This Weekend in London

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Lots of fun things to do outside this weekend! If you’re not gardening or building a fairy house, consider some of these ideas:

SUPERHERO RUN FOR EASTER SEALS KIDS

This Saturday, May 23 Easter Seals Ontario is hosting their second annual Superhero Run for Easter Seals Kids at Camp Woodeden in west London. There will be an 8km partial trail run, a 5km fully accessible run and a 1km family fun run with superhero activities along the way! There will be so much fun with Curiosity Box, the London Children’s Museum, Kids Learn & Play, superheroes, and even real life superheroes from the London Fire Department, Tactical Team and K9 Unit! The fun begins at 10:00am.

KIDS TRI 4 KIDS

Do you have an adventurous 3-13 year old? This Sunday, May 24 is the fifth annual Kids Tri 4 Kids triathlon to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area. Kids will swim, bike, and run in a safe, professionally designed course. The focus is all on fun – not who crosses the finish line first!

MAMMA MIA!

Mamma Mia! is coming to the Budweiser Gardens this Saturday and Sunday for two amazing shows as part of their Broadway series. With the music of ABBA, this energetic and fun performance centres on a wedding, a mother, her daughter, and her three potential fathers. Set in Greece, this hit show will definitely entertain you!

REFOREST LONDON TREE SALE

Doing a little landscaping this weekend? ReForest London is having a tree sale this Saturday, May 23 from 9am until noon at Kiwanis Park (1499 Brydges Street).  Tree sales are organized through the Million Tree Challenge.

LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL

The London Majors have two home games this weekend: Friday, May 22 at 7:35pm against Guelph and Sunday, May 24 at 1:05pm against Burlington. Tickets cost only $6-8 per person, which makes this perfect for a date night or a family outing!

EAST PARK

East Park’s waterpark opens this weekend for the season! With seven water slides featuring a single and a double tube, the original mat slides and two speed slides (the bullet!). There’s also the accessible splash pad for all ages to play on if you need a break from the slides.

Spray Pads

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The weather has definitely taken a turn for the better! It’s hard to believe that we had snow only a few short weeks ago when the sun is this warm and gorgeous. And while backyard pools may be opening, most outdoor aquatic activities are still on hold for a little bit longer – except for one! In one week today, on Saturday, May 16 the City of London spray pads open for the season!

Spray pads are fun places for kids to get wet, play, splash, and be silly without standing water and all of the risks that come with it. They are elaborate sprinkler systems! With the touch of a button, water will spray, drip, dump, shoot, pour, and jet out of various areas in rotation. The spray pads are suitable for all ages (with supervision!) and can be accessed by all. Spray pads are slowly beginning to replace a lot of the wading pools within the city because they use less water to operate (used on demand vs filled daily) and do not require a lifeguard.

Spray pads are FREE and will operate from 9:00am to 9:00pm daily until Labour Day weekend.

There are 12 city operated spray pads which can be seen on a map HERE.

Gibbons Park

Rowntree Park

Lambeth (Centennial Park)

Forks of the Thames

Kiwanis Park

West Lions Park

Bonaventure Meadows

Jesse Davidson Park

Southeast Optimist Park

Oakridge Optimist Park

Ed Blake Park

Medway Park

 

 

Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’re looking to treat your own mom to something special or you’re planning on conveniently texting this link to someone in your life for a little reminder, we are sure there will be something on this list for everyone.

WHAT TO DO

There are a number of places hosting specials for moms on Mother’s Day. Here are a few:

YOGA SHACK

Yoga Shack on Ann St is having family yoga at 2pm on Sunday. Kids 5+ welcome, $5 each with all proceeds going to Africa Yoga Project. They’re also having a sale on passes for Mother’s Day, on now until Sunday. Treat yourself or your mom!

MOKSHA YOGA

All current pass members are invited to bring their mom, step-mom, mother-in-law, or mom-figure with them to class on Sunday for free! One guest per Mokshie.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Moms and Grandma’s get into the park free on Mother’s Day! There will also be special Train Par-Tea with free lemonade served to passengers. Train tickets are $2/person (babies free).

EAST PARK GOLF GARDENS

East Park is open for Mother’s Day! They are offering mom’s a free round of mini-golf with a paid partner at the adult rate. Golf activities are open from 9:00am to dusk on Sunday.

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Mom’s get into the museum for free on Sunday! The Children’s Museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday.

WHERE TO EAT

PALASAD

Mom’s eat free ALL WEEKEND (yes! starting today!) at Palasad. Kids must be there with you and someone has to order something more expensive than your meal. While you’re there, enter to win a Spa Day.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

A number of places will be hosting special brunches for Mother’s Day. Make reservations as soon as possible because it is a popular event no matter where you’re going! These are only a few of the places doing something special; call up your favourite restaurant (or your mom’s!) and see if they have something special going on.

Ramada Inn

Idlewyld Inn and Spa

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Eldon House

Elm Hurst Inn & Spa

Western Fair District, Top of the Fair

Best Western Lamplighter Inn, Shelly’s Tap and Grill

Delta London Armouries Hotel

Hilton London, blakes

STAY AT HOME

Make Mother’s Day a stay-at-home, family day. Have a staycation in your own backyard or living room. Stay in your PJ’s, watch movies, snuggle, have a Wii marathon, take a long bath, have someone give you a manicure, and do whatever else you want to do with your kids – MOM gets to make all of the decisions, including making none of the decisions if that’s what suits you. Make sure everyone is aware of it the day before – no gifts needed, just their presence to make the day special. Or kick them out of the house and have the staycation all to yourself. It’s your day.

Masonville Farmer’s Market

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The Masonville Farmers’ Market is opening for the season this Friday, May 8, bright and early at 8:00am and will be there until 2:00pm.

The Market is located in the Masonville Place Sears parking lot, off Richmond Street north, just south of Fanshawe Park Road.

The Masonville Farmers’ Market features farmers, bakers, and artisans from London and the surrounding area. This is a delicious opportunity to meet the people who actually farm your food and learn from them how it is grown, where it is grown, and to support them directly. While you’re there, treat yourself to a coffee at the mobile Fire Roasted Coffee truck, buy a sweet treat at one of the bakeries, pick up some specialty bread and some specialty jam to go with it, fresh bacon for breakfast, organic seedlings for your own garden, and of course all of the seasonal fruits and vegetables you can fit in your arms!

IF YOU GO

Remember that this is a local farmers market – you will find the best of the season, not the best of the world. Banana’s, mangoes, and oranges will be imported to the grocery store, not here!

Bring your own reusable grocery bags to cut down on the plastic.

Stop at a bank machine on the way so that you have lots of cash. There is a TD Canada Trust across the street, a Royal Bank across Fanshawe by East Side Marios, and various bank machines in the mall.

There is lots of free parking in the parking lot beside the market.

The Masonville Farmers’ Market is open every FRIDAY until the end of September. Visit weekly to get the best of the season, all season!

McHappy Day – May 6

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Mark your calendars, Moms, because this Wednesday, May 6 is McHappy Day! This is the one time each year where you are fully encouraged to go to McDonald’s!  A portion of every Big Mac, Happy Meal or hot McCafe beverage sold for the entire day will go to Ronald McDonald Houses and children’s charities in our area.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES

London is home to a fabulous hospital which draws patients from all over southwestern Ontario and we are fortunate to have a Ronald McDonald House right next door. Because we are lucky to live right here, most of us will never have the need to stay in the RMH or have any firsthand knowledge of what goes on inside. The RMH provides affordable accommodation (only $10/night) for families of children who are in the hospital recovering from illness or injury, or receiving treatment. Families will have a home away from home, a hot dinner every night, somewhere to sleep, shower, play, and decompress.

Even for us locals, when your child is in the hospital, parents end up staying there also. Living in the hospital with your child as they recover from a surgery or illness can be overwhelming and exhausting in every possible way. The Ronald McDonald Family Room on the paediatric floor provides a place for parents to nap, shower, use a computer, have some snacks, get a coffee, and take a break from the hospital. When siblings come to visit their sister or brother, parents can take them to the Family Room for some one-on-one time. The room is invaluable.

MCHAPPY DAY

Get your morning coffee, stop in for lunch, bring the whole family for dinner. You are also invited to make a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities at any time! Use  #McHappyDay to spread the word and help raise money for this amazing cause.

Residential Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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Today is the deadline to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home if you live in a house/unit with fuel burning appliances or an attached garage. Alarms must be adjacent to any sleeping areas in your home. It is recommended that you have one on every level of your home, regardless of sleeping arrangements, for added safety. And take note – the alarms must be WORKING, so make sure you take time to test those alarms (and your fire/smoke alarms!) with each changing season.

From the London Fire Department News Release:

What is CO?

 CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.

 CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

Know the Symptoms of CO:

 Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion and drowsiness. In severe cases, it can result in rapid loss of consciousness and death.

 If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home to fresh air immediately. Then call 9-1-1 from outside the building.

Prevent CO in your home:

 Ensure all fuel-burning appliances in your home are inspected annually.

 Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.

 Never use a portable fuel-burning appliance inside (i.e. barbeques, portable heaters and generators).

For more information on carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning, see HERE.

WHERE TO BUY

If you’re scrambling to make this happen today, here is where carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased:

HOME DEPOT

LOWE’S

RONA

WALMART

COSTCO

CANADIAN TIRE

HOME HARDWARE

AMAZON.CA

 

 

 

 

 

Rock the Park

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Rock the Park is coming to Harris Park again this summer for lucky number thirteen! Yes, July is a long way away, but tickets for this event are selling fast because of the amazing names coming this year. While there is some controversy over the rules prohibiting a concert on Friday, the event is currently scheduled to run over four days: Tuesday, July 14, Wednesday, July 15, Thursday, July 16, and Saturday, July 18. This event is a Bethany’s Hope Foundation fundraiser, raising money for MLD (Metachromatic Leukodystrophy) research.

Here’s the current lineup:

TUESDAY, JULY 14 (gates open at 4:00pm)

Train

Smashmouth

Gin Blossoms

Matt Nathanson

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 (gates open at 3:00pm)

Keith Urban

Thomas Rhett

Dallas Smith

Jess Moskaluke

THURSDAY, JULY 16 (gates open at 3:00pm)

Little Big Town

Lee Brice

Joe Nichols

Chad Brownlee

SATURDAY, JULY 18 (gates open at 3:00pm)

Billy Talent

Rise Against

Killswitch Engage

The Gaslight Anthem

TBA

TICKETS

There are a few different options for tickets: General Admission or VIP (designated table areas) for Tuesday or Saturday, a special two-day pass for Wednesday and Thursday, and a VIP two-day pass for Wednesday and Thursday (which are  SOLD OUT).

Tuesday G/A $60, VIP (reserved seating) $112

Wednesday/Thursday G/A $142, VIP SOLD OUT

Saturday G/A $60, VIP (standing room only) $99.50

Purchase tickets HERE or call the Box Office 519-672-1967 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 2:00pm Saturday or stop by the Centennial Hall Box Office during the preceding office hours.

This is an all-ages event.

Southwest Community Centre

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There is a new Community Centre coming to southwest London and the city would like to hear YOUR thoughts on it!

The location will be on Southdale Road, west of Wonderland Road (for those old enough to remember Wally World – there). The Community Centre will have a YMCA, public library, indoor pool, double pad arena, and gymnasium. The projected opening is September 2018.

Sound interesting? Awful? Wonderful? Have questions?

There will be an OPEN HOUSE Project Launch and Community Consultation this Wednesday, April 15 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Westmount Mall at the Viscount Road entrance.

Budweiser Gardens

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The Budweiser Gardens has started drawing in some big acts lately and if you haven’t been paying attention, you may really be missing out on some great concerts and shows. London is so fortunate to have such a great venue, right downtown! Take advantage of the opportunity to treat yourself! Grab a friend, treat your kids, schedule a date night and go live it up.

Here is who and what are coming to London over the next few months. Check in with the Bud Gardens regularly or get on their mailing list to stay on top of presales and new announcements.

APRIL

April 11: Joe Bonamassa

April 17: The Tragically Hip

April 18: Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience

April 19: The Harlem Globe Trotters Wold Tour

April 22: One Republic

MAY

May 3: Luke Bryan

May 5: Def Leppard

May 10: Stars on Ice

May 23-24: Mamma Mia!

May 26: Diana Krall: Wallflower World Tour

JUNE 

June 3: Ed Sheeran

June 19-20: Shania Twain

JULY

July 14-19: Potted Potter

AUGUST

August 4-6: Menopause The Musical

OCTOBER

October 4: Kelly Clarkson with Nick Jonas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUP

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There is a new sport that has been gaining a lot of attention the past few summers – Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). SUP is fun, challenging, and something that anyone can give a try recreationally or pursue it as a sport. Part surfing, part kayaking, SUP provides an entire body workout – your lower body and core are working hard to keep you balanced and stable, your upper body is benefiting from the paddling. The view you get when SUP is unlike anything else, almost like you’re walking across the water, seeing everything around you.

Many resorts and beach locations now have places that will rent SUP’s by the hour or day and there are also many classes that are popping up that will teach you how to use a SUP with the proper technique if you’re a little unsure of your abilities. The boards vary, they can be more stable like a kayak and quite easy to stand on or they can be more like a surf board and require a bit more skill.

WhaSUP + City of London Aquatics

In a match made in SUP heaven, WhaSUP Performance Stand Up Paddle Boards out of Troy, Ontario, have paired up with the City of London Aquatics to offer Intro to SUP classes at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. You can take this opportunity to learn the basics of SUP and practice it in a pool setting before testing out your skills on the open water. Due to overwhelming popularity, the classes have been filling up almost as quickly as the City could announce them. As of the time of posting, there are four spots open for next Saturday’s lesson and all of the other classes have been waitlisted. If you are interested put yourself on a waitlist to encourage the city to add more classes! **in the online spectrum, search Aquatics -> Leadership -> page 3

SUP Yoga

Mastered the paddleboard and looking for a REAL challenge? SUP Yoga has become the best combination for adventurous yogi’s to take their practice one step further. Doing a tree pose on land may challenge your balance, but it has nothing on doing a tree pose on the water! A simple mountain pose (aka standing in stillness) may become your biggest nemesis if you’re ready to give it a try. Leave your serious self at home: plan to struggle, plan to laugh, plan to fall in, and plan to get a yoga workout like never before. The reward is a savasana that will lull you into a deep, well-deserved relaxation.

The City of London Aquatics, WhaSUP and Laurie Guthrie have come together to offer SUP Yoga classes at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre! These classes are so popular that they’ve had to add not one, but two more groups of lessons to satisfy the demand. There are two spots open for April 4 at the time of this post, but there’s a good chance they’re already gone. Get yourself on a waitlist and cross your fingers that they add more!

Didn’t get in to the City’s classes? Both WhaSUP and Laurie Guthrie offer SUP and SUP Yoga classes in the warmer months at beaches nearby.