Posts By RichHelms

Library Survey

Help us plan for the future!  From October 1 to October 31, the Township of Uxbridge Public Library is undertaking a ‘Library Survey’.  If you are a patron (adult, child, teen),  business owner, teacher, or even someone who doesn’t use the Library, please let us know what we are doing well and what we could improve.
The survey is located at and click on Library survey available here.  Hardcopies are also available at the Uxbridge Public Library, Zephyr Public Library, Arena and Uxpool.
Once you have completed the survey, your name will be entered into a draw for a a chance to win a fabulous prize.

Short Story Contest, Writers Circle of Durham Region

Tell me a story.” The appeal of a good story never dies, whether it’s a bedtime tale for a tiny tot, a spooky yarn by the fire or a classic short story. The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region (WCDR) wants you to tell us a story. We’re calling all storytellers, writers and mad scribblers to submit their best short stories to our 2008 contest. Choose any genre, subject or style, just keep it short – the story cannot exceed 1500 words.
Entries must be original and unpublished and not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast. Sharon English, Barry Dempster and Barbara Kyle will do the final judging — stories will be judged on their originality and sense of craft in the work. Winners will see their entry published in a special edition of the Word Weaver, WCDR’s bi-monthly newsletter, and on our website at Winners will be invited to read their entries at a future WCDR event.
Prizes will be awarded based on a percentage of entry fees collected:
First prize – 25 % cent of entry fees with a $100 minimum prize
Second prize – 15 % of entry fees with a $60 minimum prize
Third prize – 10 % of entry fees with a $40 minimum prize
The contest is open to all writers, 18 years and over. Entry fee is $10 Canadian.
Stories must be received by midnight on December 1, 2008. Electronic submission only. More details at
Address any questions to
The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region (WCDR)
is dedicated to raising the profile of writers of all kinds, and at all levels, by offering a forum through which they can find support, education and networking opportunities. As a non-profit umbrella organization, WCDR has worked since 1995 to draw together individuals and groups with common interests in promoting the art and skill of writing, fostering literacy, and providing moral support to our members. To find out about the many writing-related activities WCDR offers, please explore
MEDIA CONTACT: Heather M. O’Connor, WCDR Director of Public Relations

Members Art Exhibition, Station Gallery, Whitby

Submissions now being accepted until November 15. Juror is Katerina Atanassova, Varley Art Gallery (and also at Uxbridge Juried Art Show)

For an entry form, please download the following pdf:

Upcoming Events, November

Nov 5 Remembrance Day with Hugh Brewster, author of On Juno Beach and At Vimy Ridge, Uxbridge Public Library,  all day.

Nov 15 10:00 am to 5:00pm Independents Day, Blue Heron Books: authors, book signings and more  (905) 852 4282

Nov 16 Books and Brunch with Mary Swan, Wooden Sticks, 11:30am (905) 852 4282

Nov 20 A Night of Anne with Kate MacDonald Butler and Elizabeth Epperly, Simcoe St. United Church, Oshawa, 7:00pm with reception to follow

Nov 22 Savvy Sisterhood Show and Sale, Wooden Sticks, 10:00am – 6:00pm 

Durham College workshops, Nov 15 & 29

Event Planning
Whether you are planning a wedding, charity event, family reunion or a trade show,
join us to discover the fascinating world of event management.
Learn techniques and secrets of staging a successful event, including audience
identification, creating your theme and agenda, scheduling for success, 
working with venues and suppliers and marketing your event.
We will discuss the various career opportunities for event planners.
LEIS 1076, 6 Hrs $99.75
Nov 15th  Sat. 9 am – 4 pm UXBRIDGE
Turn Your Hobby to Profit
Take your love, skill or idea to a new level. Transform your idea and yourself 
into a money making enterprise. If you are tired of minimum wage, or want to
build your hobby, craft or passion into a full or part-time business, this is for you.
Cover start-up, finding market niches, action plans and saving thousands in taxes.
Leave with many worksheets that can lead to your business plan.
BUS 1962, 7 Hrs $99.75
Nov 15th  Sat. 9 am – 5 pm UXBRIDGE
100 Mini
Holiday Cards
Just in time for the holiday season, learn to make a multitude of cards, tags and
decorated envelopes with beautiful colour combinations, using elegant embossing
techniques and stamping, stickers and Japanese paper folding.
A supply fee of $25 is payable to Jocelyn Allen.
CRFT 1920, 5 Hrs $94.50
Nov 15th  Sat. 10 am – 4 pm UXBRIDGE
Abstract Painting
Learn the modern art language of the abstract expressionists through this exciting
and challenging workshop. Explore the modern principles of abstract art using colour,
textures, form, line, composition, value and design to create personal expressive works
of art. Learn to find your own creative style. You will use various media with a focus on
acrylic paints. A great way to use up your old materials to find a truly personal vision.
Taught by Andrew Hamilton.  A supply list can be found on the website.
PAIT 1935, 6 Hrs $94.50
Nov 29th Sat. 9 am – 4 pm UXBRIDGE
Movie Maker for Windows
You have the inspiration.  Now you just need the know-how to bring your visions to life.
See how easy it can be to create, edit and add special effects to your movies using Windows
Movie Maker. With Movie Maker, you can turn your home movies into awesome videos that you
can share across the internet, or burn to a CD or DVD. Movie Maker is easy for anyone to use,
so don't be afraid to dive in, even if you're not a computer expert.
MEDA 1950, 6 Hrs $86.54
Nov 29th Sat. 9 am – 4 pm UXBRIDGE

Of Mice and Men – Nov 13-15, 20-22

A play by John Steinbeck
directed by Ruth Smith

Nov. 13-15, 20-22, 2008

John Steinbeck wrote Of Mice And Men as a novella in 1937, before his epic novel The Grapes Of Wrath. Steinbeck was born in California, travelled around migrant worker camps, looking for work, carrying his belongings tied to a stick in the 1920s, so he was very familiar with his subject. When Of Mice And Men appeared on Broadway, it had a successful run of over 200 performances, but was banned from American school libraries for promoting euthanasia, containing profanity, racial slurs, and using vulgar and offensive language. It has since become required reading material in schools around the world. Of Mice And Men is set in the Salinas Valley in California in 1932. The Great Depression, and the collapse of farming in the midwest, is driving men westward to search for work. Lennie Small, a large simple-minded man, and his only friend George Milton, and two itinerant ranch hands, are trying to save up enough money to buy a small farm. Their travels take them to a ranch, where they meet more hopeful dreamers, and the farm seems to be within reach. But, like so many dreams born during those uncertain and terrible times, it was not to be. Join us for an evening of drama by one of America’s great writers.

Tickets available online at or by phone at
905-862-5654 or in person at Brockstreet Music, 43B Brock St. W., Uxbridge

An evening with Schubert – 2

JSchubert concert with Jane Loewen, soprano, Peter Randell clarinet, Oksana Hahn and Anthony Holt piano.

Friday November 7 at 7. 30 pm St Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Uxbridge.

A lovely selection of Leider, including “Shepherd on the Rock” and the exceptional Fantasia for four hands, one piano.

Blue Heron has tickets – and at the door – $15

As autumn settles in and the days are shorter, here is a musical evening to warm hearts! Please join us!

Vaughan-of-a-Kind Artisan Call

Click for the Vaughan-of-a-Kind brochure

The call for entries for the 2008 Vaughan-of-a-Kind Art & Craft Show is available.

Entry Deadline – Oct 10, 2008
Show date: Nov 15, 2008

Artsbridge – Call for Submissions

The Uxbridge Arts Association is revising its newsletter magazine ARTSBRIDGE into a richer source of information for its diverse readership by expanding its size, content, and coverage. As the prominent voice of the UAA, which aspires to be the conduit for delivering news, issues, and arts-related information for the multi-dimensional Uxbridge arts community, the newly expanded format of ARTSBRIDGE will be more widely distributed, showcasing the vibrancy of our artistic gems to those in surrounding areas, as well as our own.

Performing arts, film, photography, various visual arts, sculpture, music, literature, or any other aspect of ‘the arts’ represent an important role in the wholeness of our arts family. Should you know (or are) someone with an angle to be showcased, with arts news, an up-coming show, book-release, or any other arts-newsworthy recognition, we are here to spread the word. Additionally, if you have a particular issue or topic of interest that should be covered in ARTSBRIDGE, please forward details.


We are looking to connect with any local writers who might be interested in an opportunity to have work published in ARTSBRIDGE in one of two capacities: one being a platform to showcase short stories or poetry, and the other to accept a short assignment to cover a local story. We are keen to give exposure to additional literary works that exceed space within the magazine itself, by publishing them on the UAA website. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in earning a publishing credit, or looking to expand their present portfolio of published work.

Additionally, if there are any visual artists, photographers, or sculptors that would like to submit an image to be considered for publication in either the magazine or website, we welcome your query.

Musicians, film-makers, or performing artists who would like to have a sampling of their work showcased on the website or for possible future exposure through a UAA multi-media supplement, please reply with a text e-mail only, describing your work.

Children/Youth: ARTSBRIDGE will also feature work (all media, including literature) showcasing aspiring talent amongst our youth. Submission inquiries welcome.

Anyone interested in making a submission for consideration should make an initial text inquiry first. You will then be given further details on how to proceed.

DEADLINE for ‘queries’ for the new ARTSBRIDGE fall issue is August 22, 2008.

Please direct your queries to:
Linda Lee Purvis

Jesus Christ Superstar – Jul 1-19

Rylepuss Productions presents Jesus Christ Superstar at the Uxbridge Music Hall. Tickets at Presents Presents Presents.