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What’s Happening is a free service open to non-profit groups, organizations and local community events.

To submit announcements for What’s Happening email them to Submissions may also be dropped off at our Tillsonburg office at 25 Townline Rd. Please note that we do not accept submissions over the telephone.


May 10

Enjoy an evening of music in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Oxford County Branch. 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 235 Thames St. S., Ingersoll. Organized by the Ingersoll Choral Society, the concert also features guest artists, Ingersoll’s Victoria Gydov, Andrew Hancock, guitar/singer, and a Youth Choir made up of local youth. Free will contribution. For more information, call Margaret at 519-485-2374, visit www.ingersollchoralsociety or find us on Facebook.

May 10/11

Yard sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at 9232 East St. Straffordville in support of Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, inspired by nine-year-old Tyson.

May 11

Giant yard and bake sale at Springford Baptist Church from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Hot dogs, cold drinks and coffee also available. In case of rain, yard sale will be held in basement.

Farmers' Market kicks off another season in front of Tillsonburg’s Station Arts Centre. Runs from 8 a.m.-12 noon.

The Tillsonburg Christian Men’s Fellowship will meet for breakfast and fellowship at the Eden Community Centre (Eden Town Line, just west of downtown Eden). Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. Hear what God can do in the lives of those who allow Him. Everyone is welcome – come and bring a friend.

The Houghton Men's Breakfast Club will meet at The Mission on Norfolk Rd. 28 at 8 a.m., welcoming Henry (Hank) Harley. The topic is Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers. For more information, please call 519-875-2279.

Glendale High School’s annual plant and tech sale, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Patrons are invited to drive around to the back of the school, for a selection of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, patio pots, papyrus, tomatoes, tropicals, wood work, metal work and more on sale.

Caressant Care Nursing Home south of Courtland, 6th Annual St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs fundraiser, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet the dogs and handlers, agility demonstrations, mothers day gifts, gift basket draws, BBQ and crafts.

M&M Meat Shops will celebrate its 25th Anniversary Charity BBQ Day at more than 430 M&M Meat Shops locations across Canada, including Tillsonburg. Franchisees and volunteers will be flipping burgers and hot dogs to reach this year's goal of raising $1.3 million for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) in a single day.

Spring Fling dinner and dance at the Port Burwell Legion in support of the Port Burwell Periscope Playhouse. Music by The Beast Row Boogie Band.

Norfolk Station #8 Fairground Pork BBQ and Dance at the Langton Community Centre. Cocktail hour, 5-6 p.m., supper at 6 p.m., dance to follow. Tickets $20 available by calling 519-586-3835 or at the door.

Charity Garage Sale sponsored by the Mu Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, beginning at 8 a.m., 2 Clear Valley Drive, Tillsonburg. Proceeds to local charities.

Tillsonburg Right To Life Annual Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Carriage House, 25 Brock St. W. Guest speaker Jakki Jeffs, Executive Director, Alliance for Life, Ontario speaking on ‘the scope and influence of the pro-life message.’ Tickets $12, phone Bonnie at 519-688-3248.

May 12

Mother’s Day Brunch at Tillsonburg Legion Branch 153, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults $10, Child (5-and-under) $5. Flower for the first 100 ladies.

Looking for a special gift for mom this year? Treat her to Backus Heritage Conservation Area’s Annual Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk. The walk begins at 2 p.m., inside the Conservation Education Centre. Children can make a nature-inspired craft as a gift for their mom. The indoor presentation is followed by a guided walk in search of common wildflowers including hepatica, trout lily, cut-leaf toothwort and more. Admission to the Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk is $2 per person.

May 13

Tillsonburg Chamber of Commerce is hosting a second meeting on a second China Trip at the Carriage Hall, 25 Brock Street West from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The trip is scheduled for September 14 - September 26, 2013, traveling to Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou at a cost of $2,499 per person includes a $300 non-refundable deposit.

May 14

The Annual Garden Auction, a fundraiser for the Tillsonburg Horticultural Society, takes place in the Lions Auditorium at the Tillsonburg Community Centre. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and will feature Toonie and Fiver Cash Tables full of plants including herbs and tomato plants as well as a Bake Table and Draw Table ready to go. The Live Auction starts at 6:30 p.m. and you can bid on a great selection of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and both lovely and practical garden items, many of which have been donated by local nurseries, garden centres and other businesses. All welcome. Cash or cheque only.

The Tillsonburg Community Garden Committee is meeting at 12 noon at the Tillsonburg Helping Hand Food Bank. Everyone welcome!

Open House at the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club 2 p.m. Enjoy a free social game of lawn bowling, refreshments, and prizes. New bowlers are welcome! Our instructors will show you the ropes. For information visit or contact Edith Cavin at 519-863-5635.

Ron Brecher presents Touring The Night Skies inside the Simcoe Senior Centre, 89 Pond Street, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The award winning astro-photographer will present a tour of the universe through his camera lens. Weather permitting, to be followed by an outdoor viewing.

May 15

Norwich Packers Ontario corn-fed Beef Dinner at the Brownsville Community Centre. Serving from 5-7 p.m. Cost $12, 6-12 $6, under five free. Tickets at the door, or by calling 519-877-9024.

May 16

Open House at the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club 7 p.m. Enjoy a free social game of lawn bowling, refreshments, and prizes. New bowlers are welcome! Our instructors will show you the ropes. For information visit our website at or contact Edith Cavin at 519-863-5635.

May 19

'Blessing of the Bikes' at St. Andrews United in Vittoria at 11 a.m. Blessings of motorcycles, bicycles and riders. Join us in faith, worship and song. Contact 519-875-2279 for more information.

Gospel Music Time at the Hideaway Restaurant in Langton (across from the post office) from 1-3 p.m.

May 21

Burford Tractor Club at 7:30 p.m. in Fairfield Church Hall - guest speaker summer schedule info night. Everyone welcome.

May 22

The Community Probus Club of Tillsonburg meets the fourth Wednesday of every month. This month’s meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Tillsonburg Community Centre. Guest speaker will be Heather Martin, from Stratford Festival. If you are retired or semi-retired and are interested in learning more about The Community Probus Club, please call Don and Joanne at 519-409-2525 or Bev at 519-409-0534.

May 25

Plant, yard, and bake sale from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, corner of Brock and Bidwell, Tillsonburg. Refreshments available.

The Tillsonburg and District Multi-Service Centre is hosting a ‘Country Hoedown’, 19-and-over BX93 video dance fundraiser. Doors open at 6 p.m. for free line dancing with Lena Kovacs of Imagine Dance & Fitness. Dance from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Food and drink available. Tickets $10 in advance and available at the Livingston Centre or The Thirsty Golfer. Call Max (519-842-9000 Ext. 357) during business hours for more details.

May 25/26

First Baptist Church Celebration Weekend: Saturday 8 a.m. - Men's Breakfast and Work party; 4:30 p.m. - Barbecue with proceeds to Bolivian Mission Team; 6 p.m. - Gospel Sing with Potter's Clay - proceeds to Building Fund. Sunday 10 a.m. – Refreshments; 10:30 a.m. - Church Service; 12 noon – Lunch. Location - Harvest Avenue, Big White Tent across from the Harvest Retirement Community.

May 26

A musical evening beginning at 7 p.m. at Springford Baptist Church featuring the Gentlemen of Harmony, Denise Haley, Candace Howes and Coleton Visser. Admission $10 at the door, for more information call 519-842-5404.

May 27

Respect for Life Prayer Service at Tillsonburg Alliance Church (270 Quarter Town Line), 7:30 p.m., in conjunction with Tillsonburg Right To Life.

May 29

Ruby Anniversary Tea at Annandale National Historic Site program room, celebrating the museum’s 40th anniversary. Tea and tour at 2 p.m. Advance tickets only, $15 each, tax included. For more information please call 519-842-2294.

May 31

Community Living Tillsonburg and Tillsonburg & District Multi-Service Centre are hosting an inaugural golf tournament at The Bridges of Tillsonburg. For more information, call Crystal at 519-842-9000 Ext. 246 or email

May 31, June 1, June 2

Annandale National Historic Site Presents Wingfield's Inferno, a one-man comedy in the well-known Wingfield series by Dan Needles, starring Rod Beattie and directed by Douglas Beattie. Playing at Otter Valley Playhouse on Potters Road in Tillsonburg, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. All seats $45 (tax included). For more information on this comedy or ticket reservations, call Annandale House at (519) 842-2294. New this year, pay over the phone option.




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