What's Happening in the Tillsonburg area

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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.


September 7

The Tillsonburg Hospital Yard Sale, organized by the TDMH Volunteer Association yard sale committee, is Saturday, Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crystal Palace in the Tillsonburg fairgrounds (the green roofed building). Proceeds will go towards updating equipment at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. For online information see

Backus Woods at Night – 7:30-9 p.m. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nocturnal wildlife during a hike in the Backus Woods, originating at the 3rd Concession entrance (by the turkey cairn). Bring a flashlight. For more information, contact Bernie at 519-428-0706.

The Wagner Memorial Legion in Teeterville will be holding its Chicken BBQ, serving from 5-7 p.m. Everyone welcome. 1/2 Chicken Dinner $11 and 1/4 Chicken Dinner $7. For more information call the legion at 519-443-5588.

September 8

St. Williams Lions Club all-you-can-eat brunch at the St. Williams Community Centre from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults $7, children under 12 $3, under five, free.

September 9

Otter Valley Naturalists meeting at 7 p.m. at Port Burwell Public School. Speaker: Heather Riddell on bats, their vital role and recent and ongoing challenges.

September 10

Learn to Skate with CanSkate. Tillsonburg Skating Club Winter Registration is September 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and September 21 from 9-11 a.m. at the Tillsonburg Community Centre by main desk. Visit or phone 519-842-8822 for more information. Also, there is a new Beginner Synchronized Skating Program this year! Try the first two Synchro lessons for FREE. Programs begin October 5.

FLK Taoist Tai Chi Club invites the public to an Open Houses to be held in their new location in the Lower Multi-Purpose Room of St. Paul’s United Church, 88 Bidwell St Tillsonburg on Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon) and again on Thursday evening, Sept. 12, between 6:30-9:30 p.m. Come find out what they are all about before new Introductory Classes start the following week.

Norfolk Field Naturalists AGM at Simcoe Senior Centre (89 Pond St) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Joe Stephenson, president of the Otter Valley Naturalists, will speak on Georgian Bay.

Clogging for adults of all ages. 10-week session, Tuesdays at the Tillsonburg Community Centre. Classes available are Beginners, 6 p.m., and Experienced Dancers, from 7-8:30 p.m.

September 11

Clogging for Seniors, 10-week session, at the Tillsonburg Community Centre. Beginners 3:30-4:30 and Experienced Dancers 4:30-5:30.

Station Arts Centre Fall Classes

Beginner Watercolors: Wednesdays for six weeks beginning Sept. 11 through Oct. 16, 1-3:30 p.m.

Beginner DSLR: Wednesdays for six weeks beginning Sept. 25 through Oct. 30, 7-9:30 p.m.

Beginner Quilting: Tuesdays for eight weeks beginning Sept. 17 through Nov. 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Youth Painting: Wednesdays for six weeks beginning Sept. 18 through Oct. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Station Arts at 519-842-6151, visit or email

September 12

Join Bayham Historical members at the Family History Centre in the LDS Church, 60 Vienna Road, Tillsonburg at 7:30 p.m. where Sharleen Peck will provide an overview and guidance of the extensive Mormon genealogical data.  Learn from an expert how to access your family history.

September 13

The Wagner Memorial Legion in Teeterville will be holding its ‘Wampus Cat’ (Chicken wing) feast, serving from 6-9 p.m. $13 per plate which includes two pounds of wings fries, and veggies. Everyone welcome. For further information call the Legion at 519-443-5588.

September 14

The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association presents Wings and Wheels, a combination of classic aircraft and classic automobiles at the Tillsonburg Regional Airport from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hangar tours, CHAA dive team display and opportunities for back seat rides available. Tillsonburg Legion Branch 153 will be selling BBQ hamburgers and sausage on a bun along with pop and water. For more information, contact Bob Trowell at (519) 425-1510 or at Mark the date, see you there!

Owl Prowl at Backus Heritage Conservation Area. The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Conservation Education Centre with an activity for children, followed by guided walk at 7:30 p.m. Learn about native Ontario owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations. A screech owl or great-horned owl might even call back. Admission is $2 per child, $4 per adult, or $10 for a family. Pre-registration is recommended. Call Fiona at 519-586-2201 ext 5.

Yard sale at Peace Lutheran Church from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. also featuring baked goods and a food booth. Rain or shine.

Community of Christ community breakfast to raise funds for School healthy snack program. 8-10:30 a.m. at Community of Christ church, Eden Line and Culloden Rd. Cost: $5.

Tillsonburg Legion Branch 153 presents a country dance featuring ‘Two of a Kind’ Wally Maggs and Roger Dumoulin. Doors open at 7 p.m., show from 8 to 12 midnight. $10 per person, cash bar, wheelchair accessible. Everyone is always welcome "Down at the Legion,” 17 Durham St, Tillsonburg.

Car pool outing to the raptor migration at Hawk Cliff (East of Port Stanley in Elgin County), interpretive sessions hosted by the Hawk Cliff Foundation including daily live demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Those wishing to car pool are invited to meet at the Bird Studies Canada parking lot near Port Rowan at 9:30 a.m. Bring a lunch, lawn chair and binoculars. For more information, including directions, visit the Hawk Cliff Foundation web site, or contact Diane at 519-586-7775. Those wishing to attend solo can also do so Sept. 15, 21 or 22.

September 15

Tillsonburg’s 33rd Annual Terry Fox Run begins at Cardio Plus, 518 Broadway. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., run begins at 10:30 a.m. Walk, run, bike or blade a 3K or 10K route. No minimum pledge, no registration fee. Refreshments to follow. Eighty-four cents of every dollar goes to cancer research. For more information call Anne 519-688-3091 or go to

The 18th annual Long Point Region Memorial Forest Dedication Service will be held Sunday, September 15 at 2 p.m. This year’s memorial planting and dedication service will pay tribute to the lives of more than 175 individuals who passed away between Sept. 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2013. The Long Point Region Memorial Forest is located 2 km north of Port Rowan at the entrance to Backus Heritage Conservation Area. For more information, on the Memorial Forest program and the Dedication Service, call 519-842-4242, ext 227.

Kidney Foundation Walk from Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. Registration 9 a.m., walk, 10 a.m. For more information, to register or to donate, visit

September 16

The next meeting of the Tillsonburg and District Historical Society will be held on Monday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Program Room, 2nd Floor, Annandale House. The guest speaker will be Jackie Baker who will be talking about ‘The Millionaires of Long Point.’ Refreshments to follow.  Everyone welcome!

September 17

The next meeting of the Tillsonburg Community Garden Committee is Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. (noon) at the Tillsonburg Helping Hand Food Bank. Everyone welcome!

Burford Tractor Club first fall meeting at 7:30 in the Fairfield Church Hall. Everyone welcome, guest speaker. For more information, email

September 18

Brownsville Historical Society meeting at 1:30 at the Hall. If you are, or have lived in the Brownsville community and are interested in documenting the history of Brownsville, please come and share your memories and pictures.

September 19

The Coffee Break Campaign runs from September 19 to November 30. Coffee Breaks are any type of social activity hosted by people who want to make a difference in their community. They can happen in your home, at your workplace or school, after a religious service or anywhere people gather for coffee. All funds raised stay in Oxford County and directly fund support programs and services offered by our local Alzheimer Society. Coffee, invitations for your guests, posters, other supplies, and helpful hosting tips are provided. For further information, please contact Sandra Brown, events coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Oxford, by phone at 519-421-2466 or by email at Visit our website at to learn more!

September 21

Fundraiser Jewelry Sale at St. John’s Anglican Church, Tillsonburg, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Large selection of vintage and costume jewelry (all types) including Bond Boyd, Florenza, Monet, Trifari, Sarah Coventry, and Sherman. Costume jewellery includes Avon. Also peruse vintage handbags and “Red Hat” accessories. Proceeds will help purchase new gowns for St. John’s choir.

You are invited to the Eden and Area Community Centre on Saturday, Sept. 21 for a Ham and Scallop Potato Supper from 5-7 p.m. Advance adult tickets are $12. At the door, adult tickets are $15. Tickets for children 10-and-under are $5. Tickets may be purchased from members, at the Eden Store, or call 519-866-3664.

September 25

125th Langton Fair, at Langton Arena and Sports Complex. Admission $3 per adult, adult and school exhibits in classes including fruits and vegetables, crafts, fine arts, photography, baking, preserves and quilts. Midway rides, free stagecoach rides, tobacco hand-tying competition, baby show, classic car parade. Luncheon available. For vendor information or to obtain a prize list, please call 519-875-2559 or 519-875-2973.

The Tillsonburg Senior Centre, in partnership with the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario and sponsored by the Ontario Senior Secretariat, will host a Seniors’ Health & Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Admission is free and there will be grab bags, prizes, healthy living demonstrations, free snacks and informative seminars on tax benefits for seniors, nutrition, estate insurance and falls prevention. Call 688-2520 to pre-register.

September 27

Brownsville Community Night, dinner at 7 p.m., social at 6 p.m. Meal catered by Beres Catering, entertainment by ‘Two of a Kind,’ door prizes and 50/50 draw. $25 admission, for tickets call 519-877-2798 or 877-9307.

September 28

Norfolk Field Naturalists Fascinating Fungi:

Mushroom Identification Hike from 1-3 p.m. at the

Nature Conservancy's DeMaere #3 property at the south east corner of Hwy 24 and East Quarter Line Road.  Bring a camera as you can't harvest mushrooms in this NCC property.  Meet at the parking lot located off East Quarter Line Rd. just south of Hwy 24 at 1 p.m.  Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, contact Inga at 519-875-5601.

September 29

St. Paul’s United Church AOTS Men’s Club is hosting a charcoal grilled Chicken Barbecue on Sunday, Sept. 29, serving 5-6:30 p.m. Homemade pies for dessert! A half chicken is $14, children 6-12 $9, and 5-and-under free. Tickets available from any AOTS Men’s Club member, at Coward Pharmacy, or at the St. Paul’s church office at 88 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-688-0011).


October 1

The Tillsonburg Curling Club Ladies Section is welcoming new members. Our curling season begins Oct. 15. We curl Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. Reminder to the Ladies Section members, the fall dinner meeting is Oct. 1 at the curling club, social at 6, and dinner 7 p.m. Call 519-688-6804 or 842-4602 for more information.

Welcome Wagon is hosting a Bridal Showcase on October 1 at Cowan Park, 895 Ridgewood, Woodstock from 6-9 p.m. Free admission, door prizes, fashion show, special displays, gift bags for all brides and much more. Register online at or call Brenda at 519-469-9066 for your free invitation.

October 10

Bayham Historical members invite you to hear guest speaker, Michael Baker, Curator of the Elgin County Museum, who will provide an entertaining presentation about Col. Mahlon Burwell, local surveyor and War of 1812 participant at 7:30 p.m. at Vienna Community Centre.

October 15

Otter Valley Naturalists meeting at 7 p.m. at Port Burwell Public School. Speaker: Luke Stevenson on Grizzly Bears of Alberta, how they, conservation, roads and mining can work side by side.


November 11

Otter Valley Naturalists meeting at 7 p.m. at Port Burwell Public School. Speaker: Darren Unger on personal experiences, interesting species and unique wetlands in Southwestern Ontario.


Straffordville Lions Club Bingo Tuesday Night. New program at the Community Centre in Straffordville, starts at 7 p.m. Jackpot $1,000.

Bingo at Brownsville, 3rd Friday of each month at the hall. Chip Bingo, 15 regular games, five specials and a $100 jackpot game. $2 entrance includes one card.

Interested in helping others? Looking for something to do to fill your time? Consider being a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. A friend can make a world of difference in a life. Check out the Big Brothers Big Sisters website at for more details on our programs and services. Please email or call (519) 485-1801 to talk to someone personally for more information or to apply.

The Alzheimer Society of Oxford offers individual support, information sessions and support groups in Oxford County for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their family members and friends. For confidential help please call the Society at (519) 421-2466 or email


Do you have two hours a week to share? Are you interested in providing a meaningful service to those with dementia? Consider becoming a Volunteer Companion with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford. For more information visit our website at or contact Dana at 519-421-2466 or



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