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Handmade In Uxbridge

The Handmade In Uxbridge Christmas sale
at the Blue Heron Studio
(behind Blue Heron Bookshop on Toronto St in Uxbridge)

We hope to see you all for Pleasurable and Unstressed Christmas shopping, you will surely find Unique and Lovely pieces made by local artists and artisans!

Come and join us for the opening event at 2-5pm, or later in the sale

Uxbridge Artists Collective Show

Uxbridge Artists Collective show at the Magic Door Art Gallery in Sunderland, June 12th 2010 to August 22, 2010

Opening reception June 19th, 2010 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Arts Bridge Summer 2009

Beauty & The Beast (the musical), July 2-18 in Port Perry

Cadenza productions proudly presents this stage version of the Disney animated musical. Witness the transformation of the Beast from hideous monster to charming prince, by a girl who’s ‘different from the rest’. Add the antics of all the enchanted objects in the castle plus a few other crazy characters and you have a fun show for all ages.

Show dates are July 2/3/4, 9/10/11 and 16/17/18 @ 8 pm, with matinee performances on July 5 and 12 @ 2 pm. Tickets sell out early so don’t delay to make sure you get the best seats available!

Tickets are $20 and available at Meta4 Contemporary Craft Gallery, 200 Queen St,  Port Perry. They can also be reserved by phone, (905)-985-2435

ArtsBridge Call Out

Happy New Year to All,

It’s time again for our call out for ArtsBridge submissions! Anyone with news or stories to be considered for our next (or future) issue(s) are asked to forward their ideas promptly. Of interest are projects on: film, photography, sculpture, fine craft, visual arts, music, dance, performing arts, literature, poetry, and creative youth endeavours, relevant to the Uxbridge area, or content of interest to our readers. Materials for both our printed magazine version, as well as for the multi-media website (including video or sound clips) are welcome. We are also interested in your letters, opinions, and personal perspectives to share and ignite conversations that confirm or challenge a consensus on arts issues. Or perhaps, as an artist, you might raise a question concerning the business of art that you’d like to know more about: portfolio-making, marketing, proposals, agents, gallery protocol, tax implications, or ???

Writers interested in publishing credits in ArtsBridge,for assignments or to showcase their creative work are being sought, as are photographic contributions. Please reply to this email address with TEXT inquiries only, stating your interest, and forwarding all visual art submissions to: , making reference the nature of the submission in the subject line.


If you have any listings of upcoming shows, performances, workshops, calls for entry, or other arts-relevant dates for the ArtsBridge Calendar of Events, please forward it to the email address above.

If you are not a member of the Uxbridge Arts Association, do consider the benefits of joining. Your support reciprocates, stimulates, and escalates an appreciation of the Uxbridge arts community for artists and patrons alike. Log onto: for more information.

Wishing you an inspirational start to 2009,

Linda Lee Purvis
Editor, ArtsBridge
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This course will help you explore the child’s point of view and fine tune your writing voice to make your stories sparkle. Examine various forms of children’s literature including picture books, short stories, chapter books, novels, poetry and non-fiction. Practice writing techniques through in-class exercises and short, take-home assignments. Find out what editors and children’s book publishers are looking for and how to submit your work. Taught by award winning children’s author, Wendy A Lewis. Tuition includes a $3 non tax-deductible fee.


Course code: WRIT 1250

When: Tuesdays, April 7, 2009 to June 9, 2009

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Cost: $156.75

To register, call: (905) 852-7848

Uxbridge Optimist Fantasy of Lights – Christmas in the Park 2008

– An LED light display in Elgin Park at Christmas organized by the Uxbridge Optimists
– Local businesses, organizations, schools churches, and citizen groups are encouraged to participate by entering a display celebrating Uxbridge and the holiday season
– The event will consist of an evening drive or walk through Elgin Park during the Christmas season.

– Celebration of Uxbridge and Christmas
– Promotion of Uxbridge to the surrounding communities / support of tourism
– Fundraising for the youth of Uxbridge (no cost to build a display but the public will have the opportunity to donate during the event)

Set Up – Dec 17 from 2pm to 9pm
Opening Ceremony – Dec 18th 6pm
Event – Dec 18th through Dec 25th
Tear Down – Dec 26th noon to 5pm

Event Details:
Each participant will have a 25 foot lot on which to build a display using LED lights
Some lots have trees which can be incorporated or worked around
Displays can take any form including:
– wood – metal – ice sculpture – in-tree – on-ground – tree & ground

The Optimist Club will provide a sign for each display indicating the participant. Participants are encouraged to remember that the purpose of the event is to celebrate Uxbridge and the season. We encourage the “communication” of the participant’s identity and/or message but would like to limit the commercialization of the event. Please remember that the audience will consist of citizens of all ages. Please ensure the message is appropriate. We will attempt to have an appropriate level of security but please be aware that we cannot guarantee the safety of your display. Should any damage occur to your display (due to weather, vandalism, or other means) we will immediately contact you. We will offer our help in regard to repairing your display but ultimately it will be your responsibility to do so ASAP.

The enclosed map shows a “U” shaped trail through Elgin Park. Guests will enter from Main Street and exit on Water Street. The event will be set up for both walking and driving. The Optimists will “man” the entrance each evening and will hand out a brochure highlighting all participants (display owners).

The township will ensure the park is plowed for the event as required.

Each display will have access to only one electrical outlet that might be as far away as 50 feet so you will require a 50 foot extension cord and outlet bar as needed to run your display.

Please remember, LED and floodlights only.

The Optimist Club will distribute flyers around town and work with local media to inform the public of this event. To date, all feedback, from the township, local media, local service groups, and the public has been very positive.

We are very excited to be bringing this even to Uxbridge. We expect the event to grow substantially over the coming years and that eventually this event will be bringing people to Uxbridge as well as entertaining our local residence. We look forward to your participation and would like to thank you in advance for such.

Please contact the following Optimist members with any questions, comments, or to sign up for the event:

1. Fred Bendell 905 852-3257
2. John Carroll 905 852-9344
3. Brent Lunn 905 862-2445

Please note that lot selection will be awarded on a “first come, first served” basis. Please quote a lot number from the map at left when you call to sign up.

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Independents’ Day November 15th, 2008

What is Independents’ Day?On November 15th, 2008 independent booksellers all across the country will celebrate CBA Independents’ Day – a day designed to promote the importance of locally owned businesses to the lively communities they serve. In order to celebrate Independents Day in style, Blue Heron Books has arranged for 15 local authors to be available in the store on Saturday, November 15th, 2008. There will be book signings, giveaways, refreshments, local politicians and more. 

Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock St. W. 905 852 4282

2008 Holiday House Tour, presented by Station Gallery Whitby

Holiday House Tour, Whitby Ontario – November 22, 2008.

One day self-guided tour providing VIP access to some of the regions most beautiful and uniquely decorated homes.  Gain inspirational home décor and holiday decorating ideas from the participating interior designers, home décor retailers, home stagers and talented homeowners.  This event is a definite must!  Tickets are $20, proceeds support Station Gallery’s children and youth art programs.  Tickets on-sale November 1st, 2008; call 905-668-4185 or visit for details. PLUS –


A holiday inspired opportunity to exhibit and sell a selection of works in conjunction with the gallery’s signature fundraising event, the 2008 Holiday House Tour.  Details and application form available from:

Paige Sprecker, Marketing & Event Manager, Station Gallery

1450 Henry Street, Whitby, ON, L1N 0A8,

Tel: 905-668-4185 Ext: 7605, Fax: 905-668-1934 

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.