Patrons Rejoice As Memorial Centre Installs Hand Rails In Stands

Many patrons of the Memorial Centre are ecstatic to learn that hand rails have just been installed there to enhance the fan experience.

 Photo via Peterborough Petes Facebook page

Photo via Peterborough Petes Facebook page

"Many thanks, always nervous going down those stairs—much needed improvement!" wrote one person on the Peterborough Petes Facebook page.

"Thank you so much," wrote another patron. "Now I don't have to put my hand on someone's shoulder while using the stairs and apologizing."

Definitely a weight off our shoulders. ;)

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Watch: Christian Harvey On The Warming Room & One City Program In Downtown Peterborough

In Episode 19 of "PTBOCanada", Warming Room Community Ministries Executive Director Christian Harvey talks about his passion for helping the homeless (the Warming Room is well beyond capacity) and the potential of the new One City program to change people's perceptions about the marginalized and downtown.

Watch the episode below about how we can all work together to break down barriers...

To learn about the Volunteer program at The Warming Room, click here.

Watch other past episodes of "PTBOCanada" here.

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The Awesome Open Street Community Event Peterborough Pulse Is This Saturday

Beautiful downtown Peterborough is about to become a vibrant, car-free corridor this Saturday (July 21st) with the return of Peterborough Pulse, which reimagines the possibility of community and the public realm for a single day

This is when for one summer day, the streets are filled with cyclists and roller-skaters, families pushing strollers, karate and fencing demonstrations, art and music, and more.

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Now in its 4th year, Pulse will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s Pulse route will run along George Street from McDonnel St. to Sherbrooke St. and will include Charlotte Street from George St. to Aylmer St.
 
New this year is a snack hub—delicious idea!—on Charlotte Street next to the George Street intersection.

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This year, the Pulse team will be expanding the Pulse effect all summer long with the Pulse Play Guide. The Pulse Play Guide is a uniquely local summer passport curated to reflect the magic of Pulse with recreation activities the whole family can discover together, from axe throwing to star gazing.

The Play Guide will offer families free access to some of the most spectacular recreation opportunities offered in the city of Peterborough. Printed Play Guides can be picked up at a number of the local art galleries and museums including: The Museum and Archives, Hutchinson House, The Canadian Canoe Museum, Art Gallery of Peterborough, and the OFAH Heritage Centre.

A download option of the guide will also be made available on the Pulse website here

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Have Your Say On The City’s Upcoming Website Redesign

The City of Peterborough is redesigning their website Peterborough.ca according to a media release and they want the site to provide residents and businesses with easier access to City information and services.
 
The first step of the redesign is to understand what City residents and business owners want in the new website. Consultation will include a brief Online Survey for all City residents and a Focus Group open to any interested parties.

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The online survey is now available here, and is open until Monday, July 30th, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

The Focus Group to discuss how the website is structured is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Peterborough Public Library, in the Friends of the Library Community Room.

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There Is A Spectacular Lavender Field Oasis Near Peterborough In Bloom Now

If you love lavender, take a drive to 8667 Gilmour Road in Port Hope near Peterborough and you will find your heaven.

It is there you will have a unique experience at a place called Laveanne—a tranquil oasis connecting nature, local food, culture and community.

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There are rows and rows of this beautiful, scented purple haze which are in bloom for July.

Look at Laveanne from above, this labrinth is spectacular...

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"It's absolutely stunning," says Peterborough's Eileen Kimmett who recently visited.

This bench and its scents and romantic views awaits you...

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According to their website, "the bloom is short, and the best time is between the 2nd- 3rd week of July to see the most intense colour and experience the amazing buzz of thousands of Honeybees."

They start to harvest the fields the last week of July, as in August all the blooms are distilled in their lavender essential oil. The fields close for two weeks from August 1st to August 15th to allow them to harvest, process and prune their plants. Their gift shop will remain open during this time.

In July, you can even do yoga among the blooms...

For July, Laveanne is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, smell, er... click here.

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Remember The Old Monkey House At The Zoo

Way back in the day, the Riverview Park & Zoo's Dobbin Building down at the water was known as the "Monkey House", housing monkeys and various other slithery creatures.

The zoo shared vintage old pictures on their Facebook page of that house that will be a great trip down memory lane for many. Have a look at some pics  ("feeding the carps" not included—remember those nearby?) below...

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The Big Band Day Lineup For Downtown Peterborough Is Music To Our Ears

The sounds of horns, strings and woodwind are coming to downtown Peterborough for Big Band Day 2018.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 15th from noon to 4 p.m. in the Peterborough Square Courtyard at the corner of Water and Charlotte streets. (A tentative rain date is scheduled for September 29th.)

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“Big Band Day is a lot of fun with some lively swing and jazz classics,” says DBIA Executive Director Terry "Mr. Downtown" Guiel. “We really wanted to bring a type of music to the downtown that you seldom hear outdoors. There’s something about hearing that big band sound live with a full compliment of musicians that you just won’t find anywhere else.”

BIG BAND DAY LINEUP

• 12 pm — Peterborough Concert Band
• 1 pm — Knightshift
• 2 pm — The L’ll Big Band
• 3 pm — Dixie Cats

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New Bylaw Supports Smoke-Free And Vape-Free Spaces for All

Peterborough Public Health has partnered with Peterborough Police, the City of Peterborough and Peterborough Musicfest to remind people that both the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Peterborough Smoking Bylaw prohibit smoking and vaping in area parks, playgrounds, beaches and sports fields, and at street festivals like Peterborough Pulse.

“Smoking rates continue to decline, but many people believe that smoking outdoors is harmless when in fact there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke,” says Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “Actively enforcing the bylaw will both protect people from toxic second-hand smoke and support a reduction in smoking rates.”

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New this year will be the inclusion of e-cigarettes or "vapes" in the City of Peterborough’s bylaw. City Council approved the revised bylaw on July 9th, 2018.

“We’re learning more about e-cigarettes and what’s in them,” adds Dr. Salvaterra. “Just because e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes, that doesn’t make them harmless.” A recent report, Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes, noted that e-cigarettes both contain and emit toxic substances.

Peterborough Police and Public Health Tobacco Enforcement Officers will be enforcing the rules in parks and at events this summer.

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Township Of Douro-Dummer Chief Fire Official Declares Open Air Fire Ban

With the continued dry conditions in the Township of Douro-Dummer and data supplied from the Wildland Fire Information System, the Township is enabling a fire ban through By-law 2015-05.

No open air burning will be allowed—with the exception of campgrounds as defined within the By-law. These campgrounds must meet the requirements set out in the By-law if they choose to utilize the exemption.

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Another factor for enacting this fire ban is that some water sources are no longer available which could lead to shuttling water from further distances, delaying extinguishment.

“We hope that conditions change and we can all enjoy the recreational fires that memories are made from, but until that time please be responsible with all ignition sources, including cigarettes, which have already caused fires along the side of roadways,” says Fire Chief Chuck Pedersen.

Enforcement of set fires during a fire ban may result in a $500 penalty. A response to extinguish such fires can be charged at $465.42 per fire apparatus.

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Here's the Food & Entertainment Lineup For 16th Annual Rotary Ribfest

The 16th Annual Ribfest runs Friday, July 13th to Sunday, July 15th at Millennium Park, and admission is free. 

“Of course there is lots of ribs and cold beer, but you’ll also find some interesting selections from our nine local restaurants—including some vegetarian options," says DBIA Executive Director Terry "Mr. Downtown" Guiel. "Rotary have also put together a solid lineup of musical talent to sit back and enjoy while you’re at Millennium Park with some quality food and drinks.”

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FESTIVAL HOURS

-> Friday, July 13: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-> Saturday, July 14: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
-> Sunday, July 15: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 
PARTICIPATING LOCAL RESTAURANTS


-> Dr. J’s BBQ & Brews
-> The Nutty Chocolatier
-> The BrickHouse Craft Burger Grill ‘n Bar
-> Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine
-> Caribbean Sizzle
-> McThirsty’s Pint
-> La Hacienda
-> Silk Roots
-> The Silver Bean Café

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RIBBER'S ROW INCLUDES...

• Fat Boys
• Boss Hogs BBQ
• Jack the Ribber
• Smokehouse Bandits
• Ontario Corn Roasters
• Summer Fun Funnel Cake
 
ENTERTAINMENT

Friday, July 13:
• 11:45 am — Briannah Cotton
• 1:30 pm — Jaymes Claton Band
• 3:15 pm — Rick and Gailie
• 5:00 pm — The Wanted   
• 6:45 pm — Jagged
• 8:30 pm — The Weber Brothers
 
Saturday, July 14:
• 12:00 pm — Waters Edge Band
• 3:15 pm — Gunslingers
• 5:00 pm — Rye Street
• 6:45 pm — Out on Bail
• 8:30 pm — Dean James
 
Sunday, July 15:
• 12:00 pm — Tonya Bosch Band
• 1:45 pm — House Brand
• 3:30 pm — The Fog

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