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Community calendar: Events coming up in Sudbury

A look at what's happening online and in the community
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Sandra Sharko (left) and Linda Russell prepare treats at the Ukrainian Seniors' Centre in 2017. The Ukrainian Seniors Centre is hosting a Father’s Day hot luncheon fundraiser June 20. (File)

Sudbury.com is putting together a weekly list of local events and projects (virtual or otherwise) to keep families busy and offer some welcome distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you're planning a performance, class, presentation or other event in Greater Sudbury, send the details to calendar@sudbury.com so we can spread the word.

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 clsudbury@live.com with a picture, or post on social media with the hashtag #NeighbourhoodsTogether, and your neighbourhood location.  

Bluecoat Box Science North fundraiser

June 17

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.

Ukrainian Seniors Centre Father’s Day lunch

June 17 order deadline (pickup June 20)

The Ukrainian Seniors Centre is hosting a Father’s Day hot luncheon fundraiser. On the menu are cabbage rolls, pyrohy, and smokie on a bun with sauerkraut on the side. The cost is $12 / person. Deadline to order is June 17 and orders will be ready for curbside pickup on June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Order by calling 705-673-7404.

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.

Northern Arts Festival 

June 19

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 19 is Natalie Crispo Band.

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra world premiere 

June 19

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.

Migrants’ rights rally

June 20

Join in a migrants’ rights rally June 20 at 1 p.m. in front of Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré’s office (2914 Hwy 69 N, Unit 1, Val Caron). Migrants, including refugees, care workers, farm workers, undocumented people and international students, are organizing rallies and celebrations in Vancouver, Toronto, Sudbury and online on June 20 - World Refugee Day & Fathers’ Day - to call for full immigration status for all and family unity. 

Sudbury federal NDP nomination meeting 

June 22

The Sudbury federal NDP nomination meeting takes place virtually June 22 at 7 p.m. Two candidates, Beth Mairs, who ran for the party in 2019, and Nadia Verrelli, an author and political science professor, have been approved to seek the nomination. Algoma-Manitoulin MP Carol Hughes will host the meeting, with special presentations from Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus and Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas and Sudbury MPP Jamie West.  Other Northeastern Ontario New Democrat candidates and officials are also expected to join in. Following the event, registered and eligible New Democrat members from the Sudbury riding will be invited to cast ballots electronically for 24 hours. The nominee will be announced by the Sudbury NDP Federal Electoral District Association at 11 a.m. June 24. Receive login credentials at sudburyfedndp@gmail.com.

Health Sciences North Volunteer Association AGM

June 23

The Health Sciences North Volunteer Association’s AGM takes place at 4:15 p.m. June 23. Those who wish to attend are asked to phone 705-523-7100, ext. 3676 to have an invitation emailed to them. Registration will be held from 6:30 pm to 7 pm. 

100 Strong donation event 

June 24

One hundred people will come together virtually for one hour June 24 to raise $10,000 for a local charity. It’s all part of the fourth “100 Strong” campaign. Each participant will contribute $100. Each contribution equals one vote. Each participant can nominate a local charity. Charities are entered into the draw only once, regardless of how many times they are nominated. Charities must be local, ensuring all donations remain in Greater Sudbury. Five ballots will be drawn from the nominated charities. The people who nominated the charities that are randomly selected will then have five minutes to convince the group to vote for their charity. The charity that garners the most votes will receive the donation, which is expected to total $10,000. Those interested in participating are asked to contact Anna Maria Barsanti at amb@persona.ca.

Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario presents Cabaret de La Bibitte

June 25

Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario is presenting Cabaret de La Bibitte: Mauvais coups artistiques en tous genres. The June 25 show will be broadcast live on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook starting at 6 p.m. and is free to all. The show will have seven-minute mini-shows from twelve artists and delves into topics as diverse as “femininity, solitude, the tug of identity, immigration, futuristic love in the year 3000, pretense, the desire to look good and the pressure to succeed.” You can find more information at www.letno.ca

YES Theatre summer season

Starting July 

YES Theatre has announced its summer program, consisting of a variety of streamed and in-person events. Live from the Grotto runs Aug. 31-Sept. 19, and features three different concerts from the Grotto (Through Rose Coloured Glasses, Ghosts of Broadway, A Song to the Moon). Night Owl Cabaret Series runs various nights from July 16-Aug. 14. Watch livestreamed cabaret shows created and performed by favourite YES Theatre artists. Take Out Cabarets runs during July and August, and allows people to invite neighbours and family to take to the driveway or the grass for a special one-hour concert presented by YES Theatre artists. Tickets at www.yestheatre.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.

Provincial Park Day Pass lending Greater Sudbury Public Library

Library members with a card in good standing are eligible to borrow one Ontario Parks Pass for up to seven days. The pass provides free entry for one vehicle and all passengers to visit any provincial park for the day, including weekends. Greater Sudbury’s 13 library locations each have three passes that members can borrow first come, first served. Due to anticipated demand, holds and transfers between locations are not available. Residents must contact their nearest library location to request a pass and arrange for pickup.

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 nine through twelve. 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.