All Candidates Meeting!

On September 25th, we hosted an All Candidates Meeting so families can be more informed when they make their choice and vote on October 22nd. We heard from individuals campaigning to become Mayor, Councillors, as well as School Board Trustee.

Attached is a link to the video where you can watch if you were not able to make it out yesterday.

Thank-you to all those who participated as well as came out last night.

(Audio starts around the 25second mark)
https://youtu.be/l5C9AhaCCao

Recreation & Arts Fair

We are super excited about the Recreation and Arts Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 14th from 6:30-8:30! Admission is FREE!

Parents and caregivers can find out about the fantastic recreational and art opportunities for children and youth in the North Grenville and surrounding area. One night – one stop!

Some of the local organizations that will be at the Recreation & Arts Fair include:

Art with Bonnie 
Frank’s Soccer Training 
Kemptville District Minor Hockey 
Get Cronk’d 
The Academy of Expressive Dance 

Come on out to see what fantastic programs they have for your children and youth!

If you want to join as a local organization and you offer recreational activities or art, please contact us at ontarioparenting@gmail.com to register

Events:

Upcoming event:

Recreation and Arts Fair: Making life easier for families. Parents and caregivers can find out about the fantastic recreational and art opportunities for their children and youth in North Grenville and surrounding area, all in one night, one spot.

August 14th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Grenville Mutual Insurance Company (380 Colonnade Drive, Kemptville)

North Grenville Community Needs Assessment

This is the moment we have been waiting for!

We have officially launched the North Grenville Community Needs Assessment

ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE

We want EVERYONE to get involved by filling out our survey. This survey will collect valuable information that will help us identify the gaps in services in North Grenville. Your opinion is valuable. Please take a few minutes to contribute to the future of your community.

Click Here to access the survey

CALL FOR FOCUS GROUP PARTICIPANTS

RESCHEDULED

We will now be conducting our focus group on
Sunday, October 1
1:00-3:30 p.m.

We need 40 dedicated participants to discuss the issues that impact families and the community of North Grenville.
Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Click Here to register for the focus group

Get Informed ~ Get Involved ~ Get Connected
A Special Thanks to

You’re invited to attend

The Ontario Parenting Connection’s
Community Night!

When: Tuesday, April 25th from 6:30-8:30pm

Where: The Spencerville Room, 380 Colonnade Drive, Kemptville, ON

 

We are pleased to have OPP Constable Cathy Lindsay, Community Services and Media Relations, as our first speaker.

Topics being discussed include:

  • Programming provided in the schools though the OPP
  • The criteria for when the schools contact the police
  • The intersections program
  • When parents can connect with the police for assistance
  • Current issues affecting children and youth in North Grenville

Please Register Here

Please note we will have 3 more events in 2017! Please mark your calendars and save the dates
Tuesday, June 27th         Tuesday, September 19th           Tuesday, November 28th

Get Informed ~ Get Involved ~ Get Connected

A Special Thank You to our Sponsor!

 

 

Now What!?!

Wow – Christmas came fast this year! It’s only two days after the kids begin their Christmas break…that leaves 14 days straight before they go back to school. Some parents love that, some parents put the kids in care, some parents are at a loss of things to do.

Here are a few things going on around North Grenville over the holidays

 

Who cares if it is cold! Get outside…plus it’s a good reason to go for a hot chocolate afterwards.

Check out the forests!

Limerick

Ferguson

Outdoor Skating at Southgate Church…not open yet but hopefully very soon!

https://www.facebook.com/southgateoutdoorrink/

Feed the chickadees at Lime Kiln Trail

Make sure you bring some bird seed!

http://www.capitalgems.ca/lime-kiln-ruins.html

Geocache NG

https://www.facebook.com/GeocacheNG/?hc_ref=SEARCH

 

Mudpuppy Night in Oxford Mills

Friday, December 30 2016 & Friday, January 06 2017 at 8:00pm

Mudpuppies! Huh? Yup – who knew? Not me!

“This is the opportunity to see our giant aquatic Salamanders at the only place in Ontario where they’re known to be easily viewed during their winter activity. We assemble on the County Road 18 bridge below the dam, and walk around the shore or ice shelves, seeing up to 180 Mudpuppies prowling the bottom. Afterwards we retire to the Brigadoon Restaurant, to drink coffee, eat desserts, and talk about Mudpuppies and everything else!”

What a cool thing to do right here in North Grenville!

http://pinicola.ca/mudpup1.htm

 

….Forget that…it’s too cold! Okay – I can relate to that as well…

Friends of the Library Holiday Concert

Thursday, Dec 29th, 10am.
Registration: not required

Location: NGPL -Norenberg Building

Kerry and Sue Badgley and special guest George Buys entertain with festive music and dance.  Lots of fun for the whole family!  Entrance fee is a donation to the Food Bank.  Juice and cookies served!

https://ngpl.ca/library-programs-events/programs-events-for-kids/

Friendship Lunch

Friday, December 30 2016 & Friday, January 06 2017 from 11:30am – 01:00pm

The aim of the Friendship Luncheon Ministry is to reach out to the whole Community of North Grenville by providing a nourishing meal and Christian fellowship. This outreach provides a friendly, caring haven where people from diverse age groups, belief systems and circumstances feel comfortable and share in friendly association. There is no charge for the meal although donations are appreciated.

The Friendship Lunch is available from October through May on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m in Leslie Hall next to St James Church on Clothier Street in Kemptville.

The Friendship Lunch menu alternates each week between a soup and sandwich lunch, and a hot entree. A variety of desserts are provided with coffee, tea and juice.

All are welcome to come and enjoy food and fellowship!

Want to help out?

Every Friday we are in need of gifts of food and time. If you would like to help by providing food or coming to setup or clean up or in any other way please contact us.

Your helping hands are welcome!

Skating at the Municipal Centre

Photograph: Gregory Raymond
Olympic Fest at Chelsea Piers

https://www.northgrenville.ca/play/recreation-programs-events/events-calendar/eventdetail/14115/free-family-skating-sponsored-by-tim-hortons

The Municipality has a skate and helmet lending program for those who do not have skates or helmets!

Movies…listed on page 7….plus all the other winter activities are listed here.

https://www.northgrenville.ca/ngdocs/PLAY_WinterSpring2017.pdf

 

 

Leave the house? No way! We are living in our PJ’s for 3 days

I can also relate to that!

Dance party that is age appropriate!  

http://www.sheknows.com/entertainment/articles/972059/10-pop-songs-for-kids-that-dont-involve-sex-drugs-or-lady-gaga?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paid-facebook_sponsored_post&utm_campaign=entertainment

Science Fun!

http://www.sciencekiddo.com/fast-science-experiments/

 

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season. See you in the new year!

 

Where do you go when you’re sick and your GP is not available?

Two days ago, my six-year-old daughter comes to me with itchy bumps all over. Not sure what it might be, I start stripping her bed and checking all around her room for potential tiny, hungry intruders. I also called TeleHealth. After a series of questions, I am told to bring her to the doctor within 24 hours since it could be chicken pox. It is now the evening and the doctor’s office is closed; but that doesn’t matter anyways because their policy is that if you want to see the doctor, you have to call first thing the morning of. My friend compares it to trying to be caller seven when a radio station is giving away prizes. First thing the next morning, I call my GP’s office. He’s not in until Friday. I would still like to know whether she is highly contagious with chicken pox or being eaten alive while she sleeps.  My only other option is to wait endlessly to see a doctor at the emergency room (or travel to the nearest walk-in clinic 30 minutes away). Now, I know this is NOT an emergency situation, as often times they are not, but still, I have no other option, do I?  It turns out, I do, and I can’t be more excited to tell you all about it.dr-shawn

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Great Feedback from Community at OPC Launch

Last Wednesday OPC had our official launch! We invited the community to come out and meet us. It was great!

OPC was founded in North Grenville and as such, we plan to begin here. Our first project will be to hold a community needs assessment. This will bring parents together to document the issues that they feel are of concern to them right here in North Grenville. Based on the data collected we will create a plan that will address the issues and advocate for pro-social change. We want to help parents get their needs addressed.

We feel that there is a desire for parents in North Grenville to get informed, get involved, and get connected. Who better to provide support, identify gaps in services, and advocate for the changes parents want to see in our communities than the parents themselves? What is problematic for young families is that we are super busy. We get together at parks, play groups and activities have discussions and great ideas for change but then we get back to our primary role as parent and the issues never get addresses. OPC wants to address those issues. We want to empower parents and help them make the changes they want to see in their communities.

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