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May 2016 events

Maria’s Walk for Mental Health (May 2)

Date: Monday, May 2, 2016


Maria, a young girl in the Halton Region, has been fighting her own battle in mental health since she was just 12 years old. Read her story at Maria’s Walk. Maria is organizing a walk to raise funds and awareness for children’s mental health. She is donating all of the money raised to ROCK so others can benefit from the services they provided.

Details of the location and time of the walk will be posted at gofundme.com/mariaswalk

BurlingtonGreen Eco-Film: Just Eat It (May 5)

Date: May 5, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. (doors open), 7 p.m. (film begins)
Location: Burlington Public Library, Central Branch, 2331 New St.


Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling.

The event is free. For more information, visit: http://www.burlingtongreen.org/news/1167-eco-film-event-may-5th.

Halton Food For Thought LogoHalton Food for Thought Gala (May 6)

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Oakville Conference Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Rd., Oakville


Halton Food for Thought’s Spring Breakfast Gala raises much needed funds that help their programs stay strong and sustainable each year. Their goal is to raise over $50,000 at the gala this year. The cost to feed a student breakfast is a $1 a day. Money raised will help feed a lot of empty tummies!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Breakfast Gala.

Friday Night Speakers Series (May 6)

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 6 p.m. (dinner) and 7 p.m. (speaker)
Location: Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline St.


“The Delicate Roar – Advocating for Change without Starting a War” with Betty-Lou Kristy talks about issues surrounding addiction, mental health and harm reduction. This free event is presented by Joseph Brant Hospital Consumers Advisory Committee in partnership with Wellington Square United Church.

For more information, visit: https://www.wsquare.ca/news-events/

Top Hat Concert (May 7)

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St.
$20 (HST included) + $2.50 fee


In honour of Mother’s Day, the Top Hat’s are doing a movie themed concert.

Canada Netherlands Friendship Day (May 7)

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
11 a.m.
City Hall, Civic Square, 426 Brant St.


Annual celebration of Canada Netherlands Friendship Day, the 71st Anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian Armed Forces and the 11th Anniversary of the City of Burlington’s twinning with the City of Apeldoorn.

For more information, visit http://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/burlington-mundialization-committee.asp.

Jane’s Walk (May 6-8)

Dates: May 6 – 8, 2016


Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their communities, and connect with neighbours.

For more information and to find out about various walks taking place in Burlington, visit Janes Walk/burlington.

Woodturning Show and Sale in Support of Syrian Refugee Family (May 6-8)

Opening Reception:

Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
7:00-9:00 p.m.
2123 Harris Crescent, Burlington

Show and Sale:

Date: Saturday May 7, and Sunday May 8, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2123 Harris Crescent, Burlington


A fundraiser in support of a Syrian refugee family, for more information click here.

Sakura Festival, Blooms of Friendship (May 8)

Date: Sunday, May 8, 2016
1 – 3 p.m.
Art Gallery of Burlington Shoreline Room, 1333 Lakeshore Rd.


Celebrate Spring with the Japanese Cherry Blossom.  The Burlington Mundialization Committee’s annual Sakura Festival is an important Japanese custom to welcome spring and will be held at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Free activities include taiko drum, koto instrument, odori dancing and martial art demonstrations.

For more information, visit Mundialization Committee.

Burlington’s Best Awards (May 11)

Burlington's Best LogoDate: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
6 :30 p.m. (reception), 7:30 p.m. (awards ceremony)
Burlington Convention Centre, 1120 Burloak Dr.
$35 (Contact Wanda Tolone at 905-335-7600, ext. 7458)


Burlington’s Best Awards is a program that honours Burlington’s most outstanding citizens. The winners in all categories are revealed at the gala celebration.

For more information, visit Burlingtons-Best-Awards.

Cake Tasting – Chocolate Edition (May 12)

Date:  Thursday May 12, 2016
Time:  5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location:  Molly Cake – 361 Brant St.
Cost:  $10 – for up to 12 flavours of cake!


An excellent opportunity for those planning a wedding or other celebratory event to come out and taste a few of our chocolate cake options.  This is a chance to ask questions, book a consultation and discuss how we can make your celebration sweeter!

For more information, visit http://mollycakeonline.com/event/cake-tasting-event.

Chocolate Making Workshop (May 12)

Date: May 12, 2016
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Burlington Public Library, Central Branch, 2331 New St.
Cost: $10 per person


It’s all about learning, tasting and creating chocolate treats. Hear about the history of chocolate, the art of tempering, and how to make a perfect chocolate soufflé. $10/person includes samples and treats to take home.

For more information and tickets, visit Burlington Chocolate Trail.

An Evening in Paris (May 12)

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Burlington Performing Arts Centre


The incredible story of Paris’ unforgettable rebirth told through film and music, featuring Canadian Flautist, Haley Marie, Governor General Award Winner and 3 Time Carnegie Hall Performer. Proceeds to the Art Gallery of Burlington.

For tickets, visit Evening in Paris.

Celebrating Children and Youth in Care Day (May 12)

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
4:00-7:00 p.m.
325 Main St E, Milton


This is the Halton CASs 4th Annual Children and Youth in Care Day celebration. Come and celebrate with a BBQ, games, a presentation by our youth, and also the first ever Youth Talent Show.

Downtown Funk (May 14)

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
7 p.m.
Leggat Chevrolet Cadillac, 2207 Fairview St.


In support of Joseph Brant Hospital, Downtown Funk will be an amazing evening of food samplings, wine, scotch and beer tastings. In addition, there will be great music, a silent auction and fabulous raffles for diamonds and other surprises. Joseph Brant Hospital Auxiliary is more committed than ever in its fundraising efforts for our new hospital, as the Auxiliary works to meet its pledge of raising $5 million over 10 years. The funds raised from this evening will purchase medical equipment for our new and expanded community hospital.

More more information and tickets, visit downtownfunk.ca.

Touch-a-Truck Event (May 14)

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The city’s roads and parks maintenance facility, 3330 Harvester Rd.


The Touch-a-Truck event returns this year, and gives residents and their families a chance to take a tour around the neighbourhood in a city bus, get up-close to city vehicles, and also have a simulated experience on what it’s like to operate a backhoe.

Open Mic (May 15)

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 1 – 5 p.m.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion, 828 Legion Rd.


Burlington Legion welcomes you to bring your instrument and show your talent. Everyone is welcome; no need to be a member. For more information, visit http://www.lara.on.ca/~rcl60/bboard.htm.

Learn to play Pickleball (May 17)

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 9 – 10 a.m.
Location: Brant Hills Community Centre, 2255 Brant St.

Residents are invited to the FREE learn to play pickleball workshop at the brand new outdoor pickleball court at Brant Hills Community Centre. Stay after the workshop and play for free from 10 a.m. to noon.

Visit www.burlington.ca/calendar for drop-in pickleball times. For more information, contact adultsenior@burlington.ca.

Syrian Culture Night (May 27)

Date: Friday, May 27, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: St. Christopher’s Church, 662 Guelph Line
Tickets: $30 (adults), $20 (students/seniors), children 12 and under are free

Experience a night filled with the tastes and sound of Syrian culture. Music, food sampling, fun art activities for kids, and great information about Syrian culture and customs will be shared. Catered by a newcomer family, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Order your tickets today. You can reserve them by emailing ibevan@stchristophersburlington.com or texting 289.230.9524.

Assumption High School Reunion – Class of 1986 (May 28)

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
6pm (doors open) 7 pm (kickoff)
The Dickens 423 Elizabeth Street, downtown Burlington

Details: It is almost 30 years since we graduated from high school. Thirty years! Back then, we formally graduated from Grade 12, then we scattered in all directions; some went to Grade 13 (though there was no formal graduation ceremony), to work, college, travel, whatever.  An informal reunion of sorts is being organized. Come as early as 6 p.m. Official kick off is 7 p.m. Come for a bit or stay for a while. Telephone: 905-333-4991 Reservation Name: “Assumption Class of ’86.” RSVP by email to ACarroll40@live.com by Friday, 20 May 2016. Please put “Reunion” in the subject line. If you are bringing guests, please let us know how many people are in your party. This is to ensure that the restaurant has adequate staffing. If you really don’t know until last minute, please don’t let that stop you from joining in the festivities; a few extra won’t matter. Memories aren’t what they used to be and life happens, so still using the Faberge shampoo advertisement approach for getting the word out – “I tell two friends, they’ll tell two friends and so on and so on.” There are loads of friends from other years and spouses/partners/children/etc., too. All are welcome to join us.  Please bring photos and any memorabilia you may have in your basement, attic, closet or displayed front and centre in your home.

Hike for Carpenter Hospice (May 28)

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
9:30 a.m. (check-in) and 11 a.m. (hike begins)
Mountainside Recreation Centre, 2205 Mount Forest Dr.

A 4.7 km walk through the neighbourhood surrounding Carpenter Hospice with a lunch to follow. Hikers will receive a t-shirt (available on a first come, first serve basis). Hike for Carpenter Hospice is an annual event held to support the organization. Each year Carpenter Hospice must raise over $1.3 million, which provides the ability to offer all of their services and programs at no cost to the end users.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.thecarpenterhospice.com/hike_details.php.

Community Living Burlington’s Walk ‘n Roll (May 28)

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. (registration), 11 a.m. (walk begins)
Location: Spencer Smith Park
Cost: 1km is FREE to register, 5km is a $25 entry fee


Please join Community Living Burlington for a day out in Spencer Smith Park as they walk/run to help reach their goal of $50,000. There will be lunch provided to all participants, as well as children’s activities and live entertainment.

Community Clean Up Green Up Day (May 28)

Date: May 28, 2016
Time: 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Beachway Park


Thanks to the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund BurlingtonGreen will be returning to Beachway Park (map), Halton’s only dune environment, to continue the important habitat restoration work undertaken by BurlingtonGreen volunteers the last three years.

This popular and fun event books up quickly, so if you are interested in helping plant native trees, plants, and removing invasive species to help restore this ecologically significant area, please reserve your spot at the link below. This event is open to 100 volunteers and will take place from 8:45 to 12:45.  Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.burlingtongreen.org/news/1174-2016-green-up.

Yoga in the park scheduleYoga in the Park (May 29)

Date: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Central Park Bandshell


The City of Burlington is offering free Yoga in the Park on Sundays, May 15 to June 26 at a different park each week. Each week will also feature a different, fully qualified volunteer yoga instructor. Bring your yoga mat and/or towel, appropriate clothing and water. All levels welcome.

Art Gallery of Burlington 38th Annual Art Auction: Auction preview & art sale May 29-June 3; auction June 3 (May 29-June 3)

Date: Sunday, May 29- Friday, June 3,  2016

May 29- June 3

May 29 – June 3. Starting on May 29 and running until June 3, we’ll have 99 pieces of small, original artwork for sale, all priced at $250.

Art Gallery AuctionSunday, May 29

2-5pm Public Opening Preview for our Live & Silent Auction

Friday, June 3

6:30-8pm Opening reception featuring live music, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Wednesday, June 1

7pm Free Art Talk – In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven with authors Sue & Jim Waddington

Live Auction:

8-9p.m. on June 3

Location: The Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd.
$60 for AGB members, $80 for non-members

Click here more details

Bike to School Week (May 30-June 3)

Dates: May 30 to June 3, 2016


As part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the city is encouraging Burlington schools, teachers and students to get active and ride their bikes to school during Bike to School Week. Schools are eligible to win prizes by registering to participate at www.biketoschoolweek.ca. Participating schools are encouraged to take photos and share through social media using hash tag #biketoschoolburlon

Contest rules and regulations are available on the Healthy Kids Community Challenge website.

Burlington Sport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (May 31)

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event starts at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington Golf & Country Club, 422 North Shore Blvd E, Burlington,
Tickets: $50 each

Contact Rob Lambert at 289 962-1254 or bshoftickets@gmail.com  to purchase tickets.

The Burlington Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to identifying and honouring  individuals who have a notable sport history, including media, officials, athletes, coaches, and volunteers.  They are inducted into the Hall of Fame in two categories, as an athlete or a sport builder.

Art Gallery of Burlington 40th Annual General Meeting and Celebration (May 31)

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: The Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd.
No Tickets Required

This year, the business of the AGM will be carried out in a matter of minutes, so that we may spend the rest of the evening celebrating the AGB with you. The program will include an exciting guest, to be announced very shortly, some exciting news, and a reception (only as exciting as you make it!). 7-9 pm May 31, no tickets required. For AGB history buffs, and I know that there are a few, although the building was opened in 1978, the organization was incorporated in 1975, so I am making the assumption that the first Annual General Meeting occurred in 1976 – 40 years ago this year.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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