As residents in Greater Sudbury continue to practice social distancing Sudbury.com is putting together a weekly list of local virtual events and projects to keep families busy and offer some welcome distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Pollinator Challenge (June)
Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury invites residents to discover their neighbourhood through a bee’s-eye view, or create a new neighbourhood for butterflies and bees. There are two ways to take part. Keep an eye out for bees and butterflies as you explore your neighbourhood. Where do you see them? What type of plants and flowers do they like? Take some pictures. Plant a pollinator plant to give birds and butterflies a new place to stop. Share some pictures during the month of June. E-mail email@example.com with a picture, or post on social media with the hashtag #NeighbourhoodsTogether, and your neighbourhood location.
Northern Arts Festival
If you’ve been missing live musical performances, Sudbury Performance Group has the solution in the form of the second edition of its Northern Arts Festival. It will livestream shows from The Coulson nightclub each Saturday evening. All performances run from 7-9 p.m. on Sudbury Performance Group’s Facebook page, and are free of charge for audiences. Coming up June 5 is Thea May.
Fierté Sudbury Pride
Writing workshops June 9 and June 16
In advance of its Queerantine 2.0 Pride Week (which officially runs July 12-18), Fierté Sudbury Pride has a number of activities. That includes two writing workshops, one in French and one in English. Wednesday, June 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.: Workshop with Blaine Thornton (EN), in partnership with Myths & Mirrors Community Arts. Wednesday, June 16 from 6 to 7 p.m.: Workshop with Lionel Lehouillier and Dillon Orr (FR), in partnership with Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario. These are open to all, regardless of prior writing experience. Further instructions about submissions and registration forms are available on the FSP website. FSP has also already announced a few other projects, including pride care packages and letters of support for youth (apply online here), submissions to Queeranzine, a virtual booklet of writings and pride playlists.
Relay for Life
This year's Relay For Life in support of the Canadian Cancer Society will take place Saturday, June 12 at 8 p.m. The livestreamed opening ceremonies will be broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and YES TV stations across the country. People can relay in a park or in their living room. You can register for the Sudbury event online here.
Health Sciences North AGM
HSN holds its annual general meeting virtually through Zoom at 5 p.m. June 16. This year’s meeting features a panel discussion entitled “Leading Through COVID-19” featuring local health-care leaders. The AGM also features reports from the Chair of the HSN Patient and Family Advisory Council, the Chair of the HSN Board, the President and CEO, the Chief of Staff and the Board Treasurer. Those who wish to attend the meeting must register no later than June 10 online here.
Independence Centre and Network (ICAN) AGM
The Independence Centre and Network will hold its annual general meeting virtually on June 16 from noon until 1:30 p.m. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration for the meeting. To register, please contact Johanne at 705-673-0655 ext 255.
Bluecoat Box Science North fundraiser
Science North’s annual fundraising event shifts this year from an in-person Bluecoat Ball to an online Bluecoat Box event. On June 17, Science North invites members of the community to an evening of inspiration and entertainment that will help raise funds to establish an Indigenous Programming Fund at Science North. The inaugural Bluecoat Box event is inspired by Science North’s latest special exhibition: Indigenous Ingenuity - An Interactive Adventure. Celebrating the ever-evolving world of Indigenous innovation. The Bluecoat Box is a package of carefully curated items from Canadian Indigenous-owned businesses. Guests are invited to purchase a Bluecoat Box (cost $300) and in addition, attendees will also receive a ticket for an immersive virtual experience with live entertainment, Indigenous knowledge features, prize draws and much more. You can purchase your ticket or make a donation at bluecoatbox.ca.
Greater Sudbury Public Library board of directors
June 18 application deadline
Community-minded volunteers are invited to submit applications to fill a vacancy on the nine-member Greater Sudbury Public Library Board of Directors. Eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and a resident of Greater Sudbury. Consideration for appointment includes demographic representation of the City of Greater Sudbury and support for values represented by cultural diversity, equitable access, intellectual freedom, and innovation. Further information and applications are available at www.greatersudbury.ca/library and www.sudburylibraries.ca or by phone 705-673-1155, ext. 4611. The deadline to apply for the Greater Sudbury Public Library Board of Directors is Friday, June 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Sudbury Symphony Orchestra world premiere
The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of Andrzej Zubek’s Zubi-Rag — to be performed by the SSO’s String Quartet. However, the score will only be complete as bars are purchased as part of its Fille the Score fundraising campaign. They hope to present the ragtime-inspired concert June 19, depending on COVID-19 restrictions. For more information, visit www.sudburysymphony.com.
‘Apprends-P’tit’ program for future kindergarteners
July 5 application deadline
The local French Catholic school board is virtually welcoming new kindergarten students in a program to be run this summer. From Aug. 9 to 20, the “Apprends-P’tit” program will be offered to future kindergarten students who will begin their learning adventure in a Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon school in September 2021. This two-week program, offered via the Microsoft Teams platform, will allow students to familiarize themselves with the school environment. Through play-centred activities, children will be able to have fun in French and to meet new kindergarten friends. Interested parents are invited to register their child by July 5 online here.
Blueberry Festival contest
July 15 submission deadline
Sudbury’s annual Blueberry Festival is cancelled once again this year, but organizers have a new event in the works, one with a COVID-19 twist. Share your COVID cuisine (recipes) or COVID chronicles (stories). Entries do not need to have a blueberry twist. The purpose is to discover how creative people have been with food, baking and cooking experiences, and different stories of interest both negative and positive during this unprecedented period and how this may have changed lives during this time and perhaps into the future. Winners will receive blueberry heritage cookbooks and hand-painted blueberry wine glasses. Submissions accepted until July 15. Send your entry to GreaterSudburyBlueberry@gmail.com.
NOSM Camp Med registration
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s CampMed will be offered entirely online July 12-23, marking the second year of virtual CampMed. NOSM’s 16th annual summer camp is designed for high-school students interested in a career in health care. CampMed is open to all Northern Ontario high school students in grades 9-12. Students must have completed Grade 9 to register. Pre-registration is required and there is no cost to participate. Register at nosm.ca/campmed.
Day camp registration, YMCA of Northeastern Ontario
The YMCA of Northeastern Ontario has announced registration has now opened for YMCA Summer Day Camp in the communities of North Bay, Sudbury and surrounding areas. More information on YMCA Summer Day Camp can be found here.
Perogies and Cabbage Rolls
Mondays to Fridays
Fresh perogies and cabbage rolls are available for curb-side pick-up from Monday to Friday at the Ukranian Seniors’ Centre. Place your order by phoning 705-673-7404.