Green thumbs a family trait at Children's Museum

As summer heats up, chill out by seeing what your neighbours are creating at various art galleries, take the kids on a local adventure to watch a puppet show, learn how to build or garden, or go on an artifacts road show to Ska-Nah-Doht Village.

John Goertz, president of the senior activity club at Cherryhill Village, shows Eagle Heights Public School grade 3 pupil Jacob, right, how to properly pot a tomato plant as fellow pupil Mohammed, left, gets his hands dirty at the Cherryhill Apartment Community Gardens in London, Ontario on Monday June 16, 2014. Pupils from the nearby school took a field trip to the gardens to learn the basics of community gardening, as well as the impact homegrown vegetables and fruits can have within the community through donations to the Food Bank. (File photo)

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As summer heats up, chill out by seeing what your neighbours are creating at various art galleries, take the kids on a local adventure to watch a puppet show, learn how to build or garden, or go on an artifacts road show to Ska-Nah-Doht Village. You can also go back to a time when the drinks were cool and the music hot. If your thoughts are focused on the future, discover how to invest in real estate and see what’s available in town.


Family

Make memories with your family during activities that encourage skills, knowledge and creativity.

What: Family Garden Workshops

When: Weekday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Tuesdays at Eagle Heights Public School, 284 Oxford St. W.; Wednesdays at Emily Carr P.S., 44 Hawthorne Rd.; Thursdays at Sir G.E. Cartier Public School, 695 Chiddington Avenue

Cost: Free

The Children’s Museum heads back to school early — their education specialist offers free family workshops on gardening at several schoolyards. Spend the morning getting your hands dirty learning to plant and harvest vegetables, make and try new foods. Weekly dates and places continue until the end of August.

 

What: Tool Time with Andrew

When: String Art, July 11; Balance Beam, July 18; both 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: London Children’s Museum, 21 Wharncliffe Rd. S.

Build some skills, confidence and fun as a family with the Children’s Museum’s tool expert. The activities teach the use of tools and materials and how to take risks in a safe environment. In String Art, you will nail art on its head with a wood plank, hammers, nails and string. During Balance Beams, create equipment for an outdoor playground using augers, drills, wrenches, levels, and shovels.

 

What: Artifact Day

When: July 14, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum

Cost: Park admission $4 per vehicle for 1.5 hours; $8 for 3 hours; $12 for a day — coin or credit card only

Dig out that shoebox of treasures and head to Ska-Nah-Doht Village and Museum for Artifact Day. Members of the Ontario Archaeological Society and staff at the village will help identify your stuff. North American Champion Flint Knappers are demonstrating their award-winning skills at fracturing flint into tools, and you can learn traditional First Nations games.

 

What: Alex Thomas & Friends Puppet Show

When: July 13

Where: Storybook Gardens

Muppet-style puppets take the stage and wander through the audience when Alex Thomas & Friends come to Storybook Gardens. Their interactive shows include stories, jokes and prizes with a meet-and-greet after.


Theatre

What: Alvego Root Theatre’s productions of The Wind in the Willows: Life on the Antler River and Fools and Lovers

When: July 10-25; details at fanshawepioneervillage.ca/events

Where: Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Tickets: $20 adults, $11 children 12 and under; family package (two adults and two children) $45 for The Wind in the Willows

Playwright Adam Corrigan Holowitz brings Toad, Ratty and Mole to life and sets them on London’s Antler River in a play based on Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel The Wind in the Willows. Catch Toad’s enthusiasm for his motor car and learn from Badger’s wisdom about the natural history of our area.

Alvego Root is also producing a comedy double bill called Fools and Lovers. Early London playwright Hilda Mary Hooke’s Widow’s Scarlet tells the tale of a doctor who accuses two women of witchcraft, but becomes the butt of their practical joke. In Brothers in Arms, Merrill Denison looks at Canadian identity in the 1920s as a train trip and a woodsman upend a businessman’s views.

Kyle Sherwin’s painting Guinevere is part of Westland Gallery’s 2019 Square Foot Show, on until Aug. 9. jpg, LD


Art

What: Art Show

When: Until July 31

Where: Landon Public Library, 167 Wortley Rd.

Cost: Free

If you want to travel but can’t get away, see Ontario, Norway, and Easter Island through the art of Barbara Rose and Kim Ewin-Goebel. Their vivid, expressionist paintings celebrate Earth’s preciousness and our relationship with the land past and present.

 

What: 2019 Square Foot Show

When: until Aug. 9

Where: Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Rd.

Cost: Free.

The popular Square Foot show returns with a variety of genres, mediums and subject matter — but everything is 12×12 inches and created by local artists.


Step back in time

What: Lemon-Yellow Party

When: July 20, 7-10 p.m.

Where: Eldon House

Cost: $40; registration required at eldonhouse.ca/events or 519-661-5169

The Harris family loved to host parties so Eldon House is throwing a 1920s-style lemon yellow bash. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, ragtime music by Hot Sauce, and a dance demo on the outdoor dance floor promise a memorable evening. The yellow theme applies to food, drinks and décor, and guests are encouraged to dress mellow yellow too.

 

What: Churches and taverns walk

When: July 13, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N.

Cost: $10

Go on an historic crawl around downtown London’s Gothic cathedrals and whiskey row led by members of Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. Twice a day, a 90-minute tour introduces the architecture and characters that shaped the city in the 19th century.


Knowledge and network

What: London Writers Society

When: July 16, 6:30-8:45 p.m.

Where: Central Library

Cost: Free

If you’re an aspiring writer, meet up with fellow scribes at the London Writers Society. The group’s 90 members get together to share information and network with new and experienced writers.

 

What: Wybo Limo Tour

When: July 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: the Mansion in Byron, 2480 Brayford Crescent

Interested in investing in property? Check out properties, network and learn valuable tips on the off-market Wybo Limo Tour. Whether you are considering getting into the business or adding to your portfolio, experienced investors on the tour will share advice about financing, inspections and managing off-market properties. Wear comfy shoes; lunch is provided.

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