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.
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100 Strong donation event
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 email@example.com.
Sudbury Performance Group auditions
Until June 25
Sudbury Performance Group is now booking general auditions for their new digital play series that will span the remainder of 2021. The troupe is looking for adults 18 and older who are itching to start performing again. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 705-662-8518 No preparation required. Script samples will be provided to each participant.
Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario presents Cabaret de La Bibitte
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
Postponed — Black Lives Matter Sudbury One Year Anniversary Rally
Black Lives Matter Sudbury is postponing its planned June 25 one year anniversary rally in Memorial Park. It has been rescheduled to July 9.
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 26 is Chanelle Albert and the Easy Company.
Black Lives Matter Reads, Children’s Literature
There will be a virtual reading at 12 p.m. for children ages five to eight and at 3 p.m. for children ages nine to 14 of the book Trailblazers: The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada by Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore. Visit blmsudbury.ca to register.
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.
YES Theatre summer season
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.
Canada Day pyrohy
Celebrate Canada Day at the Ukrainian Seniors Centre on Thursday, July 1, for curbside pick-up only. Fresh pyrohy and cabbage rolls, packaged to go, are $10 each. Also available, a hot lunch with pyrohy, cabbage rolls and oven-roasted chicken ($12 each). Quantities are limited place your order by June 29. Call 705-673-7404.
‘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.
Black lives Matter Sudbury Reads Poetry and Short Stories
A virtual event, 7 p.m. brings Black Lives Matter Sudbury’s second BLM Reads event, featuring readings of poetry and short stories from The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry and other works.
Sudbury Theatre Centre summer theatre camp registration
Registration is now open for Sudbury Theatre Centre’s Summer Theatre Camps, open to students ages eight to 12. Each week-long day camp runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – enrolment is limited to 12 students per week. Two options are available: Drama Camp (July 5 to 9) and Musical Theatre Camp (July 12 to 16). COVID-19 restrictions and protocols are in place for these in-person camps. For more information, including registration forms, visit sudburytheatre.com/youth. You may also email the STC DiBrina Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-674-8381, ext. 21.
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.
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.