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May Court Club of St. Catharines: Ladies Who Lunch and Shop 11:00 am
May Court Club of St. Catharines: Ladies Who Lunch and Shop @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The May Court Club of St. Catharines presents its 2nd Ladies Who Lunch and Shop. This spring fundraising event features two great favourites – Shopping and Lunch! Over 30 vendors of unusual and unique items and a 4 course lunch. Tickets at $45. Please register on EventBrite. To reserve a table of 10, call 905-680-2511. As well you have a chance to win interesting raffle prizes, bid on silent auction items or purchase spring flowers while raising money to support women and children in our community. The May Court Club of St. Catharines is a women’s service organization that has been supporting women and children primarily with nutrition and mental health. They have been volunteering and fundraising in Niagara for the past 83 years, supporting organizations such as Niagara Nutrition Partners, Niagara Children’s Centre, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre, Pathstone Mental Health and Canadian Mental Health Association – Women and Wellness.
Spring to the Market 1:00 pm
Spring to the Market @ Club Italia
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Want to see what’s in store for spring fashion? Or shop in a unique and exclusive Vendor Alley? The Niagara College Event Management Program presents Spring to the Market. Get ready to shop, sample, and socialize your way through a hands-on marketplace, featuring: Vendor Alley featuring food, fashion & fresh cosmetics DIY Workshops & interactive demonstrations Flower Lounge Cafe Spa services Mystery prizes All proceeds from this event will go to the Niagara College Nourishing Minds Program in support of students who struggle with food insecurity. Admission is $5 and includes entrance and access to demonstrations. This event is hosted by Niagara College Event Management.
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Major Gifts Fundraising 1:00 pm
Major Gifts Fundraising @ Online
Apr 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
How can you connect with those fabulous people who give charities big donations with lots of nice round zeros in all the right places? They may be closer than you think! These individuals contribute far more than corporations or foundations, yet many non-profit groups don’t know how to reach them properly. This can be productive fundraising, particularly in the short term. Individuals can respond quickly, with no bureaucratic grant-approval process. Ken Wyman will show you how to: Learn who gives and who should ask Discover connections to donors Prepare yourself and the donors before the big ask Collect material to bring even if you never show it to the donors Decide what to say first — and what you should never say Make an appointment Plan where to sit down for the big moment Handle the donors’ toughest challenges This webinar is hosted by the Sustainability Network.
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Senior Pride Network Niagara Meeting 2:30 pm
Senior Pride Network Niagara Meeting @ Niagara Region Headquarters - CE101
Apr 16 @ 2:30 pm
This meeting of the Senior Pride Network Niagara will feature the launch of the Older LGBTQ 101 workshop which will be available to member organizations wishing to train staff in cultural competence with respect to LGBTQ issues. Member agencies are encouraged to invite colleagues in their own and other agencies to attend this meeting. This meeting is hosted by Senior Pride Network Niagara.
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Engaging the Community to Shape Your Organization’s Priorities and Decisions 12:00 pm
Engaging the Community to Shape Your Organization’s Priorities and Decisions @ Online
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
For stronger public policy creation and community building, the nonprofit sector needs to connect differently with residents and groups already active in our communities. How can your nonprofit engage local residents more effectively and connect to their lived experience to shape organizational priorities and decisions? Find out in this webinar! This session will focus on: Understanding the importance of engaging local residents authentically Developing an organizational culture that includes local residents within the organization Addressing the challenges and establishing strategies for meaningful engagement This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
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Sip & Share in Support of Project SHARE 11:30 am
Sip & Share in Support of Project SHARE @ Lundy Manor Wine Cellars
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am
Join Project SHARE for their newest event! Sip & Share is a spin-off of Traveling Tapas. Purchase a ticket to travel to 5 Niagara wineries to enjoy food & wine pairings at each location. Ticket price is $100. Tickets can be purchased by phone (see contact information above) or by visiting Project SHARE between 8:30am-4:30pm. Registration is at 11:30am, and buses depart at 12:00pm sharp. This event is hosted by Project SHARE.
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Connecting with Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion 1:00 pm
Connecting with Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“The social isolation of seniors can cause communities to suffer a lack of social cohesion, higher social costs, and the loss of an unquantifiable wealth of experience that older adults bring to our families, neighbourhoods, and communities.” (Stats Canada, 2016). Reaching out to socially isolated older adults requires us to rethink our traditional service and program delivery methods. During this webinar, Bonnie Schroeder will review why older adults are isolated and how this isolation differs from loneliness and solitude. Rachel Sutcliffe will then present findings from an Ottawa-based program entitled “Seniors Centre Without Walls”. Nancy Angus will conclude the presentation by describing the “Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay” (GIANTS) program. This webinar will be of particular interest to community planners and service providers interested in better understanding how we can connect to and include socially isolated older adults. A resource package will be provided to participants following the event. This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.
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Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community 5:30 pm
Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community @ Niagara College - Room AH225
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
No Surprises. Age demographics are shifting. On the road to 2030, the social and economic landscape for markets in a longevity society is rapidly unfolding a host of opportunities for the way business marketing appropriately speaks to the needs of consumers through their life course. Look forward. This will not be exclusively a Boomer-driven economy. Both market and gerontology researchers have well noted, we are living longer, healthier lives than previous generations, but we are also living cyclical, rather than linear lives. This changes the way we market everything – new opportunities, new perspectives for business, career and community. How and where will you and your business fit in the evolution of this bigger market picture? What are the possibilities – business products, human services, education, work and community? How do you better market to segments of older adult populations, upward to age 105? Mark Venning – Change Rangers – Research, Advisor, Speaker and Blogger This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network, launched by AGEWORKS and Niagara College.
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Building Authentic Engagement: Leveraging the Wisdom of Content and Context Experts 9:00 am
Building Authentic Engagement: Leveraging the Wisdom of Content and Context Experts @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - Robertson Theatre
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join internationally recognized facilitator and community builder Sylvia Cheuy for a workshop exploring the authentic engagement of citizen leaders: how it is nurtured; and, why it is a strategy a growing number of organizations and municipalities are embracing. Deepening the experience of community in our neighbourhoods and cities is THE opportunity of our time. Learn how and why engaging and reconnecting residents to each other and facilitating processes that transform isolated individuals into a group of powerfully connected neighbours is an essential foundation that must be cultivated before citizens, organizations and municipalities can actively co-create a positive future together. When local connections and relationships are nurtured, the community’s capacity to care for one another – its resilience – is restored. Throughout the day, you will discover the key principles and practices needed to promote authentic engagement across sectors; cultivate citizen leadership; apply what you are learning; and, hear powerful stories that illustrate what is possible when citizens, organizations and municipalities, (both content AND context experts), discover how to work effectively together. This is a workshop that will fill your brain, reawaken your heart, and engage your hands in activities that explore both the challenge and inspiration of this work. This event is hosted by Tamarack Institute in partnership with the City of St. Catharines.
Eco Fashion Show Gala and Fundraiser 6:00 pm
Eco Fashion Show Gala and Fundraiser @ St. Catharines Market Square
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Links for Greener Learning is hosting this Eco Fashion Show and Gala Fundraiser in support of aspiring entrepreneur women. This event is a celebration of eco-artisans who strive to reduce and reuse waste by creating beautiful clothing and accessories from re-purposed materials. This will be an exhilarating fashion show and gala filled with performances from the renowned Niagara Dance Academyand the Laura Secord Junk Band. It will feature beautiful and creative fashions by local green artisans including LGL’s own Eco Chic, 3R’s Boutique, Plato’s Closet and much more. This event is hosted by Links for Greener Learning.
Comedy Night in Support of the NOTL Community Fund 10:00 pm
Comedy Night in Support of the NOTL Community Fund @ Community Centre (Anderson Lane)
Apr 27 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
This annual fundraiser benefits the NOTL Community Fund (by Vince and Margaret Pillitteri & Family), supporting Kidsport Niagara, Red Roof Retreat, and the Terry Fox Foundation. This event sells out every year and is an excellent opportunity to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring with some laughs – all for a GREAT cause. Crowd favourite Clifford Myers will return as host this year and promises to play nice with Lord Mayor Pat Darte. We are also excited to welcome accomplished performer and stage actress Sandra Battaglini who can’t wait to take the stage! Headliner Joe Pillitteri has been performing extensively throughout Ontario this past year but can’t wait to get back to his favourite and most cherished event of the year.
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YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Incorporation Event 12:00 pm
YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Incorporation Event @ St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This is an exciting year at the YWCA Niagara Region as they are commemorating their 90th anniversary. Celebrate all that the YWCA has accomplished in 90 years of being a voice for women and equality here in Niagara. This anniversary is not only a milestone for the YWCA as an organization, but for the entire Niagara region. Come out and mark this important day in Niagara history! Past. Present. Always. A celebration of the YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Anniversary. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Arienne Good, Community and Public Relations Coordinator at YWCA Niagara Region (see contact information above). This event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region.
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Playhouse Build & Auction Event 11:00 am
Playhouse Build & Auction Event @ Pen Centre Parking Lot
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Playhouse Build & Auction in support of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara Event is held each spring. Local Niagara Builders volunteer their time to compete & build backyard playhouses that are auctioned off to the community to raise funds for the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara. During the building competition, the event is expanded to include a BBQ, Food Vendors, Games & Activities for the children and families attending to stay & play and be in attendance at the end of the afternoon to participate in the Live Auction. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Centre to support much needed programs & services for children & youth victims of abuse. Expanded event to include some great food vendors, inflatables, face painting, and other fair like activities for the whole family to enjoy! This event is hosted by Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.
16th Annual Pasta Dinner in Support of Red Roof Retreat 5:00 pm
16th Annual Pasta Dinner in Support of Red Roof Retreat @ John Michaels Banquet Hall
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm
Red Roof Retreat invites you to their 16th Annual Pasta Dinner. Doors open at 4pm and dinner begins at 5pm. Dinner, prizes, silent auction, live auction and raffle prizes! Children 5 and under are free. Tables seat 10 people. To donate a prize for the auctions or raffle, please contact Karen at 289-362-6104. This event is hosted by Red Roof Retreat.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Apr
22
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Sip & Share in Support of Project SHARE @ Lundy Manor Wine Cellars
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am

Join Project SHARE for their newest event!

Sip & Share is a spin-off of Traveling Tapas. Purchase a ticket to travel to 5 Niagara wineries to enjoy food & wine pairings at each location.

Ticket price is $100. Tickets can be purchased by phone (see contact information above) or by visiting Project SHARE between 8:30am-4:30pm.

Registration is at 11:30am, and buses depart at 12:00pm sharp.

This event is hosted by Project SHARE.

Apr
24
Tue
Connecting with Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“The social isolation of seniors can cause communities to suffer a lack of social cohesion, higher social costs, and the loss of an unquantifiable wealth of experience that older adults bring to our families, neighbourhoods, and communities.” (Stats Canada, 2016). Reaching out to socially isolated older adults requires us to rethink our traditional service and program delivery methods.

During this webinar, Bonnie Schroeder will review why older adults are isolated and how this isolation differs from loneliness and solitude. Rachel Sutcliffe will then present findings from an Ottawa-based program entitled “Seniors Centre Without Walls”. Nancy Angus will conclude the presentation by describing the “Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay” (GIANTS) program.

This webinar will be of particular interest to community planners and service providers interested in better understanding how we can connect to and include socially isolated older adults.

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.

This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

Apr
25
Wed
Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community @ Niagara College - Room AH225
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

No Surprises. Age demographics are shifting. On the road to 2030, the social and economic landscape for markets in a longevity society is rapidly unfolding a host of opportunities for the way business marketing appropriately speaks to the needs of consumers through their life course. Look forward. This will not be exclusively a Boomer-driven economy.

Both market and gerontology researchers have well noted, we are living longer, healthier lives than previous generations, but we are also living cyclical, rather than linear lives. This changes the way we market everything – new opportunities, new perspectives for business, career and community.

How and where will you and your business fit in the evolution of this bigger market picture? What are the possibilities – business products, human services, education, work and community? How do you better market to segments of older adult populations, upward to age 105?

Mark Venning – Change Rangers – Research, Advisor, Speaker and Blogger

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network, launched by AGEWORKS and Niagara College.

Apr
27
Fri
Building Authentic Engagement: Leveraging the Wisdom of Content and Context Experts @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - Robertson Theatre
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join internationally recognized facilitator and community builder Sylvia Cheuy for a workshop exploring the authentic engagement of citizen leaders: how it is nurtured; and, why it is a strategy a growing number of organizations and municipalities are embracing.

Deepening the experience of community in our neighbourhoods and cities is THE opportunity of our time. Learn how and why engaging and reconnecting residents to each other and facilitating processes that transform isolated individuals into a group of powerfully connected neighbours is an essential foundation that must be cultivated before citizens, organizations and municipalities can actively co-create a positive future together. When local connections and relationships are nurtured, the community’s capacity to care for one another – its resilience – is restored.

Throughout the day, you will discover the key principles and practices needed to promote authentic engagement across sectors; cultivate citizen leadership; apply what you are learning; and, hear powerful stories that illustrate what is possible when citizens, organizations and municipalities, (both content AND context experts), discover how to work effectively together. This is a workshop that will fill your brain, reawaken your heart, and engage your hands in activities that explore both the challenge and inspiration of this work.

This event is hosted by Tamarack Institute in partnership with the City of St. Catharines.

Eco Fashion Show Gala and Fundraiser @ St. Catharines Market Square
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Links for Greener Learning is hosting this Eco Fashion Show and Gala Fundraiser in support of aspiring entrepreneur women.

This event is a celebration of eco-artisans who strive to reduce and reuse waste by creating beautiful clothing and accessories from re-purposed materials. This will be an exhilarating fashion show and gala filled with performances from the renowned Niagara Dance Academyand the Laura Secord Junk Band. It will feature beautiful and creative fashions by local green artisans including LGL’s own Eco Chic, 3R’s Boutique, Plato’s Closet and much more.

This event is hosted by Links for Greener Learning.

Comedy Night in Support of the NOTL Community Fund @ Community Centre (Anderson Lane)
Apr 27 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This annual fundraiser benefits the NOTL Community Fund (by Vince and Margaret Pillitteri & Family), supporting Kidsport Niagara, Red Roof Retreat, and the Terry Fox Foundation.

This event sells out every year and is an excellent opportunity to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring with some laughs – all for a GREAT cause.

Crowd favourite Clifford Myers will return as host this year and promises to play nice with Lord Mayor Pat Darte. We are also excited to welcome accomplished performer and stage actress Sandra Battaglini who can’t wait to take the stage! Headliner Joe Pillitteri has been performing extensively throughout Ontario this past year but can’t wait to get back to his favourite and most cherished event of the year.

Apr
28
Sat
YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Incorporation Event @ St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This is an exciting year at the YWCA Niagara Region as they are commemorating their 90th anniversary. Celebrate all that the YWCA has accomplished in 90 years of being a voice for women and equality here in Niagara. This anniversary is not only a milestone for the YWCA as an organization, but for the entire Niagara region. Come out and mark this important day in Niagara history!

Past. Present. Always.
A celebration of the YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Anniversary.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Arienne Good, Community and Public Relations Coordinator at YWCA Niagara Region (see contact information above).

This event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region.

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