride beside drivers, and sharrows appear
near the curb.
Shared Use Lane
with Sharrows
Single File signs appear where shared use
lanes are too narrow for cyclists to ride
beside drivers, and sharrows appear in the
centre of the lane.
Sharrow
Single File
Shared Use Lane
Paved Shoulders
Paved shoulders create a buffer zone to
provide separation between drivers and
cyclists travelling in the same direction on
rural roads.
• Paved shoulders also make room for
stopped vehicles, emergency use, and
pedestrians
Multi-Use Trails
Multi-Use Trails may be used by both
pedestrians and cyclists.
• Pedestrians have the right of way
• Use your bell or horn when passing
Sidewalks and Pedestrians
Sidewalks and crosswalks are only for pedestrians.
• Cyclists must get off of and walk their bicycle across when using crosswalks
• Children (those with bicycle wheel diameters under 510mm/20”) are allowed
to ride their bicycles on sidewalks, but should watch for pedestrians,
driveways and intersections
CYCLING SAFETY INFORMATION
Proper Hand Signals For Turning
LEFT ›
STOP ›
‹ RIGHT ›
(TWO OPTIONS)
Graphics courtesy of Ministry of Transportation
Make your Bike Safe & Legal
• Helmets must be worn by all
cyclists under the age of 18
($80 fine), and are strongly
recommended for all ages;
parents or guardians should not
knowingly allow cyclists under 16
to ride without a helmet
• All bikes must have a white
front light and red back light or
reflector when you ride between
one-half hour before sunset and
one-half hour after sunrise
($110 fine)
• All bikes must have white reflective strips on the front forks and red
reflective strips on the rear stays
• All bikes must have a working bell or horn to let cars and pedestrians know
you’re there ($110 fine)
• Riders should wear bright and/or reflective clothing when cycling at night
Other Fines
• Cycling within a crosswalk: Cyclists must walk their bike when using a
crosswalk ($110)
• Not stopping for traffic signals and signs: Cyclists must stop for red lights
and stop signs and follow all other signs ($110-$325)
• Dooring cyclists: Drivers must check to make sure there are no cyclists
before opening their door ($365)
• 1-metre passing: Drivers must leave a one-metre distance where possible
when passing cyclists ($110 and 2 demerit points)
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Ontario Early Years
Elgin-Middlesex-London
Ontario Early Years Centre-St. Thomas, 7 Morrison Dr,
St. Thomas, 519-631-9496, www.ontarioearlyyears.ca
B
aby Time
All Ages, Under 5 • C ontact us for locations and times.
By joining our friendly atmosphere, together you and
your infant (ages 0-1) can meet other families and
share in discussions, singing, crafts and circle time.
Infant massage and sign classes available at various
locations in Elgin and Middlesex Counties. Contact
Amanda Eveland for details.
Cost: Free
Literacy Programs
A ll Ages • Programming suitable for children 0-6 yrs
unless otherwise specified. Please contact for locations
and times as a variety of programs are offered
throughout region. Parent and professional literacy
resources are also available to borrow (free of charge).
Contact Marilyn Heffren at x246 for details.
Cost: Free
Outreach Playgroups
A ll Ages • Please call for locations (throughout Elgin
and Middlesex counties) and times or visit the website
for our event calendar. Parents must stay with their
children. Programming suitable for children 0-6 yrs.
Outreach programming includes: games, crafts, songs,
stories and fine/gross motor. Everyone welcome.
Contact OEYC for details.
Cost: Free
Play and Learn
A dults, Children • Offers a variety of activities for
families and caregivers with children 6 and under.
Activity areas include dramatic play, crafts, blocks,
books and puzzles, sensory and fine motor. Weather
permitting, we will also have outdoor activities.
Children will enjoy snack time and circle time is offered
everyday at the end of the program. Contact Amanda
Eveland for details.
Cost: Free
Romantic Designs Artist Studio
omantic Designs, 120 Wellington St, St. Thomas
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aniel and Sharon Brassard, 519-860-6851,
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www.romanticdesigns.ca
Open Studio Thursdays
Adults, Teens, Seniors • An opportunity for “newbies” and
“seasoned” artists to come together and work on their
current projects at the Romantic Designs Artist Studio
with sculptor Sharon Brassard. These afternoons are not
classes but an environment of learning through exchange
of ideas as you work on your project. Thurs 1-4pm.
Cost: Free
Run For Your Life
un For Your Life, 204 Carlow Rd, Port Stanley
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T erri Biloski, 519-637-0333
L earn to Run
Adults, Teens • 1 2 weeks, 3 days a week. All you need
is a good pair of shoes and a desire to succeed. We
offer flexible group time. Call for more information.
Cost: $50/12 weeks
Youth Running Club
T eens, Children • Youth friendly weekly meet ups and
monthly races. Call or email [email protected]
rogers.com for more information or to pre-register.
Cost: $50/12 weeks
Sparta Community Society
S parta Community Hall, RR1, Sparta
S ally Martyn, 519-775-2292
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parta Stitchers
Adults • Come join our stitchers. We quilt, knit, crochet,
embroider, tat, smock, etc. and have a good time
visiting from 1-4pm every Tues. Learn a new skill or
teach others a new skill.
Cost: $5/session (tax included)
Workshops
Adults • Most workshops are for parents/caregivers/
professionals. Workshop topics include: parenting,
child behaviour, toilet training, make-and-take learning
opportunities and many more. Please contact for
workshops available. Visit www.familyinfo.ca for our
calendar of events. Contact Amanda Eveland for details.
Cost: Free
Port Stanley, 519-782-3983
Evelyn Finch, 519-782-3919
Choir
Adults • Choir has been in operation for more than 25
years. Group meets Tues at 7:30pm only during the
spring, fall and winter. Choir will start on Sept 24.
Cost: $30/term
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Port Stanley Community Choir
P ort Stanley Public School, 350 Carlow Rd,
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Spring Evening Walks
L ocations published in TJ or contact club
All Ages • A great opportunity to learn about birds,
insects in general, wild flowers, fauna and plants
indigenous to the Carolinian Zone, at a variety of public
and private areas. Most are open to the public; 6:30pm
start time every Wed in Apr & May. Locations published
in TJ and Community News, or contact club.
Cost: Free
Winter Walks
L ocations published in TJ or contact club
All Ages • A great opportunity to observe winter flora
and fauna while enjoying the Canadian winter with
good fellowship. Starting at 1:30pm on the third Sun of
Jan, Feb & Mar. Springwater CA for Jan, Fingal Wildlife
MA for Feb, Pearce Provincial Park for Mar. Open to the
public.
Cost: Free
St. Thomas Horticultural Society
onsignor Morrison Catholic School,
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St. Thomas Doll Club
E lgin Mall Community Room, 417 Wellington St, St.Thomas
S haron Brassard, 519-633-5239,
www3.sympatico.ca/brassarddaniel/
Monthly Meetings
Adults, Teens, Seniors • We meet from 7-9pm, last Mon
of every month, except July, Aug and Dec. Doll artists,
collectors, and doll enthusiasts are welcome. Meetings
include show and tell, guest speakers, themes
and projects.
Cost: $10/year
St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club
Ron Casier, 519-631-5279, stfnaturalist.wordpress.com
Hawk Cliff Raptor Migration Weekends
Hawk Cliff, Hawk Cliff Rd, end of Fairview Rd, Central Elgin
All Ages • 2nd and 3rd weekends of Sept.
An opportunity to see Hawks up close and hear
local banders speak on the raptor migration. Monarch
butterfly demonstrations and tagging, and tours of
Hawk Cliff Woods available. Showings at 11am and
2pm daily.
Cost: Free
Speakers, Regular Meetings
K nox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hinks St,
St. Thomas, 519-631-2414
Adults, Teens, Seniors • Every first Fri of the month from
Oct to June starting at 7:30pm. A variety of speakers
on any environmental or natural issue and experience
to begin, followed by the regular business meeting.
Public is always welcome. Nov meeting is the Annual
Banquet and requires tickets. Club Field Guides and
T-shirts available.
Cost: $20/year family membership
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10 S Edgeware Rd, St. Thomas
Shelley MacKenzie, 519-769-2529, www.
gardenontario.org/site.php/thomas
Gardening
All Ages, Adults, Seniors • Founded in 1870. Annual
Plant Sale, Flower Show and Garden Tour. Public
meetings feature informative speakers and interesting
demonstrations. We meet on the 4th Wed at 7:30pm,
Sept-Nov and Jan-May.
Cost: $12/year membership
St. Thomas Parks &
Recreation Department
St. Thomas Timken Community Centre,
2 Third Ave, St. Thomas,
Micheal Balderston, 519-633-7112,
www.city.st-thomas.on.ca
Leisure Skate: Adults with Preschoolers,
Little Players, Adults Only
A dults, Children, Under 5, Seniors • Runs daily Mon-Fri
Oct to Mar. Times vary - pick up a schedule at the
Timken Centre or visit the Parks and Recreation
Services page on the City of St. Thomas website.
Cost: $2/drop-in, contact for info on season passes
Reith Fitness Track
A ll Ages • Stay active and keep fit by walking all year
around. Walking track free and open to the public daily
for the fall/winter season 8am-10pm, and spring/
summer season 8am-8pm. Closed for holidays, STARS
games and special events. Please check the Timken
Centre or call for blackout dates.
Cost: Free
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St. Thomas, 519-633-7641
Judy Ross, www.stthomasphotoguild.com
St. Thomas Photographic Guild
All Ages • Regular meetings 2nd and 4th Tues of the
month starting at 7:30pm with doors opening at 7pm;
Sun morning photo shoots; digital meetings (hands-on).
Children are welcome if accompanied by adults.
Cost: $25/year or $40/family membership
St. Thomas Public Library
S t. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis St, St. Thomas
uth Crocker, 519-631-6050, www.stthomaspubliclibrary.ca
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ooks and Bounces
Under 5 • For babies from birth to 24 months. Come
into the warmth of the library to enjoy a gentle, funfilled 20 minutes of simple stories, lap and nursery
rhymes, movement and music making. Must be
registered to participate.
Cost: Free
Library Book Club
A dults • All are welcome. We are a friendly group of
people with an interest in reading and discussing good
books. Meetings: 10am, the first Tues of the month in
the Carnegie Room, lower level of the library. Members
read the selected title, then discuss the book. Book
Club runs from Sept to June. No registration required.
Cost: Free
Pre-School Story Time
nder 5 • For children aged three and four years.
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Children, with parents/caregivers accompanying them,
will be treated to a program jam packed with reading
and telling of stories, finger-plays, songs and musicmaking. Must be registered to participate.
Cost: Free
Tales for Twos (Toddler Time)
nder 5 • For children who are 2 years old. A one-onU
one (adult and child) interactive program that includes
simple stories, songs, nursery rhymes and music
making. Must be registered to participate.
Cost: Free
St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre
S t. Thomas Seniors’ Centre,
225 Chestnut St, St. Thomas
Angela Davis or Angela Ostojic, 519-633-2850
Art Class (Young @ Art)
Seniors • With instructor George Bishop. This class is
for everyone from beginners to experts. Tues 9-11am.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Ballroom Dancing
S eniors • Wed evenings 7-8:30pm.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Bridge, Cribbage, Euchre, Pepper, Poker,
Hand & Foot
Seniors • Regular Bridge Fri 1-4pm; Partnership
Bridge Mon 1-4pm; Cribbage Tues 12-3:30pm, Thurs
7-9pm; Euchre Tues 1:15-4pm, Fri 7-9pm; Pepper
Wed 10-11:30am, Sun 1:30-3:30pm; Poker Wed & Fri
1-3:15pm; Hand & Foot (conasta) Fri 9:30-11:30am,
Mon.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Busy Bee Quilters
S eniors • Enjoy an afternoon of chit chat and quilting
Tues & Wed 12-3:30pm. Over 40 programs available
and all included with a membership. Room rentals
are available.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
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St. Thomas Photographic Guild
E lgin Military Museum, 30 Talbot St,
Teen Advisory Board
T eens • The St. Thomas Public Library’s “Teen Advisory
Board” members offer suggestions for materials
to purchase and provide input about teen reading
interests, recreational activities, programming, and
space planning. They advocate on behalf of teens,
earning volunteer hours while developing leadership
and teamwork skills.
Cost: Free
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Line Dancing, Twilite Cloggers, Belly Dancing
S eniors • Line Dancing: Mon 11:30-12:30pm, Tues
11:15am-12:15pm, Wed 11:45am-12:45pm, Thurs
11am-12pm, Fri 11:15am-12:15pm; Stepping
Out Cloggers: Mon 10-11:15am, Thurs 1-2:30pm;
Beginners Clogging: Thurs 12:45-3:30pm.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Shuffleboard
Seniors • There is a reason this program is so popular.
Come and enjoy a friendly game of shuffle board and
loads of fun. Mon 10-11:30am, Tues 6:30-8pm, Wed
1-3pm & 6:30-8pm, Thur 9:30-11:30am, Fri 1-3pm.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Snooker, Darts
S eniors • P lay on our professional size snooker table or 2
regular tables. Instructor available for lessons. Mon 124pm, Thur 10-11:30am & 1-4pm, Fri 1-4pm. Darts: Wed
9-11:30am, Fri 7-9pm. Please bring your own darts.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Table Tennis
S eniors • Anyone can play, just bring your paddle. Wed
& Fri 9:45-11:30am.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Carpet Bowling
S eniors • Come out for a fun afternoon of carpet
bowling. No bowling shoes or skills necessary. Tues
9:30-11:30am and Thurs 1:30-3:30pm. Over 40
programs included with a membership at the St.
Thomas Senior Centre.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Cindy’s Conditioning Class, Shirley’s Senior
Sensations, Dance to the Music
Seniors • Cindy’s Conditioning Class: Mon, Wed, & Fri,
8:30-9:30am (*optional volunteer donation); Senior
Sensations: Mon & Wed 8:50-9:50am; Dance to the
Music: Tues & Thur 8:30-9:30am. These exercise classes
are adapted for seniors to increase energy levels,
improve mobility and balance and have a great time.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Crafters
Seniors • This group gets together for an afternoon
of crafting and make many wonderful projects at the
Centre. No skill is necessary as the instructors will
teach you. Thurs 1-3:30pm. All programs are included
in the membership fee.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Gentle Yoga
S eniors • Wed 1-2pm.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
Knitting, Crochet
S eniors • Come out for an afternoon of knitting,
Fri 1-3:30pm. There over 40 programs which are
all included in the membership fee. Room rentals
are available.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
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Tai Chi
S eniors • T ai Chi improves balance, improves lower body
strength, reduces stress and cuts the risk of falls. To try
one of these classes come out to the St. Thomas Senior
Centre Tues & Fri 10-11am; beginners Thurs 10-11am.
Cost: $215/year, $150/6 months, $6/day
St. Thomas Soccer Club
Terri Sinclair, 519-633-2110, www.stthomassoccer.com
Summer Camp (Competitive & Recreational)
Teens, Children • The St. Thomas Soccer Club offers
3 separate Summer Camps for children ages 6-18
(2007-11 birthdays Recreational Players, 2001-06
birthdays Recreational Players, 1998-2006 birthdays
Competitve Players). Camps run from 9am-12pm with
early dropoff available. Camps are run by our Club’s
Technical Staff and focus on skills development. Camp
registration will be available online via the Club’s
website in the early spring.
Cost: $125/5 days
St. Thomas Special Olympics
Rob Davidson, 519-633-5085,
www.specialolympicsontario.com
Basketball
St. Joseph’s Catholic High School,
100 Bill Martyn Pkwy, St. Thomas, 519-675-4434
Adults, Teens, Children • Wed 6:30/7:30pm, Dec to Feb.
Cost: $3/practice
Bocce
Forest Park Public School, 295 Forest Ave, St. Thomas
A ll Ages, Adults, Teens, Children, Seniors • Thurs from
7-8pm, Sept-May. Recreational and competitive indoor
Bocce for those 8 years and older.
Cost: $3/practice
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Curling
St. Thomas Curling Club, 38 Parkside Dr, St. Thomas
Adults, Teens, Children • Sun 4:30-6pm, mid-Oct.
Cost: $3/practice
Floor Hockey
P arkside Collegiate Institute, 241 Sunset Dr,
St. Thomas, 519-633-0090
Adults, Teens, Children • Fri 6:30/9pm, Jan to Apr.
Cost: $3/practice
Golf
Fore Golfers Only, 43765 Talbot Line,
St. Thomas-Elgin Family YMCA
S t. Thomas-Elgin Family YMCA, 20 High St, St. Thomas
hris Robb, 519-631-2418, www.ymcawo.ca/sty.html
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dult Swim
Adults, Seniors • Enjoy the congenial atmosphere of
the pool with the company of other adults. Participants
must be 16 years of age to have access at this time.
Cost: Members free, non-members contact for info
Aikido
Adults, Teens, Children • This non-competitive
St. Thomas, 519-631-8617
All Ages • Recreational and skill building activity. Tues
6:30-8pm May to Aug.
Cost: $3/practice
Japanese martial art focuses on conflict resolution.
This is achieved through the development of balance,
focus and timing, along with the application of hand to
hand techniques, including joint locks and pins.
Cost: Members free, non-members contact for info
Power Lifting
S t. Thomas Strength Athletics, 1258 Talbot St, St. Thomas
Aqua Prime Tyme
A dults, Seniors • A gentle water class for those with
Soccer
St. Joseph’s Catholic High School,
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
A dults, Teens • B
razilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art,
Adults, Teens, Children • Tues 4:30pm, year-round.
Cost: $3/practice
100 Bill Martyn Pkwy, St. Thomas, 519-675-4434
Adults, Teens, Children • Mon 6:30-7:30pm, June to Aug.
Cost: $3/practice
Softball, T-Ball
L ions Park, Hughes St, St. Thomas
Adults, Teens, Children • Softball Fri 6/7:30pm, May
to Aug; T-Ball Fri 6/7pm, May to Aug; Juniors: Thurs
6/7pm, May to Aug.
Cost: $3/practice
Swimming
St. Thomas-Elgin Family YMCA, 20 High St, St. Thomas
Adults, Teens, Children • Mon 6:45/7:45pm, Sept to May.
Cost: $3/practice
Track & Field
S t. Joseph’s Catholic High School,
100 Bill Martyn Pkwy, St. Thomas, 519-675-4434
Adults, Teens, Children • Wed 6:30/7:30pm, May to Aug.
Cost: $3/practice
St. Thomas SPIKES
P arkside Collegiate Institute,
241 Sunset Dr, St. Thomas, 519-633-0090
Dennis Dlouhy, 519-495-9179,
www.ontariovolleyball.org/events/st-thomas-spikeswinter-2016-programs-fridays
Volleyball
Teens, Children • For grades 1-8. Volleyball is one of the
most exciting sports in the world. St. Thomas SPIKES
is committed to introducing players of all skill levels
to its beauty and fun. We focus on small-sided games
which allow for maximum engagement and repetition
in a non-competitive atmosphere. No matter what
your volleyball goals are, St. Thomas SPIKES can help
you. Registration includes 13 Fridays of fun, excellent
coaching and a t-shirt.
Cost: $85/13 weeks
arthritis, fibromyalgia or mobility concerns.
Cost: Members free, non-members contact for info
combat sport and an effective self defense system with
its main emphasis on ground fighting and submission
holds involving joint locks and choke holds. Kimono (Gi)
is required.
Cost: Members free, non-members contact for info
Family & Recreational Swim
A ll Ages • A swim time for all family members to attend.
Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by
an adult (age 14+) within arms reach in the pool.
Cost: Members free, non-members contact for info
Group Active
A dults, Teens, Seniors • For all ages and fitness levels.
The class uses choreographed step moves, barbell
exercises, balance and core strength. A great total
body workout.
Cost: Members free, non-members contact for info
Group Power
A dults, Teens • Y our hour of power! This 60 minute
barbell program strengthens all your major muscles
in an inspiring, motivating group environment. With
simple, athletic movements such as squats, lunges,
presses and curls, Group Power is for all ages and
fitness levels. Discover results, discover Group Power!
Cost: Members free, non-members contact for info
YMCA Leader Corps
T eens, Children • The program aims to provide a sense
of responsibility for the well-being of others and a
sound foundation of formal and supervised in-service
training that prepares youth for future volunteer and
employment opportunities.
Cost: Members free, non-members contact for info
Yoga
Adults, Teens, Seniors • A class designed to use
flowing yoga-inspired movements to create a strong,
flexible body.
Cost: Members free, non-members contact for info
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CENTRAL REGION
Step Above Dance & Music Studios
S tep Above, 4-795 Talbot St, St. Thomas
J acqueline Reichenbach, 519-207-7837,
www.stepabovedance.ca
Summer Dance & Music Camp
Children • Summer dance and music camp offered in
July and Aug. Includes many different dance forms,
music, & crafts. For ages 4+.
Cost: $90+/week
Talbotville Minor Ball
T albotville Optimist Park, Gore Rd, Talbotville
J anice Fisher, 519-633-2522,
www.talbotvilleminorsports.com
Softball
Children • Ages 4-10. End of May to July. Talbotville
Minor Ball, part of the South Elgin Minor Ball League,
offers non-competitive Tball, 4Pitch, and Atom softball.
Home and away games are with teams from Shedden,
Union, Sparta, Springfield and Port Stanley. Players
may join whichever team they choose. There are no
geographical requirements.
Cost: Registration $40 and up
Union Sports Club
nion Community Centre, 519-631-3840
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V icky Snowsell, 519-631-3840
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eniors VON Exercises
Seniors • Tues and Thurs mornings, 10-11am.
Cost: Free
VON Middlesex-Elgin
Pam Buys, 519-637-6408, www.vonmiddlesexelgin.ca
Bereavement Walking Program
Pinafore Park, Elm St, St. Thomas
The Bereavement Walking Program is for individuals
who are grieving the death of a parent, spouse,
child or significant individual. The group provides
bereaved individuals the opportunity to walk with
others in similar circumstances and receive support of
volunteers and fellow walkers. We walk to share ideas
and support, and benefit from exercise.
Cost: Free
S.M.A.R.T - Seniors Maintaining Active
Roles Together (Seniors Exercises)
Seniors • C lasses are Mon-Fri for seniors or adults
with disabilities. Classes are led by trained instructors
to improve strength, balance and flexibility, helping
to prevent falls, maintain activities of daily living and
maintain independence at home. Please contact VON for
class locations, levels and volunteering opportunities.
Cost: Free
YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin
YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin, 16 Mary St W, St. Thomas,
519-631-9800, www.ywcastthomaselgin.org
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dult Education
Adults • Helps adults set and achieve goals. Adults
wanting to improve their skills for grade 12, GED
equivalent, computer skills, financial literacy, or
employment skills will develop their own plan to
work towards their goals at their pace. Tutoring
also available.
Cost: Free
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PA Day, March Break & Winter Break Camps
hildren, Under 5
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At McGregor & Mitchell Hepburn Public Schools
Working through the holidays? Just want to keep the
kids busy on PA Days? Send them to a holiday camp!
Children participate in games, recreation, crafts,
dramatic arts and self directed play with a High Five
certified staff. Licensed by the Ministry of Education.
Cost: PA Day $32/day, March Break $135/wk,
Winter Break $135/wk
YWCA Computer Classes
A dults • A great introduction for beginners to learn
the basics of computer operation, how to create
documents, how to set up and use an email account,
and the basics of internet safety. Classes in St. Thomas
and Aylmer. Call for more information, including dates
and times.
Cost: Free
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CENTRAL REGION
EASTERN
Alymer, 519-773-8476
Stephen Douglas, 519-765-3136,
www.gardenontario.org/site.php/aylmer
Gardening
Adults, Seniors • M
eetings are held the first Wed
of every month except July and Aug and include
speakers, friendly competitions, plant exchanges and
auctions. Field trips, garden tours and a picnic are
offered. Members are entitled to discounts at local
nurseries and a newsletter. Gardens are planted as part
of community beautification efforts.
Cost: $10 membership
Aylmer Lawn Bowling
A ylmer Lawn Bowling, 39 Fourth Ave, Aylmer
S hirley Fallowfield, 519-773-2358
L awn Bowling
All Ages • Bowl Mon, Wed & Fri nights starting at
6:45pm, May through Sept.
Cost: $50 for new members
Aylmer Minor Baseball
A ylmer Steen Park, www.aylmerminorball.com
ike Holmes, 519-765-3283
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lastball House League
Under 5 • Blast Ball is a fun and easy to play initiation
program which introduces the 5 fundamentals of
baseball - hitting, throwing, catching, running and
fielding. Players hit from a tee and run to a single
base which makes an audible honk as it is stepped
on. Teams are generally limited to 6 players. Sessions
are Sat mornings at 10am. Jerseys provided. Running
shoes required. Gloves and helmets not required.
Cost: $40/10 sessions
Cy’s Bowling Lanes and Lounge
y’s Bowling Lanes, 486 Talbot St E, Alymer
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S teve Kelly, 519-773-8072
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ylmer Youth Bowling Congress
Teens, Children • Children and youth bowling, individual
and mixed team. Wheelchair accessible. Sat mornings.
Cost: $20 registration, $9 jrs/srs, $7 bantams
East Elgin Community Complex
East Elgin Community Complex,
531 Talbot St W, Alymer, 519-773-5631,
www.eastelgincommunitycomplex.ca
Adult Skate
Adults • Tues & Thurs 9:30-10:30am (subject to change).
Cost: $3/hour (tax included)
Family Skate
A ll Ages • Traditionally, the last Fri of each month,
5-6pm (subject to change).
ost: $6/family (tax included), rental skates $2/pair
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Figure Skating
A ll Ages • Mon, Wed & Thurs 3-5pm (subject to change).
Maximum 25 skaters. Not endorsed by Skate Canada.
Cost: $5/session (tax included)
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Aylmer & District Horticultural Society
Immanuel Christian School, 75 Carverly Rd,
Horseshoes
All Ages • Juniors Mon at 7pm, Adults Thurs at 7pm.
Weather permitting. Open to public anytime.
Cost: Free
In Be “Tween” Shinny
hildren • Shinny hockey for kids ages 6-12. Mon 4:45C
5:45pm (subject to change).
Cost: $3/hour (tax included)
Indoor Walking
S eniors • Tues & Thurs 7:30-9am (subject to change).
Cost: $1/session (tax included)
Mini Shinny
A ll Ages, Under 5 • Shinny for preschool age children
(5 and under) and their parent/guardian. Wed 11am12pm (subject to change). CSA approved equipment is
strongly recommended.
Cost: $2/session (tax included)
Public Skating
A ll Ages • Sept through Mar, Sun 1-2:30pm (subject to
change), plus PD Days and School Holidays (Christmas,
Mar Break & Summer). Contact for specific dates/times.
Cost: $2/student, $3/adult, $6/family, rental skates
$2/pair (tax included)
Seniors Day Out
S eniors • Held once per month. Includes shuffleboard
or adult skate, guest speaker, coffee break and lunch.
9:30am-12:30pm. Registration required.
Cost: $10/session (tax included)
Shuffleboard
Seniors • Mon & Wed, 2-4pm.
Cost: $3/session (tax included)
Tiny Tots Skate
nder 5 • Skating for preschool aged children (5 and
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under) and their parent/guardian. Tues & Thurs, 10:3011:30am (subject to change). Sign in at admin office.
Cost: Free
Youth Day Camp
hildren • Ages 6-12. 8am-5pm. Crafts, games,
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activities, and sports. Public skating or roller skating
included on regular public skating days. Registration
required. Held on PD Days and during school holidays.
Cost: $20/day (tax included)
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CENTRAL REGION
EASTERN
Elgin County Library
1 0 Branches:
•• Aylmer Old Town Hall Library, 38 John St S, Aylmer,
519-773-2439
•• Belmont Public Library, 14134 Belmont Rd, Belmont
•• Fred Bodsworth Library, 21 Pitt St, Port Burwell,
519-874-4754
•• John Kenneth Galbraith Reference Library,
236 Shakelton St, Dutton
•• Port Stanley Library, 302 Bridge St, Port Stanley,
519-782-4241
•• Rodney Library, 207 Furnival Rd, Rodney,
519-785-2100
•• Shedden Library, 9557 Union Rd, Shedden,
519-764-2081
•• Springfield Library, 12105 Whittaker Rd, Springfield,
519-765-4515
•• Straffordville Library, 9366 Plank Rd, Straffordville,
519-866-3584
•• West Lorne Library, 160 Main St, West Lorne,
519-768-1150
Elgin County Library, 519-631-1460,
www.elgincounty.ca/library
Baby/Infant Programs
Under 5 • At Aylmer, Belmont, Dutton, Port Stanley,
Shedden, Springfield & Straffordville branches.
Aylmer: Mon,Tues & Thurs 10-10:30am. Dutton:
Baby & Me (ages 6 months-2 years) Tues 10:3011am. Dutton: Family & Me (ages 2-5), Fri 10:3011:15am. Springfield: Thurs 10:30-11:30am, Oct to
May. Belmont: Tues 10:30-11:30am. Port Stanley &
Shedden: Infants are welcome at preschool storytime
programs. Straffordville: Baby & Me Mon 10:30-11am.
Cost: Free
Boys Club
hildren • At Rodney, Straffordville & West Lorne
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branches. An hour of fun for boys (grades 4-6).
Straffordville: every 3rd Mon 6:30-7:30pm. Rodney:
first Tues of the month 5-6pm. West Lorne: first Tues of
the month 4-5pm.
Cost: Free/minimal
Computer Lessons
A ll Ages • At all branches. Free group and individual
lessons on our Community Access Site (CAS)
computers by our Youth Intern (YI) students. Topics
include basic computer usage, email, internet
searching, etc. Call your local branch to register and to
make an appointment. Come and learn about our Cyber
Camps. Sept to Mar.
Cost: Free
Girls Club
hildren • At Dutton, Rodney, Straffordville & West
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Lorne branches. An hour of fun for girls aged 9-12.
Straffordville: every third Thurs, 6:30-7:30pm. Dutton:
every third Thurs 4-5pm. Rodney: last Tues of the month
5-6pm. West Lorne: first Tues of the month 4-5pm.
Cost: Free/minimal
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Kids Club
hildren • At Port Stanley, Rodney, Springfield,
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Straffordville & West Lorne branches. A fun-filled
program for children (grades 1-3) that focuses on
reading, songs and crafts. Straffordville: Kids Korner
first Tues of each month, 6:30-7:30pm (Oct to May).
Port Stanley: Mon evenings 6-6:45pm (Sept to May).
Rodney: Tues 4-5pm. West Lorne: Thurs 4-5pm.
Cost: Free/minimal
Mother/Daughter Book Club
T eens, Children • At Aylmer, Dutton & Straffordville
branches. Mother/guardian and daughter read the
book of the month and share their thoughts. Aylmer: for
girls ages 12+, third Thurs of each month at 6:30pm.
Dutton: for girls grades 4-6, second Thurs of each
month at 6:30pm. Straffordville: third Thurs of the
month at 6:30pm.
Cost: Free
Pre-School Story Time
nder 5 • At all branches. Come and join us for a
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fun-filled morning with stories, songs and crafts.
Caregivers are encouraged to allow children to attend
and participate on their own but must remain in the
library at all times. Please call your local branch for
more information on dates and times.
Cost: Free
Summer Reading Club
hildren • At all branches. A fun way to keep school-age
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children interested in reading over the summer months.
Each branch has a variety of activities that encourage
reading through fun activities and programs based on
a Summer Reading Club theme. Check our web site or
your local branch for more information and dates.
Cost: Free
Teen Summer Reading Club
T eens • At Aylmer, Belmont, Port Burwell, Dutton,
Rodney, Springfield, Straffordville & West Lorne
branches. Teens are encouraged to read, relax and
have fun during the summer (July-Aug) and win lots of
prizes! Call your local branch or check our web site for
more information on dates and events.
Cost: Free
Winter Reading Club
A ll Ages • At all branches. The Winter Reading Club in Jan
and Feb is focused on families reading and having fun
together at the library. Call your library or check our web
site for more information on dates, times and events.
Cost: Free
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 524
oyal Cdn Legion Br 524, 171 Wellington St, Port Burwell
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harlotte Seaman, 519-631-9900, 519-874-4308,
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www.legion.ca
Darts, Meat Darts
Adults, Seniors • Darts Wed nights; Meat Darts Fri nights.
Cost: $2/day
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CENTRAL REGION
EASTERN
519-773-5720
Sonja Oslach, 519-773-5249
Fun Darts, Ladies’ Darts, Men’s Darts
Adults • Mixed Darts Wed nights; Men’s Darts Thurs nights.
Cost: $3/day
Springfield Minor Baseball
S pringfield Baseball Diamonds, Springfield
T ammy Ross, 519-631-9900, 519-773-9615
T -Ball, 4 Pitch, Slo-Pitch
Children, Under 5 • T his is House League only. We have
T-Ball up to and including adult slow pitch. House
league and travel information available.
Cost: $30
St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club
L ocations published in TJ or contact club
on Casier, 519-631-5279
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pring Evening Walks
All Ages • A great opportunity to learn about birds,
insects in general, wild flowers, fauna and plants
indigenous to the Carolinian Zone, at a variety of public
and private areas. Most are open to the public; 6:30pm
start time every Wed in Apr & May. Locations published
in TJ and Community News, or contact club.
Cost: Free
Winter Walks
A ll Ages • A great opportunity to observe winter flora
and fauna while enjoying the Canadian winter with good
fellowship. Starting at 1:30pm on the third Sun of Jan,
Feb & Mar. Springwater CA for Jan, Fingal Wildlife MA for
Feb, Pearce Provincial Park for Mar. Open to the public.
Cost: Free
Tri-County Squares
T illsonburg Senior Centre, 45 Hardy Ave, Tillsonburg
orothy Dahm, 519-842-9212,
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tri-countysquares.webstarts.com
Bring a Friend Open House
Adults, Seniors • Live lively & square dance at our
Tillsonburg square dance club. Dance weekly Wed (Sept
to Apr). We invite all from teen to senior to come out open
houses Sept 16 and/or 23 7:30-9:30pm to see fun, fitness
and friendship set to music with caller Tom Charlton. No
special equipment except for comfortable shoes.
Cost: Free to new dancers
YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin
YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin, 519-631-9800,
www.ywcastthomaselgin.org
PA Day, March Break & Winter Break Camps
At McGregor & Mitchell Hepburn Public Schools
Children, Under 5 • W
orking through the holidays? Just
want to keep the kids busy on PA Days? Send them to a
holiday camp! Children participate in games, recreation,
crafts, dramatic arts and self directed play with a High
Five certified staff. Licensed by the Ministry of Education.
Cost: PA Day $32/day, March Break $135/wk,
Winter Break $135/wk
Summer Public Swimming
A ylmer Public Pool, 7 Myrtle St, Aylmer
All Ages, Adults, Teens, Children, Under 5, Seniors
Cost: $2.50/child, $4/adult, $8/family; season
passes: $70/child, $100/adult, $140/family
YWCA Computer Classes
Y WCA St. Thomas-Elgin, 16 Mary St W , St. Thomas
Adults • A great introduction for beginners to learn the
basics of computer operation, how to create documents,
how to set up and use an email account, and the basics
of internet safety. Classes in St. Thomas and Aylmer.
Call for more information, including dates and times.
Cost: Free
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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 81
oyal Cdn Legion Br 81, 211 John St N, Alymer,
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VON Middlesex-Elgin
Pam Buys, 519-637-6408, www.vonmiddlesexelgin.ca
S.M.A.R.T - Seniors Maintaining Active
Roles Together (Seniors Exercises)
Seniors • Classes are Mon-Fri for seniors or adults
with disabilities. Classes are led by trained instructors
to improve strength, balance and flexibility, helping
to prevent falls, maintain activities of daily living and
maintain independence at home. Please contact VON for
class locations, levels and volunteering opportunities.
Cost: Free
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