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Empty Bowls

There is nothing like a bowl of hot soup to fend off the November chills. Even when the temperature turns unseasonably warm and perhaps soup isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, it warms your heart to be a part of the Annual Durham’s Empty Bowls. This is the third year that Feed The Need, the regional food distribution warehouse serving Durham Region, has participated in Empty Bowls.  As a long time supporter, Mincom Jo looked forward to spending the afternoon at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club, where the event was hosted. The setting was really quite spectacular.

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The concept of Empty Bowls is used worldwide to recognize and raise support to combat hunger by emphasizing that many people simply do not have enough to eat.

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Unique, beautifully hand-crafted bowls were created and donated by local artisans from Durham Potters Guild  to signify the many thousands of empty bowls in our communities. Choosing the bowl you will use for the day and eventually take home may be one of the toughest choices you will make. There are big ones and small ones, round ones and square ones, bright and subtle, patterned and plain…so many choices.

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It took some time and a lot of flipping back and forth but our Jo eventually settled on a very chic blue-toned bowl, which, by the way, matched her outfit.

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Some of Durham Region’s finest chefs provided signature soups and desserts to be sampled and enjoyed.

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Jo’s first sampling was Curried Pumpkin and Apple Soup.

There were two sessions for sampling, one at 11:am and the second at 1:30 pm. Each session also featured door prizes and a silent auction. Between sessions, attendees were entertained by renowned Canadian jockey, Durham Region’s own Sandy Hawley, a four time Queen’s Plate winner and Order of Canada recipient. Long admired by Mincom Jo, Sandy had her mesmerized as he shared stories of big wins, nasty falls, tennis with Farrah Fawcett and golf with Dean Martin.

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Sandy Hawley & Mincom Jo

 

It was a wonderful afternoon, with good food, good people, a lot of fun and much needed support for Feed The Need in Durham. Many thanks to all the people that made the day possible.

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Durham’s Royal Ascot

When it comes to fundraising for a good cause, the people at Graymatter Marketing Solutions leave everyone else at the starting gate. Vice president Vanessa Blue had an idea on how to help Joanne’s House, which is a part of Durham youth housing and support services. Memories of her years in England included attending the Royal Ascot, Britain’s most valuable race meeting which attracts many of the world’s finest thoroughbred racehorses. Much like our own Canadian “royal races” like the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales,  the Royal Ascot is highly anticipated and is also seen as a spectacle of fashion and style on the social scene. An inspired Vanessa approached Durham’s local race track, Ajax Downs. Ontario’s premier Quarter Horse facility. Soon, both the racetrack and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) were on board and Durham’s Royal Ascot was off and running with a twilight feature event scheduled for August 11th, 2016.

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There is no spectacle of fashion without lovely hats and fascinators. KvH Fashions in Pickering was named the official milliner for the event. On August 4th, 2016, Graymatter hosted a Ladies Night, a private haute couture event showcasing beautiful, unique and hand-made fascinators and head pieces. They were also on hand on race day for anyone needing to top off their outfit.

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The Royal Ascot signature cocktail was the drink of the day. Other features included a “Royal Enclosure” for Platinum sponsors, a Specialty Cigar Lounge, a $10 casino voucher included with your ticket and an exquisite Royal Ascot menu for dinner.

Race six was the much anticipated feature. At 6:00 pm, the horses were in the gate then off and racing in the First Annual Durham Royal Ascot. Ice N Snow was first to the wire with Grabin Awards second while Mad About Speed garnered the show spot to fill out the Triactor.

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Fun, fashion and the thrill of the race made for a wonderful day for all who were lucky enough to attend.

Katie, Karen and Vanessa from Graymatter Marketing Solutions

Katie, Karen and Vanessa from Graymatter Marketing Solutions

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Delani Davis, Board of Director Chair of Joanne's House and her Husband Tim

Delani Davis, Board of Director Chair of Joanne’s House and her Husband Tim

The day ended with an outdoor concert highlighting a top Fleetwood Mac cover band.

Over $15,000 in sponsorship, gifts in kind and ticket sales was raised this inaugural year.  Thanks to the amazing sponsors: Veridian , CB Law, Gervais Rentals, Pattison Outdoor, Snapd Pickering, Move Media, Rockburne Movers, CVH Fashions, Victory Cigars, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, MacAskill Chiropractor, Rotary Club Ajax as well as Ajax Downs, ticket sales and the OLG.

This year “Joanne’s House”, part of Durham Youth Housing & Support Services, will be the recipient of the funds raised. Joanne’s House provides much-needed shelter, housing and support services for at-risk youth in the Durham Region. Up to 13 youths (both male & female–ages 16-24) can find a home here for as long as 30 days. During their stay, each person is counseled on how to move forward with their lives, a process which begins as soon as they arrive. A case worker is assigned and a plan of action devised. This includes help finding permanent, appropriate housing, jobs or continuing their education. A full time teacher is on hand and runs Grove School right in the home. There is an arrangement with the Ajax Community Centre for participants to work out and to earn their gym credits. But this is not just a crash pad. There are rules to follow and all residents pitch in with chores and responsibilities.  Shelter Manager Adrianna Vanderneut tells us:

“There are many reasons for someone to come here. There is no “typical” case. There may have been family breakdowns, mental issues or abuse, to name a few. They all need the same thing: somewhere they can feel safe so they can figure out what to do. We can give them that and add some structure and guidance along the way.”

Adrianna Vanderneut Shelter Manager

Adrianna Vanderneut, Shelter Manager

Recently, Durham Youth opened Jacky’s Place, providing transitional housing for up to a year for those having finished their 30 days at Joanne’s House. Jacky’s Place and Joanne’s House are in the same neighbourhood and gratefully receive a lot of support from the surrounding community. Adrianna tells us that neighbors often drop by with food and offers of help with maintenance, etc. for the house. In return, the kids can often be seen cutting lawns or shoveling snow for their neighbors. If you are interested in helping at-risk youth in the Durham Region, please consider donating clothes, socks and underwear, which are always needed, as well as supplies for setting up their own households. Mops, brooms, utensils, sheets, towels, pots and pans and basic tools. A cooking lesson is always welcome.  There is so much we can do to help!

 

Open Doors

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes another door opens…”, and people have been quoting these words ever since. Often, those “open doors” lead to interesting and exciting opportunities or adventures. Such is the case across Ontario this season. Doors Open Ontario 2016 offers you the opportunity to discover the story behind every door.

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Each year from April to October, the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to explore Ontario’s heritage treasures at  free public events across the province.

“For 15 years, the Ontario Heritage Trust and its partners have provided opportunities for Ontarians to learn about their rich history and diverse cultures by experiencing our heritage at Doors Open Ontario events. This year, we are shedding light on places associated with medical science and innovation. Hospitals, universities, laboratories, medical schools and museums are participating in Doors Open Ontario and telling the story that medicine has played in our lives. We invite you to explore these and other engaging aspects of our history, identity and cultural heritage at events across the province!” – Thomas H.B. Symons, Chair, Ontario Heritage Trust

“Since it began, Doors Open Ontario has allowed millions of people to glimpse into some of our province’s most fascinating cultural sites. Not only does the program boost local economies, but it also raises awareness of and interest in heritage conservation. I encourage Ontarians and visitors to get out and discover the unique story and experience waiting behind every door.” – Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

This year we are fortunate that four of the 43 free events happen right here in the Durham Region.

Saturday May 7th, 2016 found Whitby opening doors to sixteen historical sites including The Carnegie Library Building, Intrepid Park – Camp X Memorial  and Station Gallery. You may recall that even Trafalgar Castle School allowed Mincom Jo access to its hallowed halls.

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Clarington opened its doors on June 11, 2016 to fifteen diverse locations. The Massey Building, Ebor House and the Durham Masonic Lodge were all part of the event.  Mincom Jo was able to take in three locations – Richard Varcoe House, St. George’s Anglican Church and Rosemary’s Gardens. Contrary to what one might have expected, no ill came of Jo entering the church. It was worth the risk to see the two Tiffany of New York windows, at each end of the church.

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Mincom Jo & Her Aunt Pat Were Moved To Tears By The Tiffany Windows In St. George’s Anglican Church

Rosemary’s Gardens was perhaps our Jo’s favourite stop. Located at 215 Mill St. South in Newcastle, it would be easy to pass by and comment on what a lovely home and garden this is without really knowing the secret beauty hidden behind the gate. These gardens have twice won top recognition for Ward 4 in the Clarington Blooms contest.

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It’s not too late to cross over some mysterious thresholds in the Durham Region. Both Ajax and Oshawa will be unlocking doors on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. Click on the town names to find out what is available and make a day of it. Go behind doors that may normally be closed to the public and satisfy your curiosity. Doors Open Ontario is letting you in!

 

 

Maplelicious!

Bowmanville knows how to throw a good “Fest”. A big part of their success is because of the people who live there. It is a community that loves its town and supports the activities that happen there. The recent “MapleFest” was a perfect example. They came in droves…young and old, families and couples, friends hanging out and even some four legged ones.

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It was a perfect day. The weather was not too hot and not too cold. The sun shone brightly. Mincom Jo, Anna Stinson, her grandson Jack and Chris Cleaver couldn’t resist the call of the maple syrup.  Of course, there is only one way to start the day at Maplefest —  pancakes & sausages covered in maple syrup.

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The anticipation was almost unbearable as they moved through the line and found a table with their mouths watering the whole time.

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“Never mind the picture! We’re hungry.”

You can bet that maple syrup was the star of the show and there were plenty of sources.

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Pancakes may not be your favourite conduit for the golden nectar. Fear not! There was an abundance of ways to satisfy the craving for all that is maple – Maple Bean & Bacon Soup, Maple Sugar Pie, Maple Sugar Tarts, Maple Donuts, Maple Fudge, Maple Peach Bourbon Pie, Maple Blue Berry Crumble, Maple Walnut Pie, Maple Taffy on Snow, Maple Cinnamon Latte – to name a just few.

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If maple syrup isn’t your thing there was plenty of non-maple syrup vendors to make sure no one went hungry. Jamaican, Hawaiian and barbecue food trucks along with chip wagons and Italian sausage makers made sure of it.

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Not for the faint of heart, there were some pretty exciting rides for the kiddies.

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The Bowmanville Zoo provided camel rides. The camel just grinned when Mincom Jo asked to have a turn.

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Janet Lange was on hand to bring face painting to a whole new spectacular level. Her creations were nothing short of magical!

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The boys opted for something a little more masculine.

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Some folks got a good head start on their (dare I say it?)…Christmas shopping, with all the creative vendors displaying their wares.

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After all the eating, riding and shopping, the best way to take a breather is to enjoy some of the music provided. From one end of the main street to the other there were talented musicians serenading you along the way.

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As we said, Bowmanville really knows how to enjoy their community. You won’t want to miss their next “Fest”.

Sustainability

It’s not always just fun and festivals for the people of the Durham Region. Some things we take quite seriously. One of those things is sustainability.

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Wikipedia defines sustainability in general terms…

“Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes the four interconnected domains: ecology, economics, politics and culture.”

Pickering did their best to bring together all four aspects of sustainability for the day, to encourage the community in fun and inspiring ways to get involved and do their part. The City itself contributes in many ways. You can find “Dogi Pots” provided by the city at many parks in the area. These stations provide biodegradable bags for you to use when stooping and scooping. They are then collected  and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. On Friday, April 22, 2016, you and your school, community group or neighbourhood association can join forces and participate in the 12th Annual 20-Minute Pickering Makeover. The city will provide the supplies and you supply the elbow grease and at least 20 minutes of your time. You can find more ways to help out by visiting Sustainable Pickering.

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Amy Dunslow, Regional Dairy Educator of the Durham Region, was on hand with Maple the cow to provide information and answer questions on how the Dairy Farmers of Ontario respond to consumer demands about food safety, animal care, environmental sustainability and more. The kids were treated to a yummy cup of chocolate milk and Maple let them have a hands-on experience with milking. The Dairy Farmers of Ontario also provide a free interactive program for the classroom providing some unique insight into the Dairy Industry. You can check that out here.

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Amy Duslow, OCT & Maple The Cow Show Us How It Is Done

The Pickering Public Library was there with some fun for the kids. They even had a 3D printer creating tools to engage the kids to learn about their involvement in bringing Atlantic Salmon back to Lake Ontario. The Central Library is even housing  a Salmon Hatchery.
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There were lots of other experts on hand to explain things. You could learn about all the plants native to the Durham Region, non-invasive plants for your garden and about Pollinators from Native Plants in Claremount.
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Durham Master Gardeners offered insight and advice to home gardeners from certified horticultural experts, providing in depth sustainable gardening information. You would be shocked to learn how many different kinds of trees exist in Durham! Trees Ontario has a very good handle on all of them and on several tree planting subsidies available including “Durham Region 5 Million Tree Program“. The “Toronto and Region Conservation for The Living City” has a Stewardship program here in the Durham Region.

“TRCA Stewardship offers opportunities for people who want to get their hands dirty looking after the environment in their own communities. When you join us, you’ll connect with people like yourself who share an interest in taking action. From hands-on demonstrations and workshops, to tree plantings and community clean-ups, your efforts will have an immediate and positive impact on the environment.”

 

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On day is not enough to learn everything that you can do to help make your community sustainable. If you really want to know what is available, please click on the links provided here and contribute to the Durham Region’s sustainability.