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Get in the Christmas Spirit in the Kawarthas this Holiday Season!

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To help you get into the spirit of Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of events happening in the Kawarthas this holiday season. From Santa Claus parades to Christmas shopping events to tree lighting ceremonies (and more!), you won’t be disappointed. Check out the events below and get into the spirit of Christmas in the Kawarthas this winter!

1. Christmas in Lakefield

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Get into the Christmas spirit with the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree. This amazing prize is sure to come in handy for some of your Christmas gift shopping. All you have to do is fill out a ballot at a participating business and you could win!

The draw is on December 8th at 5:30pm at the Lakefield Legion. The winner will be receive $50 gift certificates to be redeemed at the following participating merchants:

Lakefield PantrySunblockersTrinkets & Treasures, Stuff, Stuff’d, Canoe & Paddle, The Chocolate RabbitLakefield HeraldLakefield IDA PharmacyHappenstance Books & YarnsM & M Food MarketVillage Pet Food & SupplyLakefield FoodlandAdventure OutfittersVillage PharmacyKawartha Home Hardware, Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, The Cozy Home, Paulmac’s Pet Food, Salon Sorella & Spa!

2. One Stop Christmas Shop

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Doing some Christmas shopping is a great way to get in the Christmas mood this holiday season. One of the stops on your list should be the One Stop Christmas Shop! It’s taking place on Saturday, November 17th from 10am – 2pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 – Lakefield.

Shop for holiday gifts from local vendors. Non-perishable food donations at admission welcome. All donations support the Lakefield Food Bank.

3. A Very Classy Christmas

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Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Classy Chassis & Cycles on Saturday, November 17th from 11am-2pm at their A Very Classy Christmas event.

Enjoy hot & cold beverages, Christmas treats, get your picture with Santa, and get a jump on your Christmas shopping with some unbelievable discounts. They will also be giving our a free gift to the first 36 ladies & 24 men,

4. Christmas at the Marshland Centre

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Another awesome shopping event to get you into the Christmas spirit is Christmas at the Marshland Centre! It’s taking place on Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & November 18th from 10am-4pm.

The Marshland Centre will be decked out for their 13th Annual Christmas Artisan show and sale and will feature works by local and regional artisans. You’ll find original handcrafted items including pottery, gourd art, jewellery, metal sculptures, textiles, paper art, wood turning, herbal products, jams, jellies, honey and more!

5. Annual Curve Lake Craft Sale

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If the previous two shopping events haven’t satisfied your Christmas shopping bug, you can also join Curve Lake First Nation on Sunday, November 18th for their annual Curve Lake Christmas Craft Sale!

It’s taking place from 10am-4pm at the Curve Lake Community Centre, and there will be Christmas homemade crafts, baked goods, jewelry and more! Admission is $3 per person. Half of funds raised will be going to the Curve Lake First Nation Food Bank.

6. Lakefield Santa Claus Parade

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There are three Santa Claus parades happening in the Kawarthas this year in Lakefield, Warsaw & Apsley. Santa Claus parades are great for getting in the Christmas spirit & catching a glimpse of Santa!

The first of the three parades is the  Lakefield Santa Claus Parade , organized by the Lakefield Lions Club. It’s taking place on Sunday, November 18th from 1pm – 3pm in Lakefield. After the parade, you can stop by the Lakefield Legion to meet Santa and enjoy some treats. Registration will take place at the Lakefield Legion from 12pm to 12:45pm.

7. Santa Claus & his Live Reindeer

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Stop by Village Dental Centre on Friday, November 23rd from 11am-2pm to meet Santa & his reindeer Comet & get a FREE photo.

There will also be cookies, hot chocolate and live music, and Village Dental Centre elves will be raffling off prizes and giving out goodie bags!

8. Buckhorn Holiday Home Tour

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Christmas home tours are a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. You can even get some ideas for decorating your own home for the holidays! There are two home tour events taking place in the Kawarthas this winter – one in Buckhorn and one in Lakefield.

The first holiday home tour is the Buckhorn Community Centre’s 8th Annual Buckhorn Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, November 25th from 11am to 4pm. You can tour five homes in the area that are all dressed up inside for the Christmas season.

Tickets for the event are $20 (limited tickets available!). Call the BCC at 705-657-8833 for more information.

9. Festival of Trees at the BCC

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The Buckhorn Community Centre’s Festival of Trees opens on Sunday, November 25th and runs until Thursday, December 6th. Attend the opening on Sunday, November 25th from 11am to 5pm to view & purchase tickets on a number of sponsored decorated trees. There will be also be 10-12 vendors selling items to help you fill your Christmas list. Admission is free.

The trees will be set up until December 6th so you can drop by anytime during the week to purchase tickets for the trees or to get into the Christmas spirit!

10. Warsaw Santa Claus Parade

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The second of three Santa Claus parades taking place in the Kawarthas this winter is the Warsaw Santa Claus Parade! It’s taking place on Saturday, November 24th at 5pm in Warsaw. The theme for this year is “A Pioneer Christmas.” The parade will begin at the Warsaw Public Works garage and will continue through the village.

A Tree Lighting Ceremony will then take place after the parade at 6pm on the lawn next to the Town Hall/Municipal Building. If you stay after the tree lighting, you can visit with Santa, drop off letters, enjoy hot chocolate and other treats, and sing carols!

Tickets will be available after the parade for the chance to win a decorated gingerbread house from Jeremy Riel. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to the Nutrition Programs at Warsaw Public School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School.

11. Apsley Santa Claus Parade

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The third Santa Claus Parade taking place in the Kawartha region this year is in Apsley! Join Apsley & District Lions Club for their Santa Claus Parade and Celebrations on Saturday, November 24th at 6pm along Burleigh Street. The festivities will continue on after the parade at the North Kawartha Community Centre.

12. Lakefield Christmas in the Village & Holiday Home Tour

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This is the second of two holiday home tours taking place in the Kawarthas this year. Attending this annual charitable event is another great way to celebrate the holiday season.

Get into the Christmas spirit by touring 6 lovely homes in the Lakefield area all decorated for the Christmas season! All ticket holders will also receive special offers & discounts at participating stores in Lakefield. Ticket’s range from day passes ($25/each) to a Friday Special Weekend Pass ($55/each).

If you opt for the Friday Special Weekend Pass, you can enjoy seeing the houses at night in a horse and wagon ride (sleigh if it has snowed) around Lakefield College School’s campus with mulled apple cider and cookies. Friday ticket holders can revisit any time on the Saturday or Sunday, too.

This annual event is in support of 3 local charities. This year’s recipients are Lakefield Youth UnlimitedCommunity Care Lakefield & Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge.

Tickets are available at Stuff & BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage. Friday night’s festivities starts at 5pm. The Saturday & Sunday home tours start at 11am.

13. Christmas by Candlelight

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Get into the holiday spirit & experience a traditional Pioneer Christmas with Lang Pioneer Village Museum’s Christmas by Candlelight on Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd from 5pm-9pm.

Sing carols, shop in the Christmas market, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, take in “A Lumber Camp Christmas” production performed by Glen Caradus & Friends, meet Father Christmas & more. On Sunday only, there will be a live nativity at 7pm.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students & seniors (60+), $7 for youths (ages 5-14), free for children under 5, & $40 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 youths ages 5-14).

14. Storefront Decorating Contest in Lakefield 

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If the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree isn’t enough of a reason to stop by Lakefield this holiday season, the village is also going to look very Christmas-y this holiday season.

The Lakefield Lioness Lions Club are hosting a storefront decorating contest for all businesses in Lakefield. That means most of the storefronts in the village are going to be decked out for the holiday season with Christmas lights & decor!  Adding to the Christmas atmosphere in Lakefield, the Lakefield Lioness Lions are also going to be hanging Christmas lanterns on the lamp posts in the village.

15. Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Each year, Christ Church Community Museum in Lakefield holds a special Tree Lighting Ceremony on the front lawn of their property at 6:30pm on December 7th. The entire community is invited to help celebrate Christmas!

 16. Business After Hours: Holiday Social

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The Kawartha Chamber’s Business After Hours: Holiday Social is taking place on Wednesday, December 12th at Kawartha Lakes Construction (3359 Lakefield Rd.) from 5-7pm.

Kawartha Lakes Construction will be running their employee DIY Christmas tree contest, where they challenge their team to come up with creative Christmas trees & have guests vote on their favourite! KLC will also be collecting toys for the Lioness Club Toy Drive as well as non-perishable food items for the Lakefield Food Bank this evening.

Celebrate the holidays with us & Kawartha Lakes Construction! There will be refreshments and networking. Register here.

 

2018 Commercial Development or Renovation, Jack’s Lake Lodge Cottage Rentals

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Congratulations to Jack’s Lake Lodge Cottage Rentals!

Jack’s Lake Lodge Cottage Rentals received our 2018 Commercial Development or Renovation award (sponsored by BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage) at our 19th annual Awards of Excellence this year.

Constructed in the 1950s, two cottages were demolished and rebuilt complete with magazine quality interiors, patio and campfire pit. One is wheelchair accessible. Both were winterized, providing much needed year-round accommodation in Apsley to help boost the local off-season economy. A third was extensively renovated while retaining the ‘old school cabin’ charm that many guests seek. The fieldstone boulder shoreline aesthetically helps to prevent erosion.

2018 finalists: The Cozy Home, Lock Stop Cafe, and The Regency of Lakefield

The Chamber’s Women’s Build Team Took Part in Habitat for Humanity’s Curve Lake Build

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The Kawartha Chamber’s Women’s Build Team took part in the Habitat for Humanity build on Curve Lake First Nation yesterday morning (October 22nd).  The Chamber was represented by Chamber staff and members, and we had a great time helping out on the build site.

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region

Since 2002, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has been helping low-income families with affordable home ownership. The not-for-profit organization offers 0% interest mortgages with no down payments.

Families who buy a Habitat home pay monthly installments towards their mortgage, and must put in 500 sweat-equity hours before they can move in. To gain the required hours, families can 1) help build their home, 2) help build other Habitat homes, and/or 3) work in the Habitat ReStore.

Earlier this year, Habitat announced that it has teamed up with Curve Lake to build two homes. On Monday, we took part in their build for the Jacobs family. This home will be the first build on a reserve for Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region.

Big thank you to everyone who took part in our build day yesterday. Enjoy our photos below of the build site and our Women’s Build Team in action.

habitat_groupL-R: Sherry Boyce-Found, Kawartha Chamber; Michele Kennedy, Kenwood Drafting & Design; Penny Wilson, The Cozy Home; Tonya Kraan, Strexer Harrop & Associates; Tiffany Alton-Froggatt, Peterborough Appliances; Cindy Windover, Windover Plumbing; Kim Whynot, CIBC Bridgenorth; Stacey Sullivan, Kawartha Chamber; Lynn Woodcroft, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate; Jenis Kempt & Kim Armstrong, Whelan’s Flooring Centre; Sam Carmichael, Kawartha Chamber

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We would also like to extend our thanks to all of the individuals and businesses who supported our fundraising efforts! For the past two months, we’ve been ‘selling square feet’ for the Curve Lake Build Home. For every dollar you donate, your name or business name will appear on a ‘square foot’ of our Curve Lake home blueprint. We are just $126 away from our fundraising goal, which closes October 31st. If you’d like to help us reach our goal, donate here.

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Take a Look at our 2018 Live Auction Items for our 19th Annual Awards of Excellence & Social Gala

 

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We have 5 amazing packages up for grabs for our Awards of Excellence and Social Gala!

If you would like to contribute an item to the auction, please email events@kawarthachamber.ca.

If you are unable to attend the Gala, but would like to submit a bid for one of these packages, please email generalmanager@kawarthachamber.ca with your maximum bid, and include “Auction Bid” in the subject line. Please include a name and phone number. A proxy bidder will be assigned to bid on your behalf in increments no higher than your maximum bid.

Ladies’ Staycation

pamperRelax, unwind and enjoy a staycation in the Kawarthas with 3 of your friends. Begin your outing with manicures & pedicures at Salon Sorella & Day Spa. Limo transportation, provided by Salon Sorella & Day Spa, will take you to Kawartha Country Wines, where you will enjoy a tour & tasting. Then, pick your favourite wine & you can each take home a bottle, compliments of Kawartha Country Wines. Enjoy dinner at Cassis Bistro with a $100 gift certificate towards your meal. Finish the evening with a stay at the Village Inn.

The package includes:

  • Manicures & Pedicures for four at Salon Sorella & Day Spa.
  • $100 Gift Certificate for Cassis Bistro.
  • One night stay at the Village Inn.
  • Kawartha Winery Tour & Tasting at Kawartha Country Wines.
  • Limo transportation provided by Salon Sorella & Day Spa.

Thank you to our donors Salon Sorella, Kawartha Country Wines, the Village Inn and Cassis Bistro.

Chocolate Lover Dream

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If you love all things chocolate, you won’t want to miss out on our Chocolate Lovers Package for two!

The package includes:

  • Two tickets to Charlie & the Chocolate Factory at Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto on Saturday, Jan 5th at 1:30pm donated by Windover Plumbing Inc.
  • Chocolate making for two at The Chocolate Rabbit.
  • A chocolate Mad Hatter Top Hat donated by The Chocolate Rabbit.

Thank you to our donors Windover Plumbing and The Chocolate Rabbit.

Effortless Entertaining with an Executive Chef

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Enjoy a dinner party for four in your home. Swanky Events will prepare a delicious dinner for 4 in your home with an executive chef. They will do it all – from cooking to clean up, even providing the wine! Sit back & relax with your guests. While the meal is being prepared, work up an appetite with a game of SushiGO! provided by Sweet Competition (Additional guests can be added for a fee).

The package includes:

  • Swanky Events will come to your home to prepare, serve and clean up a dinner party for four (includes everything, even the wine!).
  • Sushi-Go Game donated by Sweet Competition.

Thank you to our donors Swanky Events and Sweet Competition

Lace Up Your Skates

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Enjoy an exclusive outdoor skate on Lakefield College School’s Bob Armstrong Shinny Rink. Bring your friends for a game of pick up hockey; enjoy a leisurely family skate; or, plan a holiday party with your staff/ This 1.5 hour session is valid from December 2018 – March 2019. Finish your skate off with three large pizzas provided by Pizza Hut in Lakefield.

The package includes:

  • An ice rink rental at Lakefield College School;, and
  • A pizza package by Pizza Hut.

Thank you to our donors Lakefield College School and Pizza Hut.

4000th Cuddles Blanket

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Curl up with the 4000th Cuddles for Cancer blanket & enjoy cozy cuddles for years to come! This blanket is sure to warm your heart. Cuddles for Cancer was created 6 years ago. Since then, blankets have been sent to over 25 countries across the globe. Half of the proceeds will be donated back to Cuddles for Cancer to support the creation of Cuddles blankets for those in need.

Thank you to our donor Cuddles for Cancer.

How to Vote in the 2018 Municipal Elections for the Township of Douro-Dummer, Township of Selwyn, Municipality of Trent Lakes & Township of North Kawartha

voteVoting Day for the 2018 Municipal Elections is coming up on Monday, October 22nd!

The Township of Douro-Dummer, Township of Selwyn, Municipality of Trent Lakes, and Township of North Kawartha have all opted to use electronic voting this year. Electronic voting allows electors to vote 24/7 starting October 9th until October 22nd. Voting closes at 8pm on October 22nd.

Electronic voting can be done from any device with an Internet connection (computer, cell phone, iPad, laptop) or with a touch-tone telephone, so it is a convenient way to vote!

If you are using electronic voting for the first time and are not sure how, watch this video.

You qualify to vote if:

  • You are at least 18 years old on Election Day, October 22, 2018,
  • You are a Canadian Citizen,
  • You or your spouse lives, rents or owns property in the municipality, and
  • You are not otherwise prohibited by law from voting.

Township of Douro-Dummer

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There are no paper ballots for Douro-Dummer this year. Voting opened October 9th and closes October 22nd at 8pm.

You should have received a Voter Information Letter with a Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you have not received this letter, call 705-652-8392.

Cast your vote online at dourodummer.simplyvoting.com or by calling 1-866-312-8854.

More information for Douro-Dummer.

Township of Selwyn

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There are no paper ballots for Selwyn Township this year. Electronic voting stations are available at the Selwyn Township office (1310 Centre Line) for public use. Voting opened October 9th and closes October 22nd at 8pm.

Eligible voters should have received a personalized voting instruction package with details on how to vote online or by phone. If you have not received your package, please call 705-292-9507.

Cast your vote online at selwyn.simplyvoting.com or by calling 1-866-398-1458.

More information for Selwyn.

Municipality of Trent Lakes 

trentlakesThere are no paper ballots for the Municipality of Trent Lakes this year. Voting opened October 9th and closes October 22nd at 8pm.

Trent Lakes Municipal Office (760 County Road 36) has set up a Help Centre with telephone and internet access for electors who do not have access to the necessary connections. If you need assistance with electronic voting, please call 705-738-3800 ext 240.

If you have not received your Voter PIN Letter, please call 705-738-3800.

Cast your vote online at trentlakes.simplyvoting.com or by calling 1-866-398-1586.

More information for Trent Lakes.

Township of North Kawartha

northkawarthaThere will be no paper ballots for the Township of North Kawartha this year. Voting opened October 9th and closes October 22nd at 8pm.

The North Kawartha Township Office (280 Burleigh Street) has set up a Voter Help Centre with internet and telephone access for electors who do not have access to these connections.  Also, both branches of the North Kawartha Library offer public internet.

If you have not received your Voter Information Letter, contact the Township office at 705-656-5189.

Vote online at vote.northkawartha.on.ca or by calling 1-866-330-7012.

More information for North Kawartha.

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