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!



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

Feed the chickadees at Lime Kiln Trail

Make sure you bring some bird seed!

Geocache NG


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!


….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!

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

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.



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!

Science Fun!


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


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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Ready for Change!

Hi! I’m Samantha Kutowy – the other half who founded the Ontario Parenting Connection. I was hoping that my first blog would be to announce that the North Grenville Council has approved our application under The North Grenville Community Grants Program. Unfortunately, the council voted against us receiving a very small grant of $1000. Instead they are carrying over $3850 for next year.  They stated that they wanted to use the money for ‘capital projects’. The actual description of the community grants program states:

“The North Grenville Community Grants Program exists to provide financial support to not-for-profit community associations and organizations for services, projects or events that contribute toward the quality of life of local residents. Financial support from the Municipality recognizes the valuable resources and contributions of these organizations in helping North Grenville maintain a strong community focus.”

OPC wants to hold a small onetime event – a needs assessment for parents in North Grenville. The objective is to bring parents together to assess the needs for parents and families in our community. The outcome of this event would be to take the documented information to the appropriate governments and social service agencies to advocate for improvements to the quality of life for the local parents and children…or if you will the ‘local residents’.

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