City of Peterborough Is Launching New Fun Guide

A new Fun Guide will launch March 1st, providing Peterborough residents a comprehensive listing for City-run recreational and leisure programs, as well as children’s day camps.

The larger, more extensive Fun Guide replaces both the previous Recreation Division Leisure & Culture Guide, and the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre Live Life Well program guide. The new guide includes recreational and leisure programs and children’s day camps, as well as a listing of parks, natural spaces, trails, and bikeways. Lifelong learning opportunities, free community events and festivals, public art installations, and film, photo and art exhibitions are also listed.

Peterborough  Fun Guide

Peterborough Fun Guide

“We recognized the need for a handy reference for all city-related leisure programs and services and decided to expand its purpose to include the beautiful natural areas of Peterborough, as well as the free or low-cost cultural and creative events throughout the City,” says Jennifer Lambert, marketing and graphic design coordinator with the City of Peterborough. 

The new Fun Guide will be available at most City recreation and leisure facilities, as well as City Hall and the Recreation Division office on Wolfe Street. The guide is also available online here.

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After 18 Month Renovation Peterborough Library Hosting Grand Re-Opening January 30th

After an 18 month reno, Peterborough Public Library (345 Aylmer St. N.) is excited to be hosting its grand re-opening to the public on Tuesday, January 30th.

The grand opening will begin at 9 a.m. that day with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a few short speeches, followed by light refreshments and tours of the new facility.

The library closed the doors to its temporary location at Peterborough Square on December 30th.

“We can’t wait to reopen our doors and show the community how much this space has transformed,” says Jennifer Jones, CEO of the Peterborough Public Library. “The building has served this community well for the past 30 years but the roles of libraries have changed over the years and this new space is designed to meet the changing needs of our community.”

The Library is excited to be moving back to a modernized building that offers additional community space for programs and meetings, a redesigned Children’s Area, a new Teen Area, enhanced technology and more space to sit and read, or work.

The Library also has a month full of events planned for all ages and interests in February. Information about these events will be available at the grand opening event and will be posted on the website soon.

For more info, visit the library website here and Facebook page here.

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These Pictures Of A Peterborough Baby Face-Planting Into His First Birthday Cake Are Awesome

Peterborough's Nick and Samantha Burd held a 1st birthday bash for their baby Oliver on Saturday (October 1st).

The party was a huge success, but the highlight was baby Oliver inhaling his very first birthday cake. Look at these awesome photos, starting with his epic face-plants into the chocolate cake...

Oliver, we're clapping right along with you there little buddy...

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the delicious cake that Oliver dove into was made by The Icing on the Cake in Peterborough.

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Darryl Lloyd Was Just 14 When He Died In Cycling Accident But His Impact Will Last Forever

Darryl Lloyd was a participant in Big Brothers Big Sisters back in July of 2000 when he was matched with Keith Calderwood as his big brother (mentor).  

Keith, a constable with the Peterborough Police Service, would accompany Darryl on regular outings whether it was fishing, baseball, hockey, cycling, or walking Darryl’s dog. Keith and Darryl had just begun to enjoy the sport of golf together as well. Most of their times together finished with a stop at Tim Hortons where Darryl would enjoy an iced cappuccino while talking with Keith about the everyday challenges of being a teenager and of growing up without a dad.

Darryl (middle) pictured with Keith Calderwood (far right)

Darryl (middle) pictured with Keith Calderwood (far right)

Tragically, in June of 2003, Darryl died on Chemong Road as a result of a cycling accident. He was just 14 years old. Through the relationship between Keith and Darryl, Big Brothers and Big Sisters introduced two people to one another and started a relationship that will live on in memories forever—and has had a lasting impact. 

Darryl

Darryl

A memorial golf tournament in Darryl’s name will assist in bringing other “Bigs and Littles” together by raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters Peterborough. To support the Big Brothers Big Sisters through this important tournament, consider becoming a sponsor or enter a team for a great day of golf at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club on Thursday, August 18th.

***Register here, call 705.743.1045 or email here for more info.

Learn more about this tournament in Darryl's honour in this video below....

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Frances Clara Glover PRHC's First Leap Baby Of 2016

Welcome to the world Frances Clara Glover, PRHC's first leap year baby of 2016! Frances was born to her proud parents Lindsay and James at 9:01 a.m. this morning.

Frances weighed in at 7 lbs. 14 oz., and she was apparently in a big hurry to earn her first-place position: her mother had just six minutes of active labour once she arrived at the hospital from nearby Warkworth!

Della, Lindsay and Frances. (Photo via PRHC)

Della, Lindsay and Frances. (Photo via PRHC)

The family left their home in Warkworth for PRHC around 7 a.m. this morning when Lindsay’s contractions started to come about five minutes apart.

Frances is her parents’ second daughter; her sister Della Mae turned two years old just twelve days ago.

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Just BeYOUtiful Campaign Continues To Have Impact In Peterborough

The Just BeYOUtiful Campaign in Peterborough was created by Niki Allday and Christina Abbott in 2013 to promote inner beauty and self confidence in youth.

The empowering BeYOUtiful has a school program run on a volunteer basis and some topics include bullying, volunteerism, how to be a role model and how to love yourself.

Throughout the last three years, the BeYOUtiful program has been run in numerous local schools. BeYOUtiful also has monthly camp days and run a volunteer garden in downtown Peterborough (generously donated by Ashburnham Realty).

The next camp day is Saturday, March 19th from 10 a.m. to noon at Peterborough YMCA. The camp will have great team building activities—including teaching children about growing their very own fruits and veggies. They will be painting a pot and planting seed.

The cost for the camp day is just $10 per child, and you can email Niki Allday to register here. There are limited spots available so register now!

Learn more about Just BeYOUtiful on their Facebook page and website.

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Healthy Kids Community Challenge Kicks Off with Mayor-Warden Basketball Showdown

Mayor Daryl Bennett and Warden J. Murray Jones squared off on the basketball court of Highland Heights Public School on Thursday morning (February 10th) for a friendly “shoot-off” to officially launch the Healthy Kids Community Challenge for the Peterborough area.

Steph Curry, er, Warden J. Murray Jones with the shot

Steph Curry, er, Warden J. Murray Jones with the shot

“We all have a role to play in this community challenge," says Mayor Bennett. "While the program is aimed at the children in our communities, we can all be more active to serve as examples to young people and to encourage them to be more active. That’s why I’m excited to be out here, having fun on the basketball court with these students today. Even a few minutes of play every day can make a big difference over the long term.” 

County Warden J. Murray Jones adds: “Children don’t need to be involved in organized, structured activities to be active. It can be as simple as getting outside and riding a bike or playing a game of road hockey with neighbouring kids. Making it fun will encourage kids to take part.”

Mayor Bennett (far left) and Warden Jones (far right) pictured with Highland Heights students

Mayor Bennett (far left) and Warden Jones (far right) pictured with Highland Heights students

Peterborough is one of 45 communities in Ontario participating in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

From now until June 2016, Healthy Kids Community Challenge funding will help support a variety of activities in our community to get kids and families moving more. Children will benefit from more than 20 initiatives planned to date, including:  

· free public skating times in various arenas
· free parent and tot skating
· free swimming passes
· facilitating schools to bring students to local arenas to skate
· expansion of the drowning prevention program Swim to Survive
· expansion of the Car-Free School Days program
· development of a mobile cross country ski program
· expansion of a bike skills training program Pedal Power
· hosting a “Peterborough Gets Active Month” in April
 
To learn more about Healthy Kids Community Challenge activities, click here

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Peterborough Baby Is At Sick Kids Hospital With Form Of Skeletal Dysplasia

Peterborough parents Kristen Bate and Adam Godfrey are going through a very difficult time right now as their baby girl Violet was born February 3rd with a form of skeletal dysplasia. She was born unable to breathe fully on her own, and transported to Sick Kids in Toronto.

Kristen and Adam have three other children in Peterborough, and are lacking funds to support their children at home and be able to visit Violet for an extended period of time in Toronto.

Kristen tells PTBOCanada she is the only one in Toronto now while Adam looks after the kids, but they both plan to be with her early next week.

Violet after her CT scan

Violet after her CT scan

They have been accepted into Ronald McDonald House, but still have additional costs. A GoFund me page has been set up by the family, and any help is much appreciated to help them during this difficult time.

Kristen and Adam are hoping little Violet can come home to be with her brother and sisters in the next few weeks, and now they are waiting for results from a CT scan done on their baby girl.

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This Video Of Syrian Refugees Tobogganing For First Time In Peterborough Will Melt Your Heart

This Video Of Syrian Refugees Tobogganing For First Time In Peterborough Will Melt Your Heart

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