GENERAL INTEREST PROGRAMS
The following is a listing of programs offered throughout the Township by numerous volunteer groups, clubs, individuals and organizations. Please contact these organizations directly for any further information or details.
ADULT BOWLING LEAGUES – NATIONAL PROGRAM Elgin Bowling Lanes offer a wide range of 5-pin leagues beginning in September and running till the end of April.
Call us at 613-929-2695 or email us at
or check out our website at www.elginbowlinglanes.ca
AMATEUR RADIOis alive and well! Join our group for contact with other “hams" for Saturday breakfasts and other related get-togethers and activities.
Contact Norm Hagan VE3V 613-273-3896 firstname.lastname@example.org or George Ward VE3GXW 613-273-2748 email@example.com
BRIDGE players of all ages and skills are welcome to join the Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Group at the Elgin Municipal Complex beginning at 1:00pm. For information, please call Gail Derbyshire at 613-359-6192.
CARPET BOWLING is held Tuesday’s at the South Elmsley Community Hall beside the OPP offices. Open for everyone to enjoy this entertaining and enjoyable sport. Call Marie at 613-283-4035.
EUCHRE Held at various community halls throughout the Township, Legions and the Elgin Lions Hall.
- Delta Legion – Pat Phillips at 613-928-2712
- Elgin Lions Hall – Ross Hawkins at 613-359-5833
- Elgin Municipal Complex – Doug Summers at 613-359-5744
- North Crosby Hall – Jim Mulville at 613-273-3008
- South Elmsley Community Hall - Marie Jordan at 613-283-4035
- Westport Legion – Call the Legion at 613-273-3615
LEEDS CHINA PAINTERS This unique group of artists strives to restore the ancient art of painting on porcelain. They have regular meetings at the Forfar Community Hall and welcome new members. Besides learning this delicate art form, enjoy good fellowship and helpfulness within the club, a wonderful experience. Contact Marion Stone at 613-359-5292 for more information.
RIDEAU LAKES ARTISTS’ ASSOCIATION
A non-profit association dedicated to the support and development of members actively producing original two-dimensional art works in the Rideau Lakes region.
The Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association provides a friendly environment for linking with other artists, and for education, for just over 100 artists. Since 1993 this active community of artists – novice to professional - have been benefiting from shared experience and knowledge. The RLAA sponsors, and hosts regular and unique activities.
Activities and Events include weekly gatherings (paint-ins) to produce individual works in a relaxed and informal setting; programmed seminars led by guest artists and instructors; shows and sales of members works; ongoing exhibits at local restaurants; free access to our resource library; group discounts on supplies and materials orders; open exchange of information pertinent to artists about marketing, training workshops, and use of social media to present our art.
Meeting Information: Monthly general meetings are held the second Friday of each month except the months of February and July, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the North Crosby Community Centre, 875 8th Concession Road, North Crosby (Westport) Ontario. The North Crosby Community Centre is located on the 8th Concession Road just off Perth Road/County Road 10 a few kilometers south of the village of Westport. Association business is conducted at the start of our meetings, followed by a refreshment break and time to socialize. We end our meetings with activities of interest such as guest presentations, short seminars or peer critiques.
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RIDEAU LAKES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, April through November, at 7:15 PM at the Portland Community Hall. We have a variety of interesting speakers, and a detailed listing will be found in the Community Events calendar located elsewhere in this publication. We look after several public gardens within the township, and we also sponsor a bursary each year to be awarded to a deserving student from the Rideau District High School. If you are a gardener, or would like to become one, a warm welcome awaits you at the RLHS. The society covers Delta, Elgin, Lombardy, Newboro, Portland, and Westport. Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are welcome. There will be a small admission fee of $5 which can be put towards a membership. For more information about the RLHS, contact President
Virginia Bourget 613-489-1122
RIDEAU MELLOWDEARS is a male chorus that rehearses every
Wednesday afternoon from September to June in the Bethel United Church on Rideau
Ferry Road at 1:30pm with about 15 members. It began 30 years ago. The members come from all over our area and are united by a desire to have fun singing. They vary in age from the mid-60s to mid-80s. Today,they give approximately fifteen concerts each year. Their repertoire consists of classic popular favorites, show tunes, gospel and specialty numbers.
If you are interested, please drop in on a Wednesday afternoon. You do not need to be able to read music and will get a lot of help. "Enthusiasm is the only real requirement.”
For more information please contact Lorne Gardiner at 613 264 1277.
RIDEAU TOLE AND DECORATIVE ARTISTS The Rideau Tole and Decorative Artists Guild was established in 1988 with a group of painters from the Rideau Lakes and surrounding area. Over the last several years they have gone from strictly painting on wood with acrylics to painting on a variety of surfaces such as fabric, glass, paper, tin and canvas. Other mediums including water based oils, spackling compounds to surfaces for interesting textures, different brushes and stroke techniques are also used. There is always something new to learn. Meetings are held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall on George St. in Westport the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Our members are encouraged to bring painting’s they have done at home for us to see. We have guest speakers and work on community projects. For the last several years the group has painted on fabric squares which one of the members then makes into a beautiful quilt that is sold by raffle. New members are always welcome. For further information please contact Barbara McBride at 613-273-6405.
50+ FITNESS Taught by certified Fitness Instructors geared to each individual’s level of fitness.
Classes via Country Roads Community Health Centre are held in Portland Community Hall on Monday’s and Friday’s beginning at 10:00am. Contact Emily Beelen at 613-272-3302.
Classes offered by CPHC are held in Elgin at the Community Hall on Tuesday’s at 10am; at the North Crosby Community Centre on Wednesday’s at 9:45am and at the Portland Community Hall Thursday’s 10am. All classes require pre-registration. Contact Vivian at 613-342- 1747 ext. 2054.
TOWNSHIP OF RIDEAU LAKES SENIORS SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE This group of active, energetic seniors represent the six clubs in Rideau Lakes - Delta, Elgin (South Crosby), Portland, Chaffey’s Locks, North Crosby & Newboro and South Elmsley. Membership ranges from 30 to 80 in each club, so this group provides activities to well over 300 folks in the Township.
Groups from Westport, Seeleys Bay, Lyndhurst, Perth and Smiths Falls are also invited to join in.
Some of the past activities have included trips to the Eastern Townships, Bala, Merickville and other nearby locations. Summer picnics held at Lower Beverly Lake Park have been well attended and fall speaking events bring good crowds too. Recently iPad training in conjunction with our local libraries were quite popular and now many seniors are surfing the web with more confidence!
Members of the Seniors Special Events Committee are Shirley Bryden and Cathy Bongers (representing Portland), Linda Carr (treasurer), Pat Philips and Vivian Morris (representing Delta), Marie Jordan and Helene Chapman (representing South Elmsley), Genie Price and Joan Foley (representing North Crosby), Mary Hamilton (representing Chaffey’s Locks), Linda Barker (representing Elgin), Chris Pearson from WRAP, Leslie Rennick from CPHC and Susan Dunfield (acting chair and Township staff).
Membership is open to anyone 50 years of age or older. We encourage you to participate. The activities offered are social and enjoyable. If you have any suggestions for a large group activity, please contact these folks with your ideas! Or call Sue at 1-800-928-2250.
SHALL WE DANCE is pleased to teach “Social” BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS in your community! Dances include the Swing, Jive, Rumba, Cha-cha, Mambo, Foxtrot & Waltz(s). A partner is not necessary as classes are structured to teach singles as well as couples. American Standard Ballroom Style, Teaching Foundation, Bronze & Silver Steps with Technique.
Ongoing group classes $50.00 for 4 week course; Teachers Choice classes held for $15.00 per class; Private lessons at a cost of $20.00 for single/couple. Team Building exercises available for your employees and classes for students, upon request. Please contact Brenda Myers of Shall We Dance on her cell 613-539-1109 or email for information at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more & to find out when and where classes are taking place around your community throughout the year.
Dancing provides joy and laughter and definitely can release stress! It's a clever and healthy way to exercise the body and mind, while having some fun!!
TAOIST TAI CHI is a gentle, meditative exercise suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities. It offers an effective way to maintain and improve health. Introductory Classes are offered in September, January and April. The four month beginner package introduces people to the moves of the set. Following this introduction, Continuing Classes provide an opportunity for further development and understanding of Taoist Tai Chi.
Classes are available in Perth, Smiths Falls, Portland and Westport. Our instructors are volunteers accredited under the teaching standards of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism. Registration is at the first class. For more information phone Caroline at (613) 272-3573. For all classes visit: www.taoist.org/Kingston
LOONIE SPORT CLUBat 13 Maplecroft Lane (off Indian Road at Chaffeys Locks) has both summer and winter activities. In the summer we have lawn bowling, tennis, radio controlled toys, golf (putting & range) and social events. In the winter we offer curling (inside and out), snow sliding, billiards and many evenings of just plain fun! For more information about the different leagues and membership call Bryan Best (613-359-5047), Alex McKinney (613-359-6153) or visit our web site at looniessportsclub.ca
RIDEAU LAKES KARATE CLUB For youth and adults, this is an excellent way to become and remain physically fit. Held in Westport, instructed by members who have their black belt, this program is open to all interested participants.
For information on the program held at St. Edward’s School Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30, 7:30-9:00 in Westport contact Ted Theelan at 613-273-5624 or 613-539-0182.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS - BOWLING Elgin Bowling Lanes has joined Special Olympics Ontario and offer a chance for your special bowlers to participate in a bowling league and have fun in tournaments. Certified coaching and lots of fun. Price varies per league. Times include afternoon and evening leagues. Register early so you are not disappointed. Email us at email@example.com or call us at 613-9292695 and we are on Facebook. Current league openings and additional information can be found at www.elginbowlinglanes.ca
BG CLUB (Boys and Girls Club) is for Age 3-Grade 5. This FREE program runs weekly, Thursdays, after school in Elgin. This is an exciting fun-filled program for kids that include a healthy snack, lessons of truth from the Bible, crafts, games, music, and acting. All are welcome! For more information or questions contact us at 613-359-6118.
BOY SCOUTS of CANADA Valley Highlands Area Volunteer Adult Leaders needed to restart Scouting in Rideau Lakes Township
Our Township is huge... yet we do not have a Scout Group. Scouting is the worlds primary youth organization, serving both boys and girls from age five to twenty-one. The township has offered us the use of Portland Community Centre and the youth are out there waiting to join. The Area Team is ready and waiting to train new leaders and we have lots of equipment sitting idle. What we lack is young local Adults willing to step up to the plate, take free training and run the programs.
Scouting is an educational organization teaching youth Self-Reliance, Inter-Reliance, and Community Spirit through fun based programs including Adventures of every description. From Canoeing to Caving, Cooking to Orienteering, Pioneering to Rock Climbing, Visits to places of interest and of course Four Season Camping. From local weekend group camps to Area and Regional Camps right up to the Mammoth International Jamborees of 20,000 or more Scouts from all over the world.
A Scout Group consists of the following sections
- Beaver Scouts aged 5 – 7 yrs
- Wolf Cubs aged 7 – 11 yrs
- Scouts aged 11 – 14 yrs
- Venturers aged 14 – 17 yrs
- Rovers aged 17 – 21 yrs
If you are interested, over 18 yrs of age and willing to donate an evening a week and an occasional weekend then please call so that we can work together to get a group up and running in time for the fall recruitment in September. Call Alex Beelich 613 283 3307 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ELGIN & DISTRICT CO-OPERATIVE NURSERY SCHOOL For more than 30 years, Elgin & District Co-operative Nursery School has offered an excellent program of a fun, creative and safe learning environment for preschool children aged 2 to 5 years. Two morning sessions per week give children a place to explore, play and develop confidence and social skills while parents and caregivers get much needed support. This is an excellent way to introduce your child to other children and meet other parents in the community. For more information please call Fiona Cairns at 613-387-3670.
GIRL GUIDES OF CANADA Enabling Girls to be Confident, Resourceful and Courageous, and to Make a Difference in the World. Guiding is the place for today's girls and women. At Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, we are committed to enabling girls to develop leadership and life skills by providing them with a wide range of opportunities and experiences. Guiding offers girls age-appropriate programs: Sparks (age 5-6), Brownies (age 7-8), Guides (age 9-11), Pathfinders (age 12-14) and Rangers (age 15-17).
The varied activities encourage girls and young women to challenge themselves, learn new skills and develop self-confidence. Hands-on learning, exploring, camping, sharing and helping in the community - these are all part of the fun, friendship and adventure of Guiding.
Women provide the leadership to enable these experiences to happen for the girls. At the same time, Guiding offers adult Members countless learning and development opportunities, from event planning to healthy living to team building to international relations and more. Girls need you!
Joining Girl Guides of Canada is easy: www.girlguides.ca. Contact Ontario Girl Guides at 1-800-565-8111 to learn more about Guiding for you and your daughter. You can also contact Pat at 613-359-6336 to learn more about our local units.
RIDEAU LAKES ACTION FOR YOUTH This FREE youth group meets every Wednesday during the school year at South Crosby Public School in Elgin. The program offers opportunities for physical activity, nutrition (cooking), sports, games, art, drama, music and more. Our Youth Program Coordinator Dayna McCumber is on site from 3:30 to 5:00pm. Geared for youth 10 to 15 years of age (flexible). More information email Dayna at email@example.com or call 1-800-928-2250. Supported by grants from Jumpstart, local businesses and service clubs.
WILDCATS BASKETBALL is an opportunity for area youth to come together at Rideau District High School for some basketball fun. Grade 4-6 girls will play on Wednesday nights from September to November. Grade 4-6 boys will likely play on Tuesdays from September to November. Watch for notices in the Review-Mirror and through local schools for further details. Call Will French (613.272.0231) or Ron Stenzl (613.359.5354).
YOUTH BOWLING CANADA Elgin Bowling Lanes offer a national 5-pin bowling program for children4 to 18 years. We offer after school, evening and Saturday morning times. After school pick up at South Crosby Public School is available. A sports program instead of babysitting WOW! Players need no experience; ball delivery, etiquette and scoring will be taught. Badges and awards are played for every week. Register by phone 613-929-2695 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.elginbowlinglanes.ca