Riverview Park & Zoo Train Opens For Season

The miniature train ride is opening for the season at Riverview Park & Zoo. The train's regularly scheduled hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cost is still just $2 (cash only).

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Update of what's open on Victoria Day long weekend at the Zoo...

Hours -> 8:30 am - dusk

Miniature Train Ride: Open (weather permitting)
Snack Bar: Open
Guest Services: Open
Playground and Super Slide: Open
Splash Pad: Not Open Yet
Wheel Chair Swings: Not Open Yet

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Victoria Day Fireworks Rescheduled

The Rotary Victoria Day Fireworks Family Night in Peterborough has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 20th due to inclement weather in the forecast for the original date of Saturday, May 19th.

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As a result, the following road closures will be in place from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on May 20th:

• Perry Street from George Street to Crescent Street;
• Lake Street from George Street to Crescent Street;
• Crescent Street from Romaine Street to Perry Street; and
• Lock Street from Romaine Street to Crescent Street.

Local traffic will be permitted.

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28th Annual Great Gilmour Street Garage Sale Is May 26th

It's the 28th Annual Gilmour Street Garage Sale this year—one of the can't miss community events in the city.

 Photo by Evan Holt

Photo by Evan Holt

As per tradition, the Gilmour Street Garage Sale falls on the Saturday after the long weekend. This year, it's Saturday, May 26th starting at 9 a.m.—although people have been known to show up as early as 7 a.m. in the hunt for a good bargain.

The biggest street sale in all of Peterborough, it extends out to many other streets in the neighbourhood, and there are also many sales for charitable organizations in town.

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Recipe For Success: How Community Support Are Helping Bintou And Aicha Cherif Pursue Their Dreams

“He used ketchup instead of tomato paste!”

Bintou Cherif remembers the time her brother improvised while cooking their favourite dish, Jollof.

Sharing good food with people is important to Bintou and her sister Aicha.

 Aicha Cherif and her sister Bintou engage in life-enriching programs at the New Canadians Centre

Aicha Cherif and her sister Bintou engage in life-enriching programs at the New Canadians Centre

Growing up in a refugee settlement in the Ivory Coast of Africa, they learned to cook Jollof—a rice dish made with peppers, onions, and tomato paste—over an open fire.

Living close to the ocean and spending most of their days outdoors, they had access to fish, which they would add to the one-pot meal.

“It didn’t taste very good,” Bintou smiles, as she recalls her brother’s experiment.

Bintou is speaking to the crowd of people filling the St. James United Church auditorium for a community dinner. Having completed the Food Handling Course, Bintou and Aicha have been busy volunteering in the kitchen prepping and cooking for the community meal.

“I really hope you enjoy the meal—and don’t worry, we used tomato paste, not ketchup,” she says laughing wholeheartedly, and the community gathered in the gym, along with her.

 Bintou Cherif, pictured with NCC Settlement Worker in Schools Coordinator Jess Devlin, and Aicha Cherif attend the ESL program at Thomas A. Stewart

Bintou Cherif, pictured with NCC Settlement Worker in Schools Coordinator Jess Devlin, and Aicha Cherif attend the ESL program at Thomas A. Stewart

A few weeks after the dinner, Bintou and Aicha look forward to the public reception and sharing their photographs at the Newcomer Youth Photography Project exhibit of the SPARK Photography Festival.

How is it possible for Bintou to share her story with such confidence when just eighteen months ago she spoke very little English?

How is it possible to grow up without running water, electricity or any modern conveniences and learn what it takes to prep and cook a meal for more than 100 people?

“It’s our job at the New Canadians Centre to provide our clients with the tools they need to be successful,” explains Jessica Devlin, Settlement Workers in School (SWIS) Coordinator.

“It’s up to them what they do with these opportunities. I’ve seen the changes in Bintou and Aicha since they arrived in Canada less than two years ago. They participate in several programs and are often the first to volunteer for every activity. Their confidence is building and so is their capacity to achieve success. They’ve been given a chance, and they’re running with it.”

Participating in life-enriching programs like the Food Handling Course and the Newcomer Youth Photography Project, Bintou and Aicha are building skills and confidence so they can secure summer employment and feel confident about their abilities.  

Due to the support they’ve received from our community, they have the opportunity to express themselves in ways that are meaningful and positive.

  Bintou Cherif (l) with sister Aicha in front of the "Be Alive in Peterborough" community mural

 Bintou Cherif (l) with sister Aicha in front of the "Be Alive in Peterborough" community mural

Knowing they have the skills to achieve success, Bintou and Aicha build capacity for higher learning and are empowered to pursue their dreams of becoming a lawyer and a doctor.

The friendships they have made by participating in outreach activities are invaluable as they continue to grow and develop a sense of belonging to the community they now call home.

Eager to give back to a community that’s supported and welcomed them, Bintou and Aicha are often the first to take advantage of volunteer opportunities at the New Canadians Centre. “We like volunteering because it’s fun and we get to meet new people.”

The New Canadians Centre welcomed more than 800 clients from 79 different countries from around the world last year. That number has increased by more than 38% since 2016.

Learn more about Bintou and Aicha's story in this video...

—guest post by Carol Lawless

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Engineers Say Damage To James A. Gifford Causeway Is Significant

Damage to County causeways from the wind storm of May 4th has been assessed by engineers, and County Council have approved repairs to both the James A. Gifford Causeway and the Gannon’s Narrows Causeway.

According to a county press release, staff are in the process of working with local approval authorities to coordinate the exact timing of the work so as not to disturb fish spawning habitat.

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While the damage is significant from the storm, the public is advised that both causeways are safe to travel.

“County Council has made the decision to approve the recommended work on both causeways to ensure continued use of these important vehicular routes in the County,” says Warden Joe Taylor. “We will continue to ensure the public is made aware of the timing and status of the work in the coming weeks.”

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W. Garfield Weston Foundation Invests Whopping $7.5 million In The Canadian Canoe Museum’s New Facility

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is investing a whopping $7.5 million in The Canadian Canoe Museum’s new facility to be built at the water’s edge.

This lead private gift announced on Wednesday (May 16th) will support capital costs and educational program development for the new museum, to be built alongside the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway. It is the largest known private one-time gift to a charitable organization in the City and County of Peterborough.

 Rendering of new Canoe Museum

Rendering of new Canoe Museum

“From the high-profile headquarters that is the new museum, we will be inspiring Canada by canoe," says John Ronson, Chair, Board of Directors. "This investment is indeed transformational, and will not only support the construction of the new museum, it will see our programming reach more people inside the museum, outside the museum, and virtually, around the world."

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the museum dating back to 1995, two years prior to its opening, and was instrumental in its founding.

The construction of the new canoe museum is being supported by a $65 million fund raising campaign.

The addition of this beautiful new museum at the Historic Lift Lock's doorstep will make this a must see destination for even more visitors from around the world.

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Peterborough Musicfest Announces 2018 Summer Lineup

The lineup for the 32nd Peterborough Musicfest season has been announced and includes the likes of The Trews, A Flock of Seagulls, Howard Jones, Big Wreck, Tebey and much more.

Tebey is the headliner on July 28th...

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Tebey

The Trews are rocking Del Crary on July 4th...

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Big Wreck rocks the park July 18th...

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Here is the full lineup...

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All concerts are free once again this year. For the full list of concerts and times, go here.

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Beloved Quentin At Riverview Park & Zoo Has Passed Away

It is with great sadness that the staff of Riverview Park and Zoo have announced the death of 15-year-old Quentin, their older male Sichuan takin.

With his gentle nature and enigmatic appearance, Quentin was very popular with the zoo's visitors. The first of the zoo's Sichuan takin, he came to Riverview in the spring of 2014 from the Assiniboine Zoo in Winnipeg.

 Quentin

Quentin

For more than a year, Quentin has been treated for severe metacarpal osteoarthritis, but his health and mobility deteriorated significantly and he was no longer responding to treatments/medication.

The progress of this degenerative disease had left him unable to stand or walk, except for short periods of time. The zoo's consulting veterinarian humanely euthanized Quentin on Monday morning (May 14th).

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Independent Record Shop ZAP Records Opening Location At Former Moondance

Independent record shop ZAP Records, which has been located in Downtown Cobourg since 1991, has announced they are opening another location in Downtown Peterborough in the former Moondance store location (425 George St. N.).

“We’ve known Mike at Moondance forever, shopping his collection like every other record collector, and we were just as surprised when he announced his retirement," says Zap Records owner Tim Gorman. "After watching the response and talking with people in Peterborough, we knew we had to do what we could to make sure the location continued to be an independent record shop."

 Photo courtesy Tim Gorman

Photo courtesy Tim Gorman

"Mike and Moondance will be missed, and we can obviously never replace him, but we hope that Peterborough will be just as excited as we are to keep the torch burning for independent record shops in downtown Peterborough," adds Gorman, who will be manning the Peterborough store with additional staff.

ZAP Records plans to open the Peterborough location by the end of June, with a great collection of new and previously owned vinyl, CD’s, collectibles and more. They will continue to special order music for customers in search of rare and precious albums.

Their current location in downtown Cobourg will stay exactly where it is.

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Experience: Try Camping At oTENTiks On Trent Severn Waterway

With the Trent Severn Waterway set to open for the season May 18th, a unique experience to try this summer is camping along a Lock in a oTENTik—which is a cross between a tent and a rustic cedar cabin.

Parks Canada gives you the opportunity to experience camping at their oTENTik accommodations at two locations: Lock 24 - Douro and Lock 35 - Rosedale. The oTENTik is a unique destination for visitors to enjoy camping at ease with the convenience of a bed and a campsite already set up.

 Photo Courtesy Parks Canada

Photo Courtesy Parks Canada

Lock 24 is situated between Lakefield and Peterborough at 4052 County Road 32 in the Township of Douro-Dummer. There, you can choose from 3 oTENTiks located on a small island between the canal and the Otonabee River, or one fully-accessible oTENTik located lockside.  

The oTENTik accommodations on this site are a nature-lover’s dream, but with modern amenities close at hand. Learn more about booking a site here.

 Photo courtesy Parks Canada

Photo courtesy Parks Canada

Lock 35 is situated between Balsam and Cameron Lakes in the City of Kawartha Lakes, and there are great oTENTiks located there as well. Learn more here.

Watch this video to get a feel for the oTENTiks...

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