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Whats Happening, Week of May 1

WHAT’S HAPPENING What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information.


What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to [email protected].

 Thursday, May 1

Human Trafficking

A day of community training for front-line service providers will be available at the Holiday Inn, with presentations from law enforcement, survivors, helpers and more, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $55 and include lunch. For more, visit the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Facebook page, or call 519-337-3154.

Centennial exhibition

An exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sarnia becoming a city, called

Sarnia: We Built This City, opens at the Lambton Heritage Museum in Grand Bend, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends and holidays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission applies.  Visit or call 519-243-2600.

 Friday, May 2

Organ unveiled

A number of local organists including Susan Halliday, George Webber and Foster Hill will try out a new pipe organ obtained from St. John’s in the Wilderness Anglican Church and installed at DNA Music recording studio, 141 Christina Street North, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Part of the First Friday arts and culture tour. For more, contact Adam at 519-466-6685, or [email protected].

Free concert

Local recording duo Erika and Sara will perform at Cheeky Monkey on Christina Street from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. as part of the May First Friday walkabout. For more visit

Spaghetti Dinner

A spaghetti dinner with salad and garlic bread will be served as part of 60th anniversary celebrations at High Park United Church, 1081 Brenchely St, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets, $10, can be obtained by calling the church at 336-9251.

The Sound of Music

Richard Teskey directs the The Sound of Music opening for a seven-date run at the Imperial Theatre. The last show of Theatre Sarnia’s season runs May 2 to 4 and May 7 to 10. Tickets, $28 adults, $14 students. For more, call 519-344-7469 or visit

Saturday, May 3

Comedy Show

Yuk Yuks comedy show at the Royal Canadian Legion in Corunna, (corner of Albert and Beckwith streets).  Show starts at 8 p.m., doors open an hour earlier. Tickets, $20 non-members, $18 for Legion members. Note: the show features adult content.

Steps for Life

Fundraising walk to raise awareness about injury prevention and help families impacted by workplace tragedy. Registration, 10 a.m. at Kiwanis Pavilion, Canatara Park. Tickets $15, children under 14 free. Refreshments and door prizes. For more, contact [email protected].

Yard and plant sale

Together Offering Volunteer Assistance (TOVA) is holding a yard sale with plants and hanging baskets, a barbecue and baking at 1483 Murphy Rd., 8 a.m. to 12 noon. For more call 519-339-9763 or visit [email protected]

Shred-It Day

Corunna Community Policing Committee hosting its annual "Shred-It" day at the Corunna OPP detachment, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An opportunity for people and businesses to bring important documents for free shredding. For more, call Shaun at 519-862-5903.

Church Sale

St. Luke’s United Church is holding an estate and household goods sale, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 350 Indian Rd S., Proceeds to support church camping programs. For more, call 510-344-1781.

 Sunday, May 4

Memorial Service

Battle of the Atlantic Service, Royal Canadian Naval Association, Sarnia branch, 1420 Lougar Ave. The Memorial Service begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by light refreshments.

Art Show and Sale

A collective of local artists known as Paint For Fun holding its annual show and sale at Newton Park, Corner of Cathcart and McCrie, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free refreshments provided at the event, which has been going about 30 years. For more, contact Joanne at 519-337-9989.

Hospice Charity Race

The 4th Annual Denise Van Hooren Inspirational Race offers a 5km or 10km walk or run, a 16km run or a ½ marathon at Canatara Park. Registration, $60, includes breakfast, T-shirt and $20 tax receipt. All proceeds to St. Joseph’s Hospice. To sign up, call Lesley at 519-337-0537.

 Monday, May 5

Singing Quilter

Cathy Miller, known as Canada’s “singing quilter,” will share her love of quilting in song at Redeemer Christian Reformed Church, 5834 Blackwell Road, at 7:45 p.m. Cost, $10. Hosted by Sarnia Quilters’ Guild. For more, visit

 Tuesday, May 6

Planter workshop

Maureen from Degroot’s Nurseries will offer step-by-step instruction on how to create planters for sun, shade and low maintenance settings at the Mallroad Library, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register, contact the library at 519-542-2580.

 Thursday, May 8

Spring Tea

A spring tea with sandwiches, desserts, beverages, baked goods and jewellery and purse tables at Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall, London Road and Christina Street. 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cost, $6. Proceeds to local charities. For more, contact [email protected]

 Friday, May 9

Leadercast Sarnia

Sarnia-area leaders can participate in a simulcast with a line-up of world leaders including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, First Lady Laura Bush, author Malcolm Gladwell and others, at the Lambton Inn, Tickets, $99, including workbook and meals, available at

Saturday, May 10

Plant sale

The Sarnia Horticultural Society’s 34th annual plant sale features a variety of perennials, bulbs, groundcovers, shrubs, pots and more at bargain prices. With free gardening advice.,1435 Windemere Cres. For more, contact Barb at 519-332-5837.

Muscular Dystrophy Walk

Family-friendly, accessible event in which participants do a 1 or 5 kilometre route. Activities for kids and adults, snacks, refreshments, and prizes. 
Canatara Park, 
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Register at For more, Stephanie Fenyes, 1-866-867-2538, ext. 131.

Spring Fair

Grace United Church’s annual spring fair, plant sale, art show and auction, 990 Cathcart Blvd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plants, baking, vendors, barbecue, silent auction. $2 entry includes drink and a muffin.  For more call, 519-339-9763

Social Justice Talk

Larry Luth, of World Renew in Haiti, and Thea de Groot, social justice advocate, will discuss “Bringing Hope Without Hurting,” how good intentions to help those in poverty can have hurtful consequences, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Redeemer Christian Reformed Church, 5834 Blackwell Side Road, All welcome. For more, call 519-542-4202.


Sarnia’s annual literary convention for fans of romance, mystery, science fictions, horror and fantasy returns to Sarnia Library.

Attending writers include Gail Bowen, Sylvia Hubbard, Suzanne Church, Jeff De Luzio, Eric Choi, Dennis Collins and Janet Bolin. Discussion panels, meet and greet. Seating limited. For more call 519-337-3291 or email [email protected]

Comedy for a Cause

Charity fundraiser featuring comedian Terry Jackson, a DJ, silent auction and appetizers in support of the Woman`s Interval Home. Dante Club, 8 p.m. For more, call Denise at 226-932-0600.

Plant sale

A plant and perennial sale will be held at the Temple Baptist Church gymnasium, between Lowes and Walmart, in support of a new school to be called Lambton County Christian Academy, from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 519-542-9563

Literary Reading

Sarnia poets Norma West Linder and James Deahl will read from their new joint book of poetry, Two Paths Through The Seasons, as well as readings by London poet Andreas Gripp and Toronto poet and novelist Carol Malyon. John’s Restaurant, London Line, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Organized by Bluewater Reading Series. For more, contact James at [email protected] or 519-383-0879.

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