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Celebrate Canada's birthday

next weekend

by Wendy Spence

      “It’s a very exciting time of year,” said special events committee member and Ward 3 Councillor Alison Warwick.
      You can start your Canada Day long holiday weekend with a bang on Friday, June 30, with the fireworks sponsored by the Dorchester and District Lions Club at the Thames Centre Community Park at 2066 Dorchester Road in Dorchester. For the first time, committee chair Brent Jones has scheduled a concert with Pete Denomme and the Cosmic Cowboys before the display. Hot dogs and hamburgers and merchandise, including 16-inch Canada 150 glow sticks and other items to help celebrate the sesquicentennial, will be sold from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Residents will enjoy the upgraded fireworks that will tie in with the country’s anniversary. They begin at dusk. Donations are appreciated.
      There’s lots of family fun in Dorchester on Canada Day, Saturday, July 1, beginning with the IODE pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. in the auditorium at the FlightExec Centre.
      The schedule of events at the arena and the park will go rain or shine, starting at 10 a.m. with registration for the Optimist Club’s bike-decorating contest at the east side of the arena.
      The Kinsmen Club of Dorchester and Area’s popular Rubber Duck Race begins at 11 a.m. at the pedestrian bridge in Dorchester.
      The opening ceremonies begin at noon on the south ice surface at the FlightExec Centre and include the parade of bicycle decorating contest winners and awards presentation, legion colour party, flag raising, singing of O Canada and greetings from Mayor Jim Maudsley. Birthday cake and refreshments will be served.
      Activities throughout the afternoon include the beer tent courtesy of the Donnybrook Legion, Lions Club barbeque, shuttle rides to the grand opening of Cromarty Gardens, photo booth, free penny table, volunteer and community group displays, free treats, crafts and activities for the kids. Performers include Bill Farquhar, Greg Williams, Donnie Bentum, Newport Electric, Jones, Skeleton Soap Opera and Devin Van Burden. Alex Hill of A Track Music is helping with the sound and some of his music students will also be entertaining. The festivities will wrap up at 5 p.m. The full schedule is posted on the municipality’s website ( Click on the Canada 150 link on the left.
      Community services and facilities director Mike Henry said the municipality received a larger grant this year, which will be used for an additional expansion of the Valleyview Too walking trail.

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