Events

Holiday House Tours return Nov. 24-25

 

Special to the RTT

A popular part of the River Lights Winter Festival is set to return in late November.

On Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, the popular and beloved River Lights Holiday House Tours is making a return this holiday season. The town states that tickets are now available for purchase.

The self-guided tour, which features some of Amherstburg’s most spectacular private homes, allows the public to view these spaces decked out for the holidays. There are eight homes featured this year, as well as a stop at Vivace Estate Winery, which is hosting the Christmas Tree Dress Exhibit, as well as providing complimentary tea, treats and wine tasting.

Paige Bezaire, Chas Bondy, Jenny Mayea and Laura Micallef admire one of the table settings during the Holiday House Tours last November. The 2018 Holiday House Tours are Nov. 24-25.

Tours run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Tickets, which are priced at $25 per person, are available at the Gordon House, Sobeys Amherstburg, Dusty Loft Antiques and Collectibles, Country Bliss and Windsor Crossing Premium Outlets. They can also be purchased online at www.amherstburg.ca/riverlights.

Tickets sell out fast, so people are encouraged to get their tickets early.

For more information, visit www.amherstburg.ca/riverlights or www.facebook.com/amherstburgconnection. People can also phone 519-730-1309 for additional information.

Miracle League keeps searching for volunteers

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The 2018 fall Miracle League of Amherstburg season is entering the home stretch but the “Help Wanted” sign is still out.

The Miracle League still needs volunteers to help them through the two remaining weeks of the schedule. Michele Vigneux, a board member with the Miracle League of Amherstburg, noted that people both youth and adult are welcome to come out.

“It’s great when we have business or community groups come out,” she said.

There are weeks, however, where it has been a “bit of a struggle” to get volunteers to come out and stay the entire day. There were only two volunteers that helped out the last game Sept. 29. Last week’s action was cancelled due to weather.

“We need volunteers for the safety of the players and to make it run smoothly,” explained Vigneux.

Games are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. A lot of volunteer spots still remain, Vigneux added, and businesses and groups as well as individuals are welcome to help out.

It is a good opportunity for high school students to complete their 40 hours of community service that is needed for graduation, she also stated.

To volunteer, show up at the field for whatever games(s) you are available for or contact buddy leaders Janet at janetmlabuddyteam@gmail.com or Danielle at daniellemlabuddyteam@gmail.com.

Donations needed for Coats for Kids

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With winter just around the corner, and the cold weather that comes with it, Amherstburg Community Services has kicked off its annual Coats for Kids donation campaign.  The non-profit organization is seeking donations of winter outerwear that will be distributed to Amherstburg children and families.

“Having a warm, winter coat is a necessity with our unpredictable winters, but it’s a necessity many families can’t afford every year for growing children,” ACS Executive Director, Kathy DiBartolomeo said.  “Amherstburg has so many generous and caring residents.  With your help, we can ensure that every child stays warm this winter, no matter how far the mercury drops.”

Amherstburg Community Services executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo (left) and volunteer Christina Bezaire stand with some of the coats that were available at the ACS office as part of the 2017 Coats for Kids campaign. Donations are now being accepted for 2018.

The organization is now accepting donations of new or gently used coats, gloves, scarves, hats and other winter outerwear of all sizes.  Donations can be dropped off at Amherstburg Community Services at 179 Victoria St S or at Master Cleaners at 400 Sandwich St.

All donations go directly to Amherstburg families who qualify for distribution.  Distribution of the coats will take place out of Amherstburg Community Services from November 12 to November 16.  Anyone interested in receiving coats should contact Amherstburg Community Services at 519-736-5471.  Volunteers are also needed to help distribute the coats.  Those interested should also contact Amherstburg Community Services.  Coats for Kids is provided in partnership with the Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor. For more information, please contact Amherstburg Community Services.

Rotary Club bringing Montreal Canadiens alumni to town for charity game

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A charity hockey game will be coming to the Libro Centre Dec. 1 with some NHL heroes pitted against some local heroes.

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg has announced that Amherstburg will be a stop on the Montreal Canadiens alumni tour with the Habs alumni going head-to-head with local heroes and business owners. Rotary Club of Amherstburg president Joan Donaldson said they are trying to line up local firefighters, police officers and business owners to play against the Montreal alumni.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Montreal Canadiens Alumni to bring this unique event to Amherstburg,” said Donaldson. “It’s going to be an exciting event at the Libro Credit Union Centre Dec. 1, with local players from our police force, fire department, and businesses.”

Donaldson said the Rotary Club was approached about taking on the event and decided to do so.

“The (Montreal Canadiens) alumni does charity events all over the country,” Donaldson explained.

All funds raised will continue to support the work of the Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

“We looked at the organization and what they do for the community,” said Donaldson.

As for which former Montreal players are coming, that won’t be known until later in the month, but Donaldson assured “these are high calibre players that are coming.”

Donaldson said “this will be a big event for us” with the Rotary Club possibly entertaining more such events, depending on how the Dec. 1 game turns out. She said manager of recreation services Rick Daly has been very supportive, as has Brian Da Silva from the Montreal Canadiens Alumni.

The Montreal Canadiens Alumni will be at the Libro Centre playing against local Amherstburg heroes Dec. 1. The game is presented by the Amherstburg Rotary Club with proceeds going to Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

“The Montreal Canadiens Alumni team is composed of some of the Habs’ most loved players over the years,” stated Da Silva.

The game will take place at the Libro Credit Union Centre and tickets will go on sale Oct. 9 for $20 each. There is a family pack (four tickets) available for $70 and $75 VIP tickets also available.

The VIP tickets also include a pre-game reception and “meet and greet” with the Montreal Canadiens Alumni team. Donaldson said there will be a limit of two items that can be signed for VIP ticket holders.

Tickets are available at snapd.com and in person at the Libro Credit Union Centre, though Donaldson stated advance tickets may not be available at the Libro Centre until roughly one week before the event. Tickets will be available at the door, unless the game is a sell-out beforehand.

In addition, super fans can purchase a chance to share the ice with the Montreal Canadiens Alumni with spots as referees, linesmen and assistant coach with the Habs.

“This event brings together all that is truly Canadian about hockey and promises to delight fans of all ages,” said Mayor Aldo DiCarlo in a press release. “We are honoured to welcome the Montreal Canadiens Alumni team to our premier facility, and we extend a special thank you to the Rotary Club of Amherstburg for their tireless fundraising efforts within our community.”

Donaldson said the Rotary Club of Amherstburg is very excited to be hosting the event and that she is pleased with how engaged club members are in presenting the game.

“We are ongoing in looking for people who want to contribute to our program or be a sponsor,” she added. “The more we make, the more we can give to (ACS).”

For additional information please contact Joan Donaldson 519-817-5728, or Susanne Bergeron at rotaryclubofamherstburg@gmail.com.
Rotary brings together a global network of community leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. The Rotary Club of Amherstburg can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rotaryclubofamherstburg, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RAmherstburg or the public can visit the club’s website at www.amherstburgrotary.com.
The Montreal Canadiens Alumni team plays 50 to 60 games a year and last year raised over $1 million for different charitable organizations.

 

Super Santas to run in support of local conservation

 

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Bells will be ringing in downtown Amherstburg as hundreds of jolly participants run and walk in support of the local environment at Essex Region Conservation’s annual Super Santa Run next month.

A sea of Santas will flood the streets along the five-kilometre route, which winds its way through downtown Amherstburg and highlights a number of historic sites, including Fort Malden and Navy Yard Park. The event also kicks off the spectacular Amherstburg River Lights Festival, which runs until December 30.

The Super Santa Run will take place on Saturday, November 17, starting at 5 p.m. The town’s municipal tree lighting ceremony will follow.

“This is event is fun for the whole family. In addition to promoting healthy and active living, it is a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Essex Region Conservation Foundation president Susan Stockwell Andrews. “It’s always amazing to watch nearly five-hundred Santas fill the streets in support of conservation efforts.”

Runners in Santa Claus suits run down Dalhousie St. This year’s Essex Region Conservation Foundation “Super Santa Run” is scheduled for Nov. 17. (Submitted photo)

Registration fees are $45 per adult and $35 for children under 16. All participants will receive a free Santa suit to wear for the run, including a jacket, pants, belt, beard, and hat. Teams of ten or more will receive $5 off per participant, so grab your friends, cousins, and co-workers to join in the jolly fun – and save!

If a person is not able to participate, the Essex Region Conservation Foundation asks people to consider being one of Santa’s helpers as a volunteer marshal along the route. The event is a great opportunity for high school students to fulfill their required community hours.

All funds raised support the efforts of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation in enriching the Place for Life. Recent successes include opening the Cypher Systems Group Greenway, and creating the Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub, to bring the community’s vision of a region connected by trails to reality.

People can join in the jolly fun and register your entire family today at https://essexregionconservation.ca/education-and-events/super-santa-run. Santa’s “nice list” includes Union Gas and Sobey’s Amherstburg for supporting this event.

For more than four decades, Essex Region Conservation has been sustaining and enriching the environment of the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region to ensure it is the Place for Life.