St. James Players Presents First Peterborough Production Of Mamma Mia!

St. James Players has announced the first-ever Peterborough production of the world-renowned musical, Mamma Mia!

Tickets are now available to the public, and there are seven performances at Showplace Performance Centre taking place from November 8th - 16th.

The all-local cast includes:

-> Gillian Harknett plays Sophie

-> Mark Gray plays Bill

-> Lyndele Gauci plays Rosie

-> Warren Sweeting plays Sam

-> Natalie Dorsett plays Donna

-> Keevin Carter plays Harry

-> Christie Freeman plays Tanya

The cast of  Mamma Mia!

The cast of Mamma Mia!

The large all-local cast provides non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers. With St. James Players 47-year legacy of high-quality community theatre in town, Mamma Mia! is sure to be a hit.

Get your tickets here.

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100 Women Peterborough Raises $10,000+ In Under One Hour For Casa De Angelae

On Tuesday (September 17th), the 100 Women Peterborough group raised $10,000+ in under one hour for Casa De Angelae.

Casa De Angelae Chair Kim Aubin and a resident of Casa De Angelae, Katie Galloro, presented on behalf of the organization to the women at the meeting, which was held at The Venue in downtown Peterborough. Casa De Angelae was selected to receive the donations by a majority vote that evening.

Photo courtesy 100 Women Peterborough

Photo courtesy 100 Women Peterborough

Casa De Angelae’s mission is to provide a permanent home for women with developmental disabilities, allowing them to live in a safe, supportive family environment. They provide the women with a combination of supervision, family support and independence that they need to grow as contributing members of their community. The funding they received from 100 Women Peterborough will be used to install chair lifts in the home.

“We want to thank the 100 Women Peterborough group for this amazing donation,” says Kim Aubin. “This money will go a long way in ensuring that the Casa De Angelae home will be accessible and safe for not just the four women but any future women that have the opportunity to call Casa De Angelae their home.” 

Photo courtesy 100 Women Peterborough

Photo courtesy 100 Women Peterborough

“We’re excited about this contribution,” says Katie Galloro, who has been living at Casa De Angelae since July 2011. “I think it will help us a lot.”

Four women currently reside at Casa De Angelae. The families of the women share a vision of transitioning their daughters out of their family homes before age or ill health prevents them from providing the necessary support. The organization works to help the women achieve the dream to live independent, meaningful lives.

"We are excited to see our membership grow every meeting to contribute to deserving organizations like Casa De Angelae," says Rose Terry, a Founding Member of 100 Women Peterborough. “It is important to show women that they don’t need to have millions of dollars to participate, we can work together collectively to make a huge impact." 

Women that are interested in joining the group are encouraged to reach out via the website here.

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Fleming Celebrates Pride Week With Ceremonial Raising Of Pride Flag For First Time In College History

Fleming College kicked off Pride Week with the ceremonial raising of the Pride Flag at Sutherland Campus on Monday (September 16th).

Students, faculty and staff gathered outside to celebrate diversity and inclusion on campus by raising the Pride Flag for the first time in the College’s history.

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“This was a great opportunity to reinforce the vital commitment that Fleming is making to be a welcoming place for all,” says Fleming College President Maureen Adamson.While the flag is about diversity and inclusion, it is also about equality—nothing more, nothing less. The pride flag flying over Fleming sends a strong signal that everyone is welcome here.“

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Fleming College will celebrate Pride Week with festivities throughout the week, including:

Tuesday, September 17th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pride in the KTTC (D-Wing)

Wednesday, September 18th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. BBQ(ueer) (Steele Centre Patio) 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Queer Sex workshop (Library)

Thursday, September 19th, 7 p.m. Dirty Bingo (Steele Centre)

Friday, September 20th, 12 – 2 p.m. Decorate Fleming Pride Float (Main Foyer) 4:30 p.m. Trans Day of Resiliency March (Seeds of Change)

Saturday, September 21st, 1:30 p.m. Pride Parade (Peterborough City Hall)

Watch some video from the pride flag raising at Fleming here…

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250 Trees & Shrubs Planted At Millpond & Station Trail In Millbrook For TD Tree Days

On Saturday, September 14th, more than 50 volunteers planted 250 new trees and shrubs along the shoreline of the Millbrook Millpond at Medd’s Mountain and along the Station Trail. This planting was part of TD Tree Days, in partnership with TD Canada Trust.

The native species planted included Eastern White Cedar, Speckled Alder, Dogwood, Elderberry, Nannyberry and Willow, which will support natural diversity and wildlife habitat.

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

Otonabee Conservation staff were on-site to provide technical support and share information about the value of trees within the natural environment.

“The planting of trees provides countless benefits from filtering the air we breathe to regulating temperatures and providing shelter to wildlife,” says Meredith Carter, Manager of Watershed Management programs for Otonabee Conservation. “Trees also have a tremendous capacity to capture carbon dioxide, mitigating climate change.”

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

“The day was a great success,” adds Erin McLeod, TD Canada Trust Employee and volunteer Site Leader.

"TD and so many community volunteers had a great time and did an amazing job, which speaks well of the commitment of TD staff, their families, and municipal support from the Township of Cavan Monaghan to improving the local environment and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities through TD Tree Days."

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat Featuring Tacheena Restaurant, Kawartha Organizing Solutions & More!

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Tacheena is not only a well known middle-eastern dish, it’s the name of a new restaurant in the North end. The proud husband and wife team of Hussain Ali and Zaineb Naim had always dreamt of opening their own business, serving delicious Tacheena, Kebab’s, chicken tikka, Guss, falafel, soups, wraps, and more. Located at 1123 Water Street, at Marina, in the former Pye’s Buns a Deli location, stop in and try a dish, or check out their menu, which you’ll find on Tacheena Peterborough’s Facebook page. Or call 705.749.1993.

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Kawartha Organizing Solutions provides organizing, downsizing and decluttering services in Peterborough and the surrounding area. Owner Sommer Sanderson is a professional organizer offering help with preparing for a move or transition, refreshing a space, or creating systems in your home. The services are tailored to your own situation, but the focus is on creating functional, aesthetically pleasing spaces for you to feel good in! Visit kawarthaorganizing.com for more info.

Sommer Sanderson

Sommer Sanderson

Mention the Pizza Factory and many people will talk about their incredible Caesar Salad. Well now you can take a bottle of that powerful potion home with you and pretend it’s yours, because Pizza Factory owners Peter and Anna Bouzinelos and their family are selling the Caesar dressing in four local grocery stores—Sobey’s on Lansdowne and Towerhill, and Foodland Stores on Sherbrooke and in East City. You can also buy olive oil at the restaurant from Peter’s home town in Greece, and there are plans to bottle their Greek salad dressing and spaghetti sauce soon as well.

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7th Annual Behind Closed Doors Takes Place At Lansdowne Place September 21st

At Behind Closed Doors, Lansdowne Place will close its doors on Saturday, September 21st at 6 p.m. and re-open to ticket holders from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

“We are so excited to host our 7th Annual Behind Closed Doors event,” says Emily Dart, Lansdowne Place Marketing Director. “This year’s theme will highlight music and fashion throughout the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s so expect to see big hair and leg warmers, poodle skirts and much more!”

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With stores like Eclipse, Sport Chek, Roots, RW & Co., TELUS, PANDORA and many others offering exciting experiences, contests and/or deals, this is one shopping event you don’t want to miss.

“Your $5 Behind Closed Doors ticket will provide you with access to wall to wall deals, amazing entertainment, great giveaways and the chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree.” adds Emily Dart. “It will also help support 12 local charities and not-for-profit organizations, and the incredible services they offer in our community.”

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2019 Participating Charities & Not-For-Profit Organizations include…

  • Activity Haven Senior’s Recreation Centre

  • Alternatives Community Program Services

  • The Art School of Peterborough

  • Electric City Special Needs Hockey

  • Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation

  • Kawartha Blazers Sledge Hockey

  • Peterborough Army Cadets

  • Peterborough Children’s Chorus

  • Peterborough Humane Society

  • Peterborough Native Learning Program

  • Peterborough Patriots

  • Trent Valley Literacy Association

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“The Peterborough Humane Society is thrilled to once again be a Behind Closed Doors beneficiary,” says Isabel Botha, Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the Peterborough Humane Society. It is one of our favourite events each year as we have the opportunity to chat with so many of our community members about the work we do in the shelter on a daily basis.”

100% of all ticket sales will be donated to the participating charities, and you can purchase your $5 Behind Closed Doors ticket at Lansdowne Place’s Customer Service desk.

Tickets will also be sold at the door for $10 each (while supplies last) at Lansdowne Place when the event begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21st.

Visit lansdowneplace.com for full event details.

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Warsaw Caves Closed September 17th & 18th To Allow Canadian Armed Forces To Conduct Training

Otonabee Conservation says that Warsaw Caves Conservation Area will be closed on September 17th and 18th as members of the Canadian Armed Forces will be conducting routine training in there.

All training will be limited to the caves area and therefore public access to this area will be restricted during this time period.

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

Photo courtesy Otonabee Conservation

People in the area of the park may see members of the military carrying weapons as they undergo training activities.

Live ammunition will not be present, but blank ammunition may be used during training, which will be done in accordance with Canadian Armed Forces safety measures.

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Publican House Brewery Wins 3 Medals At The 2019 Ontario Brewing Awards

Peterborough-based Publican House Brewery took home three medals at the 2019 Ontario Brewing Awards in Toronto on Thursday (September 12th).

They won a gold medal for their Henry’s Irish Ale in the American Brown Ale category, a silver medal for their Flagship brand Pub House Ale in the Kölsch category, and a silver medal for their seasonal brew Brut Ale in the Experimental Beer category.

From Left: Samantha Brown, Derek Murray, Kevin Buckle and Kevin Picken

From Left: Samantha Brown, Derek Murray, Kevin Buckle and Kevin Picken

“We are very pleased to have won three medals at this year’s Ontario Brewing Awards in recognition of both our traditional beer styles and one of our new beer recipes,” says Kevin Buckle, Head Brewer at Publican House.

“Our focus has always been on producing high quality beer, so to be recognized by our industry peers is particularly gratifying. And we are also thankful for the support of our community to help us get where we are today.”

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The Ontario Brewing Awards, organized by TAPS Media, were held in Toronto at the Berkeley Church.

Ontario craft brewers entered their beer in more than 40 different categories that were judged by Beer Judge Certification Program certified judges to celebrate the best in Ontario craft beer.

Here are pictures of the Publican winners…

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Stewart Tours Announces 2020 Peterborough Departures Destinations

Stewart Tours has announced its 2020 Peterborough Departures destinations out of Peterborough Airport.

The destinations next year include Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Gander, Newfoundland; and Savannah, Georgia. Full details and pricing will be available starting on Tuesday, September 17th. In the meantime, you can reserve your space by contacting the Stewart Tours office at 705.743.8683.

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On Thursday (September 12th), the final flight in the Stewart Tours 2019 Peterborough Departures program flew to New York City for four days of fun. This departure was in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Peterborough Airport, and marked the 45th year in business for G. Stewart Travel Services, Ltd.

In addition, Stewart Tours wanted to use their anniversary trip as an opportunity to give back to the community, and made an awesome donation of $6,375 to the PRHC Foundation (see picture above). This donation will help keep great care close to home and will fund the equipment and technology that doctors and nurses use every day.

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Don't Miss The Smart City Readiness Project Summit At Market Hall In Peterborough

On Wednesday, September 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Market Hall, there is a Smart City Readiness Project Summit taking place.

This is an active working group that will help the City of Peterborough prepare an application and proposal for the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge—a competition held by Infrastructure Canada. It is open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada.

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This challenge empowers communities across the country to address local issues such as sustainability and economic growth through new partnerships and a smart city approach.

Finalists will receive support to develop their Smart Cities proposals. Winning communities will be awarded with prize money up to $50 million to help implement their programs.

The Smart City Readiness Project is the working group that will help Peterborough prepare an application and proposal for this challenge.

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Speakers at the information summit include:

Paul Bedford, former chief planner for the City of Toronto, will talk about the development of new planning values, policies and processes to guide the next generation of city building

Alex Speigel, from Windmill Development Group, will share about The Baker District Project in downtown Guelph

Anthea Foyer, project lead for Mississauga’s Smart City Master plan, will share about Mississauga’s Smart City submission

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Go to smartcityptbo.ca for more info, and get your FREE tickets here for the event at Market Hall on September 18th.

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